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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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Photos by Brooke Roberts

 

Cherokee Cottage

Cherokee Cottage Jekyll island Wedding reception Venue

Crane Cottage

Crane Cottage Wedding Reception Venue Jekyll island

Crane Cottage Wedding Venue Jekyll Island

Photo by Scarlett Loves Stephen

 

Jekyll Island Convention Center

Jekyll Island wedding reception venue convention center

Jekyll Island Reception Wedding Venue Convention Center

 

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Photo by Brooke Roberts

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Jekyll island reception venues latitude 31

Villa Marianna

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Villa Ospo

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Lovely Lane Chapel Wedding on St. Simons

St Simons Wedding Ceremony Lovely Lane Chapel Epworth

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.

St Simons Wedding Ceremony Lovely Lane Chapel Epworth

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!

St. Simons Lighthouse | St. Simons Wedding Venue

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There are so many gorgeous places to have weddings on St. Simons Island.  One of the favorites among brides and locals alike is the Lighthouse and the A.W. Jones Heritage Center.  Having your wedding at one of the area’s most notable landmarks can inspire your theme and images.  With it being right at the water, you are able to get some really wonderful pictures that will last a lifetime.

If you are looking for a place that can host both your ceremony and wedding reception, this is a perfect venue.  You have the option of using the nearby gazebo, the porch of the Keeper’s House or even the beautiful brick DeLong Courtyard.  There are also lovely oak trees with the iconic Spanish moss that make for a memorable backdrop.

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Wedding at the St Simons Lighthouse Keeper's House
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 Brooke Roberts

Most couples opt to have their cocktail hours outside in the brick courtyard and on the surrounding porches facing the water.  Gauging the time of year, position of the sun and tide, you can get a gentle breeze that makes the  area very comfortable.  Buffets are set up in the foyer of the Heritage Center in front of the gift shop (tip:  serpentine tables make for a great, unique design and work well for double-sided buffets which get your guests fed quickly!).

Weddings at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center on St Simons Lighthouse

Weddings at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center on St Simons Lighthouse

Weddings at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center on St Simons Lighthouse

Realistically, the ballroom can fit up to 100 people comfortably with space for a dance floor.  Any overflow can be set up for guests to dine outside.   There is a stage that is the perfect focal point for your sweetheart or head table, cake table or DJ.

All in all, it’s a great venue in a wonderful area that has nearby hotels, making it convenient for your guests to actually walk to the wedding ceremony and reception.  You can bring in your own caterer and baker, which adds more flexibility for your planning.

Happy Planning!

St. Simons Island Wedding: Rachael + Jay

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Working with Rachael and Jay was like a dream come true!

These nature and wine enthusiasts traveled all the way from beautiful Wyoming to wed on St. Simons for a relaxed, casual affair at Villa De Suenos. While the winds and clouds threatened outside the beautiful villa,  a warm, sentimental affair awaited inside to celebrate the joining of these two families.

Wedding at Villa De Suenos :: St. Simons Island Wedding :: St. Simons Island Wedding Planner

Wedding at Villa De Suenos :: St. Simons Island Wedding :: St. Simons Island Wedding Planner

Rachael was such a stunning bride, we were so very excited about her first look with Jay!  Sarah DeShaw did a wonderful job of capturing their personalities, but also their adoration of one another.

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Wedding at Villa De Suenos :: St. Simons Island Wedding :: St. Simons Wedding Planner :: Wedding Photography by Sarah DeShaw

After a tough call due to the adverse weather conditions, we had to move the wedding ceremony inside.  Once the musicians cued up, singing “Crazy Love”, I think we all knew that this was exactly how the ceremony was supposed to be.  It ended up being very intimate, personal and endearing. No amount of sunshine could have given that to us!

Wedding at Villa De Suenos :: St. Simons Island Wedding :: St. Simons Wedding Planner I loved this exchange between Rachael and her dad. As the youngest and last of his daughters to get married, this really touched her father’s heart.  I love the look on her face as her dad begins to tear up before walking her down the aisle.

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Wedding at Villa De Suenos :: St. Simons Island Wedding :: St. Simons Wedding Planner :: Wedding Photography by Sarah DeShaw

Event Team

Wedding Planner Cocktails + Details // Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue Villa De Suenos // Wedding Photography Sarah DeShaw //Catering Tasteful Temptations // Florist The Vine // Ceremony Musicians Backbeat Boulevard // DJ All About You Entertainment // Hair and Makeup Image Artisans

Real St. Simons Lighthouse Wedding: Katie and Jordan

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Katie and Jordan’s wedding was an absolute blast.  I’ve never seen the entire male population of the guest list ditch their ties, surround the bride on the dance floor and serenade her to the Doobey Brothers.  It was a great party– filled with beautiful sentiment, great food and of course great music.

