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CHUKKER COVE

Palm Beach Polo and Country Club. 3-bedroom/2.5 bath + den. Immaculate and move-in ready. Covered/screened patio. Private, tropical pool area. 2-car garage. New roof. $579,000.

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2 bedroom/2 bath, 3rd floor unit with golf and water views. Extensive renovation including porcelain ‘wood’ plank flooring, wood burning fireplace, Stainless and granite kitchen. 1-car garage + extra long driveway. Gated community with club amenities. $279,500.

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Palm Beach Polo and Country Club. 2 bedroom/ 2 bath single family home. Office addition with Impact windows. New paint, kitchen and bathrooms. New roof 2014. New screen. Open and covered patios, fully-fenced backyard. $569,900.

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Palm Beach Point: This 5.44 acre property is a must see in coveted Palm Beach Point! The upgraded kitchen with granite counter tops opens up to the large family room, which leads to the lovely pool and patio. Marble floors and high ceilings add to the beauty of this spacious home. A stone path takes you to a gazebo on the pond, perfect for relaxing after a long day. The property also includes a 4 stall barn with room to enlarge, build a ring and add paddocks. This is an amazing opportunity to make YOUR equestrian dreams a reality in Palm Beach Point! Offered at $2,595,000

Binks Forest Preserve: Beautifully r emodeled 5 Bedroom Gr and Cayman model situated on an oversized corner lot also features a 650 sq. ft. bonus room. From the custom wood flooring to the renovated kitchen with gas range, stainless steel appliances, wine cooler and granite counter tops. It also boasts a new generator, tankless gas water heater, accordion shutters on back sliders, premium landscape & lighting package. All living areas look out onto the custom pool with rock waterfall and summer kitchen with a Lynx ProSear Infrared Grill where you can relax and spend your evenings looking out over the lake! Offered at $679,000

Equestrian Club: Beautifully appointed Calder Model located on an over sized private lot backing up to the Bridle Path and Polo Fields. This 5 bedroom home has been tastefully renovated and is ready for the upcoming Equestrian Season. From the beautiful front doors that open to the formal living room with amazing views of the pool and expansive back-yard to the beautiful master bedroom with a master bath that is a tranquil bath lover’s retreat to the gourmet kitchen with gas cook top, center island, breakfast nook and snack bar, this home is not to be missed! Close WEF, Global Dressage, Polo, Shopping, Hospitals and Turnpike. Don’t miss out on this gem! Offered at $895,000

Palm Beach Polo • Brookside: This completely r enovated Golf Brook home is like no other! The newly pavered, long driveway leads to this breathtaking 5 bedroom, 5.1 bathroom home. From the Tumbled Travertine flooring throughout the house, to the Handmade Cuban tiles in the cabana bath, to the custom poured Pewter Island Countertop. Includes all new impact doors, windows, garage doors, skylights, Thermidor appliances and a full house generator. The patio, with remote control retractable screens, overlooks an amazing saltwater pool and spa. This backyard was made for entertaining or just relaxing as you enjoy the sunset over the water and golf course! Offered at $2,750,000

Equestrian Club Estates: Beautiful 4/4 located in the desirable Equestr ian Club Estates at the end of a private cul-de-sac overlooking water. This home features 2 master suites and 2 additional bedrooms. One bedroom is set up as a den/office with a pull out sofa. Relax in the fenced in backyard while you are a golf cart away from WEF. Offered at $20,000

Loxahatchee Groves: Excellent oppor tunity to get 5 acr es of clear ed, dry land in Loxahatchee Groves! This 4 bedroom, 2 bath home is move in ready and waiting for you to add your personal touch! Additions can be made to the 3 stall barn to create your own equestrian property in this incredible location that is less than 5 miles from the Winter Equestrian Festival, International Polo Club and all the amenities needed to call this home! Offered at $565,000

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BRIDAL FASHIONS AND TRENDS: WHAT’S HOT THIS SEASON Palm Beach Brides 2016 features a look at this season’s best bridal fashions with tips for picking out the perfect wedding dress, as well as a look at what’s hot in 2016. Stylish and sophisticated, bold and modern, or contemporary with bling? These are some of the big color choices trending this wedding season. Are you ready to stage a state-of-the-art wedding? Learn more in this month’s issue.

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WEDDING PLANNING 101: HELPFUL TIPS FROM AN EXPERT

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ATTENTION TO DETAILS: MEET THE DIRECTORS OF CATERING

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Why hire a wedding planner? The reasons are many but, most importantly, a wedding planner knows about everything that’s new and exciting, and can save you money. To get the inside track, we spoke with professional wedding planner Jennifer Hardiman, chief event officer (CEO) at Fabuluxe Events. By Deborah Welky Weddings call for special attention to the details — those little things that make or break an event. Getting it all right usually falls to the director of catering. To learn more, we spoke with Whitney Garcia at the Wanderers Club, Nelson Tamargo at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, Aaron Menitoff at the Wellington National Golf Club and Trinity Clark at Breakers West. By Julie Unger

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YOUR HONEYMOON: THE PERFECT TRIP FOR ALL BUDGETS

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BUBBLES & BOUQUETS SUPPORTS PETALS WITH PURPOSE

Making the honeymoon fulfill its promise as a break for bonding at the beginning of a marriage — and an event to be remembered forever — requires planning. Choosing the best possible location depends on couples considering some key factors. By Joe Nasuti

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Beautiful flowers, sweet treats and an expansive buffet recently took over the Wellington National Golf Club during Bubbles & Bouquets, a fundraiser for Petals With Purpose. During the event, couples competed in a fun floral design competition. By Julie Unger

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WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Successful Fall Runway Fashion Show At Suri West In Wellington Wellington Remembers The Victims Of 9/11 At Memorial Ceremony Jeff Annas Memorial Firefighters 5K Run Returns To Wellington Ultima Fitness Hosts Wellington Fitness & Wellness Education Day First Event Of The Season For Women Of The Western Communities

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Wellington’s Olympia neighborhood is home to many Mediterranean-style residences, but few come with a quarter-acre of land and lake views, along with a covered entry, patio and balcony. This month, we visit a recently upgraded home that features plenty of space with five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths and an office. By Deborah Welky There’s a new restaurant in town with Venezuelan roots and a French name. It’s called Voi-La, and it is owned by chef Maria Fernanda Asuaje and professional show jumper Ignacio Maurin and his wife, chef Andrea Larrazabal. The restaurant features South American favorites and healthy offerings, such as the popular acai bowl. By Julie Unger

WELLINGTON DESIGNER WELLINGTON EDUCATION WELLINGTON REAL ESTATE WELLINGTON HEALTH WELLINGTON DINING GUIDE WELLINGTON CALENDAR AROUND WELLINGTON

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ON THE COVER Iryna Ikova, one of the featured models in Palm Beach Brides 2016. PHOTO BY VIVID PINK PHOTOGRAPHY

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publisher’s | message

Palm Beach Brides 2016: volume 13, number 10 October 2016

executive editor

Joshua I. Manning

publisher

Dawn Rivera

artistic director

Suzanne Summa

senior graphic designer Stephanie Rodriguez

graphic designer Nancy Pobiak

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bookkeeping

Jill Kaskel Carol Lieberman

photography Abner Pedraza

contributors

Matthew Auerbach Ron Bukley Chris Felker Denise Fleischman Brianne Simone Jason Stromberg Julie Unger Deborah Welky

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TODAY WE SAY, ‘I DO!’

Whether you are planning an intimate gathering for a few family members and friends or renting out the Breakers, every couple has similar “to do’s” before saying “I do.” In this year’s annual Palm Beach Brides issue, we sit down with professional wedding planner Jennifer Hardiman, chief event officer (CEO) of Fabuluxe Events, and prepared a detailed Q&A checklist for couples to follow along with when planning the details of their wedding. No bridal issue is complete without teaming up with Lenyce Boyd of Bacio Bacio Bridal Salon, and this year is no different. We bring you some of the most exquisite, trendy and unique wedding dress options showcased on our bridal fashion pages. Creating the right atmosphere and tone for the entire reception is crucial. This issue we take a tour of four local venues and chat with the directors of catering. Included are Whitney Garcia at the Wanderers Club, Nelson Tamargo at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, Aaron Menitoff at the Wellington National Golf Club and Trinity Clark at Breakers West. We also share some of the latest colors and trends that you will see when planning or attending a wedding this season — everything from traditional, clean white lines to rustic and vintage décor to shimmering bling accents. You will also find information on some of the latest “must haves” and “must do’s” for your reception. Hashtags are big this season, letting everyone post their viewpoint of the wedding by using the wedding’s unique hashtag. It is a great way for the couple to share in the memories long after the honeymoon is over. Speaking of honeymoons, we explore several options available on a wide variety of budgets, from amazing staycations to the most extravagant cruise destinations of a lifetime. You will find out where to go, approximately how much the cost will be and see a photo or two of the paradise that awaits. Beautiful flowers, sweet treats and an expansive buffet took over the Wellington National Golf Club recently during Bubbles & Bouquets, a special fundraiser for Petals with Purpose, an amazing nonprofit that repurposes flowers from weddings and other special events, bringing joy to those in hospitals, nursing homes and more. In Bubbles & Bouquets, couples compete in a creative floral design contest. Wellington Table this month visits Voi-La, where you can order the acai bowl, an exquisite treat for the senses. Wellington Real Estate profiles Ken Courtney of Re/Max Prestige Realty, while Wellington Health features ob/gyn Dr. Nadia Pierre. Our Wellington Education series continues with a profile of Ana Groover, who leads the International Spanish Academy at New Horizons Elementary School. Wellington Designer sits down with Samantha Knapp of Tiger Lily’s, who has a knack for elegant, high-end design. Finally, Wellington Home visits a recently renovated Mediterranean-style residence in Olympia with plenty of space, lake views and more. The staff here at Wellington The Magazine has so much fun doing our Palm Beach Brides issue each year, and we would like to thank all of our participating sponsors, vendors and everyone else involved in making it such a huge success. Here’s to your “happily ever after!”

