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weddings two thousand seventeen a guide to bridal beauty & bliss

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four area couples celebrate their love, pensacola style 5 traditional rules to break on your wedding day

2017 winner Manisha Agrawal

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Editor’s Note my two cents on the subject Kelly Oden Executive Editor

It has been said that every bride is the most beautiful bride and we believe that to be true. Each and every bride who submitted their photos for our annual wedding contest is stunningly beautiful and we see the joy and excitement of their union in their photographs. That said, we do have to pick just one as the winner of our cover each year. The task is not an easy one. Beyond a beautiful bride, we also look for unique composition and colors that will work within the parameters of our cover. This year, I am so excited and inspired by our winner Manisha Agrawal. Manisha and her husband Houston Riley’s Indian themed wedding was an explosion of life, love, color and ritual that my editorial team and I found breathtakingly beautiful. We particularly loved the blending of cultures and traditions and the bright, colorful fabrics, flowers and decorations. Our cover image, photographed by Aislinn Kate Photography, is just one of the many gorgeous images to come out of this unique wedding ceremony. Be sure to check out more images and read about the many rituals incorporated into this fantastic wedding on page 12. Plus, you can see all of our cover entries starting on page 14. You may also notice that we’ve gone a different route with our annual fashion spread this year. Instead of creating styled shoots to show off the latest and greatest in wedding trends, we decided to profile four local weddings so readers

can see the trends and ideas in real wedding settings. I think you will agree that these brides, along with their planners, photographers, florists, caterers and more, have brought their individual aesthetics and personalities to each ceremony and celebration. We hope it gives soon-tobe brides inspiration in terms of style and décor and helps them pick some of the best local vendors to help their wedding dreams come true. Special thanks to Shannon Pallin at Fiore and all of the wedding planners for their help in coordinating these incredible weddings. In addition, this issue brings you lots of tips, trends and ideas for planning your dream wedding. From Hana Frenette’s Five Rules to Break and What’s In/What’s Out to Rylee Hart’s advice on hiring a wedding planner and Dawn Gresko’s ideas for pre-wedding self-care, we’ve got everything you need to begin the greatest adventure of your life. Plus, our annual wedding directory offers an abundance of local vendors to help you choose just the right people to help you plan for the big event. Congratulations again to Manisha Agrawal and her husband Houston. We wish you a lifetime of happiness!

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contents February 2017

Page 10 with 10 deedee davis Cover Contest Winners 12 Cover Contest Entries 14


5 rules to break 16 on your wedding day wedding trends in 2017: 19 what's in & what's out the best wedding investment 21 a guide to bridal beauty & bliss 25


a wedding meal masterpiece 29 vibrant venues 33 Real love 40 wedding business directory 55 on the cover: 2017 weddings cover contest winner manisha Agrawal photo by aislinn kate photography 8 | pensacola magazine




February 2017 Owners

Malcolm & Glenys Ballinger


Malcolm Ballinger

Executive Editor

Kelly Oden

Art Director

Guy Stevens

Graphic Designer/Ad Coordinator Anna Hitchcock


Hana Frenette

Assistant Editors

Dawn Gresko Tanner Yea

Editorial Intern

Haley Weaver Contributing Writers Jenn Cole Rilee Hart

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Page10 with DeeDee Davis

What’s not to appreciate about February, the month of love? The end of winter is in sight, Mardi Gras usually occurs, and the granddaddy of award shows comes on with the Oscars. I adore the Academy Awards the way some people feel about the Super Bowl. I love the fashion, the glitz, the movies, the excitement over who will win, and most importantly, what it all symbolizes. The talented actors and writers and directors and musicians represent something paramount in this country—free expression. As a former history teacher, I shudder to think of the McCarthy era when free speech was censored and punished if government found it offensive. So hooray for Hollywood! They are just another part of what makes this country great, like artists of any other genre. You certainly don’t have to agree with personal views or even with the message of a particular film. Be thankful they, and you, have the right to say it. Believe it or not, there are people who sometimes forget that there is more than one amendment in the Bill of Rights and they should all be enthusiastically supported. On a somewhat lighter note, I have offered plenty of unsolicited advice over the years regarding relationships to my now grown daughter. While there is no ideal barometer for choosing a partner, in the spirit of the upcoming Academy Awards, I firmly believe that you can tell a whole lot about a person with one question: what kind of movies do you like? The answer speaks volumes and should provide you with enough information to know if sizzle or fizzle is in your future. Comedy Laughing is a physical necessity. It is a healthy, wonderful response that we all need more of. If a person does not appreciate a good comedy, something is terribly wrong. They are miserable and enjoy feeling that way. Chick Flicks/Romance People who enjoy these films love happy endings, because you know going in to one of these films how it is going to turn out. Men, quite often, don’t enjoy these films because they do not like showing emotion in public. When you engage yourself with a movie, you suspend all disbelief. The sappy love story suddenly becomes real and you are at risk of showing too much. Women, on the other hand, love to cry at movies, which explains

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why we adore films like this. Plus, the leading men are usually easy on the eyes. Guys who admit that they like these films are confident and in touch with their feminine side. The Hallmark Channel fully understands the power of these films. Some men won’t go out in public to a romantic comedy but they will sit in their recliner with a beverage of choice and sniffle like a softy when the guy finally gets the girls. No comment on any particular man I know who does this.

Classics These people respect quality and tradition. They make excellent partners, as loyalty is extremely important to them. They understand the test of time.

Horror Ridiculous horror, like Freddy Kruger films, are scary in a way that makes you snuggle together. Men love this because it brings out their “Me, Tarzan.” Others, however, such as No Country For Old Men, are terrifying in a way that rocks your world. I saw that movie and I still sleep with the lights on.

Not only does the genre of movies reveal much about a person, but the general culture surrounding movies is also telling. If they don’t go to the movies or at least watch them on television, they are out of touch with their creative side. These people are workaholics, and are out of balance. We all need to nurture our creativity, just as we need exercise to take care of our bodies. Studies have been done that show people who frequently view movies live 20 percent longer. Well, probably not, but it sure makes our time here more interesting and entertaining. Trying to understand people? The answer just may be in the popcorn.

Action Modern action films were born with James Bond. Have you ever met a man who didn’t see himself as 007? Action films bring out the testosterone in a man. Men are far more visual than women (hello Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition) and fast paced action films satisfy that need. Women are more intuitive. See “chick flicks.”

Musicals There are some really great films out this year, and La La Land is right at the top. Musicals require talent above and beyond. Men often find these films too “slow.”

This has been truly a month of art, with more to come. Artists convened at the lovely home of Ron and Jan Miller to help the couple celebrate their February birthdays that are actually on the same day. They opened Miller

Page10 Manor in Lillian to a house full of friends who came to toast the couple and enjoy Pensacola Opera Artists in Residence as they performed for the crowd. Guests included Roger and Raisa Webb; Norm Ricks and David Richbourg; David and Carolyn Dear; and Stephen Simpson and Tina Tortomase. Cinderella opened at the Saenger Theatre to a sellout crowd. I am sorry if you missed it because it was truly magical. Right before your eyes, the tattered rags became the magnificent ball gown and for one lovely evening you really could live a fairy tale. And there was more art, as the Jefferson Street Garage Mural was officially “unveiled” with a ceremony led by Downtown Improvement

Artists Evan Levin + Ashton Howard

Board Executive Director Curt Morse. Naturally, the two artists Evan Levin and Ashton Howard were recognized for the largest public art piece in Pensacola (with more to come!) along with City Councilman Brian Spencer, County Commissioner Grover Robinson, and DIB Chair John Peacock. Stay tuned for the beautiful landscaping soon to come that will accentuate the mural. WSRE Public Television, known for their many wine and food fundraising events, held the most recent of their tastings at Skopelos Restaurant at New World Landing where Chef Gus Silivos prepared a four-course dinner paired with the featured guest, Silver Oak Wines. Approximately 40 guests, including

Grover Robinson, David Bear, Pete + Angela Moore Bryan Spencer, Evan Levin, Ashton Howard + Kurt Morse

Henry and Carmella Porter; Michael and Phyllis Johnson; Gordon and Bette Sprague; and Randi Jo McKenzie enjoyed the culinary extravaganza while supporting public broadcasting. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for March 3 through 5, which is Hot Pink Weekend for supporting Breast Cancer Research. Five events will be held throughout the weekend beginning with a kick-off party at Seville Quarter. Visit for more information.

Happy birthday Feb. 4 to Glenys Ballinger!

Gordon + Bette Sprague

Pete Moore + Gus Silvos

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Weddings twothousandseventeen Manisha agrawal 2017 Cover Contest winner


anisha Agrawal first saw her husband Houston Riley at the Fish House in 2002. Houston was playing keyboard with a band and Manisha said to her friends, “I am going to marry him one day!” A few days later, they were introduced and really hit it off. Since they were both in graduate programs at different universities in different states, they were only able to see each other in Pensacola during the holiday breaks for the next few years. In 2006, they both moved back to Pensacola and officially started dating. The couple got engaged on New Year’s Day in 2015. Houston popped the question in front of his mother and father during dinner. “It was such a joyous occasion as this was a complete surprise,” says Manisha. Manisha and Houston were married on March 19, 2016 at the Pensacola Country Club. The couple had an Indian themed wedding and incorporated many traditional Indian rituals, Manisha explains below: Haldi: First, we had the bride purification ceremony, which is called Haldi. In this ceremony, family members and friends apply several ingredients on the bride’s body. The paste is put on five places: the feet, knees, arms, hands, face. The paste serves as a cleanser for the body and soul and signifies the bride's preparation and welcoming into adult married life. Mehndi/Sangeet: Before the wedding day, an Indian bride takes part in a Mehndi ceremony, where the bride and her female family members and friends gather to apply henna. It’s said that the deeper the color, the stronger the bond between husband and wife, and the better you will get along with your motherin-law, so brides often let the henna dry for up to eight hours. The names 12 | pensacola magazine

of both the bride and the groom are “hidden” in the artwork, and the groom is meant to find the names. Northern Indian couples are treated to a Sangeet the same night. Guests come together in a less formal setting for a talent show of sorts. Their friends and families perform choreographed dances, skits, and songs for the couple. The Ceremony: Hindu weddings are supposed to take place outside, on the earth, under a canopy known as a Mandap. Each of the four pillars of the bridal canopy represents one of the four parents. Jayamala—the exchange of the garlands: The bride and groom exchange garlands around each others’ necks. This symbolizes the first gesture of accepting each other. The part is similar to the exchanging of the rings in American wedding culture. Gatha Bandhan—the tying of the knot: The bride’s sister ties a knot with a piece of cloth from the bride’s outfit to a sash draped from the groom’s shoulder. This symbolizes our everlasting bond of love and gesture of the unification of the hearts. Phera—the walk around the sacred fire: The bride and groom take seven steps around the fire together, with each step representing a marital vow. Each step represents a promise the couple must make while promising to be committed to each other and to take care of one another. Shoe ritual: During the ceremony under the Mandap, the groom is supposed to take his shoes off. Then the bride’s friends attempt to take them, while the groom’s family strives to prevent them from doing so! If the bride’s friends succeed, they ask for money from the groom in return for his shoes.

