“It was important to Christian and I that there was a strong sense of us in it.”
After 7 years of being together, Kirsten & Christian decided it was finally time to get married. So with a modest budget ($15k) and a resolve to do things DIY, they started planning their beautiful, DIY Virginia wedding. A special thanks to Porter Watkins Photography for submitting the beautiful images and to Kirsten for providing a TON of details on how their accomplished such a gorgeous, rustic wedding on such a reasonable budget!
Lots of images, details & insight all below! Happy Thursday Romancers :)
Kirsten & Christian’s Rustic Blue & Yellow, DIY Virginia Wedding
Photography: Porter Watkins | Venue: Amber Grove | Cake/Desserts: The Desserterie | Caterer: Amber Grove | Cinematography: Jay Robinson | DJ: Jerry Strickland | Floral Design: Pandora’s Posies | Classical Guitarist: Rafael Scarfullery
Kirsten wrote the details of their day so beautifully, like a story – I will be keeping it mostly in her form:
It is a day I will never forget, for the beauty and joy but also for all of the regular hoopla that tends to go along with weddings. Perhaps it was Christian and I’s newly adopted Hawaiian lifestyle (we moved to Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii a year and half before the wedding) or just a failure of organization, but if it wasn’t for our parents and family I don’t think anything would have been on time.
The wedding was sort of a Vintage Romantic/Rustic/DIY affair. It was important to Christian and I that there was a strong sense of us in it.
We decided on a budget of no more than $15,000, we still needed to figure out guest list size so we were aiming for less if we could make it! My Dad committed 2/3 of the wedding budget to us as our Wedding gift. Christian’s parents offered to pay for the cake and of course the Rehearsal Dinner, but the biggest help from them was definitely covering the cost of our astronomical flights back to the East Coast from Hawaii.
My Step-Mom and Grandparents also made financial gifts to us to use toward the wedding. My Mother committed to helping us with the remaining costs and all of the planning, which was a huge task, but we needed a point person on the East Coast since we had decided we didn’t want a wedding planner.
So, we picked a date, September 30 because on the day of the wedding we would have been together for seven years and that was a huge milestone for us that we wanted to share with our family. After picking the day and deciding on bridesmaids and groomsmen, who we sent handmade cards to asking, “Will you be my ‘fill in the blank’?” we started looking for venues.
Click inside for the rest of Kirsten & Christian’s DIY, Small-Budget Rustic Virginia wedding by Porter Watkins Photography!