Destin Beach Weddings

Here Comes the Bride...

Posted on 1/11/2013

Thinking of planning a destination beach wedding in Destin, Miramar Beach or South Walton? Here at Ocean Reef Resorts, we can assist! Ever since Southern Living magazine and other nationally recognized publications started featuring Destin beach weddings, it has become very popular.  It goes without saying that a beautiful bride in a gorgeous white dress romantically flanked by her groom with shimmering, jewel toned waters in the background makes for an awe-inspiring setting. Ocean Reef has been honored to play the part of hospitable host to such joyous events for many years. Our fine private vacation rentals include beachfront and gulf view homes that come in all sizes, shapes and forms from Mediterranean styled mansions to luxurious contemporary villas. Our larger homes can sleep up to thirty guests and many have ample space for not only the beach wedding itself but also the reception afterward. Our complimentary Concierge Service can also provide recommendations in advance. It would be our great pleasure to serve you, your friends and family on this special occasion. The following are four wedding friendly vacation homes for those who are planning their joyous event along the Emerald Coast.

Since your ceremony may be on our shores one option you have for members of the wedding party is called the Beach House. This 3,850 square foot, six bedroom, six bathroom vacation home has plenty of room for many of your guests since it can sleep up to twenty thanks to additional beds and sleeper sofas. Located on Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach, you will find yourself beachfront in a bright and cheery three story abode with sweeping vistas of the glorious Gulf of Mexico. The centralized location, half way between Destin and South Walton, is conveniently located near a number of beach-side restaurants and multiple entertainment venues. As soon as you enter the foyer of this home, you will experience the vivid views of the of the Gulf since both the big dining room and richly appointed living room have two walls of sunny windows. Sliding glass doors lead out onto a sun deck that extends parallel to the beautiful white sand beach. The large state of the art kitchen is open to the dining area with wide granite counter top which has plenty of room to set out appetizers and food for any nuptial events planned. Three Tiffany styled, stained glass lights above the breakfast bar provide a warm, romantic accent. A separate wet bar with rich brown cabinetry, a full sized refrigerator, sink, dishwasher, and microwave aligned with another granite counter top provides a hospitable place for serving drinks. The dining area in front of the kitchen has six high backed wooden chairs with woven seats and sits beside one of the beachfront walls of windows. There are also two half bathrooms on this floor for added convenience. An open staircase divides the living and dining room portions and gracefully sweeps up to the second floor. Here you will locate two Master Bedroom Suites as well as two more Guest Suites, each with their own private bathroom. The two Master Suites are elegantly appointed with king sized beds and glass doors that lead out onto the second story balcony. Each of the additional Guest Suites offer two comfortable Queen sized beds with charming decorative metal headboards and a sunny window looking towards Scenic Gulf Drive. Upstairs on the third level are three more entirely different Guest Suites which includes a nice den with a  sleeper sofa, a decorative fireplace, book shelves, a flat screen TV and access to the third floor Observation Balcony (pefect for watching sunsets and post wedding events.) The Master Suite on this floor has a private bathroom and a king sized bed while the other has access to another full bathroom and comes with a Queen sized bed. This provides a cozy get away place since the walls are angled with sky lights and doors open out onto the upper level balcony. The kids will love a third floor nook that is near the peak of the roof with two twin beds and access to the hall bathroom.

Just a short distance away we offer another wonderful beach view home named Sailor's Delight. This two story wedding friendly vacation rental has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. All of the living and bedroom spaces are located on the main level. This home is nautically themed with light blue and white exteriors. It sits nestled upon low lying sand dunes with stunning views of the emerald colored waters that extend towards the southern horizon. Most of the main living area is an open Great Room with a complete wall of windows that take advantage of the sparkling views. The soaring ceilings create a cathedral effect. Doors lead out onto the open sun deck where you can enjoy a refreshing beverage, visit with family or friends and listen to the surf while soaking up the sun. The living area is so large it contains multiple sections. The main part of the room next to the wall of windows has a large leather couch, two European style arm chairs and a huge book case shelving unit topped with a sail boat that accommodates a big flat screen TV. The other part of this space has a long wooden country table that easily seats eight guests. Five more guests can be served at the open Breakfast Bar on high woven seats that face the warm kitchen with honey toned hardwood cabinetry. All four bedrooms are on this same level and are each colorfully decorated. The Master Suite has a king sized bed, private bathroom and access to the beach view balcony. One of the Guest Bedrooms also has a comfortable king sized bed while the other two have nice twin beds. All have convenient access to full bathrooms. Upstairs is a big Game Room with an Oriental rug, a Billiard Table and a full Wet Bar with multiple ebony black bar seats facing a flat screen TV. This Bonus Room is ideal entertainment space since it looks down into the open Great Room below and enjoys views of the gulf from the plate glass windows that rise all the way to the ceiling.

