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Thank you to all of our past and current couples for helping us achieve this great award!
It is our absolute pleasure to assist you all in planning your special day! We hope your day is EXCEPTIONAL.
Happy Wedding Planning...
December 15, 2010
December 9, 2010
Kim and Joe were married back in April on a gorgeous Spring Day! Thanks to their fabulous vendors they had a day filled love, fun and laughter surrounded by their family and friends! Starting off with a beautiful ceremony and then a Casa Monica catered cocktail hour at the Pena Peck House, Below are some pictures their fabulous photographer, John Unrue captured and shared with us! We wish you all the best Kim and Joe!
Sparkler exit as they head out in the Lightner Courtyard!
Ceremony: Catherdal Basilica
Reception: Casa Monica Ballroom
Planner: Heather Snively, Weddings Unique
Band: Dance Express
Florist: Details Flowers and Photography
Bakery: Sweet Weddings
Thank you to all these amazing vendors above!
December 4, 2010
December 1, 2010
Are you planning on proposing?
Are you hoping for a really special sparkly something this holiday season???
Are you home for the holidays and ready to start planning your own wedding?
by December 31, 2010
and recieve a complimentary champagne toast for you guests!
November 23, 2010
Seating from 11am to 8pm
Chef Attended Omelet Station with Embellishments
Fresh and Fluffy Scrambled Eggs
Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Sausage Links
Gary’s Famous Grits
Southern Style Biscuits with Country Gravy
Assorted Cereals with Skim or Whole Milk
Belgian Waffles with Berry Compound and Whipped Cream
Chef DeJuan’s Crème Brulée French Toast
Fresh Seafood and Shell Fish Display
Orangewood Smoked Atlantic Salmon
Smoked Seafood Salad
Peel and Eat Tiger Shrimp
Fresh Local Oysters on the Half Shell
Snow Crab Legs
Condiments Station with Fresh Horseradish, Mustard Dill Sauce,
Black Pepper Mignonette, Sweet Chili Sauce, Lemon and Lime Wedges,
95 Cordova Crab Cake Station
95 Cordova Crab Cake
Accompanied with Lime Aioli, Sweet Chili Sauce,
Remoulade Sauce and Cocktail Sauce
Pumpkin and Blue Crab Bisque
Whole Slow Smoked Prime Rib of Beef
Roasted Butter Basted Turkey
Spicy Shrimp and Grits
Home-made Giblet Turkey Gravy
Sweet Caramelized Vidalia Onion Sauce
Wild Cranberry Sauce and Mango Chutney
Rosemary Au Jus
Sides and Entrees
Traditional Bread and Italian Sausage Stuffing
Traditional Corn Bread Stuffing
Yukon Mash Potatoes
Bourbon Sweet Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melons
Blueberries, Blackberries and Raspberries
Pineapple and Grapes
Puff Pasty Wrapped Brie with Warm Mango Chutney
Praline Crusted Brie with Warm Baguette
Eggplants, Yellow and Green Roasted Squash with Italian Marinade
Artichokes with Basil Dressing
Assortment of Imported Olives tossed with a Savory Marinade
Marinated Button and Wild Mushrooms
Spanish Smoked Chorizo Sausage and Peppers
Cured Prosciutto Ham and Pecorino Romano Cheese
Fresh Spinach Salad with Sliced Strawberries, Toasted Pine Nuts
and Red Onions with a Raspberry Vinaigrette
Romaine Lettuce and Asiago Cheese with Caesar Dressing and Croutons
Vine Ripe Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese
The Unlimited Dessert Display
Apple, Pecan, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin and Key Lime Pies
New York Style Cheese, Carrot, Double Chocolate and Red Velvet Cakes
Deep South Bread Pudding with Carmel Sauce
Grande Italian Tiramisu
Chocolate Dipping Mirror with Strawberries
$19 Ages 9-15 years
Free for 8 and under
20% gratuity and 6% Tax added
Includes a Mimosa or Glass of Champagne
September 30, 2010
We also will be serving pink lemonade and pink cookies at the gallery that evening and will be donating a portion of the sales of special cookies in the Café and a special dessert in 95 Cordova during the month of October!
September 14, 2010
Thank you so much for everything....it was a FABULOUS DAY!!!! As parents you want your daughter's wedding to be everything she's ever wanted. You and the staff did that for Ali, we thank you so much. Many of our guests complimented the wedding and reception,the food was great and the service was excellent,everyone had a wonderful time
Thank you so much,
Tod and Kelly
(Parents of the Bride, 8/2010)
Erin you were AMAZING! The reason we decided to book with Casa Monica was you! I havealways loved Casa Monica and it was a dream wedding place, but you put it over the top! I tell people about you all the time! Thank you for spending so much time with us and going through all of the details. The first time we even met with you was great! You spent so much time working with us and explaining everything!
