Love, laughter and happily ever after. Those are the words that come to mind when I reminisce on Julie and Bill’s perfect wedding in beautiful Savannah, Georgia. I’ve known Julie since middle school at Lake Zurich Middle School South. We played flute together in band. We weren’t the most dedicated flautists — I remember one time when we put earrings on our tongues and told Mr. Koehler that we couldn’t practice because we had just gotten our tongues pierced!
Fast forward to August 24, 2013 and I found myself visiting the most breathtaking historic city I’d ever seen, all in the name of photographing my long lost friend’s vow renewal to Bill, the love of her life.
Julie and Bill were actually married in July 2012, but because of a family illness, decided to postpone their fairytale wedding until everyone could make it. Since Julie’s family is from the Chicago area and the Midwest, and Bill’s is from Pennsylvania, it was a destination wedding for almost everyone — except the couple, who are lucky enough to make their home in Savannah.Bill is a Captain in the Army, and it was an honor being part of a military wedding. The men in uniform were incredibly inspiring, and their patriotism was palpable. Oh and Julie — thanks for marrying a man with two O’s in his last name — such a fun ring shot with the scrabble pieces! The Army men were a fun touch too 😉After the bride and bridesmaids got dressed at the hotel, we hopped onto a trolley and headed to the church. A light rain fell, providing the couple with even more luck than they already have. As a vow renewal, the Corsons were not allowed to do the ring exchange, since they’re already married, but everything else was the same as a regular ceremony.After the ceremony, the active servicemen in the wedding party did the saber arch, or arch of swords. Such a cool experience! We headed back in the church for family formals, then it was off to Forsyth Park for photos. The Spanish moss hanging from the trees was hauntingly beautiful. I was glad we had clouds, as it added to the feel of the photos, giving it a historic look.
After photos at the park, everyone headed back to the hotel to relax before the reception at the Trustees’ Garden Charles H. Morris Center. At the reception, guests were greeted with adorable miniature mason jars containing shots of cake-flavored spirits. The dinner was delicious, the Best Man speech was one for the record book, and the dancing was hilarious — Bill’s groomsmen have some sort of “straight leg” dance that had guests reeling with laughter!