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

Savannah Private Estate Wedding – Cocktails & Details

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

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

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

Start Your Day With Champagne

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

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

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wedding guests wearing formalwear gathering in the woods under crystal chandeliers

The Happy Couple

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

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

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

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

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

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

With This Ring

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

waterfront wedding ceremony on a floating dock, set with rustic grasses and wooden chairs
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Just before the sun began to set, the wedding party, dressed in black tie attire, entered under twinkling crystal chandeliers, followed by Katherine, making her entrance to “LA Woman’ by the Doors.

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

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

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

Time Alone

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

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overhead view of a bride and groom standing on a dock in the middle of a lake
bride and groom holding hands while standing on a floating dock over lake

Cocktails & Details®

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

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

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bottles of Bulliet Bourbon sitting on gold shelves in the Bourbon and Cigar Laoungs
a box of Champagne 10th anniversary cigars in the Bourbon and Cigar lounge

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

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

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

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

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

A Sweet Ending

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

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Specialty coffee trailer for wedding reception

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Event Team

Savannah Wedding Planning Team: Cocktails & Details® 

Savannah Wedding Venue: Private Estate

Savannah Wedding Hair & Makeup: Emma Collins Beauty

Décor: Cocktails & Details® 

Wedding Officiant: Ms. Cockrum, Travis’ Grandmother

Hilton Head Wedding Photographer: Hopkins Studio

Band: Mr. Potato Head

DJ: All About You Entertainment

Mixology Team: InDnGrl

Catering: Savannah Events Catering

Coffee Trailer: Three Tree Coffee Roasters

Desserts: Lulu’s Chocolate Bar

Savannah Transportation: Kelly Tours

New Year, New Look!

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If you haven’t visited us in a while, you’ll see we have a brand new look!  We decided to ditch the our cookie cutter look and get something completely custom.  We told our fabulous designer, Sunil we only wanted three things: modern, feminine and something to get our future clients excited about their wedding process.  Needless to say, we feel like he knocked it out of the park.

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We felt like this was the perfect look to kick off 2012, as we engage with new clients who are looking  for a one of a kind wedding experience here in St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island and the surrounding areas.  That being said we didn’t stop there– we did a revamp of our service collections, company wide correspondence and forms.  Additionally, what’s new this year– you can schedule your phone or video consultations with us online, guaranteeing priority and reservation.

Wedding Services Look Book for Cocktails and Details

We love our new look and hope you do, too!

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!

Real Villa De Suenos Wedding :: St. Simons Island

Real St. Simons Villa De Suenos Wedding

Working with Chris and Tania was an absolute joy!  They contacted us about planning their wedding on Saint Simons Island when the oil spill devastated the Gulf and their destination wedding plans.  Within about three months, we had plan an entire wedding which was drenched in green cymbidium orchids and other tropical florals, brilliant sapphire silk bridesmaids dresses, coastal cuisine, a live R&B band against the beautiful backdrop of Villa De Suenos— the gorgeous oceanfront property on Saint Simons Island’s East Beach.  You can also see more delicious images at Melanie and Bradford of La Dolce Vita Studio’s awesome blog.

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Villa De Suenos Wedding in St. Simons

Villa De Suenos Rental Wedding

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Villa De Suenos St. Simons Wedding and Reception

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St. Simons Wedding Band

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Wedding Reception at Villa De Suenos

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Event Team

Wedding Planning + Production (Coordination):  Cocktails + Details // Wedding Photography:  La Dolce Vita Studio // Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue:  Villa De Suenos
Catering + Flowers:  Straton Hall // Band:  Tangee Renee + the Club Visage Band // Rentals:  Beachview Tent Rentals // Hair and Makeup:  Image Artisans

Real St. Simons Wedding :: Whitney + Ben

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We had the pleasure of working with Whitney + Ben for their beautiful, yet whimsical French countryside inspired wedding on St. Simons Island.  After a week long of festivities that included welcome parties, the couple exchanged vows at the Lovely Lane Chapel on St. Simons Island.  At the chiming of the hour, bridesmaids donned in black Audrey Hepburn-esque cocktail dresses walked down the aisle preceding Whitney’s arrival.

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Many from Ben’s family flew in from France to attend the wedding, so this served as a mini reunion for his family, as well as an opportunity for Whitney to meet her extended family.  The couple danced to “Zydeco Gris Gris” for their first dance, which kicked of the festivities New Orleans style.

Ben’s family is French, so much of the personal touches incorporated his French heritage, Whitney’s education in New Orleans and many of her own family traditions.  For example, Whitney’s maternal grandparents owned a blueberry and honey farm. Small jars of honey from the farm were given as additional favors and served a double purpose as escort cards.  Much of the menu included Coastal local favorites, as well as French and New Orleans inspired dishes like duck confit and shrimp étouffée.  Their signature drink was the “Golden Aisle“, a play on the wedding’s location (the Golden Isles) and wedding festivities, which consisted of Firefly (Sweet Tea Vodka) to represent the Georgia inspiration and Perrier, to combine the French.  Ben is also a graphic designer and designed all of the signage for the tables, bars, escort card tags, programs, and invitations which are inspired by an old Oak that sits outside of the St. Simons Casino.

