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I’m the type of person that likes to know how things work. I like learning and the thrill of figuring out a new skill. Plu s, being able to speak intellige ntly on a subject is an added bonus. So when I was planning my own wedding... You can ima gine how much I had to learn to be able to “know” wha t I was talking about when I star ted reaching out to vendors. This curiosity and hunger to kno w more really fuels much of the edit oria l I put together at Occasions. Whether it’s mak ing you have to search less for an image credit or vendor sour in our new real wedding layout, ce show you how to easily replicat e a wedding style or hear just how the wedding busines s works in our “Working with your vendors” section, I want you to have access to the knowle dge you’re hungry for to plan a wedding with ease. Every day I remind myself of this: “mo re than pretty pictures.” I hop e this rings true to you as you read through this issue. With Fall comes a close to the year, spectacular fashions, cozy days and the holidays! As you venture into your wedding planning process, I hope this issu e will go with you whether in hand, mind or on Pinterest. It’s chock full of seriously good ideas, great ven dor insight, cute color palettes and swoon worthy ima ges.

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"The outdoor ceremony was a flawless combination of rustic and romantic, with peach roses and sweet gardenias, speckled with delicate touches of blue." PAGE 170

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START WITH YOUR STYLE We scouted and scoured for the latest in wedding planning goodness. From cocktails to high heels, catering and stationery, it's all here. STYLE PROFILES Here you will find the creme de la creme of the wedding industry serving up their styled shoot A-game. HIRING THE MOST REPUTABLE VENDORS Everything you need to know about working with the most reputable wedding vendors like pricing, expert advice & questions to ask. WEDDING VENUE GUIDE The most thorough guide to local venues, and restaurants you’ll find in the Southeast! Over 70 venues ranging from hotels, country clubs, mansions and outdoor locations. JUST MARRIED Nationwide trends, executed right in your backyard... and beautifully. These are our top pics for real weddings in Georgia and Florida.

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A golden sunset shoot that brings historic Southern romance to life.

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LOOKING BACK Sending you off in style with a personal perspective from wedding professionals and experiences from their weddings.

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"The bride, wearing a 1920s style art deco gown, was escorted down the aisle by her mother and brother, friends singing along to the tune of 'La Vie en Rose.'" PAGE 194

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Contributors These talented wedding & party professionals contributed their time and talent to produce the inspiring pictorials in this issue. To become a contributor, email Heather Vreeland at heather@occasionsonline.com.

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MANDY KELLOGG RYE

of Waiting on Martha Waiting On Martha's Founder and Creative Director Mandy Kellogg Rye believes that "life should be lived beautifully everyday." Her uncompromising style, and keen eye for mixing the unexpected are infused into every single one of her designs.

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BRENNA LAUREN

Novelist and feature writer, Brenna Lauren, shares firsthand accounts of the southern-chic, Low Country flare that Savannah has to offer Georgia’s event industry. From weddings, to baby showers, to charity soirées, no place parties quite like Savannah, and she couldn't be more in love.

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COVER PHOTOGRAPHY BY Rustic White Photography

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At OccasionsÂŽ we want you to have the confidence to baulk trends, steer clear of conforming to the masses and ignore what you 'think' weddings should include and seek out event elements that communicate your unique style and personalities. Your wedding style is in the details and while there are a myriad of choices, always be sure to choose what suits you. Period. In the following pages, we've compiled useful tips to help you identify your wedding style, ideas to draw inspiration from, colorful wedding combinations we adore, and some of our favorite products from across the globe that will add just the personal touch you're looking for.

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Congratulations, you're engaged! Before you go all pinterest crazy and the little green monster inside of you starts to take over, we want to give you a bit of guidance to make sure that during your wedding planning process, you stay true to you. We know on a regular basis us gals are plagued with an overwhelming urge to keep up with the Joneses and it can be especially difficult to fend off that urge when it comes to your wedding. Here, we've compiled some basic tips to help you identify your true style as a couple and arm you with the know-how you'll need to pull it all together.

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BE TRUE TO YOU Ultimately, you know deep down inside what's truly important to you. Just know this: your wedding is the first big event you will host together as a couple so it's the first time to let your personalities truly shine in front of friends and family. Whatever your source of inspiration, make decisions that feel right to you, not what you've seen other couples do.

LOCATION Your venue will have a great deal of impact on the environment of your wedding. If you opt for a barn.. you'll likely want to go for a more rustic feel. Or, if you book the most prestigious hotel in town, a glamorous wedding for you it is! Don't overlook your biggest expense in the wedding as a possible source for your overall theme too!

PASSION

TIME OF THE DAY

Everyone has a hobby, activity, cause or pledge they fully support and this may be just the place to draw inspiration from. Show off your priorities in life to your guests by finding inspiration on what your true passions are.

Are you a morning person or night owl? Whatever your preference, the time of day you ultimately choose to host your wedding ceremony and reception will affect the feel of the event. If you and your fiance are up and at 'em each day with a morning coffee... a brunch wedding just might be the thing for you. The possibilities are endless!

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MUSE Inspiration abounds from a myriad of places and a muse might be just the thing you center your wedding style around. Your favorite movie, color, flowers, character, season or destination. Pick something near and dear to you and let it guide all of your style decisions.

SCALE When you put together your guest list you'll either be looking at a large event or intimate gathering. The amount of people you choose to invite will affect the environment so when looking for sources of inspiration, remember how big or intimate the event will feel with the amount of friends and family in attendance and work off of that.


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DO'S & DON'TS Be considerate of family traditions and wants but don't feel chained to them

Don't spend too much energy focusing on what others are doing

Be authentic to YOUR true style

Don't let the party details outshine the magic of your marriage

Create a budget, fine tune it and stick to it Edit. Edit. Edit. Start with a big picture and bring it into focus from there Manage the guest list... Don’t feel obligated to invite everyone. This will help your budget too.

Don't skimp on wedding vendors. Trust us... you get what you pay for Don't sweat the small stuff

BRAND IT Branding might be a term you've only thought to be relevant to marketing departments, but branding on a personal level takes company logos and color combinations and transforms them into monograms, slogans and party themes when it comes to modern day weddings.

JOINT INTERESTS Do you and the future hubs have a common interest that brought you together? Flying, skydiving, traveling or food? Whatever it is you spend your free time doing, consider letting it be the source of your wedding style. Golf anyone?

HERITAGE & HISTORY Do you hail from a great land afar or find yourself among a long lineage of great folks? Then let your family history and heritage guide the style of your wedding and enjoy reminiscing with your parents and loved ones about your roots.

WHAT'S IN A PERSONAL BRAND? Monograms, color preferences, favorite fonts and even paper weight are the essential tools-of-the-trade wedding stationers and designers use to make your personal style shine through to family and friends. HOW & WHERE TO BRAND.... If you want to create a custom wedding brand, your stationer is the go-to creative guru to turn to. They are the graphic designers behind all the great typography and scroll work you see in wedding magazines and blogs. Here are several places we recommend you use your personal wedding brand...

FORMALITY If you're a Great Gatsby girl at heart, a formal setting just might be the style for you. But, if a laid back casual setting is for you.. so be it. Consider your personal preferences on dressing down or up when identifying the style wedding you want.

CONSIDER THE SEASON The time of the year could greatly affect the overall style of your wedding. Temperature and foliage are great places to find inspiration and build your wedding style around.

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Save the dates Invitations Napkins Coasters Directional Signage Menu Cards Escort Cards or Place Cards Bar Signs Drink Stirrers Thank you Cards Dance Floor Vinyl Covers Monogram Gobo Lighting Welcome Kits Party Favors Bridal Party Gifts

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FINDING YOUR FLOWERS Flowers are one of the most obvious ways to make your style shine. A well thought-out combination can say I'm "uber traditional" or "go-with-the-flow organic." So, before you head over to your first appointment with your wedding floral designer, we've compiled some of the most popular flowers making their mark on everything from bouquets to centerpieces so you can identify which flowers speak to your style.

DAVID AUSTIN ROSE In season year round; Available in pink, peach, fuschia, cream and mauve

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BILLY BALLS In season year round; Available in yellow

SPRAY ROSE In season during year round; Available in a variety of colors

PROTEA PIN CUSHION In season during winter & spring; Available in orange, red, and yellow

AMARYLLIS In season during Winter & Spring; Available in white, pink, red, yellow and green

ANEMONIES In season during winter and spring; Available in white, pink, red and purple

DAFFODIL In season during winter and spring; Available in white, orange and yellow

RANUNCULUS In season during winter & spring; Available in white, pink, red, orange, and yellow

DAHLIA In season during summer and fall; Available in white, pink, red, orange, yellow and purple

HEATHER

In season during summer & fall; Available in white, pink, blue and purple

SILVER BRUNIA

ERNYGIUM SUPERNOVA

In season during June, July and August; Available in neutral gray tone

SWEET PEA In season during winter and spring; Available in white, pink, red, and purple

HYACINTH

In season during winter & spring; Available in white, pink, red and purple

TULIP In season during winter and spring; Available in white, pink, red, orange, yellow and purple.

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In season during November, December and January; Available in blue

CALLA LILY In season during winter and spring; Available in white, pink, red, orange, yellow and green.


Start with Your Style SHOES This best-selling Manolo Blahnik BB Pump is sophisticated and sexy. NEIMAN MARCUS www.neimanmarcus.com

POUCH Fur tinted ultra violet brings a unique look to this pouch from SHOPBOP www.shopbop.com

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Spring 2015 Bridal Collection, style Scout MODERN TROUSSEAU www.moderntrousseau.com

An exquisite ivory creation complete with lace pattern and dark purple roses. SUGAR RUFFLES www.sugarruffles.co.uk

NAIL POLISH Vampsterdam by OPI www.opi.com

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Exuding luxury and refinement, aubergine is unarguably one of the crown jewels of autumn wedding colors. Its deep hue holds richness mingled with a touch of mystery, making this shade of purple an irresistible choice for any polished affair.

PAIR WITH THESE COLORS...

BOUQUET INVITATIONS A regal invitation suited for any wedding soiree. MINTED www.minted.com

BRIDESMAID DRESS A gorgeous Luminescent Chiffon gown in plum by Jim Hjelm. Style 5365 WEDDINGTON WAY www.weddingtonway.com

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Black Calla Lilies. A flawless way to heighten the beauty and elegance of your celebration. BRIDE IN BLOOM WEDDINGS www.etsy.com/shop/BrideinBloomWeddings


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EARRINGS Made with vibrant oval stones, these Danielle Earrings are both brilliant ad chic. KENDRA SCOTT www.kendrascott.com

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INVITATIONS

Fantasia Yellow Dinnerware brings a touch of sunshine to any event! GRACIOUS STYLE www.graciousstyle.com

Stylish Sweetheart Invitation in Mustard by WEDDING PAPER DIVAS www.weddingpaperdivas.com

Simply charming sunflower cake. CINDY'S CAKERY www.cindyscakery.com

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No color on earth radiates joy and happiness quite like sunflower. Burning bright as the sun on a clear fall morning, this golden shade of yellow beams with a cheerfulness and warmth that glues a smile on your face and sets your heart aglow.

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BOUQUET Golden sunflowers. What else? Photo courtesy of Brent & Patti Photography. www.brentpilgrim.ca I DO FLOWERS & DECOR www.idoweddings.ca

WEDDING DRESS Wow your guests with this little white dress, darling rosettes adorning the skirt. DONNA MORGAN www.donna-morgan.com

BRIDESMAID DRESS Shine bright in this adorable cocktail length dress complete with pockets. Alfred Sung, Style D438 WEDDINGTON WAY www.weddingtonway.com

NAIL POLISH Cheeky Chops by BUTTER LONDON www.butterlondon.com

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CLUTCH NECKLACE Be the center of attention with this beaded bib necklace by Vera Wang. KOHL'S www.kohls.com

Gunne Sax Twisted Brooch Clutch KOHL'S www.kohls.com

SHOES Bring some metallic shine to your ensemble with this strappy Loops Sandal. STUART WEITZMAN www.stuartweitzman.com

CAKE A stunning gray creation with a dramatic ruffle skirt. SWEET K www.facebook.com/sweetk.cakedesign

CHARCOAL

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Utterly sleek and contemporary, charcoal still ranks high on the trendy list when it comes to fall wedding colors, and rightfully so! With its smoky elegance and shadowy allure, this dark shade of gray emits a modern flair that is anything but dull.

PAIR WITH THESE COLORS...

EARRINGS To make a statement, wear these Bar & Chain Dangle Earrings from CHARMING CHARLIE www.charmingcharlie.com

BRIDESMAID DRESS A ravishing dress of tafetta and charcoal lace. Style 5381 JLM COUTURE www.jlmcouture.com

WEDDING DRESS NAIL POLISH Freja by ZOYA www.zoya.com

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Alvina Valenta trumpet bridal gown with detachable silk organza skirt. Style 9353 JLM COUTURE www.jlmcouture.com


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Bold and beautiful, try these handcrafted small square studs by KATE SPADE www.katespade.com

Monogrammed Red Flower Wedding Cake PINK CAKE BOX www.pinkcakebox.com

BAG A cross-body bag made of soft leather and embellished with a gold medallion. SHOPBOP www.shopbop.com

FLUTES Bring a blazing touch of sparkle to your reception with these crimson champagne flutes. GRACIOUS STYLE www.graciousstyle.com

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For an autumn hue that has stood the test of time, scarlet is the shade for you. Strikingly classic yet daring, this fiery red tinged with orange blazes with a boldness and beauty beyond compare, perfect for the bride seeking sass and sophistication.

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INVITATIONS Rich, elegant, and bold in its shades of scarlet and gold — perfect for a fall affair! WEDDING PAPER DIVAS www.weddingpaperdivas.com

PARTY DRESS

WEDDING DRESS With its scalloped ivory lace, this Margeaux Gown embodies grace and refinement. BHLDN www.bhldn.com

NAIL POLISH Footloose by DEBORAH LIPPMANN www.deborahlippmann.com

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INDUSTRIAL CHIC An old warehouse in Atlanta’s historic Castleberry District, The Wiley provides the perfect blank canvas for the non-traditional couple’s wedding celebration. The building’s worn brick walls and ten-foot ceilings already spilling with intrigue, simply splash the space with bright colors and vintage details for an urban affair that is both chic and unique.

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Our shoot was themed around The Wiley wedding venue and the neighborhood Castleberry Hill. Castleberry Hill is an old industrial loft community in downtown Atlanta with a beautiful landscape perfect for unique photographs. We wanted the style to be perfect for a couple seeking a nontraditional wedding, set in an urban city neighborhood.

COLORS Light Pink, Coral, Cream & Aqua

FLOWERS Garden roses, ranunculus, hydrangeas, waxflower, lisianthus, silver brunia, Dusty Miller

PERFECT FOR The couple who likes to think outside the box and has never been the kind to follow the norm. They like living on the edge, but still want a beautiful wedding.

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL Pimm's Cup: 2 oz. Pimm's No. 1, 1/4 oz. fresh lemon juice, ginger ale, ice cubes. Pour Pimm's and lemon juice into an ice-filled glass, top with ginger ale, stir and garnish with cucumber.

WHAT TO WEAR Bridal Dress - Ivy & Aster Reception Dress - Megan Huntz Dresses

TAKE IT UP A NOTCH Make custom props for your photo booth in the same colors as your wedding. Look into renting a vintage scooter as a getaway ride.


ITEMS TO INCORPORATE A photo booth backdrop custom made to complement your wedding colors. Candy made to match your wedding colors. Vintage jewelry accents. Streamers and tissue paper that match your wedding colors.

THINGS TO REMEMBER This wedding style is perfect for spring or summer! And there are no rules! Go with whatever you are comfortable with.

WHO TO HIRE PLANNING & DESIGN

Event Passion PHOTOGRAPHY

Love Like Weddings VENUE & WINE

The Wiley FLORALS

A Delicate Petal STATIONERY

DecoMarj DESSERTS

A Pinch Bakery Orange Carousel For Wineauxs Only STYLIST

Julia Badovinac DRESSES

Ivy & Aster Megan Huntz Dresses HAIR & MAKEUP

Nadia's Studio JEWELRY

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FIELD OF DREAMS Kissed by the golden glow of a Georgia sunset, this style profile resurrects the beauty of the Old South for new generations to enjoy. Surrounded by a sea of shimmering wheat, this scene’s old plantation furniture, bright flowers, and assortment of vintage and modern details causes the romance of the past and the present to gloriously collide.

THEME Southern Heritage at Sunset

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This shoot was set in a wheat field to have an overall mood of warm earthy tans. With vibrant pops of Pantone Colors including Samba and Acai from the 2013 predictions and Placid Blue, Cayenne, and Violet Tulip from the 2014 predictions. This mix of bright colors draws the viewer into its beauty in the midst of the mellow mood of the soft tan field.

FLOWERS Daylilies in warm peach, red, and yellow hues, purple allium, oatleaf hydrangeas, soft blue variegated hydrangeas, succulents, stokes aster, and wheat to bring in a seasonal touch. Other flowers were red tulips, magenta celosia, light pink spray roses, deep magenta snap dragon, red carnations, deep blue delphinium, and peach stock.

PERFECT FOR The couple that dares to defy the "season." Taking advantage of things around you that aren't the typical "pink and green" May wedding often make for the most beautiful ones. This is great for the couple that finds beautiful in their heritage and past. Utilizing things of your past and your families can become one of the most helpful design tools of all.

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL A seasonal berry sangria would be the perfect starter for cocktail hour at an outdoor wedding. Most of the time in the South you can count on one thing....HEAT. Have something with alcohol, but that is also very refreshing after the ceremony.

TAKE IT UP A NOTCH Hire the right vendors to create your event, whether on a large or small scale. From experience, even a wedding with over 500 people can have just enough "you" in the right areas to still knock their socks off.


WHAT TO WEAR Re-embroidered lace gown with organza ruffle skirt by Thie.

ITEMS TO INCORPORATE Utilize pieces that you already have to round out your style. (Couch, table décor, china, vintage pieces, etc.) You may decide to "individualize the head table" so that your personal touch can be added to a large event.

THINGS TO REMEMBER This wedding is such a beautiful mix of every season that we think it could be pulled off at almost any time. Consider lighting when you choose your venue and wedding ceremony time. The key to a perfect event is timing and direction of the light across the event surface.

WHO TO HIRE DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY, PAPER STYLING, FLORALS & VINTAGE RENTALS

Mark Williams Studio COORDINATION

Posh Petals and Pearls DRESS

BleuBelle Bridal BRIDAL HEAD PIECE, VEIL & BELT

French Knot Studios GROOM’S ATTIRE

The Statesboro Sir Shop HAIR & MAKEUP

Main Street Styles

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SWEET COUNTRY LOVE Pour yourself a glass of pink lemonade for this country wedding inspiration at Four Winds Farm. Possessing a rustic elegance with its dark wooden table and benches, burlap & lace table runner, fine china dishes, gold flatware, and lush ivory and pink floral arrangements, this style profile is a reminder of what makes country living so sweet.

THEME Wedding in the Country

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Soft pinks, light and dark greens, and whites mixed among rustic elements.

FLOWERS Roses and hydrangeas with lush greenery incorporated throughout.

PERFECT FOR The country chic bride who has a sweet spot in her heart for raw, unaltered rustic beauty with a twist.

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL Carolina Pink Lemonade adorned with edible flowers.

WHAT TO WEAR A modern dress with lace accents matched with a comfortable pair of cowboy boots so she can dance the night away without missing a beat.

TAKE IT UP A NOTCH Go with a more elaborate cake with even more layers, or incorporate longer farm tables for an amazing experience for your guests.


ITEMS TO INCORPORATE Mismatched china is a great way to start this look. Soft colors and lace with pops of country elements like glass milk jars, old style cans, and burlap will bring this look together for any bride.

THINGS TO REMEMBER This wedding style is really good all year around. Roses are available all year, so a country bride really can get her dream wedding anytime of the year.

WHO TO HIRE PLANNING & DESIGN

Ashlie Shea of Weddings in the Country PHOTOGRAPHY

Tab McCausland Photography VENUE

Four Winds Farm FLORALS

Atmospheres Floral and DĂŠcor CAKE

The Sugar Suite RENTALS

A Chair Affair HAIR & MAKEUP

The Makeover Maven

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FAIRYTALES + FANTASY Prepare to set foot in another world with this style profile. Boasting enchanting green forests, delectable pastries, a fair maiden clad in glistening gold, and nine mattresses piled high in the river, this outdoor shoot brims with magic, adventure, and love, its rich colors and fanciful details making hazy the line between fantasy and reality.

THEME The Maiden and the Mattresses

COLORS Wedgewood Blue, Gold, Ivory, Regal Pink, Green

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Campanella Garden Roses, Clony Ranunculus, Scabiosa, Sweet Peas, Daffodils, Heather, Fiddlehead Ferns, Tulips, Astilbe, Cosmos, China Berries, etc.

PERFECT FOR The couple who identifies with the romanticism of falling in love; the safety in the arms of the one they love. The couple who relates to this concept exudes the sensuality of an adventurous love with the tenderness of a knight rescuing his lady. This shoot was designed to inspire those with gallant hearts and regal dreams.

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL Regal Cocktail: 2 oz Chambord Flavored Vodka, ž oz simple syrup, 3 slices of cucumber (skin on), 3 fresh raspberries, ½ oz fresh lemon juice. Muddle the raspberries, cucumber, and simple syrup. Add to a shaker with lemon juice and Chambord Flavored Vodka. Add ice and shake vigorously. Double stain into a martini glass or a large coupe glass and garnish with a slice of cucumber and a fresh raspberry.

WHAT TO WEAR Gilded lace; jeweled and delicate crowns; masks and leather; big statement rings of semi-precious stones; masculine suiting with a touch of huntsman game.

