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A Classic Southern Wedding at Musgrove Plantation

You just can’t get much better than a tented garden wedding with a classic color scheme of green and white – for us, they’ll truly never go out of style! Emily Burton Designs made magic happen at Musgrove Plantation for this gorgeous bride and groom. From the ceremony scene dripping in romantic Spanish moss and lush blooms by Jackson | Durham, to the beautiful reception that’s seriously every Southern Belle’s DREAM… we just can’t get enough of this timeless day captured by Sawyer Baird.

From Sawyer Baird… Will and Lauren met on St. Simons Island, Georgia in the summer of 2007. They were attending an Elegant Island Living event, held at the Golden Isles Marina, with friends. Lauren recognized some other attendees and upon greeting her friends, was introduced to Will. After their introduction, Will and Lauren spontaneously started talking. To this day, Lauren recalls the exact outfit he was wearing and their conversation at length. The following summer, Lauren was visiting friends and crossed paths with Will again. It was this encounter when their adoration began to flourish, following the summer, they started officially dating.

Will and Lauren dated for many years and spent many Sunday’s with their families at weekly family dinner. Lauren had no idea that one day, her regular Sunday family dinner in her childhood home would lead to her perfect proposal. In August 2016, Will and Lauren attended their regularly scheduled Sunday dinner, and before leaving, Will asked Lauren to take a walk on the neighborhood golf course. They were barefoot and walked on the golf course with a beautiful, warm summer scenery in the background. Lauren never expected what was to come, but the man she loved got on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage.

After celebrating the engagement with their families, Lauren and Will started the wedding planning process. Lauren, an interior designer, had already created a vision of how the wedding would look. The couple decided to have their ceremony in Lauren’s hometown. They chose to marry at Musgrove Plantation because of its maze garden, marsh, and history. The couple wanted to take advantage of bringing their wedding design dreams to life and hired luxury wedding planner and event designer Emily Burton of Emily Burton Designs at the recommendation of a wedding photographer their made of honor knew.

 For the day of the wedding details, the couple decided to use the garden of Musgrove Plantation for a cocktail area and rented a custom tent for the reception. The tent was clear and draped with greenery. The food incorporated touches on Will and Lauren’s Italian heritage with infused olive oils, risotto, and herbs. For entertainment, they hired a that would keep everyone dancing throughout the night. Lauren Quotes “Everyone says the day of your wedding goes by in a flash, well they weren’t kidding. The day started off with me getting ready with my closest friends and family, including my mother, bridesmaids, and mother-in-law. We were got ready on-site, in the main house. My dress hung in front of a large window with a spectacular view of the marsh behind it. It wasn’t until I saw the guests arriving to the ceremony that I started feeling anxious. I have never been good with large crowds, but especially a crowd that would have all eyes on just me. I was extremely nervous to walk down the aisle, but as soon as I saw Will, all those nerves went away.”

When recapping the style, design, and planning of the wedding, Emily Burton stated “The maze garden made such a statement, and already went with the theme, all it needed was some garden urns with a mixture of flowers to help communicate our visual theme and set the tone. Emily choose gold Chiavari chairs to add a timeless elegance to the maze garden ceremony.

There were so many hints of Tuscany already on property, the pergola with massive vines intertwining it, the stone garden features overgrown with moss, so I thought it just made sense to play of the the space instead of working against it…and it just made even more sense that Lauren had Italian roots.

One of the most unique features about the entire design concept of Lauren and Will’s wedding, was a diamond lattice cross-hatched greenery wall that was used throughout the design concept; such areas included the custom built ten foot by 15 foot walls behind the bar) to the diamond cross hatched greenery ceiling installation in the center of the tent ceiling in the dining space, and even the custom diamond bar signs that acted as a drink menu behind the bar to communicate to guests what was being served A well designed space, should be a “constant nod” of similar patterns and or motifs that help make a space cohesive!

Although the bride and groom decided to keep it traditional by waiting to see each other for the first time, when Lauren walked down the aisle, the final picture of the wedding day was complete.”

When the wedding day came to an end, the celebration continued. Will picked St. Lucia for a 7-day honeymoon. The reasoning behind St. Lucia was because the bride and groom needed a relaxing getaway. They stayed at the Ladera Resort which had a three-wall concept including one open wall with a plunge pool. The property overlooked the two iconic Piton Mountains, and the weather was soothing from sun up to sun down. They explored the island on a few days, taking boat excursions and snorkeling trips. Other days they relaxed on Sugar Beach. One day, Will had a local fisherman take them on a lengthy snorkeling excursion which ended in a beautiful sunset and a delicious local fish fry.

