After years of friendship that transformed into love, Mandy Boyd and Mitch Strohm’s September 2014 wedding fell into place—thanks to a little help from their friends. One friend acted as the florist, a few others made desserts and served the food, and a mutual friend of the couple officiated at the wedding. And while some brides may prefer a black-tie ballroom and Vera Wang heels, Mandy and Mitch preferred a laid-back, barn-and-sneakers affair. In the fall, Mandy and Mitch hosted an intimate wedding in Leiper’s Fork, TN, and for their special day, all their wishes came true. Surrounded by 50 of their closest friends and family, they spent the weekend dancing, laughing, eating and celebrating. And today, they share a look at their special day with our readers.
Mandy and Mitch met at a crowded concert in 2005, and their friendship was instantaneous. After six years of being just friends, with countless trips to burger joints and endless discussions about problems with the opposite sex, they finally gave in to the fact that they were, indeed, in love. At a different concert, in a different state, at a different stage in their lives, Mitch proposed to Mandy. He popped the question while they were visiting Louisville, KY, for the Forecastle Music Festival in 2013. Unbeknownst to Mandy, Mitch had been plotting and planning a surprise engagement party to take place immediately after the proposal. As they had always done and always will, they celebrated with music and friends.
Mandy, a sweet Southern girl from Prattville, AL, and Mitch, a creative gent from Chicago, IL, invited 50 guests to enjoy their fall wedding in Tennessee. With a little research, the help of their “volunteer crew” of family and friends, and a budget of less than $8,000, Mitch and Mandy pulled together their ideal weekend without a hefty price tag. The weekend kicked off with a pickin’ party and lip-sync competition on Friday night, followed by the ceremony and reception on Saturday and concluded with Sunday brunch. With a majority of the guests staying in nearby cottages and cabins, the party never stopped.
How did Mandy and Mitch keep everything within their budget? Mitch told us, “The most cost-saving, irreplaceable and sentimental aspect of our wedding was the volunteer efforts of Mandy’s six co-worker friends (aka her ‘work BFFs’). They helped plan, coordinate, set up, cook, serve and clean for the entire weekend, so we give all the credit to them.” In addition to this welcomed help, Mitch, a writer, and Mandy, a graphic designer, created and printed their own invitations. They also played a hand-picked playlist on rented speakers and did price-comparison shopping for food, alcohol and party rentals. “It all came down to sticking to the budget and staying true to our vision for this special day.”
Cheers to the happy couple! Here’s to many more years of wedding bliss!
Want to learn more about details of Mitch and Mandy’s wedding? Check out the resources listed below:
- Venue: Leiper’s Fork Inn
- Floral design: Caroline Jones Floral Design
- Photographer: Courtney Zenner Photography
- Bridal gown: BHLDN.com
- Food: Martin’s Bar-b-que Joint and Leiper’s Fork Puckett’s Grocery