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Weddings 2019

The Ultimate

Local Wedding Stylebook

Your Guide to Everything Weddings on the Gulf Coast PE NSACO L AMAGAZIN E .CO M


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Editor’s Note This year marks my 12th year at Ballinger Publishing and my 12th annual Weddings Issue of Pensacola Magazine—crazy, right? In that time, I’ve watched local wedding trends shift and change—vintage, 80s retro, rustic, urban and of course beach themes have all been in vogue at one point or another. Attitudes towards weddings have changed as well. The old school stress of feeling the need to conform to certain societal norms seems to be fading away—thank goodness! Modern brides are looking for a more unique, authentic and bespoke experience. Their marriage is about the union of two people and their weddings reflect that with personal touches, intimate gatherings, unique locations and more. From the décor to the food and drinks, the modern wedding brings together the best of the happy couple—their favorite things, their passions, their memories and their story. This is a trend worth keeping!

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In that vein, our winning cover this year exemplifies the love and joy shared between newlyweds on their wedding day. Megan and Jared Hensley’s pure happiness is palpable in their winning photo and we thought it was the perfect reminder of what a wedding is really all about—true love and the promise of a bright future. So, congratulations to Megan and Jared—we wish you a lifetime of happiness together! To all of the brides and grooms who submitted photographs this year, thank you so much for being a part of our annual tradition of showcasing local brides and weddings. We absolutely love seeing all of your gorgeous photos and we wish we could put all of you on the cover. We’ve set this issue up as a bit of a stylebook by going through each of the major components of a wedding and speaking with local experts about what’s tending now and how couples can make sure their big day is flawless, fantastic and full of joy. Pensacola is truly the perfect place to get married and we are so fortunate to have an abundance of talented planners and vendors to help guide the way to a perfect wedding day. Whether you are planning your own walk down the aisle, helping a loved one plan theirs or just fantasizing about a future wedding, we hope you find plenty of ideas and inspiration in this year’s Weddings edition of Pensacola Magazine.

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Contents Editor’s Note

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Page 10 Wedding Cover Contest Winners

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Cover Contest Entries

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Wedding Directory

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The Ultimate Local Wedding Stylebook

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The Dress

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Haute trends in bridal wear

The Look

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The authentic bride

The Flowers

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What’s fresh this season?

The Food

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Delicious by design

The Decor

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A day to remember—fondly

The Cake

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Modern confections

The Duties 37 Best Man & Maid of Honor responsibilities

The Gifts

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Locally made gifts for your wedding party

The Venue 43 Begin your big day at a lovely location

The Honeymoon Local getaways

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Megan + Jared Hensley Catrina Anne Photography


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special gift. Under no circumstances should a Valentine’s gift be anything that could, by definition, be used in the kitchen or the garage. This is no time for blenders and jumper cables.

I recently enjoyed the performance by Pensacola Opera of Romeo and Juliet – quite an appropriate way to start the month of romance. I am sure many people have proclaimed that they would die without their true love, but Shakespeare certainly took it all to a new level. Romeo and Juliet is a story we all know well, and one that you always hope will end differently. Much like Nicholas and Alexandra. The book is so great that I read it again every few years and can’t help praying that the Bolsheviks don’t murder the royal family. Romeo and Juliet’s love ended in the worst tragedy possible, but all romance doesn’t have to die.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you are struggling for ideas, consider these options:

Yes, Valentine’s is the time to celebrate romance. And romance does not necessarily translate into retail. Romance means being thoughtful and making the object of your affection feel special. How men handle critical situations, such as Valentine’s Day, says much about their attitude toward the relationship in general. Is it just another day? The world of advertising has pretty much set the standards for holidays. But, it is what it is. You let the genie out of the As nurturers, most women inherently bottle and good luck forcing her/him back understand the requirements associated in. Additionally, the barrage of ads, whether with holidays. We kill ourselves trying to on television, in magazines or plastered all make every holiday perfect for those we over the internet only make the it all more love. And while every day is in its own way glaring. After all the hype leading up to the a special occasion, certain days, such as the big day, there is no excuse for completely one coming up on February 14, come with ignoring rule no.1 in the romance unique, unwritten expectations that can department. DO SOMETHING SWEET. enhance or hurt a relationship. Men, for This is why we must train our young! As the most part need to be instructed from moms we spend so much time attending an early age as to holiday expectations. to the basic demands of the job that we are Unfortunately, most of us don’t properly often to blame for our sons growing up to train our sons, though these lessons are far be inconsiderate. Whether we like to admit more important than many of the ones it or not, we love them so much and spend their fathers so lovingly pass along to them. so much time giving, that we overlook the Managing the remote control and perfecting lesson in teaching them to be thoughtful. It illusions of deafness when sports events are doesn’t happen as an act of nature. It does on television are very important, but there require instruction. Men need to understand are some other skills which need to be honed that being romantic does not mean in order to be successful in love. My precious testosterone deficient. Quite the opposite. youngest child is a man over 30, and I periodically review “the talk” with him. No, In addition, being together for a long time I do not mean the birds and bees. I mean does not allow you to take your Valentine flowers and romance. for granted. Work it! Take her to dinner and surprise her at the table with flowers or a 10 | PENSACOLA MAGAZINE

• Buy a book of poetry, and mark a poem for her. Better yet, read it to her over a glass of wine. And better even yet, write a poem for her. Women love the intimacy of words chosen just for them. • An evening of bubbles is highly desirable. Champagne and bubble bath are great companions, especially if you cook dinner while she sips and soaks. • Anything that sparkles is appropriate, and not just because most women love jewelry. Women love things that they can keep and refer to for the great memories associated with the gift. We do this sometimes long after the men are gone. • Anything spa related is highly desirable. Giving the gift of spa is like saying “go take some time for yourself and enjoy being pampered. You deserve it!” A great spa hits all the right senses of smell, sight, sound and touch. No work required, just pure loveliness. Remember, Valentine’s Day is a BIG DEAL. It serves as a sort of litmus test for romance; so, take advantage of the time to let someone know how much he/she means to you. The weekdays get crazy with life’s demands and we often forget to slow down and show appreciation. Make up for it on Valentine’s 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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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

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Weddings 2019 Cover Contest Winner

Jared & Megan Hensley by Catrina Anne Photography

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ared and I met in college. We went to Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. We had many mutual friends and then one day we ended up at the same gathering. Jared grabbed me out of nowhere and asked me to go on a date… I said “Sure, why not?” On a cloudy spring day - the day after I turned 23 - Jared told me to meet him at my grandmother’s big beautiful home in Kentucky. I drove about an hour to get there, and there was a huge bunch of balloons with a note outside. I had told Jared that I wanted balloons for my birthday. The note said to follow the balloons. They led me all throughout the property and ended at a gazebo that my grandfather had built. There, I saw candles and a letter. I started reading the letter about how he felt the

Lord had led him to me. I look up to see a handsome young man walking up with a grin. He got down on one knee and we all cried. Both our families and many of our friends came out of the bushes all cheering. We were married on September 2, 2018 at the Pensacola Country Club. Our theme was elegant and breezy. We got married underneath the giant oak tree at the water’s edge. It felt incredibly holy. For our honeymoon we went on a cruise, but we feel like we are on our honeymoon every day! My advice to young couples planning a wedding is to not get stuck in the details. The big picture is that you are marrying your favorite person. Let the joy of that overflow into everything else. WEDDINGS 2019 | 13


Weddings 2019

Cover Contest Runners-Up

Andy Vo & Vy Nguyen Southern Grace Photography

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ndy and I met in October of 2012 at a friend’s birthday gathering. A few weeks later, we began texting. After talking for a few weeks, I decided to have lunch with him as friends. I remember laughing and smiling from ear to ear every time I was around him and just having a good time. We made it official and started dating in June of 2013. We took a trip to Hawaii in August 2016 to celebrate my birthday. We spent seven days exploring Hawaii. On the second to last day he took me to the beach to watch the sunset. As soon as the sun had set, I became his fiancé. Our wedding was a fairy tale— elegant white orchids, cream and

pink roses and hydrangeas with touches of champagne and gold details throughout. I kept the groom and groomsmen’s tux black for a classic look. It felt good to see everything come together after months and months of planning. Standing with my husband, seeing our parents and all our beloved friends and family having a good time celebrating our love was the most memorable feeling. Our honeymoon was beyond magical, more than what I could ever have hoped for. We traveled to Asia for 18 days. Our trip consisted of Japan, Bali, Vietnam—to spend Lunar New Years with my relatives— and then Korea.

Dr. Nicklaus + Mr. Sid Williams-Heath Justin Brown/The Happy Bloom Photography Nicklaus and I “met” through interaction on Instagram and after years of admiration of wit and aesthetic, Nicklaus finally reached out to me on Facebook on June 26, 2015. This was the same weekend the Supreme Court ruled gay marriage legal in all 50 states. Nicklaus’ first words were, “Cheers to this historic weekend.” We would get engaged exactly one year later in New York City atop a rooftop terrace overlooking the Empire State Building. We stumbled upon Alys Beach together and immediately knew this was our dream wedding venue. The sheer setting of Alys inspired us to hone in on the simple pleasures of what a wedding should be – tasteful, personal and celebratory. 14 | PENSACOLA MAGAZINE

Sunday morning was particularly special. As southerners, we love a monogram, a mimosa and our mothers, so it was important to us to have our mothers join us on Sunday. Each guest wore matching monogrammed pajamas and enjoyed donuts from Charlie’s Donut Truck before gulfside bicycle rides. We felt strongly about writing our own vows. This was the most raw, vulnerable moment of the weekend. We both spoke from our deepest core and those words will forever ring loudly in our heads. It’s so important to stress how thankful we were for the intimate size of our wedding party. We had the wedding so many claimed they wish they’d had – a small, lengthy celebration with our dearest and best.


