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A Vision in White | 36 Say “I do” to this season’s stunning bridal gowns. A Dream Come True | 46 The Breakers pulls out all the stops for the wedding of one of their own.

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Country Style | 54 True love blooms from a high-school crush. Steeped in Tradition | 58 A week-long Indian wedding is celebrated at The RitzCarlton, Key Biscayne. Good Chemistry | 64 A destination wedding hits the beach. ON THE COVER: Photographer: Gian Andrea di Stefano Fashion: Monique Lhuillier gown, Chic Parisien, Coral Gables; headpiece, Suzanne Couture Millinery, New York Jewelry: De Beers, Bal Harbour and Naples Model: Sofia Davis/Next Model Management, Miami Hair: Luis Beltran/Ford Artists, Miami Makeup: Leslie Munsell/Ford Artists, Miami Shot on location at the Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables

Fashionably Ever After | 66 The perfect accessories, from casual to glamorous Island Dreaming | 68 Luxurious and private honeymoon retreats

departments Editor’s Letter | 12 Details Floral | 15 Decor | 18 Cakes | 20 Invitations | 22 Gift Registry | 24 Ask the Expert | 26

Beauty | 32 Jewels | 34 Black Book | 75 Your resource guide to the perfect wedding Venues | 93 Weddings | 103

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Weddings Illustrated! As you will see in the pages that follow, this gorgeous new magazine is a treasure trove of inspiration for the sophisticated Florida bride. Everything in our pages, from cakes and decor to honeymoons and real weddings, is carefully curated to showcase the most luxurious and creative resources for distinguished wedding celebrations. On page 46, we toast the nuptials of Ashley Bever and Ian Robinson, a young couple whose reception at The Breakers, Palm Beach, truly was a magical affair. Ashley, who practically grew up at The Breakers (her mother, Joan, is the director of catering there), always knew she would celebrate her wedding at the oceanfront resort. With the help of her mother and the creative team, Ashley hosted a party to end all parties, with an explosion of white flowers complemented by fall colors, glittering gold accents and exquisite bites (including a fun cheese fondue served in baked apples), all set against the Gilded Age architecture of the grande dame of Palm Beach resorts. Indian weddings usually are week-long celebrations, and this was no exception. Anshu Agrawal and Nitin Motwani wed amid elaborate preparations at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne. From the barat, where Nitin, on elephant back, led his family to meet Anshu’s family, to the elegant reception that brought together 450 relatives and friends, it was an affair befitting a maharaja and maharani. See for yourself in “Steeped in Tradition,” on page 58. The festivities continue on page 103, where we feature scenes from eight more weddings, including the opulent marriage of actress TJ Lottie and NBA player Rip Hamilton, and the quiet beachfront nuptials of NHL player Dennis Seidenberg and cheerleading coach Rebecca Trainer. For the fashion-forward bride, “A Vision in White” (page 36) is a must. We have selected the season’s most stylish gowns, from simple satin columns to elaborately beaded and embroidered frocks, and shown them in the Mediterranean Revival terraces and ballrooms of the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. And this is only the beginning. In the pages of Weddings Illustrated you will also find fresh ideas for invitations, cakes, honeymoons, spa getaways, bridal beauty, jewelry, gift registry and so much more. I hope you enjoy the issue, and encourage you to send me your feedback. Here’s to living happily ever after!

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FROSTED FANTASY It took all night for the team from Dazzle Creative Events to transform a ballroom at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale into a winter wonderland. Sheer fabric was draped throughout, and white-branched trees lined the aisle. White orchids tied with silver coil decorated the trees, along with hanging votives. Floating candles and scattered white rose petals completed the scene. Palm Beach (561-333-4567, dazzlevents.com)

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Clockwise from top left: A calla lily and rose bouquet by The Designer’s Co-op, West Palm Beach (561-863-5760, thedesignersco-op.com); French hydrangea, champagne roses, Casablanca lilies and orchids adorn a crystal candelabra, Dalsimer Atlas Florists and Event Decorators, Deerfield Beach (954-418-0608, dalsimer.com); orange roses and greenery combine for a fall-themed bouquet, SnapDragon Events, Tallahassee (850-5245299, snapdragonevents.com); a mix of white and pink hydrangeas, and orange and yellow tulips represent the colors of the sunset, Carried Away Events, Naples (239-784-5098, carriedawayevents.net); hot pink roses, antique green hydrangeas and pink heather complement a pink and chocolate brown themed reception, The Design Studio at The Breakers, Palm Beach (561-653-6390, thebreakers.com)


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SETTING THE SCENE Clockwise from above: A glamorous lounge area for guests to mingle, Dazzle Creative Events, Palm Beach (561-333-4567, dazzlevents.com); dramatic lighting effects on the dance floor, Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater (727-441-2425, sandpearl.com); a chuppah adorned with orchids and roses, set off by a chandelier, J Morgan Flowers, Boca Raton (561-3943591, jmorganflowers.com); suspended, illuminated silk cones adorned with caps of cascading flowers, The Design Studio at The Breakers, Palm Beach (561-653-6390, thebreakers.com). Opposite page: A sweetheart table “floats” inside the pool, Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton (561-447-3000, bocaresort.com)

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SWEET SOMETHINGS These whimsical and elegant confections are almost too pretty to cut. Clockwise from top left: three-tiered “luggage� bridal shower cake with sugar flowers and petals, We Take the Cake, Fort Lauderdale (888-901-2253, wetakethecake.com); 10-tier fondant cake with 2,000 handmade sugar flowers, Bake Me a Cake Pastry Shop & Bakery, Altamonte Springs (407830-9006, bakemeacake.net); buttercream cake with sugar-paste blossoms and fondant ribbon strips designed to match a Carolina Herrera ribbon, Sweet Tiers, Hobe Sound (772546-8822, sweettiers.com); four-tiered marble cake with every other tier channeled and decorated with edible luster dust and callas, A Piece of Cake by Elena, Stuart (772-220-0113, apocbyelena.com); four-tier square fondant cake with handcrafted cascading chocolate flowers, Norman Love Confections, Fort Myers (866-515-2121, normanloveconfections. com); three round tiers covered with vanilla fondant icing and decorated with cymbidium and mokaras orchids, Kakes by Karen, Naples (239-398-3334, kakesbykaren.net); four-tier antique white wedding cake with draping detail and gold accents, Ana Paz Cakes, Coral Gables (305-471-5850, anapazcakes.com). 20

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BE OUR GUEST Invitations offer guests the first glimpse at your wedding. Make a statement with these creative styles (clockwise from top left): Alethia by Ceci New York, featuring a couture lasercut design, Arabesque, Naples (877-387-5533, arabesqueofnaples.com); Headline invitation suite by Elum Designs, printed in two colors on pure cotton rag printmaking paper, Cadeau, Ponte Vedra Beach (904-273-2929, cadeauonline.com); Engadine letterpress invitation with folio by Smock Paper, Pearl Beach Paperie, Orlando (407-496-6878, pearlbeachpaperie. com); Waltz invitation by Oblation Papers & Press, printed on handmade recycled cotton paper, Decoratifs, Melbourne (321-723-1735, decoratifsgifts.com); Al Fresco by Peculiar Pair Press, printed on duplex paper, House & Paper, South Miami (305-661-8545, houseandpaper. com); Cosmopolitan Save the Date by Posh Parties & Paper, available in a variety of mixand-match colors, Palm Beach Gardens (561-302-0702, poshpartiesonline.com). 22

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It seems reality actually can keep up with your dreams. At The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, a wedding specialist will help you create whatever you can imagine to perfectly express who you are. That may include, if you wish, a whimsical day of beauty for you and your bridal party at our Eau Spa by Cornelia where you can enjoy relaxing in one of our exquisite villas while exploring all the latest treatments for body and soul. And for the great day itself, whether you choose a romantic ceremony in our oceanfront Courtyard or a reception in the Grand Ballroom, you can rest assured that you will have the perfect setting for creating memories that will last a lifetime. For a wedding consultation, contact The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach at 561-533-6000 or visit ritzcarlton.com/palmbeach.

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details [ gift registry Off to Dreamland What couple wouldn’t have sweet dreams tucked under Sferra’s 100-percent Egyptian cotton Presidio sheets ($234-$467), shown with the Hampton duvet and shams ($104-$856). Angela Neel Interiors, Winter Park (407740-8070, angelaneel.com)

Dinner Time Asian design meets French tradition in J.Chew Porcelain’s dinnerware. Handcrafted in Limoges, France, the Arabesque ($402, five-piece setting) pattern is inspired by Chinese ornamentation. Available at Neiman Marcus locations statewide. (888888-4757, neimanmarcus.com)

A Toast Celebrate special events with a bit of bubbly poured into Baccarat’s funky Vega Flutissimos ($225 per stem). The full-lead crystal glasses are available in six colors and classic clear. baccarat.com

Perfect Pair Christofle’s silver bear salt and pepper shakers ($220), from their Animaux collection, will add a bit of spice to your life. Pavillon Christofle, Palm Beach (561833-1978, christofle.com) 24

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Have a Bowl Perfect for a Florida couple, the Mediterine Rose Bowl ($625) by William Yeoward Crystal features an array of sea creatures etched in crystal. Available exclusively at Tiffany & Co. locations statewide. tiffany.com


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details [ ask the expert ETIQUETTE 101 Avoid wedding-day drama by asking the right questions. With 24 years of wedding experience, Cheryl Beitler, owner of special event planning company The Zanadu Group in Fort Lauderdale, gives advice on modern etiquette dilemmas. What are common mistakes the bride makes and how can she avoid them? The most common mistake a bride makes is thinking she can do everything herself, whether it’s getting herself dressed, displaying the place cards, or impulsively buying gifts and odds and ends for her guests, often because they’re on sale, without thinking of the big picture. If she’s not able to hire a coordinator for all of her planning, perhaps the venue can provide additional staff to implement all the details that she’s been dreaming about. Who chooses the guest list? There are no definite guidelines for the guest list because every family and every situation is different. What is constant is that you want to share your special celebration with the important people in your life. What we suggest is that each family and the bride and groom make out their individual guest lists—their wish list, so to speak. Then, based on the budget and vision for the evening, see if the lists are realistic. It is the bride and groom’s special day, so if at all possible, we hope all of their friends can be invited. And yes, if the parents are paying, I do think they should have that extra edge. What are ways to make out-of-town guests feel appreciated? One way to make them feel welcome is by providing hospitality gifts for them so they don’t have to raid the hotel’s mini-bar! Include water, snack foods, an itinerary for the weekend, hotel map, local restaurants and places of interest—everything to make them feel at home in a strange city. Also, if your rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception are at different venues, it is important to provide transportation to and from each event in case your guests have not rented a car. After the wedding, and before your guests leave for the airport, a farewell brunch is a wonderful way to say “thank you for sharing in our wedding weekend.” What are ways for the couple to give each guest personal attention during the reception? This is not the most creative way, but it is often overlooked: The couple should personally visit each table and thank their guests for sharing this special day in their lives. Personal place cards can be at each place setting and individual gifts can be placed at each seat. How can the bride and groom stay stress-free? One way to start the day off right is to pamper yourself! Allow for a 26

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morning massage and quiet breakfast, to keep up your strength before all the excitement starts. By this time, all of the elements are in place and people should be designated to implement all of the details—handing out the ceremony programs, displaying the place cards, putting out the menus, providing thank you gifts, etc. Another element that often is overlooked is to be sure you have an MC or experienced bandleader, who can keep the evening moving smoothly from the first dance through the toasts, food service and cake cutting. If the bride and groom feel confident that everything is under control, they can focus on enjoying their special day, surrounded by family and friends, stress-free. What are some wedding trends? Simple, clean and elegant, from the invitations to the decor to the after-party. We see two trends in invitations—one is toward letterpress stationery, and the other is to make the invitation suite personal, reflecting your heritage or hinting at the venue and celebration to come. In decor, more than two or three colors are rarely used, with a minimum variety of flowers. One of our favorite trends is lounge seating, either around or near the dance floor or in the after-hours party. It changes the entire atmosphere and provides a great design element to the evening, creating a more interactive experience for the guests.


