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I just love the natural light at Wormsloe. Its an amazing experience every time I do photography there. Alexandra and I emailed for a while before the couple selected Wormsloe Plantation as the location for their Engagement Portraits.  Michael is an officer and is stationed at a nearby military base and Savannah is the perfect little getaway location for this engaged couple who lives miles apart for the time being. Alexandra and Michael are perfect together and  it was amazing to meet them and to spend this session capturing their love.

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Tell us about yourselves. We met when I was a Freshman and Michael was a Sophomore at St. John’s University. We were both at the local college bar, Traditions, anden I went up to Michael and said, “You’re cute!” The rest is history and we’ve now been together for more than 5 years.

I am originally from Troy, NY and I now live in Queens, NY. I work in Human Resources at a financial company in Manhattan. Michael is originally from West Islip, NY and he now lives in Savannah, GA. He is an Infantry Officer in the United States Army. What Hobbies do you enjoy together?  Michael and I don’t get to spend a lot of time together, since I live in New York and he lives in Georgia, but when we are together we like to drink margaritas, go mini-golfing, and catch up on Impractical Jokers, our favorite tv show.

Plans for wedding location? We are planning on getting married in 2018, when Michael is out of the Army. We’d like to get married in Saratoga, NY, which is near my hometown.

What made you select Wormsloe as the location for your Engagement session? Our Engagement Photographer, Nikki, recommended Wormsloe as one possible location for engagement portraits. When we saw pictures, we absolutely fell in love. Our favorite thing about the location was all the trees with the Spanish moss. It was a perfect day to take pictures and we left feeling so happy that we chose Wormsloe.   What do you like most about Savannah? How does it compare to other places that you have lived/visited? The thing I love most about Savannah are the trees with the Spanish moss. They are so beautiful to me and when I first visited, I fell in love, so we had to have the pictures taken at Wormsloe!

What is your favorite place/activity here?  We’ve visited Savannah quite a lot since Michael has moved there, so we have done many things around town. Our favorite thing to do is go on the haunted tours. We also love learning about all of Savannah’s history. After our engagement portraits, we went to our favorite restaurant, Tequila Town. Two of my friends came to Savannah with me that weekend, so they met us there along with Michael’s roommates. It was a great last day in Savannah. It is one of our favorite places to dine in Savannah. Michael and I also really enjoy Savannah’s open container policy. Its very different from New York!

Favorite local places to dine or shop? We also love Clary’s Café for breakfast. That weekend we also went on a haunted pub crawl with our friends. Michael and I have done one before, so it was really fun to bring our friends this time!

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We were delighted to be invited to be a part of the first Revolution Wedding Tours held here in Savannah!

Wedding tours are a hip new wedding show concept where engaged couples can go on a tour of four different Savannah Wedding Venues. Each wedding location showcases a different event planning-reception design concept. The tour gives guests a behind-the-scenes peek at their vendors and provides tons of fresh ideas for engaged couples to create the wedding day of their dreams.

In Savannah, the Wedding Tour stopped at four Savannah Venues: Red Gate Farms, The GingerBread House, Brockington Hall and then finished with a grand finale party at the Mackey House. We  were excited to be the wedding photographers at Red Gate Farms because we knew we would enjoy the majestic oak trees combined with the gorgeous barn and so many opportunities for artistic, natural light photography!

On the Revolution Wedding Tours, each wedding venue featured complimentary tastings with award winning caterers, complete floral and tablescape designs, artistic photography, stunning wedding gowns and menswear, custom wedding cakes and fantastic entertainment. Guests had a chance to see, feel and taste the talent our vendors can provide through the presentation of four uniquely different wedding exhibits. It was extremely cold and windy ( and from the photos you can see that our models were huddling to stay warm ) but the day came still together perfectly!

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Venue: Red Gate Farms / Wedding Gown: Modern Trousseau / Hair: /Makeup:  / Jewelry: /Groom’s Attire: Carlson’s / Cocktail Hour Violinist: / Decor: Improvisions /Decor & Florist: Joann’s Florist / Decor Carolson’s Event Planner: Scarlet Designs / Wedding Cakes: Vintage Soul Cakes / Trolley Transportation : Old Savannah Tours /Caterer: Thrive /Food Truck: Caribbean Creole  /Swag Bags: Southern Bride / Video: Caleb Suttles /

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Forsyth Fountain Wedding Photographer Savannah

Forsyth Fountain Wedding Photographer Savannah-2Forsyth Fountain Wedding Photographer Savannah-10Forsyth Fountain Wedding Photographer Savannah-3Forsyth Fountain Wedding Photographer Savannah-8Forsyth Fountain Wedding Photographer Savannah-11Forsyth Fountain Wedding Photographer Savannah-12Forsyth Fountain Wedding Photographer Savannah-14Forsyth Fountain Wedding Photographer Savannah-17Forsyth Fountain Wedding Photographer Savannah-18Forsyth Fountain Wedding Photographer Savannah-20Forsyth Fountain Wedding Photographer Savannah-19Forsyth Fountain Wedding Photographer Savannah-22Forsyth Fountain Wedding Photographer Savannah-23Forsyth Fountain Wedding Photographer Savannah-25Forsyth Fountain Wedding Photographer Savannah-24Forsyth Fountain Wedding Photographer Savannah-33Forsyth Fountain Wedding Photographer Savannah-34Forsyth Fountain Wedding Photographer Savannah-30How did you meet? Jake and I met 7 years ago at work in Boston (Pioneer Investments). It was our first job out of college and we were working in their customer service department, so we bonded over how awful our job was. We’re both from the Boston area and work in the financial services industry. We have a cat named Penny and we live together in Salem Mass. We enjoy going out to dinner, going to the movies, traveling, golfing and just relaxing at home.

