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<p>Picture-perfect settings and Southern hospitality make Columbia County and the surrounding areas of North Florida the destination for the wedding of your dreams. It is a place where history is made, so come to create your own history and memories that will last forever.</p> <p>Florida wedding venues offer up an incredible range of picturesque locations, stunning backdrops, and elegant historic houses. The natural beauty of Columbia County lends itself perfectly to outdoor weddings, while perfect beach wedding venues can be found just a short drive away in Jacksonville or St Augustine.</p> <p>With its location along the main thoroughfares in North Florida, Columbia County has a variety of hotels for you and your guests. In fact, there are well over 1,200 hotel rooms in Columbia County. You&rsquo;ll find many of them in and around Lake City. Columbia County is also a haven for camping and offers everything from full-service facilities for RVs to primitive campsites, where you can enjoy sleeping under the stars.</p> <p>This is your go-to guide for wedding venues in North Florida.</p> <p>Want more information? <a href="http://columbia.itimarketing.mobi/guide"><span style="color:#A63084;">Request our Visitors Guide</span></a><span style="color:#A63084;">!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <script src="https://widget.imgoingtravel.com/Scripts/widgetscripts.js?lid=195"></script>
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<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Columbia County has a variety of wedding venues to match your theme, guest size, and budget. Its location in North Florida means you can hold your wedding ceremony outdoors nearly all year long. Your &ldquo; something blue&rdquo; is already there&mdash; the sparkling, blue freshwater springs. Columbia County is home to these dazzling natural wonders and some parks offer wedding sites with a view. These are some of the best places to have your wedding ceremony around Columbia County.</p> <hr /> <h2><strong>Lake City and Surrounding&nbsp;Areas&nbsp;</strong></h2> <h2>Venues</h2> <h4><strong>Bienville Plantation, White Springs FL</strong></h4> <p>A renowned destination for fishing and hunting enthusiasts, Bienville Plantation is now a premier location for weddings. The upscale rustic retreat in White Springs, Fl offers five venues, including the dreamy lakeside where the sun glimmers through the pines. Complementing the setting is a gourmet feast. The chefs at Bienville Plantation are classically trained and will tailor the menu to your tastes. If your guests want to stay the night at the plantation, they can book one of the luxury guest cabins.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Amenities: On-site accommodation, wildlife experiences, fishing, and gourmet chefs</p> </li> <li> <p>Vibe: Adventurous</p> </li> <li> <p>Contact: 16673 SE 81st Drive, County Road 137, White Springs, FL. 32096 | (386) 397-1989</p> </li> </ul> <hr /> <h4><strong>Casa Isabel, Lake City FL</strong></h4> <p>Ease of planning and convenience are a couple of the benefits that come with a wedding at Casa Isabel. It is only five minutes from downtown Lake City. With a double grand staircase and high ceilings in the reception hall, Casa Isabel is waiting for your special touches to make it dreamy for your fairytale wedding. There is a bridal suite on-site, and the team at Casa Isabel can help with selecting local vendors.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Amenities: Bridal suite, spa, sauna, on-site accommodation, outdoor event space</p> </li> <li> <p>Capacity: 100</p> </li> <li> <p>Vibe: Glamorous</p> </li> <li> <p>Contact: 2338 NW Bascom Norris Dr, Lake City, FL 32055 | 386-588-0613</p> </li> </ul> <hr /> <h4><strong>Halpatter Brewing Co., Lake City FL</strong></h4> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for a unique venue, Halpatter Brewing Co. in downtown Lake City has everything on tap for a memorable wedding. Halpatter is Columbia County&rsquo;s first craft brewery. The industrial-chic event ballroom can accommodate guest lists of varying size, and the iconic brick building is a scenic background for photos. And best of all, you and your guests will enjoy sipping the brewery&rsquo;s high-quality beers all night.