Find plenty of lovely moments in this sweet event from Jonathan & Kaye Photography (the talented twosome who also shot one of our favorite weddings of 2015). And make sure to read below for the bride's thoughts on wedding planning.
Our Favorite Things:
- The groomsmen's madras ties
- The trolley transporting the wedding party from the ceremony to the reception
- The windowpane wedding program greeting guests as they entered the park
What was most important for you to include in your wedding – what was your biggest priority?
Family, fun and food. We wanted everyone to have a great time! We knew that for many of our family members, this would be the first and possibly the only time that they would meet. We planned a few different outings over the weekend so we could spend as much time as possible with everyone.
Sadly, my Dad passed away a few years ago and my Mom is ill and couldn’t be at our wedding. My parents loved Brad and my Mom joked that they knew we would marry before we did. It was so important for me to have them there with us on our wedding day. My parents loved life so we wanted to include them in ways that were joyful. I shared our planning process with my Mom along the way. She gave me her wedding ring which I wore as my something borrowed, my something blue was a little jay bird in my bouquet (my Dad's nickname) and one of his belt buckles was attached to my bouquet as my something old. There was a white rose, my Mom's favorite flower, in each of their seats at the ceremony and in our bouquets. Our officiant, Brad’s stepfather, included some beautiful words in the ceremony for our family members who couldn’t be present and a friend read from my Mom's childhood bible. We had a memory table with photos to honor those family members and instead of traditional favors, we made a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of my Mom and our guests. Our guestbook was a live oak fingerprint tree from a local Savannah artist that now hangs in our home and we love that so many people who have touched are lives are represented there.
What was your wedding theme or style? How did you choose your theme?
Savannah was the first trip we took together as a couple and it holds some special memories for us. We knew it would be a great place to bring our family and friends together for the weekend! We really let our location inspire our theme with the beautiful southern live oaks, Spanish moss and the family heirlooms and vintage items we included.
We used a quote that we have hanging in our home throughout the wedding stationery, "Love branches out like an oak tree, reaches to the sky and roots to the sea." We planted an oak tree together during our ceremony using dirt from our homes and the water from the gorgeous green fountain on Lafayette Square. Our florist added moss and oak leaves to the beautiful bouquets and boutonnieres. Our guests sat on natural oak benches and we used lanterns and Spanish moss throughout the decor.
A few words that describe the two of you and your wedding:
We're both adventurous, a little sentimental and enjoy being with our family, friends and our crazy four-legged crew. We both love the outdoors, good food, craft beer and music.
We wanted our wedding to feel relaxed, elegant, natural and fun and highlight our Southern roots.
Your first dance song and why you chose it:
Jason Mraz, “I’m Yours”
We dated for several years, through some life-changing events and over long distances. I remember driving to see Brad and hearing this song for the first time. I finally realized that no time was going to be perfect, but that we were perfect for each other and that’s all that mattered. Everything else would work itself out.
We would make mix CDs for each to listen to on our long drives and I included this song on the next one I made for him.
When it came time to choose our first dance song, we had a few songs that we both loved but we wanted something upbeat and fun that we felt represented how excited we were about our future together. When Brad suggested this one, we both knew it was perfect.
What is your advice to couples who are planning weddings now?
Enjoy this special time in your lives! Take a little time to just enjoy being engaged before you start the planning process.
In the beginning of the planning process I was getting a little overwhelmed, there are a lot of options and opinions out there! We decided to concentrate on one thing at a time. Making one decision each week really allowed us to enjoy the planning process. I even miss it now!
Choose vendors that you feel share your style. Choose a few things that are most important to you and concentrate your budget there, for us it was food and photography.
Know that, as with any event, not everything will be perfect but it’s your day to enjoy! A few of our details were missed but we really made a conscious effort to let go, enjoy every moment and take it all in.
Photography: Jonathan & Kaye Photography | Planning: Weddings by Kristie | Venue: Lafayette Square, Vic's on the River | Cake: Baker's Pride | Florals: Kato Floral Designs | Invitation: A la Carte Paperie | Dress: Bel Fiore Bridal | Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals | Hair: Salon 8:28, The Hair Co. | Makeup: Amazing You Bridal Makeup | DJ: VIP Entertainment | Guestbook: The Ink Lab | Rehearsal Dinner: Moon River Brewing Co.