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LOVE STORY

KIMBERLEY & DAVID A special spot

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Kimberley Rushton and David Wilson caught a first glance at each other at a mutual friends’ home during their high school years. David was best friends with the brother of Kimberley’s best friend. But it actually took six years for them to reconnect and realize there was a special spark between them. They spotted each other at a Mardi Gras event in Gulfport and got caught up. They stayed in touch after that. The two became business partners and opened a juice bar in Birmingham, Ala., in 2015. It seemed they might not ever be able to tie the knot because they both had such busy lives. They were working all of the time. “On Sundays, we would go get coffee and drive around our neighborhood,” Kimberley shares. “There was a spot we would drive past that overlooked the whole city of Birmingham.” That spot ended up being very special indeed to the two of them. In 2016, David chose the week of her birthday to pop the question. Kimberley recalls every detail of that special day. “It was the night before my birthday and I thought we were going to dinner with my cousins after we got off work at my favorite restaurant in the city. He rushed me to get ready and ended up driving me to the spot we would drive past overlooking the city. It was right at sunset and I was freaking out because we were late and my cousins were telling me the place they were at was packed. He made me get out of the car on top of the hill. It was right at sunset and he proposed there. He then took me to “meet my cousins” for dinner. My whole family and all of my best friends were there to celebrate with us. I had no idea. It was perfect.” After all of the planning, every moment of their Oct. 14, 2017, wedding day was special, but for Kimberley, “getting ready with all of my friends and family,” was a highlight. “I loved just being with everyone and enjoyed every moment. I had a few surprises from out-of-town friends and family and that was really special. I think its great how weddings can bring a lot of people together. It was a very happy experience all around.” She also has a very fond memory of her sister, Kate Rushton, and friend, Carly June Cohen, performing the song for their first dance. “All of the vendors and people involved in coordinating the special day were very close to me. Down to the caterer, photographers and florist. The reception was at my parents’ house.”  The newly wedded Wilsons had planned to travel to the wine country in Napa and Sonoma, but the wildfires blew them in a different direction. They ended up eating and drinking their way through San Francisco instead. The two now live in Gulfport. David is a medical device representative for Boston Scientific and Kimberley is a development coordinator at Emeril Lagasse Foundation. 

VENDORS Photographer: James Edward Bates Photography Wedding planner: Andi Oustalet (mother of the bride), Roianne Gutierrez, Laura Warr, Stephanie Carter, David Delk, Stacey Waldrop and Susan Hunt  Ceremony venue: Holy Family Catholic Church Reception venue: Home of the bride’s parents Florist: Mike Brunson, Flowers Forever; Gayle Christian; Gail Majure Caterer: Naomi’s Catering, Half Shell Oyster House, St. James Cheese Company, Melissa’s Fine Pastries, Meril Liquor: L&M Package Store Makeup: Anne Marie Walley, Antonian Salon  Hair: Christina Wagner, Antonian Salon  Videographer: Brooke Boyd Jewelry: Grandmother’s peridot ring, mother’s diamond earrings, sapphire and diamond bracelet (gift from a family friend) Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Wedding gown: Pronovias Tux: S.F. Alman Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo Musician/Entertainment: Musical Fantasy, Ty and Graham  Clergy/Officiant: Father Mike Austin  Rentals: ABC Rental  Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries Transportation: Guy Jerman  Invitations: Scriptura Rehearsal dinner: Great Southern Club  Lighting: David Delk, ABC Rental; Robert Kelly; Joe Coggins

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INSPIRATION

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LOVE STORY

THUY & PETER “A” for persistence

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Some mutual friends thought Thuy Tran and Peter Nguyen were a perfect match — but Thuy wasn’t quite ready to accept that. “I found him too timid,” she recalls. They remained “just friends” for nearly 10 years; they’d see each other occasionally because of their shared friends. “It wasn’t until March of 2014 that he had texted me while I was working out at Planet Fitness.” Thuy thought it was her girlfriends and responded quickly. “But I kept wondering why she would text me about doing squats if she was almost due. It wasn’t until after working out that I realized it was him and he worked next door at Lola Vie Nail salon. We then began to start texting back and forth on a regular basis.” Peter receives an “A” for persistence because he kept trying to connect with Thuy. “One night while working, I was joking with him about how I was craving some sautéed crab claws from Venues and after his workout, he came to Blazin Cajun Seafood to deliver it to me. After that night, we officially went on a date.” She was still skeptical about him as a suitor but over time realized that once she got to know Peter, “the flood waters opened.” The couple dated two years before Peter was ready to take the big step. “We had always talked about getting married and unlike most people with the grand gestures, he definitely did things quite differently. One night while we were home with all the kids (they each have one child) and watching a scary movie, he was practicing how to propose to me. I was playing the part and of course said, ‘yes.’ He immediately screamed to the kids and said, ‘She said ‘yes’. He already had the ring and he said, ‘Ok, you can’t take it back.’ Definitely not what I had expected but as he said, its different from other people.” The two tied the knot Dec. 16. “Everything seemed to happen so quickly that day. The part I really hold special and dear to my heart was we didn’t do the traditional father/daughter or mother/son dance with our parents. Instead, we did that dance with our child. He has a 12-year-old daughter and I have an 8-year-old son. We danced to the song ‘God Gave Me You.’” The Biloxians are looking forward to a honeymoon after crawfish season in the fall. Peter is a nail technician at Beau Rivage in Biloxi and she manages Blazin Cajun Seafood restaurant in Gulfport. 

VENDORS Photographer: Tagged By Grace Photography Ceremony venue: Vietnamese Martyrs Church Reception venue: Joppa Shriner  Florist: Winn Dixie, Ocean Springs (bridal party flowers and arch flowers); Flowers by Gallon E&I (reception tables) Caterer: Dong Phuong Restaurant Liquor: Soloman’s Package Liquor & Wine Makeup: Lillian Nguyen, LillianLuxe  Hair: Lillian Nguyen, LillianLuxe (ceremony); Benny, Vanity Beauty (reception)   Jewelry: Kim Tam Jewelry Shoes: Jimmy Choo Wedding gown: Kenneth Winston Tux: Michael Kors Bridesmaid dresses: Lulus Dresses Entertainment: Sao Dem Band and DJ T-Bub Clergy/Officiant: Father Thang Pham Rentals: JKL Events Cake: SMW Cakes Transportation: King Limo Lighting: ABC Rental

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PLANNING

10 ideas that will make your day on trend By Susie Davis Owner, certified wedding consultant, A Plan To Remember

1. Pops of black are showing up in dresses. “Millenial pink” is a hot dress color, which is also why peach is happening. 2. Bows are trending in attire for both bridesmaids and brides.

3. The high neckline, transparent necklines and enhanced lace features will show up in 2018 weddings. 4. Berry-colored lips are very popular right now.

5. Outdoor ceremonies are trending and because of that, a lot of greenery and monochromatic versions of green are visually appealing. Add vibrant greenery and black to your décor look. 6. Copper is coming in as a big metallic component.

