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Vol. 7, No. 2

FEATURES 42 Coast With Me

An inspired photo session captures creative options for a waterfront celebration along Savannah’s serene salt marsh.

66 Night at the Museum

Returning to the city where they met, two SCAD graduates team up for a picturesque union of art and history.

52 Time to Shine

Fresh, festive and dusted with gold, a destination “I do” captures the city’s sophisticated style.

56 Red, White “I Do”

Savannah’s military tradition shines as two Army officers wed in a memorable muster at historic Brockington Hall.

60 Southern-fried Chic

Two Arkansas expats tie the knot at a sophisticated celebration on Georgia’s oldest heirloom plantation.

64 A Family Affair

Following in the footsteps of a lasting marriage, a couple walks down the aisle of Savannah’s cathedral.

An Illinois bride and her groom fly South for a wedding with just the right amount of romance and local color.

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74 Midwestern Magnolia

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74 Away Down South

A pair of California sweethearts swap coasts for a simple Savannah celebration steeped in tradition.

78 Bourbon and Lace

A small guest list and a creative couple offer endless opportunities to personalize a party of two.

Southern style meets Jewish tradition in a chic destination wedding at Savannah’s fairy-tale synagogue.

86 Sweetened With Tradition

A pair of Savannah natives celebrate family customs, Hostess City charm—and a union that is meant to last.

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DEPARTMENTS 22 Something New

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90 A Place for Us

Learn the Savannah secrets that can rescue your big day from disaster—and find out how to be a style maven, not a trend victim.

26 Divine Details

Get the latest and best in fresh flowers, creative cakes and inspired invitations—and discover the local color behind the looks.

To find “the dress,” you have to delve into the details. We picked up subtle hints from Savannah’s bridal style experts.

40 Beauty Boot Camp

On the Cover

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This year, we celebrated the fifth anniversary of Savannah Weddings magazine with a swank soiree at the historic Massie Heritage Center. We co-hosted the Bliss Bash at stylish BleuBelle Bridal and put on the Behind the Veil extravaganza at the breathtaking Telfair Museums. Surprisingly, one of our most important events of the year was also our quietest. That was the night we gathered just a handful of our most enthusiastic supporters from the local nuptial scene and asked: How can Savannah Weddings serve brides better in the next five years? You’ll see some of their answers in this issue. More Real Weddings, more details and Pinterest-like photo grids were among the top requests. More emphasis on the needs of destination brides was another. You’ll find all of that here, including insider tips on how newbies can navigate the Hostess City, from circling the squares to keeping “to-go cups” legal. But my greatest takeaway from the meeting wasn’t a design update or a story idea. It was a profound appreciation for the No. 1 resource Savannah has to offer your wedding: our people.

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Choosing Savannah to host your wedding is not unlike falling in love. Sure, you like what you see. But in the end, personality makes all the difference. We all were attracted by the physical beauty of this place: the sweeping marshscapes, the abundant venues with their opulent architecture, the graceful swaying of Spanish moss in the salted breeze. But the warmth and talents of our wedding professionals—that’s what seals the deal. From the thoughtful coordinator at your ceremony venue to the artistic hands that top your cake and finish off your final floral arrangement, our world-class, cosmopolitan experts will make your day. The Hostess City’s eponymous authorities live at the intersection of tradition and trend. Their boundless creativity and tactful wisdom are your greatest assets. Choose them wisely, treat them well— and trust them with your joy. Warmly,

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1. Mackensey Alexander

Mackensey has been photographing weddings since 2007. She studied photography at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco and at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Although she is originally from Ohio, Mackensey has considered Savannah home since she moved here in 2010. Aside from photography, she enjoys reading, reiki, yoga and spending time with her family. See more work at mackenseyalexander.com.

5. Jade and Matthew McCully

3. Izzy Hudgins

6. Reilly Mesco

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A maker, planner, designer and stylist extraordinaire, Audrey is the creative mind behind French Knot Studios. Her events, décor and accessories have been seen in Savannah Weddings, Style Me Pretty and many other wedding media. When she isn’t covered in glitter, she is working on Let’s Play, Dear with Izzy Hudgins, drinking martinis and loving life with her husband. See more work at frenchknotstudios.com.

Teresa specializes in wedding photography with a focus on fun. She has more than a decade of experience in portraiture and event photography and she is a frequent contributor to Savannah Weddings magazine. An outspoken Alabama fan, she loves traveling with her husband, Toby, and their two children, Emma and Mac. See more work at teresaearnestphotography.com.

Izzy is an international wedding photographer and the co-producer of Let’s Play, Dear, an online lifestyle magazine for Savannah and the Southeast. After spending several years in Madrid, she loves to call Savannah “home” once again. When not behind a camera, this vibrant redhead enjoys dancing, sipping wine and playing with her two German shepherds. See more work at izzyhudgins.com.

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Jade and Matthew believe it is important that couples show their true personalities and love for each other in their photos. Jade’s curiosity, uncommon outlook on life and love for photography combine with Matthew’s love of design and eye for composition to reveal the unique emotional connection that each couple shares. Jade and Matthew believe spending extra time with couples allows them to capture their inner spirits. See more work at jadeandmatthew.com.

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Our intrepid intern is a bridal consultant at BleuBelle Bridal and the editor-inchief of Armstrong State University’s student newspaper, The Inkwell. She has lived in Savannah long enough to feel like a local, but she’s well aware that her Yankee father and Charlestonian mother keep her from being a “real” Savannah native—which she’s okay with, as long she still gets to eat the food. Leopard print is a basic in Reilly’s wardrobe and 74 is her favorite number, but she’ll never tell you why.


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Much like live music, cocktail service is becoming a focal point of our events. “Couples are opting for more showmanship and interactive, upscale service from knowledgeable mixologists,” says Sebrell Smith of Sebrell Smith Designer Events. “Think custom signature cocktails made with memorable craft liquors, freshly squeezed juices, beautiful glassware and creative garnishes.” Bonus points if your guests go home with a new favorite bottle or distiller. That’s right: It’s more than a drink—it’s an experience.

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By Annabelle Carr | Photography by Chia Chong and Hon Low

All the Options

Infinity chairs, Louis XIVs or chiavaris? Chantilly, Rose Point or Prelude silver? From flatware to centerpieces and heirloom dishes to farm tables in customizable finishes, we want the details that will set us apart from our best friend’s wedding. “Brides are looking for a wider variety of chair, table and china styles—and in larger quantities for bigger weddings,” Sebrell explains. “In Savannah, it’s important to choose a planner who has access to the choices you crave.”

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Creature Comforts

“Understated elegance is the goal,” Sebrell says. “You chose the Hostess City, now embrace what it has to offer. For us, hospitality is all about treating your guests to Savannah’s signature balance of highbrow and low-key delights, from custom tours to casual oyster roasts. Give your planner detailed information about your guest list— ages, interests, places of origin—and ask him or her to create a mix of activities that will engage all your loved ones.”


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Finding Favor

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We might be a little biased, but we think Savannah magazine makes an ideal welcome gift—and it’s a great way for couples and guests to get oriented and acclimated. Inside, you’ll also find plenty more ideas for “made in Savannah” favors, from art and accessories to sweet artisanal treats. Subscribe for yourself at Savannahmagazine.com to become an insider overnight. Come Out And Play!

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We’ve put together this cheat sheet to help you navigate our fair city as you turn your destination dreams into a memorable reality.

Party “To Go”

TIM ZIELENBACH, STYLED BY SEBRELL SMITH

That’s right—much to our delight, Savannah is one of only seven U.S. cities that sanction sipping and strolling. “To-go” cups filled with beer, wine or liquor must be paper or plastic and no larger than 16 ounces. Keep them in historic downtown, between River Street to the north, Jones Street to the south, Boundary Street to the west and East Broad Street to the east.

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Hip to the Squares

Our 22 park-like squares are favorite spots for outdoor ceremonies and receptions. You can reserve one at Savannahga.gov. But driving around them can seem a little more daunting. Just remember: Traffic flows counterclockwise, and oncoming vehicles from any direction must yield to cars already navigating the squares.

The Hostess City

Hospitality is the name of the game in Savannah, where we treasure our friendships with guests. Don’t believe what the national magazines say about playing wedding vendors against each other to get the lowest price. We’re a small but sophisticated community of professionals, and we’ll give you our best offer the first time around. Ask your planner for referrals and advice on Southern customs—and if someone doesn’t live up to your expectations for service, let them know.

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If you’re not from around here, consider yourselves warned: Our gnats bite. And they like our marsh views, sunsets, gentle springs and warm autumns just as much as we do. To fend off our tiniest wedding crashers, choose a breezy location or rent fans—and look for all-natural “No Gnats” spray at Brighter Day Natural Foods.

