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LETTER FROM THE
With each issue of Amelia Island Weddings Magazine, we have the pleasure of presenting one of the most important occasions in anyone’s life: their marriage. It gives us a lot of satisfaction to present in these pages some of the wonderful couples who are beginning their lives together with great hope. These uplifting stories of love are always inspiring. Wedding stories document one of the most important rites of passage in life. Couples leave behind their former lives to enter together into a new one, a life that will bring new challenges and joys. Watching friends and family members experience this moment is deeply moving. In fact, seeing any couple, acquaintance or not, at this hopeful moment is heartwarming and life-affirming. Perhaps that is why people love to read wedding magazines, and why so many people comment to us when a new issue appears. The beauty of the occasion shines through in every wedding, large or small, lavish or simple. In this issue, we are happy to present to you the special stories of a few couples who created their scrapbook of unforgettable memories right here on Amelia Island. As we have noted before, Amelia Island is one of the top destinations wedding spots in the United States,
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and it comes as no surprise. Amelia Island is blessed with historic churches and stunning natural beauty. Couples can enjoy an oceanfront ceremony or reception, panoramic marsh vistas that run out to the Intracoastal Waterway —which can include an unforgettable sunset in the early evening – or beautifully manicured golf course greenery with a backdrop of elegant oaks. All of these romantic settings can be enjoyed at the many wonderful venues—great and small—here on the island. One reason why Amelia Island is such a popular place to get married is that a couple can really have the wedding of their dreams here, whatever their dream may be. In this issue, as is often the case, we have the pleasure of featuring couples with significant roots on Amelia Island, who returned home from college and careers to join friends and family for a memorable wedding weekend. The stories we are able to share with you are always unique, and always inspiring. In addition to the weddings we are able to feature, we want to congratulate all the couples who have begun their lives together on Amelia Island in the past six months, celebrating weddings from the more traditional to wherever their hearts might lead them. They are beautiful celebrations that bless the union of couples who have decided to join their lives together in marriage, and we wish them all well. 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 trust that you will see the extraordinary wedding possibilities available to you on this lovely 13-mile-long barrier island.
STAFF Philip Kelly Deana Basile Kelly Publishers Deana Basile Kelly Editor Tom Barrett Art Director Karen Miller Julie Simmons Teri Sopp Dickie Anderson Contributing Writers
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AN UNFORGETTABLE WEDDING 8 FOR CELEBRATION, MAKE IT AMELIA Amelia Island is the ideal backdrop to create romantic and unforgettable memories of your special day.
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STORY 14 COVER When Sarah Holding met Brandon Steiner, she knew him as her best friend Kelly’s older brother. Years later, Sarah and Brandon reconnected as a bridesmaid and groomsman in Kelly’s wedding, began dating, and before long were planning their own wedding.
WEDDING STORIES 18 ISLAND Four recently married couples share their unique wedding stories.
SPOTLIGHT: THE GOLF CLUB 28 VENUE AT NORTH HAMPTON Nestled in a tranquil, natural setting, The Golf Club at North Hampton is a special place for a wedding, and Wedding Coordinator Heather Veraldi will create a memorable event for a small group or up to 300 guests in the club’s banquet rooms, patio, and lawn.
THE PERFECT GOWN 32 FINDING An overview of some of the latest trends in wedding gowns to help you find the perfect dress.
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Inside SPRING 2018
CHECKLIST 6 WEDDING A helpful list of things to do and when to do them.
SCRAPBOOK 26 WEDDING A peek into the wedding albums of some
recent brides and grooms
YOUR 30 ACCESSORIZING WEDDING DAY After you’ve found the perfect dress, shoes, and veil, choosing the right jewelry can be the accessory that pulls everything together, says Lindy Kavanaugh of Lindy’s Jewelry.
TRENDS 36 WEDDING IN 2018 Lisa Presnell, PWC, of Lisa Presnell Productions shares the latest trends in wedding design and décor in 2018.
& DÉCOR 38 DESIGN Julie Simmons looks at the latest in wedding design and décor, including the trend towards a more “bohemian” style, textures, and the colors of fine wines, like burgundy and champagne.
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 Sarah Steiner and daughter Brielle share a moment together after the ceremony at the Oyster Bay Yacht Club. Photo by Kara Reichart of Stout Studios.
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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
SIX TO NINE MONTHS PRIOR ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
Refine guest list with families Purchase the bride’s gown and groom’s attire Confirm guests lodging for destination wedding Purchase the bridesmaids’ dresses Shop for dress accessories (veil, jewelry, other accessories) Go over music program for both ceremony and reception Research destinations for honeymoon Interview and reserve florist Order the wedding cake, if not provided by caterer Start planning rehearsal dinner and reserve a restaurant Arrange for wedding party transportation to the wedding (limousines, horse & carriage, vans)
FOUR TO SIX MONTHS PRIOR ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
Check requirements for blood test and marriage license in your state Shop for wedding rings Select and order invitations and stationery Make sure that men’s attire has been ordered Complete the guest lists Send your engagement announcement to the newspaper Inform mothers to select their dresses Finalize honeymoon details and make the necessary reservations
TWO TO FOUR MONTHS PRIOR ■ Confirm the menu and catering details with caterer ■ Prepare all maps and directions for the ceremony and reception ■ For a destination wedding, collect info on local activities and restaurants for guests ■ Select your wedding rings ■ Buy a wedding guest book ■ Set the dates and times for rehearsal with the person officiating marriage ■ Plan the bridesmaids’ luncheon or any other parties ■ Plan the design and printing if you choose to have a program for the ceremony ■ Finalize details with florist, musicians, photographer, videographer, etc.
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WEDDING PLANNING CALENDAR
■ Arrange the necessary accommodations for out-of-town guests ■ Confirm rehearsal dinner time and place ■ Confirm the wedding cake details with baker
SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS PRIOR ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
Mail invitations and announcements Prepare a portrait if planning a newspaper announcement Set appointment with photographer for formal bridal portrait Select gifts for your attendants Ask family or wedding party members to prepare speeches or toasts Set appointments with any hairdressers and/or makeup specialists Hire the limousine or other form of transportation
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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 A N U N F O R G E T TA B L E W E D D I N G C E L E B R AT I O N , M A K E I T A M E L I A By Karen Miller Amelia Island is beckoning you! Considered to be one of the best island wedding destinations in the Southeast, this charming paradise and friendly community welcomes brides, grooms, and their families and friends with outstretched arms. The beauty of nature is on full display here, with live oaks draped with Spanish moss, salt marshes filled with birds, maritime forests, and five state parks filled with unspoiled wilderness. With so many unforgettable places to tie the knot, from intimate ceremonies on the beach to celebrations worthy of a weekend-long destination wedding for friends and family, you and your guests will want to return here again and again. Amelia Island boasts 13 miles of pristine beaches, framed by the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean. But thatâ€™s just a small part of what Amelia 8 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
is all about. The city of Fernandina Beach is rich in history, featuring eclectic shops, restaurants, museums, and galleries, with lots to do to keep your wedding guests entertained throughout the weekend. Golfing, biking, shelling, birding, fishing, surfing, and boating are just a few of the myriad of activities available. Your destination wedding will be a fun and luxurious vacation for all of your guests. Plan a rehearsal dinner at one of Fernandina Beachâ€™s locallyowned restaurants, a charming ceremony in a cozy courtyard, or a reception at a world-class resort. From historic churches and charming bed and breakfast inns to grand ballrooms and magnificent outdoor spaces, this treasured paradise offers the highest level of personal service and attentive, creative planners to help with everything you need.
