Illuminate Your “I do’s”
Looking for a one-of-a-kind venue that adds oomph to your wedding vows? Host your special event at a lighthouse. Whether casual or informal, lighthouse nuptials are growing popular among today’s brides and grooms. The romance factor is, naturally, a big draw. Just as appealing are the stunning views—envision pledging “I do” surrounded by clear-blue waters, rugged cliffs and unspoiled beaches—and the touch of local history associated with each lighthouse. Pillars of strength and stability, lighthouses also inspire feelings of hope, joy and comfort for couples embarking on the journey of their lives.
The collection of five distinctly different lighthouses on the island of Martha’s Vineyard is among the most popular in the United States. They are all located on the island’s north shore, facing Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds, Edgartown Harbor and Cape Poge. What’s more, Martha’s Vineyard provides myriad lodging options, restaurants, event planners and wedding vendors.
In Palm Beach, Florida, 138-year-old Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is the oldest structure in the U.S. and a local landmark known for its bright red exterior. Couples tie the knot here with Jupiter Inlet’s crystal waters as a backdrop. Heading cross-country to the Pacific northwest, Oregon’s majestic Haceta Head Lighthouse —perhaps America’s most photographed—is 110 years old and towers 56 feet above ground. Idyllic spots to say “I do” include the lighthouse lawn overlooking the Pacific, and the beach below, where couples wed surrounded by sand, surf and 205 feet of breathtaking cliff side.
For a lighthouse destination wedding overseas, brides and grooms will love Cap Moule à Chique in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia. This 101-year-old structure rises regally above the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, treating bridal couples and their guests to awe-inspiring views of St. Lucia and the Pitons. Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa and many other resorts in St. Lucia will help plan a gorgeous lighthouse ceremony and a fabulous reception to follow.