Romance abounds in this beautifully transformed vintage forest wedding. Hundreds of string lights sparkled above Candace and Ian, as they shared their, "I do's!"
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Finding The Perfect Dress
From the Bride:
I actually first saw my dress before I even met Ian! My friend, and wedding photographer, Liz of Lizard Nickel Photography had previously worked at BHLDN, and so I became interested in BHLDN dresses. I would browse online every now and then, and one day, I saw…THE DRESS! Made by designers, fancy, this dress was all I wanted. I don’t know why— it was nothing I planned on loving, but I loved it. I waited to purchase it until I was engaged, and it was almost too late! I literally ordered the last one, and it came, and I loved it even more! This dress was made for me.
Micro Flower Budget
Wanting to save money, I decided not to order flowers in advance. Instead, my dear friend, Judith, and I got up at 8 AM on the wedding day, and went to the local grocery store in Loomis, and purchased their best looking flowers.
This might seem crazy because this meant that I was unable to choose exactly which flowers were going to be at my wedding in advance, but I was willing to let go of that control to save some money. We ended up with pink snap dragons for the bridesmaids, wild spring flowers for me, a single lily for Ian’s boutonniere, and the hydrangeas and wild spring flowers for the 2 table arrangements. The total: less than $40!
Love Lineage Dress Display
I had my grandmother’s, mother’s, and mother’s-in-law wedding dresses displayed on borrowed dress forms. For the grandmothers that did not have wedding dresses, I displayed pictures of them with their husbands from their younger days. Each dress/picture had a chalkboard tag displaying the years that they were married, and from which side of the wedding party the family member was from.
Advice On Compromise
Brides, compromises are not a bad thing! Sometimes you will be surprised at what you can come up with when you cannot get your way! I cannot imagine liking my original plan of solid wood tables any more than I liked my fold up tables with the linens and runners!
Don’t sweat the small stuff…actually don’t even sweat the big stuff! Seriously none of it is that big of a deal. Let me tell you, the day before the wedding, the cleaners that pressed my dress put a stain and a hole in my dress…oh well! Life goes on! And guess what…I got married anyhow! Plus, no one even noticed the stain or the hole.
Get a closer look at this vintage forest wedding by watching the fabulous film created by Luxe Studios below.