This wedding proves that you can’t let a little rain get you down. The couple splurged on their photographer to capture the happiest day of their lives – which included a bit of rain. But how moody and gorgeous are the rain photos? I love them! I might be a little partial since it rained on my wedding day! 🙂 I love all the decor and details in this wedding – the shabby chic / vintage vibe that they created with the florals and strands of pearls is lovely! This couple’s budget is on the high end for our features but I have to say that the 300 count guest list they still managed to do it in a budget savvy way! Hope you enjoy this rainy summer wedding! xoxo Jessica
Lindsey + Wesley
Covington, Georgia | Jersey Holiness Church
What was your wedding budget?
Cost of wedding $17,000
Photos: Picture Package $4,700 After ordering pictures we had about $6,500 in all
Attire $3,100 (Dress, shoes, veil)
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We had a lot of personal aspects in the wedding but my favorites were, my mother’s wedding dress sleeve held together my bouquet and we had a candle burning at the front of the church in honor of Wesley’s Grandpa Taylor who passed away in 2007. Also I love the Victorian era especially cameos, so in each of my girls flowers there was a different cameo that matched their personality.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
I did a lot of the small things myself with the help of my mama. All of the boutonnieres I got supplies from hobby lobby and made myself, both of my garters were handmade; all of the flowers, decorations, and the bridal party had our hair done by family and close friends. The biggest thing we did was use a church I have gone to all my life and thankfully they were overly nice and gave the church and hall to us free of charge.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Looking back at the 9 month long engagement and wedding day there is so much advice I could give. But I’ll stick with just the three main ones. 1) STAY ORGANIZED get yourself a “wedding notebook” and keep Everything, even the smallest details, written down. Also it’s a great keepsake to look back on. 2) Don’t wait until the last minute for anything. Even if you think you have plenty of time, as soon as you get engaged start planning and getting prepared. 3) Don’t get stressed on the day of your wedding. It’s a Once in a lifetime day and you don’t want to spend to whole day stressed, so just try to relax and enjoy it.
What was your biggest splurge?
Blume Photography!!!! Never go cheap with your photography; you get what you pay for. After months of searching, a photographer and friend from Oklahoma, Barbra Garland, told me about the Blumes, a sweet husband wife team that takes only natural light photos. After a quick look on their webpage there was no doubt Barbra was right. They were amazing – but way more then I was planning on spending. Even with the cost difference, we chose Blume Photography. Never Once have my husband and I regretted that splurge. Nine months later we still adore our wedding and engagement pictures!
What was your favorite detail?
No doubt my favorite detail was my dress. When I bought my dress it was strapless, i was able to find a lady (Maria Reese) who completely redid the whole upper section. We added sleeves & even took lace from the bottom to add to the top. It turned out exactly like I wanted!
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Wow I don’t even know where to start, there’s So many! Getting ready with all my closest friends, the first time my husband seen me, praying with my girls before the wedding, walking down the aisle with my papa, holding my mama’s hand as my future sister in law sang “like my mother does”, listening to my husband surprise me and sing a song he wrote, the kiss, being announced as Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, and spending time with family and friends as a newly married couple. The whole day was a memorable moment!
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