Pardon us while we dab away the happy tears after seeing this sweet Lowcountry wedding with romantic ancient oaks and Spanish moss only the South can serve up. Guests were welcomed to the outdoor ceremony with vintage jewel-toned goblets of pink lemonade, and the Savannah reception to follow was equally as hospitable. Waves of navy, burgundy and gold will carry you through a celebration wrought with intention from the family heirlooms and favorite Southern dishes to the boxwood backdrop featuring Karina and Will’s custom crest. Don’t even get us starting on the lush blooms in this one because we just won’t be able to quit. Ready to have all your Southern wedding dreams come true?
From photographers, Justin + Amanda of The Happy Bloom: Karina and her girls got ready in downtown historic Savannah. It only made sense to capture her and her girls in beautiful Forsyth Park with the sweeping oak trees overhead. Karina is a girl obsessed with details – which is also the best way to capture a photographer’s heart! A finely crafted invitation suite ornately calligraphed vows and personalized handkerchiefs were just a few additions to her already stunning day. But the biggest wow factor of the whole wedding was the flowers. Florist Gray Harper truly put flowers on everything possible – and it was pure magic. The ceremony arch donned hundreds of garden roses. The ceremony chairs were backed with oversize pieces. And the reception even consisted of a boxwood wall sprinkled with roses and the couple’s custom monogram.
From the bride, Karina:
1) How was your wedding perfectly “Southern”?
Southern weddings for me are full of southern hospitality, honoring traditions and family heirlooms, and the low country views you can only find in the south. We kept our guest count at 50 people to make sure that every single guest felt like family. We wanted each and every guest to know that they are loved which meant we were able to spend time sharing a drink or conversation with everyone who celebrated with us. We also wanted everybody to feel like they were welcome in our home, which included serving some our favorite southern comfort foods (Shrimp and Grits are Will’s fav, mine are collards and fried chicken). I felt honored to wear my great grandmother’s ring on my right hand, which has been passed down to my grandmother, and mother, and now to me. It was so special to know that this ring has been worn by so many women in our family for over 100 years. It was also so important that our wedding was outside under the beautiful oak trees and Spanish moss you can only find in the south.
2) What was your vision for your wedding day?
What made you choose certain colors or decor? My vision for the day was southern fall elegance. Fall is our favorite season- when the leaves start changing and the weather cools down just a bit- so we both knew we wanted a fall wedding soon after we were engaged. I wanted to incorporate all of the navy, golds, and burgundy colors to feel like an elegant and romantic evening. Florals were a must! Creating a lush floral arch for our ceremony helped set the tone for the rest of the evening, with additional florals and greenery draped throughout our cocktail hour which lead to the reception. We decided to drape the tent over the reception space and have simple lighting elements during the reception to keep the romantic vibe. Adding velvet linens and velvet ribbons on my bouquet added a “fall” feel with texture. I also loved the idea of incorporating an intimate lounge area for our guests to mingle and relax. With the boxwood wall adorned with fresh blooms and our gold monogram, it turned out to be one of my favorite spaces of the evening! Keeping with southern traditions we also had a custom monogram designed by our talented calligrapher which was incorporated into all of the decor, from our embroidered linen napkins to our drink stirrers, to our invitations.
3) What is the moment you remember most about your wedding day?
I remember holding Will’s hands as we each put our weddings bands on one another during the ceremony. All of the emotions over the last 11 months of wedding planning were all felt in that moment right before we were officially announced as husband and wife.
4) What’s next for you and your husband?
The honeymoon! We spent the week after the wedding in the Caribbean enjoying all the post-wedding excitement. We are looking forward to more traveling and planting our roots in Jacksonville, FL, which is a place we can both call home!
Love the looks of these ancient live oaks? Check out this Southern wedding in the neighboring city of Charleston!
Photography: The Happy Bloom
Planning: Tara Skinner Events
Venue: The Mackey House
Florals: Gray Harper
Hair + Makeup: Emma Collins Beauty
Bridal Boutique: White Magnolia
Bride’s Dress: Hayley Paige
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik |
Videography | Rach Loves Troy
Ceremony Music: New Arts Ensembles
Reception Music | All About You Entertainment
Rentals: Ooh Events
Catering: J Thomas
Linens: Nuage Designs
Ribbon: | Tono & Co
Suits: Jos. A Bank
Paper Goods: Do Tell Calligraphy and Designs
Custom Napkins: Chloe Lane Embroidery
Vintage Car 1: Lowcountry Valet
Vintage Car 2: Callahan’s Classics
Calligraphy Vows: Lowcountry Paper Co