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The Natural Choice. The Quarry: Should your preference be a romantic beach wedding or an opulent country club setting, the exceptional facilities at the Quarry, abundant with sparkling lakes and lush tropical landscapes, provide the perfect backdrop for a most memorable day. The Plantation Golf & Country Club: A tranquil tropical setting, with a gracious Colonial style clubhouse embraced by glorious sunsets, overlooking pristine palm lined fairways, and destined to enhance the beauty of your special day.

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Whether you choose The Quarry or The Plantation it’s The Natural Choice!

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THE ROYAL TREATMENT Spa Palazzo is aptly named. Inspired by Spain’s Alhambra Palace, with Moorish accents like arabesques, ornate columns and groin-vaulted ceilings, the spa at the Boca Raton Resort & Club feels like an exotic retreat for royalty. Brides-to-be certainly get the royal treatment. We recommend beginning with the Palazzo Ritual Bath in the spa’s hammam-like bathing area (this page). Enveloped in a candlelit, fragrant environment, beneath a trompe l’oeil ceiling and elaborately carved arches, guests alternate between aromatherapy heat treatments like baths, saunas and steams. After an hour of taking the waters, body and mind are ready to receive the benefits of spa therapies, such as the Sevruga Caviar and Eminence Custom Organic facials, both of which leave skin glowing for the big day. (888-543-1286, bocaresort.com) WEDDINGS ILLUSTRATED | SPRING/SUMMER 2010

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Secrets of the Orient Balancing body, mind and spirit is essential before a big event. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, with its luxurious spa suites overlooking the city skyline, can do wonders for a frazzled bride-to-be. The newest treatments on the Orient-inspired spa menu, Signature Spa Therapies are bespoke experiences that are tailored to an individual’s body type and state of mind. Each 110-minute session begins with a consultation, during which the therapist determines the optimal course of treatment relative to Chinese elements—wood, fire, water, metal and earth. She then uses custom-blended aromatherapy oils and tailored massage techniques, resulting in an enviable state of perfect harmony. (305-913-8332, mandarinoriental.com/miami)

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When the wedding planning anxiety reaches fever pitch, drop everything and head to the Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club for some emergency R & R with the girls. The bridal party package, which brides custom-create, can include manicures and pedicures for all, followed by a healthy lunch. Musts for brides include the TriActive Facial Rejuvenation, a noninvasive mini-lift, and the heavenly scented Fiji Tropical Isle Coconut Sugar Scrub to leave skin honeymoon-ready. Ponte Vedra Beach (904273-7700, pvspa.com)

The Golden Door Spa at Naples Grande Beach Resort—the only Golden Door in Florida—is the perfect place for couples to unwind before, or after, their wedding day. The Pure Romance package, a three-hour escape in a private Spa Villa, begins with a couples’ massage, followed by scalp massages to clear the mind. Then a mineral-salts bath for two is drawn, and the therapist steps away to let the couple enjoy some together time on the private sundeck, patio and whirlpool. (239-594-6321, golden door.com/naples)

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A bride’s glow comes from within—but the right makeup doesn’t hurt, either. In a conversation with Yannick Lemaire, Chanel’s French International Makeup Artist, Weddings Illustrated gets top advice for looking perfect in the spotlight. Brides always are told to keep their wedding-day look natural and pretty. Do you agree? I agree! With the pureness of a wedding dress, simplicity and luminosity are key for this magical, exceptional day. A bride’s makeup should be a tribute to her natural beauty. What colors should brides stay away from? Your wedding day isn’t the time to wear provocative or flashy colors. Pastel shades and a bit of dark makeup to make the eyes stand out are more than enough. An important tip: You should consider using long-lasting and waterproof formulas in case of emotional moments. With regards to bronzers and self-tanners, what are your cardinal rules? I love to add touches of sunkissed color if the wedding is taking place in the spring or summer. I tend to stay away from bronzers during the winter because they can appear gray in the dimmer lighting. In winter, you can use a bit of pink blush to warm the skin. What product do you love for covering up little flaws? Chanel Éclat Lumière is my favorite choice. It instantly reduces any shadows or flaws on the skin. The hydrating, supple texture works on all skin types, and illuminating pigments create a flattering optical effect on the skin’s surface. How can a bride keep her look fresh? To prep the skin, use a light scrub, a mask and a hydrating moisturizer. Exfoliating and moisturizing will prep the skin for a flawless makeup application and a long-lasting result. Cult favorite Le Blanc de Chanel (above) creates an incredible halo effect on the face when blended with foundation. Don’t forget the “safety kit:” pressed powder, lipstick/ gloss, blush and Q-tips. Pictures will be taken of you constantly, and a perfect complexion is the key for you to be the star of the day.

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indulge [ jewels BIG-DAY BLING Complete your look on your wedding day with these breathtaking pieces IN THE SWING

For a retro-modern bride, there is the “opera-length” style of Tiffany & Co.’s four-strand diamond and platinum Swing necklace ($175,000). International Plaza, Tampa (813-3518800, tiffany.com)

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LEND AN EAR Draw attention to your perfect complexion by framing your face with a fabulous pair of pendant earrings. The platinum and diamond pair from Cartier’s Inde Mystérieuse collection is just the thing. Price upon request. Mall at Millenia, Orlando (407-248-9886, cartier.com)

DEEP BLUE SEA

Make your “something blue” something special with the South Sea Pearl Y necklace ($21,000) by Verdura, which features pearls and a beautiful sapphire set in gold. Betteridge at Greenleaf & Crosby, Palm Beach (561-655-5850, betteridge.com)

TRADITIONAL BEAUTY

Simple and elegant, the 6.03carat, Asscher-cut diamond and platinum solitaire ring ($375,000) from De Beers will look stunning as you live happily ever after. Bal Harbour and Naples (888-3769230, debeers.com)

FLOWER GIRL

A. Jaron’s Forget Me Not earrings ($3,775) are permanently in bloom, with South Sea pearls set in 18-karat gold. Can be customized with white or yellow gold, and black or white pearls. Naples (239-2932932, ajaron.com) 34

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AMakeVIaSgrand IONentrance IN inWHI T E the season’s most stylish wedding gowns. Photography by Gian Andrea di Stefano Shot by Weddings Illustrated on location at the Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables Jewelry provided by De Beers, Bal Harbour and Naples

Monique Lhuillier “Twilight” strapless embellished Chantilly lace drop-waist bodice gown with embroidered silk organdy ruffle skirt ($16,900), Chic Parisien, Coral Gables, 305-448-5756; headpiece of French veiling with feather trim ($350), Suzanne Couture Millinery, New York, 212-593-3232.

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Oscar de la Renta blue silk taffeta backless gown with ivory guipure overlay ($10,990), and Oscar de la Renta white satin ribbon necklace with embellishments ($990), Ever After, Coconut Grove, 305-4447300; mini Bird Cage veil, Leah C. Couture Millinery, New York, 212-947-3505.


Vera Wang “Alencon” strapless lace ball gown with tulle feathered fan technique and horsehair bow at waist ($9,500), Ever After, Coconut Grove, 305-444-7300; S-shape heckle feathered headpiece ($450), Suzanne Couture Millinery, New York, 212-593-3232.

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“La Vie En Rose” rose motif beaded & embroidered tulle gown over charmeuse slip ($11,000), Elizabeth Fillmore, New York, 212-647-0863 for special order; heels ($865), Sergio Rossi, Bal Harbour, 305864-3643; long sheer gloves ($40), LaCrasia Gloves, New York, 212-803-1600. 40

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Farah Angsana “Dewi� ivory silk satin cap-sleeve gown with hand-embroidered tulle detailing ($3,960), Diane Firsten, Palm Beach, 561-8332353; boite feathered headpiece with flower ($450), Suzanne Couture Millinery, New York, 212-593-3232.


“Lori” gown with slip dress of silver beading on pearl net with tulle overskirt ($5,930), Badgley Mischka, Palm Beach, 561-655-0721; short puffy veil ($450), Suzanne Couture Millinery, New York, 212-593-3232; bouquet, Parrish Designs, Miami, 305-665-0389; Oscar de la Renta white crystal d’orsay shoe ($675), Ever After, Coconut Grove, 305-444-7300.


Douglas Hannant silver satin one-shoulder gown with bustle ($8,800), Ever After, Coconut Grove, 305-444-7300

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Anne Barge strapless pearl tulle gown with asymmetrical draping and beading ($6,150), Solutions Bridal, Winter Park, 407-647-8666; Tia Mazza Bridal flyaway French veiling with swirled ribbon trim ($300), Boca Raton Bridal, Boca Raton, 561-447-6541; crochet short gloves ($40), LaCrasia Gloves, New York, 212-803-1600. 44

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Reem Acra “Magnolia� champagne satin strapless bustier gown with tiered tulle skirt ($5,500), Chic Parisien, Coral Gables, 305-448-5756

Fashion & Style Director: Katherine Lande Design Director: Olga Gustine Model: Sofia Davis/Next Model Management, Miami Hair Artist: Luis Beltran/Ford Artists, Miami Makeup Artist: Leslie Munsell/Ford Artists, Miami Photography Assistant: Alexander Espriella Weddings Illustrated extends a special thanks to the management and staff of the Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, for their generous hospitality and production assistance. WEDDINGS ILLUSTRATED | SPRING/SUMMER 2010

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A DREAM COME TRUE Ashley Bever and Ian Robinson have a magical wedding with the help of the creative team at The Breakers BY MICHELLE M. HAVICH PHOTOGRAPHY BY DONNA NEWMAN

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lanning a wedding really is all in the details. So, one would think that if your mother was a wedding planner, making hundreds of brides’ dreams come true, then planning your big day would be a snap. This is actually not the case, says Joan Bever, director of catering and banquet operations at The Breakers in Palm Beach, whose daughter, Ashley, married Ian Robinson on November 14, 2009. “Never in a million years did I think I wouldn’t be really decisive,” Joan says about helping Ashley. “But when it is your event, you really are unsure. You want it to be perfect.” Ashley and Ian agree that nothing could have been more perfect than their weekend-long wedding celebration. “Words can’t even describe how amazing the whole weekend was,” she says. “I think it exceeded Ian and my expectations by leaps and bounds. It was like a dream. It was more than we could ever ask for.” The couple met at the University of Florida. Ashley caught Ian’s eye, and he walked his dog back and forth in front of her house in an effort to talk to her. He finally caught her at home, and the two sat on the porch talking for two hours.

Ashley had not planned to meet the love of her life in college, but after that initial meeting, she says, “I called my mom and said I met this really nice guy, and he’s so cute. It kind of just took off from there.” Ian proposed three and a half years later on Christmas, because he was too excited to wait until New Year’s Eve. Ashley had always known that she wanted her wedding at The Breakers. Joan has been planning weddings there for 17 years, and the wedding team has known Ashley since she was a little girl. “I just thought there was no other place like it,” Ashley says. “I’ve traveled a lot, but I never

Ashley and Ian were married in St. Edward’s Church in Palm Beach. The flowers that decorated the altar and the place-card table at The Breakers (top right) reflected the fall season with colors of orange, yellow and red. Opposite page: Gold-trimmed dinnerware added sparkle.

