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Departments 6

The Publisher’s Notes

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Bridal Style Glamorous and Stylish Wedding Accessories

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Groom Style The Sharp Dressed Man

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Honeymoon Style Get Away In Style

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Great Gifts Timeless Gift Ideas for the Wedding Party and Each Other

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Features 60

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60 Love Sparkles Brook Lindsay Sneath and Sherwin P. Simmons II BY RONDA M. PARAG | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTEN WEAVER PHOTOGRAPHY

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68 Indian Spice PHOTOGRAPHY BY GACIEL SANTANA PHOTOGRAPHY EVENT DESIGN BY SHIVPRIYA EVENTS 82 A Pirated Wedding PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY PEZZICARA OF PEZZ PHOTO

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Honeymoon Destination Panama-Riu Playa Blanca and Riu Plaza Panama

Wedding Checklist 12-Month Planning Itinerary

Inspiration 54 The New Cocktail Reception SPECIAL EVENT PLANNER: WARREN DIETEL | CATERING BY PUFF 'N STUFF

Gown Guide The Latest Gown Trends

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Flowers Distinctive Designs From Bouquets to Centerpieces

Romantic Real-Life Weddings

64 Celebrating the Future with a Vintage Vibe Raelyz Palmero and Christopher Rogers BY RONDA M. PARAG | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON MIZE PHOTOGRAPHY

Cakes Seasonal Cake Design Trends

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Budget Wedding Budget Worksheet

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Contact List Organize Important Contacts

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Resources Advertiser Resource Guide

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EverAfter

Cover (A) Credits

Cover (B) Credits

Photographer: Theresa NeSmith Photography | www.theresanesmithphotography.com Florals: FH Weddings & Events | www.fhweddings.com Gown: Osmonde by Anne Barge Bridal Store: Malindy Elene | www.malindyelene.com Hair & Make-Up: Brandi Lynn Tort Makeup and Group | www.brandilynntortmakeup.com Model: Elizabeth Dugan

Photographer: K&K Photography | www.kandkphotography.com Floral & Event Design: FH Weddings & Events | www.fhweddings.com Wedding: Lisa & Greg Wilkerson

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Publisher’s Notes Celebrate! It’s most girls’ dream to have a romantic proposal and then begin the planning of the special day. Now that you are engaged, it’s time to gather ideas and explore options to create memories. Exciting times are ahead as you plan the day of your dreams. From the simple to the elegant, there are plenty of ideas inside the pages of Tampa Bay Weddings to create a spark and inspiration. While the modern wedding has no real rules, it is up to each bride-to-be to define her own style, budget and let the magic unfold. Each bride and groom wants to create their own style and we’ve found a few ideas in Bridal Style and Groom Style. We’ve also found ideas for Honeymoon Style and Great Gift ideas for the couple, bridesmaids and groomsmen. If you are seeking stunning florals and decorative cakes, check out pages 16 and 18 to see some of our favorites. We also feature three Inspirations to help you visualize elements for your day. Thanks to the spectacular images from Gaciel Santana of Gaciel Santana Photography, we feature the local Indian wedding of Sneha and Ajay. The colors, detail and traditions are incorporated into their beautiful ceremony and reception held at The Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club. Puff ’n Stuff Catering showcases an amazing selection of sweet and savory bites that are perfect for your rehearsal dinner or reception. It’s A Pirate’s Life for the couple Hallie and Brian who tied all things pirate into their nuptials. When planning the honeymoon, the blissful couple may need two different types of trip. A hot, new destination is the country of Panama, that can combine a relaxing beach vacation and a city escape. Hotel Riu Plaza Panama and Riu Playa Blanca offer special packages that will keep the newlyweds very happy. For the latest bridal information, visit our web side at www.TampaBayWed.com and “Like Us” on Facebook. We are always looking for Real Weddings & Inspirations to feature, so please share your special day with us. We hope you will join us on Sunday, Nov. 9 at Embassy Suites – USF for The Elegant Wedding Showcase from Noon - 3:30 p.m. There will be some of the top bridal vendors in the business, a fashion presentation, champagne service and fabulous prizes. Stop by to gather ideas and discover who will help create the memories of a lifetime. Cheers,

Publisher / Editor-in-Chief Stephen Parag II Publisher / Managing Editor Ronda M. Parag Associate Publisher Patricia Vorbrich Executive Art Director Chad Vorbrich

Photo by Ellen Leedy

Contributing Photographers Valerie Bogle Photography Andi Diamond Photography K & K Photography Livingston Photography Aaron Lockwood Photography Jason Mize Photography Theresa NeSmith Photography Pezz Photo Gaciel Santana Photography Kristen Weaver Photography

President / CEO Stephen Parag II Vice President / CFO Patricia Vorbrich Vice President Ronda M. Parag Vice President Chad Vorbrich

Ronda M. Parag Publisher/ Managing Editor

Publishers of: Tampa Bay Metro™ Tampa Bay MetroHome™ Tampa Bay Weddings Magazine™

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Bridal Style

On the special day, each bride needs to be true to herself and discover her own style to be comfortable when she walks down the aisle. From a Prada studded sandal to a pink lip, we’ve found a few essentials to make any bride sparkle.

