Brides and grooms, is the budget and cost element of your wedding freaking you out? I think the lovely celebration of Caleb and Brittany will reassure (and impress) you. They tied the knot on September 1st 2016 at Floral Hall at Florist Park in Everett, Washington and kept within a budget of $6,000 (USD). How, you ask? Bride Brittany planned and expertly crafted the big day (with input from her groom, of course) and had some very special help from family and friends.
The end result of all their hard work was incredible, as you will see. I just love the personal and super fun touches that this couple has used to make their wedding their own. The lovebirds had gorgeous ‘his and her’ TOMS shoes, they left their ceremony being showered in glitter and Caleb’s Grandpa officiated the ‘I Dos’. Brittany’s made-to-measure cap sleeve, backless dress with a pretty tulle skirt was exquisite, as were the bridesmaid dresses in soft muted tones like blush and light grey. Portraits of the husband and wife on the beach at sunset were oh-so-romantic too. The cake, made by a family friend, looks almost too good to eat, but I’m sure the guests managed somehow.
Karissa Roe Photography, thank you so much for sharing these fantastic shots with us.
THE PROPOSAL | Caleb took me on my first Disneyland trip in December 2015. We went along with a few friends, so it seemed like a casual trip. On our second night there, we were walking by my favourite ride, which is The Haunted Mansion (themed for The Nightmare Before Christmas for the holidays). They offered to take a picture in front of the mansion since it looked pretty all lit up at night. I agreed of course, and we walked over. Caleb’s Dad came over and said a cast member was going to let us get right up next to the mansion for a good photo. We got in place and everyone had their cameras for a photo when Caleb started asking me questions like “Britt, you know I love you right?”. I was confused because I wanted to take the picture, but I finally caught on after the third question. He got on one knee and asked me to be his wife. The same cast member then took our group directly on to the ride and we had a nice dinner at Napa Rose for just the two of us just after. It was magical!
THE VISION | We wanted something intimate and romantic. We hoped for an outdoor wedding that would be whimsical and inspired by our favourite fairytales.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | I (Brittany) planned the wedding myself. I consulted Caleb often for his opinions. It was long and difficult to find what I wanted within our budget. Most of the process was enjoyable. I made a lot of different items for the wedding, which was fun. The problems we encountered were family members not trusting us to do it on our own and being forceful with their opinions. Overall, we stayed pretty organised and it all went smoothly!
BUDGET | Our budget was $6,000.
THE VENUE | The venue was called Floral Hall at Forest Park in Everett, Washington. It was a beautiful wooden indoor location, surrounded by a huge green forest.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I ordered my dress on Etsy from a store called Cilvia Designs. It was made to my measurements and features an illusion neckline, cap sleeves and a tulle skirt. The accessories were a fold bracelet and earrings from Chloe and Isabelle and TOMS shoes.
FINDING THE DRESS | Finding the dress was quite easy. I had a style in mind and shopped around online for a couple weeks. I had to wait for about a month to receive the dress and I tried on a few similar dress styles during that time. Once I got my dress, I was completely happy with that choice, even after all the dresses I tried on for our parents.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Caleb wore a charcoal gray suit from The Black Tux. He chose a light purple shirt and dark purple tie to accent our color theme and wore TOMS as well.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Caleb’s grandpa was our officiant and catered the ceremony reading to us. We both wrote our own vows to read. Our music for the ceremony was all Disney instrumental music. A couple of the favourites were “Tale as Old as Time” from Beauty and the Beast, which I walked down the aisle to and “Fantasmic Exit Music” from the Disneyland show, which we used for our exit music and a pixie dust (gold glitter) toss.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | We had five bridesmaids. My older sister, twin sister, two best friends and Caleb’s sister. They wore mis-matched chiffon dresses from various designers. They each made their own flower crowns and basically looked like fairies.
THE FLOWERS | My bouquet was made by a family friend, Sheila Anderson. She also helped me, my mother-in-law, maid-of-honour, Caleb’s aunt, and his sister put together the bridesmaids’ bouquets and boutonnieres. The flowers for all the decorations were picked by my MOH and me at Pikes Places farmers market in Seattle, Washington.
THE CAKE | The cake was also made by family friend Sheila. She let us pick from her flavours and used the same flowers as the bouquets to put on the cake. It was one of my favourite parts of the wedding, it was so beautiful! We topped it with a Cinderella’s castle cake topper.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We found Karissa Roe Photography on weddingwire.com. We were both inspired by her creative shots. She is so amazing and we recommend her to everyone. She captures so many beautiful and unique shots, I have never seen anything like them! I love her and hope to go back to her for all our photos in the future.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Most of the extra details and décor were hand-made. A few examples are the greenery runner on the mantle and the signs on the tables. My dad helped us hang up a bunch of string lights in the venue for the romantic feel. As I mentioned before, we used pixie dust for a toss at the end of the ceremony. My Maid of Honour and I put together paper cones to hold the glitter out of pages of Disney books. Our dinner was Chinese food because on our first date we went to a Chinese restaurant. Caleb’s dad even had fortune cookies with a fortune reading “Congratulations Caleb and Brittany.” Our guestbook was custom from etsy.com and we had polaroid cameras for guests to tape in their photos.
THE HONEYMOON | Our honeymoon was in Costa Rica. We chose this country for a variety of activities – beaches, hikes, waterfalls, zip lines, hot springs, wildlife, etc. We spent five days at the beach and our last four exploring different parts of the country. We had a blast!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We had so many. Entering the ceremony with my Dad to the song we chose was so unreal. Everything led up to that and I got super choked up when the moment finally came. Reading our vows to each other was another moment I loved sharing with Caleb. Our glitter exit to Fantasmic was also so fun!
For the reception, we both really enjoyed the end of the night. We came back from late photos and joined the dance floor with our bridal party. Our DJ Vinnie played a game with us where we would try and answer questions about each other, which was hilarious. Then we danced the night away and could have kept going for hours!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | As far as the wedding goes, I would say just try not to worry about all the little details too much. It will all come together as you go, but even if it’s not perfect, it won’t be a huge issue. I honestly hardly even cared about half the things I was most worried about once the day came. I was so busy with other things on that day that I didn’t even notice anything else! I would also advise if you are going to plan your own wedding like I did, just stand your ground. I had trouble at first with parents, but once I got the hang of being strong with my decisions, it was a lot easier to let them help. I wish from the beginning that I had set clear boundaries with everyone on what they could help with so you don’t have to deal with people pushing their unwanted help later on. What helped us most was being on each other’s team with everything that came up. We both knew the game plan.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Karissa Roe Photography
Venue | Floral Hall at Forest Park, Everett, Washington USA
DJ | Disco Vinnie
Makeup Artist | Kaylani Steele
Cake & Flowers | Sheila Anderson
Hair | Hannah Schmitt
Bride’s Dress | CliviaDesigns
Bride & Groom’s Shoes | TOMS
Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire | The Black Tux
Caleb and Brittany, thank you for sharing your enchanting story and wedding with us. I’m sure that you would have inspired and reminded other soon-to-be-wed couples that they can still have a gorgeous, unique day without having to blow their budget. Congratulations! Abby xx