Guest Post from Whitney Warren Shafer
Ponce de Leon Weddings and Special Events Coordinator
For the first time in over 40 years the historic Ponce de Leon Hotel, now home to Flagler College,
is opening its doors to the public as a venue space for weddings and special events. Ponce de Leon Weddings and Special Events offers four unique venues: The elegant and historic Ponce de Leon Ballroom, the sunlit, domed Ponce de Leon Solarium with a view of downtown St. Augustine, the charming southern estate of Markland House,
and the modern and contemporary Crisp-Ellert Art Museum.
The Ponce de Leon Ballroom and Ponce de Leon Solarium are part of the 125-year-old Hotel Ponce de Leon Hotel, now home to Flagler College. Built in 1888 by railroad tycoon Henry Flagler, the Hotel Ponce de Leon was once an exclusive winter playground for the world’s most privileged elite.
The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, with wooden beamed cathedral ceilings, a beautiful private garden out back, and Tuscan tiled floors, was originally the art studio for a local artist, JoAnn Crisp-Ellert.
Markland House, covered by the shade of magnolia trees, is an elegantly appointed Colonial Revival mansion and was once home to Dr. Andrew Anderson, friend and business associate of Henry Flagler.
Some bonuses to getting married at one of Ponce de Leon Wedding’s venues:
- When renting one of the venues, as long as there isn’t an event going on in the other venues, the bride and groom may take photos at any of the other venues. That’s four locations all right next to each other that have incredibly different styles. It also cuts down on the walking!
- Ponce de Leon Solarium has one of the best views of the city you can find. Wow your guests with a breathtaking view and photographs that are magazine worthy.
- When getting married in the Ponce de Leon Ballroom, tables and chairs are provided. Although some are reproductions, when sitting in one of the original 125 year old chairs, you could possibly be sitting in the same chair John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, or George Washington Vanderbilt II sat in.
- Flagler College is dedicated to historic preservation. The rental fees associated with our facilities help the College maintain and conserve our historic buildings.
For more information regarding Ponce de Leon Weddings,
please visit www.flagler.edu/weddings or call Whitney at (904) 826-8617.