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a truly memorable event, General Manager Chrissy Wetherhill and wedding coordinators Susan Dowling and Angie Martino will help you with every detail of your special day. Oyster Bay Yacht Club, a private yacht club and marina, is an exquisite destination for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, and corporate retreats. Nestled among canopied oak trees with expansive water views, the stunning clubhouse boasts 7,500 square feet of combined venue space. Whether it’s a casual coastal wedding marsh-side on the Oyster Deck or formal exchange of vows at sunset overlooking the marina, Oyster Bay Yacht Club can effortlessly accommodate your every need. The wedding party and guests can even arrive by water taxi from historic Fernandina Beach. From extravagant galas to intimate get-togethers, Terrie Sanders and the courteous staff will help you create an unforgettable event at this enchanting location. If you’re looking for an elegant on-island venue that overlooks beautiful, manicured lawns, look no further than Fernandina Beach Golf Club. Set among 27 holes of true Florida golf, Fernandina Beach Golf Club provides a beautiful setting for weddings, receptions, parties, and more, and can also be the perfect place for a wedding weekend golf outing. The course offers a fun and enjoyable day of golf at rates that won’t bust your budget. The spacious clubhouse, with its professional kitchen facilities, can accommodate everything from large receptions to small, intimate wedding celebrations. Food & Beverage Manager ISLAND PHOTOGRAPHY
TRADITIONAL ELEGANCE For the perfect destination wedding, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort has the world-class amenities you’re looking for, plus detail-oriented professionals who will create an experience you and your guests will remember for a lifetime. To make your weekend unforgettable, we can offer you a Bridal Spa Day, Groom’s Golf Outing, Welcome Reception, Beach Fire, and Rehearsal Dinner. The list of possibilities is virtually endless, and our staff will help you create your own personal, magical event. The Omni Resort will house your guests in luxury and comfort, with the beauty of the ocean at your doorstep. Menus are available to suit every level of elegance and budget, and their chefs will produce wedding cakes your guests will rave about for years. To see all that Omni Amelia Island Plantation has to offer, contact the Wedding & Event Department for a property tour. For an elegant wedding celebration that will sweep you back in time to the luxury of a by-gone era, try The Ribault Club. Located on beautiful Fort George Island just south of Amelia, The Ribault Club began as a luxurious winter retreat for wealthy industrialists in the late 1920’s. A fantastic circular drive leading up to the elegant Georgian facade of the clubhouse makes for a fabulous entrance and exit for the bride and groom. Surrounded by ancient live oaks dripping with moss and towering palm trees, the exquisitely restored historic building, made of wood and white painted brick with French windows and green shutters, is the perfect setting for a stunning wedding. Designed in a horse-shoe shape with a ballroom on one end and a dining room on the other, the club offers a variety of different spaces, including a covered verandah overlooking the lush shaded lawn and the Fort George River. A series of smaller salons can provide a perfect place to store gifts, or a place for kids to gather and watch a movie during a reception. To create
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Melanie Robertson and her staff are on hand to help you with every detail. Her relationship with local wedding vendors will help you in planning and saving on your event. Please contact Melanie for more information about pricing and availability. OCEAN ATMOSPHERE If you are looking for an affordable venue with a luxurious atmosphere, look no further than the new Residence Inn by Marriott ~ Amelia Island, where innovation meets relaxation. Located in the heart of Amelia Island and just steps from the beach, this spectacular resort-style hotel features spacious suites with gourmet kitchens, an outdoor recreation area with a putting green, an over-sized pool and hot tub, a state-of-the-art fitness room, and beautiful gathering spaces. Nestled near the pool area, the contemporary Tides Terrace makes the perfect venue for a poolside wedding. The Residence Inn can accommodate weddings from five to 85 people and offers exceptional rates for wedding groups. Indoor function space is also available for corporate functions, bridal teas, rehearsal dinners, and other events. Guests enjoy an array of complimentary services such as transportation to the beach, delicious breakfast every morning, grocery delivery, and wireless Internet access. Director of Sales and Marketing Dottie Richards can help you plan your wedding or event and help you with accommodations for all of your guests. Right across from the beach is Amelia Hotel at the Beach, a beautiful Mediterranean-style hotel with plenty of room for your wedding guests at a great value. This charming, centrally located hotel features spacious rooms, many with oceans views. Their Terrace Suite is the perfect place to spend your honeymoon night with its king bed, Jacuzzi tub, and private oceanview balcony. Ask about their meeting rooms if you plan a small, intimate ceremony or reception up to 60 guests. The hotel wedding coordinator will assist you in creating a memorable event tailored to fit your expectations, the comfort of your guests, and your budget. According to the hotel’s wedding coordinator, the Amelia Hotel at the Beach “loves” weddings. “We help plan the event and focus on the details so the bride and groom can enjoy their day whether it be indoors or on the beach.” Right on the beach at the foot of Sadler Road, Sliders Seaside Grill offers a festive atmosphere for couples who are looking for an authentic island experience. With their Oceanfront Tiki Bar and deck, Caribbean-style dining, a raw bar and sushi bar, and even a children’s playground, Sliders has something for everyone 10 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
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in yourgroup. With the addition of a brand new second floor oceanfront bar and deck, Sliders now offer space for over 200 guests with unsurpassed views of the beach and the sandy dunes just steps away. Sliders oceanfront location lets you marry on the beach, if you wish, and walk through the dunes right into Sliders back courtyard. Sliders will prepare the perfect menu to suit any taste for a memorable reception, rehearsal dinner, or bridal luncheon or tea. Located on the ocean next to Seaside Park, Sliders is also close to a number of the island’s finest hotels. Now open for special events, the Ocean Club of Amelia offers the perfect setting for your wedding festivities. New owners George and Michelle Stewart have created a magical setting sure to indulge your every desire. The coastal cottage atmosphere overlooks the whimsical dunes and renowned shorelines that form beautiful Amelia Island. The Ocean Club offers both interior and ocean front exterior seating, accommodating up to 80 guests. Whether you prefer an island casual bridal luncheon or an overthe-top reception, this venue is ideal for any occasion! For more information, please contact Events Manager Nigel Teare. Located just one block from the beach on Sadler Road is the award-winning Hampton Inn, Amelia Island at Fernandina Beach. Their wedding specialist offers several wedding packages from which to choose. Their spacious and comfortable rooms feature all white bedding, new 32” high definition—flat paneled televisions, a microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, and high-speed wireless Internet access. The hotel features a complimentary hot breakfast each morning and a sizeable outdoor pool. Don’t miss the fresh baked cookies each evening! The hotel also loans their guests
beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards, and beach towels at no cost. And the central location means you can walk to the beach, a variety of restaurants or shops, and you’re just a short ride from historic downtown Fernandina Beach. For brides, the Hampton Inn also provides a free personalized wedding website and the chance to earn free rooms. This location can accommodate large groups comfortably, all with the 100% Hampton money-back guarantee. On the Atlantic Ocean at Main Beach is the new Seaside Amelia Inn. The inn’s 47 comfortable guest rooms or onebedroom suites are elegantly appointed and include flat screen televisions, microwaves, mini-refrigerators, and Internet access, with oceanfront, pool, or sunset views. A complimentary breakfast is also included. The Seaside Amelia Inn boasts a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the ocean for receptions or events, as well as reception rooms for smaller groups or events. Enjoy a wedding ceremony on the beach and entertain your guests on the rooftop terrace, the outdoor courtyard, or the pool deck. For honeymoon or guests’ lodging, the Amelia Surf & Racquet Club offers one-, two-, or three-bedroom condominium suites with private balconies overlooking the beach. With magnificent views of the Atlantic, direct access to a private beach, and two pools overlooking the sandy beachfront, a stay at the Amelia Surf & Racquet Club gives its guests an oceanfront vacation experience. Each suite is professionally decorated and offers amenities such as cable television, a full-sized kitchen, and washer and dryer. Free tennis on clay surface courts is included, and local golf courses, restaurants, and plenty of activities are all within minutes of the resort. AND THAT’S NOT ALL Of course, there are lots of options to choose from when you’re considering an island wedding. On Amelia, there are
many lovely bed & breakfast inns that can provide an elegant and intimate setting for your special day. The circa 1856 Amelia Island Williams House on South Ninth Street in downtown Fernandina Beach is owned and operated by Chris and Maria Page. Beautifully landscaped gardens and a spacious courtyard are the perfect venue for a wedding celebration whether intimate or grand. Smaller weddings and receptions can also be held in the elegant dining room and Victorian parlor. Chris and Maria’s attention to detail has created a special place for an island wedding and they are ready to help you with all the arrangements. The beautifully restored Victorian is also on a quiet street downtown within easy range of all the restaurants, shops, and sightseeing that the downtown has to offer. Also in the heart of historic downtown Fernandina Beach is The Florida House Inn on South Third Street, the oldest continually operating hotel in Florida. The Florida House Inn has undergone a painstaking historic restoration and features beautiful heart pine floors, a 350-year old live oak tree, an immaculate courtyard and gardens, original fireplaces, string lighting throughout the courtyard, a beautiful mermaid fountain, and 17 luxurious guest rooms. The courtyard can accommodate weddings of up to 200 people, and the inside dining room is perfect for rehearsal dinners and dinner events, all featuring the Inn’s delicious Southern cuisine. The Mermaid Bar offers live entertainment and it is a great spot to enjoy after the ceremony or reception. Emily Saltmarsh is ready to help you with all of your wedding planning needs. If you want to be in the heart of the Historic District, the Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Harborfront Hotel is your answer. “’Location! Location! Location!’ is an old advertising term,” says Director of Sales Bill Pennington, “but it really does describe why so many brides pick our unique destination.” The Hampton Inn & Suites can accommodate weddings and receptions from five to 85, and offers specialty suites for all types of brides. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway overlooking the Fernandina Beach Marina, the Hampton Inn & Suites offers spacious and comfortable accommodations. Take advantage of staying in the heart of the historic district—a short walking distance to many of the island’s renowned restaurants and shops. Room types include traditional rooms, two-room suites, and deluxe whirlpool rooms.
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PHOTO COURTESY OF RESIDENCE INN AMELIA ISLAND OCEAN CLUB BY ANNABELLE MANNING PHOTOGRAPHY
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For those seeking a truly special place to rest, a stunning bridal suite and a high-class presidential suite are also available. Pennington can provide you with all the information you need and help you with all of your wedding accommodations. Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro, located in the heart of the historic downtown, can also graciously accommodate wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and private parties. Joe’s has ample seating room upstairs and down, with a second-story porch that overlooks the Fernandina Beach harbor, as well as a lush, New Orleans-style courtyard. Their helpful staff will help you design the perfect menu of carefully prepared and delicious food for your wedding celebration, and Joe’s has an excellent wine cellar to compliment whatever menu you choose. 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 12 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
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to welcome small intimate parties, or larger gatherings of up to 49 people. (The courtyard can hold another 49.) Whether it’s a rehearsal dinner, a bridal luncheon, a small reception, or just a gathering of friends, owner Tim Seyda’s passion for excellent wine and food and his attention to detail promise to make every event one to remember. Located in downtown Fernandina Beach, David’s Restaurant is an upscale steakhouse and seafood restaurant with a sophisticated atmosphere and professional service, which makes it the perfect place for your special wedding event. David’s has two event areas available for your gathering. A private wine room is perfect for intimate gatherings and will accommodate up to twelve guests. For a larger gathering such as a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or wedding reception, the private dining room accommodates up to 50 guests. The entire restaurant can comfortably accommodate up to 200 guests. David’s offers several special menus to choose from, or they can create a custom menu, and they are ready to help you plan every detail of your event. With fine cuisine and a luxurious setting, it’s sure to be an extraordinary event at David’s. The natural setting at The Golf Club at North Hampton provides a beautiful backdrop to start your happily-ever-after. Our Clubhouse is the perfect wedding and reception venue for celebrations of any size, from an intimate ceremony to a large party. With full-service catering and customized wedding packages available, our friendly and experienced staff will assist you every step of the way, from table settings to the cutting of the cake. In addition, The Golf Club at North Hampton, with its Arnold Palmer signature golf course, is the perfect place for the groom’s wedding weekend golf outing. For more information or to book a tour, please contact Scott at the Clubhouse. WHATEVER YOUR HEART DESIRES Whether shaded by a canopy of ancient oaks, overlooking scenic marshes, or on a pristine beach, Amelia Island provides the perfect natural backdrop to an unforgettable wedding celebration. With its Southern charm, vivid history, great natural beauty, and abundant activities, it’s a great place for a one-ofa-kind wedding. And the many gracious establishments here on the island are ready to help you create a wedding—on any scale—that is perfect for you.
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Sarah & Brandon O Y S T E R B AY YA C H T C L U B By Karen Miller
Photography by Kara Reichart of Stout Studios
When Sarah Holding met Brandon Steiner at the tender
Needless to say, Sarah and Brandon shared a destiny—it just
age of four, little did she know he would one day become her
took them a few years to realize it. “When Kelly got married, I
husband. Sarah was taking swimming lessons at the MacArthur
was one of her bridesmaids, and Brandon was a groomsman,” says
Family YMCA with her best friend, Kelly. Brandon just happened
Sarah. “It wasn’t until that event that we started dating. And it was
to be Kelly’s older brother. An interesting coincidence, indeed,
only six months later that we became engaged. We knew each other
made even more ironic by the fact that Sarah’s father used to be
quite well, and our families were close. It truly was our destiny.”
a lifeguard in Paramount, California, where he taught Brandon’s mother how to swim many years ago. 14 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
Brandon had two children from a previous marriage, and Sarah fell in love with them as she was falling in love with Brandon.
