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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®

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

Jul 24 2019

Real King and Prince Wedding: Meg and Bryan Say I Do on Saint Simons Island

Ever had a really great glass of champagne?

You know that crisp, sweet bubbly taste that tickles your tongue and pulls a smile from the corner of your lips?

If that effervescence was a person, it would be Meg.

 

To describe her as bubbly and fun would be an understatement. We loved seeing her name in our inboxes during her planning because we knew that we were in for laughs and smiles.  Bryan on the other hand  seems quiet– but he is thoughtful and kind. It is his love for Meg that roars the loudest, even in the most subtle of touches, kisses and looks.

 

When Meg came to us help her design and manage her wedding day, she wanted us to know two things:  She loved Kate Spade and she loved fun.  We all thought, “Ok, girl!  We got you!”.  The more we got to know her and Bryan, their families (who are equally amazing) and their love story, the more enthralled we became with them and wanted to create the perfect wedding day. The design team sat around The White Table with wine and food, pouring over linens, colors, textures and concepts we wanted to use to make this absolutely perfect. We pulled inspiration from Meg’s love of Kate Spade, their classic love story and pops of color to create her dream wedding at Saint Simons Island’s King and Prince Resort.

Weddings on St Simons Island at the King and Prince

 

King and Prince Resort Wedding Saint Simons Island

 

Tabatha and Susan knocked it out of the park in composing our perfect floral and color palette into these stunning bridal and bridesmaids bouquets.  The addition of  textures with the berries and thistle was exactly what we needed to celebrate the concept while still being true to the season. (And just wait ’til you see how they look against the bridesmaids’ dresses!)

I love the above photo because it’s the calm before the storm– the hustle and bustle of getting ready, taking more photos, etc.  The ladies are just relaxed while waiting for a sweet surprise:  their first look of the bride in her wedding dress.

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Bridal Party at the King and Prince Resort Wedding

Meg and Bryan decided not to do a First Look, and it had to have been one of the most rewarding moments of the entire day.  As we lined everyone up for the wedding processional, everyone was in good spirits– a little bit of wedding jitters, but all ready for the day.  The wave of emotion that hits Bryan’s face when he sees Meg as she journeys up the aisle to become his wife, is breathtaking.

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We always tell our couples at the rehearsal: “Don’t worry about being loud– the person who needs to hear you is right in front of you”.  They took us to heart, but we were so glad that everyone could hear as they professed their love for each other. Their vows touched almost every single guest in attendance.

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After the beautiful ceremony, guests nibbled on the amazing food from the King and Prince Resort  as the waves crashed and the sunset over the glittering water.  Soon after, it was time to bring everyone inside the resort’s beautiful Delegal Ballroom, where we got to take our color palette and and concepts even further. Check out the gilded welcome mirror that Elizabeth hand painted!

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The reception was a party for the ages!  Meg’s grandfather was a staple on the dance floor with the guests circling around him yelling “Opa! Opa!”  (We’ve never met a cooler grandpa!) The dance floor was packed and the drinks flowed for the rest of the night!

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Congratulations, Meg and Bryan!

You can see more over at Aisle Memories, where this wedding was published! Huge shout out to our amazing event team that partnered with us to create a phenomenal day:

Event Team

Wedding Designer & Management: Cocktails & Details®
Wedding Venue: King and Prince Resort
Wedding Photographer: Bobbi Brinkman Photography
Wedding Florals: Mystical Gardens
Beauty: Fantasy Hair and Makeup
Event Rentals: Eventworks
Entertainment: Island Sound
Wedding Cake: Cathy Huber Cakes

 

Villa Marianna Villa Ospo Wedding
Jun 14 2017

Real Villa Marianna, Jekyll Island Wedding: Sarah & Andrew

Last fall, one week after Hurricane Matthew ravaged our beautiful coastal area, Sarah and Andrew were married in the gorgeous Millionaire’s District on Jekyll Island. The ceremony started in front of Villa Ospo, where after the ceremony, guests were greeted down the path by servers with champagne as a saxophonist played smooth tunes leading them to Villa Marianna for the reception.  This was an amazing experience for guests as it allowed them to see some of the areas beautiful homes of the Gilded Era.

