Plan your Wedding with Omni Resorts Amelia Island

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I’m so lucky to have been invited by Omni Hotels & Resorts to visit their absolutely stunning resort in Amelia Island, Florida. The Amelia Island Plantation has recently undergone an extensive renovation that has elevated it to one of the top destination wedding spots in the country. The gorgeous resort is nestled at the tip of a barrier island off the Northeast Florida coast, which makes it a very accessible, yet lovely, location for couples looking for a destination wedding location. Surrounded by sparkling water from the Atlantic and lush salt marshlands, the Amelia Island plantation has created a unique setting for you to consider for your destination wedding. I’m so excited to tell you a little more about my experience in Amelia Island along with the experience that Omni Hotels and Resorts have created for brides and grooms looking for a world-class destination wedding location.

We were blown away by the new renovations as we settled in on our first day at the spectacular Omni Amelia Island Plantation. You enter the awe-inspiring lobby, and you’re immediately surrounded by incredible restaurants and lounges, which are perfect for spending time with friends and family before the wedding. If you’re looking for a little more privacy, you can choose from one of 330 spacious one, two, or three bedroom villas scattered throughout the resort. From the villas and the hotel, you have access to 3.5 miles of private beach to explore. After seeing more of the hotel and island, we went for a romantic dinner at Oceanside, a breathtaking restaurant on the resort grounds that overlooks the resorts’s multi-tiered pool, that is known for its delicious and original “Floribean” cuisine. We ate fresh oysters Rockefeller and filet mignon while overlooking the moonlit ocean, which was the perfect way to end our first day on the island.

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On our second day at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, we explored the resort, much like your guests can do as they anticipate your big day. Having a destination wedding in Amelia Island will give your guests the opportunity to turn your wedding day into a beach vacation. The island doesn’t simply cater to brides and grooms, there are shops, tours, sports like golf and tennis, and so much more for your guests to enjoy in the days leading up to or following your wedding. We were happy to enjoy a little peace and quiet spent playing in the sun under one of the resort’s large beach cabanas.

Our final day on the Plantation was spent learning more about and exploring the various venues that the resort can offer, but not before we enjoyed a morning at The Spa at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. I had an incredible Seaside Sensory massage at the spa with a vichy shower, which was a first for me. My treatment included a 3-step exfoliation under the restorative waters of the vichy shower using rich plant sterols, arctic white peat and a wild cherry blossom rice buff, and a 25 minute massage and cool down treatment. The spa is the perfect place for you to relax before your wedding or on the honeymoon after the chaos is over!

After our beautiful morning at the spa, we explored the site’s various venue spots. You can have a casual wedding ceremony beachfront with the Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop, or on the Ocean View Terrace overlooking miles of gorgeous white sand beaches. Or if you’re looking for something more formal, you can have your ceremony performed at the Amelia Plantation Chapel or Oak Point Lawn between Spanish moss-covered oaks. Your options get even larger when it comes to choosing a reception venue, with 10 absolutely breathtaking venue locations. I fell in love with the Marsh View restaurant, which overlooks the historic and scenic marshlands that make this part of Florida so beautiful. Walker’s Landing also offers a view of the wild, yet wonderful, salt marsh. According to your style, you can choose a reception location for a small wedding of around 50 people to larger parties of 350 plus. The possibilities really are endless in Amelia Island when it comes to what type of destination wedding you’re planning.

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If you plan your wedding at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, you will also be treated to special amenities that they reserve for coupes getting married. The Omni provides you with wedding night accommodations, and when you choose from one of their various wedding packages, you also get your venue, linens, chairs, dance floor and more included. Just a few less things you’ll have to worry about as you work with their on site coordinators and catering professionals. Having the Omni Amelia Island Plantation plan your wedding for you will free you up to enjoy your destination wedding and time with family and friends. Our favorite perk of having a destination wedding is that you can immediately start your honeymoon as soon as the wedding is over!

Amelia Island not only makes a great wedding destination, but it also makes for a fantastic honeymoon location! If you’re looking to relax with a few games of golf or tennis, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better resort. You can also relax in the salon and spa where they offer full body massages, facials, and manicures and pedicures. But what if you’re a more adventurous couple? Well, the island is a fantastic place to honeymoon if you’re looking for adventure, as they offer a number of excursions and experiences to quench your thirst for adventure. You can kayak through the vast salt marsh, paddleboard on the serene island waters, or horseback ride over miles of beach. The resort also offers renowned fresh and saltwater fishing, either by catering an offshore tour or dockside angling.

Thanks again to the Omni Amelia Island Plantation for your hospitality, we’ll be back for sure! Please visit Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort’s website to learn more about this absolutely stunning destination wedding location.

