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4 A Ride To Remember ........................................................... 08 Allison Rae’s Boutique ............................................................ 16 Allstate Insurance- Kevin Lashley ..................................... 09 Bellamy Jewelers ....................................................................... 18 Bridals by Gilbert ...................................................................... 03 Cherokee Pines........................................................................... 06 Coldwell Banker- Amanda Fiebig....................................... 18 ComSouth ..................................................................................... 20 Cossart Design............................................................................ 14 Courtyard Mariott ..................................................................... 18 Daisy Patch Flowers................................................................. 17 Forest Hill Park .......................................................................... 06 Georgia Girl Photography ...................................................... 18 Hello Beautiful Salon ............................................................... 18 Horse Tails & Southern Belles ............................................. 08 Houston Lake Country Club ................................................. 03 KD Photography ........................................................................ 14 Keller Williams Realty- Kim Collins .................................. 14 Lucy’s Sewing B’s Alteration & Dry Cleaning................ 16 Macon Tent Rentals .................................................................. 13 Me-Him & Them Tent Rentals & More ............................. 15 Mossy Creek Natural ............................................................... 14 Myer’s City Florist..................................................................... 07 Occasions at Lake Joy .............................................................. 06 Real Estate South ...................................................................... 15 Rental Concept ........................................................................... 17 Satter�ield & Dempsey Jewelers ......................................... 09 Strato Cleaners & Mens’ Clothing....................................... 13 The Butcher Shop ..................................................................... 16 The Grand Magnolia House .................................................. 09 The Library Ballroom .............................................................. 08 The Veranda Salon & Spa ....................................................... 08

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The second time around.

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Tips to consider when choosing your floral arrangements

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Cover Story Kaki & Heath’s Special Day

Wedding Registry 101

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Jake Jacobs

Engagement & Wedding Announcements

Photography Harvey Gilbert of Gilbert Photography

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Bridals by Gilbert is a family owned and operated bridal boutique located in historic downtown Perry. Being in the photography business for 30-plus years in Perry, we have decided to expand our horizons to include a full service Bridal Boutique. In the spring of 2015, the Gilberts renovated the 3,000 square foot building to house both the photography and bridal while the photography continues to offer families all over classic and timeless photography. The bridal salon carries wedding gowns from Mori Lee, Mon Cheri, Stella York, Justin Alexander and Casablanca. In addition to bridal gowns, we have Bridesmaid dresses by the award winning Sorella Vita

and Mori Lee. You will also find a line of Tuxedos, Mother of the Bride, Flower Girl, and Special Occasion Dresses. Our desire is to offer the Georgia and Southeastern Bride who is searching for quality products and southern hospitality a one-stop boutique. While this boutique is a family run business, you are likely to find the entire family there any day of the week. Maria and Mary Margaret Gilbert are a dynamic and passionate mother/daughter team that will assist in finding you the perfect attire for you and your wedding party. We are located at 902 Commerce St. in historic downtown Perry.

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Make a second wedding Couples planning to get married do so with the intention of spending the rest of their lives together. Few couples exchange rings thinking divorce or the loss of a spouse is in their future, but some marriages do end. Happily, that reality does not prevent many people from seeking happily ever after once again. A recent study from the Pew Research Center found that many people who were married before are deciding to take the plunge a second time. Four in 10 new marriages in the United States now include one partner who was married before. Roughly 42 million American adults have gotten married a second time — up from 22 million in 1980. The Pew study also discovered that more men than women are likely to get remarried. Around 65 percent of previously married men have a desire to remarry, compared to 43 percent of previously married women. Men and women about to get married for a second time can consider the following tips to help make the day one to remember forever.


stand out •Don’t feel boxed in by old-school etiquette. Rules have relaxed with regard to weddings. Many couples put their personal imprints on their weddings and do not feel the need to conform to outdated expectations. You don’t have to skip all of the frills of a first wedding the second time around or head to the local courthouse and pass on another big wedding. Do what feels comfortable to you, whether that means throwing a big party or hosting a smaller affair.

