Jenn and Andrew tied the knot this April at a charming barn in Tyrone, Georgia for less than $5,000. Yep, this DIY couple totally kicked butt in the budget department and enjoyed a beautiful celebration for a fraction of the cost that many couples are spending these days. The barn, where Jenn had previously lived, was a charming backdrop for all of their creative country chic details. Jenn made her paper flower bouquet from the pages of her copy of Pride and Prejudice. So romantic! And we love that she stayed true to herself and wore her glasses throughout the day. So many brides feel the pressure to go glasses-free on their wedding day (I’m totally guilty of this), but if you wear them daily (and want to see your own wedding!) then there is no reason why you shouldn’t wear them. Thanks to Katie Snyder Photography for sharing these images, and don’t forget to read below for their story.
In 2013 after a particularly rough time, Jenn decided she needed some changes in her life and so she traveled, took thousands of photos, created art, and ended up opening her heart to someone quite unexpected. She had known Andrew, a friend of her brother, when they were kids, but hadn’t even seen him in more than a decade. It all started with a facebook conversation and soon they began chatting all the time.
Then Jenn went on a 10-day trip to England. “The time difference, and lack of texting abilities showed me that perhaps this guy meant a little more to me than I thought,” she later wrote. “And I don’t know if it was the time difference, or the miles between, but our talks turned deeper, and I saw a side of him that I didn’t know about. Depth, heart, respect, dreams, passions, love of God, kind of old fashioned, beautiful soul. He sent me pictures of the sunset every day, because he knew I couldn’t see them. And he would write. His words reached into a part of me that had never been touched before.”
A few weeks after her trip they met in person for the first time as adults and their relationship blossomed from there. “Had I really, finally, truly met MY “Mr. Darcy”?? It was then I decided to let go of all my fears and just trust this wonderful, sweet man who, with his words, actions, and attitudes, had unbeknownst to me, been chipping away the hardened protective pieces of my heart to reveal something soft, warm, loving, and ready. Ready to take a chance, take a leap – to tremulously give something so precious to life in the care of another – my heart. Time and time again, he showed me, and continues to show me, how much he cares for me, and accepts me for ME. Faults, failures, silliness, artsiness, day dreaminess, intellect, humor, passion, and all.”
Photography: Katie Snyder Photography / Venue: private residence / Dress: David’s Bridal “Galina” Collection – Beaded Sheath Collection with Godlet Inserts / Flowers: Jessica Mucci and bride made the paper flowers from “Pride and Prejudice” book / Catering: Affordable Catering in Peachtree City / Tables and Chairs: Church provided / Cake: Made by the Bride’s parents’ Sunday school class ladies / Cake Topper: Jessica Mucci, maid of honor / DJ: Greg McEvoy, A friend from church