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Samantha and Jason had an extraordinary wedding day. We began with wedding photos at the First Presbyterian Church in Beaufort and then headed over to their Wedding Venue, Belfair Plantation in Bluffton. Belfair has the most amazing live oak entrance and so we opted to photograph the wedding party there. Afterwards, we spent alone time with the bride and groom and did together wedding portraits at sunset. This couple’s wedding at Belfair was lovely in every way! They are so beautiful together and it was wonderful to meet both families. The bride was so elegant and the groom was charming; their extraordinary night was filled with dinner, heartfelt wedding toasts and so much happiness by all who traveled in from Maryland and Rochester, NY!  The couple ended their night with a sparkler send off. Congratulations to Samantha and Jason and may your life together always be as wonderful as your wedding day!

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About us: We met in college at UNC Charlotte. I’m from Maryland and Jason is from Rochester, NY. We live in Charlotte, NC. Jason is the east coast sales manager for a small winery out of Napa, B Cellars and I am in Real Estate. We love to stay active, spend time with family and friends, travel, ect. We look forward to buying our first home next year

What were the deciding factors for your Ceremony and Venue location? We chose First Presbyterian Church of Beaufort because of the old southern feel of the town and church. I love spanish moss and rustic looking buildings, decor, ect. I always wanted to get married in a church, although our ceremony was short and sweet I think getting married in front of God in addition to your loved ones is very important. We chose Belfair Plantation at first because of the entrance, the Avenue of the Oaks. It was like a real life fairytale and the perfect place for a party and amazing photos.

Where did you get the inspiration/ideas for the details? The cake color? The accents and decor? Also the blush curtains at the entrance to the reception… I am a girly girl at heart and wanted to keep our wedding as neutral as possible. Our colors were ivory and blush with the exception of the magenta bridesmaid dresses. I wanted their dresses to be a pop of color against the groomsmen in black and white. Most of all, I wanted to look back at these photos in 30 years and not to be out of date. I wanted to stick to the classics and not be too trendy. The blush drapery that I had installed just screamed romance to me. It was a sign that something big was going on in the room and that it was a special gathering.

Any advice to other couples who are in the process of planning their wedding? Always be gracious and thankful. People will remember how gracious you were and will be happy to have been a part of your day.

Approximate # of Guests: 125 / Wedding Gown: Vera Wang / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Hair: joli a brides /Makeup: joli a brides / Bride’s Jewelry: Etsy (everyone thought they were REAL…) /Bridesmaid’s Dresses: – Express /Groom’s attire: Vera Wang / Ties: Calvin Klein
Officiant: Reverend Darrin Dodd / Ceremony Music: 2 strings in Bluffton / Cocktail Hour Acoustic Music: VIP Entertainment / DJ: VIP Entertainment /Florist: CCF Designs /Wedding Venue & Caterer: Belfair  Plantation / Event Planner: Morgan Gallo EventsWedding Cake: Signes Bakery  Transportation/Trolley/Pedicab/ Limousine: Savannah Limos /Rehearsal Dinner: Berkeley Hall /Honeymoon: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for 10 days

 

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Gigi Marquart

great job Nikki! Love the pictures, all of them!

Karen Cropper

The pictures are BEAUTIFUL! Can’t wait to see the rest of them!

It was another beautiful morning here in Savannah. For this engagement session, I met Meaghan and Chris on Jones Street. August can be so hot and humid here. It was definitely warm, but we were so lucky that there was a nice breeze which made it another amazing day for portraits!  We spent the entire morning just walking around, taking photos and enjoying Jones Street. The street is in the heart of Savannah’s historic district and is filled charming homes, lush city gardens and boutiques. It was great to spend time getting to know Meaghan and Chris and to photo journal their trip to Savannah and the beginning of their life together. They had so much fun exploring the area, taking in the scenery and mostly just spending time together and being in love.  I’m so excited for them and know they are going to have so much fun planning their wedding! Congratulations!!!

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Meaghan is originally from a suburb of Charlotte, NC but grew up in Bucks County, PA. Chris is a Raleigh native. Growing up, I was always counting down the days until I could get back to the south, and I ended up at Clemson for college. Chris attended UNC Charlotte, and we crossed paths during my freshman and his junior year of college. He’s an engineer, and I have a degree in Equine Business. After Chris graduated and moved to St. Louis for his job, we were long distance for almost 2 years while I finished school and had several internships in Dallas. It was hard, but so worth it! He proposed in the most incredible, special way this past June at a Thoroughbred horse farm in Kentucky. We celebrated with my family at Churchill Downs the next day! In his own words, he wanted to surround me with my first love when he asked to be my second. We’ll call it a tie!

