Budget Bride? How This Girl Nailed It

Believing that weddings ought not bring out the bridezilla in each of us, Stone Fox Bride — a high-fashion boutique in Manhattan — was founded on the principle that planning a wedding is also a process of self-discovery. Molly Guy, creative director at SFB, is our source for the nontraditional bride. This article was originally published on November 1.
We both grew up in NYC. Ben lived downtown and I lived uptown, but we had friends in common. We first met in ninth grade when he visited a friend and sat in on my English class. Our eyes met across the classroom, and we both felt this intense connection. I was shy and never would have made a move. Months later, we were at the same party and he was about to ask me out, when his friend got into a fight on the other side of the room. He went to his friend's rescue and promptly got thrown out of the party. That night, a different guy asked me out and we ended up dating for the next five years.
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Photo: Shannen Natasha/Courtesy of Stone Fox Bride.
"Fast forward another five years. I'm playing the name game with a new co-worker, because we're both convinced we must know someone in common. We had one connection — Ben. My co-worker told me he just got out of his long-term relationship, and that I was in luck." Photography: Shannen Norman from The Wedding Artists Collective
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Photo: Shannen Natasha/Courtesy of Stone Fox Bride.
"That night, no joke, Ben was out to drinks with my co-worker and he brought me up as the girl who got away. My co-worker jumped out of her seat and said 'I swear to God, I met her today, she's single and she told me she's interested.'"
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Photo: Shannen Natasha/Courtesy of Stone Fox Bride.
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Photo: Shannen Natasha/Courtesy of Stone Fox Bride.
"Our first date he took me to an afternoon play on a Sunday, for hummus at Moustache, and walked me home. I was (and am) super serious about work. He found the perfect way to pull me out of my little world, actually get me to live in the present, and enjoy life in his company." Reception Location: Rhinebeck, NY
Catering + Day-Of Coordination: Hickory BBQ + Rebecca Joyce from Just About Married
Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals
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Photo: Shannen Natasha/Courtesy of Stone Fox Bride.
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Photo: Shannen Natasha/Courtesy of Stone Fox Bride.
"He proposed to me five years later. We have a little room in our apartment we call 'the Troll Hole' because the ceiling slants and only trolls can stand in there upright. He called me in there one day and got down on one knee with the most gorgeous, old-mine-cut, diamond engagement ring that had been in his family."
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Photo: Shannen Natasha/Courtesy of Stone Fox Bride.
"I got insanely lucky with my wedding. We had a tight budget and couldn't afford all the bells and whistles. A friend loaned us his farm in Rhinebeck, New York. My bridal party and I got ready together in this large loft. The bridesmaids got to pick their dresses in shades of coral, peach, and pink. My dad walked me down the aisle while my high school friend played Jeff Buckley's 'Hallelujah' on the violin. Our catering for the reception was no frills BBQ with gluten-free desserts from a bakery in Beacon, NY. We danced like crazy. I don't know what time the party ended, but I heard it was well after my husband and I left."
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Photo: Shannen Natasha/Courtesy of Stone Fox Bride.
Floral Design and Decor: Stone Fox Bride
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Photo: Shannen Natasha/Courtesy of Stone Fox Bride.
Dress and Veil: Stone Fox Bride
Ceremony: A friend
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Photo: Shannen Natasha/Courtesy of Stone Fox Bride.
Invitation Printing: Wedding Paper Divas
Hair and Make-up: Amalia Moscoso
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Photo: Shannen Natasha/Courtesy of Stone Fox Bride.
"What would I change about my wedding? Not a thing!"