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Wedding day dreams come true at Vanderbilt Country Club!  Wedding Packages to fit your budget  Beautiful Clubhouse and spectacular grounds  A team of service professionals  Award winning Chef  Available for Rehearsal Dinners and Bridal Showers

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The National Association of Wedding Professionals, Inc. is the first Association to cover all aspects of the wedding industry with a focus on education for the membership and the consumer. It was founded in March of 1989, in SW Florida, as the SW Florida Bridal Association and then incorporated into The National Association of Wedding Professionals, Inc. in May of 1993. It is a not-for-profit organization designed for businesses that service the wedding industry. We recognize the importance of high standards and professional image. Our goal is to create, promote, and maintain integrity among our members and the community. We are a group of professionals dedicated to providing superior products and services to those we have the honor to serve. Whatever the occasion or event that comes along life's way, we are here to help create a lasting memory for those seeking our assistance. All members of NAWP will continue to strive for "The Best" in all we do. There are two chapters in this area; one based in Fort Myers and one in Naples. There are also chapters in Miami, North Carolina, and New York. We welcome inquires in starting new chapters, or joining one of our existing chapters. We also welcome input from the general public on what topics you may wish us to cover in our education seminars. You may contact us via the website at www.nawp.com. The Bridal Guide - Official Publication of The National Association of Wedding Professionals, Inc., Fort Myers and Naples Chapters. Published by The Nuptial News/Show Publishing LLC, 1540 Clermont., Naples, FL 34109, (239) 431-7565. Cover photo: Courtesy of Scott Kelsey Photography, (239) 834.9744, www.scottkelsey.com. Contents of this publication may not be reproduced without written permission of this publisher. The information contained herein is believed reliable, however, the publisher assumes no liability for omissions, changes or errors. Members listed in the middle section of this guide, were current members in good standing as of this printing. Membership changes throughout the year. Check www.nawp.com for a complete and current list of members.


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Your Dream Wedding Realized… The Club at The Strand is a Private Championship Golf Country Club with an elegant and classic old world ambiance. Whether your wedding is an intimate gathering or a gala event, we will help you plan an affair to remember. The Botanical Garden is a beautiful setting for any outdoor wedding. Our Award-Winning Chef will provide you with numerous options for a spectacular menu and our Professional Planners and Staff will ensure all the details are handled for a worry-free experience.


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Member Listing Accommodations

Best Western Airport Inn..........................................239-561-7000 Century 21 Birchwood Int’l.....................................239-728-8313 Courtyard By Marriott Gulf Coast Center...............239-332-4747 Hampton Inn & Suites............................................239-437-8888 Hawthorn Suites......................................................239-593-1300 Hilton Garden Inn Ft Myers Airport........................239-210-7213 Hilton Garden Inn Ft Myers....................................239-938-2902 Hotel Indigo............................................................239-337-3446 Inn of Naples...........................................................239-649-5500 Pelican Isle Yacht Club.............................................239-566-1606 Residence Inn Fort Myers/Sanibel............................239-415-4150 Royal Shell Vacations, Inc........................................239-472-9111 SpringHill Suites by Marriott Fort Myers.................239-561-1803

Bridal Salons, Alterations & Formalwear Alfred Angelo, Inc....................................................239-939-4713 Black Tie Tuxedo......................................................239-481-2238 Dazzle Too...............................................................239-418-1249 For The Bride...........................................................239-590-9299 “I Do” Bridals of Cape Coral....................................239-542-2244 Kelly Chase Couture, LLC.......................................239-690-7379 Loretta’s Bridal Boutique..........................................239-948-3998 Men’s Palace.............................................................239-643-2773 Men’s Wearhouse......................................................510-723-8632

Cakes & Catering

Cohen & Cohen Catering........................................239-243-8906 Jabba Sushi LLC.......................................................239-293-0694 Mason’s Bakery.........................................................239-334-4525 Publix Supermarkets.................................................863-688-1188 Ruth’s Chris Steak House.........................................239-948-8888 Sugar Palm Bakery...................................................239-254-8115 Tastebuds Custom Catering.....................................239-774-3663

Cruise Boat Weddings

Cruise Naples.............................................................239-450-4871 Custom Design Group LLC.......................................414-305-5759 Fort Myers Princess....................................................239-765-8500 Living Brochures........................................................239-304-9227 Naples Princess...........................................................239-649-2275

Dance Instruction

Rhythm in Motion.................................................... 239-542-3500


