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As the publishers of AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS, we have the genuine pleasure twice each year of writing about one of the most important occasions in anyone’s life: their wedding. It gives us great satisfaction to spotlight in each issue some wonderful couples who are beginning their lives together here. As we are often told, these happy stories of hope and love make for great reading. It is not an overstatement to say that in the last decade Amelia Island has become one of the top destinations wedding spots in the Southeast, and perhaps in the entire country. Since we began publishing this magazine a dozen years ago, Amelia Island has attracted a great number of destination weddings by couples who want to celebrate an unforgettable wedding weekend with their family and friends. With its historic churches, stunning natural beauty, and a wide variety of outstanding venues, it’s not hard to see why our charming island paradise has become so popular. But, while Amelia Island’s popularity as a destination wedding hotspot has grown, we have also taken great satisfaction in featuring many Amelia Island families who have celebrated their child’s wedding here at home. It is a privilege to be able share these local events with you. Also, it’s

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always fun to share how an Amelia Island family celebrates a wedding here because they already know so many of the terrific places on the island to gather for the fun-filled events that make up a wedding weekend, whether it’s fishing and golf, nails and lunch, kayaking, barbeques, rehearsal dinners, afterparties, or next-day brunches. In this issue, four of our five featured wedding stories have roots on Amelia Island, and the fifth is a couple from Jacksonville Beach who just loves this little corner of the world. Our readers tell us they enjoy reading Amelia Island Weddings because they love the romantic stories of today’s brides and grooms, who use their own unique personalities and the beauty of Amelia Island to create one-of-a-kind wedding events. What is it about weddings that make them so endlessly intriguing? Seeing people at this magical moment in their lives is a deeply moving experience, a hopeful moment that is both heartwarming and life-affirming. As in the stories from this issue, the heart of the occasion always shines through in every wedding, whether large or small, lavish or simple. We hope you will enjoy reading this issue of Amelia Island Weddings as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Visitors and residents alike know about Amelia’s unique allure: the long stretches of unspoiled beach, scenic pockets of marsh, and moss-draped oaks. Whether you’re a resident, a frequent visitor, or a newcomer to Amelia, we hope our magazine will inspire you to imagine the extraordinary wedding possibilities available to you on this beautiful 13-mile-long barrier island.

STAFF Philip Kelly Deana Basile Kelly Publishers Deana Basile Kelly Editor Tom Barrett Art Director Karen Miller Julie Simmons Dickie Anderson Contributing Writers

CONTACT US Sweetpea Media, Inc. P.O. Box 16624 Fernandina Beach, FL 32035 904-277-8012 info@ameliaislander.com www.ameliaweddingsmag.com

Amelia Island Weddings Magazine is published twice a year in Spring and Fall. All editorial contents including maps and photographs are copyrighted 2017 Sweetpea Media, Inc. Reproduction of any material contained herein in any manner, in whole or in part, is prohibited without the express written consent of the publisher. Unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or other artwork cannot be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. No responsibility is assumed for unsolicited materials. The cover and the magazine’s contents are fully protected and may not be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. Amelia Island Weddings Magazine is distributed free of charge on and around Amelia Island. Back issues may be purchased from the publisher for $2 per copy plus postage if sent through the mail.


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AN UNFORGETTABLE WEDDING 8 FOR CELEBRATION, MAKE IT AMELIA Amelia Island is the ideal backdrop to many beautiful, romantic memories.

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STORY 14 COVER Although they attended Boston College at the same time, Amanda Davis and Chris Barber never met there. After meeting at an alumni event in Washington, D.C., they became engaged and began planning their wedding on Amelia Island, Amanda’s hometown.

WEDDING STORIES 18 ISLAND Four recently married couples share their unique wedding stories.

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SPOTLIGHT: 28 VENUE HORIZONS RESTAURANT After 24 years of inspired cuisine with a continental flair, Courtney Thompson has made Horizons Restaurant an Amelia Island icon. Using the freshest ingredients, Horizons offers creative cuisine to please every palate, including their famous dessert soufflés.

THE PERFECT GOWN 32 FINDING An overview of some of the latest trends in wedding gowns to help you find the perfect dress.

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CHECKLIST 6 WEDDING A helpful list of things to do

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SCRAPBOOK 26 WEDDING A peek into the wedding albums of some

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30 JEWELRY For over-35 brides or those marrying for a second time, many are choosing nontraditional rings, using antique rings or colored stones, to complement their personal style, says Gigi Grubner of Amelia’s Fine Jewelry.

BEAUTY OF 36 THE A BEACH WEDDING Lisa Presnell, PWC, of Lisa Presnell Productions offers some tips on pulling off the perfect beach wedding.

& DÉCOR 38 DESIGN Julie Simmons looks at the latest in wedding design and décor, including the trend toward using more color, as well as new trends in floral design that go vertical.

40 CATERING A checklist to help you find your caterer 42 HONEYMOONS Romantic accommodations, fun activities, and superior dining

44 DIRECTORY Names, addresses, phone numbers, and websites of people who can make your wedding a complete success.

ABOUT THE COVER Amanda and Chris Barber at their wedding reception at Walker’s Landing at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Photo by Brooke Images

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Amelia Weddings 12+ MONTHS PRIOR ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Propose! Research rings and stones to choose engagement ring. Set an initial budget Determine what type of ceremony you want (church/religious group/ justice of peace) Determine the type of reception you want (day/evening, indoor/outdoor, formal/casual) Select a target wedding date and back-up dates Select location of wedding (hometown/destination/resort) Research availability of reception venues, according to the location and wedding type you’ve chosen Determine size of reception and draw up preliminary guest list Decide if you want a bridal party and, if so, how large Reserve venue as soon as possible, especially if you’re planning a large wedding If planning a destination wedding, collect lodging information for guests Interview and choose caterer Start to research bridal gowns/bridesmaids’ dresses/tuxedos or groom’s clothing Interview and choose wedding planners/photographers/ videographers/musicians Visit bridal shows

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Refine guest list with families Purchase the bride’s gown and groom’s attire Confirm guests lodging for destination wedding Purchase the bridesmaids’ dresses Shop for dress accessories (veil, jewelry, other accessories) Go over music program for both ceremony and reception Research destinations for honeymoon Interview and reserve florist Order the wedding cake, if not provided by caterer Start planning rehearsal dinner and reserve a restaurant Arrange for wedding party transportation to the wedding (limousines, horse & carriage, vans)

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Check requirements for blood test and marriage license in your state Shop for wedding rings Select and order invitations and stationery Make sure that men’s attire has been ordered Complete the guest lists Send your engagement announcement to the newspaper Inform mothers to select their dresses Finalize honeymoon details and make the necessary reservations

TWO TO FOUR MONTHS PRIOR ■ Confirm the menu and catering details with caterer ■ Prepare all maps and directions for the ceremony and reception ■ For a destination wedding, collect info on local activities and restaurants for guests ■ Select your wedding rings ■ Buy a wedding guest book ■ Set the dates and times for rehearsal with the person officiating marriage ■ Plan the bridesmaids’ luncheon or any other parties ■ Plan the design and printing if you choose to have a program for the ceremony ■ Finalize details with florist, musicians, photographer, videographer, etc.

