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LETTER FROM THE

RECENTLY,

SOME CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS

WE ARE VERY FOND OF WELCOMED BABIES

into their lives. The first is my brother, Joe, and his wife, Jennifer, who were blessed with a precious baby girl named Vera. Joe and Jenn weren’t married on Amelia, but they have visited often and love the island like residents. And last year, my cousin, Frank Basile, leader of the Crescendo Amelia Big Band, who lives in Fernandina Beach with his wife, Shannon, welcomed a beautiful baby girl named Allie. Both are charming young ladies (not that we’re prejudiced!), and they are being inundated with lots of love. Some of you may remember Frank and Shannon’s wedding, which was featured in the Fall 2013 issue of Amelia Island Weddings. What a pleasure it is to feature a couple’s wedding celebration, then join in the joy of their first child. We feel very privileged. It is a great blessing when a family goes from two to three (and beyond!). Both Joe and Frank and their wives are entering new chapters in their lives, where sleep is harder to come by and wallets get thinner, but smiles are wider, eyes brighter, and the future begins to take concrete shape. It’s been so much fun to go from wedding photos to baby photos that we are thinking about checking in with more of our recent couples to see if we can add some baby

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photos to our website. When a wedding celebration is over, it sometimes feels like that high can never be topped. But it can be, and is, as the new family grows. As we have noted before, Amelia Island is now one of the top destinations wedding spots in the whole United States. When we first called it that a few years ago, our enthusiasm may have pushed us ahead of the pack, but today that reality is undeniable. All the reasons we cited then apply now, and then some. Amelia Island is blessed with beautiful and vibrant churches, miles of untouched beaches, panoramic marsh vistas, and an elegant backdrop of live oaks. All of these romantic settings can be enjoyed at the many wonderful venues—great and small—here on the island. A couple getting married on Amelia really can have the wedding of their dreams here, whatever their dream may be. In this issue, we have the pleasure of featuring some couples with deep roots on Amelia who return home with new friends to join old friends and family for a wonderful wedding weekend. Their stories are always fresh, and always inspiring to us. We hope you will enjoy reading this issue of Amelia Island Weddings as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Whether you’re a resident, a frequent visitor, or a newcomer to Amelia, we know you will see the extraordinary wedding possibilities available to you on this lovely 13-milelong barrier island.

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

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

Amelia Island Weddings Magazine is published twice a year in January and July. All editorial contents including maps and photographs are copyrighted 2015 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.


Features SPRING 2015

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THE WEDDING OF YOUR 8 FOR DREAMS, MAKE IT AMELIA Amelia Island is the ideal backdrop to many beautiful, romantic memories.

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STORY 14 COVER Pearce Fussell proposed to McKenzie Brown with a message on a Christmas ornament while surrounded by family, and the Amelia Island natives celebrated their wedding the same way: with tradition and family.

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

SPOTLIGHT: 30 VENUE FERNANDINA BEACH GOLF CLUB Famous for its beautiful, handcrafted fireplace, the Fernandina Beach Golf Club went through an extensive renovation last year and offers a welcoming and elegant venue for a wedding of any size.

THE PERFECT GOWN 34 FINDING An overview of some of the latest trends in wedding gowns to help you find the perfect dress.

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Inside CHECKLIST 6 WEDDING A helpful list of things to do and when to do them.

SCRAPBOOK 28 WEDDING A peek into the wedding albums of some

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SPRING 2015

important accessory on her wedding day, her ring can be elegantly complemented with other jewelry, says Lindy Kavanaugh of Lindy’s Jewelry.

TRENDS 38 WEDDING Professional Wedding

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32 JEWELRY While an engagement ring is a bride’s most

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recent brides and grooms

Consultant Lisa Presnell of Coastal Engagements identifies some fun new trends for this wedding season.

40 FLOWERS Brooke Raulerson,

AIFD, from Amelia Island Wedding Flowers of Artistic Florist and Amber Marvin, FSMD, of Island Flower & Garden share their ideas on the latest trends in wedding flowers and decor.

42 CATERING A checklist to help you find your caterer 46 HONEYMOONS Romantic accommodations, fun activities, and superior dining

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

ABOUT THE COVER Newlyweds McKenzie and Pearce Fussell at Walkers Landing after their wedding ceremony. Photo by Pam Bell Photography.

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Amelia Weddings 12+ MONTHS PRIOR Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q

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 Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q

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 Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q

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

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WEDDING PLANNING CALENDAR

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

SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS PRIOR Q Q Q Q Q Q Q

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 Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q

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 Q Q Q Q Q

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 Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q

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 Q Get a manicure or massage to relax Q Stay with family or friends the night before and get to sleep early Q Review and rehearse all the details with your participants

T H E B I G D AY Q Q Q Q Q

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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Amelia Island

FOR A WEDDING OF YOUR DREAMS, MAKE IT AMELIA By Karen Miller

CHOOSING A WEDDING VENUE IS UNDOUBTEDLY ONE OF THE BIGGEST

anything from an intimate celebration with just a few guests to a

decisions an engaged couple will make. The venue that is decided

larger wedding with as many as two hundred friends and family

upon will determine the number of guests, the location of the

members. And a destination wedding allows your guests to relax and

wedding, and of course, the theme and styling. If you’re looking

visit with you leisurely, in the perfect setting, for three or four days.

for a unique way to say “I do,” all while surrounded by your closest

With lots of activities available in and around the island, a

friends and family members, a destination wedding in a romantic,

weekend wedding event is more than just a marriage ceremony

ocean-side locale is ideal.

—it’s a vacation getaway that will be remembered long after your

A wedding on Amelia Island allows you to exchange vows

guests have shaken the sand out of their shoes. There are dozens

in an astonishing paradise. This intimate barrier island is located

of delightful and beautiful places to hold your ceremony and

directly on the Intracoastal Waterway and offers views of pastoral

reception, from cozy bed and breakfast inns to historic churches,

marshes, moss-draped live oak trees, and the sun-drenches beaches

world-class hotels, and beachfront venues, each one offering the

of the Atlantic Ocean. Destination weddings allow couples to enjoy

warmth and hospitality that Amelia Island is known for.

