Hey y’all! While we have been working with many couples who chose to elope this summer and fall, I have also been thinking of our couples who want to celebrate with a larger group of people and are not sure what to do for late 2020 and all of 2021.
After a lot of research, planning and investment on our part, we are really excited to offer a new hybrid wedding experience where we can work with guests in Savannah as well as welcome up to 80 more guests in an online celebration which they can enjoy from their home, anywhere in the world.
Our new Online Zoom Celebration Add-On focuses on three important principles- (1) designing an opportunity for your guests to be part of your your ceremony, (2) creating an enjoyable way for your guests to watch and feel like they are part of the event, and (3) allowing you to interact with your online guests after the ceremony in an efficient and meaningful way.
You’ll also get a link to the unedited video and Zoom event after the event. We’ve worked with a lot of couples this year who struggled with technical issues when trying to create streaming and Zoom options themselves and we want to to help!
This September, we conducted our first hybrid wedding experience with Jessica & Shelby, who downsized their Savannah wedding like many 2020 couples did. Jessica & Shelby originally planned to have an Intimate Destination Wedding with 40-50 guests, but changed their plans to have a Savannah Elopement Experience with ten guests in person, including our Adventure Hour Add-On with pedicabs so they could get lots of beautiful photos all over Savannah. They also invited guests who couldn’t attend to participate in an Online Celebration on Zoom.
Our Client Concierge, Jennifer, hosted the event virtually and helped guests enter the event, go to small rooms to talk with each other like they would at an in-person event, and moderated mics and other issues. Ashly McCoy, our photographer, handled the video on site as well as helping Jessica & Shelby interact with their online guests and share their joy with them.
Guests were invited to join the event up to 30 minutes before it start to socialize. Once the ceremony was ready to begin with Partner Officiant April, Jennifer brought them to the event in Savannah so they could be part of it.
Here’s Jessica & Shelby’s guests reacting at the end of the ceremony and their first kiss! Look at those spontaneous claps!
After the ceremony, Jessica and Shelby also had time to speak with everyone who was online. (Because this was a small group, all the guests interacted with the couple at once. For bigger events, we would help set people up in rooms for more intimate interactions if needed.) Jessica & Shelby also received a link to the recorded video and Zoom event after the wedding.
In Savannah, Jessica and Shelby had more beautiful photos with Ashly. Here are some of my favorites from the two hours they spent together.
We’re grateful that Jessica & Shelby had a great time, too!
Want to learn more about how to have your own Online Zoom Celebration with Savannah Custom Weddings & Elopements?
Here’s an overview of the services included when the Online Celebration option is added to one of our eligible base packages.
Create and share special messaging and ideas, like food and cocktail recipes and Savannah trivia, to help your guests enjoy Savannah remotely and feel like they are part of the event
Order special Savannah gifts for your remote guests, if desired
Set up the Zoom room for your wedding, including meeting and pass codes and all technical instructions for you and your guests
Create a timeline for any special remote performances or videos you would like to include before or after the ceremony (optional)
Welcome guests 30 minutes prior to the ceremony and assign them to small groups (breakout rooms) to enjoy the pre-wedding time
Manage muting guests and transitioning them to the ceremony in Savannah
Provide a high-quality video stream of the ceremony to your Zoom guests
Facilitate the experience onsite so you can see your virtual guests on camera and thank them for being part of your day
Manage the viewing of remote performances and intermission slideshows (optional)
After the Ceremony:
Receive links to download an unedited JPG of the ceremony footage and MP4s of the Zoom Room within a week of the ceremony
If you book the Online Celebration add-on before December 31, 2020 for any wedding taking place before December 31, 2021 (next year), the cost is $495 and can be added to the Savannah Elopement Experience or Intimate Destination Wedding Package. On January 1, 2020, the price will increase to $575 for online celebrations of 25 and under, and $695 for online celebrations of 26-80 guests.
We can’t wait to hear about your plans and answer any questions you have!
Hey y’all! I know that many couples are trying to figure out what to do next when it comes to their wedding plans as a very trying 2020 comes to an end…we face a 2021 full of uncertainty. Making your commitment to the person you have decided is YOUR person is one of the most important moments in your life and there is a lot of pressure to do it “absolutely right,” whether that is who should be there, where it should be, and when it should be.
Having helped over 2,000 couples marry their partner has taught me that the most important factor in planning your wedding is that it is focused on the two of you and your joy. I am confident that our team can help you experience that and feel safe in your decision and grounded in the beauty and purpose of the moment.
