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C A R LY A R N W I N E

Fall/Winter 2016-17 Vol. 9, No. 2

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REAL WEDDINGS 54 Black and White and Glam All Over

After a fairytale proposal, a bride and groom make sure their destination wedding is equally spectacular.

58 From Brooklyn With Love

A New York couple merges big-city chic with Southern sweet for a timelessly elegant day.

62 Tricks and Treats

A Halloween fête bedazzles with a harvest-infused theme, tarot card reader, love potions and plenty of enchanting moments.

66 Muchas Felicidades, Y’all!

A Savannah couple finds eclectic inspo in their Latin roots and their new Southern digs.

78 High Drama

An actress and a musician co-star in an old Hollywood wedding, set beneath Savannah’s Spanish moss.

The Look of Love 112 Pages of Inspiration from Sweet to Chic

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70 Making History

A storied location and heirloom touches bring a lovely warmth to this Lowcountry winter wedding.

74 Natural Beauty

An enchanting wedding takes place in one of Savannah’s most picturesque squares.

13 Real-life Local Weddings

82 An Island Homecoming

In the serene beauty of Daufuskie Island, a Southern pair celebrates life, love and family.

86 Love Wins

A wedding contest celebrating marriage equality brings an exquisite Savannah celebration to one lucky couple.

20 Creative Gifts for Your One and Only 152 Perfect Spots to Tie the Knot

On the Cover

Photography: Justin Brown, The Happy Bloom Producer/stylist: Alysse Sweeney, Design Studio South Models: Sam Wilds and Bow Smith Hair and makeup: Wicked Lulu Gown: Hayley Paige, Ivory and Beau Floral design: August Floral and Event Design Location: Bethesda Academy

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DEPARTMENTS 21 Something New

Make it personal with his-andher gifts handpicked by our editors, then meet four event artists who help make Savannah weddings sparkle.

34 Local Love Stories

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Allow us to introduce you to four Savannah couples who marry tradition and trend for singular celebrations.

42 Divine Details

Fire up the food truck for a delightfully different kind of rehearsal, reception or celebration.

44 Instant Inspiration

A bold and beautiful bridal luncheon. An ethereal marshside ceremony. Our guest stylists show you how to stage a stunning event in the Hostess City.

92 A Warm Reception

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Short of choosing your spouse, your venue may be the singlemost important wedding decision you will make. Get the details here to help you plan your day.

102 Sacred Spaces

When it comes to saying your eternal vows, this coastal city boasts a host of ceremony locations.

112 Ever After

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A PLACE FOR US THIS ISSUE OF SavannahWeddings marks my first as this magazine’s editor. Now with one under my belt, I can say with all honesty that it is an honor to share the stories of local and destination couples who have chosen our beautiful and romantic city to make a lifetime commitment to one another. I share their passion for the ruffles of Spanish moss spilling like fringe from our canopy, the quiet rustle of marsh grass at the river’s edge, the dramatic centuries-old architecture circling the squares, the creative energy that thrums on heat waves. Those are just a few of the reasons why my husband and I chose Savannah for part of our honeymoon along the Georgia coast—and what drew us to move here a few years after many subsequent visits. As I worked with Sarah Taylor Asquith, our new features editor, to pull the Fall/Winter 2016 edition together, I couldn’t help but recall the memories surrounding my own wedding, held on the banks of Biscayne Bay 14 years ago. The first time I stepped foot on The Barnacle, an urban state park where the historic and unusual octagonal-shaped home of the first commodore of the Coconut Grove Sailing Club sits, I knew deep in my bones that I would marry there—even though I had not yet met the man who would become my husband. A surprise, unnamed tropical storm had me trapped beneath a thatch-roofed hut as white caps beat against the boathouse dock. It was scary and exciting all at once—kind of like saying, “I do.” I had a sense at that moment that “this was the one.” It took another four years before I met “the one.” I showed him the park not long after he proposed. The fact that he got the specialness of the place only confirmed we were made for each other.

I read somewhere that the birth of a child reminds us that God is not yet finished with us—but I think that marriage is just as powerful a sign that love prevails, that we are so much more together than we are apart. Through this magazine, we are privileged to enter the most tender and meaningful moments of other peoples’ lives. These moments are vulnerable and joyful and packed with emotion. Jennifer Abshire’s retelling of her wedding to florist John Davis (p. 38) this past spring still gives me goosebumps. The stories behind their proposal, the engagement ring, the deeply personal ceremony at Dorchester Church in Midway … well, I’m getting verklempt all over again. I feel the same when I see the pictures and read the stories of the brides and grooms I’ve never met—the ones who are drawn to our glorious city on the river to make a promise. I read somewhere that the birth of a child reminds us that God is not yet finished with us—but I think that marriage is just as powerful a sign that love prevails, that we are so much more together than we are apart. Thanks for joining us and read on,

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1. Emily McCarthy

Since launching her brand 12 years ago, Emily McCarthy has designed everything from wallpaper and stationery to china and linens. She and her family reside in Savannah, where Emily opened her first boutique on Abercorn Street in April. For “Ladies who Lunch” (page 48), she brought a bridal luncheon to life with her signature cheerful flair. Behind the scenes: “From the heat to the random rain showers, there is no ‘predictable day’ in Savannah. On the day of this shoot, we were darting around avoiding rain and even had our shoppe hostess and marketing mistress taking turns holding an umbrella over our photographer.”  My own big day: “We were the sixth generation of my husband’s family to get married in Savannah’s Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, so our wedding was very traditional. We brought in subtle signature touches with bits of Tiffany blue mixed in with the crisp white decor. My favorite part was our sendoff by boat from the Westin overlooking downtown Savannah. It was such a beautiful moment of gratitude and excitement.” 

2. Izzy Hudgins

It’s hard to keep track, but Izzy Hudgins guestimates that she’s photographed about 100 weddings,

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including two in this issue (“Muchas Feliciadades, Y’all!” page 54; “Black and White and Glam All Over,” page 58). Izzy moved to Savannah from Durham, North Carolina to study photography at SCAD and has called this city home ever since. Why I heart wedding photography: “It’s both sentimentally and aesthetically fulfilling as an artist. I love being with people on one of the best days of their lives. Being able to document and share their sweetest moments is a gift.” My own big day: “We got married in a small coastal town in North Carolina at a beautiful bed and breakfast inn, where we stayed for the entire weekend with our wedding party. Obviously, the photos were very important! My great friend and photography mentor, Julie Roberts, photographed our wedding, and a few years later, I photographed hers. It was a magical full-circle moment.”

3. Ariel Felton

A native of Byron, Georgia, Ariel Felton received a B.F.A. in English from Valdosta State University and an M.F.A. in writing from SCAD. In this issue, she delved into the details of two Savannah weddings (“Natural Beauty,” page 66; “Black and White and Glam All Over,” page 58).

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Greatest part about interviewing brides and grooms: “When I first contact them to tell them their wedding was chosen for the magazine. The brides are always so excited and sometimes start answering questions before I’ve asked them anything!” Best wedding ever: “I went to one that was held on a huge gazebo in the middle of Banks Lake. They decorated the pier with flowers and ribbon, and sat matching chairs around the perimeter of the gazebo.”

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major in religion and philosophy. It’s easy to find so many examples in the world of how religion divides us, but, in my view, it ought to unite us.”

5. Alysse Sweeny  

The owner and designer of Design Studio South, Alysse Sweeny has orchestrated nearly 200 events in Savannah. For this issue, she and her team dreamt up a whimsical wedding bash (“Enchanted Garden,” page 48) replete with a starry-eyed couple, gold-flecked wine and a magnificent tree garland in ombré blooms.

4. Beverly Willett

The coolest part about wedding design: “Creating something out of nothing. You begin with an empty venue or plot of land and add element on top of element until you’ve created a fabulous fête. It can be a very emotional experience—I often well up when I see everyone having so much fun in the beautiful space we made.”

Words to live by: “You expect ministers to be wise, yet I still felt overwhelmed by their wisdom. I came out of each interview feeling personally uplifted. Knowing that so many couples are in good hands here in Savannah was so heartening.”

The most challenging part about wedding design: “It’s probably when I have to predict the weather and make the rain call. With so much natural beauty in Savannah, most of our clients want to get married outdoors. We wholeheartedly support this idea, but when those dark clouds move in, so does our stress! Making the rain call seriously takes years off my life.”

A Savannah transplant by way of New York, Beverly Willett has written extensively about marriage in publications including The New York Times, Salon, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast and The New York Post. In “So Happy Together” (page 30), Beverly quizzed four local ministers on the secrets to a healthy marriage.

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Since you’re about to get married to the love of your life, we asked several

Savannah boutiques to share gift ideas that are thoughtful, creative and cool—just like your one and only. By Sarah Taylor Asquith | Photos by Katie McGee

“A personalized gift like this becomes an heirloom that a bride will want to keep forever.” —Claire Reeve, co-owner, Number Four Eleven Handkerchief, $32, including custom monogram

“This hardstone cameo, circa 1910, is such a sentimental piece. The gray coloring and exquisite filigree makes it very unusual.” —Stephanie Stroud, designer and managing partner, 37th at Abercorn Antiques and Design Cameo with 14K white-gold filigree, $1,250

“In a time of great transition, ‘Love Anchors the Soul’ is a beautiful sentiment, bringing a simple comfort to newlyweds.” —Anissa Manzo, owner, Urban Poppy Fringe’s statement dish, $18 at Urban Poppy, and John Derian’s maritime dishes, $66 and $48, at Paris Market

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“A modern take on traditional pearls, Mabé blister pearls form when the pearl grows against the side of the shell and they fuse together.” —Zia Sachedina, owner, Zia Boutique Blister pearl necklace, $449

“Any bride would love to be served breakfast on a vintage silverplate gallery tray!” —Paula Danyluk, owner, Paris Market Galvanized tray, $175


“Our first-edition copy of The Savannah is a great regional history, while The Water is Wide is the first book by southern writer Pat Conroy. Reading it, you can’t help but fall in love with the Lowcountry.” —Jodi Saxon, owner, The Book Lady Bookstore Signed copies of “The Savannah” (1951), $80, and “The Water is Wide” (1972), $150

“These are handmade in Charleston with real feathers. Each is a one-of-a-kind mini piece of art.” —Kieffer Parker, co-owner, J Parker Ltd. Brackish’s plume thicket pins, $55 each

“A must for an elegant, well-stocked bar and the design enhances a good pour.” —Beverley C. Reynolds, owner, The Cottage Shop Vagabond House’s decanter, $146.50

“This video camera is similar to the one JFK used to capture special moments at home with his family.” —Stephanie Stroud, designer and managing partner, 37th at Abercorn Antiques and Design Bolex Paillard’s camera, circa 1950s, $145

“The perfect gift for someone who means the world to you! The globe came from a public school in the 1950s and was later turned into a pendant light.” —Jim H. Plumlee, owner, Picker Joe’s Antique Mall Globe pendant, $175

“This tournament size set is made by hand in the USA and covered in furniture-grade cork imported from Portugal. Like leather, cork ages and evolves over time.” —Lynda Sylvester, owner, Sylvester and Co. Limited-edition backgammon set, $795

“A collector’s item, this knife is made from woolly mammoth fossil. What’s higher on the food chain than a woolly mammoth?” —Lowell Kronowitz, president, Levy Jewelers William Henry’s knife with steel blade, Citrine gemstones and handle inlaid with 10,000year-old fossil of woolly mammoth tooth, $1,650

