destination wedding



Friends, we are so excited to share this GORGEOUS wedding with you all today! Katie and Dave tied the knot in Savannah, Georgia and it was every bit of Southern perfection that you could have imagined. We're so grateful they allowed us to share their special day with y'all! Enjoy!!


Can you give us a glimpse into you & your hubs's love story?

Dave and I met in 2015 through mutual friends. Although we were not aware of each other before we met, our families go way back. Our grandparents were neighbors in the 1950’s. My grandparents moved to a new address, and 20 years later Dave’s parents moved in next door to them. That is the house that Dave was born in, and my grandma recounts funny stories of Dave being a toddler next door. We knew Dave’s cousins growing up, and in middle school I had Dave’s mom as a teacher! It’s definitely a small world, but as soon as we met we hit it off and have been inseparable ever since.


What was it about your dress that made you realize it was "the one?" Was it what you expected to love/wear? Favorite memory from dress shopping/Twirl? 

I am very particular when it comes to what I wear, and I had a look in mind that I had not been able to find anywhere else. I knew I wanted a clean white silk dress with a bow on it, and was becoming discouraged that I wouldn’t find what I was looking for. We live 3 hours away from Twirl, but I’d heard good things and wanted to come check it out. I tried on just a few gowns, but as soon as I slipped on my dress I knew I’d come as close to what I’d imagined as I was going to find. My mom got so excited, because she knew it was the one too. When the dress came in in my size, that is when I really got excited because I could see it fitting like a glove from all angles. The day of the wedding, the dress exceeded my expectations and I felt so beautiful in it. Everyone who saw the dress said the same thing, “It’s so you”. I loved Twirl because of how intimate it was. Other salons I went to had  a lot of other brides with large parties in attendance that would watch me try on dresses too and give their opinions. Twirl was just much more of a boutique vibe, and everyone was so friendly.


What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

My favorite memory of our wedding day was simply seeing all of our family and friends in one place. I am not very emotional, but when I turned to walk down the aisle I burst out in tears - happy tears of course! It was just so wonderful having so many people who love us there to support us in our marriage.


What has been the best thing about marriage so far?

The best part of marriage so far has been simply knowing that we’re a team, and we’re going to experience life’s highs and lows together. 


Any pieces of wisdom or advice you'd like to share with future brides, engaged gals, or newlyweds like yourself?

Here are a couple of things!

1. If at all possible, have an experienced wedding coordinator. This can truly take so much stress off your shoulders. We live 8 hours away from our venue, and had our coordinator the month of. I didn’t have to worry about anything vendor related leading up to the wedding, and the day of had 0 headaches. I simply got to enjoy the day. 

2. If you’re planning any part of the wedding outside, have a back up plan. I am so thankful that we had thought of a back up plan when we booked our venue. Out of all the weekends in the year, a tropical storm (before hurricane season) was descending upon our venue, making my plan of an outdoor ceremony and part of the reception outdoors in jeopardy. We are so lucky that the weather cleared shortly before the ceremony and we were able to have that and the cocktail hour outside. Since the weather was so iffy, we elected to move the reception indoors and that turned out to be perfect. I don’t know what I would have done if we didn’t have the other options in place!

3. If you’re having a plated dinner and need to know who is having what dish, make sure to include in the response card (in addition to them checking chicken/fish/veg/etc) for each guest to initial beside the meal they are having. 4 people out of 180 guests initialed their meal, and the rest we had to contact or guess who wanted what!

4. For picture purposes during the ceremony, make sure you all know exactly where you’re standing at the alter. Myself, the officiant, and my husband are all a little off center. At the time we didn’t notice, but in the wedding pictures I definitely do! 


Katie & Dave's Vendor Team:

Photographers: The Happy Bloom

Venue: Westin Savannah

Styling/Design: Design Studio South

Baker: Mollie Cakes

Florist: Kato Floral Designs

Rentals: Snyder Events

Lighting: JLK Events

Hair & Make Up: Emma Collins Beauty

Band: Irresistible Groove

Wedding Dress: "Raquel" by Anne Barge Blue Willow

Suits: The Black Tux

Linen Napkins: The Initialed Life

Invitations: Marisa Made


Sandals Night at Twirl Lexington

Always Planned, a Certified Sandals Specialist, is hosting a Sandals night at Twirl Lexington on Thursday, January 28 at 6:30 pm

Join us and meet with the Sandals Specialist to receive exclusive incentives and discounts for your Sandals Honeymoon or Destination Wedding!

Twirl Lexington also offers a selection of Sandals Destination Wedding Gowns by Dessy.  Hope to see you then!


Tips for Trimming Your Destination Wedding Guest List

Months before your wedding you have to create your guest list. You begin your list with the obvious family members, then add your close friends. You then move on to your neighbors and you can't forget your parent's friends who have watched you grow up. Then you have your co-workers and the family members of your best friends (I mean in some cases they are practically family)! Then you take that list and double it (because the groom no doubt has a similar list) and when you finally step back and look at the GIANT list you have both created, you need a moment to catch your breathe. That is a lot of people you are going to have to pay for to eat, drink and dance the night away at your big event. But how do you know who to leave out? Where do you start making cuts? Feelings are at stake here.

Ever since I can remember, I have always envisioned my wedding HUGE! I'm talking everyone I know and then some. But over the past years I have had the pleasure of experiencing  these "HUGE weddings first hand. As much fun as I have being a guest, I sit back and watch the bride and groom move from table to table thanking people for coming, repeating the line, "It's so good to see you" and never actually seeming to snag enough time to enjoy their food, or drinks or even the dance floor. There are hugs to be given and hand shakes to be exchanged - and with a wedding this size, it could take hours.

All this has caused me to re-evaluate my "HUGE" wedding dreams. I have begun to wonder how people can get away with this though. Having a smaller wedding and truly only inviting those closest to you. Then it hit me - DESTINATION WEDDING!

I can't even count the number of brides in the past month that have said they were having a destination wedding! These ladies are brilliant! They are clearly a few steps ahead of me. You can still invite the large number of guests you would if you were staying in town , but realize that not everyone will be able to make it (work, kids, life... whatever). Those that are closest to you (whether they are friends or family) will figure out a way to be there. Another way to keep the idea of a smaller wedding within reach would be to consider a smaller bridal party. It is easier to coordinate with the travels - and you can, in some cases, help your bridal party pay for a portion of their "trip" (something that might not be possible if you had 8+ girls). It could become your wedding party gift (which would be so helpful). For the other girls, if they are your close friends/family, they will no doubt still attend.  A perfect example of this was Keri's wedding (one of Twirl's owners). She decided to do a destination wedding - and opted to not have all 16 of her closest friends in her bridal party. All of her closest friends were of course still in attendance, but she chose to only have her future sister-in-law and best friend stand up for her. It was Perfect!

So aside from creating a smaller wedding, it becomes a mini vacation with everyone. The groups can split up the couple days before the wedding. Girls can do their girl stuff and the guys can do their guy stuff! Then everyone can come together for the wedding and have a wonderful time. The bride and groom can enjoy their wedding as much as their guests...with all their guests.

Regardless of where you have your wedding or how many people attend, this is your day! I hope it's one to remember!