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We met Sheila and Robert at the Hyatt Riverfront to begin getting ready photos with them and their wedding party. Everyone then went to New Covenant Church for their Ceremony. Afterwards, they had family photos at the Church, wedding party photos at the Bull Street Library, then additional wedding party and Bridal Portraits onFactor’s Walk and River Street. At sunset, Sheila’s Parent’s met the couple down by the Riverfront to give them the most lovely quilt (purple and yellow of course!) which she had made. Sheila’s mother invited us along  to join them to capture the moment. We also took a few more candid portraits on River Street before sunset, then then returned to The Scarborough Room to cover the rest of the wedding reception.  The weather was perfect for photos and Sheila and Robert had the most lovely wedding day

 


Approximate # of Guests: 135 /Approximate planning time for wedding: 1 year/ Officiant: Rev Ricardo Bright /Ceremony Music: Anne Cunningham ( friend of the bride) and Philip White ( friend of the groom) sang the solo /Reception Music All About You Entertainment / Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal / Hair & Make-up Beyond Beautiful by Heather /  Wedding Planner: Everlasting Occasions /Veil: David’s Bridal / Accessories: etsy.com / Bride’s Jewelry: my necklace belonged to my grandmother /Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Dessy /Bridesmaid’s Jewelry: etsy.com / Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse in Savannah, GA / Florist: Kato Flowers / Cake: Cakes by Lexi / Guest Accommodations: The Hyatt Riverfront, Savananah / Rehearsal Dinner: The Pirates  House

 

 

About US: We met when we were both living in Tampa, FL and attended the University of South Florida. We recently moved to Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Shelia is from a little town called Elroy, Wisconsin and Robert grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. Robert recently had a job transfer to MA. He’s a hydrologist for the US Geological Survey and I do Medical Billing for Tampa ENT Associates and am now working from home.

What made you decide to have your wedding in Historic Savannah? We’ve only visited Savannah twice before our engagement and we loved the setting and historical aspect of it. So while trying to come up with a place for our wedding, we wanted someplace where all of our guests would have to travel to make it fair.  My family lives in Wisconsin/Minnesota while Robert’s family lives in Florida. We contemplated Colorado for a bit, but that was if we were to get married in the Winter. But since we decided on April, we chose Savannah instead.  We love the cobblestone on River Street and the huge live oaks. Especially those in Wormsloe. We usually end up walking around the historic district and always stop by Blowin’ Smoke for some lunch or dinner. We like to try something new on each visit, so this time it happened to be JJ’s Bar, conveniently located across from the Hyatt. They have Green Bay Packer flags hanging, so immediately my family was drawn to there!

Where did you get the inspiration/ideas for the details? Growing up on in the country I wanted to stay true to my roots. So that’s why I went with a sort of country theme. And then I figured we were in the South, so why not a Southern Country chic wedding with Mason Jars, lace, twine, and of course sweet tea! Purple is my favorite color so I always knew our wedding colors would be purple and I love the combination of purple with pops of yellow. I originally just had it Purple and white. It wasn’t until maybe 2 weeks before the wedding when my mother called to ask me to incorporate yellow into the bouquets…..low and behold she had a surprise quilt that she had made for us and yellow was in her quilt. I wanted to add color to our tables and actually thought about using burlap table runners, but I thought Southern Country chic screamed lace, so I did a little research on Etsy.com and came across these runners.

The cake! Tell us how you came about choosing the style and having your bridesmaid create it.  When we got engaged my girlfriend and bridesmaid Alex asked if she could make our cake. She was just getting into cake design. It was actually on an episode of 4 weddings that I saw a cake similar to the one she made. She made some alterations but was able to replicate it! I also wanted to show appreciation to our parents and to the fact that both sets are still happily married. So on the cake table I had photographs of our parent’s on their wedding day cutting their cake.

Any planning obstacles with this being a long distance wedding? Lots, but the main thing was just not being able to see and taste things. We had to trust a lot of people!

