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(located at The Perfect Dress of Sarasota) CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Liz Stevenson Photography The Camera Crew Photography Lifelong Studio Photography Declaration Photography Cat Pennenga Photography Gordon Images Photography Alissa Sue Photography Julia Rachel Photography ADVISORY BOARD

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real weddings Rebecca & Alex ........................ 25 Brooke & Enrique .................... 27

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featured venues ST. PETERSBURG

Postcard Inn on the Beach SARASOTA

The Sarasota Modern Sun N Fun Resort University Park Golf & Country Club Big Cat Habitat Nathan Benderson Park The Meadows Country Club MYAKKA CITY

The Venue at Diamond C Ranch VENICE

Chapel Creek Weddings & Events Plantation Golf & Country Club Hotel Venezia ENGLEWOOD

Manasota Beach Club

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Picking a wedding venue is a big deal. It’s a large portion of your budget, sets the tone for the day, and can be an incredibly overwhelming process. During this unprecedented time to be planning a wedding, how do you find a venue that you can afford? Like? Is convenient? Plus, the biggest struggle … that isn’t already booked? We promise, it’s possible! Review our list of COVID-19 questions to ask venues on www.NuovoBride.com and follow these tips: visualize the experience Think about what type of experience you’re trying to have. Love being outdoors? If that’s the case, an industrial or ballroom might not be the best fit for you. Striving for Instagramable photos? A historical location could help create the buzz you crave. Once you have an ideal location style, create a rough guest list of attendees. The worst thing is falling in love with a location that doesn’t accommodate all your needs. TIP: Plan more than year in advance if you want a specific date. If you have less than 12 months, pick 3-5 dates you would be happy with and see who matches up. the “b” word … budget! Next you need to create your wedding budget. How much can you spend on a venue? You want to narrow it down so you are looking right in your sweet spot. Consider all-inclusive versos a blank slate. Most inclusive venues will have their own catering, baker, planner and sometimes even their own florist. Most couples today go with a venue that offers the event space and rentals, then customize their wedding from there. TIP: For non-inclusive venues, hire a wedding planner to make sure everything is set up correctly! initiate weather back up plan Concerns about the weather can definitely be a big factor in choosing a wedding venue. This is surprisingly overlooked by couples when they are booking. Some venues will offer a rain plan option such as a barn, reception space or a tent. Whatever the case, make sure you ask when touring so you don’t pay a deposit on a function space that can’t accommodate a plan for your guest count. You deserve an experience that matches the love you’re celebrating. You may come across many obstacles during this process but don’t be discouraged. The important thing is to create a celebration that completely speaks true to the both of you.

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Picture PERFECT Settings

THE PERFECT BACKDROP FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE PROVIDING UNMATCHED PRIVACY AND EXCLUSIVITY. THE VENUE AT DIAMOND C RANCH IS TAILOR-MADE FOR ANY WEDDING.

240 ACRES • 5200 SQ. FT. BARN

FIRST LOOK ON THE STAIRCASE

LEARN MORE: WWW.VENUEATDIAMONDCRANCH.COM

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Cake plays a big role in your wedding day celebration - and one that typically gets overlooked. From the display to the ceremonial cake cutting, there will be hundreds of pictures taken and taste buds to please. Flavor, texture, decoration, slicing, serving all have to be considered when planning. So what are the crucial details a couple shouldn't overlook? Here are five important "do's and don'ts" for the low key reception star - the wedding cake! do's 1. Have a budget in mind. 2. Match to the height of your space. 3. Think about frosting. 4. Have a delivery plan in place. 5. Show the cake as a center piece.

don'ts 1. Listen to flavor opinions. 2. Purchase without a tasting. 3. Forget to consider weather conditions. 4. Forget a topper. 5. Pass on eating your own cake. sponsored by southern bay bakery |