TAKE IT UP A NOTCH Hair and makeup can be something unexpected and big or soft and understated. Include storybooks as favors or use pages creatively as a photo booth backdrop. Create your own wooded canopy using grapevines and garland. Hang candles and lanterns from the trees.


ITEMS TO INCORPORATE The blue ticking pattern on the mattresses and the tablescape date back to the 1700s with the feather beds held together by the striped fabric. The bright and regal-rich fuchsia is used as a royal pop of color among the muted and golden hues. Lots of greenery, twisted vines and branches create a woodland canopy for mythical creatures and fairy tale setting. Pastries are a common delicacy in the royal kingdom, so our tables were full of these indulgences.

THINGS TO REMEMBER This would be a great concept for a fall or spring wedding; both seasons render lots of green leaves and cooler temperatures for accenting with fur or leather.

WHO TO HIRE PLANNING & DESIGN

Raquel Mideau of Lemiga Events PHOTOGRAPHY

Lytlefoto FLORALS

Juli Vaughn Designs STATIONERY

Elum Designs RENTALS

CRUSH event rentals DESSERTS

Perfect Wedding Cake Collet French Pastry DRESS

Kelly's Closet HAIR & MAKEUP

Christine Pay of Brushworx On Location Hair & Makeup GROOM'S ATTIRE

The Modern Gent MODELS

Click Models

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STYLE PROFILE

BESTIES LUNCHEON Brides, before you walk down the aisle to say "I do," show some love to your lady friends with a special bridesmaids luncheon. A lovely afternoon of reminiscing and memory-making with your girlfriends as you dine from delicate china plates, your surroundings swathed in sunlight and a pretty palette of gold, ivory, and purple . . . Tell me, what could be sweeter?

THEME "Besties". With the setting being a bridesmaid luncheon and tea, I really wanted to highlight friendship and all of the girly, playful goodness that goes with it!

COLORS

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Since Radiant Orchid is the color of the year I wanted to show ways to tie it into the color scheme while still having an aesthetic that is soft and lovely. The combination of Radiant Orchid, lavender, mint, and gold seemed to strike that balance and looked great in the 6ft custom installation, flowers, and other details.

FLOWERS Lavender stock, Pink Lisianthus, Moon series carnations, Wax flower, Lysimachia, Burgundy leucadendron, Lavender

PERFECT FOR Any bride who wants to spend some time loving on her best friends! Although I chose to highlight southern charm in this shoot, it is not only for the southern bride. This concept can be recreated to fit any group of girlfriends.

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL I chose to stick with the color scheme, serving a purple custom cocktail that was lovingly labeled the "Berry Bestie Mojito". This is a traditional Mojito with 1 oz. of lavender syrup added to give it its purple hue. Throw in some blueberries for garnish and voila!

WHAT TO WEAR The dresses featured in this shoot are by local designer Camilyn Beth. Adding in some sparkle is always a great idea!

TAKE IT UP A NOTCH A bride can take this shoot as a starting point and really make it her own. Instead of hosting this at home, maybe have it at a great hotel and enjoy a spa or pool day following lunch.


ITEMS TO INCORPORATE I focused on bringing in traditional southern charm in ways that were unexpected. I feel this was achieved by using monogrammed bows in place of escort cards, having a custom invite that was equal parts sassy and gorgeous, and models wearing stunning dresses by local designer Camilyn Beth with custom clutches by local designer Oatmeal Lace. As well as a private residence for the venue location, lush linens, and vintage furniture and china rentals. All this tied together gave the elegant yet playful feel of the south that a lunch like this warrants!

THINGS TO REMEMBER This luncheon was held outside so keep in mind the time of year when recreating this event. This luncheon was set in the spring but could easily take place in summer or early fall - weather permitting!

WHO TO HIRE PLANNING & DESIGN

Kelly Hancock Event Planning

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Hunter Ryan Photo FLORALS

Taylormade Floral & Event Decor STATIONERY

Ashley Brooke Designs DESSERTS

Pastries by Design LINENS

Kate Ryan Linens RENTALS

Kate Ryan Linens Wish Vintage Rentals Dishie Rentals HAIR & MAKEUP

Lasting Luxe Hair & Makeup Artistry DRESSES & JEWELRY

Camilyn Beth T. Georgiano's MONOGRAMMED CLUTCHES & BOWS

Oatmeal Lace, Hugs by Wendy

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THE SEA PRODUCED BY MOLLY MCKINLEY DESIGNS SHOT ON LOCATION AT CASPERSEN BEACH BY RUSTIC WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY

Credits

STATIONERY: Bella Figura, FLORALS & CHAIRS: FH Weddings & Events, LINENS: Nuage Designs, DRESS: Malindy Elene Bridal, HAIR & MAKEUP: Michele Renee The Studio, JEWELRY: BHLDN


A single, pale clematis blossom adorned the bride's hair, whispering beauty and simplicity.


Its linens inspired by the muted tones of sand and coral, this intimate beach tablescape with driftwood chargers and old world containers embodied the serenity of the seaside.


Clematis, peonies, astilbe, fern, jasmine vine, scabiosa and various greenery graced the breezy bridal bouquet and the table's chairs and centerpiece.

This dreamy Ugo gown by Rosa Clara was a flawless choice for this beach setting, the tulle chapel train of the beaded dress flowing like pale sea foam across the sand.


Romantically pink sea salt was served from shells using small, delicate silver spoons.


“There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” - Sarah Kay

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VENDORS to execute your style

Besides the setting, your wedding vendors will make the most impact on the success of your wedding day. The professional services they supply like wedding planning, coordination, entertainment, floral design, rentals and catering are the essential event elements no party could take place without. Their expertise orchestrate the senses you and your guests will experience throughout the day, so finding the very best companies to execute your style is of utmost importance.

That's where we come in. OccasionsÂŽ is connected to the most reputable wedding vendors across the country. We have a personal relationship with almost all of the vendors represented in this book. We consider them to be among the top 5% of wedding vendors in the country. Seek their expertise and soak it up.

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Working WITH WEDDING VENDORS

Besides the obvious question "are you available on our wedding date?" there are a few key questions that can ease the interview process of selecting your wedding day creative team. Here's the thing: These people are the pros and while they work on weddings daily and may find themselves repeating these key answers over and over, it's helpful for a bride like you to feel armed with just the knowledge you need to speak intelligently with your vendors. Ice breakers if you will. Use these questions & pricing guides below to get the conversation going and hire with confidence.

QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN INTERVIEWING POTENTIAL VENDORS . . .

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WEDDING PLANNER

STATIONER

CATERER

CAKE BAKER

How do you charge? Per hour, lump sum, percentage of total budget?

Do you design custom work or sell from invitation lines?

Do you specialize in specific food types?

Is he/she licensed by the state health department?

Do you help with branding or custom monograms?

Is a tasting included in your services?

How does delivery work?

Is there a specific style you specialize in?

Will they provide waitstaff? Is that extra?

Do you offer calligraphy or addressing services?

If so, what is the ratio of staff to guest?

Can I purchase additional personalized items like save-the date, welcome bags, favor tags, etc?

What will your staff wear?

Are there specific vendors he/ she likes to use. What is the process of selecting and hiring vendors? Can I use other vendors? What is the process of paying vendors? Is that done through him/her or direct to vendors? Does she/he handle vendor services, contract and payment processing? Does she handle guest list coordination and RSVPs?

Will you supply a proof before the invitation is offically printed? What happens if there is an error?

What is her/his specialty? How many meetings will we have together? In person, via phone?

$ Full Service wedding planners range in price from $5,000 to $7,000+ while Month-of Coordinators will likely charge between $2,000 - $3,000 depending on scope of work.

How long after I place the order will the invitations come in?

How do you work with my wedding planner and venue? Will you feed everyone, including band members and waitstaff? If so, what is their menu and cost per person?

What happens if something is damaged on the cake in transit? Does she/he do sugar flowers and custom sculptured pieces from sugar? What are the options for cake flavors and fillings? Fondant or Buttercream? What is their average cost per slice?

Is tax and gratuity included?

Will you design a custom cake or do you have preset styles to choose from?

How do you handle clean up and trash removal?

Is the cake stand provided by you?

Can I customize the wording?

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$ Depending on the complexity of the invitation suites, you can expect to pay between $4 - $8+ an invite. Further customizations will increase your per piece price.

Catering costs are dependent on the menu, venue and set up, but for a starting point can run between $35 - $85+ per person not including any alcohol, linen or decor upgrades.

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$ Your wedding cake will likely cost approximately $4 - $7+ per slice depending on the complexity of the design, baker's skill level and availability.


MUSICIAN, BAND, DJ

PHOTOGRAPHERS

FLORIST & DECOR

CINEMATOGRAPHY

What will the musician wear?

What is your primary style of photography? Traditional, documentary?

What is the florist style? What is your process?

What is your cinematography style? Documentary, movie-like, artistic?

How independent is the photographer? Does he want to know all the shots you'd like or free reign to shoot all the moments of the day at will?

Has the florist/designer worked at your venue before?

Have you worked with our photographer?

How do items get returned after the wedding? Will they pickup?

How does the crew stay unobtrusive during the ceremony and reception?

Does the designer offer rental items.. vases, trellis, decor... or must they be supplied via a rental company?

How long after the wedding will the video be ready?

Can my guests take centerpieces home?

Am I allowed to make edits once you present video to us?

Do you charge for mockup centerpieces before my wedding or is that included?

What are their backup procedures?

How much set up time do you need? Do you have demos online where I can view your performance? What is your signature sound? How does the band/dj feel about a request list?

Will the photographer you book, be the one to shoot your wedding?

How many breaks will the band or dj need?

How long after the wedding will the photos be ready?

What is the overtime policy should the reception last longer than anticipated?

What happens if the photographer is ill on the day of the wedding?

What is your experience being the master of ceremonies?

What are their backup procedures?

What happens if the cinematographer is ill on the day of the wedding?

What is included in your pricing? Albums, hours of coverage, engagement shots, etc?

$ A professional DJ will likely charge between $1,500 & $2,500+ depending on their expertise & availability. Live bands range in price from $2,000 - $6,000+ depending on size and demand.

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Flower pricing is dependent on the amount of decor at your wedding. You'll want to budget starting at $1,500 for the basics like bouquets, boutonnières and know the sky is truly the limit for the rest.

Professional wedding cinematographers will likely charge between $2,800 and $5,000+ depending on experience level, demand and packages.

$ Professional wedding photographers will likely charge between $3,000 and $6,000+ depending on experience level, demand and packages.

What is your process?

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GIVE IT A GO OR HIRE A PRO

WHAT YOU SHOULD AND SHOULD NOT DIY

Laura Wright was born and raised in South Louisiana, and the same love of life from the culture she grew up with now translates into how she approaches all weddings and events that she works on. She is thrilled to constantly be surrounded by people in love and celebrating joie de vie.

"There are planners and coordinators out there that will work with any budget. This is not a service only for large budget weddings. Hire a pro - you will be glad you did!" SAVE THE DATE CARDS "Give it a go." This is a great thing to save money on. You can easily create note cards to mail out using an online template. Some couples send out email blasts and use social media to get the word out. Just make sure you include as much information as you can to help your guests start planning if they are traveling from out of state.

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VENUE SEARCH "Hire a pro." A wedding planner will know the venues well. They will be able to direct you to the right venues for you to tour based on your guest count, budget and the style of your wedding. Hiring a wedding planner to narrow down the choices can save you lots of gas money from driving around to venues that will not work for you, in addition to saving tons of time you could spend elsewhere besides researching venues. HIRING/NEGOTIATING WITH VENDORS "Hire a pro." A wedding planner has established relationships with most of the vendors available whether it be a caterer, photographer, DJ, venue, etc. Wedding planners are repeat customers, and vendors like to have their business coming back so they are willing to work with wedding planners on negotiating costs that are more suitable for your budget. Also, hiring a professional is best since you will want someone with knowledge of contracts to look over things before you sign the dotted line. Hiring a wedding planner to handle these duties will alleviate stress as well and the business part of wedding planning can be tedious and hard work. This is what wedding planners do and are good at it! FAVORS "Give it a go." This is another place couples can save money by creating something cute or tasty for guests to take home with them at the end of the event. No need to set aside a big chunk of money from your wedding budget to buy something when you can make something yourself.

PLANNING & COORDINATION "Hire a pro." Wedding planners and coordinators work hard! If we are not handling all of the planning, negotiating, timeline work, organizing and directing the big day in order to ensure that all goes smoothly as hoped - who would be doing that work? There are planners and coordinators out there that will work with any budget. This is not a service only for large budget weddings. Hire a pro - you will be glad you did! RECEPTION MUSIC "Hire a pro." A professional DJ or Band that has worked weddings can customize your wedding music to suit your personal tastes. They are used to working with a wedding timeline and know how to make sure you get the most out of your reception time with lots of dancing and party time. I've seen many hiccups occur when couples have had a friend DJ or use prerecorded sets on unmanned devices to provide music for events. Play it safe and hire a reputable music maker. BRIDAL PARTY FLOWERS "Give it a go" or "Hire a pro." If you are creative and love arranging flowers and have a team of dependable friends or family members to help you do this - it is possible to create your bridal party flowers and possibly save some money. It will add work to your wedding week though and when you are busy being a bride this is not always the best choice. Think about your wedding week and clearly envision how you would like it to play out. If you are picturing a week without work and worry, hiring a pro will take a big task off of your "to-do" list.

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Roswell, Georgia

Known for

Designing Life's Celebrations

Been in the Business 4 years

Website

SoireeSouth.com


PROMOTION

Earlier this year, OCCASIONS MAGAZINE and THE ADDISON hosted a seasonal bridal show with some of South Florida’s top wedding and party professionals. Brides from Boynton Beach to Miami were treated to the best of the best food and service while taking in the awe-inspiring wedding decor and latest trends.

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INSIGHT

WHAT'S THE MOST UNIQUE DETAIL YOU'VE SEEN AT A WEDDING RECENTLY? "We provided a matte gold box with an ivory satin bow for each dining table. Inside the box were gold kazoos, enough for each person at the table. When the bride and groom entered the ballroom to begin their first dance, the guests were instructed by the band to open the box and each get a kazoo. From there the guests hummed along with the bride and groom as they danced their first dance to a favorite family song. The bride first saw this done at the groom's grandparents' wedding anniversary and knew she wanted to incorporate it into her special day."

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"The bride and groom wrote hand written thank you notes to each of the guests that also doubled as an escort card. It was a nice extra touch to make the guests feel special and included in the wedding."

- Jackie Johnson, Quest Drape

"A frozen yogurt machine and a sundae bar!"

- Mandi Tishman, Atlanta Marriott Marquis

“Being that I make custom wedding decor elements, I often get to see so many unique ideas that I just love. One of my favorite unique ways to personalize a wedding are monogram floral bouquet charms. I have been working with S & A Weddings & Events with these monogram charms that the bride had the florist add to the bridal party bouquets that they can later turn into necklace charms after the wedding. “ - Lauren Atwaters, ten23

Designs

"The couple wanted to pay respect to their 2 children (dogs) that had passed away, so they gave me the actual mold of the dogs' paw prints to make molds of for the sides of the cake, I made rice krispie treat/ white chocolate schnauzers to represent their 2 dogs and they were coming out of boxes, like gifts. The one dog always had a tennis ball so I made one and put it on the box next to the dog. The side angled "lid" was the 1st anniversary cake for them to keep." - Ramona, Perfect Wedding Cake "Had a wedding recently that mixed Asia and Cuba so for florals in the cocktail hour, they had a very Japanese arrangement with cigars

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- Jordan Glastetter, Let’s Celebrate

"Sebrell planned & designed a four-day destination wedding that included personalized bobble heads used as place cards for the rehearsal dinner. These were also fun favors that members of the wedding party were able to keep as a memento of the fabulous weekend." - Sebrell Smith, Sebrell Smith Designer Events mixed in the arrangement and matchbooks. Wasn't sure how it was going to come together, but it worked." - Jason Horowitz,

Mayfair Hotel and Spa

"I'd say the most unique detail would be a baseball themed wedding, where the bride actually threw the first pitch down the aisle after their kiss!! Her bouquet was inside a baseball glove."- Tracy Englund, This is You

Photography

"The mother of one of my brides is an amazing artist. She did a painting for the couples' home which was used as their 'guest book!' The painting was a tree. There were paint pens which the guests used to sign a leaf of the tree! The end result was beautiful and truly unique."

-Theresa Reed, Savannah Station

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"So, I think one of the coolest things I have seen lately is where a bride and groom did five carving stations (one each with a different type of meat). Each station instead of paired with wine it was paired with different beers to bring in the groom's love for well-crafted beers. I thought it was super clever and gave the groom an opportunity to be involved!"

- Sheena Vollmer, Quest Drape

"I once saw where a bride and groom had every guest take a candle as they came in for the ceremony. Then during the ceremony the bride said to the guests 'Each of you are very special to us and have brought us joy and happiness. You have been there for either one or both of us as we grew.' She then brought a candle up to the parents and had them light it and pass it around to all the guests, so each person had a lit candle by the end. When they


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started lighting candles, the groom continued... 'As you light your candle with this candle, think of a wish or blessing to share with us, as we did when we lit our candle for you.' Then each guest lit their candle and it went around the ceremony. When the final candle was lit, it was brought to the front. The preacher then said, "Now we will light the candle of the bride and groom, the Unity candle. All of our blessings and love make this candle lighting possible.'" -Joel Rabe, Lethal Rhythms

"To see how long the couple has had family and friends in their lives, they had printed out a board with varying years on it. There were small flags on pins for guests to pin the year of when they met the bride and/or groom. Such a cute detail to have and a great way to see how long the most special people to you have been in your life." - Jessica, Lethal Rhythms “The most unique thing that I've enjoyed from past weddings was a custom acrylic invitation. My client was interested in a modern luxurious invitation so we designed an acrylic invitation to include pertinent wedding details. The signature design was screen printed front and back to enhance the three dimensional quality of the piece. The piece was then die cut to to enable a large crystal droplet to be hung with an elegant cornflower blue satin ribbon to further showcase the couple's custom monogram..” - Monica Jackson-Burel,

Extraordinaire Affairs & Events LLC

"The most unique detail I have seen at a wedding recently is a cigar roller. It was at a wedding I attended in Miami. The person was rolling cigars for a portion of the reception. It was my first time seeing that". - Amara Koroma,

Doubletree Buckhead

“I think the most unique thing we saw this season was the embracing of family traditions and heritage. Lauren & Dardan were married

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"On entering one wedding there was a note asking guests to take the bride and grooms

wedding rings, hold them in their hands and make a well wish for the couple. Guests were happy to help warm the rings, that were hanging and tied to ribbon, with their blessings of the heart." - Laura, Lethal Rhythms

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"Rather than customary wedding favors, the couple made a donation in each guest's name to the Sierra Club and presented the donation card along with a beautiful packet of wildflower seeds in each place setting." - Cindy Pierce, The Addison

"The groom built an arch from old pallet wood and they placed pictures of all their family and ancestors all over the arch. They were literally 'surrounded' by family as they wed." - Cathy, Bloom Floral Design

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"The bride saved all of her dried, preserved bouquets and corsages from prom, homecoming, sorority formals and such, then used them for cake flowers. She was going for an 'antique' look to her wedding with antique golds, lace, old door knobs, antique chairs and 'antique' flowers." - Jeri C.

Bradley, Honey Lake Plantation

at Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. Dardan's family is from Albania and many of them still live there. The couple was blessed to have many of his family travel to Florida for the wedding - so he had his brother translate the entire ceremony side by side with the officiant in Albanian. Which resulted in a very comedic moment at the end of the ceremony where they were pronounced husband & wife twice and kissed twice! :) While having the translation was special - and Lauren worked very hard herself to repeat all of her vows in not only English but Albanian too (she's American), it wasn't the truly unique and heart warming moment of the day. The most unique and really special part was when Lauren changed from her beautiful American wedding gown into a traditional Albanian wedding gown. Not just any dress though – one that has been in Dardan’s family for over 100 years and worn by all of the women in his family. The dress has been through several wars and has survived in perfect condition.“

- Tiffany Tolmen, Hunter Ryan Photo

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Hiring Vendors to Execute Your Style indicate their travels. The push pins were color coded to signify bride, groom, and couple travels and a different color for their honeymoon destination. They placed antique luggage in front of the map which was filled with luggage tags that served as escort cards for their guests." - Theresa Reed, Savannah

It's a fun, unexpected detail that guests noticed and makes for a great photo!"

- Heather Bryant, AFR Furniture Rental

“For the end of the evening snack, my client had the real Waffle House come to the wedding and set up catering with waffles and hash browns made on-site. It was a huge success! They just started doing on-site catering at events. “ - Karen Segal, Your Party

"Lane and Rex are from Los Angeles and chose to have a destination wedding in Savannah, GA. They are, themselves, an extremely unique couple and it definitely was shown in every part of their wedding. They had taxidermy everywhere, on their cake, flowers, the bars, etc, even the brides headpiece was taxidermy. That's the most unique detail we've seen at a wedding. It was a bird taxidermy headpiece designed by the bride and Taxidermist Loren Woods." - Shellie Hogan,

"Branded ghost chairs. We have had many requests recently for branding the back portion of a ghost chair with a pattern, new monogram and the words 'Bride' or 'Groom.'

"One of my brides had a great talent for comic drawings. She created characters for her and her groom, designed the save the dates, invitations, wedding website graphics and

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"Lauren changed from her beautiful American wedding gown into a traditional Albanian wedding gown. Not just any dress though – one that has been in Dardan’s family for over 100 years and worn by all of the women in his family." - Tiffany Tolmen, Hunter Ryan Photo

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table numbers herself. They were extremely detailed and came out beautiful! It was such a great way to tie in the bride's talent with the couples love of comics!"

