Real Wedding with Fall Colors

Remember this amazing wedding I featured a few weeks back? Her dress just pulled me right in and I had to see more of the wedding! After talking with J Andrew, the photographer, and the bride, I am now able to show you all the rest of the wedding as well. I have included helpful tips from the bride as well!

On The Budget: I had a moderate size budget, and being that the dress was more expensive than I wanted to spend, I decided to cut my guest list down in order to save money in another area. I found cutting the guest list down was the best way to cut costs.  I also used the's budgeter tool, which really helped me put things into perspective.  I am a very money conscious person, so this tool very helpful to me, and made planning a lot easier!

I think it’s a good idea for the bride to prioritize things and decide from the very beginning  what is most important to her and what she is willing to cut out of the budget. For me it was the dress.

On The Colors: I have two very creative sisters and being that I love deep fall colors, they helped me decide that a burnt orange and wine color would be amazing together and add a little uniqueness to my wedding.

My sister went to a local home improvement store and picked out paint samples. We compared different color combinations until we made the final decision on the wine and burnt orange.

Jewelry: My sister Ashley makes jewelry, SweetSouthernSorbet. She made all of the bridesmaid necklaces for me with vintage jewels and beads.  Each was unique and beautiful.  All of the girls were so excited to have a piece of her jewelry.

On The Vendors:

  • J Andrew Photography did my photography and he did an amazing job as well!  The pictures are unique and have such vibrant colors, I could not be happier!
  • Flowers: I used House of Flowers here in Bakersfield, CA, and wow, they did an amazing job.  I had a few print outs with some flowers I liked. I brought them the pictures and they just made everything so beautiful and amazing.
  • Cake : Sweet Creations Custom Cakes in Bakersfield made my delicious red velvet wedding cake!  She is very creative and makes the best tasting cakes.
  • DJ: Free Style Entertainment provided my DJ services. The DJ made a time frame schedule for the reception which helped out so much! I had some great vendors who all pulled through and far exceeded my expectations.
  • Event Planner: I did not have an event planner, but thanks so much to my Mom Phyllis, and my two sisters Ashley and Megan, I did not need one!

Garrett and Stephanie Tie the Knot!

First of all, thanks so much to J Andrew Photography for allowing me to post his work on my site. I'm very excited to feature him and his work as it is just fantastic.

Look at that dress! I saw it and instantly fell in love with the shape, the texture, the fabric, oh it's just plain gorgeous! Of course with something like that you want to know where it's from, so I asked!

"One of my sisters gave me a bridal magazine right after I got engaged, while looking through the magazine I saw this Watters gown that I just fell in love with. I went to couple of local bridal boutiques in Bakersfield, CA, but I told my mom I couldn't buy a dress until I had tried the Watters gown on. I had a hard time finding a store that carried the exact dress I wanted. I finally found a store in Tarzana, CA (a few hours south) called Lili's Bridal. My mom and I drove down south one afternoon to see if it was the right dress. Once I put the dress on I knew it was the one!"

Well the dress is amazing, and shortly I will be sharing more from this amazing wedding!