• Be open-minded with your wardrobe. Let the formality of the event and the time of day when you’re getting married influence what you will be wearing instead of perceived etiquette or family notions. It’s acceptable to wear white again if you so desire. Plus, more mature couples have a sense of what makes them look good, rather than opting for trendy outfits.

• Let past experience serve as your guide. You’ve been married before and can use that to your advantage. It’s likely you know what worked for the wedding the first time around and which things you probably could have changed or done without. Maybe you were stressed about having everything go perfectly or feeling like you had to put on a show for guests. As a more mature person this time around, you no doubt realize that sharing this special time with the ones you love is the most important wedding component of all.

• Recognize that a second wedding is in no way less important than the first. Couples should remember that this is still the first wedding for the two of them as a couple and it should be seen as just as special as any other wedding celebration. It’s easy for men and women marrying for a second time to be hard on themselves, especially when thinking ahead to the gifts that were given and the money spent by guests for their first marriage. But a new relationship and love is worthy of a good party. Friends and family who are supportive of you shouldn’t have reservations about helping you celebrate.

• Above all, have fun. Couples know what to expect the second time around, so stress usually doesn’t stem from the unknown. You may feel more relaxed at a second wedding, so let that ensure you have a great night.


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Beautiful Wedding Venues to Fit Your Budget Perry is a beautiful town with lots of history and character. With that comes many lovely venues that will make your wedding stand out from the rest while staying within your budget. Forest Hill Park is a privately owned venue located right off Main Street going east out of Perry. Weddings at the park offer a beautiful and unique setting with a variety of ceremony and reception options to give your wedding just the look you want. From a lovely wedding inside of our chapel, to a picturesque wedding outside at the old steeple, your options are numerous. The red caboose is an ideal place for the wedding party to get dressed for their special day. The park also has tables and chairs to rent for onsite and offsite events. Cherokee Pines Golf and Fitness Club is another great venue that would love to help you with your wedding day. The club has a beautiful

outdoor ceremony space on the golf range overlooking the pond, as well as a lovely banquet room inside to host the reception. The club specializes in catering, customizing each menu to fit their client’s wants, needs and budgets. Golf discounts are available for wedding parties as well. Occasions at Lake Joy is a 7,000 square foot wedding and event venue that accommodates two large banquet rooms along with several smaller meeting rooms, and bridal dressing rooms.

For those who are looking for all indoor options, Forest Hill Park is now offering a bundle package with Cherokee Pines and Occasions at Lake Joy. With either one of these bundles you can have your ceremony at the park and your reception at a banquet room at either of these locations.

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Helpful hints when planning floral arrangements When planning their weddings, couples may find themselves becoming experts on subjects they previously never gave much thought. Thanks to the cost of weddings, today’s couples must make each decision carefully, and that may result in hours of research and discussion. One of the big decisions couples must make when planning their weddings concerns their floral arrangements. The right floral arrangements won’t break the bank but will add substantial aesthetic appeal to ceremonies and receptions. It can be difficult for couples to achieve that balance of cost and look on their own, so the following are a few helpful hints for couples when choosing their wedding day floral arrangements.

• Work with a florist you trust and like. All florists are not the same, so finding one you can trust and will enjoy working with can make all the difference. Many couples have little or no experience with floral arrangements prior to planning their weddings, so it can calm couples’ nerves to work with someone they trust in such situations. Florists with significant wedding experience will no doubt make a host of recommendations based on couples’ budgets and preferences, so couples might be more inclined to listen to that advice if they are working with someone they trust. Ask relatives, friends or coworkers if they can recommend any florists whose wedding work they are familiar with.

