Beach Wedding Guide | Foreward

A beach wedding guide to plan your ceremony in Jacksonville, FL, St. Augustine, FL or Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach, Florida. Everything you need to know about creating a beach ceremony in NE Florida has been detailed in this book.

Foreword

“My job is marrying people. My vocation…making dreams come true.”

Close your eyes and imagine yourself on your wedding day.

Are you standing on a beach with your fiancé by your side – just the two of you at sunset with dolphins frolicking just off the shore?

Maybe you envision you and your darling standing under an arch with a warm Florida sun on your shoulders as your friends and family sit nearby to witness your magical moment as you make important promises to each other?

Wedding Arch on a Beach in Florida photo

Perhaps you aren’t even sure yet what that vision is and need some help figuring it all out…you only know that for as long as you can remember, you’ve wanted to get married on a beach.

As a dream maker, I passionately strive towards achieving my clients’ vision for their perfect day. It is with some apprehension when I see choices that can, and on occasion do, mar a special moment. Choices, that, had they asked, or thought to consider in advance, would have been a non issue and thus ensuring their sugar plum wedding.

When I set out to write this book, it with a specific objective. Let me ask you, have you ever gone on a vacation and thought to yourself, if only I had a local who could show me around – all the best stuff to do, where to save the most money, tips and tricks that only locals would know? That’s the angle I took when writing this book. Having performed hundreds of weddings in northeast Florida, I’ve accumulated mountains of tribal knowledge to share with you here. This book is crafted with goals of answering a common set of questions about beach wedding planning and giving out-of-towners (as well as local clients) the best tools I can offer to help them achieve their wedding ceremony vision.

How did I do this?

Lets just say I didn’t take a leisurely stroll on the beach and jot down some thoughts. I’ve spent countless hours literally walking block by block to map over 200 public beaches while covered in sunblock and sand, and eaten so many sandwiches in my car that I could live the rest of my life and happily never eat a tuna fish sandwich again. I’ve driven popular driving routes from airports, ports and hotels so you have the most accurate information to plan from. I’ve taken picture upon picture so you can see exactly what the area looks like, and talked with so many people, I hate the sound of my own voice.

But most important, I sat down and wrote about everything I could possibly think of, in hopes that it will give you concrete details so you can make decisions, no matter where in the world you live.

This book is my dream come true, authored specifically so your dream can come true.

Enjoy!

Natural Outdoors Wedding Ceremony in Spring

Spring wedding ceremonies outdoors in Treaty Oaks Park in downtown Jacksonville, FL are so pretty. Home to the oldest tree in Jacksonville (more than 200 years) its branches spread out far and wide, and are so long and heavy that many rest directly on the ground. To give you perspective, this tree is larger than an office building.

Wedding officiant in Treaty Oaks

Hey! Miley stole my signature look.

Spring wedding ceremony

Treaty Oaks Park Wedding Ceremony

Spring into marriage

Spring colors exploding with pastels.

A Sweet Evening with Two Brides

On a beautiful evening I married two lady loves on the pool deck at the Crowne Royal on Jacksonville, FL’s southbank in downtown on the shores of the St. John river. Congratulations dear friends!!

Sand pouring ceremony

Sand pouring ceremony

Gay wedding-Two brides

Commitment ceremony for seniors

This morning I performed a commitment ceremony for the two most adorable senior citizens. Pension payouts and other financial concerns means they can’t get married. That didn’t stop these two lovebirds. From the 22nd floor in her senior center apartment, with two friends attending and another snapping pictures, Liz and Elijah made beautiful promises of love and loyalty to each other overlooking the downtown skyline.

Folks, making dreams come true is the reason I do this job.

Senior Commitment Ceremony Rings

The Haskell Building – Wedding Venue Spotlight

Wedding ceremonies at the Haskell Building in downtown Jacksonville, FL (Duval County) located directly on the St. John’s river are always fun to do. The location is spectacular and it’s the only venue directly on the riverbank; it has the best view of Jacksonville from this perspective. With a gorgeous arch outside and a fabulous deco inspired setting inside, you couldn’t ask for a more lovely location to take your vows.

