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bride and groom at Crane Cottage Jekyll Island
Mar 26 2021

Jekyll Club Hotel & Crane Cottage Wedding

COVID-19 restrictions, postponed weddings, venue changes and grey skies couldn’t keep Lauren, Christian or our Cocktails & Details® team down.

Save the Drama

With gathering restrictions changing weddings’ size and scope, this adorable couple was forced to change wedding venues. A blessing in disguise, Lauren’s dream wedding venue, Crane Cottage, was available.

Then, forty-five days before their wedding date, mandatory COVID-19 restrictions caused a postponement. So, an October 31st wedding was set in place.

Custom wedding invitations with Jekyll Island map, wedding rings and the brides accessories

Girl Time

With the Jekyll Island Club’s expansive accommodations, our couple was able to relax and enjoy time with their wedding parties at opposite ends of the resort.

Lauren spent her morning with her bridal party getting ready in the Crane Cottage’s beautiful bridal suite. Lauren chose a form-fitting white strapless dress for her wedding gown with a flared bottom and sweeping train. 

We love the dusty blue tones of her bridesmaids’ dresses, a color carried through the wedding as a soft accent color. It paired perfectly with the sage tones of the lush greenery and white floral accents.

Bride and her bridesmaids at Crane Cottage Jekyll Island

The bride’s bouquet was a loose Boho-inspired design with luscious white peonies, ranunculus, Eskimo roses, and white lisianthus. The look was finished with French wired ribbon and a unique, very personal touch. Lauren’s mother gifted her beautiful vintage-inspired lockets and a gold coin to honor her grandparents on her wedding day.

bride holding a Boho-inspired bridal bouquet with white roses, lisianthks and ranunculus
bridal bouquet with vintage photo lockets of her grandparents

Silly with a Splash of Seriousness 

Christian, who admits his favorite article of clothes, is a pair of broken-in grey Converse sneakers and randomly breaks into song and dance {. Something that always makes Lauren smile} was all business today.

groom looking in the error as he ties his bow tie before his Jekyll Island wedding

He spent his day getting ready at the Jekyll Island Club Resort. His classic tuxedo with a shawl lapel and bow tie was the look of the day. 

As a wedding gift for his bride-to-be, Christian chose a stunning pair of emerald earrings. For her gift, Lauren gifted Christian adoption papers for her dog- a gift that brought her groom to tears.

handsome groom wearing a classic tuxedo with a shawl collar and bow tie
groom crying after opening the thoughtful wedding gift from his bride-to-be

No Rain No Rainbows

Grey skies the afternoon of their wedding prevented our couple from heading off as initially planned for their first look. However, the beautiful architecture and wrought iron detailing of their wedding venue swept them away to the Italian villa of their fantasy wedding. Our Cocktails & Details® team thinks their wedding portraits that followed are pretty amazing.

bride walking up behind her groom-to-be for their first look at Crane Cottage on Jekyll Island
groom anxiously waiting as his bride-to-be walks up behind hm for their first lookout Crane Cottage on Jekyll Island
smiling groom as he sees his bride-to-be for the first time during their first look at Crane Cottage on Jekyll Island
bride and groom posing for wedding portraits in the courtyard at Crane Cottage
grey skies moved this couple's wedding portraits inside the living room at Crane Cottage

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

With the weather not cooperating, their wedding ceremony in the Sunken Garden was moved into Crane Cottage’s living room. Our Cocktails & Details® design team quickly transformed the space. The incredibly detailed fireplace mantle became a focal point of the wedding ceremony with the addition of several dozen chunky pillar candles and lush white hydrangea – one of the bride’s favorite flowers.

Lauren’s little brother, our fabulous ring bearer, brought Christian the rings to begin the wedding ceremony with wedding guests in place. Lauren smiled ear to ear as she made her way down the aisle to her anxiously awaiting groom.

ring bearer handing pillow with wedding rings to groom in the Crane Cottage living room
smiling bride as she walks down the aisle to her groom despite the ceremony moving indoors
groom holding back tears as his bride walks down the aisle to him on their wedding day

Despite the weather outside, the couple exchanged their vows in a touching ceremony surrounded by close family and friends. They sealed their wedding vows with a kiss and the perfect recessional song for this fun couple – Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

bride and groom exchanging wedding vows in front of a beautifully decorated fireplace in the Crane Cottage living room

Cocktails & Details®

With skies clearing, the newlyweds headed off for a few additional photos. At the same time, guests were welcomed with a glass of champagne. 

