Friday, June 10, 2011

A Boca Grande Destination Wedding Vol. 1 Welcome Reception

Two incredibly sweet italians met and fell in love.  I fell in love with them too. And I fell in love with their destination wedding. If you haven't been to Boca Grande, then you just don't what you're missing!  It's the most quaint little island off of Florida's Gulf coast.  Although there are cars on the island, most people get around by foot, bike, or golf cart.  What to do? Beach it up, shop in little boutiques, watch the sunset, eat in the little town cafes, fish, and golf.  It's one of my favorite getaways and its perfect for a destination wedding.

 For the 1st day of the 3 day wedding celebration, we had a welcome party at Gasparilla Inn's Beach Club.  The welcome dinner was poolside and was the perfect location for a fun & laid back dinner.  There was cornhole on the beach and plenty of time to mix and mingle.
 If ever there is a perfect spot for paper lanterns- its at an evening poolside affair!

 Flip flops are pretty standard for island life.  And oh so cute in these orchard baskets.
 It took months to find this dhingy, and it was worth every moment.  We were sitting 20 feet from the Gulf of Mexico after all. Beers & sodas were ice cold and available with a quick grab.

After dinner, everyone moved to the south side of the beach club to the fire pit area for surprise dessert hour complete with a sundae bar and smores station. 

The bride, our Southern Sweetie Angela, made all the welcome bags, adorning each one with ribbon and a stamped label. We hosted a hospitality suite at the main resort, (Gasparilla Inn) the 1st 2 days of arrivals and guests were able to grab their bags and a refreshing drink after arriving to town.

Don't worry, lots more volumes to come.  This was a GREAT wedding.  Can't wait? You can get a head start and see more photos on Style Me Pretty. All the pretty pictures are by Impressions Photography.  We were lucky enough to have them for the entire celebration- which of course, I always recommend doing if you can.

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