If you’re ready to get married before the end of 2020, November and December are already some of the best times of years to elope in Savannah or on Tybee Island with just you or a few guests. While other places are getting cold, the weather is still mild here, and less hot than other months. With shorter days and the sun lower, you have softer light and longer golden hours in the hours before the sun sets between 5PM and 6PM. While we can’t guarantee that there aren’t some days that may drop into the 40s, most days are are between 60 and 70 degrees and it’s one of the few times of the year where you could wear a sleeveless OR long sleeved dress and feel comfortable.
Here are some photos of couples who we have helped get married in November who loved their decision. Check back for highlights from December couples shortly! If you are interested in getting married with us, we have more information at then end of the blog post.
Are you excited to visit us in Savannah?!
We are excited to have you! Here are some critical points about booking an end of the year elopement or intimate wedding package.
If you are planning on getting married in Georgia, you must have a marriage license issued by the state. If you live in Georgia, you can get your license from any of our 159 counties. If you are out-of-state, you must get your license from Chatham County, Georgia. They are backed up so we recommend you apply for your marriage license 30 days beforehand to ensure you will get it in time for your wedding.
If you are booking a package with over 6 guests and you want to celebrate at a restaurant after your wedding or elopement, please note that you may need to book a private room due to restaurant safety protocols.
If you would like to book our Intimate Destination Wedding Package for over 15 guests (all ages), you must rent a private, outside venue for the ceremony. Our squares are not available for groups that big without at least 90 days notice. We have options we can help you with and they run from $200-700.
We have a professional Zoom add-on option we are rolling out within the coming days. Please ask for more information!
We are booking couples through the end of 2021 so please inquire about other dates, too.
We look forward to hearing from you and look for our December highlight post coming soon!
Now that you’re engaged (YAY!), it’s time to plan how you will make your commitment to each other. Planning a wedding can seem stressful and complex. From deciding how many guests to invite, where to have your celebration, and what your overall budget should be… it can even feel impossible at times. You also have to make these decisions in the middle of an already busy life!
That’s where we’d like to help.
Choosing Savannah as the right place for your intimate wedding, and that we are the right team to help you make it all happen, is easier when you’re able to view the joyful experiences of couples who already made this choice. Enjoy these 13 stories of couples who chose our Intimate Destination Wedding package for 10-30 guests over the last three years. We chose to feature a diverse group of couples who were united in having the same vision we do- celebrating love should be beautiful, relaxing and empowering.
As one of our grooms put it in a comment on our Facebook page, he felt honored that “We are part of a special group of people, who worked with a very special group of people to make magic happen in a beautiful city.”
Couple Story : Sandee & Chris from Duluth, MN, July 2019
Sandee and Chris were married ten years ago on the beach at Tybee Island with a small handful of family members. Ten years later- after three cross-country moves and bringing their beautiful children, John, Savannah, and Emerson, into the world- they returned to Savannah to renew their vows and celebrate with a larger group of their family and friends.
Couple Story: Hayley & Young from Jacksonville, FL, August 2019
Hayley and Young met unexpectedly when she made a quick trip to Jacksonville to shop at our closest IKEA. Their meeting led to an extended day trip, including a stop to play games together at Dave & Busters. After a year of traveling back and forth from Savannah to Jacksonville, they read heart filled vows to each other at their wedding ceremony.
Couple Story: Rebecca & Robert from Waynesboro, Pa, March 2019
When Rebecca met Robert, she could not believe her luck that she met a guy that rode a motorcycle and LOVED the Gilmore Girls. Their ceremony featured a reading by Neil Gaiman and video diaries from their guests.
Couple Story: Heather & Andre from Ottawa, KS, October 2019
Heather and Andre met at a party when they were teenagers. The second time that Heather saw Andre, she knew she would grow old with him and a few days later, they shared their deepest secrets with each other. Twenty years later, they were handfasted in front of their families and their son Noah.
Vendors: Officiant: Tracy Brisson | Photography: It’s Megan Jones | Hair & Makeup: Shea Hollister | Pedicab: Royal Bike Taxi | Celebration: Vic’s On The River
Couple Story: Taylor & Josh, from Dacula, GA, April 2019
Taylor & Josh met when they worked at a pizza place in high school. Their first date was after work at a Burger King. Let’s just say that their wedding was considerably fancier!
Vendors:Officiant: Tracy Brisson | Photography:Ashly McCoy, Wedding Photographer | Hair & Makeup: Shea Hollister | Flowers: Kato Floral Designs | Pedicabs: Royal Bike Taxi | Cake: Gigi’s Cupcakes of Savannah | Celebration: Ruth Chris
Couple Story: Erica & Jonathan from Augusta GA, August 2018
Erica and Jonathan got to know each other over a number of Vietnamese and Tex-Mex meals. Soon, they were doing everything together and knew they wanted to spend the rest of their life together. During their intimate ceremony, Jonathan made vows to Erica’s son Jaxen, too.