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secrets of a celebrity

MAKEUP ARTIST

expert: meredith greene, celebrity makeup artist

That perfect bridal glow begins months before your big day. “I have worked with brides for over twenty years, and have encountered all manner of last minute pre wedding skin challenges, ranging from botched brows, unexpected allergic reactions, skin breakouts, burns, bruising, orange streaky skin, sun tan lines - it can be endless!” Says local celebrity make up artist, Meredith Greene. If wedding planning has you noticing dark circles under your eyes - don’t stress! Meredith is sharing her top five secrets on how to make you (literally) glow from the inside out. it all begins with “inner beauty” No, we’re not talking about your beautiful heart and soul. Meredith Greene says health and wellness are VITAL. “Most importantly, staying hydrated is key and make sure you are exercising regularly to purge toxins and help reduce mental stressors.” says Meredith. “If your insides are well taken care of, it reflects on the outside!” ... but what follows? hire the right professionals Finding an educated and licensed makeup artist will make a world of difference. Sure, there are thousands of “artists” to choose from. But when you book a licensed professional it comes with peace of mind that they are trained on the maintenance of their makeup kits to avoid cross contamination and spread of disease. “Safety is essential. Just because someone is skilled at doing

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makeup or hair does not mean they know how to properly say hello to your new bestie, sunscreen! sanitize their equipment.” she explains. “Many in demand “I have still have so many brides that over do it in the sun. artists book a year or more ahead, so it is a good idea to check They are trying to get that ‘bronzed glow’, which turns out to be that off your planning list early on. Find an artist you connect a sunburned glow!” reveals Meredith. “The challenge with tan with. You should feel comfortable communicating your likes lines are they are difficult to conceal. Especially when peeling!” or dislikes. You want an artist who listens to your vision and Likewise, the groom and groomsmen often do the same is flexible and reliable.” while getting in that round of golf just before the nuptials. pre-wedding skin care is a must Sunburned faces with sunglass tan lines will last forever in “Find a skincare routine that works for your skin, 4-6 months photos, however you decide to conceal. before your event.” suggests Meredith. “If you are having any new products need time skincare issues schedule a series of facial treatments to get your Start trying those new products or services at least a few skin to that desired glow. Many brides make the mistake of trying several different products, over doing it with masks or strong weeks out and do the last application two days prior to the exfoliants, many times just a day or two before the ceremony. ceremony. It gives the product time to blend in and/or dissipate. This more often than not causes breakouts or overly dry, and “It can take botox a week or more to settle in, so definitely inflamed skin. Generally I would not recommend trying any new schedule for that. If you have never tried botox, I highly treatments within ten days of the event.” recommend you give that a test run at least a few months prior, just in case you have an adverse reaction, or decide that may not be the facial expression you were going for!” Meredith suggest. “If you are planning any face waxing, do that a week before and then just tweeze any strays the day before. If you are using any type of retinoid, you should not wax, as it may cause extra layers of skin to peel or burn and cause difficulty applying makeup evenly over those areas.” Wedding planning can be stressful. Take time to de-stress, meditate, get a massage, pamper yourself. It’s your day. Remember to take a step back and take it all in. It goes by so fast. Enjoy!

meet the expert Meredith Greene is a celebrity makeup artist with 20+ years of professional experience in studio, television, film, editorial and more. While working on Maddison Avenue in New York City, her resume gained an extensive list of prominent actors, news anchors and broadcasters, fashion shows, and events. Now native to Sarasota, her passion is helping brides develop their perfect wedding look, whether it's natural and dewy to bold and dramatic. See more on www.Meredithgreenemakeup.com


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• A l l - I n c l u s i v e P a c k a g e s

• Bridal Suite

• Multiple Ceremony Sites

• Onsite Coordinator

• Outdoor Reception Area

• Free Parking

Liz Stevenson Photography

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{ G U E S T CA PA C I T Y : 2 0 0 } The Sarasota Modern, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel is a venue with an innovative vision. For couples who want to celebrate their new lives together, this peaceful but stimulating venue provides a catalyzing setting for them to create lifelong memories. Notable features of this venue include wheelchair-accessible facilities, designated pet-friendly areas, parking, and private get-ready suites. Though this venue maintains an open-door policy regarding outside vendors, couples can take advantage of the on-site all-inclusive event packages.

