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LOVE BANNER This sweet banner will be a gorgeous addition to your wedding decor. Hang in between trees, on the wall, the head table, or even on the getaway car. LUCY'S ART EMPORIUM www.etsy.com

INVITATIONS GLASSWARE Richly hued eco-friendly glasswear brings warm colors to table settings. Exclusively at NEIMAN MARCUS www.neimanmarcus.com

TABLE NUMBERS A garden’s worth of blooms and leafy vines curve around gorgeous table numbers. BHLDN www.bhldn.com

Detailed with a lace applique, paired up with charcoal and white makes out for the perfect invitation color combination. WEDDING PAPER DIVAS www.weddingpaperdivas.com

OLIVE O LIVE Being a shade darker than yellow, olive is a rich green that can sometimes be tricky to match up, but that is why we love it. Once you find a olive piece, be it wine glasses or banner decor, and it goes perfectly in that setting, it is like finding gold. Every home this fall deserves something olive. PAIR WITH THESE COLORS...

INVITATIONS Vintage and simple is what you will get with these invites. Pick any font you want at LOVE VS. DESIGN www.lovevsdesign.com

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Perfect for decorating your special event, and are ideal for outdoor garden parties. DRESS M MY Y CUPCAKE CUP CU P www.dressmycupcake.com

Style 9005 rich lace appliqué on soft net, sculpted neckline, scalloped straps and a v-shaped back by Allure Bridals ANYA BRIDAL www.anyabridal.com

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PARTY DRESS A ruffled hem lends dramatic femininity to Nanette Lepore's Mambo dress, crafted in intricate, paisley-patterned lace BLOOMINGDALES www.bloomingdales.com


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PAPER PLATES From the Martha Celebrations collection, these eight pack dinner plates blend beautifully with a variety of party themes and decorations. JCPENNEY www.jcpenney.com

INVITATION This British Colonial style wedding invitation was inspired by balmy tropical evenings in exotic faraway lands. MINTED MI NTED www.minted.com

NECKLACE For an indigo wedding, try this necklace for the bridesmaids fashion accessory. Available at CHARMING CHARLIE www.charmingcharlie.com

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DRESS Blue Label Collection Style: Blythe AMSALE www.amsale.com

As summer comes to an end, colors start to fade. Luckily, indigo is here to remind us that although fall is filled with several neutral colors, we have a deep midnight blue with a splash of violet at our fingertips. Fashion and decor does not always have to plain, so instead of picking up that neutral pump, think twice.

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BADGLEY MISCHKA SHOE Perfect for black tie events, weddings— anywhere you want to feel like a leading lady. BLOOMINGDALES www.bloomingdales.com

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CLUTCH Adopt the clutch-for-day trend with this woven New York iteration of the season's "it" handbag. KATE SPADE www.katespade.com

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PARTY DRESS Sheer lace details lend allure to this blue dress, exuding a youthful look thanks to a fit and flare silhouette. BLOOMINGDALES www.bloomingdales.com


BIG CELEBRATIONS ARE ALL ABOUT THE SMALLEST DETAILS. With breathtaking views of Tampa Bay and downtown, at Tampa Marriott® Waterside, you can be confident your wedding will be just the way you imagined it. Picture perfect. Award-winning service is first and foremost. And attention to detail is second to none. From setup and decoration to custom catering, guest accommodation and more, our Certified Wedding Planners and Event Coordinators are ready to make it happen. Book your dream wedding today by calling 813.204.6338 or email Michelle.Griffin@Marriott.com.

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CAKE A towering confection covered with a cider gold metalic fondant and topped with a light pink sugar flower make this cake ultra modern & feminine all at the same time. ANNE KATHLEEN CAKES www.annekathleencakes.com

WALL DECOR A unique touch of rustic charm for any space available at URBAN OUTFITTERS www.urbanoutfitters.com

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From the bride to her groom, let this letterpress card capture the swirl of emotions on that special day BHLDN www.bhldn.com

Considered to be a warm color, cider brings feelings of excitement, passion and happiness. It is one of falls most neutral colors, meaning it can go with anything. Think of a dark tan, but a light brown, and then think of all of the possibilities. Cozy up this fall with something cider. You will not be disappointed.

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DRESS Styllel SJ209 Briana Antique Ivory Collection 2013 SARAH JANKS www.sarahjanks.com

SIGNS Sparkly-bright gold glass glitter clings to carefree lowercase letters BHLDN www.bhldn.com

PARTY DRESS David Meister Dress, V Neck Sequin Blouson available at BLOOMINGDALES www.bloomingdales.com

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SAVE THE DATES Having a comtemporary feel, navy blue mixes in perfectly for any cider wedding theme. LOVE VS. DESIGN www.lovevsdesign.com


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PUT A SLEEVE ON IT When the temperature cools, your natural inclination may be to cover up with a sweater or cardigan, but what about for your wedding? Perhaps the autumn months are the perfect time for a wedding gown with some coverage. But no fear, we're not suggesting you go old school, but rather a simple embellishment of sheer lace to shield your dĂŠcolletage and shoulders from the cool breeze. These sweet wedding gown designs are the perfect match for the cooler months ahead.

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LELA ROSE www.lelarose.com

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STRUCTURED SILHOUETTES Taking a nod from popular shows like Mad Men that depict life in the 60s complete with dapper dress wear and structured silhouettes, today's bridesmaid dress designers are going less flowy and more structured with their bridal party dress options. And it's a good thing. We love the hip hugging, asset accentuating lines of this classic dress style and sturdy fabrics. If a classic wedding style is your thing, the following dresses are perfect picks for your bridal party best friends.

DESSY GROUP www.Dessy.com

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LELA ROSE www.LelaRose.com

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KATE SPADE AT BLOOMINGDALES www.Bloomingdales.com


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WATERCOLOR WEDDING PAPER There’s something so organic about watercolor art. The blurred lines, mixed colors and overall softness can be so much sweeter than its contemporary counterparts. And lucky for you, there are a handful of talented stationers around town who specialize in this hand painted, organic art for the masses. Kristy Rice, the designer behind RICE INK and creator of the beautiful watercolor invitation suite featured below says “Watercolor textures are incredibly versatile, and work for the most casual affair to the most formal and opulent.” Kristy suggests designs that are soft and sheer with dreamy tones work best when paired with elements of structure, for example a technical flower illustration on an invitation suite with watercolor washes over top. The options are endless and watercolor stationers offer today’s bride an opportunity to get creative with her paper goods. What could be better? Here Kristy was inspired by a lush bouquet of flowers. "Each delicate bloom made its way onto invitations, menus and place cards. The romance of delicate watercolor brushstrokes speaks effortlessly to a celebration of love, friendship and life!"

Find a watercolor stationer near you...

Go custom and really wow your wedding guests with beautiful watercolor stationery. Here's a round up of local wedding stationers who specialize in watercolor painting we can vouch for in your area....

FINK INK DESIGNS WINTERPARK • (863) 640-5031 FinkInkDesigns.com

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SUMMER RAINE DESIGNS

TAMPA • (813) 344-8343 Citrus-Press.com

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CEREMONY WREATHS "The flowers included white hydrangea, peach garden roses, apricot garden roses, white garden roses, white allium, white spring aster, peach ranunculus, white tricillium and scented geranium foliage. A classic double loop bow of white silk ribbon was added to each wreath. Each wreath was $365.00."

THE BOUQUET "The bride wanted a chic rustic style bouquet, which she wanted to look as if she had picked the flowers from her garden. The flowers were peach garden roses, white garden roses, white parrot tulips, white spring aster and bupleurum. Her bouquet was $175.00."

WEDDING FLOWERS 101 The flowers you choose and where you choose to display them may just be the very thing that brings your wedding theme all together. No pressure right? The thing to remember is, it’s more than just the bouquet and centerpiece you should consider and budget for. Andy Beach, Floral Designer and lead creative at ANDY BEACH AND CO designed the breathtaking flowers of this Nashville wedding and is giving you exclusive insight to each and every flower used and what each element cost. It’s all about being in the know, right? Read on.

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CENTERPIECES "Each round seating table was dressed with floor length burlap linens and a white hemstitch linen overlay. The centerpieces were a collection of vintage milk glass vases, hob nail glass jars and silver cups filled with a mixture of peach garden roses, apricot garden roses, white garden roses, white astilbe, white hydrangea, white allium, white ranunculus, peach ranunculus and scented geranium foliage. Each seating table with linens and a centerpiece was $215.00."

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AISLE DECOR "The flowers included white hydrangea, peach garden roses, apricot garden roses, white garden roses and white allium. A classic double loop bow of white silk ribbon was added to each bouquet. Each bouquet was $65.00."

"The estate tables used the same flowers as the round table centerpieces with additional vintage silver containers mixed in with the milk glass containers. We used our white farm tables with custom burlap runners. The tables and runners were $675 and the centerpiece collection was

CAKE ADORNMENTS "While it's likely your cake baker will craft sugar flowers for your dessert masterpiece, if not as was this case, I included the flowers at no cost. It's likely your florist will also include those at very minimal cost or at no charge."

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WHY THE PINEAPPLE? The pineapple has long been the international sign of hospitality and it is our core belief that celebrations, no matter the type or scale, are the ultimate occasion to entertain guests, visitors and new friends. And, like the director’s stage, a party is the platform in which a hostess’ talent can truly shine.

You see, hospitality is at the forefront of putting others before you. A gracious hostess prepares an occasion with her guests in mind by carefully planning out each detail. Imagining things like the feeling a person will get when they receive a special invitation in the mail, the conversations that will be had because of a uniquely designed seating arrangement, the flavors that will be tasted because of an artfully planned menu, and what guests will see and hear because of the lighting decisions and music selection. All of these elements come together to create beautiful, everlasting memories and all because of a gracious host. We believe no matter the reason to celebrate.... the bride, family, group of friends or organization behind the party are the people who bind our culture together.

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YOUR RECEPTION: BUFFET VS STATIONS

Find yourself in a catering conundrum? How will I feed my friends? Buffet or Stations? What’s the difference and how does a girl choose? We feel your pain. You’re no catering expert but you do know you want your guest to have a good time and leave with a full belly. So, we enlisted the expertise of Stacy Ziegler, Director of Sales at BOLD AMERICAN EVENTS in Atlanta, Georgia to give us the nitty gritty on these two reception set up options. You’ll be surprised to know there’s not much difference in price, but there’s a whole lot of difference in how they each affect your event. Stacy says “both buffets and stations give guest the most food variety and the cost is nearly identical. The biggest difference is really in the reception set up and the overall feel of the event you’re going for.” That’s the biggest thing. So, here’s what you need to know about each as you plan the reception of your dreams...

THE CASE FOR BUFFETS

THE CASE FOR STATIONS

The Room Setup

The Room Setup

Receptions with buffets are close to as traditional a set up as you can get. Tables are pre-set with plates, utensils, glassware, etc. Every guest has an assigned seat, eating everything at once so there is less up and down.

During a reception with stations, various catering minibuffets are placed throughout the room and guests are encouraged to visit each station. Think tapas at different tables. Plates & utensils are not pre-set at the tables, rather guests get a new place and fork as they visit each station.

The Benefits

Buffets give you the dramatic look of a traditional reception, while saving your wallet from the plated and served dinner that would typically run you 25% more per person. Let’s face it, guests really do like to have a seat at the event, it feels more formal. Plus, there’s less up and down because guests eat everything at once rather than traveling to different stations.

What you Need to Know

Lines, there will be lines. Since all of your food is displayed in one long buffet set up, it will be wise to work with your wedding team to devise a strategy to alleviate standing in line. Depending on space you can opt for 2 buffets or a double sided option where two lines can be formed on each side. It’s also a good idea to call guests for their turn at the buffet by table so they wait seated, conversing and sipping wine and not standing.