“What groom doesn’t want a flask? These are great gifts for hunters, fishermen—anyone, really.” —Kieffer Parker, co-owner, J Parker Ltd. Smathers & Branson’s flasks, $65 each

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Meet the Deejay & Planner

CHE BELLO! NO OFFENSE TO TOASTERS AND silverware and fluffy towels, but they don’t exactly get the heart racing when it comes to wedding registries. Yet custom pottery that’s handmade by a family of artisans in a medieval Italian town? Now that’s a different story. Enter Bottega Bellini, a whimsical shop in Savannah’s Downtown Design District that’s devoted to all things Italian. Owned by Ashley Kubista and her mother Janet, they opened the store in 2014. “Italy is my family’s passion,” says Ashley. “We’ve traveled there for years, and I lived and studied in Florence. Then when my mom met Giampietro Rampini, all the pieces came together for our store.” Rampini is a renowned artist in Gubbio, a majestic town located in Italy’s Umbria region. His father taught him how to throw and paint pottery, and now Rampini—who has created personal work for none other than Pope Francis, according to Ashley— runs his workshop with help from his wife, daughter, cousins and nieces. They customcreated a full line of ceramics for Bottega Bellini, including dishware, platters, pitchers, wine canisters and urns. Many of the pieces are made to order, which is the exact

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idea behind the store’s new wedding registry. Beginning this fall, couples can visit the boutique for a registry consultation, choosing from Bottega Bellini’s 26 existing designs— hydrangeas, crabs, peaches and so on—or, better yet, they can dream up original patterns featuring basically anything, from names, dates and phrases to iconic motifs and special somethings. (Custom orders take up to 16 weeks for completion.) In addition to Rampini’s pottery, the shop imports an extensive range of small-batch Italian goods. Think linens, oils, pasta, coffee and biscotti, as well as hand-blown Murano glass from Venice and leather handbags from Florence. “Sometimes Italian tourists come in and tell me our store feels like Italy,” says Ashley. “That is the best compliment!” —Sarah Taylor Asquith

Best love song: Al Green’s “I’m Still in Love with You.” It’s timeless! Most-requested song: “Uptown Funk” is still really popular, and so are the slide dances—the “Cupid Shuffle” and the “Wobble.” Tip from the deejay: Not every wedding ceremony has to have “Canon in D.” Choose music you heard on your first date or the night of your proposal to make your ceremony uniquely yours. There are violin or piano versions of almost every song out there. Tip from the wedding planner: Book your venue before you set your date. You might have your heart set on a location that isn’t available the day you want to get married. Get to know: I Thee Film wedding videography, owned by Bert Jolley and Tim Kurtz. Many couples overlook the importance of having a videographer at their wedding, but think of a video like a feature film that’s all about you!

Crab bowl, $166, and place settings from $54 to $68. Bottega Bellini, 413 Whitaker St., 912-231-3518, bottegabellini.com

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Biggest trend in wedding food: We’re getting a lot of requests for green weddings. People want their events to be eco-friendly with local, farm-to-table ingredients.

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UNPLUGGED IN THIS AGE OF TECH ADDICTION, each moment—big or small—can be documented and posted for the entire world to see within seconds. So why are some couples choosing to host their weddings unplugged? “They want their guests to actually experience the wedding,” Justin Brown, wedding photographer and co-owner of The Happy Bloom says. “Not view it through a 4-inch-by2-inch rectangle.”

pictures before the ceremony, the background of a photo showing several people staring at screens and possibly the worst of all, a loud obnoxious ringtone right as the couple says their “I dos.” If an unplugged wedding sounds right for you, there are several ways to have your guests cooperate without feeling like they’ve been told what to do. Place a friendly line in the wedding program or have the officiant make an

“When I’m trying to get a picture of the bride walking down the aisle, so is everyone else. My shot is ruined because grandma is leaning in the aisle with a huge iPad!” Not only do couples want guests to experience the beauty of a carefully planned ceremony, but guests with cellphones have also been known to get in the way of a professional photographer, both angling for the perfect shot. “When I’m trying to get a picture of the bride walking down the aisle, so is everyone else,” says Wendy Norman, wedding photographer and owner of Apt. B Photography. “My shot is ruined because grandma is leaning in the aisle with a huge iPad!” The list of wedding horror stories continues—bridesmaids posting dress

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announcement. Some couples have a designated photoshoot at the altar before asking guests to put phones away for the remainder of the ceremony. “I’ve been to a high-profile wedding where phones were actually confiscated at the door,” said wedding planner Joshua Grotheer. “For non-celebrity couples, that might be a bit much. But it’s your day—your guests should respect your wishes regardless!” —Ariel Felton

Secret ingredient: We always make sure to bring along a really nice bouquet of herbs like rosemary, lavender, mint, thyme, sage, basil and lemon balm. We use them in the drinking water, on the passing trays and, of course, in the food. Try this: Candied local bacon on a stick is great for appetizers, dessert or a late-night snack. A Savannah wedding menu isn’t complete without: Fresh seafood. Wild Georgia shrimp, crabs, oysters, seabass—we have an ocean right at our doorstep. Get to know: The Rev. Steve Shulte, who is always stylish and has such a positive vibe. He’s the busiest wedding officiant in Savannah! Best shot: “Here is a grilled bacon-wrapped filet made with local produce. We are all about presentation and using local herbs from our garden.” ▼


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My trick to making a couple feel comfortable: Couples really want to connect with the vendors, especially the photographer because we spend so much time with them, so I like to tell jokes and have fun all day when shooting.

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percent discount on any purchases made during a Color Bar party. In more Kendra Scott news, this fall she’s launching an exclusive line of bridal jewelry, comprised of new designs along with her mostrequested wedding styles through the years. —Sarah Taylor Asquith

Digital vs. film: I shoot plenty of digital, but my heart is definitely with film—there is no other feeling like it in the world. Film can do things that digital can never match. It has an intangible quality, a real artistry. The mystery of not knowing what you captured until the film comes back from the lab is breathtaking. I still get butterflies before photographing anything on film. A Savannah wedding shoot isn’t complete without: A chance to have your portraits taken at Wormsloe Plantation. It’s a magical place that will forever be imprinted in your memories of Savannah.

Top: necklace, $130, and earrings, $50. Below: earrings, $70, and bracelet, $65. Kendra Scott, 311 W. Broughton St., 912-335-4938, kendrascott.com

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MANY BRIDES ARE OFTEN FACED WITH a planning conundrum: Dictate what your bridesmaids will wear or give them carte blanche? Jewelry designer Kendra Scott, who opened a boutique on Broughton Street in January, has discovered a happy medium: Color Bar parties. For free of charge—yes, you read that correctly—brides are invited to host a jewelry-designing soirée at the store, where they can give their bridesmaids as much or as little direction as they please. From there, everyone sips champagne (complimentary!) and customizes away, creating earrings, necklaces, bracelets or rings right there on the spot. Using a large touch screen, first you tap the style (there are dozens upon dozens of choices here), then the metal (gold, rose gold or silver) and lastly the stones (21 natural options, from rose quartz to pyrite to chalcedony). And just like that, a staff member assembles the piece before your very eyes. Prices range from $50 to $200, with a 15

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What’s the secret to a healthy marriage once the honeymoon is over? God only knows.

That’s why we took our questions to the closest we could get: three reverends and a rabbi. YOU’VE BEEN PLANNING FOR MONTHS, maybe years, and the big day has finally come and gone. The wedding went off without a hitch, and the honeymoon was pure bliss. Now what? Well, you start the rest of your life—together. And if you’re like most couples, that new life will include lots of real-talk, countless arguments, a tricky work-family balance and, of course, the expectations of in-laws. No one here in Savannah has met more couples than our local ministers, so we asked four of them for their advice to newlyweds as they begin to, as Prince once said, “get through this thing called life.”

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Rev. J. Sierra Wilkinson Reyes: Communicate With Respect “Unlike the perfect visual of a wedding, marriage is messy,” says Rev. Wilkinson Reyes, assistant rector of Christ Church Episcopal. “The reality is you bring your life story with you to marriage, which has a way of bubbling up unconsciously in your new home.” Rev. Wilkinson stresses that there are several key components to


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a healthy relationship: 1) Avoid secrets that erode your inner life and can, in turn, become toxic to your marriage. 2) Always turn toward each other instead of away. 3) Don’t compare your marriage to anyone else’s. “Comparison is the threat to joy,” she says. “Every marriage is different.” As for her most important piece of advice? “Always choose kindness,” she says, adding that it’s important to remember that your relationship should trump “always being right.”

Rev. Scottie Swinney: Defuse Anger What do married couples argue about most? According to Rev. Swinney, senior pastor of Saint Philip African Methodist Episcopal Church, the answer is threefold: “Money, in-laws and not being appreciated,” he says. Indeed, each one can be a thorny subject, which is why Rev. Swinney stresses that, from the beginning of a relationship, “You should be willing to have a conversation about your anger.” He’s a big proponent of couples seeking help from a counselor or minister, if necessary—one reason why he believes couples should attend premarital workshops to role-play and identify potential hotspots in the relationship. “Know beforehand the things that will escalate the conversation,” he says. Relationship expert Dr. John Gottman has determined through research that conversations beginning with criticism, sarcasm and contempt almost never end well.

“I’ve spent lots of time with people at the end of their lives and nobody has ever said, ‘I wish I’d spent more time at work.’”

WHAT TO ASK BEFORE YOU SAY “I DO” 1. How has your own family influenced your attitudes and behaviors in both positive and negative ways? 2. Can you be open and honest with your partner about everything? 3. When conflict arises, do you shut down or react with anger? 4. If you’re prone to anger, do you have a go-to method for cooling off? 5. How important is your career? 6. Do you want children and, if so, how many and how soon, and how do you want to raise them? 7. How important is money? 8. What are your core values? 9. Do you get along with your own parents and your soon-to-be in-laws, and can you identify potential difficulties ahead of time? 10. Are you willing to spend your whole life with the person you’re about to marry?

“The relationship has to come first,” he adds. “If I allow my job to take priority, then that says it’s more important.” Rev. Worley offers several tangible ways to prioritize your relationship: Put date night on your calendar and stick to it like any other appointment, take vacations in which you unplug from technology, and include your spouse in discussions about your career. “If they feel left out, they’ll feel resentful,” he says.

Rabbi Robert Haas: Embrace Your In-Laws Lastly, Rev. Swinney encourages couples not to dredge up the past if they’ve already put it to rest, and to preface difficult subjects by assuring your spouse that you’ve pondered the issue and don’t intend to be hurtful. Simply put? “Fight fairly,” he says.

Rev. Dale Worley: Balance Home Life and Work “I’ve spent lots of time with people at the end of their lives and nobody has ever said, ‘I wish I’d spent more time at work,’” says Rev. Worley of Unity of Savannah. On the flip side, he says plenty of people have told him that they regret not having more time with their spouse.

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Like stepmothers, in-laws often get a bad rap. “But in-laws who are supportive and caring and easy to get along with help the marriage run more smoothly,” says Rabbi Haas of Mickve Israel. And he should know since he’s a newlywed himself. His own parents are deceased, but his face lights up when he speaks of his wife’s parents. “We get along very well,” he says. “It makes life even better.” Still, he understands that things with the in-laws get tricky. In such situations, Rabbi Haas advises having a conversation with your own parents, especially if you think they’re treating your spouse unfairly. Also, he says, “Balance is key,” so be open to compromise and know that if you can take a step back, often times the kinks can iron themselves out. And if all else fails, Rabbi Haas reminds us of a certain in-law bonus: “Free babysitting!” S


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Four local and recognizable couples illuminate the many and varied ways of saying “I do” in the Hostess City of the South.