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The sweetheart table; bridesmaids (left to right): Amy Moscowitz, Lindsey Webb, Christie DuBois (maid of honor), Caitlin Boushell and bridesman Jeff Fowler.

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thought there was a place that compared; the old architecture, and the feeling that you have from that hotel.” Working together, Ashley and Joan tended to make decisions rather quickly, but, both say, it was not as easy as it would seem. “I thought with my mom being a wedding planner, it would be an open and shut case,” Ashley says. “But when you’ve been in the industry as long as she has, you see so many things that you love, and at different ends of the spectrum, so it’s a matter of how the details that are most important to you [work together].” “The good news was that I had all these experts at my fingertips,” Joan says, referring to Associate Director of Catering Kym Bichon and Catering Manager Jeff Fowler, who also was a bridesman in the wedding party. “They were able to give us exactly what we wanted, even if we didn’t know what that was.” Ashley, who is a merchandise coordinator at Mix in The Breakers, and Ian, who is studying law at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, wanted to inject their personalities into the wedding weekend. Their rehearsal dinner was orange and white, and there was a “Fighting Gator” cake as a tribute to their alma ma-


Ashley’s gown was by Ulla Maija; fall-themed flowers on the Mediterranean Courtyard.

ter. Since Ian’s family has been in Florida since the 1850s, the planners saluted his heritage with a shrimp and grits food station, “which is my favorite,” Ian says. Ian’s family priest married the couple in a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Edward Church in Palm Beach. Ashley wore a gown by Ulla Maija, which she picked out with Mark Ingram’s help at his eponymous bridal atelier in New York. She set it off with pavé diamond and pearl earrings loaned to her by jewelry designer Suzy Boswit (aka SuzyB, who also did Ashley’s engagement ring and the couple’s wedding bands), and an antique bracelet with blue sapphires to honor her great aunt and Ian’s grandmother, who had passed away. After the ceremony, guests were shuttled over to The Breakers, while the bride and groom rode in a vintage DeSoto. The cocktail reception was held in the Mediterranean Courtyard, where a French jazz band played. Bars and food stations were set up around the perimeter, includ-

ing a sushi and dim sum station, scrambled egg caviar “martinis,” lamb, and crab cakes. Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres also were passed. In a tribute to Ian’s Scottish roots, a bagpiper led the couple into the courtyard. The reception was held in the Circle Dining Room, which is Ashley’s favorite room at The Breakers. Kim Votaw and her team in The Design Studio at The Breakers transformed the already beautiful room into a floral wonderland, with petal garlands hanging from all the windows and romantic lighting. The sweetheart table had white orchids and other flowers cascading down the front, while a petal garland hung from the chandelier. Votaw says, “The garland raining down really defined the space. It enclosed [Ashley and Ian] but still made it so they were a part of everything.” Each guest table featured a floral centerpiece of white and cream flowers set off by tea lights and candles. “It was a dream, and it’s all due to Kim WEDDINGS ILLUSTRATED | SPRING/SUMMER 2010

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Clockwise from top left: Joan and Alvin Bever, parents of the bride; family wedding pictures decorated the sweetheart table; Sylvia Weinstock created the towering wedding cake. Opposite page (clockwise from top left): the giant martini sundae; lobster tail appetizer; mini ahi tuna taco hors d’oeuvres with margarita shooters; filet mignon main course.

Votaw and the whole design team. They just blew us away,” Ashley says. “I’ve never seen the Circle Dining Room look that beautiful before. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful events in there, but they really stepped it up a notch for me.” Guests dined on an appetizer of South African lobster tail with zucchini and sweet corn pudding timbale, followed by the entrée of grilled filet mignon with balsamic glazed mushrooms. The cheese course was a flavorful Emmenthaler fondue served in a roasted Red Delicious apple. Dessert was the popular giant martini sundae and the wedding cake, which was a five-tiered creation by Sylvia Weinstock with alternating tiers of chocolate cake with mocha/caramel filling and yellow cake with raspberry/lemon filling. Ashley and Ian danced their first dance to “Come Rain or Come Shine,” sung by Marcia Mitchell, whose band kept the party going throughout the reception. DJ Jean Marc took over the entertainment duties during the after-party in the Gold Room, spinning tunes until the wee hours. A Sunday brunch on the Ocean Terrace brought the weekend wedding to a close. The couple plans on taking an extended honeymoon in Italy in August, after Ian takes the Bar exam. [ 52

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COUNTRY STYLE A high school crush blossoms into true love. BY LOLA THÉLIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHELLE MORALES

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hristina Acree and Chris Alvarez attended the same high school in Clewiston, but knew each other only casually until his senior year and her junior year, when they became locker neighbors. “I developed a major crush on him, but he was tied up with another girl,” says Christina. “We were always casually flirtatious with each other, but nothing developed until after high school.” After they started dating, however, Chris moved to Orlando. They maintained a long-distance relationship for a year and a half before Christina joined him there. Five years later, Chris proposed. “Marriage was a common topic for both of us,” Christina says. “He would always tell me that, when he did propose, it would be when I least expected it. He definitely surprised me.”

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The couple went to dinner with friends to celebrate Chris’ birthday, and as he toasted to life, health and happiness, “He turned to me and said, ‘This is supposed to be about me, but I want it to be all about you. You have made me so happy for the past five years and now I want to make it official for the rest of our lives. Will you marry me?’” With the help of her mom and sister, Christina chose Clewiston Inn as the reception venue and a nearby field as the ceremony location. Christina’s father built the altar that the couple stood under at the ceremony. The bride wore a Kirstie Kelly Disney Fairy Tale dress, the first dress she tried on, with zebra print shoes and a bright green feather hairpiece. The surprise element was the bride’s entrance. She asked a neighbor to drive his antique car through the field toward the ceremony as she hid in the front seat. “Because no one could see me, it just looked like a man driving through the field in an antique car. My grandpa got so upset. Then the driver dropped me off in between two ficus and I walked toward Chris.” Instead of traditional ceremony music, Christina picked her favorite songs to set the atmosphere. Her wedding party walked to “I Love You Always Forever” by Jewel, and Christina walked down the aisle to “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve. On the way back down the aisle, the couple walked to “Love Shack” by B-52s. “[Love Shack] just makes me want to jump up and down,” she says. “I chose it because I knew that once we said our ‘I Do’s,’ excitement was going to rush over me and I wanted everybody at our wedding to feel what I felt.” During the reception, a signature sangria flowed from a fountain and homemade cupcakes were passed around. “My husband doesn’t like cake, so we had the top of the cake made out of chocolate ice cream by Cold Stone Creamery,” she says. For their honeymoon, the couple went to Lake Tahoe, California. 56

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“My favorite moment was the speeches,” Christina says. “The best man did a toast, then proceeded to carry on about Chris and I being the greatest couple, which he probably said five times. Everyone was in tears from laughing so hard during his performance.” [


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Clockwise from above: Anshu walks down the aisle with her brother and father; Anshu’s jewelry and henna tattoos; the reception room at The Ritz-Carlton; ceremony programs; Hindu god Ganesh.

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Steeped in Tradition BY LOLA THELIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY TONY GAJATE

ANSHU AGRAWAL AND NITIN MOTWANI WED IN A TRADITIONAL, WEEK-LONG INDIAN CELEBRATION.

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Anshu Agrawal and Fort Lauderdale native Nitin Motwani met at a two-month training program for Goldman Sachs in New York. There was an immediate spark, but the timing was wrong. “For me, moving to New York and graduating college were big steps and early on when we first met I was not yet ready for a relationship,” says Nitin. “We were both in different places in our lives at that point.” At the end of the summer, Anshu accepted a job with Goldman in Chicago and Nitin stayed at the New York office. Two years passed, and they reconnected at a mutual friend’s party but it seemed that time was still not their friend. Anshu had moved back to New York, but Nitin was

returning to South Florida that summer. Nonetheless, they began dating. “I thought he was arrogant so I didn’t take him very seriously when we started dating. He completely proved me wrong,” says Anshu. “It blossomed into a really beautiful relationship. New York is the best place to fall in love.” Summer ended, and Nitin returned to Fort Lauderdale to take over his family’s real estate and hotel business. It was the beginning of a long-distance relationship. “It was very stressful, especially in the beginning,” says Nitin. “We tried to see each other every two weekends.” After three years of dating and flying, Nitin made a trip to Dallas to ask Anshu’s parWEDDINGS ILLUSTRATED | SPRING/SUMMER 2010

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The traditional Indian wedding started with a parade led by Nitin on an elephant (top left). Anshu’s three-carat, cushion-cut engagement ring (above). Opposite page: At the rehearsal dinner, a room was transformed into a tent where female guests could get henna tattoos on their hands.

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ents for her hand in marriage. A month later, Anshu and Nitin were at The Setai in South Beach receiving a couple’s massage. Anshu fell asleep and awoke to rose petals, Champagne and Nitin on one knee. “I wasn’t surprised because we had talked about it, but I was totally blown away by the ring,” says Anshu. “He was saying all of this beautiful stuff but I was focusing on the ring.” In the midst of wedding preparations, Anshu was completing her final year at Harvard Business School in Boston, so while Anshu was the mastermind behind the week-long wedding activities, she relied on Nitin, his mother and brother to take control of the wedding plans. “I finished my exams on a Friday, flew down on Saturday and the wedding festivities started on Monday and ended on Sunday,” says Anshu. On May 10, 2008, Nitin and Anshu and 450 family and friends (70 of whom had flown in from India) gathered at The RitzCarlton Key Biscayne for a traditional Indian wedding ceremony, which follows the guidelines inscribed in the Vedas, the ancient Hindu scriptures. The ceremony began with the procession of the groom and his family (barat). Sitting atop an elephant, Nitin led his family and friends to the back of the hotel, where Anshu’s family was waiting to welcome them. After the opening prayer, Anshu, accompanied by her father and brother, walked down the aisle toward Nitin, who was standing

behind a holy curtain. Before being allowed to step onto the mandap, a four-pillared stage that represents the four parents, Anshu and Nitin performed two rituals that symbolize who will rule the marriage. “You both take your shoes off, and whoever can step on the other’s foot first wins,” explains Anshu. “Then the curtain drops and you exchange garlands. It’s the same concept. Whoever puts the garland on first is the one who’s supposed to rule the marriage. “The main part of an Indian wedding is the mangal pheras, when the bride and groom walk around the fire seven times. Each circle represents a different vow, like [being] faithful children.” Anshu wore a pink lengha by Ritu Kumar for the ceremony and changed into a sari by


designer Tarun Tahiliani for the reception, both of which she purchased on a trip to India. She also wore a lot of jewelry, both new and old. “The whole point of an Indian wedding is that it’s a very joyous event with a lot of bright colors,” she says. After the ceremony, guests moved into the hotel’s Grand Ballroom, where DJ Yogi Goyal from Houston entertained. Executive Chef George Fistrovich and Chef Rupam Bhagat, who flew in from The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay to help prepare the Indian cuisine, served hors d’oeuvres including mutter wale samose (pastries stuffed with green peas and mint chutney) and dahi vada (deep fried lentil dumplings). Live cooking stations and chaat (savory snacks) were located throughout the room. The dinner menu consisted of a bread presentation and a kuchumber fried crisps salad with a cilantro lime vinaigrette. The main course consisted of chicken tikka and mixed vegetables in cashew nut gravy. Dinner concluded with a dessert trio and wedding cake. “People always tell you it’s overwhelming to see everyone who loves you in one place one night,” says Nitin. “We were fortunate enough to have it spread over seven days so that we could really spend time with all the different people who mean so much to us.” Despite so many events, Nitin easily recalls his favorite moments: the barat ritual with his family and friends, and when Anshu sang “The Way You Look Tonight.” For Anshu, it was the end of the festivities. “I

