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Jekyll Island Wedding from Brooke Roberts Photography

There’s so many fun details that make up this pretty blue and yellow wedding by the beach, but I have to admit, the nostalgic nerd in me loves the fact that the bride’s grandfather performed the ceremony. That’s my favorite part. Don’t get me wrong, the ceremony and reception were both drop dead gorgeous and Brooke Roberts Photography captured each moment perfectly. But don’t take my word for it. See it all right here!

From the Bride… Since I was a little girl, I’ve always dreamed of the “fairy-tale wedding.” I used to make my sisters put a blanket over my head as a veil, draped like a train behind me, and I walked down our long hallway holding a brush for a bouquet. I always hoped I would find someone special that would be waiting for me at the end of my walk, and I have definitely found that in Brett. He is the love of my life, so this day is really going be a dream come true for me. I have always wanted to have an outside wedding by the beach, so when we found The Beachview Club on Jekyll Island, I knew it was the perfect place. That was the first big thing crossed off the list! I like simple but elegant, so that’s what I have aimed for in planning all of the details for our wedding. I loved the idea of using lanterns, so I asked that those be added to the trees that cross over the ceremony spot. My grandfather will be marrying us, and he has performed the ceremonies in all of his grandchildren’s weddings so far. He is one of the greatest men I have ever known, and a very important person in my life, so the ceremony will definitely be special having him officiate. Aside from all of the small details added here and there, I really feel like our friends and family are going to make our day more special than anything. We are so excited to be able to share this day with all of the people that mean the most to us, and my goal is for everyone to just have fun and celebrate!

Wedding Photography: Brooke Roberts Photography / Reception Venue: Beachview Club Hotel in Jekyll Island , Georgia / Floral + Event Design: Straton Hall / Catering + Wedding Cake: Straton Hall / Linens + Party Rentals: Beachview Rentals / Sign Graphic Designer (‘Kick Off Your Shoes’): Chic Weddings by Jamie Irene

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Jekyll Island Wedding from Brooke Roberts Photography

So, let’s say we might have already eaten a few extra chocolates and had more slip-ups than our New Year’s resolutions allowed… not that it’s actually happened though, right SMPers? Well, just in case, let this wedding from Brooke Roberts Photography re-inspire you with all the Southern hospitality and charm you could ask for. The Crane Cottage at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel made for a spectacular location for some of the most amazing fireworks and magnificent send-off images I’ve ever seen. Click here for the full wedding.

From Brooke Roberts Photography… This elegant southern wedding was held at the stunning Crane Cottage and Faith Chapel on Jekyll Island in Coastal Georgia. The bride and groom wanted to envelope their guests in true southern hospitality and charm in one of the south’s finest and most romantic locations. Their inspiration for the wedding was Georgia Peach and they set the tone by presenting each guest with a welcome bag of goodies keeping with the theme. The ladies at Caroline Carter Events worked with the couple to add in countless thoughtful touches that were not only beautiful but also showcased the couple’s personalities. The evening was closed out by the sky being filled with celebratory fireworks before the couple departed in a vintage white rolls royce.

Wedding Photography: Brooke Roberts Photography / Ceremony: Faith Chapel in Jekyll Island, Georgia / Reception: Crane Cottage at Jekyll Island Club Hotel in Jekyll Island, Georgia / Floral Design: The Vine / Wedding Coordination: Caroline Carter Events / Wedding Cinematography: James Futch Video / Catering + Wedding Cake: Jekyll Island Club Hotel / Wedding Invitations: Crane & Co. / Calligraphy: Dede Adams Calligraphy / Ceremony Musicians: Ambiance Trio / Band: Spike at the Beach / Wedding Dress: Rivini “Ilys” / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka “Lacie” / Hair: Bienvenue / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm “5022”

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Jekyll Island Wedding + Film from Artworks Wedding Cinema

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!

Any time a film from the awesomely-talented Artworks Wedding Cinema falls into our inbox, our hearts do a little happy dance. And this one is no exception — it’s a stunner!

