I come from a long line of DIYers (before
there was even an acronym for it). Sure, most do-it-yourselfing is
necessary from a financial perspective, but there’s also the desire
to have a certain level of quality control that you can’t always get
unless you do it yourself (you know the old saying, “if you want something
down right gotta do it yourself”).  My budget for the wedding
was $10,000 and while it was challenging to keep it under this price,
it IS doable.  I had quite a few caterers laugh at me when I told
them my budget.  I found that as soon as you say “wedding”
it costs another $50 per person, so I stopped saying “wedding” and
began referring to it as a party with 130 guests.  I think I finally
told my caterer that it was a wedding a week before the date!
There is no doubt, that planning, preparing, and running a wedding yourself
is a labor of love, but my wedding had the signature of all my loved
ones and that is priceless. Well, I guess there was a price, but it
WAS under $10,000!


White daisies, mums, and sunflowers filled antique mason jars and votives
borrowed from my sister’s wedding provided candlelight as the sun
went down.


In spite of my avoidance to be pinned
down to any color scheme, I finally committed to yellow, black and white
polka dot, and some red.  Tables were covered in white table clothes
and topped with an accenting black and white polka dot square. 


Trees were adorned with mason jar lanterns hanging from twine in the


We opted for pies
instead of a wedding cake and set up a candy bar which the children
raided sometime before I even made it down the aisle!


The reception was held in the back yard.  We hired a local caterer to serve up some BBQ and a
tent was rented for folks to sit down and eat.  We opted not to
have a formal sit down dinner, because no one ever really wants cocktail
hour to end!
we strung thousands of twinkling white lights around the pool to establish
a dance floor on the court yard for our guests to get their groove on.



Flowers: www.theflowerexchange.com

Bride’s jewelry:  Noaki.etsy.com

Bride’s dress:  Priscilla of
Boston Drew (this was my splurge that initially set me over budget,
but I was able to sell my dress which kept me at my budget once again)

Bride’s Shoes: www.endless.com (adorned with vintage rhinestone clip-on earrings
from ebay)

Bride’s Veil:  http://stores.ebay.com/Brendas-Bridal-Veils

Tags for wedding favors: madebyjackie.etsy.com

Granola – “Mimi’s Homemade Granola-
for details email me.

Guest Book: enjibeck.etsy.com

Caterer:  Party Girl Planners

Photographer:  Kelli Cohee www.kellicohee.com

Groom’s Suit: Express

Groom’s Shoes: Steve Madden www.zappos.com

Wedding & Engagement rings: Halloween
Jewelry by Henry David, Philadelphia, PA

Bridesmaids Dresses:  Macy’s

Bridemaids Shawl:  HandMeDowns.etsy.com

Music:  John Conahan & The Hoppin
John Orchestra

A big thank you to Kelli Cohee and Adrienne for sharing these lovely images with us today!


Comments (9)

Heidi | Reply

I love sunflowers so much. I so want to use them in my wedding too.

Heather | Reply

Precious. I admire how lighthearted and homey this wedding feels. These are my favorite.

Kristina | Reply

Thanks for sharing. Im planning a 10k and need all the inspiration I can get.

TheCottonWife | Reply

How beautiful and unpretentious! That goes for the wedding AND the couple!

kristin {bridal buzz} | Reply

Love the "just married" pendant banner, so cute! The couple looks gorgeous, they were made for each other!

michella | Reply

where oh where can I get these shoes!? gorgeous all of it.

Meredith | Reply

I would just love to know if anyone else has used the internet wholesale flower deal. Has this worked out well for anybody? Please let me know!

NICOLE | Reply

I absolutely love the polka dot ties on the men. Where are these from??

Adrienne | Reply

your wedding was beautiful! I especially like it because I’m Adrienne and I’m marrying Michael on April 11 this year!