Each week, we feature a couple from our latest issue.

A couple’s special day can also be pay-up day. And while money hardly holds a candle to love, most couples wouldn’t pass on the chance to save a penny or two. For Kristen and Ryan Ross, who will celebrate their first wedding anniversary on Sunday, the trick to saving some dough was to get crafty.

Tackling DIY wedding projects was a labor of love, but thankfully Kristen already had a knack for crafts. She made handkerchiefs and bow ties for the groom and groomsmen, as well as corsages for mothers, grandmothers and aunts. She also bought flowers in bulk to create the floral arrangements and bouquets herself. And all that was just for the ceremony! Homemade reception décor also included wooden hearts for guests to sign in lieu of a guest book and a DIY photo booth setup, props and all.

“To make all these things is a sense of accomplishment for me, while it also helped with the wedding budget,” says Kristen.

The Details

Wedding date: April 29, 2017

Wedding colors: Blush and pink, with sparkle accents

Attendants: Six bridesmaids, six groomsmen, a flower girl and a doggie of honor

Bride wore: Hayley Paige gown, bolero and veil from IVY Bridal Studio; Kate Spade shoes

Hair: Jill Lane’s Hair Unlimited

Groom wore: A suit rented from The Black Tux, with a bow tie and handkerchief made by the bride

Rings: Carioti Jewelers

Rehearsal dinner: Mindy’s Diner

Ceremony: Rivercrest Farm

Reception: Rivercrest Farm

Caterer: Fat Freddie’s BBQ and Catering

Florist: DIY arrangements with blooms from Costco

Photographer: Hillary Ferguson Photography

Videographer:  Samantha Mauney Aiken

Invitations: Level 33 Graphics

Reception tunes: Tricky Dick & the Cover-Ups

First dance: “When You Say Nothing at All,” by Keith Whitley and Alison Krauss

Guest favors: Goodie bags with homemade treats

Guests stayed at: Country Inn and Suites

Honeymoon: River Maya, Mexico