Matched with her Mr. since the age of 14, this bride made sure she found the perfect venue to say “i do” after many years of waiting for this day to arrive! A long search lead them to the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, and from there, the rest fell into place.  The sunset-inspired florals from Straton Hall Events set the tone for the casual and romantic event captured beautifully by Sarah DeShaw and Artworks Wedding Cinema. See the rest here!

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From Artworks Wedding CinemaCari and Chris had a gorgeous destination wedding at Jekyll Island, Georgia. We started out exploring the island with the two of them for their engagement film just two days before the wedding. They had fun riding bikes and visiting Jekyll Island’s famous Driftwood Beach, and they finished off the shoot at the pier at sunset. We couldn’t wait to film their wedding, and it definitely did not disappoint! The best way to describe their wedding was bright, sunny and full of joy. It was a gorgeous day and all the beautiful, soft pink blooms paired with the abundant sunshine and sunsets just makes your heart sing!

From the Bride… Chris and I are high school sweethearts, and I counted down the days until our wedding since I was 14! We set the date, Sunday, June 3, almost four years ago because I wanted to be married on my grandfather’s birthday. He and my grandmother had the sweetest love I’ve ever known, and I wanted to hold them close on the most important day of my life. I pinned the cameo my grandmother wore in her 1952 graduation photo to my bouquet as my “something old.” Those were the first two decisions we made, and after that the theme of our day came together very easily. Having a Sunday wedding seemed very natural and helped create the comfort we wanted our guests to feel.

We knew from the beginning that we wanted a small, intimate, and romantic wedding. After visiting every venue in North Georgia, I had almost given up hope of finding the perfect place. There were plenty of good options, but nothing felt right. After an afternoon with my mom and sister at a bridal show, I was thumbing through a bridal magazine and saw an ad for the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. It was love at first sight all over again! I told my mom, “I found it! This is where we’re getting married!” We called the next day, drove down that weekend and booked our day with out looking back. As a social studies teacher, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel provided just the vintage, historic elegance I was looking for. It was so wonderful to celebrate our day with those closest to us and have our loved ones nearby all weekend. Those days are memories we will cherish forever!

Inspired by a spectacular sunset over the water in Jekyll Island, we chose a color palette of soft pink, cream and gold for a dreamy, romantic look. I wanted to create a vintage vibe but still keep the look cohesive. The venue was stunning in itself so I wanted to enhance its natural beauty without overshadowing it. My favorite feature of our wedding was the crystal and milk glass centerpieces. The pink flowers complemented the white containers beautifully. Our fantastic florist surprised me with peonies for my bouquet after telling me he couldn’t get them, and it was the sweetest surprise! Our vendors were phenomenal and helped create a day more beautiful than I ever could have dreamed!

Wedding Photography: Sarah DeShaw / Wedding Venue: Jekyll Island Club Hotel in Jekyll Island, Georgia / Floral Design: Straton Hall Events / Wedding Cinematography: Artworks Wedding Cinema / Wedding Film Music: “White Dress” by Ben Rector, Licensed through The Music Bed / Catering + Wedding Cake: Jekyll Island Club Hotel / Band: Spike at the Beach / Wedding Dress: Tara Keely via Bridals by Lori / Bride’s Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender / Bridal Party Attire: Bridals by Lori / Bridal Party Hair: Chelsea Adams of Princeton Salon and Spa / Makeup: Island Day Spa at Jekyll Island Club Hotel

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