There is something so romantic about a summer wedding in the South. With it’s sweeping Oak trees and historic cobbled streets, it’s the stuff movies are made of. It’s no wonder Rio and Amado fell in love in the Southern city of Savannah, GA and why they returned to host their wedding. Design Studio South fused the urban landscape of the Georgia State Railroad Museum with tropical florals to create an urban oasis. Not tied to any particular ceremony tradition, Rio and Amado decided to come up with their own, and included a guacamole ceremony during their vows! With blush bridesmaids, blooming bouquets of palms and proteas, and gorgeous images from The Happy Bloom, this is one wedding not to be missed!
How was your wedding perfectly “Southern”? The venue! The city! It was important to us that our wedding was in the city we love, the city of Savannah – the most beautiful city in the South (although we are biased). We found it to be the perfect place to have fallen in love and to have started our life together. We could not think of a better place to celebrate our union in the most beautiful southern city, under those big, Live Oak trees and surrounded by timeless architecture and people we love.Tell us a little a bit about your wedding: The vision for our wedding day, “urban jungle”, derived from our love for indoor gardening and tropical plants as well as our gorgeous venue. After we dated for a couple of years during college, Amado (who graduated first and is from the Philippines), had to move to Miami for his job. I, of course, followed him a year after not knowing much about Miami. Miami’s tropical landscape felt a lot like home to Amado, and it looked like pure paradise for me. We loved the jungle atmosphere so much that we wanted to incorporate it into our wedding concept. Georgia State Railroad Museum was a perfect venue for us since it had the industrial atmosphere where we first met (a block away at SCAD’s architecture building – Eichberg), and the subtropical Savannah weather suited our taste. Our wedding color palette of pale pink, palm leaf invitation suite, and decoration (lots of plants!) all derived from our theme.What is the moment you remember most about your wedding day? For us, the most memorable part of our wedding was the ceremony. I still remember Amado tearing a little in the corner of his eyes when my dad walked me down the aisle. It made me so happy and glad that we had planned the wedding.Tell us about the guacamole ceremony! Guacamole was so much fun! And also one of the most memorable parts of our ceremony too. The idea came from a friend who had done this as their unity ceremony. During our wedding planning process, we struggled to find a meaningful unity ceremony for us, as well as our family. We also wanted to do something we can do on our anniversary every year, wherever we are. We both love to cook at home (by “cooking”, I mean that Amado is cooking the dinner and I’m munching away. We both love to eat!) and one of the main “dish” we often make for dinner is guacamole! Guacamole is a perfect symbol of our love – it symbolizes togetherness and is a delicious bite!
Photography: The Happy Bloom | Planning + Design: Design Studio South | Venue: Georgia State Railroad Museum | Florist: Ivory & Beau | Invitations: Minted | Hair + Makeup: Roots Southern Salon | Dress: Sarah Seven | DJ: All About You Entertainment | Rentals: | Amazing Event Rentals | Rentals: Savannah Vintage Rentals | Catering: Sunshine Grindz | Cake: Wicked Cakes | Suits: The Black Tux
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