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Photograph of the Royal Court from the Netflix show Bridgerton is inspiring Bridgerton themed weddings
Feb 19 2021

Bridgerton Inspired Weddings on The Golden Isle

Dear Reader… it’s no secret “the social season is upon us” and the Ton is not the only talk of the town. However, Bridgerton inspired weddings are sure to be a treasure “set to join the likes of the queen’s ever so cherished crown jewels themselves.”

The Golden Isles

“This author finds herself compelled to share the most curious of news.”

The Golden Isles extend way beyond golden beaches and sunsets. History tells us the name comes from Sir Robert Montgomery’s writing to wealthy Londoners about the coastal colony, which he called the Golden Islands.

And the Golden Isles, specifically our Cocktails & Details® beloved Jekyll Island, can be the perfect Bridgeton-inspired wedding location.

Jekyll Island’s Millionaires Row

Millionaires Row’s historic cottages are known for their lush gardens, courtyards, fountains, and fantastic architecture. 

Built during the period between 1904 and 1930, the mansion’s owners spared no expense. Many have been lovingly restored over the last few decades. While the detailing and design reflect those bygone days, the amenities and service are contemporary and polished. 

Known as cottages, they are not what one might think of as a ‘cottage.’ They have spacious grounds that allow guests to roam. Typically offering different vignettes for a ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner.

All make fantastic backdrops similar to the location where Daphne and the Duke devised their plan and had their first look. 

Jekyll Island Cottages

Cherokee Cottage – built in 1904, the Cherokee Cottage is known for its interiors, privacy, and river’s edge setting. 

Front view of the historic Cherokee Cottage on Jekyll Island Georgia

Crane Cottage – built in 1917-1919 in the Italian Renaissance style, was designed with 20 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms. It was the grandest and most expensive winter home at the time. 

The Italian Renaissance styled Crane Cottage on Jekyll Island's Millionaires Row

Its sunken garden, lush courtyard, and elegant fountains are often considered to be one of the most lavish of all of the cottages.

Crane Cottage is known for it's beautiful courtyard and fountains
view of the forma gardens at Crane Cottage on Jekyll Island

Villa Marianna – built in 1928, one of the newest cottages, its detailing is in the Spanish eclectic and Italian Renaissance styles. This romantic setting offers enclosed courtyards and a large formal garden.

beautiful images of floral decor and wedding ceremony at Jekyll Island's Villa Marianna

Villa Ospo – built in 1930 in the Spanish Eclectic and Italian Renaissance styles-sits steps from the Jekyll River in the historic district’s north end. Its intimate courtyard, large terraced garden, and Great Room are ideal for elegant gatherings.

Villa Ospo on the historic Jekyll Island

“an expert in the art of the swoon.” 

The Cocktails & Details® team knows that a picturesque location alone does not a Regency-style event make.

Fortunately, dear reader, connections with the best of the best in everything weddings, we can work together to create the complete Bridgerton inspired wedding here on the Golden Isles.

wedding invitation

A bride might consider the whimsical romantic styles of an Empire waist, capped sleeves, and scoop necklines for a wedding gown. Jeweled headpieces, tiaras and accessories will be all the rage.

beaded wedding gown with Empire waist
bride carrying a gold and jeweled clutch

To dress the Duke in your life, it is unnecessary to go with tailcoats and top hats – a brightly colored modern jacket with a patterned waistcoat is sure to impress.

Luxurious floral décor in a multitude of colors with accents of gold or silver pair nicely with the Jekyll Island cottages’ architecture and décor. One might also consider a bridal bouquet with a loose, just-picked, European feel – possibly with the inclusion of white roses, the representation of purity and innocence.

wedding reception table filled with gold toned candelabras, goblets and white flowers with lush linens and gold charger plates perfect for a Bridgerton themed wedding
bride carrying a loose European styled bridal bouquet with white roses

The added touches of a talented string quartet, decadent food, an abundance of drink, fresh fruit, an ornate wedding cake, and scrumptious macrons are all symbols of high society.

The talented team of Cocktails & Details® looks forward to assisting you in creating a soiree to set society a twitter.

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Bride and grommet Horton hose on Jekyll Island
Jan 22 2021

Villa Marianna & Westin Jekyll Island Wedding

Take a fun couple who loves live music and travel and whose got planning underway, and Cocktails & Details® will pull it together and make it fabulous!

Meet Jennie and Alex

This fantastic couple selected not one but two unique Jekyll Island venues for their wedding day. 

Historic Villa Marianna would be the site of their wedding ceremony and outdoor cocktail reception. Then guests would be transported to the Westin Jekyll Island for dinner and dancing under the stars with an afterparty to follow! The stage was set for a fabulous day.

Get Ready

Jennie looked spectacular in her form-fitting wedding gown. One of two dresses for her wedding day. She chose an off the shoulder gown with crisscrossing fabric in the bodice. Her hair, worn down, and pulled to one side, created an elegant but relaxed look. 

Her loose hand-tied bridal bouquet consisted of lush greenery, white garden roses, and touches of deep burgundy-including hanging amaranthus.

bride and her bridal party getting dressed at the Westin Jekyll Island
bride wearing a form fitting, off the shoulder wedding gown with a criss cross bodice detail
bridal bouquet of greenery, white garden roses and burgundy flowers including hanging amaranthus

Alex and his guys went for a very classic look – black tuxedo, bow tie, and suspenders. Boutonnieres of white roses and eucalyptus seeds got a rustic touch with organic ribbon.

groom and groomsmen getting ready at the Westin Jekyll Island
white rose boutonnieres with seeded eucalyptus and a rustic ribbon

First Look and Fabulous Portraits

Midafternoon, the couple were each transported to Horton house for their first look, some spectacular wedding portraits, and some photos with their wedding party.