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The big day: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 Ceremony and reception: Savannah Golf Club Event designer: Anne Bone, Anne Bone Events Photographer: Kelli Boyd, Kelli Boyd Photography, kelliboydphotography.com IT’S A SIGN. Newlyweds John and Sarah commemorated their special day with a sweetly rustic memento fashioned by JLeslie Designs. After 11 months of planning, the couple reveled in the joy of the occasion. “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” Sarah advises. “You won’t remember those tiny details years from now, but you will remember all of your family and friends there, celebrating with you.” Bride’s Martina Liana gown, Bleubelle; earrings, Kendra Scott Color Bar; groom’s Brackish bowtie and suit, J. Parker Ltd; hair and makeup by Shear Elegance Salon; flowers, John Davis Florist PICTURE THIS. Artist Elaine Oye Burge painted the wedding scene

at the Savannah Golf Club en plein air in real time. It was just one of the special touches that Sarah and John employed to capture the festive atmosphere. Videography by I Thee Film

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Colleen Heine and Zachary Smith The big day: Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 Ceremony and reception: The Wyld Dock Bar Photographer: Geoff L. Johnson, geoffsphotos.com

RIVER OF DREAMS. Avid outdoor enthusiasts, Zach and Colleen tapped the breezy setting along Herb Creek to say their vows, while guests watched from the restaurant above. Zach’s uncle built the driftwood arbor and a groomsman anchored his sailboat (just out of view along the floating dock), which made for a “unique late-night lounge.” Bride’s Nicole Miller gown, Bleubelle; abalone shell appliqué, Urban Poppy; bespoke veil, handmade by mother of the bride; hair and makeup, Salon Della Vita; groom’s attire, RRL by Ralph Lauren; flowers, Leslie Geer, Greenware Design. BEAUTIFUL MUSIC. As one half of the Savannah-based band The Accomplices, Zach and Colleen’s ceremony and reception were filled with music long past sundown. “We most definitely harnessed the talents of our family and friends, which made for a memorable and one-of-a-kind communal celebration,” says Colleen. fall/winter 2016-17 savannah weddings

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Angelina Lane and Sean Pelliccione

The big day: Saturday, May 21, 2016 Ceremony and reception: Savannah Yacht Club Event planner: Design Studio South Photographer: Teresa Earnest, Teresa Earnest Photography, teresaearnestphotography.com BLUSH AND BASHFUL. Savannah magazine’s very own

Lane Linahan, now Pelliccione, was full of effervescent joy as she met her betrothed, Sean, halfway down the grassy aisle of the Savannah Yacht Club. Beneath an ages-old oak and surrounded by family and friends, they pledged forever, then retreated indoors just as the rains came for a dance party powered by tunes from VooDoo Soup and Turtle Folk—and a surprise serenade by the groom. Bridal gown, Maggie Sottero Designs; bride’s hair and makeup, Katie Camacho, Salon Aqua; bridesmaids’ dresses, Bari Jay; bridesmaids’ hair and makeup, Eve Capacelatro, B Street Salon; groom’s and groomsmen attire attire, J. Parker Ltd. and Jos. A. Banks

IN FULL BLOOM. The glorious riverside setting was made

only more beautiful by the abundant flowers. Maria Kato of Kato Floral Designs created exquisite bouquets full of roses, peonies and greenery for the wedding party and ceremony, as well as an elegant and eye-catching arrangement dripping from the reception-area chandelier—it was her personal gift to the bride and groom.

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The big day: Saturday, May 28, 2016 Ceremony and reception: Dorchester Church and Dorchester Hunting Preserve Event designers: John Davis and Trish Windom Photographer: John Alexander, John Alexander Photography, johnalexanderphotography.com BEST FRIENDS: Savannah native and in-demand florist John Davis has been beautifying Savannah weddings for so many years, it’s no wonder friends and family pitched in to make his and Jennifer Abshire’s big day so sweetly personal. Even John’s dog Bear stood up for the groom, in a bowtie handmade by John’s mom. Oleg Cassini wedding gown, David’s Bridal; hair and makeup, Monica McMasters, B Street Salon; groom’s customtailored suit, J. Parker Ltd.; Cole Haan shoes LOVE NEVER FAILS: When John and Jennifer began dating, the bride recalls, he took her to the rustic Dorchester Church in Midway, near the place where his family spent their summers. He told her this was the church where he wanted to be buried, “and I said, ‘This should be where we get married!’” Flowers, John Davis Florist; cake, Mollie Stone, Mollie Cakes

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Get your guests fired up about party fare with Savannah’s own pizza-wielding food truck. By Sarah Taylor Asquith | Photography by Teresa Earnest

A SAVANNAH WEDDING just isn’t a Savannah wedding without a Lowcountry boil or a barbecue station, but Kay Heritage and Sunju Pitts could be out to change that. The longtime friends, who were both born in South Korea and raised their families in Savannah, are the co-founders of Big Bon, this city’s first and only food truck with a wood-fired pizza oven on board—a 4,200-pound Marra Forni brick oven imported from Italy, built in Maryland and shipped to Savannah where it was forklifted onto an 18-foot-long, stainless-steel kitchen trailer. This beaut of an operation is pulled by a 1995 Ford pickup, which Kay’s husband Kevin custom-painted tomato-red to match the oven’s tile dome. If and when Savannah’s food truck ordinance passes (see sidebar), Big Bon may become a sidewalk fixture, but right now, Kay and Sunju have their hearts set on catering parties, namely weddings. It’s a simple—and a delectable—idea: Big Bon rolls onto the scene and

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the duo gets down to business, prepping and baking away. There are hors d’oeuvres (skewered Caprese, bruschetta, avocado hummus and flatbread), salads (Greek, Caesar, chopped) and, of course, pizzas, any of which can be made-to-order by the bride and groom. “Well-prepared, thought-out food is an expression of our love for people,” says Kay (in photo, above), who has worked as a caterer in Savannah for 20-plus years. “We could have made any kind of pizza but we thought, if we’re going to do something, let’s do it well. Savannah deserves the best.” Indeed, Kay and Sunju have left no detail unturned, right down to the highly considered ingredients in their 12-inch pizzas, which are baked Neopolitan-style at 800 degrees Fahrenheit. The dough is made with four ingredients—water, yeast, salt and flour—and the sauce with only two—imported canned plum tomatoes run through the food mill with a dash of sea salt.


“We fell in love with the simplicity of the Naples style,” says Kay. “We have the strong foundation of the crust and the sauce, and we bring in our own spin with the toppings.” They developed recipes such as the Korean Mama Bon pizza, an ode to their heritage with pork Bulgogi, kimchi, fresh mozzarella, cilantro and Sriracha. There’s also a gluten-free Bon, a Baby Bon for kids and the Luna Bon, which is already a fan favorite at the Heritage and Pitts households. Topped with roasted potatoes and bacon, it’s then drizzled with whipped ricotta and truffle oil. Kay and Sunju source most of the ingredients from local farmers and butchers, yet the Georgia yellow pine wood that fuels their oven might be the most indigenous element of all. It’s harvested and split by Kevin, Kay’s husband and “resident lumberjack,” right outside their home that sits on seven acres of land. Long before Big Bon came to be, Kevin, an engineer, was building giant bonfires in their backyard, hence the name. “His bonfires have always been very elaborate,” says Kay with a laugh. “He’s all about the aerodynamics of the burning wood—he would build the fires 6- or 7-feet high and say, ‘Now that’s a big bon!’” Kay and Kevin’s 21-year-old daughter Anna, aka Big Bon’s marketing director and “hashtag queen,” chimes in: “Growing up, we gave Dad so much crap because he kept using abbreviations for his fires, so we nicknamed him Big Bon. We’d be like, ‘Big Bon is at it again, he’s building his third fire of the week!’” While Kevin helms the mechanics of the business and Anna serves as networker, Kay and Sunju have been deep in pizza research. They traveled to Las Vegas for the International Pizza Expo and to Chicago for an intensive course from the famed pizza master Gianni Gallucci, head chef at Forno Rosso. Kay and Sunju estimate that they have prepared more than a thousand pizzas during the past year alone—and they’re just getting started. “Korean moms are always feeding people,” says Sunju. “Whoever comes to my house, they have to be full before they leave. We have a greeting in Korea that translates to, ‘Hello, have you eaten?’ Food is in our heart.” S

The city of Savannah has been involved in food truck legislation for years now, restricting restaurants-on-wheels from setting up anywhere other than catered events or food truck festivals. But as of press time, a new city ordinance is in the process of being approved, and if all goes as planned, food trucks will be permitted in zoned areas throughout Savannah, including several parks. According to Ryan Giannoni, president of the Savannah Food Truck Association, there are currently 14 local food trucks. Fingers crossed, we’ll be meeting and eating with them soon. Divine Eatery: American classics including hot dogs, fries, wings and waffles. Frankie and Flynn: Paninis and sandwiches. Molly MacPherson’s: Scottish pub food from the restaurant by the same name. Mr. Deviled Crab Man: Deviled crab and Cajun food. Navigator Grill: College-style eats (chili dogs, cheesesteaks, funnel cakes) from Armstrong University. The Naked Dog: Eisenberg beef hotdogs and Repicci's Italian Ice. Dark Shark Taco Attack: Creative tacos including “jerk fried fish” and “Korean pulled pork and kimchi.” Groovy Dudes Pops: Handmade, all-natural popsicles. Rollin’ Smoke: Barbecue with homemade sauces and rubs. PK Café Truck: Gourmet food from local caterer Paul Kennedy. Kona Ice: Traditional shaved ice from the Savannah franchise. 520 Wings: Chicken wings and burgers from the restaurant by the same name. Psycho Circus: Nachos, fries, popcorn and sweets served by clowns, zombies and ghouls. Roy’s Nutz and Buttz: Boiled peanuts and smoked meats.

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With an air of relaxed sophistication plus flowers and greenery galore, Savannah wedding designer

Alysse Sweeney created a whimsical set piece that could make even a fairy swoon. WHEN SAVANNAH WEDDINGS MAGAZINE ASKED Alysse Sweeney, the owner and designer of Design Studio South, to conceive her dream autumnal wedding, she quickly decided to take the look in a fanciful, ethereal direction. “We wanted to combine elements of Savannah with a European tone,” says Alysse. “Everything has an organic feel in that it’s not overly styled and is also a little bit moody.”

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The theme was centered around nature: An exquisite ombré garland festooned a giant oak tree, the bride carried a supersized bouquet of greenery, and loose blooms were haphazardly scattered over the dining table. “These days, brides are being more careful with their spending and want to capitalize on one really strong idea,” says Alysse. “They focus on a few key elements and make sure to do them right. There’s no need to go extravagant on every single item.”