The extremely capable Karen Fritts runs the RiverFront Cafe which is the event arm for the facility and is just delightful to work with. A true pro, she oversees the management of your event leaving you to focus on more important things (like getting beautified.) For contact details, scroll down below the pictures (and make sure you let them know you found them here at That Wedding Lady.)

Haskell Building Arch

Haskell Building Arch – Myra and Jason

Haskell Building Fountain

Haskell Building Fountain in Downtown Jacksonville, FL on Riverside Drive.

Haskell Building

Jacksonville’s The Haskell Building

The Haskell Building
RiverFront Cafe & Catering
111 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Karen Fritts, Catering Manager
904-249-9440
karen@jaxcatering.com
www.jaxcatering.com

 

That Wedding Lady
www.weddingofficiantjacksonvillefl.com
904-583-6688
Jacksonville, FL – St. Augustine, FL – Amelia Island, FL

Wedding Locations & Venues Spotlight – the Keeler Property

The Keeler Property is a wedding venue location idea in west Jacksonville (and I do mean west.) It’s so worth the drive though. A fantastically gorgeous property situated on a plat of land with a rustic barn, reception hall, large pond, small pond, photography platform and tons of space.

The Keeler Property
17225 Normandy Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL, 32234
(904) 342-0012

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Rustic Barn for Wedding Ceremonies

Rustic Barn for Wedding Ceremonies in west Jacksonville, FL. The Keeler Property

Reception Hall for Wedding Ceremonies on The Keeler Property

Reception Hall for Wedding Ceremonies on The Keeler Property

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Keeler Property Reception Hall Interior

Keeler Property Reception Hall Interior

Keeler Property Reception Hall Interior

Table Set Up Option in the Reception Hall on The Keeler Property

  • Wedding ceremonies take place in a rustic barn open at both ends and sitting over a small pond. It has a photography platform on one end perfect for post wedding photography and lending itself to creative photos.
  • Tons of parking (on grass and also a concrete section for handicapped needs)
  • Faux barn reception hall. Painted red and white the structure mimics a larger barn and can house a huge party. Open also a both ends and big enough to drive vehicles through.
  • Complete kitchen for catering with doors closing it from the main area.
  • Beautifully appointed women’s and men’s restrooms.
  • 2 room bridal preparation suite

Note – There is also another structure on the property in the same general region as the ceremony barn which matches the decor of the reception hall. It is actually the property owner’s home but well out of the way of the action and naturally groomed to fit in with the surroundings. I have met the owner before and he’s a delightful person who capitalized on an opportunity to offer something out of the ordinary in wedding ceremony locations.

That Wedding Lady – www.weddingofficiantjacksonvillefl.com – 32256 – 904-583-6688

And The Groom Wore

Photo and pictures of the groom, his best man and father of the groom in their finest tuxedo shirts at the wedding rehearsal the day before the wedding ceremony which we did at the Jacksonville Zoo in Jacksonville, FL.

Groom Tuxedo Tee Shirt

Groom Rehearsal Day Apparel

Best Man Tuxedo Shirt Clothes

The Best Man shows off his Tuxedo Shirt at the wedding rehearsal at the Jacksonville Zoo in FL.

Wedding clothes for grooms in a tuxedo shirt fashion.

Looking good in his tuxedo shirt, the groom models his wedding rehearsal tuxedo shirt the day before the wedding ceremony at the Jacksonville Zoo in Jacksonville, Florida.

Gay Marriage in Florida, Interview with That Wedding Lady

Allison Griner, freelance journalist recently interviewed me covering the first day of gay marriage in Florida.

Florida legalizes same-sex marriage, but controversy remains from Allison Griner on Vimeo.

Learn more about Allison here:
Allison Griner
Freelance Journalist
Phone: 904-955-8916
www.allisongriner.com
Twitter: @alligriner