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Tennessee Wedding by Joy Chambers Photography: Katy + Ryan

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Excited to share this sweet wedding with you today! The bride and I were on the dance team together in high school and the talented photographer Joy Chambers went to our high school, too, so it’s super fun for me to feature it! It doesn’t hurt that the bride Katy is stunning (I mean just look at how glamorous she looks with her fur shrug!!) and the details are just as lovely! I love that they used stumps and pieces of wood as decor items in their venue which is basically like an old warehouse, so it has a rustic yet vintage and industrial feel. I’m a sucker for simple buttercream cakes with flowers as decoration, and the record themed grooms cake is adorable! Overall I just love the details of this wedding and I know you will love it, too! Hope you enjoy this edition of the Budget Savvy Wedding of the Week!

Katy + Ryan
November 12, 2011
Nashville, Tennessee
Ceremony: Eastwood Christian Church  ||  Reception: Marathon Village

What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.

Under $10,000

Food: $1,500
Alcoholic Drinks: $300 (Gotta love wine from Trader Joes!)
DJ: $500
Cakes: $500
Flowers: $700
Invitations/Paper Goods: $300
Reception Venue: $1,250
Church: $300
Dress/Veil: $1,000
Jewelry: $35
Décor: centerpieces – DIY; tablecloths & linens = $500
Photography: Inquire for rates (discount price given because the photographer was a friend)


How many guests did you have?

Around 200

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

Everything was DIY!

We used lots of family antiques (old boxes & jars), and we had a whole area of stained-glass candle shields that were handmade by my grandparents. All of the logs and stumps that were used at the reception site were cut by my dad.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Call in favors from friends! Seriously- we had a family friend to cater, my bridesmaid’s mother did the flowers, a family friend performed the ceremony, a family friend photographed… Also, since everything was DIY, we were able to purchase items as we had money. Our engagement was about 8 months, so we had time to wait for the best deals to roll around. I didn’t buy a single thing from Hobby Lobby unless it was on sale!

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

Have fun and don’t let it stress you out!!! It’s the biggest day of your life and planning and preparing should be just as fun as the actual wedding day. Do everything you can in advance of the wedding weekend. It will alleviate so much stress (I PROMISE!) I was willing to do whatever it took to make sure my mom and sister were there with me the whole day while I got ready. I didn’t want them at the reception venue putting final touches on everything. I wanted to leave our reception venue on Friday night and know that EVERYTHING was done, and it was. That was such a relief for me, and we truly got to enjoy the whole day! Also, hot glue guns are a bride’s best friend!

What was your biggest splurge?

FOOD!!!! If there’s anything the hubbs and I have in common, it is our love for good, southern comfort food. We wanted a full plate of everything yummy that we love, so it was our biggest splurge.

What was your favorite detail?

Definitely the table centerpieces. Everything about them. We used logs & tree stumps (that my dad cut himself) moss, acorns, river rocks, miniature (and normal sized) pinecones, grapevine, honeysuckle vine, bark, burlap, twine… Basically anything that looked like we picked it up off a forest floor! The effect was stunning!

The best part about the centerpieces is that they were all designed, styled, and constructed weeks before the wedding. My mom and I covered her dining room table with a burlap cloth (that’s what we used for table toppers) and put each of the 14 table and 5 cocktail table centerpieces together. We wrote down a description of what they would look like, labeled the jars that would have flowers in them, took a picture of it, and then boxed them up in individual boxes labeled “Table #XX” or “Cocktail Table” and then put them away.

The Friday before the wedding when we were setting everything up, it took us longer to sweep the floors than in did for us to arrange the centerpieces.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Our “Special Moment” before we started taking pictures. I was so excited and nervous and happy walking down those stairs to see Ryan. He was facing away from me at the bottom of the staircase, and I literally thought my knees were going to shake off of my legs. I am an incredibly emotional person (I will cry if a balloon pops) but at that moment I was filled with so much happiness, which would normally make me drown in my own tears, but all I could do was smile and laugh and hug my sweet husband (the photo of us hugging at that moment is one of my favorites)


Photography: Joy Chambers Photography (LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!) |  DJ: Bobby Howard  |  Catering: Granny’s Gourmet Catering  |  Wedding Cake: Cakes by Vanelle  |  Groom’s Cake: Virginia Claire’s Bake Shoppe  |  Invitations & Paper Goods: The Write Impression (Murfreesboro)  |  Dress & Veil: The White Room Murfreesboro  |  Bridesmaid Dresses: The Bride Room (Nashville)  |  Jewelry: Anthropologie  |  Tuxedos: Street Tuxedo


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