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■ Arrange the necessary accommodations for out-of-town guests ■ Confirm rehearsal dinner time and place ■ Confirm the wedding cake details with baker

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Mail invitations and announcements Prepare a portrait if planning a newspaper announcement Set appointment with photographer for formal bridal portrait Select gifts for your attendants Ask family or wedding party members to prepare speeches or toasts Set appointments with any hairdressers and/or makeup specialists Hire the limousine or other form of transportation

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Update the expected number of guests with caterer Buy a gift for your intended Schedule a final fitting for gown Purchase a going away outfit Pick up your wedding rings Purchase or borrow all wedding accessories, such as ring pillow, goblets, candles, etc. Confirm florist details and delivery times Plan the seating for the reception as well as other details for the ceremony Write placement cards or table assignments Make sure that all bridesmaids’ attire has been fitted Meet with d.j. or musicians to confirm reception music: first dance, parent dances, wedding party

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Make arrangements for wedding gifts to be safeguarded and transported Handle business and legal details such as name changes, address changes, etc. Reconfirm your guests’ accommodations Check all clothing and accessories for you and bridal party Get marriage license and any blood tests

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Review any seating details with ushers Make sure all wedding attire fits Finalize the seating arrangements with caterer Reconfirm honeymoon reservations and start packing Call any guests who have not responded, and give final head count to caterer Finish all the place cards for reception Confirm dates with musicians and vocalists Delegate wedding day responsibilities to reliable individuals Wrap and present the wedding party gifts

O N E D AY B E F O R E ■ Get a manicure or massage to relax ■ Stay with family or friends the night before and get to sleep early ■ Review and rehearse all the details with your participants

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Rest and Relax with a good bath Allow yourself plenty of time to get dressed Be sure to eat properly Leave plenty of time for hairdresser and makeup appointments Enjoy your wonderful day and cherish every moment!


Amelia Plantation Chapel An Interdenominational Community Church “You are welcome here!” Nestled among beautiful gardens, oak hammocks and lake views, the Amelia Plantation Chapel provides a beautiful setting for your special day. PAM BELL PHOTOGRAPHY

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F O R A N U N F O R G E T TA B L E W E D D I N G C E L E B R AT I O N , M A K E I T A M E L I A By Karen Miller What better place to say “I do” then beautiful Amelia Island? With its stunning natural beauty and long tradition of Southern hospitality, there is no better place to tie the knot! Amelia Island offers a variety of reception and ceremony venues that are perfect for your wedding celebration. From historic churches and charming bed-and-breakfast inns to grand ballrooms and magnificent outdoor spaces, this treasured paradise offers the highest level of personal service and attentive, creative planners. Wedding packages range from intimate ceremonies on the beach to a fun-filled weekend-long destination wedding for friends and family. A southern jewel in the Sea Island chain of barrier islands, Amelia Island boasts 13 miles of pristine beaches, framed by the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean. But that’s just a small part of what 8 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

Amelia Island is all about. The city of Fernandina Beach is rich in history, featuring eclectic shops, restaurants, museums, and galleries, with lots to do to keep your wedding guests entertained throughout the weekend. Golfing, biking, shelling, birding, fishing, surfing, and boating are just a few of the myriad of activities available. Your destination wedding on Amelia Island will be an exciting and luxurious getaway for all your guests. Picture a welcoming evening sunset cruise down the Amelia River; a rehearsal dinner held at a family-owned restaurant featuring local seafood; a ceremony at one of the island’s historic churches or at the beach; a reception at a world-class resort. All these things are possible, with much more to choose from, when you choose the warmth and hospitality of Amelia Island for your storybook celebration!


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a truly memorable event, General Manager Chrissy Wetherhill and wedding coordinators Susan Dowling and Angie Martino will help you with every detail of your special day. Oyster Bay Yacht Club, a private yacht club and marina, is an exquisite destination for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, and corporate retreats. Nestled among canopied oak trees with expansive water views, the stunning clubhouse boasts 7,500 square feet of combined venue space. Whether it’s a casual coastal wedding marsh-side on the Oyster Deck or formal exchange of vows at sunset overlooking the marina, Oyster Bay Yacht Club can effortlessly accommodate your every need. The wedding party and guests can even arrive by water taxi from historic Fernandina Beach. From extravagant galas to intimate get-togethers, Terrie Sanders and the courteous staff will help you create an unforgettable event at this enchanting location. If you’re looking for an elegant on-island venue that overlooks beautiful, manicured lawns, look no further than Fernandina Beach Golf Club. Set among 27 holes of true Florida golf, Fernandina Beach Golf Club provides a beautiful setting for weddings, receptions, parties, and more, and can also be the perfect place for a wedding weekend golf outing. The course offers a fun and enjoyable day of golf at rates that won’t bust your budget. The spacious clubhouse, with its professional kitchen facilities, can accommodate everything from large receptions to small, intimate wedding celebrations. Food & Beverage Manager ISLAND PHOTOGRAPHY

TRADITIONAL ELEGANCE For the perfect destination wedding, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort has the world-class amenities you’re looking for, plus detail-oriented professionals who will create an experience you and your guests will remember for a lifetime. To make your weekend unforgettable, we can offer you a Bridal Spa Day, Groom’s Golf Outing, Welcome Reception, Beach Fire, and Rehearsal Dinner. The list of possibilities is virtually endless, and our staff will help you create your own personal, magical event. The Omni Resort will house your guests in luxury and comfort, with the beauty of the ocean at your doorstep. Menus are available to suit every level of elegance and budget, and their chefs will produce wedding cakes your guests will rave about for years. To see all that Omni Amelia Island Plantation has to offer, contact the Wedding & Event Department for a property tour. For an elegant wedding celebration that will sweep you back in time to the luxury of a by-gone era, try The Ribault Club. Located on beautiful Fort George Island just south of Amelia, The Ribault Club began as a luxurious winter retreat for wealthy industrialists in the late 1920’s. A fantastic circular drive leading up to the elegant Georgian facade of the clubhouse makes for a fabulous entrance and exit for the bride and groom. Surrounded by ancient live oaks dripping with moss and towering palm trees, the exquisitely restored historic building, made of wood and white painted brick with French windows and green shutters, is the perfect setting for a stunning wedding. Designed in a horse-shoe shape with a ballroom on one end and a dining room on the other, the club offers a variety of different spaces, including a covered verandah overlooking the lush shaded lawn and the Fort George River. A series of smaller salons can provide a perfect place to store gifts, or a place for kids to gather and watch a movie during a reception. To create

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Melanie Robertson and her staff are on hand to help you with every detail. Her relationship with local wedding vendors will help you in planning and saving on your event. Please contact Melanie for more information about pricing and availability. OCEAN ATMOSPHERE If you are looking for an affordable venue with a luxurious atmosphere, look no further than the new Residence Inn by Marriott ~ Amelia Island, where innovation meets relaxation. Located in the heart of Amelia Island and just steps from the beach, this spectacular resort-style hotel features spacious suites with gourmet kitchens, an outdoor recreation area with a putting green, an over-sized pool and hot tub, a state-of-the-art fitness room, and beautiful gathering spaces. Nestled near the pool area, the contemporary Tides Terrace makes the perfect venue for a poolside wedding. The Residence Inn can accommodate weddings from five to 85 people and offers exceptional rates for wedding groups. Indoor function space is also available for corporate functions, bridal teas, rehearsal dinners, and other events. Guests enjoy an array of complimentary services such as transportation to the beach, delicious breakfast every morning, grocery delivery, and wireless Internet access. Director of Sales and Marketing Dottie Richards can help you plan your wedding or event and help you with accommodations for all of your guests. 10 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

Right across from the beach is Amelia Hotel at the Beach, a beautiful Mediterranean-style hotel with plenty of room for your wedding guests at a great value. This charming, centrally located hotel features spacious rooms, many with oceans views. Their Terrace Suite is the perfect place to spend your honeymoon night with its king bed, Jacuzzi tub, and private oceanview balcony. Ask about their meeting rooms if you plan a small, intimate ceremony or reception up to 60 guests. The hotel wedding coordinator will assist you in creating a memorable event tailored to fit your expectations, the comfort of your guests, and your budget. According to the hotel’s wedding coordinator, the Amelia Hotel at the Beach “loves” weddings. “We help plan the event and focus on the details so the bride and groom can enjoy their day whether it be indoors or on the beach.” Right on the beach at the foot of Sadler Road, Sliders Seaside Grill offers a festive atmosphere for couples who are looking for an authentic island experience. With their Oceanfront Tiki Bar and deck, Caribbean-style dining, a raw bar and sushi bar, and even a children’s playground, Sliders has something for everyone in yourgroup. With the addition of a brand new second floor oceanfront bar and deck, Sliders now offer space for over 200 guests with unsurpassed views of the beach and the sandy dunes just steps away. Sliders oceanfront location lets you marry on the beach, if you wish, and walk through the dunes right into Sliders back courtyard. Sliders will prepare the perfect menu to suit any taste for a memorable reception, rehearsal dinner, or bridal luncheon or tea. Located on the ocean next to Seaside Park, Sliders is also close to a number of the island’s finest hotels. Now open for special events, the Ocean Club of Amelia offers the perfect setting for your wedding festivities. New owners George and Michelle Stewart have created a magical setting sure to indulge your every desire. The coastal cottage atmosphere overlooks the whimsical dunes and renowned shorelines that form


