Recently I was invited to take a press trip to St. Simon’s Island in Georgia. I had never even heard of the island, but after visiting, I am in love! From grand, old oaks and beautiful beaches to Southern charm and a plethora of things to do, I think it’s a lovely place to head for a destination wedding or honeymoon. Here are some of the highlights from my trip! Photos of the island are all by Jordyn Michelle Photography, and the wedding photos are credited separately.
Tucked down on the coast of Georgia is an idyllic locale, which is part of the famed Golden Isles.
Steeped in both history and beauty, St. Simon’s Island is the perfect setting for a couple looking for a destination wedding filled with beach views and lovely landscapes. A honeymoon may also be in order for the couple wishing to stay stateside yet still experience the luxury of an island vacation.
Besides the historical value of the island, part of its charm is due to a building ordinance instituted in the early 20th century. No residential buildings are higher than the tree canopy, which allows the island to retain a quaint, Southern vibe.
For couples considering a destination wedding, St. Simon’s satiates a variety of interests and offers a location that will cause your guests to linger on this charming isle.
Christ Church – This church not only offers an interior that is delightful but the grounds are interesting with its historic graveyard and great oaks dripping with dreamy Spanish moss. Right across from the church is a mediation path, which is both serene and perfect for post-ceremony photos.
Fort Frederica – Although a location for a smaller ceremony, this 1700s fort not only offers a lush landscape, but the view of the ocean and the appeal of the stone building itself is intriguing. Minimal setup is allowed on the property, but the allure of a fort wedding is most memorable.
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort – For those craving a beachside wedding, The King and Prince is your all-in-one stop for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, and accommodations.
above photos: Bobbi Brinkman Photography
above photos: Chris Moncus Photography
The hotel offers several indoor room options for both ceremonies and receptions, although you may choose to say your nuptials on their lush lawn or on the beach itself – which does not require a permit, although the time of your ceremony will be dependent on the tides (there are two high and two low tides each day). Beyond that, the beach and resort itself make for lovely wedding photos.
With cozy ocean view rooms and suites, this location is ideal for making your wedding a remarkable event for all involved. Catering via ECHO, the on-site restaurant caps off a culinary delight for your guests!
Rehearsal Dinner and Post-Wedding Brunch Locations
ECHO – Located on site at The King and Prince, this impeccable restaurant offers well thought out culinary delights for your guests for not only a rehearsal dinner but also a post-wedding brunch. Chef James Flack is both knowledgeable and creative with the inspirations for his dishes.
Georgia Sea Grill – Looking over the menu, picking just one entrée is difficult due to the plethora of creative options. Their executive chef has a background as a pastry chef, so the desserts are literally to die for.
Gnat’s Landing – This all-American restaurant offers unique dishes, a fun atmosphere and the use of their “gnatio” for outdoor events.
Sandcastle Café at the Pier – For a post-wedding breakfast, this staple in a thriving shopping district offers an ample buffet and a mimosa (or bloody Mary) to get your morning started.
Other Wedding Ideas
Transportation – Whether needing to get your wedding party from here to there on land or for a sightseeing tour on the ocean, Lighthouse Trolleys is the way to go.
Wedding Favors – Located in the main shopping area, the Savannah Bee Company offers not only delectable thank you gifts for your bridesmaids (think an ensemble of luxurious body products) but they can also provide favors. A jar of specialty honey is the perfect way to thank your guests for their attendance on your special day and pays homage to the owner of the owner’s island roots.
Things to Do on the Island
Of course the host of St. Simon’s Island wants your guests to have a great time and stay for a while, but the island also makes for an ideal location to honeymoon. Here are suggestions as far as what your guests can do on the island in addition to what makes St. Simon’s the perfect honeymoon destination.
- Enjoy the beach. – Start your day by observing the colorful sunrise at 7am, and then wile the day away enjoying the sand and surf.
- Explore local shops. – Head to the village shopping area for eclectic stores including souvenirs, antiques and home décor items. A favorite off the beaten path shop near The King and Prince is called Pane in the Glass and features stained glass items along with wares by local artisans.
- Have a culinary experience. – There is no shortage of quality, unique dining on the island. Just see our rehearsal dinner recommendations for ideas!
- Kayak the marshes. – Rent a kayak or take a guided tour (recommended due to the changing tides) of the waters to get close with nature and wildlife.
- Rent bikes. – Ocean Motion is just a short walk from The King and Prince, and the island is very bike friendly. Peruse on your own, and be sure to include a ride on the beach itself!
- Search for tree spirits. – These “spirits” are actually art pieces carved into living trees on the island by artist Keith Jennings.
- Take a boat tour. – Lighthouse Trolleys can take you on a lovely tour of the ocean, including unique bird sightings and a jaunt underneath the lovely Sidney Lanier Bridge.
- Tour St. Simon’s Lighthouse. – The view from this 1800s beacon is spectacular, but a tour includes an informative and interesting education about lighthouses in general, which is well worth the time spent.
Thank you again to The King and Prince for hosting such a wonderful, fun filled tour of St. Simon’s Island. I can’t wait to go back!