Real Wedding | A Timeless Black-Tie Destination Wedding in Georgia

Bride and groom in front of tented wedding reception

When our couple M and S approached us looking for help with their black-tie destination wedding in Georgia, we could not resist! There is something so special about hosting a celebration in a beautiful setting surrounded by family and friends who’ve traveled to celebrate love. From the southern setting to the family-focused celebrations, M and S’s wedding day was an affair to remember!

Their Love Story

M and S have known each other since childhood. The two grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, and were destined to be together; it was only a matter of time before their friendship blossomed into a dreamy love story. Little did they know that their journey would lead them to a picturesque destination wedding beneath enchanting oak trees covered in Spanish moss in Richmond Hill, Georgia, at the Ford Field & River Club.

After years of being close friends, these two souls couldn’t deny fate any longer and began dating a few years after college. As their love grew stronger, so did M’s plans to propose. After two and a half years of dating, M proposed while on a fly fishing trip in Pennsylvania, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of nature. As M opened a fly box, a stunning ring sparkled back at her. It was a moment straight out of a fairytale. But the magic didn’t end there. Afterward, M surprised S with a romantic picnic in a grassy clearing, sipping wine and champagne until the sun dipped below the horizon. It was a memory they would both cherish forever.

Destination Wedding Venue in Georgia: The Ford Field & River Club

M and S chose the Ford Field & River Club as the setting for their romantic black-tie destination wedding. This historic home once belonged to the late Henry Ford and provided a timeless backdrop for their union. Situated in Richmond Hill, Georgia, with its proximity to Savannah and M’s family cottage nearby, the venue was a perfect choice.

The property’s natural beauty stole the couple’s hearts early in the planning process. Majestic live oak trees draped in Spanish moss created a whimsical ambiance, while the breathtaking views of the Ogeechee River added a touch of serenity. Inspired by the beauty of this Southern landscape, the couple embraced a natural green and white color palette that paired beautifully with the backdrop of the property.


A Timeless Black Tie Affair

The Ceremony

Before the ceremony, M shared a heartfelt first look with her father. It was a tender moment filled with emotions that set the tone for the day. 

Since their wedding party was large, both the bride and groom chose two special people to stand beside them at the altar, while the remaining members of the wedding party sat in the first row, radiating support and joy.

As the ceremony commenced, M and S opted to keep the tradition alive and waited until they stood before each other at the altar for their first look. Seeing his beautiful bride for the first time was by far S’s favorite moment of the day. The bride’s processional was accompanied by a string quartet playing the timeless melody of “Moon River,” one of her father’s favorite songs. To make it even more special, her uncle joined in on his guitar for a portion of the song.

The Reception

The atmosphere of their wedding day was important to M and S. They wanted to ensure guests were treated to good food, refreshing drinks, and dancing. So, with a little help from the Design Studio South team, we ensured that M and S’s guests had a memorable experience from the moment they arrived. 

During the cocktail hour, guests were greeted with a signature drink, a refreshing blend of sweet tea-flavored vodka and lemonade, garnished with fresh mint and passed hors d’oeuvres tantalized taste buds, setting the stage for an evening of culinary delights.

During cocktail hour and dinner, a jazz quartet serenaded the guests, creating an elegant and relaxed atmosphere. Guests were treated to a signature drink that resembled the couple. A refreshing blend of sweet tea-flavored vodka and lemonade garnished with fresh mint. While on the lawn, passed hors d’oeuvres were shared leading up to the culinary feast.

Once guests found their escort cards, everyone made their way into a beautifully candlelit reception tent on Ford & Field River House lawn. The couple’s timeless green and white design was brought to life in the tent with help from vine line greenery, white hydrangeas, white linens, moss-colored napkins, and wood chairs. It was a truly perfect reflection of the southern setting of this black-tie destination wedding. 

Later in the evening, the music shifted gears as a band took the stage, encouraging everyone to let loose and dance the night away. At the end of the evening, the newlyweds departed with a magical sparkler send-off while guests took home homemade chocolate chip cookies as a token of love and appreciation.

M and S’s wedding was a beautiful testament to a lifelong friendship and the power of love. Watching their love blossom over the wedding planning journey was an absolute joy for our team! We hope you loved this glimpse into M and S’s wedding day; for more details, check out our feature in Martha Stewart

We can’t deny that a black-tie destination wedding is one of our favorite affairs to produce. Whether you are coming to Georgia or hosting your wedding elsewhere, we’d love to help make your celebrations memorable! Connect with us to learn more about our destination wedding services.

Green & white wedding invitation with calligraphy
Black and white portrait of bride getting ready
Bride & father first look
Ford Field & River Club wedding ceremony on the lawn
Black and white image of dad walking daughter down aisle
Bride and groom first kiss during ceremony
Bride and groom with large wedding party
Sail cloth wedding tent
Tables in white linen with wood chairs under a tent
Three tier white wedding cake with greenery
Black and white photo of sparkler send off


Photography| Sarah Ingram
Planning + Design | Design Studio South
Flowers| Ella's of Richmond Hill (ceremony); EM Creative Floral (bouquet, reception)
Stationery and Calligraphy| Every Little Letter
Cake| Vanilla and the Bean
Music| New Arts Ensembles (ceremony, cocktail hour); Steel Toe Stiletto (reception band)
Rentals| Skyline Tent Company; Amazing Event Rentals; OOH! Events; Beachview Rentals; Pressed Fine Linens
Bride's gown and skirt | A La Robe
Bride's shoes| Loeffler Randall|
Hair and Makeup |  Emma Collins Beauty
Bridesmaids' dresses |  Saloni
Groom's tuxedo |  Paul Stuart
Lighting | Skyline Tent Company