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Mirlande & Ricardeau Lucceus Wedding....................12 Fallon & Jason Bertucelli Wedding..............................16 Jennifer & Will Morello Wedding.................................20 Dynah & Dru Sistrunk Wedding...................................24 Jean & Philip Messerian Wedding..............................28 Elizabeth & Andrei Castravet Wedding.......................30

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Letter from the Publisher.....................................6 May We Suggest............................................... 10 I Am North Tampa..............................................14 Save The Date...................................................15 New Tampa Style...............................................18 Adventure Out....................................................22 Regional Cuisine................................................28

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Letter from the Publisher Welcome to the INAUGURAL ISSUE of VIP North Tampa Magazine! My name is Patti Smith, and I am honored to be the Publisher of this new publication! I have been a resident of the North Tampa area for 18 years now. This area is my home and where I have worked successfully in the publishing business for most of my time here. However, I am ecstatic about this new magazine, VIP North Tampa! Our intention is to provide a high-end, one of a kind magazine that “caters” to the north side of Tampa. Specifically, as of now, we will be focusing on Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, Land O Lakes, Lutz, Odessa, Trinity, and Dade City. We will be featuring LOTS of

pictures of events, both regular and non-profit events. We cover these events by attending them, photographing attendees (and actually naming who are in the pictures – what a novel idea)! We will also be doing a write-up for each event. Our focus will be on fundraisers of all types, in addition to community-centric festivities, galas, festivals, etc. – just about anything that highlights what’s good about North Tampa! So, please feel free to contact us with your suggestions of events, ideas, and requests for coverage. We would love to hear from you! Our contact information is: Info@NorthTampaMagazine.com or 813-322-3202. Additionally, all of our monthly issues will have a THEME. As you will see, this month’s them is all about weddings. Please visit our website for a list of the upcoming themes for each month. If you or your organization have an association with any of our upcoming “themes”, we would love to hear from you! I also want to convey that we are committed to this area and our readers. We would LOVE to hear from you regarding any events, ideas, improvements, added value, etc. that we could bring to our publication. Our lines of communication are always open to our readers. Please be assured of that. I look forward to a long relationship with you, the reader. All of us from VIP North Tampa Magazine are very excited about serving our community.

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Melissa & Matthew Dozier

Jones

Wedding Date: 12/31/16

Wedding location/ venue:

Mystical Winds Gathering Place, Clermont Florida

Caterer: Bubba Ques BBQ DJ: Melvin Rios (Business name: DJ Melvin LLC) Photographer/ videographer: Regina as the photographer

Florist: Kim E’s Flowers (In Groveland FL)

Hair and/or make-up artist: Corine Potter Cake: Jessicakes If you could give a future bride your best piece of advice, what would it be?

Don’t worry about everything being 100% perfect. At the end of the day when you look into your partners eyes on the best day of your life, everything you could ever want and need is already there.

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Hubby Wifey Mugs $35 Hubby and Wifey Mug Set! This is for a set of 2 mugs! Perfect for the newlyweds!

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Mirlande & Ricardeau Lucceus Augustin Wedding Date: 9/16/2017

Wedding location/ venue:

The Tampa Club “Downtown Top Roof Wedding�

Make up Artist: Dolly Monroe Studio Photographer/ videographer: Creative Film

Studios

If you could give a future bride your best piece of advice, what would it be?

Wedding is technically all about the dress; whether you are on a budget or not but want your dress to be unique, please make sure to check with the fancy frock boutique where you can really have a one on one with someone who really cares. Comparing to other big places, my experience with Jennifer, the owner of the fancy frock, was beyond gotten excellent expertise. Not only I bought my dress there, I was also able to put some unique touches to it. I also have to mention that I never felt alone during the whole process because she was always there for me.