We enjoy exploring River Street and City Market in Savannah. We never pass up the peach sangria from the Cafe and Byrd’s cookies always find their way back home! Chris’s favorite is the Georgia peach, but I love the benne wafers and red velvet. A friend recently introduced us to Rocks on the Roof, a fun rooftop bar in the Bohemian Hotel with amazing views of the harbor. In Hilton Head, we’re pretty much beach bums and stay by the water for the most part. Coligny Plaza and Harbour Town are fun for shopping and have great ice cream! We also love the Skull Creek Boathouse for dinner. Anything outside with live music and delicious seafood is perfect for us!

For our outfits, we just wanted to feel like ourselves, as if we were going to any party. We would totally wear something like that on a regular basis. And, of course, it had to be cool enough for humid August weather. In my opinion, my seersucker dress was the perfect choice because it’s so light and breathable. As far as colors, we wanted to coordinate but not match too extensively. My dress had blue and pink in it, so I just told Chris to pick a shirt in one of those colors! Chris wore Southern Tide and Sperrys. My dress was from Lilly Pulitzer, and my shoes were from DSW. They’re my favorites! My amazing earrings were a gift from my mom.

We LOVE the Lowcountry! This was our second time visiting Savannah and Hilton Head together, but my family has been many times over the years. We took a day trip to Savannah with my sister last year, so when my family decided to come back to the beach at Hilton Head this summer, we figured it was the perfect spot for engagement photos! For us, there’s nothing more perfect and comforting than the history, Southern hospitality, and beauty of the area.

 

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Gigi Marquart

So cute!

I am so excited to share this Wedding! I’ve known Watseka and Elmer for about a year. We first met last Fall for their engagement portraits and ever since then I’ve been looking forward to their wedding day. They are the sweetest couple and just so fun to be around! They chose the Mackey House as their wedding venue and the weather was perfect. There was even a breeze which made it ideal weather for celebrating and taking photos.  We began at The Mackey House with getting ready photos in the bridal room and then the couple decided to have a first look at the entrance to the Mackey House Property. They chose their meeting place under a magnificent live oak tree that was at least 100 years old. Their first look and wedding ceremony were beautiful. I am sure they will reflect on this day with the happiest of memories. We were so honored to be involved in their day–Congratulations and best of wishes to them!Mackey House Savannah Wedding Photographer_-18Mackey House Savannah Wedding Photographer_-31

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About Us: Elmer and I had been together for 7 years before we got married. We met online and we were friends for a couple of years before we met in person. We were in a long distance relationship for a year while I finished school in Kentucky before moving Augusta, GA in 2008. We are both in the medical field. Elmer is currently working on his second bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences, and I have a bachelor’s degree in Health Science with a certificate in MRI.

What made you select Savannah and The Mackey House as your Ceremony & Reception location? Savannah was the first trip we took together as a couple and I immediately fell in love with the beauty and history of the town. I have a thing for old trees and the spanish moss drifting from the oaks that line the streets and squares of Savannah is just so romantic and peaceful to me. It’s one of our favorite places to visit. The Mackey House appealed to me because it was an all-inclusive venue. I never wanted to sit and plan out every single little detail of the wedding so a place that could do it all for you is what I was after. I found them online through savannahido.com and set up an appointment to tour the place in September of 2013. We fell in love with the venue the second we saw the house appear from the long driveway. It is beautifully manicured and landscaped and the staff is amazingly helpful.

What are some of your favorite local Savannah places that you recommend? When we visit Savannah we always take a day and walk the beautiful streets and squares downtown. It’s always full of locals and tourists, but there are so many little shops and cafe’s hiding in the corners that I feel like I find a new place to love every time we visit. This time around we found a cute and cozy cafe called the Firefly Café off of Troup square – we enjoyed everything we ordered from their small, but carefully selected menu. We also visited the Pirates House for the first time. Their pecan-crusted chicken is famous for a reason! And we also found a new lunch favorite called Zunzi’s, a South African themed restaurant. (Their boerewors on a roll is amazing). Lastly, the ghost tours are always fun and Tybee Island beach is just a short drive away.

Where did you get the inspiration/ideas for the details? After we got engaged I started spending most of my spare time browsing sites like Pinterest and Etsy. I wanted to keep my wedding colors simple and elegant so I went with pewter gray and yellow. When I found my dress it had light peach accents on the embroidered flowers so we decided to add peach to my wedding colors as well. Most of my ideas stemmed from something I saw on those sites with a few modifications to add our own personal touches.

Do you have any advice to other couples who are in the process of planning their wedding? What was your favorite resource for planning? My favorite resource was definitely Etsy first and Pinterest second. There are so many unique little items that I found for just about every aspect of the wedding. My advice to those planning would be to decide on what aspects of your wedding are most important to you as a couple. For us it was location and photography, so we made sure to put those things first. We weren’t extravagant with anything else, but we didn’t compromise either. Also, find yourselves a good wedding timeline (I knew we were going to take at least a year) and stick to it. It helped guide me through everything. And keep lists! I’m pretty organized so I kept a list of everything I could think of that I needed to do or buy and just crossed off things as I progressed. I can honestly say it was fun for me, not stressful!

