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I have the sweetest budget-savvy wedding to share with you today. Tracy and Greg created a beautiful, intimate ceremony and reception for their closest family and friends. They married at a friend's home and had a beautiful lake as the backdrop for their big day! I absolutely love their decor choices… the florals are gorgeous and the mercury vases are perfect! And how cute are the favors Tracy DIY'd for their guests? Enjoy this lakeside wedding! xoxo, Jessica

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Tracy + Greg 

June 4, 2016

Jacksonville, Florida | Private Residence



What was your budget?

We spent about $8500.

Flowers: $1600

Photos: $2889

Catering: $1700

Cakes: $350

Wedding Dress/Shoes: $200

Jewelry: $450

Table/Linens Rental: $450

Invitations: $100

Extra Wedding Décor: $150

Guest Wedding Favors: $200

Minister: $250

Guitar Player: $75


How many guests did you have?

We had 45 guests.



What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

We had our florist build a grapevine arbor at the top of the backyard steps overlooking the water with my wedding flowers.



Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?

Yes, I made a mocha mix that had a printed template sticker that said, “Love is Brewing” and also put together sachets of English Breakfast teas.  



What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Our venue was in a beautiful backyard on the water at our friend’s home.



What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

Ask for help.  I tried to do a lot by myself and people really were willing to help.



What was your biggest splurge?

Our photography was worth every penny.  Severine was fabulous!!!!



What was your favorite detail?

I loved the floral table pieces with mercury glass vases.



What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Champagne with my BFF, my husband’s written vows and all the lights after the sun went down.  Sparklers to end the night.




Photography: Severine Photography • Venue: Friend's Home • Flowers: Anything with Plants & Flowers • Stationery:  WalMart • Calligraphy: DIY • Favors: DIY • Caterer: Simply Sara’s • Bakery: Sweet by Holly • Rentals: All About Events • DJ: iPod • Hair Stylist:  Hair by Devin • Wedding Gown Designer: David’s Bridal • Bridal Shop:  Fifi’s Upscale Consignment Shop in San Marco • Shoes: DSW • Groom’s Attire:  Men’s Wearhouse


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