Sunday, September 11, 2011

"God's Grace" - Angela & Patrick's Wedding Day - 7.9.11

Our wedding day was like none other.  What started off as a beautiful morning turned into an afternoon of clouds, showers and lightening...but a perfect day and union was the birth of this storm.

The Westin Savannah Harbor Resort was the selected venue for our ceremony and reception.  The ceremony was scheduled to be held outside on the gorgeous river lawn overlooking the Savannah River.  The reception was held in the Grand Ballroom of the resort.  Once the sky opened up, my parents and I made the call to move the ceremony into a portion of the ballroom.  We couldn't have made a better decision.  The intimacy of the new space created such an atmosphere of love and support from our family and friends. 

Ceremony details

Patrick and I wanted a family and friend inclusive ceremony.  In addition to each of our closest family members and friends gracing our wedding party, we were elated to have our pastor, Pastor Tony Brock, officiate the service.  My mother and father, Eddie and Linda Byrd, are also ministers and graced us with a special wedding prayer.  My friend, Rebekah Lovell and her husband, John provided words of scripture related to marriage and love.

Below are some photographs from our day of wedding bliss!!  Enjoy! 
The bridal jewelry - gifts from her mother, Linda.
The couple's rings modeled on a white, coral sculpture
All prepped and ready for the ceremony!  Matching lounge dresses provided by me.  Each bridesmaids' dress had her initial embroidered on a button that was pinned to the dress!

My gown -- an oyster-pearl colored, silk satin, strapless trumpet-cut gown with lace and sequin detail on the bodice, the edge of the trumpet-cut bottom, and along the extended train. A sil-satin waist band adorned with crystal accents.  A cathedral-length veil with lace detail accompanied her gown.

Finishing touches put in place by my sister and matron of honor, Melinda! 

Opening my wedding day gift from Patrick -- a diamond necklace, bracelet, and earring set!

Patrick opening his wedding day gift from me -- an Armani Exhange timepiece!

Groomsmen, ushers, and broom bearer on the green!

Beautiful bridesmaids on another green! :-)
The handsome groom wore a white dinner jacket with black tuxedo pants and an ivory boutonniere with bear grass loops accenting his pocket square
Bridal portrait

My walk with Dad

So happy!  It's finally happening!! :-)

And we're married!  Sealed with a kiss!

About to "jump the broom!"  *broom created by me!* :-)

He's my Mr. and I'm his Mrs.!!

Reception centerpiece
Signature monogram on reception dinner menu *created by me, the bride!*
Reception centerpiece

For “something blue,” the bride’s mother shared her diamond and sapphire ring.
Our first dance / wedding party ensemble (and my wardrobe change!)
Gown #2!  Adorned on the bodice with Swarovski crystals!  Shoes - Benjamin Adam of London (thanks Mommy!)  Feather and crytal hair accessory
Departing our farewell line for our honeymoon suite!

The bride’s five-tiered wedding cake was accented with pearls and ivory and frosted with butter cream frosting with dark champagne colored swirled designs. 
The groom’s cake was a white butter cream frosted chocolate cake in the shape of a diamond with the groom’s fraternity insignia on top.

Reception details

More than 200 guests were seated in the Grand Ballroom, which was illuminated with golden uplighting and grand chandeliers throughout the ballroom. The tables were decorated with ivory damask linens, silver china and a signature monogrammed dinner menu featuring the couple’s monogram.
Floral arrangements throughout the ballroom featured clear trumpet and bowl vases filled with white gladioli, dark champagne roses, pink roses, ivory roses and white hydrangea.


Patrick and I would like to thank our family and friends for making our wedding weekend the happiest moment a bride and groom could have!  We love each of you and wish God's continued grace and mercy upon your lives. 

Special thanks to our wonderful vendors:

The Blessed Bride's Owner / Operator - Angela B. Reed (planning & coordination) - / Twitter - @theblessedbride
The Blessed Bride's Linda E. Byrd - mother of the bride (planning & coordination)
Westin Savannah Harbor Resort - Robyn Carroll (catering coordinator)
Fotos by Fola - Afolabi "Fola" Sogunro - (photography)
First City Events - Bonnie Karr (day-of coordination)
Savannah Riverboat Cruises - Karla Becknell (rehearsal dinner)
Christy's Cakes - (wedding cakes)
Harvey Designs - Amy Harvey (floral)
James Hammond - Ikon Filmworks (videography)
Faces by Rhonda - Rhonda Peterson (makeup artistry)
Melissa Badie - "Melissa's" (hair stylist for bride and wedding party members)
Emmanuel Matthews (barber for the groom and wedding party members)

For more highlights, photographs and information regarding our wedding weekend, please visit the following:

Angela & Patrick's website:

Music Slideshows (created by "Fola" Sogunro): (Wedding Day)

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