Caribbean Island Time at Sandals Barbados

Southern Glam Weddings & Events Sandals Barbados

One of the many perks of my job as a wedding planner is the opportunity to work directly with Sandals and Beaches Resorts through the Association of Bridal Consultants. The incredible relationship allows me to sell honeymoons, vacations, and fun-in-the-carribbean-sun experiences. Therefore, I visit the various resorts to be able to truly match each client with the perfect resort for them. When Sandals Barbados called, I immediately packed my bags and husband!

Southern Glam Weddings & Events Sandals Barbados pool

Sandals Barbados, an all-new retreat in the spirited St. Lawrence Gap area, offers undeniable luxury with inventive accommodations spanning three unique villages, world-class cuisine with international appeal, including a festive Indian cuisine restaurant, and innovative bar and pool designs.

Southern Glam Weddings & Events Sandals Barbados

When we landed at the Barbados airport, we were greeted by smiles and friendly citizens. Although there was not a Sandals Lounge at the airport, we easily found the desk outside the airport to get our bags ticketed and onto the bus. After a short 15 minutes, we arrived at the gorgeous Sandals Barbados resort.

Southern Glam Weddings & Events Sandals Barbados

Upon arrival, our Butler greeted us at check-in with a cocktail and escorted us to our ultra swanky suite that overlooked the river pool. We stayed in a “Crystal Lagoon One Bedroom Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub” and I never wanted to leave. Two soaking tubs! A sitting room! A fully stocked bar! That bathroom! From the first moment on the property, we were treated like the most important people on the island.

Sandals Barbados Crystal Lagoon One Bedroom Butler Suite with Balcony Barbados Tranquility Soaking Tub

Sean is no stranger to the Southern Glam Weddings & Events team but this trip made him even more official in the business. During our time on the island, he took the Sandals Certified Specialist training for the first time to expand our Sandals services. He’s now the official Southern Glam’s Groom’s Concierge to assist the sometimes neglected groom in the wedding planning adventure. We all know how much grooms love wedding planning (ha!) but now Southern Glam grooms have another guy on their side. They can grab a beer and chat Caribbean honeymoons instead of linens and centerpieces.

Southern Glam Weddings & Events Sandals Barbados

We absolutely adored all three of our butlers. Demar and Juliana were the most amazing Butlers treated us like pure royalty! Utina, who isn’t pictured here was also on Team Phillips and we loved her too!

Southern Glam Weddings & Events Sandals Barbados Butlers

We’ve never experienced the Butler level of service before at Sandals so it was a real treat this vacation. During our VIP check-in, we were given a cell phone to call on our Butlers whenever and wherever we needed them on property. They also took care of all our dinner reservations, scheduled excursions, and customized menus for me since I am vegetarian and gluten free. I have never had so many food choices available to me before. To say I ate well, despite my dietary restrictions, is an understatement!

A fun memory was when we asked Demar to have dessert with us before he left for the evening. Chatting with him about his life, ambitions, and the island of Barbados was a conversation I will always remember.

Southern Glam Weddings & Events Sandals Barbados Gluten Free

I told you I was able to eat while on vacation! Sandals and its Culinary Concierge take dietary restrictions seriously; I was able to find gluten free pasta, bread, cookies, pizza, and brownies! Sandals also had vegan butter too. I was one happy gluten free vegetarian!

See the video here on how those with dietary concerns can sit back and relax at Sandals and Beaches Resorts.

Southern Glam Weddings & Events Sandals Barbados Butler

Although this photo is a bit blurry and dark, these two incredible people hold a special place in my heart. Utina, one of our amazing Butlers, truly went the extra mile. In addition to the amazing service, Utina had many surprises up her sleeve. One of them: Sean told her about this delicious sauce he had at Sandals Grande St. Lucian on our honeymoon almost five years ago. The next day, it magically appeared with his chicken tender snacks. #TheButlerDidIt

From time to time, we would see Abhishek sneak into restaurants to check in with me to ensure I had enough to eat and enough variety. The level of service and his compassion completely blew me away. That is what Sandals is all about!

