Real St. Simons Wedding :: Whitney + Ben
We had the pleasure of working with Whitney + Ben for their beautiful, yet whimsical French countryside inspired wedding on St. Simons Island. After a week long of festivities that included welcome parties, the couple exchanged vows at the Lovely Lane Chapel on St. Simons Island. At the chiming of the hour, bridesmaids donned in black Audrey Hepburn-esque cocktail dresses walked down the aisle preceding Whitney’s arrival.
Many from Ben’s family flew in from France to attend the wedding, so this served as a mini reunion for his family, as well as an opportunity for Whitney to meet her extended family. The couple danced to “Zydeco Gris Gris” for their first dance, which kicked of the festivities New Orleans style.
Ben’s family is French, so much of the personal touches incorporated his French heritage, Whitney’s education in New Orleans and many of her own family traditions. For example, Whitney’s maternal grandparents owned a blueberry and honey farm. Small jars of honey from the farm were given as additional favors and served a double purpose as escort cards. Much of the menu included Coastal local favorites, as well as French and New Orleans inspired dishes like duck confit and shrimp étouffée. Their signature drink was the “Golden Aisle“, a play on the wedding’s location (the Golden Isles) and wedding festivities, which consisted of Firefly (Sweet Tea Vodka) to represent the Georgia inspiration and Perrier, to combine the French. Ben is also a graphic designer and designed all of the signage for the tables, bars, escort card tags, programs, and invitations which are inspired by an old Oak that sits outside of the St. Simons Casino.
Wedding Coordinator: Cocktails + Details, St. Simons Island;
Caterer/Florist: Straton Hall, Jekyll Island;
Photographer: Jason Travis, Atlanta;
Church: Lovely Lane Chapel, St. Simons Island;
Reception Venue: St. Simons Casino, St. Simons Island;
Linens: Beachview Tent Rentals, Brunswick;
Band: Stringrays, St. Simons Island;
Transportation: St. Simons Trolley, St. Simons Island.