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Once there, we created intimate connecting banquet seating under the large live oak, inspired by the Bouvier – Kennedy wedding. Across the reflecting pool, a starlight white dance floor under bulb lighting was ready to guests to dance under the stars!

Event Team

Wedding Planning & Design: Cocktails & Details®
Catering & FloralsStraton Hall Events
Photography: Mac MacDonald
Cinematography: Jonah Vox
Hair and Makeup: Emma Collins Beauty
Entertainment: Briteside
Wedding Ceremony Venue: Villa Ospo
Wedding Reception Venue: Villa Marianna 

King and Prince Lawn Wedding Ceremony Reception
May 31 2017

Great Gatsby Wedding at The King and Prince Resort

When we met with Jackie and Alex to discuss their wedding plans, we were just as excited as they were to be a part of their wedding. As you’ll see in their fantastic images from Brooke Roberts, they are so very much in love (just look at the way Alex looks at Jackie.  #heartmelt).  What made them the perfect Cocktails & Details® couple is that they are known for throwing parties back in their current hometown of Atlanta.  To quote Alex, “Everyone fights for an invite to our parties!”. Instantly, we were in love. We also knew we had to make this wedding amazing.

Saint Simons Island Wedding Planner Venue Photo by Brooke Roberts

Alex and his family vacationed on Saint Simons quite often when he was a child, so it held sentimental meaning for him. When he shared the King and Price with Jackie, they both knew this was they place they had to exchange vows.  The mission was simple– a formal, classic affair that was full of details and surprises.

 

We wanted to create an event experience that was unforgettable, but also approachable and enjoyable for guests.  Jackie and Alex wanted a Great Gatsby style affair, but the directives were clear– nothing cheesy or over done.  We took the task of developing an event that immersive in the theme and location, while staying true to the details that made the couple who they were to family and friends.

King and Prince Great Gatsby St Simons Wedding

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Wanting to keep to tradition, they opted not to see each other prior to the wedding, but did take pictures at the beautiful Avenue of the Oaks near Sea Island.  And, hello!  How stunning are they!  One of our favorite details were the girls’ custom made jewelry and Jacquelyn’s era inspired bohemian wedding bouquet.


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saint simons island wedding planner at the king and prince

Saint Simons Island Wedding at King and Prince
Saint Simons Island Wedding at King and Prince
Since they didn’t see each other during a First Look, I love how Brooke and Paul captured their first time seeing each other at their wedding ceremony at the King and Prince.

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While Jackie and Alex were off taking fabulous pictures like these, guests were treated to a champagne tower that was popped upon their arrival, while listening to the sweet sounds of a jazz pianist and guitarist.

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Champagne tower

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Along with champagne and delicious hors d’oeuvres, butlers passed around the guests’ escort cards, giving that beautiful white glove treatment that can be expected at a Gatsby wedding.  Upon time for dinner, all of the doors to the ballroom were opened simultaneously with a formal dinner announcement from the head butler.

King and Prince Wedding on Saint Simons Island
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We designed an intimate table setting of estate and banquet tables around a diamond shaped dance floor. This was perfect for all of the guests to have a great eye line to everything in the room— from the cake cutting to the jazz trio on a bandstand.
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Gatsby inspired wedding cake
King and Prince Wedding Reception
While guests enjoyed dinner, unbeknownst to them, we had a few more surprises.  As we whisked Jackie and Alex away for a little private time, we had black request cards passed out at different intervals to select guests throughout the evening. You can imagine how everyone’s curiosity was piqued when they received (or saw someone receive one) a card that told them they were needed upstairs.

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Guests are led upstairs to the King and Prince’s Retreat Room, where they were met with a very real looking Prohibition sign, signaling something clandestine was ahead.

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We turned the entire floor of the Retreat Room into a Speakeasy– incorporating the vintage bar, aged signs, bootlegger crate and barrels.  There was even a bouncer, ensuring all patrons of the speakeasy would follow the rules.

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Guests had no idea what was going on but were having a blast. Each was invited into the Speakeasy to see Jackie and Alex canoodling in their private club. Once all the guests were inside, the party began and was NON.STOP.

