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Traditional Savannah Whitefield Chapel Wedding

A traditional chapel wedding never doesn’t has to be boring. This fun New York City couple brought tons of personality to their Savannah nuptials with bright floral arrangements, a rustic reception at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum, and plenty of silly photos to boot! It’s an absolute joy to click through the full gallery by Jade + Matthew , which you can find right here!

From Ivory + BeauThis colorful wedding was seriously so much fun to help plan and Brandy is quite possibly one of the sweetest brides. This New York couple wed last October at Whitefield Chapel with their reception following at Roundhouse Railroad Museum. Jade and Matthew captured all the details of their wedding from their romantic photos out at Whitefield Chapel where their ceremony was officiated by Rev. Stephen Williams. We loved how much fun they had during their photos together, and you can really see how much they love each other, and love to have fun! Their reception was at The Roundhouse, and featured colorful bold florals that we got to do! Brandy looked beautiful on her wedding day in a pretty lace dress and we are obsessed with her bold lip color!

From the beautiful Bride… We live in New York City but wanted a Southern destination that, given my Southern roots, was easy for family and friends to travel to. We also wanted a place that had great food and lots of activities for our guests and felt that Savannah would be the perfect small town.

We both wanted to get married in a church but didn’t want a very large setting. We kept our guest list intimate and thought the Whitefield Chapel would be the perfect place to say “I do”. We also loved the simple beauty of the Chapel and that we didn’t need many decorations.

Our reception venue was perfect as we were going for a French Country feel. We wanted a warm and inviting setting and the Blacksmith Shop at the Roundhouse Museum had the rustic beauty yet an elegant charm.

Photography: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures | Event Design: Ivory and Beau | Event Planning: Ivory and Beau | Floral Design: Ivory and Beau | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Cake: Savannah Rum Runners | Ceremony Venue: Whitefield Chapel | Reception Venue: Georgia State Railroad Museum | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Chef Nick Mueller | Hair And Makeup: JW Salon | DJ: All About You Entertainment | Officiant : Rev. Stephen Williams | Limo: Southern Comfort Limo | Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals | Rentals: Ultrapom | Trolley: Oglethorpe Tours | Veil : Sara Gabriel

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Bohemian Jewel Toned Savannah Wedding Inspiration

An autumn wedding wouldn’t be complete without warm jewel tones and soft lighting, which is why this gorgeous wedding inspiration shoot in Savannah, GA is just what we were looking for. Sweet Tea Photography captured the essence of fall with bohemian details and floral arrangements from Colonial House. This outdoor shoot will have you pinning every detail and then some. Don’t miss a second here!

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From Sweet Tea PhotographyWhen I found out I was going to be in Savannah, GA at the end of August for my close friend’s wedding,  I wanted to take advantage of my time there and plan a styled shoot!  Luckily my friends have a new southern art & style magazine, called Paprika Southern, which is based in Savannah, GA.  I was so thrilled to find out that they were interested in collaborating on the shoot! These talented friends of mine, Siobhan and Bevin, both went to Savannah College of Art & Design with me and I can’t tell you how much fun we had working together.

That was a busy week for all of us, especially Bevin. We did the shoot on Wednesday and that Saturday was Bevin’s wedding day! We chose September Oaks as the location for both and it proved to be an excellent decision. We managed to have excellent weather throughout both days and we didn’t even get tired of being in the same place for two days. September Oaks is special in the way that it has so many spots that you can choose to host your ceremony or reception at. It’s a family-owned winery located in the historic Low Country of South Carolina, just outside of Savannah, Georgia. They just recently opened their doors to weddings and special events.

As a whole we were hoping to appeal to more of a bohemian rather than preppy bride. We chose a gorgeous Lena Medoyeff gown from a playful new bridal boutique in Savannah, called Ivory and Beau. The owners are young and excited about showing off their hand-selected gowns. 

We pulled Candice Hilse and Grace Jennings of Yoj Events on for the styling. They came up with the jewel toned color scheme, which really catches the eye in the florals, linens, accessories, and dishware Grace chose.

Grace said “I tried to focus on rich jewel tones and dark fruits which both remind me of Autumn.  I love all things vintage, especially juxtaposed with the golden flatware. The lace pattern in the bridal gown emulates leaves on a vine, and I wanted the groom to be rustic yet polished. The linens used on the exposed wood table with folded napkins were Aubergine, the full purple table with green bench was Plum, and the two-top Adirondack setup under the tree was Lime Green.”

Photography: Lisa Blume Photography | Coordination: Paprika Southern | Event Styling: Yoj Events | Floral Design: Colonial House of Flowers, Est. 1968 | Wedding Dress: Ivory and Beau | Groom's Attire: Charleston Tuxedo | Bridal Boutique: Ivory and Beau | Make-up And Hair: Megan Mateo | Rentals : Snyder Event Rentals | Shoot Location : September Oaks | Wedding Gown Designer: Lena Medoyeff

How To Host a Tropical-Inspired Brunch (Flamingos and all!)

