4th of July Destin Fla, Get Fired Up on the SOLARIS Yacht

SunQuest Cruises is hosting the best celebrations for 4th of July in Destin Florida on the water. Offering the ultimate day and night experiences on the water, SunQuest Cruises offers everything from Crab Island excursions to fireworks and dinner cruises.
 
SunQuest Cruises 125 foot SOLARIS yacht is hosting its annual 4th of July Fireworks, Dancing and Dinner Cruise in Destin on Saturday from 6 to 9:30 pm. Docked at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina, the 125 foot yacht will cruise into the sunset while you enjoy a cocktail and fresh coastal breezes from the sky deck. Then indulge in chef-prepared coastal cuisines featuring everything from Beef Filet Mignon and Fresh Rosemary Chicken to seared Gulf Fish, Southern Crab Cakes and Gulf Shrimp & Grits. Dance to live music and end the night with the best seat in the house as the sky above you illuminates with colorful fireworks.
 
The SOLARIS also hosts Fireworks and Dinner cruises every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 – 10 p.m. Embark on the luxurious 125 yacht SOLARIS yacht for an unforgettable Fireworks and Dinner Cruise.
 
Your evening begins with a warm greeting from the captain. Explore all three indoor and outdoor decks of the spacious yacht. Grab a cocktail from the full-service bar and head to the open-air sky deck for unparalleled views of the Sandestin Resort and the open waters. As we cruise into the sunset, enjoy the coastal breezes, the relaxing mood and perhaps even a dolphin sighting.
 
Meanwhile, the SOLARIS chefs are preparing a three course, coastal cuisine meal on-board the yacht’s galley. Enjoy warm bread and salad as well as your choice of entree from prime steaks to fresh, locally caught seafood.
 
Dance under the stars to live music by the house DJ. The evening ends with a bang as the sky above you illuminates with fireworks from the Sandestin resort. Whether you’re seeking a romantic dinner or fun for the family, this is one cruise you will never forget.
 
Reservations required online or call 850.650.2519.
 
For a more casual experience, check out our sister boat, the SunVenture Catamaran, docked in the heart of Destin’s harbor. In addition to daily dolphin cruises in Destin, the 45 foot, sporty, water lover’s catamaran cruises the harbor every Thursday night and Saturday, July 4th at 7:30 p.m. for adults only for an incredible fireworks show on the water.
 
And what’s 4th of July in Destin without a trip to the legendary Crab Island? Relax in the waist-deep, emerald green waters for an incredible day of fun in the sun. View the daily cruise schedule here or call 850.424.6465.
 
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4th of July Destin Florida – Fireworks, Cruises & Dancing

4th of July Dinner, Fireworks & Dancing Cruises
 
If you’re fortunate enough to celebrate 4th of July in Sandestin/Destin, celebrate in true Emerald-Coast style by getting on the water. SunQuest Cruises offers a variety of truly memorable experiences on the water to celebrate 4th of July, including dinner, fireworks and dancing cruises.
 

 
SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS yacht is hosting its annual 4th of July Fireworks, Dancing and Dinner Cruise from 6 to 9:30 pm. Docked at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina, the 125 foot yacht will cruise into the sunset while you enjoy a cocktail and fresh coastal breezes from the sky deck. Then indulge in chef-prepared coastal cuisines featuring everything from Beef Filet Mignon and Fresh Rosemary Chicken to seared Gulf Fish, Southern Crab Cakes and Gulf Shrimp & Grits. Dance to live music and end the night with the best seat in the house as the sky above you illuminates with colorful fireworks.
 
The SOLARIS also hosts Fireworks and Dinner cruises every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 – 10 p.m. Embark on the luxurious 125 yacht SOLARIS yacht for an unforgettable Fireworks and Dinner Cruise.
 
Your evening begins with a warm greeting from the captain. Explore all three indoor and outdoor decks of the spacious yacht. Grab a cocktail from the full-service bar and head to the open-air sky deck for unparalleled views of the Sandestin Resort and the open waters. As we cruise into the sunset, enjoy the coastal breezes, the relaxing mood and perhaps even a dolphin sighting.
 
Meanwhile, the SOLARIS chefs are preparing a three course, coastal cuisine meal on-board the yacht’s galley. Enjoy warm bread and salad as well as your choice of entree from prime steaks to fresh, locally caught seafood.
 
Dance under the stars to live music by the house DJ. The evening ends with a bang as the sky above you illuminates with fireworks from the Sandestin resort. Whether you’re seeking a romantic dinner or fun for the family, this is one cruise you will never forget.
 
The SOLARIS is docked at the Baytowne Marina at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The Fireworks and Dinner cruise occurs every Tuesday and Thursday in the summer from 7 – 9 pm. Reservations required online or call 850.650.2519. View the weekly cruise schedules here.
 
For a more casual experience, check out our sister boat, the SunVenture Catamaran, docked in the heart of Destin’s harbor. The 45 foot, sporty, water lover’s catamaran cruises the harbor every Thursday night and Saturday, July 4th from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. for an incredible fireworks show on the water. And what’s 4th of July in Destin without a trip to the legendary Crab Island? Relax in the waist-deep, emerald green waters for an incredible day of fun in the sun. View the daily cruise schedule here.
 
Reservations required online or call 850.650.2519.

Destin Fla Weddings Profile | Jennifer + James

Jennifer Marie Bensley & James Emerson Lindsay

 

Despite their busy lives, destiny didn’t give up on James and Jennifer. James from Mobile met Jennifer from Birmingham through an online dating service in February. Between the four hour distance and demanding schedules, they exchanged a few casual text messages to no avail.

