Blue and green, a favorite and enchanting color pairing, was what brought Abbie and Kevin’s elegant island wedding and reception to life, putting a smile on everyone’s faces. These sweethearts got engaged on a visit to St Simons Island, one of the four Golden Isles off the Georgia coast, and for this couple there was no other place they would rather wed than another of the Golden Isles: the beautiful Sea Island. Desiring to use colors that would blend naturally with the tranquil surroundings of their ceremony, which would be held in the lush gardens of Sea Island wedding venue The Cloister, Abbie decided on a color palette of pistachio and ultramarine. These colors were used flawlessly throughout the day, from the dress of the bridal party to the decor of the Beach Club reception, where guests dined on delicious seafood prepared by The Cloister, relished a gorgeous view of the Atlantic ocean, and defied the summer heat by dancing the night away to the live music of the band Ascension. Photos brought to you by Brunswick wedding photographer Brooke Roberts Photography!
Tell us how you met…
We met freshman year of college at Auburn University. It wasn’t until 5 and half years after we graduated college that we started dating. We ran into each other at an Auburn Alumni event in Atlanta and hit it off from there. We have been together ever since.
Now for the proposal… details!
Kevin and I were at the beach, Saint Simons Island, GA, for a long weekend. We went for a walk on the beach before we went to dinner. Half way down the beach I wanted to go back because it was getting so windy. So we started to turn back around. When we turned around, Kevin called my name. I turned back to look at him and he was getting down on one knee. He asked me if I would marry him and spend the rest of my life with him. (At least I think that is what I remembered.) I was in shock. After the shock, I said yes!
We want to know about all the wedding details, was it small and intimate or big and traditional?
The wedding was small and intimate. We only had 75 close friends and family attend. It was a weekend celebration for everyone who attended. Whenever we see people who attended the wedding, even today, we still talk about how beautiful and perfect the whole weekend was.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your bridal party wore.
My wedding gown was an Amsale silk macado dress. It had an asymmetrical front with a detailing on the hip. I wanted something elegant, yet classic. It had a elegant beach feel and was stunning! The bridesmaids wore green strapless dresses with pockets! The groomsmen wore khaki suits with blue ties. All the wedding party attire came from Bridals by Lori in Atlanta, GA.
Can you give us an overview of the event?
The whole event took place at The Cloister at Sea Island. The ceremony took place in the Cloister Garden. The garden was chosen for it’s natural look and beauty. We then moved over to The Beach Club, across the street, for the reception over looking the beach and Atlantic Ocean. We wanted to get married at the beach, but not on the beach. It was a beautiful backdrop for the reception. We danced and partied the night away with great family and friends. The food was wonderful and plenty, fit with a raw bar to tie in the beach location. Abbie surprised Kevin with a groom’s cake. It turned out to be one of the many conversation pieces of the night. The band entertained everyone to the fullest and we danced into the night. The night ended with the couple leaving on a golf cart among fireworks. The fireworks were a surprise for the guests and it was a great added touch! It was a night to remember!
Was there a specific theme or style?
We didn’t really have a theme. We got married at the beach, so I guess you could say it was beach inspired. Green, blue, and khaki were the main colors that we used. Natural tones.
What inspired the theme or style?
The venue was the inspiration. We had the wedding ceremony in the Cloister Garden and then had the reception over at the Beach Club overlooking the ocean.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
We had everyone invited to most things. We made it a weekend event instead of just a wedding. All the guests were invited to the rehearsal dinner and of course the wedding ceremony and reception. We had events that people could partake in the whole weekend. Golf was a popular event for the men. We also had close friends have their beach house as the hospitality house in case hotel rooms were not ready, they needed to know where to go, etc. Also the guest gift bags were very personalized and unique to each guest.
Did you DIY any of the details?
The guests gift bags in each guests’ room were one of the DIY projects that we did. Also my mother-in-law did the decorations and centerpieces for the rehearsal dinner herself as well.
What was the most memorable moment?
I think the most memorable moment of the wedding was everything! Everyone got along, everyone had a great time, everyone stayed around and hung out until the end of the night! It was overall a wonderful moment/day! If you want an actual moment: The most memorable moment was when I saw my husband for the first time. We waited until the ceremony to see each other.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
The Cloister at Sea Island was responsible for all of the food and desserts at the reception. It was delicious. We started with a cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres and drinks while the wedding party took pictures. Then into the reception we had a full buffet with a raw bar, antipasti bar, carving station, grits station, and other southern foods. The desserts consisted of a wedding cake and groom’s cake. The groom’s cake was a surprise for my husband. It was a huge hit. He loves Miller Lite. So I had the pastry chef create a groom’s cake that was a bucket of beer with real bottles of Miller Lite in it. The wedding cake was 4 tiers. Each had a different layer of filling/cake. They were both delicious!
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the guests?
The entertainment was fabulous. At the reception we had a live band called Ascension. They went above and beyond to cater to our preference in playlist and certain songs that we wanted to have played. They even learned a song for the Father Daughter dance that they did not know! They definitely were the life of the party!
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
The heat!!! It was a very hot night. However, everyone had a blast and we enjoyed every minute of it!
What was the best wedding advice you received?
Make it your day. Choose what you and your fiancé want. You want it to be special to you and your fiancé. I think we did just that. We had a great time with everyone! The best thing about having a small wedding was that we remember seeing everyone, spending time with everyone, and just enjoying the entire weekend!
Ceremony Venue: The Cloister | Reception Venue: The Beach Club | Florist: Sea Island Flower Shop | Cake: Sea Island Pastry Chef | Bridal Gown: Bridals by Lori | Photographer: Brooke Roberts Photography | Band: Ascension | Ceremony Musicians: Music by Pegge, LLC | Stationery: Mimi’s Gifts & Fine Stationery | Hair: Bienvenue Salon | Makeup: Trish McEvoy Makeup Artists