Some days come down to this: the perfect mixture of autumnal sunlight and crispness, the throaty renditions of a jazz quartet, the elegance of dining under a tent - and the backdrop of a red house brimming with historical significance.
For Joan Thorne this was her wedding day. Her reception was held on the grounds of the Deacon John Grave Home in Madison, where she and her husband Glenn enjoyed a champagne wedding reception on a beer budget.
“I didn’t want anything generic. I didn't want a cookie-cutter wedding and neither did he,” says Thorne, a vivacious redhead with a flair for fun.
With only $5,000 to spend on everything from her wedding gown to the...