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.
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.
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.
Amelia Island and the surrounding areas of Fernandina Beach are ideal backdrops to say “I do”. Filled with natural beauty, history, parks and resorts, Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach are the perfect place for your family and friends to experience Florida’s true gem. Historic Centre Street offers a boutique feel with a wide array of quaint shops including antiques, art, spa/salons, jewelry and clothing as well as amazing café’s and restaurants. The surrounding area offers an assortment of accommodations for you and your guests to. If leisure, history and nature are what you are looking for, Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach is the place for you. The beautiful island offers pristine golf courses, beach horseback riding, bike/scooter/kayak rentals and much more. Fort George Island and Little Talbot Island are two parks that are a must while in town. If boating is more your style you can charter a fishing boat and go deep sea fishing or take a long walk on one of many nature walks in the area. Amelia Island also offers a wealth of museums, tours as well as plantations to see as well.
Amelia Island and Fernandina beach are great choices for any of our beach wedding packages. The blue Florida beaches are stunning and you have numerous wedding venues to choose from. Seaside Park, for example, is a centrally located beach in the heart of Amelia Island. In the vicinity are parking areas, several covered pavilions, picnic tables as well as a boardwalk to this beautiful beach. Not only is the beach attractive, but there are also several venues that are available for celebrating your big day. Sliders Seaside Grill is an oceanfront restaurant/bar with a recently completed upstairs facility overlooking Seaside Park. Slider’s also has a separate facility for rent that is completely private and oceanfront. Both of the locations are ideal for your Amelia Island Beach Wedding.
Peter’s Point located on the south end of Amelia Island boasts the best of both worlds…Parking is plentiful for our larger beach ceremonies and the beach is wide and beautiful, no worries about the tide. This is a popular choice for any of our Amelia Island Beach Weddings.
The Amelia Island Plantation is another common selection for ceremonies and lodging. Nestled into the natural surroundings of the Island. This historic resort is a nice choice for any destination wedding on the island.
Vanessa and James were married on the River to Sea Preserve in Saint Augustine this past weekend. The wedding took place at six o’clock, which gave the bride and groom golden sunlight shedding on their ceremony space. The River to Sea Preserve is a breathtaking, secluded beach that allows for a wedding party and guests to enjoy an intimate venue while also enjoying the vastness and romance of the ocean. River to Sea Preserve also has unique rocks that line the beach which Vanessa and James utilized during their photography session with Sun and Sea photographer Nick.
When the ceremony began, Vanessa walked down the sea grass-filled dunes with her escort and looked stunning in a satin, halter dress. She met her fiancé, James, under the two post bamboo arbor with nautical knot décor in Malibu blue. The ceremony was intimate with close family and friends attending. The bride and groom participated in a sand ceremony with five children, which will serve as a beautiful reminder of their family’s special day together.
After the ceremony, Vanessa and James seemed overjoyed to have been joined together in marriage. Their photographs show how truly in love they are and the venue of River to Sea Preserve offered various spots where pictures could be taken. The water, dunes, and rocks promise a variety of photographs to be in the couple’s wedding gallery. Since the wedding was later in the day, the sunset of a pink and periwinkle sky complimented the bridesmaid’s blue dresses, the groomsmen’s blue shirts, and the bridal bouquet made up of hot pink roses, mini calla lilies, and pink lilies. The sunset also gave a gorgeous ending to Vanessa and James’ wedding ceremony.
The Sun and Sea team sends wishes to Vanessa and James and were so happy to share their special day with them.
Jill and Ramsey Oliveri were beautifully married on the covered porch of the historic Saint Augustine Yacht Club this past weekend. The Club, opened in 1873, offers a historic, sophisticated, as well as relaxed wedding venue. The bride and groom chose the wooden arbor as their decoration, with accents of ivory, lavender, and sage flowers. With hopes of sunshine, Jill and Ramsey had originally planned to have the ceremony on the lawn, but decided against it when the weather called for rain.
Instead, the arbor was set up on the covered deck where the dinner and reception was to be held later that evening. This setup worked in favor of the couple as well as the guests. Everyone attending was able to sit at their assigned tables during the ceremony, an isle was lined with flower arrangements, and their backdrop was still of the Salt Flats as it would have been originally. Jackie’s officiating made the guests laugh and recognize the sincere love between Jill and Ramsey, and when “you may now kiss the bride” was spoken, Ramsey couldn’t stop kissing Jill which radiated pure joy and excitement for the beginning of their life together.
After the ceremony, the guests were ushered into the dining room of The Club to begin a cocktail hour while Jill and Ramsey took time to take pictures with photographer Vania. The pictures came out wonderfully as the sun peaked out from behind the clouds and offered Vania light to work with. So they didn’t miss out on the food they had chosen for cocktail hour, Sun and Sea wedding coordinator Vicky made plates and had them waiting at the sweetheart table for the new Mr. and Mrs. Oliveri. When their photography session was over, Jill and Ramsey were formally introduced as husband and wife and had their first dance to All of Me by John Legend. A buffet-style dinner followed and guests were pleased with the attentiveness of the bartenders as well as the servers.
The Oliveri wedding is a perfect example of how well a wedding can work even if the weather doesn’t match up to the original plan. Jill and Ramsey were overjoyed with the setup of their arbor on the covered deck. Their attitude towards the last minute change made the wedding more enjoyable for everyone involved. The Sun and Sea team sends their best wishes to Jill and Ramsey and were so glad they got to be a part of their special day!