- Charlene Arroyo, John Michael Events

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"Mother of the Bride/Daughter Dance. The bride told me 'My mom once asked me "How come daddies always get to dance with the daughter?. . . Moms are their best friends.'" - Jessica Bresser,

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"We had a caricature artist draw pictures of the guests in black pen on white card stock. This was do-able as it was not a super large wedding (approximately 75 guests). The guests were asked to attach any recent photo of themselves to the reply cards sent out with the invitations. The caricature artist then drew the pictures about two weeks before the wedding day and the cards were all waiting at the tables when guests arrived for the reception dinner. They were great conversation pieces for the guests at the long dining tables and a wonderful souvenir for them to take home. They really were a huge hit!" - Laura Wright, Soiree South & Co. "A bride gave away a copy of the Sunday paper and a half dozen bagels to each guest as they were leaving as their 'favor' in a really cute re-usable grocery bag."

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Q&A

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT RENTING YOUR WEDDING VENUE

Sean Thorndike began his career at the Atlanta History Center in June of 1999 and became a Vice President in 2002. With a B.S. in Communications from Ohio University, Sean is also active in various travel, hospitality & event industry associations and serves on the membership committee at the ACVB.

"Using a venue’s approved vendors can be seamless since they know the venue so well and work closely with the venue’s staff. Our vendors know us so well they do site tours and they act as an extension of our sales force."

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WHAT DOES VENUE RENTAL TYPICALLY INCLUDE? In general, most spaces includes interior tables and chairs, the setup and cleanup of that included furniture, and the venue’s event manager. Cultural attractions usually include at least some of their exhibits, galleries, displays, etc. The Atlanta History Center also includes security, complimentary parking and a rain backup because it’s an easy amenity for us to offer and we hope these added values help with a bride’s venue selection. IS WORKING WITH A VENUE THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE CATERING MORE COMPLICATED? Not usually. Using a venue’s approved vendors can be seamless since they know the venue so well and work closely with the venue’s staff. IS IT MORE EXPENSIVE TO CHOOSE A VENUE WITH NO ONSITE CATERING? In my experience, weddings of certain budget level and range can happen in either kind of venue. However, hotels may not have a rental fee for the ballroom if you meet the requirements of a sleeping room block or food and beverage minimum, but the cost of that food and beverage may wind up being more than what is charged at a venue that doesn’t include catering since you can shop different caterers. DOES THE VENUE OFFER ASSISTANCE WHEN SELECTING/WORKING WITH OFFSITE CATERERS? The event staff can offer multiple suggestions depending on the bride’s needs, but we are fair to all of our caterers and not just recommend ones. WHAT ABOUT THE BAR? DOES THE VENUE PROVIDE THAT OR THE CATERER? The venue will handle the beverage service if they have an alcohol license, but there are some venues that allow brides to handle beverage themselves or by their chosen caterer.

WHAT ABOUT THINGS LIKE PLATES AND UTENSILS? DOES THE VENUE SUPPLY THAT OR AN OFFSITE CATERER? OR ANOTHER VENDOR? Caterers provide all of those things; some venues do offer glassware when providing beverage service, but not all. WHY DO YOU SUGGEST HIRING FROM THE "PREFERRED VENDORS" LIST? They know the venue so well versus a vendor that has never worked at the venue before. Our vendors know us so well they do site tours and truly act as an extension of our sales force. WILL THE VENUE AND CATERING COMPANY COMMUNICATE TOGETHER ABOUT MY WEDDING OR WILL I BE THE MIDDLE MAN? Venues with approved lists communicate and work together very well. Also, there is normally a meeting at the venue with all vendors to go over the wedding details together. Of course, wedding planners are always recommended to coordinate all of our wedding needs. WHAT ELSE DO BRIDES NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RENTING VENUE SPACE? Remember, Not all venues provide wedding ceremony coordination. Outside furniture may not be included. And, when having outdoor events realize that there is no guarantee of the condition of grass, flowers, plants, etc.

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Atlanta, Georgia

Known for

The Ins and Outs of Venues

Been in the Business 15 years

Website

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Teras A. Smith-Smith, happy wife and mom of four, loves to laugh, spend time with her family and friends, shop for purses, travel, take pics, and share her gift from God through her stationery design at T.evenire Stationery Boutique.

"Colorful lollipops labeled with the guests' names and seating arrangements placed in a drawer full of bubble gum would be the perfect display for a candy inspired wedding." MASON JARS 1 Use a table or decorated desk as a display area for Mason jars. Adorn the jars with straws in the colors of your wedding, each labeled with the guest's name and seating assignment. LANTERNS 2 For an evening wedding, use mini battery operated

MACARONS 3 Display macarons {in the colors of your wedding} in

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lanterns. Tie each lantern with ribbon or twine that matches the colors of your wedding. Add your personal touch by attaching a special message from you as well as each guest’s name and table assignment.

a mini-dishes, paper or glass. The use of mini-picks will be perfect for displaying custom tags with the guest's name and seating assignment. PICTURE FRAME 4 Paint a large wooden picture frame, then line with fabric that will complement your décor. Use pushpins or tacks to hang mini-envelopes in the color of the wedding. On the outside of the envelope display the name of your guest. On the inside, display your guest’s seating arrangement.

bubble gum would be the perfect display for a candy inspired wedding.

PHOTO COLLAGE 5 Print your favorite engagement photo in a collage

FLORAL DISPLAY 8 A beautifully decorated floral display with several

style. When all of the cards are put together, they form the couple's engagement photo. Each separate card displays a guest’s name and seating assignment.

branches. Hang the escort cards onto the branches using ribbon in the wedding colors. PERIODIC TABLE 9 A "Periodic Table" makes a very unique display. The

SPARKLERS 6 Sparklers used at a wedding can have a dual

guests' names and seating arrangements printed on cards is fun as well as educational.

purpose. They can be used as tag holders to list the names of the guests and seating arrangements as well as add excitement at the end of the evening.

ACRYLIC q Die cut acrylic escort cards with vinyl lettering

LOLLIPOPS 7 Colorful lollipops labeled with the guests' names

make the perfect display at a glitz and glam wedding.

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FLORAL: Shea Hopely Flowers, BALLOON CHAIRS: Agnes Agatha, CAKE: Choux Cake Studio, STATIONERY: The Paper Lion, BRIDAL GOWN: Kirstie Kelly, BOWTIES: Mrs Bow Tie, RENTALS: All About Events, MAKEUP: Allison Wilburn, PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT: Devon Donnahoo Photography


Perfectly titled "Primrose," this blush gown of silk charmeuse & crinkle chiffon was a delicate dream come true, its beaded bodice providing just the right hint of sparkle.


This bouquet boasts the beauty of peach & pale yellow ranunculus, blush peonies, snap dragons, geranium foliage, white veronica, Easter roses, fern shoots, seeded eucalyptus and olive pods.


These invitations of soft apricot possessed a gentle blend of elegance and modernity.

Antique chairs in muted tones were placed around the rectangle sweetheart table, bringing an oldfashioned charm to the outdoor scene.


This ivory cake topped with plums exudes immeasurable richness and simplicity, each tier lined with sheer beaded ribbon.

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Uenue GUIDE

A Vetted Resource of the Most Reputable Special Event Locations Across the Southeast Our Venue Guide is all about finding the right location for your wedding. After all, it all starts with your venue. There are appropriate facilities for parties of all sizes, but when you’re choosing the perfect spot for your next event, all of those options can be overwhelming. The size of the crowd will narrow down your choices, but then there are still numerous types of venues to consider.

Whatever your particular tastes, when the time comes to choose your wedding location, make sure you know what to look for in a venue before you book.

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Wedding VENUE REVIEW

So, exactly what type of Occasion do you envision for your upcoming wedding? Knowing this will ease your venue search because the setting affects the overall style tremendously. Not to mention the budget! In the southeast, the options for brides are limitless. From country clubs to hotels, city clubs, oceanfront resorts, farms, barns, antebellum homes, private mansions and everything in between... a girl's got options. So, we've scoured the top cities to bring you the very best venues to select from.

QUESTIONS TO ASK A POTENTIAL VENUE . . . HOW MANY HOURS DOES MY RENTAL FEE INCLUDE? ARE THERE OVERTIME CHARGES? Some venues charge by the hour for use of their facility. Knowing exactly how many hours are included, and alloting plenty of time for set up and tear down is important.

HOW DO YOU CHARGE? PER PERSON, BY THE HOUR OR FLAT FEE? Always good to know how your venue charges for rental. It's likely that facilities who include catering will charge a per person rate and venues without catering will charge a flat fee or hourly rental.

CAN I BRING IN MY OWN VENDORS OR DO I HAVE TO USE A PREFERRED VENDOR LIST SUPPLIED BY THE VENUE? Many venues will supply you with a list of their preferred wedding vendors to use. This can be helpful to the bride who needs direction and referrals but also a hinderance for brides who know exactly which vendors they'd like to use. Clarify with your venue whether it's required or not to use their specfied vendors before you book.

CAN I BRING IN MY OWN ALCOHOL? Venues that don't carry their own liquor license often allow brides to bring in their own alcohol. This is not typically the norm, but there are a few venues out there with this option. Remember, if you do opt to bring in your own alcohol, you'll want to hire a bar service to tend to guests.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL THE SPACE HOLD (NOT JUST OFFICIAL CAPACITY) ACCORDING TO MY ROOM SET UP. Your room set up will greatly effect the amount of guests you can have at your wedding. Official capacities are for the fire marshal. You'll want to focus on how many guests you can fit into the room with a seated dinner, estate table, dance floor or buffet set up.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE VENUE RENTAL? Most venues have house items that are included in the cost of their facility rental like dancefloors, tables, chairs, standard linens, etc. But, there are several venues that don't offer this and could amount to an additional cost to you. Ask before you book.

WHAT IS THE PARKING SITUATION? Valet parking, limited options, street parking or ample complimentary parking for guests are all important things to consider.

WILL THERE BE OTHER WEDDINGS HAPPENING ON THE SAME DAY? Depending on the size of the venue, it will be nice to know whether your event will be the only event happening on property or if there will be others. Other events may infringe on your time use of the venue or confusion for guests so best to know ahead of time and be prepared.

IF NOT, IS THERE AN ALCOHOL MINIMUM? Often venues with liquor licenses will have a bar minimum in addition to the cost of their venue rental. Best to have a heads up about this before you book for budgeting.

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From the North Georgia Mountains, through Metro Atlanta to Macon... we bring you the largest venue resource in the south.

  DESTINATION VENUES ................ Pg 140

SAVANNAH VENUES .............. Pg 110

JACKSONVILLE VENUES .............. Pg 136 Northeast Florida is home to many beautiful venues from Amelia Island to St. Augustine.

ORLANDO VENUES ..................... Pg 122 Central Florida venues abound here!

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SOUTH FLORIDA VENUES .......... Pg 114 We bring you all the best venues in sunny South Florida.

RECEPTION VENUE CHECKLIST . . . The thing about a wedding venue is.... there are a lot of extras, options and upgrades and every single venue has a different package and procedure. So, to make sure you are comparing apples to apples use this handy checklist when identifing the best venue for you.

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COUNTRY CLUB OF THE SOUTH

Quietly nestled among lush pines, rolling hills, and sparkling streams lies perhaps the most beautiful wedding site in all of Georgia, The Country Club of the South.

Once I stepped foot into the Traditions Ballroom at Country Club of the South, I knew ‘this is it.’ Not only the overall appearance of the club met my expectations, but the staff was very professional and went above and beyond.

- Kylie Roger

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The three level stone and cedar clubhouse sets the stage for an unmatched experience of warmth and genuine southern hospitality. With the clubs magnificent ballroom, beautiful patio overlooking the 18th green, and a four-bedroom guest villa it’s no wonder that The Country Club of the South is the new favorite choice of couples in search of the perfect wedding. From an elegant seated dinner to a grilled feast on the terrace, you will experience award-winning cuisine under the close supervision of the Club’s acclaimed chef. You can also plan your rehearsal dinner, bridal shower or engagement party in one of the club’s five elegant private dining rooms. In addition to the world–class cuisine and beautiful lodge-like surroundings, you will also experience the ultimate in service-attention paid to your every need. Whether your style is traditional or unique, The Club’s professionals will bring your dream to life. From the first planning consultation to the creation of your one-of–a-kind wedding, you will have a team of talented personal “assistants” at your side every step of the way.

(678) 297-5951 4100 Old Alabama Road Johns Creek, GA 30022

WWW.THECOUNTRYCLUBOFTHESOUTH.COM BRITNEY.MILAM@OURCLUB.COM

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Johns Creek 55,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 10 CAPACITY: 10 - 500 CATERING: Onsite catering provided by award winning chef, custom designed menus including organic and vegan INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, linens, glassware, silverware, setup & breakdown, service staff PARKING: Complimentary Parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Outdoor and indoor ceremony sites, exquisite lodge style clubhouse with stone fireplace, golf course view, onsite 4 bedroom, 4 and a half bath, villa for fine lodging, outside terrace for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres LOCATED IN:

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All the guests had a wonderful time and are still admiring the delicious food and an amazing staff who made it all happen.

- Anna Meehan

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103 WEST

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CATERING: Onsite Catering & Pastry Chef INCLUDES: Tables, Chiavari chairs, linen, glassware, china, silverware, floral bud vases, votives, accent mirrors, house cocktail music and Baby Grand Pianos. Courtesy guest wireless and coat check. PARKING: Valet SPECIAL FEATURES: Newly renovated, stylish sophisticated decor. Located in Atlanta’s most prestigous neighborhood. Preferred guest rates available for Buckhead’s finest hotels. Part of the award-winning Buckhead Life Restaurant Group.

(404) 233-5993 103 West Paces Ferry Road Atlanta, GA 30305

WWW.103WEST.COM ASK103WEST@BUCKHEADRESTAURANTS.COM

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No address in prestigious Buckhead is more synonymous with unforgettable events than 103 West. Newly renovated, the elegant, classically modern venue is Atlanta’s premier event space. The Club Room, which welcomes guests with white floor-to-ceiling wainscoting accented by antique mirrors, is perfect for bridal luncheons or corporate events for up to 40 guests. The Buckhead Ballroom is bright and contemporary, with three elaborate crystal chandeliers, neutral fabric covered walls and four architectural columns. It can accommodate 150 seated guests around the custom black and white checkered dance floor or up to 250 guest reception style. At 4,500 square feet, the Grand Ballroom is the largest event space at 103 West, featuring a 15-foot vaulted ceiling in the entry way, mirrored ceilings, arched windows and six magnificent crystal chandeliers.


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Downtown 75,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 5 CAPACITY: 5,000 CATERING: Choose from our list of Atlanta's top caterers INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, stage, custom drapery system, and some speciality furniture items PARKING: Valet and self-parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Historic features including marble floors, crystal chandeliers, stained glass windows, and exquisite architectural details; LED marquee; elegant custom drapery system; high-speed internet; 1,000 - space parking deck (via an enclosed SkyBridge); hospitality suite LOCATED IN:

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200 PEACHTREE

200 Peachtree is unparalleled in its ability to offer a variety of aesthetics in one venue. Resplendent in its historic art deco style and crystal chandeliers, the Grand Atrium makes an elegant statement. Being the only marble floored ballroom in the city, the Grand Atrium features 30 foot ceilings, 14 foot crystal chandeliers, stately Greek columns topped by elegant Corinthian capitals, and a custom drapery system. Its over 18,000 square feet of space on the main floor and mezzanine accommodates from 150 to 1,200 guests on a flow basis. The Carnegie Ballroom is the definition of PARTY! With Italian globe lighting overhead and LED lighting throughout in your choice of colors, this blank canvas is amenable to any dĂŠcor you might choose.

(404) 522-5522

200 Peachtree Street NW Atlanta, GA 30303 WWW.200PEACHTREE.COM EVENTS@200PEACHTREE.COM

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AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE

Your fairytale begins here … whether you’re planning a wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner or bridal shower, you and your guests will be captivated by the lure of the historic ambiance and breathtaking collegiate and contemporary Gothic architecture of Agnes Scott College. The Julia Thompson Smith Chapel is available for your special day. Your ceremony can take place in our stunning yet intimate Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired chapel, designed to allow its natural setting to enhance special occasions. The chapel is approximately 1100 square feet with seating for up to 140 people. Multiple indoor and outdoor event facilities that seat up to 350 guests are available for your special occasion. For an unparalleled celebration filled with charm, beauty and modern conveniences, reserve your date today with Agnes Scott College in historic Decatur.

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CATERING: Catering on site, custom designed menus INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, linens, china and bar wares PARKING: Ample free parking, valet SPECIAL FEATURES: Historic site, picturesque campus, event lawns, garden, hardwood floors, close proximity to downtown Decatur

(404) 471-6700 141 East College Avenue Decatur, GA 30809

WWW.AGNESSCOTT.EDU SPECIALEVENTS@AGNESSCOTT.EDU

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Gwinnett County 15,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 2 CAPACITY: 400 CATERING: Exclusive Onsite Culinary Team, Personally Designed Menus INCLUDES: Wedding Coordinators, All Furnishings, Linens, Silverware, Fine China, Glassware, Candlelit Table Centerpieces, Chapel Sound System & Chapel Decor PARKING: Complimentary Onsite Parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Beautiful Indoor Chapel & Ballroom in one location, Unique floor to ceiling windows in Chapel & Ballrooms providing one of a kind views of private forest, All-Inclusive Pricing LOCATED IN:

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ASHTON GARDENS

Nestled within our own 6 acre forest, Ashton Gardens is the most unique wedding destination in Atlanta offering absolutely everything you need for the entire celebration. The Chapel “marries” the romantic serenity of natural light with majestic views of the private forest setting. Ivory pews, elegant candelabras, flowing greenery and the towering gabled ceiling welcome you as you walk down the center aisle. Your guests will adjourn from the Chapel ceremony, along the trellised colonnade, through “The Gallery” to our spectacular Ballrooms. Your guests will be totally in awe of the floor-to-ceiling clearstory windows with views of the wooded grounds and illuminated fountained courtyards. Spectacular crystal chandeliers and candlelight centerpieces reflect from the soaring glass walls creating the perfect atmosphere for your special day.

(678) 714-3363

260 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard Sugar Hill, GA 30518 WWW.ASHTONGARDENS.COM INFOATLANTA@ASHTONGARDENS.COM

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ATLANTA AIRPORT MARRIOTT GATEWAY

Airport 22,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 6 CAPACITY: 800 CATERING: Onsite catering available with customized menus, offsite catering approved for specialty events INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, linens, dancefloor, in-house staging, white silk floral centerpieces PARKING: Valet or Self Park Available SPECIAL FEATURES: Connected to Atlanta Airport via 2 minute free ride on the ATL Skytrain, LEED certified, spacious suites, beautiful event space

Host a celebration to remember at Atlanta Airport Marriott速 Gateway, the event destination that connects you with everything you need to create an unforgettable experience for your guests. Set the stage for a magical evening with the sparkling chandeliers and textured walls in our 12,000 square-foot Gateway Ballroom, the largest hotel ballroom in the airport area. Hold your pre- and post-event functions in our Gateway Ballroom Foyer, an ideal place to mix and mingle. Or host an event that reflects your unique sense of style with over 21,000 square-feet of flexible event space at your disposal. Allow our professional event planners to handle every detail as they help you execute the perfect themed party, banquet or family gathering. Satisfy even the most discerning palates with customized menus of exquisite cuisine from our fullservice culinary team.

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(404) 763-1544 2020 Convention Center Concourse Atlanta, GA 30337

ATLANTAAIRPORTMARRIOTTGATEWAY.COM CASSANDRA.PIERCE2@MARRIOTT.COM

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Buckhead 16,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 8 CAPACITY: 10-1,250 CATERING: Approved catering list INCLUDES: Limited tables & chairs, event manager and security PARKING: Complimentary SPECIAL FEATURES: Lush gardens and majestic woodlands surround the ultimate unique Atlanta venue that includes the renowned Swan House lawns and Grand Overlook Ballroom located in the heart of Buckhead. LOCATED IN:

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ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER

Let beauty and serenity set the scene at the glorious Swan House. Outdoor gatherings at this iconic 1928 mansion rise to unforgettable heights on private lawns with majestic cascading fountains and beautiful boxwood garden. After your ceremony, stroll across the bridge to enjoy the elegance of the Grand Overlook ballroom featuring a barrel vaulted ceiling, cherry-wood floors and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the magnificent Quarry Garden. Ceremonies on our terraces embrace nature in an impressive way. Our 1860s farmhouse and period gardens give your wedding remarkably rustic overtones and charming allure in a peaceful setting among the trees where your guests will experience a memorable, historic experience. The Members Room, our boutique ballroom, features three crystal chandeliers, windows overlooking the beautiful Asian American wooded garden and a sky-lit atrium with room enough for cocktails.

(404) 814-4090

130 West Paces Ferry Road Atlanta, GA 30305 WWW.ATLANTAHISTORYCENTER.COM/EVENTS SPECIALEVENTS@ATLANTAHISTORYCENTER.COM

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THE CARTER CENTER

Poncey-Highland 21,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 9 CAPACITY: 10-500 CATERING: Catering provided exclusively by Proof of the Pudding INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, setup/ break down, security, basic audio visual equipment, cleaning service and event manager PARKING: Complimentary onsite parking, valet can be arranged, onsite bus parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Ceremony and reception space, Japanese garden with waterfalls for photos, views of the grounds and natural light in all event spaces LOCATED IN :

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(404) 420-5113 453 Freedom Parkway Atlanta, GA 30307

WWW.CARTERCENTER.ORG/EVENTS MOLLY.ISON@EMORY.EDU

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Set on over 30 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, The Carter Center is located just minutes from downtown Atlanta, on the same site as the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. A distinguished venue for hosting wedding ceremonies, receptions, and rehearsal dinners, The Carter Center’s aweinspiring setting provides an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. We are privileged to partner exclusively with Proof of the Pudding, one of Atlanta’s most established caterers, for over 25 years. Whether you’re planning a wedding, conference, or cocktail reception, you will find the ideal venue in one of our nine wellappointed special event spaces.  We look forward to assisting you in turning your one-of-a-kind vision into a reality.


