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REAL WEDDINGS 56 Smooth Sailing

Drowning in a sea of choices, a local bride and groom are rescued by a planner with a personal touch.

62 Going to the Chapel

A Florida couple heads north for an intimate destination wedding warmed by candlelight and comfort food.

66 Come Fly With Me

A creative couple gathers family and friends to celebrate their love—both for each other and for the city where their story began.

70 Country Meets Camelot

A wildflower patch, a white horse and a first dance at moonrise: a Georgia farm girl dreams up a magical outdoor wedding.

76 You Must Remember This

Two journalists tie the knot in a ceremony that honors personal history and the power of place.

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66 TERESA EARNEST

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Discover the intersection of tradition and trend—and find new ways to put the Hostess City’s creative chic to work for you.

Find out why “undos” are the new updos—and use our simple bridal beauty regimen to schedule all your treatments.

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Inspired by the balletic paintings of Edgar Degas, we cast the latest gown trends in a vision of flowers and finery.

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We’ve all seen what trends can do to a wedding. Fading Kodak prints reveal our mothers’ flammable, feathered hair and stiff, puffy sleeves. In our lifetime, celebratory sendoffs have graduated from rice to bubbles to sparklers. Our grandmothers reminisce about receptions of cake and punch in church basements. Some of us even remember those mysterious tulle favor bags filled with inedible Jordan almonds. And by now, we’ve all sipped sweet tea from Mason jars. That’s why we at Savannah Weddings like to focus on lasting beauty. When we feature new ideas, it’s to showcase the creative possibilities, not to coerce couples into the “I do” assembly line. In this issue, you’ll meet couples and experts who are motivated by one common force: love. Whether they’re honoring a childhood dream or a grown-up passion, all are moved to surround themselves with the people and pursuits they cherish. More and more, weddings are moving away from themes, opting instead for curated, interactive collections of treasured experiences. In other words, we celebrate love in the simplest way: by surrounding ourselves with love. What better sign of a lasting union than a celebration of the couple itself—a pure reflection of their shared enthusiasm for life? If you’re reading this, you’ve chosen your destination wisely. Savannah is a city of style mavens and cultured creatives—not trend victims. Ours is a beauty that endures, yet is continually renewed by innovation and art. We’re also the Hostess City, bound by nature to offer a warm welcome—to you and all your loves. Warmly,

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

2. Andrea Gray Harper

Andrea has been an organizer and planner for as long as she can remember. She color-coordinated her closet as a child. Her passion for designing weddings grew from planning her own fall 2010 soirée. Since then, Andrea’s company, Gray Harper Event Maker, has specialized in beautifully crafted events filled with personally significant details. See more work at grayharperevents.com.

3. Izzy Hudgins

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

4. Audrey Wagner King

A maker, planner, designer and stylist extraordinaire, Audrey is the creative mind behind French Knot Studios. Her events, décor and accessories have been seen in Savannah Weddings, Style Me Pretty and many other wedding

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

6. The “Posh” Ladies

With a history of more than 500 successful events, Tara Skinner (front, center), Ashley Greene (front, left) and their Posh Petals and Pearls team specialize in full-service design and coordination for weddings and events. Their goal is to be a friend, adviser, vendor coordinator, financial planner and problem solver, making the most of clients’ time and budgets. See more work at poshpetalsandpearls.com.

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Erin Rollins is a family, birth and wedding photographer in Savannah and the surrounding areas. Her work has been seen in numerous publications as well as popular wedding blogs. Erin also hosts the annual charity event Faces of Faith, which allows families to come out for “quick takes” while donating to a family in need. See more work at erinrenepho tography.com.

8. Mark Williams

With nearly 30 years of experience and more than 500 weddings under his belt, Mark Williams likes to keep his studio a family affair. He shares his passion for photography with his colleagues: his wife, Andrea, and daughters, Marielle, Julianne and Caroline. Their work has been featured in The Knot and on Lifetime’s Catering Wars. To see how the

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Say “I do” in one of our 22 squares—or in front of the Forsyth Park fountain.

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Create an artisanal registry on your wedding website, with links to local makers like Lovelane Designs and Savannah Plush.

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Incorporate Savannah foliage—magnolia leaves, palmetto fronds, hydrangea and cape jasmine—into your flower arrangements.

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Toast your guests with a tall, cold one from Southbound Brewing Co.

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Revive after a long night of pub crawling with a fresh cup of PERC.

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Serve farm-to-fork, oceanto-table cuisine by hiring a caterer who sources ingredients from local producers.

Bespoke-en for with a custom dress by Cate Lyon or a Savannah seersucker suit.

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Custom-craft a destination-themed gift bag with Savannah Welcome Totes— complete with the latest copy of Savannah magazine.

Liven up your reception with the bluegrass stylings of The Accomplices or gypsy jazz from Velvet Caravan.

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Thank the bridal party with unusual and one-of-a-kind gifts made by art students and alumni at ShopSCAD.

Order up a handmade headpiece by Nicki O’Connell.

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You’re a contemporary couple tying the knot in a fashionable destination. Why expect your mothers to settle for the standard pastel frou-frous? “For brides who are kind of breaking the rules for their wedding, a traditional mother-of-the-bride dress wouldn’t apply,” BleuBelle Bridal’s resident expert, Courtney Flood, agrees.

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The adjacent BleuBelle Boutique and BleuBelle Bridal, already a one-stop spree for the top-label trousseau, recently reopened BleuBelle Soiree, an in-store collection that specializes in fashion-forward formalwear options. Focusing on gowns for galas, Soiree offers high-end labels like BCBG, JS Collection, and Diane von Furstenberg— giving moms a chance to find a dress they can wear beyond the ceremony. “These dresses are designed to stand out,” Flood says. “They have a lot of embellishments—lots of beading, lots of embroidery.” For more alternatives, try Gaucho Savannah’s whimsically romantic frocks by Komarov or the classic, yet youthful, designs of Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman. —Marisa Del Valle

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Non-partisan Parties The days of “yours” and “mine” are out as couples opt for an “ours” approach to ceremony seating. Skinner says more and more brides and grooms keep it casual and fun with catch phrases to incite informality, such as, “As our two families become one, we ask that you choose a seat, not a side.”

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Home Slice Overstuffed sofas with plush pillows, shimmering crystal chandeliers, sepia-toned family photos—even tree swings—set an intimate and inviting scene where the just-joined can nosh and chat during cocktail hour or sit and sip after-dinner drinks. “This trend makes you feel as if the bride and groom are welcoming you into their new family,” Skinner enthuses.

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Love Lift Us Up Nicole Schwalge of Ivory & Beau suggests adding a little levity to your décor with balloons big enough to sweep you off your feet. In pastel shades of pink and pearl, oversized orbs reminiscent of cotton candy, lollipops and clouds create a sweetly playful atmosphere sure to wake up the whimsy in every guest.

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Blush and tulle Consider a two-piece “gown” for yourself or your maids— and top it all off with a “veil” of spring flowers.

Above-the-knee skirts and blossom-hued fabrics were all over the bridal runways, offering arabesque-worthy alternatives to formal attire. James Hogan top, call for price, James Hogan, 412 Whitaker St., 912.234.0374, jameshogan.com. Stylist’s own vintage skirt. Floral crown by Urban Poppy, 912.429.3298, urbanpoppy.com

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LET IT SHINE Think of these accessories as statement jewelry for your feet and hands. Pewter and rose-gold hues soften the shimmer for a look that’s as tasteful as it is trend-conscious.

Every bride should glow as she chassés down the aisle—and these muted metallic accessories add the right mix of luxe and luster. Kate Spade “Charms in Gold” shoes, $328 at Kate Spade Savannah, 319 W. Broughton St., 912.495.6505, katespade.com. JPK Paris clutch, $87.50 at Gaucho, 251 Bull St., 912.232.7414, gauchosavannah.com; Poppy wristlet, $55 at Satchel, 311 W. Broughton St., 912.233.1008, shopsatchel.com

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BELLE OF THE BALL This cascading, Champagne tulle confection with its intricate Alencon lace bodice is a definite show-stopper. The illusion neckline provides the subtle sensuality of a strapless dress without sacrificing the support of sleeves.

