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THE MAGAZINE FOR CELEBRATING IN STYLE FLORIDA

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"I believe that when you infuse your story into the details, your event can be unique, personal, and absolutely amazing!" PAGE 41

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FOR EVERY OCCASION We scouted and scoured for the latest in party planning goodness. From cocktails to high heels, catering and stationery, it's all here.

STYLED IDEAS Here you will find the creme de la creme of the events industry serving up their styled shoot A-game. Complete with insider recipes, fresh inspiration and top tips you'll only find inside these pages. VENUE GUIDE The most thorough guide to local venues, and restaurants you’ll find in Florida! Over 27 venues ranging from hotels, country clubs, mansions and outdoor locations. FEATURED EVENTS Our favorite real events hand selected for their style, attention to detail and gorgeous photography. LOCAL CELEBRATIONS Nationwide trends, executed right in your backyard... and beautifully. These are our top pics for real celebrations in your area.

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PARTING FAVORITES Thanks for reading! Here’s a featured favor we think your guests will love!

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Our cover story gets personal - see the dresses here.

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These beauties are not just for weddings!

Name your nail polish for party guests - yes please!

"I like to say my theme was 'Vintage-glam' but when I look back I realize I probably made up a new style called: 'Etsy!' My wedding turned into quite the Etsy-fest. I lived on Etsy for about a year prior!" PAGE 107


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STARFISH STUDIOS

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Andrew Vreeland Executive Director

Heather Vreeland Group Publisher & Editorial Director

Stephanie Bosco-Luca Florida Publisher

Jennifer Taylor

Sandy Espinosa, Me and Stephanie Bosco-Luca

CHELSEA PATRICIA PHOTOGRAPHY

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Carolyn Oyler Advertising Sales

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SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE...

"If you’re reading this letter you’re a part of something bigger than you may know.” It was just three years ago I wrote those words in the editor's letter of our premier issue and as I look back on it now, even I didn’t realize truly how big this idea was going to be. It seems that during this time we've spent teaching you how to celebrate in style, we've come upon a few milestones of our own. This is, after all, our 5th year in business, our10th issue (if you're reading in Georgia) and now we’re setting out to bring our innovative approach to everyday event planning to more readers, one additional state at a time. Welcome Florida! So, with all the varied magazines & blogs out there, we always ask ourselves as we grow and develop, "what about Occasions is so appealing to our readers and keeps continuing our success?" I think that it’s two fold. First, our core belief that life -- in its every varied stage -- deserves and should be celebrated. Inviting readers to celebrate every occasion, every milestone, however big or small, or type. It’s that idea that life IS the celebration that drives us here, issue to issue. And second, being a trusted source to find an exceptional team of vendors to pull off those celebrations. We know that wedding and party planning can be tough for even the savviest of hostesses. So, when the RSVPs meets the rental chairs (and way more), just know that Occasions is here for you with venues, vendors, inspiration and endless ideas. We're like your party planning fairy godmother. I hope that as we continue to grow and get better, you'll continue to look to our pages for the best in celebrating anything in style, always.

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TEA FOR TWO HUNDRED DESIGN & RENTALS

Why don’t you mix up the dinner table? Whether you're hosting a wedding reception, cocktail party or holiday brunch, there is a fantastic new resource we’re just dying to tell you about. Vintage rentals. The trend is not as far fetched as you may think. Boutique rental companies nationwide are now offering mismatched vintage china to the masses as an alternative to regular ole white plates. Brides and party hosts alike now have the most unique, charming dinner and tableware to rent for any special occasion; retro linens, bone china teapots, mismatched sugar bowls, the works. The large scale reception dinner just got a lot more intimate. You're welcome.

SHOWN HERE... Vintage English Teacup based in Atlanta served up the gorgeous fine china pictured here. Their stash is ever increasing, so get in touch to get your hands on these goods for your next party.

Rent them near you....

Ready to set the table in style? We thought so. Here's a round up of local vintage rental companies in your area we recommend....

WISH VINTAGE RENTALS

HEMSTITCH VINTAGE RENTALS

UNEARTHED VINTAGE

CENTRAL FLORIDA • (863) 513-6555 WishVintageRentals.com

PENSACOLA • (512) 460-9445 HemstitchVintage.com

MIAMI • (305) 332-8494 UnearthedVintage.com

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PHOTOS & KEEPSAKE

SIT & SMILE The Social Box is chock full of props to make your photos & video even more fun. Plus, instead of a photo on a blank background, the clear walls capture the event in the background so you can remember the scene forever.

FUTURISTIC PHOTOBOOTH If the Jetsons had dreamed up a photobooth, it would have been SOCIAL BOX. And if you’re looking for an interactive guestbook alternative, it’s just the thing you’re missing; the ultimate memory maker. With Social Box, guests can record video and take pictures, instantly uploading them to Facebook or Twitter. A real time slideshow of the content streams while your guests play with photobooth props and accessories. Two service techs are always on hand to assist, and best of all, all content is saved for the party hostess to keep forever! www.socialboxusa.com

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BREAKFAST FOR DINNER CATERING & RECIPES

There’s nothing like a good late night snack. And after a night of hitting the dance floor and celebrating with friends, a little breakfast fare can really hit the spot. We asked SOIREE CATERING to give us the dish on three bite sized, breakfast for dinner snacks for you to serve up at your next event.

BISCUITSBENEDICT “Biscuits Benedict was our take on a classic dish that can really be enjoyed any time of day. Savory homemade buttery biscuits, layered with sliced country ham, poached egg, garlic braised spinach, finished off with a sun dried tomato hollandaise sauce.” FRENCHTOAST “French Toast served in a cocktail glass is comfort food at its most stylish. This dessert would be the perfect, sweet finish to a memorable evening.” BREAKFASTPIZZA “Pizza for breakfast is one thing, but breakfast pizza creates the perfect balance even at dinner time. We made our own pizza dough to make a perfect crust, scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, and crispy bacon to top it off.”

SHOWN HERE... Soiree Catering satisfied our 'breakfast for dinner' craving and brought all these goodies to the studio. Shown here is the Biscuit Benedict. We can vouch, it was delicious!

Serve it with... PRICKLYPEARMARGARITA "The ultimate fruit juice for adults. Mix 6 ounces of tequila, 4 ounces of triple sec, 4 ounces of lime juice, 2 ounces of Prickly Pear Cactus syrup, and 1 ounce of Orange Juice. Pour over ice into 4 glasses and garnish with a lime."

GOURMETCOFFEEBAR "Breakfast? Coffee is must, so why not make it extra special...Set up a Gourmet Coffee Bar where not only your guests have a coffee made they way they like it, but also can flavor their brew with their favorite liqueur. The options are endless, anything from Baileys to Frangelico, the sky is the limit."

PEACHBELLINI "The Italian alternative to the standard Mimosa. The light, sweet, and crisp flavors are the perfect contrast to rich breakfast foods like bacon, eggs, and potatoes. To serve blend 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water 1 bag defrosted peaches and pour the puree to half of glass, top it off with Prosecco and garnish with a sprig of mint."

Joel Mills, Owner

Fernando Ascencio, Owner

Michael Lugo, Owner

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GAINSEVILLE • (352) 367-4600

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THE TASTING ROOM ST. AUGUSTINE • (904) 810-2400


CAPPUCCINO

ESPRESSO

DAZZLE YOUR GUESTS with our Gourmet Espresso, Latte, & Cappuccino Bar At Your Next Event! Café Ala Carte South Florida 954-349-1030 www.cafealacarte.com

Café Ala Carte Tampa Bay 813-514-0783 www.cafealacartetampabay.com

Café Ala Carte New York 914-288-0676 www.cafealacarte.com


VENUES & RECEPTIONS

BALLROOMS GOOD ENOUGH FOR GATSBY Imagine it's 1922, the roaring 20's are in full swing and big glitzy parties are a regular thing. If Jay Gatsby himself were in search of a sparkling ballroom to wine and dine his friends, then a venue reminiscent of the jazz age would only fit. With the 2013 re-make of the classic movie The Great Gatsby hitting theaters in May, we've scoured Florida to find the most spectacular ballrooms fit for the most discerning party goers.

THEBREAKERSMEDITERRANEANBALLROOM Modeled after the loggias of Italian villas, the Romanesque Mediterranean Ballroom was originally the hotel’s Grand Loggia. The elaborate fresco-painted renaissance ceilings portray paintings of the sky, with large Venetian-style chandeliers and tall, arched windows. The ballroom overlooks the Mediterranean Courtyard, and can accommodate up to 250 guests. The Breakers Palm Beach is one of America’s premier destinations for magnificent weddings and celebrations. PALM BEACH • (561) 659-8415 • TheBreakers.com

THEBILTMOREHOTEL

LIGHTNERMUSEUM

UNIVERSITYOFTAMPA

VINOYGRANDBALLROOM

The legendary Biltmore sets the scene with a wide selection of elegant settings for the occasion of your dreams. Whether you choose a ceremony under the stars, a romantic garden or a spectacular ballroom, the Biltmore offers picturesque venues for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies.

