My Wedding

Hey guys! Just thought I’d jump on here today and share some photos from my wedding. Unlike a lot of girls I know, I didn’t have my whole wedding planned out since the age of 10. I didn’t have the quintessential dream wedding Pinterest board. I decided to include details about how much almost everything cost as well.

Aleksei (my husband) and I decided to keep things very simple. There were only ten people total at the ceremony, including the photographer. You don’t have to have a huge, expensive wedding for it to be a day that you’ll remember forever.

We had an intimate little ceremony at my mom’s house. She was such a big help. She made this beautiful set up in her foyer, using white fabric and faux flowers from Hobby Lobby. This cost about $150 total to make ($110 for flowers and $40 for fabric).

My dress was simple as well. It had a sweetheart neckline with wide, sheer lace straps. It was a subtle mermaid silhouette, which was exactly what I wanted. Now, your nosy ass is probably wondering how much it cost. $93.50. That’s right, that’s the correct decimal placement. (: I purchased it from for $110 and got an extra 15% off with email sign up. I had to have the straps shortened and the dress hemmed; these alterations ended up costing more than the dress itself.

Aleksei already owned a nice navy suit from Brooks Brothers, so we didn’t need to rent or buy another one. I bought his silvery grey tie from Macy’s. The nice guy at the sales counter gave me a bunch of extra discounts, bringing it down to $25.

My bouquet was exactly what I wanted. I love dusty blush tones and lots of greenery for contrast. The bouquet was $240 and Aleksei’s boutonnière was $15 (It’s expensive to be a girl). They both came from Flowers by Jena Paige in Downingtown, PA. Thanks again Jena!

I did my own make-up, which I will include details about in a later post. However, I did have my hair done by Diane at Fashionistas Salon in Collegeville, PA. This loose, half up half down look cost $65 plus tip, which I found reasonable because the only thing I know how to do are loose, beachy waves. I wanted something a little bit special, but not overdone. Thank you Diane!

After the ceremony at my mom’s house, we had some snacks and headed to Valley Forge Park for some photos. I couldn’t have gotten more lucky with the weather. It was about 65 degrees and partly cloudy. Aleksei hired his friend Dmitry to take our wedding photos, and I love how they turned out. They’re bright and cheerful looking.

Our wedding bands both came from Amazon, and they were pretty affordable. Amazon pretty much runs the world these days.

After the photos, we headed over to Founding Farmers in King of Prussia, PA. They were super diligent and the food was great. I ordered a few appetizers in advance and we had a lot of fun. Sounds silly, but the main reason I selected Founding Farmers for our wedding dinner was because they have an seating area that’s basically a giant booth, with BLUSH PINK VELVET UPHOLSTERY. How could I not?

Thanks to everyone who could be a part of our special day!


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