Maryland Wedding by The Messenger Image: Kim + Dale

Happy Wednesday! Time for another installment of the Wedding of the Week. This wedding is a lovely fall occasion from Maryland with lots of autumn infused details! Pumpkins, corn husks and leaves galore! I’m sure they saved a bundle on their wedding decor by using these sorts of reusable produce items, and the effect is lovely! Hope you enjoy this lovely wedding photographed by The Messenger Image!

 Kim & Dale

October 13, 2012
Chester, Maryland
at The Private Residence of Ms. Betty Hull

What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.

We didn’t start off with a specific budget, we just wanted it to be as affordable as possible. The total cost of our wedding ended up being in the range of $8,000. We spent most of our budget on the photographer. We wanted to make sure all our hard work and planning was captured through the lens. Our other big expenses were food/drinks, decor and the small details, in order to make our ceremony and reception feel as personalized and intimate as possible.

Dress/Tux – $1,000
Rings – $900
Photographer – $1,500
Bridal Party Gifts – $300
Food/Dinnerware/Drinks – $1,000
Save the Date/Invitations – $200
Personalized Accessories – $700
Decorations – $800
Rentals (Table/Chairs/Heaters) – $300
Cake – $320
Miscellaneous – $980

How many guests did you have?


What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding? A lot of the fall decor was created through the thought and excellent decorating eyes of my Matron of Honor and myself, using tulle, pumpkins, mums, wreaths, ceramics and corn stalks. We included a book, for guests to complete, giving us martial advice, an In Loving Memory Collage/Candle, a custom unity candle, toasting glasses, cake serving set and of course our favors. A lot of the details of the wedding were centered around lighting, since it was an evening wedding, outdoors. We strung lantern style lights throughout the tent, icicle lights with tulle around the cake table, lanterns were attached to each outside post of the tent, the center pieces even had water proof lights. We also had a fire pit, for both light/warmth.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money? Left the catering to the host (owner of the home). We purchased all the food and she prepared it, as our wedding present. Our menu consisted of Shrimp Creole, Brisket of Beef, Crab Casserole, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans with Ham, Layered Tossed Salad and Pasta Salad. We also had a beautiful cake, custom designed for us, affordably.

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side? Go with you gut, on every aspect of planning, whether or not it’s the most “cost effective” or not, I did what I felt lead to do and where I felt we’d reap the greatest rewards and items I thought would stand out to us and amongst our guests as the most memorable. Relax, as hectic as everything may seem, during the time leading up to the big day, things will fall into place, especially with the right help on hand, whom are equally as excited and dedicated to making your special day all you envision and hope for it to be.

What was your biggest splurge? Definately the photographer…his skills, abilities, confidence dedication and final product are unbeatable. He definately takes a lot of pride in his work and follows through on each and every promise, while capturing the most intimate, precious moments of your special day.

What was your favorite detail? I would have to say the fall decor, as a whole. It’s my favorite time of year and the essence of both the season and the event were captured fully, as intended.

What is the most memorable moment of your day? Walking down the isle, toward my future husband, feeling the most at ease, assured and happy that I’ve been in a long time. We started our journey just two short years ago and promised to make it a lifelong one, from that day forward. I loved that we wrote our own vows and exchanged them with one another, with each and every feeling we held in our hearts.


Photography: The Messenger Image  |  Cake: Patti Kakes in Pasadena, Maryland  |  Rentals: Ebb Tide Tent & Party Rentals 

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