Of all the things we love, weddings that are as much of a party as they are a celebration of love is right up at the top of the list. The Schultzes, Willow Event Design, and Joey McDermott put together some of their best work for Lindy and Jason’s wedding, which included incredible bursts of color and confetti at every turn for one heck of a beautiful day!
From the bride, Lindy: Creating from my heart, and celebrating love is at the heart of my core and what I love about being an artist and designer. Our wedding was a rare opportunity for me to bring our love to life and to give Jason, along with our friends and family, the gift of an experience to celebrate that love. We also wanted to invite our friends and family into our world here in Savannah and share with them pieces of the life we’ve built together. We wanted to celebrate our love, and the love of our family and friends. I always said – if there was a world created from our love, our wedding day would be a glimpse into what that world would look like – and that’s what we based every single decision on. We wanted the day to be fun and lighthearted.
Wedding bouquet: My bouquet included pink, white, and yellow ranunculus, hot pink and white anemones, billy balls, fuchsia peonies, blue delphenium, white feverfew, white scabiosa, and dark purple lisianthus.
We aren’t afraid of color and knew that it would play a big part in the look of our wedding. We chose white and grey as our core colors, with fuchsia, yellow, coral, kelly green, bright blue, and purple as our accent colors. We also mixed in silver and gold accents. We kept the décor simple for the ceremony, letting the beauty of Savannah shine. We set up the chairs to create a close knit semi-circle, and adorned the back rows with fabric streamers. We had a welcome table set up so guests could congregate, get a cool glass of water when they arrived, and be welcomed by us through a welcome sign/message. We also had large white balloons with fabric streamers around the square.
The confetti girls lined the aisle with multi-colored confetti for me to walk down and our guests showered us with confetti as we walked back down the aisle as husband and wife. They wore adorable, custom-designed dresses from Vesper Clothier who was wonderful to work with. After that, guests had two “to-go” drinks to choose from to have in hand as they walked to Ships of the Sea for the reception (thanks to Savannah’s brilliant open container law!). We also had pedi-cabs waiting for guests after the ceremony so they could get a ride from the square to Ships of the Sea. We wanted to continue with our colorful, fun and whimsical reception world full of love with the and this is really where it came to life.
The reception featured long, family style tables with a mix of glass, milk glass, and mason jars holding a mix of bright, colorful, and whimsical flowers. Gracing the tables, along with the mix of flowers, were peaches and bunches of cotton – a nod to our love of the South – along with some paper flowers. Each table had a grey and white table runner – a mix of stripes and polka dots – so each table was a little different. Each guest had their name card waiting for them with a little bundle of love, including a thank you note and the menu for the evening.
The biggest labor of love was the paper flower installation that hung over the dance floor. This was a creation straight from my heart and I couldn’t have made it happen without the help of Jason, my father, my mother, sister and a group of loving friends who help me create the 200 flowers that hung from it. I had a vision for this and I can’t thank everyone enough for helping it come to life. We wanted an explosion of color to hang above us as we celebrated the night away and it was magical!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Your wedding day is just that – yours. The two of you. We knew early on that we had a unique vision to celebrate our love and that was what guided each decision we made. We infused our story, personalities, and things we love in every detail of our day. We truly wanted our wedding day to be a glimpse into our love, the life we’ve built together, and the life we want to lead as a married couple. Our best piece of advice beyond that would be to enjoy and savor your engagement, the week leading up to the big day, and your wedding day as much as possible. Ask for help. In some cases, just because you can do it all doesn’t mean you should. We were truly blown away by the generosity of our friends and family. Having their help, incorporating their talents, and having them be such an integral part of making our wedding day happen made it that much more special to us. So many details are woven with family traditions and would not have been possible with the help of our family and friends. We would also advise couples to carefully select the partners and vendors you work with. You are placing so much trust in them to help pull off a day that means so much to you. Communication is key and trusting them to do their part is a huge leap of faith. Listen to your gut, and don’t be convinced you “need” this or that to make your day complete – the world of wedding planning can be extremely overwhelming and remembering that this day is about your marriage and starting your life together as husband and wife is key. As fun and beautiful as all the pretty little details are, there is nothing more important than the fact that the day is the beginning of your marriage.
Processional: “Mirrors,” Justin Timberlake (piano version)
Bride’s Processional: “Somebody to Love,” Queen (piano version)
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Father/Daughter Dance: “Sweet Caroline,” Neil Diamond
Mother/Son Dance: “Just the Way You Are,” Billy Joel