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Meet the Locals: Chris + Amanda Moncus, St. Simons, Sea Island and Jekyll Island Wedding Photographer

Our new series, Meet the Locals, will introduce  you to some of the Golden Isles’ wedding professionals who service Saint Simons Island, Jekyll Island, and beyond.  Because I simply adore them, I’ve asked them specific questions to bring out their awesome personalities and showcase their work.  Enjoy!

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This week’s local, or “locals”, are Chris and Amanda Moncus of Chris Moncus Photography.  (Doesn’t this picture just make you smile? I love it!)  Chris Moncus Photography is the dynamic husband and wife duo of Chris & Amanda Moncus. We fell in love with photography right after we fell in love with each other. Rarely did a camera leave our side. After shooting our first wedding we were hooked and now years later here we are lighting up the Golden Isles.

  1. My favorite part of the wedding day is…seeing the love the couple has for each other – especially at the first look – and photographing it.
  2. I never leave the house for a wedding without my …(this is easy) camera.
  3. My one tip for couples getting married in the Golden Isles is: Get married in the late fall or winter. We don’t have super cold winters and this is the least booked time for vendors so you’ll have an easier time getting who you want. Don’t worry about the scenery either – Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Sea Island, and Epworth all maintain their lawns to be mostly green year around.
  4. A must-see or must-do for couples while in the area: Must-see… The sunrise at driftwood beach. Must-do: Relax in the St Simons village.
  5. A picture of our favorite wedding day image and why: Ok so here’s the deal. I feel like a parent… I can’t choose which kid (picture) is my favorite! Wanna help?

Since Chris put me on the spot, here’s the one I chose.  Completely swoonworthy:

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See more of Chris and Amanda’s work on their website and follow them on twitter!

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Annie + Mike :: Faith Chapel | St. Simons Lighthouse Wedding

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Annie + Mike’s wedding just a ridiculous amount of fun.  It all started on Jekyll Island at the beautiful, historic Faith Chapel where one of their friends serenaded them during the ceremony.  The look on Mike’s face as Annie walked to meet him at the altar was unforgettable.  Annie was every bit of the classic beauty and was absolutely glowing the entire day, thanks to Mike and the incomparable James Grella of Image Artisans, who did her hair and makeup.

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After the ceremony, the party began at A.W. Jones Heritage Center Museum on St. Simons Island.  Straton Hall knocked it out of the park with their champagne chicken and Heidi of Rosalee’s Flowery did a fantastic job of creating ambiance with fresh, citrus inspired flowers and hanging arrangements from the fixtures.  Island Sound had everyone on the dance floor all night—at the end of the night, they even went on to do an after party!

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(Love this shot of Annie’s mom enjoying her dance with her dad)

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Tony and Lisa Harrell were AMAZING to work with.  This was my first time with them, but I know it will not be the last.  They were so much fun and easy going—capturing all of the tender moments.  A wedding planner’s dream 🙂  They took Annie + Mike out the next morning for a Trash the Dress session that was done so elegantly:

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Emily + Scott | St. Simons Island Wedding Planner

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We had the pleasure of assisting Emily + Scott with their wedding at the Saint Simons Island Lighthouse and the Museum (the A.W. Jones Heritage Center).  It was a sweet and intimate gathering of family and friends—with great food provided by Straton Hall and music by Island Sound.  Emily + Scott originally met as “models” taking pictures for the neighborhood they lived in, The Woodlands of Athens.  I love that Emily says, “5 years have passed and we  are still drunk on each others love.”  That being said, I am so very impressed with how the photographers of Once Like A Spark captured the playfulness and romance between the two of them.

Congratulations, Emily + Scott!

