On a beautiful morning in early March 2020, I met Jordan and Colby at Savannah Coffee Roasters to talk about their quickly upcoming wedding. This adorable couple from Alabama wanted to get married on Tybee Island on May 2, 2020. We did not have much time, but we could pull it together. We had no idea what a rollercoaster it would be to their beautiful wedding at Tybee Island Wedding Chapel.
Switching to a Summer Wedding
We looked for vendors who could bring their sweet dream wedding to life and assembled a team in record time. But the pandemic has affected everyone, whether afflicted with the virus or not. Jordan and Colby made the difficult decision to postpone their spring wedding to August. Not long after, we learned that we could not have hosted their wedding due to the Savannah quarantine measures anyway.
Jordan says it was disappointing to see the countdown increase by more than a hundred days, but they knew it had to be done to keep their guests safe. Not to mention, she points out that waiting three months, or however long, to marry your soulmate is nothing compared to a lifetime of happiness!
Now, we had everything except the ceremony music. So, I asked Paul, a friend of mine, to play the piano since Tybee Island Wedding Chapel has a grand piano on the platform. Plus, I offered to sing their unity song. When Paul lost his life too soon to the coronavirus, my friend from the Savannah theatre community, Ellen Sherrod, stepped up and played Jordan’s song choices beautifully. We even sang a duet for their unity moment.
Not to mention, my husband, Tom, stepped up when we had difficulty finding a bartender who was available and in their price range. Before the evening was over, Colby came up to the bar to thank Tom and me for being a part of their special day. He seemed to enjoy the fact that we, an old married couple, were serving them as they began their life together.
Sweet Wedding at Tybee Island Wedding Chapel
The Tybee Island Wedding Chapel was such a perfect place for their wedding. The Chapel is located a short drive from Historic Downtown Savannah, and it fulfilled all of their needs. Their ceremony was beautiful, and the personal details they incorporated into their reception décor were touching. It was a long road, but it was so worth it.
Being a wedding planner is more than just a job with a multitude of tasks to complete. Your job changes every day and sometimes you’re a listening ear or shoulder to cry on. Sometimes you have to jump in yourself and lend a helping hand to assist that couple with planning the sweetest day of their lives so far. Our lives are made of precious moments, and so are wedding days, even for the wedding planner. We would love to hear from you if you’re planning your own special day.
Planner – Swanson Signature Events
Venue – Tybee Island Wedding Chapel
Caterer – Thrive Catering
Florist – Ivory and Beau
Rentals – Savannah Vintage Rentals
Photographer – Shelby Valentine
HMU – Southern Belle by Maria Noel
Ceremony Pianist – Ellen Sherrod
Bartender – Tom Peterson
DJ – Daniel Shepard
Linens – Party Tables
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