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I AM NORTH TAMPA Chante Trudel What is your hometown, what brought you to the North Tampa area, and how long have you been here? I am from the east coast, Daytona Beach area, but moved to the west coast,Tampa, for college in 2012. I have lived in this area for about 6 years now. What is your profession and give a brief description of what you do. I am a kindergarten teacher in Wesley Chapel, Florida. A kindergarten teacher’s job entails a variety of jobs in one. We not only set the foundation for each child’s learning and growth, but we also cover areas such as, managing personal needs and fine motor skills, among many other things. What led you to choose this profession? I have always had a passion for working with children. As a young child, I would always be caught playing “school” with my siblings and cousins. I just love everything about being a teacher from seeing a child’s face light up when they’ve mastered something for the first time to helping them learn from mistakes to grow as good citizens. I knew the moment I stepped foot into a classroom as an observer/ intern that this was the job I was born to do. What do you like about North Tampa area? What makes it so unique? I love how much it’s growing, as new places are opening up. There’s a lot to do, but it doesn’t have the hustle and bustle of the city. You can find fun things to do for all ages. It’s a great area to be! Give us three words that best describe you. Passionate, Hard-working, and Attentive Favorite Things you like about North Tampa area. •

Visit Lettuce Lake Park, where you can be outdoors, kayaking and seeing the beauty that nature has to offer. Stroll around ybor city and enjoy breakfast or brunch at the Le Creperia. They have such yummy food! Visit the USF campus, where I went to school for my education degree. Go BULLS!

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I AM NORTH TAMPA because... I love to experience new things and New tampa is growing every day.

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e t a D e h T e v Sa 8 1 0 2 y Ma

MAY 12 @ 2:00PM - 6:00PM Drive 4UR Community

LOCATION: Cypress Creek Middle High School

Take a test drive in a New Ford vehicle and Parks Ford will donate $20 per test drive up to $6000. This event benefits the American Cancer Society. Free giveaways to those who take a test drive.

MAY 4 @ 6:00PM - 8:00PM Taste of the Riverwalk at Tampa LOCATION: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33602

A wristband purchase is required for access into the food tent area which you get unlimited samples at participating restaurants.

MAY 5 @ 8:00PM - 2:00PM 11th Annual Family of Christ Golf Tournament LOCATION: Heritage Isles Golf Club www.familyofchristtampa.com

Join us for a fun morning of fellowship and fundraising. This year our efforts are going towards a new roof in the Child Development Center building.

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Fallon & Jason Diaz

Bertucelli

Wedding Date: 2/23/2018

Wedding location/ venue:

Prairie Glenn Barn at Gable Oaks Ranch - Florida Rustic Barn Weddings

Wedding Planner: Zoraya Preseau with Florida Rustic Barn Weddings

Caterer: Catering by the Family DJ: Celebrations of Tampa Bay Photographer: Foto Bohemia Florist: Milly’s Flowers & Events Hair: The Salon & Spa at Mystic Hair Makeup: Richelle Ramon Makeup Artist Decor Rentals: All decor provided by Venue

Cake: Petite Madelyn’s Bakery If you could give a future bride your best piece of advice, what would it be?

Be present and enjoy every second of your day because it goes by so quickly! I definitely recommend choosing a venue and planner that take the stress of planning and details away from you because having that allowed us to focus on each other and savor every moment.

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New Tampa STYLE

Wedding Fundamentals… Forget What You’ve Heard & Follow These Foolproof Steps to Finding Your Dream Gown!

story by Jennifer Morello

Owner of The Fancy Frock Bridal Boutique

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truly like to believe that I do everything with passion. I am a passionate person by nature, and my slight OCD insists that I go far below the surface in all that I do, say, and believe in. I guess this is a helpful combination as a bridal shop owner, paired with my extreme love for creativity using color and design as well as my teaching experiences from many years ago. When you put these things altogether, you get a bridal shop owner who is dedicated, detail-oriented, and determined to make her brides look their very best, but to also showcase their unique beauty and personality on the biggest day of their lives. My brides will never be cookie-cutter – it’s just not what I do. I’ve found my individual niche here, so if a bride wants to be different then she’s in the right place. My brides will also get quite a thorough education in all aspects and elements of bridal gowns, as the teacher in me refuses to leave! Hey, at least I’m utilizing my degree in some way! I want to be helpful, informative, and understanding. I want to make this experience an amazing one for my brides! This is where true goals and objectives need to be met when a bride is seriously looking to find her dream gown, and the way to accomplish this is to stick by these tried and true recommendations from someone who pretty much sees it all. Here are some key do’s and don’ts, tips, and suggestions when trying to find your dream gown: •

