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At Occasions we live, eat and breathe weddings. That’s why we feel pretty confident saying issue is The Stylish Bride’s Gui this de to Everything… wedding s that is. From identifying you authentic style to working with r your wedding vendors and find ing the perfect venue (you bet we’ve got over 50 locations from Atlanta to The Keys to choose from) there’s no need to even pick up another wedding mag azine. We’ve got you covered. The great thing about modern days weddings is you don’t alw ays have to do things by the boo Like say.. wear a white wedding k. dress. Nope. To show you how you can make your style shine new Editor-at-Large and prob our ably one of the most stylish wom en I know, Mandy Kellogg R brings you 5 colorful wedding ye, day looks for the bride who crav es something more than the expected. Ladies take note at this special section. Often it’s not just about the dress but all the accessories too! By the way, we want to feature your wedding! If you’re the ultim ate “everybride” and turned to Occasions to plan your wed ding, I’d love to see the photos and share them with new brid in our future issue. Get with es your photographer and submit us your wedding or hashtag #occasions on instagram on the day of!

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Our Mission It is our core belief that you can have style at any budget. But, to achieve such an ideal there are three crucial elements you must do first...

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Identify your Authentic Style Embrace your Personal Wedding Budget Prioritize what is Most Important to You

To help as many girls do this as we can, we don't stake our claim to the luxury, budget, southern, modern, or traditional wedding markets. We aim to reach every girl and give her current, honest-to-goodness ideas and information she can use at whatever budget is comfortable for her. You’ll find the Occasions® editorial will range from extravagant splurges to discount finds because we believe there is value in each end of the spectrum. The everybride we hope to inspire is a style seeker, quality-centric but also cost-conscious shopper who shuns cookie-cutter ideas and craves a unique, personal touch. And she's smart with her money. Whether you take the ideas straight from this book to your wedding team and recreate them identically or use them to inspire a wedding that is either more conservative or extravagant, do what suits your personal circumstances best.

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Curate simply beautiful wedding ideas Inspire you to identify & embrace your personal style and budget Encourage you to think outside cookie-cutter trends Educate you with honest expectations on wedding pricing Deliver style cues for every bride Elevate the vendor - bride relationship Help you locate the BEST venue for your wedding Remind you that weddings are about the magic of marriage

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"With each of their families and closest friends in attendance the couple said their vows to the crashing of the waves beneath an endless sky." PAGE 176

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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 60 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.

Our cover shoot pictorial 130 offers breathtaking summer bridal inspiration.

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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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"Pale flowers were nestled within jars of all shapes and sizes, while accents of burlap and the warm glow of marquis lights lent the perfect air of rugged elegance to the affair." PAGE 154

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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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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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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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Stylist and Illustrator Ashley Pepitone is an Atlanta based lawyer and mother who can't shake her former life as a stylist. Her design work has been featured by many popular event design blogs and publications. Ashley is a "counselor" on the popular lifestyle and DIY online treasure trove that is Camp Makery (www.campmakery.com) and a regular contributor to Pottery Barn's blog, Inside and Out.

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As a newly married couple, your wedding will likely be the first official party you host together as a couple. Here's your chance to show off those killer hospitality skills.

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.

TEN WAYS TO FIND YOUR INSPIRATION

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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!

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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 effect 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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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

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

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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

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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.


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SOUTHERN GARDEN Spring is in full bloom, so where better to host your big day than in the elegance of a Southern garden? The sunshine, scenery, and sweet smell of flowers is certain to sweep your guests off their feet, while unique elements of gold and silver can provide the manicured grounds of the venue with a classic yet modern touch.

Get the Look... THEME Southern Swoon Silver and Gold COLORS Pinks, corals, navy, gold, silver, white, and grey

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FLOWERS Peach Campanella roses, orchids, oriental lilies, dahlias, California spray roses, thistle, hypericum berries, and wax flowers PERFECT FOR The traditional couple searching for an elegant, yet modern look for an outdoor wedding with beautiful details for their big day! A couple that is not afraid to mix tradition with modern touches. SIGNATURE COCKTAIL Rosemary - Citrus Punch TAKE IT UP A NOTCH There are so many different directions a couple can take this styled shoot up a notch, whether it's incorporating floral headbands for the bridesmaids too, or setting up a dessert table by the pool, or stringing cafe lights throughout the garden for slow dancing at sunset.

WHAT TO WEAR If you were attending this outdoor garden wedding, you would wear one of your favorite JCrew dresses just in time for spring and warm weather, paired with your favorite nude heels!

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ITEMS TO INCORPORATE Replicate this look by mixing the classic and modern. Dress up your head table by using more high-end chairs that do not necessarily have to be replicated throughout the entire wedding. Do not be afraid to mix silver and gold. Those elements create such a classic look to any event. THINGS TO REMEMBER This wedding style is best fit for a spring or early summer wedding, with so many flowers in bloom and the weather just warm enough to have an outdoor celebration. Perfect for a bride and groom who appreciates nature, the beauty of a growing garden, and want to celebrate their occasion overlooking gorgeous landscapes with elegant details throughout their day.

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VINTAGE TEA

Held at the historic The Gilbert House, this Bridesmaid's Tea manifests Southern charm at its finest. A cozy, sunlit porch, delicate lace tablecloths, fine china and dainty desserts . . . All this combined with floral arrangements of ivory, fuchsia, and blush brings the feminine grace and elegance of a past era freshly to life.

Get the Look... THEME Vintage Romance, incorporating antique china, pearls and lace COLORS Rose, blush, pale pink, cream and whiteÂ

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FLOWERS Tea pots, mason jars and other vessels were filled with loose flowers acquired from various local sources. We used a mix of soft pink roses and rich pink ranunculus. PERFECT FOR The classic bride with a love of all things vintage. This is the perfect opportunity to incorporate family heirlooms to make your event more personal. SIGNATURE COCKTAIL What better way to end an Afternoon Tea on the porch than with a pink champagne cocktail? Garnish with a single raspberry and monogrammed cocktail napkin. TAKE IT UP A NOTCH The appeal of this style is the simple, elegant use of vintage items and family heirlooms. However, you can incorporate more drama with ornate chargers, real silver flatware, monogrammed linens and crystal chandeliers or silver candelabras. Opt for soft, custom pillows at each seat to make guests more comfortable.

WHAT TO WEAR In our increasingly more casual era, an Afternoon Tea brings to mind the nostalgia of more elegant times when visiting someone for tea was a formal affair. This is an occasion for soft, feminine attire. Bring fancy back with gloves, pearls and hats!

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ITEMS TO INCORPORATE Scour antique shops for vintage teacups and saucers (they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to match). Use Depression glass goblets for water and lace trimmed linen napkins. To bring some personal touches to your event, pull out the family china, silver and linens. Display tea selections in vintage suitcases. Use mismatched teacups and teapots or mason jars in varying sizes to display roses or wildflowers. THINGS TO REMEMBER The traditional time for afternoon tea is four o'clock, however any time between two and five o'clock is appropriate. Along with a choice of teas, typically three types of items are served: savories such as tiny sandwiches, scones, and pastries.

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CHIC SWEET SUMMER

As bright and bold as summertime itself, this style profile is for the passionate, fun-loving couple with a taste for all things chic and modern. Boasting vibrant pinks, oranges, and golds, this shoot at JCT Kitchen perfectly displays how a city wedding can be a stylish reflection of sunny personalities and ardent love.

Get the Look... THEME Everything Bright COLORS Pink, Orange, Green, White, & Gold

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WHAT TO WEAR A gown that displays your own personal style. We chose a gorgeous blush gown from Anya Bridal that was cinched at the waist with beautiful crystals and flowers. It’s the perfect dress for a Bride who loves fashion and isn’t afraid to take a risk and choose an unconventional gown.

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FLOWERS Hydrangeas, billy balls, dendrobium orchids, sweet peas, roses, green dianthus balls, peonies, ranunculus, and pincushion proteas

PERFECT FOR A vibrant and fun couple that is not afraid to think outside of the box.

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL JCT’s “The Perfect Sin” specialty drink is not only a refreshing and delicious choice on a warm summer evening, but also offers a nod to our color palette. The drink has pomegranateclove brandy and dry vermouth.

TAKE IT UP A NOTCH Why not add a live paint artist to your event to create paintings of your guests interacting at your wedding. You could choose to display and treasure the art for yourself after your wedding day, or offer them to your guests as unique gifts.

ITEMS TO INCORPORATE Fun stationery and unique linens have the ability to transform your tablescape. Feel free to play with colors and textures to make the space more vibrant. We focused on bringing in the bright fun colors to the rich linens and funky stationery, and let the flowers be the accessory of the tablescape.

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THINGS TO REMEMBER This wedding is best fit for a summertime wedding. We incorporated both an indoor and outdoor setting because there was plenty of shade, but If your space doesn’t provide shade for an outdoor lounge think about adding large umbrellas or fabric over seating areas. ABOUT THE DESIGNER I am a wedding photographer based in Atlanta, but love to travel the globe. I am in awe of the trust my clients have in me. I am so honored to be part of their big celebration with their loved ones. My clients inspire me to shoot from my heart--that glance, that giggle, the way the light hits you… that’s what I’m here for. I like to get to know clients--find out how they meet, what they like to do, what inspires them. My goal is to be a part of their wedding not just as the photographer, but also a friend.

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RICH ROSE

Inspired by the beauty and warmth of a Savannah sunset, this evening, park-side reception was made for the bride with a huge heart for romance and a splash of sass. Abounding in rich roses of coral, violet, and pale orange, this dreamy, candlelit scene is one of flawless femininity and enchanting elegance.

Get the Look... THEME Sweet Southern Romance

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COLORS Coral, Violet, Peach and Shades of Pink with golden accents

FLOWERS Roses and tiered tree branch centerpiece

PERFECT FOR The couple with a love for the colorful skyline of a summer sunset in Savannah and the passion that it evokes in all those blessed with its splendor.

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL Orange Blossom with a touch of cranberry juice for color. Served chilled in a gold rimmed cocktail glass with an orange peel garnish

TAKE IT UP A NOTCH Add dramatic pin spot lighting over each table to highlight the floral centerpieces. For the perimeter, use large tree accents with hanging glass containers filled with flowers or candles.

