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! Check out the different options below.

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Tidal Love: Beach Wedding

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.
  • Bring your own wedding planner.
  • 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

Guana River Nuptials: Turtle Patio Wedding

Exchange or renew your vows with a view of the sun setting on Guana River and the marshes! A perfect option for the bride who wants an indoor and outdoor event. The onsite wedding and reception choice at the Environmental Education Center is an all-inclusive package incorporating the Turtle Patio, Auditorium (includes audio-visual room) and the Amphitheater for a total of 5,500 square feet of usable space. To request a tour or rates for your wedding option, email gtmresearchreserve@gtmnerr.org or call 904-823-4500.

  • Weddings hosted on Saturdays and Sundays for six hours.
  • Capacity for up to 125 guests.
  • Contract your own wedding planner or choose from an approved list of vendors (food, beverage, florals, photographer, officiant, and more).
  • Free parking at the EEC.
Pelicans overlooking Guana River
Auditorium decorated for the reception
Ceremony on the Turtle Patio

Happy Trails Forever: Trail Wedding

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

  • Weddings may require GTM staff members to operate electric vehicles if guests request transportation to trails.
  • Contract your own wedding planner or choose from an approved list of vendors.
  • Trails close at sunset.
Guana trails
Signs for the Trails
Overlooking the Tolomato River

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 gtmresearchreserve@gtmnerr.org or call 904-823-4500.

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