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Indian River County





Indian River County has a plethora of beautiful vistas and venues for your dream wedding. Halfway along Florida’s Atlantic coast, Indian River County is located where the tropics begin. Our location is easily accessed from Orlando and Melbourne airports to the north, Tampa airport to the west and Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami airports to the south. With a wide variety of accommodations and activities, you’ll find everything you need to stage your wedding and keep your guests entertained. Whether you like the quaint, village feel of Sebastian, the western flair of Fellsmere, or the elegance of Vero Beach, there is a perfect place for every bride.

Photography by

1. Ashlee Lynn Photography 2. Kazuyuki Oyama 3. Ashlee Lynn Photography 4. Verola Photography

Wedding Venues Whether you want to make your vows barefoot on a pristine beach, surrounded by immaculate gardens or even on horseback where you can gallop into the sunset, you’ll find it in Indian River County. Beachfront hotels specialize in turning the beautiful Atlantic Ocean into an unparalleled wedding backdrop. Ranches, gardens, historic buildings and golf courses are routinely transformed into nature’s own cathedrals and reception halls. And of course, churches of every denomination await the next bride and groom to embark on their journey as husband and wife. Indian River County hosts a number of professional wedding planners, florists and caterers to assist in making all of the arrangements for a flawless wedding day.

Photography by 1. Kara Clicks Photography 2. PS Photography 3. PS Photography 4. Martina’s Photography











Area Activities


Your guests will find a wide variety of great attractions and activities in our community. The adventurous can explore the jungle-like Sebastian River by kayak or paddleboard, take a boat down the Indian River Lagoon to see dolphins and manatees at play, glide over the marshes in an airboat or jump out of a plane, if they want! Miles of unspoiled beaches await beachcombers and children at play, while the surf beckons surfers, divers and fishermen to test the water! Vero Beach is known for its abundance of culture with museums, theatres, and numerous art galleries to enjoy. And there’s shopping for every taste, from the upscale beach shops to the outlet mall.





Photography by 1. Peter Hutter, Photographer 2. John Waite 3. Kerry Firth 4. Martina’s Photography 5. Joe Ellis

Wedding Checklist Nine Months & Earlier

Six to Nine Months Pick out the bridesmaids’ gowns and order their accessories. Hire a caterer. Select the ceremony music; hire musicians. Decide on a florist. Choose a videographer and/or photographer. If you plan to rent equipment for your reception or ceremony, book a rental provider now. Research accommodations for out-of-town guests and look for your bridal suite.

Choose a date. Announce your engagement. Send photo and announcements to your hometown newspaper. Decide what type of wedding you want. Create a wedding folder. Make a budget. Create a calendar of important dates. Start, and organize, your guest list. Ask family and friends to help you make sure that you don’t forget anyone. Choose your ceremony site. Make an appointment with your officiate. Reserve date/time of the ceremony. Choose and reserve a reception site. Select theme and define your colors. Start shopping for your gown. If you are special-ordering a gown, place your order now to allow time for fitting or alteration. Find a photographer. Start thinking about honeymoon spots. Planning well in advance will assure you better prices on hotel and airfare. Order, or update your passport. Send your guest “save the date” cards. Check the requirements for a marriage license at the location of your ceremony. Some might require blood test, birth certificates or other documents.

Four to Six Months Order invitations and stationery items. Shop for the groom’s party formal wear. Choose your wedding-day transportation. Reserve limos; shop for rental cars. Plan the rehearsal dinner. Finalize the reception menu. Register at gift registries. Book out-of-town guest rooms. Shop for wedding rings.

Two to Four Months Finalize guest list. Ask the people whom you want to become members of the wedding party, and explain their roles. Choose a wedding-cake style (and baker). Confirm your decorating details. Schedule your bridal portrait.


Wedding Checklist Day Before the Wedding

Six to Eight Weeks Mail out invitations. Meet your stylist and choose your hairstyle and make-up.

