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Photograph of the Royal Court from the Netflix show Bridgerton is inspiring Bridgerton themed weddings
Feb 19 2021

Bridgerton Inspired Weddings on The Golden Isle

Dear Reader… it’s no secret “the social season is upon us” and the Ton is not the only talk of the town. However, Bridgerton inspired weddings are sure to be a treasure “set to join the likes of the queen’s ever so cherished crown jewels themselves.”

The Golden Isles

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The Golden Isles extend way beyond golden beaches and sunsets. History tells us the name comes from Sir Robert Montgomery’s writing to wealthy Londoners about the coastal colony, which he called the Golden Islands.

And the Golden Isles, specifically our Cocktails & Details® beloved Jekyll Island, can be the perfect Bridgeton-inspired wedding location.

Jekyll Island’s Millionaires Row

Millionaires Row’s historic cottages are known for their lush gardens, courtyards, fountains, and fantastic architecture. 

Built during the period between 1904 and 1930, the mansion’s owners spared no expense. Many have been lovingly restored over the last few decades. While the detailing and design reflect those bygone days, the amenities and service are contemporary and polished. 

Known as cottages, they are not what one might think of as a ‘cottage.’ They have spacious grounds that allow guests to roam. Typically offering different vignettes for a ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner.

All make fantastic backdrops similar to the location where Daphne and the Duke devised their plan and had their first look. 

Jekyll Island Cottages

Cherokee Cottage – built in 1904, the Cherokee Cottage is known for its interiors, privacy, and river’s edge setting. 

Front view of the historic Cherokee Cottage on Jekyll Island Georgia

Crane Cottage – built in 1917-1919 in the Italian Renaissance style, was designed with 20 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms. It was the grandest and most expensive winter home at the time. 

The Italian Renaissance styled Crane Cottage on Jekyll Island's Millionaires Row

Its sunken garden, lush courtyard, and elegant fountains are often considered to be one of the most lavish of all of the cottages.

Crane Cottage is known for it's beautiful courtyard and fountains
view of the forma gardens at Crane Cottage on Jekyll Island

Villa Marianna – built in 1928, one of the newest cottages, its detailing is in the Spanish eclectic and Italian Renaissance styles. This romantic setting offers enclosed courtyards and a large formal garden.

beautiful images of floral decor and wedding ceremony at Jekyll Island's Villa Marianna

Villa Ospo – built in 1930 in the Spanish Eclectic and Italian Renaissance styles-sits steps from the Jekyll River in the historic district’s north end. Its intimate courtyard, large terraced garden, and Great Room are ideal for elegant gatherings.

Villa Ospo on the historic Jekyll Island

“an expert in the art of the swoon.” 

The Cocktails & Details® team knows that a picturesque location alone does not a Regency-style event make.

Fortunately, dear reader, connections with the best of the best in everything weddings, we can work together to create the complete Bridgerton inspired wedding here on the Golden Isles.

wedding invitation

A bride might consider the whimsical romantic styles of an Empire waist, capped sleeves, and scoop necklines for a wedding gown. Jeweled headpieces, tiaras and accessories will be all the rage.

beaded wedding gown with Empire waist
bride carrying a gold and jeweled clutch

To dress the Duke in your life, it is unnecessary to go with tailcoats and top hats – a brightly colored modern jacket with a patterned waistcoat is sure to impress.

Luxurious floral décor in a multitude of colors with accents of gold or silver pair nicely with the Jekyll Island cottages’ architecture and décor. One might also consider a bridal bouquet with a loose, just-picked, European feel – possibly with the inclusion of white roses, the representation of purity and innocence.

wedding reception table filled with gold toned candelabras, goblets and white flowers with lush linens and gold charger plates perfect for a Bridgerton themed wedding
bride carrying a loose European styled bridal bouquet with white roses

The added touches of a talented string quartet, decadent food, an abundance of drink, fresh fruit, an ornate wedding cake, and scrumptious macrons are all symbols of high society.

The talented team of Cocktails & Details® looks forward to assisting you in creating a soiree to set society a twitter.

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Bride and grommet Horton hose on Jekyll Island
Jan 22 2021

Villa Marianna & Westin Jekyll Island Wedding

Take a fun couple who loves live music and travel and whose got planning underway, and Cocktails & Details® will pull it together and make it fabulous!

Meet Jennie and Alex

This fantastic couple selected not one but two unique Jekyll Island venues for their wedding day. 

Historic Villa Marianna would be the site of their wedding ceremony and outdoor cocktail reception. Then guests would be transported to the Westin Jekyll Island for dinner and dancing under the stars with an afterparty to follow! The stage was set for a fabulous day.

Get Ready

Jennie looked spectacular in her form-fitting wedding gown. One of two dresses for her wedding day. She chose an off the shoulder gown with crisscrossing fabric in the bodice. Her hair, worn down, and pulled to one side, created an elegant but relaxed look. 

Her loose hand-tied bridal bouquet consisted of lush greenery, white garden roses, and touches of deep burgundy-including hanging amaranthus.

bride and her bridal party getting dressed at the Westin Jekyll Island
bride wearing a form fitting, off the shoulder wedding gown with a criss cross bodice detail
bridal bouquet of greenery, white garden roses and burgundy flowers including hanging amaranthus

Alex and his guys went for a very classic look – black tuxedo, bow tie, and suspenders. Boutonnieres of white roses and eucalyptus seeds got a rustic touch with organic ribbon.

groom and groomsmen getting ready at the Westin Jekyll Island
white rose boutonnieres with seeded eucalyptus and a rustic ribbon

First Look and Fabulous Portraits

Midafternoon, the couple were each transported to Horton house for their first look, some spectacular wedding portraits, and some photos with their wedding party.