Sun and Moon

The light gets better for pictures the closer you get to sunset—and our dramatic tidal range could make your waterfront view disappear. Get the “Tide Table” and “Rise, the Sunrise-Sunset App” at the App Store to determine light and water levels for any location on any day of the year. As your big day approaches, enter the zip code 31410 into your favorite weather app for a full update.


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TAKE THE CAKE Mouth-watering textures and lush layers highlight the just-baked bounty of today’s creative cakes. By Audrey Wagner King | Photography by Izzy Hudgins

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Local honeycomb and peanut butter icing top this treat by Natasha Gaskill for Lulucakes.

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Textured buttercream makes us want to dig into this cake by Savannah Rum Runners Bakery.


statement piece

flower power

Lowcountry Confections sculpted this unforgettable homage to the flower petal.

Natasha Gaskill hand-crafted this magnificent edible posy to top her Lulucakes creation. (Elle Golden Photography)

tiers of joy

small wonder

Chocolate never looked so decadent as in this towering, flowering treat by Tier Luxury Cakes. (Once Like a Spark Photography)

These cupcake-sized minis from Whole Foods Savannah are made from scratch on-site.

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It’s all about beauty and balance. A bridal arrangement is a work of art: equal parts color, composition and texture. By Audrey Wagner King | Photography by Izzy Hudgins

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Christy Griner Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers made this lush headpiece with stunning succulents, air plants and brunia berries.

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blush & stammer

Peach garden roses and scarlet dahlias appear effortlessly effusive in a beribboned gem by Amy Harvey of Harvey Designs.


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stroke of genius

The illustrious Madame Chrysanthemum balanced ruffled peonies and tulips with powdery dusty miller.

John Davis artfully painted this delicate watercolor using pale roses, calla lilies and Southern hydrangea in lieu of brushstrokes. (McKenzie Lynah Photography)

twiggy

Anissa Manzo of Urban Poppy added air plants and driftwood to this herbaceous handful fresh from the garden.

unforgettable

Julie Driscoll at Garden on the Square gave this beautiful bouquet a textured twist with succulents and hanging amaranth.

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GOOD ON PAPER Your invites are the first look you’ll give guests at the spirit of your celebration. Express yourself! By Audrey Wagner King | Photography by Izzy Hudgins

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Herbs add interest to this watercolored bridal lunch invitation by Miss Wyoline.

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Miss Pickles Press took architectural inspiration from The Grand Budapest Hotel.


making the cut

fresh folio

The multi-talented Jessica Duthu of Strawberry Moth created this elaborate, unfolding invitation.

One look at this sleek suite by Lisa Hladish of Paper Daisies and you know you’re in for a modern celebration.

taking flight

A feather motif by Miss Pickles Press fills an oversized envelope with touchable texture.

mix and marry

Inspired by honeycomb, Miss Wyoline played with shapes, sizes and patterns to infuse her invite with instant joy.

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The welcome party is taking the wedding weekend by storm. Long before the traditional rehearsal dinner, destination couples need a way to gather and greet the out-of-town guests who are taking vacation time and coming “all this way” for much more than a choice of steak or chicken. “Savannah’s squares are not just for the ceremony,” adds Sebrell Smith of Sebrell Smith Designer Events, who gathered 70 new arrivals on a Thursday night in Madison Square to kick off Anna Henderson and Dane Brantley’s 300-person destination weekend. “The message was ‘join us when you arrive,’” recalls Sebrell, who filled the historic square with bright pops of orange and fuchsia. She up-lit the square’s central Revolutionary War monument with washes of color, making it a beacon to attract wayward guests. “We served a casual Low Country boil (a traditional stew of shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn), sweet treats and cocktails, then invited guests to join the bride and groom on a haunted pub crawl,” the event designer explains. “It was simple, casual and so ‘Savannah.’” The party was just the first in a series of events throughout the four-day weekend, which included creative welcome gifts, customized activities—and even a bagpipe march from the rehearsal at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist to the legendary bar Pinkie Master’s, and on to the Chatham Club for dinner. “Destination guests are going out of their way to share your special day,” Sebrell says. “It’s up to you and your planner to show them why you chose Savannah in the first place.” S

Event designer and florist: Sebrell Smith Designer Events Catering: Little Trolley’s Catering Rentals: Managed by Sebrell Smith Designer Events, provided by Savannah Special Events Haunted pub crawl: Gregg Proffit, Savannah Tours

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On the Ball

PA LO M A B L A N C A

“Softer and more fluid looks in ball gowns are trending this season for our brides,” says Courtney Flood, resident bridal connoisseur of BleuBelle Bridal. The skirts are still big, but it’s a little less “in-your-face,” says Flood, who loves the abundance of gently cascading layers. Paloma Blanca style #4510, $2,650 at BleuBelle Bridal, 5500 Abercorn St., Ste. 42, 912.355.2502, bleubellebridal.com

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runway bride Subtle Hints

Placed Lace

Nicole Schwalge and Adrienna McDermott of the new Ivory and Beau boutique are huge proponents of the popular illusion neckline. Plunging v-neck dresses become sweet with strategically placed panels of lace, creating a sexy-yet-soft and flattering look for any bride. It’s a look that pleases both groom and grandma. Elaya Vaughn “Evangeline” dress, $4,000 at Ivory and Beau Bridal Boutique, 7302 Abercorn St. Ste. 1B, 912.200.4794, ivoryandbeau.com

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Although the sexy, body-hugging mermaid style is a constant favorite among brides, the softer, shapeskimming silhouette of the sheath dress is making a bold reappearance this season. It’s subtle and tasteful, while still hinting at sexy. Blushing hues are back as well, and a gradual, ombre effect can infuse this look with modernity, Flood adds. Theia style # 890061, $1,295 at BleuBelle Bridal

Dramatic Exits

Baby Blues

Normally relegated to a garter or shoes, a bride’s “something blue” has never been the centerpiece of her look—until now, that is. Pastel blues have found their way onto bridal gowns, infusing traditional shapes with a contemporary yet subtle statement. Rebecca Schoneveld “Mia” and “Elizabeth” separates, $2,350 at Ivory and Beau Bridal Boutique

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As necklines get higher, backlines are getting lower. Nicole and Adrienna have seen a rise in the trend of low, dramatic backs, in addition to the nowmainstay keyhole back. No matter if it’s a sliver of skin or a showcase of shoulder blades, dramatic backs ensure that brides will make a lasting impression both coming and going. Rebecca Schoneveld “Samantha” dress, $2,400; Jaclyn Jordan veil, $450 at Ivory and Beau Bridal Boutique

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The Ballroom at the

American Legion

A SpectAculAr WAy to MAke your event HiStoric !!! Designed in 1914 by architect Hyman Wallace Witcover as the Chatham Artillery Armory, this historic site rests on the south side of picturesque Forsyth Park. The Ballroom at the American Legion is a large open space that can seat up to 250 guests and has a stage that can accommodate up to a 14 piece band. The Ballroom also has a full service bar staffed with experienced bartenders.

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A sleek, low bun can tame your tresses, and some lift at the roots will frame your face. For polish, keep makeup fresh and natural, with emphasis on the eyes.

A sparkling headband tames flyaways and functions as a modern tiara, adding a fresh, yet “fairytale,” finish. Opt for soft, neutral eye shadow and keep the drama to your liner.

Extra volume at the back of a smoother style keeps it looking feminine from the front. Add extra lashes and dewy skin to increase the effect.

Dress up a simple style with a statement hair accessory—Savannah is full of natural inspiration, harnessed throughout this page by Anissa Manzo of Urban Poppy.

Add volume to your roots and sweep hair to the side in a loose, braided chignon for a soft, romantic style. A lighter lip color lets a fresh complexion glow.

Channel your inner Frida Kahlo with a floral crown accented with hardy succulents. For flawless skin, start with a light moisturizer, eye cream and lip balm before you prime.

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coast with me A dreamy inspiration shoot captures creative options for a waterfront celebration along our ample salt marsh.

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“Savannah’s marshy coastline is an idyllic setting for a wedding,” says Audrey Wagner King, who was inspired by the breathtaking scenery at Red Bluff Plantation to design this nautical nuptial theme. “The waving grasses, calm water and occasional dolphin are nothing short of picturesque.” Audrey fashioned an altar from an old regatta sail and worked with rope, natural wood, linen and patinated metals to reflect the work of time and nature. The result is a seamless landscape punctuated with pops of opulence.

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Carefully selected details refine the natural beauty inherent in this jewel of a setting. Oysters Rockefeller, bacon-wrapped asparagus and tomato bisque offer aristocratic alternatives to the standard Southern fare. Julep cups, Depression glass and Louis XIV oval-backed chairs add heirloom-esque elegance, while lanterns and rope accents offer a nautical nod to salted style. Pops of orange—from the ribbons in the bouquet to the bridesmaids’ fresh frocks—brighten the soothing blue and green palette of the natural world.

