The Carriage House

Favorite feature of the venue?
Barns are an enchanting place to hold a wedding and my favorite part of our barn venue is our unique garden with market lights. The garden softens the barn and adds to the enchanting feeling that a wedding day should have, while also allowing for events of anything between rustic and elegant styles.

What are your couples’ favorite features of the venue?

The garden feature is the location of choice for portraits due to the never ending background possibilities, but the location of the venue itself is a major feature that couples love. We are 5 minutes from downtown, historic Saint Augustine, but just far enough away to avoid the traffic and provide our own private parking.

Tell us a little about the venue? Is there a history or a cool story couples love to hear?
The Carriage House was previously known as The Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez. The property was a hands-on museum specializing in Florida History. Funny thing is- I went to this museum as an elementary school student! I definitely still have flashbacks sometimes and occasionally get a local couple that mentions the same thing... lol. We purchased and renovated the property soon after purchasing. We wanted to refresh the barn and the space so that it could live up to it's elegant wedding potential, all while keeping the unique historical vibes that it features, including the wooden fort front on San Marco Avenue.

What are the venue spaces? 
THE CARRIAGE HOUSE AND CARRIAGE COURTYARD
The exterior of the barn draws you in with its southern charm. Featuring large picture-perfect barn doors, the face of the barn is a beautiful backdrop for an outdoor ceremony. As the sun goes down, the stringed market lights glow over the Carriage Courtyard giving the barn and courtyard a romantic feel.

THE CARRIAGE HOUSE: INTERIOR
Opening the barn doors reveals the 2000 square foot open space of The Carriage House. The interior of the barn showcases exposed beams, market lights, a large rustic bar and an authentic carriage wheel chandelier.
*Bonus: Our farmhouse tables and benches, wooden bar and white chairs are included with every rental!

FARMHOUSE PORCH & LAWN
Stepping out onto the side of our barn places you onto our Farmhouse Porch. Complete with rocking chairs, market lights, our porch really ties together the southern charm experience of The Carriage House. The porch looks out over our grassy side yard which is perfect for more intimate ceremonies or cocktail hour. Maybe even have some fun “backyard games” on the lawn for a more casual event!

THE GARDEN
Our newest addition to The Carriage House venue is our beautiful garden. The garden draws you in with overhanging mature trees, Florida native foliage, enchanting market lights and a natural water feature. Couples love our romantic wedding party entrance consisting of our barn-door inspired gates opening and the wedding party proceeding down the curvy garden path, over the bridge and onto the ceremony stage. For other events, guests enjoy this area to roam and relax or enjoy a cocktail hour.

BRIDLE PATH
On the front side of our Carriage Courtyard sits the Bridle Path. A large sliding barn wall reveals an empty, covered, open-air room that can be utilized in so many different ways! Complete with fans and caterers’ kitchen access, this room is a favorite for buffet settings which opens even more space to dance and seat guests inside the barn. Not having a buffet? Add more seating to a Carriage Courtyard ceremony! For a more casual event this space can transform into a cute picnic area!

BRIDLE ROOM
Our “Bridle Room” (Bridal) was once used an old fashioned schoolhouse. This large, open room has been completely revamped as of August 2018. The Bridle Room features rustic wood floors, neutral toned walls, sitting areas, and an extra-long makeup counter that is perfect for getting ready for your big day! This shabby-chic room has direct access to the restrooms and opens into The Carriage Courtyard.

What’s included in your packages?
We have package options ranging from small elopements to all-inclusive full weddings for up to 130 guests. All of our wedding packages include a professional in-house coordinator. Our most popular wedding packages always include the entire venue space including the barn, garden, courtyard and Gate House, as well as our custom farmhouse tables, chairs, bars and other venue wedding-day necessities. 

Are there any photo restrictions at the venue?
There is a portion of the property that is not renovated and is not available for photos.

Do you have a Getting Ready room?
Yes! 

How much can couples expect to pay on average at your venue?

Our packages range from $500 for an intimate weekday elopement ceremony to around $16k for an all-inclusive Saturday wedding day of around 100 people.

Who is the best person to contact for a viewing?
Erin Murphy - We love to talk with each client to provide them with the appropriate package options based on their wants and needs. The best way to do so is to reach out via our website.


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