Married On The Fourth Of July | Jekyll Island Wedding Officiant

Max Moore and Barbara Cain have been together for many years and so it was no surprise to anyone when they decided to elope to Jekyll Island, Georgia on the Fourth of July.  They did, however, receive a little push to go ahead and make it happen when Max’s first grandchild was planning to make an appearance in a month or so.  No way could they be away on a honeymoon and miss that joyous occasion, so after a few phone calls, everything was in place and the date was set for the Fourth of July!


The day was another warm one, although quite comfortable under the shade of the many live oaks with their moss hanging like lace from their branches.  Pleasure bikers were out cruising, as well as casual walkers and moms out strolling their babies.  A peaceful easy feeling all around as gardeners trimmed the manicured hedges in the Sunken Garden of the Crane Cottage.   This grand, Italian Renaissance-style cottage, is adjacent to the main Jekyll Island Club Hotel and has a formal Sunken Garden with fountains and an upper terrace–perfect for wedding ceremonies.  Couples often choose the Sunken Garden with its lush trellises and fountains for their ceremony.


Bobbi Brinkman, the photographer and I arrived just before Max and Barbara and we all chatted a moment of the beauty of this gorgeous place.  Barbara and Max chose a spot directly in front of the fountain to stand and say their “I do’s”.   It was the perfect spot!


The short ceremony began and the two held hands together as I spoke.  They listened intently to the scripture 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 New International Version (NIV) 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.


They repeated their vows, each to the other and exchanged rings.  The only visitors were the birds, the squirrels, and any other little critters that may have been lurking in the garden.  No Fourth of July fireworks, just sweet tears of happiness that welled in their eyes as they were at last pronounced husband and wife.  Doesn’t get any more romantic!



Wedding Officiant – Carla Pryor,

Photography – Bobbi Brinkman,

Venue – Crane Cottage

Lodging –


Crane Cottage Sunken Garden.

Photography by Bobbi Brinkman


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