It was a normal day at the Burrus/Meredith household, and then came a knock on the door that changed everything. When they opened the door, there stood Antonio Sabato Jr. of “Fix It and Finish It” informing the couple they’d been selected to have their backyard renovated on national television. But that’s not the only thing that was broadcast into the homes of millions of people around the country: Once their new backyard and patio were revealed, Mason got down on one knee and asked Becca to spend forever with him.
Becca and Mason met at the University of Kentucky — Becca in her senior year and Mason on his victory lap as a fifth-year senior. Both being from Louisville, the two had a lot of mutual friends, so it was inevitable that their paths eventually crossed in Lexington. Both were in long relationships but, when the time was right and they were both single, they decided to take their friendship to the next level. Six years later, they found themselves on Driftwood Beach on Georgia’s Jekyll Island, saying “I do,” on July 4, 2016.
Getting married in Louisville, Kentucky, was never even an option for these two. After attending a wedding on Hilton Head Island before their engagement, they knew they wanted to get married at a beach. Once they were engaged, they looked at eloping to another country or getting married at the beach. It was important to the couple that Scarlett, their 65-pound boxer/pitbull mix, be able to attend the ceremony. Becca began searching the internet to find the beaches that were dog friendly.
When all her research of dog-friendly beaches and the prettiest beaches on which to get married began returning Jekyll Island as a top result, it became Becca and Mason’s top choice to host their wedding. The couple took a trip to Jekyll Island — a Georgia state park that is 65 percent nature — to check things out, and they instantly fell in love. Upon arriving at Driftwood Beach, it was a no-brainer that this would be the spot they exchanged their vows. When the couple saw that beach, they instantly knew they had found the location for their ceremony.
Mason’s uncle, Neil Meredith, applied online and became an ordained minister so that he could marry Becca and Mason. “He did a wonderful job, and we can’t imagine it any other way,” Becca says. “It was much more intimate having someone we know marry us rather than someone we had never met.”
The couple acted on blind faith when it came to the reception venue. They booked The Westin Jekyll Island, sight unseen. The two didn’t actually see the hotel, which opened in April 2015, until January 2016 — six months before their wedding. There were no regrets about this decision, though. “We ended up loving it and were very happy with our decision,” Becca says.
Becca and Mason take pride in not using a wedding planner, instead having done everything themselves. It was a lot of hard work!
“Since our wedding was on the Fourth of July it made sense to stick with the red, white and blue theme,” Becca says. “But I didn’t want it to be tacky, so I stuck with a lot of white and pops of red and navy blue. I went with orchids as our main flower. I think they are classy and beachy.”
The decor also tied into the Fourth of July theme — one piece in particular stole the show. Yarn was strung across a wooden frame with pictures of every family member who has served in the United States military service with a short description of which division. The most important were Mason’s mother and father, and Becca’s cousin, who is currently stationed in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor and could not be in attendance.
Approximately 90 of the 134 guests in attendance stayed on Jekyll Island following the wedding, so Becca and Mason couldn’t just leave them hanging. The couple stayed in a house with their wedding party — 15 people, total. The entire week consisted of family, good friends, music, drinks, food and games. The couple is planning a trip to Hawaii next year for their honeymoon. Cheers to forever, you two!
Venue: The Westin Jekyll Island
Photography: Mintwood Photo Co.
Bride’s gown: Morilee Blu Collection
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Becca let her bridesmaids select any navy blue dress they wanted
Hair & makeup: Fantasy Hair & Makeup
Groom’s & groomsmen’s formalwear: Clothing: Macy’s, Shoes: Converse
Invitations, programs & menu cards: Becca created all of these herself in Microsoft Word
Flowers: Cottage Flowers by Gay
Catering: The Westin Hotel
Music: Island Sound
Guest accommodations: St. Simons Trolley Tours
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