Incredible Destination Wedding Resort: Sea Island, Georgia

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Today I want to tell you a little bit about an amazing spot for destination weddings and even domestic honeymoons too!  I recently had the chance to stay at The Cloister at Sea Island during the Engage!16: Sea Island wedding industry summit and I was delighted to discover a sweet southern property ideal for destination weddings.  You can see all the parties they put on throughout the conference featured in our stories earlier in the week – their catering department sure knows how to give every guest a great time!

The hotel, The Cloister, is part of a larger resort, one that encompasses the small island it sits on – complete with a sister lodge property, golf, shopping and fine dinning and lots of natural wonders to explore.  Located in the south east of Georgia, on the Atlantic Ocean, the property boasts a big beautiful beach, a dock overlooking the marsh lands and epic sunsets every night.

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For couples tying the knot, there’s a beautiful ivy-clad chapel on property to host your ceremony within.  Surrounded by small pathways and old, inviting trees, this spot is idyllic to say “I do” in.  Every turn at The Cloister, indoors and out, has a romance to it that can only be found in this part of the world, and their wedding spaces have it in spades!

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We also had the rare chance to celebrate in the lobby of the hotel, this beautiful two-story space was perfect for cocktail hour, following a would-be ceremony.

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But my favorite part of the property wasn’t the actual hotel itself, though my residence suite was spectacular!  The natural surroundings of The Cloister at Sea Island were absolutely breathtaking.  The serenity around you finds its way within you as a feeling of peace falls over everyone who steps foot on the island.  Nature walks, romantic sunset strolls, and even a kids club to get the little ones in your group out into nature are some of the delightful activities you’ll experience here.  And for groups who like a little more action, there’s also biking, boating, beach and water sports at the beach club, hunting, horseback riding, and fishing too!  The outdoor activities at Sea Island are endless; your group will certainly have a great time, no matter their speed.

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Despite all the modern amenities, the hotel has a nostalgic feeling to it, one rich in tradition (past presidents have stayed here) and an air of formality that is effortless, not stuffy.  The top-notch service, superb food and beverage program, formal (and not-so formal) restaurants give you the opportunity to experience incredible luxury with any style, from pool-side drinks to black tie dinners, and of course outdoor adventure in between.

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But the hotel rooms are so delightful, you might find yourself skipping the expansive spa and fine dinning and ordering in instead!  My residence came complete with a full kitchen, fireplace-clad living room, wrap around balcony, two full bathrooms and possibly the most delightful and cozy hotel room bed I’ve ever slept in.  The rooms at The Cloister at Sea Island are so inviting, you really don’t ever want to (or need to) leave! …But when you do, you’ll find details, like these monogrammed loaves of bread, that really do dazzle you throughout your stay.  Sea Island may not be the traditional barefoot in the sand destination wedding, but we like it that way.

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Photography: Laura Dee Photography, John Cain Photography, Love Life Images, Joel Callaway Photography, Carla Ten Eyck, Paul Morse Photographs, Genevieve De Manio Photography

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Formal Wedding Ideas: Engage!16 Sea Island

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Every time I attend an Engage Summit wedding industry event I am blown away by the new ideas, brilliant talents, and creative design of the final night gala.  And this past Engage!16: Sea Island was no exception.  The event took place at The Cloister at Sea Island and the beautiful surroundings were the inspiration for much of the decor.  The creative team literally brought the outdoors inside with grand trees growing from the centers of tables and a dance floor map of the south that looked more like a famous mural than a party rental.  From the moment guests entered the foyer lit up with candles and hurricanes dressed with inspirational messages to the slate menus describing the delicious meal, each and every turn was a deeper dive into a fantasy world of wedding ideas!  If you want to dazzle your wedding guests and you love the look of nature no matter where you wed, you’re going to fall head over heals for this inspiration from Engage!16: Sea Island.

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Thank you to our amazing hosts, our fearless leaders, and the brains behind Engage!16: Sea Island.  Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce work with a ton of talented partners to make this magic happen (see the list below), but in the end, none of it would be possible without them – the lessons we learn, the friends we make, the ideas we get for our readers and clients, the invaluable classroom (and life) education, and a lot of fun and fantastic memories along the way.  Thank you ladies for yet another inspiring week at Engage and for almost a decade of unforgettable experiences together!

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Photography: Laura Dee Photography, John Cain Photography, Love Life Images, Joel Callaway Photography, Carla Ten Eyck, Paul Morse Photographs, Genevieve De Manio Photography

Location: Sea Island Resort, Event Design + Production Management, Elevated Stage, Boxwood Hedges, Rose Gold Tables, Chairs, Chargers, Custom Bar + Barback, Dance Floor: Beachview Event Rentals, Floral + Event Design: Vine Garden Market, Custom Drapery + Event Design, Linens + Napkins: Party Tables, Inc., Entertainment: Elan Artists, Custom Slate Menus: TPD Design House, Videography: Elysium Productions, I Do Films, Tree Lighting: Full Moon Lighting,  Dance Floor Artwork: Gunnersdaughter, Wholesale Florist: Mayesh Flowers, Entertainment Hair + Makeup: The Back Porch Salon & Spa, Taittinger La Francaise: Kobrand, Jewel of Russia: Quality Wines & Spirits, Sanford Winery: Terlato Wines International, Wooden Tree Trunk Bowls: Adrian’s