The opulence of a bygone era provides a unique backdrop for weddings and wedding receptions at The Lightner Museum. Events ranging in size from 50 to 400 guests can be accommodated. The museum’s exhibits create a distinctive backdrop and the immense former indoor swimming pool provides a unique space for dinner and dancing.

Said to be “the most enchanting ballroom in Tampa,” Fletcher Lounge was renovated in 1992 to its original state as the main dining room of the Tampa Bay Hotel. This spectacular ballroom has a multiple-domed ceiling and hardwood floors. The 6,400 square-foot facility serves as a cocktail reception area and dining salon for up to 500 guests.

The grandest of all the 1920s era hotels at Renaissance® Vinoy® Resort & Golf Club is an iconic hotel deeply rooted in St. Petersburg history. The Vinoy’s crown jewel, the Grand Ballroom is a perfectly-restored 1920s masterpiece that greets up to 350 guests and features an exquisite chihuly blown glass chandelier.

CORAL GABLES • (855) 311-6903 BiltmoreHotel.com

ST. AUGUSTINE • (904) 824-2874 LightnerMuseum.Org

TAMPA • (813) 253-6238 Ut.edu

ST. PETERSBURG • (770) 693-0806 RenaissanceHotels.com

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COCKTAILS & LIBATIONS

CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILS If brunch beckons and you find yourself one idea short of a signature cocktail, we’ve got you covered with three spins on a champagne staple that’s perfect for night or day.

MIMOSA MAKEOVER (Serves 4) • 1 bottle of your favorite champagne or sparkling wine, chilled • ¾ C. pomegranate juice, orange juice or lime juice (choose one) • 1 container raspberries, 1 clementine or 1 lime for garnish (choose one) Fill flutes halfway with champagne, add 3 tablespoons of juice per glass. Use garnish to decorate the rim of the glass or simply mixed in with the cocktail. Serve ice cold and enjoy. Cheers!

Serve it up on a large scale...

Mimosas don't have to be for just for brunch, serve these fruitful concoctions at large scale events too. If you've booked a venue that lets you bring in your own alcohol then, here's our selection of companies that provide on-location bartenders and servers complete with liquor too.

MIAMI EVENTS GROUP MIAMI • (954) 549-4280 MiamiEventsGroup.com

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AAA BARTENDERS NAPLES • (239) 986-3962 AAABartenders.com

CRUISIN' COCKTAILS JACKSONVILLE • (904) 444-8814 cruisincocktailsevents@yahoo.com


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JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES

A GLITTERING REMINDER We operate under the firm belief that diamond rings are not only for engagements. Luckily for all of us, TIFFANY & CO. happens to agree. After all there are push presents, sweet sixteens, anniversaries, promotions and countless other milestones that seem to call for something a little more festive than streamers alone. Enter Tiffany’s collection of celebration rings. Sapphires, rubies, diamonds, gold, platinum, pave, channel set... all of the above. Ring after ring, worn separately or together, serving as one shining reminder of life’s happiest moments. www.tiffany.com

Or, go custom... If you're inner jewelry designer is just itching to create something original, we've got an accessory alternative for you. Enter RING FINGER STUDIO. Based out of Miami, FL, Tara Rose, a second generation goldsmith and master diamond artisan will create a ring that is so unique it could only be yours. For the men out there, working with Ring Finger Studio will give you the opportunity to involve your mate in the key design elements of her future ring, but leave enough mystery to keep her guessing. Maybe you already gave her a ring and anniversary time calls for some changes. Ring Finger Studio will take your original ring, reuse the original materials and introduce the upgrades she has been hinting about. No matter the Occasion: milestone birthdays, promotions, anniversaries or just because, custom is a sentimental option. So go ahead! Get creative, get excited and create an heirloom your future generations can be proud of. RingFingerStudio.com

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

TAMPA MARRIOTT WATERSIDE HOTEL & MARINA 700 South Florida Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33602 Phone 813.221.4900, TampaMarriottWaterside.com

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REGISTRY & HOMEGOODS

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MUST HAVES Creating your registry is likely the most fun and the most daunting item to cross off your pre wedding task list. With that in mind, we asked BLOOMINGDALES Vice President of Public Relations (and newlywed herself) Marissa Vitagliano Coleman, for her take on the new household must-haves to make registering a cinch. Here's what she's adding to her registry list...

3. DINNERWARE "When it comes to registering for fine china, don’t be afraid to mix and match! Choose a clean, modern pattern as your backdrop, like the Bernardaud Palmyre dinnerware, but then add in a stylish punch with a bold salad plate, such as this colorful geometric design from the all-new Diane von Furstenberg fine china collection."

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1. BEDDING "New bedding is a must when registering, and I recommend this being an area that you allow yourself to splurge. I love the Hudson Park Luxe collection available exclusively at Bloomingdales because not only is it made of luxury silks, cotton, linen and velvet, but it’s also in a neutral color palette.”

4. KITCHEN ESSENTIALS "Everyone is a self-proclaimed 'foodie' these days, so it’s no surprise that another registry must-have is chic cutlery. One of the hottest new brands in the land of knives is Schmidt Brothers. The knives are practical, and they’re sure to make a stylish statement in your kitchen."

2. ENTERTAINING MUST-HAVE "I love entertaining, and registering is a great opportunity to upgrade your glassware. William Yeoward offers a variety of stylish options that’s sure to impress. Remember to think outside the box when using your new glassware, as you are making a sizeable investment."

5. STYLISH LUGGAGE "One of my favorite luggage collections is Rimowa. Known for its distinctive and classic design, this collection is both practical and dependable. It’s wide range of bold colors promises to make you a very fashionable jetsetting couple."


INVITATIONS & STATIONERY

GREAT IDEA! Choose your favorite poem, scripture or sentiment and have your stationer calligraph it on ribbon like this one to wrap around your bouquet.

SHOWN HERE We have a branding crush on stationery designer, Holly Hollon (www.hollyhollon.com). Holly won us over with her playful illustrations and design details that took our breath away.

Get Creative with... BRAND IT PRETTY

Who says branding has to be just for businesses. From colors, fonts, papers and themes, today's stationery trendsetters are making more than invitations....and they're doing it in an impactful way. Lisa Zachery of PAPERED WONDERS says "We encourage clients to plan events that encompass their personality. Branding goes far beyond a monogram on invitations. Wedding and event planners are putting on their marketing hats to build brands for their clients from beginning to end with their stationery to vinyl lettering for dance floors, windows and ghost chairs. When clients are well pleased with the brand we've designed for their event, it's always an added bonus to have pillows, towels, picture frames and other household items they can use for years to come designed to create lifelong memories of their special day."

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Always fresh, and always dreaming up something new for brides and other clients, we’re thrilled to share with you our picks for mention-worthy stationers near you.

DANIELLE BEHAR DESIGNS FORT LAUDERDALE • (954) 243-5171 DanielleBeharDesigns.com

A & P DESIGNS ST. PETERSBURG • (727) 366-2023 APDesignCo.com

THE WRITE TOUCH JACKSONVILLE • (904) 398-2009 TheWriteTouch.com


THEMES & COLORS

WEDDING INVITATIONS We love this classic invitation suite with a modern twist. CASSANDRA WEDDING INVITATIONS + CECI NEW YORK www.cecinewyork.com

DRESS It doesn’t get more fairytale gown than this REEM ACRA dream of a dress. www.reemacra.com

CARAMEL

Rich, warm and delicious, caramel is the stuff of dessert (and decor) dreams. More mysterious than gold with a downtown sophistication, we’re craving caramel stationery suite, melt in your mouth treats and more. Move over taupe, caramel is having its moment.

BOUQUET This gorgeous arrangement is what bouquet dreams are made of! CATHERINE HALL STUDIOS www.catherinehall.net

CAKE POP

BRIDESMAID DRESS

A cheesecake cakepop, how genius is that? White Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake Cakepops SULLIVAN BAKEHOUSE www.etsy.com/shop/ SullivanBakehouse

You'll be a showstopper for sure in this Chic tissue taffeta strapless dress with pleated bodice. WATTERS www.weddingtonway.com

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SHOES Strappy, sexy and sure to make your legs look Giselle-long. Get these shoes. BHLDN www.BHLDN.com


AMANDA WATSON PHOTOGRAPHY

CAKE

THEMES & COLORS

Cakes don't get cuter than this! A simply chic use of color puffs, bold strips and sweet charm. MADISON'S ON MAIN www.madisonsonmainstreet.com

THE DRESS Ballgowns shouldn't be stuffy. Go bold in a colorful frock like this one. ALICE & OLIVIA www.neimanmarcus.com

CONFETTI

POLKA DOT STRAWS Kick your signature cocktail up a notch with these festive straws at SHOP SWEET LULU www.shopsweetlulu.com

Confetti Cake is the party that can’t stop, won’t stop. And being like minded in spirit, we embrace the emphatic use of bright color punches in just about everything celebration related. Go ahead, let your inner eight year old call some shots.