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The words ‘cheap’ and ‘wedding’ do not belong together – ever!! Not in the same conversation, sentence, or even thought. A party is cheap, but a wedding is not. So give up the word ‘cheap’ and refer to ‘budget’, but it’s important to be realistic. Additionally, please think before ordering anything bridal online, ESPECIALLY if it seems inexpensive. Not only is this risky and foolish, but you are indirectly hurting your community and local bridal shop.


At least give them a chance! Remember the saying, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is”? That saying still stands, especially in this age of technology! End of story on this one! •

Severely limit who attends your bridal shopping experience! Unless you want to be completely stressed, railroaded over, and inevitably belittled by someone in your group choose your attendees wisely. It WILL happen, so only take 1-2 people with you at most to spare yourself the headache! Trust me on this. One policy I strongly enforce in my shop is, “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it at all”. Your mother, sister, bestie, great aunt, and neighbor down the road are NOT wearing the gown. YOU are! Wear it, love it, own it, and shut everything else down immediately, especially if YOU like the dress.

do not provide childcare services, and no small children should be allowed to roam free in a bridal shop in the first place. Please remember we put our own hard-earned money into providing the inventory to you. My teaching days are long gone! Please use common sense and consideration to make things easier on ALL of us, including yourself and other customers. •

Remember why you’re buying a wedding gown in the first place. If nothing else, put everything else aside that I just mentioned and remember why you are even shopping for the gown! Remember that you’ve found your soul mate, your life partner, and your heart. In the grand scheme of it all, none of the other elements of the wedding truly matter compared to the life you are about to embark upon together. It will all work out. When it’s right, that’s all that truly matters.

I can speak from experience in saying I’ve done it wrong and I’ve done it right. And oh, how thankful I am to have found my soul Please trust your bridal consultant! As a shop owner, mate and best friend late, rather than never. Although we wanted our only goal is to make you look and feel like the princess our wedding day to be special and all that we had dreamed of, we that you are and will be on your special day! Trust our both knew that in the moment we both said “I Do”, nothing else knowledge and expertise in working with these silhouettes, really mattered. It didn’t matter that my hair was all over the place, fabrics, and colors to highlight what you want. Remember, that I almost passed out from the heat (yet he looked like a model as shop owners we have learned that superior customer that walked out of a magazine!), that my makeup wasn’t perfect, or service and finding the best gown for YOU will bring long that I couldn’t have hydrangeas outside in July! All that mattered term success for us. Selling bridal gowns is so much more was that it was about us – seeing the twinkle in his mischievous, than just sales, and a great consultant or shop owner knows sweet smile and the glimmer of a tear as he said his vow. And I this and knows how to genuinely help their brides. Be open- truly listened as he spoke; I really listened and let those vows wash minded, because there’s something unique about bridal. over my heart and permanently implant themselves in their new Many times a gown looks very different on the body than home. So, of course, I’d love to help every single bride out there. on the hanger or in a picture. It just does, and we see it I truly speak from the best place in my heart, both professionally happen every day. We will earn your trust, if you allow us to and personally, but if the above recommendations are too difficult, do our job. please just re-read this last part and never forget what the day truly means. The gown and other parts of the wedding will only enhance If we hear one more bride that says she’s trying to lose this. weight, we may just start to cry out of hysteria. We get it. We are women too. We struggle with weight and body image just like you. But we must be realistic and look at our past track record – not only at ourselves, but with all the many brides we’ve heard this from and worked with before. You are taking a very risky, unrealistic chance (one that I refuse to allow in my shop) by refusing to order too early or insisting that you will drop 40 lbs. in 3 months. Chances are it won’t happen – and that’s okay! Your fiancée fell in love with YOU, not your shape. Embrace and enhance all of the wonderful features you possess. I’ll help you find them if you can’t! Bridal shops are NOT meant to be a daycare! I think out of everything, this one throws me the most. Maybe I’m just hyper-sensitive, but I can’t think straight or do a good job at anything if there are babies crying, toddlers throwing tantrums, and small children running through my expensive inventory – among sharp pins on the floor and freestanding mirrors. Not to mention all the smudged fingerprints that are left behind! I don’t know how a bride could even start to consider focusing on finding her dream gown with this situation going on. If you are having to deal with a cranky baby or toddler, chances are you will most likely NOT find your gown that day or any day! We are not a daycare and

