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This is How You Celebrate the Perfect Island “I Do’s”

We’re big fans of coastal soirees and when it comes to saying “I do” with the stunning blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop, Jekyll Island Club Hotel is IT. From the crazy cool venue options to the breathtaking views to the talented staff that knows everything about throwing a fab wedding, this is a place that has dream day written all over it. See just what I mean below.

Whether you’re planning an intimate soiree for two, want to celebrate the night away with 300 of your nearest and dearest or fall somewhere firmly in between, Jekyll Island Club Hotel has you totally covered with their 30 years of wedding planning experience and variety of breathtaking venues. Think the sand-in-your-toes perfection of the Beach Pavilion, the Italian Renaissance-inspired Crane Cottage and the luxurious Morgan Center… just to name a few. Not to mention their world-class catering, top-notch event professionals and chic accommodations that will make every invited guest sooo happy. It just doesn’t get better, you guys.

From romantic celebrations overlooking the water to nights spent cozying up in true Victorian style, Jekyll Island Club Hotel is most definitely the locale for you… We promise. Contact them today to start your journey towards happily ever after.

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When You Meet “The One” on Christmas

I’ve been watching my fair share of Hallmark classics this holiday season, and quite frankly, Brett and Emily’s love story could put any movie storyline to shame. These two met at the hospital working the Christmas shift and soon knew they’d found something very special. Cassidy Carson photographed all the wedding details, including stationery by Designs in Paper, and the film by Matt G Video is an absolute must-watch.

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From the Bride… Brett and I met on Christmas night, when we were both stuck working the overnight shift at the hospital. I was the nurse for a patient who was getting increasingly sick, and Brett was the Medicine Resident I called to come help. The patient ended up getting much better (he was able to celebrate his 65th wedding anniversary the next month), and Brett and I went on our first date shortly after. About a year and a half after that we were engaged, and ready to start planning our wedding!

Brett and I decided to get married in Nashville, where we both currently live. The first thing we chose was the venue; Mint Springs Farm. It was the perfect combination of elegant and cozy, with its giant Swarovski crystal chandeliers and beautiful barn. Plus they welcomed our King Charles Cavalier puppy Walter with open arms! The photographer was next, and one of the most important things to me. When I saw how perfectly Cassidy captured the emotion of a wedding day, I knew immediately she would do a great job of capturing all the small moments I would want to look back on for years to come.

I am very close to my younger brother, and there isn’t a designated place for a brother in a wedding. I ultimately decided on letting him do my speech, and chose not to have a maid of honor. It was much too difficult to choose between my friends anyway! I loved being able to hear about our relationship from his point of view, and it was one of my favorite parts of the day.

The day itself was gorgeous, we couldn’t have asked for better weather. It was so great to have all the people closest to us together in one place. Once the day finally arrived I was really able to let go and enjoy the time with my friends, family, and new husband. The perfect ending to a relationship started on a cold Christmas night.

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Photography: Cassidy Carson Photography | Videography: Matt G Video | Event Planning: Mint Springs Farm | Floral Design: Mint Springs Farm | Wedding Dress: Lazaro By Jim Hjelm | Cake: B. Jackson Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jim Hjelm | Caterer: Chef Penelope's Catering | Hair and Makeup: KATIE RUSSO BEAUTY | Band: Emerald Empire Band | Groom's Suit: Jos A Banks | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Mint Springs Farm | Groom's Shoes: Menguin | Groom's Tie: Menguin | Paper Suite: Designs in Paper

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You know what I love? A vacation wedding. The sort of fun-filled weekend meets breathtaking “I do’s” that happen at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village. Think one part awesome nuptials, one part kayaking, boating and dolphin watching and one part relaxing spa. It’s the perfect way to celebrate with your nearest and dearest all weekend (or week!) long. Scroll to get your fun on.

The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village isn’t just the perfect place to say “I do,” it also happens to be a whole lot of FUN. From the sunset tours to the boat rentals to the day trips to Sanibel Island, your itinerary will be jam packed with amazing activities that are enjoyable for every single one of your loved ones.  Just imagine a fab welcome dinner coordinated by The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village’s talented staff followed by a sunset tour OR a day-of morning spent golfing in the always amazing Florida weather OR a day-after brunch followed by a trip to the Imaginarium Museum OR all of the above. Not to mention the three resort pools, luxurious spa + salon, plus a planned expansion of the resort, which will add 35,000 square feet of space (that’s 50,000 square feet!) that can accommodate 400+ guests… all by February of 2018. We call that awesome, loves.

Whether you’re planning a small affair for 20 of your nearest and dearest or a more elaborate “I do” for 200 of your loved ones, contact The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village today to begin that journey to the wedding of a lifetime. You (and your guests!) will never enjoy a wedding more.

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  • Sparkling toast during the wedding reception
  • Valid on weddings reserved this year and hosted by December 31, 2017

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*Client is eligible for a Starpoint® signing bonus equal to one Starpoint for every one US dollar ($1) of contracted food and beverage and room rental fees, maximum 100,000 Starpoints.

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