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Simply Beautiful

A creative collaboration of professionals makes a once-in-a-lifetime wedding day more than just magical. That’s exactly what a group of local ladies love to do. So they decided to plan and photograph their version of a beautiful bridal party to illustrate their individual skills — floral design, bridal hair and makeup, custom painting, photography, custom jewelry design, and bridal gowns, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses.



Local newlyweds — Kelly Cohen and Scott Lloyd, Elizabeth Neville and Boyd Taylor, Marni Jameson and Doug Carey, Christy Donovan and Greg Ashcraft, and Kristen Bodenweber and Steven Will — share their very personal and custom weddings; Area experts share the latest wedding trends in themes, entertainment, invitations, jewelry, dresses, floral, food and more!

on the cover: Local wedding professionals showcase their talents.

Models in dresses from Calvet Couture Bridal; hair and makeup by Lejuene Artistry; jewelry by Marry Mae by Dora Mae; florals by velvet & twine; photographed by Rebecca Read Butler in front of a Lisa Anderton Art backdrop. Story on page 88.



A paradise under sunny skies, Florida’s natural beauty shines brightly — especially near the Atlantic and Gulf where we found two resorts that are full of amenities for couples, families and groups. Make sure Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort is the next destination for your Gulf Coast retreat; Hammock Beach Resort provides a peaceful haven on the East Coast; and The Shores Resort & Spa offers the perfect solution for those seeking a quick, relaxing getaway.





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People, places and things: Five ways to connect with us; Experience the colorful world of renowned pop artists at the Pop-Art Prints exhibit currently on loan at the Mennello Museum of American Art; School has never been so cool with these on-trend back-toschool items; Women to Watch: Jessica Kendrick juggles career, community and family; Kyle Miller shares her challenging journey renovating a 300-year-old French farmhouse; Eye on Arts: Mark your calendar for a fantastic lineup of inspiring performances presented by the Orlando Ballet, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Orlando and Fairwinds Broadway in Orlando.






Protect your peepers this summer with stylish sunglasses and helpful advice from local eye-care professionals; Dr. Deborah Harding discusses a concerning antibiotic-resistant bacteria, CA-MRSA; One sharp grandmother shares her tips for keeping children active over the summer.



Indulge in this summery dessert from TR Fire Grill; Bring the resort life to your backyard with these refreshing cocktail recipes; Christi Ashby offers highlights from her indulgent staycation experience at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando.



A peek inside Frank, the newly renovated home furnishings and accessories store, just off Park Avenue in Winter Park; Area designers share recent kitchen transformations — from traditional to contemporary and everything in between, these spaces showcase the latest in materials, furnishings and technology for the heart of the home.


Community and charity events: Wine, Women & Shoes to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank; Runway to Hope’s Spring Fashion Soirée; The annual Go Red for Women Luncheon in support of the American Heart Association; Reading Between the Wines and Science of Wine fundraisers; Central Florida Women’s League Derby Gala; Support Our Scholar’s Dorm Shower for scholarship recipients; and more.


Lin Wilensky shares with us her moving reasons for co-founding Dave’s House, a place of permanent housing for those with serious mental illness (SMI).


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his has been the biggest

Palmer Hospital and ORMC’s Level 1

roller coaster of a weekend

Trauma Center.

imaginable — an absolutely

By Saturday evening I felt better and

unbelievable combination of

inspired to have dinner with friends and

the greatest joy and unbear-

just enjoy the camaraderie, cocktails and

able sadness in a mere 48-hour span. As I

conversation. And early Sunday morning

write this, things are still unfolding and

I turned on the news, devastated and in

when you read this it will be at least three


weeks from now.

Ugh! I remembered going to the open-

My what-I-thought-would-be-a-quiet

ing of Pulse with friends years ago. I thought

weekend began with a family dinner to

of my friend and co-founder Ron Legler,

celebrate the news of a second grandson

about all the people I knew who went

— Kate’s and Mike’s first child. It was a

there for evenings of fun, and watched the

simple meal and reveal with the families. We discussed names, laughing at a few suggestions, and were thoroughly entertained by the antics of baby Evan who had his eye on everyone’s food. I spent much of the evening holding him — a genuine joy. I awoke Saturday morning to the news of a horrific shooting at The Plaza Live and the subsequent death of the young singer, Christina Grimmie, I had watched rise to fame on The Voice. It really shook me that something like this could happen — here.


TV as parents and friends wept for their

& Healing

loved ones. I had planned to meet the kids

She was usually accompanied by her

and find a glimmer of hope for humanity.

for brunch at Maxine’s on Shine and for a split second considered cancelling. The mood at Maxine’s was somber — and that is never the case. We talked about what a world they were bringing kids into and I remembered my childhood influenced by the horrors of an unrecognized war and the sickening evening news reports. And then I would look at sweet Evan’s face, his tiny hands grabbing mine,

By 10am I was getting ready to attend

sidekick Lois Silverberg who tried to make

During the entire day as victims’ names

the memorial service of someone I dearly

sure Meredith was not overburdened.

were being released I was selfishly hoping

respected and admired. Longtime com-

After the Just Between Us columns started

I would not personally know any of them.

munity volunteer Meredith McWaters had

coming in, Lois would say to me, “I am not

Although this being “Smallando” — a pos-

passed away after a decades-long battle

sure Meredith should have said that, but

itive term meaning no one is separated by

with chronic diseases. She wrote a column

she insisted.” I learned at the loving trib-

more than a degree or two — I felt this

for Orange Appeal (Just Between Us) for

ute by her husband, Mark, that he also

might not be the case.

several years until her health necessitated

tried to edit her columns — to no avail.

Sure enough we learned the uber-tal-

its abrupt end.

She wanted to say what she wanted in her

ented lead singer Shane Tomlinson of

own endearing and humorous way.

Frequency Band that played at my son’s

I met Meredith about 15 years ago through one of the many organizations

Her proudest accomplishment was

wedding reception was among those gone

she presided over and raised funds with,

something she created as a tribute to Har-

to soon. He was exuberant, full of life and

Femmes de Coeur. She was in the midst of

riett Lake. Harriett’s Favorite Things was a

love. There is no good explanation for

producing an event and wondered if we

must-attend event for many years, honor-

these senseless tragedies. I vowed to hug

could help her promote it. From then on I

ing philanthropists while collecting money

and hold close those who are dear to me

was always pleased to see her smiling face

from tickets, sponsorships and auctions

and try to remain a caring, compassionate

framed by her signature red mane and

for the namesake’s selected charities —


tried to support whatever cause or charity

Orlando Ballet, Eden Spa at Florida Hos-

she was getting behind.

pital Cancer Institute, NICU at Winnie

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Deborah Harding, MD Bonnie Pierce, CPT, RYT Tammy Smith, RN, CPT Lin Wilensky PHOTOGRAPHER

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Mel Ramos; Chic, from the portfolio 11 Pop Artists, Volume I; 1965; screenprint Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated Art © Mel Ramos/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Take a time-machine ride back to the colorful and swinging ’60s by immersing your groovy self in Pop Art Prints, a selection of 37 prints from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection, at the Mennello Museum of American Art through September 11. These rarely seen prints from Allan D’Arcangelo, Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Mel Ramos, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann are sure to add a bold dose of déjà vu to summer. 12


Back to School

COOL Gear up with these fun and functional products and accessories.

FORGET ME NOT The Simplified Planner and Coton Colors’ Happy Everything Agenda go above and beyond the ordinary daily planner, encouraging organization with margin lists and plenty of space for class schedules, activities and appointments. Available in a variety of patterns, these two planners are the stylish answer to a busy student’s or mom’s scheduling snags. Emily Ley The Simplified Planner Fancy Floral daily planner, $58, and Coton Colors by Laura Johnson Happy Everything 17-month 2016 agenda, $26.50, The Pink Chalet, Dr. Phillips

SNACK, CRACKLE, POP Liven up lunch with one of Vera Bradley’s new lunch bags, perfect for school or work. Available in a variety of colors and styles, Vera Bradley’s lunch bags will keep food fresh all day long with its food grade-safe quick-wipe lining and zipper closure. Vera Bradley Pop Art Lighten Up Lunch Cooler Bag, $34, Walk On Water, Lake Mary and Winter Park

ALL PACKED UP Created to withstand the wear and tear of everyday activity, and home to multiple compartments with ample room for folders, binders and notebooks, this cheerful, summery N. Gill backpack will also come with compliments. N. Gill Gingham pink backpack, $36, The Pink Chalet, Dr. Phillips



Back to School


BOTTLED UP Not only do S’well bottles and Corckicle canteens help the environment by cutting down on the number of plastic water bottles that end up in landfills, they are also the best way to keep drinks hot or cold — up to 25 hours cool and 12 hours hot — during a day filled with lectures and activities. And the smaller sized bottles will fit into children’s lunchboxes, keeping their drinks the perfect temperature all day long. 17oz. S’well monogramed bottle, $35, Magnolias & Vine, College Park; 9 oz. S’well bottle in Santo, $25, and 9 oz. Corckcicle Canteen Thermos in silver, $19.95, The Pink Chalet, Dr. Phillips

FINDERS KEEPERS This easy-to-find keychain will keep keys in their place! No more digging in the bottom of a purse for loose house or car keys or for a keychain that has slipped underneath the contents of a book bag. Choose from a variety of colors, and monogram the charm to add a little bit of personality to this handy accessory. Mainstreet Collection monogrammed keychain, $23, The Pink Chalet, Dr. Phillips

ZIP IT Itzy Ritzy has found the solution to environmentally friendly snack bags. Tired of spending money on plastic snack bags that end up in the trash the next day? Cut back on plastic waste with these washable zipper bags that can hold snacks, fruit, electronics, toiletries and more. Itzy Ritzy “Snack Happens Mini” reusable snack bags, $14.50, Magnolias & Vine, College Park. 16

SOUND THE ALARM Bling Sting’s “Ahh!-larm” looks more like a fun, decorative keychain than the LED light and alarm that it is. Have it handy on a keychain for late-night trips to the library, or attach it to a child's backpack for peace of mind as they walk home from the bus in the afternoon. Bling Sting “Ahh!-larm” heart personal alarm keychain, $22, The Pink Chalet, Dr. Phillips


Back to School


SHOW YOUR COLORS Show school spirit in style with these Mud Pie “Game Day” infinity scarves that are versatile enough to be worn outside of the stadium. Get around campus in Campus Footnotes Collegiate Flip-Flops and gear up for late nights of studying and early morning exams with The Memory Company’s coffee mug. Mud Pie “Game Day” mixed print infinity scarf in blue/orange and garnett/light gold, $21 each, Magnolias & Vine, College Park; Campus Footnotes Collegiate Flip-Flops, UF Gators, $38, and The Memory Company, white FSU mug, $15, Walk on Water, Lake Mary and Winter Park


