(Closed) Florida elopement / intimate wedding

posted 5 years ago in Elopement
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Busy Beekeeper

Are you somewhere specific in Florida?

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Busy bee

I know it’s a bit of a drive but would you consider making a weekend trip to Sanibel/Captiva? It’s one of my favorite places on earth. There’s lots of fun restaurants and beachfront bars, and also very romantic spots in nature- the sunrise in front of the lighthouse is amazing if you’re willing to get up early. Plus there’s plenty of condo type hotels and air bnb’s to help with affordability.

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jmwelopement :  Of the two areas I would recommend Sanibel, as it’s more walkable/bikeable. Captiva is more residential and quiet.

We stayed at the Sundial before. They have 1-bedroom (and up) suites with nice new kitchens which makes it really cost effective for drinks and snacks. They also have multiple pools and an outdoor covered restaurant overlooking the ocean and a seasonal poolside bar.

You could just find a spot on the beach to get married (does require a license), or go to the lighthouse or the gold course. You could also get married on a dolphin watching boat or take a boat over to an uninhabited island. They are famous for the beautiful seashells. A justice of the peace who offers marriages on the island could probably recommend some places. 

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Busy bee

Here is a picture taken from the hotel restaurant and from the lighthouse at sunrise. I was hoping to find a picture of the bars that you can literally walk out to the beach from but had no luck. 

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Bee Keeper
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jmwelopement :  Are you open to anywhere in Florida, or trying to keep it pretty central?

I’m a Destination Wedding Photographer, and used to live in Florida. If you’re thinking waterfront you could do the reception/dinner at Inlet Harbor Restuarant in Ponce Inlet (south of Daytona) – it’s on the water with a marina but right around the corner from the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse & the beach. You could easily do the ceremony on the beach or at the lighthouse for a variety of photos – and scoot over to the restuarant for dinner. It’s a super casual atmosphere but I used to see receptions and small parties there all the time. They pretty much always have live music too.

I also really love St. Augustine -so it could be worth looking into restaurants up there. The historic area is so quaint..it was one of my favorite places to photograph!

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Hey! I grew up in Punta Gorda, FL! It is a quaint town on the gulf and it’s gorgeous to have a wedding on the water. Look at restaurants like Captains Table, which is on the water in Fisherman’s Village. Ponce De Leon or Gilchrist Park would be perfect fora ceremony. There is a small beach and gazebo. 

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