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Offering: • Special Discounted Rates • Spacious Suites from Studios to Two-Bedrooms equipped with full Kitchens • 5-Star Service from our Knowledgeable and Friendly Staff • Full Hot Breakfast Daily • Outdoor Patio with Yard Games, Fire pit, and Gas grills • Resort-style pool • Complimentary Island Shuttle from 9am-9pm (on island only). • Steps from the beach and a short drive from Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach
Happy Couple Incentives: • Amelia Island Swag Bag with Scheduled Site Visit • Special Discount Rate for One-Year Anniversary • Champagne & Keepsake Wine Glasses for the Beautiful Couple on their Special Day To book a site tour, contact our Sales Department at 904.557.9855 and mention Amelia Island Weddings Promotion or email inquiries to email@example.com
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HISTORIC ELEGANCE and SOUTHERN CHARM
THE SETTING IS A PAGE FROM HISTORY WITH A GRACIOUS CLUBHOUSE ESTABLISHED IN 1928. OUR VENUE IS TUCKED AWAY ON A PRISTINE WATERFRONT PARKLAND, AMONG MAJESTIC OAKS. The Ribault Club offers Coordination Services that will Create, Design and Manage The Wedding of your Dreams. General Manager, Chrissy Radney
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LETTER FROM THE
As the publishers of Amelia Island Weddings, we have the unique pleasure twice each year to present one of the most important occasions in anyone’s life: their wedding. It gives us great satisfaction to spotlight in each of these issues some of the terrific couples who have begun their lives together here on Amelia Island. 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 even in the entire country. Since we began publishing this magazine over a dozen years ago, Amelia Island has attracted a great number of destination weddings by couples looking 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 enchanting 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 a number of Amelia Island families who have celebrated their child’s wedding here at home. It is a privilege to be able share
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these local occasions with you. It’s always fun to see how a family with Amelia Island roots celebrates their wedding here because they know well many of the fun-filled places on the island that are perfect for the different events that make up a wedding weekend, whether it’s fishing and golf, nails and lunch, kayaking, barbeques, rehearsal dinners, after-parties, or next-day brunches. In this issue, all five of our featured wedding stories have connections to Amelia Island, either through family vacations since childhood, parents or family living on the island, or work. These couples have used their local connections to create unforgettable destination weddings for their family and friends. The stories we share with you are always unique, and always inspiring. In addition to the couples featured here, we want to congratulate everyone who has celebrated a wedding in the last six months. Why are weddings so endlessly fascinating? 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 enjoy reading this issue of Amelia Island Weddings as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Visitors and residents alike know all 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 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 Teri Sopp Dickie Anderson Contributing Writers
CONTACT US Sweetpea Media, Inc. P.O. Box 16624 Fernandina Beach, FL 32035 904-277-8012 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ameliaweddingsmag.com
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Features JENSEN BELL PHOTOGRAPHY
COURTESY OF THE BARN AT COTTONWOOD RANCH
PAM BELL PHOTOGRAPHY
AN UNFORGETTABLE WEDDING 8 FOR CELEBRATION, MAKE IT AMELIA Amelia Island is the ideal backdrop to create romantic and unforgettable memories of your special day.
STORY 14 COVER While their wedding plans were unexpectedly interrupted by Hurricane Irma, Kara and Evan Johnson were determined to stay on schedule, and with help from the Omni Amelia Island Plantation resort, they welcomed their guests to a memorable Amelia Island wedding.
WEDDING STORIES 18 ISLAND Four recently married couples share their unique wedding stories.
SPOTLIGHT: THE BARN AT 28 VENUE COTTONWOOD RANCH With their new venue called The Barn at Cottonwood Ranch, Karen and Larry Brantley have created a stunning and serene space for weddings, anniversaries, and other special events featuring large windows and a grand front porch overlooking lush pastures.
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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Inside FALL 2018
CHECKLIST 6 WEDDING A helpful list of things to do and when to do them.
SCRAPBOOK 26 WEDDING A peek into the wedding albums of some
recent brides and grooms
YOUR 30 ACCESSORIZING WEDDING DAY After you’ve found the perfect dress, shoes, and veil, choosing the right jewelry can be the accessory that pulls everything together, says Lindy Kavanaugh of Lindy’s Jewelry.
TRENDS 36 WEDDING IN 2018 Lisa Presnell, PWC, of Lisa Presnell Productions shares the latest trends in wedding design and décor thus year.
& DÉCOR 38 FLOWERS The wedding of Prince Harry and his bride, Meghan, in May sent bridal design and décor in a decidedly “royal” direction.
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 Kara Johnson before her wedding to Evan at Walker’s Landing at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Photo by Pam Bell Photography.
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Photos by Ivey Pictures
THE BARN AT COTTONWOOD RANCH (904) 707-2127 • 452039 Old Dixie Highway, Callahan, FL 32011 • barnatcottonwoodranch.com REVELATION DESIGN (904) 261-5546 • 2383 Jamestown Road, Amelia Island, FL 32034 • www.revelation.design AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 5
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
SIX TO NINE MONTHS PRIOR ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
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)
FOUR TO SIX MONTHS PRIOR ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
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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WEDDING PLANNING CALENDAR
■ Arrange the necessary accommodations for out-of-town guests ■ Confirm rehearsal dinner time and place ■ Confirm the wedding cake details with baker
SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS PRIOR ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
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
FOUR TO SIX WEEKS PRIOR ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
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
TWO WEEKS BEFORE ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
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
ONE WEEK BEFORE ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
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
T H E B I G D AY ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
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!
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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.
Our private upstairs dining room can accomodate any event. Café Karibo has the amenities to ensure that every guest has a memorable experience.
FREE LUNCH FOR THE BRIDE-TO-BE AND ONE GUEST Includes two entrées from the Lunch Menu Alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity not included. Offer subject to change.
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27 N. 3rd Street • Downtown Fernandina Beach
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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 If you’re looking for a unique way to say “I do” while
Amelia Island venues present couples with lots of choices for
surrounded by your closest friends and family members, a
their wedding ceremony and reception, from historic churches
destination wedding in a romantic and beautiful locale is
or charming bed-and-breakfast inns to beach-front gazebos or
perfect! A wedding on Amelia Island allows you to exchange
grand ballrooms at five-star resorts. The island offers intimate
vows in an astonishing paradise. This intimate barrier island
places for a small number of guests, along with prodigious venues
is located directly on the Intracoastal Waterway and offers
for weddings of grand proportions. And once you’ve chosen your
views of pastoral marshes, moss-draped live oak trees, and
wedding venue, there are lots of activities available in and around
the sun-drenched beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. A weekend
the island to entertain you and all of your guests! An Amelia
or even week-long wedding celebration allows couples to
Island wedding is much more than just a marriage ceremony—
spend quality time with friends and family, in a vacation-type,
it’s a vacation getaway that will be remembered long after your
guests have shaken the sand out of their shoes.