Honeymoon? New Zealand with two nights in Fiji

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Shannon and Taha had a spectacular Wedding at the Hilton Head Omni Resort. We began the day with Shannon’s getting ready photos and bridal portraits at her parent’s home in in Sun City. It was an amazing day and Hilton Head offers many  opportunities for photos.The guys got ready over at the Marriot where the group had rented a spacious suiteand enjoyed casual photos around the lush property. After group photos, Shannon and Taha met in a secluded area of Palmetto Dunes for a private first look Then Shannon’s parents joined them for a few family photos. We then headed over to the Marriot Resort for their outdoor wedding ceremony overlooking the ocean. When we arrived to the ceremony site the wind had picked up and the temperature also seemed to drop. Taha and Shannon decided to go on with their plans. They immediately worked together on making a few quick decisions and decided to move forth with photos. Seeing them tackle these obstacles immediately made me think that if they could handle this so well, that anything else that comes there way will be handled with just as much ease and teamwork. They are awesome together and WOW, the entire group really knew how to celebrate. It was an evening of  dinner, drinks, The Blush Photo Booth, incredible toasts AND of course — Moroccan Music and dancing until late into the night! A special thanks to all the wonderful vendors that worked together on this event.

Fine Art Wedding Photographer Hilton Head Omni Savannah

 

 

 

How did you meet? We met working together in a restaurant in DC and currently livethere. I’m returning to school in the fall after being in the hospitality management industry for 10 yrs. Taha is the Beverage Manager for Mike Isabella Concepts.

What made you decide to have your wedding in Hilton Head overlooking the beach? We knew we wanted the wedding outdoors and we both love the beach. Growing up in NJ, we vacationed in the Carolinas, Myrtle beach and HHI and my parents retired down in Bluffton, SC, which is why we ultimately picked HHI for the destination wedding.

What do you like most about the Hilton Head area? What are some of your favorite places to visit while you are here? The natural beauty of the area, the huge trees, Spanish moss, the beaches… Every time we visit we hit Mrs. Wilkes in Savannah for the amazing family style southern food.

 Any planning obstacles with this being a destination wedding? Definitely,  our first florist didn’t work out, however, our deposit was returned and we found Maria at Kato Florist in Savannah who created the romantic atmosphere we were looking for. She did an amazing job, I was literally dancing around my mother’s kitchen when the delivery came, I couldn’t believe how beautiful they all looked, especially my bouquet with my grandmother’s cameo broach affixed to front.

Where did you get the inspiration/ideas for the details such as the color purple as an accent and the wedding sign?  I love the color purple. I wanted all ivory flowers for my bridesmaids so there was a nice contrast against the dark purple. I picked mostly ivory flowers with soft pink and green accents for flowers for my bouquets for a romantic, yet classic look.  My 17 yr old nephew Andrew made our wedding sign. We had talked a little about it, but ultimately left it up to him and his creative devices.

For Groom’s Attire, Taha has a lot of style and wanted to stand out. His groomsmen all wore the usual/traditional rented tuxes w/ white shirts for ease and convenience instead of buying suits.  Taha had his suit tailored to him at Suit Supply and instead of wearing a traditional white shirt he wore a shirt and tie with lavender and blue-grey tones.

Bride’s Moroccan clothes, shoes, purse and bracelet were all gifts from Taha’s family, especially his grandmother. Henna is common in a lot of cultures, Muslim, Hindu etc. Henna application is a celebratory tradition the night before the wedding. The night before the wedding the bride is adorned with henna, as well as the groom and any other women attending.

The 2 hairstyles, was that planned or due to weather? It was Planned. My sister Victoria owns “La Dolce V Salon” in New Jersey, so we knew there would be a hair change. I am really happy we went with up and then down, instead of vice-versa  with all the wind.

Accomodations:  Our Guests traveled in from: DC, New Jersey, Brooklyn, Mass, Casablanca, Morocco, Palm Beach, Fl, Ohio…We rented a beach condo for the week, since it was more affordable for our family than for everyone to stay  long term at a hotel.  We are planning another family celebration in Morocco next summer. For that, most of the planning will be done by mother in law, which is okay by me.  For a honeymoon we’re  plan to do a Greece-Turkey trip.

