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Love On the Half Shell

Savannah + Jared | Mar 30, 2019

Lowcountry-inspired, southern wedding with ivory and blue-grey tones, paired with simple florals and elegant decor at the Pineland Club Plantation in Pineland, South Carolina 

Savannah and Jared have known each other their entire lives, and even grew up going to the same church together. Still, Jared didn't ask her out until much later after they finished college. After that first date, Savannah knew that she was going to marry him the minute he dropped her off.

“We dated for a year before getting engaged,” said Savannah. “Our first year together was a lot of long distance, going between South Carolina, Mississippi and Italy - which made for a lot of adventures!”

The day of the proposal, Jared had thoughtfully planned out every detail. Their day began like most Saturdays in the summer, at Edisto Beach heading out on the boat with family. During the ride, Jared told Savannah to go to the front of the boat to see what the sign in front of them said, which after a few attempts reading it from a distance, she realized it read, "Will you be my forever Mrs. Griffith?"

“I turned around to my best friend on one knee and I started bawling and obviously said "YES!" probably ten times,” said Savannah. “The whole day was full of huge smiles, big hugs and many congratulation calls.”

On a Lowcountry spring evening, ivory and blue-grey tones were paired with simple florals and elegant decor for a picturesque, southern wedding. Set on the immaculate lawn of a historic home, mossy oak trees, blossoming azaleas and charming architecture created the most magical setting for this couple’s day.

“It’s breathtaking and perfectly southern,” said Savannah, “and secondly, it holds so much sentimental value for us because the owners are some of our dearest friends.”

Inside the main house’s woodsy bridal suite, complete with stunning antique finishes, Savannah and her bridal party spent the morning getting ready in their matching floral satin sets. They shared gifts, tears, and plenty of laughs - especially during a certain photo moment!

“All of my bridesmaids and I were getting ready in the main house when our photographer, Alex Thornton, asked us all to get on the master bedroom bed for a group picture ... and the bed literally fell through!” Savannah said. “The moment the bed broke as we all climbed on for a picture was one you would picture in a movie - too funny to be real.”

After her bridesmaids put on their pale, blue-grey gowns with off-the-shoulder cap sleeves, Savannah slipped away to change into her wedding look. She looked exquisite in an off-white, satin gown with an off-the-shoulder bodice and rose gold embellished belt. In the back, a statement bow tied the entire design together.

“Every single detail of my dress from the off-the-shoulder attachment, bow back, and rose gold belt created the perfect classic southern gown I always dreamed of,” said Savannah. “The dress was truly my dream dress!”

She wore her blonde hair in tight curls, and added a dainty pendant necklace, pearl clusters in her hair, and a pair of robin’s egg blue satin peep toe heels, with crystal embellishments. The most sentimental detail of all was her dad's tie sewn into the inside of her dress.

Jared and his groomsmen looked dapper in classic black and white tuxes, with white dinner jackets and patent black leather shoes. To stand out from the rest, Jared wore an artisan, black and white spotted feather bow tie and a cream rose on his lapel, while his groomsmen wore black bow ties and sweetgrass roses made from palm fronds.

At the ceremony site, the space was blanketed in fuchsia azalea bushes and live oak trees, with a canopy of Spanish moss creating the aisle. At the end, a massive white cross hanging from the branches served as the altar, with a small silver accent table in place with a few candles lit on top. 

The welcome table showcased a lively arrangement of white orchids, with a candle lit to honor the memory of those watching from above. As their friends and families arrived, they first enjoyed live music, bubbly sips with strawberry garnishes, and a talented live artist who brought the scene to life with pastel hues on canvas.

“The live painter is a local artist out of Charleston and friends with my mom,” said Savannah. “It is framed so that everyone can see it the minute they walk in our home.”