Cover Contest Entries

Abby + Matthew Smith Mary and Roy Creative Studio

Alicia + Greg McClellan Kayla Baptista

Amy + Damin Newburn Dellaina O’Donovan

Alex + Ashley Turko Mallory Page

Ashley Frasse Patsy Brown

Bree Uher Candy McLendon

Calla + Rob Flavin Indie Pearl Photography

Carly Cooke Bara’ah J. Photography

Catherine + Tyler Vaughn Indie Pearl Photography

Chelsie + Matthew Lowry Grey & Co. Photography

Corinn Wiley Bara’ah J. Photography

Danielle Woods Phocus Photography

Danielle Rodriquez Barrett McClean

Alexander + Devan Lennon Ciera Crantz

Emilie + JoJo Dadabo Taylor Kaderly

Emily Trest Pemebaker Photography

Haley Gross Aislinn Kate Photography

Holly Fillingim Zac Green Photography

Gregg Burkel + Holly Spivey Ash Simmons Photography

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Cover Contest Entries

Jennifer Mitchell Aislinn Kate Photography

Jessie Williams Aislinn Kate Photography

Karin Pomeratz Aislinn Kate Photography

Katelyn Hall Patsy Brown Photography

Katlin Johnson Ash Simmons Photography

Kim McMahon + Steve Vandergriff Davis House Photography

Kristin Hogan Aislinn Kate Photography

Lauren Carr Erin Lother

Leanna Roll Barrett McClean Photography

Lisa Anne + Tony Leap Mau Loa Photography

Liz Tringas Aislinn Kate Photography

Manuela Lewis Photo by Gina Rhodes

Marleigh Long Aislinn Kate Photography

Mary Matechik Aislinn Kate Photography

Melanie + Andrew Rhodes Photo by Michael Newman

Mickey Crist Photo by Sara Mitchell

Chelsea Welsh Barrett McClean Photography

Haylee Fleming Jordan Burch Photography

Jayme + Jeff Terrell Sarah and Paul Photography

Jennifer Wiggins Photo by Gabrielle Arduini

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Weddings 2019

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Meagan Howie Photo by Miranda Grey Weddings

Nikki Rutherford Phocus Photography

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Rachel Todd Rachel + John Hamm Sara Pape Aislinn Kate Photography Photo by James Bruen & Co. Aislinn Kate Photography

Sid + Nicklaus Williams-Heath Photo by Justin Brown/The Happy Bloom

Summer Hernandez Aislinn Kate Photography

Tara Franklin Photo by Kristian Breeze

Andy Vo + Vy Nguyen Southern Grace Photography

Whitney + Rhys Sharp Photo by Erin Lother

Terra Smith Photo by Mary Ann Curry

Jared + Megan Hensley Catrina Anne Photography

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The Ultimate

Local Wedding Stylebook Vy Nguyen

by Southern Grace Photography

The location, the décor, the guest list, the food and the dress—don’t forget the hair, makeup, wedding party gifts and flowers! Planning a wedding is not for the faint of heart. With so much to do, it can become overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Pensacola brides in particular have such a fantastic array of talented wedding planners, florists, caterers, designers and more to help them plan the most memorable and personal wedding day. We’ve talked with many of them for this issue and we’ve gathered up all of the latest trends, styles, tastes and more for your perfect wedding. So, sit back and relax as you flip through our 2019 Pensacola Weddings stylebook. Before you know it, you’ll have everything you need to exchange heartfelt “I do’s” with your one true love. WEDDINGS 2019 | 19


The Dress Haute Trends in Bridal Wear by Emily Echevarria

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hile a multitude of components combine to create the celebration of love that makes a wedding, arguably one of the most important is the dress. Guests may approvingly glance around a sophisticated venue or give a passing comment to a tasty catering spread, but nothing receives such an elevated level of anticipation as the bride’s grand entrance. Guests eagerly stand and crane their necks to catch a view of the hair, the makeup, the overall look, and the pièce de résistance: the dress.

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Whether a bride has dreamed of a gown fit for royalty with a mileslong train cascading behind, or she desires a no-fuss frock that gets her down the aisle and to the party in glamorous comfort, the modern bride has nearly endless options for capturing her personal style and customizing the details. Brenda Carraway, owner of the intimate Pensacola bridal boutique The Bridal Loft, says the choice of a wedding gown is very personal, and each bride she works with is treated with individual attention to find the dress of her dreams. Each bride gets a mini interview to start off the process to get a feel for where to begin the search. “The most important thing is that every bride has her own vision of her wedding day and it’s treated as such,” Carraway says. “We ask what is your style, what is your wedding? Is it rustic, is it formal?” Brides can try on the styles from select bridal lines at The Bridal Loft, and knowledgeable consultants order the perfect size, with any necessary alterations – like custom lengths for petite brides – for little to no additional charge. For brides that want to piece together their ideal frock, swapping out colors, fabrics, skirt, bodice or neckline styles, Tiffany Latshaw of Tiffany Nicole Bridal is an Independent Bridal Curator™ for a unique company called Build-A-Bride™ that allows brides to do just that. Leigh Green of the local boutique Bridal Suite, agrees that brides are all about personalizing and customizing their look. Bridal Suite offers an elegant yet laidback shopping experience, and Green says the shop works with a company that allows brides to make changes to their favorite dress. “Modern brides do not want to have a dress that looks like everyone

else’s dress,” Green says. “Common changes include extending the train, adding beading and changing the neckline shade.” While each wedding dress is uniquely tailored to the wearer, there are a few trends that are emerging and continuing to flourish down the aisles on local brides. Whether you’re wanting the trendiest wedding day look or looking to buck the trends, Pensacola’s brides have a plethora of options for approaching their wedding dress journey, and plenty of ways to make their style their own.

Blushing Brides

White is no longer the go-to for many a modern bride. Latshaw says a lot of brides are loving a nude or blush undertone, creating depth and adding some sultry flair to the overall look. Green is seeing the same trend. “We are hardly selling any white!” Green says. “Ivory is our top seller, followed by champagne, then blush.”

The Adalyn Cruz is one of Build-A-Bride’s most popular dresses. Timeless yet trendy, this box pleated ball gown features a plunging sweetheart neckline.

Clean Lines

A minimalist look is also getting a lot of attention on the bridal runways. Carraway says at her shop this trend is embodied in clean, classic looks – 1960s styles and old Hollywood glamor with a modern and minimal bent. One embellishment Carraway says her brides are loving on some otherwise minimal styles is both useful and fun. “Pockets are an option and brides totally flip out when they find pockets on the dress,” she says. Latshaw agrees, saying many brides are getting back to the basics. “This season there will be a revamp of clean lines and minimal embellishments, with a focus on the silhouette itself,” Latshaw says. ”You will see a lot of structured skirts, natural waists and sculpted necklines.” »

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Haute Trends in Bridal Wear

Tiffany Latshaw styles model Samantha Burke at a Tiffany Nicole Bridal styled shoot. The Bishop Bodice is perfect for the bride with a modern edge. It features short scalloped sleeves adorned with hand sewn silk organza flowers.

Suit Up

Tips for the trendy groom by Matthew Hanimov

Wedding planning is all about the details, but, sometimes, the lucky couple becomes too engaged with the ceremony’s intricacies to plan the groom’s attire. Never fear, we’ve put together some tips on what’s trending for 2019 in groom’s wedding attire. The primary concern is the suit and for this year, the go-to is a slim fit, three-piece. Both slim fit suits and tuxedos appeal to a masculine aesthetic by accentuating the shoulders and torso. However, three-piece suits allows grooms to remove their jackets and roll up their sleeves later in the night—say, on the dance floor— to sport a cool, relaxed look. The next thing to consider is color. This year sees grooms steering away from the traditional greys and blues towards brighter and bolder colors. Robert Bellanova, owner of Randall’s Formal Wear, recommends considering suspenders, bowties and colored or designed socks as accents to the suits. “Marriage is a happy occasion and colored socks can go a long way in rendering the atmosphere light and fun,”Bellanova said. “In addition, try coordinating colors between the vest and tie with the coat and pants or adding a pop of color on the pocket square and flower.” Specifically, in Pensacola, Bellanova notes colors like blush tan, khaki tan or a sandy color are usually popular given the predominantly warm climate. Bellanova offers two last pieces of advice. First, coordinate your outfit with the venue. Maybe a green suit would look best on you, but if you’re getting married out in a field, you’ll end up looking like a shrub! Perhaps the most important piece of advice is to dress how you feel comfortable and how your bride envisions her groom. “The bride’s going to be focusing on you the whole night, so wear something she likes,”Bellanova explained. 22 | PENSACOLA MAGAZINE

Noteable Necklines

Modern brides are not afraid to add some sass with a low neckline. Green says her brides are loving this look, often opting for a traditional lace dress, but mixing it up by going low in the front. Latshaw says this look is both trendy and complements the body. “A plunging neckline looks amazing on just about everyone. It elongates your frame and flatters your upper body,” Latshaw says. “If you want to play up a sexier vibe, the sleek V is going to be your go-to. For a ultrafeminine look, try a V-neck with scalloped lace.”

Bowed Over

Latshaw says bows have shown to be an on-trend addition to almost any dress, and have incredible versatility to boot. “Bows have always brought a delicate vibe to dresses year after year, but this year was all about stepping it up a notch,” Latshaw says. “Bows proved that they are just as glamorous and classic no matter where you put them on the gown.” Latshaw’s Build-A-Bride collection offers several selections with bow embellishments, everything from a

statement-making bow that can be tied at the front or side of the waist to dainty bows that finish the back of a lacy bodice.