Southern Glam Weddings & Events Sandals Barbados Quiet Pool

Each evening, one of our Butlers would ask where we’d like to spend the next day. We absolutely loved the main pool, so each morning, the Butlers would reserve the best lounge chairs for us and filled a cooler with our favorite beverages and water. Throughout the day, they would bring us drinks before our current ones were empty in addition to  snacks.

I discovered my new favorite cocktail was a Bajan Lemonade. First, muddle limes and add lemonade, raspberry vodka, a spritz of Sprite, and a splash of cranberry. It was a perfect pool drink. Sandals Barbados knows what’s up!

Southern Glam Weddings & Events Sandals Barbados

I am a sit by the pool or on the beach kind of gal. Yet, Sean on the other hand, likes a little more action and every afternoon at 3pm, you could find him in the pool playing volleyball. He also took full advantage of the Scuba diving program. As a result, each of us happily enjoyed our afternoons.

Sandals Barbados Scuba Diving

Another #TheButlerDidIt moment! Bubble baths with champagne and snacks? Yes, please!

Sandals Soaking Tubs

One of my favorite restaurants was Kimonos because I love hibachi! It’s a vibrant restaurant that serves up Japanese cuisine in a most captivating way. Kamal made our dining experience superb! And the saki cocktails where delicious!

Southern Glam Weddings & Events Sandals Barbados Kimonos

While Sean went scuba diving, I went pampering. The first time I ever visited a spa was on my honeymoon at the Grande St. Lucian and the Red Lane Spa certainly set the bar. Each time I visit another Sandals or Beaches property, I make sure to make a spa appointment for a luxury treat!

Southern Glam Weddings & Events Sandals Barbados Red Lane Spa

One of the eleven restaurants at Sandals Barbados is Soy Sushi Bar. Since I’m not a big sushi fan, the restaurant wasn’t high on my “to visit” list but Sean had never had it. One of the main amazing benefits of the Sandals brand is the luxury included discovery gourmet dining. Why not try something different? Sean did and actually found out that he liked sushi! This remarkable sushi house offers exciting flavors and exotic sushi creations made-to-order. Sushi Chef Gilbert was amazing to watch at preparing each roll.

Southern Glam Weddings & Events Sandals Barbados Soy

Almost each night we found ourselves at the Merry Monkey Pub. With cozy traditional décor you’ll feel as if you’ve ventured across the Atlantic to England and entered into another reality completely. Bartender Shane mixed amazing cocktails and kept the bar entertained all night with laughter.

Southern Glam Weddings & Events Sandals Barbados Merry Monkey Pub

The Caribbean and Sandals Resorts are an Instagramer’s paradise! As a result, the number of gorgeous natural light photo opportunities are endless!

Southern Glam Weddings & Events Sandals Barbados Instagram

On our last morning, we enjoyed breakfast on our terrace thanks to our amazing Butlers. Definitely, it was the perfect end to a wonderful vacation!

While it was incredibly sad to leave paradise, Sandals is our home away from home so we know we’ll be back soon!

Southern Glam Weddings & Events Sandals Barbados Butler

And now, who wants to visit the gorgeous Sandals Barbados?

Do you want to visit Barbados or any of the gorgeous Sandals or Beaches resorts? Let’s chat and make it happen!

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Sarasota Historic Mansion Wedding | Powel Crosley Estate Wedding

When you think of a Florida wedding, naturally we tend to think of sandy beaches, salty air, and nautical decor. Nothing could be further from this vision for Sarah and Jeremy’s wedding at the Powel Crosley Estate in Bradenton, Florida. This historic Spanish mansion near Sarasota, Florida boosts jaw dropping architecture and a spacious back lawn on the water.

