A Wedding At Lovely Lane Chapel | St. Simons Island Wedding Officiant

Gina Oviedo and Brian Batt were married at 4pm on Saturday, July 19, 2014 in the historic Lovely Lane Chapel located on the grounds of Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, Georgia.  Lovely Lane Chapel is the oldest standing Church building on St. Simons Island, Georgia. 50 of their closest relatives and friends witnessed the nuptials that included several meaningful family traditions.


The ceremony began with Brian, the groom, escorting his mother, Sheila Batt to her seat and followed close behind by his father, Joseph Batt.  Brian then joined his best man and brother, Casey Batt, along with his 6 groomsmen and the wedding officiant to line up along the altar.


The groom and his groomsmen were dressed handsomely in black suits and ties. Gina’s sister, Gabriela Umanzor served as maid of honor along with 3 bridesmaids.  They each wore navy blue floor length gowns. After the groom and groomsmen were in place, the bridesmaids proceeded down the aisle, followed by Gina’s 2 year old nephew and ring bearer, Daniel Corporan.  The 2 little flower girls came next.  They were Halynn Pierson and Dahlia Corporan, Gina’s niece. They were all 3 adorable!


The Bagpiper, Bill Sloan began his march down the aisle as he played the pipes and Gina stood just outside the church doors with her mother waiting for her entrance.  They stepped inside the door and began the procession down the aisle. When Brian’s eyes met Gina’s, they both smiled from the heart.


Gina was so beautiful in her floor length strapless, mermaid gown.  Her veil hung softly about her shoulders and down her back.  She was glowing as she and her mom proceeded down the aisle. Gina was presented in marriage by her mother, Sadia Imanzor.  Brian took Gina’s hand as tears of happiness welled in each other’s eyes.  After a short message from the officiant, the groom’s aunt, Rosemary Marrotta read encouraging words to Brian and Gina and also played a beautiful rendition of Ava Maria.


Vows were said and the couple knelt at the altar for their mothers to place a white Wedding Lasso Cord in a figure 8 around the couple’s shoulders.  The Lasso Cord symbolizes the infinite bond of love that the couple shares.  It’s the bond that keeps the relationship strong in the face of adversity, as well as that the bride and groom are no longer two, but one in marriage.


Gina and Brian said their I do’s and exchanged rings before participating in a Coin Exchange Ceremony. The coins symbolize prosperity and good wealth for the couple in their future life together. The 13 coins represent Christ and the 12 apostles.  Brian poured the 13 coins into Gina’s hands and pledged them as his dedication to her, the care of their home, and the welfare of their children. Gina accepted them with the same pledge. After a wedding prayer, the groom’s aunt, Constance Busch read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and ended with, “The Greatest of These is Love”.


In closing, the marriage was blessed and a prayer was said.  Brian and Gina were pronounced husband and wife, at last! Brian kissed his bride and the guests all cheered with happiness!  The Bagpiper blew the pipes, once again and proceeded up the aisle ahead of the couple. After the ceremony, the Trolley was waiting outside to carry everyone to the beautiful reception that was awaiting them at the King and Prince Hotel on St. Simons Island, Georgia.  Everyone enjoyed the fabulous food of Straton Hall and wedding cake of Serendipity Bakery.  Lots of love and happiness shared between families.

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” ― Pablo Neruda

Vendors: Wedding Officiant – Carla Pryor, http://www.stsimonselopements.com

Photographer – Debbie Peacock, http://peacockphotovideo.com

Ceremony Venue – Lovely Lane Chapel, http://www.epworthbythesea.org/chapel.html

Reception Venue – King and Prince Hotel, http://www.kingandprince.com

Caterer – Straton Hall, http://www.stratonhall.com

Wedding Cake – Ashlyn Seckinger, Serendipity Bakery, https://www.facebook.com/serendipityssi

Reception Music – Island Sound, http://islandsoundlive.com

Hair and Make Up – Kimberly’s Back Porch, https://www.facebook.com/thebackporchssi

Bagpiper – Bill Sloan, http://www.acartha.com/billsloan/

Transportation – St. Simons Trolley, http://www.stsimonstours.com

Heather and Larry – Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses | St. Simons Island Wedding Officiant

July 17, 2014 was an absolutely gorgeous day at East Beach on St. Simons Island, Georgia for the beach wedding of Heather Tagliaferi and Larry Hillock, Jr.  The white sandy beach and dunes were the perfect backdrop for this couple to say their I do’s.

