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Departments 6

The Publisher’s Notes

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Bridal Style

Features

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Groom Style

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Honeymoon Style

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Great Gifts

Romantic Real-Life Weddings 48 Rustic Chic Wedding at Armature Works Nadia Moorgan and Shay Ridge PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDI DIAMOND PHOTOGRAPHY 54 1920s Glam at the Don CeSar Tiffany Bleile and Tom Daly PHOTOGRAPHY BY JONATHAN FANNING STUDIO AND GALLERY 60 Chicago Themed Wedding at the Don CeSar Adrienne Dameron and Kevin Whittier PHOTOGRAPHY BY PEZZ PHOTO

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Inspiration 66 Once Upon a Time LIGHTING/DRAPERY & CHANDELIERS BY ON THE MOVE PRODUCTIONS PHOTOGRAPHY BY CARRIE WILDES PHOTOGRAPHY 72 Rustic Charm in Historic Warehouse Wedding PLANNING BY SPARKLEIGH PRODUCTIONS PHOTOGRAPHY BY WINGS OF GLORY PHOTOGRAPHY 80 Moroccan Setting EVENT DESIGN BY PEA TO TREE EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHY BY KISMIS INK PHOTOGRAPHY Cover (A) Credits Bride: Nadia Moorgan Photography: Andi Diamond Photography Planner: Winsor Event Studio Gown: Demetrios Floral Design and Décor: FH Weddings & Events Hair: Jayne Perenich Makeup: Jordynn Perry Venue: Armature Works

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Glamorous and Stylish Wedding Accessories The Sharp Dressed Man Get Away In Style

Timeless Gift Ideas for the Wedding Party and Each Other

Cakes

Seasonal Cake Design Trends

Flowers

Distinctive Designs From Bouquets to Centerpieces

Gown Guide

The Latest Gown Trends

Destination

One Happy Island For Romance – Aruba

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The Wedding Experts

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Wedding Planning Worksheets

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EverAfter

Wedding Professional Profiles 92 Wedding Checklist 94 Wedding Budget Worksheet 96 Wedding Contact List

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Publisher’s Notes Engagement season is upon us. The recent holidays have provided a flurry of proposals, with upcoming Valentine’s Day being the third most popular proposal day, right behind Christmas and Christmas Eve. We are so excited to bring you the latest inspiration and ideas in this issue of Tampa Bay Weddings Magazine and at www.tampabaywed.com. It is our goal to spark creativity and provide the best bridal resources in the local Tampa Bay area, by showcasing the professionals in Real Weddings and Inspirations. The Real Wedding of Nadia and Shay was the first wedding ever held at the newly opened Armature Works in Tampa. The historic mixed-use building offers a backdrop of exposed brick, hardwood floors and stunning views of the downtown Tampa skyline. Some of the guests at the wedding rode the Pirate Water Taxi to reach the destination. FH Weddings & Events transformed the interior space and Andi Diamond Photography captured the gorgeous images. The happy couple of Tiffany and Tom elected to have a 1920s theme wedding and chose the Photo by Andi Diamond Photography historic beach front hotel, The Don CeSar, to host their New Year’s Eve wedding. The details are stunning and photographed by Jonathan Fanning. Thanks to everyone who submitted Inspiration Shoots. There are some very talented professionals in the local area, who will create the magic and bring dreams to reality for the wedding day. We hope you enjoy the rustic charm of 820 Haus in Lakeland, a Moroccan Inspiration shoot at the David A. Straz Center and a Once Upon A Time theme at Bakers Ranch. From the cake to the décor, the images are certainly inspiring. I recently visited the beautiful island of Aruba and recommend the location for a destination wedding or honeymoon. Surrounded by beautiful blue waters, the island offers plenty of activity from diving and snorkeling, to relaxing on the beautiful beaches. Wedding planning specialists at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino will assist in all the details, to create a spectacular day for the bride and groom and their guests. If you recently got engaged, sign up now to attend The Elegant Wedding Showcase on Sunday, March 11, 2018 from Noon - 3:30pm at the Tampa Marriott Westshore. There will be some of the best wedding resources to help guide, educate and inspire your day. To register, or for more information, visit www.TampaBayWed.com. Cheers,

Publisher / Editor-in-Chief Stephen Parag II Publisher / Managing Editor Ronda M. Parag Associate Publisher Patricia Vorbrich Executive Art Director Chad Vorbrich Contributing Photographers Justin DeMutiis Photography Andi Diamond Photography Jonathan Fanning Studio and Gallery The Ganeys Kismis Ink Photography Life Long Photography Studio Julia Mazza Pezz Photo Robin Reiss Photography Wings of Glory Photography

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Bridal Style

Every girl want to sparkle and shine on her wedding day. We found a few must-have items from her head to her toes. A beautiful hair clip to a gorgeous pair of strappy sandals, will have the bride strutting down the aisle in style. Floral Inspiration Feel sensual and radiant with this new Eros Pour Femme Eau de Toilette scent by Versace. Floral, fruity and woody notes will have the bride leaving a scent throughout the day. $92 - $120. Available at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com.