Dawn Rivera Dawn Rivera, Publisher


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Successful Fall Runway Fashion Show At Suri West In Wellington

(Left to right) Kathleen Williams, Bunny Pata, Joann Rawn and Sharon Lasko; Miss Palm Beach County Justice Kelly, Ms. United States Mee-Ladie Delgado and Miss South Florida Fair Shelby Bomford; and Mindy Sepinuck of Keller Williams with Braman Motorcars Brand Ambassador Celine Peloffi.

Bunny Pata of Suri West and the Women of the Wellington Chamber presented their Fall Runway Fashion Show on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Suri West in Wellington. The fashion show featured clothes from Kathy’s Kloset, Posch Boutique, La Casa Hermosa, Designs by Rebecca, Born2Dress and Clothed4APurpose. The guest emcee was Channel 5 news anchor Roxanne Stein. Hair was done by Edmund James Salon, with makeup by Alyson Khanna. For more info., visit www.fashion4apurpose.com.

(Left to right) Sophie Diaz, Kathy’s Kloset owner Kathy Rudy, Mirjami Keskinen, Kim Crespo and Theresa Raniere; Roxanne Stein served as master of ceremonies; Ms. United States Mee-Ladie Delgado on the runway; Braman Motorcars Brand Ambassador Celine Peloffi; and Ashley Bowman’s outfit featured an amazing hat.

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Wellington Remembers The Victims Of 9/11 At Memorial Ceremony

(Left to right) Charlotte Ostrov sings the national anthem; Councilman Mike Drahos, Mayor Anne Gerwig, Vice Mayor John McGovern, Councilwoman Tanya Siskind and Councilman Mike Napoleone with guest speaker Mark Harris; and Gerri O’Brien, Artie Lester, Philip Weiss, Roberta Post, Mike Harris and Desire Jimenez in front of the Patriot Memorial.

The Wellington Village Council hosted a remembrance ceremony to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Wellington Patriot Memorial. During the ceremony, council members made remarks and laid a wreath at the memorial. The guest speaker was Mark Harris, a paramedic with FDNY on 9/11.

(Left to right) Mayor Anne Gerwig addresses attendees; Tom Wenham, PBSO Chief Deputy Mike Gauger and PBCFR Battalion Chief Mike Arena; speaker Mark Harris shares his experiences; Peg Caliendo and Jerry Springer; and Richard Collazo finds the name of a friend, Joseph Vigiano, on the memorial.

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Jeff Annas Memorial Firefighters 5K Run Returns To Wellington

(Left to right) Aaron Piering, Brianna Reyburn, Taylor Young, Keith White, Max Maravankin, Chris Seay and Stephanie Wilhelm ran in gear; the race gets underway; and Mitch Guirard came in first place overall for the run.

The ninth annual Jeff Annas Memorial Firefighters 5K Run was held Saturday, Sept. 10, starting at the Wellington Amphitheater. The race, honoring late Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue firefighter/paramedic Jeff Annas, featured men, women and children, along with firefighters in gear and a group of Marines. The race provides scholarship money for local children working to pursue careers in public service. For more information, and race results, visit www.jeffannas5k.com.

(Left to right) Christopher McKnight, a 9/11 first responder, wears bib 911; Max Maravankin crosses the finish line running in gear; the Marines cross the finish line; firefighter cadets took part in the race; volunteer Chris Pika, reserve firefighter Matthew Reiman, firefighter Mark Kazee, cadet Keith White, cadet advisor Zech Meeks, Capt. Brandon Read, firefighter/paramedic Brian Niemczyk, Tara Cardoso of the Professional Firefighters/Paramedics of Palm Beach County, Lt. Blake Morrow and Capt. Larry Wolfe.

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Residents, recent med school graduates, and doctors in the early stages of their careers may be burdened by expenses such as student loan debt. The Doctor Loan is specifically designed to offer favorable terms for homebuyers with great earning potential. Product features: • Primary residence • Purchase and rate/term refinance • 97% LTV up to $650,000 • 90% LTV up to $850,000 • 5/1 or 7/1 ARM • Deferred student debt excluded

Eligible Borrowers At least one borrower must hold one of the following valid license types: • Medical Resident (Educational License) • Medical Doctor (MD) • Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) • Doctor of Dental Medicine or Surgeon (DMD) • Doctor of Optometry (OD) • Doctor of Ophthalmology (MD) • Doctor of Pediatric Medicine (DPM0 • Doctor of Osteopathy (DO)

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Ultima Fitness Hosts Wellington Fitness & Wellness Education Day

(Left to right) Javonti Greene, Gustavo Pope-Guerriero, Judy Duany, Scott Campbell, Jill Merrell and Jeffrey Keller with a certificate of appreciation from the Village of Wellington to Ultima Fitness; pharmacy intern Jessica Hernandez checks the blood pressure of Renie Davisson from Wellington Landings Middle School; and Sheryl Beach from Polo Park Middle School collects information from Carmen Torres of PNC Bank.

The second annual Wellington Fitness & Wellness Education Day took place Saturday, Aug. 20 at Ultima Fitness & Wellness in Wellington. The event, held in cooperation with Stop Look & Learn, the Village of Wellington, Walgreens and Wellington The Magazine, included classes, lectures, blood pressure tests, flu shots, chair massages, healthy snacks and more. Donated school supplies were collected, which will be delivered to participating teachers. For more information about programs at Ultima, call (561) 795-2823.

(Left to right) Marilyn Jules enjoys a healthy snack provided by Barbara Keller and Jeanine Wiernik from Universal Living Sprouts; Stop Look & Learn’s Dana Aksomitas with Cherie Christopher from Elbridge Gale Elementary School; Scott Campbell gives ESE resource teacher Deb Swan information about upcoming Wellington events; Elbridge Gale’s Michelle Galgano receives a bag from Judy Duany; and participating vendors with some of the donated school supplies.

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Meet the G&L Partners:

Equine Law HOT TOPICS

Protect Yourself in 2016 Public Invited Please be our guest

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Monday, November 21st, 2016 The Wanderer’s Club 1900 Aero Club Dr. Wellington, FL 33414 5:30 pm ~ 7:30 pm R.S.V.P. required by 11/4/2016 Email: rsvp@greensteinlaw.com Call 561-222-2222

Blanca Greenstein Founding Partner of the Firm • 21 Years of Litigation Experience in the Financial Services Arena including commercial litigation, real estate, and equine issues. • Breaking down business problems and finding solutions in the most cost-effective manner • Residing in Wellington for last 14 years • Chairwoman of Small Business Committee, Wellington Chamber of Commerce for 2 years, Member for 5 years and also serves on the Board of Directors and actively involved in the Wellington and West Palm Beach Communities.

Richard Lubliner Chairman of the Litigation Department • Represents individuals and Fortune 500 companies in disputes both in and out of court. • In 2015, Rich handled dozens of matters involving the buying and selling of horses. • Experienced in the representation of Olympic athletes & polo players • Former attorney in the New York office of prominent international law firm. • Author and lecturer. • Member of multiple charities and also Serves on the Board of Directors for a non-profit charity that provides medical equipment and supplies to the needy.

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First Event Of The Season For Women Of The Western Communities

(Left) Front row: Liz Bloeser, Maureen Delbene and Mimi Barnhart; and back row: Phyllis Gauger, Maria Pergola and Robin Blom. (Right) Women of the Western Communities co-presidents Donna Kuebler and Lynda Chicano.

The Women of the Western Communities held its first meeting of the 2016-17 season on Thursday, Sept. 1 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. Returning and new members gathered for dinner and donated school supplies for Harmony House. Phyllis Gauger introduced a get-to-know-you game in which each person made a paper airplane with a fun fact about themselves on it. The group also debuted its new web site at www. womenofthewesterncommunities.org. For more info., e-mail Mair Armand at mair@ wwc-fl.com or call (561) 635-0011.

(Left to right) Mary Rowe, Cheryl Dunn Bychek, Ivannia Heinen and Tara Zimmerman; Mair Armand gives Allyson Samiljan flowers for her birthday; Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig with her paper airplane; the Women of the Western Communities board of directors with school supplies donated to Harmony House; and Maria Vallejo with Faye Ford.

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The Perfect Dress For Your Perfect Day!

Many women dream of their wedding from a young age, and it usually begins the first time they swing a white sheet over their shoulders and pretend it is their wedding dress. From that moment forward, the fun and excitement about their wedding gown takes shape. Choosing a wedding gown is one of the most important decisions any bride can make — after choosing the perfect partner, of course. No matter how extravagant or streamlined the rest of the wedding day is, it really is all about the dress. We recommend that brides begin their journey of finding the perfect dress as soon as they set a date, since it will likely take some time to find the perfect one, order it and often wait for delivery. Some brides may try on more than a hundred dresses, while for a lucky few, they know the moment they slip the first one on that it is the perfect dress. Before you go out and visit bridal shops, you should browse online, thumb through magazines, get to know what styles are out there and consider what style suits you best. Are you more traditional, perhaps modern or maybe a rebel? Do you prefer something other than white or ivory, opting for a pop of color? Doing some research will help you when you walk into to your first appointment. It will set the tone and help the shop or designer know what type of dresses to show you. Whether it is your first wedding, second wedding or renewing your vows — there is a perfect dress out there for your perfect day! 24

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Colors&TRENDS The color and style of a room set the tone for the entire event. A wedding is no different. Couples have to make the decision early on which color scheme and décor they will use to accent their big day. Stylish and sophisticated, bold and modern, or contemporary with bling? These are some of the big color choices trending this wedding season. Some designers have been inspired by the contrast of urban design and lush vegetation, which can lead to unexpected color combinations that both thrill and sooth guests as they enter the venue. Other trends, meanwhile, stay true to the classic whites and clean lines throughout the décor. Whichever colors you choose to create the vibe for your wedding day, just keep in mind some of effects that colors can have. If you are going for “drama,” this can be accomplished with dark and jewel tones, like reds and black or emeralds and golden tones. Soft and subtle palettes, such as light pastels or earth tones, add a touch of “elegance.” No matter what color choices you select, keep in mind that not every detail has to match down to the socks your groomsmen are wearing — leave some room to spice it up and add those few elements of surprise. Some other new and returning trends include hashtags, the first look, bridal party flash mob dances and many other fun, interactive wedding entertainment. Like the Electric Slide, some of these trends will be around for a long time, while others will come and go. For coffee addicts out there, the new trend in wedding “coffee bars” will be a favorite for many years to come. How did we not think about this years ago? Just like we expect bar service at receptions, the trend to walk up and order your favorite caffeine drink will make many guests happy. This season’s hair accessory trend sees the return of the classic hair clip or pin-in headpiece. This traditional style of hair has come and gone before, and it is likely this trend will move on in a season or two as well. So whether you opt for the traditional white iced cake, or adorn the top of yours with whole oranges or apples, create your own hashtag or use a hashtag generator, make your color and trend choices stand out by making them your very own.

