The Bride: Ileana, 25, IT and studying to be a Nurse
The Groom: Evan, 32, IT
The Location: Sayen Gardens, New Jersey
Wedding Colors: Cream, Ivory, Peach, and Orange with a Garden Theme
Budget: $10 – $15k
What made this wedding modern: Ileana says “The modern touch really took shape in the wedding party. The girls had on Jim Hjelm A-Line Tea length Ivory dresses with an orange sash. The dresses were very simple yet had the splash of color that made them pop. The men’s dark chocolate brown tuxes really blended well with the bridesmaids and made the wedding party image very sleek – that is until at any given time one of the 8 wedding party members broke out into horrific party faces – then we were just us!”
Where they splurged: Ileana said hands down, PHOTOGRAPHY. “We felt that 60 years from now as our memories begin to fade it is pictures that will transport us back in time. We wanted to make sure we had a photographer who knew us and knew how to capture key moments. Michelle was amazing. We chose to do a Trash The Dress session with her prior to the big day (with a Forever 21 stand in dress!)* and it really helped build a great friendship with her. We are so pleased with every single picture that the hard part is picking our album shots.”
*We will be doing a post on Ileana’s Trash the Dress session in a few weeks – you can’t miss it, the session was amazing!
Where they saved: Decoration. “Since it was in a garden, we needed limited ceremony decoration and the reception garden house was so cute and antique-y that it need very little to spruce it up. We opted to recycle some decor from my sister’s wedding and replace the flowers with our colors. We also hit up Michael’s for various accents and ALWAYS had our 40% off coupons in hand. The only flowers that were real were the bouquets, lapels & the garden around us.”
*As mentioned in the bio – Ileana and Evan had a budget of only $10k, which to me is pretty unbelievable considering how beautiful everything was! Recycling decorations from another wedding is a fabulous idea. Also, making your theme fit the venue rather than vice verse helps too! Thanks Ileana for your wonderful tips!
The best part of the wedding:
“The laughter. Everyone was in such a great mood and happy that everywhere you looked people were smiling. We felt so blessed to have such a perfect day with the people we loved. It’s an amazing thing being surrounded by people who are sending you well wishes every moment. When you are immersed in good vibes it is hard not to get on a natural high. We were married and so happy. And that is what it was all about.”
“Don’t splurge if you are going to feel guilty about it. ENJOY it. Smile and enjoy your man. The day is about the two of you – not just you.”
All photographs are copyright of Michelle King Photography.