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Savannah Intimate Destination Weddings: 13 Real Wedding Stories

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.”

In addition to these couples, you can also view the Intimate Destination Weddings of Temprest & Joseph, which was featured on Offbeat Bride, and Cassandra & Armando and Monica and Evan, who were featured on our blog about our partnership with Royal Bike Taxi. We’re always posting galleries on Instagram, too!


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.

Location: Monterey Square

Vendors: Officiant: Partner Buffy Nelson | Photography: It’s Megan Jones | Hair & Makeup: Shea Hollister | Flowers: Kato Floral Designs | Chairs: Edwards Events | Cake: Gigi’s Cupcakes of Savannah | Celebration: Vic’s On the River

Sandee even wrote a blog post about her experience with our team!


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.

Location: Troup Square

Vendors: Officiant: Tracy Brisson | Photography: It’s Megan Jones | Hair & Makeup: Shea Hollister | Flowers: Kato Floral Designs | Cello: Austin @ Coastal Chamber Musicians | Pedicabs: Royal Bike Taxi | Cake: Gigi’s Cupcakes of Savannah | Celebration: Alligator Soul


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.

Location: Forsyth Park

Vendors: Officiant: Tracy Brisson | Photography: It’s Megan Jones | Videography: Ardsley Park Productions | Hair & Makeup: Salon Aqua | Flowers: Sola Wood Flowers | Violin: Na @ Ocean Violinist | Celebration: Perch & Local 11Ten 


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.

Location: Lafayette Square

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! 

Location: Pulaski Square

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.

Location: Savannah Botanical Gardens

Vendors: Officiant: Partner Buffy Nelson | Photography: Photos by Rick Burkhart | Flowers: Kato Floral Designs | Cake: Gigi’s Cupcakes of Savannah | Catering: Savannah Event Catering


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.

Location: Wormsloe Historic Site

Vendors: Officiant: Tracy Brisson | Photography: It’s Megan Jones | Hair & Makeup: Royal Hair & Makeup | Flowers: Kato Floral Designs | Violin: Na @ Ocean Violinist


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. 

Location: Columbia Square

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.

Location: 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.

Location: Tybee Island

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!

Until next time, 

Tracy Brisson, Founder of Savannah Custom Weddings & Elopements

 

 

 

 

 


Introducing The New Adventure Hour Package Add-On!

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.


Cassandra & Armando, August 2018

Cassandra & Armando were married in Chatham Square and included their son in their ceremony. Transportation was provided by Royal Bike Taxi and their photos were taken by Ashly of Matthew & Ashly Fine Art + Films. Cassandra’s hair and makeup were by Shea Hollister and florals were by Kato Floral Designs

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! 

Until next time, 

Tracy Brisson, Founder of Savannah Custom Weddings & Elopements 

 

 

 


Ask Tracy: How Our Client Concierge Service Works

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. 

Jennifer Griffin Curts, Scheduling Manager & Client Concierge. Photo by It’s Megan Jones.

As your Client Concierge, Jennifer helps clients virtually with tasks in ten categories.

  1. Research lodging options
  2. Make dinner reservations
  3. Complete permit applications
  4. Order and have a bouquet delivered 
  5. Book a hair and makeup artist 
  6. Book an acoustic musician 
  7. Order and have a cake delivered 
  8. Book a videographer
  9. Assist with reserving chair rentals and delivery
  10. 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. 

elopement celebration in Savannah.
Kelsey & David at the Savannah Riverboat Cruise, March 2018. Photo by It’s Megan Jones.

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. 

Julia & Zach, October 2017, Whitefield Square. Photo by Ashly McCoy, Wedding Photographer.
Jenna & Garrett, May 2018, Forsyth Park. Photo by It’s Megan Jones.
Kelsey & David, March 2018, Orleans Square. Photo by It’s Megan Jones.
Jodi & John, June 2018, Lafayette Square. Photo by It’s Megan Jones.

Greenwich Park at Bonaventure Cemetery, Bonaventure Cemetery and the Wormsloe Historic Site all require permits, even if it just the couple. 

Jessica & Jonathan, December 2017, Greenwich Park. Photo by Ashly McCoy, Wedding Photographer.
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Megan and William, July 2018, Bonaventure Cemetery. It’s Megan Jones Photography.
Karrie & Dan, April 2018, Wormsloe Historic Site. Photo by Ashly McCoy, Wedding Photographer..

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.

Jessica & Jonathan, December 2017. Kato Floral Designs. Photo by Ashly McCoy, Wedding Photographer..
Jenna & Garrett, May 2018. Kato Floral Designs. Photo by It’s Megan Jones.
Kelsey & David, March 2018. Kristian Designs. Photo by It’s Megan Jones.
Jessica & Zach, April 2018. Kato Floral Designs. Photo by It’s Megan Jones.

We can also help you order flowers for the whole family, including corsages and boutonnieres. 

Erica & Jonathan, August 2018. Kato Floral Designs. Photo by Photos by Rich.

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. 

Lauren & John, May 2018. Hair & Makeup by Shea Hollister. Photo by It’s Megan Jones.
kelsey & David, March 2018. Hair & Makeup by Shea Hollister. Photo by It’s Megan Jones.
Alexandria & Bijean, February 2018. Makeup by Devin Sade. Photo by Photos by RIch.
Jodi & John, May 2018. Hair & Makeup by Hustle and Blow Dry Bar. Photo by It’s Megan Jones.
Megan & William, July 2018. Hair & Makeup by Royal Makeup & Hair. Photo by It’s Megan Jones.
Jessica & Zach, April 2018. Hair & Makeup by Roots Southern Salon. Photo by It’s Megan Jones.
Rhonda & Duane, February 2018. Hair & Makeup by Roots Southern Salon. Photo by Ashly McCoy, Wedding Photographer.
Tieesh & Brian, February 2018. Makeup by Lindsey Wirht. Hair by Beauty by Brooke. Photo by Ashly McCoy, Wedding Photographer..

Book an acoustic musician. 

We can book any type of musician for your ceremony, but our most popular, by far, are our violinists!

Alexandria & Bijean, February 2018. Ocean Violinist. Photo by Photos by Rich.
savannah violinist
Kayte & Alan, April 2018. Violinist Chuck Dizinno. Photo by It’s Megan Jones.

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. 

Erica & Jonathan, August 2018. Cupcakes by Gigi’s Cupcakes. Photo by Photos by Rich.
Erica & Jonathan, August 2018. Cake by Gigi’s Cupcakes. Photo by Photos by Rich.

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. 

Alexandria & Bijean, February 2018. Pedicabs by Royal Bike Taxi. Photo by Photos by Rich.
Hannah & Jason, February 2018. Pedicabs by Royal Bike Taxi. Photo by Ashly McCoy, Wedding Photographer..
Megan & Josh, April 2018. Pedicabs by Royal Bike Taxi. Photo by Itr’s Megan Jones.

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. 

Until next time, 

Tracy Brisson, Founder of Savannah Custom Weddings & Elopements

 

 

 

 


Beautiful Rainy Elopements In Savannah

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 there is no way we can have your wedding outside safely, we also have an indoor venue, the Savannah Cozy Chapel, and we will do everything we can to have a great time with the space. 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. 