Photo by Julia Mazza

Reception Dress Standout with an Erin Fetherston for Nordstrom Weddings design that will capture all the romance and beauty of the bride-tobe. $695. Available at Nordstrom Wedding Suites and www.nordstromweddings.com.

Dangling Elegance Passionate Fancy Pink By Gregg Ruth Designs, featuring .89ct tw Round Brilliant and .31ct tw Fancy Pink diamonds set in 18kt white and rose gold. $5,699. Available at the Gold & Diamond Source.

Lovely Pearls A bride will be sleek and chic in this silk chiffon sleeveless dress with beaded lace, pearl necklace detail and dropped cowl back. $1,200. Available at Something Blu.

Walk with Style Walk down the aisle in a silver pair of Prada Specchio sandals with studs to create a bit of an edge underneath the bridal gown. $790. Available at Neiman Marcus.

Pretty in Pink

All Sparkles A beautiful bracelet of blue sapphire and diamonds set in yellow gold will be gorgeous on the bride’s wrist. $13,999. Available at The Gold & Diamond Source or www.goldanddiamond.com.

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A hint of pink MAC Cosmetics Angel lipstick on the bride creates a kissable lip for the groom. $16. Available at www.maccosmetics.com.

It’s a Clutch For that something blue, a bride will stand out from the crowd with a monogram crinkle bag in cobalt blue by Saint Laurent. $995. Available at Neiman Marcus.


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Groom Style

Photographed by Julia Mazza for Gold & Diamond Source

A groom in gray says confidence on his way to the altar. Pair the tuxedo with any of these fashionable accessories.

Timeless Classic

Photo by Julia Mazza for Gold & Diamond Source

Timeless Elegance by Baume & Mercier. A gents watch in Stainless. $2,895. Available at Gold & Diamond Source.

Rings of Trust Every groom needs that perfect Wedding band! Left: .87ct tw round Brilliant Diamonds bezel-set eternity band set in 14kt white gold. $3,999. Right: .50 ct tw round brilliant 10 diamond ring chanel-set in 14kt white gold $1,749. Available at Gold & Diamond Source.

Gray with a Splash of Color Gray is the color of the season and Sacino’s Formalwear has the latest styles to take a groom and his men to the altar. Rentals from $135 - $180. Available at www.sacino.com.

Sail Away Inspired by the islands, the Tommy Bahama Set Sail St. Barts cologne will have your bride dreaming of your future life together. $65. Available at Tommy Bahama.

Mad for Plaid A bold plaid classic David Donahue bow tie is the perfect accessory for the preppy groom. $65. Available at Nordstrom and www.nordstrom.com

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WED IN Style Weddings ‡ Showers ‡ Rehearsal Dinners

Images courtesy of Kristen Weaver

For over 30 years, Puff ‘n Stuff Catering has perfected the special events that matter most: YOURS! With creative cuisine, custom menus, unique venues, friendly service, world-class partners, and quality that translates into true value, we help create moments that will be treasured for a lifet ime.

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Honeymoon Style

Time for adventure with these casual finds to pack for the honeymoon. After all the planning and stress of the wedding, now is the time to relax and re-charge on a trip of a lifetime.

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The groom will be stylish and ready for adventure with a few pieces from Tommy Bahama. A light jacket and jeans are ideal for a day of hiking. Trek Jacket – $169; Al Deco Camp Shirt – $118, Authentic Dallas Jeans – $128. Available at Tommy Bahama.

Keep the jewelry accessories simple with this silver Stella Toggle Bracelet with Mother-of-Pearl cushion and diamonds by Ippolita. $595. Available at Neiman Marcus.

Relaxed Sophistication The pullover V-neck sweater and colorful scarf from Tommy Bahama will take you from a day of exploring to a casual dinner. V-neck Pullover – $98, Desert Sunset Scarf – $58, Wayfare Sunglasses – $79. Available at Tommy Bahama.

Keep it Together An over-sized gray Hobo bag, Marc by Marc Jabocs is right on trend and the perfect size to carry all the essentials when traveling. $498. Available at Nordstrom or www.Nordstrom.com.

Simply Grey Relax and lounge in a comfy, yet s e x y , grey with ivory appliqué “le flour” pajama set by For Love and Lemons. $176. Available at The Pink Petticoat.

Ready to Roll Pack your bags and get ready to enjoy a romantic and adventurefilled honeymoon. The new Chatelet line from Delsey is vintage-inspired with modern touches. The bride’s bag is available in white. $225. Available at Macy’s and www.delsey.com.

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Great Gifts

There are many things that will make the heart flutter and that includes finding the perfect gift for the couple, bridal party and each other. From a timeless timepiece to sparkling jewels, we’ve found a few treasures to mark the upcoming nuptials.

Groom to Bride Stunning Diamond Drop Earrings by Gregg Ruth Designs, features 2.39 ct tw round brilliant diamonds, set in 18kt white gold. $9,999. Available at Gold & Diamond Source.

