Their wedding vows spoke to the importance of being loved and how long the journey was to get to the place that their love (as well as others like them) was legal and they they were able to become Mr and Mr.! Ben and Peter brought their classic style and love for simple details and mixed it with southern charm where both their families and friends danced the night away under the stars as they celebrated each other, their marriage and most importantly that LOVE WINS!
Q1: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
A1: Classic and clean look with white and navy blue color scheme. We wanted to incorporate a lot of natural candle lights, florals and rustic greenery. We didn’t incorporate any cultural or religious traditions. Our best friend was the officiant who added a personal element to our ceremony. We couldn’t have dreamt of another person marrying us. She was truly perfect.
Q2: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
A2: Our ceremony had touches of rustic eucalyptus garland behind the last row of seats and two dogwood trees framing the aisle. White rose pedals covered the sides of the aisle underneath the aisle seat tied with a navy chiffon bow. Our reception tables were draped with navy lamour satin table clothes and white napkins. The centerpieces encompassed a large white lantern, 3 vases with white roses, hydrangeas and tulips, and our table numbers were a picture frame stating “When we were (table number)” and included pictures of each of us at that age. Our table assignment/ name place cards were tied to a small white lantern and featured a candler oak tree drawing from a local artist. We used this oak design all throughout the wedding decor and design.
Q3: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
A3: Our ceremony backdrop was an arbor draped in white chiffon fabric bunched with white hydrangeas and eucalyptus on both sides. The back of the arbor had eucalyptus hanging garland which tied in the gorgeous natural greenery of the venue. We used white hydrangeas and eucalyptus in our bro’smaids bouquets and white ranunculus in the grooms’ and groomsmen boutonnières. Instead of one traditional centerpiece vase; We opted to have large white lanterns be the centerpiece with 3 vases surrounding it. Those vases had arranged white tulips, roses and hydrangeas.
Q4: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
A4: Some of the most memorable parts of the wedding included the reception, more specifically the parent and sibling toasts and dancing. We had a bocce ball game set up to pay homage to Peter’s Italian heritage. We also had a fantastic photo booth set up by All About You Entertainment. They emailed the guests their pictures immediately as well as having print outs for them and one copy for us in a guest book that could be personalized!
Q5: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
A5: The groom’s wore navy blue tailored suits and brown dress shoes. We wanted more causal of a look than a tuxedo and considering the weather and it being an outside wedding in the south.The groomsmen wore tailor navy blue suit jackets, khaki pants and brown Sperry’s. The bro’smaids wore knee length chiffon navy blue dresses in the style of their choice with nude color heels.
Q6: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A6: We first met when Peter was bartending in Orlando and Ben was a patron. We immediately locked eyes and Peter thought Ben was very attractive. We then met a week later through a mutual friend and immediately hit it off! Ben proposed to Peter in December 2016 in Quebec City, Canada. Since Peter works for an airline and was scheduled to work during the holidays; We planned a trip to Quebec City to celebrate the holidays together in a wintery wonderland. One night before dinner, Ben recommended that we go for drinks a bit earlier. On our walk to to the restaurant he guided us through a park that overlooked the city. As Peter looked off in the distance he saw candles on the ground and a person standing nearby. He looked at Ben and said, “Aww… look it’s a memorial for someone’s death.” Ben was nervous himself since he was just about to propose to Peter so he just didn’t pay any it any mind. As they got closer, Ben kneeled in the circle of candles and proposed to Peter. The rest is history 🙂
Q7: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A7: You know, everyone says to savor every moment because it goes by so fast. This statement couldn’t be more true! On of our favorite moments of the night is when everyone was on the dance floor during one of the last songs, ‘We are Family.’ Our friends made a huge circle and people started showing off dance moves and catwalks through the circle. It was icing on the cake when Ben’s grandmother (Granjan) strutted her stuff across the circle!
Q8: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
A8: One of my best bits of advice is to enjoy the planning process. Find your niche of what you like to plan that compliments your partner. There were parts that neither of us enjoyed doing so we delegated tasks to our wedding party! Make sure there’s ample time for dancing as this is what most people will remember! We opted for no videographer and have regrets. Although we’ve gathered videos from family and friends – get a videographer to take away that stress post-wedding!
Photographer: Bobbi Brinkman Photography
Floral Designer: Improvisions of Grace
Transportation: Old Savannah Tours
Pre Ceremony Location: The Whitman Mansion
Event Venue: The Mackey House
Bakery: Wicked Cakes of Savannah
Caterer: J Thomas Catering
Photo Booth Equipment: All About You Entertainment
DJ: All About You Entertainment