“We had a lot of family dates together with Grant and Brielle,” she says. “We were also able to spend alone time together, and we love doing the same things—going to the beach, playing board games, and dancing!” The two became engaged on a sailboat in St. Augustine, and soon the couple was planning their wedding. When Sarah and her mother, Lori Holding, visited Oyster Bay Yacht Club and met with event planners Terri Sanders and Ashton Hunter, there was no need to look any further for a venue. “We fell in love with Oyster Bay,” says Sarah. “It’s quaint and intimate, and the natural surroundings are the epitome of Southern coastal casual elegance.” Sarah was living in Fernandina Beach with her parents at the time of her engagement, and Brandon lived in Orange Park. Their proximity to the area, and AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 15
Lori’s enthusiasm for their wedding plans, made things easy for Sarah. “We really loved that Oyster Bay had indoor and outdoor facilities, so we had a ‘Plan B’ for rain,” says Lori. “But, as it turned out, the day couldn’t have been more perfect!” The weekend wedding began with a Friday night rehearsal dinner at Cucina South, which featured a custom menu for their 40 guests. That evening, Sarah and her bridesmaids stayed at a cottage on the Oyster Bay property, where they were able to get ready for the Saturday wedding at a leisurely pace. The wedding ceremony, held at 6 p.m., was perfectly timed for the sunset, with lots of photo opportunities. There wasn’t a dry eye in the 16 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
house as Sarah and Brandon exchanged their vows. Sarah also wrote vows to Brandon’s children, presenting Brielle with a necklace and Grant with dog tags that read ‘Today I tell Daddy I do, and promise you forever, too.’ “This day is etched in my heart forever,” says Lori. “It was the most beautiful and expressive wedding I’ve ever attended, and I think all of our guests felt the same way.” Oyster Bay provided a unique menu of “his and hers” food stations featuring the couple’s favorites—pizza, tacos, and sushi, along with a traditional carving station. Their cake, designed by 4 Rivers Smokehouse, was enjoyed by all, and with DJ Jason Garcia of Footloose Entertainment playing all their favorite tunes, Sarah, Brandon, and their 130 guests danced long into the night. “Brandon and I took dance lessons when we were dating,” says Sarah. “We had the best time dancing with our friends and families!” One of the most touching moments of the wedding celebration was when Sarah entered the venue and saw a special table set up with photos of her grandparents on their wedding days. “We called it ‘Weddings from the Past,’ says Sarah. “Three of my grandparents are deceased, and you can imagine how much I wish they could have been there at my wedding. It brought tears to my eyes seeing their photos. I felt they were there with me in spirit.” After the wedding, Sarah and Brandon went on a 10-day honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, before heading back to their home together in Orange Park. At present, Brandon serves at Mayport Naval Station and Sarah is a first grade teacher. The two are expecting their first child this spring. AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 17
Chelsea & Michael FLORIDA HOUSE INN By Karen Miller
Photography by Theresa Paterson, Out of the Box Photography
Chelsea Foster met Michael Hawthorne seven years ago when they were attending Flagler College in St. Augustine. They became inseparable—best friends, soul mates—right from the start. But while other young couples were planning their lives and looking to settle down in pretty neighborhoods with white picket fences, Chelsea and Michael had other things in mind. “We bought an old school bus,” laughs Chelsea. “It was a dream of ours to travel in our very own bus, and so we’ve been renovating the bus ever since and planning our life of travel together.” The couple might be free-spirited, but they also had goals. “We had this list of things we were going to do before we got married,” says Michael. “We’d have the bus completed, we’d adopt a dog, etc., and everything would be in place. But I got impatient 18 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
in July 2016 and popped the question to Chelsea on a kayak trip to Tiger Island. And she said ‘yes!’” When most girls become engaged, they go right into weddingplanning mode. But not the laid-back Chelsea, who preferred that she and Michael save their money for traveling instead of spending it on a big wedding. It was Chelsea’s mother, Theresa Paterson, a New Port Richey photographer, who convinced her to get the ball rolling and have her wedding at the Florida House Inn in Fernandina Beach. “Michael’s family has lived on the island since 2003, and it’s such a beautiful place to hold a wedding. When we talked to Innkeeper Dana Schefke, she knew exactly what we wanted, and she was such a pleasure to work with.” Along with planning the wedding with Dana and Chelsea’s mother, family friend Loretta
Thompson provided flowers for the wedding as a gift to the bride and groom. Because most of their family and friends live in the area, people made their own travel plans, with many making it a mini-vacation. The couple held their rehearsal dinner across the street from the Florida House at Pi Infinite Combinations. “The restaurant offered us a special menu for our 50 guests,” says Chelsea. “And we parked the bus out front so that all our guests could take a look and see our renovations. Michael’s sister Sarah, along with his parents, did all the work for the rehearsal dinner, and it was a beautiful evening.” Rain was in the forecast for their wedding day, but that didn’t bother the outdoorsy Chelsea and Michael. “We just got married a few minutes earlier than we planned,” says Michael. “Then the rain came down, and we headed to the porch!” Michael’s grandfather, Dimas Diaz, a pastor from Brunswick, Georgia, was the officiant. And although Chelsea and Michael consider themselves a “non-traditional” couple, they had a large wedding party of 16 bridesmaids and groomsmen. Chelsea and Michael wanted traditional Southern cuisine, so the Florida House offered up their famous fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and macaroni and cheese, with two varieties of cobbler, buffet-style, while guests enjoyed music and dancing on the porch and indoors. When the rain stopped, everyone headed out to enjoy the Florida House Inn’s famous courtyard. Through the years, the 1857 inn has housed many guests, including Ulysses S. Grant, Jose Marti, Henry Ford, Laurel and Hardy, and many others. Today, it hosts wedding guests, tourists, and people from around the world. Chelsea and Michael are so fond of the Florida House that they decided to have a farewell brunch there the day after their wedding before heading off on their honeymoon. Since the wedding, the wayfaring couple has been on a perpetual honeymoon, traveling throughout the Southeast. “We’re planning to head out west later this year,” says Michael. “But first we’ll make a trip back to Amelia Island. We’ll always come back here.” AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 19
Ellyn & Alex T H E R I B A U LT C L U B By Julie Simmons Photography by Cole LoCurto Photography
When Ellyn Spangenberg was a student at Jacksonville University, just hanging out with her girlfriends, a bold young man from the University of North Florida approached her and said, “You’re the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen.” Ellyn quickly dismissed him, but, in the back of her mind, she always wondered who he was. Just a little over a year later, she found out exactly who he was when this young man’s radar beeped as he saw Ellyn walking through the campus at the University of North Florida! Alex Mouro convinced Ellyn to have a cup of coffee with him, and little did Ellyn know where it might lead. “God obviously knew what I needed and placed him in my life,” laughs Ellyn. Alex proposed as they walked in the sand with their dog, Prince, at Jacksonville Beach in June 2016. Following their engagement, the couple toured wedding venues on Florida’s First Coast, choosing The Ribault Club. Situated on Fort George Island, its location is ideal. Perched on the water under a canopy of historic oaks, The Ribault Club is an historic 1920s-era “Millionaires’ Clubhouse” which recently underwent a four-year restoration. Not only is the venue itself special, but the services it provides are spectacular. “We enjoy helping couples make their day an absolutely great experience,” confirms Wedding Planner Angie Martino. “From ceremony to send-off, I ask couples to think about what they want to enjoy on their day, and remember it. Then I help them to make that vision a reality for their guests to remember, too!” All 275 guests at the Mouro wedding left with plenty of fond memories. “The day was just perfect,” the couple remembers. “The 20 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
feeling of being surrounded by everyone who loves us was simply amazing.” And that is what the day was, as the bride walked down the aisle to her husband-to-be, who waited under the branches of one of the gorgeous live oaks on the property. The couple said, “I do,” with their pastor, Ben Williams of The Church of Eleven22, officiating. The 10 bridesmaids, 10 groomsmen, a sweet flower girl, the couple’s four-legged family member, and the many guests all shared their love with the couple on that beautiful afternoon. Following the ceremony, the couple enjoyed a few moments together while their family and friends kicked off the magnificent party Ellyn had planned. “I chose a natural palate with sandstone, white, and greenery,” she explains. “I had a vision of farm tables mixed with circular tables with lots of garland and a variety of candles.” Ruby Reds Floral and Garden, along with Luxe Party Rentals and Angie, accomplished it perfectly.