Bollywood dancing: Many times, the bride dances for the groom. I gathered a group of my girlfriends together and we danced to Major Lazer, “Lean On” during the reception. Manisha says she cherished every moment of her wedding, especially since each part had such powerful symbolism and meaning behind it. “I enjoyed bringing my culture to Pensacola and fusing the western and eastern traditions together,” she said. Manisha’s lehenga choli wedding gown was handmade in India (and

all 30 pounds of it was carried back in a lap on an airplane!), and her aunts from India came to Pensacola to dress her in the traditional, ceremonial bridal attire. Manisha and Houston’s advice for newlywed couples is also based in her Indian Heritage and culture. “Our advice is that marriage is a journey of give and take and open communication. Also, it is important to put yourself in the other person’s shoes especially when there are disagreements,” she says.

Cortlandt Roces 1st runner-up


ortlandt Roces and her husband, Javier, have known each other since they were 14 but have only been together since 2010. Though she grew up in Charlottesville, VA and he in Jacksonville, Fl, they had only realized the love between them during a mutual friend’s wedding on New Year’s Eve. Cortlandt admits that it sounds ‘cheesy,’ but she knew that it was love at first sight when they caught each others’ glances. After dating up to 2014, the couple had their first ‘real’ vacation to Costa Rica. On their first day, they rented a car and drove to a scenic town at the foot of a volcano. “Javi pulled over at a viewpoint overlooking Lake Arenal and proposed to me there; it was perfect.” The two finally got married at Coldwater Gardens in Milton, holding a ‘rustic/romantic’ wedding that used local ingredients grown from Coldwater Gardens; floral designs involving greenery, eucalyptus and pink roses;

and vintage illustrations of animals as place settings rather than names. When asked about the best part of the ceremony, Cortlandt said that having everyone together was the most important. She said that even though the wedding was small, they were able to have guests from both in and out of the country. “I felt like I was floating all night,” she said. Afterwards, they took a month long break to recover before going on their honeymoon—a trip across Thailand including scuba diving, rock climbing and Muy Thai fights. When asked about any advice she could give to newly engaged couples, Cortlandt said that being genuine is the key, as it’s impossible to please everyone. She also suggests putting that month long gap between marriage and honeymoon to fully enjoy both events, and to hire at least a day-of-wedding coordinator to ensure things run smoothly.

Michelle + Ryan duncan 2nd runner-up


ichelle and Ryan met in 2012 when they both joined a city kickball team. Ryan was new to Pensacola while Michelle had just moved back to the area, and they were both hoping to make some new friends. Little did Ryan know that Michelle would win his heart by stumbling off home plate and landing face first in the dirt after her first kick. The two began dating and in the fall of 2014, Ryan proposed at Thanksgiving dinner in his hometown of Covington, La., surrounded by close friends and family. Everyone took turns standing up to say what they were thankful for, and when the last turn came to Ryan, he got down on one knee and asked Michelle to be his forever. The two were married at Saint Paul's Catholic Church in East Pensacola Heights and had their reception at Hemingway's Island Grill on Pensacola Beach. The wedding was traditional Roman Catholic and Michelle said the church was so beautiful, it required very little

decoration. The reception was tropical Cuban themed and was easy to execute at Hemingway’s. Michelle brought in black beans for the vases and banana leaves from her mom’s yard for the décor. She said her favorite aspect of the wedding was all the love. “From my family to all the guests and even the incredible staff at Hemingway’s to the Tommy Morse band—we just felt so loved,” Michelle said. For their honeymoon, the two stayed at the Victoria House on Ambergris Key, Belize, which provided the perfect mix of relaxation and vacation. They went coral reef fishing, had a private picnic with fresh caught lobster and Ceviche made fresh on the boat, swam with nurse sharks and stingrays, and went on a cave exploration trip where they saw ancient Mayan ruins and were able to talk with locals. When asked what advice she would give to newly engaged couples, Michelle said to keep calm, as it will all be worth it. pensacola magazine | 13

Weddings twothousandseventeen Cover Contest Entries Bruce + Britni Cooke Photography by Shannon Cooper

Amanda Lynch Jessi Fields Photography

Ashley Urquhart Aislinn Kate Photography

Hayley Dever + Anthony Paccione

Ericka Leighton Davis House Photography

Greir + Zac Ward Bethany Lauren Photography

Nicole Queen Shannon Hennessey

Jessica Stone

Sara Nicole Pierre + Dalton Smith Photography by Zack Steele

Sheree + Mitch Anderson Tony Chavez Photography

Maggie Rodgers Riggs Barrett McClean Photography

Manisha Agrawal Aislinn Kate Photography

Michelle + Ryan Duncan AllyKat Photography

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Bailey + Patrick Wolf Melissa Wilson Photography

Cortlandt Roces Jessi Fields Photography

Elizabeth Morgan Barrett McClean Photography

Emily Marsh + Zach Carben Aislinn Kate Photography

Kevin + Jillian Koslowski Davis House Photography

Kristy McDanial Baia Barrett McClean Photography

Leigh Ann Medina Davis House Photograpy

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Rules to Break

by hana frenette


Wedding Day

on your

Most weddings consist of traditions and practices that date back hundreds of years. These rules have greatly evolved past their original meaning and have simply become part of the formula we’ve come to recognize as a “typical wedding.” Today, more and more couples are taking the opportunity to curate their wedding day to their specific tastes and wants, throwing out old elements that don’t hold any significance to them. At its core, a wedding is a genuine celebration of true love—therefore anything you don’t fully love the idea of is fair game to ditch. It’s 2017—forget the uncomfortable garter toss or the need to have something blue—do it your way, whatever way that may be. Here are five rules we think it’s perfectly fine to say “I Don’t” to.

Having your father give you away

While many brides choose to walk down the aisle with their father or stepfather, more women are beginning to choose a different option for the “giving away” tradition. Some choose to walk with both their mom and dad, an aunt, best friend or a sibling they’re close with– others choose to escort themselves down the aisle on their special day.

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Wearing a white dress

What once seemed like a non-negotiable wedding staple is now merely a suggestion. Wear white if you like—but don’t forget about the world of colorful options out there. Don light pink, cream, yellow, sequins, gold, floral patterns and any other color, without fearing for the outdated “purity” discussion about your choice of a non-white gown.

The bride's parents footing the entire bill When people married at the age of 18, or even as young as 16, it made sense that the bride’s parents would be pay for the entire wedding. If you’re living at home and just barely a legal adult, chances are you aren’t in financial space to cover the cost of a large formal event. These days couples are waiting until their late 20s and early 30s to get married, which means they’ve been living on their own, paying their owns bills and likely living in their own home or apartment for years. Many couples are opting to pay for a portion of their wedding themselves, or splitting the bill between both the bride and groom’s families to lessen the burden on just one household.



Changing your last name

In middle school, girls across the country doodled their first name along with the last name of the boy they had a crush on, never questioning the idea of whether or not they’d take on a new name. Today with Twitter handles, degrees, and bylines, more women are choosing to keep their maiden names and the identity those names bring along with them. A number of brides opt for the hyphenated name, merging their past and future namesakes, while others continue using the name they’ve always known.


A diamond ring Brides now have more options available to them than ever before when it comes to picking a ring. Do a quick Pinterest search for engagement rings and you’ll likely see a plethora of colorful stones and shapes pop up. Sapphires, moonstones, opals, and emeralds are very popular right now, and many brides are choosing a bold stone with intricate and unique accents. Another plus to choosing a non-traditional ring is the price. Gemstones on average cost about half as much as their diamond predecessor.

Origins of Popular Wedding Traditions Wearing a Veil Many cultures believed evil spirits might be looming near the bride and groom on their special day and elaborate means were taken to avoid them. For the Romans, the veil was the last safety net between the bride and the spirits. They often veiled brides in brightly colored veils in an attempt to scare away the evil energies. Veils were also popular in arranged marriages. Often, the groom had not seen his bride before the wedding day, and in the event he didn’t like what he saw, a veil was used to keep the bride covered until it was time to say “I Do.”

Groomsmen Historians trace the tradition of the groomsmen back to the 16th century. If a man chose a woman as his bride and she or her family was disapproving, he could have his “best man” help to steal her away. The best man along with the other “groom’s men,” would form a tiny army and help ensure that any relatives were warded off without injuries, while also protecting the bride from physical harm and bringing her to the groom safely. They were also referred to as the “bride’s knights.”

Carrying/Throwing a bouquet In the 15th century, brides— and mostly everyone, had a very distinctive odor due to the fact they only took one bath a year. June became the most popular month for a wedding because most people bathed in May, and it was thought that everyone would still smell relatively fresh one month later. Women began carrying fragrant bouquets during the ceremony in order to mask their scent. Romance! Tossing the bouquet can be traced to England. Brides were considered lucky, and before guests left the wedding, they would try to rip off a little piece of the bride’s dress or flowers for luck. Women began throwing the bouquet as a way to offer some of their luck while escaping the rowdy crowds.

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• Wedding Trends • A new year ushers in new ideas and trends for weddings–from cakes and accessories to meals and greenery. Take a look at the newest and soon to be most popular wedding trends in 2017. – by Hana Frenette

What's in

What's Out

translucent cakes

Naked Wedding Cakes.

These cakes, like the naked cake, offer minimal icing and shy away from the heavy fondant of previous decades, but provide a drizzle of icing over the top and the sides of the cake, providing more flavor, moisture, and visual interest than the naked predecessor.

The cakes without frosting except for the top with a sparse flower or two scattered near the bottom–you’re about to get a cover up.

bold colors

Black & white Themes

Whether it’s a pop of color in the flowers or a saturated hue on the bridesmaid’s dresses, weddings in 2017 are going to focus on fun color pops in deep, rich tones.