Lauren states, “After nine years of dating, one special day, and one amazing adventure. Will was finally my husband and I his wife. He is my best friend, and I am his partner in crime. He is the best listener I could ask for and I understand his unique ways entirely. We can’t live without each other, and now we never have to.”

Photography: Sawyer Baird | Event Planning: Emily Burton Designs | Floral Designer: Jackson Durham | Wedding Cake: Cape Creations Catering, Inc | Catering: Cape Creations Catering, Inc | Makeup: Lily Macs - Shelia Martin | Band: ATL Groove Factory | Suits: Joseph A. Bank | Officiant: Jim Carndall | Ceremony Music: Peter Kiral | Wedding Venue: Musgrove Plantation | Bar Tending: Charlie Ganem Sons | Car: Martins Wedding Transportation | Linens: Nuage Designs | Paper Goods: Foglio Press | Rentals: Jackson Durham | Rentals: Beachview | Signage: Chalk Shop Events

This Is How to Keep Blush Looking Fresh

Holy Bouquet! I love this bride’s big, beautiful, merlot and blush bouquet by Colonial House of Flowers so much, I may have to run to my nearest floral designer and beg her to recreate it as an arrangement for my kitchen. The Happy Bloom absolutely nailed it when they pointed out just what’s so striking about this bouquet AND this celebration – in a world of beautiful blush weddings, with the help of Emily Burton Designs this couple took the popular hue and made completely transformed it!

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From The Happy BloomAshley and Marcus could not have had a more perfect wedding day – sunny with a breeze, a waterfront ceremony underneath Spanish moss, a bright and spacious reception space. It was a dream. In a world of MANY blush weddings, Ashley decided to take blush and make it her own by adding dusty blues and deep maroons.

From the bride… When I think of the South, I think of the deep South, where my grandmother grew up. I think of the marsh, the live Oak trees, and of course the Spanish moss. A proper Southern wedding to me, combines the carefree Southern attitude with elegance. Our wedding happened to be this perfect combination of fun and fancy. I couldn’t have asked for a better venue; Musgrove Plantation is a beautiful location right on the marsh, and we were surrounded by these grand old live Oaks covered in Spanish moss.

My vision for the wedding day was a combination of otherwise contradicting elements; I wanted to be married on the marsh, in the backwoods, surrounded by live Oaks and Spanish moss, but I also wanted it to be an elegant affair. I wanted it to be both effortlessly fun and yet sophisticated. The decor almost picked out itself. We had a rustic look with classic dinnerware and chic little elements added in. As for the colors, I knew I wanted to incorporate blues and pinks without it looking like a baby shower, and the deep merlot and gold just happened to complement perfectly.

I remember it all! It was so much fun, from getting up early with the girls to get ready to dancing the night away. I want to do it all again! The moment I remember most, and perhaps my favorite of the day, was walking down the aisle with my father. I stepped out from the little maze garden and was immediately struck with joy by the sight of all of the people that had come to celebrate with us. The sight of my soon-to-be husband, standing under the giant Oak tree, looking very dashing in his tux, didn’t hurt either! I’m definitely not one of those people who likes to be the center of attention, but in that moment, will all eyes on me as we walked down the aisle, everything was perfect.

We are just getting settled in to our new life in Austin, Texas. (I wouldn’t recommend moving to a new city while planning a wedding!) We are looking forward to being able to rest now that the wedding planning is over, and we will be going to Hawaii in May. After that? We’re not sure. We would like to travel before we settle down too much, but we’re just taking things slow for now.

From Emily Burton Designs

The Vision: Whimsical fall elegance with an emphasis on the natural surroundings. I pulled in natural farmhouse tables that matched the natural wood on the surrounding trees. All of the signage was a combination of wood and lucite to bring in a bit of whimsy and was adorned with natural greenery and oversized peonies.

The Food: Ashley and Marcus are such foodies, hence we chose “fun plays” on their first dates like the famous taco truck in Dallas (hence the mini margaritas and beef tacos that were served at their wedding).