You’re the prima ballerina of your own dance floor. Make an entrance in one of this year’s full-skirted ball gowns. Lazaro “LZ3364” gown, $3,950 at BleuBelle Bridal, 5500 Abercorn St., Ste. 42, 912.355.2502, bleubellebridal.com. Flowers by Urban Poppy

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THE RITE OF SPRING If a garland of flowers is not your style, find a fresh floral motif in jewelry. Velvet posies and vines of semi-precious stones make a subtle seasonal statement.

Unabashedly feminine details abound—from balletic bows and blossoms to sparkling charms. (Clockwise) Bracelet, $125 at Gaucho. Pearl and crystal comb, $75 at French Knot Studios, frenchknotstudios.com. Kate Spade “All Wrapped Up” bow ring in rose gold, $78 at Kate Spade Savannah. Vintage white and crystal earrings, stylist’s own. Jill Schwartz necklace, call for price, Terra Cotta, 34 Barnard St., 912.236.6150, terracottasavannah.com

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“Undos” are the new updos! Think versatile, voluminous, asymmetrical hairstyles that frame every face shape with a touch of Old Hollywood glamour. Look for side-swept chignons and soft, tousled curls to make an appearance at a chapel near you.

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the art of L ove From the master works at the Telfair Museums to the steady influx of creative students at the Savannah College of Art and Design, your wedding destination is a true art hub. Get inspiration from some of the geniuses of brush and canvas.

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Mondrian

A groundbreaking early modernist, Piet Mondrian is best known for his grid of squares—much like our fair city. Try translating his colorful graphics into a marvelous midcentury celebration.

Brought to You By‌ Event designer and stylist: Gray Harper Event Maker, grayharper.com Paper goods and cake: Lavender & Honey Designs, samantha-huba.squarespace. com Venue: Local 11Ten Food & Wine, local11ten.com Hair and makeup: Beyond Beautiful by Heather, beyondbeautifulbyheather.com Balloons: Art Pop Balloons Florals, pillows and napkins: Gray Harper Event Maker Model: Victoria Williams

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Hip to be Square: A strong geometric design can transfer from signature stationery and statement-making tablescapes to keepsake accessories. Pops of Color: Oversized balloons, bright poppies and a lushly linear cake take the graphic impact far beyond the grid. Know Your Place: Don’t let our antebellum reputation fool you—your planner can introduce you to a host of sleeker venues, including museums, restaurants and residences.

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French impressionist Claude Monet’s loose, visible brush strokes in “Water Lilies” evoke a natural dreamscape that blends seamlessly with your lush Savannah surroundings.

Brought to You By… Event design and styling: Posh Petals and Pearls Floral design: Harvey Designs Stationery and calligraphy: Emily McCarthy Tablecloth: Tara Skinner and Emily McCarthy Rentals: Savannah Special Events Bridal Gown: BleuBelle Bridal Location: The Davenport House garden

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Put Nature to Work: Amy Harvey of Harvey Designs created a color wash of peonies, snapdragons and lilies that naturally mimic the style of Monet’s brushstrokes. Gilding the Lily: What is Monet without his lily pads? Stationer Emily McCarthy cut out and hand lettered leafy menu cards to place in the center of each golden plate. Mixed Medium: There’s more to Impressionism than flowers. Ribbon, Depression glass—even paint on a white tablecloth—enrich the setting and keep the eye moving.

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The father of American pop art married self-expression with advertising design and coined the phrase “15 minutes of fame.” Celebrate your moment in the spotlight with his bold, irreverent aesthetic.


Playing With Pattern: Inspired by a diamond ring sketch by Warhol, graphic gems became a motif in the invitation that carried throughout the decor. More Bloom for Your Buck: A bouquet of ubiquitous carnations—a nod to Warhol’s frequent commentary on the massproduced—looks fresh when color-blocked. The Best-laid Plan: Make your escort cards interactive. In this wall-hanging, guests lift the corner of each square to see their table assignments.

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Drowning in a sea of choices, a local bride and groom are rescued by a planner with a personal touch.

By Andrea Goto | Photography by Jade and Matthew McCully

“I have cold feet,” Jen Whiteman declared the morning of her November wedding. Fortunately, Jen was being literal. A transformer had blown behind the Historic District apartment she shared with her fiancé, Mike Campanaro, knocking out the electricity, and with it, their water heater. When the explosion woke them from their sleep, Mike—who was battling a stomach virus and high fever— saw smoke and panicked. “Get the dress! Get out! Get out!” he yelled, his wedding-skewed priorities firmly in place. Fortunately, there was no fire. It was a dramatic way to begin the rest of their lives together. Yet, with seven years as a couple in the bank, Jennifer remained particularly unfazed. As she explains it, “When Mike sees a horse, I see a unicorn.” “And when I hear gunshots, you hear fireworks,” Mike adds, laughing. O Captain, Our Captain The bride, a senior enrollment rep at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and groom, co-owner of AOK Watersports on Tybee Island, had each moved from the Northeast to attend SCAD, where they met in a string music course. Their professor encouraged Mike, a cellist, and Jen, a violinist, to collaborate on a duet, and they began to date almost immediately.

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Season: Fall Palette: Burnt orange, mustard yellow, gold, ivory and vintage teal Guests: 98 Planning Time: 1 year Rehearsal Dinner: Gryphon Tea Room Ceremony and Reception: Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

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“We didn’t really last as friends,” Jen teases. Although the two struck a chord, when it came to composing their wedding, some of the notes were out of tune. They knew they wanted the wedding to be personalized and unique with a lot of local elements—“nothing too perfect,” Jen adds—but the devil was in the details. “We kept getting into arguments over making decisions,” Mike says. “Not about what the decision should be, but about the fact that we could never make one.” The pair decided to hire a planner to captain the decision-making process and agreed that Andrea Gray Harper, who specializes in personalized, intimate gatherings, was the best fit. “I send out an extensive questionnaire early on,” Andrea explains, “even before the couple books me, so at our first meeting I can come to the table with some ideas. Then we spend a lot of time together. I end up really knowing them and what they like.” While the couple didn’t want a rigid theme for the wedding, Andrea suggested mixing subtle nautical details with elements of vintage travel to correspond with the ceremony and reception site, the gardens at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. During a meeting at the couple’s home, Andrea noticed the globe that served as a centerpiece for their dining room

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table, and she suggested using it as the “guest book.” Jen and Mike loved the idea of incorporating elements from their life together into the wedding decor, and were particularly delighted when Andrea surprised them by placing two gold cat figurines on the cutting cake, a nod to their beloved four-legged “babies.” Another playful detail involved a large glass jug placed at the sign-in table so each guest could leave a “message in a bottle.” And Andrea fashioned a backdrop made of three craft-paper panels emblazoned with excerpts from love notes the couple had written to each other over the years. Garden of Earthy Delights Personalizing the wedding meant knowing the bride and groom’s priorities. Whereas flowers were at the bottom of the list—“I would go to a field and get weeds, because I like that look,” says Jen—food and music were at the top. The couple regularly dines at B. Matthew’s, the site of their first date, so they quickly secured the iconic Bay Street eatery as their caterer. They also booked B. Matthew’s house gypsy jazz band, Velvet Caravan, to play during their ceremony and reception. True to form, the restaurant infused the reception with the Southern vibe Jen and Mike wanted. Several regional favorites were passed during the cocktail hour, including black-eyed pea cakes with Cajun remoulade


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and mustard-crusted, sliced pork loin with braised collard greens. Particularly crowd-pleasing: the fresh, aromatic popcorn station with a selection of caramel, duck confit, rosemary and Sriracha flavorings. In place of a full bar, guests enjoyed a signature peachginger-citrus cocktail Andrea created with the couple, as well as wine and craft beer from Savannah’s own Southbound Brewery. At the reception just a few steps away in the North Garden, a mixed green salad with pears, goat cheese and candied walnuts was plated on the table, as guests visited the Southern buffet and chef’s stations that served savory shrimp ’n’ grits, roasted herb chicken and tender gnocchi with lamb meatballs. Neither Jen nor Mike were interested in a traditional wedding cake. (“Yawn,” jokes Jen.) So, when presented with a long, delectable list of alternatives, the couple declared, “Yes, we’ll take them all!”—including apple rosemary hand pies, chocolate chip cookies with sea salt, and espresso cake with white chocolate buttercream frosting. “I think because Jen and Mike don’t really drink, there are other things in life they really love,” Andrea explains, “like dessert, coffee and tea. So it was important that they had these things.” The scent of culinary comforts drifted beyond the