For the Couple

Bride to Groom Give the man in your life a memento that he will remember forever, a Tag Heuer timepiece. Inspired in 1963 as a tribute to epic Carrera Panamerican Mexico race. $6,300. Available at Macy’s or Mayors.

A limited-edition collection, The Trilogie, of the finest champagnes by Armand De Brignac. The stunning polished black wooden case features one 750ml size bottle of each of the handmade superior cuvées: Brut Gold, Rosé and Blanc de Blancs. $1,500. Available by request at Bay area fine wine shops or www.armanddebrignac.com.

Groomsmen

Party Favor Get the party started with a fourpiece set by Rabbit that includes a pourer with stopper, foil cutter & wine or champagne sealer, along with a self-pulling corkscrew. A great gift for the party hostess. $25. Available at fine wine shops or www.metrokane.com.

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For the tech lover groomsman, a Luckiest of London Smart Phone Projector can create part of a home movie theatre. $28. Available in At Home at Nordstrom and www.Nordstrom.com.

Bridesmaids Make each girl feel special with a personalized Iomoi tote. Each bag has a customizable print and up to 3 initials. Two sizes – small, $98, large, $168. Available at select Nordstrom stores or www.Nordstrom.com.


Cakes

Tie the wedding theme all together at the reception with a decorative cake that can be simple or ornate, floral or graphic, vintage or contemporary. The cake serves to bring good luck to the guests and the newlyweds.

Cascading Floral Cake Designer – Chantilly Cakes Wedding Planner – Exquisite Events Photographer – Livingston Photography

Sweet Tiers of Joy Cake Designer – Don CeSar’s Pastry Chef Floral – Botanica International Design Studio Photographer – Amy Pezz, Pezz Photo

Modern Chic Cake Designer – It's Icing on the Cake Wedding Planner – Mariam Tasnim Photographer – Valerie Bogle Photography

Fall Freshness Cake Designer – It’s Icing on the Cake Wedding Planner – Table 6 Productions Venue – Hotel Zamora Photographer – Andi Diamond Photography

Classic Elegance Cake Designer – Chocolate Pi Wedding Planner – One Fine Day Photographer – Amy Pezz, Pezz Photo

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Flowers

The fragrant scent of blooms creates a mood during the ceremony and reception. From soft pinks to vibrate reds and pure white, flowers come in a variety of shapes, textures and sizes. From the table top to floating in the pool, flowers add beauty and color to the décor.

Floating Elegance Floral Designer – Allen Arnold Wedding Planner – One Fine Day Photographer – Amy Pezz, Pezz Photo

Pretty in Pink Floral Design – Carter's Florist Wedding Planner – Exquisite Events Photographer – Aaron Lockwood Photography

Towering Bouquets Floral Design – FH Weddings & Events Photographer – K+K Photography

Outdoor Statement Floral Design – FH Weddings & Events Wedding Planner – Table 6 Productions Photographer – Kristen Weaver Photography

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Bold Arrangement Floral Design – The Bride’s Bouquet Wedding Planner – Artistry Design Photographer – Amy Pezz, Pezz Photo


Gown Guide

Passion and Grace Gown Trends | By Ronda M. Parag

As a bride walks down the aisle in her gown, the goal is to make her feel exceptional. From the luxurious fabrics and unique designs, a woman in the gown of her dreams feels beautiful and spectacular. This season, color is not just for the bridesmaids. There are lots of color options from peach to rose that are showcased on the designer runways. “For Spring 2015, I saw a continuation of the use of subtle color like blush along with the mixing of fabrics, including detachable options like tulle trains or overskirts,” said MaryIsabel Rooney, owner of Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection in Tampa. “Compared to the last few seasons, the Spring 2015 collections feel softer and more romantic than ever before.” Ombre wedding dresses are also strutting the catwalk and are a daring way to break the rules and stand out on your special day. Many brides are choosing to take the plunge and have open, draped back detail on the gown - it is both classy and sexy with details of lace and beading. “This bridal season it is all about the low backs,” said Megan Bubalo, owner of Malindy Elene, located in Tampa. “Whether it’s lace appliqués on a sheer illusion, or just plunging down as far as the gown will go, every single girl wants to add a little sass to her wedding day look.” In order to lower the back and not compromise structure, designers are moving away from the strapless and adding straps. “This look is so stunning and such a surprise to guests, as a bride walks down the aisle,” Bubalo said. The team at The White Magnolia Bridal Collection located in Old Hyde Park Village agrees. “Our expert team of buyers at The White Magnolia are definitely seeing a comeback with straps and sleeves,” said Kerrie Hileman, owner. “Brides are looking for a little more modesty and support, so they can feel comfortable throughout the night. We are also seeing a lot of designers combining classic elements with modern twists into their new designs. We’re talking lace, tulle, and classic shapes combined with slits, sparkly boleros, and even studs for the bride searching for an edgier look,” Hileman said. “Also, staying tried and true with the past couple seasons is the romantic theme,” agrees Bubalo. “Lace, soft embroidery, soft fabrics like tulle or organza, and soft colors like champagne or blush, are being done by every single designer. We love that brides are choosing unique, soft, glamorous gowns for their wedding day!”

