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You’re here because you and your partner are dreaming of an adventurous elopement in St. Augustine, but now you’re wondering how to make it happen. That’s where I come in! I’ve put together this guide to cover the where, when, and how of eloping in St. Augustine.

Picture this: waking up at a charming bed and breakfast, taking a serene morning stroll down St. George Street to a cozy coffee shop, getting ready together back at your room, then heading to the beach to exchange your vows. Afterward, climb to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse for breathtaking views, and enjoy a tour and tasting at the St. Augustine Distillery. Cap off your day with dinner at the Ice Plant and then set sail on a private yacht for a sunset cruise. Finish the night bar hopping downtown to celebrate your marriage. Sound perfect? Keep reading to find out how to make it a reality!

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St Augustine Elopement Planning Basics

Start with the essentials: choosing the perfect time of year to elope in St Augustine, securing your marriage license, and picking a stunning location. Whether you prefer historic charm, beach vibes, or garden beauty, St. Augustine has it all for your microwedding.

When to Elope in St Augustine

St. Augustine is beautiful year-round, the choice we’re really making here is how much heat you can handle. 

Winter: November through January 

Heat level: Floridians believe this is cold – It is like a Chicago spring to me. 

Winter changes St. Augustine with the Nights of Lights festival. Millions of tiny lights decorate downtown, creating a magical atmosphere for your elopement. 

Spring: February through April

Heat level: Mild

For those who prefer mild weather, spring is ideal. While March and April are bustling with weddings, booking your venue or BnB early can secure your spot. April’s weather can be unpredictable, so aim for sunrise or sunset photos. Sunrise in downtown is particularly stunning with perfect lighting and fewer crowds.

Summer: May through August

Heat level: You might catch fire if you weren’t sweating so much.

Summer is hot but also vibrant with blooming flowers. The late sunsets, around 8 PM, provide ample time for capturing beautiful photos in the golden light. Despite the heat, the extended daylight makes summer a lovely option for your elopement.

Fall: September through November

Heat level: Medium.

Fall offers gorgeous weather for elopements but keep an eye on the hurricane season. Sunrise is usually the driest and most serene time for photos, and the early sunsets allow for a relaxed evening. With fewer tourists, fall is perfect for enjoying the quiet charm of downtown St. Augustine and finding accommodations with ease.

Time of the Day

For the best photos and a magical experience, elope at sunrise in St. Augustine. The lighting is breathtaking, the streets are quiet, and you’ll have the city to yourselves. Plus, early mornings often mean cooler temperatures and fewer weather surprises, making it the perfect time to say “I do.” If you are not a morning person, and neither am I – aim for about 1-2 hours before sunset for photos or your ceremony. 

Marriage License

Alright, let’s kick things off with the most exciting part of getting married: the legal paperwork!

Where to Go: Head to the St. Johns County Clerk of the Court at 4010 Lewis Speedway, St. Augustine, FL 32084. They’re open Monday to Friday, 8 AM – 4:30 PM, but remember, they close on holidays.

Timing: You can apply for your marriage license up to 60 days before your big day. Plenty of time to get this checked off your list.

What to Bring:

  • ID: Each of you needs one of the following:
    • A U.S. driver’s license
    • Federal or State ID card
    • Passport with your name and date of birth
    • Military ID
  • For Non-Citizens: An alien registration number, foreign passport, or U.S. driver’s license works.
  • Social Security Number: You need to provide it, but no need to bring the actual card.

No Blood Tests Needed: Excellent, one less thing to worry about.

Family Law Handbook: Both of you need to affirm that you’ve read it before getting your license. It’s important stuff, promise.

Previous Marriages: If either of you has been married before, you’ll need to state how the last marriage ended and the exact date. No need to bring the death certificate or divorce decree—just the details.

Waiting Periods:

  • Non-Residents: If one or both of you aren’t Florida residents, you just need to affirm you’ve read the handbook. No premarital course or waiting period required. You could roll into St. Augustine, get your license, and tie the knot all in one day!
  • Florida Residents: If you’re both Floridians, you must either:
    • Take a 4-hour premarital course from a registered provider in your county, or
    • Wait 3 days after getting your license before you can get married.

Fees: The cost varies between $61 and $86, depending on whether you took the premarital course.

Ceremony Timing: Once you have your license, the ceremony must happen within 60 days.

Permit: Don’t forget that some locations will require permits. 

Places to Stay

AirBNB

Awesome Cottage

Beachfront Home

Anastasia A Frame

Bed and Breakfasts

Bayfront Marin House | 142 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL 32084

If you’re looking for a sweet spot in the heart of St. Augustine’s historic district, Bayfront Marin House is the place to be. This charming bed and breakfast offers cozy rooms and suites, each with its own unique style and modern amenities. Wake up to a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning, and wind down with evening wine and hors d’oeuvres. Plus, the stunning water views are sure to set the perfect mood.