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dinner hour with a late-night serving of donut holes— made fresh onsite—and chicken ’n’ waffle bites. As the guests departed, they were given the couple’s favorite local coffee and loose-leaf tea. Thinking Small Although the menu practically wrote itself, the biggest challenge for Andrea was making the spacious outdoor reception site more intimate. The North Garden’s covered venue boasts an immense vertical space and no discernable areas for dancing or dining. Andrea draped long strips of fabric in the wedding’s vivid palette of oranges and teals from the ceiling to designate the dance floor. She then suspended rustic windowpanes adorned with moss-covered numbers as table markers. She placed the sweetheart table—an antique desk—at the back of the dining area and lit it with strands of hanging bulbs to give the bride and groom a view of their guests as well as a touch of privacy while they ate. “Perfection amidst chaos,” describes Jen. And what of Mike’s untimely bout with the stomach bug? “When I saw Jen walk toward me, I felt better,” he recalls. Steady as she goes. S


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The big day: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 Palette: Burnt orange, mustard yellow, gold, ivory and vintage teal Planning time: 1 year Guests: 98 Planner/event designer: Gray Harper - Event Maker Rehearsal dinner: Gryphon Tea Room Ceremony: Scarbrough Garden at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum Officiant: Arlene Meyer Ceremony music: Velvet Caravan Gown: Romona Keveza, BleuBelle Bridal Accessories: Vintage hair clips and DIY veil Hair and makeup: Marie Bramlett Bridesmaids’ dresses: Individually selected Groom’s/groomsmen’s attire: Custom suit by Atlanta designer Sid Mashburn; Allen Edmonds shoes Reception site: North Garden at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum Catering: B. Matthews Reception music: Keith Kozel Florist: Gray Harper - Event Maker Cake: Samantha Sanford Rentals: Gray Harper - Event Maker and Savannah Special Events Transportation: Classic Jaguar, borrowed from a friend Videographer: Talin Bolen Photographer: Jade and Matthew McCully, Jade + Matthew Take Pictures, jadeandmatthew.com

Andrea draped long strips of fabric in the wedding’s

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A Florida couple heads north for an intimate destination wedding warmed by candlelight and comfort food.

Amanda Felix and A.J. Mays went to the same high school in Tampa, Fla., but it wasn’t until years later that they fell in love. When the time came to make their relationship official, the pair wanted a destination wedding that reflected their grown-up tastes. “We’ve had so many friends get hitched over the last several years all around the Tampa Bay area,” Amanda explains, “and we knew we wanted something different.” The bride set her sights on one of her favorite Southern cities, and a Google search led her to the nearby Tybee Island Wedding Chapel, 17 miles from downtown Savannah in the relaxed beach town of Tybee Island. “The first thing my husband said when we walked into that chapel was that this was the place he envisioned me walking down the aisle to become his wife,” Amanda beams. “We knew it was right for us from the moment we walked in.” The wedding chapel—built for the 2010 Nicholas Sparks movie The Last Song and inspired by the look of a 1908 seaside Baptist church—provided the ideal starting point for the couple and their event designer, Nicole Schwalge of Ivory & Beau. “Amanda told me she wanted lots of candlelight and a very romantic setting,” Nicole says, “and this venue lends itself perfectly to a Southern, vintage wedding.” Pinning and Winning The serendipity continued as the trio set out to plan an elegant, atmospheric event that Amanda and A.J. could truly call their own.

By Sarah Hinson | Photography by April Patterson

Amanda and A.J.

Season: Fall Palette: Navy, coral, blush Guests: 70 Planning time: 14 months Rehearsal dinner: Sundae Cafe Ceremony and reception: Tybee Island Wedding Chapel

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Facebook users loved Amanda and A.J.’s love story and photos enough to vote for them to win free rentals from Ever Thine Vintage, an Augusta-based company with an impressive collection of period furniture and accessories. With an eye toward timeless warmth, Nicole and the couple selected mismatched china, candlesticks, books, lounge furniture—even a mantle for the ceremony. Pinterest also contributed a slew of ideas to the couple’s wedding plans. The popular website and app inspired Amanda to use a globe as her guestbook, candles rather than flowers for her tablescapes and centerpieces, and even a ceremony program apropos of the fun-loving couple: “order of ceremony: music starts, we get married, everyone parties.” There in Spirit With so many details in place, the only thing missing was the maid of honor. Amanda’s best friend, Natalie, gave birth to her first child a week before the event and was unable to make the trip. Unwilling to be truly absent, she worked closely with Nicole to plan special surprises for the bride during her special day, including a pre-recorded speech and reading of the e.e. cummings poem, “i carry your heart with me.” Amanda was beyond grateful that her dear friend could be a part of the wedding.

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“I have known Natalie all 27 years of my life, and my heart just about exploded with joy each time I heard her voice at our wedding,” the bride recalls. A Hearty Feast When it came time to select the menu, the couple craved something authentic. In their case, Southern soul food was a welcome change from the ordinary. “I’m Puerto Rican and A.J. is Italian,” Amanda explains. “You would think we would have gone in either of those directions, but we get that kind of food all the time in the Tampa Bay area.” Joe’s Homemade catered the event, passing mini tomato-and-cucumber sandwiches during cocktail hour and serving up a hearty meal of soul-soothing comfort foods, including garlic mashed potatoes, mac ’n’ cheese, shrimp ’n’ grits and oven-baked fried chicken. Months later, guests still gush about the food—and the warm, inviting atmosphere. Amanda says they couldn’t have pulled it off without Nicole, and the wedding planner is grateful for the couple’s openness and energy. “Working with this couple, you can just tell how absolutely head-over-heels in love with each other they are,” Nicole says. Sounds like all the right fixin’s for a memorable Savannah celebration. S


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The big day: Friday, October 11, 2013 Palette: Navy, coral, blush Planning time: 14 months Guests: 70 Planner/event designer: Nicole Schwalge, Ivory & Beau Rehearsal dinner: Sundae Cafe Ceremony/reception site: Tybee Island Wedding Chapel Officiant: The Rev. John Ashley Ceremony/reception music: All About You Entertainment Gown: Jim Hjelm, CC’s Boutique, Tampa, Fla. Accessories: Nina jewelry and shoes; heirloom hair comb Hair and makeup: Heather Ferguson, Beyond Beautiful by Heather Bridesmaids’ dresses: BCBG Groom’s/groomsmen’s attire: Perry Ellis Catering and cake: Joe’s Homemade Cafe, Catering and Bakery Florist: Simply Savannah Events Rentals: Ever Thine Vintage Rentals Photography: April Patterson, Life’s Highlights, lifeshighlights.net

“Amanda told me she wanted lots of candlelight

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WITH ME

A creative couple gathers family and friends to celebrate their love—both for each other

and for the city where their story began.

While dashing between classes at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Tirza Soobitsky and Jay Culliton were smitten—not only with each other but also with the city that brought them together. After their post-grad move to New York City in 2009, the couple looked back longingly on their college courtship environs. When they decided to marry, there was no question as to their destination. “Of course, Savannah reminded us both of falling in love,” says Tirza, a jewelry designer. But the city also appealed as a wedding setting in other ways. “We both loved the lush green and other colors … and the antique ironwork. We’ve always had a passion for vintage architecture and design.” She and Jay also adored Savannah’s offbeat side. Although the couple appreciates antiquities, “we’re not too traditional,” Tirza notes. “We like things with a quirky twist.” The city’s vintage vibe and eccentric aura suited their tastes to a T. Isn’t It Romantic? A shared planning experience was key to the couple. “We wanted it to be our wedding, not just my wedding,” Tirza emphasizes. Another important goal was to have an intimate gathering—not just a small one, but one at which close friends and family would sense how much they mattered to the duo. Honoring their guests made Savannah’s appeal as a destination important. Tirza’s family hails mostly from the Northeast and Jay’s from Michigan.