MONOGRAM MADNESS Monograms are here to stay so start the school year with a special customized Heartstrings pendant available in sterling silver, pewter or acrylic with different chain lengths. Better yet, gift one to your best friend forever! Heartstrings initial necklaces, $26-$199 (prices range based on materials), Magnolias & Vine, College Park





“I grew up in Germany and I have always loved Europe and having a reason to go every year sounded like a good idea. So I talked to a couple of my friends and

might picture scenes from Under the Tuscan

we decided to buy a house together. We

Sun and the challenges — foreign country,

went over to start looking — in the late 90s

different language and meticulous work-

— but after 9/11 when France had ‘free-

manship. And that would be a good gener-

dom fries’ and so on we just thought it

alization. But this Under the Normandy

would be too difficult to have property in

Skies version stars a woman, with a hus-

France,” Kyle explains.

down initially. They ultimately accepted an offer from us,” she adds.

band, who just wants to immerse herself

So they put it on the back burner until

in the joie de vivre of her surroundings,

a few years later when they discovered some

Kyle did not plan to write a book about

while still enjoying her Orlando home.

dream homes online that could be shared.

the experience from the beginning. But

So a group, including Kyle and her hus-

she had saved photos, emails and letters

band, Steve, found themselves homeowners

that illustrated the renovation process. “I

in 2007. They spent years going back and

had been sending stories home to my kids

forth and in 2012 a big idea struck them.

and some friends, updating them on the

“We were packing up to leave the next

progress. Everyone wanted to know how

day and we saw a house for sale and decided

things were going. By the time I finished

to go look at it. It was behind some big green

gathering everything I had written, it was

gates. As we toured it I could visualize in the

25,000 words. A friend convinced me to

rooms some of my great-grandparents’ fur-

turn it into a book,” she says.

niture, which I had inherited and kept in

In more than 30 detailed messages, Kyle

storage. Yet, it still seemed like a very far-

captured the trials, tribulations and joys,

The story of Clos de Paris was too interest-

fetched idea. By the time we were two blocks

from the engineering of a 25-foot beam in

ing not to share, so a book chronicles the

down the street we decided to do it,” she says.

the beginning to the installation of tongue-

process from buying, through restoring,

There were some hurdles before putting

and-groove shutters to the three-storied

and finally furnishing an 18th century

in an offer including a biggie — whether

exterior in the end. In between are lots of

gem in a series of communications with

the house was in good structural shape or

anecdotes about the people, places and

family and friends.

not. “All the reports came back that the

special meals that made it all memorable. Some things were a pleasant surprise.

Kyle has previously contributed in-depth

house was sound. It just needed renova-

articles to Orange Appeal on hard-hitting

tions. It had been a doctor’s residence so

“This was so great because we have

local issues while making the most of her

we knew we wanted to re-do the office and

done some renovations in the States and

retirement — she had a business and social

exam room in the 300-year-old part of the

this was difficult because it was another

work career — but Clos de Paris, Tales of

house. We made some preliminary plans

language and another country but every-

Restoring a Normandy Farmhouse is very

and showed them to an independent con-

one did what they promised to do and they

personal. And the journey began many

tractor who gave us an estimated budget.

exceeded our expectations. They always

years before purchasing this second home.

We made an offer but the owners turned it

went above and beyond and the workman-




ship was incredible,” Kyle shares. “But all the shops and stores close from noon to 2 so if you are trying to get things done for the house, you have to plan. And over there you purchase all the materials — not the contractor. They will send you off with a list. But if we got to a closed store it just gave us the chance to have a leisurely meal and break. The restaurants will close, but not on the same pattern. You have to fall into the rhythm — it’s kind of like island time where no one is in a hurry,” she continues. They had to ship all the furnishings — including bath towels — over, but everything, including an 8-foot antique grandfather clock, arrived in perfect condition. Kyle and Steve are especially excited about this summer as the work is finally finished — or as finished as any 300-year-old house can be. The couple’s children and granddaughter visit every summer and last year there were eight sets of guests. They have learned to adapt to their second home country and have found it’s all about entertaining at home as there are not a lot of restaurants or entertainment venues. “You make your own fun. People thought we would want to be in the South of France, but it’s hot there in the summer. We did not want to go from hot [in Orlando] to hot. The climate is similar to Nova Scotia. We have nice Maine-like summers,” she says. “This was a leap of faith; we decided it was meant to be.”

For more information, you can visit To purchase the book, Clos de Paris, available in perfect bound and e-book formats, visit  or 22



Jessica Hallgren Kendrick

Combines Family, Career and Community Beautifully by Kate Slentz

I first met Jessica when we photographed some of the event committee members of the Kids Beating Cancer Hats & Heroes Ball for our September/October 2015 issue. At the time she was the gala chair and had recently given birth to her son. We reconnected again while she was volunteering on another committee, where I learned she had also just opened her own law practice. Since then, I have kept up with her through Facebook in which she was either posting updates about her new practice, Kendrick Law Group, photos of her adorable son, or garnering support for Kids Beating Cancer causes or events. Impressed by her commitment


to her family, career and community, I wanted to share her story.

Jessica is a long-time Floridian who received

Jessica with her husband, James, and son, Connor

join her. She did not plan on such rapid

her undergraduate degree in marketing

growth. “But it’s been great progress and

from the University of Central Florida,

the people I’ve been adding to the firm are

where she also played Division 1 collegiate

amazing attorneys,” she says.

soccer. “I loved marketing. I loved being

Currently, Jessica, who practices small

out in the community, working with dif-

business law and personal injury law, has

ferent individuals and connecting them.

another partner in the firm, Melisa Medina,

But at the end of the day, it wasn’t making

who focuses fully on family law. She also

me happy every day.”

recently welcomed attorney Don Morrell,

In her marketing position, she began to

who specializes in personal injury, plain-

work more with attorneys and got inter-

tiff workers compensation and military

ested in the law. Plus, she admits she’s

affairs. Additional experienced attorneys

always loved to argue. “I decided to go to law

in other areas of law will be joining the

school. I loved every minute of it; I know

team in the coming months, making Ken-

that sounds weird,” she says. Another thing

drick Law Group a relatively full-service

she loved about practicing law was the


ability to determine her own schedule.

Meanwhile, Jessica is also in the pro-

“It’s not necessarily an 8-to-5 type job.

cess of renovating a building, scheduled to

And that’s what I was really looking for to

open August 1, that will house the newly

create a work-life balance,” she adds.

formed law group. “The building is stress-

That balance would be necessary sooner

ful but exciting,” she admits, thankful for

rather than later. She graduated from Barry

all the support. “Pretty much everyone

University School of Law with honors,

“That [experience] gave me the ability

has given me hugs and blessings to do this.

married her longtime boyfriend within

to say, well now that I have a child I want

They knew this was an ultimate goal of

six months and had her first child shortly

to be able to juggle my own schedule and

mine so I’ve really had amazing support

thereafter. “At that time, I was working for

determine what I do on a daily basis, so

and the community has really embraced it.”

a small, local firm where I had an amaz-

I’m going to go out on my own,” she con-

And every day is different for Jessica,

ing mentor and she really empowered me

tinues. She opened Kendrick Law Group

mostly in part to her 15-month-old son,

to be independent and take ownership of

in January 2016. A lot of her peers saw

Connor. “The nice thing about having

my cases,” Jessica explains.

what she was doing and started asking to

your own firm is I really get to decide




when I go into the office,” she says. “I used to be a workaholic — first in, last out — and the only thing that’s been able to change that is my son.” He’s her priority and she dedicates time to spend with him in the mornings and evenings, and some days even brings him to the office. Jessica also has a stepdaughter. With a seemingly full, possibly overflowing, plate, Jessica still finds time for community volunteer work. “I’m on the board of Kids Beating Cancer and chair of their annual gala,” she says. “In association with that, I’m on the Florida Hospital for Children board. My husband [Dr. James Kendrick] is a gynecologic oncologist, so dealing with cancer and the effect on the families has been a central aspect of our lives. I can’t imagine having a family go through that with their child.” Jessica with Connor

In addition, she supports numerous other nonprofits financially, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation. But her focus is really on the children and families who work with Kids Beating Cancer. “They become family to me so anything I can do whether it be funds or support. It’s turned into a second full-time career for me,” she shares. I dare ask the question what’s next for Jessica and she told me she honestly doesn’t know. “I didn’t think all of this was going to happen but it’s been a blessing,” she says. 26

thelist eyeonarts

TAKING THE stage An exciting season of performances from the Orlando Ballet, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Orlando and Fairwinds Broadway in Orlando is on the way and season tickets are on sale now.

hit musicals such as The Sound of Music,

Orlando Ballet Company Dancers

Carousel, The King and I, and South Pacific. In addition to the four full-length performances, this season the Ballet will offer a variety of special events, highlighted by A Tribute to Harriett, a one-night only production and gala at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. A Tribute to Harriett will feature music from Harriett’s favorite Broadway musicals and will be an evening you don’t want to miss. Additional special events include three Uncorked at the Abbey evenings and a Nutcracker Tea. Season subscribers will have MICHAEL CAIRNS

exclusive access to tickets and be the first


to know about the dates and details of each event. The Orlando Ballet also welcomes a new executive director, Caroline Miller. She comes to the Orlando Ballet from Dance UK where she led the national body for


the professional dance industry in Britain


for 10 years. She is expected to begin the


role in August.

Ballet keeps the excitement alive for its 2016-17 season. The season includes three brand new performances to the lineup, kicking off with Dracula, directed and choreographed by Michael Pink; followed by the time-honored holiday tradition of The Nutcracker; then Masterworks with choreography by George Balanchine, Jerome

the lineup: Dracula, October 28 – 30 The Nutcracker, December 8 – 11 Masterworks, March 24 – 26, 2017 A Cinderella Story, May 5 – 7, 2017

Robbins and Twyla Tharp. The season will wrap up with A Cinderella Story, a

Subscriptions for Orlando Ballet’s 2016-17

unique take on the age-old story with elec-

season start at just $100 and can be reserved

tric choreography by Val Caniparoli and

by calling 407-426-1739. For more information

music by Richard Rodgers — composer for



ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA THE ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA recently announced that it has named Christopher Barton as its new executive director. Christopher succeeds former Executive Director David Schillhammer, who recently stepped down after more than 15 years. He comes to Orlando from Flagstaff, Arizona, where he served as the executive director of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra since 2014. Chris, his wife, Angela, and their two children will arrive in Orlando in late July. Meanwhile, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will kick off its 2016-17 Super Series in October. Music Director Eric Jacobsen and the Philharmonic open the season with iconic works of Russian masters Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. Audience favorite Albert George Schram and guest vocalists will perform works from The Great American Songbook, in late October. Home for the Holidays will include a first-time appearance by the Celebration Handbell Choir from the First United Methodist Church Winter Park. Visiting Artist Carmen Knoll

thelist The New Year will begin as the Philharmonic honors the greatest living composer, Johannes Brahms, with a performance of

much power and influence in the wrong hands.

