After experiencing the joy of an intimate, Lowcountry rehearsal dinner with their family and wedding party in Savannah the night before, Deanna and Joe awoke excited to welcome the rest of their wedding guests to Palmetto Bluff with a fun, laid-back celebration at Bluffton wedding venue Moreland Landing. Settled comfortably on the banks of the May River, the rustic island pavilion had everyone entranced from the moment they arrived at their evening hideaway. Bright paper lanterns and amber lights strung from palm trees enhanced the location’s beachy feel. To complement the venue’s naturally rustic vibe, Sebrell Smith stuck with a warm color scheme of red, orange, and yellow, mason jars of sunflowers, roses, cockscomb and dahlias placed on burlap-covered tables. More flowers poured from copper pots and baskets at the food stations while a wooden boat offered ice-cold beers to quench thirst. Boiled peanuts and roasted oysters fresh from the fire pit were served as appetizers, after which guests savored mouthwatering Lowcountry fare including cornbread salad, buttered biscuits, pulled pork and a traditional shrimp boil with mussels, clams, potatoes, corn, and andouille sausage. And the dessert to top it all off? Peach cobbler with whiskey cream (Yum!!). Take a seat by the fire’s glow for a relaxed evening of love and laughter before the couple’s big day with these images by Savannah wedding photographers Chia and Hon Photography!
Please give us an overview of the event.
Friday night was a casual gathering by the river for all wedding guests. All of our guests had traveled from across the US, and one groomsmen even came in from Greece, so we wanted them to be able to kick back and relax when they arrived at Palmetto Bluff.
Was there a specific theme or style?
It was very rustic and laid-back. Burlap linens were used throughout and mason jars overflowing with flowers lined the tables.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
Joe requested Pat O’Brian’s Hurricanes be served as the couple’s special drink of the evening in honor of his aunt and uncle who live in New Orleans. A custom “Joe and Deanna” logo was designed to mimic that of Pat O’Brian’s and appeared on the hurricane glasses that guests filled at the hurricane fountain. Beer was also iced down and served from an old wooden boat which was perfect since we were celebrating right there on the river bank. We also wanted fun photos of some kind, so our photographers took mini Polaroid photos during the event. These were displayed on the wall during the party, and then guests were able to take them home at the end of the night.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
We had an oyster roast, Lowcountry boil with shrimp, mussels, new potatoes, corn and Andouille sausage, and pulled pork for guests to enjoy. Fried green tomatoes with buttermilk dressing, corn bread salad, potato salad, collard greens, and slaw were served as well. For dessert there was a s’mores station plus peach cobbler and moon pies.
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the event?
The band, Eric Dodd Band, is another favorite band of mine from my hometown of Madison, GA. They are always fun and upbeat, and always deliver a great performance!
What was the most memorable moment?
The most memorable moment was when Joe and I stepped on stage and gave a little welcome speech and surprised guests that had birthdays that weekend with special cupcake treats! We even surprised our wedding planner, Sebrell, since her 17th wedding anniversary was the same day as our wedding!
Event Planning, Coordination & Decor: Sebrell Smith Designer Events | Photography: Chia and Hon Photography | Venue: Moreland Landing at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff | Catering: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff | Rentals & Lighting: Stage Presence | Linens & Rentals: Sebrell Smith Designer Events | Entertainment: Eric Dodd Band | Printed Materials: Emma J Design | Transportation: Old Savannah Tours | Videography: Savannah Wedding Films