About Nick

I was raised in the St. Augustine area, and I can say, being a natural born Floridian is a rare thing! I graduated from the University of Florida, Go Gators, with my bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing. I spent the first part of my career as a sales manager, trainer, and public speaker. I now have the pleasure of joining people on one of the most special days of their lives. Even though I have always had my hand in the family business, I took over as leader a few years ago. It has been such an amazing ride. We run a tight knit group of family and friends that are all professionals. Being able to make people smile is very rewarding and it’s all smiles here at Sun and Sea Beach Weddings.
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Chris and Janessa: St. Augustine Wedding

St. Augustine Wedding Planner

5th Street St. Augustine Beach

Christoper and Janessa exchanged their marriage vows on the white sands of St. Augustine Beach.  The couple joined us from the great state if Indiana.  Having a local wedding planner can help in so many ways when planning a destination wedding.  Trying to secure individual vendors from afar and manage them can be daunting task.  As our company has grown over the past 12 years, we have continued to offer more services to our clients.  For example, we are a one-stop shop for wedding planning, wedding coordination, decorations, photography, floral design, bouquets, rentals, reception services, DJ services, and more.  Being able to offer all of these services gives us direct control over the quality.  Finally, we have an advantage of strong internal communication that really helps make the day of run smoothly and without issue.

St. Augustine Wedding PlannerJanessa and Christopher worked with their wedding planner, Vicky, to decorate their beach wedding.  As a result, the couples decorations were fantastic.  They selected our birch arbor, giving the wedding a rustic and earthy vibe.  Rather than using all of the petals on the ground, we retained some for the guests to toss.  Due to this, we were able to capture the image above during the couples first kiss. 

Beautiful Photography

We only use professional grade photographers included in our wedding packages.  For that reason, we offer a tremendous value to our clients looking for bundled services.  The blog today is showcasing all black and white images.  Black and white photography lends certain strengths to an image.  Therefore, we like to include some in every client’s gallery.  Color can be great, however, it can also be distracting.  You also see emotion and lighting differently in Black and White.  Finally, images without color are considered by most classic and timeless.

Local Wedding Planner

If you are looking for a local wedding planner, reach out to us today.  Our office is always ready to tackle any wedding or event. 

 

Dominique and Trey: Amelia Island

Amelia Island Beach Weddings

Main Beach Park

Dominique and Trey “tide the knot” on 8/18/18 on main beach, Amelia Island.  With Amelia Island just over the state line, it’s a logistically ideal location for Georgia residents.  As a result, this made it easy for the couple and their 40 closest friends and family to share this special occasion.  Georgia residents also commonly select Jekyll Island as their ceremony site of choice.

A great wedding will always have beautiful flowers.  Dominique’s bouquet selection consisted of some of our favorite floral.  Succulents, wax flower, billy balls, and mums were some of the main focal floral of this cascading bouquet.  Yellow is a “pop” color on the beach, as it vibrantly contrasts with the very neutral natural palette. 

Amelia Island Beach Weddings

The couple selected our Nautical Knot and made some upgrades with the arbor type and floral.  It provides all the basics for a simple beach wedding.  The photography, officiant, bridal bouquet, arbor, and chairs are included in this package configuration.  Music and other additions are easily added to fit a couples desires. As a result, our Nautical Knot package is one of our most popular choices for smaller weddings.

If you are looking to have an Amelia Island Beach Wedding, there are great ceremony and reception sites to explore.  For our events, the most common choices are the Omni at Amelia Island Plantation, Sliders Seaside Grill, The Ocean Club of Amelia, Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, and Main Beach.  The Sandbar, at main beach, is also a consideration for our couples looking for a casual reception space after.

Amelia Island Beach Weddings are Romantic

Finally, the team of Sun and Sea Beach Weddings is always available to assist you on your special day.  If you are looking for more information or have any questions, please feel free to give us a call regarding your upcoming Amelia Island Beach Wedding.

