Glorious, refreshing and stunning. Those are the words that come to mind when scrolling through the photos from Bonnie and Ian’s wedding. From the khaki and white attire and the clear blue sky of the ceremony to the celebratory outdoor reception with Cajun cuisine, everything about this wedding is splendid. Enjoy today’s budget-savvy outdoor wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Bonnie + Ian
August 11, 2013
Seattle, WA | UW Botanic Gardens
What was your budget?
Our total budget was about $15,000.
Cajun Band: $500
Wedding Planner: $1000
Gospel Choir: $500
Lightning and Sound: $500
Taxi home: Free
How many guests did you have?
We had approximately 200 guests.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
I’m a Cajun from Louisiana so we added some Cajun flare—red beans and rice (I cooked and froze//caterer heated and served) as well as Cajun band
Ian likes pie and not cake so we had pies. He also had a special memory of blue bonnets in Texas – a wild flower that we had his texas family dry – we included these in the invitations.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
Cook our own food, recruit family and friends to do our music.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Get a wedding planner. Have fun co-creating. Don’t go solo if you are the bride. It’s your first chance to co-create something with your spouse.
What was your biggest splurge?
Our photographer. Didn’t regret it a bit! We love our photos.
What was your favorite detail?
Dinner set up and where we signed the marriage license—we chose a separate spot under the trees, away from the crowd
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
It was such a beautiful day—I can’t choose. Seeing all the plans take shape—the designs we planned actually happen. There was a moment when I stood in front of the crowd of white guests and felt breathless. It looked like redemption—which was the theme of my wedding. My first husband was abusive, so having everyone where white was a sign of second chances, hope, and God’s redemption of what had been just a dark time in my life. My husband Ian is a kind man, and I believed on that day that my story would change. And it has.
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