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PAM BELL PHOTOGRAPHY
JENSEN BELL 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 a truly memorable event, General Manager Chrissy Radney and wedding coordinator 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 Kristy Benjamin 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 Kristy for more information about pricing and availability. The Golf Club of Amelia Island is a luxurious private golf club that provides the perfect venue for a wedding of any style. The Club Terrace, with its moss-draped oaks, overlooks the beautifully maintained golf course. The Clubhouse itself offers a magnificent view of the 18th green and embraces its country club flair in its elegant Fireplace Room. In addition, the Beach Club offers a AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 9
OYSTER BAY YACHT CLUB BY PAM BELL PHOTOGRAPHY
RIBAULT CLUB BY PAM BELL PHOTOGRAPHY
stunning poolside location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. For an ideal Amelia Island destination wedding, a couple might enjoy the Beach Club for a rehearsal dinner, a wedding ceremony on the Club Terrace or Lawn, followed by dinner and dancing at the Golf Clubhouse. This allows the opportunity to experience the variety of settings that The Golf Club of Amelia Island has to offer. The club is also available for bridal teas and luncheons, welcome receptions and golf outings. 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 Claudia Doniat 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.” For catered weddings, rehearsal dinners, and farewell wedding brunches, celebrate on the beach at either of two beautiful venues served by Ocean Club Events. The Ocean Club of Amelia, a converted beach house next to Seaside Park, offers gorgeous views of the dunes and the ocean with the intimate feeling of a private beach home. It can easily accommodate larger events as well as more intimate weddings. If your heart is set on a beach ceremony, a path leads from the back garden through the dunes, and if you want something more formal, you’ll love the lush 26 ft. x 36 ft. back lawn. Nestled between the clubhouse and the dunes, it can accommodate weddings from 80 to 110 guests. The second floor offers a lovely room for dancing, with a built-in bar and a covered dining porch seating 50. The colors are soft and neutral, the rooms stylish, and string lights add that touch of romance every bride is looking for! The second venue is Sliders Seaside Grill, which offers second-floor banquet rooms accommodating groups from 50 to 150. Newly decorated in soft shades with romantic lighting, the second floor has spectacular beach and ocean views. A path from Sliders leads directly to the beach for easy access. Wild sea oats cascade along the path and wildflowers add splashes of red and purple, making the spot come alive with color and romance. White sands and blue skies, the perfect place to make your wedding memories! The grand stateroom seats 100 guests, with additional seating on the covered veranda, which runs the length of the second floor, accommodating up to 64 guests. The Breakers Bar and Lounge is perfect for post-ceremony cocktails and dancing. We invite you to “come get the feeling.” Visit www. OceanClubofAmelia.com or call Nigel Teare, Director of Events, at (904) 277-3443.
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.
GOLF CLUB OF AMELIA BY NATURALLY PHOTOGRAPHY
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. Dana Schefke is ready to help you with all of your wedding planning needs. 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 Carol Christian, “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
FLORIDA HOUSE INN BY PAM BELL PHOTOGRAPHY
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COURTESY OF RESIDENCE INN, AMELIA ISLAND
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suite and a high-class presidential suite are also available. Christian 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. Of course, being by the beach also means enjoying the casual beach atmosphere like at The Crab Trap in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. Located on South 2nd Street, this restaurant is a great place for a rehearsal dinner or small reception. The Crab Trap has been a local favorite for 26 years. Owned and operated by the Germano family, The Crab Trap’s nautical décor, friendly service, and great food make it the perfect place for a special Fernandina Beach celebration. The Crab Trap serves fresh local seafood, as well as steaks, lobster, chicken, and oysters. With banquet facilities, a private dining room overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, two full bars, and two fireplaces, The Crab Trap can accommodate your every need. 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 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 inside a charming historic building on N. 3rd Street in historic Fernandina Beach, Cafe Karibo offers a fun and relaxed atmosphere, with several different areas from 12 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
which to choose. Indoors, you’ll find colorful furnishings in a comfortable environment, as well as the laid-back bar at Karibrew, the restaurant’s own brew pub. Outdoors, a large garden patio is shaded by huge oak trees for wonderful al fresco experience. On the spacious second floor, Café Karibo can accommodate any event. Whether for business or just plain fun, Café Karibo can help with any occasion you are planning. Rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, corporate functions, family reunions, we do it all! Café Karibo has the amenities to ensure that every guest has a memorable experience. Set on 760 sprawling acres, The Barn at Cottonwood Ranch is a one-of-a-kind venue with large windows and a grand front porch set on a ranch amidst beautiful ponds, lush pasture, and ancient hardwoods. Owners Karen and Larry Brantley have created a stunning space for weddings, anniversaries, and other special events, and it’s the perfect environment for a secluded and exclusive celebration. The Barn was built using hand-hewn cypress, a repurposed syrup kettle fire pit, and reclaimed railings from a 19th-century bank, creating an elegant space with clean lines, natural tones, and an open feeling. The venue also includes a bridal lounge, groom’s lounge, downstairs bar, commercial kitchen, an onsite smokehouse, and a large gas fire pit. With room for up to 299 guests on its secluded setting, your guests will enjoy a celebration they’ll never forget. 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.
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Kara & Evan WALKER’S LANDING By Julie SImmons
Photography by Pam Bell Photography and Jensen Bell Photography
Kara and Evan Johnson had a beautiful wedding, enjoying
summer, with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins sharing
all the wonderful things Amelia Island has to offer, but the hidden
summer homes and memories.
gem in the story is a century-plus legacy of love, commitment, and history here on the island. “I’ve come to Amelia Island every year since I was born,” explains Kara. The bride’s parents discovered Amelia Island’s
As cherished as her childhood memories are, for Kara, her most significant memory may always be seeing fiancé Evan—on one knee—with the lush green marshes of Walker’s Landing in the background.
allure when they honeymooned here, and after that, Amelia
“There was no question where we’d be married,” she laughs.
Island Plantation became their family reunion meeting place each
“In fact, when we came back to the condo to show off my new
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diamond, my mom already had an appointment for us to talk to the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort about the details!” The nuptials were planned for September 16, 2017, a beautiful month to get married on Amelia Island, except this ended up being the weekend following Hurricane Irma! “When my wedding planner, a.k.a. my aunt, and I showed up on Tuesday, the property was a disaster, and the resort closed. Trees were in the roads, and debris was everywhere. But
they let us in, and we even stayed at our condo without power on the first day.” Yet the show would go on. To illustrate Omni’s determination, the power was back on by Wednesday, on Thursday the wedding party was relaxing poolside, and on Saturday the property was pristine again, with little sign of the storm it had just endured. “We can’t say enough about the amazing service they provided,” says Kara. Another challenge the wedding party had to overcome was flight cancelations AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 15
due to the hurricane. “Our friends flights were canceled left and right, but everyone still managed to make it!” says Kara. “Some people even hopped in their cars and drove 10 to 12 hours to get here. Not one person declined!” On arrival, they gathered for a welcome party at the Falcon’s Nest at the Omni. On Friday, everyone enjoyed the Florida sand and saltwater before an incredible rehearsal dinner at Sliders Seaside Grill, where they celebrated in a private upstairs room at the lovely oceanfront venue. “I’ve been going there my whole life,” Kara laughs. “My 16 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
grandmother always insists it’s going to be her last vacation and last visit to Slider’s each year, but she keeps making it back!” Saturday at six o’clock, the couple said, “I do” at the Amelia Plantation Chapel, with Kara’s hometown minister officiating. After the vows, Evan slipped Kara’s maternal grandmother’s wedding band onto her left finger, and Kara slipped Evan’s paternal grandfather’s band on his – a symbol of a combined 120 years of love and commitment! Pam Bell Photography captured each of these memories.