7. Wood vs. rustic. Use woodsy elements instead of rustic to bring a more natural flavor to décor. 8. Suspend flowers over tables and use suspened rings of flowers for a stunning look. 9. Edison lights are are bright idea and really complement the outdoor and woodsy looks. 10. Design hot spots or featured spots like dessert bars at the reception for guests to gravitate to. Doughnuts are trending! DIY drink stations and featured drink areas are showing up everywhere.

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From a practical perspective if you are not an organized person, you should immediately hire a planner or a consultant to help guide you through the process. Many planners on the Coast also do full service design so you can have your cake and eat it too by telling the designer what you want and letting them assist you with all of the details. In some cases, a caterer or reception venue coordinator can help you with some details (linen choices, rental items, room layouts or seating plans). But generally, you want your chosen vendors to focus on what they are good at. These are the items you should deal with immediately because in most cases, there are limited options depending on the size of your wedding. During this time period you should: Book your ceremony and reception venues Select and inform your attendants Begin developing your budget Start your guest list Interview and book the following: • Planner • Band/DJ • Caterer • Photographer • Videographer • Officiant Book your ceremony and reception venues

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Purchase your dress. MONTHS Select your wedding party’s attire. Dress availability and alterations can take up to six months so start this item as soon as possible. Have your guys fitted for their tuxedos as soon as possible as well. Set up your wedding website, hashtag and handles. Register at a minimum of three major retailers with online offerings at least one local gift registry store. Plan for your out-of-town guests. Reserve a block of hotel rooms at several different hotels with varying price points. These hotels should be as close to reception location as possible. Settle on an invitation design and begin the proofing process. Your invitation may go through several renditions before it’s just right, so give yourself plenty of time. If you are planning on having your invitations hand addressed, hire a calligrapher now. Start planning the honeymoon. Make sure your passport and any necessary shots are up to date if you will be traveling out of the country.

Meet with the officiant and then plan your ceremony. If you are required to attend counseling or attend classes related to your particular faith, begin these as soon as your officiant says to. Arrange transportation for yourself and any guests. Order your cakes. Start your day-of timeline. Work with your planner and other vendors (DJ, photographer) to schedule any special moments you want to be sure are documented.


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Invitations, enclosures, and announcements (don’t forget the stamps on the RSVP cards!)

The bride’s wedding gown and accessories

Photographer, wedding photographs, wedding albums

More than one mom has said, "If I knew how much work this was for my first daughter, I would’ve hired a planner then." Hence the reason this item is number one on this list and should be on yours as well!

The groom paying for the bride’s bouquet is an interesting concept and something that is staging a bit of a comeback. We think it’s a sweet gesture, but not commonly done here on the Coast.

Transportation and lodging expenses for the officiant if from another town and if invited to officiate by the bride’s family Accommodations for bride’s attendants

Bride’s gifts to her attendants Generally, this is only reserved for those attendants who are from out of town and do not necessarily need two nights (or more) at a fancy hotel. Most families have plenty of extra beds to accommodate these attendants without spending too much money.

Bride’s gift to groom Groom’s wedding ring

Here in the South, there is a committee of ladies that put together all types of showers and little parties. This is the case here as well. The hostesses will plan the menu, provide the decorations and generally have fun cooing over the bride and her attendants.

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The bride’s bouquet (when it is local custom for the groom to pay for it) The bride’s going away corsage, if wearing one

Accommodations for the groom’s attendants

Same goes for the out of town attendants of the groom. Most families have plenty of extra beds to accommodate these attendants without spending too much money.

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In more cases than not, these expenses are shared with the rest of groom’s attendants.

Now this one is a throw back. And not one we remember anyone in recent memory asking for. We’ll keep it on the list. It’s a romantic idea, though.

Boutonnieres for groom’s attendants C  orsages for immediate members of both families (unless the bride has included them in her florist’s order) The officiant’s fee or donation Groom’s gift to bride Gifts for groom’s attendants Honeymoon expenses

This item and the one just above about boutonnieres, while a good idea, is more about practicality and cost savings. While it is certainly a nice thought to pay for these items, one person (usually the bride along with her planner) should handle all of the floral/ decor needs for the wedding so nothing gets forgotten in the shuffle.

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COLOR TRENDS

Choosing the right colors for your wedding day is key to creating the overall style and feel that will make your vision come to life. Fall in love (all over again) with these very trendy colors for 2018! Dusty rose and green

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This color combination can be formal or casual and is great for a notso-princess pink look because it isn’t overly feminine. There are endless options when it comes to decor with this color combination, so expect the unexpected wow factor!

DUSTY ROSE AND GREEN

This color combination can be formal or casual and is great for a not-so-princess pink look because it isn’t overly feminine. There are endless options when it comes to decor with this color combination, so expect the unexpected wow factor!

SHADES OF BLUE LAVENDER AND LILAC

When you think of these colors, you may think, “Uhh … that is just purple,” but there’s more to it than just that. The lavender brings a light, dusty quality and the lilac offers a fresh crispness to the look. Combining the two makes it visually appealing because the array of shades brings a new perspective to the color purple.

This color combination is wonderful because you don’t have to pick just one. Floral is very limited in blues so your other decor and attire will be the primary way to get this color palette across. It can be dressed up or down and work in any season, which makes it so effortlessly beautiful.

VINTAGE RED AND PEACH DUSTY BLUE AND DEEP RED

Even though this color combo seems reminiscent of the fall, it offers a beautiful rich look in any season. There is an unexpected quality to this combination that adds to its visual interest. This pairing presents a very highend look.

This color combination makes for a very vibrant choice. The amount of floral can be abundant and the look can feel elegant or fresh and fun depending on how you want it to be.

OFF WHITE AND GREENERY Black, white and gold

These three colors are for the bride wishing a twist on something classic. By adding in the touch of gold, you get that little bit of glitz and glamour that the basic black and white can’t provide. It adds a dressy look to your decor and makes it feel more elegant.

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This color combination is for the bride seeking a natural, fresh look. This is also a great palette for brides on a budget because the use of lush greenery with hints of white flowers minimizes expense on flowers.

FEE


CASH CONTROL

Your Budget $ ________________

If the two of you are paying for your own wedding (which more and more couples are), you might want to head to your marriage counseling classes before you tackle this one. Setting a budget is easy, sticking to it is another matter altogether. Even if your families are going to assist with paying for your big day, you should be respectful of everyone’s budgetary limits. Here is a list of the most common items you will need to pay for and a suggested percentage for each category. This is a flexible list and you may decide to spend more on one thing and less on another based on what is most important to you for your big day.

50%

10%

RECEPTION

Venue fees, rentals (tables, chairs, linens, tents, dancefloors), catering, bar, cake, decorations, lighting, band/DJ

Site fee, officiant fee, bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, other floral/decoration (altar arrangements, candelabra, unity candle, pew markers, aisle runner), musicians.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Save-the-date cards, invitations and reply cards, programs, thank you notes, postage.

