I wanted to post the details of our vow renewal months ago, but due to some unforeseen circumstances I just received our photos. Patience really is a virtue and I’ve found that in this case, it really paid off. I couldn’t be happier that we spent less than $6000 for EVERYTHING and the photos make me feel like we easily spent more.
I purchased my dress new with tags from Once Wed. This was actually my second dress. I hated the first one so much that I sold it to a very happy bride on the same website. The dress is designed by Mori Lee.
His suit: Calvin Klein from Men’s Warehouse that he purchased with a 40% off coupon.
Hair & makeup: I wanted a very natural look with my hair up. The team of stylists did an amazing job making the entire bridal party feel pampered.
The Venue: We wanted to keep our vow renewal intimate, with only our close friends and family in attendance. We also wanted to be outdoors. We chose a private residence in the middle of no where for a price that was RIDICULOUSLY affordable and the owners were amazingly helpful. The sunset during dinner was breathtaking. We chose the perfect venue for us and wouldn’t change a thing.
The Flowers: All DIY with the exception of the bridal party bouquets and boutonnieres. I purchased a variety of white flowers that were in season in bulk online and placed them in mason jars throughout the venue. We saved a ton by doing them ourselves.
Photography: Our photos are by Jamie Michelle Photography. Our second photographer also happened to be a family friend and owns Ethan Heart Photography. The ladies did a great job. Although our photos took longer than expected, I’m so happy with them. It was important for us to have a lot of photos since we eloped and there weren’t many photos of our first ceremony.
First Look & Pre Ceremony Portraits:
I scored a deal at a local 4-star resort for $99/night, so my sisters and I stayed the night there so we could get pampered first thing in the morning. It also meant we got first look photos.
Our venue had so many great places to take photos, so we spent an entire hour getting just our portraits taken. We had our ceremony set for 2 hours after our first look.
The live oak trees were absolutely amazing and made a perfect backdrop for our photos.
This photo is actually one of my favorites from the thousands of photos taken that day. The light coming through the trees was gorgeous!
We had a hard time being serious in a lot of our portraits because our bridal party could not stop cracking jokes. This was the most serious I got. Philip tried to keep it together
And then we couldn’t stop laughing.
The bottom line:
You can have an amazing event on a tight budget, but the most important part is enjoying yourself. We surrounded ourselves with amazing people and that made our day beyond perfect. More goods on the emotional ceremony, care free reception and all the DIY details coming soon!
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