Happy first week of fall! To celebrate we have a pretty wedding form the mountains of North Carolina. Joy and Doug had an intimate celebration with lots of simple, meaningful details. I especially love her pretty brown sandals. Who says bridal shoes have to be glittery high heels? The bride provided some details about their DIY and budget-friendly wedding below. Thanks to photographer Amanda Summerlin for sharing this wedding with Pixie Dust Bride!
We put up and took down all of the decorations ourselves (with help from family and friends) and made the flower arrangements and bouquets. The flowers were from Trader Joe’s, The Fresh Market, and wild daises, buttercups, and ferns we picked on our venue’s property. I painted glass bottles we collected for the tables and bought vintage tablecloths on eBay and Etsy. We gave away most of them as favors after the reception. We used twinkle lights (mostly borrowed) for the pavilion. Our wedding party wore whatever they wanted out of their closets, and I did my own makeup. My cousin did my hair. My fiance and I made the invitations ourselves, as well as our wedding website. And all of the cakes were made by families and friends. We also made our own playlists and used iPods. We borrowed the sound equipment. We bought a ton of noisemakers from Party City for our send off. Oh yeah! And we wrote the ceremony and my sister performed it.
Venue: FENCE – Foothills Equestrian Nature Center: Ceremony and reception location. Gorgeous and inexpensive, plus they’re a nonprofit and teach nature classes for kids in the area (among 20,000 other things). They provided the tables and chairs.
Food: Giardini Trattoria – Caterers and rehearsal dinner site. Delicious Italian food. They grow their own veggies and teach gardening classes. We bought the alcohol to cut costs.
Dress: J. Crew (found on eBay!)
Groom’s attire: J. Crew
Hair and Makeup: The bride and her cousin
Julius Alterations & Cleaners: Altered my wedding dress
Rings: Andrea Bonelli Jewelry
Dinnerware Rentals: Berbank & Company
Photography: Amanda Summerlin Photography – Amanda is a fantastic photographer. We found her on the website “A Practical Wedding.”