Florida seems to be a very popular place for elopements. Amelia Island, specifically, is a very popular location near the Florida/Georgia border to elope. It’s a small, quant 13 mile long island with beautiful, vast ocean views, delicious restaurants and relaxing bed and breakfasts. It’s a perfect island getaway location for eloping. The blue skies are stunning.
One of my favorite places to have photographed an elopement at was with Nicole and Marty from New Jersey at the Addison on Amelia Island. The Addison is a quant little bed and breakfast, happened to be owned by the parents of my April 20th groom (so excited for their upcoming wedding!). Nicole and Marty eloped in November of 2011 in Amelia Island. The weather was perfect. Florida is cooler, usually, come November so that “oven-like” heat was long gone.
Nicole and Marty eloped in the evening. The sun was perfect. I always like to say that the sun doesn’t set anywhere they way it does in Florida. You have that beautiful golden hour where the sun just makes everything golden. Oak trees almost look like they are on fire with how the sun glows around the hanging moss. It makes for the most beautiful and perfect sunset photos for your elopement. The rich colors of fall certainly help make it all the more beautiful too.
Here are a few of my other favorites from Marty and Nicole’s elopement. It was a perfectly intimate and romantic elopement. We walked the streets of Amelia Island taking photos of the happy newlyweds. Coming from New Jersey, Amelia Island was definitely a beautiful change for the time of year. Plus, we have palm trees; New Jersey doesn’t. So there! haha!
Nicole’s A Nicole’s flowers were beautiful. I loved the combination of white roses with both blue and pink shades of purple.
If you’re looking for something closer to the beach to stay and have your elopement on the beach, the Amelia Hotel at the Beach is a very popular hotel. In June of 2012, I photographed Jamie and Sam’s Amelia Island elopement on the beach and this is the hotel they stayed in. It’s right across the street from a popular bar and grill called Sliders.
The hotel is just across the street from the beach, however some of the rooms available do have beach views. There is plenty of beach access and beautiful dunes with lush foliage to make a beautiful blend of white sand, greens, yellows, and blues. The beautiful blue sky is unbelievable down here in Florida, especially when there are big puffy white clouds to contrast it. This particular day was the day before a tropical storm came through so the weather was particularly beautiful with lots of clouds.
After Jamie and Sam eloped and we did their couples photos, they decided to get wet! You have to be very careful when getting in water with a wedding dress because they become very heavy. Because the storm was move west to eat through the gulf and Amelia Island is on the Atlantic, the water was calm so we all felt comfortable getting in the water and knew that should Sam’s dress get too heavy, Jamie, myself, my assistant Corrie, and a beach full of people could come to her rescue. Here are some of my favorites.
As you can see through the photos, the surf was calm. The sky was beautifully blue and the sea was a gorgeous jade. Amelia Island has so much more to see and lots of wonderful food to taste. One of my favorites is Barbara Jeans. Their crab cakes and she crab soup are amazing. They sit on a beautiful marsh on the island so you get a beautiful view of the marsh if you sit on the porch to eat. If you’re thinking of eloping in Florida, definitely consider Amelia Island. Happy Tuesday! Enjoy the rest of my favs from Jamie and Sam’s elopement.