Thirty or forty of their closest friends and relatives arrived right on time to show their love and support for this happy couple and join them on this important day in their lives.  Also in attendance were the couple’s 3 dogs, Bert, Dodger, and Bandit.

The sun was slowly descending in the western sky as Larry stood in wait for his bride.  Heather and her son, Cameron held hands together as they walked forward to the chosen beach location to be presented to Larry.


The guests all moved in a little to surround the couple and the ceremony began.  Cameron presented his mom, Heather in marriage and with such joy and elation!  He was obviously thrilled with the union!  Before the marital vows were said, Larry vowed to love, cherish, and protect  Cameron as his own, while Cameron vowed to accept Larry as his step father and to give him his love, respect, and honesty.

As Heather and Larry looked into each other’s eyes, they each spoke their vows of love and commitment.  Rings were exchanged as a token and pledge of the love and faith they each have for the other.  Bert, Dodger, and Bandit voiced their approval with a few barks and woofs!

A prayer was said to bless this union and the two were pronounced husband and wife!  The guests all cheered and clapped as Larry kissed his bride and Cameron rushed in for a group hug!

“If you want to know how much I love you, count the waves.”

~ Unknown

Wedding Officiant: Carla Pryor, http://www.stsimonselopements.com


Lucy and Armando Got Married | St. Simons Island Wedding Officiant

It is true that rain on St. Simons Island comes and goes so quickly that all you have to do is wait a few minutes and the clouds will part and blow right over.  That’s exactly what happened on July 16, 2014 for the beach wedding of Lucy Guirado and Armando Lucas.

Armando and his best man, Philippe’ arrived early to set up the beach area below the St. Simons Island Lighthouse.  Tiki torches were set in the sand and lit with help from family and friends as we waited for Lucy and her bridesmaid to arrive.

Philippe’ and Armando stood in place inside the circle of flaming torches.  Lucy’s bridesmaid walked forward to take her place, as well.  At last, Lucy proceeded inside the glowing circle and Armando took her hand.

Their family and closest friends gathered in a little closer as the ceremony began.  Armando and Lucy professed their love and commitment to each other before the big blue sky and the ocean deep and wide.  The St. Simons Lighthouse stood tall in the background.  It was just the way they had dreamed it would be.

A few raindrops began to fall as Armando and Lucy were pronounced husband and wife and they kissed the first kiss of the marriage.  A dream came true for this sweet couple!

“You are the answer to every prayer I’ve offered. You are a song, a dream, a whisper, and I don’t know how I could have lived without you for as long as I have.”  ~ Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Wedding Officiant:  Carla Pryor, http://www.stsimonselopements.com


Heather and William’s Cord of 3 Strands | St. Simons Island Wedding Planner & Officiant

July 3, 2014 was a hot, steamy day on St. Simons Island, so naturally I found the groom, William Nelson and his best man, Brandon and friend, Ryan taking a break at the bar and enjoying a refreshment before the festivities began.


William was dressed in khaki slacks and a white shirt with sleeves rolled up. His unique boutonnière was a starfish. Brandon, the best man wore khaki shorts and a mint green shirt with rolled up sleeves. His boutonnière was a starfish, as well.


As the guests were taking their seat on the oceanfront lawn, Heather, the bride was taking care of the final touches on her wedding gown with help from her sister and maid of honor, Paris, as well as her mom, Tammy. Her long blonde hair was styled into a side braid and curled ponytail with starfish pins and she wore shoes that were mint green to match Paris’ bridesmaid dress. Little Axel, two year old son of Heather and William was dressed in khaki shorts and white short sleeve shirt. He also wore a mint green bow tie. He was adorable! Heather’s bouquet was of white lilies, daisies, and roses…so pretty. Brandon, her brother was ready and waiting to present his sister to her handsome groom.


Hurricane Arthur was bearing down on the NC Coast and producing heavy winds for the coast of Georgia. Looking out over the Atlantic Ocean, dark clouds were forming and moving in. We knew we had to get this wedding started or chance getting caught in a downpour.


