Today's wedding is filled with all sorts of dreamy, romantic details! Kristin and Colby created a gorgeous day capitalizing on their outdoor venue. I love how they incorporated their blush and pink color scheme throughout their day. How stunning is Kristin's bouquet? And make sure you check out Kristin's dress. She altered her mom's wedding dress and the results are stunning. Enjoy this romantic DIY wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Kristin + Colby
March 12, 2016
Lexington, SC | 403 North Lake
What was your budget?
In total, we spent about $9,000.
All-inclusive venue (including catering): $5000
Invitations & misc: ~$65
Cake: Gifted by family friend
My hair and makeup: Gifted by family friend
How many guests did you have?
We had about 125 people.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
I feel like my entire wedding was personal. My dress was my moms, and it was really awesome and special to see the way that it was transformed by a seamstress.
I designed and created my invitations and programs myself.
My earrings were my mom's (“my something borrowed”). I also got a huge surprise from my now mother-in-law as she made her mom's wedding ring into a pair of earrings that I got to wear in my second holes. To say I cried is an understatement.
Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?
I'm a crafty person, and my entire wedding was DIY. My card box was a mailbox that another one of my best friends gave me. I ended up painting it and put our last name on the side. A friend painted the canvas we used as our guest book. My invitations were done by me, drawn by me, created by me in addition to my programs. I could go on and on.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
I'm a creative, so for me it was doing the DIY. I will also say that I took the time to look and meet with small local vendors. My “OMG did I really only spend that much money?” moment was with my flowers and Alisha is amazing. When we were touring my venue she was there setting up for a wedding that day and I met with her the next week and booked her that day. Don't write off the smaller vendors because you think they can't handle it; that's almost all of who I used and it couldn't have turned out better.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
I would just say that the most important thing about your wedding day is your marriage to your person. The flowers and decorations and everything else wouldn't be there if it weren't for the love you shared with that person. Stay humble.
What was your biggest splurge?
Photography! I'm such a visual person and I wanted someone who would be able to see my vision and create it through my pictures. Jessica did that for me and I'm SO thankful I found her. She helped me tremendously during the wedding.
What was your favorite detail?
I honestly don't think I can pick one. The day went by so effortlessly and smoothly and everything ended up turning out to be my dream day. So, I think I'll choose my wedding as a whole!
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Hands down, Colby's reaction as I walked down the aisle! I'm so happy Jessica and Leanne got that shot. That's what people were talking about that day and what people were talking about when the pictures came out. I think it shows a side of him that other people don't get to see very often and more importantly that this boy loves me.
Photography: Jessica Roberts Photography • All-inclusive Venue: Four O' Three North Lake • Flowers: Amazing Moment Wedding Flowers and More • Bakery: Glaze'n Specialty Cakes • DJ: JAC Sound and Lighting • Hair Stylist: Styles by Belinda • Bridesmaids Dresses: Vera Wang at David's Bridal • Wedding Gown Designer: My mom's gown • Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse
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