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Local Venue Listings, Expert Planning Secrets & 10 Inspired “I Dos”


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WINNER OF THE KNOT’S BEST OF WEDDINGS HALL OF FAME The Tybee Island Wedding Chapel and Grand Ballroom is situated 18 miles from historic downtown Savannah, Georgia. Nestled on Tybee Island’s tidewater creek, the venue boasts over 7,000 square feet of event space. The venue features an ornate Sanctuary, Grand Ballroom, Bridal Suite, Groom’s Quarters, Cocktail Lounge, 2 Catering Kitchens, and an outdoor patio that overlooks the island’s tidewater creek. Chapel clients also have access to event amenities including a state-of-the art audio-visual system, black Chiavari chairs and special event tables.

Best of Weddings 2014, 2013 and 2012 with The Knot.com & Bride’s Choice Award 2014, 2013 and 2012 with Weddingwire.com 1114 US Hwy 80-PO Box 1576, Tybee Island, Georgia 31328 • 912.786.9099 or 888.988.9233 • tybeechapel@aol.com

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MAKING YOUR DREAM WEDDING A REALITY Why trust the Whitman Mansion on the most important day of your life? The Whitman Mansion overlooking Forsyth Park offers highly personalized events that are far from ordinary. By working with you and your wedding planner, together we create the perfect wedding that reflects your taste and style. Trust The Whitman Mansion to see to every last detail so you can concentrate on saying “I do”. If you prefer a low key occasion with particularly attractive rates, our elopement packages may be the ideal choice for you. After all your wedding day is all about you…

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Sea Palms Resort provides an idyllic location for wedding ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners at any time of the year. (912) 638-3351 www.SeaPalms.com/Weddings

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Let us create your magical day! The Jekyll Island Club Hotel provides a memorable and picturesque backdrop for your special day. Whether you envision a celebration that’s traditional or trend-setting, festive or formal, intimate or grand scale, in the ballroom, garden, or right on the beach, the resort’s variety of premier wedding sites will give you unlimited options in planning your perfect Coastal Georgia storybook wedding. (855) 688-7050 www.JekyllClub.com/Weddings

A seaside haven for happy couples and their guests.

Beachside or ballroom, small and intimate or large and lavish, we vow to make your special day one of romance and memories. (912) 268-5002 www.KingAndPrince.com


YOUR DREAM WEDDING Resort guests & bridal parties enjoy renewal at the world’s largest Heavenly Spa, recharge at The Club at Savannah Harbor PGA Championship golf course, and host friends & family in an atmosphere of calm and comfort. We ensure a flawless, unforgettable experience. For a better you.™

912.201.2033 1 Resort Drive Savannah, GA 31421 www.westinsavannah.com


Forever begins at The Brice

ceremony + reception venue

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table of contents

Spring/Summer 2015

Vol. 8, No. 1

FEATURES 46 As Time Goes By

An extended engagement proves ideal for a Charlotte couple planning the perfect springtime celebration.

50 Sail Away

A Midwestern couple embarks on a nautical adventure to tie the knot at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum.

54 Showered with Love

A pair of expats chases the clouds away on a beautiful “big day” among the atmospheric oaks.

58 A River Runs Through It

Two transplants introduce their guests to the South with a moonlit view of Savannah’s historic riverfront.

62 Small Wonder With just five months to plan, a destination couple and their local planner cozy up to an intimate celebration. J A D E A N D M A T T H E W M C C U L LY

68 From Here to Eternity

Two laid-back locals hit the beach at Tybee Island to dip their toes in the great, wide ocean of love.

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72 Our Way to Fall

A historic venue undergoes a seasonal renaissance in the hands of two enamored Atlantans.

76 A Moving Celebration

Two nostalgic New Yorkers start their honeymoon early with a wedding at their favorite tourist destination.

80 A Day in Provence

84 All Things Considered

A Southern belle plays wedding hostess, honoring her guests with carefully curated delights.

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A couple flies south from New York for a charmed celebration that’s as fresh as it is French. JUSTIN BROWN

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DEPARTMENTS 22 Something New

Meet us at the crossroads of tradition and trend— and get to know some event artists who make Savannah weddings so special.

30 Divine Details 30 Garden Variety Lush and luxuriant, Savannah’s green spaces inspire a beautiful, botanical photo shoot.

34 Posh and Playful We’ll never be royals? You could have fooled us. Purple rules in this vivid vintage inspiration shoot.

44 Beauty Boot Camp

36 For Richer or Poorer A local event designer and international wedding blogger offers some timely tips to make the most of your wedding budget.

90 A Place for Us

On the Cover

Inspired by the runways and red carpets, soft, detailed romanticism is making a full comeback .

Your location may be the single most important wedding decision you make. Get the stats on venues here.

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32 Sparkle and Pop A modern venue in the Historic District serves as a gallery for bright colors and glittery glamour.

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For the best style on the aisle, local experts show us how to walk the line between classic and cool.

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Photography: Izzy Hudgins Producer: Audrey Wagner King Model: Vy Dang Hair: Jordan Sprinkle for B Street Salon Makeup: Jules De Jesus Fritz, Jules More Than Makeup Venue: The Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center Styling and Floral Design: French Knot Studios Vintage Furniture Rentals: Savannah Vintage Rentals Dress: Theia, from Bleubelle Bridal Veil: Ivory and Beau

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editor’s letter

practical

TERESA EARNEST

magic

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT Local bride Valerie Vance is a pianist at Savannah Smiles, so she’s no stranger to the spotlight. She and her groom, Joshua Gabriel, commissioned photographer Teresa Earnest for not one but three engagement shoots in four local venues: the beach at Hilton Head Island, The Public Kitchen and Bar, The Bohemian Hotel and the Top Deck at the Cotton Sail. Now, that’s a lot of memories!

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No matter how many weddings I cover—no matter how many brides and experts I interview or how long I live in this stunning nuptial destination—I’m always surprised by how much more there is to learn about this monumental life event and the artistry that surrounds it. Take, for example, the engagement shoot. Sure, who wouldn’t want model-quality photos to post on their wedding website? I’ve even seen some couples use the images on their save-the-dates and even in their wedding décor. But I needed local wedding photographer (and Savannah personality) Teresa Earnest to sit down with me and explain that the real purpose of the engagement shoot is to practice for the main event. “You need to feel comfortable with the camera—and with your photographer,” the bubbly redhead assures me. “And trust me—your groom needs to practice what to do with his hands. The engagement photos are a chance to make sure that your wedding photos are relaxed and natural enough to show how happy you really are.” She has a point. In the end, after your pedicab or Bentley pulls away from the best night of your life, all that will be left are the photos. You’ll need them to get through the dark nights, when you can’t believe you married someone who would make that hurtful comment or buy that brand of trash bag. “Marriage is work,” they tell us, and it’s true. All the more reason for the wedding to be fun. Put the work in the hands of Savannah’s experts, and concentrate on storing up enough memories—enough magic—to get you through the better and the worse. There’s no place like Savannah. That’s why there’s nothing like a Savannah wedding. When I say that, people often think I’m talking about our venues: the live-oak-lined paths leading to charming chapels; the breezy beaches, lush gardens and stunning Gothic halls. But this destination is all about her people: their expertise, resourcefulness, warmth and creativity. Talk to a local pro about customizing your perfect day. And be sure to share your memories with me. Annabelle Carr Editor


Your perfect day. Our perfect place. Whether you are searching for a venue to host your rehearsal, ceremony or wedding reception, The Armstrong Center will make your special day elegant and effortless. Visit us online or call our on-site event coordinator.

13040 Abercorn Street | Savannah, GA 31419 912.344.2953 | armstrong.edu/armstrongcenter


contributors

T H E Y ’ V E G OT T H E

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1. Justin and Amanda Brown

The husband-and-wife team behind The Happy Bloom grew up in Southern Alabama, where they fell in love with everything the South had to offer: oak trees, hay bales, grits, sweet tea—you name it. When they combined their love affair with the South with the art of photography, a Savannah business began to bloom. See more work at thehappybloom.com.

2. Greg Ceo

Greg is a professional commercial photographer and SCAD professor with almost 20 years of wedding experience. He is a photojournalist who strives to document the true emotions of the day as they happen, without making a scene. Greg loves living in Savannah with his wife and studio manager, Michelle, and their 8-year-old son, Oliver.   See more work at savannahweddingphoto.com

3. Teresa Earnest

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 teresaearnest photography.com.

4. Izzy Hudgins

Izzy is an international wedding photographer and the co-producer of Let’s Play, Dear, an online lifestyle

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magazine for Savannah and the Southeast. When not behind a camera, this vibrant redhead enjoys dancing, sipping wine and playing with her two German shepherds. See more work at izzyhudgins.com.

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

6. 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. See more work at jadeandmatthew.com.

7. Erin Rollins

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 erinrenephotography.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. See more work at markwilliamsstudio.com.


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Who went the extra mile to make (or save) your perfect day? Was it your event designer, officiant or florist? Your cake artist? Your gown specialist? Nominate your favorite Savannah wedding professional for a Savannah Weddings magazine industry award. Tell us your story today at savannah weddingsmag.com. (Only one nomination per person, please. Deadline: May 15, 2015)

Like us on Facebook! Talk to us on Twitter! Pin us on Pinterest! Heart us on Instagram! Our handle: @SavWeddingsMag

More to Love Please note the following additional credits for “Coast With Me” (Fall/Winter 2014, pg. 43): Event Rentals: Beachview Event Rentals & Design Cake: Natasha Gaskill for A Squad Bakeshop Hair: Emily Warren, Dollface by Jules Manicure: Jules De Jesus Fritz, Dollface by Jules

Face Facts Lynn Quann of Savannah Makeup and Skincare Professionals and Silver Lining Spa did the beautiful makeup for our Behind the Veil bridal salon and “Picture Perfect” (Fall/Winter 2014, pg. 40).

And be sure to go to our website: savannahweddingsmag.com

PHOTO CREDIT: ALEXIS SWEET PHOTOGRAPHY

Savannah’s premier gift and bridal registry

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Monday-Friday 9:30-5:30 - Saturday by Appointment www.cottageshopgifts.com (912) 233-3820 2422 Abercorn Street 2 blocks north of Victory Drive

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Who Gets a Behind the Veil Award?