beautiful Amelia Island. The Ocean Club offers both interior and ocean front exterior seating, accommodating up to 80 guests. Whether you prefer an island casual bridal luncheon or an overthe-top reception, this venue is ideal for any occasion! For more information, please contact Events Manager Nigel Teare. Located just one block from the beach on Sadler Road is the award-winning Hampton Inn, Amelia Island at Fernandina Beach. Their wedding specialist offers several wedding packages from which to choose. Their spacious and comfortable rooms feature all white bedding, new 32” high definition—flat paneled televisions, a microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, and high-speed wireless Internet access. The hotel features a complimentary hot breakfast each morning and a sizeable outdoor pool. Don’t miss the fresh baked cookies each evening! The hotel also loans their guests beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards, and beach towels at no cost. And the central location means you can walk to the beach, a variety of restaurants or shops, and you’re just a short ride from historic downtown Fernandina Beach. For brides, the Hampton Inn also provides a free personalized wedding website and the chance to earn free rooms. This location can accommodate large groups comfortably, all with the 100% Hampton money-back guarantee. On the Atlantic Ocean at Main Beach is the new Seaside Amelia Inn. The inn’s 47 comfortable guest rooms or onebedroom suites are elegantly appointed and include flat screen televisions, microwaves, mini-refrigerators, and Internet access, with oceanfront, pool, or sunset views. A complimentary breakfast is also included. The Seaside Amelia Inn boasts a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the ocean for receptions or events, as well as reception rooms for smaller groups or events. Enjoy a wedding ceremony on the beach and entertain your guests on the rooftop terrace, the outdoor courtyard, or the pool deck.

For honeymoon or guests’ lodging, the Amelia Surf & Racquet Club offers one-, two-, or three-bedroom condominium suites with private balconies overlooking the beach. With magnificent views of the Atlantic, direct access to a private beach, and two pools overlooking the sandy beachfront, a stay at the Amelia Surf & Racquet Club gives its guests an oceanfront vacation experience. Each suite is professionally decorated and offers amenities such as cable television, a full-sized kitchen, and washer and dryer. Free tennis on clay surface courts is included, and local golf courses, restaurants, and plenty of activities are all within minutes of the resort. AND THAT’S NOT ALL Of course, there are lots of options to choose from when you’re considering an island wedding. On Amelia, there are many lovely bed & breakfast inns that can provide an elegant and intimate setting for your special day. The circa 1856 Amelia Island Williams House on South Ninth Street in downtown Fernandina Beach is owned and operated by Chris and Maria Page. Beautifully landscaped gardens and a spacious courtyard are the perfect venue for a wedding celebration whether intimate or grand. Smaller weddings and receptions can also be held in the elegant dining room and Victorian parlor. Chris and Maria’s attention to detail has created a special place for an island wedding and they are ready to help you with all the arrangements. The beautifully restored Victorian is also on a quiet street downtown within easy range of all the restaurants, shops, and sightseeing that the downtown has to offer. Also in the heart of historic downtown Fernandina Beach is The Florida House Inn on South Third Street, the oldest continually operating hotel in Florida. The Florida House Inn has undergone a painstaking historic restoration and features beautiful heart pine floors, a 350-year old live oak tree, an immaculate courtyard and gardens, original fireplaces, string lighting throughout the courtyard, a beautiful mermaid fountain, and 17 luxurious guest rooms. The courtyard can accommodate weddings of up to 200 people, and the inside dining room is perfect for rehearsal dinners and dinner events, all featuring the Inn’s delicious Southern cuisine. The Mermaid Bar offers live entertainment and it is a great spot to enjoy after the ceremony or reception. Emily Saltmarsh is ready to help you with all of your wedding planning needs.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF RESIDENCE INN AMELIA ISLAND

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If you want to be in the heart of the Historic District, the Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Harborfront Hotel is your answer. “’Location! Location! Location!’ is an old advertising term,” says Director of Sales Bill Pennington, “but it really does describe why so many brides pick our unique destination.” The Hampton Inn & Suites can accommodate weddings and receptions from five to 85, and offers specialty suites for all types of brides. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway overlooking the Fernandina Beach Marina, the Hampton Inn & Suites offers spacious and comfortable accommodations. Take advantage of staying in the heart of the historic district—a short walking distance to many of the island’s renowned restaurants and shops. Room types include traditional rooms, two-room suites, and deluxe whirlpool rooms. For those seeking a truly special place to rest, a stunning bridal suite and a high-class presidential suite are also available. Pennington can provide you with all the information you need and help you with all of your wedding accommodations. Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro, located in the heart of the historic downtown, can also graciously accommodate wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and private parties. Joe’s has ample seating room upstairs and down, with a second-story porch that overlooks the Fernandina Beach harbor, as well as a lush, New Orleans-style courtyard. Their helpful staff will help you design the perfect menu of carefully prepared and delicious food for your wedding celebration, and Joe’s has an excellent wine cellar to compliment whatever menu you choose. Nestled under the live oaks in Palmetto Walk, Bar Zin is a chic neighborhood bistro that’s all about having fun with family and friends, while enjoying great American bistro food and wine. What better place for a very special gathering of friends and family? With an outdoor brick-paved courtyard under the canopy cover of the live oaks, as well as a wraparound porch and elegant dining room and bar, the indoor and outdoor spaces are ready 12 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

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to welcome small intimate parties, or larger gatherings of up to 49 people. (The courtyard can hold another 49.) Whether it’s a rehearsal dinner, a bridal luncheon, a small reception, or just a gathering of friends, owner Tim Seyda’s passion for excellent wine and food and his attention to detail promise to make every event one to remember. Located in downtown Fernandina Beach, David’s Restaurant is an upscale steakhouse and seafood restaurant with a sophisticated atmosphere and professional service, which makes it the perfect place for your special wedding event. David’s has two event areas available for your gathering. A private wine room is perfect for intimate gatherings and will accommodate up to twelve guests. For a larger gathering such as a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or wedding reception, the private dining room accommodates up to 50 guests. The entire restaurant can comfortably accommodate up to 200 guests. David’s offers several special menus to choose from, or they can create a custom menu, and they are ready to help you plan every detail of your event. With fine cuisine and a luxurious setting, it’s sure to be an extraordinary event at David’s. The natural setting at The Golf Club at North Hampton provides a beautiful backdrop to start your happily-ever-after. Our Clubhouse is the perfect wedding and reception venue for celebrations of any size, from an intimate ceremony to a large party. With full-service catering and customized wedding packages available, our friendly and experienced staff will assist you every step of the way, from table settings to the cutting of the cake. In addition, The Golf Club at North Hampton, with its Arnold Palmer signature golf course, is the perfect place for the groom’s wedding weekend golf outing. For more information or to book a tour, please contact Scott at the Clubhouse. WHATEVER YOUR HEART DESIRES Whether shaded by a canopy of ancient oaks, overlooking scenic marshes, or on a pristine beach, Amelia Island provides the perfect natural backdrop to an unforgettable wedding celebration. With its Southern charm, vivid history, great natural beauty, and abundant activities, it’s a great place for a one-ofa-kind wedding. And the many gracious establishments here on the island are ready to help you create a wedding—on any scale—that is perfect for you.