• Coordination Assistance

• Furniture Event Rentals

• C l e a n u p / B r e a k D o w n

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• Va l e t / S h u t t l e S e r v i c e s

• Full-Service Catering/Bar

Cat Pennenga Photography

1290 Blvd of the Ar ts | Phone: 941.906 .1290 | Email: sales@thesarasotamodern.com | TheSarasotaModern.com

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Your Dream Wedding Awaits You…

Woodland Hall • Over 7,000 square feet • Seats up to 350 guests • Catering packages available • Large dance floor and stage • Linen packages • Full service bar

Save $150 on your venue rental

The Pavilion

Need accommodations for guests? Fully furnished, our vacation rentals are ready for you! Stocked with all the comforts of home, all you need to bring is your luggage and your family.

• Great for a small ceremony or reception • Covered outdoor area • Stage avaliable • Attached air conditioned room

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{ G U E S T CA PA C I T Y : 3 5 0 } Located on a 240 acre ranch east of Sarasota in Myakka City, The Venue at Diamond C Ranch provides a perfect backdrop for your truly romantic and unforgettable wedding. Our 5200 sq. ft enclosed barn can accommodate up to 275 guests. We offer a variety of ceremony sites and an enchanting outdoor reception area blanketed with 100 year live oaks. Whether your wedding is intimate or grand, The Venue at Diamond C Ranch offers unmatched privacy and exclusivity for weddings from 20 to 350 guests.

• Large wedding capacity

• I n t i m a t e We d d i n g s

• P a c k a g e s A v a i l a b l e

• On-site Coordinator

• O u t d o o r a n d I n d o o r Ve n u e

• Free Parking

Gordon Images Photography

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{ G U E S T CA PA C I T Y : 3 5 0 } We are located just minutes f rom I-75 and downtown Sarasota, making our venue a convenient place to have your wedding. Our housing rentals make it easy for out of town guests to come back and forth, and our prices are hard to beat! Woodland Hall is our largest indoor facility has over 7,000 square feet that can seat up to 350 guests comfortably. There’s a full kitchen, large dance floor and stage. Don’t need that much space? Sun N Fun has many smaller rooms that can couples can also be booked! Ask about our beautiful outdoor Pavilion.

• L a r g e We d d i n g C a p a c i t y

• Onsite Coordinator

• Outside Catering Allowed

• Free Parking

• Ceremony Site Available

• Outdoor Party Area

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Alfred Gordon Photography

Unmistakably University Park For more information regarding weddings and private parties, please contact our Banquet and Catering Manager Barb Honeywell at (941) 355-3888 x 222 or bhoneywell@universitypark-fl.com.

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{ G U E S T CA PA C I T Y : 2 0 0 } Located just a few short miles from I-75 and the Sarasota Airport, University Park Country Club is Sarasota's premier location for weddings. You will find yourself close to world-class accommodations, shopping and leisure activities yet far enough removed that you feel transported to a private enclave. University Park Country Club offers expansive lakeside views of the golf course and features tasteful traditional decor and a built-in 18 x 30 walnut dance floor. The club can accommodate up to 200 guests for a seated dinner and up to 150 for a buffet style reception. Select linens, chargers and votives are included at no additional charge.

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• Ou tsta n di n g cu l i na r y c reati ons

• Ex peri en ced professi ona l sta ff • Pri va te a rea s for pre - cerem ony sta gi n g Alisa Sue Photography

7671 The Park Blvd | Phone: 941-355-3888 ext. 222 | Email: bhoneywell@unversitypark-fl.com | www.universitypark-fl.com/weddings

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{ G U E S T CA PA C I T Y : 3 0 0 } Celebrate your nuptials surrounded by some of nature’s most awe-inspiring fauna. Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary is a non-prof it wildlife park wedding venue that also operates as a preserve for 150+ exotic animals. Multiple locations available throughout the venue to celebrate your special day, whether it’s our Panther Pavilion located in the center of the park or our Liger Lounge which is an intimate deck shaded with luscious green vegetation and just feet f rom majestic big cats. Your time is guaranteed to be wild!

