Amelia Island Weddings - Fall 2021

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LETTER FROM THE

As the publishers of Amelia Island Weddings, it gives us great pleasure each year in the fall and spring to present one of the most important occasions in anyone’s life: their wedding. We are always so pleased to spotlight in each of these issues some of the terrific couples who have begun their lives together here on Amelia Island. These uplifting stories of love are always inspiring. 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. As we have been publishing this magazine in the last dozen years or so, 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 gorgeous 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 these local occasions with you. It’s always fun to see how a family with Amelia Island roots celebrates a wedding 2 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

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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, most of our featured wedding stories have connections to Amelia Island, whether having been born and raised here, having parents on the island, or being frequent visitors. But all these weddings have entertained out-of-town guests, and our featured newlyweds used all the food, fun, and recreational opportunities the island offers to create memorable celebrations 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 Kelly Publishers Deana Kelly Editor Tom Barrett Art Director Karen Miller Julie Simmons Teri Sopp Dickie Anderson Marla McDaniel Contributing Writers

CONTACT US Sweetpea Media, Inc. P.O. Box 16624 Fernandina Beach, FL 32035 904-277-8012 islander@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 2021 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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THE WEDDING CELEBRATION OF 8 FOR YOUR DREAMS, MAKE IT AMELIA Amelia Island is the ideal backdrop to create romantic and unforgettable memories of your special day.

STORY 14 COVER After an unmemorable first meeting, Caroline and Brandon Blake met again years later, which lead to some memorable conversations, which lead to dating and a serious relationship, which culminated in a beautiful wedding at the Ribault Club.

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

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SPOTLIGHT: 28 VENUE THE RIBAULT CLUB Once a playground for wealthy industrialists many years ago, the Ribault Club on Fort George Island offers an elegant and historic clubhouse with neoclassical features nestled under a canopy of ancient oaks.

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 and when to do them.

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SCRAPBOOK 26 WEDDING A peek into the wedding albums of some

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30 JEWELRY When deciding on engagement rings, the halo diamond remains popular, while many are experimenting with new metals, says Drew Scott of Scott & Sons Fine Jewelry.

TRENDS 36 WEDDING FOR 2021 As brides and grooms reappear on Amelia Island, new trends are emerging after our Covid experience, says Lisa Presnell of Lisa Presnell Productions.

& DÉCOR 38 DESIGN As weddings return to Amelia Island this year, Covid has ushered in some interesting changes, with a more guest-centered mindset taking center stage.

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 Caroline and Brandon Blake at the Ribault Club. Photo by Evan Hampton Photography.

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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!


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F O R T H E W E D D I N G C E L E B R AT I O N O F Y O U R D R E A M S , M A K E I T A M E L I A By Karen Miller

Why celebrate your wedding on Amelia Island? Why not! This quaint barrier island is considered by many to be the perfect destination for a wedding event, with its sparkling beaches, indigo skies, and shimmering waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It offers your guests an unforgettable getaway on an island that many people consider a little piece of paradise. Chances are most of your guests have attended numerous run-of-the-mill weddings, but with a wedding on Amelia Island, you are creating an extraordinary experience that you and your guests will remember forever. Many couples today have friends and family spread across the country and around the world, so what could be better than having all of your loved ones come together in one magical place? 8 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

Amelia Island offers something for every couple and every budget. From a ceremony on the beach to a large church wedding, or a reception held under a canopy of ancient oak trees, Amelia Island boasts a wide variety of venues, wedding planners, photographers, caterers, floral designers, and music to make your wedding dream come true. And with lots of fun activities available, from golfing, fi shing, and kayaking to spa treatments and shopping, your guests will be entertained all weekend. And that will give you and your betrothed a little time for intimate moments and romantic evenings, both before and after your wedding. Whether sweet and intimate or large and traditional, your Amelia Island wedding will leave a lasting impression!


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TRADITIONAL ELEGANCE For the perfect destination wedding, Omni Amelia Island 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 Resort has to offer, contact the Wedding & Event Department for a property tour. 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 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. 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,

OYSTER BAY YACHT CLUB COURTESY OBYC

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 Marie Thompson 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 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 9


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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, Ashton Hunter and the courteous staff will help you create an unforgettable event at this enchanting location. At the 48-acre Sugar Pointe Estate, you’ll feel the magic of this incredible secluded setting. With wildlife, 2,500 feet of waterfront, and century-old oak trees, you’ll feel like you’re in luxurious “Old Florida.” Sugar Pointe has a spring-fed lake, a 1,000-foot pier and boathouse on the Bells River, and a lighted horse pasture that’s perfect for outdoor parties. The River House has water views from the front porch and an outdoor fireplace on the back porch. The 2,500-square-foot party barn (the “Sugar Shack”) is the ultimate party spot, with a full kitchen, a stage, a hardwood dance floor, and a deck overlooking the lake. The pier has a 500-sq-ft boathouse with a rooftop deck with unparalleled views of manatees, dolphins, and dunes, with a sound system for entertaining. The estate also has a renovated and customized Airstream trailer as a fun and unique additional guest house. Sugar Pointe is a private setting of pristine natural beauty with spectacular modern amenities, perfect for your ultimate, one-of-akind wedding, party, or special event. 10 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

