A Romantic Beach Wedding at the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria Island, Florida
Amanda Estrada (19 and guest experience director at Chick-Fil-A) and Mark Simpson (32 and a Chick-Fil-A certified trainer) met while opening a Chick-FIl-A restaurant in San Francisco. Mark fell for Amanda almost instantly while she was under the impression they were set to just be friends. It didn't take long for Amanda to realize she felt the same and the two began dating. Just 3 months later after opening a restaurant in New Jersey, the couple drove with some co-workers to New York City for the night where Mark proposed in the middle of Times Square. Growing up, Amanda's family had taken numerous vacations to Anna Maria Island in Florida and she knew this is where she would have her wedding. The couple chose the Sandbar Restaurant as their venue with access to the beach for the ceremony and a beautiful covered area for the reception. White chairs were setup on the beach leading to a bamboo arch decorated in sheer fabric and coral roses. Inside at the reception, tables were decorated with lanterns full of coral and white roses and surrounded by candles. Guests were treated to a delicious Caribbean menu provided by the restaurant while listening to a string quartet version of the bride and groom's favorite Disney songs. As a fun way to say thank you and include everyone in their day, the bride and groom gave out Ray Ban style sunglasses with "Mark and Amanda 2015" painted on the sides.