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So happy to share one of our own bride blogger's weddings! Today we are sharing the lovely Laura's real budget wedding- she got married in a vineyard in North Carolina and pulled it off on an impressive budget. Everything turned out so great and it looks like they had a fabulous time, too! I hope you enjoy the lovely photos from Laura and Josh's vineyard wedding shot by the talented Christopher Bell Photography. And if you want to get a little behind the scenes info about Laura's plans leading up to the big day, be sure to read her previous posts! Congrats Josh & Laura– hope married life is treating you well! xoxo- Jessica

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Laura and Josh

April 26, 2014

Asheville, North Carolina at Fontaine Vineyards

What was your wedding budget?

Photographer-$1,650 (including engagement session)
Officiant-$100 (donation to church)
Hair, Nails, & Make-Up: $140
Dress & Bridal Accessories-$600
Groom’s Tux-$180Flowers-$150
Invitations, Stationery, & Postage-$200
Wedding Party Gifts-$150
Sparklers for Send-Off-$30
TOTAL: $7,430

How many guests did you have?

50 guests attended

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

A very personal aspect to us was the ceremony. The best man’s aunt was our officiant, and we carefully chose our vows and the scriptures she read. I also chose to walk down the aisle with both my mom and my dad because they raised me to be the woman that I am today. I consider myself a modern woman and a feminist, so it was important to me have these aspects in our wedding.
Similarly, we used the ampersand (&) a lot to denote our joining together. Initially, we selected our invitations which had that detail, and then I found a silver ampersand to place on the head table. On that day, I wore a ring I had made with L & J engraved into a heart.
We did a few DIY projects with the signage, aisle markers, and centerpieces. I didn’t want to spend money on things I wouldn’t be able to give to another bride or reuse myself.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Having a small guest list was a huge savings, and we did our ceremony and reception at the same venue. They had tables and linens, chairs, and pretty much everything we needed already there, so we didn’t have to do any rentals.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Don’t be afraid to do what you want. We chose to keep wedding planning between the two of us to decrease conflict, and that way we were able to do a lot of things

What was your biggest splurge?

The venue and caterer, photographer

What was your favorite detail?

If I could only choose one, I’d say the chalkboard that Josh and I made together. My mom had a mirror at the end of the stairs in the house I grew up in, and she hadn’t put it up in the new house. I asked about it one day, and we found it in the garage. The mirror was broken, but she let me take the frame. We painted a piece of plywood with chalkboard paint and painted the frame. We used it as a program for guests when they came in to see who our attendants were, etc. We now have it in our house as an “I love you because…” board. It is a special part of my childhood that is being incorporated into our new life together.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Our first look! I walked down the hill to where Josh and our photographer were, and I was so nervous! My heart was pounding. When he turned around and saw me, it was like we were just meeting again. We were both giddy with excitement, and neither of us had slept well the night before. It was so nice to just see him, and it made me feel okay with everything else.


Venue & Catering: Fontaine Vineyards  //  Photography: Christopher Bell Photography  //  Blue Ridge Event Staffing
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