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Sarah & Lucas // Backyard Wedding in Savannah GA

Backyard Wedding in Savannah GA // Sarah & Lucas

Sarah & Lucas are two of the kindest, most considerate, and stalwart human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Their wedding plans saw a lot of changes – AND I MEAN A LOT. Sarah & Lucas remained bastions of warmth and calm through it all, even down to the day before the wedding itself as things continued to change. They are truly some inspirational people and I will always treasure my time with them. Their backyard Savannah wedding day was as beautiful as the two of them and I’m forever grateful that I was the one to be there to capture it all. Though they currently live in Colorado, they held an intimate and breathtaking destination wedding in Savannah, GA {where Sarah grew up} in the backyard of Sarah’s parents. The view is seriously gorgeous and despite all the changes that led them to having the wedding day here, I’m glad this is how it worked out. It was a beautiful day! 

Details and Prep for Savannah Wedding

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First Look

Sarah and I met up with Lucas over at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium nearby the house where we had their first look and then explored for their portraits. The day was unbelievable, especially for New Year’s Eve: sunny, with a slight breeze off the water, and a pleasant 82 degrees! Sarah & Lucas had the chance to just relax and enjoy the view before their ceremony. It’s one of the reasons I love first looks so much – you get time to just be together! 

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What advice would you give to other couples planning their wedding?

“Do it how you want to do it.” There are pressures from all sides to have a certain kind of wedding or ceremony. Our advice is to stay true to you and design a wedding that reflects your relationship. You can combine traditional and more modern aspects, whatever you like.

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Wedding Portraits

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Their backyard ceremony was officiated by Sarah’s mother, who was touching and hilarious by turns. They held it on the patio of the house, and everyone had a perfect view of their vows together.  When it comes to backyard weddings, I’ll always appreciate the flexibility and freedom we have to make the day everything you want as a couple: a short ceremony, extra portraits, whatever it is. 

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What were you most anxious or nervous about regarding your wedding day and how did it turn out?

We were quite anxious about everyone having a good time with all the last minute changes and COVID restrictions. Turns out everyone was happy to wear a mask, sit at their table, and participate at their comfort level. We grew to appreciate that everyone was just there to celebrate us and would have a great time regardless.

bride and groom pose with wedding guestsWedding Reception

The reception included dancing, delicious food and stellar drinks, one of the best sunsets ever. I actually stole Sarah & Lucas away from their guests for more portraits on the dock in the backyard as the sun set. They’re some of my favorite images from the day! Afterwards, they surprised their guests with a barrage of incredible fireworks! Together, we played with some astrophotography to end the night. It was seriously the best way to end a beautiful day for two incredible people. 

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Most memorable moment from your wedding day?

The most memorable moment of the wedding was dancing under the café lights in the backyard of Sarah’s childhood home. Our friends and family surrounded us, and we felt absolutely loved. The song we danced to is an all time favorite with special significance in our lives.

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Any tips for future couples on how to prepare for their wedding photos?

We would recommend you choose a location where you feel comfortable and have happy memories. The sounds, smells, and sights will be a source of comfort to you in the midst of a busy time.

Savannah Wedding Vendors

Planner: Weddings with Dana

Caterer/Bakery: Mahgniffe Catering

Beauty: Crystal Nicole Artistry 

Gown:  BHLDN

Jewelry: Doron Merav

Lighting: JLK Events

Rentals: Rancoe Events

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Raven is an Atlanta Wedding Photographer who captures real people on their totally unique and awesome wedding day, specializing in people who feel awkward in front of the camera. She travels throughout Georgia, including Athens, North Georgia, and beyond.

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