 
At the Gulf Shores Hangout Music Festival a few months later, an energetic girl, with a “smile that could make sunshine in the shade” as James remembers, caught his eye. They talked for a few minutes, exchanged names and as James walked away, he realized it was the Jennifer from Birmingham. Out of 35,000 people, they ended up rubbing elbows in the sunshine, wind and salty air of that fateful day. As they describe it, they fit like that last piece of a jigsaw puzzle – it wasn’t made to go anywhere else.
 
That serendipitous day led to a year of romance and love. James and Jennifer spent her birthday, which also happened to be New Year’s Eve, in Hilton Head with Jennifer’s family. At the stroke of midnight, James proposed to Jennifer and they rang in the New Year as a happily engaged couple.
 
On June 29, 2014, the destined couple planned a romantic destination wedding on the beautiful waters of Destin on the SOLARIS yacht. SunQuest Cruises’s wedding planner Kristi Adkinson worked closely with the bride and groom to create an elegant family affair with a Southern rustic charm. It was all hands on deck as Kristi and the SOLARIS team immersed all three decks of the 125-foot yacht with romantic splashes of blush pink, white and gray. White peonies, stargazer lilies, football mums and hydrangeas from Florals by the Sea adorned the spacious decks as well.
 
The ladies prepared for the big day in the SOLARIS private bridal suite with the bridesmaids wearing blush pink dresses. Jennifer wore an Anna Maier custom couture gown, with delicate French floral lace and a scalloped-edge grazing collar bone draped over the Duchess pink satin fluted gown. Diamond and pearl earrings that James gave her for their first Christmas together was Jennifer’s “something old”, a diamond necklace James gave her the morning of their wedding day was her “something new”, a silk flower hair piece worn by her mother when she married Jennifer’s father was her “something borrowed” and eyeliner was her “something blue.”
 
Guests embarked on a memorable day of love as they ascended the yacht’s open-air sky deck for the Destin wedding. As the SOLARIS cruised the sparkling waters, adorable ring bearers commenced down the aisle with signs that read “I’m available” and “Last Chance to Run James.” Jennifer walked down the sky deck’s aisle with her father on a carpet of blush pink rose petals to meet James and their officiant, Captain Matt.
 
After saying “I Do” on the bridal platform overlooking the majestic views, the married couple and their guests celebrated into the night on the yacht with an unforgettable reception. The couple sat in their personalized chairs, “Country Boy” and “City Girl.” Coastal cuisines prepared on-board by the SOLARIS chefs were served as well as cocktails from the full-service bar. Guests toasted to the sunset on the sky deck as Jennifer and James shared a kiss behind the breathtaking backdrop. For dessert, everyone enjoyed a decadent, three-tiered cake by Kim’s Cakes. The groom’s cake was a “fish in the ocean” theme for James’s love for fishing and the water. Treasured moments were captured by Alena Bakutis Photography and Pure 7 Studios Videography.
 
Guests danced the night away to live entertainment by SOLARIS house DJ, David Hall, on the second deck and David Chastang, the couple’s favorite entertainer from Mobile, on the main deck.  Another hit of the reception in Destin was a photo booth where loved ones captured fun memories to put in a scrapbook for Jennifer and James.
 
After Jennifer threw her bouquet to all the single ladies on the sky deck, Jennifer and James ended the night with a bang as a fireworks show specially arranged by SOLARIS wedding planner Kristi illuminated the sky above them. The happy couple exited through an aisle of sparklers as they escaped to Bora Bora for their honeymoon. Today, Jennifer and James reside in Mobile, Alabama.
 
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THE BIG DAY:

Ceremony: June 29, 2014

Aboard the Solaris, Destin, FL

Bride’s vision: Elegant family affair with a southern rustic charm

Colors: Gray, white, blush pink

Bouquets: White peonies

Flowers: White stargazer lilies, white football mums, white hydrangeas

Bridesmaids dresses: blush pink

Groomsmen: Gray suits, minus jackets (except groom), pink ties

Grooms’ Cake: Fish in the ocean…James loves to go fishing and anything that has to do with water

 
BRIDE’S ATTIRE:

Store: The White Room, Vestavia, AL

Designer: Anna Maier

Style: Ulla Maija 3906 Marsailles soft white lace over pink satin, custom couture gown.  Delicate French floral recrafted Louis XIV style with scalloped edge grazing collar bone over duchess satin fluted gown.
 

Something old: Diamond and pearl earrings James gave me our first Christmas together

Something new: Diamond necklace James gave me the morning of our wedding day

Something borrowed: Silk flower hair piece worn by my mother when she married my father

Something blue: Eyeliner

 

GROOM’S ATTIRE:

Store: Men’s Warehouse, Mobile, AL

Designer: Egara

Style: Fitted

 

BEHIND THE SCENES:

Wedding planner/coordinator: Kristi Jenkins Adkinson, SunQuest Cruises

Photographer(s): Alena Bakutis, Alena Bakutis Photography

Videographer: Alan LeBlanc, Pure 7 Studios

Caterer: Solaris chefs

Invitations: Cricket Printing

Florist: Florals by the Sea

Cakes: Kim’s Cakes

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Solaris

Bride’s Hairstyle: Sarah Bensley

Entertainment for reception: David Chastang

 

HAPPILY EVER AFTER:

Honeymoon: Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bride and groom will reside in Mobile, AL