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The Tybee Island Wedding Chapel, located on picturesque island in Georgia, held its grand opening celebration on Aug. 12. Festivities were presided over by celebrity host David Tutera of WE-TV’s My Fair Wedding. Tutera called the new wedding destination “a wonderful, important venue full of charm and character.”

The Chapel was originally built by artisans to reflect the look of a turn-of-the-century Baptist church for the 2010 romantic drama, “The Last Song,” starring Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Greg Kinnear and Kelly Preston. It was slated for demolition after filming wrapped. At the last minute, real estate entrepreneur Stacye Jarrell saved the Chapel and lovingly re-purposed it as a unique wedding venue. Nestled among live oak trees and Spanish moss, the building is quaint, romantic and elegant. The beautifully refurbished Chapel has elevated Tybee Island to a premiere wedding destination and is attracting interest from brides and wedding planners from across the country.

For more details on The Tybee Island Wedding Chapel visit their web site. And if you haven’t been to Tybee Island, you might consider it for your next getaway. It’s about a four-hour drive from Atlanta and 20 minutes from Savannah. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls it the “Best One Tank Trip” and readers of Creative Loafing voted it “Best Beach Retreat.” It’s a laid back, eclectic island where you can truly get away and commune with nature. In fact, it was recently awarded the title “Healthiest Beach in the US” by Health Magazine. And who doesn’t want to go to the upcoming Tybee Island Pirate Fest taking place from October 6-9?

To find out more about Tybee Island click here! Have you been to Tybee Island before, be it for a wedding or a vacation? If so, please tell us what you liked about it in the comments section below!

Pretty Southern contributing culture and lifestyle reporter Karen Hatchett is a life-long southerner and resident of Smyrna, Georgia. She’s a Marketing & PR professional, arts & music lover, jewelry designer and casual gardener.