Destination I Do
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Destination Wedding Savannah: A Southern Stunner!

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Diana Daley Photography

Lauren and Jeffrey wanted the vacation-like atmosphere which a destination wedding provides. By choosing the beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia, they accomplished just that. With an international destination not possible, Savannah was the perfect compromise as it was halfway between the bride’s family in North Carolina and the groom’s family in Miami, Florida. “We wanted a place which would appeal to guests of all ages…Savannah’s character: quintessential Southern charm and hospitality were the icing on the cake,” recalls Lauren.

The overall planning process went smoothly and the couple doesn’t believe a destination wedding is all that much more difficult than pulling off a hometown wedding. Since most of the communication is done over email regardless, Lauren and Jeffrey didn’t run into any problems. In order to keep things simple for their guests as well, the couple kept them informed on their wedding website.

“Early on we created a website and shared the URL address on our “Save the Date” postcards,” says Lauren. “The website hosted a lot of information on travel logistics as well as wedding events and area entertainment. We reserved two hotel blocks for our guests to choose from: the reception venue hotel as well as a downtown location closer to nightlife.”

Along with a romantic setting and sentimental exchanging of vows, the couple got the vacation-like atmosphere they wanted for their wedding. Because they got to spend so much quality time with their guests leading up to the wedding, the couple didn’t feel pressured to spend their reception mingling with each and every guest.

The lovely bride has some final words of advice for other couples planning a destination wedding. “Stay true to who you are as individuals and as a couple. This sentiment is most exemplified by the location you choose as it should reflect your personalities more than anything. Once you find your perfect location, the rest shout fall into place – so let it.”

Photographer: Diana Daley Photography
Day-of coordinator: Posh Petals & Pearls
Ceremony/Reception site: Forsyth Park Fountain/Mansion on Forsyth Park
Florist: Garden on the Square
Cake: Gigi’s Cupcakes
Rentals: Beachview Tent Rentals
Gown: Pronovias
Groom’s clothing designer: Jos. A. Bank
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen’s clothing designer: Eliza J/Jos. A. Bank

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