Clockwise from top left: Dessert trio; sharing the wedding cake; traditional Indian dancer; pink reception roses on guest tables. Opposite page (clockwise from top left): The five-tiered cake was created by then-Ritz Pastry Chef Frederic Monet; amuse bouche; Anshu’s henna-tattooed feet; place cards on an orchid tree.

was on all night, all week,” she says. “I was so exhausted. My favorite moment was the reception, when everything was over and I had a few drinks and started dancing with friends and family.” The couple held off on an immediate honeymoon, as there were two other weddings and Anshu’s graduation to attend. A month later, they jetted off to The St. Regis Bora Bora and the One & Only in Cabo San Lucas for a well-deserved honeymoon. The couple resides in Brickell Key, where he is the principal and managing director of Miami Worldcenter Group and she is the founder and COO of the skin-care line FemmeScience. [ WEDDINGS ILLUSTRATED | SPRING/SUMMER 2010

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Good Chemistry Sparks of love fly at a destination beach wedding. BY LOLA THÉLIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL JOHNSON

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nnette de Kloet and Eric Krause have great chemistry, which is no surprise since they met in organic chemistry class at Florida State University. “A couple of weeks after we started dating, I had a great feeling about our relationship,” says Annette. “One of our first dates was actually on the beach, and we had a wonderful time together. This may have been the first hint that he was ‘the one.’” She really knew Eric was the one when he moved away to Cincinnati, Ohio. “Even though long-distance relationships can be difficult, we made it through,” she says. “We missed each other a great deal, and there was really no question about me moving there to be with him.” After dating for two years, Annette moved to Cincinnati to be with Eric. Six months later, he proposed during a Christmas trip to Tallahassee, Annette’s hometown. “I asked her dad and mom, 64

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so they both knew,” says Eric. “They gave me permission but they thought it was old-fashioned to be asking. I proposed 48 hours later by a lake near her parents’ house.” They knew they wanted a destination wedding in Florida. “I wanted it to be somewhere that the guests could stay for the weekend, and we could have fun with them even when the wedding and reception weren’t going on,” says Annette. After several trips to the Florida Panhandle, the couple discovered WaterColor Inn & Resort in Santa Rosa Beach. “The challenge [of the wedding] was trying to find the right level of formality while trying to match the beach,” says Eric. “I couldn’t be out there in a tuxedo or khakis and a shirt, so we chose a suit so that it looked good with Annette’s dress.” On October 18, 2008, Annette and Eric married in Cerulean Park, the heart of WaterColor, surrounded by family and friends that came from Tallahassee, Chicago, California, Ohio, and even the Netherlands. Annette’s bouquet included tropical and exotic flowers such as birds of paradise and orchids, and the color orange was incorporated to symbolize her Dutch heritage. To perform the service, the couple asked a good friend, who is ordained. “Shortly after we got engaged, we got down on one knee and asked him if he would marry us,” says Eric.


After the ceremony, Eric and Annette strolled through Cerulean Park to arrive to the reception; three-tier cake by Cakes By Tanis, Panama City.

Another reason Eric and Annette chose a beach wedding was the food. During cocktail hour, a raw and sushi bar was set up. For dinner, grouper and steak were served. Their first dance was to Jack Johnson’s “Better Together.” Their favorite moments of the wedding day were seeing each other for the first time during the ceremony, and Annette’s father’s toast, where he worked in some jokes about academia and science. (Eric is a neuroscience research assistant professor and Annette is a neuroscience graduate student, both at the University of Cincinnati.) Because the couple travel for work, they arrived a week early at the resort and stayed a few days after the wedding instead of taking a traditional honeymoon. [

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FASHIONABLY EVER AFTER COMPLETE YOUR LOOK WITH THESE WEDDING-DAY ACCESSORIES.

BEACH CHIC

Frank Gehry “Morph” bangles ($16,000, $150,000, $15,000), Tiffany & Co. boutiques statewide; flats with exotic ornaments ($1,360), Giuseppe Zanotti Design, Bal Harbour (305-868-0133); “Zing” sandal ($895), Jimmy Choo, Bal Harbour (305-864- 3656); Margot McKinney sapphire and diamond starfish earrings with detachable Baroque South Sea pearl drops ($42,500), Neiman Marcus, Palm Beach (561-805-6150); “Folly Beach” clutch ($225), Kate Spade boutiques statewide.

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BLING IT ON

Calfskin sandal, price upon request, Lanvin, Bal Harbour (305-864-4254); Swarovski crystal peep-toe slingback ($1,795), Christian Louboutin, Miami (305-576-6820); platinum brooch with sapphires and diamonds, price upon request, Cartier boutiques statewide; Carlos Falchi exotic metallic skin clutch ($1,095), Saks Fifth Avenue stores statewide.

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Island DREAMING

FROM TINY PRIVATE ATOLLS TO SECLUDED BEACHES, PERFECT HONEYMOON SPOTS BECKON.

PRIVATE PARADISE

The best thing about Parrot Cay, a 1,000-acre private island in the Turks & Caicos, is that there is nothing going on. Sure, there are yoga classes and spa treatments, Hobie cats and kayaks, and excursions that are there for the taking. But it’s all so low-key that the place doesn’t feel like a resort at all. It’s more akin to a vacation home, but with the benefits of top-notch Ayurvedic treatments and creative dining options steps from your backyard. And the neighbors aren’t so bad, either: Bruce Willis, Donna Karan and Keith Richards, among others, have villas here, though sightings are few and far between. Everyone here keeps a low profile, ensconced in delicious privacy, and that’s the beauty of the place. Well, that’s part of its beauty. The island, with its soft-sand beaches and impossibly turquoise water, is so idyllic that Robinson Crusoe would choose to be shipwrecked here. The private vil68

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las, which are rented when the owners are not in residence, are the accommodations of choice. Each is designed with a minimalist aesthetic and built of natural materials like sun-bleached oak and Caicos stone. With three- to five-bedroom plans, these homes away from home are ideal for couples who cherish space and ultimate privacy. If the residences are not available—there is a limited number, after all—the next best thing is a beach house at the main resort. Situated on the water’s edge and decorated in cool white cottons and dark woods, they are what island life should be: simple and elegant. Among the joys of staying in a beach house or private villa is the private butler service, which ensures you will want for nothing. The butler is particularly good at arranging a private dinner under the stars, on your own outdoor dining pavilion. Nothing short of decadent. (649946-7788, parrotcay.como.bz) —Daphne Nikolopoulos


PARROT CAY SITS ON 1,000 BLISSFULLY REMOTE ACRES IN THE TURKS & CAICOS; GUESTS CAN STAY IN PRIVATE RESIDENCES, OR A BEACH HOUSE AT THE MAIN RESORT; COMO SHAMBHALA RETREAT, THE RESORT’S SPA, CAN ARRANGE AN IN-SUITE HOT STONE MASSAGE OR OTHER TREATMENT.


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If you haven’t heard of the Rania Experience, it’s because its owners like it that way. The private island in the Faafu Atoll of the Republic of Maldives is so exclusive that only a select few know about it—and even fewer can experience it. Only one group of up to 12 people can book the island at a time. Needless to say, the place is nearly always booked. Residents have access to every amenity, including private chefs, roundthe-clock butlers, use of the 86-foot yacht Rania for cruising and exploration, fishing onboard a traditional vessel, Asian spa treatments, diving courses ... all whenever and wherever they want them—perhaps the biggest luxury of all. (960-6740555, raniaexperience.com) —D.N. 70

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FOR A LUXURIOUS HONEYMOON TO REMEMBER, WHERE EVERY DESIRE IS MET, THE RANIA EXPERIENCE IN THE MALDIVES IS THE PLACE TO BE.


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“Table for two?” The question has been asked millions of times, but it takes on a special meaning this night in St. Thomas. The host is pointing to a single table on a solitary beach, set with the finest china and encircled by tiki torches whose flames dance against the starless sky. The surf expires with a soft sigh a few feet from the table. There is not a soul in sight, save for a waiter whose evening is dedicated to serving one couple. This is an experience reserved for privileged guests of The Ritz-Carlton, the grande dame among St. Thomas resorts. A couple of years ago, the resort underwent a $40-million renovation, stepping up more than the accommodations. To compete on the same playing field as the top properties of the Caribbean, it elevated all its offerings to make them more exclusive and more memorable. The beachfront dining experience is only the beginning. The spa is a shrine to all-out luxury, but the ultimate experience happens at night, under the stars. The couple’s massage involves a walk to the cliff’s edge, where a private cabana awaits. The therapists throw open the plantation shutters to admit the night breezes and the rhythmic drone of the sea. The setting is so tranquil and the massage so soothing that a relaxed state of being is guaranteed.

During the day, the thing to do is board the Lady Lynsey for an excursion across the bay to the Virgin Islands National Park, a protected marine paradise off the shores of St. John. Snorkelers float above clear waters, catching glimpses of hawksbill turtles, stingrays, remoras, coral formations and all manner of iridescent fish before reboarding the 53-foot catamaran for an alfresco dinner and guava coladas. The good life doesn’t get much better than this. (340-775-3333, ritzcarlton.com/stthomas) —D.N.

ENJOY A ROMANTIC DINNER POUR DEUX ON THE BEACH, OR TAKE AN EXCURSION TO A SECLUDED COVE AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, ST. THOMAS. THE CLIFFSIDE SPA CABANA IS PERFECT FOR A COUPLE’S MASSAGE, AND THE PRESIDENTIAL SUITE IS SPACIOUS AND EXCLUSIVE.


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LOUNGE AWAY IN THE POOL AT THE HALEKULANI, OR TAKE IN THE AMAZING VIEWS AND BEAUTIFUL SUNSETS. COCKTAIL HOUR IS A SOPHISTICATED AFFAIR IN THE LEWERS LOUNGE. THE VERA WANG SUITE FEATURES ALL-OUT LUXURY AND A PERSONAL BUTLER.

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Vera Wang is internationally known for her beautiful wedding gown designs. At the Halekulani in Waikiki, you can spend your entire honeymoon wrapped in Vera Wang elegance. The Vera Wang Suite, one of three Premier Suites at the hotel, was personally designed by Wang and features sophisticated decor hand-selected from her home, gift, bath and accessories collections, as well as rare furnishings from Hawaii, the Pacific and Asia. Spectacular views of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head’s volcanic crater are available throughout the suite. A private ocean-side lanai is the perfect place for a private dinner, or for simply lounging. Personal butler service and 24hour in-room fine dining is available for couples that want to enjoy the amenities of the hotel from the privacy of the suite. Couples can kick off their stay with the in-bed “Diamond Head Breakfast” experience, and then be treated to en-suite spa services by the staff of SpaHalekulani, including a couple’s massage. Wang also worked with Halekulani’s in-house florist to create original arrangements of her favorite tropical flowers throughout the suite, so the lush beauty of Hawaii surrounds guests, both inside and out. The suite also features a TOTO deep-soaking tub, a 50-inch flatscreen plasma TV with DVD and CD entertainment center (with a collection of “Vera’s Favorites” movies), complimentary Wi-Fi and a master control system so guests can control the temperature, lighting and other services with the touch of a button.

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If honeymooners choose to venture beyond their suite, the hotel’s beachfront pool is a popular destination. Halekulani also is home to the AAA Five-Diamond La Mer restaurant, as well as the oceanfront Orchids. Guests in the three Premier Suites also are welcome to partake in the Art in Motion amenity program by taking a high-performance luxury car for a spin. Choose from a custom-designed Bentley Continental GTC, Maserati GranTurismo, Lotus Elise or Lotus Exige, and hit the road. Just come back in time to see the romantic sunset from your private lanai. (808-923-2311, halekulani.com) —Robert Ragaini


PRIVATE VILLAS ARE PERCHED OVER THE AZURE WATERS OF THE LAGOON AT THE ST. REGIS BORA BORA. SUITES OPEN UP TO BALMY BREEZES AND LAGOON VIEWS. THE SWIM-UP APARIMA BAR IS A FUN GATHERING SPOT.

