FutureStephD
Super March 2019

Crystals, and wood, and marble - oh my! (bam - pic heavy)

FutureStephD, on May 14, 2019 at 2:10 PM Posted in Married Life

We’ve been married for almost two months and I’ve been procrastinating posting – I think b/c I loved being engaged, loved planning, and loved our wedding and don’t want it to be over! (And yes, I love being married too).

Everyone says that your wedding day goes by so fast. I don’t think it went by fast - there just wasn’t enough time, even 24 hours wouldn’t have been long enough to see everyone and celebrate the occasion!

They also say that something will go wrong on your wedding day. I was wondering what it would be and I figured it would be the photographer not showing up since he basically ghosted us before the wedding. Well, he showed up, and what actually went wrong was that my seamstress didn’t sew in half of my bra for my plunge front, strapless, low back dress. I ended up cutting out the one cup she did sew in, and wearing a strapless backless stick on bra I wore to the rehearsal dinner the night before. (Which was a miracle it worked b/c I tried on ten bras, including that one, at my fittings and it didn't.) Crisis averted, but I think it cut into picture time b/c we are missing some must have shots. Either that or our photographer is lazy. Probably a little of both.

That said, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND a DOC if you can budget for it. We were lucky enough to find someone starting her own business, who was less than the others, and she was WONDERFUL. She took care of small to big things including: telling guests where to go, keeping things on time, coordinating vendors, handling a parent that wanted to change everything the day of, an Aunt who wanted to rearrange seats and make my mother sit with her back to the head table and dance floor (who does that?!), handling people that RSVPd no and showed up, as well as empty chairs for people that RSVPd yes and no showed, moved things from ceremony to reception, made sure the overall look was what we had envisioned, AND MORE.

Pics below, and I’ll post our budget too!

TY WW for helping with any questions we had along the way!

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34 Comments

  • C
    Devoted June 2019
    C R ·
    Just Beautiful!!!!! Congrats! 💛
  • Jessica
    Super October 2019
    Jessica ·
    Congratulations!! Beautiful pictures ❤️
  • Gen
    Rockstar June 2019
    Gen ·

    You look absolutely stunning, and your day looked lovely! Despite your photographer being flaky, the photos did turn out really well! Congrats on such a beautiful day and marriage

  • FutureStephD
    Super March 2019
    FutureStephD ·

    Budget: ~$35K for 150 people!

    ATTIRE

    Dress $1,000 (consignment shop in Denver)

    Shoes $100 (poshmark)

    Alterations $325

    Veil $125 (etsy)

    VENDORS

    Oak Brook Hills Resort $22,000 (ceremony and reception, included food and beverage)

    DJ $1,800 (included uplighting, ceremony and reception)

    Engagement photos $400

    Wedding photos $1,870

    DOC $650

    HMUA $200

    Florist $4,000 (I KNOW. Don't shame me for this... decor was my splurge!)

    Drapery and chandelier $1,300

    Cake $300 (discounted through venue)

    STATIONARY

    STDs $380

    stamps $60

    Invitations $650

    Stamps $151.25

    marble placecards $225

    menus FREE DIY

    seating chart $100 (I think?... DIY)

    And here's our vendor list (mostly Chicago area):

    HMUA - Patty McGuire

    Venue - Oak Brook Hills Resort

    Florist - Bella Flora

    Music - Robert Nicpon Productions

    Drapery and Chandelier - Elegant Events lighting

    DOC - Revelry Event Planning

    Dress - Altar Bridal (consignment bridal shop in Denver and Barrington, IL - dress by Alvina Valenta)

    BM dresses - Katie May (poshmark, ebay, Nordstrom)

  • FutureStephD
    Super March 2019
    FutureStephD ·
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    Thank you!!

    Yes, I'm grateful for the pictures we have and that they were nice! Even though I ended up editing them myself :/

  • Dita
    Devoted August 2019
    Dita ·
    Sorry to hear about your photographer, but you and your wedding looked absolutely lovely! That black and white photo of you in your dress/veil is a stunning shot. Congrats!
  • Brianna
    Dedicated October 2019
    Brianna ·

    Everything looked amazing! So happy for you and your Husband! Congratulations

  • Future Mrs. H
    Rockstar September 2019
    Future Mrs. H ·

    Congratulations! Your day looked spectacular

  • Janiya
    Devoted June 2020
    Janiya ·

    You looked absolutely GORGEOUS! Your day looked so perfect and I can feel the love through your photos! Congratulations!

  • Destiny
    Super May 2020
    Destiny ·
    I love your card box whered you get it?
  • FutureStephD
    Super March 2019
    FutureStephD ·
    View Quoted Comment

    Thank you!!

  • Maria
    Super October 2019
    Maria ·

    This looks like the most beautiful celebration. Congratulations!!

  • FutureStephD
    Super March 2019
    FutureStephD ·
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    Thanks!... One of the groomsman made the whole thing! The mountain range is paper mache and he hand painted it. He also made the acrylic box, but you can find similar on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/market/acrylic_card_box

  • Fenja
    Devoted June 2020
    Fenja ·

    Congrats!! Your day looks like it was absolutely beautiful througout!! And the photos turned out great!

  • Sunny
    Devoted October 2019
    Sunny ·
    Wow! You are stunning. Everything looks magical, congrats! 🎉
  • Sara
    Expert June 2019
    Sara ·

    Wow! Everything is gorgeous!!!

  • N
    Savvy July 2019
    NikkiMJ ·
    Omg! So beautiful! Where did you get your welcome sign? With your dog? I have a boxer too and would loveeee to feature him
  • FutureStephD
    Super March 2019
    FutureStephD ·
    View Quoted Comment

    Aww, thanks!!!

  • FutureStephD
    Super March 2019
    FutureStephD ·
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    Thanks! It was a surprise for FH.

    I purchased a custom PDF of us from etsy here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/400019349/custom-wedding-portrait-drawing?ref=shop_home_active_1&frs=1

    and then I printed it at vistaprint.com on a 22x28" foam board.

    LOVE our boxer - they are too cute and fun!

  • Alicia
    VIP August 2019
    Alicia ·

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! Congrats!!!

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