We recently spent a few days scoping out the dreamy Southwest Florida venues and Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina was one of them! We sat on the pool deck sipping tropical cocktails and snacking on ahi tacos in what seemed like paradise and struck up a conversation with some guests sitting next to us who happened to be attending this very wedding the following day. In fact, we actually saw Laurin in her amazingly adorable bride bikini. This was a destination wedding and the guests were taking full advantage of relaxing and enjoying this amazing property.
Laurin and Dave have been together for 7 years this year, and they recently bought a house together. So, of course, a proposal was soon to follow! Dave proposed on a trip to Nashville on Valentine's Day in the morning with breakfast in bed. (Speaking of Nashville, you might want to check out A Local's Guide to the Perfect Nashville Bachelorette Weekend.) Read to to hear more about this boho beach wedding on the The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel and see the the gorgeous photos by Love Letters.
Love Letters is made up of Kelly Howell & Renee Stalions and they're a Wedding Photography and Planning Company in Southwest Florida. Kelly & Renee have done weddings at almost every venue you can imagine on The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, so if you're considering a wedding there be sure to check them out. Keep reading to hear from them about Laurin and Dave's wedding day.
Laurin and Dave traveled from Central Florida to the sandy beaches of Southwest Florida and decided that their perfect wedding venue was the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina located on Fort Myers Beach. The brides getting ready room boosts a large floor to ceiling window that is perfect lighting for those beautiful getting ready photos. They were surrounded by close friends and family that truly supported them. Laurin’s vision for a boho inspired theme was some of my favorites- especially her florals by River District Floral and Pronovias dress from Calvet Couture Bridal! They ended the evening dancing the night away next to the pool and with the sound of the waves in the distance.
Read on to hear from Laurin all about her destination wedding at Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina.
Why Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina?
We have gone on vacation to fort Myers with my family ever since I was a kid , it’s my favorite place in the world! I usually stay at the Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa when we stay in fort Myers but I’ve always wanted to go to pink shell and they have a lot of things included in their wedding package. It was a perfect fit for us!
Things to do at Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina:
Sunset Beach Portraits
Capture the memory of your vacation with a photoshoot on the beach. Choose between one and two-hour sessions, available by appointment only. Contact the resort for more information.
Head to the beach for some friendly—and sandy—competition! Games happen daily at our private beach volleyball court.
While staying at Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, you can explore your adventurous side with a camping experience near the beach from 5PM-10PM. Fuel the fun with a rental of four chairs surrounding a fire pit.
Join us at the Octopool for a night of family fun with a movie and free popcorn! Check out our daily activities calendar for updated movie times.
Arts & Crafts
Try out some scheduled art activities and sign you and your kids up for everything from sand art to tie-dye T-shirt classes.
The Couple's Attire & Looks
I wore a Pronovias dress from Calvet Couture Bridal. I’m not sure the exact style but my cousin picked it out for me and it fit my style perfectly it was the perfect dress for me. Dave wore a white dress shirt, navy dress pants and jacket from Mens Suit Warehouse and no shoes.
Salty air & beachy hair Jessica Domoney SLAYED and did the most beautiful boho braid for my wedding day. You made our day 10x better.
Advice for other couples getting married at
Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina?
Remember that all the little things that you think matter, don’t. The day of the wedding all I cared about was having fun and marrying the love of my life.
Stand Out Moments?
Spending time with all of our favorite people at our favorite place! Our wedding exceeded my expectations by far it was the best day of our lives.
On 5/1/21 I married the absolute love of my life at my favorite place on earth surrounded by the people who mean the most to me. Feeling like I’m in a fairytale because this day was so much more than I had prepared myself for. All of the things I was stressing about didn’t matter at all. All that mattered was me and you.
Whenever my dad was going through cancer I remember thinking to myself, what if my dad isn’t going to be there to walk me down the aisle? Something you never think that would cross your mind. This moment meant 100x more to me than I ever thought that it would. There’s nobody in this world that gets me quite like he does (probably cause we’re the same person) Saying he is my best friend would be an understatement. He is my biggest fan, my bike riding & fishing buddy, my protector and the best damn dad I could have asked for. I love you more than words can express.
THINKING OF HAVING YOUR DREAM WEDDING SOMEWHERE ON THE BEACHES OF FORT MYERS & SANIBEL?
Well, you don't have to imagine the day blindly, because we've got real wedding photos from five events that happened IRL at all of these fabulous venues: Casa Ybel Beach Resort, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point and Spa, Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa, Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, and Lovers Key State Park. Spoiler alert: they're all breathtaking so check them out here.