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Honeymoon Destination

Two Blissful Honeymoons. One Plane Ticket. Adventures in Panama at the Riu Playa Blanca and Riu Plaza Panama | By Ronda M. Parag

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Riu Playa Blanca – Waterfront Terrace Views

Panama is becoming a hot vacation spot with plenty of activities in the rain forest and other action adventure activities including fishing, hiking, horseback riding, river rafting and zip-lining. While typically tourists might think of The Panama Canal or Panama hats, an escape to Panama offers so much more. The country of Panama is located between Costa Rica and Colombia, bordered by the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, and is ideal for a romantic getaway. When a bride and groom want two different types of honeymoon, a trip to Panama with a stay at the RIU’s Playa Blanca and Plaza Panama hotels, is a match made in heaven. The newlyweds can begin their adventure with a relaxing escape to the beach and end up in the city, before heading home. The recently opened all inclusive 24-hour resort is located on the Pacific coast of Panama, in the province of Cocle. Currently, Copa Air flies direct from Tampa to Panama, with a flying time of approximately three hours. The drive to the property is about 2

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Riu Playa Blanca – Beach and Poolside Views

hours and 15 minutes, so staying in downtown Panama at the Plaza Panama on the backside of the trip is suggested, to be closer to the airport. The 573 room hotel offers two pools and sunning decks with complimentary WiFi in the lobby. There is a buffet restaurant (Balboa) that offers tasty meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. RIU also extends its culinary offering with optional dining of an Asian, Italian and Steakhouse restaurant. Reservations are required for the select restaurants. Relax with a cocktail from the swim-up pool bar and enjoy the sun. There is no shortage of fun with the variety of activities, sports and entertainment offered. The evening offers a nightly show, live music and a night club. The on-site concierge has suggestions and will arrange off-site trips with the assistance of the Cacao Travel Group. An adventure-filled day trip should include a visit to the waterfall “Chorro Macho,” for zip-lining thrills. The adventures include multiple platforms within the forest and

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Riu Panama Plaza – Ibiza-Lounge

Riu Panama Plaza – Executive Room

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passes over streams and waterfalls. After relaxing on the beach for several days, it’s time to head back to the city. Located in the heart of Panama, Riu Plaza Panama is the ideal spot for honeymooners to experience the thrill of the city, and only 25 minutes from the Panama City International Airport. The hotel offers spacious rooms, exquisite dining and RIU’s distinctive service. While the hotel is not all-inclusive, a daily breakfast is included. Be sure to visit one of the seven wonders of the modern world — the Panama Canal, opened in 1914 and celebrating its 100 year anniversary. A historic tour of the city Casco Viejo, the oldest sector of modern Panama City, was founded in 1673. Don’t miss the beautiful churches, monuments and other detailed architecture on the walking tour that takes about two hours. For RIU travel packages, visit www.vacationexpress.com. To learn more about RIU properties, visit at www.riu.com.


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I N S P I R AT I O N

The New Cocktail Reception Special Event Planner, Warren Dietel of Puff 'n Stuff Events|Catering

Whiskey Smash

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Applewoood Smoked Bacon Waffles Topped With Pecan Crusted Chicken

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Five Spice Seared Jumbo Shrimp & Shiitake Fricassee

Short Rib on Corn Cake

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Bloody Orange Bubble

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Beignet with Bourbon Pot de Creme

Shrunken Chateau Briand

Chocolate Cream Puff

Vanilla Cream Puff

Scallop With Mushroom Baklava

Lobster Mac 'n Cheese

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Slow Smoked 4 Rivers Brisket on Sweet Potatoes

Grits with Burnt Ends


Love Sparkles

Brook Lindsay Sneath and Sherwin P. Simmons II

Surrounded by family and friends, the happy couple tied the knot at the Renaissance Vinoy in St. Petersburg. Edited by Ronda M. Parag | Photography by Kristen Weaver Photography

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Photos: The stunning glasswork of artist Dale Chihuly adorns the ceiling of the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club where Brook and Sherwin held their reception; The bridal party had six bridesmaids and six groomsmen along with the grooms two sons; Large vases of flowers surrounded by tea light candles sparkled on the tables. The plate chargers and glittering silver linen carry out the theme of “winter sparkle;� the five-tier traditional cake was created by pastry chefs at the hotel; Table numbers were framed in a silver frame, surrounded by soft florals in white and soft rose; guests received their table assignments on beautifully glittered place cards created by URBANcoast; Sherwin and Brook share their first dance as husband and wife; Guests received a customized bottle of champagne split as a wedding favor; A gorgeous floral arrangement by FH Weddings & Events greets guests as they find their table card.


