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bride and groom blowing gold glitter at the Jekyll Hotel Club
Dec 18 2020

Jekyll Island Wedding – Jekyll Club Hotel

Diana and Drew told our Cocktails & Details® team they envisioned ‘southern charm with a European twist’ for their Jekyll Club Hotel wedding. ‘We are sophisticated but not stuffy, love fun details, and Drew is down with my glitter obsession.’

The Jekyll Club hotel was the perfect backdrop for their wedding. From the southern charm of its mature trees draped in Spanish moss to its iconic architecture, it had everything they wanted.

bride and groom standing under trees with hanging Spanish moss

The Library at Crane Cottage

The spacious cottage allowed lots of space for Dianna and her wedding party to have hair and makeup services on site. 

Dianna wore an A-line wedding gown with a v- neck and natural waist by Enaura Bridal. She carried a loose hand-tied European style bridal bouquet with cream dahlias, Ocean song roses, ivory garden roses, lavender lisianthus, dusty miller, and silver dollar eucalyptus.

Her crystal and rhinestone Badgley Mischka pumps were the perfect accessories!

bride carrying a purple and white bridal bouquet
flat lay photo of bride's accessories and Badgley Mischka rhinestone wedding shoes

Meet Drew!

Drew looked handsome in a dark navy vested suit. The notched satin collar and white bow tie added a touch of sophistication.

Groom wearing navy blue suit at Jekyll Club Hotel

After getting ready, Drew took a little walk under the incredible trees to get ready for his first look at his bride-to-be.

The setting, the anticipation, and their first look are EVERYTHING!

bride walking toward her groom for their first look at Jekyll Club Hotel
bride seeking up on her groom at Jekyll Club Hotel
bride tapping on her groom's shoulder at Jekyll Club Hotel
Fist Look at Jekyll Club Hotel
bride and groom sneaking a kiss after their fist look

Crane Cottage Wedding Ceremony

The couple chose the sunken garden at Crane Cottage for their wedding ceremony. Steps away from the cottage, the lawn was set with large garden urns overflowing with florals in shades of purple and blue. White garden chairs lined the aisle trimmed in floral petals.

outdoor wedding ceremony at Crane Cottage

Dianna, escorted by her parents, made her way to her husband-to-be to the sounds of Canon in D. By the sweet look on Drew’s face, you would never know he had just seen his bride a short time before.

bride being escorted down the aisle at the Crane Cottage wedding ceremony
groom smiling as his bride makes her way down the aisle from Crane Cottage

The couple exchanged their wedding vows surrounded by family and friends before heading off to ‘All You Need is Love’ by the Beatles.

brigand groom receiving a wedding blessing at the Jekyll Club Hotel wedding
JUST MARRIED excited bride and groom after their Crane Cottage wedding ceremony

Cocktails & Details®

After their cocktail hour around the reflecting pool, wedding guests made their way to the hotel’s courtyard. The wedding reception was set with tables along the covered walkway, with the buffet reception set around the center fountain.

wedding reception in the courtyard at Crane Cottage

Tables were dressed in white linens lined with greenery roping with cream and purple blossoms to add pops of color. Gold candlesticks intertwined with floating candles and votives completed the tablescape. Guest tables were named for cities worldwide, with a map of the world as the seating chart.

long reception tables draped in white linen with greenery, candles and purple flowers.

Dancing the Night Away

A white frame tent with lounge seating and black and white dancefloor created the perfect space for dancing after dinner.

The newlyweds opened the dancefloor with their first dance to Thomas Rhett’s ‘In Case You Didn’t Know.’

frame tent with dance floor and lounge area at Crane Cottage
bride and groom dancing their first dance on a black and white checkered dance floor

Shortly after the dancefloor opened, Diana had a little surprise for Drew! She planned a reunion with the ladies from her acapella singing group. A quick change into matching outfits, with a bit of glitter for the bride and their performance of an ABBA song, was the highlight of the reception.

bride with an acapella performance for her groom
bride singing to her groom at their Crane Cottage wedding reception
bride serenading her groom at their Jekyll Club Hotel wedding

The couple closed the reception by cutting their beautiful four-tiered white and gold wedding cake before making their exit!

bride and groom cutting their four-tiered white and gold wedding cake at Crane Cottage

The Send-Off and After Party

The couple may have ended the reception with a traditional send-off- but the party continued at Crane Cottage. The afterparty included a fantastic DJ, glow sticks, and some late-night sliders and fries.

Our Cocktails & Details® team loved this incredible couple, and we wish them a lifetime of happiness.

The Event Team

Jekyll Island Wedding Planning: Cocktails & Details®

Jekyll Island Wedding Venue: Jekyll Club Hotel

Ceremony Musicians: Pegge Ealum

Wedding Officiant: Pastor Bonnie Lanyi

Band: Power 2 Party

DJ: Island Sound 

Wedding Photographer: Brooke Roberts Photography

Cinematographer: Gavin Sellers Creative

Floral Design: Cocktails & Details®

Rentals: Jekyll Club Hotel

Hair and Makeup: Tiffany Jones

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®