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A Traditional Southern Wedding in Savannah With Subtle Boho Flair

This is just a universal wedding truth – Southern weddings are the sweetest. They are charming, romantic, nostalgic.. we could go on for days. Today’s gorgeous wedding in Savannah is the perfect example of why we love Southern weddings so much. Emily Burton Designs knew exactly what to do when her bride came to her with a dream of combining her two loves – boho decor and southern tradition… and boy is it stunning… The Happy Bloom captured every must-see moment. Just wait until you catch a glimpse of Amy Osaba’s unreal floral arrangements. Don’t miss out on this major dose of southern sweetness!

From Planner, Emily from Emily Burton Designs… When Hannah originally reached out for me to plan and design her wedding, she was obsessed with all things boho. She went dress shopping and all of the Boho dresses she thought she’d end up “saying yes to the dress” to.. Just weren’t the one. When Hannah said yes to her very formal Anne Barge dress, I knew I had a challenge ahead of me (merging the Boho look, which was very casual, with her now very formal and timeless wedding dress.). So I came up with the theme, “Southern Plantation Boho-Pottery Barn Bride”. Hannah loved all things pottery barn, so the vision of cement flower pots, dough bowls massive wood tables, and organic linens popped in my head.

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I wanted a pottery barn floral concept, with “like flowers” in little urns and cement pots. Like flowers are when you place one variety in a pot only, this gives the look of a little more structure and formality, but the cement and wood textures help to balance out the formality with the casual vibe.

The Bridesmaids Dresses:
We found the perfect mixture of Southern + Boho in the bridesmaids dresses, the lace on top was nod to the plantation feel, while the skirt was flowey and gave way to more of the boho vibe.

1) How was your wedding perfectly “Southern”? From the bride, Hannah… Where to begin?! From the live oak drive guests came down (while riding in a Savannah trolley, of course) to the Spanish moss dripping from every tree in the venue to the menu packed with southern favorites, every bit of our day was perfectly “Southern.” Our wonderful catering team served delicious low country shrimp and grits, blueberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream, sweet potatoes filled with brown sugar and so much more. My dress was an off white ballgown which just seemed to be traditional southern to me. Kyle wore an ivory jacket, a feather bowtie and his favorite black cowboy boots (the boots took a lot of convincing on his part). The tent was filled with southern accents included in our beautiful signage, the greenery dripping from the woven chandeliers, and elegant flowers at every turn! I just loved how our wonderful planner/designer, was able to create a perfect, southern wonderland inside our tent!

2) What was your vision for your wedding day? What made you choose certain colors or decor? My vision was to create a perfectly elegant, just slightly boho, low country ‘garden’ wedding. I wanted flowers and greenery galore, wanted to play up on the beautiful trees and Spanish moss which covered the property, and wanted my guests to have the most fun! I wanted to include darker, richer tones as we were getting married in November. After lots of debating, we decided on merlot, oxblood and dusty blue for our colors. Although I couldn’t find pictures online or in magazines of weddings which had used the colors, I just loved the combination of deep, rich fall colors with the lighter dusty blue/greys. I frequently told my planner that I wanted a mixture of bohemian and elegant and provided her with about a million ideas I had come up with. Thankfully, Emily Burton is a design genius and was able to turn my rambling into beauty. The tent was exactly what I had envisioned but had been unable to articulate all along!

3) What is the moment you remember most about your wedding day?  This is a tough one because so many moments were so absolutely perfect, but if I had to pick one moment, it would be standing at the back of the aisle with my dad, getting ready to walk down the aisle to the love of my life and give him ‘my forever.’ As I stood behind our guests and looked ahead to my handsome fiancé, my beautiful bridesmaids and all of our sweet family and friends who drove hours to celebrate with us, I was absolutely overwhelmed. That’s the moment tears started flowing. I held it together for most of the day, but in that moment, my heart was racing, my hands were shaking and I truly was stunned at the outpouring of love standing in front of me. I would have never made it down that aisle if it weren’t for my dad holding onto me. The sun was setting just behind Kyle and our wedding party, the breeze was blowing the girls’ dresses and the silk ribbons hanging from their bouquets, and my fiancé looked more excited than I had ever seen him. Everywhere I looked there were faces of people that I love, and I remember telling myself to always remember that moment. I can still see that beautiful image in my head… It was the sweetest moment!

4) What’s next for you and your husband?  We are finally settled in our new home on Skidaway Island and we are loving every minute of living in the low country! We are looking forwards to warmer weather so that we can spend our evenings and weekends on the water. We plan to enjoy married life, just as the two of us, for a year or so, and then… Bring on the babies! We are also planning a trip to Europe in 2019 with my family, so that is our next big adventure! In the mean time, we will be burning dinners and figuring out this marriage thing!