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Jennifer & Will Smith

Morello

Wedding Date: 7/7/2017

Jennifer is the owner of Fancy Frock, the list below is the preferred LOCAL wedding vendors that she recommends to all of her clients.

Wedding locations/ venues:

Covington Farms, Iola Lakeside Events, The White Barn/ Saxon Manor, Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club, Southern Streams Ranch

Wedding Planners:Cherylann Ferg, Oh So Classy Events, Ever After Vintage Weddings

Caterer: Catering by the Family DJ: Pam Acosta, Ricky Mondelli Photographers: Heather B Photography, MAD Images/ Melissa Dozier-Jones

Videographer: Florist:

RRI Pictures

The Flower Box, Petals, Presents & Parties

Decor Rentals: Southern Chairs

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Barn Style Weddings T

here’s just something so magical about celebrating your marriage on a beautiful farm. We think that barns make great wedding venues because they’re a blank canvas for creative couples: You can create just about any style of wedding in this rural setting — from down-home country to luxe and elegant! 1. FIRST THINGS FIRST: IS A BARN RIGHT FOR ME? To determine whether or not a barn wedding is right for you, you’ll first need to know the approximate size of your wedding and the time of year you plan to marry. A blow-out bash with 500 guests might be too big a celebration for most barns, but if you can scale down or find an extra-large space, you could still pull it off. On time of year: Traditionally, barns are not heated or cooled, so factor in the comfort of your guests when deciding on a barn wedding venue. You may need to rent heating lamps or a cooling system, so add that to your wedding budget. 2. FINDING A BARN. Browse google barn venues near you, or, if you have the option, consider asking a friend or family member who owns a farm if you can borrow their barn. You could also browse message boards and ask other brides about their barn weddings and get the inside scoop on marrying on a farm. 3. SECURING YOUR RENTALS. Whether your barn is set up for use as a wedding venue or ordinarily houses grain or livestock, you’ll need to secure a few rentals for your big day. If you’re marrying in a working barn, there is a lot to consider: clearing any animals/ equipment/debris; cleaning the space; heating/cooling the barn; bathrooms; renting tables, chairs, flatware, decor and so much more. Find out whether or not your venue needs a generator to power lights, sound systems and any other electronics, and ask the barn’s owner if they have liability insurance (always worth having at a big event where people will be drinking — especially on a working farm).

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If you’re marrying at a barn that regularly hosts weddings, it’s likely that the barn’s owners will have many of the necessary rentals on hand (think: tables, chairs, serving platters, linens etc.) Check with your venue manager to find out what is available for your use and what you’ll need to rent. Speak to your caterer to find out their needs before your wedding, too. You should always consider the possibility of bad weather on your wedding day and ensure that there is enough space in the barn to house all of your guests and that any planned outdoor activities can be moved inside if necessary.

fun with your barn! It’s the perfect blank canvas for any rustic-style wedding. 6. LIGHTING. Since barns are typically dark, lighting is a particularly important consideration. You can certainly hang small lights throughout the space, but they might not fill the barn with much brightness. Look into getting a spotlight or setting up other hanging lights if you’re having an evening wedding and will need to light your barn. 7. FOOD SERVICE.