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Black & White

It’s retro glam with a twist! Black and white are strong this season and truly never out of style. The accessories and table designs are minimal but modern chic. This look is architectural in the contrast of the swirled designed linen with the square black plates that give a retro glam feel. The polka dot cake evokes the 1960s, but with soft modern edges. This trend is a little bit Mad Men, but set in the 2016 era.

Candy Apple Red

This trend is all about fall weddings, but with a twist of incorporating fresh produce into the design. The farm tables are designed with vintage china, the green glassware is organic and the mismatched china is inviting. The shiny red apples are a fall staple used as place cards, while the touches of gold give the table elegance. The cake embraces the smells and tastes of fall — caramel apples, cinnamon and the crisp air on a cool fall day.


Soft Colors

This soft color palette of pinks and blush pops the orange and natural green of this rustic design trend. This idea will transport your guests to a whimsical dream place. With blush O’Hara garden roses and white peonies paired with lush Florida ruscus garden drape, the tables create an era of romance. The textured buttercream cake accented in golf leaf and natural florals with a pop of orange will set the stage as your guests arrive.

Crystal Clear

You can never go wrong with a classic, all-white wedding, and trending this season swings it back around. It will never go out of style, and with this elegant look, why would it? The crystal accents add formality, but it is contrasted with the outdoor setting. The textured linens add visual interest, and the mirrored accents add glamor. It’s classic with a touch of modern.

Old Florida

Many people think of beaches and palm trees when they think of Florida, but Old Florida is about oranges, milk glass and a somewhat rustic look. This trend lends itself to vintage without being overdone. It is casual, yet modern. There is a nod to the past with an eye to the now. This is Florida without the theme parks and beaches, but expressions of nature throughout.

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Coffee Anyone?

Yes, they have been serving coffee at weddings for years, but not like this! Traditionally, coffee comes out with your slice of wedding cake. That is no longer the case. Many are opting for “coffee bars,” where you can find everything from espresso to cappuccino to Keurig blends, and even dozens of teas to choose from. You can walk up and request a cup of your favorite anytime during the reception, or many offer self-serve options.

Finishing Touch

Art deco, elegant, ornate and gorgeous hair accessories are back in style. Traditional head pieces and long veils are making way for returning hair clips and pin-ins for brides. Trending on social media, many brides are showcasing their dreamy hair accessories that they have chosen for their big day, designed to make a bold statement without upstaging their entire look. So choose a sparkly, shimmering, bling or simply romantic hair accessory — either way, you’ll shine on your special day.

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One might think bridesmaids have all the fun… not so anymore! Groomsmen have started to get in on the fun by accessorizing. Although most brides want them in clean, uniform suits or tuxedos, it is no-holds-barred when it comes to their socks. The guys get to go crazy with colorful, funny, hot neon colors, or even socks themed to their favorite sports team. Although not a very new trend, it is becoming more and more popular for groomsmen to partake in.

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This new, romantic trend is replacing the groom seeing the bride for the first time along with everyone else as she makes her way down the aisle. This precious moment usually has the groom looking away from the bride’s point of entry, and once the bride approaches, she gently touches his shoulder or grabs his hand. This gives the couple a few minutes to be alone with each other and exchange a few private words. It also makes for beautiful photography just before the big moment.

Flash Mob

Since the first wedding video went viral in 1992, entire bridal parties have been surprising the bride and groom with epic “flash mob” wedding dances all across the country. This trend is seen more and more at weddings, including choreographed dances, mother and son dances, and audience participation. Some even include the couple’s pets. This fun and unique trend will clearly be around for a long time to come.

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Hashtags are replacing those disposable cameras couples used to place on each table to help them capture all the fun moments they may miss during the festivities. There are even hashtag generators to help couples create a unique hashtag. At the event, the DJ requests that all guests use the hashtag when posting pictures online. With the super cameras everyone has on their phones, your friends and family can help capture the day from all angles, while making the memories personal and fun.

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Planning101 Get Ready For Your Big Day With Tips From An Expert By Deborah Welky

Having conceptualized their wedding day ever since seeing Disney’s Cinderella, many soon-to-be brides have everything already planned, down to the glass slippers. So why hire a wedding planner? The reasons are many but, most importantly, a wedding planner knows about everything that’s new and exciting, and can save you money. To get the inside track, we spoke with professional wedding planner Jennifer Hardiman, chief event officer (CEO) at Fabuluxe Events.

Q: When’s the best time for couples to announce their engagement? they have told immediate family. Then it’s OK to announce it on social media. A: After You don’t want family members to find out about your engagement via Facebook. Q: How should you choose your wedding date, and when? couple should examine their calendars, decide what time of year they want to get A: The married, then think about how long they’ll have to plan. While holiday weekends sound like a great idea for out-of-town guests, sometimes travel expenses are higher and could cost a premium at your venue. It’s ideal to have at least six months to plan a wedding. However, we have planned entire weddings in less than six weeks.

Q: When setting their wedding budget, what should couples keep in mind? Everyone has a budget. Most vendors will work with you as long as you are honest with A: them as to what you can afford. If they can’t do what you want within your budget, they will tell you. It is important to remember little things like postage, alterations, accessories, printing and frames for signage, favors, gifts for the wedding party, cute things that you see when browsing Etsy — all those things add up, and suddenly your budget is busted. Be very specific when putting together your budget. From the beginning, talk with both families and confirm who’s paying. There is nothing worse than a miscommunication regarding money during wedding planning.

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is the best time for a bride to start shopping Q: When Q: Why should couples consider hiring a planner? for her wedding gown? A bride should start shopping for her wedding gown are so many reasons. A planner can help guide A: A: There at least eight to 10 months prior to the wedding. you through the process, help you stay on budget, recommend vendors, review contracts, keep the design on track, help guide where to splurge and where to save money, prioritize costs and navigate the emotional stresses. In addition, on the actual wedding day, planners keep vendors organized and the day flowing. We allow the couple and their families to be guests at the wedding. These are once-in-a-lifetime moments, and we don’t want any of them to be missed. There are so many unseen things that planners do at every wedding... we sew on buttons and repair ripped seams, make sure everyone eats and stays hydrated. In our experiences, we have re-curled bridesmaids’ hair, gone to McDonald’s to get food for the littlest guests and so much more. The key is that a planner takes care of any hiccups before the couple ever finds out they’ve happened.

Some designers can take up to six months for the dress to be made to the bride’s measurements and shipped. It is important to leave enough time for alterations and fittings. It’s also important not to bring too many people dress shopping. There will be too many opinions, and it can cause stress for the bride. Bring the people who are closest to you. should the bride select her attendants’ gowns, Q: When and who should be involved in that decision? bride should be involved and should have A: The the attendants try on different fits and styles. Not everyone has the same body type. It’s OK to let the bridesmaids wear different styles of the same color dress. It is more important for them to feel comfortable and confident.

should the couple choose a theme for the Q: How Q: What’s the best way to compile a guest list? wedding and reception? always tell our couples to be true to who they are First find out how many people your venue holds and A: figure the cost per person. Then you know how many A: Iwhen choosing anything related to their wedding, guest you can afford to have at your wedding. Start with immediate family and friends, then progress to those who may be work associates, etc. Don’t invite more people than you can afford. Especially in South Florida, you could be surprised at how many out-oftown guests whom you don’t expect will come to the wedding.

and that goes for theme or colors. There is a lot of pressure these days to create a Pinterest-worthy wedding. And themes tend to go along with your venue’s decor. It is all tied together. If there is not a theme (Tuscany inspired, Paris inspired, vintage, modern chic, etc.) that fits your personalities, don’t force it. Go with the colors you like and little touches of yourselves throughout the décor.

How should you choose and when should you Q: reserve How important is the selection of food and the venue for your reception? Q: entertainment? venue should be one the first things you reserve. A: The things people remember are, “Was the food But do your homework before setting appointments A: Two good?” and “Did we have fun?” Food and beverages to see venues. Make sure it is in a location you want and is the style you want (country club, hotel, beach, barn). Then look at their web sites and Facebook/ Instagram pages. Then you can narrow it down to the top three that you want to visit.

are key to creating the right atmosphere and tone for the entire reception. is the best way for couples to research Q: What photographers, videographers, florists and cake-

bakers? When should contracts with them be signed? Q: How soon should you choose your bridal attendants? The internet is a great place to start. Look at A: Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest to get a sense not a requirement to choose attendants right A: It’s of the style of the vendor. But word-of-mouth and after you get engaged. Take some time; think about any siblings from both sides who need to be included, then think about friends to be included. Within a month of getting engaged, you should ask those people to be part of the bridal party. 40

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& Wedding P lanningQA you find the right fit. It is always good to interview at least one or two people in each category. You want to like the people you are working with. In some cases, such as photography and videography, the couple will be with them for up to 12 hours on the wedding day.

Q: When should honeymoon planning start? traditionally this was left up to the groom, A: Though now it is more a joint project between the bride and the groom. Planning should start approximately six months ahead of the wedding, if possible. This way the couple can choose a destination and save money to pay for the honeymoon. are the latest trends in wedding rings, and when Q: What should rings be purchased? grooms, there are many more choices than A: For expected. Grooms can get a ring made of silicone, wood and metal, tungsten, stainless steel, gold or platinum. For the ladies, the ring should complement the engagement ring. Stacked wedding bands, conflict-free diamonds, colored stones, mixed metals... all are great options. Rings should be purchased with plenty of time for appropriate sizing

and engraving — at least two or three months prior to the wedding day. should the couple select wedding invitations? Q: When When should they be sent? is nice to send a save-the-date announcement to A: Iteveryone on the guest list as soon as you have the date, location and guest list finalized. But make sure everyone who gets the announcement is getting an invitation! Then, about six months prior to the wedding, start working on invitations. Custom invitations take longer to produce than invitations from some of the popular web sites, and if you want hand calligraphy on the envelopes, factor in the time that takes. Invitations should be mailed eight to 12 weeks prior to the wedding, with an RSVP due 30 days prior to the wedding. far in advance of the wedding should couples Q: How register for gifts? couple should register three to six months prior A: The to the wedding and before any wedding showers. Couples today are registering for everything from housewares to funds for their honeymoon. Registries can be combined on sites like www.myregistry.com.

