NAU­TI­CAL NUP­TIALS

From sandy beaches to a charm­ing light­house, these five sites near wa­ter are beau­ti­ful places to, well, tie the knot.

Martha Stewart Weddings - - THE PLANNER - TEXT BY AN­DREA BARTZ

1. Con­rad Fort Laud­erdale Beach Fort Laud­erdale, Florida

This beach­front lux­ury re­sort, which opened in Oc­to­ber 2017, of­fers a chic sea­farin­gin­spired aes­thetic; the lobby con­tains crisp white fur­ni­ture, opu­lent flo­ral ar­range­ments, and a sil­ver chan­de­lier with hun­dreds of hand­made crys­tals that re­sem­ble ocean bub­bles. Re­sort em­ploy­ees wear yacht­ing-themed uni­forms, and the At­las Cock­tail Lounge fea­tures a strik­ing blue-glass map that high­lights the boating cul­ture in Fort Laud­erdale. Cou­ples can wed in the ball­room (where you can glimpse the ocean) or on the 20,000-square-foot Sky Deck, which evokes a cruise ship with port­holes and At­lantic Ocean views. While You’re There: Grab a pic­nic bas­ket from the re­sort’s Cor­nu­copia Gourmet Mar­ket, and rent a beach cruiser for a bike ride along the North Beach. THE DE­TAILS: Rental price upon re­quest, con­rad­fort­laud­erdale.com.

2. The Nan­tucket Ho­tel + Re­sort Nan­tucket, Mas­sachusetts

The is­land’s only all-sea­son des­ti­na­tion ho­tel and re­sort is known for its luxe wa­ter­front wed­dings. The grand ho­tel was built in 1891 in the mid­dle of Nan­tucket’s quaint down­town; its broad front porch re­mains a spot to see and be seen, while its in­te­ri­ors nail that laid­back el­e­gance the is­land is known for. The Nan­tucket re­cently in­tro­duced a “Beach to Ball­room” pack­age, which in­cludes a cer­e­mony at the white-an­dred Brant Point Light­house, fol­lowed by trans­porta­tion for the wed­ding party in the re­sort’s an­tique ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing its de­light­ful 1934 bus or 1946 fire en­gine. Have cock­tails on the pool­side ter­race with din­ner and danc­ing in the 4 ball­room—the only venue in town that can seat up to 220 peo­ple. While You’re There: Im­merse your­selves in the is­land’s his­tory at the Nan­tucket Whal­ing Mu­seum. THE DE­TAILS: Rental price upon re­quest, thenan­tuck­etho­tel.com.

3. Arg­onaut Ho­tel San Fran­cisco

The iconic ho­tel boasts sea­side vibes through­out: The high-ceilinged lobby sim­u­lates a lux­ury ship, with plank floors, a cen­tral fire­place, and quirky mar­itime ar­ti­facts; and the guest rooms con­tain port­hole mir­rors and win­dows and blue floor­ing. The var­i­ous venues in­side in­clude a twinkle light– strewn court­yard and the stately Golden Gate Ball­room, which ac­com­mo­dates groups of up to 380. Many rooms come with sweep­ing views of the San Fran­cisco Bay, Al­ca­traz, and the Golden Gate Bridge, while cater­ing from the prop­erty’s Blue Mer­maid Restau­rant & Bar fea­tures fresh seafood and wines from lo­cal vine­yards. While You’re There: The on-site San Fran­cisco Mar­itime Na­tional His­tor­i­cal Park visi­tor’s cen­ter of­fers ro­tat­ing ex­hibits and in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays, mak­ing it a must-see for ocean lovers. THE DE­TAILS: Wed­dings from $130 per per­son, arg­onau­tho­tel.com.

4. North Point Light­house and Mu­seum Milwaukee

Built in 1888, this 74-foot-high land­mark sits in­side his­toric Lake Park. The light­house and two-story keeper’s quar­ters (now a trove of mar­itime ar­ti­facts) are perched on a bluff over­look­ing Lake Michi­gan, and both the mu­seum and grounds are avail­able for wed­dings. The space re­cently got an ecofriendly facelift, with en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient light­ing and a wa­ter-

5. San­der­ling Re­sort Duck, North Carolina

man­age­ment sys­tem that fil­ters pol­lu­tants out of runoff. The keeper’s quar­ters, pa­tio, and spa­cious man­i­cured grounds ac­com­mo­date up to 175 guests, and those up for a climb can walk the stairs to the top for stun­ning views of the lake, 154 feet be­low. While You’re There: Visit Brad­ford Beach and en­joy a clas­sic sandy stretch as far from the ocean as you can get. THE DE­TAILS: Wed­dings from $1,400, north­point­light­house.org. This re­sort runs along a nar­row point of the Outer Banks, a bar­rier is­land, so it has venues (six in all) fac­ing the At­lantic or Cur­rituck Sound. Wed­ding back­drops run the gamut, from the beach to the Event House & Deck, with its fire pit–equipped deck, to—ahoy, nau­ti­cal-his­tory buffs—the Keeper’s Loft, tucked into the Life­sav­ing Sta­tion, which was built in 1874 to aid those on ship­wrecked ves­sels. The largest setup holds 200 guests, and the in-house chef fo­cuses on sus­tain­able in­gre­di­ents. While You’re There: Take the wed­ding party on an out­ing—like a wild-horse tour or a vine­yard cruise—through part­ner­ships with ad­ven­ture com­pa­nies. THE DE­TAILS: Wed­dings from $5,000, san­der­ling-re­sort.com.

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