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Welcome to Issue 3

We are t hr il l ed to be sha ri ng i ssu e 3 of P ri d e & Gro o m w ith yo u, fil l e d w ith lo ads of he l pf ul ti p s, rea l wed d i n gs, a nd i d ea s that w il l ho pe ful ly ins pire and e nc o ura ge you to get hitched !

In t his issue we bri n g you our venu e sp eci a l , w he re w e have hand s e l e c te d so m e of t he top setti ngs a rou nd Fl ori d a for yo u to ho s t yo ur w e dding. We ’v e also gon e a hea d a n d chosen a d esti n at io n hot s pot if yo u’ re l o o k ing to g o all o ut to cel ebrate your n upti a l s. Bri d al gur u, Kat de So uza j o ins us fo r a g re at Q &A on every thi ng hot i n the worl d of br ide s , and w e ’ ve e ve n t hrown in a l ittl e hi story for you too - check o ut the l as t page !

So fo r now, w hy not sit ba ck, rel a x a n d h a ve a brow s e thro ugh o ur m agazine and re m e m ber, be wi l d if you wa nt a n d thi nk o uts ide the box to c re ate yo ur uniq ue and p ersona l wed d i n g but a bove a l l , be yo ur s e lf – afte r al l it is yo ur spe c ial day!

Happy P lanning, Giorgio GIORGIO SEVERI - EDITOR

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C ongratulations To another fabulous collection of wonderful couples who have made the exciting decision to tie the knot here in the Florida. If you would like to see your wedding featured here, please email pics of your special day to woohoo@prideandgroom.co Chris & AJay Livehappystudios.com

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Let the wedding cake be a statement of who you are as a couple and turn it into one of your ‘WOW’ features of the day leaving your friends and family drooling for a slice.

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we d d i ng c ake . Afte r all , wh at cou l d be better

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for a tr io of s m al l e r c ake s o r e ve n c upc ake s ,

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t h e t ie rs c an b e stac ke d for a sol i d l ook or set

sty l e of yo ur w e dding. Lo o k fo r photo graphs in

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Puerto Vallarta

Nestled against the Pacific Ocean with stunning bay and mountain views, Vallarta is home to some of Mexico’s highest rated resort towns. The area exudes traditional Mexican charm, with plenty to do both in town and on the water. Actively promoting itself as a gayfriendly destination, this is a natural choice for same-sex wedding celebrations and honeymoons, and happy couples looking to celebrate their union can find a wide variety of LGBT-owned hotels, large gay-friendly properties and a host of gay friendly wedding planners. The fact that same sex marriage is not legal in that area of Mexico doesn’t stop us as many couples get married in their respective countries first, and then move on to Puerto Vallarta to live it up and have the party of a lifetime – Viva le fiesta!

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CASA KARMA BOUTIQUE R E S O RT Th i s b rand ne w, luxur io u s resort hotel , situ ated in Pu e r to Vallar ta, is a perfect ocea nf ront ven ue fo r yo ur spe c ial day with sp a ce for up to 200 g u e s t s . The e nt ranc e from th e d ressi n g room ca n b e co m e a dram at ic and bea utif u l entra n ce d own t h e s tairc ase o nto t he l ower terra ce where the we d d i ng par t y and g ue s ts wi l l be watch i n g a nd wait i n g fo r yo u. All 3 terra ces ha ve roma nti c fo u nta i ns and lush land sca p i ng a n d th e ga rd en te r race is a b e aut iful setti n g for p h otogra p hs b e fo re o r afte r t he we d d i ng. If you a re l ooki n g fo r t h at WOW v e nue fo r you r wed d i ng then l ook n o fu r t he r.

