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

Vendors:

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.

 

Vendors:

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.

 

Vendors:

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

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

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

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!

 

Vendors:

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

Photography – Bobbi Brinkman, http://www.bobbibrinkmanphotography.com

Venue – Crane Cottage

Lodging – http://www.jekyllclub.com

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Crane Cottage Sunken Garden.

Photography by Bobbi Brinkman

Dreams Come True On Cumberland Island | Cumberland Island Wedding Planner

A dream came true today for Jessica Doane as she married the love of her life, Shawn Jeffery on beautiful Cumberland Island, Georgia. They were married in the First African Baptist Church located at the north end of the island. The First African Baptist Church was established in 1893 and then rebuilt in the 1930’s. It was the site of the September 1996 wedding of John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Carolyn Bessette.

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Since Jessica was a young girl, she was completely awestruck by the famous pictures she had seen of John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Carolyn Bessette when they married in a little church on an island off the coast of Georgia. She secretly daydreamed of herself in those pictures as she married a handsome prince of her own.

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Years flew by and Jessica met the man of her dreams, Shawn Jeffery. She never forgot the wedding dream she had from all those years ago and after talking with Shawn, they decided to do a little googling. Isn’t the internet awesome?

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The wheels began to roll and everything fell right in place for a July 4, 2014 elopement to Cumberland Island, Georgia. They would to be married in the same little First African Baptist Church, just the same as JFK, Jr and Carolyn Bessette.

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Reservations were made for lodging and a romantic dinner for the eve of their marriage at The Horse Stamp Inn in Waverly, GA. Horse Stamp Inn is nestled on a secluded tree–covered property with expansive green fields, a rustic horse barn and artesian fresh water pond. The Horse Stamp Inn is the perfect romantic get-a-way.

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Flights were booked and all the details were completed. The day finally arrived for their trip to Georgia. They would return as Mr. and Mrs.

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The morning began early as Nikki Roman @ Joey & Roman Salon, Jasna Dzafer @ Healthy Nails by Jasna, and Tawny @ Salon Ellapar arrived to do their magic. Jessica was indeed a princess when they left.


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Luke Smith, the photographer arrived shortly thereafter to capture some get ready shots and a few details before they all would depart for the port at St. Marys.

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The Cumberland Queen Ferry was docked and ready for departure. Jessica and Shawn boarded the ferry with Luke, the photographer, and Jessica’s beautiful bouquet of peach and light pink peonies and garden roses. Luke was loaded down with camera equipment to make sure everything was documented in pictures.

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The 45 minute ferry ride to Cumberland Island was a relaxing trip on board the Cumberland Queen. The sun was shining bright and the cool breeze over the water made one want to sit back and breathe in the fresh air. Cumberland Island was just ahead and it wouldn’t be long now!

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They arrived at the church and Jessica could barely believe she was finally there. It was just like the pictures she had seen all those years ago. Her dream was coming true.

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Jessica and Shawn entered the church and were married in a short ceremony in the same church, in the same spot, as John F. Kennedy, Jr and Carolyn Bessette. Jessica’s dream had come full circle. They kissed the sweetest kiss and followed the same steps out of the church from that famous picture of years ago.

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Vendors:
Wedding Planner – Carla Pryor, http://www.stsimonselopements.com
Photography – Luke Smith, http://www.lonepine-photography.com
Flowers – The Flower Basket, http://www.brunswickflowerbasket.net
Make Up – Nikki Roman @ Joey & Roman Salon
Nails – Jasna Dzafer @ Healthy Nails by Jasna
Hair – Tawny @ Salon Ellapar
Head piece – Jennifer Rose Diehl @ The Ritsy Rose
Venue – First African Baptist Church, Cumberland, GA
Lodging – Kris and Tom Hutcheson, http://www.horsestampinn.com

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Debbie and Andy’s Destination Elopement | Jekyll Island Wedding Planner

Debbie and Andy were married on Juky 1, 2014 at 7pm on Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, Georgia.  Just the two of them on a deserted section of beach with only the sounds of the ocean waves lapping the shore and the seagulls chirping above.

