Archive: October 2012

Candace and Joe’s Destination Wedding at the Marco Island Marriott

Posted on October 5, 2012

What a magnificent location for a destination wedding! Candace and Joe live in Chicago, so they knew that having a wedding in a tropical paradise such as Marco Island, Florida would be something not only they would enjoy, but also all of their guests, most of whom were traveling in from other parts of the country. Just as the weather started to get colder in Chicago, Candace and Joe’s Marco Island Marriott wedding afforded their friends and family a welcomed break and the incredible chance to enjoy one of the most pristine beaches in the country.

Unlike many of the beaches in Southeast Florida, the beaches on Florida’s west coast are often much wider in expanse. The waters are somewhat calmer as well, as the Gulf of Mexico is not quite as “wild” as the Atlantic Ocean. In addition, the waters are very warm throughout most of the year, making enjoyment of the beaches in this area a true pleasure. The fabulous Marco Island Marriott is a gem in its area. Marco Island itself only has a few venues, but the Marriott stands alone in size and luxury. The hotel itself boasts several towers and incredible views of the magnificent white sand beach and Gulf of Mexico.

Candace and Joe’s ceremony was beachside just before sunset. It was beautifully set up right on the sand, though the Marco Island Marriott has several lovely outdoor locations where wedding ceremonies may be conducted. The cocktail hour was held outdoors on the patio in front of the entrance to the ballrooms. I spent some time after the ceremony photographing Candace and Joe and their bridal party on the beach in order to catch the gorgeous sunset in the background.

I love photographing weddings in Southwest Florida, as the scenery is somewhat different to what I am used to on Florida’s east coast. It provides me with an entirely different atmosphere and it’s as much a destination wedding for me as it is for the brides and grooms who choose this area for their wedding. As a South Florida wedding photographer, I love shooting weddings in all parts of the state and have recently realized that the west coast has so much to offer – in terms of venue selection, incredible beach locations and a more laid back atmosphere. Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Palm Beach have their own special vibes – as do the Florida Keys – but the west coast areas of Naples, Marco Island, Sarasota and Fort Myers are also incredibly popular choices for couples planning destination weddings here in Florida.

Many thanks to Candace and Joe for allowing me to be a part of their very special Marco Island Marriott destination wedding.

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