Casa de Solana Bed & Breakfast | 21 Aviles St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Step back in time without sacrificing comfort at Casa de Solana Bed & Breakfast, nestled in the heart of St. Augustine’s oldest neighborhood. This beautifully restored 1763 inn offers ten cozy rooms and suites, each with its own unique character and antique furnishings. Fuel up with a tasty homemade breakfast, and relax in the courtyard garden – the perfect spot for some quiet relaxation.

The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens | 149 Cordova St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens is the perfect spot. This stunning 30-room inn is set on an acre of historic gardens right in the heart of St. Augustine. The elegantly appointed rooms and suites are packed with modern amenities and oozing with character. Savor a gourmet breakfast each morning, sip on complimentary wine and nibble on cheese at the evening reception, and enjoy some quality time together in the inn’s lush gardens and courtyards.

Hotels

Renaissance St. Augustine Historic Downtown Hotel | 6 W Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Experience classic elegance at the Renaissance St. Augustine Historic Downtown Hotel. Located in the heart of the historic district, this hotel offers stylish rooms with plush bedding. Enjoy breakfast at the on-site restaurant and cocktails in the evening. Perfect for exploring St. Augustine’s rich history and vibrant culture.

Casa Monica Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection | 95 Cordova St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Indulge in luxury at Casa Monica Resort & Spa, where Spanish-Moorish architecture meets contemporary elegance. Enjoy beautifully decorated rooms, exquisite dining, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. Ideally located for exploring St. Augustine’s top attractions.

VOCO St. Augustine | 215 Anastasia Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080

Stay in style at VOCO St. Augustine, offering modern, well-appointed rooms. Enjoy breakfast at the on-site restaurant and relax by the outdoor pool. Conveniently located just across the bridge from the historic district, it’s perfect for your St. Augustine adventure.

What To Do For Your St. Augustine Elopement

Here are some unique ideas to make your St. Augustine elopement unforgettable:

  • Private sunset sail: Charter a sailboat and exchange vows on the water as the sun sets, followed by a romantic dinner on board.
  • Helicopter tour: Take a helicopter ride over the city and beaches, offering a thrilling way to start your new life together.
  • Visit the Fountain of Youth: Say your vows at this historic site, followed by a whimsical photo session among the peacocks and beautiful gardens.
  • St. Augustine Wild Reserve: Get up close and personal with exotic animals, creating a unique backdrop for your wedding photos.
  • Vintage car rental: Rent a classic car for the day and cruise around the historic streets in style.
  • Hot air balloon ride: For a truly unforgettable experience, say your vows while floating high above the beautiful landscapes of St. Augustine.
  • Go horseback riding on the beach: End it with a luxury picnic.
  • Visit local breweries: Sample some craft beers.
  • Island hop: Mix cocktails, eat PubSubs, and jump in the water.
  • Tour the local distillery: Grab handmade donuts afterward.

Elopement & Small Wedding Venues in St Augustine

St. Augustine Distillery + Ice Plant

A unique venue blending history and charm, the St. Augustine Distillery + Ice Plant offers an industrial-chic setting with vintage details. Enjoy craft cocktails made from locally distilled spirits for an unforgettable experience.

 staugustinedistillery.com | 112 Riberia St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Casa Monica

Casa Monica is a luxurious venue with Spanish-Moorish architecture and elegant interiors. It offers a blend of historic charm and modern amenities, making it perfect for a grand and sophisticated wedding.

 casamonica.com | 95 Cordova St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Prohibition Kitchen’s Roosevelt Room

The Roosevelt Room at Prohibition Kitchen features a vintage, speakeasy vibe with unique decor and a lively atmosphere. Ideal for a fun and intimate wedding celebration.

prohibitionkitchenstaugustine.com | 119 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

St. Augustine Lighthouse

The St. Augustine Lighthouse offers breathtaking views and a historic setting for your wedding. Exchange vows with the stunning Atlantic Ocean as your witness.

staugustinelighthouse.org | 100 Red Cox Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32080

Lightner Museum

The Lightner Museum provides a romantic and elegant setting with its historic architecture and beautiful gardens. Perfect for a timeless wedding.

 lightnermuseum.org | 75 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

9 Aviles

Located on the oldest street in the United States, 9 Aviles offers a charming and intimate venue with historic ambiance. Perfect for couples looking for a unique and memorable wedding experience.

