A Purple Feathers, Purple Hair & DIY Elegance: Jeni & Manny

The eagle-eyed amongst you may recognise the gorgeous Jeni & Manny from their urban beach engagement shoot that I posted back in May. Well shortly after that feature they were married, and they pulled the whole incredible event off for under $5000!

“I knew we wouldn’t be having a ‘traditional’ day and that I wouldn’t wear a white dress, so the search was on for a wedding-worthy purple one”, began the bride. “Once I knew I couldn’t find what I wanted within my budget, I decided to make one instead. My family thought I’d gone off the deep end considering I’ve never sewn anything in my life. My inspiration gown had material that flowed like feathers, so I thought ‘Why not make my gown with actual feathers?’ I started with a very simple and plain purple dress that I purchased online, and turned it into my dream dress. The gown I ended up with was even better than my inspiration! I figured since the dress was purple, why not have another shocker to the guests and have the bridesmaids in white. Everybody loved it and it looked amazing in our photos.”

“The feathers on my gown sparked inspiration for a lot of the other decor”, she continued. “It was fun and creative and replaced any flowers that you would typically see for things like bouquets and centerpieces. Feathers were also a less expensive option and they last forever! We wanted our wedding to be different, but class and elegance was still very important to us. I think our vision was accomplished nicely.”

To save money the majority of the day was DIY, but they did prioritise things like photography. “Couples on a very tight budget can have a beautiful wedding if they are willing to be open minded, put time into researching, and doing a lot of projects themselves,” Jeni advises. “I’m actually glad that we didn’t have a huge budget to spend, because I definitely would have spent it if it was there! Even though we didn’t have some costly extras or the fanciest ballroom reception venue, it was ‘us’ and it was perfect. What was more important to me than how extravagant it was, was that I ended up married to the man I love.”

Right on! Congratulations to this gorgeous pair and thank you to your both, and photographer Shannon Grant for sharing today.

Supporting Cast:

Photography Credit: Shannon Grant Photography

Ceremony Venue: Ames Mansion, Easton, MA
Reception Venue: Knights of Columbus, Easton, MA
Bride’s Dress: Girls Dress Line (Customised)
Bride’s Shoes: Rouge
Bride’s Headpiece: DIY
Bride’s Jewelery: ElegantCostumeJewelry.com
Groom’s Outfit: Isabella’s Bridal, Taunton, MA
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Girls Dress Line
Cake: MandyCakes in Mansfield, MA
Make Up: Christy Lavallee of Bridal Artists
DJ: Mitch Laguerre
Stationery: DIY
Caterers: Mr. Joseph’s Catering, South Attleboro, MA

15 comments

  1. Monique

    Wow, her hair is amazing and we blatantly need some DIY tips on making feathered dresses from her! Also loving that they had such a coherent theme on such a tight budget, a definite inspiration.

  2. Leah Marie

    Her shoes are bomb! However, they’re miscredited as Rogue only does menswear. I’d love to have the same shoes in my life, so if you could track down where they’re from, I’d be much obliged!

    Cheers!

  3. YAY!!!! Love this couple SO much and this wedding was such a treat to photograph. Thanks, Kat, for sharing with your readers! It’s always an honor :) xoxo

  4. I love it! Thank you for featuring us again! It is such an honor! And thanks to everyone involved that made the wedding possible, and to Shannon for taking amazing pictures!

    Leah- the shoes are actually Rouge, not Rogue. Sorry I must have mis-spelled it when I sent over all the info. The bad news is that I’ve had these forever (maybe 3-4 years) so I’m guessing they aren’t available anymore unfortunately.

    Thank you for the compliments everyone! When I finally have time to do a tutorial on the feather dress, I’ll be sure to share!

  5. Leah Marie

    Thank you, Jeni! And what a lovely wedding! You looked stunning and your joy brought a smile to my face :) cheers!

  6. Jen

    OMG! Jeni you are my idol! this is everything i could ever imagine! first of all i am currently living in Boston, i LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the color purple (people think i have an obsession) and wish i had the hair to dye mine like yours, and we kinda sort of have the same name. LOL your wedding looks so beautiful and and congrats!. YAY PURPLE!

  7. Jen, you are too funny! Never thought I’d be anyone’s idol :) Yeah, purple is a bit of an obsession for me. Thanks so much!!!

  8. I was away for a couple of days and JUST today saw this. The wedding was gorgeous – just like the bride. The groom is an awesome man (and sooo handsome!), and my daughter Jeni just amazes me more and more every day! : ) Love you both…

  9. Robin Sparkles

    Amazing dress!! How are the feathers done, just glue gunned on row by row starting from the bottom? Were they individual feathers or on a trim or feather boa?
    Please please share with us Jeni!

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