Get Your Daily Dose of Iron with our Golf Packages!

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Cooler temperatures not only bring festive holiday fun, but also the perfect weather for an afternoon out on one of Jekyll Island’s golf courses!

Jekyll Island can be seen as a golfer’s dream, with over 63 holes and four unique golf courses to explore.

The Great Dunes 9 hole course, designed by Walter Travis in 1926, meanders oceanfront around Jekyll, swept with oaks and steeped in history. Summoned to the Island by some of the nation’s most elite families during the Club Era, Travis created the best course money could buy and the first course on the Island. Great Dunes’ 9-holes alternate in difficulty and simplicity, creating a stimulating round on the links.

The Indian Mound course plays through pristine lakes and marshes. Designed by the legendary Joe Lee in 1975, this serene setting is named for the oyster shell midden deposited by Aboriginal tribes hundreds of years ago. Indian Mound is the shortest of Jekyll’s three 18-hole courses, but offers plenty of challenges.

The Oleander course, built by Dick Wilson in 1975, is generally thought of as the most difficult course on Jekyll Island. Designed by one of the most respected course architects in the game, Oleander is also known as the most distinct of the Island’s three 18-hole courses. Though from its fairway the course is not particularly a difficult layout, it is considered tightly designed, with ocean breezes and short grasses providing a challenge to golfers of all skills levels.

Completing your dream Jekyll Island golf vacation is the Pine Lakes course, which makes its way through oceanfront forests, populated by migratory birds. Originally built in 1968 and renovated in 2002, Pine Lakes is the Island’s longest golf course. The “family friendly” tee boxes make this layout the only golf course in America that allows players of all ages to compete evenly. Golfers and naturalists alike will find solace in this tranquil outdoor venue.

In addition to all of the idyllic golf settings, the Jekyll Island Golf Club has recently added high-tech golf carts to the experience!

With 160 carts with GPS and geo-fencing capabilities, along with 20 new carts without GPS for the shorter Great Dunes course, the golf scene just got even better on Jekyll Island.

The new carts have 8” screens that can display course GPS and flyovers at the beginning of each hole. Players can track shot distances and yardage on the fly. The carts also have larger coolers for beverages. But what does all this really mean? Jekyll Island golf staff will be able to track pace of play based on locations of the carts, which means faster rounds for golfers because they’ll be able to gauge and track yardage and gain in-depth understanding of the holes thanks to flyover video and shot trackers. Pretty cool, right?

To explore the Jekyll Island golf scene with the new high-tech golf carts, check out one of our many year-round golf packages!

Birdie Golf Vacation Package (2 players) Includes:

  • Traditional Accommodations with Queen, King, or two Double Beds
  • Green Fees for 18 Holes
  • Electric Cart for 18 Holes
  • Breakfast Buffet for Two in the Grand Dining Room

Golf Widow (1 player, 1 non-player) Package Includes:

  • Traditional Accommodations with Queen, King, or two Double Beds
  • Green Fees for 18 Holes
  • Electric Cart for 18 Holes
  • Breakfast Buffet for Two in the Grand Dining Room

Golf Single (1 guest in room) Package Includes:

  • Traditional Accommodations with Queen, King, or  Double Bed
  • Green Fees for 18 Holes
  • Electric Cart for 18 Holes
  • Breakfast Buffet for One in the Grand Dining Room

 

Celebrate Movember

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Who doesn’t love a great drink for an even greater cause?

This November, our Lobby bar & Pub will be celebrating Movember, a cause created by the Movember Foundation to create an everlasting impact on men’s health. The Movember Foundation has funded more than 1,200 projects saving and improving the lives of men all around the world, all thanks to the support of “Mo Bros and Mo Sistas” who grow their moustache, take the Move challenge, or host an event to raise money to stop men dying too young.

To help raise awareness of this great cause, we decided to shake up our drink specials with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Movember Foundation.

Introducing….the Razor Burn Cocktail!