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Downtown 3,560 # OF EVENT SPACES: 8 CAPACITY: 500 CATERING: Onsite Food and Beverage INCLUDES: Tables, chairs and house linens. China, silverware and glassware. PARKING: Ample covered and secured self parking and valet parking are available. SPECIAL FEATURES: Ballroom located on the 49th floor with incredible views of Metro Atlanta with a pre function area with crystal chandliers. All of the private rooms have views of area. LOCATED IN:

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THE COMMERCE CLUB

The Commerce Club provides its guests with a distinguished setting conducive to business and social entertaining. The Club is located in the vibrant core of Atlanta's downtown area in the most prestigious address in Metropolitan Atlanta - the award winning One Ninety One Peachtree Tower, with sweeping views of the Atlanta Metro area. The Commerce Club Atlanta has committed itself to providing the finest dining experience and most impeccable service. Host a fabulous event and enjoy the fruits of your labor along with your guests. Our private event directors help with everything from food to decorations to entertainment, and our staff makes sure your event is truly memorable. No matter what the event, we'll create the appropriate mood and take the stress out of hosting. (Don't worry, you still get all the credit.)

(404) 222-0191

191 Peachtree Street, 49th Floor Atlanta, GA 30303 WWW.COMMERCECLUBATLANTA.COM CONTACTUS@COMMERCECLUBATLANTA.COM

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DOUGLASVILLE CONFERENCE CENTER

Nestled in historic downtown Douglasville, the new Conference Center is uniquely equipped to offer everything you need to stage a spectacular event. Whether planning an intimate or large-scale affair, the conference center can accommodate groups from 15 to 560 guests. Among its exquisite architecture and beautiful landscape, the conference center includes a 7,672-squarefoot ballroom that can be divided into five separate rooms, in addition to a business center, bride and groom dressing rooms, two pre-function areas and a 150-seat auditorium. The conference center also features a breathtaking rear terrace that overlooks Douglasville’s charming historic district. The unique blend of elegance and technology-savvy equipped rooms makes the new Douglasville Conference Center the perfect choice for weddings.

Douglasville 37,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 8 CAPACITY: 15-560 CATERING: Onsite catering INCLUDES: Tables and chairs PARKING: Self parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Rear terrace, O’Neal Plaza, located in the historic district, 30 minutes west of Atlanta including the airport, two bridal/groom suites LOCATED IN:

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(678) 715-6094 6700 Church St.

Douglasville, GA 30134 WWW.VISITDOUGLASVILLE.COM CONFERENCECENTER@DOUGLASVILLEGA.GOV

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Stone Mountain 40,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 28 CAPACITY: 700 CATERING: Onsite Catering featuring Custom Designed Menus INCLUDES: Tables, Chairs, Hotel Linens, Flatware, China, Stemware, Votive, Candles, Dance Floor and Staging PARKING: Complimentary Park Gate Entrance and Complimentary Parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Two Championship Golf Courses, The Spa at Evergreen, 24 hour Fitness Center, Indoor/Outdoor Heated Pools, Beautiful Lake and Mountain Views, Convenient to Downtown Atlanta

Your wedding is a blur. All your favorite people in the world are there and you barely have time to see them. How do you squeeze your thanks and excitement for each guest into a brief encounter on the receiving line? Atlanta Evergreen Marriott速 Conference Resort can help. Our stunning location designed to turn your beautiful big day into a memorable weekend. Breathe in the fresh air of your unforgettable wedding day at our indoor and outdoor venues tucked in 3,200 wooded acres of Stone Mountain Park. Our versatile event spaces and the surrounding natural beauty set the stage for intimate gatherings and the grandest of celebrations. Relax with your bridesmaids at our soothing spa. Take a peaceful walk with your new family through calm forests or challenge each other to a hike to the top of the mountain. Do it all and enjoy your big day even more as you leave the details to our team of talented service professionals.

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EVERGREEN MARRIOTT CONFERENCE RESORT

(770) 879-9900 4021 Lakeview Drive

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GEORGIAN TERRACE HOTEL

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Onsite Catering, Customized Packages INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, china, glass, silver, dancefloor, staging, specialty linens of satin floorlength table lines with chair cover and tie, coordinating napkin colors. Complimentary bartender, attendant fees, cake cutting and service. PARKING: Valet or self on property SPECIAL FEATURES: Historic property, crystal chandeliers, classic charm, floor to ceiling windows, onsite rehearsal dinner venue: Livingston Restaurant CATERING:

(404) 897-1991 659 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30308

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Atlanta’s Modern Classic located in the heart of the city’s business and cultural district, The Georgian Terrace Hotel is a midtown icon familiar to anyone who knows Atlanta. The Georgian Terrace delivers a brand of service rarely found, even in the south. We don’t just fulfill we anticipate needs, and with a host of new and improved amenities we aim to exceed our guest’s expectations. Once you take a look at all we have to offer, from our three classic ballrooms to our spacious penthouse suites and our award-winning catering, we can begin to help you make the wedding of your dreams into reality. The Georgian Terrace has been the site of Atlanta celebrations since 1911. In fact, the hotel hosted one of the city’s most memorable events, the premier gala for Gone With the Wind. Romantic, historic, artistic and fun, with wonderful architectural elements, practical amenities and bend-over-backwards service, The Georgian Terrace Hotel has it all.


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Midtown 11,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 3 CAPACITY: 600 CATERING: Approved catering list INCLUDES: One-hour exhibition tour, limited tables & chairs, special event staff, security, housekeeping PARKING: Parking facility managed by Lanier Parking. Selfparking and valet available. SPECIAL FEATURES: Indoor and outdoor event space, soaring interior lobbies, private viewing of permanent collection or renowned special exhibitions, located in the heart of Midtown. LOCATED IN:

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HIGH MUSEUM OF ART

The sleek, stunning, award-winning architecture of the High Museum of Art, designed by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, lends an extraordinary and elegant atmosphere for your event. Architect Renzo Piano designed the Margaretta Taylor Lobby as part of the Museum's 2005 expansion. The generous space is furnished with beautiful hardwood floors and graceful, eighteen-foot-high ceiling. With floor-toceiling windows on the North and South walls, the Lobby offers grand views of the campus and piazza, surrounded by Midtown Atlanta. The Stent Family Wing provides a dramatic, light-filled space for any special occasion. Below the fan-shaped glass ceiling, the Robinson Atrium features granite floors and an elegant four-story ramp leading to the Museum's permanent collection galleries. The Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza offers a picturesque exterior view of the Museum.

(404) 733-4439

1280 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, GA 30309 WWW.HIGH.ORG/SPECIALEVENTS AMY.MARCELLANA@WOODRUFFCENTER.ORG

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HISTORIC ACADEMY OF MEDICINE AT GEORGIA TECH

In the heart of bustling Midtown Atlanta, the Historic Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech is one of Atlanta’s most unique and elegant venues for receptions, weddings, dinners, and meetings. Built in 1941, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and boasts beautiful composition and neoclassical architecture. Radiant with charm and elegance, the facility displays Doric columns, an entry portico, and a central rotunda with black and white Italian marble floors accented with the famous Czechoslovakian chandelier seen in the movie, “Gone with the Wind”. Matchless photo opportunities are abundant. The Historic Academy of Medicine offers OldWorld elegance and intimacy, coupled with first-class service. We will assist you with everything you need to host an event of a lifetime.

Midtown 19,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 7 CAPACITY: 5-230 CATERING: Choose from a preferred list of caterers. Kosher catering available. On-site bar service INCLUDES: 250 Chiavari chairs, tables, baby grand piano, dance floor, basic audio equipment, bridal suite, setup and break-down PARKING: Reserved and/or valet on-site parking can be arranged SPECIAL FEATURES: Historic Landmark, Italian marble floors, Close proximity to Marta, walking distance to hotels, restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Easy access to 75/85. LOCATED IN:

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(404) 894-1414 875 West Peachtree Street NW Atlanta, GA 30309

WWW.ACADEMY.GATECH.EDU INFO@ACADEMY.GATECH.EDU

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Downtown 180,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 50 CAPACITY: 3,000 CATERING: On-site catering with customized menus INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, hotel linen, dance floor, staging, podium, table numbers, votive candles and a designated banquet captain PARKING: Valet SPECIAL FEATURES: $65 Million renovation of all guestrooms, ballrooms, outlets and common areas. Three elegant ballrooms, including the largest hotel ballroom in Georgia at 30,000 sq. ft. Historic atrium style hotel LOCATED IN:

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HYATT REGENCY ATLANTA

Let Hyatt Regency Atlanta help you plan a remarkably successful wedding. Perfectly located in downtown Atlanta on Peachtree Street, Hyatt Regency Atlanta offers a sophisticated environment that is the ideal setting for your event, with more than 180,000 square feet of flexible event space, tastefully appointed guest suites and an inviting atmosphere for you and your guests to enjoy. Our expert wedding and event planners are on hand to help you with all of the details, from personalized décor and custom catering menus to block room reservations and group activities. And now when you celebrate your wedding day at Hyatt, you can earn free honeymoon nights at any Hyatt Hotels & Resorts location worldwide. At Hyatt Regency Atlanta, our renowned service and extraordinary amenities will make your special event a time to remember.

(404) 460-6460

265 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta, GA 30303 WWW.ATLANTAREGENCY.HYATT.COM ATLRA.CATERING@HYATT.COM

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JW MARRIOTT ATLANTA BUCKHEAD

Buckhead 22,300 # OF EVENT SPACES: 5 CAPACITY: 400 CATERING: Onsite catering available with customized menus, offsite catering approved for specialty events INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, linens, dancefloor, in-house staging PARKING: Valet or self parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Luxury full service with private event space, world class shopping in walking distance, full fitness center with steam and sauna rooms, close proximity to MARTA transit system LOCATED IN:

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Indulge your guests with unparalleled luxury in the uniquely elegant setting and newly refined spaces at JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead. Inside the exclusive Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, we’ve carefully crafted a sophisticated environment, perfect for your most important occasion. From our incredible surroundings and magnificent event spaces to the breathtaking results of our $12 Million modernization and seamless, personalized service, we are singularly focused on providing everything you need for a memorable event. From intimate gatherings to grand celebrations, allow our professional event specialists to create an elegant banquet for up to 400 guests in our breathtaking 9,000 square-foot Phoenix Ballroom. Or plan for memories that last a lifetime in our Grand Foyer with our pictureperfect Grand Staircase, a striking backdrop for a fabulous cocktail party or reception.

(404) 262-8668 3300 Lenox Rd. NE Atlanta, GA 30326

WWW.JWMARRIOTTBUCKHEAD.COM JENNIFER.G.HILL@MARRIOTT.COM

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Buford 16,344 # OF EVENT SPACES: 20 CAPACITY: 500 CATERING: Onsite INCLUDES: All packages include: Invitation to one of our Wedding Menu Showcase (up to four guests) prior to your wedding, complimentary wedding night accommodations for the bride and groom and breakfast in bed, special room rates for your overnight guests, & more! PARKING: Valet parking and selfparking SPECIAL FEATURES: Breathtaking panoramic backdrops of Lake Lanier, romantic floating pier, wooded lakeside hideaway, picturesque arbor, pristine sandy beach LOCATED IN:

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LANIER ISLANDS

Picture a pristine lakeside destination under a canopy of pines as the scenic backdrop for your Georgia wedding. With 38,000 acres of water surface to explore, stone accents blended with rustic wrought iron embellishments, a Lake Lanier wedding is a physical manifestation of Southern romance. Boasting over 20 Georgia wedding locations throughout the 1,500acre resort for both ceremonies and receptions, Lanier Islands is the ideal place to begin your new life together. Whether your vision of an ideal ceremony is in a wooded lakeside hideaway or along a sandy beach while waves peacefully lap at the shore, Lanier Islands affords you an abundance of options. Proud new member of the Southern Living Hotel Collection.

(678) 318-7857

7000 Lanier Islands Parkway Buford, GA 30518 WWW.LAKELANIERISLANDS.COM INFO@LAKELANIERISLANDS.COM

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LOFT AT CASTLEBERRY HILL

LOFT at Castleberry Hill is a private event venue specializing in corporate events, weddings, and social soirees. Located three blocks from the Georgia Dome, our vision is to create a unique experience, through tailored events, delicious cuisine, and exceptional customer service. The possibilities for hosting fabulous events are endless, and we invite you to let our LOFT team create the ultimate experience for you!

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(404) 420-7030 170 Northside Drive SW, Suite 96 Atlanta, GA 30313

WWW.LOFTATCH.COM LOFT@CINTL.COM

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Downtown 160,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 10 CAPACITY: 2,500 CATERING: Catering onsite, custom designed menus INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, linens, flatware, china, stemware, votive candles, dance floor, staging PARKING: Valet parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Three beautiful ballrooms, 50 story breathtaking atrium, The Spa, 24 hour Fitness Center, indoor/outdoor pool and terrace, amazing skyline views LOCATED IN:

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ATLANTA MARRIOTT MARQUIS

Make your next occasion truly special, and give your guests an experience they won’t forget at the stylish Atlanta Marriott® Marquis. With flexible, customizable spaces to choose from, it’s easy to find the perfect backdrop, no matter what your event. Three elegant ballrooms, each offer a unique design, gorgeous décor and flexible pre-function spaces to add to the experience. Dining reaches new heights at Sear specializing in fire-inspired steak, seafood and even desserts. Make a day of pampering and blissful indulgences part of the event with our full-service Spa. And don’t forget the guest rooms and suites, which offer incredible views and plenty of space for out-of-town guests, smaller gatherings or a place to get some rest after a day or evening socializing. It’s everything you need for a memorable and flawless event, in the heart of Atlanta,at the Atlanta Marriott® Marquis.

(404) 586-6079

265 Peachtree Center Avenue Atlanta, GA 30303 WWW.ATLANTAMARQUIS.COM MANDI.TISHMAN@MARRIOTT.COM

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THE MANOR GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

The Manor's skilled culinary team has crafted delicious event menus that will satisfy your senses, but can always design a customized menu that is sure to impress your guests as well. With several well-appointed rooms to suit the size of your event, we invite you to tour The Manor today.

Alpharetta 5,049 # OF EVENT SPACES: 6 CAPACITY: 200 CATERING: Onsite catering, wedding packages, customized menus INCLUDES: Rental includes room/space, linen and glassware, set up and break down. PARKING: Complimentary SPECIAL FEATURES: Outdoor event lawn, several room options to fit the size of your group, beautiful outdoor views including golf course and North GA Mountains, beautiful stone work and decor. LOCATED IN:

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(678) 366-3886 15951 Manor Club Drive Alpharetta, GA 30004

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Overlooking the beautiful North Georgia Foothills, our enchanted clubhouse features amazing stone detail befitting a European castle. The clubhouse at The Manor Golf and Country Club is truly majestic and lavishly designed with old-world details and timeless European architecture. Featuring a scenic ceremony lawn, large ballroom and exquisite small dining rooms, an event at The Manor is truly unforgettable.


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Stockbridge 16,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 6 CAPACITY: 300 CATERING: Kitchen rental available INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, bridal suite PARKING: Free parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Beautiful natural setting viewed from covered veranda. Large windows allow natural light for daytime events and spectacular chandeliers for an evening glow. Only 20 minutes south of the airport and easily accessible from I-75, I-285 and I-675. LOCATED IN:

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MERLE MANDERS CENTER

Looking for the perfect meeting or event venue comfortably south of Atlanta? Merle Manders Center is classy and sophisticated enough for a formal affair, yet cozy and relaxed enough for a fun, laid back type of atmosphere. Whether you host your corporate meeting, conference, wedding, reception or special event at MMC, you can be rest assured that it will be a special event to remember. The impressive center is adjacent to the beautiful and serene Clark Park, which is a city park that has a flowing creek, over 2 miles of walking trails and 2 pavilions. The center has over 14,000 square feet of meeting space, with a 6,000 square-foot fully carpeted ballroom complete with a huge stone fireplace, 30 foot peaked wood ceiling, beautiful chandeliers with several lighting options and a variety of setup options.

(770)111389-5982 Davis Road

Stockbridge, GA 30281 WWW.MMCCEVENTS.COM EVENTS@CITYOFSTOCKBRIDGE-GA.GOV

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THE MORROW CENTER

The Morrow Center is poised to create your event with affordable elegance. We will provide complete concierge service throughout your entire event and we have the flexibility to work within your budget without compromising your imagination. Event planning options range from the guest supplying their own amenities to a total care package coordinated fully by our team. Guests of The Morrow Center enjoy a host of event amenities including 4,700 sq. ft. ballroom- multiple floor plans, hardwood stage for ceremony & dance, state-of-the-art audio sound system, full 120” screen & LCD presentations, movable hardwood dance floor, 18” high ceilings, 2 large (2,000+ sq. ft.) reception areas, rehearsal dining built-in induction buffet, complimentary wi-fi and 500+ parking spaces, coat room and main desk concierge, wedding planner on staff, and full bar options.

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CATERING: Choose from our preferred caterers list INCLUDES: Tables, Chairs, inhouse sound system,  Built in 334 sq. ft. Hardwood Stage, Wi-Fi, Coat Room & Concierge Service PARKING: Onsite complimentary parking, valet parking optional SPECIAL FEATURES: Dining Lounge with built in Induction Buffet, Designer Axminster Belgium Carpet, Built in 120” Drop down Screen and LCD Projector, Brazilian Firewood Marble

(678) 489-5161 1180 Southlake Circle, Ste. 100 Morrow, GA 30260

WWW.MORROWCENTER.COM LESLIE@CITYOFMORROW.COM

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Newnan 6,250 # OF EVENT SPACES: 6 CAPACITY: 500 CATERING: Approved Caterers List INCLUDES: Rental fee is for an eight hour period and includes a one-time room set-up of tables and chairs PARKING: Onsite complimentary parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Beautifully appointed venue with stylish decor; indoor and outdoor event capabilities; convenient location with proximity to shopping, dining and accommodations LOCATED IN:

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THE NEWNAN CENTRE

The Newnan Centre is the perfect venue for the perfect event day. Our professional staff will assist you with every detail to ensure your event is flawless. The Newnan Centre is a beautifully appointed state-of-the-art venue with a 6,250 square foot ballroom, divisible into four individual rooms, designed to meet any event need. For weddings, the bride’s room features a separate dressing room with makeup table and three way mirror. The groom can relax in style in the stately groom’s room. A full service kitchen is available to your caterer selected from the Centre’s Approved Caterers List. Alcoholic beverages must be served through the Centre’s licensed provider. From the beautifully appointed ballroom to the outdoor amphitheater, the Newnan Centre has what you need to orchestrate an event.

(678) 673-5494

1515 Lower Fayetteville Road Newnan, GA 30265 WWW.NEWNANCENTRE.COM CAROL@NEWNANCENTRE.COM

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THE PEACHTREE CLUB

Imagine yourself 28 stories above the heart of Midtown, outside and surrounded by the amazing Atlanta Skyline. The Peachtree Club and 28th Floor Skyline Terrace is the only rooftop venue of its kind in Atlanta. Ceremonies under the stars and receptions among the clouds create the perfect rooftop wedding and the most unique events in the city. Panoramic views from Kennesaw Mountain to Stone Mountain, spectacular sunsets, twinkling lights and cool Georgia breezes combine to create an elegant and romantic atmosphere for you and your guests. With the Club’s six private dining rooms, the main dining room, European Bar and Skyline Terrace, the event possibilities are endless. From intimate dinner parties to receptions for up to 200, The Peachtree Club is available to meet a variety of special event needs. It is a perfect location to show off Atlanta to out-of-town friends and family.

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Atlanta, GA 30309

WWW.ATLANTAROOFTOPWEDDINGS.COM KPURVIS@PEACHTREECLUB.COM

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CATERING: Award winning onsite catering INCLUDES: Use of entire facility, chiavari chairs, tables, ivory linens, glassware/silverware, votives, cake riser, service staff PARKING: Self parking in secure deck SPECIAL FEATURES: Panoramic views of Midtown, Piedmont Park and Buckhead, 1700 square feet of outdoor event space, retractable awnings provide shade and relief from light rain, highest outdoor venue in the Southeast

(404) 817-0999 999 Peachtree Street, NE/ 28th Floor

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Midtown 18,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 5 CAPACITY: 300 CATERING: Onsite and ethnic catering INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, linens, dance floor and audio visual PARKING: Valet SPECIAL FEATURES: Warm, inviting lobby complete with fireplace, stylish atmosphere, original artwork by local artists, pet-friendly policy LOCATED IN:

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RENAISSANCE ATLANTA MIDTOWN HOTEL

A distinctive blend of Southern hospitality, artful sophistication and modern comfort, Atlanta’s newest AAA® Four Diamond boutique hotel is the ultimate starting point to explore Atlanta’s most unique event spaces. Our expert event planners and talented culinary team can help you coordinate the perfect event in the avantgarde High Ballroom for up to 250 guests with a dance floor. Rooftop 866 is an open air lounge option with dramatic sweeping views of Midtown’s shimmering skyline. With sculptured fire pits and a spectacular water wall, it serves local microbrewery beers, oneof-a-kind handcrafted cocktails and a small plates menu…perfect for a bachelorette party, pre-reception cocktail hour or wedding after-party. Come discover what’s new and next where modern glam meets Atlanta charm.

