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-F

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.

Wedding Rings on Turquoise Stripes
Bride Putting on Her Jewelry
Grooming Getting Ready
Amanda's favorite colors are gray, sea glass and coral which she was able to incorporate throughout the wedding. These bright coral roses against white flowers and light turquoise accents popped against her ivory dress and the calm beach background.
Coral Rose Boutonniere
This strapless lace mermaid style gown was only the second dress the bride had tried on and exactly what she had in mind. Her bridesmaids each rented their sea glass strapless floor length dress from a site called littleborroweddress.com.
The groom and his groomsman wore dark gray vests with white button down shirts. Their sea glass inspired ties were custom ordered by the bride and groom to match the gowns of the bridesmaids.
Bride and Groom Looking Back
Amanda and Mark used a hashtag that Mark had created, when the two had been dating, as their wedding hashtag. It read "firstmoreforever" which meant he loved her first, he loved her more and he'll love her forever.
The ceremony was held on the beach with a sandy aisle leading up to a light bamboo arch. For a light romantic look, the arch was draped in a sheer fabric and adorned with coral and white flowers.
Bride Walking Down the Beach Aisle
Ceremony at the Beach Altar
Bride and Groom Beach Recessional
Immediately upon seeing this venue Amanda and Mark knew it would be the perfect location for their wedding. The restaurant led right out onto the beach where they held their ceremony before heading back here to the restaurant for their reception.
Amanda wanted to create a light and airy vibe for their reception. These centerpieces of gray glass lanterns filled with coral and white roses were surrounded by candles for a polished romantic look.
The bride and groom decorated their table in all of the things that best represented them as a couple. They had bride and groom Mickey Mouse ears, a Lady and the Tramp figurine and these Chick-Fil-A wedding themed cows.
The wedding cake was a simple three-tier turquoise buttercream cake. To tie in their color palette, they added bright coral roses on the side and a common fairytale ending reading "Happily Ever After" topped their cake.
The cocktail music was from a Disney string quartet cd that played the bride and groom's favorite Disney songs. The reception music turned into a dance party playing current pop songs, 80's music and the brides favorite, Salsa.
The First Dance