Getting Hitched in Savannah

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Three things I’ve learned since getting married:

1.  Wedding planning isn’t fun.

2. Save more money than you’ve budgeted for.

3.  It was all worth it in the end.

We tied the knot in gorgeous Savannah, Georgia last Friday.  It was the perfect day.

Photo by Maggie Ngo

We had the ceremony at the Whitefield Chapel in Bethesda.  The chapel is almost a 100 years old!  Bethesda is a home & school for boys and was founded in 1740.  It is the oldest orphanage in the US.  Here are some photos of the chapel that I took when we visited back in March.  The brick flooring, stained glass, and wooden pews are all original.

Well, I know you’re ready for the details, so here goes….

First, I had my hair styled by the talented Katherine Hammonds and I LOVED it!  My makeup was done by Karen Hough from Dollface by Jules.  The makeup was really expensive, but totally worth it.  Karen did an amazing job!

I was supposed to be at the chapel at 10:30 to go over some things before the ceremony started at 11:00.  Well, I was running late.  I tried calling practically everyone in Vee’s family to tell them I was on my way, but everyone had their phones off!!  My mom suggested I try to call my brother Emilio Kenney, to see if he was at the chapel and relay the message.  Here’s our phone conversation:

Me:  Hi Kenny, are you at the chapel?

Kenney:  Yeah, I’ve been here since 10:00.

Me:  Is Vee and his family there yet?

Kenney:  Yeah, all of them are here…I’ve been taking pictures with all of them.

Me:  Can you tell them I’m on the way?

Kenney:  Yeah, everything ok?

Yes, everything was fine, but I was freaking out.  I couldn’t be late for my own wedding!  I had to call Kenny back again to ask if they found the flowers and at that point, Kenny sounded worried that I was going to back out or something.

Here is a photo of Vee and his brother, the best man.  Aren’t they handsome?  This is what they were doing while waiting.

Photo by Ellen Nicoll

Who's that HOTTIE? OH, that's MY husband. Photo by Ellen Nicoll.

So, I made it to the chapel with 10 minutes to spare and before I knew it, I was on my way down the aisle.

Photo by Ellen Nicoll

This is Dad and I before he walked me down the aisle.  I was so nervous!!  I love the wink and I don’t even remember this photo being taken.

Photo by Ellen Nicoll

Rudy LoMonaco performed the ceremony.  It was short and sweet and Rudy did a wonderful job.

Photo by Ellen Nicoll - my sister and his brother

Tons of photos were taken outside.  I can’t wait to show you the  photos that our photographer, Brittany Sweat, took of us.  She put up a few sneak peaks and I am so excited about them!

After the ceremony, everyone took a trolley ride to the reception site, Vic’s on the River.  This place is so awesome.  Here is another history lesson for you:

The architect, John Norris, who designed the Mercer House (which was featured in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil) also designed a cotton warehouse on Bay Street in 1859.  That cotton warehouse is now known as Vic’s on the River.

Photo by Maggie Ngo

Our reception was held in the Stoddard Room overlooking the river.  The room  still has its original heart of pine floors.  The ceiling was left open because it collapsed (before the restaurant opened) and they decided to leave it open to showcase the old rafters that had once been damaged in a fire.  I think it looks interesting.  I got my information from a Vic’s on the River recipe book that my brother-in-law, David, gave to me.

All the staff at the reception were incredible and the food was delicious.

Check out our menu:

First Course:  Mixed Green Salad with white balsamic vinaigrette.

Choice of entrée:  Baked Salmon with Creole Mustard Cream or Pulled Pork Sandwich with Vic’s BBQ sauce.

Sides:  Roasted garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed green beans.

I had the salmon; Vee had the pork.

Photo by Maggie Ngo

And of course, we had an AWESOME wedding cake for dessert!!

Photo by Ellen Nicoll

Vee painted our cake toppers.  I think they are so adorable.  The wedding cake is by Sonja Fishkind of Art Cakes.  I love, love, love the way the design turned out and the taste was even better than I’d hoped.  It was chocolate cake with bourbon chocolate and peanut butter filling!!!

Photo by Maggie Ngo

Sonja had made us a smaller cake for us to take home and freeze for our one year anniversary, but do you really think I could have let that delicious goodness sit in the freezer for a whole year?!?  Um, no, we ate it ALL within the next couple of days. 🙂   It was goood.  I told Vee we can just buy a new cake for our anniversary, hehe.

Big thanks to Ellen and Maggie for the photos!!

Me and my sister-in-law, Ellen!

Me and Maggie

The day was truly wonderful and many thanks to all the people who were able to share it with us.

 **Vee, I love you and I’m so excited to share the rest of my life with you!**

I’ll leave you with some fun photos that Ellen took at Vic’s.  Posts about our honeymoon in Savannah coming soon!

She told us to look fierce

Can I just live in this dress?

LOVE ROCKS!

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8 responses »

  1. It was a delightful wedding. Everything was perfect – Savannah, the Chapel, the Reception and even the weather.

    Like everyone else in our family we welcome you with open arms and love you!

    Your new Father and Mother-in-law

  2. I am thinking of doing my wedding at the chapel and reception at Vic’s… Did you get bathroom for chapel (I hear there is not one) ? How many people did you have at ceremony and reception! Congrats on your recent marriage!

    • Thanks, Savannah was a beautiful place to get married! We had 65 people attend our wedding at the chapel, but it can hold up up to 100. As for the bathroom, you are correct, there is not one. We just did without and that was okay because the ceremony lasted less than 20 minutes. We also had 65 people at the reception. I think Vic’s can hold up to 150 people on the 3rd floor. Good luck with the planning!!

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