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gather and watch a movie during a reception. Lorna Meehan and her professional staff will help you with every detail for a truly memorable event. 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 marshside 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 PAM 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 at (904) 321-5045 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

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small, intimate wedding celebrations. Food & Beverage Manager Melanie Robertson and her staff are on hand to help you with every detail. Her relationship with local wedding vendors will help you in planning and saving on your event. Please contact Melanie for more information about pricing and availability. When you host your wedding at Cabin Bluff, the entire property is at the disposal of you and your guests—ensuring a private, intimate experience that will be a treasured memory for years to come. All can enjoy exclusive access to a range of unique activities, including golf, fishing, tennis, shooting, kayaking and more. It is this combination of uncomplicated experience and absolute privacy that only Cabin Bluff can offer, creating the perfect setting for your wedding in a destination unlike any other. Tucked away in coastal South Georgia, just over the Florida border and adjacent to Cumberland Island, Cabin Bluff is just a 30-minute drive from the Jacksonville International Airport, 45 minutes from St. Simons Island and Amelia Island, and 20 minutes from historic St. Mary’s. For an unforgettable wedding event, Cabin Bluff has it all. 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. With For more information or to book a tour, please contact the Clubhouse. 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 10 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

functions, bridal teas, rehearsal dinners, and other events. Guests enjoy an array of complimentary services such as transportation to the beach, delicious breakfast every morning, grocery delivery, and wireless Internet access. Director of Sales and Marketing Dottie Richards can help you plan your wedding or event and help you with accommodations for all of your guests. 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 sixty guests. The hotel wedding coordinator will assist you in creating a memorable event tailored to fit your expectations, the comfort of your guests, and your budget. According to the hotel’s wedding coordinator, the Amelia Hotel at the Beach “loves” weddings. “We help plan the event and focus on the details so the bride and groom can enjoy their day whether it be indoors or on the beach.” Right on the beach at the foot of Sadler Road, Sliders Seaside Grill offers a festive atmosphere for couples who are looking for an authentic island experience. With their Oceanfront Tiki Bar and deck, Caribbean-style dining, a raw bar and sushi bar, and even a children’s playground, Sliders has something for everyone in your group. With the addition of a brand new second floor oceanfront bar and deck, Sliders now offer space for over 200 guests with unsurpassed views of the beach and the sandy dunes just steps away. Sliders oceanfront location lets you marry on the beach, if you wish, and walk through the dunes right into Sliders back courtyard. Sliders will prepare the perfect menu to suit any taste for a memorable reception, rehearsal dinner, or bridal luncheon or tea. Located on the ocean next to Seaside Park, Sliders is also close Now open for special events, the Ocean Club of Amelia offers the perfect setting for your wedding festivities. New owners George and Michelle Stewart have created a magical setting sure to indulge your every desire. The coastal cottage atmosphere overlooks the whimsical dunes and renowned shorelines that form beautiful Amelia Island. The Ocean Club offers both interior and ocean front exterior seating, accommodating up to 80 guests. Whether you prefer an island casual bridal luncheon or an overthe-top reception, this venue is ideal for any occasion! For more information, please contact Events Manager Nigel Teare.


The Days Inn & Suites is one block from the beach, and its accommodating staff is ready to handle all your wedding arrangements. The hotel can handle weddings from the very formal to the more casual, and the centrally located inn itself can serve as a hub for various fun activities. The Days Inn & Suites has three spacious banquet rooms, the Jasmine, Azalea and Magnolia, from which to choose. Each guest room has a microwave and a refrigerator, and some rooms offer kitchenettes. A pool is available to relax in or do morning laps, and a lounge offers entertainment in the evening. Because the inn is so close to the ocean, it is an ideal place to stay before and after a beach wedding, and a great place to hold a reception. 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,

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with oceanfront, pool, or sunset views. A complimentary breakfast is also included. The Seaside Amelia Inn boasts a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the ocean for receptions or events, as well as reception rooms for smaller groups or events. Enjoy a wedding ceremony on the beach and entertain your guests on the rooftop terrace, the outdoor courtyard, or the pool deck. For honeymoon or guests’ lodging, the Amelia Surf & Racquet Club offers one-, two-, or three-bedroom condominium suites with private balconies overlooking the beach. With magnificent views of the Atlantic, direct access to a private beach, and two pools overlooking the sandy beachfront, a stay at the Amelia Surf & Racquet Club gives its guests an oceanfront vacation experience. Each suite is professionally decorated and offers amenities such as cable television, a full-sized kitchen, and washer and dryer. Free tennis on clay surface courts is included, and local golf courses, restaurants, and plenty of activities are all within minutes of the resort. AND THAT’S NOT ALL Of course, there are lots of options to choose from when you’re considering an island wedding. On Amelia, there are many lovely bed & breakfast inns that can provide an elegant and intimate setting for your special day. The circa 1856 Amelia Island Williams House on South Ninth Street in downtown Fernandina Beach is owned and operated by Byron and Deborah McCutchen. 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. Byron and Deborah’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

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entertainment and it is a great spot to enjoy after the ceremony or reception. Emily Saltmarsh is ready to help you with all of your wedding planning needs. For an intimate, romantic gathering in downtown Fernandina Beach, step into the Hoyt House, an elegant 1905 Queen Anne style ten-bedroom en suite mansion. The manicured grounds, softly illuminated by lights hanging from the 500-year-old moss-laden oak tree, create a breathtaking evening ambience. Their grounds, gazebo, and poolside make a wonderful location for a rehearsal dinner, ceremony, or cocktail reception. Walk indoors through 11foot double French doors, where three gracious sitting rooms await, along with a baby grand piano playing your favorite compositions. Weekend guests enjoy luxurious shower gels and soaps, lush robes and wraps, a three-course gourmet breakfast, and lounging in the terry-covered chaise lounge chairs by the pool and spa. Innkeeper Deborah Gold says: “Come home to The Hoyt House. We will exceed your expectations!” Paradise awaits your wedding guests at the Blue Heron Inn on Amelia Island. Experience the warmth and elegant comfort of a nineteenth-century home transformed into a beautiful Florida bed-and-breakfast. Exquisite small weddings are an intimate and elegant celebration at the Blue Heron Inn. You may hold your ceremony in the inn’s elegant foyer, on the beautiful wrap-around porch, or in the private wedding garden with a pool and patio. The inn offers full-service planning of your event to ensure it’s a perfect celebration of your life together. Located in the heart of the National Historic District of Fernandina Beach, the Blue Heron Inn Bed and Breakfast is only steps away from Amelia Island’s beautiful picturesque Victorian island village, close to restaurants, shopping, music, and art galleries. If you are looking for more room for your wedding party, the Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Harborfront Hotel might just be the answer. Director of Sales Bill Pennington says, “‘Location! Location! Location!’ is an old advertising term, but it really does apply as to why so many brides pick our unique destination.” 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. The Hampton Inn & Suites can accommodate weddings and receptions from five to 85, and offers specialty suites for all types of brides. Room types include traditional rooms, two-room suites, and deluxe whirlpool rooms. For those seeking a truly special place to rest, a stunning 12 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