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T h i n k i n g o f c e l e b r a t i n g y o u r u p c o m i n g n u p t i a l s i n P u e r t o Va l l a r t a ? T h e n w h y n o t d r o p Ta l b o t R o s s E v e n t s a n e m a i l . W i t h o v e r 2 0 y e a r s of experience, they can create and design the perfect wedding for you. How about hosting your bash on a sky terrace over looking the ocean? Maybe you like the idea of a more private and intimate gathering with just close friends and family? Whatever your ideas, the team will go out of their way to discover what kind of dream you want your wedding to be. From an extensive list of venues and f l o r i s t s t o c a t e r i n g a n d d e s i g n a e s t h e t i c , Ta l b o t R o s s E v e n t s t r e a t s e v e r y w e d d i n g a s a t r u l y s p e c i a l m a g i c a l a f f a i r. Please visit www.talbotross.com for more information on what they can provide for your wedding, or send them an email at Ta l b o t r o s s e v e n t s @ g m a i l . c o m

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Thanking your guests So you’ve tied the knot and your happily settling in to married life, its time to put pen to paper and write those thank you letters, after all, there is nothing more special and appreciated than a lovely handwritten thank-you note. Here are some tips on turning this obligation into a pleasure.

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8 Tip 1 Co nt rar y to po pular my th, the ha p py cou p l e d oes n ot h ave a ye ar ’ s grac e pe r io d in w hic h to wr ite t he ir note s. All th a n k-you notes shou l d be written w ithin thre e m o nths of the re c e ipt of t h e gift . Ide ally, a re s p on se sh oul d be written on th e d ay yo u re c e ive a w e dding gift. If that’ s n ot po ssib le , se t a da i ly goa l . It’s a l ot ea si er to write thre e o r fo ur note s a day than to have to wr ite a hundre d notes i n a month af ter th e wed d i n g!

8 Tip 2 Fir s t of all, stat io ne ry i s the op erati ve word h ere: No fil l-in-the -bl ank c ards , no pre -pr inte d ca rd s, no pho ne c alls , no ema i l s, a n d n o generi c p ost on yo ur w e bs ite ! Pe r s o nal s tatio ne r y o r s to re- b o ug ht t hank- you ca rd s a re best.

C re at ing a c ard wit h a p hoto f rom you r wed d i n g i s a n ic e ide a, but the tim ing is tr ic k y. Do n’ t de lay wr it ing note s for gif ts recei ved before th e wed d i n g, and ar range to have the c ards m ade q u i c kly, so t hat g ift s gi ven at the wed d i ng or ju st af te r w o n’ t be ke pt w aiting. If yo u re al ly want to hav e yo ur photo on th e ca rd s, consi d er usi n g a photo fro m an e ngage m e nt s ho ot o r ot h e r spe c ial o c c asio n i n stea d .

8 Tip 3 Th e p e o ple inc lude d i n you r tha nk you l i st sh oul d be: l Anyo ne who g iv e s you a n en ga gement, shower or wedding gift, e ve n if yo u have thanke d t he m in pe r so n. Ind i vi d ua l n otes shou l d be written to pe o pl e w ho c o ntr ibute d to a gro up g ift . l Anyo ne who g iv e s a gif t of money : ca sh, checks, co ntr ibutio ns to s avings ac c o unts , and do nat io ns to c har iti es. Menti on i n g th e a mount i s optio nal , but it do e s l e t the pe r s o n k now t he c o r re c t am o unt wa s recei ved . You shou l d menti on w hat yo u pl an to do w ith the m o ney. l Yo ur at te ndant s. A wa rm p ersona l note atta ched to yo ur gifts to yo ur atte ndants w il l l e t t he m know how m uch you a p p reci ate th ei r ef forts a nd s uppo r t o n yo ur be half. l Anyo ne who ho ste d a p a rty or shower for you . Id ea l ly the s e note s s ho ul d be w r itte n w ithin t w o days of t he e v ent. Ea ch h ost or hostess sh oul d be thanke d individual ly w ith a note and a thank yo u g ift . l Pe o ple who ho use or enterta i n you r wed d i ng gu ests. A note and a s m al l gift s ho ul d be s e nt to anyo ne who ho uses or enterta i ns out-of-town wedding gue s ts . l Pe o ple who do kind n esses for you . The nei ghbor who a c c e pts de l ive r y of yo ur gifts w he n yo u are at wo r k; t he c ousi n who su p ervi ses th e p a rki ng at the re c e ptio n – anyo ne w ho as s is ts yo u b e fo re , dur ing or af ter you r wed d i n g. l Supplie r s and v e nd ors. You d on’t h a ve to write everyo ne yo u hire fo r s e r vic e s , but anyo ne who e xc e e ds yo ur exp ectati ons wi l l a p p reci ate a cour te o us note of thanks . l Yo ur pare nt s o r wh oever i s hosti n g you r wed d i n g.