INVITATION Gender neutral baby shower? Try a confetti invitation like this. www.minted.com

JACKET Spice up your LBD or wear it alone with jeans, we love this cropped jacket. ALICE & OLIVIA www.neimanmarcus.com

CUPCAKE FAVOR BOX Gift giving is twice as nice with these favor boxes from UNIFY. www.etsy.com/shop/Unify

WASHI TAPE This polka dot washi tape puts the fun in functional SHOP SWEET LULU www.shopsweetlulu.com

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THEMES & COLORS

JEWELRY The chandelier sparklers may be our favorite statement earring of the season. COLE BACALL www.neimanmarcus.com

INVITATION This dress gives “Lady in Red” a whole new meaning. PAMELLA ROLAND www.pamellarolland.com

RED VELVET

DRESS With a natural waist and flattering hemline, this bridesmaids dress is an all around win. LAZARO BRIDESMAID DRESS www.jlmcouture.com

Red Velvet is the cake worlds’ Madonna, reinventing itself as the tres chic go to flavor like never before. It’s sultry shade is also currently stealing our design hearts at an alarming rate. Just check out that peony bouquet. Err on the side of statement making? Red velvet, if you please.

THE BOOTIE Keep your toes warm with these red-hot leather booties. SAM EDLEMAN www.neimanmarcus.com

BOUQUET These red peonies bring big bouquet drama. www.brklynview.com

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CREATIVETEAM PHOTOGRAPHY Lauren Nicole Studios PRODUCED BY Dina Hafez-Suggs of Deliciously Darling Events FLORALS & BALLOONS Flowers by Holland LINENS I Do Linens INVITATIONS & PAPERIE Natalie Chang STYLING Waiting on Martha CAKES & DESSERTS My Sweet Things, Cakes by Darcy, Lynlee Petite Cakes, Yoss Baing, Whimsical Originals, Sweet Temptations, Alons Bakery, Cake Pops by Jen

PAIR WITH THESE COLORS...

VALENTINE'S DAYSoiree The Beatles said it best, didn’t they? All You Need Is Love. Inspired by the iconic song and it’s sentimental value for couples everywhere, this Valentine’s Day party showcasing soft pinks, vintage touches, romance and the real sweet tooth that parties and Valentine’s Day share.

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DESSERT DECOR There is no better focal point for guests entering the room than an over-the-top dessert bar. For this shoot, desserts in pinks, creams and chocolates inspire a stunning backdrop with perfectly piped cakes, pink cake pops gilded with gold and silver details, custom fondant topped cupcakes, chocolate cheesecakes and perfect pink french macarons. A rustic table supported the curated confections and of course a soft pink runner made them pop! FLOWERS BY HOLLAND used fresh orchids, roses and lilies in silver mercury glass vases for the vintage-glam aesthetic Dina had in mind.

"My Party Philosophy is 'it's all about the little darling details.' An event can be executed incredibly well but when it is missing a focus on the little personalized details I feel it isn't complete. Handmade details, a strategically placed bow or personalized tag all help make a beautifully executed event simply dazzling." - Dina Hafez-Suggs

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CUSTOM LINENS An often overlooked detail, any occasion can make a statement with custom linens. Here I DO LINENS created a dramatic experience with rosette white linens and a soft pink linen underlayment. The effect adds depth and interest to what would normally be a void base. Think about it, table coverings are the first element to go down so build a strong foundation to celebrate in style!

Complementing her sweet theme, Dina fulfilled her commitment to using sweets in unexpected ways with handcrafted amaretto flavored filigree number lollipops by VINTAGE CONFECTIONS as decadent table numbers.

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THE BAR “A champagne bar is not only beautiful but a fun way to involve your guests,” says Dina. “A signature cocktail is a must, and in this case pink champagne cocktails were served, made from pink lemonade and whipped cream flavored vodka.”

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MIRROR DECAL I DO LINENS also created a custom vinyl decal with the party phrase "all you need is love" for the mirrors in the restaurant. This is a small and inexpensive way to carry your theme through the space and make a big impact for guests!


CREATIVETEAM PHOTOGRAPHY Claudia McDade Photography

PRODUCED BY Brian Green of F&G Weddings

SHOT ON LOCATION AT W Midtown Atlanta Hotel

FLORAL DESIGNER The Savage Garden

COUTURE LINENS I Do Linens

CUSTOM STATIONERY Papered Wonders

FURNITURE RENTALS We Rent Atlanta

DESSERT DESIGNER Sift

CAKE ARTIST For Goodness Cakes

DRAPERY Event Drapery

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DOWNTOWN DINNER

Inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s myriad of iconic movies and renowned sense of style, this bachelorette party styled shoot brings the essence of retro glamour to life.


INSPIRATION & DESIGN Under the creative direction of Brian Green of F&G WEDDINGS, Audrey’s greatest moments in film and fashion were reinvented with a modern spin. “Every woman at her heart, when she slips on a little black dress or gets dressed for a formal event, has a moment where she wants to feel like Audrey did in her movies…I started thinking about if we presented an event for a modernized Audrey Hepburn girl in,” Green said. “This design is inspired by her fashion and timeless beauty.”

COLORS The color story for the shoot was, of course, taken from the hollywood era with a modern punch of color. Brian used the black and white made famous in Audrey's costumes from such movies like ‘Sabrina’ to ‘My Fair Lady' to execute the theme. To make it 2013 fabulous he added a punch of yellow throughout to make it fresh and modern.

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THE CAKE With Audrey Hepburn’s uber- iconic hat from My Fair Lady as their main muse, FOR GOODNESS CAKES created the shoot’s work-of-art cake. While translating fashion to food is no easy task, Brian Green made special note of the exquisite cake artistry, commenting, “The end result was magic!”


“When I design a party for a client I always want the outcome to be the same for both the client and their guests. I want them to enjoy a sumptuous event that excites the senses and creates new experiences for them to savor. It's a celebration - we should do it fabulously!� - Brian Green

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Using a minimalist black and white palette infused with a pop of sunkissed yellow, everything from the table design to the cake celebrated an “Audrey” sense of sophistication.

Each model was styled from head to toe just like Audrey... including their hair. The girls each wore a different do - a bob, a top knot bun, a loose ponytail and even sweeping bangs. Did we mention no detail was forgotten?

With no detail overlooked, including napkin brooches made to mimic Audrey’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s tiara, the shoot took Audrey Hepburn’s style to a whole new level. The flawless event design paired with decadent cuisine and signature cocktails made for a fabulous girls’ night out, Audrey-style!

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RUSTIC WEDDING This white and gold wedding concept proves bold colors aren’t essential for an all-around lovely event filled with whimsy and wonder.

PRODUCED BY Lauren Grove of Every Last Detail

FLORALS & VINTAGE FURNITURE FH Weddings

CINEMATOGRAPHY Imprint Cinema

CAKE Cakes With A Kick

INVITATION & PAPER GOODS A & P Designs

HAIR & MAKEUP Michele Renee, The Studio

DRESS & JEWELRY Malindy Elene

CHIAVARI CHAIRS Signature Event Rentals

GREAT IDEA Repurpose wooden planks with hand-painted accents for pretty “Mr.” and “Mrs.” chair signs.

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The open fields of KARNES STABLES served as the backdrop for this dreamy winter wedding styled shoot compliments of Lauren Grove from EVERY LAST DETAIL. Inspired by the rustic romance of the shoot’s setting, the team brought a modern take on an outdoor wedding with a seasonal spin.

"I believe that when you infuse your story into the details, your event can be unique, personal, and absolutely amazing!" Lauren Grove

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ECO-FRIENDLY OPTIONS The shoot incorporated eco-friendly alternatives, including succulent escort cards and a memory planter guest book. “With table numbers on the succulent containers and guest name signs with each plant, escort succulents are a fun, eco-friendly way to guide guests to their seats,” Grove said, “With a memory planter, the bride and groom can have a lasting memory of their day with succulents planted by their guests!”

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Keeping with the winter season, FH WEDDINGS chose white anemones, queen anne’s lace, lisianthus, spray roses, and tulips to create the beautiful white-on-white floral design. To add interest and texture amongst the tablescape’s floral beauty, wooden flower-filled boxes doubled as table numbers for guests.

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GILDED DETAILS Tie in your gilded theme by adding gold foil to glassware. The process is simple with a gold foil kit from any craft store. Let your imagination do the work as any design can be cut out of the foil sheet and applied to just about any surface.


THE CAKE A romantically modern 4-tier showpiece was created by CAKES WITH A KICK. Petals sprinkled with sugar crystals resembling snow surround the base, wrapped with a romantic lace pattern and topped by a delicate white sugar flower with gold gilded edges. Rustic vintage doors held the masterpiece with grace and dignity.

WATCH THE SHOOT INVITATIONS Pulling from the theme, the invitation suite was created to have a more modern style with subtle rustic elements. A&P DESIGNS backed the invitation with an engraved white woodgrain paper to infuse a bit of the rustic style, and used blindletterpressing to convey a modern design aesthetic. Adding metallic gold paper and gold ink completed the design, creating a modern, rustic white invitation suite.

