November 24, 2022 //Real Weddings
Danielle and Tucker’s rose-infused Crane Cottage wedding at Jekyll Island Club turned out beautifully! From the beautiful Georgia wedding venue to romantic wedding design, this couple and their guests were treated to a magical southern summer wedding.
Crane Cottage Wedding at Jekyll Island Club
Nestled in the private gardens of the Jekyll Island Club lies Crane Cottage. It is an Italian renaissance style building that is a dream wedding venue for a romantic garden-inspired wedding. Crane Cottage is the perfect place for a southern wedding, with indoor and outdoor spaces for guests to enjoy. The Gray Harper team loves any opportunity to design a Crane Cottage wedding at the Jekyll Island Club. We have designed many ceremonies in the sunken gardens in the past but loved how Emily Burton Designs used the space differently. The planning team opted for a tent in the sunken gardens and the ceremony on the lawn under an old Live Oak tree covered in Spanish moss. Thus making this an completely outdoor wedding.
Southern Summer Outdoor Wedding
It was a challenge pulling off an entirely outdoor wedding in July in the South. However, due to inclement weather, we had several plans to ensure our couple’s vision went off without a hitch.
On the wedding day, it was stormy and rained on and off. So the entire vendor team kicked into full gear to transition from plan A to plan B and set the ceremony up under the tent. Thankfully the skies cleared just before the ceremony, and we could pivot back then to plan A so that our couple could have their dream wedding ceremony on the Crane Cottage lawn.
Southern Floral Design
The floral design for this Crane Cottage wedding was lush and romantic, with lots of roses. Yellow roses were significant to the couple, so we incorporated pops of yellow garden roses throughout the design.
A soft pink, peach, and yellow pastel color palette was incorporated throughout the space, and it looked beautiful in the tent. We included a mixture of tall and short floral arrangements at the guest’s tables. We also accentuated key areas like the bar and stage with lush blooms of Delphiniums, Smilax, blush pink Hydrangeas, peach roses, and lush greenery. The ceiling installation above the dance floor was a favorite feature and a stunning focal point in the tent. Filled with pink and white Delphiniums and lush greenery, this ceiling installation took the guest’s breath away.
Working on Danielle and Tucker’s Crane Cottage wedding was an absolute joy. We love any opportunity to work at beautiful Georgia wedding venues with as much character and personality as the Crane Cottage at Jekyll Island Club. If you are a Southern wedding planner or a newly engaged couple looking for help with your floral design, we’d love to speak with you! Head to our contact us page and fill out an inquiry form today!
Photography: Anna Shackleford
Planning & Design: Emily Burton Designs
Catering: Jekyll Island Club Resort
Cake: Cathy Huber Cakes
Hair + Makeup: Paulina Perez
Wedding Dress: Henri’s Cloud Nine
Florals: Gray Harper
DJ: Island Sound
Lighting, Tent & Chairs: Beachview Rentals
PaperGoods: Dogwood Blossoms
Videography: Danielle Shackleford
When Alex and Sarah approached us to design their wedding florals for their San Diego destination wedding, we were over the moon! We love working with our couples to create their dream destination wedding florals, and this wedding was no exception. Alex and Sarah’s wedding took place on the most beautiful sunny Southern California day. We can’t wait to share some details with you!
San Diego Destination Wedding Details
We met Alex and Sarah while they were living in Atlanta, Georgia. The two decided to get married in Sarah’s hometown of San Diego, which was an absolute dream. It was such a treat to be designing flowers in California, especially since most of the flowers we work with are grown in California.
When working with our couples on their destination wedding floral designs, we work with them to create a unique floral design that will transform their wedding venue. With every destination wedding comes months of planning, sourcing supplies, sourcing working and living spaces, and packaging and transporting wedding day details. For Alex and Sarah’s San Diego destination wedding, we not only designed the florals, but we also brought with us the perfect mauve-colored taper candles.
Destination Wedding Floral Design
The focal point of this floral design was a color palette of romantic mauve blooms with pops of burgundy florals. In addition, we incorporated the bride’s favorite flower, white Delphiniums, into the aisle arrangements, which were later re-purposed in the reception space.
Sarah’s bridal bouquet was a beautiful collection of white textured flowers with pops of peaches, pinks, and burgundy. We loved how this palette turned out and enjoyed incorporating it into smaller versions for the bridesmaid’s bouquets. For Alex’s groom’s boutonniere, we chose a unique textured flower called the blushing bride, which was very fitting for this wedding design.
Before the reception, once the ceremony had ended, we moved the ceremony aisle arrangements to their new location at the Westgate Hotel. These arrangements were freshened up and re-purposed for the sweetheart table, DJ table, and cake table. Our team added additional blooms, including garden roses, butterfly ranunculus, and smokebush, to these new arrangements. It was like they were entirely new arrangements in the reception space, they looked so beautiful!
At Gray Harper Florals & Styling, we love the challenge of a destination wedding or event! Whether it be a San Diego destination wedding or a Southeast wedding, we will come to you! We love working with our couples to design their dream destination weddings. So, let us hear from you! Reach out and share your destination wedding location and dream design with us!
Rentals: APR Boutique Event Rentals + Enticing Tables
Florals: Gray Harper
Hair + Makeup: Beauty By Nat
Photography: Carrie McGuire
Entertainment: High Profile Entertainment
Planning: House of Planning
Venue: Westgate Hotel
Cake: VG Donuts
October 26, 2022 //Tips & Tricks
Do you have a plan for your wedding flowers at the end of your wedding? As wedding floral designers, we want to share with you some important factors to consider before you decide if donating your wedding flowers is right for you.
