There’s just something so special about getting married at your childhood home…and when fireworks go off just as you make it up to the alter, well, that’s just total and complete specialness. This sweet southern bride kept her day simple and elegant and really kept the focus on the love. Hurst Photo was on hand to capture all the fun and meaningful moments and trust me when I say, there were plenty. See it all right here.

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From the Bride… I am a Georgia peach, southern to the core, and so is my groom. I wanted that to be reflected in our wedding, but I wanted it to be fresh, fun and elegant all at the same time. Friends and family are very important to Tyler and me so our goal was to have a beautiful, special ceremony and a really great celebration of our love for our families and each other. What better place to have a southern wedding centered on families than at my family home on the Ogeechee River in Savannah.

As beautiful as the day was and as perfect as it is to MY eyes, we did have one little snafu. My dad is a generous, loving, fun, crazy kind of guy. As a surprise, he bought fireworks to set off as we were leaving the reception. There was a miscommunication with a wedding guest (who was asked to turn down the water on the fountain when we got to the altar), and he ended up setting off the fireworks right when we got to the altar. We had all of our bridal party there, we were ready to begin the ceremony and BOOM! — about two and a half minutes of fireworks behind the house. It was a truly special moment and is something about the day that I (and 100 other people) will never forget. The pictures are priceless.

My family’s home is what set the mood for the wedding, and it was a beautiful backdrop for our lovely ceremony. Our tent was elegant and our decorations were simple. The favors were small jam jars covered with fabric and a tag saying “Spread the Love.” The flowers added the most to the house, the tables and the cake. The wedding cake’s main decoration were beautiful flowers hand picked by our florist while the groom’s cake was from our alma mater, Georgia Southern University.

The toasts during the reception were also very heart felt and eloquent. My sister, the MOH and Tyler’s best man did a great job but the true star (again) was my dad. His speech was so wonderful I do not think there was a dry eye in the house. He started off by putting on a sideways Georgia Southern hat, sagging his tuxedo pants and saying “I thought I raised her right and then my daughter brings this guy home? What was she thinking?!” Then he discussed how six years later he could not imagine me with any other man.

Wedding Photography: Amanda Hurst of Hurst Photo / Wedding Venue: The Bride’s Family Home in Savannah, Georgia / Floral Design: Roger Peacock of Peacock’s on 37th / Rentals + Wedding Consulting: Erin Fountain of Classic Party Rentals / Food + Service: Bruce Ford of Magnolia Grill Catering / Wedding Cakes: Bakers Pride / Ceremony Harp: Anne Durant / Reception Music: Jeff Brown of All About You Entertainment / Get Away Car: Greg Rolf of Southern Comfort Limousine / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero via A Formal Occasion (770-591-5424) / Hair: Susan Renfro / Makeup: Tamra Honea