The Ultimate Wedding Guide
for St Augustine, Jacksonville and North Florida

An honest, comprehensive guide to getting hitched in St Augustine, Jacksonville, North East Florida and beyond by Ashley Farace!

(Learn more about Paul & Ashley here!)

 

*All photography in this guide by Paul Farace
 

You can skip ahead to go straight to the vendor lists, or if you’d like tons of helpful tips, read on!

 

So you’ve decided to tie the knot, now the fun begins! Remember that planning your wedding should be fun!
 

Every step along the way should reflect and work toward your end goal: a CELEBRATION of the start of your new life together.

 

There may be a few stressful moments along the way, but if you keep sight of why you’re planning this event to begin with, you’ll love pulling it all together!

 

Our advice:

Pick 3 things that are the most important to you both, and tackle those first. Deciding on what those things are, then making the choices together, p
aves the way for all the other little details. (Usually people pick: Venue, Photographer and either Fashion or Food, but this is totally up to you two).

 

Something else that’s great to remember - do YOU! Weddings aren’t what they used to be. Your wedding celebration should be as unique as your relationship. Go with your gut when choosing vendors, ask friends for referrals, don’t be shy! Choose vendors that you vibe with and want to support.


Here we’ll list the vendors that we’re familiar with in and around St Augustine and North East Florida, along with some helpful tips. We will try to keep this as up to date as possible as time goes on, so if you’re a venue or vendor that would like to be added, hit us up on our contact page form!

We’re also not personally vouching for any specific vendors. So as always be sure to do your research and make decisions that make sense for the two of you! Vendors will be listed in no particular order.

The Ulitamte Wedding Guide for St Augustine, Jacksonville and North Florida.

Getting Started

  • Sit down with your fiance/fiancee, relax, and talk about what you both want. Focus on shared priorities and don’t stress if your visions don’t 100% align. Keep sight of the end goal, a party representing and celebrating you! Start writing down notes, brainstorming about your ideas or start an inspiration board.
     

  • Choose your timing/season, but don’t feel like you have to nail an exact date down yet (you may want to be flexible depending on venue and vendor availability). Word of advice, steer clear of holidays, while it may be your favorite day, guests may have other plans in mind so don’t force them to make a hard choice.
     

  • Choose your wedding party. (Bridesmaids? Groomsmen? Flower girl? Etc)
     

  • Budget! It’s never too early to start figuring out how much you can and more importantly how much you want to spend on your overall wedding. This is going to help you nail down the size of your wedding, and most importantly to nail down your priorities. If friends and family have offered to help, now is the time to take them up on it. Think about how long it will take you to gather your resources and if it feels like it’s an unscalable mountain, scale back! If recent times have taught us anything it’s that weddings don’t have to be extravagant to be epic!
     

  • Decide whether you want to use a wedding planner. If we’re being honest, for many people this is out of the budget, but for some, especially those planning large weddings, this can be an immense help. There are occasions when a good wedding planner ends up saving you money, time and stress, essentially offsetting their own cost. If you’re going micro but still want something over the top, a good planner knows how to pull that off too!
     

  • Start an invite list once you have an idea of your budget and venue.
     

  • If you’re inclined, set up a wedding website, we usually see couples using Zola but there may be others, so let us know if you’ve found any good ones! ZOLA Website
     

  • Lock in the vendors that you know you want, but don’t stress if something doesn’t work out. Sometimes it’s the mishaps and unexpected twists that make the best wedding day memories.
     

  • Sketch out the flow of your wedding day and timeline, keeping in mind things like sunset timing, etc… if you’ve booked your photographer or have a planner, consult them about the best timing for lighting and photographs.

 

Remember, if you feel overwhelmed, start with the 3 things that are the most important to you both, and focus on those. Deciding on those 3 things usually paves the way for all the other little details.

 

Venues

Venues tend to book up fast so this is probably one of the first things you want to focus on.


A quick word of advice, don’t be afraid to get creative here! A great venue sets the tone for an amazing day, but backyard/tent and micro weddings are just as amazing, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box, especially if budgeting is a concern. Also, some venues don’t need any decor in order to be showstopping, while others benefit from a little dressing up. You may spend a little more on a venue, but save in the end if it doesn’t need much in the way of decor, and vice versa.

