There's a lot of love going around this season: a contagious epidemic that's got all the right hues, tailoring and of course: style.  Today's real wedding is no exception, and I'm excited to prove with beautifully captured images that cutting on budget doesn't have to mean cutting on style.

Setting: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Heroine/ Hero: Mexican American bride - Valerie and her African American beau - Kenneth
Signature Colors: Orchid, Aubergine and Gray
Photographer: Carolyn Scott


One of the best ways to cut expenses and stick to budget is to use local vendors, seasonal produce and flowers...and employ the volunteered services of family and friends.  These were all tools used by the bride in pulling off her big day.


What advice would you offer to other brides planning their own wedding? Do what you want to do. Stick to your original plan. Keep you and your husband first. Realize that at the end of the day the person that needs to be happy is you. This is your moment...enjoy it! It also helps to have an idea of what you want to do ahead of time, and if you are working within a budget as we were that you plan far enough in advance so that you can search for deals that allow you to incorporate every aspect of the wedding you have been dreaming of.

To see more aubergine-inspired designs from Valerie & Kenneth's wedding, check out part 2 over at Wedding Nouveau.


Photography by Carolyn Scott Photography
Ceremony wedding dress by Oleg Cassini
Reception wedding dress by Galina Signature
Veil by Maril
Shoes by RSVP
Groom's Suit by Sean John
Bridesmaid attire by Da Vinci
Hair by Renaissance European Day Spa
Make-up by Chantaey Wrice Rivera Lopez
Floral arrangements by Flowers by Crenshaw
Ceremony & Reception venue at Gates Four Gold & Country Club
Cake by Sweet Boutique
Event planning by Tammy Green and Jerrial Bogan

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