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I could not believe how much of this wedding was handmade by the couple and their families and friends. Everything came together so beautifully, and I loved the bride’s sentiment that regardless of the cost, it was their memories of the day that would last forever. This wedding is proof you can have everything you want, like two dresses, or “extras” like late night snacks, without compromising the budget if you’re willing to prioritize and work hard to make it happen.

From the Bride:

My high-school sweetheart and I love city life but also relish in the small town, Midwest farm lifestyle. 

From the get-go, I envisioned lots of DIY projects, a neutral palette with a hint of blue and a rustic feel. I also wanted to incorporate peacock feathers, and my in-laws just so happened to pick up two pet peacocks during our engagement.  With the help of our amazing parents, family and friends, we created, constructed, and revamped almost everything you see.  Piles of birch wood were turned into candles, vases, and an arbor. Peacock feathers + tulle flowers = perfect corsages.  Old hatch door? Well, why not turn it into a mason jar chandelier.

As an avid bargain hunter, my ceremony dress was my best find to date.  I stopped at an outlet bridal store, and they just happened to have the most gorgeous Sottero & Midgley sample dress from a few years back – and it was in my size! I just had to have a party dress too! This vintage number was custom designed by me and constructed using yes, I have to admit, a $20 dress I found on Craigslist (it had great bones!) and my grandma’s lace wedding dress, also worn by my matron of honor (my aunt) on her wedding day.

Per the hubby’s request – the bar included pickled goodies including turkey gizzards, sausages, and eggs.  True love right there. Per my request, we had a late-night feast with s’more lovin’ and popcorn bars.  Total crowd pleasers!

There is a little piece of my husband, myself and our loved ones in every detail of this small (for Nebraska standards!), intimate wedding of 130 guests. We scrimped here, splurged there, and the whole wedding came in well under $10,000.

It was worth more than all the money in the world; we will cherish the memories of this day forever.

Photographer: Selah Photography / Bride’s Dress: Sottero & Midgley / Bride’s Shoes: Ann Marino / Fashion Designer: Evan Picone / Reception Venue: Knight Museum


  1. The bride couldn’t have said it better. There is a little piece of her husband and herself in all the details, and that is what wedding celebrations are about!

    Love the popcorn bar!

  2. Two dresses? Yes please. Can’t believe they managed on that budget to make such a pretty wedding happen! Congrats in order all round : )

  3. Love the hints of peacock blue and the peacock feathers! So fun for a country twist. What a beautiful wedding that seems so very personalized.

  4. Dana Moudry-Cooper
    5:03 pm on March 27th, 2013

    This was by far the best wedding I’ve been to! Veronica and Kody put all their love into this, which by the way is a WHOLE lot and it shined through in every detail. Every time I look at the pictures I tear up with joy because these two people take care of one another and enjoy each moment they have together. I was so honored to help with their wedding, even though I whined about making paper mache flower thingies..LOL I seriously loved every moment and your personal touches along with your wonderful family and great friends made this event that was classy and fun and it created so many memories! Thanks Kody and Veronica!!