Newly married bride and groom walking across the lawn at the Jekyll Island Club

The cocktail hour was filled with tasty treats and specially selected signature cocktails, and monogrammed cocktail koozies.

water color artwork showcasing a couple's signature cocktails for their Crane Cottage wedding
custom drink koozies for a Jekyll Island wedding

The outdoor tented reception allowed for a physically distant design that still incorporated all of the beautiful details the couple envisioned. Tables we dressed in crisp with linen with dusty blue napkins as accents. Gold-toned containers and votive candles alongside the lush white and green floral arrangements and pillar candle clusters created a classic, elegant tablescape.

a socially distant tented wedding at JekyllIsland's Crane Cottage
White floral wedding centerpiece with lush greenery for a tented outdoor wedding at Crane Cottage

Thriller!

The wedding reception under a starry sky began with introductions, and the newlyweds first dance to “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”

bride and groom taking to the dance floor for their first dance at a tented wedding reception at Crane Cottage

The evening was filled with delicious food and sweet toasts. The couple’s fun side was brought out with some Halloween Candy as their wedding favor, pizza as a late-night bite for wedding guests. When the wedding band played Thriller, they brought down the house.

band members of Power To Play with a few scary touches for a Halloween wedding at Crane Cottage Jekyll Island

Lauren and Christian’s evening came to a close after enjoying this simple, elegant, and yummy four-tiered white wedding cake. The groom’s cake was the perfect choice for Christian – a 007 inspired modern gold cake.

sleek modern four-tiered white wedding cake with a single white peonie
gold 007 inspired grooms cake

Following their grand exit under a shower of white rose petals, our couple headed off into the night. Congratulations, Lauren and Christian!

newlywed couple making their grand exit under a shower of white rose petals
newlywed couple scooting off in a gold cart after their Jekyll Island wedding

The Wedding Team

Jekyll Island Wedding Planner: Cocktails & Details®

Jekyll Island Wedding Venue: Jekyll Club Hotel- Crane Cottage

Hair and Makeup: Amy Jenkins and Paula Fields Makeup Artistry

Wedding Ceremony Musicians: Music By Pegge

Officiant: Michael Exum

Wedding Cake: Sweet Luncheonette

Groom’s Cake: Cathy Huber Cakes

Band: Power To Party

Wedding Photographer: Tamara Gibson

Wedding Cinematographer: Labif Filmhouse

Floral Design and Rentals: Cocktails & Details®

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®

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

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!

Cathleen + Ashish | Jekyll Island Wedding Planner

hindu christian wedding on jekyll island at crane cottage jekyll island club hotel

Working with Cathleen and Ashish was such a privilege and honor.  The two did such a wonderful job of combining their personalities, faiths and families for their wedding.  We came in to produce and coordinate their gorgeous Hindu-Christian wedding at the Jekyll Club’s Crane ornate Crane Cottage, which was filled with many beautiful ceremonies and traditions, vibrant colors, music and delicious foods!  Here are a few shots from some of the festivities courtesy of Jacksonville wedding photographer, Deanne Dunlop:

You can see more of the wedding details in their wedding video from Kinnetic Productions.

Their wedding was an absolute best– filled with so much fun and memories.  I think my favorite part of the entire day was the look on Ashish’s face when he got to see Cathleen’s post-wedding surprise for him:  an afterparty, with nothing but Taco bell to eat.  Taco Bell is one of Ashish’s favorite vices, the only problem was as Cathleen and I plotted this surprise in the weeks prior to the wedding, I had the WORSE Taco Bell cravings.  Subsequently, I ended up becoming the mayor of my local Taco Bell on Foursquare very quickly : )  Cathleen was such a sweet bride:  since their wedding day fell on my birthday, she gifted me with the bottom tier of her wedding cake.  A woman after my own heart!

EVENT TEAM:

Wedding Production (Coordination):  Cocktails + Details // Photographer:  Deanne Dunlop // Venue:  Crane Cottage at Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island // Hair and Makeup: Image Artisans // Bouquets:  Cottage Flowers // Decor and Florals:  Palloos Flowers

Say “I Do” Like a Millionaire Jekyll Island Dream Wedding Giveaway!

Jekyll island dream wedding giveaway

We are SO excited to announce that we are one of the exclusive dream makers handling the wedding planning and production for The Jekyll Island Dream Wedding Giveaway presented with The Knot!

Known in the late 1800s as the exclusive playground of the Pulitzers, Rockefellers, Morgans and Vanderbilts – all members of the esteemed Jekyll Island ClubJekyll Island is now regarded as a premier wedding destination for couples from around the world. Starting today, romantic adults are invited to share their wedding dreams for a chance to walk down the aisle and “Say ‘I Do’ Like a Millionaire” on Jekyll Island in early 2012!

Valued at close to $75,000, no detail is overlooked!  One lucky couple will have the opportunity to work with us and our area’s greatest vendors as well as receive everything from the wedding dress to invitations and so much more!  The winning couple and their guests will first enjoy a lavish rehearsal dinner at the extraordinary Mistletoe Cottage, with event design and setup by Beachview Club Event Rentals and Design, floral décor provided by Judy Watson, of Tasteful Temptations, and local cuisine by Latitude 31 Waterfront Catering.

