In planning her wedding to Kevin, Lindsay stuck to her own vision of a classy-but-nontraditional wedding theme.
Date: January 23, 2016
Photographer: Danielle Joy Photography. We had an amazing photographer come to New Mexico from Utah. She did an great job capturing our special day.
After meeting while at school, Kevin and Lindsay prepared to get married, but Kevin was already assigned to be stationed in the Air Force. Working without her fiance, Lindsay planned a vintage-style wedding at a museum, with her mother’s help.
We had our ceremony downstairs at the Museum, then the reception upstairs after. One side of the building is lined with floor to ceiling windows. Our guests were allowed to walk around the museum while we took pictures and signed the marriage certificate. Since it was in January snow geese were migrating through the area and everyone watched them in the windows behind us as we got married. It was a pretty cool detail we didn’t plan on for the day.
How he proposed: He came home from his Air Force training before moving to where he was about to be stationed and set up the most romantic dinner. It was in a friend’s backyard, where he set up twinkle lights and had our favorite foods out. The backyard was in the foothills of the mountains and had a waterfall/pond surrounding it. It is a picture perfect memory, I’ll cherish forever.
Caterer: Garcia’s Catering, in true New Mexico style we had a nacho bar with enchiladas and LOTS of guacamole.
Florist: All the bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres were faux flowers I did with the help of my mom and my friend. The bouquet flowers were ordered from AFloral.com and the corsages & boutonnieres were made with supplies from Hobby Lobby. The floral centerpieces we also did the day before the wedding with flowers and greenery ordered from Costco.
Cake: We ditched the traditional cake and went with a cookie & hot cocoa bar instead.
DJ/ Band: Our DJ fell through last minute, but my mother’s coworker’s husband stepped up and did an even better job. His wife was super organized and kept the night on track. We didn’t use a wedding planner so her being there helped make the big day a success.
Lighting: The room that we had the reception in was circular and had ten tall pillars we wrapped with white lights. The dance floor was within the circle area. We also lined the outside balcony with twinkle lights. It looked magical! Lights are the best decoration.
Favors: I loved our favors. We had little tree saplings that we gave out. A lot of our friends and family took them home with them across the country. We drove a few up to our new home in Washington so there are wedding trees everywhere. I can think of at least 6 different states our wedding trees are in.
Theme and design of the wedding: I wanted it to be classy and vintage. I didn’t want anything outlandish or any décor that screams traditional wedding. I searched for decorations at thrift stores for months before the wedding for centerpieces. I spray-painted everything gold, so it would match in one way, but every table ended up having something different on it.
Wedding colors: Cranberry and Gold
Wedding party: 3 bridesmaids and 3 groomsmen. I chose two of my best friends from elementary school and my now, sister-in-law. He picked three of his best friends. The whole group got along really well!
Honeymoon: We took off the next day for a cruise to the Mexican Riviera.
Bridesmaids Dresses: Red. Sequin. Dresses. My maid of honor is my best friend I met in the 1st grade. She is the biggest tomboy I know, so a red sequin dress was a hard sell for her. But they looked GORGEOUS.
Tuxedos/ suits: My husband opted not to where his dress blues, but went with sleek black suits and cranberry colored skinny ties. Nothing too formal.
Wedding gown: I really wanted something affordable and vintage style. I ended up ordering a bridesmaids dress from Demetrio’s Bridal in ivory with a gold lining. It gave it the perfect vintage flair.
Shoes: I found the perfect vintage style shoes at Dillards on clearance; I clearly am always looking for a good deal.
Jewelry: I picked up the gold belt from Anthropology on the clearance rack before I picked out a dress. It ended up matching the gold lining of the dress so they paired perfectly together. My mother’s friend loaned me some gorgeous diamond and pearl earrings.
What was your old, new, borrowed, blue? Blue garter, borrowed earrings, old charms from my grandma & grandpa stuck to my bouquet, new dress.
First Dance Song: I Was Made For Loving You, by Tori Kelly featuring Ed Sheeran
Did you hand-make or DIY any wedding items? I DIY’d a ton of stuff because I love crafting and love saving money. I put together a collection of What I DIY’d and What I Didn’t on my blog.
You and your husbands’ wedding advice: We had the best night ever. We went into the wedding planning process with the idea that we were going to throw ourselves a party. Which we did! It was more of a laid back night, which really made it more enjoyable for everyone including us.
What was the biggest roadblock that you ran into while planning the wedding? The biggest roadblock was not having my fiancé there. He was already living at his first duty station so he didn’t really participate in any of the planning. He just showed up two days before the wedding. It was challenging but our day turned out perfect for us.
Who/what gave you the most help in the planning process? My mom was there for every step of the process. Since my husband wasn’t there to help make all the decisions, she was. Sometimes it was a blessing, but sometimes it wasn’t. She did not have the same vision for my wedding day, but in the end we were both happy with how it turned out.
Which part of the process gave you the most stress? The money! My husband and I wanted to have a frugal wedding. We wanted the day to just be a big party celebrating us and couldn’t believe how much the “average American” spends on wedding days. Anything with the word wedding on it is instantly more expensive. So I did the best I could to cut costs. We didn’t want anyone to be burdened by the cost of the wedding or coming to it.
Is there anything that didn’t go as planned? The best piece of advice someone gave to me was to expect at least three things to go wrong. Having that mind set made is what made my day a success. I was so much more relaxed on the big day when I expected a few things to go wrong instead of expecting every little thing to be perfect.
The guy that married us we found on the Internet and he messed up my name! It was a bit of comic relief in the middle of our ceremony. Instead of getting upset over it, I was kind of grateful because it made me and everyone else laugh in a moment when I was nervous. Then I thought if this is the worst part of the day, it’s been a pretty great day.
What was your favorite part of the experience/ event? My favorite part of the day was seeing everyone we loved. So many people came, I was shocked! Everyone came together to celebrate us and at the end of the day I got to go home with my husband. We had been living apart for over a year, but after the honeymoon I made the move to live with him in Washington.
If you could go back in time, what would you have changed? I would not have changed a thing. Maybe in like twenty years I’ll look back and think something we did was overly tacky, but I am happy with the memories we made that day.
What did you do to save money? I DIY’d a lot of projects. I saved money on décor and the flowers by doing the projects myself. I also saved on my dress by buying a bridesmaids dress in the colors I wanted instead of a traditional wedding dress. I also saved a ton of money on lights by buying clearance Christmas lights at 75% off. Renting them would have been a small fortune.
What was your biggest splurge? The biggest splurge was the venue and the food. That was about 75% of the cost for our wedding and in the end, totally worth it.
What a great DIY wedding story! Lindsay is the author and creator of The Lindsay Baker Co. Visit her site to see more about the DIY’s that she mentioned above.Follow