GSS Featured Wedding :: Laura & Bo’s Romantic Savannah Wedding at Whitefield Chapel :: Richard Ellis Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes all the way from Savannah, Georgia!  Richard Ellis of  Richard Ellis Photography, a Charleston, South Carolina based wedding photographer submitted this beautiful wedding to us.  However, they cover weddings in the Savannah, Georgia and Hilton Head, South Carolina areas too!  Richard Ellis is a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominated photojournalist who for the past 30-years has covered news and events around the world including six years covering the White House of President Bill Clinton!  WOW!  Richard Ellis has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.

Laura and Bo were married on October 9, 2010 at Whitefield Chapel in Savannah, Georgia.  What a beautiful venue!  Laura was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Bo meet? We met at the Kentucky Derby in 2008. He was part of a destination bachelor party and I happened to be a Louisville resident at the time.  Kentuckians love all things Derby, and we happened across each other that weekend while he was in town. The rest, as they say, is history!

 

How long have you been together?  We have been together about two and half years. 

  

How did Bo propose? Bo proposed at The Boathouse in Central Park on Halloween 2009.  He lured me the Boathouse for “brunch with friends,” which friends later “stood us up last minute” and, under the guise of taking a photograph in front of the railing overlooking the water, he got down on one knee and proposed! It was completely romantic and fun.  We toasted our engagement with champagne and strawberries afterwards.

What sold you on your wedding venue?  We both knew we wanted to do a destination wedding (of sorts) and we both LOVED Savannah.  He wanted warm coastal water and I wanted historic Southern charm.  What better place than Savannah? So, that’s how we settled on Savannah.  As for Bethesda Chapel, well, I knew the moment I saw it that it was the perfect location for our ceremony. It’s intimate. Charming. Quaint.  Possesses the basic structure of a church without being overly churchy, and we absolutely fell in love with it. As for Telfair Museum, it speaks for itself. It’s striking, unique, breathtaking and very elegant.  We wanted a reception venue that people would remember, something out-of-the-ordinary, and feltTelfair fit the bill perfectly.

  

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?  Actually…I found my Monique Lhullier dress at Cincinnati Bridal and Formal.  CBF is HUGE, literally, HUGE and carries most couture names a bride could ask for.  It’s basically a one-stop-shop for wedding gowns.  Interestingly enough, however, it was the last store I visited on my hunt for a wedding gown.  Prior to arriving at Cincinnati Bridal and Formal, I’d been to no less than six salons and probably tried on 40-50 dresses.  None of them were “the one.”   Many brides find that the first dress they try on is “the one;” I was completely opposite:  the LAST dress I tried on was “my dress.”  I picked it up off the Monique rack on a whim because it looked like the complete combination of all the individual characteristics I liked about prior dresses:  ivory color, A line, organza skirt, sweetheart neckline, etc.  I knew it was the one because it was the only dress that made my cry.  I ADORED my dress. Whatever little girl fantasy lay buried in my thirty-one year old psyche came alive when I put on that dress.  Beyond that, the Lazaro belt absolutely pushed the dress over the edge and made it perfect.

What song did you dance to for your first dance? Van Morrison’s: Someone Like You.

 

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? Something old:  hankerchief from my grandmother-in-law; something borrowed:  something new:  diamond bracelet from my husband-to-be; pair of diamond earrings; something blue:  the bottom of my wedding shoes!!

  

How did you choose your wedding color palette? Mmmm, the entire them of my wedding was “simple elegance” and I’ve ALWAYS been a fan of red/burgundy.  I used the wine color as my accent and selected black, ivory, gold and champagne as the remaining palette.  Using wine/claret as one of my colors, I was able to integrate a “wine them” into my wedding.  By this, I mean we had custom-labeled home made wine at each table during the reception and the place card holders were unused wine corks. 

It’s true the colors are more suited for a winter wedding, but with the museum as the reception venue, I thought we could pull of a more sophisticated, darker palette.  With my dress being ivory and the men in tuxes, I felt ivory and black were appropriate colors for the palette.  I added champage to the palette later in the planning stages because the sash of my dress was champagne.  That gave me the idea to put my flower girl in a champagne dress and the ribbon wrapping my bouquet was also champagne color.   

Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process? Have fun.  Start a binder of ideas.  Start early in the planning/thinking process.  Don’t be afraid to go by your own timeline of task completion, even if you are working on certain tasks before traditional timelines say you should.  I began working on my invitations in late February (for an October wedding) and had them ordered by early summer, calligrapher hired, and lists in the works.  If I had had to struggle with all the invitation shenanigans three months before the wedding, I would have gone crazy.  Invitations are time-consuming.  Especially if you are using a calligrapher. Ask the caterer to prepare an extra plate for your and husband to take to your room after the reception…I promise you will be hungry.  In the end: by the time your wedding weekend arrives you will need to let yourself go with the flow.  Things will go wrong. Something won’t happen as planned.  And, if you haven’t planned a certain detail by the time your wedding weekend arrives, it obviously wasn’t important enough to plan in the first place – so don’t worry about doing it last minute.   

