However popular outside-the-box wedding venues become, churches and chapels will always come out on top considering the faith that countless couples base their unions on. Florida is home to scores of these spiritual houses, some of which are bases for particular faiths, while others welcome worshipers and wedding couples regardless of their religious convictions.
In addition to the spiritual role they serve in couples’ wedding celebrations, these venues are also often characterized by breathtaking architecture—from sleek and modern to traditional—that makes for perfect photography fodder. Here are eight charming Florida chapels and churches that, regardless of their affiliation, will provide a picture-perfect start to your wedding story.
Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church, Naples
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Weddings at Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church in Naples are available to couples who have been a member of the parish for at least one year, and planning is overseen by the parish wedding coordinator.
Captiva Chapel by the Sea
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Seaside Interfaith Chapel
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Architecturally, Seaside’s distinctive white nondenominational chapel is our favorite on the list. Its bell tower soars almost seven stories, making it the tallest building in town.
Windsor Chapel, Vero Beach
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Designed by architect Léon Krier, this Town Hall in the seaside Vero Beach community of Windsor also serves as a nondenominational chapel. Thirty white columns support its steeply pitched roof, and crescent-shaped cutouts add to the modern feel of its facade.
Coral Gables United Church of Christ
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This church, whose congregation prides itself on diversity and welcoming worshipers from all walks of life, welcomes weddings of non-member couples, as well. It’s the oldest church in Coral Gables and the first in Florida to be recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.
The Lighthouse Church of Boca Grande
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Members of this Methodist church‘s congregation are devoted to the community, and whether you’re a local or simply plan to have your ceremony here, you’ll feel its familial love.
Rosemary Beach Town Hall
Photo by Leslee Mitchell Photography
Although it’s not technically a church or chapel, the small stature and charming architecture of Rosemary Beach’s Town Hall render it worthy of comparison. Its walled courtyard is the perfect spot for an outdoor ceremony and makes for a breathtaking photo backdrop.
Episcopal Church of the Mediator, Micanopy
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This Episcopalian church, located about 100 miles north of Orlando via the Florida Turnpike, was built in 1873. Its lush landscape and simple construction are perfect for an Old Florida-inspired wedding.