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something new

Bright Blossoms Color is eclipsing theme as we seek to make an instant impact—and flowers offer the perfect pop. Alstromeria, carnations, blue thistle and silver leaf by French Knot Studios

Forget Favors Why give just a token when you can fill a welcome bag with locally made treats and mementos? Byrd Cookie Co. peanut roll, Savannah Bee Co. honey, Paris Market cotton boll

A Family Feast The unfussy farm table is going strong—and many Savannah venues have their own custom versions. Savannah Vintage Rentals farm table on the Moon River Brewing Co. patio

Love the Look Let your wedding party share the style spotlight with mismatched bridesmaid dresses and smart accessories. Dresses from BleuBelle Boutique at the Dresser Palmer House

Here’s to Us The signature cocktail is never more welcome than here in Savannah, home of the sip ’n’ stroll. Lemonade spritzer with sugar garnish and customizable drink flags by Liddabits

Piece of Cake With lush layers and rich toppings, today’s “naked” cake is even yummier than its “clothed” counterpart. A Squad Bakeshop chocolate mousse layered cake with pavlova and blackberries

NOW PLAYING Savannah celebrates

at the crossroads of tradition and trend—and here are a few of the creative touches our event artists are having fun with. Photography by Izzy Hudgins | Styled by Audrey Wagner King

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PHOTOS BY MARIANNE LUCILLE PHOTOGRAPHY

Planning an event is an exciting task. The venue you choose is usually one of the first decisions made. Here, at Cohen’s Retreat, we possess a genuine committment to giving each one of our guests a flawless experience. While the Art Tank at Cohen’s Retreat is large and spacious and the Blue Rooster Cafe rooms are also available and provide a smaller, more intimate setting to choose from. You may even wish to book the entire building - the choice is up to you and the possibilities are endless!

C O N TA C T U S

5715 Skidaway Road Savannah, GA

912.355.3336

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MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER

LOCAL TALENT

Kelli Boyd Savannah native and professional photographer, Kelli Boyd Photography Love Song: “Love and Happiness” by Al Green Sweet Spot: The Ford Plantation has everything Southern: marsh, water, old oak trees and a must-have tent, all wrapped up on one beautiful plantation.

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<< Best Shot: There is nothing better than to see the newly pronounced Mr. and Mrs. sharing a moment on the dance floor! I love catching these moments with all of their friends and family around them. Meet/Greet: Minette Rushing of Custom Cakes is a must-meet! Anything you want to know about the dos and don’ts of making and choosing wedding cakes—she has the answer. Try This: Don’t be afraid to add some color to your wedding day—and that includes your wedding dress! Consider a pop of color on a sash or a soft gray or blush-tone gown. Hayley Paige at BleuBelle Bridal has some beautiful dresses with just the right amount of color. Don’t Miss: To-go cups! Savannah is a great walking city with a liberal container law. Get your favorite toddy in a plastic cup and take a stroll through the beautiful squares or go shopping on Broughton Street!

TRENDS

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COURTESY

Who says vintage décor has to be demure? Nicole Schwalge and Adrienna McDermott of Ivory and Beau highlight bold and bright details as a way to tease tradition—and give this festive tablescape a splash of personality. Yes, you can layer grandma’s china with some vibrant, newer pieces for a look that’s both luxurious and lasting. And when it comes to getaway cars, even the most current couple can’t resist the timeless allure of a Packard’s elegant curves. Select statement pieces: that’s vintage 2.0. ivoryandbeau.com

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LOCAL TALENT

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MEET THE MAKEUP ARTIST Heather Ferguson Makeup artist and owner, Beyond Beautiful by Heather Love Song: “Moonlight Serenade” by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra Sweet Spot: Garibaldi Cafe is just beautiful and so utterly romantic.

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<< Best Shot: This couple was the sweetest. They are so in love and so excited to marry each other—and this shot just says it all in their sweet embrace Meet/Greet: Chris Dooley is a sweet and hilarious local musician. He plays violin and piano beautifully for weddings. He also has two adorable pet cockatoos that he takes out and about with him. He lets people pet them. Try This: Go vintage with your bridal look! Matte red lips and glamorous waves in the hair are always stunning. I’m an old soul for sure, and I love the looks of the 1920s to the 1940s so much. Don’t Miss: Walking down the path of arching live oaks at sunset at Wormsloe Plantation. Nothing could be more beautiful. J a d e an d M atth e w M ccully

TRENDS

Federal, Gothic, Victorian, Georgian, Greek Revival, Italianate, Regency and Romanesque. These are the architectural styles that populate historic Savannah— and local artist Ellen Hagan uses them to spell out new love. Hagan creates personalized name art using her own original photographs of architectural details—so you can commemorate your new family name and your wedding destination at the same time. ellenhaganart.etsy.com

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Places in the Heart


Photo courtesy of Clay Austin Photography | On location at Boone Hall Plantation

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Savannah’s Wedding Destination Day Spa

Let us tailor the perfect, custom package just for you and your bridal party Massage • Facials • Manicures & Pedicures • Thermal Body Treatments Spray Tanning • Lash Extensions • Airbrush Make-Up • Hair Design

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something new

MEET THE VENUE DIRECTOR

LOCAL TALENT

Ray Anaya Venue director and marketing director, Tybee Island Wedding Chapel and Grand Ballroom Love Song: “Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis Sweet Spot: Every area of our chapel was constructed with photography in mind—from the hardwood floors to the elegant, timeless chandeliers.

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Meet/Greet: Angie Maria Kato with Kato Floral Designs is extremely intriguing and personable. Few people know about her extensive floral training—and her backstory is really neat! Try This: Pair a charitable cause with your wedding. Instead of the typical favors, couples are making donations to the charities of their choice—and educating their guests about why they support these causes. We all have opportunities in our life to give back, and this is a perfect one. << Best Shot: Kaylee and Ryan had to postpone their wedding when Ryan was deployed. I love the innocence and excitement on both of their faces as they are about to see each other for the first time. Don’t Miss: Kayaking on Tybee Island. The waterways are full of adventure. MARK WILLIAMS STUDIO

TRENDS

“You put all of that hard work into such a beautiful invitation—now show it off!” urges Tristan Needham of Design Studio South. “On the day of your wedding, don’t forget to bring your full invitation suite— equipped with reception, response, and information cards. Ask your photographer to style and shoot your suite, along with other elements from your special day, just as Justin Brown from The Happy Bloom did here.” That little bit of planning might make the difference between Style Me Pretty and Facebook. Graphic design: Fox and Birch

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WE DO No. 2No. 1

WEDON’T DO HONEYMOONS, WE DO ENGAGEMENTS, IMPOSSIBLY FUSSY. SMALL GARDEN WEDDINGS, AND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS…THE KIND THAT GET A LITTLE

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divine details

garden

variety

Lush and luxuriant, Savannahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s green spaces provide ample inspiration for a styled shoot decorated by Mother Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and designed by local talent.

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Photography: Izzy Hudgins Photography Planning and styling: Ivory and Beau Venue: Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens Models: Leslie Miller and Brad Ciechanowski Gowns: Ivory and Beau Florals: Colonial House of Flowers Hair and makeup: Marie Bramlett, Wicked Lulu Bowtie, tie, sash and necklace: Leslie Miller Design Test tube chandelier: Grace Graffiti Tableware and cake table stands: World Market Invitation design: Ivory and Beau

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sparkle and pop

A modern venue in the heart of the Historic District serves as a gorgeous gallery for bright colors and glittery glamour in this festive idea session.

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Photography and styling: Teresa Earnest Photography Venue: The Brice, a Kimpton Hotel Model: Erika Lewis Flowers: Carlson’s Premiere Events and Joann’s Florist Signage and stationery: Lowcountry Paper Co. Dresses: Sarah Seven (long) and Love Found True (short) at Ivory and Beau Earrings: Betsy Pittard Designs, Fabrik Savannah (earrings on Kate Spade book, Kendra Scott) Clutch and bow necklace: Kate Spade Shoes: Badgley Mischka Tablecloth: Carlson’s Premiere Events Makeup: Beyond Beautiful by Heather Desserts: Gigi’s Cupcakes

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Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never be royals? You could have fooled us. Purple rules on the rolling green lawns of the country club in this vivid vintage inspiration shoot.

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Photography: Izzy Hudgins Photography Styling and event design: French Knot Studios Venue: Savannah Quarters Country Club Models: Rachel and Steve Schull Floral design: Gray Harper Event Maker Vintage China: Lillianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s China Vintage furniture rentals and pews: Savannah Vintage Rentals Backdrop: East Taylor Creative Cake: A Squad Bakeshop Laser cut cake topper, place cards and table number: Nic. Roc. Designs Dresses, veil and bolero jacket: BleuBelle Bridal Invitation Suite: Wedding Paper Divas Hair and makeup: Jordan Sprinkle for B Street Salon

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for richer or poorer

What kind of perfect day can you afford? A local event designer and international wedding blogger

offers some timely tips to make the most of your wedding budget. If you have an unlimited wedding budget, read no further! Savannah boasts a wealth of talented event designers who can help you achieve the wedding of your wildest dreams. But if you’re like most brides, you’re already armed with a dollar figure—and a Pinterest account filled to bursting with beautiful images. Pinterest and magazines like this one are full of captivating ideas, but few of them provide the pricing information required for such fabulous fêtes. Online budget worksheets list every possible element, but few pair them with

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By Audrey Wagner King | Photography by Izzy Hudgins

informative dollar amounts or percentages. And the cost of a wedding can vary dramatically from one city to the next. So here are some things to consider as you crunch numbers and start planning your Savannah wedding.

The Guest List I recommend that brides prepare to spend a minimum of $200 per guest. Typically half of that goes toward food and drink; the rest pays for the photographer, planner, flowers, entertainment, venue, transportation and other needs.

Keep this number in mind as you make the guest list. As you add each name, ask yourself, “Would I buy this person dinner and drinks on a random day?” If the answer is no, then strongly reconsider inviting them to your wedding. To keep your guest list manageable, divide your budget by $200. For example, if your budget is $20,000, that’s 100 guests. You may get away with inviting 120 because about 20 percent will decline (40 percent if your guests

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divine details (Continued from page 36) FOR RICHER OR POORER are all from out of town). Depending on who’s footing the bill, you may want to allot your parents 30 names, your future in-laws 30 names, and yourselves 30 names, with 10 left over for anyone who gets overlooked. And if your mom doesn’t need all 30, but your mother-in-law has extra invitees, they can even each other out.

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Here are a few of my favorite ways to get the day of your dreams without a financial nightmare: Season With Care. Be aware of the prime times and seasons for weddings, and don’t be surprised if they are more expensive. In Savannah, March through May and September through November are the most popular months. Saturdays are always in demand, and holiday weekends like Memorial Day often cost extra—not just for the wedding, but also for the flights and hotel rooms for any out-of-town guests. Bloom Responsibly. If flowers aren’t your top priority, choose color instead of variety. Peonies are the most popular wedding flowers—and usually the most expensive. They also are only in peak season a few months a year. (May, June and July typically have the biggest blooms.) Give your floral designers some freedom. Tell them your color preference and flower style (ruffled, sleek, rustic or wild?) and let them use their expertise to get you the most bang for your buck. Compare Apples to Apples. Outdoor weddings are lovely, but often full of hidden expenses. Few outdoor venues are equipped with tents, tables, chairs and other necessities. These items have to be rented, and sometimes even catering equipment needs to be delivered. It’s also wise to inquire about pest control—and book some of your own. Before you choose an outdoor venue over an indoor space, be sure to factor in all costs. Visit Mixed-use Spaces. Venues that have their own food and bar typically are less expensive in the long run. They usually have a food and

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beverage minimum you have to meet, but there is little to no room rental fee. More often than not, tables, chairs, and linens are included. Also consider a venue where you can have the ceremony and reception in one place. It’s convenient for the guests and you won’t need to provide any transportation. Timing is Everything. Consider doing a “first look” photo session before the ceremony. You’ll get some of the sweetest images, and you’ll be able to shorten or forego the cocktail hour. Also, you may want to skip the “grand exit.” This will not only save on confetti, sparklers, and ribbon streamers—it will also save you an hour of paid photographer time. Do a “grand entrance” instead, but not all venues allow sparklers or confetti, so be sure to ask in advance. Rent, Don’t Buy. Rented items are better quality, and you don’t have to arrange pickup and delivery. Besides, who wants a wedding’s worth of stuff after the big day? No one needs 20 matching tablecloths, and dry cleaning will cost as much as the linens did to begin with. Get Professional Help. Hire a planner, not just a day-of coordinator. Have someone with you from the beginning to help you save money and time. Even if you decide to do most of the work on your own, ask if your favorite planner has an hourly consulting rate. That way, you can ask a local professional specific questions in a pinch, instead of spending hours on wedding forums.

