I am so in love with this sweet and rustic DIY Savannah wedding. The details are so charming and totally reflect the couple’s personalities! I love the cute portraits with the vintage cameras and books too!

The sweet bride Meaghan shares all the details:

Well, it was all DIY.  We didn’t have a wedding planner or designer — just very helpful friends and family.  There were a few things we tried to keep in mind — that many of our guests had never been to Savannah and we wanted to show them what it was like to live here; that nothing was fancy or uncomfortable; that we were incorporating our personalities into it.

We achieved the first thing by using all local vendors.  I bought my dress at a local store (not a chain), our desserts were from a restaurant, etc. We also picked a venue that represented Savannah’s vintage style and charm.  A brick ruin of a train shop isn’t the most obvious wedding venue, but it was for us!  The brick walls, wrought iron, grassy lawns, open space and nooks and crannies all spoke to us.  It is historic without being old.

Which brings me to being “not fancy.”  That doesn’t mean we wanted it to be ugly.  Just not fussy.  Our invitations were made to look like old train tickets. We used glass canning jars from my grandfather root cellar in Illinois, wild (and wild-looking) flowers instead of formal arrangements, homemade table runners, cobalt blue glass bottles and lanterns collected along the way, and wooden folding chairs from the county fair in Illinois (also where Steve proposed).  My bridesmaids were given a color to wear, but they picked their own dresses.  We hired long-time friends bluegrass band Larkin Poe to provide fun and funky music and set a relaxing atmosphere.  Our officiant was a noted public speaker, so she was relaxed and funny.

Our personalities definitely came through.  In addition to all the above being extensions of us, we also took up a collection of gently used books for the local library.  Guest favors were bookmarks, stickers and info about the library.  I’m also an amateur photographer, so I had photos of family (both sides) strung up.  We also have a couple of pictures with instruments, cameras and books.  I gave Steve some Edgar Allan Poe cuff links.  I had a “Grape Soda” pin from the movie UP on my bouquet.

I think for us we were most surprised at how much fun we had!  We had been expecting to be stressed or so busy that we would just want it to be over, but we had a blast!  We did a great job choosing who to work with, which made it easier.  We also let the space and the evening do the work for us.  We didn’t try to overdo it.

Photography | Jade and Matthew

Venue | Roundhouse Railroad Museum

Flowers | Garden on the Square

Dress | Gingerbread Bridal Store

Shoes | Chebran

Lights, Sound | StageFront Presentation Systems

Music | Larkin Poe

Chairs | Cumberland County Fair, Greenup, Illinois

Desserts | Lulu’s Chocolate Bar and Leopold’s Ice Cream

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  1. Katie Smith
    June 2, 2011 6:16 pm

    I went to school in Savannah, and have wandered around in the old empty train yard several times. I love this place! Gorgeous place for a wedding :)
  2. Lauren @ ELD
    June 3, 2011 9:12 am

    Wow, I LOVE it! What an awesome venue too!!!
  3. Chris
    June 4, 2011 5:59 pm

    Cute set of photos. Love the black and white kissing shot in front of the train
  4. Amy-Jo Tatum/Bride Chic
    June 4, 2011 7:10 pm

    How stunning!
  5. Gmama Jane
    June 5, 2011 8:21 am

    I found your site quite by accident but couldn't leave without commenting on the above wedding! The couple's simplicity added to it's elegance!! I used to help my daughter who was a wedding planner at one time but is now a full time professional photographer. I am sharing your pictures with her. I love everything about this wedding!! kudos' to all of you for making it a fun and pleasant affair. I will have to say My daughter's wedding was a fun day as well and it was much to my surprise because I too expected angst and chaos. Good planning and simplicity is the key!
    Blessings for a lifetime of happiness. I pray you will allow Christ to be head of your Home.
    Gmama Jane
  6. Jen Ottenweller
    June 9, 2011 11:42 am

    Does anyone know the name of this venue?! I have searched online for venues in Savannah, but havent been able to find it! I absolutely love it!
  7. Megan
    June 9, 2011 11:52 am

    @ Jen It is the Roadhouse Railroad Museum, the link is listed there with all the vendors