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Real Wedding Budget: Galveston, Texas | 13 Guests | $15,000

This is part of our ongoing series, Real Wedding Budgets, bringing you actual numbers from actual couples, along with an idea of what you can get for your money. See more Real Wedding Budgets here.
Want to make this series run longer? Submit your real wedding budget (anonymously) here.

Before you read, a note on vendors: We don’t provide vendor information because you never know what kind of discounts they may have given, or if their prices have changed since this wedding. And also because if the couple didn’t love them, we don’t want to be putting a bad review out there. That’s what Yelp and Wedding Wire are for.

However, there is one exception – photography. Because we want you to get a good idea of what the couple was able to do with their budget, we include photos when possible, and credit the photographers. So word of advice – if you like these photos, please do go check out the photographer’s website (linked at the end of the post), and then ask for their current ratesDo not expect that you will necessarily get the same package and pricing you see here.

$15,000: 13 Guests on a Saturday Afternoon in Galveston, Texas in the Spring


The Numbers

Venue(s) $ 2,100
Photography/Video (including albums, prints, etc.) $ 1,000
Food/Beverage (catering, alcohol, and cake) $ 1,045
Floral/Decor $ 65
Entertainment (Band, DJ, Ceremony Musicians) $ 0
Attire (including shoes, jewelry, etc.) $ 2,000
Rings $ 4,650
Marriage License $ 40
Officiant $ 300
Wedding Planner/Day-of-Coordinator $ 0
Invitations, Save-the-Dates, Programs $ 0
Rentals $ 390
Hair & Makeup $ 325
Transportation $ 1,484
Rehearsal Dinner $ 750
Gifts & Favors $ 500
Other $ 320
TOTAL $ 14,969

What They Got For the Money

Photo courtesy of the Bay Front Escape http://www.bayfrontescape.com/

Ceremony & Reception Venue ($2,100)
The couple rented a beachfront home, which accommodated all of their overnight guests for the nights before and of the wedding. They planned to marry outside on the bay, but strong winds forced them to rearrange furniture and hold the ceremony indoors.

Photography ($1,000)
All day coverage by one photographer, engagement session and rehearsal dinner; high-res files and print rights. This was her first wedding.

Videography ($0)
A friend operated a rented video camera.

Catering ($1,000)
A friend of the groom who had recently graduated from culinary school and is a level 2 sommelier prepared a 6-course meal for the couple and their guests, including wine pairings.

Cake ($45)
The bride made the cake from a funfetti box mix and ready-made frosting. The groom’s cake was a custom cookie cake from the mall.

Flowers ($15)
A bunch of babies’ breath ($5) was the bride’s bouquet; white roses and assorted other flowers ($10) decorated the table; flowers were purchased at the local grocery store.

Decor ($50)
A banner purchased online read, “Love, Sweet Love” (pictured at the top of this post) and was accompanied by white balloons.

Attire ($2,000)
The bride wore a flowing, sleeveless wedding dress, with a Gap body strapless bra and earrings from J.Crew. Her mother contributed $500 towards the cost of the dress. The groom donned a Hugo Boss suit, white button-down shirt, and black skinny tie.

Rings ($4,650)
The bride’s engagement ring is a custom 5-carat green tourmaline stone with 4 pave diamonds in an 18k yellow gold setting. Her wedding ring is a 10mm 18k yellow gold traditional band. The groom’s wedding ring is a 6mm 14k yellow gold traditional band.

Marriage License ($40)
The couple was legally married in Chicago, Illinois before the ceremony in Texas.

Officiant ($300)
The officiant did not charge; the couple gave him $300 as a gift. They met once prior to the wedding to get to know each other, and then talked through the ceremony the night before the wedding. The couple wrote their own vows.

Invitations ($0)
The couple sent free invitations online using Paperless Post.

Rentals ($390)
Rental of an HD video camera and microphone to record the ceremony.

Hair and Makeup ($325)
Full airbrush makeup and up-do for the bride and her sister/maid-of-honor.

Transportation ($1,484)
Flights from the couple’s home city of Chicago to Houston; rental car for three days.

Gifts ($500)
The couple purchased a skydiving excursion for the bride’s family, as a thank you for helping out with some of the costs.

Rehearsal Dinner ($750)
Italian dinner and wine for 13 people; paid for by the groom’s mother.

Other ($320)
Fancy hotel room downtown for the couple on their wedding night.