Confirm that members of the wedding party have all necessary accessories. If someone is helping you pay for vendors and gratuities, prepare the envelopes. Put someone you can trust in charge of bringing everything you will need: guestbook, pen, ring bearing pillow, etc. Pass out schedules to members of the wedding party. Meet with ushers and discuss seating. Go to rehearsal. Go to rehearsal dinner. Smile!

Four to Six Weeks Organize the reception seating. Fill out place cards. Confirm the playlist with musicians. Plan and hold the bridesmaids’, bachelor and bachelorette parties. Pick the wedding rings. Confirm times and dates with all wedding vendors. Give all vendors a copy of the wedding-day schedule. Call any guests who have not RSVP’d to confirm their attendance.

Day of the Wedding Give the groom’s ring to the maid of honor and the bride’s ring to the best man. Bring the wedding license. You’ll need it for the officiant to sign. Eat something. Have the caterer pack you a to-go box, in case you don’t actually get to eat at the reception. Take a deep breath, and remember to be grateful and have fun on your special day!

One Week Make sure you have all the marriage documents you need. Pick up all the wedding attire. Make sure everything fits. Give the final guest list to your caterer and to the reception site. Confirm the details of your honeymoon. Pack for the honeymoon. Stop delivery of mail and newspaper for the time you will be on your honeymoon.

After the Wedding Arrange for someone to return rental items after the wedding. Have the gown cleaned and bowed. File your name change with the Social Security, banks and important institutions. Send out change-of-address cards.


Wedding Professionals Caterers Culinary Capers, Inc. (772) 562-9194...................p14 Elizabeth D Kennedy, Inc. (772) 563-0646...................p16

Bridal Wear The Bridal Shoppe (772) 581-9355...................p27

Airports, Aircraft Charter Service Melbourne International Airport (321) 723-6227 Ext: 219.....p16 Vero Beach Municipal Airport (772) 978-4930 Paris Air Inc. (772) 770-2708 Sebastian Municipal Airport (772) 228-7001 Sun Aviation (772) 562-9257

Chocolate & Candy Buffets

Bakeries Classy Cupcakes (772) 563-0110...................p14

Bruno Chocolate Creations (772) 466-4222

Cravings (772) 231-0208

Kilwin’s Vero Beach (772) 584-3281

Cakes by Cindy & Glen Walker (772) 559-7357...................p26

Sweet Temptations (772) 766-6373

Fillin’ n’ Chillin’ Bakery & Ice Cream (772) 569-8989...................p22

Fitness & Spa Longevity Fitness Club & Spa (772) 778-6800

Patisserie Vero Beach, Inc. (772) 770-4122 Publix Supermarket (772) 778-1984

Officiating (561) 308-7298

Sweet Creations (772) 584-7206


Citrus, Gourmet Food & Gift Shops Countryside Citrus (772) 581-0999 Edible Arrangements of Vero Beach (772) 569-9808 Hale Groves (772) 226-3500 Poinsettia Groves, Inc. (772) 562-3356 Village Beach Market (772) 231-2338

Cosmetics Cindy Goetz Makeup Artist (772) 633-4030...................p20 Permanent Makeup by Carolyn 772-257-6058.....................p27 Senegence International (772) 321-2893

Wedding Professionals Event Planning Exceptional Events 772-766-1386.....................p15


Jewelry Stores

Artistic First Florist (772) 567-3474

Plan Ahead Events – Vero Beach (772) 492-9223

Creations by Linda (772) 485-7111

Weddings by Marie Nicole (772) 494-9724...................p23

Hutchinson’s Floral Artistry (772) 231-4803

Weddings by Rachel (772) 204-6193...................p20

Johnson’s Flower World Florist (772) 567-8271

Shells & Things (772) 324-4790...................p14

Limousine Services/ Transportation A-1-A Airport Service (772) 559-3249

Diamond Limousine of Vero Beach, Inc. (772) 569-8896...................p16

Key West Florist of the Treasure Coast

Embroidering & Screen Printing EmbroidMe (772) 299-3883 Wilkins Brothers Incorporated (772) 231-1488

Formal Wear Cardita Formal Wear, Inc. (772) 468-0799 G.T. Rhodes (772) 231-6424

(772) 318-7007

Magic Carpet Ride (772) 569-1777...................p23

Monti’s Flower Market. Inc (772) 778-9850...................p15

Smart Shuttle Line, Inc. (321) 409-5114

Jewelry Stores Party & Tent Rentals, Etc.