Of course the elegance of a black tie affair will never dissipate, but many new brides are throwing out the muted color palette for something new and colorful.

Food stations, food trucks, heavy hors d’oeuvres

Large, Multi-course sit-down meals

These options provide more time for guests to mingle, while allowing everyone to select their desired food without excess waste.

Delicate flowers and shiny accessories Many brides are still opting to place flowers in their hair, but in smaller amounts and accompanied by metallic bobby pins or ornate clips for a new take on hair florals.

A less structured theme Couples are opting for weddings that incorporate elements from varying styles of parties–beach, rustic, fairy tale–in order to create a party that feels more like themselves and less like a pre-planned Pinterest affair.

While lengthy plated meals offer elegant entrée presentation, many couples are ditching the pricey practice for something less formal and more interactive.

Gigantic flower crowns They had their moment, winning over brides around the globe, but the overly large and overpowering flower crowns have seen their day.

overly bohemian or crafty weddings These often don’t fit with the venue or the couple- save the burlap runners and mason jars for another time and don’t force the look into a formal dining area or conference hall. pensacola magazine | 19

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The Best Wedding Investment: A Wedding Planner

written by Rylee Hart

wedding planner, Great Southern weddings

Becoming engaged is one of the most exciting moments of your life. The love of your life has just asked you to marry, you have a ring on your finger that you get to show off to the world, and you can finally make all your dream-wedding pins from your Pinterest board come true! Once engaged, things happen so quickly! You will want to make your first round of calls to your family and friends to share the exciting news. The second round of calls should be to secure a date for the big day. You will want to make sure that you choose a date that will be special to you and your betrothed, as well as to those that will be a part of your special day.

After the date is set, you will want to get a bit of help in pulling off this most special day—this is when the help of a wedding planner makes all of the difference. There are a number of wonderful options for planners locally who do an amazing job. Schedule a meeting with a few and get to know them. You want your wedding planner to fit your style. Most planners

will offer a complementary consultation for just this purpose. Your initial meeting with your planner lets you share your ideas and thoughts. The planner then takes these thoughts and dreams and turns them into reality. Let’s be honest: we all want to make our dream wedding come true, but it can be dismaying at times when

you realize all of the logistics involved. A wedding planner can help you ease through the big day without breaking a sweat. They will be there, by your side, every step of the way. Typical services offered include day-of planning, month-of planning, and full planning and coordination of the wedding rehearsal and wedding day. Two of the most important services a wedding pensacola magazine | 21

The Best Wedding Investment: A Wedding Planner

planner offers are keeping you on budget and communicating with all vendors and people associated with your wedding. So now what? After your date is set and you have met with and selected a wedding planner, there are two items that must be addressed right away: venue and catering. The first item on the agenda is booking your venue. Your wedding planner specializes in the area’s vendors and pricing. Venues tend to book a year out. It is important that you get the venue of your choice on the date you like, as the rest of your wedding planning will fall around this. Downtown Pensacola offers some of the best venues for both ceremony and reception. The Old Christ Church is one of the most 22 | pensacola magazine

popular churches to use for the ceremony. The fabulous reception venues Downtown Pensacola offers include 5eleven, Palafox House, Barkley House, and Palafox Wharf—just to name a few. Once you pick your venue, catering is the next focus as it tends to be one of the more expensive items of a wedding. When you first get engaged, you may to want to invite the whole town because you want every one of your friends and family members to be a part of your big day. Catering is important because you need to plan for your budget on the food costs. You do not want to send out 400 invitations before you know how much it will cost to feed those 400 people. Your wedding planner can help guide you through selecting

So now what? After your date is set and you have met with and selected a wedding planner, there are two items that must be addressed right away: venue and catering.

the right catering company for your budget. Hiring a wedding planner may also get you discounts. There are allinclusive companies that can bundle planning, catering, bar, and venues all in one. Using these companies can lead to better rates and discounts. Planning your wedding should be one of the happiest times of your life. With that being said, it can also be one of the most stressful. Your wedding planner can lead you in the right direction in all aspects of your wedding, from planning, to venue selection, catering and more. By investing in a wedding planner, you, your fiancé and your families can leave the details to the pros and enjoy your exciting day.

A.A. Cunningham Road paving notice ... Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast (NavFac SE) has awarded a contract to mill and overlay A.A. Cunningham Road on NAS Pensacola. The work is scheduled to begin the week of Sept. 12 and expected to take four weeks to complete. Watch for “Road Closed” and “Detour” signs. Detour routes to facilities in the area will be Page Road to Warehouse Road and Farrar Road to Pat Bellinger Road. Drivers should observe the warning signs and proceed with caution around the work zones. The work schedule is weather dependent. For questions or more information, contact the PWD Construction Manager Bryan Moeller at 452-3131, ext. 3077.

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September 2, 2016

Fallen Special Tactics Airman honored at NASP By Capt. Katrina Cheesman Sibley’s unit. “This dedication 24th Special Operations Wing and memorial ruck is an important step for us as a brotherhood Air Force Special Tactics Air- to honor Forrest’s legacy of men dedicated a military freefall valor, and get a small bit of clotraining exercise into Pensacola sure.” Bay Aug. 26 to His teammates Staff Sgt. Forrest escorted the famSibley, a combat ily to Sibley’s controller from burial site, wearPensacola killed ing combat ruck in action Aug. 26, sacks weighing 2015, in Helmand more than 50 Pr o v i n c e , pounds to repreAfghanistan. It sent the deployed. was the first anOnce at the niversary of Sibcemetery, they ley’s death. completed a After free round of memoStaff Sgt. falling into the rial push-ups to Forrest Sibley waters of Sibley’s honor their fallen hometown, his teammates teammate. joined family members and Sibley, 31, had served in the friends to complete a memorial Air Force as a combat controller ruck march to his final resting since 2008. In his seven years of place at Barrancas National service, he received four Bronze Cemetery (BNC). Star Medals, once with valor for “When we lost Forrest, most heroism in combat, as well as a of his teammates were still de- Purple Heart for injuries susployed for another five months, tained in combat. and couldn’t attend any funeral “Forrest was one of our best or memorial event,” said Lt. Col. combat controllers, but he was Stewart Parker, commander of 21st Special Tactics Squadron, See Sibley on page 2

After parachuting into Pensacola Bay, members of the Air Force’s 21st Special Tactics Squadron make a memorial “ruck march,” a hike with full packs, from NAS Pensacola’s Bayou Grande Marina to Barrancas National Cemetery and the grave of teammate Staff Sgt. Forrest Sibley. Sibley was killed in action Aug. 26, 2015. He had served in the Air Force as a combat controller since 2008. Photo by Mike O’Connor For more photos, see page A4

CNATT: Make Labor Day weekend safety a priority Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Public Affairs

The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) safety manager is reminding service members, civilian employees and their families to maintain safety awareness as they prepare for what is generally viewed as the end of summer. CNATTSafety Manager Krystal Hancock said that Labor Day, a federal holi-

day designed to honor the achievements of American workers, includes an extended weekend, with service members and their families often electing to travel to see family and friends. “Whether taking a long road trip or simply jumping in the car to run a quick errand, driving is inherently risky, and traffic mishaps continue to

be a leading reason for lost time, days, and lives across our force,” she said. Hancock said the National Safety Council (NSC) predicts this could be the deadliest Labor Day weekend for drivers in eight years, estimating that more than 430 people could be killed in traffic accidents throughout the Labor Day weekend. She added that service members, often sepa-

rated from their families and travelling significant distances to visit during the long weekend, should take some simple precautions before and during their trips. “Get enough rest before heading outsleepy driving is as dangerous as impaired driving,” she said. “Alternate drivers or take frequent breaks to ensure that whoever is behind the wheel stays alert.” See Labor Day on page 2

‘Be There’ for your shipmates during Suicide Prevention Month 2016 By James Rosenfelder U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery public affairs

NAS Pensacola to host 9/11 commemoration ceremony ... In commemoration of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Naval Air Station Pensacola will present a ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum aboard the base at 10 a.m. Sept. 9. The event will include a guest speaker and a musical rendition from the NATTC Choir, a traditional “two-bell” ceremony, honors performed by the NASP Honor Guard and a 21-gun volley. The public is invited to attend.

Navy Medicine recognizes September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which began Sept. 1. The theme for Suicide Prevention Month 2016 is “Be There.” Throughout the month, Navy Medicine will highlight the power of peer support and personal wellness, encouraging Sailors and Marines to be there for their shipmates. “Action starts with prevention,” said Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BuMed). “When a Sailor needs assistance, easy access to support resources and mental health treatment is essential, as is validation of help-seeking behaviors.” Suicide prevention is a yearlong effort. Suicide Prevention Month serves as a reminder that building resilience and preventing suicide requires all

members of the Navy and Marine Corps community to work together. Every life lost to suicide is one too many. “Take action if you notice anything

out of the ordinary for a shipmate; reach out to them,” Faison said. “If you are having difficulties, seek help if See Prevention on page 2

FatAlbertis getting a facelift...Fat Albert, the Blue Angels’ C-130 cargo plane used for transporting crew and equipment to air shows around the country, is currently undergoing a chemical de-paint process at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma after corrosion was found. Once the de-paint process and sheetmetal checks for any other corrosion are complete, Fat Albert will fly to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, for full programmed depot maintenance and paint. Photo by Kelly White



Published by BallingerPublishing, a private firm in no way connected with the Department of the Navy. Opinions contained herein are not official expressions of the Department of the Navy nor do the advertisements constitute Department of the Navy, NAS Pensacola or Ballinger Publishing’s endorsement of products or services advertised.

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A Guide to Bridal Beauty and Bliss WRITTEN BY DAWN GRESKO


he countdown has begun: you've set the date for your big day and you're well on your way to walking down the aisle to seal the deal. But, the list of things to

accomplish between now and then seems to grow longer and longer still. When there's a break in the midst of chaos brought out by wedding preparations and planning, and a moment of free time happens to appear, we're here to remind you that it's important to treat yourself to an activity to destress and decompress. We encourage you to take advantage of what may be the months, days, and hours until your wedding day arrives by following a simple guide to bridal beauty and bliss: buff up for your best bod before donning the dress, bask in the precious free time you have left with relaxing mani-pedis and massages, and set up a regular beauty routine so you’re guaranteed to look and feel your best for your special day.

