Destination I Do
Friday, February 18, 2011

This Couple's Real Wedding was a Sweet Southern Affair

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Vanessa Schrotenboer Photography

Kara and Kevin knew what was important to them when it came time to plan their wedding. “We wanted our wedding to be about us, the things we love and the family and friends we love.” So a destination wedding was a perfect fit – all about intimacy and a location with special meaning. The couple’s ceremony took place on Tybee Island Beach and their reception was hosted at The Olde Pink House in Savannah.

Tybee Island was just right for both the couple and their guests. Because the location was only a four hour drive for most guests, they didn’t have to miss work and could make a weekend trip out of the couple’s nuptials. The island held special significance for the couple.

“We have experienced a lot of ‘firsts’ together in Tybee, first time Jet skiing together, kayaking together, ghost seeing together and vacationing together,” Kara says. “We fell in love in Tybee. Tybee Island, with its close proximity to historical Savannah, GA seemed to be the perfect place to experience our first memory as husband and wife with everyone we love.”

The couple, with the help of two close friends as wedding planners, pulled off their destination wedding without a hitch. Kara and Kevin created a wedding web site in order to easily relay information to all of their guests. This prevented them from having to mail our dozens of things and provide info on things like parking, weather and accommodations.

Planning a wedding from afar is a new experience to a bride and it’s important to take things in stride. Kara, thanks to her hubby, learned to sit back, relax and enjoy the process. “I would become a nervous bride if I didn’t hear from our vendors, but was reminded by Kevin that they do this every day and didn’t need to talk to me as often as I wanted to talk to them,” Kara says.

Pulling off your dream destination wedding is often times about prioritizing and figuring out what’s most important to you. Kara and Kevin say they spent the same or even a little less on their destination wedding than they would have on a hometown affair. “It’s important to note that because we spent less on the actual ceremony we were able to splurge on our reception, which was very important to us,” Kara says.

In the end, the couple feels that having a destination wedding gave them the intimacy they wanted and allowed their guests to relax and truly enjoy themselves. They had a few words of advice for other couples planning a destination wedding. “Make sure that your plans are centered around what is special to both of you and not what you think is expected,” they say. “No matter what, take a deep breath and remember that there is nothing that will stop this from being the best day of your lives.”

Photographer: Vanessa Schrotenboer Photography
Wedding planners: Mistie Collins and Erin Smith
Ceremony site: Tybee Island, Georgia.
Reception site: The Olde Pink House, Savannah, Georgia
Florist: Charlotte’s Garden
Groom’s clothing designer: Tommy Hilfiger
Bride’s gown designer: Amy Wong Micucci for David’s Bridal

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