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The rest of the world will melt away when you are sitting on the deck of your own private over-the-water villa at The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort. Completed in 2006, this luxury resort values the privacy of its guests, so it’s a favorite with celebrities trying to get away from it all. Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban headed here for their romantic honeymoon, opting for The Royal Estate, which features three pavilions, a private pool, three bedrooms, two living rooms, spa with treatment room, sauna, tropical gardens and its own personal beach. For mere mortals, the resort has one- and twobedroom villas, which open up to the romantic

views all around. Tropical breezes wrap around you like a light cotton robe while you dine on fresh papayas and mangos for breakfast. For the ultimate pampering experience, head to the Miri Miri Spa, which actually is on its own island. Your butler—all St. Regis guests have one—can make an appointment for an Ayurvedic treatment enhanced by creams made from locally harvested black pearls. Or simply drift away while enjoying a massage in the balmy air. For a more active experience, a speedboat can take you to the mainland, where you can sign up for scuba excursions and swim with giant manta rays, drive up volcanic trails, bike around the island, jet-ski on the lagoon or swim with reef sharks. (689-607898, stregis.com/borabora) —R.R. WEDDINGS ILLUSTRATED | SPRING/SUMMER 2010

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Neiman Marcus 800-727-4858 neimanmarcus.com

Crate & Barrel 800-967-6696 crateandbarrel.com

Pioneer Linens West Palm Beach, FL 561-655-8553 pioneerlinens.com

Dillard’s 800-345-5273 dillards.com

Pottery Barn 888-779-5176 potterybarn.com

DuFrane Jewelers Ltd. Bonita Springs, FL 888-383-7263 dufranejewelers.com

Provenance Naples, FL 239-263-4457 provenancenaples.com

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Whether it’s at your home or ours, we can host everything from intimate dinner parties to the grandest events! (561) 366-0012 • www.sandyjames.net 700 Florida Mango Rd. • West Palm Beach, FL 33406 (561) 478-2300 www.croquetnational.com

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The Regency Collection Boca Raton, FL 561-995-2257 regencycollectiongifts.com Restoration Hardware 877-747-4671 restorationhardware.com Saks Fifth Avenue 877-551-7257 saksfifthavenue.com The Silver Queen Largo, FL 800-262-3134 silverqueen.com Sur La Table 866-328-5412 surlatable.com T is for Table Palm Beach Gardens, FL


561-799-9733 tisfortable.com

561-655-0721 badgleymischkabride.com

407-740-6003 thecollectionbridal.com

Tiffany & Co. 800-843-3269 tiffany.com

Boca Raton Bridal & Consultants Boca Raton, FL 561-447-6541 bocaratonbridal.com

Coral Gables Bridals Coral Gables, FL 305-445-5896 coralgables-bridals.com

Carolina Herrera Bal Harbour, FL 305-867-7590 carolinaherrera.com

Ever After Miami, FL 305-444-7300 everaftermiami.com

Alfred Angelo 877-464-6085 alfredangelo.com

CC’s Boutique St. Petersburg, FL 727-823-1761 ccsboutique.com

Le Couture Bridal Boutique Serving Sarasota, Bradenton and Tampa, FL 941-373-3858 lecouturebridalboutique.com

Bacio Bacio Bridal Salon Wellington, FL 561-792-6111 baciobacio.com

Chic Parisien Coral Gables, FL 305-448-5756 chicparisienbridal.com

Malindy Elene St. Petersburg, FL 727-898-6866 malindyelene.com

Badgley Mischka Palm Beach, FL

The Collection Winter Park, FL

Patricia South’s The Bride’s Choice Fort Lauderdale, FL

Williams-Sonoma 877-812-6235 williams-sonoma.com

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Special Say I Do package online at LongboatKeyClubWeddings.com

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239-591-1616 tietheknotbridal.com

Priscilla of Boston Coral Gables and Orlando, FL 800-547-5388 priscillaofboston.com

Victoria’s Bridal Couture Fort Lauderdale, FL 954-522-1678 victoriasbridalcouture.com

Sara Mique Coconut Creek, FL 954-531-6800 saramique.com

CAKES

Sharon Batten Bridal Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 904-285-4544 sharonbatten.com Tamera’s Forever Bridal Stuart, FL 772-781-7899 tamerasforeverbridal.com Tie the Knot Naples, FL

A Piece of Cake by Elena Stuart, FL 772-220-0113 apocbyelena.com A Sugar Affair Bonita Springs, FL 239-340-5491 asugaraffair.com Ana Paz Cakes Miami, FL 305-471-5850 anapazcakes.com

Anna Cakes Serving Central Florida 407-792-8096 annacakes.com Bake Me A Cake Pastry Shop & Bakery Altamonte Springs, FL 407-830-9006 bakemeacake.net The Cake Shop of San Jose Jacksonville, FL 904-306-0303 jaxcakeshop.com Choux Designer Cakes & Pastries Jacksonville, FL 904-955-3398 chouxbakery.com Cupcakes Nouveau Coral Gables, FL 305-448-0011 cupcakesnouveau.com

Turning Ordinary into

EXTRAORDINARY. Full Service Wedding Planning. Our professional and friendly staff will provide impeccable service, catering to your every wish, allowing you to enjoy your special day! Let Catering by Design create an exciting and memorable day for you! We specialize in custom design menus, fabulous linens and table tops.

Lauren Balden, Owner 813.333.2281 www.catering-bydesign.com

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DD’s Cupcake Shoppe Jupiter, FL 561-744-2226 ddscupcakeshoppe.net

Kakes by Karen LLC Naples, FL 239-398-3334 kakesbykaren.net

Edda’s Cake Designs Coral Gables, FL 305-445-4600 eddascakedesigns.com

Mikkelsen’s Pastry Shop Naples, FL 239-596-5996 mikkelsenspastryshop.com

Edible Creations Cakes Pembroke Pines, FL 954-433-3445 ediblecreationscakes.com

The Pastry Studio Daytona Beach, FL 888-855-6404 thepastrystudio.com

Elegant Temptations Hialeah Gardens, FL 305-556-6111 etcakes.com

Posh Pastry Serving N. Central Florida 352-262-8625 poshpastry.com

Ella’s Cakes Naples, FL 239-643-0778 ellascakes.com

Signature Cakes by Paul Jacksonville, FL 904-739-8900 signaturecakesbypaul.com

Ana Paz Cakes

Stover’s Custom Cakes Serving Jacksonville and N.E. Florida 904-703-0245 stoverscustomcakes.com Sugar Chef Delray Beach, FL

A perfectly f lawless Wedding quite possibly the best wedding gift of all From poolside ceremonies and rehearsal dinners overlooking the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean to bridal brunches and Champagne receptions amid fragrant bougainvillea, your wedding celebration at Four Seasons unfolds in fairytale fashion in fabled Palm Beach. Allow us to create a magical, memorable day that is singularly yours – exquisite and extraordinary, with award-winning cuisine, breathtaking surroundings and service that’s personalized for you and your guests. All this, plus a special return invitation to relive your wedding memories in our sun-splashed setting. Return for your first anniversary and enjoy a two night stay, breakfast each morning and one romantic dinner – all with our compliments.

2800 South Ocean Blvd. ◆ Palm Beach, Florida 33480

T: 561.533.3747 F: 561.586.2690 Package available for wedding receptions hosted June 1, 2010 through September 30, 2010. Reception packages start at $159 per person, plus tax and gratuity; a minimum of 75 people is required. Anniversary stay must be planned in conjunction with wedding date month and is subject to availability at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach.

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black book 954-571-2253 sugarchef.com

305-252-0020 ajoywallace.com

Sweet Tiers Hobe Sound, FL 772-546-8822 sweettiers.com

Aaron’s Catering of the Palm Beaches Wellington, FL 561-792-9292 aarons-catering.com

We Take the Cake Fort Lauderdale, FL 888-901-2253 wetakethecake.com

Angela’s Fine Cuisine Serving Naples and Palm Beach, FL 239-261-5000 naplesevents@aol.com

CATERING 2Taste Catering North Miami, FL 305-899-9117 2tastecatering.com A Joy Wallace Catering Production & Design Team Miami, FL

Ann ’Z Gourmet Catering & Talk of the Town West Palm Beach, FL 561-655-1438 annzcaters.com Arthur’s Creative Events & Catering Altamonte Springs, FL 407-331-1993 arthurscatering.com

Artichoke & Company Naples, FL 239-263-6979 artichokeandcompanyinc.com Café Chardonnay Palm Beach Gardens, FL 561-627-2662 cafechardonnay.com Café L’Europe Catering Sarasota, FL 941-388-4415 cafeleurope.net Carmine’s Gourmet Market, Flower Shoppe and Catering Palm Beach Gardens, FL 561-775-0105 carmines.com Carolina Catering Naples, FL 239-643-2665

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The Club at The Strand is a Private Championship Golf Country Club with an elegant and classic

old world ambiance. Whether your wedding is an intimate gathering or a gala event, we will help you plan an affair to remember. The Botanical Garden is a beautiful setting for any outdoor wedding. Our Award-Winning Chef will provide you with numerous options for a spectacular menu and our Professional Planners and Staff will ensure all the details are handled for a worry free experience. Allow us to help you create treasured memories that last a lifetime...you belong here.


Catering by Design Tampa, FL 813-333-2281 catering-bydesign.com

Christafaro’s West Palm Beach, FL 561-835-0066 christafaroswpb.com

Eggwhites Special Event Catering North Miami, FL 305-892-2066 eggwhitescatering.com

C’Est Si Bon Palm Beach, FL 561-848-7183 csbgourmet.com

Christina’s Catering Palm Beach, FL 561-261-7228 cateringpb.com

Elizabeth D. Kennedy & Company Inc. Vero Beach, FL 772-563-0646 elizabethkennedycatering.com

Chefs on the Loose Tampa, FL 813-835-7300 chefsontheloose.net

Continental Catering Palm Beach Gardens, FL 561-719-4317 continentalcateringinc.com

Gordon’s Gourmet Sarasota, FL 941-993-7272 gordonsgourmet.com

Chelsea’s On Cardinal Vero Beach, FL 772-234-8300 chelseasoncardinal.com

Creative Catering St. Lucie West, FL 772-336-2507 creativecatering.info

Hospitality Concepts Unlimited Orlando, FL 407-468-4523 hcucatering.com

Chez Gourmet Catering Boynton Beach, FL 561-740-9690 chezgourmet.com

Cuisiniers Catered Cuisine and Events Winter Park, FL 407-975-8763 cuisinierscater.com

Imaginations Catering & Events Atlantis, FL 561-967-7500 imaginationscatering.com

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)'.$*%'')($%())"#$The Seagate Hotel & Spa $')'$#)!!*' $The Seagate Beach Club$*'(!)$#$,#$""$)$#('!!(%$*(#!,.( (%)*!'*'-%'#()))#()$+'.)!)$" .$*'(%!.(#$.!# $')!((("#! $"($+'$*'(#)*'!*-*'(#!*#'!%').%"%'#) ))%$*)()##"#)(#)+)($'.$*'*()(#$*'"##) (&*'$$)'(#)!*)-!*(+!.$'.$* When you reserve rooms for 25 guests or more, your bridal room is complimentary. Then return to celebrate your first anniversary and our gift to you is one night in deluxe accommodations.*

