Story by Laurel Donahoo | Photos by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures
When Jennifer Whiteman and Michael Campanaro got engaged, the Savannah, Georgia couple decided to enlist the help of Savannah-based event planner Andrea Harper of Gray Harper Event Maker to help make their wedding unique and memorable. This boutique event-planning firm only takes on a handful of events each season, guaranteeing that each one is given the amount of attention deserved, and the wedding of Jen and Mike was nothing short of a perfectly well-planned, detail-driven occasion!
With about a year to plan the wedding, Andrea and the couple had just the right amount of time to pull together a distinctive, unstuffy, non-traditional celebration.
The couple chose Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum in Savannah’s historic downtown area as the location for the ceremony and reception, providing a unique canvas for a creative event to be executed. The location actually inspired the idea of a travel-themed wedding, which Andrea made unique to the couple by adding a vintage twist. Since travel was a passion of both the bride and groom, the theme represented them beautifully.
During one of the preliminary meetings with the couple in the house they would call home after the nuptials, Andrea saw a vintage globe sitting on a shelf and suggested that they use that as their guest book of sorts. The couple loved the idea, as did their 98 invitees.
In addition to the maritime setting and the globe-turned-guestbook detail, Andrea incorporated some vintage suitcases and mini vintage cars in the setup to further carry out the theme. The couple also had a handsome vintage convertible to serve as their getaway car. One thing Andrea was cognizant of was not letting the vintage travel theme become too predictable.
“A travel theme can be a bit overdone, and also look a bit rustic. We stuck to a pretty clean and modern color palette which really aided in setting this event apart,” Andrea adds.
The color palette of burnt orange, mustard yellow, gold, ivory and vintage teal kept the overall aesthetic clean and interesting while still allowing for the details—and most importantly, the couple—to shine.
Andrea says, “Having a theme is great, but be sure not to get too tied up in it. At the end of the day a wedding should represent the love that the bride and groom share for one another. It sets the stage for the marriage, so make it count…”
…which is exactly what Jen and Mike, and Andrea, did!