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  • Elizabeth & Christopher
    Wedding Date: June 29th, 2013
    Ceremony Location: Spanish Lounge
    Reception Location: Black Bank Terrace & Cloister Ballroom
    Bride: Elizabeth Haddad
    Groom: Christopher Schwartz
    Wedding Manager: Maren White
    Hair Stylist: Kimberly's Back Porch
    Makeup Artist: Kimtasha from Jacksonville, FL
    Gown Designer: Elie Saab
    Tux Designer: Martin Greenfield
    Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Joanna August Ceremony

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    Rehearsal Dinner/Welcome Party Location: Rainbow Island
    Bridesmaids Luncheon Location: Spanish Lounge Terrace
    Band: Powerhouse Band
    Photographer: Shawn Connell for Christian Oth Studios

    What was your favorite memory from your Sea Island Wedding?
    We had so many incredible memories! We loved the rehearsal dinner. Rainbow Island was magical at night. The sun was setting, the marshes were peaceful, and the winding boardwalk leading to the festivities was a beautiful journey for everyone to take together; that really set the tone for the entire weekend. After the morning ceremony and luncheon, taking a ride through the marshes on the Cloister Belle with my bridal party was a great moment! We got to have this dramatic send off, with everyone overlooking the water as we sailed away, and then we enjoyed a peaceful ride with champagne and our closest friends. But our absolute favorite moment had to be the dance party! It was electric! The Cloister Sparklers were so breathtaking that my husband and I look nothing short of shocked in all of our photographs, since we assumed sparklers were those handheld things we played with every 4th of July during our youth.

    How did you hear about Sea Island?
    My mother had been here before. We were in the area and another location in Florida had kind of fallen through. We only planned on taking a quick detour through Sea Island, but once I toured all the venues, I knew it was "the one!"

    What was the inspiration for your décor/theme of your wedding?
    We wanted a southern, but natural feel for our wedding. For our ceremony, we created an altar using two Crepe Myrtle trees brought into the Spanish Lounge. We created an English Garden for our luncheon on the Black Banks Terrace. We used a lot of white, laced with greenery like Magnolia and Boxwood. For the evening party, we wanted to create a 1920s Old Hollywood-feel in the ballroom, with lots of greenery and trees set amongst the dark wood and hanging lanterns that the room already provided.

    After the wedding was over, were you pleased with the details? How would you describe your experience at Sea Island?
    The design team and wedding coordinators were beyond wonderful! I couldn't have picked a better place to be married, and my husband and I can't wait to have future events at Sea Island. They understood our vision, were so organized and attentive, and just all around lovely.

  • Samantha & Aryeh
    Wedding Date: May 12, 2013
    Ceremony Location: Cloister Garden
    Reception Location: Club Room
    Bride: Samantha Ferguson
    Groom: Aryeh Kaplan
    Wedding Manager: Maren White
    Hair Stylist: Amy Jenkins
    Makeup Artist: Kimtasha
    Gown Designer: Mark Zunino
    Tux Designer: Ermenegildo Zegna
    Bridesmaid Dress Designer: variety of designers

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    Bridal Shoes Designer: Jimmy Choo
    Rehearsal Dinner/Welcome Party Location: Spanish Lounge
    Bridesmaids Luncheon Location: We had a girls’ brunch at the cottage that we were staying at.
    Band: DJ Lethal Rhythm
    Photographer: Scott Hopkins Photography
    Videographer: IMint Media

    What was your favorite memory from your Sea Island Wedding?
    My favorite memory was our first look. Our wedding manager, Maren, spent the day trying to make sure that Aryeh and I didn’t see each other. She tried her best which was a challenge given Aryeh’s “curious” nature. I remember covertly walking through the hallways, as Maren orchestrated my route to ensure that the Aryeh and I would not cross paths too soon. All this made our first look extra special.

    How did you hear about Sea Island? Aryeh, my husband, and his family vacationed at Sea Island several times before.
    What was the inspiration for your décor/theme of your wedding? We didn’t have a specific theme but just wanted a classic, classy, and organic feel.