Styling: Design Studio South Photography: Justin Brown, The Happy Bloom Location: Bethesda Academy Flowers: August Floral and Event Design Bride’s wardrobe: Hayley Paige gown, Ivory and Beau veil and earrings, all from Ivory and Beau; Badgley Mischka shoes from zappos.com Groom’s wardrobe: Target suit, Kohl’s shirt Hair and makeup: Wicked Lulu Cake and gold-leaf figs: A Squad Bake Shop Furniture: Savannah Vintage Rental table, World Market chairs Tableware: Amazing Event Rentals, Bhldn, Lillian’s China, Willams-Sonoma, World Market Paper goods: Rachel Anne Co. Ring box: The Mrs. Box Film lab: Richard Photo Lab Models: Sam Wilds and Bow Smith

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“We wanted to combine elements of Savannah with a European tone. Everything has an organic feel in that it’s not overly styled and is also a little bit moody.”

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LADIES WHO LUNCH With her own line of festive wares, stationery and a new Savannah boutique, Emily McCarthy knows a thing or two about throwing a party. Here, the lifestyle guru dreams up a bridal luncheon replete with all of her chic and sweet must-haves. | Photography by Sarah Buck

SLEEK, GEOMETRIC LINES? DEFINITELY. A bold palette with plenty of pretty pops? Check and double-check. When designer Emily McCarthy set out to stage an outdoor luncheon for a Savannah bride and her bridesmaids, her signature trappings were on full display. But on this special occasion, McCarthy also infused the afternoon with an iconic chinoiserie accent. “The inspiration behind this shoot was the classic beauty of the

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blue-and-white ginger jars,” says the designer. “They can take a room back a few centuries if you let them, or you can do what we did and add some bright pink to make everything look fresh, clean and bright.” And like many a Southern belle, McCarthy is a big fan of the monogram, so she made sure to work the motif into the invitations, linens, gifts and, yes, even the cupcakes.


Design: Emily McCarthy Photography: Sarah Buck Photography Linens, glassware, monogrammed plates and paper goods: Emily McCarthy Shoppe Vintage ginger jars: McCarthy’s personal collection Chairs, tablecloth, flatware and china: Ranco Tent Rentals Hair: Parlor Blow Dry Bar Wardrobe: Bleubelle Boutique Flowers: John Davis Florist Cupcakes: Gigi’s Cupcakes Models: Jamie Amaro, Carly Brown and Sarah DelCore

1. Find Your Signature.

When planning a luncheon, McCarthy asks the bride to choose a theme that expresses her personality. “Always go back to things that speak to you,” she says. “You’ll notice patterns throughout your own home décor and style of dress—you can’t go wrong when you stay true to you!”

2. Create a Palette.

McCarthy started with blue-and-white ginger jars and bright pink flowers. “These two elements each have their own strong personality,” she says.

3. Give Unique, Heartfelt Gifts.

A custom-made Lucite catch-all tray is at once pretty and practical. “These trays are small and rather inexpensive ($20-$80),” McCarthy says. “But they are a great token of thankfulness.” fall/winter 2016-17 savannah weddings

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A LITTLE SPARK

Five-year-old Blakely, Sarah Spigener and Spencer Wright’s daughter, served as the “mini-maid-of-honor” at their wedding. To read about this and other enchanting moments captured from real Savannah weddings, carry on.

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Kirstie & Carlos Season: Late fall Palette: Gold, red and black Planning time: 18 months Guests: 85 Ceremony and reception: The Mansion on Forsyth Park

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After a fairytale proposal set against the magnificent backdrop of Versailles, this bride and groom make sure their destination wedding is equally spectacular.

“IF YOU COULD GET MARRIED ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, where would it be?” That’s the question Kirstie Fernandez’s mother asked her and fiancé Carlos Martinez after they got engaged in fantastical form while vacationing in Versailles. For the Miami-based couple, all signs pointed to Savannah. “When we first visited, we fell in love with the architecture and the history. It’s been one of our favorite places ever since,” says Kirstie. “Plus, Savannah feels very romantic—especially in December.”

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By Ariel Felton | Photography by Izzy Hudgins

Drawn to the Victorian appeal of the Mansion on Forsyth Park, Kirstie and her planners, Savannah’s Ivory and Beau, set out to create a wedding that was glamorous, opulent and festive—not unlike Versailles. They started with a 1920s Prohibition theme, but soon their black, red and gold color scheme took over as the overarching inspiration. “I wanted elegance, but not in a stuffy way,” says Kirstie. They swathed the aisle in a bold black-and-white striped fabric and draped strands of pearls on chair backs, topped off with black satin ribbons. Fanciful paisley paper cones were filled with white rose petals,


TAKEAWAY ADVICE:

“Enjoy every little moment,” says Kirstie. “There will be small details and things that go against the plan, but everything always works out in the end!”

Custom Chic. (Left, top) Personalized straws were one the evening’s many thoughtful touches. Sweet Sentimentalities. (Left) The couple honored their departed relatives with personalized bottles of Coca-Cola and a heartfelt framed message. “My grandfather loved Cokes,” Kirstie says. “We thought this was a sweet way to pay our respects to those who couldn’t be at the wedding.” fall/winter 2016-17 savannah weddings

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ready for guests to shower the newlyweds as they exited the ceremony. “We loved that Kirstie wasn’t afraid of bold colors,” says Ivory and Beau’s Nicole Schwalge. “It was very different from our usual wedding in that it incorporated a bit of a city atmosphere and excitement.” The pops of glam spilled into the reception’s ornate table settings: gilded picture frames, tablecloths cloaked in rich patterns and gold sequins, and china, linens and floral arrangements in deep red hues. Keeping the typically cool weather in mind, Kirstie and Carlos served a hearty menu that included duck spring rolls and prosciuttowrapped asparagus for hors d’oeuvres, butternut squash soup for the appetizer and grilled steak or free range chicken for entrées. The tiered cake was filled with strawberry and white chocolate, its bottom layer in decadent gold pearl drops and the top two layers in sophisticated black and white with a glittery silhouette of the bride and groom and their recently lost Dachshund puppy. As a surprise for Carlos, Kirstie commissioned a red velvet groom’s cake decorated with a few of his favorite things (think: guitars and sports). As for the grand finale, the couple treated their guests to a traditional Latin Hora Loca—“crazy hour” in Spanish. Raucous music blared, balloons filled with LED lights bounced over the dance floor, and everyone donned carnival masks and waved giant glow sticks. A conga line wrapped around the ballroom and a late-night snack bar dished out mini bites of cheeseburgers, grilled cheese and fried chicken. “I decided during the planning stages that I would not freak out over anything that went wrong—I didn’t want to be that bride,” Kirstie says. “We just wanted to enjoy our day and make it as much of a celebration for everyone else as it was for us.” S

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Glamour Shot. (Top of page) Reception tables were bedecked with rich floral arrangements, ornate tablecloths and gold-plated picture frames. The Mr. and Mrs. Table shone in initialized marquee lights. Party People. (Opposite page, left) Celebrating their Latin roots, Kirstie and Carlos threw a lively Hora Loca, complete with fanciful masks, glow sticks, balloons and lots of dancing.

The big day: Saturday, December 5, 2015 Event designer: Ivory and Beau Officiant: Stephen Palmer Ceremony music: Sarah Tollerson Bride’s attire: Berta Bridal gown from Chic Parisien in Coral Gables, Florida Bride’s accessories: Jewelry by Maria Elena; veil by Monique Lhuillier Hair and makeup: Beyond Beautiful by Heather Bridesmaids’ dresses: Jenny Yoo from Nordstrom; Bleubelle Boutique for maid of honor Groom and groomsmen attire: Calvin Klein Catering: The Mansion on Forsyth Park Reception music: All About You Entertainment Florist: Kiwi Fleur Cake: KM Cakes Rentals: Chairs, dance floor, china and silverware by Amazing Event Rentals; tabletop settings by Event Hause; bar and sofa by Savannah Vintage Rentals; lighting by Rent My Wedding and Advanced A/V Rentals Linens: La Tavola Videographer: I Thee Film Something old and something borrowed: Bride's grandmother’s pearl hair pins Something blue: Kate Spade ring holder Photographer: Izzy Hudgins Studio, izzyhudgins.com, 919-451-7296 fall/winter 2016-17 savannah weddings

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Christine & Eric

Season: Fall Palette: Gray, yellow and dusty green Planning time: One year Guests: 115 Ceremony and reception: Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

F R O M B R O O K LY N

WITH LOVE

A New York couple merges big-city chic with Southern sweet for a timelessly elegant day. By Brittany D. McClure | Photography by Bradford Martens

ERIC ENGLERT WAS ON HIS WAY to falling in love with Christine Mahin before he even laid eyes on her. He was working in New York as a film production transcriber and it was his job to type everything that was said on film. Yet on this particular day, Eric was focused on a voice behind the camera that was not meant to be captured. “I have to know this girl,” he told his co-workers. He soon found out that the voice belonged to Christine, a field producer working on the same production. As any good rom-com goes, they eventually met in the office, began dating after chatting at a holiday party and got engaged three years later.

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With Christine’s family scattered across the Northeast and Eric’s in the Southeast, one side was going to have to travel. “So we decided that it might as well be somewhere spectacular,” says Christine. “And that’s how we chose Savannah. We had been going there together on family trips and just loved it.” Working with Jessica Pata of House of Pata, the Brooklyn-based couple zeroed in on the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum for the site of their celebration. Located in the William Scarbrough House, circa 1819, the building is home to the largest private gardens within Savannah’s historic district. Christine and Eric knew the space would


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make the perfect canvas for their wedding vision: an old-world elegance with modern yet timeless touches. The flowers and the lighting set the tone for their fall affair, which was held throughout the museum’s grounds. The Urban Poppy team was tapped to create imaginative floral designs that provided continuity from the ceremony to the cocktail hour to the reception, where miniature Edison bulbs were strung throughout the space. Dusty green medallion eucalyptus was infused with yellow roses and a medley of cream blooms, while hand-painted pumpkins and gourds celebrated the season—even though the wedding day ended up being 78 degrees! Christine’s best friend and sister buttoned her into her effortlessly beautiful lace gown, finished off with bright yellow heels and jewelry that held special meaning: Her pearl necklace was a gift from her motherin-law, which her husband had given to her the night Eric was born, while a green shamrock pin represented Christine’s grandmother and her family’s Irish heritage. Eric’s suit was custom-made, with Christine’s name and their wedding date embroidered on his jacket’s lining. When it came to the food, the couple really wanted to submerse themselves in Southern culture. Wedding guests navigated through stations of authentic cuisine, including a raw oyster bar, a Lowcountry boil, chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and pralines. Each place setting featured a jar of Savannah Bee Co. honey, made fresh with seasonal flora. “Like a vintage wine, there will never be another honey like it again,” Christine says. “It was our wedding honey.” S

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Sugar Pie Honey Bunch.

(Opposite page, top) Each setting featured a menu card topped with jars of Savannah Bee Co. honey, which wasn’t the only sweet thing on the table: The bride and groom also included heart-felt personal acknowledgements to their guests.

Bright Sunshiny Day.

(This page, top) The bridesmaids and groomsmen wore shades of gray, while the gold-flecked bouquets and boutonnieres were symbolic of the fall season.

The big day: Saturday, October 17, 2015 Event designer: Jessica Pata, House of Pata Rehearsal dinner: Top Deck Officiant: Richard Lenz Music: Perfect Harmony for ceremony, Savannah Stompers for cocktail hour, and Blair Crimmins and The Hookers for reception Gown: Bhldn Hair and makeup: Meghan Lacienski and Ronnie Malette Bridesmaids’ dresses: They chose their own, all in a gray palette Groom attire: Custom-made suit from Alton in New York Groomsmen attire: Bonobos suits Catering: J Thomas Catering and Events Florist: Urban Poppy Desserts: Pie Society, Savannah Candy Kitchen, Byrd Cookie Company Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals, Savannah Vintage Rentals Transportation: Savannah Pedicab Photographer: Bradford Martens, bradfordmartens.com, 972-244-3350

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TRICKS AND

TREATS

A Halloween fête bedazzles with a harvest-infused theme, tarot card reader, love potions and plenty of enchanting moments.