To fully enjoy Amelia Island’s natural beauty and Southern charm for your special wedding celebration, try the new Courtyard and SpringHill Suites by Marriott, located at Fernandina Beach’s Main Beach. With five different event rooms, over 6,000 square feet of event space, and capacity for up to 250 guests, the Courtyard and SpringHill Suites by Marriott has everything you need to create the perfect wedding celebration. Their team of event planners is ready to help you make it happen! The Bistro at the Courtyard will create an exceptional menu for your wedding, and it’s also a great location for a rehearsal dinner or bridal lunch. After a fun day, your guests can take the elevator home and enjoy spacious ocean view rooms, many with balconies. And Amelia Island’s pristine beaches and parks are only steps away. Wedding room blocks are available upon request. Take the stress out later with free Wi-Fi, outdoor pool, whirlpool, and a fitness center with Peloton. The property is near Seaside Park and Fort Clinch State Park, with lots of activities available. Celebrate a wedding, or any family milestone like graduation or an anniversary, in style with Courtyard and SpringHill Suites by Marriott. 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 Justin Taylor can help you plan your wedding or event and help you with accommodations for all of your guests. 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.” Located in the heart of Main Beach, Salt Life Food Shack is the perfect destination for your next event. With panoramic ocean views, a rooftop deck, and a beautifully decorated interior, their space is the perfect backdrop for your memorable reception, shower, or anniversary party. Choose from an eclectic menu that caters to all tastes, with a wide array of specialty menu items including sushi and fresh seafood, or work with our seasoned staff to customize a menu to fit your specific needs. Salt Life Food Shack can easily accommodate from 20 to 300 people, and they offer both parking and valet. Salt Life Food Shack is an extension of the Salt Life brand, a widely recognized sub-culture amidst avid divers, surfers, fishermen and everyone who loves the sound of surf, sand in their shoes, and beautiful seas. For more information, visit www.saltlifefoodshack.com. 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 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. On the Atlantic Ocean at Main Beach is the Seaside Amelia Inn. The inn’s 47 comfortable guest rooms or one-bedroom 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

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COURTESY THE GOLF CLUB OF NORTH HAMPTON COURTESY JOE’S 2ND STREET BISTRO COURTESY THE BARN AT COTTONWOOD RANCH

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 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. Megan Chism is ready to help you with all of your wedding planning needs. 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. 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. 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. 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 Events Manager Kayla Hopkins. 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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Caroline & Brandon T H E R I B A U LT C L U B

By Mandy Haynes

Photography by Evan Hampton Photography

Not all great loves are love at first sight. When Caroline and Brandon first met through mutual friends in July 2009, they didn’t know they’d met their soul mates. “I wasn’t interested. However, three years later, I sent him a friend request on Facebook,” Caroline laughs. “A friend of mine at the time was interested in someone who was a friend of Brandon. I was not expecting that friend request to turn into anything. But I was surprised when it led to good conversation.” Those conversations continued, and soon they turned into something else. The couple started dating. I asked Caroline how 14 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

long they dated before he asked her to marry him. “We dated for seven years and brought two beautiful humans into the world before Brandon proposed. “It was May 31, 2019, the day of his graduation from the electrical apprenticeship in Jacksonville. On the way to the graduation party after the ceremony, Brandon stopped at the local boardwalk. I can’t remember the words, but I will never forget the feeling I felt when he dropped down on one knee. I was ecstatic, jumping up and down, and I almost broke my high heel! I was finally getting to marry my guy. He was the one I prayed so hard for.”


The original plans were set for an August wedding the following year, but the couple started the process of purchasing a house. All their time and energy went towards settling their family into their first home, and plans for the wedding were pushed off. “We changed the date to January 2021. But then, of course, Covid hit. I was nervous, so we pushed it up again. I settled for a date in May this year, the day before our engagement anniversary. It just felt right settling on that date,” says Caroline. “It took us about two years to get the job done, but we got it done!” “I definitely want to give all my thanks and love to Mrs. Angie Martino, my lovely wedding planner, and to everyone at The Ribault Club. She and the venue really brought my wedding ideas to life. Our wonderful photographer Evan Hampton Photography did an amazing job. Ms. Patty, our florist with Harris Teeter did AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 15


a superb job with all the flower arrangements. And, of course, we want to thank Luxe Party Rentals.” “Caroline and Brandon showed love and harmony from our first meeting, when they arrived with their two beautiful children, Brandon Jr. and Bella. We talked like we’d known each other for a long time. The planning was fun, stress-free, and their wedding turned out as special as they are. “There were emotional moments since Caroline’s Dad couldn’t be present that day, but their kindness and spark made the planning easy, and their guests were very happy! The photographs tell of their happy wedding day! It is hard for me to say goodbye at send-off when I see a beautiful couple like this one depart,” says Angie Martino, the Ribault Club’s wedding planner. 16 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS


What was Mrs. Blake’s favorite part of her special day? “Walking down to my husband while replaying the events in my head that led us here to becoming one, just seeing the look of pure joy on his face and being surrounded by the love from our families. And finally becoming Mrs. Blake. One of the best days of my life that I will never forget.” The newlyweds decided to wait on taking a honeymoon, planning to take a honeymoon on their first-year anniversary. If travel restrictions permit, they will celebrate both happy occasions in the Maldives. “Right now, our plans for the future are to continue to keep God first ahead of all our endeavors, while building a solid foundation for our family. And to live, laugh, and love as much as we can.” AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 17


