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Tropical Hollywood Glam Bed & Breakfast Wedding Styled Shoot

Captured & submitted by Koontz Photography


When I first met the owners of Victoria 1883, I knew I had to do a photoshoot at their amazing location. I partnered with some wedding vendors in the area and together we made magic. A little bit about the venue:

With a refreshed elegant and chic look, the bed & breakfast and wedding venue now merges Victorian and vintage accents with modern flair.

Passionate about people’s unique cultures and distinct histories combined with a love of artful design, nature, and culinary exploration, Victoria is fully re-imagined in a manner that takes the family legacy from one family, to another, to you and yours.

Built around 1883, this iconically beautiful home is the longest standing structure in the quaint and historic district of New Smyrna Beach.

It’s story is about human connection. Daughter of one of New Smyrna’s pillar families and first residents, Victoria Sheldon grew up familiar with the creativity of the building process.

Her family formed a sixty room hotel on top of the Old Fort Park mound, an expansive housing space said to be “the finest hotel south of Saint Augustine.” However, tragedy was soon to strike as a Union Navy bombardment was to ravage the town and destroy much which was once loved.

Nonetheless, Victoria’s deep roots in creativity and commitment to her family’s estate were unmoved. Having met and married Edmund Kirby (E.K.) Lowd, the Lowds began their own dynamic building and entrepreneurial ventures when they created an imaginative space for learning—the Ocean House.

With time, their ventures allowed them to establish their namesake Victoria Estate, a structure still standing to this day. E.K. passed on four years after the house’s formation, and Victoria followed him on the exact date five years later.

The inscription on E.K.’s tombstone reads “A light from our households is gone / A voice we loved is stilled / A place is vacant in our hearts / That can never be filled.”

Twenty years later, the Victoria Theater was built and provided performances and entertainment as meaningful moments to many. Now, through the Victoria Estate, even more meaningful moments are being transformed into lasting memories.

E.K. and Victoria’s heart for this home shines clear, and its family legacy of light and love continues on not through the Sheldons but now through the Spooners.


Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Leonardo of 5th Avenue//Linens and Coverings:Connie Duglin//Calligrapher: Rosebud Calligraphy//Dress Store: Theory Bridal House//Caterer: Premier Event Services//Makeup Artist: Laura Reynolds Artistry//DJ:iRock Your Party//Floral Designer:Impekable Flowers//Cinema and Video:Densmore Films//Event Planner: Simply Enchanted Events, LLC//Ceremony Location: Victoria 1883//Photographer: Koontz Photography//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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