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What sty l e s of w e ddin g dresses are in th is

ch oosi ng

year and how d o they differ from last year?

comp l e xio n and w e dding c o l o r s as o ppo s e d

Th i s ye ar we are se ei ng si l hou ettes that f it

the

clo s e r to t he b o dy, less cri n ol i n e or “ p oof ” i n

a

t h e skir t , and m o re sleeve a n d stra p opti on s.

ch a mp agne s and bl us h, to m o re o n tre nd

Th e f it s are all m o re roma nti c with that l i ght

col ors s uc h as grey and m e tal l ic s . Our m o s t

flow ing fe e ling . A lot of th e bea d i ng i s more

l oved gow ns c o m e in a c o m binatio n of ivo r y

s u bt le and b le nde d c reati ng a n atu ra l sp a rkl e

a n d café o r al m o nd. It c o m pl im e nts a l ot of

a s o ppo se d to v e r y o bvi ous bl i ng. We a re a l so

bri d es and photo graphs w e l l o utdo o r s . The s e

s e e i ng a lot of lac e a nd l ayered l a ce l ooks,

col ors al s o s how off the de tail in the gow ns

w h ic h

va ryi n g

so mu c h m o re . Intr ic ate be adw o r k and l ac e is

te x t ure s of fab r ic overl a i d i n th e ski rt to

more eas ily s e e n and appre c iate d as o ppo s e d

cre ate m o re dim e nsion tha n th e tra d iti on a l

to bei ng l o s t in a m o no c hro m atic w hite o n

s at in/t ulle /lac e c o m bi nati on . We even ha ve

wh ite gow n.

is

whe re

we

h a ve

severa l

tra ditio nal

va rie ty

of

that

w hite o ptio ns

c o m pl e m e nt

or

ivo r y.

ranging

the ir

We

have

fro m

s oft

a fe w soft ly r uffle d d resses for Sp ri n g! It i s

Col or s al s o have the ir ow n tre nds as w e l l .

a m uc h m o re o rg anic feel to th e overa l l l ook.

Th i s co m ing s e as o n q uite a fe w gow ns are

Last ye ar we saw a l ot of ba l l-gowns a s

a va i l a b l e fo r o rde r in a s e a m is t bl ue , m is ty

w e ll as fit - and-flare d resses, wh i ch a re much

grey a nd s ilve r.

fu lle r t han a t radit iona l merma i d or sheath .

Ev e r yt hing was b e aded with rh i n eston es a n d

As th is i s a s t at e w it h lot s of be ac he s , w hat

cr y s tals o r he av ily r uched f rom the bod i ce to

wou ld be yo ur re c o m m e ndat i o n fo r br i de s

t h e low hip re m inisc ent of the ol d Hol lywood

wh o w ant to ge t m ar r i e d o n t he be ac h as

g la mo ur.

opposed to i n a v e nu e ?

One t hing t hat rema i ns consta nt i s th e

Fl ori d a is hot – the re is no ge tting aw ay fro m

s e arc h fo r a g own that i sn’t l i ke a ny thi ng

that! It do e s n’ t s e e m to m atte r the tim e of

u s u a lly

a re

yea r, the re is alw ays the c hanc e fo r he at

tra d iti ona l

a n d h um idity to affe c t yo ur gow n c ho ic e .

s t raple ss g owns and goi n g for somethi ng a

Th i s d o e s n’ t m e an a br ide m us t c ho o s e a

lot mo re uniq ue .

si mp l e c hiffo n gow n. She de finite ly ne e ds to

se e n

d e finite ly

in

pr ior

v e e r ing

sea son s.