TRANSPORTATION

ATTIRE

Gown (don’t forget alterations), veil, bridal accessories, hair and makeup, groom’s tux, groom’s accessories (cuff links, studs, shoes, etc.), rings

STATIONERY

1%

12%

10%

2%

CEREMONY

Limo/for bride and groom, limo/for bridal party, transportation for out of town guests, (Most limos only carry about 8 people and most stretch Hummers only carry 10 to 12). If you have a large party, you may want to consider a party bus or running a shuttle. There are economical options for both. Be sure to read the transportation service’s contract VERY closely because they are sticklers for overtime and you willl be charged.

1% PLANNER

1% OTHER

Welcome gifts for out of town guests, favors for reception guests, bridal party gifts.

FEELING NERVOUS OR HAVING STICKER SHOCK? Changing your perspective can help. If you consider what you spend on a night out for dinner, drinks and entertainment, your per person cost is either about the same or a little lower. And remember, YOU are in control of your spending and the easiest place to save money is to be ruthless with your guest list! Winter / Spring 2018

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BAKERY

10 tips

GET THE CAKE YOU WANT by Brooke Rester Dolce Bakeshop, Long Beach When planning a wedding, a bride’s mind turns to flower arrangements, music, venues and even table settings. With so much to consider, it’s no wonder that one of the final items checked off the list is the cake. Your cake, just like your dress, should be a centerpiece of the ceremony, and no bride should have to compromise. Whether you’ve been planning your dream affair since the age of 5 or you’re a woman of simple tastes, here are 10 tips on getting the exact cake that you want.

DON’T WAIT TOO LATE

Bakeries often book up well in advance of ceremonies, and the best reviewed shops may be booked up for months! Given the special nature and intricate details of a wedding cake, decorators will often block off space in order to devote extra attention to your masterpiece. Waiting too late to book may result in having to settle for a cake that doesn’t exceed your expectations.

DEVELOP A RELATIONSHIP

it known during the tasting so your baker will be able to craft something within your range that lives up to your expectations.

HAVE AN OPEN MIND

Let the pro suggest flavor combinations that you’ve never experienced. You may not know what you’re missing! Square instead of round cakes with gum paste flowers or sugar work? Ask an artist about their strengths and use them!

REFLECTION OF YOU

If you’re reading this, you may already be feeling the pressure exerted by family members and allowing it to influence your decisions. Grandma doesn’t eat almondflavored cake? Remember this day belongs to you and your fiancé. Is your style more rustic than traditional? Make sure you get the most of your cake experience by choosing the flavors you want, not your family or friends.

Prior to booking with a bakery, make several visits to purchase sweet treats and also chat with the employees. Odds are delightful customer service will translate to a satisfying experience when making requests or asking for accommodations.

SETTLE UP

SCHEDULE A TASTING

LET YOUR GROOM HAVE FUN

Ask each prospective bakery to sit down with you and your fiancé (or trusted confidant) to discuss options. Be prepared to pay a small fee. Also, be sure to ask if this fee can apply as a deposit towards the final cost of your cake.

COME PREPARED

Have an idea, generally speaking, about what you’d like your cake to look like. A baker can help you develop your artistic vision, but you must first have something in mind. Scan social media, Pinterest, in particular, for ideas that match your individual style. Don’t be afraid to suggest these ideas during your tasting.

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Many bakeries require deposits or full payment up front. Take care of the payment well in advance of the ceremony. The last thing you want to be doing is writing a check on your wedding day.

The smaller groom’s cake is often a showcase for his favorite pastime, sports team or fraternity. Show your love for him by letting him cut loose here!

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

A cake doesn’t have to be a cake. Many brides are bringing other favorite desserts into the mix. You may have already started seeing macaron towers or miniature pies at recent ceremonies. If you have an out-of-the-box idea, embrace it. No matter what your taste, a cake shouldn’t be something that you compromise on. Follow these tips and you’ll be cutting into a cake so good, you won’t mind if your honey rubs a bit on your nose!


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DF ILROE RCAT LOS R Y

Hot trends: Texture and color by Rachel Bond Owner/designer, Pine Hills Floral Designs The new year brings new trends to the world of wedding flowers and decor. Texture and color are definitely in; cascading bouquets of foliage paired with unique elements are popular; and thistle, hypericum, privet, eucalyptus and dried pods are ideal for adding interest to your floral pieces.

COLOR

Deep, bold colors are taking the place of pastels. The Pantone “Color of the Year” for 2018 is Ultra Violet, a medium shade of purple (think Prince and Purple Rain). Neutrals have been trending for some time, but we are now seeing a shift toward bold punches of color. Navy is the new black. The

traditional black tux is being replaced by tailored suits in darker shades of blue. Merlot, emerald, plum and indigo are trending shades for weddings year round. While gold is always classic, copper and rose gold are becoming increasingly popular.

SHAPES

Shapes are prominent in floral design as well. Horizontal and cascading bouquets bring a bold, but still romantic accent to your wedding. The “unarranged” arrangement is actually a thing. Geometric shapes, hanging hoops and asymmetrical elements take your reception to the next level. Strong lines photograph nicely and create a “wow” factor. Do not be afraid to stand out. Memorable weddings are created by thoughtful, bold elements that reflect a couple’s personal style.

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White roses Silver ribbon Sage dusty miller Red ranunculus Apple gree hypericum

Blue larkspur Lavender statice Hot pink tiger lily

Summer

Spring

White tulips Cream calla Peach alstromeria Yellow button mums Lime green antherium

Purple aster Orange oriental lily Pink peonies Pastels of all kinds Flowering branches

Autumn

Ivory freesia Yellow gerbera daisy Green spider mum Coral carnation

Red celosia Orange oriental lily Yellow sunflowers Brown branches

Year Round

Burgundy dahlia Grasses Willow Cattails

Rose - Spray

Cornflower

Jade

Gerbera

Rose - Sweetheart

Crespedia

Leather Leaf

Hydrangea

Scabiosa

Dianthus

Lily Grass

Leucadendron

Hypericum

Snapdragon

Dusty Miller

Monstera

Orchid

Iris

Spider Mums

Eryngium

Protea

Kangaroo Paw

Stephanotis

Gypsophilia

Moss – mood, sheet, spanish

Agapanthus

Larkspur

Stock

(baby’s breath)

Allium

Liatris

Sunflower

Heather

Alstroemeria

Lilly - Oriental

Veronica

Lavender

Calla

Mums

Aster

Limonium

Carnation

Poms

Astilbe

Statice

Cosmos

Ranunculas

Bells of Ireland

Eucalyptus - seeded

Delphinium

Rose - Garden

Campanula

Galax

Birds of Paradise

Geraniums

Ginger Heliconia

Myrtle Nagi - podocarpus Pittosporum Plumosa Ruscus Salal

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VENUES

Capacity

Deposit

Almanett Hotel & Bistro (228) 865-9901 www.thealmanett.com

200

Yes

Yes

Call for details

Yes

Amour Danzar (228) 324-3730 www.amourdanzar.com

200

Yes

Yes

Yes (licensed caterers only)