 

This is a good time to envision what your ideal wedding day photos will look like, and to make sure the venue is a good fit for that vision.

 

Things to keep in mind when researching venues… Some of them will have a set list of vendors that they want you to use, or they may have requirements like insurance that will affect what vendors you are able to use. Below are some questions to consider.

 

Make sure you have a comprehensive understanding of what services the venue offers/includes and what they allow. 
 

Does the venue have the space and flexibility to do what you really want to do?

Do you want open air and natural light? 

Do you want an urban feel? 

Do you feel comfortable with the staff? Do you even want “staff?” 

We have encountered a few venues that tend to “hover-parent” on the wedding day, is that desirable or something to avoid?
 

Does the venue have an in-staff planner? 

Is there room for the wedding party to get ready onsite?

Is the venue available on your chosen dates? 

Do you want or need more than 1 venue for the day? 

Is transportation or parking to and from the venue a concern? 

If you’re going for outdoor ceremonies and/or receptions (we’re all for this), what is the venue’s weather plan?
 

How long can you stay at the venue? 

Are there any add’l fees or potential charges to be aware of? 

Do they require a deposit and what is their cancellation policy?

Are there more affordable dates (weekdays, offseason etc)? 

Do they require vendors to carry insurance? 
 

Do they even allow other vendors or have a preferred or restricted vendor list? 

Do they allow a rehearsal? 

Do they have a liquor license? 

Do they allow you to bring your own alcohol/supplies?

Is there anything special the DJ or band will need? 


Here is an extensive list of venues to check out!


*If you are a venue or vendor and would like to be added, hit us up!
 

The White Room - in the heart of historic downtown St Augustine on the scenic Bayfront

The Lightner Museum - multiple indoor and outdoor spaces in the historic Hotel Alcazar

Kelly Farm Events - beautiful working farm with horses and acres of green pastures

 

Treasury on the Plaza - originally a grand bank, showcases the original vault as the bar

The Manor at 12 Oaks - beautiful manor house situated on 42 acres of private woodland

 

 

 

 

 



Marywood Retreat - on the beautiful banks of the St Johns River

The Clay Theatre - renovated historic movie theatre with a modern luxury art deco touch

La Venture Grove
- historic home and beautiful citrus grove on the St Johns River


Casa Marina - a sophisticated beachfront hotel

Casa Monica - award winning venue, part of the Marriott Autograph Collection

Bowing Oaks Plantation - beautiful rustic but modern venue in the heart of historic Bayard


PV Inn & Club - prestigious beachfront AAA 5 Diamond resort and club
 

The Outpost - an offsite log cabin venue offered by the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, hidden gem in Palm Valley
 

The Lodge & Club - beachfront European inspired resort and club
 

The Clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass - Mediterranean Revival style clubhouse at a world renowned golf course
 

The Club Continental - a slice of Old Florida history, the former mansion sits on the banks of the St Johns River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Epping Forest Yacht & Country Club - historic private club with a storied past on the banks of the St Johns River

The River Club - features 360 degree panoramic views of downtown Jacksonville and the St Johns River
 

Conference Center at the Main Library - features a stunning grand staircase and outdoor atrium
 

Ever After Farms Vineyard - beautiful white barn surrounded by acres of grape fields
 

The Hilltop - Victorian style mansion in Orange Park
 

Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville - offers a variety of large indoor spaces in a modern setting 
 

The Ribault Club - historic building loaded with Southern charm on Fort George Island
 

Omni Amelia Island Resort - beautiful coastal setting with all the amenities of a luxury resort
 

Walker’s Landing - one of the options at the Amelia Island Omni that deserves its own mention, located on the marsh side of the plantation, it offers hardwood floors, a fieldstone fireplace and views of the Intracoastal waterway from a unique octagonal shaped lodge
 

Jax Zoo - a truly unique setting for nature and animal enthusiasts
 

Marineland - a one of a kind experience where you can play with dolphins
 

The Keeler Property - charming 40 acre property featuring a covered bridge and lakeside barn