As the weather warms up, we can’t help but dream of all the outdoor brunching in our future. It’s a favorite past time and one that the colorful surroundings of Palm Beach know all too well. So when this team of vendors, including Design Studio South + Kato Floral Designs, decided to showcase the beauty of a modern, Floridian inspired brunch, you bet Lily Pulitzer, flamingoes and mimosas were involved. Click through the slideshow for all the fun details captured by Rach Lea Photography.

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From Design Studio South We toured the new Brice Hotel and were immediately inspired to do a super fun modern twist on a Palm Beach inspired shoot. From the hot pink brunch invitations, to the flamingo coasters, we had nothing short of fun that day. 

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Photography: Rach Lea Photography | Event Design: Design Studio South | Flowers: Kato Floral Designs | Wedding Gown: Bleu Belle Bridal | Invitations: Cake | Venue: The Brice Hotel | Dresses: Lilly Pulitzer | Hair + Make-up: Beyond Beautiful By Heather | Macarons: Maison De Macarons | Paper Goods: Cake | Vintage Coup Cups: Reinvintage

Sparkly New Year’s Eve Wedding Inspiration

I’m a big fan of New Year’s Eve, from the sequins to the champagne. It is the perfect party setup. Add in some adorable newlyweds and it’s only gets better. This photo shoot by Marianne Lucille, designed by JLeslie Wedding Decor and styled by Emily Fogarty, put me in the perfect mood to await the ball’s drop tonight and these pics of sparkly cocktails and cupcakes is where I’ll be as we say adios to 2014.

From Jenna Coleman of JLeslie Wedding Décor… When starting a new business in your hometown, it’s always comforting and exciting to work with people you know. For this shoot, we were able to work with a location vendor that Marianne and I both went to high school with. I had worked with Savannah Special Events by Ranco on a previous styled shoot and used them as a vendor at my own wedding so we were able to contact them and involve them in this project as well. Smallcakes Cupcakery provided our cupcakes for the shoot. This bakery just opened in a local area of town and I thought it would be a great idea to help get their name out there! We wanted a classic design style with a hint of glam and sparkle, after all this is a New Years wedding! I made the invitations and paper products for this shoot but was also able to incorporate some DIY elements that make the theme pop! I wrapped the confetti poppers in coordinating black and white scrapbook paper. We glammed up some champagne glasses by dipping the rim in chocolate and adding some sprinkles and pop rocks! I think creating a theme for any wedding or event is a great way to make a memorable impact while staying within your budget; this shoot is a great example!

From Marianne of Marianne Lucille Photography… I really wanted to capture the class of this event. The black, white and gold color palette bring a great layer of sophistication. These colors were the sounding board for the design of this New Years Eve shoot. Jenna Coleman of JLeslie Wedding Decor and I worked on the design elements for the shoot and knew we wanted to add a bit of sparkle to the decor. This little bit of glitter brought a touch of fun and whimsy to it all.

The dress is from Ivory and Beau and definitely a stunner. I love to see brides reach out of the box for their wedding dress color and choose something that isn’t white or a shade of white. The sequins on this dress brought in some bling and made for another fun element to the shoot. All the glitter and glam made this shoot fun to put together and photograph!

Photography: Marianne Lucille Photography | Styling: Emily Fogarty | Floral Design: Fresh Market | Wedding Dress: Ivory and Beau | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Small Cakes | Invitations: J Leslie Wedding Decor | Ceremony Venue: Whitefield Chapel | Reception Venue: Cohen's Retreat | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Trunk 13 | Balloons: Party City | Chalkboards: J Leslie Wedding Decor | Rentals: Ranco Event Rentals

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Sparkly New Year’s Eve Party

It’s almost time to say our goodbyes to 2014; out with the old, in with the new! And as we prep for the beginning of the new year, there’s no better way than with gold sparkles and mini champagne bottles. Gray Harper Event Maker created the perfect scene to ring in 2015, and with all of Izzy Hudgins‘ shimmering snaps, I’m gathering all of my ideas from this gallery to toast to the new year in style.

From Izzy Hudgins Photography… What’s a New Year’s Eve party without a little sparkle?! Gray Harper Event Maker shows how to throw a playful porch party with lots of holiday glitz. Spring for sequin tablecloths but forage in your natural surroundings for decor – here, we spray painted magnolia blooms gold. Create fun personalized gifts for your guests that double as escort cards by labeling champagne bottles with their names. Using playful patterns like stripes and polka dots keeps your decor modern yet whimsical. And be sure to have a well stocked bar and yummy hors d’oeuvres to keep the party going – we love colorful macarons and fresh asiago popcorn!

