Elopements · Lipstick! · Weddings


The only thing I know about lipstick is that it can look weird on a groom after the bride kisses him!

What surprises me is the reaction the bride often gives when she has purposely put on the bright red lipstick, yet is shocked when she see it on the groom after the kiss!

I’ve given away hundreds of Jos A. Bank handkerchiefs because after the kiss the groom has bright red lipstick on, the bride tried to wipe it away and now it looks even worse!!

Red lipstick can look stunning on the bride, but not so much on her groom!

Brides consider the color of lipstick you wear when walking down the aisle.

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Do I do more than just marry couples?


First and foremost I am a pastor of a Lutheran church in the Savannah area, St. Luke’s!! We’re a small congregation and

Giving benediction at the dedication of a new WWII monument memorial

we are committed to telling the story of Jesus.  We are in the process of restoring our 1902 sanctuary.  You can also follow us on Facebook and there’s lots of photos of our renovation.

I also do community events and activities, some in part because of the weddings I do.  In 2009 I participated in the first WWII Adventure at the Mighty Eighth Museum here in Savannah.  And they have asked me back for the next event in January 2010. Because I’ve done a number of wedding at the Mighty 8th Chapel, they recommended me to the WWII Adventure group.

Church Booth

For many years I read to first graders at a couple different local schools and on their 101 day of school I would take my two dalmatians. Once, I ran for town council, and won by not getting elected!!

I’ve baptized children of couples I’ve married.  I’ve included a photo a one such time in the Chapel of the Fallen Eagles l at Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum.

You’ll also probably run into me at the downtown Savannah Starbucks!!  I often use that as my “other office.”  It’s a great place to meet with couples when discussing their ceremony.

Jeremy Ward, Jr. being baptized

A few years ago, I had a meeting in Atlanta.  While at lunch I ran into a bride I had married a year earlier!  What are the chances!

I also participate in the Savannah Wedding Professionals.  They are a great bunch of folks who are amazing at their profession!

In July of 2008 I married a couple at the Hunter Army Air Field Chapel.  Prior to that, I met with the couple for the first time.  When asked where he lived and what he did, he said he lived in a small town in Ohio and was a nurse. I told him I grew up in Ohio.  He did his schooling in the same hospital where my mother and sister worked and he knew them!

I could go on for days about church and wedding stories, but I won’t…. for now!


Beach · Elopements · Outdoor Location · Weather

What’s the weather like for our outdoor Savannah weddings? Do you think it will rain?

I’ve had that question asked lots of times over the years.

we arrived by boat to the ceremony

For the most part, we don’t get too much rain.  And, when it does, it is rare that it lasts for all day.  Recently I had a wedding/elopement on a Sunday at 5pm.  Everyone wanted the ceremony outside, yet the forecast was rain, rain, rain.  Off and on all day I would check the weather on the web (including my phone), looking at the radar and satellite images, and putting them in motion/animate.  It stopped raining at 4:10pm and the sun came out about 15 minutes later!  Yet, earlier that morning it was forecasted to rain all day!

Now the question, is it too wet outside for a wedding?  It depends on you.  In order to make an informed decision, here are some thoughts.

  • Can the chairs be dried off in time?
  • Will the musicians play under the still dripping oak trees?
  • Will you, the bride, get your hair wet from the dripping trees.
  • The ground is wet, whether it is a sidewalk, bricks, or grass, even though the rain stopped.  If the bottom of your long dress gets wet while you walk in, is that okay?

The last point above really is just about the most important question.  Do you mind if your dress gets wet?  Is having your ceremony outside worth getting the bottom of the dress dirty and wet?

I’ve had weddings outside where the guests used umbrellas, as did the bride and groom (under one) as did I.  And I’ve had weddings where the couple had reserved a tent as a “just in case it rains” back up.

With online weather sites so readily  available it is pretty easy to find out the weather as far as 10 days in advance.  But with that said, the weather changes here, often.  And it can be raining on the islands, but not downtown.  I have seen it several times in the years I’ve lived here where it was raining in Savannah, just not downtown!  We have strange weather here.

One last note, it is rare where I’ve had a wedding rained out.  More times than not, the bride didn’t want to get the bottom of her dress wet, or her shoes.  Of the weddings I’ve had moved indoors because of the weather, 90 percent of them could have still happened outside.

Finally. You’ve heard that it is good luck for a couple when it rains on their wedding day.  Well, you’ve heard the phrase “we’ve going to tie the knot.”  When a rope is tied in a knot and it gets wet, it is nearly impossible untie it because the rope has expanded with the water it absorbed.

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