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Amenities: Bespoke event space, brewery, outdoor event space, on-site catering</p> </li> <li> <p>Vibe: Alternative</p> </li> <li> <p>Contact: 264 NE Hernando Ave, Lake City, FL 32055 | (386) 438-8788</p> </li> </ul> <hr /> <h4><strong>Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Fort White FL</strong></h4> <p>Ichetucknee Springs State Park has pavilions for rent that can accommodate up to 50 people. At Ginnie Springs, you can have the rehearsal dinner or day-after brunch in one of the open-air pavilions and then enjoy swimming, snorkeling or tubing on the crystal clear Santa Fe River.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Amenities: Ceremony area, outdoor event space</p> </li> <li> <p>Capacity: Up to 50</p> </li> <li> <p>Vibe: Relaxed</p> </li> <li> <p>Contact: 12087 U.S. 27, Fort White, FL| (386) 497-4690</p> </li> </ul> <hr /> <h4><strong>O&rsquo;Leno State Park, High Springs FL</strong></h4> <p>If your wedding style is low-key and mellow, consider O&rsquo;Leno State Park. The lush vegetation and historic buildings create an intimate, secluded feel. Walk down the aisle at an outdoor pavilion surrounded by oak, magnolia, and cypress trees or at a small rock amphitheater beside the Santa Fe River. The suspension bridge over the river provides a picturesque spot for wedding photos.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Amenities: Scenic views, camping areas, outdoor event space, rock fireplaces</p> </li> <li> <p>Vibe: Rustic</p> </li> <li> <p>Contact: 410 Southeast O'Leno Park Road, High Springs, FL, 32643 | (386) 454-1853</p> </li> </ul> <hr /> <h4><strong>Spirit of Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak FL</strong></h4> <p>The gently flowing river and Old Florida charm set the scene at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park. Have your ceremony on the sandy beach along the Suwannee River, then dance the night away in the Grand Hall or Spirit Lodge. The team at Spirit of the Suwannee is experienced in producing professional events and festivals, and they will ensure your wedding is a success. The park has a full-service restaurant on-site as well as a campground and modern cabins available to rent, making this one of the most exciting wedding venues in North Florida.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Amenities: Outdoor event space, camping areas, multiple venue spaces, restaurant</p> </li> <li> <p>Vibe: Natural</p> </li> <li> <p>Contact: 3076 95th Drive, Live Oak, FL | (800) 224-5656</p> </li> </ul> <hr /> <h4><strong>Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, White Springs FL</strong></h4> <p>With an antebellum mansion and the Suwannee River as a backdrop, Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park brings Southern charm to any wedding. Say your vows among stately oak trees, azaleas, and camellias or at the River Gazebo that overlooks the water. Honoring the man who wrote Florida&rsquo;s official state song, Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park has indoor and outdoor sites that may be rented for weddings including reception facilities, a caterer&rsquo;s kitchen, and an amphitheater.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Amenities: On-site accommodation, ballroom, historic venue, caterer&rsquo;s kitchen, amphitheater</p> </li> <li> <p>Capacity: Up to 200</p> </li> <li> <p>Vibe: Historic</p> </li> <li> <p>Contact: 11016 Lillian Saunders Drive, White Springs, FL | (386) 397-2733</p> </li> </ul> <hr /> <h2>Who to Hire</h2> <h3>Bakers:&nbsp;</h3> <h4><strong>Cakes and More</strong></h4> <p>Locals rave about the delicious and creative cakes from Joyce Larson in Lake City.</p> <p><strong>Callista&rsquo;s Cakes</strong></p> <p>Callista Goos works with couples and event planners to create customized cakes that taste just as good as they look.