JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Jekyll Island, an unspoiled barrier island off Georgia's southeastern coast, offers a unique blend of history and romantic charm. The grand Jekyll Island Club Hotel and other elegant island structures dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s imbue weddings of today with the beauty and grace of yesteryear.
Built in 1904 originally for the exclusive use of the Jekyll Island Club's prestigious members, Faith Chapel today offers a delightfully intimate setting for romantic wedding ceremonies. At the east and west ends of the chapel colorful streams of light shine through two brilliantly crafted stained glass windows, one of which is signed by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
What could be more picturesque and memorable than a wedding on the Jekyll Island beach as the sun sets over the water! Couples are able to choose from among several romantic venues, such as the South Dunes beach, the private Beach Pavilion, and Driftwood Beach on the north side of the island, which has been voted one of America's "Ten Most Romantic Beaches."
Jekyll Island's Historic District offers several attractive venues for wedding receptions, including the beautifully appointed rooms at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Crane Cottage, Cherokee, the Morgan Center and several spectacular outdoor venues.
Built in 1888 as a clubhouse for the Goodyears, Morgans, Vanderbilts, the majestic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, with its exemplary American Queen Anne architecture and handsomely landscaped lawns, is the perfect location for a memorable reception.
Named on the national registry of historic hotels, the banquet rooms feature twelve-foot or fifteen-foot ceilings many with fireplaces. The club's ballroom will accommodate up to 250 people for a reception and 130 for sit-down meals. For more intimate receptions, the Pulitzer, Federal Reserve, Morgan, Aspinwall, and Alexander rooms will each accommodate 30 people each. If used together, these rooms will accommodate 200 guests.
Crane Cottage, an outstanding example of classic Italianate design, was built in 1919 for Richard Teller Crane, Jr. and his wife. The cottage offers 13 guest rooms and suites, lush gardens, an enchanting courtyard, and intimate gathering spaces. A graceful reflecting pool and Italian cypress trees anchor the formal landscaping of the front lawn.
Cherokee, which was built in 1907, is a stately villa of Italian Renaissance architecture, accented by a hipped roof of ceramic tiles and overhanging eaves.
The Morgan Center, the handsome, 4,900-square-foot brick building with elegant skylights running its full length, was built as an indoor tennis court in 1929. When renovations are complete in June 2010, it will seat approximately 300 dinner guests, with band and dancing.
SOURCE Jekyll Island Club Hotel