Tips for the Hunt

Latshaw says one piece of advice she has for brides is to keep an open mind. Many brides become attached to an idea of a dress they found on Pinterest before they’ve tried on different styles. “They come into an appointment thinking that only this one look will be the ‘one’ and they are reluctant to try on different styles,” she says. “I cannot tell you how many of my brides walk away with a gown that they created that is totally different than what they envisioned.” Carraway says another thing to keep in mind is to choose your dress shopping squad wisely. Too many opinions can lead to indecision and confusion. “The most important thing that we feel as consultants is when you’re shopping for your wedding gown, bring only the people that are close family or best friends, don’t bring eight or ten people,” she says. “We’re here to support you, we’re here to guide you and when you do say yes to a dress, it’s your decision.”


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The Look The Authentic Bride

“To be authentic, we must cultivate the courage to be imperfect — and vulnerable. We have to believe that we are fundamentally worthy of love and acceptance, just as we are. I’ve learned that there is no better way to invite more grace, gratitude and joy into our lives than by mindfully practicing authenticity.”— Brené Brown Well, this is it! This is the day that you have been diligently planning on your Pinterest for what seems like the last century. But will it be enough? Society has had such an impact on our inner voice, telling us that we need to be more than who we are. The world’s definition of beauty has been so subconsciously imbedded in our minds that 24 | PENSACOLA MAGAZINE

we sometimes do not know what views and beliefs are our own. It may sound cliché, but there is a great deal of pressure as a bride to conform to what’s trending in hair, makeup and fashion. However, modern brides are freeing themselves from preconceived notions of beauty and letting their inner beauty and unique fashion sense shine bright. Modern brides can focus on their personal visions of wedding perfection and walk down the aisle as their authentic selves ready to marry the love of their life! The authentic bride is a true believer in her own true self, combining her childhood

bridal visions with her grown-up sensibilities. She presents herself to the world as she sees herself rather than how the world would like to see her – whether its glamorous waves, a princess style bun with soft embellishments or bohemian textured braids for a windy beach wedding. She plays up her favorite feature – her natural hair texture, freckles or piercing blue eyes. On your wedding day, surrounded yourself with unconditional love and happiness and celebrate the raw love that you share with your soon-to-be husband. Keep your feet grounded and your heart open. Be authentically you.


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Turn a simple up-do into your own by adding unique braids paired with your favorite flowers or accessories.

Natural curls can be unpredictable but with the right product and technique it makes it possible to showcase that beautiful unique texture that makes you so authentic.

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The Flowers What’s fresh this season?

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h! Love is in the air, that sweet intoxicating aroma! That garden of delights! It’s time to celebrate your blossoming love, and what better way than with flowers? To be sure, flowers have a key role to play, especially on your wedding day. Flowers have been indispensable in wedding celebrations as far back as ancient Rome. Roman brides carried bouquets of herbs and wore garlands of wild flowers, as they believed that they held a special significance. To them, flowers represented new beginnings, fidelity, and fertility. This tradition has carried through the ages, changing with the times but always staying central to the heart of the festivities. Today is no different. Or is it? 26 | PENSACOLA MAGAZINE

by Heidi Travis • photography by Aislinn Kate

Though flowers are always a vital part of any wedding celebration, times do change and with it so do the styles. Traditions evolve and every season comes with a fresh new take on the tried and true classics.

So what’s new this season? Celebrations’ Wedding Coordinator Rhonda McHenry and Owner Debbie Turner offered us a sneak peek at the latest trends for this wedding season and let’s just say the future looks bright! Long gone are the days of muted color palettes. Say goodbye to pale pink, blush and rose gold. 2019 is bold! The color this year

is “living coral” and this lush hue brings the sweetest blend of warmth and vibrancy to your décor. According to McHenry, corals bring a “cheery tone that’s perfect for weddings.” It’s a color that strikes a perfect balance between soft and romantic and injects it with the barest hint of playfulness. It’s a disarmingly friendly color which promises to make your wedding a cozy affair. Along with coral, McHenry says that bright colors are expected to make a huge comeback this year and that we should also expect to see more sophisticated color palettes, and jewel tones as well.


The softer hued blossoms represent a timeless and elegant style that is always in fashion.

Flowers come in all shapes and sizes, too, so uniformity is out. This year it is all about what is “natural, whimsical and romantic,” says McHenry. It’s a celebration of diversity in bloom with lots of dimension and varying heights. Contrasting textures create a richer aesthetic evoking a more visceral visual experience. Other emerging trends across the country are single-bloom and asymmetrical bouquets. For a more minimalist aesthetic, brides can showcase a single large floral, supporting it with abundant lush greenery for startling contrast. This makes their chosen bloom the shining centerpiece to which all eyes are drawn.

For asymmetrical bouquets, the trend leans towards cascading flowers in bold, monochromatic schemes. Strong colors such as deep purples, dark reds and burgundy are all among the usual suspects. Conversely, small, subtle bouquets are equally trendy this year. In contrast with the wilder, asymmetrical bouquets, small bouquets emphasize attention to textures and minimalist style blending only small splashes of color to a single bloom with quiet dignity. But McHenry points out that, even in this age of change, there are always mainstays in wedding tradition. There are just some things that are best left untouched. Brides will always stun in white dresses and long,

The bright magenta bougainvillea brings a pop of bold color and represents the couple moving forward together.

This year it is all about what is natural, whimsical and romantic. It’s a celebration of diversity in bloom with lots of dimension and varying heights. Contrasting textures create a richer aesthetic evoking a more visceral visual experience.”

flowing veils. Matching bridesmaids and dapper gentlemen in tuxedos will never be passé. Flower trends are no exception. McHenry says that “bouquets in pastel colors and white and green color palettes are always classics.” However, if there is one thing she stresses, it’s this: Trend or no trend, weddings are very special celebrations of love. The décor and floral arrangements are deeply personal and intimate expressions of a couple’s own language of love. “It’s all about the bride’s vision and the most important trend is making her happy no matter what’s in or out,” says McHenry. So be it traditional or be it trendy, there is sure to be the perfect floral arrangement to celebrate your love in bloom.

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The Food Delicious by design

by Will Isern • photos courtesy of Nancy’s Haute Affairs and The Fish House

You’ve said yes to the dress, secured a great venue and your day is all planned out. Your perfect wedding is coming together. But there can be no party without a gorgeous spread of delicious food. A wedding might be the only event in one’s life that is professionally catered. Hiring a caterer and planning a menu, then, is something most people are unfamiliar with. We talked to a trio of Pensacola’s premier caterers to get their advice on how to navigate the process to ensure your special day is both easy and delicious.

“Tacos are huge right now,” said Culinary Productions owner Mike DeSorbo. “We’ve also been doing a lot of chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes. Half of the weddings we do, they’re from Pensacola but living in Atlanta or Chicago, and now they’re getting married back here and they want to incorporate that feeling into their wedding.”

Pensacola has no shortage of experienced caterers capable of crafting unique menus for wedding parties of any size. The big trend within the last few years, they say, is a move away from a traditional sit-down meal to a series of “stations” offering different small bites, infusing variety and regional flare to your wedding party.

Seasonal options are also proving to be popular, the local caterers said. While most any professional caterer will be able to access ingredients year-round, planning your wedding menu to include seasonal items and fresh, local produce is something your caterer should be able to accommodate.

“Traditional dinners are more for your rehearsal dinner,” said Melissa Bailey, Director of Catering and Private Events

for the Great Southern Restaurant Group. “The next night is about your experience and being able to mix and mingle around everywhere. Stations can be conducive to the size of a space and its nice for everyone to be able to walk around and not feel like they’re in a buffet line.” Stations also offer the opportunity to feature the wedding couple’s favorite foods or dishes that reflect their backgrounds.

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The Food Once you’ve chosen your caterer, it should go without saying that it’s important to plan ahead to know that they’re going to be able to meet your needs on your big day. DeSorbo said it’s a good idea to sit down with your chosen caterer and go over the details in advance so there are no surprises.

“I think the biggest thing is to really sit down and talk to whatever caterer you’re thinking about with a very clear idea of what you want to have and whether they can make that happen or what the process is,” said DeSorbo. “Some caterers just have their specific menus and they’re not going to stray from that. Others like us, we’re not tied to sticking to our menus and we’re going to work with what the clients want to have, so it’s important to have that conversation.”

I think the biggest thing is to really sit down and talk to whatever caterer you’re thinking about with a very clear idea of what you want to have and whether they can make that happen or what the process is.” — Mike DeSorbo

in season,” said Skopelos head chef Gus Silivos. “Obviously whatever the client wants there are things that are available to us, maybe not locally, but it can be done. For instance oysters are available in the summertime and if you want to have them, great, we can make it happen. But obviously in the fall or spring they’re at their best. So those are the types of things that we can guide them through. Whether you decide to go trendy or keep it traditional, selecting the right caterer to meet your needs is crucial. Is your caterer going to be responsible for drink service as well? Do they only deliver food or can they cook onsite as well? Online reviews and social media can offer some insights, but the experts said it’s important to verify a track record of success. Look at the whole organization, not just their pretty pictures. “First and foremost it’s all about reputation,” said Bailey. “There are so many people you can and hire and you

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look at the menu and it looks good, but they’re working out of the back of a truck or something. For us, we do 10,000 people a year so there’s that peace of mind that this isn’t something we’re doing a few days a week. We’ve got entire restaurants behind us and we’re doing this seven days a week.” Make sure your caterer is going to be able to handle any problems that might arise without putting any additional stress on you or your wedding party. If the platter carrying the main dish topples over, is your caterer going to have replacement ready? More experienced caterers are likely to have seen and dealt with it all. “You want to think about the dependability and longevity of a caterer,” said Silivos. “Sometimes there’s an up-and-coming company and there’s nothing wrong with that, but a wedding is stressful enough and you don’t need any more stress worrying if the food is going to be there. What we tell brides is we want to take that element of worry off your shoulders.”