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One of my most favorite things of the day was Katie’s wedding dress. It was amazing!  The cut was perfect for her silhouette, and had these beautiful organza and silk flowers along the skirt.  On top of that, it was embellished with a beaded belt on the sweetheart neckline. It was absolutely delicious.

st simons wedding florist flowers decorations st simons lighthouse wedding Two of the best kisses during the ceremony:
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st simons wedding reception venue lighthouse heritage center

st simons wedding reception venue lighthouse heritage center

st simons wedding reception venue lighthouse heritage center

 Event Team

Wedding Planner/Producer: Cocktails + Details //Wedding Photographer:  Brooke Roberts Photography // Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue:  St. Simons Lighthouse/A.W. Jones Heritage Center // Catering, Wedding Cake:  Tasteful Temptations // Florist: Edward on St. Simons // DJ: Island Sound 

Real King and Prince Wedding: Stacy and Matt | St. Simons Wedding

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Stacy and Matt’s wedding was a beautiful,  classic affair held at the King and Prince. Exchanging “I do’s” on the beachfront lawn started the festive evening full of dancing, photo booth excursions, the “crowning” of the Bride and the Maid of Awesome and fully choreographed dance number by the groom and groomsmen.  :).

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st simons island wedding at the king and prince photo by brooke roberts

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Matt proposed to Stacy at the LOVE statue in Philly–this was later showcased as the couple’s cake topper.  Having grown up in Brunswick, Stacy knew she wanted to come home for her wedding after moving to Pennsylvania.  The King and Prince on Saint Simons Island was a dream location with its gorgeous views and opulent ballrooms, not to mention stellar service.  Using traditional colors of black and white, with an accent of red, the event was amazing and timeless.

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Event Team

Wedding Planner/Producer:  Cocktails + Details // Photographer:  Brooke Roberts Photography // Florals: Cottage Flowers  // Wedding Cake:  Addy B’s Cakes // Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue: King and Prince, St. Simons Island // Hair and Makeup:   Image Artisans // DJ: Island Sound Photobooth:  Partybooths

 

Real Jacksonville Wedding: Scarlett and Stephen

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Going through some pictures, I realized I never shared Scarlett and Stephen‘s beautiful wedding!  Their wedding meant so much to me because I have absolutely adored Scarlett as a friend and colleague for many years now. A naturally beautiful and bubbly personality grew into an even more vibrant and sparkling person when she fell in love with Stephen, which made me love Stephen, too!

As wedding photographers, we all knew that photography would be super important, but the two also knew that the inclusion of details are what would make the photography spectacular.   The couple enlisted the creative genius of celebrity photographers Zach and Jody Gray to document their day.

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Jacksonville Wedding Planner and Coordinator :: Photo by Gray Photography

The wedding was steeped in sentiment and faith.  Scarlett and Stephen decided to get married at Scarlett’s mother’s Victorian home, with a religious service and ceremony taking place in the beautiful backyard garden.  Anyone that has followed Scarlett’s blog, knows her infinite love for her poodle pup, Rhett– who served as the honorary ring bearer.  Scarlett’s bouquet was a mix of her favorite shades of pink, with a pop of blue, by way of a blue butterfly.  Scarlett’s father passed away the year before, but told her he would always be near her every time she saw a blue butterfly.  This was a touching way to have him close during the wedding.

Jacksonville Wedding Planner and Coordinator :: Photo by Gray PhotographyJacksonville Wedding Planner and Coordinator :: Photo by Gray PhotographyJacksonville Wedding Planner and Coordinator :: Photo by Gray PhotographyWhile guests dined on miniatures of the couple’s favorite Southern foods, the couple and bridal party took some of the most gorgeous shots!  Their details included a lot of what Scarlett personally loved: hot pink, damask prints, luxurious linens, and bling!  We brought in crystal candelabrum to serve as the centerpieces and a huge 6.5 ft crystal chandelier to glitter over a black and white dance floor.  We also prepped for the reception, which was to be a lit masterpiece of everything Scarlett and Stephen loved: great food, the best company and a fabulous time!
Jacksonville Wedding Planner and Coordinator :: Photo by Gray Photographycrystal candelabra centerpieces with flowers

Damask scroll frame for place cardsdamask menu and linens wedding  Once of my favorite moments of the night came for when it was time for the Father Daughter dance.  We all knew it would be an emotional moment, but it turned into something extremely touching and magical.  After Scarlett and Stephen swayed to their first dance, the lights went completely dark and Scarlett stood alone briefly on the dance floor.  Slowly, the glow from a screen behind her became brighter, showing a video of Scarlett and her father dancing while music played in the background.  Scarlett lovingly summoned her mother on the dance floor to her mother’s favorite song and the “three” of them danced together.  Trust me– not. a. dry. eye. in. the. house.
Jacksonville Wedding Planner and Coordinator :: Photo by Gray PhotographyAfter dinner, everyone got together to get down on the dance floor– dancing to their favorite songs while music videos played on the screen and enjoyed the best cupcakes around!
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Thanks so much to our amazing event team to help us pull of this gorgeous event

Awesome Couple: Scarlett and Stephen (their wedding photography site)
Wedding Planner/Production: Cocktails + Details
Photography: Zach and Jody
Cinematography:4120 Videos
Florals: Rosalee’s Flower Boutique
LinensCocktails + Details
Paper Designs: Just Invite Me
DJ: Y? Entertainment
Fascinator: Fascinating Creations
MakeupPaulina Perez
CateringD-Vine Cuisine
Cupcakes: Brielle Hutchinson 


In the News: See Terrica on WTOC- Channel 11 for the Jekyll Dream Wedding!