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you recommend securing a limousine, antique about the bride’s hair and makeup? Should the Q: Do Q: What car, horse and carriage or other wedding-day bride do a dry run before her big day? transportation? Are there pitfalls? And what about yes. Bridal makeup is much different than A: Absolutely, transportation for the parents? everyday makeup. The bride should try it out with the definitely recommend transportation for the makeup artist. It is a great way to get to know the artist. A: Iwedding couple, wedding party and parents at a The bride shouldn’t be afraid to ask for a different minimum. This way everyone arrives on time and at the same time. I also recommend transportation for guests via a trolley or bus. This helps reduce drinking and driving. For the wedding couple, an antique car as they are leaving the church or at the end of the reception is fantastic. It also gives the couple a few moments alone to just enjoy each other. We have also worked with Uber and created wedding discount codes and provided that information to the guests so they can easily get from place to place.

shade of lipstick or less dramatic eyes during the trial. It may feel like the bride has on a lot more makeup than normal, but in pictures, she’ll look perfect. for the couple to select all their own music Q: Isorittobetter leave it up to the band or DJ? couple should choose some of pieces of A: The music, then trust their band or DJ for the rest. For example, the couple should pick their processional, recessional, first dance and parent dances. But it can be OK to let the band or DJ pick the songs for things that may not be as important to the couple. Give the band/DJ the types of music that the couple wants played and their favorite artists. Then the band/ DJ can see what is working with the crowd, keep the dance floor full and ensure a good time.

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What is your advice for couples who want to select readings and write their own wedding vows? Start early and practice. When writing your own vows, you want them to truly explain how you feel about your fiancé. They should be heartfelt, but not too long. And not too many inside jokes... no one else will understand them. For readings, it is important to review them with your officiant to make sure they are appropriate for the ceremony.

soon should the groom’s family plan the Q: How rehearsal dinner and make reservations? suggests that all members of the wedding A: Tradition party, their spouses and significant others, and outof-town guests should be invited to the rehearsal dinner. But the trend recently has been toward smaller dinners and then meeting up with out-oftown guests for a welcome party or cocktails at a local hotspot. This is also tied to budget. If the budget allows for a larger gathering, then great. If a smaller, more intimate gathering is what the couple wants, that’s fine, too. But at least two or three months prior to the wedding, this should be finalized.

it comes to gifts for the attendants, do you Q: When suggest traditional or lighthearted gifts? is all about personality — the personalities A: This of the attendants, the wedding couple and their relationship with the attendants. No matter what the type of gift, it should be meaningful and not just because it’s the trendy thing to do. does the couple need to get their marriage Q: When license? license in Florida is good for 60 days after A: Ait ismarriage issued. I recommend going to get the license a few weeks prior to the wedding. If the couple is coming from out-of-state, they can get the license as soon as they arrive in Florida. There is no waiting period for out-of-state residents. the night before the wedding is when Q: Traditionally, bachelor and bachelorette parties are held. Today, a combined party is often hosted. What are your recommendations on this? Definitely not the night before the wedding! The night before the wedding, everyone should get plenty of rest and stay hydrated. I recommend planning a night out about a month before. Combined parties can be a lot of fun, or the couple can start the night separately and then have everyone end up at the same location later.

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Meet The Directors Of Catering By Julie Unger

Weddings call for special attention to the details — those little things that make or break an event and keep guests talking for years to come. Some of the most exclusive, but not elusive, venues in the area have amazing teams that help put these events together at their gorgeous locations. A crucial member of these teams, the director of catering, quite literally caters to the needs of the client while also ensuring delicious food in a spectacular atmosphere. Three of the beautiful locations we visited recently changed ownership and, with that change, have seen renovations and updates to make them better than ever. At the Wanderers Club, we checked in with Whitney Garcia, who works to make each event unique. At the

International Polo Club Palm Beach, Nelson Tamargo applies a multicultural approach to catering. At the new Wellington National Golf Club, Aaron Menitoff creates a dazzling delight for the eyes that is an experience in and of itself, as well as delicious, creative food. At Breakers West, Trinity Clark enjoys guiding brides and grooms through an affordable, yet still luxurious, version of the best of what the Breakers Palm Beach has to offer. Each of these venues has an attentive, detail-oriented staff that is passionate about making your day something special, with laughter, joy and memories to last a lifetime. Join us as we meet the directors of catering behind these special locations and learn what makes each place outstanding.

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The Wanderers Club At the Wanderers Club, Whitney Garcia serves as your guide through weddings and other special events. “I have a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management with a concentration in conventions and special events from East Carolina University,” Garcia said. “I began my career with a private event planning company in North Carolina, working mainly with brides on all aspects of their wedding. After relocating to Florida, I broadened my expertise by handling corporate events at the PGA National Resort & Spa. I quickly missed the social and wedding aspect of event planning and made the change to country clubs.” Garcia began her catering career by working with restaurants throughout college, which led to becoming a banquet server at a private country club in North Carolina, where she fell in love with weddings. “I then worked for a private event planning company, learning every aspect of weddings, and there was no going back,” she said. Garcia joined the team at the Wanderers Club three years ago, working to create dream events for members and nonmembers alike. She orchestrates special events at the Wanderers Club with its multiple dining experiences, golfing opportunities, an Olympic-size pool, and even the option for fireworks and ice sculptures. At the Wanderers Club, Garcia has the opportunity to take part in the ever-changing, fast-paced wedding environment, and see couples enjoy the big day they worked long and hard to plan. “I have the opportunity to first meet the couple and their families and show off our beautiful clubhouse,” Garcia said. “I then work closely with the bride to either fully understand her vision or help to create it. From there, I work with our

executive chef and food and beverage director to bring their dream wedding to life.” The catering services available at the Wanderers Club is extremely unique. “From the stunning new ballroom to the phenomenal talents of our executive chef, to our personalized service, the Wanderers Club is unparalleled,” Garcia said. “We strive to ensure that each wedding is exactly what the couple wants and not a ‘cookie-cutter’ wedding. Our newly renovated ballroom is the perfect blend of elegant and rustic, allowing brides to play on either style. Every culinary experience at the Wanderers Club is created custom, due to the creativity and flexibility of our culinary team. Each wedding is unique to the bride’s taste, style and culinary preference.” To learn more about booking an event at the Wanderers Club, located at 1900 Aero Club Drive in Wellington, call Garcia at (561) 795-3501 or visit www.wanderersclubwellington.com.

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Meet The Directors Of Catering

Nelson Tamargo

International Polo Club At the International Polo Club Palm Beach, Nelson Tamargo will guide you through your special occasion. “I have previously been a director of catering for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and in addition, I have been both a director of outlets for Sheraton and Luxury Collection properties,” he said. “In a nutshell, if food or beverage was involved, my hand was in it. I have also been a corporate trainer for the Le Méridien hotel brand of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts family. Tamargo has worked in virtually every position possible in the restaurant and catering business, making him the ideal director of catering/food and beverage at IPC. “I have the knowhow to share with the team, and sometimes directly myself, to make sure all who come to IPC have a memorable and meaningful visit,” he said. Tamargo was born in Cuba to Spanish parents, and food was an important part of their lives. A career in catering came naturally to Tamargo, whose father was a chef and set the tone for Tamargo’s future. “We traveled between Florida and Lake Placid as a child, winter in Florida and summer in Lake Placid,” he recalled. “I started working in the restaurants in Lake Placid when we were there, and the rest is history.” Tamargo utilizes his unique skills to work with his team and create consistently elegant events for clients. “I am honored to have the unique responsibility to be able to speak to a client from the very first inquiry on the phone, and carry that client’s vision to reality, evident in the production of a calculated, unique and elegant event each and every time,” he said. When planning an event, such as a wedding, IPC’s 250

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acres of polo fields, barns, paddocks, lakes, the private member club and large event space are sure to provide the perfect backdrop. “IPC is a modern-day facility that believes in and knows its roots, polo, the sport of kings,” he said. “The rustic (barns and horses) and elegant (floppy hats and designer dresses) dichotomy that is polo, gives us a venue that can accommodate any style of event, from the most traditional of Argentine asados, to a high-level government affair or A-lister’s wedding. IPC has a sort of rustic charm, never overstated, never under.” To learn more about booking an event at the International Polo Club, located at 3667 120th Avenue South in Wellington, call Tamargo at (561) 282-5343 or visit www.internationalpoloclub.com.

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Meet The Directors Of Catering

Aaron Menitoff

Wellington National Golf Club At the new Wellington National Golf Club, Aaron Menitoff makes the impossible possible. Menitoff, of Wellington Hospitality Group, studied at the University of Michigan. He double-majored in psychology and communications while working at restaurants to pay his way through school before attending graduate school in New York City, continuing to work in restaurants before attending the Florida Culinary Institute. Menitoff continued in the restaurant business before opening up a gourmet catering company with concessions at local horse shows. He also did catering at the Winter Equestrian Festival prior to being recruited by the International Polo Club Palm Beach, where for 10 years he provided catering for special events, and led the Sunday brunch program. “I recently joined Wellington National to open up the hospitality program here for the wine bar that we’re opening; the Champion’s Bistro, which is a full-service restaurant; and the banquet facility, which is the largest one in the western communities,” he said. Additionally, Menitoff’s catering business works out of nine different Palm Beach County venues. At Wellington National, Menitoff and his team bring their passion to your party. Being the director of catering means taking care of guests’ needs, making their visions reality, keeping within their budget and creating a seamless event with as little stress as possible, Menitoff explained. “One of the end goals is to exceed their expectations and their guests’ expectations, where the host feels proud that their vision has been realized,” he said. Part of what makes this possible is Menitoff’s seasoned team. “We have extensive experience in everything from intimate dinner parties to massive large-scale event productions

involving everything from valet, security, tenting, portable restrooms, mobile kitchens, food service, staffing and ticketing,” he said. “We have a well-trained team that can pull off literally any scale of event seamlessly, coming in at budget.” Menitoff has a unique approach to the director of catering position. “One of the things that we really believe is that people eat with their eyes first,” he said. “One of the cornerstones of our business has been that we want people, when they walk into any event, or see a food station for the first time, or a table scape, that they’re impressed by that. It’s almost a conversation piece, it’s something that’s almost to the level of entertainment itself. We’re going to add to that by adding food to it. So, it’s almost enough to have all of that without the food. Adding the food is like the icing on the cake.” The Wellington National Golf Club is located at 400 Binks Forest Drive in Wellington. To learn more about booking an event with Menitoff, call (561) 792-9292.