 

Approximate # of Guests: 112 /Officiant: Bride’s brother in law Brad Cardwell/Ceremony/cocktail hour Music: Job Meiller Guitarist & Vocalist- such a great job! He learned songs we(my sister and I) requested and agreed to share the spotlight and sing with my sister Mary /DJ: James from All About You and our good friend Souheil brought the Moroccan music : ) All about You was super accommodating with requests, esp to allow a guest Dj – very cool!  /Wedding Gown: Vera Wang for DB Chantilly lace strapless column gown with train /shoes: Nia wedges/Hair/makeup: Wedding Planner: me, my mom and my sisters!Veil: Vera  Accessories: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Jewelry : bride’s earrings from RueLala /Bridesmaid’s dresses: JerseyMaid convertible dresses on Esty for around $80 ea / Bridesmaid’s Jewelry: Gave them free reign /Florist: Kato Floral Design in Savannah /Chairs/Chair Covers/Sashes: rented from Marriott /Cake: Delectable Designs in Savannah by Michelle Still /Video: “Life in Rewind” Pj Brown

Approximate planning time for wedding:  One year

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Gigi Marquart

Such beautiful pictures!

Diana and Kyle’s Wedding Ceremony was at Saint Benedict’s Catholic Church located in Historic Savannah.  We began the day with getting ready photos at Diana’s parent’s home. The guys got ready got ready over at The Thunderbird Hotel and had photos around that area. With its bright colors and retro style,  The Thunderbird was a great backdrop for the guy’s photos with the amazing red convertible the couple used for the weekend.

After the ceremony, Diana and Kyle spent a few moments alone to reflect on the day’s events and had us accompany them for candid photos. Afterwards, they returned to take photos with family in the Church and then outdoor photos at The SCAD – Clarence Thomas Center.  Guests were shuttled by Savannah Trolleys to The Mackey House for an evening of celebration.  The night kicked off with a band, appetizers and cocktails on the lawn of The Mackey House. After Diana and Kyle were introduced as husband and wife, they had their first dance in the garden under the Wedding Arbor. Guests then went to the upper deck of the home for Dinner, Dancing Toasts and Wedding Cake. With the help of Diana’s father Rik (who helped with coordinating and a majority of the wedding planning) and many other friends and family, the entire day  came together and ended up being fun, unique and a perfect reflection of the couple.

 

 

                               

What made you decide to have your wedding in Historic Savannah?  Savannah is my childhood home.  My dad retired from 23 years in the Army when I was 7 years old & my parents chose Savannah.  Kyle originally wanted a beach wedding so we started our search in Savannah.  But through a few discussions & my fear of rain we went with a traditional Catholic church ceremony.  Having most of my family in Savannah still it became an easy choice for location.  My dad took on the role as World’s Best Wedding Planner since he was in Savannah & Kyle & I live in Kennesaw.

 What are some of your favorite places to visit while you are here?  I love the historic district & the beauty of it all.  The mixture of azaleas, oak trees with the Spanish moss & palm trees.  As a graduate of St. Vincent’s Academy I love to drive by to see my old stomping grounds.

Tell us how you came about choosing the style for your wedding cake.  I’ve been climbing for 12 years & our first date was at a climbing gym up here in Atlanta, when I learned Kyle was a little fearful of heights.  He since has learned to get over it enough to climb with me occasionally.  I knew I didn’t want a traditional style cake. I found a cake similar to ours online & gave it to Minnette as our idea for her to go by.  I got the wire climbers from darylsrockandwireworks.com

Where did you get the inspiration/ideas for the details?  I actually had originally chosen different colors, navy & red, & then one day I remembered I had a Canadian guest book my aunt had given to me about 10 years ago & those 3 colors, aqua, orange & green, were prevalent on the first page in a watercolor of some mountains & I thought “that’s it!  Definitely more springy than my first idea.” so the pallet was change & Kyle knew he was in for a rollercoaster ride of my brain switching gears on a dime.

