Designed by a feng shui expert to generate positive energy and good fortune, both of which go hand-in-hand in marriage, Ocala’s Holiday Inn Sky is the perfect location to tie the knot.
Story by Kelli Fuqua Hart
This is not your traditional Holiday Inn, but a boutique hotel that surpasses its competitors. Couples will be in awe of the modern elegance and tropical paradise that embodies every corner of this venue. From its South Beach flair to its romantic decadence, the Holiday Inn Sky is the wedding destination for today’s stylish bride.
Without ever stepping foot off property, couples and their guests can comfortably settle into a luxurious room, celebrate Rehearsal in a private dining quarters upstairs, exchange vows under a marvelous outdoor tent or inside one of three magnificent ballrooms, and toast with loved ones in a reception, custom-built by the hotel’s professional event team. And if the soirée must go on, couples can bring the party upstairs to the hotel’s Poker Suite, made up of a spacious floor plan to include a separate party room and large, yet private balcony.
Brides and their guests are captivated by the vibrant colors and textures found throughout the facility. In addition to a breathtaking atrium-style lobby, stunning photographs can be taken at a bird’s eye view from the upper levels and amongst the glowing lights and impressive glass elevators.
Robin Fannon, Director of Weddings and Events, and her experienced staff are at the disposal of their clients to make sure and assist in the execution of every detail. “From acting as a liaison between bride and vendor to setting up and breaking down the decor,” explains Fannon, “the hotel event staff provides a flawless, stress-free execution of this extremely important and cherished event.”
Sky, three-time consecutive winner of the Golden Spoon Award, is located on the top floor of the hotel and serves gourmet Asian fusion dishes to include Crispy Calamari Salad and BBQ Sticky Hoisin Ribs to Dengaku Duck Breast and Bone-in Pork Chops. Every detail “is specific and deliberate, the familiar combined with the exotic,” making Sky the perfect setting for drinks, brunch and an exquisite dining experience.
Holiday Inn Sky’s catering team offers an array of menu options, from casual appetizer trays to a full five-course cuisine. Supporting local vendors, the catering department purchases much of their ingredients fresh from within the community and can cater to any size or event.
Unique to the Holiday Inn Sky, it has the only hotel ballroom in town with natural lighting. Additionally, it offers a complementary bridal room, floor length linens, cascading crystal chandeliers that dim accordingly, chair covers and its own wedding blog, which features tips, trends, how-tos use and stories about past couples.
Located just off of I-75, making it extremely convenient for those traveling, the Holiday Inn Sky is unlike any other venue around. For more information on wedding packages for their wedding blog, please contact Robin Fannon at 352.547.1800 or visit them on the web at www. OcalaInn .com /ocala–weddings.