Member Listing Favors, Gifts, Invitations & Registry

Bed Bath & Beyond.................................................908-688-0888 Belk..........................................................................239-415-1015 Carico, Int’l..............................................................954-973-3900 Creative Designs by Christina..................................989-295-2552 DirectBuy of Fort Myers..........................................239-425-6080 Invitation to Paper...................................................239-325-9527 Naples Sea & Sun.....................................................239-293-3837 NationalhealthstylesCooking4you............................866-520-2224 Norman Love Confections.......................................239-561-7215 Peace, Love, & Little Donuts....................................239-213-0188 The Pampered Chef..................................................239-849-3120

Florists, Decorations & Plant Rental

Angel Blooms Florist................................................239-267-9594 Beautiful Streamers..................................................239-571-3409 Botanicals on the Gulf..............................................239-455-5175 Edible Arrangements................................................239-437-8480 Floral Encores..........................................................239-597-1718 Grace Lakes Florist Inc.............................................239-262-6536 JH Designs...............................................................239-277-0544 Lyfe of the Party.......................................................239-593-5433 Magical Flowers & Produce......................................239-643-0419 Naples Floral Design................................................239-514-1414 Olen Designs LLC...................................................239-451-4545 Party Harty..............................................................239-261-3122 Patty’s Flower Shop..................................................239-549-5985

Health, Beauty & Fitness

Arbonne International- Laurie Gantlett.................... 519-661-7441 Cre8 Salon & Spa..................................................... 239-458-2704 Diva Boutique.......................................................... 239-213-8981 Duality Artistry........................................................ 801-557-0054 Hope Artistry, LLC.................................................. 239-233-0256 Kent V. Hasen, M.D................................................ 239-262-5662 LaMouche Salon & Spa............................................ 239-949-2233 Marcella Image Consulting, Inc............................... 239-699-1655 Mary Kay - Farah McCauley.................................... 239-281-0847 Profiles..................................................................... 239-466-6245 Purely You By Jenn................................................... 239-331-8266 Results Weight Loss.................................................. 239-573-3279 Salon International................................................... 239-261-3899 Salon Tease............................................................... 239-919-0841 Vanity Hair Spa........................................................ 239-939-2725 Vein Specialists @ Royal Palm Square....................... 239-694-8346 Wedding Styles by Michele....................................... 914-714-8056 Zoom Tan LLC........................................................ 239-962-1984


Member Listing Honeymoon Travel & Tourism

AAA Travel.................................................................. 239-939-6500 All Aboard Travel......................................................... 239-274-9999 CruiseOne................................................................... 239-689-1356 Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB........................ 239-252-2379 The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.......................... 239-338-3500

Jewelry

Dawn Lutz Designs..................................................... 239-289-7937 Dunkin’s Diamonds.................................................... 239-277-1011 Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry........................................... 239-333-2646

Limousines & Valet Service

Calusa Blueway Outfitters LLC................................... 678-558-0002 Diamond Limousine................................................... 239-707-9972 Go Platinum Transportation........................................ 239-267-1816 Limotions, Inc............................................................. 239-645-4878 Premier Trolleys........................................................... 239-961-1882 Vincent’s Auto Concierge Services............................... 239-471-4799

Marketing & Media

Creative Data.............................................................. 239-656-1871 Effective Marketing..................................................... 239-395-1527 Florida Weddings & Special Events............................. 239-334-0945 Larson Directories....................................................... 239-549-1119 Naples Daily News...................................................... 239-213-6004 PartyMouth.com......................................................... 866-693-3965 The Nuptial News....................................................... 239-431-7565 WedBiz Media............................................................. 888-588-1698 Weddings Florida Magazine........................................ 727-953-9174 Weddings Illustrated................................................... 239-298-7510 Wished.it.................................................................... 239-267-4294

Music & Entertainment

A Acclaimed Music Force DJ’s..................................... 239-768-0111 A DJ With Class......................................................... 239-872-3648 A Dream Wedding DJ................................................. 239-649-8777 A Sound Choice Entertainment.................................. 239-352-9988 Aace Entertainment..................................................... 239-466-0077 All Request Entertainment.......................................... 239-432-9666


