Words cannot even express how much I love this wedding! The couple, the venue, the details, the incredible families involved, and the gorgeous weather we had that day… everything came together so perfectly, I couldn’t have ordered it off a menu better. Because of the nature of the island, only allowing guests to arrive or leave via ferry on a limited schedule, Bonnie had to plan the timing of her day very carefully. The ceremony began at 10:30am after guests arrived on the morning ferry. Guests fanned themselves on the Reynolds Mansion lawn as the sun peeked through the large canopy of live oak trees. Bonnie & Jason said “I DO” surrounded by their loved ones and the natural beauty of south Georgia that they both love so much. A classic southern lunch of BBQ, coleslaw, Brunswick Stew, and sweet potato chips was served as everyone relaxed in the shade of the Reynolds Mansion grounds. Friends of Bonnie & Jason played blue grass as everyone danced and mingled throughout the afternoon. I love that their first dance was to Al Green’s Love and Happiness… one of my favorite songs ever! A happier, more loving group of people could not have been found as everyone celebrated in the joy of these two becoming one that gorgeous April morning. Guests helped themselves to the candy bar, filling their own favor bags with their favorite southern candies including salt water taffy and rock candy! I’m pretty sure I took about a million pictures of the ring bearer, Noah, munching on several new sticks of rock candy throughout the day. His mother later told me she found 6 sticks of rock candy hidden in his diaper bag. That boy knows what he likes I tell ya. Just before the last ferry left for the day, Bonnie and Jason escaped on a golf cart to the beach as guests threw bird seed and cheered them on. They drove to the beach near the live oak tree where Jason had proposed to enjoy some quiet time as a newly married couple. Live oak seedlings were given to each guest as they left for the ferry that afternoon in hopes they would plant the tree to celebrate Bonnie & Jason’s new life together.
I had such a hard time choosing pictures for this blog. There were so many that I absolutely loved and the details were so numerous it was hard to narrow them down. So many different flower arrangements adorned the grounds and the mansion itself was chock full of cool nooks and crannies. Towards the end of the wedding we found out there was a working bowling alley in the basement and a circus room hidden in the attic. Be sure you check out the slideshow to see more of this beautiful wedding. Bonnie & Jason, thank you for having us as part of your special day. You were both so kind and welcoming and we had an amazing time getting to know you both and your families during our time on Sapelo.
Lots of love to you both!
Mel & Brad
Did I mention how much I love Bonnie’s dress?!?! Her Melissa Sweet gown fit the mood of the old plantation house perfectly.