If I had a billion dollars, I would buy today's wedding venue, make it my home and live there for the rest of my life. The Henderson Park Inn is like the quintessential beach house (only larger, of course), with wooden shutters and a huge deck right on the white sandy beach in Destin, Florida.
After nearly four years together, Jen and Darrh married on the beach in front of the picturesque Inn on a chilly winter afternoon last November. Combining the couple's love of the ocean and fishing, Darrh had proposed to Jen at a sunset picnic on the beach, holding a fishing pole with a note tied on the end. At their wedding this past winter, which was organized by John Gandy Events, the couple passed out koozies with a picture of two fish kissing on them as wedding favors, and named each reception table after a fish that Darrh and Jen had caught together.
The bride carried an all-white bouquet of her favorite flowers, calla lilies and orchids, wearing an elegant Stephen Yearick couture wedding gown (the very first dress she tried on!). The bridesmaids' dresses proved to be slightly more difficult to pin down! After a whole lot of shopping, Jen finally decided on an Alvina Valenta Couture dress in chocolate brown. Darrh and the rest of the guys in the wedding party each wore a khaki suit with a coral colored tie that matched the color of the bridesmaids' bouquets of fall lilies.
Upon arrival late that afternoon, guests were asked to sign Jen and Darrh's "guest book," a white Adirondack chair love seat that Jen's father had made for them, and offered pairs of flip flops for easier maneuvering in the sand. The ceremony began with Jen's favorite moment of the day, as she began walking down the aisle and saw her soon-to-be husband's face for the first time. After the ceremony, guests threw mini beach balls in the air (instead of rice - super cute, right?) as the couple walked down the aisle together as man and wife.
Guests then moved back to the Inn, where they enjoyed cocktails and dinner outside on the deck. While the bridal party finished taking photos on the beach with photographer Kay Meyer, guests wrote their well wishes and advice for the Jen and Darrh on little white fish cutouts and found their white starfish directing them toward their seats out on the deck for dinner.
As for the reception flowers, no color was off limits! Flowers in a variety of vibrant pinks, purples, reds in milk white glass vases, as well as tall hurricane glasses with white orchids submerged in water decorated each of the tables covered in crisp white, soft gold and chocolate brown linens.
For the remainder of the evening, guests munched on beer nuts from Jen's hometown for a late night snack, and hit the black and white checkered dance floor (always love those!) to keep warm from the chilled winter air. It got so cold for some, that the bride's father ran out and purchased a bunch of hot packs for everyone to put inside their gloves, pockets and shoes to keep warm. When it finally came time for Jen to change out of her dream dress at the end of the night, over ten hot packs came falling out – remnants of an amazing day for Jen and her new hubby!
Fresh and Colorful Beach Wedding - Vendors & Credits
Photographer: Kay Meyer Photography
Hair Stylist: Hair on Earth
Event Planner: John Gandy Events
Floral Designer: Missy Gunnels Flowers
Reception Venue: Henderson Park Inn
Cake Designer: Confections on the Coast
DJ: GT Entertainment
Ceremony Location: Henderson Park Inn
Linens and Coverings: Kents Special Events
Makeup Artist: Chez Renee