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!

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

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,  and separate dressing room.This package also includes day of event coordination.

Guana River Wedding

This package is perfect for the couple that want's a waterfront ceremony but indoor reception.

This package 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.

Beach Wedding

This package is perfect for the couples who dream of sand of sun!

This package includes:

This package includes a permit for a ceremony at the beaches.This package also includes use of our auditorium for the reception, separate dressing rooms and use of the staging kitchen.

Nature Lovers

This package is perfect for the couple that has their heart set on all outdoor wedding

This package includes:

This package includes use of the turtle patio or beaches for the ceremony and outdoor amphitheater for the reception.

Simply Perfect Ceremonies

Always dreamed of a beach 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.
Pelicans overlooking Guana River
Couple on Guana Beach
Auditorium decorated for the reception

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.

Ceremony on the Turtle Patio
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