Peter Strummer in Don Pasquale

the lineup:

two of his most well-known orchestral works. And in March, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Opera in the Park: Mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider, August 21

with Irish Romance. Then the Philharmonic will honor the legacy of the late Marvin Hamlisch in this concert featuring many

Opera in the Park: “The Three Baritones” — Nathan Stark, Brian Myer, Gabriel Preisser, August 28

of his most beloved songs. The orchestra will round out the season with The Final Frontier, a salute to famous space movies

Opera in the Park: Tenor Adam Diegel, September 4

and sci-fi television series, such as Lost in

the lineup:

MANCES this past April, the “...Rebirth of Opera in Orlando” has become an artistic

Great American Songbook, October 22

2016-17 season at the end of this summer.

Emanuel Ax Performs, December 3 – 4

present the first official performances of its

the predecessor to the current company.

Stark and Brian Myer — on August 28;

Three Baritones” — Gabriel Preisser, Nathan and the series concludes on September 4

A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch: One Singular Sensation, April 1, 2017

Winter Park.

with tenor Adam Diegel. All concerts will be held at 2pm at the University Club of In November, Opera Orlando returns

Mahler 2: Resurrection, April 8, 2017

to the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at the

The Final Frontier, April 15, 2017

Arts for Gaetano Donizetti’s opera buffa


Alyssa Fox and Carrie St. Louis in Wicked

Crider from Miami on August 21; “The

Rimma Plays Tchaikovsky, March 18, 2017

Visiting conductor Gemma New and visiting artist Steven Copes

nally started by Florida Opera Theatre,

Irish Romance, March 4, 2017

up-to-date information.

For additional details or for ticket sales visit

Opera in the Park is a recital series origi-

The series features mezzo-soprano Amanda

change. Visit for the most

Mozart’s Don Giovanni, March 24 – 26, 2017

phenomenon. Now Opera Orlando will

Brahms Symphony No. 3, January 21, 2017

All programs and artists are subject to

Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, November 18 – 20


Opening Night: Russian Masters, October 1

Home for the Holidays, November 26



Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Don Pasquale. Be prepared for the belly to


Space, E.T., Star Trek and Star Wars.

bathed in the beauty of “Bel Canto” —


opera’s Golden Age. Metropolitan Opera


star Peter Strummer will assume the title

PERFORMING ARTS, Florida Theatri-

role and Opera Orlando’s General Direc-

cal Association and Broadway Across

tor Vincent Connor is the stage director.

America will present a roster of Broadway

ache from laughter while the heart will be

And the season will conclude in March

performances in the Walt Disney Theater.

2017 with performances of Don Giovanni.

Boasting a varied collection of smash hits

This premiere production with the work-

from the Great White Way, the season

ing title “Don Juan Goes to College” high-

kicks off with The Illusionists — Live from

lights the modern and timely resonance of

Broadway, a mind-blowing spectacular

Mozart’s classic masterpiece by capturing

showcasing the talents of seven of the most

the ever-relevant cautionary tale of too

incredible illusionists on earth.

thelist Joining those jaw-dropping acts is the 2015 Tony Award-winner for Best Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime, four-time Tony Award-winning An American in Paris, the previouslyannounced three-week return engagement of blockbuster Wicked, the 2014 Tony Awardwinner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s

Visiting artists Dionne Warwick and Frankie Valli

Guide to Love & Murder, and the Theatre Under The Stars production of the treaMermaid. Rounding out the season are


two other acclaimed tuners, TIME Maga-

In addition to the entertaining programs

zine’s No. 1 Show of the Year, Matilda The

being presented by Central Florida’s arts

Musical, and Finding Neverland, Broadway’s

organizations, there are a variety of new

new hit and winner of’s

performances now scheduled at the Dr.

Audience Choice Award for Best Musical.

Phillips Center.

sured family classic Disney’s The Little

the lineup:

the lineup:

The Illusionists, October 4 – 9

Amour: Mario Frangoulis, George Perris, Deborah Myers and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, October 15

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, November 1 – 6

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, January 31, 2017

An American in Paris, December 13 – 18 Wicked, January 11 – 29, 2017

A British Invasion — The Boston Pops Plays the Beatles, February 3, 2017

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, February 7 – 12, 2017

Dionne Warwick, February 14, 2017

The Little Mermaid, March 7 – 12, 2017

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live, February 17, 2017

Matilda, May 9 – 14, 2017 Finding Neverland, June 6 – 11, 2017

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, February 27, 2017

To renew or purchase a subscription, or for more

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, March 4, 2017

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Seek shades this summer with these stylish options: (from top to bottom) Tom Ford Aaron Sunglasses, $435, Southwest Orlando Eye Care; Chanel Butterfly Signature sunglasses, $479, Eola Eyes; Gucci Flora retro-sophisticate sunglasses, $411, Southwest Orlando Eye Care; Balenciaga coral leather aviators, $618, Southwest Orlando Eye Care; Tom Ford Telma Sunglasses, $,440, Southwest Orlando Eye Care; Smoke X Mirrors Zou Bisou oversized cat-eyes, $325, Eola Eyes; Ic! Berlin Blanca F. round-frame sunglasses, $439, Eola Eyes.





Dolce & Gabbana gold laser-cut temple cat-eye sunglasses $400, Southwest Orlando Eye Care


e slather on our sunscreen

sunglasses. Also, people are at higher risk

before braving any outdoor

for getting skin cancer around the lids of

activities. But it is also

the eyes,” he adds. In addition, over expo-

important to remember to

sure to UVA and UVB rays can cause

protect your eyes. “I always tell my

pterygium, a growth in the eye that may

patients, ‘you know when you go outside

block vision, or corneal sunburn, called

you put on sunscreen, well your sunglass-

photokeratitis, a result of great short-term

es are your sunscreen for your eyes’,” says

exposure to UVB rays. Long hours at the

Dr. John Nowell, optometrist at South-

beach or skiing without proper eye protec-

west Orlando Eye Care in Dr. Phillips.

tion can cause this sunburn. It can be very

“High exposure to UV rays over many

painful and may cause temporary vision

years can lead to cataracts and macular

loss. And as we’ve all heard time and time

degeneration at an earlier age versus

again from our dermatologists, the sun’s

patients who regularly wear protective

rays can still pass through clouds and haze. But most important to consider is protecting children and older family members — encouraging and reminding them to wear hats and sunglasses. “I talk to the parents and I encourage the kids to try and wear sunglasses,” Dr. Nowell says. “You just have to do your best. But the sooner they start wearing sunglasses, the better chance of their eyes staying healthy throughout their adult life.” Everyone loves a pair of stylish shades, but knowing which ones best keep the rays at bay takes some education. Here is some expert advice from Dr. Kerry Giedd, Eola Eyes, on selecting shades from a protection perspective.


In our sunny climate, most people appreciate the benefits of polarized sunglass lenses, which go beyond just

a tint in the lenses to block sunlight. Polarized lenses reduce glare and reflections and are a must for Central Florida residents who enjoy time on the water. Polarized lenses are available with and without a prescription and are a key feature we



Chanel Butterfly Signature sunglasses, $479, Eola Eyes

recommend to most patients (though polar-

optical aberrations that cause our patients

ized lenses can impair the wearer’s ability

to suffer from headaches or eyestrain

to see some instrumentation displays, such

and that the glasses do not block harm-

as GPS devices, so occasionally polariza-

ful UV rays to the extent that they claim.

tion is not recommended). Added features

Talk to your eye doctor about quality

like anti-reflective coating on the back sur-

sunglass collections or have your doctor

face of the polarized lens, as is found in

check your sunglasses for their UV

Maui Jim sunglasses and other quality

blocking ability.

brands, further enhance wearers’ comfort. At Eola Eyes, we recommend Xperio lenses ( to patients needing prescription polarized lenses.  


In the United States, even non-pre-

skin, from harmful UV rays and we look

scription sunglasses are regulated

at the SPF (sun protection factor) rating

by the FDA as medical devices.

on our sunscreen. Similarly, we should

There are literally hundreds of millions of

look for quality sunglasses that block 99 or

Like many things in life, you get

sunglasses sold each year and sunglasses

100 percent of UVA and UVB rays.

what you pay for when it comes to

represent one of the most widely available,

sunglasses. That is not to say you

FDA regulated, over-the-counter ophthal-

need to spend hundreds of dollars on your

mic devices. The FDA specifies guidelines

sunglasses, but the optical quality and UV

for UV blockage, optical quality and impact


blockage of drug or department store sun-

resistance, among other things, but, unfor-

lens — even a colorless lens — can block

glasses often leaves much to be desired

tunately, many inexpensive sunglasses do

100 percent of UV rays, so it is not a matter

and does not meet FDA guidelines. It’s not

not meet the FDA standards. It’s become

of health as to which tint you choose. If

uncommon for us to discover that inex-

common knowledge and habit that we pro-

you want to see true colors, however, you

pensive, department store sunglasses have

tect our skin, and especially our children’s

will want to choose a gray lens.



The color of tint — gray, brown, green, rose, and so on — in your sunglass lenses is a matter of per-

sonal preference and comfort. Any colored


A New Bacteria that is Cause for Concern


By Deborah Harding, MD, Harding Medical Institute

n recent decades a small cut or

intravenous tubing or artificial joints.

become life threatening by spreading via

skin infection was usually not a

However, there is a form of this disease

the blood stream to remote sites causing

big deal. It typically was caused

that concerns doctors. Community-Acquired

severe infection and even death. Toxins

by a common bacteria found on

MRSA (CA-MRSA) occurs when a healthy

released from the bacteria can cause pro-

the skin called Staphylococcus

person, who has not been hospitalized

found loss of blood pressure called shock

aureus. The doctor treated the

within the year, is diagnosed with a MRSA

that stops blood flow to important organs

skin infection with a mild antibiotic, such

infection. It is now causing infections with

such as the kidneys, limbs, toes and fin-

as ampicillin, and the bacteria was killed,

serious symptoms quite often in non-hos-

gers, often resulting in kidney failure or

the infection resolved, and that was that.

pitalized patients.

amputations. surgical wounds of the skin or deeper

now digest antibiotics such as ampicillin


or its stronger cousin methicillin. As a

Your symptoms for this infection are highly

examples of patients who have developed

result, the bacteria frequently survives

dependent on where the infection occurs.