Once you’ve planned out a menu, ask to do a taste test. Reputable caterers should have no problem letting you sample your chosen dishes in advance. “If you’re not sure about the food, do a tasting,” said Silivos. “Call your caterer and say, ‘Thus us the food we’re thinking of having, how can we taste it to make sure we’re happy?’ So doing that ahead of time can help you be sure that you’re going to get what you want.” As for costs, local caterers said couples can expect to pay anywhere from $20 to $50 per guest, depending on menu options. Most importantly, relax! If you’ve chosen a caterer with a track record of success, planned everything out and are sure that they’re going to be able to meet your needs, you can feel comfortable letting the professionals worry about the food while you celebrate your big day. “The more that we’re able to do and the less that it comes to them, the better the whole event goes,” said Silivos.


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The Decor A Day to Remember - Fondly.

Your wedding day is an enchanted affair. Be it lavish or cozy, glamorous or playful, elegant or fun, it is a day you want to remember for the rest of your life. Indeed, one day you’ll look back and as you thumb through your old photo album, you will retrace that walk down the aisle, step by step, and it will all be there preserved in full color for all time – the dresses, the hairstyles, the flowers, the decorations – all there… for-e-ver.

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That thought alone can set some couples on edge. No one wants to look back in horror at photos of the happiest day of their lives because of “trendy,” gimmicky wedding decorations or because they look like they traveled three centuries back for the ceremony. There’s a balance, but…how to strike it? Where to even begin?

theme. It gives the ceremony a particularly personal touch. “We are seeing more use of ornate glassware and lush greenery inspired design has become a big focus, even in indoor venues,” she said. “Prince Harry and Meghan Markle showcased this perfectly.” Additionally, Kennedy said that couples are adding depth to their weddings by using a combination of tall tabletop arrangements, long hanging arrangements and floor arrangements propped high on pedestals.

It can all seem a little overwhelming, but never fear. We got our experts on the line and here is what they had to say about the latest decorating trends. This year is focused on quality over quantity, according to Mēgan Kennedy, owner and event visionary of Mēgan K. Events.

by Heidi Travis

Sarah Seeley, designer and co-owner of Sunshine Designs Florist, echoes Kennedy’s take, also pointing out that more complex designs are catching on this year.

photo by Palafox Street Weddings

“Couples are using simple décor such as tapered candles, linens with texture and chairs to make an impact as décor, rather than functionality,” Kennedy said. Rather than piling on an abundance of decorations, the emphasis now is on select items chosen specifically to evoke a particular mood or

“Large, installment pieces are becoming more and more popular. A lush, over the top arrangement such as a fully decorated arbor, floral chandelier, or heavily decorated head


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tablescape can all make such a huge impact to your décor,” Seeley said. Textures are of particular importance this year too. As it’s all in the details, the perfect combination of key elements can make all the difference. “The use of texture in the small details is stunning. Using texture as an accent with, or in place of, a standard custom paper is extraordinary. We like seeing the use of velvet, leather, and acrylic within place cards, invitations, and menus,” Kennedy said. Colors are in, too. Seeley notes that pinks, peaches, and corals are all being used to add a little pop to decorations this season. With their warm glow and happy energy, these colors bring a cozy, sunny aspect to your wedding. Kennedy also noted a stronger use of color this season saying that “bold accent colors paired with muted base tones” are a staple this time around. At the same time, there’s never a bad time to put a new spin on an old classic. “We are loving the resurgence of the pure white design. Having the base of white surrounding, allows the use of mirrors, mixed metallics, and glass décor for classic glamour. Add in tall greenery and you have an absolutely breathtaking event,” Kennedy said.

Photo by Aislinn Kate

Locally, the trends stay a little closer to home. Particularly, beach weddings are seeing a delightfully playful combination of old and new. And if you can’t make it out to the beach, well, let the beach can come to you! “Not every bride has the opportunity to incorporate the beach into their wedding flower decor. Tropical flowers, colors, and foliage are always going to be popular for beach brides. There are so many ways to follow that concept into reception decor, too! Shells, sea glass, sand, and even fun pops of tropical fruit are all easy, affordable ways to dress up your guest table arrangements,” Seeley said.

Looking for something a little less traditional? Kennedy notes that using large geometric shapes in place of standard arbors has been popular in recent years as well as pairing pampas grass with more contemporary styles. All of these extra touches can give your wedding a very unique, but homey feel here on the Emerald Coast. In the end, it all comes down to what is best for the bride and groom, of course. No expert can tell you what is best for you and your wedding, but if you’re looking for something special or new, then these trends may just be that finishing touch you were looking for to make your wedding day one to remember – fondly.

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The Cake Modern confections

by Justine Gudmunson-McCain s with any tradition that has been around for centuries, things are bound to change. Wedding cakes are no different. If you have seen photos of your parents’ wedding cake or remember when your friends got married in the 80’s, you’ll probably envision short tiers and lots of intricate piping embellished with curtain folds and buttercream roses. Quite possibly, you’ll also see some separated stacking — either creating space between each tier or the everloved triangle display where you had two to three tiers stacked high in the center surrounded by two separate smaller ones on each side. Fountains were also a thing back in the day, but a lot has changed since then and hopefully for the better.

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lavors have gotten more creative and techniques have been upgraded, but mostly designs have changed to match the move towards more modern styles. The modern wedding cake is so much more involved that it often takes days —if not a whole week — to create some of the intricate designs you see today. The height of the cake tier has grown pretty drastically over the last decade. If one takes a simple gander through some of the most prominent bakeries on Instagram, you will find that the two cake layer tier is out — quickly replaced by tiers that are at least three or four layers deep. This creates much taller tiers with the average tier being about six inches high or more. While the two inch height increase between its fore-mothers may seem minimal, it has a huge visual impact. No longer do you have these squatty little tiers with too many layered on top of each other. They have been replaced with fewer tiers that are taller, allowing the larger cakes that are four, five, or more tiers high to become gigantic displays of artistic creation. While the slight height increase may not seem like much, the taller tiers create the visual effect that the tier is skinnier than it really is. With this, bakers have been able to decrease the size difference between each tier allowing for more tiers to be added in. With only a two inch difference between each tier, the cake appears taller because the cake as a whole is not as wide around. This allows bakers to add in more tiers to the bottom, and with this you’ve created a five tier cake without even reaching your max baking pan size. Baking pans have also gotten smaller. Bakers can easily add height to a cake without increasing the servings dramatically


by adding a 4” diameter tier to the top as opposed to a larger tier on the bottom. Styles and artistic expression have also had an impact on how the modern wedding cake has changed. Bakers around the world are experimenting with ingredients, colors, and textures. In the simplest form,

is created with the heaviest color towards the bottom, the cake will maintain its centered aesthetic. Lighter colors can then be added in closer to the top and integrated into the whole cake if you want to tie a multicolor palette together. Gold and silver leaf add bright and gorgeous accents of color that can coordinate with your table

“No matter what design elements you decide on for your wedding cake, there are a million ways to incorporate your personal design, a jaw dropping effect, or simply tall elegance.” chocolate has become a much more prevalent ingredient used in décor. Whether in a ganache used to frost the outside of the cake or over the sides to create a delicious textured drip, chocolate is an easy way to add dimension to your wedding cake. The ganache frosting technique has allowed bakers to paint directly on cakes giving them a personalized and artistic flair never seen before. Chocolate can also be used to create sculptural elements such as hardened paint brush strokes and molded standing fans. Bright colors can easily be incorporated into your wedding cake without allowing them to take over. As long as a balance

settings. No matter what colors you are using in your wedding there is a way to add that into your cake in a way that is both elegant and jaw-dropping. Texture though, is by far the easiest way to add some dimension to your wedding cake. Marble finishes can be created with fondant or hand painted on the cake to add an elegant aspect without overloading the color. Painted brush stokes however can add both an abstract color element and a deep texture dimension. The most common way to integrate texture into wedding cakes is through the buttercream frosting. Buttercream can be spread in a way to create horizontal waves around the cake or larger more abstract frosting billows – such as last years’ royal wedding cake – all without losing the clean lines the modern wedding cake is known for. No matter what design elements you decide on for your wedding cake, there are a million ways to incorporate

A use of classic designs with a modern flair

An example of deep color Integration

your personal design, a jaw dropping effect, or simply tall elegance. Just be sure to explain your vision and dreams to your cake decorator and any modern cake artist will be able to fuse all your desires together into the perfect delicious modern cake for you.

About the Author

Justine GudmundsonMcCain is the Chef and Owner of Bluejay’s Bakery in downtown Pensacola. She is classically French trained and has been specializing in baked goods for just under 10 years.

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The Duties Best Man + Maid of Honor Responsibilities

Being chosen as a maid of honor or best man for your closest friend’s wedding is not only an absolute honor but a huge responsibility. In doing so, the bride or groom is trusting that you assist them with anything they need before, during and after the ceremony. They are depending on you to give them moral support in response to wedding-day jitters. Maid of Honor Responsibilities The maid of honor should be able to help the bride get the preparations in order before the ceremony. The bride may want your opinion when buying her gown, making flower arrangements or picking out the cake. She may need your help addressing the invitations and putting together favors for the reception. It is also your job to purchase two garters for the bride: one for her to keep and one for the groom to take off and throw to the group of men. Now for the fun stuff! The maid of honor is in charge of planning and hosting all the parties, including the bridal shower and the bachelorette party.