No

Bayou Bluff Tennis Club (228) 896-9166 www.bayoubluff.com

150-300

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Azalea Ballroom (228) 386-7111 www.beaurivage.com

150-200

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Camellia Ballroom (228) 386-7111 www.beaurivage.com

100-400

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Magnolia Ballroom (228) 386-7111 www.beaurivage.com

50-1,000

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Indoor: 200 Outdoor: 750

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

1,000

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

200

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

40-44

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Black Tie White Rose Events (228) 233-0550 www.facebook.com/Blacktiewhiterose

200

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Boomtown Biloxi (228) 435-7000 www.boomtownbiloxi.com

250

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Up to 700

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Coastal Ballroom at Courtyard Marriott (228) 864-4310 www.courtyardgulfport.com

300-400

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Diamondhead Country Club (228) 255-2917 www.diamondheadms.org

100-400

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

1,700

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

300-500

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Beauvoir - The Jefferson Davis Home (228) 388-4400 www.visitbeauvoir.org Biloxi Civic Center (228) 374-3105 www.biloxi.ms.us Biloxi Visitors Center (228) 374-3105 www.biloxi.ms.us Biloxi Schooners (228) 435-6320 www.maritimemuseum.org

Chimney’s Restaurant (228) 863-7604 www.chimneysrestaurant.com

Event Centre @ CLIMB CDC, The (228) 864-6677 www.climbcdc.org Golden Nugget (800) 777-7568 www.goldennugget.com/biloxi

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Capacity

Deposit

Grand Magnolia Ballroom Suites (228) 696-1894 www.grandmagnolia.com

300-450

Yes

Yes

No

No

Grass Lawn (228) 224-1930 www.cateringcreationsllc.com www.historicgrasslawn.com

300-400

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Great Lawn, The (Harrah’s Gulf Coast) (228) 436-2946 www.caesars.com/harrahs-gulf-coast

50,000

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Great Southern Club (228) 868-8619 www.greatsouthernclub.com

50-550

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Great Southern Golf Club (228) 284-2237 www.greatsoutherngolf.com

99

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

150-300

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

300

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Gulfport Yacht Club (228) 863-2263 www.gulfportyachtclub.org Members only or member sponsored event

250-300

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (228) 374-7625 www.hrhcbiloxi.com

300-500

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Harrah’s Gulf Coast (228) 436-2946 www.caesars.com/harrahs-gulf-coast

100-130

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast (866) 758-2591 www.hollywoodcasinogulfcoast.com

700

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Hospitality Resort Management Center (228) 897-3971 www.mgccc.edu/hrm

350

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

20-1,700

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

La Maison Gautier (The Old Place) (228) 762-4500 www.theoldplace.net

Indoor: 100 Outdoor: 800-1,500

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center (228) 897-6039 www.lmdc.org

100-500

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center (228) 818-2878 www.themaryc.org

383-600

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum (228) 435-6320 www.maritimemuseum.org

Indoor: 700 Outdoor: 1,500

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center (228) 875-4211 www.gulfhillshotel.com Gulf Coast Event Center (228) 867-6322 www.gulfcoasteventcenter.com

IP Casino Resort & Spa (228) 436-3000 www.ipbiloxi.com

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THE 13TH STREET JAZZ BISTRO FEATURING “WORLD CLASS” LIVE ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY This intimate and cozy venue has the perfect setting for date night, events and hosts a wonderful Happy Hour daily from 5-7PM. The Jazz Bistro can accommodate up to 200 with indoor and outdoor seating and has a beautifully handcrafted bar, stage and dance floor for your enjoyment at anytime. Weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, company and holiday parties, dinners, luncheons, bachelor and bachelorette parties, brunches, baby showers and more! Professional event services (by referral of preferred vendors) Live Bands or DJ entertainment, catering, photography, event design, event coordinating and much more.

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Capacity

Deposit

Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center (228) 594-3700 www.mscoastcoliseum.com

5,000

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Morton's The Steakhouse (228) 436-8761 www.mortons.com/biloxi/privatedining

200

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Oak Crest Mansion (228) 452-5677 www.oakcrestmansion.com

400

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Outdoor: 150

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

60-150

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

350-400

Negotiable

Yes

No

Yes

125

No

Yes

No

Yes

250-300

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

200

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

60-70

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

250-500

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Slavonian Lodge (228) 860-9599

600

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Sunkist Country Club Ballroom (228) 388-3961 www.sunkistcc.com

100

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

300-700

Yes

Yes

Negotiable

Yes

The Venue at Southern Oaks Farm (228) 218-1906 www.venueatsouthernoaks.com

200

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Treasure Bay Casino and Hotel (228) 385-6017 www.treasurebay.com

160

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Walter Anderson Museum of Art (228) 872-3164 www.walterandersonmuseum.org

100

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

150 indoor 450 outdoor

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Old Brick House (228) 374-3105 www.biloxi.ms.us Pascagoula River Audubon Center (228) 475-0825 pascagoulariver.audubon.org Pass Christian Yacht Club (228) 452-2571 www.passchristianyachtclub.org Members only Patio 44 (228) 207-2628 www.patiofortyfour.com Pelican Landing Conference Center (228) 474-1406 www.cityofmosspoint.org Preserve Golf Club (228) 386-2500 www.preservegc.com Salute Italian Restaurant (228) 864-2500 www.saluteitalian.com Scarlet Pearl Casino (228) 392-1889, ext. 1137 www.scarletpearlcasino.com

The Dock Bar & Grill (228) 276-1500 www.thedockgulfport.com

The White House Hotel (228) 233-1230 www.whitehousebiloxi.com

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Great Southern Club Where Fun Meets Elegance

Magnificent inland, seaward and coastal views. Open to Non-Members Custom Menus and Packages www.greatsouthernclub.com 2510 14th Street ~ 15th Floor ~ Gulfport, MS ~ 228-865-0200

Winter / Spring 2018


DIAMONDHEAD COUNTRY CLUB Fun, Elegant Weddings in aResort Setting Distinctive wedding packages based on your preferences. Share your wedding dreams with us...we’re right with you, committed to making your dreams a reality! Diamondhead...a place like no other. Where everyone is welcome!

