I have been swooning over this wedding since it arrived in my Two Bright Lights submission queue. Of course I always love Dixie Pixel’s work, so that was no surprise! In fact the bride loved Tara’s work so much that she spent over HALF her budget on the photography! It just goes to show how much brides value good photos– at the end of the day your photos are all you’ll be left with. If photos are your priority or if you just want to make sure you have a great documentation of your day, please don’t let your ‘uncle Bob’ shoot your wedding. Find a professional- do some research- find an up and coming photographer to save money if your budget is super tight- you will regret it if you don’t get great photos from your day. *steps off soap box*
This peacock theme wedding has some really precious details even though the budget was small. The bride’s gorgeous dress, fab hairpiece and accessories are so perfect! I think they pulled off the peacock theme so well and in such a classy way. I’m particularly loving the dreamy shots at the end of the bride and groom- such a great looking couple! Thanks so much to Brooklyn and Joshua for sharing your big day with us!!
What was your wedding budget?
$ 5,500 (We went a bit over budget but received a donation for the wedding which put us under budget)
Photography: $ 3,000
Videographer: free, friend who is in art school agreed to video the wedding and add a few special touches in the editing process since she is a graphic designer
Caterer: Catering service – $750- a gift, only paid for cost of food (dessert reception, coffee bar, & heavy hors d”oeuvres)
Flowers: $50- bridal bouquet and corsages were fresh flowers and made by sister-in-law and friend as a wedding gift, boutonnieres and bridesmaid lanterns were made by the bride
Venue: free, mother-in-law”s church
Music and DJ: free, from talented people in our lives who play the Saxophone, guitar, and drums agreed to play at the wedding, the DJ for the reception was a friend who has experience with sound systems and had a great voice to announce all events at the reception
Linens and Chairs: free, complimentary from church
Centerpieces and decorations: $275 -collected candle holders, vases, etc. from friends and family, lanterns, candles, and tall vases from IKEA, peacock feathers and tulle bought online at Save-on-crafts.com
Wedding Dress: $900- (hair piece and jewelry were gifts) from Bride Beautiful in ATL, shoes bought online at Overstock.com
Suit for Groom: $200- Overstock.com and it fit perfectly, tie- Macy’s
nGroomsman: $100- matching ties, Macy’s
Gifts for Bridesmaids: $100- bought at a jewelry show in Gatlinburg, TN where items are sold at wholesale, travel bags with names monogrammed on them, and jewelry for every bridesmaid
Gifts for Groomsman: $80 lighters with special touches for each individual Groomsman
Officiate donation: $75, he is a friend and we gave him a gift but he didn’t charge us for his service
All other miscellaneous expenses: $200
How many guests did you have?
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
I didn”t want my Bridesmaids to carry a standard bouquet and since the wedding was meant to be outdoors in the evening I wanted them to carry candle lit lanterns that were decorated with peacock feathers. Also every centerpiece was different and had a story to go along with its origination. We also had a time of worship during our wedding ceremony to thank our Lord for creating the gift of marriage.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We asked all of our friends and family to donate their talents as wedding gifts. For example, my mom’s friend is a caterer and gave her catering services as a wedding gift and only charged us for the cost of food. My friend is in a Praise and Worship band and she gave the gift of her voice along with the guys from the band who blessed us with their instrumental talents.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Make it your own. Don’t let people overwhelm you with etiquette or details that you don’t like. Don’t sweat the little things. What matters most are you, your husband, and having pictures to remember your special day.
What was your biggest splurge?
Photography, Tara at Dixie Pixel shot our Engagement pictures and after seeing her work I had to have her for the wedding! I saved all my pennies and booked her for the wedding!
What was your favorite detail?
My favorite detail was the small, hand-made paper peacocks that my sweet family spent hours making to add to the wedding centerpieces. Also I loved the starry night we created inside because our outdoor wedding was moved indoors due to the biggest storm of the spring season.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
I loved the moment when we recited our written vows to each other and the Lord showered us with his blessings. Literally during our vows it was raining so hard that some guests thought we were experiencing tornado activity.
Photography: Dixie Pixel Photography // Gown: Bride Beautiful
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