 

Florida Vow Renewals

Surprise Vow Renewal

Surprise Vow Renewal

Vilano Beach 

Husband of the year, Joseph Bono, raked in all the points by planning a surprise vow renewal on his 10 year wedding anniversary. 

Joseph and Brooke have 3 children and share a birthday. They chose to be married on the same date as their birthday, May 26th. 2018 marked 10 years of marriage, and Joseph wasn’t about to let this milestone pass without reminding Brooke of his eternal love and commitment to her. 

After working with our planners to choose the perfect location, vows, and bouquet for his bride, the time had come. Sun and Sea suggested Guana State park as a beautiful setting to capture this intimate moment. The simplicity of the evening was played up by the natural beauty of this outdoor venue. 

Joseph and Brooke arrived in a limousine. They walked hand and hand onto the sand where they were met by our officiant, who greeted Brooke with a beautiful bouquet of ivory roses. The couple was then guided to a heart carved into the sand, and filled with rose petals. Standing in “Barefoot Blooms”   they joined hands. 

Every moment from beginning to end was captured by one of our talented Sun and Sea photographers. A customized ceremony arranged, and personalized vows spoken in front of the beautiful back drop of the vast ocean at dusk. Immediately following, the couple walked to the water’s edge to throw a blessing stone and make a wish. 

After the ceremony, Joseph and Brooke stayed a bit longer for more pictures. But it wasn’t long before they were ready to be whisked off to their next destination and continue their celebration. 

We at Sun and Sea loved being a part of making this romantic evening come to life!

Officiant: Nick Dudney 

Wedding Planner: Vania Hardtle

Photographer: Jeannie Capellan 

James and Stephanie: A Destination Wedding

A Wedding Planned From Across the World 

From across the globe, James and Stephanie planned their entire wedding with the help of Sun and Sea’s world class wedding planners. Traveling over 10,000 miles from Australia, and choosing the one of a kind CastleGate venue, overlooking the most breathtaking views in the Historic St Augustine, Florida. Featuring spectacular sunsets beside Castle Otttis and awe-inspiring sunrises over the ocean can be seen from the 4th story skydeck.

This special day began in a room meticulously constructed for gorgeous destination affairs such as this. With a window built and designed with an inspiringly royal view of the Castle Otttis, making any bride feel like a princess. The master room adjoins to an exquisite bridal vanity, especially arranged for the bride and her best girls.

Destination Weddings St Augustine, Fl

Weddings St Augustine, Fl


Weddings St Augustine, Fl

James and Stephanie chose to commit their vows in the courtyard of CastleGate. The couple said “I do” in front of Sun and Sea’s Charmingly Vintage 2 post birch arbor, with upgraded side swags including ivory gauze and fresh florals accented with blush, cranberry, and ivory florals. The bridesmaid’s carried bouquets of ivory roses bedded in organic eucalypti, while the stunning Stephanie carried a bouquet centered around exotic King Protea flowers.

To complete the perfect day with a fairytale ending, James and Stephanie celebrated with friends and family inside the Carriage House behind CastleGate. The space thoughtfully decorated to compliment the colors and ambiance of the antique meets modern theme of the evening. The collaboration of a couple with incredible vision, and the expertise of Sun and Sea Beach Weddings, this wedding was one we will never forget.

St. Augustine Beach Weddings | Vow Renewals | Elopements

St. Augustine Beach Weddings

River to Sea Preserve

St. Augustine Beach Weddings

Tucked just south of St. Augustine, and near the Matanzas Inlet, lies River to Sea Preserve.  This beach access is one of our team’s favorite locations for a coastal ceremony.  Most couples are looking for a location that offers a combination of natural’s beautiful scenery and privacy.  A beach wedding at River to Sea Preserve will offer those exact perks.  With the beach being further south of St. Augustine, this area gets less traffic than the main beaches up North.  The lack of buildings keep the greenery and dunes intact, making lovely backdrops for the photography.  One of the most unique characteristics of this beach location is the rock formations.  The various rocky areas along the beach provide diversity in the wedding photography.  This really is one of the more picturesque beaches we visit.