The Chef’s Garden Catering & Events served a fun menu that included shrimp and grits and a flaming donuts station. Everyone danced to music of South City Live band, and as the couple left, the crowd cheered and waved giant foam light-up sticks. Wes Davis Creative captured video memories. The next day, the couple visited their families in the houses they rented on the beach on Amelia Island and at Amelia Island Plantation. “The opportunity to share homes with our families and friends made the entire weekend a big reunion,” says the couple. “We were able to have breakfast together, host the rehearsal dinner, and even have a bonfire on the beach.” The crowd also took advantage of golfing on Amelia Island, shopping, and dining out in downtown Fernandina Beach. It may have taken a lot of nerve for Alex to chase down his beautiful bride, not once, but twice, but today they are both thrilled to be sharing coffee together for the rest of their lives! AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 21
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Lauren & Gantt F E R N A N D I N A B E A C H M U N I C I PA L A I R P O R T By Teri Sopp
Photography by Brandi Hill Photography
On the day Lauren Byrns met Gantt Williams, she knew she would marry him. Lauren, who grew up in Fernandina Beach, was attending law school in Charleston when Gantt came with friends to a party at her condominium. “I knew right away we were made for each other because he was listening to my favorite music – The Grateful Dead,” smiles Lauren. Gantt, from Spartanburg, South Carolina, had just graduated from the College of Charleston and was working at The Bank of South Carolina. The two immediately hit it off and dated while Lauren finished law school. Their first date was a New Year’s Eve concert in Atlanta. The first time Lauren brought Gantt home to Amelia Island, he was smitten. “We were at the Green Turtle,” remembers Lauren, “and Gantt was trying to find out how much the apartments across the street rented for.” “I loved it here. I’d never even heard of Amelia Island before,” laughs Gantt. After Lauren finished law school, the couple decided 22 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
to move to Amelia Island. Gantt proposed one afternoon at sunset on the dock at Lauren’s parents’ home, and Lauren said yes. They decided they wanted a unique, non-traditional wedding. Lauren’s father Ken, a pilot for American Airlines, came up with the aeronautical theme and suggested the hangar at the Fernandina Municipal Airport. Lauren and Gantt set their wedding for November 4, 2017 – six years to the day after they met. Wedding plans began in earnest. Lauren’s mother, Laurie, and her cousin, Makenzie Blodgett, in California, got together to design the theme for the wedding and the invitations: “Taking Flight.” The couple hosted family and out-of-town guests at a rehearsal dinner at the Florida House Inn. Family members from around the country stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites in downtown Fernandina Beach and the Residence Inn Amelia Island. “Everyone at both hotels were so nice to work with and so incredibly helpful,” said Lauren.
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On the day of the wedding, the couple had a “first look” Ken and Laurie’s home – Gantt was standing on the dock looking at the marsh when Lauren walked down and touched him on the shoulder. “I thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen,” says Gantt. “It was an amazing feeling.” Guests arrived to find white chairs set facing a gazebo draped in white flowers and organza. Vintage suitcases with mileage signs were stacked near the entrances, and place cards for the reception were “baggage tags” hanging on an oversized vintage suitcase. Lauren was flown in for the ceremony in a twin-engine Beechcraft Bonanza, and she and her father climbed down the wing of the plane for the walk down the aisle. Lauren wore a backless Truvelie of Canada ivory dress trimmed with ribboned lace. The couple had no attendants, but Lauren’s closest friends dressed in navy and gold to show their connection with the bride and the wedding’s “airline” theme. Their vows were said in front of Wain Wesberry of First Presbyterian Church in Fernandina Beach. Alain LeLait played Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah during the ceremony. After the ceremony, the two hundred twenty guests moved into the hanger, where a stage and dance floor were set up. The reception dinner was provided by three Jacksonville food trucks: Rocco’s Pizza, Berndt Ends BBQ, and Sweeto Burrito, as well as fried shrimp from T-Ray’s, a local favorite. At the cake table, thirteen different cakes created by Carolyn’s Cakes were set among vintage luggage and hat boxes. After dinner, KTG Band from Jacksonville played dance and sing-along songs, and during the Top Gun song “Danger Zone,” guests were provided with pilots’ hats and aviator sunglasses. Mark Deaton of Eventcraft in Fernandina Beach handled the lighting and sound, while the photographers were Brandi Hill and Holly Allain. After a reception that lasted well into the evening, guests were invited to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for an after-party. Sixty friends closed down the bar with the happy couple, who spent two nights there before flying to Bali for a two-week honeymoon.
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Taran & Allen WALKER’S LANDING By Julie Simmons
Photography by Pam Bell Photography
Taran O’Grady was sitting alone at her first sorority semiformal at James Madison University when a gentleman named Allen Jackson pulled up a chair. Taran divulged that her date was a no-show, but Allen quickly reassured her. “You are too cute to sit alone,” he said. Little did the two know that one day they would be sitting together for the rest of their lives. A few short years later, Taran was preparing dinner, turned around, and found Allen on one knee asking if she wanted to spend the rest of her life with him! Not exactly the proposal he had in mind, but that’s Taran and Allen—they are able to they roll with the punches no matter what life brings. In fact, Allen had two separate proposal plans thwarted when the engagement ring arrived—not once, but twice—in the wrong size! Taran grew up on Amelia Island, and as the daughter of Lisa VanderWege—long-time owner of Gourmet Gourmet, an Amelia 24 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
Island restaurant and catering business—Taran was raised going to weddings. “I knew since I was probably six years old that I would have my wedding at Walker’s Landing,” she says. The couple loved the venue’s natural landscape, its waterfront location under a canopy of oaks, and the opportunity to decorate the interior any way you like. With the venue secured, the event planning took shape. Lisa, a professional at these occasions, was excited to plan her daughter’s wedding. A partnership with Brooke Raulerson and Artistic Florist helped make the setting not only gorgeous, but romantic, with a vintage feel. “I absolutely loved the trust and freedom the family gave me to portray their color scheme and style. I enjoyed finding flower varieties, in their peak season, in the wine color scheme, from all corners of the earth, full of textures and rich, vibrant colors,” says
Brooke. The couple also loved that Walker’s Landing’s large lit fireplace provided a distinctive, cozy touch. When the wedding week arrived, guests began to check in to the Residence Inn Amelia Island and various rentals around the island. On Thursday, the couple hosted a welcome cocktail party for out-of-town guests, then on Friday evening, the crowd enjoyed a wonderful rehearsal dinner at Sliders Seaside Grill on the beach. And just like that, the festivities were in full swing, filled with lots of love and laughter. On the morning of the wedding, Taran and her bridesmaids relaxed in a bridal suite at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, where they spent the day perfecting their hair and makeup with Paulina Perez. Remember the engagement ring hiccup? Well, on their wedding day, Taran found herself with a misplaced veil and a stolen maid-of-honor dress! “I kept my cool,” Taran remembers
with a sigh, sharing that a friend saved the day by buying every veil that a local bridal shop had in stock. And, by a miracle, a dress in the right color was found for the bridesmaid! Undeterred, the wedding ceremony got underway as scheduled, with a beautiful set of “I do’s” beneath the unparalleled natural backdrop at Walker’s Landing and a delightful evening that friends and family will remember forever. Catering by Liz Grenamyer presented a variety of food stations, and a couple of Amelia Island DJs provided plenty of fun. Pam Bell Photography captured the evening’s memories. As the couple left the venue, their friends surprised them with a shower of JMU-colored streamers – just like in their college days! Taran and Allen are off to a great start at married life, raising their daughter, Sophie, and all the joy she brings. Most of all, the duo looks forward to years of sitting together, enjoying each other’s company like when their love began. AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 25
ALY & CODY
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NOVEMBER 4, 2017
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LAUREN & SHANE
SARAH & MATT
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The Golf Club at North Hampton By Karen Miller Nestled in a tranquil setting of lakes and forests, The Golf Club at North Hampton is much more than the best Arnold Palmer golf course in the state of Florida; it’s also the perfect place to celebrate a wedding. The naturally beautiful setting eases the worries of the moment, allowing bride, groom, family, and friends to relax and enjoy a very special day. “Here at North Hampton, we like to think there aren’t just one or two things that stand out about our approach to your wedding,” says Heather Veraldi, the Golf Club’s Banquet and Wedding Coordinator. “We feel that brides here get a full complement of reassuring differentials that help us guarantee your special day is memorable for all the right reasons.” The Golf Club’s clubhouse, the hub of all North Hampton activities, is beautifully 28 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
decorated to create a lasting impression, and the picturesque views of the golf course are unforgettable. “Our banquet room has charm and character that can only be described as matchless for this area,” says Heather. Located only 25 minutes from Jacksonville and just 15 minutes from Jacksonville International Airport, the Golf Club is convenient for out-of-town guests and close to a wide variety of hotels, condos, and charming bed-and-breakfast inns. For locals and visitors alike, The Golf Club at North Hampton offers destination wedding packages that include custom amenities at affordable prices. “Our packages make planning and budgeting a breeze, and they can easily be custom tailored to deliver your dream wedding!” says Heather.
