Hana + Eddie | Nov 17, 2018
Whimsical, romantic and intimate wedding with burgundy, ivory, blush, sage and blue colors at the rustic and industrial Georgia State Railroad Museum in Savannah, Georgia
Hana and Eddie first met while they were students at Savannah College of Art and Design. It was Eddie’s last quarter of school, so the timing wasn’t convenient, but it didn’t matter, and they fell in love instantly.
Flash forward and the couple was on a mini vacation in San Francisco. They were strolling through the Japanese Tea Gardens when they stopped to take some pictures. Struggling to take the perfect picture themselves, they stopped a “stranger” to take their picture.
That “stranger” happened to be a photographer Eddie hired and after she offered to take a few pictures on her camera and started snapping away, Eddie got down on one knee.
When it came time to plan the wedding, the couple pulled inspiration from a movie to create a whimsical and romantic wedding. Combined with their industrial venue, traditional touches and fresh fall colors, the whole day was magical feeling.
“Eddie and I were inspired by the aesthetic from the Tim Burton movie ‘Big Fish;’ whimsical, romantic, and a bit magical,” explained the bride. “We also wanted to keep the style consistent with our beautiful, historic venue, with all of its industrial and rustic touches.”
Hana spent the morning doing her makeup herself and getting her hair done in a braided, twisted, totally whimsical half up, half down ‘do. She had a peachy, shimmery eye color and rosy stained lip color, both of which complemented the pinkish glow of her hair thanks to her special iridescent hairspray.
She got dressed in her custom made gown that took our breath away.
“Designing my dress was a long and very rewarding process that gave me the dress of my dreams, which was a blush gown with white floral lace appliques over ivory tulle,” told Hana. “I loved the details of the button-up back and sleeves, and my secret pockets, of course.”
She put on the first of her two pairs of rose gold glitter shoes, pinned in her veil and went to meet Eddie for their first look.
Eddie stood outside waiting for Hana in a custom look of his own. He wore a wool burgundy suit with a Swiss dot white shirt, mixed-fiber mint colored tie and navy-blue vest.
Hana walked up from behind, and as soon as Eddie turned around, his jaw dropped. The two embraced each other and the moment before heading inside to join their family for a traditional Ketubah signing.
The couple picked a Ketubah that matched the style and feel for their day. It featured a whimsical design with succulents and greenery to match their invitation suite and the overall floral design of their wedding day.
While the couple and their family were inside signing the Ketubah, their guests were just outside on the side of the building taking their seats at the ceremony. Wooden benches lined the side lawn and faced the brick exterior of the building. A bamboo Chuppah adorned with eucalyptus, curly willow branches and quicksand roses sat at the front. Underneath the Chuppah was a vintage buffet to hold the Kiddush cup, which was one of the many Jewish traditions they incorporated into their ceremony.
After everyone had taken their seats, Eddie took his spot at the front with his grey pin striped suited groomsmen. The mismatching, deep blue colored dressed bridesmaids then took their spots before Hana made her walk down the aisle.
With her greenery, succulent and deep burgundy floral filled bouquet in one hand and her brother on her other arm, it was a special moment.
“The most anticipated moment for me was definitely getting to the altar,” Hana remembered. “My brother, who is such an important person in my life, had a lot of important duties on my wedding day, but the most significant one was walking me down the aisle. He said some calming words to me right before we started walking that helped me focus my nervous energy into purely happiness.”
All of the couple’s family members took part in the ceremony one way or another to add to the meaning. They incorporated more Jewish traditions like the Seven Blessings, continued a tradition from Eddie’s side with Hana wearing his grandmother’s ring and ended with a traditional breaking of the glass.
As soon as the glass was crushed, the couple shared a kiss and walked back down the aisle hand in hand.
While the couple snuck away for some moments alone soaking in the magnitude of what just happened, their guests headed inside to the reception.
Inside there were dark brick walls and exposed wooden beams brightened by romantic twinkly lights. The rustic and industrial backdrop was brightened by the pops of gold, lace and greenery on the tables.
Wooden farm tables lined the room for family style seating to create an intimate feel. Lace runners lined the long tables and were topped with succulents, blooms, greenery and candles in a mix of wood, gold, and antique glass centerpieces and votives.
At each seat there was a gold charger topped with a blue napkin that matched the bridesmaid’s dresses and a menu card with the same whimsical greenery and succulent design as the Ketubah. Matching place cards at each seat rounded out the look and tied everything together.
Once everyone had taken their seats, Hana and Eddie made their grand entrance and went right into their choreographed first dance. Since they had only ever practiced their dance in their pajamas, they weren’t sure how it would end up in their formal attire, but luckily, it worked out perfectly.
“We had created our dance in pieces over the week before our wedding, but we only ever practiced in our pajamas, so on the day of, I was so terrified I wouldn't be able to actually do the dance in my massive dress that we almost bailed on it!” explained the bride. “But, ultimately, I decided it was worth it to at least try and that we'd both really regret it if we didn't. It ended up going miraculously smoothly, though I did have to hold my dress the entire time!”
After the unforgettable first dance, the couple moved across the room to cut their unforgettable cake. The three tiered, whimsically inspired cake was a topsy-turvy design with edible succulents and florals hiding under each tier and edible Spanish moss hanging off.
The cake was cut, and the party started. Everyone was out on the dance floor, especially during the traditional Hora dance where the couple was lifted into the air while sitting in chairs.
When the night came to a close, there was a paper airplane send off and we couldn’t have imagined a better way to close out this whimsical day!
Congratulations to the happy couple!
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