Thursday, May 31, 2012

{Real Wedding} Cassie & Paul

Cassie Barnard & Paul Archer wedding will forever be close to my heart! Cassie contacted me from Portland, OR and was in need of a lot of help since they were so far away. Why Savannah?? In the early summer of 2011, Paul and Cassie took a trip to Savannah, GA where Cassie grew up, and Paul proposed (on one knee!) down on the riverfront. Cassie of course said yes and the wedding planning began! Cassie and I were in constant contact throughout the planning process even with the time difference. Their wedding turned out absolutely gorgeous and I remember Cassie saying something to the effect, I never imagined having a dream wedding, but this truly turned out to be a dream wedding! 

Some interesting facts about their guest count: approx 66, the groom’s cake is the logo of Newcastle United Football team from Newcastle, England – Paul’s family is from the UK and this is one of his favorite teams, Paul’s mother sang at the ceremony in a beautiful operatic voice (during the rehearsal I was shocked by how beautiful her voice was since I didn't expect this!), guests traveled to their wedding from near and far, Cassie and her friend worked together to design/print the escort cards and menus, Paul and Cassie designed their wedding programs and printed them their selves, and for their send off after the reception the guest waved American and British flags as Cassie and Paul were whisked away by a pedicab. I let her borrow my mom's Classic Scrabble pieces to spell out Welcome, my dad's cigar box as a "pedestal" for the guest seating chart box, and my great grandmother's lace all to decorate their welcome table for guests when they entered the reception room. I did not help with setting up the rehearsal dinner, but was a guest, and LOVED what their family did for the picnic style theme - sunflowers, mason jars, milk glass vases, southern cookin', burlap, live music - so cute! They had a very Eco-conscious wedding which I included these details below and I may have even left a few out since there were so many to remember!

The AMAZING vendor list!

Ceremony Venue: Whitefield Chapel

Reception Venue: 10 Downing

Photography: Concept-A Photography

Wedding Coordination: Simply Savannah Events/All the Little Details Designs

Flowers: A to Zinnias

Invitationsdodeline design

Cakes: Two Cakes

Reverend: Karen Kilfhefner

Ceremony Music: Perez String

Hair: JW salon

Wedding Dress: Lena Medoyeff Portland, OR

Brides Shoes: Etienne Aigner from Nordstrom

Bridesmaids Dresses: Ann Taylor

Men’s attire: Simon’s Formal Wear

Trolley: Oglethorpe Tours of Savannah

Classic Car: Timeless Motorcoaches

Vacation Rental: Marmaduke Estate

Eco-friendly details: stayed in a very large vacation rental to accommodate many guests, bridal party and bride & groom had their own private room within, plus used the vacation rental for the rehearsal dinner, favors for guests from local stores and also homemade jams by the bride's mother, incorporated family heirlooms and vintage items, Eco-friendly invitation designer, Eco-friendly florist, used their own milk glass vases, candle vases, and mason jars which can be used again, DIY many wedding details from scratch (meaning not just store bought items from the wedding aisle), no sparklers used, and used a pedicab!!

Rehearsal Dinner
Getting Ready on The Wedding Day
Going to the chapel and we're...........gonna get ma-a-arried!
The Reception

Now for my pictures I captured with my iPhone which are not as beautiful as Allison's of Concept-A Photography. I loved the handmade welcome bags they put together for their guests. Cassie's mom bought these crochet doilies at flea markets, antique shops, or yard sales, to add to each baggie.
The food at 10 Downing was delicious!
Shabby chic collage of their pretty details!
At the end of the night they're whisked away to their flag fair send off!!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

{Real Wedding} Blaine & Will

Another beautiful wedding - Blaine & Will. Their BIG wedding was held at a local church and Savannah Station with 250 guests and a bridal party of 18! Vendors who helped on making their day perfect: beacon photoGarden on the SquarePaul Kennedy CateringAll About You EntertainmentOld Savannah Trolley and Baker's Pride. 

Eco-friendly details: favors for guests from local stores, incorporated family heirlooms, reused bridesmaids flowers for table centerpieces, their table assignments were on an big old window pane, DIY table numbers, and plan to reuse many items for Blaine's sister wedding in the Fall.
Beautiful flowers by Garden on the Square & absolutely amazing wedding dress from Bleu Belle Bridal
Paloma Blanca Classic Collection, Style 4150
One of my favorite pictures - Blaine, with her mom and sister, having a special moment!
DJ Jamie was exceptional! He really got everyone on the dance floor!
 they danced......
 and danced!
and danced some more!!