|Tybee Island Light Station (c)|
Bob & I had retired to the coast of Georgia and were living on Tybee Island, 18 miles East of Savannah, when our daughter from St. Louis decided to get married. We'd always figured she'd want a large wedding, but after her first visit to Tybee, she and her fiancee fell in love with the island and its lighthouse. Known as the Tybee Island Light Station, it is located next to the mouth of the Savannah River.
Kim & Paul liked to come visit for Christmas, so our second Christmas on the island they decided to combine it with a wedding.
|Lightkeepers Cottage (c)|
A Savannah judge who lived on Tybee performed the ceremony that was attended by just her parents, 3 other members of our family, and 3 friends. A 'wedding party' of ten, counting the bride & groom.
The Wedding Party
- Us - the parents of the bride.
- Our son & daughter-in-law, who were living in Gainseville, FL and my mother who lived close to them in Ocala, FL. They all drove up together to Tybee Island for the wedding.
- Our daughter's best friend/college roommate flew down from Illinois to be her maid of honor.
- Our neighbors, who had previously met Kim & Paul, joined us in watching the ceremony.
|The Wedding Party (c)|
Prior to the ceremony, our son, Greg (Kim's brother) & his wife sang (Everything I Do) I Do it for You, by Brian Adams, at the request of the couple. It is a favorite song of theirs from the movie Robin Hood (Prince of Thieves), and the lyrics are special to them.
The wedding music was pre-recorded and played on a tape player. We decorated a table in the lighthouse cottage with flowers and candles as our only decorations and I took all the wedding photos. The whole ceremony, held two days before Christmas, was simple, but lovely.
|Stormy Beach Weather (Pixabay)|
The only 'hitch' we experienced was the weather that late December day. The Georgia coastal area was having a Nor'easter complete with cold temperatures, high wind and heavy rain. But we all laughed it off, because problems with severe weather have been so frequent in our family over the years for any event or trip that we've all taken to calling it "The Austin Weather Curse" and are not surprised when it happens. It's pretty much a 'given' that it WILL happen. It's a good thing we decided on the Lighthouse Wedding instead of a 'beach' wedding!
An Unusual Wedding Cake
After the wedding, we all went over to a local restaurant on the beach for a seafood dinner.
Because there were only 10 of us in the wedding party, a large, standard wedding cake was not needed, or wanted. Simple was the password of the occasion, so the cake had to fit with this theme. I ordered it from a local bakery and arranged to have it placed on a small table near our reserved dining table at the restaurant for the traditional 'cake-cutting' ceremony.
|Wedding Cake (c)|
Why this unusual decoration, you wonder? Both my daughter and my son-in-law are Artists!
Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs.!
|Mr. & Mrs.(c)|
Afterwards, the wedding couple left for their wedding night in the bridal suite at a hotel on the beach while the rest of us returned to our island home.
Everyone stayed on with us through Christmas two days later. It was a marvelous and memorable Christmas-on-the Island and Lighthouse Wedding!
|Kim & Paul & Their Lighthouse Wedding (c)|
To my knowledge, we were one of the first people to hold a wedding at the Tybee Island Lighthouse in 1994. I think we may have started something, because today it is a regular event.
Kim & Paul's wedding was small, by choice, and very simple, but charming. If we had decided on a large wedding, we could have sent wedding invitations that fit the location.