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Jekyll Island Wedding Package
Apr 27 2015

Real Cherokee Cottage Wedding :: Tara and Tom on Jekyll Island

Tara and Tom wed in Jekyll Island with on of our all inclusive wedding packages and partied with an intimate group of family and friends at a wedding reception at the Jekyll Island Club’s Cherokee Cottage. Their wedding was so much fun– full of life, laughter and memories.  After exchanging vows under the oaks and Spanish moss, guests walked along the Historic District of Jekyll Island to enjoy cocktails and infused waters with delectable hors d’oeuvres.

Tara selected beautiful details that reflected the natural beauty of the area– a palette of ivory and celadon, with various wood textures mixed in.  The open air reception on Cherokee Cottage’s lawn allowed guests to dine intimately at farm tables and dance under chandelier laden oak trees. One of our favorite details and moments of the day was a very special bottle wine– Tara’s late father had presented bottles of wine to her brothers on their wedding days and saved a special one for his little girl.

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Photography:  Jennifer Tacbas Photography

Free Download: Planning a Jekyll Island or St. Simons Island Wedding

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  Many couples come here each season to exchange “I Do’s” with their feet in the sand, in a historic cottage, beachside villa or one of our other beautiful locations.  Destination weddings take a lot of work and planning. Google and Pinterest are your friends, but even the vast results of wedding reception venues, wedding photographers and more– it can be overwhelming.  If you aren’t from the area, planning can appear to be daunting and even intimidating if you don’t know where to start. Our Saint Simons Island wedding infographic is a great place to start at a glance, but chances are you are looking for a bit more information if you are considering a trip to the area for your wedding.  We’ve prepared a mini e-book that should help answer major questions about where to start, who to hire and finding out which island is best for you.  It’s a quick read and will get you prepared for some big decisions you’ll have to make.

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If you find that you will need more assistance, look into getting a copy of The Little Blue Wedding Book, which offers more comprehensive advice for weddings in the area, our favorite vendors and much more!

The Little Blue Wedding Book for Saint Simons & Jekyll Island Weddings!

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We are so very excited to announce our newest baby at Cocktails and Details!

 

Being a Saint Simons wedding planner, we  have planned all types of weddings, worked with some of the best wedding photographers and designed with talented wedding florists in the area. We also know how hard it is to plan a destination wedding in Saint Simons Island or Jekyll Island being far away. You are struck with so many questions:

  • Who is the best wedding photographer in Saint Simons Island?
  • How do you have a Jekyll Island Beach Wedding?
  • What should you look for in a wedding caterer?
  • What Saint Simons Island wedding venue is perfect for me?

We’ve taken a lot of the guesswork and stress out of planning a wedding in the Golden Isles, with The Little Blue Wedding Book.  This sweet little book outdoes any preferred vendor list you will receive from wedding venues that tend to be outdated and sparse.  It also goes beyond what any online directory can give you.   It tells you which vendor would be perfect for you, which hotels are in close proximity to create your room blocks and so much more.

 

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The book is filled with our go-to wedding vendors and professional services that are in our “little blue book”, put together in a easy to understand listing that gives you everything you need to know to narrow down your decisions. It is also filled with design ideas, planning tips and other resources that are crucial to your wedding planning.  In the iPad version, you can highlight, make notes, share notes and have access to the vast in-book glossary of wedding lingo that you have to know while planning your wedding.  The alternate digital version allows you to view on your computer,  phone, tablet, mobile reading device or app, as well as print out necessary pages.

 

The iPad version is available in iTunes and the digital version is online at www.littleblueweddingbook.com.

 

Lovely Lane Chapel Wedding :: Katie & Will

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I just realized that I had never shared the beautiful pictures from Katie and Will’s Saint Simons Wedding at Lovely Lane Chapel.  This was my first wedding with the ever amazing Savannah wedding photographer Michael Edde from Beacon Photo o.  Mike is such an awesome photographer– you can just tell how comfortable his brides are with him from their wedding pictures.  I love him because he is my partner-in-crime for the reception, singing songs as we pass each other in between events in the timeline.  He finds some of the most unique places to take the most romantic shots.  If you can’t tell, I’m a total fan.

