Why You Should Consider a Naked Cake for Your Wedding

January 25th, 2016

Naked cakes aren’t going anywhere any time soon! They exude class with a minimalist vibe and their versatility to fit in with almost any wedding theme or color scheme is ensuring they stick around for a while.

The rustic elegance these eye catching cakes bring to the table is mesmerizing and the design possibilities are surprisingly endless. We love the simplicity of the idea that changing the flavor changes the color, it’s such an organic take on wedding cakes.

Changing the flavor to create a brown colored cake with accent middle layers of light icing and help create a more rustic feel. Whereas a lemon or vanilla cake with the same light icing will help create a more traditional wedding cake.

In case you’re still not sold on the idea of a naked cake, consider this, we’re in the South honey, and if you’re cake isn’t covered in icing, then that means it won’t melt!

Naked Wedding Cake with Roses

www.amyanaiz.com

Ombre Naked Wedding Cake

www.happyconfettiphotography.com

Three Tier Naked Wedding Cake

www.BobbiBrinkmanPhotography.com

Rustic Naked Wedding Cake

www.crystalstokesphotography.com

 

Meeting Planner Reviews of our St Simons Island Venue

January 18th, 2016

Over the years, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort has become a staple venue for many meeting planners. In addition to our unique location as the only oceanfront resort on St Simons Island, we are the proud 6 time winner of the Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award and 7 time winner of Meetings Focus South Best of the South Award. Check it out for yourself, here are a few of our most recent reviews from meeting planners: 

  • “Group really enjoyed the property and prompt attention to their needs. Can’t wait to visit again!” –TH
  • “Everyone went out of his/her way to make this the most memorable & special occasion for my family. I cannot thank you all enough!” –LB
  • “The transportation we arranged for an off premise dinner did not show up. The front desk staff was very helpful and arranged for back up transport right away.” –DM
  • “Great hotel and staff, very professional!” –JV
  • “Everything went smoothly. The staff was very attentive to our needs/wants and handled our requests quickly and efficiently.” –JE
  • “Can’t get any better!! Thank you everyone for another successful meeting!” –LJ
  • “The experience at The King & Prince was great. Thank you!” –JB
  • “Would highly recommend to others. Will use again.” –ME
  • “Great property and staff!” –RJ
  • “A BIG Thank You to Kaitlin, Julie, Terri, Veronica, Emily, Michael, David, and Billie! They all made my meeting a success, thank you so much!” –CL
An aerial view of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

An aerial view of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

Ali & Chase’s Fall Wedding on St. Simons Island

January 11th, 2016

Ali & Chase were married on the oceanfront lawn at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St Simons Island, Georgia. Their September beachfront ceremony was followed by Mimosa toasts during their brunch reception in the Delegal Room. We love that they involved their pets in their big day and stayed in one our dog-friendly rooms!

The bride carried a beautiful white rose bouquet by island florist Cottage Flowers! Betty Ziegler made the cake and Dale Leonard Production was on on-hand for the video. Take a look at the amazing photos below from Bobbi Brinkman Photography:
Bride and Groom on St. Simons Island

Bride and Groom with Dogs

Bridesmaids and Bride on Pool Deck

Groomsmen and Groom on Pool Deck

Wedding Party on Beach

Bridesmaids and Bride on Beach

Bride and Groom at Wedding Cermony

Wedding Ceremony on Oceanfront Lawn

Wedding Ceremony St. Simons Island

Wedding Reception in Delegal Room

Lantern Centerpieces

Tree Wedding Print

First Dance
Coordinator: Beth Williams

 

 

2016 Resolutions – Now is the Time To…

December 31st, 2015

Each year we make big plans to start off great.

Why not start each year being super motivated and aiming for the stars? Obviously that’s a great idea. We should all want to start off trying to be a better version of ourselves!

Whether it’s related to work, relationships, or just self-improvement, most of us seem to start each New Year with new goals. Whether you’re finally getting around to starting that house project, or simply switching your focus, 2016 is the time to embrace change. Planning ahead and setting goals are the only way to grow.

Here’s a list of ideas to help jump start your 2016 as The Time To…

…Learn Something!
There’s lots of history to be found on St. Simons Island, starting with Fort Frederica, Bloody Marsh, or Christ Church. You can even sign up for a trolley tour with Lighthouse Trolleys or Colonial Trolley and get a complete run down on EVERYTHING you need to know about St. Simons Island.

St. Simons Island Lighthouse Trolley

Photo courtesy of Lighthouse Trolleys

…Make New Family Memories!
When’s the last time you had a professional update the family portrait? This time of year can be a little slower on the family schedules, why not take advantage of the time update the photos? Before spring and summer, you may even be able to get an awesome schedule with someone like Bobbi Brinkman Photography.