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museum Returning to the city where they met, two SCAD graduates team up

for a picturesque union of art and history. Art lovers Jennifer Weber and George Garrastegui Jr. got engaged at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where they live and George grew up. But when it came time to tie the knot, the pair chose another art museum—in the city where they met as students at the Savannah College of Art and Design. “We thought that the ambiance and charm of Savannah was a perfect match for our aesthetic—and we wanted to share the city with our friends from New York,” Jennifer explains. It was clear that their shared passion was the theme that should complement their union, so the pair chose a reverent ceremony at the Telfair Academy—the oldest public art museum in the South. Together with their planner, Morgan Gallo, they handcrafted every detail to illustrate their love for art—and for each other. George, who has an MFA in graphic design, created each invitation to mimic art postcards that Jennifer had collected from museums over the years. Each guest received a postcard chosen by Jennifer especially for him or her, for which George created a stamp indicating the date and place where they had seen that work of art together. After the ceremony, a charm-filled trolley ride and a rousing reception at the historic Georgia State Railroad Museum brought the happy couple and guests together in a wedding masterpiece of their own design.

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By Cléa Hernandez | Photography by Tory Williams


Jennifer & George

Season: Spring Palette: Peach, pink, creams, greens Planning time: 14 months Guests: 55 Rehearsal dinner: The Olde Pink House Ceremony: Telfair Museums’ Telfair Academy Reception: Georgia State Railroad Museum

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Behind the Veil

The big day: Saturday, March 29, 2014 Event designer and coordinator: Morgan Gallo, Morgan Gallo Events Rehearsal dinner: The Olde Pink House Ceremony: Telfair Museums’ Telfair Academy Reception: Georgia State Railroad Museum Officiant: The Rev. Bill Gillespie Ceremony music: First City Events Hair and makeup: Beyond Beautiful by Heather Gown: Jenny Packham Hairpiece: Untamed Petals Earrings: BHLDN Shoes: Coach Bridesmaids’ dresses: J. Crew Groom/groomsmen’s attire: J. Crew Catering: Chef Nick Mueller and Co. Reception music: First City Events Florist: Harvey Designs Cake: Chef Nick Mueller and Co. Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals Transportation: Oglethorpe Tours Photographer: Tory Williams, Tory Williams Photography, torywilliams.com

Work of Heart

Jennifer and George chose the historic Telfair Academy as their ceremony site. “Since we are both designers and love museums, we wanted art to play a large role in the theme of our wedding,” the bride explains.

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Places, Everyone

“George made all of the table markers to resemble vintage subway signs,” the bride explains. “Each table was named after a museum that we visited together—all except our table, which was a museum we planned to see on our honeymoon.”

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Picture This

To keep with the artistic motif, Savannah's Amy Harvey centered lush floral arrangements in hanging frames—a nod to the still-life painting tradition.

Green Thumb

Natural centerpieces of mini succulent plants splashed in some vibrant color from the couple’s palette. “Jennifer loved the textural complexity these plants provided,” says planner Morgan Gallo. “They brought the rustic earth tones of the Roundhouse Museum to life.”

Table Setting

As they settled down for dinner, each guest found a gift bag on his or her seat filled with Byrd’s Famous Cookies. For the china, Jennifer chose vintage patterns, slightly mismatched, with a careful, gallery-like curation. S


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time to

shine

Fresh, festive and dusted with gold, a destination “I do”

captures the city’s spirited style.

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By Andrea Goto | Photography by Jade and Matthew McCully


Miranda & T. J.

Season: Spring Palette: Peach, blush, mint, champagne, gold and ivory Planning time: 15 months Guests: 51 Rehearsal dinner: Belford’s Savannah Seafood and Steaks Ceremony and reception: Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

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Savannah’s easy-going elegance won the hearts of Miranda Gahn and T.J. Grose, a Cincinnati couple who wanted an intimate destination wedding that tempered glamorous glitz with lighthearted fun. To accomplish this, they called upon local wedding planner and designer Andrea Gray Harper. Andrea helped the pair envision a gilded, glowing celebration. For the table setting, she placed shimmering gold chargers and silverware on sparkling sequined table rounds and runners. What wasn’t gold still glittered, from the glistening chandeliers overhead to the effervescent champagne cocktails in hand. But don’t let appearances fool you—this party was as laid-back as it was luxurious. “They really wanted it to be elegant,” Andrea explains, “but only in Savannah can you have a black-tie wedding that’s entirely outdoors and has a cornhole board. There are always casual elements thrown into Savannah events and I think that’s why they’re so much fun.”

Behind the Veil

The big day: Friday, May 23, 2014 Event designer: Gray Harper Event Maker Palette: Peach, blush, mint, champagne, gold and ivory Planning time: 15 months Guests: 51 Coordinator: Gray Harper Event Maker Rehearsal dinner: Belford’s Savannah Seafood and Steaks Ceremony and reception: Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum Officiant: The Rev. Steve Schulte Ceremony music: Bluegrass trio from New Arts Ensembles Gown: Vera Wang, BleuBelle Bridal Accessories: Mark Broumand ring, BaubleBar earrings, Kenneth Jay Lane bracelet and Ben Amun hair comb Hair and makeup: Luz de la Guardia of Salon on the Square, Jacksonville, Fla. Bridesmaids’ dresses: J. Crew Groom/groomsmen’s attire: Hugo Boss Catering: Thrive Catering Reception music: The Equinox Band with lead singer Trae Gurley Florist: Harvey Designs Cake and desserts: Lavender & Honey Designs and Byrd Cookie Co. Rentals: Gray Harper Event Maker, Beachview, La Tavola and Ultrapom Rentals Transportation: Timeless Motorcade, Savannah Pedicab Signage, menus and invites: Lavender & Honey Designs Calligraphy on place cards, globe and seating chart: Lowcountry Paper Co. Photography: Jade and Matthew McCully, Jade and Matthew Take Pictures, jadeandmatthew.com

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Locations, Ahoy

“The Ships of the Sea property has so many different areas and I really enjoy being able to use the various spaces,” Andrea enthuses. “We put up the croquet in the maple grove so kids could play during the cocktail hour.” The cornhole beanbag toss—a Southern staple— also kept guests entertained.

Sip ’n’ See

To combat the steamy 95-degree temperatures, guests were offered folding fans and plenty of refreshing drink options—such as customized champagne cocktails with festive raspberry, blueberry, cantaloupe and strawberry fruit purees. Kids and teetotalers enjoyed Jones sodas—the groom’s favorite— personalized with custom labels.

Home Slice

Georgia peaches scattered around the tables brought another Southern flavor to the event, inspiring the soft, blushing hue expressed in everything from fragrant peonies and sequined table runners to the bride’s ethereal Vera Wang gown.

Warm Welcome

Andrea made the high-ceilinged reception venue intimate and elegant by suspending shimmering chandeliers and twinkling lights, an ivory backdrop to frame the sweetheart table, and a rustic window panel displaying a seating chart hand-scripted by Meredith Stroud of Lowcountry Paper Company.

Sweet Nothings

In addition to a stunning caramel cutting cake with salted caramel buttercream frosting, a dessert table proffered an array of local delights such as pecan pie, vanilla bean and peach cupcakes, peach-basil-rosewater hand pies, and Key lime coolers and peach cookies from Savannah’s Byrd Cookie Co. S

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RED, WHITE

“I DO”

Savannah’s military tradition shines as two Army officers wed in a memorable muster at historic Brockington Hall.

“Party like it’s 1776,” urged the red, white and blue favors at the Memorial Day weekend wedding of 1st Lts. Jennifer Tedder and Karl Rauch. The playful yet patriotic pair tied the knot outside of Brockington Hall on May 25— just eight months after their Forsyth Park fountain proposal in September 2013. “(The wedding) was very much us,” Jennifer says with pride. “We love this country, and wanted to be authentic to ourselves.” A freelance wedding coordinator in her spare time, Jennifer designed the Americana-inspired event—but she also knew firsthand the value of a day-of coordinator. She turned to Alysse Sweeney at Design Studio South to ensure that her big day went as planned. “I have a sense of humor about weddings,” the bride chuckles. “I’ve been working in the industry for so long on really formal events—what with all of the draping orchids and the sit-down dinners—and I just knew I wanted the more relaxed, cocktail-party vibe, with everyone up and mingling and having a good time.”