Consider This Before Donating Your Wedding Flowers
Consider the timing
For a Saturday wedding, flowers arrive in our studio on a Tuesday, which means they were shipped to us on Monday. With that being said, they were most likely cut at the farm the week prior. By the time we are able to donate the flowers (i.e., the following Monday), they are no longer in their prime condition and are most likely wilting. At this point, there is not much we can do to extend the life of these blooms.
Change the narrative
I often hear from guests, “oh, what a waste all these flowers are now,” so I wanted to discuss this further from a florist’s perspective.
The flowers used for our floral designs are specially grown and cut for this purpose. You would not typically see this caliber of florals growing naturally on a hillside to enjoy. That is why we ensure that the blooms we use in our designs are at their prime during the event so that our clients and their guests get to enjoy them to their fullest potential. After the vast number of hours put into meetings, designs, and prep work for these floral displays, it is simply not a waste to only enjoy them at your event.
Consider the climate
Given that most of our weddings are in a hot climate, this severely impacts the lifespan of your floral arrangements. Our client’s events are often outdoors; therefore, the flowers can spend an entire day in the heat. Typically after a day of sitting out in the heat and after a week since they’ve been cut, the flowers are starting to not look their best. So, by the time Monday rolls around when your flowers are donated, you are left with significantly fewer blooms that survived the heat.
Donating comes with additional labor
As much as our team would love to donate every piece of floral and greenery used at your event, we simply do not have the time or manpower to do so, nor is it advised to.
When donating your wedding flowers, we do not donate the flowers “as-is.” At your event, each arrangement is broken down carefully, sorted by the good and bad, loaded back into our van, and returned to the cooler for the night (or the next day as many of our events are several hours away). Once your florals have returned to our studio, we then redesign everything in hospital/hospice-friendly arrangements and containers, then deliver it to your donation location. Due to this additional labor, manpower, supplies, and driving, we need to charge for this service.
The Gray Harper team is more than happy to help you with donating your wedding flowers after your event. We will evaluate which blooms are in good condition and put together donation-friendly arrangements that may extend the life of your flowers by a day or two. During your floral design consultation, ask our team for more information on the additional cost associated with donating your wedding flowers and if it is right for you.
Photography: Yellow Bird Visuals
Design + Coordination: Design Studio South
Florist: Gray Harper Florals
Cake: Vanilla And The Bean
Venue + Caterer: The Alida Hotel
Rentals: Savannah Vintage Rentals
Linens: Nuage Designs
Wedding Invitation + Signs: Idyll Paper
Day of Paper + Signs: Low Country Paper Co
Isabelle and Brandon hosted an intimate waterfront wedding at The Wyld Dock Bar this past spring. It was a beautiful and relaxed affair planned by our friends at Sincerely Yours Events.
Wedding at The Wyld Dock Bar
This unique Savannah wedding venue is ideal for the relaxed bride and groom looking to host an intimate evening with their closest friends and family. At The Wyld, you can have a romantic low-country wedding ceremony on the deck overlooking the waterfront and classic Savannah marshes. Your guests will enjoy the classic Southern grub served by this amazing restaurant while taking in the laid-back low country view.
Floral Design Inspiration
For this wedding at The Wyld Dock Bar, our bride wanted the florals to feel like they were a part of this outdoor Southern wedding venue. So, we paired the perfect spring wedding color palette of peaches, pinks, and baby yellow with relaxed blooms.
The bride requested we incorporate a sentimental family flower into her floral design, the orchid. So, we added orchids into Isabelle’s bridal bouquet and Brandon’s boutonniere. Simple and understated arrangements of white blooms and greenery lined the wedding aisle and were displayed in wicker baskets. At the end of the aisle, we designed an asymmetrical floral wedding ceremony arch. The wedding arch perfectly combined relaxed florals, including peach roses, pink dahlias, and baby yellow carnations. We absolutely loved how this spring wedding color palette suited the laid-back vibe of this wedding at The Wyld Dock Bar.
In the reception space, we displayed a combination of petite ceramic vases with greenery and fresh herbs, along with lush and oversized floral arrangements. We incorporated the most beautiful green candles into the design to honor this laid-back marsh-side wedding venue.
Working with Isabelle & Brandon on their intimate waterfront wedding at The Wyld Dock Bar was an absolute pleasure. These two were blessed with the perfect spring day in Savannah, and we wish them nothing but happiness as newlyweds! If you are looking for a floral design to match your unique Savannah wedding venue, we’d love to help you! At Gray Harper, we love to create beautiful floral designs that accentuate the individual elements of our couples and their venues. So, get in touch with us to schedule a consultation call today!
September 28, 2022 //Uncategorized
If you are looking for a stunning floral design at your event that captivates your guests and sparks conversations, you are in the right place! Now that you’ve found your dream floral designer and florist, you may wonder what to expect after you inquired with Gray Harper. Below I have outlined what you can expect with the booking process when inquiring about your full-service floral design with me.
Full-Service Floral Design
As a floral designer, I am passionate about creating custom floral designs that are produced solely for you and your event. I want your personal style to be expressed through your event florals and for your guests to be aww struck.
When working on your full-service floral design, I like to consider the guest experience from start to finish. From a beautiful floral installation in your entryway to the intimate details at each guest place setting. Your floral design will be one of a kind and custom curated for you.
Our Booking Process
Fill out the contact form on our website. Once we receive your inquiry, we’ll email back to confirm availability on our calendar and present the steps for booking an initial consultation.
During your initial consultation, we will meet together via zoom and discuss your event design and floral design vision. Then, I’ll ask you pertinent questions to be able to provide you with an initial estimate for your event. At this point, you can ask me any questions about the process and what to expect on your event day.