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Put the hair back on your cheeks with this tasty handcrafted cocktail filled with green chili vodka and hints of lemon, basil, orange and ginger.

If beer is more your style, then head to the Pub for a philanthropic canned beer.

Either way, drink up this November with us in celebration of this great cause!

Thanksgiving To-Go is Back! (SOLD OUT)

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Due to a overwhelming interest, our 2016 Thanksgiving To-Go orders have been filled at this time.

When we think of a traditional Thanksgiving meal, most of us think of a table packed with homemade roasted turkey and tons of sides and desserts, right?

But if you missed out on dining reservations at the Jekyll Island Club, or you’re hosting for the first time, a novice in the kitchen or simply just short on prep time, the thought of putting together a huge holiday dinner for a house full of guests can seem intimidating!

Back by popular demand, we have the perfect solution for your Thanksgiving feast needs…..simply order it to-go!

That’s right, it’s Thanksgiving take-out from the Jekyll Island Club Hotel! The Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s Club Café at the Beach Village is prepping Thanksgiving Meals To-Go, with all items prepared by the Jekyll Island Club Hotel culinary team of chefs and bakers.

We have three options for you to choose from…

Holiday Feast To-Go
Feeds 6-8 people – $169.00 + tax
This traditional Thanksgiving meal features a whole Roasted Turkey, Traditional Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Turkey Gravy, Cranberry Relish, Artisan Bread and a whole Pumpkin Pie.

Holiday Dinner To-Go
Feeds 4 people – $119.00 + tax
This traditional Thanksgiving meal features Sliced White and Dark Meat Turkey, Traditional Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Turkey Gravy, Cranberry Relish, Artisan Bread and a whole Pumpkin Pie.

Holiday Sides to go
Serves 4-6 people – $18.99 each + tax 
This is ideal for those who enjoy the tradition of cooking the turkey but want to leave the rest to someone else. The Chefs have everyone’s favorites including mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes, traditional stuffing, steamed vegetables and gravy.

Orders can be placed at the Club Café at the Beach Village or by phone by calling 912-635-5188. All orders will need to be placed by November 16th, 2016.  Scheduled pick up of Thanksgiving Meals To-Go is between 11:00am – 2:00pm on Thanksgiving Day. All food will be ready to serve with only minimal reheating necessary.

Don’t get stuck in the kitchen all day. Spend it with your loved ones, surrounded by delicious foods and memories to last a lifetime!

Make this Thanksgiving an easier and more memorable one by getting some of it to go from the Jekyll Island Club Hotel!

HGTV Dines with the JICH!

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HGTV has landed in the Golden Isles!

HGTV, a home-improvement and gardening network, announced it will give away an Saint Simons Island based home to one lucky contestant as part of its 2017 Dream Home giveaway! The victor’s spoils will include the house — which will be fully remodeled and furnished — a 2017 Honda Pilot SUV and $250,000 in cash. The total prize package is valued at more than $1.7 million, according to Kristin Alm, a spokesperson for HGTV.

“This will be our 21st year of giving away the HGTV Dream Home,” Alm said. “It’s been going on a long time, and it’s one of the most successful sweepstakes in cable TV history.”

As a part of the HGTV Dream Home special, their crew members made their way over to the Jekyll Island Club Hotel for a one-of-a-kind low country boil out on our Riverfront Lawn! You can’t live on Saint Simons Island and not know about Jekyll Island, right?!

In the special, you can see our Executive Chef Dale Ford boiling it up with Bri Emery from DesignLoveFest. Check out the clip here.

For a chance to win the sweepstakes, contestants must visit www.HGTV.com between Dec. 28 and Feb. 17 and enter the contest. Two entries are allowed per day, so set your alarms and get to submitting!

The drawing is expected in late February and an announcement of the winner by early March.

Sweetly PINK!

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As the month of October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel has decided to take on a new pink hue!

So, this October the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is mixing and baking up some delicious pink treats!