WHAT TO WEAR Ladies: A bold-bright floor-length chiffon dress paired with a subtle sparkling necklace, canary accessories and a soft pink lip. Guys: A linen suit in a pastel hue paired with a Jeff McLaurin Designs belt buckle and casual loafer. ITEMS TO INCORPORATE Nature inspired elements in bright colors combined with an elegant mix of modern and traditional gold details. For the table, incorporate luxe touches through custom menu cards with embellishments, ornate gold chargers and gold rimmed china and glassware. Add custom linens to the table in a soft shade from the primary color palette.

WHO TO HIRE PLANNING & DESIGN

Park Avenue Events PHOTOGRAPHY

Javon Longieliere Photography VENUE

The Mansion on Forsyth Park FLORAL & DECOR

Perfect Petals Design Group TABLEWARE

Event Rentals Unlimited STATIONERY

Sandi Spells Design CAKE

Cakes by La'Meeka

THINGS TO REMEMBER Such an energetic color palatte deserves a summer setting. Be sure to consider rainy weather conditions and insects as they are heavily prevalent this time of year in the south. Also be sure to incorporate lots of foliage to balance the vivacious colors. ABOUT THE DESIGNER Hester Parks is one of Atlanta’s elite wedding planners. With her flair for style, keen eye for detail and in depth knowledge of project management as well as finance, she is the “go-to” girl for all things wedding. Hester has been coordinating weddings for over 9 years. Her passion is in making her clients’ wedding day fun, worry free and most of all memorable! Although Hester is known for her flair for the creative, she also understands that clients want to keep some tradition in their weddings and finding the right combination of both, is where Hester excels. www.OCCASIONSONLINE.com

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CLASSICALLY PREPPY Sleek, classy, and flirtatiously fun, perhaps no brand better personifies the fashionable bride-to-be than Kate Spade New York â&#x20AC;&#x201D; making it the ideal theme for a bridal shower. Seep your soiree in sophisticated Kate Spade style with playful desserts, crisp fonts, classic black and white patterns and girly pops of pink.

Get the Look... THEME A Kate Spade New York bridal brunch. COLORS Black, White, Gold, and Shades of Pink

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FLOWERS Pink peonies, tulips, roses, and ranunculus with small pops of light purple wildflowers and green foliage PERFECT FOR A fashion forward bride who loves the flirty and fun girly-ness that Kate Spade New York embodies. SIGNATURE COCKTAIL For a bridal brunch or shower I suggest keeping it simple with champagne, preferably a rose, and white wine. However, I do love the idea of a champagne bar where guests create their own champagne cocktails by adding fresh squeezed orange juice, peach puree or simply a fresh strawberry or two. TAKE IT UP A NOTCH The day began the moment the invitations arrived in guests' mail boxes with Kate Spade's signature font type, envelopes lined with gold "xo's", and of course a shocking pink bow tie RSVP card complete with a black and white striped ribbon.

WHAT TO WEAR As the bridal shower host keep it simple and classy with an LBD and as the bride try a vibrant colorful cocktail dress.

WHO TO HIRE CONCEPT & STYLING

Mandy Kellogg Rye PHOTOGRAPHY

Rustic White Photography

ITEMS TO INCORPORATE To project the true Kate Spade New York vibe make sure to bring in the element of fun. Consider a cotton candy station, cheeky cocktail napkins, and a photo booth to pose with all of your best girlfriends.

VENUE

The Seed Studio FLORAL

Juli Vaughn Designs RENTALS

Crush Event Rentals, I Do Linens, Kate Spade New York INVITATIONS

THINGS TO REMEMBER When working with any sort of theme it's important to remember that the theme should be the day's guide, not the focus. The focus should of course be on the bride. So keep it personal and centered around who you're celebrating not how you're celebrating.

Flair Designery DESSERTS

Blooming Flour Bakery, Cotton Cravings Whipped Bakeshop CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

Kate Spade New York HAIR & MAKEUP

Claudia Mejerle CHALK ART

Jessica Garvin

ABOUT THE DESIGNER 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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Start with Your Style SHOES

NECKLACE

You've got your "something blue" with these Billie Heels! KATE SPADE www.katespade.com

Make a bold statement with this necklace of cobalt blue stones. KENDRA SCOTT www.kendrascott.com

HANDBAG Italian silk satin with chain shoulder strap KATE SPADE www.katespade.com

RING Glam it up with this flower ring complete with heart-shaped petals. CHARMING CHARLIE www.charmingcharlie.com

COBALT

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Cool and elegant, cobalt is just the hue for ladies with a taste for sleek sophistication. Used throughout the centuries in ceramics and jewelry, this deep, electric blue exudes a royal flair beyond the reach of other colors, putting it in a class all its own.

GLASSES Dress up your reception tables with these rich blue crystal glasses. GRACIOUS STYLE www.graciousstyle.com

PAIR WITH THESE COLORS...

WEDDING DRESS Fall 2014 Bridal Collection, style Teagan MODERN TROUSSEAU www.moderntrousseau.com

CAKE An exquisite white and cobalt masterpiece topped with pale anemones. Photo by Taun H. Bui. ELYSIA ROOT CAKES www.elysiarootcakes.com

PARTY DRESS Cut from cool, glossy satin, this Kay Unger dress brings stylish and sleek to a whole new level. SAKS FIFTH AVENUE www.saksfifthavenue.com

NAIL POLISH Giddy Kipper by BUTTER LONDON www.butterlondon.com

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Start with Your Style CHARGER These elegant Anna Weatherley porcelain plates will bring a vivid pop of color to your celebration. GRACIOUS STYLE www.graciousstyle.com

EARRINGS For a look that's fun yet simple, try these simulated olivine stone earrings from KOHL'S www.kohls.com

CAKE This ombre ruffle cake of bright green, white, and tan is fresh and modern perfect for your chic summer affair! SUGABLOSSOM CAKES www.facebook.com/Sugablossomcakes

INVITATIONS Winsome Blooms foil-stamped wedding invitation, designed by Stacey Day for WEDDING PAPER DIVAS www.weddingpaperdivas.com

CELERY

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Throw out the lime this summer, because celery green is boldly stealing the spotlight! Possessing the vibrance of yellow but with a splash of chic, this zesty shade of green screams fresh, funky, and modern, making it the must-have color of the season.

PARTY DRESS Sexy chartreuse haltertop dress with sheer, patterned midriff and V-neckline. Style VM1154 MIGNON www.mignonfashions.com

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SHOES Shine this summer with these funky, celery green Yoma sandals. SCORPIO www.scorpioshoes.com

RING Victoria Townsend Peridot Cable Ring MACY'S www.macys.com

WEDDING DRESS Alvina Valenta V-Neck Sheath Gown in Charmuse KLEINFELD www.kleinfeldbridal.com

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EARRINGS 1928 Cabochon Textured Openwork Oval Drop Earrings KOHL'S www.kohls.com

NECKLACE Steer your outfit in the right direction with this Astar Arrow Necklace. CHARMING CHARLIE www.charmingcharlie.com

WALLET Go for pretty and polished with this Tony Burch wallet in Tory Pink. BLOOMINGDALES www.bloomingdales.com

CAKE Simple and feminine. Photo courtesy of Love Shutter, www.loveshutter.com THE WOW FACTOR CAKES www.charlotteweddingcakes.com

FLAMINGO

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Take a break from blush and embrace a shade of pink just as sweet: flamingo! Quick to grab attention, this hue has all the beauty of blush blended with the sass of hot pink, creating the perfect swirl of flirty, feminine fun for any summer soiree.

SHOES These playful, pink, patent leather sandals from kate spade new york are the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe! BLOOMINGDALES www.bloomingdales.com

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INVITATIONS Flourishing Joy by Elk Design for WEDDING PAPER DIVAS www.weddingpaperdivas.com

WEDDING DRESS Covered in dozens of lasercut petals, this breathtaking Emma Gown was inspired by the blossoms of a Japanese cherry tree. BHLDN www.bhldn.com

PARTY DRESS NAIL POLISH Daytripper by DEBORAH LIPPMANN www.deborahlippmann.com

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This lovely lace dress Lauren by Ralph Lauren is the epitome of sweet, girlish charm. BLOOMINGDALES www.bloomingdales.com


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Start with Your Style SHOES Sleek, slim, and elegant Coco Satin Flamingo Heel Pumps from Sophia Webster START LONDON www.start-london.com

CLUTCH This evening clutch made of satin and rhinestones is enough to make any woman feel like a queen! DELILAH ACCESSORIES www.delilahaccessories.com

EARRINGS

CAKE

Amethyst Sea Glass Drops. An exquisite touch to your orchid ensemble. BAUBLEBAR www.baublebar.com

A masterpiece of purple ombre, this cake exudes a beauty both striking and delicate. MAGGIE AUSTIN CAKE www.maggieaustincake.com

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With a magic and elegance as strong as its name, Radiant Orchid, the Pantone Color of 2014, has quickly blossomed in today's wedding scene! Emanating grace and love, this exotic blend of fuchsia and violet is as captivating as it is beautiful.

NAIL POLISH A Grape Fit! by OPI www.opi.com

INVITATIONS Radiant Orchid Wedding Invitation DIGIBUDDHA PAPERIE www.etsy.com/shop/digibuddhaPaperie

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PITCHER William Yeoward Country "Amethyst" Jug BLOOMINGDALES www.bloomingdales.com

PARTY DRESS This stunning trumpet gown from Monique Lhuillier will leave all who see you wonderstruck! SHOPBOP www.shopbop.com

WEDDING DRESS Fall 2013 Bridal Collection, style Gigi MODERN TROUSSEAU www.moderntrousseau.com

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Take toMej TUSCANY PRODUCED BY MOLLY MCKINLEY DESIGNS SHOT ON LOCATION AT SUMMEROUR STUDIO BY RUSTIC WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY

Evocative of the pale, serene skies of a late summer afternoon in Tuscany, this styled shoot is a unique gem of beauty, tranquility, and timeless Italian details. Brought to life in the stillness of Summerour Studio — a venue modeled after a rustic, Tuscan villa — this dreamy scene, swathed in a palette of grey, dusty blue, taupe, and peach, will undoubtedly refresh your spirit, delight your eyes and steal your breath away.