And now it was time to celebrate! A trolley arrived and took the wedding party to Walker’s Landing for an outdoor cocktail hour with acoustic guitar entertainment by a family friend. “The weather was peaceful and sunny, the perfect ending to a rough week for Amelia Island. And we were the first ones at the venue. I wanted to personally greet each of our 160 guests —and be the first to see the décor!” The décor was simply beautiful. “Walker’s Landing speaks for itself,” Kara says. “I kept it simple and all green— eucalyptus and a few white flowers.” The menu included Salt-Crusted Grouper, Shrimp and Grits, a whole hog, oysters, pimento cheese hush puppies, and they
toped it off with Chocolate Death Cake, which the couple confirmed tasted great on their first anniversary! When the reception ended, family and friends continued the celebration at the Falcon’s Nest, back where they had started the weekend. The crowd relaxed and rested beside the Omni pool on Sunday before enjoying one final family dinner together. Today, the Johnson’s are settling into married life in Birmingham, Alabama, where she is a pediatric nurse practitioner and he is a private banking officer. “We stay busy and look forward to our next Amelia Island vacation—we’ve already visited three times since we said, ‘I do!’” AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 17
Jordan & Robb THE FLORIDA HOUSE INN By Julie Simmons
Photography by Page Teahan Photography
“You had me at Mellow,” the koozies at Jordan and Robb Smith’s wedding read. Mellow Mushroom, that is, in Jacksonville, where this pair of teachers first met. With a mathematician’s mind, Robb pulled off a fabulous engagement night, enticing his brideto-be to a wine cellar, where he presented her with a diamond ring (and, of course, a bottle of wine) were presented. “When I turned around, there he was on one knee,” Jordan smiles. “He told me that our dinner reservations were in an hour, so I had a whole sixty minutes to call my family and friends!” And call she did, telling everyone to start making plans to visit Amelia Island for their nuptials. “We visited the Florida House Inn when we were dating and loved its great location in downtown Fernandina Beach. And Robb’s grandparents are buried at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, so it was a perfect match.” 18 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
Planning was a lot of fun for this couple because they were set on making it personal and being involved in the process. “We were committed to using local talent,” says Jordan. This smart bride got started by asking Florida House Inn Wedding Coordinator Dana Schefke her top three favorite vendors in each category. “And just like that, I booked the Honey Badgers Band, Dottie “B” Florist, and The Beauty Bar. Three great decisions, thanks to Dana!” One illustration of Jordan’s collaboration was her request that Dottie “B” Florist help her gather sunflowers, baby’s breath, and eucalyptus, which she confirmed were all fresh and amazing. Once she had her ingredients, the bridesmaids adored arranging the floral pieces with Jordan. The couple’s guests arrived on Friday and filled the 17-room Florida House Inn with them. “This is the best venue,” says Dana.
“You stay with your family and friends. You eat breakfast together. It’s intimate and fun.” The overflow of out-of-towners enjoyed the Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Harbor Front Hotel. In addition to relishing the bed-and-breakfast inn, the wedding party appreciated other Amelia Island amenities, like a tee time at The Golf Club of Amelia Island for the groomsmen, and an oceanfront luncheon at Sliders Seaside Grill for the ladies. That evening, everyone gathered at the newly reopened Down Under Restaurant for the rehearsal dinner, with John Springer serenading the party—a flashback from the groom’s youth. On the wedding day, the party congregated at St. Peter’s for wedding bells at 5:30 p.m. And bells there were! After saying, “I do,” the couple exited the chapel to horns, shouts of congratulations, and an entire community celebrating in their happiness with the ringing of the church bell – as often as the bridesmaids and groomsmen chose to pull the rope! The excited young crowd boarded Amelia Island Trolley for photos by Paige Teahan ahead of an amazing reception on the black-and-white dance floor back at the Florida House Inn. The reception menu did not disappoint, with Florida Snapper, Southern Fried Chicken, Mac n’ Cheese, a host of cakes baked and decorated by the bride’s cousin, as well as a full ice cream bar. But perhaps the best “topping” for the evening was when the Fernandina Pirate Club invaded the celebration, seized and roped the bride and groom, and delivered the couple and their screaming entourage to The Palace Saloon to continue the celebration—Amelia Island-style! The next morning, loved ones enjoyed breakfast around the family-style Florida House Inn tables and laughed about all the fun from the night before. Then everyone spent the day either on the beach or in the historic downtown, with the bride and groom! Robb might’ve had Jordan at mellow, but Amelia Island has couples at “I do,” with wedding memories and love to last a lifetime. AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 19
Tesha & Andrew THE OCEAN CLUB OF AMELIA By Karen Miller
Photography by Appleseed Photography/Sun and Sea Beach Weddings
In 2007, Andrew Dalzell interviewed Tesha Byrne for a job at the Universit y of South Carolina Office of Admissions. She got the job, and she was enjoying her new career when out of the blue, her colleague, Andrew, told her that he had feelings for her. “We really liked each other a lot,” says Tesha. “And we had a lot of common interests. We both love sports, like football and bowling, and just being together.” But despite having feelings for one another, it wasn’t the time to settle down. The couple couldn’t put their finger on the reason, but they just wanted to wait. And wait they did. “We dated for ten years,” laughs Tesha. “We became engaged in Ireland on a trip with Andrew’s parents in 2012. We knew we wanted to be together forever, but the time wasn’t right just then.” Andrew attended graduate school, and he and Tesha spent long periods of time apart. In fact, they even questioned whether the marriage would happen at all. 20 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
“Sometimes a couple goes through rough patches and growing pains, and long-distance relationships can be tough,” said Tesha. “But we pulled through it, and thankfully, we were both ready to make a commitment, setting our wedding date for late last year.” At the time of the wedding planning, Andrew lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Tesha lived in South Carolina. Nonetheless, in a short two months, the couple managed to plan their beach wedding on Amelia Island. “Andrew’s parents had moved to Amelia Island, and it seemed like a beautiful spot. We hired Amanda from Sun and Sea Weddings to handle all the details, and it couldn’t have been more perfect,” says Tesha. “It was to be a very intimate wedding, with only 25 guests, and Andrew’s niece, Alexa as our flower girl. We held the ceremony on the beach in front of the Ocean Club
of Amelia, a wonderful venue owned by Ocean Club Events. Director of Events Nigel Teare helped us with the food, and every morsel was wonderful, especially the pineapple casserole!” Tesha and Andrew did something a little different on their wedding day. Instead of having an officiant stand up in front of the bride and groom, he stayed behind the guests, while Tesha and Andrew spoke their words and vows to their closest friends and family. “This meant a lot to us,” said Tesha. “It truly was our own ceremony.” The couple’s guests had already gotten to know each other the evening before at a rehearsal dinner held at Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro. The close-knit group was mesmerized by the couple’s ceremony, particularly how they included their parents in the ceremony, and the elegant simplicity with which they spoke their vows. Mary Sue and Julian Dalzell walked their son, Andrew, down the aisle, while the mother of the bride, Roxanne, was escorted by Tesha’s uncle,