Approximate # of Guests: 125 /Officiant: Father Mark Ross /Ceremony Music, DJ: Dave Gibson with The Mackey House /Reception Music: Shades of Grey –Colonial Band /Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal  Hair & Makeup: Horst & Company / Bride’s Jewelry :  Earrings & bracelet borrowed from a friend,  Kelly Wilkinson /Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal – Sleeveless Jersey Dress with Charmeuse Waist Band Style E44239 in Pool / Groom’s attire: Jos. A Bank – White & tan seer sucker suit /Ties: Men’s Warehouse in Pool to match the bridesmaids /Groomsmen’s attire: Jos. A Bank – tan suits /Florist: David Jackson / Cake: Savannah Custom Cakes /Trolleys: Old Savannah ToursGetaway Car:  1963 Ford Galaxie

 

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Niki & Jon had a beautiful Spring Wedding in Pulaski Square. Wedding day coverage began over at The Ogelthorpe Lodge on Bay Street. The group rented the entire three story building and courtyard for their wedding party and guests also stayed at the adjacent hotel. We began with getting ready photos of the group then walked over to Reynold’s Square where the couple had a first look and spent a few moments alone taking photos before their ceremony. The wedding party had portraits and then took Ogelthorpe Trolleys over to Pulaski Square. Once again, it had been raining the day before but it ended up being the most perfect day for a wedding and everything was spectacular.  After the ceremony, we did family photos and bridal portraits in Pulaski Square then the entire group, including wedding guests then boarded the trolleys to go to the reception at Vic’s on The River.  Before entering the Reception, the wedding party  had additional photos on Factor’s walk. Once at Vic’s on The River, the night was kicked off with a Cocktail hour followed by  appetizers, dinner and dancing. After dinner, guests enjoyed The Blush Photo Booth, an ice cream bar from Leopold’s, line dancing lessons and a candy buffet. The night ended with a sparkler send off on Factor’s Walk.

 


 

Their Story: Jon and are high school sweethearts! We currently live in Fayetteville, NC. We both grew up in Hollywood, FL. Jon is an Airborne Infantry Sniper for the United States Army and I’m an Emergency Room Nurse. Jon has been in the Army for over three years. He has never been stationed in Savannah, but I always have my fingers crossed!  I fell in love with Savannah the first time we visited. It is just so beautiful! We chose Pulaski Square because I had always envisioned our wedding under giant oak trees, Pulaski square is filled with magnificent trees and surrounded by historic homes.

 What do you like most about Savannah? Aside from the beauty of it, we love that you can walk around with a drink in your hand! Vic’s on the River is definitely my favorite place to eat. We love Moon River Brewing Co. and Churchill’s Pub as well.
Details & Inspiration:  Honestly, the majority of my inspiration came from Pinterest! I found a picture of a beautiful green and purple bouquet on Pinterest and used it for my color scheme. I even sent the photo to the florist and asked him to make my bridal bouquet identical to the photo. The burlap and lace was my idea 🙂 I thought it was a great way to combine country and classy. As for the cowboy boots, my parents got married in cowboy boots and I always knew I would!  The style of the  guys outfits were also a Pinterest inspiration. The signs were all made by my Aunt Lori, she is so unbelievably talented!
What made you want to have ice cream, the photo booth and line dancing as entertainment for your guests? My focus for this wedding was to make it a night nobody would forget. I knew the photo booth would be a hit! Regarding the ice cream, I feel a lot of cake gets wasted at weddings because people tend to be very picky abut what kind of cake they like…but everyone likes ice cream! We chose various flavors and toppings for the guests to choose from. I think the guests loved every flavor because we ran out of ice cream!  The Line dance instructor was sort of a last minute idea and it was a great one!
Any planning obstacles with this being a destination wedding? A few older family members were unable to make the long trip to the wedding but other than that we didn’t run into many obstacles. Everyone that we worked with in Savannah was so helpful!
Approximate planning time for wedding: A long time! About 18 months from start to finish.

Approximate # of Guests: 85 /Officiant: John Batson, Bride’s Uncle /Ceremony Music, DJ: Rob from Complete Music Charleston, SC /Wedding Gown: David’s BridalHair/makeup: 40 Volume Salon /Wedding Planner: Morgan Gallo Events /Transportation / Trolleys: Oglethorpe Trolley Tours / Cowboy boots: Everyone bought their own boots, all from different places /Bride’s Jewelry: Earrings and necklace from Gordon’s Jewelers (5 year anniversary present from the groom), rhinestone bracelet from etsy.com, wedding sash from etsy.com /Bridesmaid’s dresses: Alfred Angelo /Bridesmaid’s Jewelry: Charming Charlie’s Groom’s attire: Mr. Tux in south Florida /Ties: Mr. Tux /Florist: Garden on the Square (Ray) /Chairs/Chair Covers/Sashes: Ranco Special Events /Cake: Rum Runner’s Bakery /Ice Cream: Leopold’s / Accommodations:Ogelthorpe Lodge & Holiday Inn Express 

