“The Clyde is not just a venue to me. It is a dream, and I want everyone that walks through these doors to feel the same.”
Mallory Adams is a native Savannahian who has grown up in the hospitality industry. As a teenager, she spent her summers working for the family business, coordinating entertainment and transportation for groups of people for trips throughout the Southeast and beyond.
But she always knew she wanted to be a wedding planner. While earning her degree in business management from Georgia College, she survived wedding planning boot camp, planning over one hundred weddings for Charleston Beach Wedding before taking on a role as sales manager and coordinator for the venue, Alexander Homestead, in Charlotte, NC. Although the job was demanding, she loved it.
“My favorite part,” Mallory says, “is creating a vision for the bride and groom and “watching it all come together.”
Savannah is such a distinct place. When you grow up here, other parts of the country might not necessarily feel like home. Although Mallory learned a tremendous deal at Alexander Homestead, she missed Savannah, her friends, and her family. She headed back to Georgia and began independently consulting as Mallory Adams Weddings and Events.
While visiting a small space in the Historic District with a café in mind, Mallory noticed it was connected to a large warehouse with potential for a bigger venue. The timing of this discovery seemed like divine intervention to Mallory. She saw the opportunity to fulfill her dream to create a sophisticated venue in a fantastic location.
She reached out to event-planning professionals in Savannah, who confirmed her gut feeling that the warehouse space fulfilled a much-needed niche in the wedding and event industry in Savannah. It has the capacity to host large groups – over one hundred guests. It’s an indoor and air-conditioned option, which many of the venues downtown capable of hosting big groups are not. It’s one of the only modern venues downtown. The industrial style makes it a versatile canvas, adaptable to creative concepts in lighting, floral arrangements, décor, and catering. Plus, Mallory’s partnership with Don Adams of Kelly Tours provided luxury shuttle options for guests to utilize.
Mallory decided to take the plunge. Her dream became a reality! The Clyde was born.
“The Clyde is not just a venue to me,” Mallory explains. “It’s a dream, and I want everyone who walks through those doors to feel the same way.”
She decided to name the venue after two important men in her life: her father and her late grandfather. Also known as Don Clyde Adams Jr, and Don Clyde Adams Sr, respectively. Her vision for the design was inspired by the pair: strong, exuberant, and a little old fashioned.
“My father has always been an inspiration to me,” Mallory explains. “He has dedicated his life to his family and his business. He built a thriving business from the ground up while never missing a volleyball game or teacher conference.”
Her grandfather, known as Poppy to his grandchildren, recently passed yet continues to be another role model to Mallory for his strong faith, wisdom and love for his family. He was an expert on marriage success, having enjoyed seventy years of wedded bliss with her Grandma Betsy.
“If you ever needed confirmation that true love exists,” she says, “you only needed two minutes around those two.”
Mallory attributes her strength and purpose from her faith and strong family ties. She’s excited to help couples and families bring their vision to life to create the perfect celebration, whether it’s a wedding, a bar mitzvah, a business launch, an anniversary party, a quinceañera party, or Prom: “When you come to the Clyde, it’s my goal to make you feel as welcome as my own family would be.”