Sandestin, Where it All Begins

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Northwest Florida’s leading resort for destination weddings, is not only where couples say “I Do”, but where many romances begin, and even blossom overtime. On this blog, you’ll come across many beautiful weddings, but some of our favorite images to post are those photos taken before the weddings, the engagement photo’s. Many couples have spent their childhood visiting Sandestin with their families, so when they get engaged, they want to do so where it all began. We’ve posted below a few images of recent engagement photo sessions taken by couples who wanted to return to share these special moments at Sandestin.

We hope you enjoy!

Kelli, Sandestin Weddings

Photography By: Amanda Suanne Photography




Everything From Beach to Bay

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the Premiere Resort for hosting destination weddings along Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. Voted the #1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast, and chosen as The Best of Wedding Picks by The Knot, we are positioned to offer you a wedding experience that is above all else!

If you’ve never experienced a wedding at Sandestin, We’d like to invite you to browse through our “Real Weddings” Gallery. We have a large a variety of color schemes, venues, and unique touches that make each Sandestin Wedding unlike any other! From beach to bay, we have everything you could want in a resort destination location.

So, take some time to browse, and contact us for more information at 850.267.6736, or inquire online.

Happy Planning!

Kelli, Sandestin Weddings

Julie and Andrews Wedding

Photos: Paul Johnson Photography


Sandestin’s Beach Club

Sandestin offers a wide variety of picture-perfect venues, providing tailored options for weddings of every size. Brides have indoor and outdoor options including private clubs, terraces overlooking the bay or a pool, ballrooms, the beach and so much more… This month, we would like to highlight the premiere Beach Club. The Beach Club is located on the beach side of property, and offers a beach-side pool with spectacular views of the Gulf.

For more information on this great venues, or to get a list of all of our venues, visit our venue gallery, or contact our Event Director at 850-267-6736.

Browse images below of the Beach Club.

Photography By: Amanda Suanne Photography




Beach Club 1

Beach Club 2

Sandestin Announces Chef Chopin as Executive Chef

Sandestin leads the way in culinary expertise for creating wedding menus that are sure to excite and entice. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort announced the appointment Eric Chopin to the position of executive chef.

Chopin is a Professional chef with more than 30 years of experience. Born in Guerande, Brittany, France, Chopin has been seasoning his way through the cooking world in Europe and America. Beginning his cooking experience at the early age of 14 in Paris as a charcutier, Chopin is classically trained in the art of making delicious, unique pastry and savory masterpieces, while always respecting their natural flavors and textures.

After graduating from Belliard Cooking School, Chopin honed his skills at restaurants in and around Paris. After moving to America in 1983, Chopin won the Gold medal in the Colorado Pastry Championships and started to accumulate numerous write-ups in newspapers and magazines. His specialties evolved to include macrobiotic and vegetarian recipes and catering to Hollywood’s elite when he moved to California and joined the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company. His next position as executive chef of The Ritz-Carlton, Tyson’s Corner in Washington, D.C., gave him the opportunity to cook for celebrities such as George Bush Sr., George Bush Jr., and Luciano Pavarotti to name a few. He also assisted in developing The Fine Art of Cuisine, an annual event which showcases chef talent.  

While working for the Ritz-Carlton, he moved to Buckhead Atlanta, Georgia, where he hosted some of the most exclusive affairs and many celebrity chefs such as, Iron Chef Morimoto, Jean Banchet, Michel Richard and Fabio Trabocchi. He has had the chance to try daring, non-traditional recipes as he continued to develop his cuisine described as “Classical with a Twist!” Chef Chopin left his beloved position at The Ritz-Carlton to open a new boutique hotel, The Mansion on Peachtree, and then on to a new experience as the executive chef of The American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla., Chef to the NBA World Champions- Miami Heat.

Chef Chopin has now taken on the role of executive chef at the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. He never loses sight of his passion for his career and continues to learn and evolve. He is a Maîtres Cuisiniers De France- French Master Chef and a professional member of Academie Culinaire de France and the Chaine Des Rotisseurs which keeps him involved with his peers, assisting with developing the next generation of chefs and current on culinary trends. He continues to build on what he knows by enhancing his already perfect dishes with new millennium twists. While the times and tastes of his guests may change, the one thing that stays the same is his focus on delivering fresh, beautifully prepared foods that preserve classic flavors and make his diners tongues sing!

For more information on creating a menu for your wedding that is second to none, contact our wedding professionals at 850.267.6736, or email

Happy Planning!

Kelli, Sandestin Weddings

Sandestin Featured in VIE Magazine’s 2014 Wedding Issue

We are excited to showcase a recent wedding that was featured in a well known, regional publication, VIE Magazine. This particular issue is focused on the region’s wedding industry, and one of Sandestin’s beautiful weddings was chosen for this issue. Ashley and Chris were a wonderful couple and we are delighted to share their day with you. We’d like to give a special thank you to VIE Magazine for this beautiful piece.

To view more of Sandestin’s recent weddings, please visit our Real Weddings Gallery.


Kelli Deary, Sandestin Weddings



Let Sandestin Host Your Wedding Getaway

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is known for the large number of premiere venues and luxury it offers for weddings, but the activities and possibilities for making your destination wedding so memorable, are endless. From rehearsal dinners and farewell breakfasts, to bonfires on the beach and golf outings, Sandestin can offer any activity to suite your needs and the needs of your guests. Below, are images to inspire your destination wedding planning!

For more information on booking your wedding, or wedding activities with Sandestin, call 850.267.6736, or email

Rehearsal Dinner - With multiple venue options, Sandestin can host your rehearsal dinner of any size.


Spa Day - If a day of relaxing with the girls is what you are looking for, then let Spa Sandestin arrange a spa day just for you and your bridal party.

05_45Farewell Breakfast - Just because the wedding has ended, doesn’t mean the fun has to. Let Sandestin host one final breakfast in honor of you and your guests before saying your goodbyes.


Bonfire on the Beach - An evening around the campfire with your closest friends and family is a perfect activity for any age.


Golfing - If you’re looking to clear your mind, a round of golf just might do the trick! Take your pick of one of Sandestin’s four championship golf courses.