We love to travel and we thought it would be fitting to travel/have a destination wedding to kick off our marriage! Mitch grew up visiting Sanibel with his grandparents as a kid and it’s really special that we get to get married there. I have always envisioned a very elegant and timeless look for our wedding. I love lots of white flowers and greenery to fit with the greenery and beach scenery around us. Lots of candlelight and drapery over the tent on the beach with twinkle lights above us. I love natural colors and overall just a very pretty and elegant space. Because of the chance of rain and being moved indoors, we wanted to make sure we could still have a pretty view of the beach from indoors. Of all the hotel venues I looked at around southwest Florida, Sundial’s ballrooms have great floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the beach. We loved how private their beach feels as there aren’t any hotels right next to it and the option of having a reception on their Turtle Beach was so unique!
The food options are also amazing! We wanted a very dreamy and elegant ceremony on the beach. Our arch was covered in sheer white drapery and had white and neutral flowers that blended with the beautiful beach we were on. Our reception had a beautiful tent frame with drapery going down from the peak to the sand on the beach with twinkle lights draped above our heads. The tables had lots of light-colored roses and peonies running down the center with various candles and each place setting had a single carnation next to their place card.
Our overall look was elegant and romantic in a tropical setting. I really wanted the decor to be able to be picked up and placed in an indoor ballroom and look just as beautiful in case it rained that day. We found it far less stressful to start planning early. We found vendors that could help us develop and put our vision into a real-life plan which made all the months leading up much easier. I highly recommend at the very least a Day of Coordinator to help the day of! There are so many small details you can’t do yourself that day and it takes the stress of setting up and handling vendors off your plate on your wedding day.