• Wheel Chair Access

• Animal Encounters

• Onsite Coordinator

• Decorating Services

• Bridal Dressing Room • Outside Catering Allowed

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WHEN YOU SAY ‘I DO,’ MAKE IT

WEDDINGS AND RECEPTIONS AT NATHAN BENDERSON PARK

LET US HELP MAKE YOUR CEREMONY AND RECEPTION A SUCCESS! AMAZING VISTAS • PREFERRED CATERERS • VERSATILE OPTIONS — INDOOR AND OUTDOOR

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{ G U E S T CA PA C I T Y : 2 0 0 } The Benderson Family Finish Tower is a modern, six-story structure with indoor-outdoor versatility and one of the area’s best views in all directions. With a professional staff and the ability to summon multiple resources to the occasion, your bridal shower, wedding, reception and photo shoot will be memorable. The second floor features indoor space (2100 sq. ft) and an outdoor terrace (4600 sq. ft), while the f ifth floor offers balconies with vistas to the east and west (2100 sq. ft inside, 1100.)

• Onsi te Ca teri n g

• Ou tsi de Ca teri n g Al l owed

• Onsi te Coordi na tor

• Cerem ony S i te Ava i l a bl e

• Ou tdoor Pa r ty Area

• Free Pa rki n g

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{ G U E S T CA PA C I T Y : 1 5 0 } Hotel Venezia is a short distance to beautiful Venice Beach in South Sarasota County, and your dream sunset wedding. The hotel courtyard is also great for ceremonies and the city of Venice is surround by a historical church and beautiful beach locations. Whether a small intimate wedding or a grand elegant reception, our banquet facility is ideal. Our banquet space is surrounded with full length mirrors and natural lighting. We have over 6000 sq. ft of ballroom space and full service catering, with wedding packages to accommodate all budgets.

• A f f o r d a b l e Ve n u e P a c k a g e s

• Accommodations

• F u l l S e r v i c e C a t e r i n g

• Beach Ceremony Site

• O n s i t e C o o r d i n a t o r

• Free Parking

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Make a Date with Your Soulmate

Unique, romantic, tropical. Your wedding will be nothing short of magical!

Photos: Lifelong Photography Studio

We combine commitment to service, beautiful views and unbeatable amenities to give you one of the finest weddings in South Florida.

and Outdoor Ceremonies • Onsite Planning • Flexible Seating for up to 650 • Fabulous Menus for Every Budget • Indoor

Now Open!

• Multiple Ceremony & Reception Sites • Special Group Room Rates • Intimate & Elopement Packages • Incentives for Weekday Weddings

Guest Seating for 250 with COVID compliance BOOKING NOW!

Contact our Catering Director Katelynn Braswell

941-497-1479

www.plantationgcc.com • kbraswell@plantationgcc.com 500 Rockley Blvd. | Venice, FL

C ontact our Wedding Specialists for Deals 727. 369. 4922 • events@postcardinn.com 6300 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

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{ G U E S T CA PA C I T Y : 2 0 0 } The Postcard Inn is a boutique hotel, located directly on beautiful St. Pete Beach. Just like our sunsets, no event is the same and our team is dedicated to make your's one to remember! Even your pets are welcome to make your wedding celebration complete! From vows on the beach or underneath swaying palm trees, to a lantern lit garden oasis or industrial spaces inside, the Postcard Inn on the Beach has multiple event spaces that will surely exceed your expectations.

• U ni qu e Accomm oda ti on Opti ons • Pet Fri en dl y • Ti ki Pavi l i on on th e B ea ch

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• B ea ch/ Ga rden Cere m oni e s

Lifelong Photography Studio

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{ G U E S T CA PA C I T Y : 7 0 0 } Plantation Golf & Country Club offers a selection of indoor and outdoor settings—all with breathtaking scenery. Our spacious venue allows for social distancing while also allowing the maintenance of your extensive guest list. From the bridal suite to on-site catering, everything you’ll need for your special day is at your f ingertips. You will be impressed by the elegant layout of the dance floor. Allow Plantation’s team of professionals to handle your worries! Voted best wedding venue and wedding planner by the Venice Gondolier in 2019, Plantation’s smooth operation is any bride’s dream.

