I originally saw a little teaser from this October wedding on the Southern Wedding Style magazine blog, and could not wait to know more! The combination of a super-stylish couple, fabulous photographers, a really cool space, and a reasonable budget (under $13,000 for 150 guests) was too good not to share.
Ashley decided not to wear any jewelry, because she liked the idea of only wearing her wedding ring. White vases from IKEA were filled with red flowers: celosia, carnations, dahlias, Vanda orchids, and viburnum berry, by Little Sparrow.
One of Ashley’s many DIY projects was to decorate the ceremony space. She bought round paper lanterns in bulk, covered them with cupcake liners, and hung them up with baker’s twine. Ashley and Dusty said their vows in the style of Dr. Seuss! They made glassine confetti packets themselves for each seat at the ceremony. Dusty spent hours punching circles out of colored paper, and Ashley sewed on the label that said, Throw at Ashley and Dusty as they walk back down the aisle as husband and wife for the first time. The ceremony programs were consistent with the wedding stationery, printed by Ashley on Crane‘s Lettra in Pearl White, with chocolate, red and pool blue ink. In addition to the ceremony information, they stapled a ticket to the bottom of the program for the Smilebooth. It also had a link to the wedding website where guests could see wedding, honeymoon and Smilebooth photos. The couple used an iPod for music at both the ceremony and reception.
One wall of the reception room was a prison line-up wall where Ashley and Dusty ended up taking family portraits. The huge letter “A” light sculpture was left at the studio after an Akon photo shoot the week before. Ashley and Dusty opted for a cake and ice cream reception, because as they said, “When we go to other weddings, we really just want to eat the cake.” They hired a Ben & Jerry’s cart to go along with their simple buttercream cake. For favors, they set up a candy bar where guests could fill up glassine bags letterpressed with “thank you for coming to our wedding” and seal them with round red or blue stickers. They also served grapefruit Izze and sodas in vintage bottles.
Ashley shared a bit about their wedding budget: We started off with a budget of $5,000… but it broke. We did the wedding for around $13,000. The main expenses were the photographers, my dress, the attire for the wedding party (our gift to our attendants), and all the wedding stationery… although I was able to do the stationery for a lot less since I did it myself. The only decor that we had were the cupcake-liner lanterns and the floral arrangements. We bought the vases at IKEA which saved a lot. I was able to find the cupcake liners and lanterns online in bulk, so that was very cheap and helped out a lot. So… If we had gone cheaper on the attire, we probably could have done the wedding for about $8,000.
Photographer: Our Labor of Love / Venue: Studio 900 in Atlanta / Stationery and Design: Ashley Meaders / Bride’s Dress: Suzanne Ermann, purchased at Kelly’s Closet / Brides’ Shoes: Chie Mihara / Bridesmaid Dresses: Betsy Johnson / Men’s Suits: Zara / Flowers: Little Sparrow / Ice Cream: Ben & Jerry’s
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