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HOT COCOA TO GO In lieu of a signature cocktail, Grove and the team added a playful winter element using hot cocoa togo cups. Hot chocolate on a stick, warm milk, insulated cups, and custom drink sleeves give guests a chance to warm up with cocoa amid the festivities, or serve as the perfect parting gift for the trip home.


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A Vetted Resource of the Most Reputable Special Event Locations Across Florida Our Venue Guide is all about finding the right location for your event. After all, it all starts with your venue. There are appropriate facilities for parties of all sizes, but when you’re choosing the perfect spot for your next event, all of those options can be overwhelming. The size of the crowd will narrow down your choices, but then there are still numerous types of venues to consider. Whatever your particular tastes, when the time comes to throw your special occasion, make sure you know what to look for in a venue before you book.

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WHAT TYPE OF OCCASION DO YOU ENVISION? IT ALL STARTS WITH YOUR VENUE. In Florida the options are limitless. There are appropriate facilities for parties of all sizes, but when you’re choosing the perfect spot for your next event, all of those options can be overwhelming. The size of the crowd will narrow down your choices, but then there are still numerous types of venues to consider. Whatever your particular tastes, when the time comes to throw your special occasion, make sure you know what to look for in a venue before you book. The Occasions venue guide is designed to make finding your event venue the easiest part of your journey. In the following pages you’ll find country clubs, function facilities, hotels, historic homes and more locations. Keep an eye out for the icons to help you identify the venue type you’re looking for.

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FLORIDA AIR MUSEUM AT SUN-N-FUN

LOCATED IN LAKELAND

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

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

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

- Donna & Robert

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

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

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

- Southeastern University

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ATLANTIS

LOCATED ON PARADISE ISLAND

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

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

(888)528-9758 1 Casino Drive Paradise Island

Nassau, New Providence Bahamas

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LOCATED IN MIAMI

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

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

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FALCON'S FIRE GOLF CLUB

LOCATED IN KISSIMMEE

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

(407)390-0982 3200 Seralago Blvd

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

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

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CATERING: Menus are farm-totable with mainly local products, kosher catering also available INCLUDES: Hotel underlays and overlays tables, chairs, bars, accent showplates, chiavari chairs and complimentary accommodations for bride & groom PARKING: Valet parking SPECIAL FEATURES: Waterwall, 7th floor poolside urban oasis, outdoor ceremony location with dramatic 120' aisle, Luxurious setting with floor-to-ceiling windows for intimate wedding receptions

A stunning pool deck and Four Seasons service make Four Seasons Hotel Miami a superb 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. The hotel offers on-site wedding professionals to be the dedicated contacts for all planning needs. Working with the guest directly or a wedding consultant, your Four Seasons wedding professional will help reserve dates, schedule events and coordinate menus, the décor and other details. Outdoor spaces reflect the style and beauty of Miami – from the hip, contemporary poolside Bahía, to Palm Grove with its tropical canopy. Indoors, rooms exude timeless elegance or feature stunning views overlooking the cityscape. For unforgettable ceremonies, a tree-lined path under the arch of Palm Grove leads to a breathtaking setting, with an intimate outdoor ceremony space where a treed canopy leads guests down a natural aisle. In the evening, uplighting on the trees or optional hanging lanterns create a soft, romantic atmosphere. An area adjacent to Palm Grove offers the option of a larger ceremony. For indoor ceremonies, the Miami Room features a subtle, sophisticated palette that works with any wedding design. Curved floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light to fill the room, while its long shape makes for a natural ceremony aisle. No matter the size or season, Four Seasons Hotel Miami is the perfect city hotel with a resort-like feel for truly spectacular weddings.

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GRAND CYPRESS RESORT

LOCATED IN ORLANDO

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

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

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

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

(305) 858-8300 4 Grove Isle Drive

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ISLA DEL SOL YACHT & COUNTRY CLUB

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

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

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CATERING: Onsite only, kosher style available INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, house linens, cake cutting PARKING: Self parking, valet optional SPECIAL FEATURES: Private beach with Gazebo, marina, waterfront, fully windowed ballroom overlooking Boca Ciega Bay, beautifully landscaped with golf course

(727) 906-4752 6000 Sun Boulevard

St. Petersburg, FL 33715 WWW.IDSYCC.COM ASKIPPER@IDSYCC.COM

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LOCATED IN TAMPA

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

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

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MISSION INN RESORT & CLUB

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

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

(352)324-3916 10400 County Rd. 48

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

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

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LOCATED ON PARADISE ISLAND

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

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

(888)1 Casino 528-9758 Drive Paradise Island

Nassau, New Providence Bahamas

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ORANGE COUNTY REGIONAL HISTORY CENTER

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

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

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

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

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LOCATED IN ORLANDO

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450,000 53 9,480

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

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

(407)239-4200

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PAVILION GRILLE

LOCATED IN BOCA RATON

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

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CATERING: On-site catering with custom menus, Kosher caterers welcome INCLUDES: Tables, chairs, glassware, house linens, silverware, set up/breakdown, music and lighting systems PARKING: Complimentary self parking is available SPECIAL FEATURES: Indoor tropical setting, fountains, natural palm trees, canopy covered 2,000 sq. ft dance floor, close to hotel rooms

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

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LOCATED IN ORLANDO

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185,000 45 3,024

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

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

(407) 351-5555

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RENAISSANCE TAMPA INTERNATIONAL PLAZA HOTEL

LOCATED IN TAMPA WESTSHORE

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

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

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

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LOCATED IN ST. PETERSBURG

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42,000 36 10 - 300

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

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

(727) 894-1000 501 Fifth Avenue, NE

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THE RITZ-CARLTON, SOUTH BEACH

LOCATED ON MIAMI BEACH

20,000 16 5 - 1,000

Enhanced by Art Moderne decor, a multi-million dollar art collection, gorgeous renovated guest rooms & suites, and meeting rooms with windows overlooking lively South Beach, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach creates ideal oceanfront settings for meetings and events of any size. More than 20.000 square feet of imaginative indoor and outdoor function space add vitality and style to executive conferences, glamorous weddings and beachfront soirees.

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A 10,212 square foot ballroom and 10 meeting rooms capture the elegance and whimsy of the resort’s historic past. The DiLido Beach Club, one of the area’s only beachfront restaurants and the Starr Bar are a choice for bridal showers, cocktail receptions and other more intimate gatherings. Luxurious cabanas provide unique environments for outdoor meetings overlooking the beach and Atlantic Ocean. To ensure every group request and preference is met, a meeting and special events team are on hand.

CATERING: Onsite catering available with organic & kosher options INCLUDES: Banquet tables, chairs, linens, podium and riser PARKING: Valet available SPECIAL FEATURES: The RitzCarlton, South Beach is ideally located in the heart of the Art Deco District on fashionable Lincoln Road, set against the beautiful beach and Atlantic Ocean. Special features include picturesque venues with oceanfront, poolside and city views.

Indulging guests and attendees at the end of a busy day can retreat to the award-winning Spa featuring La Maison de Beauté Carita. The 16,000 square foot sanctuary of tranquility offers 14 treatment rooms, inviting relaxation lounges, a fitness center, a beauty salon and a selection of exclusive treatments including the Rhythm Massage; a unique service that combines the distinct flavor and culture of Miami using Latin inspired music to create a desired feeling of relaxation or energy.

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(786) 276-4000 One Lincoln Road

Miami Beach, Florida 33139 WWW.RITZCARLTON.COM MIASB.LEADS@RITZCARLTON.COM

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LOCATED IN KEY WEST

TOTAL SQUARE FOOTAGE: # OF EVENT SPACES: CAPACITY:

2,400 3 200

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

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

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

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SWEETWATER BRANCH INN

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

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

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3,500 2 2 - 250

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

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

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LOCATED IN DOWNTOWN TAMPA

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50,000 33 1 - 1,100

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

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

(813) 221-4900

700 South Florida Avenue Tampa, Florida 33602 WATERVIEW

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TRUMP INTERNATIONAL BEACH RESORT

LOCATED ON SUNNY ISLES BEACH

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

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

(305)692-5612 18001 Collins Avenue

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

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LOCATED ON PARADISE ISLAND

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20,000 40 2 - 1,000

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

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

(888)528-9758 1 Casino Drive Paradise Island

Nassau, New Providence Bahamas

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WALDORF ASTORIA

LOCATED IN ORLANDO

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

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

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

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LOCATED IN CORAL GABLES Main image by Roy Lleras Photographers

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23,000 4 400

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

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Rotunda Ballroom with domed ceiling, rooftop terrace overlooking Miracle Mile

(305) 569-6532 180 Aragon Ave

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WESTIN DIPLOMAT RESORT & SPA

LOCATED IN HOLLYWOOD

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

210,000 12 20 - 1,500

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

(954) 602-8607 3555 South Ocean Drive

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

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LOCATED IN WINDERMERE

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5,000 1 25 - 200

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

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

(407) 876-1112

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Mexican papel picado flags got our wheels turning as we started dreaming up how the party would look. Working off of their bold colors and delicate laser-cut details we created a decor-scape that focused on classic dinner party staples like menu cards, linens and flower arrangements, and doused them in vibrant colors, patterns and textures.