A wedding doesn’t have to be really expensive to be lovely. However, if your budget is smaller, then it’s important to prioritize the details that are most meaningful to you. Food and drink easily cost about half of your allotted budget. This number can be lowered to closer to 40 percent by choosing less expensive foods (chicken rather than steak), and limiting the options at the bar (think beer and wine).

A wedding doesn’t have to be really expensive to be lovely. However, if your budget is smaller, then it’s important to prioritize the details that are most meaningful to you. Make a list of your three most important wedding elements. With the remaining budget, allot 30 percent to the most important element and 10 percent each to the second and third. Do you want amazing photographs? Hire the best photographer. Prefer a room dripping in flowers? Spend your money on floral design. Always dreamed of a live band? Get one. Losing sleep over the process already? Hire a planner. Just be prepared to save money elsewhere. A budget is much like a diet, and it’s more fun to have a spinach salad followed by decadent chocolate cake than grilled chicken with steamed broccoli. S


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Blush by Hayley Paige “River” gown, $1,900 at Ivory and Beau Bridal Boutique, 7302 Abercorn St., Ste. 1B, 912.200.4794, ivoryandbeau.com Photographer: Izzy Hudgins Stylist: Audrey Wagner King Model: Vy Dang Vintage china: Lillian’s China Hair: Jordan Sprinkle for B Street Salon Makeup: Jules De Jesus Fritz, Jules More than Makeup

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Straight Laced

Designers offered reinvigorated lace gowns this season, seamlessly pairing old with new. “I will always stand by lace as one of the most beautiful and timeless looks in bridal fashion, but I can’t help but be excited that designers are boldly taking this familiar motif to new places,” Courtney Flood of Bleubelle Bridal enthuses. “Inspired by the fabric’s feminine and floral patterns, rising star designer Hayley Paige used leather and bold beading to capture the sweet femininity of lace with a touch of edginess.” Hayley Paige “Dolly” gown $3,190 at Bleubelle Bridal, 5500 Abercorn St., Ste. 42, 912.355.2502, bleubellebridal.com

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The Cold Shoulder

Modern Minimalism

Shades of Gray

“Ever since Kim Kardashian rocked a long-sleeved wedding dress when marrying Kanye West, sleeves have been all the rage,” says Nicole Schwalge of Ivory and Beau, citing the reality star’s look as the perfect blend of traditional and trendy. Flood adds, “The update we’re seeing to this classic look is the coupling of the conventional with the daring. Designers are pairing the conservative sleeve with a more fitted silhouette to give the modern bride a look that will captivate her groom.” Martina Liana longsleeve lace gown, $2,490 at Bleubelle Bridal

Though the ball gown will always lead the pack when it comes to bridal gown silhouettes, designers offered countless low-key sheath dresses this season, proving once and for all that bigger is not always better. “It’s sleek, sophisticated and— let’s admit—just the tiniest bit sexy,” Flood says. “The sheath gown evokes an effortless elegance that’s equal parts fresh and timeless.” Martina Liana sheath gown, $2,610 at Bleubelle Bridal

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Designers such as Romona Keveza and gypsy favorite Sarah Seven showed a little shoulder in their spring shows. “Our bohemian brides are in love with off-theshoulder dresses,” Schwalge observes. “It’s a whimsical look for their wedding day—one that’s more relaxed and perfect for the nature-loving bride.” Sarah Seven “Lafayette” gown, $2,500 at Ivory and Beau Bridal Boutique

Cool colors such as pale grays and purples, along with shimmery metallics, made a strong appearance on the spring runways, with designers Monique Lhullier and Theia offering up unique details such as light, candy-colored skirts and painterly floral patterns. “Incorporating subtle color and delicate metallic touches adds personality and drama that is both timeless and utterly ‘you’,” says Flood. “Ultimately, it’s all about staying true to your personal style on the big day. If it speaks to you, don’t be afraid to be a little daring.” Hayley Paige “Dori” gown, $4,590 at Bleubelle Bridal


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ETERNAL SPRING Inspired by the runways and red carpets, soft, detailed romanticism is making a full comeback

in the palettes of make-up artists and in the deft hands of local hairstylists.

A Study In Pink

Fresh from the English countryside, the lip shade of the season is the dewy pink of a garden rose. From the runways of Diane von Furstenberg to Ralph Lauren, a babydoll flush is no longer just for the girls. Rosy hues are known for their ability to warm your complexion, so to bring out your natural color, emphasize that bridal glow with a touch of pink. Dusty shades of mauve will complete an evening look, and a cheery nude-inspired pink will brighten a clear complexion.

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Plait Perfection

It’s not just for Pippy Longstocking or the Brady Brunch anymore. With super Cara Delevigne and model-ofthe-moment Gigi Hadid rocking braids on the runways—and sidewalks—of Milan and Manhattan, this schoolgirl crush is becoming a style maven’s staple. Be it a fishtail pony or a Dutch braid crown, the soft romanticism of the loose braid is the haute way to top your bridal look. And the ultimate detail is in the wisps—so don’t forget to tease those tendrils and let ’em loose.

Twisted Refinement

Drawing attention to low-back dresses or particularly intricate necklines and necklaces, the low bun is the go-to for the girl with details too spectacular to cover with long locks. A red carpet favorite of Emma Watson—and the coiffed standard at Dolce and Gabbana Spring 2015—the genius in the low bun is its ballerina refinement and easy grace. Try an intricate knot for a sophisticated detail or a dramatic side part that finishes with flowers to match your bouquet.

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Gunmetal Girls

When it comes to the eyes, it’s all about using hard metals to go soft. From gold-dusted lashes to smoky bronze-lined lids, shimmer reigns with peepers that go more with your wedding jewelry than your flowers. The silver ombre of the Donna Karan runway is subtle yet scintillating for a more classic bride, while the eyes of Jason Wu 2014 sported loose gold glitter for a touch of Great Gatsby gilt—an obvious pick for any girl going full glamour.


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An extended engagement proves ideal for a Charlotte couple planning the perfect springtime-in-Savannah celebration.

Ashley and Chris Granum always knew that they’d return to Savannah—the location of their first vacation together—to make their vows. They had fallen in love with the unrivaled beauty of the Hostess City in the springtime. Blooming azaleas, moss-draped live oaks and lush historic squares promised the ideal backdrop for the outdoor fairytale wedding they wanted.

Making Time A destination wedding also made sense for the Charlotte couple, whose families would already be traveling from Michigan and Ohio. The only problem was having enough time to plan. They got engaged in November, so a springtime wedding would allow them only a few months to book the right venues and vendors—from several hundred miles away. Rather than rush to the altar, Ashley and Chris gave themselves 18 leisurely months to plan the April affair. “I will never regret that,” the bride enthuses. “I never felt rushed or stressed.”

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By Andrea Goto | Photography by Jade and Matthew McCully


Ashley and Chris

Season: Spring Palette: Pink, peach, navy and gold Planning time: 18 months Guests: 100 Rehearsal dinner: 10 Downing at Churchillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ceremony: Columbia Square Reception: Charles H. Morris Center

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Sweet Perfection

Ashley initially wanted gold cakes, but when she sent some pictures to Tammy Acosta of Lowcountry Confections for inspiration, the innovative baker outshined her expectations, creating three cakes to reflect the wedding’s blush palette, soft florals and gold accents. A delicate ruffle cake even echoed the textures of Ashley’s layered linens. “These details made everything look very cohesive,” notes designer Tara Skinner of Posh Petals and Pearls.

A Sense of Touch

The bride, whose favorite “color” is “sparkle,” fell in love with a set of textured gold and champagne chevron-print linens. To temper the glam with the ease that reflects the couple’s personality, Ashley topped the glitzy linens with dainty baby’s breath bouquets, nestled in burlapwrapped vases.

Behind the Veil

The big day: Saturday, April 26, 2014 Planner/event designer: Tara Skinner, Posh Petals and Pearls Officiant: "Tybee" Jack Boylston Ceremony music: C.C. Witt Gown: Enzonai Accessories: Necklace by J. Crew, shoes by Toms Hair: B Street Salon Makeup: Heather Ferguson, Beyond Beautiful by Heather Bridesmaids’ dresses: Jasmine Bridal Groom/groomsmen’s attire: Express, ties from The Belle and The Beau on Etsy Catering: Cynthia Creighton-Jones, Cape Creations Reception music: C.C. Witt and JLK Events Florist: Vicki Sepielli, Kiwi Fleur Cake: Tammy Acosta, Lowcountry Confections Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Company, BBJ Linen and Savannah Special Events Transportation: Carriage Tours of Savannah and Old Savannah Tours Videographer: Matt and Eliza Barrera, Barrera Productions Photography: Jade and Matthew McCully, Jade and Matthew Take Pictures, jadeandmatthew.com

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In Full Bloom

Florist Vicki Sepielli of Kiwi Fleur took advantage of the season’s floral bounty by incorporating bright, bold blooms with textured neutrals and muted greens such as succulents and eucalyptus. Subtly placed fresh peaches added a touch of sweetness to the floral centerpieces.

In Memoriam

The bride paid special homage to her late mother by wrapping the bridal bouquet with a ribbon of lace carefully removed from her mother’s wedding dress. She also attached a charm to her bouquet that showcased her mother’s picture. “I felt like I was holding on to her all the way down the aisle,” recalls Ashley.

Location, Location, Location

“With springtime weddings, people are looking for a pretty outdoor backdrop,” Skinner observes. Ashley selected Columbia Square for the ceremony because of her fondness for the fountain—and because it’s walking distance to the reception at the Charles H. Morris Center. Skinner creatively arranged the guest seating into three v-shaped rows so that not only the fountain, but also the historic Kehoe House, would frame the ceremony.