Reflections

What was your biggest financial splurge? Why did you choose it? Was it worth it?
The biggest line item would be rings…which I love and would definitely say they were worth it. For the wedding itself it looks like the biggest cost was the venue which doubled as accommodation for everyone, so I would also say that it was worth it!

Was there anything you regret spending your money on or anything you wish you’d spent less on?
Our wedding worked because it was all friends. We chose Texas because it was where the majority of people who we wanted to be at the wedding were located. I think we saved a lot of expense for everyone else by doing the travelling ourselves. We chose the photographer, chef, etc. because they were friends. It was perfect for what it was….which was not a huge styled event.

What was the best thing you spent your money on?
Food!!!! And the venue for everyone to stay at/hang out/get married in.

Anything else you’d like to say?
It’s really interesting looking back at this 14 months later. We spent all of our savings and extra money at the time on the wedding and I thought we had set ourselves up for this year….but we didn’t. I wish we had done a MUCH better job planning our financial future instead of focusing so much on a wedding. But it was perfect for us and a beautiful celebration.

All photos were taken by Arlina Rose Photography and are reposted here with permission. Photos in this and all posts are protected by copyright, and are are not available for reproduction, redistribution or any other purpose without written authorization from the photographer.

Real Wedding Budget: Washington, DC | 35 Guests | $10,000

This is part of our ongoing series, Real Wedding Budgets, bringing you actual numbers from actual couples, along with an idea of what you can get for your money. See more Real Wedding Budgets here.
Want to make this series run longer? Submit your real wedding budget (anonymously) here.

Before you read, a note on vendors: We don’t provide vendor information because you never know what kind of discounts they may have given, or if their prices have changed since this wedding. And also because if the couple didn’t love them, we don’t want to be putting a bad review out there. That’s what Yelp and Wedding Wire are for.

However, there is one exception – photography. Because we want you to get a good idea of what the couple was able to do with their budget, we include photos when possible, and credit the photographers. So word of advice – if you like these photos, please do go check out the photographer’s website (linked at the end of the post), and then ask for their current ratesDo not expect that you will necessarily get the same package and pricing you see here.

$10,000: 35 Guests on a Saturday Evening in Washington, DC in the Spring


The Numbers

Venue(s) $ 700
Photography/Video (including albums, prints, etc.) $ 1,000
Food/Beverage (catering, alcohol, and cake) $ 4,000
Floral/Decor $ 65
Entertainment (Band, DJ, Ceremony Musicians) $ 160
Attire (including shoes, jewelry, etc.) $ 750
Rings $ 1,600
Marriage License $ 45
Officiant $ 0
Wedding Planner/Day-of-Coordinator $ 0
Invitations, Save-the-Dates, Programs $ 210
Rentals $ 0
Hair & Makeup $ 42
Transportation $ 0
Rehearsal Dinner $ 0
Gifts & Favors $ 275
Other $ 815
TOTAL $ 9,662

What They Got For the Money

Ceremony & Reception Venue ($700)
The couple rented two private rooms at a local inn for 6 hours. The rental included chairs (for the ceremony and reception), tables, and linens.

Photography ($1,000)
10 hours of coverage with one photographer; CD of digital images with print rights; engagement session.

Catering ($4,000)
The couple had passed appetizers; a plated three-course dinner of salad, entree, and wedding cake; beer, wine, coffee, and assorted non-alcoholic beverages.

Cake ($0)
The wedding cake was two layers of Espresso Gateau, and was included in the catering package.


Flowers ($65)
Flowers for the table were purchased at Whole Foods and arranged by a friend. The bride bought a boutonniere for her wife from a florist on the day of the wedding.

Decor ($0)
The couple specifically chose a venue that was so lovely it didn’t require additional decoration.

Entertainment ($160)
The couple rented the venue’s iPod speaker; a friend who is a DJ made a playlist for them.

Attire ($750)
The bride wore a short, white bridesmaid dress from J. Crew. This cost includes undergarments and hosiery. Her wife wore a suit and dress shirt from Banana Republic. They both purchased new shoes.

Rings ($1,600)
The couple both wear plain platinum bands.

Marriage License ($45)

Officiant ($0)
The couple were members in an Ethical Society, which provided an officiant at no cost. (They contributed to the Society generally.) They met with the officiant 2-3 times prior to the wedding and had a pretty customized ceremony.

