We are so excited about our impending wedding season we have decided kick it off with our Venue Showcase series, where we will periodically showcase exceptional venues on our blog! We know that there are so many fantastic venues for you to choose from. We want to help you by highlighting the best wedding venues of the Gulf Coast!

PORTOFINO ISLAND RESORT

-Jessica Jensen | Director of Corporate Accounts and Special Events

What makes the Portofino Island Resort unique or special?

"Portofino Island Resort is situated in 28 beautiful acres on Pensacola Beach between the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the gentle shores of Santa Rosa Bay. Our supreme location makes us nature’s last unspoiled playground and the upscale, full-service resort offers premium amenities, Southern hospitality and a superb gulf to bay front location.

Portofino’s beautiful waterfront location, stunning accommodations, world-class resort amenities and customized service standards – make it a natural indulgence. No other resort is located on the Gulf of Mexico, the Santa Rosa Sound and the Gulf Islands National Seashore."

 What is the history of the Portofino Island Resort?

"Portofino features more than 300 two and three-bedroom designer accommodations within five Mediterranean-inspired towers. Each accommodation features a gourmet kitchen, master bedroom with spa bath, living area and sweeping water views of either the Gulf of Mexico, Santa Rosa Sound or the Gulf Islands National Seashore, and depending on the Tower, perhaps more than one water view."

Do you have venue tips for future brides?

"Over the last eight years, I’ve had the beautiful opportunity to share my passion for weddings and design with dozens of couples. From the initial discovery of the venue, to the blushing conversations about how my couple met, courted and fell in love, I still gets chills when I see my brides make eye contact with their beau and say, “this is it!”. As a wedding planner and (hopeless) romantic at heart, my goal is simple: To give you a one-of-a kind wedding! All yours. With elements in design and theme that highlight your love for each other and all the unique things that make you individually you.

Planning a wedding should be an incredible experience. Every second of planning is leading up to the this incredible time for your families and the anticipation leading up to that magical day should be just as fun. Remember to include your groom and make date nights to discuss your ideas and how to incorporate his personality in the details! It takes two to tango.

This is your wedding and while tradition and etiquette do hold a beautiful place in the formality of the occasion, it should be as individual and beautiful as your story, never to be repeated. Embrace the process of planning and let your love guide you through the stressful moments, the not-so helpful questions from family, all the way down the aisle to start the rest of your life. Find a venue that gives you butterflies, just like he did!"

  Portofino Island Resort  | Tented Reception Site |  Caroline + Joiner

Portofino Island Resort | Tented Reception Site | Caroline + Joiner

  Portofino Island Resort  | Open Air Reception Pavilion |  Caroline + Joiner

Portofino Island Resort | Open Air Reception Pavilion | Caroline + Joiner

What is your favorite wedding memory at the Portofino Island Resort?

"Over the years, the memories that I hold closest to my heart are those filled with joy and pure love. Watching a teary-eyed, father of the bride dancing with his daughter, or hearing the guests’ gasp in excitement when the surprise fireworks show starts, will always be my favorite moments!"

  Portofino Island Resort  | Lower Pool Deck and Dock |  Caroline + Joiner

Portofino Island Resort | Lower Pool Deck and Dock | Caroline + Joiner

PHOTOGRAPHY | AISLINN KATE PHOTOGRAPHY //  VENUES | Portofino Island Resort // PLANNER | Jessica Jensen

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