For the Haute Bride Sparkle down the aisle with these Haute Bride Swarovski crystal drop earrings, in crystal ivory cream color. $220. Available at The White Magnolia Bridal Collection, www.whitemagnoliabridal.com.

Dazzling Adornment A gorgeous Leaf Charm Bendy Branch Hair Clip by Twig & Honey will add grace and glamour to any hair style, with its Swarovski rhinestones and pearls. $170. Available at Malindy Elene, www.malindyelene.com.

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This 14 karat rose gold tennis bracelet features 6.00 carat total weight round brilliant diamonds that are 4 prong set. The bracelet features a box clasp with a fold-over safety to keep your tennis bracelet securely on your wrist. The diamonds in this bracelet are G/H in color and I1 in clarity. $8,499. Available at Gold & Diamond Source, www.goldanddiamond.com.

Show infintie love with this exquisite Infiniti Diamond Necklace featuring .28 carat total weight round brilliant diamonds crafted in 14 karat rose gold. Includes 18 Inch 14 Karat Rose Gold Chain. $1,099. Available at Gold & Diamond Source, www.goldanddiamond.com.

Make a statement in these Sophia Webster Chiara Butterfly Wing Ankle-Wrap Sandals, in gold with 4-inch heels. $675. Available at Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus.com.


Groom Style Everyone loves a sharp dressed groom and with these stunning accessories, he will be looking dapper on his big day. From a pair of sapphire and diamond cuff links to a pair of leopard hair loafers, the groom will certainly have style.

Stylish and Timely Offering performance-minded attitude with a tachymeter and water-resistance to a depth of 100 meters, this Briston square chronograph watch is beautifully accented with a faux tortoiseshell bezel and a durable nylon strap. $350. Available at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com.

Ring of Honor Stunning Sapphire and Diamond Gents Ring with 5.35 carat total weight, has a deep blue Sapphire-round brilliant center and channel set baguette sapphires. 1.00 carat total weight round brilliant diamonds adorn the sides. $3,210. Available at the Gold & Diamond Source, www.goldanddiamond.com.

Hand-Stitched Style The hand-stitched black satin lapel compliments the dot-textured wool of this Emporio Armani tuxedo jacket, and will set the tone for a stylish and sophicticated event. $1,395. Available at Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus.com.

Scent of Success Eros, the new fragrance by Versace hints of love, passion, beauty and desire. Named after the Greek God of Love, Eros is the perfect cologne for the groom on his big day. $86. Available at Macy’s, www.macys.com.

Leopard Loafer These stylish Tom Ford print pony hair chain loafers have slip on style, with golden curb chain link strap. $1,690. Available at Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus.com.

Finishing Touch Unique sapphire checkerboard style cuff links, featuring 1.30 carat total weight s apphires with .43 carat total weight diamond halos. $2,999. Available at the Gold & Diamond Source, www.goldanddiamond.com.

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Honeymoon Style After the hustle and bustle of planning the wedding, it should be a top priority for the newly married couple to take that honeymoon. We’ve found a few essentials to bring along, from a hat for the groom to a reversible bikini for her allowing two different looks. Casual Dress Lucky Bamboo Shift Dress. $295. Available at Tommy Bahama, www.tommybahama.com.

Made in the Shade Provide the groom with plenty of shade with this stylish Tommy Bahama raffia fedora. $48. Available at Tommy Bahama, www.tommybahama.com.

Soft & Sexy Simply irresistible — a sexy sugar rose colored lacy high neck babydoll, paired with sheer chiffon. Comes complete with shoulder ties and matching thong panties. $48. Available at Victoria’s Secret, www.victoriassecret.com.

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On Trend Slides The new Ipanema Nectar slides bring the beautiful and delicate trend of slides with floral embroidery, with no excuses for you not to wear. $38. Available at Mermosa, www.mermosa.com, www.ceruleanblu.com.