bridal suite and a high-class presidential suite are also available. Pennington can provide you with all the information you need and help you with all of your wedding accommodations. Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro, located in the heart of the historic downtown, can also graciously accommodate wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and private parties. Joe’s has ample seating room upstairs and down, with a second-story porch that overlooks the Fernandina Beach harbor, as well as a lush, New Orleans-style courtyard. Their helpful staff will help you design the perfect menu of carefully prepared and delicious food for your wedding celebration, and Joe’s has an excellent wine cellar to compliment whatever menu you choose. 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 in downtown Fernandina Beach, David’s Restaurant is an upscale steakhouse and seafood restaurant with a sophisticated atmosphere and professional service, which makes it the perfect place for your special wedding event. David’s has two event areas available for your gathering. A private wine room is perfect for intimate gatherings and will accommodate up to twelve guests. For a larger gathering such as a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or wedding reception, the private dining room accommodates up to 50 guests. The entire restaurant can comfortably accommodate up to 200 guests. David’s offers several special menus to choose from, or they can create a custom menu, and they are ready to help you plan every detail of your event. With fine cuisine and a luxurious setting, it’s sure to be an extraordinary event at David’s. 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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McKenzie & Pearce WALKERS LANDING By Julie Simmons IT

MCKENZIE

“My grandparents have a home in Amelia Island Plantation,”

Brown joined the Fussell family for their annual Christmas tree

McKenzie shares. “I grew up riding my bike through the oaks, and

harvest in a field near Douglas, Georgia. “Look, Pearce,” she said,

I have so many memories that it’s like a second home.” Her love

“that tree already has an ornament on it.” When the couple walked

for the resort’s natural beauty made Walkers Landing the perfect

over to see the ribbon-laced sand dollar hanging on the tree,

choice for her wedding celebration.

WAS THE DAY AFTER

THANKSGIVING

IN

2013

Photography by Pam Bell Photography

WHEN

McKenzie saw “Marry Me” inscribed on it in Pearce’s handwriting,

The festivities kicked off with a bachelorette party the

and he was already on one knee. McKenzie and Pearce’s love story

weekend before. The girls bunked at Beachside Motel and had

started with family, and it is filled with the sentiment of traditions

a blast at The Surf, where McKenzie worked in high school. The

shared with the people the couple love best.

couple grew up in Fernandina Beach, but they attended college

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away, so lots of friends from around the state traveled to celebrate their wedding, with many staying at Seaside Amelia Inn at Main Beach. A highlight for McKenzie was her bridal luncheon at Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro. “All of the influential women in my life were there,” she smiles, including McKenzie’s younger sister, Madison, who served as her junior maid of honor. The Fussells hosted the rehearsal dinner at the Fernandina Beach Woman’s Club. “This was an important venue for us,” says Pearce. “My parents wedding reception was there, and McKenzie participated in Little Women in high school. Together, we have many fond memories of the place.” After dinner, the couple snuck away to Sliders Seaside Grill for a last moment alone before the vows. On the wedding day, the ladies rose early for pampering at McKenzie’s grandmother’s home. The bridesmaids provided

the coffee, and the girls lounged in matching monogrammed robes eating breakfast, sharing old stories, and laughing together while having their hair primped and makeup applied to their young faces. When the bride was perfect in her lace, slim-fitting gown, Pam Bell photographed her on the eighteenth hole of Amelia Island Plantation’s Long Point Golf Club. “Instead of doing a first look with the groom, we did it with my dad.” McKenzie explains. “The photos of him seeing me for the first time are really sweet.” The ceremony was traditional, as the couple wished, and it was filled with romance and sincerity. “When I said my vows to you, I realized more than ever how much I loved you and that I wanted to be with you forever,” Pearce confides, a moment captured in one of Pam’s photos when he gracefully brushed a tear AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 15


from his eye. The couple’s pastor from their Tampa home church, Steve Morgan, traveled to officiate, friends of the couple played music and sang, and the newlywed’s mothers served communion. McKenzie is an artist and owns her own stationary design company called McKenzieFussellDesigns.com, and her special day was overflowing with creativity, including fun chalkboards which decorated the event. Ring-bearer Lincoln Fussell, the groom’s beloved nephew, carried a sign that read, “Here Comes Your Bride,” and everyone loved the large chalkboard bearing the ceremony’s program, all done in the bride’s calligraphy. When it was time for the party to get started, more of McKenzie’s signs welcomed guests to the newlywed’s “Happily Ever After,” invited them to enjoy games on either Team Bride or Team Groom, and presented the dinner menu, which included pulled pork, fried okra, shrimp and grits, a biscuit bar, and, of course “banana puddin’!” Guests sipped sweet tea and lemonade out of mason jars and enjoyed boiled peanuts while listening to the sounds of blue grass music. The bride’s cousin, Nettie Peters, made chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, served on burlap, with the couple’s small, monogrammed white cake crowning the presentation.

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The décor of the evening matched the Southern menu flawlessly, with burlap table runners and silver buckets filled with green, pink, and white hydrangeas, inspired by the bride’s love for Lilly Pulitzer and designed by her mom, Paige Brown. The white-and-navy linens finished the presentation and paralleled the navy, wooden monogram of the couple’s married initials, which completed the mantle. Photos of the couple and their families from weddings past were fun memories all the guests enjoyed seeing. The couple used an engraved bible—with their new married name—as a guest book for everyone to highlight verses of Scripture and sign. That bible is now on their coffee table. As the Fussells day drew to a close, invitees received burlap-wrapped pecans thanking them for attending, and had fun waving sparklers as the couple departed. “We were proud for our friends to visit Amelia Island and share in our joy for this beautiful place,” the couple says. Today, the couple is settling into their life together, and they have lots of travel plans, including, of course, frequent visits to their home island!