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While cardio burns many calories, it neither tones the body nor creates lean muscle. Dont be afraid to hit the weights, Ladies. just aren't cutting it. Instead of giving up, consider your options: you can sign up for no-commitment needed classes for pilates or barre workouts, both of which are exercises that combine elements of strengthening and stretching. Pilates is a form of strength training that uses the resistance of equipment like springs, bands or small dumbbells; these exercises build and tone muscle while burning away fat and providing greater flexibility. Similarly, barre classes help you burn calories and gain lean muscle, but through low-impact, isometric movements that target and tone areas of your body from your tookus and thighs to abs and arms. In either pilates or barre, you can see results in just ten classes, although for optimal results these classes should be taken at least three or four times per week. However, once you feel confident enough in your technique thanks to your class attendance, it will not hurt to continue your exercises (especially ones geared toward strengthening your arms) at home until the big day comes.

Buffing Up Chances are that your chosen dream dress will accentuate your shoulders, back and arms. Before you can stress out over lastminute RSVPs, appointments and seating arrangements, make sure you carve out a schedule for your wedding workout ahead of time. Sooner is better, as you should give yourself at least six to eight weeks for a noticeable tone up. You'll want a wellrounded fitness routine that includes cardio and resistance training but with an added focus on your upper body and arms that

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you'll follow at least three times a week. Get ready to go sleeveless, strapless, or backless! Many women are afraid that strength training will make them look bulky, or too muscular, so they spend most of their exercise time on cardiovascular activities and machines. While cardio burns many calories, it neither tones the body nor creates lean muscle. So, let's say jogging and the treadmill


What better way to destress than with a quiet session of yoga accompanied by a day (or more) at the spa?

basking in Let's face it: getting married is stressful and no one likes a Bridezilla. When you aren't using a work break as time to meet for a caketasting appointment, or budgeting for event expenses in between chores, you're worrying over things like whether or not you'll find the “yes” dress, working out seating arrangements that won't instigate drama, and nailing down a spot to tie the knot. Although exercise is important to eliminating stress, it's just as important to set aside some time to bask in a peaceful moment and find a way to get some much-need relaxation and rejuvenation. What better way to destress than with a quiet session of yoga accompanied by a day (or more) at the spa?

Head downtown for a truly special bridal treat at Still Waters Day & Medical Spa. Soak in healing waters and opt for either a muscle-soother or stress-relief bath. Juniper, a natural anti-inflammatory, is added to the muscle soother bath to create soothing, warm water that helps promote better circulation and relieves achy muscle tension (especially if you just took a barre class). Stress-relief baths contain an all natural herb called melissa, which is deeply calming for any weddingrelated stress, anxiety and nervousness. Still Waters professionals offer a range of massages from classic to deep tissue and hotstone, all of which help increase your level of relaxation while decreasing your amount of stress,


Every bride wants that perfect wedding day glow. What they don't tell you is how much work it takes to achieve that so-called “glow.” From framing eyebrows to smoothing skin and sitting through manicures and pedicures, the wedding day beauty regimen is one that takes time and skill. If you aren't a makeup or salon artist, we encourage you to pass along the responsibility to a professional—after all, that’s one less thing to concern yourself with on the big day. Lucky for you, you don't have to go any farther than Still Waters Day & Medical Spa.

promoting your overall well-being. While spa packages are enjoyable even for a solo bride, if you feel like bringing a few girlfriends along then sign up for a special bridesmaids spa day for pampering from head to toe. Did we mention there will be healthy and nourishing snacks on hand, too? Not quite at your ideal zen state after your spa date? Maybe it’s time to double up your zen with a yoga session. The best part is you don’t have to be a seasoned yogi (or yogini). Yoga not only reduces day-of wedding stress, but it's breathing practices help you get rid of any pre-wedding jitters. In fact, one of the best ways to maintain your composure on the days leading up to your wedding is by dedicating time to yoga, which will force you to follow one important commandment: breathe. While practicing yoga not only has a slew of benefits for your mental and emotional health, it also has many positive physical benefits: for brides-to-be, one of the best pros to practicing yoga is that it helps improve posture and alignment, so you can be sure you’ll look poised and graceful in all of your wedding photos.

Not only does Still Waters offer an entire array of spa specials, but there’s also several cosmetic services to take advantage of: from manicures and pedicures to full-body waxing. With Still Waters’ mani-pedis, you don’t have to shy away from open-toed shoes or showing off your ring because of nail-bitten fingers. As for waxing, Still Waters won’t let you leave without giving you the smoothest legs to compliment your dress and the sharpest brows so your bridal game face is en pointe. Go all out with a full-facial makeover with Still Waters’ Colorescience Makeup—a high performance cosmetic created to help you achieve a clear, even complexion and protect your skin from damaging effects of the sun and environment.

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This isn’t your mother’s reception. Forget steak and potatoes and go for steak and a build-your-own grits bar instead. When it comes to your wedding meal, “the new tradition is to do something non-traditional,” says Melissa Bailey, director of catering and private events with Great Southern Restaurants, which includes the Fish House and Five Sisters. Here on the Gulf Coast, brides are adding southern flair to their menus. Fresh red snapper may be the answer. For something more unique, choose a grits bar or "shrimp ten different ways." If you don’t like seafood, go with classic comfort food like a chicken and pork barbeque bar. “The old cookie cutter approach of menus isn’t as popular as it once was,” says Chef Gus Silivos from Skopelos at New World.

with a chef ’s station is to add fabulous flavors and variety for your guests while showing off your uniqueness. Your menu can also tell your story—a varietal pasta station if you’re Italian or a Cajun/Creole station for those Louisiana natives. Your meal can be a nod to your heritage. The trends are moving away from what’s safe. This is your day, make it mouthwatering and unique. And make it fun.

So how can you ramp up your reception? “Chef stations are becoming popular,” says Silivos. This lets your guests try different foods and provides options for every palate. The idea

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“Cut the cake first, dance before dinner, make it memorable” guests to interact and visit. At destination weddings, couples want more socializing than a typical plated dinner allows.” Passed hors d’oeuvres are another option—pair bite-sized flavor bursts with the ability to walk away from crazy cousin Joe. Skipping an assigned seating chart also frees up time for the bride and groom to plan more fun twists to their special day. “Cut the cake first, dance before dinner, make it memorable,” Land suggests. How can you add to a memorable menu? Bailey suggests you check Pinterest and do a bit of research. Don’t stop with the food. If you’re going for ethnic flair, have your servers dress in costume and work with your caterers to capitalize on their creativity. “The most fun for us is pushing the envelope and coming up with new presentations,” says Bailey. Say no to a boring buffet. Spice it up with décor that will wow your guests. Traditional chaffing dishes are out, granite and glass is in. Chefs always say, ‘you eat with your eyes first.’ Make that food station look fabulous and then let the flavors soar. For the truly non-traditional couple: How about a rolling food station? Food trucks are showing up at many receptions. Love tacos? There’s a food truck for that. Prefer a rolling breakfast bar? You can do that 30 | pensacola magazine

too. Eric Pommerening, owner of Two Birds food truck, says with the owners’ thumbs up, he can pull up at any privately owned property. He rolls in, offering special, unique, fresh food to guests on the fly. Your food choices can be endless and your guests won’t forget their first food truck wedding meal. “They’re a cheap and hip alternative to a commonplace buffet,” says Pommerening. He suggests one food truck per 80 people. Mix it up—have one truck offering bites after the ceremony and roll another in for an after-hours snack. If you just can’t break with tradition, don’t fret. It’s your day, so if you want a sit-down, plated-meal, then go for it. But, you can still add spirit to your reception. Think liquid spirits. Specialty cocktails are turning up at many wedding receptions. Create your own signature drink and let your spirit shine. “Lots of wedding couples want a stand out wedding drink,” says Katie Williams, events coordinator at The Old Hickory Whiskey Bar. Clueless as to how to create your own concoction? No worries. Local mixologists can help you out. Williams says figure out what you like, what you typically drink, and at Old Hickory they’ll come up with a few drinks and let you come in for a final tasting to pick your poison. Also trending are specialty drink stations like a bourbon bar,

or if your daddy loves scotch, bring in the scotch bar. You can also color coordinate your cocktails with your overall wedding color theme or use a champagne fountain as a focal point. “Your bar menu brings in a uniqueness and lets you get specialized and personal,” says Old Hickory Whiskey Bar owner Katie Garrett. Finally, let your guests eat cake or pie or cupcakes or tarts. A sweet treat at the end of the meal is the flavor-filled finishing touch. You can restock the food stations with themed candies, cake pops or offer a coffee bar station. Partying late into the night? A breakfast bar or grilled cheese station may be the answer. Perhaps you’ll choose to roll in the waffle food truck stocked with fruit toppings and loaded with sweet syrups. Whatever you choose, your guests will remember that last bit of yummy goodness. The food and drink world is at your fingertips. Google your wish list, and our local caterers, chefs and mixologists can make it happen. Decide what you want to splurge on and where you can save a bit. We’re lucky to live, play and get married in a beautiful place like Pensacola. We have an abundance of unique restaurants, awardwinning chefs and creative caterers. Bring them together to make your wedding meal a masterpiece.