Credits

VIDEOGRAPHY: Homestead Society Films, BRIDAL GOWN: Carol Hannah, MENSWEAR: The Modern Gent, FLORAL: Lindsay Coletta Designs, INVITATION SUITE & NAME CARDS: Yes Ma'am Paper + Goods, LINENS: Nuage Designs, TABLE, SEATING & LOUNGE FURNITURE: Blue Eyed Yonder, CAKE: Lush Cakery, BRIDESMAID GOWN: Jenny Yoo via Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta, HAIR & MAKEUP: Jennifer C Nieman, WEDDING RINGS & JEWELRY: Jessie Jordan Jewelry, BRIDE: Rachel Zehner of Wilhelmina Models, GROOM: Blake Ballard of Click Models + J Pervis Talent Agency, BRIDESMAID: Tinsley Cohen of Click Models, BRIDE'S SHOES: Badgley Mischka, BRIDESMAID'S SHOES: Michael Kors, GROOM'S SHOES: Calibrate, GLASSWARE & HAIR ACCESSORIES: Anthropologie, PLATES: VIETRI via Bloomingdales


Her hair swept up into an Italian inspired bun, the bride exuded a quiet, natural beauty with her soft makeup and understated accessories. Her breathtaking silk gazar gown held vintage elegance and modern style with its ivory hue and embellishments of tulle and chiffon.


The Tuscan Province of Carrara is renowned for its marble, so touches of this stone were seen throughout the shoot, from the invitations to the wedding cake.


Bride and bridesmaid each carried lavish bouquets of garden roses, tweedia, lisianthus, anemones, camellias, olive leaves, and pear tree and cherry blossoms.


Made in Tuscany, these stone gray VIETRI plates (opposite) were perfectly suited to the rustic, Italian feel of the tablescape, as were the striped taupe napkins.


Behind The Scenes

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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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Hiring Vendors to Execute Your Style

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

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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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Q&A

IS THERE SUCH A THING AS A "DAY OF" WEDDING PLANNER?

Janice Blackmon is considered one of the premier Event Consultants in the Atlanta area by many of the most reputable vendors and venues. Her experience and professionalism has earned her a top spot on some of the most prestigious preferred vendor lists in the city.

"No, there is no such thing as a “Day of Planner." There is such a thing as a Wedding Director – which is someone that is there to only “direct” the wedding ceremony which doesn’t require much advance knowledge of the wedding, but to think that someone could step in on the wedding day and produce a smooth and flawless wedding is a fallacy."

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WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF WORKING WITH A "MONTH-OF WEDDING PLANNER" LIKE?

I don’t describe my most basic package as a “Monthof” but rather I offer a “Basic” package providing my client with 5 Check Lists sent throughout the planning process, however, should there be any other request for service from the client, they would be billed an hourly rate for my services. Beginning approximately a month before the wedding, we meet with the client to discuss in great detail the specifics of the wedding and develop a flow to the day. After that meeting, we then meet with certain key vendors to determine all of the set-up specifications after which time we provide vendor confirmation documents to each and every vendor confirming the details of the day along with their vendor-specific Itinerary. We are then at the Rehearsal and will conduct it if necessary, we provide Wedding Party Itinerary’s to all wedding party and family members which is a snapshot of the Wedding Day with arrival times and other pertinent information. We are then there on the wedding day for a minimum of 9 hours to oversee all details and ensure that the wedding flows flawlessly.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN COST BETWEEN A "MONTH-OF" OR "FULL SERVICE" PLANNER?

My Basic package is typically in the $2000 range where as my complete Full-Service with unlimited hours is several thousand more. I have found that clients like to have an option of price-points so they can determine the level of service (number of hours) and budget they are comfortable with.

WHAT IF MY "WEDDING PLANNER" IS SICK ON THE DAY OF?

which means there is more than one person working the wedding. Because I have a team of folks that work for me on events, I have the flexibility of having a “substitute” available if the Lead for the wedding happens to be sick. This gives my clients a sense of relief so that they know they will not be left in the lurch but will definitely have a reliable team to ensure the wedding day is flawless.

WHAT DOESN'T A "MONTH-OF PLANNER" DO?

For my company, my Basic package does not incorporate any consulting requests. So, no assistance is included in vendor negotiation, design plans, etc. If any assistance is requested, the client is billed an hourly fee for the service provided.

I'VE MADE IT THIS FAR...DO I REALLY NEED A "MONTH-OF PLANNER"?

Even for those brides that think they have covered everything, I have found that there are always details they have overlooked – sometimes because they never thought of them. My clients have the benefit of receiving the Check Lists which have proved to be extremely helpful to ensure details are covered. I have actually been hired 2 weeks prior to a wedding, provided all 5 Check Lists at once to the bride and received a call from them with things they never had even thought of. The saying “You don’t know what you don’t know” is very true. Most of the time, a bride is only a bride once – so to think that they will know all of the multitude of details to handle is ludicrous, therefore a Planner is essential to making sure their wedding does go as they want.

For my company, we work with a Team approach,

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Serious attention to detail and fabulous fetes.

Been in the Business 25 years

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WHAT EXACTLY IS CUSTOM WEDDING STATIONERY?

Sandi Spells is one of the most sought out invitation designers today. Since 2004, she has been recognized for turning simple ideas into spectacular masterpieces by many brides and celebrities throughout the country.

"Custom stationery to us is simply adding your own style... Taking one idea and making it your own... Personalizing your stationery with your own motif or monogram."

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HOW FAR IN ADVANCE BEFORE THE WEDDING SHOULD I ORDER ANY CUSTOM STATIONERY PIECES?

If you are ordering custom stationery I say its always good to start 6 months prior to mail out. You want to allot for designing and production time.

HOW MANY INVITATION SUITES SHOULD I ORDER?

I tell brides to use the 60% rule when trying to figure out the number of invites to order.... Take your total number and multiply by 60%....this is the number you should order. However, Always keep in mind to order extra's (10% more) for those last minute add ons.

SHOULD MY STATIONERY BUDGET ALLOT FOR ANYTHING ELSE?

QUICK FACTS Lives in

Atlanta, Georgia

Known for

Extreme stationery

Been in the Business 10 years

Website

SandiSpells.com

CUSTOM SOUNDS EXPENSIVE. IS IT?

Not really...We have designs that are very affordable. We wanted to make sure we service all brides and clients

YOU HAVE CREATED SOME EXTRAVAGANT STATIONERY FOR SOME PRETTY FAMOUS PEOPLE, CAN I AFFORD YOU?

Yes... 90% of my business comes from everyday people. This is one misconception that a lot of people have about my work. I love to design very simple to very extravagant invitations......However, I love both worlds. Although we do custom stationery...we have a very affordable line called Personalized Pockets. These designs can be used for weddings....birthdays.... anniversaries and all sorts of occasions.

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Yes, Always remember to allot for things like programs, menus, escort and placecards, and thank you notes. Many brides tend to leave this out when they are figuring out their stationery budget.

HOW DO I KEEP WITH TRADITION BUT GET CREATIVE WITH MY STATIONERY?

Brides can keep with tradition with their wording and etiquette. However, they can use unique materials and such as velvet, acrylic, wood and other materials other than paper.

WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION?

I find my inspiration in fashion and nature.... majority of the time my inspiration comes from dreams.. Ive been known to go to sleep with an incompleted idea but once I awake it's totally completed.


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INSIDER INSIGHTS

WHAT WEDDING FLOWERS COST AND WHY

Sebrell Smith, owner of Sebrell Smith Designer Events, brings a savvy sense of style and spirited Southern grace to weddings and celebrations in the south ranging from the intimate garden affair to grand black-tie galas.

"Besides stem costs, elements like conceiving designs, preparing orders, securing containers and accessories, managing inventory, arranging, delivering, and breaking down after the event all affect the operating costs of wedding florists thus the cost of wedding flowers."

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Been in the Business 20 years

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Flowers are not the only cost that affect the final look of your wedding day flowers. Elements like conceiving designs, preparing orders, placing orders, securing containers and accessories, receiving inventory, prepping inventory, arranging, delivering, and breaking down after the event all effect the operating costs of wedding florists thus the rate brides pay for wedding flowers. While creativity is what fuels modern day florists, it’s the nuts and bolts of business that ultimately determine what the cost of your wedding flowers will be. To help the everybride understand how it all comes together I’ve outlined four insights that give you a behind the scenes look on how wedding florists work.

HARD COSTS

There are many things that have to be considered when pricing a floral order. My first approach is to add the wholesale cost for each stem in each arrangement and apply a percentage markup appropriate for perishables. Then I add the wholesale costs of supplies used and apply an appropriate percentage markup for hard goods. I also consider the time and expertise required in consultations with the bride and flower brokers, time needed for proper handling of the flowers, actual creative design time, along with the time requirements for delivery and installation. The retail price is a sum of all of these factors.

INVENTORY EFFECTS

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purchase to accomplish the designs, but are not sold in the designs. Stem lengths and shelf life must be considered, as well as out of season colors or varieties which do not fare well as typical shop inventory. In this case, it is necessary to increase the retail value of each finished item.

NOT YOUR TYPICAL RETAIL BUSINESS

The florist industry is not a typical retail business. It is a manufacturing business that is serviced by individuals who are typically self-employed, inventorying fresh flowers and supplies, in a shop, with helpers. There are the five controlling factors to the end (retail) price of any wedding order: cost of flowers, cost of hard goods (containers, vases, ribbons, etc.), overhead expenses, payroll (which includes the time spent on meetings, the creative process, execution, and other considerations outlined above), and profit.  

