Andrea Bowen is a southern girl who knows full and well that she can open a door for herself, but prefers for the gentleman to do it because it demonstrates a sense of respect. After all, every girl wants to be treated life a princess…especially on her wedding day to the handsome Jason Wilkinson.
It was a Southern Wedding at its finest on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 5pm in the afternoon. The beautiful courtyard and gazebo of the Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia was the location for the wedding of Andrea Loraine Bowen and Jason Andrew Wilkinson.
The Sea Palms Resort Courtyard was manicured to precision and white wedding chairs were all lined in a row in front of the covered gazebo and water fountain pond. Each chair held a wicker fan tied with green satin ribbon and tagged with a “W” Andrea and Jason 5.28.11. From the back of the aisle chairs hung paper cones of rose petals, all shades of pink. A full blanket of rose petals covered the entire aisle from beginning to end.
As the guests arrived, they were given a wedding program made to resemble a Prayer Book. The prayer book cover was printed with “W” and the names, location, and date. The inside held the Order of Service as well as a thank you to all the guests in attendance. They were placed inside a white ceramic wicker basket on the entrance table.
White parasols were placed in a basket at the entrance to the courtyard and the ladies were encouraged to take one to shade themselves from the sun. The children in attendance were given individualized canvas bags filled with fun activities and favors. The guestbook was a coffee table book of a collection of beautiful pics featuring Andrea and Jason. Each guest signed the pages of the book in silver ink before being seated. Lemon fused water with ice was served with striped straws tagged “enjoy”, while the guests were arriving and mingling.
After the Mom’s were seated, the Officiant – Clay, entered the Gazebo followed by the handsome groom – Jason, his father/best man – Larry, and groomsmen – Matt, Chuck, and Tommy. They were all quite the gentlemen in their light gray tuxedos and white rose boutonniere’s, except for Jason, with a light pink rose bout. They all stood in wait of the bride.
The bridesmaids, Conoly, Jessica, Jennifer, and Kristen each began the procession down the aisle and took their place. They looked amazing in their different shades of pink dresses and white hydrangea bouquets.
It was finally time for the grand entrance of the bride. Andrea was the epitome of Southern brides in her wedding gown of lace and taffeta. The gown was a sleek, fitted, sweetheart neckline, with a dropped waist that came together with a trim of diamond studded accents. Her veil was elbow length sheer tulle with lace overlay trimming and adorned her hair, neck, and shoulders. Her beautiful golden brown hair was pulled back into a fashionable side bun and held a pink rose. Andrea was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Charles Bowen.
As she entered the courtyard, the guests stood and waited for the bride and her father to proceed down the aisle and up to meet her groom. Their vows were said and they were pronounced husband and wife forever more. Jason kissed his bride and the guests cheered as they showered the couple with rose petals.
The reception afterwards was held in the private dining room at the Sea Palms Resort. Guests entered through the Green Room and received a Signature drink before receiving their place card for seating. Each guest found their named place card with a color coded cloth assembled within the card that matched a quilt square that could be found at the place setting within the folded cloth napkin and menu. The quilt square had a paper attached for the guest to write a good wish or advice for the couple. All the wedding wishes written will be sewn into a wedding quilt for Jason and Andrea.
Dancing, dinner, wedding cake, and lots of fun and frolic were had by all. The couple departed through a line of sparklers and cheers from their guests to jump aboard a golf cart tagged with “JUST MARRIED” and pulling plenty of tin cans behind them!
What I can say about Southern Weddings is this…there’s a sweetness here…a Southern sweetness. If I had to tell somebody who had never been to a Southern wedding, who had never seen one, what it was, I’d just have to tell them that it’s from the heart, from the roots, from tradition, from our innermost feeling. It’s something in our soul.
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Thank you to these awesome wedding vendors:
Wedding photography provided by Jeannie Reeves Photography.
Flowers by A Courtyard Florist.
Lodging, Ceremony, Reception by Sea Palms Resorts.
Ceremony Music by:
Eddie Pickett and Matt Williams
Reception Music by Island Sound.