Invitations ($210)
The couple ordered letterpress invitations from Etsy.

Hair and Makeup ($42)
The bride had her stylist wash and blow out her hair. She did her own makeup with products she already owned. Her wife did her own hair and did not wear makeup.

Gifts ($150)
Each of four attendants received a gift chosen for them personally by the couple from Etsy.

Favors ($125)
Birdseed hearts from Etsy in cellophane bags, sealed with personalized stickers, also from Etsy.

Rehearsal Dinner ($0)
The couple did not have a rehearsal dinner, but hosted a happy hour the night before the wedding. Guests purchased their own drinks; snacks were provided by the bride’s mother-in-law for about $250.

Other ($815)
The couple hired a sign language interpreter ($250) since the bride’s sister is deaf. They opted to stay at the inn the night before and the night of the wedding ($465). They purchased a Quaker wedding certificate ($10).


Reflections

What was your biggest financial splurge? Why did you choose it? Was it worth it?
Our photographer – I really wanted excellent photos and we totally lucked out finding such a great photographer in our budget. She was definitely worth much more than we paid her.

Was there anything you regret spending your money on or anything you wish you’d spent less on?
No.

What was the best thing you spent your money on?
The venue – they were so easy to work with, and included so much (chairs, linens, etc). AND they did the catering, including the wedding cake. EASY.

All photos were taken by Eva Russo and are reposted here with permission. Photos in this and all posts are protected by copyright, and are are not available for reproduction, redistribution or any other purpose without written authorization from the photographer.

Real Wedding Budget: Chicago, Illinois | 155 Guests | $37,200

This is part of our ongoing series, Real Wedding Budgets, bringing you actual numbers from actual couples, along with an idea of what you can get for your money. See more Real Wedding Budgets here.
Want to make this series run longer? Submit your real wedding budget (anonymously) here.

Before you read, a note on vendors: We don’t provide vendor information because you never know what kind of discounts they may have given, or if their prices have changed since this wedding. And also because if the couple didn’t love them, we don’t want to be putting a bad review out there. That’s what Yelp and Wedding Wire are for.

However, there is one exception – photography. Because we want you to get a good idea of what the couple was able to do with their budget, we include photos when possible, and credit the photographers. So word of advice – if you like these photos, please do go check out the photographer’s website (linked at the end of the post), and then ask for their current ratesDo not expect that you will necessarily get the same package and pricing you see here.

$37,200: 155 Guests on a Saturday Evening in Chicago, Illinois in the Summer

The Numbers

Venue(s) $ 6,000
Photography/Video (including albums, prints, etc.) $ 6,000
Food/Beverage (catering, alcohol, and cake) $ 16,800
Floral/Decor $  300
Entertainment (Band, DJ, Ceremony Musicians) $ 2,550
Attire (including shoes, jewelry, etc.) $ 3,000
Rings $ 150
Marriage License $ 75
Officiant $ 0
Wedding Planner/Day-of-Coordinator $ 1,200
Invitations, Save-the-Dates, Programs $ 500
Rentals $ 0
Hair & Makeup $ 300
Transportation $ 10
Rehearsal Dinner $ 200
Gifts & Favors $ 150
Other $ 0
TOTAL $ 37,235

What They Got For the Money

Ceremony & Reception Venue ($6,000)
7-hour rental of a vintage furniture loft, including the patio, from 5pm until midnight for the ceremony and reception, as well as getting ready time. Chairs and tables were included with the venue rental.

Photography ($6,000)
8 hours of coverage with one photographer, an album, files with print rights.

Catering ($16,500)
Appetizers; two-course meal with chicken and vegan options; alcohol and mixers for 3 signature drinks, wine and beer purchased by the couple. Dishes and flatware were included with the catering service.

Cake ($300)
The couple served cupcakes instead of a cake.

Flowers ($100)
Purchased at a local farmers’ market; DIY bouquets and centerpieces.

Decor ($200)
For centerpiece vases, photo booth props/supplies, etc.

Entertainment ($2,550)
6 hours of DJ service for ceremony and reception, including sound equipment.

Attire ($3,000)
Bride: Pre-owned wedding dress (bought for $2,000; original price was $5,000) worn with shoes she already owned. Groom: rental tuxedo, cufflinks, new shoes.

Rings ($150)
Solid white gold bands for both; acquired at cost through a family member who is a jeweler.