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black book Jamie & Jacob Catering Serving Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Naples, FL 239-433-2226 jamieandjacobcatering.com Ken-Rose Catering West Palm Beach, FL 561-882-0135 ken-rose.com Matthews & Gardner Naples, FL 239-434-2611 Mattison’s Catering Co. Sarasota, FL 941-921-3400 mattisons.com Milan Catering and Event Designs Sarasota, FL 941-312-0000 milancatering.com Mise en Place Tampa, FL 813-254-5373 miseonline.com Orange Blossom Catering St. Petersburg, FL 727-822-6129 orangeblossomcatering.com Ovations! Catering West Palm Beach, FL 561-308-1188 ovations-catering.com Palm Beach Catering West Palm Beach, FL 561-833-1411 palmbeachcatering.com The Perfect Pear Catering Co. Jacksonville Beach, FL 904-270-2010 theperfectpearcateringco.com Prestige Catering Naples, FL 239-272-7180 diningwithprestige.com Puff ’n Stuff Catering Orlando, FL 407-629-7833 puffnstuff.com 82

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RSVP Caterers Jacksonville, FL 904-387-4545 rsvpcaterers.com Ruth’s Chris Steak House West Palm Beach, FL 561-514-3544 North Palm Beach, FL 561-863-0660 ruthschris.com Sandy James Fine Food West Palm Beach, FL 561-366-0012 sandyjames.net Service by Jordan Bonita Springs, FL 239-877-2968 servicebyjordanswf.com Shula’s Naples, FL 239-430-4999 donshula.com Silver Sac Catering Boca Raton, FL 561-392-6630 Simply Gourmet Sarasota, FL 941-929-0066 simplygourmetcaterers.com Special Impressions Catering by The Breakers at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts West Palm Beach, FL 561-651-4444 thebreakers.com Gourmet Galaxy West Palm Beach, FL 561-835-0338 gourmetgalaxyfl.com The White Apron Catering Lake Worth, FL 561-585-2989 whiteapron.org White Glove Catering & Ice Sculptures Serving Stuart, Port St. Lucie and Vero Beach, FL 772-220-8806 treasurecoastcatering.net

Wynn’s Catering Naples, FL 239-649-7272 wynnsonline.com

ENTERTAINMENT A Sound Choice Entertainment Naples, FL 239-352-9988 naplesdj.com A Sound Sensation Naples, FL 239-642-9840 asoundsensation.com AA Musicians Miami, FL 305-989-0117 aamusicians.com The Alan Thomas Group Tampa, FL 813-695-6110 alanthomasjazz.com Bill Coleman, Guitarist/Vocalist Palm Beach, FL 561-333-4545 Black Tie Entertainment Naples, FL 239-574-9797 blacktieentdj.com Bob Zottola & The Expandable Jazz Band Naples, FL 239-591-0635 naplesjazzlovers.com Bobby Stoner Productions Serving Florida 954-987-6078 Chase Music & Entertainment Hollywood, FL 305-940-4882 chasemusic.com CTO Artists Serving Florida 800-286-6874 thehighvoltageband.com Entertainment Source Lantana, FL


561-686-7000 itsallentertainment.net

Dazzle Creative Events

Fifth Avenue Music Palm City, FL 877-528-2263 fifthavenueband.com Frank Smith, Instrumental Guitar & More Naples, FL 239-821-1081 justlovemusic.com Hot Brass Monkey Plantation, FL 954-292-7799 hotbrassmonkey.biz Intrigue Ormond Beach, FL 248-879-2373 intrigue-online.com

Private Stock Productions Hollywood, FL 954-922-5448 privatestockproductions.com

Creations Production West Palm Beach, FL 561-833-6787 creationsproduction.com

Marcia Mitchell Music Inc. West Palm Beach, FL 561-963-5056 marciamitchellmusic.com

P’zazz Naples, FL 239-566-3335 pzazz.net

Dalsimer Atlas Florists & Event Decorators Deerfield Beach, FL 954-418-0608 dalsimeratlas.com

Michael Rose Orchestra West Palm Beach, FL 888-357-0900 michaelroseorchestra.com

Ruby Baker Band Serving South Florida 954-973-8680 rubybaker.com

MusArt Productions-Solid Gold Hutchinson Island, FL 772-466-4345 musartproductions.com

Will Bridges Entertainment Fort Lauderdale, FL 954-816-5476 willbridges.com

Music by Jean Marc Serving South Florida 561-315-0333 jeanmarchalimi@mac.com Music Works Talent of West Palm Beach West Palm Beach, FL 561-683-1263 musicworkstalent.com Night Owl Productions Naples, FL 239-263-0979 nightowltalentagency.com The Powerhouse Group Naples, FL 800-811-4496 thepowerhousegroup.com

EVENT DESIGNERS Barton G. Miami, FL 305-576-8888 bartong.com Boca by Design Boca Raton, FL 561-447-5444 bocabydesign.com

Daniel Events Delray Beach, FL 561-393-1432 danielevents.com Dazzle Creative Events Palm Beach, FL 561-333-4567 dazzlevents.com Destination Resources Inc. Naples, FL 239-597-5202 destination-fl.com Douglas Schwartz Event and Wedding Designer Naples, FL 239-592-9400 dougschwartzevents.com

Celebrations Unlimited Naples, FL 239-213-9920

Elan Event Studio Serving Tampa Bay, FL 813-786-7480 elaneventstudio.com

ConceptBait St. Petersburg, FL 727-321-5350 conceptbait.com

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black book Jose Graterol Designs Doral, FL 305-788-0562 josedesigns.com Nüage Designs Inc Miami, FL 866-41NUAGE nuagedesigns.com Petal Productions Miami, FL 305-571-5153 petalproductions.com Rafanelli Events West Palm Beach, FL 561-515-6022 rafanellievents.com Showorks Oldsmar, FL 813-855-9616 showorksevents.com

561-988-9798 xquisiteeventsfl.com

The Special Event Resource and Design Group West Palm Beach, FL 561-686-7757 specialeventresource.com Sutka Productions International Inc. West Palm Beach, FL 561-835-8455 sutka.com The VIBE Agency Miami Beach, FL 305-695-7718 thevibeagency.com

The Zanadu Group Hollywood, FL 954-986-9488 zanadugroup.com

FLORISTS

Wizard Connection Marco Island, FL (also Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, FL) 239-963-8290 wizardconnection.com Xquisite Events Boca Raton, FL

Zambelli Fireworks Boca Raton, FL 800-860-0955 zambellifireworks.com

50 Fifty Creative Services Naples, FL 239-649-3200 50fiftycreative.com Always Flowers and Events Miami, FL 305-572-1122 alwaysflowers.net

Wining, dining & more on your wedding day! WEDDING CATERING & PACKAGES AVAILABLE

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An Exceptional Florist Sarasota, FL 941-957-1339 anexceptionalflorist.com

Driftwood Florist Jupiter, FL 561-747-5773 driftwoodflowers.com

Glenn Certain Studio Jacksonville, FL 904-388-2001 glenncertain.com

Anything But Ordinary West Palm Beach, FL 561-547-9495 anythingbutordinarywpb.com

Extra Touch Flowers West Palm Beach, FL 561-835-8000 extratouchflowers.net

Grande Affaires Miami, FL 305-826-5233 grandeaffaires.com

Blue Pear Floral Design Naples, FL 239-434-8822

Fiori of Palm Beach Palm Beach, FL 561-833-4877 fioripalmbeach.com

Greenery Productions Orlando, FL 407-363-9151 greeneryproductions.com

Garden District Naples, FL 239-434-6700 gardendistrictnaples.com

Harbour Bay Florist Stuart, FL 772-221-1009 harbourbayflorist.com

Gene’s 5th Avenue Florist Naples, FL 239-261-7111 genesflorist.com

Hutchinson’s Floral Artistry Vero Beach, FL 772-231-4803 hutchinsonsfloralartistry.com

Botanica International Design Studio Tampa and Orlando, FL 800-771-0965 botanicaflorist.com Design Studio at The Breakers Palm Beach, FL 561-653-6390 weddingsbythebreakers.com

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Love’s Flower Shop West Palm Beach, FL 561-659-0772 lovesflowers.com

Sweet Charity LLC Naples, FL 239-290-8948 info@sweetcharitynaples.com

Jennie’s Florist Tampa, FL 813-872-8441 jenniesflorist.com

Petal Designs Boca Raton, FL 561-391-5394 petal-designs.com

Tom Mathieu & Co. Palm Beach, FL 561-655-5880 tommathieu.com

Lee Forrest Design Orlando, FL 407-770-0440 leeforrestdesign.com

Pink Tangerine Bonita Springs, FL 239-495-0202

William Bainbridge Steele Designs Vero Beach, FL 772-231-2998 williamsteele.com

Lee James Floral Designs Inc. Orlando, FL 407-897-5300 leejamesfloral.com Liz Stewart Floral Design Jacksonville Beach, FL 904-246-0016 lizflowers.com

Redman Steele Floral Design Studio St. Petersburg, FL 727-343-1020 redmansteeleflorist.com Simply Flowers Palm Beach Gardens, FL 561-630-4478 simplyflowerspbfl.com

INVITATIONS Arabesque Naples, FL 239-403-0043 arabesqueofnaples.com Dragonfly Custom Design Orlando, FL

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Paper Palette Stationers Jupiter, FL 561-747-7779 paperpalette.net Paper Players Dunedin, FL 727-734-4174 paperplayers.com Papyrus 800-789-1649 papyrusonline.com

Quill & Press Stuart, FL 772-286-5999 Rex Craft 800-635-4653 rexcraft.com Roundabout Vero Beach, FL 772-231-3323 roundaboutpaper.com

Pearl Beach Paperie 407-496-6878 pearlbeachpaperie.com

Salutations of Boca Raton Boca Raton, FL 561-477-8668 salutatationsofboca.com

Posh Parties & Paper Jupiter, FL 561-302-0702 poshpartiesonline.com

Signature Collection West Palm Beach, FL 561-655-1182 signaturecollectioninc.com

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PHOTOGRAPHERS A.J. Mills Photography Sarasota, FL 941-429-2941 sarasota-wedding-photographer.com Brynn Bruijn Photographer Naples, FL 239-597-7210 brynnbruijn.com

Captured Emotions Photography Inc. Serving South Florida 954-559-0873 cephotoinc.com

Dawn DiNardo Photography Naples, FL 239-777-8520 dinardophoto.com

Celebrations of Tampa Bay Brandon, FL 813-657-2238 celebrationsoftampabay.com

Focused on Forever Studio Stuart, FL 772-283-6807 focusedonforever.com

Damon Tucci Photography Orlando, FL 407-835-7879 damontucci.com

The Gallery Studios Tampa, FL 800-317-2479 thegallerystudios.com

Davidoff Studios Inc. Palm Beach, FL 561-655-1164 davidoffstudios.com

Girard Photography Naples, FL 239-774-2256 girardphotography.com

DHG Photography Miami, FL 305-487-6001 dhgphotography.com

Holly Allain Photography Fernandina Beach, FL 904-491-0378 hollyallain.com

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Island Photography Amelia Island, FL 877-204-7114 ameliaislandphoto.com

LaBranche Photography Jacksonville, FL 904-398-0160 labranchephotography.com

Michael Price North Palm Beach, FL 561-351-3292 michaelpricephotography.com

J. Mark Strong Photography Naples, FL 239-777-6000 jmarkstrong.com

Lasting Image Miami, FL 305-407-5615 lastingimageweddings.com

Michelle Morales Photography Palm Beach, FL 561-755-3442 michellemoralesphotography.com

