You might not believe me, but this gorgeous wedding? Well, it was designed on a pretty tight budget. It’s living proof that great style can be achieved without breaking the bank and end result was the kind of affair us wedding bloggers dream of. Martha Hatfield styled the day behind the scenes, and Kate Osborne worked her usual camera magic. Let the pin party begin!
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From Martha Hatfield… We were on a budget from the get-go, so when my sister asked me to help her plan and execute her wedding to her high school sweetheart, I jumped at the the opportunity to roll up my sleeves and get to work! I knew that being on a budget didn’t mean that the aesthetic of the day’s events had to be sacrificed, we simply needed to spend wisely.
I began the design process by asking my sister what was most important to her. Like many brides, the dress was at the top of her list. Wedding gowns can run you a small fortune, so we decided to purchase silk and lace ourselves and work with a local seamstress, and family friend, to create a custom gown which turned out beautifully!
My sister and her fiancé decided against a reception and instead opted for an outdoor dinner celebration for 150 guests made up of family and close friends. This allowed us to spend a little more on food and rentals. While it would have been wonderful to create lush floral arrangements for 19 tables, I knew it was not in the budget. Instead, we created tall arrangements using foraged tree branches. I will never forget the experience of clipping tree branches the night before the wedding with my parents. Every time we saw headlights coming our way, we’d quickly turn off our flashlights and stand still! Since the private property where we held the dinner at was so beautiful, I didn’t need to plan for too much in terms of décor. I displayed family photos from their childhoods on two old orchard ladders we found on the groom’s family farm. I also used some old, weathered pieces of wood from their farm to create a “dinner and dancing” sign to direct guests to the dinner celebration out back.
The finishing touches came in the form of 6 beautiful frames our paternal grandfather made using old cedar boards from the side of their home before a remodel and an old torn down fence made of Ponderosa Pine. The bride and groom will treasure those frames for years to come. At the end of the evening, guests took home little jars of homemade jam made by the groom’s mother using grapes from their family farm.
Photography: Kate Osborne Photography | Videographer: McKenzie Darrington | Cake: Mother Of The Bride | Ceremony Location: Brigham City Utah Temple | Catering: Cafe Sabor | Groom's Suit: Adatto | Announcement Suite Design: Martha Hatfield | Announcement Suite Letterpress: Ink Run Press | Bride's Bracelet: Katie Waltman | Bride's Earrings: Gift From Maternal Grandmother | Bride's Gown: Mary Savage | Bride's Hair: Rileigh Uken, Studio 360° | Bride's Makeup: Bride's Sister, Miriam Rex | Bride's Ring: S.E. Needham | Event Design, Styling And Floral Design: Martha Hatfield | Tables, Chairs, Linens: Diamond Rental | Wedding Dinner Location: Private Property In River Heights, Utah