Sarah + Laurence | Savannah, GA

Happy first day of Spring! I don’t know about you, but we’re ready to put all this cold weather behind us and bring on warm sunny days and flowers blooming all around . We’re throwing it back to Sarah and Laurence’s wedding held last spring to provide some inspiration to get us through these last cold weeks. We love the pops of lilac details and the all the fresh flowers used as decor, as well as the garden the couple got married and took pictures in – the more flowers the better, right?! To see the full feature of this wedding, grab your copy of the current issue of Savannah Soiree….on stands now!!

Savannah Wedding Vendors: PHOTOGRAPHY Mark Williams Studio | WEDDING PLANNER Posh Petals and Pearls | CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE Ships of the Sea Museum | OFFICIANT Friend | FLORALS Mark Williams Studio | HAIR Salon Eleven 84| WEDDING GOWN The Bride Room | CEREMONY & COCKTAIL HOUR MUSIC Michael Houston | BAND Loose Chain Band Reggie Ware | CAKE Lowcountry Confections | CATERING J Thomas Catering | RENTALS Amazing Event Rentals | LIGHTING JLK Events

Categories: Real Weddings

Real Wedding Wednesday: Piper & Lucas

Happy hump day belles! We are so excited for y’all to see these sweet pictures of Piper and Lucas. The two tied the knot over a year ago but we are still so in love with all of the precious moments that Erin Rene Photography captured.

Piper tells us a bit about her big day:

Wedding date:  April 13, 2013

Location: Statesboro, Georgia

Statesboro, Georgia is where I lived until I was 10 years old and I moved back to Statesboro to attend Georgia Southern University in 2000.  Most of my mother’s family lives in the area and Statesboro always felt like home.  The church in which we were married, Statesboro United Methodist Church, is the church I attended as a young girl.  It is a beautiful church, with gothic architecture, and I always wanted to get married in it.

The reception was held about 12 miles from Statesboro in Portal, Georgia on the bride’s grandparents’ farm.  A farm shelter and tent were used to cover the reception area but the weather was absolutely perfect for the entire evening. Ranco Tent Rentals provided the tent, tables, chairs and band stage.  JLK Lighting provided the lighting including lighted spheres over the dance floor and mason jar chandeliers over the bar.  Twinkle lights covered a pergola and lanterns and candles provided light around the reception area.

The Wedding Dress:

The Gown: purchased at Bridal’s by Jodi in Charleston, South Carolina

DesignerMori Lee

Personal Anecdotes:  The dress was an ivory, ruffle halter ballgown with pockets and it was the second dress I tried on. I wore cobalt heels by Glint purchased during a birthday trip to Vegas. They matched the bridesmaid’s dresses perfectly and served as my something blue! The garter I wore was made by a great-great aunt and every bride in my family has worn the garter since my mother in 1979.

How you and your spouse met:

We met through mutual friends over Labor Day Weekend 2010 in Beaufort, SC.

Wedding Style:

Wedding Colors: Cobalt blue/green/ivory

What inspired your wedding style? Cobalt blue is one of my favorite colors and the hydrangea is my favorite flower.  I wanted our wedding to be easy and relaxed for everyone, including the vendors. In order to accomplish this, out guests were met at the reception site with a signature cocktail of strawberry champagne punch served in mason jars with blue and white striped straws. Bevrick’s  Char House Grill of Metter catered the reception with food stations, passed Hors d’oeuvers, and late night snacks.  Food stations included our favorites of shrimp and grits, nacho and taco bar, and a carving station with fresh vegetables. Cheeseburger sliders and sausage wrapped with a pancake were served as a late night snack.  A hit at the reception was the sugar bacon as a passed hors d’oeuver.  Months later guests are still talking about the bacon! After eating, drinking, and dancing, we left the reception under an arch of sparklers held by our guests.

How you planned your wedding:

My mother and I planned the day mostly over the phone and times when she visited me.  We hired Posh Petals and Pearls to help us tie everything together. Hiring a wedding planner, who knows the area and could locate the vendors we needed, was the best thing that we did.  We met with Ashley (Posh Petals and Pearls) who gave us ideas of how things should go and checked over our plans and schedule several times to make sure we had it right.

We followed a southern tradition/superstition of burying a bottle of bourbon upside down at the reception sight exactly one month before the wedding to insure no rain on our wedding day.  It must have worked because the weather was perfect for our wedding and outdoor reception.

Photographer’s Contact Info:

Name:   Erin Rollins of Erin Rene Photography

 

 

Categories: Catering, Colors, Florals, Inspirations, Planning, Real Weddings

Real Wedding Wednesday: Kate and Sheldon

Kate and Shelton said “I do” on Ocober 11, 2014 and the day could not have been more perfect. The two incorporated personal details that made their special day so meaningful. To top it off, the nuptials were captured by Mark Williams Studio who did a fantastic job! Enjoy!

Photographer: Mark Williams Studio
Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church
Reception: Westin
Hair and Make-up: Skinzin
Florist: Harvey Designs
Videographer: Haint Blue
Rentals: Savannah Special Events
Ceremony music: Perez Strings
Cocktail hour music: The Rosies
Reception music, lighting, and photo booth: All About You Entertainment
Cake: Sally Nicholson
Custom signs: J Leslie Wedding Decor
Transportation: Southern Comfort Limousine, Coastal Georgia Trailways

Categories: Florals, Inspirations, Planning, Real Weddings

Wedding Dresses: The Shopping

So the time has finally come for your try on appointment, we are so excited for you! We bet you are almost bursting at the seems with anticipation and expectations. We know that with all this excitement also might come some nerves, which is completely normal. We have put together a list of some tried and true tips for you to read before you visit your bridal shop of choice.

