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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. . .

 

Jekyll Island Club Wedding

 

 

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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. 

Jekyll Club wedding planner

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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Jekyll Island Club Wedding Planner

 

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

 

Jekyll Island Wedding Planner Villa Marianna

Friends make everything better.

Wedding Ceremony Jekyll Island Ideas

Jekyll Island Wedding Planner Photographer

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

Jekyll Island Wedding Ceremony

Golden Isles Wedding Planner Jekyll Island

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!

Villa Marianna Jekyll Island Wedding
Villa Marianna Wedding Reception
Jekyll Island Villa Marianna Wedding

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.
Jekyll Island Wedding Cake

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

Villa Marianna Wedding Jekyll Island

It was evident throughout the night how in love these two are.  I love the way Bradley looks at Katie.
Villa Marianna Wedding Jekyll Island

Villa Marianna Wedding Planner Jekyll Island

 

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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Planning a Modern Southern Wedding

Scarlett O'Hara at her wedding in Gone With the Wind

The quintessential Southern wedding—Gone With the Wind via Boxwish

Being in transplanted in the South, especially in Coastal Georgia, it is so nice to see the different traditions in place for weddings. Even those who are not from our area and come for destination weddings still want to include a southern tradition into their wedding ceremony or reception.  With great locations like plantation houses, low country mansions or the regal playgrounds of the rich, like the Jekyll Club, there are so many places that can lend themselves to create a nostalgic event experience.  Moreover, you could allow them to continue to influence the flow and concept of the rest of the event. Get inspired by the grounds, decor colors, etc. and tie them in with your invitations, linens and other parts of your wedding

 

But what if you want to kick it up a notch? What if you want glitz and tradition, or contemporary design and classic heritage?  Let’s look at a few well-known traditions and see how we can have “you” written all over it.

 

 

Video Game System 360 Grooms  Cake

Groom’s Cake—This was once only a southern tradition but has spread across the country as another way to include the groom and his personality (like the one above).  Any excuse for more cake works for me. Southern brides would “gift” their grooms with a single layer cake at the wedding.  The grooms cake is typically chocolate or frosted chocolate, but as you can see, it has gone into a work of art itself.  While the wedding cake has been for the bride (in an unspoken understanding), the groom has an opportunity to represent during the wedding.  It is not restricted to being chocolate either—designs vary from different cake flavors to cupcakes and even fondant covered rice krispy treats!  Surprise him by making it something that reflects his interests and present it at the rehearsal dinner or at a scheduled time during the  wedding.   See the Top 5 Groomscakes of 2008 at Pink Cake Box

Liquid Refreshment—Sweet Iced Tea (seen here from Southern Living)  is a staple here in Georgia. It makes it appearance at every meal,so be sure to include it in your wedding, along with other Southern fail safes:  lemonade, mint juleps, bourbon and whiskey.  We previously talked about Southern Cocktails and Signature Drinks and making them more modern.  What other things can you add?  Try changing up the way you present them: opt for lucite trays, oddly shaped glasses or even mason jars,  as well as “props”.  For example, add a magnolia or gardenia bloom to the trays of passed drinks.  If you want to go for a non-alcoholic bar for your southern wedding, offer sweet tea, lemonade, Arnold Palmers (a mixture of the two) and dress them up—rim the glasses for your drinks with colored sugar.  Or really spice things up by adding different flavors like mango, strawberry or blueberry.  Peach is a hit in Georgia (go figure!).  Include lots of fresh fruit as garnish.

 

 

 

butternut squash casserole

All in the family—Believe it or not, it was once tradition for members of the family to bring a “covered dish” to the wedding.  While you don’t want to necessarily go pot luck for your wedding, you can add an interesting twist.  Prior to your wedding, ask all bridal shower guests to send in or bring their favorite recipes and a picture of themselves.  Have a family member compile them all and put them in a photobook from places like Blurb or PhotoWorks, as a gift to you and your new husband.  This family cookbook will be a great heirloom filled with the loving memories and aromas of kitchens past.  If you or your fiance have a special dish that your parents, grandparents or other family members make, give it to your caterer!  See how they can create a more modern version with killer presentation.

 

When in Rome… Another great way to tie in your Southern location is to share the experience with your guests.  A great way to do this is through your favors. If you are opting for a candy bar, check out southern favorites like pralines, toffees, caramels, brittles, etc.  Don’t forget to add your pecans and peanuts if you’d like to add a twist.  Southern Candymakers is a great resource!  Another idea for favors is to incorporate your Southern wedding location.  For example, if you are having your wedding in Georgia, offer personalized peach preserves (like those featured above from Dewey’s) as a favor or personalized hot sauce for Louisiana weddings and painted Valencia oranges for those in Florida. 

 

 

 

Southern Weddings Blog 

 

Other great modern resources for your wedding in the South are Southern Weddings—the blog is full  of inspirational pictures and ideas of weddings in the South.  Also check out the queen of weddings in the South as well:  Tara Guerard, and her book, Southern Weddings: New Looks from the Old South.  Remember, two of the greatest Southern wedding traditions are grace and family.  Be a good hostess for your guests and work creatively and fervently to bring your two families together.