14 Mar

Floral crown | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

We’re here today to bust the myth that you can’t have a beautiful wedding on a budget. Like, a $4,000 budget. Because Stacy + Pace did just that! While these two made sure to spend their money where it counted (an amazing wedding singer), they turned to their generous and talented loved ones for everything else. Their venue: a friend’s backyard; the food: all made by their families; the dress: bought secondhand and sold back later. Even having Momoko Photography there to capture the day was a very generous gift. It’s a good reminder that you don’t have to splash the cash to have a wedding that is meaningful, memorable, and lovely.

DIY utah wedding | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

DIY utah wedding | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

Pace didn’t go out and buy a new suit or shoes for the wedding either, since he had perfectly good ones in his closet. But if we didn’t tell you these things, would you ever know the difference?

Floral crown | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

DIY utah wedding | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

DIY utah wedding | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

DIY utah wedding | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

DIY utah wedding | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

Stacey + Pace were going for a rustic/garden/vintage theme when they designed their reception. Since Stacy’s parents’ house is full of antiques and vintage glassware, they were able to use those elements in the décor.

DIY utah wedding | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

DIY utah wedding | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

Stacy says, For favors, we used these awesome old seed packets from the ‘50s that my mom had saved all these years. They had never been used and once we realized we could probably only sell them for $1 a piece anyway, we filled them up with wildflower seeds. Then we strung them from a ladder for guests to take as they left. I am hoping the world has more wildflowers come spring.

DIY utah wedding | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

DIY utah wedding | Photo by Momoko Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69797

Stacy’s advice to other brides on a budget… My mom says she would have hired a caterer. Coordinating the food prep, refrigeration, arrival, and display was a little stressful I think.  I now can see the benefit of a wedding planner—it would be nice to have someone that is not family heading up the whole event so my mom could have relaxed a little more although she still had fun. 

Photographer: Momoko Photography / Videographer: Dana Blunk / Event Coordination & Design: The bride & her mother / Ceremony Venue: Salt Lake City LDS Temple / Reception Venue: A friend’s backyard in Holladay, Utah / Hair & Makeup: Bride’s friends Pam Wilcken, Jill Reese and Aubrey Nelson / Florist: Suzie Middleton from Floral-Essence / Invitation Designer: Bride & Jesse Bushnell / Letterpress: Rowley Press / Cake: Joan Parramore / Catering: The couple’s family / Rentals: Diamond Rental / Lighting: Moon Light / Flower Girl Skirts: Bride’s Mom

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Comments

  1. Beautiful photography, beautiful wedding. So inspiring for budget brides!

  2. Love the creativity of this wedding! The wild flower seeds for guests was such a cool idea.

  3. So gorgeous! Awesome photographs!

  4. Beautiful wedding!

  5. Beautiful wedding pictures.

  6. Love that cake stand made of wood, and the whole Forrest theme.

  7. …“… real estate speialutcon about 2 inches above a line in the water that going to be underwater thanks to climate change and global warming in a couple of years.”Let’s ponder this –no, let’s actually remember this comment- in about a ‘couple of years’ from now. (If you were right, by the way, wouldn’t Florida also be wiped out by rising sea levels too? Maybe you’re offering extremely poor investment advice to Sheik Mohammed here? Perhaps a theme park atop Mt Everest would be smarter. What proportion of said sea level rise will be attributed to Man-Made Global Warming? Half an inch, or maybe 2 and a quarter inches?) Forget it. You don’t know and neither do I.I just wanted to note this comment/prediction for the rest of your audience. Are you also suggesting that ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming’ are totally synonymous? The climate is always in flux, with or without the help of man, right? So some portion could be natural, since Earth’s climate does indeed change on its own accord.I’m not expecting any further comment from you actually, but there is no need. Your opinion is perfectly expressed. Good luck with your prediction. Let’s see if you know what your talking about, shall we? Because if Dubai is not underwater (forget the non-financial sense) in a few years time, I hope you’ll be willing to admit you were wrong. Hope you don’t mind being called out on this. If it is (literally) under salt water, I will give you credit for being right.

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