Ebony and Dave met abroad while participating in Temple University’s semester-long study-abroad program in Tokyo. Being abroad, though, was just the start of their adventures. According to the couple, together they’ve “navigated five bar exams, several moves, buying a little fixer-upper in Cambridge, and adopting a dog.” After all of that, it sounds like getting married will be a piece of cake. Maine, which is well-known for its natural beauty, seemed like a great choice for the couple, who says, “We thought the grown-up summer camp atmosphere at Migis would be the perfect setting for guests to gather, relax, and celebrate. The décor, activities, and food all incorporate nods to Japan, Ebony’s apple orchard upbringing, and Dave’s family’s summer traditions.” Documenting the celebration with their usual skill and artistry was emilie inc. Thank you for the wonderful photos! To find out more about Ebony & Dave’s wedding and explore more photos, see their real wedding on LulaWed.com!
Photography: emilie inc.
Makeup: Joya Beauty (Dover, NH)
Flowers and Event Decor: Fleurant
Hair: Hair that Moves
Paper Products: Albertine Press
Venue: Migis Lodge
Music: White Label DJs
Other: Pomp and Plumage
A big thank you to Hendrick Moy Photography for sharing these beautiful photos of Elizabeth and Peter’s wedding at A Private Estate in Germantown, NY. A Private Estate ended up being a perfect venue for Elizabeth and Peter to hit rustic notes in their wedding while keeping an overall relaxed vibe. Located on the banks of the Hudson River in the Catskills, A Private Estate boasts sweeping lawns, and big wooded areas as well as a rustic barn and carriage house large enough to accommodate a couple dozen weddings party guests over night. Hendrick Moy Photography did a wonderful job of capturing the big, open-air feel of the grounds without sacrificing any of the wedding’s intimate and celebratory moments. To see more photos of Elizabeth and Peter’s big day, see Hendrick Moy’s LulaWed listing here.
Photo by: Fletcher and Fletcher
Next to love, money may be the biggest single component of a wedding. And while we’ve come a long way since the days when the bride’s family paid a dowry for the privilege of marrying her off. But that doesn’t mean discussions about the costs of uniting two people in marriage have gotten any simpler.
Traditionally, the bride and her family incur most of the wedding expenses. Modern attitudes are changing though, and many couples are footing the bill themselves. We’re also seeing families splitting the bill evenly more and more, a welcome reflection of today’s equal partnerships.
To give you a baseline for making your own budget decisions, below is a list of who traditionally pays for what.
Feel free to take it to heart, mold it to your needs, or throw it out the window and devise your own plan. All that really matters is that everyone’s comfortable with their contribution to the big day.
Bride and family
Ceremony: venue, music
Reception: food, drink, band or DJ, décor
Clothing: bride’s dress, veil, accessories, honeymoon wardrobe
Flowers: arrangements for ceremony and reception, bouquets for bridesmaids and flower girls
Photography: all wedding photos and video
Rings: groom’s ring
Stationery: invitations, announcements and programs
Transportation: to and from ceremony and reception
Pre-wedding events: engagement party, luncheon for bridesmaids
Groom and family
Ceremony: marriage license, officiant’s fee
Clothing: groom’s outfit
Flowers: bride’s bouquet, boutonnieres, corsages
Honeymoon: all costs
Rings: bride’s ring
Pre-wedding events: rehearsal dinner