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vibrant venues Perfect Places to host any Local Wedding Party by Dawn Gresko


o you’ve said yes to the dress, made peace with your group of bridesmaids and groomsmen, nailed down a date and time for the big day, but haven’t found the right location? Although choosing a venue may have been last on your wedding to-do list, the task is certainly not least important. But, we understand there’s a lot on your wedding-planning plate. To lessen the stress of preparing for your big day, we’ve tracked down a variety of area venues—perfect places to host any local wedding ceremony, party, and reception. Whether you’re dreaming of a natural setting outdoors, envisioning a pristine and climatecontrolled ceremony indoors, or looking to add your own story to the history of Pensacola by tying the knot at one of the many historic places in our city, there’s sure to be a place to match your taste in the vibrant venues that follow. pensacola magazine | 33

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Hilton Pensacola BEach Pensacola Beach, FL

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Everything you need to create a magical celebration of your love under one roof is here: at Hilton Pensacola Beach, that is. Director of Romance Darrin Land has won the 2017 Weddingwire Couples Choice Award because he always knows how to bring Pensacola Beach weddings to life. He'll help you connect with the best local florists, bakers, musicians and more—all of whom Hilton Pensacola Beach has worked with and all of whom you can trust to prepare your special day according to plan. Hilton Pensacola Beach hosted roughly 86 wedding groups in 2016, and their busiest time of the year is in the March through November seasons. Want your wedding outside? No problem, there's 6,000 square feet of grassy area called the Landing and also a covered pergola for wedding ceremonies. That’s not to mention the Grand Ballroom and intimate event space for endless possibilities indoors, plus Hilton Pensacola Beach has celebrity chef Dan Dunn on staff to create your perfect plate. Ready to take your first steps as newlyweds onto one of the most beautiful beaches in the world? For more details, contact Director of Romance Darrin Land today at

Paradise beach homes Pensacola Beach, FL Looking for a heavenly coastal setting for your wedding? Just try any one of the 50 divine abodes by Paradise Beach Homes, host to over 100 Pensacola Beach weddings per year. With homes ranging from three to 11 bedrooms, the choice can even double as a honeymoon location for the newlyweds, for those who can’t think of anywhere else they’d rather celebrate their first days as life partners. The home can hold up to 50 guests and, while events with over 35 people require a permit, Paradise Beach Homes is happy to help you attain the correct credentials for smooth sailing on your special day. From dune walkovers to large decks, private pools, and petfriendly dwellings so your furry family can come along, there’s nothing more special than exchanging vows on the sugar-white sands of Pensacola Beach and celebrating with family and friends just a few steps away at Paradise Beach Homes. Wishing for a wedding in paradise? Wish no more: give Paradise Beach Homes a call at 850-9160777 for more details. © Patsy Brown Photography

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For over a dozen years, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa has helped couples form the perfect beginning to their happily ever after. From the beach to the ballroom, Hilton Sandestin Beach really does have it all: three grand formal ballrooms (Emerald, Coral and Coastal), three decks (Sunrise, Barefoot, Sunset) with expansive Gulf of Mexico views, and a private beach with east, center and west access points for a total of 925 square feet of sugar-white sand. You can have anywhere from 80 to 700 guests, depending on where you choose to host your ceremony. Can’t get over your worry of increment weather? Fret no more: Hilton Sandestin offers a complimentary backup space for your wedding to ensure your plans don’t meet with any kinks. Moreover, Hilton Sandestin boasts 602 spacious accommodations, the most award-winning spa on-site, six dining venues—including an AAA Four Diamond restaurant, as well as abundant resort recreational options all within proximity to the area’s best attractions, so your ideal wedding can happen all under one roof. Want a smooth sailing Sandestin wedding? Call wedding and special events managers Erin Story and Carol Juneau at 850-267-9600.

Live Oak Plantation Beulah, FL Live Oak Plantation is an all-in-one venue for weddings, receptions, and stress-free day-of preparation for the entire wedding party. The setting is perfect whether you're planning for extravagantly elegant wedding or one with simple, rustic charm. Bridal parties can enjoy leisure time for photography, preparation, hair and makeup, as well as separate brunches for groomsmen and bridesmaids. The sprawling grounds (over 22 acres) are open for guests to explore the magnificent atmosphere created through numerous complimentary amenities and enhancements, including the historic cabin featuring ancient artifacts, local artifacts, and the history of the land and agriculture in the area. As a back-up plan, there's The Cotton House, Live Oak Plantation's huge 40'x 60' Greek Revival pavilion with a 20'x40' balcony (under construction and expected to be complete this month), which overlooks Lake Blue Heron and the Grand Lawn. Did we mention there are private charters? Ride in or out on the plantation's private 44-Robinson helicopter, order a vintage royal limousine for grand arrivals and departures, or even schedule a horse-drawn carriage. © Aislinn Kate Photography

barkley house Downtown Pensacola, FL Overlooking Pensacola Bay is one of the city’s last remaining and bestpreserved examples of a 19th century high house—Barkley House. Hundreds of weddings have been hosted at this historic venue, which offers both indoor and outdoor options for ceremonies. Go for a classic indoor setting with heart-pine flooring and vintage furniture throughout, or step outside for a formal event under tents. Up to 75 standing guests may fit inside Barkley House, while more than 300 guests may be accommodated with seating on the lawn. A wrap-around porch catches bay breezes and provides a vantage point overlooking the landscaped and manicured grounds. The large pergola shaded by oaks makes for an idyllic ceremony scene. Barkley Houses offers Southern charm and sweetness that is sure to make your day an unforgettable experience. Although part of the UWF Historic Trust, Barkley House is managed in partnership with Great Southern Management. Thinking of booking with Barkley? Contact coordinator of events Melissa Bailey at either contact@ or 850-433-9450.

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old christ church Downtown Pensacola, FL Although you wouldn't guess by looking at its pristine, white exterior, Old Christ Church is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Florida. From its Norman Gothic arches to Venetian windows and early stained glass artistry, there's plenty of old-fashioned charm that makes the spot a unique place to tie the knot. The church can seat approximately 185 guests and, because of the church’s popularity and affordability, dates fill up fast so you’ll want to make your reservations ASAP. Although a digital piano comes with the cost of renting the church, all instruments and vocals have resonating sound thanks to the natural acoustics created by the vaulted wood ceiling. As an added bonus to the wedding package, couples may gussy up and get ready for their walk down the aisle in the Pfeiffer House. Although part of the UWF Historic Trust, Christ Church is managed in partnership with Great Southern Management. Ready to take the traditional path down Old Christ Church? Reach out to wedding and event coordinator Kylee Hart at either or 850-619-2745.

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museum of commerce Downtown Pensacola, FL Once a turn-of-the-century commercial warehouse that was serviced by the railroad, for the last 20 years the Museum of Commerce has been operated by UWF Historic Trust as an event space with 3,000 square feet that holds up 250 guests. Tables and chairs to accommodate up to 200 guests are included with the museum rental. The Museum's most popular seasons are spring and fall, when a wedding is booked just about every other weekend. Of course, the most unique feature is the museum interior, which is a reconstructed 1890s era Downtown Pensacola streetscape. For this reason, many couples do not bring in many decorations because the storefronts provide a unique backdrop for their special event. Bistro lighting is also a popular addition to transform the space and give it a block-party flair. It's great for couples who want an outdoor wedding without the worry of increment weather. Ready to have your marriage go down in history? Coordinator of public functions Casey Campbell would be happy to address your inquiries at either or 850-595-5985 ext. 107.

Holland Farms

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What's a more heavenly destination for your wedding than Heaven’s Trail? We're speaking, of course, about the event barn at Holland Farms that takes reservations for special occasions such as wedding ceremonies and receptions. The barn is surrounded by bountiful sunflowers, a bright field view that makes for a great backdrop in wedding photo shoots. Tables and chairs are provided and altogether the space can seat up to 200 guests. The climate-controlled barn is made of southern pine wood and has an elevated loft overlooking the ground floor, a loft which is perfect for preand post-wedding photos. Although the barn has plenty of windows and natural lighting, the cathedral-like high ceiling has classy chandeliers for additional lighting, which can be decorated in white drapery for wedding events. To make for your own fairy-tale wedding, you can even request for a horse and carriage to usher you down to the barn when your special day comes. For more information on rental rates contact BJ at 850-675-6876, or email your inquiries to

Go for a wedding experience to remember at one of Pensacola’s not-so-hidden secrets: The Club at Hidden Creek. For over 20 years, The Club at Hidden Creek has hosted close to 15 to 20 weddings per year. The venue boasts for an ideal photo op spot, since the rolling golf course makes for a beautiful backdrop during sunset. Fit up to 175 guests inside the Hidden Creek pavilion for outdoor wedding ceremonies. The all-inclusive venue hosts ceremonies and receptions in addition to providing catering and bar options. The club provides everything for your wedding party, including linens, dance floors, tables chairs, and locker rooms for getting on your best appearance for that walk down the aisle. All the couple needs to do is bring the decorations of their choice. In fact, on-site chef Jesse Sproles is more than willing to cater to specific dietary restrictions and will go as far as to cook family recipes to make your event all the more memorable. For more details on booking the wedding of your dreams at Hidden Creek, contact event coordinator Patricia Cardet at 850-939-4606 or

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Portofino island resort Pensacola Beach, FL Between the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the gentle shores of Santa Rosa Bay lies luxurious Portofino Island Resort. The 28 beautiful acres on Pensacola Beach offer up to seven locations for couples to get married at Portofino. Encircled by miles of unspoiled land and clear waters, the beach sets a serene background and makes for the perfect wedding and reception destination. Events at Portofino can host from 10 to 250 guests, depending on which venue you choose. Choose from Portofino’s pristine beaches, the lower pool deck, Portofino Pavilion, Terrazzo Grille, Terracotta Restaurant, poolside cabanas, and Portofino I (a 63 foot catamaran that makes the ideal setting for an intimate wedding or honeymoon cruise). Only one wedding per day is permitted at Portofino, which guarantees that you and your significant other receive the attention you deserve on your special day.

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pensacola museum of art Downtown Pensacola, FL If being surrounded by wonderful works of art from both locally and nationally acclaimed artists sounds like a dream come true, then Pensacola Museum of Art might just be the artsy wedding location for you. Choose to host your wedding in any one of the five galleries in the PMA building, where artwork is constantly changing every two to three months. Now’s the time to plan: is an exhibition by your favorite artist coming up? Consider making arrangements so that your special day coincides with the time when your favorite exhibition, or artist, will be featured. The museum can hold more than 275 guests and the high ceilings give a very open layout for event planning. Lighting can be adjusted for events, and the museum offers its sound system along with eight 6-foot rectangular tables, six 60-inch round tables, and 200 chairs included with the event cost. Want your wedding at PMA? Coordinator of public functions Casey Campbell would be happy to address your inquiries at either or 850-595-5985 ext. 107.

pensacola yacht club Downtown Pensacola, FL Have your guests talking for years after they witness your exchange of vows at the grand historic house of Pensacola Yacht Club. Pensacola Yacht Club has been the premier venue for weddings and events for at least 109 years and the full service facility is prepared to cater to your every need—big or small. With two indoor and three outdoor locations, you won’t be short of areas to choose from for your ceremony and/or reception. Two ballrooms accommodate up 140 guests each, and one may be opened up to accommodate as many as 280 people. In addition, there are two lawn areas for larger wedding parties: one situated closer to the bay, and a separate venue for smaller gatherings that overlooks the marina with a spacious wrap-around deck offering jaw-dropping views of Pensacola Bay. Interested in hosting your wedding at Pensacola Yacht Club? Contact event coordinator Scott Segers at 850-433-6773 or pensacola magazine | 37

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Fountain park Downtown Pensacola, FL Nestled in the heart of downtown, just south of Seville Square, you’ll find the perfect picturesque park for your outdoor wedding—Fountain Park. Invite up to 200 guests to join you in the park for your special day. The park’s namesake and symbol is the seven-foot-high, three-tiered Fleming Fountain made out of iron and designed by artist John Yauger. The fountain makes for an interesting conversation piece, as well as a symbol of our area’s history you might want to incorporate into your event (if you’re from Pensacola, or you’re a self-proclaimed history buff ). The fountain’s detailed panels tell the story of Pensacola and its people from the depiction of Blue Angels soaring over the Naval Air Station to shrimp boats drying their nets at fish houses near Fort Pickens. Although part of the UWF Historic Trust, Fountain Park is managed in partnership with Great Southern Management. So, considering sealing the deal at Fountain Park? Contact coordinator of events Melissa Bailey at either contact@greatsouthernmanagement. com or 850-433-9450.

