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The Oldest City’s Options for Doing Your “I Do”

Written by OCL Staff
Photos by Tammy Harrow

Whether it happened on a romantic carriage ride, at a family dinner, or in the backyard, it happened. You are engaged! Once you have a moment to look up from gazing at your dazzling, sparkly bauble, it’s time to start planning. St. Augustine has become one of the most sought-after wedding destinations in the country, and it’s not just the historic architecture and quaint cobblestone streets that make the Nation’s Oldest City the ultimate place to tie the knot. There is a plethora of skilled, quality professionals here to meet the needs of any bride or groom-to-be.

There are numerous venue options in St. Augustine, including historic houses of worship, beachfront docks with sweeping ocean views, rustic barns with majestic oaks standing tall along sweeping driveways, or lovingly restored buildings featuring one-of-a-kind bar spaces or breath-taking bayfront vistas. To outfit your space, rental vendors in St. Augustine offer all manner of items geared toward the feel you want to achieve. Use of provincial farm tables, outdoor chandeliers, damask linens, regal flatware, and even corn hole game boards can be arranged.

Nailing down these details may cause visions of culinary delights to dance in your head, and there’s certainly no shortage of delectable refreshment providers. Offerings vary from fried chicken to foie gras and everything in between. Brie, apple, and jam phyllo cups or wild mushroom and Boursin tartelettes could have your guests creating memories and forging friendships over the amazing repast you’ve selected. For the ‘sweet’ part of the celebration, a cupcake station might interest the bride-to-be, or a grand, multi-tiered, traditional confection with unexpected flavors like bananas foster or key lime may have guests in line for seconds.

To keep the party flowing, drinks and effervescent spirits can be purchased from a St. Augustine distillery or winery or one of many boutique wine shops or package stores. Having a glass of vino may lead to wanting to hit the dance floor. Whether an upbeat, jazzy sound is preferred for shaking your groove thing, or the soothing notes of a harp are desired, there are musicians and DJs to fit every taste. Once you’ve satisfied the ears with music, you’ll be searching for the perfect blossoms and greenery to please the eyes. Whether it’s bohemian bouquets of multi-colored roses and trailing hyacinths or earthy centerpieces of burgundy dahlias and cascading vines, custom floral design is an essential component for the wedding day. Professional photographers and videographers in the Oldest City are adept with catching your “I do” moment, as well as the candid occasions of love, merriment, and delight that occur throughout. To be certain you look amazing in each shot, salons are at-the-ready to provide sensational up-dos or cascading braids that will stay put through dancing and hugging and will have everyone complimenting your gorgeous tresses. Local shops also provide make-up application, lash extensions, spray tanning, massage and other spa services. Guys, you can get pampered, too. With expert attention to your hair, beard, feet, hands, and body, you’ll be relaxed and ready to take your vows with comfortable confidence.

Cheers to St. Augustine being the backdrop for intertwining hearts. To all of you planning your nuptials, best wishes and congratulations!

ACCOMMODATIONS

Casa Monica Resort & Spa

Guy Harvey Resort

World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort

The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens

Bed and Breakfast Listings

BAKERY & DESSERTS

ChocoLattés

Crème de la Cocoa

Dessert First Bistro

Happy Cakes

Happy Gals Bakery

Kilwin’s Chocolates

Luli’s

Sweet City Cupcakes

Sweet Weddings

BAR & BEVERAGE SERVICE

ABC Fine Wine & Spirts Concierge Service

Broudy’s Liquors

Carrera Wine Cellar

The Perfect Pour

The Gifted Cork

Tim’s Wine Market

CATERING, RESTAURANTS

A Step Above Catering Company

A1A Aleworks

Amici Italian Restaurant

By Design Catering

Chef’s Garden Catering & Events

Creekside Dinery

Flagler College Catering by Aramark

Harry’s Seafood, Bar & Grille

La Pentola Restaurant

Michael’s Tasting Room

Raintree Restaurant

Sonny’s Barbeque

The Bistro at Culinary Outfitters

EVENT PLANNING

Coastal Celebrations by Lindsay Ohlin

Coastal Coordinating

Endless Possibilities

First Coast Weddings & Events

St. Augustine Weddings & Special Events

Southern Charm Events

Sun and Sea Weddings

St. Augustine Wedding & Events Association

The Eventful Gals

The Wedding Authority

Uncorked Occasions

FLORISTS

A Fantasy in Flowers

Fleurs de Vedra

Flower Works

Flowers by Shirley

Foxhound Floral

Jade Violet Wedding Floral Boutique

Lori Parker Floral Studios

Tula Rose Floral & Event Design

JEWELERS

Blue Water Jewelers

Carter’s Jewelry

Joel Bagnal, Goldsmith

Neff Jewelers

Nettles Fine Jewelry

Madalyn’s Jewelry & Fine Gifts

Reubel Fine Jewelry at the Plaza

MUSICIANS & ENTERTAINMENT

Beachside Entertainment

Chillula

Footloose Entertainment

Y? Entertainment

OFFICIANTS

A Wedding Ceremony Your Way

Goddess Wedding Ceremonies

Promise Weddings

The Wedding Authority

PHOTO BOOTH

Beachside Entertainment

SmileFish PhotoBooth

PHOTOGRAPHY

Bethany Walter Photography

Dana Goodson Photography

Favorite Studios

Kate Gardiner Photography

Life & Love Studio

Monarch Studio

Pure Sugar Studios

RENTALS, LIGHTING, DECOR

All About Events

Andy’s Taylor Rental Center

Beachside Entertainment

Connie Duglin Specialty Linen

Florida Wedding Supplies

Lovely Loo

ProShow DJ Service

SALONS, SPAS, SKIN CENTERS

Amanda Hopcraft, Make Up Artist

Debbie’s Day Spa

Facial Rejuvenation Centre

Harmony Medical Spa, Dr. Anh Vu, MD

London Looks Hair Design

Panache – An Aveda Salon & Spa

St. Augustine Oral & Facial Surgical Center

Small Indulgences European Day Spa

The Bardot

TRANSPORTATION & VALET

Bags, Inc

Expedia CruiseShipCenters

Country Carriages

St. Augustine Carriages

St. Augustine Horse & Carriage

Travel Z Agency

UNIQUE IDEAS

Nautilus at the Beach

Watercolors by Liz

VIDEOGRAPHY

Coastal Creations Video

Jon Noeth Videography

Life & Love Studio

VENUES

Bayview Room at A1A Aleworks

Casa Monica Resort & Spa

Flagler College venues

Embassy Suites St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort

GTM Research Reserve

Guy Harvey Resort

Hammock Dunes Club

Marineland Dolphin Adventure

Marsh Creek Country Club

Parlor Room Events

Pioneer Barn Events

Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Raintree Restaurant

Renaissance World Golf Village

River House Events

Riverview Club

Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa

Serenata Beach Club

St. Augustine Historical Society

St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church

St. Johns Golf & Country Club

The Palencia Club

The Peña-Peck House

The Reef Restaurant

The Treasury Venue Collection

The Wedding Authority

The White Room

World Golf Hall of Fame Museum

World Golf Village’s King & Bear or Slammer & Squire

World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort

Ximenez-Fatio House Museum