• Onsite Catering

• Outside Catering Permitted

• Onsite Coordinator

• I n d o o r/ O u t d o o r

• F r e e P a r k i n g

• Bridal/Groom Get Ready Suite

Ashleah Yust Photography

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Old Florida Elegance. Creating Memories to Last a Lifetime.

completewedo.com/fort-myers | 239.949.5300 completewedo.com/sarasota | 941.360.2222 completewedo.com/tampa | 813.961.2900

Weddings - Receptions - Guest Accommodations 941.474.2614 • www.manasotabeachclub.com 7660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood FL (South of Sarasota)

WE’RE MORE THAN BBQ ... Smoking premium meats is our passion. Using only the finest hard woods and secret homemade family rubs that will leave you wanting more! * On-site caterer * Custom mobile smoker * Unlimited guest capacity: From 75 to over 1,400 guests * Everything from ribs, brisket, chicken, pulled pork, prime rib, chicken cutlets, cordon blu, shrimp, roasted potatoes, and all kind of smoked veggies!

941.468.6879 Venice | Florida www.GitChewSumBBQ.com

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{ G U E S T CA PA C I T Y : 1 0 0 } Discover the simple elegance of classic Florida! Located throughout 20 acres of oak canopy and water f ront, nestled in the natural oak hammock and dune swept beaches. The Executive Pastry Chef, Kristen Camburn is available to create your dream cake. During the off season outside approved caterers are welcome. Customize your wedding to suit your needs. Enjoy a beach f ront ceremony, a tented party on the f ront lawn or a romantic celebration under the Oak tree canopy. Alternate indoor space will accommodate up to 80 guests.

• Accomm oda ti ons

• Ou tsi de Ca teri n g Al l owe d

• Onsi te Coordi na tor

• B ea ch Cerem ony S i te

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{ G U E S T CA PA C I T Y : 2 2 0 } The Meadows Country Club is located among acres of beautiful natural Florida landscaping with mature trees and sparkling lakes. The location makes it the closest private country club to downtown Sarasota, University Town Center, and Benderson Park. There are beautiful spots all over the club for gorgeous wedding photography. The Meadows Country Club offers several outside and inside spaces for your ceremony, cocktail hour, and wedding reception. Our Ballroom can hold up to 220 guests and overlooks our lush, green golf courses and pond fountains.

• O n s i t e C a t e r i n g

• Onsite Coordinator

• F r e e P a r k i n g

• I n d o o r/ O u t d o o r

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Julia Rachel Photography

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727.440.8988

www.southernbaybakery.com 1961 4th Street, St. Pete

Opening in Dunedin soon!

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1689 Main St, Dunedin

Adventure on the wild side for your next event!

Celebrate any occasion amidst 150+ exotic and domestic animals! Our lush natural venue includes private use of the facility for 4+ hours, electricity and evening lighting. • On-Site Catering • Animal Encounters/Demonstrations • Event Decorating & Coordinators

• Private Tours • Bride/Groom Suites • Bar Services

Schedule a private tour to book your wedding experience!

events@bigcathabitat.org | (941) 371-6377 | www.bigcathabitat.org

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THE PHOTOGRAPHER Nikki, Declaration Photography THE VENUE Tapoco Lodge THE DRESS The Perfect Dress, Sarasota THE EVENT PLANNER Valrie, Tapoco Lodge THE CATERER Tapoco Lodge GUEST COUNT: 30 COLOR PALLET: Rustic Neutrals THEME: Fairytale in the Mountains

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W E D D I N G CO L L E C T I O N S STA RT I N G AT $ 1, 8 0 0 ! 813.447.6501 • info@thecrewphotography.com • www.cameracrewtampa.com

Bridal Packages Include  Hair Trial  Wedding Day Hair and Make-up  A Classic Manicure  Styling for Additional Wedding Party Members  Champagne Service for All!

Call Today to Schedule a Hair Trial! Custom Packages are Available. Request our Spa Director for pricing and reservation information!