Following our initial consultation, you will receive an estimate for your floral event design. Within two weeks of your consultation, I’ll provide you with an initial estimate of the total cost of your design. This estimate will help you have a good idea of what to expect in terms of budget.
Once you approve the initial estimate, I’ll send over an invoice for our proposal design fee of $500. This fee reserves your date on our calendar and covers the cost of putting together your full-service floral design proposal. Should you choose to work with Gray Harper on your floral event design, we will use the $500 as credit towards your order.
After your invoice balance is paid, I’ll put together your full-service floral design proposal. This process typically takes up to two weeks and potentially a little longer if we are in the middle of our active event season (February – May and September – November).
Once you have received your proposal, and have had a chance to fully take everything in, we will sit down (most likely via zoom) for your second consultation. During this meeting, we’ll discuss the proposal and make any necessary changes. The goal of this meeting is to have you leave happy and excited about your floral design.
Soon after your second consultation, and once the proposal is in a good place for both of us, I’ll send you a contract and retainer fee invoice. This invoice is typically for half of your total order value (minus the $500 fee you’ve already paid!). When you sign the contract and pay the retainer, we will officially be booked and committed to working together!
In September, as the days grow shorter and the air gets crisper, it begins to feel like fall in Savannah. This September day, in particular, was perfect for a small and intimate wedding in the heart of the Savannah Historic District. Kellie and Bill’s floral fall wedding took place at the elegant Mansion on Forsyth Park, and the day was absolutely beautiful!
Floral Fall Wedding Design
The floral design for this downtown Savannah wedding was inspired by traditional and classic southern elements with pops of Fall colors like burgundy.
Kellie’s floral fall wedding bouquet consisted of dusty pink astilbe, white campanula, roses, ranunculus, and burgundy dahlias. Her bridal bouquet was the perfect combination of soft tones with bold pops of color and texture.
Lush floral fall wedding arrangements, which sat in ceramic vases, lined the aisle during the ceremony. Our team also installed a beautiful display at the altar above the couple with dusty pink and white roses and lots of eucalyptus.
Savannah Historic District Wedding Venue.
The Mansion on Forsyth Park was the perfect backdrop for this intimate celebration. The ceremony took place in the stunning marble garden courtyard where our couple exchanged their vows. Friends and family gathered under the elegant tent where lush greenery on the walls of the Mansion complimented the wedding design. Upstairs in the art gallery, guests met Kellie and Bill for their reception. Filled with lots of character and charm, the galleries are a unique option for your reception at the Mansion.
If you are looking for a unique Savannah wedding venue for your destination wedding, The Mansion on Forsyth Park will provide your guests with a truly unique experience. It was the perfect location for this floral fall wedding, which had a classic southern feel.
Whether you are local to Savannah or planning your dream destination wedding beyond, we’d love to work with you to bring your design vision to life! So, reach out and let us know where you are planning your dream destination wedding!
Photography: Bronston Photography
Design + Coordination: Design Studio South
Venue, Catering, + Bar: Kessler Collection- The Mansion on Forsyth Park
Florist: Gray Harper Florals
Hair + Makeup: Royal Makeup And Hair
Baker: Vanilla And The Bean
Chair Rentals: Event Works Rentals
Band: Equinox Orchestra.
Transportation: Trolley Tours
Linens: BBJ Linen
Signs: Low Country Paper Co
August 24, 2022 //Real Weddings
Celebrity Big Brother stars Memphis Garrett and Christmas Abbott wed during a romantic wedding ceremony at Georgia State Railroad Museum in Savannah, Georgia. Along with Design Studio South, we worked with Memphis & Christmas to design their opulent southern wedding.
Memphis & Christmas’ Wedding Design
Memphis & Christmas’ wedding design was another stunning and unique design from Design Studio South. The couple wanted their wedding to feel opulent while also grounded and welcoming to their guests. So, a combination of masculine and southern elements was incorporated into their rustic and industrial venue.
Memphis and Christmas wedding ceremony took place inside the Georgia State Railroad Museum with a unique wedding ceremony design. The couple said their vows in the middle of a circular wedding ceremony, surrounded by their loved ones. This unique wedding ceremony layout is a great way to make your guests feel involved in an intimate ceremony.
One of our favorite details of Memphis and Christmas’ wedding was their circular wedding ceremony design. Our team crafted a breathtaking floral chandelier that hung above the couple as they said their vows. This floral installation was by far a show-stopping piece. Along with light wood folding chairs and bohemian rugs, smaller floral arrangements were displayed at the entrance to the ceremony and complimented the floral installation above.
When designing Christmas’ bridal bouquet, we used a subtle ombre technique where the lighter and darker flowers were grouped. Peach ranunculus were incorporated into Christmas’ bridal bouquet, as well as hundreds of mini bud vases throughout the reception space. The peach blooms and peach tapered candles truly popped against the turquoise velvet linens and brightened up the overall darker backdrop of the reception space.
Memphis and Christmas, the Big Brother stars wanted to celebrate their love with close family and friends as they blended their two families together. Their opulent and intimate southern wedding allowed them to do just that! Working with these two on their Big Brother fairytale wedding was an absolute pleasure. We love helping couples plan their happily ever afters. If you are looking for some guidance with your wedding floral design, be sure to reach out! We’d love to chat with you!
