What is a Lyceum, you might ask?
Well, Wikipedia tells us:
A Lyceum can be
- an educational institution (often a school of secondary education in Europe), or
- a public hall used for cultural events like concerts.
- Mount Lyceum (Λύκαιον Όρος). The holy mount of the Arcadians.
The precise usage of the term varies among various countries.
But, for me, the Lyceum in St. Petersburg was the location for my most recent wedding, and it was so much fun! A bit different from most, David and Katie’s wedding was a fun, sincere, down to earth, REAL, and beautiful wedding weekend. I really liked them both when I met them in Aventura several months ago, and having spent time with their family this past weekend, I am so happy to have had the chance to work with them. For starters, I left home early Thursday morning, and drove as fast as I could to St. Pete, and met them and their wedding party at the Mirror Lake Lyceum for the rehearsal. Immediately after the rehearsal, David’s Dad hosted the bridal party, friends, and family at Cafe Aura, in downtown St. Pete. I had the pleasure of sitting with Ken, David’s Dad, and his 2 sisters and brother in law. They were a lovely family, and so sweet. Lunch was delicious, but it was the ambience of this little downtown cafe that really hooked you!
From there, I had the evening to myself, and experienced one of the nicest evenings I’ve had in a while. David and Katie had 2 hotels for their guests, the Marriott Courtyard and The Ponce deLeon Hotel, and they chose the Ponce deLeon for me. (YAY) What a treat this was! From the moment I walked in, Erica greeted me at the desk, and was the most vivacious hostess I had ever met. (Except for my Mother in Law at The House of Sea and Sun!). The hotel is an adorable vintage style guest house directly across from the Marina and Park, and I had hours upon hours to walk and take in the beautiful downtown scenery in St. Pete.
While I was walking, I came across an adorable floating chapel – a perfect location for a wedding! I have to give them a call to see if I can possibly officiate there! (Maybe it’s an idea for a new angle of my business??)
For dinner, I went to Ceviche, and could not recommend it more! It was a great night! (But, this is not a travel review, it’s a wedding review – so on to the venue!)
Brian at the Lyceum was also an amazing participant, and he led the rehearsal and managed all the details with impeccable style. David and Katie did a great job of blending their Interfaith wedding, not to mention step parents, and extended family. David’s Mom had passed away several years ago, and so Katie’s Mom walked David down the aisle, with his Dad, Ken. Since Katie’s Mom had remarried, and her Dad and Step Dad were both there, she chose to walk down the aisle with both of her Dads. It was so sweet, and it paid tribute to all of the parents, in just the right way. I was touched at their ability to blend and adjust the way they had.
David and Katie chose a sand ceremony, and we signed the Ketubah in the presence of their guests. Their ring exchange was the traditional Jewish style, where we first place the ring on the right Index finger, and move the rings over to the left ring finger after the vows are repeated. They had a beautiful wedding party of 5 bridesmaids and 5 groomsmen, with 2 junior bridesmaids and 2 ring bearers. Everyone was dressed in black, and they looked beautiful.
David and Katie are a beautiful couple, inside and out. They had a simple style, and a strong commitment to each other as a couple. I have faith that this will be a long lasting relationship that will flourish and grow, and I’m so happy to have been a special part of their weekend! Thanks, David and Katie!