KIRSTI & BRET
May 6, 2018
THE PROPOSAL: Kirsti Cook, a seasoned wedding planner, had plans to meet her photographer friend for an afternoon of planning for an upcoming styled shoot. As she arrived at the rustic vineyard, she found herself admiring a charming old cabin tucked away on the property. ‘Bret would LOVE this,’ she exclaimed. And just as she pulled out her phone to snap a picture, her boyfriend, Bret Wilmon, walked outside and surprised her with a proposal. “Not only was Bret’s proposal the sweetest gift,” she remembered, “he arranged for Mallory (Kirsti’s photographer friend) to document the whole thing so we could relive that moment forever!”
THE VENUE: The Oklahoma-based couple, who met at the Tulsa State Fair, were planning a large affair close to home but soon realized what they really wanted was a small soirée in their favorite vacation spot—Savannah, GA. They began searching for an intimate venue that provided that “Savannah feeling” they both know and love. “You know, when you’re driving down Abercorn Street, underneath the centuries of old live oak trees that are oh-so-delicately draped in Spanish moss and your heart skips a beat?” Well, they found just that vibe at Brockington Hall where they quickly fell for the home and its kind-hearted owners. They booked the quaint spot and invited their small guest list of 56 to join them for a weekend in early May.
THE DRESS: When it came to dress shopping, this was a to-do that Kirsti had mentally checked off her list well before Bret proposed. “I spotted my dress in a blog post in 2015 and knew that I had never seen a more beautiful dress in my whole life,” she recalls. The ‘Paz’ gown by Augusta Jones—a full, silk taffeta skirt, high waist, and delicate neckline—played to Kirsti’s mid-century style. After the couple became engaged, she tracked down the one remaining gown within a 300-mile radius and purchased it straight off the rack. Hoping to showcase the dress’ intricate detailing, Kirsti wore her hair in a low bun with classic makeup and her signature pink lip.
THE AESTHETIC: Kirsti’s lifelong love affair with blue and white started as a young girl when she developed an infatuation with her Nanny’s Blue Willow china. Over the years, it has become a staple throughout her own personal style and home décor, so it was an obvious addition to her wedding day design. She worked with Sincerely Yours Events to mix the navy, Carolina blue and white color palette with classic Southern details, like monograms, pearls, and antique silver. The timeless color trend started with her bridesmaids who wore long, flowing dresses with higher necklines and carried all-white bouquets of roses and peonies. Bret and his groomsmen continued the look with navy suits and Carolina Blue gingham bow ties.
THE CEREMONY: After a private first look at Wormsloe Plantation, the couple made their way to Chatham Square to exchange vows. Guests arrived to the secluded square where sweetgrass fans were placed at each seat. Kato Floral Designs set their color story in motion by creating two bountiful arrangements in chinoiserie vases from Kirsti’s own personal collection. The hydrangea-heavy arrangements framed a large oak tree which served as the altar. In honor of Kirsti’s father (who had passed away in 2014), his best friend escorted her down the aisle where she met her brother who officially gave her away. After the couple said I DO, they departed down the aisle to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” as their friends and family rejoiced.
THE DÉCOR: The couple played off of the stately details at Brockington Hall. “The home was built in 1882 and is decorated with the most beautiful collection of the owner’s antiques,” remembers Kirsti. They added votive candles for a soft, romantic glow and mixed white and gold accents throughout the table settings to coordinate with the home’s stately color scheme.
THE RECEPTION: Instead of traditional table numbers, guests found their table assignments by way of the historic Savannah squares. They were treated to the ultimate spread of Southern soul food cooked up by the team at Lady & Son’s where fried chicken, smothered pork chops and collard greens were on the menu. “And don’t forget, the sweetest tea we could get our hands on,” remembers Kirsti.
Ceremony Venue: Chatham Square ll Reception Venue: Brockington Hall ll Photographer: Holly Felts Photography ll Event Planning: Sincerely Yours Events ll Floral Design: Kato Floral Designs ll Gown: Augusta Jones ll Catering & Desserts: The Lady & Sons ll Cake: Publix ll Rentals: EventWorks ll Custom Monogram: Schuler Studio ll Paper Goods: Designed by the Bride ll Ceremony & Reception Music: All About You Entertainment ll Videographer: Holly Felts ll Transportation: Old Savannah Tours ll Officiant: Daniel Hail
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