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Villa Marianna Villa Ospo Wedding
Jun 14 2017

Real Villa Marianna, Jekyll Island Wedding: Sarah & Andrew

Last fall, one week after Hurricane Matthew ravaged our beautiful coastal area, Sarah and Andrew were married in the gorgeous Millionaire’s District on Jekyll Island. The ceremony started in front of Villa Ospo, where after the ceremony, guests were greeted down the path by servers with champagne as a saxophonist played smooth tunes leading them to Villa Marianna for the reception.  This was an amazing experience for guests as it allowed them to see some of the areas beautiful homes of the Gilded Era.

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Once there, we created intimate connecting banquet seating under the large live oak, inspired by the Bouvier – Kennedy wedding. Across the reflecting pool, a starlight white dance floor under bulb lighting was ready to guests to dance under the stars!

Event Team

Wedding Planning & Design: Cocktails & Details®
Catering & FloralsStraton Hall Events
Photography: Mac MacDonald
Cinematography: Jonah Vox
Hair and Makeup: Emma Collins Beauty
Entertainment: Briteside
Wedding Ceremony Venue: Villa Ospo
Wedding Reception Venue: Villa Marianna 

Jekyll Island Wedding Hollybourne
Apr 12 2017

Real Villa Marianna, Jekyll Island Wedding: Katie & Bradley

This wedding was quintessentially everything perfect and beautiful about Southern Weddings — soft color palette, lush florals and gorgeous surroundings of a historic area. When we initially met with Katie and Bradley, it started with a tour of the historic villas and while initially they wanted Villa Ospo, we were able to show them the many possibilities of spreading their event around the Millionaire’s District– with a wedding ceremony at Hollybourne and  a wedding reception at nearby Villa Marianna.

 

The day started off at the illustrious Jekyll Island Club Hotel. . .

 

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What is so beautiful about this picture and had us all in tears is that this sweet gift was left by Bradley’s late mother for his wife on his wedding day.  Cue. the. tears. 

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Jekyll Island Club Wedding Planner

 

I love this detail shot that Tamara took because it brings out some of my favorite designs, art deco.  Love the scallop texture in Katie’s wedges (a must if you are having your wedding outdoors, ladies!) as well as the art deco inspiration in her ring setting.

 

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This first look was so beautiful.  Bradley who is always so composed, calculated and direct was moved to tears when he saw Katie for the first time.

Historic Jekyll Island Wedding

 

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Friends make everything better.

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Hollybourne has to be one of my favorite cottages in the historic district.  The staircase to the front door is so beautiful and perfectly made for ceremonies.
Hollybourne Cottage Wedding

Hollybourne Cottage Wedding Jekyll Island Ceremony

Jekyll Island Wedding Hollybourne

Best shot ever.
Hollybourne Wedding Ceremony Jekyll Island

Hollybourne Cottage Wedding Ceremony Jekyll Island

A moment of silence for Tamara Gibson‘s amazing ability to capture light and love.

Southern Wedding Inspiration Ideas

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When we designed the wedding, we knew that Katie wanted something very classic and vintage.  However, she still wanted it to be relaxed and fun.  We created intimate seating with long estate tables adjacent to small rounds to make it feel like everyone was still sitting together.  Lush florals were put in mercury compotes as a nod to the vintage elements, while we mixed metals for the candle holders. Since the entire event would be outdoors, soft cafe bulb lighting was overhead across the entire Villa Marianna lawn. Straton Hall worked their magic — literally making our sketches and style guide come alive!

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This fountain is one of the reasons why Villa Marianna is one of my favorite places for weddings.
Villa Marianna Jekyll Island Wedding

The other thing I love about Villa Mariana are its multiple locations.  Initially, we designed the cake to sit atop the fountain on mirrored tiles, but moved it out to the lawn for better visibility.
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We used one courtyard as Bradley’s cigar lounge and the other for the bar.  Katie had custom cobalt blue glasses made for each guest to take home as a favor.

Wedding Bar Decor

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It was evident throughout the night how in love these two are.  I love the way Bradley looks at Katie.
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Special Touch:  Hands down, Bradley’s mom leaving the bracelet for his future wife. Will never forget this.

Fun Moment:  Bradley recruiting some of his friends to serenade Katie on the dance floor.

Unique Detail: Cigar lounge was a welcome treat for the guys.