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Photography: The Happy Bloom | Event Planning: Emily Burton Designs | Floral Design: Colonial House of Flowers, Est. 1968 | Wedding Dress: Crystal Design | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Cape Creations Catering, Inc | Hair + Makeup: Emma Collins Beauty | Men's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Musgrove Plantation | Bridesmaids Dress Boutique: Bella Bridesmaid | Music: All About You Entertainment | Rentals: Beachview

This is How You Do Southern Charm on St. Simons Island

Give us a wedding packed with Southern charm and you’ll find a happy group of wedding bloggers. But when said wedding is that of one of our very own? It’s time to pop the extra bottle of bubbly. Not only is Maggie and Jamie’s big day sprinkled with the prettiest views at Musgrove, it’s layered with gorgeous bridal portraits (Maggie, you’re stunning!), twinkling market lights and loads of blooms. Ready for more? See it all captured by Brooke Roberts Photography in The Vault.

From the Bride… Jamie and I met at the University of Alabama, it was one of those moments that we instantly knew that we were meant for one another. We settled in New Orleans and after six amazing years of dating Jamie proposed. He thoughtfully planned it all out with numerous surprises: proposing at one of our favorite wine & cocktail bars Oak, flying my parents and sister into town and throwing a surprise party with a few of our close friends and family members. I never would have dreamed this moment up!

The next day while talking with my mother, who had been secretly putting together ideas for the most special day, I reminisced of visiting Musgrove Plantation, one of the most memorable landmarks of my childhood spent on St. Simons Island. My mother couldn’t have been more excited to let me know that she had contacted Musgrove and they had recently started hosting weddings. This hidden gem of a location represented my roots and would be the perfect backdrop to come full circle and share this special memory with my New Orleans family.

Musgrove draws you in like a storybook romance. This beautiful picturesque 600-acre hidden sanctuary on the banks of Village Creek takes you back in time. Musgrove is rich with history from its construction in 1938 by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco heir and philanthropist Nancy Susan Reynolds, to the site for President Carter’s first pre-inaugural cabinet meeting. Musgrove was named after Mary Musgrove, a pioneer acclaimed as the Pocahontas and Sacagawea of the South and known as a cultural liaison between colonial Georgia and Native American societies, for her peace keeping efforts, entrepreneurship, and land claims to the Sea Islands in Georgia.

Mrs. Reynolds felt strongly that the Musgrove mission of family gathering and philanthropy carry on. In the spirit of that mission, generations still enjoy the lush grounds amidst the draping Spanish moss for conferences, retreats and…OUR wedding! While Musgrove offers incredible views and settings for both ceremonies and receptions, we chose nearby Christ Church for our ceremony prior to heading over to Musgrove for our reception. The English colonists established Christ Church in the 1800’s and the current parish house has been preserved with loving care ever since.

Knowing that festival season in New Orleans makes it difficult for our family and friends to travel, we booked May, a perfect time on the island for weather and for guests to get away for a vacation in a unique destination. As soon as we booked Musgrove and Christ Church, we knew we had to start getting down to the nitty gritty with the rest of the wedding planning. Thankfully my mother and her friend Mary Bostock are two incredibly talented and creative women. I knew I had nothing to worry about when it came to making sure my day was everything I could ever want and more.

When it came to my wedding dress I knew I wanted to keep it classic, chic and simple. I was out one day shopping by myself and came across Yvonne La Fleur, known for their beautiful handmade clothes. I had to see what all of the fuss was about. I knew as soon as I tried on my dress that it was, without question, the one. The hand woven lace with pearls overlay and the silk slip was so different from anything I had ever seen. It spoke to me and with much excitement and awe, my soon to be mother-in-law, mother and my sister chimed in with approval.

In searching for non-traditional bridesmaids dresses, I came across a fellow University of Alabama graduate who had been designing beautiful silk bridesmaids gowns in several different styles and hues. Natalie Deayala’s designs were the perfect compliment to my classic wedding dress style. My bridesmaids could pick their favorite style in my chosen blush hue that best complimented them ensuring that everyone felt beautiful and enjoyed wearing the dress throughout the day.

My sister happens to be good friends with Lisa Kerns of Lisa Kerns Jewelry. I am lucky enough to have some of Lisa’s pieces and felt that having pops of blues and greens with the blush hues of the bridesmaid dresses would align with the theme of nature both around us and on us. Plus who doesn’t love the gift of jewelry that will last a lifetime and is very unique?!