Fannie & Clarence, May 2016. Photo by It’s Megan Jones. Ceremony at Bandshell at Forsyth Park.
Fannie & Clarence, May 2016. Photo by It’s Megan Jones. Forsyth Park.
Janice & Karen, December 2016. Photo by It’s Megan Jones. Ceremony in Whitefield Square.
Janice & Karen, December 2016. Photo by It’s Megan Jones. Forsyth Park.
Adrienne & Anna, May 2018. Photo by Photos by Rich. Ceremony in Whitefield Square.
Adrienne & Anna, May 2018. Photo by Photos by Rich. Whitefield Square.
Norma & Joseph, July 2017. Photo by It’s Megan Jones. Ceremony in Whitefield Square.
Norma & Joseph, July 2017. Photo by It’s Megan Jones. Whitefield Square.
Laura & Bo, April 2017. Photo by It’s Megan Jones. Ceremony at Bandshell at Forsyth Park.
Laura & Bo, April 2017. Photo by It’s Megan Jones. Forsyth Park.
Amber & Matt, October 2017. Photo by It’s Megan Jones. Calhoun Square.
Amber & Matt, October 2017. Photo by It’s Megan Jones. Jones Street.
Christy & April, April 2018. Photo by Matthew & Ashly Fine Art + Film. Ceremony in Crawford Square.
Christy & April, April 2018. Photo by Matthew & Ashly Fine Art + Film. Crawford Square.
Virginia & Robert, October 2018. Photo by It’s Megan Jones. Ceremony in Whitefield Square.
Virginia & Robert, October 2018. Photo by It’s Megan Jones. Forsyth Park
Amber & Trey, February 2018. Photo by Matthew & Ashly Fine Art + Film. Ceremony in Whitefield Square.
Amber & Trey, February 2018. Photo by Matthew & Ashly Fine Art + Film. Whitefield Square.
Kristen & Noe, September 2015. Photo by It’s Megan Jones. Ceremony at Bandshell in Forsyth Park.
Kristen & Noe, September 2015. Photo by It’s Megan Jones. Forsyth Park.
Emiley & Harrison, October 2017. Photo by It’s Megan Jones. Orleans Square.
Emiley & Harrison, October 2017. Photo by It’s Megan Jones. Orleans Square.
Jessica & Eric, June 2017. Photo by It’s Megan Jones. Ceremony at Fountain at Forsyth Park.
Jessica & Eric, June 2017. Photo by It’s Megan Jones. Jones Street.
Morgan & Brandon, February 2016. Photo by It’s Megan Jones. Ceremony at Bandshell at Forsyth Park.
Morgan & Brandon, February 2016. Photo by It’s Megan Jones. Forsyth Park.

We look forward to working with you to make your day perfect! 

Tracy Brisson, Founder of Savannah Custom Weddings & Elopements

 

 

 

 


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What to Wear To Your Savannah Elopement: 34 Style Ideas!

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. 

silver elopement dress
Sophia & Forrest, December 2017. Forsyth Park.

I included an extra photo of Sophia because of her super glam jacket, too.

winter wedding jacket
Sophia & Forrest, December 2017. Forsyth Park.
alternative wedding dress
Sierra & Adam, September 2017. Forsyth Park.
pink wedding dress
Stephanie & Rick, June 2017. Lafayette Square.
blush wedding dress in Savannah
Tiffany & Kenneth, February 2016. Whitefield Square.
lafayette square fountain wedding photography
Stephanie & Adam, October 2016. Lafayette Square.
peach wedding dress
Nicole & Michael, November 2016. Monterey Square.

Vintage Love

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. 

vintage military wedding
Tiffany & Dakota, October 2017. Troup Square. Photo by Matthew & Ashly Fine Art Photography.

Lacey looks so sassy in this photo. I love it!

Lacey & Aaron, June 2017. Troup Square.
boho Savannah elopement
Sarah & Rhett, April 2015. Calhoun Square.
vintage bridal dress beach wedding
Linda & JD, November 2017. Tybee Island.

Turns out a stole is also convenient to wrap your new husband in during the first kiss!

winter beach wedding
Linda & JD, November 2017. Tybee Island.

Even Patrick and Kelly’s dog dressed up for their day.

pet wedding
Kelly & Patrick, April 2016. Lafayette Square.

We love dogs, and babies!

family vow renewal in Savannah
Nicole & Michael vow renewal, November 2017. Fragrance Garden in Forsyth Park.

And finally, you cannot get more vintage than a steampunk wedding.

Steampunk wedding
Jessica & Brian, April 2016. Lafayette Square.

Pop of Color

I love when couples wear color to their elopement. More of this, please! 

pinup style elopement
Alex & Ashley, June 2016. Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home.
bride in purple
Virginia & Robert, October 2017. Gaston Street.
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Angela & Keith, November 2017. Green-Meldrim House.
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Carissa & Augusta, February 2016. Forsyth Park.

What dreamy lighting these two ladies had for their portraits!

Candice & Kristianna, January 2016. Forsyth Park.