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Brook Sneath and Sherwin P. Simmons II met while working for the same company and have known each other over five years. Over the course of time, the couple realized that their lives were so much more enriched by being together. The proposal happened in February 2012 for a Valentine’s Day celebration at the Loews Don CeSar Beach Resort. “We go to St. Petersburg every year for Valentine’s and the proposal was completely unexpected,” said Brook. “It was a total surprise.” The planning didn’t start immediately, the couple enjoyed being engaged for awhile. When they got serious, they enlisted the help of Stephanie Crona with Table 6 Productions. The couple wanted a formal wedding with a big party to celebrate with all their family and friends. “I knew I wanted a “winter sparkle” wedding with it falling in-between Christmas and New Years,” Brook said. “We had a lot of fun working with Stephanie and her amazing vendors in choosing the finishing touches.” The color theme of the wedding was a “mix of metallics” including gold, silver, champagne and blush. After several months of dress shopping, Brook found her dream gown at Malindy Elene located in Tampa. The bridal party had six bridesmaids and six groomsmen, along with honorary/junior groomsman, and four ushers. The couple were married by Sherwin’s brother, Stephen Leal. “We spent a lot of time putting together the ceremony in terms of the reading selections and verses that meant something to us,” Brook said. “There was also a special reading by Sherwin’s eldest son, Sherwin Palmer Simmons III, who read a special dedication at the start of the ceremony to his grandfather (the groom’s father) who is no longer with us.” The florals were beautifully created by Stephanie Prenatt of FH Weddings & Events. The bouquet included a mixture of white flowers, including roses and some orchids with blush roses incorporated throughout. Brook followed the tradition of something old and included her grandmother’s broach attached to her bouquet. “I think we both felt a little anxious about the “big day” as there is so much that goes on with preparation, getting ready and photos, but were mainly excited to have it all come together and be surrounded by people we love so much, as well as, officially become husband and wife,” Brooke recalled. The reception was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Vinoy, with nearly 200 guests dining on cooking stations of cubans, mac & cheese, sushi, sliders and other delectable bites. The groom’s cake was pirate themed, as Sherwin has been involved with the Gasparilla parade since he was a little boy. Cake designer, Elise Garcia, created a peanut butter chocolate cake (the Groom’s favorite), with pirate figures of Sherwin, Brook, the boys and Sherwin’s father looking over the crow’s nest. The couple are fans of Pearl Jam and the first dance was to a song off the new album, “Future Days.” Brooke and Sherwin even used “SimmonsFutureDays” as their official wedding hashtag. The couple passed out glow sticks for the last bit of the reception and the dance floor was filled with a colorful glow, until Brooke and Sherwin left to Pearl Jam’s “Yellow Ledbetter,” which they end most of their concerts with. As huge Seminole fans, the couple modified their honeymoon to go to Las Vegas for a few nights, followed by a trip to Pasadena to see the National Championship game. Upon the Nole victory, the couple flew to the Caribbean for a stay at the Viceory in Anguilla, followed by five nights at Sugar Beach in St. Lucia.

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Ceremony & Reception Venue The Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club Wedding Planner Table 6 Productions Stephanie Crona Catering The Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club Wedding Cake The Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club Groom’s Cake Elise’s Pieces Floral and Lighting FH Weddings & Events Sequins Feasting Table Linen Kate Ryan Linens Guest Table Linens and Napkins Over the Top Inc. Chiavari Chairs FH Weddings & Events Hair and Makeup Anamary Valdes of Jess Waldrop Makeup Artists Paperie URBANcoast Music DJ Fresh Photographer Kristen Weaver Photography Videographer VH Video Dress Malindy Elene Officiant Stephen Leal

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Celebrating The Future With A Vintage Vibe A CINEMATIC PROPOSAL

Raelyz Palmero and Christopher Rogers

A family business brings the couple together.

Edited by Ronda M. Parag | Photography by Jason Mize Photography

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Photos: Raelyz and Chris arrive for the outdoor ceremony in a beautiful horse drawn carriage. The ceremony and reception were held at Lange Farm in Dade City, FL; the elegant, four-tier wedding cake was created by Elise’s Pieces and lace detail matched the vintage themed wedding; the reception dinner was held inside the Garden House at Lange farm with one large head table and two family tables around a dance floor; details of a bird cage and guest book create a warm, vintage vibe that Raelyz and Chris were seeking for their special day; Guests were able to leave a special thought for the bride and groom; The groom’s parents, Kelly and Kim Rogers, were all smiles during the ceremony; Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour outside under the string of lights with temperatures in the low 70s.


