Peter + Ben | Apr 21, 2018
A classic white wedding mixed with southern charm and navy blue at the Mackey House in Savannah, Georgia
When Ben and Peter locked eyes at a bar in Orlando, they both knew it was something special. Shortly after, they officially met through a mutual friend, and the rest is history!
Ben proposed to Peter in December during a planned trip to Canada together to celebrate the holidays. One night before dinner and drinks, Ben took Peter on a stroll through a park overlooking the city and popped the question in a circle of candles. It couldn’t have been more romantic!
Almost a year and a half later, the grooms tied the knot on a perfect day in April. They knew they wanted the day to have a classic and intimate feel. The couple’s love for simple details was reflected in their attire for the day, as they both opted for a more casual look.
Peter and Ben spent the morning getting ready at the Whitman mansion. Both grooms wore matching navy suits and brown dress shoes, complete with white ranunculus boutonnieres. For a personal touch, one groom wore a navy bowtie and the other wore a traditional tie. The natural feel of the day even carried over into elements of the ceremony.
The ceremony was set on the courtyard that had a stone walkway and was surrounded by natural greenery. Behind the white ceremony chairs, there was a beautiful stone fountain. To add a bit of contrast to the greenery, white lanterns were hung from the trees which complemented the color of the ceremony chairs perfectly.
Along the last row of seats hung a garland of eucalyptus. Framing the aisle were two dogwood trees on either end. White rose petals were sprinkled along the edge of the stone walkway, adding a soft touch to the path the grooms walked down. To incorporate the color scheme, each aisle seat was wrapped in a navy bow.
At the end of the aisle was a white wooden arbor, draped with white fabric and wrapped with string lights. The fabric was gathered on either side and held with an arrangement of hydrangeas, blue thistle and eucalyptus. To tie the backdrop together, more eucalyptus was hung down the center of the arbor which complemented the natural outdoor greenery perfectly.
Guests picked up their programs from an antique bar cart near the entrance. On top of the bar cart was a framed black and white picture of the grooms, along with a wooden crate in which the programs were placed. Each program was tied in a bow and featured a special touch.
“The design we used throughout the wedding décor was a Candler oak tree drawing from a local artist,” Ben stated. “The illustration really tied the whole theme together.”
The final few guests took their seats just as the violin music started to play. The bridal party was made up of groomsmen and “bro’smaids,” a term the grooms came up with themselves. The groomsmen sported navy jackets and khakis, while the “bro’smaids” looked elegant in their mismatched knee length navy chiffon dresses and nude heels.
In a touching sentiment, both grooms walked arm in arm next to each of their parents before meeting beneath the arbor. A friend of theirs officiated the ceremony, adding a personal touch to the loving exchange of vows. The rings were placed on their fingers, and the couple was officially married!
The grooms met their bridal party back at the mansion for some pictures before wandering around parts of historic downtown Savannah to capture their first moments as husband and husband.
While the grooms finished up portraits, guests headed over to the highboy tables set up behind the ceremony. In true southern fashion, they enjoyed barbeque sliders and lemonade. Before the reception was set to start, guests stopped by the photobooth for some light-hearted entertainment.
“The booth had print outs for our guests (and one copy for us),” Ben recalled. “We put their copy in our guest book, and it was a great way to have it personalized.”
Across the way there was a white wooden table with a framed map where guests could also sign their names along the frame. The map featured watercolor pictures of landmarks in the Savannah area, along with their names and wedding date.
The reception was set up on the second floor balcony of the house overlooking the ceremony space. The same white linen used for the arbor was draped along the ceiling and tied on the sides of the balcony, giving the outdoor celebration an airy feeling.
Each table was draped with navy Lamour satin tablecloths paired with white napkins at each place setting. The main centerpiece was a large white lantern surrounded by three small vases filled with a mixture of white roses, hydrangeas and tulips.
Towards the front of the balcony was the sweetheart table that was draped in the same navy linen. Placed on top of the table were a pair of smaller lanterns and two small vases filled with white hydrangeas, mimicking the “bro’smaids” bouquets. On display were white wooden letters that spelled out “Mr. and Mr.”
Guests found their seats upstairs using place cards tied with navy ribbon to a small white lantern. Featured on each card was the same drawing used on the programs, and each name was printed in gorgeous navy script. The table numbers themselves also featured a special touch from the grooms.
“Each table number had the phrase ‘when we were…’ and included pictures of each of us at the age corresponding to the number,” Ben explained.
After everyone had taken their seats Ben and Peter made their entrance into the reception and headed to the center of the balcony for their first dance. After the intimate moment between the grooms, the party got started.
“Some of the most memorable parts of the day were the parent and sibling toasts and dancing,” Ben stated. “We also had a bocce ball game set up to pay homage to Peter’s Italian heritage.”
Later in the evening, the guests enjoyed a variety of unique dessert options including bite-sized banana pudding cups. The groom’s traded a traditional cake for cupcakes frosted with white and brown icing and drizzled with chocolate. A few of the cupcakes were dyed blue, tying in the color scheme perfectly.
The rest of the night was filled with music and fun. Once the party died down, the couple made their way downstairs to the front yard for their sparkler exit. What an end to a perfect day!
Congrats to the new Mr. and Mr.!
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