Brian. Tesha was escorted by her father, Dwight. The ceremony ended with blessing stones being thrown into the ocean by all of their guests. After the wedding, everyone enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the patio while photos were taken, and then dove into an elegant, plated dinner created by the superlative staff. Tesha and Andrew entertained their guests with “The Shoe Game,” and everyone danced the night away with Music by Pegge, who coordinated a trio called “The Mix” to play at the wedding ceremony, and whose lead singer emceed the dancing and games. After a “sparkler send-off,” the couple and their loved ones spent the rest of the wedding weekend welcoming in the New Year! A honeymoon is in the works, but right now, Tesha and Andrew are making memories as husband and wife in their home in Cincinnati, dreaming about their next trip to Amelia Island, where they may be spending their first anniversary! AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 21
Gabriela & Travis WALKER’S LANDING
By Karen Miller Photography by Dan Harris PhotoArt
When Travis McKenzie met Gabriela Castro in 2016, he was instantly smitten. He was working at Marsh Landing in Ponte Vedra Beach, and Gabriela was a wine rep for Breakthru Beverage, pouring wines at the club. He was a little shy about asking her on a date, so he requested that some of the club members put in a good word for him. “I couldn’t figure out why everyone at Marsh Landing was singing the praises of this guy named Travis,” laughs Gabriela. “But then three weeks later, we got to know each other better, and he finally had the courage to ask me on a date.” Travis took Gabriela to the Aqua Grill in Ponte Vedra Beach, plying her with gourmet food and exceptional wines. “We had so much fun, and we had many things in common,” says Gabriela. “We were right for each other on so many levels – we both love food, wine, gardening, fishing, animals, and the outdoors!” Travis proposed to Gabriela in January 2017 at Elevage Restaurant in Tampa, with her entire family present, but not before asking permission for her hand in marriage from Gabriela’s uncles, Tip Fisher and Brett Carter of Amelia Island. Gabriela had become very close to Tip and Brett when she spent three summers working at Brett’s Waterway Cafe in Fernandina Beach, the iconic restaurant owned by Brett and Tip at the downtown harbor marina. With Brett and Tip’s multitude of innovative businesses, including restaurants, catering, interior design, and finance, it was obvious they would plan and execute the wedding of Travis and Gabriela. “It was tough for Travis to hand over all the responsibility to Brett and Tip, but it was also very exciting to see what they would come up with,” says Gabriela. “We knew we wanted to hold the wedding and reception at Walkers Landing, but we literally had no idea what to expect when we walked through the doors.” A welcoming rehearsal dinner was held at Brett’s Waterway Cafe on Friday evening for close friends and family. For the wedding on Saturday, Gabriela and Travis were wowed by the transformation at Walkers Landing. “Brett and Tip set the atmosphere with elaborate candelabras, and a motif that was reminiscent of a French wine cellar. It was rustic, modern, French, elegant, new, and timeless, and something people had never 22 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
seen before,” says Gabriela. “The candelabras made the evening so intimate, romantic, and set the mood for the venue. It was everything we wanted and more, and our photographer, Dan Harris Photoart, captured the moment perfectly!” The wedding ceremony was held outdoors and officiated by James M. Tippins, Lead Chaplin at Baptist Medical Center Nassau. The couple chose not to have a wedding party, and instead, Travis walked his mother down the aisle, followed by Gabriela’s mother, and then Gabriela and her father. “We did an affirmation during the ceremony, in which our parents stood up and agreed in accordance to our union,” said Gabriela. “Then the rest of our guests stood up and also did an affirmation.” Their reception included a seated dinner with cheese and charcuterie platters, all catered by Brett’s Waterway Cafe, complete with table linens, decorations, and flowers all personally designed by Brett. “The flowers were country-chic French,” says Gabriela.
“Almost wild-like, but very elegant. Each table had different types of flowers and the bouquets were different.” Music and dancing was provided by DJ Philip Hart, Music and Photo Booths of Jacksonville, including the first dance number, “Colgando en tus Manos,” a popular Spanish love song. Their guests came from all over to attend the couple’s destination wedding, including from Redding, California, New Jersey, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, New York, El Salvador, South Florida, and Jacksonville. They stayed at The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, the Residence Inn Amelia Island, and other locations. A goodbye brunch on Sunday morning at Brett’s gave the couple a special send off on their honeymoon destination to Saint Lucia in the West Indies. Today, Gabriela and Travis are enjoying their married life on Jacksonville’s Southside, where they enjoy entertaining, fishing, and visiting their favorite uncles, Tip and Brett, on Amelia Island. AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 23
Kailey & Declan THE GOLF CLUB OF AMELIA ISLAND By Karen Miller
Photography by Jessica VanTassel of Stout Photography
Kailey Porter met Declan Saver in Hawaii in February 2014. She had moved to Oahu in January and became friends with Declan through a blind date. He was in the Navy, and they had many things in common, like golf, the beach, football, and going out to dinner. But the couple didn’t really start dating seriously until April. By that time, they were inseparable. “Oahu is a beautiful place to fall in love,” says Kailey. “We loved the island, the people, the atmosphere, everything. We even talked about marriage from the beginning—it just seemed like the natural thing to do.” However, their romantic time in Hawaii would be shortlived. In 2016, Declan was transferred to Jacksonville, Florida, and Kailey went with him. But even after talking about marriage, Declan still managed to surprise Kailey when he asked her to marry him on the third anniversary of their first date. “We went out for a romantic dinner at The Chart House in Jacksonville, talking about our future, and suddenly, the ring 24 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
fell out of his pocket!” laughs Kailey. “It couldn’t have been more perfect!” Declan and Kailey grew to love the Jacksonville area, and they realized it was the perfect place for their wedding. “It wasn’t Hawaii, but we love it here and made many new friends,” says Kailey. “We immediately decided on The Golf Club of Amelia Island, partly because we both love golf, but mostly because it was so beautiful. We found event coordinator Katrina Moughton to be so helpful! I really wanted to plan the wedding on my own, and Katrina guided me along the way.” The couple decided on a destination wedding that would allow their 125 guests to enjoy a true vacation on Amelia Island’s pristine beaches and in charming downtown Fernandina Beach. They opened their wedding weekend with a barbecue for all their guests on Thursday night, and gathered again on Friday night at Luca’s on Centre for a small rehearsal dinner for the wedding party and close family members. After dinner, the rest of their guests
arrived at Luca’s for a “Welcome to Amelia Island” cocktail and a scrumptious cake from Bliss Cakery. Since the wedding wasn’t until Saturday evening, the couple’s guests had the day for golfing, walking the beach, and visiting the downtown shops. At 5:15 p.m., Kailey and Declan held their ceremony on the manicured fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island, with their long-time Hawaiian friend, Dan Gallant, officiating. Local musician Richard Stratton performed music for the wedding and the cocktail hour, then the food stations were opened for dinner. “We had all our favorite foods, and everything was delicious!” exclaims Kailey. “Shrimp and grits, braised pork, haricots verts, potatoes, and of course, Bliss’s amazing cupcakes!” Kailey and Declan hired a DJ to dance the night away, and they surprised their guests with a choreographed dance. “We took dance lessons, and it was so much fun to perform our dance number,” says Kailey. “It was a mashup of ‘Beyond the Sea’ and “Only Wanna Be with You.’ We had such a great time!” The couple booked rooms for their guests at The Residence Inn, Amelia Island, where Kailey and her bridal party got ready for the big event. A shuttle was provided by Vic Garvin of Amelia Airport Shuttle and Transportation to get everyone to the wedding on time, and then safely back to their hotels. Kailey and Declan put off their honeymoon for a little while, and ended up taking a whirlwind trip to Paris and Barcelona at the end of May, where they fell in love all over again. Today, this happy couple lives in Jacksonville, where Declan is still in the Navy, and Kailey works for the Nassau County Department of Planning and Economic Opportunity. AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 25