Surprisingly, Barbee is the only bride we’ve had wear black. I think it is an amazing option for anyone’s wedding day. 

bride in black dress
Barbee & Russell, October 2017. Forsyth Park.

Elopement Style

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!

Purple elopement dress
Roy & Tereza, October 2016. Lafayette Square.
colorful elopement dress
April & Steve, May 2017. Forsyth Park.

More sassiness in Troup Square! Check out those matching shoes, too.

green converse wedding shoes
Keisa & Sheldon, April 2017. Troup Square.
Pink elopement dress
Charlotte & Rhys, November 2016. Bull Street.
two piece elopement dress.
Lucia & Pratik, September 2017. Forsyth Park.
historic savannah wedding photo
Arin & Giles, October 2016. Colonial Cemetery.

Michelle’s dress was short and long and made for her to swish and swing all over Savannah!

forsyth park wedding photo
Michelle & Charles, September 2017. Forsyth Park.

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. 

bridal pant suit
Brandi & Matt, February 2017. The Six Pence Pub.

Second, we have Amanda, who wore a custom made tutu for her special day. 

country bride
Amanda & Timothy. May 2017. Pulaski Square.

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!

wedding ceremony kiss
Victoria & Matthew, February 2017. Orleans Square

Fashionable Grooms

Grooms also have taken some risks, whether it is coordinating their outfits, wearing seersucker, or wearing a jacket that wasn’t a dark color.

same-sex wedding in savannah
Josh & Rob, May 2016. Jones Street.
wedding in historic savannah
Norma & Joseph, July 2017. Whitefield Square.
Elopement at forsyth park
Tyler & Hillary, June 2017. Forsyth Park.
savannah elopement
Victoria & Kevin, September 2016. Forsyth Park.
african american wedding in savannah
Eric & Jessica, June 2017. Gaston Street.

And that’s a wrap. I hope you loved these 34 couples as much as I did!

Until next time,

Tracy Brisson, Founder of Savannah Custom Weddings & Elopements

 

 

 

 


 

My Year in Review, Part 2: 2017 Had the BEST Savannah Weddings & Elopements!

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!
  • Our officiants performed 24 sand ceremonies, 7 handfastings and 4 love letter box rituals. You can look at pictures of these rituals in our ritual guide.
  • 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. 

wedding picture at the Savannah DeSoto
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography.
Savannah Elopement Photography
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

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

Savannah military wedding
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

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 proud when this picture was featured in HuffPost Wedding’s Most Beautiful Weddings of July 2017 and they even featured it on their Instagram. 

lesbian wedding in Savannah
Photo by It’s Megan Jones

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. 

wedding ceremony in orleans square
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

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. 

intimate wedding in whitfield square savannah
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

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!

Wedding Wire World 2017 Officiants

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!

same sex marriage in Savannah
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

 

vow renewal at Forsyth Park
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

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!

wedding at forsyth park
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

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!

Tybee Island Elopement
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

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

Buddhist wedding in Savannah
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

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!

alternative wedding dress
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

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!

Forsyth Park Savannah wedding photo
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

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 from looking 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!

Wormsloe wedding
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography
Orleans Square Savannah elopement
Photo by It’s Megan Jones
forsyth park wedding photos
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

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.

Sunset wedding ceremony in Savannah
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

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!

Tybee Island wedding celebration
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography.

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.

wedding ceremony in Whitefield Square
Photo by Ashly McCoy, Wedding Photographer
military wedding in Savannah
Photo by Ashly McCoy, Wedding Photographer

That weekend, I also married Jenny & Renee in the older part of Bonaventure Cemetery, overlooking the marsh, with Lyndi & Jason Photography. They included their puppy who was incredibly sweet!

Bonaventure Cemetery wedding on marsh
Photo by Lyndi & Jason Photography

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.

eloped in Savannah
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

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.

wormsloe elopement in Savannah
Photo by Apt B Photography

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!

