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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