Marriage License ($75)

Officiant ($0)
The wedding was officiated by a close friend, who was ordained online. The couple wrote their own ceremony.

Wedding Planner/Coordinator ($1,200)
The couple hired a Day-of-Coordinator.

Invitations ($500)
Custom designed save-the-dates; Invitations designed by the bride; printing; envelopes; postage.

Hair and Makeup ($300)
Bridal updo and makeup.

Transportation: $10
The couple took a taxi at the end of the night.

Gifts ($100)
Groomsmen got ties, bridesmaids got little kits of goodies.

Favors ($50)
Homemade jam; the cost was for jars and ingredients.

Rehearsal Dinner ($200)
The couple served tacos and margaritas at an intimate gathering on their deck.

Reflections

What was your biggest financial splurge? Why did you choose it? Was it worth it?
Photography and venue — totally worth it. The venue was really unique and very laid-back — us — and the photography was important because that’s what will last beyond the wedding.

Was there anything you regret spending your money on or anything you wish you’d spent lesson?
I wish we’d invited fewer guests. In fact, if I could have found a field somewhere, gotten a long table, invited our 50 closest friends and family, and flown Jonas Peterson in to photograph it, I would have.

What was the best thing you spent your money on?
Honestly, as happy as I am with everything, I’d say the marriage license.

Let’s Get Personal.

Fellow small business owners and other busy people – how do you make time for your own projects in the deluge of Things That Must Get Done? I desperately want (need?) to sew some things for myself, but I can’t seem to find the hours in the day to get it done. The Great T-Shirt Project of 2010 has still barely been started. And in case you haven’t noticed, it’s 2012 now. Oops.

Because I think it might help to put these projects out into the ether, here is my current list of personal projects:

  • Corset for me (to hopefully finish in the next two weeks so I can wear it to Kinzie‘s wedding!) – I have an Asian-style embroidered brocade kind of fabric for this, and it’s beautiful. Also I’m hoping to recreate/modify a Victorian-style corset with this project.
  • Jacket to wear over said corset in case it is cold – I have blueish purple silk dupioni for this, and superb inspiration for the style.
  • Alterations to a dress I made a few years ago but now hate, to turn it into a simple skirt (with pockets!) to complete the above ensemble.
  • Corset for Julia that she has been begging me to make for the last two years.
  • New pajama pants. Mine all have holes. (Lots of them, in unfortunate places.) I have awesome Flinstones-esque dark teal with black tiger stripe fabric. They will be so much fun to wear.
  • The aforementioned Great T-Shirt Project of 2010. You guys, in 2010 we bought 30 pounds of jersey so that we could both expand our sad, sad collection of ill-fitting t-shirts. (I have a long torso, so basically every t-shirt ever manufactured shows an inch or two of stomach, which I’d prefer stayed out of sight and warm.)
  • I have silky, stretchy, clingy, shiny teal fabric for a drape-y dress shirt.
  • I am determined to never purchase jeans again and start making my own, because there are no pants in the universe that fit me properly. (And the ones I have are dangerously close to being to worn to wear in public.)
  • On that note, I need some dressier-than-jeans but not as fancy as wedding attire to wear to my clients’ rehearsals. As well as some more wedding attire to wear to their weddings. I know I’m getting sick of my same two outfits, and if you started looking at photos of me on fancy occasions, you’d be sick of them too.
  • I also have two pairs of corduroy pants in progress that need finishing.
  • And cranberry corduroy for a winter skirt.
  • Make my own swimsuit for the summer! (Long torso is a big problem in this department as well.)

I think that’s it. So please, give me your advice on balancing day jobs, working for yourself, doing your own projects, and relaxing (ha!) without accumulating sleep debt. And maybe, once in a while, ask if I’m getting any of this stuff done.

Real Wedding Budget: Austin, Texas | 110 Guests | $5,000

This is part of our ongoing series, Real Wedding Budgets, bringing you actual numbers from actual couples, along with an idea of what you can get for your money. See more Real Wedding Budgets here.
Want to make this series run longer? Submit your real wedding budget (anonymously) here.

Before you read, a note on vendors: We don’t provide vendor information because you never know what kind of discounts they may have given, or if their prices have changed since this wedding. And also because if the couple didn’t love them, we don’t want to be putting a bad review out there. That’s what Yelp and Wedding Wire are for.

