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Seeking a cliff overlooking the ocean for our wedding ceremony

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Hi all! First time poster with a mission…to find ‘the’ place for an intimate wedding ceremony in fall 2011. We are looking for a cliff/bluff overlooking the ocean (for the ceremony site…that’s the non negotiable) at a modest to upscale hotel where combining immediate families can enjoy a few days together. We are totally fine with boutiques or inns, in fact off the beaten path and less crowds are more desirable than the large resorts or AI type places. We like to hike and explore as well as relax at the beach and pool (would like a spa but not a hard and fast requirement). Having never been to the Caribbean myself I am thus far wandering aimlessly in internet land but I have seen enough to know there are probably several excellent choices, and this forum seemed to be where the experts reside.

For some more details on us, I am 29 and my husband-to-be is 35 and we live in Charlotte NC. We will be traveling with both sets of our parents in their mid/late fifties. Mine are pretty active and will probably hike, zip line whatever with us, while his are more the go and stay type (so a nice pool, TV and decent dining choices are probably needed). My brother (25) and his sister and brother-in-law (late 30s) will round out the group. If needed we can be ‘married’ here prior at the courthouse to skirt any lengthy residency requirements of the islands, we don’t mind (though preferable not to).

Oh, my fiancée originally had ruled out the Caribbean due to some disappointing past experiences (honestly don’t know which island(s) and it hasn’t been in at least the last 6 years we have been together). After seeing some potential options I asked him and his reasoning was that once there you couldn’t leave the resort…it felt like you were stuck and he isn’t a sit on the beach all day type (I can be, but I am also pretty active and can be a serious adrenaline junkie sometimes). However, we aren’t nightlife seekers, activities during the day and decent food is all we need.

Would love suggestions as to which islands are more suited to what we are looking for, down to specific hotels/resort recommendations. Thanks so much for guiding the newbie and helping our wedding vision become a reality.

-Lauren (seekingseacliff)

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