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Molly & Elliott WALKERS LANDING By Karen Miller

Photography by The Reason

MOLLY KAVANAUGH MET ELLIOTT OTTENHOFF IN APRIL 2011, AT A mutual friend’s birthday party in the historic Dupont Circle area of Washington D.C. A special bond was being formed, but the couple took it slow at first, courting, dating, and traveling together. When Molly asked Elliott to be her date when she attended her sister’s wedding in California, it was a big step for the two of them. The youngest of four children, Molly was eager to have Elliott meet her siblings and other family members. “Elliott integrated well into my family,” says Molly. “That’s when I knew he was the one.” Molly and Elliott became engaged in November 2013, during an intimate dinner for two. “I knew that we would eventually become engaged,” remembers Molly. “But at that time, Elliott was changing jobs, and we had a lot of things going 18 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

on. I thought the engagement would happen after everything settled down a bit.” However, one Friday evening when Molly had to work late, Elliott agreed to cook dinner for her. When she returned home, he had prepared a candlelit dinner with all her favorite dishes. “He surprised me as soon as I walked through the door and proposed immediately!” says Molly. “Not only was it a surprise, but, because it was just the two of us, we were really able to cherish that special moment. After dinner, we went to a neighborhood bar to celebrate.” When it became time to plan their wedding in September last year, Molly knew she wanted a destination wedding on Amelia Island, where her parents and grandparents lived. She loves the vintage charm of Fernandina Beach and planned her wedding with that in mind, with family members playing an important


part. “Nan Kavanaugh is my first cousin,” explains Molly. “Her husband, Chef Scotty Schwartz from 29 South Restaurant, created the dinner menu using influences from Elliott’s and my love of Nantucket, Chesapeake Bay, and Southern cuisine. My sister-in-law Lindy Kavanaugh, owner of Lindy’s Jewelry, provided the jewelry, with the exception of a necklace that was a family heirloom, a diamond brooch given to my mother’s mom from my grandfather.” In addition, Molly’s cousin, Catie Blalock, a graphic designer, created the couple’s wedding logo, menus for the reception, and their ceremony programs. Molly and Elliott held their rehearsal dinner at the Florida House Inn, where their extended family got to know each other better. They were married at the First Presbyterian Church, where AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 19


Molly’s great-great-grandfather used to be pastor. But beforehand, the couple spent an intimate hour at her parent’s historic home, for a “first look”. After the wedding, the couple, their wedding party, and guests went on to the reception at Walkers Landing at Amelia Island Plantation. Although Chef Scotty provided the food, the wait staff was supplied by Catering by Liz. “The Blues Factor Band provided the music,” says Molly. “Everyone danced until the band had to leave. The saxophonist used to play with the Reverend Al Green. The musicians were amazing, playing all the hits! Lisa Presnell from Coastal Engagements worked with us to plan the event. She had some great ideas. She suggested passed hors d’oeuvres, special cocktails, and a plated salad before the dinner, which was served buffet style. It all flowed so well. Brooke Raulerson from Artistic Florist did such a beautiful job with the flowers; we are so grateful to her. Elliott and I couldn’t have been happier with the way that everything turned out.” Molly and Elliott put off their honeymoon for a few months while Elliott was finishing school at Georgetown University, where he is getting his MBA. But finally, earlier this year, the two took an exciting and romantic trip to Thailand to celebrate their new life together. “Lots of love from our entire family was put into making our wedding day special,” remembers Molly. The Ottenhoffs now reside in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C., where they first met. 20 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS


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Betsy & Jake T H E R I B A U LT C L U B By Karen Miller

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BETSY BALLEW AND JAKE MICHAELIS HAD MUTUAL FRIENDS WHO were close friends with Betsy’s parents. But, oddly enough, they had never met, since Betsy lived in Atlanta and Jake lived in Fernandina Beach. “My and Jake’s mutual friends, Cameron and Laura, are also close to my parents,” says Betsy. “They had been trying to set Jake and me up for awhile, and we just kept missing the opportunity. One night, he was out to dinner with Cameron, and Cameron pointed out my mom, who was with a group of her friends. They went over to say hello and Jake said, ‘I’m going to date your daughter.’ She jokingly said, ‘Well, she lives in Atlanta, so good luck with that!” But the couple did finally meet in 2012when Jake drove to Atlanta to take Betsy on their first date. “I still give Jake a hard time on how long it took him to take me out, but never once did I think of giving up on him.” 22 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

In the summer of 2013, Betsy moved to Amelia Island to be close to her boyfriend. Jake runs a merchant services business in Fernandina Beach, and, at the time, Betsy was working as a first grade teacher. That same summer, on August 23, she and Jake made plans to meet at a friend’s waterfront home for a romantic evening alone. When Betsy arrived, she was met by rose petals and candles, and of course, an engagement ring from Jake. “But the biggest surprise was when Jake took me to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island,” remembers Betsy. “He had planned an engagement party, and had invited all our friends and family!” While looking for a venue for their wedding, Betsy and Jake fell in love with the Ribault Club on Fort George Island, known for its historic elegance and Southern charm. Located in Jacksonville, Fort George Island is also home to St. George


Episcopal Church. When Betsy and Jake met with Lorna Meehan, the event planner at the Ribault Club, everything fell into place. “We loved the church so much, and we really wanted to get married there,” says Betsy. “But there wasn’t room for the 225 guests we were inviting. Lorna suggested that we hold our wedding there with our family, and then have a “blessing” ceremony at the Ribault Club right before the reception. That way, all of our guests could share in the ceremony.” The night before the wedding, Betsy and Jake held a rehearsal dinner for 100 of their closest friends and family members at Walkers Landing at Amelia Island Plantation. “Jake’s mom, Sherry, and his sister, Krishna, decorated Walkers Landing for our rehearsal dinner,” says Betsy. “They met with Ken from Dottie B’s, who created décor that brought out the natural beauty of the venue. Nicole’s on the River provided the catering, which included oysters and barbecue. And the Blue Dogs, original country-rock artists from Charleston, South Carolina, provided the music.” For the evening wedding reception at the Ribault Club, Betsy and Jake worked with Beachview Tent Rentals, which provided a clear tent for the evening in hopes that guests could enjoy a night sky full of stars. “Our goal was to hold as much of the event outside, so we had a dance floor set up outside with the band, Atlantic Groove Factory,” says Betsy. “We had food stations set up outside and some indoors, too. There was a grilling station, where chefs cooked skewers of chicken, fish, and vegetables, and offered them to our guests.” The wedding ceremony was held at 5 p.m. at the church, then Betsy, Jake, and their sixteen-person wedding party and friends met at the Ribault Club for the “blessing.” The Peck Gospel singers sang “Georgia on My Mind,” since that’s where Betsy and Jake first began their relationship. The reception ended at 11 p.m., and then school buses took the guests to an after-party at The RitzCarlton, Amelia Island. “It was such an enchanting evening,” says Betsy. “I wanted our wedding to be as much fun for our guests as it was for us. And I think it was!”

