Ron and I recently had the privilege of attending our dear friends’ wedding in Savannah, Georgia. We had never been to Savannah but have had numerous conversations about how we would like to visit there one of these days. Well, one of “these days” occurred when our friends asked us if we wanted to go with them and be a part of their special day! Not only were we honored to be asked to attend but we would finally be able to visit Savannah!
We stayed in a beautiful, 5 bedroom home in the Historic District of Savannah with our friends Amy and John (we will just call them the newlyweds from “this day forward”…see what I did there?). We also bunked with Debbie, Karen, Jim and Jimmy. I had met Karen, Jim and Jimmy a few months back for the first time when we had gone to the Stevie Nicks concert. They welcomed me with open arms to their house to stay for the weekend with Amy and John and I feel after that weekend we were instant friends. Amy’s sister Debbie I’ve known as long as I’ve known Amy (since we were 14 years old, you do the math!) and she has such a great sense of humor. With the combo we had, I knew that this trip to Savannah was going to be a riot! I honestly think I laughed from the day I got there until the day I left! We told stories, we drank, we ate, we played games and we bonded on the balcony! It was so refreshing to be around people who were so easy going and hilarious! I shall name them my “Balcony Buddies”. Lots of stories told on that balcony and I’ll never forget it! We definitely have to plan to go back.
The newlyweds chose a stunning gazebo in the middle of beautiful Whitfield Park to exchange their vows which was conveniently located a block away from the house (Thank you Amy and John for booking a house so close to the ceremony). Karen, Debbie and I decorated the gazebo about an hour and a half BEFORE the wedding and we were STILL able to get back to the house and get ready for the wedding.
During the time that we were there, we went on a tour and learned so much about the city that if I wrote everything I learned in this post, I would be writing for days! My suggestion is to visit Savannah and go on Old Savannah Tours ! We had so much fun and they let you get off the trolley if you want (in case you need an adult beverage or two OR three), then you can meet the trolley again at one of the designated stops.
One of my favorite places that I visited has got to be the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. When I entered, it literally took my breath away. I’ve always been in awe of the architecture of churches and cathedrals for as long as I can remember and when I walked in and looked around all I could say was “Oh, wow!” probably a thousand times. I mean, it was one of the most amazing cathedrals I’ve ever been in! I’ve posted a few pictures below but believe me, these pictures do not do this cathedral justice. It’s amazing and you should go see it!
We spent a lot of time on Bay Street where there are restaurants, bars, hotels and shops. It was so odd to be in a city with an open container law! You can walk down the street with any kind of alcoholic beverage you chose AND if you buy a drink from one bar and walk to another bar…THEY LET YOU IN! We were meeting friends down at Lizzy’s Tequila Bar & Grill and Ron and I had just bought a beer at The Warehouse Bar & Grille and when we got there I asked the lady at the door, “Can we come in here with these?”. She said “SURE!”. If you went into a bar where we live with a beer from someone else’s bar they would have a fit! And I always wondered why they say people from Savannah are the nicest people in the world. OPEN CONTAINER LAW, my friends!
On a serious note, the 5 days that we spent in Savannah will forever be imprinted in my brain as one of the best times of my life. Not only did the wedding go off without a hitch, but the people that I shared the house with feel like family to me now. I love you all and truly enjoyed your company and look forward to many more vacations together!