The Benefits

Catering stations are a great way to make your reception feel like a contemporary party instead of a traditional reception. Rather than a room full of 60” rounds, you can get creative with various table sizes and high boys spread throughout. It’s a great option if space is an issue and you don’t wish to decrease the guest list. Plus, stations essentially break apart the buffet and save guest from waiting in long lines, and you can get creative with the food options at each station by incorporating unique themes. What you Need to Know

Typically with station reception styles you don’t have to provide an assigned seat for each guest.. it’s more of a casual setting. While the cost is nearly identical to buffet set up, adding Chef attendants and action stations will increase the price per person.

Find a wedding caterer near you...

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BIG CITY CATERING

ANTHONY'S GOURMET CATERING

SUZANNE MICHAEL CATERING

ORLANDO • (407) 438-3492 BigCityCatering.com

JACKSONVILLE • (904) 264-1338 AnthonysGourmetCatering.com

MIAMI • (305) 234-6393 SuzanneMichael.com

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Island Activities FOR RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES St. John is home to oldest Synagogue of the United States. The historic building, available for Jewish weddings, has just the rustic elements you’d expect to find in the islands like sand floors, candle chandeliers, and dark, weathered woods. Over on St. Thomas you’ll find the 400 year old Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church in the town of Charlotte Amalie. In true Danish architecture, there is a grand staircase leading into the church where you will enter to find a most majestic chandelier, pew boxes and stained glass windows. ADVENTURE Wedding guests won’t have to look far for adventure on the islands. Ziplining is a popular past time among tourists and guests and while the thrill of the “flight” is invigorating, another bonus is the jumping platforms are situated high in the forest of St. Peter Mountain with spectacular views of Magen's Bay.

ESCAPE TO THE ISLANDS

Written by Kelly McWilliams

If a destination wedding is on your radar, but you’re concerned about travel logistics for guests, we’ve found a true Caribbean escape that offers spectacular views at every turn and the most options for destination weddings without ever having to break out your passport. Too good to be true? Not in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The islands of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix have a vast collection of accommodations, excursions and venues to host nearly any kind of celebration. From historic churches and synagogues, white sandy beaches and wild adventure to five star resorts, the collection of islands have it all. Combine all those options with the proximity to the equator and you've got yourself a natural aphrodisiac for budget-conscious couples or those whose ultimate destination wedding celebration has no price tag. There is truly something for everyone. Even better news: guests won’t have to freshen up their linguistics or wallet either; English is the language of the islands and the US dollar is the currency. For more information on all that the U.S. Virgin Islands offer for destination weddings, honeymoons and special occasions, visit www.MarryCaribbean.com

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BEACHES There are beaches at every turn with white sand and pebble shores in the USVI. Getting out on the turquoise waters is how you can truly have an opportunity to relax with family and friends and see the natural beauty of the islands. Take a sunset catamaran tour where you can enjoy wine and crudités while sea turtles swim by. RESORTS Five star resorts abound in the U.S. Virgin Islands. You’ll find the beachfront Ritz Carlton St. Thomas with a world of options for first-class weddings and also guest amenities like upscale dining, a spa, and even a Jacques Cousteau kids program. The Caneel Bay Resort is located on St. John inside of a national park. The pristine resort offers 170 guest rooms, seven secluded beaches with restaurants and even ancient ruins.


From historic churches and synagogues, white sandy beaches and wild adventure to five star resorts, the collection of islands have it all.


HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? ST? When you see a party piece that you simply cannot live without, the price may be the only thing between you and the wedding of your dreams. We fell in love with this reception setting from a recent ELLYB EVENTS wedding at The Inn at Serenbe and just had to get the goods on cost of each of these unique elements. From the table number linens, coffee bar set up by the caterer, Tuscan chairs and flowers... We’ve compiled it all.

VENUE & CATERING For a wedding reception with 80 guests and southern style food, this event cost approximately $30,000 for the venue and catering cost.

FLOWERS If you choose low centerpieces of white hydrangeas and roses in glass vases shown here you can expect to pay approximately $3,000.

BURLAP LINEN RUNNER White estate table linens in white bengaline range anywhere from $32$48 a piece. Burlap table runners with numbers were custom made and are roughly $30 a piece.

TUSCAN CHAIRS Tuscan Chairs rent from $10-$15 a piece and come in mahogany and driftwood color options from your local event rental suppliers.

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A modern take of the verse Love Never Fails, this wedding shoot portrays an elegantly southern vow exchange at SOUTHERN WATERS, a hidden gem tucked away on the west coast of Florida with acres of land and Spanish moss hanging from old oak trees along the river. Foregoing the southern tradition of boots and hay bales, pops of sparkly gold elements, soft blush tones and hints of emerald were used to create a colorful masterpiece. A mish-mash of event accents like antique heirlooms and chevron linens topped off the unique decor proving that you can just about mix anything to create a very personal wedding day. VENUE: Southern Waters, PLANNING & DESIGN: Sweet Southern Charm, PHOTOGRAPHY: Hunter Ryan Photo, RENTALS: Sweet Southern Charm, FLORAL: Isn't She Lovely Florals, STATIONERY: DM Paper Designs, DESSERT BAR STYLING: Let's Set a Date, CAKE & SWEETS: Sweetie's Custom Cakes, HAIR: Thairapy Salon, MAKEUP: Dermaloft

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BRIDAL BOUQUET A mix of french tulips, peach garden roses, ranunculus, spray roses, hand picked white bougainvillea and the long spray tails made for a beautiful bouquet for the bride.


BOUQUET ALTERNATIVE Instead of your bridesmaids carrying a bouquet, put their flowers in a cute bag that they can use for years to come.

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The cake was an elegant three tiered design by SWEETIE’S CUSTOM CAKES with mint fondant ribbon and gold chevron fondant, punctuated with sweet little fondant flowers.

Add colored sugar to the rim of your glass and a stirrer with rock candy to sweeten up any drink.

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ISN’T SHE LOVELY FLORALS created the lamp shade chandeliers for the reception which were strung from the limbs of a giant mossy oak with fishing wire. The table runner and fireplace mantle runner were made up of seeded eucalyptus.

Make a dessert display that wows guests with options. Includes treats like assorted candies, monogrammed sugar cookies, vanilla cupcakes, emerald sea glass candy, mint and blush meringue kisses, and custom favors of monogrammed chocolate-sealed mini fondant cakes.

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GETAWAY Among the mix of vintage, DIY decor and splashes of emerald elegance, an antique bicycle for your getaway after the celebration is just the thing. Put your bouquet between the handlebars and you are on your way.


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Leonardo da Vinci once said,“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication," and these next few pages scream the truth of those words! Shot in the magical golden light of a Florida sunset, this delightful outdoor celebration, filled with oranges, yellows, and splashes of light pink, proves beyond a doubt that it's hard to beat the beauty and elegance of the simple things in life. Focused on the simplest of objects — the button — and full of unique DIY details, let AT LAST WEDDING + EVENT DESIGN show you how a wedding both rustic and refined is well within the reach of your budget!

PLANNING & DESIGN: At Last Wedding + Event Design, PHOTOGRAPHY: Sivan Photography, VIDEOGRAPHY: 829 Films, FLORAL: Dream Designs Florist & Wedding Boutique, CAKE: The Sugar Suite, DESSERTS: P is for Pie, HAIR & MAKEUP: Marigold Scott Hair & Makeup, STATIONERY: La Lovely Ink, SIGNAGE: Chalk Shop, RENTALS: Dishie Rentals, Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals, LINENS: Over The Top

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FASHION The simplicity and charm of the bride's ALITA GRAHAM wedding dress fit perfectly with the day's design, orange jewelry added to provide a sense of playfulness and color. The groom's suspenders were purchased from MARSHALLS and his more casual attire was the ideal choice to this laid back shoot.


BOW TIE For a more easygoing look for the groom, give him a bow tie! You can even jazz it up by using a bright colored plaid, such as the one seen here.

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All the floral pieces, created by DREAM DESIGNS FLORIST & WEDDING BOUTIQUE, contained pops of buttons. The bouquet had a stem wrap with a bright scattered button design.

Arranging these heart-shaped pie pops prepared by P IS FOR PIE inside a painted flower box was an ingenious DIY way to heighten the rustic feel of the dessert display.

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CHALKBOARD SIGNS

Instead of being placed in a basket, these sparklers were housed inside two tall metallic pots, orange ribbon with white polka dots tied around the tops. Each sparkler was labeled with a bright yellow tag which read "Let love sparkle."

Skip the paper and ink signs and use a method more timeless and practical: chalkboards. This DIY option provides an old-fashioned feel untouched by paper signs, and the chalkboards can easily be erased and reused at any future event! These fun-shaped signs were provided by CHALK SHOP.

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CAKE THE SUGAR SUITE created a lovely three tiered cake of plain white adorned with clusters of yellow, orange and pink buttons of various sizes. A sugar flower that graced the top of the cake was given a sunny yellow button center.


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Opulence, grandeur and sophistication are just a couple words to describe the 1920s or, thanks to a recent movie release, the Gatsby era. A wedding is just the perfect time in your life to celebrate with the extravagance that comes from such a time period. And the picture perfect grounds of VIZCAYA ESTATES provide a vintage yet modern backdrop for this wondrous affair. Upon entering the grounds, you are transformed to the roaring twenties where prohibition was the norm yet the elite had black tie affairs celebrating nothing in particular with champagne, dressed in the most glamorous fashion, and dancing until the early morning hours without a care in the world. Take a step back in time with this exquisite and over-the-top celebration. VENUE: Vizcaya Estates, PLANNING & DESIGN: Wed Perfect, PHOTOGRAPHY: Audrey Snow Photography, FLORAL & DECOR: Botanicals on the Gulf, HAIR & MAKEUP: Sir Daniel and Faces by Frohmberg, DRESSES: Tie The Knot Bridal Couture, MEN’S FASHION: Black Tie Tuxedo Rental, LINENS: Wildflower Linen, Connie Duglin, RENTALS: Caloosa Tent & Rental, STATIONERY: DM Paper Designs, CAKE: Kakes By Karen, MODELS: Gracey Somers Hulbert & Stefan Dumitrescu

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BOUQUET Bridal bouquets from the 1920's were very dramatic and opulent, large scale and often had cascading elements. BOTANICALS ON THE GULF created a perfectly grand cascade style bouquet straight out of the 20s done in shades of white and ivory with roses, hydrangea, gardenias (a VERY vintage flower!), peonies and calla lilies with some small touches of greenery.


GOWN One of the gowns worn by the bride was an incredible NICOLE MILLER gown, which just personified the 1920's theme wonderfully. The back of this gown really made the overall look, with a swooping design and offset silver beaded, sparkly straps.

ACCESSORIES A gorgeous, custom made white feather and crystal hairpiece with detachable birdcage veil was used to highlight the bride’s perfectly simple hairstyle. The accessories were kept minimal as the dress, hair and makeup were so dramatic, but small vintage Deco crystal earrings and a fabulous diamond ring were used.

BOUTONNIERE Wanting something fun and playful while bringing in those Deco themes of the era, the groom wore a boutonniere that included a calla lily, tied with gold wire and little sprays of white feathers.

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On rich gold cardstock, the table numbers were printed with the Chanel perfume logo serving as inspiration for the font.

The cake by KAKES BY KAREN was adorned with 24 carat edible gold and jewel detail around the bottom and was set atop a beautiful, vintage cake stand.

Fantastic Deco shaped cards, attached to each champagne glass, dangled beautifully from the wine glasses creating a classy wow factor.

