I can not say enough good things about my experience with “Sun and Sea Beach Weddings”, and specifically my wedding coordinator, Josie Ortiz. I spent literal months trying to figure out how to plan and execute my wedding and reception myself a...
nd keep things economical; eventually I realized that there was just no possible way to do it all myself (not for me and my sanity anyhow). Then I spent another eternity looking for a wedding coordinator that I could actually afford – I knew that I wanted a beach wedding, and I had already settled on Jekyll Island Beach, I also had my heart set on The Great Dunes Beach Pavilion as the perfect place for my reception. I was actually just googling “Jekyll Island Beach Wedding Photos” and stumbled across “Sun and Sea Beach Weddings” online.
They put all of the puzzle pieces together for me. They have a variety of packages available from little baby elopements to a full wedding/reception like I did; but the really great thing is that you can customize anything and everything – so it isn’t just a wedding kit that you walk into, it’s still your wedding, that you planned, and you can make it your own. I started with the “Great Dunes Package” and went from there.
Once you pay your deposit and sign your contract you are paired up with a wedding coordinator. I was paired with Josie, and she was an absolute pleasure to work with. Her calm, patient, nature made the process easy, and she significantly reduced my stress level. She always listened to all of my ideas and concerns and offered solutions based on her expertise. She and I did most of our communication via email, that was my preference, but they will work with you however you prefer. When we were working on more detailed portions of the planning process we would schedule phone meeting and talk through everything – I never felt rushed, or like “just another bride”, I always felt like my wedding was as important to Josie as it was to me. I could go on forever – but the point is that I seriously never could have navigated the wedding planning process/or survived the day of without Josie.
The package that I selected included some basic catering from Southern Soul, an hour of professional photography, a DJ, and the officiant. I told them that I preferred to work a different caterer, and that was no problem at all, they gave me a credit for the catering, and I handled all of that on my own. You can really do anything like that. For example, I decided to work with one of their photographers, Jeannie Capellan. I knew going in that I wanted a more in depth, complete, photography package than what was included in my contract, again that was no problem at all – it was easy to work with them to customize the photography package to meet my expectations. I upgraded the photo package to be the full event photography, plus an hour before hand. Jeannie was like an angel sent from heaven to help me get through the day. She was so kind and helpful – She went way above and beyond what I would have expected from any photographer, but especially from someone that I had literally never met or spoken to prior to the event. I absolutely cannot wait to see my photos – it’s only been a couple weeks since the big day so she is still working on the edits, I can’t even put into word how excited I am to see what she created.
Honestly, everyone that I interacted with from Sun and Sea was incredible. I chose to use their officiant, we are not religious so that selection wasn’t incredibly important to us, he was terrific - he had a really infectiously positive attitude, and my husband and I appreciated that about him more than he will ever know – we were especially nervous about being in front of everyone at the ceremony and he made it so comfortable and joyous for us. In addition, the DJ was perfect – everyone was on their feet dancing and having the best time! At the end of the event the tear-down crew got started as we were still lingering around – they were all pleasant as could be. The entire staff far exceeded my expectations.
I also decided to hire a videographer – we had several friends and family members that couldn’t make it, so this was an upgrade that I decided we needed. The videography was an independent contract outside of Sun and Sea. We used Roy with Stanced Media for the videography – he works with Sun and Sea all the time, so it was basically like he was part of the team – I didn’t have to tell him anything or organize anything; Josie, Roy, Jeannie, the DJ, and the officiant were like a group that shared a brain, it made everything so easy for me!
I received so many complements from my guest about how beautiful and elegant my wedding was, I even had a few people tell me that out of all the weddings they had ever attended, mine was their favorite! I feel like there is a very slippery slope with beach weddings getting tacky, Josie listened to and understood all of my concerns, and she and I worked really hard to make it perfect! I am a very particular person, and except for the weather I wouldn’t have changed a thing! If you are considering using Sun and Sea Beach Weddings, I highly recommend that you go for it.