South Walton is an incredible place for a storybook wedding. Families flock to our beaches to get married. Hardly a day goes by without a sunset wedding. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has hosted thousands of weddings through the years and recently has been named the “Best of Weddings” for 2013 by the Knot.
Kristen Baggett and Brian “Big Country” Peterson are two fun-loving SoWal locals who met three years ago at La Botana in Seagrove while out with friends. The introduction and conversation which followed was a “love at first meet” scenario - they each met their match. The three and a half years that followed brought these two lovebirds together in a way that is unheard of in this day and age.
Getting hitched like a local is effortless in the Backyard of Love, behind Hibiscus Coffee and Guest House. Located in the heart of Grayton Beach, this whimsical little gem embodies the very spirit of the area. There are many places in SoWal to tie the knot, but if you want a more intimate setting, look no further than the Backyard of Love. With seating for 80 people, this is the perfect place to host your wedding events.
It’s hard to believe that Silas and Natasha Breaux grew up barely 3 miles apart from one another, him in Grayton Beach and her in Seagrove Beach. They never truly met until she was seventeen and he was nineteen. Once the meeting of hearts took place, they were inseparable; well, in heart and soul at least.
It seems everyone in SoWal knows Cheri Peebles and her son, Donald “Scooter” Reeder, but if you don’t, you need to. They are always out and about, hosting an event, supporting the community, and involved in all things South Walton. They are two of the sweetest, most genuine people you will ever meet.
Handling in excess of 100 weddings a year, the team at SunQuest Cruises runs a tight ship. They take care of the bride-to- be’s wedding needs down to the last detail, from planning through implementation on the big day. The two full-time event planners on staff work directly with the bride, or with her wedding coordinator.
For innkeeper Stephanie Vantassell, recent additions at Hibiscus Coffee and Guesthouse in Grayton Beach are nothing more than normal growth for her popular gathering place.
The courtyard and gardens of the Grayton Beach landmark have always been perfect spots to enjoy the vegetarian breakfasts Hibiscus serves, but recent enhancements have set the stage for concerts, Sunday brunches with a purpose, parties and weddings.
“The Inn is growing organically,” Stephanie says. Now the outdoor areas are used to provide a setting for larger events.