The Jekyll Island settings for their portraits are swoon-worthy and some of our favorite moments of the day!

bride and groom having their first look at the historic Horton House in Jekyll Island
first look at Horton House in Jekyll Island
bride and groom taking wedding portraits before their Jekyll Island wedding
Jekyll Island wedding photos
bride and groom posting for wedding photos
bride and groom with their wedding party

Bird Seed, Flower Petals, and an Old Oak Tree

The couple chose a two-hundred-year-old oak tree at Villa Marianna as the backdrop to exchange their wedding vows.

The processional included an entourage of young boys tossing birdseed and a young lady sprinkling flower petals.

birdseed boys and flower girls at a Villa Marianna wedding ceremony

Escorted by her mother, Jennie made her entrance to Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. The ceremony included several readings, lots of laughs, and several tears. The tranquil outdoor setting was just perfect for these happy newlyweds.

Bride making her entrance escorted by her mother at Villa Marianna
outdoor Jekyll Island wedding ceremony under a two hundred year old tree at Villa Marianna
Just Married! Bride and groom kiss at the end of their Villa Mariana wedding ceremony

Cocktails & Details®

A Must-Have for Jennie and Alex were shots and cigars with their wedding party immediately after the wedding ceremony. The list also included a killer oyster bar and appetizers reflecting their travels from around the world.

bride and groom toasting with wedding party after Villa Marianna wedding ceremony
Fresh raw oysters and oyster shooters during cocktail hour at Jekyll Island wedding
International fruit and cheese display for cocktail hour at Jekyll Island wedding

The cocktail reception in Villa Marianna’s mosaic courtyard included a live jazz trio and two signature cocktails. A French 75 made with gin, lemon, and champagne, and a Hemmingway Daiquiri with rum, lime, and grapefruit.

Sunset Photos

As the cocktail hour drew to a close, guests were transported to the reception. The newlyweds took a few minutes for some stunning sunset photographs and a quick change.

Sunset wedding photos at Villa Marianna

Alex changed to a Navy-blue tuxedo jacket with a shawl collar, keeping his bow tie- a simple white pocket square was the only accessory needed.

Jennie chose a white two-piece look with a long white mermaid skirt and a modern lace off the shoulder top – she was ready to dance the night away.

Oceanside Dinner and Dancing

The reception was held in the ocean side courtyard of The Westin Jekyll Island. The outdoor space was set for dinner and dancing with outdoor space heaters added for the crisp night.

Groom boating his bride and welcoming guests at their Westin Jekyll Island outdoor wedding reception

Following introductions, Alex began the evening with a welcome and a toast. The toast was followed by a delicious dinner and cutting of an awesome two-tiered drip wedding cake and a selection of incredible custom donuts.

cake table set with a two tiered drip wedding cake and family wedding photos at the Westin Jekyll Island
Buckeyes were one of the custom flavor donuts at a Westin Jekyll Island wedding reception

Love, Love, Love!

Following dinner, the couple opened the first dance to Lay Down by Son Little and Alex’s dance with his mother.

In honor of her late father, Jennie and her brothers sang a karaoke of his favorite song –  We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel.

The fantastic band kept the dancefloor packed all night and included several custom covers of the bride and groom’s favorite songs.

After a sparkling sendoff wedding, guests joined the newlyweds for an afterparty in the hotel ballroom.

wedding guests sending newlyweds off under a shower of sparklers at the Westin Jekyll Island

Congratulations, Jennie and Alex. We wish you a lifetime filled with great food, music and new adventures!

The Wedding Team

Jekyll Island Wedding Planner: Cocktails & Details

Wedding Ceremony Venue: Villa Marianna

Hair & Makeup: b. Lush Salon

Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Musicians: South City Live

Jekyll Island Reception Venue: Westin Jekyll Island

Band: South City Live

Wedding Photographer: Ave Nocturna

Floral Designer: Jori

Transportation: St. Simons Trolley

bride and groom blowing gold glitter at the Jekyll Hotel Club
Dec 18 2020

Jekyll Island Wedding – Jekyll Club Hotel

Diana and Drew told our Cocktails & Details® team they envisioned ‘southern charm with a European twist’ for their Jekyll Club Hotel wedding. ‘We are sophisticated but not stuffy, love fun details, and Drew is down with my glitter obsession.’

The Jekyll Club hotel was the perfect backdrop for their wedding. From the southern charm of its mature trees draped in Spanish moss to its iconic architecture, it had everything they wanted.

bride and groom standing under trees with hanging Spanish moss

The Library at Crane Cottage

The spacious cottage allowed lots of space for Dianna and her wedding party to have hair and makeup services on site. 

Dianna wore an A-line wedding gown with a v- neck and natural waist by Enaura Bridal. She carried a loose hand-tied European style bridal bouquet with cream dahlias, Ocean song roses, ivory garden roses, lavender lisianthus, dusty miller, and silver dollar eucalyptus.

Her crystal and rhinestone Badgley Mischka pumps were the perfect accessories!

bride carrying a purple and white bridal bouquet
flat lay photo of bride's accessories and Badgley Mischka rhinestone wedding shoes

Meet Drew!

Drew looked handsome in a dark navy vested suit. The notched satin collar and white bow tie added a touch of sophistication.

Groom wearing navy blue suit at Jekyll Club Hotel

After getting ready, Drew took a little walk under the incredible trees to get ready for his first look at his bride-to-be.