Photography: Valorie Darling
Videography: Fly Boy Aerial
Design + Planning: Design Studio South
Florist: Gray Harper Florals
Venue + Bar: Georgia State Railroad Museum
Catering: Current Catering
Cake: Vanilla and the Bean
Bridesmaids Hair + Makeup: Royal Makeup and Hair
Sound Equipment: Advanced AV
Rentals: Eventworks Rentals + Ooh! Events
Lighting: JLK Events
Linens: Nuage Designs Inc
Classic Car: Callans Classics
Invitations + Menus: Minted
Day of Signs: Lowcountry Paper Co
Welcome Party: Soho South
August 10, 2022 //Real Weddings
Meagan + Paul’s wedding took place on the most beautiful day! It was the perfect sunny spring day for a Savannah spring wedding. The couple said their vows during an outdoor wedding ceremony at the steps of the Harper Fowlkes courtyard and then headed to Soho South for a reception. These beautiful Savannah wedding venues are located in the heart of the downtown Savannah historic district and have a ton of history and charm.
Spring Wedding Design
We worked with Design Studio South for this Savannah spring wedding design, and they dreamed up a gorgeous design with a very sophisticated palette. It was the perfect balance of dark blues with green and white accents. The couple’s masculine southern design complimented the reception space’s exposed brick and industrial elements. Our absolute favorite detail of the day was the asymmetrical wedding ceremony backdrop in the Harper Fowlkes courtyard. We chose to pair the asymmetrical arch with caramel-toned candles and glass votives to add a romantic touch to the design.
Savannah Spring Wedding Florals
We loved designing this Savannah spring wedding in early March because the flowers in season are our absolute favorite.
Our team designed Meagan’s bridal bouquet with dyed lisianthus, pieris, roses, spirea, hellebore, white anemone, and sweet peas. Her bouquet smelt amazing with all of the fresh spring blooms.
The asymmetrical arch at the end of the aisle included pops of plum-colored hellebores and caramel combo roses. We then mixed in a ton of fresh greenery to build up the arch in an off-balance fashion. We absolutely loved how the design came to life in their wedding ceremony arch!
When it comes to florals for your wedding day, they can truly make or break your wedding design. That’s why we always enjoy working with professional wedding designers and planners to help bring our client’s wedding vision to life. Thanks to our collaboration with Design Studio South, Meghan and Paul’s masculine southern wedding design was brought to life at their Savannah spring wedding. So, consider pairing your wedding design with Gray Harper’s full-service floral design to ensure your vision comes to life!
Planning + Coordination: Design Studio South
Photography: Katie McGee Photography
Venue, Catering, Bar: Soho South Cafe
Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Venue: Harper Fowlkes
Florist: Gray Harper Florals
Hair + Makeup: Brides Side Beauty
Rentals: Eventworks Rentals
Lighting: JLK Events
Officiant: Randy Brekke
Baker: Vanilla and the Bean
Linens + Napkins: Nuagedesignsinc + Stradley Davidson
Paper Goods: Jen Simpson Design
Calligraphy: Cake Paperie
Reception DJ: W. Smith MusicInvitation: A&P Design Co.
July 27, 2022 //Real Weddings
One thing we love about weddings is how every couple has a unique personality and unique style. Celeste and David enjoy a dark aesthetic with gothic undertones. So, we wanted to honor their style and personality through a dark and moody wedding design that had bold pops of color.
Dark and moody wedding design
We worked alongside Design Studio South to bring our couple’s dark and moody wedding aesthetic to life through their floral design and wedding decor.
The couple wanted everything to be dark, from the black taper candles, turquoise velvet linens, dark-colored flowers, and greenery. Everything reflected our couple’s dark and moody wedding aesthetic.
Dark and moody wedding flowers
We were inspired by the bride’s vibrant turquoise-dyed hair for their floral design, so we ordered some dyed preserved foliage to match. It’s safe to say the dyed foliage was a huge hit!
For this unique dark and moody wedding design, we ordered custom-painted anthuriums from Haus of Stems. I’d been wanting to use these for a while and knew this would be the perfect event to showcase them. Our team incorporated the stunning painted anthuriums into the bridal bouquet and altar backdrop.
Inside the reception space, chandeliers were covered in dyed teal plumosa and hung above dramatic wedding tables. These dramatic wedding tables were set with dark and moody wedding flowers that were incorporated into tall floral centerpieces and low floral arrangements.
My favorite element of the day was the breathtaking floral wedding ceremony arch! Complete with the purple alliums popping up from the ground, this dramatic altar backdrop was meant for this couple.
We don’t often get requests for dark and moody weddings, so it was a fun challenge for our team to pull off this dark and dramatic wedding aesthetic for Celeste and David. Not only was the design a fun challenge, but they were all-around dream clients to work with. If you have a unique wedding design that you’ve been dreaming about, we’d love to help bring the floral design to life! No wedding aesthetic is too abstract or unique for the Gray Harper team! Reach out to find out how we can bring your dream wedding aesthetic to life through beautiful blooms!
Photography: Cait Carr Photo
Videography: Jones and Company
Design + Planning: Design Studio South
Florist : Gray Harper Florals
Venue + Bar: Victory North Savannah
Catering: Daniel Reed
Cake: Vanilla and the Bean
Hair + Makeup: Bride Side Beauty
DJ: W Smith Music
Photobooth: All About You Entertainment
Rentals: Event Works Rentals + Ooh Events + Save Event Rentals
Linens: Nuage Designs
Transportation: Kelly Tours
Invitations, Menus, Programs + Escort Display: Jen Simpson Design
Welcome Sign, Table Numbers, Bar Sign + Escort Cards: Low Country Paper Co
Earlier this year, we hosted a baby shower at the Gray Harper studio with a feminine floral and pink design for my second baby, baby Beatrice. After spending years having to draw my attention away from the color pink (as my first born was a boy), I wanted to celebrate our baby girl with everything pink!
Upon arrival, we welcomed our guests with a fabulous pink balloon installation by Pop Squad Balloons. We completed the balloon installation with sprigs of pink baby’s breath, making it the perfect baby shower backdrop.
