Wedding Venues with a History
Whether the wedding of your dreams includes a beach at sunset, a ceremony on the deck of a 65-foot yatch in the harbor, or something understated, Pensacola and Destin have the perfect wedding venue for you. The Pensacola and Destin areas offer oceanfront views, emerald green water, and tons of options for lodging, food, and entertainment.
The wedding venues in Pensacola are steeped in history; many were originally built in the late 1800s and have since been restored as standing testimonies to an era gone by. Venues in the downtown Pensacola area are surrounded by historic architecture that reminds visitors that Pensacola was one of the first European settlements.
In Destin, the area has long been a destination for travelers to rest, re-energize, and enjoy the emerald ocean. If you don't live in the are but you'd like to make your wedding a destination wedding, there is plenty of lodging, resorts, restaurants, and activities in the area.
Whatever your preferences, Pensacola and Destin have beautiful options.
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Earthy Wedding Venues
If you're interested in a mix of outdoor and luxury, take a look at Live Oak Plantation. The 22-acre property has beautiful backdrops everywhere you look. From the majestic oak trees to sprawling lines and wooded pathways, this wedding venue has a rustic elegance that is unlike any other venue in the area. The plantation house is the perfect place to prepare for the main event, and no need to worry about rain—the venue provides a 40-foot by 80-foot tent in the event of rain.
If the oak trees aren't your thing, head over to the pecan trees. There are about 50 pecan trees remaining in the grove from the original 125 planted in the 1930s.
If your dream wedding includes emerald green waters as the backdrop while you say I do, then Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village in Destin is the place for you. With a wrought-iron staircase that leads to a brick terrace overlooking the emerald bay, you will not only have lots of natural light for perfectly balanced photos, but you will also build the anticipation as you make your entrance down the staircase. The views from the terrace are expansive and lovely. It is a great sand-free alternative to a beach wedding.
If you'd prefer a more private event, check out the Palafox Wharf in Pensacola. With a spot right on the marina that boasts turf-quality grass, an outdoor, barefoot ceremony backlit by the golden, setting sun makes for stunning photos. Sink your feet into the grass as you say I do. Enjoy the rest of your evening outside or in the indoor event space. Outside, you can sit in the breeze and watch as fireworks are set off over water, celebrating your marriage. Inside, you'll find exposed brick and a beautiful wood dance floor with wood beams and accents that add warmth to the space. At the end of the night, you can leave in style by following the dock to your waiting boat.
Indoor & Outdoor
5eleven is an event space at 511 South Palafox Street, which is where the name comes from. The indoor space there is full of natural light. With windows that are practically floor to ceiling, exposed brick, and white-washed trim, the photos from your wedding will be timeless. At 5eleven, there is an outdoor patio available as well. The brick patio is the picture of elegance with ivy, string lights, and charm to spare. The indoor and outdoor space is large enough to allow for larger weddings, but arranged in a way that a smaller wedding party and guests would not be swallowed up by the enormity.
If you're expecting out of town guests, take a look at the guest suites and cottages at Lee House Boutique Hotel. With space enough for the rehearsal dinner, brunch, or breakfast, you and your guests can make the most of a wedding weekend. The outdoor area is perfect for a reception. The Lee House has a room perfect for every wedding event in your itinerary. It's located in the downtown Pensacola area.
Indoor Wedding Space
Indoor wedding venues such as the Palafox House remind me of a different time and place, back when everything we had was made in factories before anything was automated. It has the feel of a place where people worked hard This renovated space balances the modern with historical. The large windows allow natural light in while the exposed brick next to smoothly-finished walls make a nice contrast.
It's About You
No matter where you choose, your wedding day is all about you and your soon-to-be spouse. Choosing a venue that you love will make the your wedding just that much more magical. Pick a place that will add to the experience you want to have on your day.
A few brief wedding-planning survival tips:
If you love the space but you're not sure how to personalize it to your spirit, then my advice is to be the quirky you that you know how to be. Step outside of the magnitude of the event and the planning and think about what advice you'd give a close friend. You might discover your own voice once again.
If you're beginning to feel lost in the details, take a step back. Remember why you're doing this. Remember what's most important to you.
When you feel like you just can't look through one more bridal magazine, don't. Step away from the magazine, and maybe never go back.
Above all—follow your gut.
I'm Tahiry Humrich (that's Tahiti—like the island), and I'm a storyteller. Using my camera to capture each element of the story, I love weaving together a narrative that marks the beginning of a bride's wild adventure with her love. My goal is to give my brides timeless images that they will love for the rest of their lives to look back on their wedding day. I hope you have a wonderful wedding that is a true beginning to your happy ever after.