Photography: Izzy Hudgins Photography | Event Design: Gray Harper Event Maker | Reception Venue: Brockington Hall | Catering: Thrive Catering | Hair & Makeup: Dollface By Jules | Bowtie: French Knot Studios | Macarons: Maison De Macarons | Paper Goods: Lavender & Honey Designs | Rentals: Ranco Event Rentals

Romantic Georgian Wedding Inspiration

There is nothing I love more than a fresh and beautiful DIY and this wedding shoot from French Knot Studios and Izzy Hudgens Photography has done not only that (the embroidery hoop centerpiece is to die for) but continued the fab in a shoot inspired by the beauty of Georgia. And it is perfect.


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From French Knot StudiosGeorgia is known for peaches, but it’s also known for cotton, peanuts, and honey. With these products as our inspiration, we created some romantic ideas. Ruffled flowers, hues of burgundy and peach, and a sweet tea bar are just a few of the lovely elements. A hanging centerpiece of embroidery hoops with handmade paper and lush florals doubles as a fun prop for portraits. Honeycomb hexagons line the aisle, and make perfect garnish skewers for the iced tea. You can also include the hexagon with the wedding invite for guests to send back with well wishes written in. Then line the aisle with all the sweet thoughts from your loved ones. Gold gilded packages with long satin ribbons decorate a pile of presents. A decadent vanilla wedding cake covered in whipped peanut butter icing and topped with fresh, local honeycomb is the perfect way to end the evening. With a beautiful view of Savannah’s historic skyline, the Westin’s gazebo and crisp lawn is a delightful venue for weddings.

Photography: Izzy Hudgins Photography | Event Design: French Knot Studios | Floral Design: Harvey Designs | Wedding Dress: Bleu Belle Bridal | Cake: A Squad Bakeshop | Invitations: Miss Wyolene | Favors: Savannah Bee Company | Favors: Byrd Cookie Company | Hair & Make-up Artist: Michelle Royal | Wholesale Flowers: Fifty Flowers

Simply Southern Savannah Inspiration Shoot at The Davenport Museum

We see so much pretty come out of the gorgeous city of Savannah, we can barely keep track. And we can add this gorgeous shoot dreamt up by Design Studio South to the tippy top of that pretty list. From the stunning southern inspired style to the gorgeous florals from A To Zinnias and everything in between, these images from Mackensey Alexander Photography are simply divine.


From Design Studio SouthWe love the south, Savannah in particular. We couldn’t feel more blessed to be a part of such a lovely industry, with so many talented individuals. We coordinated this shoot with the intention to collaborate with some of our all time favorite local vendors, and to of course get some lovely photos out of it.

The idea – simply. southern: a groom that happily carries his brides train, a biscuit bar, a hand made bow tie made of vintage lace, a fluffy tulle gown, and big beautiful classic hair. Can you tell we had fun?

Photography: Mackensey Alexander Photography | Coordination: Design Studio South | Event Design: Design Studio South | Floral Design: A to Zinnias | Wedding Dress: Bleu Belle Bridal | Cake: Km Cake Design | Invitations: Design Studio South | Hair And Makeup: B Street Salon | Bridal Accessories: Bleu Belle Bridal | Ceremony Backdrop: French Knot Studios | Historic Home: Davenport House Museum | Vintage Rentals: Rentiquity

Savannah Engagement Shoot

This cute couple and their adoring e-session will definitely bring a smile to your Tuesday. Shot by Jade and Matthew Take Pictures, and showcasing their shared love of golf, the shoot is full of love and laughter. Get more goodies in the full gallery here.


From Jade and Matthew Take Pictures Miranda and TJ met and fell in love in the military. They love playing sports together especially golf! And you can see they have a terrific style!! Sweet, Romantic, and Vintage!

Photography: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures | Styling: Gray Harper Event Maker | Location: E. Shaver Bookstore

Savannah Bridal Shoot Inspiration

Savannah is romance defined… a truly perfect precursor to a walk down the aisle. This bridal shoot brought to us by Sawyer BairdIvory & Beau, and Sarah Ingram is a portrait of pure sophistication. Add to it a gorgeous handmade Ivana Krejci gown and it’s officially a feast for our couture loving eyes. Fortunately, all the pretty is on display right here in the gallery.


From Sawyer BairdThis bridal session was placed together with some of the greatest vendors and the sweetest ladies. I had planned a personal weekend to Savannah for a mini vacation. That soon changed and this shoot came to life. Shooting in Savannah has been something I have dreamed about for some time now.

Ivory & Beau allowed me to use these beautiful pieces from Twigs & Honey, Jaclyn Jordan, Ivana Krejci, and I had my dear friend Sarah Ingram do what she does best- create!