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Tirza and Jay

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“About 95 percent of our guests were coming from a great distance,” the bride recalls. “We realized the trip could be a mini-vacation for the people most important to us.” Knowing their guests well, both felt sure they would enjoy the “soft, romantic, Savannah feel” they intended for the weekend. That made some decisions—such as being wed in front of the famous Forsyth Park fountain—a breeze. It also informed the attire. To keep their groomsmen comfortable on a predictably warm Savannah April afternoon, the couple chose jacketless garb: gray pants and vests with purple shirts

to suit—but not necessarily match—the bridal palette of pinks, purples and antique gold. Tirza chose antique-gold cocktail dresses for her three bridesmaids and a blushcolored, custom-made gown for herself. Laughing, she recalls that the dramatically draped rear cowl required some dedicated effort by her maid of honor, Loring Barber. “It took patience for her to fasten (the gown’s) 25 hooks and eyes!” A Matter of Taste For the reception dinner at gilded, gourmet Garibaldi Café, guests ordered off the establishment’s menu to suit their own palates. The bride and groom focused their creativity on personalizing the hors d’oeuvres and décor. As starters, Garibaldi’s house biscuits were presented with three different gourmet cheeses and three types of honey (red straw honey from Jay’s hometown, wildflower honey from Tirza’s and Savannah Bee Company’s sourwood honey). Guests could stack and drizzle the choices to find their favorites while getting a taste of places important to the couple. Place cards and photo nametags were designed and hand-lettered by the bride and displayed in a 1950s jewelry box—just one of many vintage finds that made the reception as unique as the couple intended. A cake topper depicting foxes in formal wear was snapped up on Etsy.com because it made the couple laugh. Assorted flowers in antique and vintage glasses—a different arrangement at each table—set the subtle, delicate, “organic” scene the couple preferred. “Each table had its own personality, like each person there and each square in Savannah,” Tirza notes. Daring to DIY Reflecting from the couple’s new home in East Norwalk, Conn., Tirza unfurls fond memories of Savannah and says that her affection only grew after working with the city’s event vendors. “They were all true professionals who knew what needed to happen and how,” she recalls, “and that meant the world to us.” Now happily married, the DIY bride advises other betrothed pairs to keep calm and “do what’s right for you as a couple.” For instance, Tirza recalls her mother’s concern upon hearing her daughter had chosen a blushcolored gown. “I invited Mom to a fitting, and then she was 150 percent on board. Now she says, ‘I’m so glad you picked that color!’” Tirza and Jay planned painstakingly to delight their loved ones, but they also heeded their inner voices. That balance was their bliss. S

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The big day:  Sunday, April 21, 2013 Guests:  63 Planning time:  16 months Palette:  Antique gold with soft pinks, purples and gray Rehearsal dinner: Churchill’s Wedding planners/designers:  Bride and groom Ceremony: Forsyth Park Reception:  Garibaldi Café Officiant:  The Rev. Steven Schulte Ceremony/reception music:  Eric Smith, Coastal Entertainment Gown:  Custom-made by Dianne Keesee, Westchester County, N.Y. Accessories:  Shoes from Nordstrom, wedding bands and bridesmaids’ earrings designed by bride Hair and makeup:  Joli A. Brides Bridesmaids’ dresses:  Ralph Lauren Groom’s/groomsmen’s attire:  Pants and vests, Men’s Wearhouse; shirts, Boden Catering:  Garibaldi Café Florist:  A to Zinnias Cake:  Two Cakes Rentals:  Classic Party Rentals Transportation: Oglethorpe Trolley Tours Photographer:  Teresa Earnest, Memories ‘n’ More, memoriesnmore.net

“About 95 percent of our guests were coming from

a great distance,” the bride recalls. “We realized the trip could be a mini-vacation for the people most important to us.”

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CAMELOT

A wildflower patch, a white horse and a first dance at moonrise: a Georgia farmgirl dreams up a magical outdoor wedding.

By Judy Bean | Photography by Mark Williams,

Marielle Williams Singletary and Erin Rollins Like many little girls, Julianne Williams used to envision her wedding as a scene from a fairy tale. But unlike most, she had a specific, real-life setting in mind: a meadow beside a pecan grove on her family’s Swainsboro farm. So as a grown-up wedding photographer and bride-tobe, Julianne already had two things many brides strive for: a spectacular venue and a clear vision. The bride, once a child equestrienne, saw herself riding a white horse through the field to meet her groom, registered nurse Brandon Blount, and marrying him in a field of wildflowers. To make that dream a reality, she and Brandon turned to their close-knit families for help—and to wedding planner Tara Skinner of Posh Petals and Pearls for her expert leadership. A Labor of Love Months before the wedding, the groom’s father, who doubled as his best man, planted the wildflower garden beneath a trio of trees to define the altar area. The groom’s mother provided her wedding gown to be restyled for the bride, and his brother composed an original wedding song. Meanwhile, the bride’s twin sister and matron of honor, Marielle Singletary, designed the bridal bouquet and altar arrangements and made candy flowers for the top tier of the wedding cake, baked by family friend Nancy Duckworth.

Julianne and Brandon

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The bride wore her groom's mother's silk chiffon with

Chantilly, Venice and Brussels lace, remade into an off-the-shoulder, princess-style gown. Flower girl Lyla Grace Martin, the groom’s niece, wore a dress made from the remnants of the restyled gown.

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Another family friend, Joanne Lane, made the groom’s cake and a third, Sue Tanner, catered the reception. Still another friend, Mona Lisa Johnson, loaned her white stallion, Darrah’s Silver Arrow, for Julianne to ride into view. As a result, Tara says, the entire celebration was “beautiful, fun, Bohemian and incredibly personal—definitely not a cookie-cutter wedding.” A Vision in White On a warm September afternoon, groom Brandon and his attendants stood before a hip-high backdrop of purple and pink wildflowers. Her long, loose hair crowned in flowers, Julianne approached astride the white horse. Her father, photographer Mark Williams, helped her dismount and escorted her up the grass aisle to the plaintive strains of Hans Zimmer’s “Tennessee.” Uninvited butterflies flitted by in apparent approval as Julianne and Brandon exchanged vows. The bride wore her groom’s mother’s silk chiffon with Chantilly, Venice and Brussels lace, remade into an off-the-shoulder, princess-style gown. Flower girl Lyla Grace Martin, the groom’s niece, wore a dress made from the remnants of the restyled gown, and ring bearer John Nathan Martin, the groom’s nephew, carried the jewelry on the bride’s childhood tooth fairy pillow. Twelve bridesmaids in full-length lavender gowns and nine groomsmen in oyster-colored, summer-weight suits flanked the flowery altar. Fiddler Glenn Watkins, another family friend, performed processional music, accompanied by a pianist and cellist. The groom’s brother, Rhett, played the guitar and sang the song he had written as their sister, Allison Martin, harmonized. Picture Perfect After the vows, a short stroll brought guests to the nearby pecan grove, which was crisscrossed at ceiling height with hundreds of white lights. Portraits of the couple by Julianne’s father and sister (both of whom are her colleagues in the family photography business) hung from the light strands and tree branches, along with suspended floral arrangements. These airy bouquets and those on the tables were all handmade by the bridesmaids, the bride

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and her grandmother. Behind the bridal table, a beaded backdrop framed the seated bride and groom, catching the last rays of the setting sun. After toasts and a Southern feast, the couple shared their first dance as the Tifton-based band Doctor, Doctor played “Never Let Me Go” and the full moon rose above the horizon. Under a canopy of stars, guests danced until the couple was swept off in an antique buggy driven by their groomsmen. For Julianne, the day was more than magical—it was spiritual. “I recall feeling more in touch with God than ever before,” she says, encouraging other brides to savor, not stress over, every moment. “Your wedding day is truly a gift from God.” And so, it seems, is your family. S

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Behind the Veil

For Julianne, the day was more than magical—it was spiritual. “I recall feeling more in touch with God than ever before,” she says.