You and Casa Monica gave us an incrediable wedding!
Thank you for everything!
Lora and Jim
(Bride and Groom 7/2010)
I just wanted to quickly tell you how pleased we were with your staff from Casa Monica at Alyssa's wedding Sunday evening. We had a great time, and we felt everyone did a wonderful job to make the event beautiful and memorable.
One of the staff members, a server named Jessica, was very helpful, as well as quick and gracious when asked for things. (I wanted some of the shrimp when she was serving chicken, so she made sure to go get the shrimp appetizers next and make her way to me, even when everyone converged on her like locusts to get the shrimp!) Someone else needed whole milk with his cupcake, and she immediately took care of that, as well.
Guests at our table were drinking the same beverages repeatedly, and after some time "the drink fairy" began appearing at regular intervals with their beverages of choice without being asked. Nice touch!
Near the end of the evening I found my daughter crying hysterically; giant sobs were just tumbling out of her. I quickly pushed her husband away to tend to her, and try to find out what had happened. She sobbed and sobbed, finally telling me that the evening was just more perfect than she could have ever imagined, and that it was truly beyond her wildest dreams. I thought that was a pretty good description of the evening.
Thank you, Erin, for a most delightful and positive experience.
(Mother of the Bride, 5/10)
Getting back to the real world is tough! The two weeks surrounding the wedding and honeymoon were really the best of our lives. We can't stop talking about the wedding. The day was absolutely wonderful and even after going over all the details, Scott and I both would not have changed a thing. It was even better then we could have ever imagined. We received so many complements on the location and service the Casa Monica provided our guests. The food was delicious, the setting was spectacular, and everything ran so smoothly. You and your team were fantastic.
Scott and I couldn't stop talking about the man with the earpiece that kept refilling our drinks for us. He would just appear out of nowhere with our favorite drinks! Fantastic!On a more serious note, besides the impeccable service and stunning ambiance of the Casa Monica, you were one of our favorite parts. We really chose the perfect location for our wedding reception. We loved the whole wedding planning process and you made it so enjoyable. Any time we had a question you answered it and you were always available to iron out any details needed. Also, we can't thank you enough for the upgraded suite the night of the wedding! What a wonderful surprise! When we were talking about what moment was our favorite of the wedding, mine was sitting in the beautiful suite at the end of the night with my new husband, eating the fantastic food that was in the room for us, drinking champagne, and talking about all of the special moments of the day.
The room was the perfect setting to let the events of the day soak in. And what a view of St. Augustine! The next morning we woke up and enjoyed the wrap-around balcony before leaving for our honeymoon. It was just so perfect!
Also, there are almost 2000 photos of the wedding posted on facebook (our friends love their photos! haha). I believe we are fans of the Casa Monica on facebook so I'll try to tag some of the photos that showcase the space....As things settle down more we plan to write a review on weddingwire as well. When we do, we'll forward you the link.!
We couldn't thank you enough for making our wedding day so special. When I say we wouldn't change a thing, I mean it. It was so much more then we ever expected. You are the best and we'll see you on our year anniversary! :)
Married life is great! Thank you for the gift certificate, we will be excited to use it next year!
Everything was wonderful! We couldn't be happier with you and the Casa Monica staff, and we couldn't believe how smoothly everything went! The ballroom was beautiful, and our guests had the best time! We couldn't have asked for anything more.
Thank you for seeing us though the past year planning the wedding. You are great at what you do, and I wish you all the best in the future.
I only have that one picture on Ashley's blog, but I will share more with you as soon as I get them.
Talk to you soon!
Madison and Adam
(Bride and Groom, 2/2010)
Hey Erin!! Married life is amazing!!!
The wedding was incredible! Everything worked out perfectly! The ceremony was kind of a blur lol but the reception was so beautiful! Everyone keeps talking about how beautiful everything was and the food was AMAZING!! lol
We had so much fun, it could not have gone any better! :) Thank you so much for following up! You were so great and helpful throughout the entire process! :)
Sarah (and Brennan)
I cannot thank you enough for doing such a wonderful job with Amy and Jared's wedding. Everything was perfect. I am telling everyone about you and the Casa Monica. You are fantastic.
Deb and I wish you a Blessed and Happy New Year.
