Lindsey and Jon Paul were married at Cabin Bluff, a hunting retreat, in Woodbine Ga. September 21. After years of being a camp counselor, Lindsey knew she wanted a “glamping” wedding weekend along the Cumberland River. She wore a lace capped-sleeve wedding gown accented with an ivory sash and blue Badgley Mischka peep-toe pumps while Jon Paul wore a gray suit and blue tie to the outdoor ceremony. Going with a rustic theme, a clear frame reception tent was decorated with grapevine balls and twinkling lights overhead and centerpieces included candles in votives surrounded by greenery. There even were tables for the smallest attendants! Each one received a colored place mat, jellybeans, and toys to keep them entertained.
From the photographer: “Emily and Skyler had a unique situation while planning their summer winery wedding. Skyler was off in Parris Island becoming a United States Marine while Emily stayed back home planning their nuptials. Because boot camp and the military in general can be a little hush-hush, they had to move their wedding date a couple times! In fact, it was so sporadic that Skyler didn’t even get back home until THE DAY BEFORE THE WEDDING! Talk about cutting it close! But the wait was well worth it for Emily because when she arrived for their first look, she had another first waiting, Skyler in his Marine dress blues for the very first time! Love letters in tow from their time apart during the engagement, they were ready to finally tie the knot. The couple chose the song “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri for their first dance, and it was a perfect way to express the time they had to spend apart as Skyler trained to serve his country. But my favorite part of the day? Seeing Skyler walk halfway up the aisle to escort his beautiful bride the rest of the way since she walked down alone. These two are so sweet together and are now living their happily ever after in America’s true wine country: California!” — LeiLani Golden of Elle Golden Photography
From the photographer: “Jeff and Blair, reality TV stars of BRAVO’s Newlyweds: The First Year, married in Savannah, Georgia at the doors of the historic and prestigious Harper Fowlkes House. They arrived in a majestic horse drawn carriage with the ceremony performed by Reverend Steve Schulte with their closest friends and family. They were transported post-ceremony to their “Southern Soiree.” Guests were directed to their tables that were named after great Southern movies and treated to an elegant evening in a luxurious garden-like setting complete with chandeliers. The details including the cake were all black and white and natural greens. All enjoyed Southern style food and childhood favorites like Girl Scout Cookies and milk. Guests popped streamers and sent the happy couple on their way at the end of the night. It was a perfect send off on their adventure!” – Donna Von Bruening of Donna Von Bruening Photographers
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
When I was planning my wedding, I lived out of state and actually booked the venue without seeing it in person! The Hazlehurst House is located in my hometown and after seeing the stunning pictures online of the garden wall, I knew that was where I was going to get married. Living out of state made it difficult to plan a wedding alone, so having a wedding planner included in the package made the planning process exciting and stress free!
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
Every bride wants to be beautiful on their big day, but it was also a must for me to have comfortable shoes and add a little bit of my own style! I choose to wear my favorite flats, TOMS. I was so comfortable the whole night!
Our guestbook. We had our guest sign the mattes of a picture frame with our wedding date in the middle. It’s special to see it hanging in our home and see all the love and support we receive from our friends and family on a daily basis.
Our wedding favors. We had sunglasses made with our names and wedding date on the side. During the reception, everyone was wearing their shades and dancing the night away. It was so fun!
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
By far, my favorite moment of the day was our first look! Alex and I were nervous/excited and wanted to have special time together before the ceremony to see each other. It was a moment I will never forget! It was such a personal and intimate time for us, and we loved being able to share alone time together before we said, “I Do!”
From the photographer: “Laura and Jason wanted to marry somewhere central for their guests, though they would travel the furthest from Los Angeles, between Florida and North Carolina. They wanted a southern wedding and chose the Harper Fowlkes House, which is an outdoor courtyard in the Historic District of Savannah. Caroline Carter implemented a design and had them married under a fabric-swatched oak tree in the square, had their guests’ cocktail hour inside the Harper Fowlkes House then proceeded to the courtyard for a seated banquet dinner.” –Donna Van Breuning of Donna Van Breuning Photographers