Intimate Sunset Ceremony

Sara + Matt | Dec 14, 2019

Intimate sunset wedding with an earthy color palette and minimal décor at the Wormsloe Historic Site in Savannah, Georgia

When Sara and Matt met at the restaurant they were both working at, it didn’t take long for them to realize they were absolutely mad for each other. Fast-forward just a few months later, and they were living together and ready to spend forever side by side.

“He’s been my best friend since day one and I never thought in a million years it could get better!” said Sara.

One day, the couple decided to skip their weekend chores and head to the beach. They were sitting in the sand, watching the sun sink into the sky when all of a sudden, Matt was getting down on one knee asking Sara to be his wife!

“The proposal was nothing fancy, but it was raw, natural and exactly how I would have wanted it if I planned it myself,” said Sara. “It was authentically us.”

After falling in love with the historic charm of Savannah, Sara and Matt planned an intimate destination wedding surrounded by close family and friends. Between the sunset and the stunning aisle of oak trees draped in Spanish moss, it was the most magical, romantic setting.

“We didn’t necessarily have a theme, but we were definitely hoping for a romantic, nature-inspired kind of day,” Sara said.

Sara looked absolutely breathtaking in a champagne, lace gown with cap sleeves and a form-fitting silhouette. She paired it with some embellished, rose-champagne, pointed toe flats and vintage gold stud earrings, and felt like the most beautiful version of herself.

“I knew I wanted to wear something delicate, modest, and timeless, and it had to look like it belonged in Savannah and have that same romantic charm,” said Sara.

Matt went with a sleek, custom gray suit and paired it with a white and burgundy woven shirt and burgundy tie. He completed the classic look in a pair of Italian leather dress shoes, a paisley patterned pocket square and a boutonniere with sprigs of baby’s breath and a red rose bud.

The only floral arrangements present in the décor were the groom’s boutonniere and the bridal bouquet, both gorgeous hand-picked selections of lush green eucalyptus, white peonies, deep red roses and delicate sprays of thistle.

“The flowers definitely took center stage in the photos,” Sara said. “We didn’t decorate anything and both of us are very outdoorsy, so having the natural backdrop of the venue was picture perfect for us.”

For the couple, the majestic historic site was effortlessly enchanting and required little to no embellishment. As the sun set throughout the ceremony, beams of sunlight radiated through live oak trees draped in Spanish moss. Charming wooden benches were set in rows for their guests to take in the beauty of the location, and the moment that Sara walked down the aisle.

“Walking down the aisle to The Piano Guys rendition of Jurassic Park Main Title Song, and seeing each other for the first time at that moment was our agreed upon favorite part,” Sara said.

The ceremony was small and intimate, officiated by their very close friend and completely representative of their personalities as a couple. They each wrote their own vows, which was one of the most challenging things for both of them to get through, yet by far the most memorable moment of their day. As Sara and Matt finally shared their love out loud with their closest friends around them, everything in that moment was perfect.

“I could barely get through mine without crying,” Sara said. “All of our guests were crying at that point and everything just felt so tender and real.”

After exchanging “I do’s”, Sara and Matt sealed the ceremony with a kiss and walked hand-in-hand down a thick, wooded pathway, surrounded by earthy tones of amber, brown and rust touched by gold rays of fading light.

“It’s hard to pick a favorite part because all of it felt like the most personal, vulnerable, beautiful moment of our lives,” Sara said. “We’ve spent the past ten years growing together and being surrounded by our families and friends as we finally made our commitment to each other through marriage will always give us both goosebumps.”

We wish this new couple a lifetime of love and happiness!

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Wormsloe Historic Site

Magnolia & Fleur

Simply Eloped

Karen Norian Photography

Ms. Pollys Cake Giants

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Vics on the River

Rev. Matthew Wheelock

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