a way

Bri d es

f rom

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con si d er if he r w e dding is o n the be ac h, ne ar

Ha v e c ol ors of w e d din g dresses ch an ged at

the bea c h, w il l s he ne e d to w al k al o ng w ay

a l l ? Or are b ri de s sti ll wearin g wh ite?

to rea ch the c e re m o ny s ite and w hat w il l be

We a re se e ing a lot more col or! Bri d es a re

the gow n that fits he r pe r s o nal w e dding

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Accesso r i zi ng a dre ss – w hat s ho u ld a br i de be

s t y le t he m o st . We are se e ing m any s ty l es that a re sti l l f ul l

th in kin g of addi ng to he r dre ss to m ake t he

an d ye t soft . Tulle ski rts with not a s ma ny

most of w hat she i s w e ar i ng?

laye r s and are e asy to d a n ce th e ni ght a way i n.

Th i s i s a to ugh c ho ic e . I pe r s o nal ly l ove bl ing. It

We als o se e ing b o dy- huggi ng l ow ba ck d resses

just d epe nds o n the gow n and w hat fe ature yo u

t h at s pe ak of a c it y inf l u en ce without bei ng

wa nt to s how off the m o s t. So m e gow ns w ith

to o fo r m al fo r suc h a setti ng. Somethi ng th at

no bea ding are the pe r fe c t c anvas fo r bl ing!

will b u r st wit h spar kle at a sun set wed d i n g i s a

Ch a n d el ie r e ar r ings , go rge o us w r is t c uffs and

de fi n ite m ust .

d rop p ed bac k j e w e l r y is s o m e thing w e s e e a l ot with ou r unbe ade d l ac e gow ns o r unbe ade d l ow

Are vei l s i n at the m om ent an d if so wh at kin d of vei l s are you se e i ng most brides ch oosin g?

ba ck d re s s e s . Gowns w ith be ade d s l e e ve s o r s traps do not

Ve i ls h av e c hang e d a lot i n the p a st yea r. We

need m uc h o n to p, e ar r ings and a he adpie c e to

u s e d to re c e iv e a lot of requ ests for fa sci nators

comp l i me nt and not c o m pe te w ith the gow n are

an d b irdc ag e v e ils. Now our bri d es wa nt bea d i n g

best.

an d fu l le r lo ng e r v e ils t hat f ra me the gown a n d b r ide fo r t hat walk down the a i sl e.

But s o m e tim e s l e s s it not m o re , s o m e gow ns a re a l l abo ut the bl ing and ne e d that e xtra in the

a ccesso r ie s to finis h the Cinde re l l a e ffe c t.

Wh at are bri de s w e arin g on th eir h ead to

a c c ent u ate the dre ss?

An d fin ally Sho e s – w hat s ho e s sho u ld a br i de

We a re se e ing fe we r ti a ra s a n d more ha l os.

be looki ng at – s ho u ld she hav e m o re t han o ne

Th e re a re t he flowe r c row ns f it for a ‘boho’ bri d e

pair??

as w e ll as c r ystal and r hi nestone ha l os th at a d d

With a s m uc h that go e s o n dur ing the w e dding

m o re g lam o ur to a ro m anti c h a i rstyl e. Bra i d ed

d ay it i s be s t to aim fo r o ne pair of s ho e s that

h a i r s t y l e s are st ill g o ing strong a nd a l ot of ha l os

a gi rl m ay w e ar al l day/night. Altho ugh that

an d s m alle r hair pins ac cent these sty l es without

d oes n ot alw ays w o r k o ut, a l ot of br ide s o pt

addin g to o m uc h to a b r i d e’s overa l l l ook.

for a m o re c o mfo r tabl e if not pre tty s ho e fo r

the rece ptio n w he n photo s are not fo c us e d o n

Wh at s ty l e s are i n at the moment with regards

the a cc e s s o r ie s and m o re o n the pe o pl e . A l ot

to t h eir hair, up dos or down an d flowin g?

