An elegant rehearsal dinner had been shared among close family and friends in Savannah. More guests attended the laid-back, rustic wedding welcome event at Moreland Landing. And now, it was finally time — time for Joe and Deanna to become husband and wife! Pre-ceremony cocktails were served by the Waterside Chapel at Bluffton wedding venue Palmetto Bluff, after which guests walked to the lawn overlooking the May River to take their seats in sleek black chiavari chairs for the ceremony. The exquisite sound of a string quartet drifted through the evening air as the bride made her grand entrance. The couple, their eyes shining with love, exchanged their marriage vows, and the new Mr. and Mrs. escaped for a photo session while guests enjoyed more cocktails at the Village Square, dark cocktail tables scattered about the ruins of the venue’s old plantation home. Following a beautiful tent dinner, Deanna and Joe cut their wedding cake beneath the magical glow of fireworks. The dance floor was packed all night long as the bride, groom, and their guests grooved to music from the band Laura Lea & Tripp Fabulous, and warm cookies and milk were served as the celebration drew to an end — the perfect conclusion to the perfect wedding weekend! Images of this altogether fabulous affaire brought to you by Savannah wedding photographers Chia and Hon Photography!
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.
I wore the Vera Wang Gemma gown from Bleubelle Bridal. I had visited other stores and couldn’t find anything I liked. That was one of the first gowns I tried on at Bleubelle, and I just kept going back to it, so I knew it was the one! I had two sashes, an ivory one for the ceremony, and then I changed into a beaded belt for the dinner. After we cut the cake, I changed into my party gown from Romona Keveza. The bridesmaids wore custom-made floor-length black chiffon dresses by my friend Tahnee Bassett, owner of Wynokia Designs. Joe wore a custom-made tuxedo by his friend Matt Landsberg, owner of Eric Finn LLC, and the groomsmen all rented tuxedos from J. Parker Limited in Savannah.
What was the most memorable moment?
The most memorable moment was when Joe and I locked eyes as my dad walked me down the aisle. Even though it wasn’t the first time we had seen each other that day, it was still very special. We took most of the photos before the ceremony so that our guests wouldn’t have to wait a long time for us to join them after the wedding.
Splurge on… Splurge on… FOOD and FLOWERS! I can’t remember how many stems of flowers I had, it was an insane amount, but it was worth every penny spent because all of the flowers were BEAUTIFUL!! I was dying to take some of them home with me, but getting them back to VA would’ve been pretty difficult! Also, if your budget allows for a wedding planner, go for it!
Was there a specific theme or style?
The unofficial theme was a mixture of Southern Charm and Formal Elegance.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
Immediately following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour on the lawn while the bridal party finished photos. Waiters passed parmesan black truffle macaroni and cheese bites , rock shrimp and cucumber salsa tostada, she crab soup shooters, onion and boursin tartlets, and beef carpaccio on parmesan focaccia. There was also a charcuterie board along with an amazing seafood and sushi display! After the cocktail hour, we moved into the tent where we were served, a duo plate of braised beef short ribs and grilled local grouper with a saffron risotto croquette and rolls for dinner. Dessert was served on the lawn overlooking the river. We cut the delicious cake just as fireworks went off overhead! In addition to the wedding cake, our guests also enjoyed miniature pies, red velvet cake shooters, fluff and nutter bites, and miniature brownies. Mini grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup shooters, and mini cheeseburgers and fries were passed late night as guests filled the dance floor! Warm cookies and milk were served at the end of the night as guests made their way back to their cottages.
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the event? The music for the ceremony and reception was very formal, but the band we had for the after party was very lively! Laura Lea and Tripp Fabulous is one of our favorite bands and always gets the crowd singing and dancing. What was the best wedding advice you received? The best wedding advice that I received was to take a moment to take everything in. Everything goes by so quickly, so I stopped and looked around for a minute, and it made me happy to see everyone having a good time. When I looked back over the wedding photos, though, there were still so many things that I missed!
Venue & Catering: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff | Event Planning, Coordination & Decor: Sebrell Smith Designer Events | Photography: Chia and Hon Photography and Bryan Stovall | Videography: Savannah Wedding Films | Officiant: Rev. Phil Ferguson | Ceremony Music: JL Music Service | Wedding Gown: Bleubelle Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Marigold Beauty Concepts | Bridesmaid Dresses: Wynokia Designs | Dinner Music: Howard Paul Trio | Reception Music: Laura Lea & Tripp Fabulous | Cake: Something Sweet Bakers | Stationery: Emma J Design | Calligraphy: Savannah Calligraphy | Tent, Rentals & Lighting: Stage Presence | Linens: La Tavola, Party Tables, Cloth Connection, and Sebrell Smith Designer Events | China, Flatware & Glassware: DC Rental | Transportation: Old Savannah Tours