I took one look at today’s featured wedding and knew that I had to post it. It’s everything that you guys love…it’s beautiful, it’s incredibly chic AND it was designed by the bride on a budget. Does it get any better? So, without further ado, here is Nicole and Grant’s Rustic, Chic Affair…

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all of the insanely gorgeous photographs by Lauren Brooks

From the gorgeous bride, Nicole…

We were married September 20th in Bend, Oregon. Being on a tight budget we ended up using a venue owned by Bend Parks & Rec department (a great but often overlooked option if you are on a budget). Aspen Hall was perfect – absolutely beautiful outside and a nice lodge style hall for the reception. It also allowed us to do everything ourselves, which was incredibly important to me.

When I envisioned my wedding day several things were important – that it be unique and representative of us, that we avoid going in to any debt, that we hand make as much as possible, that we have a huge dance party reception. I tried my best to keep these things in mind as I made decisions.

I knew early on I wanted to use earthy/fall colors and for there to be a vintage/rustic look to things. I was afraid finding a dress to fit this vision and my hard to please aesthetics would be difficult, but it proved otherwise. I found it in a small Seattle boutique – I Do Bridal (the first time I went dress shopping – it was the first one I chose, but the last one I tried on). I have no idea who the designer is and haven’t seen it anywhere else.

For my bridesmaids I wanted them to be all look different and comfortable. Looking back I wish I would have just said “Go get a brown dress,” instead I picked a designer and fabric and let the girls choose the style of dress – we ended up with 2 and 2 just by coincidence of taste. We bought my husband a Michael Kors suit that he loved and had the guys get any brown slacks, off white shirt, and a tie in a color that fit our scheme. I loved how that turned out – their personalities showed in their attire.

So much more to come!

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