FINDING THE RIGHT TEAM

Brides will find the best value by employing a planning and design company that offers professional floral services in house. This is where a bride will find a "wedding team" delivering the most benefits for dollars spent. She will have one contact for all of the various components of her wedding, and every selection will show her personality and signature style. With a company that offers planning, a budget is established to balance dollars for the best overall wedding experience which includes beautiful flowers. Finally, it is important to point out, when reviewing event planners and/or florists, look for images of real events, rather than staged shoots. A bride will want to know what they can do in a situation with several moving parts, as well as in a static environment.


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Q&A

WHAT TRENDS ARE YOU SEEING IN BRIDAL HAIR & MAKEUP STYLES?

Claudia Merjerle is an Atlanta based makeup artist known for her natural, soft style. She works with brides and can be found on set for commercials, backstage at events and in studio for photo shoots.

"Natural, glowy makeup and soft, relaxed hairstyles are most popular and what I am asked to do most often."

IS IT MORE EXPENSIVE TO HIRE AN ONSITE HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTIST VERUS GOING TO A SALON?

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Pricing varies across all salons and onsite makeup artists, so it is hard to say one is more expensive overall because of the location in which the services take place. However, it is worth every penny to have an onsite makeup artist for the wedding day so that she can come where everyone will be getting ready, which eliminates any stress of getting to and from a salon. Also, onsite stylists have the ability to stay nearby for any requested touchups. It just makes things more laid back on the wedding day!

HOW DO YOU MANAGE LARGE BRIDAL PARTIES?

It is so important to me to give each client the necessary amount of time and attention so that they have a pleasant, relaxing experience. In the case there are more women than I can handle on my own in the allotted time frame, I will bring another stylist with me to help complete the services.

IS A TRIAL APPOINTMENT ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY?

Trial appointments are absolutely necessary for most brides. The trial is a great opportunity for us to get to know each other and for me to learn what is going to make the bride look and feel her best. We also have a chance to experiment with multiple looks in the case she is uncertain about what look she wants. But some brides don’t have time for a bridal trial because they live out of town for example, so we just have to talk through the hair and makeup vision ahead of time so that everyone is comfortable and relaxed on the wedding day.

WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE MY HAIR/MAKEUP ON THE DAY OF?

Doing a trial ahead of time ensures the hair and makeup process on the wedding day goes smoothly and that the bride feels comfortable with everything. But in the case the bride wants to make any adjustments to her hair and makeup on the wedding

day, I always build in additional time to accommodate those tweaks so we aren’t rushed. I will not leave a bride until she looks and feels amazing!

I DON'T WEAR A LOT OF MAKEUP ON A REGULAR BASIS SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE ON THE DAY OF MY WEDDING I STILL LOOK LIKE "MYSELF," IS THAT POSSIBLE?

I would say 75% of the brides I work with don’t regularly wear makeup and really want to look natural for the wedding. I love soft, natural makeup anyways because people aren’t distracted by the actual makeup—they just see a gorgeous face. So when I am working with someone who isn’t big on wearing makeup, I warn them that it may seem like we are using a lot of products, but the goal is to really enhance her features so that she not only looks stunning in person, but she really glows in photos. www.OCCASIONSONLINE.com

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EXPERT ADVICE

DESTINATION WEDDING DETAILS NOT TO FORGET

Anna Schmid is the Vice President and General Manager of Special Events, Weddings, and Entertainment for Atlantis, Paradise Island. A mom of two amazing daughters and lover of travel, destination weddings, and all things unexpected.

"There are many advantages to booking off-season at any destination: better rates, more aggressive offers and in many cases, your event will also be the main focus of the resort and its employees, giving a much more exclusive vibe to your big day."

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inside or further away from the water. Many times breezes can pick up at night, and in some locations, it can even get chilly depending on the season. A gorgeous sunset wedding and cocktails followed by a dark, windy and sandy reception will bring dinner and dancing to an end much quicker than you planned. Plus, events on the beach at night normally require additional power and lighting that can be an additional cost to you.

YOUR RESORT WEDDING PLANNER IS NOT YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNER.

If you have a busy weekend planned with several events and lots of moving parts, YOU NEED to hire a destination wedding planner. While the resort wedding planner may be amazing, remember that he or she is normally responsible for only what happens at the resort. If you are planning off-site excursions or dinners, elaborate gift bags or favors, specialty transportation, a destination wedding planner will be worth every penny.

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Been in the Business 9 years

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PROXIMITY BETWEEN CEREMONY AND RECEPTION LOCATION.

Many couples do not have the time or budget to visit their destination/resort before the actual wedding weekend and are viewing venues on a website or resort map. You may see a beautiful waterfall backdrop thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perfect for your ceremony and a charming restaurant for your reception. Ask the questions, how far will my guests have to walk, are there golf carts or other forms of transportation for those guest that are less mobile, what are the advantages and disadvantages to these locations.

BEACH WEDDINGS ARE BEAUTIFUL/BEACH RECEPTIONS ARE TRICKY.

If at all possible, consider having your ceremony on the beach and then moving your reception

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CONSIDER UNEXPECTED FEES AND ASK YOUR CONTACT TO PROVIDE EVERYTHING IN WRITING.

Every country, destination, and hotel/resort has different taxes, fees, and gratuities. Some of these may even be negotiable, but some may be handed down by the government or labor unions. Make sure these are all defined clearly, especially in regards to room rates and gratuities.

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FASHION STYLING: Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the shore, LOCATIONS: El Taj Resort, Aldea Corazon, La Azotea, and Mi Pueblo, DRESSES: Amsale, David Fielden, and Ivy & Aster, JEWELRY: Haute Bride and K. Brunini, FLORAL: Datura: A Modern Garden, MAKEUP: d.d. Nickel, VIDEOGRAPHY: Jeremy White, PAPER DESIGN: Coral Pheasant

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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 youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 facililty 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.

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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 dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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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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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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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Main photo by Ben Vigil Photographers; bride photo by Derek Wintermute Photography; top small photo by Jaxon Wedding Photography; bottom small photo by Janet Howard Studio

Downtown 50,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 3 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

Resplendent in its marble floors, crystal chandeliers, and classical architectural details, 200 Peachtree now makes an elegant statement as an unsurpassed special events venue. The Grand Atrium is the perfect setting for grand occasions, featuring 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 guests to over 1,200 guests on a flow basis. The Carnegie Salon is sophistication in the city, bedecked in white satin lit by a system of dramatic downlights capable of a variety of colors and moods. It features 18â&#x20AC;&#x2122; ceilings, original terrazzo floors, and stylish Italian globe lighting. Its 20,000 square feet accommodates over 1,300 people, or can be scaled down by the movable drapery system to an intimate gathering of 100 people.

(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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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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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

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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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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.

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

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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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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.

(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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(770) 879-9900 4021 Lakeview Drive

Stone Mountain, GA 30083 ATLANTAEVERGREENWEDDINGS.COM ELIZABETH.MONTGOMERY@MARRIOTT.COM

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Midtown 9,388 3 225

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

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GEORGIAN TERRACE HOTEL

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.

(404) 897-1991

659 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30308

WWW.THEGEORGIANTERRACE.COM DKICKLIGHTER@THEGEORGIANTERRACE.COM

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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.

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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(404) 733-4439 1280 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, GA 30309

WWW.HIGH.ORG/SPECIALEVENTS AMY.MARCELLANA@WOODRUFFCENTER.ORG

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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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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.

(404) 894-1414

875 West Peachtree Street NW Atlanta, GA 30309 WWW.ACADEMY.GATECH.EDU INFO@ACADEMY.GATECH.EDU

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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.

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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(404) 460-6460 265 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta, GA 30303

WWW.ATLANTAREGENCY.HYATT.COM ATLRA.CATERING@HYATT.COM

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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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JW MARRIOTT ATLANTA BUCKHEAD

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, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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) 262-3344 3300 Lenox Rd. NE Atlanta, GA 30326

WWW.JWMARRIOTTBUCKHEAD.COM MEGHAN.RUGER@MARRIOTT.COM

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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.

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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(404) 586-6079 265 Peachtree Center Avenue Atlanta, GA 30303

WWW.ATLANTAMARQUIS.COM MANDI.TISHMAN@MARRIOTT.COM

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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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THE MANOR GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

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. 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.

(678) 366-3886

15951 Manor Club Drive Alpharetta, GA 30004 WWW.MANORGCC.COM RSABAT@MANORGCC.COM

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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.

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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(770) 389-5982 111 Davis Road

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

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Morrow 28,000 8 600

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

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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.

(678) 489-5161

1180 Southlake Circle, Ste. 100 Morrow, GA 30260 WWW.MORROWCENTER.COM LESLIE@CITYOFMORROW.COM

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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.

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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(678) 673-5494 1515 Lower Fayetteville Road Newnan, GA 30265

WWW.NEWNANCENTRE.COM CAROL@NEWNANCENTRE.COM

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Midtown 7,000 1 200

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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

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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 Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

(404) 817-0999

999 Peachtree Street, NE/ 28th Floor Atlanta, GA 30309 WWW.ATLANTAROOFTOPWEDDINGS.COM LCLAIRE@PEACHTREECLUB.COM

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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 fabulous resort style cabanas, sculptured fire pits and a spectacular water wall, it serves local microbrewery beers, one-of-a-kind handcrafted cocktails and a small plates menu…perfect for a bachelorette party, prereception cocktail hour or wedding afterparty. Come discover what’s new and next where modern glam meets Atlanta charm.

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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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

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RENAISSANCE ATLANTA WAVERLY HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER

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 youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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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2450 Galleria Parkway SE Atlanta, GA 30339 WWW.RENAISSANCEWAVERLY.COM ATLRB.LEADS@RENAISSANCEHOTELS.COM

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Summerour Studio is an old world refurbished factory overlooking Atlantic Station and Atlanta with a great skyline view! Summerour blends the past and present perfectly. This wonderful building is the main studio and office for Summerour & Associates architecture firm. The over 8,000 square feet of space is wide open with great windows to capture the view. As you arrive to Summerour you enter through arches into a beautiful cobblestone courtyard that rivals the villas of Tuscany. The main event space has many wonderful details that reinforce the architectural background of this great building, such as the original wood barrel vaulted ceiling and a hand carved Michelangelo replica staircase. Convenient to Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead, Atlantic Station and the interstate, consider Summerour Studio for your wedding ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinner.

