Alyssa & Zach’s wedding was just like them: simple, vintage, and effortlessly romantic. With lots of greenery, vintage cake stands, and gold picture frames of their engagement photos, this gorgeous day in May 2021 was the perfect celebration of their love story and first year of marriage.
From the moment Allison & Ryan started dreaming up their southern springtime wedding plans, Allison was sure she wanted to say their vows beside the beautiful pond on her parents’ property, where they had recently finished building a house. The large fields on either side of the driveway were perfect for the large tent and parking lot, and guests walked through a nearly hidden pathway through the woods to a sloping field leading down to the water. It was here, under a large tree draped in white, that the couple joined their lives forever.
Being a part of someone’s wedding is always an honor, but when we have the opportunity to help a couple elope, we’re over the moon. An elopement is an intimate exchange of vows, and when J&D let us know they wanted get married in either Durham or the Outer Banks with just 8 guests, we were thrilled.
When it comes to wedding officiants, we often see family members and friends take this position in a wedding celebration. While we love that our couples want someone special to them to be the person to join them in marriage, there are quite a few reasons why this isn’t a good idea. For starters, if you have a non-professional officiant officiate your wedding, there’s a good chance your marriage isn’t legal! We want all our couples to take the appropriate steps to make sure their marital bliss is legit, and hiring a professional officiant is the one sure-fire way to make this happen. But beyond the legality, there are some other great benefits to hiring your officiant, and our dear friend Ann McKenzie of Joy-Filled Ceremonies shared her insight into the top 5 reasons.
No matter the number, you have a budget that you want to stick to for your wedding… and that isn’t always the easiest. Figuring out the actual cost of a wedding day is difficult enough; figuring out how to come up with the money is a whole different story. So today we’re sharing our 18 tips and tricks to stretch your wedding budget, make the most out of your finances and keep you calm through the planning process.