8 Scenic Sunshine State Venues
656 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; (407) 628-8200; Casa Feliz
At Casa Feliz, transport your guests to 19th-century Spain without having to leave Winter Park. The restored Spanish farmhouse features a tile roof and whitewashed bricks, along with a vaulted beam ceiling and fountain-filled garden, which add instant décor to your ceremony. A circular staircase, bell tower and turret make great photo op backdrops, while the Majolica-tiled courtyard of the mansion turned event space brings the authenticity of a real Mediterranean escape—without the jet lag—for the couple and as many as 120 friends and family members.
The Coral Gables Country Club
997 N. Greenway Drive, Miami; (305) 392-0819; Coral Gables Country Club
Dubbed the crown jewel of Miami, Coral Gables Country Club's roots date back as far as 1924, with details such as archways, coral stone waterfalls, fountains, marble columns and Austrian crystal chandeliers. A glass-enclosed atrium with small wine cellar makes for a lovely first dance space for the newlyweds, and their onlooking 100 to 1,000 guests can dine on Italian-, Asian- or Latin-inspired eats. Bonus: To-be-weds can sweat it out with a complimentary three-month prewedding gym membership at the club.
270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; (305) 424-5226; Epic Hotel
In addition to stunning views of Miami's skyline, and enough room to host up to 400 guests, EPIC features floor-toceiling windows, a pool terrace perfect for ceremonies and a trendy Metropolis Ballroom on the hotel's 16th floor. Plus, the on-site amenities and preferred room blocks mean you and your guests won't have to travel far on the wedding weekend. The bride can prep for her day at the upscale spa, and on-site restaurant Area 31 makes the rehearsal dinner a breeze. As for the honeymoon suite—well, that's a convenient option too.
The Old Grove
16000 SW 248th St., Redland; (305) 219-6414; The Old Grove
A lush, five-acre avocado grove in South Florida's Redland easily transforms into a picturesque wedding locale, complete with waterfalls, a lazy river and an airy, open barn. Say your vows beneath a canopy of trees before moving to a seated dinner catered by the in-house farm-to-forkfocused culinary team. The natural setting may be in Miami, but it's far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the city to see the stars at night—yet close enough for your 150 guests to return to the city for your after-party.
Palafox Wharf Waterfront
617 S. Palafox St., Pensacola; (850) 748-5102; Palafox Wharf Waterfront Reception Venue
Built by a shipping company in 1880, this historic spot has been transformed into a quintessential Floridian wedding venue on the water. Overlooking the Gulf Coast, the Wharf includes a large deck, spacious green lawn (ceremony perfection!), pier and an indoor event space that can host more than 120. Insider tip: Capture wedding photos that will awe on the pier as the sun sets behind you. Then, make your grand exit as you and your new spouse sail away via the venue's boat.
Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
325 S. Orange Ave., Orlando; (407) 313-9000; Grand Bohemian Hotel
With spa services and a preferred list of wedding pros, the hotel's planners will gladly take charge, leaving you to enjoy being engaged. Additionally, a spa, restaurant, stunning ballroom, hotel suites and multiple ceremony sites (be sure to ask for the tent with the gathered-fabric ceiling) make this hotel a true wedding destination for up to 150 guests.
Casa Monica Hotel
95 Cordova St., St. Augustine; (904) 827-1888; Casa Monica Hotel
Tropical gardens, a ballroom with gilded mirrors and brass chandeliers, and an outdoor Moroccan-inspired pavilion are just a few of the stunning amenities at this hotel in historic St. Augustine. Say "I do" with 110 friends and family members in the Sultan's Pavilion before taking a horse-drawn carriage down cobblestone streets for a private newlywed photo shoot while guests sip cocktails poolside. Built in 1888, the hotel also features two indoor ballrooms accommodating more than 250. Plus, its event experts are on hand to help plan everything from your grand entrance to your first meal as a wedded couple.
Historic Shadow Point
598-600 Bonito Ave., Key Largo; (772) 236-0365; Historic Shadow Point
Looking for your own private beach in the Florida Keys? Check out Historic Shadow Point, with two and a half acres of pristine Florida coastline. A 100-year-old tree creates the perfect "I do" spot, while a wedding swing overlooking the water lends to romantic photos before a garden reception with up to 200 guests. The on-site beach houses, built in the 1900s by a ship captain, make for a nautical nuptial setting with their early Keys architecture and can sleep a wedding party of up to 16.
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