Barns designed with weddings in mind often have space carved out for Many established barn wedding venues caterers, but working barns, of course, provide restrooms on site, but if you have do not. Your menu will likely depend to bring in your own port-o-potties, consider on what your caterer can create in the renting fancier trailer-style toilets. Ensure space provided: barbecue or other that there are enough bathrooms at your easy-to-eat foods might be a better venue to accommodate the size of your option than a sit-down meal, so call wedding (one or two bathrooms is enough around to a variety of caterers to see for 30-50 guests). what they recommend. 4. THE BATHROOM QUESTION.

5. DRESSING UP THE BARN.

8. GETTING GUESTS TO YOUR VENUE.

The best part of marrying in a barn is decorating! A barn can become anything you want it to be, from a romantic, fairytale ballroom to a down-home barbecue-andgin joint. String up lanterns and twinkly lights, choose decorations that suit your style (for example, burlap table runners or DIY chair ribbons) and design floral tablescapes with your theme in mind. Have

Most barns are out in rural locations, not in cities where it’s easy to get around. Be sure you provide clear and specific directions to your wedding venue, and consider renting a bus or other large vehicle to transport guests from a central location

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Dynah & Dru Embry

Sistrunk

Wedding Date: 4/1/2018

Wedding location/ venue:

Treasure Island Beach, Which was a perfect place, not overcrowded and they don’t have umbrellas and all the chairs everywhere to make pictures difficult.

Wedding Planner: we used cherished Ceremonies

for our wedding planner, they were so easy to work with even from far away. Velma was always very tentative and responsive to all my messages and conerns and did everything she could to make our special day perfect! They offer complete packages that you can customize to fit your needs and are very affordable. Bilingual Ceremonies who cherished Ceremonies set up was our minister and did a great job officiating the ceremony. The only thing I wish was that there would have been a microphone to make it easier for our guests to hear the ceremony, but none the less everyone was very professional and did a great job!

Photographer: Our photographer Jasmine Beatzel, with

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Jasmine Beatzel photography was phenomenal! I had to book her last minute after there was a scheduling error and the original photographer had a wedding that overlapped ours. Jasmine was super affordable and very passionate about her job. Always very responsive to messages, she truly listened and wanted to know the type of pictures I wanted. She made us feel very comfortable and helped pose us to get some amazing shots. She also did an amazing job capturing the candid moments so many forget are special. The pictures speak for themselves, she was able to capture


all the emotions and feeling of the day and we will have beautiful pictures that last a life time! I found her using “TheKnot” online since I was having to plan our wedding from States away.

Florist: After having a difficult time with the florist

we had chosen I opted to make my own bouquet, I spent $60 at Publix and it turned out perfect. The florist we had set up with was going to charge $150 for 12 roses that weren’t the correct colors and looked nothing like the pictures we had exchanged. Wedding bouquets are expensive and are so easy to make! my other flowers and decorations were included in our wedding package.

Hair and make up: we used Destiny and Light,

they did an absolutely amazing job, they can travel to you or you to them but they go above and beyond to make you look perfect for your wedding day, very professional and personable and I was very impressed with the amount of training and education they require for all of their employees. They were a little pricey but worth every penny.

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Cake: Bakery Boutique did our cake and it was

perfect, they offer a wide variety of different and unique flavors! They were super easy to deal with and had everything ready on time. There peanut butter filling is to die for!!!

If you could give a future bride your best piece of advice, what would it be?