Event Team

Wedding Planning & Design: Cocktails & Details®
FloralsStraton Hall Events
Photography: Tamara Gibson Photography
Hair and Makeup: Emma Collins Beauty
Entertainment: Bradley’s Father
Catering and Wedding Cake: Straton Hall Events
Wedding Ceremony Venue: Hollybourne Cottage
Wedding Reception Venue: Villa Marianna

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Here is your chance to start your wedding planning with an all-access book to the best venues, wedding photographers, reception sites and more that the area has to offer. Written by the area’s most sought after wedding planner, Cocktails & Details, you’ll have tips, must-know information and guides on having the most beautiful wedding in St. Simons and Jekyll Island.
Jan 25 2017

Top 7 Amazing Places for your Rehearsal Dinner on Saint Simons and Jekyll Island

When planning your destination wedding in the Golden Isles, you’ll also have to plan an additional event on Saint Simons Island or Jekyll Island: your rehearsal dinner.  Of course, you will want your rehearsal dinner at a different location than your wedding. If your wedding ceremony and wedding reception are at a resort, there may be an alternative location to host your rehearsal dinner.  Also keep in mind, an off-site wedding rehearsal dinner is a great way for your family and friends to see more of the beautiful islands you’ve chosen to host your wedding festivities.

 

Saint Simons

Casino

Saint Simons Casino Wedding

The Saint Simons Casino is a local favorite for both weddings and rehearsal dinners.  Its open air atrium overlooks Neptune Park and the beautiful ocean makes it a perfect, casual location for a rehearsal dinner. You’re allowed to bring in your choice of caterer and supply your own alcohol, which makes this place a local favorite.    Being maintained by the County, there are certain regulations which are overseen by a County representative and police officer during the event.

Village Creek Landing

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Village Creek Landing  is a favorite for nature enthusiasts as well as those looking for casual, rustic chic for their rehearsal dinner experience.  An exclusive Straton Hall venue, you’re in good hands as they will take care of everything  you need– food, alcohol and florals. There are striking elements that makes Village Creek a unique location– the wooden gazebo, the boathouse which has an intimate indoor space and the grounds that overlook the beautiful marshes.  There have even been dolphin sightings a time or two!

Palm Coast

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Nestled in the heart of The Village is Palm Coast.  A fun local favorite, Palm Coast has its own private courtyard where you can have live music and your own catering, while they provide the alcohol. This is perfect for those wanting something very casual and laid back, that will also allow guests the opportunity to explore The Village before or after the rehearsal dinner.

Retreat Room

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If you’d like a more formal option or a location wth a breathtaking view, you can’t get any better than the King and Prince’s Retreat Room.  What makes this ideal is that is not only a private room at the resort overlooking the ocean, it is also ideal for those having weddings at the King and Prince Resort.  Keeping your guests all in location is very convenient and prevents extra transportation costs for you or them.

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Great Dunes

Jekyll Island Reception Wedding Venues

Boasting one of the best views on Jekyll Island, Great Dunes gives you the best of both worlds– a covered pavilion as well as an open air deck.  You are allowed to bring in your own caterer and alcohol. With nearby restrooms and ample parking, this location is perfect for beach inspired rehearsal dinners.

Tortugas

Tortuga Rehearsal Dinner Wedding

Tortuga Jacks is a local favorite for the best Mexican food on Jekyll Island.  With its fun outdoor cabana deck which features outdoor music, This is a wonderful place to meet with family and friends.  The private room is large and comes with everything you need to host your rehearsal dinner.

Harry’s

Jekyll Island Reception Rehearsal Wedding Venue

This rooftop bar / dining area is perfect for cocktail style or small rehearsal dinners that want style and sophistication. Harry’s overlooks Jekyll’s new village area and the ocean.  Conveniently located at the Westin and within walking distance of the Jekyll Island Convention Center, this is the perfect rehearsal dinner option for weddings at either location.

 

Whichever these locations you choose, we know you’ll have an amazing time!  Where will you have your rehearsal dinner on Saint Simons or Jekyll Island?

Jekyll Island Rockefeller Cottage Wedding
Jan 03 2017

Real Jekyll Island Wedding : Kadi & Matt

Kadi and Matt’s Historic Jekyll Island wedding was one to remember.  There were so many details to fall in love with– Kadi’s art deco inspired wedding dress, the lush florals and the romantic sunset.  What out did everything was the sheer love these two felt for each other, which is clearly evident in every image of them together.

What made this day a success was how easy going and slow paced it was.  Both Kadi and Matt decided not to have any attendants in their bridal party.  Their day was spent getting ready, relaxing at the Westin Jekyll Island, ultimately getting ready for the romantic first look at Villa Marianna.  Matt waited for Katie, playing their favorite song from a vintage record player.  Their photos took them all over the historic district on Jekyll– from the Horton House ruins to the illustrious Driftwood Beach.