AMY & MATT
HARPER & TREY
AMANDA & MATT
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DECEMBER 2, 2017
JANUARY 6, 2018
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LENA & BOBBY
KAITLYN & BRIAN
KRISTA & LUKE
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The Barn at Cottonwood Ranch By Karen Miller
Photographs courtesy of The Barn at Cottonwood Ranch
Karen and Larry Brantley purchased their Callahan ranch in 2011, situated on 760 sprawling acres of beautiful pastures, ancient hardwoods, and multiple freshwater ponds. Their intention was to raise cattle and grow crops, in fact, Cottonwood Ranch grew their herd to 500 head of Angus cattle. “But we needed a barn,” says Karen. “Our original intention was to build the Barn for our personal use, but when Larry’s 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Carole Higginbotham, who holds a special place in Larry’s heart, asked if we could host a 50th wedding anniversary party for her and Mr. Higginbotham at the Barn, he wanted to make it spectacular. “My husband Larry can do anything, and build anything. He built the Barn with his own two hands, crafted with lumber 28 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
from our land. He even bought his own sawmill! It turned out so beautifully that we decided to become an event venue for others to enjoy.” The Barn became a work of art; it took a year to build, and was completed in March of this year. The couple’s intention was to use the Barn as a venue for weddings, anniversaries, and other special events, and the location doesn’t get any better than Cottonwood Ranch. “Our property is stunning and serene,” said Karen. “The lush pastures and secluded nature of the ranch create the perfect ambiance for any event.” Boasting large windows, a grand front porch, and covered side porches, the Barn was designed with space and accommodation in mind. Featuring heavy timber construction, high cathedral ceilings, and ample
room for 299 guests, a wedding at Cottonwood Ranch is an unforgettable experience. The Barn is fully air conditioned and heated, so you can hold your event here any time of the year. We have a bridal lounge and groom’s lounge with private bathrooms, so there’s plenty of room to get ready for the wedding,” said Karen. “There’s a lovely pond and large live oak tree outside, which makes for a beautiful wedding ceremony. The large front porch is also an option - in fact there are so many options to utilize both the inside of the Barn and its surrounding property.” Beyond the grandeur of the main hall, the Barn includes exclusive amenities like a downstairs bar, commercial catering kitchen, and large gas fire pit. “85 percent of the materials used to build the Barn came from our own land,” said Karen. “We strived to make every detail perfect, from hand-hewn cypress, to a repurposed syrup kettle fire pit, and even railings from a 19th century bank. My husband is an amazing craftsman - he put his heart and soul into the Barn.”
“There are no noise worries at the Barn,” says Karen. “Because of the secluded setting of the ranch, guests can feel free to dance, sing, play music, and have a great time - there are no nearby neighbors to bother! The Barn is accessible to everyone with wide, paved paths, low thresholds, and ADA compliant restrooms. All main gathering spaces are located on the ground level so everyone can enjoy the Barn.” The Barn at Cottonwood Ranch has become a family affair, with Karen’s parents, Melvin and Norma Fouraker, her aunt and uncle, Beverly and George Fencik, and son, Easton helping out with the events. Her best friend, Jane Moore, is their events manager. “The Barn is a labor of love for all of us,” says Karen. “We want our guests to feel at home, and appreciate the beauty of the ranch as much as we do!” The Barn at Cottonwood Ranch is located at 452039 Old Dixie Highway in Callahan. For more information or to arrange a tour, call (904) 677-1350 or visit www. barnatcottonwoodranch.com. AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 29
new trends in jewelry By Karen Miller with Drew Scott Today’s bride is savvy, and when it comes to jewelry trends, fashionistas from around the globe are saying, “Anything goes!” when choosing an engagement ring, wedding ring, and bridal jewelry. Many traditional stones and settings are still in the mix, but today’s bride is looking for unusual shapes, colorful stones, and unique settings. “The halo diamond is still a popular style, with smaller diamonds encircling a larger center stone,” says Drew Scott, owner of Scott & Sons Fine Jewelry. “But we’re definitely seeing a shift in shapes, with more oval, round, and pear-shaped stones; the princess cut a little less.” Scott says that brides and grooms are doing their research when it comes to the 4 C’s of diamonds: color, cut, clarity, and carat. Sometimes a family diamond will be provided, usually from the groom’s family, and the couple will choose a design to work the heirloom stone into a modern setting. “This is a way that couples can pay homage to their family, and save a little money at the same time.” 30 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
Brides often give their bridesmaids jewelry gifts that they can wear for the wedding, and Scott is seeing a strong trend towards Marahlago Larimar jewelry. Larimar is a rare Caribbean gemstone with a unique blue color. “Because of our locale, many brides and bridesmaids are leaning toward this distinctive gemstone jewelry, with its ‘ocean-y’ color and unique designs,” says Scott. “We find that the younger generation has less desire to go with old fashioned traditions. They want to make their own decisions.” But for traditional gifts for bridesmaids and groomsmen, Scott still sells items like knives, men’s jewelry, and pearl sets. And for the mother of the bride who really wants to shine, Scott will help her choose pieces suitable for her own personal taste. For wedding bands, couples want their own ring styles, and rarely do brides and grooms choose matching rings. “There’s a company we do business with called Lashbrook Designs that produces men’s wedding rings from unique metals,” says Scott. “And mixing metals is very trendy right now. It’s okay to pair gold with stainless steel, and yellow gold with rose gold. Sometimes a couple will come into the store and have their heart set on a certain color, and then change their minds when they try on different bands.” Another trend that Scott enjoys is layering necklaces of various sizes and styles. “There are some beautiful pieces that make a statement, both for brides and bridesmaids.” Alex Henriquez is Scott & Sons’ in-house jeweler, who, with over 30 years of experience, designs rings and other pieces by hand, using the “lost wax method.” “Many couples want a one-of-akind design, and Alex can create that for them,” says Scott. “The wax is hand-carved, and Alex can even set a stone into the wax so the bride can try on her ring and get a real idea of what it’s going to look like before the ring is cast.” “One of the things people like about our store is our friendly atmosphere,” says Scott. “We carry one of the largest bridal selections of in-stock merchandise in northeast Florida. Our vast inventory includes the ever-popular halo and solitaire styles, or you can select a loose diamond to be placed in one of our semi-mount settings. We have wedding jewelry for every budget!” For more information or to make an appointment with Drew, call (904) 4911550 or visit www.scottandsons.com.
