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You’re engaged – congratulations, and let the celebration begin! When it comes to pre-wedding festivities, time spent with your closest friends at a bridal shower creates fond memories.

Speaking personally, I adore collaborating – especially with talented, creative wedding vendors. Our local Rising Tide Society’s Tuesdays Together group worked together to bring a mini, beautiful bridal shower to life. From a natural color scheme and fun (and delicious!) detailing, we hope you gain inspiration for your own event.

You’ll also spy a delicious looking lime punch, and I provided the recipe below. So yummy. Enjoy!

LIME PUNCH

Ingredients

• 1 quart lime sherbet
• 1 quart pineapple sherbet
• 2 liters ginger ale
• 46 ounce can pineapple juice
• lemon, lime and cucumber slices
Method

Pour one liter of ginger ale into a large punch bowl. Add scoops of sherbet to the bowl and add the remaining liter of ginger ale and the pineapple juice. Decorate with fruit slices, and top o with a steady pour of champagne (optional) to taste.

*Kindly note: This is a mix of the work of several different photographers, and each photo bears their name in its tag, yet the photos are placed in a logical flow in order to maintain the integrity of how Hill City Bride’s postings flow.*

Tuesday

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Tuesdays Together Bridal Shower as seen on Hill City Bride by Jonathan & Hannah Photography

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Tuesdays Together Bridal Shower as seen on Hill City Bride by Jonathan & Hannah Photography

Tuesdays Together Bridal Shower as seen on Hill City Bride by Jonathan & Hannah Photography

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Tuesdays Together Bridal Shower as seen on Hill City Bride by Jonathan & Hannah Photography

Tuesdays Together Bridal Shower as seen on Hill City Bride by Jonathan & Hannah Photography

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Tuesdays Together Bridal Shower as seen on Hill City Bride by Jonathan & Hannah Photography

Tuesdays Together Bridal Shower as seen on Hill City Bride by Jonathan & Hannah Photography

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Tuesdays Together Bridal Shower as seen on Hill City Bride by Jonathan & Hannah Photography

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Tuesdays Together Bridal Shower as seen on Hill City Bride by Jonathan & Hannah Photography

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VENDORS

Photography Team:

And here is a bit of the behind the scenes of the great vendors we have the in area – look at all of those photographers go!

Bridal Shower as seen on Hill City Bride by Jonathan & Hannah Photography

Bridal Shower as seen on Hill City Bride by Jonathan & Hannah Photography

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Bridal Shower as seen on Hill City Bride by Jonathan & Hannah Photography

  • Jonathan - I love seeing all the different perspectives on this shoot. You guys crushed it, both vendors and photographers.

Recently I was invited to take a press trip to St. Simon’s Island in Georgia. I had never even heard of the island, but after visiting, I am in love! From grand, old oaks and beautiful beaches to Southern charm and a plethora of things to do, I think it’s a lovely place to head for a destination wedding or honeymoon. Here are some of the highlights from my trip! Photos of the island are all by Jordyn Michelle Photography, and the wedding photos are credited separately. 

St. Simon

Tucked down on the coast of Georgia is an idyllic locale, which is part of the famed Golden Isles. Steeped in both history and beauty, St. Simon’s Island is the perfect setting for a couple looking for a destination wedding filled with beach views and lovely landscapes. A honeymoon may also be in order for the couple wishing to stay stateside yet still experience the luxury of an island vacation.

Besides the historical value of the island, part of its charm is due to a building ordinance instituted in the early 20th century. No residential buildings are higher than the tree canopy, which allows the island to retain a quaint, Southern vibe.

For couples considering a destination wedding, St. Simon’s satiates a variety of interests and offers a location that will cause your guests to linger on this charming isle.

Wedding Locations

Christ Church – This church not only offers an interior that is delightful but the grounds are interesting with its historic graveyard and great oaks dripping with dreamy Spanish moss. Right across from the church is a mediation path, which is both serene and perfect for post-ceremony photos.