Danielle from Design Studio South and I designed an intimate table setting for baby Beatrice’s baby shower inside the studio. The base of the design was inspired by a soft pink and modern look. We set the table with soft pink velvet linens and bold printed pink floral napkins from Nuage Designs. Each place setting was brought to life with my grandmother’s china, rented flatware, and of course, pink candles and flowers. One of my favorite features was the pink floral installation that I made to hang above the table. Leading up to Beatrice’s baby shower, we hand-painted each baby’s breath in two shades of pink. This pink baby’s breath played a key role in the baby shower design and was incorporated throughout the space. Thanks to Vanilla and The Bean my baby shower cake dreams came true with this stunning pink baby shower cake!
Given the crazy times we were in at the beginning of the year, it was so wonderful to be able to celebrate baby Beatrice with eight lovely ladies for an in-person baby shower. Being pregnant at the time of covid-19 was a surreal experience, but my heart has been so full of all the love that our little girl has received.
Photography: Josh Morehouse
Design: Design Studio South
Catering: Current Catering
Cake: Vanilla and the Bean
Linens: Nuage Designs Inc.
Calligraphy: Lowcountry Paper Co
Balloons: Pop Squad Balloons
June 22, 2022 //Real Weddings
This past February, we had the pleasure of working with L+E on their Jekyll Island Club wedding at Crane Cottage. The couple wanted a fun and bright spring-inspired color palette, so lots of beautiful blooms were chosen to bring this garden-style wedding to life.
Crane Cottage Sunken Garden Wedding Ceremony
The sunken garden of Crane Cottage was the perfect Georgia wedding venue for our couple and their Jekyll Island Club wedding. Crane Cottage is known for its beautiful lawns and immaculate gardens and was an ideal setting for this spring-inspired wedding.
A pair of vintage doors with greenery intertwined were set up on the lawn as an entrance to the aisle, while two beautiful pillar floral arrangements greeted guests to their seats. At the end of the aisle, a simple yet elegant wood wedding arch with greenery was the backdrop for this Jekyll Island Club wedding ceremony. There was something so magical about seeing the vintage doors open as our bride headed down the aisle.
Garden Style Wedding Reception
After the outdoor wedding ceremony at the sunken gardens, our couple treated their guests to a cocktail hour on the terrace and garden-style reception on the veranda overlooking the courtyard. The floral pillars from the wedding ceremony were re-used in the reception space, while a beautiful floral arrangement was displayed in the courtyard fountain as a focal point.
Elegant long tables were set with crisp white linens, vintage metal bistro chairs, and fun, bright springtime blooms that brought this garden-style wedding reception to life. The floral design included a spring color palette of soft pinks, peach, and white. When possible, we opted for fragrant florals in the centerpieces; the hyacinths and sweet peas smelt amazing!
To end the evening with a bang, our bride and groom enjoyed a private fireworks show for their guests and their Jekyll Island Club wedding.
We are so thankful that we got to work with L+E on their floral design. It was fun to work with bright and beautiful blooms for all of their guests to enjoy! Be sure to check out some of our favorite recent wedding designs for more spring-inspired weddings
Photography: Brooke Roberts Photography
Videography: Square City Productions
Planning + Design: Design Studio South
Venue, Catering + Bar: Jekyll Club
Baker: Vanilla and the Bean
Rentals: Beachview Event Rentals + Savannah Vintage + Event Rentals
DJ: W. Smith Music
Napkins: Nuage Designs Inc.
Kristin and Teddy’s garden-style wedding at the Perry Lane Hotel was inspired by a classic white and green garden-style wedding palette. Their timeless southern wedding design perfectly fits their rooftop wedding ceremony overlooking the Savannah skyline and garden-inspired reception.
Kristin and Teddy’s day started with an emotional first look in Forsyth Park. The two exchanged love notes during their first look and enjoyed some intimate photos.
Rooftop Wedding Ceremony At The Perry Lane Hotel
The rooftop wedding ceremony took place high above the Savannah skyline at the Perry Lane Hotel, where the view was unforgettable. The faux grass rooftop of the hotel provided the perfect setting for this garden-inspired wedding ceremony.
Our team designed classic floral wedding arrangements with white blooms and lush greenery for the ceremony. The aisle was lined with bountiful white blooms that paired nicely with Kristin’s bridal bouquet. Kristin and Teddy met at the end of the aisle and said their vows under a delicate floral wedding ceremony arch. The floral wedding ceremony arch highlighted white blooms of peonies, roses, tulips, and lily of the valley while simple and elegant greenery intertwined among the florals.
A Garden-Style Wedding Reception
Rooftop Wedding Cocktail Hour
After the rooftop wedding ceremony, everyone enjoyed a cocktail reception on the roof. Guests mixed and mingled amongst elegant ivory cocktail tables and a modern lounge while bistro lights twinkled above. Before heading down to the ballroom, guests found their names amongst a modern seating chart made of faux boxwood.
Inside the hotel, the classic white and green garden-inspired wedding design continued. Our team designed luxurious tall wedding centerpieces that were elevated above the guest’s tables, while we also re-purposed the aisle arrangements in front of the stage where they looked right at home. With a room filled with beautiful blooms, overhead guests were drawn to the beauty of the room and the garden-inspired wedding design that was featured throughout.
Simple accents of gold were incorporated into the wedding reception decorations with the help of the gold centerpiece pillars, gold cutlery, and elegant gold-rimmed charger plates.
The Gray Harper team loved transforming this lavish Savannah wedding venue into the garden-style rooftop wedding that our couple envisioned. There truly is no limit to your dream floral design! Check out more of our fabulous floral designs in our portfolio– we hope they inspire you!
