Vintage Chic Fall Wedding by J+A Photography

This next little piece of  vintage chic gorgeousness is lovely as you can possibly get. With handmade DIY details infused into every corner, a warm and rustic fall color palette, and the most beautiful flowers to make your heart melt you would hardly believe it was all achieved on a budget. That’s why we know this North Carolina wedding, photographed by J & A Photography is one you’ll want to ponder over again and again. 

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From the bride & groom: Our wedding day was simply perfect and I could not have asked for a better day!  When I began planning for our special day, I knew that I wanted it to have a vintage feel with an elegant touch. Immediately, my first stop was my Aunt Janice, our decorating extraordinaire.  I gave her my vision, my colors, my random ideas that didn’t make a lot of sense, and told her to run with it… I trusted her 1,000% to make it perfect! 

We had a little over a year to prepare, so we began collecting family heirlooms and portraits to add the special touches to our day.  We had old pictures, family bibles, and other special pieces that we wanted incorporated.  Aunt Janice turned my random thoughts and MANY Pinterest snapshots into something wonderful and unforgettable. There were many nights spent making flower arrangements and decorations.  In fact, every flower (including my bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets, and all boutonnieres) were handmade by my Aunt Janice and Aunt Sharon!!!  They are some AWESOME ladies!  My family and I bagged all of the favors and birdseed and the delicious deserts as well.

The aim was to create my dream wedding on a budget… and we DEFINITELY accomplished that!  We truly had a great team on our side that kept things running as smoothly as possible!  Of course there were challenges, but we were determined to not let anything stand in our way.  The most memorable part of the day was the First Look! (seeing each other before the wedding) I will forever and always be grateful to J+A for suggesting it to me… despite my wishes to be super traditional!! Experiencing that moment… just the two of us… was priceless! THANKFULLY, I have the pictures to help me remember that moment (and our entire day) for the rest of our lives!

 

Photography: J+A Photography / Ceremony Venue: Sandy Plain Church– Pink Hill, NC / Reception Venue: Duplin Commons (Kenansville Agricultural Center) – Kenansville, NC / Dress: MoriLee from Carolina Bridal World, Smithfield, NC / Tuxes: Busy Bee – Beaulaville, NC /Hair Artist: Hair Exchange – Beaulaville, NC / DJ: Weekend Dance Party / Linens: Cornerstone Florist and Gifts – Beaulaville, NC / Dance Floor/ Rentals: Grand Rental Station – Clinton, NC / Florals/centerpieces: Family + Friends

Invitations by Betsywhite Stationery

Pinterest Inspired DIY Wedding From Jordan Weiland Photography

This next little soiree proves the saying ‘Life is beautiful in its simplicity!’ Just ask Michelle and Josh and their Gainesville, FL wedding captured by Jordan Weiland Photography. From the intimate ceremony held in a glass chapel to the sweet Pinterest inspired details adorning the backyard reception, this DIY darling has all the right components for a beautiful budget affair that delivers a lifetime of cherished memories.

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Photographer:  Jordan Weiland Photography / Dress Store:  David’s Bridal / Cake Designer:  Publix / Equipment Rentals:  Party Time Rentals / Shoes:  Jos. A. Banks / Church:  Trinity United Methodist / Reception: Groom’s Parent’s Estate / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Sweet Rustic Wedding on a Budget

This is not just a beautiful celebration of two people in love, but also a lovely celebration of their Dutch heritage! Janessa and Eric combined sweet rustic style, homemade DIY details and a pretty array of delft blue and white Dutch decor to create their perfect and personalized wedding day. What’s more, all this beauty and charm was budget-friendly with plenty of help from friends and family! Thanks to Lyn Ismael for perfectly capturing all the adorable details.

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Beautiful bride Jenessa shares the details: 

Wedding Theme

My vision was a wedding that was very personal to myself and my husband. We wanted every detail to reflect us and allow every guest to see our love for each other and our excitement for our special day. We went with a mix of themes to allow this to happen. When I looked through wedding pictures, I loved the rustic theme, and had decided to theme my wedding with rustic decorations. I also loved the DIY weddings, and wanted to have part in decorating my wedding. Finally, my husband and I both have backgrounds from the dutch culture. We chose a few dutch patterns (delft blue) and traditions to incorporate in our wedding.

Wedding Budget

We had a low budget wedding! I am proud to say our total wedding cost was just under $10,000!

Ceremony & Reception

We chose to get married in my church where I grew up. It was a beautiful space, very personal to me, and also traditional. We had decided to have our reception in a beautiful golf club with lots of wonderful details!

Colour Palette

We chose a dark navy blue colour mixed with a fresh green. We used lots of burlap and, of course, white!

Bride’s Wedding Style

My wedding gown was purchased at David’s Bridal. It had a sweetheart neckline and was a fit to flare style. The wedding party all wore TOMS shoes to the wedding! (www.toms.ca) My accessories were all made by my good friends! I had a beautifully simple earring set and necklace with some pearls!

Bouquets

The bouquets were a mixture of fresh green and white flowers. They were wrapped with burlap and I carried two pins from my late Oma’s (great-grandmothers).