The setting, the anticipation, and their first look are EVERYTHING!

bride walking toward her groom for their first look at Jekyll Club Hotel
bride seeking up on her groom at Jekyll Club Hotel
bride tapping on her groom's shoulder at Jekyll Club Hotel
Fist Look at Jekyll Club Hotel
bride and groom sneaking a kiss after their fist look

Crane Cottage Wedding Ceremony

The couple chose the sunken garden at Crane Cottage for their wedding ceremony. Steps away from the cottage, the lawn was set with large garden urns overflowing with florals in shades of purple and blue. White garden chairs lined the aisle trimmed in floral petals.

outdoor wedding ceremony at Crane Cottage

Dianna, escorted by her parents, made her way to her husband-to-be to the sounds of Canon in D. By the sweet look on Drew’s face, you would never know he had just seen his bride a short time before.

bride being escorted down the aisle at the Crane Cottage wedding ceremony
groom smiling as his bride makes her way down the aisle from Crane Cottage

The couple exchanged their wedding vows surrounded by family and friends before heading off to ‘All You Need is Love’ by the Beatles.

brigand groom receiving a wedding blessing at the Jekyll Club Hotel wedding
JUST MARRIED excited bride and groom after their Crane Cottage wedding ceremony

Cocktails & Details®

After their cocktail hour around the reflecting pool, wedding guests made their way to the hotel’s courtyard. The wedding reception was set with tables along the covered walkway, with the buffet reception set around the center fountain.

wedding reception in the courtyard at Crane Cottage

Tables were dressed in white linens lined with greenery roping with cream and purple blossoms to add pops of color. Gold candlesticks intertwined with floating candles and votives completed the tablescape. Guest tables were named for cities worldwide, with a map of the world as the seating chart.

long reception tables draped in white linen with greenery, candles and purple flowers.

Dancing the Night Away

A white frame tent with lounge seating and black and white dancefloor created the perfect space for dancing after dinner.

The newlyweds opened the dancefloor with their first dance to Thomas Rhett’s ‘In Case You Didn’t Know.’

frame tent with dance floor and lounge area at Crane Cottage
bride and groom dancing their first dance on a black and white checkered dance floor

Shortly after the dancefloor opened, Diana had a little surprise for Drew! She planned a reunion with the ladies from her acapella singing group. A quick change into matching outfits, with a bit of glitter for the bride and their performance of an ABBA song, was the highlight of the reception.

bride with an acapella performance for her groom
bride singing to her groom at their Crane Cottage wedding reception
bride serenading her groom at their Jekyll Club Hotel wedding

The couple closed the reception by cutting their beautiful four-tiered white and gold wedding cake before making their exit!

bride and groom cutting their four-tiered white and gold wedding cake at Crane Cottage

The Send-Off and After Party

The couple may have ended the reception with a traditional send-off- but the party continued at Crane Cottage. The afterparty included a fantastic DJ, glow sticks, and some late-night sliders and fries.

Our Cocktails & Details® team loved this incredible couple, and we wish them a lifetime of happiness.

The Event Team

Jekyll Island Wedding Planning: Cocktails & Details®

Jekyll Island Wedding Venue: Jekyll Club Hotel

Ceremony Musicians: Pegge Ealum

Wedding Officiant: Pastor Bonnie Lanyi

Band: Power 2 Party

DJ: Island Sound 

Wedding Photographer: Brooke Roberts Photography

Cinematographer: Gavin Sellers Creative

Floral Design: Cocktails & Details®

Rentals: Jekyll Club Hotel

Hair and Makeup: Tiffany Jones

two brides at Captain's Bluff on Saint Simons Island
Nov 27 2020

Saint Simons Island Wedding – Captain’s Bluff

Nearly a year ago, our Cocktails & Details® team had the pleasure of working with Amber and Brittany on their Saint Simons Island wedding at Captain’s Bluff.

This fantastic property along the Frederica River was owned by Amber’s family since the revolutionary war. While it had recently been sold and used for weddings and events, Amber always knew she wanted to be married there.

two brides on the dock at Captain's Bluff on the Frederica River in St Simons Island

Here Come The Brides

Amber spent the morning with her wedding party, at what used to be her old bedroom in the Family House, one of several buildings on the historic property. 

She and her wedding party had their hair and makeup done and got ready, taking some time for a few photos.

bride and bridal party sitting on the front porch wearing floral robes

For her wedding gown, Amber chose a lace and tulle ballgown. She wore a fingertip veil to compliments her beautiful strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline. Her loose handtied bouquet of white florals and greenery was the perfect accent to her attire.

bride wearing white lace wedding gown with a sweetheart neckline carrying a white bouquet

Her wedding party’s floral creations were a simple, elegant hoop style of lush greenery dotted with white flowers—a great choice for the relaxed yet elegant outdoor wedding.

bride with her wedding party carrying floral hoops

Across the property at the Boat House, Brittany spent the morning with her wedding party, her brother, and Amber’s son. Brittany and her wedding party dressed in light-colored suits with contrasting ties and pocket squares. Rustic white ranunculus and rose boutonnieres with greenery popped against the light-colored suits.

bride wearing a light blue grey suit with necktie and a white boutonniere
bride and ring bearers light blue grey suits
white ranunculus and white rose boutonnieres with greenery and eucalyptus seeds

It Was Always You…

The riverside ceremony was set in a clearing surrounded by Spanish moss-covered trees. The space was set with dark wood benches with the aisle accented with greenery and white hydrangea.

rustic outdoor wedding ceremony at Captain's Bluff in Saint Simons Island
wooden benches and white aisle decor at a rustic outdoor wedding ceremony at Captain's Bluff in Saint Simons Island

Escorted by her brother, Brittany and the wedding party made their way down the aisle to ‘Speechless.’ The song continued for Amber’s entrance-making her appearance exactly at Brittany’s favorite part.

bride walking down the aisle with her best man at her Captain's Bluff wedding in Saint Simons Island
Bride being escorted down the aisle at her wedding on Saint Simons Island

The waterfront views were an incredible backdrop for the brides to exchange their wedding vows.

Two brides exchanging wedding vows at their Saint Simons Island wedding on the banks of the Frederica River

Cocktails & Details®

A short walk away, the Boat House Lawn was set for an intimate wedding reception. Long tables draped in white linen surrounded the dance floor.  Each table’s center was filled with long low centerpieces with magnolia leaves, greenery, white flowers, and pillar candles. Wooden chairs, scallop-edged charger plates, and S’mores wedding favor completed the rustic yet elegant look.

