September 30, 2010

St. Augustine’s popular First Friday Art Walk will be presented in shades of pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., 16 galleries will feature the artwork of 16 cancer survivors including Joyce Gabiou at the Casa Monica Hotel’s Grand Bohemian Gallery and Hope Barton at High Tides Gallery.
There will be live musical performances at various locations and two of Ripley’s Red Sightseeing Trains, adorned with pink ribbons, will provide free transportation between all 16 galleries. Raffle tickets and official t-shirts will be available for purchase at each gallery. Free parking is available at San Sebastian Winery and Rembrandtz Art Gallery. For more information, call 904.829.0065 or visit

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

Love for the Casa Monica....

Since the blog was not updated for about a year, we have a lot of catching up to do! Below are many special thank you notes the Casa Monica has received over the last year and we wanted to share them with you! I will hopefully be able to scan in a few of the thank you notes as well!
Thank you to any any and all who express their gratitude it means a lot and they are shared with all of the staff here.
At your service...
It's our pleasure...

Hi Erin,

Thank you so much for 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)


Hi Erin!

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! :)


(Bride, 4/2010)


Thanks Erin!!

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)
(Bride, 2/2010)


Hi Erin.

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.

(Bride, 6/2009)


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 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!

Sandra Stone



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!

(Bride, 4/2009)

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.

Thank you,
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!

-- Serena

September 10, 2010

Congratulations Alison and Matt! Sneak Peek....

I LOVED both of these photos so I couldn't just choose the black and white or you get to see both! :)

Goes to show although rain isn't always in a Bride's can make for some BEAUTIFUL pictures!
Wedding Photographer: Scott S. Smith Photography
Wedding Planner: The BIG Event
More pictures to come...Congratulations Alison and Matt!!!

September 8, 2010

Seating Arrangements

So, for all of our future or past Brides, and Grooms, we know what a pain table assignments can be sometimes. Figuring out how to fit 8, 10, 11, 12 or how ever many people you need per table can be quite the task. Especially when you are doing it towards the end of the planning process as you are getting your final RSVP's...

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, 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

Cari and Phillip

Cari and Phil were married in St. Augustine in May. They did an amazing job of making their ceremony and reception extremely personal by incorporating bits and pieces of themselves throughout the day. After living in places all over the world together, the pair is now settled down and living in Florida. We are happy to have been a part of their very exciting lives!

Wedding Day Elements...

Ceremony Location

St. Augustine Oldest House Gardens

Reception Location
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,

Cari & Phil

September 2, 2010

Erin and Steve

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.

Erin and Steve tied the knot on a Friday evening in October. Their ceremony was held at St. Augustine’s Oldest House Gardens, followed by a trolley ride to an unbeatable cocktail hour and reception on the pool deck at The Casa Monica Hotel.

The theme of the evening was casual elegance. Citrus accents added a unique burst to the light and clean décor. The atmosphere was fun and exciting, and the guests without a doubt experienced an evening they will not soon forget!

Wedding Day Elements…

Ceremony Location St. Augustine Oldest House Gardens
Reception Location The Casa Monica Pool Deck and Sultan’s Pavilion
Photography Limelight Photography
Videography CVP Videography
Flowers 57 Treasury
Cake Publix
Coodinator Sarah Grace with The Big Event

To see more incredible shots of this stunning couple, visit Limelight Photography’s Blog!

September 1, 2010

Calling All Previous and Present Casa Monica Brides:

Did you have your wedding here...if so, when?
Did/Do you love your vendors?
Do you have any pictures you want to share of your special day?
Where did you or where are you going on your honeymoon?
Any helpful tips for upcoming Brides?
Send me an email at
I would love to hear from you and post your "Real Wedding" stories and pictures on our blog!
Be sure to send me your name (maiden name included) although your last names will not be shared in public...your wedding date, your vendors names and your pictures in .jpg (jpeg) format!!
Or, you can have your photographer send some!
We look forward to hearing from you!

2010 Summer/Fall Ultimate Bridal Fantasy Show

I just want to say a BIG thank you to all of the wonderful couples that stopped by the Casa Monica Hotel and Details Flowers and Photography booths this past Sunday at the Bridal Fantasy!

It was a great show and the Casa Monica Hotel looks forward to welcoming our new couples and families to the Casa Monica experience!

I will post some pictures soon of the wonderful tablescape Corrine put together with rich purples and lemons!! It was beautiful.

Andrea Powers, from our sister property, the Mansion of Forsyth Park also joined me. Any one interested in a GORGEOUS wedding location in Savannah, Georgia, be sure to contact Andrea!
We will be posting pictures the meantime, take a look at the pictures from the Winter show!
We are looking forward to seeing you all at the January 2011 Bridal Fantasy!

Happy Wedding Planning!


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.

Corrine used the rich colors that are a huge part of Casa Monica and paired this beautiful combination of BBJ's linen; Nile Blue Lamour and Scarlet Velvet! This linen can be rented through the Casa Monica!
Check out Corrine and her husband, Greg's website and blog for their most up-to-date information and pictures from events!

95 Cordova's Updated Sunday Brunch

Sunday Brunch
$27.95 per person

Served from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm

Scrambled Eggs, Biscuits and Gravy
Bacon, Sausage, Grits and Potatoes
Fruit Display and Assorted Breads

Whipped Cream, Assorted Berry Mix, Syrup

Tomatoes, Ham, Peppers, Onions,
Mushrooms, Cheddar Cheese

Chef Inspired

Vegetables, Fish, Beef, Chicken, Turkey or Pork

Hot Snow Crab Legs
Peel & Eat Shrimp
House Smoked Atlantic Salmon

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
Bread Pudding

$11.95 children 6 to 12 ~ children 5 and under eat FREE!

Gratuity will be added to parties of 6 people or more

(Liquor available after 1pm)
$ 4 EACH
To make reservations, please call 904-819-6018