St. Augustine Wedding in the historic Lightner Museum. On their wedding day, Mari and Greg chose to see each other for the first time in a sweet moment known as a first look. This very special and private moment took place in the famous courtyard (on the bridge) of the Lightner Museum! Because they did this before the ceremony it allowed us to do all of their photos prior to the ceremony... this allowed for a sparkler exit from the ceremony and our couple getting to spend more time with their wedding guests! They exchanged wedding vows in the historic Lightner Museum's mezzanine, which was once was the world’s largest indoor swimming pool! Now a museum and event venue, during the 1890’s this space was part of a magnificent hotel and also served as the wedding reception venue. Wedding guests enjoyed dancing the night away, and playing in the FotoLab photobooth in the former pool! It was a great afternoon/night for all and we were honored to be part of it! Take a peek at some of the moments below!
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Flowers - Jade Violet Wedding Floral and Laurel Manley
A bit more about the wedding Venue: The Lightner Museum is housed in the former Alcazar Hotel, which was built in 1888. Henry M. Flagler commissioned architects Carrere and Hastings to construct this architectural masterpiece. The Alcazar closed during the Depression, and in 1947 the building was purchased by Otto Lightner as the perfect place to house his Victorian-era collection of antiques. He opened it as a museum two years later and turned the building over to the City of St. Augustine. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and today is home to both the Lightner Museum and City government offices.
Otto Lightner was fascinated by what other people collected -- a hobby that became his trademark and his passion, which is clearly reflected in the diverse and eccentric collection of 19th-century artifacts on display at the museum. There are three floors to the museum, all of which are filled with exciting and beautiful artifacts from over a century ago. Costumes, furnishings, mechanical musical instruments and other items transport you to the heyday of the Alcazar Hotel and its wealthy visitors. Exquisite Victorian art glass and stained glass works of Louis Comfort Tiffany are around every corner. Paintings from around the world are also on display. Each room is restored to its original beauty so guests can feel like they are walking back in time.