Outdoor wedding reception on the lawn at Captain's Bluff on Saint Simons Island
Long reception tables with white linen and centerpieces of greenery, magnolia leaves and white flowers
charger plates with S'mores wedding favor at a Captain's Bluff wedding reception

Shortly after the guests had gathered, the brides made their entrance. A welcome, blessing, and delicious buffet dinner of comfort food were followed by toasts and the cake cutting.

brides cutting their wedding cake at their Captain's Bluff wedding reception on Saint Simons Island

As nighttime fell, candlelight and overhead market lights added a soft glow to the reception. The brides opened the dance floor with their first dance, surrounded by family and friends with sparklers.

black and white wedding photo of two brides during their first dance

Congratulations, Amber and Brittany! Our Cocktails & Details® loved being part of your elegant rustic wedding at Captain’s Bluff.

Two brides on the dock at Captain's Bluff along the Frederica River on Saint Simons Island

The Team

Thank you to the team of local wedding professionals who made Amber and Brittany’s wedding day so special.

Saint Simons Wedding Planner: Cocktails & Details®

Saint Simons Island Wedding Venue: Captain’s Bluff

Hair and Makeup: Emma Collins Beauty

Ceremony Musicians: T&Z DJ Services

Officiant: Rikki Warner, Friend of the Couple

Catering: Grandy’s

DJ: T&Z DJ Services

Wedding Photographer: One Life Photography

Floral Design and Rentals: Cocktails & Details®

couple wearing masks as they meet with their wedding planner
Nov 13 2020

Let’s Talk About The ‘C-Word’

Our Cocktails & Details® team hasn’t been using the ‘C-Word,’ – COVID-19 – in our blogs, and social media. Instead, we’ve focused on sharing the fantastic images and stories of our couples.

Weddings Reimagined

Earlier this year, we talked with People TV and The Knot about reimaging weddings during COVID-19. We focused on reimagining intimate experiences that captured what our clients wanted in their original wedding plans.

Reimagining weddings focused on incorporating personal details and unique elements, but on a slightly smaller scale. 

The World As We Know It

As life moves forward, regulations in our little corner of the world, especially around COVID-19 and weddings, have become a little blurry.

What is required, interpreting guidelines, and what is enforced has become confusing for our couples and pros alike.

smiling bride and groom at a wedding planning meeting wearing masks

Rules that allow for fifty people in a space, but allow more than fifty people if you can maintain physical distancing, are hard to decode. For example, outdoor weddings are permitted and encouraged. Even wedding receptions in a tent are allowed – but just not a tent with walls.

Some venues are requiring masks inside. Unfortunately, other spaces are not enforcing masks. And, while we know guests are not required to wear masks while eating and drinking, many are getting a little too comfortable and not putting them back on after dinner.

Reality Of COVID-19 for Wedding Pros

We’re not here to bash people who are not enforcing the rules. We want to share the reality of our Cocktails & Details® team and many of the pros we know.

A majority of the wedding pros we are working with are wearing masks. Wedding pros who are fortunate enough to be working might be around multiple couples and their guests in a single week. Not only do we have families at home that we’re trying to protect, but we’re trying to protect you as well.

wedding vendor putting on a protective mask

Don’t be surprised if some of your wedding pros ask you to sign a waiver. We’re just trying to make sure we’re all safe and protected.

Sharing The Truth

And, it won’t surprise you that our Cocktails & Details® team will be completely honest with you. We’re liable to tell you, ‘yes, you can do this, but think about the complications!’

And honestly, we’ll get the job done, your day will be fantastic – but don’t expect any hugging or kissing from us. We love you, but we’ll get the job done from six paces away.

Suggestions for Safer Weddings

Here are some planning and design suggestions we have put into place or recommend for creating a safer environment.

Getting Ready

makeup artist applying lipstick to a bride
  • Whenever possible, request larger cottages or meeting spaces so that wedding parties can spread out while getting ready. This provides a more comfortable space for them. But also a safer work environment for the hair and makeup artists, photographers, and videographers working with them.
  • Take some time ahead of the wedding to gather your accessories, personal items, and things like invitations so they can be photographed away from the wedding party.
  • Consider the idea of choosing outdoor locations to do portraits, family, and wedding party photos wherever possible.
silhouette of a photographer giving direction to a bride and groom

Safer Ceremony Seating

We’re always mindful of physically distant seating when it comes to wedding ceremonies.

  • Outdoor wedding ceremonies offer more space to accomplish physical distancing and include beautiful design elements.
  • Indoors, primarily in houses of worship with pews, roping off every other pew can keep your guests safely separated. 
  • In some areas, houses of worship require assigned seating to maintain physical distancing. Our Cocktails & Details® design team can assist in creating seating charts and pew numbers, similar to those used for a wedding reception. 
  • Make masks available to wedding guests who have not brought their own. Providing hand sanitizer is always a nice touch as well.
masks and hand sanitizer for wedding guests

Cocktails & Details®

  • Whenever possible, take advantage of outdoor spaced for all or a portion of your cocktail hour.
  • Consider displaying multiple seating charts or dividing escort cards onto several tables to keep wedding guests from crowding together.
  • Our Cocktails & Details® team makes sure that high touch areas like your guest book or gift table are wiped down frequently. Including containers for new and used pens.
  • For your cocktail hour and late night snacks, stations and passed bites can be plated into individual portions. 
individually portioned French fries and condiments for late night wedding snacks

Doing Dinner Right

  • Ceremony structures and décor can often be repurposed for your reception. These can create decorative dividers that can work well for areas like the bar to keep guests from crowding. 
  • Display signage with Signature Cocktails, beer, and wine selections several feet out from the bar. Signage can assist in making choices before they reach the bar and keep the line moving. 
  • In addition to keeping dining tables six feet apart – consider a redesign for some smaller tables, keeping family groups seated together.
  • Plated dinner service can help minimize unnecessary movement. Consider a served salad rather than a preset salad. During dinner, Wine service is an elegant touch and keeps guests from moving around and gathering at the bar.
  • If you choose to offer a buffet dinner, sneeze guards are a MUST. But, also consider investing in additional staff to serve guests, rather than having them touch utensils.
a wooden box with a bottle of red wine for service at a wedding

Toasts, Entertainment, and Wedding Cake

  • DJs and MCs can usually provide additional microphones for the people making toasts – these can easily be wiped down before and after each toast or blessing.
  • Gathering on a dancefloor can be a significant concern. Creating multiple smaller dance floors around the ballroom or dancing outdoors can be creative and safe options.
  • If dancing is not an option, look at other entertainment forms to keep your wedding guests engaged. Specialty musicians, singers, or performances can add a unique and personal touch.
  • Photobooths can easily be adapted to include single-use props and provide hand sanitizer.
  • Consider a smaller version of your wedding cake for display purposes with the cake being cut and plated or boxed for your guests.
Intimate wedding cake to display while cutting remaining wedding cake in the kitchen

These suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg! 

We know that every couple, family, and situation are different. Our Cocktails & Details® planning and design teams are happy to work with you to create an incredible wedding day- memorable for all the right reasons.

Our Cocktails & Details® team looks forward to celebrating safely with you and your loved ones.  

bride and groom kissing at sunset after their Jekyll Island wedding ceremony
Oct 23 2020

Jekyll Island Wedding – Crane Cottage

The Cocktails & Details® team loved working with Sarah and Chris to design their Jekyll Island wedding at Crane Cottage.

Sarah freely admits that she had picked the wedding venue before Chris proposed. After all, ‘we had been together five years,’ she joked. The holdup was realistically because Chris designed the ring and took great pains to source the main stone ethically.

ethically sourced stone in bride's ring designed by her groom

This environmentally conscious couple picked Crane Cottage for its historic architecture, natural beauty and because everything could happen in the same location. They wanted to have the feel of an epic house party.

bride and groom marrying in front of Crane Cottage on Jekyll Island Georgia

Here Comes The Bride!

Sarah spent the morning with her bridal party relaxing, having some fun together, and getting ready. Her wedding gown was a smooth satin organza creation with clean lines and a sweetheart neckline. A shoulder-length lace applique veil and cascading European hand tied bridal bouquet completed her elegant look.

bride and bridal party having some fun in the room at Crane Cottage
bride wearing a satin organza gown with shoulder length lace veil carrying a loose European bridal bouquet

The stunning bridal bouquet included garden roses, white ranunculus, Sahara roses, white lisianthus, and long, loose natural greenery tied with French wired ribbon.

loose European style bridal bouquet in white and cream with locally sourced greenery

Thank You For Your Service

Chris, who is currently serving in the military, wore his dress uniform as did several members of his wedding party. He was actually deployed during the wedding planning and only returned home a week before the wedding.

The guys dressed and relaxed, with sabers at the ready, for the ceremony to begin.

groom in his military dress uniform
groom and his groomsmen in dress military uniforms at Crane Cottage on Jekyll Island
groom in his military dress uniform before seeing his bride

Wanting to infuse a little personality into his wedding day, Chris had a custom tuxedo shirt created. A huge Star Wars fan, this custom shirt had the sleeves removed and a bold Star Wars print fabric added in its place. The collar, front panel, and cuff were all business with the sleeves hidden away until he removed his jacket.

groom wearing a custom made Star Wars tuxedo shirt

With This Ring

Outside, the ceremony preparations were in place. Our team utilized the rich, topiary hedgerow to frame the wedding ceremony. White roses accented the center portion of the hedge with white garden chairs, creating an extra-wide aisle.

outdoor wedding ceremony at Crane Cottage on Jekyll Island

With their wedding party already in place, Sarah, escorted by her father, made her entrance to her favorite song Lady May by Tyler Childers. To say that Chris was blown away by the first glimpse of his beautiful bride might be an understatement.

bride being escorted down the aisle by her father at Crane Cottage on Jekyll Island
groom seeing his bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle at Crane Cottage on Jekyll Island
stunned groom as he sees is beautiful bride at their wedding ceremony at Crane Cottage

Officiated by the bride’s grandmother, the touching wedding ceremony ended with a traditional arch of crossed sabers as the newlyweds made their departure.

groom crying during his wedding ceremony at Crane Cottage, Jekyll Island Georgia
crossed sabers waiting for approach of the bride and groom at Crane Cottage on Jekyll Island
bride and groom under crossed sabers after their Jekyll Island wedding

Cocktails & Details®

The elegant outdoor reception was created along the parameter of the Crane Cottages courtyard. The expansive covered walkways allowed for placement of long banquet tables paired with rustic wrought iron chairs. Crisp white linens draped the tables, which overflowed with local greenery and clusters of candles. Gold metallic risers added a shimmer, brought height to the table design, and allowed for a lush overhead cascade of greenery.

long white reception tables with lush greenery in the courtyard at Crane Cottage Jekyll Island
long wedding reception tables with gold risers and local Georgia greenery

The courtyard’s iron gate and an overhead chandelier made the perfect focal point to frame Sarah and Chris’ sweetheart table, incorporating design elements from the other tablescapes.

sweetheart table in front of iron gat in the courtyard at Crane Cottage Jekyll Island

The newly married couple made their grand entrance from the balcony above the courtyard. Following their entrance, wedding guests enjoyed a plated dinner service with a coffee and dessert bar placed in the courtyard center.

bride and groom waving from the balcony of Crane Cottage on Jekyll Island

In traditional military fashion, the couple opened the first bottle of Champagne using a military saber. Several toasts followed this by the Father of the Bride, Maid of Honor, and Best Man.

Military groom assisting his new bride in opening a champagne bottle with a saber

Death Of A Bachelor

After dinner, the couple and their guests made their way indoors for a night of dancing. Sarah and Chris opened the dance floor with their first dance to Death of a Bachelor by Panic! at the Disco.

newlyweds dancing their first dane to Death of a Bachelor by Panic! at the Disco.

