Romantic country wedding: Heidi + Alex

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If we could give Heidi a high-five for throwing one of the most budget-friendly weddings we’ve seen, we would! Lucky for us Heidi was extremely helpful in sharing how she was able to stay within her budget and plan a wedding for less than $8,000 (yes, it’s possible!). Oh, and the icing on the cake? Clayton Austin, whose artistic, take-your-breath-away photography never ceases to amaze us captured this day in a way that only he could.

romantic country wedding

romantic country wedding

romantic country wedding

You’re never going to believe the story behind Heidi’s perfect dress:

The budget for my dress was $500 so I started looking at David’s Bridal. I liked some of the stuff there, but nothing was really wow! All of my favorite dresses were either Jim Hjelm or Melissa Sweet. And, we all know those aren’t anywhere near $500. I had this one dress in particular that I had always LOVED by Jim Hjelm. It was $3,000. So I asked around to see if I could get it made. Most people told me it would cost more than that to get it made since the lace that came with it was so expensive. So I kept looking. I found what began as my dress at a little wedding dress consignment shop around my house. It was a huge ugly old lady dress with this hideous jacket attached to it. For some reason I tried it on and thought the lace was pretty. I don’t know what happened, but I just envisioned all that I could do to it. I told the seamstress that so happened to work at the consignment shop about the Jim Hjelm dress and asked her if she could do a deep V back, give it a train and scalloped edges on the neckline. Anyway! I paid $50 for the dress, we completely remade the dress and after all the work was done, the seamstress only charged me $150. So all together my dress was $200 and exactly what I wanted.

romantic country wedding

The gorgeous arbor that they got married under? Oh yes. That was handmade as well. Alex (mind you it was the day of his wedding) built the arbor the morning of using cedar posts. After their ceremony the classic Motown hit, My Girl by The Temptations played as Heidi + Alex were announced husband and wife for the first time.

Listen to it here:

romantic country wedding

romantic country wedding

We told you Clayton’s photos would take your breath away. Beautifully epic, right?

romantic country wedding

romantic country wedding

My brother had a couple vintage windows just sitting in his basement which he gave to me so I could use for the seating chart. I used old piano sheet music from an antique store and glued it all over the glass. I nailed copper wiring across so I had something to hang the tags on then used the same tags that were on the favors, but covered them with a stamp of an old skeleton key. I then found some real skeleton keys at my grandparents house and a vintage shop and tied those to each tag.

For Favors I used little lace doilies that I found at the dollar store (3 for $1!) and placed our favorite candy inside (Swedish Fish, and Sour Patch Kids) tiny bags. I also had this blue chiffon-like fabric that I cut in a smaller circle than the lace doilies. I put the candy in the blue fabric and then covered it with the lace doilies so you could see a peek of the blue through the lace. I tied it with ivory rope and put a little vintage tag on it with a stamp of an old vintage clock. On the back side of the tag was our new address for our new home.

romantic country wedding

romantic country wedding

The lace tablecloths varying in size and shape, and the mason jars came from vintage & thrift shops. Heidi also put the arrangements together herself! The girl can get it done!

romantic country wedding

romantic country wedding

Heidi + Alex, you two are crazy adorable and we send you lots of virtual high-fives for throwing a fantastic wedding and inspiring our Cakelets! Congrats!

Photography: Clayton Austin / Venue: The Conrad Botzum Farmstead / Day of coordination: Heidi’s Aunt / Dress: Remade from a wedding dress consignment shop find / Maid of Honor dress: H&M / Suit: Banana Republic / Groom’s shoes: Aldo / Best Man’s suit: Express / Music: Heidi’s brother / Decor: All vintage & thrift store finds or handmade / Cake: Reeves Cake Shop

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jillian on Jul 7, 2011

i love the vintage bottles, that cake and her dress is just GORGEOUS. the neckline and back are so pretty! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

kate on Jul 7, 2011

oh my, what a gorgeous wedding! the dress story is amazing, and the photography and flowers are just beautiful!

Dabay on Jul 7, 2011

Wow...the dress is gorgeous and the story is completely inspirational!!! Love, love, LOVE all the details of this amazing wedding!

Rhiannon {Hey Gorgeous} on Jul 7, 2011

Everything is so gorgeous!! What an inspirational wedding :)

The Average Bride on Jul 7, 2011

Incredible Dress!!! I love that V backline. So lovely. The pictures are absolutely amazing. I thought it was an inspiration shoot!

Ashley on Jul 7, 2011

It's so inspiring to know that you did all of this on a budget! Awesome pictures and dress!

Lori on Jul 7, 2011

I love this wedding and that it was done on a budget! It was absolutely beautiful and portrays beautifully the imagination and determination of this bride.

Caitlin on Jul 7, 2011

This is one of the most beautiful weddings I've ever seen. The dress story, the venue, the flowers, the feel of these photos...amazing.

Jacqueline L. on Jul 7, 2011

The photography is definitely breathtaking....esp. the B&W shots! I'm loving the piano sheet music detail on the seating chart, and could those bouts be any sweeter? Seriously, well done! Good for them

lisamarie on Jul 7, 2011

Oh my goodness... this wedding is amazing. It brought a couple of tears to my eyes. Seriously.

Shadow on Jul 7, 2011

So gorgeous, so country, so shabby! Great article and photos, thanks!

Caroline on Jul 7, 2011

Truly hauntingly beautiful photos and couple! I can just feel all the love that went into that wedding. Major points for being so creative with the budget.

Olivia Morton on Jul 7, 2011

This is all so beautiful, I very nearly cried! The photos are absolutly stunning, especially the one of the pair of you in the field! <3 So, lovely..oh, eyes are welling up again! :)

jenn {bow tie & bustle} on Jul 7, 2011

Oh my gosh! So gorgeous! Every last details is so outstanding and the photography is totally beautiful! Love this wedding!

