I am 100% without a doubt in love with Savannah. So it’s no surprise that my eyes light up when a Savannah soirée falls in my lap – particularly when it’s from W Scott Chester Photography. And when you put fancy shoes on a cake stand (scroll down, it’s a must see) ultimately combining two of my favorite things EVER – well, my heart knows no bounds. It doesn’t stop there – oh no – there is even more fabulous in the full gallery of images!
From the Bride…Kent & I live in San Francisco, but our families and friends are all over the country. When we started the wedding planning process, we were clear on only one concept: we wanted our wedding to be a weekend event where we were surrounded by our closest family and friends. From there, the vision and priorities for our wedding weekend fell into place. After some Internet research, we decided that Savannah would likely fit the bill. It’s a small city with a lot of charm, lots to do, plenty of good food, and a fantastic art school. If we were going to ask all our friends and family to travel, we wanted it to be somewhere they were going to be excited to go!
The look and vision for our wedding came about organically. We had vague notions of what we wanted: classy, casual, great food, music, and DIY projects. And some very specific ideas of what we didn’t want: a wedding cake, too much white, calligraphy, or formality. Thank god for wedding blogs because I spent hours looking for inspiration, and learned guiding principle 4: hire an amazing photographer! Working with W. Scott Chester for our engagement and wedding photos was super special, and we are so glad to have these photos to re-live our wedding day. The MG Events team were fantastic at helping translate my flower and decor ideas into specifics and pairing us with the best vendors. Our vague notions of classy and casual turned into those amazing flower-filled bottles hanging from trees at a our floral meeting. Our desire for great music turned into custom-made CDs for all our guests.
We had many talented friends and family to help with the DIY elements. I made the place seating cards, assembled a family photo project and made playlists for dinner. Kent made the CDs. My dad made the table numbers by drilling house numbers on hardback books. My mom made the cupcake stand. All of the women (and the best man) staying at home base covered 60+ books with fabric I bought and craft paper for the table decorations. One of the groomsman made us an amazing dance party mix to play at the wedding. Etsy and second-hand sellers provided the rest of the items we loved.
Kent and I enjoyed every second of our wedding but some of our favorite memories was: our first look, reading our handwritten vows to each other while our good friend married us, my dance with my Dad, Kent’s dance with his Mom, and the late-night living room dance party at home base.
Our wedding weekend would not have been half the day it was without Morgan and Alysse and the rest of our vendors! I’ve read it on this blog (SMP) a million times and it’s worth repeating: Hire great vendors and then trust them to do their best work. Every vendor we worked with fantastic, and it all came together better than I could have hoped!
Wedding Planning + Design: Morgan Gallo Events / Floral Design: Kiwi Fleur / Venue: Harper Fowlkes House / Wedding Photography: W Scott Chester Photography / Linens: BBJ Linens / Hair + Make-up: Atmospheres Salon / Wedding Dress: Jenny Lee Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Bridal Hair Piece: Powder Blue Bijoux / Lighting: Stage Front / Cupcakes: Cupcake Emporium / Programs: Jennifer Borkowski Designs