For the bridal shower, it is best to get in touch with the bride’s mother in case she might have any ideas. Save the crazy stuff for the bachelorette party! You need to pick a theme for the shower, decide on a location, get a cake and invite the bride’s closest friends. While the bride is opening her gifts during the shower, be sure to record all the gifts received with the names and addresses so she can send out thank you cards later. For bachelorette party, ask the bride what she wants to do first. Yes, it’s supposed to be a surprise, but you still want her to enjoy her last night out as a single woman. Remember: male entertainment can be fun as long as the bride says it’s okay! It is

probably a good idea to have the party at least a week before the wedding. You don’t want to wear her out with a big party the night before the ceremony. Your main task on the day of the wedding is to keep the bride calm and stress-free. Make her laugh. Be sure she eats well. Listen to her worries or fears. Most of all, smile! She needs to enjoy her big day. If she sees that you are having fun, she will be more relaxed. Be there to assist her in whatever she needs. Keep the bride and bridesmaids on schedule. Make sure the bridesmaids make it to their dress fittings, hair and make-up appointments, and be sure they WEDDINGS 2019 | 37


Best Man + Maid of Honor Responsibilities know their rehearsal obligations. Also, keep track of the flower girl, if there is one. Give the bride a last-minute check before she walks down the aisle. You don’t want her to walk out with lipstick on her teeth! During the ceremony, you are responsible for the groom’s ring if there is no ring bearer. When the bride gets to the altar, rearrange her train and hold her bouquet. You are expected to give a speech following the best man’s speech during the reception. This can be somewhat nerve-wracking, so have your speech prepared and practice ahead of time. Keep the speech short and sweet. Don’t recall any embarrassing stories. You are toasting to the newlyweds, so look at them when you speak. Best Man Responsibilities If you are chosen as the best man for your friend’s wedding, he is depending on you to assist him in whatever duties he may need. You may be looking forward to planning the bachelor party the most, but it is not your only responsibility. Make sure the groom enjoys his night out with the guys, but don’t encourage him to make any stupid decisions before his wedding day. The groom may want your help with arranging the honeymoon, so make sure he has the hotel and travel information, plane tickets, itinerary and money for the trip ready before the ceremony. On the day of the wedding, assist the couple with organizing their luggage so they will be ready for departure. Ride with the groom to the wedding location, and make sure he doesn’t skip out on the bride (just kidding!). Be sure to pick up his tux before the wedding and help him dress for the ceremony.

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Make sure the groom has the marriage license, and don’t go off flirting with any bridesmaids when it’s time to witness and sign the license! Collect the minister’s fee from the groom to give to the minister privately after the ceremony. You are put in charge of the groomsmen and ushers. This doesn’t mean getting the men, including the groom, drunk before the ceremony! You want the bride and guests to be able to understand the vows. Make sure the ushers are ready and know which ladies to escort and seat. Don’t let them stand around in the back. One of the most important things you are responsible for is the bride’s ring. This means do not lose it! If there is a ring bearer, you are in charge of him, but still hang on to the real ring. At the reception, you will be first to toast the married couple. Just as the

maid of honor, make it short and sweet. Congratulations and words of encouragement are the best way to go. Be sure to dance with the bride, mothers, maid of honor and the bridesmaids. Help the groom change out of his tuxedo and return it if needed. Before you try to snag another dance with one of the bridesmaids, see the couple off to their honeymoon. If you are chosen to be a maid of honor or a best man, the most important thing is to have fun! This is one of the happiest days of your friend’s life and you get to share it with them.


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The Gifts Locally made Gifts for your Wedding party

Your bridesmaids and groomsmen have held your hand through all of the wedding planning—from invitations to dresses and from jewelry to drama, they’ve helped make sure all the details were just right for your big day. And, although they did it out of love, it is customary to offer a small gift of appreciation to your wedding party. What better way to celebrate your Pensacola wedding than by giving gifts made locally by one of the many talented artists that call Pensacola home? Locally made gifts are abundant in many downtown retail shops—the Palafox Market, First City Art Center, Quayside Gallery and Blue Morning Gallery always have plenty of unique local creations on hand to make it easy to go local with your wedding party gifts and give a little slice of Pensacola to all of your besties.

Graffiti Bridge paint chip necklace, cufflinks and ring. Available at Palafox Market or thegraffitibridge.com.

Brass monster leaf and hand hair pins by Thora Ford. Available at etsy.com/shop/thoraford. 40 | PENSACOLA MAGAZINE

Hand-blown glass tumblers by Jacob Moody. Available at First City Art Center.


Clay heart rattles by Lou Mitchell Courtney. Available at Blue Morning Gallery or elementsartforms.com.

Historic Pensacola sterling silver Old Christ Church bracelet. Available at the T.T. Wentworth Museum.

Clay stemless wine glasses by Tammy Lynn Casperson. Available at Blue Morning Gallery or tlcpottery.com.

Organic Bloom Bulgarian Rose Natural Perfume and organic Opal Aura face serum by LadyLoved. Available at the Palafox Market or ladyloved.com.

Hand-rolled long-leaf cigars—Tres Hermanos, Vieux Carre, Social Club—from The Cigar Factory. Available at The Cigar Factory or cigarfactorysocialclub.com.

Hand-turned wood pens by Dick McNeill. Available at Blue Morning Gallery.

Pale blue pottery bowl by Tammy Lynn Casperson. Available at Blue Morning Gallery or tlcpottery.com.


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The Venue Begin your Big Day at a Lovely Location by Kaitlyn Peacock

This is it. The last big thing on your to-do list. Deciding the venue. No simple task! You need to find that perfect place that fits your style and vision for the wedding, whether you want a big, bombastic festival or a small, quiet celebration. Maybe you need multiple locations for the rehearsal dinner, the ceremony and the reception, or maybe you need an all-inone package. Want something that fits the historic nature of Pensacola or looking for a more modern tone or just simply want to have a good day at the beach? Pensacola Magazine found some of the best venues in and around the Pensacola area. You’ll find them listed in order of least venue capacity to greatest, to help accommodate your needs on your big day.

Paradise Beach Homes Location: Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach Capacity: Up to 37 people per house The beach is calling you, and Paradise Beach Homes can help you find a rental to host your wedding, serve as your honeymoon getaway or as a crash pad for when you take to the beach. Whether you just want the view of the horizon from a porch or are looking to get a little sand in your toes, you can find a house to fit your needs. Houses are as small as three bedrooms up to 11 bedrooms to accommodate everyone in your wedding party. For more information on rentals at Pensacola Beach, call 916-0777, for more information on rentals at Navarre Beach, call 710-3308 or for general questions e-mail info@paradisebeachhomes.com.

Gulf Coast Getaways Location: Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach Capacity: Up to 30 people per house Planning to spend some time in the sand? Find a beach rental on Pensacola or Navarre Beach that will fit your need. Need something for the whole family? Done. Looking for something a little more intimate? Gulf Coast Getaways has you covered. Like the beach, but aren’t a fan of the waves? Rentals are available on the sound side of the beach, so you can skip the noise. If you are a fan of the ocean, gulf front are also available. Wedding season is September to April, so book your house early. For more information or to reserve the event space, call 417-8054.

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The Venue 5eleven Palafox Location: Downtown Pensacola Capacity: Up to 145 people Housed in the former Trader Jon’s building with a view of Palafox Street, this historic space is a great spot for a downtown wedding. Its claim to fame is large windows allowing for beautiful natural lighting and a built-in bar, along with an adjacent kitchen space available for caterers to use. Need a bit more room for your party or looking for something outside? 5eleven has a courtyard and adjacent lawn that can be used during the event. There is a list of required caterers for the building that is available on their website 5elevenpalafox.com. To reserve the event space or for more information, call 637-1044 or e-mail events@5elevenpalafox.com.

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Palafox House Location: Downtown Pensacola Capacity: Up to 100 people If modern flair in a historic location is what you are looking for, then the sleek and stylish Palafox House may be a good fit. This 1912 historic building has a panoramic view of Palafox Street with high windows, exposed original brick walls and gorgeous chandeliers. Along with the main event space, there is an additional room with a built-in bar and reception area and an adjacent kitchen for caterers. As a part of Great Southern Weddings, Palafox House also offers full-service wedding planning. For more information or to reserve the event space, e-mail contact@goodgrits.com or call 433-9450.

Old Christ Church Location: Downtown Pensacola Capacity: Up to 185 people

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Live Oak Plantation Location: Beulah Capacity: Up to 180 people For those looking for rustic charm and perhaps a bit of grandeur for their wedding, Live Oak Plantation might be just what you want. Located 22 minutes from downtown Pensacola on a 22-acre lumber farm and pecan orchard-turned event space, the plantation has all the natural beauty and privacy for your day as you could want. With a huge selection of views on the plantation grounds, including the Cathedral of Live Oaks, Duck Island and, for when rain happens, the Cotton House, you’re sure to find that magical spot to take your vows. For more information or to reserve the event space, call 4492100 or e-mail donna@LiveOakPlantation.com. 44 | PENSACOLA MAGAZINE

As one of the oldest surviving Protestant church buildings in all of Florida, Old Christ Church has all the historic charm enhanced by careful preservation and renovations throughout the years. Pristine white on the outside, the church boasts a unique Norman-Gothic style with early stained glass windows for a very classic feel. With high wooden ceilings, the natural acoustics of the church will enhance any vocal or instrumental sounds and music for your wedding party to enjoy. For more information or to reserve the event space, contact Casey Campbell at ccampbell@ uwf.edu or call 595-5985 x107.


Tiger Point Gulf Club Location: Gulf Breeze Capacity: Up to 200 people Located on a beautiful golf course overlooking the shores of the Santa Rosa Sound, Tiger Point Golf Club offers both indoor and outdoor facilities with an array of wedding packages to fit your needs. Want a more intimate space? The Pavilion offers a covered outdoor space to host a reception. Or looking for something with a bit more elbow room? The Garden has space enough for 200 seated guests surrounded by beautiful oak trees to enhance the natural atmosphere of the golf course. And of course, don’t miss your chance to shoot 18 holes before or after your big day. For more information or to start planning your visit, call 932-1333.

Barkley House Location: Downtown Pensacola Capacity: Up to 200 people One of the oldest venues available in Pensacola is the beautiful high-house overlooking Pensacola Bay, Barkley House. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Pensacola, Barkley House knows how to do weddings, specifically southern Gulf Coast weddings. With vintage furniture and heart-pine flooring inside the house and a gorgeous view on the porch or on the lawn, this venue is a good choice for someone looking for a classic beach feel with less sand. For more information or to reserve the event space, contact Casey Campbell at ccampbell@uwf.edu or call 5955985 x107.

