Ivey and Ogun had their Spring Wedding in downtown Savannah. We began with getting ready portraits at the home the couple had rented on historic Jones Street. The ceremony then took place over at the Davenport House Pharmacy. After the ceremony, the wedding party and family members then took photos in Columbia Square. The couple’s wedding reception was held over at the Distillery. We had such a wonderful time at this beautiful wedding and reception!
How did you meet?In 2006, I wrote a random late night email on Myspace to a boy who looked like no one I had seen or met in Savannah. I didn’t know what to expect. A few days later, he replied. We exchanged a few emails and it took off from there. What would you like to share about yourselves?We are so happy to call Savannah our home. Ogun is originally from the island of Cyprus and I was born and raised in Rochester, NY. Nothing makes us happier than to eat exotic food, enjoy a craft beer, and explore new places. Savannah is so picturesque and makes it a perfect place to enjoy these simple pleasures. We both work from home and are developing businesses on the side so we are fortunate enough to have the flexibility to explore and enjoy Savannah daily.
Tell us about your proposal: Ogun was living in Atlanta and I was living in Savannah when he proposed. I got home one night and was greeted by my sister who was behaving strangely. Soon after, she opened the door and there was Ogun with a guitar and he started singing to me. After, he got on one knee and proposed. He later told me the adventure he experienced to get to Savannah on time. He literally ran through the Atlanta airport to catch his flight and had help from a local friend to buy the perfect ring and the guitar. It was very surreal and so sweet and sincere.
What were the deciding factors for your Ceremony location? I have always loved historic buildings so having the ceremony in historic place was a natural choice. The Kennedy Pharmacy was perfect choice for an intimate ceremony.
Where did you get the inspiration/ideas for the details? Your colors, wedding gown? Accents, Decor, Details? The colors and the theme were inspired by an Alphonse Mucha painting. It was a perfect blend of colors and had small touches of the Mediterranean. I chose salmon, aqua, gold as my main colors and balanced them with greenery and brown from the grave vines. I also wanted to incorporate the Mediterranean theme with my wedding dress. I chose to have a simple gown with intricate details on the bodice and a drop veil and hair piece to tie in the Mediterranean theme.
What made you select Savannah and & The Distillery for your Venue? We both love craft beer and Ogun is a home brewer so we wanted a place with great beer! We also wanted an intimate setting and a place that had all of the beautiful historic features like exposed bricks and wood floors. Ogun and I were also big fans of their southern wings and burgers! We also wanted a space where we could have a DJ and dance area. Dancing is huge in both our cultures and is a major part of our celebrations.
Any advice to other couples who are in the process of planning their wedding? My main goal was to make sure that everyone enjoyed themselves. Always consider your guests but don’t obsess. The best part of getting married is being able to tell your story and show your personalities. The personalized details make it a special and memorable experience for guests. If you are able hire an event planner, do it. It is worth the expense to be able to enjoy the special moments.
Approximate # of Guests: 40
Wedding Gown: Madison James
Shoes: Antonio Melani
Hair: /Makeup: JW Salon
Bride’s Jewelry: Macy’s , Necklace from Cyprus, Headpiece form Etsy (deLoop)
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Diyouth
Groom’s Attire: / Ties: Men’s Warehouse
Wedding Official: Bill Gillespie
Ceremony Music: Provided by Bride
Cocktail Hour Music: / DJ: Shannon of Shockwave Entertainment
Florist: A to Zinnias
Vintage Rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals
Wedding Venue & Caterer: The Distillery Ale House
Ceremony Event Planner: Dillon of KP Event Planning
Reception Set-up: Coastal Concierge & Errands
Wedding Cake: Lulu’s Cakes
Hotel/Guest & Wedding Party Accommodations: Savannah Getaways
Transportation/Trolley/Pedicab/ Limousine: Above & Beyond
Any Activities or places your guests visited/enjoyed during the week of your event? Concert in the Park