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Jekyll Island Club Wedding from Sarah Deshaw

I knew from the moment I laid my eyes on these gorgeous images by Sarah Deshaw, I was going to love this wedding.  Love it in that way that only seersucker suits, pretty pink hues and touches of burlap can bring.  Because when sweet Southern elegance meets intimate garden party, you can’t help but adore every last minute.  That’s a fact, lovelies.  See all of the pretty planned by Jekyll Island Club Hotel in the full gallery.  You’ll love it just as much as me.


From the Bride… From the very beginning we decided that we wanted a small intimate destination wedding. We wanted a few guests who we absolutely knew would remain close to us for the remainder of our lives. That was the theme. The best years of our lives are yet to come. And because Hunter was 40 and I was 30 we had many friends and relatives with young children. My parents are from The Netherlands and Hunter’s are from the South. We needed it to be small so that people could learn one another’s accents! Also, we wanted a place that was kid friendly and where everyone could really get to know one another. Having attended graduate schools in both New England and Texas,  we had friends from all of the country and world. Folks came from Washington, California, The Netherlands, Israel, Uruguay, Texas, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Colorado and Arizona. And it was great. Everyone mingled and got to know each other.  

As soon as we found our wedding location the planning began. We wanted something that was classic, romantic, and that incorporated the incredible natural surroundings of Jekyll Island, particularly the dramatic trees enveloped in Spanish moss.  We designed our wedding based on soft pinks, greens, and whites and infused them into small details throughout the wedding. Classic touches included white lace, simple font type and pink details. A splash of burlap added an earthy feel. Our calligrapher designed a monogram with our first initials that was displayed on cups, napkins, programs, and cigars. In addition to the decorations, our main priority was creating a family affair that was convenient, fun and interactive. Being a second grade special education teacher, I wanted it to be child friendly as well.

In lieu of a guest book, we created a gorgeous wishing tree, a Dutch tradition that invites guests to write their wishes for the bride a groom. The kids table enjoyed activity books and fun games. After dinner, champagne was passed and all the guests were ushered into the middle of the courtyard for a group photo (taken from the upstairs balcony). We were then introduced for our first dance as a married couple, a fox trot to Eta James’ “At Last,” for which we had practiced endlessly. My father, an engineer by day and competitive ballroom dancer by night, surprised me with a quickstep for the father-daughter dance to “Shall We Dance.” The groom and his mother danced to James Taylor’s “Carolina in my Mind,” which brought tears to family members around the dance floor. The rest of the night, guests enjoyed dancing, a photo booth, a cigar bar, and a late night snack of honey baked ham and biscuits. We ended the party with a sparkling send off!

Wedding Photography: Sarah Deshaw | Wedding Venue: Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Crane Cottage in Jekyll Island, Georgia | Wedding Planner: Jessica Shell from Jekyll Island Club Hotel | Floral Design: Stacy Bass from Straton Hall | Music: Spike at the Beach | Ceremony Music: Deborah Ray | Wedding Invitations: Paper and Chocolate | Wedding Stationery: Josie Patrick at VivalaLovely | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanco via Isis Bridal Boutiques | Jewelry: Nadri via Nordstrom Wedding Suite | Rings: The Diamond Doctor | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka + Vera Wang Lavender | Groom’s Attire: Jos.A.Bank | Hair: Amy Jenkins (912.634.0546) | Makeup: Eva Liptak (912.399.3035)

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Jekyll Island Engagement Session from Brooke Roberts Photography

Looking for the world’s sweetest duo?  We found them.  Right here in this Jekyll Island engagement session captured by Brooke Roberts Photography.  An engagement session, mind you, that happens to mix gorgeous hues and beyond beautiful cultural elements with one seriously stunning setting.  And the aforementioned world’s sweetest duo?  Well, they used their e-session as an “excuse” to vacation in one of Georgia’s sweetest locales.  Yep, we love them.  See it all in the full gallery.


From the Bride… Our engagement photos were taken at Jekyll Island in Georgia. Neither one of us had ever been and BOTH of us needed a break from work, school, and wedding planning…so we thought why not kill two birds with one stone and do our engagement session there, too! Abbas & I wanted to create an engagement session that represented us along with our culture, too. Coming from an Indian/Pakistani background, I love my roots, especially all the COLOR. That is the reason I decided to wear a Sari. Since both of us grew up mostly around the Western culture, we wanted to also include our “Western” side in our photos. The beach pictures represent both of our “calm” personalities.

Photography: Brooke Roberts Photography | Location: Jekyll Island, Georgia| Bride’s Dress: H&M + ASOS | Bride’s Shoes: H&M + ZARA | Sari: Custom made in Pakistan | Jewelry: H&M | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Groom’s Shoes: ZARA

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