The music started and the moms were both seated on the front rows. William and I walked to the center front and stood to wait for the procession to begin. Paris and Axel proceeded to the front and took their place, as well. Axel carried a small box that held the rings, while Paris carried a small bouquet of daisies. The guests all stood as Heather walked down the aisle on Brandon’s left arm. She was so pretty and her blue eyes twinkled as she saw her groom for the first time. William was in awe of his beautiful bride and they glowed when they finally held hands together. Brandon presented his sister to William and then stood in place as William’s best man.


Heartfelt vows were given by each and followed by traditional Christian vows. Rings were exchanged as a token and pledge of their commitment to each other. Little Axel was precious as he opened the ring box to present the rings that had been tied together with a mint green ribbon.


The Cord of 3 Strands was chosen by Heather and William as a symbol to allow God to be at the center of their marriage, woven into every aspect of it. In braiding these three strands together, William and Heather demonstrated that their marriage is more than a joining of two lives together. It is a unity with God as well. Ecclesiastes 4:12 reads, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”


Heavy winds began to blow and rushed the ceremony a bit, but not before Heather and William were pronounced husband and wife and a sweet loving kiss from William. Mr. And Mrs. William Nelson, at last!


The reception was held in the Retreat Room inside the King and Prince Hotel with a full oceanfront view. As always, the food served by the King and Prince was delicious and the guests made their way through the buffet line to enjoy the bounty. After dinner, the beautiful wedding cake was cut and each guest was served the delicious wedding cake as toasts were made from William, his mom Ronda, and Brandon. Everyone in attendance then gathered together for a group shot in front of the picture window ocean view.


As the evening began to wind down, Heather and William danced their first dance to “Angel” by Aerosmith. They kissed ever so sweetly while they danced. So in love!


Wedding Vendors:

Wedding Planner and Officiant – Carla Pryor, http://www.stsimonselopements.com

Photography – Luke Smith, http://www.lonepine-photography.com

Flowers – Linda Stewart, http://www.brunswickflowerbasket.net

Wedding Cake – Ashlyn Seckinger, https://www.facebook.com/serendipityssi

Hair Design – http://www.imageartisansstudio.com

Ceremony Venue – http://www.kingandprince.com

Reception and Catering – http://www.kingandprince.com

Lodging – http://www.kingandprince.com




Andrea and Ramon Eloped | Jekyll Island Wedding Officiant

It threatened rain all day on Jekyll Island, GA, but held off just long enough for Andrea Denegal and Ramon Jackson to be married in a beautiful beach ceremony at 5pm on Driftwood Beach.  The driftwood trees and the Atlantic Ocean were the backdrop, as well as the St. Simons Island Lighthouse in the distance.

Ramon and Andrea met 20 years ago and reconnected in 2012.  Who knew they would be married just 2 short years later?  They have 3 teenage girls…Jasmine belongs to Ramon and Danielle and Asyiah belong to Andrea.

The girls participated in the ceremony by taking vows of their own, of love, respect, and honesty to their new step parent, while each step parent vowed to do the same.  Ramon and Andrea said their vows of marriage and commitment to each other between heartfelt tears as they looked into each other’s eyes.  Ramon wiped the tears from Andrea’s cheeks as she spoke her vows to him.

Raindrops began to fall lightly as the wedding rings were exchanged.  The rings were placed on their fingers as a token and pledge of their faith and love to each other.  A prayer was then said for blessings on this sweet loving couple and their life together.

At last, and before the rain picked up, they were pronounced husband and wife and Ramon kissed his beautiful bride!  The girls all cheered as they were introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Ramon Jackson!

I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours. – The Notebook


Wedding Officiant – Carla Pryor, http://www.stsimonselopements.com

Photography – Kathy Lipthratt, http://www.kathylipthratt.com

Lodging – Villas by the Sea

Hope and Christopher On A Rainy Day | Jekyll Island Officiant

Rain in Coastal Georgia comes and goes quickly around here.  We always say, if you don’t like the weather, just wait a bit and it will change.  It’s not 30% chance of rain, it’s 70% chance of sun!  But that wasn’t the case on this rainy Saturday.  Rain drizzled and sprinkled most all day on Saturday, July 5, 2014.  It was the type of rain that intermittent wipers were invented for.  