Being able to work with a Ivana Krejci gown was swoon worthy. These gowns are handmade and beyond stunning.

Overall- I can’t really say just how grateful I am for this amazing shoot.

Photography: Sawyer Baird | Florals: Sarah Ingram | Wedding Dress: Ivana Krejci | Hair & Makeup: Michelle Royal | Calligraphy: Sarah Ingram | Bridal Shop: Ivory and Beau | Hair Piece: Twigs & Honey | Model: Sawyer Greenberg | Private: - | Veil: Jaclyn Jordan New York

Quaint Southern Chapel Wedding

There’s something about this simple chapel wedding that makes my heart really happy. Like smiling ear-to-ear and can’t stop happy. It’s a little reminder that the very best days aren’t overdone with details, but rather focus on the love. Watch the story unfold from Amy Arrington’s lens right here.

From Amy Arrington PhotographyStefanie + Tyler were married at one of the sweetest little churches in the South. Whitefield Chapel is located at Bethesda Academy in Savannah. The scene at Bethesda is so dreamy with all of the oak trees and Spanish moss.

From The Bride…We chose Savannah for our destination wedding because of its beautiful southern charm, romantic feel and an enjoyable weekend for our guests. The weekend was planned to allow our guests to experience the highlights of Savannah; Thursday night was a haunted Halloween ghost tour, Friday guests were invited to rehearsal dinner at Lady and Sobs followed by a cocktail party at the 109 West house, Saturday was our wedding and Sunday guests joined for a farewell brunch.

Our wedding day was a beautiful fall day in Savannah where the bridal partygoer ready at the 109 West House. Trolleys transported the bridal party and guests from historic downtown Savannah to The Whitefield Chapel at Bethesda Academy. The ceremony was conducted by a family friend, Judge Kenneth Lester in a historic chapel filled with friends, family and flowers in memory of Stefanie’s Nanny and Tyler’s Grandma Ruby.

Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour on the patio of Trustees Garden enjoying snacks and Peachy Savannah Sangria. The night was filled with fantastic Motown music courtesy of The Root Doctors band which kept guests dancing all night long.

After our sparkler exit we were whisked away on a pedicab, wishing all of our friends and family a farewell after the end of a perfect day!

One year prior, Tyler proposed to me while on vacation, so Savannah will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Videography: Jeff And Mollie Weddings | Flowers: A to Zinnias | Cake: Cake It Away | Church: Whitefield Chapel | Reception Venue: Charles H Morris Center | Catering: Berrys Catering And Floral | Makeup: Dollface By Jules | Band: Root Doctors | Transportation: Oglethorpe Tours | Getting Ready Location: 109 West | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: The Lady And Sons

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Colorful Savannah Wedding

On its own, Savannah, Georgia is pretty much the epitome of perfect marrying.  But add to the mix the styling prowess of Morgan Gallo Events, lush florals from Harvey Designs and an entire world of vibrant hues (think pink, yellow and orange) and it becomes the land of, well… everything.  It’s one part rustic, one part whimsical and all parts pretty.  See it captured beautifully by Nate Henderson right here.

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From Nate Henderson Photography… Kara and Brian chose historic Savannah, Georgia for their destination wedding. The ceremony took place in the traditional courtyard of the Ships of the Sea Museum, while their reception was held at the museum’s newly constructed pavilion.

The bride was involved on many details of the wedding, including custom designing and printing the textiles used at the wedding. The florals by Harvey Designs were overflowing with a bright spring look. Southern food served family style was prepared by Chef Nick Mueller. It was all quite awesome!

From The Bride… We wanted to have a beautiful, simple day that really highlights how much we appreciate our friends and family. As much as this day is about celebrating our relationship, we also want it to be a celebration and thanks to our friends and family. My brother married us and one of Brian’s friends played guitar for the ceremony. We really wanted to have the ceremony be an inclusive celebration.

Photography: Nate Henderson | Event Design: Morgan Gallo Events | Floral Design: Harvey Designs | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Tier Luxury Cakes | Invitations: Bird And Banner | Ceremony Venue: Ships Of The Sea | Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: Chef Nick Mueller

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Enchanted Forest Wedding Inspiration

When Morgan Gallo Events set out to showcase the lovely Ships Of The Sea venue, a modern take on Snow White was the first concept to mind. And with the help of awesome vendors like Kato Floral DesignsMunn Brothers and Rach Lea, she did just that. The results are a red and white love fest filled to the gills with unabashed whimsy and you can click right here for the full photo loot.

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From Morgan Gallo Events… Ships of the Sea contacted us to stage a photoshoot to help show off the various areas of their venue and how they can be utilized. We wanted to show off the orchard (which we feel is the feature piece of their property) and ensure that the leaves and trees were the staple of the shoot. We started envisioning that the main color for the flowers and decor items be white as to not compete with the various colors of the leaves. The idea of the bright red apple started to show up and the next thing you know, the theme transformed into the “Enchanted Forest/ a Modern Day Snow White” was born!