The big day: September 1, 2012 Season: Summer Guests: 200 Planning time: 8 months Palette: Purples and pinks Rehearsal dinner: East Georgia State College; catered by Bevrick’s of Metter Wedding planner/designer: Tara Skinner, Posh Petals and Pearls Ceremony/reception: Blount Family Orchard, Swainsboro Officiants: The Revs. Mark Wiggins and Mark White Ceremony music: Guitarist/vocalist Rhett Blount, vocalist Allison Martin, pianist Jay Beverly, cellist David Van Wyck and fiddler Glenn Watkins Gown: From the groom’s mother, restyled by Scott Marchbanks, Frills and Fancies, Statesboro Accessories: Headpiece, Scott Marchbanks, Frills and Fancies; veil, Vera Wang; shoes, Aldo; jewelry, handmade by bride and matron of honor Hair and makeup: Missy Douglas and Michael Womack, Main Street Styles, Swainsboro Bridesmaids’ dresses: LightInTheBox. com, customized with lace waistbands handmade by bride and matron of honor Groom's/groomsmen’s attire: R.J. Pope, Statesboro Catering: Sue’s Catering, Wrightsville Reception music: Doctor, Doctor Florists: Mark Williams Studio, bridesmaids Cake: Nancy Duckworth, Macy Lawson, Lisa Gonzalez and Marielle Singletary Rentals: Don’s Tent rentals Videographer: Green Peace Videography Transportation: White stallion from breeder/trainer Mona Lisa Johnson, buggy refurbished by groom’s grandfather Photographers: Mark Williams Studio, markwilliamsstudio.com, and Erin Rene Photography, erinrenephotography.com

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YOU MUST RE M EMB ER

TH I S

Two jounalists tie the knot in a ceremony that honors personal history and the power of place.

By Sarah Hinson | Photography by Jade and Matthew McCully

Jessica Savage was born and raised in Savannah, but she was working at an East Texas newspaper when she met fellow journalist Steven Alford. From that day on, the pair was inseparable. “Our co-workers called us the ‘Bobbsey Twins,’” Jessica recalls. When Steven popped the question, there was no doubt in Jessica’s mind that she would marry him in her hometown—and treat her new Texas family and friends to a true Savannah celebration. The couple teamed up with From this Day Forward’s Meredith Stroud to plan a wedding that would showcase the Hostess City’s storied architecture, timeless style and festive spirit—with a splash of Art Deco inspiration. A Garden Party “Jessica’s original vision was a vintage-inspired wedding featuring the soft colors of spring and the historic charm of Savannah,” says Meredith, who suggested the lavish Harper Fowlkes House garden as a ceremony and reception site. The stunning Greek Revival gem is situated on Orleans Square, where Jessica posed for high school graduation photos more than a decade ago. “The venue was the perfect place to celebrate another milestone,” the bride affirms. With the location confirmed, Meredith and Jessica set about personalizing the event with meaningful details. Jessica’s cousin, a talented graphic designer, created custom invitations that, Meredith says, “highlighted a vintage, Art Deco design Jessica had envisioned from the beginning.” The planner brought this inspiration to life with metallic

Jessica and Steven

Season: Spring Palette: Blush pink, gold and aqua Guests: 100 Planning time: 1 year Rehearsal dinner: Delegal Marina, The Landings Club Ceremony and reception: Harper Fowlkes House garden

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accents in gold and aqua. Flower boxes and assorted vases were filled with sculptural arrangements of blushing spring blooms in a variety of textures. In a nod to the couple’s journalism careers, framed table names were handwritten on old newspaper clippings. Dearly Beloved And, even though their wedding day was joyous, the couple keenly felt the absence of Jessica’s late father and sister. They worked with Meredith to weave thoughtful, symbolic tributes into their big day. Steven wore a ring from Jessica’s father on his right hand and the bride wrapped a cross necklace from her sister, Gwyn, around her bouquet. And a passage from her father’s edition of The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran was read during the ceremony. Quick Change After the vows, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in Orleans Square, followed by a tour of the historic house, while Meredith and her team performed their “wedding magic” in the garden. When the guests

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returned, the ceremony space had vanished, replaced by a festive reception under a twinkling canopy of café lights. Meanwhile, Chef Nick Mueller & Co. had whipped up a flavorful feast, including barbecue-glazed salmon with roasted corn relish and peach salsa, Thai-style ginger lime risotto and grilled petite rib-eye steaks with housemade steak sauce. The gold chevron cake from Savannah Custom Cakes was a focal point, bringing boldness to Jessica’s Deco-inspired theme. After the dining, dancing and glittering sparkler sendoff, the couple made a fitting departure in a sleek 1937 Packard. Remember When Looking back on her perfect day, Jessica says she couldn’t have done it without Meredith. “She made the process smooth and walked us through every little detail along the way, which was especially crucial since we were living in Texas and unable to be in Savannah for some of the key decisions,” the bride recalls. “She made it easy.” Most important: she made it memorable. She made it theirs. S


real weddings

Behind the Veil

The big day: Saturday, April 6, 2013 Palette: Blush pink, gold, aqua Planning time: 1 year Guests: 100 Planner/event designer: Meredith Stroud, From This Day Forward Weddings and Events Rehearsal dinner: Delegal Marina, The Landings Club Ceremony/reception: Harper Fowlkes House Garden Officiant: The Rev. Steve Schulte Ceremony music: New Arts Ensembles Gown: Amsale Accessories: Hairpiece from BHDLN; heirloom family jewelry Hair: Salon Aqua Makeup: Jessica Duthu Bridesmaids’ dresses: Bridesmaids’ choice in blush pink Catering: Chef Nick Mueller & Co. and Whitemarsh Beverage Reception music: Eric Smith, Coastal Entertainment Florist: Artistry in Bloom Cake: Savannah Custom Cakes by Minette Rushing Rentals: Savannah Special Events by Ranco Transportation: Oglethorpe Trolley Tours; 1937 Packard from Timeless Motorcoaches Welcome bags: Savannah Welcome Totes Invitations: Designed by the bride’s cousin, letterpress printing by Tom Kazenske of Savannah Print Factory Calligraphy: Lowcountry Calligraphy Photography: Jade and Matthew McCully, Jade + Matthew Take Pictures, jadeandmatthew.com

When the guests returned, the ceremony space had vanished,

replaced by a festive reception under a twinkling canopy of café lights.

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a place for us

LO C AT I O N ,

LOCATION Short of choosing

O 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 AR UT GE TIN ? G O VE GU RN ES IGH TS T ? HA ND AC I CE CA SS P ? DA NC FL E O O R?

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the groom, your venue may be the single most important wedding decision you will make. To help you make a smart choice, we asked area wedding sites to share their vital statistics.

VENUE

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10 Downing at Churchill's Pub thebritishpub.com, 912.232.8501 17 Hundred 90 Inn 17hundred90.com, 912.236.7122 109 West 109west.net, 912.232.6633 American Legion Ballroom alpost135.com, 912.233.9277

Historic District 100 Y Y N Y N N Y Y 13 W. Bay St.

Andaz Savannah savannah.andaz.hyatt.com 912.629.9484

Historic District 307 E. President St.

6 or fewer for Y N Y elopement package

Historic District 26 109 W. Liberty St.

part of N elope. pkg.

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Historic District 299 Y N Y Y N N N Y 1108 Bull St.

Historic District 150 Y Y N Y N Y Y Y 14 Barnard St.

Armstrong Center Southside 600 Y Y N Y Y N Y Y armstrong.edu/armstrongcenter 13040 Abercorn St. 912.344.2555 B. Tillman Midtown 150 N Y N Y Y N Y Y byrdcookiecompany.com, 912.721.1564 6700 Waters 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. Bloody Point Golf Club & Resort Daufuskie Island, S.C. 175 Y Y N Y N Y Y N Bloodypointgolf.com 56 Fuskie Lane 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 Bonna Bella Waterfront Grille Eastside 200 Y Y N Y N N 90% Y bonnabellayachtclub.com, 912.352.3133 2740 Livingston Ave. Botanical Garden, Savannah Area Council of Garden Clubs and Historic Reinhard Farmhouse savannahbotanical.org, 912.355.3883 The Brice - A Kimpton Hotel bricehotel.com, 912.238.1200

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Midtown 100 interior; Y N Y N N N Y N 1388 Eisenhower 40 exterior Drive Historic District 125 Y Y N Y N Y Y Y 601 E. Bay St.


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

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

Charles H. Morris Center trusteesgarden.com, 912.443.3277

Historic District 300 10 East Broad St.

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens Southside coastalgeorgiabg.org, 912.921.5460 2 Canebrake Road

Y N Y Y N N Y Y

80 interior; Y N Y Y N N Y Y 300 exterior

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 Courtyard by Marriott - Savannah Historic District 50 Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Historic District 415 W. Bay St. courtyard.com/savdt, 912.790.8287 Dept. 7 East Historic District 50 N Y N may N N Y N dept7east.com, 912.232.0215 7 E. Broughton St. apply The Distillery's Speakeasy Lounge Historic District 100 Y Y Y Y N N Y Y distillerysavannah.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. The Ford Plantation fordplantation.com, 912.756.5725

Richmond Hill 300 12511 Ford Ave.