(941) 927-2635 www.SpaHollywood.com 5780 Swift Rd • Sarasota, FL

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CLEARWATER, FLORIDA THE Wedding

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THE PHOTOGRAPHER The Camera Crew THE EVENT PLANNER Epic Events by Booth THE VENUE Clearwater Marine Aquarium THE RENTALS & LIGHTING On the Move Productions THE DRESS Truly Forever Bridal THE FLORALS All About the Vase by Dana Dineen THE CAKE Sweet Divas Cakery THE VIDEOGRAPHER Albey Productions THE HAIR & MAKEUP Contour Salon & Studio THE LINENS Fancy That Linens THE CALLIGRAPHER Calligraphy Jennifer THE MUSIC Sunset Strings

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ROMANCE When you hear the word “honeymoon,” what do you picture? Sunset walks with your new spouse along a romantic coastline, trailing footprints in the sand? Or maybe you imagine a more adventurous excursion that gets your adrenaline going, like dog-sledding in Norway or bungee jumping in Brazil? For many of us, honeymoons are synonymous with travel and in 2020, due to the global pandemic, travel has come to a near standstill. For brides dreaming of an international getaway, many are postponing their honeymoons by months or even years due to current travel restrictions. But there is good news! If you have an adventurous spirit and want to go on your honeymoon (or even a mini-moon) without delay, there is an option that will allow you to safely celebrate with your special someone - a good old fashioned road trip. Here are our top recommendations for romantic destinations that are within driving distance from our home here in Southwest Florida. savannah, georgia (aprx. 6 hour drive) This location is a MUST if you’re a fan of historic southern charm. Book a room at the Kehoe House, the Gastonian or the Ballaston Inn. Take a romantic horse and carriage ride to tour the city, and dream about the hoop skirts you’d have owned while walking through the spanish

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moss-laden oak trees in the parks. Book a romantic dinner and end the night at one of the local breweries. Along the Savannah River, you’ll find River Street, a bustling cobblestone street full of shops, restaurants, and galleries to explore. key west, florida (aprx. 6 hour drive) Experience a taste of Caribbean culture in Key West without leaving the States. Arguably one of the most iconic destinations in Florida, Key West offers color, vibrance, and a unique charm to beach life. Spend the day kayaking, snorkeling, diving, or simply relaxing on the white sand beaches. Savor a Key West sunset at Mallory Square, and take a night stroll along Duval Street to experience the simmering romance that makes this one of our top recommendations. charleston, south carolina (aprx. 8 hour drive) This honeymoon is perfect for those seeking adventure, culture, and history. Stand under Angel Oak Tree, which stands over 66 feet tall and is believed to be at least 400 years old. Don't miss the iconic Rainbow Row. The best times to visit: between February - June, and August - December. blue ridge mountains (aprx. 9 hour drive) Love a good wine tour and also enjoy the peaceful calm of nature? The honeymoon location you've been dreaming about is the Blue Ridge Mountains! There are many towns to choose from: Helen, Blue Ridge, Blairsville, Dahlongea are all located in Georgia. Rent an authentic mountain cabin and spend your time hiking, touring wineries, breweries and reveling in being alone with your special someone in your newlywed bliss. new orleans, louisiana (aprx. 10 hour drive) Looking to "let loose"? You know where to go! If culture, music, good drinks and even better culinary is a passion you share with your S.O., the "Big Easy" is your driving destination. In the morning, grab a beignet and take a stroll through the romantic Garden District. Head to the French Quarter and revel in the sensual jazz tunes while eating the best creole food in the country. You are bound to have stories that will last your lifetime. Remember to do your research prior to hitting the road! Some cities have different regulations due to the pandemic. For example - Bourbon Street in New Orleans may have a limited capacity. Make sure you check to see what is open, and where you can best enjoy newlywed bliss.

                        

   In collaboration with our well established partnerships around the globe we will see that every detail of your planning experience is met.

Contact Today To Start Planning! Kristen Buckshire - Certified Romance Specialist, Certified Sandals Specialist

859-486-5124 • kristen@teplanners.com

                         

Begin your happily ever after with us! All in one trendy modern location ... or choose to have your ceremony on a Beautiful Venice Beach.

Ceremony & Reception • Rehearsal Dinner Welcome Reception • Guest Room Rates

1.5 miles from the beach! 941-308-7700 www.HotelVeneziaFL.com 425 US Highway 41 Bypass N. Venice, FL 34285

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"LUX" LIST ACCOMMODATIONS

ENTERTAINMENT

Hotel Venezia at Ramada Venice Venice |941-308-7700 www.HotelVeneziaFL.com Conveniently located 1.5 miles from the beach in Venice with 146 tastefully appointed guest rooms and suites.