(Father of the Bride, 12/2009)
Erin and Megan,
Wanted to let you know how grateful we are to you and your staff at the Casa Monica. They made every aspect of the wedding weekend spectacular. Every guest commented on service, food and atmosphere. Your staff were all gracious and accommodating from the bell hops, valets, and maids to Donna the reception coordinator. We could not have dreamed of a more perfect wedding day. At the end of it all we knew that we had to let you know how special you made our entire family and friends feel. You made the experience practically effortless.
Thank you so much,
(Mother of the Bride, 11/2009)
Megan and Erin:
What a team! You two are the best. It was everything we hoped for. With your guidance and support we made very good decisions. I can't tell you enough how much we appreciate everything you did and all involved. It was the best - a dream come true.
I will send some pictures soon.
Take care and continue the good work,Denise
(Mother of the Bride, 5/2009)
Everything was fantastic. I am speechless. You are my hero. I will put my thoughts and gratitude to paper in about a week. I want to make it official and address it to the proper person. Please tell me who that would be. I will send something for you and Walter.
Until then, I am your biggest fan. And, marriage is wonderful! Jeff is amazing and I love him so much. Girl, I love you too. Thank you for making this easy, especially being there that Saturday.
You will hear from me soon. I have attached a few teaser pictures.
Dear Megan & Erin,
I wanted to pass on to you the many compliments we received on our daughter's wedding reception at Casa Monica. The facility was great and the meals were wonderful. I felt the service was very good as well - things got done pleasantly and efficiently. I can't thank you both enough for all the details you took care of so I could enjoy the reception - which I did! Any time I asked anyone anything, I was answered pleasantly and quickly and action took place! If you could have just stopped the rain about 10:15 so we could do sparklers...by then none of us were too upset about that even.
It was nice they even packed the reception signs with the votives & things from the tables.
Many thanks to everyone for a party well done!
I cannot thank you enough for all you did for us throughout the whole planning process, especially putting up with me and my mom :). Yesterday was absolutely perfect and we had the best time. You really made my day completely stress free and you went above and beyond the "call of duty". Thank you thank you thank you! You and your parents are the most kind and sincere people - we'll all have to get together after our honeymoon for drinks!
Hi Megan and Erin,
We just want to thank you so much for Casa Monica Hotel's amazing work. Our wedding was even more beautiful than we had imagined. We want to especially thank you for your time and effort in helping us plan our wedding. We were especially grateful for your helpful planning pamphlets, vendors list and your outstanding professionalism.
The service and food throughout the wedding was magnificent. We were very happy with everything. We are so glad we chose to have our reception at the Casa Monica Hotel.
It was an absolute pleasure working with you and your staff.
Susanna & Gerard
(Parent of the Bride, 3/2009)
Thank you guys so much for everything for our wedding!!!!! We had an absolute amazing time! Everyone raved about the hotel and the beautiful location. We could not have asked for a better reception site. The food was INCREDIBLE!!! and we made SURE we could sit down to eat, because it was just too good! hahaha We wanted a place we could have a wedding that did not look like a typical 'hotel wedding' and that was so easily accomplished in the gorgeous Casa Monica Ballroom.
Although we originally thought we would max out the place, some how, even with a wedding of 140 it seemed so intimate and relaxed, yet classy and sophisticated. Our rehearsal dinner on the pool deck was the perfect place for an intimate dinner for the wedding party. We were able to enjoy the people that made our wedding so perfect, in a setting that allowed everyone to relax, yet let loose! and yet again! The food was, again, incredible. All the staff was so on que, too. Whenever we needed anything someone was there to help, and on a busy wedding day with two ceremonies that was something we could not be more thankful for!
September 10, 2010
September 8, 2010
Well, I just have to share what one of our upcoming Brides, Brittany, is doing for her October wedding. She said she got it from a friend, and I know there are a TON of ways to do it, but I figured I would share Brittany's way. She has paper plates and sticky notes all on their pool table and she can move people, couples, whole tables, everything, without having to erase, re-type, etc...to get those tables put together! Fill out the sticky notes with a guests' name and stick them to the plate! It helps you stay organized and it is large enough for you to see and read! Just hope that if you have them on a floor, the wind or a pet doesn't trample on them! :)
Also, Caroline, our Exceptional Events Assistant who is getting married in 17 days....(we are so excited for her) just shared how she is actually doing the Place cards, or Seating Chart, as she is having a buffet style, she doesn't need to do individual place cards...
So...she got a piece of plywood and painted it with the chalkboard paint and in colorful chalk is going to do the seating chart key, that way it is large enough for her guests to see from across the area and people won't be gathered around a table. Another DIY way of being creative and keeping it simple for her upcoming outdoor wedding!
