On April 29, 2023, the Lightner Museum was delighted to host Cory and David as they tied the knot in front of their closest family and friends. This fun-loving couple not only created an amazing experience for their guests, they honored each other’s families in a way that was truly touching for everyone in attendance.

Let’s take a peek inside their wedding day to help you gain some inspiration for your own!

Cory and David kiss on the bridge in front of the Lightner Museum

Cory and David underneath her veil

Cory and David with entire wedding party in front of the Lightner Museum

St. Augustine is a subtropical climate, which means that lush greenery and even floral blooms are always in season. As spring transitioned into summer, Cory and David had a beautiful garden backdrop for their portraits.

Bride Cory in floral robe with sword in harness over her shoulder

Bride Cory pouring champagne for bridesmaids

black and white image of Cory showing her bridal gown to her bridesmaids

Cory being helped into her wedding dress by her mom

Bride Cory in wedding dress and cathedral-length veil

Cory was stunning in a ball gown embroidered with a floral pattern. Her cathedral-length veil was the final touch to create this romantic look that perfectly complemented our historic venue.

Meanwhile, David and his groomsmen—and two groomswomen!—enjoyed some downtime in the Otto Lightner Lounge. Every moment was filled with love and laughter.

Groom David getting ready for his wedding at the Lightner Museum

Groom David showing sword to groomsmen

wedding party playing foosball in the Otto Lightner Lounge

Groom David "knighting" groomsman with sword

Groom David and wedding party showing off matching socks

Cory and David’s wedding ceremony incorporated several traditions that are central to the Jewish faith. The couple said “I do” under a beautiful rose gold chuppah decked with springtime florals. Matching gold chiavari chairs created a cohesive, luxurious look.

The Lightner Museum set up for wedding ceremony

Bride Cory descending the staircase to walk down the aisle

For her walk down the aisle, Cory took advantage of our sweeping staircases inside the Historic Pool. The effect was one of grand elegance that perfectly matched the spirit of the day.

Cory and David at the altar Cory and David underneath the chuppah at their wedding ceremony

The couple's dog serving as ring bearer

Cory and David laughing at their wedding ceremony

During the ceremony, Cory and David pretended to “lose” their wedding rings. Thankfully, their dog Remy was there to save the day!

David smashing the glass at the end of the wedding ceremony

black and white photo of Cory and David walking down the aisle after their wedding

musicians playing in the mezzanine

The wedding ceremony ended with the traditional breaking of the glass. According to Jewish tradition, this symbolizes the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and reminds married couples to treat their relationship with care.

sign showing Cory and David's three signature drinks

gold display shelving filled with champagne flutes

Cory and David opted for three signature drinks. “His” was a Manhattan with plum bitters, while “hers” was a French 75 with pear juice. To honor their furry ring bearer, guests could also select the “Remy”—a non-alcoholic rum runner!

And of course, you can’t have a wedding without plenty of champagne!

David and Cory entering the Lobby for cocktail hour

Cory and David hug during cocktail hour

One advantage of a museum wedding venue is the incredible ambiance for you and your guests. After all, who wouldn’t want to spend a cocktail hour surrounded by art and historical artifacts?

Cory and David went one step further and chose to take their wedding portraits inside the museum. We can’t decide which is more beautiful—the artwork or this couple!

Cory and David posing for wedding portraits near busts in the Lightner Museum

Cory and David in the outdoor loggia

Bride and groom in the outdoor loggia

Bride and groom having a private look at their wedding reception

Cory and David exchanging private vows in the Russian Baths

From the museum exhibits, to the outdoor loggia, there are plenty of picturesque locations to choose from. Cory and David stole a few quiet moments in our Russian Baths to exchange their own private vows.

Closeup of candle centerpiece

Tablescape at Cory and David's wedding

Sweetheart table in front of statue

Seating area set up in Historic Pool for wedding reception

As the guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the Grand Lobby, the Lightner Museum team was hard at work “flipping” the Historic Pool into a reception venue.

The couple repurposed their ceremony aisle decorations onto their reception tables, which sparkled with soft candlelight. There was also plenty of room for a comfortable, but elegant, lounge space so that guests could take a break from dancing.

miniature busts as table markers for wedding

Cory and David's audio guestbook

Inspired by the Lightner Museum, Cory and David had miniature busts for each guest, showing which table they were seated at. We love it when couples show off their creative side!

And speaking of creative options, take a look at this unique guest book idea! Guests were encouraged to call a number and leave a message with a story, advice, or their best wishes.

Cory and David's first dance at the Lightner Museum

Cory and David's first dance as viewed from the Mezzanine

Cory and David at the sweetheart table

Cory and David's wedding cake

Closeup of the topper on Cory and David's wedding cake

Cory and David cutting their wedding cake with a sword

After their first dance in the middle of his Historic Pool, Chef’s Garden provided an incredible meal as guests talked and laughed. Then, it was time for dessert!

Cory and David’s cake—provided by Sweet Weddings—was accented with baby’s breath and featured a fantasy-inspired topper. There was only one way to cut such a magical cake…by sword!

dance floor of wedding reception

The Bay Kings Band

Cory and David dancing at their wedding reception

Cory and David being lifted on chairs during their wedding reception

The Bay Kings Band kept the party going all night as Cory and David’s guests danced the night away. But everyone’s favorite part of the evening was lifting the couple on chairs during the horah.

This dance is a classic aspect of any Jewish wedding celebration and the chair lift is meant to celebrate the happy couple.

Cory and David's private last dance

Cory and David's sparkler exit

Cory and David with their dog during sparkler exit

Cory and David in horse-drawn carriage

After one last dance in the privacy of the venue, Cory and David made their grand exit. The moment was made extra magical by sparklers…and an appearance by Remy, of course! The couple was whisked away by horse and carriage.

We are incredibly grateful that you chose to celebrate with us! We wish you all the best for your new life together.



Wedding Planner: Everleigh Events

Caterer: Chef’s Garden

Florist: Feather + Bloom

Bakery: Sweet Weddings

Photo/Video: Walls of Jerico

Rentals: St. Johns Illuminations

Entertainment: Bay Kings Band

Hair and Makeup: Paulina Perez