Savannah Locals Wed in Lush Gardens

by Ariel Felton

Photography by Anna Benton

On Christmas day 2015, Chelsea Elrod opened a gift from her boyfriend Jason Hendrix. Inside was a carved wooden elephant statue, with another present tucked inside—a small jewelry box holding an engagement ring.

When their wedding planning began, Chelsea was thrilled when she saw the multiple garden spaces at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. An extra visit to the museum’s expansive Scarborough Garden convinced the groom as well, and the couple started preparing for their coastal garden wedding.

Entrusting their day-of planning to close friend and event planner Megan Hodges of MLH Events, Chelsea and Jason chose a neutral color scheme of grays and light blush tones, along with votive candles and oyster shell centerpieces. Chelsea’s grandfather walked her down the aisle, where she and Jason accepted the blessings of family and read their personally written vows.







Don’t stress the small things. Remember this time really is about you and your fiancé. – Chelsea








Chelsea Elrod + Jason Hendrix

Wedding date: September 17, 2016

Planning time: 9 months

Number of guests: 175

Ceremony and reception: Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

Photographer: Anna Benton Photography

Videographer: Infinite Creative Group

Event designer: Meghan Hodges, MLH Events

Officiant: The Honorable Leon Barfield

Cake: Baker’s Pride Bakery

Catering: Paul Kennedy Catering

Ceremony and Reception music: W. Smith Music

Gown: Ivory & Beau

Bridesmaids’ dresses: After Six, The Dessy Group

Hair and makeup: 40 Volume Salon & Spa

Groom and groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals

Rehearsal dinner: Vic’s On The River