I had always wanted a beach wedding and after booking a facility that would later not work for us, I began my online research. I spent many a days hunting down the best beach wedding location for our February wedding. I wanted to find a facility that could house both our ceremony and reception.
I originally spoke with Dana at Sand Key Beach in Clearwater but when I found out that they do weddings on Honeymoon Island in Dunedin, I was elated. I love the city of Dunedin! She passed me over to Doug, who is the event coordinator for the island and it's been an incredible bond ever since.
When we booked with Doug, my worry melted away. I knew that our wedding was in the safest of hands. Although Honeymoon Island provides the catering, the cake and the ceremony & reception location, we still had some other important vendors to find. Doug provided us with a list of vendors that they've worked with in the past, which was a great help!
This is where the story becomes interesting and sealed our lifelong friendship with Doug. My mother in law and I attended a Bridal Show in Tampa. There I booked an appointment with a florist, DD's Blooms to be exact. So now we have flowers, but we still need a few more vendors.
Dream Team Events in Clearwater includes DD's Blooms, CCS Photography & Ronay's Designs. They had an open house. My mother in law and I went. Guess who else was there? Doug! We had just booked with Doug and to see him there was an amazing encounter. Not only did we book our photographer, florist, and linens we got to know a really amazing guy.
We decided to have our wedding on my parents 40th wedding anniversary as well as my husband's birthday, February 16, 2014. But someone else had a birthday that day too... can you guess who that would be? If you guessed, Doug, you would be right! I mean, how often does that happen?
As my wedding day approached, I was cool, calm and collected. Spending time with my family and friends in town for the wedding. On the day of the wedding rehearsal, I dropped off the items for the reception table since I would be unable to make it to the beach the day of the wedding. Doug arranged everything. He decorated the table and put out all of the items I had brought over. I am telling you, have your wedding at Honeymoon Island and all of your stress and worry will float away.
Doug even went as far as to pack everything up for us, including some cake so we could pick it up in the morning and not have to worry about it on our wedding night.
We seriously did not have to lift a finger thru the entire process. I've heard other wedding stories and the stress that came with it, but I can honestly say I had zero stress or worry about my wedding day.
Oh and last but not least - the food was INCREDIBLE! I would like to thank the chef who made our delicious buffet, you have serious cooking talent, my friend! I received rave reviews from my guests about the food.
I give Doug and his team at Honeymoon Island, 5 BIG SHINY BLINGY GOLD STARS for creating a day that will forever be the BEST DAY of our lives!!
Thank you again Doug for being so awesome!