Destin Weddings Profile | Tony & Clarissa

Congrats to Tony and Clarissa who will be getting married in Destin on the SOLARIS yacht this October. Our wedding planners were so excited to meet this couple and discuss their vision for their dream wedding in Destin Florida. October is simply one of the most beautiful times of year in Destin Florida, with cooler weather, less crowds, the migration of butterflies, less humidity and pristine sunsets – perfect for a SOLARIS yacht wedding!
Engagement Story: Tony and Clarissa met online 2 years ago and it’s been a whirlwind ever since.  They’ve been here, there and everywhere.  They love experiencing new things together and visiting family and friends.  Tony and Clarissa can’t wait to start their life together as husband and wife!
About them:  Clarissa loves music (singing in the church choir, listening to live music, play several instruments) and games and puzzles, primarily Sudoku; She’s very involved in her church and active in her sorority; Tony likes music (he plays guitar with the church band), likes sports (huge Miami Dolphins and Auburn Tigers fan), plays golf and shoots pool; they both love “old school” music; Clarissa is a huge Earth, Wind and Fire fan and Tony is probably an even bigger Johnnie Taylor fan.
Wedding Details: Tony and Clarissa are envisioning their wedding in Destin on the SOLARIS yacht to be beachy, elegant and innovative. Their colors are teal and silver, a perfect compliment to the open waters where they will be married. They chose the SOLARIS yacht because location is important to them and they want their guests to enjoy and remember the scenery and setting.
Congrats again. We are so honored to be part of your special day!
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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

Best of Destin Weddings | SOLARIS Yacht Awarded Recognized by Knot for 6th Year

SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS Awarded Best of Weddings for 6th Consecutive Year by The Knot


Book a wedding by December 31st to receive up to $1,000 off

SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS is pleased to announce its selection as a 2015 “Best of Weddings” winner, a special section featured on The Knot’s Web site. Winners represent the top one percent of reviews from recently married couples. This is the sixth consecutive year SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS has been voted the winner of The Knot “Best of Weddings”. In addition, the SOLARIS is one of only 748 new inductees into The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame for 2015.
“This award is significant to us because it’s a direct result of reviews from our recent brides and grooms,” stated James Murray, General Manager for SOLARIS. “We take great pride in providing our couples with the most valuable, stress-free and memorable wedding experience.”
The 2015 “Best of Weddings” award recipients represent the best- and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot. This year, a select group of 5,500 local wedding professionals – representing two percent of Knot wedding professionals – received the distinguished accolade.
As the area’s only dining and entertainment yacht, SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS was built specifically with Destin weddings in mind. All Destin wedding packages include a full-time wedding planner who has worked with couples from across the country from planning to the execution. The open-air, sky deck features a bridal platform where couples can say their vows in a private, majestic setting while cruising into the sunset and enjoying unlimited views. Brides enjoy the private bridal suite as a secluded, serene space to enjoy with friends and family before the big moment. The 125 foot yacht also includes three decks of indoor and outdoor spaces, offering a weather-proof venue.
“Our wedding planner Kristi and the staff at the Solaris were amazing starting from day one. I never had to stress about my venue or their vendors,” wrote the Macdonnell’s on “The staff at the Solaris knew what I wanted better than I did. I explained my ideas and they made it work. I can’t rave enough about it. I had a memorable, beautiful, amazing wedding and the Solaris team made it happen.”
The SOLARIS’ ideal location at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort provides couples with a convenient, all-inclusive experience for them and their guests that includes a variety of accommodation, transportation and entertainment options in one location.
“Planning a destination wedding can be stressful if you don’t live near the location,” stated Kristi Adkinson, SOLARIS wedding planner. “We go above and beyond to make sure every wish and need is met by staying in constant contact and serving as a trusted, local resource our couples can count on.”
Other recent accolades the SOLARIS has received for weddings include, Emerald Coast Magazine’s Best of the Emerald Coast and Destin Magazine’s Best in Destin.
To kick-off the New Year, the SOLARIS is offering up to $1,000 off on a private chartered wedding that is booked by December 31, 2015. Details, as well as additional information and a wedding e-brochure, can be found here or by calling the SOLARIS wedding planners at 850.650.2519.
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