Suzan Gibbs and Christian Ilic

Friends and family traveled from as far as Chile to celebrate Suzan and Christian’s destination wedding. The couple made sure guests had free time to explore the area, go shopping or hit the beach for volleyball, paddle boarding and relaxation.

From Suzan: “Our U.S. guests came from locations in Tennessee, the Midwest and Northeast. Almost half of our guests traveled from Santiago, Chile, and were familiar with Miami but had never visited this area of Florida. We wanted them know the beauty and hospitality of the Emerald Coast. Our wedding weekend started on Thursday night in Rosemary Beach with a beach bonfire. All enjoyed a relaxing evening on the beach with a barbecue. Friends and family entertained us all by playing guitar and singing. The rehearsal took place Friday morning and was followed by a Rehearsal Brunch at Cafe 30-A. By having the rehearsal early in the day, we freed up time for everyone to explore the area, go shopping or join us on the beach for volleyball, standup paddle or just relaxing before our big day. As the wedding and the reception went by so quickly, we were even more appreciative to have had these additional days to spend with family and friends.”

Photography: Dear Wesleyann / Venue: St. Augustine Square, Rosemary Beach / Planner: It’s a Shore Thing (“Jen helped us pull off a perfect wedding that we planned from South America,” says Suzan. “We couldn’t have done it without her.”) / Cake, cupcakes and pies: Confections on the Coast / Flowers and decor: Myrtie Blue / Gown: Essense of Australia / Hair and makeup: Vivo Spa Salon, Yvette Nation / Catering and menu: Townsend Catering / Save-the-date, invitations and wedding weekend itineraries: Traci Shane / Ceremony violinist: Carol Hayes / Cocktail and reception music: Beachside DJ / Beach entertainment: Sea Oats Beach Service

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