Chandler Oaks Barn - an elegant barn venue on 20 acres in St Augustine

 

The Barn at Cottonwood Ranch - show stopping ranch venue nestled on a 759 acre working cattle farm in Callahan
 

The Mansion - a picturesque venue with a vintage feel in Hilliard
 

Daughter’s Barn at Cedar Ridge - beautiful barn venue in the charming train town of Folkston Georgia
 

The Glen Venue - old Florida feel and lots of southern charm in Glen St Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Carriage House - barn venue with a southern farmhouse porch and garden
 

The Assembly Room at Art ‘n Motion - built in the early 1900s, the 18,000 sq ft brick building is an industrial inspired masterpiece with modern amenities
 

The Magnolia Room at Ponce De Leon’s Fountain of Youth - hidden gem nestled on the 15 acre historic site, with peacocks wandering the ground and a water view
 

St Augustine Distillery - a truly unique, historic, renovated commercial ice plant from the early 20th century
 

Renaissance St Augustine Historic Downtown Hotel - opening in September 2021, a new Marriott resort in historic downtown St Augustine

River House Events - situated directly on the Intracoastal Waterway in the heart of St Augustine
 

Castle Otttis - an impression of an Irish castle of 1000 years ago
 

Fantasy Farms - fun-filled farm with exotic and domestic animals, American memorabilia, classic cars and tropical plants
 

Tringali Barn - 7000 sq ft barn on 54 acres, fuses old Florida charm with modern amenities
 

Tucker’s Farmhouse - beautiful barn venue with coordinators and decor included
 

Colonial Quarter’s Colonial Oak Music Park - enchanting hidden gem in the heart of historic downtown St Augustine
 

Serenata Beach Club - beachfront private club with over 3000 sq ft of event space
 

Aunt Kate’s - a relaxed Florida-style restaurant with its own event space on the banks of the Tolomoto River
 

Congaree and Penn - a beautiful working farm specializing in elevated field to fork culinary experiences
 

Washington Oaks Gardens - stunning state park, featuring an expansive garden with beach, rose garden and stage areas
 

The Glass Factory - unique industrial factory venue with a touch of glamour
 

Brick & Beam - featuring a rustic but sophisticated main parlor and open porch in historic Springfield
 

Diamond D Ranch - romantic barn venue with lots of Southern charm
 

The Cummer Museum - elegant and unique museum venue with beautiful riverfront gardens and lots of history
 

The Hotel Palms - renovated motor court built in 1947, unique, youthful and colorful
 

Palencia Club - elegant 3 story Mediterranean style clubhouse
 

Ximenez-Fatio House - historic home turned museum with a lush, intimate garden
 

Tuscan Rose Vineyards - 25 acre estate with old growth oak trees and an old world Italian villa touch
 

Camp Chowenwaw - 150 acre recreation site in Green Cove Springs
 

Crosswater Hall at Nocatee - romantic fireplace, vaulted wood beam ceiling and French doors lead to a plantation style balcony
 

Lodge & Gardens - unique, budget friendly venue featuring gardens and a rustic lodge.

And lastly, Anywhere That Will Let You! We’re serious, creative locations are awesome!
Got a friend with a beautiful house and a big backyard? Favorite restaurant? Cute VRBO?

State park, farm, bed and breakfast? There are more possibilities than you might realize.

 

 
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Wedding at The Glen Venue.
Wedding at The Manor at 12 Oaks.
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Weddings at The Lightner Museum

Planners

Some venues will come with an in-house planner, which is great. No one is more familiar with the space than they are, so take advantage of their expertise. But don’t get steam-rolled! Also, even if you don’t intend to use a full service wedding planner, many planners offer other services and have smaller packages or offerings, so it’s worth checking out their websites even if you want to take care of the planning yourself.

Lauren Cowgill of Windham Event Design - We’re willing to personally vouch for this one, Lauren is phenomenal!

