Then and Now - Wedding Photos Recreated at the Museum of Arts & Sciences

Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 3:00PM

We were so excited when we found out that a bride that had been married at the Museum of Arts & Sciences over 12 years ago wanted to recreate one of her favorite wedding photos in the Root Family Museum Train Station with her now growing family. Jessica and her husband Adam held their reception at the Museum of Arts & Sciences on June 11, 2005.

Why did you choose the Museum of Arts & Sciences for your wedding venue?

We were both living in London at the time (Adam is British) and knew that we would be having international guests so we decided that we wanted something different. We looked at all of the traditional choices, including a local country club and a yacht club, but I was not happy with a standard banquet room. We finally found the Museum and loved the different options that were available to us. We even had built in entertainment for our guests in the form of the different galleries!

Are both you and your husband from the Daytona Beach area?

I was raised in Ormond Beach and met Adam when studying abroad for a semester in London. That semester abroad turned into 15 years and we recently returned to the area to raise our family.

Do you have any past memories of the Museum prior to your wedding?

Of course! I remember loving the planetarium as a child and getting to take part in the various children’s activities over the summer.

What was the Museum like when you held your reception here 12 years ago?

It definitely was not as big!

What was your favorite part about your wedding day?

Definitely having our reception at the Museum. We loved being able to make use of the different spaces like having a pianist during cocktail hour in the reception area with our guests able to visit the North Wing followed by dinner and dancing in Root Hall. The Root Family Museum was opened in the latter part of the evening. Our guests enjoyed being able to explore if they needed a dance break. Everyone had an amazing time and did not want the night to end.

What lead you to wanting to recreate your wedding photos here today?

Our favorite wedding photos were the ones taken in the Museum, especially those around the Root trains. It was such a unique location, and even though they were taken 12 years ago, they do not look like it. Well, if you ignore the fashion choices! When thinking about our twins turning one, we knew we wanted to take our family photo somewhere special and immediately thought of the Museum. Luckily for us, we were able to arrange the photo shoot and the Museum has once again hosted a milestone occasion in our lives. 

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