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CATERING: Preferred caterer list provided INCLUDES: Our inventory of tables and chairs that include 200 gold chiavari chairs and dark wood farm tables, security guard and event manager. PARKING: Free self parking, optional valet available SPECIAL FEATURES: Fabulous outdoor courtyard, amazing city views, original wood floors and ceiling, great lighting and ambiance

(404) 962-8708 409 Bishop Street NW Atlanta, GA 30318

WWW.NOVAREEVENTS.COM MZANGER@NOVAREEVENTS.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

1 St Ives Country Club Drive Johns Creek, GA 30097 WWW.STIVESCOUNTRYCLUB.ORG JBOTTIGLIERI@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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since 1920’s.

(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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Host the most talked about event in town at one of the most unique places in the city. Look no further for the perfect destination for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, engagement party, birthday party, family reunion, conference meeting, business luncheon, or company picnic. Located just minutes from downtown Atlanta, Zoo Atlanta offers a convenient yet unique setting for your next event. Offering yearround daytime and evening events from 20 to 5,000 people, and with eight venue options to choose from, Zoo Atlanta has a venue for every occasion. For more information on hosting your next event at Zoo Atlanta, contact our events team at 404-624-5650, or e-mail us a specialevents@zooatlanta.org. Give your guests something to ROAR about!

Atlanta/Grant Park 20,000 # OF EVENT SPACES: 8 CAPACITY: 5,000 CATERING: Onsite Catering, Full Alcohol License INCLUDES: Our table and chair inventory which includes 200 white padded chairs, Complimentary Parking, Security PARKING: Complimentary, 800+ spaces SPECIAL FEATURES: Unique indoor and outdoor venue options amongst a lush landscape, some venues feature exclusive animal exerperiences. Close proximity to downtown and midtown, and easily accessible from I-20, I-75 and I-85. LOCATED IN:

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(404) 624-5650 800 Cherokee Avenue SE Atlanta, GA 30315

WWW.ZOOATLANTA.ORG SPECIALEVENTS@ZOOATLANTA.ORG

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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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BANQUET HALLS OF ALVATON & JONESBORO

South Atlanta

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Full Service Catering. Offsite Licensed Caterers Welcome.

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House linens (ivory, black or white), gold chiavari chairs, tables

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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 ABOUT: 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. LOCATED IN: CATERING:

Duluth

Full service catering

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

300

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

WWW.BERKELEYHILLSCC.ORG AHOWARD@BERKELEYHILLSCC.ORG

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CARL HOUSE 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 youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always envisioned!

LOCATED IN: CATERING:

Gwinnett/Barrow

Onsite and offsite catering by in-house Executive Chef

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

(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

WWW.DOUBLETREEBUCKHEAD.COM LFENTON@DOUBLETREEBUCKHEAD.COM Two small photos by Alternative Life Photography & Design

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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:

ATLANTA

FESTIVAL HALL

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

CAPACITY:

275

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

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

THE FOX THEATRE ABOUT: The Theatre, Egyptian

Ballroom, Grand Salon, and Terrace have been completely renovated to their original grandeur. The Fox provides complete beverage service, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and we can suggest musicians, caterers, and other supporting cast. The Grand Salon includes the use of a beautiful outdoor terrace. Romantically lit and always enjoying a lovely breeze, the terrace provides your guests with both indoor and outdoor areas during your event. The Landmark Lounge, a 30-person hospitality suite, will provide guests with the ultimate 1929 movie palace experience.

LOCATED IN: CATERING:

Midtown

Properly licensed and insured caterers are welcome.

INCLUDES: Support staff for nine consecutive hours, a uniformed police officer for the event, tables, chairs, risers, dance floor and cleaning. CAPACITY:

1,100

(404) 881-2100

660 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30308 WWW.FOXTHEATRE.ORG JENNIFER@FOXTHEATRE.ORG Main and small left photos by Drew Newman Photographers; small right photo by Picture This! Photography

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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

WWW.THEGEORGIACLUB.COM BWARDLOW@THEGEORGIACLUB.COM

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THE GILBERT HOUSE ABOUT: The Gilbert House is a charming antebellum home perfect for hosting intimate 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:

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

CAPACITY:

38 Sloan Street Roswell, GA 30075

WWW.GILBERTHOUSEROSWELL.COM INFO@GILBERTHOUSEROSWELL.COM

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ABOUT: Gordon Biersch has been a staple in Atlanta for over 10 years. We can easily customize a seated or buffet dinner to suit your tastes and budget. We have convenient locations in Midtown and Buckhead. All of our menu items are made from scratch daily to ensure the freshest ingredients are brought to you and your guests. Our Event Team is easy to work with and will ensure that your guests have an exceptional experience from the moment you book your event. CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

ATLANTA

GORDON BIERSCH

Made-from-scratch California-inspired menu

PRIVATE DINING OPTIONS: There

are two adjoining dining rooms that open into one large room, and two private rooms creating an event customizable to your liking.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Buckhead, Midtown SEATS:

Up to 150 guests

(404) 822-4236

848 Peachtree Street Northeast Atlanta, GA 30308 3242 Peachtree Road Northeast Atlanta, GA 30305 WWW.GORDONBIERSCHRESTAURANTS.COM CERNEST@CWRESTAURANTS.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

WWW.GWINNETTEHC.ORG EVENTS@GWINNETTEHC.ORG

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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

Exclusive Onsite Culinary Team, Personalized Menus, GlutenFree, Vegetarian and Organic Options Available. CATERING:

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 engagementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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:

ATLANTA

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: 400

602 East Main Street Hogansville, GA 30230

WWW.VICTORIABELLEWEDDINGS.COM VICKIE@VICTORIABELLEWEDDINGS.COM Main image by rivercityimages.com; small left photo by Avery Photography; small right photo by Joseph Steven 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

Full Service Catering department on site. Special Dietary needs met by classically trained chef. List of preferred vendors and overnight accommodations available upon request. CATERING:

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

WWW.THEWATERFALLCLUB.COM SHICKS@THEWATERFALLCLUB.COM Main photo by Thu Tran with 2T Photography.; small right photo by Griffin Gibson Photography

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] 48â&#x20AC;? 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

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

CATERING:

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.

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:

500

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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SOUTH FLORIDA

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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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.

(888)1 Casino 528-9758 Drive Paradise Island

Nassau, New Providence Bahamas

WWW.LOVEATLANTIS.COM INFO@LOVEATLANTIS.COM

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THE COVE ATLANTIS

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 Flayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 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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(888) 528-9758 1 Casino Drive Paradise Island

Nassau, New Providence Bahamas

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ONE AND ONLY OCEAN CLUB

SOUTH FLORIDA

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.

(888)1 Casino 528-9758 Drive Paradise Island

Nassau, New Providence Bahamas

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

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PALM BEACH MARRIOTT SINGER ISLAND BEACH RESORT & SPA

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.

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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(561) 340-1713 3800 North Ocean Drive

Singer Island-Riviera Beach, FL 33404 WWW.MARRIOTTPALMBEACH.COM/WEDDINGS JENNIFER.TIMPANO@MARRIOTTPB.COM

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SOFITEL MIAMI HOTEL

SOUTH FLORIDA

LOCATED IN: TOTAL SQUARE FOOTAGE: # OF EVENT SPACES: CAPACITY:

Miami 13,000 5 400

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

Top small photo by Hazel Photographers; next two small images by Photography by JohnPaul.

CATERING:

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

(305) 503-8317

5800 Blue Lagoon Drive Miami, FL 33126 WWW.SOFITELMIAMIWEDDINGS.COM YVONNE.TAMAYO@SOFITEL.COM

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SOUTHERNMOST HOTEL COLLECTION

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.

Key West 2,400 # OF EVENT SPACES: 3 CAPACITY: 200 CATERING: Our onsite restaurant caters all of our events INCLUDES: Rental Space and depends on what type of event you are having PARKING: Complimentary for guests - self-parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Outdoor beachfront venue perfect for weddings, rehearsal dinners, receptions, cocktail parties and incentive corporate group parties LOCATED IN:

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

WWW.SOUTHERNMOSTRESORTS.COM SALES@SOUTHERNMOSTRESORTS.COM

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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.

ABOUT:

LOCATED IN:

Florida Keys

CATERING:

INCLUDES: Our Islamorada Wedding Services Include: Wedding Planning, Menu Planning, Day-of Coordinator, Event Decor CAPACITY:

120

81801 Overseas Highway Islamorada, FL 33036 WWW.CHEECA.COM CATERING@CHEECA.COM

Main photo by Belinda Serata; small right photo by Ambrosio Photography

SOUTH FLORIDA

(305) 517-4424

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. LOCATED IN: CATERING:

Palm Beach Gardens / Jupiter

Onsite with customizable menu selections

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

(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:

SOUTH FLORIDA

(305) 381-3069

500

1435 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL 33131

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

(855) 293-8851

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

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RENAISSANCE ORLANDO AT SEAWORLD

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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Bride and groom photo by Kristen Weaver Photography

ORLANDO

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.

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

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

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ORLANDO WORLD CENTER MARRIOTT

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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.

ORLANDO

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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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, & Benches

CAPACITY:

450

4554 E Windmill Dr. Inverness, FL 34453

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

Main photo and small right photo by Russell Martin Photography; small left photo by Red Canary Photography

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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!

ABOUT:

LOCATED IN: Windermere CATERING:

Onsite catering, wedding packages, customized menus

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

(407) 876-1112

CAPACITY:

250

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

Main photo by J&R Productions; small right photo by Jenna Michele Photography

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TAMPA'S LOWRY PARK ZOO

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.

Congratulations on your engagement! For your special day, make your dreams come true by choosing Tampaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

LOCATED IN:

TAMPA

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 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.

TAMPA

St. Petersburg 42,000 # 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 bayview venues, gazebos and elegantly appointed ballrooms LOCATED IN:

(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 oldworld 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:

(813) 313-3222

INCLUDES:

White or black linens, standard centerpieces, dance floor

CAPACITY:

530

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

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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

CATERING:

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

(813) 878-6505

400

4200 George J Bean Parkway Tampa, FL 33607 WWW.TAMPAAIRPORTWEDDINGS.COM JUDI.MORRELL@MARRIOTT.COM

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TAMPA MARRIOTT WATERSIDE HOTEL AND 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.