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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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Jekyll Island Proposal from Anna K. Photography

I LOVE surprises. If I could be surprised every day (with something fabulous, of course) I would be the happiest girl in the world. And this adorable bride-to-be got the BEST kind of surprise-you know, the kind with a diamond involved– when her soon-to-be-groom popped the question! Under the guise of a photo shoot, Anna K. Photography caught the entire proposal on film, so the most amazing surprise could be remembered perfectly, forever! See the rest of this sweet proposal here.

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From the Bride-to-Be… As a little girl, I totally had my wedding planned out at age eight — flowers, dress, everything! All I needed was my Prince Charming to come, sweep my off my feet and make my fairy tale complete. As I got older I learned that it wasn’t exactly as easy as all of the movies and stories made it out to be. Well, after many years of searching, I found him; my fairy tale came true. On Friday October 19, 2012 my very best friend got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. We had talked over the summer about getting married, so naturally, after so much anticipation and talk about it all, I knew it was coming. Poor thing, knowing myself, I knew that he had quite the challenge before him. From day one I told David that when the time came he HAD to have Anna hiding in the bushes or the nearest tree to capture every moment of it all. I just knew that in all of the shock and excitement I would forget the small details, and that just couldn’t happen! The Tuesday prior, I received a phone call from Anna explaining that she had been planning a big photo shoot for her blog for months now and that her model had suddenly cancelled on her. After venting out her frustration she asked if there was any way possible that I might be able to fill in as her model. Of course, I was ecstatic and immediately agreed to help her out. I’m not going to lie, after we got of the phone I got a bit curious, but after talking with her and David throughout the week, I slowly started to tell myself that I needed to get that sweet little thought out of my mind that it just wasn’t going to happen.

As Friday approached, I started to get really excited. Anna came and picked me up around 5:15 Friday evening, and we headed over to Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island, Georgia. In the 30 minutes that it took us getting over there I told her all about our first date and how excited I was that I had found my best friend. To tell you the complete truth after that car ride, I was totally convinced that yet again, I was wrong, and that this really was just a blog shoot. I mean, Anna perfected the little white lie to a T, with props and everything! When we arrived, we walked out to the beach to start taking pictures. I grabbed up my bouquet and we started our “photo shoot.” About 15 minutes in, I suddenly felt a tap on my shoulder and I turned around to my David. For the first two second I was in such shock I really didn’t know what was going on until he so gracefully got down on one knee, looked me dead in the eye, and said, “Jeanie Beth, I love you. Marry Me.” I looked back at Anna and then back to David and just grabbed him, squeezing him as tight as I possibly could. I didn’t want to let go, I didn’t want to lose or forget that feeling, until he said, “Well, are you going to put the ring on?” I shouted YES!, gasped over how stunning it was, slipped it on and went in for another hug. I wish so badly that everyone reading this could feel what I felt in that very moment because it was the most beautifully wonderful thing I’ve ever felt in my life thus far. 

Photography: Anna K. Photography / Proposal Location: Driftwood Beach in Jekyll Island, Georgia / Bouquet: Edward on St. Simons / Dress: Hunter Dixon

Jekyll Island Surprise Proposal by Sarah DeShaw Photography

Ok, I officially can’t get over how adorable this post is. Proposals just make me weak in the knees. I can never get enough of them. The moment a person asks their favorite person in the entire world to hang out with forever and ever – that’s a moment that can’t be beat. And when there just happens to be a lovely photographer like Sarah DeShaw there to capture it all, we all get to gush about it together! See even more here!

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From the Groom… From the moment we came into each other’s lives, this verse from Ephesians 3:20 has described every little detail of our relationship: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or imagine.” As we reflect back on God’s purposeful timing, we are in awe of how He directed our love story down to the second as part of His plan for our lives because of His infinite love for us as His children. Leading up to now we often say our relationship has been storybook. Since the author of this story is the Almighty God, then its no wonder the surprises keep getting better. Little moments will happen and I’ll just turn to Mattye and say “storybook.” She grins and gives me one of those smiles I love. Originally I had thought about asking Mattye to be in my life forever on my birthday. I mean who would really be getting the best gift of all on that day? God gave me all the help and blessing I could ask for by allowing the ring to be ready one day before we would leave for our trip to St. Simons. During our second day of the trip we met with David Yarborough, pastor of SSCC, to hear his heart for weddings and offer him our vision of a Godly marriage we desire to have. We talked with him about past life experiences with family and described what we thought the other really needed in a husband or a wife. He gave us the book Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas and posed the question, “What if marriage isn’t just about finding happiness, but was truly created to make us more Holy through sanctification?” Interesting question, we both thought. We believe God plants traits within us to bring our partner closer to HIM.