The afternoon sun had just begun to set in the southern skies of Memphis, Tennessee as Callie looked around the backyard now sparkling from dozens of candles, enormous white lanterns and string after string of garden lights, she knew she’d pulled off (with an enormous amount of help from GARDEN DISTRICT) what was about to be a spectacular baby shower. Being a contributing editor to a wedding and special events magazine has its perks. Like, when Occasions came up with the idea of combining two popular features, real events and styled shoots and host a party for a close friend. And, as luck would have it, Chelsea, one of Callie’s dearest friends, was expecting her first baby. So, with the help of two more hostesses, Christie and Morgan, and one heck of a creative team, they set off to plan a shower that was intimate, whimsical, sophisticated and unabashedly fun. The result was that and so much more.

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WINE LABELS Whether or not mom decides to have a glass of red wine, your guests will appreciate the gesture. Create a party memento by soaking off the wine bottle label and replacing it with one that’s custom. We used pictures of Chelsea and daddy-to-be Ryan with the simple message “Cheers!” to add even more personality to the dinner table. They were a hit!

SIGNATURE PREGGATINI At a baby shower, opt for a mocktail instead -- or in our case, a watermelon preggatini. Dress up glasses with fun straws, colored sugars or custom labels for an extra touch of whimsy.

Citrus Preggatini: 1 ounce agave nectar, 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, 1 ounce orange juice, 3 ounces organic limeaid, ice, rimming sugar. Rim serving glass with sugar. In a separate glass, stir agave nectar and grapefruit juice. Add orange juice, limeade and ice. Shake and strain into serving glass, and enjoy.

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LEAH Cand

MARK

ATL AN TA  GEO R G I A

IM AGE S  BY  AR D E N T STO RY P HOTO G RA P HY

THE PROPOSAL "We had just finished watching the fireworks in Times Square from the balcony of our apartment and I went inside to call my parents to wish them a happy new year. Before I could start dialing, Marc called me over to the Christmas tree. He started asking me where I got certain ornaments and then he asked where I got the Christmas tree ornament. I told him I had no idea what he was talking about because we didn't have a Christmas tree ornament. From around the back of the tree, he pulls out the ornament that also happened to be a ring box. I totally freaked out and he got down on one knee and proposed. And I said yes!"

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"Our wedding was full of color and overflowing with details that truly represented our unique and quirky personalities. We chose stripes vs. polka dots because it would be a fun, graphic theme, but also because Marc always wears striped shirts and sweaters and I am obsessed with polka dots."

Leah and Marc were married on August 18, 2012, at the FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY in Atlanta, Georgia. The two met seven years ago on a one-sided blind date (Leah googled Marc to get the inside scoop ahead of time),and were engaged just a few years later. Fun and non-traditional is what the quirkly couple were going for on their wedding day, and that is exactly what they got. With central colors being red, purple and silver and the design scheme being stripes vs. polka-dots with a Lego and candy undercurrent, Marc and Leah hit fun and nontraditional right on the dot (no pun intended)! Leah wore a Monique Lhuillier gown from her 2011 pre-fall collection. She says "I knew I didn't want to wear a white gown......When I saw this gown, I knew it was the one." She paired the colorful frock with Brian Atwood purple suede heels, then later changed into purple Converse all-stars for the remainder of the night. Besides all the colorful details the couple affirm three things that really stood out the most, "our vows which were very funny and very personal, our dog, Spike, who was the ring bearer, and my dad's father of the bride speech which ended with the guests waving light sabers in the air!" Sounds like, this party was quite the night!

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THE FOOD AFFAIRS TO REMEMBER catered an incredible Italian fare for the event. Guests were served Caesar salad bites and meatballs with tomato sauce as hors d'ouerves during cocktail hour. For dinner guests had a Caprese salad as a starter and a dual entree of steak and chicken.

TABLE NUMBERS With Legos and candy having an under tone of the event, Leah and Marc chose a Lego bride and groom couple (pictured on the next page) for their cake topper and they found an artist on Etsy that sold pictures of Lego people with candy, which they then turned into the table numbers.

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"We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." - Dr. Seuss


FEATURED EVENT THE CAKE Leah describes the desserts as "my pride and joy" of the event. She says, "Our wedding cake was a Funfetti cake with white chocolate frosting that was covered in sprinkles and the groom's cake was red velvet with cream cheese frosting.

FAVOR DETAILS Guests took home a smart part of that dessert bar as their party favor. Since the wedding was at Fernbank, we had an artist friend of ours draw a cartoon dinosaur for us which we used on our save the date cards and on stickers for our candy favor jars.

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VENUE The Fernbank Museum of Natural History CATERER Affairs to Remember VIDEOGRAPHER Rodinis Films PHOTOGRAPHER Ardent Story DJ Sound Insight Productions FLORIST Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio CEREMONY BACKDROP Ashley Pepitone Design EVENT COORDINATOR EllyB Events CAKE Couture Cakes INVITATIONS AND OTHER PAPER GOODS Lani Parker CAKE TOPPERS Sean Kenney

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A BIRTHDAY PARTYfor JOYCE OST E RVIL L E  M AS SAC H US E T TS

I M AG E S BY  B E L LO  P H OTO GRAP H Y


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To create an intimate setting, guests were seated at long estate tables dressed in sage green linens with beautiful white flowers. Lounge areas surrounded the table setting to create the perfect spot for relaxed conversation.

When you're a party planner, and your beloved grandmother is turning the big 8-0, throwing a party for her would certainly seem like the ultimate gift. And so it was! Desiree of DESIREE SPINNER EVENTS threw a spectacular 80th birthday celebration for Joyce and 65 of her closest friends and family at NAUTICUS MARINA during what some might say was an ode to the roaring 20s mixed with a little nautical inspiration. Desiree, Joyce's grandmother was the creative party host at the helm of the celebrations and says "We are extremely close so I wanted to show off my design skills and plan something super chic and fun for her friends and of course family. I picked all my favorite vendors for the event right down to the SPERRY TENT. The location was perfect for a local soiree!" Guests enjoyed a 20s inspired band, cocktails by the boat house and celebrating the momentous occasion with Joyce. While everyone danced the night away, a photobooth with props and signs entertained as well. To give the event a more intimate feel there were long tables and two lounges for guests to mingle near. "It was such a fun filled night with laughter and love!!"

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FEATURED EVENT FOOD & DESSERT Local Cape Cod flavor was brought in by having CASUAL GOURMET do some upscale seafood dishes and a raw bar. For dessert, a 1920's style cake was made to match the green linens and the wavy, floral design was created to match the dresses of the 1920s era.

ENTERTAINMENT Desiree brought in an amazing band who plays 1920's music. She said "what I love about CARTE BLANCHE is that they dress the part!" After dinner Joyce and all her friends started dancing and started a huge conga line...even the little kids joined in!

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PHOTOGRAPHY Bello Photography LINENS AND TABLE RENTALS Be Our Guest TENT Sperry Tents ENTERTAINMENT Elan Artists FOOD Casual Gourmet VENUE Nauticus Marina INVITES Ceci New York SEATING CHART Dulce Press TABLE STATIONERY Ice Cream Social FLORALS Stoneblossom LOUNGES Rentals Unlimited CAKE Delicious Desserts


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BRITTANY Cand

JARRAD

N AP L E S , F LO R IDA

I M AG E S BY MO R E L AN D P H OTO GRAPHY


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FASHION Brittany loved her Romona Keveza gown, which she wore with a custom Monique Lhuillier belt. She asked her bridesmaids to choose their own dresses in shades of champagne or blush for a chic, mismatched look. Jarrad and his groomsmen rented classic black suits from Men’s Wearhouse.

Wedding planning can involve lots of tough decisions, but after attending over 100 weddings as a photographer, Brittany had a clear idea of what she wanted at her own wedding to Jarrad Horne. With her experience as her guide, Brittany teamed up with Kelly McWilliams of WEDDINGS BY SOCIALITES to create a chic, modern, elegant beach wedding with a tropical flair at the MARCO ISLAND MARRIOTT HOTEL. Starting with the ceremony, during which the officiant blessed a bottle of the couple’s favorite whiskey, Johnny Walker Blue, to take shots from on every anniversary as long as the bottle lasts, Brittany and Jarrad’s 140 guests experienced a wedding full of surprises. Everyone enjoyed a lively cocktail hour, complete with steel drums and entertainment, before settling in at three long, family-style tables for dinner. After the sun went down over the ocean, DJ GABLE kept guests on the custom dance floor in the ceremony-turned-party tent late into the night.

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THE FOOD One of Brittany’s priorities was a fabulous raw bar during cocktail hour, featuring tasty appetizers like stone crab claws, shrimp, clams, and ceviche. The Marco Island Marriott Hotel then put together a decadent dinner of caesar salad, intermezzo lemon sorbet, and a filet and lobster with dauphinoise potatoes and ragout sauce perigrod.