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|Vendor Details|:

Wedding Coordinator: Cocktails + Details, St. Simons Island;
Caterer/Florist: Straton Hall, Jekyll Island;
PhotographerJason Travis, Atlanta;
Church: Lovely Lane Chapel, St. Simons Island;
Reception Venue: St. Simons Casino, St. Simons Island;
Linens:  Beachview Tent Rentals, Brunswick;
Band: Stringrays, St. Simons Island;
Transportation: St. Simons Trolley, St. Simons Island.

Like Us on Facebook for a Special Gift!

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Some one is celebrating a birthday soon at Cocktails + Details!

To celebrate, we are offering gifts for all new clients who book in October.

Check it out–Like us on Facebook and get the goods!

(Not a client? Like us anyway. We’re awesome. Share us with someone you love.)

 

Happy Birthday cake is a miniature cheesecake with shortbread crust wrapped in white/gold-tone imported Belgian chocolate by Horchow, $200.

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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Contact Island Sound or Cocktails + Details for more information and to book this collection with $400 in savings!

Jekyll Island Wedding Photo by the undeniably fabulous Scarlett Lillian.

Cocktails & Details Virtual Soiree: Look Who’s Coming!

 

We’ve got some extra special planners for Thursday’s Virtual Soiree.  These planners have made their marks, not only in their respective areas, but also in the industry. In addition to learning so much from these ladies, I am also privileged to call them friends.  I know that our invitees will benefit greatly from their advice, humor and candor!

 

saundra hadley of planning foreverSaundra Hadley of Planning…Forever

The industry’s first event engineer, Saundra has created a following with her blog that encompasses her quick wit, attention to detail and boundless creativity.  Planning and designing out of Evansville, Indiana, she and her staff cater to their clientele by providing practical, yet fun and personal solutions for their events.  As she strives to make all of her couples feel “like a guest at their own weddings”, she also enjoys the purpose of her work. Her beautiful smile, creative ideas, infectious laughter and drive to execute her clients’ weddings to the best of her ability makes her a wonderful addition to our Virtual Soiree.  In addition to seeing Saundra as FOX 7’s wedding planner, she will also be speaking at Eventology in Indianapolis, Indiana in April.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

image Emilie Duncan of Emilie Duncan Event Planning

Our Virtual Soiree attendees will benefit from Emilie’s personal attention and passion for color and creativity.  Emilie feels that it is an honor to participate in each of her clients’ weddings, thusly blowing their minds about any preconceived notions about what it is to have a wedding planner.  Having received training in floral and cake design and decoration, photography and more, Her clients are able to benefit from the many experiences of this talented planner.  Emilie has been a featured expert in such publications as Bridal Guide, Columbus Monthly, Weddings in Cleveland and Weddings InStyle.

 

 

 

 

 

[kbulter-headshots-20w.JPG]Katasha Butler of K.Sherrie & Co.

As the brains and beauty behind K.Sherrie & Co. and Eventology, Katasha seeks to infuse her brand of couture luxury service into each event her company takes on.  Possessing the artistic flair, creativity and drive it takes to pull off a fantastic wedding, Katasha began her own boutique wedding company in 2006.  With impeccable taste and an acute attention to detail, she truly adds a different touch to each client’s event.  In 2009, Katasha will launch her first conference for wedding professionals, Eventology , in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

imageLaura Auer of Wish Special Events

One of the freshest faces of event planning on the East Coast, Laura Auer and her fantastic team execute flawless events with plenty of personality.  Understanding and providing the high level of customer service that she feels her client are entitled to, Laura draws not only from her education at James Madison University’s Special Events program, but also from her experience as a former bride.   Her access to vast resources and some of the best vendors has made her an invaluable asset to her clients.

 

 

Invitations have been sent out to a select number of brides!  If you would like to get in on our next virtual soiree, be sure to send us an email at blog {at} fabuluxeinc.com. 

Virtual Reality: Cocktails & Details Soiree

Cocktails and Details Virtual Soiree
Want a team of the hottest wedding planners to help you with your wedding?  Done!
Fabuluxe is excited to announce our first virtual event, Cocktails & Details: Virtual Soiree on December 4th.  We are extending invitations to a select number of brides whose weddings are in 2009.  Here is your chance to pow wow with the industry’s and blogosphere’s hottest wedding planners!  Ask questions, get advice and be fabulous in a comfortable, relaxed setting.
Would you like an ultra-exclusive invite?  Just comment below or send in your request to blog {at} fabuluxeinc dot com. Simply let us know your wedding date and be sure to let us know where we can find your wedding website or blog.    We’ll get you on the guest list!
Stay tuned for more fabulous details!