It was the rainiest weekend ever on Jekyll Island. Everybody knows that Coastal Georgia gets wet and soggy with standing water and flooding when these downpours decide to hit. The weekend of April 18, 2014 was definitely true to Brooks Benton’s song, “Rainy Night In Georgia” seems like it’s raining all over the world!
The best thing about couples’ in love is that they don’t really mind if it’s raining or not. They are so in love that they only want to be married and the weather is just a thing. Michelle Benedict and Bryan Gunby didn’t care one bit that their Driftwood Beach Elopement had to be brought inside the condominium at Villas By The Sea. They both greeted me at the door with smiles and obvious happiness as they introduced themselves and welcomed me in. We chatted for a few minutes while I signed on to my Ipad2. Tammy Young, from Villas By The Sea offered to take a few snapshots of the couple during and after the short ceremony. The sliding glass doors were opened so the beach air and feel of the island would be the backdrop for this sweet elopement.
Michelle was so pretty in her knee length ivory wedding dress. Her eyes sparkled as she spoke. Her groom, Bryan, was handsome in his navy suit as they stood together before me to be married. Their voices quivered with emotion as they spoke their vows and exchanged their rings. I pronounced them husband and wife and they kissed the first kiss of the marriage! It was intimate. It was romantic. It was just what they dreamed it would be.
Marriage is a bold step, taken together, into an unknown future. It is risking who we are for the sake of who we can be.
Wedding Officiant – Carla Pryor, http://www.stsimonselopements.com
Venue – Villas By The Sea