DECOR The color scheme is full of whites, ivories, and golds, with touches of pale pinks/blushes. Lots of crystal elements were included in the vintage decor.

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CHAIR COVERS Adding a simple ruffled chair cover to the top of an already elegant chiavari chair can add that extra bit of ‘oomph’ to your reception decor without completely covering the chair.

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VENUE The breathtaking grounds of the VIZCAYA ESTATES in Miami, Florida was the perfect backdrop for this vintage inspired wedding shoot with it's sprawling manicured gardens, waterfront view, and phenomenal grand Mansion as the centerpiece of the property bringing the spirit of Gatsby to life.


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Ever growing in popularity, barns like THE HIGH MEADOWS AT VINEWOOD make the ideal venue for brides who wish their special day to radiate a rustic, relaxed vibe. But what few realize is that barns can also be dressed up to house a more modern-looking affair, as this rehearsal dinner planned by STORYBOOK WEDDING CONSULTING clearly reveals! An event filled with an all-year-round appropriate color palette of ivory, tan and peach, see how simple decor decisions can give your celebration all the class and style of a contemporary city celebration while still carrying an undertone of country charm.

VENUE: High Meadows at Vinewood, PLANNING & DESIGN: Storybook Wedding Consulting, PHOTOGRAPHY: Artstar Photography, DESSERTS: Blooming Flour Bakery, STATIONERY: DecoMarj, FLORAL: Tulip, CATERING: Sun in My Belly, DESSERT BUFFET STYLING: Southern Flair, HAIR: Paisley Salon, DRESSES: J. Andrews Bridal Salon, MEN'S FASHION: Jos. A. Bank, RENTALS: Peachtree Tents and Events, AFR Event Furnishings, DRAPERY: Event Drapery, JEWELRY: Morgan's Jewelers, MODELS: Lanie Townsel & Kyle Huckaby

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FURNITURE This chic brown and white soft seating for the event’s cocktail hour was provided by AFR EVENT FURNISHINGS. To add a touch of rustic comfort to the look a hay bale was used in place of a table. Gorgeous white drapes framed the opening to the barn, brought in by EVENT DRAPERY.


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DESSERTS

FAMILY TREE

For your outdoor celebration, attach your escort cards to a wooden picture frame and hang it from the limb of a tree.

A delicious array of desserts was provided by BLOOMING FLOUR BAKERY, including bourbon pecan bars and salted caramel cupcakes.

To help keep family as the focus of the rehearsal dinner, artwork of the family tree was hung on the wall just inside the entryway.

PERSONAL DECOR To add a personal touch to the decor, a trio of framed black and white photos were displayed on the wall. At the center was the soon to-bemarried couple, while photos of both sets of parents on their wedding days were hung on either side.

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GIFT BAGS Simple brown paper bags were used to hold gifts for guests. DECOMARJ created the lovely labels from ivory cardstock, cut and embellished with tea stained lace and bordered with a perfectly peach paper.

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DECOR An elegant champagne button rose linen from I DO LINENS covered the long estate table, bringing contemporary sophistication to the barn’s glowing interior. To further strengthen the modern feel, gold and brown striped lamp shades were affixed to the chandeliers.


SARAH + JOSEPH

Montverde, Florida • Photography by Justin DeMutiis Photography

When Sarah graduated from college, her family decided to celebrate with a Norwegian Epic cruise. Little did she know that the ocean adventure would be the start of an even greater journey! The boyfriend of Sarah’s sister decided to invite his boss and good friend, Joe, to join them on the vacation. Sarah and Joe immediately clicked, and one year and nine months after the cruise, on a softly lit pathway at the Atlantis Hotel in the Bahamas, Joe got down on one knee and asked Sarah to spend the rest of her life with him. Desiring an intimate celebration with only their closest family and friends, the couple invited forty-five guests to their spring celebration at BELLA COLLINA, settled just outside of Orlando. The natural beauty of this site, with its rolling hills and and Tuscan architecture, lent just the Italian feel that Sarah and Joe were looking for, and they were wed inside the venue’s open-air atrium, an enchanting space with sandstone columns, intricate stone floors and candle-lit chandeliers. Following photos and cocktails, the newlyweds and guests made their way to the Grande Lawn, where round tables bedecked in a breathtaking combination of champagne and pink stood scattered across the yard. It was here that all were seated to enjoy a superb meal catered by Bella Collina, after which partygoers danced the evening away beneath a glowing canopy of stars.

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"Since we had an outdoor wedding I wanted my bridesmaids in a chiffon gown that would blow in the breeze. We decided on a black, sweetheart neckline dress with a java color sash around the waist. My sister and maid of honor wore the same dress except in a blush color. I wanted her to look distinct and feel special." - Sarah


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FLORAL Mary Conte of BUDS BLOOMS & BEYOND outdid herself with the floral arrangements for the wedding, flooding both ceremony and reception with exquisite roses, orchids, hydrangeas and lilies.

GLASS BEADS In addition to florals, numerous glass beads were scattered across the center of the reception tables to add a small, delicate touch of sparkle to the celebration.

DOG Sarah surprised Joe by bringing their oldest dog, 9 year old black lab, Tyson, to the wedding. The happy dog came strolling down the aisle wearing a white tie after Sarah’s father gave her away.

DECOR Rather than renting all of their decor, Sarah and Joe chose to purchase these romantic champagne table linens and metallic chargers offline, saving them money and giving them the option to reuse the pieces at a future occasion.

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In our Experience... SPLURGE ON... "We decided to splurge on our venue. We had a vision of an outdoor tuscan-inspired wedding and we knew Bella Collina provided the atmosphere we were looking for."

SAVE MONEY ON... "Our smartest savings was on my wedding gown. It was originally about $1,200 but since I bought it off the rack, in my exact size, I got 30% off which made it $840."

DON'T SWEAT... "Don't sweat the details you can't control. We had a 20% chance of rain on our wedding day, but I told myself, "If it rains, they will just move the reception inside. We will still get married and everyone will have a great time."

Who we hired... VENUE & CATERING Bella Collina FLORAL Buds Blooms & Beyond DAY OF COORDINATOR Maria Balestriere at Blush See Entire Vendor List Online


BRITTANY + DAVE

St. Augustine, Florida • Photography by Stephie Joy Photography

Months after being introduced to her in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Dave sent Brittany the Facebook message that would be the start of their happily ever after. Life as an Air Force pilot kept Dave very busy, but he was smitten and determined to have a first date with this girl. So what did he do? He rented a plane one evening and flew straight to Brittany’s hometown to take her out to dinner. Talk about sweeping a girl off her feet! When it came time for the couple to plan their St. Augustine wedding, the colors of choice were watermelon pink and navy blue. Before heading to the RIVER HOUSE for the ceremony, Brittany met Dave at the Lightner Museum to share a “first look,” a moment gorgeously captured by the photographer for the couple to always treasure. Following a heartfelt ceremony in a room filled with sunlight and flowers, Brittany and Dave spent their first hour as Mr. and Mrs. Elkins mingling with guests, enjoying good conversation, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Afterwards at the reception, guests were seated to savor an enticing dinner prepared by Mary Pritchard of CULINARY OUTFITTERS, being offered the choice of either herb crusted chicken or mahi-mahi for their meal. Music from DJ DAVID CHAMPAGNE kept guests old and young on their feet all night long, and as the reception drew to an end, Dave escorted his bride through a sea of bubbles to be whisked away in a pumpkin carriage!

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"I was amazed that I got to spend the rest of my life with such a wonderful man." - Brittany


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CAKE This gorgeous creation from SWEET WEDDINGS consisted of three flavors: chocolate with raspberry filling, white with strawberry cream filling, and red velvet with cream cheese filling.

CEREMONY After the ceremony, bride and groom passed under the traditional saber arch used to salute new military couples, Brittany receiving a “swat” on the backside to welcome her into the Air Force family.

COLORS The color palette of navy and pink was carried flawlessly from ceremony through reception. Even the escort cards bore pink embellishments and a tiny blue bow! Not the smallest detail was overlooked.

DECOR Knowing Brittany’s love for flowers and candlelight, event designer DAN HATHCOCK made sure the reception was overflowing with both, adding touches of crystal to further heighten the room's beauty and elegance.

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In our Experience... SPLURGE ON... "We decided to splurge on flowers and dĂŠcor. Someone once gave me a sign that says "Happiness is to hold flowers in both hands." There isn't a quote that better personifies me than this. I am truly happiest with flowers."

Who we hired... SAVE MONEY ON... "Our DIY favor labels and bows. We considered having them professionally printed but after experimenting with several print applications we decided that we could cut significant costs by completing the favors ourselves."

DON'T SWEAT... "PERFECTION! I am 150% a perfectionist and the absolute best thing I did was take a deep breath, let go, and enjoy my day. It is absolutely key to get an excellent wedding planner... the absolute best money that I spent."

VENUE The River House WEDDING PLANNER The Wedding Authority FLORAL & WEDDING DESIGNER Unforgettable Events See Entire Vendor List Online


NIKOL + RAYMOND

Boca Raton, Florida • Photography by K&K Photography

Creator and owner of one of South Florida’s most popular hair and makeup studios, Nikol Johnson has always possessed a passion for things pretty, pink and Parisian, and that is what inspired her boyfriend Raymond to propose to her atop the Eiffel Tower Restaurant in Las Vegas. Nikol couldn't have been more surprised, and the planning of their French vintage inspired nuptials commenced! The morning of the wedding dawned bright and beautiful, and Nikol was joined at the BOCA HOTEL AND RESORT by close female family and friends for a time of laughter, champagne, and makeovers by her talented salon team. Hours later, the beaming bride was escorted down the aisle of SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC CHURCH to wed fiancé Raymond before one hundred guests. A reception followed at THE ADDISON in a room aglow with pink and golden splendor, chiavari chairs placed around tables decorated with textured linens, gleaming candles, and elegant floral centerpieces. Dinner was served, followed by dancing and a Viennese dessert table with delectable treats including cheesecake lollipops, mini cupcakes and crème brûlée. But what was Nikol’s favorite moment? “The limo ride after the ceremony from the church to The Addison. It was at that moment that it all seemed to be real...that I just married the most wonderful man and my best friend.”

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In our Experience... SPLURGE ON... "Hair and makeup. You will never regret seeing everyone look amazing, especially yourself."

Who we hired... SAVE MONEY ON... "Buying a sample wedding dress and making your own hair piece!"

DON'T SWEAT... "The dance lessons. Just be yourself and skip the expensive lessons."

VENUE & CATERING The Addison DECOR & RENTALS Panache FLORAL Tropical Elegance See Entire Vendor List Online


BRITTANY + BRAD

Kissimmee, Florida • Photography by Amalie Orrange Photography

You don’t have to grow up in the South to fall in love with its magic, and ever since she was a little girl visiting friends and relatives in Georgia, Brittany has been enchanted with the southern way of living. So when the opportunity came for her to wed Brad at the beautiful Kissimmee, Florida, property of one of his cousins, Brittany was thrilled! As most of their family and friends would also be traveling from Chicago for the wedding, Brittany and Brad wished to provide guests with a unique wedding experience like none other, full of southern grace, vintage charm, and lots of personalized details. And they certainly succeeded! Though the big day started with rainy weather in its forecast, nothing could dampen the sunshine of this celebration, especially with the bride’s chosen color palette of bright yellow and charcoal gray. Clothed in a classic gown with a lace bodice and satin train, Brittany wed Brad beneath the shade of three Spanish moss-covered oak trees before one hundred of their loved ones. The simple decor and handmade details of the tent reception that followed put huge smiles on the faces of all in attendance. Those smiles only widened when guests were served cuisine by TWO CHICKS AND A POT, which included shrimp and grits, personal chicken pot pies, prime rib and sides of mashed potatoes and honey green beans.