We accented the table with the red plates/glasses but kept the flowers neutral. Snow White wouldn’t be complete without a mirror…so i thought it would be neat to hang various mirrors over the reception table. For the ceremony, we mixed benches and some amazing clear back chairs for the seating and lined the aisle with groupings of lanterns filled with apples and candles and mocked the same decor but in a great bulk at the front where the couple stood. My favorite piece is the strung apples creating a canopy over the aisle! My second favorite detail, the base of the cake stand–which was ALL apples that sat on top of a mirror! 

Photography: Rach Lea Photography | Videography: Munn Brothers Films | Event Design: Morgan Gallo Events | Florist: Kato Floral Designs | Dress: Bleu Belle Bridal | Cake: KM Cake Designs | Makeup: Jessica Duthu | Hair: Maria Vaughn | Venue: Ships Of The Sea | Venue: Ships Of The Sea | Paper Products: Cake Designs | Rentals: Beachview Tent Rentals | Tie, Headpiece, Cake Topper: French Knot

Colorful Picnic Inspired Wedding In Savannah

There are few things I love more than the laid-back goodness of a backyard (or in this case, living room) wedding — especially when it’s this beautiful. You’re also basically guaranteeing success when you have the floral prowess of Fern Studio Floral on your side. Just take a look at Jade and Matthew Take Pictures’ stunning photos of the event, and you’ll see what I mean!

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From Jade and Matthew Take PicturesLeigh and Kathryn wanted a backyard picnic feeling in their wedding. No fuss just good times! A little rain changed some of their plans but they went with the flow. They had fun pops of color throughout their wedding. Then everyone danced the night away with some good ole’ music!! The ceremony was at the Kathryn’s Parent’s House on beautiful Bluff Drive.

Photography: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures | Floral Design: Fern Studio | Reception Venue: Isle Of Hope Marina | Band: Damon And The Shitkickers

Romantic Savannah Wedding

Infuse the lovely backdrop of Savannah with a sweet pink, light green and beige combo, and we’ve got ourselves a soiree full of pure romance. A soiree that the Bride & Groom lovingly planned from across the country with the help of Blue Mason Jar Studio. And the result is love, sweet love in the form of this beautiful gallery from Concept-A Photography!

From Blue Mason Jar Studio… Cassie Barnard & Paul Archer wedding will forever be close to my heart! Cassie contacted me from Portland, OR and was in need of a lot of help since they were so far away. Why Savannah?? In the early summer of 2011, Paul and Cassie took a trip to Savannah, GA where Cassie grew up, and Paul proposed (on one knee!) down on the riverfront. Cassie of course said yes and the wedding planning began! Cassie and I were in constant contact throughout the planning process even with the time difference. Their wedding turned out absolutely gorgeous and I remember Cassie saying something to the effect, I never imagined having a dream wedding, but this truly turned out to be a dream wedding!

Some interesting facts about their wedding… Total guest count: approx 66, the groom’s cake is the logo of Newcastle United Football team from Newcastle, England – Paul’s family is from the UK and this is one of his favorite teams, Paul’s mother sang at the ceremony in a beautiful operatic voice (during the rehearsal I was shocked by how beautiful her voice was since I didn’t expect this!), guests traveled to their wedding from near and far, Cassie and her friend worked together to design/print the escort cards and menus, Paul and Cassie designed their wedding programs and printed them their selves, and for their send off after the reception the guest waved American and British flags as Cassie and Paul were whisked away by a pedicab. I did not help with setting up the rehearsal dinner, but was a guest, and LOVED what their family did for the picnic style theme – sunflowers, mason jars, milk glass vases, southern cookin’, burlap, live music – so cute!

Photography: Concept-A Photography | Event Planning: Blue Mason Jar Studio | Floral Design: A to Zinnias | Wedding Dress: Lena Medoyeff | Cake: Two Cakes | Invitations: Dodeline Design | Ceremony Venue: Whitefield Chapel | Reception Venue: 10 Downing | Bride's Shoes: Ryan Seacrest Distinction | Bridesmaids Dresses: Ann Taylor Loft | Makeup: Beyond Beautiful By Heather | Hair: JW Salon | DJ: All About You Entertainment | Event Planning Assistant: Ivory and Beau

Fun-Filled Savannah Elopement

Feast your eyes on one of the funnest elopements ever. It has everything: colorful florals from Garden on the Square, quirky details (like setting up a tepee in the park!), and pure, unfettered bliss. Looking at the pictures, you can tell Jade and Matthew Take Pictures had a great time sharing the day with this free-wheeling pair. For more melt-your-heart happiness, check out the full gallery here.