Jake, tell us about your proposal: Casey’s family rented a house on Block Island for a week in July 2014. It was the two of us, Casey’s parents, and her two sisters with their (now) husbands. I was the last one to pop the question so it took some effort to make it a surprise. I was lucky enough to drive down with Casey’s parents and was able to ask both for their permission and have a good long talk about the importance of marriage and what they would do to me if I screwed it up (no pressure). I got the ring the night before and left it with Casey’s sister’s husband Mike to avoid getting discovered. I spent the first part of the week scouting out locations, and finally found the perfect secluded spot on the bluffs overlooking the ocean. Her whole family was a great help in disguising my plan, so I was able to get some champagne, orange juice and ice into the car and asked Casey if she wanted to go for an early morning drive to get breakfast. Before we got to breakfast I pulled over to the previously scouted spot on the side of the road and got out. I proposed to her at the top of the look point point at the bluffs and it was a really special moment. It was a great opportunity to get even closer as a family because everyone was involved, and I’ll forever be appreciative of everyone’s help in making that day so special.

What were the deciding factors for you Ceremony location of the Fountain? We wanted to be able to show our wedding guests all of the different aspects of what Savannah has to offer and we thought that the fountain would be such a beautiful backdrop for our ceremony. We also loved everything about the Mansion and having our reception in such close proximity made perfect sense.

Tell us about your Wedding official. Our wedding officiant’s name is Steve Clough and he is one of Jake’s cousins. When trying to find an officiant, we decided that we wanted to make the ceremony more personal by asking someone who knew us both well. Steve is very well spoken, has a great sense of humor and we thought he would be the perfect choice. Luckily, he made us look good!

Casey, Where did you get the inspiration/ideas for the details? Your colors, champagne tone for wedding gown? Accents, Decor, Details? My sisters Rory and Grace and my mom were all extremely helpful when I was planning my wedding so I really got most of my inspiration from them. My Dad also had a great idea to give out copies of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil to the wedding guests as a memento of Savannah so the entire planning of the wedding was really a family effort. My mom specifically has an incredible eye for all of the small details that made the ballroom look so stunning, like chairs, uplighting, chargers and table cloths. With regard to the dress, my sister Rory actually found it hanging in the bridal salon and brought it over to me, and said I think that you should try this one on. Once I tried it on, we all thought that it was just so stunning and that it would look perfect in Savannah.

What made you select Savannah and the & Forsyth Mansion for your Venue? We had visited Savannah only once before we decided to get married there, but when we had travelled there, we really fell in love with the city. We loved how romantic it felt, how nice and authentic the people that live there are, and we thought it would be a really exciting place for our guests to travel to. Savannah is a place that everybody wants to go, but we were surprised at how few of our guests had ever been. Our guests had such a great time and were so appreciative of the experience.

Any advice to other couples who are in the process of planning their wedding? I would say that, although it’s easy for me to say this now, try not to sweat the small things. There are always things that aren’t going to go exactly as you’ve planned, but at the end of the day, all that matters is that you’re surrounded by people who love you and you will still have the best day of your life, regardless of whether things don’t work out perfectly.

Please List Any Activities or places your guests visited/enjoyed during the week of your event: Welcome Party the night before the wedding at B&D Burger, golfing at the Westin, Tybee Island, drinks on the roof deck at the Bohemian Hotel. We also had an ice cream truck at the end of the night which was a huge hit. We also scheduled trolley tours for the guests between the ceremony and cocktail hour so we didn’t have to miss the cocktail hour for pictures. After party at Casimir’s Lounge at the Mansion. Also, the glow sticks were a really big hit as well, people got very creative with how to wear them and even ended up using the longer sticks for limbo! Last detail, we had a cigar roller during the reception and people were able to smoke their hand rolled cigars in the marble courtyard.

Approximate # of Guests: 82 / Wedding Gown: Alvina Valenta / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair: JW Salon (Russell Kern)/Makeup: Lauren Rossi Bridal Makeup / Bride’s Jewelry: Kate Spade Earrings, Mom’s Diamond Bracelet and Watch /Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Jim Hjelm /Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Ties: NordstromOfficial: Steven Clough / Ceremony Music: Violinist (JL Music Service) / Cocktail Hour Acoustic Music: Deas Guyz (Pianist) / Band: Deas Guyz /Florist: Kato Floral Designs / Wedding Reception Venue: Mansion on Forsyth Park / Ceremony Planner: Vanessa Saturday / Wedding Cake: Delectable Designs by Michelle Still / Hotel/Guest & Wedding Party Accommodations: Mansion on Forsyth Park and Andaz Savannah / Transportation/Trolley/Pedicab/ Limousine:Old Town Trolley /Rehearsal Dinner: Local11ten /Honeymoon: Hawaii (Maui and Kauai) / Ice Cream Truck: Jenni’s Treats on the Street / Cigar Roller: JC The Cuban Roller

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Natalie & Clay They had an amazing ceremony at the Gastonian Inn,  followed by  family portraits at Forsyth Park and then Monterey Square.

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