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A Wedding at The Savannah Botanical Gardens

Deborah and Sean had a romantic and secluded outdoor ceremony at the Savannah Botanical Gardens. The bridal party got ready at the Reinhard Farmhouse, situated at the front entrance to the garden. The farmhouse was actually built in 1840 and then relocated to the property. The home is charming and the upstairs rooms have wood plank walls and dark hardwood floors that combined with natural sunlight to create a wonderful backdrop for bridal portraits. The couple then wed at the fountain in the center of the rose garden which was in full bloom. Sean’s father played acoustic guitar and Deborah’s grandfather, Dell performed the ceremony. Sean is from Dublin, Ireland and his friends and family along with several members of the wedding party traveled to Savannah for the wedding. Deborah’s family traveled from Tennessee and Minnesota. The couple celebrated with a Reception at Cha Bella and received a sparkler send off. Afterwards, they honeymooned in the Dominican Republic.

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 How were you able to make your wedding  come together so flawlessly in such a short time?

I am a procrastinator, however, I did start with booking the three most important parts that I thought intricate to the wedding: ceremony site, photographer and reception location. I bought my dress around that time as well. I was the wedding coordinator & loved it!”  My inspirations came from pinterest, Etsy & DIY Wedding Magazines.  A lot of my stuff was DIY.  I started with making my own Save-the-Dates to invites & expanded from there.  I enjoy creative and the process of design. For instance my wishing tree came about by using a vase I owned, finding a limb off the ground & hot glueing butterflies. -it was fun.”

I am clearly obsessed with ruffles. My dress had ruffles along with the bridesmaids’ dresses & the cake. She found a picture of the cake on pinterest. I was so in love that I had Michelle Still copy it – exactly!  The first tier had a banana cake with caramel buttercream filling & the second tier had chocolate cake with orange creme filling. My veil was my “something borrowed” and I made the headband sash. “The favor boxes were my creation too. I wanted to assign seats, but I didn’t have enough time while trying to keep a budget to make a separate seating chart.” She decided to incorporate seating into the favor boxes by adding guests’ names to them. Deborah bought black boxes, ribbon and decor which she stamped on cross stitch fabric. Each box contained pecan pralines.

The rest of my planning fell into place the last 3-4 months, some things even came together at the last minute. We didn’t book our DJ until a month out (Jeff Brown at All About you Entertainment) and he was so patient with us. We  didn’t even give him our music list until 2 days prior and everyone loved the selections! ” Everything for their special day came together perfectly. Deborah added, “The Blush Photography Booth was BRILLIANT!! All of my guests enjoyed laughing and dressing up in props!”

 Any advice for future brides?
“To have the perfect wedding-Be Nice! Service industries are just that, performing a service, so people involved are helping you & no one wants to help someone throwing a tantrum or being a “Bridezilla.” Deborah added, ” I know I had the perfect wedding, which was hands down owed to attitude internally and towards others!”
Planning Time: 6-7 months / Color palette: Pink & midnight blue with a mixture of natural colors / Rehearsal Dinner: Intimate Dinner at Driftaway Cafe / Ceremony: Savannah Area Council of Garden Clubs, Inc. Botanical Garden / Wedding Gown:  Bridal Creations, Statesboro /Bride’s Shoes: Paris Hilton Señorita /
Bridesmaid Dresses: /Mother of The bride’s Dress: White House Black Market /Salon: Angelora Nails: Kim’s /Groom & Goomsmens’ Tuxedos: Bridal Mart /Flowers: Gatch Florist /Reception: Cha Bella
Reception Music: All about You Entertainment: /Wedding Cake: Delectable Designs, Michelle Still /
Transportation: Timeless Motorcoaches