Meghan & Sebastian FLORIDA HOUSE INN By Mandy Haynes Photography by Corner House Photography Meghan and Sebastian Miller met completely by chance, but it only took one date to know they were meant for each other. “Sebastian is from Romania, and the Romanian company he was working for was hired by Westrock. We just happened to connect online and decided to go on a date. After that first date, we were inseparable. Everyone warned me not to get too attached because he would be leaving in a few months. I had convinced myself we could keep things casual, but when he left to go back home, we were both heartbroken,” says Meghan. After a few weeks apart, Sebastian invited Meghan to go to Romania to visit him and meet his family. Unbeknownst to Meghan, Sebastian had asked her parents for permission to propose to their daughter. After two weeks of showing Meghan the sites in Romania and introducing her to his family, Sebastian proposed. “The two of us were sitting in his kitchen, just enjoying a cup of coffee and each other’s company, when he grabbed a ring box out of a box on the windowsill. He opened it and asked, ‘You want?’ I chuckled and asked, ‘Do I want to marry you?’ He said, ‘Yes sorry, I’ve never done this before.’ Neither had I!” laughs Meghan at the memory. “We laughed, hugged, kissed, and then I showed his family my ring.” Due to pandemic obstacles, which also made getting Sebastian’s parents here on a visa more difficult, the couple rescheduled their wedding plans three times. But that didn’t damper their spirits. If anything, it gave them more stories to tell in the future. “This was actually our second wedding! Sebi came here on a K-1 visa, and we had 90 days to get married. We wanted Sebi’s family to be with us for the big event, but the visa process takes time,” says Meghan. The couple came up with the perfect solution. “We had a quick service with a small group of friends, family, and Pirate Punch at the Palace Saloon,” laughs Meghan. “When I moved here, the Green Turtle became one of my favorite places to listen to live music and people watch. And I’ve witnessed lots of weddings at the Florida House Inn. That beautiful, almost Secret Garden-esque courtyard! The mermaid fountain, twinkle lights, and the pergola were just what I wanted. 18 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS


I knew for years it was the place for my wedding, I just had to wait to meet Sebastian.” The bride contacted Megan Chism with Saltmarsh Hospitality Group and together they started planning her dream wedding. When Sebastian’s parents’ visas were approved, the couple took a trip together to Romania to bring them to Fernandina Beach to meet Meghan’s family and celebrate their wedding. “It was an honor for Details Event Design to help Meghan and Sebastian realize their long-awaited dream of a beautiful Florida House Inn wedding and reception. The team at Saltmarsh Hospitality did a phenomenal job with the food and service, and Island Flower and Garden created stunning autumn floral arrangements. The weather was absolutely beautiful, and the guests all enjoyed dancing the night away to music provided by A1 Majestic Sound. Meg and Sebi are the sweetest couple, and I wish them every happiness!” says Natalie Voytac, owner of Details Event Design. “It was very hard for Sebastian at our first wedding to not have anyone from his home here with him. Seeing Sebi dance with his mom was a beautiful moment, it was worth waiting for. We may have had to reschedule three times, but in the end, our wedding day was perfect.” And this time, Meghan got to share her favorite places on Amelia Island with his Sebastian’s family. Most of the wedding party made their way to the Green Turtle after the reception and continued the after-party there, and several members booked rooms at the Florida House Inn. With their wedding day behind them, the newlyweds are busy completing renovations on their house, and they look forward to starting a family when the time is right. AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 19


Emily & Devin O Y S T E R B AY YA C H T C L U B By Julie Simmons

Photography by Day Eight Studios

Three blind mice, three little pigs, three stooges, three wisemen, three chipmunks, three amigos, and third time’s the charm! Great things come in threes, it seems, and newlyweds Emily and Devin Mooneyhan will be the first to tell you that their three-times rescheduled wedding turned out to be just perfect. “I am from Michigan, Devin is from Florida, and we met in San Francisco,” Emily Swift Monneyhan explains. “When it came time to pick a wedding location, we finally narrowed it down to Michigan or Florida.” Devin adds that Amelia Island won out for its amazing reviews, location near a major airport for the ease of travel, and of course, its incredible wedding venues and natural beauty. “When we saw the photos of weddings at Oyster Bay Yacht Club, we knew this was it,” shares Emily. 20 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

“Oyster Bay provides a stunning environment for a wedding event,” says Wedding and Events Manager Ashton Hunter. “The marshview ceremony location is set among cascading canopy oaks draped in Spanish moss, providing the perfect backdrop for the place to say your ‘I do’s!’ And in keeping with the rustic beauty of its surroundings, the clubhouse has a casual yet elegant ambience.” Emily and Devin had to push off their wedding ceremony twice due to Covid-19 concerns. In September 2020, the couple decided to make the trip to Amelia Island despite the pandemic, and they exchanged vows in front of a small, intimate gathering. Then, almost to the day one year later, they gathered on the front lawn of Oyster Bay Yacht Club and said “I do” one more time in a celebration filled with family and friends.


“We are so glad we went forward with the full shebang,” they reflect. “It felt like it was the only time we said, ‘I do,’ and to be surrounded by the love and support of our family and friends is a feeling we will forever remember.” While the nuptials at Oyster Bay were the centerpiece of their wedding, the couple and their friends enjoyed many days before and after the wedding exploring this quaint Florida barrier island. “We came in the Wednesday before the wedding and rented an oceanfront home. It really doesn’t get any better than this, especially when you love to surf and there are good waves,” says Devin, who spent hours on those breakers with his best buds. Meanwhile, Emily and her friends were getting their hair and makeup done at The Beauty Bar, nail polish and pampering at Magna’s Aveda Full Body Salon, and all were relishing historic downtown Fernandina with its outstanding dining and shopping.

When it was time for the wedding bells to chime, Emily carried a bouquet designed by Island Flower & Garden, and the couple was all smiles as Day Eight Studios captured the memories. Oyster Bay served guests bruschetta, chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and the couple’s favorite: stuffed mushrooms. The crowd danced and celebrated to the tunes of DJ Will Deaton before enjoying a layered chocolate-and-vanilla cake with raspberry filling. Just a few weeks into their marriage, Emily, Devin, and their favorite dog, Wiley, live in Houston, Texas, where they are dreaming of another trip to Amelia Island to dine at Café Karibo, shop at Color it Green, or bike the Egan’s Creek Greenway again. As this couple continues to reminisce on their beautiful Amelia Island wedding celebration, we wish them all the best as they begin their new life together! AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 21