Complete Weddings & Events West Coast Florida | 941-360-2222 www.CompleteWeddingSarasota.com Your leading provider of wedding photo, video, lighting, DJ services and photo booth rental. Whatever you need to set the stage for a phenomenal special event, we have you covered.

The Sarasota Modern Sarasota | 941-906-1290 www.thesarasotamodern.com Discover a boutique hotel experience that transcends the ordinary at The Sarasota Modern in the cultural heart of downtown Sarasota, Florida.

BAKERS

Meredith Greene Makeup Artist Sarasota | 201-344-4461 coloryourface@yahoo.com Offering individualized custom look for every client. Airbrush makeup as well as every other makeup medium included. Spa Hollywood Sarasota | 941-927-2635 www.SpaHollywood.com You deserve a day of rest & relaxation, and Spa Hollywood is THE place for luxury pampering. Champagne Bridal parties are a specialty.

HONEYMOON

Publix Bakery Florida | 813-968-4230 www.publix.com/wedding

EVENT PLANNERS & COORDINATORS

Southern Bay Bakery St. Pete | 727-440-8988 We have made from scratch delicacies to entertain anyone’s sweet buds. A wide variety of fresh, yummy goodies are waiting for you!

Kimberly Ann Events Sarasota | 941-993-0696 www.kimberlyannevents.com Specializes in exceeding the traditional wedding design boundaries, offering from traditional to over the top floral, tablescapes, decor and all aspects of wedding planning.

Travel Ease LLC Cape Coral | 859-486-5124 www.traveleasevacations.com At Travel Ease, our expert team of Certified Sandals & Romance Travel Specialist are dedicated to providing you with the best travel experience. In collaboration with our well established partnerships around the globe, we will see that every detail of your planning experience is met.

CATERING

FLORIST

PHOTO & VIDEO

Amici’s Catered Cuisine Oldsmar | 813-855-1100 www.amiciscatering.com For over 36 years, they have earned a stellar reputation for excellence as the leading Tampa Bay Caterer.

Sue Ellen's Floral Boutique Sarasota | 941-952-0404 www.sueellensflowers.com Floral boutique that specializes in personal service and attention, weddings and specialty event design. Sue Ellen’s specialty is custom requests and designs.

Delectables Fine Catering Palm Harbor | 727-781-1200 www.delectablescatering.com Full service, fine catering. Black tie or casual, however formal your event is, we can meet your standards. GCS Catering Services Venice/Sarasota | 941-915-2662 www.gitchewsumbbq.com Here at GCS Catering, smoking premium meats is our passion. The finest hard woods and homemade rubs that will have you wanting a taste of our southern style BBQ.

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Rig Entertainment Fort Myers | 239-770-1020 www.rigentdj.com If you’re looking for that ideal combination of elegance, professionalism, and high energy, DJ Jay Rigdon is your perfect choice. Veteran owned and operated.

HAIR, MAKE-UP & WELLNESS

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GOWNS & FORMAL WEAR The Perfect Dress Sarasota | 941-925-5888 ThePerfectWeddingDressSarasota.com The Perfect Dress offers an elegant yet very warm, comfortable and serene boutique atmosphere. You will enjoy the highest level of attention offered by a personal and highly experienced bridal fashion consultant.

The Camera Crew Tampa | 813-447-6501 www.cameracrewtampa.com Bringing people's love story to life is what we live for , that and good Mexican food. So if you're ready to look gorgeous, have fun and document your day with a bright, joyful romantic style than we are your artist team! Declaration Photography Sarasota | 941-323-5006 www.declarationphotography.com Capturing irreplaceable moments of life. Focusing on documentation that celebrates YOU, your beautiful love, life and wedding. VibeChaos Producations Sarasota | 518-307-3555 www.vibechaos.com Digital Cinematic Storytelling driven by the passion to bring a client's vision to life on screen. Each project is crafted with the upmost respect and heightened attention to detail.


SPECIALTY/RENTALS Weber Scenic Productions Sarasota | 941-251-9444 www.weberscenicproductions.com A local, family owned and operated business, offering services to enhance the vision of elegance you desire for all your events by providing custom event design, all custom: backdrops, draping, scenery, lighting, scenic design.