7600 Country Club Circle | Diamondhead, MS

228.255.2917 www.diamondheadms.org

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PHOTOGRAPHER

CAPTURE YOUR DAY

BE SURE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER KNOWS WHAT IS MOST SPECIAL TO YOU As you go about planning your wedding, you will come across tons of advice, tips and tricks. You will find lists galore. Lists like “the Top 10 ceremony readings” or “awesome flower ideas” or “1,001 reception ideas.” You’ll see many variations of the best photo shot list, but take heart, they are mostly the same shots and if you hire the right photographer. Just make sure he or she captures the most common highlights and then outline the extra special details you want. Here are other suggestions that will ensure you get the best photos representing your big day. • A solid timeline of wedding events. Include ceremony times and highlights and make sure this timeline includes the names of your bridal party and important family members. For the reception part, actual times (e.g.: “8:12 — first dance”) are less important than an order of events. Your planner will help you stay on track and will make sure all parties needed for the photos are present. • Have a meeting with your photographer to go over exactly what is most important to you. For instance, if your veil was worn by your grandmother, you will want to be sure your photographer knows this so they will make sure it gets the attention it needs. • Don’t burden your photographer with too many details like handing them a list with 100 “must have” photos. Of that 100, probably 75 of them are obvious. You want your photographer focused on the events around you, not focusing on a piece of paper. While it may seem really obvious what photos you want, sometimes a list does help narrow what is most important. There are too many potential photos to list in this space (check out www.gulfcoastweddingsmagazine. com website for a more comprehensive list), but here are the highlights by category:

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GETTING READY: BRIDE • • • •

Hair and makeup shots of bride and bridesmaids Bride stepping into dress and mom helping with veil Bride with bridesmaids, mom/parents, siblings, special relatives Bride ready to go

GETTING READY: GROOM

• • • •

Groom and groomsmen Men having ties straightened or boutonnière pinned Dad whispering last-minute advice to groom Groom ready to go

GETTING READY: OTHER • First look • Bride and groom separately making their way to the ceremony (in a limo backseat, hailing a cab, walking down the street/hall/stairs)

THE CEREMONY • • • • • • • •

Bridal party procession and recession including flower girl and ring bearer Close-up of bride just before she makes her entrance The kiss After the ceremony family photos and bride and groom together photos (if not done pre-ceremony) Bride and groom with immediate family members from both sides Bride and groom with groomsmen Bride and groom with bridesmaids Bride and groom with whole wedding party

THE RECEPTION • Shot from outside reception site (to set the tone) • Reception details such as place cards, guest book, centerpieces, decorations, table settings, favors table, and champagne glasses • Bride and groom arriving and first dances • Guests dancing • Cake cutting • Bouquet toss/garter toss • Bride and groom leaving, waving from getaway car's backseat Derek Breal & Lindsey Landry wedding Sean Smith Photography


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KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A PHOTOGRAPHER by Shannon Lutkins Shannon Lutkins Photograpy Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life and you want an experienced photographer who can capture this special moment beautifully. When looking for vendors, the first place most brides-to-be turn to is friends, social media and internet searches. With so many options and opinions of what is right for you, how do you weed through the information and find what suits you? After all, this is your wedding!

There are so many talented professionals on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and there is no doubt you will be able to find “the one” photographer that suits you best. When you cross that off your planning checklist, breathe a sigh of relief that one more thing is done and rest assured you will love your wedding day photos. Not only will it be visually pleasing, it will make you “feel” the emotions of the day again and again. That is the magic of photography.

ASK AROUND The first step is to ask people you know and get real life referrals. All to often people post on social media that they are looking for a photographer and are then inundated with tons of referrals. If you are going to seek recommendations via social media, I would consider asking people to post only photographers they have used for weddings, followed by asking them to post an example of a favorite photo they have from the photographer they used. This will reduce people just naming photographers they have heard of. Once you have some legit recommendations, check out the photographer’s website, social media and look for online reviews.

SET UP A MEETING After narrowing your search to two to three photographers, it’s time to start the meeting process. Call the photographer and if you get a good “vibe” then set up a meeting. Everyone does this differently. Some do inperson meetings and some prefer over the phone. Request what suits you best. At this meeting, you will learn if the photographer offers what you need, whether it’s in your budget, and if it’s someone you want to work with. When setting up this meeting, I recommend requesting to see several real life, as delivered, wedding galleries to ensure you like the photographer’s work. Keep in mind, every photographer has a different strong suit and style. Almost any photographer can post a few stunning images from a wedding day — the teasers and website images you commonly see. But, you need to see the real deal, meaning complete weddings from beginning to end. Photographers who are up front and clear about what they provide help brides-to-be make an informed decision with no regrets.

PHOTOGRAPHY IS AN ART One thing to remember is that because someone else loves a photographer’s work doesn’t mean you have to. Photography is an art, so make sure you like that person’s style. There are so many different styles such as dark and moody, light and airy, and traditional. Make a decision on what style says “us” and is something you will look back on to evoke the memories of your special day with your beloved. The fact is when the venue is cleaned up and the cake and food are gone, it’s the photos (and maybe video) that will help you remember this once-in-a-lifetime, amazing day. And you want to love what you see! P. 60

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LICENSE

License Requirements Marriage license requirements are the same for all counties in Mississippi. As of July 2012, blood tests and waiting periods were removed from the list of requirements. Here is a list of things you need: • • • •

Both parties must appear in person at the Circuit Clerk’s office in the county you reside and present the following information: Proof of age (driver’s license, military ID, birth certificate — any official document evidencing age) and fee (varies by county) If either party has been divorced within the last six months, a copy of the divorce decree is required. If either applicant is under 21 years of age, parental consent is required: a female applicant must be at least 15 years of age to apply; a male applicant must be at least 17 years of age to apply. The license may be used only in the State of Mississippi.

Hancock County 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon - Fri Fee: $22 (cash only) (228) 467-5265 152 Main St., Ste. B Bay St. Louis, MS 39520

Harrison County 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon - Fri Fee: $23 (cash only) (228) 865-1635

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INVITATIONS Let Your Personality

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We love to receive gorgeous invitations and love even more when they show the couple’s personality and set the tone for what to expect on their special day. Invitations run the gamut from formal to informal and from simple to elaborate. Varying factors play a role in how much an invitation costs and what kind of information should be included with the actual invitation itself. Now that desktop publishing is accessible to nearly everyone, you could technically design and print your own invitation and inserts. We don’t advise this unless you are really proficient with graphic design. As they say, “you never get another first impression.” Your invitation is that first impression and should make a good one.

Rules? Are there really rules for the invitation? In short, yes. But only a few hard and fast rules for invitations in these modern times. Actually, there is only one. It is quite improper to mention “gifts” anywhere on the actual invitation itself. This includes statements like “your only gift need be your presence” or “please give to your favorite charity”. This is not to say you can’t include those types of messages on an insert card, but that’s pushing it a little as well. Encourage your families and bridal party to spread the word about your wishes and take to social media and your wedding website to announce these wishes. If the wedding is being hosted (meaning: paid for) by several people, it is respectful to list all of the parties who are making your day happen. For instance, “Mr. & Mrs. Joe Smith and Mrs. Patty Brown invite you to the

wedding of their children Elizabeth Ann to Joe Allen” or Elizabeth Ann and Joe Allen along with their parents Mr. & Mrs. Joe Smith and Mrs. Patty Brown…” Also remember that you have to invite all of the people to whom you sent a save the date card and also to every shower attendee. So be sure that your maid of honor knows who she can invite to any showers your girls host. One last thing, it is really tacky not to include a stamp on your RSVP card. This is not the place to save money. Trust me, you are better off spending the money on the stamps than on paying your caterer for people who aren’t there.