</p> <hr /> <h3>Catering:&nbsp;</h3> <h4><strong>Catering for All Occasions</strong></h4> <p>A self-described &ldquo;true Southern girl,&rdquo; Tracy Hicks has been catering events for more than 10 years and works closely with clients to make sure she exceeds their e</p> <hr /> <h3>Florists:&nbsp;</h3> <h4><strong>Sandy&rsquo;s Flower Shop</strong></h4> <h4>With a large inventory of fresh flowers, this Lake City florist is committed to providing the finest arrangements with outstanding customer service</h4> <hr /> <h3>Full-Service Wedding Coordinator:&nbsp;</h3> <p><strong>Imperial Productions</strong></p> <p>With the motto &ldquo;successful events each and every time,&rdquo; Imperial Productions offers full-service wedding design and coordination.</p> <hr /> <h3>Photographers:&nbsp;</h3> <p><strong>Captured Moments by Esta</strong></p> <p>Esta Eberhardt has been capturing life&rsquo;s most exciting moments on film since 2011 and was voted Lake City Reporter&rsquo;s &ldquo;Best Photographer&rdquo; four years in a row.</p> <h4><strong>Drew Photography</strong></h4> <p>Katrina Drew turned a love of photography into a full-time career and has been featured in bridal magazines and newspapers.</p> <hr /> <h3>Wedding Dress Services:&nbsp;</h3> <p><strong>Golden Needle Bridal</strong></p> <p>Founded in 1989, this Lake City boutique offers the latest styles in wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos, and formal wear.</p> <p><strong>OML Bridal & Formal</strong></p> <p>The trained stylists at OML (Oh My Love) provide one-on-one service to help you find the dress that matches your individual beauty and style.</p> <hr /> <h2>Where to Stay</h2> <p>There are plenty of excellent hotels in Lake City on hand to look after you and your guests. Hilton has three hotels in Lake City, and another just outside, while Quail Heights Lodge and Country Club offers condos set amidst the pleasant surrounds of their 18-hole golf course.&nbsp;</p> <h1>&nbsp;</h1>
<h1><strong>Jacksonville&nbsp;</strong></h1> <h2>Venues</h2> <h4><strong>Casa Marina, Jacksonville FL</strong></h4> <p>For a dash of Jazz Age, 1920s style, there are few better wedding venues in North Florida than Casa Marina. This is a deeply romantic spot full of class, elegance, and sophistication, and offers stunning views over the dunes and out to the Atlantic Ocean as well. As one of Florida&rsquo;s Historic Hotels of America, Casa Marina has been putting on wedding ceremonies for nearly a century and is a truly exceptional choice for a North Florida wedding.</p> <ul> <li>Amenities: Dining room, beachfront courtyard, bridal suite, dressing room, wifi, outdoor event space, beachfront, rooftop</li> <li>Capacity: Up to 450</li> <li>Vibe: Romantic</li> <li>Contact: 691 1st. Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL | (904) 270-0025</li> </ul> <hr /> <h4><strong>Clay Theater, Jacksonville FL</strong></h4> <p>Newly opened in 2019, Jacksonville&rsquo;s Clay Theater is one of the most exciting and gorgeous wedding venues you are ever likely to come across. This remodeled classic 1930s movie theater offers brilliant white walls, stunning Art Deco architecture, and a custom wedding service that guarantees the perfect finish to your special day.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> <p>Amenities: Courtyard, lighting, custom movie posters, dressing room, wifi, outdoor event space</p> </li> <li> <p>Capacity: Up to 200</p> </li> <li> <p>Vibe: Art Deco</p> </li> <li> <p>Contact: 326 Walnut Street, Green Cove Springs, FL | (904) 710-0911</p> </li> </ul> <hr /> <h4><strong>The Ribault Club, Jacksonville FL</strong></h4> <p>Just a short drive from Columbia County, The Ribault Club is just outside Jacksonville and is a picture-perfect location for a North Florida wedding. A lovingly restored historic building right on the waterfront, the Ribault Club&rsquo;s picturesque setting surrounded by 100 acres of parkland on Fort George Island makes the perfect backdrop for a beautifully tranquil wedding. The combination of graceful Southern architecture and live oaks and palms make this a truly distinctive North Florida wedding venue.