Broke-Ass Tag: hippie


Today we have an extra special treat for the BABs among us who are operating with almost no budget. We’ve waxed poetic before about the virtues of picnic/potluck weddings for brides who don’t have thousands of dollars to throw at their wedding. Well, there’s plenty of picnic-ey inspiration to glean from this “Boho Bliss” wedding shoot from Caryn Noel Photography. (No, this isn’t a real wedding. Kind of a bummer, right? I totally bought into the fantasy, too. I love this faux bride and groom, and their adorable wedding get-ups!) All the decor featured in these pics is vintage or DIY. All of it. This colorful shoot proves that it’s true what they say – all you need is love…and, okay fine, some whimsical vintage glassware.

Here’s what photographer Caryn had to say about her beautiful boho vision:

“My designer friend + I wanted to do something a little different from our normal shoots. We wanted to show viewers alternative outfits for free-spirited out-of-the-box brides as well as low-cost design options for brides on a tight budget. All of the props and decorations are completely vintage or DIY, it is a budget-conscious post and is located in the Midwest. (Farmington Hills//Metro Detroit, Michigan).”

“As a wedding photographer, I see lots of brides get discouraged by costly designs and end up compromising on style or their budget! We wanted to create a colorful look that inspired budget-bound viewers to not be afraid of jumping into DIY nicknack projects to brighten up their wedding. Not only is a DIY/vintage decorated wedding a lot cheaper, but it creates more of a personal/intimate atmosphere.”

Isn’t this ridiculously gorgeous? Special thanks to Caryn and all the wedding vendors involved for sharing!

Location: Heritage Park, Farmington Hills, Michigan

Photography: Caryn Noel Photography

Florals + prop design: Annette’s Creations & Designs

Vintage props: Chris Vennix at Have2Have It.

Hair: Alyssa at New Visions of You Salon

Wedding bands: Andrea Durham Designs

Wedding cake: Lil’ Cupcake Sweet Treats

  • 2/7

    I love long letters from our readers. It gives me a better idea of what to look for. Val definitely delivered – here’s what she said:

    Hi there ladies!

    I recently got engaged and I’m on the hunt for a cheap-ass BUT BEAUTIFUL gown. There are two styles I am strongly gravitating towards and so far I have not found any cheap options similar to these. If you girls could help me out, it’d be so great! My wedding is going to be at a campsite, it has a rustic, wooden dining hall, and we’re opting for a lot of DIY RUSTIC decor. That being said I want a dress that is “flowy”, not one of those static, hard corsets or A-gowns that look super stiff. The styles I think define me best in regards to wedding gowns are “boho”, “gypsy” and “greek goddess”. I’d prefer straps and sleeves over strapless but I’m willing to see strapless options if they fit the style. Please let me know if you can help a girl out, I can’t afford these but I would love to get over them with some fabulous cheap options! 


    Val is looking to spend no more than $600 and has two obsessions – a designer whose dresses go for between $4,000 to $14,000 or a dress a bride custom designed for herself. (That’s a crazy DIY project, right!?) Unfortunately the last one isn’t an option because Val found out that she doesn’t do custom designs. Below, I’ve included a couple dresses our BAB likes. There are a variety of details in which she’s interested.


    Samuelle’s Amelie Gown

    Samuelle’s Sophia Gown


    White Tara Wedding Gown ($180 at GratefulThreads via Etsy)

    Cast Away Gown ($450 at Free People)

    Temptress Cold Shoulder Maxi ($608 at Free People)

    Ivory Chiffon Beaded Sequin Informal ($425 at RetroVintageWeddings via Etsy)

    Alexander Wang Sheer Silk-Blend Maxi Dress ($250 at The Outnet)

    Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Dress, Sleeveless Beaded Racerback ($104.99 at Macy’s)

    As we suggested last week, you could also consider renting the gown for your big day. For $100, you could grab either the Yumi Kim Snow Mountain Maxi or the Mark & James by Badgley Mischka Rhodes Harbor Gown. Any other BABs out there have suggestions?

  • 6/4

    Editor's note: We are super excited to introduce Carrie, our newest addition to the BAB familia! We always pride ourselves in picking REAL BRIDE reporters who are REAL broke-asses, and REALLY awesome - and Carrie is no exception.  She's a well-traveled gal you'd definitely want to have on your team (but probably not for her navigational skills). Welcome aboard, Carrie!  Hola, BABs!  My name’s Carrie,…

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