The perfect venue for price-sensitive couples who want a small, intimate setting with country club atmosphere. Our Wedding Planner and Chef have years of experience. A great choice for rehearsal dinners and bachelor golf outings. ~ Oceanfront Roof Terrace ~ ~ Complimentary Daily “Hot & Tasty” Southern Home-Style Breakfast ~ ~ Complimentary Beach Chairs and Umbrellas ~ ~ Outdoor Pool ~ Free Wi-Fi Internet ~ ~ Located at Main Beach ~

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Amanda & Chris WALKER’S LANDING By Karen Miller

Photography by Brooke Images

Amanda Davis considers Fernandina Beach her hometown,

the same time, but we had never met.” She and Chris started

even though life has taken her down different paths. She spent every

dating in spring 2010, and immediately hit it off. “We had so

summer on Amelia Island, and she attended Douglas Anderson

many things in common, and we loved the D.C. area,” she says.

School of the Arts in Jacksonville. But it was her education at

“We spent as much time as we could exploring the city, its parks,

Boston College that would eventually lead her to meet and fall in

and nearby vineyards.”

love with Chris Barber.

Amanda and Chris became engaged on October 1, 2015.

“Strangely enough, I didn’t actually meet Chris while in

“We had talked about getting married for quite a while,” shares

Boston. We met in Washington, D.C. through a Boston College

Amanda. “But it was such a wonderful surprise when Chris

alumni network,” says Amanda. “We had both attended BC at

proposed. It was a rainy morning, and I was tired, and there he

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was, kneeling and proposing. He knows me so well. He knew that’s the kind of engagement I would have wanted. It was very intimate.” In planning the wedding, Amanda and Chris both knew that an Amelia Island destination wedding was the best idea. “I have so many friends and family here,” says Amanda. “And Chris’s family is mostly from New England, so it was an ideal vacation for them. We enlisted the help of Lorna Meehan from Amelia Island Weddings and Events. She really helped us connect the dots. Many of our vendors had worked together before, and everything was coordinated so well.” Amanda and Chris booked rooms at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort for all their guests, including a small house AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 15


which served as a staging area for the bridesmaids to prepare for the wedding on Saturday morning. “That worked out very well. It was nice to have a lot of space to get ready before the wedding,” remembers Amanda. “And being so close to Walkers Landing, our guests didn’t have far to go after the reception.” Amanda and Chris held their wedding ceremony at St. Michael’s Catholic Church on May 27, officiated by Father Jose Kallukalam. “St. Michael’s is my church home, and it’s very special to me,” says Amanda. “We held our reception at Walkers Landing because of its great natural beauty. Our flowers and décor were created by Shea Hopely.” Directly after the ceremony, the 150 guests were treated to a cocktail hour from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., accompanied by a crab cake station. An interesting twist to the menu was serving a duel dish of lamb and fish, and having the salads pre-set before guests arrived. “This allowed everyone to start eating at the same time, and it worked out really well,” notes Amanda. 16 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS


The wedding cake was provided by Delores Gilyard, and guests enjoyed dancing to the tunes of The Faze Band of Jacksonville. A very special moment during the wedding celebration was when Amanda and her mother danced together. “My mother was my primary parent growing up,” says Amanda. “Our mother-daughter dance was a tribute to her and how much she means to me.” Since Amanda did most of the wedding planning, Chris agreed to plan their honeymoon, and plan he did, putting together an 11-day tour of Italy that included Tuscany, Venice, and the Amalfi Coast. “I was so impressed with the trip,” says Amanda. “We were unplugged the entire honeymoon. It was romantic and simply perfect.” Happily married for nearly six months now, Amanda and Chris divide their time between Washington, D.C. and Evanston, Illinois. Chris is a vice president at Rock Creek Group, a global investment firm in Washington, and Amanda is completing her MBA at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston. AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 17


Casey & Omar OCEAN CLUB OF AMELIA By Julie Simmons

Photography by Bella Photography

He kept asking for three years, and finally she said, “Yes!” To a date, that is. The couple spent the afternoon in the small town of Abbeville, South Carolina near their college. “After that, we were inseparable. I told him we’d be married one day, and he laughed it off, but he never disagreed,” shares bride Casey Knight. The couple spent the next few months travelling around the Carolinas together. Omar Melendez grew up in Puerto Rico, and soon he was eager to take Casey back to meet his family. After this trip, he knew he didn’t want to be apart from her, and he relocated to Amelia Island, where Casey grew up. Just a few months later, the couple took a ski trip with Casey’s family to North Carolina, where it didn’t snow a single time they were there! So instead of skiing, they toured vineyards, went sightseeing, and got engaged! “At one scenic look-out, I was taking 18 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

a picture, and when I turned around, Omar was behind me on one knee!” She finally said, “I do,” at The Ocean Club of Amelia. “I am an event planner and worked at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. I’d been planning my wedding day since I could walk,” laughs Casey. The couple chose The Ocean Club of Amelia as their venue because it perfectly fit their vision of an intimate, “beachy” wedding, yet with traditional class, and it had the ideal ambiance to marry their two cultures. “We mixed the two cultures—Amelia Island and Puerto Rican —in everything: food, music, decorations.” The couple decided on a celebration that really fit the theme of their event, with a sunset ceremony on the beach followed by a cocktail reception. The black-and-white ceremony was gorgeous on Amelia Island’s beautiful beach, with a bursting green leaf aisle and


floral design provided by Let Destiny Design. The bride’s father constructed the altar pieces, and her friend, Jennifer Strozensky, painted them. “We strived to make everything family-oriented, since it was really about two becoming one.” The Melendez’s Gold Retriever, Molly, even served as the ring bearer! Catering by Rick Laughlin served a Puerto Ricaninspired menu of churrasco and chimichurri, chips, salsa, guacamole, and a queso fountain. Guests adored sipping tropical margaritas, mojitos, sangria, and Coronas from their “Casey and Omar” custom cups, as DJ Jason Garcia set the mood. Golden pineapple centerpieces highlighted the tables, and everyone was especially fond of the wedding cake, an almond pound cake with raspberry compote filling and whipped coconut icing, that the bride’s grandmother, Ruby NeeSmith, baked and topped with her very own cake topper from the 1950’s. Most of the guests were not from a beach town, and spending time on the sand was everyone’s favorite part of the wedding weekend. Guests enjoyed their stays near the beach at Amelia Hotel at the Beach, Hampton Inn Sadler Road, and the Residence Inn Amelia Island. Family and friends gathered for the rehearsal dinner at Arte Pizza, Omar’s favorite restaurant on the island. The couple made sure to “shop local” for the bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts, including Lily & Laura bracelets, skinny ties, and soap from Lemongrass on Centre Street. For Casey and Omar, all of their wedding wishes came true as the two of them became one on this special day. They recently relocated to Virginia, where Omar will attend medical school and Casey will pursue her dream of planning events and helping other brides celebrate their own special days! AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 19


Michelle & Gage GOLF CLUB OF AMELIA ISLAND By Karen Miller

Photography by Stout Photography

When Michelle Duprey met Gage Ploegert in high school, she was a freshman and he was a junior. They met at a Fernandina Beach High School football game, both rooting for the Pirates, and they were instantly smitten with each other. But, as often happens with young love, the two of them ended up going their separate ways, until 2010, when they reunited. “Gage and I are polar opposites,” laughs Michelle. “That’s what makes us so perfect for each other!” Not to mention their love for football, fishing, boating, and Savannah. “Gage proposed during a trip to Savannah, at breakfast on the river. We always knew that we would get married some day, but it was still a surprise, and very romantic.” Michelle and Gage are very connected to Fernandina Beach, having grown up on Amelia Island. Michelle’s mother, Kathy, has 20 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

been working as a dental hygienist for Amelia Dental Group for over 20 years, and her dad Rob owns May & Duprey Repair and Remodel Company. Gage’s father is a Jacksonville firefighter, and his mother is a teacher at Bryceville Elementary School. Michelle worked at Fantastic Fudge for many years, and Gage worked at Amelia Island Yacht Basin. “We both have a huge attachment to Amelia Island and its community,” says Michelle. Michelle and Gage decided to get married at The Golf Club of Amelia Island, holding their ceremony at the back end of the golf course, officiated by Leonard Love, affectionately known as “Dr. Love.” “We really wanted an outdoor wedding, and Dr. Love did a beautiful job personalizing our ceremony,” shares Michelle. “We then held a cocktail hour and reception inside


