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

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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!

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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.

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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

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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