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Tiger point golf club

Downtown Pensacola, FL

Gulf Breeze, FL

To complement the indoor event space at Downtown Pensacola’s historic Lee House, the 30 by 40 foot Alcaniz Courtyard was designed with open-air weddings and receptions in mind. From very small to very large, Lee House is prepared to meet any wedding party needs with its covered porch area, outdoor bar, and a landscaped backdrop with six table and chair sets, as well as a casual seating vignette. The courtyard is ideal for an open-aired, charming garden wedding, and don’t be shy about asking for additional tables and chairs if you have a big guest list. Should you choose to have your reception with Lee House, guests may move into the dining and living rooms for cocktail hour while the courtyard is transformed for dancing and reception entertainment under café lighting.

Tiger Point Golf Club has the venues and staff to make your dream wedding come true. There’s the open-air and covered pavilion, which holds over 100 guests and overlooks acres of green and a waterfront view. For smaller weddings, there’s Tee Box 4, which makes for a beautiful waterfront wedding surrounded by wetlands and the lush, green golf course. Last but not least is Tiger Point’s most popular wedding site among the grand oaks, which has a 180 degree view of the water and can hold up to 100 spectators. If you prefer to adopt the motto “less is more” when it comes to planning and décor, then you’ll fall in love with the venues at Tiger Point Golf Club, which require little decoration thanks to the location’s natural elegance.

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s beautiful as Pinterest wedding photos are, we’re more inspired by the real weddings, real women, and of course—the real love we see in Pensacola every year. This month, we’re excited to highlight four local couples who’ve found real love and created their own unique dream weddings by utilizing the best photographers, vendors, caterers and florists our amazing city has to offer. Each wedding is special, detailed and beautiful, and above all—real. Take a look through our collection of these incredible real wedding photos from Pensacola, taken through all different seasons, and with a variety of colors, themes and details. Whether you’re looking to have a secluded beach wedding, a beautiful ballroom reception, or an intimate outdoor ceremony in your backyard, we hope these real weddings will inspire you as you plan your very own special day.

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Allison & Scott We were going for romantic vintage glam. The rich color palate of the flowers created a romantic-inspired look with pops of gold to make it more glam. We wanted to dance under the stars with draping, lighting and florals that made you feel comfortable yet elegant and romantic.

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Credits: Bride + groom: Allison Hillerich and Scott Bridgman Wedding planner: Megan K Events Flowers: Fiore of Pensacola Caterer: Pensacola Country Club Photographer: Aislinn Kate Photography Dress: Designer. Reem Acra and purchased at Kleinfeld Cake: Betty Weber Cakes Invitations: Molly June Design, Atlanta, GA Menu Cards: Anna Griffin Inc. pensacola magazine | 43

Ashley & Brenton My style is classic, simple, and romantic, but with a pop of a little something extra. Fall has always been my favorite season, with the rich colors it brings, so I knew I wanted to have my wedding later in the year. I described my love of floral patterns to our invitation suite designer, Kristin Wilson, and the design she created was just perfect. Shannon, and the entire Fiore team, are truly gifted with a talent for design. The flowers on our wedding day matched beautifully and the whole design really came to life. I knew with all this color we needed to incorporate a neutral color for balance. Brent and I chose the color gray to use within our linens, invitations, and the bridal party. I had an idea of how I wanted our wedding to look, but without all the talented vendors working to make my vision come to life, it would not have happened. It was an honor and a pleasure coordinating with everyone to make the day so very special. Adding a few details throughout the wedding to reflect our personalities was important to us as well. Brent has always loved Legos. I was able to find Lego cuff links for both Brent and the groomsmen to wear. We also customized Jones' Soda bottles with a few of our engagement pictures for the reception and everyone loved them! We are a Dachshund household, so it was only fitting we find a place to incorporate them into our wedding—our cake topper. Thank you to my dad and mom, Joe and Karen Urquhart, for making our wedding day beautiful and unforgettable!

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Credits: Bride + Groom: Ashley Urquhart Gillis + Brenton Gillis Caterer: Nancy's Haute Affairs Invitation Suite: Kristin Wilson of Grace and Serendipity Planner: Shannon Reeves, Great Southern Restaurants Flowers: Fiore of Pensacola Dress: The White Magnolia Bridal Collection, Atlanta Designer: Hayley Paige, Blush Collection Cake: Betty Weber Photographer: Aislinn Kate Photography Jewelry: Helena Noelle Couture, Andrea Gleason Hair: Karen Taylor with LeVogue Salon Groom + Groomsmen's Suit Shop: Randall's Makeup: Melodie Weber and Lorie Weekley of Weber and Weekley pensacola magazine | 45

RACHAEL & Grant We started "officially" dating on Halloween in 2010 and got engaged in 2015 after a beautiful dinner at Jacksons Steakhouse. We planned the wedding for exactly one year later. I love the look of classic elegance with modern influences. I've always been inspired by monochromatic color palettes, and the classic black and white style with accents of gold to elevate the style and add a more modern flair.

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Credits: Bride + Groom: Rachel O'Neal (Smith) and Grant Smith Wedding Planner: Megan K. Events Flowers: Fiore of Pensacola Caterer: Classic City Catering Baker: Bluejays Bakery Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas Wedding Rings: Jewelers Trade Shop and family heirlooms Dress: Simply Elegant Couture: Designer - Sherri Hill

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leigh anne & ryan We wanted deep fall colors to include burgundy and shades of red and a pop of rusty orange. We also wanted an (eclectic, but cohesive) bohemian, hippie feel to reflect our personal styles. Being a florist, I wanted something that would stand out. We started collecting containers in brass, metallics, and colored glass. My mom and I made the table runners in different fabrics.

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Credits: Bride and Groom: Leigh Anne Derr and Ryan Mason. Wedding Planner/Caterer: Nancy's Catering and Events Flowers: Fiore of Pensacola Photographer: Bailey Allison Baker: The Cake Gallery Invites: Paperless Post Dress: An Allure design found at Simply Elegant

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credits Leigh Anne derr + Ryan Mason

Dress Kleinfeld

Wedding Planner and Caterer Paul Silivos, Nancy's Catering and Events 555 Scenic Highway, Pensacola, Florida 32503 850.434.0112

Flowers Fiore of Pensacola 15 W Main Street Pensacola, FL 32502 850.469.1930

Photographer Bailey Allison 850.982.7568 Baker The Cake Gallery 732 W Garden St Pensacola, FL 32502 Flowers Fiore of Pensacola 15 W Main Street Pensacola, FL 32502 850.469.1930 Invites Paperless Post Dress Simply Elegant Couture 410 E. Wright Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 850.607.7171

Allison Hillerich + Scott Bridgman Wedding planner Megan K Events 850.619.1440 Caterer Pensacola Country Club 1500 Bayshore Dr. Pensacola, FL 32507 850.455.7364 Photographer Aislinn Kate Photography 850.912.4888 50 | pensacola magazine

Cake Betty Weber Cakes 850.477.1745

Wedding Rings Jewelers Trade Shop 26 Palafox Pl. 850.432.4433

Photographer Aislinn Kate Photography 850.912.4888

Dress Simply Elegant Couture 410 E. Wright St. 850.607.7171

Cake Betty Weber Cakes 850.477.1745

Hair Karen Taylor with LeVogue Salon 609 W Chase St Pensacola, Florida 32502 850.291.8002

Invitations Molly June Design, Atlanta, GA

Groom + Groomsmen's Suits Randall's Formal Wear 4400 Bayou Blvd. Suite 10 Pensacola, FL 32503 850-432-8246

Menu Cards Anna Griffin Inc.

Brenton Gillis + Ashley Urquhart Gillis

Makeup Weber and Weekley 4305 Spanish Trail 850.764.6629

Caterer Nancy's Catering and Events 555 Scenic Highway, Pensacola, Florida 32503 850.434.0112

Rachel O'Neal (Smith) + Grant Smith

Invitation Suite Grace and Serendipity Planner Shannon Reeves, Great Southern Restaurants Great Southern Restaurants 226 S. Palafox St. suite 1100 850.433.9450 Dress The White Magnolia Bridal Collection Flowers Fiore of Pensacola 15 W Main Street Pensacola, FL 32502 850.469.1930

Wedding Planner Megan K Events 850.619.1440 Caterer Classic City Catering 214 West Intendencia Street Pensacola, Florida 32502 850.433.8064 Cake Bluejays Bakery 850.982.9731 Flowers Fiore of Pensacola 15 W Main Street Pensacola, FL 32502 850.469.1930

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The Bridal Loft 4400 Bayou Blvd. #48 475-8296

Adonna’s Bakery 126 Palafox Pl. 696-2227

Brides Maids Galore & More 28666 N. Main St. Daphne, AL (251) 626-8866 Bridal Suite 1340 E. Nine Mile Rd. 494-9989 David’s Bridal 5912 North Davis Hwy. 208-3181 Gent's Formal Wear 400 E. Wright St. 434-3272 Men’s Wearhouse Cordova Mall 5100 N. 9th Ave. 475-5891 Randall's Formal Wear 4400 Bayou Blvd. #10 432-8246 Renee's Bridal 811 W. Garden St 494-7924 Rosie’s Fashion Center of Mobile 3510 Cottage Hill Rd. Mobile (251) 661-0660 Ruthy’s Creations and Alterations 1010 N. 12th Ave. Ste. 236 554-8764 Two Times a Lady 2755 E. Olive Rd. 474-3778

Betty Webber Cakes 738 Deedra St 477-1745 Bread of Life Bake Shop 6100 W. Fairfield Dr. Ste. G 458-2273 Cake Gallery 732 W. Garden St. 433-5003 Chaka Designer Cakes 855-1206 Creative Celebrations 25 Second Ave. Ft. Walton Beach 315-0969 Edible Arrangements 4350 Bayou Blvd. #6 473-2277 Emerald Coast Custom Cakes Heather Pelham 537-5110 emeraldcoastcustomcakes. com

