How This Small-Budget Wedding Got Everything Right

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The wedding of Hunter and Justin, two high school sweethearts with a love for nostalgia, was a true homage to their families, with rustic and antique details that told a story. If you knew them, you’d know that their celebration wasn’t just about them, but about the people that took the journey with them. That’s why a great deal of their inspiration came from their countryside upbringings. We’re very thankful Anthem Photography chose to share this gem with us!
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That gorgeous veil was gifted from her mom’s friend.
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Hunter shares a few lessons learned, with brevity: "Don’t spend a fortune! It’s truly not worth it and there are so many ways to cut costs."
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Bouquet recipe: Garden roses, olive branches, astrantia snow star, green amaranthus, and lisianthus.
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Big money saver: Hunter purchased the flowers for wholesale price, didn’t hire a florist, but gathered her bridesmaids and made a party out of making all the floral arrangements, bouquets, and boutonnieres.
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"Your wedding can be beautiful, but remember what the day is actually about. Don’t get caught up in making it perfect, your wedding is a party and not a performance!"
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Love how they designated a special area for kids.
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"Be careful about who you DON’T invite. Remember that although the wedding is 'about the couple,' it’s also about the people who brought you to where you are."
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Photographer: Anthem Photography; Ceremony & reception venue: Grandparent’s property, private residence; Invitation designer: Hunter Abel (bride); Hair & makeup: Jeramie Larson (maid of honor); Florist: Bride + bridesmaids, flowers provided by Franks Adams Wholesale ; Cake: Sweet Cream Bakery; Catering: family & friends; Rentals: The Party Place; Wedding dress designer: Stephanie D Couture (custom-made by designer); Wedding shoes: Urban Outfitters; Veil: gifted from family friend; Groom’s Suit: American Apparel, H&M, Etsy; Shoes: DSW; Bridesmaid dresses: Thrifted, Free People; Mod Cloth; Macy’s, Forever 21; Flower girls: hand-me-down from bride.