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DJ Company of South Florida.................................239-821-8799 DJ Ron Rutz............................................................239-454-9999 Florida Talent Consultants.......................................239-775-6555 George’s DJ & Live Entertainment...........................941-639-6191 GST Pro DJ Production...........................................239-280-8529 Inspired Images & Events.........................................239-574-1200 Juke Box Hero..........................................................239-772-0958 jZell Music...............................................................239-250-9125 Kevin Bruce.............................................................239-821-8563 Kraichy & Erickson, Harp & Violin Duo................239-947-3335 Laura Lou Roth Harpist...........................................239-597-5204 Lyrical Soul..............................................................901-218-8291 Marc Vee..................................................................239-390-1365 Most Romantic Voice Productions...........................239-348-2742 New Beginnings Events............................................239-770-1126 O’Ryan Sound.........................................................239-699-2444 Pat Pat Productions HPS Entertainment..................239-649-7427 Seaside Strings..........................................................239-348-7314 Sound O’ the Pipes..................................................239-481-6524 Sounds of Paradise....................................................239-455-9924 Sounds Unlimited DJ Company..............................239-898-6426 Talent Ventures, LLC...............................................239-262-5291 Windsong Harp & Flute Duo..................................239-945-0106

Photobooths

Bash Booths.............................................................239-222-0322 Limelight Photobooths.............................................239-826-6517 Say Cheese Photo Booth, Inc...................................239-470-7487

Photographers

A Moment in Time Photography.............................239-860-5354 Aimee Rossi Photography.........................................239-682-3842 Any Occasion Photo & Videography.......................239-645-3399 Astrid and Rene Photography...................................239-370-1091 Avant-Garde Images.................................................239-263-7001 Brandon McNabb Photography...............................239-878-9010 Butterfly Kisses Photography, Inc.............................239-699-4347 Captivating Creations by Deanna Sommella............239-910-6736 Christine Vertin, Photographer................................239-248-3577 Dick Parrish Photography........................................239-677-1040 Dick Roberts Studio.................................................239-278-3003 Doreen Kline Photography.......................................239-823-7784


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Erica Braley Photography.........................................239-357-6704 e’Shay Design and Photography...............................513-504-9034 For Eternity Photography.........................................813-482-1629 Gulfside Media, Inc..................................................239-464-3239 Images Wedding Photography..................................239-283-9811 Impressions Photography.........................................239-437-1838 Jamie Lee Photography.............................................239-872-0419 Jesse Netsch Photography.........................................239-691-6719 Joe Capasso Photography.........................................239-273-4977 Just Say Cheese Photography & Videography...........239-272-3046 Lasting Impressions by Dave....................................239-433-0004 Luminaire Foto........................................................239-848-8926 Matt Steeves Photography........................................239-246-1707 Michael Shapiro Photography..................................239-770-6860 Michelle Reed Photography.....................................239-566-9797 Mielke Photography.................................................239-362-0781 MM Photo & Video................................................239-541-2927 Naples Videography & Photography........................239-495-1323 Nautilus Photography..............................................239-275-7427 New Ground Photography.......................................239-449-8897 Nick Adams Photography........................................239-395-7671 Onetake Images Photography...................................239-826-2667 PBS Studio Inc.........................................................239-936-8600 Photographic Images by Jim.....................................239-398-1124 Photography by Jerri Lynn.......................................239-989-7032 Rosenthal Photography............................................239-292-1485 Scott Kelsey Photography.........................................239-834-9744 Sebrie Images...........................................................239-826-5682 Set Free Photograpny...............................................239-209-4461 Summer Breeze Photography, Inc.............................239-370-0559 Tonya Malay, Photographer......................................239-498-1685 Trenholm Photo.......................................................603-548-7233

Pre-Marital Counseling, & Financial

Genesis Counseling of Fort Myers.............................239-939-5504 Merrill Lynch............................................................239-432-6840 Van D. Davis, P.A......................................................239-278-5209 youCANownahome.com...........................................239-851-9724

Receptions & Rehearsal Dinners

Bayfront Inn 5th Ave................................................239-649-5800 Bellasera Resort........................................................239-649-7333 Blue Martini.............................................................239-591-2583