Couple Story: Dian & Ben from Houston, TX, September 2019
Dian and Ben met when Ben visited Indonesia for work and Dian worked at the consulate. They were sad when Ben returned to Houston, knowing the distance was too far for a relationship, but they continued messaging each other from afar. Soon, Dian found out she was being unexpectedly reassigned to a new consulate assignment in, of all places …Houston, TX! As Dian and Ben found out, the universe often has its own plans and two years later, they were married in a romantic ceremony in Savannah. Dian’s family participated in the event from across the world via video. As part of their ceremony, they placed love letters to each other in a box to read together on a future date.
Couple Story: Nicole and Nancy from Orlando, FL, October 2018
Nicole and Nancy from Orlando, FL went to see Antman on their first date. Two years later, they were engaged in Savannah and the horse that led their carriage was named Batman. It was fate! We were excited that they returned to Savannah for their wedding that featured so many bright fall colors.
Vendors: Officiant: Tracy Brisson | Photography: It’s Megan Jones | Hair & Makeup: Salon Aqua | Flowers: Kato Floral Designs | Violin: Na @ Ocean Violinist | Trolley:Old Savannah Trolley | Cake: Gigi’s Cupcakes of Savannah | Celebration:Moon River Brewing Company
Couple Story: William & Megan from Douglasville, GA, July 2018
William and Megan wanted a ceremony that honored their Pagan beliefs, followed by a fun weekend with all of their friends and family in Savannah. They had a ritual filled ceremony in front of the marsh at Bonaventure Cemetery.
Vendors:Officiant: Tracy Brisson | Photography: It’s Megan Jones | Hair & Makeup: Royal Hair & Makeup
Couple Story: Annie & Akash from Nashville TN, February 2019
Annie & Akash met like a lot of our couples do, on Bumble! Their goal was to create a very intimate ceremony experience that included expressions of deep gratitude to their families
Location: Orleans Square
Vendors: Partner Officiant: Molly Hayden | Photography: It’s Megan Jones | Pedicab: Royal Bike Taxi | Celebration:Husk
Couple Story: Sean & Ken from Savannah, GA, December 2019
When Sean and Ken relocated from Minnesota for Ken’s career and their families, they decided it would be the perfect place for a backyard wedding that in the Filipino tradition, celebrated the marriage of not only two people, but two families. They were lassoed for their ceremony and Ken’s nieces played music and read a poem as part of the ceremony.
Location: Private home
Vendors:Partner Officiant: Tara Kelly | Photography: Ashly McCoy, Wedding Photographer | Cake: Gigi’s Cupcakes of Savannah | Celebration: Alligator Soul
Couple Story: Julie & Chad from Milwaukee, WI, October 2019
Julie and Chad met when Julie was out with friends, ironically celebrating her friend’s breakup. They soon fell in love and moved in together during a stage they fondly call “The Takeover.” While they were originally going to be married at Forsyth Park, they moved their ceremony into Whitefield Square due to Tropical Storm Nestor and it was just as beautiful.
Location: Whitefield Square
Vendors:Officiant: Tracy Brisson | Photography: It’s Megan Jones | Hair & Makeup: Shea Hollister | Flowers: Kato Floral Designs | Pedicabs: Royal Bike Taxi | Cake: Gigi’s Cupcakes of Savannah | Lunch Catering:Le Cafe Gourmet | Celebration: Husk
Couple Story: Linda & JD from Atlanta, GA, November 2017
Linda & JD met 23 years ago when they flirted with each other on a film set, and after a 19 year engagement. We asked Linda’s dad if he was finally ready for Linda to be JD to be his official son-in-law and they tied a fisherman’s knot to symbolize the strength of their relationship.
Vendors: Officiant: Tracy Brisson | Photography: It’s Megan Jones | Flowers: Garden on the Square
Couple Story: Deyanira & Justin from Rex, GA, May 2019
Deyanira and Justin went to high school together and casually kept up with each other after graduation via Facebook. Years later, they reconnected in person where they had dinner and played the board game Life. The chemistry was undeniable and a few years later, they made their commitment to each other with extremely personal vows in front of their families and their children.
Location: Forsyth Park
Vendors:Officiant: Tracy Brisson | Photography: It’s Megan Jones | Pedicabs: Royal Bike Taxi
I hope you are just as inspired as we are by all of our couples. Have questions about your celebration in Savannah? Send us a note. We’d love to chat!
