“Ialways take the stairs, every single time,” explains Courtney Broadfoot, “but that day I was pushing a cart of groceries and opted for the elevator.” Little did she know that when she squeezed into the elevator with a gentleman named Eric and his cart of groceries, the two would discover that they lived across from each other. Some might call it coincidence, but Courtney and Eric are confident it was meant to be!
A year of hallway conversations and dinners together later, Courtney and Eric were planning their wedding. “I am from Wisconsin and Eric is from Alabama, and we knew everyone would have to travel somewhere, so we decided to make it a destination wedding.” Turns out Eric, an avid golfer, had visited Amelia Island as a teen for a golf tournament.
“’Amelia Island is beautiful,’ I explained to Courtney, and it’s the perfect place for our wedding. The downtown is neat, the golfing unparalleled, and I loved the island,” says Eric. The bride-to-be, who prides herself on her Google skills, fell in love with Amelia Island after just a few moments of browsing. Her search led her straight to the Ocean Club of Amelia Island.
“We had just 25 family members gathering,” says Courtney, “and the space was a crucial point for me. I imagined something small and intimate, and the Ocean Club was just that, with its hardwood floors, beautiful chandelier, and amazing service.”
On Thursday before the big day, Courtney, Eric, and a few family members arrived in town, and they adored their accommodations at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. “Our rooms overlooked the ocean, and it was just perfect,” Courtney reminisces.
The rest of the family trickled in the next day, including the bride’s five brothers. The party gathered in downtown Fernandina Beach at Brett’s Waterway Café for cocktails. The afternoon soon made way for the evening rehearsal dinner. “Fernandina Beach is full of amazing restaurants,” the couple confirms. “The upstairs private room at Café Karibo was perfect for our party—and we really loved the sangria!”
The party didn’t stop there! “We have a history of family game nights, and we are super competitive.” Courtney says with pride. “We gathered at our villas for a night of laughs!”
On the morning of the wedding, the bride awoke to sparkling Amelia Island blue skies and 80-degree weather. The ladies headed out for manicures and pedicures, while the gentlemen golfed at the Omni Resort. Courtney was still looking for the perfect hairpiece, which she found at Twisted Sisters on Centre Street, then she was off to Magna’s A Full Body Salon to prepare for the ceremony.
In the late afternoon, as guests and groom waited on the beach, Courtney walked through the dunes escorted by her dad. “I especially remember in our vows we pledged to ‘always dream with you,’” says the bride about one of her favorite ceremony memories.
The family gathered for cocktails while Pam Bell Photography captured the event. Perhaps the couple’s favorite part of the weekend was gathering around the table, family-style, for the wedding seafood dinner, featuring crab cakes and fancy cocktails. “The best thing was when the family shared memories about me and Eric. It was so special.”
Today, the couple stays busy with Courtney in a Ph.D. program and Eric sneaking off to play golf when he can. Both see their dreams reflected in the eyes of their one-year-old son, Jack. “He makes all the melted hot pockets and bagel bites in Eric’s shopping cart that first night in the hallway worth it!”