The two exchanged vows under the oaks at Moss cottage, surrounded by family and friends and a very special guest– their faithful dog. The wedding reception took place on the sprawling lawn of Indian Mound, Rockefeller Cottage across from the beautiful Jekyll Club Hotel.  Kadi wanted a modern take on a 20’s Great Gatsby style garden party.  We designed the entire wedding around a gorgeous white bar that featured boxwood hedges and vintage luggage.  The four sided bar featured different cocktails and spirits on each side.  Kadi’s brother created a custom microbrew just for her wedding and it was an absolute hit.  We also set up a loving memory table to honor Matt’s dad which featured some of his favorite cigars. The bar was surrounded by cocktail style seating and lounge furniture, where guests could enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres while watching dancing under the porte cochere.

 

This was such a beautiful wedding on all levels and we are so blessed to have been a part of it!

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You can view their amazing video here:

Wedding Planning & Design // Cocktails & Details®
Catering & Florals  // Straton Hall
Wedding Photography // m. Newsom Photography 
Wedding Cinematography // Home Town Crew
Rentals & Lighting // Beachview Tent Rentals

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Oct 31 2016

Real Halloween Wedding on Jekyll Island at Villa Marianna

With my birthday being the day before Halloween, October has always been my favorite month.  Fall in the Golden Isles, especially on Jekyll Island, makes it the ideal wedding location  for destination weddings. We had the opportunity to work with Juan and Ingrid on their Halloween wedding at Villa Marianna and it was amazing.

This non-tranditional, unconventional wedding had everything– a fabulous bride with pink hair, a bull’s skull, a ringbear, and several custom elements for the guests (including, a Mario and Toadstool plush toss in lieu of the garter and bouquet).

 

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villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

villa marianna jekyll island wedding planner coordinator_0536

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Planning & Event Management: Cocktails & Details®
Venue: Villa Marianna
Photographer: Izzy Hudgins
Caterer & Cake:
Tasteful Temptations
Calligraphy & Signage: 
Ingrid Pierre

Local Love: Our Favorite Jekyll Island Wedding Venues

Jekyll Island Wedding Venues

Photos by Scarlett Loves Stephen

Our area has some of the most beautiful wedding ceremony  and wedding reception venues for your event.  Everything from outdoor gardens to ballrooms, cottages to seaside tents, there is something here for every one and we can make it beautiful.

Beachview Club

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Photos by Brooke Roberts

 

Cherokee Cottage

Cherokee Cottage Jekyll island Wedding reception Venue

Crane Cottage

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Crane Cottage Wedding Venue Jekyll Island

Photo by Scarlett Loves Stephen

 

Jekyll Island Convention Center

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Jekyll Island Reception Wedding Venue Convention Center

 

Latitude 31

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Photo by Brooke Roberts

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Villa Marianna

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Villa Ospo

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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!

Taking Over Wedding Wednesdays at Jekyll Island!

Oh, yes.  It’s happening.

As we’ve mentioned– we are the coordinator of fabulous for the Jekyll Dream Wedding, and now we are taking over Jekyll Island’s Facebook Page on Wedding Wednesdays!  Each week, we’ll share behind the scenes interviews and showcases of the Dream Makers of the Say “I Do” Like a Millionaire Giveaway, gorgeous looks into the island and so much more!  Additionally, you’ll have a chance to have ‘Tinis with Terrica!  That’s right– I’ll be doing live Q+A each week with brides, grooms, mothers and more, each week!

 

So happy and blessed to have this opportunity and also to share our gorgeous home with everyone!  Journey on over to Facebook and “Like” Jekyll Island to join the fun!

 

P.S.– want the real behind the scenes looks, check out our photo album 🙂  Shout out to iMint Media for this awesome video!

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

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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!

See Terrica in Golden Isles Magazine at the Ocean Lodge

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Photo by Chris Moncus Photography

Some people love their jobs because it instills a  greater purpose or some philanthropic ideal.  I think that’s great.

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I love my job because I get to dress up, handed a martini and laugh with co-workers for a magazine spread. Trust me, that’s great, too.

The above photo is from the Swinging Summit feature in Golden Isles Magazine’s January/February issue (p. 49) on the area’s local wedding professionals.  It was an ode to the Oceans 11-Frank Sinatra Rat Pack era and was absolute, unadulterated fun!  At the second shoot, I was able to clink it up with other female wedding pros—the culinary creative Laura Justice of Tasteful Temptations Catering and uber-sweet photographer Sarah DeShaw at the gorgeous Ocean Lodge. Somehow, it looks like I played the femme fatale, but you know what they say about life imitating art, yes?

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If you’d like to hear more about the wonderful wedding photographers, caterers, DJs, and wedding planners in the St. Simons and Jekyll Island area, definitely check the article out.  It’s a great read with insight into our creative minds and collaborative dynamic of working together as a cohesive unit.