A Romantic Elopement in Savannah, Georgia

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For Colleen and Keith, who met online in May 2010, a big wedding was out of the question. "We didn't want to deal with all the planning headaches our friends who had larger weddings had to deal with," says the bride. So, on November 5, 2014, they headed south to Savannah, Georgia for an intimate ceremony — just the two of them. "We wanted to elope in a romantic city where we could both relax and explore," says Colleen.

Keep reading to see Patricia Lyons Photography's photos from the romantic day below.

Before their vows, Colleen and Keith exchanged gifts with each other. For Keith, Colleen selected The Elephant's Journey, a book about marriage by Portuguese author Jose Saramago. "He's Portugeuse and loves to read so it was the perfect wedding gift," she says. For Colleen, Keith picked a Kate Spade (her favorite brand!) wedding album engraved with their wedding date.

When Colleen went dress shopping at Alexandra's Bridal Boutique, she had no trouble finding her Justin Alexander wedding dress. "When I first saw it, I instantly fell in love with the bow on the waistline," she says. "I'm so into bows, as Keith will happily attest!"

The bride paired her elegant lace dress with a simple veil, pearls, Kate Spade heels (with a bow!), and a Kate Spade clutch. "The only thing I love more than bows is Kate Spade," says Colleen.

Before the Wednesday afternoon ceremony, the couple walked around town in their wedding attire. "We got lots of cheers, waves, and horn honks from surprised people going about their work day," laughs the bride.

Colleen and Keith relied on the natural beauty of Forsyth Park, adding only an aisle of flower petals for Colleen to walk down. A local musician played throughout, singing Ben E. King's "Stand by Me" for the bride's entrance and Philip Philips's "Home" for the couple's last dance. "It was everything we wanted and more," says the bride.

After the ceremony, the newlyweds hopped into a horse-drawn carriage for a short ride around the city.

To end their special day, Colleen and Keith celebrated at the historic Olde Pink House Restaurant with an intimate dinner in the downstairs wine cellar. "It was just big enough for a cozy, candle-lit dinner for two," says Colleen.

Thinking of eloping? Colleen has this bit of wisdom for you: "By going away, just the two of us, we avoided the stress of the day itself. We were able to focus on each other, the little details of the day, the joys of discovering a beautiful city, and the emotional impact of celebrating our past and future life together."

Ceremony Venue: Forsyth Park || Reception Venue: The Olde Pink House || Officiant: Stephen Palmer Weddings || Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander, purchased from Alexandra's Bridal Boutique || Shoes & Clutch: Kate Spade || Jewelry: A Jour Jewelry || Hair: JW Salon and Spa || Makeup: Colleen Elizabeth Makeup || Groom's Attire: Milan Fine Clothiers || Flowers: Kiwi Fleur Inc. || Music: Randy Cuba || Transportation: Historic Savannah Carriage Tour || Accommodations: The Gastonian || Photographer: Patricia Lyons Photography

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