Milton Quality Bakery 6727 Caroline St. Milton 623-3676 Nouveau Pastries 5113 Westport Dr. Milton 626-1615 Oh Snap Cupcakes 707 East Cervantes St. 466-3363 Sherry's Cake Shop 510 Massachusetts Ave. 433-4208 Cake Stands Fabulous Wedding Cake Stands Caterers Appetite 4 Life Catering 402 W. Cervantes St. 470-9111 Apple Market 1021 Scenic Hwy. 433-4381 Bamboo Willie’s 400 Quietwater Beach Rd. 916-9888

Flowers Baking Company 9201 N. Davis Hwy. 478-8360

Bambooze Fine Wine & Liquor 8084 N Davis Hwy. 4741944

J's Pastry Shop 2014 N. 12th Ave. 432-4180

Restaurant IRON 22 N. Palafox St. 476-7776

Carrabba’s 311 N. 9th Ave. 438-0073 Chet's Catering and Seafood Restaurant 3708 W. Navy Blvd. 456-0165

McGuire’s Catering Service 600 E. Gregory St. 433-6789 Polonza Bistro 286 N Palafox St 912-6454

Classic City Catering 214 W. Intendencia St. 433-8064

Portabello Market 2014 N. 12th Ave. 439-6545

Culinary Productions 700 W. Main St. 469-0445

The Rose Bowl Inc. 1463 Lewis Rd. Milton 983-0216

East Hill Market 1216 N. 9th Ave. 469-1432 The Fish House 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 Flounder’s Chowder House 800 Quietwater Beach Rd. Pensacola Beach 932-2003 Founaris Bros Greek Restaurant 6911 Pensacola Blvd. 969-9099 Four Winds International Food Market 6895-F N. 9th Ave. 477-2808 The Global Grill 27 S. Palafox Pl. 469-9966

Scenic 90 Café 701 Scenic Hwy. 433-8844 Shane’s Rib Shack 3707 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. Gulf Breeze 934-7427 Siam Thai Restaurant 6403 N. 9th Ave. 479-2882 Signature Catering 1974 Virecent Rd. Cantonment 554-8708 Sonny’s Barbeque Pine Forest/Navy Blvd/ 9th Ave Steven’s Market Deli 3988 Hwy. 90 Pace 995-9828

Honey Baked Ham 7010 N. Davis Hwy. 478-7702

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WEDDING DIRECTORY Condos, Beach Homes, Etc. Eden Condominiums 492-3336 JME Management/ Gulf Blue Beach Rentals 434-2300 Lost Key Golf Club 549-2160 Luxury Coastal Vacations 332-5120 Meyer Vacation Rentals (251) 968-7516 Paradise Beach Homes 916-0777 Pensacola Beach Properties, Inc. 934-0099

Long-Term Rentals/ Perdido Key Resort Rentals 492-2600 1-800-406-5714 Paradise Coastal Realty 29 Via De Luna Dr. 932-0067 Perdido Realty 492-2000 Pointe South 492-1148 Portofino Island Resort 916-5000 Windham Vacation Rentals/ResortQuest 837-4853 DJs and Musicians A Wedding 2 Remember 474-0718

A DJ Connection 968-1968

Horizon Entertainment 418-1854

Audio Body Control DJ Services 2061 Tujaques Pl. 455-1019


Flowers by Yoko 35-A Gulf Breeze Pkwy. Ste. A Gulf Breeze 934-1407

A Flower Shop 3709 Mobile Hwy. 438-1609

Just Judy’s Flowers 2509 N 12th Ave. 478-5001

Celebrations, the Florist 717 N. 12th Ave. 433-2022

Kellyco Flowers & Gifts 185 W. Airport Blvd. #B 438-1981

Community Florist & Gifts 11113 Hwy. 87 Milton 675-6083

Kebbie Hollingsworth Fine Things Floral Design 5131 Dogwood Dr 457-4515 Milton 623-1795 Navarre Beach Flower Boutique JC Penney 8486 Navarre Pkwy. University Town Plaza Navarre 478-4500 939-2288

ABC Prime Time Entertainment 3001 E. Gadsten St. 438-8232 Blues Angel Music 657 N. Pace Blvd. 457-7557 Boogie Inc. 438-1660 Dance N’ Glow Grand Band 3 Malaga Circle, Spanish Fort 251-621-0234

Fiore 15 W. Main St. 469-1930 Flowerama 37 N. Navy Blvd. 456-6898

Oliver’s Flowers & Gift Shop 1422 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. 434-9412 Open Rose Florist 6434 Open Rose Dr. Milton 626-1797 Hummingbird Flowers & Gifts 4861 W. Spencer Field Rd. 995-9620

Bed Bath & Beyond Cordova Mall 505-0529 Belk Cordova Mall 484-3300 Bodacious Shops 407 S Palafox St 433-6505 Dillard’s Cordova Mall 476-3011

Kirkland’s 1690 Airport Blvd. Ste.830 857-6696 Koby’s Hallmark 8084 N. Davis Hwy. 477-7963 MLR Fine Jewelry & Gifts 4021 Hwy. 90 994-4581 McAlpin Interiors 405 S. Palafox St. 438-8345

R & S Crafts & Florist The Mole Hole 6260 N. W St. 425 E. Zarragossa St. 434-6200 434-7329 Supposey Florals Nina Fritz Gallery 130 S. Palafox St. 775 Woodbine Dr. 776-0553 433-0979 Southern Gardens Pandora de Balthazar Florist & Gifts 418 E. Wright St. 7400 Pine Forest Rd. 434-5117 941-4444 Gifts and Registries Artesana Inc 242 W. Garden St. 433-4001

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Quayside Art Gallery 17 E. Zarragossa St. 438-2363 Renfroe Pecan Co. 2400 W. Fairfield Dr. 432-2083

Sears University Towne Plaza 474-5400 Table Elegance 1200 Fort Pickens Rd. Target Stores Nine Mile at University Pkwy. Bayou Blvd. Things Remembered Cordova Mall 478-3243 Tuesday Morning Inc 6601 N. Davis Hwy. 969-9957 Urban Objects 128 Palafox Pl. 912-8683

The Hair Do 402 E. Wright St. Hair Studio 905 N. 12th Ave. 469-1708 Head Hunter Hair Style 205 S. Baylen St. 433-3308 Jessica Bosley, Makeup Artist 637-9480 jessabosley@ LeSan Salon & Day Spa 102 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ste. 2 Cantonment 484-4770

Hair and Makeup

Loxx by Natalie 10 New Market St 478-0001

10th Avenue Hair Design 1000 E. Cervantes St. 433-5207

Merna’s Hair Salon 5153 Dogwood Dr. Milton 626-3296

Anna Mohrbacker 7 West Main Street Pensacola, FL 434-5409

Montage 2030 N. 12th Ave.

Attractions Hair Studio 3836 N. 9th Ave. Continental Hair Design 114 Beverly Pkwy. 434-0333 Eimaj Spa & Salon 1506 W. Garden St. 332-6454

Perdido Hair Styles 13309 Mirella St. 492-3990 Robin Klag Makeup Artist 530-1798 Ryan The Stylist 1717 N. 9th Ave. (714) 720-8414 Salon Suites 918 Cervantes St. 444-9399

EPIC Inc. Salon Shear Perfections 210 E. Government St. 1805 Creighton Rd. Ste. A 912-4636 Shears Unlimited 5715 Walton St. Glow Salon 476-4247 5422 Hwy. 90 Pace 994-5114

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WEDDING DIRECTORY Shirley’s Beauty Salon 5600 Collinswood Dr. Milton 626-1617 Smart Style Salon 8970 Pensacola Blvd. 471-9040 Studio 98 7575 W. Hwy. 98 456-6200 Styles by Dedee 991 Rock Island Pl. Styles of Life 910 Michigan Ave. 433-9673 Suntouched Hair Salon 40 W. Nine Mile Rd. #C 478-8293 Tiffanie Park Makeup Art 346-8277

Trends Salon by Laurie & Co. 5018 Grande Dr. 477-6911

Courtyard by Marriott/Downtown 700 E. Chase St. 439-3330

Vivid. Artistic Hair Design 801 N. 9th Ave. Ste. B 207-6817

Days Inn/Historic District Downtown 710 N. Palafox St. 438-4922

Wade Scott Salon 1329 College Parkway 934-8180

Days Inn/Pensacola Beach Front 16 Via De Luna Dr. 934-3300

Hotels and B&B's

Hampton Inn-Airport/ Cordova Mall Area 2187 Airport Blvd. 478-1123

Ashton Inn & Suites 910 N. Navy Blvd. 455-4561 Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel 200 E. Gregory St. 433-3336

Hampton Inn/ Pensacola Beach 2 Via De Luna Dr. 932-6800

Hampton Inn & Suites/University Courtyard by Marriott Mall 451 Creighton Rd. 7050 Plantation Rd. 857-7744 505-7500

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Highpointe Hotel Corporation 311 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. 932-9314 Hilton Garden Inn/ Airport 1144 Airport Blvd. 479-8900 Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front 12 Via De Luna Dr. 916-2999 Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach 14 Via De Luna Dr. 932-5331 Various other Holiday Inns 888-HOLIDAY Homewood Suites 5049 Corporate Woods Dr. 474-3777

Lee House Bed & Breakfast 400 Bayfront Pkwy. 912-8770

Residence Inn by Marriott/Downtown 601 E. Chase St. 432-0202

Margaritaville Beach Hotel 165 Fort Pickens Rd. 916-9755

Russell Roost Bed and Breakfast 205 Cevallos St. 429-1231

Noble Manor 110 W. Strong St. 434-9544

Solé Inn & Suites 200 N. Palafox St. 470-9298

Paradise Inn/ Pensacola Beach 21 Via De Luna Dr. 932-2319

Springhill Suites by Marriot 24 Via De Luna Dr. Pensacola Beach 932-6000

Pensacola Victorian 203 W. Gregory St. 434-2818 Portofino 10 Portofino Dr. Pensacola Beach 916-5000

Limos A Prestige Limousine Service Co 1000 N. W St. 457-1010 Afleet Limo Services 287-0685

Ambassador Limousine 2120 Maria Cir. 712-5466 Dreamcatcher Shuttle Service Inc 2833 Venetian Ct. Gulf Breeze 982-7433

Carmen Jones Photography 1118 E Strong St 982-6405 Captured Moments 2188 E. Olive Rd. 478-8332

