Guide To Elopements in St. Augustine, FL


So, you’re planning an elopement in St. Augustine, Fl? With its historical charm and beautiful beaches, how could you not want to! But where to start? Not to worry, as a Florida elopement photographer, I’ve got all the juicy details you need to know about eloping in this endearing, yet culture-rich town.

Bride sitting on green couch on the beach with side table of flowers while groom stands behind her on the beach in St. Augustine, FL

Why Elope in St. Augustine, FL?

There are a myriad of reasons to plan your elopement in St. Augustine, FL. You might be surprised to know that St. Augustine is actually the oldest continually inhabited city established by European settlers in the country! Founded by Spanish explorers over four hundred years ago, St. Augustine, is known for its breathtaking Spanish-style architecture and charming cobblestone streets. You’ll truly feel transported back in time walking down its historic downtown.

And, yes while the historical charm will make you feel like you’re in a fairytale-come-to-life, the beaches are absolutely stunning too. You won’t run out of options because St. Augustine has almost 42 miles of coastline with plenty of choices between free public access and preserved parks.

What you need to elope in St. Augustine

Both residents and non-residents are able to elope in Florida, but you’ll need to complete a few important legal steps before you can run off into the sunset! St. Augustine is located in St. Johns County, but you can apply for a marriage license in any Florida county. You can find more information about the marriage license process for Florida elopements!

If you choose to plan your elopement on one of St. Augustine’s many wonderful beaches, only a simple permit is required, then you’re ready to go!

Best places to elope in St. Augustine, Fl

  1. The Lightner Museum

Originally opened as a hotel in 1888, this museum is overflowing with culture featuring art, history, design and architecture. This grand property has so many options for beautiful backdrops to your elopement, my personal favorite is the lush pink flower wall in the courtyard! See more photos from an elopement in St. Augustine at the Lightner Museum

Bride and groom kissing in front of pink flower wall at the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine, FL
  1. Pillars’ Castle

Yes, you read that right, a castle, and it’s pink! You can live out all of your fairytale dreams at this unique luxury venue that specifically caters to micro weddings. Complete with a secret garden, you can even stay the night as it’s included with the micro wedding package. Find out more about this beautiful venue.

Bride and Groom kissing in front of historic pink castle in St. Augustine, FL
  1. Flagler College

Right across the street from The Lightner Museum you’ll find a small, yet breathtaking liberal arts college. The Spanish-style architecture is incredible, and I’m totally in love with the big fountain at the heart of the campus.

Bride and Groom walking and smiling in front of large fountain of Flagler College Courtyard in St. Augustine, FL
  1. Anastasia Island

This state park is one of the most stunning beaches you can find. With picture perfect waters and soft white sand, you’ll be totally swooning over the beachy romantic vibes! See a St. Augustine beach wedding here.

Where to stay in St. Augustine

  1. Augstin Inn

This Victorian style bed and breakfast is located in the heart of St. Augustine’s historic district and just a short walk from some of the town’s main attractions!

  1. Pillars’ Castle

As mentioned above, this one-of-a-kind venue also includes a night’s stay with its micro wedding package. A night in a castle?! It’s a stay you won’t soon forget!

  1. St. Francis Inn

Another cozy bed and breakfast full of that Spanish old world charm. They even have a romance package complete with a couples massage at the nearby spa!

St. Augustine elopement packages

If you’re ready for an elopement that will transport you into your very own fairytale, you’ve come to the right place! Check out my Florida elopement packages, and let’s start planning this dreamy elopement of yours in wonderful  St. Augustine.

Bride raising champagne bottle high while groom kisses her in front of VW Van on the beach in St. Augustine, FL

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