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Today we’re featuring the sweetest wedding in North Carolina! Kassy and Chris married at sunset in an outdoor ceremony and hosted their reception in the same venue. I love their succulent centerpieces and the mercury glass accents. And make sure you check out Kassy’s bouquet… absolutely gorgeous! Happy Friday! xoxo, Jessica

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Kassy + Chris

August 5, 2016

Cleveland, NC  |  The Arbors Events


What was your budget?

We had a total budget of $13,500.

$4,000 on venue rental

$4,000 on catering and alcohol

$150 on wedding desserts

$800 on flowers

$1,100 on wedding dress

$450 on grooms suit

$1,800 on photography

$650 on DJ

$250 on invitations

$220 on misc. décor

$80 on wedding hair


How many guests did you have?

We had 52 guests.


What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

We had key lime pies instead of a wedding cake. It is my husband’s favorite dessert and we also met in South Florida and wanted to bring a personal flare and do something a little non-traditional.

We had a Wedding Wishes Vase instead of a guest book. A place for our family and friends to write a wish for us that we can go back and read years later. The vase was hand-painted with one of the flowers from my bouquet.

My husband’s sister officiated the wedding as well. We also had personal friends play guitar for the ceremony. We also had wooden invitations to go with the tree farm wedding venue.


Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?

My husband made our pie/dessert table. He stained wooden crates and letters  so we could add some height to the dessert table since we did not have a tiered cake. He also added one of our engagement photos to the display to add another personal touch.

And the mother of the groom hand-painted our wedding wishes vase.


What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

I think the single largest contributing thing to saving money was keeping the wedding small and intimate.

The venue was also incredibly beautiful so we didn’t need much in terms of flowers or décor to make it look elegant. We used our bouquets along with a few succulent bowls and mercury candles to do all of the center pieces. We also had garland that we took from the outdoor ceremony arbor and placed it along the mantle in the reception hall.


What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

Once you find something you love, stop looking! There are a million details for weddings and it can sometimes be overwhelming. I know I would have kept changing my mind if I had had more time to plan. It’s also easy to get caught up in the money. Budget ahead of time, shop around for prices and stick to your budget. There is definitely a way to have the wedding of your dreams on a budget.


What was your biggest splurge?

The venue. It was a little pricey considering our overall budget. However, it was gorgeous and my husband and I decided to splurge in this area and cut corners in others so that we could get married at The Arbors.


What was your favorite detail?

The groom was my favorite of course…! I had TONS of favorite details though from our day!

I also loved my wedding dress… lace and detail for days!

My bouquet consisted of café au lait dahlias, blushing bride protea, 3 types of roses in whites and blushes, and eucalyptus and dusty miller greenery. Our invitations were printed on wood paper to compliment the tree farm wedding venue. We also did shimmery blush envelopes to add a feminine softness to the rustic wood paper.

All in all it was simple in all it’s elegance. Simple describes us and that’s what we were going for.  


What is the most memorable moment of your day?

After going back and forth, my husband and I decided to do a first look prior to the ceremony. Not only for the photo opportunity it provided, but we exchanged our personal vows and did a first champagne toast at that time. It also allowed us fifteen minutes to ourselves during a crazy day. It turned out to be the most memorable part of the day and I wouldn’t change it for anything. And our photographer, Katy, captured it so perfectly I relive it every time I see the pictures!



Photography: Katheryn Jeanne Photography  •  Venue: The Arbors Events • Flowers: Willow Floral Boutique • Stationery: Love, M • Catering: LKN Wedding and Events • Bakery: Publix • DJ: Split Second Sound • Hair Stylist: Rachel at Bella Lago Salon and Spa • Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom • Wedding Gown Designer: BHLDN (Willowby by Waters) • Bridal Salon: Bella Lago Salon and Spa • Jewelry: Mikimoto • Headpiece: BHLDN • Shoes: Macy’s • Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse



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