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Ashley & Tony AMELIA ISLAND WILLIAMS HOUSE By Julie Simmons Photography by Jordan Voight “DADDY, HERE COMES MOMMY,” READ THE WOODEN SIGN CARRIED by five-year-old Ashton before his mom, bride Ashley Dickert, appeared to her husband-to-be, Tony Anderson. “We were thrilled to host this cute couple at Amelia Island Williams House,” says Innkeeper Deborah McCutchen. Ashley explained that the couple was looking for a destination wedding not too far from their home outside Valdosta, Georgia. “I found the Williams House online, and the historic charm sold me!,” Ashley smiles. “It was the first and only venue we considered, and it was idea—small, intimate, and the innkeepers were so hospitable, providing everything we needed.” Amelia Island boasts fantastic large wedding venues, but oftentimes, couples want a petite event centered on their love, and this was exactly the case for the Andersons. The couple met through a mutual friend seven years before Tony’s proposal at sunset on the porch of their home in the country, and they wished for their wedding to parallel their engagement – simply perfect. “We had ten guests. My sister was the maid of honor and my husband’s best friend the best man,” describes the bride. The couple said, “I do,” on September 20, 2014 at 2 p.m. followed by a dessert reception at Williams House. The Williams House took care of all the details, right down to the one-layer white buttercream wedding cake decorated with flowers. “It was great how Deborah made it easy for us, and our room was so gorgeous!” “All couples want to have a memorable wedding, and budget is almost always a concern,” explains Deborah. “We think having a wedding at Williams House can provide a dream setting and,

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for this special moment of a lifetime, a place that the couple will always remember.” Ashley was thrilled with her wedding, and most important was having her loved ones surrounding her. “I lost my dad at a young age, and Mrs. Lola and ‘Pop’ ran the daycare where I stayed when I was just a few months old. They became my adopted grandparents, and one of my favorite parts of the wedding was having Pop give me away,” Ashley reflects. Artistic Florist designed the gorgeous vibrant pink, ivory, and green bridal bouquet, which was completed with Ashley’s late father’s wedding ring. “It’s beautiful when the two families come together and spend a weekend getting to know one another,” says Deborah. “It’s my favorite part of a bed-and-breakfast event. Ashley and Tony made the most of every moment with their family and friends. The inn and grounds are so unique and beautiful that you don’t need a lot

of ‘extra stuff,’ and therefore, the couple can save money to spend on other things that are important to starting their life together.” Ashley and Tony also appreciated the unique shopping and dining Amelia Island offers its visitors. “Friday night we had fun eating at Falcon’s Nest at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort with the best man, and after the wedding, we strolled Centre Street, and then had a wonderful dinner at Brett’s Waterway Café.” Some of the wedding guests stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites overlooking the harbor, and they adored being in the heart of the Historic District. “Unfortunately, it rained on our wedding day, so we had to delay our horse and carriage ride,” Ashley explains. But the delay turned out just right. On Sunday morning, the couple boarded a carriage operated by Cyndi Myers’ Amelia Island Carriages and enjoyed a delightful tour of downtown Fernandina Beach. It was the perfect finale to the perfect Amelia Island wedding. AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 25


Cortlin & Lance WALKERS LANDING By Karen Miller

Photography by Robert Max Photography

CORTLIN PHILLIPS AND LANCE CROFT MET DURING THEIR SENIOR year at the University of Florida in 2012. Cortlin was sitting outside the library at the Plaza of Americas having lunch with her girlfriends, and Lance was eavesdropping on their conversation. The girlfriends saw that Lance was listening to her, and they took it upon themselves to write down Cortlin’s phone number and give it to him. The rest, as they say, is history. Lance grew up on Amelia Island. He attended Fernandina Beach High School and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. It was only natural that he and Cortlin would want to hold their wedding and reception on Amelia Island, and, on November 15, 2014, they tied the knot. Cortlin and her family are from Tampa, but they have extended family all over the country, even in South Korea. The couple felt that having a destination 26 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

wedding on Amelia Island would be a treat for their guests, a true vacation getaway and the perfect place to celebrate the start of their life together. Cortlin and Lance wanted all their guests to be part of their weekend wedding events, so they came up with a unique idea for their rehearsal dinner. “We had dinner at the Falcon’s Nest with our wedding party, and then we invited all of our guests to come over later for a toast and to spend time with each other before the wedding the next day. It was a great party!” Guests stayed at various places throughout the island, including the Omni, and other hotels and bed-and-breakfast inns. They invited one hundred fifty-eight people to attend the wedding, with the ceremony at First Presbyterian Church and the reception at Walkers Landing at Amelia Island Plantation.


The ceremony was held at 3 p.m., with a cocktail reception at 4:30 p.m. and dinner at 5:30 p.m. “We wanted to keep our wedding classical and traditional,” says Cortlin. “We love the church, and it has so much history. But we also wanted everything to be vibrant and alive. So we chose colorful tones and brilliant flowers. It was beautiful.” Cortlin and Lance hired Carol Burns, event coordinator at the Omni Resort at Amelia Island Plantation, to help with the arrangements. Artistic Florist provided the flowers, and Robert Max handled the photography. “We had the Omni do all the food, and they were so accommodating,” remembers Cortlin. “They let us have a split entrée so that Lance and I could have both steak and grouper. During the cocktail hour, waiters passed hors d’oeuvres, and then guests were treated to a sit-down dinner. The food was excellent.” A talented family friend hand-painted 200 wine glasses, which were used at the reception, and each guest took their glass home as a remembrance of the wedding. After a joyful evening of dancing and merriment, Cortlin and Lance got some muchneeded rest before setting off for their honeymoon in St. Thomas and St. Mark’s the next day. It seems that the Plaza of Americas at the University of Florida, where Cortlin and Lance first met, is famous for bringing couples together. Many celebrities claim to have first met at that very same spot. Cortlin and Lance believe that being at the right place at the right time, with a little help from their friends, is what brought them together. Cortlin and Lance now live in Tampa, where she has gone back to school to become a nurse, and he works at an engineering firm.

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Brad Little is assistant general manager at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club, and he can suggest a wide variety of wedding options. “Our fairway is an exquisite place to hold an outdoor wedding,” says Little. “Guests can then hold a cocktail reception outside, or come inside the club for dinner and dancing.” The Club has a special dance floor that can be installed, and they provide linens and set up. “Often a bride will provide us with centerpieces and other table decorations, and we can set those things up for her. Our staff is top-notch.” The Fernandina Beach Golf Club offers numerous banquet choices, like a Prime Rib Carving Station, Steamed Fernandina Shrimp, Chicken Marsala, Panko-Encrusted Fresh Fish with Orange Basil Buerre Blanc, and much more. They also feature themed dinners, like an Old South Barbecue or Low Country Boil. And if a couple has plans for daily excursions around the island, the Club can even provide box lunches for their guests.