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Meet The Directors Of Catering

Trinity Clark Breakers West

At Breakers West, Trinity Clark approaches each wedding or special event as though it’s her own. Breakers West is owned by the Breakers Palm Beach, which provides a great deal of support. “You have the ability to be creative, which I think is my favorite part of having the job here; actually having the flexibility to customize menus, really get to know the bride and groom, and really be able to bring their personalities out for their special day,” said Clark, who has been with the company for eight years. She started as a psychology major at Florida State University before switching to an event management degree. As an intern at SunFest, Clark learned more about planning events, worked at the Breakers, worked with a wedding planner, and has been able to utilize her detail-oriented personality and creativity to help others make their day special. “It’s nice to make people happy, because we’re in the service industry of hospitality,” Clark said. “It’s really, really rewarding when you can actually bring their ideas to life.” Breakers West, a popular area country club, recently underwent some renovations. Marble floors were installed, and other changes were made, making Breakers West brighter and lighter. Throughout the entire wedding process, Clark and her assistant are the coordinators, effectively eliminating the need for a wedding planner. They are the individuals receiving inquiries, setting up meetings and working with the brides to plan their fairytale wedding experience. “The person who promised you the dream is actually the person here that day delivering it,” she said. Working with clients, Clark said, makes them feel more comfortable and experience less stress for their big day.

“The care and the absolute effort that our team puts in to every single client, I think, is what makes us different. Of course, we have the spectacular food from the Breakers. We have the exact same piece of fish, or cut of filet, that the hotel does, just at an approachable price,” she said. “I think it’s that we’re pretty much on-site planning. You don’t have to spend the money on a wedding planner when you work with us.” Breakers West also offers bridal shower and engagement packages. The venue is able to work with a wide variety of budgets, always treating clients like family. “I like to think that I get married every weekend,” Clark said. To learn more about booking an event at Breakers West, located at 1550 Flagler Parkway in West Palm Beach, call Clark at (877) 7242045 or visit www.breakerswestclub.com.

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A honeymoon is not only the traditional holiday taken by newlyweds to celebrate their marriage in secluded intimacy as they start their life together, but also should be a welcome relief from all the planning and stress that led up to the wedding day. However, to make the honeymoon fulfill its promise as that muchneeded break for bonding at the beginning of a marriage — and an event to be remembered forever — it also requires some serious planning. Choosing the best possible location depends on couples considering the most important factors: budget, time off and agreement as to where to spend this most enjoyable time. Close-by getaways are available, from affordable to extravagant, to make that easier. An affordable ($200-$300/night) stay-near-home option is the Hilton Hotel at CityPlace (600 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). This all-new facility has beautiful rooms, al fresco dining options, a relaxing fire pit cocktail area and plenty of amenities. This 400-room, modern hotel is conveniently located, connected to the convention center and across from CityPlace. Recognized as an AAA four-diamond hotel, it’s also a marvelous place to have your wedding!

The relaxing pool area at the Hilton Hotel at CityPlace.

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If time is your only restriction, however, you might want to consider the honeymoon package, priced at $4,900. Couples at the Hilton West Palm Beach will receive a Kama Sutra book to kick off their honeymoon, a customized picnic basket plus goodies emblazoned with their married name for a day at the beach, a private in-room sommelier class followed by dinner prepared and served by a private chef in the Honeymoon Suite, a couples massage at the A couple arrives via seaplane at the Casa Marina in Key West.

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Beautiful flowers, sweet treats and an expansive buffet recently took over the Wellington National Golf & Equestrian Club during Bubbles & Bouquets, a special fundraiser for Petals With Purpose.

Aaron and Julie Menitoff with Brittany Agro and Jay Zeager.

The local nonprofit was created by Brittany Agro in 2012 with her husband, Stephen Halbrook. Agro noticed that after special events, such as weddings, flowers were going to waste, when they could be repurposed. She created Petals With Purpose to share these flowers with youth organizations, hospitals, nursing homes, shelters and hospice facilities. “Petals With Purpose recycles more than just flowers, it recycles happiness and promotes love for one another,” Agro explained. “That is what this organization is all about, and that is why it is special to me.” Bubbles & Bouquets is an annual competition where five philanthropist couples from the community compete against each other to see who can create the most beautiful floral arrangement. Bubbles & Bouquets Chair Jay Zeager became involved through his friendship with Agro. “The thing that I like about Petals With Purpose is it’s a charity that’s really about putting smiles on people’s faces,” he said. Zeager helps deliver the flowers and explained what an amazing experience it can be. For example, Zeager once brought an arrangement to a VA hospital and got to spend time with a veteran, who told Zeager his story about Vietnam. “I’m just sitting here, listening to this, thinking, ‘Wow, this guy’s gone through so much in life,’” Zeager recalled. “When I got up to leave, he shook my hand and said ‘Thank you very much for coming by to see me. I love my flowers.’ I thought, OK, that’s why we do this.” Bubbles & Bouquets is one of the fundraisers that makes it all possible. It’s a fun event for everyone involved.

“It’s something different than what has been done before,” Zeager explained. “We wanted to come up with something unique — something that the couples would have fun doing.” After the inaugural event in 2015, couples were already asking to participate in 2016. “My goal is to get it to where it is an event that people look forward to every year,” Zeager said. This year’s couples — Camryn Del Rio Linton and Omari Linton, Karyn and Evan Turk, Christie and Bettina Gannon, Ryan Beckett and Brittany Miller, and Shay and John Discepolo — worked hard to arrange flowers donated by Wellington Florist. Christie and Bettina Gannon, with help from some young friends, won the competition. “I sincerely thank those who supported us, especially the families who lent their daughters for the design competition, and everyone who attended,” Christie said. “The people, the flowers, the incredible brunch and a wonderful cause, it was a beautiful event. I was honored to have the first-place arrangement. Honestly, the kids did an amazing job putting it together.” Bettina had a great time and was all smiles during Bubbles & Bouquets, holding her own with the adults, and showing off her artistic abilities. “I had so much fun,” the young philanthropist said. “The different colors and shapes were awesome, and my friends were so good at putting the flowers in just the right places.” When it was announced that the Gannons won, Bettina and her friends danced and hugged in celebration. The other participants also enjoyed the day. “Omar and I have participated in many events for causes

Participants put together their floral arrangements during the competition.

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that make a special impact in the local community,” Del Rio Linton said. “With the many extravagant events that take place throughout the county, how brilliant of Brittany to come up with the idea of repurposing the amazing floral arrangements from those events, and use them to put a smile on the faces of an elderly person or a veteran.” Beckett and Miller met on the day of the event, so they didn’t have the benefit of advanced planning. Considering the overhead costs of large events, Miller believes that Petals With Purpose is a special way to minimize waste and give flowers a new life, while Beckett found the premise to be intriguing.


(Left to right) Karyn and Evan Turk, Camryn and Omar Del Rio Linton, and Brittany Miller and Ryan Beckett with their finished arrangements.

“There are a bunch of charities, and all of them are amazing on different levels for what they do, but when you have the ability and are fortunate enough to actually see what your time, effort and dollars are going for, that’s definitely amazing,” Beckett said. For the Turks, participating was personal. “My mom is in a nursing home,” Karyn said. “I realize the impact that a visit, or just a simple ‘hello’ with some flowers, can make in the day of a person who is in a facility.” She was eager to get involved. “When I heard about it, I thought about all of the people who are in the same facility as my mom,” Karyn said. “A lot of them

don’t get visitors. A lot of them, their families are up north, or their families are just busy. It can just brighten somebody’s day and just makes such a huge difference.” Shay and John Discepolo enjoyed competing. “Participating in the event was great,” John said. “We both had a great time raising money for a great cause. I would definitely do it again in a heartbeat.” Aaron Menitoff of Aaron’s Catering of the Palm Beaches was a participant last year and helped sponsor this year’s event. “It went fantastic. It was a great turnout,” he said. “The event provided a fun, different experience with delicious

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Samantha Knapp Of Tiger Lily’s Has A Knack For Elegant, High-End Design Story by Julie Unger • Photos by Bob Capazzo

Samantha Knapp of Tiger Lily’s Greenwich has a knack for elegant, high-end design projects. She worked for a decade as a television reporter in New York before joining Tiger Lily’s, an innovative design firm that also happens to be the family business. Tiger Lily’s was founded by Betsy and Robert Knapp, and when Samantha decided that it was time to move on from television news, she joined her parents’ firm. “It actually was never on my radar in my early years to jump into the family business,” she recalled. Samantha started out by getting into a routine, answering the phones and learning what was going on behindthe-scenes with the design team as they worked on high-end special detailed designs for their clients. She learned a great deal along the way. “With a little bit of osmosis, and a little bit of my own creative style, I little by little got chances to do different types of projects. It has really paid off,” she said. “Fast forward four years later, and I went from answering phones and trying to help my

Designer Samantha Knapp of Tiger Lily’s.

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Designer Samantha Knapp has expanded into the Wellington market. She recently designed a home for an equestrian family, combining beauty and elegance with functionality. Images from that project are shown above, and on the accompanying pages.

