Radiating with Southern Coastal elegance, Sincerely Yours Events orchestrated this beautiful Magnolia and Oyster inspired wedding. From suede to fur to feathers, no texture or detail was overlooked and complimented eachother seamlessly. Naturally, the couple arrived to their Savannah Yacht Club reception by what better means of transportation than by boat?

From The Bride

The engagement occurred on November 18, 2018, when Shawn proposed to me on the beach at Tybee Island, Georgia, one of our favorite places to relax. Following the presentation of the ring, Shawn and I joined family and friends (my parents had rented a large beach house for Shawn’s parents and multiple friends) for a relaxing weekend of fun and fellowship to mark the beginning of our wedding planning season.

From the onset, we knew that we wanted an authentic, traditional ceremony and a lengthy and fun reception that would provide us with a lifetime of beautiful memories made and shared by family and friends. We immediately engaged Emily Deloach, premier wedding planner, at Sincerely Yours Events. Emily’s focus was always on what was important to us, and we could not have done this so well without her. She provided multiple options for the band, florists and photographers as we began to work on the venue for the ceremony and reception. We also met with Emily McCarthy to design and create the Save the Dates and wedding invitation suite. I worked at Emily McCarthy intermittently through college, and love her graphic work and couture monograms. She developed our own family monogram following multiple meetings and discussions, then designed the Save and Dates and wedding invitations. This process was instrumental in helping us develop the theme of our wedding, and set the tone for those who were invited to attend.

We cannot say enough about our photographer, Lisa Davis, and her family at 5D photography. From the bridal portraits to the wedding weekend, they took thousands of photographs and shot and created an exquisite and meaningful video to capture our memories. They learned who we are and allowed that knowledge to focus and direct them to create the authenticity of our traditional coastal wedding. They never stopped, and we were surrounded by a team of incredible professionals who knew and understood our journey to this weekend in the most intimate way.

Our wedding planner was instrumental in ensuring we reached our goal of providing a full weekend experience for our guests. She helped us plan for transportation to the rehearsal dinner and reception, and worked with us on managing the hotel accommodations for those invited to and attending the wedding. We chose The Mansion Hotel, located just a block from the church where the ceremony occurred. My parents, Shawn and I all arrived at The Mansion on Thursday afternoon and assumed the bridal suite and multiple adjoining rooms, and we were joined by the wedding party and Shawn’s parents on Friday afternoon..

The bridal luncheon was hosted by Olivia’s mother at Cohen’s Retreat, an historical location just down the street from my elementary school. Bridesmaids were provided with their gifts which included monogrammed tote bags, day of pajamas and slippers, ceremony earrings, wedding shawl, and various goodies. Bottomless mimosas and a traditional southern lunch of chicken salad, shrimp salad and potato salad was served.

Shawn’s parents hosted the rehearsal dinner at Vic’s on the River. Guests arrived via trolley following the church rehearsal (and others by private vehicles) to music and a cocktail hour with charcuterie boards and low country shrimp and grits bites. Guests also enjoyed a shared dinner at each table where multiple entrees and sides were passed, each of which were Shawn’s or his family’s favorites. Tables were decorated with fresh flowers and gold chargers, as well as oysters hand painted by the bride and her family to match the decor. Following a video presentation which told our story from the beginning to present day, created by Shawn and me the week of the wedding, toasts and speeches ensued and guests enjoyed cheesecake, Shawn’s favorite dessert. The dinner concluded in time for the wedding party and other guests to enjoy downtown Savannah. We returned to the hotel just before midnight, as I was adamant that I not see Shawn on the wedding day until the church doors opened and he saw me just as the ceremony began.

We chose Wesley Monumental for the ceremony, the church where my mother grew up and where my parents were married over 40 years ago. Wesley offered a downtown Savannah environment for the ceremony. We contacted my Godfather, Dr. David Seyle, who performed my parents’ wedding ceremony, to do the same for us. The music and the ceremony were formal, and due to the church’s own beauty, floral adornments were minimal but traditional. Magnolia garland draped the outside of the church and a single beautiful arrangement was placed at the center alter with candles down the aisles. Bouquets included magnolias and boutonnieres for the groom, best man (father of the groom), father of the bride, and ring bearer, included oyster shells. Shawn and I did not do a first look but did hold hands through an opening between two areas in the church narthex so that we could pray together an hour before the ceremony. Following the ceremony, guests were treated to bagpipes in Calhoun Square, an ode to Shawn’s Scottish heritage and family, as they boarded buses for the trip to the reception. As guests arrived at the reception, they were treated to an open bar with top shelf liquor brands, passed hors d’oeuvres, and chargrilled oysters.

We chose Wesley Monumental for the ceremony, the church where my mother grew up and where my parents were married over 40 years ago. Wesley offered a downtown Savannah environment for the ceremony. We contacted my Godfather, Dr. David Seyle, who performed my parents’ wedding ceremony, to do the same for us. The music and the ceremony were formal, and due to the church’s own beauty, floral adornments were minimal but traditional. Magnolia garland draped the outside of the church and a single beautiful arrangement was placed at the center alter with candles down the aisles. Bouquets included magnolias and boutonnieres for the groom, best man (father of the groom), father of the bride, and ring bearer, included oyster shells. Shawn and I did not do a first look but did hold hands through an opening between two areas in the church narthex so that we could pray together an hour before the ceremony. Following the ceremony, guests were treated to bagpipes in Calhoun Square, an ode to Shawn’s Scottish heritage and family, as they boarded buses for the trip to the reception. As guests arrived at the reception, they were treated to an open bar with top shelf liquor brands, passed hors d’oeuvres, and chargrilled oysters.