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(I love that they chose to be married on the porch of the Keeper’s House at the St. Simons Lighthouse.  Another personal detail:  the same pastor that baptized Emily, was also the officiant to marry her to Scott)

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The family decided to do a “Biscuits at the Beach” brunch the next day—but not before Emily + Scott did a killer morning after shoot:

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Planning Your Destination Wedding in Saint Simons and Jekyll Island

If you’ve never been to our area—you are truly in for a treat with our islands, Saint Simons, Jekyll Island, Sea Island and Little Saint Simons Island.  Tucked away off of the Georgia Coast, is the perfect getaway without “actually” going away.  These islands are perfect for those who love the concept of a destination wedding, but want to make sure that their guests are able to attend their wedding without spending a lot of money for travel.  Each island offers something for everyone—Jekyll Island is a quiet, natural island full of beauty and history. It is the home to the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, the al fresco Beachview Club, as well as the quaint Villas by the Sea with Straton Hall, and the large beachside Jekyll Island Convention CenterSaint Simons Island is a true vacation island??home to the historic seaside dance club turned uber resort King and Prince, luxurious Ocean Lodge, other sprawling estates like Villa de Suenos and several boutiques and restaurants.  Sea Island  is home to the ultra exclusive Cloister that is an experience all its own.

With all these options, I’ll share some tips on planning your destination wedding here in Coastal Georgia:

  • Enlist the help of a planner.  A planner will be able to steer you to the perfect vendors according to your budget, event vision and style.  It’s great for you to have what we call “boots on the ground” to work as a liaison for you and your vendors—share your likes , dislikes and event vision.  Your planner will most likely work with many of the local vendors as well as have a list of those that travel to the area.
  • Get to know your vendors ahead of time.  With the help of the internet, you can research your vendors before you come to the area.  This means checking out their rating on sites like Wedding Wire or Project Wedding  from previous couples.  We’ve listed some local wedding pros that use Twitter and it might be helpful for you to read their blogs or Facebook business pages. This gives you the opportunity to get to know them before you meet you visit the area.
  • Make a planning trip to the area. Trust me, you’ll fall in love with the area. If you haven’t narrowed down your choices on a venue, plan to spend one day on one island and the next on the other. Be prepared to take some time off—with our area being a destination wedding area, most of your event pros are working on Fridays and Saturdays, and their offices close on Sundays and Monday.
  • Experience the area.  Take as many pictures as possible and visit some of the sights— like the St. Simons Lighthouse, Downtown Brunswick and sandy beaches of Jekyll Island.  Your guests will rely on this information during their stay, so it will be helpful for you to have information about what’s nearby, the must-sees and dos, as well as some places to catch some rays, enjoy some southern cooking or a martini and good music.

These tips should get you started with your upcoming wedding Saint Simons, Jekyll Island or Sea Island.  We hope to work with you soon!

Enamorada: Jessica + Scott

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When I saw this adorable Savannah engagement shoot shot by Brooke Roberts, I felt so at ease and carefree. I know that Jessica + Scott must have, too.  I love being completely focused on them while in the midst of one of Savannah’s most beautiful landmarks, Forsyth Park.  They were so relaxed with each other, you feel like that they were the only ones in this beautiful city.

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We Likey: Villa De Suenos | St. Simons Island Wedding Venue

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The gorgeous Villa De Suenos is absolutely beautiful.  This lovely private villa tucked away off of East Beach on St. Simons Island and offers an expansive decadence that is perfect for your destination wedding in Coastal Georgia.  Overlooking beautiful Sea Island, It sleeps 15, which makes it perfect for early arrivals and pampering your bridal party.  With an infinity edge pool that appears to spill into the crystal blue ocean and bricked terrace, it is calling for al fresco dining and entertainment.

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The beautiful Villa is perfect to escape the resort crowds and hold your own personal fete for your wedding reception in St. Simons Island:

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Thank you to the beautiful St. Simons Island wedding photographer, Brooke Roberts for the captivating images above!

Want to see more?  If you think the outside is divine, you absolutely must see the video tour:

New Cocktails + Details Collection with Island Sound!

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Couples having a wedding in the Savannah/St. Simons and Jekyll Island area have a wonderful opportunity to book the area’s hottest event team together to create the ultimate party experience!

When asked, brides say the two most important things they want for their wedding day is 1.) for everything to go smoothly and 2.) that everyone has a good time.

Now with Island Sound and Cocktails + Details, you can have a stress-free, enjoyable wedding day. We have a collection that includes your wedding entertainment and full-service wedding day coordination. Your event team will work with you to tie together all of the details of your day: everything from your musical selections, custom event blueprints and timelines and more. On the day of your wedding, you provide the love, we’ll take care of the party.

 

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Jekyll Island Wedding Photo by the undeniably fabulous Scarlett Lillian.