the club, with dancing outdoors, hosted by DJ Charles of White Tie Events.” Michelle wanted to use as many local vendors as possible, and she was able to pull it all together with the help of event planner Sune Holt from Omni Amelia Island Plantation. “My parents were also very involved with the planning process,” says Michelle. Michelle and Gage began their weekend festivities with an Amelia River Cruises sunset tour on Friday night, and then their rehearsal dinner at Pepper’s Mexican Grill and Cantina in downtown Fernandina Beach. On Saturday morning, The Beauty Bar provided Michelle and her bridesmaids with a relaxing hair and makeup experience, with mimosas and an exquisite breakfast catered by The Picnic Basket. “It was the perfect way to start our wedding day!” remembers Michelle. Michelle and Gage’s reception included dinner with a pasta station, a grits station, and brisket, salads, and other Southern specialties. The reception also featured a wedding cake and cupcake tier provided by Bliss Cakery, plus a photo booth, and lots of dance tunes. “We really wanted fun music,” says Michelle. “It set the mood for our guests, and everyone had a great time dancing.” After the wedding, the newlyweds spent their honeymoon touring Europe for two weeks, with stops in Paris, Florence, Venice, Naples, and Rome. “Our honeymoon was amazing,” says Michelle. “It was the trip of a lifetime.” Today, Michelle and Gage live in Yulee, where she works in human resources and he works as an operations manager. “We’ve both formed lasting friendships and relationships here,” says Michelle. “It’s the perfect place to start our new life together.” AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 21


Macy & Michael AMELIA ISLAND WILLIAMS HOUSE By Julie Simmons Photography by Rafal Bojar, rafalbojar.com

“We were headed on a trip to New York, and I was a mess,” laughs Macy Barbee. “I was not packed, my suitcase was broken, and I got home late from work.” Michael was smart to leverage this chaos as an excuse to be in Macy’s apartment when she rolled in, and not just with a new suitcase, but also a new diamond ring for their weekend in the Big Apple! Macy spent her high school and college summers on Amelia Island, and it’s where she chose to bring her future husband to meet her family in 2015. “Amelia Island is a special place for both of us,” says Michael. “When we decided on a smaller, destination wedding, we knew this was the place.” The couple wanted a non-traditional venue and happily found The Amelia Island Williams House, a romantic bed-andbreakfast inn in downtown Fernandina Beach. An antebellum mansion built in 1856, The Williams House sits under a stunning 500-year-old live oak tree laden with Spanish moss. “We were astounded by the beautiful setting and thrilled for our families to be in one house together, to spend time on the porches rocking and getting to know one another,” the groom says. And that is exactly what the families did this past April. A favorite memory of the Barbees is a walk downtown to a family dinner at Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro. “The location of our historic B&B is appreciated by all,” shares owners Maria & Chris Page. “It’s a short walk to Centre Street, and we sit within the Historic District. We are a perfect venue for your wedding if you dream of a setting where time stands still and graciousness is a way of life.” On Friday of the wedding weekend, guests from around the country arrived at Hampton Inn & Suites Amelia Island 22 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS


overlooking the harbor. “My mom, who was instrumental in every detail of the weekend, prepared welcome bags with a letter from Michael and me suggesting things to do, including the Saturday Farmer’s Market, shops, favorite beach accesses, and of course a taste of Fernandina’s Fantastic Fudge,” explains Macy. That evening, everyone enjoyed a party at Café Karibo, followed by fun at The Palace Saloon. On the morning of the wedding, Macy remembers how she sought to shake her nerves and enjoy some time with close friends before the ceremony. “My girlfriends and I went for a long walk on the beautiful beach,” she says. “I saw Michael throughout the day, and it was fun—together – to watch everything that we’d worked so hard to plan unfold,” says Macy. Just before the ceremony, the couple joined on the second-floor balcony of the William House for a first-look, and they will never forget the beauty of the

moment, the venue, and looking down and seeing their family and friends arriving to celebrate their love. A long-time friend of the bride performed the wedding. “The best part was that he asked both of our parents for martial advice and included that wisdom in our ceremony,” Macy reflects. Guests relaxed to music by guitarist Richard Stratton, who accompanied Tim Munro, three-time Grammy Award-winning flautist and brother-in-law of the bride, for the ceremony and reception. After the couple said, “I do!,” guests moved to the courtyard for specialty cocktails, appetizers, and specially prepared cuisine. Six months later, the Barbees are still packing their suitcases and traveling on the weekends, including a September visit for a family reunion at the Williams House, where they’ll always remember their unforgettable wedding day on Amelia Island. AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 23


Francesca & Joseph O Y S T E R B AY YA C H T C L U B By Karen Miller

Photography by Pam Bell Photography

Francesca Nicoloso was about to remove her profile from an online dating site when Joseph Santa Maria spied it, and thought they might make a good match. The couple began chatting online and eventually agreed to meet in person in December 2014. “We went ice skating at Adventure Island at Jacksonville Landing, and I was so bad at it,” laughs Francesca. “But it was fun!” The fun never stopped for the two of them as they continued to date, and eventually they became engaged on Valentine’s Day in 2016. “We definitely consider ourselves a fun couple,” she says. “We have such a great time together!” Francesca and Joe bought a house in Jacksonville Beach, and Joe proposed as they were moving in. “Joe asked me to go upstairs because he had a surprise for me,” says Francesca. “He 24 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

made a beautiful dinner, and there were flowers on the table, and next to the flowers was a ring.” Their year-long engagement was busy, and fun, as they settled into their new home and planned their Florida wedding. “We both love this area, and when we visited Oyster Bay Yacht Club, we knew it was the perfect place to get married.” Francesca was especially drawn to the club’s veranda and pool, with panoramic views of the Intracoastal Waterway and live oak trees covered with Spanish moss, in addition to Oyster Bay’s proficient event planning experts. “Francesca and Joe were such a pleasure to work with,” said Ashton Hunter, Oyster Bay’s event planner. “They are so much fun, a truly adorable couple.” Francesca and Joe’s April wedding weekend began with a rehearsal dinner at Bar Zin with the wedding party, followed by


drinks with their out-of-town guests. Their wedding ceremony was held on Saturday evening, so the bride and bridesmaids enjoyed a hair and makeup session at Oyster Bay’s onsite 3-story villa, hosted by Nicki Davis from Frangipani Hair Salon of Jacksonville Beach, while the groom and groomsmen relaxed in another room, aptly named the “man cave.” Amelia Island Trolleys transported their guests to Oyster Bay from the historic harborfront Hampton Inn & Suites for their 5 p.m. ceremony held beneath the cover of live oak trees. Officiated by their close friend Drew Vaughan, the ceremony featured a special wine box, in which bride, groom, and their parents placed letters to be read on their five and ten year anniversaries, along with two bottles of wine. Dottie B’s provided colorful flowers, especially designed to “pop” against the rustic, natural setting that Oyster Bay is famous for. But the real star of the wedding may have been the couple’s dog, Hugo, who was a member of the wedding party, and one of their very favorite “people.”

