We got to know Linda and Joshua when we did their engagement session in Monterey. They’re a very fun and sweet couple. He loves to make her laugh, and they have a strong friendship. If I had to choose one thing that makes Linda and Joshua an amazing couple, I’d say it’s their love for God. Their wedding ceremony at Vintage Gardens was rich with scripture and flanked with prayers. At their reception, their guests toasted the couple with spiritual advice and encouragement to put God first in their relationship. These are the ingredients for a successful marriage.
The couple was on a budget, and photography was the most important thing to them. In order to keep the cost of the overall event down, they used some money-saving tips:
- They chose a Friday late afternoon/evening date. Most venues have discounted pricing on Fridays, so if you’re planning your wedding, be sure to ask.
- A good friend did the flowers, which were silk.
- Much of the decor, including the centerpieces, were purchased at discount stores like Ross. Now that the wedding is over, the bride can sell the items on Craigslist or in a Facebook group.
- A friend served as their DJ
Even though they spent less than some weddings, it was still an elegant, beautiful, fun wedding with delicious food (because that’s all I care about). I don’t believe you have to spend a lot of money or go into debt in order to be happy with your wedding. My biggest advice to brides is to not panic if something isn’t perfect. Don’t freak out if the florist can’t get the exact shade of pink roses for your bouquet, or if the bustle in your dress isn’t perfect, or if your ceremony starts late. Who cares?! All that matters is that at the end of the day, no matter what happens, you will be married.