10.23.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Wax Paper Wedding Invitations

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Today I have a beautiful tutorial for wax paper wedding invitations to share with you. Concepted and photographed by Katie Decker of Signora e Mare, this tutorial is a great way to add a little something extra to your invitations. Enjoy!

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Tools and Supplies

hammer,  wax candles or wax bead, paper of choice, image of choice printed on computer paper, extra computer paper, exacto knife or scissors, plastic bag (to place your candles in), glue stick, iron, bone folder or knife

Instructions

1. Begin by smashing your candle sticks (if you do not have wax beads) within the plastic bag. You’ll want to make sure these are small enough to melt down. One candlestick should be more than enough for a few of these.

2. Once you have your wax into small enough pieces, remove the wick and place the wax in between a fold piece of parchment paper. The paper should be large enough to completely sandwich your image .

3. Iron the wax so it is melted in between the sheets being careful not to spill the hot wax.

4. Next,  place your selected image in between the parchment paper and completely ensconce the paper with the wax. Make sure to get ride of any bubbles.

5. With your image completely covered in wax, remove from the parchment paper and place in between two clean sheets of computer paper. Iron again to remove any excess wax.

6. Let completely dry and then adhere to your selected fine art paper with a glue stick.

7. Use the bone folder or smooth edge of a knife to adhere properly and remove any air bubbles.

Photography and Tutorial: Katie Decker of Signora e Mare 

Be sure to check out Wedding Sparrow today to see the editorial inspired by this wax paper wedding invitation tutorial!

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10.22.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Outdoor Rustic Nashville Wedding

It’s always a treat to share a wedding of two people we know here on Once Wed, so today’s couple is extra special to us. Austin Gros, a wedding photographer, and Amanda Gros, a hair and makeup guru, are two amazingly talented creatives who work in the industry. Amanda was kind enough to send over more details from their wedding for me to share to with you…

With three short months of planning, Austin and I got married March 30, 2013. The seasons were still in transition, it was still chilly at night and the trees had barely started blooming.

The first time we visited Bloomsbury Farm, we knew it would be the place we would be getting married. When we saw their gorgeous pavilion with the huge stone fireplace we knew it would be the perfect place for our guests to enjoy our wedding and still keep warm with the fire roaring all night.

The decor was inspired by the natural setting of our venue and the time of year. Lots of planted greenery and lavender were placed on the guest farm tables with a large floral centerpiece placed at the head table. Floral and greenery also draped over the fireplace mantel while candles were dispersed on every table throughout the pavilion area.

We got married under a grove of Evergreen trees. Guests were seated under the canopies of the branches while our dear friends played and sang “Come Thou Fount” by Sufjan Stevens while I walked down the aisle with my dad. After we were pronounced husband and wife, the brass band I surprised Austin with started playing and the Second Line commenced. Everyone followed the band down the pathway to the pavilion where the reception was taking place. On the way there, we danced and laughed with our family and friends. It truly was an amazing moment of our wedding that we will never forget.

It started to rain after everyone was tucked away under the pavilion. As our guests started eating we snuck away to take our photos (yes, we did them in the rain!) We returned to the pavilion, both of us soaking wet, but not a care in the world – we were married. We spent the rest of the night talking and dancing with our loved ones, soaking in the wonderful moments with everyone around us.

We loved everything about our wedding. We loved sharing such a special day with so many people we loved. Our wedding day was perfect to us in every way, rain and all. Thank you to everyone who made it so special for us. We love you!

Photography: Erich McVey | Event Design: Amanda Gros | Floral Design and Styling: Jessica Sloane Event Styling & Design | Venue: Bloomsbury Farm in Smyrna, TN | Baker: Katy Phillips | Cupcakes: The Cupcake Collection | Party Rentals and Linens: Southern Events | Catering: Mas Tacos Por Favor food truck | Invitations and Wedding Papers: Tammey Montoya, mother of the bride | Ceremony Music: Friends of the bride and groom | Reception Entertainment: Canon Blue | Bridal Gown: Watters | Bridesmaid Dresses: Urban Outfitters, Ruche and American Eagle | Hair: Bridget Murphy | Groom’s Attire: Suit by J.Crew, tie by Billy Reid and shoes by Asos | Groomsmen Attire: Ties by QP Collections | Candle Favors: Heather Donegan of Donegan Chandlery | Cinematographer: Teejay Heaslip with Anchor Heart Films

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10.21.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Vintage Love Session by the Sea

Emilia Jane recently commissioned Ozzy Garcia to do a love session for them while they were visiting South Beach. It’s always a pleasure featuring a couple with such great taste and classic style. I love how the images turned out, and couldn’t resist sharing the full story on Once Wed.

Photography: Ozzy Garcia  | Hair and Makeup: Carolyn Jones

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10.17.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog