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 they’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 they’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 quiet and happening, sandy and shelly, easyto-reach and elusive, Sarasota County is made for I do’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.