9aviles.com  | 9 Aviles St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Flagler College

Flagler College, with its stunning Spanish Renaissance architecture and rich history, provides a grand and impressive setting for your wedding. The campus’s striking buildings and elegant details make it a standout choice.

flagler.edu  | 74 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Unusual & Non-Traditional St. Augustine Venues 

Castle Otttis

Castle Otttis is a unique structure resembling an ancient Irish castle, with stunning architecture and a tranquil setting that feels like stepping back in time.

 castleotttis.com | 103 3rd St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Sailboat

Enjoy the gentle sway of the boat, the sound of the waves, and breathtaking ocean views aboard a sailboat. It’s a perfect way to experience the coastal beauty. 

Castillo de San Marcos

The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S., with impressive stone walls and a rich history that offers a glimpse into the past.

 nps.gov/casa | 1 S Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Beaches & Parks

St. Augustine’s beaches and parks offer beautiful natural settings with serene beaches and charming parks for relaxation and outdoor activities. 

Anastasia State Park

Anastasia State Park features pristine beaches and natural beauty, ideal for enjoying the serene surroundings and the sound of the waves.

 floridastateparks.org | 300 Anastasia Park Rd, St. Augustine, FL 32080

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park + Rocky Flagler Beaches

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park offers stunning gardens and coastal scenery. Combined with the nearby rocky Flagler beaches, it provides a picturesque natural escape.

floridastateparks.org | 6400 N Oceanshore Blvd, Palm Coast, FL 32137

Vilano Beach Pier

Vilano Beach Pier provides a scenic waterfront location with a charming pier, gentle sea breeze, and beautiful water views.

vilanobeachfl.com | 260 Vilano Rd, St. Augustine, FL 32084

The Municipal Marina

The Municipal Marina offers a picturesque waterfront area with boats and sparkling water, capturing the essence of maritime charm.

 staugustinegovernment.com | 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Elopement Vendors

Florists

  1. Feather + Bloom
    • Description: Sophisticated, garden-inspired floral arrangements designed for weddings, events, and the home. Feather + Bloom emphasizes natural variations and an elegant, opulent feel.
    • Website: Feather + Bloom
    • Instagram: @featherandbloomflorals
    • Address: 235 FL-207 BLDG 4B, St. Augustine, FL 32084
  2. Life Bouquets
    • Description: Life Bouquets offers exquisite floral arrangements with a focus on customization and quality. They provide a wide range of designs for every occasion, ensuring each bouquet is a unique masterpiece.
    • Website: Life Bouquets
    • Instagram: @lifebouquets
    • Address: St. Augustine, FL 32095
  3. Blooms & Branches
    • Description: Blooms & Branches elevates floral design with a fresh, innovative approach. They offer a variety of arrangements perfect for any event or home decor.
    • Website: Blooms & Branches
    • Instagram: @bloomsandbranches
    • Address: St. Augustine, FL 32084

Officiants

Say I Do, Ceremony

https://sayidoceremony.com

For Love Notary

https://www.forlovenotary.com

Sensational Ceremonies

Videographers

Jerzy Nieves

Planners

  1. Coastal Celebrations
  2. The Eventful Gals
  3. Southern Charm Events

Specialty Car Rentals

  1. St. Augustine Vintage Car Rentals
  2. Big Day Vintage Cars
  3. Classic Event Cars

Private Chefs

Hiring a private chef for your St Augustine elopement offers personalized culinary experiences tailored to your preferences, ensuring a unique and intimate dining experience. Private chefs handle all the details, from menu planning to cooking and cleanup, allowing you to focus on your special day without stress. Enjoy gourmet meals crafted with fresh, high-quality ingredients, and savor the luxury of having a professional chef cater to your tastes in a private, romantic setting, making your elopement truly unforgettable.

Tadd Anthony

https://www.taddanthonyspersonalchefservices.com

Habachio Makase

BB’s Culinary Creations

https://bbsculinarycreations.com

Romantic Restaurants for eloping in St Augustine

Collage: A nice spot with killer international food and an artsy vibe.

Website: Collage Restaurant

River & Fort: Grab a drink and some fresh seafood while soaking up waterfront views.

Website: River & Fort

Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille: Cajun and Creole in a historic building.

Website: Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille

Ice Plant: American food and crafty cocktails in a converted ice factory.

Website: Ice Plant

Casa Reina: Chow down on legit Mexican food and house-made tortillas in a fun, lively space near the Bridge of Lions.

Website: Casa Reina

Fish Camp: No frills, just fresh, local fish on the water.

Website: St. Augustine Fish Camp

Example Timelines

2-Hour Elopement Timeline

Hour 1:

Arrival & Getting Ready: Capture candid moments as you arrive at your venue or location. Document getting ready shots, including the final touches on hair, makeup, and attire.

First Look: If desired, a first look between the couple, capturing raw emotions and intimate moments.

Hour 2:

Ceremony: Conduct your intimate ceremony, including any personal vows, ring exchange, and the kiss.

Mini Adventure: Spend the remaining time exploring a nearby picturesque location for couple’s portraits. Capture candid and posed shots to celebrate your newlywed status.


