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Mackensey Alexander

One thing we love so much about today’s wedding from Mackensey Alexander, Rhonda Martinez Weddings, and Moss and Magnolias is that the couple clearly made a point of prioritizing the elements of their wedding day that were most important to the two of them, and kept an easy-breezy attitude towards the rest. And when one of the things most important to the couple was having a Krispy Kreme cake instead of a traditional wedding cake, how could we not be smitten?

Romantic Savannah Restaurant Wedding - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

From the bride, Amy: Jarred and I met under a unique set of circumstances. My friend (his cousin) thought we would be the perfect match and after 2.5 years of long-distance (call us crazy), I found myself job searching in Savannah, Georgia where he would be attending medical school. He proposed a couple months later on the beach at Tybee Island. So, then we started planning our dream wedding.

wedding paper goods - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

wedding rings - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

modern wedding shoes - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

bridal earrings - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

We like to call our wedding a “destination wedding” for all our guests, since the majority of our guests were coming from my hometown in North Carolina or his hometown outside of Atlanta. We wanted to keep things simple—and truly capture the beauty of Savannah, the place where we would establish our first home together. My first step was to find people more familiar with the area than I was and that’s when my wonderful vendors (and now friends) stepped into the picture.

wedding photography - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

burgundy and pink boutonnieres - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

burgundy and red wedding bouquets - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

wedding parties - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

romantic bridal hair flowers - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

bridesmaids in pink - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

The planning process is all about finding a good balance. The moments I enjoyed the most were the moments that my husband, Jarred, helped me dream and plan. In many areas, we chose to simplify. Throughout the process, we kept finding and believing that less is more. We were able to capture the beauty of our venues, a beautiful historic chapel and glamorous, elegant restaurant set in a romantic former firehouse in downtown Savannah.

wedding venues - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

ceremony pews - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

wedding programs - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

church weddings - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

chapel weddings - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

wedding kisses - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

wedding portraits with pets - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

wedding dresses - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Set realistic, budget-aligned goals. Your expectations have the power to make or break what you remember. I truly feel that our wedding was seamless because the pressure for perfection was absent. Enjoy the planning process, celebrate the victories, be willing to compromise, and just breathe. This will be the best day of your life.

modern wedding receptions - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

greenery centerpieces - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

wedding paper goods - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

modern wedding receptions - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

tropical inspired centerpieces - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

donut wedding cakes - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

donut desserts - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

wedding tables - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

cake cutting - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

wedding dances - photo by Mackensey Alexander http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-savannah-restaurant-wedding

Wedding Music:
Processional: “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
First Dance: “Oasis,” A Great Big World

Wedding Vendors

Photography: Mackensey Alexander
Wedding Planner: Rhonda Martinez Weddings
Floral Design: Moss and Magnolias
Ceremony Venue: Whitefield Chapel at Bethesda Academy
Reception Venue and Catering: Garibaldi Cafe
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Bridesmaid Dresses: Vow to be Chic
Wedding Cake: DIY Krispy Kreme Donut Stand (Jarred is obsessed with Krispy Kreme donuts, so we decided to do a donut “cake” instead of a wedding cake. Our guests loved it!)
Ceremony Solo Cellist: Emily Calhoun
DJ: VIP Entertainment
Ring Bearer Pup Bow Tie: LA Dog Store
Pastor: Doug McGarity
Wedding Invitations: Vintage Sweet
Reception Signage: Bliss Paper Boutique
Ceremony Programs: Happy Life Printables

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