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Two years ago, we left our homes in California and set out in search of the world’s most romantic destinations. While we’ve visited 6 continents, stayed in overwater bungalows, and camped on the ocean’s edge, the beaches in our home country of the United States are by far the ultimate place for a destination wedding or romantic rendezvous. That’s why this past Valentine’s Day, we flew to the west coast of Florida to enjoy the azure ocean, white-sand, and palm trees of Longboat Key and relive our own destination wedding.


Destination Wedding Planning

When we married four years ago, we chose a destination wedding for ourselves and that is exactly what we recommend to all of our friends. A destination represents something exotic, unique, exclusive, and most importantly, memorable. We were able to gather all of our closest friends and family in a dreamlike destination – like one massive vacation of love.


Plus, destination weddings come in one beautiful package: the location, wedding planning services, welcome party, catering, activities, and hotel rooms are all taken care of. Having a destination wedding means that the details are taken care of so that we, the bride and groom, could focus on what matters: our love. Destination weddings hit the easy button on planning and maximize the enjoyment for everyone.


The Resort

The Resort at Longboat Key Club is Sarasota’s only AAA 4-diamond beachfront resort, located on a secluded barrier island on the west coast of Florida. The pristine white sand beaches seems to effortlessly flow into the azure ocean as palm trees sway in the refreshing sea breeze. You don’t have to fly all the way down to the Caribbean for the cerulean sea – paradise is on the sandy shores of Florida.


Not only is The Resort at Longboat Key Club perfect for the bride and groom, but it’s also the perfect vacation location for wedding guests. Friends and family have the ability to go to the beach, partake in water sports, go boating, visit onsite restaurants, go golfing, visit the spa, or just sit back and relax. Guests will never have to be bussed anywhere or rent a car because everything anyone could need is right at the resort.

The Wedding

The Resort at Longboat Key Club has multiple indoor and outdoor venues for your wedding and rehearsal needs. The resort is located on the west coast of Florida, which means that you can have a beach wedding as the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico. If we could do it all over again, we would hire a boat and arrive to the reception in style at the resort’s very own marina!



  • Golf: While the ladies get dolled up for the big day, let the guy’s head out to the course for a 45 holes of championship golf.
  • Spa: After a rowdy rehearsal, relax at the serene spa at The Resort at Longboat Key. Enjoy a tranquil massage and breathe deeply as the sound of soft waves break on the sandy shores.
  • Beach: The Resort at Longboat Key Club is known for its unspoiled white sandy beaches. Grab a good book or a great friend and enjoy a day (or week!) of leisure.
  • Restaurants: The Resort at Longboat Key has 8 onsite restaurants and lounges including a Northern Italian fine dining experience, amazing Florida-fresh cuisine with a view of the Gulf of Mexico, a tropical cocktail bar, and a tavern bar & grill sporting a collection of whiskies to sample after your day on the golf course.
  • Water Sports: Choose from sailing and boat charters, stand up paddleboards, and kayaks for a fit and fun day out on the Gulf of Mexico.

Note: This is a sponsored post by the Resort at Longboat Key Club.