Amy Jenkins, of Bienvenue, has been my hairdresser from the time I was a young girl. I trusted her implicitly and knew that she and her colleague Tiffany Jones were exactly whom I needed to bring out the natural beauty in our bridal party. Similarly, Ashley Jordan didn’t miss a brush stroke with compliments of light and natural make-up. I couldn’t have felt more at ease and comforted knowing that this hair and makeup team was on the scene helping us to look natural and feel like ourselves.

Our day was filled with New Orleans wedding ceremonial traditions including the second line tradition and a New Orleans based American funk rock band procession. All of the wedding guests received handkerchiefs designed by my mother-in-law Diane Rabin. Our guests swung their handkerchiefs around behind us while our good friends from Flow Tribe lead the way to the reception.

Brooke Roberts and her husband captured every moment and detail of my special day with ease and grace….even those moments that I was not able to experience during such a busy day. Brooke is so incredibly talented with her natural ability to make you feel at ease and her style of catching the light and the perfect angles. It was something I had never experienced before in a photographer. Every smile and every happy tear was caught on camera without us even noticing that Brooke and her team were around.

Edward Armstrong of Edwards on St. Simons is one of my mother’s near and dear friends. He had already started to help plan the wedding before our engagement. Knowing how classic, natural and tasteful my mother is when it comes to her interior decorating, he took all of that into consideration when they sat down to plan the floral decorations. I knew that I wanted to incorporate the natural vegetation of the island as well as peonies, which are my favorite flowers. Edward combined all of these elements and more by including a touching surprise; adding my grandmother’s very special prayer book to my bouquet. In this way, my grandmother was present with me walking down the aisle and throughout the day.

Our choice of tents and chair, table and linen rentals was easy. Beachview Event Rental & Design is unquestionably one of the best in the business featuring, namely, effortless and classic tent styles. And who better than Janet Brown our talented, creative and thoughtful wedding planner, designer and caterer to take this blank canvas and paint it to mirror Musgrove’s natural elements from oversized festive floral features to local festive fare.

Janet is one of those planners who takes your special day and makes it her own to ensure that the day goes perfectly. She created a beautiful invite to our tent that included elegant classic entryway drapes that glistened with hanging garden lights. The Maplewood dance floor and the grapevine twig balls chandelier mimicked the feel of the beautiful moss covered oak trees. The green and white florals in moss covered urns and vases along with the natural elegance of the bamboo furnishings and celery green and white striped linens were yet more reminders of the gorgeous Musgrove grounds.

This simple southern charm carried over from decor into every aspect of the delicious local foods. Janet did an incredible job of juxtaposing my husband’s New Orleans background and my island lifestyle when designing delicious appetizers and a beautiful dinner. She spent hours at the local farmer’s markets sourcing only the best and most colorful fresh vegetables to roast including yellow summer squash and green beans with cauliflower for a bright and beautiful vegetable display. To compliment the vegetable offering, Janet loves to create elaborate cheese and fruit displays featuring layer upon layer of artisanal cheeses with an abundance of fruits including pears, figs and apricots. This particular display consisted of Georgia’s Sweet Grass Dairy goat cheese rolled in cranberries and pistachio nuts, creamy brie topped with Kahlua and Georgia pecans from Buccaneer Farms, Maytag blue cheese served with bourbon infused honey from Savannah Bee Company, and a mango chutney torta with Georgia peanuts, green onions and golden raisins. Last but not least Janet delighted us with more locally sourced and creatively arranged appetizers including tomato and Vidalia onion tarts and her famous house-made pimento cheese in edible cracker spoons.

Janet didn’t quit there. She made sure that our guests would taste every option that is unique to our specially chosen wedding destination. We had shrimp for days in various formations since Janet is able to get it fresh daily off of the Bay Street docks. Janet’s creations included sweet Georgia shrimp and Andouille sausage in Cajun cream sauce (a tribute to New Orleans) served over stone-ground grits in martini glasses and cold cocktail shrimp marinated in Vidalia onions, lemons, tomato dressing and capers. This dish is very traditionally named Sweet Ga. Shrimp Sea Island. I love Blue Crab and it’s also local so Janet served light lump blue crab salad served in cucumber rounds, and stuffed in cherry tomatoes and endive leaves. It goes without saying that our reception hit every sensory note and our exit lit up the waterfront through a pathway of sparklers and our unforgettable evening.