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

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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

Four Points by Sheraton Historic Savannah Historic District 150 fourpoints.com/historicsavannah 520 W. Bryan St. 912.790.1000

N Y N N N Y Y Y

Garden of the Coastal Plain Statesboro (Georgia 125 pavilion; Y N Y N N N Y Y georgiasouthern.edu/garden Southern University) 400 with tent 912.871.1149 1505 Bland Ave. Garibaldi CafĂŠ City Market 120 Y Y N N N N Y Y garibaldisavannah.com, 912.232.7118 315 W. Congress St. The Gastonian Historic District 34 Y Y Y must book N Y Y N gastonian.com 220 E. Gaston St. entire inn 912.232.2869 (17 rooms) Georgia Historical Society Historic District 200 Y N choose Y N N Y N georgiahistory.com, 912.651.2125 x120 501 Whitaker St. from list Georgia State Railroad Museum Historic District 800 Y N Y Y N N Y Y chsgeorgia.org, 912.651.6823 601 W. Harris St. Grand Lake Club at Southbridge Southbridge 170 seated; Y Y N depends Y N Y Y grandlakesav.com/weddings, 912.233.2466 815 Southbridge Blvd. 250 standing on venue

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Start Your Love Story...with Us! • • • • • • •

Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions Rehearsal Dinner Cruises After Party Moonlight Cruises Anniversary Dinner Cruises Farewell Brunch Cruises Narrated Sightseeing Cruises Bridal Showers

old, new, Borrowed and Blue… come set sail with the riverboat crew!

For reservations & tickets Visit www.savannahriverboat.com or call 912.232.6404 or 800.786.6404

River Street Riverboat Company • 9 East River Street | PO Box 10086 • Savannah, GA 31412 www.savannahriverboat.com • 912.232.6404 or 800.786.6404


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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. savannahhistoricsuites.hamptoninn.com 912.721.1600 Hampton Inn and Suites - Savannah Midtown 150 Y Y N ask N Y Y Y Midtown 20 Johnston St. stayinsavannah.com, 912.721.3700 The Harper Fowlkes House Historic District 120 Y N Y N N N Y Y* harperfowlkeshouse.com, 912.234.2180 230 Barnard St. Hilton Garden Inn - Savannah Historic District 60 N Y N food & Historic District 321 W. Bay St. bev. min. stayhgi.com, 912.721.5000

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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

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Y

Y

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

Historic District 100 324 E. State St.

in the garden

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

Historic District 290 123 E. Broughton St.

Y; holds 80

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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, 912.395.5070 207 E Gordon St. 75 girls' garden; list area 75 boys' garden Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum mightyeighth.org, 912.748.8888

Pooler 175 Bourne Ave.

up to 600; Y Y 100 in chapel

choose from list

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N

N

limited

Y

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.

*Brick courtyard is used for dancing. ** Flagstone patio is used for dancing. *** Pavilion floor is used for dancing.

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For Booking Information Call Maria Cortez


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NCA SIT TE E RI NG AL ? L O OW FC C AT HO ER IC ER E RO ? O CH M AR GE ? CA KE CH 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 N FL CE O O R?

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Moon River Brewing Co. Historic District 125 N Y N Y N N N Y moonriverbrewing.com 21 W. Bay St. 912.447.0943 Ocean Plaza Beach Resort Tybee Island 220 Y Y N food & Y Y Y Y oceanplaza.com, 912.786.7777 1401 Strand Ave. bev. min. Oglethorpe Inn & Suites oglethorpeinn.com, 912.354.8560

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

Old Fort Jackson chsgeorgia.org, 912.232.3945

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

The Olde Pink House 912.232.4286

Historic District 200+ 23 Abercorn St.

Y with Y reserv.

Y, unless N min. met

Y

Y

N

Y Y N N N N Y Y

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

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The Pirates' House Historic District 200 N N N N Y N Y N thepirateshouse.com, 912.233.5757 20 East Broad St. Planters Inn on Reynolds Square plantersinnsavannah.com, 800.554.1187

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


229.563.4959 www.clarusphotography.com

Welcome to 10 Downing

Savannah’s premier intimate wedding reception and rehearsal venue Located on the second floor above Churchill’s Restaurant and Pub, our stunning venue is adjacent to the restaurant’s outdoor roof terrace. We are proud to be announced as a Bride’s Choice Winner of 2013 with weddingwire.com. If attention to detail, responsive communication, elegant surroundings and sumptuous food are all things you place importance on for your special day, 10 Downing is the venue for you.

Contact Mark Royston at 912.232.8501 • 13-16 W. Bay Street • www.thebritishpub.com


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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 galodges.com/lodges/reynolds/weddings 912.485.2299

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

Richmond Hill City Center richmondhillcitycenter.com 912.445.0043

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

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

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A HIGH STYLE WEDDING

IN THE LOWCOUNTRY!

It’s the most important day of your life..... celebrate it in picture perfect style at

CALLAWASSIE ISLAND CLUB Our gracious Charleston-style clubhouse is located halfway between Bluffton and Beaufort. There, you can accommodate 225 guests in elegant style. For an outdoor setting, consider our incredible tented marshfront lawn for up to 300. Many brides also rave about the River Club, perfect for small weddings or rehearsal dinners. Either way, Callawassie Island provides the perfect Lowcountry ambiance for you and your guests.

Photos Courtesy of Scott Hopkins Photography

For more info and a tour contact us at 843-987-2143. Visit us on The Knot and WeddingWire for reviews and photos and our website www.callawassieisland.com


Savannah International Trade & Convention Center savtcc.com, 912.447.4063

Hutchinson Island 1,000 1 International Drive

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Savannah Marriott Riverfront Historic District 1,000 Y Y N Y N Y Y Y marriott.com/savrf 100 General 912.233.7722 McIntosh Blvd. Savannah Quarters Country Club Pooler 200 interior; Y Y N Y N N Y Y savannahquarterscc.com 8 Palladian Way 400 exterior 912.450.2285 Savannah Riverboat Historic District 450-600 Y Y N N N N Y Y savannahriverboat.com 9 E. River St. 912.232.6404 Savannah Station Historic District 500 standing; Y choose N Y N/A N Y Y savannahstation.com 601 Cohen St. 350 seated from list 912.233.5400 Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum Historic District 320 seated in Y N Y N N N Y Y (William Scarbrough House and Gardens) 41 MLK Jr. Blvd. pavilion; 600 preferred shipsofthesea.org, 912.232.1511 standing list Skidaway Island State Park Southside 150 Y N Y Y N camping Y Y gastateparks.org/skidawayisland 52 Diamond only 912.598.2300 Causeway Historic District 121 Barnard St.

850 at the Jepson Y Y Center

choose from list

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N

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The Davis House, Vidalia, GA

Steve Barnhart Photography

Telfair Museums telfair.org, 912.790.8879

Mark Williams Studio

Begin your love story with 11 acres of endless possibilities. Come to the region’s best garden and leave traffic, tourists, and assembly-line weddings behind.

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1505 Bland Avenue, Statesboro, GA georgiasouthern.edu/garden (912) 871.1149


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Tybee Island Light Station Tybee Island 500 Y N Y Y N N Y N tybeelighthouse.org 30 Meddin Ave. 912.786.5801 Tybee Island Wedding Chapel LLC Tybee Island 120 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y tybeeweddingchapel.com 1112 U.S. 80 E. 912.786.9099 Villas by the Sea Resort Jekyll Island 80 Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y jekyllislandga.com 1175 N. Beachview 800.841.6262 Drive Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa Historic District 840 seated; Y Y N, unless food & westinsavannah.com 1 Resort Drive 1,600 standing special bev. min. 912.201.2000 needs

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

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Southside 7601 Skidaway Road

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Beautiful Oceanfront Weddings The ideal setting for your island wedding awaits at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort!