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By Leah Bell | Photography by Mackensey Alexander


Jennifer & Karl

Season: Summer Palette: Red, White, Blue and Gray Planning time: 7 months Guests: 75 Rehearsal dinner: Vic’s on the River Ceremony and reception: Brockington Hall

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Behind the Veil

The big day: Sunday, May 25, 2014 Coordinator: Design Studio South Dinner: Vic’s on the River (Dieter’s Den) Ceremony and reception: Brockington Hall Officiant: Chaplain Bryan Hensely Ceremony music: Violinist Chris Dooley Gown: “Mulberry” by Carol Hannah, from The Sentimentalist in Atlanta Hair and makeup: Cherry on Top and Dollface by Jules Bridesmaids’ dresses: BHLDN, Jenny Yoo, Amsale, and David’s Bridal Groom/groomsmen’s attire: Army service uniforms and Jos. A Bank Catering: Chef Nick Mueller and Co. Reception music: All About You Entertainment Florist: Kato Floral Designs Cake: Small cutting cake and mini cheesecakes from LuluCakes; Groom’s cake from Coldstone Creamery Photography: Mackensey Alexander, Mackensey Alexander Photography, mackenseyalexander.com

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At Ease

This fuss-free bride let her maids choose both their dresses and their bouquets. The gray frocks came from BHLDN, Jenny Yoo, Amsale and David’s Bridal designs. Kato Floral Designs fashioned individual white bouquets from the favorite flowers chosen by each attendant.

Color Me Happy

Jennifer’s vision of an all-American affair made the planning process easy and fun. “I wanted a theme that carried through without being painfully ‘theme-y,’” Jennifer jokes. “I’m tired of burlap, I’m tired of chevron patterns. I just wanted something different.”

Sounding Taps

This particular weekend presented a unique challenge to the soldiers, who wanted to host a respectful celebration. “We didn’t do anything specific for Memorial Day itself because it’s actually a very solemn time to remember the people who have died in the service to their country,” Jennifer points out.

Indivisible…

“On our save-the-date, one side has Betsy Ross sewing the flag,” says the bride. It was a prelude to the backdrop for the ceremony: the Betsy Ross flag that now hangs in their living room. “On the back, it says, ‘Join us as North meets South, Memorial Day Weekend 2014.’” S

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SOUTHERN FRIED CHIC

Two Arkansas expats tie the knot in a sophisticated celebration at Georgia’s oldest heirloom plantation.

When Savannah NEWCOMERs Kerri and Brad Hunter tied the knot, they brought together more than two separate families. Their wedding was a union of opposites: homespun charm and sophisticated style. It was also a crossroads between their Arkansas past and their Georgia future. “Kerri just wanted a simple, rustic wedding—but she definitely has an elegant side that came through,” says wedding planner Tara Skinner of Posh Petals and Pearls, who suggested a location that would set the tone for the event. Dunham Farms, a restorative retreat right on the coast, is the oldest plantation home in Georgia that remains with its original family. Tara imbued the space with traditional touches—from the pale hydrangeas that lined the aisle to the sweetly scripted chalkboard signs that steered guests toward the festivities.

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By Reilly Mesco | Photography by Izzy Hudgins


Kerri & Brad

Season: Fall Palette: Purple Planning time: 9 months Guests: 150 Rehearsal dinner: Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House Ceremony and reception: Dunham Farms

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The 30-acre estate contains not only a formal wedding garden, but also a refurbished barn and an expansive nature reserve. “The farm is divided nicely up into sections, so the ceremony took place in one spot and cocktails and the reception took place in others,” Tara adds. “The guests ended making a full circle around the farm.” The separate spaces, all within walking distance, kept the whole affair intimate and relaxed. Guests sipped John Daly cocktails—named after the Arkansas golfer and chosen because of Brad’s ardent love for the sport. At the end of the night, they snacked on freshly boiled Georgia peanuts. Some might call that the perfect mix of hometown hospitality and coastal comfort. For Kerri and Brad, it was just the beginning.

Behind the Veil

The big day: Saturday, October 26, 2013 Ceremony coordinator: Tara Skinner, Posh Petals and Pearls Rehearsal dinner: Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House Ceremony/reception: Dunham Farms Officiant: The Rev. Cherie Baker Ceremony music: Classical South Gown: Marisa, Bridals by Lori Hair and makeup: Beyond Beautiful by Heather and Hannah Minkowitz Bridesmaids’ dresses: Lela Rose, BleuBelle Bridal Groom/groomsmen’s attire: Brooks Brothers, Jos. A. Bank Catering: Chef Nick Mueller & Co. Reception music: All About You Entertainment Florist: Jennifer Melear Cake: Tier Luxury Cakes Photography: Izzy Hudgins, Izzy Hudgins Photography, izzyhudgins.com

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Inside Out

“(Kerri) was in love with these old church doors, so that’s what she walked through,” says Tara, who placed salvaged doors at the end of the outdoor aisle, creating a deconstructed sanctuary. She decorated them with the couple’s initials, made from Spanish moss.

States’ Rights

Signs made in the shapes of both the couple’s home state and new stomping ground hung on the backs of their chairs at the reception and were later used as photo props. “We wanted to highlight our Arkansas roots for all of our Georgia friends, but also to introduce our out-of-town friends and family to our life in Georgia,” says Kerri.

Low Country Lounge

Working with the sprawling space that Dunham Farms offers, Tara used unique pieces from Crush Event Rentals to set up distinctive lounge areas for cocktails before the reception started. “Kerri wanted to mix in these gorgeous crystal chandeliers, so they hung above the bar area and really made it very chic,” Tara says.

Sew Thoughtful

Creative details were everywhere at the Hunter wedding. “The save-the-dates were in a little burlap sack with instructions on how to tie a knot—playing off the whole ‘Kerri and Brad are tying the knot’ idea,” Tara notes. “And each important person received a hanky with a sweet note from Kerri embroidered on it.”

Sign Here

Inspired by a growing trend, Kerri and Brad’s “guest book” is now a lifelong keepsake. A friend designed a coffee table with metal inset in the shape of a branch that family and friends could sign. “His idea was that the table would be a reflection of our Arkansas ‘roots,’” the bride explains, “and it also represents the amazing trees that are such a part of Savannah culture—and our wedding scene at Dunham Farms.” S

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Following in the footsteps of a lasting marriage before them, a Florida couple dances down the aisle of Savannah's cathedral.

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By Leah Bell | Photography by Jade and Matthew McCully


Lauren & Brent

Season: Summer Palette: Blush, gray and silver Planning time: 18 months Guests: 132 Rehearsal dinner: Cha Bella Ceremony: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Reception: The Charles H. Morris Center

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Lauren Boudreau’s parents were married almost 30 years ago at the dreamy Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, so it was easy for Lauren and her fiancé, Brent LeDonne, to decide on a ceremony venue. Locking down that picture-perfect location was the first step in their 18-month planning process with From This Day Forward’s Genina Ramirez. “The event was focused on family, but Lauren and Brent definitely didn’t want a traditional Savannah wedding,” Genina recalls. “They wanted it to be personal, and very much about them.” Genina helped choose—and transform—the Charles H. Morris Center for a fun-loving reception. Crystal chandeliers, color-washed lighting, glowing candles and majestic floral centerpieces bewitched the raw space, remaking it into a fairytale ballroom where family and friends fêted the couple late into the night. “The families were just so involved and so happy about this event,” Genina recalls. “They each wanted it to be very special for the others.” And so it was.

Behind the Veil

The big day: Saturday, May 3, 2014 Ceremony/reception coordinator: Genina Ramirez of From This Day Forward Rehearsal dinner: Cha Bella Ceremony: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Reception: Charles H. Morris Center Officiant: Father Joe Smith Ceremony music: Cathedral organist Hair: JW Salon and Spa Catering: Starland Dining Reception music: Coastal Entertainment Florist: Harvey Designs Cake: Tier Luxury Cakes Photography: Jade and Matthew McCully, Jade and Matthew Take Pictures, jadeandmatthew.com

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We Were Here

A towering confection in its own right, the French Gothic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist came wedding-ready. Its pastel hues and soft light found their way into the couple’s palette, from the whisper-pink bridesmaid dresses and the whimsical cake to the washes of warm color on the walls of the Morris Center.

Personal Requests

“Family” and “personality” were buzzwords throughout the planning process—inspiring Genina and her team to incorporate modern monograms into each detail. “Lowcountry Paper Company designed all of the paper products, the menus, the koozies and the logo on the wall,” the planner reflects.

Fairy Godmother

The family also played a large role in choosing the vast reception venue, which Genina made playful and personable with chandeliers and tablescapes at varying heights. She added sparkly hints and sequined surfaces in honor of Lauren’s love of glitz and glam. “When I showed her mom and dad the room for the first time, they cried huge tears. They were really emotional about it all.”

Change of Plans

Lauren and Brent had always pictured their wedding photos in one of the iconic Savannah squares. But at the height of wedding season, they couldn’t find a single square without a ceremony in it, so Genina pulled a quick change. “We ended up going to Jones Street to take pictures, which turned out beautiful!” she advises. S

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MAGNOLIA An Illinois bride and her groom fly South for a wedding with just the right amount of Savannah romance and hometown charm.