Now Showing: Real Jekyll Island Wedding Starring Ashaki & Embry

Jekyll Island Wedding at Jekyll Island Club Hotel Crane Cottage by Agnes Lopez Photography

Over the summer, we were so very honored and excited to finally produce an event that only held us spellbound creatively, but also emotionally.  Ashaki and Embry became more than just great clients over the course of our planning, but great friends (I miss them so! Thank heavens for Facebook!). The two were married at the beautiful historic Crane Cottage at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel for an outdoor wedding and reception.  In addition to the great details that kept us sketching, bustling and literally enthralled, we had the opportunity to work with some of the best vendors like the phenomenal Agnes Lopez and Gay Whatley, as well as the outstanding band from Atlanta,  Excite and local favorite, Tommy Tucker of Dance Jammers who provided the tunes for the after party (which was a tribute to the great, late Michael Jackson and some how had a remix of Hava Nagila. I will never question the depth of Tommy’s music library, every again.  Ever.)  Our team was also fortunate to work with the ever so talented Christina Grimsley of In Motion Video Productions.

Christina provided us with the video that now is on the gallery of the FABULUXE website, but I wanted to take a moment and share it here so that you can see her work.  I cried during the wedding and I cried again when I viewed her awesome production of the video. It was like being there all over again—I know if I felt like that, Christina’s clients must feel the same way, and that is an awesome way to feel. I can’t say enough fabulous things about her so if you are in need of a great videographer, look her up!

Introducing…

Beautiful photo of the bride and groom, stealing a quiet moment before they are introduced into dinner captured by the incomparable Agnes Lopez.

Overheard at Your Wedding: “When is This Thing Gonna Start?”

It’s pretty well known that the party cannot start at the wedding without the bride and groom.  Your caterer will ask if they can serve your guests if you are not around or if they should extend the cocktail hour.  if you plan on taking photos during your cocktail hour, discuss with your planner and photographer the amount of time needed to complete these expeditiously so that your guests are not kept waiting.  This is especially true if you have a wedding during a very hot or cold season or with little entertainment during the hour.  If you take too long, you run the risk of running out of food, or running up your bar tab (when people are bored or nervous, they eat and drink). 

One of the biggest questions couples face today is whether or not to see each other prior to the ceremony.  I, as a die-hard romantic, felt like there was something magical about the groom’s face as he sees his bride ascend up the aisle for the first time.  That being said, I understood my brides’ concerns and desires to not see their grooms before walking up the aisle. 

Then there was Caryn—gorgeous, smart, and dare I say it, practical.  Caryn decided she would  see her groom prior to the ceremony.  As we built the timeline for them to secretly meet at Jekyll Island’s historic Villa Mariana, I crossed my fingers that the we could keep it private, intimate and magical.  Since Caryn and Jonathan’s wedding was at the Jekyll Island Club’s Crane Cottage, the Spanish Colonial, Villa Mariana was the perfect getaway that was close by.  Caryn described it as one of the most beautiful moments of her life.  She walked up behind Jonathan, put her hand on his shoulder and he emotionally turned around, visually took her in and swept her into a long embrace. 

It doesn’t get much better than that.

And the pictures prove it:

 

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These moments, captured by the illustrious Scarlett Lillian just go to show that the same intimacy and magic you wish to capture at that moment going up the aisle, can still be present at a first meet.  Can’t you sense the anticipation and tingling in your toes when you see Jonathan’s back to Caryn?  You can almost feel his heart racing and see his unrelenting smile as the seconds tick away until that slight touch on his shoulder.  Imagine how he felt at that moment—not having to share Caryn’s beauty, that moment, that love—with anyone else.  It was theirs, and theirs alone.  Time had stopped.  (well, for them. The wedding planner was hard at work 🙂 )  Linens didn’t matter, the bar tab didn’t matter.  What mattered was that the most important person in their lives were together.  And in love.  Not only does it save you a lot of time during your cocktail hour, but it also gives you private moments that you may not have again until the end of the evening.

Still not convinced?  Check out what event engineer Saundra Hadley has to say, as well as photographer Jennifer Stone’s thoughts.  Either way, it is your moment…whether you spend it at a “first moment” or going up the aisle.  I know you’ll make it fabulous.

 

PS—The ceremony for Caryn and Jonathan was just as emotional.  I bawled the whole time. I know….Crybaby Wedding Planner. But I’m still awesome.