Today's wedding is full of sparkle, rustic details and the color aqua… what more could you want?!? I absolutely love how Angela and James created an outdoor wedding full of glitter and glamor while beautifully incorporating interesting elements like chalkboard signs and antique cameras. Angela's shoes are darling and her creativity demonstrates how to upcycle special items for your big day; make sure you check them out! Enjoy this fun and sparkly aqua wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Angela + James
October 18, 2014
Mountain View, CA | Rengstorff House
What was your wedding budget?
Our budget was $15,000. Here’s how we used it:
7% Bridal wear (shoes, dress, alterations, hair, etc)
5% Thank you gifts to friends and family who helped out a lot with the wedding
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We had a lot of personal details in our wedding. The chalkboard signs were all made by my bridesmaid, Hayley, and she also glitterized the candles and painted the mason jars. She also did all of our floral arrangements, but I made some fabric flowers for my bouquet which each included a memento in the center – mostly brooches from my grandmother who has passed away. One flower also included my grandfather’s wedding ring. It was my way of keeping those who had passed on close by. James did the same thing with his bowtie, which was made of wood. It was in remembrance of his grandfather who loved wood-working crafts.
James and I love Disneyland and searching for “Hidden Mickeys,” so we hid Mickeys all over – including on his socks and in my bouquet! To represent our passions, we did old books and cameras as centerpieces (and we can keep those for years to come since we collect them).
My bridal shoes were really something special. They were my old theatre shoes that I re-painted and then glued on over 1,000 Swarovski crystals by hand! The cake-stand was also really special as it was handmade by my father, Anthony Schiavone, to look like branches of a tree. We loved it! The invitations and programs were handmade by my mother, Carol Schiavone, as were the pinwheel table numbers, and all were gorgeous. James and my gifts to each other were also very special. A year out from our wedding date, I started a journal in which everyday I added a new reason why I love him. By the wedding date, there were 366 unique reasons. He gave me a beautiful gold necklace stamped with the GPS coordinates of the spot we were standing in when we said our vows as well as a letter that moved me to tears.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Lots of things were DIY, so that helped a lot. We also had James’ cousin (my bridesmaid, Hayley) as our wedding planner, and she did all the chalkboards and floral arrangements and planning in general. We also used our own side shooters for the photography, so that helped too. Also, we went with a restaurant instead of a caterer. That saved us $7,000 at least right there! My dress was also off the rack and cost the same as my mother’s wedding dress did 30 years ago! We did our own sound system as well, so we didn’t have to get a DJ or rent anything.
What was the biggest sacrifice you made to stay on budget?
I actually don’t feel like we made any sacrifices. We got everything we wanted by just finding alternative routes to it. If something was too expensive to buy, we made it!
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Take time away from planning. I know you feel like you have no time for anything but planning, but things will go smoother if you take some time for the two of you. Also, don’t be too quick to buy something. Shop around first and see if you can do it yourself. That’s not to say that everything should be DIY though (we’d go nuts if it were!). My bridesmaid said it best: “Take a moment to determine if the work and time is worthy of the final product and the experience it creates.”
What was your biggest splurge?
Overall, we found great deals, but we did rent one farm table, which was $75. That was probably our biggest splurge, but it made the cake-stand look gorgeous.
What was your favorite detail?
My favorite was the cake-stand that my dad, Anthony Schiavone, handmade for us. It looks like the branches of a tree, and he even carved our initials in the main branch and wrote a special note to me in Italian.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
When James saw me for the first time!! He doubled over with this huge smile on his face. We got the perfect photo of the moment too!
Photography: ShootAnyAngle.com Wedding Photography • Venue: Rengstorff House • Cake: Icing On The Cake • Catering: Old Spaghetti Factory • Rentals: Williams Party Rentals • Bridesmaids: Ever-Pretty • Groom & Groomsmen: Tommy Hilfiger • Wedding Dress: Cara Mia via Bay Area Bridal • Hair: Letty Garabedian from Salon Amnesia