The wedding cake designed by Mary Ann Daniels of I Do Wedding Cakes was by far the most beautiful and delicious cake I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. It was incredibly moist with just a slight hint of sugar. This is the kind of cake that looks too good to eat and keeps you coming back for more when you do. Mary Bostock surprised us by making the cake tablecloth out my mother’s wedding veil. The veil included both our wedding date and my parents wedding date; an heirloom that can be passed down and cherished for generations to come. Another commemorative touch that will remind us of this special day is the guest book. Janet Brown sourced a copy of Island Time by Jingle Davis, a local coffee table history book illustrated with unbelievably fabulous photographs from St. Simons Island.

Even after the farewells and the sparklers shining against the natural moonlight we are reminded of the gift of celebrating as Nancy Reynolds would have intended…surrounded by those we love amidst a backdrop that doesn’t require much adornment. This incredible evening wrapped in love, the natural privacy of the live oaks draped in Spanish moss, the colorful reflections off of the marsh and the wonder of the one-of-a-kind Podocarpus maze will forever be etched in our memory and in Musgrove’s history.

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Photography: Brooke Roberts Photography | Event Planning and Design: Nancy Stoddard | Floral Design: Edward on St. Simons | Wedding Dress: Yvonne Lafleur | Wedding Cake: I Do Cakes | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Natalie Deayala Collection | Makeup: Ashley Jordan | Hair: Bienvenue | Band: Flow Tribe | Groom's Attire: Joseph A. Bank | Venue: Musgrove | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Lisa Kerns | Catering, Event Planning and Design: Janet Brown | Event Design and Event Planning: Mary Bostock | Rentals: Beachview

Airy Light Flled Island Engagement

Engagement sessions filled with that good ol’ golden light? They’re kind of everything. Take this pretty little picture captured by the massively talented Anna Shackleford as proof. Complete with a champagne fueled picnic and romantic walk, we’ve got it all waiting for you in The Vault!

From Anna ShacklefordRyan grew up on St. Simons Island and Kaitlin grew up in Atlanta. She vacationed with her family on the Island throughout her childhood and it always held a special place in her heart. The island is full of stunning Oak trees dripping with spanish moss, light that will make your heart flutter and so much southern hospitality.

They both spent years in Atlanta, but it took a trip back to St. Simons for their paths to cross at a local restaurant. They hit it off and have since spent their time traveling the world together and living in Atlanta together. Kaitlin was inspired by the Italian coast for her second look at their engagement session. They brought along a bottle of Champagne that was gifted to them by a close family friend following their engagement.

Photography: Anna Shackleford | Hair + Makeup: Emma Collins Beauty | Blue + Gold Dress: Lilly Pulitzer | Blue Lace Dress: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Lemon Dress: Draper James | Location: Epworth by the Sea

Destination Wedding on Saint Simons Island

Oh to be a rose in the bouquet at this wedding. Not only would you catch everything romantic about Alea Moore’s photographs in real time – like the boat ride entrance or the sweet lineup of the littlest attendants – but I’m guessing you’d have an inside look at a beautiful love, being situated so close to this stunning couple.


From Alea Moore PhotographyWe can see exactly why Allyson and Gardner decided to have their destination wedding in beautiful Saint Simons Island. Their wedding was just perfection. With a long classic veil and family heirloom jewelry, custom ties for the guys, gold and aqua accents, the live oaks with spanish moss, gorgeous florals, The Boathouse, the custom made table runners, a seriously cute couple, to the amazing boat ride entrance. Its hard not to fall in love with this wedding! Every single detail was spectacular! Of course I wouldn’t expect anything less from the amazing ladies at Caroline Carter Events. Our favorite part of the day was the couple being introduced to their reception by boat! You’d never guess it had been a downpour rain earlier in the day and we were unsure if they would even be allowed to have their boat ride. So thankful it stayed dry enough for such a fun and memorable part of their day! Such a beautifully classic with so many unique details.