Extra Help

Even though Ashley wanted to handle most of the design details herself, she hired Skinner “for questions, advice, referrals and occasional therapy,” she jokes. She then spent more than a year taking trips to Savannah to meet with potential vendors and scouring Pinterest for DIY inspiration. Eventually, the grounded glitterati transformed their home office into a “wedding room,” where the crafty bride dreamt up ways to personalize a union that would last through the seasons. S

Florist Vicki Sepielli of Kiwi Fleur took advantage of the season’s floral bounty by incorporating bright, bold blooms with textured neutrals. The bride paid special homage to her late mother with a ribbon of lace from her mother’s wedding dress.

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Inspired by the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, a Midwestern couple embarks on a nautical adventure to tie the knot in the Port City.

Sally and Peter MCGRATH’s wedding plans began with a return to Sally’s hometown, Savannah, and a call to Tristan Zabenko Needham. The creative director and co-owner of Design Studio South calls Savannah home, but she has family all over the country—a fact which suited the Chicago-based couple and their vision of refined, yet reformed, Southern nuptials. Sally and Needham started by choosing the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, then set about creating an eloquent event that cited the bride’s coastal roots and spoke to the elegance of traditional Southern weddings. “The venue spoke most to Sally,” Needham recalls. “Then, my process began. To create a design plan, the bride and I start with a Pinterest board. Then, we make a specific document that has everything outlined—from the dress to the confetti.”

Nautical and Nice Incorporating accents that mirrored the nautical theme of their venue—from the groomsmen’s anchor neckties to the customized cornhole set sporting sailor stripes—added a playful sense of adventure and romance. Nontraditional musical interludes from Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac and Ray LaMontagne recordings gave the ceremony an even-more-personal twist.

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By Maggie Harney | Photography by Justin Brown


Sally & Peter

Season: Fall Palette: Dark green, navy, gold Planning Time: 10 months Guests: 120 Rehearsal dinner: Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa Ceremony/reception: Ships of the Sea Museum

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“Music is very important to Sally and Peter and really expresses their personality as a couple,” Needham explains. Rocking soundtrack notwithstanding, ritual ruled at the nautical nuptials, from the custom designed invitation suite to the classic Southern sit-down dinner catered by Starland Cafe. The bride even wore her mother’s wedding dress, which was designed and handmade by her grandmother. “Sally and Peter went very traditional, but there were things they chose not to do, such as the bouquet toss,” Needham says. “The bride and groom also decided on a ‘first look’ and took their wedding photos before the ceremony so that they could spend more time with friends and family during the cocktail hour.” With a ceremony among gold and navy accents in the museum’s gardens and a reception under strings of twinkling lights in the Assembly Room, the couple defined the new Southern style: traditional, refreshing and personal. “It was a simple ceremony,” says Needham. “But it was romantic, Southern and meaningful. You can really tell how much Sally and Peter care for one another, which is the most important part of all.” S

Behind the Veil

The big day: Saturday, October 4, 2014 Planner/event designer: Tristan Needham of Design Studio South Officiant: The Rev. Stephen Williams Gown: Handmade by the bride’s grandmother, worn by the bride’s mother Accessories: Jewelry by LAGOS, shoes by Badgley Mischka Hair and makeup: Salon 13 Bridesmaids’ dresses: Monique Lhullier Groom/groomsmen’s attire: Their own navy suits Reception site: Ships of the Sea Museum Catering: Starland Café Reception music: Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love Florist: A to Zinnias Wedding cake: Delectable Designs Groom’s cake: Joe’s Homemade Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals Transportation: Savannah Pedicab Photographer: Justin Brown, The Happy Bloom, thehappybloom.com

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Maritime Bliss

Needham didn’t go overboard when decorating the neoclassical proportions and features of the William Jay-designed Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, built in 1819. She draped fabric in the trees for the ceremony to create an ethereal backdrop and lined the aisles with low-profile white candles and greenery to accentuate the effortless beauty of the historic mansion. “During the cocktail hour,” Needham continues, “the museum opened up for guests to look at the model ships.”

The Color Standard

Navy and gold were an obvious color choice for the maritime venue, but Needham varied the traditional palette by adding complimentary hues such as light blues, dark greens and peaches to soften and round out the overall effect. “This made her palette unique,” Needham explains. “If we had gone with white ribbon on the bridal bouquets it would have been a stark contrast. Light blue adds more interest.”

The Little Details

With anemones, magnolia leaves and lamb’s ear, the boutonnieres added another debonair design element to the ceremony. “You want to work with what’s in season at the florist,” says Needham. “We pulled dark green accents from the foliage to highlight the navy in the color scheme and really made the wedding palette pop.”

Classic Confections

Needham designed Sally and Peter’s cake by adding sugar flowers inspired by the groom’s boutonnieres—and delicate ruffles reminiscent of that edible Southern favorite: oysters. “Pick elements that go with your theme, but keep it fluid by focusing on accents,” says Needham.

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showered with love An adventurous pair of expats chases the clouds away on a beautiful “big day” among the atmospheric oaks.

By Amy Paige Condon | Photography by Jade and Matthew McCully

Expats Maureen Miller and Andrew Ienuso wanted a sprawling, Southern-style lawn party for their June wedding, a throwback to the groom’s early years in Savannah. Planning via email from abroad in Singapore, where they both teach at an international school, the couple relied on local event designer Andrea Gray Harper to deliver on their dream day. And deliver she did, with the ideal mixture of elegant traditions and laid-back comfort for which she’s known: the bucolic, oak-framed beauty of Dunham Farms; a menu of down home staples and his-and-hers cocktails; a vivid color palette inspired by the subtropical pastels of Lilly Pulitzer; plenty of country music and a lively game of cornhole.

Let it Rain Yet, nothing says “Savannah” more than a summer shower in the afternoon. So, when that unwelcome guest arrived smack dab in the middle of the happy couple’s vows, Maureen and Andrew rolled with it like the ideal Hostess City ambassadors, smiling and carrying on—and so did their guests.

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Maureen & Andrew

Season: Summer Palette: Peach, mint, ivory, navy and a touch of gold Planning time: 10 months Guests: 112 Rehearsal dinner: Moon River Brewing Co. Ceremony and reception: Dunham Farms

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“What can you do?” asks Maureen, emailing from Mt. Everest Base Camp in Nepal, where the Ienusos are finally enjoying their honeymoon. “I was standing in front of my family and closest friends marrying my best friend. What did I care if it rained? I just laughed. It was still the perfect day.”

More than Words The officiant sped up the ceremony and Harper calmly relocated the party indoors. Then, just as quickly as the downpour started, the clouds parted to reveal a luminous sky. Harper reminisces, casting her eyes heavenward. “It was like somebody up there said, ‘Well, we wanted you to have this magical light for your pictures.’”

Behind the Veil

The big day: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Planner/event designer: Gray Harper Event Maker Officiant: “Tybee” Jack Boylston Ceremony music: New Arts Ensembles Gown: Nouvelle AMSALE from Nordstrom Accessories: Ralph Lauren tri pearl necklace and matching earrings; Kate Spade Calisa Shoes Hair and makeup: Beyond Beautiful by Heather Bridesmaids’ dresses: J. Crew Groom/groomsmen’s attire: Saavi Formalwear Catering: B. Matthew’s Reception music: First City Events Florist: Gray Harper Event Maker Cake and s’more bar signage: Lavender & Honey Designs Cupcakes: Gigi’s Cupcakes Rentals: Beachview Event Rentals Transportation: Coastal Georgia Trailways Calligraphy: Meredith Stroud of Low Country Paper Co. Balloons: Art Pop Balloons Photographer: Jade and Matthew McCully, Jade and Matthew Take Pictures, jadeandmatthew.com

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Cheesy Romance

Designer Andrea Gray Harper and caterer B. Matthews conspired to craft a memorable “cheese cake” for the bride and groom—a riff on the couple’s savory snack of choice. Maureen loved the stacked cheese wheels. “Because our wedding was so small and intimate, it was really important to have touches that were uniquely us.”

Taking Notes

As a nod to Maureen and Andrew’s profession and in honor of how they met, Harper employed a chalkboard with “Today’s Lesson” to showcase the reception menu. In a twist on tradition, she tied tin cans on the backs of their chairs and wrote “Just Married” on them. Maureen kept the cans as mementos of the beautiful day.

Lucky Charm

All wedding planning starts with the couple, advises event designer Harper. When it came to crafting Maureen’s bouquet, she stuck to the feminine palette desired by the bride, but punctuated the spray with bamboo. A symbol of tranquility, virtue and balance in Far Eastern cultures, the bamboo also offered a nod to Singapore.

Little Cowgirls

Maureen spied Tea Princess dresses paired with tiny cowboy boots on Pinterest, and just knew she wanted to appropriate the look for her two nieces, who would serve as the flower girls. Little KJ had just learned to walk and was overwhelmed by all eyes on her, but her brief tears only added to the warmth and authenticity of the day.

On the Bus

When planning for a destination wedding, Andrea recommends budgeting for transportation. “You want your guests to enjoy themselves and not get lost. Block a hotel that you think is good—for Maureen and Andrew, we chose the Marshall House—and schedule the pick-up and drop-off bus from there.” That way, all of the guests can arrive on time without worrying about parking or drinking. S

The officiant sped up the ceremony and Harper calmly relocated the party indoors. Then, just as quickly as the downpour started, the clouds parted to reveal a luminous sky. “It was like somebody up there said, ‘Well, we wanted you to have this magical light for your pictures.’”

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A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT Two transplants give their guests a proper introduction to life in the South with a moonlit view of Savannah’s historic riverfront.

By Andrea Goto | Photography by Marielle Singletary and Julianne Blount

When it comes to wedding venues, Savannah is hardly a one-trick carriage horse. From sandy beaches and expansive marshes to historic cathedrals and liveoak-laden squares, the Hostess City goes out of its way to accommodate every couple’s vision of sweet Southern nuptials. Kate Schellie, an education specialist, and Sheldon Hodges, a captain in the U.S. Army, wanted a classic religious ceremony. They also wanted a reception that paid tribute to both their courtship in Annapolis, Maryland, and their new low country home on Savannah’s outskirts. Wedding planner and event designer Ashley Greene of Posh Petals and Pearls saw the perfect opportunity at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa. The location gave out-of-town guests a breathtaking view of Savannah’s historic waterfront, lit at night, and of the “Eagle,” the boat Kate’s father brought from Maryland to dock at The Westin. The two focal points—the boat and the horizon—served as reminder of the couple’s past and an appreciation for their future together.

