Ocala Magazine: Wedding Destinations Part 3 – The Appleton Museum
If your love is a masterpiece, then the Appleton Museum of Art is the perfect setting for your upcoming nuptials.
Story by Kelli Fuqua Hart
From its fascinating sculptures to its magnificent stained glass detailing, the Appleton Museum of Art provides a unique, creative and sophisticated environment for you and your guests.
If your heart’s desire is a tres magnifique French ensemble, the Appleton’s Courtyard and Café is the perfect spot for your romantic union. The atrium-style café is glass enclosed and provides the indoor vista of the museum’s flowing fountain. Bordered in lush foliage, the courtyard provides guests a natural surrounding, while still offering the uniqueness of hand-created works of art.
Larger parties can opt for the use of the Appleton’s auditorium, which accommodates upwards of 250 guests. As they make their way to the auditorium, guests will enjoy luxurious views of the step-down fountain and pool, travertine marble staircases and vista of the ground’s gorgeous fountain.
The Appleton’s unique atmosphere is what makes the venue so attractive to couples. In addition to its collection of world-renowned art displays, the Appleton Museum provides its brides and grooms their own private readying areas with beverages, dressing mirrors and other special accommodations. Guests are provided with ample parking that leads up to a stunning marble entryway.
Events manager Colleen Harper provides specialized services before, during and after each event. Harper boasts about the museum, stating, “We provide a unique atmosphere unlike any other.” This proves true in the museum’s fine detailing, manicured grounds, pristine facilities and cultured decor.
One of the perks in selecting the Appleton as your wedding venue is the option to choose your own catering vendor. Many facilities only allow their own menu as part of their packages. The Appleton Museum of Art allows their couples to hand select their own caterers and bring in their own menu options. Harper and her team have worked with many quality professionals in this area and help facilitate the relationship between each couple and their preferred catering company.
To protect the life of the art that lives at the Appleton, clients must respect their prohibition on open flames and the use of flash photography in restricted areas. However, the museum provides several breathtaking photo locations with stunning backdrops. Alcoholic beverages are permitted and can be provided by the couple’s choice of caterer or bartender.
Conveniently located, the Appleton Museum of Art is a way to host a creative and cultural event without ever leaving home. Hotel accommodations are less than a mile’s drive, making it easy and convenient for out-of-town guests and the bridal party.
For more information on the Appleton Museum of Art, please contact Colleen Harper at 352.291.4455 or visit them on the web at www.AppletonMuseum.org.
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