Wedding Wire 100 Review CLub

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!

lesbian wedding in Savannah
Photo by It’s Megan Jones

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. 

vow renewal
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

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. 

wedding on Tybee Island
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

The last  Saturday of November brought me two couples and the first was Bonni & Monika from Augusta, GA. They were so cute!

lesbian wedding in Savannah
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

My second couple were Andrea & Paul who were married at the Coastal Botanical Gardens. They used my All In Package to 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. 

wedding ceremony in Lafayette Square
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography
elopement at Wormsloe Historic Site
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

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!

Sand ceremony wedding ritual at Bonaventure
Photo by Ashly McCoy, Wedding Photographer.

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.

elopement in Forsyth Park
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

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. 

Forsyth Park Fountain wedding
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

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!

Tracy Brisson, Founder of Savannah Custom Weddings & Elopements

My Year in Review, Part 1: 2017 Was A Great Year to Marry in Savannah!

Hey y’all!

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.

Chippewa Square elopement picture
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

I married Candace & Kristianna at the Fountain at Forsyth Park on the coldest day of 2017 and I had to keep my jacket on! However, we all made sure our shoes were on point.

same-sex wedding at Forsyth Park
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography.

The Savannah Cozy Chapel was also hopping because of the weather! Here are two couples, Janet & James, and Nancy & Allen, who married after becoming widowed. Nancy & Allen met online on OurTime. I love second chance love stories like these!

second marriage, Savannah Cozy Chapel

Senior marriage, Savannah Cozy Chapel

At the end of January, I also had the actor Jason Segel stroll through one of my elopements at Forsyth Park. This was the only celebrity I met this year, despite all the movies filmed here. In 2018, maybe someone else will come on through … or even hire me as their officiant!

In January, I also won my second Couple’s Choice Award from WeddingWire.

weddingwire couples' choice award savannah officiant

On a personal note ….

In January, I also helped organize the Women’s March in Savannah and was the official permit holder. We marched from Wright Square to Forsyth Square and I marched with my husband, son, and friend Carmen while wearing my Captain Marvel jacket and Marvel Girls Fight! shirt. Making sure that women’s perspectives are represented in this political environment, and being engaged in conversations that affect my son’s future, are essential to my core beliefs and I was so happy to participate in this way. 


February 2017 Review

I officiated my first wedding ceremony at The Whitman with Sarah & Chase. I highly recommend it for small, indoor, intimate weddings. Everyone there was so nice!

wedding ceremony at The Whitman
Photo by Photos by Rich Burkhardt

Late February has become one of my favorite times of year because we have had an early azalea season the last few years and I love the blooms. You can see those gorgeous flowers peeping out in this picture of Alison & Brian who visited us from Washington, DC.

azalea wedding photography Savannah
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

I also had the pleasure of working with Brandi & Matt on their late February wedding. Brandi rocked a pantsuit and together, they vowed to love each other, as well as “resist tyrants.” Two feminists after my own heart!

Brandi’s dad was diagnosed with cancer shortly before their wedding and unfortunately, she lost him not long after this. I am glad that she was able to share her day with him and that I was chosen to participate in it with them. It is a privilege I recognize and respect as an officiant.

bride in pantsuit
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

I also officiated the most fun, rainy day vow renewal with Adrian and Paula from Southern California. They choose a different city every year for their vow renewal and dressed the part for their Savannah southern ceremony. They caught me a little off-guard when they took a selfie during the ceremony, but it was so much fun!

wedding ceremony selfie

At the end of February, I hired Courtney Alacan as our marketing assistant to help manage all the photos I receive from ceremonies I perform, especially our signature Ceremony Plus Photos packages, and organize them so I can use them for blog posts, Instagram and Facebook posts, and other marketing and advertising. When she began, I had a backlog of over 10,000 photos to review. Yes, ten thousand!

Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

On a personal note…

In early February, I did a mommy and me shoot with Shannon Christopher who is an awesome photographer out on Tybee Island. I will treasure these photos forever. This was right before Alex began crawling. As other parents can tell you, everything changed after that!

Photo by Shannon Christopher Photography

March 2017 Review

March was a slower month for me, which was personally okay! One of our couples, Angela & Javier, booked us last minute and we had the perfect, private Forsyth Park Fountain elopement for them.

Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography.