What drives the cost of invitations?

When you open an invitation and see a lined envelope flap and a second envelope inside the outer one, you can bet that cost a little more than a pretty off-set printed invitation with not inner envelope. Here’s a breakdown of pricing for invitations: Letter press linen papers double envelopes and multiple inserts offset printedcardstock home printed Most Expensive Least Expensive Printing style (letter press vs offset printing) and paper

choices are what can drive the cost of an invitation sky high. Plus anything extra need to include like a response card, accommodation information, or directions to the venues. Size and shape also add to the price as well. If your invitation is a non-standard size but still only weighs the same as a regular piece of mail, your postage goes up to $.71 automatically and could go higher if it weighs more.

Last Thoughts and Guest RSVP Etiquette

While you are planning, don’t forget that one invitation really means at least two guests if not more. So be sure not to tell your caterer and planner that you have 100 people invited when you really mean you sent 100 invitations. A handy equation to calculate your actual guest number is this: Number of invitations times 2 times 80% equals number of guests 50 invitations X 2 = 100 X 80% = 80 guests in attendance Be sure to address your envelope to only the people you want to attend. This is very important if you would prefer for small children to stay at home. Avoid the phrase “And Family” unless you want Aunt Matilda’s three married adult children who have two kids each and who all live with her to bust your budget! If you receive an invitation with a reply card, set a good example for all of your friends and send it in as soon as possible. Trust me, this will relieve about 99% of the stress that a bride and her mother experience.

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BEAUTY

What to expect from a professional makeup artist

"You are looking for someone who is not only talented at their craft, but who also makes you feel relaxed, happy and beautiful"

by Jackie Merlau jmerlaumakeup.com A bride spends countless hours picking out the perfect dYou may already know you want to hire a makeup artist for your wedding, but do you know what should be expected from a professional artist on the most important day of your life? Here are some tips to help!

THE SEARCH

You should find a makeup artist who is passionate about what they do. I believe 85 percent of your makeup experience has a lot to do with the relationship you create with your artist. You are looking for someone who is not only talented at their craft, but who also makes you feel relaxed, happy and beautiful. Spend time building this relationship. From the engagement photos to the wedding day, work with one artist who can get to know you and your makeup preferences.

THE DAY OF

You want an artist who knows the wedding industry and will help make things flow for you. Make sure you have a reliable artist who will arrive early to set up, start on time and stay on schedule. I personally like to help my brides put together the makeup appointment schedule prior to the date. And most importantly, make sure your artist brings a makeup kit full of products needed for all skin types, tones and textures for everyone having their makeup done.

THE PAPERWORK

Contracts are an important part in any business transaction. Having all the prices, day of schedule and the location details written out is a great way to stay organized and avoid confusion. Be sure you both know what your expectations are of each other and have it in writing to keep everyone organized and on the same page.

THE CONSULTATION

It is important that every bride meet with their wedding makeup artist prior to the big day. This is a great time to see how your makeup will look and an even better time to make changes or adjustments. This is the time to be picky and specific. The last thing you want is to worry how your makeup will turn out on the actual day. When you know what your artist is capable of, you can be comforted to trust and rely on them.

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THE LONGEVITY

Keep in mind that there are makeup artists for different types of work. You have artists for film, fashion, special effects and weddings. Make sure your artist can create a look that not only photographs beautifully, but also remains intact. You will be dancing, crying, kissing, drinking and eating. You want to be sure your makeup lasts all night, looks flawless and continues to be photogenic. Photography by Jackie Merlau

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Empire has a high waistline located just under the bust line, and the rest of the dress flows out. Empire waist dresses mark the smallest point of your figure and flow to the floor in a very demure fashion. For those ladies who are less shapely, an empire silhouette adds more curves.

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There is a perfect dress out there for everyone.

Choosing the right one has a lot to do with knowing what’s going to look great on you. You’ll know it when you find it. Not only will it feel right, you’ll love the way it makes you feel and that’s what is most important. These six silhouettes are the most common dress shapes. The descriptions should help guide you to the one dress that was made for you!

Sheath Princess Trumpet

Drawings by: Dara Parker

Narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. Ideal for lean frames as the cut follows your body’s natural shape. The long, straight lines have a lengthening effect—great for ladies with an hourglass figure who are willing to show off their curves.

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Fitted through the body and flairs mid-thigh. The cut is ideal for frames with small waists. Fits closely to the body until mid-hip then widens gradually to the hem (resembling the mouth of a trumpet). Often confused with mermaid, but trumpet flairs from mid-hip, whereas mermaid flairs below the knee

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REGISTRY Bridal Registry Check List FOR THE KITCHEN r Cooking r Ice Cream Scoop r Canister Set r Kitchen Timer r Knife Block r Knife Set r Steak Knives r Tongs r Mixing Bowls Set r Wooden Spoons r Measuring Cup Set r Measuring Spoon Set r Pepper Mill r Oven Mitts r Pots & Pans r Broiler Pan r Basting Brushes r Can Opener r Garlic Press r Cheese Grater r Veggie Peeler r Citrus Zester r Roasting Pan r Casserole Dish r Bakeware Set r Knife Sharpener r Cutting Boards r Bread Knife

SMALL APPLIANCES r Blender r Food Processor

r Hand Mixer r Slow Cooker (crock pot) r Coffeemaker r Coffee Grinder r Toaster r Dutch Oven r Stand Mixer r Rice Cooker r Panini Press r Ice Cream Maker r Juicer r Waffle Maker

FOR THE TABLE r Dinnerware r Coaster Sets r Coffee Mugs (4-6) r Napkin Holder r Gravy Boat/Stand r Salt and Pepper Shaker Set r Serving Bowls r Serving Platters r Formal Silver 5-piece r Flatware Set (8-12) r Everyday Stainless Steel r 5-piece Flatware (8-12) r Sugar and Creamer Set r Salad Bowl and Servers Set r Soup Tureen and Ladle r Butter Dish r Cake Stand r Place Mats r Tablecloths

r Cloth Napkins r Glass & Barware r Cocktail Shaker r Carafe r Red Wine glasses (8-12) r White Wine glasses (8-12) r Water Goblets (8-12) r Champagne Flutes (8-12) r Double Old Fashioned Glasses (8-12) r Margarita Glasses (6-8) r Martini Glasses (6-8) r Juice Glasses (8-12) r Highball Glasses (8-12) r Seven-Piece Bar Tool Set r Ice Bucket r Bar Cart r Wine Fridge r For the Bedroom

