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Lovely garden wedding with tea party reception

 I'm pretty sure the only word perfect enough to describe this wedding is lovely. Even though the couple was fighting the rain most of the day the photographer was able to get some of the most gorgeous images. This couple knew they didn't want to spend a fortune on their wedding, and they even planned their day in a mere 3 months, but they were able to pull it all off for less than $4,000 (including donations from friends and family). They decided to have a tea party reception- which is just too adorable, right? And the backdrop for the ceremony had so much lush greenery so they didn't need alot of decorations. A truly beautiful, budget savvy day! Hope you love it as much as I do! xoxo- Jessicalovely-garden-wedding_0001 lovely-garden-wedding_0002 lovely-garden-wedding_0003 lovely-garden-wedding_0004 lovely-garden-wedding_0005 lovely-garden-wedding_0006 lovely-garden-wedding_0007 lovely-garden-wedding_0008 lovely-garden-wedding_0009 lovely-garden-wedding_0010 lovely-garden-wedding_0011 lovely-garden-wedding_0012 lovely-garden-wedding_0013 lovely-garden-wedding_0014 lovely-garden-wedding_0015

Bill + Kirsten

May 11, 2013

Tarbin Gardens, Franklin, NH

What was your budget? 

  • Dress: $300
  • Flowers: $500 (donated by a friend)
  • Ceremony and Reception Location: $300
  • Reception Tea Party: $300
  • Bride’s Hair: free (My maid of honor works for a salon and styled my hair for me, but was a $150 value)
  • Makeup: I did my makeup myself.
  • Decorations: $150
  • Grooms Tux: Purchased for $200
  • Limo: $200 (gift from a friend)
  • Photography: $2,100 (gifted by my now sister-in-law.)



How many guests did you have? 31


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

We really wanted a romantic, but simple wedding and reception. The gardens were a perfect location for our tea party. Our hope was that guests would take time after tea to walk the gardens and enjoy the nature around them. We served gluten free scones as most of our guests had food allergies. Each place setting included a mason jar for homemade lemonade. All of our guests left with handmade soap that I made.


What was the biggest thing you did to save money? 

We continually reminded ourselves that our wedding day was all about getting married. We didn’t want to focus too much on flowers or decorations. Our desire was to keep things small and simple.


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

Originally, we really wanted to elope. However, by keeping our wedding small and reigning in our expectations, we were able to celebrate with our friends and family. Don’t give up on having a wedding if you don’t have much of a budget or time to plan. Remember, you are marrying your best friend and if you have to walk through rain and mud it's worth it on the other side.


What was your biggest splurge? 

Our rings


What was your favorite detail? 

The rose garden terrace and the beautiful tea cups we drank out of.


What is the most memorable moment of your day? 

The most memorable part of the day was looking around at all our guests during the reception. They were all enjoying their tea, engaged in conversation and smiling. Everyone was full of love.



 Photography: Shine with Jennifer Leigh, LLC  //  Dress: Modern Bride and Formal Shop  //  Flowers and Floral Arrangements: PJ’s Flowers & Antiques  //  Food: Tarbin Gardens  //  Hair: Olivia Young  //  Tuxes: Banana Republic


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