This area also offers to great options for Receptions.  The Whitney Lab sits is an indoor/outdoor options that is just right across the street.  The Pavilion at River to Sea is also a great choice for couples looking to keep a simple outdoor feel to their receptions.

We recently married Harli and Sean, and helped guide them to this particular location for their special day.  Wanting a St. Augustine Beach Wedding, Harli contacted us for help.  The couple selected our Nautical Knot package for their small and romantic ceremony.  The sunset for their wedding was beautiful and the lighting added the soft touch to such a beautiful beach.

The Staff of Sun and Sea Beach Weddings is ready to assist you on your special day.  Our team of designers, coordinators, and planners plan over 340 weddings per year along our coast.  With over 10 years of experience we offer peace of mind to our clients, making sure their day is stunning and stress-free.  Please contact us for more information or view our build your own wedding tool to better understand the services we provide.

Georgia Beach Weddings

Southern Charm and Sophistication:

The Golden Isles of Georgia have become one of Sun and Sea’s top wedding destinations.  Whether you are looking at Jekyll Island or St. Simons, Georgia beach weddings can create the romantic and charming feel many of our couples desire.  While St. Simons has historically been more developed than Jekyll Island, Jekyll is catching up with recent additions.  New hotels, restaurants, parks, and market places have popped up over the last few years.  Jekyll Island also offer Driftwood beach, a very popular choice for a ceremony or photography session.

Cecilia and Ted were married at Villa de Suenos in St. Simons.  Their closets friends and family gathered to witness their vow exchange and then celebrated with the couple as they entered into a new chapter in their lives.  Their wedding location was a private residence that sat directly on the coast.  A beautiful and stunning location for a beach wedding and reception.

GEORGIA BEACH WEDDINGS

If you are interested in having a Georgia beach wedding, give us a call for more information.  Our team of planners and designers are readily available to assist you on your special day.

Florida Beach Vow Renewals

Florida Beach Vow Renewals

Bring back the Magic

Florida Beach Vow Renewals

If you are looking to renew the commitment to your significant other, what better way than on the beach.  Florida beaches offer warm weather, soft sand, expansive water views, and a natural romantic setting.  Every year the team of Sun and Sea Beach Weddings assists in celebrating years of marriage between our clients.  A Florida beach vow renewal with Sun and Sea has many advantages.

Make your renewal a destination getaway

Instead of just simply saying your vows over again, make an entire vacation out of it.  Relax on our beaches and enjoy a specialty rum beverage.  Bring your closest friends and family to enjoy the historic downtown St. Augustine or the cozy resort town of Amelia Island.  Our area offers countless options for entertainment and dining.

Simply Romantic

The beach is one of natures most amazing venues.  Keep your Florida beach vow renewal simple and romantic by taking off your shoes and putting your feet in the sand.  Photography on the beach is one of the main reasons why our clients choose to get their vows renewed on the beach.  Great photos last forever and are a very important consideration with deciding on your location and time.

Cost Effective

Our Florida beach vow renewal packages are designed to offer wonderful value to our clients.  Our team performs over 300 ceremonies in the area.  Due to the volume we perform, we have great relationships and are able to negotiate better rates for our clients on photography and other services.

Experience

Our team of designers, photographers, coordinators, artists, and dreamers are ready and waiting to make our clients vow renewal dreams a reality.  With almost 10 years of experience, Sun and Sea offers reliability and professionalism that you can trust.  Planning a ceremony from a distance can be an intimidating thing.  Rest assured that once you book your vow renewal with Sun and Sea, the stress will be gone.

