I know it's a bit out of season, but you're gonna love this rustic autumn wedding! This couple really focused on what was most important to them and put together an absolutely gorgeous day in the process! I love all the rustic fall details that carry through the day from the gorgeous bouquet to the s'mores station. Hope you enjoy these gorgeous photos from this fab wedding! xoxo – Jessica
Abby + Nick
October 5th, 2013
Burchfield Park, North Bluff Pavilion | Holt, Michigan
What was your wedding budget?
We did not have a precise budget set, but we just did things as cost effectively as possible.
Dress: $ 550, alterations $90
Ceremony/reception location: $200
Cider and donuts: $50
Memory box: $120
How many guests did you have?
We invited 60 and had around 45 come to the wedding.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Nick and I made: The aisle runner, the doors, the s’mores box, the ceremony altar swag, the wood slice for the ring bearer, the sign for the 2nd ring bearer, the curtains, and the programs.
We decorated the entire pavilion, designed the memory box, and cut the wood slices ourselves.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Made as many things as possible and found great deals on the things we could not or did not have time to make. We had a non-traditional caterer. We limited flowers to my bouquet and boutonnieres and corsages (we had no bridal party). We did not have a cake.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
DON’T STRESS! Our wedding plans changed 4-5 times. We changed venues multiple times, we changed caterers, and we changed plans for almost everything. We had vendors cancel 6 months before the wedding and luckily were able to find new ones. We had a vendor we WISHED we could have cancelled because they were awful. This was all very stressful for me. In the end I wish I would not have let myself be so stressed. Because even though all of these things happened and in the end I was worried about it all coming together (because we did not have a chance to do a “dry-run” in any way) everything worked out perfectly. Yes the pavilion was flooded the morning of (the staff at Burchfield Park is amazing and got it pumped out right away), and the chairs we rented did not show up on time and then finally showed up hours past the expected time, but in the end everything came together and if something was not perfect Nick and I were the ONLY ones who knew it was not the way it was meant to be. I had nothing I should have been stressing over because in the end it was our wedding day, even if it was not “perfect” in how it was planned to be, it was perfect because we were married, which was the whole point!
What was your biggest splurge?
Our photographer. I saw Kellie’s photos online before we were even engaged and knew she was going to be our wedding photographer because she is amazing! Photos are your memories after the day of, so it was worth the price for us.
What was your favorite detail?
Our memory box. It was custom made by Etsy seller SixthandElm and the entire box has words burned into it. The top has the lyrics to Marc Cohn’s “True Companion”, the sides have our vows we wrote to each other on them, the front describes the meaning of the box and the inside has our wedding date and a part of the ceremony. On our wedding day we put a letter to each other inside. On our first anniversary we will read that letter and put a new letter inside which we will open on the next anniversary and continue this every year. Not only is the box GORGEOUS but we will have a time capsule of our relationship. Everyone really loved this detail!
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
Our first look. We did a first touch with the doors Nick made for me to make my entrance through and then we did a first look. It was amazing to have some alone time with each other before everyone started showing up and definitely calmed our nerves.
Photographer: Kellie Saunders Weddings and Portraits // Caterer: King of the grill // Ceremony/reception: Ingham county parks-Burchfield park // Videography: My Video Wedding // Memory box Creator: Etsy seller SixthandElm // Dress: Davids Bridal style T9612 // Officiant: Pamela Klusack // Invitations: Catprint // Save the dates: Shutterfly // Makeup: Heather Spataro // Hair/nails: Panopoulos Salon // Flowers: Linnaea Floral Design // Donuts and cider: The Country Mill