Hillary and Chris’s DIY wedding at The Bristol Train Station was absolutely gorgeous! Being creative and thrifty can go a long way, and this couple executed these skills perfectly! Their gold, navy, and pink palette looked amazing paired with a vintage theme. Hear all about their special day from Hillary:
When did you know you were falling in love?
I honestly cannot ever imagine a time where I was NOT in love with Chris.
Do you have any budget cut regrets?
Nope! I’m naturally frugal and that carried over to my wedding planning. I was able to plan it exactly how I wanted.
What would you recommend to every bride-to-be?
Don’t worry about traditions or what you “have to do.” That’s what drove me most crazy- people questioning why/when I was doing something. It’s YOUR wedding so plan it YOUR way. I promise those quirky changes will be what people compliment you on later!
What was your first dance song, and why did you choose it?
Annie’s Song- John Denver. That was one of Chris’s jobs- he adores music. Our basement is full of hundreds of records and it was so fun to watch him spend time picking the perfect song.
What traditions did you incorporate?
We really didn’t do a lot of the “normal traditions.” I did wear something borrowed, something new, something old, and something blue. For me, it was less about doing traditions, and more so about showcasing my family. My Grandma Bette helped me find the old white milk glass vases for the centerpieces- some have been in the family forever. Chris’s grandparents held our rings during the ceremony. I had the caterer make my Grandma Karen’s famous shrimp dip as an appetizer and I had personalized drink stirrers made that matched what my parents used at their wedding. I planned my wedding how I wanted to not how I thought I was supposed to.
Did you have a specific theme or design inspiration for your big day?
I love all things old, worn, and vintage! Most of our decor came from estate sales and antique shops! I love the history of it all.
What was the most memorable moment?
I’m having a very difficult time narrowing it to one, so let me go with two! The day before the wedding all the women in my family got together and helped me assemble my flower arrangements. I bought the flowers wholesale and we spent about 4 hours putting together over 115 arrangements- including my bouquet and Chris’s boutonniere. It was such a fun time and truly something I will always remember. Moment number two was prior to walking down the aisle, I had NO idea I would be so nervous! Chris and I had been so casual about everything leading up to the event and then all of a sudden it just hit. Chris is such a jokester and I have never seen him so serious in his life. It was very special.
Tell us about your grand exit!
I told you we aren’t into traditions! Chris and I ended up in Bristol for work and all of our family is elsewhere. My family traveled from Indiana, Michigan, and Arizona. We rarely see these people! That was one thing Chris and I agreed on right away, we didn’t want to leave and we didn’t want to miss a thing! Late in the evening both of our families hit State Street where we ended the night laughing and making memories in a pizza shop. It was perfect.
What is your favorite quality in your husband/wife?
That’s easy. Without a doubt, he is the hardest working person I know.
How would you describe your big day in 3 words?
Fun, Comfortable, & “Us”
Congratulations Hillary and Chris, from all of us at The Pink Bride!
Featured in the Summer/Fall 2017 Tri-Cities Pink Bride Magazine
Ceremony & Reception Location: Bristol Train Station
Photography: Danielle Defayette Photography