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Speakeasy Wedding After Party Ideas: Engage!16 Sea Island

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What to do when your venue has a curfew or your destination has restrictive liquor laws?  Throw your afterparty in a speakeasy!  Have fun with your event limitations and theme out your party and guests will never know this might just have been your plan B.  Today’s Engage!16: Sea Island inspiration is from a late Sunday night speakeasy party where guests got to serve themselves in order to abide by the laws of the state we were celebrating in.  What a brilliant way to get guests in on the action and play by the rules at the same time!  And if you’re hosting your destination wedding in a region known for a type of liquor or beverage, why not theme your afterparty accordingly and serve up the local favorites?!  This late night gathering was absolutely picture-perfect and though it may have been an Engage Summit afterparty, it certainly was no afterthought!

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Photography: Laura Dee Photography, John Cain Photography, Love Life Images, Joel Callaway Photography, Carla Ten Eyck, Paul Morse Photographs, Genevieve De Manio Photography

Location: Sea Island Resort, Furniture + Drink Displays + Custom Linens + Mahogony DJ Stations: Beachview Event Rentals, Floral Design: Vine Garden Market, Custom Linen + Drapery: Party Tables, Inc., Silent Disco + DJ Collective + Performers: Elan Artists, Themed Props + Décor: Aloha Interior Plants, Calligraphy: Megan Gilmartin Designs, Videography: Elysium Productions, I Do Films,Cups + Napkins: Emily McCarthy, Old Forester Historic + Jack Daniels: Brown-Forman, Ketel One: Ketel One, Don Q Rum: Don Q Rum, Chandeliers: Full Moon Lighting

 

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Country Chic Welcome Party: Engage!16 Sea Island

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We’ve got more great event inspiration from parties at the recent Engage!16: Sea Island wedding industry summit.  Today’s fete has a southern flair – fitting since we were in Georgia for the week!  The country chic outdoor welcome party was perfectly designed for a relaxed kickoff to a destination wedding weekend.  Complete with live bluegrass music, a fried green tomato station and a pie bar, no detail was overlooked and the decor had just the right amount of southern charm.  I love the modern pattern linens mixed with picnic tables and bistro lighting overhead!  Plus, a perfect backdrop all around on Sea Island as our setting.

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Photography: Laura Dee Photography, John Cain Photography, Love Life Images, Joel Callaway Photography, Carla Ten Eyck, Paul Morse Photographs, Genevieve De Manio Photography

Location: Sea Island Resort, Furniture, Tables, Chairs + Event Design: Beachview Event Rentals, Floral + Event Design: Vine Garden Market, Custom Linen + Pillows _ Tree Wrap: Party Tables, Inc., Marshgrass Brand: Lulu Entertainment, LLC, Musical Entertainment: Elan Artists, Wholesale Florist: Mayesh Flowers, Videography: Elysium Productions, I Do Films, Napkins + Serving Trays: Emily McCarthy, Edison Bulbs, Dock Lanterns + Chandeliers: Full Moon Lighting, Bowties: Brackish, Calligraphy: Ashley Curry, Cloth Dinner Napkins: Dot & Amy, Cast Iron Fire Pits + Cookware: Sea Island Forge, Jack Daniels + Woodford Reserve: Brown-Forman, Entertainment Hair + Makeup: The Back Porch Salon & Spa

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San Diego Ocean View Wedding Venue: Cape Rey

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If you’re looking for a wedding venue with an epic ocean view but barefoot in the sand isn’t exactly your style, then consider Cape Rey Carlsbad in sunny San Diego, where the weather is {almost} always perfect, the beach is just 150 steps away, and the ceremony site overlooks the big blue Pacific Ocean.  The Cape Rey Carlsbad is one of San Diego’s newest hidden gems for weddings, with a fantastic ceremony lawn and garden, a great outdoor entertaining space for cocktails and even dinner beneath the stars, and a mega ballroom that’s pretty enough to satisfy the most discerning couples.

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Besides the beautiful event spaces you have to choose from, a highlight from my recent visit was the food.  The trendy lobby bar and restaurant, Chandler’s Restaurant, a local favorite, is also the catering department for weddings.  That means you’ll get a fabulous restaurant-quality meal for your first as newlyweds!  The fresh seafood, local fare and great wine selection give you and your guests a great culinary experience to remember.  (And the bar scene during off wedding time is pretty great too…)

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The Cape Rey Carlsbad has a relaxed beachy vibe while staying true to its hotel roots to give you a great and well-rounded weekend experience when you visit.  The property is small enough to feel intimate when you run into your wedding guests in the lobby or by the pool, but large enough to house weddings with up to 650 guests, so you can invite just about everyone you know!  It really is the best of all worlds here and you can’t beat San Diego for a domestic destination wedding spot!

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And if you just got engaged, then even better news – book Cape Rey Carlsbad by March 31, 2017 and receive $1000 off your ceremony fee PLUS 15% off their evening wedding package prices.  Mention this offer when booking and be sure to get your amazing savings!  For more information, be sure to visit Cape Rey Carlsbad.

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Photos Courtesy of Cape Rey Carlsbad.

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