MRSA infections after bone surgeries,

leading to infections that spread to other

It’s like if your house was infested with

such as back, hip or knee operations.

areas of the body, and in many cases

bees you would need to find the hive to rid

Symptoms can include recurring fevers,

causes life threatening illness.

the bees. In a sense, MRSA is similar.

pain, and chronic, marked disability. All

Unfortunately, the Staph organism has rapidly evolved so that many strains can

It seems the infection loves to target parts of the body. There are multiple

Staphylococcus aureus strains that

Often it can cause mild infection on the

too often if a prosthetic joint was put in,

have become resistant to many antibiotics

skin such as sores, or boils, full of gold-

such as a hip or knee, the prosthesis will

meant to treat normal types of Staph

colored pus, often with crusty drainage.

have to be removed, and if there is recov-

infections are called Methicillin-resistant

The name aureus means gold in Latin.

ery from the infection, a repeat of the orig-

Staphylococcus aureus or simply, MRSA.

The infection can also target infected

inal surgery will take place.

MRSA started showing up in hospitals

surgical wounds, the bloodstream, lungs,

Sometimes the organism grows with-

several decades ago — its prevalence rap-

or the urinary tract. When it occurs in the

out causing symptoms, called coloniza-

idly becoming widespread. In the initial

skin, common symptoms can be swollen,

tion, in the nasal passages. It becomes an

years of this transformation it was rarely

painful, red bumps that may resemble

infection if it enters our bodies through a

seen in most communities outside of hos-

pimples or spider bites, which are warm to

cut or surgical procedure. The problem

pitals. Most infections of this type occur in

the touch, full of pus or other drainage,

with this infection is that it tends to adapt

people who had been in hospitals, nursing

and accompanied by fever. Anytime a

faster than a spider does to your home.

homes, dialysis units, or other healthcare

wound brings a fever with it, go to the doc-

facilities. When it does occur in these facili-

tor. Even the mild infections frequently

ties it is considered a HA-MRSA (hospital

are accompanied by recurring high fevers.


acquired) infection. This kind of infection

But needless to say, not every blemish is

Treatment of MRSA infections can be

can happen due to invasive procedures,


very difficult and prolonged, often lasting

contaminated equipment, surgeries, and 40

In extreme cases, the infection can

months or even years. A very strong

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bb&s intravenous antibiotic called vancomycin has often been used to treat MRSA. This drug is hard to dose, and it can cause severe hearing and kidney problems. But it gets worse… MRSA is now evolving, often developing vancomycin resistance, known as VRSA. Then even stronger, much more expensive toxic medications are required. Many epidemiologists are concerned about the possible emergence of even more resistant strains that may eventually become untreatable with known antibiotics.

PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT A MRSA INFECTION Your best bet to fight this disease is to commonly wash your hands, especially in hospitals, medical settings and gyms. MRSA is spread by contact. In reality you can get MRSA just by high-fiving a complete stranger because they have it on their skin or by touching objects that are contaminated with the bacteria. MRSA is carried by about 2 percent of our population. It is common among people who have weaker immune systems and are in hospitals, nursing homes, etc. But don’t decide to suddenly avoid hospitals. Actual chances of getting this disease are slim compared to others. Anyone can get CA-MRSA but it’s mostly been seen among athletes, camp settings, military recruits, daycare, and in other areas where individuals are in close contact. Use common sense. For example, young athletes should not share towels or clothing with others. And remember, anytime a wound develops pus or brings a fever with it, check with your doctor or emergency room as soon as possible. Dr. Deborah Harding is board certified in internal, sleep disorder and anti-aging medicine. The Harding Medical Institute is located in MetroWest. Learn more at 42

bb&s A Grandmother’s Guide to Surviving the Summer:

Physical and educational activities for families by Bonnie Pierce, CPT, RYT, and Tammy Smith, RN, CPT

It’s 99 degrees with 99 percent humidity. It’s the thick of summer and the boredom sets in for your children (or grandchildren) and the next thing you know you’re counting down the days until school starts.


URING THE SUMMER MONTHS, children are at

back the best of memories. A time devoted

greater risk for unhealthy

specifically to you, doing things together,

weight gain. According to the

and getting to know each other better in

Trips to my grandmother’s house bring

during the process, they may learn a little bit more about you.

U.S. Department of Health

an environment that’s conducive to talk-

and Human Services, children should be

ing and interacting. So let’s assume the

Using your Ingenuity and Imagination — A Short List of Suggestions

involved in “moderate-to-vigorous physi-

mindset of a grandparent as we develop a

Instead of going to the movies, rent one

cal activity” at least an hour every day. It is

list of what you, as a parent, can do with

and watch it at home. And then, depend-

also important to keep their minds active.

your kids this summer.

ing on the child’s level of maturity, take a

Students can experience learning loss

break and make a healthy snack or meal

when they do not engage in educational

Set Some Ground Rules

activities during the summer months. On

Set aside a generous amount of tech-free

lessons learned, morals or themes, charac-

average, students lose the equivalent of

time. Place all of their phones and comput-

ter development, etc.

two months of math and reading skills

ers out of reach and deal out the conse-

Go to a park in the morning or late

during the summer break, according to

quences should someone be found “sneak-

afternoon — when it’s not too hot — there’s

the National Summer Learning Associa-

ing a peek.” Use those “consequences” to

plenty in the City Beautiful. This will help

tion’s Research in Brief.

your advantage by assigning household

contribute to their one hour of physical

chores to those who decide to cross the

activity and will hopefully wear them out


for a few hours of peace following.

But instead of giving in to what appears to be the inevitable, now’s the time to

and use this time to discuss the movie —

squelch the onset of another cabin-fever

So, now you’re the most hated parent

Play cards and strategy board games to

epidemic and start thinking of ways to

on the block and your kids need some-

engage their brains (a perennial family

entertain your children and getting them

thing to do. This is where the “Grandma’s

favorite — SORRY — is a fun game that can

active beyond their television/computer/

List of Things to Do” comes in. All of these

be enjoyed by both children and adults).

phone screens. And who better to give you

ideas cost next-to-nothing and they pro-

Need ideas? Go online and research card

advice than a wise, resourceful grand-

vide you with the golden chance of learn-

games. It’s there that you might discover

mother, and certified personal trainer.

ing more about your kids and perhaps,

Spoons — a silly but entertaining game


that only requires a regular deck of cards and a few ordinary kitchen spoons. Even though most children deny it — they really do enjoy crafts. Many like the idea of using their imagination to create their own designs. And for those in the un-crafty category, check out places like Hobby Lobby or Michaels, and let your children pick their own project — whether it be part of a kit or something made from scratch. Put them to work — gardening and pulling weeds together or vacuuming your floor (this diversion may only work on young children who like working with “big” machinery) will get them active and teach them the value of hard work and responsibility. The key is to make the chores fun and/or provide incentives. For example, clean out your garage and create an obstacle course with the stuff you find. Add even more physical activities to the schedule — go to the beach and ride the waves on a boogie board, paddleboard on the lake, swim in a pool, or go on a bike ride. Take them bowling, skating, to a bounce house, or any other indoor play area. Let them run through your sprinklers. Initiate hula hoop contests, play hopscotch, toss water balloons or learn to juggle… the list is only as short as you or your children’s imaginations. Face this summer head-on with a plan to have fun with your children, while keeping them active and engaged in learning, and their memories of the summer of 2016 will be filled with the type of warm feelings once only reserved for a visit to grandma’s. Bonnie Pierce, CPT, RYT, and Tammy Smith, RN, CPT, RYT, and certified food and wellness coach, operate Lifestyle Management Group in Maitland. To contact: call 407-252-6541, email or july | august 2016



Nothing screams summer like berries and ice cream, and this dreamy confection from TR Fire Grill in Winter Park is sweetly satisfying. The buttery seared lemon pound cake with grated lemon zest sandwiches two scoops of vanilla ice cream and blueberry compote. If chocolate is more your thing, then order the Chocolate Mayhem with chocolate chunk and brownie ice creams, and chocolate soufflĂŠ surrounded by Snickers pieces and more.



SUMMERSIPPERS The intense heat of July and August calls for really cool cocktails. Luckily the same resorts that provide chill staycations have recipes for some smashing concoctions that you can enjoy there or on your own patio or pool deck. A quick trip to the liquor store or grocery store should yield all the ingredients. Cheers to the season of relaxing!

BULL & BEAR AT THE WALDORF ASTORIA ORLANDO Blue Sky 1 1/2 ounces of Magellan gin 1/2 ounce of St. George dry rye gin 1/4 ounce of Cocchi Americano (an aperitif) 1/4 ounce of simple syrup SUMMER SPECIAL: Weekends through September 4, the kids can discover great adventures, such as water walkers, drone maze races and weird science ice cream socials. There are also special family dining experiences, spa happy hours, cocktail creations, Bar du Chocolat and complimentary luxury transportation to the Walt Disney World theme parks. For reservations or more information call 407-597-5500 or visit

LAKEHOUSE AT HYATT REGENCY GRAND CYPRESS Blood Orange Mojito Muddle mint in tall glass Add ice 2 ounces of Bacardi rum 3/4 ounce of Torani Blood Orange Syrup Finish with soda Tumble for balance Garnish with blood orange and mint SUMMER SPECIAL: Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is offering Sunshine On Sale through August 31. Stay a minimum of four consecutive nights and receive the fifth night free, plus a $50 resort credit per stay to use toward resort food and beverage purchases. Rates start at $179 for deluxe accommodations, based on availability, plus tax and resort fee. Use offer code: ESCAPE at for reservations. 48

t&e FOUR SEASONS RESORT ORLANDO AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT Cucumber Fields 1 1/2 ounces Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka 1/2 ounce Genepy des Alpes herbal liqueur 1/2 ounce Velvet Falernum rum-based liqueur 1 ounce fresh lime juice 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice 1 ounce simple syrup 2 muddled cucumber wheels Combine all ingredients; stir together. Garnish with rosemary and cucumber wheel. SUMMER SPECIAL: Four Seasons Resort Orlando is offering a reduced room rate of $299 a night for Florida residents, August 14 – October 2. The guestroom with a spacious furnished balcony and a marble bath complete with in-mirror television and Bose surround sound can sleep three adults, or two adults and two children. Resident rates are also available for Park View rooms ($499 per night) and the Golden Oak View Suite ($899 per night). There is complimentary transportation to Walt Disney World theme parks. The Florida resident offer is available exclusively by phone at 800-267-3046.

WHISPER CREEK FARM: THE KITCHEN AT THE JW MARRIOTT, GRANDE LAKES Bourbon Smash 1 ounce fresh lime juice 1 ounce honey syrup 1 ounce peach shrub Mint, basil 1 1/2 ounces Clyde Mays bourbon SUMMER SPECIAL: The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes has a Summer Spa Happy Hour with 25 percent savings on a relaxation massage and/or organic facial; 20 percent savings on an organic manicure or pedicure, Florida natural tan, or any hair color service; and $20 savings on purchases over $100 in Tranquility Boutique the day of your service. For treatments there is also a $25 single enhancement; two or more, $20 each. Happy Hour pricing is valid Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, noon to 5pm, June 1 – September 21. For reservations or more information, call 407-393-4200.


