Dana + Jake::DIY Savannah Wedding at Old Fort Jackson
We are SO excited to bring you Dana + Jake’s DIY Savannah wedding at Old Fort Jackson, not only because it was beautiful, but because we think you’ll find a lot of amazing ideas to inspire you! Let’s just say that Dana was one busy bride before her wedding day, but all of her hard work paid off – Dana and Jake totally were able to pull off an amazing night. Not only did they infuse some serious creativity, but they also were able to incorporate significance and meaning throughout various parts of their day – you’ll see what we mean. We’re going to walk you through their whole day step-by-step, but first some background info. Dana and Jake met several years ago in DC due to a chance encounter at a local store, and they dated for awhile during their time in DC. Life pulled them in different directions (and locations!), and they only spoke randomly for about seven years. One day, Dana decided to pick up the phone and give Jake a call…..and the rest is history! Also, Jake is an Army MP (Military Police) and almost all of the guests were either Military or Civilian Police. The blue and grey color scheme is a nod to the historic venue and the uniforms worn by soldiers. Last but not least, guests learned when they arrived that Dana and Jake were actually ALREADY MARRIED! They had snuck off to the courthouse before their son was born, but no one knew until their wedding! Priceless. Now, on to the details.
We love that brides are getting creative with their bouquets these days, like Dana’s button bouquet made by Angela’s Artistic Designs
We love the architecture at Old Fort Jackson – made for some really beautiful portraits.
To honor their lost loved ones, members of the bridal party walked in holding photos of the groom’s late mother, as well as their friend Dan, a fallen warrior.
The bridal party walked in to Alison Kraus’ Down To The River in groups. The girls walked in during the “sisters” verse, the groomsmen during the “brothers” course, parents during verses referring to “fathers” and “mothers,” and the bride and groom walked in together during the “sinners” verse.
Remember that we told you that Dana and Jake were already married? That meant they didn’t have to have a real officiant – instead, they asked Jake’s high school science teacher to officiate!
Dana and Jake’s son was there, and dressed to impress we might add!
Remember that we said Dana was busy before her wedding? Just one of the things she was doing was making 150 pie jars of the pecan, apple, and peach variety.
And also making this super-cute table place card display….
…..as well as these amazing table number buntings! We also LOVED the to-do list idea: list out all of the fun things guests can do at your reception!
Dana is also an avid knitter, and had these beautiful mason jar covers made (though it took a lot to convince her not to just make them herself!)
In addition to all of the other things we mentioned, Dana also made 800 cake pops in 10 different flavors in lieu of cake. Yes, we said 800!
We loved the picnic-style dinner to match the laid-back vibe of their reception!