Throughout the month, you will find pink iced sugar cookies in both of our Club Café locations and a Jekyll Island Club Hotel original “TaTa-Tini” in our Lobby Bar. You can eat and drink pink! Part of the proceeds from these two items will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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In addition to offering these pink treats, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel will be raising awareness of breast cancer on Thursday, October 6th by asking all employees to dress in pink and matching any donations received.

To learn more about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, please visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Beachside Brews with a Starlit Dinner

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“Life’s a Trip, Head Southbound!”

Come make memories with us underneath the stars along the shoreline as we tap into Southbound Brewing Company at our Southbound Beer Dinner, presented at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s Beach Pavilion.

The evening will begin as we pop the tabs on some Southbound ice cold brews with hors d’oeuvres at 6:30pm, then flowing into the 5-course summertime culinary adventure around 7:30pm.

Each course will be paired with a handcrafted Southbound Brewing Company beer that compliments all the flavors, spices and textures perfectly to create a palatable experience each and every time.

Southbound Brewing Company is the first production microbrewery to be located in Savannah, Georgia. Southbound launched their first brew in the state in mid May 2013 and aspire to become the most innovating and exciting yet. Using their backgrounds, skills, and insights to shed light on the beauty of the craft beer industry to the local Savannah community, Southbound has brought the American beer revolution to straight into Savannah’s back door….along with a hop, skip and a jump over to Jekyll Island.

The menu has been fine-tuned and will make the mouth water as you read all of the delectable fares you will get to enjoy. This is a dinner experience you will regret missing!

Hors D’ Oeuvres

BBQ Smoke Duck & Fig Crostini

Stuffed Summer Tomatoes & Pickled Cucumbers

Deviled Quail Eggs

Seared Tuna & Wasabi

First Course

East Coast Oyster Degustation

Southbound Scattered Sun

“A Belgian Style Witbier that’s light and refreshing with coriander and orange peel”

Second Course

Lobster Salad

Avocado, Grapefruit, Garden Tendrils

Southbound Transilience

 “A Imperial Berliner Weisse (sour wheat) with mango, passion fruit and pomegranate”

Third Course

Grilled Skirt Steak

Potted Beans & Tortillas

Southbound Shakedown Street 

“A dry hopped tart saison that is tart, citrusy and floral, with hints of spice and a fresh hoppy aroma”

Fourth Course

Hot Summer BBQ Pork

Sweet Corn Pudding & Cheese Grit “Tots”

Pot liquor Greens & Hot Sauce Cracklins

Southbound Hop’lin IPA

“An American IPA with notes of caramel, pine, and citrus”

Fifth Course

Salted Caramel Pretzel Cheese Cake

Beer Meringue Cookies

Chocolate Truffle Brownie, Moondance Anglaise

Southbound Moondance

“A Belgian inspired spiced imperial stout comprised of cinnamon, nutmeg, roast and chocolate flavors”


After reading the menu and envisioning the sights and sounds of dining along the shoreline, it’s no surprise that tickets are expected to go fast, right?

At only $85 per person, reserve your spot today! Whether you are a craft beer enthusiast or novice alike, or are someone who is looking for that unique date night, this is just the soiree for you.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.

Warm salty breezes, cold brews in hand, reggae-influenced jams from the renown local artist Owen Plant and an abundance of tasty food just waiting to be tried. Combine all of these together and you have one perfect evening ahead.

The anticipation is escalating for us!

Worried about the possibility of enjoying the brews a little too much? For those who would like to capitalize on the event by extending their evening into the night, a very special rate of just $159 for a traditional accommodation is now available. BOOK NOW.

Everything is set. Now, all you have to do is reserve your spot!

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Event Disclaimers: Event ticket sales close 48 hours prior to event. For cancellations please contact the Concierge at 912-635-5222 at least 72 hours in advance. When making event reservations, please note any dietary restrictions.

Festive Fourth of July Weekend!

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Red, white and BOOM! This weekend’s event calendar is lit up with tons of super fun activities on Jekyll Island! Don’t miss out on all the excitement…head over to Jekyll Island and take part in the celebration!

