It was a bright and beautiful fall afternoon when Lauren and Jake were wed in an intimate outdoor ceremony before 100 of their family and friends. The locale of choice for this momentous day? The Mackey House, a wedding venue in Savannah, Georgia. A gem of the South, the city of Savannah served as the inspiration for many of the wedding details, such as the bride’s lovely drawing of an oak tree (complete with Spanish moss!) that was featured on the invitations and programs. Also purely southern was the cuisine, which included favorites like macaroni & cheese and fried chicken! Sample the charm and hospitality of this celebration with these photos by Atlanta wedding photographer Scobey Photography.
Tell us how you met…
We worked together for 2 years – never dated or really thought of our relationship as potentially romantic. I left the company, but we kept in touch sporadically until we ran into each other one day. We decided to grab ice cream together one day and catch up – ice cream led to a dinner, and then an official date : a sunset picnic at the beach and an evening at an arts festival.
Now for the proposal… details!
I was home for Christmas, Jake had coordinated with my parents to fly in and surprise me. So on the night of December 23, I heard a knock on the front door…my mom asked me if I could go see who it was, and there he was standing on the front doorstep with a ring in his hand. It was the best surprise I’ve ever gotten.
We want to know about all the wedding details, was it small and intimate or big and traditional?
It was very intimate, which is what we wanted since it was a destination wedding – about 100 guests. It was the perfect size for us – not too small that we felt like no one showed up, but not so big that it was overwhelming.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your bridal party wore.
My gown was an ivory colored lace dress I found in a boutique in Beverly Hills. I live in Los Angeles, so 4 of my closest girlfriends spent one weekend dress hunting with me – it was a lot of fun! My bridesmaids wore a long, chocolate brown, chiffon dress with a halter top and cinched on the side – super flattering and a perfect color to go with our Fall palette and not clash with the rich colors of the floral bouquets.
Can you give us an overview of the event?
It was a gorgeous Fall day in Savannah, GA. We wanted a very laid back and intimate Southern wedding with our closest friends and family. We chose The Mackey House because it had the warm feeling of an at home wedding in a gorgeous surrounding – the wrap around porch, the huge beautifully manicured back yard where we held the ceremony and a large deck where we held the reception under the stars. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day – our closest loved ones, awesome weather, an incredible city and an amazing celebration of love!
Was there a specific theme or style?
We didn’t have a strong underlying theme – other than a laid-back celebration… with Fall colors (lots of browns, reds, oranges, burlap & twine, etc) and some Southern flare (lace, comfort foods and some themed cocktails).
What inspired the theme or style?
The time and place (October in Georgia) inspired the theme.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
Since it was a destination wedding, a lot of people came in for a long weekend, so we planned a lot of fun events for everyone – a barcycle ride around town, a welcome cocktail hour, a fabulous outing to a popular dueling piano bar and lots of other group activities.
Did you DIY any of the details?
One of my Maids of Honor played a large part in giving our wedding some creative personal touches – she created a Madlibs for our guests to fill out about us. She is incredibly talented and did a lot of calligraphy for us- everything from our wedding invitation envelopes to wedding day signs. I drew a picture of an oak tree with the famous Spanish moss in Savannah for our wedding invitations and programs. We also made Southern-themed welcome bags for all of our guests. Other than that we relied heavily on our vendors for most of the details.
What was the most memorable moment?
There were a few – the whole day was incredible, but I’d have to say my favorites were: 1) Watching my husband’s face as I walked down the aisle. 2) Sharing a special dance with my grandfather. 3) Spending a beautiful night with all of our closest friends and family.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
Lots of Southern cuisine – we had a macaroni bar, shrimp & grits, fried chicken, and lots of fixin’s!
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the guests?
Our wedding planner was also our DJ and he has such a warm and fun personality, he truly made our night even more special. He played our favorite music and brought a lot of energy to the party!
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
Of course there were a few people (friends and family) who could not attend, so we wish they could’ve been there with us…but other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing!
What was the best wedding advice you received?
A woman I worked with told me that when we were up at the altar during the ceremony, just stare into my husband’s eyes – not to pay attention to anything or anyone else, but just be in that moment with him. It was incredible to share that amazing connection before spending the rest of the night enjoying our friends and family.
Photographer: Scobey Photography | Venue: The Mackey House | Videographer : Kevin Hursh | Cake: Minette Rushing Custom Cakes | Floral & Decor: Dave Jackson | Wedding Planner & DJ: Dave Gibson | Transportation: Savannah Trolleys