WHEN A.J. AND CORY BEYRER BEGAN making plans for their fall 2015 wedding, they figured they’d be traveling out of state to say “I do.” But as fate would have it, Georgia legalized same-sex marriage that June and—poof!—their magical day came to be in Savannah, where they’ve lived since 2013. Halloween has long been A.J.’s favorite holiday, so when the couple realized it fell on a Saturday, the date was set. “Most of our guests were from out of town so we wanted to give them a unique experience and share the great things in the city we have come to call home,” says A.J., a social worker, who met Cory, a

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By Allison Hersh | Photography by Luke Smith

manager at Live Oak Veterinary Neurology, while working together at a nonprofit in Louisville, Kentucky. For their venue they chose Brockington Hall, an exquisite Italianate mansion in Savannah’s Victorian District, where a heartfelt ceremony took place in the parlor, replete with marble fireplace and crystal chandeliers. They worked closely with planner Jodi Jackson of Savannah Wedding Dreams to design a warm autumnal setting via lavish foliage centerpieces with jack-o’-lantern, mini pumpkin and gourd accents. As for the menu, A.J. says, “I’m a Type-A personality, and we’ve been to a lot of weddings, so we knew ours would have to have really


A.J. & Cory

Season: Fall Palette: Pumpkin orange, brown and red Planning time: Six months Guests: 50 Ceremony and reception: Brockington Hall

TAKEAWAY ADVICE:

“Pick what you really enjoy when you go to weddings,” A.J. notes. “If you’re having fun at your wedding, everyone else will too.”

It’s Magic.

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great food.” They tapped Thrive Catering to create heavy hors d’oeuvres that fused harvest and Southern flavors: candied bacon, meatballs, shrimp, pimento cheese, bruschetta and pulled pork sliders. The tiered cake was pumpkin with a buttercream frosting, and Bananas Foster flambé made for a real wow factor. The pair kicked off the reception with a slow dance to a cover version of Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” followed by a mothers-sons dance to the Backstreet Boys’ “The Perfect Fan.” And in keeping with the Halloween spirit, they made sure to give their celebration a generous dusting of magic. Gift bags were filled with candles, customized spells and bottles of glitter vodka that they branded “love and luck potion,” while a tarot card reader was a total hit—maybe too much so. “She was so good that everyone was waiting in line for her,” A.J. recalls with a laugh. “Our wedding planner had to encourage our guests to get on the dance floor.” S

Sweet and Savory. A pumpkin-flavored wedding cake adorned with decorative seasonal accents was perfect for Halloween, while bruschetta was one of several hearty hors d'oeuvres. Time for Love.

A.J. and Cory tied the knot in an autumn-themed ceremony at Brockington Hall in Savannah’s Victorian District. Their boutonnieres were crafted from seed pods, berries and feathers.

The big day: Saturday, October 31, 2015 Planner: Jodi Jackson, Savannah Wedding Dreams Grooms’ attire: J Parker Ltd. Officiant: The Rev. Steven Schulte Ceremony music: Violinist Michael Houston Reception music: Deejay by Shockwave Entertainment Catering: Thrive Catering Florist: Savannah Wedding Dreams Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery Photographer: Luke Smith Photography, lukesmithphotography.net, 912-547-9080

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Daniela & Pedro

Season: Summer Palette: Blush, ivory and gold Planning time: 13 months Guests: 120 Ceremony and reception: Whitefield Square, Charles H. Morris Center

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MUCHAS FELICIDADES,

Y'ALL!

A Savannah couple finds eclectic inspo in their Latin roots and their new Southern digs. By Brittany D. McClure | Photography by Izzy Hudgins

WHEN SCAD FURNITURE DESIGN STUDENT Daniela Moran, from Honduras, met SCAD architect student Pedro Perez, from the Dominican Republic, they quickly bonded over their shared Latin cultures. “We’re very similar, but at the same time we learn a lot from each other,” Daniela says. After Pedro proposed during a vacation in Cancun, the pair decided to host a wedding that merged their old roots with their new ones in Savannah. The result exuded boho-chic sensibility, one that relied on the couple’s—and their friends and family’s—DIY skills. Working with Ivory and Beau planners Adrienna McDermott and Nicole Schwalge, they chose Whitefield Square for the ceremony and the Charles H. Morris Center for the reception. From there, the crafting kicked into high gear. Together, Pedro and Daniela constructed cocktail tables out of salvaged wooden spools and built a deejay booth from scratch, while Daniela hand-lettered and painted all the signage and displays.

All in the Details.

Jumbo initials, sweet lanterns and a photo display were part of the personal touches. Axel, the bride and groom’s great dane, served as ring bearer at the ceremony.

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For her gown, Daniela opted for “something new”—a lace and tulle style by designer Hayley Paige—but her eight bridesmaids wore blushhued dresses and lace caplets all hand-made by Daniela’s family friend, Julieta Guzman, in Honduras. Local florist and design boutique Urban Poppy created the bride’s bouquet and matching flower crown using an assortment of roses, seeded eucalyptus and white ranunculus. The bouquet veered toward classic Southern bride, but the crown had more of an airy free-spirited feel. Rather than flowers, Daniela decided her bridesmaids would carry “something out of the ordinary” that was more evocative of the South. The answer came in the form of white lanterns, each one holding a pale pink candle and adorned with a matching bow. Pedro and his groomsmen also took a unique route with their accoutrements, wearing custom-made, laser-cut wood pins that spelled out their nicknames in scripted font. As for Pedro, his pin said “The Groom.” The desserts, too, were a reflection of their Latin and Savannah homes. Family members prepared traditional Honduran and Dominican confections, including dulce de leche and alcitrones, which were interspersed with quintessential Georgian treats like bite-sized peach cobblers and lemon tartlets. Hip, old-time charm was sprinkled throughout the reception— guests took selfies at a Polaroid station—but after dinner, the real party got started with a customary Hora Loca, or “crazy hour” in Spanish. “A traditional Dominican mambo played, and we passed out fun props like hats and beads,” Daniela says. “It’s a time of real upbeat excitement.” It was also an apropos sendoff to their new life together. S

Style Setters. The groom and groomsmen all wore custom-made pins by Creative Laser, while the cake was made by A Squad Bake Shop.

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Be Sweet. (Above) At the ceremony, guests were invited to take fans and embroidered handkerchiefs displayed on a vintage dresser.

The big day: Saturday, June 27, 2015 Planner/coordination: Nicole Schwalge and Adrienna McDermott, Ivory and Beau Rehearsal dinner: The Brice, a Kimpton Hotel Gown: Hayley Paige Bridesmaids’ dresses: Bespoke in Honduras Groom's attire: Tallia suit; custom pins by Creative Laser Catering: Savannah Event Catering Reception music: DJ Jose Florist: Urban Poppy Cake: A Squad Bake Shop Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals, Savannah Vintage Rentals, Carlson’s Premier Events, Lillian’s China, Fancy Plants, Ultra Pom, Advanced A/V Rentals Transportation: Oglethorpe Tours, Savannah Pedicab, Madison Tour Co.  Ceremony music: Chris Dooley Photobooth: Dreamweaver Hotels: Inn at Ellis Square, Marshall House, Planter’s Inn Photographer: Izzy Hudgins Studio, izzyhudgins.com, 919-451-7296

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Sara & Spencer

Season: Winter Palette: Burgundy and soft pinks Planning time: Six months Guests: 100 Ceremony and reception: Oldfield River Club, Okatie, South Carolina

MAKING

HISTORY

A storied location and heirloom touches bring a lovely warmth to this Lowcountry winter wedding. By Cléa Hernández | Photography by Mark and Caroline Williams

SOMETIMES, WITH ONE LOOK you just know. We’re talking venues here, and that’s how Sara Spigener felt when she first laid eyes on the Oldfield River Club in Okatie, South Carolina, located 20 miles north of Savannah. She was certain the locale, which dates back to the 1700s, would be the perfect spot for her wedding to Spence Wright, her partner since their college days at the University of Georgia. “The scenery and the decor is so beautiful, I didn’t want anything to detract from the space,” says Sara, who worked with the Mark Williams

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Studio team to create her vision. “I wanted a neutral color palette with just a pop of color. And Spence and I both wanted a simple, laid-back weekend that everyone would enjoy.” Perhaps the most important wedding guest was Sara and Spence’s 5-year-old daughter Blakely, who was closely involved in every detail. She was Sara’s “mini-maid-of-honor,” picking out her own dress, hairstyle and shoes—navy to match her mother’s “something blue.” Blakely spent time with both parents as they got ready the morning of the wedding, stood with them at the ceremony and danced her heart


TAKEAWAY ADVICE:

“I heard it countless times before my big day, but it’s worth reiterating: Soak it in and take time to enjoy every moment! You spend lots of time planning and anticipating, and when the day finally arrives, it really does fly by!”

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out at the reception. The couple even sat at the children’s table with Blakely and her friends and cousins. “Spence and I exchanged the traditional rings, but we also gave Blakely a beaded silver cuff bracelet to wear and remember the day by,” Sara notes with a smile. “She often asks me if we can do it all over again.” The big day starred a few more of the couple’s nearest and dearest. The father of Sara’s best friend drove from Kentucky to officiate the wedding, and a mutual friend of the couple sang “Be Thou My Vision,” a favorite hymn of Sara and her father’s. “We were on the second floor waiting to make our entrance down the staircase, and my dad opened the door just a little so we could hear the song,” recalls the bride, who wore her mother’s crystal teardrop earrings and had a swatch of lace from her great-grandmother’s wedding dress sewn into the lining of her gown. The ceremony music was traditional, yet the first-dance song was far from it: “Everybody Needs Love” by Athens’ own Drive-By Truckers, one of Sara and Spence’s favorite bands. In fact, quite a bit of Georgia pride was woven into the evening, reflecting the family’s heritage (Sara and Spence live in Statesboro) and making for an easygoing, good time and a delectable feast. Placed on every seat were praline favors from Savannah’s Candy Kitchen and the dinner buffet featured Southern staples like shrimp and grits, a biscuit bar and a mac-and-cheese bar. Their cake was red velvet—Sara and Spence’s favorite flavor. “It was literally some of the best food I’ve ever had at a wedding reception or otherwise,” says Sara. “Our guests are still raving about it!” S

Light and Lovely.

The bride chose a soft color palette inspired by the natural beauty of the Oldfield River Club. Pale pinks, creams and a touch of burgundy were worked into the gowns, flower arrangements and even the red-velvet cake.