Holland Farms Location: Milton Capacity: Up to 200 people Need something that is off the beaten path and away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Have your wedding on an actual working farm. Holland Farms offers all the natural beauty of the countryside with their Heaven’s Trail event barn. This venue is air conditioned, equipped with bathrooms and a kitchen with all the atmosphere of a big wooden barn. Although the barn has large windows and high ceilings for natural light, it also has chandeliers and electric lighting for any late night shindigs you have planned. For more information or to reserve the event space, call 675-6876 or e-mail heavenstrailevents@gmail.com.

Margaritaville Beach Hotel Location: Pensacola Beach Capacity: Up to 200 people Ready to relax or want a more casual wedding experience? Or maybe you want all the grand flairs for your wedding, but looking forward to have a day on the beach afterward. Margaritaville Beach Hotel offers both with a gorgeous overlook of the beach as a bonus. Boasting a expertise in island style weddings, get all the glamour and relaxation of a destination wedding without ever leaving Pensacola Beach. With both an outdoor and an indoor option for your wedding and reception, you’ll be comfortable and ready to walk down the isle in style. For more information or to reserve the event space, call 916-9755. WEDDINGS 2019 | 45


The Venue

Hemingway’s Island Grill Location: Pensacola Beach Capacity: Up to 250 What is more iconic of Pensacola than the beautiful sugar-sand beaches of Pensacola Beach? Hemingway’s Island Grill has been a staple of Pensacola Beach since opening in 2002, with a view of the Beach Ball water tower and overlooking the quiet sound side. Take over the downstairs patio and bar for a night of celebration and, of course, great food for your reception or rehearsal dinner then take to the sand for fun, relaxation or to take your vows. For more information or to reserve the event space, call 293-2237.

Fountain Park Location: Downtown Pensacola Capacity: Up to 200 Searching for a picturesque park to host your wedding? Try Fountain Park, located in the heart of downtown Pensacola and named for the three-tiered, seven-foot-tall Fleming Fountain donated to the park by the Fleming family. Engraved with a pictorial history of Pensacola, from the Blue Angels over the Naval Air Station to shrimp boats off of Fort Pickens, the fountain can serve as an interesting and beautiful center for any ceremony. Make your own history at this historical location. For more information or to reserve the event space, contact Casey Campbell at ccampbell@uwf.edu or call 5955985 x107.

The Lee House Location: Downtown Pensacola Capacity: Up to 275 people Trying to find the one perfect place for your entire wedding experience? Accommodate out of town guests, serve rehearsal dinner and host your wedding ceremony and reception all without ever leaving downtown Pensacola at the Lee House. With both indoor and outdoor spaces and rooms for 10 to 275 people, the Lee House is one of the most flexible venues in all of downtown Pensacola. Along with its variety of event options, the Lee House offers a beautiful, historic atmosphere for your big day. For more information or to reserve the event space, call 912-8770.

Museum of Commerce Location: Downtown Pensacola Capacity: Up to 250 Want something unique for your wedding venue? Try the reconstructed 1890s downtown Pensacola on display in the Pensacola Museum of Commerce. This special setting means not many decorations are needed to make the space look great, as it comes with all the natural flair and charm of an old streetscape. Once a warehouse, this huge space means you can invite your entire list of family and friends to celebrate with you. As part of the UWF Historic Trust, this building has a lot of history to add to your big day. For more information or to reserve the event space, contact Casey Campbell at ccampbell@uwf.edu or call 595-5985 x107. 46 | PENSACOLA MAGAZINE


Sanders Beach Location: Downtown Pensacola Capacity: Up to 350 people Looking for a beautiful location for a smaller budget? The Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center has a view of Pensacola Bay and is located in historic downtown Pensacola. With a large capacity ballroom, the center is able to host some of the largest private events in all of Pensacola, with the convenience of air conditioning. Or if you are looking for something for a smaller wedding, the center can accommodate you in the ballroom or in one of their large meeting rooms. And, bonus, this venue allows you to choose any caterer or vendors you want. For more information, contact Beth Huhn at 4365198 or e-mail bhuhn@cityofpensacola.com.

Sowell Farms Location: Milton Capacity: 275 Sowell Farms, a working farm located on 100 acres of land, also doubles as one of the most natural, rustic wedding locales in the Florida Panhandle. As a family-run farm, the Sowell family strives to treat every bride and groom as their daughter, son, brother or sister, with all the southern hospitality and country charm included. If you need something indoors, Sowell Farms also has a converted barn that can serve as the center for your wedding, or take to the fields for the natural farm setting. For more information or to reserve the event space, call 626-2746.

Skopelos at New World Location: Downtown Pensacola Capacity: Up to 700 people Hosting a huge wedding and need enough space for a small town while still being a beautiful location? One of the largest venues in Pensacola can be found at Skopelos at New World, a gorgeous event space that is all Pensacola. Celebrate your special day with the charm and atmosphere of Florida’s oldest settlement. As a bonus, the venue is located near the New World Inn, an actual working inn, with 15 boutique hotel rooms and a bridal suite available for out of town guests. For more information or to reserve the event space, e-mail events@skopelosatnewworld.com or call 434-7736.

Pensacola Yacht Club

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Location: Downtown Pensacola Capacity: Up to 400 people Nothing says Pensacola more than a beautiful scene overlooking the bay, the smell of the salt water and a wonderful historic building. The Pensacola Yacht Club checks out on all those fronts as one of the premier venues in Pensacola. With space for a huge dance party reception or a small wedding ceremony and more than 100 years of experience hosting events, the Club will be able to provide for all your needs with southern Pensacola hospitality. For more information or to reserve the event space, contact Scott Segers by e-mail at scott@pycfl.com or call 433-8804 ext. 102. WEDDINGS 2019 | 47


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Honeymoons on the Coast by Kelly Oden

While picturesque wine tastings in Tuscany or exotic adventures in Thailand may be the stuff fairytale honeymoons are made of, not all couples have the budget or desire for an all-out honeymoon extravaganza. Fear not—Pensacola and the larger Emerald Coast area have a dizzying array of unique, romantic and affordable options for couples planning the ultimate staycation honeymoon.

Pensacola Beach You don’t have to travel far for an epic beach honeymoon. Our very own Pensacola Beach offers all the beauty, amenities and adventure a new couple needs. Where to stay: Rent a beach house from Paradise Beach Homes or book a gulf front room or Margaritaville and enjoy stunning views while sipping wine with your sweetie. What to do: Tour historic Fort Pickens via self-guided or ranger-led tours and then take a sunset stroll down the

pristine beaches of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Have some fun on the water—rent a kayak or paddleboard from Innerlight Surf Shop or hop aboard a dolphin cruise and get up close and personal with these gentle giants. Is angling more your angle? Cast a line off of the famous Pensacola Beach fishing pier—the longest fishing pier in the Gulf! Where to eat: Try the heavenly Blue Angel Chips at the Grand Marlin, grab a cheese plate and a bottle of wine at the Wine Bar or eat fried seafood to your heart’s content with the locals at Peg Leg Pete’s.

Downtown Pensacola

If history and hip cuisine is more to your liking, Downtown Pensacola offers plenty of attractions and entertainment for any newly hitched couple. Where to stay: Both the Lee House and New World Landing offer cozy accommodations in the heart of Downtown Pensacola. Just off the beaten path is the Pensacola Victorian B&B on Gregory Street, which offers private rooms in a stunning historic home.

What to do: Enjoy any of the cultural offerings from Pensacola’s Big 5—Pensacola Opera, Pensacola Little Theatre, Pensacola Museum of Art, Ballet Pensacola, and the Pensacola Symphony. Learn about the impressive history of Pensacola and its five flags at the many offerings from Historic Pensacola—be sure to visit the T.T. Wentworth Museum. If the season is right, head out to the ballpark for a fun game of double-A baseball with sweeping views of Pensacola Bay. Where to eat: Enjoy the award-winning fare at Jackson’s Steakhouse, a pork-a-palooza at Urban Swinery or pan-Asian cuisine at Khon’s on Palafox. WEDDINGS 2019 | 49


Honeymoon on the Coast Coldwater Gardens For the outdoorsy type, Coldwater Gardens’ 300-plus acres along Coldwater Creek in Milton offer an idyllic and relaxing getaway. Where to stay: Coldwater offers canvas-sided Glamping tents— complete with beds, wood floors, a mini fridge and an outdoor sink. For those who prefer solid walls, the modern private cabins are well designed and well appointed. For the truly adventurous, primitive camping is available creek side. What to do: Enjoy a picnic on the banks of the crisp, cool and clean Coldwater Creek or head on out to any of the local outfitters for a tubing, canoe or kayak adventures on either Coldwater Creek or the Blackwater River.

Where to eat: Be sure to pack all of your favorite nosh and plenty of wine. Coldwater doesn’t offer food service or a grocery store, but it does have an impressive organic garden and if you ask nicely, they just might supply you with a few healthy treats from the land.

30A The 20-ish miles of highway 30A truly offer something for everyone. Dozens of towns, each unique unto themselves, offer lovebirds an endless supply of, well, nearly everything— beaches, bays and forests offer plenty of outdoor activities while bespoke bars, restaurants and entertainment venues serve up delicious fare and cultural experiences of every genre. Where to stay: The Pearl at Rosemary Beach offers high end luxury with all the amenities while the Hibiscus at Grayton Beach offers fun and funky old Florida vibes. What to do: Rent a bike and ride the entire stretch of 30A, visiting each town along the way. Be sure to visit the Coastal Dune Lakes—a rare natural phenomenon that only occurs in a handful of locations around the world. Paddle boarding, kayaking and other water adventures are available in each town and the shopping along 30A can’t be beat. 50 | PENSACOLA MAGAZINE

Where to eat: Breakfast and brunch at Grayton Beach’s Black Bear Bread Co. is a must—try their avocado tartine for a unique twist on avocado toast. For fine dining with an unbeatable view, try the seafood-centric fare at Pescado in Rosemary Beach. For some eclectic fun and a variety of delicious nosh, stop by the colorful airstream food trailers in Seaside.