 

Jekyll Island Weddings | Beach | Georgia | Elopements | Receptions

Jekyll Island Weddings

Nature’s Amazing Backdrop

Jekyll Island Weddings

The team of Sun and Sea Beach Weddings was happy to marry Chelci Beach and Stephen Avant on April 23rd, 2016.  The couple decided on Jekyll Island as their location of choice for the destination wedding.  Even though the Hampton Inn does sit on the beach, the courtyard is a stunning choice for a ceremony.  The flexibility of being able to have a courtyard wedding or a beach wedding makes the Hampton Inn, Jekyll Island a popular choice among our clients.  The oaks and greenery add amazing depth to the photography.  For more information on Jekyll Island, click here.

Chelci and Stephen decided to hold the ceremony in the courtyard and by looking at the photos, I think they made the ideal choice.  We decorated the courtyard with our rustic worn pedestals with Ivory toppers.  This space also goes very well with our birch arbor or our wooden chocolate arbor.  If you choose a beach wedding, you can introduce the bamboo as well.  You can view more images of this wonderful space under our reception tab by clicking here.

Sun and Sea proudly marries over 300 couples across Northeast Florida and Southern Georgia.  Let our team of planners, designers, photographers, and coordinators assist you on your upcoming Jekyll Island Wedding.

Sun and Sea Beach Weddings. St. Augustine Florida Beach Wedding and Reception

Mike and Melissa: A St. Augustine Beach Wedding

Congratulations to our couple Mike and Melissa Lehman.  They were recently married on St. Augustine Beach.

St. Augustine is our most popular choice for a destination wedding for so many great reasons.  From the white sand beaches, to the culturally rich historic district, St. Augustine has much to offer.  When planning your destination wedding to Florida, you want to consider the overall activities the area will offer you and your guests.  If guests are traveling from out of town, you want to make sure to select a location that is unique.  St. Augustine’s rich history and popular downtown can provide many activities for your travel.  Bars, restaurants, shops, and historic sites all are packed in a beautiful downtown area that offers European architecture and waterfront views..

Melissa and Mike chose to have their wedding in St. Augustine for the above reasons.  Their family and friends traveled to Florida from Kansas City and many other locations around the United States.  To really capture the essence of a St. Augustine Wedding, they selected the St. Augustine Yacht Club as their reception choice.  This venue sits directly in front of the historic Lighthouse.  It also offers amazing views of the salt flat waterway coming in from the Atlantic.  Pelicans and Sail boats are common sights while having a drink on the deck or lawn.  The St. Augustine Yacht Club offers both indoor and outdoor space.  You can view more information and photos by clicking the link above.

 

Kelly and Jose: An Amelia Island Beach Wedding

Newlyweds Kelly and Jose Espinosa were married this past Saturday at the Omni Amelia Island

Plantation Resort. The Omni is on a beautiful property of lush greenery. The resort’s beach is private and secluded, which created an intimate environment for the ceremony and reception. The Espinosa’s chose the Falling into Forever package. Their four post bamboo arbor was covered with white organza that shimmered in the afternoon sun, and they chose a long centerpiece with white garden roses, white hydrangeas, white wisteria, and greenery that covered the front of the arbor.

The twenty guests that attended were asked to sit as the ceremony began and Kelly’s bridesmaids walked down the aisle with bouquets of eggplant calla lilies and live guitarist, Terry, softly played music in the background. As Kelly began to walk towards the ceremony space, everyone stood and admired how beautiful she looked in a flowing white gown with a fitted top. The ceremony began and Kelly and Jose said their vows and did a sand ceremony combining different colored sands to symbolize the joining of two people. When the ceremony ended, Kelly and Jose began taking their pictures with one of Sun and Sea’s photographers, Nick. The small dunes of the beach and expansive shores provided the perfect backdrop for stunning photos.

As photos were being taken, guests gathered under the 20X40 tent to enjoy lemonade and tea as well as assorted fruits and vegetables. Live music continued during the reception and Kelly and Jose joined their party once they finished taking photos. The sun began to set as the party ended and people left the beach to return to the Omni to enjoy dinner. The Sun and Sea team wishes the best for Kelly and Jose and were overjoyed to help them plan their special day.