5 Reasons to Fall in Love on the SOLARIS Yacht

The amazing fall season is upon us in the Sandestin and Destin area. It truly is one of the most wonderful times of the year. The fall season brings cooler temps, less humidity and less crowds. It’s a tranquil time of colorful sunsets, butterflies migrating throughout the air and crystal blue ocean waters. Do you need another reason to schedule a beach vacation?
It’s also one of the most wonderful times of the year on the SOLARIS yacht. If you’re looking for things to do in Destin in the fall, our year-round dinner cruises begin with a vibrant fall sunset and ends with dancing under the stars to live music. There are many reasons to ‘fall’ in love on the SOLARIS this fall season.
1. destin beach weddings to yacht weddingsDestin Weddings – From the majestic SOLARIS yacht to the sugar white beaches, SunQuest offers a variety of wedding venues in Destin Florida for any size group. Some of our couples enjoy the best of both worlds with a beach wedding followed by a sunset reception cruise on the SOLARIS yacht. Our couples also enjoy the best value with the services of our full-service wedding planners included in all Destin wedding packages. The fall season offers some of the best sunsets, weather and views from the SOLARIS sky deck as well as from the panoramic windows on the 2 other decks.
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2. Anniversaries – What’s a more romantic way to celebrate anniversaries in Destin Florida than on a luxurious 125 foot yacht? Our year-round sunset dinner cruises offer a memorable way to celebrate – including a 3 course, chef-prepared meal and dancing under the stars to live music. We even offer anniversary packages complete with premium champagne, flowers and more.
3. Engagements – We are honored to be part of numerous memorable engagements in destinengagements in Destin Florida on the SOLARIS yacht. One evening we had 8 couples get engaged on 1 of our dinner cruises. The SOLARIS sky deck is also a popular engagement spot as many have gotten down on one knee at sunset and sealed the deal with a kiss. We’ve had many couples who have gotten married at the exact same spot on the SOLARIS sky deck where they got engaged.
4. Wedding Celebrations – Our Destin wedding planners have been planning Destin reception-out-at-sea-whats-more-romantic-destin-weddings-on-the-solaris-yachtwedddings and related events for over 10 years. From small intimate gatherings to elaborate Florida destination weddings of 150, they can assist with any bridal events, including rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, bridal brunches, bachelor/bachelorette parties, engagement parties and more. Our event planners can assist with everything from start to finish, including decor, flowers, entertainment, accommodations and more.
5. Our promise – There’s a reason the SOALRIS and the entire SunQuest team (from the chefs to the wedding planners) have won review-based awards 7 years in a row from the Knot and WeddingWire. Based on Destin wedding testimonials only, SunQuest continues to excel as one of the top Destin wedding venues and top wedding planning services in Destin Florida. For over 12 years, we’ve worked closely with couples from all across the country from start to finish to make their wedding day as unique as the couple themselves.
Ready to fall in love on the SOLARIS? Request information from our wedding planners today.

Destin Beach Weddings – Cayci and Trent June 2016

Congrats to Cayci and Trent who hosted a dream Destin wedding in June 2016 – it began with a beach wedding followed by a sunset reception on the SOLARIS yacht wedding venue. From beach to bay, they celebrated with the ultimate wedding in Destin Florida, using two of the most memorable wedding venues – the beach and a 125 foot yacht.
The SunQuest Cruises wedding planners worked with Cayci and Trent from Nashville to make their dream wedding vision come to life. Having the SunQuest Cruises wedding team plan everything from the beach wedding in Destin to the yacht reception in Sandestin made it a seamless and stress free process.

The beach wedding took place on a perfect June day near Sandpiper Cove in Destin Florida. Cayci stunned in a long length, sleeveless white gown with exquisite jewel details that accentuated her shoulders and shined brilliantly in the sun. The bridal party wore navy and white while the groom and groomsmen looked dapper in black tuxedos – all with their toes in the sand for the big day. The couple was married by Captain Matt of the SOLARIS yacht. After the beach wedding, guests were transported to the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and boarded the 125 foot SOLARIS yacht for a sunset reception out at sea.
From their Wedding Page – as told by Cayci:
HOW WE MET – Long ago, there were two people who set off on a big adventure…
I was a freshman at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville and had decided to rush a sorority. During this process the older girls tell you to hang around the dorm and not to be seen going out if its not for a rush event. Luckily I met girls in my dorm that were going through rush as well. One night they asked if I wanted to go over to their friend’s apartment from high school. I said yes, and we headed over to Grand Forest in our t-shirts and Nike shorts. I walked inside and met this tall, skinny, long blonde hair, green eyed guy named Trent. He had the biggest personality and the best smile! Little did I know that 9 years later, after many adventures together, I would be writing this story on our wedding website!
Trent and I decided to take a trip to Gatlinburg for the weekend to relax and see the changing of the leaves. Saturday we woke up and headed to the top of The Smokey Mountains. We took a long drive up to Clingmans Dome and hiked to the top! After many stops to catch my breath, we made it to the top of the observation tower. We didn’t stay long because it was very windy and crowded. We decided to hike down to the Appalachian Trail to find a bluff, and boy did we get lucky! After sitting on the bluff and talking for a while, Trent scooted back a little. I asked him what was wrong and he said, “you know I don’t like heights.” My response was, “I was wondering how you had been sitting on the edge so long.” I asked if he wanted to hike down the trail a little further and find another bluff, he agreed. I got up and turned to walk and he was on one knee with THE ring! He had that smile I love and asked me to marry him! Of course we are both crying and all I can do is shake my head yes, at which point I realized I needed to use my words and said YES!



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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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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


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



Store: Men’s Warehouse, Mobile, AL

Designer: Egara

Style: Fitted



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



Honeymoon: Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bride and groom will reside in Mobile, AL