Photography: The Happy Bloom | Videography: Withers Films | Event Planning: Emily Burton Designs | Floral Design: Amy Osaba | Cake: Vanilla and the Bean | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Cape Creations Catering, Inc | Hair + Makeup: Brittany Massey | Suits: Jos A Bank | Ceremony Music: Jl Music Service | Vintage Car: Martins Wedding Transportation | Hotel: The Springs at Keystone Resort | Bethesda Academy: Bethesda Academy | Bridal Boutique: Bleubelle Boutique | Bride's Dress: Anne Barge | Earrings: BHLDN | Paper Goods: Olivia Grace Paperie | Reception Music: Emerald Empire Band | Rentals: Beachview | Signage: Chalk Shop Events

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The Ultimate Guide for a Pinterest-Worthy Wedding Bouquet

Designing your wedding bouquet is just as important as picking out your wedding dress or finding the perfect pair of pumps to match! There are so many elements to creating your dream bouquet – so lucky for us, our girl Christy from Colonial House of Flowers is sharing the ultimate guide to a Pinterest-worthy bouquet! If that wasn’t exciting enough, we’re also sharing this gorgeous shoot from Colonial House of Flowers, Holly Diana Floral and Katrina Barrow Photography that will surely be the prettiest thing you’ve seen all day (ok, more like all week…)

From Colonial HouseFlowers are my strong suit and helping others is my love, so when Holly Diana Floral asked me to give a Private 1 Day Workshop I couldn’t resist. Holly is young and passionate and opening her own flower shop in McRae, Georgia this December. How strong and perfect is that?! As it turns out, this is Holly’s very first editorial shoot, first time on film. Her cousin is even the model – and with all the emotions and love in the room it is just perfect.

The flower recipe I created especially for Holly’s Pinterest worthy bouquet included all the things she loves – especially the color pink! Foraged Pampas grass and garden clippings plus blushing bride protea, garden roses, ranunculus, snowberries, and good ol’ Lisanthus. You won’t believe that it was a family affair, but Holly even brought her Mom along. If you are looking for the epitome of a Georgia celebration, look no further than this monochromatic bouquet tied with hand spun silk ribbon.

It’s aways great to collaborate with creatives but especially a brand NEW one like Holly Diana Floral. More, it’s inspiring to see the leaders in the room – the photographer, the make up artist, the dress shop really bring their A game and show a newbie how it’s done. This episode gives me great love of our industry and all the kindness that lives here and is shared. We wanted to create a bouquet for Holly’s portfolio that is etherial, timeless, loose, natural, organic and classic. We wanted the editorial to really reflect who she is and get her career off to a great start – full of of love and beautiful blooms. We collected, took notes, processed, researched and shared so much that day… And the editorial portion of the private meeting exudes all of that… All that she learned is in there. And, most importantly the gift of friendships and mentors and guidance and nice people. Kindness matters for the growth and strength of our industry.

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE FOR A PINTEREST-WORTHY WEDDING BOUQUET

1. Choose flowers you love. The truth is, every flower is beautiful, so it can feel like an impossible feat to decide which flowers to use in your wedding bouquet! Don’t get caught up in using a flower that’s trendy at the moment or get stuck with idea that you can only choose a few – let your bouquet represent the flowers that you love with your whole heart, as many as that may be!

2. Consider shapes. When creating your wedding bouquet, it’s important to consider the shape of the flowers and the bouquet itself. If you’re going for an organic, asymmetrical bouquet – consider using spray roses, ranunculus and a mixture of leafy greens. If a formal round bouquet is more your style, stick to a single type of flower like roses or peonies. 

3. Consider the movement of the bouquet. Everyone knows a good Pinterest-worthy bouquet has that extra element of movement. Choose dainty long stem flowers to float or dance throughout the arrangement, you won’t believe how much it will transform the look of your bouquet with a major dose of beauty!

4. Make it meaningful. Is there a certain flower that your fiancé gave to you on your first date? What about a native flower from the spot where you got engaged? Choose blooms from places or times in your life that are special to the two of you. You can even consider flowers from your yard, like the pampas grass that Colonial House of Flowers and Holly Diana Floral used in this editorial shoot!

5. Choose a base color. Even though you can totally play with many different types of flowers, it’s best to choose one tone like pink to work with as your base for an elegant and artistic look.

6. Remember – imperfection is beautiful! Allow yourself the freedom to be rebellious and free to naturally use new flowers or new techniques. Remember it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful! Relax. And, make the wedding bouquet of your dreams!

Above all,  flower recipes need three things:
1. Meaning
2. Texture & Variety
3. Story

The ingredient list below has all three and more that combine to make the greatest final treat that will be savored for years to come thanks to the beautiful film photography of Katrina Barrow Photography.

INGREDIENTS FOR TODAY’S PINTEREST-WORTHY BOUQUET
Anemone Magenta
Bouvardia Pink
Dahlia Ball Hot Pink
Dahlia Blush
Dianthus Gypsy
Lisianthus Blush
Nerine Hot Pink
Phlox Pink
dutch bright eyes
Ranunculus Clooney Hanoi Light Pink
Ranunculus Dark Pink
Ranunculus Pink
Rose Garden Bridal Piano Pink
Rose Madre La Pearla
Spray Rose Garden Moonstone Blush
Spray Rose Garden Topaz Gem Hot Pink
Tulip Frilly Edge Pink
Veronica Pink
Yarrow Cottage Pink
Pampas Grass

Photography: Katrina Barrow Photography | Floral Design: Holly Diana Floral | Dress: Bleu Belle Bridal | Make Up : MyBlushing Brides | Hair: Brianna Adams | Floral Direction: Colonial House of Flowers, Est. 1968 | Flower Source: Mayesh Wholesale Florist | Roses: Rosaprima | Tulips: American Grown Flowers

When Savannah History Meets Miami Modern Wedding

From Josh Morehouse, Masi Events and Colonial House of Flowers…  Elsie and Alonso call Miami home, but decided to have an intimate destination wedding in historic Savannah, Georgia! Lucky for them, Elsie’s sister Jessica is the owner and designer of Masi Events. Elsie does acting on the side in Miami, and Alonso does film production. One day, they happened to be working on the same project and met on set. From what we’ve heard, there was an instant attraction from both…. 

