Kim and Rashad had a wonderful sunset ceremony on the roof top of Andaz Hotel located in Historic Savannah near City Market and overlooking Ellis Square. I met with Rashad for portraits before the ceremony and then headed over to the couple’s amazing hotel suite for bridal portraits with Kim. After the ceremony the couple rented pedicabs to take us over to Telfair Square. It was a great idea and so fun to be driving right beside the couple taking photos as they shared some alone time together while many vacationers, already in Savannah celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, stopped what they were doing to yell “Congratulations!!!” The squares are just beginning to turn green and Telfair square was vivid and alive with blooms. There were many trees full of blossoms combined with beautiful buildings which made it the perfect atmosphere for photos. After we finished up wedding photographs in the square, the couple requested that the pedicab drivers take us over to nearby rustic brick structures for more casual photos. The couple had a fantastic fun time just enjoying each other’s company while taking photos. They’ve been together for over twelve years and were so excited to finally be married. It was wonderful to meet and photograph this couple who is also originally from Western NY area and now call Savannah their home too.
Our Story: We met each other in high school in Rochester, NY. We hung out in the same social circle but we didn’t know each other that well. After high school, Rashad joined the Army and I went to college. While he was away from home, he remembered to call each year on my birthday. When his 4 years were up, he returned to Rochester and we began spending more time together (thanks to our mutual friend Douglas). As I was able to get to know him, I developed a crush. One night while we were out dancing I decided to kiss him. And the rest is history. (I found out after we started dating that even throughout high school, he always thought I was cute.)
We decided to leave Rochester and come to Savannah because Rashad loved the area so much when he was stationed at Ft. Stewart. I was also having a hard time finding a teaching position in NY. We came here for a St. Patrick’s Day vacation, and while I was here I was offered a teaching position. The next August we packed up and said good bye to the cold weather forever. He transferred from his position with the Department of Homeland Security and I have taught second grade since we moved. Rashad planned a surprise proposal at a wonderful restaurant in Hilton Head, Michael Anthony’s. On his signal, one of the staff presented the ring on a plate with a single red rose. He got down on one knee and of course I said yes. We love living in Savannah! We enjoy going for walks to take in the beautiful scenery and eating in the many wonderful restaurants. Many of our family and friends from Rochester like to visit us here.
What made you decide to have your wedding in Savannah? What made you select Andaz for your location? We chose the Andaz because it allowed us to have our intimate wedding, yet still still offered the elegance we were looking for.
Where did you get the inspiration/ideas for the details? Once we decided on our color scheme (champagne and slate blue) I found a lot of my ideas through Pinterest. I have to give much of the credit for our beautiful wedding to our planners, Jessica and Ivelisse.
Any Advice to other couples who are in the process of planning a wedding? We wanted an intimate wedding because that just fits both of our personalities. It turned out beautifully thanks to our planners and the staff at Andaz. I think that each couple has to do what works for them.
Wedding Dress: BCBG Max Azria Gracie dress /Shoes: Badgley Mishka Buzz /Hair: Brooke at Park West Salon / Makeup: Brooke and Kim at Park West Salon / Bride’s Jewelry: purchased as a gift from brides mother / Groom’s attire: Suit from Jos. A. Bank Savannah / Tie: Calvin Klein
Event Planner: Tricia Beck at Andaz, Ivelisse Ortiz and Jessica Ortiz/ Officiant: Johnny Wallace / Ceremony Music: Chris Dooley – The Affordable Violinist /Florist: Kiwi Fleur / Wedding Cake: Baker’s Pride / Transportation/Trolley/Pedicab/ Limousine: Savannah Royal Bike Taxi /
Ceremony Location: Andaz Rooftop / Reception: Andaz Hotel / Rehearsal Dinner: Moon River Brewery