Floral Scents A floral explosion luxury perfume from Viktor & Rolf. A profusion of flowers that has the power to accentuate the beauty of the moment. $165. Available at Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus.com.

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Petals of Paradise reversible bikini. Top $98 & bottom $78. Available at Tommy Bahama, www.tommybahama.com.


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Great Gifts It is always fun to find the perfect gift and we’ve found a few great ideas to gift the bride and groom as well as their bridal party. From timeless Rolexes that the couple can gift each other, to the new bedding set, these are gifts that the couple will remember forever.

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The bride will shine in this Rolex timepiece. An 18 karat yellow gold Rolex President datejust champagne diamond dial and 40 diamond bezel, 26mm case. Pre-loved. $17,999. Available at Gold & Diamond Source, www.goldanddiamond.com.

Bridesmaids Typographer’s Linen Jewelry Roll is a unique gift for gems, jewels, baubels and bangles. Embroidered monogram available. $39. Available at www.markandgraham.com.

For the Couple The couple will get a great night’s sleep on the new Ted Baker designer bedding, including sheets, shams and duvet covering. The design comes in three colors and will add color to any bedroom. From $300. Available at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com.

Bride to Groom For the most elegant groom, this18 karat yellow gold Rolex President timepiece, featuring day-date, champagne diamond dial and a 52 diamond bezel 36mm case. Pre-loved. $44,999. Available at Gold & Diamond Source, www.goldanddiamond.com.

Groomsmen Gift the groomsmen a set of accessories that will take any suit to new heights. This classic gift set comes with links, a money clip and a tie clip. $40. Available at www.groovygroomsmengifts.com.

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Say “Olive You” to your guests with these infused olive oils. Set of four in various flavors. $25.95/four. Available at www.heavy.com.


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Cakes The sweetest part of any reception is when the bride and groom cut and feed each other the cake. From simple to elaborate, cakes come in all shapes and sizes. Adorned with fresh flowers or personalized toppers, each cake is a tasty treat that themes with the bride and groom’s special day.

Simple Tiers Cake Designer: The Cake Zone Wedding Planner: Jessie with Breezin’ Entertainment Photographer: Andi Diamond Photography

Under The Sea Cake Designer: Artistic Whisk Wedding Planner: Days Remembered by ND Photographer: Robin Reiss Photography Venue: The Florida Aquarium

Vibrant Cake Pop Layer Cake Cake Designer: Sweetly Dipped Confections Photographer: Fifth Gen Films

Classic White Cake Designer: Chocolate Pi Photographer: Pezz Photo

Rustic Elegance Cake Designer: Artistic Whisk Photographer: Life Long Photography Studio Wedding Planner: Blue Skies Events

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Flowers Florals and décor create the special magic on the wedding day and the options are endless and limited only by budget. From deep purples filled with lush greenery to pastel pinks, the bridal bouquet creates a focal point during the ceremony. Colorful reception flowers in tall vases won’t obstruct guests’ views, but will add beauty to the room.

Bountiful Colors Floral Designer: Botanica International Design & Décor Studio Photography: Pezz Photo Planner: Stonehouse Events

Pretty Pinks Floral Designer: Still Floral Photographer: The Ganeys Planner: Bourbon and Blush Events

Classic Pops of Reds Floral Designer: Northside Florist Photographer: Andi Diamond Photography Planner: Jessie with Breezin’ Entertainment

Bursts of Fall Purple Passion Floral Designer: Still Floral Photographer: Life Long Photography Studio Planner: Blue Skies Events

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Floral Designer: Taylor Twig Photographer: Andi Diamond Photography Planner: Jackie Ross, Table 6 Production


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Gown Guide

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hoosing what to wear for the biggest day of her life has to be one of the hardest decisions for any bride-to-be. It sets the tone for the entire wedding for style and décor. Regardless of how many dresses a bride will try, they say once you find the perfect gown, you just know. “This season we are seeing mermaid and trumpet style gowns making a comeback,” said Ashley DeMutiis, Regional Manager at The White Magnolia Bridal Collection. “For the last year or so, we have had a ton of requests for a-line and ballgowns in store, but the designers are really impressing brides-to-be with their exquisite laces, horsehair hems, and impeccable structure that makes a fitted gown hard to say no to.” For those that are more comfortable in pants, the Power Pant Suits and Jumpsuits are all the rage for the modern bride. From the Monique Lhullier structured tuxedo to bow-topped and flared leg pants, designers are showcasing lots of options for those who want to be comfortable. With the ease and comfort of tuxedo dressing, brides no longer may feel that they need an additional dress. Overall, many of the gowns are more informal and less fussy. With beach, backyard and garden weddings, brides want to be able to move more, without all the additional weight of a heavily beaded gown. Many brides for the rehearsal dinner and weddings are opting for a sassy party dress. “Don’t be afraid of doing something different,” said Sarah

