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Mandy + Ben

(April 10, 2020 in Coeur dAlene, ID)

In this blog post, the author shares their vision for their wedding and how it all came together on the day-of. Despite facing numerous challenges, including venue and date changes due to Covid-19 restrictions, the author and their partner were able to celebrate their love story with an intimate gathering of family and friends. The author also offers their #1 tip for future brides looking to save money on their wedding. Read on to learn more about their experience and insights.

Mandy looked absolutely gorgeous in our Hazel gown by Essense of Australia. This gown has gorgeous beaded floral appliques throughout the bodice that trickle down into the skirt. The bodice is unlined with exposed boning and defined bust cups for a corset-inspired look. A full layer of glitter tulle with a unique organic pattern adds an extra bit of sparkle to this gown. Floral appliques frame the edge of the train and buttons down the back of the bodice complete this romantic look.

By our real bride, Mandy:

What was the vision for your wedding?  

I envisioned bright happy colors with a forest whimsical feel. I always thought I would be a pro at planning a wedding because I THOUGHT I knew what I wanted...little did I know, I had no clue. We tried out so many different color combinations and trios that were beautiful and the one that we thought depicted Ben and Is love story best was a peachy orange and a soft pink with rose gold and yellow gold accents. It was bright, fun and exciting, all the things that perfectly portray Ben and Is relationship!

How did it go the day-of?  

Ben and I had originally planned to have our 500+ person wedding at my parents house on May 30th. I know what youre thinking...500 people?! Most people would faint at the thought of more than 100. Ben and I are just wayyy too friendly of people, plus we have a huge family! We were up for the big celebration. Due to Covid we didnt get to do our original plan, but boy was our wedding day perfect. It took some hard work and grit to get to the actual day though. We went through three venue changes, four date changes, Covid restrictions, and so much more! But finally, God gave us our perfect day on April 10th, 2020. We celebrated our love story with our bridal party, immediate family and a few friends. The only reason we were able to have more than 10 people was because my husband called the city of Dalton Gardens and got an exemption. Our intimate gathering was nothing less than lovely. Despite our challenges and setbacks we wouldnt have changed anything about our wedding day.

What is your #1 tip to future brides? 

If you want to save money, Pinterest DIY is your best BEST friend. It may take a little bit more time but it is totally worth it!

Dress: Hazel Gown and Erin Straps by Essense of Australia

Veil: Lauren Veil by Sara Gabriel Designs

Photographer: Through His Eyes Create

Hair and Makeup: Earthly Beauty Bar

Florals: Costco

Caterer: Fire Artisan Pizza