Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Jennifer Wood-Adams: A Beautiful Beach Wedding on a Budget!

Date: March 26, 2011 at 5pm
Location: Marshes Lighthouse, Manteo, NC
Reception: Adrianna’s Restaurant, Manteo, NC
Photographer: Matt DeJesus Photography
Planner: that would be me
Florist: The Embellishers, Outer Banks, NC

My theme was elegant Moroccan with the colors of eggplant and amber. 

Nick and I met on January 2, 2010 on a day trip to NYC. I was living in Rye, NH and he in Chesapeake, VA. He had a friend in Boston that he was visiting over the holidays. I had a photographer friend that organized the day trip and he had friends from NH and MA that were coming. Nick’s friend happened to be in the group and invited him to come. We met on the bus trip from Boston to NYC, hit it off the entire day and the rest is history.  There are many more details on our wedding website: www.nickandjen.matthewdejesus.com 

Planning tips:
1.       Try to purchase used decorations. Websites like the WeddingBee.com and BravoBride.com are fantastic! I found them very useful and have sold almost all of my decorations through them!
2.       Think outside the box.  Try to design centerpieces that will put money back in your pocket after the wedding is over OR create them as gifts for your guests. 
3.       DIY. Design your own tags, reserved seating signs, place cards, etc. It will save you so much money. It’s also a great excuse to have friends and family over to socialize and help with the process.
4.       Communicate with your vendors and make sure they truly understand what you are looking for and are willing to work with you and your budget.
5.       Don’t feel cornered by all the “wedding etiquette” rules. Be brave and be non-traditional. 

I chose Maya Couture because of the variety of dress selections. My sales assistant, Misty, took the time to really help me find my style. I could not have been happier with my dress. 

Jennifer wore Maggie Sottero's "Annalise" and Nick wore the Alfresco suit by Jim's Formalwear.  Jennifer is a local photographer with "Shine with Jennifer Leigh" at www.shinewithjl.com.  


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