ROSEN SHINGLE CREEK'S SMOOOTH JAVA CAFÉ Summer Refresh Fresh watermelon juice Fresh pineapple juice Blend with or without ice and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a watermelon slice. SUMMER SPECIAL: Rosen Shingle Creek Resort is offering The Kids Free Package at SeaWorld and Aquatica with free admission, and unlimited visits during your stay, for up to two children (ages 3-9) with reserved show seating and discounts on purchases. If you book five hotel nights, the fifth is free. Additional offers include the ultimate American Girl sleepover package filled with gifts and a trip to the store as well as treats. For details visit specials/.

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It might have been the shortest, most luxurious staycation I have experienced. After touring, visiting and attending a variety of events at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, I recently realized I had never been an overnight guest or indulged in a spa experience. So I packed up my sweetie and off we went to the Golden Oak neighborhood at Walt Disney World Resort to enjoy 24 hours of bliss. Here are the things I have to share.




You would expect exceptional service, but

Well-appointed with convenient amenities,

the personalized service is on a whole

our spacious room was inviting and relax-

other level. Before even loading the car I

ing. Instead of a traditional closet or armoire,

received an email with an online check-in

the bellman placed and hung our belong-

option that would alert me via email or text

ings in an open area between the bedroom

when my room was ready. Upon arriving

and bath that had a built-in set of drawers.

we were greeted by name several times

It was perfect because for a one- or two-

before being escorted to the front desk and

night stay, I like to live out of my suitcase

then to our room. We had planned to carry

so I don’t accidently leave something

our own bags up but they were whisked

behind. The bath is large with double

away before we knew it. Everyone on the

sinks, soaking tub, spacious shower and

Four Seasons team was stellar, but having

water closet. In the main area the desk

our own special anniversary dessert at din-

has two chairs so two people can check

ner was the icing on the cake.

emails or dine. The sofa with pull-out bed


THE GREAT OUTDOORS The lack of a surfside beach does not mean a lack of water. From the sophisticated cabanas at the lakeside adult pool to the gently flowing lazy river at the kidfriendly pool, there are plenty of splash spots to cool off. With more than 26 acres to explore, you can find something for every age and interest. We were excited to play a round at the Tranquilo Golf Club, which did not disappoint. The course, formerly Osprey Ridge, was reimagined by renowned course architect Tom Fazio. As a certified Audubon sanctuary, it is Florida nature at its finest, offering a truly tranquil experience. The stunning 18th hole made us want to return. Again, we were greeted numerous times during the day and ended our staycation with a lovely late lunch in the clubhouse at Plancha.

means a family of four could comfortably

morsel of meat kept us going. Everything

sleep. Our furnished balcony overlooked

we tasted was flavorful and perfectly pre-

the pool and golf course.

pared. But that was no surprise as I saw

THE FOOD & DRINK Having dined on property before I knew what was in store for us. Before our dinner

Chef Fabrizio Schenardi no fewer than four times during our 24-hour stay at each of the on-site restaurants.

reservations at Capa, the rooftop Spanish-


inspired tapas and steak restaurant, we

I consider myself a spa junkie who never

stopped in at the lobby bar. The attentive

turns down an opportunity to be pampered.

and friendly bartenders poured our wine

My tense, achy back and shoulder muscles

selections and served some complimentary

calm down as soon as I step into a soothing

spiced almonds and crunchy snap peas.

sanctuary. This one is stunningly beauti-

We arrived a bit early at Capa and decided

ful and I found myself making mental

to sit at the bar for a few minutes before

notes about the home design applications

being shown to our table. It was by the

— from the wet areas and lounges to the

large windows, affording us a wonderful

solarium. My therapist Ashley was an

sunset view.

absolute expert and I appreciated her

Swiftly we were apprised of the menu

thoughtful approach and serious knot-

items and when we debated which steak to

kneading technique. Après massage I

order our server said he might have some-

chilled in the solarium with a glass of

thing not on the menu and would check.

champagne on the zero-gravity bed before

Sure enough, there was a Tomahawk (a

trying out the rain shower. Finally emerg-

large bone-in ribeye steak) we could order.

ing from the retreat I was delighted to see

A selection of tapas-style appetizers nearly

Spa Director Derek Hofmann to share my

filled us, but the sight of the large, juicy

happy thoughts.


Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort 10100 Dream Tree Blvd., Lake Buena Vista 407-313-7777 |


Tracy Klingler has collaborated with designer Stephanie Albertson to create a new lifestyle store just off Park Avenue on Morse Boulevard in Winter Park. Formerly Interiors, the new space, named Frank, will carry furniture, but also the “best of the best� from lamps and books to clothing and jewelry. Stephanie will have a permanent pop-up shop inside with her jewelry and home accents.




ULTRA MODERN STATEMENT The American kitchen has gone through a major transformation over the last few years. What was once a place for the stay-at-home mom to prepare the nightly family dinners, has become the central hub and heartbeat of everyday activity. This ultra-modern kitchen reflects today’s homeowners’ desires to cook, entertain guests and eat dinner all in one multi-functional space. The painted glass backsplash, custom-built cabinetry and solid surface countertop are both elegant and highly functional. The Flos lighting highlights the featured artwork by Robert Longo from his famous Men in Cities collection. Pull up a barstool and enjoy your favorite cocktail while the hosts serve up their favorite main course. Ted Maines, Ted Maines Interiors Photography: Uneek Photography


CUSTOMIZED DESIGN This project was a true redesign in the aspect of functional layout and decorative design. It is accessorized from top to bottom with pullouts, spice cabinets, trash and recycling, as well as transom cabinets to the ceiling. Customization was the name of the game with this client and this project. From the hood and custom built-in refrigerator surround, to the desk area with wood-backed mullions and custom walnut top, everything was done for both an aesthetic and functional reason. The built-up marbled quartz island top added the richness and additional surface height the client desired, and the coordinating fireplace with repeating elements helps the entire living and kitchen space to feel like one. Krista Agapito, S&W Kitchens, Winter Park Builder: E2 Homes Photography: Rickie Agapito

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This elegant kitchen design incorporates the combination of a crisp white finish and the warmth of natural walnut. Its spacious layout offers ample amounts of storage and plenty of seating for large gatherings. An adjacent, custom-designed bar with glass cabinets, coconut shell backsplash and unique copper bar-sink offers storage for stemware, wine bottles, glasses and more. Overall this entire space is perfect for entertaining and enjoyment for years to come. Chris Druschel, S&W Kitchens, Longwood


MID-CENTURY & ZEN With high importance of simplicity and functionality in mind, this award-winning mid-century modern project came together beautifully. Our vision was to capture the Zen of nature. Touches of walnut add warmth to concrete floors, and beautifully contrast with pristine white walls and lacquer cabinets. Clean lines and minimalist details are taken to another level. Jose J. Cabrera, C L Studio, Inc., and Sandra Agurto, Cabinetry Creations, Inc.


Photography: Stephen Allen

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h&d CLEAN & SLEEK Precision is an understatement when it comes to this modern space. Every reveal and door needed to align, every detail thought through, as fit and finish were critical to this client’s discerning eye‌ and the function needed to satisfy a French chef! Cabinetry that is built

right into the walls leaves the space feeling unobstructed, yet all accessories are within reach. Functional storage is hidden and out of sight, making the design appear effortless. Krista Agapito, S&W Kitchens, Winter Park Builder: E2 Homes Architect: Michael Wenrich Photography: Rickie Agapito



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Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort


by Kate Slentz

ust a short drive from the Gulf, you can feel the coastal breezes and almost smell the crisp, salty air as you enter the gates of Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort. A two-hour drive west, just 30 minutes north of Tampa, the resort is set on 900 lush acres right outside Tarpon Springs. And one thing really stood out on a recent experience: exceptional service.

It began as we were welcomed to the resort at check-in and provided a map and detailed instructions for getting around — the property boasts four golf courses, four restaurants/ bars, 100,000-square-feet of meeting space, a new 18,000-square-foot spa, fitness center and six different pools, including the large Loch Ness Monster Pool. The rooms, which are more like condominiums, are located in various buildings scattered throughout the well-maintained grounds. Ours overlooked the first hole of the famous Copperhead Course and we enjoyed watching golfers play this challenging par 5 from our balcony. After settling in to our spacious suite, we headed to the Osprey Sports Bar, located in the Osprey Course clubhouse, for a pre-dinner cocktail. Musicians were setting up for an evening of live entertainment and we made note to check it out after dinner. For the most part, the restaurants are located in the clubhouses for each of the golf courses and offer a variety of atmospheres and dining options. For dinner, Packard’s Steakhouse (named for course architect Larry Packard) in the Copperhead Clubhouse was the place to be. Seated at a plush booth looking out at the first tee of the golf course, the chef brought out a sampling of appetizers that included jumbo bacon-wrapped shrimp, gooey fried smoked Gouda cheese and hearty cast-iron crab cakes. Our knowledgeable server helped us decide on our dinner selections in which we both indulged in steak. The standout was the Dry Aged Kansas City Steak, a 14-ounce bone-in short loin. Throughout the evening, the manager stopped by our table as well as visited with the other diners — many who seemed to be locals. The next morning we were off to tackle the Copperhead Course, home of the PGA Tour Valspar Championship, presented by BB&T. Held every March, past winners include Charl Schwartzel (2016) and Jordan Speith (2015). Needless to say, the course was in excellent


condition for our visit in April. And again, we were impressed by the level of service and attention to detail. We chatted with the starter, who offered us cold water bottles and apples, and gave us a rundown of the course before we headed out. The course underwent renovations late last year, reopening in December 2015. The project included re-grassing all fairways and rough, rebuilding each green, and reshaping bunkers to stay true to course architect Larry Packard’s masterful design. We survived the Snake Pit — The Moccasin, The Rattler and The Copperhead — considered among the most difficult finishing holes on the PGA Tour. Overall, the course was challenging, frustrating but great fun to play. In my opinion, no vacation is complete without a trip to the spa. And the Indaba Spa at Innisbrook is not to be missed. From the crackling fireplace in the lobby to the whirlpool spa and serene relaxation area, this is the type of spa where you can spend hours on end — and that’s exactly what I did. My experience began with a skincare organic facial using Éminence Handmade Organic Skin Care of Hungary. What’s great is these products are made using hand-picked and hand-mixed fresh ingredients as explained by the aesthetician. They had a wonderful aroma and didn’t leave my skin feeling dry or irritated — I highly recommend. Next, I was treated to a long and luxurious manicure and pedicure where my fingernails and toenails were meticulously filed, buffed and polished (the salon uses celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippman polishes), and my hands and feet were massaged and moisturized. I succumbed to complete relaxation sometime during my pedicure and never looked back. For more on the resort’s offerings, visit

Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort 36750 US Hwy. 19 N., Palm Harbor, FL 34683


Be sure to take a trip down to the historical downtown area and Sponge Docks. The sponge industry helped build a Greek community that is now famous for fine sponges, and some of the finest Greek restaurants, markets and bakeries.