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Raelyz Palmero was born in Caracus, Venezuela and moved to Key West, FL in the third grade. After completing high school, she moved to Tampa to attend college at the University of South Florida, and started working for Chris Rogers’ family business — Reeves Import Motorcars. What initially began as a friendship blossomed into something special. Raelyz says, “It took some convincing, but Chris never gave up and I finally gave in. He’s such a hopeless romantic.” Chris proposed to Raelyz while on vacation with his family in Montana during the Christmas holidays. The couple had been dating about three years and Chris had asked Raelyz’s mother for her hand in marriage, while she was visiting Tampa during Thanksgiving. On the trip, Chris surprised Raelyz with a reindeer drawn sleigh ride in the snow and a proposal. “He drew me away from the other people in the group of about 10 people,” remembers Raelyz. “Before I knew it he was down on one knee, with a small box in his hand and asked me to marry him. I was in shock, and totally surprised and over the moon with happiness.” Like most girls, Raelyz envisioned her fairytale wedding many times. The couple took plenty of time to plan their dream wedding during their two year engagement. “I couldn’t have done it without my mom, mother-in-law, and amazing wedding planner Brooke Palmer of R.S.B.P. Events — they were absolutely amazing,” Raelyz said. “We were fortunate enough to work with the best vendors in the Tampa Bay area and it showed!” The happy couple arrived at the ceremony in a stunning horse and carriage held at Lange Farm. The ceremony was outside in front of a huge old oak tree just before sunset. There were crystal chandeliers hung from the branches of the tree and the seating area was decorated in a vintage theme. Raelyz decided that they would go with traditional vows, because she didn’t think she would be able to hold it together if she had to read something super mushy. “It was so amazing to walk down the aisle and see all of the close friends and family that came to share this special moment with us,” remembered Raelyz and Chris. “The sun was shinning through the trees in the most divine way, it was just perfect.” The reception included 200 people in the Garden House at the Lange Farm. One large head table and two family tables surrounded the dance floor and the guests were spread out on either side of the room. “Lauren Baldwin and her team at Puff n’ Stuff Catering delivered a fantastic plated dinner,” said Raelyz. “We served a mixed spring salad and country biscuits with crispy fried chicken, braised boneless short ribs, and au gratin potatoes as the main course. It was delicious!” The four-tier custom cake was incredibly detailed created by Elise’s Pieces. “It matched the theme of our wedding perfectly,” said Raelyz. Fun was had by everyone dancing to music by DJ Coro. To begin the reception, the happy bride danced with her brother to a special song that their friend Rolando Rojas wrote for the occasion, and Chris danced with his mother, Kim Rogers to “I Love You Aways Forever” by Donna Lewis. “He’s simply beyond caring, loyal, patient, kind, funny and I just love him and he loves me more than anything in the world,” Raelyz said. “I always have to thank him for loving me the way he does. It’s truly like out of a movie!” The couple plan to take a European honeymoon around their first anniversary.

Transportation Maserati of Tampa and Primetime Limousine Catering Puff n’ Stuff Florals Botanica International Design Studio Décor/Draping/ Dance Floor/Chandeliers The Lange Farm, Botanica International Design Studio, Puff n’ Stuff, R.S.B.P. Events Linens Connie Duglin Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Music Rolando Rojas Reception Music/DJ/Lighting DJ Coro Photography Jason Mize Photography Videography Trinity Wedding Cinema Invitations/Programs/Stationery Paperless Post, UrbanCOAST Make-up & Hair LAC Make-Up Art Bride’s Gown Vera Wang White Bridesmaids’ Attire Vera Wang Groom’s Attire Hugo Boss Officiant Pastor Craig Altman

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Blending of Traditional Indian Culture The wedding of Sneha Lokesh and Ajay Pallegar was a grand scale event, given that both their families are prominent members of the local Tampa Bay South Asian community. With a total planning time of nine months, a beautiful celebration joined the lives of a doctor, Sneha and Ajay, an attorney. “Being a modern day Indian woman with strong traditional roots, I was determined to make our special day a refined blend of culture, tradition, elegance, romance and fun,” Sneha said. Traditional elements included Sneha’s mom’s choice of a Wedding Sari from Bangalore India, and white jasmine florals woven into the bride’s hair. The jasmine interwoven into Sneha’s hair is meant to give the bride luck, good fortune and prosperity in her married life.

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Event Venue: The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club - Grand Ballroom Event Planner: ShivPriya Events Event Design, Florals, Decor/Draping/Dance Floor/Chandeliers, Linens, Lighting: Suhaag Garden, Inc. Catering: Lunch – Sri Krishna Caterers; Dinner – Memories of India Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Music/DJ: DJ Sahil K; Dhol player Mitul G Priest: Hindu – Guru Dutt Invitations/Programs/Day Of Stationery: Universal Wedding Cards Makeup & Hair: Michele Renee the Studio Dress: Wedding Sari (Bangalore, India); Evening Reception Gown from Sahil Exclusive Shoes: Adrianna Papell Groom’s Attire: Wedding Sherwani from Sahil Exclusive; Reception attire from Hugo Boss Cake: Chocolate Pi Photography: Gaciel Santana Photography Videography: Trinity Wedding Cinema

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Planning: Sarah Fairbairn of One Fine Day Floral Design: Bay Bouquet Cake: Cakes Plus Pool Cover: U.S. Tent Venue: St. Pete Shuffleboard Club Stationery: www.minted.com Photography: Amy Pezzicara of Pezz Photo Wedding Dress: Lily Pulitzer at The Pink Palm Groom/Bride Pirate Attire: Pirate Fashions Entertainment: Colt Clark Wedding & Birthday Cakes: Cakes Plus

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Wedding Checklist Congratulations you’re engaged! Wedding bells will be ringing soon, but in the meantime it’s all about the planning. Here’s a helpful 12-month itinerary to make sure your big day goes off without a hitch.