I’ll Never Tell (772) 231-1148 John Michael Matthews Fine Jewelry (772) 234-1512 Leigh Jewelers (772) 234-8522

Shabby Chic Rental (772) 595-3818...................p16 Strike the Pose Fotos 772-532-2997.....................p20 Where’s Da Party (772) 408-3270...................p27

Photography & Videography Kara Clicks Photography (303) 888-3188 Martina’s Photography (772) 532-3209 Mr. J’s Media Productions (772) 360-9970

All In Fun, Inc. (772) 337-1500...................p24

PS Photography (772) 770-0867

Crafts & Stuff (772) 562-0540

Verola Photography & Video (772) 231-6777

Premier Party Rentals, Inc. (772) 562-7449


Party & Tent Rentals, Etc.

Wedding Professionals Printing/ Invitations ABC Printing Company (772) 562-0624 All Service Graphics (321) 259-8957 Aztec Graphix (772) 468-2023 The Hartley Press, Inc. (904) 398-5141 Ironside Press (772) 569-8484 LEB Printing & Design (772) 532-5735 Minuteman Press (772) 567-4645

Peach Leaf Paperie (772) 713-6884...................p24

Salons & Spas

Salons & Spas

A Pampered Life-Spa Services & Fragrance Bar (772) 231-8864

Panache of Vero Beach (772) 257-6940 Park Place Salon (772) 231-2588

The Anti Aging Boutique (772) 234-3433

Polished Mani-Pedi Lounge Hair Studio & Boutique (772) 584-3494

Body Language (772) 453-4450

True Colors Salon & Spa (772) 569-4247

Causeway Studio (772) 569-8755

Radiance By Shannon (772) 202-8588

Gloss Salon & spa (772) 567-5555

Studio Gabriel Day Spa & Boutique (772) 234-8105...................p23

The Spa at Costa d’ Este (772) 410-0101...................p20 Energy Spa & Salon (772) 562-3845...................p22 Expressions (772) 501-4980 Kathe Heide Skin Care Clinic, Inc. (772) 231-0777


Facial Rejuvenation (772) 978-0484

Travel & Tours AAA Auto Club South Insurance and Travel (772) 770-3400 Treasure Coast Travel Agency (772) 567-4388 Anne Devanney Expedia Cruise Consultant (772) 569-8859


The Color Experience (772) 569-3645

Bagpiper for All Occasions (772) 696-3568...................p22

The Spa at Disney Vero Beach Resort (772) 234-2050

Class Act Productions (772) 778-0095...................p18

White Orchid Spa (772) 231-1133...................p19

Lindsay Naffziger Hair Design (909) 694-7805...................p20


Reception Venues Blue Star Wine Bar (772) 231-3338...................p15

Wedding Professionals Wedding Venues OCEANSIDE

Wedding Venues

The Caribbean Court (772) 231-7211...................p26

Americas Best Value Inn (772) 567-8321

Costa D’ Este Beach Resort (772) 410-0067...................p21

Community Center (772) 770-6517

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort (772) 234-2076...................p25

Community Church of Vero Beach (772) 562-3633

Driftwood Resort (772) 231-0550 Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites (772) 231-2300...................p27 The Surf Club (772) 231-1600 Vero Beach Hotel & Spa (866) 602-8376...................p19 Vero Beach Museum of Art (772) 231-0707...................p24

Wedding Venues FELLSMERE

Marsh Landing 772-571-8522.....................p26

Wedding Venues



Holiday Inn Express Vero Beach (West) (772) 567-2500 Italian American Club of Sebastian (772) 589-3341