• Repurpose floral arrangements. Another way to save on floral arrangements is to repurpose flowers throughout the day. Once bridesmaids no longer need their bouquets, use them to decorate gift tables or cocktail areas. Floral arrangements on display during the ceremony can be removed once you have both said “I do” and moved into the reception

area where they can be enjoyed through the night. Go over any repurposing you plan to do with your reception hall manager prior to your wedding day so he knows where and when to move the arrangements.

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• Go big. Some flowers simply bloom larger than others, and choosing such flowers may help you save money since you won’t need to buy as many flowers as you would if you were to go with smaller blooms. Once you find a florist to work with, discuss your options with regard to doing more with less. Many florists embrace the challenge to be creative

within a budget, so you might just be surprised and impressed by what they come up with.

• Choose in-season or native flowers. Couples working with tight budgets may want to choose in-season flowers or those native to the area where they will be tying the knot. In-season and native flowers won’t need to be ordered or shipped in from afar, which can be costly. In-season and native flowers tend to be more abundant as well, and the greater their availability the less couples are likely to pay for them.

Floral arrangements can set the mood for a wedding ceremony and reception, and even couples with little or no experience choosing arrangements can end up with stunning displays. BR161789

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The Library Ballroom is the perfect place to host your next event, be it a wedding, reception, anniversary party, corporate or private party, a conference, seminar, concert, or anything else you may think of. The venue is located on Mulberry Street in the Old Macon Library building. The facility consists of the Grand Library Ballroom, Reception

Room, the downstairs foyer, lavish bathrooms, and a warming kitchen. It offers a warm and inviting atmosphere with original hardwood flooring, richly stained wood accents, and a 40-foot Gothic-Style wooden cathedral ceiling in the ballroom. Cherry wood furnishings encase a full sound system for the ballroom and Apple TV for the 50-inch

plasma TV in the reception room. The building is now handicap accessible with our newly installed elevator and can accommodate 200 or more guests, making it perfect for any reason to get together with friends and family! The third floor houses the VIP Suite. It’s the perfect place to stay after your wedding! Go to our site to see all of the inciting

packages available now! Follow our calendar on for future special events. We open the Ballroom every Macon First Friday for special events and will be hosting the 1st Mardi Gras Party on Feb. 17! It will surely be a night to remember! Check for more details.

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Sam Satterfield and Van Dempsey opened the doors to Satterfield and Dempsey Jewelers in April of 2000. Have an occasion coming up that you want to make extra special? Visit Satterfield and Dempsey Jewelers where they thrive on helping you make that graduation, engagement, or anniversary extra special. In 1989, Van Dempsey and Sam Satterfield met working at Strauther-Harris Jewelers. A friendship sparked and 11 years later, Satterfield and Dempsey Jewelers was established. Both men are noted professionals who have received their diamond certificates from the Gemological Institute of America and Dempsey continued on to become a graduate gemologist. The business partners share more than 40 years of experience in the jewelry business. This year marks their 14th

anniversary of the store. Not many small local businesses can make it to or past five years. So what is the key to success of staying open? “Excellent customer service and making personal relationships,” says Satterfield. Quality, luxury, value, service is the set standard for Satterfield and Dempsey Jewelers. A member of the New York Diamond Dealers Club, Satterfield and Dempsey Jewelers specialize in loose diamonds for engagement rings and offer an on-site jeweler to set diamonds and repair damaged jewelry. Satterfield and Dempsey Jewelers have a variety of eye-catching jewels. They offer SAVAN, custom rings designed for a bridal line, this being an exclusive offer with the jewelers, as well as Pandora products, including the line’s charms and pieces in 14 karat gold and sterling silver.