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Buca di Beppo Naples..............................................239-596-6662 Burroughs Home & Gardens...................................239-337-0706 Casa Ybel - Thistle Lodge.........................................239-472-0693 Colonial Country Club............................................239-768-7301 Copperleaf...............................................................239-390-2027 Crown Colony Golf & Country Club......................239-590-9044 Crowne Plaza...........................................................239-210-2471 Decanted Wines.......................................................800-980-5766 Diamond Head Resort.............................................239-765-7654 Double Tree Guest Suites.........................................239-593-8733 Edison & Ford Winter Estates..................................239-334-7419 Embassy Suites Hotel-Ft Myers................................239-949-4222 Florida Marina Clubs...............................................239-489-2969 Forest Glen Golf & Country Club...........................239-348-1332 Foxfire Golf & Country Club..................................239-643-2977 Gateway Country Club............................................239-561-1024 Glen Eagle Golf & Country Club............................239-352-7112 Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club......................239-433-5111 Harborside Event Center..........................................239-321-8120 Heritage Bay Golf & Country Club.........................239-353-7056 Heritage Palms Country Club..................................239-278-9090 Herons Glen............................................................239-731-4545 Highland Woods Golf & Country Club...................239-498-8733 Hilton Marco Island.................................................239-642-2104 Hilton Naples...........................................................239-659-3108 Holiday Inn Ft Myers Airport..................................239-322-1361 Hyatt Regency Coconut Point..................................239-390-4242 Inn at Pelican Bay.....................................................239-597-8777 Inn on Fifth, Old Naples..........................................239-280-2705 Kensington Country Club........................................239-649-4440 Kingsway Country Club...........................................941-276-5349 Lani Kai Island Resort..............................................239-463-3111 Legends Golf & Country CLub...............................239-561-8740 Lexington Country Club..........................................239-985-1823 Longshore Lake Foundation, Inc..............................239-566-2304 McCormick & Schmicks Seafood.............................239-591-2299 Microtel Inn & Suites..............................................239-369-2121 Miromar Lakes Beach Club......................................239-908-2398 Naples Beach Hotel..................................................239-659-4309 Naples Botanical Garden..........................................239-325-1936 Naples Heritage Golf & Country Club....................239-417-8545


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Naples Signature Resort...........................................239-530-0153 Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens............................239-262-5409 Nemo’s on the Beach................................................239-824-3271 Olde Hickory Golf & Country Club........................239-768-2400 Pelican Preserve........................................................239-985-1779 Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa.................................239-463-8635 Portobello.................................................................941-639-3650 Royal Palm Yacht Club.............................................239-334-2176 Roy’s.........................................................................239-261-1416 Sandy Butler Gourmet Market & Restaurant...........239-482-6765 Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa...................239-466-2134 Seminole Casino Immokalee....................................239-658-1313 Southern Waters.......................................................239-851-1552 Spring Run Golf Club..............................................239-410-6165 Stonebridge Country Club.......................................239-594-5200 Sundial Beach Resort................................................239-472-4151 The Club at Grandezza.............................................239-948-2900 The Club at Olde Cypress........................................239-596-4797 The Club at Sterling Oaks........................................239-566-1575 The Club at the Strand.............................................239-593-8026 The Colony Golf & Bay Club..................................239-390-4705 The Commons Club at The Brooks..........................239-949-3800 The Edison Restaurant.............................................239-936-9348 The Forest Country Club.........................................239-466-6217 The Island Pub.........................................................239-262-2500 The Landings Yacht, Golf & Tennis Club.................239-482-3224 The Plantation Golf & Country Club......................239-561-8650 The Resort at Marina Village....................................888-865-5844 The Sanctuary Golf Club..........................................239-472-6445 The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center......................239-333-1933 The Villages at Country Creek..................................239-947-4488 Tiburon Golf Club...................................................239-593-2209 Trattoria Per Tutti.....................................................239-354-9955 Vanderbilt Country Club.........................................239-348-3360 Vasari Country Club................................................239-596-0645 West Bay Beach & Golf Club...................................239-444-2310 White Orchid at Oasis.............................................239-433-2226 Windstar..................................................................239-775-3400 Worthington Country Club.....................................239-495-2278


Member Listing Rentals, Service & Event Lighting

BBJ Linen................................................................239-261-5574 Caloosa Tent Rentals................................................239-694-5177 Connie Duglin Specialty Linen................................239-593-0389 Niche Event Rentals.................................................239-776-4854 Party Time Rentals & Special Events........................239-263-5471 Premier Tenting Solutions & Event Rentals..............239-289-0185 Taylor Rental............................................................239-643-1334

Videographers

Captiva Video..........................................................239-466-8010 Iheart Film Studios LLC...........................................239-641-3456 Naples Original Video Productions..........................239-594-5588 Reel Treasures Video Productions.............................239-348-8700 Staytuned Productions, Inc......................................239-645-1950 The Waters Edge Productions...................................707-363-8842

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Keep Your Cool by Tori Lawless

National Association of Wedding Professionals Fort Myers Chapter Chairman of the Board

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n outdoor Florida wedding in the summer months is not a common choice. The heat and humidity are brutal, the bugs are thriving on the moisture, it rains almost everyday, and there’s always the threat of a hurricane! Whether it’s a sentimental date or off-peak vendor rates, many couples still opt to get married outside in the summertime despite these potential day spoilers. Here are some tips for making your outdoor wedding a success.

