Best wedding venues jacksonville fl

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When You get engaged, the first thing on the list is to pick your dream wedding venue.  Here, let me help you narrow down that search.

There are two very distinct styles of weddings. Those that are in the city and those that are not. Sounds simple enough, right? I bet your wondering why that matters though! It important to figure out just that simple question before even thinking about specific venues. Knowing this is half the battle in figuring out your perfect Wedding Venue in Jacksonville Florida!

Weddings that happen in the city are usually capable of holding a lot more guests, think of venues like ballrooms and halls. The logistics can sometimes be a bit tricky to figure out but if your vision for your wedding involves being in downtown Knoxville, plan ahead to make it go as smoothly as possible. 

Wedding venues outside of Jacksonville tend to be more relaxed, intimate and easy going wedding days. These venues typically can accommodate around 100 to 150 loved ones. This is ideal if you were dreaming of saying "I do" in the great outdoors with beautiful views.

Which style of wedding do I recommend? Weddings away from the city definitely hold my heart. I feel like weddings that are located outside of Jacksonville Fl (downtown specifically) tend to be more relaxed, easy-going days where everyone always has a blast! With that said, this is a very personal decision and it is all about what you two want. It's your wedding day and it needs to fit your specific dream.

The Barn At Cottonwood Ranch

Callahan, Florida

PlaNtation Oaks Farms

Callahan, Florida


Saint Augustine, Florida

The Hilliard Mansion

Hilliard, Florida

Congaree & Penn Farms

Saint Augustine, Florida


Callahan, Florida


This is the season that Florida really gets to shine! While the rest of the United States is covered in snow, Florida is blooming with new life and mild, beautiful days.

March and April are two of the most popular months for weddings so if your dream is to have spring nuptials then make sure you book early. March especially is always one of my first months booked and although I photograph weddings in multiple southern states, I am ALWAYS in Jacksonville in March, its that magical, guys. 


I am always up front with you and what you to have the best wedding experience ever, which is why I really dont recommend you have a summer wedding in the sunshine state.

June is usually the last few weddings and then couples tend to wait until cooler weather for a glorious fall wedding. 

It's hot. It's buggy. It's just not ideal for a full wedding event. HOWEVER, I will say that sunset engagement sessions on the beach are basically what I live for, so summer isn't wasted after all!


Late nights around the campfire, dancing under the stars, and romantic firework displays. Okay okay... sign me up! 

Fall is a great time for weddings with ONE thing to mention. Hurricane season. My biggest bit of advice is if you want a cozy fall wedding in Jacksonville, pick a venue that you 100% love the indoor ceremony site. 

Hurricanes aren't something to fear if you plan ahead, if there are rainy parts of the (assuming the hurricane isn't headed straight for NE FL!) Then your wedding will still be a beautiful one if you plan ahead.


Winter is another busy season here in the Sunshine state and with the mild weather and early sunsets, it's easy to see why!

If you are planning a winter Florida wedding, make sure to plan with the early sunset in mind, which is around 5pm!

One thing to make your day smoother is to have a first look so we can take all the important portraits before the ceremony and before that glorious sun sets!

The seasons of JACKSONVILLE

If Jacksonville is calling for rain, fear not because rainy days can still be beautiful!  If rain is in the forecast, I'd recommend ordering a few clear umbrellas on Amazon. It also might be good to re-evaluate portrait locations to make sure we can still shoot in natural light - even if it means heading offsite.

If you don't own a pair of cute Wellies, now may be a great time to order a pair - even if you're just wearing them in between shooting locations. 

Rain Tips For Your Jacksonville Wedding

Hair and makeup may need to be tweaked to withstand humidity and if your wedding is outdoors.

While I can't guarantee that rain on your wedding day is good luck, we can put a plan in place to ensure a beautiful day and beautiful images.

Rainy day weddings may require a little more flexibility and creativity, but there isn't any reason why they can't be as beautiful and as joyful as sunny weddings!

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I am so excited that you found my little corner of the web. The number one thing I want you to know about me is that your experience on your wedding day is everything to me. I want you to know that I am there beside you throughout your most amazing wedding day, know that I have your back, aaand that I will be the one cracking jokes throughout the entire experience. 

As for my photography style, it came out of a desire to capture authentic emotions. Real humans who are in love. I developed my style of photography & editing through many years as a portrait photographer first before diving deep into weddings. Throughout that time I realized that the intimate moments in between the poses were the ones most cherished. My wedding work has been seen in places like The Knot, Wedding Wire, The Carolinas Magazine, Embrace Beauty Magazine and many other leading industry publications. I'm sincerely grateful for every single one of them, and for the others yet to come.

But none of that matters without the experience, the fun, and the results that everyone feels when they look back through their photographs.

HI, I'm elly!


As someone who specializes in photographing weddings in and around Jacksonville I have a lot of great tips and tricks to make sure your wedding feels exactly how you pictured it. Head over to my Jacksonville Wedding Photographer Q+A to learn more about me and get some great info!

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Additional Tips For Picking The Perfect Jacksonville Wedding Venues

AFTER SHOOTING for over 8 years, i'm happy to share a few additional tips

1. If the venue is outdoors, make sure you equally love Plan B if it rains. No one wants to think about the worse-case-scenario when planning their dream wedding. The rain won't get you down if you equally love the interior options of the venue. That could be a beautiful white tent on the lawn, or a stunning white-walled barn with a fireplace at the end of the aisle, or a lush greenhouse to give you all the outside vibes! Just make sure the backup plan is something you would love, too.

2. LIGHT, LIGHT, LIGHT! Light is everything to a photographer. Natural light, diffused light, harsh light, incandescent light, light, light, light. you get the idea. As I walk into your venue and up to greet you in the bridal suite, I am scanning where the best areas are to photograph. 

3. If your reception is at a separate venue, add some "fluff time" so that we can run over to the venue to capture it while it's still "untouched" by guests giving you the best detail shots of your beautiful reception.

4. Make sure that you tour your venue at the same time of day that the ceremony will be at. If you’re getting married at 3 pm in July, a field without any shade probably won't be very comfortable. Likewise, if you plan on getting married at 7 pm, steer clear of venues that require lots of natural light for them to be beautiful. 

With all of that said, a skilled wedding photographer (ah-em... me!) will make the best of every lighting condition and I am certain that your wedding will be beautiful.

At the end of the day its not about having wedding images that get a ton of likes, it's about documenting the beginning of your love story. so that when you look back on the images I created, you will feel those same emotions. My goal as a wedding photographer is to serve my clients the way they deserve and create snapshots that transcend time and will always bring you back to when it all began. 

The fact that you're here at my contact page is such a compliment! Being considered to do something as important as capturing your wedding and your love story for you is truly an honor. I can't wait to get your email in my inbox and get to know you!

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