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