SHADE

If your ceremony site is not under a covered pavilion of some sort, consider renting large garden umbrellas to protect your guests from direct sunlight. Make visits to your venue a few weeks before the wedding around the time of day you plan to get married. This will give you an idea of where the sun is in the sky and where there is the most shade. If you visit the site much earlier, your sun times will not be accurate due to Daylight Savings.

HYDRATION

Find out if your site can provide bottled water for your guests. They can be distributed along with your programs by your ushers. You can even order custom made water bottles for your wedding. Check out www.iWantMyH20.com - they even discuss their water source on their website for the environmentally conscious.

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RAIN

Hand held umbrellas or parasols are nice to have for shade. Unfortunately, Florida’s summer rains almost always bring lightning. The best plan is to consult with the venue’s site coordinator to see if, in the event of rain, you are able to postpone the ceremony until it clears. You should also make backup plans to hold the ceremony at your reception site in case the weather does not clear. Find out what the policy is at both your ceremony and reception site regarding cancellation due to bad weather or hurricanes. Start watching the weather one week out. I like to use www.weather.com.


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Hand fans are a growing trend in weddings. Handmade raffia fans can be found online at a low rate (often less than $1 per fan). Tie ribbons in your wedding colors to the handles or glue your program to the front. Hand fans are inexpensive favors and your guests will thank you. Electric fans are also a good idea if electricity is available at your site. The circulating air will help keep some of the bugs away, too. Remember to be careful with your power cords – nothing ruins a wedding day like a sprained ankle.

Photography: Jamie Lee Photography 239.872.0419 / www.jamieleephotography.com

WELCOME GOODIES

Be sure to put items such as sunscreen and insect repellent in your welcome bags for your out of town guests. Remember that many of them do not live here year-round and may not think about these items. Off! has a new product that clips-on to things like pockets or chairs rather than covering your body with stinky mosquito spray. You can also purchase individually packaged insect repellent wipes that are perfect for stuffing into welcome bags.

INFORMED GUESTS

Tell your guests on the invitation that it is an outdoor wedding. This will give them the cue to wear light-weight clothes, sunglasses, and appropriate shoes.

STAY FRESH

Be sure to let your makeup artist and hair stylist know that you’re getting married outside. Between the ceremony and pictures, you’ll want to remain shine-free and frizz-free. Don’t forget to pack your emergency kit with deodorant and blotting towels.

RESPECT YOUR ELDERS

Keep in mind that Grandma and Grandpa may not be as mobile as you are. Make arrangements to have your senior guests dropped off and picked up close to the ceremony location. They should be seated in a very shady and cool location. Our elders are often more sensitive to heat, so keep their health and comfort in mind while planning.


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Schedule a consultation with the photographer so you can get a clear understanding of their pricing structure.

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Make sure the photographer is using professional equipment with equally professional back-up equipment.

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Check out the photographer’s credentials. Make sure they have the proper licenses and are members of organizations which maintain high standards of ethics and professionalism.

Discuss with the photographer and perhaps make a list of photos you would like in your album. Do you want predominantly posed pictures or do you prefer more candids ? Personality is important! You will spend more time with your photographer than any other professional involved in your wedding. Did you feel comfortable with the photographer, was it a good personality match ?

Schedule a pre-bridal photo session. It will enhance your album and provide beautiful wall portraits. Your wedding photos will provide you years of memories of this very special day - you want to look your best. Consider using a professional skilled in photography make-up and consult the Member Listing in the center of this Guide for a complete register of Photographic professionals, and also reference the association website at wwww.nawp.com.


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he first wedding planners may have been the minister’s wife, the ladies organization at the community church, or the village matchmaker who arranged marriages. Today, it is a profession. Wedding planners and consultants are invaluable to brides and grooms who are concentrating on a career with little time to spend on the details of a wedding. In this day, many families are stretched across the country and the wedding may well be held in a city where the family knows few of the professionals it will take to do the wedding. A planner knows the most cost effective ways to plan a wedding while staying within the budget. Planners maximize the bride’s buying power. Retailers such as florists, caterers, photographers, etc. work closely with the planners. Does using a wedding planner mean you are giving up control of your wedding? No, it is the planner’s job to put your plan into action. They have the knowledge and experience necessary to incorporate the details of your wedding day. In selecting a planner, choose one who has been in the business for at least five years. Call a local wedding organization such as the NAWP for a referral . Not only does a planner ease your mind by seeing to details, you can also save time and money. It takes hours to research and locate wedding services and retailers. The planner’s experience and know how will find the right vendor and wprovide exactly the wedding you have been dreaming about. Talk to a number of the Wedding Consultants in the Member Listing in the center of this Guide and also reference www.nawp.com.


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2012 Bridal Guide for Southwest Florida