Though Tessa and Adam had a wedding budget of under $5000, but they knew they wanted to celebrate with about 200 of their friends and family. To make it work, they hired a local hot dog stand to cater, got busy with DIY projects, and employed the talents of friends and family. Jessica Peterson is Tessa’s former roommate, so she was the obvious pick for photographer.

Tessa designed her wedding dress, and then her mother (“An amazing seamstress!”) made it for her, along with adorable flower girl dresses. Bridesmaids and groomsmen were told to wear what they wanted as long as they stuck to lighter colors. Adam wore a seersucker suit from J.Crew, and paired it with a vintage tie and tie clip.

For flowers, Tessa ordered bunches to arrange in jars the day of the wedding, and had her bouquet made for her. She made felt flower corsages and boutonnieres for the bridal party, and ribbon wands for the flower girls. The bride also did her own hair and makeup – beautiful!

The couple rented a giant parachute for fun, and Tessa says her favorite part of the day was being tossed up in the air with Adam by their friends. They also rented and borrowed lawn games like croquet and bocce ball, as well as canoes and paddle boats for the pond behind the barn.

The barn was decorated with bunting flags made by the bride. Hot dogs were catered by J Dawgs. The dessert table included donuts, and carrot bundt cakes, Rice Krispy treats, cupcakes and pies made by friends and family. There were also old fashioned milk bottles filled with milk to wash it all down.

Donuts? Hot dogs? Parachutes? Sounds like a party to me! You can see lots more pics of Tessa and Adam’s fun DIY wedding over on Jessica Peterson’s blog, as well as their engagement shoot. Congratulations Tessa and Adam!

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  1. Girl Next Door

    What a beautiful couple …. what a beautiful wedding

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  2. Emily @ Peach and Pearl

    Love the groom’s style — such beautiful colors!

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  3. Mayi Carles @ Heartmade

    This is like my dream wedding. And the bride is SOOO pretty :) I love the cake too! And the flower felt piece on the groom! :) ADORABLE!

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  4. Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife

    What a gorgeous wedding! SO beautiful. I want to get married again!!! haha!

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  5. Abby

    Sounds like an amazing day! And best of all, this is inspiration / relief to engaged couples everywhere that you can have a gorgeous, fabulous wedding *without* paying a bazillion dollars to upgrade from free venue chairs =)

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  6. Shayna

    Tessa and her mom should go into business because that dress is amazing!

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  7. Katie-Beth K.

    I want to get married again too!! This wedding looks like a dream. It is seriously all my favorite things!

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  9. Tarek

    Now this…this is how you do an easy Summer wedding :)

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  10. Michelle

    What a wonderful wedding! So relaxed and fun looking! I love the felt flowers too.

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  11. Sindi Kwenaite

    What a lovely wedding. The couple looks like they’ve had an absolutely brilliant time! Heart warming indeed.

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  12. Chelseas

    Oh my goodness… that cake… is lovely. Can you stand it?!

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  13. alisha

    J Dawgs is seriously the best hot dogs I’ve ever tasted in my life.

    Beautiful wedding!

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  14. lydia {ever ours}

    the felt flower corsages are way too cute. what a creative idea.

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  15. Kristi

    I just adore this wedding! From the budget they created a day so very special and unique to them…and they did an amazing job!!! Love the felt corsages…and a hot dog truck – that has crossed my mind too! So pretty and fun!!


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  16. Erin @ Slipcover Your Life

    i love absolutely everything about this wedding, want to add it to my files for someday…

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  17. Mysty

    this is one of the greatest weddings ever! Love, love, love! ty for sharing ;)

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  18. The Design Dish

    I just found your great blog! Love this wedding, it looks so festive. What great photography to boot!
    The Design Dish

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  19. Charlotte

    Love the groomsmen pyramid and the excitement at the wedding reception!

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  20. r

    Very cute…cake looks delish! I’ve heard of taco carts for a simple wedding meal, but not hot dogs.

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  21. adelina

    im totally impressed with this wedding budget ….i think this is how wedding should be…love it!

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    What a cute country Wedding! Makes me wish I was there!

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  24. Natalie

    I adore her dress!!!! Please open up an Etsy shop with your mom and then notify me! :) Beautiful wedding, congratulations!

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  25. Melissa

    It all sounds like so much fun. I great way to celebrate your special day with friends and family. I just love her dress. How special to design your own dress and then have it made my your mom.

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  26. cathy shaeffer

    This was such a fun wedding!!! This is my son Adam and he chose a lovely , creative bride, Tessa! We all had a wonderful, magical, time! Thanks you two for making your parents so proud!

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  27. jamieofalltrades

    It warms my heart to see such a creative couple plan such a fun wedding with a reasonable budget. Looks like it was a blast too!

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  28. Elizabeth @ Dapper Paper

    in LOVe with that dress! She and her mother are so talented! i mean, i LOVE that dress.
    And these handmade touches are so personal and sweet. And i LOVE the hotdog cart idea.
    (sidenote: that cake on the teal stand is to die for).
    What a sweet personal wedding!

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  34. Jay

    An incredible tie and suit combo. Any idea where to get that vintage tie?

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    The venue is amazing. My favorite detail was the rugs, lantern and movie watching! I would want to be invited in a wedding like this!

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    Wow! Was he actually tossed with that? Awesome shots! I thought I was looking at an inspiration photo shoot.

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