Powel Crosley Estate Wedding Richard Harrell Photography | Southern Glam Weddings & Events

Richard Harrell Photography was there to capture the day as it unfolded. I cannot stop swooning over Sarah’s lace wedding dress!

Powel Crosley Estate Wedding Richard Harrell Photography | Southern Glam Weddings & Events

This fun couple met at work and are close friends with Heather and Richard Harrell. When I was asked to join a fabulous team of vendors, I was thrilled! Various shades of pink and white were chosen as the color palette. When I asked what the couple wanted most from their wedding day (besides tying the knot!), celebration was their answer.

Powel Crosley Estate Wedding Richard Harrell Photography | Southern Glam Weddings & Events

The wedding party looked sharp in black bridesmaid dresses and grey suites. How adorable are the flower girls and ring bearers?

Powel Crosley Estate Wedding Richard Harrell Photography | Southern Glam Weddings & Events

The ceremony was held on the back lawn of the Powel Crosley Estate with the water as a tranquil background. Mahogany chiavari chairs, pink rose petals, and vases with submerged white calla lilies lined the aisle. In memory of the groom’s mother, a white rose wrist corsage was placed on the first chair of the right row. At the end of the aisle, a gorgeous arch filled with pink florals and greenery awaited the bridal party.

It was time to get Sarah and Jeremy married.

Powel Crosley Estate Wedding Richard Harrell Photography | Southern Glam Weddings & Events

A lovely ceremony blended two families into one. It was incredibly sweet of Jermey to take a moment to gift Sarah’s daughter a necklace to signify this unifying moment as one happy family.

Richard Harrell Photography | Southern Glam Weddings & Events Meagan Phillips

Powel Crosley Estate Wedding Richard Harrell Photography | Southern Glam Weddings & Events

A candy bar was a sweet treat for guests made up of customized M&Ms, yogurt dipped pretzels, chocolate hearts, rock candy, and chocolate almonds. Each guest also received a bottle of wine with a customized label.

The groom’s cake was to be kept a surprise for the University of Georgia alum groom. As a Georgia gal myself, the cake has a special place in my heart!

Powel Crosley Estate Wedding Richard Harrell Photography | Southern Glam Weddings & Events

The newlyweds, friends, family, and lovely ones danced the night away under a canopy of twinkle lights and chandeliers. When it was time to cut the cake, instead of the big moment taking place inside, we brought it out to the dance floor to ensure everyone could witness the confection cut.

Powel Crosley Estate Wedding Richard Harrell Photography | Southern Glam Weddings & Events

Powel Crosley Estate Wedding Richard Harrell Photography | Southern Glam Weddings & Events

The celebration continued all night with a packed dance floor. A bubble send off was the perfect way to end such a perfect wedding day at the Powel Crosley Estate.

Powel Crosley Estate Wedding Richard Harrell Photography | Southern Glam Weddings & Events

Congratulations Sarah and Jeremy!

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Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Powel Crosley Estate

Photography: Richard Harrell Photography

Wedding Coordinator: Meagan Phillips of Southern Glam Weddings & Events

Officiant: Rev. Rick Lackore of Sensational Ceremonies, LLC

Florist: Blossom Events

Videography: Cinemedia

DJ: Ben Daniele of Grant Hemond & Associates, Inc.

Catering & Rentals: Olympia Catering & Events

Chandelier: Affairs in the Air

 

Southern Country Club Wedding | Valdosta Country Club

There is something truly special about the South that makes me fall head-over-heels in love. The traditions, love, manners, culture, food, and those adorable sweet accents make my heart incredibly happy. If you throw a Southern Country Club wedding into the mix, all bets are off. My heart almost burst with happiness on Annabelle and Wade’s wedding day in Valdosta, Georgia. You might remember their swoon-worthy engagement photos also taken in South Georgia. Get ready y’all, this wedding was gorgeous from start to finish!