Alessandra & Andrew WALKER’S LANDING

By Julie Simmons

Photography by Brittany Powell Photography

Maybe it’s the ocean, or the abundant canopies of oaks, or quite possibly the quaint downtown that hooked Alessandra Banno on Amelia Island. Like so many of you, once she found Amelia Island in 1998, it became more home than her Peoria, Illinois hometown. “As soon as we found Amelia, it was where my family spent summers, holidays, and special occasions,” says Alessandra. “And as quick as I could bring Andrew to Amelia Island, I did!” Alessandra met Andrew Bonanno at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in her sophomore year and his senior year. “We’ve been inseparable ever since,” the couple laughs, reminiscing on their lives together in Ohio, Colorado, California, and today, back in Ohio. And many visits to Amelia in-between, the first of which 22 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

hooked Andrew, too! So much so that he stopped by Robison Jewelers on one visit and picked out a promise ring of opal and diamonds for Alessandra, asking her to promise to marry him one day here on the island. As testament to their love, Alessandra’s mother, Tamilyn Banno, shared that at the end of Alessandra’s junior year of college, she suffered an abdominal tumor that threatened her life and the possibility of having children. Demonstrating his complete love, Andrew, who’d buried his father just a few months before, resigned from his job and moved to be by Alessandra’s side as she recovered. In 2019, Andrew made his commitment permanent when he proposed at Lover’s Cove on Catalina Island. “And, of course, we soon visited Amelia to pick out a venue,” they smile. When Alessandra showed Andrew Walker’s Landing


for the first time, she didn’t even have to ask. With its expansive views of the marsh, the majestic oaks, and the beautiful setting, they immediately reserved a date in May of this year for their big day. A highlight of the wedding week was Alessandra’s bachelorette party, where the ladies rode Amelia Island’s extensive bike trails, enjoyed lunch at Marche Burette, and let the gentlemen crash their party for some fun at The Palace Saloon. Guests came from around the country to celebrate the couple, with the center of the action was at the Omni Amelia Island Resort. “Everyone loved the hotel, and especially the time spent together poolside and on the beach.” On wedding day, the bridal party sipped champagne while Kristi Arketti applied makeup, The Beauty Bar perfected the ladies’ hair, and photographer Brittany Powell captured the special moments. When the bride was ready, she visited her dad for a first look, where her mom surprised her with a white Rolls Royce to deliver her to the first look for her groom. The couple said “I do” with their Toy Australian Shepherd, Roscoe, by their sides and Alessandra’s dad officiating. “This was all Andrew’s idea to ask dad!” Alessandra explains. “Dad was actually pretty sick with COVID-19 a few months before the wedding, and this was one more way we celebrated his wellness and our family.” Island Sounds DJ Morgan Crean kept everyone hopping at the reception, and the couple surprised the crowd with some newly acquired dance moves. Catering by Liz presented several food stations, Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop prepared a cake with cannoli filling as a nod to the couple’s Italian heritage, and Andrew’s family’s excellent BonAnno wine was enjoyed by all! The Bonannos are settling nicely into married life, with Andrew serving as CFO for a small Ohio company and Alessandra studying to become a physician’s assistant. Everyday you can find this couple up early practicing yoga, hiking on the weekends, and most of all, loving their new life together. AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 23


Kelly & Tommy C O U R T YA R D B Y M A R R I O T T A M E L I A I S L A N D By Julie Simmons

Photography by Todd Smith, Amelia Island Beach Weddings

No matter where you call home, Amelia Island’s blue waters, expanse of lush marsh grass, and canopies of oaks are amazing backdrops for saying, “I do!” Local brides know all the secrets and relish planning their wedding celebration, but for brides planning from afar, it can be a little unnerving to be so far removed from everything. At least until you meet Todd Smith, explains newlywed Kelly Rumph. “Todd has a contagious personality and he’s phenomenal at what he does,” says Kelly. “Planning from a distance isn’t easy, but he is warm, welcoming, and you trust him easily.” Smith, owner of Amelia Island Beach Weddings and planner for the couple’s wedding events, remembers meeting Kelly and Tommy. “The first time we talked, I fell in love with this sweet couple. The most important thing for them was just to get 24 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

married. They didn’t care about the details, they just wanted to start their life together.” Kelly and Tommy first met in high school. “Tommy and I actually met in ninth grade at Albany High School in Georgia, but I was so bubbly I drove him crazy,” Kelly laughs. “In 2018, literally decades, spouses, children, and ex-spouses later, we met again and rekindled our friendship.” It didn’t take too long for a fire to ignite between the two, placing Tommy down on one knee and asking Kelly for her hand. “When you’ve already been married once and pleased everyone, the second go around you do what you really want,” laughs Kelly, with her great sense of humor. “And I wanted to get married on the beach!” Although Kelly grew up vacationing on Florida’s Gulf Coast,


the couple had heard great things about Amelia Island. “Finally, we visited, and of course, we fell in love with the island and enjoyed several stays at the Omni Amelia Island Resort, enjoying the local restaurants, a Jaguars game, and hours at the beach.” When it came time to pick a wedding destination, Amelia Island was naturally at the top of their list. Todd steered the couple to the Courtyard by Marriott Amelia Island. “It wasn’t even finished yet when we booked it, and it was the best decision. The Courtyard team was incredible, the atmosphere perfect, and the pool where the children spent hours was the cherry on top! Courtyard did everything they could to make our wedding beautiful!” Between Todd and the Courtyard team, everything came together perfectly—despite the rain. In early June this year, everyone on Amelia Island was grateful for a little rain after a short

drought. “But not me!” says Kelly. “We were working on backup plans, Courtyard was helping to prepare a makeshift chapel, but then the skies cleared.” Right at sunset, the party rushed to Main Beach, where the passing rain cooled the air and an array of beautiful colors filled the sky, providing a gorgeous start to the Rumphs new life together. Following the ceremony, the group enjoyed a Southern Coastal dinner at the Courtyard Marriott that included ribs, shrimp and grits, potato salad, and on Todd’s advice in lieu of a traditional wedding cake, local favorite Ms. Carolyn’s Italian Cream, Chocolate, and Coconut cakes, which Kelly agrees are “amazing.” “We are proud of every detail of the celebration,” says Kelly. “The time we had as a family on Amelia Island, the beautiful ceremony and reception, but most of all visiting Amelia Island again. We relive the day in our hearts and cherished memories often.” AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 25


