Pink wedding at Garibaldi Cafe

Sarah & Chad's Garibaldi Cafe wedding by JB Marie Photography

SARAH & CHAD

A Garibaldi Cafe Wedding

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah Bride's Lace wedding dress  //  photographed by JB Marie Photography  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Savannah GA groom in grey tuxedo for destination wedding

Chad Hinton had just returned from deployment when he whisked Sarah Drake away for a romantic holiday weekend in the Big Apple. The twosome, who met in the 7th grade, were excited to hit up all the touristy spots in New York City but immediately hit a few bumps in the road instead — overbooked flights, lost luggage, you name it! After finally arriving, they set out to tour the city, stopping along the way at Times Square and Rockefeller Center. It was after a dinner overlooking Central Park where Chad popped the question in the middle of Columbus Circle. “With all the city noise,” describes Sarah, “I was still able to hear every heartfelt word of his proposal.”

Floral wedding invitations by Minted in Savannah GA  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine

Sarah had always dreamed of a destination wedding and since Chad is a Georgia native, the Southern state seemed like the obvious choice. The couple honed in on the coastal city of Savannah with hopes of weaving its rich history, tradition, and hospitality throughout their wedding day.“What better city to start our life together than in the ‘Hostess City of the South’,” says Sarah. With that, they scheduled an April 7, 2017 date and invited 120 guests along for the ride.

Spring bouquet of pink peonies and greenery at Savannah GA wedding  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Forsyth Park Wedding ceremony in Savannah GA  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine

Not seeking to overpower the natural tones of the Lowcountry, the couple worked with an elegant color palette of black, white and gold and added pops of pink to enhance the setting. For the spring affair, Sarah opted for a traditional, lace Justin Alexander design with an illusion gown and full skirt that she paired with a textured up-do. She kept her bridal party small, with her sisters serving as the matron and maid of honor, and dressed them in flowing Bari Jay dresses in the cheery shade of pink. Chad had a specific vision in mind for his attire and went with custom-made grey suit jacket with a black lapel and black pants. 

Bride & Groom's first look in Savannah GA square  //  photos by JB Marie Photography

Anxious to spend the day with each other, the couple scheduled a touching first look in Columbia Square, and Sarah admits, “I don’t know how we would have survived without one!” After shaking out the jitters, they made their way to Wormsloe Plantation with their bridal party to soak in the scenery while posing for portraits.

Hand-lettered welcome sign at Forsyth Park wedding ceremony in Savannah GA
Bride & Groom's first look in Savannah GA square  //  photos by JB Marie Photography
Outdoor wedding ceremony at Forsyth Park in Savannah GA  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine

The ceremony took place in front of the Forsyth Park fountain where they kept the décor minimal to let the backdrop shine. Sarah made her entrance on the arm of her father, who accessorized his black tux with a pink bow tie, as the caring crowd looked on. After exchanging heartfelt vows, the newlyweds exited under a shower of rose petals, a festive send-off for a beautiful ceremony.

Outdoor wedding ceremony at Forsyth Park in Savannah GA  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Outdoor wedding ceremony at Forsyth Park in Savannah GA  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Petal toss at Forsyth Park wedding ceremony in Savannah GA  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Savannah GA wedding portraits at Wormsloe Plantation by JB Marie Photography
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Bridesmaids in long pink dresses at Wormsloe Plantation in Savannah GA  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Maker's Mark grooms cake at Garibaldi's Cafe wedding
Bridesmaids in long pink Bari Jay dresses at wedding in Savannah GA  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Garibaldi's Cafe wedding reception in Savannah GA by Jb Marie Photography
Savannah Groom in grey tuxedo  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Bridesmaids in pink Bari Jay dresses  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Lantern reception decor at Garibaldi Cafe in Savannah GA  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine

Sarah & Chad hoped to treat their guests to a true Southern party, one where every detail was covered, and it started with worry-free transportation. “They traveled from across the United States to celebrate our marriage and we wanted them to know just how appreciative Sarah and I felt,” explains Chad. So, after the ceremony concluded, guests boarded open-air trolleys and enjoyed a short drive throughout the city before arriving at Garibaldi Cafe. “Transportation was provided to allow guests to enjoy themselves and avoid the aggravation of finding downtown parking. It was a fun first-time experience for many of our guests,” remembers Sarah.
   As they arrived at the reception, the crowd was greeted by Southern-themed apps, including miniature crab cakes and fried green tomatoes. The classic Palladian ballroom, which features sixteen-foot ceilings and vintage iron chandeliers, was perfectly set to allow guests to easily move throughout the reception. “Our reception ballroom had seated and cocktail tables to allow for maximum use of the space. It allowed guests to freely mingle and interact without forcing them to sit in an assigned seat for the entire evening,” describes Sarah. Tables were topped with spring arrangements of hydrangeas and roses mixed with magnolia leaves and greenery. To add a soft glow and a warmth to the overall vibe, centerpieces were surrounded by mercury glass votives.
   After a tasty dinner of chicken Milanese and roast beef, attention turned to dessert where Wicked Cakes of Savannah created a bourbon barrel-shaped groom’s cake – with a lemon blueberry cake and lemon filling — as a nod to Chad’s appreciation of Maker’s Mark. Continuing the Kentucky trend, DJ James of All About You Entertainment played “My Old Kentucky Home”, a favorite of Sarah’s family. The special tune led to guests embracing on the dance floor, swaying and singing, before breaking out into at Kentucky Wildcats cheer, setting the tone for the epic dance party to come!

Savannah GA wedding transportation and trolleys - Old Savannah Tours
Gold reception decor in Savannah GA  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Elegant White wedding cake at Garibaldi Cafe
Bridesmaids in long pink Bari Jay dresses at wedding in Savannah GA  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine


   As they arrived at the reception, the crowd was greeted by Southern-themed apps, including miniature crab cakes and fried green tomatoes. The classic Palladian ballroom, which features sixteen-foot ceilings and vintage iron chandeliers, was perfectly set to allow guests to easily move throughout the reception. “Our reception ballroom had seated and cocktail tables to allow for maximum use of the space. It allowed guests to freely mingle and interact without forcing them to sit in an assigned seat for the entire evening,” describes Sarah. Tables were topped with spring arrangements of hydrangeas and roses mixed with magnolia leaves and greenery. To add a soft glow and a warmth to the overall vibe, centerpieces were surrounded by mercury glass votives.
   After a tasty dinner of chicken Milanese and roast beef, attention turned to dessert where Wicked Cakes of Savannah created a bourbon barrel-shaped groom’s cake – with a lemon blueberry cake and lemon filling — as a nod to Chad’s appreciation of Maker’s Mark. Continuing the Kentucky trend, DJ James of All About You Entertainment played “My Old Kentucky Home”, a favorite of Sarah’s family. The special tune led to guests embracing on the dance floor, swaying and singing, before breaking out into at Kentucky Wildcats cheer, setting the tone for the epic dance party to come!

Garibaldi's Cafe wedding reception in Savannah GA by Jb Marie Photography
Garibaldi's Cafe wedding reception in Savannah GA by Jb Marie Photography
Savannah GA bride in lace gown for destination wedding at Wormsloe Plantation  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine


   After a tasty dinner of chicken Milanese and roast beef, attention turned to dessert where Wicked Cakes of Savannah created a bourbon barrel-shaped groom’s cake – with a lemon blueberry cake and lemon filling — as a nod to Chad’s appreciation of Maker’s Mark. Continuing the Kentucky trend, DJ James of All About You Entertainment played “My Old Kentucky Home”, a favorite of Sarah’s family. The special tune led to guests embracing on the dance floor, swaying and singing, before breaking out into at Kentucky Wildcats cheer, setting the tone for the epic dance party to come!

Garibaldi's Cafe wedding reception in Savannah GA by Jb Marie Photography
Sparkler exit at Garibaldi Cafe   //  JB Marie Photography

 

SAVANNAH WEDDING VENDORS - Ceremony Venue: Forsyth Park  ll  Reception Venue: Garibaldi Café  ll  Photographer: JB Marie Photography  ll  Event Planning: Everlasting Occasions  ll  Gown: Justin Alexander Signature  ll  Dress Boutique: The Steel Magnolia (Somerset, KY)  ll  Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bari Jay  ll  Hair & Makeup: Emma Collins Beauty  ll  Men’s Attire: Calvin Klein from Men’s Wearhouse  ll  Floral Design: Azalea Ann’s Floral Designs  ll  Catering: Garibaldi Café  ll  Cake: Wicked Cakes of Savannah  ll  Rentals: Carlson’s Premiere Events, Borrow + Table  ll  Invitations: Minted, Whit Lynn Design Shop  ll  Videographer: Caleb Suttles Video Production  ll  Ceremony Music: Two Strings Are Better Than One, Kenneth Parsons  ll  Reception Music: All About You Entertainment  ll  Rehearsal Dinner: The Chart House  ll  Officiant: Brother James Mills

 

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