And the wedding reception is not limited to their banquet menu. “We can provide any specialty foods requested by the couple,” says O’Brien. “We also cater to any special dietary needs.” In addition to their beautiful banquet facilities, Fernandina Beach Golf Club is known far and wide for being the best golf course for the money. With twenty-seven holes of golf and proximity to Jacksonville and the beach, the Club is one of the most popular municipal golf facilities in the country. “The sub-tropical climate, generous fairways, native foliage, and warm Florida sun make our impeccable greens that much more enjoyable and enticing,” says O’Brien. “Each course measures well over 3,000 yards from the championship tees and presents a one-of-a-kind challenge.” For more information on holding a wedding or reception at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club, call O’Brien or Little at (904) 3103175, or visit the web site at www.fernandinabeachgolfclub.com. AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 31


CHOOSING

bridal jewelry TO COMPLEMENT YOUR STYLE By Lindy Kavanaugh A BRIDE’S ENGAGEMENT RING IS UNDOUBTEDLY THE most important accessory that she will wear on her wedding day. That does not mean, however, that brides should miss the opportunity to adorn themselves with other fabulous jewels in order to look their best on the big day. Most brides will never spend more on one dress than they do on their wedding dress, so when it comes to choosing the jewelry you will wear on your wedding day, make sure it complements your dress, as well as your own features and personal style. Jewelry can be very sentimental, and that can also play a role in helping you decide what to wear. When trying to choose earrings, be sure to consider the way you will wear your hair. For example, if you intend to wear your hair up, a long earring is more visible and can add a little sparkle near your face. On the other hand, a chandelierstyle or longer earring can get lost in long hair, so it’s best to go with a stud or small hoop when your hair is down. It’s always a good idea to choose 32 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

your jewelry with care, so if you do decide on long earrings or something large, it might be best to forego a necklace. Necklaces can make the overall look a bit busy, so be sure to try several styles with the dress. Whether the dress has a boatneck, sweetheart neckline, spaghetti straps, or if it’s strapless, wear something that’s going to flatter your physical features. Bracelets are always a great piece of jewelry to add on because they can bring the eye to the engagement ring, break up a lot of exposed skin, and they tend to be more subtle. Do use caution when choosing bracelets because they can cause a snag in silk or get caught on gorgeous lace more so than other jewelry items. Many brides look to pearls, diamonds, or crystals for their wedding jewelry, but don’t be afraid to add a little pop of color! My dear friend will be married next month, and we have chosen a beautiful pair of Morganite and diamond earrings to tie in the blush tones of her bridesmaid dresses, as well as the flowers in her bouquet. Also, the bride’s tradition of wearing something blue can easily be incorporated into your wedding jewelry. When budget is an issue, costume jewelry is the best option. Fine jewelry is, however, something that can be worn time and time again. Many brides are able to select jewelry items that were purchased specifically to wear with their wedding dress, but they have been able to transition them into their everyday jewelry wardrobe. A popular choice of jewelry is often a borrowed piece, or something that has been handed down. And don’t forget the possibility of receiving a wedding gift—like some jewelry—from your groom. Of course, that would be the perfect thing to wear! If you are still uncertain about what would be the best jewelry to wear on your wedding day, stick with the classics. A traditional strand of pearls or a diamond pendant, worn with a pair of pearl or diamond studs, is a traditional choice that will always be in fashion. Lindy Kavanaugh is the owner of Lindy’s Jewelry, located at 202 Centre Street in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach since 2001. Lindy is a Graduate Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America, with more than 20 years of experience in jewelry making and design. For more information, go to www.lindysjewelry.com.


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Angel Sanchez offers a sweet silk faille V-neck ball gown. Conservative, yet fun, the pleated tulle undercarriage presents the asymmetrical cascading skirt that is all over the runways this year.

Monique Lhuillier trials three-quarter sleeves in her Frost trumpet gown. The embroidered tulle is eye-catching and completed with a tied cord at the waistline.

the perfect duet Bridal fashion designers debut lots of fun and fabulous ideas this season, hoping to create the perfect duet with today’s brides. By Julie Simmons BRIDES,

AS YOU PREPARE FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY, SOME FABULOUS

slinkier look as the event grows later. Often this is accomplished

new trends in bridal fashion are debuting this season and designers

with a detachable train. Some brides are even going for three

are inviting you to partner with them for the perfect duet!

dresses—a ball gown for the ceremony, a sleek sheath for the

So if you love to dance, the gowns are ready in 2015! For

reception, and then a feathery mini-dress for the after-party, notes

starters, designers are putting forward traditional ball gowns with

some wedding specialists. And ladies, when you’re ready to hit that

slightly a higher hemline in what is called “waltz-length.” Or, if

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Angel Sanchez again experiments with appliques and lace overlays in this feminine gown complete with intricate lace detailing on the skirt’s trim. Delicate for countryside nuptials yet formal for a cathedral with its illusion-netting neckline; this gown is perfect for any bride.

If unique is your game, what about the cozy and ultra-stylish sweaters designers are adding to dresses as coverlets, turtlenecks, and even ponchos? Crop tops, gowns with cut outs, jumpsuits, pants, and fun jackets were also on the runways. And if you want to make a serious statement, go bling! This season it’s BIG BIG silver and gold to embellish that bodice! For the traditionalists in the crowd, don’t panic, the designers have options for you that are as beautiful as ever, beginning with an elegant array of shoulder options. A bit of a surprise are the spaghetti strap dresses, which provide stability and comfort without too much coverage. Sometimes the spaghetti or thin straps will include jewels or lace embellishments. One fun addition to sleeves this season are shoulder streamers, whether long, short, wide, or skinny! Expected this season was the return of long sleeves, and this is presented in airy, lace options, as well as in full coverage with material that parallels the bodice. Speaking of material, designers are experimenting with fabric. Hayley Paige has offered a leather dress, Romona Keveza a stardust lace skirt, and puckered jacquard and cotton pique are a few additional adaptations for this season. On the not-so-traditional side, plunging necklines are very popular. Backless gowns like we’ve seen for the past year or so remain daring options, but if you feel like something new, try the double-take style with a gown that includes subtle illusion detailing, perhaps in lace, along the arms and necklines. Some have called it a conservative way to show more skin. On the color side, pops of non-white are here and there this season, with dusty blue being the most prevalent. Finally, girls, here’s my favorite: you can have your cake and wear it, too! How about cascading tiers, just like a cake, on your gown? They are presented in ruffles, fringe, and all sorts of styles both symmetrical and asymmetrical that will add serious volume to your skirt. They’re oh-so fun, yet classy! “A long marriage is two people trying to dance a duet and two solos at the same time,” said journalist and novelist Anne Taylor Fleming. Best wishes, brides, on finding the perfect gown that will highlight your confidence and beauty for your wedding day solo, and in your marriage duet for the years to follow. 36 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

Monique Lhuillier combined all sorts of unique features in her crisscross crop top with silk white guipure lace illusion pencil skirt dress. The Billie piece stood out on the 2015 runway and is the choice for the bride wishing to incorporate 2015’s top trends!

