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Photographed Anna and Kevin’s beautiful wedding at the Logan LDS Temple in Utah and then on to their reception.

Logan LDS Temple
175 North 300 East
Logan, Utah  84321-4720

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Justina and Brady were married on a gorgeous day at the beautiful San Diego LDS Temple in La Jolla.  After some lovely photos the celebration was moved to the Rancho Bernardo Inn for a fabulous reception.  We also took some great Wedsnaps! of the bride and groom and their guests.

San Diego LDS Temple
7474 Charmant Drive
San Diego, California  92122

Rancho Bernardo Inn
17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive
San Diego, CA 92128

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Ben and Rachel were married at the San Diego LDS Temple in La Jolla while it was under construction for their San Diego destination wedding.  They were great sports and even wore hard hats!  Then we went over to the Hotel del Coronado on Coronado Island for some more photos on the beach.

San Diego LDS Temple
7474 Charmant Drive
San Diego, California  92122

Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118

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I photographed Juliette and John after they were married in the San Diego LDS Temple.  Some rain led to some great photos with an umbrella.  We went down to the Imperial Beach Pier for their bridals and then had their ring ceremony and reception at an LDS Church in Chula Vista with our famous Wedsnaps!  Great group of people made for a fabulous day!

San Diego LDS Temple
7474 Charmant Drive
San Diego, CA 92122

Imperial Beach Pier 
2 Elder Avenue
San Diego, CA 91932

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Written by Jessica Petty

I know what you’re thinking.  You’re looking at my gorgeous pictures and wondering, “How is that possible?”  She must have somehow got a lot of stuff for free. And I did, sort of.  I can sum it up for you in one sentence: I had my wedding on a Thursday morning.  Now before you scoff, hear me out.  I was not willing to sacrifice my venue, my incredible photographer, the food or my dress.  What I was willing to compromise on was a large guest list, extravagant flowers, a DJ and my date and time.  But still, how did I get all those things for less than $5,000?

I was looking through the cost of the venue location I wanted – The Penthouse at The Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica, CA – and the price of the food and I knew there was no way I could afford it.  Sadly, I thought I would have to settle for a backyard wedding (which is fine for some couples).  But as I was scanning the menu, I happened to scroll up and I saw that they were also open for breakfast.  That got me thinking.  They’d probably love to have some weekday morning business on the cheap. They’d be practically empty anyway and we’d pretty much have the place to ourselves.  I gave the venue a call and I was absolutely right! They were more than excited to host my wedding on a Thursday morning.  All they made me pay for was the food – and since it was breakfast (we ended up having a classy brunch buffet), it was less than half the price of dinner.

But still you’re thinking – how would that work?  Well, a couple could have their ceremony at the location early in the morning (perhaps 9:00 – tell people not to be late!), and then have the breakfast from 9:30 – 11:00.  But what we did is we had the reception first!  We had this beautiful breakfast reception with speeches and music and the whole deal.  I spent about $250 on flowers – a $100 bouquet for myself and then half a dozen boutonnieres and corsages for my groom, parents and maid of honor, and a few flower baskets for the flower girls.  The tables could’ve had flowers but the venue in the morning has lovely light streaming through the windows illuminating the room so I let those slide.  Instead I made little name place settings with chocolates inside for my guests myself.

After the breakfast we took a bunch of Wedsnaps! photos with our guests and then took off for our ceremony.  We’re members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) so our wedding ceremony was in our temple which doesn’t cost us anything.  As I mentioned, a couple could just have the ceremony at the venue where the reception is.  They would just have to hire an officiant or have a friend get ordained online and have them do it (this is getting more popular, but I would carefully consider this one).  When we got to the temple we took more photos with our fabulous photographer, Craig Tiscareno, and then we were done with professional photos for the day.  (Another thing someone could do is drive to a beach or park after their breakfast reception and take more photos there.)

So now you’re wondering, “Well, great, now it’s the afternoon and my wedding’s over.  Now what do we do?”  Well, you could spend the rest of the day at the beach or the park having fun with your friends and family in your gorgeous dress and then go to dinner somewhere – dutch.  That’s what we did.  We spent the rest of the day together (the day did actually fly by) and then we all had dinner at a big table on a patio at California Pizza Kitchen and had a great time.

When it was over we took off for our honeymoon.  My parents were very generous and gifted us our honeymoon, but if you can’t afford one you could always ask guests to help contribute to one in lieu of other gifts.

A few last thoughts – what about hair and make-up?  Honestly, I did it myself.  I wanted it down so it wasn’t that hard.  But if you want to hire someone to come over at 5:00 in the morning, she’ll probably charge you a little extra.  If you’re wondering about my dress, I bought it new online for about $800.  I loved it.  My groom wore a nice new suit we bought him at Men’s Wearhouse.

What about music?  We didn’t spend money on a DJ because we didn’t have dancing.  If that’s something that’s important to you – you may want to rethink the breakfast idea.  We just set up an iPod playing as people came in.

As for invitations, we used Paperless Post.  It’s a classy online invitation service that let us include a picture (something I wanted).  My whole life is online so that I didn’t have a hard copy invitation wasn’t important to me.  What was important was that I kept a very accurate count of who exactly was coming and this was easy with an online service.  It was also a small fraction of the cost of printed invitations and postage.

What about a wedding cake?  We didn’t have one.  But if this is important to you, people have cake for breakfast all the time.  I know I do.

Finally, the photographer – how did we get AMAZING photos on a very small budget?  Well, honestly we’re wedding photographers and our dear friend, Craig Tiscareno, was very generous with us.  But from start to finish (minus driving time) we kept the wedding to about three hours.  We also did it on a Thursday morning!  Will excellent photographers work for a discount on a weekday morning?  Well, I can’t speak for most wedding photographers – but I know I would!  Most of us are just sitting around eating cereal and editing photos during those hours.  I’d much rather be shooting a gorgeous event!  Give us a call – I’ll happily give you a 50% discount for a Monday-Thursday morning wedding!  *Nathan Petty Photography*

So that’s my story.  I had my dream wedding reception in a gorgeous venue surrounded by my friends and family for less than $5,000.  Being in the wedding business, I know that you either have to be willing to break the bank or compromise on some things.  For me, I was willing to be very flexible with my date and time.  I was also willing to have the day be a little less than traditional.  My gorgeous venue was nearly empty and stunning at that hour of the morning.  I love my photos and I have wonderful memories!  You might be wondering – “Well, who would show up on a Thursday morning?”  And your answer is – the people that matter.  Your immediate family and closest friends will take the day off work to see you get married – wherever and whenever it is.  We had about 40 guests and it was just enough.  My husband and I loved every minute of that day and I’ll always cherish it.  And every time I look at my beautiful photos I remember exactly how I felt.  Lucky for me, my favorite meal of the day is breakfast.  🙂

The Penthouse
The Huntley Hotel
1111 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Newport Beach LDS Temple
2300 Bonita Canyon Drive
Newport Beach, California  92660

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