VENUES Big Cat Habitat Sarasota | 941-371-6377 www.bigcathabitat.org Adventure on the wild side for your next event! Celebrate any occasion amidst 150+ exotic and domestic animals! Our lush natural venue provides any event with an alluring and unique experience for you and your guests. Chapel Creek Events Venice | 941-321-7636 www.chapelcreekevents.com Chapel Creek is a team of professionals providing all-inclusive services to fulfill every aspect of your wedding! Exquisite designer floral, linen and décor from our design studio create sensational settings for any style. Clearwater Marine Aquarium Clearwater | 727-441-1790 x 328 www.seewinter.com CMA makes a unique wedding venue. Music, food and a fun atmosphere with an outstanding marine facility as an overlay. You may utilize the entire facility or just a few rooms. The Venue at Diamond C Ranch Myakka | 941-720-1416 www.venueatdiamondcranch.com A 5200 sf. barn, with chandeliers, bar, bridal suite, grooms dressing room, and a stunning winding staircase is nestled amongst 100 year old Oaks, setting the stage for the most spectacular ceremony and reception.

Hotel Venezia at the Ramada Venice Venice | 941-308-7700 www.HotelVeneziaFL.com Conveniently located 1.5 miles from Venice beach with 146 tastefully appointed guest rooms and suites.

The Ringling Museum of Art Sarasota | 941-359-5700 www.ringling.org Sarasota's favorite for weddings and receptions, The Ringling offers a spectacular array of venues.

Lowe's Don Cesar Hotel St Pete Beach | 727-363-5042 www.loewshotels.com/don-cesar Opened at the height of the Gatsby Era in 1928, Loews Don Cesar Hotel has been welcoming guests for nearly a century.

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Sarasota | 941-309-2000 www.ritzcarlton.com With its picturesque venues and comprehensive planning services, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is the destination of choice for elegant weddings. From intimate rehearsal dinners to lavish receptions, indoor venues to garden and beach front settings, this Sarasota resort can bring your fairytale romance to life.

Manasota Beach Club Englewood | 941-474-2614 www.manasotabeachclub.com A unique, full-service beach front wedding experience. You and your guests can celebrate with that “Old Florida Style” that makes their resort so special. The Meadows Country Club Sarasota | 941-377-8552 www.meadowscc.org Let their passion for weddings create the perfect one for you! Their Regency Ballroom, located on the second floor of the clubhouse, is the ideal setting for a wedding and can easily hold up to 200 guests. Nathan Benderson Park Sarasota | 941-358-7275 www.nathanbendersonpark.org The Finish Tower is now available to host your next event. The second floor features indoor and outdoor with a terrace perfect for larger events. The fifth floor includes a small, outdoor balcony and comes with private access to our sixth floor, open-air deck! Plantation Golf & Country Club Venice | 941-497-1494 www.plantationgcc.com Weddings at Plantation Country Club are carried out by our superb catering and event staff who treat the day with some attention to detail as if it were their own. Postcard Inn on the Beach St. Petersburg | 727-369-4922 www.postcardinn.com/meetings-events From 20 to 200 guests. 14,000 square feet of space, beach front, multiple ceremony & reception sites available.

The Sarasota Modern Sarasota | 941-906-1290 www.thesarasotamodern.com Discover a boutique hotel experience that transcends the ordinary at The Sarasota Modern in the cultural heart of downtown Sarasota, Florida. Sun N Fun RV Resort Sarasota | 941-371-2505 www.SunNFun.com Everything you need can be found at Sun N Fun! Inside/Outside locations with amenities that can accommodate up to 350 guests. Tour their grounds and check out their wedding pavilion and garden! University Park Country Club Lakewood Ranch | 941-355-3888 x225 www.universitypark-fl.com If you are planning a sophisticated wedding or a special social event, University Park Country Club provides the perfect setting for your event.

UPCOMING EVENTS LUX Bridal Show at Clearwater Marine Aquarium February 21st, 2021 Join us for another inspired luxury event at our most epic venue to date - the Clearwater Marine Aquarium! All tickets include entry to the aquarium post event. Limited tickets! Sign up for your time slot today on www.NuovoBride.com. VIP Tickets: $25 (includes champagne + 3 micro Wedding Planning Classes)

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