However, there is one exception – photography. Because we want you to get a good idea of what the couple was able to do with their budget, we include photos when possible, and credit the photographers. So word of advice – if you like these photos, please do go check out the photographer’s website (linked at the end of the post), and then ask for their current rates. Do not expect that you will necessarily get the same package and pricing you see here.

$5,000: 110 Guests on a Saturday Evening in Austin, Texas in Autumn


The Numbers

Venue(s) $ 0
Photography/Video (including albums, prints, etc.) $ 1,000
Food/Beverage (catering, alcohol, and cake) $ 1,745
Floral/Decor $ 100
Entertainment (Band, DJ, Ceremony Musicians) $ 0
Attire (including shoes, jewelry, etc.) $ 717
Rings $ 65
Marriage License $ 71
Officiant $ 0
Wedding Planner/Day-of-Coordinator $ 0
Invitations, Save-the-Dates, Programs $ 303
Rentals $ 527
Hair & Makeup $ 0
Transportation $ 0
Rehearsal Dinner $ 0
Gifts & Favors $ 100
Other $ 378
TOTAL $ 5,006

What They Got For the Money

Ceremony & Reception Venue ($0)
The groom’s parents hosted the wedding in their backyard, and even fixed it up before the wedding.

Photography ($1,000)
Hiring an up-and-coming photographer got them a “crazy good deal” since she was building her portfolio at the time. They had 6 hours of coverage, an engagement session, and high-res files with printing rights. 

Videography ($0)
A friend of the couple took video at the wedding.

Catering ($1,420)
The couple scored a good deal from a local restaurant that was just beginning to venture into catering. They served a buffet of Italian food (chicken, focaccia bread, pasta, salad, and fruit). The restaurant provided “nicer-than-Chinet” disposable dishes and included delivery at no extra charge ($1,020). The couple purchased their own alcohol ($400) – A friend of the family is a wine distributor, which enabled them to purchase it at cost; they also had two kegs of good beer, one of which was given to them for free.

Cake ($325)
They purchased cupcakes from an up-and-coming vegan bakery.

Decor ($100)
The bride made organza flowers which she hung from ribbons to create a backdrop for their ceremony. Centerpieces were mini pumpkins and gourds with tea light candles. They did not care for flowers, so they didn’t have any.

Entertainment ($0)
Music was played on an iPod.

Attire ($717)
The bride purchased her ceremony dress from Unique Vintage ($160) and her reception dress ($120, used) from a bride selling it in the Offbeat Bride Tribe forum; both required alterations ($157). Jewelry ($66) from Etsy; shoes ($54), makeup ($100). The groom purchased a new shirt and tie ($60) to wear with clothes he already owned.

Rings ($65)
Thin silver band ($20) for the bride and thick titanium band ($45) for the groom were purchased on Etsy.

Marriage License ($71)

Officiant ($0)
A friend of the couple officiated the ceremony, which was written by the bride.

Wedding Planner/Coordinator ($0)

Invitations ($303)
The bride’s mother, a graphic designer, created their invitations; printing cost was waived since the shop they chose got behind; they paid for the paper ($70). The couple used Vistaprint for postcard save-the-dates ($29). Postage ($170) and envelopes ($34) are included.

Hair and Makeup ($0)
The bride did her own hair and makeup with assistance from her sister.

Gifts ($100)
The bridesmaids received necklaces purchased on Etsy; the groomsmen were given custom bottle openers.

Rehearsal Dinner ($0)
The rehearsal dinner was held in the same backyard as the wedding, and the groom’s father made a big pot of gumbo to serve. Cost of the dinner was covered by the groom’s parents.


Reflections

What was your biggest financial splurge? Why did you choose it? Was it worth it?
Photography. In hindsight, it wasn’t actually very much money for what we received, but at the time it was 1/5 of our budget so it felt like a ton. It was totally worth it though.

Was there anything you regret spending your money on or anything you wish you’d spent lesson?
Just a few stupid things, like decorations that didn’t get put up in the end…

What was the best thing you spent your money on?
Photography.

All photos were taken by Nessa K and are reposted here with permission. Photos in this and all posts are protected by copyright, and are are not available for reproduction, redistribution or any other purpose without written authorization from the photographer.

