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Delightful DIY Wedding With Dogs and Donuts for $19K

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This wonderful wedding was an intimate and beautiful celebration. This historic venue wedding was pieced together by a little bit of everything from Great Gatsby stationary, to a delicious donut tower, to the bride's dog who was the star of the show. We love all of their DIY details and how they made their love story shine. Enjoy this Delightful DIY Wedding With Dogs and Donuts for $19K!
Delightful DIY Wedding With Dogs and Donuts for $19K

Marisa + Eric

Hampton, Virginia
- 10/30/2020
Total wedding budget $18,289

Budget Breakdown

Below is an estimated wedding budget breakdown provided by the couple.

  • Photography
  • Venue
  • Music/Entertainment
  • Catering
  • Cake/Dessert
  • Partner 1 Attire
  • Partner 2 Attire
  • Hair & Makeup
  • Flowers
  • Decor
  • Total wedding budget
dogs at weddings - bride and groom - best dog - dog of honor
bride and groom veil photo

How did you meet?

Eric and I met when we were both recruits at a local police academy. I ignored him at the beginning because I thought of him as competition. As time went on I began to realize how much we had in common and we became friends and then started dating.

What is your proposal story?

Eric proposed at home. He had taken the day off from work and when I arrived home from work he had a pot of coffee waiting for me. It was the third anniversary of our first date and we were going to go out to dinner. While getting ready Eric popped the question. I thought he was joking so I laughed. When I realized what was going on I said yes. He later told me he had planned on asking while we were out on our date but he was so excited he couldn’t wait.

emerald bridesmaid dresses - David's Bridal bridesmaid dresses
Groomsmen wedding photo
Wedding dog collar

Tell us about your wedding vision.

We knew even before we were engaged that we would get married at The Historic Post Office. We love the history behind the building and it’s natural beauty. When planning our wedding I knew I wanted to tie in our favorite things to make it unique to us. Our favorite movie is The Great Gatsby so I wanted to use gold and emerald (the green light at the end of the dock) as our wedding colors.

Bridal party  - wedding party

Tell us about your attire choices.

When choosing the attire for our wedding I wanted to make sure my bridesmaids were comfortable and that the dresses were affordable. We sent multiple dresses back and forth in the group chat until we all decided on one we liked. The dress was an emerald color and we had found it on David’s Bridal’s website. For the men, Eric wanted a black tuxedo with a black bow tie, nothing crazy, just a classic look.

My wedding dress was the hardest thing to decide on. I went in not knowing what I wanted. I knew I didn’t like mermaid or ball gown dresses but other than that I had nothing in mind. My mom and the woman at the dress shop pretty much picked my wedding dress for me. I had tried it on and they were at a loss for words, that’s how I knew it was the one. I liked how it was simple yet elegant.

table setting  - green and gold wedding decor

What was most important to you two? Was there anything you chose to splurge on or skip?

The most important thing to us while planning was music and photography. I wanted to make sure that day was captured perfectly. Music was really important since Eric and I both play instruments and love going to concerts. We wanted to make sure our day was filled with meaningful songs.

What were your favorite parts of the day?

I loved the whole day. I loved that our dog was apart of our wedding and I loved that the day signified the beginning of a new and wonderful chapter in our lives. Eric’s favorite part was cutting the cake. I wasn’t expecting the frosting to be so sweet and I ended up spitting cake out onto him and the floor.

bride walking down the aisle
wedding ceremony
bride and groom outdoor portrait

Tell us about your wedding flowers.

When it came to flowers I wanted something with a natural look. I chose the Jane collection from Something Borrowed Blooms and they were the perfect flowers. They’re simple yet elegant and went with the style of our wedding and I could not have been happier. The customer service is phenomenal and the company is awesome. The flowers were beautiful and photographed beautifully as well. I highly recommend using them. We spent about $670 on all of the flowers for the wedding.

Something Borrowed Blooms flowers - silk bouquet - Jane collection
Something Borrowed Blooms flowers - silk bouquet - Jane collection
Something Borrowed Blooms flowers - silk bouquet - Jane collection - bridal bouquet

Tell us about your wedding cake.

I wanted donuts for the wedding since they’re my favorite dessert food. Eric wanted a cake to cut so he did the cake tasting before the wedding. The cake he picked was a chocolate toffee cake. The donuts I picked for the wedding were from a local donut shop right near the venue, we had maple, chocolate, and vanilla with rainbow sprinkles.

wedding donut tower - wedding cake - donut tower
wedding donut tower - wedding cake - donut tower - donut mind if I do

Please describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.

Instead of a guest book we bought a vinyl record for our guests to sign. We paid about $15. The vinyl we purchased has the song we chose for our first dance on it so it’s a special keepsake. Our day of coordinator was planning a wedding at the same time as us and had mentioned that’s what they were doing for their wedding so we borrowed the idea, thanks Madeline!

For decorations, we used flowers and garland from Something Borrowed Blooms along with lanterns we had gotten on sale from a craft store. We were able to get votives for the tables from a bride who had gotten married a few months before us.

bride and groom dancing
money dance - bride - wedding dance
bride and groom dance

Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?

It’s your big day, make it about you! Planning a wedding during a pandemic can be challenging but don’t let it stress you out. It’s your big day and if things don’t go as planned it will still be beautiful and at the end of the day you’ll be married!

sparkler sendoff
bride and groom - sparklers - wedding exit