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A Southern Wedding in Savannah

An Elegant Southern Wedding

Hillary Field and Andrew Macdonald’s marriage was arranged. Not by their parents, but thanks to close mutual friends who knew they'd be perfect for each other. The two were casually introduced over a series of cottage weekends and parties, and Mac (as he's known) eventually invited Hilary on a first date. Hillary, not realizing this momentous occasion was a 'date' date, brought along her friend Sarah. But the couple, who love to laugh, quickly recovered and their modern-day matchmakers watched gleefully as they got to know each other and fell in love.

Colour coordinated even in prep, Hillary's bridesmaids strike a pose with the bride-to-be.

Hillary, who works in Marketing at General Mills Canada, and Mac, who spends his days managing a division of Uber's business, bonded over a shared outlook and approach to life, including a love of getting outside of the city on weekends, eating delicious food, spending time with friends, and joking around, a hobby they take very seriously.

Below: Mac wore a navy blue tuxedo made by Garrison Bespoke.

Hillary overlooks the grounds of Savannah's Ford Plantation in her Mira Zwillinger dress from Toronto's Dina Alonzi Bridal

Mac proposed to Hillary on their 4th anniversary during a staycation at a local hotel. After a morning of massages, he got down on one knee and Hillary, who went into shock for a good 30 minutes, eventually recovered enough to spend the rest of the day drinking champagne and celebrating with family and friends until the wee hours of the morning.

Right: The couple chose Wide Eyes Paper Co. to design their wedding invitations; Left: Hillary's grandfather, who officiated the ceremony, leads the men as they prepare to take their places.

Above: the couple tie the knot; Below: Hillary & Mac with Hillary's parents and surrounded by their guests.

Given that theirs was a destination wedding, the couple chose Andrea Gray Harper, a Savannah-based event planner, to handle the details. With the challenges of planning long-distance facing them, Pinterest played a big part in helping define and identify how the couple wanted their day to look and feel.

The Southern theme Hillary and Mac wanted came to life with details such as a Bubbles & Bourbon Bar, sparklers at the end of the evening, and plenty of Southern hospitality. The pair wanted their mostly Canadian guests to enjoy a true Southern meal, and chose a menu filled with fresh, local fare: fried green tomatoes, cucumber salad, fried chicken, fish succotash, pulled pork and fresh peach cobbler. As a nod to Mac, they served a late night snack of mini Big Mac sliders and McDonald’s-style skinny fries, served in  - of course - Big Mac containers.

 The wedding weekend ended with an epic Sunday brunch, where the newlyweds reminisced over their day with family and friends, after which they headed off on a 'mini moon' to the Montage Palmetto Bluffs, a stunning resort in South Carolina. They recently returned from their official honeymoon, where they spent two weeks in Vietnam. 

Favourite gifts? The couple says there are too many to count, but are currently obsessed with their placemats and Tom Dixon decorative pieces as well as some special champagne flutes. Because they love spending time with family and friends, Hillary and Mac are often found entertaining. Their style is casual and they often throw backyard barbecues and themed parties. Though they admit they haven’t yet mastered the art of the dinner party, it doesn’t deter them from filling their new house with people as often as they can, as they being to create memories of their new life together.

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