Above: Angel Sanchez’s talent is showcased in this sleeveless, lace-detailed gown. The clean perimeter of the plunging neckline is brought to life with lace embellishment.

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FOR 2015

By Lisa Presnell, PWC SOME OF THESE TRENDS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR A while, but they are likely to be a bit more noticeable in 2015. Expect to see a wide range of trends that are distinctive and very different. COLOR Radiant orchid remains a hot color. Purple has always been a popular wedding color, and it offers a variety of shades for floral, line, and attire. Ombre has become very popular and can be seen everywhere, from dresses, cakes, flowers, decor, hairstyles, and even nail polish. French for “shaded or graduated in tone,” ombre is a gradual change from one color or shade into the next. There could be just one color or twenty colors, all fading and softening into the other. MENU Many couples are choosing nostalgic menu items. Childhood favorites and comfort foods like fried chicken, mac & cheese, and French fries are 38 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS

MORNING WEDDINGS Morning weddings tend to be more cost effective that afternoon and evening events. We will see more brunch style receptions in 2015. Morning weddings open up an entirely new food trend: brunch. Guests are dining on mimosas, Bloody Marys, pancakes, and omelette stations. That’s my kind of wedding! STATIONERY Soft light pastels will be hot this year, with brighter hues becoming less popular. For fall and winter weddings, bold reds, burgundys and even grassy greens will re-appear as the really traditional looks takes hold once again. Many couples who have children are choosing stationery designs that look like the children are inviting the guests. An adorable way to include the children and a truly sweet touch. SEATING ARRANGEMENTS The traditional round reception table is being replaced by long, elegant banquet-style seating. It presents a more formal feel to the reception and allows guests to socialize easier. This look is also perfect for the new trend of tall floral centerpieces. Assigned seating is also becoming more popular as couples realize that they actually are doing their guests a favor by choosing their seat for them. This alleviates any awkwardness if they don’t know where to go. Lisa M. Presnell is a Professional Wedding Consultant, owner of Coastal Engagements, and Catering Sales Director for Amelia Island Hospitality Group. Lisa has over 15 years of wedding and event planning experience and has lived in Amelia for 28 years. Visit her website at coastalengagements.com or contact her at email@lisapresnell.me or (904) 206-3115.


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flowers are not even flowers at all,” says Brooke. “They’re foliage with an abundance of textures —waxy, dark greens and frilly accents like feather acacia and nandina.” Amber Marvin, owner of Island Flower & Garden, confirms that she is seeing the same things from brides. “We are designing a lot more with interesting and textural foliage,” she notes. “Greenery is making a big comeback after the solid flower designs that we have seen for many years. For instance, gorgeous magnolia, gunni eucalyptus, rosemary, scented geranium and other trailing foliage are on the orders. Texture has always been an important element in design, and we are seeing brides wanting more!” The past few seasons, we’ve seen brides lean toward rustic designs, and Amber reiterates this is still popular. “The wildflower garden is huge this year. It ties in directly with the greenery trend we are seeing. No formal shapes are needed in this design trend. Wild and romantic shapes are used, combining wild flowers with more formal flowers in a non-formal way.” Brooke says she is seeing the same thing, but perhaps with a bit more elegance than in seasons past. “We are seeing more bold texture contrast, with the use of gold and silver accents beside bark and wood textures. And branches are being used to create asymmetry in centerpieces.” Brides are making this season’s rustic unique, trading burlap for sparkly linens, chandeliers, and even copper chairs. And don’t forget, brides, that branches and vines don’t wither and wilt! Brooke explains this makes vines, twisted branches, and even preserved flowers smart choices for a bouquet you want to preserve. “Incorporating fresh and preserved real flowers on the day of the wedding yields the benefit of having your bouquet look as colorful and vibrant as the day you walked down the aisle for years to come—without spending a fortune!” The recent popularity of incorporating personal memorabilia into the bouquet continues, and it’s more creative than ever! “Lately we’ve attached a bride’s grandmother’s emerald earrings to paper flowers we made from her address book. We completed it using her grandfather’s World War II shoulder-medal as a bouquet wrap,” says Amber. ”We also incorporated guitar strings from the groom’s guitar as accents. Adding these special mementos in an interesting and special way is always appealing.” As you plan your wedding décor, what is the spirit of this time in your life? Perhaps that spirit will help you create the décor you’re looking for on your special day.


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AT THE RECEPTION Q Style of service: American (guests served from plates brought from kitchen), French (guests served individually from platters), Buffet (selfserve at buffet table), family-style Q Soup? Q Appetizer? Q Salad and/or vegetable platter? Q Will there be a choice of entrees? Q Any menu substitutions, specially priced children’s meals? Q Side dishes? Q Assorted relishes? Q Bread, rolls, condiments, dressings? Q Beverages (at the table, open bar, by consumption at the bar, rolling, juice bar) Q Dessert/Viennese table? Q After dinner drinks? Q Wedding cake (included in price? Additional cake cutting fee?) Q Ideas on how to decorate the table? WAIT STAFF Q Number of servers and bartenders Q 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) Q Cost of servers Q Dress code Q Gratuities included? MISCELLANEOUS Q What rooms will be used? Q Is the caterer familiar with the kitchen facilities and the reception room? Q What items, if any, will caterer provide (chairs, tables, flatware, dishes, glasses, linens)? Q Discuss price of above, and request samples Q Does the caterer have photos of previous events to show? Q Tables, chairs, utensils, dishes, paper goods Q Other party items (e.g religious items, place cards, table numbers, candles, matches, guest towels in restrooms?) Q Can the caterer recommend other weddingservice professionals? (Is the caterer acquainted with wedding planner, florist, or other professionals to be used?) Q Don’t forget to clarify details (e.g. cheese plate: what kind of cheeses included? portion size?) Q References are always a good idea Q Check for insurance coverage AFTER THE PARTY Q What happens to leftovers? Q Ask the caterer to prepare a “take-away basket” for the couple