From Jade and Matthew Photography…Ida + Ian are just two of the cutest cuties around!! They decided to elope so they could do everything they wanted and not worry about the stress of a big wedding. They just hung out all day long, laughed a whole lot, had about a million kisses, and even helped each other get dressed!! We went to Back in the Day Bakery for some out of this world delicious banana pudding!! That no one wanted to share!! Visited one of Savannah’s amazing antique stores, then had a tent party in Forsyth Park!! Then ended the day with some delicious yumminess at The Olde Pink House.

Photography: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures | Event Planning: Gray Harper Event Maker | Flowers: Garden On The Square | Ceremony Venue: The Gastonian | Reception: The Olde Pink House | Location: Back In The Day Bakery | Location: Alex Raskin

Romantic, Southern Elopement in Savannah Georgia

This love story that started with a chance meeting, grew over letter by handwritten letter and culminated in a wedding built for two – it’s straight out of a movie. A crazy good, romantic as they come flick. And the resulting elopement with images by Brita Photography , equally as romantic. See the full day unfold in the gallery and for even more on this fairytale love, have a listen here.

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Kate met Brad during a layover. They had immediate chemistry, but she told him that if he wanted to continue growing what they had, he would have to do it…via handwritten letter. So he did. She got the first letter on Valentine’s Day, and over the course of a move (him to her city) and forty letters, what developed was a proposal, hidden in written code… ‘Since the day we first met I have been captivated by your beauty, personality, and your faith. I’ve been blessed to get to know you in such a fun and unique way. I’ve truly felt like the luckiest man because of your effort and desire to get to know me as well. I am honored that you would want to pursue each other while still holding true to yourself and your promise. There’s been something that I have thought about for a long time, Katherine Anne…” Then, he proposed!!

It gives me chills every time I read it! Words cannot even begin to describe how special Kate & Brad’s wedding day was to us. It was an incredible experience. Nick and I were the only guests and we wandered all around downtown Savannah and Tybee Island. It was a perfect day!

Photography: Brita Photography | Ceremony: Troup Square, Savannah | Hair & Makeup: Heather Ferguson | Bridal Shoes: Designer Shoe Warehouse | Radio Show: The Bert Show | Wedding Dress Boutique: Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique

Antique Elegance meets Southern Charm in Savannah

I’m going to try my best to not sound stalkerish when I say I love this Bride in a major, total Project Runway superfan sort of way. Two time contestant, Kate Pankoke, is best known for her super chicbridal ensembles and her wedding is no exception. It’s a full on elegant Southern affair stuffed to the gills with the perfect vintage touches captured by Shannon Christopher. And the dress from Kate’s bridal line, Elaya Vaughn? Pretty sure Tim Gunn would give a standing ovation. See even more right here.

Kate and Zach are high school sweethearts, so this wedding was a long time in the making. They are old souls who love to go antiquing; which is what led them to choose Savannah, GA as the location for their wedding. They wanted it to be very intimate yet still glamorous; with it’s spacious ballroom and dining area complete with stunning crystal chandeliers, Brockington Hall was the perfect venue for this wedding.

The theme of the wedding was Antique Elegance with a Rustic flare. They had mix and match vintage chairs for the ceremony and reception. Kate wanted the flowers to be voluminous but understated, like freshly picked wildflowers from the woods in front of her childhood home in South Florida. Kate and her bridesmaids ordered the flowers from Sam’s Club online and assembled the bouquets and centerpieces the night before the wedding with help from the amazing ladies at Ivory and Beau. The bouquets and centerpieces consisted of white baby’s breath and hydrangea with green fern accents.

The tables were marked with books that were named after the many different volumes of Kate and Zach’s life together. The happy couple was seated with their parents at “Volume VII. Happily Ever After”. The tables were draped in champagne satin tablecloths and accented with antique lace runners borrowed from Kate’s friends and family. The floral centerpieces were placed in large hurricane vases with a base of green moss and tan Manzanita branches. Each table was topped with several interesting antiques that the couple had found during one of their many adventures together.

Kate is a designer and has her own line, Elaya Vaughn Bridal, so she executed the ultimate bridal DIY and made her own gown. Fun Fact, she made it 7 days before the wedding! Kate’s gown is a stunning A-line tulle gown. It has a strapless, structured bodice with a champagne beaded lace overlay. Kate also made her veil that was just slightly longer than her train. Myra Callan from Twigs and Honey gave Kate the gorgeous baby’s breath crystal and pearl headpiece that topped off the look.

Though the guest list was limited, the bridal party was not! Kate and Zach each had 9 attendants on their side making the bridal party account for over 20% of the wedding! Kate’s side was a little unique, she didn’t understand why she should only be able to choose women to be her bridesmaids, so she had a combination of bridesmaids and brides-men. The bridesmaids wore beautiful lace LBDs from Anthropologie and the brides-men wore the same attire as the groomsmen, Black by Vera Wang tuxes. Kate and Zach surprised the ladies in their party with black crystal drop earrings and the men with black and white polka dot bow ties with their initials embroidered on them.