(678) 412-2400

866 West Peachtree Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30309 RENAISSANCEATLANTAMIDTOWN.COM DREW.TAYLOR@MARRIOTT.COM

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RENAISSANCE ATLANTA WAVERLY HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER

Atlanta Galleria 60,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 6 CAPACITY: 1,000 CATERING: Catering onsite, offsite allowed for specialized events INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, linens, white or ivory chair covers, and colored sashes, flatware, china, stemware, votive candles, dance floor, in-house staging PARKING: Self Parking is complimentary; Valet parking available SPECIAL FEATURES: 14 story atrium lobby, access to Galleria Gardens, spa services available, full fitness center, steam and sauna

With a 30 year tradition of hospitality and special event excellence in Atlanta, the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel has just the team and space to create your most memorable event. Our 14 story sun-drenched atrium lobby offers a unique sense of arrival, and the perfect location for wedding photos, a cocktail reception or just spending time with colleagues, family or friends. Beyond our atrium you’ll discover 4 beautiful ballrooms, all with individual sound, climate controls and lighting. With high ceilings, natural light and marble columns, the Garden Court is a lovely setting for cocktail receptions or after dinner dessert and coffee gatherings. Compliment the perfect special event with overnight stays in one of our 522 spacious guest rooms and suites. For the ultimate in special treatment, SpaWaverly offers soothing, personalized treatments, or relax in our complimentary Fitness Center, sauna, and indoor salt water swimming pool.

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(770) 953-4500 2450 Galleria Parkway SE Atlanta, GA 30339

WWW.RENAISSANCEWAVERLY.COM ATLRB.LEADS@RENAISSANCEHOTELS.COM

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Johns Creek 3,500 # OF EVENT SPACES: 3 CAPACITY: 250 CATERING: Onsite caterer with custom menus, vegetarian available INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, linens, glassware, silverware, setup/ breakdown, centerpieces PARKING: Complimentary self parking available, valet service available SPECIAL FEATURES: Golf course view, outdoor ceremony site, close to hotels, board room and private banquet rooms LOCATED IN:

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ST. IVES COUNTRY CLUB

Sitting majestically atop one of the highest points in North Fulton County is St Ives Country Club’s crowning jewel, a 45,000 square foot stone encased clubhouse. Once inside, you experience the feeling of an 18th Century country English Manor. Full height mahogany paneling, crystal chandeliers, woven carpets handmade in the Far East, and silk wall coverings are just some of the spectacular appointments. Whether entertaining honored guests, hosting a small private party, throwing a large holiday event or coordinating an executive golf outing, St Ives Country Club provides the perfect combination of private elegance and impeccable service to make your event the talk of the town. Enjoy our culinary artists’ finest creations whether it is one of our menus or a menu that will reflect your own personal style. Let us help you create a special occasion for all to enjoy!

(770) 623-1239 ext 1107

One St Ives Country Club Drive Johns Creek, GA 30097 WWW.STIVESCOUNTRYCLUB.ORG JBRUMMOND@STIVESCOUNTRYCLUB.ORG

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VECOMA AT THE YELLOW RIVER

Vecoma is Atlanta’s most secluded, charming and distinctive special events venue. Guests enjoy PRIVATE use of the lovely romantic lodge hidden in a 70 acre forest oasis. Included on the RIVERSIDE property is a huge back lawn perfect for large gatherings, ceremonies or games. Vecoma is a family owned business which specializes in the personal touch. In 1927 Venie and Cotton Mather completed a 6-sided cabin made entirely of stone and wood taken from the property. The lodge was named Vecoma, combining the first two letters of each of their names. The foundation and chimney of this family relic still remain next to the new reception hall built in 1996. The large deck on the back of the hall overlooks the woods, lawn and river. It is rich in history and natural beauty. Today, the family of Venie and Cotton Mather invite you to enjoy Vecoma as you celebrate your own historic and special event.

Gwinnett 3,500 # OF EVENT SPACES: 3 CAPACITY: 330 CATERING: Onsite catering with organic, vegan options, full alcohol license INCLUDES: Chairs, tables, dance floor, centerpieces, decorations, dinnerware PARKING: Ample free onsite parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Riverside, 70 acre forest oasis in a metropolis with total privacy, fireplace in a lovely lodge, indoor/outdoor events, huge lawn available for outdoor activities, large covered veranda, family owned LOCATED IN:

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(770) 972-6540 4400 Vecoma Lane Snellville, GA 30039

WWW.VECOMA1.COM VECOMA@MINDSPRING.COM

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Downtown 9,547 # OF EVENT SPACES: 3 CAPACITY: 500 CATERING: Choose from a preferred catering list of Atlanta’s finest caterers INCLUDES: Visit our website for a complete list of our inventory PARKING: Valet and self parking available SPECIAL FEATURES: Rooftop venue, breathtaking view of the Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead skyline, indoor and outdoor space available, helipad, outdoor patio and firepits LOCATED IN:

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VENTANAS

Ventanas offers its dramatic floor-toceiling windows to reveal a sweeping view of downtown and midtown Atlanta - a view that soars from Stone Mountain to Kennesaw Mountain. Perched atop the 14th and 15th stories of the Park Pavilion building in Downtown Atlanta's Luckie Marietta District, Ventanas offers more than 9,000 inspiring square feet of premier indoor and outdoor rooftop space. Located across the street from Centennial Olympic Park, The Georgia Aquarium and the World of CocaCola, Ventanas offers an array of Atlanta entertainment opportunities. Spacious, lightfilled and designed for flexibility with help from our catering partners, Ventanas allows you to customize the indoor and outdoor entertaining space for a signature event, whether for 50 people or 500.

(404) 766-3867 275 Baker Street Atlanta, GA 30313

WWW.VENTANASATLANTA.COM SALES@VENTANASATLANTA.COM

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VINEWOOD PLANTATION

Vinewood Plantation is the ideal venue for your outdoor wedding ceremony, reception, or special event. Vinewood Plantation’s crowning gem is the original historic farmhouse. Built in 1852, The Main House still has all of it’s original historic charm while offering the contemporary amenities you may need on the day of your event while preparing for your special occasion. The Main House is available the day of your wedding for everything from a bridal luncheon to bridal party preparations, as well as wedding party photography. The Wedding Tree at Vinewood is by far the most popular outdoor ceremony site for our couples. Imagine exchanging your vows beneath the leafy canopy of an ancient pecan tree with a picturesque backdrop of the hillside and rolling pastures beyond. Additionally, Vinewood Plantation offers her rustic horse barn and pastures for your dream wedding ceremony and reception or special occasion.

Historic Newnan 5,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 1 CAPACITY: 250 CATERING: You must select your caterer from our handpicked vendor list. Any alcohol offered must be provided, delivered and serviced by your chosen caterer or a licensed alcohol catering company permitted by Coweta County. INCLUDES: Included in the venue rental fee are harvest tables and mix-matched vintage wooden chairs to seat up to 150 guests. PARKING: free on site self-parking SPECIAL FEATURES: In 2011, Vinewood Plantation was opened to couples as a canvas to paint the rustic wedding ceremony and reception of their dreams. LOCATED IN:

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(404) 520-7465 1324 Roscoe Road Newnan, GA 30263

WWW.VINEWOODPLANTATION.COM INFO@VINEWOODEVENTS.COM

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West Midtown 10,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 2 CAPACITY: 550 CATERING: Choose from our list OR introduce your choice of caterer. The WCAC provides all bar and bar staffing under our GA Liquor License. INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, stage, house A/V system, fullday access to the facility PARKING: Free self-parking onsite with valet available SPECIAL FEATURES: Contemporary space for Ceremony and Reception, location easily accessible from many areas of Atlanta, stunning one-of-a-kind exterior mural LOCATED IN:

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WESTSIDE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER

NEWLY OPENED, this iconic event facility is located just minutes from Downtown Atlanta and Buckhead. We are not your typical premium venue - the Westside Cultural Arts Center is updated but still true to its past. The space retains the raw integrity reminiscent of the industrial era, but has been modernized with a contemporary flair. This stunning new renovation has left no detail undone and serves as a blank canvas for any style of decor. Choose from two separate, adjoining spaces, or combine them and allow your guests to explore our full facility. The Atrium boasts a stunning, sculptural bar, custom sound and projector, and two elegant 36" mirror balls. The Gallery houses one of the finest modern art exhibits in America. Original concrete floors and pillars interplay with modern fixtures throughout.

(678) 218-3740 760 10th Street NW Atlanta, GA 30318

WWW.WESTSIDEARTSCENTER.COM OCCASIONS2014@WESTSIDEARTSCENTER.COM

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BANQUET HALLS OF ALVATON & JONESBORO ABOUT: The

Banquet Halls of Alvaton & Jonesboro are two of South Atlanta’s best kept secrets. Alvaton is a 10,000 sq. ft. 1927 historically built landmark located 12 miles south of Peachtree City and Senoia, Georgia. It’s elegant & charming structure is equipped to host all types of events, specializing in indoor/outdoor weddings & receptions. Alvaton has been meticulously restored with hand-trimmed support columns, beautiful chandeliers, and refurbished original hardwood floors with a 3000 sq. ft. covered porch that encircles the entire building. Jonesboro is a 7000 sq. ft. event space located about 15 miles south of Atlanta Hartsfield Airport. Jonesboro’s interior is designed with Roman Corinthian columns; beautifully French inspired bronze chandeliers, and a huge gorgeous cypress hardwood dance floor to keep your guests dancing all night long!!

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Offsite Licensed Caterers Welcome.

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Gold chiavari chairs, tables

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(404) 634-0606

50-500; Jonesboro: 50-300

24599 Hwy 85 Alvaton, GA 30218

990 Pointe South Parkway, Jonesboro, GA 30238 WWW.THEBANQUETHALL.COM VMARIEROSE@ALVATONBANQUETHALL.COM

BERKELEY HILLS COUNTRY CLUB Celebrating it's 50th Anniversary, Berkeley Hills is one of Atlanta's premier Country Clubs specializing in beautiful events and corporate functions ranging from 10 to 300 people. Offering customized menus, exceptional service, elegant facilities, and personalized attention, our team of professionals will turn your ideas into a truly extraordinary occasion. Your guests will enjoy the perfect entertaining area with great cocktails and conversations before proceeding into our grand ballroom complete with vaulted ceilings, large picture windows, and a beautiful wrap around covered veranda overlooking our incredible golf course.

ABOUT:

LOCATED IN: CATERING:

Duluth

Full service catering

INCLUDES: Banquet tables, chairs, linens, china, silverware, glassware, and dancefloor CAPACITY:

(770) 448-8353 2300 Pond Road Duluth, GA 30096

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ABOUT: Award

winning Carl House! The home of 'Extraordinary. Memorable. Events.' Why all the buzz? A sterling reputation, lavishly appointed interiors including a dramatic 4,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom with classic curved staircase, ten working fireplaces, exquisite gazebo, lush private gardens, dramatic covered porches, 30 plus acres of tranquil pasture land, a charming rustic barn, exquisite culinary prepared in-house chef, in-house florals, and custom vendor services all designed to assist a busy bride! Our team of experts will help you with as much or as little of the planning of your wedding, guiding you step by step. We begin with a relaxed, private planning session with our in-house planner to best understand your vision. Once your planning is mapped out, you'll be on your way to putting together the wedding you’ve always envisioned!

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CARL HOUSE

Gwinnett/Barrow

Onsite and offsite catering by in-house Executive Chef

INCLUDES: Tables, mahogany charivari chairs, flatware, stemware, linens, centerpieces, exquisite bride and groom suites and in-house decorations

(770) 586-0095

CAPACITY:

350

1176 Atlanta Highway Auburn, GA 30011

WWW.CARLHOUSE.COM INFO@CARLHOUSE.COM

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DOUBLETREE BY HILTON ATLANTA BUCKHEAD HOTEL

Celebrate with style while in the heart of Buckhead at the lovely, newly renovated Doubletree by Hilton Atlanta Buckhead Hotel! Host your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, class reunion or any other special celebration in our intimate, boutique-style hotel. Our flexible event space can accomodate groups from 20-200 in traditional ballrooms or in our modern restaurant and lounge. Our grand Peachtree Ballroom features 6 modern chandeliers, mirrored walls and beautiful 13 ft ceilings- a perfect setting for your special event!

ABOUT:

LOCATED IN:

Buckhead

Onsite catering for all events. Outside catering allowed for Kosher or Indian events. CATERING:

INCLUDES: House Linens, Standard Centerpieces and Votive Candles, Round and Rectangular Tables, Chairs, China, Dance Floor, Staging and Experienced Event and Banquet Professionals

(404) 238-0015

CAPACITY:

400

3342 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326

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FESTIVAL HALL

ABOUT: Festival Hall, located in historic Downtown Greensboro, is a beautiful and flexible 550-seat venue for cultural, entertainment and social events. The art-gallery lobby welcomes guests and invites them to enter a spacious, 4500 square-foot auditorium that can comfortably accommodate 275 guests in banquet seating. Come stroll along or sit inside our lovely garden area or beside our fountains. This charming facility is ready to help you create life-long memories and is conveniently located less than 5 minutes from I-20. LOCATED IN:

Downtown Greensboro

CATERING: We have a preferred caterers list. Catering is done offsite, but we feature a concession area complete with dual sink, refrigerator and bar. INCLUDES: Venue rental includes full use of all audio and video equipment, security, all cleaning services, and venue usage for set-up during business hours the day before your event (if available).

(762) 243-8022

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275

201 N. Main St P.O. Box 711 Greensboro, GA 30642

WWW.FESTIVALHALLGREENSBORO.COM C.YAWS@ATT.NET

THE GEORGIA CLUB ABOUT: Whether you are planning an intimate affair or large celebration, the amenities at The Georgia Club create a beautiful and warm setting for your dream day. Located minutes from downtown Athens, The Georgia Club offers so many unique options, there is simply not another wedding venue like it!

With an outdoor wedding garden, indoor ceremony location, two reception venues with customizable floor plans for up to 300 people, and award-winning cuisine, let The Georgia Club create the wedding you have always imagined. LOCATED IN: Athens CATERING: Onsite catering, wedding packages available, custom menus upon request INCLUDES:

Banquet tables, chairs, linens, china, silverware and glassware

CAPACITY:

300

(770) 725-3110 1050 Chancellors Dr. Statham, GA 30666

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ABOUT: The Gilbert House is a charming antebellum home perfect for hosting intimate weddings, events and celebrations. Enjoy the vintage feel of an Historic Southern Home from the "Shabby Chic" interior filled with eclectic pieces to the beautifully manicured front lawn and relaxing front porch. The venue is well suited for birthday/anniversary parties, tea parties, showers, rehearsal dinners, launch parties, workshops and more. With a comfortable sitting room, two dining rooms and an activity room, the space is both inviting and functional. LOCATED IN: CATERING:

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THE GILBERT HOUSE

Historic Roswell

Preferred caterers

Exclusive use of our The Gilbert House for your event; complimentary Wi-Fi, coffee, tea and filtered water; use of kitchenette equipped with refrigerator and microwave; use of MP3, radio and CD music system, and Internet enabled 42" flat screen television; 46" round tables and elegant white Chiavari chairs with white linens and your choice of house satin overlays; onsite facility manager for duration of your event INCLUDES:

(678) 607-5231

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49

38 Sloan Street Roswell, GA 30075

WWW.GILBERTHOUSEROSWELL.COM INFO@GILBERTHOUSEROSWELL.COM

GWINNETT ENVIRONMENTAL AND HERITAGE CENTER

ABOUT: At the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center (GEHC), we believe your wedding should reflect your personal style as a couple and therefore, we invite you to bring in the wedding professionals of your choice. We have an incredible indoor/outdoor venue with a variety of spaces for the couple dreaming of a contemporary, nature infused or vintage inspired location. Nestled just half an hour from the center of Atlanta, GEHC is the first LEED Green Building in Gwinnett County, and only a quick ride up I-85 or I-985 to have the wedding of your dreams. GEHC offers outstanding customer service, flexibility, affordability, and a definite WOW FACTOR! LOCATED IN: Gwinnett County CATERING: Brides are more than

choice.

welcome to use the caterer of their

Wedding and Reception Includes 9-hours; Ability to Choose Own Vendors; Set-up and Breakdown of our Rented Tables and Chairs; Use of Prep-Kitchen; Personal Rental Attendant and Operations/IT Staff Representative during Wedding and Reception. CAPACITY: 400 INCLUDES:

(770) 904-3500 2020 Clean Water Drive Buford, GA 30519

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LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT + BAR Located within the historic walls of The Georgian Terrace, Livingston boasts a warm ambient interior that sets the tone for a fabulous event. Guests will enjoy southern inspired American cuisine while taking in the views of Midtown. Livingston offers several vibrant entertaining spaces that are perfect for corporate events and celebrating special occasions such as birthdays/anniversaries, bridal/baby showers, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and post-wedding brunches.

ABOUT:

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

New American

PRIVATE DINING OPTIONS: Private

Dining Room accommodates 20 seated and 35 cocktail, Mezzanine accommodates up to 50 seated and 100 cocktail. Main Dining Room and Mezzanine may be utilized for a restaurant buyout with the option to include exclusive use of the Bar+Lounge.

NEIGHBORHOOD: SEATS:

Midtown

Up to 150

(404) 898-8323

659 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30308 WWW.LIVINGSTONATLANTA.COM INFO@LIVINGSTONATLANTA.COM

THE PAYNE-CORLEY HOUSE ABOUT: Built in 1873, The Payne-Corley House is an elegantly restored farmhouse that is lovingly maintained by owners who also operate the business day to day. With 3. 5 acres of lush grounds we offer several outdoor ceremony options for your garden wedding. A dedicated Event Specialist will work with you from the time you book your event until you depart your reception as husband and wife, offering the personal experience you deserve on your special day. The home's interior features all hardwood floors and a custom built 12 ft. bar designed from reclaimed barn wood. Neutral tones throughout offer the perfect backdrop to bring in your own style and colors. Our on-site, scratch kitchen will provide your guests with a dining experience they will rave about. LOCATED IN: Atlanta CATERING: Exclusive Onsite Culinary Team, Personalized Menus, GlutenFree, Vegetarian and Organic Options Available. INCLUDES: Event Specialist, Chivari Chairs, Floor Legnth Linens, Silverware, Fine China, Glassware, Centerpieces, Votive Candles, Cake Stand, House Sound System

(770) 476-5366

CAPACITY:

2987 Main Street Duluth, Georgia 30096

WWW.PAYNECORLEYHOUSE.COM INFO@PAYNECORLEYHOUSE.COM

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ABOUT: With multiple venues on property, St Marlo Country Club brings the beauty of the outdoors in. St Marlo pairs first rate amenities with delectable cuisine and a well trained staff, making the perfect combination to help you host a great event. Choose the room that best suits your engagement’s style; our boardroom, dining room, bar and grill, and banquet hall all feature large beautiful picture windows. For those seeking an outdoor event, our stone courtyard complete with fire pit and waterfall will be exactly what you are looking for. LOCATED IN:

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ST MARLO COUNTRY CLUB

Duluth

Full service catering, customized menus and wedding packages are available. CATERING: INCLUDES:

Banquet tables, chairs, linens, china, silverware, and glassware.

