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January 11, 2022 //Real Weddings
The theme of Rachel and Joe’s Savannah wedding was summer meets southern elegance and was filled with so many carefully curated details. The couple chose Savannah after visiting it a few times and quickly fell in love with the charm.
Rachel and her mom were incredible clients to work with! They gave us a few key details on what they envisioned and let us create freely. As florists, there is nothing better than getting to design a complete experience!
Large peonies were the focal point of Rachel’s bouquet, and a delicate touch of anemones and garden roses were tied together with greenery for an organic shape. Delphinium added the classic blue hue, which tied into the bridesmaid’s gowns.
Their ceremony took place at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, one of the most iconic spots in Historic Savannah. We couldn’t add a floral arch to the cathedral’s front entrance, so instead, we created loosely twisted (and poetically romantic) stairwell garlands.
A Garden Filled Reception At Charles Morris Center
When designing the reception, we wanted to completely transform the Charles H. Morris Center into a floral-filled garden – and we delivered! We worked side-by-side with the planners of Sincerely Yours Events to bring Rachel’s vision to life. Not only did we focus on the inside of the venue, but also the courtyard. The large hall opens into the patio, creating a wonderful flow for guests. They can mingle under the covered area or enjoy Downtown Savannah and the river views. We used large trellises covered in greenery and roses to create intimate seating areas. Vintage-inspired seating was placed throughout, creating thoughtful spaces.
A focal point of the reception was the sweetheart table. The couple sat together at a round table, with large arrangements in front, and Rachel’s bouquet displayed in the center. We also included Rachel’s dream floral arch, which went behind their sweetheart table and added texture and color. It tied the space together perfectly and was later used as a fun photo backdrop later in the night! Here at Gray Harper, we are all about creating a unique experience. We took the traditional brick hall at the Charles H. Morris Center and turned it into a garden! As you plan your event here in Savannah, we would love to create a complete experience customized just for you.
Wedding Planner: Sincerely Yours Events
Photographer: Syd + Lex Photography
DJ: All About You Entertainment
Reception Venue: Charles H. Morris Center
Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist
Hair and Makeup: Royal Hair And Makeup
Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige