Alright, folks – I know that Fall just started, but this wedding will have you wishing for summer again… And you’ll see why in the gorgeous photos by Mackensey Alexander!
Taking inspiration from the Summer Solstice and ancient traditions, the couple and the team behind this wedding had so much fun crafting all the details! The planner/florist from Ivory & Beau was absolutely captivated when she heard Shannon + Britt’s ideas – something warm, intimate, filled with love, and LOT of greenery. Shannon, the bride, envisioned a circular orientation for their ceremony and reception – completely surrounded by candles. The circle setting allowed for their guests to sit all around them, giving the space such a unique and intimate feeling. The ceremony began with an Altar Girl walking around the perimeter of the circle, and lighting a candle for each of the 4 elements, making the room feel like an enchanted space.
Shannon shares The idea for a Summer Solstice inspired wedding came from the fact that people around the world celebrate the solstice with feasting and dancing… Which is exactly what we wanted – a huge party and feast! We were influenced by pagan traditions, from the circular arrangement to the Handfasting ceremony. Since the event was indoors, we knew we wanted a lot of candlelight and greenery to emphasize our theme.
Are you ready for some mid-summer magic?
Such a gorgeous ring shot by Mackensey Alexander!
Pretty, pretty jewels.
How sweet is this?!
The Soho South Cafe in Historic Savannah, Georgia made for one gorgeous location – especially with the streamlined lights. Don’t you think?
Shannon’s ‘Stella’ dress by Leanne Marshall is GORGEOUS – we’re crazy in love with that cascading skirt.
Flawless hair + makeup (hello LASHES!) thanks to JW Salon & Spa.
This is the Handfasting ceremony, as mentioned above! Not sure what handfasting is? Don’t worry – we did our research! Handfasting is a historical term for “betrothal” or “wedding”, in which the hands of the couple are bound together with a ribbon or cord to symbolize their vows. The term derives from the Old Norse word hand-festa, which translates to striking a bargain through the act of joining hands. The tradition is believed to be ancient and derive from Celtic tribes, with a resurgence taking placing in the Middle Ages, well into the 17th century. Now you know :)
Processional: Nights In White Satin by The Moody Blues
Recessional: Haste To The Wedding
First Dance: Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler
The long-stemmed candles and the vintage looking tableware definitely give off an Old World charm.
Our favorite part of the day was definitely our reception. We surprised our guests with a goofy choreographed dance and they all loved it! Afterwards, it was so nice to party, mingle, and celebrate with everyone!
A huge congrats to you, Shannon + Britt! And may all your seasons be as dreamy as this one.
photography: Mackensey Alexander // venue name: Soho South Cafe, Savannah, Georgia, USA // planning: Ivory and Beau // florals: Ivory and Beau // wedding dress: Leanne Marshall - Stella // hair stylist: JW Salon & Spa // makeup artist: JW Salon & Spa // paper goods: Bride and Groom // catering: Soho South Cafe // cake: Lulu’s Chocolate Bar // music: Will Smith