Hey y’all! I am excited to announce a new offering we have called The Adventure Hour, a special add-on for clients who book the Savannah Elopement Experience.
Over the last year, we’ve encouraged our clients who want additional time with our photographers to book an extra hour with their photographer and to also book pedicabs with our partner, Royal Bike Taxi. Using pedicabs adds opportunities to get photos among more squares, options you can’t get by walking or driving. It is also creates a relaxed and fun vibe which is something we aim for with all of our offerings. Many of our couples have said that the pedicabs were one of their favorite parts of their entire experience!
Previously, we required couples to book their extra hour of photography and Royal Bike Taxi service separately, but now they can book them directly with us through the Adventure Hour add-on. You’ll see this as an option on your elopement order form for $495. As part of this add-on, we will take care of all the scheduling, confirmations, and vendor payments. Not only is this more convenient for our clients, it’s a reduced price compared to when they were booked separately.
In case you are on the fence about whether the Adventure Hour is worth it, here are some photos of two couples who elected to add an extra hour of photography with pedicabs and the beautiful photos they were able to take in so many gorgeous locations.
Monica & Evan, October 2018
Monica & Evan were married at Forsyth Park in front of their friends and family and then went on a photography adventure across the downtown area with Royal Bike Taxi and Megan Jones of It’s Megan Jones Photography. Monica’s hair and makeup were done by the artists at Royal Hair & Makeup.
Weren’t all those photos all dreamy?!? We really do live and work in a beautiful city! We look forward to working with you on your wedding. You can fill out the form below if there are additional questions you’d like us to answer, too!
Hey y’all! We get lots of questions about how our Client Concierge service works. I thought it makes the most sense to just show you examples of how awesome this service is! Our Client Concierge service is included in our Intimate Destination Wedding Package and Savannah Elopement Experience, and can be purchased as an add-on for our Popup Elopement and Create Your Story packages.
These services are managed by our Client Concierge, Jennifer Griffin Curts, who is a master of organization and vendor relationships. She spends her days texting, emailing and calling our partner vendors to get things ready for your wedding ceremony, with the occasional assist from me.
As your Client Concierge, Jennifer helps clients virtually with tasks in ten categories.
Research lodging options
Make dinner reservations
Complete permit applications
Order and have a bouquet delivered
Book a hair and makeup artist
Book an acoustic musician
Order and have a cake delivered
Book a videographer
Assist with reserving chair rentals and delivery
Make pedicab reservations for your extra hour of photography
Here is a summary of services we have booked for clients in each category.
Research lodging options and make dinner reservations.
Jennifer can conduct initial research for lodging options, based on your location preferences and budget, for both you and your guests. We can also get quotes for dinner and party options on the day of your wedding, as well as some other limited reservations for your stay.
We don’t take photos of the celebration after we end our couple’s photography session with you, but we have helped couples arrange for celebrations at all sorts of restaurants including The Olde Pink House, 700 Drayton at the Mansion, Rocks on the River, Vic’s on the River, Moon River, 45 Bistro, The Pirate’s House, The Chart House and the Savannah Riverboat, among others.
We have also helped couples cater in their celebrations, whether it was for the couple staying at an AirBnB, or for 30 guests in a small venue. The possibilities are only limited by our imagination, the places available for your date, and your budget.
Complete permit applications (and assist with chair rentals).
For couples who have the number of guests where a permit is needed, we’ve helped dozens of them rent squares and Forsyth Park through the City of Savannah, as well as arrange permits for Bonaventure Cemetery and the Wormsloe Historic Site. We’ve also helped get quotes for chair rentals for those couples who have wanted chairs.
Greenwich Park at Bonaventure Cemetery, Bonaventure Cemetery and the Wormsloe Historic Site all require permits, even if it just the couple.
Order and have a bouquet delivered.
We work with a few floral designers who create unique wedding and elopement bouquets. Here are a few of our favorites from the past winter and spring seasons.
We can also help you order flowers for the whole family, including corsages and boutonnieres.
Book a hair and makeup artist.
Hair and makeup is our most popular requested service for both our elopements and weddings. It’s fun to get glammed up for your photos! Here are some looks created by our most popular artists, with the brides’ directions.
Book an acoustic musician.
We can book any type of musician for your ceremony, but our most popular, by far, are our violinists!
Order and have a cake delivered.
We assist with lots of cake deliveries, but we don’t have many photos in our library because we’re not at the post-ceremony celebration. We did snag some photos from Erica & Jonathan’s Intimate Destination Wedding of these delicious desserts at the Savannah Botanical Gardens.
Make pedicab reservations for your extra hour of photography.