Zach is Jewish and Kate is Catholic, so they wanted to have a non-denominational ceremony. As a surprise to all of their guests, Zach’s brother, Josh, got ordained and performed the ceremony.
After the ceremony, the guests had a cocktail hour in the library and then greeted the couple for their first dance. The bride and groom danced to “Do You Remember” by Jack Johnson.
Guests feasted on some good old Southern cooking like collard greens, shrimp and grits, and Chicken Pulaski. The cake was a beautiful 3 tiered rustic buttercream creation by the talented team at Tier Luxury Cakes.

Kate and Zach chose to do a Tea Bar for their favors. They had vintage jars that their guests could scoop local Savannah tea into to take a part of the south with them.
After dancing the night away, guests retreated to the porch for a cool night breeze and a final glass of champagne as they bid their farewells and good wishes to the new Mr. and Mrs. Aberman….and they lived happily ever after.

Photographer: Shannon Christopher | Flowers: Sam's Club | Gown: Elaya Vaughn Bridal | Cake: Tier Luxury Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Adrienne Maloof For Charles Jourdan | Engagement Ring: A. Jaffe From Mayors | Wedding Bands: Jewelers Of Parkland | Bridesmaids Dresses: Anthropologie | Catering: Paul Kennedy Catering | DJ: First City Events | Tuxes: Men's Wearhouse | Backup Photographer: Alison Epps Photography | Bridesmaid Gifts: Topshop | Day Of Planner: Ivory and Beau | Flower Girl Dresses: SasAndAsa | Garter: Elaya Vaughn Bridal | Garter Belt: DKNY | Groom's Look: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen/Brides-men Gifts: The Tie Bar | Head Piece: Twigs & Honey | Historic Home: Brockington Hall | Hurricane Vases: Circle Glass | Linnens: Alex Karenin Estate Jewelry Store | Mother Of The Bride Dress: Nordstrom | Table Rental: In Any Event | Tea Favors: The Spice And Tea Exchange | Veil: Elaya Vaughn Bridal | Vintage Chair Rental: Everthine Vintage Rentals | Vintage Glass Jar Favors: Merchanstyle

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Sweet + Small Savannah Elopement

When you peel back all the pretty layers, right there at the center of a wedding is the promise of forever. An eternal love. And that, my loves, is truly what makes every wedding so beautiful. That heart, which is so prominent in this Savannah elopement from Jade and Matthew Take Pictures.


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Lisa + Brad decided to elope on a trip back home from visiting Florida with their family. They live in Canada. It was going to be a surprise to most of their family and friends. They wanted a low key event in a beautiful location to celebrate the two of them.

Photography: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures | Cermony: The Gastonian

Fall Savannah Wedding

Savannah is a magical city. My best friend, Courtney, was born and raised in the city and brought us all to devour every last inch of her home when we were in college. It’s pure magic and when you layer on a wedding rich in beauty and style, well, the city just comes to life that much more. With photography from Amy Arrington, spend some time in these gorgeous galleries.

From the bride…Fall is our favorite time of the year so October was the perfect month for our wedding. We love the colors and cooler temperatures during this time. Both of us grew up in Richmond Hill, a small community right outside of Savannah. We decided on downtown Savannah for our wedding because of its beauty and history. We knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony and a reception in the same location so the Charles Morris Center at Trustees Garden was the perfect venue. The wedding was a little vintage with a bit of an Asian touch and we wanted it to be fun and a little more laid back.

The ceremony took place outside just before sunset and afterwards our guest enjoyed a delicious southern buffet and dancing indoors. We are so blessed to have wonderful family and friends who helped make our day extra special. They gathered crepe myrtle branches and berries to construct our ceremony arch, cut and polished the cedar slice which served as our cake stand, created beautiful floral arrangements, and made leaves to attach to the apples which served as place cards and parting gifts for our guests. It was a perfect day!

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Videographer: Alex Gangi | Floral Design: Katherine Slagel | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Wedding Cake: Lisa Young -The Cake Mix | Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Pam Shores Southern Image Catering | D.J.: All About You Entertainment | Favors: Justus Orchards | Tuxedos: Vera Wang Black For Men's Warehouse | Transportation: Savannah Pedicab | Ceremony + Reception: Charles H Morris Center | Ceremony Music - Classical Guitar: Sean Driscoll | Wedding Director: Becky Alford

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SMP Southeast Welcomes Our Advertisers + A DISCOUNT + A GIVEAWAY!