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The Ribault Club By Karen Miller

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Almost 100 years ago, a lavish resort called the Ribault Club served as a playground for affluent industrialists of the day. Designed by the famous Swiss architect Maurice Fatio, the 16,000-square-foot clubhouse hosted memorable parties and events throughout the late 1920s and ‘30s. Tucked away on 100 acres of pristine property just south of Amelia on Fort George Island, the Ribault Club lay barren and desolate for many years until a group of concerned citizens formed a committee to save the once-thriving structure and its many charms. With funding from the state and national parks, and the City of Jacksonville, the Ribault Club was fully restored in the 1990s. Since then, the Ribault Club has hosted countless weddings, with the help of an experienced staff headed by General Manager Marie Thompson. An enthusiastic individual with years of experience, Thompson treats all of the brides and grooms as if they were her own family. 28 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

“There are so many reasons to host a wedding at the Ribault Club,” says Thompson. “The beautiful location, the historic building and our team of experienced professionals are here to help make your dream wedding come true. We work closely with you to plan your wedding and ensure that it’s exactly what you envisioned. I’ve been involved with every aspect of weddings over the last 20 years, and there truly is something magical about the weddings we have here at the Ribault Club.” The club offers 6,000 square feet of historically elegant event space, with neoclassical features including fluted pilasters, classical arches, and detailed entablatures above beautifully paneled doors. Most of the rooms contain wainscoting, chair rails, and original terrazzo floors. “The facility is fully equipped for any size wedding, up to 350 guests,” says Thompson. “We have two catering kitchens, two lovely bride’s rooms, and rentals includes tables, chairs, and


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banquet tables. We have staff on-site for the entire event to ensure that the wedding goes as planned.” She goes on to say that what clients love about the Ribault Club is that it is quintessential northeast Florida, reminiscent of the sumptuous South, with striking views and a gracious atmosphere. “One of my favorite parts of wedding day is when I get to sneak upstairs where our bride’s rooms are to just listen for a moment… the laughter, music, champagne popping, and joy of the day is so sweet, and I’m so lucky to get to be a small part of our couples’ best day ever,” says Thompson. “And of course, I tear up every time I see the bride in her dress for the first time!” Most couples are drawn to the Ribault Club for its stand of live oak trees, dripping with Spanish moss. The backdrop offers a blank canvas on which many styles and decorative themes can be placed. Tiny Italian lights, satin drapes, and rose petals have all made their way onto the trees and grounds of the Ribault Club, with spectacular results. Another plus for families desiring a destination wedding is that the venue is in close proximity to the Jacksonville airport and only 20 minutes from Amelia Island. So in addition to enjoying a dream wedding at the Ribault Club, family and friends will enjoy shopping, fine dining, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, and, of course, the beach. “The club’s waterfront location echoes the style and elegance of the affluent guests who first came to the resort in 1928 to stroll the grounds, toast nuptials, and celebrate anniversaries and birthdays, and it’s still the perfect setting for exclusive weddings and occasions today,” notes Thompson. The Ribault Club is located at Fort George Island, on Florida State Park grounds. It is open for visitors Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit their website at www.theribaultclub.com or call (904) 251-1050. AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 29


finding the perfect ring By Karen Miller with Drew Scott Before the wedding planning begins, before you say “yes” to his proposal, the perfect engagement ring is waiting for you. But how does a gentleman know what style of ring to choose for his beloved? With a flair for design and years of experience assisting brides and grooms with their jewelry choices, Drew Scott from Scott & Sons Fine Jewelry says the search for the perfect ring begins with the groom himself. “Usually, a man will come into the store and look at rings, asking questions about styles and prices,” says Scott. “He’s not sure what he wants, so we help him identify the style of jewelry his potential fiancé wears now. After he has time to think about his options, the groom-to-be will return with a sister-in-law, mother of the bride, or a close friend of the bride, to help make the final decision.” “The halo diamond, above all, has been the most popular engagement ring for some time,” says Scott. “A halo style is a ring with smaller diamonds encircling the center stone. The center stone is 30 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

usually a diamond, and today we’re seeing oval, along with round diamonds, for the center. Interestingly, our brides are going for more traditional styles, and choosing yellow gold.” Scott notes that brides and grooms are doing their research when it comes to the 4-Cs of diamonds: color, cut, clarity, and carat. “One-carat diamonds are what most couples are looking for,” says Scott. “And they’re looking for clear diamonds on the spectrum, from the colorless to the nearcolorless range.” Sometimes a family diamond will be provided, usually from the potential groom’s family, and the couple will choose a design to work the heirloom stone into a modern setting. “This way, the couple can pay homage to their family, and save a little money at the same time.” 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, which produces men’s wedding rings from unique metals,” says Scott. “Titanium, cobalt chrome, and meteorite are some of their most popular offerings. Mixing yellow gold or rose gold with other materials is a popular trend.” A few brides like to give their bridesmaids jewelry gifts that they can wear for the wedding, but Scott is seeing less of this. “We find that the younger generation has less desire to go with oldfashioned traditions. They want to make their own decisions, and even the wedding party wants to show off their own individual styles. But for brides and bridesmaids alike, sophisticated drop earrings are very popular now.” Traditional gifts for bridesmaids and groomsmen include items like knives, men’s jewelry, and pearl sets. And for the mother of the bride who really wants to sparkle, Scott will help her choose pieces suitable for her own personal taste. 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, as well as a selection of loose diamonds that can be placed in one of our semi-mount settings. We have wedding jewelry for every budget!” Scott & Sons Fine Jewelry is located at 9900 Amelia Island Parkway, Suite 200. For more information or to make an appointment with Drew, call (904) 491-1550 or visit www.scottandsons.com.