    After the wedding was over, were you pleased with the details? How would you describe your experience at Sea Island?
    Our experience at Sea Island was wonderful and we were pleased how the whole weekend turned out. The staff could not be friendlier. Our wedding manager could not have been more accommodating and organized. The location and weather could not have been more beautiful. After our wedding, Aryeh asked if we could do all again next weekend.

  • Meredith & Brian
    Wedding Date: April 13, 2013
    Ceremony Location: Cloister Garden
    Reception Location: Ocean Room and Patio
    Bride: Meredith Dulaney
    Groom: Brian Escobedo
    Wedding Manager: Maren White
    Hair Stylist: Ashley Edenfield from Kimberly’s Back Porch on St. Simons
    Makeup Artist: Kimtasha from Jacksonville, FL
    Gown Designer: Vera Wang
    Tux Designer: Brooks Brothers
    Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Amsale

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    Bridal Shoes Designer: Jimmy Choo
    Rehearsal Dinner/Welcome Party Location: Thursday Night Welcome Party - Black Banks Terrace / Rehearsal Dinner (Friday night) - Rainbow Island
    Bridesmaids Luncheon Location: I did not have a traditional Bridesmaids Luncheon. Instead, I did Bikinis & Billinis for my bridesmaids and girlfriends at a cabana at the Beach Club pool.
    Band: Simply Irresistible
    Photographer: Scott & Melissa Hopkins
    Videographer: None

    What was your favorite memory from your Sea Island Wedding?
    It’s so hard to pick just one! However, we would have to say the walk with the bagpiper, our wedding party, family and wedding guests from the ceremony over to the reception. I remember people pulling over in their cars at the roundabout to stop and watch us. We felt like celebrities! :) Then walking into the reception!!! Brian and I both were blown away by how incredibly stunning everything looked. There wasn’t a detail overlooked. It was so much more beautiful and chic than we could have ever imagined. Perfection!

    How did you hear about Sea Island?
    Having been raised in the south, I had always heard incredible things about Sea Island.

    If you grew up coming here, what is your favorite past Sea Island memory?
    I did not grow up coming to Sea Island; however, as a child I always wanted to go there because I wanted to ride horses in the ocean! ;)

    What was the inspiration for your décor/theme of your wedding?
    It was important to both of us that all of our guests felt like they were a part of the entire wedding weekend from the moment they arrived on Thursday to the moment they departed on Sunday. We wanted the weekend to be a unique and memorable experience for everyone. My inspiration for the reception décor was centered around making people feel like they were walking into a beautiful Southern home for a grand party. I wanted to stay in tune with the Sea Island decor and for it to feel chic, regal and traditional with a hint of rustic flare. I kept my color palette very neutral so nothing was super over powering.

    After the wedding was over, were you pleased with the details? How would you describe your experience at Sea Island?
    We could not have been more pleased with how everything went from the moment we arrived in Sea Island the Monday before the wedding to the day we left after the wedding. Maren was a lifesaver and made everything so easy. The week before a wedding can be very stressful and Maren was always there to assist in taking care of last minute things for my family and me or to just calm my nerves. I cannot thank her enough for all her hard work, advice, counseling and guidance.

    Also, we loved working with Melissa and her team on the event design of the reception. I really do not know how to describe in words how stunning the reception décor turned out. It was beyond my wildest dreams. Melissa and her team are incredibly talented and creative and I also owe them a huge thank you! Our family and friends who attended the wedding are still talking about our wedding reception to this day.

    The entire weekend from the Welcome Cocktails on the Black Banks Terrace on Thursday night, to the Rehearsal Dinner at Rainbow Island on Friday night, to the Wedding Ceremony and Reception on Saturday were absolute PERFECTION! We cannot thank you enough for making our wedding weekend truly one of the best, most fun, most memorable and special experiences of our life. We are forever indebted to you.

    Thank you!