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LOVE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE 434 3RD STREET NORTH JACKSONVILLE, FL 32250 (904) 242-9800 WWW.LOVEBRIDALBOUTIQUE.COM A FULL-SERVICE BRIDAL SALON; GOWNS

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

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

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

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

PATE SUCREE MY PERSONAL CHEF AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 626-1677 (904) 556-1401 PATESUCREE@COMCAST.NET CORPORATE, PRIVATE, AND WEDDING CATERING

CHOCOLATES FERNANDINA’S FANTASTIC FUDGE 218 CENTRE STREET AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 277-4801 WWW.FANTASTICFUDGE.COM SPECIALTY CHOCOLATES; FUDGE; ICE CREAM

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FLORISTS AMELIA ISLAND WEDDING FLOWERS OF ARTISTIC FLORIST 1430 PARK AVENUE FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 261-5546 (888) 261-5546 WEDDING DESIGN; FLOWERS & PLANTS; FURNITURE & CHANDELIER RENTALS; LINENS

ISLAND FLOWER & GARDEN 5381 SOUTH FLETCHER AVENUE AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 491-5056 EUROPEAN-STYLE FLORIST; REHEARSAL DINNERS, COMPLETE RENTAL SERVICES; FUN TO FORMAL BEACH WEDDINGS

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

BLUE HERON INN 102 SOUTH 7TH STREET AMELIA ISLAND, FL (904) 445-9034 WWW.AMELIAISLANDBLUEHERONINN.COM WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS; HOMEYMOONS; LODGING

FAIRBANKS HOUSE 227 SO. SEVENTH STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 277-0500 WWW.FAIRBANKSHOUSE.COM HONEYMOONS

HOYT HOUSE 804 ATLANTIC AVENUE AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 277-4300 WWW.HOYTHOUSE.COM WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING

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JEWELRY AMELIA’S FINE JEWELRY 317 CENTRE STREET, SUITE B FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 277-0665 NEW AND ESTATE JEWELRY

LINDY’S JEWELRY 202 CENTRE STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 277-4880 JEWELRY; RINGS; GIFTS

ROBISON JEWELRY 217 CENTRE STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 261-3635 WWW.ROBISONJEWELRY.COM JEWELRY; WEDDING RINGS; GIFTS

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

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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

BLUE HERON INN 102 SOUTH 7TH STREET AMELIA ISLAND, FL (904) 445-9034 WWW.AMELIAISLANDBLUEHERONINN.COM WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS; HOMEYMOONS; LODGING

DAYS INN & SUITES 2707 SADLER ROAD FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 277-2300 WWW.DAYSINN.COM RECEPTIONS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING

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

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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 MUSIC BY PEGGE AMELIA ISLAND, FL (904) 705-8248 WWW.MUSICBYPEGGE.COM A FULL-SERVICE WEDDING & EVENT MUSIC COORDINATOR

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

RECREATION AMELIA BOAT CLUB & RENTALS 251 CREEKSIDE DRIVE AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 572-3216 WWW.AMELIABOATCLUB.COM BOAT & WAVE RUNNER RENTALS

KAYAK AMELIA 13030 HECKSCHER DRIVE JACKSONVILE, FL 32226 (904) 251-0016 (800) 30-KAYAK WWW.KAYAKAMELIA.COM KAYAK & BIKE TOURS; CANOE & KAYAK RENTALS

TRANSPORTATION MONTEGO LIMOUSINE SERVICE AMELIA ISLAND, FL (904) 583-7337 WWW.MONTEGOLIMO.COM PHIL@MONTEGOLIMO.COM WEDDINGS; SPECIAL EVENTS

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

CABIN BLUFF 3852 UNION CARBIDE ROAD WOODBINE, GA 31569 (912) 729-5960 WWW.CABINBLUFF.COM WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS

THE CRAB TRAP 31 NORTH SECOND STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 261-4749 WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; PRIVATE PARTIES

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

DAYS INN & SUITES 2707 SADLER ROAD FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 277-2300 WWW.DAYSINN.COM RECEPTIONS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING

FERNANDINA BEACH GOLF CLUB 2800 BILL MELTON DRIVE FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 277-7370 WWW.FERNANDINABEACHGOLFCLUB.COM WEDDING AND RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; BRIDAL SHOWERS

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

THE GOLF CLUB AT NORTH HAMPTON 22680 N. HAMPTON CLUB WAY FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 548-0000 WWW.HAMPTONGOLFCLUBS.COM WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS

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

HOYT HOUSE 804 ATLANTIC AVENUE AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 277-4300 WWW.HOYTHOUSE.COM WEDDINGS AND 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

BLUE HERON INN 102 SOUTH 7TH STREET AMELIA ISLAND, FL (904) 445-9034 WWW.AMELIAISLANDBLUEHERONINN.COM WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS; HOMEYMOONS; LODGING

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

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

A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO PLAN YOUR WEDDING ON AMELIA ISLAND 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

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

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

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 & RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING; FUNCTION ROOMS

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

SEASIDE AMELIA INN 2900 ATLANTIC AVENUE AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 206-5300 WWW.SEASIDEAMELIAINN.COM WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS; HONEYMOONS; LODGING; FUNCTION ROOMS

SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL 1998 SOUTH FLETCHER AVENUE FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 277-6652 WWW.SLIDERSSEASIDE.COM RECEPTIONS; REHEARSAL DINNERS

WEDDING CONSULTANTS AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS & EVENTS AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 703-7159 WWW.AMELIAWEDDINGSANDEVENTS.COM LORNA@AMELIAWEDDINGSANDEVENTS.COM WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNING

AMELIA ISLAND BEACH WEDDINGS 1719 OCEAN VILLAGE DRIVE AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (404) 881-0420 AMELIAISLANDBEACHWEDDING.COM WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNING

COASTAL ENGAGEMENTS LISA PRESNELL (904) 206-3155 WWW.COASTALENGAGEMENTS.COM WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNING; CRUISE AND ALL-INCLUSIVE TRAVEL COORDINATION

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3.5 miles of beach

Resort pools

Spa

Golf

Tennis

Restaurants

LOVE.

Your wedding day on our Florida island with Southern charm. From sunrises over the ocean to sunsets over the marsh, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort offers the best wedding gift of all — a flawless event that will take your breath away. Our newly renovated North Florida resort provides romantic waterside venues, amazing culinary offerings and endless activities, managed by a team that will take care of every last detail. So all you have to do is say “I do.”

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