Real Wedding: A Sweet & Southern Soiree

Meet Teresa and Everett, a Savannah, Georgia bride and groom who were brought together by their mutual passion for books. Bride Teresa shared, “It began with books and led to an unexpected and amazing relationship. Neither of us wanted to rush anything, but after five years of sharing our home and our families we decided to take the next step. It just felt right.” Five years of dating and one year of planning later, they became husband and wife in a beautiful wedding at Bethesda Academy, shared with us today by their photographer Gagan Dhiman. “We took a year to plan everything, so we wouldn’t be unbearably stressed,” explained the bride. “I feel that we had a small army of friends and family helping to make sure every detail was perfect… There were so many hands pitching in, flowers given, cards made, chalkboards written on. It was a reminder, each moment, of how lucky and blessed we were.” Their day was indeed a perfect conglomeration of fabulous DIY details. First, Teresa and Everett said their vows in a traditional church ceremony at the academy’s quaint chapel. They really let the beauty of the church shine by minimally accenting the church benches with hanging baby’s breath arrangements and lining the aisle with purple flower petals. Teresa wore a strapless wedding dress with an A-line skirt and sparkly purple ballet flats and carried a bouquet by Kato Floral Designs with deep purple and white blossoms. Her bridesmaids wore cocktail dresses in varying shades of purple and carried smaller purple bouquets of their own. Teresa’s closeness to her maids was particularly apparent during the ceremony, where she was escorted down the aisle by her maid-of-honor. After the vows, everyone headed outside to pose for portraits in front of the Spanish moss laden tress and to chow down on some southern boiled peanuts and sweet tea. The bride and groom then welcomed their guests to an indoor reception. With the help of their “army of friends and family,” they were able to deck the space out with fun DIYs and a pretty purple and white palette. We particularly have a soft spot for the floral centerpieces made out of purple and white flowers and wine corks (the couple are avid wine fans!) and the adorable upcycled mailbox card box. The reception continued with the same focus on love and spirit of togetherness. In fact, this sense of community continues to be one of the bride’s most fond memories of her big day: “I feel like it took a village to make this day exactly how we envisioned it, and in the end that’s what I will remember the most. The time and effort given to us by everyone, just because they cared enough to do whatever we needed. Their love and joy made the day even more special.” Three cheers for family, friends and newlyweds!

wooden wedding sign by Gagan Dhiman
Photography by: Gagan Dhiman
black and white portrait of bride with maid of honor by Gagan Dhiman
Photography by: Gagan Dhiman
groom waiting at church alter with officiant by Gagan Dhiman
Photography by: Gagan Dhiman
bride walking down aisle with maid of honor by Gagan Dhiman
Photography by: Gagan Dhiman
portrait of bride and groom at church alter by Gagan Dhiman
Photography by: Gagan Dhiman
portrait of bride smiling up at her groom by Gagan Dhiman
Photography by: Gagan Dhiman
Bethesda Academy entrance by Gagan Dhiman
Photography by: Gagan Dhiman
baby goats in Savannah GA by Gagan Dhiman
Photography by: Gagan Dhiman
albino baby goat by Gagan Dhiman
Photography by: Gagan Dhiman
portrait of bride and maid of honor in Savannah by Gagan Dhiman
Photography by: Gagan Dhiman
portrait of bride laughing with her mom by Gagan Dhiman
Photography by: Gagan Dhiman
portrait of groom and groomsmen in Savannah, GA by Gagan Dhiman
Photography by: Gagan Dhiman
wedding portrait in Savannah, GA by Gagan Dhiman
Photography by: Gagan Dhiman
Savannah wedding portrait under old tree by Gagan Dhiman
Photography by: Gagan Dhiman
outdoor portrait of bride and bridesmaids by Gagan Dhiman
Photography by: Gagan Dhiman
sparkly purple flats by Gagan Dhiman
Photography by: Gagan Dhiman
purple mailbox wedding card box by Gagan Dhiman
Photography by: Gagan Dhiman
reception table with purple runner and baby's breath centerpieces by Gagan Dhiman
Photography by: Gagan Dhiman
couple dancing at reception by Gagan Dhiman
Photography by: Gagan Dhiman
portrait of bride and groom kissing by Gagan Dhiman
Photography by: Gagan Dhiman

Congratulations, Teresa and Everett!

~Audra

Photographer: Gagan Dhiman//Event Venue: Bethesda Academy//Floral Designer: Kato Floral Designs//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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