Bobbi Brinkman Family Portrait

Photo courtesy of Bobbi Brinkman Photography

…Get a Different Perspective!
Have you ever seen the island from the air? Wilco Aviation offers 4 different packages for you to see the Golden Isles from a bird’s eye view.

Wilco Aviation St. Simons Island Tour

Photo courtesy of Wilco Aviation

…Broaden your Horizons!
Change your horizons by taking a water tour. In the Golden Isles, there’s lots of ways to take advantage of this. You can try paddleboarding the ocean with SSI SUP or take a tour through the famed Marshes of Glynn with a kayak rental from Southeast Adventures.

St. Simons Island Kayak Tours

Photo courtesy of Southeast Adventure

Embrace 2016 each day and remember that Now is the Time To DO SOMETHING!

Live Music on St. Simons Island – January 2016

December 30th, 2015

Band equipment in living room

Stop by ECHO this winter for live music, good food and fine drinks that are sure to lift your spirits and warm you up! Dine in the restaurant or at the bar and then take a seat by the fire while you listen to some of the area’s best musicians. Here is the lineup through January:

Jan. 1st: Robby and Felix

Jan. 2nd: Skeeter Truck

Jan. 8th: Jamie Renee and The Walkers

Jan. 9th: Don Berg

Jan. 15th: Traveling Riverside Band

Jan 16th: Signal Box

Jan. 22nd: Complicated Pants

Jan. 29th: Skeeter Truck

Jan. 30th: Stringrays

Add A Bit Of St. Simons Island To Your wedding

December 18th, 2015

St. Simons Island has so many wonderful local businesses that bring out the best of what the island has to offer. Here is our list of businesses that offer products or services that will enhance your wedding experience.

St. Simons Sweets–  Meet with the great people at St. Simons Sweets to have custom chocolates, cookies and more made as favors for your guests. We promise after just one taste everyone will be hooked! It also makes a great pit stop in the village for some ice cream or a sweet treat.

Lighthouse Trolleys– Lighthouse Trolleys can do it all! They provide trolley transportation to and from the reception for your guests, they also offer private historic tours and even dolphin tours by boat!

Del Sur Bakery has some of the BEST pastries on the island! If you are putting together welcome bags for your out of town guests, do them a favor and talk to the folks at Del Sur to see what they can bake up for you. We promise, you won’t regret it!

Local artist Ed Hose has a small storefront in the village where you can not only meet her, but also purchase some of her wonderful artwork. Her note cards, prints and coloring books also make a great addition to welcome bags or as favors for your guests. She can also create a custom mural for your big day….or even for your wedding invitations.

Brooke Roberts Photography-1105

 

Holiday Dining on St. Simons Island

December 14th, 2015

The holidays are heating up, do you know what’s for dinner? Luckily, between our kitchen and ECHO’s, we have you covered! Take a peek at the dining specials available to you throughout December:

Sunday Brunch on St. Simons Island

$9 Lunch Specials on St. Simons Island

New Year Special St. Simons Island

Christmas Eve Dinner St. Simons Island

Christmas Buffet on St Simons Island, GA

New Year's Eve at The King and Prince

 

Click here to visit our website to learn more about our holiday dining options or to make a reservation!

Our Iconic Christmas Tree is Up!

December 11th, 2015

Tree decorating is one of the most rewarding things you can do during the holidays. A few dedicated hours of work and you end up with your own art installation that radiates the perfect amount of light for watching TV on the couch. Christmas lights are big part of the holiday magic, tiny little beacons of warmth that make you smile during the chill of winter.

Sure, the lights can get tangled. Sure, you have to move the stepladder every 5 seconds. Sure, sometimes you have to hunt for the bad bulb and then hunt the replacement bulbs hiding in a bag in the bottom of one of the many Christmas bins you’ve pulled down from the attic. And if you’re lucky, you remember to start on the right end of the tree so the plug ends up at the bottom before you get halfway finished.

Whether your favorite thing about it is the lights, the smell of pine, or reminiscing over your collection of ornaments, in the end it’s all worth it.

But what if your tree was 20 feet tall? What in the world would you do then?!? You’d get a crew, LOTS of lights, a cherry picker, and someone to walk around pointing out any holes. You can see the video here.