Shawn and I were taken from the church to a waterside dock location where we boarded a large boat chartered by a family friend, and were transported to the reception at the Savannah Yacht Club, the same location where my parents’ reception occurred. When we arrived on the bluff of the Yacht Club, we enjoyed dancing to music and seeing our guests gathered and awaiting our arrival. Our first dance occurred, I danced with my father and Shawn danced with his mother, we cut the cake, and were whisked away to a private room set up to allow us to eat and drink before we engaged with the guests for the reminder of the evening. The cake was three tiers, graced with fondant magnolias, a theme we included throughout the wedding planning process.

We danced the night away to the sounds of Party Nation, a large and guest pleasing, interactive band out of Atlanta, Georgia. Guests dined on beef tenderloin, fresh shrimp and crab claws surrounding a blue marlin ice sculpture commissioned by the groom, a risotto station, salads, and macaroni and cheese balls. The dance floor was full all night long and the cooler January weather was abated by large fire heaters that added ambience to the event on the bluff. Just before the last set and the end of the reception at midnight, our wedding planner helped serve hot Chick Fil A Biscuits on silver trays — a big hit with the guests.

Of significant importance to both me and to Shawn was the inclusion of the Wilson family in our planning. Years before I met Shawn, I lost my 21 year old boyfriend of three plus years, Cory Wilson, to a sudden cardiac arrhythmia. The Wilson and Nelson families remain close, and the Wilsons love Shawn as if he were their own. They attended the wedding (Cory’s name was included in the program to honor his memory), and the Wilsons had a reserved table at the reception, graced with a special floral bouquet and red bandana, Cory’s signature symbol. Cory’s paternal grandparents were the remaining couple on the dance floor at the end of the traditional anniversary gift, and that made both me and Shawn very happy. They received a beautiful oyster candle holder as a tribute to their years of success in their marriage. The choice of whether or not to walk away from the past and our journey to the present was simple for us: it was, after all, that journey that brought Shawn and me together, and honoring Cory’s memory and his family as a part of our own was very important to both of us. As hard as it was for them to be with us on this special day, they were strong enough to do so, and we were honored by their presence and wanted to make them feel special.

Shawn and I departed the reception in a vintage car, a gift from Emily our wedding planner. The car drove past historical oaks with hanging moss, and through a sparkler fountain, an unexpected and surprise gift from my parents. Shawn and I were treated to a tour of downtown Savannah where multiple individuals acknowledged our Just Married status and waved and cheered. We returned to The Mansion and found multiple family members and friends enjoying drinks and snacks in the Bridal Suite before the early morning events ended.

The following day, family and friends stopped by the Bridal Suite to enjoy breakfast casseroles before they departed. We departed for our honeymoon in St. Simons Island, Georgia, the following day, after we rested and enjoyed reflecting on memories of a weekend we will never forget.

What She Wore

Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia // Bridal Boutique: J’Adore Bridal Boutique // Bride’s Shoes: Style and Company

Earrings: Badgley Mischka; Perfume: Chanel No. 5; Handkerchief: Worn by the mother of the bride at her wedding and gifted to the bride by her mother; Veil hand made by Kelly Thomas Designs, made with imported German lace as an ode to the bride’s mother’s family; Pins attached to bridal bouquet inherited from the bride’s mother and maternal/paternal grandmothers; Dog tags affixed to bouquet from bride’s mini schnauzer who passed away before the wedding date.

Bride’s Day of Wedding Robe: Boudoir by D’lish; Mink coat worn at rehearsal dinner inherited from maternal grandmother; Rehearsal dinner jumpsuit by Adrienna Papell; Rehearsal dinner Rolex watch gifted to the bride by the groom the week of the wedding; Fur stole worn at wedding ceremony and reception loaned to the bride by her sister.

What He Wore

Men’s Wear: Men’s Warehouse // Groom’s Tuxedo: Calvin Klein // Groom’s Accessories: Gold Oyster Cufflinks & Rolex Submariner

Engagement Ring
2 carat round solitaire diamond purchased by groom from Windsor Jewelers, Augusta, Georgia

Wedding Ring
Sapphire and Diamond Ring Jacket inherited from bride’s mother (given to her mother by her father on their 10th year wedding anniversary)

With over eighteen years of experience as a fine art, wedding, and portrait photographer, Lisa feels blessed to call Savannah her home. As a native of Savannah, she is very proud to know that Savannah is in the top five locations for destination weddings! She loves all things weddings and it brings her such joy to help couples navigate their wedding day making the best use of their photography time and making their day uniquely theirs. In addition to being a photographer, she has been happily married to college sweetheart for twenty-nine years and has three grown kiddos (plus a son in law) that all help out with Five D in some capacity.

Location: Savannah, GA // Photography: Five D Photography // Videography: Jones and Co Films // Wedding Planner: Sincerely Yours Events // Reception Venue & Caterer: Savannah Yacht Club // Ceremony Venue: Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church // Pre-Wedding Venue: The Mansion on Forsyth // Invitation Designer: Emily McCarthy // Cake: Publix Bakery // Makeup: Royal Makeup & Hair // Hair: Christy Sheffield // Band: Party Nation // Florists: Annette Jones Florals & Kato Floral Designs // Lighting: JLK Events // Transportation: Old Savannah Tours & Callans Classics 

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