Real Wedding – Heather & Tyler’s Wine Box Ceremony

The bride wore Wtoo. The groom wore Express. They both wore their hearts on their proverbial sleeves as Heather glided down the floral-lined path to her smiling guy. Love & Perry was there to capture the enchanting couple and all of the beauty of their day.

On June 21, 2014 at The Ranch Golf Club in Southwick, Heather and Tyler’s long-distance planning came to fruition. She explained, “We wanted a vintage, kind of offbeat feel which we felt was more our style. Many of our guests commented on how perfectly our wedding captured the essence of US.
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Your budget?

We knew we definitely wanted to keep it under $30,000 and really the cheaper, the better. I don’t actually know exactly how much we ended up spending when all was said and done, but it was somewhere between 20-30K.

Best use of budget?

We were able to hire our vintage rental company during a time when they were running a promotion and I think it was the best thing we did for our wedding. We were able to afford more of their pieces, and they added so much more detail than I ever could have on my own. Our family and friends are still complimenting us on the style! We also went on the higher end of our photography budget, which we could not be happier with! Our photos came out so great and our photographers are fantastic at what they do.

Worst use of budget?

I don’t feel like we had a bad use of our budget. Sometimes I got a little too excited ordering things on Etsy, but I wouldn’t change a thing about it looking back!

Would you spend more or less on anything?

We didn’t hire a wedding coordinator and looking back, I think we would have. We planned our wedding from 3,000 miles away, so sometimes we had to rely heavily on family and friends.

Is there anything that didn’t go as planned?

The actual day went perfectly, at least as far as I know! Leading up to the wedding our venue had a lot of turnover in their staff, so it was very stressful making sure everyone was on the same page. Whenever I got too stressed about it, I would have my husband call and take care of it for me. He was very helpful in that way.

Favorite moments?

  • Hanging out with our wedding party during cocktail hour at the farmhouse on the venue’s property. We were officially married and so ready to celebrate with our family and friends!
  • Walking down the aisle together as husband and wife for the first time!
  • When we realized my cousin’s young daughter was taking all of the pictures for everyone at our photobooth. We had gone back and forth on hiring someone for the job and decided to just wing it and hope people would take pictures for each other. She took over and had a blast doing it – and actually got a ton of great photos for us!
  • The dancing at the end of the reception. Everyone was very into it, no matter how old they were. We ended up getting two encore songs because everyone kept chanting,ONE MORE SONG!’ ‘ONE MORE SONG!’”
  • This isn’t actually part of our wedding day, but the next morning we went out to breakfast with about 25 of our friends from all different times in our lives. It was so nice having everyone together and being able to actually talk with them instead of running around making sure we said hi to everyone at the wedding the night before. Everyone’s enthusiasm to continue celebrating with us was very humbling.

Advice for future brides?

If you put a lot of work into your wedding day, it’s going to go amazingly. If there are any hang-ups during the day, chances are nobody will even notice – even yourself! Try to relax and soak it all in because it really will go by as fast as everyone tells you it does. Stand up for yourself if someone is trying to tell you that you should or shouldn’t do something and it’s not what you want.

Photographer: Love & Perry Photography~Venue: The Ranch Golf Club~Wedding gown designer: Wtoo~Vintage rentals: Sassafras Vintage Rentals~Cupcakes: Cupcake Cafe~DJ: TJ Productions