A Sweet September Wedding With An Easy Going Couple, Diy Invitations, & New-orleans Music!

Dana & Ned
Wedding Date  September 13, 2014
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Front Porch Farms
Guests: 150
Budget: $30,000 – 40,000


Wedding Team
Planner | US! & Kathy Best (Day-of & Venue Director)
Photographer & Videographer | SheHeWe
Gown | Mary’s Boutique in Annapolis, MD 
Bride’s Accessories | Earrings from Tiffany & Co., pearl ring (heirloom from mom’s family), engagement ring (heirloom from dad’s family), shoes (J. Crew), veil (Etsy)
Men’s Attire Groom & Groomsmen | Men’s Warehouse & J. Crew
Bridesmaids Dresses | Donna Morgan
Hair & Makeup | Amanda Gros
Stationery | Designed by the bride & Printed by Midtown Printing
Caterer |  Mrs. J’s Catering 
Cake Artist | Kelly Jacques
Floral Designer | Lauren Atkinson, LMA Designs
Ceremony Musicians | Isabelle Wong, Megan Wei, Ann Mills, Matthew Liversedge 
Reception Musicians | Mississippi Rail Company from New Orleans, LA
Rentals | Southern Events
Transportation | Shuttle Anchor Tours & Getaway Car Matchless Transportation

My Wedding Details

How would you describe your style as a couple?
Both of us are pretty laidback and easygoing, so we wanted to incorporate that vibe into our wedding.  We chose details that felt and looked natural.  We knew that we liked certain things – colors, textures, “looks” – so we went with those.  Plus, I’m terrible at making decisions, so I was happy that all of our gut reactions turned out to be good ones!  Our main goal was to create an experience everybody would enjoy.  We thought of our wedding day as a way to thank our guests for the support they give us as both individuals and a couple.

How did you incorporate that style into your wedding ?
Sorry, I kind of answered this in the previous question!

What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding?
We – and our guests – loved the venue, the band, and the way that everything just fit together.  We always talked about how cool it would be if Mississippi Rail Company (a New Orleans-based band we enjoyed seeing when we lived there) played at our wedding.  We were so excited when they agreed to come up for our big day.

Where did you splurge?  Where did you save/DIY?
We splurged on things that meant the most to us: the venue, photography and fireworks.  We very rarely have good pictures of us together, but now we have a ton of professional ones!  They’ll be our go-tos for a while.  We actually ended up saving/DIY-ing on things we were the most particular about: invitations, programs, and escort cards.  For some reason, I had pretty specific ideas about what these things would look like.  So when I couldn’t find them, I decided to make them.  We also saved on my engagement ring.  I always loved my grandmother’s rings (which were previously her mother’s rings) so they were her gift to me.  Ned couldn’t argue with that!

Did any of your vendors stand out as exceptional?
Working with SheHeWe was great!  Jim and Ilde are so much fun to be around, which was really important to us since we were going to spend all day with them.  They have great chemistry – both personal and professional – which added to the ease of working with them.  We would definitely recommend them.  They're so easy to work with and their pictures are amazing.

Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
Not really.  There were times we wished we had hired a planner to get advice from.  But, it was actually a fun experience to instead ask friends and family for their thoughts and advice.

In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
At the end of the day, you’ll be married.  Any time I was stressed about the guest list, or the color of the linens, or the ties, Ned would remind me that regardless of the end result of any of those things, it wouldn’t really matter because we’d be married.  It’s pretty cliché, but it’s true!


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