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Beautiful Blue Jekyll Island Club Tented Wedding Design

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We first met Julia and Chase during a consultation with the fabulous Sarah Lillie Designs. Julia came to us with a specific vision for her Jekyll Island Club tented wedding. She wanted rich textures and lush blue booms. So, we created a blue and white design that was showcased beautifully in her garden ceremony and tented wedding reception.

A Blue & White Floral Design

Julia and Chase’s wedding took place in the sunken gardens of Crane Cottage at the beautiful Jekyll Island Club. This Georgia wedding venue is a dream for anyone wanting to marry in a garden surrounded by romantic architecture. For this wedding, we focused on a blue and white color palette with several varieties of blooms.

Julia’s favorite flower was the blue delphinium, which was such a beautiful bloom to base the design around! During our design consultation, she shared that she wanted dark blue delphinium blooms, which is not a common request. So we were absolutely delighted to be able to design something unique and different to bring Julia’s vision to life.

Jekyll Island Club Tented Wedding Details

Julia and Chase had a large wedding party; Julia alone had 14 bridesmaids! For each bridesmaid, we designed unique bouquets for each of them using completely different blooms. Each bridesmaid carried a bouquet of a single flower type in white. Then Julia’s bridal bouquet had blooms from each of her 14 bridesmaids’ bouquets incorporated into it. It was such a sweet and sentimental way to honor her wedding party.

For the ceremony, we used her favorite flower as the base of the design and then incorporated six different varieties of delphinium flowers into her wedding aisle. The billowing blue blooms that filled the wedding aisle were absolutely stunning! Later in the evening, the ceremony flowers were re-purposed in the tent and placed in front of the stage. I love how the florals truly transformed the dance floor and brought Julia’s blue floral vision to life inside the tent.

We wanted to incorporate other flower varieties into the tented wedding reception as dark blue is not a common color in the flower world. So, we went with the blue cornflower, which was perfect! We designed some bud vases using the blue cornflower and other white blooms that looked stunning in the tented reception space at Jekyll Island Club

Working with Julia and Chase on their Jekyll Island Club tented wedding floral design was an absolute pleasure. We loved working with the less common color palette of blue blooms and how the design turned out! 

If you have a unique wedding vision and are looking for a floral designer to help bring that vision to life, we’d love to hear from you! Head on over to our contact us page and fill out an inquiry form to get the process started!

watercolor wedding invitations
Black and white photo of dad tieing grooms bowtie

Bride and groom kissing infront of wedding party
Wedding ceremony with blue and white flowers lining the aisle
Wedding ceremony at Crane Cottage

Bride and groom kissing in middle fo wedding aisle

Entrance to tent with bleu flowers and candles
White wedding cake with white sugar flowers

Bride and groom entering tent
Bride and groom champagne tower
Black and white photo of bride and groom with wedding veil blowing

Vendors

Photography: Melissa Toms Photography
Planning + Design: Sarah Lillie Designs
Florals: Gray Harper
Printed Materials: Tiny Shindigs 
Venue: Jekyll Island Club
Cake: Vanilla and the Bean

An Elegant Forbes Farm Wedding on Saint Simons Island

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It was an absolute joy getting to work with Delaney and Mikey for their elegant Forbes Farm wedding on Saint Simons Island. It was one of our first times visiting this new one-of-a-kind wedding venue, and it did not disappoint. 

Forbes Farm

Forbes Farm is the newest wedding venue on Saint Simons Island and is a must-visit. This marshside wedding venue provides a stunning southern backdrop with the perfect Lowcountry atmosphere.

With indoor and outdoor event spaces to choose from, you truly can’t go wrong with this Georgia wedding venue. The outdoor area features immaculate lawns, open-air patios, and classic southern views. While the indoor spaces are truly exquisite. The indoor reception space is an elegant wood frame structure with crisp white walls and exposed wood accents. One of our favorite features in this venue is the breathtaking chandeliers in the ballroom. We can’t wait to bring these ceilings to life with beautiful blooms!

Elegant Fall Wedding Design

For this Forbes Farm wedding, our couple opted for a warm, rich-colored palette with autumn tones. We used lots of burgundy, chocolate, dusty pink, and white blooms in the floral design.

Deep burgundy tones were incorporated throughout the design, from the velvet bridesmaid dresses to the wedding day stationery. Even the groom’s outfit change featured a velvet burgundy jacket.

This autumn-inspired color palette popped in the reception space, where it was paired with white textured linens and natural wood accents.

Forbes Farm Wedding on Saint Simons Island

Delaney and Mikey’s wedding ceremony took place on the Forbes Farm lawn overlooking the marsh. The couple opted for low-lying floral arrangements as the backdrop to their ceremony, which were brought to life with autumn-colored florals.

After the ceremony, guests headed indoors to the reception space for an elegant evening of dinner and dancing. For the guest tables, Emily Burton Designs went with a tasteful neutral design where the floral centerpieces were a focal point and were a warm pop of color. We opted for clean, classic, and crisp ivory tapered candles to not take any attention away from the romantic florals.