This indeed was the epic house party the newlyweds dreamed about, with the dance floor remaining full throughout the evening. The night also included an impromptu choreographed dance number by Sarah and a few friends. Sarah and Chris closed the evening with a last dance to What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.

bride and friends doing a choreographed dance at her Jekyll Island wedding
bride and friends dancing at her Crane Cottage wedding

Congratulations, Sarah and Chris! This was absolutely an epic wedding!

The Event Team

Thank you to the incredible event team that made Sarah and Chris’s wedding so amazing.

bride and groom at sunset at their wedding Crane Cottage Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island Wedding Planning: Cocktails & Details®

Jekyll Island Wedding Venue: Crane Cottage

Hair & Makeup: b. Lush Salon & Spa

Ceremony Musicians: Music by Pegge

Wedding Officiant:  Grandmother of the Bride

Catering: Jekyll Club Hotel

DJ: Hey DJ

Wedding Photography: Tamara Gibson Photography

Wedding Cinematography: Ryan Blount

Floral Design: Cocktails & Details®

Rentals: Cocktails & Details®

bride and groom in beach at Jekyll Island surrounded by driftwood
Oct 09 2020

Jekyll Island Wedding- The Westin

Working with Michelle and David last year on their beautiful Jekyll Island wedding was an incredible experience for our Cocktails & Details® teams. 

They are admittedly the perfect complement to each other. We were blown away by the time and thoughtfulness that went into their wedding and being surrounded by family and friends.

The Ideal Wedding Location

The Westin was the ideal wedding venue for them, with everything onsite so family and friends could spend time together. It was where they had their first vacation together and simultaneously their first iterations of ‘I love You.” So, it holds a lot of sentimental meaning, was a very low key, intimate beach setting.

During their time on the island, wedding guests had the opportunity to golf, fish, or relax on the beach.

Their Wedding Style

Michelle chose a show-stopping wedding gown by Casablanca Bridal. The fit and flare silhouette layered textures and textiles, combining satin, Chantilly lace, and touches of delicate beadwork with illusion lace back and a plunging V-neckline. 

Our Cocktails & Details® team created a loose hand-tied European style bridal bouquet of ranunculus, spray roses, lisianthus, and mixed eucalyptus greenery. Blush garden roses began the color story of dusty rose and indigo blue that would flow through the wedding.

Chloe by Casablanca Bridal incorporates lace applique, satin and Chantilly lace with delicate beading and an illusion back with a deep V-neckline
Jekyll Island bride wearing a fit and flare style gown by Casablanca Bridal carrying a pink and white bridal bouquet by Cocktails and Details

Her wedding party’s attire continued the story with the ladies wearing long, flowing, dusty rose dresses. The dresses allowed each lady to choose a neckline that complimented figure and personal style.

Jekyll Island bride with her bridal party wearing dusty rose bridesmaid's dresses carrying pink and white bouquets

David and his wedding party were dressed in handsome indigo-colored suits with dusty rose ties to pair with the bridesmaid’s dresses.

Groom earring an indigo blue suite with a white ranunculus boutonniere adjusts his pocket square
bride and groom after their first look

The Ceremony

Michelle and David’s outdoor ceremony was set beyond the resort’s courtyard with sweeping lawns and rustic natural backdrop. 

Four tall floral arrangements in blush and white rested on clear acrylic columns at the aisle entrance. White garden chairs and rose petals lead to the dark wood chuppah draped in flowing white fabric and accented with floral swags.

outdoor wedding ceremony at The Westin Jekyll Island

As wedding guests gathered on the lawn, David’s nephew played a prelude of classical music. The ceremony music selections included a processional of Canon in D, with the bride making her entrance to the Bridal Chorus.

bride walking down the iaisle with her father at the Westin Jekyll Island

Michelle and David exchanged wedding rings under the chuppah before a traditional glass breaking and sealing their vows with a kiss.

bride and groom exchanging wedding vows under a chuppah at the Westin Jekyll Island

COCKTAILS & DETAILS®

Inside the ballroom, final touches were made to the reception decor. 

Tall white and dusty rose floral arrangements on glass vases were intermixed with organic flowing centerpieces in gold pedestal bowls and florals in petite glass balls. Floating, cylinder, and votive candles filled the tables.

Gold Napoleon chairs, charger plates, and votive candles added a golden shimmer to the soft pink and white backdrop.

The Westin Jekyll Island's Grand Ballroom set with pink and white florals, candles and gold Napoleon chairs.
Long tables draped with white linen accented with pink and white flora with gold chairs and accents
Grand Ballroom at The Westin Jekyll Island set for an elegant wedding reception by Cocktails and Details

The newlyweds began the evening with their first dance to ‘Til Death Do Us Part by Brian Nhira. Their dance was followed by a few words from the groom and a delicious multi-course plated dinner with wine service.

One of Michelle and David’s requests was the have everyone up on the dance floor all evening, and our team delivered with a packed dancefloor.

bride and groom dining with the bride's mother at her Jekyll Island wedding reception
bride and groom dining during their wedding reception at the Westin Jekyll Island

The evening came to a close with the bride and groom cutting an elegant three-tiered white wedding cake accented with pink roses and a custom gold cake topper, before making a grand exit under a shower of sparklers.

bride and groom cutting their three-tiered white wedding cake decorated with pink roses
Bride and groom making a grand exit under a shower of sparklers at their Westin Jekyll Island wedding reception

Congratulations, Michelle and David! Our Cocktails & Details® team wishes you a fabulous life together!

Newlyweds kissing under a shower of sparklers after their Jekyll Island wedding

The Event Team

Thank you to the wedding professionals who brought this Jekyll Island wedding to life.