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"For anyone who has the chance of first look photos, we would 100% recommend it! For us, it is something we will cherish forever." - Brittany


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CHALKBOARD SIGNS Desiring something more creative than typical paper and ink signs, this couple used chalkboards! They added a huge dose of old-fashioned charm to the day!

FLORAL Baby’s breath is rapidly gaining popularity in today's wedding world. This inexpensive flower exudes beauty and elegance while also bearing a strong rustic quality.

CEREMONY Few things give off the same magic as Southern oak trees cloaked in deep green Spanish moss, and the oak trees on this Kissimmee property certainly provided an enchanting backdrop for this ceremony.

KEEPSAKE For your wedding ceremony, place special mementos such as photographs and love notes inside of a box to be put away until your one year anniversary. How much fun you’ll have opening it later!

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FAVORS Measuring spoons were offered as favors at this celebration, accompanied by a sign that read “A love beyond measure. Thank you for sharing our special day.�

RECEPTION This reception was the definition of beauty and simplicity, with its pure white tablecloths and delicate china plates. The table numbers on each table were hand-painted, adding a touch of whimsy to the decor.

CANDY BAR In addition to cake, consider offering your guests the treats of a candy bar! The candy bar at this wedding was color coordinated to match the rest of the event and included lollipops, gummy bears, and jelly beans.

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VINTAGE FURNITURE Vintage furniture from WEDDINGS BY 2+HUE was used in place of tables for much of the reception decor, providing a look so classy and chic for this southern affair!

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In our Experience... SPLURGE ON... "The most important thing to us were our pictures. The pictures are what you have to remember the day by for years to come. We recommend splurging on a great photographer. We couldn't have been happier with ours!"

Who we hired... SAVE MONEY ON... "We got lucky and saved a lot of money with our florist. We found a local florist through one of our other vendors. She did a wonderful job, and her prices were great!"

DON'T SWEAT... "Don't sweat worrying about making everybody happy. At the end of the day, the wedding is about you as a couple."

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PAULA + BRANNEN

Sarasota, Florida • Photography by Carrie Wildes Photography

Little did Paula know when she was preparing for her blind date that the love of her life would soon make his appearance. The twist is that it wouldn’t be her date — it would be his best friend. That’s right! Wondering how the blind date was going for his pal, Brannen decided to drop by and somehow found himself seated next to Paula. Both were struck by an immediate attraction, and within the week the two had exchanged phone numbers and started dating. Paula received a surprise proposal from Brannen one evening while they were out strolling on the moonlit beach, and though Paula had always known she wanted a beach wedding, she poured over copies of wedding magazines for further ideas and inspiration. A Marie Antoinette themed spread immediately grabbed her attention, and it was the spark that ignited the exquisite color combination of pale pink and dusty gold used throughout her destination wedding. Paula and Brannen were married on a bright September afternoon on the fresh green grounds of THE RITZ-CARLTON SARASOTA, the soft colored attire of the wedding party blending seamlessly with the tropical surroundings of the locale. Wedding photos followed beside the peaceful waters of the Mexican Gulf, after which the happy couple traveled to the rooftop Sunset Terrace for a time of dining and jamming to the tunes provided by GRANT HEMOND AND ASSOCIATES.

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"The gorgeous Florida landscape did most of the work for our theme. We took full advantage of the scenery and let that be our focal point." - Paula


FLOWER GIRL BOUQUET Rather than dropping flower petals down the aisle, this adorable flower girl was given a bouquet to match those carried by the bride and her bridesmaids.

APPAREL The bridesmaids wore gorgeous tea length dresses in a soft pink, while the groomsmen wore light blue shirts, pink ties and gray suits.

ESCORT CARDS Instead of setting them on a table, these pink escort cards designed by SARASOTA CARDS were hung from the limbs of a decorative tree, along with strands of glittering crystal beads.

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VENUE THE RITZ-CARLTON provided the perfect atmosphere for Paula and Brannen's intimate ceremony, with its gently swaying palm trees and tropical breeze.

RECEPTION The reception at the Sunset Terrace looked like a dream with its golden chiavari chairs and blush tablecloths, and the glow of the afternoon sunlight only heightened the effect.

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In our Experience... SPLURGE ON... "Our venue was our splurge. We knew with our venue selection our guests would feel special too; with the delicious food, the way it was presented, and the service they received. It was also very important for me to not skimp on our flowers and photography."

SAVE MONEY ON... "By choosing an outdoor venue, that had such beautiful scenery, we were able to save on having to order extra enhancements. A lot of times your venue will be happy to work with you and give you options for different chairs, linens, china and candles on the tables."

DON'T SWEAT... "Don't stress over the hiccups you will encounter. Keep in mind that your wedding day is simply about making a lasting commitment to the person you love, and starting your life together."

Who we hired... VENUE & CATERING The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota FLORAL Tiger Lily DJ Grant Hemond and Associates See Entire Vendor List Online


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FLORIDA AIR MUSEUM AT SUN-N-FUN

LOCATED IN LAKELAND

SUN ‘n FUN Campus and the Florida Air Museum - Where your Special Events take Flight!

We couldn't feel more confident that our wedding day is going to be the happiest day in our life! The museum is absolutely PERFECT and it is exactly what we were looking for to make our aviation theme come true for our wedding.

SUN 'n FUN is the perfect year-round venue for a wide variety of events. Are you starting to plan a gathering of 10 or 10,000 people? Indoor and outdoor facilities accommodate business and family activities as well as large or small guest lists. Envision a hangar transformed to a dance floor where you, your wedding party and guests will make memories. A reception with unique aircraft hanging overhead will highlight your first class event in the Florida Air Museum. With over 160 acres and more than 10 completely different buildings to host an event, we can accommodate from casual to chic. We have everything from airplane hangars, a museum, open air pavilions, free standing buildings and the ability to do a tented event. SUN ‘n FUN and Florida Air Museum is a completely flexible and unique option for an event. We are a 501C3 non profit organization so not only will your guests enjoy an amazing event with a fantastic backdrop but you are also contributing to making the future brighter through aviation education. Whether you are interested in an aviation theme or not, our facility can be the perfect place for your event!

- Donna & Robert

(863)644-2431 4175 Medulla Rd. Lakeland, FL 33811

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List of approved caterers or we are flexible in your choice of food provider with permission INCLUDES: airplanes on site available for a beautiful backdrop for an event, some tables included, some chairs, some AV equipment PARKING: Valet, Self Parking, Tram transportation if event is large enough to need it. SPECIAL FEATURES: Butterfly garden, nature walk, museum, open air pavilion, ability to fly in/out to events, rooftop cocktail space, airplane hangars, campgrounds and more CATERING:

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Thank you so much for everything you did for our Homecoming event. The museum provided the perfect backdrop for our event. It was different, fun and so easy to work with you!

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ATLANTIS

LOCATED ON PARADISE ISLAND

LOVE is in the air…. and the water at Atlantis. Imagine a destination wedding or honeymoon like no other in a true Caribbean wonderland. Atlantis is the promise of a wedding that’s wildly romantic, with magical settings and endless experiences and adventures to satisfy your every whim. It’s a guarantee of options – of venues intimate and grand, alfresco and enclosed, that will make your ceremony and reception exactly what you envision. And it’s an indication of ease, nodding to the team of ace wedding coordinators and tempting wedding packages that will make the planning such a breeze for the two of you that you’ll be free to enjoy everything that Atlantis has to offer, and most importantly, each other. With nearly 4,000 hotel rooms set upon over 100 acres of lush grounds, majestic beaches, countless pools and an exhilarating 63-acre water park, Atlantis appeals to guests of all ages. Atlantis boasts more than 40 restaurants, bars and lounges and is world renowned for its dolphin habitat, Mandara Spa, exclusive full-service marina, and the newest and most exciting state-of-the-art kids and teen clubs in the Caribbean. For your ceremony and reception choose a secluded beach, a sea-side gazebo, an elegant ballroom or select from countless other unique and inviting options. You and your guests will feel free to enjoy this inspiring destination knowing that your Love, Atlantis Wedding Specialist has catered to every last detail of your special day in paradise. Classic or chic, whimsical or festive, LOVE, Atlantis, will bring your destination wedding vision to life

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Onsite Catering & Pastry Chef INCLUDES: House linens, banquet tables, chairs, tableware, and glassware PARKING: Most guests choose to stay on property. Valet parking is available SPECIAL FEATURES: Beach venues, seaside pavilions, garden venues, Augustinian Cloisters, elegant ballroom space CATERING:

(888)528-9758 1 Casino Drive Paradise Island

Nassau, New Providence Bahamas

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Onsite House linen, tables, chairs PARKING: Valet SPECIAL FEATURES: Metropolis Ballroom with views of the Miami Skyline, 2 Pools on 16th floor overlooking Biscayne Bay, EPIC lawn with over 25,000 sq. ft. of outdoor event space, Exhale Mind Body Spa, Kimpton InTouch Loyalty, Live like a Local program for the best local recommendations and Area 31 catering CATERING: INCLUDES:

EPIC Miami is the location of choice for private events but is the must-have for all types of social gatherings, from holiday events to birthday parties to memorable wedding receptions. The stunning design of our waterfront lifestyle hotel continues throughout our 14 event spaces, private dining venues, 16th floor pool deck and adjacent EPIC Lawn. EPIC’s distinctive and fluid spaces can host the most intimate of private dinners to inventive galas of up to 500 guests under a festive tent along the water. It’s your day. Your shining hours. And we’ll have you organized by the minute. Sync up with your dedicated Muse and get down to the business of creating what’s in your head and showing what’s in your heart. We can offer what no one else can. Custom design a theme and put your twist on a contemporary or traditional gathering your guests will rave about. Inside or poolside, only we have the Area 31 caliber of catering. The chef is on call to tailor the menu to your culinary sensibilities. The gorgeous panoramic backdrop will pale in comparison to you. Chic embellishments of hand blown glass globes, high ceilings and a wrap around balcony set the stage. There’s more where this came from and custom packages to offer.

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FALCON'S FIRE GOLF CLUB

LOCATED IN KISSIMMEE

Falcon's Fire is an event venue that is fast becoming known for it's high standards of service, superb food quality, and gorgeous ceremony/banquet space. Our newly renovated ballroom is decorated in neutral tones to compliment any color scheme, and overlooks acres of rolling green landscape. With the capability to cater to small, intimate groups, or those of up to 200, Falcon's Fire is the perfect venue for any social event from Family Reunions, to Baby Showers, Quincea単eras, and Weddings. Our esteemed culinary staff will create a custom menu to please even the most discerning palate, and our event planners are standing by to provide support throughout the planning process. Not a detail will be missed as you celebrate your special occasion at our Award Winning Venue; our event planners are passionate about making each and every event a smashing success!

(407)390-0982 3200 Seralago Blvd

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CATERING: Onsite catering available, outside catering permitted with some restrictions INCLUDES: Linens, tableware, dance floor, AV equipment, tables, chairs, bridal suite, mirrors/votives, golf course for photography PARKING: Complimentary self parking, valet available SPECIAL FEATURES: Outdoor and Indoor ceremony sites, including classic white gazebo overlooking golf course, assistance with booking guest hotels/transportation, conveniently located in Disney area.

Kissimmee, FL 34746 WWW.FALCONSFIRE.COM LLYONS@FALCONSFIRE.COM

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An impressive pool deck and Four Seasons service make Four Seasons Hotel Miami a stunning choice for a wedding venue. The urban resort offers a wedding experience that reflects the rhythm and flavor of the vibrant city of Miami, whether wedding dreams include dancing the night away while overlooking the dazzling city or dining with friends and family in a more traditional and exclusive setting.