Christmas on St Simons Island, GA

Simon, our Elf on the Shelf, rode in on our tree

Setting up the Christmas Tree Stand

Setting up the tree stand and weighting it with bags of sand

Pulley System for the Christmas Tree

Attaching the pulley system to the tree

Setting up the Christmas on St Simons Island, GA

We had lots of help holding the tree in place

Lighting the Christmas on St Simons Island, GA

Lighting the tree is an all day event, only 5 feet to go

Finishing the Lights on the Christmas Tree

Finishing up lights on the tree

Decorating the Christmas Tree on St Simons Island, GA

Final placement of ornaments on the tree

The King and Prince Christmas Tree

King and Prince Resort Christmas Tree 2015

Lots of locals have been stopping by to take their photos in front of our tree, and we welcome you to do the same if you haven’t already! Lighthouse Trolley is even doing Christmas Light Tours around St. Simons Island and you can learn more about that here.

Not only do we have our tree and our gingerbread house display to get you in the holiday spirit, ECHO has lots of events happening this month including Tacky Sweater Parties and more! You can check out our calendar or go here to see the special events highlighted at ECHO.

In addition to our Christmas Day Buffet, we are also offering dining specials for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, those menus are here.

We hope to see you this holiday season, Merry Christmas!

Gift Ideas from St. Simons Island

December 8th, 2015

Gift shopping can be difficult sometimes. Especially this time of year. We’re here to help simplify that for you- get them a gift from their favorite vacation spot!

Our Resort’s Gift Shop is full of wonderful treasures, AND you have access to them from anywhere in the world with just the click of a mouse. Here are a few suggestions to show you that we really have something for everyone and you can access the entire online shop here.

You can get really creative and throw in a trip with the gift too, we have a great Break Away Special for the Winter (details on that here). Regardless of what you choose, from our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!


Jewelry Collage

St. Simons Island Ornaments

Set of 4 Nautical Glasses

 

The Princess and the Crab

The King and Prince Mermaid

 

December 2015 Events in the Golden Isles

November 30th, 2015

Brunswick Actors Theatre Presents A Christmas Carol: Saturday, November 28th to Sunday, December 13th, 2015

The Magnolia Women’s Literary Society Presentation of A Christmas Carol, Adapted by Michael Dyche: November 28, 29, December 5, 6, 12, 13, 2015. When the ladies of the Magnolia Women’s Literary Society decide to stage a production of “A Christmas Carol”…..Well! I think that is all we need to say. Hilarity guaranteed! Please call 912-262-0628 for more information or the “Reservation Hotline” at 912-280-0023 to purchase your tickets today.

 

Golden Isles Community Band Presents “A Night of the Classics”: Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 – Starts at 7 pm

Golden Isles Community Band presents “A Night of the Classics” at the Brunswick High School Auditorium. The concert is free to attend and is open to the public. The program will include William Tell Overture, The Symphonic Beatles, Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral, Danse Macabre, The Klaxon March and Princeton Variations. 3885 Altama Avenue, Brunswick, GA 31520

 

First Friday in Downtown Brunswick: Friday, December 4th

Take a stroll down Newcastle Street & Gloucester Street in downtown Brunswick and visit the shops, restaurants and galleries that call the port city home. There will be live music from local musicians, restaurant specials and art openings.

 

34th Annual Christmas at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation: Friday 4th-Saturday 5th, December 2015 – 6 pm – 9 pm

This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Take a candlelit stroll down the old carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of an antebellum plantation house. There will be hot wassail and cookies, Civil Ware reenactors, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Admission: $10.00 Adult and Seniors, $5.00 Youth (6 – 17)

 

Brunswick Holiday Bazaar: Saturday, December 5th, 2015 – 8 am – 5 pm

Looking for unique gifts for family and friends? You will find that and more at the annual Holiday Bazaar sponsored by Golden Isles Arts & Humanities at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Historic Downtown Brunswick. Crafts and decor, flea market finds, specialty items and seasonal goodies will be available. Plus, there will be yummy fall veggies, great Georgia pecans and homemade treats, courtesy of the Brunswick Farmers Market: the perfect place to find the freshest and best-tasting produce in town. Shopping local has never been this fun!

And as always, there will be a special treat for the kids – Santa Claus will be at the park to greet children and hear all their Christmas wishes. There will be seasonal music for your shopping enjoyment and prepared food vendors with an array of goodies, including deviled crab, caramel apples, funnel cake, boiled peanuts, and more. 912-262-6934

 

Jingle All the Way 5K and Fun Run: December 5th, 2015, Starts at 9 am

Jingle All The Way 5K and 1 Mile Run: Benefiting CASA Glynn. USATF Certified 5K Course and 5K timed by FIRST PLACE SPORTS using chip-timed finish line. Registration: www.active.com through December 10, 2014.