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Timeless Southern Charm for Every Occasion A true Southern Beauty built in the 1860’s. Situated on close to 3 acres, nestled among beautiful one hundred year old magnolias, mature pecan trees & a lush landscape that invites a glass of sweet tea & a restful stay. The Grand Magnolia House is the perfect place for a unique, one of a kind event, wedding, celebration or family gathering! On your wedding day, we want to take you away from the hustle & bustle of life into a relaxing & peaceful wedding experience. We will be here for you from the beginning details until the big day. You will be the most important person to us, here at the Grand Magnolia House-where the Southern Hospitality is Amazing & the events are Grand!! Contact us to schedule your private tour as we proudly located in the quite farming community

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hen Kaki Tuggle and Heath Whiddon decided to tie the knot, it became an exciting time to share with family and friends. Kaki and Heath both grew up in Perry and first met during their junior year of high school while attending the Perry Youth Leadership program. They began dating shortly after high school graduation. Their long distance romance lasted throughout their college years, and the two became engaged just before Kaki graduated from college. The engagement was a busy six months with lots of decisions to be made, but since the Perry area has quickly become a wedding destination for many, the bride and groom were able to use many local wedding experts for the big day. One of the first decisions the couple made was to have a traditional southern wedding, and since both Kaki and Heath are from Perry and from large extended families, the size of the wedding was already decided. Big! Choosing a place for the ceremony was another easy decision since Perry United Methodist Church has been home for the bride and her family for nearly a century. The groom’s aunt and uncle, Lynn and David Whiddon, are owners of Southern Bridle Farms and The Retreat in Henderson, so the place for the reception would be one of the two. Scheduling a date for the location was a little bit more

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” Day of a juggling act. But as it turned out, The Retreat was available and offered a beautiful setting among large oak trees and manicured grounds. Other decisions that had to be made included scheduling a photographer, caterer and florist. The Retreat offers full-service planning, so Mike Whiddon created a menu and floral arrangements once he met with the bride and groom to determine their wishes. Jan McCord baked a simple but elegant wedding cake, and Christi Graham created the groom’s cake complete with the UGA arch on top. Harvey Gilbert of Gilbert Photography was the photographer of the day, a decision that had been made years

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“Surround yourself with people you love and let them take care of the last minute details so you can enjoy the day.”

before when the first of three portraits was taken of the bride-to-be. Kaki said she wasn’t able to use Bridals by Gilbert for her dress because they didn’t exist, therefore she covered the state in search of the perfect dress. When we asked Kaki if she had any recommendations for future brides, she mentioned several bits of advice. She and Heath made the decision to break with tradition and see each other before the wedding. Kaki said, “There’s still the ‘wow’ factor when the church doors open.” She also said to brace yourself for lots of free advice. “Do what makes you and the groom happy. It’s your special day.” And lastly, the bride told us to, “Surround yourself with people you love and let them take care of the last minute details so you can enjoy the day.”

Photos courtesy of Gilbert Photography

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Wedding Registry For engaged couples, it can seem as if there are a million things to accomplish before the big day arrives. One essential piece of the wedding puzzle involves creating a registry that makes it easy for guests to celebrate your union with gifts that reflect your personality as a couple.


Before Building Your Registry It’s no wonder why guests love the ease and simplicity of a gift registry. But many couples may not know where to begin when setting out to create this useful list. Here are some helpful pointers from Macy’s to help you get started on creating a perfect wedding registry: • Meet with a Consultant: These trained professionals are on site to assist and discuss everything you want and need. It’s a good place to start if you have questions on what items to include and what brands are available. • Look for Special Programs: Some stores offer special features, such as Macy’s, whose Dream Fund allows guests to contribute any amount to the ultimate gift card, so the bride and groom can later choose exactly what they want. • Start Early: Most couples like to register 4-6 months before their wedding date, which allows more time for choosing items, planning for showers and meeting other deadlines. • Register Together: Whether it’s in-store, online or both – make a day of it and have fun selecting all the things that will be part of your new life together. • Choose Different Price Points: Guests will appreciate a varied list that has many gift options to fit their personal budget. • Create a Registry That Reflects You: If you’re a laid-back, easygoing couple, consider registering for a more casual dinnerware pattern that you can use every day, then mix in some fancy pieces to use for those special occasions. If you enjoy entertaining friends and family, be sure to choose a range of serveware and barware.