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Wedding Directory Bridal Shops The Bridal Loft 4400 Bayou Blvd. #48 475-8296 pensacolabridalloft.com Brides Maids Galore & More 28666 N. Main St. Daphne, AL (251) 626-8866 Bridal Suite 1340 E. Nine Mile Rd. 494-9989 Build-A-Bride buildabride.com 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

Rosie’s Fashion Center of Mobile 3510 Cottage Hill Rd. Mobile (251) 661-0660

Creative Celebrations 25 Second Ave. Ft. Walton Beach 315-0969

Ruthy’s Creations and Alterations 1010 N. 12th Ave. Ste. 236 554-8764

Edible Arrangements 4350 Bayou Blvd. #6 473-2277 ediblearrangements.com

Two Times a Lady 2755 E. Olive Rd. 474-3778 Adonna’s Bakery 126 Palafox Pl. 696-2227 Betty Weber Cakes 738 Deedra St 477-1745 Bluejay’s Bakery 11 Palafox Pl, Pensacola, FL 32501 982-9731 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 chakadesignercakes.com

Emerald Coast Custom Cakes Heather Pelham 537-5110 emeraldcoastcustomcakes.com Flowers Baking Company 9201 N. Davis Hwy. 478-8360 J’s Pastry Shop 2014 N. 12th Ave. 439-6546 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 WEDDINGS 2019 | 53


The Ultimate Wedding Directory Sherry’s Cake Shop 510 Massachusetts Ave. 433-4208

Founaris Bros Greek Restaurant 6911 Pensacola Blvd. 969-9099

Fabulous Wedding Cake Stands fabulousweddingcakestands.com

Four Winds International Food Market 6895-F N. 9th Ave. 477-2808

Caterers

The Global Grill 27 S. Palafox Pl. 469-9966 globalgrillpensacola.com

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

Grover T’s BBQ 5887 US-90 Milton 564-1231 Hemingway’s 400 Quietwater Beach Rd #16 Pensacola Beach 934-4747

Bambooze Fine Wine & Liquor 8084 N Davis Hwy. 4741944

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

Restaurant IRON 22 N. Palafox St. 476-7776

McGuire’s Catering Service 600 E. Gregory St. 433-6789

Carrabba’s 311 N. 9th Ave. 438-0073

Polonza Bistro 286 N Palafox St 912-6454

Casino Beach Bar and Grille 41 Fort Pickens Rd Gulf Breeze 932-6313

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

Chet’s Catering and Seafood Restaurant 3708 W. Navy Blvd. 456-0165

Nancy’s Catering & Events 555 Scenic Highway 434-0112

Signature Catering 1974 Virecent Rd. Cantonment 554-8708 Sonny’s Barbeque Pine Forest/Navy Blvd/ 9th Ave sonnysbbq.com Condos, Beach Homes, Etc. Eden Condominiums 492-3336 Gulf Blue Group 212 South Alcaniz St 776-2655 Lost Key Golf Club 549-2160 Luxury Coastal Vacations (877) 859-0113 Meyer Vacation Rentals (251) 968-7516 Paradise Beach Homes 916-0777 Pensacola Beach Properties, Inc. 934-0099 Paradise Coastal Realty 29 Via De Luna Dr. 932-0067 Perdido Realty 492-1102 Portofino Island Resort (877) 523-2016

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

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

Windham Vacation Rentals/ResortQuest 837-4853

Culinary Productions 700 W. Main St. 469-0445

Scenic 90 Café 701 Scenic Hwy. 378-1143

A Wedding 2 Remember 474-0718

East Hill Market 1216 N. 9th Ave. 469-1432

Skopelos at New World 600 S Palafox St 432-6565

The Fish House 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 fishhousepensacola.com

Shane’s Rib Shack 3707 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. Gulf Breeze 934-7427

Flounder’s Chowder House 800 Quietwater Beach Rd. Pensacola Beach 932-2003

Siam Thai Restaurant 6403 N. 9th Ave. 479-2882

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A DJ Connection 968-1968 adjconnection.com Audio Body Control DJ Services 2061 Tujaques Pl. 455-1019 ABC Prime Time Entertainment 3001 E. Gadsten St. 438-8232


Blues Angel Music 657 N. Pace Blvd. 457-7557 Boogie Inc. 438-1660 www.boogieinc.com Dance N’ Glow www.dancenglow.com Grand Band Entertainment 3 Malaga Circle, Spanish Fort 251-621-0234 Horizon Entertainment 418-1854 www.horizonentertainment.com Florists A Flower Shop 3709 Mobile Hwy. 438-1609 Celebrations, the Florist 717 N. 12th Ave. 433-2022

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

Navarre Beach Flower Boutique 8486 Navarre Pkwy. Navarre 939-2288

Fioré of Pensacola 15 W. Main St. 469-1930 fioreofpensacola.com

Oliver’s Flowers & Gift Shop 1422 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. 434-9412

Flowerama 37 N. Navy Blvd. 456-6898

Open Rose Florist 6434 Open Rose Dr. Milton 626-1797

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

Hummingbird Flowers & Gifts 4861 W. Spencer Field Rd. Pace 995-9620

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

R & S Crafts & Florist 6260 N. W St. 434-6200

Kellyco Flowers & Gifts 185 W. Airport Blvd. #B 436-4003

Supposey Florals 3233 Gulf Breeze Pkwy 776-0553

Kebbie Hollingsworth Floral Design 393-6353

Southern Gardens Florist & Gifts 7400 Pine Forest Rd. 941-4444

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The Ultimate Wedding Directory Gifts and Registries Aqua Decor & Design 1320 N. 9th Ave. 850-912-4744 aquadecoranddesign.com Artesana Inc 242 W. Garden St. 433-4001 Bed Bath & Beyond Cordova Mall 505-0529 Belk Cordova Mall 484-3300 Bodacious Shops 407 S Palafox St 433-6505 Cigar Factory 14 S Palafox St 495-3308 Dillard’s Cordova Mall 476-3011 Duh for Garden and Home 501 N 9th Ave 439-0640 Fine Things 5131 Dogwood Dr Milton 623-1795

Nina Fritz Gallery 775 Woodbine Dr. 433-0979

EPIC Inc. Salon 210 E. Government St. Ste. A 912-4636

Pandora de Balthazar 418 E. Wright St. 434-5117

First City Beauty 116 E Gonzalez St 741-8581

Quayside Art Gallery 17 E. Zarragossa St. 438-2363

Glow Salon 5422 Hwy. 90 Pace 994-5114

Renfroe Pecan Co. 2400 W. Fairfield Dr. 432-2083 renfroepecan.com Table Elegance 1200 Fort Pickens Rd.

Head Hunter Hair Style 205 S. Baylen St. 433-3308

Things Remembered Cordova Mall 478-3243

Jessica Bosley, Makeup Artist 637-9480 jessabosley@gmail.com

Tuesday Morning Inc 6601 N. Davis Hwy. 969-9957

LeSan Salon & Day Spa 102 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ste. 2 Cantonment 484-4770

Urban Objects 128 Palafox Pl. 912-8683 Hair and Makeup 10th Avenue Hair Design 1000 E. Cervantes St. 433-5207

Kirkland’s 1690 Airport Blvd. Ste.830 857-6696

Volume One Salon 7 West Main Street Pensacola, FL 434-5409 volumeonesalon.com

MLR Fine Jewelry & Gifts 4021 Hwy. 90 994-4581 McAlpin Interiors 405 S. Palafox St. 438-8345 The Mole Hole 425 E. Zarragossa St. 434-7329 56 | PENSACOLA MAGAZINE

Hair Studio 905 N. 12th Ave. 469-1708

Target Stores Nine Mile at University Pkwy. Bayou Blvd. Hwy. 90 Pace Blue Angel Hwy.

JC Penney University Town Plaza 478-4500

Koby’s Hallmark 8084 N. Davis Hwy. 477-7963

The Hair Do 402 E. Wright St. 437-1321

Attractions Hair Studio 3836 N. 9th Ave. Continental Hair Design 114 Beverly Pkwy. 434-0333 Cynthia Sturup cynthiasturup@gmail.com 818-916-4094 Eimaj Spa & Salon 1506 W. Garden St. 332-6454

Loxx by Natalie 10 New Market St 478-0001 Merna’s Hair Salon 5153 Dogwood Dr. Milton 626-3296 Montage 2040 N. 12th Ave. 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 Shears Unlimited 5715 Walton St. 476-4247


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Joe Billingsly 850.291.6761

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The Ultimate 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 Hudson Makeup Art 346-8277 Trends Salon by Laurie & Co. 5018 Grande Dr. 477-6911 Vivid. Artistic Hair Design 801 N. 9th Ave. Ste. B 207-6817 Wade Scott Salon 1329 College Parkway 934-8180

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

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

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

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

Hampton Inn & Suites/University Mall 7050 Plantation Rd. 505-7500 Highpointe Hotel Corporation 311 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. 932-9314 highpointe.com 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

Hotels and B&B’s

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

Ashton Inn & Suites 910 N. Navy Blvd. 455-4561

Margaritaville Beach Hotel 165 Fort Pickens Rd. 916-9755

Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel 200 E. Gregory St. 433-3336

Noble Manor 110 W. Strong St. 434-9544

Courtyard by Marriott 451 Creighton Rd. 857-7744

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

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

Pensacola Victorian 203 W. Gregory St. 434-2818

Days Inn/Historic District Downtown 710 N. Palafox St. 483-1107

Portofino 10 Portofino Dr. Pensacola Beach 916-5000 (This telephone number is specifically for bldg. 3.)