Crotty, Lead Stylist at Malindy Elene. “Embrace the variety of colors that are in trend now. Go bold with some fun jewelry or long sleeves. Right now is the time to have fun and be a little extra on your big day.” Long sleeves are still extremely popular on the runway from simple minimalism to lacy or floral embroidery. Many photographers also appreciate the coverage that sleeves provide and less editing they will have to do at the end of the day. Off-shoulder sleeves are popular on the gowns. As part of the Casablanca Bridal collection, intricate beadwork reflects and catches the rays of sunlight in a bright and beautiful dance. The delicacy of the beadwork is juxtaposed by bold laces. Designer Rita Vinieris launched her wedding collection, Rivini, that is inspired by love of beauty, life and desire to maintain a focus on luxury fabrics, architectural draping and a meticulous fit. In terms of accessories, there is no such thing as less is more. Actually, more is more. Lace veils are shown with feathered head pieces. Floral veils are paired with tasseled earrings. Veils with beaded headbands and fresh florals on top of beaded veils are shown with gowns of all styles. For those that choose to have bare shoulders or go sleeveless, statement capes add drama without the poofy sleeves. Layer a cape over a tea-length dress or be dramatic with a hood. Whether you are searching for a fairytale princess dress or a luxurious boho style, bridal designers have unique options to make your wedding day blissful and beautiful. TBW

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Romance abounds on the island of Aruba that is unique among the Caribbean Islands. The beautiful island has unique topography and vegetation due to the constant trade winds. With Dutch influences, Aruba is located only 16 miles from South America. Aruba is a great destination for hotels, fine dining and adventures. A recent visit to the “One Happy Island” provided an opportunity to check out the island and scout out a few romantic spots for a wedding, dining and sight seeing. The Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino offers luxurious accommodations with both all-adult and more family-centric rooms, with one bedroom suites available in the heart of Oranjestad. The private beach and the private Renaissance Island, are stunning spots to host a wedding. The pink flamingos at the private beach make for great photos and memories. The hotel offers expert wedding coordinators to create a magical day for the happy couple. From custom menus to personalized services, let the team at the Renaissance Aruba Resort plan the wedding of your dreams. Another option to stay and feel pampered is The Ritz-Carlton Aruba, located on the Caribbean island’s Palm Beach. The fantastic Spa with 13 treatment rooms, offers personalized massages and salt scrubs. The bridal party of bridesmaids, bride and moms, would sure appreciate a Girl’s Day at the Spa before the big celebration. Celebrate with family and friends aboard the Tranquilo. The private catamaran tours that are ideal for exploring the waters around Aruba. Known for its crystal clear waters, snorkeling and scuba diving are not to be missed. For a day’s adventure, the captain and crew provide delicious cocktails, snacks and lunch or even a sunset cruise. To get a feel for the island, discover a jeep tour with De Palm Tours. There are several options, but we opted for the two (squeezed in three) seater jeep for a rugged and wild discovery of the island of Aruba. It is like playing follow the leader, with the main guide forging a trail through

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the landscape and all the other jeeps following along. The desert-like terrain with lots of cacti, secluded beaches, natural pools and wildlife including goats and iguanas, were amazing. As a multi-cultural destination, Aruba offers a vast selection of dining options that will satisfy the most discerning bridal party. From a romantic brunch at The Restaurant at Tierra Del Sol, to dinner on the beach at Barefoot Restaurant or Quinta del Carmen on the courtyard under the stars, many of the restaurants will cater to a bride and groom, or be willing to host a rehearsal or reception dinner. One of the most romantic experiences for dinner was at the Screaming Eagle Restaurant. Couples can have Dinner in Bed and actually dine on an elevated bed surrounded by sheer draping for privacy. The menu offers a selection of French-fusion cuisine, over 300 wines and service that is superb. If you need extra assistance and local expertise with planning a wedding, reception or even a proposal, the team at Proposal Aruba is local with all the contacts and connections to make dreams become reality. TBW For more information on Aruba, visit www.aruba.com.