   

What was your favorite part of your big day?  Hard question.  Probably seeing my husband for the first time.  I was a bundle of nerves until I saw him but once we were together, everything else floated away and we were supremely happy.  And I was supremely calm.  We wanted a wedding that celebrated our love with people WE love mixed with great food, awesome music, drinks and tons of dancing.  By the end of the evening that’s what we had.  And it was an amazing day/night.

  

Vendors:

Venue: Ceremony:  Whitefield Chapel, Bethesda School for Boys;  Reception:  Telfair Museum

Dress: Monique Lhuillier wedding dress with Lazaro sash from Cincinnati Bridal and Formal

Cake: Michelle Still of Delectable Designs

Floral: Garden on the Square

Linens: BBJ Linens

Catering: Chef Nick Mueller

DJ/Band: Rock Jocks – Savannah, GA

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Impressions of Louisville(Helane Cooper)

Event Planner:  Morgan Gallo Events

Thank you so much, Richard Ellis, for sharing this amazing wedding with us!  Please stop by his website and blog and show him some love!  And thank you, Laura, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We wish you and Bo a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com.  We HEART submissions!

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Abby & Derek’s Charming Savannah Wedding :: Donna Von Bruening Photography

Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Kelli Boyd and Donna Von Bruening of Donna Von Bruening Photography, a Savannah, Georgia based wedding photographer.  Donna has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.

Abby and Derek were married on July 17, 2010 at the Whitefield Chapel at Bethesda in Savannah, Georgia.  Abby was kind enough to answer a few questions for us: 

How did you and Derek meet?  Derek and I met through a mutual friend in college.  We always enjoyed seeing one another, although we didn’t spend much time together.  Two years later we began spending more time together and soon after, we were dating! 

How long have you been together?  Derek and I have been together since April of 2007.

How did Derek propose?  I went to visit Derek in Key West for my Spring Break.  The first morning I was there, Derek and I went to the beach to watch the sun rise.  Little did I know, he was hiding a ring in his pocket! After we watched the sun rise we sat talking on the beach next to a palm tree.  While I was packing up to leave, anxious to go for donuts, I turned around and found Derek on one knee.  He pulled me over to sit on his knee and then showed me the most beautiful engagement ring.  After he asked me to marry him and I said yes, we went for our donuts!

What sold you on your wedding venue?  I loved the “Savannah” feel of our venue.  The exposed brick walls and large panel wood floors have a classic charm I love.

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?  I begin looking at wedding dresses in bridal magazines immediately after our engagement.  I quickly recognized that I preferred dresses with a lace overlay.  After going to try on wedding gowns, I discovered that I felt more comfortable in dresses with straps; while the strapless dresses were beautiful, I saw that my posture was better when the gown had straps, so I looked more comfortable and confident.  I found my dress from a magazine picture and tried it on in a size 6 sizes too big but knew I loved it anyway and ordered it immediately!  

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”?

Something old – my garter had lace from my grandmother’s wedding gown. 

Something new – my gown.

Something borrowed – a handkerchief that belonged to a great-aunt and has been worn by several brides in our family was pinned to the underside of my gown. 

Something blue – a blue ribbon attached to my garter. 

How did you choose your wedding color palette?  I have always loved dark purple and thought it was a very flattering color on the various skin tones of the bridal party.  Light green was a fresh compliment to the dark shade for our summer wedding.

Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process?  I believe that your wedding should fit you and your spouse’s personality.  Try not to worry with what you’re “supposed to do” as much as what the two of your want your big day to be like.  Try to enjoy the planning process and remember what the day is all about – your marriage and love for each other. 

 Also, Derek is in the Coast Guard so while we were planning our wedding we were living 8 hours apart from each other, and neither of us was living in Savannah! Luckily, my mom was our “wedding planner” and did a fantastic job! We have similar taste and work well together, so it worked for us; but for other brides planning a wedding long distance, I would recommend hiring a wedding planner. 

What song did you dance to for your first dance?  Derek and I danced to “More Today Than Yesterday” by Spiral Staircase.  We wanted to dance to our song, even though it’s faster than traditional first dance songs.  We certainly did not know the proper steps or have a routine, but we practiced a special twist & dip move that made our dance special for us and hopefully gave our friends a few smiles :)

What was your favorite part of your big day?  Having the doors open and walking toward Derek’s smiling face was the highlight of my day! The few minutes we spent taking couple portraits together after the wedding was also very special.  Kelli and her partner were so professional and efficient that we were able to really enjoy those first few minutes in a personal way.  They were there to guide us for pictures but allowed us to be ourselves and capture how we were feeling.  I really enjoyed dancing at the reception as well!!

