I love mini destination weddings. You know the ones. Those drop-dead gorgeous weddings where you and your honey (+ closest friends and family) venture off to a breathtaking paradise close to your hometown? It’s a crazy wonderful way to celebrate and this fun-filled Grayton Beach State Park affair is a shining example with its vibrant hues, seaside nuptials and one stunning moment after another captured beautifully by Churchill’s Photography. See them all in the full gallery.
From the Bride… We wanted a small wedding with a focus on making it a fun experience for everyone involved, while allowing us to spend time with 35 of our closest friends and family. We didn’t want the destination to be far enough away to exclude anyone, but we did want a stunning backdrop, so we chose the always-beautiful Florida gulf coast, which was close enough to our home in metro Atlanta for folks to make the drive.
Our family stayed at the bed and breakfast where the reception was hosted, and our friends rented two big beach houses nearby. The day of the wedding, we split the houses up, boys in one and girls in the other, while getting ready. Since we had the ceremony at a state park, we and our guests took turns throughout the day staking out our spot on the beach. Starting the morning on a quiet beach with my maid of honor gave me some time to relax and take in everything that was taking place!
Getting married an hour before sunset with our toes in the beautiful white sand was an incredible experience. After the ceremony, we headed to the backyard area of the Hibiscus, where our guests were already having a great time. My bridesmaids and I had worked on lots of little crafty elements to add a personal touch. We had a homemade photo booth setup where people could take fun pictures with props like chalkboard speech bubbles or empty picture frames that were hung from the trees. Dinner featured one of my favorite things about the coast: seafood! The whole event positively flew by, but we were able to spend time with everyone, and many of our guests told us it was the most fun they’ve ever had at a wedding.
From Churchill’s Photography… It was such a huge honor for us to photograph Amanda and Brad’s wedding! They got married in one of the most beautiful spots in the country, Florida’s Gulf Coast, and Amanda put so much care and thought into her wedding. Many of the details such as the invitations, signs, and decorations were all DIY by Amanda.
They decided to do a First Look so we found a secluded spot in the gardens at Watercolors, a resort town not far from their ceremony location. They were so sweet together and we had a great time taking photos around the gardens and boat house. And of course the white sand beaches of the gulf coast made for the perfect ceremony and post ceremony photos. The reception was at a beautiful and cozy little bed and breakfast where the mood was perfect with twinkling lights in the trees and music playing softly in the background. It was a wedding where we definitely felt like we were more on vacation than working!
Photography: Churchill’s Photography | Floral Design: Forever I Do | Day of Coordination + Rentals: Forever I Do | Ceremony Location: Grayton Beach State Park | Reception Location: Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse | Invitations: DIY | Shoes: Havaianas via Zappos | Dress: Paloma Blanca via La Raine’s Bridal Boutique | Cake: Publix | Hair + Makeup: Vivo Spa Salon | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Men’s Outfits: Mens Wearhouse