Approximate planning time for wedding: About a year
Approximate # of Guests: 90-95
Wedding Gown: The designer is Elynore Paige, it was bought at a consignment shop in Cincinnati, OH.
Shoes: The Dessy Group (online)
Hair: Heather Ferguson, www.beyondbeautifulbyheather.com She was so amazing! I highly recommend her for any bridal party!
Makeup: Heather Ferguson, www.beyondbeautifulbyheather.com
Bride’s Jewelry: Earrings from Etsy, Pearl Necklace: something borrowed, they belong to my Aunt Rita
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid’s Dresses/Accessories/Jewelry: Jewelry sets came from Etsy
Groom’s attire: David’s Bridal
Ties: Canary Yellow, David’s Bridal
Groomsmen’s attire: David’s Bridal
Officiant: Robert Poston, from the Mackey House
Ceremony Music: 1000 Years Instrumental Version (Christina Perri)

Cocktail Hour Music: Mix of songs provided by DJ – DJ or Band: Dave Gibson, from the Mackey House. He was so amazing, we cannot recommend him enough!

Florist: David Jackson (Carpe Diem) as recommended by the Mackey House. I showed David pictures of what I liked and he was able to create flower arrangements that were perfect and beautiful. I didn’t even have a specific type of flower I wanted so he had full creative-reign and I loved what he did!

Caterer: Magnolia Grill Catering, as recommended by the Mackey House. Mark and Corie are so laid-back and love what they do! They were willing to create anything we wanted, but we just chose one of their menus from their suggestions (with a few modifications) and everything was so delicious! We highly recommend the flaming doughnuts for dessert! Elmer opted for those instead of a groom’s cake! We received so many compliments on the food.

Wedding Cake: Baker’s Pride, Savannah, Ga. We ended up having two taste testings and the staff was so nice and helpful. I had specific ideas for the cake, I wanted the piping detail to match the vine-detailing on my dress and Trisha, the owner, was more than willing to create whatever I had in mind. We also chose three different flavors for the tiers because everything was so good it was hard to choose just one! Our cake topper was custom made from a shop on Etsy. It had all of our wedding details and specific details about our four-legged children! It all came out perfect!

Transportation/Trolley/Pedicab/ Limousine: We left in a classic Rolls Royce Bentley! It was a service the Mackey House offered and it felt so fancy!

Rehearsal Dinner: Our rehearsal was downtown at the Moon River Brewing Company. They have a downstairs cellar that accommodated about 35-40 in our party. The cellar area was beautifully decorated and the food was perfectly delicious.

 

 

 

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I met Jasna and Craig at The Mansion on Forsyth Park for their Wedding Portraits. We began with getting ready photos and then photos near the Mansion on Forsyth Hotel and 700 Drayton. After the ceremony, we went in and around Forsyth Park, Gaston Street and then in Monterey Square. We then returned to take photos at the Forsyth Fountain. The main promenade to the Forsyth Fountain was bustling with activity,  so we decided to photograph in a more secluded area which has a more intimate view of the fountain. As we approached the area, Craig dipped Jasna right in front of the fountain. (So romantic!)   Savannah is full of special memories for this beautiful couple. Craig proposed in Lafayette Square during a trip to Savannah, when the couple had been vacationing at the Hamilton-Turner House. Later, they returned to Savannah for their wedding reception at The Mansion overlooking Forsyth Park. I hope they  continue to return to Savannah to enjoy our beautiful city for many years to come. This couple was so fun to photograph and its completely evident that no matter where they go in life that they will always have the most magnificent of adventures together. Best Wishes to you both!
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It was a gorgeous day for  Tracey and Mike’s wedding! I met Tracey and her bridesmaids at her suite at The Forsyth Mansion while Mike and the groomsmen had portraits at the Church. We began with getting ready photos and Tracey’s bridal portraits and then we  headed over  to St. James Church for the ceremony, officiated by Father Ross. After the ceremony, we took family photos in the Church. We then drove to Forsyth Park for wedding party and family photos. Tracey and Mike then had together portraits in and around the park. We also stopped over at 700 Drayton for some additional indoor photos up in Casmir’s Lounge. The couple’s wedding reception was over at Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler,GA. Guests enjoyed a fabulous cocktail hour, dinner, toasts and dessert of wedding cake and cupcakes. Afterwards, they celebrated late into the night with the Blush Photo Booth and dancing. Our Congratulations to this amazing couple!

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