Details are what make a wedding truly your own. Our A La Carte items add personal, delicate details to your special day on the beach. Among the A La Carte items, some favorites are the unique guest book, wedding signs, and message in bottle wedding vows.
The unique Stone Guest Book is a perfect keepsake from your wedding day. Rather than signing a tradition guest book, everyone who attends your wedding will sign a rock with their name and a personal message for the bride and groom. The Stone Guest Book is set up on a rustic table that looks beautiful among the beach landscape. The stones, after being signed, are placed in a glass vase, allowing glimpses of the names and personal messages to be seen. The Stone Guest Book is a perfect memento
that will look elegant in your home for countless years and will serve as a reminder of all the loved ones who shared in your wedding day.
The Wedding Signs we offer are a great detail to personalize your beach wedding. The signs give direction to your guests as well as serve as a cute way to have a handwritten message to congratulate the bride and groom, display a favorite quote, or even display an itinerary for the rest of the day. These signs are tasteful and elegant and will create a welcoming feel to the beach as your guests arrive.
The idea behind a message in a bottle is romantic and timeless, so why not recreate this romance by adding the detail of Message in a Bottle vows? Two bottles will be placed in the sand near the bride and groom, as if washed on shore, their wedding vows printed on parchment rolled up inside. When it is time to exchange your vows, you will unroll the parchment from the bottle and exchange your promises
to one another. This intimate detail is one that will certainly be remembered by you and your guests.
Sun and Sea Beach Weddings wants your wedding to be as personal as possible. These details allow for you to add your own touches to your day while staying true to the beach venue of your ceremony. Whether you are looking for something as delicate as starfish hair clips or something as elegant as a ceremony table, our A La Carte items will satisfy your desire for detail.
Lindsay and Pete Ferguson traveled all the way from Ohio to have their dream
wedding on the beautiful shores of Driftwood Beach in Jekyll Island Georgia.
Lindsay choose a stunning 2 post bamboo arbor with our vibrant red organza that
was accented with our red and white floral swag and tie backs set with the amazing
backdrop of the picturesque driftwood trees.
The beautiful bride walked down the aisle arm in arm with her father to our
recorded music option of her choice of “A Thousand Years by The Piano Guys”. Once
her father gave her away Pete and Lindsay exchanged wedding vows and rings
in the traditional style. Our unique sand ceremony including the ceremony table
was a great accent as they joined 2 families together into one with 2 colors of sand
becoming one. The ceremony ended with a kiss and the pronouncement of Mr. &
Mrs. Pete Ferguson as they journeyed to the waters edge to the recessional music
choice of “Never Stop by Safetysuit”. All the guests lined up on the waters edge
and concluded the ceremony with everybody throwing their stones into the ocean
making a wish or blessing for the newly married couple.
The happy couple chose our Video Slider DVD option to the tune of “All I’m Looking
For” by Chelsea Lee Featuring Jason Reeves to capture their nuptials. A Photo Video
Slider is a unique way to also share with your friends and family who were unable to
make it. Our video is the length of one song of your choice. This selection is a great
way to relive your day for many years to come.
Their ceremony was intimate only including family and friends who all happened
to color coordinated their outfits to match their theme of red and white. We really
enjoyed being part of Lindsay & Pete’s special day on Driftwood Beach!
River to Sea Preserve is a beautiful natural beach 15 mins south of St. Augustine. Just over the Matanzas Inlet and right near Marineland, River to Sea Preserve has numerous venue benefits to consider.
The natural setting of River to Sea Preserve is ideal for photography. Without buildings on the beach, the surrounding dunes and sea grass are unobstructed, making this a perfect spot to diversify your wedding gallery.
With River to Sea Preserve being right over the border into Flagler County, a permit for your ceremony is not needed. This saves the our couples $100 by avoiding the St. John’s county permit process for St. Augustine weddings.
Sun and Sea Beach Weddings highly recommends this location for any Florida Beach Ceremony. Give us a call today to discuss River to Sea Preserve or other location options along the coast of Northeast Florida or Southern Georgia!
Sun and Sea Beach Weddings would like to congratulate Casey and David on their recent wedding on Driftwood Beach. Driftwood Beach is located on the northern part of Jekyll Island, Georgia and is part of the golden aisles. With it’s haunting driftwood trees, this landscape creates dramatic and unique photography. This beach is ideal for a couple that is looking to get away from the “beach city” vibe and escape to a natural and rustic setting. Being a tidal beach, Driftwood Beach is best utilized during low tide.
Casey and David selected Sun and Sea Beach Weddings’ new 4-Post wooden arbor. This wedding arbor is stained dark and really adds a level of sophistication and elegance to any wedding theme. Decorated in Mauve, pinks, and champagne, Casey really wanted that upscale look right in the heart of mother nature.
This couples photography was outstanding. The groom David, is active military and brought out the old stars and stripes as a backdrop for a stunning photo captured by our photographer. We really love this shot of the couple and I would put it up there with one of my favorite photos in Sun and Sea’s history.
Our team really enjoyed working with this lovely couple and we thank David for his service to our country. We wish you two all the best in the years to come.
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