From Josh Morehouse… On their wedding day, we were spared about 10 minutes for the first look and a few portraits before the rain came poring down. Although they were hoping to explore more of downtown Savannah, and even Wormsloe Plantation, the rain simply couldn’t dampen their mood. 

Some couples just have something special, and it was an absolute honor to photograph and be a part of their wedding day!



Photography: Josh Morehouse | Event Design: Masi Events | Floral Design: Colonial House of Flowers, Est. 1968 | Dress: Opera D'Arte | Wedding Cake: Vanilla and the Bean | Invitations: Bella Figura | Ceremony Venue: Soho South Cafe | Reception Venue: Garibaldis Cafe | Hair and Makeup : Bride's Side Beauty | Calligraphy : Tinta y Tierra | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Photo Lab: Richard Photo Lab

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An Eclectic Autumn Wedding in Stunning Savannah

An amazing, eclectic setting and pops of radiant red; this is an autumn wedding not to be missed. And the icing on the cake? It all took place in one of our favorite Southern cities: Spanish moss-covered Savannah. Stacy Hart captured it all, from the getting ready festivities to the trolley smiles and kisses – see it all right this way in our gorgeous gallery!

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From Stacy Hart… Michelle and Jake were married at the charming SoHo South Cafe, nestled in the heart of Savannah, GA. Originally from the East Coast, these high school sweethearts honored Southern tradition in the details of their day. Guests were welcomed in with a whimsical guest book: Jenga pieces for everyone to sign! The ceremony was held in the cafe and the industrial vibes were perfectly complemented by soft, romantic blooms. Ivory & Beau, the event planner, created the most dreamy floral wreath and played up the bohemian feel by using mismatched chairs from the venue. Like every aspect of their day, the decorations were kept simple and set the mood for a relaxed evening. Michelle stunned in her two piece, Martina Liana gown and Jake kept his ensemble classic and understated with a navy Michael Kors suit. The pops of red in their bouquets paired perfectly with the neutral color palette; the bridesmaids carried this same sentiment in their mismatched, cafe-au-leit gowns. The girls got ready in a stunning Airbnb; an awesome alternative to brides and grooms not wanting a traditional hotel look.

During the evening, the bridal party rode to different locations on the best transportation in Savannah: a trolley! This totally captured the historic charm of the city. They rode under the Spanish moss and cobblestone streets while the ceremony space was transformed into a romantic seated reception. Each table held beautiful, ivory candles and fall inspired floral centerpieces with different textures of greenery! Michelle and Jake danced the night away in the soft candle light, celebrating their love with their closest friends and family!

From the Bride… My husband and I️ knew of each other since we were kids but didn’t really cross paths until we were nearing the end of high school. Whether he knew it or not, I️ had my eye on him way before then. The day he finally noticed me, was at a football game when I️ was awkwardly trying to dodge a kid I️ wanted nothing to do with. He saved me and asked if I wanted to go to the snack bar. We talked and laughed the rest of the night until we parted ways. After that night we exchanged numbers and shortly after, we went on our first date. Since that first date we have been inseparable.

With its history, night life, awesome food and beautiful Spanish moss streaming from every tree, we knew Savannah was the perfect place to do it! Picking Soho South Cafe as the venue was the easiest part. We knew we wanted something different from the average and after seeing all mismatch tables and chairs, decor, and eclectic bar area we knew it was just that. When thinking about the theme, we wanted both whimsical and romantic touches. We chose neutral colors, with taupe bridesmaids’ dresses, navy suits, and white and burgundy florals with greenery. We had matching farm tables and mismatching chairs. The tables had handmade arrangements in rose gold compotes with candle stick holders and mercury glass votives scattered throughout. Our hope was that our wedding would be more than just a day of celebration, but rather a weekend where all of our loved ones could make new friends, great memories and help Jake and I️ celebrate the best day of our lives!

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Photography: Stacy Hart | Event Planning: Ivory and Beau | Floral Design: Ivory and Beau | Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia | Cake: Savannah Rum Runners | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Hair + Makeup: Royal Makeup & Hair | DJ: Island Sound | Groom's Attire: Michael Kors | Groomsmen's Attire: Michael Kors | Officiant: Reverend Steve Schulte | Transportation: Old Savannah Tours | Wedding Venue: Soho South Cafe | Photography - Assistance: Megan Steele

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A Celebration That Embraces Its Southern Roots

You can take the blogger out of Savannah, but you can’t take the Southern out of the blogger. And so the story goes with this gorgeous Bride and her wedding day celebration that embraces the beauty of a true Southern affair. Designed by Posh Petals & Pearls, with blooms and greenery by August Floral Design and The Happy Bloom behind the lens, feast your eyes on this botanical inspired wedding.