The Anti Bride - another planner that we love working with, the Anti Bride is for brides who may be a little off-beat or rebellious, but who still have flawless taste

Southern Charm Events - for the romantic bride looking for a classic Southern style wedding

Elopement Experience - where bigger doesn’t always mean better, specializing in intimate dream weddings

Aura Event Co - mixing boho and modern design elements to create magical experiences, also offering balloon installations and rentals

Dairing Events - elegant weddings for the free spirited and design-focused couple

 

Caterers

Again, check with your venue first as they may have requirements, but if you’re not limited, don’t be afraid to get creative here! (Noticing a theme?) The best weddings will reflect your personalities, so if you have a favorite restaurant, reach out to them about catering possibilities. Or go with a caterer with a glowing reputation. Don’t stress if the budget is limited, ask friends and family to help out with a potluck or have a low cost BBQ. Reach out to local food trucks who may cut you a deal. Details like choosing items that are the bride and groom’s favorites are the best!
 

Consider dietary options (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, child friendly etc).

What is included?

Do they also offer wedding cakes or bar services?

Do they offer tasting sessions and is there a charge?

The Board Grazer - beautiful, abundant, seasonal grazing boards, boxes and tables

 

 

 

 

 

 



The Perfect Pear - providing spectacular food and service for the pleasure of your guests

TacoLu

Woodpeckers BBQ


Biscottis - specializing in eclectic American cuisine with Southern charm and amazing desserts

PJs Catering - chefs and party planners collaborate and work with the best suppliers of organic, healthy ingredients

Mayday Ice Cream - artisan ice cream flavors, toppings and experiences

The Bearded Pig - Southern BBQ joint

Good Dough - handmade house raised doughnuts made with brioche style yeast dough

Pastiche Catering & Events - truly unique menus and complete party and event planning services including tents, seating, food and drinks

And lastly, try reaching out to your favorite local restaurant, it never hurts to ask!

 
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Bar & Bartending Rentals, Supplies

The Sangria Truck - a 1965 camper turned mobile bar, also offering a Bar Cart or bartending services, a real head-turner

Sunshine Sipper Wandering Bar - adorable boho trailer fit with everything your bartender needs to get the drinks flowing at your special event

Ancient City Bartending Company - full service, beer, wine and spirit catering company

Total Wine - a superstore for wine, beer and spirits

Unbridled Bar - vintage horse trailer turned mobile bar, they also offer Divine Spirits, a mobile bartending service

The Perfect Pour - specializing in premium bar setups and service for any occasion

The Glass Bottle Society - cocktail supply store carrying professional quality products and gifts for mixologists and cocktail enthusiasts alike, great spot for bridal party gifts


Don’t forget about your Local Neighborhood Brewery too (heck that sounds like a good venue idea too)!

 

Cakes

This is one of my favorite things about a wedding! Sticking with our creativity theme, it’s extra special when the cake reflects something personal about the couple. That doesn’t mean you have to spend hundreds (or even thousands) on an extravagant cake. If budget-minded, get plain cakes from Costco or Publix and dress them up with flowers (food-safe varieties please), or have an ice cream or pie bar, maybe a dessert food truck.
 

We’ve also seen beautiful smaller cakes on display, with a large plain sheet cake on reserve for cutting and serving. The point being, there are always creative ways to do what you want to do. But if you want to go all out on a crazy cake, we are all for it!

Biscottis - all of their cakes are fantastic but the Grand Marnier Tropical Cake is a personal favorite

Luli’s Cupcakes - their cakes and cupcakes are just as beautiful as they are delicious

Creme de la Cocoa - a Food Network Competitor, truly sophisticated confections

Calli Marie Bakes - stunning, creative, colorful cakes

Sweet by Holly - simple, sweet, homey flavors worth savoring

Spoonful Bakery Jax - eye catching, one of a kind artisanal baked goods


Custom Confections - specializes in sculpted figures, flowers, and other sugar works

Cinotti’s Bakery


The French Pantry - an iconic restaurant and bakery with a cult following

Bliss Bakery - offering custom cakes, desserts, keto, vegan, and gluten free

Sweet Theory Baking Co - allergy friendly bakery, making gluten free and vegan cakes that taste great

Say So Sweets - Filipino baked goods

Whole Foods


Costco

Publix

Earth Fare

Florists


There are lots of different ways people can incorporate flowers into their wedding, bouquets, boutonnieres, table arrangements, hair accents, ceremony backdrops… You can also choose paper flowers or cactus and succulents, dried palm fronds and pampas grass, or artichokes and citrus!