Bridesmaids

The bridemaid’s wore beautiful dresses from Macy’s. They were only $15! They were halter top style in a dark blue colour. They also wore handmade jewelry made by the same good friends that made mine. They used a delft blue bead for the earrings! Our flower girl wore a traditional white dress and carried a basket with burlap flowers, throwing white petals on the aisle.

Decorations & Flowers

We decorated with lots of fresh flowers (including baby’s breath). The reception tables had a white table cloth with a burlap square in the middle. Each table’s centerpiece was unique. We had a tree stump in the middle, a homemade table number (including pictures), and a variety of delft blue decorations and candles.

Wedding Cake

The wedding cake was made by my fabulous sister! It was white with little birds on top which were hand painted by my amazing mother to represent the bride and groom! We had sheet cakes made by my Aunt for a late night snack (decorated in a delft blue pattern!)

Favours

We chose chocolate letters as our favours. This is a dutch tradition! The letters we gave our were “J”‘s, “E”‘s, and “V”‘s! My mother sewed little burlap bags for each box and I attached a wooden heart burned with a message on each.

Congratulations Jenessa and Eric on your beautiful wedding day. You prove how it is possible to achieve a gorgeous look on a low budget!

 

 

 

Photography:  Lyn Ismael: Evocative Imagery of Love Stories / Reception Venue:  Listowel Golf Country Club / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Creative DIY Wedding by Chelsea Nicole Photography

If this wedding had another title, it would have to be…’Coca Cola Bottles and Vintage Sweethearts.’ Or then maybe…‘How to design a Budget Wedding and make it look Totally Adorable‘ would also suit it to a T. Clearly, either one would beautifully sum up this, offbeat, fun and incredibly creative backyard brunch. And with so many pretty pics by Chelsea Nicole Photography, it’s a vintage-inspired affair that will make you wish eclectic was a ‘must-have’ wedding style. 

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The bride’s dress was a handmade vintage dress (from Etsy) which she teamed with a pair of shoes her mom bought two years previously. They were perfect for her vintage retro look.

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She wanted her bridesmaids to be completely themselves and ‘comfortable,’ so they each chose a dress from their wardrobe the day before! The flowers for the mismatched bridesmaid’s bouquets were all individually chosen to reflect each girl’s personality.

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All elements of the wedding were contributed by family and friends, with the bride delegating a specific task to each person she knew they would enjoy. For instance, those who loved to cook brought the food. Her roommate arranged flowers and a bridesmaid arranged the bouquets. This offbeat bride also wanted to look around on the day and see things which were familiar to her. All the decorations used to decorate the backyard came from the bride’s house. Each jar used in the table centerpieces had a story attached to them and the flowers used were from a neighbors yard. Even the oak tables were fashioned by the old man across the street. Everyone played a part ….everyone was connected.

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Naturally, the traditional wedding cake was given the flick. Instead, the bride and her friends visited Dunkin Donuts the day before and voila! …this wonderful interpretation of a breakfast croqombouche was created out of donuts. What an awesome idea!

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From the photographer: This North Carolina DIY brunch wedding stands out amongst most for its creative edge. The Coca Cola bottles, vintage vases, ornately covered books, croquet to entertain quests, doughnut tower and wild flowers, created a rustic, yet vintage venue that mirrored the bride and groom’s free spirit and artistic style. Cobwebs and giant bumbles bees only added to the decor. Being not the typical bride, the guest book was tossed and replaced with a corner table where “love” notes could be written and placed in an ornate box. Bridesmaids each wore there own dress of choice as did the groomsmen and flower girls. An assortment of wildflowers were chosen for bouquets each reflecting the style of that particular bridesmaid who carried it. After skipping down the aisle to meet her groom, the guests chuckled, vows were exchanged, and everyone could see the true, sincere love these two shared. I was honored to be apart of such an important moment in this couple’s journey together.

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 Photographer: Chelsea Nicole Photography / Venue: Neighbour’s Backyard / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Budget Beautiful Montreal Wedding by Ella Photography

This joyful budget Montreal Wedding by Ella Photography proves without a doubt you can have a beautiful wedding without a huge outlay. Eve and Ben celebrated their big day back in May. They were able to successfully keep their wedding costs to a minimum due to the wonderful support of their friends, family and local community. Eve, a volunteer at her church’s Mom & Tots class, was given use of the church for both the ceremony and reception free of charge. They also saved by renting the bridal gown and groom’s tuxedo, as well as by Eve’s mom supplying all the food. These smart alternatives meant many of the typical big dollar wedding items were practically eliminated. As you’ll see from their wonderful images, their clever planning and small outlay did not take anything away from their special day.Budget Beautiful Montreal WeddingThe whole joyous occasion is full of pretty details, bright pops of purple, simplistic style and loving moments. I also love the use of graffiti walls as a backdrop for their portfolio pics to give their wedding photography a modern city feel. Congratulations Eve and Ben on a beautiful wedding. You’ve reminded us how generosity and love are truly the essence of a magical wedding.

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Photographer:  Ella Photography
Floral Designer:  Boutique Fleuriste Coin Vert
Reception Venue:  River’s Edge Community Church
Bridal Dress:  L’amour Eternel
Makeup Artist:  Stephanie Torino
Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  l’entrepot du tuxedo
 
Courtesy of Two Bright Lights

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