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) 221-4900

CAPACITY:

1,100

700 South Florida Avenue Tampa, FL 33602 WWW.TAMPAWATERSIDEWEDDINGS.COM MICHELLE.GRIFFIN@MARRIOTT.COM

Main photo by Robert La Follette Phoography; left small photo by Mark Borosch Photography; small right photo by Carrie Wildes Photography

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:

Downtown Tampa

CATERING: Offsite

(813) 225-3450

TAMPA

LOCATED IN:

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

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JACKSONVILLE

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.

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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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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.

ABOUT:

LOCATED IN: The 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:

CAPACITY:

300, Seated

JACKSONVILLE

(904) 217-0077

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

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Peach

Emitting the subtle glow of a fresh Georgia peach, this embroidered lace gown from Olia Zavozina boasts a detachable peplum and keepsake pearl buttons. DRESS: Bridgette by Olia Zavozina via Kelly's Closet HEADBAND & BRACELET: Jenny Packham via Kelly's Closet SHOES: Kate Spade New York via Bloomingdales Lenox


OmbrĂŠ

The delicate petals covering this v-neck gown from Theia Bridal gently flow from ivory to pale pink in a soft and beautiful ombre effect. DRESS: Style 890061 by Theia Bridal via The Sentimentalist EARRINGS: Aqua via Bloomingdales Lenox


Champagne Ethereal and elegant, this shell colored, sweetheart ballgown from Liancarlo bears embroidered blossoms and Swarovski crystals from the bodice to the top of the tulle skirt. DRESS: Style 5806 by Liancarlo via Kelly's Closet JEWELRY: Carolee via Bloomingdales Lenox SHOES: Via Spiga via Bloomingdales Lenox


Blue

Made from blue mist dupioni with an overlay of ivory lace and a silk duchess bow, this fit and flare gown by Lea-Ann Belter carries the classic grace of a time gone by. DRESS: Layla by Lea-Ann Belter via Kelly's Closet VEIL: Vintage The Sentimentalist JEWELRY: Carolee via Bloomingdales Lenox SHOES: Brian Atwood via Bloomingdales Lenox


Gold

Shine bright as the sun with this gown from Sarah Seven, its unique texture and golden hue simultaneously radiating richness and warmth.

DRESS: Goldie by Sarah Seven via The Sentimentalist JEWELRY: Carolee via Bloomingdales Lenox SHOES: Stuart Weitzman via Bloomingdales Lenox HAIR ADORNMENET: Twigs & Honey via The Sentimentalist


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MARRIED Ideas from recent real weddings 143 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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FROM OUR FEATURED COUPLES THIS ISSUE

Don't sweat... "The weather – there’s no sense in worrying about things you can’t control. Our day was cold, rainy, and had to be moved inside. But it still turned out to be incredible! We were able to take some cool photos with umbrellas, it cleared up enough to take outdoor pictures in great lighting, and they say rain is good luck. Whatever happens on your day is meant to be – and it’s part of what makes your story unique."

Smartest savings... "Skipping all the little stuff. We decided against wedding favors, instead putting together guest bags with Atlanta/Georgia maps and memorabilia... And we also skipped things like programs (we used a giant chalkboard to outline the day's events), mints (who eats them), a wedding cake (we wanted LOTS of choices which SIMB provided), etc. " - Wendy & Chris, page 154

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"A wedding planner! These people are the experts! Although it may seem as though you can save a few dollars by planning yourself, you may find that their expertise is worth the money. Eliana and her team throw a fabulous event." - NaKia & Omari, page 166

Smartest savings... "Be smart about menu choices- whether it's saving by not serving alcoholic beverages, or having a good understanding of food portions, this is the place to save money without being cheap!" - Ramak & Saman, page 158

Don't sweat... Splurge on... "After it is all over, you get to keep the pictures forever, so I suggest not going cheap on photography, I also highly recommend a videograpgher. At first we were unsure about it , but in the end it was one of the best decisions we made." - Ashley and Andrew, page 182

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"Anything! Always remember WHY you are having a wedding. Magazines and family members may tell you you MUST HAVE or MUST DO certain things, and any number of things could go " wrong," but at the end of the day, all you really NEED is your partner and a marriage certificate." - Meghann & Adam, page 146


Smartest savings... "A ceremony and reception area with a naturally beautiful backdrop." - Leigh & Steve, page 174

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Splurge on... " Whatever is important to you! We wanted great food and lots of dancing. And our photographers, Ashley and Greg from Brooke Images, were amazing." - Christina & Scott, page 176

"Every little detail....there will be mistakes but everything works out in the end!" - Samantha & Scott, page 184

Smartest savings... "I was planning to make the special touches to our wedding: signs, table numbers, decorating the inside of the estate house (even the bathrooms) etc. Surprisingly, we found that hiring a wedding stylist to handle these details was actually less expensive than buying all of the things that we would have needed to make them ourselves. It also allowed my mom and I to have time to enjoy the moments before the big day." -Karin & Ethan, page 178

Don't sweat... " The weather. You have absolutely no control over it. The morning of our wedding, the weather report said there was a 60% chance of rain. My loving sister made a trip to Target and purchased every umbrella in stock so that our quests would not have to walk to the venue in the rain. Luckily, by 1:00 pm the chance of rain fell to just 10% and the rain held off for the entirety of the wedding." - Ailis & Tim, page 148

Smartest savings... "I would say this would probably be the invitations. We invited around 300 guests so the price escalated quickly. I wanted to keep them pretty basic, so we went with a very simple 1 color letterpress invite. Because the ceremony and reception were in the same location, the only other insert needed was an RSVP card. This reduced costs quite a bit and we were able to allocate the money saved towards other items." -Ashley & Greg, page 164

Splurge on... "Flowers! I wanted my wedding to be like The Secret Garden! I think with me doing a traditional wedding it was essential, but I would certainly recommend putting the most effort into the centerpieces and the decor because it makes your wedding!" - Brittany & Mitchell, page 156


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MEGHANN + ADAM

Atlanta, Georgia

The city skyline shone above the rustic chic surroundings of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center downtown. Meghann wore a trumpet-style lace gown with mauve sash and one-of-a-kind veil hand stitched for her alone, and her bridesmaids accompanied her in long navy blue Jenny Yoo gowns. The couple’s personality was present in every detail of the affair, from the reading of the poem, How Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog during their ceremony in honor of their beloved four-legged companions, to the nods toward their shared love of craft beers. Adam’s boutonniere boasted a Dogfish Head bottle cap, hops and grains, and the newlyweds even shared a very special bottle of beer in a “beer ceremony” after exchanging vows. Guests adjourned to the reception where they were greeted by a jumbo Jenga set, a photo hunt game and an entire evening’s worth of amazing music by the band, Moontower. And once the dancing shoes were worn out and they’d enjoyed all the amazing treats to be had, the newlyweds exited the scene to the tune of “Keep on Rockin’ In the Free World.”

PHOTOGRAPHY Loren Routhier Photography VENUE Atlanta Contemporary Art Center CATERING & CAKE Epic Events Catering WEDDING PLANNER A Big To Do Events See Entire Vendor List Online

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Atlanta, Georgia

The scent of roses was light on the air as the bride and her father took their first steps down the aisle at 6:30pm in the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The Rose Garden proved the perfect romantic backdrop, though no sight was so beautiful as Ailis dressed in a Romona Keveza gown, ruffles cascading down from the bustline all the way down her cathedral length train. Tim, dressed in navy, stood surrounded by the wedding party sporting coral gowns by Ted Baker and suits by Sid Mashburn. The intimate ceremony paid tribute to the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Irish heritage, with the exchanging of original vows and the reading of an Irish poem. A string trio serenaded family and friends during the cocktail hour around the Chihuly fountain, followed by a seated dinner by Bold American in the Day Hall. Tables decked in peonies, hydrangeas, and succulents in shades of coral and pink set the stage for a sweetly elegant affair, and tunes by the Flavor Band kept the guests and newlyweds on the dance floor well into the night.

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ASHLEY + JUSTIN

Sea Island, Georgia

Azaleas, live oaks, the scent of magnolias on the warm ocean breeze. The wedding between Ashley and Justin had all of this and more as they vowed to love one another forever within the quaint walls of an old Spanishstyle chapel on Sea Island, Georgia. Ashley wore the Gemma dress by Vera Wang accompanied by Jimmy Choo heels. Rivers snaked through endless fields of marsh nearby as the newlyweds and guests adjourned to the reception at Rainbow Island. Picnic tables draped with linen and sequined runners, candles, and delicate flowers lent an air of elegance to the rustic Southern affair. Guests cut loose for an unforgettable evening, complete with a fire pit and comfortable, pillow-tossed chairs. Crystal chandeliers shined down from the branches of moss-draped oaks above, revelers entertained by sound of a live band, cornhole competitions and unforgettable food, including an oyster bar and skillet shrimp. The evening culminated in fireworks across the night sky, family and friends cheering on the newlyweds as they set off for their happily-ever-after.

