Real Wedding Wednesday: Laugh Out Loud Sweetness

Oh, how I do love Wedding Wednesday.  Not only does it signify in the middle of the work week but I feel there is a huge collaborative feel about this certain topic.  People come out of the wood work to share their stories.  This month, Lindsay and Kelly share their special day filled with laughter and love. These two are adorable.



OCTOBER 20, 2012


Wedding Date: October 20, 2012
Bride and Occupation: Lindsay, Elementary Music Teacher
Groom and Occupation: Kelly, Manager of T-Mobile


Wedding Location: The Gatherings at Dorchester, Dorchester, SC


What was your budget?  I’m guessing we spent about $5,000. My dress was $800, the venue was about $1,000, Decorations/favors were probably all total $1500 and photography was $800, invitations and save the dates were $150, stamps were about $100, DJ $200 (fiancé to the mother of one of my bridesmaids. Works for a very reputable DJ company in Charleston and he was able to cut me a great deal)

My mother worked tirelessly to make my bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, favors, and decorations. She made sure everything was exactly how I wanted it.

PicMonkey Collage

How many guests did you have? We had approximately 200 people invited; I think maybe 150 showed up.


Talk About the Ceremony: The ceremony was beautiful. It was the perfect day. I had Quinyana, my best friend since the 8th grade as my maid of honor, she wore a burnt orangey color dress – it was beautiful on her skin. My bridesmaids wore dark purple and they were my 2 friends from college, Sara and Liz and my 2 friends since high school, Becca and Liz. Kelly’s best man was his brother, and his groomsmen were his best friend from high school and college roommate Chase, his friends from high school Justin and Austin, and his friend from college, Bryan. His other friend, that he considers more of a brother is in the coast guard. He was supposed to be out to sea, so he wasn’t supposed to be able to make it to the wedding. His ship had to dock due to a malfunction and he surprised Kelly at the rehearsal. He didn’t have a tux, so he wore his dress blues in our wedding. My daddy walked me down the aisle to an instrumental version of “Love Me Tender”. Our efficient was Kelly’s youth pastor, and we were the first couple that he agreed to marry.


What Was Your Biggest Challenge? There really weren’t any challenges. Kelly did have a monstrous sinus infection and fever on our wedding day, but he was a trooper. After we went to the hotel to change our clothes, we went to the urgent care center. I still had my veil on.


What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?I have a country/shabby chic style and I really like love birds. Kelly and I both love Clemson. We were able to use a purple and orange color scheme that wasn’t “in your face Clemson” with deep plum and burnt orange. It was very fitting for the season. Kelly’s mother, maternal grandfather and paternal grandparents have all passed away. My maternal grandparents have passed as well. We had a tree shaped candle holder with tea lights and picture frames with their pictures on a table at our reception. We also had an empty chair on either side of the aisle with a rose in it that we carried back down the aisle after we were married.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?Kelly’s uncle bbq-ed a pig, his aunt made hash and rice and my mom made mac and cheese. We only had to buy green beans and sweet potatoes from a caterer, which was a local barbeque place. Kelly’s uncle’s brother made our cake. We only had canned beer for alcohol. A friend of Kelly’s family was my day of coordinator for free and as our gift she created a beautiful fruit display.1060110_10100114654698316_1945757451_n

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side? Budget for stamps. Seriously, it costs a lot to mail save the dates, invitations with prestamped RSVP cards and thank you notes for the showers, parties and weddings.

What was your biggest splurge? The venue, but it was PERFECT.1063456_10100114654713286_1508743861_n

What was your favorite detail? Our memorial display, our wishing tree (a tree where guest signed their names and hung it on a tree) and the music. The first line of our first dance was “the leaves are falling down” . . . how perfect is that?


What is the most memorable moment of your day? The father daughter dance was Sheryl Crow’s “All I Wanna Do Is Have Some Fun”. We danced to that song when we were camping when I was 5 and I always remembered it. Everyone else thought it was a weird song, but my dad and I knew it was special. We also did a first look before the ceremony where Kelly turned around and I was standing behind, I cried, but his face was priceless!

What was the funniest moment of the day? The preacher wanted Kelly to repeat after him, but he just kept saying “I do” it was hysterical!1059980_10100114656145416_1088533767_n
Venue: The Gatherings at Dorchester
Photography: Katie Heatley Photography
DJ: Greg Bessinger from Lee Edwards Entertainment. He is now in business for himself.
Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse

August will be here before we know it.  Do you have a wedding you want to share with the world?  I am currently taking submissions for my August and September submissions.  Use the contact form below and I will be in touch!

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