4-Hour Elopement Timeline

Hour 1:

Getting Ready & Details: Capture the final preparations, including detailed shots of attire, accessories, and any sentimental items. Photograph the bride/groom getting ready.

First Look: Have a private first look moment to capture your reactions and emotions.

Hours 2-3:

Ceremony: Conduct your ceremony, including the exchange of vows, rings, and the kiss.

Post-Ceremony Moments: Capture candid moments immediately following the ceremony, including congratulations and family photos if applicable.

Hour 4:

Mini Adventure: Head to a scenic location for portraits. Utilize the golden hour lighting for stunning couple photos. Capture a mix of candid and posed shots to reflect the joy and romance of your day.


6-Hour Elopement Timeline

Hours 1-2:

Getting Ready & Details: Document the preparations, including detailed shots of attire, accessories, and any special items. Capture the bride/groom getting ready, and the emotional first look.

Hours 3-4:

Ceremony: Perform the ceremony, including the exchange of vows, rings, and the kiss.

Celebratory Moments: Post-ceremony moments, such as congratulations from any guests and family photos if applicable.

Hour 5:

Adventure & Exploration: Travel to a scenic location for an adventure session. Capture candid and posed photos, utilizing the unique landscape and environment.

Hour 6:

Portraits at Golden Hour: Utilize the golden hour for stunning couple portraits. Capture a variety of shots, from intimate close-ups to wider scenic views, making the most of the natural light.


8-Hour Elopement Timeline

Hours 1-2:

Getting Ready & Details: Capture the preparations, including detailed shots of attire, accessories, and special items. Document the bride/groom getting ready, and the emotional first look.

Hours 3-4:

Ceremony: Conduct the ceremony with the exchange of vows, rings, and the kiss.

Post-Ceremony Moments: Immediate post-ceremony moments, including congratulations and family photos if applicable.

Hours 5-6:

Half-Day Adventure: Head out for an adventure session, exploring a beautiful location. Capture candid and posed shots that reflect the excitement and joy of the day.

Hour 7:

Portraits at Golden Hour: Utilize the golden hour for breathtaking couple portraits, making the most of the natural light.

Hour 8:

Dinner & Drinks: Conclude your day with a romantic dinner and celebratory drinks. Capture candid moments of your first meal as a married couple.


12-Hour Elopement Timeline

Hours 1-2:

Getting Ready & Details: Document the preparations, including detailed shots of attire, accessories, and any special items. Capture the bride/groom getting ready, and the emotional first look.

Hours 3-5:

Ceremony: Perform the ceremony with the exchange of vows, rings, and the kiss.

Lunch Break: Enjoy a relaxed lunch break, capturing candid moments as you share your first meal together as a married couple.

First Location Adventure: Explore a scenic location, capturing candid and posed photos.

Hours 6-12:

Second Location Adventure: Continue your adventure at a different location. Capture a variety of shots, making the most of the diverse scenery.

Golden Hour & Evening Portraits: Utilize the golden hour for stunning portraits, followed by evening shots to capture the ambiance.

Dinner & Celebration: End the day with a romantic dinner and celebration. Capture the intimate and joyful moments as you enjoy your first evening as a married couple.

St. Augustine Elopement Photographer

Hi there, my name is Roy Serafin, a dedicated elopement photographer in St. Augustine. My passion lies in candid storytelling, capturing the genuine moments and unique love stories of each couple. I customize every elopement to fit the distinct vibe of the couple, creating one-of-a-kind works of art for their micro weddings. Whether it’s the historical charm or the coastal beauty of St. Augustine, I aim to deliver images that reflect the story of your micro wedding according to what is uniquely important to you. 

Elopement Packages 

Your elopement day is all about you, embracing those intimate moments and truly enjoying the essence of getting married. It’s important that your day reflects what you both value and love doing together. When planning your elopement, make sure to find a photographer who not only takes badass photos but also brings your ideas to life. If you think we vibe, check out my St. Augustine elopement packages and let’s make your dream elopement a reality!

The Page | $1500

  • Duration: 2 hours – for couples who just want the ceremony and some downtown photos. 
  • Includes:
    • Roy as your photographer
    • Fully edited & color-graded images
    • Tailored Planning Advice
    • Online gallery
    • Full printing rights

The Chapter | $3400

  • Duration: 4 hours – getting ready all the way to sunset.
  • Includes:
    • Roy as your photographer
    • Fully edited & color-graded images
    • Tailored Planning Advice
    • Online gallery
    • Full printing rights

The Story | $5000

  • Duration: 6 hours – the full story from getting ready to dinner time. 
  • Includes:
    • Roy as your photographer
    • Fully edited & color-graded images
    • Tailored Planning Advice
    • Print credit
    • Online gallery
    • Full printing rights

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