Tell us how you met: Alex and I are both born and raised from Savannah. We always knew each other but it wasn’t until orientation at The University of Georgia that we hit it off. We caught eyes, talked for a little, and dated soon after 😊 The rest was history!
Proposal Details: I was working in Atlanta at the time and Alex had told me early in the week about his grandmother’s surprise birthday party Saturday evening. I took Friday off from work to head home to Savannah early and helped Alex run some errands for the party (little did I know, those items were for our surprise engagement party!) Friday we had plans to meet my family for dinner but Alex asked to get a pre dinner drink at our favorite place, The Savannah Yacht Club. We got there, ordered drinks, and Alex began acting more quiet than usual. Asa summer afternoon storm began, Alex said he would be right back. He met me back at the bar a couple of moments later completely drenched. I asked why he was so wet and he told me it was time to meet my family for dinner. Leaving feeling pretty odd about what just happened, Alex and I walked out the back doors of the Yacht Club and as I turned to go right towards the car, he grabbed my hand and pulled me left. As the rain poured down, Alex took me under the covered patio next to the iconic Savannah Yacht Club oak tree, and asked me to marry him. I said YES! (he was so wet because he ran to his car to grab the ring – he said the box was too big to fit in his pocket!) There was a surprise photographer to capture the whole thing and Alex took me back to my parents’ house up the road to celebrate, all of our closest friends and family were waiting for us. It was a perfect evening!
Dress shopping: Oh! This was one of my favorite pre-wedding events. I had my mom, sister and my grandmother come with me. We went to BleuBelle Bridal in Savannah. I only tried on about 6 dresses, and the first one was the one I chose. It is Martina Liana 675. It has lace straps, a v back, and a dramatic train. I knew it was perfect for the Cathedral. I was in between two dresses and the BleuBelle stylist “jacked me up” so to speak: she added a gorgeous thicker crystal belt, and a long sheer veil. When I was all dressed, my entourage and myself cried! We celebrated with champagne with the BleuBell team 😊 I have never felt more beautiful than in that dress on my wedding day with my groom.
Describe your hair and makeup: I wanted something super simple and classic. I always like my hair up so I went with a low bun. For my makeup, I really just did my everyday makeup with some extra enhancements. Emily Horton at Rob’s on Drayton was incredible to work with! She knew exactly what I wanted and did it flawlessly!
Did you decide on a first look? We did. Our wedding began at 7:30 so we wanted all pictures done beforehand. Also, it was a very intimate moment of just us two during the first look – one of my favorite memories.
Bridesmaids Attire: Amsale - long navy dresses with sheer straps.
Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Classic Black tuxedos.
How did you select your venue? For the ceremony location, we picked The Cathedral of St John the Baptist. For one, it is gorgeous! Alex and I both graduated in the church and we knew the Cathedral would be our church we raise our future family in. We both grew up going to The Savannah Golf Club. It had everything we wanted and more for a reception space: a classic ballroom, outdoor courtyard space and close proximity to the church.
How did you decide on your aesthetic + color palette: I knew it was going to be a black tie event and wanted a cohesive palette. I have always loved the richness of navy and gold.
Ceremony Site + Personal Details: The Cathedral of St John the Baptist att 7:30 PM. The ceremony was absolutely Alex and I’s favorite part of the day. We had a violinist, a trumpeter and an organist play the music. We had no singing, just music. It was so beautiful and elegant. My bridesmaids walked in to Pachelbel’s Canon and my father and I came in to the trumpeter playing The Prince of Denmark’s March. I felt so in tune with the ceremony, it was an amazing feeling. I knew this was the exact place at the exact time Alex and I were supposed to be at.
Tell us all about the décor: I knew I wanted a classic and timeless feel. For the inside, I knew I wanted my cake to be the focal point. It was a large 4 tiered wedding cake with large white fondant petals cascading down. I had two of my crystal champagne flutes, white and gold monogrammed napkins, my bouquet and champagne on ice with it. We went with a lot of mercury glass candles for a romantic ambiance on each table, white tall florals inside to add a little drama, and dusty gold table cloths and gold chivari chairs. There was also a large capital H ice sculpture in the middle of the ball room! I was so excited to see this in person and it turned out so beautiful. The chef put cold shrimp and fruit around this display. Outside, we had strung café lights and smaller floral arrangements with gold branches popping out of it! I absolutely loved those outside! It was the perfect arrangements for the courtyard. On the two bars we had navy koozies with our gold monogram as well as white matches with the monogram on it. Alex and and I really wanted a mingling feel to our reception. We had stations of food, two bars, a courtyard area, a ball room and a back bar.
What was on the menu for the evening? Did you serve specialty drinks? New York Strip carving station with rolls, fried chicken station with a salad bar, a grilled cheese station (my favorite!) with different types of bread, cheese, veggies and meats to make your own grilled cheese, spring roll station and around the ice sculpture was cold shrimp and fruit.
Flowers: All my flowers were white with greenery. Fernwood Floral uses white hydrangeas, garden roses, roses and eucalyptus .
Cake: Our cake was 4 tiers and white fondant petals cascading down – vanilla, chocolate gnash , lemon with raspberry filling and on the top was red velvet. Alex’s was a UGA-inspired red velvet cake and my grandmother made pizzelles: an Italian wedding cookie that has been in our family forever. This was to the left of my cake with coffee
What was your first dance song? Van Morrison Someone Like You
The Favors: My dad built a donut board! Guests were able to grab a donut on the go when they left
Guest Count: 250
Best Piece of Advice for Brides-to-be: Be IN THE moment the ENTIRE day. Don’t worry about social media, or having your phone or when the next item of the day is happening. Enjoy every second of the moment
One funny thing is all of our close friends and family know that Alex’s favorite instrument on earth is a tambourine. Why you ask? I don’t know! He just loves a tambourine! So around 10 PM, we had 100 mini light up tambourines distributed to our guests on the dancefloor! Everyone was laughing and Alex was front and center with his tambourine!
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Ceremony Venue: The Cathedral of St John the Baptist ll Reception Venue & Catering: The Savannah Golf Club ll Photographer: JB Marie Photography ll Planning: Sincerely Yours Events ll Florist: Fernwood Floral Design ll Cakes: Flirt with Dessert ll Gown Designer: Martina Liana ll Dress Shop: BleuBelle Bridal ll Bridesmaids Dress Designer: Amsale ll Hair Stylist & Makeup: Emily Horton of Rob’s on Drayton ll Men's Attire: Joseph A Bank ll Invitations: Pace Printing ll Ceremony Music: The Company Band ll Favors: Matches & Koozies by Sip Hip Hooray ll Rehearsal Dinner: Savannah Yacht Club ll Rings: (engangement ring- Crawford’s) bands – Levy Jewelers ll Officiant: Father Gerald Schrek ll Signage: AR Chalkboard, Milly Notes and Things ll Exit Vehicle: Timeless Motor Coaches