 

The Anti Bride -  the perfect marriage of organic shapes, unique charm and romantic vibes
 

Marble & Pine - organic and free flowing floral designs, carefree and beautiful
 

Liz Stewart Floral Design - working closely with you in all elements of your wedding, offering education on flower choices and overall design
 

Spruce Jax - hard to find plants, trendy planters and lots of homemade goods
 

Becca’s Bloomin’ Buds - elegant and bespoke bouquets and gorgeously crafted pieces

St Johns Flower Market - whether a small gathering or the social event of the year, they will help plan an event that’s a “blooming” success

Stella Rose Floral Design - visual artist who especially enjoys incorporating flowers into larger collaborative works and new mediums

Designer Petals Floral Boutique - ready to keep it classic and traditional with bouquets, or more modern cutting edge styles in bridal and wedding flowers

Soft Day Florals - urban flower farm also offering custom floral design services, connecting people to their natural environment is their ethos

Cypress Floral Design - strives to create events that are tailored to each client’s vision

The Wilding Collective - a creative collective who approaches each design with a free spirited ethos
 

The Wild Thistle - arrangements that are unique, meaningful and timeless
 

Ruby Red Florals and Garden - woman owned floral design studio specializing in wedding and event flowers
 

Ava Alise Event Decor and More - custom and personalized floral design that will bring any couples’ vision to life

A Happily Ever After Floral - transforming your wedding with the beauty, eloquence, and sophistication of flowers

Rose of Sharon European Florist - custom floral designs for weddings, drawing inspiration from the rich, plentiful array of colors and textures of each season

House of Millie De Fleur - proud to be creative for budgets of all sizes, offering creativity at fair prices

Lori Parker Floral Studios - offering current, on trend floral designs that become treasured memories
 

Shea Hopely Flowers - with a large inventory of unique rental items for florals, they are experts at sourcing items not already available, will build large scale installations

Malia Floral design - dedicated to providing you with personalized service for your most important day
 

Kuhn Flowers

Trader Joe’s

Jaxma Orchid Greenhouses

 
 

Decor & Tents

While some venues come with everything you need, others need a little fancying up. Or maybe you’re throwing your own backyard tent wedding and need supplies. There are lots of great companies out there who can help!

 

Velvet Crush & Co - mixing vintage with modern elements and even a little of the unexpected to create the perfect look

Mugwump Productions - full service solution to all things planning

Beachview Event Rentals & Design - carefully curated collection of tents, furniture, lighting, linens and tableware

Stag & Doe Vintage - collection of vintage china, stemware and decor

Zig+Zag Balloon - premier luxury balloon stylist

    

Brook Page Designs - custom murals and hand painted ceremony backdrops
 

Ava Alise Event Decor and More - arches, unique centerpieces, custom signage and much more

 

Djs & Bands

A truly great DJ is an underrated element of a wedding. If you can find a great one, they set the tone for an awesome night. If you’re going a more non traditional (but also old school) route, a band is a great way to go.

 

Island Sound - over 30 DJs on staff, with a backup DJ on standby in case of emergency

    

Party Solution Entertainment - creating a stress free entertainment experience

D’Land Entertainment - professional, high energy entertainers

McGee Entertainment - top notch, affordable and professional disc jockey, emcee, sound, lighting, uplighting and planning services 

Y? Entertainment - stress free experience you will never forget

Dewey Via - honestly I don’t even know if he’ll perform at weddings but if we ever renew our vows, I want Dewey and his band to play

The River Town Band - live interactive music show

 

Hair & Makeup


Lavish Beauty Bar by Paris - beauty salon offering just about everything

Mane Event Artistry - on location hair and makeup

Makeup by Christina Burns - helping create the look you’ve been dreaming of

Studio Bride Artistry - collective of published, award winning, professional freelance makeup artists and hair stylists