Additional Contacts & Resources: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino www.renaruba.com The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/caribbean/aruba Tranquilo www.tranquiloaruba.com De Palm Tours www.depalmtours.com Screaming Eagle Restaurant www.screaming-eagle.net The Restaurant at Tierra del Sol www.tierradelsol.com Barefoot Restaurant www.barefootaruba.com Quinta del Carmen www.quintadelcarmen.com The Proposal Planner www.proposalaruba.com

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Nadia Moorgan and Shay Ridge Photography by Andi Diamond Photography


A Romantic Rustic Chic Wedding Amidst Historic Charm Nadia and Shay were the first wedding at Armature Works. They envisioned a rustic chic style for their big day, and fell in love with the historic charm of this historic building. The brick walls, exposed industrial ceiling and large windows overlooking the Hillsborough River, was the the perfect location for their dream wedding. One of their favorite memories from their wedding day was walking into the reception space before the guests arrived. They were blown away! The dream team of vendors took their vision and made it come to life.

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The Bride and Groom worked from the very beginning with Christi Winsor from Winsor Event Studio and Stephanie from FH Weddings & Events, to create a wedding with a balance of elegant and agrarian elements. This inspired details like greenery chandeliers, mirrored pedestals, and lots of romantic candlelight. The roof top ceremony had a view of the Tampa skyline and was witnessed by their closest family and friends. Guests transitioned into the Theater room where they had amazing food and a band that rocked the night away.

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Tiffany Bleile and Tom Daly Photography by Jonathan Fanning Studio and Gallery


1920s Glam-Inspired Celebration at The Don CeSar When planning their wedding, Tiffany and Tom wanted it to be an unforgettable event so they thought, what better time to get married than on New Year’s Eve weekend. They chose to have a 1920s glam-inspired wedding because Tiffany has always been obsessed with that era and what better place to have it at than the historic Don CeSar. The Don is absolutely beautiful and has the architecture and the history that went perfectly with their 20s theme.

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Inspired by the 1920s Era, the décor included gold spray painted coffee beans used to accent the tables, along with simple navy linens with gold chargers. A variety of dessert shooters for a twist on a classic wedding cake. A beautiful phonograph played while guests found their place cards, which was a must at this 20s glam wedding. The romantic setting was paired well with beautiful flowers and feather arrangements from Iza’s Flowers.

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Ceremony/Reception Venue, Cake and Caterer: The Don CeSar Photographer: Jonathan Fanning Studio and Gallery Videographer: Storybook Weddings Planner & Rentals: Cheers Events Florist: Iza’s Flowers Rentals: A Chair Affair Band: The Headliners Ceremony Music: Karen’s Violins Photobooth: Snapshoot Photobooth Officiant: Greg O’Neill Invitations: Designed with Amore Dress Shop and Designer: Malindy Elene – Martina Liana Hair & Makeup: Femme Akoi


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Adrienne Dameron and Kevin Whittier Photography by Pezz Photo


Chicago Style Wedding at the Don Cesar This was a destination wedding and many of the guests traveled from Chicago, to share in the celebration. The ceremony was held at the family’s church where they are active members. Adrienne wanted to keep the ceremony elegant using only white tropical flowers. Broko, their adopted dog from Jamaica, was one of the ring bearers and sat just off the front row to watch his parents marry.

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The Don Cesar’s Grand Ballroom was embellished with bright tropical flowers and palms. Two palms framed the bride and groom’s sweetheart table, while the guests were greeted with a cymbidium orchid at each of their place settings. Adrienne and Kevin were introduced with Broko, their adopted dog, as he made his final appearance during introductions.

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Photographer: Pezz Photo Event Planner: Stonehouse Events Venue: The Don CeSar Floral Design and Décor: Botanica International Design and Décor Studio Invitations: Urban Coast Cake: Artistic Whisk Ceremony: Pasadena Community Church Linens: Linens by the Sea; Nuage Designs Rentals: Event Source Rentals; A Chair Affair Hair & Makeup: Rachel Reumann Reception Music: The Hit Factory Videographer: Voila Cinematic Transportation: Ambassador Limo


