A fairy tale setting, right here in North Florida. Actually, four fairy tale settings. I'm pleased to announce that First Coast Weddings and Events has been approved to coordinate and plan weddings at Flagler College in St. Augustine. As a Flagler alum, I'm super excited because this magical place was literally my home. And I can't wait to share it with brides and grooms.
Flagler College has opened four of their facilities to the public for use during the summer months, when school is not in session. The venues include:
- The Ponce de Leon Ballroom, which is part of the original Ponce de Leon Hotel built by Henry Flagler in 1888. The Ponce celebrates it's 125th anniversary this year! The ballroom is surrounded by original Tiffany stained glass windows, ornate wood carvings, and murals by George W. Maynard.
- The Solarium, also in the Ponce, was just added to the venue list this month. This amazing space on the top floor of the building overlooks the St. Augustine skyline. The Solarium was just renovated after sitting vacant since 1971. (Read about the renovations here)
- Markland House has the feel of a Southern estate. In fact, it was originally built in an orange grove! The large trees and historic furnishings add to the ambiance.
- The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum features tiled floors, wood beam cathedral ceilings and an outdoor garden. This space can be a blank slate during July and August, since there are not exhibits on display during these months.
Since three of these four venues are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Ponce is a National Historic Landmark, there are lots of regulations in place to protect the facilities. All the rental costs, guidelines and more photos are on the Flagler College website. Or, you can contact us for additional information about how we can help you plan your wedding at these amazing new (old) venues.
The photo above is from the Flagler College website and was taken by our friends (and fellow Flagler alums!) at Life and Love Studio.