Planning your own wedding is one thing; planning it long-distance in a city you’ve never visited is a heroic feat. For Shey Phillips, it was a worthwhile challenge. Originally from Blandinsville, Ill., Shey was set on marrying her fiancé, Colby Hunt, in a beautiful, romantic setting. Savannah’s old-world charm turned her wishful thinking into strategic planning. “Where we’re from is like one giant cornfield,” laughs the daring D.I.Y. bride. “Savannah is completely different and totally set the tone for my wedding.” In a few short weeks, the venues were Googled and booked—Bethesda Academy’s Whitefield Chapel for the charming ceremony and The Lady & Son’s Ort Hall for the well-fed reception. Awash in a serene palette of blush and ivory, Shey’s Southern wedding dreams became reality. With only four months between the engagement and the big day, Shey’s secret to success was to keep it simple. “We were far away, so I knew we wouldn’t have a lot of time to decorate,” she recalls. “So I picked places that were beautiful on their own. I let the town do (the work) for me.”

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Colby & Shey

Season: Winter Palette: Ivory and blush Planning time: 4 months Guests: 50 Rehearsal dinner: Tubby’s Tank House Ceremony: Bethesda Academy’s Whitefield Chapel Reception: The Lady and Sons’ Ort Hall

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Behind the Veil

The big day: Saturday, February 22, 2014 Rehearsal dinner: Tubby’s Tank House Ceremony: Bethesda Academy’s Whitefield Chapel Reception: The Lady and Sons’ Ort Hall Officiant: Nathan McCarter (cousin of the groom) Ceremony music: Kathy Butler (bride’s childhood piano teacher) Gown: Mori Lee Hair and makeup: Heather Ferguson, Beyond Beautiful by Heather Catering: The Lady and Sons Reception music: Playlist made by the bride Florist: A to Zinnias Cake: Michelle Still, Delectable Designs Transportation: 1955 Chevy pickup belonging to the groom’s parents Photography: Teresa Earnest, Teresa Earnest Photography, teresaearnestphotography.com

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Save the Date

More than just the destination, Shey was stuck on one special day in particular, which helped her make swift and smart choices. “I knew that I wanted to get married on February 22,” she declares. “It was my grandparents’ anniversary so I had a good idea beforehand.”

The Look of Love

Choosing the ceremony site was all about aesthetics. “I love tree tunnels,” says Shey. “When I saw that (Bethesda) had one I said, ‘This is the place.’” The same sentiment went for choosing The Lady and Sons. Without the luxury of time, Shey and Colby relied on the venue’s raw architecture to set the tone for their event.

Sweet Ride

A special family keepsake made its way down for the wedding: the whitewashed antique truck that belonged to Colby’s father as a teenager. “He and Colby’s mom took it on dates,” Shey chuckles. “It’s just a special piece.”

Local Flavor

“We didn’t put together our hotel gifts until we got to Savannah,” Shey says. “We wanted everyone to have local things because they were all coming from Illinois.” With treat bags full of goodies from shops around town, the wedding party really got a taste of Savannah. “We’re definitely coming back. Savannah is one of the most beautiful places.”

Bread and Wine

Amid the barrage of new—new city, new venues, new customs—Shey and Colby took a moment to center on what mattered most to them. “During the ceremony, we did communion with our parents and siblings instead of a community candle,” the bride recalls. “It was a very special moment for us and it was private—to keep the focus on what the day was about.” S

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A pair of California sweethearts swap coasts for a simple Savannah celebration steeped in tradition. By Cléa Hernandez | Photography by Teresa Earnest

Josh Eberly is a Georgia Southern University grad from Macon who lived in Savannah for several years while working for the Sand Gnats, Savannah’s beloved, A-level minor league baseball team. When he moved to Pennsylvania and met Elizabeth, he quickly passed on his infatuation with the Hostess City. As their relationship developed, the two visited frequently for romantic getaways. Although they make their home in San Diego, the couple wanted everything about their destination wedding weekend to be unmistakably “Savannah”—from the ceremony in front of the iconic Forsyth Park fountain to the lighthearted reception at the Mackey House. They worked with Nicole Schwalge and Adrienna McDermott of Ivory and Beau to plan a distinctively Southern fête with boutonnieres of just-plucked cotton, fresh floral décor and comfort foods—even a traditional Low Country boil (a spiced stew of shrimp, corn, sausage and potatoes) catered by Russo Seafood for the rehearsal dinner. More than anything, the couple wanted some grounded quality time with the important people in their lives. “We spent the days leading up to our wedding with the people we love, rather than running errands or worrying about little details that no one would notice,” Liz explains. Enjoying every moment of your gathering is easy when you keep it natural and familiar, as Liz and Josh did. “This wedding was so full of love and friendship,” observes Nicole of Ivory and Beau, “and the laid-back Southern vibe helped make the party extra fun.”

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L iz & Josh

Season: Spring Palette: Ivory, mint green, light blue Planning time: 18 months Guests: 70 Rehearsal dinner: Low Country boil catered by Russo Seafood Ceremony: Forsyth Park Reception: The Mackey House

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Something Old

Traditions played a starring role on the big day. Liz wore her grandmother’s pearls, seen here draped around Josh’s pocket watch groom’s gift.

Cloud Nine

Liz thought cotton boutonnieres would be a sweet touch for her Southern gentleman and his groomsmen pals. The fluffy, not feminine, posies added a cheerful, airy texture to the stroll down the aisle.

Having Their Cake

Lulu’s Chocolate Bar created a tiny personal cake just for the bride and groom, from which they each enjoyed a slice before freezing the rest for their first anniversary. For the guests, Cape Creations set up a cool ice cream float station.

Natural Beauty

A to Zinnias created a softly-hued arrangement for Liz’s bridal bouquet, full of lush Southern blooms and delicate bells. The idea was for the bundle to reflect the tender and vibrant flora all around.

Love Potions

Liz and Josh love craft beers, and one of their favorite bonding activities is to go on brewery tours together. They worked the fun into their wedding by including local craft suds such as Savannah Brown Ale.

Country Fried Bliss

In an homage to Josh’s roots and the couple's partiality to Savannah, the menu by Cape Creations was filled with Southern delicacies— shrimp ’n’ grits, pulled pork, and mini chicken and waffles with syrup syringes.

Sweet Home Georgia

Miniature chocolate, peach, and pecan pies from Lulu’s Chocolate Bar were packaged in Mason jars, offering the ultimate taste of Savannah. S

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Behind the Veil

The big day: Saturday, May 3, 2014 Event designer: Bride, in collaboration with Ivory and Beau Coordinator: Ivory and Beau Officiant: Greg Vojtanek Ceremony music: All About You Entertainment Gown: In White Accessories: Grandmother’s pearls, flowers from A to Zinnias for hair Hair and makeup: Michelle Royal Attendants’ attire: Each purchased separately Groom's attire: Ralph Lauren Catering: Cape Creations Reception music: All About You Entertainment Florist: A to Zinnias Cake: Lulu’s Chocolate Bar Ice Cream Floats: Cape Creations Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals Transportation: Oglethorpe Trolley Babysitter: Guardian Angels Photographer: Teresa Earnest, Teresa Earnest Photography, teresaearnestphotography.com


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BOURBON A N D L AC E

A small guest list and a creative couple offer endless opportunities to personalize a party of two.

By Andrea Goto | Photography by Jade and Matthew McCully

Tufts of tulle and reels of ribbon make tying the knot a decidedly feminine affair. But a more modern union is carefully curated to acknowledge the interests on both sides of the aisle. Brooklynites Patricia Keenan and Ryan Galloway wanted their November nuptials to be a destination dinner party for an intimate group of family and friends with a balanced blend of “his” and “her” elements. With just nine months to plan, they called on Savannah event designer Andrea Gray Harper, who brought their vision to life with a series of subtle pairings as complementary as the artistic couple themselves. “We really wanted it to be about the two of them and have Ryan feel like he was a part of the design,” says Andrea, who paired ivory Chantilly lace with more masculine emerald and bronze elements and turned the pre-ceremony wait into a bourbon tasting. In a nod to the couple’s creative professions, she gathered vintage sewing machines and spools of thread for Patricia, a wedding gown designer, and finger-worn typewriters and books for Ryan, an editor. In the end, the modern elements blended seamlessly with touches of the past. Perfectly paired. Perfectly Savannah.