Photography: JB Marie Photography
Planning: Sincerely Yours Events
Venue: Perry Lane Hotel
Band: Legacy Band
Ceremony Music: New Arts Ensembles
Hair & Makeup: Ash and Co
Officiant: Reverend Joe Wadas
Bride’s Attire: Anne Barge Bridal Atelier
After three postponements due to the pandemic, it was an absolute joy to finally celebrate Kelley + Watts Sea Island wedding. The couple welcomed family and friends to their destination wedding in Georgia with a weekend of wedding activities. The wedding weekend began with a relaxed wedding welcome party with a tropical atmosphere and ended with the joy of Kelley + and Watts celebrating their marriage with out-of-town guests.
Classic White Floral Design
Our bride, Kelley, had a vision of all-white florals with a dash of tropical elements on her Sea Island wedding day. So, the Gray Harper team created a floral design with lush white blooms and lots of greenery. For the bridal party, we blended ferns and orchids with all white flowers to create green and white wedding bouquets. The bridesmaids and bridal bouquets were filled with texture-rich white blooms like Stock flowers, Hellebore, Phalaenopsis Orchids and Anthurium. While the groom’s and groomsmen’s boutonnieres were made with white mini Cymbidium Orchids.
Tropical Floral Details At Sea Island Wedding
Kellie Ryan Designs did a wonderful job at designing the reception space to highlight the bride and groom’s all-white and tropical floral vision. Centrepieces and floral arrangements included a variety of textured white blooms like anthuriums, canterbury bells, orchid stems, and orchid plants. Palm leaves and ferns were used to bring the tropical elements of the design to life.
Guest tables were draped with crisp white linens and topped with greenery runners, white blooms, french gray-coloured pillar candles, and votives. The chandeliers were draped with lush greenery, which provided an element of depth to the reception space.
One of the most memorable features of this Sea Island wedding reception was the two breathtaking floral arrangements that wrapped the pillars of the entrance. These installations welcomed guests as they entered the space and were the perfect pieces to set the tone for the evening.
As florists, we love to create unique and stunning personalized designs for each of our couples! When designing the florals for Kelley + Watts Sea Island wedding, we wanted to bring the bride’s all-white floral and tropical vision to life in every floral element possible. Each detail was thoughtfully chosen and incorporated into the design, from the moment guests arrived and saw the statement floral installation to the bridesmaids all white tropical-inspired bouquets. If you are dreaming of a destination wedding in Georgia, we would love to work with you! We love bringing our couple’s unique visions to life through the beauty of flowers!
For this wedding welcome party on St. Simons Island, we had the pleasure of working with our couple Kelley and Watts, along with their fantastic planner, Kellie Ryan. After postponing their original St Simons Island wedding due to Covid 19, it was a joy to work with them on their re-imagined wedding welcome party at Village Creek Landing.
A Welcome Party At Village Creek Landing
Village Creek Landing is a gorgeous Georgia wedding venue for a casual Lowcountry event. Guests can enjoy the vast property and beautiful marsh views overlooking Sea Island and Little St Simons Island with both outdoor and indoor space. This Georgia wedding venue was also the perfect setting for a large crowd to gather during the pandemic. With lots of outdoor space and different areas for guests to explore, everyone was able to feel safe at this wedding welcome party.
The Wedding Welcome Party Design
As this was Kelley and Watts’s third time planning their wedding welcome party, the couple entrusted the Gray Harper team with creating a design inspired by their venue’s relaxed atmosphere on St. Simons Island.
For their design, our team took inspiration from Kelley and Watts’s simple yet classic taste and blended it with tropical elements that complemented the surrounding foliage of St. Simons Island. Florals with soft blue tones were paired with peach blooms. Pops of orange and mustard were incorporated into the design to give it a fun and exciting twist on tradition. Tropical greenery was infused throughout with preserved palms and dried florals to provide the floral design with a relaxed feel.
Classic blue and ivory linens highlighted the venue’s tropical elements and paired perfectly with the floral design. We brought in the most beautiful cashmere-colored candles that glistened amongst the blooms for the guest’s tables.
The Gray Harper team loved being on St. Simons for this wedding welcome party. We are honored when our clients trust us to bring their events to life. We’d love to chat with you more about your wedding vision and help your Georgia wedding dreams come to life!
April 27, 2022 //Real Weddings
This past October we had the pleasure of working with Amir and Bess for their destination wedding at the King and Prince Resort on Saint Simons Island. The couple had a unique vision for their wedding day and wanted a fusion of 1920’s glam with some tropical Island accents. Both Bess and her mother were very knowledgeable about specific floral types and worked with our team to select their favorite blooms which we incorporated into the design.
As the Calla Lily is an important flower to Bess we went with a simple and classic bridal bouquet with all white Calla Lilies. Bess tied a vintage Hermes scarf around the stems of her bouquet, as a way to incorporate a family heirloom.
Tropical Glam Design
To continue with this all-white classic floral design, white bouquets and boutonnieres were created for each member of the wedding party. For the bridesmaid’s bouquets, we designed each with a single flower type of different white blooms. We loved this idea because it emphasized how each bridesmaid is part of the group but also different. We did the same thing with the groomsmen boutonnieres, designing each with a different white focal bloom. This was a beautiful way to honor the unique and special relationships Amir and Bess have with their wedding party members.
For the ceremony, lush white floral arrangements with tropical accents were elevated on acrylic stands as to not take away from the focal blooms. Bundles of tropical greenery and simple white florals were incorporated throughout the ceremony space and were the perfect selection for this destination wedding on Saint Simons Island.