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Andy and Debbie have been together for a number of years, so it was no surprise to anyone that they would be tying the knot together on a destination elopement for just the two of them.  Their families are thrilled!

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Located on the north end of Jekyll Island, Driftwood beach is covered with beautiful driftwood and trees that resemble a tree graveyard. This is due to the north end of the island slowly eroding away and being deposited on the south end of the island.   We walked the sandy path to the beach and found the perfect spot among the trees.  The romantic and intimate ceremony began.

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Andy was tanned and handsome in his white linen shirt and tan slacks.  He wore a boutonnière of white hydrangeas to match Debbie’s bouquet.  And of course, Debbie was as beautiful as ever in a strapless pale pink floor length gown of crepe chiffon.  The ruched bodice had a sweetheart neckline that was gorgeous.  She carried a bouquet of pink roses with white hydrangeas.  They both kicked off their flops and felt the sand between their toes!

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The two listened to words of love and commitment before saying their “I do’s” and each said vows to the other.  Rings were exchanged as a token and pledge of their constant faith to each other and they were at last pronounced husband and wife together.  Andy kissed his bride at last!

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Lots of fun photography afterwards that included bike rides and romantic walks together along the beach.  The newlywed glow is in full swing!

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Wedding Vendors:

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

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

Flowers – Edward on St. Simons, http://www.edwardonstsimons.com

Venue – Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, GA

Lodging – Jekyll Island Club Hotel

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Ali and Adam’s Sunrise Wedding | Jekyll Island Wedding Planner & Officiant

The sunrise wedding of Alison Kane and Adam Hellwig was held at approximately 6:26am on July 1, 2014 on Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, Georgia.  You have to see it to believe just how beautiful the sunrise is as it comes up over Jekyll Island and this July morning was as beautiful as I have ever seen!

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The morning started earlier than you might think, so early that some never went to sleep.  Devyn Miller, the hair stylist and make up artist arrived at 2:45am to begin her expertise on Alison and Val, Alison’s mom.  As always, Devyn was awesome and Alison and Val were even more beautiful than ever.  Chris Moncus, the photographer was there at 4am to capture the get ready shots and details before everyone departed for the beach.

 

It was still dark outside at 5:40am as the guests began to arrive on Driftwood Beach.  Mimosa’s were served as a little refreshment while the groom and his best man, Kirk Crandall took their place on the beach.

 

The morning’s sunrise slowly began to edge upward as the guests gathered close around.  Megan Kane, sister  of the bride and maid of honor emerged from the sandy path and onto the beach.  She took her place as everyone  waited in anticipation of the bride.

 

A breathtaking display of radiant colors began to form streaks of pink, yellow, red, and orange and slowly overcame the dark blue and purple of the twilight sky.  All the colors blended perfectly into each other as Alison and her father, Mike Kane, walked arm in arm for Alison to be presented in marriage to her groom.

 

Alison was gorgeous in her white floor length wedding gown.  She was effortlessly beautiful in this simple and sweet wedding dress.  The strapless ruched bodice featured a  feminine sweetheart neckline and the long soft chiffon material gave this dress a whimsical feel.  She carried a bouquet of beautiful wild flowers of pink, blue, yellow, and peach.  So pretty!

 

The ceremony began and included Adam’s son, Landon in the vows.  Alison promised to love and care for Landon as her own, as he in turn promised to love, honor, and respect Alison as his stepmom.

 

Vows were said, rings were exchanged and the sun was just peeking out of the horizon as Adam and Alison were at last pronounced husband and wife.  Adam kissed his bride as the sun’s rays were beginning to shine brightly and warm the air.  Nothing more romantic than that!

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As I  marveled at the glistening reflection of the sun on the ocean and the beach, an amazing feeling of awe swept over me.  A new hope, a new start, a new beginning.  It’s a brand new day!

 

Wedding Vendors:

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

Photographer – Chris Moncus, http://www.chrismoncusphoto.com

Flowers – Cottage Flowers,  https://www.facebook.com/cottageflowersbygay/timeline

Hair Design & Make Up – Devyn Miller, http://www.devynmiller.com

Venue – Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, Georgia