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Patricia & Ryan

Season: Fall Palette: Bourbon brown, emerald, bronze, ivory and purple Planning time: 8.5 months Guests: 13 Rehearsal dinner: Circa 1875 Ceremony: Greene Square Reception: Local 11Ten

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Behind the Veil

The big day: Saturday, November 15, 2013 Event designer/coordinator: Gray Harper Event Maker Palette: Bourbon brown, emerald, bronze, ivory and purple Planning time: 8.5 months Guests: 13 Rehearsal dinner: Circa 1875 Ceremony: Greene Square Reception: Local 11Ten Officiant: The Rev. Steve Schulte Ceremony music: Bride’s iPod Gown: Custom design by the bride Accessories: Harriet Wilde shoes, BaubleBar earrings, vintage fascinator Hair: Dina Agganis of Studio Fovero, Columbus, Ohio Groom’s attire: J Crew Catering: Local 11Ten Florist: Gray Harper Event Maker Cake: Lavender & Honey Designs Rentals: Gray Harper Event Maker, vintage chairs and seating from Everthine Vintage Rentals Transportation: Savannah Pedicab Signage and place cards: Lavender & Honey Designs Photography: Jade and Matthew McCully, Jade and Matthew Take Pictures, jadeandmatthew.com

Just a Sip

Guests were treated to a tended bourbon bar as they awaited the arrival of the bride and groom in Savannah’s historic Greene Square. The custom cocktails were a hit. “Guests also stuck around after the ceremony because it was so good,” Andrea says, laughing.

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Spirit Animal

To honor the bride’s father, who passed away the year before, Harper incorporated a subtle deer motif—his favorite animal—throughout. From the brass cake toppers and venison selection on the reception menu to the antler delicately placed in the bridal bouquet, Patricia felt her father’s presence throughout the celebration.

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Making the Cut

A slight twist on tradition, the cake cutting immediately followed the ceremony. “Whenever we do a smaller event I always try to do this,” Andrea confesses. “It’s kind of fun and you get better photos because it’s outdoors.”

All About the Dress

Fabric remnants from the bride’s gown—which she designed herself, naturally— were woven throughout the decor. Andrea placed some trimmings in embroidery hoops and fastened them to trees at the ceremony site. She tied others around the floral centerpieces at the intimate dinner reception.

Freshly Faded

“Not everyone tells me they want dried flowers for their wedding,” marvels Andrea, who parlayed that aesthetic into arrangements of fresh blooms. “I kept a neutral palette, added some ivory garden roses, and used vintage medicine bottles to tie in the brown from the bourbon.” Silver brunia, eucalyptus and dark purple calla lilies rounded out the subdued palette. S


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MAZEL TOV, Y'ALL Southern style meets Jewish tradition in a spirited celebration at Savannah’s fairytale synagogue. By Allison Hersh | Photography by Scott and Melissa Hopkins

When marketing manager Karen Landis and attorney Dan Monahan got engaged, they knew they wanted to share their newly adopted city with family and friends. The bride, who is Jewish, and the groom, who isn’t, strategically blended Southern and Jewish traditions in an elegant, family-friendly celebration. “It was important for us to have a traditional Jewish element, but with our own take,” says Karen, who wore peach-colored Badgley Mischka heels down the aisle in a tribute to Southern style. “We wanted to give our guests a taste of Savannah and for everything to have a Savannah touch.” During the stylish ceremony at Congregation Mickve Israel on Monterey Square, the couple recited wedding vows beneath a chuppah—a matrimonial canopy—stomped the traditional glass, and signed a ketubah, a marriage contract inscribed in Hebrew. At the reception at the Westin Savannah Harbor, Southern style prevailed. Guests sipped mint juleps and enjoyed an all-kosher, vegetarian menu including mac ’n’ cheese, fried green tomatoes and other Savannah favorites.

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Karen & Daniel

Season: Fall Palette: Peach and gray Planning time: One year Guests: 150 Rehearsal dinner: Mansion on Forsyth Park Ceremony: Congregation Mickve Israel Reception: Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa

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Behind the Veil

The big day: Saturday, November 2, 2013 Ceremony coordinator: Lauree L. Morris Reception coordinator: Robyn Carroll Rehearsal dinner: Mansion on Forsyth Park Ceremony: Congregation Mickve Israel Reception: Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa Officiant: Rabbi Robert Haas, Congregation Mickve Israel Ceremony music: Kelly Blackmarr Carlile Gown: Augusta Jones, Kleinfeld’s Hair and makeup: Aqua Salon Bridesmaids’ dresses: Aria Groom/groomsmen’s attire: The Black Tux Catering: Westin Savannah Harbor and Lulu’s Chocolate Bar Reception music: VIP Disc Jockey Entertainment Florist: A to Zinnias Cake: Baker’s Pride Transportation: Oglethorpe Trolley Tours Photography: Scott and Melissa Hopkins, Hopkins Studios, hopkinsstudios.com

Gothic Revival

The bride and groom chose Mickve Israel, home to America’s third oldest Jewish congregation, for their wedding ceremony. Together, they stood under a chuppah crafted from fresh flowers and ivy to pledge their love in one of the nation’s few Gothic Revival synagogues.

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Mazel Tov!

In a nod to Jewish wedding tradition, the groom stomped on a tiny glass wrapped in a cloth napkin. This ritual act serves as both a symbol of the destruction of the holy temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D. and a reminder that life’s joys must be tempered by sorrow.

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Just Peachy

The bride and her mother came up with the idea for innovative, easy-to-make centerpieces created from cylindrical glass vases filled with water and fresh peaches. Fluffy hydrangea blossoms added a signature Southern touch.

Squared Away

Karen and Dan named each table after a Savannah square as a tribute to the city they’re proud to call home. “Savannah is where we’ve started our life together,” the bride says. “It was important for us to share details about the city with family and friends.”

Lush Layers

An exquisite four-tier wedding cake, expertly decorated with white fondant and pale peach rosettes, complemented the reception’s Southern-inspired menu. Like the wedding itself, this stunning Baker’s Pride confection blended tradition and personalized details, like the custom cake topper inspired by the bride and groom. S


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tradition A pair of Savannah natives celebrate family customs, Hostess City charm—and a union that is meant to last.

High school sweethearts Nicole Avendano and Cody Mitchell always knew they’d get married in Savannah. It was, after all, their hometown. So when it came time to choose locations, the pair had the home advantage. Inspired by the richness of bygone eras and the character of the Hostess City, they chose the charming Whitefield Chapel at the Bethesda Home for Boys for an intimate ceremony and the Olde Pink House ballroom for a glamorous reception. “The day I visited (the Pink House) they were actually setting up a wedding—very vintage, very antique,” says Nicole. The beautiful settings, combined with a color palette of deep eggplant, blush, champagne and ivory all came together to form the perfect mix of “Old Hollywood glamour meets Southern Charm.” “Take one Savannah mansion, add dusky light, lilting live jazz melodies, and antiqued mirrors,” adds Sian Currie, a close family friend. “Even Daisy Buchanan would have been proud.”

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Nicole & Cody

Season: Winter Palette: Eggplant, blush, champagne, ivory, antique silver Planning time: 8 months Guests: 100 Rehearsal Dinner: Savannah Station Ceremony: Whitefield Chapel at Bethesda Home for Boys Reception: The Olde Pink House Restaurant and Tavern

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Behind the Veil

The big day: Saturday, January 4, 2014 Event designers: Aida Avendano (mother of bride) and Nicole Avendano Mitchell (bride) Palette: Eggplant, blush, champagne, ivory, antique silver Planning time: 8 months Guests: 100 Coordinators: Summer Burgstiner, ceremony coordinator; Laura Reinke, family friend; and Pamela Stanbridge, The Olde Pink House Restaurant and Tavern Rehearsal dinner: Savannah Station Ceremony: Whitefield Chapel at Bethesda Academy Reception: The Olde Pink House Restaurant and Tavern Officiant: The Rev. John Anderson Ceremony music: Anne Durant, harpist/pianist Gown: Simone Carvalli, Love the Dress Bridal Boutique Accessories: Veil by Malis Henderson, Elen Henderson Designs; vintage blonde mink stole; BenAmun and RTR Bridal jewelry Hair: Scott Richison Makeup: Beyond Beautiful by Heather Bridesmaids’ dresses: Bari Jay, Bella Bridesmaid Groom/groomsmen’s attire: Calvin Klein tuxedo with twobutton jacket Catering: The Olde Pink House Restaurant & Tavern Reception music: Emerald Empire Band Florist: Melanie Troxler (family friend) Wedding cake: Baker’s Pride Groom’s cake: Cakes Unlimited Rentals: Men’s Wearhouse and Renttherunway.com Transportation: Oglethorpe Trolley Tours, A and E Luxury Limo, Savannah Pedals Videographer: Florida Wedding Video Production Photographer: Teresa Earnest, Teresa Earnest Photography, teresaearnestphotography.com

Finding the One

The bride’s vintage-inspired Simone Carvalli gown, made from antique lace and satin, upped the ante of the whole event. “It ignited the direction we were going in,” says Nicole.

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Oh, Honey

Although the gathering was Gatsby-glam, Nicole chose favors with a more personal touch. “People who know us know that we do beekeeping together,” she says. “So we gave them little jars of our own honey.” This sweet theme was carried throughout the reception, from the antique honey pot that served as the cake topper to the signature “Honey Badger” cocktail.