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Left: This Justin Alexander sleek flare crepe gown has this season’s clean lines, with rhinestone details on the shoulder and subtle cut-outs at the waistline. Chantilly lace cap sleeves give way to an illusion back with crepe buttons. Center: Vera Wang uses purple this season with her plum, nude and fuscia strapless A-line gown with a hand-draped tulle bodice, draped tulle build-up, multi-layered crinkle tulle skirt, and a lilac silk faille flower accent. Right: Romona Keveza’s lavender white gown made of Swarovski floral embroidered lace is classic and gorgeous, featuring a sweetheart neckline and a soft flowing A-line skirt with a tiara.
royal on the runway Some of the hottest trends on the runway this season reflect this year’s royal wedding, while other options like suits, bows, feathers and flowers continue to make waves. By Julie Simmons “There’s power, power in love. If you don’t believe me, think about a time when you first fell in love. The whole world seemed to center around you and your beloved,” said Rev. Michael Curry at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle last May at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. As we explore this season’s new wedding fashion trends, we have to give a nod to the recent royal wedding, since royal has taken over the runways! It has been suggested that the recent royal wedding had a greater impact on bridal fashion than even the Kate Middleton lace gown, which dominated bridal fashion for years. What does the new fashion look like? Perhaps fancy is the best word. Glitter tiaras, “stately” style, delicate beadwork, and crystals were all components of an emerging trend even before Meghan appeared in Queen Elizabeth’s diamond bandeau tiara. 32 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
If regal isn’t your favorite look, have no fear; designers are churning out loads of options, and the first is right in line with Meghan’s choice of a clean and simple gown. Clean lines with simple tailoring are everywhere in gowns of all styles—ball gowns, mermaid, A-line, and even the 90’s slip dress. Like Meghan, brides are dressing up these modest gowns with floral head pieces, tiaras, and in the royal wedding case, a 16-plus foot veil, which is setting the stage for very long trains to blanket the aisles this season and in the year to come. As women are empowering themselves in every sphere of life, they are illustrating their new-found assertiveness on their big day with wedding suits and jumpsuits. Some of these come in the form of a suit, but don’t think stuffy, because these suits are sheer, sleek, and sexy. The jumpsuits arrive in an array of options, note
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This strapless silk ball gown from Vera Wang is a sister to the Wang gown shown earlier with its multi-layered crinkle tulle skirt, accented by a hand draped tulle overlay. The bougainvillea colored faille flowers make a strong statement.
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Above left: Justin Alexander’s fashion-forward crepe jumpsuit with lace appliques on the bodice and a front V-neckline. Matching buttons and loop closures complete the illusion back. Above center: Romona Keveza’s pearl strapless gown made of embroidered appliqué lace features an asymmetrical neckline and a fluted skirt. Gown shown with an oﬀ-the-shoulder overblouse made of embroidered appliqué lace and a sparkling headpiece. Above right: Inbal Dror’s sheer fabric bodice with mermaid skirt is stunning. Dror submitted sketches for the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
many designers, including in pure lace, or with ruffled sleeves, trains, dresses over pants, or in two-tone color. Speaking of color, the last few seasons we’ve seen even black emerge, but today, think royally! It’s no surprise that Ultra Violet is the Pantone color of 2018. Naturally, this color is finding its way into wedding fashion and décor in every shade of lavender. Metallics are also still a big hit, with gold and silver adding sparkle to the runway. Bows, feathers, and flowers have been hot for a couple of years now, but designers continue to surprise with new presentations each season. Bows are appearing in every realm of bridal fashion, especially as huge add-ons on the front of the gown rather than just the back. Wildflowers are also blooming as a trend, as well as bold blossoms— even in 3-D applique. Feathers are flying with theatrical style, note some bridal publications, although they are no longer just accessories or accents but sometimes cover the entire gown. In line with a flair for the theatrical, making a strong statement is definitely a thing in the latest wedding fashion, with some gowns feeling closer to costumes. A strong statement itself is the mock turtleneck for the gown’s neckline. The turtleneck arrives very sleek, sheer, with fullon lace, or even beaded. On Amelia Island, we love the ocean, and we are excited about the underwater elements emerging in gowns this year, with seashell fan tops, iridescent colors, coral-inspired beading, and wave-like pleating making their way into bridal fashion. As you begin to think about your wedding day, remember the words of Rev. Curry—there is power in love! Don’t forget your beloved and the power the two of you have when you work together. From Amelia Island Weddings Magazine, congratulations to both of you, and may your day be laced with royal beauty!
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unplugged ceremonies By Lisa Presnell, PWC We live in an era full of technology, where we no longer enjoy the moment, but instead have begun to document the moment. We view our lives through a small screen, and it seems like the only memories we have are accessed through our social media pages. Photographers, Wedding Planners, Officiants and the wedding couples themselves have all become annoyed with phone-obsessed, photo-hungry, snaphappy guests who won’t stay seated or remain still during the wedding ceremony. Guests are ruining the wedding photos by blocking the professional photographer or distracting the couple. It’s problem that needs to stop! Here’s the issue: couples pay a substantial amount to have a professional photograph their big day. Photographers cannot do their best work when guests are in the way. Officiants stumble through their vows when they are distracted by guests moving around or flashing their cameras like paparazzi. Or, when the couple turns to see the 36 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
expressions on their guests’ faces, they are blocked by screens staring back at them. It’s extremely intrusive when the officiant wants to begin a heartfelt speech, or the couple are sharing their vows, to have guests reaching over their heads or standing up and moving around in front of the photographer, all to get that perfect shot from their cell phone. The first look, the walk down the aisle, the kiss… those are special, hopefully oncein-a-lifetime moments, and there are no do-overs. The bride doesn’t want to see all of these devices snapping and flashing at her as she walks down the aisle; she wants to see her groom waiting at the altar. She wants to see the look on his face as he sees her for the first time in her wedding dress. She wants to embrace that moment without interference, and so does he. When guests are constantly in motion to get a picture, blocking the photographer and distracting the officiant, it really affects the experience and the end result for the couple. When there are cameras out or phones in hands, guests aren’t actually present, and no matter what angle the photographer tries to get, someone will be in the way, photo bombing each shot. The solution? An unplugged ceremony. Couples are beginning to make custom signs expressing their wishes and asking the officiant to explain their request that all cell phones, devices, and cameras be put away so the professionals can do their jobs without interruption. We couldn’t agree more. The guests most likely won’t be happy about it and may even be resistant, but the ceremony is not about them and they will get over it. Guests are privileged to be there. It’s about the bride and groom. It’s about the couple inviting their guests to share in a very intimate and special time in their lives, to embrace it and hear the words that are expressed to one another during their wedding ceremony. When you accept an invitation to someone’s wedding, don’t be a distraction. You are a guest. Be grateful to be there. Please sit down, unplug, be present, and enjoy the wedding!