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Kate & Sheldon

Season: Fall Palette: White and pale pink with burgundy Planning time: 10 months Guests: 90 Rehearsal dinner: Garibaldi CafĂŠ Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church Reception: The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa

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The big day: Saturday, October 11, 2014 Planner/event designer: Ashley Greene, Posh Petals and Pearls Officiant: The Rev. Walter Hicks and The Rev. Stephen Williams Ceremony music: Perez Strings Gown: Designed by Mary Feeley, Mary’s Designer Bridal Boutique (Annapolis) Hair and makeup: Jessica Shefsick, Skinzin Bridesmaids’ dresses: After Six by Dessy, Bleubelle Bridal Groom/groomsmen’s attire: Dress Blues (groom), Men’s Wearhouse (groomsmen) Reception site and catering: The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa Reception music: The Rosies and All About You Entertainment Florist: Amy Harvey, Harvey Designs Cake: Sally Nicholson, Something Sweet Bakers Rentals: Savannah Special Events Transportation: Southern Comfort Limousine and Georgia Coastal Trailways Videographer: Haint Blue Productions Photographer: Marielle Singletary and Julianne Blount, Mark Williams Studio, markwilliamsstudio.com

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Rolling on the River

In addition to gifting guests with a spectacular view of River Street, Kate and Sheldon assembled welcome bags for their out-of-town visitors. Along with the usual treats, the bags included a list of recommended restaurants and a schedule for the Savannah Belles Ferry. “We made sure that the ferry was still running at the end of the reception so their guests could go out on River Street if they wanted to,” Greene explains.

Wine and Roses

The bride loved the color burgundy, but her planner was hesitant to incorporate such a bold color into the wedding palette. However, the skillful designer found ways to bring in pops of the hue without overwhelming the aesthetic. She used deep burgundy in the bridesmaids’ dresses, the accent ribbons, and the table runners (in place of full-drape linens).

A Lighter Touch

Soft pink and dusty rose blooms paired with white hydrangeas run the risk of being swallowed up by a pale backdrop, but the bridesmaids’ stately burgundy dresses made the posies pop. The bride’s hand-tied bouquet was made entirely of bright white florals—no greenery—to emulate the color and texture of the lace overlay on her exquisite gown.

Sculpting Space

Though the Westin’s lower ballroom allowed for access to the front lawn and riverfront views, the large space posed a challenge—especially when the guest list dropped dramatically due to a family illness. “We strove to make the room still feel intimate,” says Greene, who used a mixture of high and low floral centerpieces and draped the ceiling to personalize and transform the hotel ballroom. S

Soft pink and dusty rose blooms paired with white hydrangeas run the risk of being swallowed up by a pale backdrop, but the bridesmaids’ stately burgundy dresses made the posies pop.

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With just five months to plan, a destination couple and their local planner cozy up to an intimate and inspired celebration.

By Amy Paige Condon | Photography by Jade and Matthew McCully

Genina Ramirez of From This Day Forward Weddings and Events is a “big, big fan” of intimate weddings. “They’re actually my favorite because you focus more on family and the things that matter most,” she says. The recent celebration of Chelsea Snell and Donny Stage’s nuptials bolsters her case. Texas-born Chelsea and Tennessean Donny met at the University of Memphis in 2013, then made their home near Donny’s family after graduation. When he finally popped the question a year ago, the couple had already discussed the idea of a small gathering of their 30 closest friends and family members to share their day. After a graduation trip to Savannah, Chelsea knew, without a doubt, that she'd found the destination. She loved the city’s timeworn tapestry of cobblestones and squares. When she called Ramirez just five months before their wedding date, there was no time to waste. “With shorter engagements, couples go with their gut more,” Ramirez reflects. “They tend to spend less time stressing out and second-guessing their choices.” For Chelsea and Donny, the ceremony, reception venue, photography and food were the most vital—which helped Ramirez focus on cozy, yet flexible, spaces to make for a memorable family-centered weekend.

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Chelsea & Donald

Season: Fall Palette: Cobalt, gold and pinks Planning time: 5 months Guests: 30 Rehearsal dinner: The Lady and Sons Ceremony: Pulaski Square Reception: Garibaldi CafĂŠ

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The couple said “I do” beneath the latticework of 200-year-old oaks in Pulaski Square, then led a pedicab caravan to Garibaldi Café—chosen by the bride specifically for the golden glow cast by its lighting at night. There, the newly extended family laughed, talked and danced into the wee hours as they feasted on a seven-course dinner, complete with wine pairings and a dessert bar. Such enjoyment of the finer things is one of the perks of a Savannah wedding—and so is the abundance of intimate, elegant venues. “We don’t have lots of venues that hold 200-plus people,” Ramirez says, “but our squares and historic places make us such an interesting city for smaller weddings.”

Behind the Veil

The big day: Saturday, October 25, 2014 Planner/event coordinator: Genina Ramirez, From This Day Forward Weddings and Events Officiant: The Rev. Steve Schulte Ceremony music: New Arts Ensembles Gown: Maggie Sotero (ceremony gown); David's Bridal (reception dress) Accessories: Borrowed from best friend and mother-in-law Hair: Salon Aqua Makeup: Lauren Rossi Bridal Makeup Bridesmaids’ dresses: Rent the Runway Groom/groomsmen’s attire: Men's Wearhouse Reception/catering: Garibaldi Café Reception music: Custom playlist on iPod Florist: A to Zinnias Cake: A Squad Bake Shop Rentals: Rentiquity Transportation: Savannah Pedicab Photographer: Jade and Matthew McCully, Jade and Matthew Take Pictures, jadeandmatthew.com

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All Together Now

To bring home the sense of family, Donny and Chelsea rented the Pulaski Square Estate so that all of their guests could stay together. Chelsea watched Genina’s team stage the ceremony site out of the upstairs window as she got her hair done. Then, she walked down the steps and crossed Harris Street right into her dream wedding. “You can’t replicate that in a lot of places, and there’s nothing like it,” Ramirez declares.

Color Me Happy

The wedding’s vibrant palette was inspired by different threads woven throughout the couple’s lives. The pops of cobalt blue, a request of Donny’s to balance the feminine touches of pink, paid homage to the couple’s alma mater. The sparkling gold dresses, worn by Chelsea’s two sisters as bridesmaids and niece as flower girl, reflected the soft, shimmering light of Garibaldi at night. Ramirez picked up on the two hues when she designed the wedding invitations, using deep blue envelopes with gold foil inserts.

In Full Bloom

Artisan baker Natasha Gaskill handcrafted a realistic Stargazer lily out of sugar to adorn the diminutive wedding cake. It was a first for Natasha, but a touching symbol for Chelsea’s family. The Stargazer is Chelsea’s grandmother’s favorite flower, and she and her youngest sister have a likeness of the lily tattooed on their feet. The Oriental flower’s rich pink petals influenced the vivid magenta found in the bridal party’s bouquets and the groomsmen’s argyle socks.

Going to the Chapel

Ramirez kept the ceremony minimal but warm and inviting by placing antique church pews from Rentiquity beneath the natural arch of live oak branches in Pulaski Square. The “aisle” was carpeted with white and fuchsia rose petals and marked by old-style lanterns.

“Our” Song

Chelsea and Donny definitely wanted a first dance— and to happily cut the rug with their guests after dinner. But instead of investing in a deejay, they worked with Ramirez to create a custom mix of tunes that they downloaded onto their iPod. Ramirez rented a Bose speaker, pressed play, and everyone—from the youngest to the oldest—put on their dancing shoes. S

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eternity Two laid-back locals head to the beach to dip their toes in the great, wide ocean of love. By Reilly Mesco | Photography by Marielle Williams Singletary and Julianne Williams Blount

When beachcombers Rikki L’Heureux and Dustin Yates decided to make their union official, it only made sense to start their lives with a wedding that was as breezy as the day they met. The two struck up a conversation while swimming in the ocean at Panama City Beach—so it’s no wonder they loved the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel on Savannah’s sandy shores. “Rikki and Dustin are so fun—and probably one of the most easygoing couples I’ve ever worked with,” Jessica Pata, of House of Pata Event Planning says. “They really wanted an event that would reflect their personalities.” Pata was brought onboard during the process to help balance the busy couple’s schedules—Rikki was in college and Dustin serves in the Army. New to the Savannah wedding scene and an Army wife herself, the planner helped parlay her collective knowledge of events and military culture into a wedding that achieved the right balance of beachy and beautiful.

Modern Rustic A palette of soft ivory and delicate coffee-colored accents, along with a pop of peach, kept the look of the event from becoming overly thematic. “They really wanted a simple look—something fresh and natural, which we achieved with easy touches like the wheat on the tables,” Pata adds.

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Rikki & Dustin

Season: Fall Palette: Neutral colors with a pop of peach Guests: 128 Planning Time: 6 months Rehearsal Dinner: Tybee Lighthouse (under a clear tent to see the stars) Ceremony and Reception: Tybee Island Wedding Chapel

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The end result was an intimate, coolly coastal gettogether overflowing with personal touches. “I was so impressed by the huge cross that Rikki’s father, Ron, made out of cedar,” the planner enthuses. “It was so special for him to create that by hand for his daughter and son-in-law to say their vows in front of—and it was so beautiful to look at.” The groom’s uncle presided over the ceremony, and a cousin and family friend of the happy couple provided ceremony music.

We Salute You “The thing I loved most about this wedding was the military saber arch ceremony,” Pata recalls. “The bride and groom came out and walked under the arch and all the men said, ‘Welcome to the Army, Mrs. Yates!’ It was so special and really showed who they are: a tight-knit family and a close group of friends.” The wedding was so packed with loved ones’ special contributions that even the planner could hardly keep track of the countless thoughtful gestures. “Special, personalized touches are what make your day unique,” the planner observes, “and you’ll be so happy that you took the time to include them.”

Behind the Veil

The big day: Saturday, October 18, 2014 Planner/event designer: Jessica Pata, House of Pata Event Planning Officiant: Barry Yates, groom’s uncle Gown: Maggie Sottero Hair and makeup: Rachel McDaniel of Eye Do Makeup and Hair LLC and Maryam Ahmed with MAC Bridesmaids’ dresses: Infinity dresses from the Etsy store Coralie Beatrix Groom/groomsmen’s attire: Military dress blues and Jos. A. Banks Catering: Paul Kennedy Catering Reception music: DeFunk band and DJ Justin of Island Sound Florist: Maria Kato, Kato Floral Designs; Kelly Trotman, Kelly Trotman Floral Design Wedding cake: Baker’s Pride Transportation: Island Hoppers of Tybee Island and Southern Comfort Limousine Photographer: Marielle Williams Singletary and Julianne Williams Blount, Mark Williams Studio, markwilliamsstudio.com

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All Mapped Out

In lieu of the traditional guestbook, guests signed a large wooden cutout of the United States, which the couple would later hang in their home. “There was a bit of confusion at first because a few people signed the tablecloth rather than the cutout!” Pata laughs. “Once we got that cleared up, everything was fine.”

Get Me to the Church

“The Tybee Island Wedding Chapel is gorgeous anyway—it’s such a simple, beautiful space,” Pata says of her clients’ aisle of choice. “The design of the ballroom and the way the event flowed came together perfectly.”

Jar of Hearts

Pale pink jars held bunches of blushing bouquets handcrafted from tissue paper by the bride and her family. Custom coozies with the couple’s last name were placed on the tables as an oldschool souvenir.