No detail was forgotten for Delaney and Mike’s elegant black tie affair on Saint Simons Island. We were so thankful to get to work with one of the newest Saint Simons wedding venues and would love to help bring your Forbes Farm wedding to life! Reach out to see if we are available on your wedding date and to book your consultation call today!

Burgundy and white bouquet
Southern bride in veil
Bride and groom at Forbes Farm
Bride kissing groom at Forbes Farm wedding ceremony
Fall wedding reception
Wedding Table At Forbes Farm Wedding Reception
Bride and groom kissing at sparkler exit
Bride and groom in vintage car

Vendors

Plan + design: Emily Burton Designs
Photo: Esther Griffin 
Venue: Forbes Farm 
Dress: Bridals By Lori 
Shoes: Jimmy Choo 
Rentals: Beachview Event Rentals

A Rose-Infused Crane Cottage Wedding at Jekyll Island Club

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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!

Crane cottage wedding ceremony
Southern bride and groom
Wedding photos with vintage car at Crane Cottage wedding
Crane Cottage wedding tent at Jekyll Island Club
Beige and white lounge at tented wedding reception
Southern bride and groom
Wedding photos with vintage car at Crane Cottage wedding

Vendors

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
Fireworks: Pyrotecnico
PaperGoods: Dogwood Blossoms
Videography: Danielle Shackleford

San Diego Destination Wedding At Westgate Hotel

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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!

Textured groom boutonniere
Textured bridal bouquet with white, mauve and burgundy flowers
wedding bouquets with white, mauve and burgundy flowers
Rooftop wedding ceremony in San Diego
outdoor wedding ceremony in San Diego
Wedding ceremony kiss
San Diego destination wedding reception
Photo guest book
Wedding photos at the Westgate hotel

Vendors

Rentals: APR Boutique Event Rentals + Enticing Tables
Florals: Gray Harper 
Linens: BBJ
Hair + Makeup: Beauty By Nat
Photography: Carrie McGuire
Entertainment: High Profile Entertainment
Planning: House of Planning
Venue: Westgate Hotel
Cake: VG Donuts

What To Expect With Our Full-Service Floral Design Booking Process

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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

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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).

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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!

To get the process started, head on over to our contact page on our website and complete our contact form! I can’t wait to hear from you and hear all about your dream floral event design!

Peach and pink bridal bouquet
Floral wedding centrepiece with pastel tones
Wedding place setting with blue napkin
acrylic wedding menu

Vendors

Photography: Apt B Photography
Floral Design & Styling: Gray Harper Florals
Planning: Design Studio South

Real Wedding | Memphis & Christmas Big Brother Stars Wedding

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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.

Wedding Florals

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!

Wedding ceremony at Georgia State Railroad Museum
Memphis & Christmas wedding ceremony
Memphis & Christmas kiss during wedding ceremony
Georgia State Railroad Museum wedding reception
Bubble wedding exit
Savannah bride and groom in vintage car

Vendors

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

Real Baby Shower | Andrea’s Baby Shower

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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.

Baby girl baby shower backdrop

Vendors

Photography: Josh Morehouse
Design:  Design Studio South
Catering: Current Catering
Rentals: Eventworks 
Cake: Vanilla and the Bean 
Linens: Nuage Designs Inc. 
Calligraphy: Lowcountry Paper Co 
Balloons:  Pop Squad Balloons

Real Wedding | Spring Inspired Jekyll Island Club Wedding

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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

bright floral centrepieces at Savannah wedding
fireworks at Savannah wedding

Vendors

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.

Real Wedding | A Garden Style Rooftop Wedding in Savannah

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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.

Wedding Reception

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!

Rooftop wedding in Savannah
rooftop wedding reception
Wedding reception band stage
Rooftop wedding

Vendors

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
Rentals: Eventworks 
Officiant: Reverend Joe Wadas
Bride’s Attire: Anne Barge Bridal Atelier

Real Reception | A Relaxed & Refined Wedding Welcome Party

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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!

Village Creek Landing wedding welcome party on the patio
Village Creek Landing wedding welcome party decor
Village Creek Landing wedding welcome party decor

Vendors

Planning: Kellie Ryan Designs 
Photography: Brooke Roberts Photography
Venue: Village Creek Landing 

Real Wedding | Saint Simons Island Destination Wedding

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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!

Destination wedding at the King + Prince Resort
Bride and groom at Saint Simons Island destination wedding
Bride and groom at Saint Simons Island wedding
wedding reception lounge furniture
White flowers in bud vases
Bride and groom at Saint Simons Island destination wedding

Vendors

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 

Using A Monochromatic Color Palette In Your Event Design

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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. 

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Vendors

Photography: Izzy + Co
Design: Design Studio South
Florals: Gray Harper
Videography: Two Arrow Films
Favors: Vanilla And The Bean
Rentals: Event Works Rentals
Table Linens: Stradley Davidson
Linen Napkins: Nuage Design Inc
Venue + Catering + Bar Service: Soho South Cafe
Wine Provider + Educator: Georgia Crown
Host: WIPA
Speaker + Presenter: Party Slate
Audio Visual: Advanced AV Rentals

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