of bri d e s do o pt fo r s tunning e m bro ide re d o r

Half u p – half down is sti l l a very p op u l a r tren d

bl i nged o ut s ho e s . We s e e a l ot of highe r e nd

wit h b ride s. It allows o ur gi rl s to keep thei r ha i r

d esi gn e r s ho e s in a c o l o r fro m Be nj am in Adam s

o ut of t he ir fac e and sti l l ha ve sof t wa ves or

to Ba d gl ey Mis hc ka. So m e br ide s us e the ir s ho e s

cu r ls to c o m ple m e nt t hei r gowns.

a s some thing bl ue o r as an adde d po p of c o l o r

We u s ually se e an updo or someth i n g p u l l ed to

to a cce nt the gow n. Me ttal ic go l d, bl us h, and

t h e s i de wit h b r ide s who wa nt to sh ow of f thei r

red h a v e alw ays be e n gre at go to c o l o r s . We are

low b a ck o r g owns wit h some sort of op en a nd /

a l so see ing a fe w o m bre dye d s ho e s in pur pl e s o r

o r i nt r ic ate b ac k de sig n.

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THE CASTLE HOTEL ORLANDO Constru c te d

l ike

a

re al

c as tl e

w ith

tur re ts

a nd p ointy ro of, The Cas tl e Hote l O r l ando is a d i sti n ct ive and une xpe c te d e xpe r ie nc e fo r al l wed d i ng c o upl e s and the ir par tie s , l o c ate d in the h ea rt of Inte r natio nal D r ive . Fro m be autiful ly a p p oi nte d

bal l

ro o m s

and

s o phis tic ate d

ye t

mod ern inte r io r s , to he ate d o utdo o r po o l and tren dy c o c k tail l o unge , this hote l pro m is e s to of fer eve r ything yo u c o ul d e ve r w ant to c e l e brate you r bi g day in s tyl e , and j us t inc as e yo u do have a sp eci al re q ue s t, the w e dding pl anne r s w il l be th ere to as s is t yo u e ve r y s te p of the w ay.

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THE GRAND BOHEMIAN Vote d as a “ To p 2 0 Hote l s in Fl o r ida” by

Co ndé

Nas t

Trave l e r,

Grand

Bo he m ian Hote l O r l ando do e s not fail to im pre s s . Lo c ate d o nly m o m e nts aw ay

fro m

ge m s ,

s po r ts

ve nue s ,

and

dow ntow n’ s and

c ultural

e nte r tainm e nt

O r l ando

are a

the m e

par ks , this is a pe r fe c t s pot to ho s t yo ur

unio n.

To

c o m pl e m e nt

the

ar tis tic ae s the tic of the hote l , e ac h w e dding at Grand Bo he m ian Hote l O r l ando is a m as te r pie c e that w il l be tre as ure d fo r a l ife tim e . Expe r t pl anne r s w il l w o r k the ir m agic to ins ure yo ur s pe c ial day is e xe c ute d as s m o oth as a br idal gow n. Fro m l arge gathe r ings to a m o re intim ate c e re m o ny,

the re

are

an

ar ray

of

pac kage s to c ho o s e fro m , w ith a fo c us o n yo u and c e l e brating yo ur w e dding w ith o o dl e s of c l as s .

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dist ing uished

venu e,

you

wi l l

be

i n sta ntly

capt iv ate d by it s cl a ssi c el ega nce, gl a mou r a n d ch ar m . Fro m it s inv it ing , bri ck-p a ved entry, f l oor-to-cei ling s taine d- g lass

wi n d ows,

gra n d

sta i rca ses,

outdo o r

co ur t yard, to it s s tun ni ng cha nd el i ers, Th e Ba l l room at Churc h St re e t is t ru ly on e-of-a-ki nd .