She has focused on taking the business into different areas. “We used to really center only on Greenwich, Conn., and then we started going with our clients to where they were going,” Samantha said. Along the way, Tiger Lily’s expanded to decorating in Florida, including Wellington, and other niche second-home markets. As the creative director and co-owner, Samantha focuses on collaboration and sharing with employees and clients. She is able to influence and lead a project without being the only person in charge of the design and final outcome, making it a group effort, where the client is thrilled with the outcome and feels as though they were part of the project. “It depends on everybody and what their needs are,” she said. “I like to try and think of how people might live in a space.” Samantha approaches each project by thinking through

the functionality to determine the design. For example, for a family with small children, she would think about where the kids are going to drop off their backpacks after school as a design function. “In general, my design work happens to be very eclectic. It is important to me that a home speaks to the family,” she said. “I try and take feedback from all my clients and give them the best possible representation of themselves in a home.” Samantha is able to transition from modern, traditional and other style approaches to meet the needs of clients. Keeping and reusing, rethinking or reworking sentimental or historical pieces is an approach she likes to use, considering it a way of evolving within the house. “When something’s current, I’m always afraid to put too much of a trend in a place,” she said. “Trends, by the nature of the term, are things people tire of.” In Wellington, Samantha designed an estate for an equestrian family to use as a second home, combining beauty and

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wellington | designer elegance with functionality. Making the home look unique was important for the project. The client lived in the house for a season to learn how it functions, and then Samantha and her team got to work on remaking the home into the perfect Florida oasis for the homeowners, replacing the floors, renovating the bathrooms, altering floor plans, adding decorative accents and backsplashes, renovating the kitchen and creating a more open design. Samantha made sure that the children’s play area was kidfriendly, there was space for extra people to sleep, an open kitchen for better entertaining, and a master bedroom tied together with the main living quarters. Samantha and Tiger Lily’s, along with their work, have been featured on design shows airing on HGTV and other networks. She stresses the importance of a good relationship and great communication when hiring a designer. “When you find somebody who comes at it from a perspective of appreciation and really wants to get to know you as a family, or as a person and what your likes and dislikes are, I think that’s how to get the best out of a collaboration,” she said. “You have to trust, if you’re hiring a designer, that they know what they’re doing and you’ve made the right choice. By the time you get into the process of actually working with somebody, you want to feel like you have made the right choice.”

It is important for clients to know and feel like the designer understands and cares about the project. “You’ve come to them for a reason, and it’s always kind of nice to trust and believe in that and let them help you in a way that you might find is very rewarding,” Samantha explained. Tiger Lily’s studio includes a 3,700-square-foot design space with custom furniture options, vintage finds and specialty chairs. To learn more about Tiger Lily’s Greenwich, call (203) 629-6510 or visit www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com.

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Ana Groover Leads The International Spanish Academy At New Horizons Elementary School Story by Chris Felker • Photos by Abner Pedraza

In her 22-year educational career, Ana Groover has spent 18 years at New Horizons Elementary School in Wellington. Through that time, she has picked up additional administration duties. However, after missing her time working directly with children, she began this year determined to spend more time with students. Groover is the International Spanish Academy coordinator at New Horizons. A native of Cuba, she arrived as a 6-year-old in Florida when her parents immigrated to the United States. She was raised in Belle Glade, which is also where she first taught in the 1990s, at Gove Elementary School as a duallanguage English teacher who volunteered in the evenings to help adult learners. Groover earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education from Nova Southeastern University. When she started at New Horizons, Groover initially was an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) specialist, teaching science to older elementary school students. She was then given other hats to wear, including ESOL grade chair, testing/placement of English Language Learners (ELLs) and test scheduler. “Last year, I actually had two administrative jobs and worked very little with children. I’m actually the ESOL coordinator, and that job I’ve had a long time,” Groover said. “Since we became a duallanguage magnet school, I am now also the International Spanish Academy magnet coordinator.” But she kept teaching kids despite the extra work, after gravitating almost completely out of the classroom. “What I’d done in the past several years was pull groups of children to

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work with as a tutor almost, for 45 minutes a day — third, fourth and fifth grade. Last year, I wasn’t able to do that,” she said. “There just wasn’t time.” The other major responsibilities Groover bears keep her a busy professional, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. The labels on those hats have her swimming in acronyms, too many to define, and some that have gone away. She coordinates all ELL testing, plus the state’s Access 2.0 test, and is APRENDA test administrator as well. In addition, she is New Horizons’ administrative liaison for the Educational Data Warehouse (EDW), which holds all student records. “English Language Learners are the children who, when they get to us from other countries, they’re tested, and then according to the tests they’re placed in a room,” Groover explained. “There’s a plan drawn up so their instruction matches with their growth goals, and then they are reevaluated. I reevaluate them at certain times. There are actually guidelines from the government that we have to follow about how often and when they have to be reevaluated. The goal is to get them completely proficient in English. The way they determine that, Groover said, is through the battery of tests that she largely administers for the school. “APRENDA is a test that we give only to the dual-language children, anyone who’s in the Spanish academy, so I also

manage that test and everything else to do with it. That one is like an FCAT but is all in Spanish,” she said. “It is given to them to see how far they are above or below grade level or whether they’re on grade level in Spanish… It is a cumulative exam, so we kind of see what they’ve learned between kindergarten and second grade, and then we get a baseline, so when they take it in fifth grade, we see how much growth there was.” All that testing determines whether a certain moment has occurred for each student that Groover basically lives to make happen. “I just love to see when the light goes on in a kid’s eyes because you have all of a sudden opened up an avenue of interest for them and motivated them to learn. That often comes through language, also through visual,” she said. It’s what has kept her going back into the classroom for more than just supervising teachers; it’s why she enjoys her work. “I do a lot of virtual science field trips, where we do things like, I take them to the national parks via the computer,” Groover explained. “When they are studying erosion and they see something like Bryce National Park, or Zion, or the Grand Canyon, they’re just blown away. That then leads them to leave my room, and find a book or a computer and continue to learn more about that area. So that, I think, is what’s huge — that you start that ball rolling, and then it gets momentum, and then… boom: kids want to learn.” Under her leadership, the International Spanish Academy has grown to encompass three-quarters of New Horizons’ student population.

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“We work in partnership with the Consul of Spain in Miami. We teach half of the day in English and half of the day in Spanish. The kids get an hour and a half of reading in English, and then they switch and go to their Spanish teachers, [many of whom] are provided through the Spanish consulate. They’re actually teachers from Spain who are with us on a three-year visa.” The students get many of their lessons in Spanish. “When they leave us in fifth grade, they do get a graduating certificate from the ISA signed by the Consulate of Spain’s educational attaché in Tallahassee, and it gives them the right to study abroad,” Groover said. The ultimate goal then is met. “These kids are bilingual when they graduate,” Groover said, adding that New Horizons ISA grads are going on to bigger things, given that great duallanguage advantage. “Remember, the ISA has only been in place for 10 years. So the kids who started out with us are just now reaching the high school level or getting ready to graduate. We’ve had several kids at Suncoast and several at Wellington High School who are in honors programs. I think there are going to be great things that come out of here.”


Ken Courtney Brings Clients 40 Years

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Of Real Estate Expertise Story by Matthew Auerbach • Photo by Abner Pedraza

Ken Courtney of Re/Max Prestige Realty has spent almost 40 years as a successful Realtor in Palm Beach County. The decades have not diminished his passion for his work, and his capacity to embrace the future remains constant. “When you love what you’re doing and you’re good at it, you keep doing it for as long as you can,” he explained. “One of the things I love most about my profession is that the nature of the business is always changing. When I first began selling, we didn’t have cell phones and, obviously, no computers. No e-mails, texting, internet, Google, Facebook, Zillow, nothing. Times change, and if you don’t adapt and change with today’s technology, you will be left in the dust. I have no plans to be left in the dust.” After graduating from Florida Atlantic University in 1970 with a degree in psychology, Courtney moved to West Palm Beach. In the 1970s, he worked as a social worker, counselor and group home parent for mentally and emotionally challenged adults. He wasn’t looking to change careers until, after a very positive experience buying a home in 1977, he decided to try his hand in real estate. When the Re/Max Realty franchise opened its first office in West Palm Beach in 1980, Courtney was one of the first agents to sign up. That move changed his life dramatically. “I always smile when I think about my first day at the new office, because that Re/Max office is where I met my wife, Nancy,” he said. “Nancy already lived in Wellington with her two young sons, Danny and Drew. I moved to Wellington in 1983, and we married in 1985.” Two years later, Nancy gave birth to their daughter, Katie. Courtney first began selling homes in Wellington in 1980 when the community was in its infancy and still developercontrolled. He marvels at the ways in which it has grown over time into a much-envied location for people of varied interests. “After years of controlled and thoughtful growth, Wellington has been honored nationally many times as a premier hometown community, as well as a destination for world-renowned equestrian venues,” Courtney said. The commitment to treat every sale or purchase as a top priority has served Courtney well. “The majority of my business comes from referrals and repeat business from loyal customers and friends whom I’ve known and enjoyed working with over the years,” he said. “I am truly grateful for the loyalty people have shown. I learned many years ago that customer loyalty must be earned and can never be taken for granted.”