Making the Right Choices With all the things needed to properly stock your home, selecting the right ones can seem overwhelming. Here are some tips to keep in mind while adding to your registry: • Select Your Settings: A five-piece setting is meant to serve one person and includes a dinner plate, salad plate, bread and butter plate, tea cup and saucer. If you want to serve eight guests, you will need to register for eight fivepiece settings. • Factor in Some Extras: When registering for drinkware, be sure to register for a few extras in each glass size in case some break down the road. • Protect Your Cutlery: Be sure to choose a sturdy cutting board to protect your knife blades from chips and cracks.

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You can keep your cutlery in top condition by registering for a honing steel and knife sharpener. • Stock Up on Kitchen Must-Haves: When it comes to cookware, make sure to stock up on the essentials. This should include a fry pan, sauté pan, grill pan, sauteuse (round, deep-sided design for sautéing on the stovetop or baking in the oven) and a chef ’s pan. • Opt for the Basics: White dinnerware allows you to transform the look of your table year-round by changing the décor and accessories around it. The classic look will be a design that you can appreciate for years to come. Visit for a full registry checklist, helpful tips and more information on Macy’s Dream Fund.

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Welcome to Me, Him, & Them Tents and More event services. Me (myself), Him (my husband), and Them (our seven children) are excited to be entering our third year as a rental business. We are truly the Ma and Pop’s of the event rental world right here in Middle Georgia! We have had the pleasure of designing and assisting with weddings, retirement, graduation, reunion, and other special occasions in Middle Georgia for our fabulous clients. One of our unique services is designing and building custom pieces for our clients’ events. My husband and I have built custom

pieces such as: ceremony entries, dance floors, reception props, and countless other options, even a cake topper on one occasion! Being able to help a client’s vision take form is a very exciting and fun process that we find tremendously rewarding. Please contact us with any questions or to request information on how we can help create your best day ever! Our rentals include: tents, tables, chairs, wedding ceremony entries, church pews, rustic and formal benches, lighting options, custom props and cornhole games. Our rental fees reflect total pricing; we have zero hidden fees. No delivery, set up, or pickup fees are added to any rentals of a minimal $300 or within a 30-mile radius of Perry. We look forward to another year of excellent service and continued growth! Thank you for supporting local businesses! We are indeed grateful for y’alls’ support! Like us on Facebook to keep up with our custom creations!

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Real Estate South & Getting To Know Sandee Davis Khoury... My background is sales and marketing. I enjoyed 16 years in Atlanta working with several Fortune 500 companies that have corporate headquarters in Georgia from salesperson to Vice President Sales and Marketing helping to develop print advertising, point of purchase, product catalogs, and more. Some great companies that I was fortunate to work with include Georgia Power Company, Southern Company, Coca-Cola, UPS, Mizuno, Bridgestone Sports, AMREP and many more. Next, I decided to try something new and worked for the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier for 4.5 years. This afforded me the opportunity to meet lots of wonderful people from customers on my route to co-workers at the post office. The experience I received from such an unlikely combination of jobs has made helping others buy and sell real property a lot more rewarding. The marketing experience has set me apart from many of my competitors in developing the web

site and putting together fliers and ads for the sellers we represent. The post office experience showed me how trying it can be to handle the purchase of a home, moving, and so much more. I am most thankful for my three beautiful children and my two granddaughters. Thank you Lord!