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flowers & décor By Julie Simmons “We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 1-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, speaking of the 2018 color of the year. Artistic and creative expression, and spiritual reflection, are key levers in orchestrating your special wedding day, so this season, how about trying a little ultra violet? All forms of purple, lavender, and violet, along with metallics of champagne, silver, and gold, are prevalent in wedding décor this season, perhaps in alignment with this year’s big royal wedding in May. Ultraviolet gracefully blends with another prominent trend—bringing nature in! For a few 38 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
seasons, brides’ floral focus hasn’t been on flowers at all, but rather on garden and greenery. The trend is growing greener each season, with vegetation covering the rooftop, dangling from existing lighting, and even walls of greenery serving as backdrops for the altar, the bar, or to display photos or place cards. Texture is everything. Brides are choosing a variety of foliage, even berries and fruit, for their fall and winter nuptials. But flowers are never out of style! Bridal fashion focusing on large blossoms and wildflowers is everywhere this season. On the décor side, echoing the hip nature of succulents in home décor, brides are also bringing them into their special day, with appreciation for their durable nature. Succulents, and even cacti, are beautiful in bowls and pots, on cakes, boutonnieres, and bouquets, suggest many wedding designers this year. While succulents are more of a year-round choice, it’s sound advice to stick with flowers that are in season. This decision promises availability and a better price. A simple internet search will guide you to a list of in-season choices. For this fall, dahlias are hot because of their vast variety of colors. If you wish to assert your creativity, try out video mapping. This technology can transform your venue into anything you wish, like a castle, stage, or theater. The possibilities for color and design projection are endless! Speaking of venues, tents continue to trend, and this season, clear tents are in. Imagine how a few elegant lights will sparkle like stars in a clear tent, or consider drapes from your dormers with greenery and chandeliers. Stunning! For a touch of elegance, it doesn’t get more royal than a monogram! Did you know that the fancy royal letters on seals and such are called ciphers? A proper monogram requires more than one letter intertwined, although today the terms are used interchangeably. Whatever you call it, personalized embroidery is what it’s all about, whether on the veil, on something blue, on a hankie, ring pillow, the altar, a sign, napkins, chair decals, koozies – even the wedding cake. Use a little artistic ingenuity and put a mammogram on whatever you like! And don’t be afraid to mix things up a little! Brides have been mix-matching their bridesmaids quite a bit lately, but new this season is a mixmatched line of groomsmen. Perhaps it’s the boutonnieres, the ties, the tailoring of the suit, or various mis-matched coloring and patterns – maybe even with a little ultra violet! Finally, Meghan and Harry issued a few Royal Wedding rules, providing a bit off a roadmap for weddings today. On the list—unplug for the ceremony! That’s right: put away the phones, focus on the couple, and dial-in on your beloved. Nothing is more artistic, creative, or spiritual than that. From Amelia Island Weddings Magazine, may Ultra Violet light the way to many happy years together!
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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? ■
FOR THE OCCASION
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 Amelia Island has been consistently named one of the top destination islands in the U.S., and recently one of the Top 10 Islands in Travel + Leisure’s 2018 World’s Best Awards! Amelia finished in the #6 spot, making it the highest-rated Florida island in the publication’s annual competition. That doesn’t surprise us Amelia Islanders, because those of us who live, work, and play on Amelia know how easy it is to fall in love with this beautiful barrier island, rich in breathtaking beauty and vibrant history. Because of Amelia Island’s unspoiled environment, it’s the perfect place for honeymooning couples. There are activities galore on Amelia, but plenty of time and space for newlyweds to be alone. With its ancient live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, its pristine beaches, and saltwater marshes teeming with birds and wildlife, you’ll find the perfect balance of romance and splendor on this island paradise. Amelia Island abounds with world-class bedand-breakfast inns, exclusive restaurants, and championship golf courses. If you love the outdoors, Amelia Island has lots to offer, from fishing and 42 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
kayaking to surfing and biking. If relaxation is your preference, there are numerous places to enjoy spa treatments, yoga, music, art, and even theatre. Many couples who honeymoon on Amelia Island come back year after year, once they realize that their vacation of a lifetime is accessible whenever they need a romantic getaway! If you’re looking to spend your honeymoon in a coastal paradise with authentic natural beauty and lots of fun recreational activities, Amelia Island welcomes you with open arms! 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.
