When you step out of your car onto the white gravel drive of HollyOaks on the Marsh, time seems to stand still. There is no rush and rumble of traffic or glimpses of chaotic city life. I visited this lovely family owned wedding venue last week in Savannah and immediately felt the urge to savor the time there and I know that our brides will to.
Stephanie and her husband Jay have been restoring the beautiful HollyOaks estate since they bought it in 2018. The original structures of the plantation were burnt to the ground in 1864 but remnants of the land’s history still survived from the 450-year-old live oaks to some handmade bricks that grace the home’s entrance.
The current HollyOaks Venue was built in 1941 and while it definitely has some Great Gatsby vibes to it, overall the home has some architectural nods to quintessential southern homes. I personally loved the local marble fireplace carved with Griffins, the original pocket doors and crystal chandeliers. Another favorite feature of the home was the winding staircase on the side of the home and the beautiful wrought iron framed patio facing the ceremony site. There are so many locations on the plantation that beg to be photographed during the wedding day.
Stephanie was kind enough to give us the full tour of her families home and venue and I as I walked her property, we chatted about our views of the wedding day. I loved her heart for the couples that come through her front door and her intent for them to savor their day and not feel rushed. We look forward to being back out there to capture bridal portraits and heirloom weddings as the sun sets beneath the Spanish moss.
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