Courtney has also learned another important lesson over the years: to treat those coming up the way he himself was treated. “Early on, I had a mentor who took the time to help me learn what it takes to be successful in real estate sales,” he said. “Likewise, I’ve always felt it’s my obligation to pay it forward to the younger agents who I work with and hope I’m able to get across that hard work, honesty and strong ethics are the keys to success and longevity in the business.” 2017 will be Courtney’s 40th year in real estate. Time may have passed and the technological aspects of the business may have progressed, but his love of what he’s doing remains as fresh as ever. “I enjoy beating the bushes for new customers. Of course, this requires being creative and aggressive, and it is what new agents need to do to get started in the business,” he said. “It’s what I did to get started, and it’s something I still enjoy doing to keep my selling skills strong.” Re/Max Prestige Realty is located at 12789 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Wellington Plaza. To contact Ken Courtney, call (561) 3094352. wellington the magazine | october 2016

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Dr. Nadia Pierre Enjoys Helping Women

Through Successful Pregnancies Story by Jason Stromberg • Photo by Abner Pedraza

For Dr. Nadia Pierre, an obstetrician and gynecologist, there is no greater feeling in the world than helping with a happy, healthy and safe delivery for a pregnant mother and her child. “I love taking care of women who are pregnant. I feel it is one of the most enjoyable experiences that a woman will have a chance to experience,” Pierre said. Affiliated with several hospitals in the area, including JFK Medical Center and Palms West Hospital, Pierre received her medical degree from Rutgers’ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. A Wellington resident, she has been in practice for 10 years. “My day-to-day routine consists of welcoming patients to the practice,” said Pierre, who performed her highrisk obstetrics training and training in multiple gynecological procedures at SUNY Downstate Kings County Hospital in New York. “When it pertains to infertility, I perform the preliminary evaluation, but if it gets more intricate, I would then refer the patient to an infertility specialist.” Pierre enjoys working with her patients all the way through the process. “I felt comfortable doing pre-conceptual counseling, which is when you counsel a patient before they get pregnant,” Pierre said. “I also advise patients on family planning and birth control management. On a regular basis, I perform medical and surgical treatments of abnormal bleeding.” Pierre’s primary task is to ensure that women are able to have a healthy, safe delivery. But before that job is completed, she must first know if the patient has any medical issues that may affect pregnancy. “There are two types of pregnancy tests that I need to perform on each patient,” Pierre said. “One is a urine pregnancy test, and the other is a little more specific. It’s done through blood.”

The urine home pregnancy test is pretty much the same test that Pierre and her staff perform in the office. The blood pregnancy test is more specific. “The blood pregnancy test is different because it gives you an estimation on how pregnant the patient is,” Pierre said. “With the blood pregnancy test, you take the test one day and then two days later, you repeat the exam to determine if this is a normal pregnancy.” Once the pregnancy testing has run its course, Pierre can tell the patient when to schedule an ultrasound. Pierre tests for Beta HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), which is a hormone produced during pregnancy that shows up in the blood. “I prefer the quantitative Beta HCG. There’s a qualitative and a quantitative test,” Pierre said. “I do the quantitative test because there’s always a number. The qualitative test is comparable to the home pregnancy test. It is either positive or negative.” The number result from a quantitative test provides key insight into a pregnancy. “This means you know approximately when you can perform your ultrasound,” Pierre said. “You can estimate the gestation weeks of the pregnancy.” Being an obstetrician and a gynecologist go hand-in-hand. “Obstetric and gynecologic patients both desire a partner in their healthcare. Both practices go hand-in-hand,” Pierre said. “I enjoy what I do because it mixes medicine, surgery and the office work.” She especially enjoys helping patients resolve their problems. “Patients want to know the best out-

come. When we tell them that there are different medical treatments available, they understand that they have a partner in their care,” Pierre said. “Just talking about all this is really awesome. There is not a day that goes by that is mundane.” Gynecologists, experts in the female reproductive system, are also trained in obstetrics, which is specifically the care of women going through pregnancy and childbirth. “I think once you have a good rapport with the patient, that really helps with everything else that we do,” Pierre said. “If the patient sees you have her best interest at heart, she can relate to you. The objective is to explain everything and answer her questions as thoroughly and as in-depth as possible.” Pierre’s office is always accepting new patients and accepts a wide array of insurance carriers. Premier Obstetrics & Gynecology of Palm Beach is located at 12983 Southern Blvd., Suite 201, on the campus of Palms West Hospital. For more information, call (561) 7912888 or visit www.premierobgyntb.com. wellington the magazine | october 2016 73


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Upgraded Olympia Home Features Plenty Of Space In A Mediterranean Style Story by Deborah Welky • Photos courtesy Jacqueline and Paul Morris

Wellington’s Olympia neighborhood is home to many Mediterranean-style residences, but few come with a quarter-acre of land and lake views, along with a covered entry, patio and balcony. Recently upgraded, this home features plenty of space with five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths and an office. New flooring enhances the interior while, in the backyard, automatic sprinklers keep the fruit trees healthy. An open patio offers plenty of room for entertaining outdoors.

Dining Room: The recessed decorative ceiling and contemporary light fixture in the dining room lend importance to the space, and an adjacent butler’s pantry adds convenience. Staircase: A stunning red carpet gives Hollywood-style glamour to the staircase, opening into the home’s dramatic foyer. Anyone descending this magnificent staircase cannot help but make quite an entrance! Kitchen Island: The highly functional kitchen island, clad in wood, adds a welcome note of warmth to the crisp and clean whiteness of the rest of the kitchen. Over-island lighting is both beautiful and utilitarian, casting a warm glow over mealtime prep and other family activities. wellington the magazine | october 2016

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The Acai Bowl At Voi-La Is An Exquisite Treat For The Senses Story and Photos by Julie Unger

There’s a new restaurant in Wellington with Venezuelan roots and a French name. It’s called Voi-La, which means “look there” or “there it is.” “It’s the idea that when you have it, it’s easy, you take it and just grab it and go,” chef Andrea Larrazabal explained. “Even though we don’t have French food, we have a lot of things to take and go. It’s for busy people who don’t have the time to spend two hours at a restaurant.” Both in the front of Voi-La and toward the back are grab-and-go options such as milanesas de pollo, milanesas de carne, milanesas de tilapia, milanesas de cerdo, chicken parmigiana, broccoli quiche, empanaditas de pollo, torta de platano Chiquita, arepitas, lasagna, fresh salads and other items to make a quick meal. Voi-La is owned by Maria Fernanda Asuaje and professional Argentinian show jumper Ignacio Maurin. Asuaje is a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef

and equestrian, while Maurin’s wife, Larrazabal, is a trained chef from the Venezuelan Center of Gastronomic Training. The restaurant opened in the beginning of August, but Larrazabal and Asuaje have been catering together since the fall of 2015. They were catering for friends, birthdays and other events and were encouraged to open their own local restaurant. Within a few months, Voi-La was born. The signature dish at Voi-La, Larrazabal said, is the acai bowl. It comes with banana, kiwi, pineapple, strawberries, granola, honey and coconut flakes, and customers can add almond butter. “Acai, it’s fruit from the Amazon. You can find it in Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia and a lot of the South American countries. It has antioxidants, is very wellington the magazine | october 2016

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Signature Dish trendy, and is really good for you. We have it in a version that is a sorbet,” she explained. “It’s something that we really like, and it’s South American. We want to take advantage of what the acai is bringing and the properties.” An acai bowl, or smoothie, is very popular right now, but Voi-La’s twist of making it a sorbet is unique. By adding fruit and almond butter, it adds another layer of nutrition and flavor. Teenagers are choosing the nutritious fruit bowl over chocolates and sweets, Asuaje said. Granola, fruit and coconut are arranged over the acai sorbet and then drizzled with honey. Almond butter can come on the side. The acai bowl is an exquisite treat for the senses, with a

variety of tastes and textures, while providing a nutritional powerhouse. There are many Venezuelan treats on the menu, including tequeños, which are like mozzarella sticks; meat, chicken and cheese empanadas; spinach and feta croquettes; and baked brie with honey. “There’s nothing like this around here,” Larrazabal said. “It’s a mix of a lot of things.” Another special item on the menu is the cheese course. With more than a dozen cheese choices, ranging from robiola bosina, brie couronne, port salut, gruere, mahon, valdeon blue and more, customers are able to assemble a cheese plate with meats — including horzoiberico de bellota, prosciutto di parma,

jamon iberico and smoked salmon — and accompaniments such as plum jam, mango chutney, pesto, truffle honey and more. This creates a plate that is perfect for gathering with friends and having a relaxed conversation while enjoying the music, Asuaje said. Recently added to the menu are gourmet paninis, such as one with jamon iberico, manchego and sweet onion jam; one with mozzarella, tomato confit, basil pesto and a balsamic reduction; one with prosciutto, goat cheese and a fig spread; and a one with brie, bacon and honey. Fresh smoothies, be it the Greenest Favorite Smoothie, the Carolina Smoothie, the Banana Blonde, Blue Grape or Blueberry Sunset, offer a fresh

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wellington | dining guide Arrabiatas Italian Restaurant serves up traditional Italian cuisine. The restaurant is in Aberdeen Plaza at 8260 Jog Road. For more info., call (561) 336-3862 or visit www.arrabiatas.net.

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At BurgerFi, gourmet quality is the name of the game. The Wellington location of this growing gourmet burger chain is at the corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. Call (561) 612-7853 or visit www.burgerfi.com to learn more.

Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at La Fogata, featuring a full menu for lunch and dinner, including food and drink specials. The restaurant is located in Wellington’s Town Square shopping plaza at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd. For more info., call (561) 422-1641 or visit www.lafogatawellington.com.

Catania Italian Restaurant is in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at 4115 S. State Road 7. Hours are 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, staying open until 11 p.m. on weekends. On Sundays, doors open at 2 p.m. For more info., call (561) 3555900. Gabriel’s Cafe & Grille is Wellington’s oldest restaurant. Serving breakfast and lunch, Gabriel’s is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in the Wellington Plaza at the intersection of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more info., call (561) 793-0675. The Grille Fashion Cuisine (12300 South Shore Blvd., Suite 10) is open for lunch and dinner daily. It is also a popular gathering place, open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. For info., call (561) 7932110 or visit www.thegrillefashioncuisine.com. India Grill & Bar is now open in Royal Plaza at 650 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. serving authentic north and south Indian cuisine. For info., call (561) 249-7168. JoJo’s Raw Bar & Grill (13889 Wellington Trace in the Wellington Marketplace) features steaks, burgers, fresh fish and more, along with a bar stocked with 100 different beers. For info., call (561) 427-1997. Offering delicious cuts of steak and succulent seafood dishes, Jordan’s Steak Bistro serves up delicious meals and craft cocktails in a stylish environ-

Experience the tastes of the world atop a burger at Lindburgers Restaurant in the Wellington Courtyard Shops at 13860 Wellington Trace. From Florida to the Far East, Lindburgers will take you on a trip as you bite into one of its 50 famous burgers. For info., call (561) 753-0555 or visit www.lindburgers.com. A warm and welcoming restaurant with a cozy atmosphere, Oak Bistro & Wine Bar at 11051 Southern Blvd., Suite 210, in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza serves up delicious food complemented by great wine varietals. Catering and takeout are available, as are private parties and a great brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. For more info., call (561) 753-6217 or visit www.oakrpb.com. Oli’s Fashion Cuisine & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. For info., call (561) 7922220 or visit www.olisrestaurant.com. Stonewood Grill & Tavern in the Pointe at Wellington Green serves up exciting flavors in a casually sophisticated setting. Call (561) 784-9796 or visit www.stonewoodgrill.com for more info. A family tradition since 1905, Strathmore Bagels & Deli is a real New York delicatessen, serving everything from smoked fish to corned beef. It is located in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at the corner of