The big day: Saturday, February 27, 2016 Rehearsal dinner: Oldfield’s Outfitters Center Event and florals designer: Julianne Williams Blount of Mark Williams Studio Day-of coordinator: Danielle Tosky, Oldfield Weddings & Events Officiant: The Rev. Ron Andrew Bride’s attire: Nicole Miller gown and Badgley Mischka shoes Bridesmaids’ dresses: Dessy, J’adore Bridal Hair and makeup: Emily Warren and Taylor Kennedy of 30 Volume Salon, Statesboro Groom and groomsmen’s attire: Navy suits from JC Penney; ties and pocket squares from The Tie Bar, socks from Happy Socks Ceremony music: Monica Jenks Clark of the Wedding Violinist Reception music: Island Sound Catering: Oldfield River Club Cake: Frankie Cakes Photographer: Mark Williams Studio, markwilliamsstudio.com, 877-520-8832

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Carolyn & Dustin

Season: Spring Palette: Lavender, garnet, plum, smoke, sapphire and fern Planning time: Seven months Guests: 120 Ceremony and reception: Oglethorpe Square and Soho South CafĂŠ

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N AT U R A L

BEAUTY

An enchanting wedding takes place in one of Savannah’s most picturesque squares. By Ariel Felton | Photography by Lyndi Redfern with Lyndi Redfern

WHEN DUSTIN TALIAFERRO BROUGHT Carolyn Lamb to Savannah and began walking her from square to square, she didn’t suspect a thing. “I just thought he was really into square sightseeing!” Carolyn says with a laugh. Turns out, Dustin was searching for the perfect place to propose. He finally settled on Oglethorpe Square—the same spot where the couple exchanged vows eight months later. Inspired by the square’s natural beauty, as well as a line from a favorite Mathilde Blind poem that reads, “Life grows lovely where you are,” the Atlanta-based couple decided to tend to a rustic garden aesthetic. “I wanted it to feel like a mix between an English country wedding and an enchanted forest,” says Carolyn. “It was important that the flowers looked like we had just picked them.” Lacy McLaurin of Design Studio South worked with Carolyn to capture her vision just-so. “I think Lacy could sense I was flustered by all of the decisions I would have to make, and she definitely put me at ease,” Carolyn says. “I wanted a planner that felt like a friend and who would also understand all my ideas.”

Although they were having a spring wedding, Carolyn was drawn to deep berry tones rather than the soft pastels typical to the season. Thus richly romantic purples and reds were sprinkled throughout, appearing on the invitations, floral arrangements, bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen’s ties. Harvey Floral Designs crafted a ceremony arch with branches, greenery and blossoms, flanked by lighthouse lanterns holding white pillar candles for a mood that was at once bucolic and sophisticated. There was one more important detail that Carolyn made sure to include: her Border Collie mix, Barkley. “I joked about my dog being my ‘tertiary color,’ but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to represent him in our wedding,” Carolyn says. “He was, after all, the main man in my life before Dustin.” Carolyn’s twin sister Elizabeth, a painter, and their friend Natalie Zanecchia, the owner and designer of the Pressed Co. paper and

Flowers by Design. Carolyn’s twin sister and her friend created the invitations and escort list. The floral theme was carried throughout the wedding for a whimsical-garden feel.

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letterpress line, created an invitation suite and table number cards that worked Barkley right into the wedding’s whimsical feel. As for the reception, Soho South Café, located just a few blocks south of Oglethorpe Square, made for an ideal setting with its vast windows, exposed brick walls and eclectic wood furnishings. There, guests chose between a Lowcountry boil or barbecue menu, both full of authentic, down-home sides. The couple’s three-tier cake from Savannah Rum Runners featured butter, spice and almond layers. Frosted in buttercream, it was decorated, naturally, in the same fresh blooms as the couple’s centerpieces and bouquets. The lovely, easygoing vibe carried onto the dance floor, where Greensboro, North Carolina band Empty Pocket played many of Carolyn and Dustin’s favorite songs. The couple even entered to an instrumental version of R. Kelly’s “Remix to Ignition.” “Dustin, I and most of our friends are into hip-hop,” says Carolyn. “So we thought it would be cool to have them know right from the start that we made sure this wedding was about our own tastes and our personality.” S

Love Blooms. (Right) While some tables featured long red candles and foliage, others were decorated with enchanting flower arrangements. (Below) Guests showered the bride and groom with fresh petals.

The big day: Saturday, April 2, 2016 Planner: Lacy McLaurin, Design Studio South Event designer: Kara Speckhals, Design Studio South Rehearsal dinner: 10 Downing at Churchill’s Officiant: Jim Pepper Ceremony music: Jackson Evans Gown: Temperley London from Kelly’s Closet in Decatur Accessories: Grandmother’s earrings and Tiffany T bracelet, the latter a gift from the groom on the day of their wedding.   Hair and makeup: Marie Bartlett, Wicked LuLu Bridesmaids’ dresses: Various styles from Amanda Uprichard, Show Me Your Mumu, and Elizabeth and James Groom and groomsmen’s attire: The Black Tux and The Tie Bar Catering: Soho South Café Reception music: Empty Pocket band Florist: Amy Harvey, Harvey Floral Designs Cake: Savannah Rum Runners Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals Transportation: Oglethorpe Tours for guests; Above and Beyond Limousine for bride, groom and wedding party Something old: Maternal grandmother’s earrings Something borrowed and blue: Aunt’s aquamarine ring Photographer: Lyndi J. Photography, lyndijphotography.com, 912-421-9912

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Wallis & Randall

Season: Winter Palette: Emerald, ivory, black and gold Planning time: Eight months Guests: 150 Ceremony and reception: Isle of Hope United Methodist Church; The Plantation Clubhouse at The Landings Club

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HIGH

DRAMA

An actress and a musician co-star in an old Hollywood wedding, set beneath Savannah’s Spanish moss.

By Christen Barron | Photography by Carly Arnwine of Carly Arnwine

WALLIS BARTON, AN ACTRESS in Los Angeles, met Randall Crane, a musician, while they were attending the University of Alabama. When they kissed for the first time, Wallis swears she “heard trumpets sound.” So when it came time to plan their wedding, the couple wanted to make sure the celebration was as equally cinematic. Wallis grew up in Savannah and she knew that her hometown would play a starring role. “The Spanish moss and those oak trees feed my soul,” she says. “I wanted all of our Hollywood friends to experience Savannah and all its magic.” Wallis called upon wedding designer and childhood friend Joshua Grotheer to help her with the planning, telling him that she wanted “drama.” They selected the Plantation Clubhouse at The Landings Club on Skidaway Island for their reception venue. While the Southern country club is traditional in many ways, they chose it for its neutral shell. “We were able to transform it,” notes Grotheer. “Even the catering staff said it didn’t feel like The Landings.”

In true theatrical form, Wallis and Randall booked a second photo shoot the morning after their wedding. That one took place at the Mansion on Forsyth Park, where the bride, groom and their wedding party re-donned their attire. As for their reception at the Plantation Club, the couple looked to films like The Great Gatsby and The Wizard of Oz for inspiration, and created an unconventional palette in emerald, ivory, black and gold. Emerald green LCD lights illuminated the space with an otherworldly glow, while gold sequined tablecloths sparkled against tall white ostrich feather arrangements. The menu was just as stunning. Entrees included freshly carved prime rib, shrimp and grits, and whole snapper. The

Cinematic Chic. (Below, middle) Sleek calla lily and orchid bouquets were tied off with black ribbons, and the bridesmaids wore emerald-hued gowns and fur stoles.

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Landings Club executive pastry chef Johan Hamstra created an architectural almond cake in a black-and-metallic Art Deco design, along with emerald macarons dusted in gold. Of course the Hollywood-inspired event wouldn’t be complete without a heart-touching performance. As the wedding party and guests filled the dance floor, Randall joined the band onstage to serenade his new bride with a pair of rousing classics: “The Weight” by The Band and “Feelin’ All Right” by Joe Cocker. So how did the newlyweds bring their picture-perfect wedding to a close? By zooming off from the reception in a 1946 Bentley, naturally. S

The big day: Saturday, February 21, 2015 Event designer and florist: Joshua Grotheer Designs Wedding coordinator: Tricia Windom Rehearsal dinner: The Chatham Club Officiant: The Rev. Mike Ricker Ceremony music: Nancy Vogelsang Gown: Jenny Packham, from Bleubelle Boutique Bridesmaids’ dresses: Various designers Groom/groomsmen’s attire: Various designers Accessories: Mink fur stole, custom designed in Los Angeles; Swarovski headpiece from Etsy; shoes by Caparros, Bloomingdale's Hair and makeup: Ashley Vick of Shear Elegance Salon; Emily Giddens of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics  Catering and cake: Plantation Club at The Landings Club Entertainment: KTG Musical Entertainment Rentals: Peachtree Tents and Events, BBJ Linens, I Do Linens Transportation: Old Savannah Tours Videographer: Event Filming Inc. Invitations: Merry Times Something old: The bride wore her great-grandmother's sapphire and opal cocktail ring, which doubled as her "something blue." Something borrowed: A lace Agent Provocateur garter Photographer: Carly Arnwine Photography, carlyarnwineblog.com

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Candace & A.D. Season: Fall Palette: White, green and blush Planning time: Six months Guests: 90 Ceremony and reception: First Union African Baptist Church and Sea Oak Manor

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AN ISLAND

HOMECOMING In the serene beauty of Daufuskie Island, a southern pair celebrates life, love and family. By Christen Barron | Photography by Alea Moore

CANDACE GILES AND HER FIANCÉ, A.D. Barfield, didn’t have ties to Daufuskie Island, but something about it just felt like home. “A.D. is from the woodlands of Vicksburg, Mississippi and I’m from coastal Savannah, so our first impression of the island was like the joining of both of our worlds,” Candace says. Located 14 miles northeast of Savannah, Daufuskie Island is accessed exclusively by boat. “There are gorgeous oak trees that line winding dirt roads and secluded beach views all along the coast,” says Candace. “We wanted our guests to experience that.” The couple, who met while attending Georgia Tech, planned to hold both their ceremony and reception at Sea Oak Manor, a sprawling white mansion overlooking the beach. But just months before the wedding, they were involved in a serious interstate car accident. “The ordeal made us incredibly thankful for God, for family and loved ones, and for each other,” explains Candace. With a new perspective on life, love and faith, they moved their ceremony to Daufuskie’s First Union African Baptist Church. Built in

1881, it’s the oldest structure on Daufuskie Island. “We walked in and it felt so special,” Candace says. “It was one of the best decisions we made during the planning process.” They exchanged vows beneath the church’s exposed wood rafters, which were decorated only with a graceful floral spray. The bouquets, too, were kept minimal with garden roses, spray roses, eucalyptus and astilbe. In hindsight, wedding designer Michelle Roberson, of Savannah-based Improvisions, realized the simplicity was an especially wise choice given that all of the perishable floral supplies had to be transported to Daufuskie via boat. As for the overarching look, Roberson helped Candace choose a subtle palette of white, green and blush that would complement the

Soul Mates.

Candace and A.D. married inside a historic church built in 1881, and held their reception at the expansive Sea Oak Manor. Outside the church, a distressed wood sign, painted by Candace's sister, featured a touching message.

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island’s moss-draped backdrop. “I didn’t want anything to take away from the manor house, the church or the outdoor setting because they were all so beautiful,” recalls Roberson. The reception, as originally planned, was held at Sea Oak Manor, where an outside buffet gave guests an exquisite view of the ocean. Catered by the island’s own Marshside Mama’s, the coastal-inspired spread included crab cakes and shrimp and grits, along with pecan and lemon meringue pies for dessert. Roberson made creative use of the manor’s classic furnishings, turning upside-down oak drawers and a lovely bedspread into the buffet and arranging the pies atop vintage books on a writing desk. As the celebration drew to a close, Candace recalls standing with A.D. as they looked across the yard at their friends and family gathered on the dusk-drenched landscape. “We had been staying at Sea Oak the whole week,” says Candace. “So our wedding felt like a really grand yet cozy home party.” S

Family Ties. (Right) The bride wore her hair swept up with her grandmother’s turquoise brooch. It provided a pop of color to Candace’s romantic lace overlaid dress, and also doubled as something old and something blue.