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Justin Alexander’s satin ball gown, “Wright,” is modern with a nod to tradition, with a sweetheart neckline defined with couture seaming on the bodice. The thin straps are accented with detachable bows at the shoulders for a feminine touch. This style includes pockets and staincovered buttons extending to the end of the cathedral-length train.

Oscar De La Renta’s Spring 2022 collection is abundant with botanicals. Pressed flowers are rendered in delicate appliques on dresses, and in this example, the gown is blooming from the embroidered tulle A-line skir, to the long, delicate sleeves and high neck.

striking combinations During the fall wedding season, designers are showcasing gowns that offer it all, including floral patterns, puff sleeves, and long and short gowns –sometimes in combination. By Julie Simmons As we peek into the designers’ bridal sketchbooks for gowns this season, it’s interesting to get inside their minds and understand the thinking behind the fashion. For instance, Vera Wang seeks to define a wedding visually and intellectually through designs that are metaphors of women’s lives and creativity. Similarly, Caroline Herrera aims for gowns that reflect your personality and style. Meanwhile, Oscar de la Renta summarizes his goal this way: “When a woman falls in love with something so much that she wants to wear it – it is at that point that it becomes fashion.” Brides-to-be, listen up: designers are encouraging you to find what you love and wear it. Whether it’s a trend, a tradition, or a temporary rave, it’s your day to showcase the woman you are! This season, all the options are available, from floral or puff sleeves to gowns sort and long, or a combination, an array of new looks awaits you. 32 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

First, for fall, winter, or even next spring, investigate backless gowns with sleeves! Justin Alexander and Hayley Paige are two designers blazing the trail here. Before you get too stuck on the word “sleeves,” think sheer and embroidered floral. As you consider an open back, imagine the jewelry can you cascade on your back and shoulders for an amazing look both up and down the aisle! Speaking of up and down, how about ruffles? We are loving the profusion of ruffles in today’s designs. From sleek, simple gowns with exaggerated ruffles to ruffled skirts to ruffled dimensions from the bodice down – ruffle it to uplift your special day! And one more thing on this up and down trend: designers are wild about the high-and-low look, which combines a long back of the gown with perhaps a train paired with a front of the gown that shows your knees. That’s a sleek maneuver on conservative fashion!


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Justin Alexander’s “Galina” makes a lasting impression with its stretch crepe fit that flares at the bottom. Laser-cut tulle appliqués embellished with stunning hand-beaded embroidery adorn the bodice and bishop sleeves before continuing down to an unforgettable cutout cathedral-length train. The style is finished with buttons cascading down the illusion back. This style is also available with a raised neckline option.

Monique Lhullier shares her current mindset of “optimism, joy, and gratitude” in her “Freesia” gown. This off-the-shoulder, long-sleeve ballgown is delicate with its lace and tulle crowned with three-dimensional floral appliques. “This season’s sentiment brings me back to why I got into Bridal: the hope, promise, love, and traditions that life is all about.”

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Monique Lhullier’s “Rose” is an ombre satin gown with tufted bustles and hand-rolled rosettes. Monique says, “Life is so precious, and it should be celebrated to the fullest! This season’s exuberance is showcased in the floral prints and uplifting colors,” including the soft pink tones in this gown.

Coming back to sleeves, they are here, and in a plethora of options. In seasons of late, we’ve seen abundant capes. This season, they’re shifting to very sheer, flowing, and minimalist styles. Think about strands of fabric attached to the shoulder and left to flow. It’s organic, striking, and beautiful. If you prefer a more established design, the statement boleros on the runways might be for you. Whether sheer, embroidered, sequined, or opaque, the options are all on the table to add to your gown. And finally, don’t overlook bell sleeves – formal or cute, they are always a winner! When it comes to “adding to your gown,” many of the trends this season find perfection when combined, and designers are offering transformative pieces with multiple options. For example, detachable trains, removable capes, removable sleeves, or overskirts. All of these options allow you to have one look for your ceremony and another for your reception, but all in the same gown. As my niece recently said, “You only get to wear it once – don’t be in such a hurry to take it off!” At the end of the day, your gown must exhibit who you are and what you’re about. As Oscar De La Renta again sums it up: “Things never happen on accident. They happen because: you have a vision, you have a commitment, you have a dream.” From Amelia Island Weddings Magazine, we wish you the very best as you create your very special wedding celebration. Congratulations!


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offers opportunity for their dream venue, as well as hiring their preferred vendors. In addition, a weekday wedding may be more cost effective. It’s also good way to support the industry professionals that were hit so hard last year. With an influx of requests for events, many couples have realized that a Tuesday wedding can be just as memorable as a Saturday night affair. It’s all about family, and it gives the freedom to prolong the festivities for their family and friends.

the latest wedding trends By Lisa Presnell, PWC As brides and grooms reappear on Amelia Island this year, joy is in the air as couples celebrate, and sometimes celebrate again, with the family and friends they couldn’t invite during Covid. While weddings slowly get back into the swing of thigs, some new trends are emerging. INTIMATE GUEST LISTS Since the pandemic began, many couples have downsized their guest lists to prioritize the health and safety of their family and friends. Couples are deciding that they want to focus more on the personal experience for their close family and friends. In doing so, they’ve discovered that it offers them the opportunity to explore more nontraditional venues such as yachts, rooftops, and backyard weddings. WEEKDAY WEDDINGS 2020 had lasting effects on the wedding industry. There has been minimal vendor and venue availability throughout 2021 due to reschedules. Couples are discovering that a weekday wedding 36 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