SHERRY CARTER COURTESY OF THE GOLF CLUB AT NORTH HAMPTON
Guests are welcome to utilize every part of The Golf Club, from its outdoor lawn to its banquet rooms and patio, which provide space for dining, dancing, and mingling for intimate weddings of less than 100 to large celebrations of up to 300 guests. The Club’s CIA-trained chef Bill Veraldi, Heather’s husband, offers exciting and creative custom menus from carving and food stations for a casual buffet to lavish sit-down dinners, along with custom cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. Chef Bill prides himself on delivering the best of the basics first, and kicking it up several notches from there. “It’s like building a house,” says Chef Bill. “Each element of a meal has to be built from the ground up with the best building blocks available. I can create anything from hamburgers and hot dogs to Chateaubriand.” Owner Scott Schneider says The Golf Club at North Hampton offers a casual environment while striving to deliver 5-star service. He’s particularly proud of his food and beverage staff. “No one in the area can compete with the high-quality food
that comes out of our kitchen, and as a bonus, our pricing is much easier to swallow,” says Schneider. If couples are looking for a relaxed location, personal attention from start to finish, great price options, and amazing cuisine, The Golf Club of North Hampton is the best wedding venue in the region, he concludes. “We’ve gotten a lot of brides down the aisle, all of them radiant and happy with our wedding staff bringing over a quarter-century of wedding experience to bear. You can relax here and actually enjoy your first day as husband and wife,” says Heather. “While you enjoy yourselves, our staff will be hard at work for you and your guests. Our friendly and gracious banquet team keeps track of all the details and shares in the excitement of your big day.” For more information about The Golf Club of North Hampton, call (904) 548-0000, visit them at 22680 North Hampton Club Way in Fernandina Beach, or request a personal meeting online at gcnorthhampton.com. AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS 29
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By Lindy Kavanaugh The number of choices involving a wedding trousseau can be overwhelming. After the dress, the shoes, and the veil, accessories are sometimes the final touch to complete a brides wedding day look. So, how do you pick the perfect jewelry? First consider the dress. It is important to consider the neckline of the dress, the color of the metal components on the dress, and how you’ll wear your hair. Tying together all of these details is a balancing act and should only be complemented by the accessories you choose. Many modern brides pick a theme for their wedding to achieve a certain vibe. Whether it’s vintage, bohemian, or classic, jewelry can help reflect the personal style of the bride and stand out on the big day. There are several things to consider when choosing jewelry to go with your dress, including the style and your budget. Most importantly, remember that you don’t have to stick to any kind of tradition if you don’t want to! 30 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
Without question, pearls are a favorite for many special occasions, and especially weddings. A single strand of white pearls have adorned many brides through the years as they walked down the aisle, and they are a perfect choice for a traditionalstyle bride. What if pearls don’t suit you? Maybe your style is more contemporary? Think outside the box. Consider the look you want to achieve and play with a little color, unique materials, and be sure to look elsewhere than in the bridal section. And don’t overdo it. If your look is more bohemian or unconventional, it’s all about the details, which will likely incorporate a mix of natural, rustic, and artistic trends. Layering and looking effortless is a balance between all of the elements in your jewelry, including earrings, headband, necklaces, bracelets, or whatever you choose. Repurposing or borrowing jewelry to wear on the wedding day is the perfect way to stay on budget, and it will give more meaning to an already special day. Try borrowing an heirloom piece if you are trying to achieve a vintage or romantic look. If budget isn’t a factor, a wedding is the perfect occasion to purchase an investment piece that you can enjoy for years to come. You will probably regret spending a lot of money on a costume piece of jewelry that overpowers your dress and really isn’t “you,” anyway. And, as with any time you buy jewelry, stay away from things that are very trendy. Wearing metals that compliment your skin tone, regardless of what’s in fashion, will always have more longevity. And keeping it simple is always a good rule. Of course, the best part of picking pieces to go with your wedding gown is how it makes you feel. Be yourself, and let your look be a reflection of you. Lindy Kavanaugh is the owner of Lindy’s Jewelry, located at 110 Centre Street in historic downtown Fernandina Beach since 2001. Lindy is a Graduate Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America, with over 20 years of experience in jewelry making and design. For more information, visit www.lindysjewelry.com.
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letting your personal style shine Whether you’re channeling your “inner bohemian,” choosing a cape instead of a train, or wearing detachable sleeves, choose a look that best expresses you. By Julie Simmons How do you express your inner bohemian? Figure this out, and you’ll be on point for bridal fashion and bridal style in 2018! As American fashion designer Lubov Azria recently shared on social media, she was channeling her “inner bohemian” with a maxi print skirt and a textured denim jacket, making a bold statement about the hottest styles for this spring’s bridal season. Who would have guessed that someday we would see a bride in denim or a leather jacket! Just as the “black” earthquake shook last season’s bridal runways, denim and leather are causing tremors this season with custom embroidered jackets and fun sayings on the back like, “Mrs. Mills,” “Just Married,” or even “His” and “Hers” jackets. If you’re interested in exploring this trend, visit etsy. com for a plethora of options. 32 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
If denim and leather are not for you, jackets in some form are hot, hot, hot. For the traditional bride, a classic hand-embroidered lace jacket might fit the bill. Or, if you like to go your own way, try a cape. We’ve seen capes emerge for the last year or so, but in 2018, they’re full-on! Think Snow White, and wear it embroidered, polka-dotted, in lace or solid. Or skip the train and the veil, since the cape grabs all the attention. Additionally, the cape offers an opportunity for the bride to attach or detach it mid-event, giving her a unique look and feel for the reception. Under all the jackets, interesting sleeves are on the scene! The sleeve debuted a couple of seasons across most designer lines, but this year they showed up in “detachable” form, presenting an off-the-shoulder, strapless illusion. This hip trend is available in
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Left: Justin Alexander defines glamour in this vintage 50s-inspired high-low tea length bridal gown covered in intricately sequined lace. The illusion Sabrina neckline and elegantly beaded lace cap sleeves of this timeless gown capture this season’s hot trends. Above: Mon Cheri’s strapless sweetheart lace appliqué over organza A-line knee-length dress has a directionally ruched bodice with a satin belt. The triple-tiered pleated high-low skirt has wide cascading ruﬄes down the front and lace appliqué accents. Removable straps included. Below left: The Danielle Frankel Marion silk slip dress gown features this season’s trending oﬀthe-shoulder sleeves, an empire waist, and a deep v-neckline. The full-length lace sleeves are detachable allowing one look in the chapel and another at the reception.