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To understand how trying it can be to view homes and work at the same time. To appreciate the unique challenge presented to Sellers and Buyers who are located in a different, city, county, state, or country and accommodate them. To know as much as I possibly can about area schools, properties, services, and continue to learn more each day. My goal as a listing agent is to help you sell your home for the highest price, in the shortest period of time, with the least amount of inconvenience to you. I am available to answer any questions you might have. Please don’t hesitate to call or email me. –Sandee Khoury

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Upscale design in Downtown Perry Now that you have the ring, the venue, photographer, and caterer, it’s time for the fun to begin! Leave the big box stores behind and come have an exceptional registry experience! At Cossart Design, we strive to make registering an enjoyable process for every bride and groom. We are an interior design store, with furniture, bedding, fabrics, accessories, lamps and dinnerware, gifts and artwork. Our registry is unique because it gives the couple the opportunity to register for not only dinnerware but also for a wide range of home interior products and gifts. We carry brands such as Skyros, Casafina, Jars Dinnerware, Southern Jubilee, Peacock Alley, Pine Cone Hill, Dash & Albert, and many more. Our small town charm and customer service allow each bride to receive the one on one attention needed during the registry process. When registering with us, your registry will also be available online for out of town guests. Please visit our website at to view our wedding registry. Call to make and appointment or drop in and see us! We would love to get you registered at Cossart Design in Historic Downtown Perry!

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Macon Tent Rentals Macon Tent Rentals is an event production company in Macon that offers the highest quality equipment and provides excellent customer service to individuals and groups planning weddings, corporate events, family reunions, and more. Our team is extensively trained to safely and professionally install beautiful tents, tables, chairs, staging, dance floors, and other event accessories. We pride ourselves on being punctual and flexible while creating the perfect venue for your event with excellence and integrity. In 2015, Brian Corrigan

but the personal and emotional connection is what we strive for. Our clients have the opportunity to experience dreams coming true with our service. The clean perfect tent, chairs, dance floor and table cloths, etc. are great, but its the attention to detail that sets us apart!” Event production is a highpressure and time-sensitive industry, but Macon Tent Rentals meet the challenge to exceed customer expectations every day by providing impeccable service and on-time installations. Their extensive experience includes working with and

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“We can set beautiful tents for an array of clients, but the personal and emotional connection is what we strive for.” and Jeff Holloway purchased Macon Tent Rentals from Jeff ’s father Roland Holloway, who was owner since 1989. “The main point of Macon Tent Rentals that Brian and I want to portray is for customer service and satisfaction being Priority 1”, says Jeff. “We can set beautiful tents for an array of clients,

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Making sure you look good! Strato Cleaners & Men’s Clothing is a family owned business that was established in 1960. Strato is owned by Sebie Lacey and Greg Edenfield. They are located at 1836 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins. With the growing population in Houston County, they opened their second location at the Landing Pointe Shopping Center, 406 Hwy. 247 Suite 100, Warner Robins, in 2006. Strato specializes in Men’s Clothing, Tuxedo Rentals, Dry Cleaning & Laundry. Strato carries a large selection of tuxedos from Michael Kors to Ralph Lauren to Calvin Klein, just to name a few. If you’re looking for that traditional black-tie wedding or you want to go a little untraditional with grey, white, cream, or blue, Strato has you covered. Brides, you spend a lot of time planning the color theme of your wedding; with Strato, we can match your groom’s tuxedo accessories to any color in your wedding. While there’s something to be said for tradition, we don’t believe you should feel bound by anything as you decide on your wedding formalwear. In fact, we want to empower you to follow your heart and select the style that speaks to your personality as a couple. Regardless of the style you eventually settle on, we are excited to work with you to make your dream wedding a reality. Afterwards ladies, don’t forget to bring your wedding dress to Strato for wedding gown preservation. Prom can be one of the most special nights in a young person’s life. Let Strato make it the best. They have all the latest fashions. Prom night is all about color. Make sure you match your date perfectly. Strato can match every color from every dress manufacturer. Let Strato make you and your prom date stand out from the crowd.