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Amenities: Outdoor reception, rehearsal dinner, ballroom, historic venue, ocean views</p> </li> <li> <p>Price: $2,700&ndash;4,800/event</p> </li> <li> <p>Capacity: Up to 350</p> </li> <li> <p>Vibe: Elegant</p> </li> <li> <p>Contact: 11241 Fort George Road, Jacksonville, FL 32226 |&nbsp; 904-251-1050</p> </li> </ul> <hr /> <h2>Who to Hire&nbsp;</h2> <h3>Catering:&nbsp;</h3> <h4><strong>Biscotti&rsquo;s</strong></h4> <p>A classic restaurant, bakery, and event catering business, Biscotti&rsquo;s has been named as one of the best places to eat in Jacksonville by the New York Times, and their pastry chef crafts delectable cakes.</p> <h4><strong>Mais Oui! Catering</strong></h4> <p>In business since 2003, Mais Oui! provides exceptionally high-quality wedding menus focusing on style, presentation, and taste.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h3>Photographer:&nbsp;</h3> <h4><strong>Kendra Bryson Photography</strong></h4> <p>Kendra Bryson offers a wonderfully knowledgeable, affordable, and relaxed wedding photography service, blending into your big day so she almost feels like family.</p> <hr /> <h3>Wedding Dress:&nbsp;</h3> <h4><strong>Love a Bridal Boutique</strong></h4> <p>The premier shopping destination for brides-to-be iGrammarn Jacksonville, Love a Bridal Boutique is dedicated to ensuring your vision is fully realized in their creations.</p> <hr /> <h2>Where to stay</h2> <p>A short drive from Columbia County, Jacksonville offers a wealth of great places to stay and coupled with the extra vibrancy of big city life, you are spoiled for choice in North Florida&rsquo;s most exciting city. You might favor the luxury of the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, with its 300 acres of beachside amenities and deluxe spam, or you might want to be right in the thick of things at the One Ocean Resort and Spa, conveniently located on Atlantic Beach just a few minutes walk from downtown</p>
<hr /> <h1><strong>St. Augustine&nbsp;</strong></h1> <h2>Venues</h2> <h4><strong>The Lightner Museum, St. Augustine FL</strong></h4> <p>Just down the Atlantic coast from Jacksonville, St Augustine also boasts some delightful wedding venues. For something a little different, the Lightner Museum in the heart of downtown St Augustine offers classic beauty in a remarkable historic location, as well as the chance to get married in an actual museum! The gorgeous external arcades offer great photo opportunities, as well as providing cover in case of rain, and the museum itself provides loads of space for your guests to roam, as well as a variety of wedding ceremony venues.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> <p>Amenities: Outdoor event space, wifi, ballroom, garden, historic venue, bar</p> </li> <li> <p>Capacity: Up to 250</p> </li> <li> <p>Vibe: Cultural</p> </li> <li> <p>Contact: 75 King St, Saint Augustine, FL | (904) 417-8619&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> <hr /> <h2>Who to hire</h2> <h3>Baker:&nbsp;</h3> <h4><strong>Chocolattes</strong></h4> <p>The team of experienced bakers at Chocolattes creates gorgeous custom-made cakes and desserts from scratch, perfect for your North Florida wedding.</p> <hr /> <h3>Photographer:&nbsp;</h3> <h4><strong>Sara Purdy Photography</strong></h4> <p>A husband and wife team dedicated to producing timeless and beautiful images of your special day.</p> <hr /> <h3>Wedding Dress:&nbsp;</h3> <p><strong>Daniel Thompson Bridal</strong></p> <p>A lovely bridal boutique based in St Augustine, Daniel Thompson brings his fashion school training to Florida to produce classic and elegant dresses.</p> <hr /> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <h2>Where to stay</h2> <p>Just down the coast from Jacksonville, St Augustine is another delightful beachside spot for you and your guests to stay, if you are planning a North Florida wedding. From stunning 1920s charm at the 44 Spanish Street Inn and elegant suites on pedestrian-only St George St at the St George Inn to beachfront opulence at Beacher&rsquo;s Lodge or Silver Sands, this is a delightful place for you and your guests to stay.&nbsp;</p>