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Becky and Andrew's Country Wedding
Becky and Andrew were married in Montgomery, Minnesota, at Shepherd’s Hill Farm. We asked Becky to share a few photos from the wedding day and her inspiration behind creating such a gorgeous look.

“Andrew and I met in college, became friends and started dating about a year later. We laugh all the time, which is why we became friends in the first place 🙂 Andrew and I dated for 6 years so I had lots of time to think about what I wanted for a wedding, which was great because we only had about two and a half months to plan everything (we got engaged July 22). 

Shepherd’s Hill Farm is a beautiful property with a hundred-year-old restored barn that fit my vision for the reception and a big space outside for the ceremony. My grandmother offered Andrew my great grandmother’s wedding band set from the 40s, which ended up being kind of the inspiration for the whole wedding from the invites to the food and the décor details. Everything sort of fell into place perfectly. Lots of friends and family were involved in different ways (I had lots of help!).

I shot weddings all summer with Erin Benner (Angelic Jewel Photography) and was so happy to collaborate with her on my wedding shoot that fall! We had so much fun with the engagement shoot, too.”

Becky and Andrew's Country Wedding 

To see more of the adorable wedding details, check back tomorrow!

The Happy Couple - Danny and Rachel
Today is the last day of Real Wedding week, and that means we get to see what the couple chose for their budget-friendly weeding invitation! The winner is…

Option 2! Forever and Always

 Rachel and Danny's Invitation

Rachel and Danny really loved the elegance and romance of the Forever and Always wedding invitation, but they also liked the accents from the other invitations. They chose to add a green rhinestone to the invite’s design and they punched holes at the top of the invitation to thread with ecru satin ribbon. They added a coordinating envelope liner to complete this gorgeous ensemble. 

 Rachel and Danny saved money on postage for the R.S.V.P. by utilizing an online R.S.V.P. service. They had the website and a few instructions printed on the respond card instead of the traditional response wording. This option is becoming more and more common among today’s couples, and can be done with any invitation. Just call Ann’s customer service team to put in a custom order for no extra charge.

Rachel and Danny also saved money on their wedding by inviting a certain amount of guests to the ceremony/dinner, but had other invitations printed for guests invited to the dance portion only. This allowed them to save money on food at the dinner reception yet still have extended friends and family join in the celebration later on. Very smart!

And finally, photos from the big day…

Danny and Rachel in the Church

Rachel and Danny at the church.

 Rachel with her Bridesmaids

Rachel with her Bridesmaids

Danny with his Groomsmen

Danny with his Groomsmen

The Happy Couple - Danny and Rachel

The Happy Couple – Danny and Rachel

*Photos Courtesy of  David Svendsen, New Sky Photography

Thank you so much to Rachel and Danny! We love the amazing budget-savvy ideas you came up with for your wedding invitations. Congratulations on a beautiful wedding and we wish you many years of happiness.

black and white baseball candy buffet
Looks like the A-Team has scored with Look #3: Game Time. Jake and Ellen loved the fun-loving nature of our last buffet table look, but they threw us a curve ball and chose a few elements from the other two looks as well. Here’s what they chose!

black and white baseball candy buffet

1. Game-Time spread with wooden crates, fake turf, Cracker Jacks and popcorn.

2. Clear favor bags with flourish favor labels in black and accents of black satin ribbon.

3. Black, personalized wedding napkins with baseball design cut in white.

4. White favor bags with the baseball design cut and “7th inning stretch” in black foil.

Want to see how they put it all together for the big day? Check back in January and we’ll have photos from the wedding reception!

We want to send a HUGE thank you to Jake and Ellen for working with Ann’s Bridal Bargains and giving us the opportunity to offer some creative ideas. Have a wonderful wedding and a long and beautiful life together!

Baseball Candy Buffet
Black and White Classic Candy Buffet

Classic black and white is always an elegant choice, and it just so happens to fit the White Sox theme perfectly. Our party planner, Carynn, put together a simple yet very attractive look by using clear glass vases and bags as well as black and white bags, favor boxes and napkins. A flourish design cut is carried throughout this look as well. See below for product details!


Sapphire and Black Candy Buffet

Since White Sox colors are black, white and blue, Carynn wanted to create a look where the blue really popped, as that is one of the bride and groom’s wedding colors, but remained tasteful and traditional. Blue becomes an eye-catching element of color that really ties everything together, from the napkins to the candies. See below for product details!

Baseball Candy Buffet

This look totally says “Take me out to the ball game!” Wooden crates, fake turf and fake grass create a presentation that can’t be beat. And, of course, classic popcorn bags and cracker jacks are fun treats to offer guests. See below for product details!


Look #1: Classic Black and White

1. Cellophane bags were filled with popcorn and sealed shut with flourish favor labels in ebony. The favor labels are custom printed with “7th inning stretch.” Black satin ribbon was added as the finishing accent. Also shown are clear glass vases of varying sizes and heights filled with a variety of treats and accented with black satin ribbon. Black personalized napkins stacked on top of coordinating white napkins complete the look.

2. White favor bags were personalized with a flourish design, names and wedding date in black foil. Favor bags can be pre-filled or filled by guests.

3. Black favor boxes were personalized with pearl border seals in white featuring just first names. Favor boxes can also be filled ahead of time or set out for guests to fill.


Look #2: Sapphire and Black

1. In this look, the white favor bags are personalized with a single initial, names and wedding date in blue foil and nicely stacked in a white wooden box for simple presentation.

2. Once again, clear glass vases were used to elegantly display a variety of treats. Treats can be scooped by guests into whatever favor boxes, containers or bags the couple chooses.

3. Royal blue wedding napkins are personalized with single initial, names and wedding date in white. The blue napkins give that final pop of color needed to make this buffet table an excellent representation of the White Sox theme.


Look #3: Fun Baseball

1. Carynn used real wooden crates and boxes for presenting cracker jacks and classic popcorn bags. You might find crates at your local hobby store, but also check with your local grocer for any giveaways. Fake turf can be found at home improvement stores. Cracker Jacks are available at most large grocery stores, and classic popcorn bags are often found at party stores or department stores.

2. Clear cellophane bags are filled with homemade trail mix and tied closed with black and white stain ribbon. Carynn also added white, personalized favor cards.

3. Ann’s white treat boxes are shown here with the create-your-own seals in white. The baseball design cut shown is a custom design cut, meaning call us and we’ll work with you if we don’t have the design cut you want!

Come back tomorrow to see what Jake and Ellen have chosen for their buffet table look!