Celebrating Your Wedding at Oyster Bay Yacht Club
The following article by Julie Simmons comes from the Amelia Islands Wedding Magazine Spring 2012 edition. Photography by Theresa Childs Photography
AMELIA ISLAND WEDDINGS ARE SO ATTRACTIVE BECAUSE THE GUESTS can enjoy the island’s unique setting just as much as the bride and groom. This was exactly the case at MarySusan Threlkeld and Jack Fulbright’s wedding.
The couple originally met at Florida State University’s Presbyterian Center and were great friends. After graduation they lost touch, until they unexpectedly met while shopping in Brunswick, GA, where each had relocated for work. Excited to reconnect and have a friend in the area, they began spending time together, and, in February 2010, Jack surprised MarySusan with a diamond—and the preparations commenced.
“We chose Amelia Island because we wanted a beach ambiance with a chapel-wedding setting,” explains the bride. MarySusan is a professional violinist who is currently performing with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. She had performed at several weddings at the Amelia Plantation Chapel and fell in love with the natural beauty of the area, particularly at the Oyster Bay Yacht Club. “We found the venue through Amelia Island Weddings Magazine and we knew it was perfect for us,” says MarySusan.
Oyster Bay Yacht Club offers 7,500 square feet of warm and welcoming space—Old Florida-style—with covered porches, verandas, cozy seating, and a great fireplace. One of its best features is its location on the Intracoastal Waterway, with amazing views over the saltmarsh.
“The site is reminiscent of a large, cozy waterfront home,” says the bride, “and we loved the fact that our celebration could take place both indoors and outdoors.”
The couple followed a family tradition by choosing a date of family significance: the weekend of October 1, 2011, which coincided with two family birthdays and two anniversaries. An added bonus was that it was also the weekend of the annual Amelia Island Jazz Festival. “Music was an important part of our weekend, and we loved having the festival as a backdrop,” explains MarySusan.
Some guests chose to stay in downtown Fernandina Beach at The Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Harborfront Hotel, while others chose to stay closer to the beach. Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro was the setting for the rehearsal dinner. “We adored the downtown ambiance and the private balcony dining area at Joe’s, where guests enjoyed hearing the music of the Jazz Festival playing nearby,” says the bride.
On the wedding day, the bridal party enjoyed spa treatments, while the groomsmen watched football. When the clock reached 5 p.m., the doors to the chapel opened, and MarySusan appeared in her Pronovias ivory silk strapless gown with a cathedral train, holding a vibrant orange and yellow autumn bouquet designed by Brooke Raulerson, AIFD, FSMD, of Artistic Florist in Fernandina Beach. Harp and violin provided the perfect musical ambience for the ceremony.
A black 1940 Cadillac transported the bride and groom to the celebration at Oyster Bay, with its beautiful and serene natural setting that the couple loved so much. “What they loved most was that nature provided the décor,” explains Terrie Sanders, Oyster Bay Yacht Club manager. “They complemented that with some simple fresh flower centerpieces for a splash of color.”
Guests danced the night away under the covered pool deck, while enjoying a menu of local favorites, including fresh seafood,southern vegetables, and a potato and pasta bar prepared by Oyster Bay Yacht Club.
There was a beach motif wedding cake, and Bliss Cupcakery and More prepared the groom’s FSU Seminole cake.
The next morning, the newlyweds and guests gathered for brunch at Horizons Restaurant, where owner Courtney Thompson opened just for the Fulbrights. “She did a marvelous brunch buffet and offered outdoor seating,” explains MarySusan.
“We just loved the way our theme of casual beach elegance was carried out in each venue, from the rehearsal dinner to the reception to the post-wedding brunch,” says the couple.
“Balconies, front porches, and Old Florida charm worked for us.”