Celebrate your special day at the GTM Research Reserve

If you are a nature lover, GTM Research Reserve offers multiple options for your wedding – Guana Beach, Environmental Education Center or the Guana Trails!

Whether your dream is to feel the sand under your feet as you pledge your love or the warmth of the setting sun as you seal your vows with your kiss on the banks of the Guana River the GTM Research Reserve is for you.

You deserve a place as special as you are. Visit the Reserve and fall in love. Again!

Check out the different options below!

Simply Perfect Ceremonies

Tidal Pool: Beach Wedding Ceremony

The Reserve offers a stunning, pristine beach access point south of Mickler’s Landing in Ponte Vedra Beach. Sink your feet into the sand with a serene ocean setting as you say, “I do.” Another beach option is the romantic, memorable backdrop of both the ocean and estuary vistas from the Ponce de León platform. It hosts up to 10 guests. Privacy is the main feature when planning a beach wedding with us. We offer an affordable day of your dreams!

  • A wedding in the sand requires a $75 permit specific to beach weddings. The permit can be accessed and filled out here.
  • Parking passes are $3 per vehicle. It is recommended that you purchase passes for guest vehicles parking in the designated beach parking lot. The beach is public use; parking is on a first come, first served basis.
  • Parking lots are locked at sunset.
  • Since the GTM Research Reserve is a sensitive, natural area certain restrictions must be considered. These guidelines are designed to prevent negative impacts to the Reserve’s natural resources and to the general public.
  • Only natural decorations are allowed. Fake flowers, tossing of rice and/or confetti, balloons and grills are prohibited.
Couple on Guana Beach

Happy Trails Forever: Trail Wedding Ceremony

Have you ever dreamed of walking down an isle of pine needles? Then, choose a trail wedding ceremony for your perfect day. With Spanish moss hanging above the guests, birds singing and fresh air, you will create the perfect ambiance.

  • A wedding at the trails requires a $75 permit specific to trail weddings. The permit can be accessed and filled out here.
  • Weddings may require GTM staff members to operate electric vehicles if guests request transportation to trails. If needed this will be an additional fee.
  • Trails close at sunset.
Guana trails
Signs for the Trails
Overlooking the Tolomato River

Your Wedding Your Way: Wedding Packages to suit every couple!

Choose the package that best suits your vision and needs!

Simply Special Wedding

This package is perfect for the couple that has their heart set on all outdoor wedding. This package includes use of the turtle patio for the ceremony and outdoor amphitheater for the reception.

Nature Lovers Wedding

This package is perfect for the couple who wants an outdoor ceremony but an indoor reception. This package includes a permit  for a ceremony at the beaches or trails. This package also includes use of our auditorium for the reception, separate dressing rooms and,use of the staging kitchen.

Guana River Wedding

This is our most popular package and includes a turtle patio ceremony, overlooking Guana River, and use of our auditorium for an indoor reception. This package also includes use of our outdoor amphitheater, indoor exhibit hall, and use of the staging kitchen.

All-Inclusive Wedding

This package is perfect for the couple that wants it all and might need some help planning along the way or day of! This package includes full use of the GTM Research Reserve facilities including auditorium, turtle patio, amphitheater, exhibit hall, separate dressing room, and access to your choice of the beaches, overlooks or trails. This package also includes concierge service and event planning support.

Our Wedding Packages:

-Weddings are hosted on Saturdays and Sundays for six hours.

-Capacity for up to 125 guests.

-Free parking at the EEC is included with each package.

To request a tour or rates for your wedding option , email Brooke Ellis at brooke.ellis@gtmnerr.org or call 904-823-4527.

Pelicans overlooking Guana River
Auditorium decorated for the reception
Ceremony on the Turtle Patio

Proud Member of St. Augustine Wedding and Events Association

The GTM Research Reserve is a member of the St. Augustine Wedding & Events Association. This group of individuals is dedicated to creating the perfect day for you to share with friends and family. A list of wedding planners, ceremony and reception venues, officiants, accommodations, DJs, musicians, photographers, florists, videographers, restaurants, and more are available!

To request a tour or rates for your wedding option, email Brooke Ellis at Brooke.Ellis@gtmnerr.org or call 904-823-4527.

A special thanks to Sun and Sea Beach Weddings and  Jeannie Capellan Photography for providing some of the photos.

Couple on our pier overlooking Guana River