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