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I had so much fun at Katie and Will’s wedding, which was a true reflection of the fun time I had planning with Katie and her mom, Francie.  Together we planned a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception at the Heritage Center.  One of my all time favorite things was Katie’s beautiful dress, which was the inspiration for Katie’s seven tier wedding cake.

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Another highlight of the day that I know Katie’s mom and I waited for with baited breath:  finally viewing Katie’s beautiful veil and the hands ceremony.  There was not a dry in the house during this intimately touching exchange between the two of them.  Mike caught every image so beautifully!

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St. Simons Elopement Ideas

Saint Simons Island weddings are a staple to our beautiful area. Couples come from all around the country to plan their bare feet in the sand for a beach wedding or in the historic squares and gardens.  There are many gorgeous places that represent our beautiful coastal area very well– from sandy beaches to open parks.  Which Saint Simons wedding venue is right for you? It’s just a matter of which reflect your personality!

Our parks feature the beautiful Spanish Moss that everyone loves on the trees, and are often times very close to the piers to allow you beautiful post-elopement photo ops.  Many people fall in love with the beaches, and best of all they are free!  What’s most important is that you consider the tide levels for when you would like to have your wedding ceremony.  Consult the tide charts and take into account the weather, which can greatly affect the tides.  Also keep in mind that since the beaches are free, there is no way to reserve a space for your wedding. If you have elaborate décor, be sure that your wedding coordinator has a plan ahead of time to enact setup.

 

 

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East Beach wedding on St. Simons Island :: Photo by Anna and Spencer via Yes Bride

 

Wedding Elopement at Mallery Park in St SImons Island

Mallery Park on Saint Simons Island

 

Elopements Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island

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Keep in mind that these are not your only options! Looking for Jekyll Island elopement venues? We’ve got you covered, too!  You can also look into many areas at your hotel or restaurant if you are making a weekend of it.  Here is what you need to elope:

• A wedding officiant of your choice

• A beautiful location

• Your wedding license from Glynn County

You can also download our Saint Simons Elopement Checklist to help get you started!

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Villa Ospo Wedding on Jekyll Island
Jul 11 2013

Jekyll Island Wedding: Anna & Jamie

 

Planning Anna and Jamie’s Jekyll Island wedding was amazing.  We worked closely with Anna and her mom to create some that was truly reflective of the couple: relaxed, casual and fun.  One of the most important things to Anna’s family was the inclusion  of her grandparents beautiful antiques and custom pieces.  With a backdrop of the gorgeous Villa Ospo as a wedding venue, everything tied very well together.

Villa Ospo Wedding on Jekyll Island

Villa Ospo Wedding on Jekyll Island

Villa Ospo Wedding on Jekyll Island

For the wedding ceremony, Anna lovingly wore her grandmother’s wedding gown and looked absolutely stunning for her first look under the oaks with Jamie.  Just a few hours later, she surprised him by walking in to his favorite song after exiting from a vintage Rolls Royce.

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For the reception, Anna wanted something that didn’t look “too put together or too stuffy”.  As opposed to regular centerpieces, we incorporated vintage books, oil lamps and eclectic vases filled with a casual grouping of florals.  Each table had photos of the couple through out there lives, and these were in abundance: Anna’s mom and Jamie’s mom are best friends and were pregnant at the same time.

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The gorgeous Villa Ospo is one of my favorite wedding venues on Jekyll Island that most don’t know about.  from it’s beautiful courtyards and sprawling yards, it is definitely a favorite wedding location in Millionaire’s Village.

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Villa Ospo Wedding on Jekyll Island

 

This has to be two of my favorite moments from the evening…

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// EVENT TEAM //

Saint Simons Island Wedding Planner: Cocktails & Details
Wedding Photographer: Brooke Roberts Photography
Caterer: Tasteful Temptations 
Florist: Cottage Flowers
Band: Traveling Riverside Band (OMG, you have to hear these guys do “Purple Rain”!)
Hair & Makeup: Kimberly’s Back Porch
Transportation: Martin’s Vintage Rides

 

Saint Simons Casino Wedding: Gay and Richard

What happens when one of the areas most beloved event pros and restauranteurs get married?  One. Heck. of. A. Party.

