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Honoring Lost Loved Ones At Your Wedding

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Many of you may have someone that you dearly wish could be there to celebrate on your big day. And over the years we have seen plenty of ways to ensure that they are at least there in spirit. Things like sewing a piece of their clothing on your wedding attire, dedicating a moment in the ceremony, or even simply playing a favorite song of theirs, just to name a few. For a few more great ideas keep scrolling to see just how Alicia and Patrick chose to remember Alicia's mother.
And before you go, take one more moment to admire all of the gorgeous images captured by Alex Bee Photo in the full gallery here . Be sure to scroll down to see the full budget breakdown to get an idea how much this lovely wedding costs.

custom wedding robes

lace overlay wedding gown from Lows Bridal

save the dates and wedding invites

words from the vendor

From Alex Bee Photo:Alicia & Patrick were married at The Reserve at Bluebird Hill on June 8th, 2013. Located on top of a hill in East Tennessee, this venue gives an amazing view of the Tennessee countryside! There are lots of personal touches in this wedding, like donation to Susan G Komen in memory of the bride's mother, and the locket on her bouquet, etc.

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first wedding look

junior bridesmaid in pink and yellow

coral and yellow bridesmaids

memorial bouquet for brides mother

steal worthy idea

Need some fantastic ideas for honoring deceased family members on your big day? We love both of these ideas from Alicia and Patrick's ceremony.

1. Add an In Loving Memory section to your wedding programs. This allows you to list several if you have more then one, or give a small description of the person you are missing.

2. Set up a memorial table. Frame and set out old photos of your family member(s) to remember all of the joyful moments you had with them. Alicia also chose to set up a Susan G Komen donation jar in honor of her mother.

wedding programs and celebration streamers

memorial table

I love the rustic yet contemporary vibe of the wedding. The buckets of baby's breath that lined the chairs at the ceremony were such a great way to include lots of florals at the ceremony site. After they were married, the party started! It was a great Tennessee summer wedding.

this is where our story begins sign

buckets of babys breath and rustic ceremony arch

here comes the bride

saying i do

just married

from the bride

My advice for future brides is just to savor every moment and don’t stress about the small things. In the end, you’re married to the person you love, and that’s all that matters. Also, just because you notice something that isn’t the way it’s supposed to be, no one else will notice so don’t worry! 

marriage advice for the bride and groom

and they lived happily ever after card and advice table

wedding sign and throw pillow

burlap table runners with mason jar centerpieces

jute and lace wrapped centerpieces and thank you notes for each guest

I wish I had hired a videographer. The pictures are wonderful, but I wish I could remember what people said during their speeches and to catch anything that might have happened that I didn’t get to see. Also, I think it would be so sweet to watch your wedding video on each anniversary.

im her mr and im his mrs seat signs

burlap rosette accented wedding cake

football themed grooms cake

cheers to the happy couple

Read on to see how much this pink and yellow wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.

Budget Breakdown:
Venue: $5,250
Flowers: $1,500
Photographer: $3,000
DJ: $800
Food/Alcohol (including bartenders, silverware, plates, etc): $9,500
Dress: $1,400 (including belt)
Hair/Makeup: $175
Decorations: roughly $900 (We were able to make a lot of my decorations which saved some money)
Transportation: $300
Hotel to get ready in and where bride and groom spent the night: $300
Music for Ceremony: $320
Lighting and Draping on Ceiling: $1,800
Preacher: $150
Save the Dates/Invitations: $530
Wedding Favors: $300
Bridesmaid/Groomsmen gifts: $620
Total: roughly $26,000

ServiceVendor
Cake & CatererBradford Events
Coordinator & Venue
Coordinator & VenueThe Reserve at Bluebird Hill
DjOgle Entertainment
Dress shopLow's Bridal
FlowersLB Floral
HairThe Color Bar
LightingLuma Designs
MakeupSouthern Sirens
PhotographyAlex Bee Photo