THE MEZZ Th e M E ZZ i s an e xpans ive 7,000 s q uare fo ot venu e

featur ing

w raparo und

fl o o r-to -

cei l i ng wi n dow s providing a s w e e ping vie w of th e bea utiful br ic k -l ine d s tre e ts be l ow . An i mp ecca bly fur nis he d dé c o r fe atur ing m o de r n a rt, i nn ovative LE D l ighting and the s tate of-the-a rt s o und s ys te m are s ure to l e ave a l a sti n g i mp re s s io n o n yo ur s pe c ial day.

ORLANDO SCIENCE CENTER Whe t he r yo ur wed d i n g i s rusti c or mod ern, t he Or lando Sc ience Center of fers severa l v e r sat ile and uni qu e event sp a ces. Ti e th e knot unde r an o ld oa k tree overl ooki n g the s e re ne Lake Fo r m osa . Di n e with the d i n osa urs o r danc e unde r the sta rs on th ei r outd oor te r rac e

t hat

provi d es

stu nn i n g

vi ews

of

downtown Or lando’s gl i mmeri ng skyl i n e.

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You don’t have to break the bank to have a memorable wedding day. Here are 5 simple ideas on how to be a savvy couple, while still enjoying the planning process.

Id e a 1 : Re se arc h, Research , Research

Here i n Fl o r ida, yo u c an typic al ly find the hotte s t

Sco u r t he Inte r ne t fo r c heckl i sts a n d a sk a l l you r

d ea l s f ro m June to Se pte m be r.

fr ie n ds t hat hav e b e e n ma rri ed for p l a n ni ng adv i ce . Fo r m o st c o uples, th ei r wed d i ng i s the

Ide a 4 : Sav e t he Sp lurge

larg e s t e v e nt t hey have ever coord i nated so

A commo n m is take m ade by tho s e ne wly e ngage d

b e i n g info r m e d is yo ur best wea p on to sa vi n g.

is

Ed u cate yo ur se lf o n t he a vera ge cost for ea ch

wed d i n g purc has e . They have n’ t ye t re al ize d

e le m e nt and lo o k fo r c reati ve a lternati ves.

that eve r ything is 5 x m o re e xpe ns ive than they

ru nn ing

o ut

and

s pl urging

on

the ir

fir s t

thou ght. Save the s pl urge fo r afte r yo u’ ve had a Ide a 2 : Ta lk th e Talk

ch a n ce to re s e arc h c o s ts fo r al l m aj o r e l e m e nts

Afte r yo u’v e do ne t he resea rch , ta l k to you r

of you r w e dding.

fian cé and de te r m ine th e “ must-h a ve” items t h at are im po r tant to ea ch you . On ce you h a ve

Ide a 5 : Do t he Mat h

cre ate d yo ur list , talk to th e key d eci si on ma kers

When it c o m e s to yo ur gue s t l is t, it’ s al l abo ut

ab o ut a re alist ic b udg e t for the enti re wed d i n g.

nu mber s . The m o re pe o pl e yo u invite , the m o re p eop l e that w il l c o m e . Multiply that by 2 and it

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Ide a 3 : Date Savvy

sta rts to add up q uic k ly. Es pe c ial ly, if m o s t of

Wh e n it c o m e s to se le c t in g you r p erfect wed d i n g

you r gue s ts do n’ t l ive in Fl o r ida, and are l o o k ing

date , t he re are t wo ways to sa ve. Fi rst, con si d er

for a re as o n to c o m e vis it. We k now it’ s hard,

a n o n-Sat urday, fo r e v e n bi gger d ea l s, a sk a bout

but keeping yo ur gue s t l is t to o nly the m o s t

Th u r s day and yo u will be a stoni sh ed . Second ,

i mp ortant pe o pl e in yo ur l ife w il l have a l arge

lo o k fo r o ppo r t unit ie s duri n g n on-p ea k months.

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It all started with 5 simple wishes... In the mid 17th century, Europeans celebrating weddings and special occasions would offer their guests five almond dragĂŠes. Centuries later, Les Cinq Amandes continues this sweet tradition by offering outstanding designs, innovative flavors and the five wishes of Health, Happiness, Longevity, Peace, and of course...Love!