From Posh, Petals & Pearls… Tess was such an awesome bride to work with! She came into wedding planning with the idea of what she wanted but wasn’t dead set on anything in particular (except pink) which made things super fun! Tess has always had a love for books and currently writes for her own blog, Peaches to Apples (www. Peachestoapples. Com) which focuses on a mix of cuisine, culture and commentary from a Savannah, GA raised southern peach who has found herself transplanted into the big apple of NYC. When we first sat down to discuss an overall theme or look for the wedding she knew she wanted an “enchanted forest” theme that also tied in her love for the south and books. We brought on Kim Cheney of August Floral & Event Design who helped us totally nail this look. From the handmade trees, Spanish moss wrapped books and even birds nests with baby quail eggs tucked throughout some of the arrangements, the “enchanted forest” theme came together seamlessly.

From the bride…Our wedding weekend was Southern from the start, kicking off on Thursday night with a Lowcountry boil for family and friends. From our ring bearer dressed in seersucker to our historically Southern venues (including the country’s oldest golf club), we infused Southern touches throughout our wedding weekend. Even our signature cocktails were based around Southern flavors like pecan pie and sweet tea! Also, like a true Southern gal, I love a good monogram so all the bridesmaid bouquets were wrapped with monogrammed ribbon. The one on my bouquet featured my married-name monogram and served as my “something new”. Of course, the most Southern part of our wedding was how much of a PARTY it was! The room was filled to the brim with happiness and people barely left the dance floor.

Albert and I wanted our wedding day to have a romantic botanical vibe and to feel like “us”. That meant lots of greenery everywhere and a more natural color palette that didn’t scream “wedding.” The goal was to coordinate, not match. My bridesmaids chose their own dresses off the rack in a light grey and the groomsmen wore blue suits that they would actually re-wear. We also tried to include personal touches like vintage books (a nod to my love of reading) and a cigar bar (alluding to our upcoming minimoon to Cuba).

Photography: The Happy Bloom | Florals: August Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Theia | Cake: Savannahs Hall Of Cakes | Stationery: Color Me Carla | Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Hair and Makeup: Salon Aqua | Lighting: JLK Events | Groom's Attire: L&S Tailors | Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bridal Shop | Design + Planning: Posh Petals and Pearls | Golf Club: Savannah Golf Club | Religious: Temple Mickve Israel | Rentals: Savannah Special Events | Rentals: Savannah Vintage Rentals | Veil: Noon on the Moon

This Beautiful Bride’s Father Officiated at the Ceremony!

The ceremony is undoubtedly among the most memorable moments at any wedding, but it was extra special for this Bride’s Southern wedding planned by Design Studio South. After her father walked her down the aisle, he turned around and officiated the ceremony! She explains, “Each word had extra meaning as it was the first man I loved marrying me to the last man I’ll love.” The beautiful moments don’t stop there, so keep scrolling to see all the photos of the day, from the always-dreamy Jenny Yoo Bridesmaids’ dresses to the garden-worthy florals by A to Zinnias, captured by The Happy Bloom.

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From The Happy BloomMyles and Brianna’s wedding day was full of laughter, love, and pretty pops of lavender! Talk about the perfect spring wedding day here in the South. Brianna and her girls began their day at a beautiful, light-filled mansion in historic Savannah, Georgia, with fresh flowers all around and champagne in every glass. Brianna chose a nearby square for the girls’ photos, full of greenery and Southern charm. Her Bridesmaids donned grey dresses and held bouquets with shades of midnight purple, soft lavender, and clean ivory. Myles and his guys got ready nearby in a riverside hotel. The boys opted for a gray stone mansion for their portraits, the perfect sophisticated backdrop for their photos. Read more of their story below!

From the Bride… My husband and I are both from Georgia, so we knew we wanted to get married in the South, and what better place than Savannah, Georgia? It was close (enough) to where we live so we can visit often, and it just doesn’t get any better than the Spanish moss and the beautiful historic homes. We knew immediately it was the place for us!

My husband had only one request during the planning process: to NOT get married during football season! We both attended Auburn University, so getting married during Auburn’s football season was just not an option. Instead, we chose a weekend in May — the same weekend as my grandparents’ 54th wedding anniversary. To honor their anniversary and our marriage, we had a dance for three generations at the reception – me and my husband, my parents, and my grandparents.

If I had to choose one word that we wanted our day to revolve around, I would choose “dreamy.” We envisioned a light and airy day that just flowed together perfectly. We wanted things to feel romantic, so we opted for mauve tones and greenery in the florals, which really popped against the gray in the fabrics. I wanted my dress to have a tulle skirt so it and my veil could drag behind me, also creating more of a romantic feel. We also knew we wanted a more intimate wedding with only our closest friends and family, but we still wanted it to be fun.

For me, I would have to say the ceremony was the most memorable part. Aside from FINALLY getting to marry Myles, my father officiated the ceremony, so it was extra special. He gave me words of encouragement, walked me down the aisle, and then turned around and married me to my husband. The ceremony didn’t last long, but each word had extra meaning as it was the first man I loved marrying me to the last man I’ll love.

For five out of the six years we were together before we were married, we were long distance. We are so excited to finally be able to spend time together without worrying about when one of us has to travel back home. We have a sweet golden retriever, Jack, and we are just happy to relax and see where life takes us!

