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Savannah Cathedral Wedding Fit for a Classic Bride

This classic wedding? It’s like a love letter to Savannah. With a ceremony set at the historic Cathedral Of St. John The Baptist and a sense of Southern charm woven throughout the day, it’s no wonder the images by Vitor Lindo left us speechless. More pretty awaits right this way.

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When it comes to love, sometimes fate has its own way of working. From the moment I met Morgan and Jake, there was something so inherently beautiful about their chemistry, and every moment I got to share with them made me see more and more of that undeniable spark. For Morgan and Jake, their love story began a little differently than they probably had intended it, but life has a funny way of making things fall into place. Every second I spent with them was an absolute joy, and I had a wonderful time getting to capture their Savannah wedding and to celebrate the beginning of forever.

Let’s start at the beginning of their story. Morgan and Jake both lived in Savannah, and were very involved in their positions. Morgan had been studying at pharmaceutical school, and was working at Walmart Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician, and Jake was stationed at Hunter Army Airfield, where he would be working as a pilot. It was a warm spring night here in Savannah, in April of 2014. The two had yet to meet, but both decided to go out for a night on the town with mutual friends. They went to the local country bar, where everyone was having a blast as they swing danced the night away. It took him a while, but Jake had noticed Morgan from across the room, and finally got the courage to ask her to two-step with her. As they swayed around the dance floor, the chemistry between them suddenly became more evident. They continued to laugh and dance all night. The rest? History.

When it comes to the proposal, it’s safe to say that it was definitely not lacking in romance and a certain “wow” factor. Jake proposed in the middle of one of the many romantic squares of Historic Downtown Savannah. He tricked Morgan into going on a carriage ride before dinner one evening, and secretly had all of her immediate family and closest friends hidden in the bushes of the square with signs reading “Will you marry me?” Once they made it to the square, the tour guide insisted on them going to the middle of the square and kissing beside the fountain for “good luck”. Apparently, this was an old tradition of that certain square. Once they made it to the middle, everyone popped out of the bushes with the large white signs. While in shock to see everyone, she didn’t notice he was down on one knee trying to get the words out behind tears. Somewhere near the end he asked “Will you marry me?”, and, of course, she said “Yes.”

The couple had been dreaming of their wedding day for years, so when the time finally came, they were ecstatic to start the planning process. As you can see, their Savannah wedding was nothing short of perfection. Wedding planning is hard, but luckily, they had some pretty amazing vendors and assistance to help make the day perfect. Morgan’s mother, Marcy Bargstadt, did an excellent job as the wedding planner and putting everything together for the happy couple. Their gorgeous venues, including Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Mirabelle Suites & Cafe, and Westin Golf Harbor & Spa, made the perfect romantic backdrop to their Savannah wedding. As far as our blushing bride goes, she did her own hair, which turned out perfectly, and had Tanya Clark as her makeup artist. BleuBelle helped Morgan to find her perfect wedding dress, which was complemented by shoes from Macy’s and Journey’s. The men, including our charming groom, looked so handsome in their suits from Men’s Wearhouse. During the vows, the wedding rings from Kay Jewelers and Strickland Jewelers looked absolutely dazzling in the chapel light. The Westin was a huge assistance to the couple, as they provided seating, as well as all of the delicious food from the night. Jody Wilson baked their scrumptious cake, and Garden on the Square topped off the night with their gorgeous floral arrangements. An extra thank you to Old Savannah Tours for providing transportation for the wedding party and the photography team!

At the end of the day, amidst all of the flowers, and cake, and dresses, and rings, the most important part of the day was the love shared between Morgan and Jake. In their own words, they make each other better. They bring out the best in each other, and that is what is most important about marriage. Their favorite part of the wedding day was getting to see their whole families, meeting everyone, and getting to share their special day with so many friends and family members. Being a part of such a true and authentic romance is something I will always cherish, and I look forward to hearing how this couple grow more and more as the years go on.

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Photography: Vitor Lindo Photo + Video | Cinematography: Vitor Lindo Photo + Video | Floral Design: Garden On The Square | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Of St. John The Baptist | Reception Venue: Westin Savannah Harbor | Bride's Shoes: Macy's | Ring: Kay Jewelers | Transportation: Old Savannah Tours | Hotel Accommodations: Mirabelle Suites | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Second Shooter: Esther Griffin

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A Traditional Southern Cathedral Wedding Bathed in Blue

Meg and Eric’s wedding is basically the most beautiful thing in the entire world. Bathed in beautiful hues of blue and one of the chicest church ceremonies ever, The Happy Bloom has captured it all to share in The Vault and Vitor Lindo has got the entire day filmed and waiting for you below!

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From The Happy BloomMeg & Eric decided on a traditional Catholic ceremony for their big day here in Savannah, Georgia. With a ceremony at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and reception at nearby Savannah Hilton Desoto, this wedding day was built to be beautiful! Donned in Navy, Meg’s girls carried fresh white peonies and roses with blushy taupe ribbon. The boys went with a classic tux, suspenders and a bowtie. This wedding party was dressed to impress! Keeping in line with their traditional values, Meg and Eric opted out of a first look allowing the groom to see his bride for the first time as she walked down the incredible aisle of the Cathedral. The sun had just set while the couple said “I do”. With the whole wedding party behind us, we rushed out to the front stone steps for a fun and exciting round of portraits before the night took over!