Wedding Planning Team: Cocktails & Details® 

Jekyll Island Wedding Venue: The Westin, Jekyll Island

Wedding Ceremony Musicians: Island Sound

Wedding Officiant: Kim Bashor, Hitching Hearts 

DJ: Island Sound

Wedding Photographer: Rainey Gregg Photography

Florals and Rentals: Cocktails & Details® 

Hair & Makeup: Fantasy Hair and Makeup

Wedding Cake: Sweet Luncheonette

Elegantly dressed bride and groom on the porch of a rustic Savannah cabin
Aug 26 2020

Savannah Private Estate Wedding – Cocktails & Details

It’s absolutely no secret that our Cocktails & Details® team loves a little bling. So, when we worked with LA-born Katherine and her fiancé Travis to plan an elegant rustic November wedding at Savannah property where he grew up, we knew it would have a little sparkle. 

Travis may have put down some roots in Miami, but this hidden gem on Savannah’s outskirts is home. The place he played with his siblings and best man, as children, even has a cabin he built himself.

Family and friends from both coasts arrived for a 4-Day celebration. What began with a blowout Halloween bash in their private residence in Historic Savannah continued with a rehearsal dinner on The Square, the wedding day, and a post-wedding brunch back at the preserve.

Start Your Day With Champagne

On the wedding day, guests were transported to the unmarked private property for a pre-wedding Champagne reception.

The entry doors were flanked with four stunning statement pieces. Garden urns, two towering to over six-foot-tall, were overflowing with soft flowers and rustic textured grasses. Shimmering market lights and a row of crystal chandeliers added some sparkle to the wooded trail.

bride and groom standing at the entry doors to their elegant rustic wedding surrounded by tall urns of flowers and grasses
wedding guests wearing formalwear gathering in the woods under crystal chandeliers

The Happy Couple

Meanwhile, Katherine and Travis, along with their wedding parties, spent the day relaxing and getting ready in cabins on the preserve.

Travis looked smashing in his classic black tuxedo with black satin shawl collar, and he really rocked the hand-tailored feathered bow tie.

groom in a classic black tuxedo wearing a black feather bow tie

Katherine sparkled in a long sleeve, crystal-studded wedding gown with a plunging neckline from the Morning Star collection of luxury bridal designer Dana Harel.  Her monochromatic bouquet of red roses, cockscomb, and astilbe looked stunning against this simple, but lux wedding gown.

bride in a crystal Dana Harel wedding gown carrying a bright red bouquet

These back and white photos of their first look on the front porch of the cabin are epic!

black and white photo of bride walking up behind groom for their first look
black and white photos of an excited groom wiping away tears after his first look at his bride-to-be
black and white photos of a happy bride laughing after seeing her groom

With This Ring

The ceremony on a floating dock was set with garden chairs in natural wood tones, with the aisle accented with bubble vases filled with grasses, resting on locally sourced logs. The unique ceremony structure was a low wall of grasses that flowed in the breeze and allowed for spectacular views of the lake.

waterfront wedding ceremony on a floating dock, set with rustic grasses and wooden chairs
floating dock on a like set for a wedding ceremony with wooden chairs

Just before the sun began to set, the wedding party, dressed in black tie attire, entered under twinkling crystal chandeliers, followed by Katherine, making her entrance to “LA Woman’ by the Doors.

wedding party in formal black tie walking though woods
bride in elegant crystal wedding gown walking under crystal chandeliers hanging in the woods
bride being escorted onto floating dock filled with people for her wedding ceremony

The couple exchanged their “I Dos” in a touching sunset wedding ceremony officiated by Travis’ Grandmother, surrounded by loved ones.

bride and groom exchanging wedding vows officiated by the groom's grandmother

Time Alone

We would not be very kind if we didn’t share some of the newlyweds incredible wedding portraits. The fall colors and rustic setting were the perfect backdrops.

bridrounde and groom standing on a floating dock kissing with fall colored trees in the backg
overhead view of a bride and groom standing on a dock in the middle of a lake
bride and groom holding hands while standing on a floating dock over lake

Cocktails & Details®

Following the lakeside wedding ceremony, guests enjoyed each other’s company, and some bite-sized passed hors d’ oeuvres.

Some well-placed vintage furnishings offered casual seating, while the cabin that Travis build was converted into a well-stocked Bourbon and Cigar Lounge. The lounge included His and Hers Signature cocktails – his an Old Fashion and hers, a Mint Julep. Classic.

vintage lounge furniture sitting in the woods for cocktail reception
bottles of Bulliet Bourbon sitting on gold shelves in the Bourbon and Cigar Laoungs
a box of Champagne 10th anniversary cigars in the Bourbon and Cigar lounge

Inside the reception tent, every last detail was being double-checked. Long wooden tables were dressed with greenery, glass bottles, and vases filled with grasses and soft florals in rustic containers. 

Votive candles, tall black taper candles, copper flatware, knotted taupe-colored napkins, custom place cards that matched guests’ escort cards, and wooden table numbers added texture and depth to the design.

The tent was dotted with strands of lights, with rattan chandeliers along its length. A cloud of grasses floated above the head table, giving the tent a unique focal point.

wooden farm table set with rustic grasses and floral arrangements
neutral tone custom escort cards sitting in slices of wood
tented wedding reception with twinkle lights, rattan chandeliers, and elegant place settings on wooden farm tables
nighttime view of wedding reception with lit rattan chandeliers, twinkle lights and candles

Nearly 150 guests enjoyed a plated dinner, tableside wine service and several toasts before taking to the dance floor.

A Sweet Ending

Everyone paused long enough to enjoy the show-stopping dessert station. Dessert featured a three-tiered textured black wedding cake, surrounded by tiny sweet treats on wooden crates and gold cake stands. Dessert service also included a specialty coffee and espresso trailer.

black wedding cake and desserts sitting on a wooden farm table
Specialty coffee trailer for wedding reception

The brief respite for dessert was followed by a return to the dancefloor for a disco interlude, complete with disco ball, a change into 70’s attire, and props for guests.