Reading the Signs

Hand-painted lettering helped guide the guests throughout the day—from the “Here comes your bride” board carried by the ring bearers to a sweet sign bearing Rikki’s new moniker. Dustin’s mother, Melanie, created wooden monograms to hang on the chapel doors. S

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P lanning an autumn affair? Watch as a historic venue undergoes a stunning seasonal renaissance in the hands of two enamored Atlantans.

By Maggie Harney | Photography by Rachael Oerther

On the green bluff that was home to Savannah’s colonial Trustees Garden, overlooking brick and stone fortifications along the Savannah River, Emily and Matt Liber became a family. Theirs was a luxurious ceremony that combined the sophistication of a black-tie event with the colors and spirit of a warm autumn—a true Southern original. Hailing from Atlanta, Emily and Matthew turned to Nicole Schwalge of Ivory and Beau to coordinate their day-of details and bring the Savannah touch to their wedding. Along with some local color, the couple incorporated some moody hues of their own.

Made in the Shade “The color palette of this wedding was unique,” says Schwalge. “With the blacks, reds and grays, it’s different from any other wedding we’ve done, and the fall details were amazing.” The couple chose to forego the traditional altar, creating instead a customized setting for their vows.

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Emily & Matthew

Season: Fall Palette: Black, dark red, gray Planning time: 12 months Guests: 125 Rehearsal dinner: The Olde Pink House Ceremony/reception: Charles H. Morris Center

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“The ceremony took place outside, overlooking the Savannah River,” Schwalge recalls. “With no altar, they chose a backdrop filled with lanterns, pumpkins and candles for a very ‘fall’ feeling.”

A Candlelit Glow The altar design proved to be a sneak peek at the reception décor. Inside the Charles H. Morris Center, silver and orange pumpkins, textured table settings and bright accents of candlelight, florals and greenery enveloped guests in the glow of the vibrant season. Tables laden with Southern favorites—fried green tomatoes, barbecue sliders and shrimp ’n’ grits—stayed true to Savannah culture. On another table, a cake with sugar flowers and a dark sash echoed the design of the bride’s dress. “This wedding was personal,” Schwalge remembers. “I loved how moody and romantic everything was.”

Behind the Veil

The big day: Saturday, October 25, 2014 Officiant: Dr. Andrew Cross Ceremony music: Chris Dooley Gown: Carrie’s Bridal Collection Alterations: Rodica Lazarian Couture Bridal Design Shoes: Banana Republic Veil: Custom design by Rodica Lazarian Hair and makeup: Michelle Royal Makeup Artistry and Hair Styling Bridesmaids’ dresses: Jasmine, Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique Groom/groomsmen’s attire: Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse Catering: Cal Berry, Berry’s Floral and Catering Reception music: All About You Entertainment Florist: Harvey Designs Cake: KM Cake Design Linen rentals: BJJ Linen Photography: Rachael Oerther, Rach Lea Photography, rachleaphoto.com

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Well Seasoned

Incorporating autumn was all about marrying rustic accents with upscale details. Cast-iron, candlelit lanterns were paired with long tree branches, and glittery accents contrasted with the natural allure of fresh flora. “There were pumpkins, lanterns and gourds everywhere,” Nicole says. “It perfectly matched the setting and the season.”

Up in Smoke

The pair paid tribute to their groomsmen with a cigar bar—complete with customized matchboxes and individually wrapped stogies. Not only did it add a masculine touch to the festivities, but it also added a festive sense of fun. “What a special way to include the guys,” Nicole reflects.

Botanical Beauties

The bridal bouquets’ muted “hen and chick” succulents and eucalyptus sprigs brought contrast to a bright floral palette of white, pumpkin orange and deep scarlet. The boutonnieres also sported smaller versions of the graygreen plants, adding an earthy tone to the otherwise formal tuxedos.

Evening Elegance

Thanks to longer nights and cooler temperatures, the wedding party was able to take things up a notch with fulllength black bridesmaid dresses and black-tie tuxedos. “Long dresses give the overall ceremony a formal quality,” Nicole observes. “It really changed the atmosphere.” S

Inside the Charles H. Morris Center, silver and orange pumpkins, textured table settings and bright accents of candlelight, florals and greenery enveloped guests in the glow of the vibrant season.

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CELEBRATION Two nostalgic New Yorkers start their honeymoon early by planning a wedding at their favorite tourist destination.

Manhattanites Jenn and Scott LUNIN just couldn’t get enough of coastal Georgia. Planning their own wedding offered them yet another excuse to visit their favorite place. “We had been to Savannah a couple times on vacation and we just loved the city,” says Jenn. “A few weeks after we got engaged, we went down to look at venues. We just felt that it would be something different for all of our guests—something that was really us.”

Shalom, Savannah From their cocktail reception at the Shrimp Factory to their vows at the historic Temple Mickve Israel, the bride and groom incorporated Southern comforts with reformed Jewish traditions. A down-home reception menu of crab cakes, shrimp ’n’ grits, cucumber sandwiches and Krispy Kreme Donuts followed the ceremony under a chuppah, complete with the stomping of the glass and the blessing of Mickve Israel’s Rabbi Robert Haas.

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Jennifer & Scott

Season: Fall Palette: Peach, gray, green, white Planning time: 10 months Guests: 116 Rehearsal dinner: The Shrimp Factory Cocktail reception: The Piratesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; House Ceremony: Congregation Mickve Israel Reception: The Mackey House

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“We’re not from Savannah, and we’re not members of the congregation, but we felt like we got a very personal ceremony and a rabbi who took the time to get to know us,” Scott says. “He gave us an experience that was equal parts tradition, fun, sentiment—and serious enough to reflect our commitment to each other.”

On Tour For these frequent Hostess City tourists, the celebration was about more than the love between two people. “We got to spend more time with our friends and family, and most of them hadn’t been to Savannah before,” says Jenn. “We got to experience the city with them and take them to places that we love.” From pre-wedding fun with Savannah Smiles’ dueling pianos to a post-ceremony chow down at Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room, the city became a playground—all thanks to the couple’s careful planning. “While DIY weddings can be challenging, in the end it is absolutely worth it to have a wedding in a city and a venue that you really love,” Jenn says. “It might take more work, but, at the end of the day, everyone is flexible and willing to help.”

Behind the Veil

The big day: Sunday, November 2, 2014 Ceremony coordinator: Dave Gibson Officiant: Rabbi Robert Haas Ceremony music: JL Music Service (violin and viola) Gown: Paloma Blanca Accessories: BHLDN Hair: Krysti Datel, Salon Aqua Makeup: Jessica Duthu, Salon Aqua Groom/groomsmen’s attire: Alan David Custom Suits, New York Catering: Magnolia Grill; Randy’s Beverage Reception music: Dave Gibson Florist: Joann’s Florist Cake: Baker’s Pride Videographer: Absolute Wedding Films Photographer: Greg Ceo, savannahweddingphoto.com

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Unforgettable

A location-scouting visit led Jenn and Scott to Congregation Mickve Israel, a stunning Gothic Revival synagogue on Monterey Square. The 19th century structure’s mix of Jewish tradition and fairy tale architecture suited them perfectly.

Mazel Tov

Things new, old, borrowed and blue weren’t the only traditions incorporated into Jenn and Scott’s ceremony. Family and faith took center stage. “We had everything from the breaking of the glass to Scott’s tallis from his bar mitzvah,” Jenn says. “And we invited our families to stand around us under the chuppah. We thought it would be nice for them to be a part of the ceremony that way.”

Room to Breathe

The reception at the pastoral, locally owned Mackey House gave the more than 100 guests the space they needed to celebrate without sacrificing intimacy. “The Mackey House was something different,” says Jenn. “We were on the deck. We liked having the dance floor there and the ability to go through the house.”

Sugar Rush

Baker’s Pride made the three-tiered wedding cake with blossom details and pops of color to match the wedding palette. “I added sugar flowers,” says Jenn. “I wanted it to fit and not be overly ‘done.’ The layers were different—chocolate, vanilla and carrot cake—with cream cheese frosting. We couldn’t decide at the tasting—they were all great!” S

Family and faith took center stage. “We had everything from the breaking of the glass to Scott’s tallis from his bar mitzvah,” Jenn says. “And we invited our families to stand around us under the chuppah.”

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PROVENCE A couple flies south from New York for a charmed celebration that’s as fresh as it is French.

By Margaret Harney | Photography by Jade and Matthew McCully

When Big Apple duo Brandy Williams and Matthew Philippe set out to tie the knot, they headed south, toward Brandy’s hometown of Tallahassee, Florida. But a detour through Savannah led the pair to design a dazzling destination wedding instead. “We wanted a Southern destination that was also easy for family and friends to travel to,” says Brandy. “We also wanted a place that had great food and lots of activities for our guests.”

Charmed Chic Inspired by vintage European design and hometown hospitality, the bride and groom decided on a traditional ceremony amid the simple elegance of Bethesda Academy’s Whitefield Chapel. “We wanted to be married by a pastor in a church,” says the bride, who paired live piano music with traditional wedding songs. “We kept our guest list intimate, so we thought the chapel would be the perfect.” Brandy and her planner, Nicole Schwalge of Ivory and Beau, envisioned the breezy beauty of the fields of Provence or Lorraine. “We were going for a French country feel,” says the bride. “We wanted a warm and inviting setting.” The quaint, historic venue inspired ideas for the fresh, minimal chapel décor and the bright, airy reception at the Georgia State Railroad Museum.

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Brandy & Matthew

Season: Fall Palette: Ivory and blush Planning Time: 10 months Guests: 90 Ceremony: Bethesda Academyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Whitefield Chapel Reception: Georgia State Railroad Museum

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“The design inspiration began with romantic flowers with pops of bold colors,” Schwalge explains. “It was a very country chic look with burlaps and laces and vintage bottles.”

Living Color From the bright pink lipstick on the bride to the splashy, multicolored socks of the groom and groomsmen, the vibrant personalities of the couple shone through, blending with earthier, traditional touches to create a one-of-a-kind celebration. “Throughout the planning process, the look transformed into something that was very fun and playful,” says Schwalge. “Their ceremony was happy and romantic.” Surrounded by family and friends, the exuberant couple joined in a celebration that spoke of their individuality, their enjoyment, and the bliss yet to come. “Brandy and Matthew were one of the sweetest couples—so gracious and in love,” says Nicole. “Their happiness shines through the photos and I love how playful they are. You can tell they’re having fun.”

Behind the Veil

The big day: Saturday, October 4th, 2014 Event designer: Ivory and Beau Officiant: The Rev. Stephen Williams Ceremony music: Pianist Jim Smith Gown: Augusta Jones Shoes: Kate Spade Veil: Sara Gabriel Earrings: Mariell Hair and makeup: JW Salon and Spa Bridesmaids’ dresses: J. Crew Catering: Chef Nick Mueller Reception music: All About You Entertainment Florist: Ivory and Beau Cake: Rum Runners Bakery Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals Transportation: Oglethorpe Tours Lighting: Eddie Kimmer Specialty rentals: Ultra Pom Limousine: Southern Comfort Photographer: Jade and Matthew McCully, Jade and Matthew Take Pictures, jadeandmatthew.com

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Pastoral Place

Dating back to 1740, Bethesda Academy’s Whitefield Chapel still retains its original wooden pews and brick floor, lending a traditional aspect to this colorful, quirky wedding. Brandy and Matthew made it theirs for a day by lining the aisle with jars of baby’s breath and roses.

