I just love this lovely Texas church wedding! The couple kept things fairly simple to allow for their large guest list and did much of the work with the help of friends and family. I absolutely love the ring box in lieu of a ring pillow, the fact that the bride wore TOMS with her wedding dress, and the rustic details at the reception including the tree stump cake stands, baby’s breath centerpieces and lace and burlap details. And can we just stop for a second to recognize– that is one *gorgeous* church! Of course my favorite detail of all is the love between the couple– can you just see the depth of their hearts when you see the way they look at each other? So sweet! Such a lovely wedding, and beautifully captured by Brittney Melton! xoxo – Jessica
Deidra + John
November 10, 2012
Westphalia, Texas | Church of the Visitation
What was your budget?
Budget = $6,800
Ceremony location = Free (member of the church)
Reception location = $700
Flowers = $1,300
Photographer = $1,800
Videographer = $600
Caterer = $1,600
Decorations = $800
How many guests did you have?
We had roughly 275-300 guests.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
My mother and I completely came up with the décor ideas on our own, with the help of family and friends of course! We prepped all the burlap and lace details throughout the reception ourselves. My husband created these coaster type trinkets for our guests to take home. I am a photographer, so he incorporated that into the coasters, making them the shape of a camera.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Almost all of our vendors were local people and some were personal friends of ours already! That helped a TON with saving money. But in the large scheme of things, it was probably buying and prepping the decorations ourselves. All of the burlap, lace, and table centerpieces, as well as renting all the potted plants from a local nursery really helped to save money instead of hiring an event planner.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Do NOT stress! Take one step at a time! If you have a large family like I do, delegate responsibilities if they are willing. We had so many people help us the day before decorate the reception venue. It was awesome! So grateful!
What was your biggest splurge?
I would say photography. I am a photographer myself, and I was extremely picky on who we were going to hire. Of course, Brittney Melton did the most AMAZING job. I am so thankful for her skill and creative eye. Not to mention, she is super sweet and friendly. She captured the day perfectly; from the details to the overall joyful spirit we had that day. I relive it every time I look at our photos!
What was your favorite detail?
Oh my goodness…do I have to pick one?! I would have to say our guestbook. Again, being a photographer, I did not want a traditional guestbook for our many guests to sign. I made a photo book through Blurb with pictures of John and I over our entire relationship, leaving space on each page around the photos for our guests to sign and leave their words of wisdom and love!
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
From sharing our own personal vows to dancing the night away with our closest friends, it was all so memorable! But of course, I loved our decoration details, all the burlap and lace and lights…it was perfect!
Photography: Brittney Melton Photography & Design // Ceremony Location: Westphalia Church of the Visitation // Reception Venue: Flag Hall, Cyclone, Texas // Invitations & programs: Graphic Designer, Kasey Villarreal // Videography: Living Media Production Company // Floral Design: Sharon Long // Caterer: Michna’s Bar-B-Que
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