Britt and Matt's September wedding in Savanah was a gorgeous jewel-toned celebration with a ceremony at the botanical garden and a reception at one of the city's most iconic historic mansions, the Olde Pink House! Britt is an event planner at Britt Giltenan Events, so every detail was spectacular. In her words: “I wanted our celebration to be really colorful so I didn't choose a super specific color palette, but I found I was continually drawn to use jewel tones with pops of bright colors. We used gold accents throughout the day because I love a little sparkle and gold is a symbol for eternity. We did not have a large budget so I specifically chose venues that were naturally beautiful on their own and didn't require a lot of décor. For the ceremony, guests arrived and walked through a beautiful garden filled with roses and greenery to be seated next to a small pond with a fountain. We had the pavilion draped with cream fabric adorned with a flower-filled garland. We carried a garden element over from the ceremony to the reception utilizing terrariums in our centerpieces and table numbers printed with floral frames.” Alexis Sweet Photography captured their day!
A jewel toned garden wedding in Savannah, GA
The Army brought Matt to Savannah from his home state of Maryland. I vacationed in Savannah and was captivated by the beauty of the city and thought it would be the most beautiful location to plan weddings. I felt the city had something special in store for me, and I moved to Savannah not knowing a single person. Five years later Matt and I passed each other on a sidewalk one day in the historic district downtown. I recognized him as we had matched on Tinder a week or so before. I'd never seen anyone more beautiful and when our eyes met I knew he was going to be important to me. On our first date we ventured around in historic downtown Savannah. At the end of the evening, I wanted to show him a little known hidden gem in Savannah. On the Savannah Riverwalk there is a small square, it doesn't look like anything really. But if you stand directly in the center and say or shout something it will echo back to you from all sides, so I call it the echoing square. That night he yelled some hilarious and somewhat inappropriate things that came echoing back to us. And then he said “Kiss me” and as it echoed around me he swept me into the most spectacular kiss of my life. When he proposed it was just an ordinary day and we went for a stroll along the river after dinner. He lead me to the square where he got down on his knee and I heard “Marry me?” and it was a good thing it was echoing so I could be sure this was really happening!
We wanted to bring our friends and family to Savannah to experience the city where we fell in love. We held our ceremony at the Botanical Garden as it is so naturally beautiful it didn't require a lot of décor. We chose to have our reception at the Olde Pink House, a historic mansion that is a national landmark rich with history. We wanted our guests to experience Southern cuisine at its finest. Our menu included shrimp and grits, fried chicken and crispy flounder with an apricot shallot sauce.
We chose to write our own vows and that was by far my favorite part of the wedding and ultimately what it was all about. My husband got a tear out of me and immediately followed by making me laugh. Many of our family and friends later commented on the vows that we wrote and it warmed my heart to know that they see the genuine love between us and how perfectly we complement each other.
Another really special moment was the one I shared with my pup! Charley is a mini dachshund who undoubtedly would have taken it upon himself to be the cake topper, had he been invited to the reception. But such a special day wouldn't have been complete without him so he made an appearance in my bridal suite prior to the ceremony so we could take some pictures together adorned with his flower collar. This helped so much in easing my nerves about being the center of attention and ensured I got hugs and kisses from all of my dearest loved ones including my pup.
We both also loved our first dance. Neither one of us had any dance experience and could only do the awkward waddle of a slow dance we learned in junior high. Matt returned from the deployment only a few short weeks before the wedding and we did a crash course of dance lessons at Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio. We found ourselves connecting and growing closer during those lessons and we ended up feeling pretty confident performing our first dance.
I fell in love with some invitations that were out of my price range and had a friend with graphic design experience recreate them, and I ordered all the papers needed online. I cut each invite, RSVP card and assembled every belly band by hand. I had paper left over so that's what I used to print my table numbers, small signs, Mad Libs, date suggestion cards and menus. I bought printables on Etsy for my table numbers, guestbook sign and cards and gift sign.
- Photographer: Alexis Sweet Photography
- Event Planner: Britt Giltenan Events
- Venue: Savannah Botanical Garden
- Floral Designer: Ivory and Beau
- Cake Designer: Lulu Cakes
- Dress Designer: Essense of Australia
- Dress Store: Gown Boutique of Charleston
- Hair & Makeup: Joan Mills, Salon Aqua
- Entertainment: Isaac Smith Band
- Reception Venue & Catering: The Olde Pink House
- Horse Carriage: Madison Tour Company
- Ceremony Music: Coastal Harp
- Videography: Jesse Aguero
- Officiant: Brad Tatom, Five Point Productions
- Calligrapher: Caroline Rose