 

Cassina Garden Club Jingle Bells Jumble & Bake Sale: Saturday, December 5th, 2015 – 9 am – 2 pm

After 30 years of Cassina’s successful Christmas Tour of Homes, in 2015 the Club will celebrate Christmas and the restoration of its historic Tea Cabin with a Jingle Bells Jumble and Bake Sale. Come see the restored exterior and get a peek at the interior secrets of the Tea Cabin, Cassina’s gift to the community, and stock up on Christmas decorations and goodies.  Cassina Tabby Slave Cabins, Arthur J. Moore Drive, St. Simons Island, GA. 912-638-9808

 

Brunswick Christmas Parade: Saturday, December 5th, 2015 – Starts at 5:30 pm

This annual community parade takes place on the first Saturday in December. Starting at 5:30pm at Howard Coffin Park, over 100 floats, vehicles, walking groups and marching band units make their way one mile down the length of Gloucester Street to Mary Ross Waterfront Park in the heart of the Old Town National Register Historic District.

Santa Claus also makes an appearance at the end of the parade and distributes free bags of candy afterwards at Mary Ross Park. Santa is joined at the park by arts and crafts vendors offering hand-made holiday gifts for sale and by the farmers offering fresh fruit and produce at the Brunswick Farmers Market.

For information on entering a float, vehicle, walking or marching unit in the parade, please contact the Downtown Development Authority at 912-265-4032 fax: 912-265-8181; email:ellen@discoverbrunswick.com. Gloucester Street, Brunswick, GA 31520

 

6th Annual Christmas Boat Parade: Saturday, December 5th, 2015 – Starts at 6 pm

Get your Christmas Spirit on and join the Golden Isles Sailing Club’s Christmas Boat Parade to welcome the holiday season. Set for Saturday, December 5. The parade will start at Brunswick Landing Marina and travel towards the Sidney Lanier Bridge and back. More information at: Golden Isles Sailing Club 912-275-7774

 

Student Art Exhibit Saturday: December 5th, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, January 30th, 2016 (All day)

The popular Annual Glynn County Student Art Show returns to the Ritz for the holidays and features hundreds of art pieces in every medium made by creative K-12 students. The free opening reception will be held during First Friday activities, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.The Ritz Gallery is open Wednesday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., or by appointment.

 

Coastal Symphony of Georgia Presents Christmas Traditions: Monday, December 7th, 2015 – Starts at 8 pm

The magic of Christmas will be at the heart of the Coastal Symphony of Georgia’s December concert, “Christmas Traditions.” The orchestra will open with traditional selections including White Christmas, Carol of the Bells, the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah and others. Singing along is allowed!

A gift of dance will follow with guest artists Bess Chambliss and Val Salnikov dancing the Pas de Deux from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Ballet. Following intermission, Ms. Chambliss will narrate as the orchestra performs The Nutcracker Suite. This will be a concert to delight young and old with the excitement of the season.

The concert will be performed at 8:00 PM, Monday, December 7th, at Brunswick High School. For more information, please call the Symphony Box office at (912) 634-2006 or visit our website at www.coastalsymphonyofgeorgia.org. 912-634-2006. 3920 Habersham Street, Brunswick, GA 31520

 

Gingerbread House display at The King and Prince: Begins Wednesday, December 9th.

There will be gingerbread houses decorated by the children at local elementary schools on display in the lobby at The King and Prince.

 

The Baker’s Brunch at ECHO benefiting America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia: Friday December 11th, 2015 – 9 am – 11 am

ECHO will be offering food at menu price if you would like to relax and dine with friends. Every dollar spent at this event feeds five people during the Holiday Season. The sale of the sweet & savory treats will benefit America’s Second Harvest Food Bank. For Reservations or Holiday Treat Donations Contact Carson at 912-242-4164

 

Jewelry Trunk Show at The King and Prince: Friday, December 11th, 2015 – 4 pm – 8 pm

Featuring
• King & Prince Statement Jewelry
• Jewelry Handcrafted by Local Artists
• Rodan & Fields Skin Care
• Salacia Salts Bath & Body Products
• Free chair massages
• Giveaways

 

Golden Isles Live! Presents Vivace: Friday, December 11th, 2015 – 8 pm – 10 pm

Vivace is a modern and thrilling combination of four unique and exceptional pop and classical singers. Based primarily out of Vancouver, Melody Courage, Tiffany Desrosiers, Marc Devigne and Michael Ciufo first merged their talents in 2010 performing at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Since then, they have gone on to tour extensively through the United States and Canada, captivating audiences everywhere they go. Vivace is the latest addition to the classical crossover/popera genre. This concert is held in The Cloister Ballroom. Tickets are $40 for adults. $10 for students/children.