SEQUEL WEDDINGS With all the cancellations and postponements last year, it led many couples to marry at city hall, and some are choosing to do it all over again with an extended guest list this time around. Couples are focusing on celebrating their love with family and friends who couldn’t join them during the pandemic. To personalize their event, we’ve seen some couple’s share video of their original ceremony as well as renewing their vows. INDIVIDUALIZED FOOD DISPLAYS Caterers have gotten creative as they consider guests’ safety, developing a more personalized serving style with individual servings. From tiny charcuteries boards and crudités cups to canned cocktails and mini wedding cakes, couples are loving this trend and so are we. From late night food trucks to boozy popsicles, we are noticing the personal touches that couples are incorporating into their celebrations by planning menus around their favorite foods, their first date or the night they shared their first kiss. It’s so romantic! RELAXED LUXURY Less fuss, more fun! While we know the classic black-tie wedding will always be around, we are seeing more of a relaxed vibe from our couples. They are embracing the outdoors with cocktail-style parties that offer lounge seating, food trucks, romantic lighting, and lots of dancing. The pandemic brought a lot of stress for many couples and now they want to celebrate with their family and friends by hosting an epic dance party for everyone to relax and enjoy! Lisa Presnell of Lisa Presnell Productions is one of the top Amelia Island wedding & event planning companies in the WeddingWire network. For the past eight consecutive years, Lisa Presnell Productions has been named WeddingWire’s Couple’s Choice Award winner and recognizes them as amongst the top 5% of wedding professionals nationwide for Excellence in Quality, Service, Responsiveness and Professionalism.


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weddings are back More and more weddings are returning to Amelia Island this year, but Covid has ushered in some interesting changes, with a more guest-centered mindset taking center stage. By Julie Simmons In Florida, we are used to heat waves and cold fronts, but what about wedding fronts? A wave of brides and grooms who are tired of staying home and are ready to celebrate is breaking over Amelia Island. Once again, our island paradise has become a prime destination to say, “I do!” As we look ahead to the fall and winter wedding season, let’s check in with what’s turning heads in wedding styles this year. First, couples are thinking about weddings in all new ways. The Covid pandemic changed us, and we have new mindsets. The same goes for wedding planning! First and foremost, a major change in the general approach to weddings has occurred, with couples shifting from a couple-centered event to a guest-centered mindset. 38 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

This is evident particularly when it comes to the format and order of events. Many couples are moving from “one formal day” to a series of celebrations. Think about a pre-ceremony private cocktail party with your closest circle, an outdoors, socially-distanced ceremony, followed by a wedding brunch for extended family, a cocktail hour for the friends, and even a full-on evening party for the young—and the young-at-heart! To keep guests comfortable and safe, the Mr. and Mrs. tobe are exhibiting great creativity with unique and memorable results. Technology is playing an important role in today’s nuptials as well. The events of 2020 taught us that virtual can still be meaningful! Couples are extending the reach of their celebration to virtual guests and equipping them to celebrate from afar with boxes of confetti, champagne, and balloons. Food is following a similar transformation, influenced by the guest-forward mindset. Individual servings are very popular, such as tiny charcuterie boards and sushi flights. Another interesting twist on the menu is to have it tell your story: serve your favorite cocktail ahead of the ceremony, showcase cuisine from your first date, or a cooking station of the favorite dish you cook together at home. The creative possibilities are endless! The colors of weddings this season are also taking bold forms. Bright palates like coral are trending alongside neon for signage, lights, and more. Couples are wanting to make a statement, and they are not afraid to mix striking colors—or earthy tones—to accentuate this important season. Metallics are also very popular; brides are choosing sequins, metallic signage, and even metallic chargers and other dinnerware accessories to bring shine to the day. Another evident mindset shift is in formality. Keep an eye on wedding invitations that are casual, abandoning “proper Bridal Party” language. Couples are opting for day-to-day lingo and keeping the environment in the forefront. When it comes to décor, couples are choosing aesthetics they can reuse or recycle. This season, expect to see more dried flowers, grandmother’s china, and use of technology in spaces like RSVPs to reduce footprints. When it comes to floral this season, couples are going green, too! Think about potted plants in terracotta pots and topiaries. In addition, much like all fashion these days, monochromatic is stunning. Be it green, white, or dusty rose, an array of shades presents an organic and peaceful aura to the celebration. While wedding décor trends come and go, what never changes are the beautiful Amelia Island locations where you can say, “I do.” From Amelia Island Weddings, we invite you to explore our venues, how today’s trends fit into your plans, but most of all, we send you our heartfelt congratulations for a lifetime of love 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?

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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 ■ ■

AFTER THE PARTY What happens to leftovers? Ask the caterer to prepare a “take-away basket” for the couple

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By Karen Miller The ocean, the beach, the Southern hospitality—it’s hard to go wrong if you’re honeymooning on Amelia Island! Romance is everywhere you turn, so you can relax after your big day and fall in love all over again at one of Florida’s favorite island destinations. Amelia’s hotels, resorts, and charming bed-and-breakfast inns are the finest in the Southeast. For newlyweds in search of beautiful sunrises and sunsets, exquisite dining, adventure on the water, and relaxation at award-winning spas, Amelia Island and its historic city, Fernandina Beach, is the place to be. From a romantic candlelit dinner to a dreamy carriage ride through the charming Historic District or a his-and-hers spa treatment and a game of golf, Amelia Island has a multitude of activities to keep a honeymooning couple busy. Still one of Florida’s best kept secrets, couples can bask in Amelia Island’s intimate spaces – tranquil beaches and cozy bistros are great places for quiet times together. Or let one of our local charter captains take you for a lovely sunset cruise or sail. But if you’re up for some lively adventure, try your hand at jet skiing, fishing, or surfing. 42 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