At the reception, the stunning five-tiered wedding cake was definitely the showstopper of the evening. Designed with fresh white Calla Lillies and petite fern leaves this wedding cake was the epitome of tropical glam. The reception space at this destination wedding on Saint Simons Island included tall centerpieces with flamboyant tropical foliage, along with simple and subtle bud vases for small white floral blooms.
With a number of different types of blooms and greenery included in the design, there were a number of dynamic interests and elements within each arrangement. We love how we were able to bring Bess’s vision of a 1920’s glam design with tropical accents to life with only the simple green foliage and white blooms.
If you are planning a destination wedding in Georgia and are looking for a floral designer to bring your unique design to life, we’d love to hear from you!
Hair + Makeup: Pamper Polish + Primp
Photographer: Allison Pedigo
Rentals: Beachview Event Rentals
Venue & Caterer: The King + Prince Resort
Planner: Beth Williams + Co
Ceremony Music: Music by Pegge
Reception Music: Emerald Empire Band
Transportation: St. Simons Trolley
April 13, 2022 //Real Weddings
One year after their initially planned wedding, S+D had a beautiful destination wedding at Ships Of The Sea Maritime Museum. The couple had to postpone their original plans due to Covid 19 because they and their guests were traveling from Brooklyn, NY. After having a small wedding on their original date in Maine, the couple renewed their vows in a fabulous destination wedding in Savannah with friends and family nearby.
Fun fact, S+D’s wedding took place at the same venue as my wedding reception exactly 11 years later. It was so fun to celebrate the couple on our 11th wedding anniversary!
Modern & Pink Wedding Design
The bride had envisioned a modern and pink wedding design for her wedding at Ships Of The Sea Maritime Museum. To bring this design to life, we used all pink blooms with minimal greenery and modern vessels. The floral centerpieces were paired with sage-colored taper candles for the reception. The one floral item that didn’t have pink was the bridal bouquet, which was designed with all-white blooms and stood out beautifully.
On the day of the wedding, it poured all day. Luckily, it stopped just in time for the ceremony, the skies cleared, and the sun shined down on the happy couple. Our bride looked absolutely stunning in her modern and sleek Carolina Herrera wedding dress as she walked down the aisle. For the wedding ceremony, the couple stood between two modern floral pillars with gold stands and pink florals that were set up at the base of the steps in front of the William Scarbrough House.
We had so much fun working on this floral design for this modern and pink wedding! Over 1200 stems of baby’s breath were used for this event, each of which was individually painted pink by our team. One of our favorite details of the floral design for this wedding at Ships Of The Sea Maritime Museum was the floral installation for the reception. Billowing bundles of pink baby’s breath were suspended along with sparkling disco balls above the dance floor, and the results were more than we could’ve imagined!
Sometimes when plans don’t go as intended, the alternate arrangements can go much better than ever imagined. This was the case with S+D’s postponed Savannah wedding at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. After a year of waiting to celebrate the couple, guests traveled to Savannah for this destination wedding, and we were incredibly excited to join in on the festivities. If your original wedding plans don’t go as intended, we will be there for you to help adjust plans and your design so that you can have the wedding of your dreams! Fill out our inquiry form on our website, and we’d be happy to help you bring your floral design to life!
Photographer: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures
Photographer: Les Loups
Photography: Les Loups
Photography: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures
Design + Management: Design Studio South
Venue: Ships Of The Sea Maritime Museum
Hair + Makeup: Royal Makeup and Hair
Cake: Vanilla and the Bean
Caterer: Current Catering
Ceremony + Reception Music: Chances with Wolves
AV Rentals: Advanced AV
Rentals: Eventworks Rentals
Rentals: Ooh! Events
Lighting: JLK Events
Linens: Nuage Designs Inc.
Napkins: BBJ Linen
Wedding Invitation: Idyll Paper
Day of Paper + Signs: Lowcountry Paper Co
Bride’s Dress: Carolina Herrera
Groom’s Attire: Brooklyn Tailors
March 23, 2022 //Real Weddings
When we met Olivia and Michael, they were working with Design Studio South to design a beautiful neutral-toned Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum wedding. The couple chose this Savannah wedding venue for its beautiful gardens and outdoor space. Design Studio South did a fantastic job designing an event that highlighted the gardens in a whimsical and romantic setting.
Outdoor Ceremony At Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum Wedding
For this wedding at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, the outdoor wedding ceremony took place in front of the historic Scarbrough House. Dark wood folding chairs were set out for guests while the aisle was lined with low-lying floral arrangements of blush pink, peach, and white-toned blooms. The bride and groom stood under a stunning floral wedding ceremony arch that went perfectly with the space. When designing the floral wedding ceremony arch, we chose to incorporate white dahlias, white roses, peach dahlias, peach ranunculus, and peach roses with lots of greenery. This floral wedding ceremony arch turned out to be one of our favorite design aspects!
Fall Wedding Reception With Neutral Tones
The incredible vendor team set up a combination of long and circle tables under the roofed pavilion for this Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum wedding reception. Each guest table was set with white textured linens, wood Helix chairs, and a mixture of tall and short floral arrangements. We used two different colored taper candles in “moss” and “seaside” to round out the design.
Neutral fall tones with pops of peach-colored blooms were the inspiration behind the wedding design. Our couple loved to incorporate blooms wherever possible, from the beautiful floral installation at the sweetheart table to the lush garden of flowers on the cake table. This elegant neutral fall color palette was thoughtfully incorporated in every aspect of the wedding reception. Elements such as the white anemone flower added a touch of modern elegance to the space.