The Jekyll Island settings for their portraits are swoon-worthy and some of our favorite moments of the day!

bride and groom having their first look at the historic Horton House in Jekyll Island
first look at Horton House in Jekyll Island
bride and groom taking wedding portraits before their Jekyll Island wedding
Jekyll Island wedding photos
bride and groom posting for wedding photos
bride and groom with their wedding party

Bird Seed, Flower Petals, and an Old Oak Tree

The couple chose a two-hundred-year-old oak tree at Villa Marianna as the backdrop to exchange their wedding vows.

The processional included an entourage of young boys tossing birdseed and a young lady sprinkling flower petals.

birdseed boys and flower girls at a Villa Marianna wedding ceremony

Escorted by her mother, Jennie made her entrance to Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. The ceremony included several readings, lots of laughs, and several tears. The tranquil outdoor setting was just perfect for these happy newlyweds.

Bride making her entrance escorted by her mother at Villa Marianna
outdoor Jekyll Island wedding ceremony under a two hundred year old tree at Villa Marianna
Just Married! Bride and groom kiss at the end of their Villa Mariana wedding ceremony

Cocktails & Details®

A Must-Have for Jennie and Alex were shots and cigars with their wedding party immediately after the wedding ceremony. The list also included a killer oyster bar and appetizers reflecting their travels from around the world.

bride and groom toasting with wedding party after Villa Marianna wedding ceremony
Fresh raw oysters and oyster shooters during cocktail hour at Jekyll Island wedding
International fruit and cheese display for cocktail hour at Jekyll Island wedding

The cocktail reception in Villa Marianna’s mosaic courtyard included a live jazz trio and two signature cocktails. A French 75 made with gin, lemon, and champagne, and a Hemmingway Daiquiri with rum, lime, and grapefruit.

Sunset Photos

As the cocktail hour drew to a close, guests were transported to the reception. The newlyweds took a few minutes for some stunning sunset photographs and a quick change.

Sunset wedding photos at Villa Marianna

Alex changed to a Navy-blue tuxedo jacket with a shawl collar, keeping his bow tie- a simple white pocket square was the only accessory needed.

Jennie chose a white two-piece look with a long white mermaid skirt and a modern lace off the shoulder top – she was ready to dance the night away.

Oceanside Dinner and Dancing

The reception was held in the ocean side courtyard of The Westin Jekyll Island. The outdoor space was set for dinner and dancing with outdoor space heaters added for the crisp night.

Groom boating his bride and welcoming guests at their Westin Jekyll Island outdoor wedding reception

Following introductions, Alex began the evening with a welcome and a toast. The toast was followed by a delicious dinner and cutting of an awesome two-tiered drip wedding cake and a selection of incredible custom donuts.

cake table set with a two tiered drip wedding cake and family wedding photos at the Westin Jekyll Island
Buckeyes were one of the custom flavor donuts at a Westin Jekyll Island wedding reception

Love, Love, Love!

Following dinner, the couple opened the first dance to Lay Down by Son Little and Alex’s dance with his mother.

In honor of her late father, Jennie and her brothers sang a karaoke of his favorite song –  We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel.

The fantastic band kept the dancefloor packed all night and included several custom covers of the bride and groom’s favorite songs.

After a sparkling sendoff wedding, guests joined the newlyweds for an afterparty in the hotel ballroom.

wedding guests sending newlyweds off under a shower of sparklers at the Westin Jekyll Island

Congratulations, Jennie and Alex. We wish you a lifetime filled with great food, music and new adventures!

The Wedding Team

Jekyll Island Wedding Planner: Cocktails & Details

Wedding Ceremony Venue: Villa Marianna

Hair & Makeup: b. Lush Salon

Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Musicians: South City Live

Jekyll Island Reception Venue: Westin Jekyll Island

Band: South City Live

Wedding Photographer: Ave Nocturna

Floral Designer: Jori

Transportation: St. Simons Trolley

Real Historic Jekyll Island Wedding

Duncan-Petrie Wedding

This awesome couple traveled from Manhattan to have a romantic, garden inspired wedding on the idyllic Jekyll Island. As the groom was a history buff, the beautiful Villa Ospo was the perfect location for the party, while the historic Faith Chapel was ideal for the wedding ceremony.

The experience we created was sentimental and chic, while still incorporating the beautiful grounds of the villa and with a touch of fancy. The bride’s beautiful colors made this very easy– a soft palette of ivory, coral, peach and gold, showcased many of her details exquisitely.

The main focus was to keep everything very intimate and endearing– so we used a mix of exposed farm tables, flanked by draped rounds.  As an alternative to plated or buffet meals, we did family style service– where delicious platters were placed on the tables and allowed guests to pass them and interact with each other.

 

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Hair and Makeup: Paulina Perez
Wedding Design, Florals and Coordination: Cocktails & Details
Wedding Venue: Villa Marianna, Jekyll Island
Caterer: Tasteful Temptations
Photographer: The Illustrious Chris Moncus, the other half of my wedding day rap duo 🙂
Cinematography: JKS Films
Ceremony and Cocktail Musicians: Richard Stratton
Band: Backbeat Boulevard
DJ: Island Sound
Tent: Kirby Tents
Event Rentals: Luxe Event Rentals
Lounge Furniture: Beachview Rentals
Carriage: Three Oaks Carriage