The time has finally come to see Real Bride Amy’s intimate Chittendon, Vt., wedding. Amy and Rick escaped to a gorgeous lakeside lodge with a few of their nearest and dearest to tie the knot. They did away with all the extras and prioritized their dollars on what made sense for them — the true broke-ass way. Boucher Visuals did a wonderful job of capturing the love and details from their big day.
Name: Amy & Rick
Occupation: Public Health Professional
Wedding location: Chittenden, VT
Wedding Date: September 25, 2016
Number of Guests: 15
How would you describe your wedding (civil? Traditions? Write your own vows? Etc.): Simple. No frills. Just the important stuff.
What was your favorite part of your wedding? When the ceremony was over, we walked to the car and had a few minutes before we went to join our guests. It was nice to have a few minutes to breath and just be together in the midst of a hectic day.
What did you splurge on? Photography! This was my #1 priority so it was worth it. I also unintentionally splurged on my dress, but I found one I loved and just went with it.
What did you save on? We kept it small and did not do a full reception, which saved us on food, flowers and decor.
What was your biggest challenge in planning? Making decisions about what I wanted to do, while trying to consider everyone else’s wishes.
What lessons did you learn from planning or from the wedding itself? Although it’s a special day, it really is only just a day, and real life starts again right after, so don’t stress about it too much!
What were your top 5 favorite things about your wedding?
Sharing it with our closest family and friends.
Getting ready the morning of the ceremony. Stressful!
The money. Seeing the bank balance dwindle away was hard.
Pinterest pressure. DIY is not always worth it.
How fast it all went by.
What was the worst piece of wedding advice you received? Everyone had their own story about what they did at their own wedding that they of course thought was best, “you should use this vendor,” etc. They meant well, of course, but each wedding and each couple is unique. Weddings are not one size fits all, and you have to do what is best for the two of you.
The best? Go with your gut. Don’t get swayed, but what your friend did or the popular social media trends, or what your mother thinks you should do. Do whatever will make you look back on your day and smile.
Any other bits of wisdom? I can see the value in hiring at least a day-of coordinator. We didn’t, but much of the week before was spent trying to coordinate with vendors about schedules and payments, and that day I was worried about where everyone was going and when, and we were running around the envelopes trying to be sure everyone got paid. It would have been nice to know that was being handled so I could have focused more attention on my guests.
Save the Dates and Invitations: $500
Venue and food: $1,000
Bouquet and boutonniere: $125
Dress and alterations: $3,000
Groom’s suit: $400
Hair & Makeup: Free! I did my own makeup and my friend did my hair.
Venue: Mountaintop Inn & Resort
Photography: Boucher Visuals
Cake: Trillium Fine Desserts
Custom Save the Dates & Invitations: Written in Detail
Congratulations, Amy and Rick!