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1080 Hwy. 96, Ste. 300 BC HOURS: Monday thru Saturday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm Warner Robins, GA Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Phone: (478) 988-9262

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Historically, June has been the most popular month for getting married. But some numbers now indicate that July and even October have begun to edge out June as the most popular months to tie the knot. The June wedding tradition may be traced back to the ancient Romans. Romans honored Juno, the goddess of marriage and childbirth, and the month of June was named after her, so it is fitting that

weddings take place in her namesake month. As centuries passed, June remained a popular month to get married. June was a prime time for people to come out after a long winter and take communal baths in the fifteenth century. In addition, June weddings meant children conceived after betrothal would be born close to or during the following spring. This helped assure youngsters’ survival during the rough and often lean months of winter. Spring births would not conflict with workers’ demanding schedules during the autumn harvest, either. Even when weddings began shifting from pragmatic business transactions to romantic affairs, June remained popular. BR161787

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Perry Plaza Shopping Center 1206 Macon Rd. Hwy. 41 • Perry, Ga 31069

phone: 478-988-2448 Kevin Lashley, Agency Owner Lashley Insurance Agency, Inc. Lashley Insurance Agency, Inc. 1112 A. Russell Pkwy Warner Robins, GA 31088

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Apparel for Men & Women ~ Bridal Registry ~ Home Accessories

Bridal Gifts & Home Decor Visit us today for your bridesmaids & groomsmen gifts.

Monogramming on site Monday thru Saturday 10am - 6pm 478.953.0007 4993 Ste. 330 • Russell Parkway • Warner Robins, GA 31088

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Auto Home Life Insurance Fixed Annuities Umbrella Policies Retirement Planning Phone 478-922-3211 | Fax 478-923-0429 Lashley Insurance Agency, inc.

Our agency has served newlyweds and soon to be weds of Houston county for over 43 years. The importance of covering not only that magnificent engagement ring but also protecting your soon to be family’s future should be trusted to someone the two of you can count on. Whether it is automobile, homeowners, renters, manufactured home, or the ever

important choices of family protection for life insurance, Lashley Insurance Agency and Allstate are definitely an “I do”. Our agency has always provided every customer with that part of the family feeling that you and your spouse to be are going to want. Remember to talk to us about making sure that that new ring is protected! Congratulations!

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Daisy Patch Flowers


Daisy Patch Flowers

was established over 25 years ago. In 2002, It moved and expanded from its previous Carroll Street location to 1131 Macon Rd. Owner Penny Stapleton purchased the business in 2013 after five years of employment with the company. Ms. Stapleton believes Daisy Patch Flowers stands apart from similar businesses in the area because of its personalized customer service and the ability to infuse 43 years of formal design experience acquired in an array of venues across the nation and apply them to current trends to create unique, one of kind, lasting designs. This application has attracted clients for Ms.

Free Consultation. Call for appointment. 1131 Macon Road, Perry (478) 987-2872 Visit us on Facebook

Rental Concept is a locally owned and operated rental store located in Macon. Rental Concept has been in the special events rentals and equipment rentals business since 1974. We have an extensive inventory of party and event rentals. Our courteous staff is ready to assist you with all your rental needs. In order to better serve our customers, we suggest that you reserve items in advance. Quote requests can be made and reservations can be taken over the phone or in our showroom. For your convenience, we offer a service for delivery and setup. Our goal is to assist you in making your event a shining success by offering the finest quality in rental items and prompt and courteous service. Please check out our facebook page or visit our showroom to see the many services we can offer you for your event or special occasion. Or give us a call at 478-741-4585.


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Stapleton such as Canada’s Prime Minister, Jane Fonda Fundraising Events, country music singer Kimberly of Little Big Town, the late Whitney Houston and local favorites as well. Daisy Patch is a full service florist. Some products available include plants, fresh and silk flowers, personalized gift baskets, fruit and gourmet baskets and home decor. Services include local and worldwide delivery, custom floral designs for indoor and outdoor use, party and special event decorating and design; rental set up and consultations are complimentary. Ms. Stapleton suggests ensuring your events success by taking advantage of her complimentary consulting and booking events ASAP as some popular dates fill up fast. Call us for an appointment.