First Class Limousine of NW Fla LLC 516-4924

Chris Visual Photography 516-4326

Karola’s Limousine Service 470-0030

Debby’s Creative Photography Inc. 540 E. Ten Mile Rd. 477-2090

Leonard’s Limousine Service Diane Coleman 287-0685 Photography 2213 Hwy. 87 654 Limo Navarre 654-5466 Documented Party Photography Favors 287-1864 Custom Baskets & Balloons 9254 N. Palafox St. 479-4438

East Hill Photography 223 W. Gregory St. 438-4797

Kent's Special Events and Party Supplies 3877 N. Palafox St. 932-3505

Ferebee Photo/ Graphic 380-4241

Photographers A Wedding 2 Remember 474-0718 Aislinn Kate Photography 205 Cevallos St. 912-4888 Barrett McClean Photography 607-3111 Bethany Lauren Photography 712-1951

Frank Hardy Photography 449-1279 Garry Langhammer Studios 433-2400 Grand Photography 346-7286 Griffin Photography 393-6809 Hartman Photography 4373 5th Ave. Pace 995-9090 John Hill Photography 492-1537

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Kay Brown Photography 6282 Quintette Rd. 994-7954

Tara Cook Photography 4620 Geri St Milton 698-2189

Kimberly Sellers Photography 712-4953

Timothy Ludvigsen 982-3183 Preachers/ Pastors/ Justice of the Peace/ Notary

Leslie Roark Photography 865-0669 Mackey’s Memories Photography 455-2947 Melissa Wilson Photography 776-6463 Patsy Brown Photography 5140 Prieto Dr. 456-1000 Paula’s Picture Perfect 944-5224 People’s Choice Photography 255-1366 Rae Leytham Photography 554-2538 Remember When Photography 712-1736

A Wonderful Ceremony Officiant/Notary 5973 W. Shore Dr. Abercrombie 24Hour Notary 3902 N. 9th Ave. #3 471-1382 Attention to Detail 6641 Black Oak Pl. Clark M. Mobile Notary Services 6269 Tributary St. 418-0310 Ida’s Legal Forms 1850 N. W St. 434-7524 Occasions by Karen 384-5767 Rachel’s Notary Service 4407 Harve Way 432-6577

Savanna’s Studio Photography Unity Church of 10232 Chemstrand Rd Christianity 716 N. 9th Ave. Steven Frame 438-2277 Photography & Video 1965 Woodbridge Dr. Rings 465-3173 Beasley Jewelers Southern Exposure 1741 E. Nine Mile Rd. Photography 477-7311 809 N. Reus St. 572-4765 Bere Jewelers 4421 Bayou Blvd. Stone’s Studio Inc. 477-6818 1110 N. 12th Ave. 432-2351 Elebash Jewelry Studio One 36 Palafox Pl. 103 W. Intendencia 432-5136 712-0639 60 | pensacola magazine

Elite Jewelers Cordova Mall 505-7879 Friedman's Fine Jewelry Mobile (251) 479-9469 Gordon’s Jewelers Cordova Mall 477-7157 Gunner’s Gulf Coast Jewelers 4375 5th Ave. Pace 994-5515 Helzberg’s Diamonds Cordova Mall 477-3173 Jeweler’s Trade Shop 26 Palafox Pl. 432-4433 Kimberly’s Jewelers 707 N. Eglin Pkwy. Fort Walton Beach 863-8484 Kay Jewelers Cordova Mall 477-5677 La Bona International Boutique 507 Adams St. 857-1211 The Market and Mainly Shoes 248 W. Garden St. 434-3012 Marks and Morgans Cordova Mall 478-4411 Meadows Jewelers Inc. 125 S. Palafox Pl. 432-5454 Reeds Jewelers Santa Rosa Mall 244-2416

Richard Bryson Jewelers 6871 N. 9th Ave. 477-6360 Rock Hard Designs 16 N. Palafox St. 438-5119 Santa Rosa Jewelers 5159 Santa Rosa St. Milton 623-2925 Stone Jewelers 8621 Lillian Hwy. 455-1177 Susan Campbell Jewelry 420 S. Palafox St. 434-8948 susancampbelljewelry. com Trinity Collection 700 W. Garden St. 433-0005 Warrington Jewelers Inc. 4051 Barrancas Ave. 456-1385 Zales Jewelers Cordova Mall 478-8797 Spas AC Nail & Spa 2475 E. Nine Mile Rd. 478-8698 Eimaj Spa & Salon 1506 W. Garden St. 332-6454 Fusion 5 Via De Luna Dr. Gulf Breeze 932-7724 Mark Lee's Skin Care 4400 Bayou Blvd. Ste. 57 476-3509 Maui Whitening 102 E. Nine Mile Rd. St. 2 529-5393

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WEDDING DIRECTORY Nails by Lynn and Spa 1105 N. 9th Ave. 466-5879 Penton House Hair Salon & Day Spa 3660 Hwy. 90 Pace 994-8633 Progressive Skin 6072 Doctor’s Park Rd. Milton 516-4195 Pure Pilates 221 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. 932-3424 Royal Eminence Beauty Lounge 551 Creighton Road Ste. D 104 866-963-2221 Sami’s Nails & Spa 3 W. Nine Mile Rd. Ste. 6 473-0081

Serenity Salon & Day Spa 3331 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. Gulf Breeze 932-4255 Stay the Clinical Spa 1010 N. 12th Ave. Ste. 128 438-3580 Still Waters Medical Day Spa 20 N. Tarragona St. 432-6772 Stationery/ Invitations Award Masters Inc 5353 N. Palafox St. 438-2124 Baker Creative Advertising 3584 Pleasant View Ct. Pace 995-9557

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Call a Graphic Artist 1410 E. Olive Rd. 478-5646

Tent/ Furniture Rental

Copy Cat Printing 3050 N. Pace Blvd. 438-5566

A Grand Affair Party Rental 12189 County Road 65 Foley (251) 943-8188

IBK Stationery 432-4002 Miracle Strip Printing 932-7598 Printers of Pensacola 1207 W. Garden St. 434-2588 Southern Paperworks Stationery Co. 995-7455

Grand Rental Station 5615 Bauer Rd. Gulf Coast Tent Rental 3506 Sycamore Ln. Gulf Breeze 932-3311 Kent’s Special Events 3877 N. Palafox St. 932-3505 Marry Me Wedding Rentals 4904 Chaney St.

Mr. Margarita 1001 Knowles Ave. North Hill Chair Covers and Linens 5045 Mobile Hwy. 937-6894 Rental Rite 1924 N. Pace Blvd. 434-2550 Wedding Walls 5465 Woodbine Rd. Pace 293-9762 Travel

Banana Beach 8573 Gulf Breeze Blvd. Navarre Beach 939-6888 Berkshire Travel Centre 2556 Cove Rd. Navarre Cruise Planners 456-7676 Elite Travel Agency Inc. 2105 Airport Blvd. 478-7740

Adventure Travel 4401 Bayou Blvd.

Springdale Travel 313 S. Palafox St. 434-2543

Around the Globe Travel Inc. PO Box 620 Cantonment 473-1400

Gulf Breeze Travel Agency 3233 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. 932-9276

Majestic Travel 3043 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. 934-3597 Worldwide Cruise Planner 471-1147 Videography Flash Productions 9255 N. Palafox St. Mike Wood Productions 393-1633 Momentus Films 450-3135 Rising Star Video Productions 516-6214 StoryLive Productions 503-1735 Wedding Planners A Wedding to Remember 474-0718 Enlighten Events 420-7687 The Eventful Planner 424-6215 Bridal Loft/Fashion Connection 4400 Bayou Blvd. 475-8296 Forever I Do Weddings 314-9448 Sara Gillianne Weddings & Events 130 S. Palafox St. 291-6502 Gold Coast Event Services 7240 Antoinette Blvd. Navarre 313-0583

Nancy’s Haute Affairs Nancy Silivos 434-0112 Samantha Jackson Weddings 221-3638 Shelby Peaden Events Shelby Peaden 685-9186 Sunshine Wedding Company 502-0393 Tropical Beach Weddings 218-0074 Wedding Reception Locations 5eleven Palafox 511 S. Palafox St. 637-1044 Barkley House 410 S. Florida Blanca St. 595-5985 The Beach Pensacola Beach Weddings 1427 Sound Retreat Dr. Navarre 449-9605 Bodacious Shops 407 S Palafox St 433-6506 City of Pensacola Department of Parks & Recreations Administration 222 W. Main St. 436-5670

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The Club at Hidden Creek Pro Shop 3070 PGA Blvd. Navarre 939-4604 Coldwater Gardens 7009 Creek Stone Rd Milton 426-1300

The Fish House 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 fishhousepensacola. com The Garden Center 1850 N. 9th Ave. 432-6095

Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front 12 Via De Luna Dr. 916-2999

Holland Farms 2055 Homer Holland Rd Milton 675-6876

The Milton Garden Club Center 5256 Alabama St. 626-2003

Historic Pensacola Village 120 Church St. 595-5985

Imogene Theatre 6866 Caroline St. Milton 626-2117

The Museum of Commerce 201 Zarragossa St. 595-5985 New World Landing 600 S. Palafox St. 434-7736

A place for you in Pensacola






2187 Airport Boulevard 850-478-1123

1144 Airport Boulevard 850-479-8900

5049 Corporate Woods Drive 850-474-3777


601 East Chase Street 850-432-0202

700 East Chase Street 850-439-3330

Old Christ Church 405 S Adams St. 595-5985 The Palafox House 196 N. Palafox St. 433-9450 Palafox Wharf Waterfront 617 S. Palafox St. 748-5102 Pensacola Bay Brewery 225 E Zaragoza St 434-3353 Pensacola Cultural Center 400 S. Jefferson St. 432-2042 Ext. 105 Pensacola Little Theatre 400 S Jefferson St 432-2042 Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum 2081 Radford Blvd. 393-1561 pensacolalighthouse. org Pensacola Museum of Art 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247


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Pensacola Yacht Club 1897 Cypress St 433-6773 Picasso Jazz Club 19 S. Palafox Pl. 433-4507

Polonza Bistro 286 N. Palafox St. 912-6454 Scenic Hills Golf & Country Club Club House 8891 Burning Tree Rd. 476-0380 Seville Quarter/ Heritage Hall Hilary Lords 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 Ext. 108 Tiger Point Golf Club 1255 Country Club Rd. Gulf Breeze 932-1333 UWF Historic Trust 120 Church St 595-5985

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