It was was a beautiful Saturday morning when I met Jennifer and Jeff for their beach wedding near Tybee Island’s 19th Street Gazebo. They chose a secluded area within the sand dunes at the Southern end of the beach. It was a scenic setting for their small and private family -oriented ceremony. It included just Jennifer and Jeff and their four children. It was really touching to witness their marriage and the beginning of their new family. After the ceremony, we took photos near the shoreline and the newlyweds even had a first dance in the ocean which was so romantic! We finished with photos of Jennifer and Jeff alone together.
What made you decide to have your wedding on Tybee Island? Jeff and I visited the Savannah and the Tybee Island area and absolutely loved it. We wanted a destination wedding, but didn’t want to travel very far and felt this was the perfect place.
What do you like most about the Savannah and Tybee area? We love the history of Savannah. It’s like going back in time. Tybee is just so natural not crowded like other beaches we’ve visited. What are some of your favorite places to visit while you are here? We love staying at the 1790 Inn in historic Savannah. The service is great and they always take care of us. The food in the restaurant is amazing. We also love the history, especially the stories of hauntings.
Where do you currently live? I live in Peachtree City, GA and Jeff lives in Alpharetta, GA. Where are your home cities? I am a Georgia native and grew up in Jonesboro, home of “Gone with the Wind.” Jeff grew up in River Edge, New Jersey, a $1.50 bus ride from New York City back in the day. He moved to Atlanta in 1996.
Where did you get the inspiration and ideas for the sand ceremony and your wedding bouquet? We wanted the ceremony to represent the joining of our two families and wanted to make sure our children were an integral part of the ceremony also. My bouquet was purchased in Charleston, SC just after Jeff proposed to me. It is made of sweetgrass by local basket weavers in the open air market. It is a beautiful reminder of a very special moment for Jeff and I.
What gave you the idea to have an intimate weddingand to include your children only? We wanted the ceremony to be about the merging of Jeff and I and our kids. We wanted it to be small and intimate, something that represented Jeff and I and our personalities. We really wanted to focus on the marriage instead of the wedding itself.
Bride & Groom / Guest Accommodations: 1790 Inn & Restaurant – Savannah / Officiant: Jack Boylston / Wedding Dress: White House Black Market Hair & Makeup: Marigold Salon – Amy / Bride’s Bouquet: Sweetgrass Bouquet from Charleston’s Open AirMarket