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Photography: The Happy Bloom | Event Planning: Design Studio South | Floral Design: A to Zinnias | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Savannahs Hall Of Cakes | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Lauren B Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Thrive Catering | Hair and Makeup: Beyond Beautiful By Heather | Suits: Michael Kors | Ceremony Music: New Arts Ensembles | Wedding Venue: Trustees Garden | Bridal Boutique: House Of The Bride | Ceremony Sound: All About You Entertainment | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab | Paper Goods: Every Little Letter | Reception Band: Deas Guyz | Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals

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Sweet as Pie Americana-Style Engagement

Not only are Taylor and Anthony officially the cutest, but their Savannah engagement session? Well, it’s just the pretty we need to kick off this 4th of July celebration. Think crisp whites, historic charm, and a little dose of stars and stripes for good measure. Thanks to The Happy Bloom for these captures and an extra happy birthday to the U.S. of A.

From The Happy Bloom... Taylor and Anthony chose historic (and beautiful!) Jones Street in Savannah for their engagement session. The street is filled with cobblestone, ivy walls, and so much Southern charm. We spent the early morning exploring and stopping at our favorite picturesque staircases and iron gates! We can’t wait for their September wedding where they will actually share OUR same anniversary. As we (Justin and Amanda of The Happy Bloom) share our 11 year anniversary, we will celebrate Taylor and Anthony’s first moments of wedding bliss!

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Historic Savannah Wedding With a Perfect Touch of Pink

Pink is kind of our unofficial team color here at Style Me Pretty, so there’s no denying this beauty by Amy Arrington instantly caught our eye. Set in historic Savannah at The Olde Pink House, it’s a true wedding work of art thanks to the thoughtful stylings of Amy Osaba Design. Join us for the entire event sitting pretty in the gallery.

 

From the Bride… When we first started planning the wedding, I knew two things: I wanted to get married in the South and I wanted it to be a small, intimate wedding with family and close friends. John and I had met, fallen in love, and gotten engaged in the South and it seemed only fitting to continue our love story surrounded by the romantic beauty and history of the South.

As John was from Georgia originally, Savannah seemed like the perfect place and I was utterly enchanted with it as soon as stepped foot under the canopies of Spanish moss and strolled through the city squares. John was already partial to Savannah as he had spent a good portion of his college years down there and we knew our guest would be able to enjoy themselves which was important to us since so many of them were traveling from around the country.  

I had visions of rose gold calligraphy to set the tone, mouthwatering food under romantic candlelight, lush floral arrangements in shades of rose, peach, and ivory with pops of burgundy, and small meaningful touches that would be noticed by those who knew us the best…but most of all, I envisioned a night filled with love, laughter, and memories.

The venues/vendors we choose really helped bring that vision to life and we never would have found them without my wonderful sister who is my best friend and knows me so well. She was absolutely essential in picking out the venues/vendors and it would have never gone so smoothly without her constantly there supporting me. And my parents! They were absolutely amazing during the whole process.

The venues we choose were the Sacred Heart Catholic Church for the ceremony and the Olde Pink House for the reception. The Olde Pink House is a gorgeous Georgian mansion that was named for the beautiful shade of “rose” colored stucco on the exterior and is now one of our favorite restaurants. As soon as I tasted the food and saw the intricate gold and silver murals of the James Habersham Grand Ballroom, I knew I wanted to have my reception there. I wouldn’t have to worry about any rentals or decorations because it was perfect just as it was and the food was fantastic. Even more so, Sara Jackson and the staff at the Olde Pink House were the epitome of Southern hospitality and grace. 

After the venues were decided, I was able to move on to one of my favorite parts of the planning process: the flowers! I was so lucky that my sister found Amy Osaba of Amy Osaba Design. I immediately fell in love with her organic and breathtaking tablescapes and bouquets. Her floral arrangements just had such a way of evoking emotion and a sense of nature at its best – both balanced yet playful and absolutely romantic in every sense. She brought all of this to my wedding and her team was quite simply essential to the success of that day.

About two months prior to the wedding, I realized I would need some help on the day of the wedding coordinating everything. Amy and her team stepped right in and ensured in went off without a hitch. From running everyone through the rehearsal to helping the men tie their bow ties, they were everywhere they needed to be and provided a huge amount of relief to us just knowing they were there. From there, what really completed the whole experience were the personal touches we added throughout the day:

Joy Fairclough of Studio French Blue provided the calligraphy for the invitations and the wedding including a handwritten copy of “My Very Dear Wife” – the Last Letter of Major Sullivan Ballou which I gave to John on the morning of our wedding as it was his favorite. Km Cake Design made the most delicious cakes in a variety of flavors including pineapple upside down cake which was my Father’s favorite and the cake he always made me when I was growing up.

BP Calligraphy providing our favor boxes which had the words from E.E Cummings “I carry your heart with me” written in gold calligraphy across the surface which was the first poem that John ever read to me.

Waxflower Vintage made the most beautiful wax flower crown from a couple of antique orange blossom crowns I had found. My mother had worn real orange blossoms in her hair on her wedding and I wanted to carry that on as a tradition in my wedding.