From the Groom… We met at our crossfit gym, CFNA. I had just moved here from Ohio after my college graduation for Chiropractic School. I got a part time job at the gym to make a little money while in school. My first day at the gym, I was was standing at the front of the gym and saw Meg carrying/ corralling 5 small kids very easily and I was immediately interested. My first words to her were, “You’re going to make a great mother some day.” Little did I know how much that comment would resound with Meg, but she has since told me how much it did. From there, we slowly got to know each other through our training at CFNA and we both knew we wanted to get to know each other better. So when the appropriate time came, I asked Meg on a date and the rest is history!

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Photography: The Happy Bloom | Cinematography: Vitor Lindo Photo + Video | Cake: Minette Rushing | Stationery: Merry Times | Reception Venue: Savannah Hilton Desoto | Shoes: Dillard's | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mori Lee | Hair + Makeup : Beyond Beautiful By Heather | Suits: Men's Wearhouse | Officiant: Gerry Shreck | Ceremony Music: New Arts Ensembles | Wedding Venue: Cathedral Of St. John The Baptist | Bridal Boutique: Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique | Bride's Dress: Casablanca Bridal | Event Planning + Floral Designer: Sebrell Smith Designer Events | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Reception Music: Moon Dance

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Love Color? You’ll Heart This Kate Spade-Inspired Wedding!

Not only are we crushing on this bride’s Martina Liana dress, but her entire wedding day too. Along with her hubby-to-be, she pulled inspiration from Kate Spade and incorporated bright colors and playful patterns, resulting in a Southern affair with a completely relaxed vibe. Colonial House Of Flowers designed her color happy bouquet and we’re officially staying put in the gallery from Lisa Blume Photography.

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From The Bride…Jaimie and I met on a work trip in Ellensburg, Washington in 2014. I was traveling with the Alaska office and he with the Sidney BC office. The two offices had a joint project in WA (I’m a field biologist and Jaimie is a software developer). Jaimie and I became friends and after a month of working 12hour days together he asked me out. I ran away a few times as I didn’t want to date a coworker. He still teases me about that! I said yes in the end. Yay! Our first official date was a month after we met in WA. Jaimie flew me out from AK to Victoria BC for Canada Day weekend. We explored Vancouver island, ate poutine, and everything else quintessentially Canadian. It was the perfect first date weekend. After dating for 11 months, Jaimie proposed in their kitchen after getting home from work. He had spent weeks waiting for the ring to be made and was anxious to finally get it on her finger!!

We chose the quintessential Southern location for our nuptials, Forsyth Park, in Savannah, Georgia. I grew up a little all over the country but was brought back to my southern roots when my parents decided to retire to Savannah, just a year ago. I couldn’t have chosen a more picturesque spot for our special day. We chose to have our reception at the Savannah Yacht Club, because we love being on the water and really enjoyed the idea of exiting the reception on a boat! Also Savannah Yacht Club had the perfect combo of outdoor and indoor space for people to have fun.

For our wedding look I was going for Southern, warm, fun, and not too serious. I guess you could call it the Kate Spade appeal. I’m a huge fan of the color green and bright colors….and absolutely hate the pastel palette. We wanted to make sure we had lots of activities so kids could play and parents could relax.

My mother is a true artist and did a lot of work for the wedding: she made signs, special pillows for the bar, painted vases and votives, lawn games, made the table runners & bridal robes. She had so much fun being crafty and it was all just perfectly bright, simple and fun.

We absolutely LOVED our florals!! They were everything I wanted and more! Our take aways were little candy bags that read “love is sweet” as Jaimie and I are candy-holics and we’re kids at heart and what says kids better than candy?

We were so thankful to have family and friends travel from all over to celebrate with us., traveling from Alaska, China, Colorado, California, Texas, Mississippi, Indiana, Florida, England, Ontario, British Columbia, Seattle Washington, Virginia and Georgia.

We left our wedding reception in a dock send-off and hopped on a boat that took us to the Bryce Hotel, which is a new Kimpton property, in downtown Savannah, GA. After that we went jet setting all over Asia! We spent the first three weeks in Thailand, exploring the islands in the South and then the mountains of Chiang Mai in the North. We adventured into caves, went sea kayaking, took long boat snorkeling trips, learned how to carve fruit, took cooking classes, visited many Buddhist temples, bumped into monkeys, held snakes, hiked 1267 steps to the tiger temple, swam in waterfalls, bathed with elephants, and relaxed on the beach enjoying Thai massages. It was a romantic trip filled with adventure! I’m just getting through all my photos. We also stopped in Dubai for a few days on our way home to enjoy the history of the old town, delicious food, souk shopping, and viewing the world from the top of Burj Khalifa. Our favorite places in Thailand were Koh Samui in the South and our beautiful hotel 137 Pillars House in Chiang Mai. It was all a perfect adventure!

Katie and Jaimie live on Vancouver Island in Victoria, BC with their cat named Ducky!

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Photography: Lisa Blume Photography | Event Planning: Courtney Carson Designs | Floral Design: Colonial House of Flowers, Est. 1968 | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Cake: Tanya Heintschel (Aunt of Bride) | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Warren Square | Reception Venue: Savannah Yacht Club | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Catering: Savannah Yacht Club | DJ: JL Music Service | Hotel: The Brice Hotel | Bridal Boutique: Blush Bridal Boutique | Fabric Bunting, Table Runner, Corn Hotel + Painted Vases: Vicki Menke (Bride's Mom) | Getting Ready Venue: Mansion at Forsyth Park | Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals | Robes: Vicki Menke (Bride's Mother)

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