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ANSLEY + JOSHUA

Athens, Georgia

Every once in a while you catch a glimpse of something that makes you look twice. This exquisite autumn wedding finds you looking again and again. French garden elegance was the tone of the day, with only Ansley and Joshua's closest friends and family in attendance. The bride walked down the aisle of the Cecil B Day Chapel on the grounds of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia wearing a stunning gown of satin and lace with a scalloped hemline and chapel train that glowed in the warm light of the room. Her bridesmaids attended in charcoal chiffon that complemented the groom and his groomsmen to perfection. Tons of grey, ivory and peach lent a sense of elegance and serenity from ceremony to reception, coming to full bloom with bouquets of tulips, cabbage roses, freesias and hydrangeas, the manicured garden theme accented by vases of boxwood. Guests were treated to a saxophone serenade from the chapel to the cocktail hour, followed by an exquisite meal by Sweet Delights. Grand piano music accompanied the fare, after which dancing and celebration lasted well into the night. www.OCCASIONSONLINE.com

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WENDY + CHRIS

Atlanta, Georgia

Intimate elegance. Natural grace. Unforgettable moments. The wedding between Wendy and Chris was an experience savored down to the smallest moment, from the unique blessings that each and every one of their guests left over their rings, to the one-of-a-kind marriage agreement ceremony witnessed by their children. A cocktail hour preceded the lakeside wedding ceremony in Piedmont Park, ensuring that friends and family knew one another before witnessing such an important moment. The reception followed with gourmet dishes by Sun in my Belly and carefully selected music special to Chris and Wendy. Pale flowers were nestled within jars of all shapes and sizes, while accents of burlap and the warm glow of marquis lights lent the perfect air of rugged elegance to the affair. The night commenced in easy fellowship with enough tender hugs and smiles to last the couple a lifetimeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth of happy memories. Following the celebration, the newlyweds departed for a three day "tinymoon" on The Cloister in Sea Island, Georgia, preceding a two week retreat to Europe later that fall.

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BRITTANY + MITCHELL

Atlanta, Georgia

Timeless class found its way into each and every facet of the wedding celebration between Brittany and Mitchell at the Loews Atlanta Hotel, the lights of the city glowing all around them. Grecian themed décor paired with bright jewel tones of fuchsia and purple fit the bride’s vision perfectly. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed favors reminiscent of the couple’s first date at the movies, enjoying popcorn, candy and cola, fun accents to the gourmet fare provided by Loews. Guests enjoyed buffets of Italian cuisine, complete with penne bolognese, risotto, and traditional cioppino. The bride and groom’s cake were accompanied by a shmorgishborg of chocolate, lemon and vanilla favors paired with fruit and cream cheeses, sure to delight every persuasion of sweet tooth. Live musician Donnie Long entertained with smooth R&B during the cocktail hour before DJ Six Five took the celebration to the next level, most of the guests finding themselves on the dance floor for most of the night. Brittany and Mitchell quite literally stole off towards the sunset, honeymooning in Maui, Hawaii.

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RAMAK & SAMAN

Dahlonega, Georgia

The traditional Iranian wedding between Ramak and Saman paid homage to their Persian roots with gorgeous details, from the meticulously designed Persian table, to the handmade Persian sweets, to the unforgettable night of dancing. The marriage ceremony incorporated the carefully chosen display of desired traits in a marriage arranged with care atop a table on, of course, a Persian rug. Guests sat in the shade of giant trees on the grounds of Montaluce, a violinist playing as the bridal party took their places. The bride arrived to the scene in a white horse-drawn carriage, the perfect fairy tale detail. The rest of the night followed in similar splendor with a cocktail hour and dinner so complete with delicacies that guests could have their heartsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; content of anything from steak to strawberry cake. Dancing and entertainment by two Persian DJs had guests young and old on their feet from the moment dinner ended to the very last pic snapped in the photobooth. Overjoyed, Ramak and Saman exited in style amid the glow of cheerfully waving sparklers.

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JESSICA + JOE

St. Simons Island, Georgia

The effortless romance of Georgia’s coastal empire was the long-awaited setting for Jessica and Joe’s wedding. According to tradition, every woman in Jessica’s family said their vows on St. Simons Island at their own specially-chosen venue with a reception to follow at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. And so Jessica and Joe promised one another forever at Epworth By The Sea’s Tabby House Gardens surrounded by manicured boxwoods, moss-draped live oaks, lace, ribbons and flowers. Following the ceremony the couple and guests hitched a ride on the island’s wedding trolley for The King and Prince, where steaks, seafood and soulful tunes awaited them. Intimate details drove home the theme of family and togetherness, with guests leaving their unique thumbprints on paper in lieu of signatures, and a tree of paper leaves meant for leaving advice to the bride and groom. Antique family vases, heirloom blue and white china — effortless reminders of the new and perfect union, affirmations that their love would join a long and cherished line of many.

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DANIELLE + YONI

Atlanta, Georgia

Danielle sat in elegant greeting, a backdrop of wood and warm lamplight arranged in the foyer of The Foundry at Puritan Mill, as guests walked in one by one to celebrate the special day. Southern rustic decor met urban, modern delights in the wedding of Danielle and Yoni. The sweet intimacy of family and Jewish tradition surrounded the couple as they vowed forever to one another. The reception followed, the woodsy elegance of the decor accentuated by the roomy warehouse setting and exposed brick of the much sought-after venue. One of a kind details like the hand carved cake topper, courtesy of the bride's father, and breathtaking centerpieces accentuated the vibe of hospitality while guests enjoyed a meal by A Divine Event, peach cobbler served in cast iron skillets and wedding cake by Frosted Pumpkin topping off the gourmet delights. The newlyweds danced the night away to the tunes of the band GLOW before driving off into Happily Ever After in a Cadillac convertible, the cheers of family and friends and the waving of sparklers not far behind.

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ASHLEY + GREG

Atlanta, Georgia

The sheer elegance of Ashley and Greg's wedding proved no detail had gone unplanned, each and every whisper of romance, the garden trellis theme that speckled its way across the decor, cascading flowers and ethereal centerpieces turned the ballrooms of The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead into a long-awaited vision. And still, all of it faded, everything stilled when Ashley made her way down the aisle, locking eyes with Greg as the ceremony commenced and they vowed to love one another forever. The bride was stunning in a Kenneth Pool ballgown, the silk taffeta bustled into a dramatic train. The bridal party wore whisper shades of grey, Greg and his groomsmen effortlessly handsome in modern tuxedos. The reception was a flurry of dancing, mouthwatering food and laughter, culminating in a once-in-a-lifetime performance by Greg, his brother and a friend, that of course, led to Ashley and Greg crowd-surfing in a perfectly unexpected moment. A beautiful send-off saw the newlyweds bound for their honeymoon in exotic Fiji.

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NAKIA & OMARI

Atlanta, Georgia

Laissez les bon temps rouler. Let the good times roll. When NaKia and Omari brought Mardi Gras to Atlanta for their wedding, it turned into an event that they nor any of their guests will ever forget. Family and friends were gifted with intricate masks, beads and handkerchiefs, each of the Creole-southern details paying homage to the groom’s roots. The ceremony took place at The Foundry at Puritan Mill, the bride stunning in a strapless sweetheart gown, the groom equally dapper in slate grey, both of them accentuated to perfection by the wedding party all in elegant black. The reception offered delicious fare by Endive, each dish giving a nod to New Orleans specialties and Georgian comfort food. Nothing says a good time quite like Southern fried chicken and waffles paired with mac and cheese and crawfish etoufee. The Second Line Brass Band stunned with their “Do What Ya Wanna” rendition, followed by tunes and entertainment throughout the night courtesy of DJ Nick Rhen. Amongst all the grandeur and good times, NaKia and Omari wrote a chapter of memories they’ll never forget.

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CHRISTY & TAYLOR

Dahlonega, Georgia

Fellowship and rustic grace ruled the day in the wedding of Christy and Taylor. The ceremony took place at Frogtown Cellars, where accents of vintage lace and crystals, baby's breath and peach peonies proved the perfect sweet accompaniments to the mahogany winery and rolling hills. The bride wore an ivory lace gown by Allure with cap sleeves and flared skirt that absolutely shone alongside champagne gowns of lace on her bridesmaids. Following the ceremony guests adjourned to the reception where personalized hand-decor made for familiar intimacy. Photographs of the bride and groom were used throughout the affair, alongside vintage suitcases, repurposed wine bottles and delicate floral arrangements. A gourmet meal by Frogtown included bourbon-glazed tenderloin, pecan sweet potatoes, and green beans to name a few. Three different bridal cakes by GGEvents ensured that guests could indulge to their heartsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; desires, while wine flowed and music kept everyone on the dance floor well into the night.

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LAUREN + DANIEL

Atlanta, Georgia

Elegant and refined, the wedding celebration for Lauren and Daniel was everything they dreamed it would be. White flowers flowed from ceremony to reception, draped in crystals and illuminated by pale candles. Accents of royal blue and teal were splashes of energy in the meticulously styled event. Following an unforgettable first look photographed by Janet Howard, the evening started with a traditional ceremony at St. James Methodist Church in Buckhead, where Lauren walked down the second longest aisle wearing a gown too lovely for words and the couple vowed to love one another forever. Guests were treated to a string-serenaded cocktail hour atop the roof of Briza, complete with gourmet treats and nitrogen-spiked cocktails. The reception boasted a stunning ten wedding cakes by Alpine Bakery, and live DJ entertainment. The cocktail hour refreshments and five-course meal by Chef Falvo featured raw oysters, Caribbean ceviche, lionfish, and Thai street food. The night progressed in an unforgettable flurry of dancing and fellowship, the newlyweds making memories to last a lifetime.

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REBECCA + ANDREW

Seattle, Washington

Posh tones of navy and gold lent a classy, sophisticated air to the New Year’s Eve wedding celebration of longtime sweethearts, Rebecca and Andrew. The bride wore three stunning gowns throughout the evening: a fitted white number by Winnie Couture, followed by a sexy open-backed lace gown by Alice and Olivia, and a finale gold party dress by BCBG. Limited edition Christian Louboutins completed Rebecca’s glamorous ensembles. The exclusive event proved intimate and sweet, a party that brought everyone involved closer together. As weddings should! Following a ceremony honoring the couple’s long journey, everyone adjourned to the cocktail hour complete with a custom slider bar and an array of Southern comfort cuisine. Dinner was served amid the delivery of personal, heartfelt speeches, after which guests hit the dance floor and ate their fill of ten different dessert options. The bride and groom partied the night away until five minutes until midnight when the New Year’s countdown began. The two exited the celebration in style, friends and family waving sparklers to light the way.