Janis Bucher Boca Raton, FL 561-395-9333 photosbyjanis.com

Leah Powell Photography Jacksonville, FL 904-384-7974 leahpowell.com

Misty Miotto Orlando, FL 407-234-1033 mistymiotto.com

Jonathan Scott Photography Serving South Florida 561-750-7006 jspstudio.com

Louis Venne Photography Naples, FL 239-430-8366 vennephotography.com

Moments in Time Photography Sarasota, FL 941-362-4567 sarasotaphotos.com

Kenneth Cain Photography Fernandina Beach, FL 904-277-4386 kennethcain.com

Lucien Capehart Studios Palm Beach, FL 561-833-7507 luciencapehart.com

Moorman Photographics St. Petersburg, FL 727-527-1237 moormanphoto.com

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Palm Beach Wedding Photography Inc. Palm Beach, FL 561-460-8434 palmbeachweddingphotography. com

Tonya Beaver Photography Jacksonville, FL 904-382-6354 tonyabeaverphotography.com

Pam Bell Photography Amelia Island, FL 904-277-9681 pambellphotography.com Patty Daniels Town & Country Studio Fort Lauderdale, FL 954-680-9994 pattydaniels.com

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Tonya Malay Photography Bonita Springs, FL 239-498-1685 tonyamalay.com

South Moon Photography Serving South Florida 561-644-0350 southmoonphotography.com Studio Palm Beach Palm Beach, FL 561-802-4343 studiopalmbeach.com

Connie Duglin Specialty Linen Locations statewide 877-675-4636 connieduglinlinen.com Cort Event Furnishings Locations statewide 888-710-2525 cortevents.com Eventmakers International Stuart, FL 772-286-1841 eventmakers.net


Lulu’s Magical Rentals Port St. Lucie, FL 561-352-7021 lulusmagicalrentals.com

Flaire Weddings and Events Jacksonville, FL 904-613-1228 flaireweddings.com

Niche Event Rentals Naples, FL 239-776-4854 nicheventrental.com

International Event Design Miami, FL 786-338-9090 internationaleventdesign.com

Panache, A Classic Party Rentals Company South and Central Florida, West Palm Beach, FL 800-30PARTY classicpartyrentals.com

It’s Your Party Boca Raton, FL 561-852-0222 itsyourpartyevents.com

Premier Party Rentals Stuart, FL 888-347-2789 premierpartyrentalsinc.com Regency Party Rentals and Productions West Palm Beach, FL 561-966-9337 regencyparty.com Run the Gamut featuring Ice Magic Products Naples, FL 239-593-3950 werunthegamut.com Taylor Rental Naples, FL 239-643-1334 taylorrentalnaples.com

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Amelia Occasions Amelia Island, FL 904-556-6235 ameliaoccasions.com

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Don’t fool yourself, APPEARANCE MATTERS THE PROCEDURE: Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) The most challenging procedure in cosmetic surgery

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By Dr. Harold Bafitis Appearance does matter! They say your eyes are the windows to your soul — but what about your nose?

Nothing is as bad, and negative to your overall appearance and ego, than an “out of proportion” nose. Other people unfortunately are drawn to the defect rather than to the inner beauty of the individual. Compounding this virtual pandora’s box of problems is usually a loss of function, inability to breathe properly; sometimes even breathe well at all.

WHY RHINOPLASTY WORKS Patients universally rave about an overall improvement in their entire facial appearance after a successful rhinoplasty. By reshaping and sculpting the most projecting point of your profile, your nose, balance and harmony as well as a more peaceful appearance is created. Others can perceive this facial balance and believe you are more youthful and relaxed – this has been confirmed by studies on postoperative cosmetic patients. As you can see from the dramatic preoperative and postoperative photos displayed on this page, rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) can absolutely enhance your appearance. Yes, enhance your appearance in a bold and positive way; balancing all other facial features – and improving function as well as structure.

CHALLENGES Rhinoplasty has been noted by many cosmetic plastic surgeons to be “the” most difficult surgery. A patient must trust the artistry and scientific technique of the surgeon to create a sculpture that will look natural and “age” well. Dr. Harold Bafitis, a local plastic surgeon, in Palm Beach has a national reputation when it comes to rhinoplasty. Dr. Bafitis has led teaching conferences at national cosmetic plastic surgery meetings; sharing his technique with integrated rhinoplasty. He has performed live nasal surgery, on close circuit TV, with literally hundreds of cosmetic surgeons and resident plastic surgeons in attendance. Dr. Bafitis has hosted local teaching seminars, on rhinoplasty including techniques that improve previously operated noses that have been surgically “crippled”. Bafitis has also recently been asked to author a chapter in a medical textbook on rhinoplasty techniques.

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WELLINGTON 9116 Forest Hill Blvd. Wellington, Fl 33414 561-422-1117

“I find rhinoplasty one of my most favorite cosmetic procedures that I perform - it improves so much more than just the nose!” Dr. Bafitis has over 20 years of experience. He completed undergraduate, graduate and medical schools all Cum Laude. He is a clinical associate professor of plastic surgery at Nova University Medical School, and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Bafitis has been honored in the past for his service as National Chairman of the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery: he has lectured nationally and internationally, as well as published in lay and peer reviewed medical journals. Bafitis has been honored with the national humanitarian award for his 20+ years of dedication to medical missions, operating on the poor around the world. His most recent trip was to the Children's Surgical Centre in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, January ’09.


venues Old World Glory The historic Biltmore hotel in Coral Gables provides a storybook backdrop for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Built in the mid-1920s, this Miami-area landmark is a masterpiece of Mediterranean architecture, with groinvaulted ceilings, towers, arched colonnades, fountains and formal gardens. The period charm is complemented by exquisite event design and service, which bring back the splendor of Florida’s Gilded Age. For weddings, the hotel offers 70,000 square feet of event space, including charming Mediterranean-style ballrooms, terraces, courtyards and gardens. The Biltmore Event Design staff coordinates every aspect of the celebration, from flowers and decor to cakes and entertainment. (305-445-1926, biltmorehotel.com)

A La Carte Event Pavilion 4050 Dana Shores Drive Tampa, FL 33634 813-831-5390 alacarteeventpavilion.com

Benvenuto 1730 N. Federal Hwy. Boynton Beach, FL 33435 561-364-0600 benvenutorestaurant.com

Boca Raton Resort & Club 501 E. Camino Real Boca Raton, FL 33432 561-447-3000 bocaresort.com

The Addison 2 E. Camino Real Boca Raton, FL 33432 561-395-9335 theaddison.com

Biltmore 1200 Anastasia Ave. Coral Gables, FL 33134 800-727-1926 biltmorehotel.com

The Breakers 1 S. County Road Palm Beach, FL 33480 561-655-6611 thebreakers.com

Amelia Island Plantation 6800 1st Coast Hwy. Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 904-261-6161 aipfl.com

Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center 5150 Town Center Circle Boca Raton, FL 33486 561-392-4600 bocaratonmarriottbrochure.com

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venues 561-366-4461 thebraziliancourt.com

Casa Monica Hotel 95 Cordova St. St. Augustine, FL 32084 904-827-1888 casamonica.com The Chesterfield Palm Beach 363 Cocoanut Row Palm Beach, FL 33480 561-659-5800 chesterfieldpb.com The Club At The Strand 5840 Strand Blvd. Naples, FL 34110 239-593-8026 thestrandcc.com

The Colony 155 Hammon Ave. Palm Beach, FL 33480 561-655-5430 thecolonypalmbeach.com Costa d’Este 3244 Ocean Drive Vero Beach, FL 32963 877-562-9919 costadeste.com Deercreek Country Club 7816 McLaurin Road N. Jacksonville, FL 32256 904-363-1604 deercreekclub.com Delano Hotel 1685 Collins Ave.

Miami Beach, FL 33139 305-672-2000 delano-hotel.com Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings 321-939-4610 disneyweddings.disney.go.com Don CeSar Beach Resort 3400 Gulf Blvd. St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 727-360-1881 doncesar.com Doral Golf Resort & Spa 4400 N.W. 87th Ave. Miami, FL 33178 305-592-2000 doralresort.com

Private Affair For couples who opt to elope in style, The Ritz-Carlton South Beach offers a series of “Runaway Bride and Groom” wedding packages designed to appeal to couples seeking privacy and intimacy without sacrificing luxury. The packages range from the simple, which includes a beachside ceremony with specialty flowers, a petite cake, photography and pool-view accommodations, to the elaborate, which includes a ceremony with all the trimmings, oceanfront dinner, spa services and even a private serenade by a flamenco guitarist. The hotel is a destination in itself. Designed in 1953 by Morris Lapidus, it is one of the art deco gems that define South Beach. The hotel’s art collection is internationally renowned. Miami (800-241-3333, ritzcarlton.com/southbeach) 94

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Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach 4525 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140 305-531-0000 marriott.com Edgewater Beach Hotel 1901 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. Naples, FL 34102 239-403-2000 edgewaternaples.com Edison & Ford Winter Estates 2350 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33901 239-334-7419 efwefla.org The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club 19999 W. Country Club Drive Aventura, FL 33180 305-932-6200 fairmont.com/turnberryisle

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Flagler Museum 1 Whitehall Way Palm Beach, FL 33480 561-655-2833 flaglermuseum.us

The Golf Club Of Amelia Island 4700 Amelia Island Parkway Amelia Island, FL 32034 904-277-8015 golfclubofamelia.com

Heathrow Country Club 1200 Bridgewater Drive Heathrow, FL 32746 407-333-1450 heathrowcc.com

Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140 305-538-2000 fontainebleau.com

Grand Bohemian Hotel 325 S. Orange Ave. Orlando, FL 32801 407-313-9000 grandbohemianhotel.com

Hilton Naples 5111 Tamiami Trail N. Naples, FL 34103 239-430-4900 hilton.com

Four Seasons Hotel Miami 1435 Brickell Ave. Miami, FL 33131 305-358-3535 fourseasons.com/miami

Greyfield Inn 4 N. 2nd St. Fernandina Beach, FL 32035 904-261-6408 greyfieldinn.com

Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina 555 N.E. Ocean Blvd. Stuart, FL 34996 772-225-3700 marriott.com

Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach 2800 S. Ocean Blvd. Palm Beach, FL 33480 561-533-3747 fourseasons.com/palmbeach

The Harriet Himmel Theater at CityPlace 700 S. Rosemary Ave. West Palm Beach, FL 33401 561-835-1408 cityplace.com

Gansevoort South 2377 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305-604-1000 gansevoortsouth.com

Hawks Cay Resort 61 Hawks Cay Blvd. Duck Key, FL 33050 305-743-7000 hawkscay.com

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa 5001 Coconut Road Bonita Springs, FL 34134 239-444-1234 coconutpoint.hyatt.com Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Resort & Spa 2301 S.E. 17th St. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 WEDDINGS ILLUSTRATED | SPRING/SUMMER 2010

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Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club 36750 U.S. Hwy. 19 N. Innisbrook, FL 34684 727-942-2000 innisbrookgolfresort.com The Inn on Fifth 699 5th Ave. S. Naples, FL 34102 239-403-8777 innonfifth.com International Polo Club Palm Beach 3667 120th Ave. S. Wellington, FL 33414 561-204-5687 internationalpoloclub.com

Jupiter, FL 33477 866-943-0950 jupiterbeachresort.com Lago Mar Resort and Club 1700 S. Ocean Lane Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 800-LAGOMAR lagomar.com Longboat Key Club & Resort 301 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, FL 34228 800-237-8821, ext. 1621 longboatkeyclub.com Maison & Jardin 430 S. Wymore Road Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 407-862-4410 maisonjardin.com

Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa 5 N. A1A

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Mandarin Oriental Miami 500 Brickell Key Drive Miami, FL 33131 305-913-8288 mandarinoriental.com/miami Mayfair Hotel & Spa 3000 Florida Ave. Coconut Grove, FL 33133 305-441-0000 mayfairhotelandspa.com MetroWest Golf Club 2100 S. Hiawassee Road Orlando, FL 32835 407-299-1099 metrowestgolf.com The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens 4000 Morikami Park Road Delray Beach, FL 33446


Naples, FL 34103 239-597-3232 naplesgranderesort.com

561-495-0233 morikami.org Naples Bay Resort 1500 5th Ave. S. Naples, FL 34102 239-530-1199 naplesbayresort.com

National Croquet Center 700 Florida Mango Road West Palm Beach, FL 33406 561-478-2300 croquetnational.com

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. Naples, FL 34102 888-231-2197 naplesbeachhotel.com Naples Botanical Garden 4820 Bayshore Drive Naples, FL 34112 239-643-7275 naplesgarden.org

NGALA Private Reserve 2755 Inez Road Naples, FL 34117 239-353-3572 ngala.net Norton Museum of Art 1451 S. Olive Ave. West Palm Beach, FL 33401 561-832-5196 norton.org

Naples Grande Beach Resort 475 Seagate Drive

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The Palmetto Club at FishHawk Ranch 17004 Dorman Road Lithia, FL 33547 813-657-0062 thepalmettoclub.com PGA National Resort & Spa 400 Ave. of the Champions Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418 866-752-9123 weddingsatpganational.com

Renaissance Tampa International Plaza 4200 Jim Walter Blvd. Tampa, FL 33607 813-877-9200 marriott.com

Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts 200 Ponte Vedra Blvd Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 904-285-1111 pvresorts.com

Reunion Resort 7593 Gathering Drive Reunion, FL 34747 407-662-1000 reunionresort.com

Quail West 6289 Burnham Road Naples, FL 34119 239-592-1010 quailwest.com

Phillips Point Club by The Breakers 777 S. Flagler Drive West Palm Beach, FL 33401 561-832-1024 phillipspointclub.com

Ribault Club 11241 Fort George Road Fort George Island, FL 32226 904-251-1050 theribaultclub.com

The Quarry 8950 Weathered Stone Drive Naples, FL 34120 239-304-0172 thequarrynaples.com

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Amelia Island, FL 32034 904-277-1100 The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove 3300 S.W. 27th Ave. Coconut Grove, FL 33133 305-644-4680

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne 455 Grand Bay Drive Key Biscayne, FL 33149 305-365-4500 The Ritz-Carlton, Naples 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road Naples, FL 34108 239-598-3300

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The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-465-2300

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The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples 2600 Tibur贸n Drive Naples, FL 34109 239-593-2000

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes 4012 Central Florida Parkway Orlando, FL 32837 407-206-2400

Tuxedos  Bridesmaids  Mother of the Bride 9160 Forest Hill Boulevard, Wellington 1/4 mile East of SR 441 in Kobosko Crossing 561-792-6111 ~ baciobacio.com WEDDINGS ILLUSTRATED | SPRING/SUMMER 2010

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The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach 100 S. Ocean Blvd. Manalapan, FL 33462 561-533-6000 The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive Sarasota, FL 34236 941-309-2000

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach 1 Lincoln Road Miami Beach, FL 786-276-4000 The Royal Crest Room 5330 Michigan Ave. St. Cloud, FL 34772 407-892-2009 theroyalcrestroom.com

Sandpearl Resort 500 Mandalay Ave. Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 727-441-2425 sandpearl.com

The Setai 2001 Collins Ave. Miami, FL 33139 305-520 6000 setai.com

The Seagate Hotel & Spa 1000 E. Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach, FL 33483 877-577-3242 theseagatehotel.com

Shore Club 1901 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305-695-3100 shoreclub.com

Selva Marina Country Club 1600 Selva Marina Drive Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 904-246-4827 selvamarina.com

TPC Sawgrass 110 Championship Way Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 904-273-3235 tpcsawgrass.com

Serenata Beach Club 3175 S. Ponte Vedra Blvd. South Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 904-823-3368 serenataclub.com

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July 11, 2009 | The Boca Raton Resort and Club, Boca Raton Actress TJ and NBA star Rip hosted their family and friends to an elegant, purple-jeweled wedding and an after-party complete with a white dance floor, breakfast bar and casino. DECOR: Oh So Fabulous LLC (ohsofab.com) FLOWERS: Always Flowers and Events, Miami (alwaysflowers.net) THE BRIDE WORE: Amsale (amsale.com) INVITATIONS: Lehr & Black (lehrandblack.com) CAKE: Elegant Temptations, Hialeah Gardens (etcakes.com) CUSTOM ROOM DRAPING: Jeanne Costello Designs (jeannecostello.com) LIGHTING DESIGN: Everlast Productions, Dania (everlastproductions.com) ENTERTAINMENT: Marcia Mitchell Band (marciamitchellmusic.com), DJ D-Nice and Mary J. Blige CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ray Roman Films (rayromanfilms.com) PHOTOGRAPHY: Stephan F. Maloman/Maloman Photographers, Miami (maloman.com) HOW THEY MET: TJ and Rip met while they were both vacationing in South Beach. After weeks of flowers and phone calls, TJ gave in and agreed to a date. WEDDINGS ILLUSTRATED | SPRING/SUMMER 2010

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AMY ANGELO AND TRIPP DONNELLY

June 13, 2009 | The Breakers, Palm Beach Washington, D.C. couple Amy and Tripp enjoyed a weekend-long wedding celebration, complete with a tennis tournament and tributes by media personalities and politicians. CEREMONY: Ocean Terrace, The Breakers (thebreakers. com) RECEPTION: The Gold Room, The Breakers ENTERTAINMENT: Marcia Mitchell Band (marciamitchellmusic.com) FLORAL AND DECOR: Kim Votaw, The Design Studio at The Breakers CAKE: vanilla with chocolate mousse and strawberries by Executive Pastry Chef Elmar Wolf, The Breakers THE BRIDE WORE: Badgley Mischka (badgleymischka.com) WEDDING SHOES: Jimmy Choo (jimmychoo.com) BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Karen Millen (karenmillen. com) GROOMSMEN: Vineyard Vines (vineyardvines.com) HONEYMOON: Turks and Caicos PHOTOGRAPHY: Julia Hanna 104

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MICHELLE THREATT AND CHRIS RIDDLE

October 10, 2009 | The Venetian Lady, Miami Atlanta couple Michelle and Chris pulled out the stops for their black-andwhite-themed wedding aboard a luxury yacht. INVITATIONS: A Paper Affair (paperaffair.com) FLORAL AND DECOR: Terra Flowers, Miami (terraflowerson line.com) THE BRIDE WORE: Ella Bridals (ellabridals.com) CAKE: A vanilla rum confection by Cake Designs by Edda, Miami (cakedesignsbyedda.com) ACCOMMODATIONS: The Joseph Young Mansion, Hollywood, Florida (young mansion.com) HONEYMOON: Caribbean cruise FAVORITE WEDDING DAY MEMORY: Dancing PHOTOGRAPHY: Alexi Shields, Palm Beach Wedding Photography (palmbeachweddingphotography.com) WEDDINGS ILLUSTRATED | SPRING/SUMMER 2010

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REBECCA TRAINER AND DENNIS SEIDENBERG

June 27, 2009 | One Bal Harbour Resort and Spa, Bal Harbour NHL player Dennis proposed to Rebecca, a professional cheerleading coach, with help from the couple’s daughter. “She reached our her hand to me, and on her little finger was a beautiful ring,” Rebecca recalls. THEME: Vintage chic on the beach THE BRIDE WORE: Amsale (am sale.com) with a vintage headpiece by Maria Elena (mariaelenaheadpieces.com) DECOR AND FLOWERS: Luxe Fête Event Planning and Design Studio (luxefete.com) CAKE: Golden buttercream cake with cream cheese filling, We Take the Cake, Fort Lauderdale (wetakethecake.com) FIRST DANCE: “I Have and Always Will” by Dave Barnes CHERISHED MEMORY: “I will never forget how I felt when we made our entrance into our reception as husband and wife,” Rebecca says. PHOTOGRAPHY: Heather Funk 106

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KRISTIN YERKES AND HOWELL WEBSTER (“WEB”) MELTON III

April 25, 2009 | Royal Poinciana Chapel, Palm Beach Kristin and Web met at the University of Florida, where Web proposed after the Gators won a big game. INVITATIONS: Rytex (rytex.com) FLOWERS: Creations Productions Inc. (561-833-6787) DECOR: Aaron’s Catering of the Palm Beaches (aarons-catering.com) RECEPTION: Flagler Museum, Palm Beach (flaglermuseum.us) CAKE: Alternating layers of chocolate and vanilla from Publix (publix.com) FIRST DANCE: “God Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts HONEYMOON: Big Island and Maui, Hawaii CHERISHED MEMORY: When they announced “Mr. and Mrs. Web Melton” for the first time PHOTOGRAPHY: Alexi Shields, Palm Beach Wedding Photography (palmbeachweddingphotography.com)

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MEGHAN MYERS AND GOW LITZENBURGER

November 7, 2009 | Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church, Naples RECEPTION: The Port Royal Club, Naples (portroyalclub.org) CAKE: White cake with vanilla mousse and cream cheese frosting, Mikkelsen’s Pastry Shop, Naples (mikkelsenspastryshop.com) FLOWERS AND DECOR: Garden District, Naples (gardendistrictnaples.com) THE BRIDE WORE: Priscilla of Boston (priscillaofboston. com) INVITATIONS: William Arthur (williamarthur.com) FIRST DANCE: “Just In Time” HOW THEY MET: Through family members PHOTOGRAPHY: Ricardo DeVengoechea /John J. Unrue Photography (unrueassociates.com) WEDDINGS ILLUSTRATED | SPRING/SUMMER 2010

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SARAH MARIE SWYERS AND JEROME (JERRY) THOMAS KISKE JR.

July 4, 2009 | The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Sarah and Jerry, of St. Louis, had a lovely beachside wedding on Independence Day. CEREMONY: The Ritz-Carlton’s tea garden (ritzcarlton.com) RECEPTION: The Ritz-Carlton’s Beach House CAKE: Chocolate with raspberry filling, strawberries and fondant, by Katie Codney, Pastry Kitchen, The Ritz-Carlton FLOWERS AND DECOR: Scott Crowley, The Ritz-Carlton THE BRIDE WORE: Reem Acra (reemacra.com) HONEYMOON: St. Thomas FIRST DANCE: “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney CHERISHED MEMORY: “We enjoyed walking, hand in hand, through a crowd of our family and friends having fun with sparklers to celebrate us on the Fourth of July!” PHOTOGRAPHY: Tonya Malay Photography (tonyamalay.com) 110

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ASHLEY COWLEY AND LANCE BARTON

June 6, 2009 | Hammock Beach Resort, Palm Coast The couple hosted an elegant beach weekend wedding with friends and family. CAKE: Six flavored cakes by Sweet Weddings, St. Augustine (sweetweddings. com) FLOWERS: Four U Flowers, Palm Coast (fouruflowers.com) THE BRIDE WORE: Amy Michelson, CC’s Boutique, St. Petersburg (ccsboutique.com) FIRST DANCE: “Everything” by Michael Buble and “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson, choreographed by Arthur Murray Studios, South Tampa (arthurmurray.com) HONEYMOON: A chartered boat around the British Virgin Islands and a visit to Peter Island Resort. They then met their wedding party in Costa Rica. CHERISHED MEMORY: “Our dance. Even though I was terrified to perform in front of 230 people, I loved seeing how excited and confident Lance was!” PHOTOGRAPHY: Cory Callahan (corycallahan.com) WEDDINGS ILLUSTRATED | SPRING/SUMMER 2010

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