Friday, April 29, 2011

Real Savannah Wedding: Beverly and Kenyon Part 3-Reception

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To honor those that could not be with them and have passed…they released these incredible wish lanterns into the Savannah’s night sky.

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Thanks again Shannon Christopher for the images and capturing an amazing day with beautiful people! Congratulations again Beverly and Kenyon and thank you for allowing us to share in your day. Here is to many many more years of love, laughter and marital bliss.

xoxoxo

The MG Events Team

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Real Savannah Wedding: Beverly and Kenyon Part 2-Portraits

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Real Savannah Wedding: Beverly and Kenyon Part 1-Ceremony

Beverly and Kenyon were married on April 3rd in Orleans Square in front of their reception site amongst friends and loved ones during the most perfect Savannah weather! But what really was incredible and a first for us, is that Beverly wore her mothers wedding gown-----UNCHANGED----and can you blame her? It is breath-taking! She looked smashing in it as well. These two are just the sweetest and most caring people you will come across and each and every vendor commented just that throughout the night! Kenyon serves our country (a big thank you to him for his service, as it is always an honor sharing in a fellow military soldier’s wedding) and chose to marry the love of his life in his dress blues…and how handsome was he? Guests enjoyed lawn games before and after the wedding ceremony before heading over to the cocktail hour at the Harper Fowlkes House.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Real Savannah Wedding: Kathy and Jeff Vow Renewal

Kathy and Jeff have been married for 30 years and this renewal was a celebration of their 30th wedding anniversary! It was truly a different kind of honor sharing in this occasion because normally we partake in a wedding. To see a couple together for 30 years and see them getting to relive the moment was not only inspiring as a married woman myself, but a payoff as a wedding planner. Surround by their children and closest family members was pure joy. Here are just  few images of their special day. Thank you again Kathy and Jeff…Happy 30th wedding anniversary.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Future Savannah Wedding: Al and Nam

 IMG_0982 Meet Al and Nam
Where did you meet? Nam and I met on a plane from Charlotte, NC to Atlanta, GA (probably one of the shortest commercial flights out there!). Fortunately, we were seated next to one another, whereupon we struck up a conversation. The rest, as they say, is history.

How did he propose? I proposed to Nam in one of our favorite spots at the Ford Plantation: the pool behind the main house. That pool has a wonderful black bottom that gives it a mysterious, yet alluring feeling. The view of the Ogeechee river is spectacular too. We just love swimming there! The evening that I proposed to Nam, we went up for a pre-dinner swim. I had the ring tucked safely in a towel, which I set by the side of the pool. We waded over to that spot, I got down on one knee (in the shallow end) and I popped the question!

When is your wedding date? October 29th, 2011

Why did you pick the area you are getting married in? My family has a residence down at Ford, so we've been going there for a few years and Nam and I spent a lot of time there when we were living in Atlanta. We simply couldn't think of a more perfect place (perhaps with the exception of Westminster Abbey) to get married.

Where do you reside now? Minneapolis, MN

Anything interesting or out of the ordinary you are including in your
wedding day?
Nothing crazy. Nam is a Brit and I'm an American. So our wedding will likely feature themes and memorabilia from our respective countries.

We look forward to sharing in the wedding planning process with you two and more importantly…your wedding day!
The MGE Team

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ask Morgan: Receiving Line or Not?

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Question: When my mother and I were talking about thanking guests for coming to the wedding on the day and she thinks I should have a traditional receiving line. I hate the idea of standing around for 20 minutes shaking everyone's hand and hugging people I have never met and wouldn't know when to do it during the day so it doesn't interfere with the other activities of the day. What do I do? --Lynn

Answer: Hi Lynn. Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding. I think the big question to answer first is how large of a wedding are you having? I would NEVER suggest a receiving line if you have over 50+ guests. You are correct-it would take FOREVER to get through and guests would be standing in line for a long time. However, if your numbers are under 50, then if you want to save the time you would have used during the reception going around to tables, then sure! Regardless of the option you chose, proper etiquette says that you should thank your guests and show your gratitude face-to-face, that they have attended either by thanking them in a receiving line or at some point during your reception.

With that said, here are some tips that help from the knot.

When & Where?
Generally the receiving line is formed immediately following the ceremony or at the beginning of the reception. You'll want to take spatial constraints into consideration when choosing where to line up so that family and bridal party members aren't standing on top of each other and guests have room to move in a smooth, orderly procession (which in turn makes the line go faster so you can all get on to the party). Proper ventilation is also crucial to avoid sweaty brows and swooning bridesmaids. The most commonly used ceremony site areas include the hallway or vestibule at the head of the aisle, outside the entry doors, down the front steps, or on the front porch. At your reception site the options are many, depending on the party space: consider the cocktail lounge, the lobby, just outside the doors leading into the main room, or the reception room itself, perhaps on the dance floor. Ultimately, pick a spot where you and your guests can stand comfortably for the duration.
Who Stands in it?
Traditionally, the bride's parents -- as hosts -- head the receiving line and are first to greet guests, followed by the bride and groom and then the groom's parents. Many lines we've seen also include the entire bridal party (if there's room), and sometimes even grandparents (if they're able). Today, however, with more couples contributing to or paying for their own weddings, the lines have blurred (so to speak). The couple may wish to stand alone, especially if the majority of guests are their friends, or they may stand with just the moms while the dads circulate among and welcome the crowd during the cocktail hour.
Divorced & Remarried Parents
This may be one of the stickier situations you'll encounter when orchestrating the big day, and the resolution often depends on the relationships between the relevant parties. If your parents are divorced, they should not stand next to one another in line -- even if they are sharing hosting duties -- as this gives the impression that they are still a couple. Instead, place Mom on one side of you and the groom, then the groom's parents, then Dad. If this arrangement doesn't sit well, consider placing another family member or an honor attendant between them. And what about stepparents? Should you include them too? That depends: Do you have a good relationship with them? Is your mom/dad capable of sharing this duty with your stepmom/dad with civility and grace? You should strive to make everyone feel as comfortable as possible. If this arrangement gets the green light, simply have your father stand with his new wife, and your mother with her new husband. This way guests will understand the relationships.
Introductions All Around
The receiving line is where your hosting duties as the bride and groom kick off. It'll no doubt be a whirlwind of faces, but as much as possible you should introduce your new spouse and your parents to all the guests they have not yet met. First names and the guests' relationships to you should suffice. Likewise all guests should take it upon themselves to offer this same information as introduction to attendants and family members whom they've never met as they proceed down the line; simply shake hands, offer congratulations, and keep moving. The bride and groom need only accept everyone's hugs, kisses, and best wishes, and thank them for coming. It's that simple. And yes, you'll end up with a lot of lipstick on your cheeks, but fear not -- you're allowed to make a bathroom pit stop before heading to the party.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Great Guestbook Find

image Do you want a different idea for your guest book that would look great on your wall for years to come? Take a look at this Etsy Shop and thumb through all the incredible options! There are many different styles that can match almost any personal taste/wedding. Guests will put their fingerprint on a branch and sign below! HOWWW CUTEEEE! image image