 

Ritz Radio Theatre Presents A Christmas Story: Friday 11th to Sunday 20th, December 2015

Based on the classic movie, the Ritz Radio Theatre tells the story of young Ralphie’s Christmas holiday season as he bargains for a Red Rider BB Gun. Done in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast complete with period costumes, live sound effects and a talented cast of local performers. Performances take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and on Sundays at 3 pm. More Info About A Christmas Story House: http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com  912-262-6934. Ticket Link

 

The Farmer’s Market at Sea Island:  December 12th from 9 am – 2 pm in the parking lot of the Market at Sea Island- This event is now held on the second Saturday of each month, features a variety of fresh produce, artisan products, vendors, live music, and food samples.

 

East River Arts Market: Saturday, December 12th, 2015 – 9 am – 4 pm

This exciting new market will showcase unique and artistically designed merchandise and artwork at the Brunswick Farmers Market Pavilion on the second Saturday of each summer month, beginning in June. Browse through a diverse array of arts, crafts, distinctive food, specialty items and more! 912-262-6934

 

Jekyll Island Comic Con: Saturday, December 12th, 2015 – 11:30 am – 11 pm

Jekyll Comic Con is a one-day event that will be a celebration of everything Comic, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Anime and Gaming related. It will host celebrity guests from such films and TV shows as Serenity and Firefly, Arrow and the Walking Dead, as well as famed artists from Marvel and DC. The Artists Alley will welcome such acclaimed artists as Tommy Castillo, Tony Kordos, Scott Rorie and John Beatty, as well as Fallen Manga Studios and Anomalous Comic. Several local artists will also be showcased. The vendor’s room will have everything from comics, toys, t-shirts, models and posters to costumes and accessories.

Jekyll Comic Cons two panel rooms will be going all day and will have lively discussions and Q&A from a variety of experts in the fields of Cosplay design, podcasts, authors and filmmakers.There will be open gaming for all the D&D and Magic:The Gathering fans. And the screening room will be showing popular comic and anime related movies for all ages.

As the day winds down, Jekyll Comic Con After Dark will kick off with a variety of Cosplay Contest including amateur, advanced and kids’ contests with cash prizes. Following this, a dance party will get into full swing with DJ Rozotron at the turn tables.

Due to our close ties with the Wounded Warrior Project and the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia a portion of the ticket sales will be donated to these two amazing charities. We have also collected vast amounts of products and original art pieces donated by our vendors and artists that will be raffled off all day with 100% of the proceeds also going to these charities. With the support of the community we hope to again make this a fun and exciting event for all ages. 912-506-3155

 

Pier Village Holiday Market at Postell Park: Saturday 12th to Sunday 13th, December 2015

Explore unique arts and crafts such as painting, pottery, jewelry, garden art and more at the Pier Village Holiday Market at Postell Park on St. Simons Island. Show is from 10 am – 5 pm on all days. 912-262-0628

 

Tacky Sweater Party & Sam Adams Tap Takeover at ECHO: Thursday, December 17th & Wednesday, December 23rd – 7 pm – 10 pm

Celebrate the holiday season at ECHO’s Tacky Christmas Parties. In addition to food and drink specials, there will be live music by Jamie Rowell and Friends and the Camden County Wildcats Choir.

 

Christmas Concert at Selden Park: Friday, December 18th, 2015 – Starts at 6 pm

The Coastal African American Coastal Historic Preservation Commission invites you to celebrate the 150th ratification granting freedom and abolishing slavery in the United States. A Christmas Concert will be held in Selden Park on December 18th at 6 pm. Musical acts that will be featured include Michael Hulett, the Sea Island Singers and Trina Meade. Admission is $5 per person and children under 6 receive free admission. Santa Claus is also rumored to be in attendance! 3401 Ross Road, Brunswick, GA 31520 912-265-7244

 

The Jazz and Poetry Den Celebrates Christmas: Friday, December 18th, 2015 – Starts at 7 pm

The Jazz & Poetry Den Celebrates Christmas! Great people, music, poetry & art. Chic Bar & Hor d’oeuvres.
Unitarian Universalists of Coastal Georgia (UUCG); 1710 Gloucester Street- Historic Brunswick 912-230-2834

 

Paint & Play at ECHO hosted by Get Your Muse On: Tuesday December 29th, 2015 – 6 pm – 9 pm

Enjoy the view of the sunset while you create your own masterpiece! This event is happening on a Tuesday due to the Christmas holiday. This price is $55 and includes wine, appetizers and all art supplies. To register for this event, please go to getyourmuseon.com. Space is limited and reservations are required.