The wedding of Chris and Brielle was held at The Icehouse in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Their goal was to save as much money as possible, but still have a beautiful wedding.
“I wanted everyone to remember the wedding as beautiful and a reflection of the love that we share”, said Brielle. “Who says you can’t have a gorgeous wedding on a budget!? It was exactly what I had imagined and more. The space already had so much character; it didn’t need an overload of décor. I searched every bargain shop for the decorations. Nothing about my style usually matches so my wedding decorations didn’t need to match either.”
“The signs were either paintings or photo frames that I bought from Goodwill and turned into chalkboards, the cocktail room had photo holders made from candlesticks and wine corks (yes, wine was consumed to retrieve those), my flower crown, bouquet and bridesmaid’s bouquets were all made by my friend, Meredith. Also the wands for the getaway were made out of strips of cloth and wooden sticks, sparklers take too long to light!”
“We also didn’t want to stress out our wedding party by making them buy expensive clothing. How many times have you bought a terrible outfit for a wedding that you will only wear once? Every outfit was unique to each friend so they felt comfortable!”
“We made sure that everything we did have at the wedding was because we wanted it there and not because it’s tradition”, she continued. “Some people gave us a hard time about not having a ring bearer and flower girl but we agreed that it wasn’t necessary for us to have them. I also took care of all the wedding music before hand. I wanted the music to reflect us and Chris is a musician!”
“The bridal party walked down to the piano instrumental Creep by Radiohead, I walked down to the piano instrumental Just the way you are by Bruno Mars, and we exited to Bob Dylan’s Wedding Song. Everyone after the wedding all remembered how cool the music was the whole time, like why does every wedding need to play the Mocerna still? Lastly, replacing wedding cake with donuts was the best idea! We saved so much money and who doesn’t like donuts?”
“The whole day was such a blur!”, she laughed. “But the best bit was the ceremony. I had always dreamed of what it would be like to have my dad walk me down the aisle and see the love of my life waiting at the end. My dad and I waited outside the door and he could feel me shaking. I could hardly look at him as the tears were already welling in my eyes. I’ve never felt more beautiful and I couldn’t believe the day had finally come.”