Budget friendly Iowa farm wedding: Justin + Chelsea

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white and cream fabric rosette bouquet

Aside from hiring their photographer, Jana Marie, Justin + Chelsea had the wedding of their dreams for a very sweet price tag of $2,500. Everything was handmade by their family & friends (their dads playing a huge part in this). Let us stress, everything. Really, they didn’t buy one piece of their decor. They couldn’t bear the thought of spending thousands of dollars on one day, but wanted their day to be personal, special, rustic, simple, cheap & memorable.

vintage lace wedding dress and blush pink bridesmaid dresses

fabric rosette details and pearl clutch

box gladiator wedding sandals and lace bracelet

handmade rope and fabric rosette headpiece

tiered lace vintage wedding dress

vintage lace wedding dress and long pearls

How Chelsea scored her vintage wedding dress for less than $300:

Aside from thrift stores, I hate shopping so I knew that wedding dress shopping would be a nightmare for me. I decided to stray away from trying on dresses to purchasing one online. It was a tough job finding the right one, but when I saw my dress online I knew it was the one! I thought about it for a few days & then BAM! Purchased it a couple days after first seeing it for $280. 

stone bridge wedding portraits

vintage lace wedding dress

grey groom's vest and vintage white lace wedding dress

We saw each other before the ceremony and that was the best decision we made! I know that, had I not seen Justin, I would’ve been sick! I was calm, peaceful, content, happy and just so joyful! Seeing him before was what made me so calm.

picnic table wedding portraits

vintage yellow car

father of the bride balloon reveal

rustic outdoor home wedding scenery

rustic wood door facade and potted flowers

That entire facade was made by both of their dads!

pink bow tie and rosette boutonniere

blush pink bridesmaid dresses and fabric rosette bouquets

vintage car groomsmen photo

suspenders and blush pink wedding party wardrobe

veil wrapped pink bike and chalkboard sign

fabric streamer mobile

wooden signs and flower trough

"here comes the bride" wooden sign and tutu flower girls

fabric streamer-covered altar

groomsmen suspenders

decorative mirrors and fabric streamer altar

handmade wooden altar and fabric streamer background

adorable pink mini bow tie and suspenders

potted plants, rustic chairs and chalkboard sign

pastel patterned photo booth sheet, colorful frames and quirky photo props

pastel patterned photo booth sheet

pink ruffled girls jumper and boys khaki shorts and button down

decoupage monogram and drawer liners

hanging "i do" sign and basket of wild flowers

vintage drawer display platters and cake pops

simple flower centerpieces

painted empty frame wall decor

vintage wedding chariot

We are living proof that it is possible to have your dream wedding (I had mine!) and not spend a fortune. You just have to get creative, call on the people you love most and who love you, and work hard! A wedding is meant to celebrate the marriage that is happening – not the fancy cake topper, not the pretty aisle decorations, not the gown. One thing I had to keep telling myself over and over again was that this celebration was for Justin & I, our families & friends who were present. It wasn’t about anything else aside from the uniting of two people becoming one. 

Photography: Jana Marie Photo / Venue: Groom’s parent’s house out in their pasture in a little town in Floyd, Iowa / Wedding dress: Vintageous / Rings: Eidel Precious on Etsy / Bracelet: Lynay Jewelry on Etsy / Necklaces: various garage sales / Shoes: Mod Cloth / Flower girls: handmade by bride’s mom / Bridesmaid dresses: all their own / Bow ties & boutonnieres: handmade by bride

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@100LayerCake on Feb 19, 2013

This might be the most budget friendly wedding ever. Really, everything was handmade! {photos by @JanaMariePhotos} http://t.co/jjoEy1xE

@sashbuzz on Feb 19, 2013

Budget friendly Iowa farm wedding: Justin + Chelsea http://t.co/nna7BCOb

Koru Kate {Koru Wedding} on Feb 19, 2013

I would never guess it was a budget wedding- so charming & beautiful! My favorite detail is the darling fabric bridal bouquet.

@GaffProductions on Feb 19, 2013

One word: Stunning!!! Budget friendly Iowa farm wedding: Justin Chelsea http://t.co/XEMbrzEX #undefined via @100layercake

@LinenLoft on Feb 19, 2013

Beautiful and budget friendly! http://t.co/sVLl03QV #realwedding

meg on Feb 19, 2013

What a unique alternative to real flowers. http://happinessiscreating.com/my-wedding/

Maggie @ Best Wedding Destinations on Feb 19, 2013

Love, love the knotted straps of fabric hanging. Never would have known it was a budget wedding.

Ngaire on Feb 19, 2013

I would love to know where you got the vintage cars!!! I am planning a vintage style wedding in Iowa and I haven't been able to find anywhere with vintage cars.

Jana Marie on Feb 19, 2013

Oh my gosh oh my gosh!! I am SOOOO excited to have my imagery featured on 100 Layer Cake. I've been OBSESSED with this blog for so so so long. What an honor. Seriously! Thank you so much for featuring one of my favorite couples I've ever had. Not only was their DETAILS charming, but they are incredible together!! This just made my whole day! Thank you 100 Layer Cake!! xo to you!

@JanaMariePhotos on Feb 19, 2013

MA HEART! My images are featured on one of my favorite blogs ever!! @100LayerCake #mademyday http://t.co/H09wRA1U http://t.co/FYSi7oVd

Courntey on Feb 20, 2013

Absolutely gorgeous wedding! Love how they used the vintage fabric as a backdrop!

Chelsea Carr on Feb 20, 2013

THANK YOU SO MUCH for featuring our wedding!!!! I have always loved this blog & am so beyond blessed that our wedding is featured here! It was such a fun day. Thank you so much!!! And in reply to Ngaire - the vintage cars belong to friends of ours:) Good luck in your search!

Courtney on Feb 21, 2013

This wedding was AWESOME!! I am planning a DIY wedding. I am having trouble finding dresses for myself and BM. Could I ask where you found all yours? Thanks in advance :)

lauren on Feb 21, 2013

LOVE THIS! So joyful and focused on the important elements of a wedding day

Cristina on Feb 21, 2013

Oh my goodness! This wedding was beautiful! I love all the decor and the cake topper was so cute!

Jen on Feb 21, 2013

I love all of the personal and diy details, I would never guess that this wedding was on a budget. Gorgeous images as well!

Angela on Feb 21, 2013

Jana Maria Photography and 1000 Layer Cake! Two of my inspirations together in one place! What a clever and purposeful wedding! The facade is so unique and special! I adore the handmade signs and flags, special photobooth, and I love how the beautiful bride and handsome groom saw each other before the ceremony. So lovely!

Kristina Juarbe {Thirty Three and a Third} on Feb 25, 2013

This is just gorgeous! Love it!

Ruben Junius on Jun 4, 2013

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SARA on Jul 18, 2013


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