An Elegant Summer Wedding at Treasury on the Plaza in St. Augustine, Florida

Kellie Bushong (32 and registered nurse) and Ryan Combs (33 and sales representative) planned a destination wedding in St. Augustine, Florida, where R

Kellie Bushong (32 and registered nurse) and Ryan Combs (33 and sales representative) planned a destination wedding in St. Augustine, Florida, where Ryan had popped the question 11 months earlier. The couple, who live 30 minutes away in Ponte Vedra Beach, wanted a wedding that would make for a memorable celebration. “We wanted to share the special city with all our family and friends, and the Treasury on the Plaza was the perfect venue,” Kellie says. “We wanted a venue that was unique, as well as classy and elegant, and the Treasury met all these characteristics.” The couple decked out the stately venue in a cheery yet elegant color scheme of coral, navy and gold for their summer nuptials. “We loved that the bank was established in the early 1900s, and our favorite part was that the old vault was transformed into such a stunning bar,” Kellie says. “We felt there was additional special meaning, as the vault door had a plaque on it stating that it was manufactured in Canton, Ohio, where I was born.” Kellie and Ryan’s wedding took inspiration from their engagement, with Casa Monice Hotel’s 95 Cordova Restaurant catering the reception. “We ate dinner at the restaurant that night,” Kellie says of their celebratory engagement dinner. Wedding highlights include a killer cocktail hour with a jazz trio, decadent food stations (think oysters and a shrimp-dispensing ice sculpture), along with an eight-piece band that kept the party going. “An impromptu moment was when Ryan and I were on stage and he started serenading me with the song ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,’ ” Kellie says. —Marissa Hermanson

Ryan popped the question with a round 1.2-carat diamond solitaire ring with a platinum Ritani band. “We chose our rings and bands based on our style, which is classic and timeless,” Kellie says. Her wedding band, a thin platinum diamond eternity band, is a glitzy complement to her stunning engagement ring. Ryan chose an 18-karat yellow gold and platinum hammered band as his wedding ring.
Kellie carried a bouquet brimming with garden roses, peonies, wax flowers and stephanotis. “The stephanotis flower was chosen for my bouquet and Ryan’s boutonniere because the flower resembled the flower appliques on my wedding dress,” Kellie says.
Kellie donned an elegant Oscar de la Renta gown, which was part of the last collection of dresses made before the designer’s death. Delicate Chantilly lace and flower appliques embellished the gown, adding to its romantic style. She paired the dazzling dress with a floral lace-edged cathedral-length veil and Christian Louboutin heels. “I chose the shoes because they reminded me of a Cinderella-princess look with the rhinestones and see-through material,” Kellie says. Ryan sported a slim-fit navy Ike Behar tuxedo with black lapels and bow tie. “Ryan wore ‘in case you get cold feet’ socks, a gift from me that morning,” Kellie says.
Bridesmaids donned coral chiffon Bill Levkoff dresses. “I wanted the dresses to be simple and girly and complement my wedding dress with the sweetheart cut,” Kellie says. “I felt the long dresses would be elegant for an evening wedding and also have a summer feel with the coral color.” Groomsmen sported the same black and navy Ike Behar tuxedo as Ryan. “As a special touch and a tribute to each groomsman’s favorite sports team, each changed into a bow tie with their sports team’s logo,” Kellie says. “The teams included the Kentucky Wildcats [for Ryan], the Washington Redskins, the New York Giants, the New York Yankees, the Mercer Bears and Florida Gators.”
For the ceremony, dramatic floor-to-ceiling silk draperies were illuminated with pink and white lights, giving the room a romantic glow. Two pedestals topped with floral arrangements flanked  a unity candle table. “The bank’s marble floors and tall white columns allowed for a magical entrance,” Kellie says.
Dining tables were cloaked in cheery coral linens and topped with floral arrangements in tall gold trumpet vases. Other glitzy accents included beaded glass chargers, mirrored glass frames displaying table numbers and chaivari chairs.
The hotel’s restaurant 95 Cordova Restaurant created a delicious spread for guests, which included food stations. “One of the most important aspects to us was to have a variety of buffet stations that would wow our guests,” Kellie says. “Ryan and I chose our food stations based on our favorite cuisines.” A seafood station included a shrimp-dispensing ice sculpture, crab legs and oysters, while other tables showcased tacos, prime rib and a martini glass tree of mashed potatoes.
A three-tier cake embellished with a large flower was topped with a small Swarovski crystal “C” for Combs.
Kellie and Ryan capped off their epic wedding bash with a celebratory sparkler exit.