There were many more of these details through the day that made it so special and I was so grateful to Amy and Brandon of Amy Arrington Photography who captured every moment. Of course there were the gorgeous portraits, the thoughtful shots of all the beautiful small details and decorations, but the really magical part were the candid shots of shared laughter, looks of love, and those special private moments.


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Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Event Coordination: Amy Osaba | Dress: Emma & Grace Bridal | Cake: Km Cake Design | Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Catholic Church Savannah | Reception Venue: Art Letter | Hair + Makeup: Pastel Makeup + Hair | Calligraphy: Studio French Blue calligraphy + design | DJ: First City Events | String Quartet: Jl Music Service | Transportation: Old Savannah Tours | Transportation: Vintage Limousine | Favors (boxes): Bp Calligraphy | Florals Design: Amy Osaba | Garter: Florrie Mitton | Vintage bridal crown: Waxflower Vintage

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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.



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.

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

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!

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

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.

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!

Photography: Lisa Blume Photography | Event Planning: Courtney Carson Designs | Floral Design: Colonial House of Flowers, Est. 1968 | Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia | 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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Burgundy + Buried Bourbon Set the Tone for This Southern Affair

For the classic bride looking to incorporate a bit of color: this wedding is for you. A sweetly Southern affair drenched in deep hues of burgundy, bits of bourbon, and the most stunning lace veil we’ve ever seen, it’s low-country meets high style that you’re sure to love. With Simply Sarah Photography capturing every moment of marital bliss, you’ll want to piece through this gallery pronto. See it all in The Vault!

From The Bride…David and I met while David was working in Australia. After a year of dating in Australia David’s company wanted him to move to Savannah, Georgia. We instantly fell in love with Savannah’s moss-draped oaks, beautiful squares and romantic riverfront.

As most of our guests were flying in from Australia and all corners of the United States we really wanted to share the same Southern hospitality that we had felt when we first moved to Savannah. It was important to us to make sure that all of our guests felt loved and included not only on our wedding day but throughout their entire stay. We looked for special ways to include our guests wherever we could so that by our wedding day everyone would feel like family. Throughout the weekend our guests were invited to join us for a low-country boil, a trolley tour of the Historic District and a riverboat cruise along the Savannah River.

When looking for a venue we could not go past the charming Whitefield Chapel. The quaint chapel surrounded by the beautiful grand oaks dripping in Spanish Moss perfectly captured the beauty of The South. Our catering company worked with us to come up with a menu consisting of local favorites including shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles and our baker sourced locally farmed, in-season produce to create the most beautiful cake. A month out from the wedding when details and timelines were bearing down we decided to take some time off from wedding plans for a Bourbon Bury. A Bourbon Bury is fun little Southern folklore that we had happened to stumble upon that says if you bury a bottle of bourbon, upside down, at the site of where you are to be married exactly a month from your wedding date then it won’t rain on your wedding day. On the day of your wedding you are meant to dig up the bourbon and share it with your bridal party in celebration.

Truly the highlight of the day was being surrounded by so many of our loved ones from near and far and being able to share such a special day with them. Digging up our bourbon after doing the bourbon bury the month previously and sharing it with our friends and family was just yet another fun way to include everyone in our day. Walking across the grounds to the place where we buried the bourbon with so many of dearest and their own significant others was one of the sweetest moments from the day.

Photography: Elizabeth Lanier Photography | Event Planning: Design Studio South | Floral Design: Urban Poppy | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: A Squad Bake | Ceremony Venue: Whitefield Chapel | Reception Venue: Whitefield Chapel | Hair + Makeup: Pastel Makeup & Hair | Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals

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A Newlywed Announcement That’ll Have You Floating on Cloud Nine

Y’all it’s official, Molly and Ben are just about the cutest couple ever. For not only did these two rock some serious style on their special day, but they also spelled out their newlywed status with big ol’ balloons (talk about adorable)! Rach Loves Troy captured it all to share and we’ve got it waiting for you favorite in The Vault

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From Rach Loves TroyWhen we first chatted with Molly and Ben it was evident they were a cool couple with some serious style. They had met and fallen in love in Las Vegas where molly was a Cirque du soleil dancer and then when work took Ben to New York City and now Laguna Beach, California. I knew after all that Molly and been had to be an adventurous couple and so full of life.

Their day was exactly that! Nothing but smiles from these two all day and their wedding style at the Bride totally reflected their calm cool and collected personalities the day of the wedding. They had this perfect mix of sweet southern with modern fun! So many fun details down to the beautiful floral appliqués on Molly’s adorable Two piece Jenny Yoo dress.

I loved how the blue, gray, and creams of their wedding perfectly blended with the style of the Brice. Molly was so conscious of the amazing design features this gorgeous hotel had to offer all on its own. Throw in all her adorable Kate Spade touches with their Mr. and Mrs. balloons and it was seriously beautiful!

Photography: Rach Loves Troy | Cinematography: Rach Loves Troy | Coordination: Design Studio South | Floral Design: Urban Poppy | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | Cake: Savannah Rum Runners | Hair + Makeup: B Street Salon | Venue: The Brice Hotel

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Getting Married in an Train Museum Has Never Looked So Good

Who knew that getting married at a train museum could be so incredibly chic?! I’ll tell you who, Piper + Trey did, and boy did they pull out all the stops. From the lush bouquets to the seriously sweet captures from The Happy Bloom, this is one celebration that we’re going to have and to hold for-e-v-e-r. See it all in The Vault!