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The big day: Saturday, October 10, 2015 Event designer: Michelle Roberson, Improvisions Rehearsal dinner: Old Daufuskie Crab Company Officiant: Pastor Aaron Crosbie Ceremony and reception music: Green Levels Gown: Nicole Miller from Ivory and Beau, Atlanta Accessories: Mother’s pearl earrings, grandmother’s brooch; veil by Jaclyn Jordan and sash by Adele Amelia from Ivory and Beau Bridesmaids’ dresses: Nouvelle Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids, Atlanta Groom/groomsmen’s attire: Rented suits from The Black Tux, Atlanta Hair and makeup: Lynn Quann, Savannah Hair and Makeup Professionals Florist: Improvisions Catering and cake: Marshside Mama’s Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals Transportation: Calibogue Cruises Photographer: Alea Moore Photography, aleamoore.com, 919-247-4129


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Levi & Jose

Season: Winter Palette: Gold, rose gold and gunmetal Planning time: Six months Guests: 70 Ceremony and reception: The Brice, a Kimpton Hotel

LOVE WINS

A wedding contest celebrating marriage equality brings an exquisite Savannah celebration to one lucky couple.

By Cléa Hernández | Photography by Teresa Earnest

TWO SUMMERS AGO, while traveling home to Atlanta from a European vacation, Jose Rodriguez and Levi McKinney were on pins and needles. It was the last day of voting in a social media contest to win a free wedding from The Brice Hotel in Savannah, and the “likes” for their photo and story had them in a close second place. The Brice’s contest was a celebration of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, and the winning couple would receive an entire wedding package: venue, food, beverages, cake, flowers, wedding night suite and mini-moon to Miami. So before Jose and Levi taxied onto the runway, they made one last data-roaming plea to rally their friends and family. It was a nail-biter and, of course, the Wi-Fi was down on their trans-Atlantic flight. But

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by the time they landed, their love story had won them a wedding in Savannah. “The contest allowed us to bring our families together for our big day in a way that we wouldn’t have been able to without The Brice’s help,” Levi says. “Because they’re so spread out across the country, our wedding was their first time a lot of them would be meeting.” Audrey Wagner King, wedding planner and designer at French Knot Studios, wasn’t surprised by their victory. “It’s such a sweet story that speaks to how wonderful their network of family and friends is, and how supportive they are,” says Audrey, who worked with the couple to translate their warm, modern aesthetic into a wedding that felt just right.


A CREATIVE CREW:

Levi and Jose (right) asked their guests and wedding party to dress in festive, sparkling attire. As for their table settings, the flowers and airplants were displayed in artistic sculptures and lanterns.

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They started with the flowers and plants, which set the tone for the whole event. Rather than traditional bouquets, the wedding party donned flower crowns, boutonnieres and wristlets. Copper-rimmed lanterns tumbled with greenery, and for escort cards, wooden slabs were topped with airplants and succulents. The couple’s eclectic group of friends made a spectacular wedding party. While Jose and Levi dressed in dapper gray suits, they told their family and friends to eschew traditional attire and go all out—the more gold, silver and glitter, the better. Still, amid all the gorgeous decor and fanfare, it was the couple’s sincere moments of sheer affection that stole the show. They shared hand-written love notes with each other before the ceremony to shake away any jitters, and they laughed and cried throughout the whole evening. Perhaps most touching of all was when Jose surprised Levi with a song he had written for him, which one of their talented friends performed as the newlyweds took to the floor for their first dance. S

Sweet Deal. (Right, top) Savannah chocolatier Adam Turoni, a friend of the couple, added his own delectable magic with homemade Mexican Mayan truffles. Selfie Aware.

(Right, below) Throughout the night, guests snapped Polaroids of each other and affixed them to a book with shiny tape.

The big day: Saturday, February 27, 2016 Event designer and florist: Audrey Wagner King, French Knot Studios Rehearsal dinner: Pacci at The Brice Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel Officiant: Corvett Morris-Barclay, a family friend Suits: Trio Custom Clothiers Hair and makeup for wedding party: Camellia Morris-Barclay of Amplify Chic and Ansley Gwinn Catering: Pacci at The Brice Hotel Cake: Natasha Gaskill, A Squad Bake Shop Ceremony music: “Compass” by Zella Day (processional) and “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, performed by Jennifer Zuiff of Indee Killed the Popstar Reception music: Bobby Dudley Photographer: Teresa Earnest Photography, teresaearnestphotography.com, 912-228-9647

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NCA SIT TE E RI NG AL ? LO O W FC C AT HO ER IC ER E RO ? O M CH AR GE ? CA K CH E C A R UT G E TI N ? G O VE G U RN ES IGH TS T ? HA ND AC I CE CA SS P ? DA NC FL E O O R?

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10 Downing at Churchill's Pub Historic District 90 Y Y N Y N N Y Y thebritishpub.com, 912.232.8501 13 W. Bay St. 17 Hundred 90 Inn Historic District 30 Y Y N Y or food Y Y N N 17hundred90.com, 912.236.7122 307 E. President St. & bev. min. 109 West Historic District 26 Y N Y N N Y Y N 109west.net, 912.232.6633 109 W. Liberty St. 39 Rue de Jean Historic District 225 Y Y N Y or food Y Y Y fee 605 W. Oglethorpe Ave. & bev. min. 39ruedejeansav.com, 912.721.0595 Andaz Savannah Historic District 150 Y Y N Y N Y Y Y savannah.andaz.hyatt.com 14 Barnard St. 912.233.2116 Armstrong Center Southside 600 Y Y N Y Y N Y Y armstrong.edu/armstrongcenter 13040 Abercorn St. 912.344.2953 B. Matthews Eatery Historic District 40 Y Y N Y Y N N Y bmatthewseatery.com, 912.233.1319 325 E. Bay St. The Ballroom at the American Legion Historic District 299 Y N Y Y N N N Y alpost135.com, 912.233.9277 1108 Bull St. The Barn at Redgate Farms West Savannah 300 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y 190 Redgate Trail Road savannahsvenue.com, 912.438.0995 Beachview Bed and Breakfast Tybee Island 80 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y beachviewbbtybee.com, 912.786.5500 1701 Butler Ave. Belfair Bluffton, S.C. 240 Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y belfair1811.com, 843.757.0701 200 Belfair Oaks Blvd. Belford's Savannah Seafood & Steaks Historic District 150 Y Y N Y N N Y Y belfordssavannah.com, 912.233.2626 315 W. Saint Julian St. Berkeley Hall Bluffton, S.C. 120 indoor; Y Y N Y N Y Y Y berkeleyhallclub.com/weddings.php 366 Good Hope Road 300+ outdoor 843.815.8493 Bloody Point Golf Club & Resort Daufuskie Island, S.C. 80 interior; Y Y N Y N Y N N bloodypointresort.com 56 Fuskie Lane 175 exterior 843.341.3030 Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront Historic District 110 interior; N Y N Y N Y Y N bohemiansavannah.com 102 W. Bay St. 150 exterior/interior 912.721.3800 Botanical Garden, Savannah Area Council of Garden Clubs and Historic Reinhard Farmhouse savannahbotanical.org, 912.844.9337 The Brice—A Kimpton Hotel bricehotel.com, 912.238.1200

Midtown 40 interior; Y N Y N N N Y N 1388 Eisenhower 120 exterior Drive Historic District 125 Y Y N Y N Y Y Y 601 E. Bay St.

Botanic Garden Statesboro (Georgia 125 pavilion; Y N Y N N N Y Y at Georgia Southern University Southern University) 400 with tent georgiasouthern.edu/garden, 912.478.1149 1505 Bland Ave. Brockington Hall Historic District 150 Y N Y N N Y Y Y brockingtonhall.com, 912.358.8440 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 125 seated; Y N Y N N Y Y Y brysonhall.com, 912.272.4435 5 E. Perry St. 225 standing

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Callawassie Island callawassieisland.com, 843.987.2143

Callawassie Island, S.C. 225 interior; Y Y N Y N Y Y Y 22 Callawassie Club Dr. 300 exterior

Cha Bella cha-bella.com, 912.790.7888

Historic District 120 102 East Broad St.

Y Y N N Y N Y N

Charles H. Morris Center trusteesgarden.com, 912.443.3277

Historic District 300 10 East Broad St.

Y N Y Y N N Y Y

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens Southside coastalgeorgiabg.org, 912.921.5460 2 Canebrake Road Cohen’s Retreat cohensretreat.com, 912.355.3336

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200 interior; Y N Y N N N Y Y 300 exterior

Magnolia Park call for info Y Y N N Y Y Y Y 5715 Skidaway Road

The Conch House Special Event Facility River Street 250 seated; Y Y preferred Y call N Y Y liveoakrestaurants.net, 912.233.2901 225 W. River St. 350 standing list Cotton Sail Hotel cottonsailhotel.com, 912.200.3700

Historic District 126 W. Bay St.

60 seated w/dance Y floor; 100 without

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Courtyard by Marriott—Savannah Historic District 50 Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Historic District 415 W. Liberty St. courtyard.com/savdt, 912.790.8287 The Distillery Alehouse Historic District 100 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y distilleryalehouse.com, 912.236.1772 416 W. Liberty St. Doubletree Hotel—Historic Savannah Historic District 150 Y Y N food & N Y Y Y historicsavannah.doubletree.com 411 W. Bay St. bev. min. 912.790.7000 The Dresser Palmer House Historic District 80 Y Y N Y N Y Y N dresserpalmerhouse.com, 912.238.3294 211 E. Gaston St. Dunham Farms dunhamfarms.com, 912.880.4500

Sunbury 5836 Islands Hwy.

250

Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y

The Ford Plantation fordplantation.com, 912.756.5725

Richmond Hill 300 12511 Ford Ave.

Y Y N Y N bridal Y N

Forsyth Park Inn forsythparkinn.com 912.233.6800

Historic District 30 102 W. Hall St.

Y Y N Y N Y N N

Fort King George Historic Site Darien gastateparks.org/fortkinggeorge 302 McIntosh Road 912.437.4770 SE

60

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Fort McAllister State Historic Park Richmond Hill 130 gastateparks.org/fortmcallister 3894 Fort McAllister 912.727.2339 Road

Y N Y Y N Y Y Y

Garibaldi Café garibaldisavannah.com, 912.232.7118

Y Y N N N N Y Y

City Market 120 315 W. Congress St.

The Gastonian Historic District 34 Y Y Y must book N Y N 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 300 Y N Y Y N N Y Y chsgeorgia.org, 912.312.3038 601 W. Harris St. Gingerbread House Victorian District 150 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y gingerbreadhouseevents.com, 912.358.8440 1921 Bull St. Grand Lake Club at Southbridge Southbridge 170 seated; Y Y N depends Y N Y Y grandlakesav.com/weddings 815 Southbridge Blvd. 250 standing on venue 912.233.2466

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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. hamptoninn3.hilton.com 912.721.1600 Hampton Inn and Suites—Savannah Midtown 150 Y Y N ask N Y Y Y Midtown 20 Johnston St. hamptoninn3.hilton.com , 912.721.3700 The Harper Fowlkes House Historic District 120 Y N Y N N N Y patio harperfowlkeshouse.com, 912.234.2180 230 Barnard St. Hellenic Center Victorian District 450 gym; Y Y Y (with Y Y N stpaulsgreekorthodox.org 19 W. Anderson St. 80 meeting room cert. of 912.236.8256 liability)

Y

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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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Hilton Garden Inn—Savannah Midtown Midtown 300 Y Y N food & N Y Y Y stayhgi.com, 912.652.9323 5711 Abercorn St. bev. min. Hilton Savannah DeSoto desotohilton.com, 912.232.9000

Historic District 15 E. Liberty St.

