Bill and Carla Stinson were married at the Williams House this past weekend on a sunny but somewhat unseasonably cool day. However, rain on the previous day and night made us all thankful for clearing regardless of the temperature. About 50 guests joined the bride and groom in celebrating this special day and they were married on the front porch with the reception in the courtyard. Carla wore a beautiful white dress and Bill looked sharp in his Cost Guard dress uniform. Cindy and Boomer were on hand to escort the bride to the front walk and take the bride and groom for a short ride just after the ceremony. It is a great way to enjoy a few quiet moments as husband and wife before the reception begins. Guests enjoyed crab cakes, vegetables with dip, meatballs, ham and cheese rosemary biscuits and both wedding and grooms cake. (more…)
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We always enjoy weddings at the Williams House and especially around the Holidays when Christmas decorations abound as a backdrop for pictures. The day after Thanksgiving, Teresa and Michael were married by Byron in the parlor with Deborah helping take photos. It was just the two of them and that made for a relaxing yet elegant ceremony. They enjoyed chocolate covered strawberries and champagne afterwards followed by a carriage ride later in the evening and dinner at Beech Street Grill. They were the “newlyweds” at breakfast for several days and other guests enjoyed sharing in this special time with the bride and groom. (more…)
Jessica and Brandon married at the Williams House this past weekend while the area was setting records for high temperatures in the 90′s. So, yes, it was a hot wedding, but beautiful, simple and enjoyable. This was one of our small “just for two weddings”, but after meeting and having breakfast with the bride and groom, some of the other guests joined in to experience their wedding and and enjoy a slice of wedding cake. Byron performed the ceremony on the front porch and the reception was in the back courtyard. A champagne toast, cake cutting and lots of photos followed. They also brought a video camera so we set it up and taped the ceremony and reception for family and friends to enjoy.
- Hope and Jack ready for the ceremony
Hope and Jack came from Maryland last week for a week long visit at the Williams House and to get married. Byron performed the ceremony in the back courtyard underneath the 600 year old live oak tree and in front of the Koi pond. Hope utilized some very nice vows she located on the internet and it was a beautiful, short and enjoyable ceremony. Pam Bell, a local photographer captured their special time on camera, and it was a low key fun affair with a delicious wedding cake. Hope and Jack had dinner later at the Beech Street grill and said they felt like royalty (and enjoyed great food).
Since Hope didn’t march down the front walk as many of our brides do, Cinnamon took it easy in the shade out back waiting patiently to see if any loose food might be in the offering. Alas, we only had cake and that isn’t one of his favorites, so he simply laid in the chair and watched the activity.
The weather was pleasant with the humidity at lower than normal levels for Florida in September and no rain in sight. It’s a relaxing way to get married!
Danielle Barber, our assistant innkeeper was married at the Williams House this weekend on a bright sunny and not too hot July day. She arrived by carriage with her flower girls and attendant (her Mom) and was ushered down the aisle by her stepfather to waiting groom Michael. Byron performed the ceremony on the front porch with about 35 guests in attendance. Danielle’s children were ring bearer and flower girl repectively.
The reception was held in the back courtyard and included Bourban glazed meatballs, crab cakes, pasta salad, fruit tray with yogurt, deviled eggs and chips with mango salsa. We also had a nice Champagne sangria with fresh fruit.
The wedding cake, decorated with green orchids was a white cake with white buttercream icing, Byron is in heaven! This couple was a little aggressive in their feeding techniques, but all in good fun for the bride and groom. Guests enjoyed good food, great cake and the plesure of a special day in the lives of Danielle and Michael.
No those aren’t UFO’s, just lanterns hanging on the tree lights we use for weddings. It was actually too bright to use the built in lighting, but they do add a special touch for events in the courtyard.
Ross and Michelle came last week to get married at the Williams House and spend a few days exploring the area and honeymooning. Since it was a beautiful but hot day (95+) Byron performed the ceremony inside by the parlor fireplace. Ross and Michelle’s children came and it was a simple but enjoyable ceremony and family experience. Cameras and cellphones captured the moment and they went to celebrate a little later in the afternoon.
There are many beautiful “photo ops” at the Williams House and for professional photographers it is always a longer time frame than they imagine because of the variety of venues and colors available. We enjoy the front porch, stairs, dining room, parlor, rose garden. 600 yr old live oak, etc, etc. They all add to the elegance and charm, particularly when you consider how many weddings likely have been held here in the home’s 152 year history and 13 years as a Bed & Breakfast. Regardless of size we enjoy meeting the bride and groom, hearing their personal journey and story, and seeing families come together for such a special time.
They say a bit of rain on your wedding day forecasts good fortune for the future. If true, Jennifer and Micheal are indeed looking at good luck, as it began to rain just about the moment for the wedding to begin this weekend. We still had the ceremony on the front porch with family gathered around and then moved inside for the reception. It was warm and very humid, but hey, it’s Florida in late spring! Byron conducted the ceremony; the bride was beautiful, and of course..the groom handsome. Everyone enjoyed the sound of a little rain as background music to their recited vows.
The cake was pure white with the family initial on top and a purple ribbon streamer around the sides. Shrimp, chicken salad puffs, and fruit were enjoyed by all. Even though the reception was held indoors, Cinnamon could tell shrimp was on the menu somewhere and came begging at the back porch. Yes, he got a couple of extra shrimp, and strangely he has acquired a taste for just a little cake icing for desert. Doesn’t want the cake please, just the icing. I personally try to check all cakes (quality control purposes you know) and found this one to be very tasty, as usual! It can of course rain or shine on Williams House weddings. Try as we might, we haven’t yet learned to control the weather. But regardless, it always creates a special day and memories in the lives of the couples and their friends and family. We feel priveleged and excited to be part of such a special day for everyone and enjoy sharing the beauty and history of this special place at such an important time in their lives.
I’ve lived in Florida for nearly four years and this weekend was one of those rare times when weather folks described the forecast as a “spectacular day”. Always a good omen when we are planing a wedding! Kathy, the bride’s mother, was married at the Williams House last October and this weekend her daughter Sally and fiance Michael were married here. It was indeed spectacular weather with highs near 90 and bright sunny skies. By 5:30 pm when the wedding began it was warm but tolerable and not even a chance for rain. Both Sally and Michael are Naval Academy grads and so were many of their wedding party friends. I love the look of the white uniforms and of course they match the Bride’s white dress. The ceremony went well and was added to by Cinnamon strolling up the sidewalk near the end to make sure he didn’t miss the upcoming reception.
It was a little warm in the back courtyard but a small breeze now and then kept it reasonable. The wedding cake and flowers had a sunflower theme and added a nice bit of color to the event.
James and Suzanne were married at the William’s House on Saturday, April25.
The bride entered on a carriage with Boomer and joined her groom on the William’s House porch for the ceremony. Byron officiated and the reception followed in the court yard. As usual, we rewarded boomer later with a nice piece of wedding cake, one of his favorite treats. Guests enjoyed a champagne toast, hors doeuvre’s and a beautiful and delicious wedding cake. It was a gorgeous sunny day with temp’s in the low 80″s…the perfect Florida wedding experience!