Days Inn/Pensacola Beach Front 16 Via De Luna Dr. 934-3300 58 | PENSACOLA MAGAZINE

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

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 4400 Bayou Blvd. Suite 9 Pensacola 982-7433 First Class Limousine of NWFL LLC 516-4924 Hummer4Hire 529-9593 hummer4hirellc.com Karola’s Limousine Service 470-0030 654 Limo 654-5466 Party Favors Custom Baskets & Balloons 9254 N. Palafox St. 479-4438 Kent’s Special Events and Party Supplies 3877 N. Palafox St. 932-3505 Photographers A Wedding 2 Remember 474-0718 Aislinn Kate Photography 205 Cevallos St. 912-4888 Aislinnkatephotography.com Barrett McClean Photography 607-3111 Barrettmcclean.com


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Laurie Ford 850.516.8174

Available for Bachelor / Bachelorette Parties Weddings & Any Special Occasion $100/hr & multiple other vehicles available!

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Bethany Lauren Photography 712-1951 Carmen Jones Photography 1118 E Strong St 982-6405 www.carmenjonesphotography.com Captured Moments 2188 E. Olive Rd. 478-8332 Debby’s Creative Photography Inc. 540 E. Ten Mile Rd. 477-2090 Documented Photography 287-1864 East Hill Photography 223 W. Gregory St. 438-4797 Ferebee Photo/Graphic 380-4241 Frank Hardy Photography 449-1279

A Timeless Tradition of Inspiring Art Since 1973

Gary 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

Mon-Sat: 10:00 AM -5:00 PM Sun: 1:00 - 5:00 PM

*Quayside Art Gallery is the largest co-op gallery in thePhotography southeast, and Kay Brown features the work of local artists from Pensacola surrounding 6282 and Quintette Rd. areas.

Milton2363 850-438 17 994-7954 E. Zaragoza Street Pensacola, Fl. 32502 www.quaysidegallery.com

Kimberly Sellers Photography

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm 712-4953 Sun 1pm-5pm.

Voted VIP Best Art Gallery

QuaysideGallery.com

Quayside Art Gallery is the oldest, largest artist-owned and operated gallery in the southeast offering: • • • •

Three floors of works by more than 100 artists Regular art shows with affordable art Workshops with well-known artists New and emerging artist membership

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Leslie Roark Photography 865-0669 Mackey’s Memories Photography 455-2947 Melissa Wilson Photography 776-6463 Patsy Brown Photography aka A Thousand Words Photography


The Ultimate Wedding Directory 5140 Prieto Dr. 456-1000 Patsybrown.com

Stone’s Studio Inc. 1110 N. 12th Ave. 432-2351

Clark M. Mobile Notary Services 6269 Tributary St. 418-0310

Paula’s Picture Perfect 944-5224

Studio One 103 W. Intendencia 712-0639

Ida’s Legal Forms 1850 N. W St. 434-7524

Tara Cook Photography 4620 Geri St Milton 698-2189

Occasions by Karen 384-5767

People’s Choice Photography 255-1366 Rae Leytham Photography 554-2538 Remember When Photography 712-1736 Savanna’s Studio Photography aka The Silver Storyteller LLC 454-4146 www.savannamorgretphotography.com Steven Frame Photography & Video 1965 Woodbridge Dr. 261-8629 Southern Exposure Photography 809 N. Reus St. 572-4765

Timothy Ludvigsen 982-3183 Preachers/Pastors/ Justice of the Peace/Notary A Wonderful Ceremony Officiant/Notary 5973 W. Shore Dr. Abercrombie 24-Hour Notary 945 W Michigan Ave 471-1382 Attention to Detail 421 Twin Lakes Dr

Rachel’s Notary Service 4407 Harve Way 432-6577 Unity Church of Christianity 716 N. 9th Ave. 438-2277 Rings Beasley Jewelers 875 E 9 Mile Rd E. Nine Mile Rd. 477-7311 Beré Jewelers 5033 N. 12th Avenue 477-6818 berejewelers.com

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The Ultimate Wedding Directory Elebash Jewelry 36 Palafox Pl. 432-5136

La Bona International Boutique 507 Adams St. 857-1211

Sandi Pearls 516-8174 etsy.com/shop/SandiPearls

Elite Jewelers Cordova Mall 505-7879

The Market and Mainly Shoes 700 S Palafox St 434-3012

Gunner’s Gulf Coast Jewelers 4375 5th Ave. Pace 994-5515

Marks and Morgans Cordova Mall 478-4411

Santa Rosa Jewelers 5159 Santa Rosa St. Milton 623-2925

Helzberg’s Diamonds Cordova Mall 477-3173

Meadows Jewelers Inc. 125 S. Palafox Pl. 432-5454

Jeweler’s Trade Shop 26 Palafox Pl. 432-4433

Reeds Jewelers Santa Rosa Mall 244-2416

Kimberly’s Jewelers 707 N. Eglin Pkwy. Fort Walton Beach 864-2040

Richard Bryson Jewelers 6871 N. 9th Ave. 477-6360

Kay Jewelers Cordova Mall 477-5677

Rock Hard Designs 16 N. Palafox St. 438-5119

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

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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 Nails by Lynn and Spa 1105 N. 9th Ave. 466-5879 Penton House Hair Salon & Day Spa 3660 Hwy. 90 Pace 994-8633

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Southern Soiree

China, stem ware, and flatware rental. Southern-Soiree.com leighshell@mchsi.com

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 240 S Jefferson St 438-3580 Still Waters Medical Day Spa 20 N. Tarragona St. 432-6772 swmedspa.com

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Stationery/Invitations Award Masters Inc 5353 N. Palafox St. 438-2124 Baker Creative Advertising 3584 Pleasant View Ct. Pace 995-9557 Call a Graphic Artist 1410 E. Olive Rd. 478-5646 Copy Cat Printing 3636 N L St 438-5566 IBK Stationery 432-4002 Miracle Strip Printing 932-7598 Printers of Pensacola 1207 W. Garden St. 434-2588 Southern Paperworks Stationery Co. 995-7455 Tent/Furniture Rental A Grand Affair Party Rental 12189 County Road 65 Foley (251) 943-8188 Grand Rental Station 5615 Bauer Rd. 850-497-8590 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. North Hill Chair Covers and Linens 5045 Mobile Hwy. 937-6894 Rental Rite 1924 N. Pace Blvd. 434-2550

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Southern Soiree southern-soiree.com

Bluejay’s Bakery

Wedding Walls 5465 Woodbine Rd. Pace 995-9988 weddingwalls.com

wedding Cakes

Travel Adventure Travel 2172 W 9 Mile Rd 478-6250

desserts • Pastries

vegan • gluten free

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

BLUEJAYSBAKERY.COM 850.982.9731 11 E PALAFOX PLACE PENSACOLA

Berkshire Travel Centre 2556 Cove Rd. Navarre Cruise Planners 696-6636 Elite Travel Agency Inc. 2105 Airport Blvd. 478-7740 Springdale Travel 313 S. Palafox St. 434-2543 Gulf Breeze Travel Agency 3233 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. 932-9276 Majestic Travel 3043 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. 934-3597 Worldwide Cruise Planner 471-1147 Videography Ron Little Studios 9255 N Palafox St Ste B 484-9814 Mike Wood Productions 393-1633 Momentus Films 450-3135 Rising Star Video Productions 516-6214 StoryLive Productions Cantonment www.storyliveproductions.com

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Wedding Planners A Wedding to Remember 474-0718 Enlighten Events 420-7687 eeidesigns.com 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 2737 Gulf Breeze Pkwy Gulf Breeze 313-0583 Megan K. Events 619-1440

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Nancy’s Haute Affairs Nancy Silivos 434-0112 www.nancyshauteaffairs.com Samantha Jackson Weddings 221-3638 samanthajacksonweddings.com Shelby Peaden Events 685-9186 www.shelbypeadenevents.com Sunshine Wedding Company 502-0393 Tropical Beach Weddings 496-2633 tropicalbeachweddings.com Wedding Reception Locations 5eleven Palafox 511 S. Palafox St. 637-1044

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Barkley House 410 S. Florida Blanca St. 595-5985 Pensacola Beach Weddings 1427 Sound Retreat Dr. 293-2457 www.pensacolabeachweddings.com


Bodacious Shops 407 S Palafox St 433-6506 Casino Beach Bar and Grille 41 Fort Pickens Rd Gulf Breeze 932-6313 City of Pensacola Department of Parks & Recreations Administration 222 W. Main St. 436-5670 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 Hemingway’s 400 Quietwater Beach Rd #16 Pensacola Beach 934-4747 Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front 12 Via De Luna Dr. 916-2999 Historic Pensacola Village 120 Church St. 595-5985 Holland Farms 2055 Homer Holland Rd Milton 675-6876 Imogene Theatre 6866 Caroline St. Milton 626-2117 Live Oak Plantation 7874 Beulah Rd 449-2100


Ceremony | Reception | Rehearsal Dinner | food & Bar Service The Milton Garden Club Center 5256 Alabama St. Milton 626-2003

PALAFOX HOUSE LOCATED IN HISTORIC, DOWNTOWN PENSACOLA A Great Southern Event Space

The Museum of Commerce 201 Zarragossa St. 595-5985 New World Inn 600 S. Palafox St. 432-4111 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

196 North Palafox Street | palafoxhouse.com | 850.433.9450

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 Pensacola Yacht Club 1897 Cypress St 433-6773 Polonza Bistro 286 N. Palafox St. 912-6454

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Sanders Beach Community Center 913 S I Street 436-5198 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 Hilary@rosies.com Tiger Point Golf Club 1255 Country Club Rd. Gulf Breeze 932-1333 tigerpointgolf.com UWF Historic Trust 120 Church St 595-5985

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