ELEGANCE OVERLOOKING THE GULF Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, Naples, naplesbeachhotel.com The spectacular sunsets, the soft white sand, the endless vistas over the Gulf of Mexico â€” theyâ€™re key to a Gulf Coast wedding, but many couples want a wallop of sophistication along with the natural splendors. The Watkins family has been hosting graceful beachfront weddings at their 125-acre Naples Beach Hotel for three generations, and theyâ€™re eager to tailor one for you.
You can exchange rings on the sand as the day turns to night, followed, perhaps, by an island-style casual celebration. If you want a dash of panache, you might opt for the Everglades Room, with its wall of Gulf-view windows and fabric-draped vaulted ceiling, or its polished Ocean surroundings by celebrating in an aquarium, in a yacht club or simply overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, from a public beach or an elegant event venue. Or select an urban locale, maybe a chichi hotel, a hot new downtown restaurant or a performing arts venue. In other words, Sarasota County has the kind of warm-weather wedding venue you want, whatever that is.
With city, nature and all kinds of beaches â€“ quiet and happening, sandy and shelly, easyto-reach and elusive, Sarasota County is made for I doâ€™s. Gazebos. Ballrooms. Country clubs. Restaurants. State parks. Botanical gardens. Pergolas. Even a reconstructed 1890s chapel with wooden pews. Take a look. Sarasota has your style. One e fec a Follow up a morning catamaran cruise with bird-watching in the Venice Rookery, a picnic lunch on the grounds of the Ringling Museum of Art, a kayak excursion off Lido Key, a champagne dinner in St. Armands Circle and a night of dancing on Siesta Key.