And finally… if you have two hours of photography with us, we highly recommend that you let us book you pedicabs with Royal Bike Taxi. Chris and his team will drive you around town in their pedicabs so you can get photos with twice as many backgrounds, as well as relax and drink some champagne, feel a nice breeze and share some snuggles as you come down from the highs of making your lifetime commitment to each other. Our couples have reported it is one of their favorite experiences of their wedding.
We’re so excited to work with you and make your elopement or Intimate Destination Wedding in Savannah perfect! If you need more information to help you decide which package is for you, you can read our planning guide, too. You can also fill out the form below if there are additional questions you’d like us to answer.
One of our most frequently asked questions we receive when someone books a Ceremony + Photography package is “What do you do when the weather gets rainy?” While I would love to be able to guarantee wonderful weather to every couple who marries in Savannah, I lack those super powers. I do track weather via multiple sources leading up to every ceremony to try to relieve as much stress as possible from the couple.
We, of course, have backup plans for your wedding in case it does end up being rainy on your wedding day! Here is a quick summary of those options.
As long as it is not completely stormy, we usually use one of three outdoor backup places for the ceremony. One is the bandshell at Forsyth Park, which is a big open space and completely covered outside theater. The second and third are the gazebos in Whitefield and Crawford Squares. These locations do have capacity limits.
Savannah’s weather is very temperamental, especially during the summer, and the weather changes frequently during a day. Depending on our schedule that day, we can also reschedule the time with you if rain is only predicted for a short period of time and it works with the rest of your plans.
If you have chosen the Intimate Destination Wedding package and are having a reception style celebration after your ceremony, you may also be able to use that location as backup.
The most important thing is to keep an open mind and commit to having fun, no matter what the circumstances. We have some clear umbrellas to have some fun with for the rest of your photos. One of the unexpected benefits of rainy day photos can be dreamy lighting.
Here are some photos of couples who rolled with the rain, had fun experiences, and received beautiful photographs.
We look forward to working with you to make your day perfect!
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Hey y’all! I get many questions on what to wear to an elopement here in Savannah. With 300+ Ceremony Plus Photo packages booked over the last three years, I have witnessed all sorts of wedding attire… and that is the way it should be! Your wedding ceremony with me is a space where I want you to be as authentic as possible and feel safe and excited to do so.
Most of our couples choose to wear conventional wedding wear- long, white or ivory dresses and dark suits and tuxes, with a small percentage electing for something very casual. Our couples always look perfect, whether they are wearing a dress that’s big and poofy- or sleek and form-fitting- or a suit that features a bow-tie. This particular blog post celebrates some of the more non-traditional choices we’ve seen from 2015 to 2017. It was hard to choose just a few highlights, but hopefully they give some inspiration to anyone planning a destination elopement who wants to try something different. I have separated these photos into categories: (1) Shimmer & Pink, (2) Vintage Love, (3) Pop of Color, (4) Elopement Style, (5) Unique & Awesome, and (6) Fashionable Grooms.
All photos are by It’s Megan Jones Photography unless otherwise noted. I am looking forward to seeing what all our 2018 couples (and beyond) wear to celebrate with us!
PS: Don’t forget to look at the shoes and the headpieces as you glance through these gorgeous elopement photos!
Shimmer & Pink
I’ve said before, on the blog and social media, that I don’t find myself very girly, but I am beside myself when someone shows up in an outfit that sparkles, shimmers, or is silver, pink or blush. Here are a few brides who selected dresses that made me squee.
I included an extra photo of Sophia because of her super glam jacket, too.
Many of our brides who choose to wear gowns still gravitate toward a vintage, or even boho look. These couples made it a whole theme or communicated to us that they found their decades-old dress in a thrift store or wore something given to them from their family.
Lacey looks so sassy in this photo. I love it!
Turns out a stole is also convenient to wrap your new husband in during the first kiss!
Even Patrick and Kelly’s dog dressed up for their day.
We love dogs, and babies!
And finally, you cannot get more vintage than a steampunk wedding.
Pop of Color
I love when couples wear color to their elopement. More of this, please!
What dreamy lighting these two ladies had for their portraits!
Surprisingly, Barbee is the only bride we’ve had wear black. I think it is an amazing option for anyone’s wedding day.
Many brides go with a short dress for an elopement. Here are just a few that rocked it. Lots of amazing outfits among these grooms, too!
More sassiness in Troup Square! Check out those matching shoes, too.
Michelle’s dress was short and long and made for her to swish and swing all over Savannah!
Unique and Awesome
These two brides did not fit into their own category so I had to make one just for them. First, we have Brandi who rocked a bridal pantsuit.