There’s always something happening on Amelia Island. The Concours d’Elegance, the Isle of Eight Flag Shrimp Festival, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, and the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, just to name a few, will make your honeymoon a memorable experience. Amelia’s friendly shopkeepers, restaurateurs, and residents welcome their out-of-town guests with open arms. Whether lounging on the beach, luxuriating in a beautiful resort, or enjoying a gourmet meal together, sunny Amelia Island will help you celebrate your romantic union in style. 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. 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. Wraparound 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


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island directory BRIDAL REGISTRY ISOLA HOME 303 SOUTH 8TH STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 310-3520 ISOLAHOME.NET WEDDING REGISTRY, FULL SERVICE DESIGN CENTER, LIGHTING, LINENS

CATERERS PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA 530 CENTRE STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 277-2011 WWW.PEPPERSMEXICAN.COM.COM

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

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POGO’S KITCHEN 1408 LEWIS STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 432-8483 WWW.POGOSKITCHEN.COM WEDDING RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; BRIDAL LUNCHES; SPECIAL EVENTS

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 AND STAINED TEETH

FINANCIAL SERVICES IRIS FINANCIAL SERVICES 961687 GATEWAY BOULEVARD, STE 201F FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 FINANCIAL SERVICES

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

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

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SCOTT & SONS FINE JEWELRY 9900 AMELIA ISLAND PARKWAY, STE 200 AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 491-1550 WWW.SCOTTANDSONS.COM 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

A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO PLAN YOUR WEDDING ON AMELIA ISLAND 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 EDEN & FRANKIE AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA (904) 556-7151 EDENANDFRANKIE.COM WEDDINGS, RECEPTIONS, PRIVATE PARTIES

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PLANTATION PHOTOGRAPHY AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA (904) 277-5153 - AMELIA ISLAND (912) 996-4310 - ST. SIMONS ISLAND WWW.PHOTOSONTHEBEACH.COM FULL-SERVICE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY; PORTRAITS

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AMELIA SURF & RACQUET CLUB 4800 AMELIA ISLAND PARKWAY AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 261-0511 (800) 323-2001 WWW.SURFANDRACQUET.COM LODGING; HONEYMOONS

COURTYARD & SPRINGHILL SUITES BY MARRIOTT 2700 ATLANTIC AVENUE AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 261-1919 WWW.MARRIOTT.COM/JAXCY WWW.MARRIOTT.COM/JAXIL RECEPTIONS, LODGING, HONEYMOONS

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

HOME2 SUITES BY HILTON 2246 SADLER ROAD FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 679-6777 WWW.HOME2FB.COM LODGING, HONEYMOONS, 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

PHOTO BOOTHS ISLAND PHOTO BOOTH FERNANDINA BEACH, FL (904) 556-3048 DALLASBRASIER@GMAIL.COM WEDDINGS; SPECIAL EVENTS

REAL ESTATE SERVICES SUMMER HOUSE REALTY 316 ASH STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 557-3020 WWW.SUMMERHOUSEREALTY.COM FULL-SERVICE REAL ESTATE COMPANY

RECREATION AMELIA RIVER CRUISES FERNANDINA BEACH MARINA AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 261-9972 WWW.AMELIARIVERCRUISES.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 AND RECEPTIONS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING

THE BARN AT COTTONWOOD RANCH 452039 OLD DIXIE HIGHWAY CALLAHAN, FL 32011 WWW.BARNATCOTTONWOODRANCH.COM WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS; ANNIVERSARY PARTIES; SPECIAL EVENTS


island directory CAFÉ KARIBO 27 NORTH 3RD STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 277-5269 CAFEKARIBO.COM

PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA 530 CENTRE STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 277-2011 WWW.PEPPERSMEXICAN.COM.COM

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COURTYARD & SPRINGHILL SUITES BY MARRIOTT 2700 ATLANTIC AVENUE AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 261-1919 WWW.MARRIOTT.COM/JAXCY WWW.MARRIOTT.COM/JAXIL RECEPTIONS, LODGING, HONEYMOONS

FLORIDA HOUSE INN 22 SOUTH THURD STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 491-3322 WWW.FLORIDAHOUSEINN.COM WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING

THE GOLF CLUB OF AMELIA ISLAND 4700 AMELIA ISLAND PARKWAY AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 277-8015 GOLFCLUBOFAMELIA.COM WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS;

THE RIBAULT CLUB FORT GEORGE ISLAND, FLORIDA (904) 251-1050 WWW.THERIBAULTCLUB.COM WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; FUNCTION ROOMS

SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK 17 N. FLETCHER AVENUE FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 432-7385 WWW.SALTLIFEFOODSHACK.COM WEDDING RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; BRIDAL LUNCHES; SPECIAL EVENTS

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

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THE GOLF CLUB OF NORTH HAMPTON 4700 AMELIA ISLAND PARKWAY AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 277-8015 WWW.GOLFCLUBOFAMELIA.COM WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; BRIDAL LUNCHES; SPECIAL EVENTS

HAMPTON INN & SUITES 19 SOUTH SECOND STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 491-4911 1-800-HAMPTON WWW.HAMPTONINNANDSUITES.NET

SUGAR POINTE ESTATE 88000 SUGAR POINTE LANE YULEE, FL 32034 (904) 310-3687 WWW.SUGARPOINTE.COM WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; BRIDAL LUNCHES; SPECIAL EVENTS

WEDDING CONSULTANTS LISA PRESNELL PRODUCTIONS (904) 206-3155 WWW.LISAPRESNELLPRODUCTIONS.COM WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNING; CRUISE AND ALL-INCLUSIVE TRAVEL COORDINATION

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JOE’S 2ND STREET BISTRO 14 SOUTH SECOND STREET AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 321-2558 WWW.JOESBISTRO.COM WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; PRIVATE DINING ROOMS

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OYSTER BAY YACHT CLUB 96732 BAY VIEW DRIVE FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 261-4773 WWW.OYSTERBAYYACHTCLUB.COM WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; FUNCTION ROOMS

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