Scott P. Santee

Linda Beckelic

Emily Kummer
Camryn Pape

Tyler Oakley

Matt Nauss

Annie Frey
Tim Whelan


He saw her: October 10, 2010 at Cru’s Fall Retreat
They met: March 4, 2011 on a plane to Istanbul, Turkey
He asked her on a date: September 12, 2011 at Beaner’s Coffee
First date: September 16, 2011 at Charlie Kang’s Restaurant
He asked her to be his girlfriend: September 21, 2011 at MSU Botanical Gardens
He asked her to be his wife: December 16, 2011 at Mill Race Village
They got married!: May 12, 2012 in Charlotte, MI
They Honeymooned : May 13-20, 2012 in Orlando, FL

Here you can read how we started dating or the proposal story.
You may also click here for my honest experience planning our Wedding.


Perhaps the most unique thing about our wedding is the considerably low cost. The only reason we had such an affordable wedding is because of our incredible community of friends who did so much for us. We could not have done it without them. A lifelong thank you to all of you!

The average cost for a U.S. wedding is $25,000. That was not at all what David and I were willing to financially devote to the day. A few days after we were engaged we came up with the general budget of $10,000. (Still seemed like a lot to me!) After making a more specific, itemized budget our projected cost was $10,670. A little over, but we were still going to work with it.

Five months later, I’ve calculated the actual costs for our wedding for 287 guests which adds up to… $6,789!

Here’s how we did it.

Venue: $1,050
Food: $2,749 for a full dinner by A Catered Affaire for 287 guests.
Servingware: Free (Plastic dishes are included by caterer in cost of food. We could have paid extra for china.)
Wait staff: Free (Included in cost of food)
Linens: $114 (Plastic tablecloths from GFS)
Drinks: Free (Included in cost of food)
Decorations: $391
DJ: Free (My very talented and generous friend, Matt.)
Cake: $126 from Bake ‘n’ Cakes. A small, professionally made cake served the head table. Ten of our friends each made 40 cupcakes to serve the rest of our guests.
Transportation: Free (We just drove in David’s car, decorated by my bridesmaids.)

Venue: $565
Officiant: Free (Thanks to our friend, Scott.)
Guestbook: Free (My bridal attendant, Lauren offered to buy it for us!)
Bird Seed Send-Off: $45

Bride’s gown:
$708. I bought the dress (originally strapless) for $550 at David’s Bridal, added a corset for $148 and spent $10 on materials for my mom and I to do the hem and makes the sleeves.
Bride’s jewelry: $22 for vintage earrings
Bride’s handkerchief: Free (My grandmother’s, embroidered by my mom.)
Bride’s shoes: $50
Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Free
Groom’s suit: $240
Grooms accessories: $20
Bouquets, corsages, & boutonnieres: $106

Photographers: Free (Two photographers, for the entire day! Courtesy of my wonderful and gifted friends Camryn & Emily.)
Videographer: Free (Thanks to Annie & Tim!)

Invitations: $80
Postage: $89 for 400 invitations
Programs: $25
Thank You Postcards: Free! (I filled out feedback survey for Vistaprint and mentioned how they made a small mistake on our postcards. Later they called us and let us know we would be getting our money back for the whole purchase. So unexpected! They totally earned our future business.)
Thank You notes postage: $58

Bridesmaid and Bridal Attendant Gifts: $136
Groomsmen and Usher Gifts: $160
Officiant Gift: $55

TOTAL: $6,789


Centerpieces: fresh flowers without spending all your green

Cakes & Treats: the yummiest part of the whole day

Dollar Dance: a less awkward version that even gets you some kisses from your groom

Flower Bouquets: made with silk flowers

Fringey Crepe Paper Backdrop: simple steps for a big effect

Guest Book: something that won’t end up in a box in your basement

Invitations: how we did them cheaply and quickly

Reception Seating Chart: the easiest thing ever! I was once intimidated by this task.

Save The Dates: totally free and totally cute

Table Numbers: simplistic and inexpensive


What Dave Says About Rach
After I started getting to know Rachel, she quickly became my best friend. I’ve never enjoyed talking to anyone more than her and she’s the first person I want to tell about anything. Rachel is an intelligent woman and a deep thinker who can stimulate my mind or make me laugh uncontrollably. One of my favorite things about Rachel is her embodiment of God’s grace; she is so forgiving and loving that she gives me a deeper understanding of God’s love for me. These few sentences barely begin to describe why I love her so much.

What Rach Says About Dave
David is the kindest person I have ever met. When I think of the expression “heart of gold,” it is personified by David.  He is selfless. He is hard working. He is intelligent. He is hot. He is humble. He thinks before he speaks. I want to be more like him. I trust David with anything, including my entire life. He is the best thing about me. He is the perfect combination of Gale and Peeta (for The Hunger Games fans). He is  6’3″. He’s always on the Dean’s List. Oh, and he can dunk if he drinks a 5 Hour Energy.

Matron of Honor
I had the treat of being Elysia’s Maid of Honor in June of 2011. Of all my friends, I am most myself when I am with her. Also, she let me wear cowboy boots in her wedding, so she’s obviously someone I want on my team.

Maid of Honor
I would recommend for you to be best friends with Sarah if I wasn’t already filling the position. She’s exceptionally intelligent and her deep and sincere empathy allows us to have a meaningful, real, God-focused friendship. Anyone benefits just from knowing her. Also, she has a huge mouth the size of a garage door.

Jordan is sweeter than sugar. What I love about her is that although people associate her with being really kind and delicate, she has a real ignitable passion about the Gospel and people she loves. Also, her husband is Chinese. 我愛你

What separates Carmon from every other bridesmaid in this party is that she’s like, actually an adult. People love Carmon as soon as they meet her. She’s been my friend for longer than anyone else and is a big reason I matured beyond who I was when I was 18.

Tyler Oakley, Friend of Bride
Breanna “Breezy” Johnson, Friend of Bride
Lauren Chirillo, Friend of Bride

Best Man
Tyler has been my best bud since I was born. We spent so much time together growing up, I am more prominent in some of his family photo albums than he is. Tyler is a very good man, and I’m blessed to be close to him.

Out of my two brothers, I’ve spent the most time with Joel. I’ll always cherish the summers I spent watching him play Nintendo in the basement. I also credit Joel with much of my athletic training. It seems like I should have passed him in skill by now, but he still beats me in everything. Maybe next year.

Mike is a big lefty who is going to be a doctor someday. Although he’s only in his first year of Med school, I come to him with all my questions about the common cold and the inhibition of bacterial cell wall synthesis by Amoxicillin. As the oldest brother, Mike blazed the trail for the Schultz boys, and I’m thankful for his display of respect and wisdom.

AJ’s been such a great friend to me at MSU. He’s always willing to talk, and I can count on him for prayer and support. AJ is wild and funny; he’s a real joy to be around. Most of all, he really likes dogs.

Adam Dietz, Friend of Groom
Jordan Lyons, Friend of Groom
Anthony Ruscitto, Friend of Groom
Ryan Thornburg, Friend of Groom


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  1. What a Beautiful wedding you had – and wow, for less than $7,000 !! You are VERY fortunate indeed to have friends who could do so much ! Our oldest DD is getting married this October, outdoor wedding, and we have tried to keep costs down. Unfortunately we don’t have good friends for photographers, and our catering is more than yours was – for just 150 guests ! Those are our big costs. We’ve kept the flowers basic, DIY decor, and her dress was on sale. We should come in about $10 K, hopefully … cause we’ve got another daughter to go !!

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