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Once Upon A Time Venue: Bakers Ranch, www.bakersranch.com | Photographer: Carrie Wildes Photography, www.carriewildes.com | Lighting, Draping & Chandeliers: On the Move Productions, www.otmproductions.com | Florals: Events in Bloom, www.events-in-bloom.com Gown & Tux Boutique: Something Blue Bridal, www.somethingbluebridalboutique.com Gown Designer: Martina Liana | Tux: Michael Kors Ultra Slim | Greenery: A1 Foliage, www.a1foliage.com | Place Settings, Tables & Chairs: A Chair Affair, www.chairaffairrentals.com Linens: Linens by the Sea, www.linensbythesea.com | Hair & Makeup: Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group, www.destinyandlight.com | Cake: The Cake Zone, www.thecakezone.com | Invitations: Invitation Galleria, www.invitationgalleria.com Models: Josie and Sebastian Mark

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Rustic Charm in Historic Warehouse Venue: Haus 820, www.haus820.com | Photography: Wings of Glory Photography, www.wingsofgloryphotographyblog.com | Videography: Bonnie Newman Creative, www.bonnienewmancreative.com | Planning: Sparkleigh Productions, www.sparkleighproductions.com | Floral: Atmospheres Floral, www.atmospheresfloral.com | Rentals: A Chair Affair, www.chairaffairrentals.com Lighting: Nature Coast Entertainment Services, www.naturecoastentertainment.com Cake: Anna Cakes, www.annacakes.com | Hair & Makeup: The Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group, www.destinyandlight.com | Groom’s Suit: Looking Good Fashions, www.lookinggoodfashions.com | Bridal Gown: Edwards Macy Bridal, www.edwardsmacybridal.net | Linen: Over the Top Rental Linens, www.overthetopinc.com

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Moroccan Inspired Setting Photography: Kismis Ink Photography – www.kismisinkblog.com | Venue: Straz Center for the Performing Arts – www.strazcenter.org | Event Planning: Pea to Tree Events – www.peatotree.com | Floral: Hannah’s Floral – www.hannahsfloral.com | Wedding Cake: Trudy Melissa Cakes – www.trudymelissacakes.com | Hair: The Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group – www.destinyandlight.com | Henna: Henna Colors – www.facebook.com/pg/hennacolors | Wedding Dress: The White Magnolia Bridal Collection – www.whitemagnoliabridal.com | Groom’s Attire: Sacino’s Formalwear & Men’s Clothier – www.sacino.com

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THE WEDDING

EXPERTS

Photo: Andi Diamond Photography


THE WEDDING

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FH WEDDINGS & EVENTS For over a decade, FH Weddings & Events have been a full service creative design company that offers florals + dĂŠcor to make any occasion memorable. A wide range of services include modern + vintage furniture, draping, lighting + florals. The FH Wedding & Events team specializes in transforming any venue into a unique and custom space with their stunning designs and dĂŠcor. Owners, Marty and Stephanie participated and were recognized, at Engage for their creative designs and professional work. Let their fresh designs create the magic for the wedding or event of your dreams. 1717 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33606 www.fhweddings.com events@fhweddings.com 813.390.9371


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MICHELE RENEE THE STUDIO Michele Renee The Studio will be celebrating their 12th year making Brides Beautiful from head to toe. The mother of a beautiful little girl, Mallek, Michele Renee Zerda of Michele Renee The Studio has built a dedicated group of professional artists whose goal is to make Brides and their wedding party feel and look their very best. Not only are the artists of Michele Renee talented but they are organized and efficient, yet flexible, patient and friendly. They have received The Knot’s prestigious Best of Weddings Hall of Fame award and have won Wedding Wire’s Couples Choice for the past 7 years. You can count on Michele Renee and her team to provide great customer service from the first booking to the last bobby pin! 813.531.7770 office 727.642.8017 cell www.MicheleReneeTheStudio.com

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DESTINY & LIGHT HAIR AND MAKEUP Priscilla Charite Skillful, passionate, and dedicated to her craft, Priscilla Charite is one of the most sought after bridal Makeup Artist and Hairstylist in the industry today. With over 10 years of experience in the wedding industry, as the owner and master stylist at Destiny and Light, she has established herself as the go-to expert for all things beauty. Voted best of Weddings for 8 years in a row in Central Florida. She has dedicated her career to educating and building up stylists and artists in the area. Equipped with a team of over 30 stylists that can go on location for hair and makeup, there is no party too big or too small for Destiny & Light. Lakeside Studio 5911 Sheldon Road Tampa, FL 33615 813.476.8386 www.DestinyandLight.com

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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 fiancée 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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[ COMPREHENSIVE CONTACT LIST ] Use this comprehensive 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. We have listed the people we believe are most important, but have provided extra space for you to add as needed.

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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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