My two favorite weddings that month took place the weekend of St Patrick’s Day weekend. Fallen & Jason were married on St. Patrick’s Day in Daffin Park to avoid all the downtown craziness of the parade. They brought 10 of their friends in a limo and had a fantastic time. Two of their friends told me it was the best wedding they had ever attended!

St Patrick's Day elopement in Savannah
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography.

Amanda & Robert were married in Pulaski Square the day after St. Patrick’s Day. They included a fun Canvas Unity Ritual for their family where they painted a canvas with Amanda’s daughter as part of their ceremony and then took some fun pictures by themselves when the fountains were still green.

Since their wedding, Amanda has become my dog’s groomer at WoofGang Bakery & Grooming. I can’t recommend her enough! You can see how much she loves dogs from her Instagram

wedding ceremony ritual in Savannah
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography
St Patrick's Day Elopement in Savannah
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

Alex and Shelby brought their fur family to their Simple Signing Service at the Savannah Cozy Chapel at the end of March. They live in Atlanta now, but decided to get married in Savannah, where they met. They were some happy puppies!

simple signing service in Savannah

In March, we added Shannon Vaughn, our scheduling Manager and Client Concierge to our team. I cannot imagine how we worked without her! If you booked a package with us after March 2017, you know how awesome she is and probably say the same.

Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography

I celebrated my third wedding anniversary at the end of March and Alex had his eight month milestone session with Andrea Krey Photography at Forsyth Park. He looks grumpy in this picture, but if he ever decides to release an album, I think this should be the cover.

Photo by Andrea Krey Photography

April 2017 Review

April was one of the busiest months of the year and we married 43 couples! The first week of the year was particularly busy with elopements almost every day. We find April particularly busy every year as many educators from the North and Northeast decide to come down and elope during their spring break. As a former teacher, I think that is an excellent decision! Here are just some of the couples that eloped that first week (not everyone was a teacher).

The Mansion on Forsyth Park Wedding Photos
Laura & Bo (traveled from Bahrain!), It’s Megan Jones Photography
Elopement in Troup Square in Savannah
Shannon & Michael from Georgia, It’s Megan Jones Photography
Pedicabs in Savannah
Katie & Jacob from Michigan, It’s Megan Jones Photography
wedding ceremony in Savannah
Keisa & Sheldon from North Carolina, It’s Megan Jones Photography
Tybee Island Pier wedding ceremony
Christine & Rick from Maine, It’s Megan Jones Photography

I also worked with two couples on their 80-200 guest ceremonies through my All In package, where we meet multiple times to plan all elements of your ceremony. The first, Shellie & Tanner, were married at the Richmond Hill City Center in a ceremony that reflected their relationship, and especially their goals for the future as a young couple. I loved working with them and getting to know so much about them! 

Richmond Hill City Center wedding

William and Danielle were planning a large wedding in Johnson Square and needed extra support in making sure that the ceremony reflected their story and incorporated their guests who represented so many eras of their lives together, from when they met in high school to when they graduated from law school and graduate school and established a relationship in Washington, DC. We used a custom Affirmation of the Community ritual as well as other elements to make it perfect for them for their sunny Saturday ceremony!

Wedding in Johnson Square savannah

The third week also brought lots of weekday elopers and beautiful weather. Christopher and Durga traveled from Germany, one of my few international couples in 2017. 

wedding in forsyth park
Christopher & Durga, Photograph by Danielle George Photography
wedding ceremony in chatham square
Nedra & Elgin, Photo by Photos by Rich Burkhardt
wedding ceremony in lafayette square
Bobbi & Shane, Photo by Photos by Rich Burkhardt.

At the end of April, I married Doug and Karen in Orlean Square. They had been together 20+ years and in the state where they originally lived, were considered common-law married. However, they were not considered married in their new state, Washington, and decided to make it official-official, once and for all. They met while dancing and I loved including the Eskimo Love Song in their ceremony. 

You are my husband, you are my wife.
My feet shall run because of you.
My feet dance because of you.
My heart shall beat because of you.
My eyes see because of you.
My mind thinks because of you.
And I shall love, because of you.

savannah elopement in orleans square
Photo by It’s Megan Jones

This year, whenever we had babies or toddlers at our Simple Signing Services at the Savannah Cozy Chapel, my ovaries hurt. Larri & Jessica were pretty awesome, but their daughter Jamie stole the show. 

simple signing service savannah

On a personal note ….