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Gay of Cottage Flowers and I have been friends for the longest time.  We’ve drank mimosas while designing, we’ve created some of the most beautiful weddings together, and we are truly good friends. When she got engaged, the screaming went on for approximately five minutes– straight.  Needless to say, the details of the wedding reflected Gay’s bubbly, feminine and classic personality. Bringing in peonies and lush hydrangeas, paired with some antique lanterns and chandeliers made for beautiful tablescapes.  To fill the St. Simons Casino Atrium’s ceiling, we hung round lanterns overhead.  Both popular fixtures in Saint Simons Island, over 320 people showed up for their wedding!

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What made this wedding so much fun and meaningful were the personal touches.  Gay and Richard had their parents’ wedding rings remade— Richard had Gay’s late father’s wedding band remade into a beautiful ring for Gay, and he wore his father’s ring.  Additionally, wrapped around Gay’s bouquet was a large swatch of beaded lace from Richard’s sister’s wedding dress, which as a boy, Richard had helped stitch and bead. Gay had a matron of honor AND best man–her co-designer Ruby and Ruby’s husband, Richard.  The groom on the other hand, had eleven groomsmen– all of which dressed as the Blues Brothers.  You’ll be tickled to know that Richard came down the aisle to “Soul Man”, flanked by his guys.

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Another great pleasure was to work with so many of my favorite vendors, who really pulled together to give one of our own a beautiful wedding.  This is one of my favorite pictures from the night of Brian from Tasteful Temptations who did the catering and Gay catching up at the end of the evening:
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Wedding Venue: Saint Simons Casino
Wedding Coordination:  Cocktails & Details
Wedding Florals & Décor:  Cottage Flowers
Photography:  Jennifer Leigh Photography
Catering:  Tasteful Temptations
Wedding Cake:  Mary Ann Daniels
Band: Fish Fry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Love: Our Favorite Jekyll Island Wedding Venues

Jekyll Island Wedding Venues

Photos by Scarlett Loves Stephen

Our area has some of the most beautiful wedding ceremony  and wedding reception venues for your event.  Everything from outdoor gardens to ballrooms, cottages to seaside tents, there is something here for every one and we can make it beautiful.

Beachview Club

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Cherokee Cottage

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Crane Cottage

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Crane Cottage Wedding Venue Jekyll Island

Photo by Scarlett Loves Stephen

 

Jekyll Island Convention Center

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Jekyll Island Reception Wedding Venue Convention Center

 

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Villa Marianna

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Villa Ospo

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Lovely Lane Chapel Wedding on St. Simons

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Photo by Jason Travis

One of the  most beautiful wedding ceremony venues on St. Simons Island has to be Lovely Lane Chapel on the Epworth by the Sea campus. Surrounded by lush greenery, it’s stark white vintage chapel is a beautiful backdrop for those looking forward to exchanging vows in a church for their destination wedding.  With capacity of 150 inside the chapel, it can easily accommodate the average sized destination wedding that comes to the area.

St Simons Wedding Ceremony Lovely Lane Chapel Epworth

Photo by Jason Travis

Many fall in love with the architecture outside of this historic chapel, and use its quaint doors to showcase their personalities or themes by hanging ornamented wreaths, moss initials and more.

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There are plenty of ways to begin your ascent into the chapel– this comes from the side, which is one of my favorites. It allows the bride and her parents a few private moments before walking down the aisle.  Photo by Jason Travis

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The inside of the chapel is equally amazing.   With the vibrant stained glass windows behind the couple, it truly does make your wedding images striking.  While the chapel itself is rather dark in its color palette, it adds to its personality.  Make sure your photographer knows about this so that s/he can plan accordingly.

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The surrounding oaks and spanish moss which has become a staple to our area are in vast abundance on the grounds.  If you are looking for some places to take pictures outdoors among the natural environment, it truly doesn’t get any better.  If you are looking for an outdoor ceremony should your guest list go over the allotted capacity of the chapel, many brides and grooms have been happy to have their ceremonies outside of the chapel in front of its doors, using the stone pave way as an aisle.

Happy Planning!