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“Items To Rent For Your Wedding!” Open Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm • Sat 7:30 am - 12 pm Locally Owned & Operated 1396 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Macon Ga. 31201

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Some of the items we offer at Rental Concepts • Candelabras • Columns • Punch Fountains • Chaffing Dishes • Food Service Items • China • Glassware • Flatware • Tents • Tables • Chairs • Linens all sizes & colors • Dance Floor • Concession Equipment • Kids Games

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AAA Rated 3 Red Diamond

The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel and Warner Robins Conference Center is located off I-75, Midtown Warner Robins, minutes from Robins Air Force Base and walking distance to shopping, dining and theaters. AAA has awarded our hotel a 3 RED Diamond status and our guests have awarded us as the “Guests Pick with AAA”. Our hotel offers a beautifully appointed high tech lobby, magnificent outdoor terrace and well appointed guest rooms. Casual dining is available at The Bistro, where you can enjoy a tasty meal. Our full service Coffee Bar featuring STARBUCKS coffee is open 24 hours to serve you. Breakfast and dinner are served every morning and evening. For your evening enjoyment, our bar is open from 5 pm to 10 pm featuring a full array of beer, wine, and liquors. Business travelers can utilize our state of the art business center and innovative GOBoard. WI-FI is always free and open to all guests in our lobby, outdoor terrace and conference space. At the end of a long day, relax in our indoor pool or whirlpool.

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Videography Services

Everyone wants to have mementos of their wedding day, and there is no better way than allowing ComSouth Videography Services to capture those memories on video. A couple can hear their vows all over again and listen to the music that marked the occasion. They can hear the laughter, joy, and perhaps even a few quivers in the voices of loved ones as they experienced that special day. They can see the dancing, the toasts, and the groom’s smile as it grew bigger and bigger as the bride walked down the aisle. A couple may even be able to absorb moments

that they did not have time to catch the day of the wedding with everything else happening. After all, it can be hard to appreciate the looks and well-wishes of guests when there is an amazing new spouse to look at. Everyone wants to capture those extra-sentimental moments that can happen unexpectedly at a wedding. With video, not a moment will be missed. Video can capture every second of the bride’s and groom’s experiences. Video is amazing for preserving and sharing these special moments.

Why choose ComSouth Videography Services? ComSouth Videography Services employs professional videographers who routinely film a variety of community events. These videographers have extensive experience filming for television and for weddings. Their experience in filming and editing leads to a polished final product. Also, ComSouth Videography Services won’t break the bank. ComSouth Videography Services offers several standard wedding packages and can customize a package to meet the requirements of the bride and groom for their wedding day. Some brides want everything recorded from getting their hair and makeup done with their bridesmaids to driving off for the honeymoon. Other brides don’t want to be seen before everything else has come together for their walk down the aisle. No matter

To book ComSouth Videography Services for your special day or to find out more information, call 866-802-6042 or email ComSouth Videography Services at Call today!

how a couple pictures their wedding, ComSouth Videography Services will work to capture that dream. In addition to having affordable rates, ComSouth Videography Services is able to travel to wherever a couple’s dream destination may be. Also, the videographers can do a multi-camera set-up to capture multiple angles and views of the big day. This can be particularly beneficial for getting a close-up of the bride while also getting a close-up of the groom or other family or friends. A multi-camera set-up is also beneficial for capturing moments when multiple things are happening at the same time, such as when the bride and groom are getting ready separately. ComSouth Videography Services can do as much or as little as the couple wants. Every package comes with at least one special keepsake DVD with extra DVD copies available for family and friends. ComSouth Videography Services records only high-definition video that will give clarity and detail to any video-viewing experience. Relive that special day time and time again!

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Southern Bride 2016  

Houston Home Journal's bridal magazine

Southern Bride 2016  

Houston Home Journal's bridal magazine