Elegant Garden Wedding at the Twin Oaks Garden Estate

Cinematography: George Street Photo & Video

Photographer: Desiree Shuey
Venue: Twin Oaks Garden Estate
Hair: Bethaney Nelson of Hair by Bethaney
DJ: Deondre of My DJ's
Flowers: Jerri Disney
Shoe Designer: Badgley Mischka
Phot0 Booth: Flashbooth Photography
Candy Table, Banners & Table Design: Savvy Celebrations
Stationery: Custom Invitations by Cindy Matistic | Makeup: Yesenia Napoles

Read on to learn some of the things Yisel and Vicente splurged on as well as ways they saved and to hear what Yisel would have done differently.

From the Bride:
We found great deals on certain things, handmade many of the special details and decided to splurge on the things most important to us. While we feel that it was worth every penny, we are not proud of the fact that we went so over budget. Our budget was originally $25K, not including a honeymoon, which we are currently saving for. We went way over and are a little embarrassed to put it all out there.

One of my big splurges were my invitations. I love stationery, wrapping paper, etc., and this was important to me. I hired Custom Invitations by Cindy Matistic to make my invitations, menus, table names, bar menu and a few other signs. She was willing to work with me totally open to taking my ideas and requests. And the invitations? BEAUTIFUL!! The table names? Gorgeous! Definitely worth every penny.

Our other splurge? Our photo booth… this.was.a.blast!! Let me tell you, our photo booth was a hit! Even our aunties that we didn’t imagine being silly, got in on the costume action at the booth.. We got copies of all the photo strips too and they are PRICELESS!

What the Bride would have done differently:
Our day turned out so beautiful that I almost don't want to admit that there were a few things I would have done differently.

First, in the beginning of our planning I really wanted to hire a wedding planner. I contacted her during the off-season and she offered an amazing deal, but we decided not go with her due to our budget. We also thought that since the venue offered us day-of-coordinators we may not need it. Wrong! The planner would have helped us so much leading up to the day of! We had no idea how much detail and planning would go into the wedding. The last two months were waaaay more stressful than they should have been. At one point during those last weeks, Vicente and I looked at each other, and almost at the same time said 'we should've gone with the planner'. We lucked out because our super creative sisters and friends helped us pull it together. However, I know if we had a planner we could've enjoyed those last couple of months before the wedding, instead of feeling so overwhelmed. It would have been the best money we spent!

Second, we worked hard on and were proud of the favors and details that we prepared for our guests - the Hankies/Thank You Cards, the candy table goodies, the Programs, photo booth pictures. I REALLY wish we had made it a point to separate some of these goodies for our court and parents. They didn't grab hankies, programs or candy. They were busy being in the wedding and didn't have a chance to enjoy that stuff. Specifically, I really wish we had made time to take pictures with our entire court at the Photo Booth. We received copies of all our guests' photo booth pics and they are hilarious! The photo booth was such a hit and our guests had so much fun with it, that we look back and wish we had taken 15 minutes on our own with our court to just be silly and have fun in that area.

The day was pretty perfect, but those are a couple of things I would change.