THE DECOR The extravangant reception dinner was a visual delight. Besides the incredible food and view of the ocean, the decor was a real show stopper. Guests were seated at three extra long estate tables lined with tall candelabras dripping in baby's breathe. A waterfall of hydrangeas poured over the ends of each table for a dramatic finish.

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THE SETTING The ceremony took place at a circular altar under a white draped tent, which was transformed into a nightclubesque party tent during the cocktail hour and dinner. Each part of the evening had its own special place, which kept things interesting and exciting for Brittany and Jarrad’s guests.

"During the ceremony we tied a fisherman's rope into the strongest knot known to man symbolizing our tying the knot. As pressure is put on the knot, the knot only gets tighter like our relationship. Our officiant blessed a bottle of our favorite whiskey -Johnny Walker Blue- of which we will have a shot of liquor on our anniversary for as long as the bottle lasts us."


FEATURED EVENT WEDDING CAKE Brittany’s grandmother is a retired wedding cake designer and bakery business owner, so it was only fitting that she made her most magnificent cake ever for Brittany and Jarrad’s special day. The beautiful creation was vanilla almond pound cake with lemon filling and rolled fondant over buttercream, decorated with incredible gum paste flowers.

THE LOUNGE & MUSIC The bride wanted the reception to be high energy and constant dancing. They had a DJ and wanted the DJ to look like a club DJ so they put him up on a platform so he was right above the dance floor.

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WEDDING PLANNER Weddings By Socialites, VENUE & CATERING Marco Island Marriott Hotel, PHOTOGRAPHY Moreland Photography, VIDEOGRAPHY Ray Roman Videography, VEIL ABT Designs, INVITATIONS & PAPER Paper Merchant, SIGN-IN BOOK Moreland Photography, FLOWERS Events by Rikardo, LIGHTING Tech-Tronics, RENTAL EQUIPMENT Taylor Rental, MUSIC DJ Gable, CAKE Cakes by Yvonne 96 | OCCASIONSONLINE.COM |

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Birthday

BROOKE'S

MA R I ET TA  G EO R G I A I MAG E S BY CA MD EN P HOTO G RA P HY


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What little girl doesn't love a tutu? Brooke certainly does! This loved little girl celebrated her first birthday in true diva-in-training style with her extravagant tutu themed birthday party on April 7, 2012 at THE MARLOW HOUSE in Marietta, Georgia. POSH TOT EVENTS was brought in to create the ultimate children's escape. The party planners known for exquisite children's parties took the tutu theme to new heights by covering everything in sight with hints of pink, purple, tulle and pearls. Brooke's mom said "The theme captured everything that we love about Brooke, a prissy little girl who loves tutus and pearls. The color scheme was inspired by my love for the cake tables ombrĂŠ linen. So I knew we would have an ombrĂŠ styled tutus and pearls 1st birthday for little Miss Brooke." The party included delectable treats any kid would love like a custom sweets buffet featuring macarons, giant pink marshmallows, mini parfaits, cake pops, mini donuts, chocolate covered oreos and cupcakes in shades of pink and purple. The sweets were displayed on a vintage dresser with pearls and tulle spilling out of the drawers. As the party came to a close, Brooke's friends left with ballerina charms for each little girl along with custom made tutus and the boys received top hats and canes to remember the fun day.

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THE DETAILS The guests were entertained with ballerinas from the local ballet studio. The prima donnas also served miniature sandwiches and snacks to the party guests. Brooke's mom saved a keepsake box to lock her wishing cards away like a time capsule to display for her 16th birthday party.

THE CAKE Brooke’s white chocolate cake was designed by SUGAR PLUM VISIONS. The cake artist used ombre colors with ruffled and tufted linens as inspiration and a darling tiara on top to finish the look.

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Brooke's friends left with ballerina charms for each little girl along with custom made tutus and the boys received top hats and canes to remember the fun day.


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Sources

PHOTOGRAPHY Camden Photography

STYLING AND EXECUTION Posh Tot Events AMIMAL STUFFING Animal Land CUSTOM LINENS I Do Linens CAKE AND DESSERTS Sugarplum Visions, Candy Cake Company, Maison Robert Chocolates

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MALLORYandj SCOTT

SA N TA  R OSA B E AC H  F LO R IDA

I M AG E S  BY  VU E  P H OTO GRAP H Y

THE PROPOSAL "We had been searching for rings for a while and I finally found one that I absolutely loved but he said it was too expensive. One night, we were going on a date in Clearwater on the beach to a restaurant. As we walked to the restaurant on the beach, we came up on some shells that spelled out 'Will you marry me?' When it clicked I looked over to find him on one knee WITH my ring! Turns out he was fibbing because he wanted to surprise me with the one I had my heart set on! The whole night was gorgeous!"


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COLOR & THEME Inspired by a palette of soft pale, pink and gold, Mallory had spotted in a bridal magazine, the wedding decor took off from there. She says "I changed my colors about 50,000 times before I finally settled on those colors. I wanted to steer away from the typical ballroom, fancy-schmancy. That's why I wanted it to be outside and on a more casual side, but not shorts and flip-flops casual."

An ornate, glamourous evening in the Panhandle was the concept behind Mallory and Scott’s wedding. One hundred family members and close friends gathered at BENTLEY'S ON THE BAY on a terrace for a heartfelt ceremony that united these two Facebook sweethearts in marriage. Mallory wanted the wedding to be waterfront, but didn't want guests to get sandy. So, they were on a terrace overlooking the water and beautiful sunset. Mallory looked stunning in her white, mermaid style, destination wedding gown. The gown came complete with a small train and was adorned with gorgeous flower details on the side. Mallory accessorized her elegant look with gold glittering peep-toe platforms that added a touch of glitz to the ensemble. Her bridesmaids were dressed in light colored vintage dresses from Express; the perfect complement to the overall theme of the occasion. To keep the night full of fun, a steel drum band played in the background as guests went to a wish tree, while enjoying signature cotton candy martinis. At the end of the night, the couple exited the venue waving handmade ribbon wands and shortly after made their way to Cabo San Jose, where the rest is history. Mallory describes the most memorable moment as being "The whole destination experience in general. It was so nice to have all of our closest friends and family vacationing a few days beforehand together and having everyone at once being able to be a part of one night. I wouldn't have traded that for anything in the world."

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"I like to say my theme was 'Vintage-glam' but when I look back I realize I probably made up a new style called: 'Etsy!' My wedding turned into quite the Etsy-fest. I lived on Etsy for about a year prior!"


FEATURED EVENT THE EXIT Our grand exit was a lot of fun as well. Instead of flowers, rice, bubbles or sparklers we wanted to add some color to our photos so we chose to do ribbon wands. We also had a super fantastic getaway car - it was a black, 1930 Ford Model A coupe with a rambler seat. It took us on a scenic route to our boutique hotel that we stayed in for the night.

VENUE Mallory wanted something on the water, so with help from her wedding planner TAMMY D’AGOSTINO, they decided to have the ceremony on a terrace overlooking the ocean. Watching the sunset as the couple exchanged vows made for a beautiful evening.

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VENUE Bentley's on the Bay CATERER/EVENT PLANNER & DESSERTS Tammy D'Agostino PHOTOGRAPHER Vue Photography FLORAL, DECOR & RENTALS Florals by the Sea MUSICIANS Bboy PROGRAMS Etsy,Baumbirdy TRANSPORTATION A Bride's Ride CAKE Bake My Day


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PHOTOGRAPHY David Christensen Photography FLOWERS Birch Blooms JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES Fine & Fleurie

Laura findss

HER DRESS

Our contributing graphic designer turns model after one very beautiful proposal. Together we go on a dress journey to find the perfect fit for her big day.


COMING UP ROSES “This dress, the hair -everything, is completely opposite my personality, which is probably why it was the most fun to wear. I felt very daring, very sassy-glamorous. Can’t you see this dress at a Parisian wedding, Eiffel tower in the distance? This was hands down my favorite shot of the day.” DAVID FIELDEN, STYLE #4626 $2275

FLOWERS: "Marilyn"

inspired bouquet of cymbidium orchids.


DOUBLE TAKE “I felt like I was channeling my inner Carrie Bradshaw with this one. The ombre train was so unique and unexpected. I wanted to throw on a fur wrap and marry on the steps of the New York Public Library. I’ve never seen an a-line dress cut so beautifully and I thought it was very flattering. A scene stealer for sure.” JUNKO YOSHIOKA VALENTINA $4180 FLOWERS: Creamy

classic bouquet of ivory garden roses, lisianthus, white ranunculus and white tulips.

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AMERICAN BEAUTY “Oh this dress was really lovely in every way. I was surprised by how curvy my silhouette was, and adored the two toned lace detail. And even though there was something very traditional about the structure, I definitely felt like I could embrace my inner flower child in this one.” ELIZABETH FILLMORE ELENA, $6490

FLOWERS:

An ombre bouquet of tulips, stock, lisianthus and scabiosa.


