If you like a good rustic wedding with all its beautiful simplicity, today you’re in for a treat. Shot by Nancy Ray Photography, Marshall and Kellie pulled off all of that and for under five thousand dollars no less! Proof that you can have a fun, creative fete without breaking the bank. Click here to view all the wedding goodies.

North Carolina DIY backyard wedding
creative wedding ideas on a small budget
North Carolina DIY backyard wedding

We wanted the day to feel creative, comfortable, fun and like us. We both love antiques and are creative people at home and at work, so we wanted something that was completely unique to us. Our color scheme was determined by the ties my husband picked out for his groomsmen. I knew I wanted my girls to have different colored dresses, so we decided to pick the ties first and that kind of set our feel as far as invitations and other decorations went.

North Carolina DIY backyard wedding
creative wedding ideas on a small budget
North Carolina DIY backyard wedding
North Carolina DIY backyard wedding
creative wedding ideas on a small budget
North Carolina DIY backyard wedding
creative wedding ideas on a small budget

Nancy Ray Photography, Marshall and Kellie pulled off all of that and for under five thousand dollars no less! Proof that you can have a fun, creative fete without breaking the bank. View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Plan and brainstorm with your groom! My groom was amazing. If I had ideas or something I wanted to have, he made it happen and he spent the morning of our wedding making sure all the things were set up perfectly so I could just relax and get ready. It was so, so, so great. Our wedding was definitely a shared vision….although sometimes I think he carried more than his fair share of the work!

Also, people may look at you weird when you tell them you are getting married in your friend’s backyard, or that you want banana pudding instead of a wedding cake but ultimately the day is about you and your soon-to-be-husband so do whatever makes your day the happiest for you two. Don’t worry about anyone else! Enjoy the day!

Wedding Songs:

Processional: “My Father’s Heart”- Rachel Lampa

Recessional: “Can’t Stop Thinking”- The War

Wedding Venue and Vendors (North Carolina):

Venue: An early 1900’s farmhouse the boys affectionately refer to as “Coyote Ranch” / Wedding Photographer: Nancy Ray Photography / Flowers: DIY by the bride / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: TOMS shoes wedges / Jewelry: Borrowed from Mother-In-Law and Grandmother / Bridesmaid Jewelry: Liz’s Fineries / Groomsmen Suits: Express Men / Ceremony Musician: Gary Mitchell / Caterer: A family friend, Charles Harrison / Wedding invitations: DIY by the groom

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