UGA Accidentals Concert (Sunday, July 3, 8:00 p.m.): Brighten up your weekend and plan to join the University of Georgia’s a capella group, The Accidentals, for an evening concert in the Morgan Center. The “Dentals” bring to their performances an energy and life that is unique in the collegiate a cappella realm. Doors open at 7:30PM, $15 per person.

Longest Drive Challenge (Monday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.): Participate in the Longest Drive Challenge held at the Jekyll Island Golf Club. Participants will compete for the longest drive from the tee-box. The winner of each division (under-50 or over-50) will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Jekyll Island Golf Pro Shop. No pre-registration required, sign up at the Pro Shop on July 4.

Second Annual Jekyll Island Independence Day Parade (Monday, July 4, 9 a.m.): Celebrate America’s birthday with an old-fashioned patriotic parade through the Historic District. Locals, residents and island guests are invited to decorate their bikes, golf carts, strollers, pets, and themselves and join in the fun. Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the parade. Details, including judging categories, can be found on the Jekyll Island website.

4th of July All-American Cookout (Monday, July 4, 5-9 p.m.): Continue your fun Independence Day festivities into the evening at our All-American Cookout at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s Morgan Center from 5-9pm. Enjoy true southern dishes from potato salad, to hotdogs, barbecue sandwiches and more! The cookout is open to JICH guests, but locals can attend. The cookout is first come, first serve basis and payment is made at the door; $30 adults, $15 children.

Fireworks (Monday, July 4, approximately 9 p.m.): Witness the most spectacular fireworks in the Golden Isles! JICH guests can head over to our Beach Pavilion on our complimentary beach shuttle service from the cookout to watch the sky be filled with an incredible pyrotechnic display.

Having “fear of missing out” on this patriotic weekend? Rooms are still available at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and we would love to have you! BOOK NOW.

Your Summer Getaway is a Shore Thing at the JICH!

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Summer on Jekyll Island is a special time of year. Not only is it the perfect destination for a beach getaway filled with plenty of outdoor activities and water fun, but it is also home to a special resident…turtles!

When visiting the island this summer with kids in tow, be sure to check out the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Tidelands 4-H Center and Turtle Tides Jekyll Island.

georgia-sea-turtlesThe Georgia Sea Turtle Center is an advanced turtle hospital (the only one of it’s kind in the state of Georgia) but is also open to the general public for daily tours with a interactive Exhibit Gallery and a Rehabilitation Pavilion with a many sea turtle patients regularly on view for guests. Additionally, indoor and outdoor educational programs are available year-round for guests of all ages, but during the summer months another special event hits the calendar.

Get up close to loggerhead nests with nightly Turtle Walks with the GSTC. Your program begins at either with a 30-45 minute presentation (located in the GSTC exhibit gallery) where you will learn about sea turtle biology, threats, and how you can help! The presentation is followed by a guided beach tour in search of a nesting turtle. These walks are conducted June 1-July 31st (no walks on July 4th), with two nightly programs beginning at 8:30pm and 9:30pm. Reservations are required and programs fill quickly, so BOOK NOW!

tidelands4hTidelands 4-H Center is also exploding this summer with tons of awesome outdoor events and activities for all age groups!

From nature walks to fishing programs, educational live feeding “brunches”, daily discovery camps covering a different program Monday-Thursday, and a Coastal Explorers program every Friday that covers fun themes from marsh madness to creepy crawlers and more! Don’t miss out on any of these educational, but super fun and interactive activities! CLICK HERE to view the full summer event calendar in detail.

Another great way to enjoy summer on Jekyll Island is to explore all of the beautiful scenery on the island, by water!

kayaksTurtle Tides on Jekyll Island offers a plethora of fun water equipment from kayaks to paddle boards, water bikes and more! Whether you are looking for a guided tour through the beautiful inlets and marshes of the Golden Isles, or drop off/pick up services from equipment to blaze your own water trail with, they have you covered! Try something new this summer – the memories will last forever!