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All Together Now

“Nicole’s wedding was a collaborative effort of very special ladies in both our lives,” says the bride’s mother, Aida Avendano. Everyone had a role to play—from the bride’s girlfriends, who supervised the setup, to her grandmother, who was tasked with ensuring that the glamorous wedding was still rooted in tradition.

Colombian Customs

In a nod to Nicole’s Latin roots, the couple exchanged las arras—13 silver coins—as a way of bringing tradition in amidst the glitz. This Colombian wedding custom is similar to the exchanging of rings, and acts as a promise of trust. For the Mitchells, who did both, it doubled the efforts to honor their new union.

The Getaway

In a turn away from the standard “Just Married” exit, the couple chose a local favorite as their getaway vehicle of choice: a Savannah Pedals slow ride. With the wedding party providing the manpower, the bride and groom wheeled away for their happily ever after—and to an after party at Rocks on the River.


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Brockington Hall Historic District 250 Y N Y N N Y Y Y brockingtonhall.com, 912.856.5117 213 E. Hall St. Broughton Street Guest House Historic District 26 Y N Y N N Y Y N and Carriage House 511 E. Broughton St. savannahvillas.com, 912.232.6633 Bryson Hall Historic District 225 interior; 500 Y Y Y Y N N N Y brysonhall.com, 912.272.4435 5 E. Perry St. exterior/interior Callawassie Island callawassieisland.com, 843.987.2143

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Garibaldi CafĂŠ City Market 120 Y Y N N N N Y Y garibaldisavannah.com, 912.232.7118 315 W. Congress St. The Gastonian Historic District 34 Y Y Y must book N Y Y N gastonian.com 220 E. Gaston St. entire inn 912.232.2869 (17 rooms) Georgia Historical Society Historic District 200 Y N choose Y N N Y N georgiahistory.com, 912.651.2125 x120 501 Whitaker St. from list Georgia State Railroad Museum Historic District 800 Y N Y Y N N Y Y chsgeorgia.org, 912.651.6823 601 W. Harris St. Grand Lake Club at Southbridge Southbridge 170 seated; Y Y N depends Y N Y Y grandlakesav.com/weddings, 912.233.2466 815 Southbridge Blvd. 250 standing on venue Hampton Hall Club Bluffton, S.C. 380 seated; Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y hamptonhallclubsc.com/weddings 170 Hampton Hall Blvd. 425+ standing 843.815.9336 Hampton Inn and Suites - Savannah Historic District 125 N N Y Y N Y Y N Downtown Historic District 201 MLK Jr. Blvd. savannahhistoricsuites.hamptoninn.com 912.721.1600

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Hampton Inn and Suites - Savannah Midtown 150 Y Y N ask N Y Y Y Midtown 20 Johnston St. stayinsavannah.com, 912.721.3700 The Harper Fowlkes House Historic District 120 Y N Y N N N Y Y* harperfowlkeshouse.com, 912.234.2180 230 Barnard St. Hilton Garden Inn - Savannah Historic District 60 N Y N food & Historic District 321 W. Bay St. bev. min. stayhgi.com, 912.721.5000

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Historic District 15 E. Liberty St.

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Hyatt Regency Savannah Historic District 600 Y Y N food & N Y Y Y savannahhyatt.com, 912.238.1234 2 W. Bay St. bev. min. Inn at Ellis Square Historic District 175 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N innatellissquare.com, 912.236.4440 201 W. Bay St. The Inn at Palmetto Bluff Bluffton, S.C. 175 Y Y N food & N Y Y Y palmettobluffresort.com, 843.706.6547 476 Mount Pelia Road bev. min. Isaiah Davenport House Museum davenporthousemuseum.org 912.236.8097

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The Jekyll Island Club Jekyll Island 330 Y Y N Y N Y Y Y jekyllclub.com, 912.635.2600 371 Riverview Drive (required) The Lake Club Hilton Head, S.C. 290 Y Y Y Y Y N Y N hiltonheadlakes.com, 843.208.2220 300 Harborside Drive Kehoe House Historic District 50 N N Y Y N Y Y N kehoehouse.com, 912.232.1020 123 Habersham St. The Mackey House Chatham Parkway 400 including house, Y Y Y Y N N Y Y*** 190 Red Gate Farm Trail garden & pavilion mackeyhouse.com, 912.234.7404 The Mansion on Forsyth Park Historic District 200 seated; Y Y N Y N Y Y Y mansiononforsythpark.com 700 Drayton St. 250 standing 912.238.5158 Marlin Monroe's Surfside Grill Tybee Island 150 Y Y N N N Y Y Y marlinmonroessurfsidegrill.com 404 Butler Ave. 912.786.4745 The Marshall House marshallhouse.com, 912.644.7896

Historic District 290 123 E. Broughton St.

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Massie Heritage Center Historic District 75 meeting room; Y; small N preferred N N N Y garden massieschool.com, 912.395.5070 207 E. Gordon St. 75 girls' garden; list area 75 boys' garden Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum mightyeighth.org, 912.748.8888

Pooler 175 Bourne Ave.

up to 600; Y Y 100 in chapel

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Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub & Grill Historic District 50 Y Y N maybe Y N Y limited macphersonspub.com, 912.239.9600 311 W. Congress St. Moon River Brewing Co. Historic District 125 N Y N Y N N N Y moonriverbrewing.com 21 W. Bay St. 912.447.0943 Ocean Plaza Beach Resort Tybee Island 220 Y Y N food & Y Y Y Y oceanplaza.com, 912.786.7777 1401 Strand Ave. bev. min. *Brick courtyard is used for dancing. ** Flagstone patio is used for dancing. *** Pavilion floor is used for dancing.

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Tybee Island Light Station Wedding Ceremonies ~ Wedding Receptions ~ Rehearsal Dinner ~ Engagements For more information call 1.912.786.5801 or email vikki@tybeelighthouse.org 30 Meddin Avenue Tybee Island, Ga. 31328 ~ www.mylighthousewedding.com Use promo code Savannah Weddings and book by 12/31/2014 and receive a 15% discount


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Oglethorpe Inn & Suites oglethorpeinn.com, 912.354.8560

Southside 75 in theater or Y 7110 Hodgson Mem. book the whole inn

Old Fort Jackson chsgeorgia.org, 912.232.3945

East Savannah 150; approx. 600 Y N Y Y N N Y For 150 1 Fort Jackson Road with rentals or less

The Olde Pink House 912.232.4286

Historic District 200+ 23 Abercorn St.

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Oldfield Club Okatie, S.C. 300 Y N N N N Y Y Y oldfield1732.com, 843.645.4600 130 Oldfield Way Ort Hall Historic District 70 seated N Y N Y N N Y N ladyandsons.com, 912.233.2600 112 W. Congress St. The Outdoor Inn Tybee Island 72 Y Y Y Y N Y N Y theoutdoorinn.com, 912.786.0328 1018 U.S. 80 E. Palmetto Coast Charters Tybee Island unlimited (beach, Y can be Y $1,000 N 912.786.5403 8 Logan St. lighthouse, boats) arranged for boat

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Historic District receptions at The Y Y Y Y N Y Y N 29 Abercorn St. Olde Pink House

Presidents’ Quarters Inn Historic District 32 Y N Y N, full inn N Y Y N presidentsquarters.com 225 E. President St. only 912.233.1600

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Red Bluff Plantation Hardeeville, S.C. unlimited exterior Y N Y Y N Y House N, N 545 Glasgow Landing grounds Y redbluffplantation.com 855.348.4375 Road The Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island galodges.com/lodges/reynolds/weddings 912.485.2299

Sapelo Island 100 Y Y Y Y N Y N Y 1766 Landing Road

Richmond Hill City Center richmondhillcitycenter.com 912.445.0043

Richmond Hill 400 Y Y N Y N N Y Y 520 Cedar St.

River Street Inn Historic District 72 Y Y N, with Y N Y Y Y riverstreetinn.com, 912.234.6400 124 E. Bay St. exceptions Ruth’s Chris Steak House Historic District 100 Y Y N varies N N Y with ruths-chris.com, 912.721.4800 111 W. Bay St. fee Savannah Beach Inn Bed and Breakfast Tybee Island 250+ Y Y choose N N Y N at B&B N savannahbeachinn.com 21 Officers Row from list Y at beach 800.844.1398 Savannah Civic Center Historic District 400 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y savannahcivic.com, 912.651.6550 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Savannah History Museum Historic District 80-100 Y Y N N N N Y Y chsgeorgia.org, 912.651.6825 303 MLK Jr. Blvd. Savannah International Trade & Convention Center savtcc.com, 912.447.4063

Hutchinson Island 1,000 1 International Drive

For Booking Information Call Maria Cortez

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Contact CHRIS WATERS to start planning your event today!

