Shannon, 33 & Damian, 41
Wedding Date: May 1, 2010
Number of Guests: 35
Wedding Cost: $3,000
Wedding Ceremony Location: St. John Church, Sam Houston Park, Houston, TX
Wedding Reception Location: Sambuca Restaurant, Houston TX
Why did you have an intimate wedding?
We would rather have quality over quantity. We are practical and enjoy the simple things so a big production was not in our vision. Instead we wanted to share a very personal experience with those closest to us. We had a short time line, special locations and wanted to retain our sanity through the planning. Eloping was considered but there were those special few I couldn’t have imagined not sharing the moment with. We have the rest of our lives to be together, a few hours with our loved ones was worth having the day for.
What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?
Well besides the guest list, we had such a hard time finding things. Seems like all the resources are about the big events – bulk packaged for 200 guests. Even my dress was difficult. Since there are not many white & short dresses in the winter when I was shopping, with the added requirement to be appropriate for bike riding, I was mostly restricted to buying online. Dresses were coming in the mail every week or so. It took 4 purchases and returns until I found THE one. In the end it was better and encouraged us to make it more our own. We tried to remind others, and ourselves, that the day was about and for US.
It’s strawberry picking season in these parts. Which means that in a few days we’ll be heading to the local strawberry patch to pick enough berries for another round of Hot Damn, this is Good Jam!
This year we have some fancy labels to adhere to our homemade strawberry jam and our homemade raspberry jam – and so do you! Brittany over at Pink Peacock Paperie created some fun free printable jam labels for IW readers!
Happy picking – and happy jam makin’!
I was interviewed by the Globe & Mail for Saturday’s article I do, but Shhh: Bargain Hunting Brides Keep Mum to Cut Their Costs. The reporter asked how I feel about brides telling vendors that they are having a party instead of a wedding, to avoid higher costs. Read my answer here.
How do you feel about lying to wedding vendors?
BTW, The Globe & Mail also ran an article on the top trends in 2010. No surprise that smaller guests lists made the list.
Talking Heads Little Creatures is one of my favourite album covers of all time. Outsider artist and Baptist Reverend Howard Finster created the artwork for the album. ( Someday, I am going to make a pilgrimage to Paradise Gardens.)
I adore folk art. Which is why I adore the wedding invitations designed by Rifle Events.
Why not have an artist create a one of a kind folk art invitation for your wedding?
Can’t get enough of folk art wedding invitations? Check out Emma and Michael’s couple portrait invitations.
Photos: Rifle Events
Sarah M. was the third one to comment on the giveaway. The number three was chosen by The Random Number Generator.
Congrats Sarah and thank to Photo Card Creations for offering up this lovely prize!