Janelle + Zach | Sep 29, 2018
Janelle and Zach met at a coffee shop eight years ago. After a year of only hanging out in group settings, the two finally went out by themselves and never looked back. Seven years of dating later, Zach wanted to propose.
While on a quick trip to Savannah, the couple was exploring the city and taking pictures. Janelle didn’t know it, but Zach had other plans. At one point, instead of setting the camera on picture mode, he set it to video and when they went to pose for what Janelle thought was a picture, Zach instead got down on one knee and the whole thing was captured on video!
When the time came for the couple to plan their wedding, they knew they wanted to make it personal and unique to them and boy did they. From the custom made wedding gown Janelle wore to the grandma flower girls to the money gun entrance – yes, we said money gun – their wedding was truly one of a kind.
Janelle spent the morning getting ready with her girls, champagne and all. After everyone’s hair and makeup was finished, the bridesmaids got dressed in their mismatched garden tea party-esque patterned dresses and awaited the bride’s big reveal. Janelle debuted her custom made gown and it was stunning.
Being a wedding dress model, Janelle knew exactly what she wanted in a dress and knew it would be hard to find a dress that meet her criteria, so naturally she decided to design her own.
“After looking around I reached out to a designer I’ve walked with for years, told her my budget and she said she could make anything for me, so I started drawing and coming up with my dream dress,” explained Janelle. “It all started with the high neck, long sleeves and little dash of dusty rose pink! I wanted it to be a set, so I decided on a leotard for the top that I could easily step out of the tulle bottom and added a layer of sparkle in the tulle for a twinkle in the sunlight and the dance floor.”
Following the first look with her bridesmaids, the bride shared a first look moment with her dad and it totally melted our hearts. And in the last moments before the ceremony, Janelle shared not a first look, but a first touch with her groom and our hearts melted some more.
“When Zachary and I got to hold hands before the ceremony it was perfect in every way I could imagine,” recalled the bride.
Zach stood there in his navy blue suit and grey tie while Janelle walked up behind him and reached for his hand. After the very sweet moment, he headed to the wooded ceremony site to await the moment he could finally actually see his bride.
The ceremony area was surrounded by tons of natural greenery and landscaping that nothing else was really needed to make it beautiful. Before the bride appeared, the grandmother flower girls made their way down the aisle and it was the perfect start to a personalized ceremony which included a Moravian love feast as the ceremony communion as a nod to Zach’s Moravian upbringing.
Janelle and her dad made their way arm-in-arm underneath the natural wooden branch archway and down the aisle. She carried a bouquet of wildflowers that was wrapped with a necklace Zach had gifted her as wedding present.
Once the ceremony ended, guests headed into the reception tent and walked into a space that screamed Janelle and Zach. Not only did the couple incorporate things they loved into the decor, but they created most of the décor themselves.
“Our inspiration was simply off of things we love,” Janelle said. “We both love to read and we love adventure so what better than using our favorite books about adventures for our main inspiration.”
All the centerpieces were made out of books that Zach drilled holes in to fit different sized candles. There were different sized bud vases scattered around the tables with more wildflowers that the bride and her bridesmaids picked out at the store themselves. The tables were draped with dusty rose linens to add the right pop of color.
The couple even made their own seating chart with an envelope for each guest with a card inside that was hand stamped with their table. Tables were labeled by animals rather than numbers and on each table was a wooden stand the couple made with that particular animal stamp. Add in a custom made photobooth spot with a blanket and some pillows and you have a totally personalized and custom reception space.
Even more personalized and custom? The couple’s grand entrance into the reception. Remember we said money gun entrance? Yes, that entrance.
“I think one of my favorite moments though was when we entered the reception, we didn’t plan anything other than our ushers shooting off money guns but somehow we all ended up dancing right away and it was so so good it looked like we practiced it,” Janelle told.
After the memorable entrance and impromptu first dance battle, the couple took their seats and listened to the thoughtful words of some of their bridal party. Once the toasts were given, they cut their cake. The two-tier white textured cake was topped with multiple clusters of the same wildflowers used throughout the wedding. It was classic and perfect looking.
The couple spent the rest of the evening dancing the night away with their friends and family, and soaking in newlywed bliss.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
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