Photography: Alea Moore Photography | Videographer: Imint Media | Event Design: Beachview Tent Rentals | Event Planning: Caroline Carter Events | Floral Design: Garden On The Square | Gown: Bridals By Lori | Cake: I Do Cakes | Church: Wesley United Methodist | Catering: Frederica Boathouse | Makeup: Judy Crouch Makeup | Grooms Suit: Jos. A. Bank | Boathouse: Frederica Boathouse | Bridesmaids Dress: J.Crew | Custom Ties: Vineyard Vines | Veil: Toni Federici Via Bridals By Lori

DIY St. Simons Island Wedding

When you sit down and strip back the layers of beautiful handmade affair, you’ll find one thing sitting at the center – love. The kind of love that outshines any DIYed detail (no matter how clever) and embraces all the unplanned moments (rain storm, power loss and all!) It’s the perfect reminder of what weddings are all about and you can pay a visit to the gallery from Mi Amore Foto to see it all unfold.

From the Bride… The more and more I know and experience life and love with Couper, the more I am reminded that God intended life to be profound and humbling in the best way. When I was first getting to know Couper, he entirely surpassed the high expectations I had set for someone I could really live life with forever and he continues to do so in our marriage. I always believed it should be that way, but it’s funny how I am still surprised.

Every day. In so many ways he has proven to me that a life worth living is one that is loving well. Couper is real. He is honest and faithful to no end- even at the times when he would seem to have the right to do otherwise. Marriage has humbled and inspired me in that way- getting to learn closely how someone can do life like he does. He is so impressive in how he carries himself. I have loved living with him- cooking, dreaming, singing, working, dancing, building, drinking, traveling, praying, crying, laughing- with him.

Aside from the part where I became wedded to the handsome red-head in the company of friends and family under the beautiful live oaks, my favorite parts of the wedding are ironically not what I had assumed, mostly because they did not go as planned. Because of rain and a loss of power, my dear friend Lydia sung our first dance song with no amplification. Dancing with Couper to the sound of her voice and the rain beating on the tent is something Couper and I will never forget.

The image of friends and family walking around with their shoes off and mud up to their ankles with big smiles on their faces is one that continues to bless the both of us. I remember driving off the island with Couper and watching the sun go down- thinking how the timing of everything- the sun, the rain, the ceremony, the photos, the people, the reception- could not have been more perfect. We are so thankful to be surrounded by people that would celebrate with us joyfully, regardless of the weather.

Photography: Shannon Griffin | Wedding Planner: Heather Marshall | Florist: Gay Whatley Cottage Flowers | Cake: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Invitations: Smokey Road Press | Bride's Shoes: Anthropologie | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Francesca's | DJ: Island Sound | Groom's Suit: Jack Victor | Venue: Gascoigne Bluff | Bride's Dress: Casablanca | Groom's Boots: Allen Edmonds | Groom's Bow Tie: Lord Wallington

St. Simons Island Winter Wedding

This gorgeous wedding captured by Sarah DeShaw is teaching us one very important lesson: St. Simons Island weddings are awesome.  In particular, St. Simons Island wedding held in the middle of winter with amazing color schemes, fabulous details and bridesmaids in cardigans.  Because when those three details combine, it’s pure and total magic.  See just what I mean in the full gallery.

From the Bride… My mother was the major creative force behind our wedding, so we have her to thank for making everything so beautiful and so “us”. Probably like most mothers of the bride, my mother wanted to make sure I dotted all of the “I’s” and crossed all of the “T’s”, but most importantly, she wanted our wedding to reflect our own spirituality, the tranquility and beauty of our surroundings, the joy of friends and family, and the love Ryan and I were promising to each other. In a modern world obsessed with perfection, most of us get caught up in fantasizing about the little details and lose sight of just the pure enjoyment of celebrating life’s important moments. So amidst our own personal fascinations with what color, what style, how many, and where to put it, my mother, my sister, and I often had to pause and remind ourselves WHY. And because we reminded each other of the WHY,
preparing for this wedding and celebration was especially meaningful for all of us.

Since Ryan and I love great food and enjoy live music, we wanted these to be highlights of the wedding celebration and were excited to focus on that part of the wedding plans. The musicians we asked to play at the ceremony are a local husband and wife duo and when we first started dating in St. Simons, we went to see them play whenever we got the chance. Since moving back from Maui to Athens, Georgia, we have loved living in a town full of great musicians and bands, so we were able to get one of our favorite bands to come play at the reception. A mix of blues, country, and rock, the band was our idea of a great time!