  1. Bring some inspiration. Build a Pintrest board, rip out magazine pictures, snap some photos of gowns you like. Make sure to show these all to the consultant you will be working with so that she can pull some gowns that might interest you.
  2. Be adventurous! Just because you try on a gown does not mean you need to buy it, so try on all different styles and fits.
  3. Involve your audience. Ask those you brought along with you what they think of the dresses you are trying on. But remember that at the end of the day you must choose a dress that you love and you are not bound to buy something that everyone loves.
  4. Walk around. Take a stroll through the salon to make sure you can walk in whatever gowns are your front runners. You will be doing a lot of walking on the day of so you want to be positive you can walk in the dress.
  5. Sit down. To go with the previous point, make sure you can sit in the dress. Yes, the sample may feel a bit tight but ensure that you can sit in the darn thing.

Your shopping trip will be one of the most fun things that you do along your wedding planning journey so make the most out of it. If you are not ready to buy at the end of your appointment that is totally okay. Sometimes the best decisions are made after a good nights sleep, so take some time to think about it if you need to. You do not need to shop til’ you drop!

Happy wedding dress shopping belles!

Categories: Inspirations, Planning

Bridal Beauty: Hair

One of the most fun times during a wedding planning journey has got to be your hair and makeup trial. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love being pampered and getting all dolled up? This is usually one of the last things on your big to do list but it is certainly a crucial one.

When brainstorming ideas on what you want your bridal hair to look like I would definately recommend thinking about a few things before deciding. Some brides immediately know whether or not they want their up or down but if you are on the fence consider this; if you are tying the knot in full Savannah heat you might want to opt for an up-do so that your tresses will be stress free all day. You could also play around with fun half-dos or full down-dos if you aren’t worried about your curls falling throughout the day.

Some other things to consider are where your veil will go, if you are going to play with a fun flower crown or use a family heirloom to accent your style. I defiantly recommend putting together a Pinterest board, like ours below, and showing it to your hairstylist before your trial. This way they can see what you are envisioning and ensure you are happy. Whatever you choose, we know it will be beautiful!

  Follow Posh Petals & Pearls’s board Hair! on Pinterest.

Categories: Inspirations, Planning

Real Wedding Wednesday: Amanda and Chris

Oh y’all we are just so excited to bring you the real wedding of Amanda and Chris. These two love birds tied the knot on May 2, 2015 and it was certainly a night to remember. Aren’t these images by Abri Kruger just stunning?

 

Planner: Posh Petals & Pearls
Photography: Abri Kruger
Florist: Amy Harvey, Harvey Designs
Cake: Low Country Confections
Makeup: Lauren Rossi
Hair: Salon Artistry
Rentals: A Tented Event for chairs and chargers, Linen Hero for napkins and linens
Videographer: Savannah Wedding Films
Lighting: All About You Entertainment
Band: Men of Distinction
Reception: Westin Savannah Harbor
Ceremony: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Vintage car: D.A. Martin
Transportation: Old Savannah Tours
Officiant: Father O’Neal
Custom signage: Ashley Rich Groover

Categories: Colors, Florals, Inspirations, Planning, Real Weddings

A Day at BleuBelle

There is NO greater joy than trying on wedding dresses, y’all. Seriously. I don’t care if you are 8 or 80, when you slip on a fancy white gown your heart just skips a couple beats. Last week, Tara and I spent some time at BleuBell Bridal Boutique to try on a few dresses for an upcoming editorial shoot we have.  Let’s just say that thankfully we had a a few dresses in mind otherwise we would have been there the entire day!

BleuBelle Bridal is nestled into the Twelve Oaks shopping center in Savannah, GA. One side is full of jaw dropping bridal gowns and one side is stocked just about any party gown you would ever need. The boutique has an amazing selection of bridal gowns whether you are looking for a tulle ballgown or a sexy silk fit and flare. They simply have it all!

Carrying designers from Hayley Paige and Watters, Lazaro and Jenny Packham, BleuBelle most certainly has your gown. Their team of bridal consultants are seasoned and poised and will help you find the dress of your dreams. They also carry an array of mother of the bride or groom gowns and bridesmaids dresses to help your favorite ladies find their perfect dress.

Make sure to stop by BleuBell to say YES to the dress! And also make sure to tune in to our next blog post where we will discuss everything you need to know before you try on dresses.

Categories: Inspirations, Planning, Real Weddings

Falling for Fall

Oh belles, I cannot tell you how much I love fall. The smells, the colors, the pumpkins on front porches. Absolutely everything about fall screams cups of hot cocoa and big blanket scarves. However living in Savannah, we rarely see fall peak it’s head out until December, even January. What is a girl, and numerous brides, to do when she wants to bring the colorful season to the low country?

Being a guest at four weddings this fall, and working many more, I have seen a ton of different ways to weave in the spirit of fall to a big day. From using miniature pumpkins and heirloom gourds, to candlelit chandeliers and family style seating. There are so many ways to subtly and tastefully give a nod to the cooling temperatures and changing colors. Here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate the season:

  • Do an oyster roast for your rehearsal or even the reception! Oysters are synonymous with the fall months, didn’t your mama ever tell you to only eat oysters in months with an “r”?
  • Serve spiked apple cider or hot toddy’s as a signature cocktail- recipe here
  • Throw an outdoor celebration and set out warm blankets or shawls for guests to curl up in as your favor.
  • Use the season’s colors as your backdrop; play with deep purples, grays, and romantic reds. Even better, dress your gals in plum or wine shade.
  • For floral, incorporate seasonal blooms like dahlias, thistles, and gum tree leaves.
  • Use vintage barn tables to create a chic rustic look.
Categories: Colors, Florals, Inspirations, Trends
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