St. Simon

Fort Frederica – Although a location for a smaller ceremony, this 1700s fort not only offers a lush landscape, but the view of the ocean and the appeal of the stone building itself is intriguing. Minimal setup is allowed on the property, but the allure of a fort wedding is most memorable.

St. Simon

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort – For those craving a beachside wedding, The King and Prince is your all-in-one stop for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, and accommodations.

King and Prince Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride

above photos: Bobbi Brinkman Photography

Photo by Chris Moncus Photography of St. SimonPhoto by Chris Moncus Photography of St. Simon

above photos: Chris Moncus Photography

The hotel offers several indoor room options for both ceremonies and receptions, although you may choose to say your nuptials on their lush lawn or on the beach itself – which does not require a permit, although the time of your ceremony will be dependent on the tides (there are two high and two low tides each day). Beyond that, the beach and resort itself make for lovely wedding photos.

With cozy ocean view rooms and suites, this location is ideal for making your wedding a remarkable event for all involved. Catering via ECHO, the on-site restaurant caps off a culinary delight for your guests!

Rehearsal Dinner and Post-Wedding Brunch Locations 

ECHO – Located on site at The King and Prince, this impeccable restaurant offers well thought out culinary delights for your guests for not only a rehearsal dinner but also a post-wedding brunch. Chef James Flack is both knowledgeable and creative with the inspirations for his dishes.

St. Simon

Georgia Sea Grill – Looking over the menu, picking just one entrée is difficult due to the plethora of creative options. Their executive chef has a background as a pastry chef, so the desserts are literally to die for.

Gnat’s Landing – This all-American restaurant offers unique dishes, a fun atmosphere and the use of their “gnatio” for outdoor events.

St. Simon

Sandcastle Café at the Pier – For a post-wedding breakfast, this staple in a thriving shopping district offers an ample buffet and a mimosa (or bloody Mary) to get your morning started.

Other Wedding Ideas

Transportation – Whether needing to get your wedding party from here to there on land or for a sightseeing tour on the ocean, Lighthouse Trolleys is the way to go.

Wedding Favors – Located in the main shopping area, the Savannah Bee Company offers not only delectable thank you gifts for your bridesmaids (think an ensemble of luxurious body products) but they can also provide favors. A jar of specialty honey is the perfect way to thank your guests for their attendance on your special day and pays homage to the owner of the owner’s island roots.

St. Simon

Things to Do on the Island

Of course the host of St. Simon’s Island wants your guests to have a great time and stay for a while, but the island also makes for an ideal location to honeymoon. Here are suggestions as far as what your guests can do on the island in addition to what makes St. Simon’s the perfect honeymoon destination.

  • Enjoy the beach. – Start your day by observing the colorful sunrise at 7am, and then wile the day away enjoying the sand and surf.

St. Simon

  • Explore local shops. – Head to the village shopping area for eclectic stores including souvenirs, antiques and home décor items. A favorite off the beaten path shop near The King and Prince is called Pane in the Glass and features stained glass items along with wares by local artisans.
  • Have a culinary experience. – There is no shortage of quality, unique dining on the island. Just see our rehearsal dinner recommendations for ideas!
  • Kayak the marshes. – Rent a kayak or take a guided tour (recommended due to the changing tides) of the waters to get close with nature and wildlife.
  • Rent bikes. – Ocean Motion is just a short walk from The King and Prince, and the island is very bike friendly. Peruse on your own, and be sure to include a ride on the beach itself!
  • Search for tree spirits. – These “spirits” are actually art pieces carved into living trees on the island by artist Keith Jennings.

St. Simon

  • Take a boat tour. – Lighthouse Trolleys can take you on a lovely tour of the ocean, including unique bird sightings and a jaunt underneath the lovely Sidney Lanier Bridge.
  • Tour St. Simon’s Lighthouse. – The view from this 1800s beacon is spectacular, but a tour includes an informative and interesting education about lighthouses in general, which is well worth the time spent.