On the last day of our trip in the final hours of daylight we drove over to Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island. The sun was still hanging around in the sky and a view of sunset was growing near. We met up with our friends and photographers Sarah and Brent Deshaw. Mattye didn’t know it, but I had been in contact with them sharing my plan for the proposal and orchestrating for them to photograph the special moment. All four of us walked along the driftwood trees stepping over and under branches. It was really an amazing setting, almost like a movie set. Brent and Sarah suggested we go exploring, and this was the beginning of some natural cues to come. We walked along the beach holding each other as the sun dipped lower in the sky. Sarah positioned us in some very relaxed poses, but I was a little tense. I just kept holding onto Mattye, saying I love you and giving her kisses. Finally, the moment appeared. I said I believe that 33 years, and one day ago God had knit me together with talents and longings and a purpose. He birthed me out into this world to glorify HIM with all that I am. I believe he did not create me to be alone. I reminded Mattye that on Sunday she asked me if she would be happy in five days and I said no. Our time and prayers leading up to this moment were perfect. She wasn’t expecting a proposal and I believed she had given up control of this thing to me and God to let us handle the right timing. I talked about my heart definition of who she is. Then I told her that I could not tell her she would be happy in five days because in four days I was going to ask her to marry me. I got down on one knee and pulled the little black felt box from my pocket and said, “Mattye Caroline LaSuer, will you be in my life forever?” She covered her face and came toward me to kiss me. Then she paused to look down at the sparkling new ring that was meant for her finger. When she saw it for the first time her mouth dropped open. She finally let me take the ring and put it on her finger. We jumped, laughed, hugged, kissed, and praised our God through whom all this was possible.

Photography + Cinematography: Sarah DeShaw Photography / Music: August York / Location: Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island, Georgia / Ring Setting: Designer C. Gonshor from Diamonds Direct / Diamond: Levy’s Fine Jewelers of Birmingham / Necklace: Stella & Dot

Jekyll Island Club Wedding by Sara D. Harper

When I think about getting married barefoot on the beach my mind tends to veer towards the carefree and casual.  For a bride who loves the outdoors and always imagined sand between her toes on her wedding day she is certainly more princess than backpacker.  The entire day, captured by Sara D. Harper, is such a dazzling display of elegance. Catch all the chic details in the full gallery!

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From the Bride.. .I always knew at a young age that I wanted to get married barefoot on the beach … so that’s what I did!  We got married on Jekyll Island which is a small quiet beach off the coast of Georgia.  I grew up going to this beach and have always admired the huge plantation style mansions that make up the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel.  My husband and I both love the outdoors, so, initially, the ceremony and reception were planned to take place outside.  That all changed the day before the wedding when there was 90% chance of thunderstorms on the “big day.”  It sprinkled the morning of, but no rain in sight for the time of the ceremony!  YAY!

The ceremony took place on the beach in front of the Jekyll Island Club Beach Pavilion.  It was very windy, but I think God just wanted to let us know that he was there (since we weren’t in church).  The reception was moved from the Riverfront Front Lawn to the J.P. Morgan Tennis Courts at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.  The courts, which were built in 1929, were newly renovated and had just opened for events the week before!  The Grapevine from Macon, GA were absolutely wonderful at entertaining our guest all night long.  All the catering and cake was done by the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.  J and D Designs out of Douglas, GA decorated the ceremony and reception site.  Our beautiful pictures were done by Sara D Harper.  She did an amazing job at capturing all the of details throughout the whole day.

Wedding Photography: Sara D. Harper / Hair: Jekyll Island Club Salon / Florals: J and D Designs / Wedding Dress: Eve of Milady / Bride’s Shoes: Converse / Groom’s Attire: Savvi Formalwear / Venue, Catering + Wedding Cake: Jekyll Island Club