Innisbrook Resort actually offers a complimentary shuttle to Honeymoon Island Beach. The park boasts several nature trails and bird observation areas. Visitors can swim, fish and snorkel in the warm waters of the Gulf.


Tampa Bay Downs is a premier multi-entertainment destination that includes world-class thoroughbred racing, The Silks Poker Room and state-of-the-art Downs Golf Practice Facility. Other attractions include Busch Gardens, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Florida Aquarium. Or cheer on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays or Tampa Bay Lightning at a sporting event.


Visit St. Petersburg’s collection of world-famous museums and galleries, including the Salvador Dali Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, The Chihuly Collection, St. Petersburg Museum of History, and more. In addition, St. Petersburg is home to the Florida Orchestra.


Caressed by tranquil Gulf breezes, its beaches offer miles of sugar-white sand, crystal clear waters and are consistently ranked among America’s most beautiful.

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Hammock Beach Resort


by Christi Ashby

or years my husband and I have made a habit of detouring off the interstate and trekking up the coast just north of Ormond Beach in Flagler County. This stretch of A1A up to St. Augustine is reminiscent of the Old Florida we remember — bungalows and beach shacks, mom-and-pop bars and diners, and miles of unobstructed views.

If you are searching for a quiet seaside escape with gracious accommodations, Hammock Beach Resort is the spot. Sparsely developed on either side of the AAA Four Diamond property, Mother Nature is definitely the starring sight. The cinnamon-colored sand is teeming with shells — crushed and whole — that will have you staring at the formations on a leisurely stroll, and maybe picking up a few. It had been years since we had stayed at the resort and on the last visit we were with friends in a three-bedroom villa. This time it was a large, one-bedroom ocean view suite with a kitchenette and balcony in the 12-story tower. The grounds include several picturesque lawns — we saw two rehearsals and weddings while there — water features, lush landscaping and a multi-level pool complex with adult and children areas. Spending a couple of hours poolside was refreshing and relaxing. But for our exercise we chose to take on the Ocean Course, which has six challenging holes right along the surf. Designed by the legendary champ Jack Nicklaus, it is dauntingly difficult with perils including fairway bunkers, lots of water and perplexing pin placements. But finishing up on the ocean-side holes with a little sea breeze made bogeys much more palatable. A second golf course on property, the Conservatory Course, designed by Tom Watson, winds around in a links-style layout. The resort offers more activities including eight hydro-clay tennis courts, a 200-slip marina with kayaking and fishing available, and of course the beautiful beach where attendants are on staff to help you with lounge chairs (no charge) and umbrellas. Additional amenities include a full-service spa, indoor atrium pool and spa, and fitness center. For food and drink Hammock Beach offers a variety of options suitable for couples and



families. The Ocean Bar & Café sits on the upper pool level and is a perfect place to enjoy a late afternoon cocktail while watching the waves. Other watering holes include Loggerheads Lounge that features evening entertainment, Cigar Bar with a cozy club feel, and the Sand Trap Lounge for after-golf bet settling. We had dinner at two of the restaurants. Delfinos specializes in regional Italian dishes with fresh local seafood and prime cuts of meat as well as an extensive wine list. Our server made our meal extra special as she directed us when we requested something lighter and promptly brought out our wine and food. On our second day we dined at Atlantic Grille, the all-day restaurant, for both breakfast and dinner.

Just because you don’t have a week, or maybe even a full weekend, doesn’t mean you can’t experience a surfside getaway. One of my favorites, The Shores Resort & Spa, is a short drive to Daytona Beach Shores. It’s a boutique-style property among larger hotels and condominium towers. And who wouldn’t love to lounge in comfy chairs by beachside fire pits where you can make your own s’mores, rent a colorful poolside cabana, jump in the ocean in a matter of seconds, sip a tiki-bar cocktail, or indulge in a soothing massage? Azure and the adjacent bar serve up small plates and interesting entrées, and you can check the website for multi-course wine dinners. There are several special offers available online — book a three-night stay and get a fourth night free. Visit or call 866-934-7467 for details.

In the morning we had the choice of the buffet or menu items that included several styles of Eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles and chorizo cheddar grits, along with a spectacular view. In the evenings the Atlantic Grille takes on a different persona with the same sounds of the surf. Menu specialties include lots of seafood and steaks that can be enhanced with au poivre sauce, Cabernet/blue cheese butter, béarnaise sauce, Kona coffee rub, or brown sugar and cayenne rub. Hammock Beach Resort was opened in 2004 and is currently undergoing an extensive renovation by current owner group, Salamander Hotels & Resorts. The elegant lobby will be completely refurbished; 75 one-bedroom suites will receive an interior makeover; and the property’s meeting and function spaces will be entirely refreshed. The Hammock House, the popular halfway stop on the resort’s famed Ocean Course, is also being expanded. Renovation will be completed in stages and finished in its entirety by this Labor Day. However, the resort is open and fully functional and during our visit only the lobby was under active renovation. You’re likely to spend much of your time enjoying the outdoors anyway.

Hammock Beach Resort 200 Ocean Crest Dr., Palm Coast, FL 32137 866-841-0287 |

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A creative collaboration of professionals makes a once-in-a-lifetime day more than just magical. The collective visions come together in picture-perfect moments to be cherished. With precise timing and flawless execution, a talented team can produce a wedding worthy of many sweet dreams. That’s exactly what a group of local ladies love to do. So they decided to plan and photograph their version of a beautiful bridal party to illustrate their individual skills — floral design, bridal hair and makeup, custom painting, photography, custom jewelry design, and bridal gowns, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses.

simply beautiful FLORALS: Molly McMahon, Lisa Bywater and Barbie Dellecker, velvet & twine Floral Studio DRESSES: Alexandra Calvet, Calvet Couture Bridal ART (backdrop): Lisa Anderton, Lisa Anderton Art JEWELRY: Ansley Schrimsher, Marry Mae by Dora Mae HAIR & MAKEUP: Patricia Lejeune, Lejeune Artistry PHOTOGRAPHY: Rebecca Read Butler, Rebecca Read Photography

Bride: Amsale Libby gown; Bridesmaids: Nouvelle by Amsale Suki, Drew, Cait and Sigrid dresses in the color Cloud; Marry Mae jewelry; and traditional structured bouquets 88

Sarah Seven Kennedy gown with Marry Mae jewelry and a cradle bouquet


or this group creating a cohesive look

was key. “They designed florals no one

has ever asked for before. I felt like with the

jewelry I could showcase what inspires me. It was more fashion- or forward-thinking,” Ansley explains. “I started Marry Mae because customers were asking for heirloom pieces. They want pieces that are new and modern but include family items. The first piece I created was for my own wedding using my grandmother’s beads.” The women of velvet & twine all take part in the process. “We consider ourselves a custom floral studio so we really try to create the bride’s vision, and add our twist to it. But we don’t like to conform or fit to a certain style either,” Molly says. “With the actual sections of flowers, Mother Nature sometimes takes over in the end,” Lisa Bywater adds. “There is always something beautiful even in our own neighborhoods.” july | august 2016


“I like to tell a story,” says photographer Rebecca Butler, whose challenge was to capture the overall feeling as well as the tiniest of details. “I feel like that was the easiest part because I knew the ladies would create something beautiful. My job was to capture what they wanted to present. It was kind of like sitting back and watching the masters create,” she explains.

Nouvelle by Amsale Cait dress and Marry Mae jewelry

The group first collaborated on Barbie’s daughter’s wedding. Patricia of Lejeune Artistry says, “I enjoy weddings. I think they are all different. But we always try to bring out the best features and not change who they are. We don’t want the hair and makeup to be drastic and take over. We like to do soft and pretty.” For their signature photo shoot, the group spent about six months meeting and planning. They credit Molly with the overall direction she calls modern ethereal. “Ali [Calvet, Calvet Couture] just let us have the run of the place,” she adds. The custom backdrop was painted by Lisa Anderton who had seen photos of brides in front of them but had never created one herself. “It was something I had always wanted to do and this was the perfect opportunity,” she says. 90

Sarah Seven Sullivan gown and Marry Mae jewelry

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The Wedding of

Kelly Cohen Scott Lloyd and

Their story: “We met the good old-fashioned way — at a bar,” Kelly says. After a chance meeting, Kelly initially thought Scott could become a client. They went on their first date in 2007, which Kelly assumed was a business meeting. After quickly figuring out there was more potential than just working together, they have been inseparable ever since.

The proposal: While on vacation in Lucca, Italy, with friends, Scott planned an incredibly romantic proposal in front of Michaelangelo’s unfinished works in Florence. Unfortunately, Kelly unintentionally ruined his plan so he ended up proposing in front of five of their friends and hundreds of Italians at the Lucca Music Festival while the Eagles were playing Desperado.

Ceremony and reception: “We had three parties in 24 hours,” Kelly explains. “Every “We had a spectacular band that kept everyone dancing all night,” she says.

celebration was simply magical, exceeded our expectations, and made our hearts literally soar. We are still smiling from the entire weekend and often are overwhelmed with sheer gratitude.” The couple had a small wedding on a Friday night at the home of Mayanne Downs. On Saturday, a cocktail reception was hosted at the home of Ted Maines and Jeff Miller, followed by a Motown-themed dessert and dancing party with more than 250 friends at The Abbey.

Personal thoughts: Kelly “We had been together for more than eight years and on our wedding day we were incredibly excited, a little nervous, but mostly grateful to share this experience with friends and family. We worked very hard to ensure the entire weekend was authentic to us and reflected our relationship. We loved watching everyone have so much fun… laughing, dancing, celebrating. We were overjoyed and had the best time of our lives.”

Where they are now: The newlyweds live, work and play in downtown Orlando. Kelly is managing partner of Southern Strategy Group Orlando, a lobbying and government relations firm, while Scott is president of Lloyd Commercial Advisors. “We were inspired by our travels throughout Italy and France and [Mayanne’s] backyard literally glowed,” Kelly shares.

Kelly and Scott photographed with cocktail reception hosts Phil and Kay Rawlins, Mayor Buddy Dyer and Karen Dyer, Anne and Steve Deli, Mayanne Downs, and Ted Maines and Jeff Miller.