CAPACITY:

150

(770) 495-7725

7755 St. Marlo Country Club Pkwy Duluth, GA 30097 WWW.STMARLO.COM AMY.DONAHUE@STMARLO.COM

VICTORIA BELLE MANSION AND VINTAGE WHITE BARN

(706) 637-4933

ABOUT: Let your forever begin here - Victoria Belle Mansion and Vintage White Barn, a full service venue offering both outdoor and indoor wedding and reception sites. Weddings at Victoria Belle make a statement: refined elegance. Our staff is prepared to make your special day memorable and unique. From ceremonies and receptions, rehearsal dinners to bridesmaids' luncheons, weddings at Victoria Belle are unforgettable. Your guests will always remember the relaxed elegance and sophistication of your Victoria Belle wedding. LOCATED IN: Southern arc of Atlanta CATERING: Use our caterer or provide your own licensed and insured caterer. INCLUDES: Use of the Mansion, Barn, & beautifully manicured 3 acre estate - includes a garden gazebo with 2 fountains; a covered veranda which overlooks a 6 foot waterfall and the barn; a vineyard. Includes wedding & reception chairs; tables, white linens & napkins; china tableware, flatware and glasses. Baby grand piano with music library CAPACITY: 300

602 East Main Street Hogansville, GA 30230

WWW.VICTORIABELLEWEDDINGS.COM VICKIE@VICTORIABELLEWEDDINGS.COM Main image by Photos By Jessica Lynn; small left photo by Avery Photography; small right photo by Paris Mountain Photography

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WATERFALL CLUB ABOUT: Nestled in the North Georgia Mountains, Waterfall Club offers some of the most breathtaking scenery to be found anywhere. Our Exclusive private club was designed to be a refreshing retreat with The Lodge perched high above Lake Burton. Events are often held on the Lodge's premium porch where guests feel as if they are surrounded by the sun as it sets. Located less than two hours from Atlanta and Athens - you will feel as if you are a world away. Events are custom tailored with the perfect setting, menus, and services. ensuring you create memories that will last a lifetime. LOCATED IN:

Lake Burton, Clayton, Georgia

CATERING: Full Service Catering department on site. Special Dietary needs met by classically trained chef. List of preferred vendors and overnight accommodations available upon request. INCLUDES: Set up break down, tables chairs & default linen, Work with our events coordinator for your perfect wedding! CAPACITY:

250

(706) 212-4000 1105 Waterfall Drive Clayton, GA 30525

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THE B LOFT ABOUT: The B Loft is a high-end modern loft perfect for intimate events and parties such as rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, birthday celebrations, baby showers, bridal luncheons and much more. The space can easily accomodate up to 80 people for a seated dinner and 100 for cocktail reception style events. LOCATED IN:

Buckhead

CATERING: You

are more than welcome to bring in your own catering. Recommendations are available upon request. INCLUDES: [5] 6ft tables, [5] 48� round tables, 30 chiavari chairs (mixed colors of white, silver and gun metal), Lounge furniture setting (all white couch 2 clear chiavari chairs, glass coffee table, 2 silver side tables) CAPACITY:

(404) 963-7898 690 Miami Circle Suite 600 Atlanta, GA 30324

WWW.THEBLOFT.COM PARTY@THEBLOFT.COM

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THE RICHMOND HILL CITY CENTER

SAVANNAH

ABOUT: The Richmond Hill City Center is the only LEED Certified building in Bryan County, Georgia; where modern comfort meets the environmentally conscious. We provide Southern Hospitality at its finest in a unique environment that cannot be matched. We are ideally situated 20 minutes from Savannah inside JF Gregory Park; Richmond Hill City Center was designed with weddings and family gatherings in mind. A country club atmosphere with a beautiful garden, this natural environment is the perfect location for your event. The Great Ogeechee Ballroom with its glass filled walls and porch allows guests to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Historic Wetlands while in comfort. For smaller more intimate gatherings, Red Bird Creek is the perfect venue. Whether grand or intimate, our professional team is at your service to make your dream a reality. LOCATED IN:

Onsite Culinary Team, Offsite Catering, Sustainable Option

INCLUDES:

Space, Tables, Banquet Chairs, White House Linens, Dance Floor

CAPACITY:

400

Menu

(912) 445-0035

Richmond Hill

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520 Cedar Street Located Inside J.F. Gregory Park Richmond Hill, GA 31324 WWW.RICHMONDHILLCITYCENTER.COM INFO@RICHMONDHILLCITYCENTER.COM

SAVANNAH STATION ABOUT: With

12,000 square feet of event space in the heart of downtown Savannah, this historic venue has everything a bride needs. Originally constructed in 1902, Savannah Station features facilities that can accommodate both weddings and rehearsal dinners. Their 6,000-squarefoot ballroom and 2,000-square-foot bar areas are perfect for occasions of any size. Extras like beverage service, dĂŠcor, food and entertainment coordination make your event more manageable, and special details such as crystal chandeliers, ornate woodwork, 13-foot ceilings and brick floors make it memorable. Savannah Station is also happy to work with your event planner to make everything go as smoothly as possible. Savannah Station is truly a one-stop venue for a grand event.

LOCATED IN: CATERING:

Historic Savannah

List of Approved Caterers

Tables, Chairs, Sound System for Background Music and Announcements

INCLUDES:

(912) 233-5400

CAPACITY:

601 Cohen Street Savannah, GA 31401

WWW.SAVANNAHSTATION.COM SAVANNAHSTATION@GMAIL.COM

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THE ADDISON

Imagine saying "I do" below a canopy of 100 year-old Banyan trees with a grand cascading fountain set as the backdrop. Imagine sharing your vows in the 10,000 square foot courtyard of a restored 1920s estate built by famed architect Addison Mizner himself. Whether you are dreaming of a unique celebration, steeped in Old World elegance and charm or a traditional ballroom affair, the Addison is the perfect setting to host the single most important day of your life. The only venue in Florida dedicated exclusively to weddings and events to ever receive the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award for excellence in cuisine, service and atmosphere, the Addison offers a highly personalized service. With a la carte menus, your very own complimentary wedding coordinator and a variety of spaces perfect for a grand affair or a small elegant celebration, The Addison will help you to create an experience that you and your guests will never forget.

Boca Raton 21,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 3 CAPACITY: 250 CATERING: Exclusive, onsite catering with custom menus created by our Five Star Diamond Executive Chef INCLUDES: Tables, chiavari chairs, linens, dinnerware, dance floor, AV equipment, bridal suite, bars PARKING: Complimentary valet parking for groups of 50+ SPECIAL FEATURES: Outdoor and indoor ceremony sites, dramatic naturally canopied aisle, Old World 1920s elegance and charm LOCATED IN:

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(561) 372-0568 2 E. Camino Real

Boca Raton, FL 33432 WWW.THEADDISON.COM SPECIALEVENTS@THEADDISON.COM

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PALM BEACH MARRIOTT SINGER ISLAND BEACH RESORT & SPA

SOUTH FLORIDA

Palm Beach/Singer Island 3,560 # OF EVENT SPACES: 7 CAPACITY: 150 CATERING: Onsite catering INCLUDES: Certified Event Planners will make your event memorable by placing the perfect touch on all dĂŠcor, allowing your individual style to shine. Choose from decadent house linens, tables and chairs to give your event a cherished feel. PARKING: Valet SPECIAL FEATURES: Beachfront, beach access, condo style guest suites, full service spa LOCATED IN:

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A Palm Beach wedding resort that offers luxurious and serene surroundings, along with gorgeous condo-like guest suites, a full- service spa, and plenty of ways to soak up the sun on our beachfront location. The Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa provides the perfect indoor and unique outdoor space for your special day. Located directly on the beach, place your toes in the sand and let the ocean be your backdrop on your special day. Hold elegant dinners and receptions at 3800 Ocean, our on-site restaurant with beautiful ocean views. Our Certified Wedding Planners are experts in helping couples plan the perfect wedding. Each Certified Wedding Planner has completed specially designed course work that covers a variety of wedding protocols and etiquette, as well as culinary and decorating trends.

(561) 340-1713

3800 North Ocean Drive Singer Island-Riviera Beach, FL 33404 WWW.MARRIOTTPALMBEACH.COM/WEDDINGS CARLY.RETZ@MARRIOTTPB.COM

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SOFITEL MIAMI HOTEL

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.

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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 CATERING:

(305) 503-8317 5800 Blue Lagoon Drive Miami, FL 33126

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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.


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TRUMP INTERNATIONAL BEACH RESORT

SOUTH FLORIDA

Sunny Isles Beach 22,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 16 CAPACITY: 250 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 LOCATED ON:

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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, is it our mission to create and deliver an experience that is nothing short of perfection. At Trump International Beach Resort, our team prides itself on affording you and your guests uncompromising levels of distinctive and intuitive personalized service . . . delivered with the warmth of genuine hospitality. We promise you an experience that is sincere, unique, and entierly unforgettable.

(305) 692-5612

18001 Collins Avenue Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160 WWW.TRUMPMIAMI.COM WEDDINGS@TRUMPMIAMI.COM

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EASTPOINTE COUNTRY CLUB ABOUT: Over the years we’ve come to intimately understand the challenges in flawlessly executing an event. Eastpointe Country Club’s continued success simply comes down to an incredibly personalized level of service, which we deliver time and time again. Floor to ceiling windows overlooking our 18th island green provide a picture perfect backdrop while our team works tirelessly in the background, their dedication and experience ensuring every detail is immaculate and nothing is overlooked. The bar and dining room just underwent a renovation, and our outdoor ceremony space is set against the same lake, fountains and island green. We recognize that these amenities are nothing without your personal touch, guests and our staff to bring them alive creating memories that will last a lifetime.

SOUTH FLORIDA

LOCATED IN: CATERING:

Palm Beach Gardens / Jupiter

Onsite with customizable menu selections

INCLUDES: Tables, Chairs, White Linens and Napkins, Dance Floor, Cake Cutting, Votive Candles, Wedding Day of Coordination

(561) 626-6860

CAPACITY:

250

13535 Eastpointe Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33417 WWW.EASTPOINTE-CC.COM ASCHILLING@EASTPOINTE-CC.COM

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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MIAMI 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. No matter the size or season, Four Seasons Hotel Miami is the perfect city hotel with a resort-like feel for truly spectacular weddings.

ABOUT:

LOCATED IN:

Downtown Miami

Menus are farm-to-table with mainly local products, kosher catering also available

CATERING:

INCLUDES: Hotel underlays and overlays tables, chairs, bars, accent showplates, chiavari chairs, etc. CAPACITY:

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

WWW.FOURSEASONS.COM/MIAMI/WEDDINGS JUSTINA.HARRIOTT@FOURSEASONS.COM

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MAYFAIR HOTEL AND SPA ABOUT: A stylish sanctuary in the exclusive waterfront enclave of Coconut Grove. The Mayfair Hotel & Spa is ideal for Miami destination weddings, as well as, for special occasions. Celebrate the start of your life together with an amazing sense of style midst 20,000 square feet of flexible space, including the Zen-inspired Asian Garden, the tranquil Palm Terrace, the natural woods of the Havana Room, the Above Mayfair rooftop pool and the classic elegance of the Crystal Ballroom. LOCATED IN:

Miami – Coconut Grove

All Catering is freshly prepared by our renowned Chef and can accommodate Kosher, Vegetarian, Vegan, Allergy Sensitive, etc.

CATERING:

CAPACITY:

216 seated

(305) 779-5120

3000 Florida Ave Coconut Grove, FL 33133

SOUTH FLORIDA

INCLUDES: Chiavari chairs for the ceremony, tables, chairs, Hotel underlay and bars

WWW.MAYFAIRHOTELANDSPA.COM JASON.HOROWITZ@MAYFAIRHOTELANDSPA.COM

WESTIN DIPLOMAT RESORT & SPA ABOUT: Beautiful venues, delicious cuisine and sublime details, the delights are endless. Whether your dream is to exchange vows overlooking the ocean, or a sunset reception amid a Mediterranean-inspired setting, we blend expertise with intuition to create a celebration as unique and individual as you are. Your dedicated Westin Diplomat wedding specialist will listen closely to your vision and anticipate your needs to ensure every element of your celebration is distinctly you. LOCATED IN: CATERING:

Hollywood

Onsite, Kosher, Indian, Organic

INCLUDES: House linens, votive candles, tables, banquet chairs, staging and dance floor CAPACITY:

1,500

(855) 293-8851

3555 South Ocean Drive Hollywood, FL 33019 WWW.DIPLOMATRESORT.COM DIPLOMATINFO@WESTIN.COM

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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 resorts modern and newly refreshed 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 sunbathed 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.

Orlando 185,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 45 CAPACITY: 3,024 CATERING: Onsite, offsite for Kosher INCLUDES: 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. LOCATED IN:

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RENAISSANCE ORLANDO AT SEAWORLD

(407) 351-5555 6677 Sea Harbor Drive Orlando, FL 32821

WWW.RENAISSANCESEAWORLD.COM LASHAWN.FREY@MARRIOTT.COM

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Say “I do” to that special someone at the premier Orlando World Center Marriott. Offering 200 lush acres of stunning landscape, this enchanting, world-class destination fulfills couples dreams of the perfect wedding, from an intimate ceremony to an opulent affair, highlighted by award-winning service and culinary expertise. Conveniently located only 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World® and just minutes from all major theme parks and attractions, we are sure to be the destination for your friends and families. Offering breathtaking event space in various sizes and atmospheres, lavish banquet rooms and elegant, spacious ballrooms with soaring ceilings that can accommodate even the largest guest list. At the Orlando World Center Marriott, we pride ourselves in creating exquisite experiences for everyone traveling with you on your journey to wedded bliss.

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Orlando 450,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 50 CAPACITY: 9,480 CATERING: Preferred caterers INCLUDES: Certified Wedding Planners-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: The Orlando World Center Marriott offers breathtaking event space in various sizes and atmospheres. Our Orlando, Florida resort features lavish banquet rooms and elegant, spacious ballrooms with soaring ceilings that can accommodate even the largest guest list. LOCATED IN:

(407) 238-8521

8701 World Center Drive Orlando, FL 32821 WWW.ORLANDOWORLDCENTERWEDDINGS.COM LOIS.MCGINNIS@MARRIOTT.COM

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EAGLE CREEK GOLF CLUB

The banquet team of Eagle Creek Golf Club's Belfry Restaurant is dedicated to bringing a simple touch of elegance to your wedding, reception or private event that will not only satisfy your wishes but create nothing but cherished memories. Our facilities are perfectly suited to accommodate everything from small to larger parties complete with room for a dance floor. We offer a simply spectacular venue and from the moment you cross the stone bridge to arrive at our New England Manor style clubhouse, you know something exceptional awaits you!

ABOUT:

LOCATED IN: CATERING:

Orlando

Onsite food preparation, cakes and candy can be offsite

INCLUDES: Set/up, break/down, white tablecloth linens, round tables that sit up to 10 guests each, basic colored napkins, manor-style chairs, white resin padded chairs (ceremony area only), etc. CAPACITY:

550

(407) 273-4653

10350 Emerson Lake Boulevard Orlando, FL 32832

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WWW.EAGLECREEKGOLF.INFO IJOHANNES@EAGLECREEKORLANDO.COM

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THE ESTATE ON THE HALIFAX ABOUT: A unique and perfect find for the discriminating bride and groom who are looking for an elegant and exquisite wedding venue. Our Exclusive Use reservations make your wedding day and night an officially private and superb event. Your guests will arrive in amazement as your ceremony takes place at one of our select ceremony locations, The Chapel (1897) The Garden Gazebo or possibly The River Walk site. Perhaps you prefer an outdoor reception ... always a myriad of choices available at The Estate. Your wedding day does not end there, upon exiting your elegant reception the Bride and Groom will be strolling to Agatha’s Guest House for their sensational Honeymoon Night! A premier and private 10 acre Estate located on the Halifax River in Port Orange, Florida, The Estate on the Halifax. LOCATED IN: CATERING:

Port Orange on The Halifax River

Several Options available

INCLUDES: A Private Exclusive Use reservation includes The Tavern, The Chapel, The Club Car, The Gardens & Koi Ponds, Snow White’s Cottage, The Garden Gazebo, and more!

(386) 763-2285

CAPACITY:

5123 South Ridgewood Avenue, Suite B Port Orange, FL 32127 WWW.ESTATEONTHEHALIFAX.COM INFO@ESTATEONTHEHALIFAX.COM

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LAKESIDE RANCH

Come experience Central Florida’s newest exclusive wedding and events venue! Situated on Florida’s Nature Coast, Lakeside Ranch offers unmatched beauty and southern hospitality. Lakeside Ranch at Connell Lake offers 600 acres of rolling hills, romantic moss-draped oak trees, picturesque setting, and close proximity to Ocala/Gainesville, Tampa, and Orlando. Lakeside Ranch is ideal for parties and events of all types: wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate retreats, evening receptions, holiday parties, birthday and anniversary celebrations, bar or bat mitzvahs, charity galas, high school proms and sweet sixteen parties. Contact us to schedule a private tour!

ABOUT:

LOCATED IN:

Inverness

CATERING: Approved Caterers with the option to provide your own alcohol & customized menus

(352) 201-4882

INCLUDES:

Farm Tables, Farm Cocktail Tables, Chiavari Chairs, &

CAPACITY:

450

Benches

4554 E Windmill Dr. Inverness, FL 34453

WWW.LAKESIDE-RANCH.COM EVENTS@LAKESIDE-RANCH.COM

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WINDERMERE GOLF CLUB If you are looking for some of the best venue space in Orlando, FL then the best kept secret is Windermere Country Club. 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 fifty 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 staff provides exceptional service and uncompromising attention to detail. Relax and truly enjoy your experience! Mention this ad to find out about a free champagne toast.

ABOUT:

LOCATED IN: Windermere CATERING:

Onsite catering, wedding packages, customized menus

INCLUDES: Rental includes ballroom, ceremony site, linen and glassware, dance floor, champagne toast, set up and break down.

(407) 876-1112

CAPACITY:

250

2710 Butler Bay Drive North Windermere, FL 34786 WWW.WINDERMEREGOLF.COM REQUEST@WINDERMEREGOLF.COM

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THE HISTORIC SAFETY HARBOR RESORT AND SPA

Safety Harbor 30,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 16 CAPACITY: 300 CATERING: On-site catering, fully customizable menu packages, able to work within any dietary restrictions. INCLUDES: Ceremony Venue Fee includes ceremony space, theater style chairs, arch, wedding ceremony & coordination. Most Wedding Packages include wedding cake, champagne toast, four hours of open bar, cocktail hour/hors d’oeuvres and dinner. PARKING: Complimentary SelfParking; Fee for Valet Parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Unique Ballrooms, Full Service 50,000 square foot Spa, On-Site Hair and Makeup Salon LOCATED IN:

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(727) 724-7727 105 North Bayshore Drive Safety Harbor, FL 34695

WWW.SAFETYHARBORSPA.COM JGIORDANO@SAFETYHARBORRESORT.COM

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Historic events deserve historic locations. Overlooking Tampa Bay, the resort is best known for the natural mineral springs over which it is built. Spanish explorers discovered the springs in 1539 while searching for the Fountain of Youth and visitors have been “taking the waters" of Espiritu Santo Springs (Springs of the Holy Spirit) ever since. Designated as a Florida Heritage Landmark in 1998, this historic hotel is one of Tampa Bay’s favorite event locations and with good reason. The resort’s tranquil location is complimented by a full service conference and catering staff, offering extensive event and banquet expertise and with a variety of menus and options to help you plan the perfect event.


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TAMPA'S LOWRY PARK ZOO

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Congratulations on your engagement! For your special day, make your dreams come true by choosing Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. For celebrations large and small, the Zoo has many venues and catering options available that will suit your budget. Exchange your vows in Africa at sunset or host your reception or rehearsal under the stars in Australia. Our picturesque Zoo is the perfect place for your fairytale wedding day.

TAMPA

Tampa 20,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 5 CAPACITY: 625 seated CATERING: Please contact the Sales & Catering Department. INCLUDES: Champagne or Sparkling Cider Toast for the Bridal Party; Bridal Suite; Table Linens; Tables; Chairs; China; Glassware PARKING: Free self-parking. Valet parking can be arranged for an additional cost. SPECIAL FEATURES: Lush gardens, waterfalls, ponds, fountains, upclose animal encounters, panoramic views of animals, climate-controlled facilities, state-of-the-art AV equipment, spacious patios and rides. LOCATED IN:

Let the Zoo create a unique and memorable experience for your big day. We would love the chance to show you everything the Zoo has to offer, and help with your wedding planning.

(813) 935-8552 ext. 421 1101 W. Sligh Ave. Tampa, FL 33604

WWW.LOWRYPARKZOO.COM/WEDDINGS MYEVENT@LOWRYPARKZOO.COM

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THE VINOY® RENAISSANCE ST. PETERSBURG RESORT & GOLF CLUB

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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 Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club provides the perfect storybook setting. Acknowledged as the epicenter of social life in St. Petersburg when it opened in 1925, The 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.

St. Petersburg 62,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 36 CAPACITY: 10-800 CATERING: 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 bay view venues, gazebos and elegantly appointed ballrooms LOCATED IN:

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(727) 894-1000 501 Fifth Avenue, NE

St. Petersburg, FL 33701 WWW.WEDDINGSATVINOY.COM VINOYWEDDINGS@RENAISSANCEHOTELS.COM

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RENAISSANCE TAMPA INTERNATIONAL PLAZA HOTEL

ABOUT: 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. LOCATED IN:

Tampa Westshore

Our award winning culinary team will create personalized menus to meet all special requirements

CATERING: INCLUDES:

White or black linens, standard centerpieces, dance floor

CAPACITY:

450

(813) 313-3222

4200 Jim Walter Boulevard Tampa, FL 33607 WWW.RENAISSANCETAMPAWEDDINGS.COM MARIA.CAMPOS@RENAISSANCEHOTELS.COM

ROCKING H RANCH The Rocking H Ranch is Lakeland's "Hidden Jewel". We are located halfway between Orlando and Tampa, Florida, nestled in between southern moss filled grandfather oaks and green pastures. Blessed with 100 beautiful acres, a private residence, on a working cattle ranch. Once you arrive, you're transported back into time as you enter the long driveway and drive past a two story Plantation home with wrap around porches. Our Barn is a fun filled site that seats 300 and leaves room for a dance floor and a large stage too! We offer the ranch as a whole rental or in smaller options to meet our clients needs.

ABOUT:

TAMPA

LOCATED IN:

Lakeland

CATERING: Although we have preferred caterers, we are open to meeting new ones too! INCLUDES: We include total Privacy with one event per day. We include an Event Planner, either round 60 inch tables and/or 8ft rectangular tables CAPACITY:

2,000

(863) 581-1710 2200 Ewell Road Lakeland, FL 33811

WWW.ROCKINGHEVENTS.COM ANGELAHIGGY11@GMAIL.COM Main image by Carrie Wildes Photography; small images by Jordan Weiland Photography

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TAMPA AIRPORT MARRIOTT ABOUT: 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. LOCATED IN:

Tampa

Onsite Catering, allow offsite for Indian Cuisine, kosher kitchen on property

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INCLUDES: Hotel centerpieces, round table seating, head table, sweetheart table, linens, china, silverware, staging, dance floor CAPACITY:

(813) 878-6505

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4200 George J Bean Parkway Tampa, FL 33607 WWW.TAMPAAIRPORTWEDDINGS.COM JESSICA.BRESSMER@MARRIOTT.COM

TAMPA MARRIOTT WATERSIDE HOTEL & MARINA

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 waterfront location on Tampa’s Riverwalk, but the many facilities and amenities this city-center hotel has to offer: 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.

TAMPA

ABOUT:

LOCATED IN:

Downtown Tampa

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, complimentary suite for bride and groom and more!

