The Marsh Walkout (just west of the Waterfront Park) is a lovely, serene scene for sunset weddings when the magic hour lends an almost surreal sense to a small ceremony. Smaller ceremonies are also beautifully presented in St. Marys’ quaint bed and breakfast inns in the Historic District. For those who prefer the sanctity of a holy setting, St. Marys is prolific in historic churches of virtually all denominations.
Just a few minutes off the waterfront, many couples choose a “closer to nature” wedding at Crooked River State Park. The historic Tabby Ruins (near the Naval Submarine Base) makes a striking altar to frame a perfect afternoon ceremony. Both Osprey Cove and Laurel Island Country Clubs know how to throw the ultimate wedding and offer complete wedding packages as well.
Couples seeking something a bit more exotic might take a cue from JFK, Jr. and wed on nearby Cumberland Island. Private launches or the Cumberland Island Ferry easily transport guests to the Island where a simple ceremony seaside or amidst the Dungeness Ruins makes for a most memorable occasion. Cumberland Island’s Greyfield Inn (where JFK, Jr. and bride held their post-wedding ceremony) hosts picture book weddings in and around the turn-of-the-century mansion.
From the simple to the sensational, St. Marys is the stuff that fairy tale weddings are made of. This is where love lives, and where legendary “I do’s” are as abundant as the stars that dazzle the indigo night skies of Coastal Georgia.
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