Once the guests took their seats in rows of white garden chairs, the wedding party began to walk through the billowing white drapery and onto the aisle. Even the tiniest members of the party, in mini white dinner jackets and greenery crowns, made their debut! Soon after, Savannah descended the aisle in her cathedral veil and bouquet full of creamy roses, baby’s breath and lush greenery.

The emotion on Jared’s face said it all - the rest of the ceremony was full of pure love and happiness. Savannah and Jared were absolutely radiant as Jared’s father, along with Jared's uncle and grandpa, preached throughout the service. Vows were exchanged, and they finally shared that much anticipated first kiss as newlyweds!

Kicking off the reception, a choir in all-white serenaded the party, while guests indulged in a charcuterie board, southern light bites, and cocktails served on a suspended table. Meanwhile, the bride and groom and their families and wedding party took advantage of the afternoon’s perfect fading light for some portraits.

Under the clear reception tent, there was white chiffon drapery, twinkling lights strung overhead, potted ferns in cast urns, highboys in solid blue-grey and jacquard print linens, and the most stunning table arrangements. Just outside the tent, a rustic wooden table welcomed guests with old framed photos and a summery centerpiece with palm fronds, twine and oyster shells. Every single detail worked toward a true fairytale moment.

“I told my wedding planner that details will be what makes people feel included,” said Savannah, “and that was exactly what I wanted.”

Each tablescape was unique from the next and immaculate in design. The head table was set with a rustic farm table, gold chiavari chairs, taper candles in crystal holders, and a runner made from blue thistle and sprigs of pine, eucalyptus and myrtle. All of the rounds were set with ivory table linens, wooden infinity chairs, glass votives and various centerpiece arrangements including white orchids, anemone and hydrangeas.

When the bride and groom arrived, they beelined for the dance floor where they swayed to their first dance together on a massive white checked floor. Before they were joined by the rest of the party, their families and friends took turns offering toasts and well wishes. After they raised their glasses to the new Mr. and Mrs., the band turned up the volume and the party danced the night away!

Throughout the reception, guests hit the bar for sips and mingled in the many lounge areas. The grand white bar was complete with a wooden, multi-tiered glassware shelf, ceramic lamp and an arrangement with palm fronds, twine and oyster shells. In the lounge areas, there were stone-colored tufted loveseats with plush pillows, accent rugs and tables, a firepit, and a crystal chandelier hanging from the tree branch.

Their Lowcountry-inspired, ivory wedding cake was truly a sight to be seen. It boasted five tiers, and sat proudly on a gorgeous, oyster encrusted base. On the middle tier, the couple’s monogram was designed in gold, while creamy florals, greenery and blue-grey oyster shells embellished the sides and the top.

“The oyster shell base amplified the beauty of the cake so much!” said Savannah.

The multitude of flavors included vanilla cake with strawberry filling and vanilla buttercream icing, vanilla cake with lemon curd filling and vanilla buttercream icing, pound cake with strawberry and white chocolate mousse with fresh strawberry filling and vanilla buttercream icing, and lastly, chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse and chocolate filling and vanilla buttercream icing.

“Like I said, amazing and so yummy!” said Savannah. “Jared and I tasted and picked every flavor so it was a blast!”

Just before the send-off, Savannah removed the off-the-shoulder attachment from her gown, while each guest secured their takeaway gift - a jar of local honey! As Savannah and Jared ran toward the vintage model Bentley parked outside, guests grabbed handfuls of creamy rose petals and threw them in the air in celebration.

A big congratulations to this beautiful couple!

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Creative Team

Alex Thornton Photography

Pineland Club

Christine Stephens

Capital City Catering

Minette Rushing
JJ Gourmet Cupcakes

Paper Goods + Calligraphy
Emily McCarthy

Hilton Head Entertainment
East Coast Entertainment

Em Creative Floral

Rentals & Decor
Ranco Tent Rentals
Nuage Designs
Technical Event Company
Royal Restrooms

Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co

Hart to Heart Media

Spencer Special Events

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