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Sunday, Oct. 2 • The Good Earth Farm (2141 B Road, Loxahatchee Groves) will open for the season on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. There is a new gift shop, and visitors are requested to wear farm wear and closedtoed shoes. For more info., call (561) 792-2666 or visit www.goodearthfarm.info. • Kingdom Promotions will present the Poets in Autumn Tour on Sunday, Oct. 2 at Wellington High School (2101 Greenview Shores Blvd., Wellington). Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $20. VIP tickets are $30. For more info., text (407) 490-2547, e-mail info@kingdompromo.net or visit www.thepiatour. com. Monday, Oct. 3 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Cuéntame Un Cuento/Tell Me a Story for all ages with Carrie Sue Ayvar on Monday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. Flowing between Spanish and English, Ayvar draws from personal and traditional tales to connect people, languages and cultures. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host English Exchange for adults on Mondays, Oct. 3, 17, 24 and 31 at 6:30 p.m. Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. Call (561) 894-7529 to pre-register. Tuesday, Oct. 4 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tween Gaming for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 2:30 p.m. Bring a friend for Wii gaming and board game fun. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tropical Rhythms: Salsa for adults on Tuesdays, Oct. 4 and Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. Enjoy tropical rhythms while learning basic salsa steps with dance instructor Javier LaTorre. Call (561) 790-6070 to preregister.

Wednesday, Oct. 5 • Palm Beach County and the City of West Palm Beach will host the eighth annual Regional Climate Leadership Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 5 and Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The Climate Leadership Summit is organized by the Climate Change Compact, a partnership among Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Visit www.climateleadershipsummit. com for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “We Love Books!” for ages 6 to 10 on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 2:30 p.m. Listen to great picture books and hear about chapter books you’ll want to read. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine for adults on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a preview screening of this acclaimed, one-man historical drama focusing on the life and times of Thomas Paine, one of the most misunderstood and influential figures in American history. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, Oct. 6 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Lego Bricks for ages 5 to 10 on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m. Build, imagine and create with Lego bricks. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. with a free concert by the Ocoee River Band at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Anime Nation for ages 12 to 17 on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. View new anime titles. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writer’s Critique Workshop for adults on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve your fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

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wellington | calendar • The Women of Wellington Chamber will host Ghost Hunting & Cocktails on Thursday, Oct. 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Riddle House at Yesteryear Village. To RSVP, call (561) 792-6525. Friday, Oct. 7 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Paper Airplane Contest for ages 5 to 12 on Friday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. Create your own paper airplane and compete against your peers. The winner gets a prize. Call (561) 790-6070 for more information. • Fright Nights returns to the South Florida Fairgrounds over four weekends in October, starting Friday, Oct. 7. The midway opens at 6 p.m., and the haunted houses open at 7 p.m. For more info., visit www.myfrightnights.com. Saturday, Oct. 8 • Repticon West Palm Beach will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9. For more info., visit www.repticon. com. • The Florida Gun & Knife Show will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9. For more info., visit www.flgunshows. com. • The SuperHero 5K Race & Fun Run/Family Day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 a.m. in the center pavilion at John Prince Park in Lake Worth to benefit the Friends of Foster Children. The Superhero 5K is a themed event created to raise awareness and support for area foster children. For more info., visit www.friendsoffosterchildren.com. • The Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades invites the public to attend the John Marshall Everglades Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Palm Beach Marriott (1001 Okeechobee Blvd.). Admission is $30. The luncheon keynote speaker will be award-winning author and journalist Michael Grunwald. For more info., call (561) 233-9004 or visit www.artmarshall.org. • The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County

will host its 35th annual Wellington Golf Classic on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Wanderers Club with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start, followed by an awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m. For event info., contact cgalenski@ bgcpbc.org. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Creepy Creatures for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Tuesday, Oct. 11 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “I Love Art!” for ages 6 to 12 on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. Create something new each month. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii games, board games and more. Bring a friend or make new ones. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Wednesday, Oct. 12 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Not Your Grandma’s Bingo for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 3:30 p.m. Create your own card and see if luck is on your side. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Utilizing Social Media for Your Small Business on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. Learn how to use social media to win the hearts and minds of customers. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Spooky Trivia for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. Brush up on monsters and things that go bump in the night. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • The Northern Palm Beach chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the PGA Boulevard Embassy Suites Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens. Networking will

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Saturday, Oct. 15 • Buckler’s Craft Fairs will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16. Visit www.bucklercraftfair.com for more info. • The Mall at Wellington Green will host its free MallStars Costume Party with games, dancing, photo fun and more on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for children 10 years old and under. For more information, call (561) 227-6900 or visit www. shopwellingtongreen.com. • The Wellington Home Show will be held at the Wellington Amphitheater on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free to the family-friendly event. Meet with dozens of home product and service experts to fix, remodel and beautify your home. There will also be dog adoptions, celebrity radio appearances and more. For more info., visit www. mainmeetevents.com. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host an Italian-American Heritage Month Documentary Series for adults on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 1:30 p.m. with a screening of Violin Masters: Two Gentlemen of Cremona. The documentary tells the story of two violin masters, Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù. Call (561) 7906070 to pre-register. • The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will hold its 20th annual Arthur’s Jam event on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington). Arthur’s Jam is a fundraiser named after Arthur Weiss, the son of the founder of CFF’s Palm Beach Chapter, Mary Weiss. For more info., call (561) 683-9965 or visit www.cff. org/palmbeach. Sunday, Oct. 16 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Festival of Lights Celebration on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2:30 p.m. with colorful dresses, traditional and contemporary dances, and glittering lights. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, Oct. 18 • The School District of Palm Beach County will present its Showcase of Schools at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. For more info., visit www.palmbeachschools. org/choiceprograms. Wednesday, Oct. 19 • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will host its Meet the Candidates Luncheon at the Wanderers Club on Wednesday, Oct. 19 with registration starting at 11:30 a.m. To RSVP, call (561) 792-6525. • Wellington will hold a village-wide Neighborhood Watch Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov. Thursday, Oct. 20 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. with a free concert by Rough Shot at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Western Business Alliance will hold a social event on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at SunTrust Bank (9951 Okeechobee Blvd.). For info., visit www.thewesternbusinessalliance.com. Friday, Oct. 21 • The West Palm Beach Fall Home Show will take place at the South Florida Fairgrounds from Friday, Oct. 21 through Sunday, Oct. 23. For more info., visit www.westpalmhomeshow.com. • Spookyville in Yesteryear Village returns to the South Florida Fairgrounds from Friday, Oct. 21 through Sunday, Oct. 23 and from Friday, Oct. 28 through Monday, Oct. 31. For more info., visit www. southfloridafair.com. • The Starry Night Theater Co. will present Leonard Nimoy’s Vincent at the Kravis Center’s Marshall E. Rinker Sr. Playhouse from Friday, Oct. 21 through Sunday, Oct. 23. For more info., visit www.kravis.org. Saturday, Oct. 22 • The Green Market at Wellington returns

Saturday, Oct. 22 and runs through April 29 on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. next to the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.), except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s weekends. For more info., visit www.greenmarketatwellington. com. • The Wellington Chamber of Commerce will hold its inaugural golf tournament on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Wanderers Club. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m., followed by a luncheon buffet and awards ceremony at 1 p.m. Visit www.wellingtonchamber.com or call (561) 792-6525 for more info. • Wellington’s annual Fall Festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road). Unlimited all-access bracelets are on sale now and are required for participation in all event activities. Bracelets can be purchased in advance at the Wellington Community Center (12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) or at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road) at a cost of $7 for children and $5 for adults. For sponsorship and vendor opportunities, call (561) 791-4082. For more info., visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/ fallfestival.

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Volunteers Clean Wellington Streets — The Village of Wellington held an International Coastal Cleanup event on Saturday, Sept. 17 along Greenbriar Blvd., Greenview Shores and the Folkestone/Yarmouth community. Dozens of volunteers patrolled the streets in groups to clean up Wellington’s roads. Shown above, Volunteers gather after cleaning up Wellington streets.

Ballet Theatre Stages Peter Pan — The Wellington Ballet Theatre presented Peter Pan at the Wellington High School Theater on Sept. 17-18. The show was led by executive producer Rocky Duvall with direction and choreography by Melissa Waters. In December, the Wellington Ballet Theatre will present The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Shown above, Jordan Anderson (Peter Pan) and Allee Miller (Tinkerbell) teach Sarah Marsengill (Wendy), Maci Leitner (Michael) and Emily Moreland (John) how to fly.

New Cub At Panther Ridge — Panther Ridge Conservation Center held a fundraiser Sept. 2 at World of Beer in Wellington. Meeka, a 9-week-old panther cub made an appearance for photos with people who made a donation. Big cats residing at Panther Ridge need your support. Visit www. pantherridgecc.org for info. Shown above are Ron Manasco, Judy Berens, Sadie Ryan with Meeka, Jamie Thody, Kimberly Casa and Rebecca Davis.

Local Artist Reception At Whole Foods — Whole Foods Market in Wellington sponsored an artist’s reception for Wellington Art Society member Toni Willey on Friday, Aug. 26 in the café. Appetizers and wine were served, and there was live music and door prizes. A $5 donation went to the Wellington Art Society Scholarship Fund. Shown above are Toni Willey, Betty Brodie and Hildegard Donavan.

Future Heroes Golf Tournament — The Wellington American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Post 390 hosted its sixth annual Future Heroes Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Wanderers Club. There were raffles and goody bags. Awards were given out at a buffet after the event.

(Above left) Trey and Redick Brown with Brett and Beau Allen. (Above right) Golf Committee Member Ed Portman, Wanderers Club General Manager Justin Thompson and Golf Committee Chair John Isola.

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