Problem Solved: Sidewalk Chalk

If your wedding takes place in a beautiful setting, with a very old and lovely stone walkway; and I get there on the afternoon of your wedding and notice that the prior users of the space have defiled it with various messages and pictures scrawled in sidewalk chalk, the following will occur:

I will ask the venue coordinator if if can be removed.
Upon getting a vague response (i.e. “NO”), I will run around in search of something with which to clean it.
Finding nothing, I will briefly stick two bouquets in the same vase, so that we can take second one, and with repeated trips to the drinking fountain, douse the stone walkway in water.
I will then ponder how to scrub the chalk off, since one really needs a stiff brush or the forceful spray of a hose to do a good job.
Again, finding no useful tool, I will, in fact, take off my shoes, hike up my very dressy pants, and proceed to scrub said walkway with my bare feet.
Your groomsmen will laugh and thank me.
Your young cousins on program distribution duty will be jealous and wish we could trade jobs. (I will understand; I like getting dirty!)
You, having been wise enough to hire us, will never know about any sidewalk chalk art at your chapel.

Because we don’t want it in your wedding photos or assailing your guests eyes as they arrive.

PROBLEM SOLVED.

(And no, unfortunately, I do not have a photo showing how ridiculous I must have looked.)

Sarah’s Custom Silk 1930s-inspired Wedding Dress with Bolero Jacket and Full-Length Custom Winter Coat

Sarah's Custom 1930s Silk Wedding Dress

The time has finally come to tell you all about Sarah’s wedding ensemble. (FINALLY! Seriously, the wedding was in December… sorry.) We are really excited to share this with you, after all those months of working on it, dropping hints, and sneak peeks, so here goes!

[Note: I’m trying out this format for custom clothing posts – Concept, Work-in-Progress/Challenges, and Finished Garment. Let me know what you think in the comments.]

Concept

Sarah came to us with a lot of ideas. She loved the green dress from Atonement, and had a flash drive full of bias-cut, 1930s-style dresses to inspire us. She really wanted something that would accentuate her hips and that had a low back. She was looking for a flared skirt to show off the dance moves she and Jeffrey had been practicing. We came back with four ideas, and she chose her favorite.

The four options we presented for Sarah’s dress.

Sarah also wanted some kind of cover-up in case bare shoulders were to chilly for her December wedding, and she asked if we had any thoughts about a winter coat that wasn’t black or gray to wear with it. We suggested the possibility of making that for her two, and she was game! Here’s Julia’s concept sketch for the full-length, kinda period, kinda military coat we came up with.

Concept Sketch: Winter Coat

We also designed a little bolero from silk organza so she could cover up lightly inside. To be honest, this was obviously not the centerpiece of the ensemble, and it could have ended up fairly boring, but we found the most amazing trim which took it from “that’s nice” to “WOW”. Thank you, Fishman’s Fabrics. (By the way, if you ever need really lovely fabrics for your own projects, and you enjoy excellent customer service, you should check that place out. It’s fabric heaven.)

Work-in-Progress & Challenges

Trial version of the dress

We could sum this up by saying we learned a LOT in this process. For starters, we haven’t made many tailored garments like the coat, so we seriously schooled ourselves on the fabrics and construction techniques required for this. Julia did all the work on this coat, and it turned out splendidly. As in, we both want desperately to make some for ourselves.

The chevrons. They were so much harder to do than I expected. Or rather, I went about it the wrong way. What I should have done was first make the mockup in single panels, get it fit properly, and then mark the position of the chevrons. What I did was make some awesome looking chevrons that fit our dress form perfectly, but didn’t work so well on Sarah. Fortunately, Sarah was an exceptionally patient client, and after many, many hours of work, we got it fitting her properly. (And in case you are wondering – No, we don’t charge our clients for the hours we spend fixing our own mistakes and learning new techniques. We do that on our own time.) I’m happy to say that all the hard work paid off, because when it was finally finished? Well, you can see it below.

Finished Garment

We’re thrilled to show you how it turned out! The photos below are by the lovely Emilia Jane, an APW sponsor, fellow foodie, and all-around delightful person. (Who can stir up a pretty mean cocktail.) You can see more photos of Sarah and Jeffery’s wedding here.

The Finished Dress.

 

Detail of the dress.

 

A little closeup on the bodice.

 

Love the way the skirt twirls!

 

We saved some of the dress fabric to wrap Sarah’s bouquet.

The Winter Coat.

 

I just love this photo so much. It looks so awesomely vintage.

 

Photos in this and all posts are protected by copyright, and are used with permission. They are not available for reposting or any other purpose without written authorization from the photographer.