Wedding Section: Nicky & Jeffrey
Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: Mark Staff Photography
Jeffrey Mingledorf and Nicky Fenner first met in a carpool when they were in elementary school. When his family moved a couple years later, they lost touch and didn’t reconnect until high school.
Nicky happened to be up early one morning fishing across from the gas dock when she saw Jeffrey and his family come in to fuel their boat. She went to go say hello, and most of them did not recognize her without braces and oversized glasses.
The couple dated for the first time that school year but then broke it off because Nicky got scared that the relationship was going too well. They remained friends throughout college and finally reached a point of decision: to date or to discontinue the friendship. Nicky put away her fears, and they started dating again on St. Patrick’s Day 2011.
A little less than two years later, Nicky was diagnosed with cancer. It was the scariest moment of her life and Jeffrey’s as well. A month later, on St. Patrick’s Day 2013, on a sunset boat ride, Jeffrey proposed, less than two weeks before Nicky’s first chemotherapy treatment. With six months of chemotherapy ahead, the couple decided to marry the following May.
They chose the Savannah Yacht Club as their wedding venue and planned to leave by boat since so many memories had already been made on boats. The wedding color scheme included navy blue to fit the nautical theme and lavender to match the Hodgkin’s lymphoma ribbon in honor of Nicky’s victory over the disease last year.
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Bridesmaids in the square outside the church. The bridesmaids dresses were provided by BleuBelle Boutique, the bride’s dress is from Winnie Couture.
The bride and flower girls showing off their shoes.
The three ring ceremony represents God, husband & wife.
The newlywed couple and the groomsmen outside in Calhoun Square.
The groomsmen’s gifts wrapped in nautical colors.
The groomsmen’s gifts were nautical “port” and “starboard” cufflink anchors from Smathers and Branson.
The newlyweds’ first dance in the Savannah Yacht Club with the ceiling draped by Annette Johnson.
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Large welcome sign at the entrance provided by Jenna Coleman.
Savannah Praline wedding favors from Savannah River Street Sweets.
Embracing hug after the father daughter dance.
A time capsule allowing guests to leave notes that the bride and groom will open in one, five and 10 years’ time.
Guests lit sparklers and threw rose petals as the bride and groom exited by boat.
Special Thanks to:
Mary Hunter Crose (Florist)
Post Petals & Pealrs (Wedding Coordinators)