CATERING: Menus are farm-totable with mainly local products, kosher catering also available INCLUDES: Hotel underlays and overlays tables, chairs, bars, accent showplates, chiavari chairs and complimentary accommodations for bride & groom PARKING: Valet & Self-parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Waterwall, Rooftop poolside outdoor ceremony location with dramatic natural canopied aisle, Luxurious setting with floor-to-ceiling windows for intimate wedding receptions

The hotel offers on-site wedding professionals to be the dedicated contacts for all planning needs. Working with the guest directly or a wedding consultant, your Four Seasons wedding professional will help reserve dates, schedule events and coordinate menus, the décor and other details. Outdoor spaces reflect the style and beauty of Miami – from the hip, contemporary poolside Bahía, to Palm Grove with its tropical canopy. Indoors, rooms exude timeless elegance and feature stunning views overlooking the cityscape.

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For unforgettable ceremonies, a tree-lined path under the arch of Palm Grove leads to a breathtaking setting, with an intimate outdoor ceremony space where a treed canopy leads guests down a natural aisle. In the evening, uplighting on the trees or optional hanging lanterns create a soft, romantic atmosphere. An area adjacent to Palm Grove offers the option of a larger ceremony. For indoor ceremonies, the Miami Room features a subtle, sophisticated palette that works with any wedding design. Curved floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light to fill the room, while its long shape makes for a natural ceremony aisle. No matter the size or season, Four Seasons Hotel Miami is the perfect city hotel with a resort-like feel for truly spectacular weddings.

(305) 381-3069 1435 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL 33131

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GRAND CYPRESS RESORT

LOCATED IN ORLANDO

Plan your nuptials in grand style at the Villas of Grand Cypress & experience the wedding you've always dreamed of while creating memories of a lifetime. Consider one of several wedding venues available for your special day. Private indoor options in our EMC offer four separate choices, including two elegant ballrooms allowing you to select the one that is perfect for you. The 7,200 sq. ft. of luxurious space also may be divided into eight smaller self contained & soundproof venues, ideal for the more intimate bridal luncheons, rehearsal dinners & farewell brunches. The Grand Lawn, set in the foreground of a majestic golf course lawn, is the ultimate outdoor wedding experience. Having a wedding ceremony on our grand lawn is perfect for any couple looking for that picturesque backdrop. With the beautiful water & swaying trees, it is what Central Florida is all about. Our fine dining restaurant, Nine18 is an ideal location to hold your wedding reception. It offers a lavish & intimate experience to those that want to feel personally connected to all the attendees. The restaurant overlooks our well-manicured golf courses with a view that is breathtaking. It is truly an experience worth remembering for the rest of your life. Countless couples have begun their life together with a truly memorable wedding ceremony on our popular scenic lakeside terrace. Featuring elegant facilities, & attentive service that are second to none, weddings at the Villas of Grand Cypress create memorable beginnings to two lives becoming one. You & your guests will never forget your wedding day - it is our job to make it grand...more grand than you ever imagined.

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(407)239-1987 One North Jacaranda Orlando, FL 32836

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Exclusive, onsite catering with custom menus by our master chef and culinary team INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, linens, dinnerware, dance floor PARKING: Valet only SPECIAL FEATURES: Waterfront, private island, award winning restaurant onsite, intimate, 50 room hotel property, outdoor ceremony, cocktail and reception site CATERING:

Grove Isle Hotel & Spa is the ideal backdrop for a dream Florida wedding location. Whether it's your special day, a renewal of vows or getting remarried, this beautiful island is the perfect wedding resort with and unimaginable atmosphere for an intimate celebration. Imagine exchanging vows overlooking beautiful Biscayne Bay as a luminous Florida sun slowly sets in the distance. Then dance the night away in one of our elegantly appointed waterfront ballrooms. Grove Isle Hotel & Spa in Miami, Florida is ideally situated on its own private island overlooking the beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay. With its spectacular views and close proximity to Miami and South Beach, Grove Isle is the perfect Florida wedding destination resort offering outdoor wedding venues as well as indoor banquet rooms and spacious ballrooms. Whether the entire resort is needed or simply a smaller more intimate area of this beautiful private island resort fulfills your needs, you can rest assured your special day will be a cherished memory. Grove Isle Hotel & Spa in Miami, Florida can customize a variety of wedding packages which can include hosting your wedding ceremony to poolside wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridesmaid lunches, groomsmen golf outings, and farewell brunches. Our professional catering services team will assist with all aspects of the wedding planning from the ceremony, the reception to the place settings.

(305) 858-8300 4 Grove Isle Drive

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ISLA DEL SOL YACHT & COUNTRY CLUB

LOCATED IN ST. PETERSBURG Main image by Basia Mille Photography, Bottom small photo by Ware House Studios, Top small photo by Anna Maria Photography

An Isla Wedding...Where all your wedding dreams come true. Isla del Sol Yacht & Country Club is a treasure waiting to be discovered by couples looking for the treatment you expect from a private club - even if you're not a member. Our services include a professional event planner that will pamper you with the personal service and style you deserve! Book your rehearsal dinner poolside or indoors overlooking our private beach with a spectacular sunset view. Whether this is your first trip down the aisle, a second marriage, or a renewal of your vows, our expert staff will guide you throughout the process, from creating a custom menu with our executive chef, to selecting a photographer, florist, and or vendor. Our commitment is to provide service, from the engagement party and shower to the ceremony and reception. Our team will help create a romantic and elegant experience for you and your guests. May we also suggest hosting a golf outing for the members of your wedding party!

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(727) 906-4752 6000 Sun Boulevard

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LOCATED IN TAMPA

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CATERING: Onsite Catering, allow offsite for Indian Cuisine, kosher kitchen on property INCLUDES: Hotel centerpieces, round table seating, head table, sweetheart table, linens, china, silverware, staging, dance floor PARKING: Self parking and valet available SPECIAL FEATURES: Unique shape ballroom for an intimate affair

With spectacular indoor and outdoor event venues, this newly renovated hotel is the perfect place to host any special event, from a lavish gathering to a more intimate affair. With customized menu options including a dedicated kosher kitchen, our hotel is able to accommodate weddings and events of all styles. Let us make your dream events come true and your planning a joy. As you work closely with our certified wedding and event planners, you'll choose from several customized packages and services, which will make planning your special event easier, satisfy your every wish and create the most unforgettable day. Whatever you envision for your special day, the Tampa Airport Marriott will mold to your every desire.

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MISSION INN RESORT & CLUB

LOCATED IN CENTRAL FLORIDA Main image by Marc Harmon Photography, top image by Nu Visions Photography, bottom image by Henk Prinsloo Photography

Forever starts at Mission Inn Resort. Escape to one of Central Florida’s best hidden secrets for beautiful courtyard weddings. Over 1,100 rolling acres of Southern beauty and Spanish-inspired plazas allow you to select the picture-perfect setting for your special day. With its architecture, romance and European charm, the Mission Inn Resort becomes a grand stage for creating unforgettable memories as you celebrate your new life together. Our HISTORY becomes a part of your STORY. From creating the perfect atmosphere to overseeing every step of the event, we offer a variety of services to make your wedding the experience of a lifetime. Regardless of your wedding size, our experienced and dedicated staff of wedding professionals will gracefully attend to every detail to help turn your wedding day into a stylish and unforgettable occasion that is all about you! Why settle for just the wedding when you can make it a wedding celebration weekend? Mission Inn is the perfect destination venue close to home with the capacity to accommodate an intimate affair or even the most elaborate of guest lists. Your guests will benefit from a splendid range of services at Mission Inn Resort: comfortable accommodations including deluxe guestrooms and suites; fantastic resort activities such as championship golf, boating, swimming, trap and skeet shooting; rejuvenate and relax at Spa Marbella; fine dining and so much more. From the proposal and engagement party to the rehearsal dinner and “I Do” and even a farewell brunch, our first-class event managers help guide you through every detail. This picturesque wedding destination is like no other, providing a natural blend of scenery, elegance and personal attention. Let Mission Inn Resort help make your wedding dreams a reality!

(352)324-3916 10400 County Rd. 48

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CATERING: Exclusive, in-house catering; options for gluten free, lactose free, organic, vegan & vegetarian available INCLUDES: Bridal consultant, venue coordinator, house linens, tables, chairs, dance floor, preferred resort rates, service staff PARKING: Unlimited complimentary self-parking; valet service for hire SPECIAL FEATURES: Waterfront, courtyard ceremony spaces, beautiful fountains, waterfall, Spanish architecture, southern charm, mossdraped trees & stone bridges

Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 34737 WWW.MISSIONINNRESORT.COM/WEDDING WEDDING@MISSIONINNRESORT.COM

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LOCATED ON PARADISE ISLAND

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in-house catering and banquet menus, dedicated wedding cake artist, gourmet restaurants INCLUDES: in-house linens, tables, chairs, tableware, glassware PARKING: Most guests stay on property so parking is not necessary. Valet parking is available SPECIAL FEATURES: Beach Deck overlooking the Private Ocean Club Beach, 12th century Augustinian Cloisters, al-fresco pool terrace, multi-tiered Versailles gardens

Peaceful and pristine, the One&Only Ocean Club is a Paradise Island beachfront getaway for couples seeking romance and total relaxation. Renown for its legendary sophistication and contemporary elegance, this acclaimed resort is designed in the elegant style of a grand colonial manor with inviting residential-style accommodations, and is set apart for its world-class service that only a One&Only Resort can provide. Let their kind, caring staff plan your unforgettable wedding on their breathtaking beach deck, or atop their Versailles-inspired gardens complete with a 12-century Augustinian Cloisters that you simply must see to believe. Then, follow your idyllic ceremony with a reception and honeymoon that will find you both returning to the One&Only Ocean Club year after fabulous year ahead.

(888)1 Casino 528-9758 Drive Paradise Island

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ORANGE COUNTY REGIONAL HISTORY CENTER

LOCATED IN DOWNTOWN ORLANDO Main image by Elegant Imagery, top photo by Brian Pepper Photography, bottom photo by Art Faulkner

Something Old, Something New, Something Different, Something You. Whether you envision an intimate gathering or over the top celebration, you can create the event of your dreams at the Orange County Regional History Center. From the classic elegance of Courtroom B, to the exclusive and trendy downtown atmosphere of Heritage Square Courtyard, your special day at The History Center will be unique and unforgettable. Our modern and contemporary reception hall will allow you to celebrate a glorious event with your guests, distinguished by your own personal sense of style. It will be everything you love about Orlando. The only limitation is your imagination. Unique, modern, vintage‌.you can have it all.