420 seated; 800 standing

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N

N

N

Y

Y

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Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District 100 Y Y N Y ask Y Y fee hotelindigosavannah.com, 912.236.4440 201 W. Bay St. Hotel Tybee Tybee Island 220 Y Y N food & Y Y Y Y hoteltybee.com, 912.786.7777 1401 Strand Ave. bev. min. 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. Isaiah Davenport House Museum davenporthousemuseum.org 912.236.8097

Historic District 100 324 E. State St.

in the garden

N

Y

Y

N

N

Y

patio

The Jekyll Island Club Jekyll Island 330 Y Y N Y N Y Y Y jekyllclub.com, 855.535.9547 371 Riverview Drive (required) Kehoe House kehoehouse.com, 912.232.1020

Historic District 123 Habersham St.

55 with full house rental

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N

Y

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The Lake Club Hilton Head, S.C. 290 Y Y Y Y Y N Y N hiltonheadlakeclub.com, 843.208.2220 300 Harborside Drive The Lighthouse Rincon Georgia Rincon 100 Y Y Y N N N Y Y thelighthouserinconga.com 120 North Columbia 912.826.4672 Ave., Hwy. 21 The Mackey House Chatham Parkway 400 including house, Y Y Y Y N N Y patio 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 marlinmonroes.com 404 Butler Ave. 912.786.4745 The Marshall House marshallhouse.com, 912.644.7896

Historic District 290 123 E. Broughton St.

Y; holds 80

Y

N

N

N

Y

Y

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Massie Heritage Center Historic District 75 meeting room; Y; small N preferred N N N Y garden massieschool.com 207 E. Gordon St. 75 girls' garden; list area 912.395.5070 75 boys' garden

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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. Montage Palmetto Bluff Bluffton, S.C. 175 Y Y N food & N Y Y Y palmettobluff.com 476 Mount Pelia Road bev. min. 843.706.6500 Moon River Brewing Co. Historic District 125 N Y N Y N N N Y moonriverbrewing.com 21 W. Bay St. 912.447.0943 National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Pooler Air Force 175 Bourne Ave. mightyeighth.org, 912.748.8888

up to 350; Y Y 120 in chapel

choose from list

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N

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Y

Y, unless N min. met

Y

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Oglethorpe Inn & Suites 912.354.8560

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

Old Fort Jackson chsgeorgia.org, 912.312.3038

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 plantersinnsavannah.com, 912.232.4286

Historic District 200+ 23 Abercorn St.

Y with Y reserv.

Y Y N N N N Y Y

Oldfield Club Okatie, S.C. 300 Y N N N N Y Y Y oldfield1732.com, 843.645.4622 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. 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

N

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The Pirates' House Historic District 200 N N N N Y N Y N thepirateshouse.com, 912.233.5757 20 East Broad St. Pin Point Heritage Museum chsgeorgia.org, 912.312.3038

Southside 200 Y N Y Y N N N N 9924 Pin Point Ave.

Planters Inn on Reynolds Square plantersinnsavannah.com, 800.554.1187

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 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 reynoldsonsapelo.com 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.

The River House Seafood Restaurant Historic District 65 seated, N Y N N Y N Y N savannahriverhouse.com, 912.234.1900 125 W. River St. 120 standing 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 Children's Museum Historic District 300 Y N Y Y N N Y Y chsgeorgia.org, 912.312.3038 601 W. Harris St. 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, 912.312.3038 303 MLK Jr. Blvd.

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Savannah Marriott Riverfront Historic District 1,000 Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y savannahmarriott.com 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, 912.233.5400 601 Cohen St. 350 seated from list Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum Historic District 400 Y N Y N N N Y N (William Scarbrough House and Gardens) 41 MLK Jr. Blvd. shipsofthesea.org, 912.232.1511 The Shrimp Factory Historic District 25 N Y N N N N Y, (N in N theshrimpfactory.com, 912.236.4229 313 E. River St. restrooms) Skidaway Island State Park Southside 150 Y N Y Y N camping Y Y gastateparks.org/skidawayisland 52 Diamond only 912.598.2300 Causeway Surf Song Bed and Breakfast Tybee Island 12 Y Y choose N Y Y N at B&B N tybeesurfsong.com 21 Officers Row from list Y at beach 912.472.1040 Telfair Museums telfair.org, 912.790.8879

Historic District 121 Barnard St.

850 at the Jepson Y Y Center

choose from list

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N

Y

Y

Tybee Island Light Station tybeelighthouse.org, 912.786.5801

Tybee Island 30 Meddin Ave.

400

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Calvary Baptist Midtown 4625 Waters Ave. 912.351.2288 cbtsavannah.org

Christ Church Episcopal Historic District 28 Bull St. 912.236.2500 christchurchsavannah.org

Congregation Mickve Israel Historic District 20 E. Gordon St. 912.233.1547 mickveisrael.org

Ardsley Park Baptist Church Ardsley Park 3802 Bull St. 912.234.1256 apsavannah.com

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Ardsley Park 1003 E. Victory Drive 912.356.6980 mbschurch.org

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Historic District 222 E. Harris St. 912.233.4709 savannahcathedral.org

Congregation Agudath Achim Midtown 9 Lee Blvd. 912.352.4737 agudath-achim.com

The Crossroad Baptist Church Southside 8510 Middleground Road 912.925.0571 thecrossroadbaptist.com

Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church Eastside 1008 Henry St. 912.233.4351 asburymemorial.org

Bull Street Baptist Church Victorian District 1400 Bull St. 912.236.1511 bullstreet.org

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Christ Church Anglican Victorian District 2020 Bull St. 912.355.1526 ccasav.org

Congregation Bnai Brith Jacob Midtown 5444 Abercorn St. 912.354.7721 bbjsynagogue.com

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Trinity Lutheran Church Southside 12391 Mercy Blvd. 912.925.4839 trinitylutheransavannah.org

St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church Victorian District 14 W. Anderson St. 912.236.8256 stpaulsgreekorthodox.org

Trinity United Methodist Historic District 225 W. President St. 912.233.4766 trinity1848.org

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Kingdom Life Christian Fellowship Southside 328 Tibet Ave. 912.921.5346 kingdomlifesav.org Lutheran Church of the Ascension Historic District 120 Bull St. 912.232.4151 ascensionsavannah.org Masjid Jihad Victorian District 117 E. 34th St. 912.236.7387 masjidjihad.com Radiant Life Christian Fellowship Midtown 5619 Skidaway Road 912.354.1780 ralife.org

Isle of Hope United Methodist Isle of Hope 412 Parkersburg Road 912.355.8527 iohumc.com

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church Victorian District 1707 Bull St. 912.232.0792 sacredheartsavannah.org St. Francis of the Islands Episcopal Church Wilmington Island 590 Walthour Road 912.897.5725 stfrancissavannah.org St. John’s Episcopal Church Historic District 1 W. Macon St. 912.232.1251 stjohnssav.org St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Ardsley Park 3101 Waters Ave. 912.354.7230 stmichaelsavannah.georgia episcopal.org

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Unitarian Universalist Church Historic District 313 E. Harris St. 912.234.0980 uusavannah.org Wesley Oak United Methodist Church Thunderbolt 3124 E. Victory Dr. 912.352.0844 Wesley Monumental United Methodist Historic District 429 Abercorn St. 912.232.0191 wesleymonumental.org

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White Bluff Presbyterian Southside 10710 White Bluff Road 912.927.1731 whitebluffpresbyterian.com

Savannah Christian Church Southside 55 Al Henderson Blvd. 912.925.9657 savannahchristian.com

White Bluff United Methodist Southside 11911 White Bluff Road 912.925.5924 wbumc.org

Second African Baptist Church Historic District 123 Houston St. 912.233.6163

Wilmington Island Presbyterian Wilmington Island 450 N. Cromwell Road 912.897.1840 wipcsav.org

Skidaway Island United Methodist Skidaway Island 54 Diamond Causeway 912.598.8460 siumc.org Southside Baptist Church Midtown 5502 Skidaway Road 912.355.9555 southsidebaptistchurch.org

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Armstrong Center 912-344-2953 armstrong.edu/armstrongcenter 13040 Abercorn St. Page 65

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39 Rue de Jean 912-721-0574 39ruedejeansav.com weddings@39ruedejeansav.com 605 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Page 17

Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern University 912-871-1149 georgiasouthern.edu/garden 1505 Bland Ave., Statesboro (a few blocks from the main Georgia Southern University campus) Page 95

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VENUES/ ACCOMMODATIONS Beachview Bed and Breakfast 912-786-5500 beachviewbbtybee.com 1701 Butler Ave., Tybee Island Page 2

Tybee Island Light Station and Museum 912-786-5801 tybeelighthouse.org 30 Meddin Drive, Tybee Island

Savannah Riverboat Cruises 800-786-6404 savannahriverboat.com 9 E. River St. Page 29 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) St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church Hellenic Center 912-236-8256 stpaulsgreekorthodox.org 14 W. Anderson St. Page 25

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The Golden Isles 800-933-2627 goldenisles.com 1505 Richmond St., 2nd Floor, Brunswick Page 19 Hyatt Regency Savannah 912-238-1234 savannah.hyatt.com 2 W. Bay St. Page 77 Oceanfront Cottage Rentals 800-786-5889 oceanfrontcottage.com Page 1

Forsyth Park Inn 912-233-6800 forsythparkinn.com 102 W. Hall St. Page 108

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ever after

MODERN BRIDE In the immortal words of Coco Chanel, “A girl should be two things, classy and fabulous.” What a fitting description of Sophie D’Antignac Meldrim, daughter of General Peter Wiltberger and Frances Bird Meldrim (think Green-Meldrim House). Sophie married twice in her lifetime, first in 1913 when she eloped with Edward “Ted” Coy, the famed halfback of the Yale 11, considered one of the greatest football players of his time, and again in 1929, when she married New York stock broker Horatio Seymour Shonnard. But Sophie’s greatest claim to fame didn’t come from her husbands, or even her socially prominent Savannah parents. Sophie’s success came from Chez Ninon, the boutique dress salon she opened on New York’s Madison Avenue in 1928 with partner Nona McAdoo Parke. The atelier catered quietly to the city’s social elite, then burst onto the world fashion stage when, while on a diplomatic trip to Europe with President John Kennedy in 1961, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy was seen in at least seven of Chez Ninon’s designs. Mrs. Kennedy would wear many line-for-line designs from Chez Ninon during her time in the White House, including the pink suit and pill-box hat immortalized in the American consciousness on a November day in Dallas, 1963. Modern before her time, this portrait from the Foltz Collection at the Georgia Historical Society is believed to be a studio portrait of Sophie Meldrim Coy Shonnard in the gown she wore for her 1929 wedding to Horatio. —Pattye Meagher

Georgia Historical Society houses the nation’s oldest and most distinguished collection of materials related exclusively to Georgia history. Founded in 1839, it’s the oldest continually operating historical society in the South. Georgiahistory.com

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