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We weren’t necessarily done– while guests danced, smoked cigars and played in the Photo Booth, we sent in cigarette girls with late night bites for everyone to enjoy while the night winded down.

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Overall, it was an amazing day!

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Special Touch: Jackie & Alex’s dog, Carter made a special appearance in his little bow tie!

Fun Moment: Pretty much everything!

Unique Detail: Their first trip together, Alex met Jackie in New York, where he sent her dozens of lavender roses.  We incorporated these in Alex’s boutonniere and Jackie’s bouquet.

Event Team

Wedding Planning & Design: Cocktails & Details®
FloralsStraton Hall Events
Photography: Brooke Roberts Photography
Hair and Makeup: Emma Collins Beauty
Dinner Entertainment: Phil Morrison Trio
Speakeasy Entertainment: Party Solutions Entertainment
Wedding Cake: Serendipity Bakery
Dinner Menus: Minted
Rentals: LUXE
Wedding Ceremony Venue: King and Prince Resort (Delegal Room)
Wedding Reception Venue: King and Prince Resort (Retreat Room)

Jekyll Island Wedding Hollybourne
Apr 12 2017

Real Villa Marianna, Jekyll Island Wedding: Katie & Bradley

This wedding was quintessentially everything perfect and beautiful about Southern Weddings — soft color palette, lush florals and gorgeous surroundings of a historic area. When we initially met with Katie and Bradley, it started with a tour of the historic villas and while initially they wanted Villa Ospo, we were able to show them the many possibilities of spreading their event around the Millionaire’s District– with a wedding ceremony at Hollybourne and  a wedding reception at nearby Villa Marianna.

 

The day started off at the illustrious Jekyll Island Club Hotel. . .

 

Jekyll Island Club Wedding

 

 

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What is so beautiful about this picture and had us all in tears is that this sweet gift was left by Bradley’s late mother for his wife on his wedding day.  Cue. the. tears. 

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Jekyll Island Club Wedding Planner

 

I love this detail shot that Tamara took because it brings out some of my favorite designs, art deco.  Love the scallop texture in Katie’s wedges (a must if you are having your wedding outdoors, ladies!) as well as the art deco inspiration in her ring setting.

 

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This first look was so beautiful.  Bradley who is always so composed, calculated and direct was moved to tears when he saw Katie for the first time.

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Friends make everything better.

Wedding Ceremony Jekyll Island Ideas

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Hollybourne has to be one of my favorite cottages in the historic district.  The staircase to the front door is so beautiful and perfectly made for ceremonies.
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Hollybourne Cottage Wedding Jekyll Island Ceremony

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Best shot ever.
Hollybourne Wedding Ceremony Jekyll Island

Hollybourne Cottage Wedding Ceremony Jekyll Island

A moment of silence for Tamara Gibson‘s amazing ability to capture light and love.

Southern Wedding Inspiration Ideas

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When we designed the wedding, we knew that Katie wanted something very classic and vintage.  However, she still wanted it to be relaxed and fun.  We created intimate seating with long estate tables adjacent to small rounds to make it feel like everyone was still sitting together.  Lush florals were put in mercury compotes as a nod to the vintage elements, while we mixed metals for the candle holders. Since the entire event would be outdoors, soft cafe bulb lighting was overhead across the entire Villa Marianna lawn. Straton Hall worked their magic — literally making our sketches and style guide come alive!

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This fountain is one of the reasons why Villa Marianna is one of my favorite places for weddings.
Villa Marianna Jekyll Island Wedding

The other thing I love about Villa Mariana are its multiple locations.  Initially, we designed the cake to sit atop the fountain on mirrored tiles, but moved it out to the lawn for better visibility.
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We used one courtyard as Bradley’s cigar lounge and the other for the bar.  Katie had custom cobalt blue glasses made for each guest to take home as a favor.

Wedding Bar Decor

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It was evident throughout the night how in love these two are.  I love the way Bradley looks at Katie.
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Villa Marianna Wedding Planner Jekyll Island

 

Special Touch:  Hands down, Bradley’s mom leaving the bracelet for his future wife. Will never forget this.