CLOUD 9 “I think all brides are looking for a dress that makes a statement in one way or another. This dress pushed the envelope just enough while still being unbelievably classic and whimsical. It felt sort of like being inside of a perfume ad; dreamy in every way. The blush color was perfection.� ROMANTIC, BRIDAL BEIGE $1349 ANYA BLACK LABEL FLOWERS:

A wild and rustic bouquet of feather grass and millet adorned with western Kansas pheasant feathers.


PORTRAIT OF A LADY “Drama, drama, drama. This was my italiancountryside-meets-katemoss-wedding fantasy come true. Everyone gasped when the headpiece was brought on set, and for good reason. That and the plunging back made the ultra sophisticated, chic look entirely. I’d never thought about a bouquet alternative, but that headpiece has got me thinking.” ANYA BLACK LABEL SENSATIONAL, IN CAFE $2789 FLOWERS:

Elegant head piece consisting of dramatic red dahlias and red ranunculus.


MOVERS & SHAKERS “It’s hard to say whether I loved the shoes or the dress more! This look made me want to dance the night away -- either in Vegas after eloping or as my reception or getaway dress. The beaded fringe makes the dress super sassy, and I felt as much shimmying around on set.” ALLISON PARRIS NEW YORK BEADED FRINGE DRESS $715

FLOWERS:

Funky flirty bouquet of flaming hot orange and fuchsia cockscomb.

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MY FAIR LADY “This dress was love at first sight. I saw Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly all over the satin silhouette, unbelievable lace detailing, sweet boatneck and covered buttons. And that train! I could see myself in this dress thirty years from now and still feel timeless in it. Regal and ladylike, this dress was stunning.� LELA ROSE THE MARINA $4495

FLOWERS: Asymmetrical

bouquet of tulips, iris, freesia, veronica, and bouvardia


A CINDERELLA STORY “This Liancarlo was definitely the princess dress. It was so much fun to move around in! I wouldn’t have thought that I’d be drawn to the drop waist, but I loved it. This dress says ‘the bride has arrived!” and what bride doesn’t want to feel like that on her wedding day?” LIANCARLO. STYLE #5806 $5490

FLOWERS:

A simple posy of beige scabiosa pods

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DESSERT Dessert consisted of an elegant yet modern cake with layers of almond chocolate and brandy flavors by UNIQUE CAKES BY FRANCES. Claudia’s choice dessert was a gelato cart with 6 flavors. DETAILS “Coco Chanel” inspired Claudia’s custom logo and could be found on elements from the invitations, napkins and even custom gobos prominently displayed throughout the hall.

CLAUDIA'S QUINCEAÑERA Orlando, Florida

Images by Errol Colon Photographers

Sensational barely describes Miss Claudia’s quinceañera! Elisa of A FLAIR FOR AFFAIRS and Eddie of ENCORE CREATIONS somehow hit every mark on this special day and blew minds with a choreographed event like no other. Breaking tradition, Claudia wore a colored dress and the theme “High Fashion” exploded onto the scene. Guests were entertained with one “Fabulous” element after another. An elegant dinner with stations featuring delights for every taste was designed by the SHERATON ORLANDO DOWNTOWN HOTEL. Guests were blown away by two seperate acrobatic acts, a crew of dancers, DJ Asher Grier of A LIST ENTERTAINMENT and a group of traditional hispanic pleneros brought down the house with their unique rhythm by percussion. Did I mention “Lady Gaga”?

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THE THEME The “High Fashion” theme was inspired by Claudia’s passion for fashion and modeling. Every detail from table arrangements, decoration, logo and Claudia’s dresses fit the theme perfectly. The master of ceremonies, a flamboyant fashion guru, encouraged guests to strike a pose with his catch phrase “Fabulous!”

PARTY PROFESSIONALS

EVENT PLANNING A Flair for Affairs EVENT DESIGN & LIGHTING, DECOR & LINENS Encore Creations PHOTOGRAPHY Errol Colon Photographers STYLIST Your Wedding Make up GOWNS Modern Bridal Shop CAKE Unique Cakes by Frances DJ A List Entertainment VENUE AND CATERER Sheraton Orlando Downtown Hotel

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RACHEL + JESSE Carillon Beach, Florida

Images by Candice K Photography

Love quickly blossomed between teachers, Rachel and Jesse, when they struck up a conversation one afternoon in the hallway of their school. When it came to planning their big day, Jesse and Rachel knew they wanted something intimate and personal. Inspired by family antique wedding photos and their mutual love of travel, the couple decided on a Carillon Beach destination wedding with a vintage twist. With 75 of their closest family and friends, the couple exchanged vows on the beach followed by a stunning celebration at MARKET STREET BALLROOM, decked out in antique inspired décor and DIY details. From the moment Rachel walked down the aisle on the white sand beach, to the couple’s clever “just married” tandem bike getaway, the couple describes their wedding day as a little slice of heaven.

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THE DRESS Rachel wore an open-back, fitted lace gown with a matching sash and veil. Jesse and the groomsmen coordinated with neutral-toned suits, while the bridesmaids opted for dress cuts and colors that best fit their style for a mismatched yet cohesive look.

FAVORS As school teachers, Rachel and Jesse made it a point to give back to the community even on their special day. In lieu of wedding favors, the couple made donations in guests’ names to First Book, a nonprofit which provides children in need with access to new books.

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THE FOOD The couple wanted a menu reflective of their travels, and served a variety of Spanish and Jamaican cuisine along with food that gave them a personal sense of home. As a late night snack, guests enjoyed churros con chocolate in celebration of the bride’s semester abroad in Spain.

THE HONEYMOON The couple honeymooned in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic where they danced the tango, laid on the beach, and got to brush up on their Spanish! THE GETAWAY Jesse’s love of mountain biking inspired the couple to opt for a tandem bike as their “just married” getaway car.

WEDDING PROFESSIONALS

VENUE Carillon Beach & Market Street Ballroom CATERER Dine By Design PHOTOGRAPHER Candice K Photography FLORAL Cari DeGregorio Flowers DJ Gulf Talent Services STATIONERY Wedding Paper Divas EVENT PLANNER Carillon Beach Weddings and Events TRANSPORTATION Panama City Beach Bike Rentals CAKES Cakes By Tanis

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J Morgan Flowers. Boutique Couture Floral and Event Styling Miami. Palm Beach. Orlando. Naples. And beyond. www.jmorganflowers.com 561. 394. 3591


LOCAL CELEBRATIONS

ZOE'S QUINCEAÑERA Tampa, Florida

Images by Kathy Porupski and Susan Jeffers

When Zoe Lara turned 15, she and her parents threw a traditional quinceañera with a modern, lively French cabaret theme. Their 215 guests enjoyed plenty of live entertainment, delicious food from MASSIMO RESTAURANT and of course, the traditional quinceañera father-daughter dance. Zoe and her father took dance lessons together and then choreographed their own waltz just for this special occasion. Guests enjoyed a decadent five course menu including lamb chops, homemade pizza, penne alla vodka, filet with mushroom sauce and risotto. Dessert consisted of gelato, a coffee bar, and a beautiful display of red velvet and vanilla cupcakes. After the formal part of the evening, the teenagers took over the dance floor while the DJ from BAY AREA PRODUCTION played a combination of Latin music and popular hits.

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THE THEME After falling in love with the French cabaret theme at another event, Zoe knew it was the perfect theme for her own special day. The red color scheme, vintage details, and exciting entertainment were all inspired by the iconic French theme.

PARTY PROFESSIONALS

DESIGN AND STYLING One Stone Events PHOTOGRAPHY Kathy Porupski, Susan Jeffers FLORIST Dana Dineen VENUE Ruth Eckerd Hall LINENS BBJ Linen LIGHTING ASP Lighting FURNITURE IM Events, Signature Events by Design, I Love Vintage STATIONERY Paper and Pigtails CATERING Massimos Restaurant DESSERT MD Cupcakes, CafĂŠ a la Carte, The Cookie Jar, The Candy Bar ENTERTAINMENT Strictly Entertainment, Bay Area Production

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JOBRIA + JOSH Palm Beach, Florida

Images by Scarlett and Stephen Photography

Sometimes your high school love is the one! That was the case for Josh and Jobria. While distance kept them apart for years during college, they always seemed to reconnect when they were back in Atlanta; finally letting that spark turn into a lasting romance. After all of those years apart, Josh had a big plan in mind for the proposal, toying Jobria with it for weeks by telling her she had to wait for her birthday present until it was 55 degrees and sunny. When it finally was, two weeks later, he surprised her with a romantic dinner and proposal on his grandparents’ farm, where they first met. They decided to tie the knot at another meaningful location, THE BREAKERS® PALM BEACH, where they first fell for each other. The couple wanted a traditional wedding that included details that celebrated their unique personalities.

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THE VENUE THE BREAKERS® PALM BEACH served as the perfect venue for Josh and Jobria, as it was where they first fell in love nine years before. The lawn served as the perfect setting for the ceremony and cocktail hour, which was followed by the reception in the Ponce De Leon Ballroom.