Book your stay with us at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and experience a Jekyll Island summer getaway the right way! Through August 4, enjoy 20% off accommodations Sunday-Thursday and get ready to have a “turtley” awesome time!

Beach Pavilion: Unveiling of a New Menu!

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Bet on a shore thing this summer….a sandy, sun-filled getaway that is overflowing with memories from the Jekyll Island Club Hotel!

A summer getaway is far from complete without some afternoons spent among the sand and sea, and our Beach Pavilion is the perfect spot to fulfill that need!

When you stay with us at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, you not only receive complimentary shuttle service to and from our exclusive Beach Pavilion, but you also get to enjoy complimentary lounge chairs, umbrellas and towels! Not to mention that you don’t even have to drag the chairs down to the shoreline because our enthusiastic pavilion crew has you covered!

New to the Beach Pavilion this year, along with the landscape remodel complete with 10,000 new plants, as well as a run off feature that deposits rain water into Jekyll Island’s water table, is the updated menu! Featuring beach favorites from sand bar nachos to chipotle chicken quesadillas, jerk chicken sandwiches, peel & eat shrimp, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and so much more! The menu still sports sweet ice cream, frozen cocktails and cool drinks. Check out the full menu HERE.

Don’t miss out on all the fun at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s Beach Pavilion this summer! Book your next trip with us and get onto island time!

Check out our Summer Getaway rate HERE!

Wedding Photo Checklist

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Planning a wedding is no small task. You spend months poring over every aspect of the day — inviting guests, planning meals and making sure it all goes off without a hitch. When the day finally comes, it’s often over in the blink of an eye.

Your wedding is a momentous and emotional day, one that you’ll never want to forget. That’s why photography is such a core part of the wedding. Even if you hold onto specific memories, a professional photographer with a keen eye for detail can help you remember every moment.

For those of you celebrating your wedding on Jekyll Island, we want to help make your day and your memories as special as possible. We’ve put together a comprehensive wedding photography checklist and a rundown of how to best capture the beauty of Jekyll Island.

Why Plan Ahead?

Although most professional photographers will know which shots to take and when to take them, having an idea of the specifics you’d like included is always helpful. If anything, working through your own photography checklist (sometimes called a shot list) can give you a great idea of what to expect from your photographer.

This is especially true if your photographer offers to collaborate on a list, or if they ask for specific moments you want captured throughout the day’s events. Whether it’s something as small as a sentimental trinket or as involved as formal portraits, thinking ahead can save you a lot of stress the day-of.

The last thing you want on your wedding day is to spend a day of celebration worrying about which photos your photographer did and didn’t take. Check out our wedding photography checklist and use it to make one of your own. Worst case: your photographer already has one, and the two of you can work together to make sure every shot is accounted for.

Your All-In-One Checklist

Photos to Take Before the Ceremony

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  • The venue while it’s being prepared
  • A solo shot of the wedding dress hanging on its hanger
  • The bride and bridesmaids while getting ready (hair, makeup, etc.)
  • The bridesmaids both before getting ready and after
  • Solo shots of the bride getting ready, specifically close-ups of her gown, shoes and jewelry
  • Bridesmaids reacting to the bride in her dress
  • Bride with her parents once the wedding party is finished getting ready
  • Bride and her parents leaving for the wedding ceremony
  • Bridesmaids walking together toward the ceremony
  • Groomsmen before getting ready
  • Groomsmen putting on various parts of their formalwear (jackets, belts, cufflinks, bowties, etc.)
  • Groom and best man together before the ceremony
  • Groom with his father and mother before the ceremony
  • Groom and groomsmen hanging out once finished getting ready
  • Groom and groomsmen walking toward the ceremony
  • Family members outside of the wedding party, such as the ring bearer and flower girl