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CATERING: List of preferred caterers INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, dance floor, pin-point spot lighting, LED up-lighting, LCD projector and screen, security guard, dressing rooms, battery operated candles inside the courtroom PARKING: Self-parking is available in nearby garages and lots surrounding The History Center SPECIAL FEATURES: Beautifully restored 1927 courtroom, trendy downtown courtyard

(407)836-8585 65 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL 32801

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On-site Tables, chairs, elegant white, or black floor length table linens and napkins, dance floor, discounted parking, special room rates PARKING: Valet, self parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Built on over 200 acres of lush tropical landscape, our championship golf, awardwinning cuisine, relaxing spa, 10 dining options, minutes away from Florida’s worldfamous theme parks and many of Orlando’s local attractions. CATERING: INCLUDES:

Already one of the nation’s most impressive hotels, Orlando World Center Marriott features the ultimate in comfort and style. Just minutes from the city’s hottest attractions, entertainment and dining options and now, with refreshed suites and an all-new pool area this legendary tropical paradise offers a world of possibilities. Whatever your special occasion is, we know you want it to be just that: special. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. From the menu we create, to the place settings, centerpieces and ambiance, every detail is designed to ensure your event is as memorable as it is effortless. And, our dedicated staff is always at your service so that you and your guests will have everything you need. Not the least of which is a wonderful time. Features/Services include new poolside event space, daily resort activities, 2 sand volleyball courts, Basketball courts, lighted tennis courts. An 18-hole championship course offering Callaway rental equipment, group and individual instruction, and full-service practice facility. A full-service boutique spa offering full body treatments, massage, facials, spa manicures and pedicures. 24-hour fitness center with inspiring views. 10 dining options including a family-friendly food court and full service Starbucks. Opening in 2013, a new Italian restaurant - a rustic-style venue aimed at showcasing fresh, authentic family-style Italian cuisine with local farm inspiration. Falls Pool Bar & Grill offering refreshing beverages and casual dining. Kid’s Zero Entry Pool and water playground with fountains, bubblers, water mushrooms, in-ground spray jets, water cannons and lily pads. Slide tower featuring two, 200-foot winding water slides and one, 90-foot speed water slide. Renovated game room with interactive games. Visit OurWorldIsYours.com to learn more about the transformation at Orlando World Center Marriott.

(407)239-4200

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PAVILION GRILLE

LOCATED IN BOCA RATON

Pavilion Grille is the perfect location for romantic Weddings, memorable Bar/Bat-Mitzvahs and successful Fundraising and Business events. The spectacular indoor Atrium features tropical fountains, natural palm trees and a 2000 sq. ft canopy-covered dance floor. The main Atrium has dining and dancing space for up to 250 guests. The private Grille Room seats up to 60 guests for more intimate celebrations. The Bar and Cocktail Lounge area is the perfect space for your guests to gather for pre-reception drinks. An outdoor Patio with Fountains is available for photography. Our in-house catering team will create personalized menus to suit your budget and taste. All our wedding packages include a complimentary champagne toast. From sit-down dinners to informal buffet stations, our friendly staff and experienced chefs will customize your event to your specifications. We can also help you find expert event planners, photographers, videographers and florists. For out-of -town guests, we have partnered with nearby hotels to offer excellent room rates. You and your guests can look forward to a well-organized and memorable special event. Free self parking and a convenient location, just five minutes away from the I-95 Yamato Rd. exit in Boca Raton, make us easily accessible for your guests. For a personal tour and bookings please contact Liz Stark Perez at 561-912-0000 or paviliongrille@gmail.com. Pavilion Grille is located in the Atrium of the Stonegate Bank Building at 301 Yamato Road at the corner of Yamato Rd. and Dixie Highway in Boca Raton, Florida.

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(561) 912-0000 301 Yamato Rd. Boca Raton, FL 33431

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Onsite, offsite for Kosher Tables, chairs, elegant white, or black floor length table linens and napkins, dance floor, discounted parking, special room rates PARKING: Valet, self parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Located directly across from SeaWorld Orlando and adjacent to Discovery Cove and Aquatica. Enjoy lush green lawns for outdoor events or large atrium for a unique setting. CATERING: INCLUDES:

Immerse yourself in the perfect Orlando setting – Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld style. Whether planning an intimate gathering or a large event, your guests will feel relaxed and well-connected from the moment they arrive. Our resort’s aquatic-themed design flows through innovative, flexible event space. Transform expansive 20,000 square feet of lush, outdoor event space into your tropical oasis. From a breathtaking 10-story sun-bathed lobby to 781 modern, residential suites and luxurious guest rooms – among the largest in the Orlando area – a distinctive, exhilarating journey to discovery awaits. Allow our seasoned team to exceed your expectations as we provide the perfect combination of location, amenities and unexpected touches to create an unparalleled and memorable event. Features/Services include neu lotus spa, Olympic-size heated outdoor pool with poolside bar & grill, two oversized whirlpools, complimentary 24-hour fitness center and six dining options. Beyond the main pool area lies the 4-acre R Aqua Zone. A private water play area exclusively for kids featuring two water slides, 122-foot long open flume slide, teen play area with spinners, jets, and windmill, toddler play structure with a small slide and 20 water jets and a toddler play area with jets and a rain tree. As an Official Hotel of SeaWorld, all Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld registered guests enjoy complimentary transportation to SeaWorld & Aquatica for the duration of the park hours, complimentary Quick Queue Unlimited (front-of-the-line access) based on daily allotments, and dining and shopping discounts. It’s all here. Take the plunge.

(407) 351-5555

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RENAISSANCE TAMPA INTERNATIONAL PLAZA HOTEL

LOCATED IN TAMPA WESTSHORE

While located in Tampa’s upscale Westshore neighborhood and close to the area’s renowned Gulf beaches, the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel just might as well be an elegant private mansion perched on the Costa del Sol. Here, you are transported to a place of modern Mediterranean elegance and old-world romance. When you hold your special event at Renaissance Tampa International Plaza, your guests will not only enjoy luxurious yet comfortable surroundings, but all of the facilities and amenities that this Westshore hotel has to offer: sumptuous guest rooms, an outdoor pool and a stunning open-kitchen restaurant, Pelagia Trattoria, serving innovative Italian cuisine. Plus, our proximity to the fabulous shopping in the attached International Plaza and Bay Street and Tampa International Airport. What you’ll love is the Renaissance approach to making your event a success. The sumptuous surroundings. The culinary innovations of our catering team. The intuitive expertise of our special events experts. And most importantly, the romantic notion that “happily ever after” begins here.

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CATERING: Our award winning culinary team will create personalized menus to meet all special requirements INCLUDES: White or black linens, standard centerpieces, dance floor PARKING: Complimentary selfparking or valet available SPECIAL FEATURES: La Fuente Courtyard - a unique space that is secluded from hotel guests yet open to a beautiful courtyard. Candlelight and the gentle sound of the fountain create an elegant yet relaxed setting

(813) 313-3222 4200 Jim Walter Boulevard Tampa, FL 33607

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Onsite catering, customized packages INCLUDES: Tables, upholstered banquet chairs, standard Hotel china, flatware and glassware; black or white floor length linens, dance floor PARKING: Self and valet parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Historical waterfront property with rooftop and bayview venues, gazebos and elegantly appointed ballrooms CATERING:

Nothing sets the tone for your wedding or special event more so than its surroundings. So when the most special chapter in your life requires an equally special hotel, the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club provides the perfect storybook setting. Acknowledged as the epicenter of social life in St. Petersburg when it opened in 1925, the Renaissance Vinoy played host to presidents, world leaders, the social elite and some of the most celebrated St. Petersburg weddings. Here you and your wedding guests are treated to warm and attentive service, a distinctive Mediterranean-style grandeur and delightful surprise that transcend the expected and defy the ordinary. It’s easy to see why this gloriously restored landmark has been beloved for generations. But what you’ll love is the Renaissance approach to making your wedding all about you. The sumptuous surroundings. The culinary innovations of our catering team. The intuitive expertise of our special events experts. And most importantly, the notion that perfect events are never a work of fiction.

(727) 894-1000 501 Fifth Avenue, NE

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SOFITEL MIAMI HOTEL

LOCATED IN MIAMI Top right image by Hazel Photographers; bottom right image by Photography by JohnPaul.

Sofitel Miami is a luxury French Inspired hotel where your every whim is attended to and you are transported to Paris daily. We cater to our brides' needs with tailor made service and award winning French cuisine that they so deserve on their special day. At Sofitel, we incorporate the French touch in everything we do from the warm welcome of a bonjour at the door, aroma of fresh flowers to tingle your senses, and a customized wedding package made just for you. Our view will enchant you with one of the most mesmerizing sunsets transporting you to paradise. Come to Sofitel and experience true inspiration.

(305) 503-8317 5800 Blue Lagoon Drive

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CATERING: French Cuisine and Customized Menu Packages for all events, also specialize in exotic events such as Indian, Muslim, and Jewish weddings. INCLUDES: Variety of packages that include speciality linens, chiavarri chairs, wedding cake, 3 to 5 course meals, etc. PARKING: Valet and Self-parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Gorgeous waterfront view, lush gardens and palm trees throughout outside areas, beautiful waterfall, 1920s art deco french style decor

Miami, Florida 33126

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LOCATED IN KEY WEST

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2,400 3 200

Our onsite restaurant caters all of our events INCLUDES: Rental Space and depends on what type of event you are having PARKING: Complimentary for guests - self-parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Outdoor beachfront venue perfect for weddings, rehearsal dinners, receptions, cocktail parties and incentive corporate group parties CATERING:

The Southernmost Hotel Collection is a simple, yet sophisticated group of four unique hotels in historic Old Town Key West, where Duval meets the Atlantic. Southernmost Hotel in the USA sits on the quieter side of the most active street in the area. Southernmost on the Beach offers a front row seat to the Atlantic Ocean’s sunrises and winter sunsets. And, La Mer and Dewey House are the only 4 diamond, oceanfront bed and breakfasts in Key West! With your choice of 3 pools, private tanning beach, public swimming beach, 2 pool bars, an oceanfront restaurant for dining, a spa and many on-property activities, The Southernmost Hotel Collection offers something for everyone. Plus, you will find no hidden resort fees with complimentary parking, WIFI, pool towels, and beach chairs. Those wanting to celebrate their special day, plan your destination wedding at one of our two oceanfront venues! The Southernmost Beach Café provides special events at the Southernmost Hotel Collection with catering options that have a Caribbean feel as well as serves their guests breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour daily. Book your event in America’s Caribbean today and make it something to remember! Simply elegant, simply charming, simply Southernmost.

(305)296-6500 1405 Duval Street Key West, Fl 33040

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SWEETWATER BRANCH INN

LOCATED IN GAINESVILLE Photography by Lindsey Tropf, Small photos by Verve Studio

Imagine your wedding and reception taking place amidst beautiful gardens with bubbling fountains, twinkling lights, a romantic gazebo and inviting courtyards, all with the convenience of an adjacent covered patio and elegant banquet hall. Sweetwater Branch Inn, located in the heart of hip downtown Gainesville, offers the vintage backdrop of our high-end Bed & Breakfast with all the modern amenities you expect from a world class resort. The McKenzie Banquet Hall’s neutral color palate and tile floor opens the room to your creativity and can be transformed to fit any theme or vision. The Hall is enclosed by crystal clear French doors showcasing our gorgeous Gardens with the comfort of temperature control, making it the picture-perfect location for your event. The McKenzie Banquet Hall can host from 50 to 250 guests. The second venue, The McKenzie House, is designed for an intimate wedding or event from 2 to 65 guests. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will take care of every detail and will help you create the wedding of your dreams from custom menu creation to a customizable floor plan and timeline! We can’t wait to help you plan the wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner or other special event and cater to your every wish. You and your guests will be treated to expert service, delicious food and an unforgettable affair. Sweetwater also offers 20 onsite rooms, suites and cottages with full breakfast each morning and complimentary wine & cheese each afternoon to give you and your guests a convenient and cohesive weekend you will never forget. Please reference this ad to receive a complimentary upgrade with your event.