LaPorte Farms (772) 388-1824

Culinary Capers (772) 562-9194...................p14

McKee Botanical Garden (772) 794-0601

Emerson Center (772) 778-5249

Osceola Bistro (772) 569-1299...................p18

Wedding Venues MAINLAND

The Plaza (772) 559-9942 Vero Beach Country Club (772) 567-3320...................p14 Vero Beach Sports Village (772) 569-4900...................p18

Wedding Venues RIVERSIDE

Bethel Creek (772) 770-6517 Capt. Hiram’s Resort (772) 589-6172...................p17

Endless Summer Vineyard & Winery (772) 595-0699

Pointe West (772) 794-9912...................p22

Executive Courthouse (772) 567-4303

Richardson Center (772) 299-1717

Capt’n Butcher’s Lodging & Marina (772) 589-2552

Hampton Inn (772) 770-4299

Sebastian Community Center (772) 589-1009

River House (772) 770-6517

Hawk’s Nest Golf Club (772) 569-9400

SpringHill Suites by Marriott (772) 978-9292

The Moorings Club (772) 231-1008

Heritage Center (772) 770-2263...................p23


An Indian River Wedding Story When Heidi Reiner and Thomas Reed decided to tie the knot they wanted something very special. “We lived in Orlando but our hearts were at the beach” explained Heidi. “So we started looking for somewhere close by that we could hold our dream wedding. We had previously attended a wedding of a friend at Vero Beach Hotel and Spa and we were very impressed. So after consulting with the hotel wedding planner we decided that it was the place for us!” About 115 friends and family attended the beachside wedding and reception and at least half of them stayed on the property for a mini vacation. “Having a destination wedding was so easy” continued Heidi. The wedding planner at the hotel handled everything from the flowers supplied by Pink Pelican in Sebastian to the reception catered by their own restaurant, Cobalt. All we had to do was show up!” The Reeds took their vows on the patio with the vast Atlantic Ocean as their backdrop, then partied with family and friends in the private reception hall! They now reside in Maryland but they’ll never forget their fantasy wedding in Vero Beach! Photography by Vitalic Photo



772-563-0110 • 712 21st St. • Vero Beach • Open Mon-Sat • 14


772-563-0646 486 21st Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960

772-696-3818 • 16

1606 Indian River Dr. on the Riverfront • 772-589-4345 17


Photo by Gio Alma

h Intimate weddings up to 130 guests h Outdoor and indoor venues overlooking

the ocean

h Personalized catering packages h Group room accommodations available h On-site Certified Wedding Planner h Ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal

dinners, brunches

h Late night gathering fire side (seasonal)

3500 Ocean Drive / Vero Beach FL 32963 866.792.7403 /


Journey to a serene oasis where unspoiled beauty and nurturing therapies inspire a renewed sense of harmony between body, mind and soul. A treasured sanctuary where you can rediscover yourself. Our team of specialists is at your disposal to guide you in formulating a personalized spa experience for the bride or the whole bridal party. 772.231.1133 /

772.204.6193 •

Your walk down the aisle begins at The Spa @ Costa d’Este. We have designed a variety of wonderful ways for you to look and feel beautiful as you begin your countdown to “I Do”. Ease the pre-wedding jitters and become “centered” with your groom to be with a romantic couples massage or spoil your Bridesmaids with a bridal spa party, unique spa gift item, specialty treatment, or gift certificate. Whether you are planning a full day of pampering or just a few hours, we’ll make certain your spa experience is truly unforgettable. 3244 Ocean Dr. • Vero Beach, FL 32963 • 772-410-0101



Photo by Unique Design Studios

Photo by Jennifer Werneth Photography

‘Forever’ Starts Here Saying “I do” at Costa d’Este Beach Resort is nothing short of seaside enchantment. The intimate resort setting offers the perfect combination of sophisticated style and beach chic romance, delivering a day couples will never forget. Yes, dreams really do come true at Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa. 3244 Ocean Dr. Vero Beach, FL 32963 772-410-0067

Whether a ballroom or beach wedding is desired, Costa d’Este has the perfect location. The warm glow of bubble crystal chandeliers offers an enticing mood to start forever in the Crystal Room. If brides want barefoot elegance on their special day, the property’s beautiful ocean front beach offers possibilities only limited by the couple’s imagination.


