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Spectacular Sunset Beach Weddings In Southwest Florida

Outlander continues to explore unique locations for weddings, which also encourage participation of the LGBT community. This week: Southwest Florida, including the Dali Museum in Saint Petersburg, Fla.

Let’s talk beach weddings.

There is an undeniable romance in standing beneath the setting sun, curling your toes in the sand, while professing your vows of eternal love and commitment to the one you love. People fly all over the world to find exotic locales, but some of the most beautiful beach locations are right here in the U.S., tucked away in a quiet corner of Southwest Florida.

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Miami and Fort Lauderdale seem to get all the attention these days, but like the beautiful but shy sister standing in the corner being ignored, Southwest Florida is quieter, slower-paced, and gorgeous. Starting in Saint Petersburg and heading south, through islands such as Sanibel, Captiva and Marco, the beaches stretch for miles with white sand as soft as powdered sugar, curling in little sandbar tendrils into the Gulf of Mexico. Facing west, the sunsets are other-worldly.

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Speaking of sunsets, there is a gay beach in Saint Petersburg: Sunset Beach, a thin strip of sand on Treasure Island, one of the countless islands along the Tampa Bay coast. But don’t let that limit you. Go find your own stretch of sand somewhere, hire a wedding coordinator to set up some chairs on the sand for you, and you’re all set. Public beaches are free to use, even for weddings.

But we don’t want sand in our wedding cake, do we? So dust off your feet and host your reception at the Dali Museum, home of the largest collection of Salvador Dalí paintings  —

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— outside of his home country of Spain. Why is the largest collection of Dalí paintings outside of Spain located in Southwest Florida? It’s a long story. No matter — this breathtaking museum is a one-of-a-kind modern venue that is fitting for the surrealist artist’s works.

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The view of the palm trees certainly beats having your party in a windowless banquet room.

If you want an extra thrill, start off your life of wedded bliss with a helicopter tour — The Dali Museum is next  to Albert Whitted Airport, and charter tours are available through Tampa Bay Aviation. Let the party start without you and run over to the small airport next door for a quick tour, lasting anywhere from a only 5 or 10 minutes, to an hour trip all the way out to see the beautiful bay. Ask for Roland Collins.

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He prefers flying without doors, but that’s optional.

Here’s a video of Collins taking off with Brian Longstreth, owner of Gay St. Pete House and local man-about-town, on a charter through the city.  (Note: the person moaning in fear is not Longstreth.)

 

By:           Outlander
On:           May 6, 2014
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  • 3 Comments
    • lykeitiz
      lykeitiz

      This area is truly beautiful. I’ve been several times. The (new) Dali museum is breathtaking. What I don’t understand is why anyone would waste their money in a state where their marriage isn’t recognized. Why bring your loved ones somewhere to honor your relationship only to have to travel out-of-state to make it legal? A FL wedding? I don’t think so.

      May 6, 2014 at 9:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jason90909
      Jason90909

      If you live in Florida and all your family is in Florida, then who cares if the government thinks your marriage should be legal? Have your wedding wherever you want to have it, because it means something to you.

      May 6, 2014 at 6:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mezaien
      Mezaien

      Florida, is just another state full of catholic:
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      May 7, 2014 at 9:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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