We’re kicking off the start of the official Month of Love with a little celebration for our newest SMP family members, Kait Murphy Photography and Savannah Weddings.  Up first in our lovely round-up?  Kait Murphy, a seriously talented, seriously sweet photographer who knows a thing or two about capturing the pretty.  Think gorgeous details and love-filled moment aplenty…

From Kait Murphy Photography… I shoot most weddings with the love of my life and new fiancé, Alan. We shoot both film and digital at every wedding to get a classic and dreamy look. We’ve even recently started sending our couples home with a polaroid book so they can get an instant sneak peek of their photos and have a wonderful keepsake from their day. I graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design and my work is featured in their permanent collection in Lacoste, France.

I love to make timeless images with touches of originality, whimsy, and charm. Sharing your day is an honor and I strive to make the moments that I’m holding my camera into fun and memorable ones for all of us! I am in awe of the commitment, love, nerves, tears, laughter, and surrealism of the wedding day and cherish the ability to document and witness it all. I feel incredibly lucky to have the best job in the world – making art out of love.

Here’s a little lighthearted look into who I am…

I like to use Twizzlers as straws
I will never be sophisticated enough to call bangs “fringe”
I love cooking but cannot bake to save my life
I love romantic curls
My 11th birthday was a little rough, because I never received a letter from Hogwarts
The best part of Jeopardy is the contestants’ backstories
I’m a Francophile
I love those Summertime moments when you’ve got a great song on and the windows down and you don’t even care what happens to your hair
I brake for antique stores and reclaimed wood

And just for SMP readers: Save 10% off any wedding package when you mention this post ($250-$500 savings)!

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Wedding Venue: Foxhall Resort + Kingwood Resort + Montaluce Winery + Summerour Studio

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Up next is the always-awesome Savannah Weddings and their upcoming bridal show, Behind the Veil. Or as it’s known around these parts, a can’t-miss bridal event with inspiration galore and insanely talented vendors.  Check out all of the details below and get ready for an amazing day of planning, fun and awesomeness.

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From Savannah WeddingsSavannah Weddings showcases the beauty and boundless creativity of one of the nation’s most romantic wedding destinations. Its comprehensive area venue listings and stunning pages packed with real Savannah weddings make us a must-read resource for local and destination brides alike. Check out the latest issue here.

Savannah Weddings’ premiere bridal event, Behind the Veil, will showcase the area’s top wedding professionals on Sunday, March 2, at the Telfair Museums in elegant downtown Savannah. The boutique bridal salon, presented by Savannah Weddings, the Telfair MuseumsVisit Savannah and the editors of Savannah magazine, will feature more than 50 expert wedding planners, caterers, florists, photographers, venues and more. These top professionals will be on hand to help brides envision their perfect day – right down to the last hand-finished detail.

Join us for an afternoon of tastings, inspiration, consultations and luxe giveaways. Highlighting the day is the top-label bridal fashion show. An elegant display of the newest high-fashion bridal trends will lace through the Jepson Center and feature exquisite gowns from exclusive designers such as Oscar de La Renta, Monique Lhuillier and Vera Wang, just to name a few. The fashion show is sponsored by BleuBelle Bridal, Simon’s Formal Wear, B Street Salon, Savannah Makeup and Skincare Professionals, Urban Poppy and Jeremy Davis & The Equinox Jazz Quintet.

• WHAT: Behind the Veil
• WHEN: 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014
• TIME/PLACE: 12:30-4 p.m. at the Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St.; 1-4:30 p.m. at the Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St.
• COST: $15 in advance at behindtheveil2014.eventbrite.com; $20 at the door. Members of Telfair Museums will be admitted for free.
• CHECK-IN: The Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St.
• INFORMATION: Go here.
• ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook + Pinterest

Behind the Veil Grand Prize Giveaway: Celebrate one of America’s most romantic destination wedding locations by experiencing the best of what the Hostess City of the South has to offer.  Register to win a grand prize package that includes two tickets to Behind the Veil, a two-night stay at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto, a dinner for two valued at $100 at Garibaldi Café, a Historic Trolley Tour for two by Oglethorpe Tours and a spa package.

This is the perfect opportunity to make Behind the Veil a romantic getaway for two to start planning your nuptials, or use it as a fun girls’ weekend to start your wedding-planning adventures with your maid (or matron) of honor.  Register today.

Photography: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures | Photography: Katie Mcgee Photography | Event Planning: Merren Events | Event Planning: Joni Taylor | Beauty: B Street Salon | Museum: Jepson Center For The Arts | Vendor: Simons Formal Wear | Vendor: Savannah Hilton Desoto | Vendor: Summerour Studio | Venues: Novare Events | Venues: Foxhall Resort And Sporting Club | Venues: Montaluce Winery | Venues: Garibaldis Cafe

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Welcome to the family, Kait Murphy Photography and Savannah Weddings!  We are so happy to have you! xo

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