The reception began with a gourmet buffet dinner featuring a carving station and shrimp and grits, which was a big hit with the guests. After photos were taken, DJ Will Deaton provided music, and the dancing went on until 11 p.m. “In addition to our first dance, mother/son dance, and father/daughter dance, we also had a last dance together,” says Francesca. “This was a nice way to wind down the evening and prepare our guests for their trolley ride back to the hotel.” Throughout the weekend, guests treated themselves to shopping, fine dining, and exploring the area. “It was great having everyone downtown. Our guests were able to walk everywhere, and we were able to meet up with our friends,” says Francesca. The couple stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites on their wedding night, and went on a cruise to Mexico a month later for their honeymoon. Today, Francesca and Joe are still having fun working and playing in Jacksonville Beach, where Joe works as a materials engineer and Francesca works as a physician assistant. AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 25


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VENUE SPOTLGHT

Horizons Restaurant By Karen Miller

Photography courtesy of Horizons Restaurant

Horizons Restaurant, located at 5472 First Coast Highway on Amelia’s south end, has become an Amelia Island icon to locals and visitors alike. Nestled behind Berkshire Hathaway Home Services in a quiet, rustic setting, the restaurant has been serving tasty, American dishes with a continental flair for 24 years. Chef and owner Courtney Thompson prides herself on serving food using only the finest, freshest ingredients available and treating her guests as if they were part of the family. “When we host a wedding, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, or any gathering at Horizons, we take care of all the details,” says Thompson. “Our dishes satisfy everyone in your group, no matter what your food preferences are. We’ve become one of the area’s top choices for parties and gatherings.” 28 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

Horizons features an upscale, yet quaint and elegant setting, including a private dining room and party area, alfresco dining, an elite wine list, craft beer choices, and a customized food and drink menu. Clients may choose from a large variety of entrees, including beef, lamb, seafood, chicken, and even gourmet vegetarian choices. “We also provide custom menus and dishes, really anything you like, from appetizers to salads to desserts,” says Courtney. “And speaking of desserts, you’ll definitely want to include our famous dessert soufflés! We’re the only restaurant that serves soufflés piping hot from the oven, complete with Crème Anglais.” Horizons offers complete buyouts in their restaurant for clients with a large group who also want plenty of space for


themselves and their guests. Thompson offers lunch and dinner menus, brunches, and even off-site catering for any event. “Here at the restaurant we can seat 140 diners,” says Thompson. “Guests may choose to eat inside or out. We also have space for a band or DJ, dancing, and comfortable powder rooms. We provide beautiful linens along with decorations, flowers, and even cakes.” Some of Thompson’s appetizers include Grilled Shrimp and Asparagus, Blue Cheese Risotto, Lobster Bisque, and Smoked Salmon Timbale. Salads include Mixed Greens with Dried Cranberries, Bacon, Pear Tomatoes with Crumbled Goat Cheese, and Baby Arugula Salad with Granny Smith Apples, Candied Pecans, and Aged Cheddar. Among the most popular entrees at Horizons are Roast Rack of Lamb with Mint, Dijon Crust, and Rosemary au Jus,

Pan Seared Diver Scallops with Artichokes and Tomato Salad, and Potato Crusted Grouper with Citrus Beurre Blanc. “We are experts at pairing wine and beer with each of our courses,” says Thompson. “It’s a really nice way to treat your guests. But we also have a full bar, so guests are welcome to order mixed drinks, and we can even prepare special cocktails just for your group.” Thompson will host a tasting menu for brides and grooms by special appointment, and she recommends that couples arrange a sit-down meeting with her personally to discuss their preferences. “You and all of your guests will have a great time at your party when you let us host your entire event,” she says. “Just leave everything to us and our professional staff!” For more information, call Horizons at (904) 321-2430 or visit their website at www.horizonsameliaisland.com. AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 29


confident bride THE

By Gigi Grubner and Jennifer Ryals When thinking about engagements, images of a young bride and groom planning their dream wedding often come to mind. A young couple deciding on a ring will usually pick a more traditional solitaire setting, taking their time to research diamonds and bands online before making a decision. However, what we don’t often consider is the bride who may be getting married for the second or third time, or the bride who has waited until later in life to tie the knot for the first time. These brides are just as important – and just as excited – to pick out their perfect ring. What are some of the things that these brides-to-be look for when picking out this most important symbol of love? Wedding magazines and websites are usually geared towards first-time brides, but jewelry stores like ours also see a lot of brides who have already had their first big wedding and want this occasion to be a more laid-back experience and an expression of their own style. A lot of our over-35 brides and second-time brides like the idea of a non-traditional wedding 30 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

ring. They may choose a diamond band, an estate or antique ring, or a ring with colored stones. Some are also including their children and grandchildren in the celebration with stackable bands featuring the children’s birthstones. One option for second-time brides are rings incorporating their favorite color. Also, many of these brides and grooms will choose to design their own custom matching wedding bands. This is always a good way to show off your personal style. There may even be family heirloom rings that would bring special meaning to the event for the couple. Many second-time brides and over-35 brides also have the luxury of a larger budget. They are often more financially stable and are able to choose a ring they really love, which they may not have been able to afford the first time. Or maybe their style has changed over time. An older bride and groom will often come in together to pick out a ring rather than the groom-to-be deciding on his own and surprising his bride. The ring for this bride may also make more of a statement. The bride is confident, knows what she likes, and wants a ring that proclaims it. Her ring will reflect her personal style and will not simply conform to the latest “trends”. She will frequently lean towards vintage wedding bands because they carry an added significance in comparison to traditional styles. There are really no set rules when it comes to bridal jewelry. The classic diamond solitaire and classic band are timeless and will always be elegant for a bride of any age or stage in life. But there are so many options for brides today that go beyond the traditional idea of engagement rings and wedding bands. Couples younger and older should feel free to choose a ring that represents their love and individual tastes. Their rings will serve as a reflection of their personal and unique style. Gigi Grubner is the owner of Amelia’s Fine Jewelry, located at 317 B Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. For more information, please call (904) 277-0665, visit www.ameliasfinejewelry.com, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.


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Left: This Monique Lhuillier blush tulle strapless trumpet gown has a matching tulle floor-length cape. The sheer cape is attractive and classy, and the full train makes an impression on the aisle. Above: The bold, black bow provides a subtle edge, but the gown is still classy to the core. Shown with a black hairpiece and a string of pearls, the gown has a v-neckline. The black belt is detachable.

a black & white affair In this bridal season, black makes its debut on the wedding scene in accents, bows, gloves, and even complete gowns, while capes and ruffles remain popular. By Julie Simmons Neiman Marcus once said, “Women who wear black lead colorful lives.” Brides, are you colorful? Would you ever consider wearing black on your wedding day? If the idea sounds intriguing, I invite you to a tour of the runways this season which include, yes, black! Before our grandmothers go into too much shock, let them know how extremely tasteful is black’s debut in accent pieces including sheer bows, waistline ribbons, gloves, and even hairpieces. Designer Kelly Faetanini explains that this new “dark romance” trend is inspired in part by Shakespeare. If this sounds appealing to you, some designers of course offer more, such as white bodices balanced with skirts overflowing with black ostrich feathers. Or, for the extreme, Vera Wang, who has surprised us with red gowns in years past, offers numerous all-over 32 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

black gowns this season, which combine this new palate with all of the other fun trends on the runways this year. If black isn’t your favorite, then checkout the “something blue” inspired gowns. Pale cornflower-blue underlays paired with white lace embellishments work beautifully for an elegant garden wedding, and stunning powder-blue ball gowns can create a royal atmosphere. David’s Bridal presents gorgeous pale blue options some paired with white, and Reem Acra offers a blue ball-gown with gold embroidery. The word “gloves” may have caught your eye! Bridal gloves are everywhere this season, whether in solid, satin, wrist to elbow, sheer, embroidered, or barely there. They’re a welcome addition to many designer’s collections. Echoing the hand coverage, the shoulders and back continue


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Above: The Luna Cape is truly divine, with delicate beadwork adding whimsy to the sleek Astrid Slip Gown. Slits at the forearm allow for effortless movement, and this dramatic tulle cape has a single button closure at the neck. Right top: Lace-over-lace is divine, and this gown with Chantilly lace is gorgeous. The gown fits well, yet flares in the train, and is shown with a delicate sheer lace cropped cape. If you’re thinking classic, this gown is for you! Right bottom: Designer Reem Acra captures many trends in this gown, from pearls and choker to a cold shoulder and the color black. This gown is very fashion-forward.