From The Happy BloomLove can be found in the strangest of places. And on this special day, love was found in a tiki bar. Piper heard that “that cute med school boy” would be there and suddenly she found herself sipping a fruity cocktail listening to a local band. And there playing on stage….was cute bed school boy. Med school boy introduced himself afterward and the rest is history.

They say rain on your wedding day is good luck. And we believe in that wholeheartedly. Piper + Trey’s wedding day was on a grey, misty Friday here in Savannah, Georgia. But even the grey skies couldn’t damper this incredible classic black & white wedding day.

Piper’s girls wore neutral dresses letting their lush bouquets shine. Piper gifted her girls all a ring, each coming in a golden shell case. These rings symbolized their friendship and gratitude Piper felt for her girls on her big day.

Trey and his guys wore classic tuxes and bowties making this wedding day a sophisticated affair.

Trey’s father passed away three years ago but his dad was there every single second of this incredible day. Trey wore his father’s ring ensuring that his presence would be there from the very beginning all the way until the excited sparkler sendoff.

Right before their first look, Trey opened a gift from Piper. It was a handkerchief with the sweetest words from Piper: “Trey, in all the world there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world there is no love for you like mine. I do love you. – Piper” What an incredible prelude to a romantic first look in Savannah’s Forsyth Park.

Photography: The Happy Bloom | Florist: Beth Owens | Cake: Minette Rushing | Stationery: Butler's Pantry Calligraphy | Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Creative Catering | Hair + Makeup: Lauren Rossi | Hair + Makeup: Beyond Beautiful By Heather | Venue: Georgia State Railroad Museum | Bridal Boutique: The Dress Theory | Bride's Hairpiece: Ellen Hunter NYC | Ceremony + Reception Music: Emerald Empire Band | Dress Designer: Truvelle | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Planning + Styling: Design Studio South | Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals

See Why This Modern Elopement in Savannah is Top-Knot(ch)

Move over diamonds, because this girl has got a new best friend – the timeless, the traditional, and the totally chic top-knot. Thanks to Emily Claire Events for dreaming up this beauty of a day (overflowing with Bella Figura goods nonetheless) and Jake and Heather Photo for capturing it all, we’ve got it waiting for you in The Vault!

From Emily Claire EventsSavannah is know for its historic charm, tree lined streets, and fountains at every square. It is also the perfect location for the modern couple that is looking to have the elopement of a lifetime. All those beautiful historic details provide the perfect contrast for a modern fete. There is something to see and do at every turn and it really is a city full of fun. Jules and Josh had a chance to joyfully walk the streets of Savannah and revel in their love on a beautiful sunny Saturday in March.

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Photography: Jake + Heather | Event Design: Emily Claire Events | Floral Design: August Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Stationery: Bella Figura | Bride’s Shoes: Chinese Laundry | Ring: Susie Saltzman| Makeup: Claudia Franz of Dollface by Jules​ | Hair: Mandy Russell of Dollface by Jules | Groom’s Attire: Generation Tux | Earrings: Bauble Bar

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Savannah Engagement with the Prettiest Pink Backdrop

Now that you’ve hopefully eaten more conversation hearts than you can count, it’s time to cap off the Valentine’s festivities with an engagement that fully embraces today’s official color theme: pink on pink on pink. Set in historic Savannah, these lovies sought out the neighborhood’s prettiest backdrops and Rach Loves Troy came along to capture. Head to The Vault and let the lovefest continue.

From Rach Loves TroyDanielle and Josh are recent transplants to Savannah from Central Florida. They moved here after falling in love with Savannah after many visits. Danielle loves all the little quirks and historic beauty of our downtowns beauty. When I asked her what she wanted in an engagement session she wanted quintessential Savannah with a touch of glam! When Danielle told me she would be wearing a floor length tulle skirt I knew we were on the right track. Throw in these two and their adorably fun personalities and the Savannah streets lit up at night and we had it.

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Classic Savannah Wedding With A Pop of Blue

For this former ballerina turned bride, honoring her love of dance was a must and her shoe selection did just the trick. And from the florals by Colony Bay Florist to the ombre blue bridesmaids in Alfred Angelo, the entire day followed suit with total elegance and style. Take a peek into this Southern beauty photographed by The Happy Bloom in THE VAULT.

From The Happy Bloom… Rebecca and Jimmy are the epitome of class and charm. So often we as people feel like we’re too this or not enough of that. But these guys? Somehow they fall so perfectly in the middle and you just want to sit down with them and ask, “How are you so perfect?!” They’re calm, relaxed, genuine and sweet all at the same time.

It only made sense that their wedding reflected who they are. A chic white and dusty blue wedding at Savannah’s Independent Presbyterian Church was where their day started. 

Our favorite moment from the entire day was probably when Rebecca saw her dad…and when her dad saw Rebecca. She was so filled with joy that it brought physical tears to her eyes. We were so so so lucky to have witnessed it.

After the ceremony, the two and all of their guests and loved ones traveled over to Fort Jackson for an incredible sunset! They were also treated to a traditional cannon firing as a symbol of good luck and fortune upon their marriage. To celebrate the final days of summer, the couple opted into a brighter and more Southern color palette for the reception decor, incorporating antique china and the last of the summer florals. They spent the rest of the night dancing underneath the Savannah stars.