Choose from our beautiful oceanfront venue or opt for under the live oaks to say your vows. Our professional wedding and catering staff will help you design the perfect celebration for your big day. Palmetto Dunes also specializes in other events including engagement parties and rehearsal dinners. Resort accommodations range from grand oceanfront homes to private villas. Enjoy 3 miles of beach, championship golf, tennis, bikes and more. There’s something fun for everyone on your guest list. Call us today to start planning your event! 843-686-9623

Celebrations • Rehearsal Dinners • Weddings • Receptions

www.PalmettoDunes.com


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When it comes to making your Savannah wedding perfect, choose the experts who make Savannah Weddings possible.

Savannah Weddings Magazine, Telfair Museums and Visit Savannah Present the 5th Annual

S AVA n n A h ’ S S i g n AT u r e B o u T i q u e B r i d A l e V e n T

Your Dream Wedding Starts Here. Be inspired by more than 50 expert wedding planners, caterers, florists, photographers, venues and more.  enjoy an afternoon of tastings, consultations, luxe giveaways and a top-label bridal fashion show.

Sunday, March 2 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Telfair Museums Tickets: $15 at behindtheveil2014.eventbrite.com $20 at the door. Members of Telfair Museums will be admitted for free.

SavannahWeddingsMag.com

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4 p.m. Fashion show • BleuBelle Bridal • Simon’s Formal Wear • B Street Salon • Savannah Makeup and Skincare Professionals • Urban Poppy • Jeremy Davis & The Equinox Jazz Quintet.


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ACCOMMODATIONS

York Street Vacation Condos 404-275-4543 yorkstreetcondos.com 134 Whitaker St. Page 54

APPAREL

BleuBelle Bridal 912-355-2502 bleubellebridal.com 5500 Abercorn St., Ste. 42 Page 5

Ivory + Beau

The Pirates’ House 912-233-2225 thepirateshouse.com 20 East Broad St. Page 85

SAVOR...Savannah 912-447-4000 savorsmgsavannah.com 1 International Drive Page 86

COSMETIC DENTISTRY

Scott A. Cohen, DDS, PC

912-200-4794 ivoryandbeau.com 7302 Abercorn St., Ste. 1B Page 25

912-353-9533 savannahdentalcentre.com 835 E. 65th St., Ste. 108 Page 45

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COSMETIC SURGERY/MEDICAL SPAS

912-667-6946 lovethedressbridal.com 2312B Abercorn St. Page 27

Simon’s Formal Wear 912-352-1251 simonsformal.com 5521 Abercorn St., Ste. 300 Page 45

CAKES/DESSERTS Gigi’s Cupcakes

912-349-2778 gigiscupcakesusa.com/ savannahgeorgia 5521 Abercorn St., Ste. 100 Page 96

MollieCakes 912-352-8993 Page 16

Savannah Rum Runners 912-355-4177 savannahrumrunners.com 324 W. Bolton St. Page 98

CATERERS

Cha Bella and Earth to Table Catering 912-790-7888 cha-bella.com 120 East Broad St. Page 96

Creekside Catering 912-356-3288 creeksidecatering.com 1000 Eisenhower Drive, Ste. E Page 13

Dept. 7 East 912-232-0215 dept7east.com 7 E. Broughton St. Page 31

Coastal Empire Plastic Surgery

912-920-2090/888-920-2090   coastalempireplasticsurgery.com 900 Mohawk St., Ste. A Back cover

Genesis Medical Spa of Savannah

Say I Do With Moxie

MOXIEBYKATHERINELAMB.COM • 912.604.2690 • MOXIEBYKATHERINELAMB@GMAIL.COM

912-354-4095 genesissavannah.com 4451 Paulsen St., Ste. B Page 4

Savannah Plastic Surgery 912-351-5050/800-424-8478 savannahplasticsurgery.com 7208 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Savannah 1000 Towne Center, Ste. 701, Pooler 10025 Ford Ave., Richmond Hill 4451 Country Club Road, Statesboro Page 15

DAY SPAS

Silver Lining Spa 912-661-0036 silverliningspa.com 351 Commercial Drive, Ste. A Page 103

Spa Bleu 912-236-1490 spableu-sav.com 101 Bull St. Page 3

ENTERTAINMENT

All About You Entertainment allaboutyoudjs.com 912-897-0518 Page 101

Enjoy lots of

BIG DAY

Flavor on your special Weddings | Rehearsal Dinners | Catering | Bridal Showers Bachelor Parties

Let us take care of the details, so you can enjoy the moment

The Equinox Jazz Orchestra 912-547-3196 equinoxjazz.com Page 43

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Stylishly Sweet Our exquisitely decorated gourmet cupcakes are a favorite at weddings, parties and events. With over 100 varieties of cupcakes to choose from, call us today to schedule your event.

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EQUIPMENT RENTAL Beachview Event Rentals & Design 912-510-3800/877-782-7368 beachview.net Page 27

Savannah Special Events by Ranco 912-944-6200 savannahspecialevents.com 1200 W. Bay St. 8115 Waters Ave. Page 14

EVENT PLANNERS Anne Hagin Events 912-856-3030 annehaginevents.com

French Knot Studios

Gigi’s Cupcakes of Savannah, GA

5521 Abercorn St, Suite 100 • Savannah, GA 31405 savannahga@gigiscupcakesusa.com • Phone: (912) 349-2778

frenchknotstudios.com Page 93

From This Day Forward Weddings & Events 912-675-1234 weddingsfromthisdayforward.com Page 55

Moxie Events by Katherine Lamb 912-604-2690 moxiebykatherinelamb.com Page 95

Posh Petals & Pearls

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912-234-3400 atozinnias.com 125 East Broad St. Page 100

John Davis Florist 912-233-6077 johndavisflorist.com 2430 Abercorn St. Page 22

Kato Floral Designs 912-508-1166 katoweddings.com 421 E. Broughton St. (by appointment only) Page 13

Kiwi Fleur

Madame Chrysanthemum

912-704-3773 morgangalloevents.com

CHA-BELLA.COM • CHABELLACATERING@GMAIL.COM

A to Zinnias

912-228-2920 grayharper.com

Morgan Gallo Events

102 E BROAD ST SAVANNAH, GA 31401 • (912) 790-7888

FLORAL DESIGN

Gray Harper - Event Maker

912-200-4794 ivoryandbeau.com 7302 Abercorn St., Ste. 1B Page 25

Exquisite catering presented onsite or your site. Call now to book events in our beautiful outdoor patio!

912-401-4560 vivid-event.com Page 43

912-352-0995 kiwifleur.com 714 Mall Blvd., Ste. 2 Page 54

Ivory + Beau

Our emphasis is on consistently delicious, organic, and seasonal fare served in a fun and innovative space.

VIVID EVENTS | Design Management - Coordination

912-596-6064/912-659-9590 poshpetalsandpearls.com ido@poshpetalsandpearls.com Page 29

Sebrell Smith Designer Events 912-604-6852 sebrellsmith.com 8419 Ferguson Ave. Page 32

912-238-3355 101 W. Taylor St. Page 19

GIFTS/GIFT REGISTRIES Cottage Shop

912-233-3820 cottageshopgifts.com 2422 Abercorn St. Page 29

HAIR/MAKEUP

Savannah Makeup and Skincare Professionals 912-661-0036 savannahmakeupprofessionalsby lynnandcompany.com 351 Commercial Drive, Ste. A Page 103

JEWELRY

International Diamond Center 912-354-4344 shopidc.com 349 Mall Blvd. Page 21


Photos by Jade + Matthew

cell: (912) 398-5328 home: (912) 598-1076 fax: (912) 598-9291 visit us at: artistry-in-bloom.com email us at: artistryinbloom@gmail.com


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PHOTOGRAPHY

RESTROOMS

912-898-7878 angelahopperphotography.com Page 92

912-232-6187 naturescallinginc.com

Azelle Photography

40 Volume

Angela Hopper Photography

912-704-1616 azellephotography.com contact@azellephotography.com

Beacon Photo 912-508-5859 beaconphoto.com Inside front cover

Clarus Photography 229-563-4959 clarusphotography.com Page 87

Dragonfly Photography 912-257-6057 dragonflyphotodesign.com 103 Parkside Blvd. Page 17

Dream Weaver Photos 912-443-9097 dreamweaverphotos.com jamie@dreamweaverphotos.com Page 103

Greg Ceo, Savannah Wedding Photographer 912-238-5354 savannahweddingphoto.com greg@savannahweddingphoto.com

Hopkins Studios 912-308-7057 hopkinsstudios.com Pages 6-7

Katie McGee Photography katiemcgeephotography.com

324 West Bolton Street Savannah, GA 31401

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Kelli Boyd Photography 912-441-0725 kelliboydphotography.com Page 89

phone: 912.355.4177 fax: 912.355.4175

Mark Williams Studio

savannahrumrunners.com Savannah Rum Runners Bakery

Rach Lea Photography

877-520-8832 markwilliamsstudio.com Page 9 502-593-3902 rachleaphoto.com Page 16

Nature’s Calling Inc.