to be blanketed with capes and caplets. This season, they’re taking on a delicate, beautiful airy feel in sheer and embroidered styles. You can’t go wrong in choosing a cape in crop of full-length, feathers, beaded, metallic, or even sleeveless with a tie, as nearly every designer embraced this element. If you are not interested in capes or caplets, ladies are wearing tops with shoulder cutouts every day, so it’s natural for this detail to extend to wedding fashion. It’s especially appealing when paired with sleeves. Theia’s “Ellie” gown with shoulder cut outs and bell sleeves is a favorite, as is “Kristin” which is similar but in an off-the-shoulder presentation. Some gowns are offering sheer corsets, and this trend takes on a certain elegance with its use of sparkles, beads, and embroidery where coverage is offered. Conversely, high-necks are also very popular this season, either as a light (or heavily embroidered) lace choker or ruffled halter-top. Also continuing from last season are pearls, bows, and ruffles. Pearls are embellishing the bodice, the skirt, all over, or just on a choker. And yes, please keep tying it up with a bow, and keep it big, bold, and maybe even black to make a big wedding statement! Finally, ruffles are still in style this year, and they are the perfect option to add depth to a petite silhouette. Accomplishing this with a bit of an “edge” to the ruffles, a fringe-effect adds drama this season to skirts and even shoulders. Brides, whatever color or style you choose, we at Amelia Island Weddings Magazine wish you congratulations and best wishes for a colorful wedding day and life together! 34 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS


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THE BEAUTY OF A

beach wedding By Lisa Presnell, PWC Getting married with the sunshine on your face, the sand between your toes, the breeze flowing through your hair, and the sound of the waves crashing in the background—it sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Weddings on the beach are so beautiful. Beach weddings tend to be a little more costeffective and are ideal for elopements and small weddings. In recent years, they have become increasingly popular. There are, however, some important things you should consider before you begin planning. For a large wedding, ideally, you should secure a beach wedding with a local hotel or resort. They would handle the setup, obtain any required permits, and ensure your space at the beach. For those who like to do-it-yourself, the beaches on Amelia Island are public beaches. There are some areas that are more quiet than others. There is always a chance that someone else could be planning their wedding on the exact same day in the exact same 36 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

place. Securing an area with a local hotel or resort can help you avoid this problem. If you choose to do-it-yourself, check with the city or county to see if there are any permits or fees required when having a wedding on the beach in a public location. Beach weddings tend to be hard work. Setting up chairs and arches take time, so be sure to hire someone to set up and break down for you. Parking and restroom facilities for your guests could also be an issue. Be mindful of that in your search for a location. It could also be hot on the beach, so providing bottled water near the ceremony site would be a nice treat for your guests. You might also consider sunscreen, bug spray, parasols, and fans. What will you do in the event of inclement weather? You will definitely need a backup plan that you are comfortable with. As much as we would like to think Mother Nature will cooperate, she sometimes doesn’t. Don’t let that ruin your day. In the end, the result is the same: you will be married to the love of your life and celebrating with family and friends. Last, but not least, consider hiring a professional planner to handle all the details for you. Often, you can purchase a package to include the officiant, photographer, flowers, chairs, and more. Many brides and grooms have learned that having the details handled for you allows you to enjoy a stress-free wedding day. All you have to do is show up! With proper planning—and a little help from Mother Nature—your beach wedding will be a fabulous day to remember. Lisa Presnell is an Amelia Island native and the proud owner of Lisa Presnell Productions, one of the top wedding & event planning companies on Amelia Island in the WeddingWire network. WeddingWire’s Couple’s Choice Awards recognizes her as amongst the top 5% of wedding professionals nationwide for the past FOUR consecutive years for Excellence in Quality, Service, Responsiveness and Professionalism.


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T H E L AT E S T I N

design & décor By Julie Simmons Brides, get ready, because everything is trending colorful! After seasons of neutrals, pastels, green, and rustic, color is ready for its comeback, with trending styles in wedding floral and décor turning bold, high in drama, and whimsical. Let’s start with rustic, since brides have gone to the barn to get hitched quite a bit lately. Rustic is still definitely in, but the mason jars, burlap, and baby’s breath are transitioning to nature-inspired décor. With Pantone’s naming of “greenery” as its 2017 color, the barn has turned into a showcase of branches, lanterns, and lots of décor that goes vertical. One new vibe in the stable this season are bursts of color inside lanterns, and in floral choices, where the dahlia has been very popular. Speaking of vertical and colorful, this is a theme itself. Modern brides are fringing the ceiling, going to extremes with rainbow lighting, hanging swings or tree branches from the rafters, and even concluding their events with fireworks! 38 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

If you’re a fan of colorful, you might like whimsical ornamenting for your wedding day. It feels like a Dr. Seuss storybook! Think layers of colorful balloons, HUGE—in brilliant hues—bouquets, and a plethora of pretty deserts, cupcakes and petit four platters in an array of color. In this theme, you might consider using projector technology that displays colorful images, transforming the aura of your soiree. And brides are doing just that, transforming their day into an experience for their guests, with games and entertainment galore. For instance, how about a live painter to document the day, or a caricature artist in lieu of a photo booth? When it comes to games, we’ve seen lawn recreation for a few seasons, but this year the trend is exploring new territory, with hilarious Mad Libs sometimes included in the wedding program. For those of us a bit more traditional, vintage is still popular. Brides are continuing to incorporate old world items and antiques in their design. Think about riding away in an old car, using heirlooms as centerpieces, or even on your cake. Local bride Casey Melendez used her grandmother’s 1950 cake topper as a special memento for her Amelia Island wedding. If an antique car isn’t quite your getaway style, have no fear, brides are making grand getaways this season in boats, carriages, on motorcycles, and even in helicopters! If you’re a bride looking to mix things up on your special day, start at the beginning. Get creative with your invitations, incorporating the colorful and the whimsical with glow-in-the-dark invites. When guests arrive, consider a gift-lounge at your host-hotel. This takes welcome bags to a new level, with an entire room of snacks or local treats where guests can socialize. Or why not rearrange your day’s order of events? Many brides are opting for a pre-wedding cocktail hour or coffee bar for a morning wedding. Also, consider your “stage” this season. Why walk down an aisle with guests on either side when you can make a circle of friendship and say “I do” inside a ring of love? And don’t be afraid who or what to include in your circle. Brides, if your BFF is furry, add him or her to the guest list. or better yet, the wedding party! Another intriguing idea in your décor is to experiment not just with the arrangement of seating but also the seating itself. If you’re hosting a beach event, how about beach chairs, beach towels with your new monogram, or if it’s a bit fancier, low wicker stools. The opportunities are endless with a dash of imagination. Whether its all-white or a rainbow of celebration, at Amelia Island Weddings, we wish you the best for your day. Congratulations!


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AT THE RECEPTION Style of service: American (guests served from plates brought from kitchen), French (guests served individually from platters), Buffet (selfserve at buffet table), family-style ■ Soup? ■ Appetizer? ■ Salad and/or vegetable platter? ■ Will there be a choice of entrees? ■ Any menu substitutions, specially priced children’s meals? ■ Side dishes? ■ Assorted relishes? ■ Bread, rolls, condiments, dressings? ■ Beverages (at the table, open bar, by consumption at the bar, rolling, juice bar) ■ Dessert/Viennese table? ■ After dinner drinks? ■ Wedding cake (included in price? Additional cake cutting fee?) ■ Ideas on how to decorate the table?