Last but no least, The Fancy Frock. These ladies are extrodinary! I was left with a catastrophe for a dress after purchasing a dress in Nashville from a privately owned shop and it getting ruined by their alterations. I encountered poor customer service and unwillingness to fix the problem. Every bride deserves to feel beautiful on their wedding day and after many tears, my wonderful mother and mother in law decided we were going to find a different dress just two days before my wedding. I was skeptical and worried but the moment I walked into the Fancy Frock I was made to feel like family. They were so genuine

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and can tell they absolutely love what they do and that truly makes all the difference, especially since I was a bit skeptical due to my previous experience. They went above and beyond and not only did she help me find the perfect dress, it was very affordable, (considerably cheaper than my first dress) but it gets better. The dress I fell in love with was a size 14 and I’m a size 4, obviously with the wedding in just two days we didn’t have time to order, but The Fancy Frock is Partnered with Alterations by Suny right there in the store. Suny and Jennifer went above and beyond and had my dress altered over night. Obviously I never reccomend anyone putting that kind of pressure on a store but they definitely pulled through for me and made my wedding day everything it should be. At the end of the day what matters most is that your married to to love of your life but let’s face it, when you are able to walk down the aisle and feel absolutely beautiful and confident in a stunning gown it makes everything that much more special. I feel so blessed by all the encounters with the many amazing people that helped make Our wedding day perfect. My biggest advice to other soon to be brides is to read reviews (lots of them) , plan ahead, try to shop local, and don’t stress the small stuff!!


Regional Cuisine SEAFOOD PAPPARDELLE Scallops, shrimp and pasta in a spicy tomato-cream sauce. Author: Stephanie Le Recipe type: Main Serves: 4

PREP TIME 10 mins COOK TIME 20 mins TOTAL TIME 30 mins

INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 lb. scallops 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 garlic cloves, minced ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper 1½ cups tomato sauce (store bought is fine) ¼ cup heavy cream 8 oz. pappardelle pasta, or any long thick pasta chopped flat-leaf parsley to serv

INSTRUCTIONS 1. In a large skillet, heat up the oil and butter over medium to medium-high heat. Sear the scallops and shrimp, about 1 minute per side. Remove from the pan and set aside. You will cook the seafood longer later. 2. Turn the heat to medium and add the garlic and pepper flakes. Cook until soft, but not brown. Add in the tomato sauce and heavy cream. Return the scallops and shrimp to the pan and simmer gently for about 7 to 8 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp. 3. While the sauce is simmering, using a separate pot, cook the pappardelle pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and toss the pasta with the sauce and seafood. Enjoy VOLUME I 2018 27 immediately with a sprinkling of flat-leaf parsley.


Jean & Philip Diosomito

Messerian

Wedding Date: 9/28/2017

Wedding location/ venue:

Kapok Special Events Center, Clearwater FL

Caterer: Delectable Fine Catering DJ: Grant Hemond Photographer/ videographer: Buffy from Lifelong Studios

Hair and/or make-up artist: Angela DiLeone from

Beauty Body Beyond

Decor rentals: Event Sisters LLC Cake: Mmm Delicious If you could give a future bride your best piece of advice, what would it be?

I would advise any future bride to have a vision for their wedding day, and start working from there. Even if you are not an organized person, this will be one of those days where you

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want to be organized and prepared as possible. Start of with the big things like the dress, venue, caterer and photographer. And then you can work your way around hair and makeup, DJ, etc. It’s important that you have a vision for your wedding day because throughout the whole planning process if you don’t have a vision, you will be scanning through endless posts on Pinterest that may even be the furthest thing from what you originally wanted. Also, take the time to speak with your photographer about the timeline on the wedding day. Be sure to ask her/him if you can request specific pictures. Your wedding day will flash right before your eyes, you want to make sure every moment is captured!

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Elizabeth & Andrei As Featured On

Potthast

Castravet

Wedding Date: 10/27/17

Wedding location/ venue: The Wedding Retreat

Wedding planner: Lindsey Vander Wal/Krista

Nestor

Caterer: Angry Pig Catering DJ: DJ Pam Acosta with Party Soundz Entertainment

Photographer/ videographer: Lindsey Vander Wal, Kourtney Smithson Photography

Hair and/or make-up artist: Michelle Valentine Cake: Krista Nestor, Sweetly Dipped Perfections

If you could give a future bride your best piece of advice, what would it be? Never give up.

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