Photos During the Ceremony

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  • Inside and outside shots of the venue before guests and wedding party arrive
  • Guests arriving at the ceremony
  • Guests finding their seats or talking with others before the ceremony
  • Musicians before and during the ceremony
  • Grandparents being seated prior to ceremony
  • Bridesmaids and groomsmen walking down the aisle
  • Maid of honor and/or matron of honor walking down the aisle
  • Best man walking down the aisle
  • Groom waiting for the bride
  • Ring bearer and flower girl as they walk down the aisle
  • Bride just before entering the ceremony
  • Father of the bride walking her down the aisle
  • Close-up of groom’s reaction to the bride
  • Father hugging the bride and giving her to the groom
  • Photos throughout the entire ceremony (along with any cultural or religious traditions involved)
  • The unity ceremony
  • The ring ceremony and the exchanging of rings
  • Various shots of the bride and groom saying their vows
  • Close-up of the bride and groom holding hands
  • The first kiss after the ceremony
  • Bride and groom walking out of the ceremony
  • Various shots of the receiving line as guests leave the ceremony
  • Bride and groom together as they leave the venue

Formal Portraits Before or After the Wedding

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  • Full-length shot of the bride
  • Bride and maid of honor
  • Bride and matron of honor
  • Bride and her parents
  • Bride and her bridesmaids
  • Bride and groom
  • Bride and groom with their parents
  • Groom with his best man
  • Groom with his parents
  • Groom with his groomsmen
  • Full shot of wedding party
  • Any additional shots of the wedding party

 

Photos During the Reception

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  • Inside and outside of the reception before guests arrive
  • Close-ups of tables and arrangements — specifically centerpieces
  • Cocktail hour if there’s time between formal portraits and the reception
  • Wedding guests entering the reception and finding their seats/tables
  • Musicians and/or DJs
  • Wedding cake, food, buffet, etc.
  • Gift table and card drop box
  • Bride and groom entering the reception, along with other wedding party members
  • Best man’s toast
  • Maid of honor’s toast
  • Bride and groom’s first dance
  • Bride and father’s dance
  • Groom and mother’s dance
  • Bride and groom kissing at the head table
  • Dinner service and food arrangements
  • Guests dancing and enjoying the reception following dinner
  • Bride and groom cutting the cake
  • Bride and groom feeding each other cake
  • Bride throwing her bouquet
  • Groom throwing garter
  • Getaway car before bride and groom leave the reception
  • Bride and groom saying goodbye to guests before leaving
  • Bride and groom leaving the reception and getting in their getaway car
  • Guests leaving the wedding reception

Capturing the Perfect Wedding Photos on Jekyll Island

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Now that you have your checklist in hand, there’s just one more thing to keep in mind: how to capture the heart and soul of Jekyll Island’s beauty.

Jekyll Island is home to a host of sights and venues, each adding its own unique character to the island. Chances are you’ve scouted out the locations for your ceremony and your reception, but there are some details you’ll want to keep in mind specifically for your wedding photography.

  • Jekyll Island is all about contrast. No matter which venue you reserve for your wedding, you’re bound to run into a contrast between Jekyll Club’s architecture and the island’s natural beauty. Playing off this contrast — especially at venues such as Crane Cottage — will help frame truly memorable wedding photos.
  • Make use of the island’s flat terrain. Though Jekyll Island has more than it’s fair share of variety, one thing is common throughout many of our locations: flatland. This is to your benefit when taking photos. Even elevation means it’s easier to take wide, dramatic shots — especially those from a distance.
  • Elevation is still your friend. That being said, the architecture throughout the island provides wonderful vantage points no matter where your wedding and reception take place. Consider requesting shots from balconies or terraces to add even more variety to your wedding photos.
  • Natural lighting creates natural beauty. Every location on Jekyll Island offers its own flair of natural lighting. Some places offer sprawling tree cover — others, open skies. Regardless of where you are, natural lighting can help create shots with far more accent than the ones you’d take indoors. Not to mention, all-in-one venues give you access to natural lighting at various times of the day — meaning various types of natural lighting.

Making Your Planning Count

When it comes down to it, a professional wedding photographer should know exactly what to look for on your special day. But being prepared and knowing the photos you’d like include will help make sure you have those memories to hold onto for years to come.