Short and Sweet

The mint green bridesmaid dresses by J. Crew were playful additions to the ceremony. With their sweetheart necklines, delicate pleating, and complimenting nude heels, they matched the French country theme without selling it short.

Right on Track

Twine-wrapped bottle vases and mismatched vintage photo frames accented the tables and entrance of the Georgia State Railroad Museum. Delicate lace runners on long, family-style tables pulled together the disparate elements to evoke an elegant atmosphere.

Ribbons in the Sky

For Brandy and Matthew’s send-off, typical traditions weren’t going to cut it. “Instead of birdseed or bubbles like most brides do, Brandy wanted ribbon wands for their exit from the ceremony,” says Schwalge. Wooden dowels and pale pink streamers made for a more whimsical farewell. S

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ALL THINGS

CONSIDERED A Southern belle plays wedding hostess, honoring her attendants and guests with carefully curated delights.

By Andrea Goto | Photography by Erin Rollins

When wedding designer Adrienne Lino of Posh Petals and Pearls first meets with a bride- and groom-to-be, she always begins the conversation with the same request: “If I were to walk into your wedding right now, tell me what I would expect to see.” Some couples wax poetic for hours, sharing a laundry list of specific details which the designer must sort and pare down to create an affair that is cohesive, not carnival. But Charlotte couple Emily and Alex French’s vision was simple: the hospitable Southerners wanted something for everyone to enjoy. Beyond that, they were happy to let their designer’s skills shine.

Ladies and Gentlemen And shine they did. Soft blush tones are currently popular, but Lino dressed them up with touches of gold and sparkle. Even more dramatic was the incorporation of rich browns to add a masculine element, transforming the outdoor cocktail space at the Savannah Golf Club into a sophisticated smoking room. The result was a seamless blend of his-and-hers touches as perfectly paired as the laidback couple themselves— along with something for every guest to delight in.

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Emily & Alex

Season: Spring Palette: Peach, gold and neutrals Planning time: Eight months Guests: 150 Rehearsal dinner: Deer Creek Country Club at The Landings Ceremony: St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church Reception: Savannah Golf Club

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Boys’ Club

Lino lavished the gentlemanly guests with a room of their own during the cocktail hour. Oversized leather furniture anchored the outside seating area, which offered guests their choice from a menu of fine, copper-colored bourbons and full-bodied, richly aromatic cigars.

Just Peachy

From centerpieces to bridesmaids’ gowns, many Southern brides incorporate Georgia peaches into their designs—but blush tones needn’t be blasé. With bright pops of greenery and gold, soft and subtle neutrals go glam.

Graphic Glitter

Though sequined, chevron-print linens might sound more Vegas than Versailles, this neutral-toned version prevents the print from overpowering. The graphic detailing creates an even more perfect union when paired with organically shaped floral centerpieces that, when placed in tall glass vases, appear to float in the air.

Stylish Simplicity

Often, it’s the little touches that yield the most design impact. At the reception, muted green eucalyptus sprigs rested lightly on cloth napkins. Small antlers and earth-toned bricks—relics from the Golf Club’s original historic clubhouse—adorned the bourbon bar. S

Behind the Veil

The big day: Saturday, May 3, 2014 Planner/event designer: Adrienne Lino, Posh Petals and Pearls Officiant: The Rev. Gavin Dunbar Ceremony music: Rich Mays, St. John’s Episcopal Church Gown: Hayden Olivia Bridal Boutique Hair and makeup: Salon Twenty-Ten Bridesmaids’ dresses: Donna Morgan Groom/groomsmen’s attire: Custom, handmade bow ties and cummerbunds by Quintessential Fine Art Fabrics Catering: Savannah Golf Club Reception music: David Higgins Band Florist: Maria Kato, Kato Floral Designs Cake: Mollie Stone, Mollie Stone Cakes Rentals: Beachview Event Rentals and La Tavola Fine Linen Company Transportation: Adam Wilkins, Oglethorpe Tours Photography: Erin Rollins, Erin Rene Photography, erinrenephotography.com

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This lovely venue sits on the picturesque Savannah River with a unique backdrop of breathtaking sunsets in an enchanting historic setting.

Pin Point Heritage Museum sits over the beautiful Moon RIver marsh - a stunning backdrop for any celebration.

This historic venue once served the Pin Point community as the Varn & Sons Oyster Canning Factory. The buildings and outdoor spaces with their unique charm will provide the perfect setting for a truly exceptional wedding.

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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. Beachview Bed and Breakfast Tybee Island 100 Y Y Y N* 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. Bethesda Academy/Whitefield Chapel Eastside 200 indoor; Y N Y Y N N N Y bethesdarentals.org, 912.691.5294 9520 Ferguson Ave. 500 outdoor 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

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.

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, 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 150 102 East Broad St.

N Y N N Y N Y N/A

Charles H. Morris Center trusteesgarden.com, 912.443.3277

Historic District 300 10 East Broad St.

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Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens Southside coastalgeorgiabg.org, 912.921.5460 2 Canebrake Road Cohenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Retreat cohensretreat.com, 912.355.3336

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Magnolia Park call for info Y Y N Y N N 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. 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 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. 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 Garden of the Coastal Plain georgiasouthern.edu/garden 912.871.1149

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Statesboro (Georgia 125 pavilion; Y N Y N N N Y Y Southern University) 400 with tent 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 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

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Accommodations + Rehearsals + Ceremonies + Receptions beachviewbbtybee.com | 912-786-5500 | 1701 Butler Ave. Tybee Island, GA 31328


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The Harper Fowlkes House Historic District 120 Y N Y N N N Y Y* harperfowlkeshouse.com, 912.234.2180 230 Barnard St. Hellenic Center Victorian District 450 gym; Y Y Y (with Y Y N stpaulsgreekorthodox.org 80 meeting room cert. of 912.236.8256 liability)

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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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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 Y Y N N Y Y*** 190 Red Gate Farm Trail garden & pavilion mackeyhouse.com, 912.234.7404 The Mansion on Forsyth Park Historic District 200 seated; Y Y N Y N Y Y Y mansiononforsythpark.com 700 Drayton St. 250 standing 912.238.5158 Marlin Monroe's Surfside Grill Tybee Island 150 Y Y N N N Y Y Y marlinmonroessurfsidegrill.com 404 Butler Ave. 912.786.4745 The Marshall House marshallhouse.com, 912.644.7896

Historic District 290 123 E. Broughton St.

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

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Molly MacPhersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scottish Pub & Grill Historic District 50 Y Y N maybe Y N Y limited macphersonspub.com, 912.239.9600 311 W. Congress St. Moon River Brewing Co. Historic District 125 N Y N Y N N N Y moonriverbrewing.com 21 W. Bay St. 912.447.0943 Ocean Plaza Beach Resort Tybee Island 220 Y Y N food & Y Y Y Y oceanplaza.com, 912.786.7777 1401 Strand Ave. bev. min. *Brick courtyard is used for dancing. ** Flagstone patio is used for dancing. *** Pavilion floor is used for dancing.

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say “i do” to a

TERESA EARNEST PHOTOGRAPHY

Savannah Wedding

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

• Natural beauty and charm to create the perfect backdrop • Exquisite reception spaces at our preferred hotel partners • Booking incentives and discounted rates for guest room blocks Let the expert staff at Stay in Savannah take care of the details from start to finish to create a wedding that you and your guests will never forget.

Contact our Wedding Specialist Megan Rowe at (912) 721-2301 or at Megan.Rowe@StayinSavannah.com


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Oglethorpe Inn & Suites oglethorpeinn.com, 912.354.8560

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

Old Fort Jackson chsgeorgia.org, 912.232.3945

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

The Olde Pink House 912.232.4286

Historic District 200+ 23 Abercorn St.

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

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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

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

Presidentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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

For Booking Information Call Maria Cortez

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

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

Richmond Hill City Center richmondhillcitycenter.com 912.445.0043

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

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 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.

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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Southern Hospitality in a Romantic Setting

N Lodging & Venue for Intimate Ceremonies 912.233.6800 â&#x20AC;˘ www.forsythparkinn.com 102 West Hall Street â&#x20AC;˘ Savannah, Georgia 31401 Photo by Angela Hopper Photography


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, 912.233.5400 601 Cohen St. 350 seated from list Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum Historic District 350 seated Y choose Y N N N (William Scarbrough House and Gardens) 41 MLK Jr. Blvd. from list shipsofthesea.org, 912.232.1511

Y gardens; N N museum

Skidaway Island State Park Southside 150 Y N Y Y N camping Y Y gastateparks.org/skidawayisland 52 Diamond only 912.598.2300 Causeway Telfair Museums telfair.org, 912.790.8879

Historic District 121 Barnard St.

850 at the Jepson Y Y Center

choose from list

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Y

CRAFT BEER • CRAFT FOOD • CRAFT SPIRTS

Savannah’s Vintage Venue Craft Beer • Craft Food • Craft Spirits Private events in our 2nd floor Speakeasy • Welcome Parties Rehearsal Dinners • Wedding Receptions • Holiday Parties

savannahdistilleryalehouse.com

Plenty of FREE parking! 912-236-1772 • 416 West Liberty Street Visit us at savannahdistilleryalehouse.com • Contact us at distilleryevents@gmail.com

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Weddings...

A Piece of Cake

Breathtakingly beautiful, Mollie Stone’s scrumptious wedding cakes will captivate your palate as well as your heart. MollieCakes combines only the very �inest ingredients with her renowned artistic talent to create the wedding cake of your dreams.