As the time got closer to 7pm, it sure seemed like Hope and Christopher’s beach elopement may be a rain out and be moved to the Pavilion at Villas by the Sea.  But no, They came here to get married on the beach, and that’s exactly what was going to happen, come rain or shine!


Hope and Christopher had chosen a quaint little location on the beach between driftwood trees for the ceremony and Tammy, at Villas by the Sea arrived early to arrange seashells in the sand in the shape of a heart.  Two tiki torches were lit and placed on each side, as well.  


The two love birds arrived right on time and walked the path to the beach together.  They each stood within the heart formed by the seashells and I stood just outside the heart and began the romantic ceremony.  The rain was light and hardly noticeable at all as Tammy took a few pictures for Hope and Christopher.  


They said their vows and a few more rain drops began to fall.  Tammy helped us out by holding the wedding rings as they were exchanged so I could hold the umbrella.  They were pronounced husband and wife and Christopher kissed Hope!  It was so romantic and perfect for these two!  A huge guest list is definitely not a requirement for a romantic wedding and this elopement was proof.  Hope and Christopher were glowing with happiness as they stood together, arm in arm.  The sun was just over the horizon.



Officiant – Carla Pryor, http://www.stsimonselopements.com

Lodging & Planner – Tammy Young, http://www.villasbythesearesort.com


Jeanna and Kerrick’s Tree Watering Ceremony | Jekyll Island Wedding Officiant

Jeanna Heflin and Kerrick Mapson were married on June 22, 2014 at half past one o’clock in the afternoon in Jekyll Island, Georgia.  The ceremony took place on the beach pavilion at Villas by the Sea Resort with the sounds of the Atlantic Ocean in the background.  Can’t think of a more perfect setting to begin your married life together!


Kerrick and Jeanna are both middle school science teachers in the Georgia Public School System and have been together for three years.  They found each other at a perfect time in their lives, both being divorced with no children, but definitely wanting to have a child one day.


The pavilion was beautifully decorated with long white skirting on the posts and teal flowers formed in circular shapes on the deck floor.  Teal flower balls were hung from the rafters between each post, as well as single teal flowers dropped all around the pavilion deck.  A small table was placed at the entrance to the beach and held the small bamboo tree.  The tree was formed to grow into the shape of a heart and was planted in a container with the wedding date of 6.22.14.  Also sitting on the table were two glass cylinders of water, each inscribed with each of their initials.   J for Jeanna and K for Kerrick.


Jeanna chose her two best friends for a Maid of Honor and a Matron of Honor.  Both were beautifully dressed in floor length gowns of dark tan crepe chiffon and gorgeous matching bird’s nest veils.  They carried bouquets of tan, teal, and white flowers.  Both Maid and Matron were right by her side to see to her every need and to make any adjustments to her wedding gown.


Kerrick and his Best Man were handsomely dressed in light tan suits and white shirts.  They sat on the wooden bench around the sides of the pavilion and waited for the ceremony to begin.


At last the time had come and all the attendants were standing in place as Jeanna, the bride, walked the long boardwalk to the Pavilion.  Jeanna stood before her Groom and the ceremony began.  She was exquisite in her white floor length, strapless wedding gown of satin and lace.   The gown featured a dropped waist and pick ups on the skirt with a sweep train.  Simply perfect for the trend setting bride.  Jeanna also wore a gorgeous bird’s nest veil and carried a beautiful bouquet of white flowers and jeweled brooches.


The two stood together and listened to scripture of love and marriage.  They looked into each other’s eyes and said their heartfelt vows of love and commitment before repeating traditional vows of wedded partners.  Rings were exchanged as a token and pledge of their constant faith and love.


Jeanna and Kerrick took part in the Tree Watering Ceremony to symbolize the roots of their relationship and the continued growth of their love.  Like the tree being watered today, their marriage will also require constant nurturing and nourishment. Kerrick and Jeanna will plant this tree at their home to always be a symbol of their love for each other.


After a prayer, the couple was pronounced husband and wife and Kerrick kissed his bride!  Joyful jubilation!  Those whom God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.



Wedding Officiant – Carla Pryor, http://www.stsimonselopements.com

Photography – Kathy Lipthratt, http://www.kathylipthratt.com

Venue & Lodging – http://www.villasbythesearesort.com


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