Hair by Heather - licensed cosmetologist creating unique styles for your special day

Kiara Shannelle Makeup Artistry - lavender latte loving, old school music playin’ professional makeup artist

Once Upon a Stylist - single handedly beautifying large bridal parties with flair and precision

Everglow Jax - creating wedding looks that are natural yet elevated

 

Wedding Gowns
 

A good wedding dress shopping experience is unforgettable so even if you don’t find “the one,” it’s worth booking an appointment at a brick and mortar dress salon. Don’t forget it can take months, sometimes up to a year, to get a gown fitted/ordered/tailored so don’t wait too long! 

 

The White Magnolia - sophisticated yet relaxed bridal boutique

Love, a Bridal Boutique - curated collection of hand picked gowns from an array of unique designers

One Bridal Boutique - hand picked gowns selected in New York City

Calvet Couture - exclusive wedding dress, gown, and accessory selections
 

White Couture Bridal Jax - cozy environment while offering a personal and professional experience

 

Bridesmaid Dresses, Flower Girl Dresses, & Tuxes
 

Luckily, your options are pretty endless when it comes to bridesmaid gowns these days. Be mindful of your maids’ budgets please and always choose something that they would like to wear again! Now for the guys, thankfully men’s fashion is finally catching up to the ladies here. From a photographer’s point of view, pictures are best when thought has gone into what the groom is wearing, so let his style shine too!

 

Bella Bridesmaids - guiding you through fabrics, colors and styles to find the perfect look for your dream day

Department stores have great affordable options for men these days that can be tailored, but if you find a great one stop shop for the guys, let us know!

 

We want this to primarily be a guide for local vendors, but we know that sometimes it makes sense to shop online, so if that’s the case, here are some great options for brides, bridesmaids and flower girl dresses, especially if budgeting is a priority:

BHLDN - https://www.bhldn.com/

Lulu’s - https://www.lulus.com/

Modcloth - https://modcloth.com/

Joyfolie - https://www.joyfolie.com/

Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/

 

Jewelry
 

Underwood Jewelers - popular jeweler since 1928

Diamonds Direct

Monahan Jewelers

 

In a pinch, shops like Anthropologie, BHLDN, and of course Etsy can be great resources too.

Let us know if there are vendors you’d like us to add!

 

Transportation
 

Jax Mustang

Old Town Trolley Tours -
White Wedding Trolley can seat ups to 35 guests

 

Photography

Paul Farace Photography - We’re going to shamelessly plug ourselves here, so look no further!

 

 

 

 

 

 



















 

All joking aside, we can offer some good advice that will save you from regrets later. Here it is: choose a photographer whose style you like. That’s it. There’s no big secret, but there are a lot of couples who wish they had chosen a photographer whose style more closely matched their vision.

Can’t you tell the photographer what style you’d like? Nope, well maybe a little, but like a musician, a photographer is an artist who has carefully curated their own style. So, do lots of research!

Take some time to figure out if you prefer images that are candid/photo-journalistic, modern, traditional, heavily filtered, editorial, dark, light and airy, or scenic/landscape focused. Make sure you see a broad selection of the photog’s images and be up front with them about your vision to make sure you’re a good fit for each other.

Keep in mind that trends come and go, and think about whether you’ll still appreciate the style in 10, 20, 30 years and beyond, just like a tattoo! Instagram and other social outlets have flooded our senses with editorial images that are heavily filtered. A lot of these images are really cool, but consider whether you want your entire wedding album, potentially hundreds and hundreds of images, to look that way forever.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the most common wedding photography styles:

 

Candid/photo-journalistic, photos are taken off the cuff as the couple navigates their day to capture the natural moments as they occur (this is us! well partly!)
 

Traditional, this is your classic old school wedding style. Usually on the lighter side, with structured group images and more formal posing.
 

Artsy or heavily filtered, think Instagram here. Pictures are usually very stylized with heavy use of filters. Be careful here, tastes change over time.