It was an absolute joy working with Olivia, Micheal, and the Design Studio South team for this neutral-toned fall wedding! We loved how Olivia and Micheal embraced florals and had them featured everywhere at their event. Our team enjoys creating a custom floral design that is unique to you! We’d love to chat with you more about your wedding vision and help it come to life!
Photography: Gracie Byrd Jones
Videography: Gavin Sellers Creative
Design + Panning: Design Studio South
Hair + Makeup: Beyond Beautiful by Heather
Venue + Bar: Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
Ceremony Music: New Arts Ensembles
Ceremony Sound + Cocktail Hour Music: All About You Entertainment
Catering: J.Thomas Kitchen
Cake + Desserts: Vanilla + The Bean
Band: Sam Hill Bands
Rentals + Draping: Eventworks Rentals
Rug Rentals: Savannah Vintage Rentals
Linens: BBJ Linens
Lighting: JLK Events
Tree Rentals: Savannah Secret Gardens
Transportation: Old Savannah Tours & Royal Bike Taxi
Invitations: Jen Simpson Design
Day of Paper Goods + Signs: Lowcountry Paper Co.
Grace and Sean originally had a beautiful destination wedding in Savannah planned for September 2021. However, like many other couples, they chose to postpone their wedding due to Covid 19. Almost exactly one year later, the two said their vows during a beautiful garden wedding ceremony in the Scarbrough Garden at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum.
On the wedding day, it was the perfect Southern weather for a wedding in Savannah! Typically Savannah can still be quite hot in September. However, the week leading up to the wedding brought cooler than usual temperatures. These temperatures were not only favourable for Grace and Sean’s guests, but the flowers also loved it!
Simple Yet Stunning Wedding Design
Grace and Sean had a clear vision for their wedding day design. For this destination wedding in Savannah, they wanted the day to have a simple and classic aesthetic focused on greenery. Grace expressed her love for greenery during our initial consultations, we knew it had to be a focal point of the floral design.
Our team paired traditional white blooms with lush greenery for this classic wedding design. A selection of white flowers including dahlias, hydrangeas, roses, ranunculus, and iris’ were used. In addition, the white anemone flower was chosen as an accent to the floral design bringing a modern element to the arrangements. We love the anemone flower with its dark black and sometimes navy center as a way to add a touch of color to all-white floral designs.
Garden Wedding Ceremony
Located in the historic district of Savannah, the Scarbrough gardens at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum were the perfect wedding venue for this destination wedding in Savannah. The William Scarbrough House is home to the largest private gardens in Savannah. With this in mind, we knew there was already endless amounts of beauty at the ceremony site, so attention was focused on the bridal bouquet and bridesmaid flowers. Various white blooms were used for the bouquets that were finished with an elegant dusty blue ribbon.
Ships Of The Sea Wedding Reception
Amongst guest tables, we rotated tall and low centerpieces designed with white florals and greenery. It was the perfect combination for this mixed floorplan with round and long tables.
The tall centerpiece arrangements on the round tables consisted of all greenery and paired nicely with the simple aesthetic. We incorporated over five different types of foliage in each arrangement to create texture and variety. The greenery for this wedding was sourced locally and was foraged from a local friend’s farm here in Savannah.
On the long tables, we placed blue pillar candles with greenery intertwined and elegant white floral centerpieces in white vases. We were so excited that we were able to source pillar candles that matched the dusty blue color palette, and we love how they tied the design together.
From the all-green centerpieces to the greenery intertwined in the reception decor, this simple and classic floral design worked perfectly for this destination wedding in Savannah. Whether you are local to Savannah or planning your dream destination wedding beyond, we’d love to work with you to bring your design vision to life! So, reach out and let us know where you are planning your dream destination wedding!
Venue: Ships of the Sea
Catering: J. Thomas
Cake: Vanilla and the Bean
Hair + Makeup: Emma Collins
Photograph: Kati Rosado
Band: The Midnight City
Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: All About You Entertainment
Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals & Event Works Rentals
February 23, 2022 //Tips & Tricks
If you are looking for a unique wedding design, consider basing your plan on a monochromatic color palette!
This calming and subtle color palette is not only aesthetically pleasing but is perfect for your wedding design or floral design palette. For a bonus to really make your design dynamic, pair the monochromatic colors with modern pops of black and white.
What is a monochromatic color palette?
A monochromatic color palette consists of various brighter and darker tints, tones, and shades of one monochromatic color. A monochromatic color consists of colors that are one singular hue and can include any of the twelve colors on the color wheel.
Monochromatic does not mean just black and white and can consist of 3-7 variations in darker or lighter shades of your original hue.
Designing an event with a monochromatic color palette
Start off by deciding your base hue for your monochromatic color palette. This hue will be the inspiration for your design and will be included in various aspects throughout.
For this event, we chose mustard yellow as our base hue. Not only was it a unique and bold color to work with it was readily available in the fall. We recommend choosing a color that pairs nicely with the season in which your event is taking place. This will help with sourcing the most suitable items for your design.
Monochromatic Colors & Your Event Design
It may be challenging to source the exact items desired for your event with a monochromatic color palette, so being innovative is essential.
For example, the yellow Baby’s Breath that was a key element in this design was actually ordered in its natural color of white. Our team then spray-painted each individual stem to the precise yellow color desired.
We also decided to use a lot of dried and preserved items, which was great as they not only added texture to the arrangements, but we could design them way in advance.
Elements that are a great area to insert this monochromatic palette include bridesmaid dresses, linens, florals, stationery, china, and event food!
This Wedding Industry Professionals Association event was a fun event to design and pushed the boundaries of standard event color palettes. We wanted to use a color that was not only bright but bold and made a statement, and we think the mustard yellow was the perfect choice for this event. Head over to our Portfolio to see how our team has incorporated different color palettes into luxury event designs.