This couple’s daring decision to hold their wedding in a city that neither had visited before certainly paid off.  When you’re in a city like Savannah romance and magic is bound to occur and that was certainly the case with this charming, Southern soiree shot by Paperlily Photography.  Making it even sweeter is the glowing bride and her adorable baby bump that both look so amazing in her BCBG dress!  See all the details in the full gallery!

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From the Bride… I met Brendan on September 20, 2008. It was the end of my time in San Diego, pursuing my Master’s degree, and we were set up on a blind date by the casting director of the theatre where we were both working. It was a formal event, and even though I had said many times that I would never date an actor again after the failures prior to meeting him, there was nothing I could do to prevent the head-over-heels effect that his sense of humor and bone-deep kindness had on me.

We had been living in Brooklyn for a little over a year when he surprised me one night by kneeling in front of our couch, and proposing with a stunning, unique ring that he had secretly designed and had made in my size. It was a dream come true. Our conversations had run back and forth on the topic of marriage since the beginning of our relationship, so as soon as we were engaged — literally that night! — we started planning. We knew we wanted to get married in Savannah, though neither of us had been there before, and got online to find the perfect weekend between spring rains and killer heat. Once we’d decided on April, 30, I set about researching the various bed & breakfasts in the city. Amazingly, Kehoe House, situated on Columbia Square, had a 360 degree video tour of the event space at the top of the building. It was perfect, with vaulted wood ceilings, wrought-iron chandeliers, exposed brick, and tons of Southern charm. And did I mention an eerie sense of its own history? We really loved the quirkiness underlying the city’s rich history. Since we were getting married in a public square, the rules were really strict about not being able to hang anything, or set any furniture on the grass. I found the rug that we stood on in an online sample sale on RueLaLa, and now it covers the floor in our living room. Little things like that really made the day so special. I think my favorite detail was at the reception, where we hung mason jars with thin rope from the eaves holding Spanish moss and electric tea lights in them. It gave the room an ethereal quality, and we were able to reuse them at another reception held several weeks later in my home town. 

Even though I went shopping two weeks after we got engaged, found and ordered my dress, the last thing I did (ten days before my big day!) was find a new wedding dress. I’d been holding out hope that my original choice would be alterable to cover my five-month pregnant belly, but no such luck. It was fortuitous that I was in NYC, home of more wedding dresses than probably anywhere on earth. I wanted something that wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg, and that would show off my bump. Enter BCBG on the Upper East Side, where Janelle rocked my world by helping me (on my lunch hour!) try on every wedding dress in the store before finding the perfect choice. For a mere $268.00, I walked down the aisle in a dress that was soooo comfortable, sexy, classy, and played up all of my baby-belly curves. I couldn’t imagine having worn the other dress.

Wedding Photography: Paperlily Photography / Wedding Venue: The Kehoe House in Savannah, Georgia / Event Design + Planning: Posh Petals and Pearls / Wedding Invitations + Save-the-Dates: DIY / Catering: Cha Bella / Ceremony Seat Covers: DIY by the Bride’s Mother, Aunt + Grandmother / Officiant: The Bride’s Uncle / Wedding Dress: BCBG

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