all sorts of styles, from poofy or long to bell, or as split sleeves to add movement. If you fancy an attached sleeve, 1980’s-feeling puff sleeves are being offered, accentuating dimensions on all sorts of bodice styles. Are all these jackets, capes, and sleeves too much coverage? Try bridal shorts, a short suit, or even a mini skirt paired with an oversize veil for a completely modern feel. Or choose a mid-length 1950’s sweetheart-style dress, as seen on runways this season, as are bridal suits and even jumpsuits for mature brides or less formal weddings. If you like to “go big or go home,” you’re in good company this year. “The bigger the ball skirt, the longer the train, the more dramatic the veil and the more stately the silhouette, the better,” suggests harprsbazaar. com, describing the trend as “elegant doses of drama.” Gowns in this category will come with full skirts or layers of tulle, bringing to mind traditional bridal styles. But if this sort of drama is not your thing, have no fear: modern, sleek, clean, and fresh options are just as abundant. Emerging after a few seasons of overdosed laces and feathers, a solid gown in any style is very welcome this season. The intriguing characteristic of this trend is that it can “feel” so different based on the bodice – a solid, tailored gown for the classic bride or a slinky slip dress offering for the organic fiancée. And when it comes to the neckline, the answer is “yes.” The runways overflowed with straight-across necklines, off-the-shoulder looks, halters, high-collars, and plenty of v-necks. Brides, as you channel your “inner bohemian” or whatever your personal style is, we wish you a marriage that channels plenty of love. 34 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
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GREENERY It’s all about the greenery. We have seen an increase of botanical-inspired decor with plants, succulents, and greenery as the focal point. Custom wreaths dripping with foliage, spinning over the dance floor, and eucalyptus-draped chandeliers hanging from tree limbs during outdoor ceremonies are creating gasp worthy ambiance.
wedding trends FOR 2018
By Lisa Presnell, PWC Another year gone by means fresh, new ideas to get excited about! From unplugged weddings to bohemian decor and geometrics, weddings appear to be more modern and less conventional. Many couples are looking for a relaxed and fun atmosphere, and they are creating new wedding traditions that have us swooning. BOHEMIAN STYLE The bohemian wedding trend is not new, and we think it’s here to stay. These uniquely beautiful events combine aspects of romance, nature, and the couple’s personality. Bohemian-inspired couples embrace the motif through fashion, including flower crowns and light airy dresses, and décor, with cascading bouquets and centerpieces using driftwood and succulents. Some take a more subtle approach, including elements here and there, with a touch of glam. Bohemian style, also referred to as boho-chic, has come to mean “free-spirited.” 36 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
BOLD COLOR AND GEOMETRICS Geometric shapes are fashion forward, with many couples are using them as centerpieces, like terrariums with florals, greenery, or succulents. Uniquely shaped lanterns are also being used in the same way. Many couples have moved on from natural earthy tones to bolder shades, adding a pop of color with purples and reds. RELAXED SEATING AND LOUNGE AREAS Creating a relaxed atmosphere is what’s hot. Specialty bars and lounge-style seating has become more desirable over the past few years. Couples are opting for a less formal reception style and are creating casual seating spaces so their guests are comfortable and more relaxed. CASUAL FOOD Food Trucks and DIY dessert bars are all the rage. Who doesn’t love a taco truck or a self-serve sundae bar? We are seeing cupcake buffets with an array of toppings and food trucks that serve everything imaginable these days, like Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Fish Tacos, or MadeTo-Order Sushi. There is something nostalgic about a food truck or serving something that your guests all know and love from their childhood. UNPLUGGED CEREMONIES Yes, please! Photographers, officiants, and the couples themselves are struggling with photohungry guests who don’t stay seated during the ceremony. Guests are making photos difficult by blocking the photographer or distracting the couple. The first look, the walk down the aisle, the kiss… those are special moments, and there are no do-overs. The solution? An unplugged ceremony. Couples are making custom signs and requesting that all cell phones, devices, and cameras be put away so the professionals can do their jobs. Lisa Presnell is an Amelia Island native and the proud owner of Lisa Presnell Productions, one of the top wedding & event planning companies on Amelia Island in the WeddingWire network. WeddingWire’s Couple’s Choice Awards recognizes her as amongst the top 5% of wedding professionals nationwide for the past FOUR consecutive years for Excellence in Quality, Service, Responsiveness and Professionalism.
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W H AT ’ S N E W I N
design & décor By Julie Simmons As you embark on planning your special day this bridal season, expect tons of fun because styles are shifting this year into new territory, to neverbefore-seen horizons. The style is… bohemian! So what exactly does that mean? Basically, bohemian means unconventional! A bohemian wedding will break traditions, rules, and expected practices while embracing artistic, relaxed alternatives in everything from wedding fashion to table décor, including even the format of the event. The great news is that whatever you love is now a possibility on your day! To help you get started on your own bohemian brainstorming, let’s take a look at what other brides and designers are planning this year. Perhaps the most prevalent trend is the use of dreamcatchers. Take a quick peek around a boutique or store and you’ll find plenty of them, from small ones for household décor to necklaces attached to a dress. On their wedding day, brides are using larger ones as canopies over the altar, miniature ones to hold 38 AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS
guest books and place cards, or perhaps a cluster of different sizes as an overhead embellishment. They’re coming in all sorts of colors, and you can add accents such as crystals, which, by the way, are very popular this wedding season, emerging in centerpieces, bridal jewels, and hairpieces. With the New Age feel of the bohemian, last season’s barn trend is making way for new types of venues. Think about a clean, industrial type of space – it’s edgy, current, and it offers a clean slate to make the day into anything you want it to be! The bohemian naturally invites nature to its table, and venues with woodsy auras are at the top of many brides’ list, even the woods itself! If you opt for indoors, you can still embrace nature by bringing it inside. Wood is trending intensely. Brides are using it every chance they can, from wooden invitations to table numbers, signs, chairs, and tables. Also from the woods, “moss” is hot! In lieu of floral walls, brides are opting for natural moss walls and including personalized touches on it, like an engagement photo, wooden sign, or even lights. This solution comes with less commitment to a color palate, and you can easily mix flowers with the moss as well. My favorite trend this season is the focus on textures. Consider wax seals on invitations or menus, assorted linens on the table, and mixes of fabrics like velvet and burlap, or even tables constructed with unique materials. And macramé is here! Of course, we see this textile in the dreamcatchers, but don’t stop there. Brides are hanging it from chandeliers, using it as table linens, chair sashes, and, of course, accenting it with lighting for extra pizazz. Speaking of lighting, just like denim and leather are turning heads in bridal fashion, so are neon lights in décor! Light it up, ladies, be it a fun saying, a table number, or your own personalized something. Finally, go Napa Valley Romance, says our own Brooke Raulerson, AIFD, CFD, FSMD, CWP, owner, lead floral artist, and certified wedding planner of Artistic Florist and Events. “Brides are describing their ideal wedding in palates of popular beverages,” she says. “Think about shades of wine, scotch, burgundy, marsala, blush, and champagne. The muted hues of wine are present in bridesmaid dresses, table linens, flowers, embellishments, and cake décor.” When it comes to the blooms, Brooke explains they are spilling over vessels and cascading, using large heavy blooms like peonies, garden roses, dahlias, parrot tulips, and ranunculus. So go for it—break all the rules—and make your day exactly what you want it to be. For 2018, it’s all about you and what you love! From Amelia Island Weddings, wishing you all the best!