Second, we have Amanda, who wore a custom made tutu for her special day.
And last, Victoria’s dress is in the unique category because of its design, and because it met a specific dress goal most women wish for: IT HAD POCKETS!
Grooms also have taken some risks, whether it is coordinating their outfits, wearing seersucker, or wearing a jacket that wasn’t a dark color.
And that’s a wrap. I hope you loved these 34 couples as much as I did!
It’s been a bit busy here, with booking 2018 weddings, but I am finally finishing Part 2 of our 2017 year-in-review! This post covers weddings and elopements that took place between July 2017 and December 2017, as well as professional and personal milestones. With so many couples, I can only include so many highlights, especially with our busy fall wedding season months, but I appreciated all the couples we worked with!
In Part One, I gave some overview stats about how many weddings we did and where they took place. Here are more statistics on 2017 wedding ceremonies and where destination wedding couples traveled from.
I prepared more ceremonies in 2017 (236) compared to 2016 (228). More people requested custom ceremonies, too. In 2017, I prepared 140 custom ceremonies compared to 122 in 2016. That is more than half a month of extra custom ceremonies!
As far as nerdy and geeky content, I said “You are only as strong as you are united, as weak as you are divided” (Harry Potter) 16 times, and also asked if you “liked and loved” your partner (Parks & Recreation), and quoted Game of Thrones, twice each.
Looking at the 111 couples who booked a Ceremony + Photo package with us, we had people visit us in Savannah from 25 states this year to be married with our team. Thanks for visiting us this year! As much as my job is in weddings, it is also a lot of tourism, too. Here is a handy map of where people visited from.
The couples who traveled the furthest were from Washington, Maine and Vermont. The closest were 4 local couples.
We were extremely popular with couples who live in Ohio (6).
Last year, we had a number of international couples, but zero this year. They do say international travel to the US is down nationwide.
And on to our month by month reviews of July 2017 through December 2017!
July 2017 Review
When I look back at July 2017, I could not believe how busy we were, for a month that is not traditionally associated with the Savannah wedding season. The first week of July brought us two lovely elopements with Sophie & Jeremy from Charlottesville, VA and Mallerie & Gregory from Moss Point, Mississippi.
In mid-July, we delivered our first Intimate Destination Wedding package with Rachael and Tye in Forsyth Park. Based on inquiries and experience working with couples the previous three years, we realized that many couples wanted a package for up to 30 guests that included the officiant and photographer, as well as some light planning assistance. Rachael and Tye were not the first who booked, but the first event that took place and we think it turned out lovely. If you want to learn more about their vendors and plans, you can check out our Intimate Destination Wedding Guide.
In mid-July, we married the lovely Carmen & Natalie at the Forsyth Park Fountain. Carmen was GORGEOUS and it felt like the Fountain was made for her to take pictures in front of! We were so proudwhen this picture was featured inHuffPost Wedding’s Most Beautiful Weddings of July 2017 and they even featured it on their Instagram.
Samantha and Jordan were married in Orleans Square with their 5 children present, as well as other family members and more children! It was the first wedding we had where the kids outnumbered the adults and it was amazing. You can tell from this ceremony photo, that they are both a lot of fun and see their “perfectly imperfect” (a quote they asked me to use in their ceremony) life as a great adventure.
And at the end of July, we worked with one of the CUTEST couples of the year, Norma & Joseph, from the Washington, DC area. We had plans to be married in Orleans Square, but rain (and an Uber) drove us to Whitefield Square where we held their intimate ceremony with lots of laughs and joyful tears. They met working at IKEA, which also tickled me pink.
In July, I also published a long form piece about officiating weddings, titled “The Wondrous and Womanly Job of Officiating Weddings.” My goal is to write a memoir about this time in my life someday and writing this was part of feeling that process out. I was really pleased when the online publication Athena Talks approached me to acquire the rights to republish it in their collection, helping it get a wider audience. If you read it, let me know what you think!
On a personal note ….
My son Alex turned one! He began walking two days before his first birthday and we have been chasing him ever since. This was the last milestone session we had with Andrea Krey photography. The cake was made by one of our favorites, The Cupcake Parlor.
August 2017 Review
I actually took August off from officiating weddings, though my partners officiated ceremonies I wrote from my office. August is generally a slow month for weddings so it felt like a good time to have wrist surgery that I had been delaying. I had a small, benign, ganglion cyst removed that was pushing on a nerve and making everyday tasks hard, like carrying my 26 pound child and even typing. After a few weeks of post-surgery recovery, I felt like I had a brand new body part!
