April 30, 2022 // Georgia State Railroad Museum
After two pandemic-related delays, a Savannah soirée was written in the stars
Photography by MDB PHOTOGRAPHY
Wedding Coordinator: ABSOLUTELY CHIC EVENTS
When you know, you know. It was 10 years ago that Logan Bond first spotted Mark Sutay at a nightclub in Charleston, South Carolina. He approached him, and the two began to talk and dance — and they’ve never stopped.
“We’ve been inseparable since that night,” Mark says. “I don’t think we spent even a day apart from each other until a year or two later.”
Though they now live in Denver, Colorado, Logan, an architect, and Mark, a sales manager/painter, are both originally from the Lowcountry.
“When I lived in Charleston, I was in Savannah all the time. It was like a second home,” says Mark of the city where they chose to wed.
After postponing twice due to the pandemic, Logan and Mark were married at sunset at the Georgia State Railroad Museum on April 30, 2022.
“I knew we wanted a venue that wasn’t too polished,” says Logan. “And the Railroad Museum is romantic in its broken-down, ruinous nature. It has the atmosphere we were looking for. Especially for a gay wedding — we didn’t want anything too orthodox.”
The museum was also perfect because the variety of distinct spaces meant the wedding and reception could both be held on the property.
“We were able to utilize it so as to have the wedding over here, then the cocktail reception over here, the dinner over there and the dancing in an entire other area,” says Mark.
The venue’s historic Roundhouse was also a blank slate that allowed Mark and Logan to entirely create their vision. The couple brought in every piece of plush, velvet furniture, every table and even the lighting. And though they chose everything themselves, they entrusted Tiffany Tattnall of Absolutely Chic Events to coordinate the logistics and execution.
“From our first conversation, they pretty much knew what they wanted,” says Tattnall. “They pictured a bold, vibrant, nontraditional wedding with quick, yet meaningful vows and a champagne toast — then off to dinner and dancing! When they did reach out for guidance and recommendations, I always advised them to make the decision that best reflected the two of them.”
“We wanted very colorful flowers, decorations, all of that to offset the darkness of the setting — so kind of a duality,” says Logan.
“It matched our personal style as well,” Mark says when asked about the jewel-tone palette. “Personally, I like alive, really vibrant colors.”
“We needed to fill up the empty space with something that really popped,” Logan adds. “Then we lit the space with purplish-pink tones after dusk.”
Another unique twist: they hired an astrologer. Julianna Delgado, who goes by The Astrologess, was on hand to give readings to wedding guests.
“I had originally wanted a tarot card reader to go with the slightly witchy vibe of Savannah,” says Mark. “But again, we just wanted something different. And Julianna’s readings were really interesting.”
They did manage to work in the tarot in other ways as well: everyone received a tarot card in their invitation. Then, at dinner, guests found their seats by finding their card’s match.
After the wedding, the couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Italy, which they highly recommend to all.
For those planning their own wedding, the couple also recommends their wedding planner, Absolutely Chic Events. “Tiffany did such a great job,” says Mark. “We didn’t have to stress about anything. She took great care of us.”
Now, Logan and Mark are taking great care of each other.
Date: April 30, 2022
Location of ceremony and reception: Georgia State Railroad Museum
Officiant: Amanda Gonzales
Wedding coordinator: Absolutely Chic Events
Photographer: MDB Photography
Florist: Kato Florals
Ceremony and reception music: All About You Entertainment
Cake: Wicked Cakes of Savannah
Desserts & Bakery: Cake & Bunn
Catering: Current Catering
Rentals: Savannah Vintage & Event Rentals; Fabulous Events; The French Eclectic; EventWorks
Number of guests: 60