Fun Moment:  Bradley recruiting some of his friends to serenade Katie on the dance floor.

Unique Detail: Cigar lounge was a welcome treat for the guys.

Event Team

Wedding Planning & Design: Cocktails & Details®
FloralsStraton Hall Events
Photography: Tamara Gibson Photography
Hair and Makeup: Emma Collins Beauty
Entertainment: Bradley’s Father
Catering and Wedding Cake: Straton Hall Events
Wedding Ceremony Venue: Hollybourne Cottage
Wedding Reception Venue: Villa Marianna

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Wedding Planners in Saint Simons Island
Apr 07 2017

Meet the Crew!

I know I may be biased, but I absolutely adore my team.  Not only am I so blessed to work with them on our amazing events, I am so very proud of them– their talents, accomplishments and characters.  Each of them bring something phenomenal to everything we touch, so it is always a treat when we are all together.  I knew before our season got ridiculously crazy, I wanted us to get together and have our team shoot.

And honey, they brought their A game.

There was absolutely no doubt where I wanted to shoot and with whom.  Tamara Gibson is one of the most romantic, candid and artistic wedding photographers in Saint Simons Island and Jekyll Island. We have always been huge fans of what she has done for our client weddings and had often discussed getting together with her for some creative work when we could.  Of course, there is no other fabulous place in the area than Straton Hall‘s J’s Boom Boom room, which has a nice Speakeasy type feel.  Straton Hall is almost like our home away from home, so it was fun to hang out with everyone and be so relaxed.

 

So, without further ado– meet my people!

 

Well, this is me.  And as you see I came to serve face, honey!

Saint Simons Island Savannah Wedding Planner and Coordinator

Saint Simons Island Savannah Wedding Planner and Coordinator

 

This is Joseph.  He is just outstanding and makes it happen.  Doesn’t even matter what “it” is. He just says the word and it pretty much happens.  Definitely the guy you want on your side on an event day.  And is he funnnnnyyyy!  We have been known to laugh until both of us are in tears,  and everyone needs someone like that in your life.

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Isn’t this doll fabulous?  Colleen is a rockstar planner and designer.  Her eye for detail and deliciousness is legitimately swoonworthy. Her smile lights up any room and she puts everyone at ease.  And I am sure many people think that we speak our own strange language since much of our dialogue consists of clips and quotes from our favorite movies. She’s the one who can read my mind with just looking at my face.

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Alicia is phenomenal.  There really is no other word for it. And I really mean that– she is our Renaissance woman!  She dances, teaches, is artist and musician.  Her creative mind is such an asset and the way she problem solves saves us at almost every event! Her laughter is infectious, so if she is laughing, we’re all laughing.

 

Saint Simons and Savannah Wedding Planner Coordinator

 

Saint Simons and Savannah Wedding Planner Coordinator

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Of course, there was some acting up.  We just can’t help it. We always have a blast when we’re together.

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And since I love Joanne the Scammer. . .

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But a good time was had by all…even when we try to be serious, it ends up in laughter.

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Tamara even caught me a few times singing to something that was blasting from the speakers, because you know…dance break.

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One thing I really wanted was a formal picture of Jay and Stacy– Owners of Straton Hall. I didn’t tell them, but I worked an image of the team as well as this great photo of Jay and I into my Catersource presentation when I spoke at the conference in New Orleans last month.

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That’s our “official” picture, but if you’ve ever attended a meeting or an event with us, you’ll likely find us like this:

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If you would like to formally meet the team, check our their love notes to you on our Meet Us page. We’ll see you soon at the next event!

Apr 05 2017

Real King and Prince Wedding: Stephanie & Lee

Stephanie and Lee’s beautiful Saint Simons wedding was everything that weddings should be made of– family, fun and food! There were so many beautiful personal touches to their wedding that it made guests a part of the day instead of just spectators.  In working with them both, it was clear that the party was crucial to the experience of the wedding, but it was very important to elevate and celebrate their faith and family.

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Special Touch:  We incorporated Stephanie’s mom’s nursing pins on to her bouquet. This was Stephanie’s way of having her mom with her after her passing the year before.

