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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.

 

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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.

Jekyll Island

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?

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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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May 26 2016

Styled Shoot: Modern Wedding at Westin Jekyll Island

When the Westin Jekyll Island opened, I knew it was going to be an amazing wedding venue.  Their courtyard provides a gorgeous ocean backdrop for a wedding ceremony or cocktail hour. It is always fun to team up with your wedding squad and flex your creative muscles. So when it was time to come up with a concept for our editorial shoot, the Westin Jekyll Island was the perfect place to tell the tale of a modern, fashionable wedding by the sea (cue DNCE’s “Cake by the Ocean“).

We designed lush, ivory florals against a delicious palette of blush, gold and champagne. The balustrade lined platform is the perfect place for a Jekyll Island wedding ceremony.
To frame the ceremony area, we debuted our new Devyn wall– a floral backdrop inspired by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding in Florence.

The table was just divine!  I loved the play on texture with the metallic and soft blush linen for the dining table. It provided the perfect base for the tall trumpet arrangement at the center.  Dinner in the courtyard of the Westin Jekyll Island is sublime!  Guests will love the views!

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Event Team

LOCATION // Westin Jekyll Island

DESIGNER // Cocktails & Details®

PHOTOGRAPHY // Brooke Roberts Photography

FLORALS & FLATWARE // Straton Hall

FLORAL WALL // Cocktails & Details®

RENTALS // Beachview Event Rentals

LINENS // La Tavola & Cocktails and Details®

MENUS // Bella Figura

CHARGERS // BBJ Linen

HAIR & MAKE UP // Devyn Denae

WEDDING DRESS // Olia Zavozina

 

Real Villa De Suenos Wedding :: St. Simons Island

Real St. Simons Villa De Suenos Wedding

Working with Chris and Tania was an absolute joy!  They contacted us about planning their wedding on Saint Simons Island when the oil spill devastated the Gulf and their destination wedding plans.  Within about three months, we had plan an entire wedding which was drenched in green cymbidium orchids and other tropical florals, brilliant sapphire silk bridesmaids dresses, coastal cuisine, a live R&B band against the beautiful backdrop of Villa De Suenos— the gorgeous oceanfront property on Saint Simons Island’s East Beach.  You can also see more delicious images at Melanie and Bradford of La Dolce Vita Studio’s awesome blog.

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Event Team

Wedding Planning + Production (Coordination):  Cocktails + Details // Wedding Photography:  La Dolce Vita Studio // Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue:  Villa De Suenos
Catering + Flowers:  Straton Hall // Band:  Tangee Renee + the Club Visage Band // Rentals:  Beachview Tent Rentals // Hair and Makeup:  Image Artisans

Real St. Simons Wedding :: Whitney + Ben

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We had the pleasure of working with Whitney + Ben for their beautiful, yet whimsical French countryside inspired wedding on St. Simons Island.  After a week long of festivities that included welcome parties, the couple exchanged vows at the Lovely Lane Chapel on St. Simons Island.  At the chiming of the hour, bridesmaids donned in black Audrey Hepburn-esque cocktail dresses walked down the aisle preceding Whitney’s arrival.

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Many from Ben’s family flew in from France to attend the wedding, so this served as a mini reunion for his family, as well as an opportunity for Whitney to meet her extended family.  The couple danced to “Zydeco Gris Gris” for their first dance, which kicked of the festivities New Orleans style.

Ben’s family is French, so much of the personal touches incorporated his French heritage, Whitney’s education in New Orleans and many of her own family traditions.  For example, Whitney’s maternal grandparents owned a blueberry and honey farm. Small jars of honey from the farm were given as additional favors and served a double purpose as escort cards.  Much of the menu included Coastal local favorites, as well as French and New Orleans inspired dishes like duck confit and shrimp étouffée.  Their signature drink was the “Golden Aisle“, a play on the wedding’s location (the Golden Isles) and wedding festivities, which consisted of Firefly (Sweet Tea Vodka) to represent the Georgia inspiration and Perrier, to combine the French.  Ben is also a graphic designer and designed all of the signage for the tables, bars, escort card tags, programs, and invitations which are inspired by an old Oak that sits outside of the St. Simons Casino.

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|Vendor Details|:

Wedding Coordinator: Cocktails + Details, St. Simons Island;
Caterer/Florist: Straton Hall, Jekyll Island;
PhotographerJason Travis, Atlanta;
Church: Lovely Lane Chapel, St. Simons Island;
Reception Venue: St. Simons Casino, St. Simons Island;
Linens:  Beachview Tent Rentals, Brunswick;
Band: Stringrays, St. Simons Island;
Transportation: St. Simons Trolley, St. Simons Island.

Annie + Mike :: Faith Chapel | St. Simons Lighthouse Wedding

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Annie + Mike’s wedding just a ridiculous amount of fun.  It all started on Jekyll Island at the beautiful, historic Faith Chapel where one of their friends serenaded them during the ceremony.  The look on Mike’s face as Annie walked to meet him at the altar was unforgettable.  Annie was every bit of the classic beauty and was absolutely glowing the entire day, thanks to Mike and the incomparable James Grella of Image Artisans, who did her hair and makeup.

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After the ceremony, the party began at A.W. Jones Heritage Center Museum on St. Simons Island.  Straton Hall knocked it out of the park with their champagne chicken and Heidi of Rosalee’s Flowery did a fantastic job of creating ambiance with fresh, citrus inspired flowers and hanging arrangements from the fixtures.  Island Sound had everyone on the dance floor all night—at the end of the night, they even went on to do an after party!

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(Love this shot of Annie’s mom enjoying her dance with her dad)

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Tony and Lisa Harrell were AMAZING to work with.  This was my first time with them, but I know it will not be the last.  They were so much fun and easy going—capturing all of the tender moments.  A wedding planner’s dream 🙂  They took Annie + Mike out the next morning for a Trash the Dress session that was done so elegantly:

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