It's here! It's here! Today I can finally share with you all the glorious details of Eric and I's wedding. The day was so perfect/fun/emotional/full of love that I barely know where to begin. I thought I'd share with you some of my thoughts on the whole thing, and of course many, many photos:
On planning: I started putting the pressure on Eric for a ring 3 years ago. "A wedding will be so much fun!" I said. "I will plan the whole thing myself!" I said. "I will never be a bridezilla!" I said. Well, it turns out when you're a person who loves design, decorating, crafting, and event planning – a wedding can get a bit overwhelming. Someone asked me the other day if I was feeling a void now that the wedding was over. Nope, nope, nope. Give me all the time to work and hang out with my family and friends please.
On keeping it local, DIY, and staying out of the wedding biz: Eric and I decided long ago that we didn't want an expensive wedding and that we'd pay for the majority of our wedding ourselves. We ended up with a wedding for 135 people and stuck to our budget of $8,000 (high five!). This budget meant we had to think outside of the box for all of our vendors, and DIY a lot of things. Oh, and did I mention I wanted to keep as much of our wedding as local and personal as possible? Things worked out amazingly. My family and friends helped craft and hang all the decorations (we also took a ton from a family wedding that happened a few months before ours - thanks Jessica!), a friend took our engagement photos, one of our favorite Charlotte restaurants, Viva Chicken, catered the wedding (bonus - they'd never done a wedding before, so we saved there!), I designed and printed all the favors at a friend's screen printing studio, a local print shop printed up our invitations that I designed, our friends played live music, some family friends made our cakes, the list goes on. Our biggest splurge were our photographers, which as you can see below, was totally worth it.