Date: February 26 – 27, 2016 Ceremony: the home of Mayanne Downs Cocktail reception: the home of Ted Maines and Jeff Miller Reception: The Abbey Wedding Coordination: Michele Butler Events Photography: Damon Tucci Photography Videography: Pro One Video Floral and décor: Greenery Productions Catering: Arthur’s Catering, Cuisiniers, Foodie Catering Bar: Shaker’s, The Courtesy Entertainment: Motown in Motion, Penguin Entertainment Photo booth: PhotoMingle Hair and makeup: Annette Rose Salon and Marjorie Robinson Transportation: Mears Destination Services Honeymoon: Rosewood Mayakoba Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico 92

An accomplished singer, Boyd’s father performed "Into the Mystic" for the couple’s first dance.

The Wedding of

Elizabeth Neville Boyd Taylor and

Date: April 2, 2016 Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes Proud parents: Connie and Bill Neville; Lisa and Jerry Taylor Wedding coordination: Lisa Stoner, Lisa Stoner Events & Styling On-site coordination: Megan Bucnis, The Ritz-Carlton Photography: Jensen Larson Dress: Sonnet gown by Monique Lhuillier Officiant: Lon Tosi Floral: Lee James, Lee James Floral Design Videographer: Jeffrey Stoner Invitations and stationery: Maureen H. Hall Stationery and Invitations Ceremony musicians: Harp Strings Inc. and Rachel Shepard (violinist) Reception entertainment: Bay Kings Band Custom chalk art: Chalk Shop Drapery: Swag Décor Lighting: FyerFly Productions Linen: Over the Top Rental Linens Furniture: CHIC! Furniture Rentals Photo booth: Photo Booth Rocks


Elizabeth with her mom, Connie.

“I grew up between Winter Park and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, and this has given me a love of tropical flowers, and in particular, the rainforest aesthetic. This was reflected in the décor,” Elizabeth says.

The couple brought in an ice sculpture cocktail luge — shaped like a palm tree, of course.

Their story: Elizabeth and Boyd met at a summer camp when they were 13 years old. The two became great friends and kept in touch online for the years that followed. “In the summer of 2013, Boyd had just moved to San Francisco for work and saw on Facebook that I was out there for a legal internship. We met up for dinner, and the rest is history!,” Elizabeth says.

The proposal: “I love nature, so Boyd took me out to Uvas County Canyon Park, a gorgeous site south of San Francisco, famous for its waterfalls,” Elizabeth shares. “When we reached the final and most beautiful waterfall, he pulled out a ring made with diamonds once owned by his grandmother and great-grandmother and asked me to marry him.”

Ceremony and reception: The ceremony and reception were held at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. The ceremony was actually supposed to be held at the lakeside gazebo, but had to be moved inside due to rain. “However, our incredible florist, Lee James, managed to make our indoor backup feel like a magical secret garden by using lots of greenery, tropical flowers, suspended candles and lanterns,” Elizabeth says. A major priority for Elizabeth and Boyd was to include their family and friends as prominently as possible. “Neither of us have young children in our family, so we included our three fabulous grandmothers as ‘flower gals’ for the ceremony,” Elizabeth says. And to ensure guests had as much fun as possible, the bride and groom hired the very lively Bay Kings Band to play a rowdy mix of pop and Motown.

Personal thoughts: Elizabeth “Our wedding day was the happiest blur-of-aday of my life. I felt constantly delighted and thrilled by everything and treasure the time spent with close friends and family.”

Where they are now: Boyd and I are living in Winter Park, having just returned from our month-long honeymoon in New Zealand and Australia,” Elizabeth says. july | august 2016


“Together Doug and I have five children, so we’re suddenly like the Brady Bunch.” Marni has two daughters, and Doug has a stepson, daughter and son. “Being a home columnist, I have a soft spot for old homes, and particularly for the Capen House. The historic Winter Park home, which was built in 1885, almost got destroyed but for a community who rallied, floated it across a lake and relocated it on museum grounds.”

The Wedding of

Marni Jameson Doug Carey and

Date: February 6, 2016 Venue: Capen House at Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Photography: Danielle Taufer Coordination: Katie Scully, Blue Ribbon Wedding & Event Design Catering: Arthur’s Catering Invitations and stationery: Maureen H. Hall Stationery & Invitations

Their story: Doug lost his wife of 27 years to cancer in April

Ceremony and reception: Marni describes her wedding

2013 and that summer Marni’s 24-year marriage ended. Not ready to give up on love, the two joined “My best friend signed me up on March 10, 2014, and on March 26 I had an email from Doug. Our first date, for a glass of wine on Sunday afternoon, April 6, turned into a four-hour conversation, and we have never run out of things to talk about since.”

day as perfect. It took place at the recently relocated Capen House on the grounds of the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens. Yet her wedding day wasn’t at all what she had pictured or planned. She had mapped out a ceremony on the back lawn overlooking Lake Osceola, a champagne reception on the back patio under market lights with a string quartet playing in the garden, then a sit-down dinner in the house. However, the entire wedding had to be moved inside due to rain. “The umbrella stand was overflowing, and guests hopped puddles as they arrived. But the event went so smoothly most guests never knew it was planned to be any other way,” she says.

The proposal: “Doug knew I found it easier to talk about real estate than to talk about marriage, so as we became more serious, we went house hunting not ring hunting,” Marni admits. She found a happy yellow house in Winter Park that she loved. “Now, Doug also knows I collect Swarovski crystal figurines,” she continues. “So on the day we signed the papers and closed on the new house, he suggested we go back to the house and just appreciate what we’d accomplished. There, he opened the drawer in the kitchen, and pulled out a gift, a pair of Swarovski crystal bears, one on his knee proposing to the other, and he asked me to marry him.” 96

Where they are now: Doug works as an attorney in Baldwin Park. In addition to writing a weekly column, Marni has been doing book appearances for her latest (and third) book, Downsizing the Family Home, and serves as the executive director of the Association of Independent Doctors.

The Wedding of

Christy Donovan Greg Ashcraft and

Their story: Christy met Greg in January 2006 after she moved

At the reception, the food carts represented Seattle and New York (where her daughters live) and New Orleans, one of Greg’s favorite cities for the last 30 years.

three doors down from him in Thornton Park. “My husband had passed away three years earlier and my youngest daughter had recently left for college,” she explains. “I am a nurse and was able to find a good job in Orlando.” Meanwhile, Greg had recently lost his wife after a long illness. “We met while I was out walking my dogs and made plans to meet for coffee over the weekend,” Christy says. “Greg is a CPA and was in tax season, so for the next three months we met just once a week to talk. We understood the grief that each of us had experienced and from that understanding, our love and friendship grew.”

The proposal: “We understood our commitment, but after seven years, Greg decided it was time to propose,” Christy says. Greg bought a ring and nervously hid it from Christy through security and various check points when they traveled to Rome. “We had planned a special dinner on our first night to celebrate our arrival, but I had no idea what he was about to do. After dinner, he reached into his coat pocket and got down on one knee to propose,” she shares.

Ceremony and reception: Christy and Greg were married on January 2, 2016, at the Orlando Museum of Art. Their wedding procession included all the grandchildren. “Our ceremony was in front of the Chihuly glass sculpture with a cello, guitar and flute playing music that was meaningful to us,” she says. “A guitar and sax played jazz for our cocktail hour and our DJ played classic rock at our reception.”

“Our first dance was to Ray Charles’ ‘Come Rain or Come Shine,’ so perfect for us.”

Greg and Christy’s wedding party included Christy’s sister and husband with their two grandchildren, and Christy’s daughters with her grandson; Greg’s sister with her husband and grandson, and Greg’s step granddaughter.

“The wedding was stunning, but over so quickly!,” she continues. “There were many special moments — our pictures before the ceremony, the vows we wrote for each other, the toast from our daughters and brother-in-law, and dancing for hours!”

Where they are now: “After the wedding, we spent a few more days with family, then went on an adventurous honeymoon to Iceland, followed by Barcelona and Amsterdam. Since then, Greg and I are still traveling as often as we can, checking off our bucket list,” Christy says.

Date: January 2, 2016 Venue: Orlando Museum of Art Day-of coordination: Caitlin Lawler, Plan It Photography: Victoria Angela Photography Catering: Arthur’s Catering Cake: Party Flavors Custom Cakes Floral: Lee Forrest Design Live Music: Beautiful Music DJ: Brian Scott, Weddings Only Dress: Neiman Marcus Hair and makeup: About Face Design Team Hair color: Vivian Hair Studio Officiant: Renee Silverman, A Lovely Ceremony Transportation: VIP Transportation Dance Lessons: The Zebra Room 98

The Wedding of

Kristen Bodenweber Steven Will and

“It was very important for our family to be a part of the bridal party, including our nieces and nephews,” Kristen explains.

“The local Junkanoo group, The Zulus, came through the reception and surprised our guests with a wonderful concert,” Kristen says.

Using white and silver lanterns, mercury glass votives, pink bougainvillea, navy table runners, silver chargers, and market lights above the space, the venue was transformed into an elegant evening on the ocean.


Date: April 30, 2016 Proud parents: Captain William K. Bodenweber, USN/Ret, and Mrs. Catherine Bodenweber; The Honorable Judge Joseph Will and Mrs. Lynne Will Venue: Coral Sands Hotel, Harbour Island, Bahamas Wedding coordination: Coral Sands Hotel Owner Silma Sherman and Event Assistant Lois Whelan Photography: The Nielsens Photography & Design Dress: Paloma Blanca gown, The Collection, Winter Park

The couple’s engagement on Harbour Island, captured by a GoPro.

Their story: After becoming friends in college, Kristen and Steven lost touch after graduation. They crossed paths during a night out with friends in Tampa. “We discovered quickly that we both lived in Orlando, and decided that we should meet up since we hadn’t seen each other in almost five years,” Kristen says. “Our schedules were so busy that it took almost three months to finally get together.” A quick drink that night turned into their first date at K Restaurant in College Park.

The proposal: In May 2015, Steven surprised Kristen with a weekend away in Harbour Island, Bahamas, to celebrate recent career success and to relax. “We were both so excited to get away to one of our favorite places, that I didn’t suspect anything,” Kristen admits. Carefully planned with all of the family, Steven used the ruse of getting a perfect time-lapse video of the sunset over the bay to set the stage. At one point, he suggested they hop in front of the GoPro to get a great sunset picture. That’s when Steven dropped to his knee and popped the question.

Ceremony and reception: “Harbour Island holds very special memories for us both, including our engagement,” Kristen says. “We researched a number of venues in Florida, but had difficulty with availability at the ones we liked. We ended up looking at Harbour Island and after talking with Silma Sherman at the Coral Sands Hotel, we knew it was meant to be.” The ceremony was on the pink sand beach overlooking the crystal clear blue water under an altar of pink bougainvillea. The reception was at the resort’s “Beach Bar,” overlooking the sand and surf. “Silma and her staff at Coral Sands took our ideas and delivered a space and experience that was so perfect we could have never dreamed of it ourselves,” Kristen adds.

