Though our personalities may be pretty different, our taste is
usually completely in sync.  So when it came time to plan the wedding,
there was no question: a barn in the country.  And even though neither
of us were exactly sure about what that really looked like, as we made
our big decisions (photographer, caterer, location), everything else
just sort of fell in place.  It also helped that we knew how we wanted
the wedding to feel.  Making sure that the wedding was always very “us”
really helped keep everything comfortable and casual and… us. 

Again, though Tec and I are so very different in
some respects, one thing that we do mirror one another in is money:
we’ve got Bloomingdales taste on a Wal-Mart budget.  And though our
budget played a huge role in our wedding, and while I know a lot of
brides are discouraged if they have a tight budget to work with, I
honestly feel that it challenged Tec and I to be more creative with our
wedding instead of just buying or hiring whatever and whoever everyone
else was.  (To be honest with you, we love to brag about a good deal.)
So to work within our budget, Tec and I prioritized.  Unsurprisingly,
the photographer and the location were numbers one and two.  We knew
that if we could be happy with those two things, we could work
everything else out.  

As it turned out, our photographer(the incredible Jose Villa) ended up to be
our only “splurge.”  And though it was a pretty hefty chunk of our
budget, we would do it again in a heartbeat.  We will have those images
for the rest of our lives, and I am not only in love with them, but I
can’t imagine our day being captured any other way.  But after Jose was hired and the estimate for the food and rentals was
in, it was operation “cut-as-many-corners-as-
possible.”  And so we
did!  Our venue was the farm of an acquaintance who let us use it for
free; we had the ceremony and the reception at the same location; my
mom made the bouquets and boutonnieres (and those flowers were bought
from Whole Foods); Tec and the groomsmen’s ties were from a thrift
store; my shoes were from a discounted department store; I borrowed my
sister’s veil; the flowers decorating the tables were from my
grandparent’s garden; we bartered with friends to have them video,
sing, and deejay at the wedding; I bought my jewelry from an Etsy
vendor… the list goes on and on!  The point to this is that just
because you’re working with a small amount of money, it doesn’t mean
that your wedding has to be anything less than what it should or can
be–it just takes some work and creativity!

To see more pictures from their gorgeous wedding check out the blog of the unbelievebly talented, Jose Villa. Stay tuned for more on Chelsea’s lovely DIY wedding invitations, save the dates, and programs…


Comments (14)

amanda b. young | Reply

Wow! Their wedding is simply stunning. I love her dress and all the details piece together just perfectly for such a lovely garden romance feel.

Christina | Reply

The wedding above is one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen in person and on wedding blog worlds. What a beautiful couple and setting!

Nicole | Reply

I love the idea in the last set of using fabric to take pictures in front of. SO cool….

kittytown | Reply

Everything is perfect! You were right to splurge on the photographer… the pictures are beautiful.

Shannon | Reply

Yes, the most beautiful couple and the most amazing wedding. So glad we have you in our lives Chelsea & Tec.

Shannon | Reply

An amazing couple and an amazing wedding. We are so grateful to have you both in our lives Tec and Chelsea.

erica | Reply

Gorgeous! Where did you get your bridesmaid dresses from?

tina | Reply

This wedding is such a breath of fresh air. It seems so hard to plan a beautiful wedding on a budget these days, but they did and boy was it stunning.

HTT | Reply

So beautiful, such an inspiration! I love her dress!

Vane | Reply

good lord, this wedding is gorgeous!

Erin | Reply

where, oh where did she get that dress?

Marg | Reply

On the photographers website it lists the designer of the dress as Claire Petitbone.

Lynn | Reply

Does anyone know where the bridesmaid dresses are from as well?

chelsea petaja | Reply

wow. you guys really are too, too sweet. i’m glad you all are enjoying it, and i wish each and every one of you could have experienced it in person. ;) and by the way, yes, the dress is a claire pettibone and the bridesmaid’s dresses were ordered from the British online shop asos.com their prices are (generally) incredibly reasonable and their stuff is pretty amazing. (here’s the link to the bridesmaid’s dresses: http://www.asos.com/Kate-Bosworth/Asos/Asos-Ruffle-Front-Chiffon-Halter-Dress/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=226212&cid=5186&clr=Grey&Rf-200=16&sh=0)