(813) 204-6338

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700 South Florida Avenue Tampa, FL 33602 WWW.TAMPAWATERSIDEWEDDINGS.COM MEGHAN.RUGER@MARRIOTT.COM

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THE VAULT Located in the heart of Tampa’s Downtown Arts District, The Vault is a unique and versatile venue. The historical, neo-classical building was constructed in 1923 as The Exchange National Bank. Now revitalized, the space combines elegant architecture with a contemporary feel. The Vault’s restored interior space is highlighted by 35 foot tall ceilings with intricate medallion ornamentation and a second floor mezzanine that overlooks the open gallery. Floor-to-ceiling window walls offer stunning views of Tampa’s skyline. Just outside the main entrance is a charming private park to accommodate outdoor entertaining. The Vault provides for a one of a kind wedding, private party, corporate event, fundraiser, fashion show, art exhibition, and more. This urban space exudes a sophisticated vision with diverse decorating and catering options to make your event special.

ABOUT:

LOCATED IN:

Downtown Tampa

CATERING: Offsite

(813) 225-3450

catering and vendors allowed; Onsite bar service

INCLUDES:

Tables, white chiavari chairs

CAPACITY:

200

611 N Franklin St Tampa, FL 33602

WWW.THEVAULTTAMPA.COM INFO@THEVAULTTAMPA.COM

LAKESIDE RANCH

Come experience Central Florida’s newest exclusive wedding and events venue! Situated on Florida’s Nature Coast, Lakeside Ranch offers unmatched beauty and southern hospitality. Lakeside Ranch at Connell Lake offers 600 acres of rolling hills, romantic moss-draped oak trees, picturesque setting, and close proximity to Ocala/Gainesville, Tampa, and Orlando. Lakeside Ranch is ideal for parties and events of all types: wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate retreats, evening receptions, holiday parties, birthday and anniversary celebrations, bar or bat mitzvahs, charity galas, high school proms and sweet sixteen parties. Contact us to schedule a private tour!

ABOUT:

TAMPA

LOCATED IN:

Inverness

CATERING: Approved Caterers with the option to provide your own alcohol & customized menus

(352) 201-4882

INCLUDES:

Farm Tables, Farm Cocktail Tables, Chiavari Chairs, &

CAPACITY:

450

Benches

4554 E Windmill Dr. Inverness, FL 34453

WWW.LAKESIDE-RANCH.COM EVENTS@LAKESIDE-RANCH.COM

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The Conference Center at the Main Library is no cookie cutter venue. Unique, inviting spaces all under one roof provide endless possibilities for everything from intimate parties to large, overthe-top celebrations. Flexible banquet rooms with mood lighting and attractive interiors are easily transformed into something eclectic, thematic, romantic, dramatic—whatever your heart desires. With stylish architecture at every turn, enjoy hors d’oeuvres in the artadorned Gallery or mix and mingle over cocktails in The Lounge at 303 North. The light-filled Atrium with its Grand Staircase features the most impressive bridal photo spot in the city! So if you want the storybook ending to your big day, book a classic—The Conference Center at the Main Library, downtown Jacksonville’s unique event destination.

Downtown Jacksonville 20,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 12 CAPACITY: 400 CATERING: Choose your own caterer and bartender. Convenient catering and prep kitchens are available for use on site. INCLUDES: Packages include event supervision, chairs, equipment and furniture rental, technical and audio/visual support, etc. PARKING: Parking options include metered parking and nearby parking lots and garages. SPECIAL FEATURES: Classic architecture with modern amenities. Tropical landscaped Courtyard with elegant water feature. Spectacular Grand Staircase. LOCATED IN:

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(904) 630-1947 303 Laura Street North Jacksonville, FL 32202

WWW.JAXPUBLICLIBRARY.ORG/CONFERENCECENTER JPLCONFERENCE@COJ.NET

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THE CONFERENCE CENTER AT THE MAIN LIBRARY


MARINELAND Plan your unforgettable wedding celebration or birthday party at one of Florida’s most beautiful venues – Marineland Dolphin Adventure! Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime experience with a beach - and dolphins! – as your backdrop. With a birthday party program and three available wedding packages, you are sure to find something that fits your celebration.

ABOUT:

LOCATED IN:

St. Augustine

Outside caterers allowed

CATERING:

INCLUDES: Exclusive access to the habitat deck areas, use of tent, bridal and groomsman lounges, sound system, tables and chairs, banquet / cocktail tables, two dolphin behaviors and one hour rehearsal CAPACITY:

100

(904) 471-1111

9600 Oceanshore Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32080 WWW.MARINELAND.NET JWHITTEMORE@GEORGIAAQUARIUM.ORG

THE TREASURY ON THE PLAZA The Treasury on the Plaza’s Grande Ballroom opened in 1928 as Saint Augustine’s landmark bank on the bayfront plaza. The opulent Mediterranean Revival architecture features towering ceilings with exquisite detailing and ornate columns that wrap the room in luxury. The Grande Ballroom is a stunning setting for ceremonies and receptions, and the adjacent Exchange Gallery can serve up to 300 for a cocktail hour. Situated in the very heart of the downtown historic district, weddings and receptions at The Treasury on the Plaza are within easy walking distance of local churches, hotels and the bayfront.

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CATERING:

heart of downtown Saint Augustine

Catering service kitchen for use by Preferred Caterers

The Grande Ballroom, The Exchange Gallery, Bridal Suite, Groom's Suite, The Vault Bar, banquet tables, chiavari chairs, multicolor lighting system & marble dancefloor INCLUDES:

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300, Seated

JACKSONVILLE

LOCATED IN: The

(904) 217-0077

24 Cathedral Place Saint Augustine, FL 32084 WWW.TREASURYONTHEPLAZA.COM INFO@TREASURYONTHEPLAZA.COM

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ATLANTIS

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. 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.

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Paradise Island 20,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 40 CAPACITY: 1,000 CATERING: 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 LOCATED ON:

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Nassau, New Providence Bahamas

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THE COVE ATLANTIS

Paradise Island 20,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 40 CAPACITY: 1,000 CATERING: Onsite catering INCLUDES: 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 LOCATED ON:

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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 closeddoor cabanas, blackjack by the adultsonly 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.

Paradise Island

Nassau, New Providence Bahamas

WWW.THECOVEATLANTIS.COM INFO@LOVEATLANTIS.COM

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At Honey Lake Plantation, a wedding is more than just a beautiful setting and a ceremony. It is a storybook of moments that enrich the memories of a bride and her invited guests beyond a walk down the aisle… beyond a dance… and beyond a cake. It begins with Southern Plantation architecture amid 5,000 acres of natural wooded beauty, streams, lakes and horse pastures. A proper Southern wedding is a rite of passage. It’s about celebrations and traditions. A rehearsal dinner lit by candles and lanterns suspended from the boughs of a century-old Live Oak. The Soiree…a bride and her court enjoying a celebratory last night of pampering in the spa. Or perhaps, most important, "The Handoff"… A Honey Lake Plantation ritual pause [reserved only for Dad and his little girl] before that long walk down the aisle. These are moments that shouldn’t be missed, nor will they be forgotten. Honey Lake Plantation…"Properly Southern."

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East of Tallahassee 25,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 8 CAPACITY: 1,000 CATERING: Onsite, vegetarian, glutenfree, organic, custom, specialty INCLUDES: Tables, chairs (indoor & outdoor), white floor length linens, linen napkins, silverware, glassware, banquet staff, dance floor, day of coordinator PARKING: Valet, Self-parking, Parking attendants SPECIAL FEATURES: Southern plantation architecture, Onsite Southern Revival Style church housing stained glass windows, pews & ringing bell that are over a 100 years old with a breathtaking view of an 80-acre lake, 5,000 acres of lush plantation LOCATED IN:

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(850) 948-9911 1290 NW Honey Lake Road Greenville, FL 32331

WWW.HONEYLAKEPLANTATION.COM WEDDINGS@HONEYLAKEPLANTATION.COM

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ONE AND ONLY OCEAN CLUB

Paradise Island 5,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 4 CAPACITY: 200 CATERING: Full 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 LOCATED ON:

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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.

Paradise Island

Nassau, New Providence Bahamas

WWW.OCEANCLUB.ONEANDONLYRESORTS.COM       CELEBRATIONS@ONEANDONLYOCEANCLUB.COM  

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Like a treasure in paradise, Key West Harbour is perfectly situated off the pristine shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean and the crystal clear waters of Boca Chica Inlet. Its unmatched location is the perfect secret haven for dining, boating, scuba diving, dolphin tours and some of the best sport fishing in the Florida Keys. Known as “America’s Southernmost Marina,” Key West Harbour features three 150 MPH hurricane-rated indoor dry rack facilities and 100 water slips for vessels up to 110 feet. In addition, dine at The Club, an island-inspired restaurant which also features Sunday brunch from 11am-2pm. Key West Harbour is the Keys newest up-and-coming location for weddings and celebrations. Stay in one of their fully furnished oceanfront suites, the perfect place for a honeymoon getaway or bachelorette party. While enjoying the marina, also take advantage of their clubhouse, sauna, fitness center, and pool.

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Onsite INCLUDES: Wedding packages include (4) hours of premium open bar, champagne toast, (4) butlerpassed hors d’oeuvres, plated/buffet style dinner, cake cutting service, sodas, coffee, teas, tables, chairs and white linens. Banquet packages are also available, as well as customized menus to fit your personal needs. PARKING: Valet available SPECIAL FEATURES: Island-inspired gourmet restaurant, The Club; fully furnished oceanfront suites; private beach; infinity pool, aqua aerobics; yoga on the beach; sauna; & more! CATERING:

(305) 292-3121 6000 Peninsular Ave Key West, FL 33040

WWW.FLORIDAMARINACLUBS.COM KWEVENTS@FLORIDAMARINACLUBS.COM

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Naples 7,538 3 410

Onsite INCLUDES: Included in rental: tables, chairs, white linens, hurricane vase centerpieces, podium, microphone system (A/V not included). All plated dinners or events of 40+ receive complimentary bread service, soda, coffee, and teas. PARKING: Free parking. Valet available. SPECIAL FEATURES: Waterfront dining and event venue; heated pool (can be converted into stage); award-winning marina facility

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Naples Harbour, named “Best Marina in Southwest Florida” by the Naples Daily News People’s Choice Awards, is conveniently located off Naples Bay along the historic Gordon River. Just a relaxing boat ride from the Gulf of Mexico, only five minutes away from the heart of Naples and moments away from the Naples Municipal Airport. Enjoy the view from indoors or on the patio at the relaxed Jack's River Bar, featuring island-inspired American food. The second level is perfect for business meetings or social events and home of Gordon's on the River, Naples most exclusive and enticing event venue. At Naples Harbour, we cater to our members and visiting guests, serving as a favorite location for romantic dates, families, recreational boaters and fisherman alike. Our state-of-the-art marina facility offers hurricane safety rated indoor storage.

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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. 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.

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CHEECA LODGE & SPA The term “destination wedding” has never been more fitting. Escape to an intimate tropical getaway pairing stunning scenery with impeccable service. Every detail of your special day is bound to be charming with the help of our experienced staff, ready to assist you every step of the way. Our resort goes beyond just a wedding venue and provides everything you need for a truly seamless occasion. Bring your loved ones together in a luxurious, carefree environment. While the focus is on your big day, your guests can still enjoy themselves while waiting for the main event. From bicycle rides to sunset cruises to golf, the activities at Cheeca Lodge are sure to keep everyone entertained.

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THE TREASURY ON THE PLAZA The Treasury on the Plaza’s Grande Ballroom opened in 1928 as Saint Augustine’s landmark bank on the bayfront plaza. The opulent Mediterranean Revival architecture features towering ceilings with exquisite detailing and ornate columns that wrap the room in luxury. The Grande Ballroom is a stunning setting for ceremonies and receptions, and the adjacent Exchange Gallery can serve up to 300 for a cocktail hour. Situated in the very heart of the downtown historic district, weddings and receptions at The Treasury on the Plaza are within easy walking distance of local churches, hotels and the bayfront.

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With a soft, golden luster reminiscent of candlelight, this dazzling new gown by Sarah Seven radiates a style both old and new. DRESS: Sarah Seven HEADBAND & VEIL: White Orchid Bridal via Kelly's Closet EARRINGS: Sam Edelman via Bloomingdale's RING: ABS via Bloomingdale's BELT: Twigs & Honey via The Sentimentalist


Its design inspired by the vintage glam of the 1920s, this white dress of silk crepe and Italian sequined fabric shimmers with a timeless elegance and allure. DRESS: Pandora by Modern Trousseau via Kelly's Closet HEADBAND: Jenny Packham via Kelly's Closet BRACELETS: Jenny Packham via Kelly's Closet, ABS via Bloomingdale’s


The delicate vibe of this silk satin and tulle bustier & skirt is given a modern kick with the addition of a sleek black blazer. BUSTIER & SKIRT: Tousled Bustier & Skirt by Carol Hannah via The Sentimentalist BLAZER: Helmut Lang via Neiman Marcus RING: Bling by Wilkening via Bloomingdale's


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MARRIED Ideas from recent real weddings 163 Real wedding features are the source of some serious inspiration for new brides-to-be. We've hand selected each of the following real weddings particularly for their style, unique details, great vendors and amazing imagery. They're an honest representation of current trends, venues in action and a wedding vendor's work. Bonus!

Look to these love stories for ideas and examples, but don't feel the pressure to measure up. Remember your personal style and pull from each as you see fit. Your wedding is about you.

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Don't sweat... "Anything! If you are surrounded by your best friends and family, who cares, as long as you get married! This will be the happiest day of your life! You trip walking down the aisle, stumble over the words at the altar, the flower girl runs off crying, the cake gets knocked over by a little kid? Who cares! You’ll have a funny story, right? So the music stops playing in the middle of your first dance? Bust out some moves!”

Smartest savings... "I think that our smartest saving was on our chandeliers for the tent. It was going to cost $750 apiece to rent them. My mom searched Craigs’s List and found 6 huge brass chandeliers for a total of $150 from an old hotel in Savannah. My parents drove to Savannah to get them and then beautifully refinished them in antique white and bronze.” - Karley & Kody, page 182

-Brie & Justin, page 180

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"Your dress fitting. You can score a deal on a dress — but spend the money on a great seamstress to make sure that it fits you perfectly! My dress took seven fittings, but it was worth it. It was beautiful, I didn’t spend all day having to hike it up. and it fit like a glove." - Jennifer & David, page 172

Smartest savings... "Not buying anything disposable. I tried not to buy anything for the wedding if it would be thrown away afterwards. Much of the wedding decor is now in my own home and reminds me of the amazing day we had.” - Ryan & Alex, page 174

Don't sweat... Splurge on... "Must splurge on photography and videography. After your day is over, these are the memories you will have for the rest of your life. It’s a way to relive the moments over and over again!” - Jessica & Michael, page 192

"The drama. There will, undoubtedly, be some drama with decision making, especially the more people you have in the planning pot. Take it all in stride and remember the details are just details, the wedding will go on and you will be marrying your best friend!" - Laura & Brent, page 186


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Smartest savings... "Invitations. They can get really out of hand, keep it simple and elegant.” - Sara & Nick, page 198

Don't sweat...

Splurge on... "Your band and photographer! The band sets the tone of the event, and the photographer ensures that you will always have a picture-perfect reflection of all of your memories.” - Natalie & Hunter, page 176

"The small stuff. Things are going to happen, just press forward and enjoy your day.” - Meoka & Michael, page 166

Smartest savings... "By hosting the ceremony and the wedding reception on the patio of the library, our decorations (oranges and flowers) served doubly for both events. Additionally, our florist worked with us to reuse the flowers from the night before at the rehearsal dinner for decorations during the ceremony and reception, which saved on decorating cost, as well.” - Johanna & Ryan, page 204

Don't sweat... "Favors. If you’re thinking about a favor, go for something edible or a quality product. Typically brides have to buy really cheap favors in bulk for budget purposes. Most people can live without a $1 wine stopper that breaks in less than six months. Brides, save your money and get something useful or that goes over well.” - Keshia & David, page 178

Splurge on... Smartest savings... "Glassware for candles and flowers! My mom and I raided Dollar Stores for months leading up to the wedding buying glass and it paid off with huge savings from our florist!” - Meagan & Travis, page 196

"A wedding planner. I can’t stress that enough, no matter the budget . . . I would say actually that the smaller the budget, the more a wedding planner could help. Our wedding planner made the experience a thousand times easier. I can’t imagine having (done) that without her.” - Megan & Aaron, page 202

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BRIDAL SHOES: Jimmy Choo

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Milanes Photography

WEDDING PLANNER: ellyB Events

July 13. 2013

MEOKA

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MICHAEL

Atlanta, Georgia

The posh and modern wedding of Meoka and Michael took place at W Atlanta - Midtown, the perfect sophisticated backdrop for the event they'd dreamed of. The ceremony took place in the ballroom, Meoka dressed in Vera Wang, escorted by her mother and brother. Her bridesmaids wore gowns of opal, her maid of honor in elegant purple, each dress designed by Jim Hjelm. Michael and his groomsmen complemented the ladies to perfection in tuxes by Vera Wang. Following the ceremony, guests were escorted to the top floor of the hotel where floor-to-ceiling windows displayed a breathtaking view of Midtown Atlanta. After the cocktail hour, guests were treated to a gourmet meal featuring dishes such as Seared Florida Gulf Snapper and Cumin Dusted Chicken. A four-tier wedding cake of strawberry and lemon flavors proved the perfect complement. The extraordinary talents of DJ SixFive got everyone onto the dance floor where Meoka and Michael danced the night away with their guests before setting off for a very glamorous happily-ever-after.

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FLORAL: Andy Beach & Co.

VENUE: W Atlanta - Midtown

CAKE: Couture Cakes, Inc.

ENTERTAINMENT: DJ SixFive


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CATERING: A Legendary Event

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Sean & Amanda Photography

VENUE: Atlanta Botanical Garden

October 26, 2013

KIMBERLEY

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FLORAL & DECOR: A Legendary Event

NICK

Atlanta, Georgia

Kimberley and Nick said I do in the midst of the elegant romance of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The black tie affair glowed with candlelight accented on all sides by pink roses and whimsical arrangements of flowers and plant life that brought the beauty of the gardens indoors from the ceremony to reception. The bride wore a trumpet-style Mori Lee gown with sweetheart neckline and a corset back. Her bridesmaids complemented her perfectly in sophisticated black, while Nick and his groomsmen were swoon-worthy in black tuxedo and suits. The reception started with the Hora, before guests enjoyed a dinner of seasonal fall delights including grilled apple salad and Chilean sea bass. A croquembouche of chocolate and vanilla filled puffs alongside a groom's cake of chocolate and chocolate ganache rounded out the meal. The brass band Simply Irresistible played throughout the evening, keeping guests on the dance floor from start to finish, enough choreographed dance moves at the ready to keep everyone well entertained. Kimberley and Nick took off for St. Lucia the next morning, happy-ever-after ahead of them.

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June 29. 2013

HEIDI

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KYLE

LINENS & DECOR: Simply Sheree Events

Senoia, Georgia

When it comes to romance, Heidi and Kyle have got it in spades. From a picture-perfect Christmas Eve engagement, Kyle down on one knee in front of the glowing Christmas tree, to a midsummer night's dream wedding ceremony in the historic gardens of The Veranda, their love story is beautiful down to the last sparkling drop. The bride wore a mermaid gown, the ruched fabric ordained with rhinestones and pearls. Her bridesmaids wore navy chiffon dresses alongside groomsmen in gray tuxes and navy vests. The outdoor ceremony was a flawless combination of rustic and romantic, with peach roses and sweet gardenias, speckled with delicate touches of blue. The romance continued with a reception outside the historic inn. A gourmet meal by The Veranda, a beer and wine bar, and peach ice cream alongside a chocolate strawberry cake had guests smiling and happy. Everyone partied the night away on the dance floor lit by a sparkling chandelier and string lights, and as the celebration drew to an end, the bride and groom exited in style among the cheers of family and friends.

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Just Married CAKE: Metrotainment Bakery

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Love Like Weddings

CEREMONY VENUE: Big Canoe Chapel

November 9, 2013

JENNIFER

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DAVID

Big Canoe, Georgia

Warmth, light, and love abounded in the wedding celebration of Jennifer and David amid the elegance of the tree-shaded Big Canoe Chapel in the North Georgia Mountains. The November affair in the morning light glowed nearly as bright as Jennifer's smile as she walked down the aisle in a champagne Liancarlo gown toward her waiting groom. The flower girls wore dresses of white while the beige gowns of the bridesmaids exuded the warmth and simplicity of autumn. Natural decor awaited guests as they made their way to the reception. A hot chocolate bar, candy station, and a meal of Southern barbeque and nine different wedding cake flavors awaited guests. The local band Pioneer Chicken Stand played tunes that got everyone dancing, even breaking out a cover of Sting's "Fields of Gold" for Jennifer and David's first dance. After a sunset drive down the mountain that evening, the newlyweds hosted a party for their family and friends at the The Tavern of Wolfscratch Village before setting off for their honeymoon.

