Hundreds of years of beautiful history lay beneath her feet as Beth walked down the aisle in the dress of her dreams atop the roof of Savannah wedding venue The River Street Inn for the first wedding ceremony in the establishment’s long history. Her brother, Jody, escorted her on the once-in-a-lifetime walk, the memory of their father held close, the sound of violin music sweet on the low country air. Beth and her soon-to-be-husband, Ryan, had fallen in love with the city of Savannah when vacationing there together the year before. And so it was no question that their wedding would be a destination event. Their closest friends and family looked on as Beth and Ryan vowed to love one another forever, accents of blush pink and ivory, hints of gold and the bride’s beloved peonies lending the perfect Southern flare to the unforgettable moment. The reception took place at Savannah’s renowned Vic’s on the River, serving up gourmet dishes including fried green tomatoes with goat cheese and Pecan-crusted flounder and ribeye. Live piano music to the tune of Sinatra and the Lumineers serenaded guests throughout the evening. Waltz on over to this utterly classic celebration with these images by Atlanta wedding photographer Morning Light by Michelle Landreau!
Please give us an overview of the event.
The wedding was outdoors on the rooftop of The River Street Inn. The first time we visited Savannah as a couple, we stayed in River Street Inn. When we decided to get married in Savannah we looked at several locations and randomly found the rooftop of the hotel. We contacted them, and they said that there had never been a wedding there, but we were more than welcome to utilize it. Our violinist played on the roof while guests were being seated. My father is deceased, so my brother walked me down the aisle.
Tell us how you met. Was it love at first sight, blind date, friends forever?
Ryan and I met in Atlanta while we were both out for a night on the town with friends. We went on our first date the following week. I was immediately intrigued by his quiet confidence and piercing blue eyes. He won me over with his stories of growing up in Texas. We came from completely different backgrounds. I was a girl who loved shopping at Phipps on the weekend, and he grew up on a farm riding horses! After a few months of dating, we both realized we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. A year after we met, Ryan proposed. I can truly say I am the luckiest girl in the world.
Was there a specific theme or style?
My favorite flower is a peony so I knew my bouquet was going to be huge and full of peonies! I am a wedding florist after all! The rest of the decor then fell in line beautifully. We used all ivory and blush pink flowers with gold accents. The decor effused Southern hospitality and charm.
Tell us about your wedding gown.
I am in love with my wedding dress. It was the epitome of what I always dreamed I would wear. It gives a Southern romance that I wanted our wedding to exude. My mom made the investment in the wedding dress of my dreams. When I look at pictures of the dress from the wedding, I know why it was the first and last wedding dress I put on! AND It’s Vera Wang! What can be bad about that!
Tell us about the reception.
The reception was at Vic’s on the River which guests walked to after the ceremony. We had a double estate table that crossed in the middle. We used lush flowers and all gold accents so the room looked like it was dusted with gold. Our reception was an intimate dinner party with pianist playing the in background followed by a variety of our favorite music.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
The food was amazing! I dreamed about our menu the night before the wedding. We were served Fried Macaroni and Cheese Balls and Fried Green Tomatoes with goat cheese, chutney and balsamic syrup for appetizers. There obviously were several fried things on the menu. Again, I am from the South. Guests received a choice for their main course: Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Chilled Mustard Sauce, Pecan Crusted Flounder with Citrus Honey Butter, or Grilled Ribeye with Blue Cheese Butter. The entrees were served with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
Ryan and I love to read. We used some of our favorite quotes from classic books throughout the reception space. For example, on the bar we had the following quote: “Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, and drink the wild air.” Ralph Waldo Emerson. We also used a globe for our guest book because we love to travel!
Wedding Coordinator & Planner: Chancey Charm Weddings | Ceremony Venue: The River Street Inn | Reception Venue: Vic’s on the River | Photography: Morning Light by Michelle Landreau | Floral: Stylish Stems | Cake: Eileen Carter Creations | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Tuxedo: Bridals by Lori | Hair & Makeup: Beyond Beautiful by Heather | Violinist: Chris Dooley