And as for the food…. we chose to have a casual display of some our favorite tastings, and we loved it all! And as we are mushroom fanatics and mushroom foraging is a hobby of ours, my mother asked the chef at the Boathouse to create a playful and delicious mushroom presentation including both wild and cultivated mushrooms that were pickled, marinated and even a mushroom pate. It was
incredible!

Ryan and I are firm believers of living locally and supporting independent small businesses, so we tried to incorporate this philosophy into our wedding planning whenever possible. The chef and the event coordinator at the Boathouse knew this was important to us and made it a priority in our menu. Our guests enjoyed Wild Georgia Shrimp, local crab, regional cheeses from Sweet Grass Dairy of Thomasville, Georgia and Belle Chevre from Elkmont Alabama, locally sourced produce from Sapelo Farms in Brunswick, Georgia. Locally raised chicken and regional bison was also incorporated into the menu with fried chicken and bison sliders. Can’t have a Southern wedding without a little fried chicken.

The flowers were the perfect combination of rustic and romantic epitomizing our own personal styles. Ryan being the outdoorsman that he is, would not be too comfortable with a lot of “fluff” at a
wedding; however, he has always been amused by the fact that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE fashion, flowers, and everything French, so it was easy to meet somewhere in between. I conveyed to my mother several of mine and Ryan’s botanical favorites that I wanted to include (ranunculus, dahlias, dusty miller, fiddlehead fern) and she took it from there. I wanted still to express certain time honored wedding traditions while managing to confirm that I am a contemporary woman.

Why did you decide to get married at the location you chose? We both enjoy being in the outdoors, so we knew we wanted something very natural for the location. The site at Frederica Township was perfect, because we could utilize the outdoor space and the beautiful interior of the boathouse. The interior of that space has such a gorgeous warmth from all the wood and natural light. I also loved the idea of having a setting that beautifully combined both masculine and feminine throughout. Rustic iron chandeliers and wall sconces, boards and beams of heart pine, oak, and cypress, stone fireplaces flanked with lush greenery and candlelight, farm tables decorated with bark, pots full of cut greenery of pine, cedar, wax myrtle, garden roses and ranunculus,and leather wing chairs mixed around the guest tables with bentwood dining chairs offering guests a chance to “linger longer”,
’cause that’s how we do it down here!

Photography: Sarah DeShaw Photography | Videographer: Lighthouse Trolleys | Wedding Coordinator: Kelly Mattox | Florist: Mary Pat Reynolds | Florist: The Vine Garden Market | Wedding Dress: Bleu Belle Bridal | Cake: I Do Cakes | Invitations: H20 Creative Group | Brides Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bridesmaids Dresses: Tibi New York | Transportation: Lighthouse Trolleys | Bridesmaids Cardigans: Anthropologie | Ceremony/Reception Site: Frederica Boathouse | Chair Rentals: Beachview Tent Rentals | Grooms Wedding Band: Aurum | Music: The Oreally's | Music: Betsey Franck And The Bareknuckle Band | Necktie: Brooks Brothers | Reception Dress: Free People | Reception Shoes: Anthropologie | Stationer: Austin Press | Tux Trousers: Ralph Lauren | Wedding Band: Levy's Fine Jewelry | Wedding Ceremony Programs: Paces Paper

St. Simons Island Wedding from Nate and Jenny Weddings

You know, I’ve never been to St. Simons Island but after devouring all the pretty sitting in this gallery captured by Nate and Jenny Weddings, I’m pretty sure I’ll be convincing my hubby we need a getaway. That little island set the scene for this oh-so-sweet soiree, one that perfected southern elegance in a way you can’t help but swoon over. It’s image after image of pure southern lovely, and it’s all waiting for you right here.


From Nate and Jenny WeddingsKatharine and Luke came from their home in San Francisco to celebrate their wedding on St. Simons Island, Georgia, where Katharine spent her childhood summers. They planned a modern and beautiful wedding in under four months, filled with touches of green and blue, and nods to Luke’s career as a collegiate rowing coach, including an exit under crewman’s oars. Katharine’s BHLDN dress and Toms wedges complemented her sweet and modern style perfectly.

Photography: Nate And Jenny Weddings | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Ceremony Venue: St. William Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Village Creek Landing | Shoes: Toms | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Halyards Catering | Accomodations: Sea Palms Resort

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