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Savannah Marriott Riverfront Historic District 1,000 Y Y N Y N Y Y Y marriott.com/savrf 100 General 912.233.7722 McIntosh Blvd. Savannah Quarters Country Club Pooler 200 interior; Y Y N Y N N Y Y savannahquarterscc.com 8 Palladian Way 400 exterior 912.450.2285 Savannah Riverboat Historic District 450-600 Y Y N N N N Y Y savannahriverboat.com 9 E. River St. 912.232.6404 Savannah Station Historic District 500 standing; Y choose N Y N/A N Y Y savannahstation.com 601 Cohen St. 350 seated from list 912.233.5400 Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum Historic District 320 seated in Y N Y N N N Y Y (William Scarbrough House and Gardens) 41 MLK Jr. Blvd. pavilion; 600 preferred shipsofthesea.org, 912.232.1511 standing list Skidaway Island State Park Southside 150 Y N Y Y N camping Y Y gastateparks.org/skidawayisland 52 Diamond only 912.598.2300 Causeway Telfair Museums telfair.org, 912.790.8879

Historic District 121 Barnard St.

850 at the Jepson Y Y Center

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Savannah Wedding

Whether you say “I do” in one of our beautiful historic squares or in one of many breathtaking nineteenth century downtown churches, the possibilities are endless in Savannah.

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Tybee Island Wedding Chapel LLC Tybee Island 120 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y tybeeweddingchapel.com 1112 U.S. 80 E. 912.786.9099 Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah 912.234.0980

Historic Downtown ceremony site only Y 311 E. Harris St.

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Villas by the Sea Resort Jekyll Island 80 Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y jekyllislandga.com 1175 N. Beachview 800.841.6262 Drive Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa Historic District 840 seated; Y Y N, unless food & westinsavannah.com 1 Resort Drive 1,600 standing special bev. min. 912.201.2000 needs

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The Whitman Savannah Historic District 125 Y Y Y N N Y N N TheWhitmanSavannah.com 611 Whitaker St. 912.373.8111 Wilmington Island Club Wilmington Island 235 seated w/dance Y Y N N N N Y Y wilmingtonislandclub.com 501 Wilmington floor; 300 standing 912.897.1612 Island Road Wormsloe Historic Site gastateparks.org/wormsloe 912.353.3023

Southside 7601 Skidaway Road

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Savannah Special Events by Ranco 912-944-6200 savannahspecialevents.com 1200 W. Bay St. 8115 Waters Ave. Page 101 EVENT PLANNERS Anne Hagin Events 912-856-3030 annehaginevents.com From This Day Forward Weddings & Events 912-675-1234 weddingsfromthisdayforward.com Page 15

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Ivory + Beau 912-200-4794 ivoryandbeau.com 7302 Abercorn St., Ste. 1B Page 17

FLORAL DESIGN Kato Floral Designs 912-508-1166 katoweddings.com Page 13

GIFTS/GIFT REGISTRIES Cottage Shop 912-233-3820 cottageshopgifts.com 2422 Abercorn St. Page 89 JEWELRY International Diamond Center 912-354-4344 shopidc.com 349 Mall Blvd. Page 8 PHOTOGRAPHY Angela Hopper Photography 912-898-7878 angelahopperphotography.com Clarus Photography 229-563-4959 clarusphotography.com Page 39 Dragonfly Photography 912-257-6057 dragonflyphotodesign.com 103 Parkside Blvd. Page 19

Greg Ceo, Savannah Wedding Photographer 912-238-5354 savannahweddingphoto.com greg@savannahweddingphoto.com The Happy Bloom 334-689-8779 thehappybloom.com Page 2 Hopkins Studios 912-308-7057 hopkinsstudios.com Pages 20-21

RESTROOMS Nature’s Calling Inc. 912-232-6187 naturescallinginc.com SALONS/MAKE-UP 40 Volume 912-352-0077 3307 Waters Ave. michelle@40volume.com Page 12 Brian Davis Salon 912-351-0600 5525 Abercorn St., Ste. 25 Page 41

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TRANSPORTATION Old Savannah Tours 912-234-8128/800-517-9007 oldsavannahtours.com Page 81 VENUES 10 Downing at Churchill’s Pub 912-232-8501 thebritishpub.com/banqueting 13 W. Bay St. Page 107 The Ballroom at the American Legion 912-233-9277/912-675-0246 alpost135.com 1108 Bull St. Page 39 Armstrong Center 912-344-2555 armstrong.edu/armstrongcenter 11935 Abercorn St. Page 73

Beachview Club 912-510-3800/877-782-7368 beachviewweddings.com 721 N. Beachview Drive Jekyll Island Page 85

Cha Bella and Earth to Table Catering 912-790-7888 cha-bella.com 120 East Broad St. Page 77

Jepson Center for the Arts 912-790-8800 telfair.org 207 W. York St. Page 35

Belford’s Savannah Seafood & Steaks 912-233-2626 belfordssavannah.com 315 W. St. Julian St. Page 103

Cohen's Retreat 912-355-3336 cohensretreat.com 5715 Skidaway Road

The Mackey House 912-234-7404 mackeyhouse.com 190 Red Gate Farms Trail Page 112

Bethesda Academy Campus Rentals 912-691-5294 bethesdarentals.org 9520 Ferguson Ave. Botanical Garden & 1840 Reinhard Farmhouse 912-355-3883 savannahbotanical.org 1388 Eisenhower Drive Brockington Hall 912-856-5117 brockingtonhall.com 213 E. Hall St. Page 110

Garden of the Coastal Plain at Georgia Southern 912-871-1149 georgiasouthern.edu/garden 1505 Bland Ave. (a few blocks from the main Georgia Southern University campus) Statesboro Page 47 The Harper Fowlkes House 912-234-2180 harperfowlkeshouse.com 230 Barnard St. (on Orleans Square)

The Melting Pot 912-349-5676 meltingpot.com 232 W. Broughton St. Page 25 National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force 912-748-8888 mightyeighth.org 175 Bourne Ave., Pooler Page 106 The Olde Pink House 912-232-4286 23 Abercorn St. Page 7

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Ort Hall 912-233-2600 ladyandsons.com 112 W. Congress St. Page 1

Ruth’s Chris Steak House 912-721-4800 ruthschris.com 111 W. Bay St. Page 93

Owens-Thomas House 912-790-8800 telfair.org 124 Abercorn St. Page 35

Savannah Quarters Country Club 912-450-2285 savannahquarterscc.com 8 Palladian Way, Pooler Page 99

Red Bluff Plantation 855-348-4375 redbluffplantation.com 545 Glasgow Landing Road Hardeeville, S.C. Inside back cover Richmond Hill City Center 912-445-0043 richmondhillcitycenter.com 520 Cedar St., Richmond Hill Page 93 The River House 912-234-1900

Savannah Riverboat Cruises 800-786-6404 savannahriverboat.com 9 E. River St. Page 100 Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum William Scarbrough House and Gardens 912-232-1511 shipsofthesea.org 41 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (between Broughton and Congress streets)

Telfair Academy 912-790-8800 telfair.org 121 Barnard St. Page 35 Tybee Island Light Station and Museum 912-786-5801 tybeelighthouse.org 30 Meddin Drive, Tybee Island Page 95 Tybee Wedding Chapel 800-786-5889 tybeeweddingchapel.com 1114 U.S. 80, Tybee Island Inside front cover Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah 912-234-0980 uusavannah.org/weddings 311 E. Harris St. Page 108 Wilmington Island Club 912-897-1612, ext. 101 wilmingtonislandclub.com 501 Wilmington Island Road Page 105

VENUES/ ACCOMMODATIONS Callawassie Island 843-987-2161 callawassieisland.com 20 Callawassie Club Drive, Okatie, S.C. Page 72 Hyatt Regency Savannah 912-238-1234 savannah.hyatt.com 2 W. Bay St. Page 96 Inn at Ellis Square 912-944-3286 912-236-4440 Ext. 286 877-542-7666 innatellissquare.com 201 W. Bay St. Page 17 The Planters Inn 912-232-5678/800-554-1187 plantersinnsavannah.com 29 Abercorn St. Page 85

presidentsquarters.com 225 E. President St. Page 13 StayInSavannah.com 912-721-6013 Page 101 The Whitman 912-704-6233 thewhitmansavannah.com 611 Whitaker St. Page 34 and 89 WEIGHT LOSS True Balance MD 912-401-0449 truebalancemd.com 200 Stephenson Ave., Ste. 302 Page 105 Wannabefit Certified Health Coach Wendy Hoersting 912-660-9395 wannabefit.ichooseoptimalhealth.com Page 108

The Presidents’ Quarters Inn 912-233-1600/800-233-1776

Specializing in Wedding Cakes, Groom’s Cakes and Dessert Tables.

Every dessert is made-from-scratch with the freshest ingredients and love to meet your individual needs. 912.661.2662 • flirtwithdessert.org 205 G • Johnny Mercer Blvd.

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