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St. Augustine, Fla. (February 21, 2023)– From the passionate whispers of Juan and Maria to the wedding vows of Steve and Brandi, St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach have provided a magical setting for romance for centuries. Today there are more than 250 weddings that take place each month on Florida’s Historic Coast and there are even more ways and places to help create special memories that will last a lifetime.
In St. Augustine, a real castle, horse-drawn carriages, moonlit sailing cruises, ancient streets and mysterious lanes, magnificent hotels like the historic Casa Monica Resort and Spa and the brand-new Renaissance St. Augustine Historic Downtown, along with dozens of luxurious historic bed & breakfast inns provide the perfect setting for fairytale destination weddings of all sizes. Unique venues like The Treasury on The Plaza, Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth, and the Historic Peña Peck House are just a few locations that provide a magical setting for a storybook wedding in the Nation’s Oldest City.
At Ponte Vedra Beach luxury and tradition take over at splendid seaside resorts like the AAA Five-Diamond Awarded Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and her sister property, the Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra. For the true sports fan, there are special places like Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, the elegant clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass or The Yards, where charm and lush ambience are paired to provide the perfect setting for a match made in heaven to exchange vows. Just down the road, the World Golf Hall of Fame is a great setting to commemorate a union made for the ages.
When thinking of weddings and romance on Florida’s Historic Coast, one cannot overlook the 42 miles of pristine beaches and wedding venues like the Embassy Suites St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort, Anastasia State Park, the Guy Harvey Resort, or the beaches along the GTM Reserve are ideal spots for the perfect beach wedding with a summertime atmosphere that can be experienced throughout most of the year.
There are even more great outdoor and interesting venues that reflect the area’s local culture. Plan a nostalgic event at the St. Augustine Classic Car Museum where scores of classics are on display, plan an epic event under a 300-year-old oak tree at the Colonial Quarter Music Park, or head out to Kelly Farm to get a hoedown feel with just the right amount of elegance.
Historic and contemporary churches, like the Cathedral Basilica, Memorial Presbyterian, St. Photios Greek Orthodox Shrine, Ancient City Baptist, Our Lady Star of the Sea, and many others across Florida’s Historic Coast provide great choices for nearly every denomination for a blessed holy matrimony.
Incorporate the Flavors of Florida’s Historic Coast into any wedding. There are dozens of quality caterers and food trucks that specialize in creations using local cuisine. Distilled spirits from St. Augustine Distillery or City Gate Spirits, wine from the San Sebastian Winery, and beer from Ancient City Brewing Co. can add that local flavor that is sure to make heads spin. And yummy desserts and gifts provided by Whetstone Chocolates, Peace Pie, or Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops are great ways to sweeten the occasion.
Through our Celebrate Guide, the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau (VCB) has all the resources for planning the perfect destination wedding, saving the loving couple valuable time. From checking room rates and availability, contacts for wedding and event planners, transportation provider contacts, local florists, entertainment specialists, caterers, bakers or anything else needed to plan the perfect wedding on Florida’s Historic Coast, the VCB professional staff and access to valuable resources can be a great help at no cost. For more information and to request assistance, reach out to celebrate@FloridasHistoricCoast.com.
Florida’s Historic Coast remains an easy access drive destination. And, there is also great air service available via Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), approximately 50 minutes north of St. Augustine and 30 minutes from Ponte Vedra, and Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) approximately 50 minutes to the south. Both airports are served by all major airline carriers. New non-stop service with Breeze Airways between Jacksonville and seven cities across the US begins in May.
Elite Airways now provides service between Newark Liberty Airport and Portland, Maine to Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine. The nonstop jet service operates weekly with arrivals to St. Augustine from Portland on Sundays, departures on Saturdays, and on Monday and Friday, and departures and arrivals between Newark and St. Augustine on Tuesdays and Fridays.
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Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida’s Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra, and 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches. For more information on events, activities, holiday getaways and vacation opportunities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com, become a fan on Facebook or call 1.800.653.2489.