Thank you again to The King and Prince for hosting such a wonderful, fun filled tour of St. Simon’s Island. I can’t wait to go back! 

 

  • Nancy Kirkpatrick - Lovely article. I recognized Bobbi Brinkman’s wedding photos immediately! Good job.

French Country Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog

Every once in a while I get a surprise in my inbox – a bride sends me her own wedding! And when it’s as lovely as Will and Rachel’s, it’s definitely a pleasure to feature.

The theme of their day is best described as “rustic Virginia with French country touches” as Rachel is a high school French teacher and the couple hails from VA. The color palette of grays and greens with hints of lavender has such a softness!

Here is what Rachel had to say about some of the details from their day…

The centerpieces, bar sign, chair decorations, signs, and wreaths were all handmade. The doilies all belonged to my grandma, as did a lot of the small bottles in the centerpieces. I decorated all the bottles with lace and twine. I wanted them to look rustic and simple, fitting with the gorgeous barn at Sierra Vista.

The ceremony chairs had ribbons streaming down the backs of them, and my mom made the wreaths on the cabin. She also painted the little wagon our flower girls and ring bearer came down the aisle in (the flower girls are very young, and the ring bearer can’t walk yet, so that was our solution!).

Our guest book was a sign of the state of Virginia, and we also had a Virginia framed picture and the outline of the state on our koozies, which were favors. We included a hint of my love for French with macarons on the cake and cupcakes (the cupcakes were made by one of our students), and I handmade 150 tiny macaron stands out of Sculpey clay for my escort card holders. 

What an absolutely perfect wedding with so many DIY details and heirlooms. I hope you enjoy this wedding today!

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Vendors:

  • Mandi Mitchell - This is GORGEOUS!!!! 🙂 I love everything about this!

  • Jamie - Beautifully details and gorgeous imagery!

  • Tami - Gorgeous wedding! Beautiful work!

  • Holly Meyer - Lovely photos! Those cake toppers are TOO cute!

  • Cebu Wedding Photographer - Just gorgeous!! Love the setting for the wedding ceremony.

Technicolor Kind of Love Style Shoot as seen on Hill City Bride

This is such a fun, styled shoot. I love it for a few reasons. First of all, there are so many local vendors involved in making it a fun event. The more, the merrier! Second, I adore the color, color, color everywhere. So fun! And last (but certainly not a comprehensive list), there are lots of fun DIY details – handmade light fixtures, painted chairs and candlesticks, plantable paper favors and the amazing food.

Here is a word from the coordinator and photographer, CYork Photography about her thoughts on the shoot itself.

Art teacher by weekday and photographer by weekend, I am in love with all things colorful and all things wedding. I was first inspired to do this shoot when I was planning my own wedding and looking through bridesmaid dresses. I just remember thinking, ‘Why can’t I just use them all?’ And that’s when I realized, wait, I totally CAN use all these amazing colors.

And so with the help of some very talented vendors and designers who I met on The Rising Tide, a society of creatives who put ‘community over competition’, we transformed my colorful dreams into a vibrant, bold, fun reality. We did LOTS of personalizing and DIY with this shoot, which I think will appeal to many brides. We also did lots of upcycling like in the chairs, candlesticks and flatware. The favor was a DIY seed bomb. The napkins were a hand-dipped DIY. Even the ribbon chandeliers were a DIY sent from a Rising Tide member all the way in Tennessee.

I love how bold and fearless this shoot became. The combination of the organic bright space and the geometric designs and accents weirdly came together to create something unique and beautiful. If this shoot were a bird it would be an island parrot in a tree full of white wedding doves. And I think that this technicolor shoot will find some brides of the same colorful feather. Enjoy!

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 Vendors:

  • Mike the uncle - Good job!!

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