The couple will say their ‘I dos’ in the historic Faith Chapel. Following the ceremony, the newlyweds will celebrate their nuptials with invited guests at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s Crane Cottage, which Architectural Record in 1924 named “the most expensive and elegant winter home ever built on Jekyll Island.” The wedding party and guests will be treated to a delicious meal prepared by the renowned chefs of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Attendees also will get to dance the night away to music provided by legendary local band The Wharfratz.

 

The complete Dream Wedding Giveaway package includes:

Wedding Planning Weekend on Jekyll Island

  • Luxury suite provided to winning couple for three nights at The Beachview Club Hotel
  • Amenity passes to enjoy Jekyll Island, including one round of golf for two, a pair of bicycles for touring the island’s 20 miles of bike paths, two passes to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, and historic tram tour passes for two to tour the island’s 240-acre Historic District and dip into its gilded era
  • Tours of all locations featured in Dream Wedding Weekend (Mistletoe Cottage, Faith Chapel, Crane Cottage)
  • Meetings with all participating Dream Wedding event partners including coordinator Cocktails + Details, to discuss details
  • Gown and tuxedo fittings with Lady in White, a bridal boutique and 2010 Top Pick by The Knot “Best of Weddings,” and Gentlemen’s Outfitters
  • Hair-and-makeup trial run for the bride with Image Artisans Salon & Day Spa
  • Engagement photography session on Jekyll Island with Brooke Roberts Photography
  • Meeting to select wedding invitation, program, reception card and response card (50 of each) from Mimi’s Stationery

 

Rehearsal Dinner for 50 Guests at Historic Mistletoe Cottage

  • Setup, lighting, linens and design provided by Beachview Club Event Rentals and Design
  • Centerpieces, buffet décor, glassware, china plates, flatware, chafing dishes, platters, service utensils, risers, groom’s cake and cookie favors – all decorated to suit color and theme – provided by Tasteful Temptations, an award-winning regional caterer
  • Wedding rehearsal direction and rehearsal dinner setup and coordination by Cocktails + Details
  • Noble Legacy champagne donated by Young International Beverages LLC
  • Entertainment provided by ACE Music and Arts singer/songwriter Eddie Pickett
  • Rehearsal dinner, including buffet-style low country boil and beer-and-wine bar Latitude 31? Waterfront Catering.

Wedding Ceremony for 50 Guests at Faith Chapel

  • Hair, makeup, manicure and pedicure for eight, plus massage for the bride, provided by Image Artisans Salon & Day Spa
  • Bride’s choice of Casablanca wedding gown, with alterations, veil and pair of Dyeables® or Touch Ups® wedding shoes, provided by Lady in White
  • Four tuxedo rentals and groomsman gifts provided by Gentlemen’s Outfitters
  • Officiant Stacia Mentus to preside over nuptials
  • String trio ceremony music provided by The String Group, a 2011 Top Pick by The Knot “Best of Weddings”
  • Flowers for bride, bridesmaids, groom and groomsmen provided by Tasteful Temptations
  • Wedding day production including event set up and coordination by Cocktails + Details
  • A custom island ride in style – in a 1940 Cadillac provided and chauffeured by Martin’s Vintage Rides – delivering the bride and groom from Faith Chapel to the wedding reception at Crane Cottage

 

Four-Hour Wedding Reception for 50 Guests at Crane Cottage

  • Four-hour premium open bar provided by the Jekyll Island Club Hotel
  • Assorted fresh fruit and selection of domestic and international cheeses for pre-reception provided by the Jekyll Island Club Hotel
  • Wedding dinner catered by the Jekyll Island Club Hotel
  • Noble Legacy champagne donated by Young International Beverages LLC
  • Entertainment provided by ACE Music and Arts four-piece band The Wharfratz
  • Setup, lighting, linens and design provided by Beachview Club Event Rentals and Design
  • Centerpieces, buffet décor, glassware, china plates, flatware, wedding cake and candy bars, plus monogrammed take-away boxes for guests, provided by Tasteful Temptations

 

Wedding Weekend Accommodations Provided by Jekyll Island Club Hotel

  • Thirteen, double occupancy, for two nights each

 

For full details about the Jekyll Island Dream Wedding Giveaway, Presented with The Knot, visit www.jekylldreamwedding.com. All entries must include an essay of up to 250 words about why the contestant dreams of being married on Jekyll Island. For a complete list of rules and regulations and to enter the inaugural Jekyll Island Dream Wedding Giveaway, visit www.jekylldreamwedding.com. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Aug. 31, 2011.

 

Good luck, luxelings!

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.