St. Pete's Museum of Fine Arts, where Michelle and I were married, #3 on Martha Stewart's top wedding spots

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Once Michelle had deigned to marry me, I wasn’t very concerned about any of the other details.

Now, anyone who knows me knows that first sentence is a bald-face lie. During the run-up to Michelle and I’s wedding, I was nothing less than a Groomzilla.

After all, it was my day, too! (That’s for you Kenneth Pratt).

Actually, our engagement was one of the best times of my entire life and there is not one single thing I would do differently.  Many, many years from now, I hope Michelle and I both will look back at the light and airy moments after engagement but before we were married as some of the happiest of our lives.

As for our wedding, the one decision I wanted just a modicum of input on was the location.  And, like with so many decisions, Michelle knew best and made our day more special than I could have imagined.

We chose the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, with the ceremony under the nearby banyan trees, the cocktail hour in the Membership Garden and the reception in the Conservatory.

As you can see from our beautiful photographs, it was a truly wonderful night.

And while we thought the ceremony was perfect, little did we know how right we were in selecting the Museum of Fine Arts.

Well, today, none other Martha Stewart weighed in and said MFA is #3 on a list of the 25 most desirable places in the eastern United States for a wedding reception that appears on

“When you look at the list, it seems to be mostly these unusual jewels that people aren’t as aware of, not the big obvious ones such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Museum of Modern Art,” said David Connelly, director of communications for the museum.

Most of them are in the New York City area. The Museum of Fine Arts, located at 255 Beach Drive NE, keeps company with chic locations including the Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan, (preferably the Pool Room), the New York Botanical Garden and the Hartford Club in Connecticut which are well-known. But there are, as Connelly says, “unusual jewels” such as the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Conn. — the only other museum on the list — and Lauxmont Farms in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania which have gorgeous settings.

Well, Martha, Michelle and I couldn’t agree with more with your selection.

We’ll be sure to send you a few photographs from the wedding!

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.