BEDDING r Flat Sheets r Fitted Sheets r Duvet Covers r Comforter Set r Mattress Pad r Bed Blanket r Standard Pillows r Pillow Case Set r Pillow Shams r Bed Skirt

FOR THE BATH r Soap Dispenser r Toothbrush Holder r Lotion Dispenser r Shower Radio r Tissue Holder r Bathrobes r Bath Towels r Hand Towels r Washcloths r Bath Mat r Tub Mat r Shower Curtain r Scale

OTHER ESSENTIALS r Hamper r Handheld Vacuum r Vacuum r Iron r Handheld Steamer r Ironing Board r Broom/Mop

FOR THE HONEYMOON r Luggage Tags r Toiletry Kit r Suitcase r Carry-on r Garment Bag r Travel Totes r Digital Camera

Registry Tips: Most big box stores allow you to post your registry online making it super convenient for guests to select items that are shipped straight to your door. You will more than likely want to register with smaller, local gift stores as well. You will also find that these shops have local and regional gift offerings as well that not only help you stock things you need but can help with your decorating too. Register for things you want and need but also register for things you may not use now but likely will as you mature in marriage. Fine china and crystal may seem frivolous at the moment, but will make future entertaining easier and will remind you of your wedding day and the give you fond memories of the guest who gave you a special piece. One final thought, if you already are set up and don’t really feel like you need a formal registry, consider allowing your guests to make a donation to your favorite charities. Nearly all reputable charities allow this. Like any gift though, be sure to acknowledge it with a thank you note.


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FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT DJ

by Marcel Lanoux Nightshift Sounds Entertainment

Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime day, and finding the right DJ is essential to having a great wedding reception. Hire the wrong one and it can ruin your whole day, so this really is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make during the planning process. It’s definitely not a time for amateurs!

EXPERIENCE COUNTS The single most determining factor in hiring a DJ should be experience. You should always opt for a DJ with years of proven experience, specifically wedding reception experience. There is a particular flow to wedding receptions and a professional, experienced wedding DJ will know how to execute your timeline and keep your reception moving along seamlessly. There also is nobody that can save your reception faster when something goes wrong. If dinner service is delayed or other glitches happen, a really experienced wedding DJ can save the day. Most of the time your guests will never know there was a problem if the DJ has kept them entertained while the problem was fixed.

REFERRALS, REFERENCES AND REVIEWS Ask your photographer, venue manager and vendors who they would recommend. Here on the Gulf Coast, many vendors frequently see different DJ’s. They will know the best ones, as well as those to avoid. Recently married friends are a great resource too. If their DJ did an awesome job, ask how they found him and if they were happy with their overall experience. P. 72

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Most importantly, read reviews! See what other couples have to say about their experience. The Knot and Wedding Wire are two of the biggest online resources where you can find vendors and see reviews from recent newlyweds. Both quality and quantity of reviews are a great indicator of a DJ’s professionalism and consistency.

THE INTERVIEW If possible, you should have a face-to-face meeting with your prospective DJ. Remember, the DJ is the face and voice of your reception, so you need to be comfortable and confident in his personality and ability. Is he willing to listen to your ideas and work within your style and taste? Is he friendly and someone you feel will go the extra lengths to make your reception a success? If a personal meeting isn’t possible, then have a phone call at the very least.

BEFORE YOU SAY “ YES” Be clear about everything before you make your final decision. Insist on a contract and ask to see a sample. Know what is included in the DJ’s services — travel and set up time, lighting, etc. Ask about backup equipment and what happens in case of an emergency. What is his attire at a wedding? How does he handle guest requests, and what is his formula and approach to mixing music? Ask why he should be the DJ for your wedding. Congratulations on your engagement and have fun dancing the night away at your wedding!


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Looking for a unique song to mark that special wedding moment? Jeff Vance, owner/DJ of Surf-Vibes, has compiled a list of the Top 5 songs that are big hits at his wedding receptions on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE: 1. “Your Song” - Elton John 2. “There Goes My Life” - Kenny Chesney 3. “Daughters” - John Mayer 4. “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” - Darius Rucker 5. “In My Life” - The Beatles

FIRST DANCE: 1. “Say You Won’t Let Go” - James Arthur 2. “From The Ground Up” Dan + Shay 3. “Lucky” - Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillet 4. “You Are The Best Thing” Ray Lamontagne GARTER TOSS: 5. “Die A Happy Man” 1. “Bad Boys” (COPS - Rhett Thomas Theme Song) - Inner Circle 2. “Hot In Here” - Nelly 3. “Danger Zone” - Kenny Loggins 4. “Pony” - Genuwine 5. “Oh Yeah” - Yello

MOTHER/SON DANCE: 1. “The Perfect Fan” Backstreet Boys 2. “93 Million Miles” - Jason Mraz 3. “Never Alone” - Jim Brickman featuring Lady Antebellum 4. “A Song For Mama” - Boyz II Men 5. “Days Like This” - Van Morrison

BOUQUET TOSS: 1. “No Scrubs” - TLC 2. “Lady Marmalade” - Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, Pink 3. “Hollaback Girl” - Gwen Stefani 4. “Maneater” - Nelly Furtado 5. “Worth It” - Fifth Harmony


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Taste Catering Gulf Coast Weddings recently chatted with Chef Patrick Heim, owner of Taste Catering and Personal Chef Services, a family-oriented business that not only serves some delicious fare, but also loves to serve the coastal wedding market with excellence.

GCW: PLEASE TELL US ABOUT TASTE CATERING AND PERSONAL

CHEF SERVICES. TC: We are a full-service catering business that opened in 2012 and is geared

toward all your catering needs. We have experience with weddings, business catering, small or large private parties, and private dinners. We take pride in our attention to detail and are able to provide a large selection of foods to cater to any need.

GCW: BEFORE OPENING YOUR CATERING BUSINESS, WHAT WAS YOUR BACKGROUND IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY?

TC:

I have been cooking all of my adult life. I first found my love of cooking while serving in the United States Marine Corps. After serving in the USMC, I continued my love and passion of creating great food. I have worked for other catering businesses and restaurants in the area, including Memphis Q, La Cucina and Beau Rivage banquets. After many years of being able to perfect my skills, I was determined to start my own catering company. It was shortly after Hurricane Katrina when I was given an opportunity to start to create a name for myself on the Gulf Coast.

GCW: WHAT WAS THAT “AH-HA” MOMENT WHEN YOU KNEW YOU WANTED TO OPEN YOUR OWN CATERING BUSINESS? TC:

There was a moment in my life where I was able to financially afford to take a leap of faith and follow my dreams of being a business owner. With my wife's blessing, we decided this was an opportunity we could not pass up.

Chef Patrick Heim

GCW: What are some signature items on your menu? TC: Gulf Coast Crab Cakes, Shrimp and Grits, and Southern Fried Chicken and Waffles, to name a few.

GCW: WHAT WISDOM WOULD YOU OFFER BRIDES LOOKING FOR A WEDDING CATERER?

