How 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