Vendors:

Venue: Whitefield Chapel at Bethesda (ceremony) and the Charles H. Morris Center (reception)

Dress: an Allure Bridal Gown (from Minerva’s Bridal Suite in Orlando, Florida)

Cake: Baker’s Pride (It was even more delicious than it was beautiful – if that’s possible.)

Floral: Annette Jones (She is creative, fun, and all-around wonderful to work with.)

Linens: Creative Catering provided linens with the catering.

Catering: Creative Catering (People are still talking about how delicious the food was! And they were kind enough to pack Derek and me a picnic basket to enjoy after the wedding and the next day.)

DJ/Band: Encore Party Band (They were so much fun and got everyone out on the floor to have a good time!)

Videographer: Savannah Wedding Films

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Michael’s Arts and Crafts (They were beautiful – a special thank you to my mom for the labor of perfect bow tying!)

Thank you so much, Donna, for sharing this amazing wedding with us!  Please stop by her website and show her some love!  And thank you, Abby, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We wish you and Derek a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Allison Reisz Photography :: Luba & Scott’s Hilton Head Island Wedding

Today’s fabulous features wedding comes from Allison Reisz Photography, a Savannah/Hilton Head Island wedding photographer.  Allison has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.

Luba and Scott were married on May 29, 2010 at the Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  Luba was kind enough to answer a few questions for us: 

How did you and Scott meet?  It’s an old fashioned love story… we met at a bar. Actually, we met at a bar twice. The first time was when I was still in college in Boston and we met out in NYC one night. I wasn’t looking to start anything since we lived in different cities, so I wasn’t very responsive. I moved to NYC a few months later and we randomly saw each other at a bar again. We went out to dinner soon after and have been together since.

How long have you been together?  On our wedding day, it had been almost 5 years.

We are in LOVE LOVE LOVE with Luba’s Valentino shoes!!!

How did Scott propose?  The day before we were leaving for a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia (where I’m from), he arranged a spa day for me to relax.  Afterwards, I was handed an envelope with instructions to go to the Tribeca Grand Hotel. The room was filled with flowers and there was a gift with instructions to open it. He had gotten me a dress and brought several pairs of my shoes plus the entire contents of my make-up drawer so that I could get ready for dinner. He showed up about an hour later and popped the question. We enjoyed some wine & cheese in the room and then headed to dinner. The next day he had organized a family brunch prior to our departure overseas.

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?  It was actually my sister’s Vera Wang gown from her wedding 10 years earlier. Her wedding had been more formal and the dress was originally a ballgown.  I wanted more of a mermaid style and was able to find a bridal seamstress recommended by the Vera Wang bridal salon who was able to make it happen!

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”?   “Something old” – was my dress… “something new” – my shoes… and “something blue” – my bridesmaids dresses

What sold you on your wedding venue?  We loved the fact that there were so many activities for people to do in addition to the actual wedding. It was Memorial Day Weekend and Hilton Head was a trip for all of our guests, so we wanted to make sure everyone would have a good time. We also wanted an outdoor ceremony and loved the beautiful location on the golf course… plus Scott is obsessed with golf!

How did you choose your wedding color palette?  I knew I wanted something simple and elegant. It was mostly creams with a touch of gold. I chose the blue for the girls to brighten it up a bit for the beginning of summer and the color looked great in our outdoor pictures.

What was your favorite part of your big day?  My favorite part of the day was walking back up the aisle with Scott right after the ceremony.  All of the stress had melted away and it was time to celebrate!

What song did you dance to for your first dance?  Green Eyes by Coldplay

Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process?  No matter what… you are going to stress. But, everything works out, even if its not exactly how you pictured it. Everyone told me  to try to enjoy it all when the day finally comes because it is over before you know it… and this is very true!  You can plan and prepare, but don’t sweat the small stuff on the day of. You want to enjoy it!

Vendors:

Photographer:  Allison Reisz Photography

Venue: Sea Pines Resort

Dress: Vera Wang with alterations by Esin from Sew Elegant

Cake: We had cupcakes from Sea Pines Resort.

Floral: Freshcuts

Linens:  Sea Pines Resort

Catering:  Sea Pines Resort

Band: The Travis Allison Band

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Vizcaya from the Dauphine Press Coral Collection

Thank you so much, Allison, for sharing this amazing wedding with us!  And thank you, Luba, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We wish you and Scott a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

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