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Savannah Alphabet Art EllenHaganArt.etsy.com 912.655.8812 • ejahagan@aol.com


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Tybee Island Light Station Tybee Island 500 Y N Y Y N N Y N tybeelighthouse.org, 912.786.5801 30 Meddin Ave. Tybee Island Wedding Chapel LLC Tybee Island 120 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y tybeeweddingchapel.com 1112 U.S. 80 E. 912.786.9099 Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah 912.234.0980

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

N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Y

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

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Y

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

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Southside 7601 Skidaway Road

ceremony site only Y

N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A


118 Bull St • Savannah, GA 31401 • 912.235.5172 Open Monday-Saturday 11am-6pm • Closed Sundays www.harpersavannah.com


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APPAREL BleuBelle Bridal 912-355-2502 bleubellebridal.com 5500 Abercorn St., Ste. 42 Page 7 Harper 912-235-5172 harpersavannah.com 118 Bull St. Page 103 Ivory + Beau 912-200-4794 ivoryandbeau.com 7302 Abercorn St., Ste. 1B Page 45 CAKES/DESSERTS Gigiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cupcakes 912-349-2778 gigiscupcakesusa.com/ savannahgeorgia 5521 Abercorn St., Ste. 100 Page 14

Flirt With Dessert 912-661-2662 flirtwithdessert.org 205G Johnny Mercer Blvd. Page 43 Leopoldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ice Cream 912-234-4442 leopoldsicecream.com 212 E. Broughton St. Page 21 Lowcountry Confections 912-713-6122 lowcountryconfections.net Page 105 MollieCakes 912-352-8993 facebook.com/molliecakessav Page 101 Savannah Rum Runners 912-355-4177 savannahrumrunners.com 324 W. Bolton St. Page 109


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Whole Foods Market 912-358-5829 wfm.com 1815 E. Victory Drive Page 29

The Whitman 912-704-6233 thewhitmansavannah.com 611 Whitaker St. Page 3

CATERERS Cha Bella and Earth to Table Catering 912-790-7888 cha-bella.com 102 East Broad St. Page 66

COSMETIC DENTISTRY Scott A. Cohen, DDS, PC 912-353-9533 savannahdentalcentre.com 835 E. 65th St., Ste. 108 Page 14

Dept. 7 East 912-232-0215 dept7east.com 7 E. Broughton St. Page 109 The Pirates’ House 912-233-2225 thepirateshouse.com 20 East Broad St. Page 96 The Shrimp Factory 912-236-4229 theshrimpfactory.com 313 E. River St. Page 89

ENTERTAINMENT All About You Entertainment allaboutyoudjs.com 912-897-0518 Page 105 EQUIPMENT RENTAL Beachview Event Rentals & Design 912-510-3800/877-782-7368 beachview.net Page 95 EventHaus 843-407-0473 eventhausrentals.com Page 27

Savannah Special Events by Ranco 912-944-6200 savannahspecialevents.com 1200 W. Bay St. 8115 Waters Ave. Page 97

Ivory + Beau 912-200-4794 ivoryandbeau.com 7302 Abercorn St., Ste. 1B Page 45 Posh Petals & Pearls 912-596-6064 poshpetalsandpearls.com ido@poshpetalsandpearls.com 404 E. Oglethorpe Ave. Page 99

Savannah Vintage Rentals 912-856-1862 savvintagerentals.com savvintagerentals@gmail.com Page 39

Rustic to Ritz Events 678-787-0374 rustictoritzevents.com Page 110

EVENT PLANNERS French Knot Studios frenchknotstudios.com info@frenchknotstudios.com Page 45 From This Day Forward Weddings & Events 912-675-1234 weddingsfromthisdayforward.com Page 66 Gray Harper - Event Maker 912-228-2920 grayharper.com hello@grayharper.com

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VIVID EVENTS | Design - Management - Coordination 912-401-4560 vivid-event.com Page 19 FLORAL DESIGN Kato Floral Designs 912-508-1166 katoweddings.com Page 11 Kiwi Fleur 912-352-0995 kiwifleur.com 714 Mall Blvd., Ste. 2 Page 19

Sebrell Smith Designer Events 912-604-6852 sebrellsmith.com 8419 Ferguson Ave. Page 15

Harvey Designs 912-495-9300 harveydesigns.com 1515 Abercorn St. Page 12

TOAST of the Coast 678-459-4931 ext. 703 toast-events.com nicki@toast-events.com Page 13

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Whole Foods Market 912-358-5829 wfm.com 1815 E. Victory Drive Page 29

Special Advertising Section

INSURANCE State Farm/Erica Herndon 912-354-6464 myneighborerica.com 3228 Skidaway Road Page 97 JEWELRY Levy Jewelers—Since 1900 Historic Downtown Savannah, corner of Bull and Broughton: 912-233-1163 Oglethorpe Mall: 912-238-2120 St. Johns Town Center, Jacksonville, Fla.: 904-527-2643 levyjewelers.com Back cover

GIFTS/GIFT REGISTRIES Cottage Shop 912-233-3820 cottageshopgifts.com 2422 Abercorn St. Page 12 Savannah Alphabet Art 912-655-8122 ellenhaganart.etsy.com Page 101 Summer Home Coastal Living Home+Gift Boutique 912-777-7396 summerhomesav.com 7360 Skidaway Road, Ste. J-2 Page 14

PHOTOGRAPHY/ VIDEOGRAPHY Angela Hopper Photography 912-898-7878 angelahopperphotography.com Dragonfly Photography 912-257-6057 dragonflyphotodesign.com 103 Parkside Blvd.

Greg Ceo, Savannah Wedding Photographer 912-238-5354 savannahweddingphoto.com greg@savannahweddingphoto.com The Happy Bloom 334-689-8779 thehappybloom.com Page 2 Hopkins Studios 912-308-7057 hopkinsstudios.com Kelli Boyd Photography 912-441-0725 kelliboydphotography.com Page 101 Mark Williams Studio 877-520-8832 markwilliamsstudio.com Page 21 Rach Lea Photography 502-593-3902 rachleaphoto.com

RDP Productions 912-596-4468 rdpproductions.com Teresa Earnest Photography 912-228-9647 teresaearnestphotography.com Page 15 RESTROOMS Nature’s Calling Inc. 912-232-6187 naturescallinginc.com SALONS/MAKE-UP/SPAS 40 Volume 912-352-0077 40volume.com 3307 Waters Ave. Page 43 Lindsey Wirht Makeup Artist 904-536-1157 lindseywirht.com info@lindseywirht.com Spa Bleu 912-236-1490 spableu-sav.com 101 Bull St. Page 27

SPECIAL SERVICES Big Round Wheel 864-839-9132 bigroundwheel.com Page 106 Curry Dry Cleaners 912-355-2930 1310 E. DeRenne Ave. 912-897-4595 440 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Page 107 SavannahIDo.com Visit Savannah 877-SAVANNAH 101 E. Bay St. Page 87 STATIONERY The Happy Bloom 334-689-8779 thehappybloom.com Page 2 TRANSPORTATION Old Savannah Tours 912-234-8128/800-517-9007 oldsavannahtours.com Page 107

Experience the Big Wheel on your Big Day

Spectacular 47-foot Ferris Wheel that seats up to 36 people • Fully illuminated and looks great at night • P: 864-839-9132

www.bigroundwheel.com

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Andy Baxter Photography

Savannah’s Preferred Wedding Gown Cleaners for 70 Years!

Custom Deluxe Dry Cleaning, Shirt Laundry, Wedding Gown, Preservation and Restoration, Formal Wear, Alterations

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


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VENUES 10 Downing at Churchill’s Pub 912-232-8501 thebritishpub.com/banqueting 13 W. Bay St. Page 98

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Belford’s Savannah Seafood & Steaks 912-233-2626 belfordssavannah.com 315 W. St. Julian St. Page 102 Bethesda Academy Campus Rentals 912-691-5294 bethesdarentals.org 9520 Ferguson Ave.

Armstrong Center 912-344-2555 armstrong.edu/armstrongcenter 11935 Abercorn St. Page 17

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

The Ballroom at the American Legion 912-233-9277/912-675-0246 alpost135.com 1108 Bull St.

Brockington Hall 912-856-5117 brockingtonhall.com 213 E. Hall St. Page 66

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

Cha Bella and Earth to Table Catering 912-790-7888 cha-bella.com 102 East Broad St. Page 66

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens 912-921-5460 coastalgeorgiabg.org 2 Canebrake Road

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

Old Fort Jackson 912-232-3945 chsgeorgia.org 1 Fort Jackson Road Page 88

Cohen’s Retreat 912-355-3336 cohensretreat.com 5715 Skidaway Road Page 23

Jepson Center for the Arts 912-790-8800 telfair.org 207 W. York St. Page 25

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

Dept. 7 East 912-232-0215 dept7east.com 7 E. Broughton St. Page 109

The Mackey House 912-234-7404 mackeyhouse.com 190 Red Gate Farms Trail Inside back cover

Owens-Thomas House 912-790-8800 telfair.org 124 Abercorn St. Page 25

Dunham Farms 912-880-4500 dunhamfarms.com 5836 Islands Hwy., Sunbury

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

Pin Point Heritage Museum 912-232-3945 chsgeorgia.org 9924 Pin Point Ave. Page 88

National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force 912-748-8888 mightyeighth.org 175 Bourne Ave., Pooler Page 103

Richmond Hill City Center 912-445-0043 richmondhillcitycenter.com 520 Cedar St., Richmond Hill Page 99

Garden of the Coastal Plain at Georgia Southern 912-871-1149 georgiasouthern.edu/garden 1505 Bland Ave., Statesboro (a few blocks from the main Georgia Southern University campus) Page 67

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.

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You Are Invited... 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


324 West Bolton Street Savannah, GA 31401 phone: 912.355.4177 fax: 912.355.4175 savannahrumrunners.com Savannah Rum Runners Bakery


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The River House 912-234-1900 savannahriverhouse.com 125 W. River St. Page 89 Savannah Distillery Ale House 912-236-1772 savannahdistilleryalehouse.com 416 W. Liberty St. Page 100 Savannah Quarters Country Club 912-450-2285 savannahquarterscc.com 8 Palladian Way, Pooler Page 112 Savannah Riverboat Cruises 800-786-6404 savannahriverboat.com 9 E. River St. Page 39

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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) St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church Hellenic Center 912-236-8256 stpaulsgreekorthodox.org 14 W. Anderson St. Page 43 Telfair Academy 912-790-8800 telfair.org 121 Barnard St. Page 25 Tybee Island Light Station and Museum 912-786-5801 tybeelighthouse.org 30 Meddin Drive, Tybee Island Page 37

Tybee Wedding Chapel 800-786-5889 tybeeweddingchapel.com 1114 U.S. 80, Tybee Island Inside front cover Wilmington Island Club 912-897-1612, ext. 101 wilmingtonislandclub.com 501 Wilmington Island Road Page 108 VENUES/ ACCOMMODATIONS Beachview Bed and Breakfast 912-786-5500 beachviewbbtybee.com 1701 Butler Ave., Tybee Island Page 93 The Brice - A Kimpton Hotel 912-238-1200/877-48BRICE bricehotel.com 601 E. Bay St. Page 8 Forsyth Park Inn 912-233-6800 forsythparkinn.com 102 W. Hall St. Page 99

The Golden Isles 800-933-2627 goldenisles.com 1505 Richmond St., 2nd Floor, Brunswick Pages 4-5

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa 912-201-2200 westinsavannah.com 1 Resort Drive Page 6

Hyatt Regency Savannah 912-238-1234 savannah.hyatt.com 2 W. Bay St. Page 45

The Whitman 912-704-6233 thewhitmansavannah.com 611 Whitaker St. Page 3

Inn at Ellis Square 912-944-3286 912-236-4440 Ext. 286 877-542-7666 innatellissquare.com 201 W. Bay St. Page 93 The Presidents’ Quarters Inn 912-233-1600/800-233-1776 presidentsquarters.com 225 E. President St. Page 29 StayInSavannah.com 912-721-6013 Page 95

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