I threw my husband, Josh, a surprise birthday picnic with Savannah Picnic Company, in Troup Square, where we were married. I totally recommend this for some of my elopers!

picnic in savannah


May 2017 Review

May was also a busy month with another 43 couples! There were quite a few Saturdays in May where Chris, Buffy, and I all officiated ceremonies at exactly the same time. May also hosted many of my favorite ceremonies and couples all year, where people really allowed me to be creative and thoughtful in preparing ceremonies that reflected them and their relationship. It is no wonder that most of the reviews I received in 2017 were from couples I married in May because everything felt like synergy.

Shauna & Julian were a couple who booked me on the very first day of May for their last minute elopement in the gazebo at Crawford Square, close to where they lived. It was rainy, and lovely! I really appreciated their handwritten thank you card, too.

wedding officiant thank you

Aly & Kris from Iowa were married by Partner Officiant Chris in Pulaski Square. For the last two years, every couple who has been married on their wedding date in early May has had a glorious picture in the blooms in Pulaski. These particular flowers literally only last about a week each May! I also used a new reading, Vows, by Tony Kushner, for the first time in their ceremony and it has become a new favorite.

Conjunction, assemblage, congress, union:
Life isn’t meant to be lived alone.
A life apart is a desperate fiction.
Life is an intermediate business:
a field of light bordered by love
a sea of desire stretched between shores.

Marriage is the strength of union.
Marriage is the harmonic blend.
Marriage is the elegant dialectic of counterpoint.
Marriage is the faultless, fragile logic of ecology:
A reasonable process of give and take
unfolding through cyclical and linear time.

A wedding is the conjoining of systems in which
Neither loses its single splendor and both are completely
transformed. As, for example,
The dawn is the wedding of the Night and the Day,
and is neither, and both,
and is, in itself, the most beautiful time,
abundant artless beauty,
free and careless magnificence.

pulaski square wedding azaleas
Photo by It’s Megan Jones.

Fawn & Matt, big Star Wars fans, decided to get married on May Fourth (of course!) and move their wedding up a year. No problem! When it rained, these locals moved the ceremony from Troup Square to the basement of Moon River. I bought a star dress for their ceremony that many of my other nerdy couples have appreciated.

wedding at moon river
Photo by Ashly McCoy, Wedding Photographer.

In mid-May, I married Jennifer & Keary from Florida in Lafayette Square. I marry a lot of couples in Lafayette Square, and a lot of older couples, but this was the first time I was surrounded by four generations of women on Jennifer’s side, from her mother to granddaughter. It was some of the most powerful energy I have felt during a wedding ceremony in the three years I have been an officiant. When I see how the trees frame us in this picture, I get goosebumps remembering how it felt.

small wedding ceremony in lafayette square savnnah
Photo by It’s Megan Jones photography.

Sarah Grace & William were married in Lafayette Square, too (I think 20% of all my Lafayette Square ceremonies took place in May!), They performed the Fisherman’s Knot ceremony, which became one of my favorite rituals in 2017. I love to pair it with a quote from William Shakespeare. 

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep: the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite.”
fisherman knot wedding ritual
Photo by Diane Dodd Photography

My most popular Instagram post for all of 2017 was of Amanda and Timothy from Ohio dismounting a pedicab, her in a tutu with a glass of champagne in her hand. I think it was so popular because it epitomized the tone of our Savannah Elopement Experience package- romantic, intimate, meaningful, authentic, joyful, simple and stress-free!

Southern elopement in savannah
Photo by It’s Megan Jones Photography.

The end of May brought me Rubecca and Matthew who were so much fun and eloped in front of Rubecca’s mom at the Fragrance Garden in Forsyth Park They lead extremely passionate and adventurous lives and allowed me to bring that into their ceremony. I love to talk about what a grand adventure marriage is so we were a good match!

We also debuted our new signs for our Savannah Elopement Experience, handmade by Caroline Galvez, in May.