TC: Definitely interview your caterer in person. Emails are very impersonal and when I meet with someone, I truly feel as if I am getting to know them. I love to feel as if my clients are my friends. GCW: WHAT ARE SOME QUESTIONS YOU RECOMMEND THAT A BRIDE SHOULD ASK HER CATERER?

TC: 1) What time will you arrive? 2) How many staff will you bring? 3) What does your staff wear? 4) What do you do during the execution of the event? 5) How do you accept payments? 6) Do you provide tastings? GCW: WHAT ARE CURRENT TRENDS YOU’RE SEEING IN CATERING FOR WEDDINGS?

TC: Food stations never seem to fade. For example, taco stations, pasta stations, pancake stations. Late night snacks are very trendy.

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GCW: DO YOU HAVE ANY WISDOM TO OFFER ON THE DOS AND DON’TS OF SELECTING A DELICIOUS SPREAD FOR A WEDDING?

TC: To not worry so much about what each individual guest wants, and instead, worry about what menu will best represent you.


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by Sandi Favre, Viagio Travel owner

Every year, there are surveys among travel consortia like Virtuoso that predict the best honeymoon destinations are around the world. (Spoiler alert: Italian cities are eternal favorites!). This list is used by travel advisors around the world to fulfill dream honeymoons, and is truly a “you can’t go wrong” list. The coming year is a most unusual one because of so much devastation in the Caribbean. Hurricanes Irma and Maria upended life, but in fact, nearly 70 percent of resorts were not damaged by the hurricanes and are eager to delicately tout that they’re open for business, according to Frank Comito, chief executive officer of the Caribbean Hotel Association. The CHA is an organization that represents hotels and tourismrelated businesses in 32 Caribbean

destinations and they have created a site where travelers can learn the latest on travel to the Caribbean: caribbeantravelupdate.com. Top destinations on the travel survey are Hawaii, Europe, the Caribbean, Tahiti, Costa Rica and Mexico. For those wanting the best all-inclusive value, Mexico and the Caribbean have some great destinations and luxury resorts that will spoil you. For those who want an exotic pristine beach, Hawaii is not as far as you think. It’s only five hours flying time from Los Angeles. And if Tahiti is the big dream, it’s only one movie past Hawaii! Many bungalows in Tahiti feature glass floors or coffee tables where you can watch the fish, or open the glass and feed them! Want to go somewhere off the

beaten path? Other top destinations on the survey are New Zealand, Peru, Canada, an African safari and the Maldives. To avoid disappointment, do your research early, and book early. The resorts that offer the best value for your money, no matter what your budget, have their best rates when booking well in advance and also will typically fill up many months in advance. Use the internet as a guide, but there is no advice better than talking to a travel advisor who has been to many destinations and can help you find the perfect fit. The world is an awesome place and your honeymoon is a perfect time to start discovering it together… for many years to come.

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BAKERY Dolce Bakeshop 112 West Third Street Long Beach, MS 39560 (228) 216-2671 French Kiss Pastries 714 Washington Ave. Ocean Springs, MS 39564 (228) 215-1160 126 Jeff Davis Ave. Long Beach, MS 39560 (228) 860-6994 fkpastries.com

BEAUTY Healing Gardens 12100 US 49 #706, Gulfport, MS 39503 (228) 832-7666 hgtms.com J Merlau Makeup 827 Howard Ave Suite D Biloxi, MS 39530 (228) 238-9222 jmerlaumakeup.com Salon Alexanders 1115 Cowan Road Gulfport, MS 39507 (228) 896-3352 salonalexanders.com

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Great Southern Club 2510 14th St. Gulfport, MS 39501 (228) 868-8619 greatsouthernclub.com

Layton's 630 Washington Avwe. Ocean Springs, MS (228) 215-1415

Gulf Coast Event Center 9475 US 49 Gulfport, MS 39503 (228) 867-6322 gulfcoasteventcenter.com

ENTERTAINMENT Nightshift Sounds Entertainment (228) 219-0695 nightshiftsounds.net

JEWELRY Creative Marx (601) 460-4612 creative-marx.com

FLORISTS Pine Hills Floral Designs 7434 Cuevas Road Pass Christian, MS 39571 (228) 669-7900 pinehillsfloral.com

PLANNERS After The Proposal Weddings & Events 829 howard Ave. Biloxi, MS 39530 (228) 326-4853 aftertheproposal.com

PHOTOGRAPHY CATERERS Ms. Audrey’s Southern Kitchen & Catering 1621 30th Ave. Gulfport, MS 39501 Restaurant: (228) 357-5633 Café Climb: (228) 864-6677

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Martin Miazza Gifts 1208 Pass Road Gulfport, MS 39501 (228) 863-1252 martinmiazza.com

RENTALS ABC Rental Gulfport: (228) 864-5361 Ocean Springs: (228) 872-5577 Bay St Louis: (228) 467-1081 abcrental.com

TRAVEL Beach Windz Travel 796 Howard Ave. Biloxi, MS 39530 (812) 972-3076 Viagio Travel 20053 Pineville Road Long Beach, MS 39560 (228) 871-5071 viagio.net

VENUES 13th Street Jazz Bistro 2610 13th St. Gulfport, MS 39501 (228) 871-7005 jazzbistrogulfport.com Beau Rivage Resort & Casino 875 Beach Blvd. Biloxi, MS 39530 (228) 386-7155 beaurivage.com

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Winter / Spring 2018


FAIRLEY & JAMES announcement

Ms. Penny Fairley and Mr. Anthony James wed May 6, 2017, in Biloxi. VENDORS May Photographer: Lisa Tilley with Tilley Photography Wedding planner: Susie Davis with A Plan to Remember Ceremony venue: Ohr-O'Keefe Museum Of Art Reception venue: Biloxi Yacht Club Florist: Rachel Bond with Pine Hill Floral Designs Caterer: Biloxi Yacht Club Liquor: Biloxi Yacht Club Makeup: Diamond Godbolt Hair: Aria Sims, owner of Strandz Studios in Atlanta, Georgia Videographer: Oscar Lestrade III with Lighthouse Video Jewelry: Dillard's Shoes: Macy's Wedding gown: Essence of Australia (Designer) from I Do Formal in Mobile, AL Tux: Suits from JC Penney Bridesmaid dresses: Vera Wang from David's Bridal Reception Entertainment: Scratch and Surf Clergy/Officiate: Hal Todd Rentals: ABC Rentals Cake: Cakes by Tina Transportation: Busted Wrench Car Museum Invitations: The Paper Moon Lighting: Scratch and Surf Rehearsal Brunch: Prepared by Chef Sherrie Benton at The Art House in The Cottages at Rosetti Park P. 82

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Gulf Coast Weddings January 2018  

Vol. 3 Issue 1 | Winter/Spring 2018

Gulf Coast Weddings January 2018  

Vol. 3 Issue 1 | Winter/Spring 2018