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St. Augustine is one of the most beautiful, historic places you could choose to have your wedding. Whether you’re flying in from another location or if you’re local to St. Augustine or Jacksonville, there’s no doubt St. Augustine has a vast amount of things to do, places to see, great food, and places to get married. With that, I wanted to do a series of blog articles featuring some of my favorite St. Augustine locations. This week, I’ll be focusing on River House Events! This little Intracoastal gem is quite popular for weddings and receptions.
If you’re looking for a location that allows you to be on the water with an backup plan for rain where you can have both the ceremony and reception so your guests don’t have to visit multiple locations, then River House may be a great choice for you.
They recently began a project of having pavers installed on the back lawn for outdoor ceremonies and cocktails hours, giving your guests an easier time with getting around and mingling.
River House also has an indoor library which is not only beautiful for detail photos like shoes, dresses, and bridal party pictures, but this is a great place for guests to relax during cocktail hour. It features a large fire place, cozy couches and chairs, and inviting soft lighting after dark.
I’ve also seen this room used as a rain back up for smaller wedding ceremonies. The back of the library has double french door that lead out to the beautiful back lawn which overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway. From there, you can see the lighthouse in the distance.
River House also has a bridal suite and a conference room where the guys can either get ready or are held when they arrive until the ceremony. It also has a private bathroom separate form the guest bathrooms, which is nice when you’re waiting for the ceremony to start and your guests are wanting to talk to you when you should be hiding 😉
The front doors are made of a beautiful wood that allows for you to decorate according to your wedding theme. The most popular decoration I’ve seen is the initials of the couple either in beautiful moss, shown here, or made with flowers by a florist.
Outdoor photos are beautiful in front of these doors and it makes for a great outdoor portrait location if it’s raining because the entrance has a covered drive up patio. If you’re considering River House, be sure to ask what you are able to decorate their doors with.
The reception hall is beautiful. It’s spacious, beautifully lit, has an outdoor patio, and a very large dance floor. It can be used for larger wedding ceremonies as a rain backup plan.
The space is inherently beautiful, but a florist can really do a beautiful job spicing up the tables with centerpieces, decorating the chairs, your cake, and any other touches you’d like them to add. Talk to River House to find out if they supply the linens and if not, who they recommend. The purple linens in the below photos were beautiful for Nick and Ashley’s beautiful River House wedding.
River House also has some beautiful surroundings, including the dock that we did some pictures of Nick and Ashley on below. Luckily, the rain had stopped just in time for us to do their portraits, despite having to move their ceremony indoors.
The dance floor is large and cozy and allows for all of your guests to watch as you do your first dance as husband and wife. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a view for mom to cry while her daughter dances with her father and a father looking on proudly while his son dances with his mother.
Lastly, one of my favorite parts of River House is the beautiful fountain out front. Whether you’re having your pictures done after dark or during the day, the fountain can really accentuate the photos of you and your spouse on your wedding day.
I hope this article has been helpful in helping you decide or narrow down your list of venues for your St. Augustine wedding. These installments will be weekly. Stay tuned for some other great venues like The White Room, Government House, Cathedral Basilica and more! I’ll be sure to update this post with links to those blog articles below.
Lastly, of course, I’d love for you to consider me as your photographer. If you haven’t yet booked your photographer and are interested in having me be part of your wedding day, you can view my portfolio by clicking here, my prices by clicking here, and if you’re ready to contact me to touch base, click here. I look forward to hearing from you! Good luck in your search for your perfect venue!
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