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LEIGH + STEVE

Naples, Florida

All the fresh and bold beauty of a bright flower garden could be found in the much anticipated wedding celebration of Leigh and Steve. Upon arriving at Naples Botanical Garden, guests were greeted by a sweet and sassy lemonade stand, setting the mood for all the fun to follow. The couple’s closest friends and family looked on as they exchanged personal vows in an intimate ceremony that left the newlyweds misty-eyed and smiling. The bride wore a Romona Keveza gown with a belt by Elizabeth Bower, accessories by Kate Spade and gold Badgley Mischka shoes, her fabulous look complimented by her bridesmaids dressed in Ann Taylor. A reception followed at the Inn On Fifth with gourmet cuisine, a delectable chocolate wedding cake and dancing inspired by Black Tie Entertainment. The Naples Botanical Garden’s Caribbean Garden served as the inspiration for much of the posh event’s bright décor, golden accents adding an understated and easy elegance from the first step down the aisle to the newlywed’s grand exit.

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Amelia Island, Florida

The warm sand of Amelia Island shone bright exactly three-hundred-and-sixty-four days after Christina and Scott’s engagement. With each of their families and closest friends in attendance the couple said their vows to the crashing of the waves beneath an endless sky. It was an affair of effortless class with the casual mood of a beach vacation, the perfect atmosphere for the blending of two loving families. A nautical theme carried throughout, with hints of navy and silver and sea glass, anchor accents and even a fisherman’s knot-tying during the ceremony. A shoe butler brushed the beach from everyone’s feet, and guests adjourned to a reception at The Ritz-Carlton where centerpieces of lanterns and candles, mason jars, and bouquets of tulips and hydrangeas awaited them. An Italian cookie display, meet-and-greet cupcakes in the bride and groom’s favorite flavors and custom koozies got the party started. A whole roasted suckling pig, pasta stations and tropical salads primed one and all for the cookies and gelato bar, the Ritz bringing the couple’s plans to perfect fruition. The newlyweds danced together with their guests late into the evening, the promise of happily ever after sweet on the ocean air. www.OCCASIONSONLINE.com

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KARIN + ETHAN

Orlando, Florida

Southern chic met intimately elegant in the estate wedding of Karin and Ethan. Each and every detail was carefully chosen to reflect the love and commitment the bride and groom made to one another, highlighting the truest, most romantic purpose for the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festivities. The couple recited vows they wrote for one another, the bride dressed in an ethereal strapless gown with empire waist and delicate tiny dot embellishments. The wedding party complemented the bride and groom to perfection, the bridesmaids in coral gowns from JCrew, the groomsmen in navy suits and coral ties. Preppy Southern vibes greeted guests during the reception with navy chevron accents, monogrammed corn hole bean bags, mason jars, and an Italian ice cart surprise once the party really got started. Big City Catering prepared a classic Southern dinner to remember. Tunes by Kristen with Our DJ Rocks kept the dance floor hopping, the newlyweds making unforgettable memories with each passing moment before escaping to Jamaica and white, sandy beaches.

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NATALIE + CHAY

Clearwater, Florida

Beach, band and open bar. These elements were at the top of the list for Natalie and Chay’s vacation-style wedding. Family and friends traveled from all over the country to take part in the festivities, most of them taking the opportunity to enjoy an extended stay on Florida’s sandy beaches. The bride walked down the aisle to “Here Comes the Sun” accompanied by her bridesmaids in perfectly coordinated dresses of many colors. The couple exchanged vows during a fully customized ceremony complete with an acoustic guitarist. The intimate setting carried over to the reception where vintage family wedding photos complemented the natural décor, guests leaving signatures on wine corks in lieu of a guest book and a bright teal, orchid-draped cheesecake as the culinary focal point. A fire pit in the sand and the warm, spicy scent of cigars set the mood for a personal reception, the ocean crashing just beyond. The reception deck became a dance floor, the band getting everyone to their feet for a night of unforgettable cheer.

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ASHLEY + ANDREW

Jensen Beach, Florida

Tones of blush pink, gold and ivory, the view of the water from the front deck of The Mansion at Tuckahoe on the Indian River, the memories shared together in this special place — all these things and so much more culminated in the wedding celebration for Ashley and Andrew. Intimate and romantic, the ceremony brought together friends and family who had been in the bride and groom’s lives for decades, many of them members of the bridal party. And so the couple vowed forever to one another beneath the light of a chandelier handcrafted by the bride’s father and grandfather. A cocktail hour inside the mansion got the party started, and culinary delights and entertainment by Vision DJs followed in a tented reception on the back terrace. Many memories were made and happy tears shed. And when the last guest left the tent, preparing to wish the newlyweds farewell, Ashley and Andrew shared one final dance, just the two of them — a cherished moment neither will ever forget.

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SAMANTHA + SCOTT

Key West, Florida

Their sunset wedding on the beach of Key West was every bit the magical experience Samantha and Scott dreamed it would be. It was an affair to remember with unique twists that shone with an elegance all their own. From Samantha’s hot pink wedding dress, to their fathers conducting the ceremony, the bride and groom didn’t settle for anything outside of their one-of-a-kind vision. Samantha walked down the aisle to the tune of the Beatles’ “Across the Universe,” the ocean shimmering behind her groom, and they vowed their love to one another as the sun inched across the horizon. Family and friends were treated to gourmet fare following the ceremony, with decadent dishes of crab cake with caper remoulade, lobster bites and mango, glazed chicken, blackened grouper and more, all expertly prepared by Casa Marina. The wedding cake boasted bright pink flowers to match the bride’s gown, each layer of icing a different flavor sure to satisfy the pickiest of sweet connoisseurs. The newlyweds danced the night away to the sounds of The Bay King Band, the party lasting well into the night.

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BARBARA + FRANCESCO

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Weddings are an occasion to celebrate true love. To celebrate where we’re from. To celebrate where we’re going. This was especially evident in the Fort Lauderdale wedding between Barbara and Francesco. Bride and groom made special care to pay homage to their cultural heritages and time honored traditions. The ceremony joined their Episcopalian and Jewish faiths with both a Rabbi and Bishop presiding. The bride wore an ivory Amsale gown, her bridesmaids following the Brazilian tradition to choose their own dresses. Following the exchanging of vows and their first kiss as man and wife, the newlyweds stole away to the beach for photos while family and friends enjoyed a cocktail hour. The reception commenced with Barbara and Francesco’s first dance to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” followed by exceptional fare courtesy of B Ocean. Spring tones of pastel greens and white accented the elegant setting, made even more beautiful by the laughter of dancing children. The newlyweds joined their family and friends on the dance floor, the celebration lasting long into the night.

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JENNIFER + SAM

Nassau, Bahamas

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fairly solid indication that a wedding is going to be positively epic if the guests actually arrive at the affair via luxury cruise line. The wedding of Jennifer and Sam was a romantically elegant celebration, the ambiance of sand and palm trees the perfect natural backdrop. Following a first look between the bride and groom at the historic Cloisters, guests arrived at the beach for the ceremony, officiated by the long time best friend of the groom. A cocktail hour complete with Bahamian steel drums playing and butler passed hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres followed before the reception on a nearby grass lawn. Tables accented in blooms of bright pink and orange reflected the native Bahamian flare while the traditional surf and turf seated meal provided a casual elegance. Personal touches brought the event together in a seamless fashion, from straw bags filled with Caribbean treats, to cruise ship shaped luggage tags, to baskets of flip flops for guests to change into. And after the last slice of cake had been served and the final toast given, the newlyweds danced the night away under the stars.

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LINDA + PAUL

Lakeland, Florida

A forever kind of love deserves lots of extra special celebration along the way. The vow renewal celebrating Linda and Paul’s thirty years of marriage was an intimate affair that bespoke a lifetime of love. Officiated by a family friend, the ceremony included the couple’s grown children and grandchild-to-be, their vows expressed again beneath an overflowing cream and lavender floral canopy. Tears of happiness were shed as the pair recounted times of patience and faith, and love letters were displayed from a time when Paul was away on multiple military deployments. Scrapbooks filled with photos of their lives together spoke more than words ever could as their very closest family members and friends celebrated with them near the waterside. Scrumptious fare by Terrie Lobb Catering included filet mignon, chicken bruschetta, potatoes and the most gorgeous chocolate raspberry wedding cake a couple could ask for. Dancing and reminiscing ensued, and without a doubt, Linda and Paul’s special day ushered many more happily ever afters to come.

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DAN + JENNIFER

Nolan

Dan Nolan is a pillar of the Atlanta event rental business. Co-owner of Event Rentals Unlimited and Tents Unlimited, he married his wife Jennifer in 1992 and together the two have raised two beautiful daughers and several businesses through the years. In his 26 years in the rental business he has cleaned, loaded, installed and dismantled, sold, managed, and owned rental equipment so he knows a thing or two, or ten about throwing a party. Here he gives us a look back at his wedding, shares a bit of advice for making your planning painless and the most important take away from this whole issue, wisdom for a happy marriage.

2014

1992 ABOUT OUR WEDDING "We were married in 1992 at St Johns United Methodist Church and held our reception at Spangler Farms in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I was working in the family rental business and we just happened to specialize in tent rental. Chattanooga Tent had been well established as an industry leader in the party markets and we started using white tents long before most. So with that, my bride-to-be agreed to marry me in the off-season under a tent. Unfortunately, the off-season was August and it was hot, so a nice tent with lots of fans was welcomed by our 150 guests on that hot August afternoon in the south. The cake cutting, champagne, and traditions were all present and accounted for and we really spent the evening enjoying our friends and family. We had a great time and the send-off was exceptional."

BEST ADVICE "I can sum that up very succinctly! PAY FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL PLANNER. Then… Trust that he/she will listen and give you what you want, because if they are good, they will!"

WORDS OF WISDOM FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE "Marriage is a partnership and you chose this person for life. That is for better and worse, and if you’re doing it right, there will always be some worse… Don’t give up on your partner. You are different people, you do things sometimes because it’s right for your partner but there are some times when you need a veto. Let your spouse have the power of the veto. If you chose the right partner, they will never use it to hurt you. And my number one rule, never go to bed mad. It’s very difficult to do this sometimes, but if you make this an unbreakable rule from day one, it forces you to communicate and communication is the key to it all… if you do not communicate and say what needs to be said, you will never make it long term. Twenty Two years later, this still works for Jen and I."

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