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3,500 2 2 - 250

Custom onsite catering and service staff provided, onsite bar service INCLUDES: White folding chairs, tables, chairs, linens, china, silver and glassware, reception coordination, set up and clean up PARKING: Complimentary parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Lush, manicured gardens with classic gazebo and grand colonnade ceremony sites, twinkling garden lights, covered patio areas, 2 one-of-a-kind event venues, onsite lodging available, walk to downtown Gainesville, discounted Friday and Sunday rates CATERING:

(352) 373-6760 625 E. University Avenue Gainesville, FL 32601

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LOCATED IN DOWNTOWN TAMPA

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50,000 33 1 - 1,100

CATERING: Customized plated dinners and buffet dinners, select outside vendors for indian cuisine only INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, stage, dance floor, house floor length linens, table numbers, votive candles PARKING: Valet, self parking available in nearby downtown parking lots and garages SPECIAL FEATURES: Lobby patio waterfront lounge, full service spa, city view and waterview balcony guest rooms, ballroom space with windows overlooking city

Nothing sets the tone for a wedding more so than its surroundings. So when the most special moments in your life require an equally special hotel, the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina is the perfect place. Your guests will not only enjoy our spectacular location on Tampa’s Channel Riverwalk, but the many facilities and amenities this city-center hotel has to offer: newly renovated guest rooms designed with a contemporary décor, a rooftop swimming pool and fitness center, and a 6,000-sq-ft spa offering a wide variety of services to help you relax and prepare for your big day. You will delight in our fresh approach to personal service and the Marriott commitment to innovation that makes every event truly unique. You’ll be awed by the hotel’s two splendid, newly renovated ballrooms, the culinary creations of our catering team and the intuitive expertise of our wedding specialists. Most of all, you’ll love the way we make your special day our utmost priority, focusing on your needs and your desires and making sure your day is all about you.

(813) 221-4900

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TRUMP INTERNATIONAL BEACH RESORT

LOCATED ON SUNNY ISLES BEACH

This is Trump Miami! Set on miles of breathtaking white sand along Florida’s Riviera, with stunning views of the beach and turquoise Atlantic Ocean, our resort presents South Florida’s most idyllic setting for your wedding or special event. Allow our team of five-star wedding and event specialists to make your day truly spectacular. Options range from a barefoot beach wedding or intimate gathering with just a few close family and friends, to a lavish ballroom extravaganza. Whatever your vision, it is our mission to create and deliver an experience that is nothing short of perfection. At Trump International Beach Resort, our team prides itself in affording you and your guests uncompromising levels of distinctive and intuitive personalized service… delivered with the warmth of genuine hospitality. Sip cocktails on the beach; enjoy a relaxing massage in a private poolside cabana; savor gourmet cuisine; or simply soak up the views from your private balcony. Wedding, birthday, anniversary or any special occasion, Trump International Beach Resort invites you to enjoy the finest setting and service South Florida has to offer. We promise you an experience that is sincere, unique and entirely unforgettable.

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CATERING: Onsite catering available, organic, kosher, vegetarian menus and more can all be accommodated INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, linens, dancefloor, in-house staging PARKING: Valet parking SPECIAL FEATURES: 7 miles of beach, two pools, world-class spa and salon, superb indoor and al fresco dining, ideal location just minutes from downtown Miami and Fort Lauderdale, as well as both airports

(305)692-5612 18001 Collins Avenue

Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160 WWW.TRUMPMIAMI.COM WEDDINGS@TRUMPMIAMI.COM

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20,000 40 2 - 1,000

Onsite catering House linens, tableware, glassware, cocktail and banquet round tables, banquet chairs PARKING: Most guests stay on property so parking is not necessary. Valet parking is available SPECIAL FEATURES: Over 40 venues to choose from (indoor and outdoor), Beach Front, Gardens Seaside Pavilion, Indoor Ballrooms, Pool Decks, Augustinian Cloisters CATERING: INCLUDES:

Bathed in chic contemporary elegance from the inside out, The Caribbean's Cove Atlantis boasts sleek, award-winning design and decadence around every corner. Indulgence is a way of life at this ocean-side resort, offering a myriad of ways to relax and unwind - think closed-door cabanas, blackjack by the adults-only pool, or a prickly pear margarita at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill. Cove guests also enjoy access to all of the excitement and attractions at neighboring Atlantis including, over 40 restaurants and lounges, a world-class spa, and the largest casino in the Caribbean. Located on an exclusive Paradise Island powdery white sand beach, The Cove Atlantis caters to your every whim to ensure your wedding is simply perfection while allowing you and your guests to revel in all the activities this popular island has to offer without all the hustle and bustle of other resorts.

(888)528-9758 1 Casino Drive Paradise Island

Nassau, New Providence Bahamas

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WALDORF ASTORIA

LOCATED IN ORLANDO

The Waldorf Astoria速 Orlando, the ultimate in luxury, sophistication and service, is nestled within the gates of Walt Disney World速 in the exclusive Bonnet Creek enclave. A wealth of exquisite amenities and impeccable personalized service awaits, including 498 elegantly appointed guest rooms, 28,000 sf of event space, a peaceful outdoor pool with private cabanas, world-class dining including the renowned Bull & Bear速, relaxing spa, championship golf, complimentary transportation to Disney theme parks and the highest levels of personalized guest service. Romantic Orlando weddings deserve to be celebrated in an extraordinary manner. Trust the arrangements to our team of catering and event specialists, and they will meticulously attend to each detail. Creating custom menus, magnificent themed d辿cor, and extravagant wedding cakes are all within our team's prodigious talents. Exchange vows and then experience an once-in-a-lifetime Orlando honeymoon in one of our elegantly-appointed guest rooms or suites. The cherished occasion is sure to become a wonderful, indelible memory. Allow our astonishing location to be the perfect backdrop for your joyful celebration.

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CATERING: Custom-designed menus for each event INCLUDES: Custom event packages can be designed to include any/all services needed to bring your unique vision to life PARKING: Valet parking only SPECIAL FEATURES: Creative, innovative, award-winning events and catering team - focused on bringing your event vision to fruition, outdoor promenade and ceremony setting with views of waterways and golf course

(407)597-5424 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane Orlando, FL 32821

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LOCATED IN CORAL GABLES Main image by Roy Lleras Photographers

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The Westin Colonnade Coral Gables offers an ideal combination of settings for any social event. Arrive in style for your fairy tale celebration by way of a sweeping grand staircase into the beautiful Galleria with its towering ceilings, natural lighting, and breathtaking marble. Welcome your guests into the historic Rotunda, encircled by stately columns topped with tropical Corinthian capitals. A picturesque fountain draws attention to the 60-foot domed ceiling, through which the room is bathed in natural light. The magnificent Merrick and Colonnade Ballrooms are ideal for events, with coffered ceilings and a flood of sunshine through their windowed walls. Ornate gold chandeliers and light gold and wood accents make for an elegant, sophisticated affair.

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Rotunda Ballroom with domed ceiling, rooftop terrace overlooking Miracle Mile

(305) 569-6532 180 Aragon Ave

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WESTIN DIPLOMAT RESORT & SPA

LOCATED IN HOLLYWOOD

When it comes time to exchange vows and celebrate your new beginning, our resort offers a wealth of options to inspire and delight. Set against South Florida's natural beauty, the resort's striking architecture and interiors offer wedding-day sites perfect for intimate ceremonies, formal functions, and everything in between. Imagine preparing for your dream celebration in your complimentary bridal suite and then tying the knot on a picturesque stretch of beach, the Atlantic Ocean sparkling in the background. Or gaze at those same serene views from our elegant, ocean-facing Grand Ballroom. Countless smaller ballrooms and function spaces, many with lovely terraces, are available for festive rehearsal dinners, intimate ceremonies, and more. And for a truly gala event, our 50,000-squarefoot Great Hall provides grandeur and unobstructed ocean views for hundreds of guests. Whatever you choose, every appealing interior can be customized to your personal style with catering, decorations, flowers, live entertainment, a custom-made cake from SweetArt Pastry Shoppe and anything else you may need for an unforgettable occasion.

210,000 12 20 - 1,500

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Onsite, Kosher, Indian, Organic INCLUDES: House linens, mirrors, votive candles, tables, banquet chairs, staging and dance floor PARKING: Valet or self parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Non obstructed ocean front and intracoastal views, large ballrooms up to 50,000 sq feet, boat docking available, golf, spa and fitness facilities CATERING:

(954) 602-8607 3555 South Ocean Drive

Hollywood, Florida 33019 WWW.DIPLOMATRESORT.COM DIPLOMATINFO@WESTIN.COM

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5,000 1 25 - 200

Onsite catering, wedding packages, customized menus INCLUDES: Rental includes room/ space, linen and glassware, set up and break down PARKING: Complimentary SPECIAL FEATURES: Scenic golf course ceremony site, beautiful ballroom receptions with wrap around veranda to view the sensational sunsets CATERING:

If you are looking for some of the best venue space in Orlando, FL then the best kept secret is Windermere Country Club. Windermere Country Club offers your guests a casual, yet upscale atmosphere for beautiul weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, corporate and social events. As one of the premiere facilities in the Orlando area, Windermere has all of the amenities that you're looking for. Our clubhouse is the perfect setting for your next special occasion. Our ballroom with breathtaking views of our surrounding golf course can accommodate up to two hundred guests. Enjoy sunset cocktail receptions on the ballroom veranda. Revel in our modernized meeting space set with state of the art technology. Outdoor ceremonies can be held on our golf course. Our award winning Chef will customize menus to fit any budget. Our staff provides exceptional service and uncompromising attention to detail. Relax and truly enjoy your experience! Our Club staff is dedicated to providing excellent service in a warm and friendly environment. Weddings and events are a specialty for our professional staff.

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ROMANTIC MANTIC PRODUCED BY SARAH CHANCEY SHOT ON LOCATION AT OLD EDWARDS INN & SPA BY ODALYS MENDEZ PHOTOGRAPHY

CREATIVE TEAM & SOURCES VENUE & RENTALS: The Farmhouse at Old Edwards Inn & Spa, PLANNING & DESIGN: Sarah Chancey of Chancey Charm, PHOTOGRAPHY: Odalys Mendez Photography, FLORAL & CHANDELIERS: Epting Events, CATERING: Angie's Southern Kitchen, STATIONERY & FAVORS: ECRU Stationery and Design, HAIR & MAKEUP: Claudia Mejerle, DRESSES: Kelly's Closet, MEN’S FASHION: The Modern Gent, HEELS: Kate Spade, JEWELRY & DINNERWARE: Bloomingdales, MODELS: Click Models


Outdoor receptions are the sweetest especially when the weather is practically perfect. Located in the North Carolina Highlands, the beautiful lawns and grounds at Old Edwards Inn and Spa are the ideal setting for garden style outdoor receptions.


The model is wearing a Reem Acra Gown, “Lily� featuring beaded cap sleeves with a twisted sweetheart neckline. Skirt is a tulle gown with an organza peplum and extended train. Available at Kelly's Closet in Atlanta or find a retailer near you online.


Hand painted stationery inspired by Monet's collection of paintings entitled "Water Lilies" complete with a watercolor lined envelope shown here.

Moonshine Firefly Cocktails served with the finest local Troy and Son's Moonshine, fresh lime and mint were a light refreshing signature cocktail to serve on the special day.


The model is wearing a Jenny Packham gown, “Petal� with barely-there Silver chantilly lace capped sleeves, a nipped in sparkly belt with layers of silver metallic chantilly lace ruffles over a silk sheath. Available at Kelly's Closet in Atlanta or find a retailer near you online.


Sophisticated Strawberry Rhubarb Pavlova Layered Cake is a ideal alternative for a bride wanting to opt out of the expected.


The model is wearing a Temperley London, “Mirage” gown featuring a long and graceful flowing train lending gentle movement to this strapless silk-chiffon gown. Raw-edged pleats and lace appliqués at bodice. Available at Kelly's Closet in Atlanta or find a retailer near you online.