10 to 12 Months This is the period of research and exploring, what kind of wedding do you want? Pretend you are a detective seeking the best of everything: style, venue, honeymoon, the works. ❑ Schedule engagement photos ❑ Mail out engagement announcements ❑ Set a date ❑ Meet clergy, especially if one of you is converting so you can start classes immediately ❑ Start making bride/groom guest list ❑ Decide on a budget ❑ Decide on indoor or outdoor wedding, be sure to keep in mind weather conditions for outdoor weddings and it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan ❑ Begin scouting locations for ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner. ❑ Begin researching caterers, florists, photographers, musicians and bakers ❑ Make a list with fiancee of honeymoon destinations and songs for your first dance ❑ Decide on members of the wedding party ❑ Begin shopping for your wedding dress

7 to 9 Months Now it’s time to start narrowing things down. In order to have time for the details, it’s important to get some of the big stuff out of the way. ❑ Send engagement announcement to the local paper ❑ Order your wedding dress ❑ Decide on venue ❑ Choose clergy ❑ Choose your colors ❑ Take bridesmaids shopping for their dresses ❑ Take mom shopping for her Mother of the Bride dress ❑ Meet with florist and decide on flowers for venue, wedding party and reception ❑ Meet with caterer to decide on menu and schedule menu tasting ❑ Book photographer ❑ Meet with musicians to discuss play list ❑ Meet with travel agent about honeymoon ❑ Book reception venue and make deposit

4 to 6 Months Ok, take a deep breath and relax, but not too much. Look at all you’ve accomplished; now it’s time for the details. ❑ Finalize menu with caterer ❑ Finalize guest list ❑ Order wedding invitations ❑ Start shopping for wedding rings ❑ Make appointment with jeweler if want to custom design rings ❑ Meet with baker to view and taste cake options ❑ Order bridesmaids’ dresses ❑ Shop for and order fiancée and groomsmen tuxes ❑ Book honeymoon

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❑ Make sure passports are current if going out of the country

2 to 3 Months Now things are beginning to take form and your dream wedding is unfolding right before your eyes. Just keep focus and have fun. ❑ Order wedding rings ❑ Confirm with florist all flowers for ceremony and reception ❑ Order cake ❑ Register for gifts ❑ Shop and order party favors ❑ Pick song for your first dance ❑ Finalize play list with musicians

4 to 8 Weeks Everything is locked in, your dress is being tailored and everything is ordered. Now is the time to CONFIRM, CONFIRM, CONFIRM. ❑ Mail wedding invitations ❑ Order programs for the ceremony ❑ Go with fiancée to get marriage license ❑ Obtain, fill-out and mail all necessary forms for your name change ❑ Pick up wedding rings and check fit ❑ Final fitting for wedding dress and wedding party ❑ Make appointment with hair and makeup stylist ❑ Make nail appointment ❑ Start shopping for honeymoon clothes ❑ Purchase wedding party gifts ❑ Purchase wedding gift for your fiancée ❑ Pick up your dress and start wearing shoes around the house to ensure comfort on the big day ❑ If traditionalist–make sure have something old, new, borrowed and blue ❑ Plan rehearsal dinner ❑ Pay final payment on reception hall

1 Week Can you hear the wedding bells? That’s right in just one week you’ll go from bride-to-be, to wife! Now just a few minor details before you walk down the aisle into happily ever after. ❑ Confirm with EVERYONE, caterer, photographer, baker, florist to make sure everything is on schedule ❑ Confirm wedding party picked up dresses and tuxes ❑ Get everything packed for honeymoon ❑ Pick up plane or cruise tickets and travel itinerary for honeymoon from travel agent ❑ Hold rehearsal dinner and handout wedding day schedule to wedding party ❑ Take bridesmaids out for brunch and a spa day for the last time as a single gal ❑ Attend wedding rehearsal ❑ Schedule two days for yourself, one for family and one for friends


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Wedding Budget [ OUR BUDGET ] Our total budget is: __________________ ESTIMATED COST

CEREMONY

ACTUAL COST

Officiant

$

$

Venue

$

$

Venue Decorations

$

$

Other

$

$ ESTIMATED COST

WEDDING ATTIRE

ACTUAL COST

Dress

$

$

Veil and Headpiece

$

$

Bride’s Accessories

$

$

Groom’s Tuxedo/Suit

$

$

Groom’s Accessories

$

$

Other

$

$ ESTIMATED COST

RECEPTION

ACTUAL COST

Venue

$

$

Rentals

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$

Other

$

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CATERING

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Bartender/Beverages

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Food Services

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Other

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JEWELRY

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Rings

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Earrings/Necklace

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Other

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PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY

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Videography

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Additional Prints

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Additional DVDs

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Other

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FLORAL

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Bridal Bouquet

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Bridesmaid Bouquets

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Boutonnieres/Corsages

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Ceremony/Reception

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INVITATIONS

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Save the Date

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CAKE

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WEDDING PLANNER

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Planner

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MUSIC

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Ceremony

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Reception

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Wedding Contact List Use this list of important contacts as a handy tool to keep you from worrying about all the small stuff on your big day. Provide this list to your wedding planner before your big day in case of any emergencies, questions or alteration in plans.