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FIRST THINGS ■ Date of the wedding, approximate number of guests, wedding venue ■ Discuss options: sit down, buffet, food stations, or cocktail reception ■ Price per person: make sure caterer’s price range fits your budget ■ Start and end times for each phase of event ■ Does caterer share your vision of the event? FOOD AND PREPARATION Opportunity for food tasting (Cost for tasting? Can cost be deducted from eventual catering bill?) ■ Any food previously frozen or all fresh? ■ Wedding cake included? ■ Special menus such as vegetarian, vegan, special recipes or restrictions? ■

BEFORE RECEPTION Hors d’oeuvres (Hot, cold, stationary, or served? How many and what kind?) ■ Timing of cocktail hour to coincide with formal photos? ■ Beverages (Punch, cocktails, soft drinks?) ■ Children’s table? ■

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WAIT STAFF Number of servers and bartenders Ratio of servers to guests (1 server to 16 at a sit-down meal, 1 to 25 or so at a buffet is one guideline) ■ Cost of servers ■ Dress code ■ Gratuities included? ■ ■

MISCELLANEOUS What rooms will be used? Is the caterer familiar with the kitchen facilities and the reception room? ■ What items, if any, will caterer provide (chairs, tables, flatware, dishes, glasses, linens)? ■ Discuss price of above, and request samples ■ Does the caterer have photos of previous events to show? ■ Tables, chairs, utensils, dishes, paper goods ■ Other party items (e.g religious items, place cards, table numbers, candles, matches, guest towels in restrooms?) ■ Can the caterer recommend other weddingservice professionals? (Is the caterer acquainted with wedding planner, florist, or other professionals to be used?) ■ Don’t forget to clarify details (e.g. cheese plate: what kind of cheeses included? portion size?) ■ References are always a good idea ■ Check for insurance coverage ■ ■

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ON AMELIA ISLAND

By Karen Miller “Happily ever after” begins with the perfect honeymoon getaway on Amelia Island. Embark on your life together as husband and wife by creating cherished memories on this exquisite and unspoiled barrier island. Your honeymoon is the most romantic part of your wedding event! After your vows are said, the cake is cut, and you’ve danced the night away, it’s time for romance and relaxation on one of Florida’s favorite vacation destinations. From a dreamy carriage ride through the Historic District to a romantic candlelit dinner to his and hers spa treatments or a game of golf, Amelia Island has a multitude of activities and events to keep a honeymooning couple busy, that is, if they want to be busy! Still one of Florida’s best kept secrets, honeymooning couples can bask serenely in Amelia Island’s intimate spaces, enjoying tranquil beaches or cozy bistros for quiet times together. Or let one of our local charter captains take you for a lovely sunset cruise or sail. And if you’re up for some lively adventure, try your hand at jet skiing, fishing, or surfing. This enchanting island paradise is abounding in luxurious accommodations, whether you’re looking for a sumptuous hotel, an historic bed42 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

and-breakfast inn, or a friendly hotel by the beach. You’ll find Southern hospitality is a way of life in Fernandina Beach, with everyone eager to make your honeymoon the trip of a lifetime. Amelia Island is beckoning… come join us! In the center of Fernandina Beach, The Fairbanks House has been recognized as one of the most beautiful bed and breakfast inns in the country. Recently named the “Best Place to Elope” by WhereToElope.com, the inn boasts striking Italianate architecture, along with rooms that are charming and comfortable, many with Jacuzzis and private porches. Innkeeper and owner Theresa Hamilton provides wine and chocolate-covered strawberries upon your arrival, as well as spa robes, upscale amenities, and free WiFi in the rooms. “We cater to romance,” says Hamilton. “We are all about quiet, romantic getaways, and we can accommodate every need.” Several of the oversized rooms even have small kitchens and all rooms have coffee makers. A two-course breakfast, complimentary use of bikes, a pool and beach equipment, along with evening beverages and hors d’oeuvres, round out the carefree pampering that couples will remember for a lifetime. Equally charming is The Amelia Island Williams House, a beautifully restored Victorian mansion on a quiet street close to the town center. This award-winning inn features charming spacious guest rooms with working fireplaces, baths with whirlpool tubs for two, elegant bedding, and all of the amenities you need for an atmosphere for romance and relaxation. Their honeymoon packages feature chocolate-dipped strawberries, dinners for two, and romantic horse-drawn carriage rides through the quaint seaside town. A three course gourmet breakfast is served each morning in the dining room, plus complimentary beverages and snacks are available all day, as well as bikes, beach towels, and guest chairs for relaxing on the beach. Innkeepers Chris and Maria Page invite you to sit on their wide verandahs underneath live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss while you “wine” down the day, and enjoy views of their serene gardens, fountains, and koi pond. Located just steps from the Atlantic Ocean is the Amelia Hotel at the Beach. This locally owned and operated hotel is convenient to area attractions, dining and shopping. “Our hotel offers spacious guest rooms with a location designed to leave guests with great memories at affordable prices,” says Holly


Oceanfront relaxation with Southern hospitality.

Germano, General Manager. “Guests love the comfortable rooms with abundant amenities, Hot & Healthy Breakfast, as well as our evening refreshments—and our Lobby Lounge is the perfect place to enjoy a night cap.” Elizabeth Pointe offers newleyweds oceanfront relaxation with refined Southern hospitality. Wrap-around porches, beautifully decorated rooms, seaside dining at The Pointe Restaurant, 24/7 room service and staff to exceed your expectations will all be a part of your stay at Elizabeth Pointe. Relax in a rocking chair with a glass of sweet tea and ocean views from the broad porch and you will see why this Inn received the 2017 Conde Nast Best Service Award and is featured as one of Southern Living Magazine’s Great Inns of the South. Suites located on the Elizabeth Pointe property just next to the main Inn offer more secluded options for honeymoon couples, with private sundecks and balcony options, all with the amenities the Inn offers. Add the honeymoon package to any stay to make your oceanfront romantic getaway on Amelia Island complete. Amelia Island is also a great jumping off place for other destinations. Wallace Pierson Travel, a local, full-service travel source, offers a network of contacts and experienced and well-traveled agents who can provide honeymoon packages with VIP status worldwide. Honeymooning couples are known to return again and again to Amelia Island, to recreate their special day. It’s an extraordinary place where new lives begin, and memories are made to last a lifetime.

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THE BRIDAL SHOP AT THE AVENUES 9365 PHILLIPS HWY., STE. 101 JACKSONVILLE, FL 32256 (904) 519-9900 WWW.BRIDALSHOPAVENUES.COM A FULL-SERVICE BRIDAL SALON; GOWNS

THE WHITE MAGNOLIA 1716 HENDRICKS AVENUE JACKSONVILLE, FL 32207 (904) 352-3309 WWW.WHITEMAGNOLIABRIDAL.COM A FULL-SERVICE BRIDAL SALON; GOWNS

CATERERS HORIZONS CONTINENTAL CUISINE 5472 FIRST COAST HIGHWAY AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 321-2430 WWW.HORIZONSAMELIAISLAND.COM FULL-SERVICE CATERING; WEDDINGS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; BRIDAL SHOWERS

JACK & DIANE’S 708 CENTRE STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 321-1444 FULL-SERVICE CATERING; RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; BRUNCHES

THE PICNIC BASKET 503A CENTRE STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 277-9779 WWW.PICNICBASKETFERNANDINA.COM FULL-SERVICE CATERING, WEDDINGS, REHEARSAL DINNERS, BRIDAL SHOWERS

CHAPELS/CHURCHES AMELIA PLANTATION CHAPEL 36 BOWMAN ROAD AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 277-4414 WWW.AMELIACHAPEL.COM AN INTERDENOMINATIONAL COMMUNITY CHURCH

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JEWELRY AMELIA’S FINE JEWELRY 317 CENTRE STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 277-0665 WWW.AMELIASFINEJEWELRY.COM JEWELRY; RINGS; GIFTS

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VENUES AMELIA HOTEL AT THE BEACH 1997 SOUTH FLETCHER AVENUE FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 206-5600 (800) 263-5428 WWW.AMELIAHOTEL.COM WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING

AMELIA ISLAND WILLIAMS HOUSE 103 SOUTH NINTH STREET AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 277-2328 (800) 414-9258 WWW.WILLIAMSHOUSE.COM WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING

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DAVID’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 802 ASH STREET AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 310-6049 WWW.AMELIAISLANDDAVIDS.COM WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; PRIVATE PARTIES

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FLORIDA HOUSE INN 22 SOUTH THURD STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 491-3322 WWW.FLORIDAHOUSEINN.COM

HORIZONS CONTINENTAL CUISINE 5472 FIRST COAST HIGHWAY AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 321-2430 WWW.HORIZONSAMELIAISLAND.COM RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; BRIDAL SHOWERS

JACK & DIANE’S 708 CENTRE STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 321-1444 RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; PRIVATE PARTIES

JOE’S 2ND STREET BISTRO 14 SOUTH SECOND STREET AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 321-2558 WWW.JOESBISTRO.COM

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