From the moment you enter our Grand Gallery, to the sweeping views from our Greenside Terrace, you’ll be surrounded by an atmosphere of relaxed elegance. Let our talented staff skillfully create the “par” fect experience that you and your guests will enjoy and remember for years to come. Call 772.770.3401 or visit

Weddings • Exceptional Dining • Special Events 22

7500 14th Lane Vero Beach, FL 32966

2140 14th Ave • Vero Beach, FL 32960 • 772-770-2263 •

Professional transportation for any size group. Call Magic Carpet Ride for reservation information. 772-569-1777

23 772-337-1500 772-201-9836 1592 SE Village Green Drive, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952



772-571-8622 •

1601-5 S. Ocean Dr. Vero Beach, FL 32963 | 772-231-7211 |


We specialize in Weddings & Events. We offer a wide variety of items such as: Frame Tents, lighting, tables, chairs, including chiavari and wooden chairs, bar tables, dance floors, linens and much more to make your day extraordinarily memorable.

535-101 NW Mercantile Place Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986 Licensed, Insured & Safety Certified 27

Wedding Style 101 O

by Ana Anderson, Wedding & Event Planner at Exceptional Events See her on page 15

photos by Vitalic Photo

h brides-to-be, let’s face it. Choosing the right style and color palette can make or break a wedding. It’s the single factor that unifies your big day, from flowers and dresses to centerpieces and décor. Whether you’re a style maven or style-challenged, here are key points to keep in mind when selecting color and style options – because no couple wants their wedding to look as if a crayon box exploded in the room. Most couples have an idea of what they want their wedding to look like, but they don’t know where to start. First, decide if your wedding will be classic, contemporary or unconventional. Don’t forget, your wedding should be unique to you and your future husband. Think of themes that suit your style. Consider colors, patterns and symbols that are meaningful to you. Something as simple as a painting or throw pillow could inspire your entire wedding theme. Once you’ve nailed down your style, you can think of creative ways to tie in your theme. It helps to make a list of wedding elements that could display your style, including vases, invitations, Save the Dates, lighting, flowers and so much more. Tip from a planner: Don’t be afraid to think of outside-the-box ideas, because they may lead to an unforgettable wedding. The biggest mistake couples can make when planning their wedding is to borrow ideas that don’t connect with them in some way. Just because something looked cute at your best friend’s wedding doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for you. The best weddings are not the ones that come with hefty price tags and extravagant receptions. A wedding where guests enjoy attending is crucial; they should walk into your ceremony and reception and recognize you. Your wedding style will influence a lot of planning decisions. It can help you determine the right venue, inspire decorations and favors, and even guide the bride when buying her wedding dress. Without a doubt, having a wedding style will help any couple to stay a little more focused in their wedding searches. If you’re stumped when it comes to the planning process, there are many outlets you can look to for guidance. Working with a planner can be the critical component when trying to plan a wedding that expresses who you are. I love to hear the individual stories from brides-to-be. It’s true; every love story is beautiful. The big day should reflect just how beautiful yours is.


this is your WEDDING.

Do what you love. Invite the people you want.

Dance to the songs that bring you the most joy. Eat the best food you’ll ever have.

Enjoy all moments.


Be the king & queen

Photo courtesy A. Tappen Photography

of the rest of your lives together.

photographs with your

children & grandchildren. Most of all spend the rest of your days with

the person you


Designed & Published in 2013 by

Kerry & Sheana Firth 772-567-3911


772-567-3491 Photo by Christopher Vegas taken at Costa d’ Este Resort.

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2013 Come Discover Love Wedding Guide  
2013 Come Discover Love Wedding Guide  

Come Discover Love in Indian River County, Florida with this beautiful and informative wedding guide. Complete with checklists and vendors,...