THEIR CEREMONY The ENCORE CHAMBER PLAYERS played non traditional ceremony music, like Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” for the bridesmaids’ processional. After the ceremony, in a very touching moment for the bride and groom, all of the guests released a butterfly in memory of Josh’s grandmother.

WEDDING PROFESSIONALS

PHOTOGRAPHY Scarlett and Stephen Photography VENUE & CATERING The Breakers® Palm Beach FLORALS The Breakers Design Studio VIDEO Ray Roman Films PLANNER The Ultimate Event Planner, Llc CALLIGRAPHY Dreamweaver Calligraphy ENTERTAINMENT Encore Chamber Players, David John and the Max Band, Music Works Talent MAKEUP Pretty Suite Inc.

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TERRI'S BABY SHOWER Boca Raton, Florida

Images by Stacey Brandon Photography

On a sunny day in March, Terri Molina gathered with family and friends at THE ADDISON RESTAURANT in Boca Raton, Florida to celebrate Addison Molina’s upcoming arrival. The theme for the occasion was inspired by Addison’s nursery décor. A chandelier chosen by the mom-to-be was a key design element throughout the shower. Nursery colors of lavender, black and white permeated the space. Upon entering the venue and seeing the beautiful courtyard with banyan trees and serene fountain, guests instantly gravitated toward the lounge style layout of the shower where they could relax and celebrate together. Appetizers and drinks were passed around in the courtyard with customized Addison cocktail napkins as guests mingled before the luncheon.

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GUEST FAVORS One detail of Terri’s baby shower was handmade with love by her brother and sister-in-law Angie. They created a customized CD called The Baby Ambition Tour, which was given out to guests as favors. It included a medley of handpicked songs about daughters and parenthood. Once the CD was burned, a coordinating CD cover was created by FORT LAUDERDALE STATIONERY AND DESIGN.


THE FOOD Melisa Gail of CHIC ENTERTAINING paid close attention to the details Terri wanted to see in the shower. A black chandelier set the tone for the entire event. Crystal “bling” accents, used throughout the shower mimicked the crystal accents hanging from the chandelier, delicately placed on the tall cylinder vases, clothespins and the “bling” monogram. Guests were asked to wear lavender, white and black to coordinate with the décor.

PARTY PROFESSIONALS

VENUE The Addison Restaurant DESIGNER Chic Entertaining PHOTOGRAPHY Stacey Brandon Photography CAKE Creative Cake Factory STATIONERY Fort Lauderdale Stationery and Design

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CORY + TYLER Jacksonville, Florida

Images by Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography

After a chance meeting at an Eric Church concert followed by a hesitant first date, Cory and Tyler quickly and hopelessly fell in love. But Tyler, a lieutenant in the US Navy, was scheduled to relocate to Virginia and later be deployed to the Middle East only a month and a half after their initial meeting. Deciding to take a leap of faith, Cory and Tyler made a commitment to their long-distance relationship despite being literally worlds apart. Nearly a year later when Tyler was back on leave he asked Cory to marry him and the couple began planning their St. Patrick’s Day wedding. The couple held their wedding at THE KEELER PROPERTY with a barn reception that fit their theme of rustic elegance. Although rain storms threatened to dampen their day, the sprinkles let up just in time for their outdoor ceremony, giving way to a beautiful rainbow. “No need to go look for gold on this St. Patty’s Day,” Cory said. “For my treasure was standing beside me!”

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THE TABLE In lieu of a long head table, the couple used a table from restaurant the on their first date. The round wooden high-top and two bar stools made an adorable set-up for the bride and groom!

FIRST DANCE For their first dance, Cory arranged an edited version of “When You Say Nothing At All� that included recordings of a voicemail from Tyler asking Cory out on their first date.

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LOCAL CELEBRATIONS ENTERTAINMENT THINK BIG provided highenergy live entertainment that kept guests up on the dance floor. The bride’s uncle even hopped up and sang a few songs that kept their barn reception rockin’!

WEDDING PROFESSIONALS

PHOTOGRAPHER Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography FLORIST Parkers Events STATIONERY Cory Ridge Holcombe FAVOR KOOZIES designed by Cory ordered from Personalized Drinkware VENUE Keeler Property RENTALS Beachview Rentals MUSIC Think Big

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CARLA'S BABY SHOWER West Palm Beach, Florida

Images by Thompson Photography Group

When Carla knew she was having a girl she immediately envisioned a casual, brunch baby shower where her friends and family could mingle and celebrate in each other’s company. With some delicate touches complemented by a rustic foundation, the theme was shabby chic. Carla incorporated white chevron, pale pink and accents of burlap and lace for an extra feminine touch.

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INSPIRATION Carla is an event planner so she was lucky enough to have her friends in the industry help perfect the details. The day would have not been the same without Carla’s sister from New York, mom, sister-in-law from Georgia, mother-in-law, stepmom and 92 year-old grandmother.

THE FOOD The food was catered by CHEF MELISSA MAJOR. There were light appetizers including crab stuffed cucumbers, lox wrapped around cream cheese with poppy seeds and prosciutto wrapped melon. The dessert bar had macarons, champagne cupcakes, "E" cookies for Elle, cotton candy and cake pops.

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LOCAL CELEBRATIONS SWEET DETAILS To add an extra sweet touch, the silverware was wrapped in doilies tied with raffia. Crystal from A SIGN OF MY LOVE made all of the food labels, burlap banners and favor tags on mini soaps that read "From My Shower To Yours.'

PARTY PROFESSIONALS

FLOWERS Creations Productions RENTALS Atlas Party Rental CATERER Chef Melissa Major DESSERT TABLE Alexis Campbell Event Styling INVITATIONS AND DETAILS A Sign of My Love PHOTOGRAPHER Thompson Photography Group

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JESSI + MICHAEL Miami, Florida

Images by Maloman Photographers

Location, location, location. That was definitely the key for Michael and Jessi who met when Jessi moved into Michael’s building and Jessi and her roommate Melanie became part of the same circle of friends. While their friendship grew, so did their feelings for each other and a couple months later they decided to act on it and see if there might be more to their relationship... and boy was there ever! Michael soon proposed on a trip to Napa Valley. As someone who works in the wedding industry, Jessi knew that every detail in her wedding was important. Michael and Jessi opted for a vintage Hollywood glam feel which they brought to life with their ruffled linens, beautiful florals, and their color scheme of mocha, cream, pale pink and black.

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VENUE THE BILTMORE HOTEL provided food and service that the guests loved, including late night snacks like mini grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup shots and chocolate-covered cheesecake pops were served as well. THE DRESS The ruffles and pearl adorned bodice on Jessi’s Lazaro gown truly captured the vintage Hollywood glam she was going for, while still giving it a modern twist. Her two maids-of-honor wore black Amsale dresses while the rest of the bridesmaids each wore different cut dresses, all in a light mocha color.


CEREMONY Jessi walked down the aisle of the historic Florida church in her Lazaro wedding gown to the traditional melody of the organ. Guests held onto wedding programs and a vintage style hanky to dry the happy tears.

WEDDING PROFESSIONALS

VENUE The Biltmore Hotel PHOTOGRAPHERS Maloman Photographers VIDEOGRAPHY Belvedere FLOWERS Blooming Flowers MUSICIANS Bubble Miami STATIONERY DM Paper Designs PLANNER TC Events FOOD Elegant Temptations CAKE ET Cakes MAKEUP Makeup by Marz

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INVITATIONS The inspiration for the event started with a telescope so what better way to invite guests than with a personalized Kaleidoscope by Kaleidoscopes To You with Saige’s name on the lens and the details of the night printed by DM Paper Designs on the exterior. FAVORS Just when everyone thought the night was finished, a food truck saw them off with black and white “moon pie” cookies. A perfect treat for a perfect party!

SAIGE'S BAT MITZVAH Naples, Florida

Images by Aimee Rossi

Saige’s Bat Mitzvah was an outof-this-world celebration that was experienced by 200 fortunate guests and now thousands of inspired readers. The “Planet Saige” theme came from her interest of intergalactic stargazing with her father. The event was hosted at THE RITZ CARLTON GOLF RESORT, NAPLES and the atmosphere was transformed to a club vibe with dramatic uplighting, sophisticated silver strands shimmering prominently and a custom galaxy inspired gobo. High tops and cocktail tables were chosen to complement the buffet and encourage guests to keep both dance floors hot. Saige’s mom, Hilary created custom vases with photos of Saige printed on vellum paper with a candle backlight. The final detail to push us over-the-top was Saige’s dramatic entrance, being escorted by a 15 foot tall alien, letting everyone know she had arrived!

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PARTY PROFESSIONALS

VENUE The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort INVITATIONS AND PRINTING DM Paper Designs, Kaleidoscopes To You PHOTOGRAPHER Aimee Rossi DJ AND PROPS Galaxy Entertainment EVENT PLANNER RSVParties VIDEOGRAPHER Reel Treasures FAVORS Screen Printing Unlimited FOOD TRUCK Cakes, Bakes & More


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PAINTED FAVOR

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