Kim Glass on Jul 7, 2011

There's something about it that is so romantic. The feeling and beauty the the photo is amazing! :)

angela on Jul 7, 2011

Wow! This is absolutely amazing! What a gorgeous gown! Lucky find!!!!

Andrea on Jul 7, 2011

I am so inspired over the story about her dress! My dress budget is $500 too. My dress jar is up to $180 and counting :)

Susannah VanDyke {Lukas VanDyke Photography} on Jul 7, 2011

Beautiful! And I just LOVE her hairstyle!

Erin on Jul 7, 2011

Wow factor! Your dress is so similar to mine that is getting made as we speak/type! Same lace overlay, neckline and back. Beautiful taste ;)

Dan Blanchard on Jul 7, 2011

Just beautiful and gorgeous... Great photography capture.

Barn Weddings on Jul 7, 2011

Oh, I was so impress in this wedding. It is really gorgeous!

kristine on Jul 8, 2011

Wow, those pictures are amazing! And I love her dress, I'm like totally in love! /

Cara on Jul 8, 2011

That is by far one of the most beautiful dresses I have ever seen! The photos are truly magnificent. They took my breath away.

Corrie Anne on Jul 8, 2011

My favorite things are your DRESS (love that story) and your hair. Congratulations!! :)

alexis on Jul 8, 2011

Heidi!!!!! Congratulations on your nuptials, on finding love, and on a very cost-effective wedding. I loved your ideas on finding your dress!! I will put that in my memory bank and hopefully I'll have the same luck someday as I do not want to spend $3K on a dress, and no one really should. It's just one day to the rest of your lives together. Awesome dress hunting story!!

Emily Heizer, Photography with Flair on Jul 8, 2011

SHE has to be one of the most naturally beautiful brides I have ever seen! If I could look like anyone, I would love to look like HER! She is amazing! I love the low contrast images, they are just so beautiful, the clouds, they are stunning. The field shot is fantastic. I really just love everything about this wedding. It's beautiful. Those tableclothes are so striking too! I hadn't ever thought of that, and I don't think I've SEEN that either. I think we've all seen the mismatched china at this point, but how obvious- and how CHARMING, the tableclothes! I'll add it to my personal inspiration list! GREAT JOB Heidi & Alex and congratulations!! @ The Photographer (Clay Austin), you're the photographer I want to be someday!!

Claire on Jul 8, 2011

I love the creativity of this wedding: the creative touches you can see, the creative ideas behind the whole ethos of the day. And every picture - so very beautiful.

Jessica on Jul 8, 2011

The bride's hair is so amazing! Lovely

Tricia on Jul 8, 2011

I agree...her hair is absolutely gorgeous! And it looks like she has curly hair to begin with! I'd love to know how she did it since hairstyles like that are so difficult :)

Hazel on Jul 8, 2011

Love this wedding! Could you break down your budget for us? We are trying to keep it cheap but are finding the little things are starting to add up and would love to see where you spent your money on and how many people you hosted. Thanks!

Stephanie @ rhinspirations on Jul 9, 2011

Amazing! The DIY and treasure finds really makes this wedding stand out. Heidi, hats off to you and best wishes!

Cassie Dae on Jul 10, 2011

this vintage country feel is to die for! love!

Sally @ ourdreamlives on Jul 11, 2011

Wow this wedding is totally breathtaking - love the story of the dress, the favours, the setting.... And the insanely beautiful photography!!

LIbby on Jul 11, 2011

the dress was $250?!? that is insane! it is amazing and exactly what I'm looking for. beautiful!

littlewinterbride on Jul 12, 2011

I love the story behind her beautiful vintage dress!

Bella Benefield on Jul 12, 2011

I loved the country theme: the use of copper wire and feathers with the boutonnieres; mason jars with wild flowers, pink peonies are always a favorite of mine, and an A+ on the use of vintage skeleton keys with tags for table seating ~ loved this~ Bella

reubenvision on Jul 19, 2011

LOVE LOVE LOVE this wedding Heidi you ROCK! what a stellar job on everything all the best to you & Alex may your life together be an even greater masterpiece ps: the knock your sock off photos are terrific as well

jean on Jul 23, 2011

That was awesome!! She is so pretty. Love the photos!

Kellie on Jul 25, 2011

Beautiful! I'm getting married at the same venue in two months and these pictures just made my day. :) Thanks for sharing!

Linni on Jul 26, 2011

Is there any chance that the bride would sell her dress? I LOVE it and am also on a tight budget. I'd be willing to pay cost and above.

Anne Ingman on Jul 29, 2011

I love this wedding! The lace, delicate flowers, and vintage touches make is so special! Wonderful wedding and images!

Cori on Aug 23, 2011

This is by far one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen. The location, dress, and decor...breathtaking. And even better, the amazing photographs capture the love between an adorable couple. Truly inspirational!

Keenan {Marry Me-Wedding Planners} on Aug 26, 2011

Wow the bride-groom looks just fabulous! Excellent Look!!

Ruth on Sep 8, 2011

Stunning! Can the bride share who her seamless was?

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Debbie Smith on Dec 29, 2011

Beautiful is the only word I can use to describe your wedding. Love the dress, tbles and decorationg, reception and photos amazing. Beautiful couple, beautiful wedding. Congratulations to you both. xxx

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This is the exact wedding that I am trying to plan right now! If you've got any tips I'd love to hear em!

Mia on May 15, 2012

Wow, what an amazing wedding and a BEAUTIFUL bride! Thanks so much for sharing all your great ideas - I love love love so many things about it, especially the dress and hair :)

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