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

CEREMONY SITE

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phone:

cell:

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email:

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FATHER OF THE BRIDE

RECEPTION SITE

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MOTHER OF THE GROOM

PHOTOGRAPHER

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FATHER OF THE GROOM

CATERER

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MAID OF HONOR

CAKE DESIGNER

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BEST MAN

FLORIST

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RENTAL COMPANY

TRAVEL AGENT

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GOWN SHOP

VIDEOGRAPHER

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GROOM’S FORMALWEAR

TRANSPORTATION

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CEREMONY MUSIC

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RECEPTION MUSIC

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Resources

Welcome to the Advertising Resource Guide A list of the wonderful advertisers inside this issue of Tampa Bay Weddings Magazine. For more information, or to contact an advertiser, just click on an advertiser’s web link.

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1930 Grande Room

Feather Sound Country Club

Tampa, FL 33605 813-786-3135 www.granderoom.com

Clearwater, FL 33762 727-573-5666 www.feathersoundcc.com

Avila Golf & Country Club

Gold and Diamond Source

Tampa, FL 33613 813-961-1770 www.avilagolf.com

Clearwater, FL 33762 727-573-9351 www.goldanddiamond.com

Blowbar Express Salon

Grant Hemond & Associates, Inc.

Tampa, FL 33609 813-876-2569 www.blowbarexpress.com

New Port Richey, FL 34655 727-736-2316 www.granthemond.com

DJ Felix Event Productions

Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club

Tampa, FL 33609 813-421-1660 www.djfelixevents.com

Palm Harbor, FL 34684 727-942-2000 www.visitinnisbrook.com

The Elegant Wedding Showcase

Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection

Tampa Bay 813-835-7700 www.tampabaywed.com/events.html

Tampa, FL 33629 813-251-1749 www.IsabelBridal.com

Exquisite Events

It's Icing on the Cake

St. Petersburg, FL 33708 727-954-3911 www.etbevents.com

Saint Petersburg, FL 33713 727-827-2913 www.itsicingonthecake.com

FH Wedding & Events

Loews Don CeSar Beach Resort

Tampa, FL 33606 813-390-9371 www.fhweddings.com

St. Petersburg, FL 33706 727-360-1881 www.loewshotels.com

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Malindy Elene Cout´ure For The Bride

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Tampa, FL 33606 813-251-4334 www.malindyelene.com

Tampa, FL 33604 813-935-8552 www.lowryparkzoo.com

Michele Renee The Studio

The Destiny & Light - Hair and Makeup Group

Tampa, FL 33614 813-531-7700 www.MicheleReneeTheStudio.com

Tampa, FL 33635 813-476-8386 www.DestinyandLight.com

Pezz Photo

The Southern Barn @ Lonesome G Ranch

Tampa, FL 33629 813-598-2118 www.pezzphoto.com

Lithia, FL 33547 813-316-5774 www.thesouthernbarn.com

Puff ‘n Stuff Catering

The Vault

Tampa, FL 813-712-7833 www.puffnstuff.com

Tampa, FL 33602 813-225-3450 www.TheVaultTampa.com

Quail Hollow

The White Magnolia Bridal Collection

Zephyrhills, FL 33544 813-333-0033 www.QuailHollowNow.com

Tampa, FL 33606 813-787-8812 www.whitemagnoliabridal.com

RSBP Events

Theresa NeSmith Photography

St. Petersburg, FL 33703 727-528-9544 www.rsbpevents.com

Gibsonton, FL 33534 813-469-4021 www.tnesmithphoto.com

Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel

Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay

Tampa, FL 33607 813-877-9200 www.renaissancetampaweddings.com

Tampa, FL 33607 813-282-0223 www.VeinCenterTampa.com

Shutterbooth

You Glow Custom Spray Tan

Tampa, FL 33673 813-600-3636 www.shutterbooth.com

Tampa, FL 33609 813-876-4569 www.youglowspraytan.com

Something Blu by Heather Pittmon Tampa, FL 33629 813-408-4196 www.somethingblubridal.com

The list is compiled at the discretion of the

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Liz and William

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Celebrations of Tampa Bay

For your special day, make your dreams come true by choosing Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. For celebrations large and small, the Zoo has many venues and catering options available that will suit your budget. Exchange your vows in Africa at sunset or host your reception or rehearsal under the stars in Australia. Our picturesque Zoo is the perfect place for your fairytale wedding day. Let the Zoo create a unique and memorable experience for your big day. I would love the chance to show you everything the Zoo has to offer, and help with your wedding planning. Please email me at MyEvent@LowryParkZoo.com. - Dawn Merritt

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