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HARVEST PARTY PRODUCED BY MANDY KELLOGG RYE SHOT ON LOCATION AT THE INN AT SERENBE BY RUSTIC WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY

Whether it’s a Thanksgiving dinner or gathering of friends for no reason other than to enjoy good company, this year celebrate the natural beauty of the season, with a table that evokes a sense of nostalgia and togetherness. Complementary florals, furniture and fashion blend seamlessly into the gorgeous setting at the INN AT SERENBE in the Chattahoochee Hills of Georgia, a charming location perfect for counting blessings and feasting on nature's bounty with family and friends. Any outdoor setting is bound to inspire the same joy.

CREATIVE TEAM & SOURCES VENUE: The Inn at Serenbe, PLANNING & DESIGN: Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting On Martha, Inc., PHOTOGRAPHY: Rustic White Photography, FLORAL: Gertie Mae's Floral Studio, FURNITURE: Blue Eyed Yonder, PLACE SETTINGS, SILVERWARE, LINENS, AND GLASSWARE: Ross Sveback, Boxwoods, Waiting On Martha, Tiffanys, West Elm, Bloomingdales, BLANKET: Hermes, PILLOWS: Brimfield, CAKE: Anne Kathleen Cakes, STATIONERY: Ashley Buzzy McHugh, FASHION & JEWELRY: Bloomingdales, HAIR: Michelle McCoy, MAKEUP: Bluebird Makeup Artistry, VIDEOGRAPHER: Imagine Video Production, OTHER: SweetWater Brewery


DESSERT Life is short. Eat dessert first! Showcase your sweet masterpieces on vintage cake stands of all sizes. And, get creative with the toppings. Naked cakes, ruffled frostings and fondant toppings are enticing eye candy.

DRESS THE PART The hostess with the mostess should always look the part so dress for the occasion by matching your decor (subtly, of course) with a dress that incorporates your party colors and even a creative hairpiece.

PLACE SETTINGS The rustic place setting is by ROSS SVEBACK available at WaitingonMartha.com. A gorgeous combination of wood grain pattern mixed with ivory scalloped edged plates, gold flatware and basketweave placemats makes this the perfect place setting for a harvest party.

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CELEBRATORY COCKTAILS Keep it classy by serving up the very best champagne mixed with St. Germain, an elderflower liquor that tastes amazing in almost anything. Top with your favorite berries and toast!

PLACE CARDS Designer Mandy Kellogg Rye got crafty with her placecards by spray painting pears with glittering gold spray paint and then pinning each guests name to the pear. A great idea to accentuate the decor and an easy breezy to-do.

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NATURAL GARLANDS Natural garland table runners might be the most organic way you can dress a table these days. Sprigs of leaves are weaved and wired together creating a long, bountiful display of color. They fill blank spaces beautifully and you can pick leaves straight from your yard to create the visual masterpieces. Add in some colorful flowers or even bird feathers to complete the look.


SWEET SEWING PARTY PRODUCED BY POSH TOT EVENTS IMAGES BY LAUREN NICOLE STUDIOS

Little girls who love learning how to sew will be smitten with this old fashioned sewing party full of sweet southern charm. Visions of floral fabric in sage and yellow mixed with vintage sewing machine props, thread spool placecards, sewing kit party favors and young girls learning needlepoint whilst sipping tea are enough to send any birthday girl to be into a frenzy of excitement.

CREATIVE TEAM & SOURCES Venue: The Gilbert House, Planning & Design, Decor, Stationery & Favors: Posh Tot Events, Photography: Lauren Nicole Studios, Cake: Sugarbenders Bakery, catering: Talk of the Town Catering


INVITATIONS Invitations are the first place your party theme shines through for guests. Here fabric patterns, stitched fonts and a vintage sewing machine graphic were used to show the sewing party theme to guests.

FAVORS Sewing kits of needles and thread were gifted to each guest as they left. Mom and daughter hostesses created the favor using mason jars with a DIY pin cushion of left over fabric atop.

COLORS Colors for this party were inspired by the fabric used throughout the event. Hints of sage green, sweet pink and pale yellow added just the right amount of feminine touch.

EASY DIY DECOR When your party is fabric themed it's easy to get creative with the decor. Simply tear or cut with rough edges strips of fabric and create a banner shown above, wrap around glasses, tie to the backs of chairs and you're done!

SWEET SERVINGS Milk glass bottles wrapped in bakers twine with sewing charms and buttons were served with lemonade to the little ladies. Hint: Starbucks Frappuccino glass bottles with the labels removed are great for projects like this!

DESSERT Fondant is the modern day baker's pottery. Shown here, the cake designer got super creative by topping the dessert with spools of thread, scissors, measuring tape and pin cushions... the perfect sewing party cake.

FINGER FOODS Finger foods are the best type of food for a party with lots of activities. Create a food display using vintage serveware, apothecary jars of sewing supplies, dishes and utensils so guest can serve themselves as they're ready.

DESSERT TABLE Incorporating real life props like this vintage sewing machine put the finishing touches on your party theme. Here two vintage sewing machines were used at the table centerpiece & dessert bar main attraction.

PLACE SETTINGS Show your guests to their seat with these adorable place cards made of spools wrapped in pink and white baker twine adorned with each guest's name on top.

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BRANDING Today party themes can be branded throughout the event by designing a consistent "logo" and carrying the graphic throughout on waterbottles (shown above), invitations, signage and party favors.

ACTIVITIES For a boy's tea party theme, make sure to give the kiddos something to do! Yard games like croquet, corn hole, badminton and bocce ball are all games that involve no touch contact so your little dudes don't get dirty.

DRESSING THE PART Make your theme even more obvious by encouraging guests to dress the part! Use wording on your invitations that suggest an attire of dapper garments of bowties, vests and hats welcome.

BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER A dessert bar is the perfect place to bring all of your party elements together. Incorporate birthday signs, decor pieces, waterbottles and dessert treats all on one table. It's a visual wow factor for friends.

CAKES Extravagant cakes aren't just for weddings anymore. Here the baker created an artful confection inspired by the little boy's argyle bow tie and vest. Kids will love it!

CUPCAKES What's cake without cupcakes? A must for any children's party, cupcake artisans today can get pretty crafty with fondant like the example shown above.

LITTLE GENTLEMEN'S BIRTHDAY PRODUCED BY LAUREN BORQUEZ IMAGES BY DANIELLE MCCANN PHOTOGRAPHY If your little boy is quite the dapper dude, then an afternoon tea party might be just his thing. But how to make it masculine? Say no to traditional flowers & pastels you’d find at a typical tea party and opt for natural foliage, patterns inspired by menswear garments, games of croquet and bowties to boot. Let the little guys enjoy each other’s company and relish in the fun in an utterly refined way!

CREATIVE TEAM & SOURCES PLANNING & DESIGN: Capes & Crowns, PHOTOGRAPHY: Danielle McCann Photography, BOYS' APPAREL: Four Tiny Cousins, PRINTABLES: Lauren Haddox Designs, CAKE: Gourmet Gals Cakes, Mama Fresh, DESSERTS: Indayani Baked Goods, Kreative Pastries and Cake Pops, Bellas Bakery & Bowtique, How Sweet It Is, Tunky Monkey's, Sweet Cake Topper, DECOR: Gillespie's Furniture, Buttercream Bling, KDragonfly Designs, Fabracadabra Designs, OTHER: 40's Zen, Sweet Mady Paper + gifts, Party Style, Katarina's Paperie

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SERVING TRAYS Clean rectangular trays serve up warm and richly grained American walnut, styled modern with cutout handles and a linear, functional profile. CRATE AND BARREL www.crateandbarrel.com

THROW BLANKETS Stylish and functional for any room in your home! KIRKLANDS www.kirklands.com

CANDLES Carefully painted by hand to look like natural birch, these handpoured candles add a rustic harvest accent to holiday displays. POTTERYBARN www.potterybarn.com

COZY ZY REGISTRY ESSENTIALS Your wedding registry just got a little cozier with these kitchen and homegood essentials we've found to warm you up during the cooler months. From blankets to cover, candles to set the mood, tea kettles to soothe the soul and hot soup tureens and bowls you'll be good to go for fall.

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Echoing the look of traditional European street lamps, these handsome lanterns have a timeworn appeal. POTTERYBARN www.potterybarn.com

Le Creuset makes this classic stainless steel kettle with the same good looks and quality craftsmanship that have made its cookware a kitchen staple. WILLIAMS-SONOMA www.williamssonoma.com

BOWLS Farmhouse double-handled bowls are sized to serve hearty portions of soups, chowders and chili. WILLIAMS-SONOMA www.williams-sonoma.com

SOUP TUREEN This soup tureen provides a beautiful backdrop for your culinary creations. POTTERYBARN www.potterybarn.com

FONDUE SET Cast Iron fondue set in Red. CRATE AND BARREL www.crateandbarrel.com

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STYLISH SERVING ESSENTIALS Serve them in style. That's what we say at least. From bold pattetns inspired by fashion and internior design to animal prints, stripes and polka dots, you can't go wrong with these serveware statement pieces.

COCKTAIL NAPKINS Color, material, personalization – these 100% linen cocktail napkins add a unified style to the tabletop or bar. MARK AND GRAHAM www.markandgraham.com

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LORI'S BABY SHOWER BABY SHOWER Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Images by Enduring Impressions Photography and The Pear Events

To celebrate the little boy soon to enter Lori’s life, THE PEAR EVENTS threw her a surfer themed baby shower flooded with fantastic beachy details. Tropical orchids garnished the honored seat of the mom-to-be. THAT’S A GOOD SIGN built a custom surf shack, dubbed “Lawson’s Surf Shack” after the baby, and from the shack’s side hung tiny swim trunks, goggles, and flip flops to start little Lawson’s beachwear collection. Guests snacked on pineapple upside down cake, fruit skewers and cookies in the shape of surfboards. Also available was a tiki bar complete with mason jar glasses, colorful straws, and a signature drink of blood-orange mimosas. To thank guests for taking part in the celebration, each were given a personalized bag to fill with sunscreen, nail polish and lip balm for their next beach vacation. See Entire Vendor List Online

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LAURAN'S GRADUATION BABY SHOWER PARTY Clearwater, Florida

Images by Kevin Garrison Photography

Florida native Lauran has spent her four years of high school pursuing an acting and singing career in Los Angeles, so her family was very eager to give her the normalcy of an at home graduation party. They contacted Elissa Stone at ONE STONE EVENTS to help with the planning, and after learning that Lauran is a vegan and very earthconscious individual, Elissa came up with the party theme: “Bloom and Grow.” Lauran and her mom prepared healthy appetizers of guacamole cones and cucumber avocado summer rolls. A small avocado “Wisdom Tree” sat in the family room on which guests could hang green paper leaves of advice and well wishes for the graduate. The most stunning detail of the event? The beautifully crafted paper flowers that served as the background of the main dessert table, completely DIYed! See Entire Vendor List Online

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GABRIELLA'S BIRTHDAY BABYFOURTH SHOWER Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Images by The Pear Events

Every girl loves feeling like a princess, and little Gabriella certainly received the royal treatment at her fourth birthday party! In planning her daughter’s celebration, Jennifer Shah of THE PEAR EVENTS steered clear of the typical Disney Princess party and instead went for a royal princess theme with a few Disney touches. Garden bouquets and “enchanted” roses graced tables set with small, ornate dishes and golden utensils. A 3D princess gown cake sat regally atop a pink vintage vanity, watercolor cakes and other desserts sitting alongside. Upon arriving at the party, Gabriella’s friends were greeted by a beautiful “fairy godmother” who helped them select a colorful gown and matching accessories to wear for the celebration.

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