I’m a little late blogging this, but in case you’ve missed my tweets and status updates, I had the honor of being on WTOC’s Mid-Morning Live in early August! It was a wonderful opportunity to share the excitement of all the Jekyll Dream Makers for the Wedding Giveaway that is still happening RIGHT NOW! (That was your cue to get your entry in!)

View the video of my first segment on live on air and learn about all the wonderful inclusions of this wonderful wedding package from some of the areas BEST vendors like The Jekyll Club Hotel, Latitude 31, Tasteful Temptations, Brooke Roberts Photography, iMint Media, Image Artisans and so many more! I’m also staking out space each Wednesday for Wedding Wednesday answering all wedding related questions on Jekyll Island’s Facebook page! I look forward to seeing you there for my “happy hour” from 6-7 PM!

Party with Me: The Tybee Wedding Chapel Grand Opening

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Last week, I had the great opportunity to visit Tybee Island, Georgia and participate in the Tybee Wedding Chapel Grand Opening. It was a wonderful experience to visit this seaside town, especially to see the opening of this gorgeous little chapel! Originally built by prized artisans to reflect the look of a turn-of-the-century Baptist chapel for the Miley Cyrus movie, “The Last Song”, it was slated for demolition after filming wrapped. At the last minute, the new owner Stayce Jarrell, saved the Chapel and lovingly repurposed it as a unique, beautiful wedding venue. The renewed Chapel has elevated Tybee Island to a premiere wedding destination where brides and grooms from across the country come to take their vows.

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The Tybee Chapel is absolutely STUNNING! Stayce has taken every care into all the details, creating a unique space filled with romance, history and timeless beauty. As part of the Grand Opening, she invited us to join her and Party Planner David Tutera as they “Cut the Ribbon and Cut the Cake” to celebrate the opening of the Chapel. What made the event extraordinary is that it was something that could appeal to all of the senses– David conceptualized different vignette motifs, which the members of the special event trade translated into flowers, food, and decor. It was completely amazing to see how their creativity interpreted his vision.

Paris Market

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Antique Garden

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Tuscan Bounty

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Posh Picnic

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Other vignettes:

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But it wasn’t all work and no play– there was great food, music and laughter as at any event industry event! It was great to meet with so many talented vendors, some of my twitter followers and great innovators in the industry. I had a chance to hug and chat with Matt and Ginny— the AWESOME couple who raised the bar with Matt’s wedding proposal which was a movie trailer. They are SO much fun and I cannot wait for their wedding!

Youtube wedding proposal sensation matt and ginni

The food was absolutely DIVINE! Everyone knows my adoration of cakes and cocktails, so I made it a point to try the “Chapeltini”, which was a melange of Peach Schnapps, rum, strawberries, and peach nectar. It took everything in me not to just scoot out with the punch bowl! Not to mention, Gigi’s Cupcakes were there with adorable mini smoothie shaped cupcakes and other confections! I loved this peacock cake as well as some of the passed hors d’oeuvres like bacon wrapped dates, seared ahi tuna, duck confi and SO much more. I was in foodie heaven!

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I also had a chance to meet Carlie of TravelPod an her mom, Chris who were my housemates (Top left). They were absolutely hysterical! I loved hearing all about Carlie’s travels, so be sure to check out her blog! The Tybee Chapel owner Stayce Jarrell (Top right) is an absolute visionary with everything she has done to transform the chapel and create a blank canvas of a space that can welcome any event and be a beautiful backdrop. Additionally, she is beautiful, dresses divinely and is a gracious host! I look forward to working with her in the future. It was so very nice also to chat with Diann Valentine, the celebrity event planner and host of the new wedding show “I Do Over” (Bottom left) as well as FINALLY meet the man simply known as “Big George” on Tybee Island of North Beach Grill (Bottom right). Not only is George a ridiculously terrific cook, but he is an artistic genius! I loved his low country vignette above that was laced with antique mason jars, hydrangeas and candles!

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And I must give a shout out to my date, Nicole who helped me capture some awesome images to bring back and was the perfect company! We had so much fun and I cannot wait to do it again!
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The next day after the VIP cocktail party, we arrived back to the gorgeous chapel for the ribbon cutting with David Tutera:
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Diann Valentine with Terrica Skaggs Wedding Planner
Tybee Wedding Chapel Grand Opening with David Tutera and Stayce Jarrell
The Tybee Wedding Chapel is a beautiful venue– if you are ever in the area, be sure to check it out.  It would be the perfect backdrop to your destination wedding in Coastal Georgia while keeping the beach town feel and ambience.  You’ll fall in love with the flooring, architecture and spacious grounds!