Fun Moment:  All of the guests surrounded the dance floor to sing the couple’s favorite song

Unique Detail: Instead of just cake, we incorporated a donut and coffee bar mid reception.  Huge hit.

 

Event Team

Wedding Coordination & Design: Cocktails & Details®
Florals: Designs by Mechelle
Photography: Chris Moncus Phtogography
Entertainment: Island Sound
Photo Booth: Studio Pixel Pop
Wedding Cake: Publix
Wedding Ceremony Venue: Saint William’s Catholic Church
Wedding Reception Venue: King and Prince Resort

Here is your chance to start your wedding planning with an all-access book to the best venues, wedding photographers, reception sites and more that the area has to offer. Written by the area’s most sought after wedding planner, Cocktails & Details, you’ll have tips, must-know information and guides on having the most beautiful wedding in St. Simons and Jekyll Island.
Jan 25 2017

Top 7 Amazing Places for your Rehearsal Dinner on Saint Simons and Jekyll Island

When planning your destination wedding in the Golden Isles, you’ll also have to plan an additional event on Saint Simons Island or Jekyll Island: your rehearsal dinner.  Of course, you will want your rehearsal dinner at a different location than your wedding. If your wedding ceremony and wedding reception are at a resort, there may be an alternative location to host your rehearsal dinner.  Also keep in mind, an off-site wedding rehearsal dinner is a great way for your family and friends to see more of the beautiful islands you’ve chosen to host your wedding festivities.

 

Saint Simons

Casino

Saint Simons Casino Wedding

The Saint Simons Casino is a local favorite for both weddings and rehearsal dinners.  Its open air atrium overlooks Neptune Park and the beautiful ocean makes it a perfect, casual location for a rehearsal dinner. You’re allowed to bring in your choice of caterer and supply your own alcohol, which makes this place a local favorite.    Being maintained by the County, there are certain regulations which are overseen by a County representative and police officer during the event.

Village Creek Landing

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Village Creek Landing  is a favorite for nature enthusiasts as well as those looking for casual, rustic chic for their rehearsal dinner experience.  An exclusive Straton Hall venue, you’re in good hands as they will take care of everything  you need– food, alcohol and florals. There are striking elements that makes Village Creek a unique location– the wooden gazebo, the boathouse which has an intimate indoor space and the grounds that overlook the beautiful marshes.  There have even been dolphin sightings a time or two!

Palm Coast

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Nestled in the heart of The Village is Palm Coast.  A fun local favorite, Palm Coast has its own private courtyard where you can have live music and your own catering, while they provide the alcohol. This is perfect for those wanting something very casual and laid back, that will also allow guests the opportunity to explore The Village before or after the rehearsal dinner.

Retreat Room

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If you’d like a more formal option or a location wth a breathtaking view, you can’t get any better than the King and Prince’s Retreat Room.  What makes this ideal is that is not only a private room at the resort overlooking the ocean, it is also ideal for those having weddings at the King and Prince Resort.  Keeping your guests all in location is very convenient and prevents extra transportation costs for you or them.

Jekyll Island

Great Dunes

Jekyll Island Reception Wedding Venues

Boasting one of the best views on Jekyll Island, Great Dunes gives you the best of both worlds– a covered pavilion as well as an open air deck.  You are allowed to bring in your own caterer and alcohol. With nearby restrooms and ample parking, this location is perfect for beach inspired rehearsal dinners.

Tortugas

Tortuga Rehearsal Dinner Wedding

Tortuga Jacks is a local favorite for the best Mexican food on Jekyll Island.  With its fun outdoor cabana deck which features outdoor music, This is a wonderful place to meet with family and friends.  The private room is large and comes with everything you need to host your rehearsal dinner.

Harry’s

Jekyll Island Reception Rehearsal Wedding Venue

This rooftop bar / dining area is perfect for cocktail style or small rehearsal dinners that want style and sophistication. Harry’s overlooks Jekyll’s new village area and the ocean.  Conveniently located at the Westin and within walking distance of the Jekyll Island Convention Center, this is the perfect rehearsal dinner option for weddings at either location.

 

Whichever these locations you choose, we know you’ll have an amazing time!  Where will you have your rehearsal dinner on Saint Simons or Jekyll Island?