If you are looking for an over-sized family compound that is just a short walk from the beach, you may want to consider Pelican's Roost for your wedding party. This is an eight bedroom, seven and one half bathroom contemporary rental home includes a Carriage House and can sleep up to thirty guests due to multiple bedding options! The private back yard has playground equipment for the kids, a large thirteen by twenty-five foot long swimming pool and a big patio for fun in the sun. A wide columned porch provides a graceful entry, beckoning guests to enjoy the hospitality that lies within. The main living area is immediately inviting with a parchment colored, custom stamped floors and soft yellow walls. All of the furnishings are decorated in warm fabrics of rich cream, subtle brown and earth tone beige. The vaulted ceiling accents the livability of this open space very nicely. A long dining table has six scrolled back chairs and a charming glossy bench that can accommodate a total of ten for delightful dinners. The open Breakfast Bar can seat eight more on an expansive counter top fronted by natural woven high rise chairs. The kitchen has blonde wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and two sinks, one of which is located in a center island. It is the kind of kitchen that invites conviviality due to its open, gracious feel. All of the bedrooms are spacious and colored in pleasing pastel tones. Each one has a flat screen TV for private viewing. Most of the bedrooms are nearly private Master Suites since they come with a private bathroom. Some are deliberately designed as wonderful Guest Rooms for the kids since they are furnished with fanciful Twin Bunk or Trundle Beds. As if the main house was not enough, the Carriage House over the two car garage offers truly wonderful private living space all to itself. The balcony faces the swimming pool in the back yard where you can enjoy having your first cup of coffee in the morning while watching the early birds dive in for a refreshing plunge. This intimate space has a living area with soothing pastel blue painted walls and cream colored sofas which face a mounted flat screen TV. The adjacent inviting kitchen has an open Breakfast Bar that seats three and there is even a separate Laundry Room. The main Master Suite has a giant king sized bed that faces a white dresser above which is mounted a humongous flat screen TV. The Guest Bedroom has two twin beds cheerfully decorated in yellows and blues. Both bedrooms share a full bathroom.

One of the largest homes we offer and  provides a perfect destination for wedding guests is named Villa Rosa and is located south of Scenic 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. This private estate is just a short distance away from the beach on a triple lot that is lushly landscaped with azaleas, fruit trees and forty four towering palm trees centered around a large swimming pool. At night the grounds look magical since much of the landscaping is enhanced with beautiful up lighting. There is also a bubbling Hot Tub as well as a charming gazebo made out of natural Spanish Oak. The home itself is over 7,000 square feet in size but also has an additional 2,500 square feet of covered patios and porches so it pretty much defines graceful living.  Villa Rosa was deliberately designed for entertaining large groups of people in a surrounding that reflects a lifestyle in paradise. This spacious home is able to sleep up to twenty-nine guests and all in beds since it has nine bedrooms, many of which have multiple bedding options. The first floor of this home is a wonderland for both kids and the young at heart. It includes a Game Room with a complimentary full sized Arcade Game, Nintendo, Ping Pong, Foosball, Pool, a Poker Table, a 47" Flat screen TV, Stereo Equipment, a CD Player and a Wet Bar with an Ice Maker. This Game Room is bordered by multiple Bunk Rooms that can sleep more than a dozen guests. Upstairs is a large living room with comfortable plush seating that faces another big flat screen TV as well as convenience to the warp around screened in porch that overlooks the pool. The dining area is one of the largest you have ever seen in a rental home since twenty-eight guests can be seated side by side in one room at two long wooden tables. This house actually comes with table service that can accommodate thirty so perhaps there will be a couple of kids at the adjacent Breakfast Bar. This faces an incredible kitchen that includes Viking Appliances, a Double Oven, a Warming Drawer, Two Dishwashers and a Commercial Sized Refrigerator. (Your wedding planner will love you!) This same level also has four more bedrooms, each with a full bath, queen sized beds and flat screen TVs. Upstairs you will find another comfortable living area and three more bedrooms including two Master Suites. Each of the Master Suites has a king sized bed, large flat screen TV, a private bathroom and views of the gorgeous gulf in the near distance.

Be sure to check out our user friendly website to view multiple photos of each of these popular Destin area wedding homes. You will also be able to see the specific location, rental rates and availability throughout the year. Ocean Reef Resorts is pleased to offer these wonderful private vacation rentals to our guests, especially in the celebration of upcoming nuptials. It is one of those wonderfully special times in life that will be remembered forever by all of your friends and family who are in attendance. May this be just the beginning of a blessed life for you and yours!

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