I also attended WeddingWire World in August, a conference for wedding professionals. The main reason I attended was to meet other wedding officiants that I had become friends with on Facebook and spoke to all the time in groups. It was amazing to meet them in person!
While I was taking time off, our Partner Officiant Chris married Lee & Randall at their Intimate Destination Wedding in Greene Square and performed a 25th anniversary vow renewal for Christie & Jon at Forsyth Park, the location where Jon proposed 26 years before!
September 2017 Review
The beginning of September was all about Hurricane Irma, which was projected to hit Savannah and Tybee Island directly. Fortunately, it did not, but we were still evacuated, which changed a lot of people’s plans, including cancelling weddings. Fortunately, Michelle and Charles were able to drive up from Atlanta a few days early for their epic Savannah Elopement Experience. Both the lighting and weather were perfect, the day before the storm!
A few days after Irma passed our way, Megan and I were able to meet Marie and Geoffrey from Gainesville, FL who were married on Tybee Island before they went back to Florida for a celebration with their family. With so many folks still gone from the evacuation, we were some of the only people on the beach, despite the amazing weather!
The end of September brought Lucia and Pratik’s Intimate Destination Wedding in Whitefield Square, where they celebrated with their family. They met in medical school and everything about their ceremony was perfect, including where Pratik shared a special necklace with her, the Mangalsutra. If you want to learn more about their wedding, you can review a summary in our Intimate Destination Wedding Guide.
The last Savannah Elopement Experience of the month was the delightful Sierra & Adam from the Philadelphia, PA area. How amazing is Sierra’s dress? She brought her delightful mom and aunts who wore great hats, too. I loved them all!
On a personal note ….
September was really focused on our family and Irma. When bad weather comes around, I become an amateur meteorologist and wish I was Storm from the X-Men.
October 2017 Review
October was an incredible month for elopements and weddings. We married 47 couples and almost all were custom ceremonies in one way or another. It is hard to just pick a few highlights!
Jason and Lenzie and Ohio were one of our first couples of the month. They were fun to work throughout the whole process. Their song was Heaven is a Place on Earth and I wrote their ceremony right after I watched the San Junipero episode of Black Mirror so I was mess. They were so delightful on their wedding day, too!
Amber and Matt from Illinois visited us for their Savannah Elopement Experience. It ended up raining on their wedding day, but it did not stop them fromlooking fabulous and having fun. Her gorgeous bouquet was designed by Kato Floral Designs and her hair and makeup was by Brooke Marie & Lindsey Wirht. All of her services were sent up by Shannon, our Client Concierge.
On October 13th, I had three weddings across the city, from the Wormsloe Historic Site (Tiffany & Cody) to Orleans Square (Emiley & Harrison) and finally to Forsyth Park (Hannah & Cody), all under different weather conditions!
That weekend, I also married our 900th couple, Laura & Rhys from Maine, in a whimsical ceremony with Alice in Wonderland references. They were ridiculously in love.
Mid-October also brought us back to Tybee to work with Samantha and Kristopher from Maryland. When I pronounced them married, Samantha threw her hand in the air. This is definitely one of my favorite wedding pictures of all of 2017!
October 21st was the busiest day of the entire year. All of our officiants worked and all three of us officiated exactly at 5PM. We also worked for the first time with a new partner photographer, Ashly McCoy, Wedding Photographer. Here are pictures she took of the weddings for Zach & Julia in Whitefield Square and Tiffany & Dakota in Troup Square.
That weekend, I also married Jenny & Renee in the older part of Bonaventure Cemetery, overlooking the marsh, withLyndi & Jason Photography. They included their puppy who was incredibly sweet!
The end of October brought us another midwestern couple, Virginia & Robert, from Michigan. They told people that they were eloping, but not where, which I thought was brilliant! I also loved that Virginia wore a purple dress.
And finally, the last Sunday of October brought me back to the Wormsloe Historic Site with Kristy & Rob who had the perfect, intimate wedding with their family, planned by Savannah Wedding Dreams.
I was also inducted into the 100 Review Club for WeddingWire in October. This was a big deal because I have only been in business a few years, and I really appreciate all the amazing things my past clients have said about me. My clients make my job easy!
Also, random, but by the end of October, I was hired by my fourth female drill sergeant to plan and officiate their elopement or intimate wedding in 2017. I will not identify who they are to protect their privacy, but this really flattered me. There are not a lot of female drill sergeants and I appreciated that some of the most badass women in our country felt I was the person who would organize their wedding ceremony the best!
On a personal note ….
Alex started daycare, which theoretically allowed me to begin working full time again. In practice, that has not been the case as our entire family’s immune systems acclimate to daycare germs. As of February 2018, this is still a work in progress.