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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 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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SCOTT & SONS FINE JEWELRY 9900 AMELIA ISLAND PARKWAY, STE 200 AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 491-1550 WWW.SCOTTANDSONS.COM
A FULL-SERVICE BRIDAL SALON; GOWNS
FULL-SERVICE FLORIST; PLANTS; WEDDING DESIGN
THE BRIDAL SHOP AT THE AVENUES 9365 PHILLIPS HWY., STE. 101 JACKSONVILLE, FL 32256 (904) 519-9900 WWW.BRIDALSHOPAVENUES.COM
HAIR SALON AND MAKEUP THE BEAUTY BAR 2245 SADLER ROAD AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 624-7724 WWW.THEBEAUTYBARAI.COM
A FULL-SERVICE BRIDAL SALON; GOWNS
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 BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFE CORNER OF FRONT & CENTRE STREETS FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 261-2660 WWW.BRETTSWATERWAYCAFE.COM ON & OFF-SITE CATERING, FOOD STYLING, CUSTOM MENUS
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
DENTAL CARE AMELIA DENTAL GROUP 1947 CITRONA DRIVE FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 261-7181 WWW.AMELIADENTAL.COM TOOTH WHITENING; SMILE MAKEOVERS; PORCELAIN VENEERS; BONDING FOR CHIPPED & STAINED TEETH
44 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
BRIDAL HAIR SALON AND MAKEUP STUDIO
GIFTS AND ART JW FRAME GALLERY 1875-B SOUTH 14TH STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 JWFRAMEGALLERY.COM ART, GIFTS AND FRAMING
HONEYMOONS AMELIA HOTEL AT THE BEACH 1997 SOUTH FLETCHER AVENUE FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 206-5600 (800) 263-5428 WWW.AMELIAHOTEL.US WEDDINGS AND 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 AND RECEPTIONS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING
ELIZABETH POINTE LODGE 98 S. FLETCHER AVENUE AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 277-4851 WWW.ELIZABETHPOINTELODGE.COM HONEYMOONS; LODGING
FAIRBANKS HOUSE 227 SO. SEVENTH STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 277-0500 WWW.FAIRBANKSHOUSE.COM HONEYMOONS
OMNI AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION RESORT 39 BEACH LAGOON ROAD AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 261-6161 (888) 444-OMNI WWW.OMNIHOTELS.COM WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING; FUNCTION ROOMS
JEWELRY AMELIA’S FINE JEWELRY 317 CENTRE STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 277-0665 WWW.AMELIASFINEJEWELRY.COM JEWELRY; RINGS; GIFTS
JEWELRY; RINGS; GIFTS
LODGING – WEDDING PARTIES AMELIA HOTEL AT THE BEACH 1997 SOUTH FLETCHER AVENUE FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 206-5600 (800) 263-5428 WWW.AMELIAHOTEL.US WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING
AMELIA SURF & RACQUET CLUB 4800 AMELIA ISLAND PARKWAY AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 261-0511 (800) 323-2001 WWW.SURFANDRACQUET.COM LODGING; HONEYMOONS
HAMPTON INN AMELIA ISLAND 2549 SADLER ROAD FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 321-1111 WWW.AMELIAISLANDHAMPTONINN.COM WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING
HAMPTON INN & SUITES 19 SOUTH SECOND STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 491-4911 1-800-HAMPTON WWW.HAMPTONINNANDSUITES.NET WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING; FUNCTION ROOMS
OMNI AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION RESORT 39 BEACH LAGOON ROAD AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 261-6161 (888) 444-OMNI WWW.OMNIHOTELS.COM WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING; FUNCTION ROOMS
RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT – AMELIA ISLAND 2301 SADLER ROAD FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 277-2440 (866) 245-6099 GROUP SALES WWW.RESIDENCEINNAMELIAISLAND.COM WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING; FUNCTION ROOMS
SEASIDE AMELIA INN 2900 ATLANTIC AVENUE AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 206-5300 WWW.SEASIDEAMELIAINN.COM WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING; FUNCTION ROOMS
MUSIC A1 ALL STAR DJ AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA (904) 270-1966 WWW.A1MAJESTICSOUND.COM DJ ENTERTAINMENT
A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO PLAN YOUR WEDDING ON AMELIA ISLAND
PHOTOGRAPHERS PAM BELL PHOTOGRAPHY AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA (904) 277-9681 WWW.PAMBELLPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
FERNANDINA BEACH GOLF CLUB 2800 BILL MELTON DRIVE FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 277-7370 WWW.FERNANDINABEACHGOLFCLUB.COM
PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA 530 CENTRE STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 277-2011 WWW.PEPPERSMEXICAN.COM.COM
FULL-SERVICE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY; PORTRAITS; ENGAGEMENT, FAMILY, AND CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY
WEDDING AND RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; BRIDAL SHOWERS
PLANTATION PHOTOGRAPHY AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA (904) 277-5153 - AMELIA ISLAND (912) 996-4310 - ST. SIMONS ISLAND WWW.PHOTOSONTHEBEACH.COM
FLORIDA HOUSE INN 22 SOUTH THURD STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 491-3322 WWW.FLORIDAHOUSEINN.COM
RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT ~ AMELIA ISLAND 2301 SADLER ROAD FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 277-2440 (866) 245-6099 GROUP SALES WWW.RESIDENCEINNAMELIAISLAND.COM
FULL-SERVICE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY; PORTRAITS
WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING
WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING; FUNCTION ROOMS
PHOTO BOOTHS ISLAND PHOTO BOOTH FERNANDINA BEACH, FL (904) 556-3048 DALLASBRASIER@GMAIL.COM
THE GOLF CLUB OF AMELIA ISLAND 4700 AMELIA ISLAND PARKWAY AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 277-8015 GOLFCLUBOFAMELIA.COM
THE RIBAULT CLUB FORT GEORGE ISLAND, FLORIDA (904) 251-1050 WWW.THERIBAULTCLUB.COM
WEDDINGS; SPECIAL EVENTS
WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS, REHEARSAL DINNERS, BRIDAL LUNCHES, SPECIAL EVENTS
RECREATION AMELIA RIVER CRUISES FERNANDINA BEACH MARINA AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 261-9972 WWW.AMELIARIVERCRUISES.COM
THE GOLF CLUB OF NORTH HAMPTON 22680 NORTH HAMPTON CLUBWAY FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 548-0000 WWW.GCNORTHHAMPTON.COM
WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; AFTER PARTIES
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
BAR ZIN BISTRO & WINE BAR 4924 FIRST COAST HIGHWAY AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 310-6620 WWW.BARZIN-BISTRO-WINEBAR.COM RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS
THE BARN AT COTTONWOOD RANCH 452039 OLD DIXIE HIGHWAY CALLAHAN, FL 32011 (904) 677-1350 WWW.BARNATCOTTONWOODRANCH.COM WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS, ANNIVERSARY PARTIES, SPECIAL EVENTS
CAFÉ KARIBO 27 NORTH 3RD STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 277-5269 CAFEKARIBO.COM WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS, REHEARSAL DINNERS, BRIDAL LUNCHES, SPECIAL EVENTS
WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; FUNCTION ROOMS
SEASIDE AMELIA INN 2900 ATLANTIC AVENUE AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 206-5300 WWW.SEASIDEAMELIAINN.COM
WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS
WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING; FUNCTION ROOMS
HAMPTON INN & SUITES 19 SOUTH SECOND STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 491-4911 1-800-HAMPTON WWW.HAMPTONINNANDSUITES.NET
SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL 1998 SOUTH FLETCHER AVENUE FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 277-6652 WWW.SLIDERSSEASIDE.COM
WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING; FUNCTION ROOMS
HORIZONS CONTINENTAL CUISINE 5472 FIRST COAST HIGHWAY AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 321-2430 WWW.HORIZONSAMELIAISLAND.COM
RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS
WEDDING CONSULTANTS LISA PRESNELL PRODUCTIONS (904) 206-3155 WWW.LISAPRESNELLPRODUCTIONS.COM WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNING; CRUISE AND ALL-INCLUSIVE TRAVEL COORDINATION
RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; BRIDAL SHOWERS
JOE’S 2ND STREET BISTRO 14 SOUTH SECOND STREET AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 321-2558 WWW.JOESBISTRO.COM WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; PRIVATE DINING ROOMS
OCEAN CLUB OF AMELIA 2080 SOUTH FLETCHER AVENUE AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 572-7998 WWW.OCEANCLUBOFAMELIA.COM WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; BRIDAL PARTIES
OMNI AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION RESORT 39 BEACH LAGOON ROAD AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 261-6161 (888) 444-OMNI WWW.OMNIHOTELS.COM WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING; FUNCTION ROOMS
THE CRAB TRAP 31 NORTH SECOND STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 261-4749
OYSTER BAY YACHT CLUB 96732 BAY VIEW DRIVE FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 261-4773 WWW.OYSTERBAYYACHTCLUB.COM
WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; PRIVATE PARTIES
WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; FUNCTION ROOMS
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