Any other great or creative ways that you have done your seating charts? We would love to hear it!
Happy Wedding Planning!
September 7, 2010
Wedding Day Elements...
St. Augustine Oldest House Gardens
The Casa Monica Flagler Ballroom
Photography by Nikki
Flowers by Shirley
Because a day as important as one's wedding day can only truly be explained by the bride, we had Cari retell the story herself!
May 2nd was a sunny, picture perfect spring day for Phil and me to get married. Our ceremony was at the lovely Oldest House and Gardens, followed by a dream reception at the Casa Monica.
Phil grew up in Atlantic Beach, not far from St. Augustine, but for the last ten years we’ve lived together all over the world, from Boston to Spain to Ireland to Japan and most recently, Australia. The first time Phil brought me to Florida to meet his family over seven years ago, he took me on a romantic date to St. Augustine. When we were deciding on a location for our wedding, St. Auggie was number one on our list. We couldn’t have made a better choice! Every single vendor we worked with went above and beyond to make our day extra special, and Megan and Erin at the Casa Monica made sure our reception was a fairytale. We were even pampered by perfect strangers – while the photographer was shooting pictures of us outside of the Casa Monica, a man approached us, handed us a fifty dollar bill, and wished us luck in our new life together. Now, where else in the world would you encounter that sort of generosity?!
Our love of travel and my passion for food influenced many of the details at the reception, and the staff at the Casa Monica were more than willing to help incorporate these themes into our reception. Aside from the excellent food served by the Casa, they allowed me to cater my own desserts. Phil and I don’t particularly like cake, so I decided to make my favorite dessert from each of the countries we have lived together over the course of our relationship. The desserts were displayed beautifully and much appreciated by the guests. Also a big hit were the cookbooks I created as wedding gifts. The cookbook included stories and recipes for food that we had shared with each of the guests, or that reminded us of them for some reason. These personal touches were what made our day uniquely our own.
We couldn’t have dreamed up a more perfect, fun-filled day, shared with all the people we love most in the world. And we thank the Casa Monica for making it all possible! You can read more about our wedding day and see lots of photos at my blog, http://www.cari-vicarious.com/2009/05/life-is-busy-and-delicious.html.
Cari & Phil
September 2, 2010
Perhaps our favorite couple to host their wedding at The Casa Monica, Erin and Steve, were an absolute delight to assist in their planning process! We simply fell in love with the two of them, along with their families, to the point where we were actually sad when their special day had passed.
Reception Location The Casa Monica Pool Deck and Sultan’s Pavilion
Photography Limelight Photography
Videography CVP Videography
Flowers 57 Treasury
Coodinator Sarah Grace with The Big Event
To see more incredible shots of this stunning couple, visit Limelight Photography’s Blog!
September 1, 2010
Below are some pictures from the January 2010 Ultimate Bridal Fantasy Show, taken by my camera but complete decor and design by Corrine with Details Flowers and Photography.
$27.95 per person
Served from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm
TRADITIONAL BREAKFAST FAVORITES
Scrambled Eggs, Biscuits and Gravy
Bacon, Sausage, Grits and Potatoes
Fruit Display and Assorted Breads
Whipped Cream, Assorted Berry Mix, Syrup
CHEF ATTENDED OMELET STATION
Tomatoes, Ham, Peppers, Onions,
Mushrooms, Cheddar Cheese
SOUP OF THE DAY
FEATURED CARVING STATION & ENTRÉE
Vegetables, Fish, Beef, Chicken, Turkey or Pork
SEAFOOD AND SHELL FISH DISPLAY
Hot Snow Crab Legs
Peel & Eat Shrimp
House Smoked Atlantic Salmon
95 SALAD BAR
Mixed Greens and Romaine
Tomatoes, Shredded Carrots, Chopped Eggs, Cucumber,
Shredded Asiago Cheese and Croutons
Thousand Island, Vinaigrette and Caesar Dressing
Chef’s Selection of Assorted Salads
Assorted Cakes, Pies, Dessert Shots, and
$11.95 children 6 to 12 ~ children 5 and under eat FREE!
Gratuity will be added to parties of 6 people or more
MIMOSA, SPARKLING WINE, POINSETTIA
SCREW-DRIVER, BLOODY MARY
(Liquor available after 1pm)
$ 4 EACH
July 8, 2010
July 1, 2010
Floral: 57 Treasury
Pillowcase Satin Chair Cover...great way of using a chair cover with out a sash.