Halloween brought the 7th anniversary of my first visit to Savannah as a tourist. While the vibrancy of the city immediately impacted me, I had no idea this would be my home the way it became. I am grateful that the risks I took paid off.
November 2017 Review
Nationally, November is a slow period for weddings, but not in Savannah, where the weather is still mild. My first wedding of the month was with Amber & Paige in Columbia Square. Their ceremony had lots of Harry Potter references!
In mid November, we were revisited by Michael & Nicole for a vow renewal on the one year anniversary of their Savannah Elopement Experience! They brought their new addition to their family, Clementine, who was amazingly cute. We also burned a Carl Sagan candle. Their original wedding ceremony had quotes from Carl and their vow renewal featured his wife, Ann.
Linda & JD were married on a November Monday on the south side of Tybee Island in front of their family. They met in the film industry 19 years ago and finally decided it was time to make it official. Linda had two amazing dresses for the photos. They were the best, and had great lighting for their ceremony.
The last Saturday of November brought me two couples and the first was Bonni & Monika from Augusta, GA. They were so cute!
My second couple were Andrea & Paul who were married at the Coastal Botanical Gardens. They used my All In Packageto create an extremely custom ceremony with readings, rituals, and personal vows that reflected their 30 year relationship as friends and then more. I actually Facebook lived their ceremony and you can view it on my Facebook business page.
In November, I found out that I won The Knot’s Best of The Year award and that I was the only Savannah wedding officiant to have won. That made me extremely proud!
My two new Partner Officiants, April and Molly also started officiating in November. April’s first ceremony was with Angela & Keith and their family. Molly officiated with Ashley & Joshua in an intimate elopement at the Wormsloe Historic Site.
On a personal note ….
November flew by! I was happy to host Thanksgiving at my home with friends and watch Alex smear himself in sweet potatoes.
December 2017 Review
December was much slower! One of the first couples of the months was Jessica & Kevin from Tennessee who eloped at Bonaventure. They used a vintage table from Savannah Vintage Rentals for their sand ceremony. How gorgeous is that background!
The last few weeks of a year always brings us Simple Signing Services at the Savannah Cozy Chapel, too. We introduced a new officiant, Lindsey, to exclusively help us with Signing Service, and she started that week. Here are a few pictures of the couples that were married at the end of December.
The last weekend of the year brought us a Popup Elopement with Sophia & Forrest. Forrest had just returned from deployment and could not stop taking about how beautiful his new wife was.
And finally, our last couple of the year was Patricia and John from Minnesota, almost at the Canadian border. As you can see from how I am dressed, it was a bit cold for Savannah, but probably not for them. John said he did not like to smile, but we got a little upturn of his lips for his bride.
On a personal note ….
Josh, Alex and I had some family photos with Esther Griffin Photography, also at the Fountain at Forsyth Park. Even after 70+ ceremonies in 2017 at that location, I couldn’t resist using it for my own photos.
And that is a wrap on my 2017, which you can see was an amazing year for my business. I look forward to working with all of my 2018 couples and reporting on our adventures at this time next year!
I can’t believe 2017 is behind us. It was a FANTASTIC year to elope or have a wedding in Savannah, GA! Here is part one of a year-in-review for weddings and elopements in Savannah, covering January through June of 2017. I’ve included highlights from the wedding ceremonies we officiated, as well as some professional and personal milestones. With so many couples, I can only include so many highlights and these are just a few that I remembered among many wonderful couples I worked with in 2017.
First here, is a quick review of ALL of 2017. In 2017 …
We married 351 couples across 54 locations.
We married 73 couples in Forsyth Park, compared to 55 in 2016.
Whitefield Square (19) and Orleans Square (18) came ahead of Tybee Island (13) for other favorite locations. Some of the increase in popularity for Whitefield Square was caused by a rainy summer. The next favorites were Lafayette Square (12) and Pulaski Square (8).
We performed 155 ceremonies in a downtown square or park in 2017 compared to 121 in 2016.
For traditional venues, including hotels and historic homes, our most popular location in 2017 was Red Gate Farms (5), followed by The Gingerbread House (3) and The Mackey House (3).
I’ll include more summary statistics in part two, as well, but here are month by month reviews of January 2017 through June 2017!
January 2017 Review
January is generally a slow month for us in Savannah, but in 2017, we were hopping busy!
In early January, we married Amy & Dean from Asheville, NC. This is one of my favorite photos of the whole year. Because of tourist crowds, we don’t always get to take many great pictures in Chippewa Square, the place where Forrest Gump was filmed.