My wife Kelly and I first stumbled across the StarLite Sapphire in our mad scramble to put together our wedding on short notice. We had received unfortunate news about the health of a close member of our family and made the decision to move our wedding date up 7 months to a new date a mere 15 days away!
In the chaotic days that followed we had moments where we weren't sure we would be able to pull it off or that if we did, what we could put together with such short notice would surely wind up in stories not about a magical evening but about an unprepared train wreck that we would always regret.
One of the important aspects of our original wedding was to have a beautiful reception that would be memorable and fun for everyone to cap off the day's events. While I certainly wouldn't recommend trying to plan a wedding and a reception in 15 days we would never have been able to pull it off if it weren't for the fantastic staff at StarLite and the crew of the StarLite Sapphire.
My every interaction with anyone affiliated with StarLite was more than I could have asked for and they were able to help us put together a dinner reception cruise for 45 people complete with dancing, speeches, and cake cutting all on incredibly short notice. We were always treated with great kindness, which was of immense relief when we were dealing with all the confusion and commotion with our planning process and I will be forever grateful for the professionalism and decency with which we were treated.
When the big day quickly passed in the flurry of activity known to all new couples, we made our way out to the dock and were both still quite nervous. Although we had a very good impression and had seen some encouraging pictures we hadn't had enough time to actually come out to tour the ship or see any of the setup for the reception in person ahead of time.
We were both blown away with the result. We had reserved the 2nd deck of the StarLite Sapphire and they had created a wonderful private dining atmosphere for us and our guests. It was the perfect blend of fancy but not stuffy and the service was excellent.
Many of our guests not only complemented the meals themselves but also the large selection of options (when was the last reception you've been to that boasted more than 8 entree choices?) and the wonderful presentation.
Our guests also loved the unique atmosphere of having a floating reception as we cruised along the intracoastal waterway. I would highly recommend the second deck if you have a large enough group as everyone enjoyed the easy access to the back deck, which is open to the air and provides great views of the scenery as you cruise by.
Considering how quickly everything had come together the crew also did a superb job of giving us a quick outline of the evening's proceedings as far as helping us to figure out when people should give their speeches, when we would be dancing, and when we would be cutting the cake. As this was another aspect we hadn't had the time to completely iron out we were so impressed by the ease and comfort with which the crew helped us sort out these last minute details and still managed to execute them in a way that appeared well rehearsed to everyone else.
Overall, we couldn't have asked for a better experience and I heard nothing but good things from all of our wedding guests. Again. I cannot overstate how grateful we both are that we were still able to have the reception we'd always imagined but that we were able to incorporate the unique atmosphere and unrivaled professionalism of the StarLite Sapphire!
- Kelly & Shane M.