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FLORAL: Amy Osaba

BAND: Pioneer Chicken Stand

RECEPTION VENUE: The Chimneys at Big Canoe

HAIR & MAKEUP: Love Makeup Hair CATERING: Talk of the Town Catering & Special Events


Just Married CAKE: Cakehouse at Waterstone

PHOTOGRAPHY: Mark Williams Studio

FLORAL: The Conservatory at Waterstone

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October 19, 2013

RYAN

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VENUE: The Conservatory at Waterstone

ALEX

Acworth, Georgia

Ryan and Alex's October wedding at The Conservatory at Waterstone was a gorgeous celebration filled with love and laughter. Warm shades of grey and purple accented the autumn affair to perfection, while the natural beauty of the surroundings made for an effortless elegance from start to finish. Ryan wore an ivory fit and flare gown by Allure with a satin rouched waistband complete with Swarovski crystals. The gentlemen wore Vera Wang suits with ties that complemented the rich orchid of the bridesmaid’s gowns. The couple exchanged vows beneath a flower-draped arbor before celebrating their promises alongside their closest friends and family. Gourmet fare by Waterstone boasted dishes of parmesan crusted chicken and roast beef, pastas, mixed vegetables, and all manner of tasty goodies. The cake was layered red velvet and vanilla with decadent cream cheese frosting. DJ Dre 1800 provided tunes that had the place hopping well into the night until the newlyweds took their leave to cheers and well-wishes. The couple honeymooned aboard a cruise ship, stopping for adventure in Mexico, Honduras, and Belize.

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Just Married PHOTOGRAPHY: Libelle Photography

FLORAL & DECOR: Darryl Wiseman Flowers CAKE: Piedmont Driving Club

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STATIONERY: Paper Affair

June 1, 2013

NATALIE

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HUNTER

Atlanta, Georgia

There's nothing quite like a Southern garden wedding. Unless, of course, that wedding is in a garden at the bride's childhood home. Such was the case with Natalie and Hunter's grand affair with family and friends in attendance, the tree-shaded venue adorned with blue hydrangeas and glittering sunshine. The reception followed at the Piedmont Driving Club in Midtown Atlanta, where silkscreen images of the ceremony garden decorated the walls. Flowers of pale pink, white, and ivory blossomed atop tables bedecked in vibrant green. Guests were treated to a seated dinner of pan seared beef tenderloin, artichoke stuffed chicken, mushroom and spinach strudel, whipped potatoes, and an array of other delectable side dishes. A white wedding cake filled with vanilla mousseline, raspberry marmalade, and topped with white chocolate buttercream icing was the crowning jewel of the dessert menu. Atlanta Party Band played to the crowd throughout the night, the energy high, the memories unending. Natalie and Hunter left the reception bound for two weeks in beautiful Greece.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Alternative Life Photography & Design

October 12, 2013

KESHIA

FLORAL & DECOR: Edge Design

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DAVID

Douglasville, Georgia

The wedding of Keshia and David at the Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club was all understated elegance and sophisticated flair. The equestrian and French details alongside the regal lakeside view set the tone for the couple's celebration that took a welcomed turn from the traditional. Keshia exchanged vows with her groom wearing a Vera Wang gown cut to impress with flowing organza and impeccable attention to detail. The groom and his groomsmen wore black tuxedos, the perfect complement to the bridesmaid's champagne-tinted gowns. The reception commenced with fare by A Divine Event, showcasing Chef Performance Stations including Peppercorn Flank Steak and Salmon En-Croute. The night swept on in a whirlwind of laughter and memories, and Keshia shared an unforgettable dance with her father before the newlyweds enjoyed their first dance as man and wife. Then the party really got started with music and dancing. The wedding culminated in a joyful send-off, the bride and groom excited to take off for the honeymoon at the Viceroy in Anguilla.

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WEDDING COORDINATOR: Treasured Moments

WEDDING DRESS: Vera Wang

CAKE: Perfect Wedding Cake

CATERING: A Divine Event

VENUE: Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club


Just Married PHOTOGRAPHY: Brooke Roberts Photography

FLORAL: Edward on Saint Simons

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WEDDING PLANNER: Cocktails & Details

November 9, 2013

BRIE

&

JUSTIN

St. Simons Island, Georgia

Brie wore a gown of ivory lace as she walked down the moss-draped aisle of the private St. Simons lawn on which she and Justin chose to celebrate their vows to one another. Justin smiled as he watched her approach, he and his groomsmen in grey suits, converse sneakers, and hidden super-hero t-shirts. The bright yellow of the sunflower bouquets each of the women carried hinted at the joy felt by those in attendance. The sun crept beneath the horizon as the couple each spoke "I do.” In a turn from the traditional beach theme, the newlyweds opted for a modern loft-style reception. Introductions were made and first dances were danced before friends and family enjoyed cuisine by Straton Hall Catering, including steak and chicken, mac ‘n' cheese, candied bacon and grilled peaches, salad, hamburger sliders — the food was absolutely mouthwatering. Island Sound had the room celebrating in no time, guests young and old visiting the dance floor to strike a move to their favorite tunes. Brie and Justin partied late into the night before taking their leave to ride off into happily-ever-after.

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FLORAL & DECOR: Foxy Posh Events

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October 26, 2013

KARLEY

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KODY

Waverly, Georgia

Southern vintage with personalized, hand-made details, this autumn wedding was a picture-perfect affair. Karley and Kody vowed to love one another forever on the grounds of the Horse Stamp Inn, the plantation-style bed and breakfast, the perfect combination of rustic details and simple elegance. The front lawn played host to three hundred guests, the couple’s two-year-old daughter among them, who gathered to watch the couple exchange their vows. Karley wore an Allure Couture strapless, fit and flare gown adorned with embroidery, Swarovski crystals, and a crystal-embellished belt. Her bridesmaids wore gowns of latte chiffon alongside groom and groomsmen in Calvin Klein tuxedos. The reception followed with Southern fare sure to please any palate, a wedding and groom's cake, and a s'mores bar for the kids. Family friend, DJ Rock, provided the entertainment, the party non-stop on the dance floor well into the night. Karley and Kody exited the scene beneath the glow of waving sparklers, Kody in jeans as he swept Karley off her feet and set off for their honeymoon.

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RENTALS: Beachview Event Rentals & Design VENUE: Horse Stamp Inn

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Bill Levkoff


Just Married WEDDING PLANNER: ellyB Events

PHOTOGRAPHY: Milanes Photography

CAKE: Couture Cakes

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STATIONERY: Wedding Paper Divas VENUE: The Biltmore Ballrooms

October 4, 2013

KRISTILYN

&

PERCY

Atlanta, Georgia

Jumping the broom, Chinese lion dancing, personalized cocktails, creative touches and beautiful traditions were the order of the day at Kristilyn and Percy's elegant wedding celebration held at The Biltmore Ballrooms in Atlanta. Tones of regal purple and champagne were the perfect touch to the already glamorous and sought-after setting. The ceremony included the couple's closest friends in the bridal party while loved ones looked on. The bride wore a mermaid style gown with a sweetheart neckline, intricate beading, and cascading ruffles fit for a queen. Percy and Kristilyn made their vows to one another before adjourning to the reception where Bold American Events presented a gourmet spread worth boasting about. Four food stations honored the bride and groom's individual heritages, with Southern fare, Asian tapas, and an Atlanta-inspired station. The celebration continued in a night of dancing and mingling and making memories. Following a romantic send-off, the newlyweds honeymooned in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, where they enjoyed all the glittering beaches had to offer.

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Just Married PHOTOGRAPHY: Alternative Life Photography & Design

VENUE: The Muscadine Vine

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FLORAL & DECOR: Juli Vaughn Designs

CAKE: Gabriel's

CATERING: Endive

October 5, 2013

LAURA

&

BRENT

Powder Springs, Georgia

Whimsical. Rustic. Elegant. The wedding of Laura and Brent is one for the storybooks, the breathtaking atmosphere enough to make anyone believe in happily-ever-after. The ceremony and reception, held beside a picturesque lake in the shade of a giant oak tree, included family and friends and focused on the shared and honored faith and commitment of the bride and groom. A string quartet lent music perfect for the surroundings of the ceremony where Laura and Brent promised one another forever. The sun set, and the reception kicked to life under the stars with a cocktail hour adorned in accents of burlap and pink & cranberry flowers, the rustic decor inviting and fresh. Dining stations by Endive provided an array of tastes for guests to enjoy before sampling the four-tier wedding cake decked with flowers. Tunes by DJ Gary Brenner of Music to remember kept the party hopping until Laura and Brent took off for their honeymoon in Punta Cana, exiting the party beneath the glow of waving sparklers and the smiles and happy laughter of loved ones.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Carrie Wildes Photography

VENUE: Museum of Fine Arts

June 21, 2013

HEATHER

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CRAFTON

St. Petersburg, Florida

Modern chic was the thing when it came to the June wedding of Heather and Crafton at the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Petersburg. Following a welcome cocktail, guests watched the bride walk down the aisle, escorted by her uncle to the tune of Train's “Marry Me.” She wore a gown of white with stunning accessories, sparkling Badgley Mischka heels, and a breathtaking veil. Heather and Crafton exchanged original vows and met the crowd as man and wife with a recessional walk to “Sweet Home Alabama.” Following formal introductions and a first dance, the reception broke into full swing with music by Breezin' Entertainment & Productions, modern decor and lounging accented by posh chevron designs and fresh tones of navy, white, and pink. Dinner was served at three stations boasting gourmet dishes of creative salads, short ribs, and an array of scrumptious delights. The newlyweds shared a dessert bar with their guests, featuring a donut tower, cheesecake and baklava. A chevron accented wedding cake crowned the spread. Heather and Crafton danced long into the evening, their European honeymoon close ahead.

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PIPE AND DRAPE: conceptBAIT

LOUNGE FURNITURE: AFR Event Furnishings

FLORAL: La Vie en Rose

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CATERING: Olympia Catering & Events

ENTERTAINMENT: Breezin' Entertainment & Productions

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Just Married PHOTOGRAPHY: Erika Delgado Photography

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FLORAL: Julia Rohde Designs

CATERING: Parties By Pat, Inc.

December 7, 2013

MARICEL

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FELIPE

Venus, Florida

The intimacy of Maricel and Felipe's wedding at the family ranch was the perfect example of rustic elegance. The shabby chic design of the decor complemented the outdoor ceremony and tent reception down to the smallest detail. The bride wore a lace trumpet-style gown by Allure Bridal. The groom's daughter dazzled as a mini-maid of honor, and the bridesmaids attended in pale lavender gowns perfect for the setting. Guests enjoyed exquisite fare by Parties By Pat. From the appetizers passed during the cocktail hour, to the carved gourmet meats, to the s’mores and caramel apples, the food was an absolute success. A strawberry shortcake wedding cake and a naked chocolate cake with chocolate ganache topped off the experience. A rustic photo booth, dancing and laughter, and the love of family and friends was the order of the night. From the moment Maricel and Felipe laid eyes on one another, it was love at first sight . . . the start of a promise they made perfect on a wedding day fit for happily-ever-after.

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Just Married PHOTOGRAPHY: Carrie Wildes Photography

CAKE: A La Carte Event Pavilion

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FLORAL & DECOR: A La Carte Event Pavilion

VENUE: A La Carte Event Pavilion

October 12, 2013

JESSICA

&

MICHAEL

Tampa, Florida

Jessica and Michael were married at Idlewild Baptist Church on a lovely autumn afternoon. Jessica walked down the aisle toward her smiling groom dressed in a dropped waist organza gown of white by Dennis Basso. Her bridesmaids wore mermaid gowns of fuchsia, the perfect complement to the tones of purple and silver used throughout the event. Following an intimate ceremony, the couple was whisked away in the back of a vintage Rolls-Royce for pictures, while guests rode a party bus to the reception hall for a cocktail hour. The newlyweds and their families were formally introduced and the reception kicked into full swing. Music by Inpulse Entertainment kept the party going from start to finish with dance sets between each course. Guests enjoyed a three-course meal followed by a wedding cake with multiple flavors to tempt every palate. Jessica and Michael danced the night away with their loved ones until making their grand exit and setting off for two romantic weeks in Hawaii.

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Just Married PHOTOGRAPHY: Sarah & Ben

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VENUE & DECOR: Cross Creek Ranch

STATIONERY: Handmade by Su Owen

December 21, 2013

AMANDA

&

KEVIN

Dover, Florida

The wedding ceremony of Amanda and Kevin was preceded by possibly the sweetest thing we've ever heard of: a first-look picnic, just the two of them, on the grounds of Cross Creek Ranch, where tall oaks and a rustic barn presided over the affair. The vows took place in the presence of dearest family and friends in an open-air chapel with vintage pews lining the aisle. The bride, wearing a 1920s style art deco gown, was escorted down the aisle by her mother and brother, friends singing along to the tune of “La Vie en Rose.� A cocktail hour of carnival-inspired goodies followed while Amanda and Kevin snuck away for photos. The bride changed into a reception gown with a shorter, fuller skirt covered in Swarovski crystals. The reception took place in the barn, rafters draped in lights and delicate decor. Candy, a s'mores station, cupcakes and a campfire pulled the vintage circus theme into the night, as well as a live circus performer who juggled and performed on stilts. A photo booth captured a slew of memories as the newlyweds enjoyed upscale carnival-inspired fare by Vesh. They danced late into the night before taking off for an adventurous happily-ever-after.

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WEDDING DRESSES: BHLDN

MACARONS: Ladurée

CATERING: Catered by Vesh

CAKES: Alessi Catering


Just Married PHOTOGRAPHY: Stay Forever Photography

FLORAL: Designs by Darenda

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VENUE: The Kampong

CAKES: The SweetBerry

January 4, 2014

MEAGAN

&

TRAVIS

Coconut Grove, Florida

Meagan and Travis's wedding at the historic garden of The Kampong was a flurry of color and sophistication from ceremony to reception. The bride wore a Monique Lhuillier gown covered in Chantilly lace and accented with a sparkling belt for a little flair. Her bridesmaids wore black chiffon gowns as they preceded her down the aisle and towards her waiting groom. A ceremony beneath the moss-covered branches of a live oak was the heart-stopping backdrop for promises they'll never forget. The reception set off with culinary delights of locally grown produce, artisan meats and cheeses. A three-tier cake delighted guests with flavors like guava with cream cheese and vanilla bean. The live band Libido played homage to the newlyweds’ love of classic standards and modern flair. Guests of all ages visited the dance floor to strike a pose. And when the time came for Meagan's dance with her father, the song "Stand by Me" brought both their dreams to life. After a long night of revelry, the bride and groom set off for Belize and their new life together.

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Just Married PHOTOGRAPHY: Kelly Canova Photography

WEDDING PLANNER: Tickled Pink Brides

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PLACE CARDS: Timeless Paper

February 16, 2013

SARA

&

NICK

Orlando, Florida

The wedding of Sara and Nick took place at the gorgeous Cypress Grove Estate House, the cool February breeze sweet over the pristine Lake Jessamine. Friends and family were welcomed to the affair with mimosas and the lilting sound of a string quartet before Sara and Nick exchanged personalized vows. The bride wore a gown of ivory organza, accented by a grey satin ribbon, crystals, and trailing organza flowers, while her bridesmaids dazzled in coral chiffon. The reception incorporated soft tones of pink, peach and Tiffany Blue, tiny details of lovebirds and flower petals sprinkled tastefully throughout. The live band, The Cast, provided the perfect playlist for the evening, while food by Big City Catering had guests enjoying dishes of stuffed mushrooms, ginger chicken, whipped brie and raspberry, and more. An ombre style cake boasted both amaretto and vanilla flavors. Guests enjoyed the photo booth, lounged with cigars on lawn chairs under the gazebo, and stayed cozy with pashminas in the wedding colors. It was an affair to remember, and the newlyweds danced the night away before exiting beneath a grand sparkler send off.

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VENUE: Cypress Grove Estate House

FLORAL & DECOR: Greenery Productions

WEDDING DRESS: Marisa

CAKE: The Sugar Suite


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PHOTOGRAPHY: Set Free Photography

FLORAL: Botanicals On The Gulf CAKE: Kakes by Karen

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STATIONERY: DM Paper Designs

VENUE: Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club

November 23, 2013

BRITTANY

&

CHRISTOPHER

Miromar Lakes, Florida

A formal, Gatsby-inspired affair, the wedding between Brittany and Christopher had just the right amount of 1920s glitz. The bride wore an A-line silk gown by Kelly Chase Couture while bridesmaids wore classic black dresses that perfectly matched the sophistication of the gentlemen’s tuxedos. Flowers of white and pink and fuchsia brought the look together. Following a heartfelt ceremony, guests adjourned to the cocktail hour where they found escort cards on purple ribbons hanging from the banyan tree in the center of a courtyard. Candlelight and plumes of white feathers and floral arrangements greeted guests inside for a glamorous reception. Handmade cigars on the patio and vintage tunes by Girl Meets Boy got the party started while guests enjoyed fare by Miromar Lakes including surf and turf entrÊes and an array of delectable goodies. A wedding cake of almond amaretto filled with luxurious black cherry filling topped off the meal. Brittany and Christopher danced and kissed the night away, their family and friends close beside them.

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Just Married BRIDAL SHOES: Kate Spade

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Kristen Weaver Photography

FLORAL & LINENS: FH Weddings & Events

STATIONERY: Jennifer Hutchinson Design Company

April 6, 2013

MEGAN

&

AARON

St. Petersburg, Florida

The wedding between Megan and Aaron was one part preppy, two parts Southern, a sophisticated party through and through. The stylish event paid homage to a 60s monogram vibe with bold shades of navy and pink accents throughout. The couple said their vows at St. Thomas Episcopal Church followed by a lively reception at the Renaissance Vinoy in downtown St. Petersburg. Megan was stunning in a Lazaro gown with to-die-for sparkling heels and a clutch by Kate Spade. Aaron wore a grey suit and pink argyle socks in a sweet complement to the bride's bouquet. An array of passed hors d'oeuvres followed by surf ‘n’ turf cuisine had guests talking about the food for weeks after the event. Wedding cake reminiscent of the bride’s gown was enjoyed by all and dancing soon followed, lasting well into the night before culminating in a group dance to the song "Wagon Wheel.” The newlyweds exited the hotel in the back of Aaron's electric blue 1965 Mustang, coke cans flashing behind the getaway car, Maui and happily-ever-after ahead.

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WEDDING DRESS: Lazaro

VENUE: The Vinoy速 Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

WEDDING PLANNER: Table 6 Productions


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PHOTOGRAPHY: Ashley Steeby Photography

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VENUE: The Conference Center at the Main Library

February 22, 2014

JOHANNA

&

FLORAL: Floral Inspirations: Design by Valerie

RYAN

Jacksonville, Florida

The wedding of Johanna and Ryan was celebrated at The Conference Center at the Main Library in modern style, some of the couple's favorite Southern flair shining through. The Jacksonville skyline served as the perfect backdrop for the newlyweds to party the night away with their closest family and friends. Accents of bright orange brought the joyful aesthetics to life with vibrant flowers, citrus leaves, and locally grown oranges used throughout. Custom bottles of Old Tom Gin and Tonic cocktails proved a huge success, as the guests dined from vintage china, enjoying dishes of chicken and waffles, baked apples, fried green tomatoes and other Southern fare. A pie buffet proved to be the perfect wedding dessert. Johanna wore a custom silk dress by Janna Dudey as she danced with her husband to the original song "Butterbean" by The Afterwhile. It was a magical night that saw the couple off in a shower of smiles and well-wishes, a romantic mini-moon in New York City bright on the horizon.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Red Stone Photography

HARPIST: Katie Ott

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October 29, 2013

SAVANNAH

&

BRIAN

Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

The sweet autumn wedding between Savannah and Brian at Eden Gardens State Park was enough to make anyone's heart flutter. The perfectly intimate wedding expressed the bride and groom's love for one another in a million little handcrafted ways, from the furry bridal party (their beloved dogs, Pudge and Yogi) to the cake topper carved to represent the couple even down to the most unique details. Pudge and Yogi boasted orange bow ties, while bright mums and natural fall greenery brought the autumn wedding theme to life. The bride designed every wedding detail, making for an unsurpassed experience of down-to-earth elegance and bridal grace. A butterfly release after the vows lent a magical air to the ceremony, before a reception of the bride and groom's favorite foods topped off with wedding cake and cupcakes by KaraBoo Bakery. Savannah even surprised Brian with his very own creamsicle flavored cake. Harp music by Katie Ott lent the perfect tone to the affair, the newlyweds swept up in the romantic atmosphere they'd dreamed of.

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CAKE & CUPCAKES: KaraBoo Bakery

VENUE: Eden Gardens State Park

BRIDAL BOUQUET: Florals By The Sea


Looking Back

BRANDON + HOLLIE

Lytle

Hollie and Brandon Lytle capture other people's love for a living, but it's their own love for one another that is their most obvious selling tool. The husband and wife duo have been photographing weddings (and families) in Atlanta since 2008. With a little bit of yin and yang (Hollie loves the ocean and Brandon is a mountain man) the two have perfected the art of a balanced relationship. Here they give us the 411 on their wedding day and advice on balancing the true meaning of a wedding with all the surface details.

2014

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2007 ABOUT OUR WEDDING "Our wedding was a tropical coast DIY with a deep spiritual focus. We were working with a tight budget so making things ourselves was the way we were able to include some of the most personal details to the day. By the time we had hand-glued the 25th starfish to the invitation's burlap ribbon, we had a new appreciation for stationery designers. My mom made my dress and our reception was at our favorite restaurant, Perricone's Marketplace, in their open-air patio surrounded by tropical trees and flowers with a trellised ceiling wound by vines and candle lit lanterns. Food was served family-style and we danced the night away."

BEST ADVICE "Your wedding is one of the most personal and huge days of your life; make it special, bring your guests into the ceremony or reception by being yourselves and putting forth the extra effort to create an experience for you, your fiancĂŠ, your friends and family. Of course, you want to dance and celebrate, but maintaining that sense of sanctity is important; you'll carry that feeling and that foundation through the years, remembering it always. You can read your favorite poems, write your own vows, have friends share scripture readings . . . always know that an awesome and detail-packed wedding does not make the marriage. It's the vows, promises, and love that do."

WORDS OF WISDOM FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE "Success in marriage is not about finding the perfect person to meet all your needs for the rest of your life; it is more about understanding love."

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