SALONS 912-352-0077 3307 Waters Ave. michelle@40volume.com Page 25

Brian Davis Salon 912-351-0600 5525 Abercorn St., Ste. 25 Page 103

SPECIAL SERVICES Curry Dry Cleaners

912-355-2930 1310 E. DeRenne Ave. 912-897-4595 440 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Page 102

Savannah Bee Co. 800-955-5080 savannahbee.com 211 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Page 42

SavannahIDo.com Visit Savannah 877-SAVANNAH 101 E. Bay St. Page 33

Stitch 912-856-5159 stitchsavannah.com 6 E. Liberty St. Page 101

TRANSPORTATION Old Savannah Tours

912-234-8128/800-517-9007 oldsavannahtours.com Page 97

VENUES

10 Downing at Churchill’s Pub 912-232-8501 thebritishpub.com/banqueting 13 W. Bay St. Page 87

American Legion Ballroom 912-233-9277/912-675-0246 alpost135.com 1108 Bull St. Page 31


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Celebrating an engagement or wedding

Sharing the happy news of your engagement and wedding is exciting. Celebrate your new life together by placing your announcement in the Savannah Morning News and savannahnow.com. There are several packages to choose from, some as low as $40.

Call our Celebrations Consultant at (912) 652-0225 for more information Or visit us online at savannahnow.com/celebrations


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Armstrong Center 912-344-2555 armstrong.edu/armstrongcenter 11935 Abercorn St. Page 42

Beachview Club 912-510-3800/877-782-7368 beachviewweddings.com 721 N. Beachview Drive Jekyll Island Page 27

Belford’s 912-233-2626 belfordssavannah.com 315 W. St. Julian St. Page 98

Botanical Garden & 1840 Reinhard Farmhouse 912-355-3883 savannahbotanical.org 1388 Eisenhower Drive

Brockington Hall 912-856-5117 brockingtonhall.com 213 E. Hall St. Page 32

Cha Bella and Earth to Table Catering 912-790-7888 cha-bella.com 120 East Broad St. Page 96

Dept. 7 East

You Are Invited... Celebrate your wedding reception with a taste of Savannah history at the picturesque Wilmington Island Club. Located atop a hill on the golf course of the General Oglethorpe Hotel (circa 1927), the Wilmington Island Clubhouse designed in 1999 offers a perfect backdrop for the treasured pictures of your special day. Wrap-around terraces will beckon you and your guests to spectacular views of lush greenery, ponds and fountains. Savor culinary delights from our custom-created nouvelle Southern or Continental menus. Dance the night away by the light of the chandeliers in our elegant ballroom, and serve up a slice of Savannah history along with your wedding cake. For more information on our services and venue, call the food and beverage office at (912)897-1612, ext. 101.

501 Wilmington Island Rd. Savannah, GA 31410

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912-232-0215 dept7east.com 7 E. Broughton St. Page 31

Garden of the Coastal Plain at Georgia Southern 912-871-1149 georgiasouthern.edu/garden 1505 Bland Ave. (a few blocks from the main Georgia Southern University campus) Statesboro Page 90

The Harper Fowlkes House 912-234-2180 harperfowlkeshouse.com 230 Barnard St. (on Orleans Square)

Jepson Center for the Arts 912-790-8800 telfair.org 207 W. York St. Page 8

Massie Heritage Center 912-395-5070 massieschool.com 207 E. Gordon St. Page 14

The Melting Pot 912-349-5676 meltingpot.com 232 W. Broughton St. Page 88

National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force 912-748-8888 mightyeighth.org 175 Bourne Ave., Pooler Page 17

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

Owens-Thomas House 912-790-8800 telfair.org 124 Abercorn St. Page 8

Red Bluff Plantation 855-348-4375 redbluffplantation.com 545 Glasgow Landing Road Hardeeville, S.C. Inside back cover

Ruth’s Chris Steak House 912-721-4800 ruthschris.com 111 W. Bay St. Page 95

Savannah Quarters Country Club 912-450-2285 savannahquarterscc.com 8 Palladian Way, Pooler Page 10

Savannah Riverboat Cruises 800-786-6404 savannahriverboat.com 9 E. River St. Page 83


Savannah’s Leader In DJ Entertainment

Fun, Elegant, Unforgettable. • Over 25 years of experience, 5 Professional DJs to choose from. • Uplighting and Photobooths also available.

912-897-0518 | www.allaboutyoudjs.com

Love How You Look in

Pictures!

912.401.0449 www.truebalancemd.com


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Savannah’s Preferred Wedding Gown Cleaners for 70 Years!

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Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum William Scarbrough House and Gardens 912-232-1511 shipsofthesea.org 41 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (between Broughton and Congress streets)

Telfair Academy 912-790-8800 telfair.org 121 Barnard St. Page 8

Custom Deluxe Dry Cleaning, Shirt Laundry, Wedding Gown, Preservation and Restoration, Formal Wear, Alterations Free pick up and delivery to home or office available by calling 661.2774

1310 E. Derenne Ave. • 355.2930 | 440 Johnny Mercer Blvd. • 897.4595

Tybee Island Light Station and Museum 912-786-5801 tybeelighthouse.org 30 Meddin Drive, Tybee Island Page 23

Tybee Wedding Chapel 800-786-5889 tybeeweddingchapel.com 1114 U.S. 80, Tybee Island Page 2

Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah 912-234-0980 uusavannah.org/weddings 311 E. Harris St. Page 102

Wilmington Island Club 912-897-1612, ext. 101 wilmingtonislandclub.com 501 Wilmington Island Road Page 100

VENUES/ ACCOMMODATIONS Callawassie Island

843-987-2161 callawassieisland.com 20 Callawassie Club Drive, Okatie, S.C. Page 89

Hyatt Regency Savannah 912-238-1234 savannah.hyatt.com 2 W. Bay St. Page 85

Inn at Ellis Square 912-944-3286 912-236-4440 Ext. 286 877-542-7666 innatellissquare.com 201 W. Bay St. Page 22

The Planters Inn 912-232-5678/800-554-1187 plantersinnsavannah.com 29 Abercorn St. Page 99

The Presidents’ Quarters Inn 912-233-1600/800-233-1776 presidentsquarters.com 225 E. President St. Page 19

StayInSavannah.com 912-721-6013 Page 55

WEIGHT LOSS True Balance MD

912-401-0449 truebalancemd.com 200 Stephenson Ave., Ste. 302 Page 101

All are welcome for weddings and unions

Beautifully restored sanctuary • Located on Historic Troup Square • Excellent acoustics See our video at uusavannah.org/weddings

311 E. Harris Street • 912-234-0980

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The Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah


Hair & Make-up by Tori Voller

www.briandavissalon.com

Savannah Makeup and Hair

P RO F E S S I O NA L S by Lynn and Company W H E R E E V E RY E V E N T I S A WO R K O F A RT

www.savannahmakeupprofessionalsbylynnandcompany.com

Dream Weaver Photos Visit Our New Spa Spa Rental for Bridal Parties Available Visit our website: silverliningspa.com 351 Commercial Drive Ste. A • Savannah 912.661.0036

offers packages that come with photo booth, album, canvas & more!

PHOTO BO OTH SAMPLE

P: 912-484-7990 • E: Jamie@DreamWeaverPhotos.com W: DreamWeaverPhotos.com


ever after

THE KISS

Departing the Ships of the Sea Museum in a classic Jaguar, Jen and Mike

J ADE AND M ATT H E W M CC U LLY

Campanaro (p. 56) stop time for a moment before driving off into their bright future together.

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Brandon Lata Photography

Where Lasting Memories Begin. Red Bluff Plantation

Jasper County, SC | 11 Miles from Historic Downtown Savannah RedBluffPlantation.com Another fine land investment originated and managed by American Timberlands Company.

AmericanTimberlands.com



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