Personal thoughts: Kristen “As with any wedding, we were both excited and anxious with anticipation. However, all of our nervous butterflies vanished the moment we saw each other at our first look. That was the most amazing day of our lives, and we are so thankful to have been surrounded with the love from our close friends and family.”

Where they are now: “We are currently living in Baldwin Park and working here in Orlando,” Kristen says. july | august 2016



Personal, Custom and Interactive

THEMES & ELEMENTS Michele Butler, president, Michele Butler Events Just as style is constantly changing, so are wedding trends. Over the last 18 years, I’ve seen just about everything trending. fade away. Some of our favorite trends for weddings right now include: themed weddings, customized papers, personalized structures for the head table, more than one wedding cake, home-baked goods, signage (funny takes the cake), and vintage furniture and décor.


Some stand the test of time, others fall flat immediately or


MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Kristin Wilson, founder, Our DJ Rocks Soundtrack by Dad — Incorporate songs from your childhood into the father’s speech to create a sing-along moment. Or, before the father-daughter dance, have the emcee read a small note about the special meaning behind the song choice.

Last Dance Alone — In between the last dance with your guests and the grand exit, take a dance to breathe and embrace. Soak up those last few moments of the night — you won’t regret it. Customized Cocktail

seen a definite shift in the wants and

playlist to match the

needs of the new millennial bride. No

cocktail hour theme.

more halo cut, but definitely more

Think electronic/

songs, ’90s alternative, or anything in between.

custom. I seem to be designing every PILSTER PHOTOGRAPHY

pop-country love

Virginia Rodriguez, Gianni Vincent Jewellers At Gianni Vincent Jewellers, we have

Hour — Customize a

dance music (EDM),


Hot songs and genres: EDM, throwbacks and the *NSYNC/Backstreet Boys Era.

ring that is sold because they are more interested in the “experience” of purchasing their ring, especially since they are provided a photobook of the entire process from computer design, to wax, to casting, and then the finished product. I am also starting to see the return of brides wearing a fiancé’s wedding gift of a beautiful pendant.


WeddingTrends INVITATIONS & STATIONERY Ellen Prague, owner, The Paper Shop Trends in wedding invitations, save-the-dates, etc. have varied in past years from focusing on the bride’s favorite colors to “pocket" VICTORIA ANGELA PHOTOGRAPHY

folders, lace trim, ribboned papers, etc. The newest trend isn't really a trend at all, but a laser-focus on the specific personalities of the bride and groom. We are doing more of the creative, personalized packages. For example, for a bride and groom who are artistically creative and had their wedding at a theatrical venue, we did a very clean, modern invitation, with an envelope lining that matched the wallpaper at their venue. Then we

This example as explained by Victoria: The bride did a first look with her groom in the lace gown, then surprised him with a tulle skirt as she walked down the aisle and we took more photos in that second look, and then for the exit she changed into a small white dress and used the same tulle skirt over it.

PHOTOGRAPHY Victoria Angela, Victoria Angela Photography

followed that up with a program

Besides unplugged ceremonies, photo booths and first looks,

that mimicked a Playbill.

one of the latest trends we see with our clients is more than one

Lately, letterpress papers, printed in a combination of ink and

dress. Why not have a gown for the first look, the ceremony and

foil, have been very sought-after by brides of all ages. The letter-

then the reception? This trend not only allows the client to

press papers evoke a vintage feeling but the addition of foil stamp-

express their individuality and style, but provides a unique

ing adds a very contemporary touch.

variety of images.


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WeddingTrends FLORAL Brian Joyce, creative director, Flourish Productions

Rebecca Fritz, marketing coordinator, Puff ’n Stuff Events & Catering A wedding menu is an extension of the couple, an expression of who they are. Generic dinner options are disappearing as

Wedding trends come and go as do

newlyweds incorporate their backgrounds

the latest colors and fashion, but one

and family recipes into their menus.

element that remains trendy is the



Customization and personalization are

fundamental style of romance and

two things couples also want to give their

enchantment. Today’s bride and groom

guests. Interactive stations allow guests to sample various flavors

are inviting friends and family to be

and pick their favorite garnishes.

interactive and inclusive on their day. As a wedding designer, we are

As temperatures begin to rise, couples seek light and refreshing offerings. Our Rosemary Infused Lemonade is a delightful alterna-

finding Mother Nature playing a big

tive to sip on and cool off,

role, providing elements for the

especially for outdoor

modern couples’ ceremony and

affairs. Let the sweet

reception décor. Elements from Mother Nature must not be

ending be an ode to local

mistaken for vintage and doesn’t necessarily qualify as a “green

flavors like our Valencia

wedding,” instead it is a natural design that reflects all the

Blood Orange Layer

romance and magic of an enchanted garden; a setting where

Cake, reminiscent of an

the bride can celebrate and dance the night away with her

Orange Creamsicle.

Prince Charming.



WeddingTrends BRIDAL GOWNS

Alexandra Calvet, Calvet Couture Bridal Calvet Couture Bridal is seeing exciting wedding trends from our favorite designers’ Spring and upcoming Fall 2016 collections — giving our brides many options that are wearable and will highlight their individual style. Designers are incorporating dresses with long sleeves in traditional lace, or sleeves with unique beading for a more contemporary look. Gowns with sheer bodices, with lace and illusion details, strike a balance between sexy and feminine, as do dresses with plunging necklines. The boho-chic look remains a popular option for many brides as it’s more relaxed while still being fashion-forward. We are also seeing more dresses that are structured with clean lines and high-low gowns that add a modern twist on a classic ball gown. Left: Jubilee by Anne Barge; right: Laurel by Anne Barge


BRIDESMAID DRESSES Christa Cathey, owner, Bella Bridesmaid Orlando The latest trend we are seeing in bridesmaid dresses is still the long chiffon in neutral colors of blush, champagne and ivories. The new fabric of sequin gowns has taken off and we see a lot of sales in gold, champagne and black full-length sequin gowns from Amsale and Bari Jay. Also, chiffon and lace combination dresses are a big trend right now from designer Hayley Paige. The trend of one style, one color is coming back with brides wanting uniformity among their bridesmaid dresses. Hayley Paige and Bari Jay dresses

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WeddingTrends CAKES

Anna Hightower, owner, Anna Cakes Metallics are a BIG trend right now. I've been doing a lot of accent tiers, where one tier is airbrushed gold or silver, while the rest are white or ivory. Sequin cakes are also really popular. This is a technique where confetti sprinkles are applied to the cake, and then painted with edible metallic paints. It takes a lot of layers to create this look, but the finished product is so gorgeous! Gold leafing is another hot one this year. I use 24K pure gold sheets, and they are 100 percent edible. I often combine this technique with the watercolor, handpainted motif. The naked or "semi-naked" cake is still going strong, which ties into the ever-popular rustic theme. This is when you have little to no icing on the outside cake layers. The only decor is generally fresh berries or natural flowers. And finally, texture is everything right now. I get a lot of requests for ruffles, rosettes and messy stucco finishes. It is a fun change from always having to make everything so porcelain smooth, and it definitely adds interest to the cake presentation. Brides are thinking outside of the box these days.


Far left: watercolor cake with stucco texture and gold leafing (Rachel Absher Photography); left: Sequin cake (Sara Kauss Photography); below: naked cake (Jessica Connery Photography)


Tackling Homelessness One House at a Time by Lin Wilensky, co-founder, Dave’s House

I would hardly call myself a philanthropist, as might be said by most who have written this column. An active, caring and justice-seeking person might be a more apt description. Better yet, a sister anguished over her brother’s plight with serious mental illness (SMI). Anguish was the initial motivation for giving back.



our community’s finest leaders and

out of heartache as a healing balm

social issue, and Dave’s House was

and catharsis to move from the painful

ready to help! We launched Dave’s

past into a hopeful future. One that

Housing First with partner Pathway

we can control, do something about.

Homes of Florida.

talent was tackling this most difficult

My brother, Dave Jeffreys, an inspir-

Dave’s House is growing exponen-

ing role model to me, was diagnosed

tially. To date, Dave’s House, with its

with Schizophrenia during college.

operating partners, has developed

He struggled with his illness for 25

$3.2 million in housing and neighbor-

years, on and off his medications, in

hood improvement, and has opened,

and out of the hospital, even went

on average, one new home per year.

missing (on the evening before my husband, Ron, and I married) and was

Ron & Lin Wilensky with Dave Jeffreys

But this year alone we project to open three more single family homes and 12

homeless for a while. Finally, we found

ing success is great behavioral healthcare

apartment homes. It has grown from two

housing in Virginia that offered the sup-

partners (Aspire Health Partners in

single family homes serving 12 residents

port he needed to live independently and

Orlando and Pathway Homes in Fairfax,

in 2008 to nine single family homes and 12

lead a productive and meaningful life. For

VA) who immediately shared our vision for

apartment homes serving more than 50

the first time, he learned to manage his ill-

expansion to meet the widespread need.

residents, and we expect to double our

ness and didn’t require hospitalization or

We incorporated as a nonprofit and began

impact in the next year.

crisis care the remaining 15 years of his life!

building capacity. We opened additional

Call it happenstance, luck or coinci-

In Dave’s memory, Ron and I co-founded

houses with funding from private donors,

dence, I call it divinely ordained. As Dave’s

Dave’s House, stable, non-time-limited

Orange County, West Orange Healthcare

House has opened doors for others, amaz-

homes with support services that are life-

District and corporate contributors who

ing doors keep opening for us. We feel a

saving and life transforming so that other

appreciated the impact of our homes.

responsibility to keep walking through those doors to opportunities at one time

brothers and sisters, and sons and daugh-

Two years ago when our board decided

ters, with SMI can avert the risk of home-

to engage the community to scale that

lessness and live their best lives possible,

impact, we learned that chronic homeless-

My favorite lyrics are by Stephen

just like Dave.

ness was the No. 1 human services issue in

Schwartz in the song “For Good” from the

we thought unimaginable.

What started as a personal memorial of

our region. The Central Florida Commis-

musical Wicked — “Because I knew you, I

just two homes, one in Orlando and one in

sion on Homelessness appealed to us to

have been changed for good.”

Virginia, has evolved into helping our

think bigger and do more. Based on national

community-wide movement to end home-

research, there was a region-wide initiative

lessness, especially for people with SMI

to develop “Housing First,” a permanent

— some of our most vulnerable and under-

supportive housing model, a proven best

To learn more about Dave’s House or to help,

served fellow citizens.

practice and cost-effective solution for

go to,,

ending homelessness. A groundswell of

or call Pam Gould at 407-968-3508.

The key to Dave’s House early and ongo112

Thank you, Dave!

Orange Appeal July/August 2016  

Central Florida luxury lifestyle publication

Orange Appeal July/August 2016  

Central Florida luxury lifestyle publication