Fireworks, late-night snacks, and a 1:15 last call to end the night didn’t deter anyone, with the after-party continuing until nearly five in the morning.

bride and groom sitting on a rustic swing under a neon sign with their last name

Congratulations, Katherine and Travis, our Cocktails & Details®  team loved working with you to create a one of a kind rustic elegant Savannah wedding!

We wish you a lifetime filled with images just like this.

Happy bride and groom sitting on rocking chairs on the front porch of a rustic cabin

The Event Team

Savannah Wedding Planning Team: Cocktails & Details® 

Savannah Wedding Venue: Private Estate

Savannah Wedding Hair & Makeup: Emma Collins Beauty

Décor: Cocktails & Details® 

Wedding Officiant: Ms. Cockrum, Travis’ Grandmother

Hilton Head Wedding Photographer: Hopkins Studio

Band: Mr. Potato Head

DJ: All About You Entertainment

Mixology Team: InDnGrl

Catering: Savannah Events Catering

Coffee Trailer: Three Tree Coffee Roasters

Desserts: Lulu’s Chocolate Bar

Savannah Transportation: Kelly Tours

lacework wedding dress veil Demetrios
Aug 12 2019

Fashion Monday: New Statement Gowns from the Demetrios 2020 Collection

In April, one of our favorite bridal designers, Demetrios debuted 4 collections  with some of the statement wedding gowns from his Cosmobella line being spectacularly amazing! This wedding dress collection consists of full volume, ruffled skirts along with dramatic sleeves and illusion backs incorporating pockets and multidimensional trains too– everything to fit the styles of the most discriminating bride.

Here are just a few of our favorites:

Demetrios Wedding Dress Sleeves IdeasWedding Dress with Sleeves by Demetrios

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see more styles here.

 

finding perfect engagement ring, how to find out size of ring finger.
Aug 08 2019

5 Useful Tips for Buying an Engagement Ring within Your Budget

It looks like you are all set to make a lifelong commitment to your beloved. And an engagement ring symbolizes the love that runs deep and knows no end. But with countless choices for a diamond ring to signal you are getting married, which one will fit your loved one’s hand and your budget as well?

 

The “rule” about spending an equivalent of three months’ worth of salary on a ring only adds to the pressure. Instead of being burdened by the amount, use the same number of months to find the perfect ring, for the yes you’ve been longing to hear.

 

Start with the 4 Cs

Your search begins with a crash course on diamonds, which are the go-to choice for rings. To realize your money’s worth, you must know that the value of a diamond is hinged on four qualities that go hand in hand and thus have to be taken as a whole:

  • It is the unit of measurement for the weight of a diamond. Carat does not necessarily refer to the stone’s size, although both variables can increase its value, especially the weight. The typical diamond weight ranges from 0.25 carats to 2 carats. Indeed, 2.5 carat engagement rings  are a popular choice because they offer the size without the expensive price tag of diamonds weighing 3 carats, for example.
  • The stone can look bigger or smaller than its actual size because of the cut. But more importantly, the cut can make the diamond sparkle or lose some of its brilliance because of poor quality. Examples of popular diamond cuts are brilliant cut, princess cut, marquise cut, and oval cut.
  • As diamonds become colorless, their value increases. Colorless diamonds are harder to find than those with traces of color, like yellow or brown. You can look into a colorlessness scale, where D to F is colorless, G to J is near colorless, and K to Z is faint to light. This discussion does not apply to fancy diamonds, whose saturation exudes color.
  • The small imperfections and blemishes on the stone affect its clarity grade. The grading is based on how these inclusions look under the microscope. Flawless diamonds have no defects under a magnification of ten times, according to the American Gem Society.

 

Select Based on Their Style

Now’s the time to look closely at the kind of jewelry they wear and how they wear them. Are they adventurous with their accessories, mixing and matching fine and fancy jewelry? Do they go for classic pieces that look subtle and sometimes understated? Are they the type who prefers ornate over simple?

Some tend to get self-conscious about the looks they get because of their engagement rings. Thus, it matters to have a good grasp of your partner’s style and personality so that you can get them the ring with the cut and style that they will love.

 

Look Into the Setting

Your choice for a setting plays a huge role in the style of the ring, which makes sense when you consider the points above. Some argue that how the stone is set or placed on the metal band is as essential as the center stone itself.

 

Engagement ring settings run plenty, but the more popular ones are the following:

  • A halo is created when smaller diamonds congregate around a bigger stone to create a giant sparkling piece.
  • The prong setting pushes the center stone forward with metal claws to bind the ring.
  • The pavé arrangement puts small diamonds on the band to add shine to the main stone without overwhelming it.

 

Setting metals can be gold or platinum. You may or may not need to resize your ring, but to be safe, ask which rings are open for resizing.

 

Shop Around

Arm yourself with patience, perseverance, and determination when visiting physical and online shops to get the engagement ring that gives you the bang for your buck. If you can get access to a jeweler, all the better to avoid getting scammed or shelling out more than what’s necessary.

 

Not all that sparkle are diamonds as some are look-alikes or are gems that are valued less. Give yourself time to assess, choose, and ultimately, buy.

 

Size Matters

 

With one knee bent, you ask for their hand in marriage and slip the ring onto their finger, but it doesn’t fit. To avoid this anticlimactic scenario and wasting the opportunity, you can ask them outright for the ring size and blow the surprise. Or get creative.

Casually borrow a ring they’re wearing, and pretend you’re interested in the design. Another way is to take their hand and make a mental note of their left ring finger. If stealthiness isn’t your best suit, enlist the help of their best friend, who must be sworn to secrecy.

 

Stay within Your Budget

Your loved one is lucky to have a thoughtful partner who takes great lengths to put a ring on it. Diamonds present such a dazzling display that choosing among them is challenging, not to mention cash draining, if you get too distracted.

 

Take heart, and remain steadfast to succeed in your task of finding the ultimate engagement ring for them.

 

 

This is a sponsored post from Brillianteers – Diamond Jewelry

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