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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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FOR THE OCCASION
FIRST THINGS ■ Date of the wedding, approximate number of guests, wedding venue ■ Discuss options: sit down, buffet, food stations, or cocktail reception ■ Price per person: make sure caterer’s price range fits your budget ■ Start and end times for each phase of event ■ Does caterer share your vision of the event? FOOD AND PREPARATION Opportunity for food tasting (Cost for tasting? Can cost be deducted from eventual catering bill?) ■ Any food previously frozen or all fresh? ■ Wedding cake included? ■ Special menus such as vegetarian, vegan, special recipes or restrictions? ■
BEFORE RECEPTION Hors d’oeuvres (Hot, cold, stationary, or served? How many and what kind?) ■ Timing of cocktail hour to coincide with formal photos? ■ Beverages (Punch, cocktails, soft drinks?) ■ Children’s table? ■
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WAIT STAFF Number of servers and bartenders Ratio of servers to guests (1 server to 16 at a sit-down meal, 1 to 25 or so at a buffet is one guideline) ■ Cost of servers ■ Dress code ■ Gratuities included? ■ ■
MISCELLANEOUS What rooms will be used? Is the caterer familiar with the kitchen facilities and the reception room? ■ What items, if any, will caterer provide (chairs, tables, flatware, dishes, glasses, linens)? ■ Discuss price of above, and request samples ■ Does the caterer have photos of previous events to show? ■ Tables, chairs, utensils, dishes, paper goods ■ Other party items (e.g religious items, place cards, table numbers, candles, matches, guest towels in restrooms?) ■ Can the caterer recommend other weddingservice professionals? (Is the caterer acquainted with wedding planner, florist, or other professionals to be used?) ■ Don’t forget to clarify details (e.g. cheese plate: what kind of cheeses included? portion size?) ■ References are always a good idea ■ Check for insurance coverage ■ ■
AFTER THE PARTY What happens to leftovers? Ask the caterer to prepare a “take-away basket” for the couple
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ON AMELIA ISLAND
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 awardwinning 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. Come visit us! In the center of Fernandina Beach, The Fairbanks House has been recognized as one of the most beautiful bed and breakfast inns in the country. Recently named the “Best Place to Elope” by WhereToElope.com, the inn boasts striking Italianate architecture, along with rooms that are charming and comfortable, many with Jacuzzis and private porches. Innkeeper and owner Theresa Hamilton provides wine and chocolate-covered strawberries upon your arrival, as well as spa robes, upscale amenities, and free WiFi in the rooms. “We cater to romance,” says Hamilton. “We are all about quiet, romantic getaways, and we can accommodate every need.” Several of the oversized rooms even have small kitchens and all rooms have coffee makers. A two-course breakfast, complimentary use of bikes, a pool and beach equipment, along with evening beverages and hors d’oeuvres, round out the carefree pampering that couples will remember for a lifetime. Equally charming is The Amelia Island Williams House, a beautifully restored Victorian mansion on a quiet street close to the town center. This award-winning inn features charming spacious guest rooms with working fireplaces, baths with whirlpool tubs for two, elegant bedding, and all of the amenities you need for an atmosphere for romance and relaxation. Their honeymoon packages feature chocolate-dipped strawberries, dinners for two, and romantic horse-drawn carriage rides through the quaint seaside town. A three course gourmet breakfast is served each morning in the dining room, plus complimentary beverages and snacks are available all day, as well as bikes, beach towels, and guest chairs for relaxing on the beach. Innkeepers Chris and Maria Page invite you to sit on their wide verandahs underneath live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss while you “wine” down the day, and enjoy views of their serene gardens, fountains, and koi pond. Located just steps from the Atlantic Ocean is the Amelia Hotel at the Beach. This locally owned
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and operated hotel is convenient to area attractions, dining and shopping. “Our hotel offers spacious guest rooms with a location designed to leave guests with great memories at affordable prices,” says Holly Germano, General Manager. “Guests love the comfortable rooms with abundant amenities, Hot & Healthy Breakfast, as well as our evening refreshments—and our Lobby Lounge is the perfect place to enjoy a night cap.” Elizabeth Pointe offers newleyweds oceanfront relaxation with refined Southern hospitality. Wrap-around porches, beautifully decorated rooms, seaside dining at The Pointe Restaurant, 24/7 room service and staff to exceed your expectations will all be a part of your stay at Elizabeth Pointe. Relax in a rocking chair with a glass of sweet tea and ocean views from the broad porch and you will see why this Inn received the 2017 Conde Nast Best Service Award and is featured as one of Southern Living Magazine’s Great Inns of the South. Suites located on the Elizabeth Pointe property just next to the main Inn offer more secluded options for honeymoon couples, with private sundecks and balcony options, all with the amenities the Inn offers. Add the honeymoon package to any stay to make your oceanfront romantic getaway on Amelia Island complete. Amelia Island is also a great jumping off place for other destinations. Wallace Pierson Travel, a local, full-service travel source, offers a network of contacts and experienced and well-traveled agents who can provide honeymoon packages with VIP status worldwide. Honeymooning couples are known to return again and again to Amelia Island, to recreate their special day. It’s an extraordinary place where new lives begin, and memories are made to last a lifetime.
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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
THE PICNIC BASKET 503A CENTRE STREET FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 277-9779 WWW.PICNICBASKETFERNANDINA.COM FULL-SERVICE CATERING, WEDDINGS, REHEARSAL DINNERS, BRIDAL SHOWERS
CHAPELS/CHURCHES AMELIA PLANTATION CHAPEL 36 BOWMAN ROAD AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 277-4414 WWW.AMELIACHAPEL.COM AN INTERDENOMINATIONAL COMMUNITY CHURCH
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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;
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
GOLF CLUB OF NORTH HAMPTON 22680 NORTH HAMPTON CLUBWAY FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32034 (904) 548-0000 WWW.GCNORTHHAMPTON.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
JOE’S 2ND STREET BISTRO 14 SOUTH SECOND STREET AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034 (904) 321-2558 WWW.JOESBISTRO.COM
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 LISA PRESNELL PRODUCTIONS (904) 206-3155 WWW.LISAPRESNELLPRODUCTIONS.COM WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNING; CRUISE AND ALL-INCLUSIVE TRAVEL COORDINATION
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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
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