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Photography: The Happy Bloom | Cinematography: Tlc Wedding Films | Floral Design: Colony Bay Florist | Stationery: Holly Hollon | Ceremony Venue: Independent Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue: Georgia State Railroad Museum | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Catering: Johnny Harris Restaurant | Band: Island Sound | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Rentals: In Any Event

Glamorous Savannah Mansion Ballroom Wedding

Filled with timeless detailing, the perfect princess-cut ballgown, blush bridesmaids, and a drop-dead gorgeous fountain-backed ceremony spot, this Savannah wedding from Rach Loves Troy is pretty much the epitome of classic Southern style. Take a peek at all the pretty in the full gallery here, and get ready to make your Thursday a little brighter!

From Rach Loves TroyTo say that Amanda and Kyle were dream clients would be an understatement. Their hearts were all in, all the time. From the flowers, to the invitations, to reception decor, Amanda’s wedding was one of the most classically southern weddings a girl could ask for. From Forsyth Fountain to The Mansion on Forsyth Park, Savannah could not have been a more romantic back drop for their union.

Photography: Rach Loves Troy | Cinematography: Withers Films | Event Design: Design Studio South | Floral Design: A to Zinnias | Cake: Km Cake Design | Ceremony: Forsyth Fountain | Reception: Mansion at Forsyth Park | Hair And Makeup: Joni Taylor | Band: Celebrity Allstars | Paper Goods Printing + Design: Cake | Rentals: Savannah Vintage Rentals | Rentals: EventHaus

Romantic + Classic Industrial Southern Wedding

Having been to Savannah more than once, I’m well aware of the magic it possesses. Its sparkle shined a bit brighter for this beautiful spring celebration, captured in all its glory by The Happy Bloom. From the glittering gowns worn by the Bride’s lucky ladies to the dapper doggies, it was an affair not to be missed!

From The Happy Bloom… Just a few weeks ago, we photographed Brittany and Michael’s wedding in Savannah’s incredible Forsyth Park. Of course, no wedding day is complete without a quick trip to Wormsloe for their first look and Bay Street for some classic cobblestone portraits! Brittany and her girls started the morning with mimosas, a little bit of Taylor Swift and a whole lot of laughter. Heather of Beyond Beautiful by Heather worked diligently on the bride’s hair while the bridesmaids made sure to keep the mood light and the jokes plenty. Brittany decided that metallics would rule her wedding, draping her girls in a champagne dress that looked like magic. Add a bit of soft green and wisp of ivory and she had a wedding day with class, style and sparkle. Yes, every Southern girl’s dream.

Brittany and Michael’s love story is so beautifully intertwined that both of their families celebrated this day with joyful tears and beaming smiles. We absolutely loved the moment when Brittany put on her dress and shoes, surrounded by the smiling faces of her adorable bridesmaids. It was such a beautiful moment and we’ve never felt so much love in one room. And the moment that her granddad kissed her cheek after he walked down the aisle?! Ugh, our hearts! With their sweet pups watching with eager eyes and pointed tails, these two people became one underneath the sweet Savannah Spanish moss. Brittany and Michael wanted to give their guests the true Southern experience. And no trip to Savannah is complete without whiskey and a large helping of old fashioned soul food. Before the reception, Michael dug up a bottle of whiskey (that had been in the ground for months!). For those of you who don’t know, this prevents rain on your wedding day. Oh, don’t believe us? There wasn’t a single drop! As their guests entered the reception, they were greeted with a glass of sweet tea (some with a touch of bourbon) and a plate of fried chicken with all of the fixins.

Photography: The Happy Bloom | Videography: Thomas Blake Film + Vidoegraphy | Floral Design: Donna Case | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Cake: Cakes By Audrey | Stationery: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Forsyth Fountain | Reception Venue: Charles H. Morris Center | Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Johnny Harris Restaurant | Hair + Makeup: Beyond Beautiful By Heather | Band: The Adrian Duke Project | Film Processing: The Find Lab | Historic Site: Wormsloe Historic Site

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DIY Savannah Railroad Wedding

This beauty of a Bride takes DIY to an entirely new level. Not only did she dream up every gorgeous detail in these perfect images from Glass Jar Photography, she also made her own wedding gown. Yes, you read that right. Her own gown. Can you even imagine? Add there super unique Georgia State Railroad Museum venue, and it goes without saying we have a winner on our hands.

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From Glass Jar PhotographyThe Bride in this wedding was one of the most crafty and creative gals we’ve ever met. She HAND MADE her own dress and accessories, as well as designed everything you may see at the wedding. All of which was based around them working for the Railroad in Savannah and from days at SCAD.

The day was based around black and white, and the Georgia Railroad museum. a great inspiration for other GA couples, and gals with a sense of DIY for their day.

Photography: Glass Jar Photography | Coordination: Rockjocks Professional DJ | Flowers: Rockjocks Professional DJ | Wedding Dress: The Bride Hand Made | Catering: Creative Catering | Lighting: Rockjocks Professional DJ | Wedding Venue: Georgia State Railroad Museum | Sound: Rockjocks Professional DJ | Sweets & Cake: Rockjocks Professional DJ