Editorial, this is for the couple who knows exactly what they want and plans it out ahead of time, not necessarily traditional but lots of posing, imagine a more structured photo shoot.
 

Dark/dramatic, can be a combination of the styles listed here, but images are darker than what you think of as classic wedding photos, well suited to autumn weddings, or colorful dresses and decor.
 

Light and airy, a bright white look. This style works well for beach weddings.
 

Scenic/landscape focused, this is a newer trend as more and more couples elope to gorgeous locations or choose micro weddings with epic backdrops. In this style, the location is just as much of a focus as the couple (if this piques your interest, we might be the photographer for you! Check out Paul's amazing landscape photography here - Paul Farace Landscape Photography )

 

Most likely you’ll find a photographer who has a blend of a few of these styles, just make sure to view a broad selection of their work so that you know what you’ll be getting. A great photographer can make your wedding awesomeness live on forever, and a bad one can ruin memories, so do your research! As with any vendor, thoroughly read reviews as these can be a great insight into the experience.

 

Questions to ask your potential photographer:
 

How would you describe your photography style/look?

Do you prefer to pose or shoot candidly?

What exactly is included in your packages?
 

Do you use or need anything extra in order to execute any specific images (flashes, smoke bombs, etc)

How are photos backed up?

How many images do you deliver for an average wedding?
 

Can we request specific shots?

What is your deposit process?

Do you include or offer engagement sessions (or boudoir, trash the dress, etc)?
 

Do you provide the high resolution digital files or do we have to pay more for this?
(Some photographers will charge to provide the specific images that you want because they want you to print/order through them at a cost, this can be quite a shock so make sure to clarify this ahead of time.)

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Videography
 

Brothers Cinematography - retelling your story with its unique charm, events, and personalities


Stephen Baker Design

 

Joseph Hardin

Colin Goodman Films

 
 

Invites & Stationery

 

The Write Touch - wedding stationers

Heather O’Brien Design - custom invitations

Brook Page Designs - unique hand lettering

Audra Jean Calligraphy - hand lettered goods and calligraphy

Calligraphy by Cami - classic calligraphy for the contemporary bride

Etsy is also a great resource for all kinds of cool handmade things, but sourcing locally is the best!

 

Linen Rentals

 

Knotty by Kasey - macrame
 

Beachview Event Rentals & Design - carefully curated collection of tents, furniture, lighting, linens and tableware

Velvet Crush & Co - mixing vintage with modern elements and even a little of the unexpected to create the perfect look

 

Portable Restrooms

The Lovely Loo - portable upscale bathroom trailer

Royal Restrooms - luxury portable shower and restroom trailers

Jones Luxury Restrooms - clients only need to provide a power cord and garden hose upon the arrival of their bathroom trailers

 

Favors

We love seeing unusual favors, and you don’t have to break the bank to do something cool. A snack for guests to munch on the way home, jars of your favorite hot sauce, it can be just about anything. Put some thought into it so you’re not wasting money on something that will wind up in the trash!

 

The Potent Pig Company - a personal favorite, onsite hand poured customized candles for guest favors

Mystic Cornhole - uniquely designed cornhole sets

Anita Farace Quilts - custom wedding guest book quilts

Sweet Pete’s - largest candy store in the southeast located in an historic 22,000 sq ft mansion in downtown Jacksonville

City Gate Spirits - if you want to leave guests with a unique gift from the Nation’s Oldest City, this distillery offers locally produced flavored spirits

Mini Bar Donuts - 19 flavors of mini donuts to pick from, they also partner with other local vendors to offer a truly unique selection

Swillerbees Craft Donuts

America’s Donuts - using quality ingredients to create donuts fresh daily

The Donut Experiment - providing donut cakes, donut platters, donut holes, coffee boxes or whatever else you may need

 

Tech and Production

Consult with your venue and DJ about anything extra you may need!

Sight & Sound Productions

Don’t forget that you’ll need an officiant too, this is usually a very personal choice so we’ll leave that one up to you, in a pinch, ask friends/family/venues/planners. And don’t forget to get your marriage license!

 

We would love to list all of our local vendors, so please let us know if we’ve missed you or anyone you think we should include!