 

 

 

 

 

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Molly and Tom had their ceremony on the beach in front of the The Dunes House on Hilton Head Island. It had rained for most of the afternoon, but amazingly, the sky became blue and the sun was out by wedding time. It turned out to be a beautiful day for a wedding. After the ceremony, the group took beach portraits, then we headed over to the reception at Centre Court, which is also located within Palmetto Dunes. Guests enjoyed appetizers and an open bar, then dinner.  Centre court has a spacious indoor area and an outdoor attached pavilion with a huge dance floor where this large group could celebrate. The night ended with the cake cutting followed by several amazing toasts and a sparkler send off.

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What made you decide to have a beach Wedding and to have the reception at Palmetto Dunes? 

Tom and I love Hilton Head, SC. It is our favorite vacation spot and where we got engaged. We love the beach and we knew we wanted a beautiful, relaxed setting for our wedding day, where our family and friends could enjoy themselves for a few days and celebrate with us. The moment we saw the Dunes House we knew that it was the perfect location for a beach ceremony. Palmetto Dunes was the perfect home base for our guests and offered a great beach wedding location and reception space.

What do you like most about the HHI area? What are some of your favorite places to visit while you are here? 

We spend a week in HHI every summer, and we typically spend our days by the pool or at the beach, and our evenings shopping and eating out. We love Skillets for breakfast, Skull Creek Boathouse for dinner, and Coligny Plaza. We like to rent a condo in South Forest Beach, and drive as little as possible.

How did you meet?

We met at a Halloween party at our Best Man’s house in 2009. Tom and I were not dressed up so I think we connected originally over our aversion to costumes. We went on our first date about 2 weeks later, and we have been together since.   We live in Marietta, GA, a suburb of Atlanta. Molly is an event rental coordinator and Tom works in the finance industry.

Where did you get the inspiration/ideas for the details? The Colors Green for Accents?

When you think of a beach wedding you typically see browns and tans, a lot of linen. We wanted the black tie feeling but in a relaxed setting. It was Molly’s idea to combine the black with green. We chose the green accent colors to add a little pop, and to keep the fresh beachy feel.

Any planning obstacles with this being a destination wedding?

We really thought of the wedding as destination-like since we were not going international.  Most of our guests lived within 5 hours of the island, but some of Tom’s family did fly in from the west coast. Since we were 300 miles away we tried to iron out every major detail 3 months out. We made 2 trips to HHI in the winter to meet our cake vendor and plan the menu and scout rehearsal dinner sites. We also had a goal of having all the fine details planned with a month to go. We knew we had to plan for any weather at the beach, and Palmetto Dunes offered Centre Court Conference Center as a back-up location we knew it we had it covered. On the wedding day it rained all morning, when the sun came out just before our ceremony it really felt like a miracle. Thankfully we opted to use the off-beach reception site, which turned out to be beautiful and much warmer than the outdoor original site.

Cake Cutting – 

The cake cutting at the end of the night  was a fluke but it really ended up beautifully. Our wedding coordinator was asking Tom when he’d like to cut the cake.  We tossed around the idea of sneaking back to cut the cake privately, because our guests were really enjoying the dancing and open bar. We did not see an opening to cut the cake until the end of the night, and when the bar closed we invited everyone back into the reception area to cut the cake. Some of our friends toasted to us with the full attention of our guests, and we were able to thank everyone for coming. It really was the perfect way to bring everyone back together for a final toast.

 

Approximate # of Guests: 80 /Officiant: Pastor Gary Wingo /Ceremony Music: DJ:  Hilton Head Entertainment /Wedding Gown: Bride Beautiful – Atlanta, GA /Hair/makeup: The Hair Designers / Accessories: Shoes – Nina /Bride’s Jewelry – Nina                                                                                                   Bridesmaid’s dresses- David’s Bridal/Bridesmaid’s Jewelry- Francesca’s  / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Mens Warehouse /Ties – Thetiebar.com /Florist: Flowers by Freshcuts /Cake:  Signes Bakery

 

 

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