New Yorkers Rachel Tulchin and Kevin Bailey were married on a beautiful late September day under the sprawling live oak trees on Sea Island. With the iconic Cloister Garden as their background, guests witnessed the couple's special outdoor ceremony, complete with a surprise performance by a local gospel choir. 

From the Friday night welcome reception at Ocean Forest to the late-night dancing at their Saturday nuptials, the Bailey-Tulchin wedding was a truly magical, timeless and elegant event with memories to last a lifetime. 

We recently sat down with Rachel and Kevin to learn more about their special day and their experience planning their wedding in the Golden Isles. 

Why did you choose the Golden Isles for your big event?

We chose Sea Island because we've spent a lot of wonderful, quality time there together and it's special to us. The location was a nice place to gather our friends and families from New York, Texas and beyond. Both of us were hoping for a wedding where our guests could relax and get away for the weekend, and spend time getting to know one another. 

What was your experience planning from afar?

The Sea Island & Ocean Forest teams and our local vendors were true professionals. They made everything easy given their vast experience, tasteful advice, and friendly, helpful demeanor. There were so many times they went over and above what we were expecting to make sure we had the perfect lasting memories of our wedding weekend, down to every last detail. 

What else did your guests do during the weekend?

We knew our guests would enjoy exploring the Golden Isles on their own. They spent time walking the beach, enjoying town, golfing, renting bikes, relaxing at the Beach Club, and enjoying the local cuisine. 

What would you tell other couples considering a destination wedding here?

You can't go wrong with an event in the Golden Isles. There are so many great venues and vendors to help create a wedding that reflects who you are as a couple and the type of wedding you envision. It's an area that is peaceful, relaxing, family-friendly, and beautiful. We love coming back to visit this very special corner of the world.

Photography by: Brooke Roberts Photography


Whether you've always wanted a beautiful beach wedding or a quiet garden ceremony, the Golden Isles has so many iconic and picturesque locations for your big day. Learn more about the area and the many wonderful vendors who are here and ready to help.