Tybee Wedding Chapel Grand Opening Celebration!

I’m excited to share my visit to the Grand Opening Celebration of the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel! This was so much fun and very close to where we live. Remember the movie The Last Song? The little wedding chapel in that movie has had a makeover. Well, more of a re-do! My friends, you’re in for a treat today! David Tutera came out for the top notch occasion and it was awesome! Enjoy!

First of all, one of the things I LOVE about this area is how the trees are just draped over everything, the chapel is sort-of nestled in there. Usually there is spanish moss hanging from the branches as well, you can’t see it in this picture of the chapel, but it’s gorgeous.

I really loved seeing the steeple that was saved from the old chapel used in the movie The Last Song with Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth used as a huge outdoor centerpiece! What a fabulous idea!

Just before going into the tent, there was a table set up with beautiful wedding photo options available at different spots on Tybee Island. Remember, click on the images to see them larger.

The inside of the tent was just gorgeous! I love how they had different examples of ways you might decorate if you were having your wedding reception there. Aren’t the inside walls and ceiling gorgeous too? It always amazes me how an outdoor tent can be transformed into a beautiful room like this!

What would a Grand Opening Celebration be without samples? There were some fun munchy appetizers and of course, wedding cake! I really wasn’t a fan of the white cake, but the chocolate cake was to die for!

There were some examples of reasonably priced and beautiful wedding cakes available at Publix. The first cake was the 10×7 “Simply Devoted” for $125

Then there was the 4-tier “Basket of Flowers” for $580

I absolutely LOVE the beachy starfish cake and the lastly, the 10×7 “Savor the Moment” for $125 is very reasonable and beautiful with the fresh flowers.

I really loved the little extra touches that were around the grounds of the Tybee Wedding Chapel for this event. This little pedicab was adorable with the “Just Married on Tybee” sign on the back.

I absolutely LOVED these glass balls hanging by ribbon from this enormous tree branch. They were magnificent and could be modified for any wedding colors!

There were some adorable little children all dressed up for the event too. Flower Girls and Ring Bearers…so sweet!

The chapel is owned by Stayce Jarrell, who also owns Oceanfront Cottage Rentals, and while we were waiting for her to talk to us, I snapped this pic of David Tutera with WE’s My Fair Wedding standing next to her!

I was so excited to see the inside of the wedding chapel! Below is a picture taken of the chapel from the front to give you an idea of the size. It was just too cute. Three pews on either side and then lots of room in the back for either more seating or tables and chairs for the reception if you’re having a small wedding.

Photo Credit: Tybee Island Wedding Chapel

There were examples of some of the designs you could have at your wedding from several local event planners. They were just gorgeous! The first one I saw was from Ashley Rhodes Events in Port Royal, SC.

The next was a design from Sallie’s Greatest here in GA. I just love the sweet tea jars!

Robert Leoci from Leoci’s Trattoria was on hand available to discuss food options for your wedding reception.

This next design from First City Events was really beautiful as well. Loved the extra touch of the gorgeous peacock feather.

Lastly, a beautiful, rustic and romantic design by Urban Poppy. I really loved all the options available with this company’s designs, it was my favorite!

Finally, to end the fabulous presentation, David Tutera took the ‘stage’ and talked a bit about the new venue. Don’t ya love the backdrop? Little cuties!

It was so awesome to see David again. For those of you who don’t know, I met him for the first time back in March at the 2011 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration down at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. Here’s a link to one of my blog posts about it in case you missed it.

After David was finished talking, a line formed for pictures. I approached him and told him that it was so nice to see him again and reminded him that I’d met him earlier this year at Disney. I went out on a limb and asked him if he remembered when he was walking up the side of the pews inside Disney’s Wedding Pavillion and a lady jumped up and hugged him and was so excited to see him. At first he laughed, because I’m sure he’s met hundreds of women who have done that since March, but then, he says “Wait, I do remember her! Are you her?” I laughed and said “No, that was my dear friend Kristen and she told me to tell you hello!” He thought that was really fun and said “hi” back and then I got to have my picture taken with him! I am really jazzed that he remembered her! So fun!

I am so glad that I ventured out to Tybee Island for this event that was organized by Toren Anderson. She did a fantastic job and I truly enjoyed myself. I think this venue will be tremendously successful as so many people come to the Savannah area to tie the knot! I wish them the best of luck!

DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011 ~ Disney’s Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons Platinum Soiree {Part 4 The Speakers}

Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company


DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011
Disney’s Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons
Platinum Soiree {Part 4 The Speakers}

So, after filling our colorful take-out boxes with some amazing goodies and touring Franck’s beautiful studio, Franck himself announced that we should start making our way over to the Wedding Pavillion for some more surprises!

Let me tell you, it is beautiful in there! We were all seated and just looking around in awe at how gorgeous everything was. I’d never been inside there before, however; a friend of mine had her wedding there two years ago so I’d seen pictures, which don’t do it justice. It was so amazing that you could actually see Cinderella Castle right through the stained glass windows! Breathtaking!

We were treated to a great introduction from Korri McFann Spolar, who began her career with Disney in 1995. Korri has been working with Disney’s Fairytale Weddings and Honeymoons for the last 13 years.

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She gave us a sneak peak of the wedding and honeymoon options that would be offered in the fall of this year in Hawaii at the new Disney Vacation Club property, Aulani.

Next up was Michael Shettel, the Vice President of Alfred Angelo Designs.

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He gave us an inside look into the Disney Fairytale Wedding Collection as well as introduced the Cinderella Platinum Anniversary Gown! It was magnificent!

Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company

Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company

Before we saw this dress, the Sleeping Beauty inspired dress was my favorite. Now I have two favorites because this one is right up there!

I just love the way the Cinderella Platinum gown looks as though it has cascading waterfalls of ruffles while the Sleeping Beauty gown has whispy, feathery ruffles with that gorgeous rose on the hip and another one up by the left shoulder! Aaah! Just beautiful!

Ok, now on to our next speaker! Carley Roney of TheKnot.com came and talked to us about social media and how making your audience your obsession in giving them what they want will ignite their passion and they will keep coming back! Don’t forget to check out her two sister sites TheNest.com and TheBump.com.

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For our next surprise, David Tutera from My Fair Wedding was introduced! My friend Kristen was so excited to see him that she got up and hugged him on his way up! It was adorable!

Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company

Now, mind you, I’ve been married for nearly 18 years so even though I’d heard of his show, I’d never seen it before (shh…don’t tell). He talked to us about how he works hard to keep things trendy and is always looking ahead to see what color/style weddings are up and coming.

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Next we were introduced to a lovely couple who had gotten married at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion just two years ago. Their story was shared with us and we were shown beautiful pictures of their wedding. Much to our surprise, they were about to renew their vows right before our eyes! They were whisked away by Franck and Edna to go get ready. All of a sudden, you would have thought that a dance party broke out right there! The bridesmaids came through the doors and danced down the aisle and they were shortly joined by the groomsmen while they danced together as couples down the aisle. Next, the bride came and she danced her way down the aisle! It was really cool! If you want to see the video of all this fun, click here!

We got to watch their beautiful vow renewal ceremony and then we went outside to watch the Cinderella Coach pull up to whisk them away to their happily ever after! But, not before there were fireworks! Ah-mazing!

Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company

Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company

Next up was our dinner party along the beautiful sandy shores of the Grand Floridian! I’ll tell you all about that in my next post!

Disclosure: I paid to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. In exchange for my registration fee, I received deeply discounted rates on hotel, park tickets, events, meals, and swag. I am not required nor was I asked to write about the events by Disney or any other party affiliated with the event. Thoughts are 100% my own.