Southern Glam Winter Southern Country Club Wedding in Valdosta. Photo by Amanda Sumner Photography

I sipped my coffee on that cold December morning and went over the timeline one final time before heading over to the Valdosta Country Club to begin setting up. The wedding of the year was definitely not one to take lightly as over 400 guests were expected to attend this Southern Country Club soiree; it was set to rival the royal wedding and let me tell you, it did! With Amanda Sumner Photography behind the lens, this Southern Glam wedding that would have made Princess Kate pea green with envy. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Henry!

Southern Glam Winter Southern Country Club Wedding in Valdosta

There were two First Looks on the timeline, the first one beginning with Annabelle showing her gorgeous wedding dress to her bridesmaids. I remember Annabelle texting me the day she purchased her dress and stating, “I’m going to have alterations remove the train.” After swallowing hard, I managed to squeak out, “Are you sure?” And she excited replied back, “Absolutely! I want to twirl!”

Southern Glam Southern Winter Country Club Wedding in Valdosta

The covert gown had been kept under wraps until the big reveal on the wedding day. The bridesmaids’ reactions and Annabelle’s flawless twirl were priceless.

Southern Glam Winter Country Club Wedding in Valdosta

It was soon time for the second First Look to commence as Annabelle announced she was ready to see her man. Dapper Wade was waiting for his bride outside on the golf course. All the ladies inside eagerly watched Annabelle walk up behind him and happy tears flowed outdoors AND indoors when Wade turned around to see Annabelle for the first time.

Southern Glam Winter Country Club Wedding in Valdosta

Seriously, how sweet are these two?

Southern Glam Winter Southern Country Club Wedding in Valdosta. Photo by Amanda Sumner Photography

More twirls. That Annabelle sure did know what she was doing when she gave me a minor heart attack over her train removal.

Southern Glam Winter Country Club Wedding in Valdosta. Photo by Amanda Sumner Photography

A large wedding party is to be expected in a Southern wedding. The Barbour + Henry bunch (that was over 20 people) were an absolute pleasure and I enjoyed getting to know each of them.

Southern Glam Winter Southern Country Club Wedding in Valdosta. Photo by Amanda Sumner Photography

Southern Glam Winter Country Club Wedding in Valdosta. Photo by Amanda Sumner Photography

The final touches were placed at the Country Club and the wedding party headed over to the church so the future Henrys could tie the knot.

Southern Glam Winter Southern Country Club Wedding in Valdosta. Photo by Amanda Sumner Photography

The already beautiful church was decorated with lovely greenery and Christmas trees. Traditional Christmas hymns were played before the processional started which perfectly tied the season into the special wedding day. Annabelle’s brother-in-law Adam walked her down the aisle and there was not a dry eye in the church. Be still by heart!

Southern Glam Winter Country Club Wedding in Valdosta. Photo by Amanda Sumner Photography

Mr. and Mrs. Henry were officially married! After an incredibly sweet ceremony, it was time to celebrate back at the country club.

Southern Glam Winter Southern Country Club Wedding in Valdosta. Photo by Amanda Sumner Photography

Southern Glam Winter Southern Country Club Wedding in Valdosta. Photo by Amanda Sumner Photography

Party “Turn Down for Wade” was in fully swing with a packed dance floor up until the last dance.

Southern Glam Winter Country Club Wedding in Valdosta. Photo by Amanda Sumner Photography

Annabelle and Wade’s Southern Country Club wedding was a dream and I am so grateful to have been part of their special day. Congratulations, sweet Henrys!

 

See their amazing wedding video by Talmond Films

 

#TurnDownforWade #BelleWaded4MrRight

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Ceremony Venue: Valdosta First United Methodist Church

Reception Venue: Valdosta Country Club

Photographer: Amanda Sumner Photography

Wedding Planner: Meagan Phillips of Southern Glam Weddings & Events

Florist: Nature’s Splendor Flowers & Gifts

Videographer: Talmond Media

Band: Str8up

Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals from Anya Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff from White Weddings

Groom’s attire: Jos. A. Bank