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