V E N U E / H O L LY W O O D | | |

Lavan Events

W

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a

combined

stunning

décor

12,000 and

square

feet

ambiance,

of

Lavan

with sound, video and light systems equal to ones you’d find in the best South Florida nightclubs.

events is the perfect backdrop for your

nuptials.

Tropical

landscaping

and

With an extensive menu to choose from, it

dramatic

comes as no surprise that their quest to be top-

lighting make the Courtyard a versatile wedding

of-the-line extends to the kitchen as well, where

locale. Stone walls, a waterfall and a draped

old favorites get a new spin and the Middle

arbor, and you’ve got just the right ambiance for

Eastern-influenced

a romantic ceremony, with plenty of room for

every dietary requirement you or your guests may

dinner and dancing afterwards. The Italian villa

need.

cuisine

can

accommodate

exterior of this newly built venue offers a serene charm,

while

inside,

the

5,000-square-foot

Ballroom with ornate chandeliers is equipped

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The Edgewater Beach Hotel he

Edg e wate r

Be ach

Hotel

p rovi d es

a

s t u nning Gulf-fro nt setti ng for a roma nti c Naple s

we dding .

O verl ooki n g

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T P E P I N ’ S H O S P I TA L I T Y C E N T R E Co nv e nie nt ly sit uate d in ea st Ta mp a Bay, th i s s o ph i s t ic ate d v e nue fe atu res 10,000 sq. f t. of e v e nt s pac e . The Grand Ba l l room a ccommod ates u p to 5 0 0 g ue st s and incl u d es a bu i lt i n ‘l i ght up’ dan ce flo o r, state - of- t he-a rt l i ghti ng a nd ca n be cu s to mize d to e xe c ute a ny cel ebrati on, l a rge or s m all.

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the d ow ntow n St. Pe te r s burg s k yl ine and the

O r ig inally b uilt in 1924 a s the La ntern La ne Apar t me nt s, t he Me diterra nea n Styl e bui l d i ng

p ea cef ul tre e to p do m e of Straub Par k . What cou l d be m o re ro m antic fo r yo ur w e dding day?

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Andrea & Japhia

keen to create an experience and choose a venue

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Japhia on January 5, 2014. After almost 6

took off for their honeymoon to another paradise,

years together, Andrea chose a very special

Sayulita, in Mexico, which is about 1 hour south

and personal setting of Honeymoon Island in

of Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific coast. They

Dunedin, FL. The couple had embarked on a life-

stayed in a beautiful, private, nature paradise

move adventure in 2012 from Baltimore, MD to

resort tucked away through Jungle roads on a

find their paradise and they found it on the Gulf

hidden beach.

Coast of Florida. Honeymoon Island was a special

Some of the many highlights of their wedding

ingredient in this discovery, as Andrea loves to

day were being surrounded by so many of their

beachcomb for treasures.

dear and treasured friends. Feeling all of that

The duo were married on Fort De Soto beach

love and energy among their guests who also took

in St. Petersburg, FL and had their reception at

meaningful parts in the ceremony and overall

St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club which is an

creation of the day. Walking down the beach

incredible historic landmark of community in

hand-in-hand and arriving to the ceremony site

downtown St. Pete. They wanted a casual, fun

to the sound of cheers from their guests. Sharing

celebration where their most loved friends and

their vows with each other. They also loved all of

family 4could just be together and celebrate

the hugs that they got from everyone throughout

without any of the traditional trappings. They

the whole day, dancing at the reception (this

had food trucks for the food, Florida beers,

is big coming from Japhia who is typically a

shuffleboard play, and lots of dancing under the

wallflower) and ending the evening in the pool

moon.

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a l l , i n c l uding a s tairc as e that is a re pl ic a fro m

Kapo k , a t r uly uniq ue wed d i n g sp ot wh ere th e

the Titanic , and its l o c ate d l ite ral ly m inute s

i m ag in at io n c an r un wild . With its p erfect mi x of

f rom the be ac h, m ak ing this a gre at ve nue fo r

e cle ct ic st yle s o n offe r, it wou l d be h a rd to f i nd

you to s ay I do to yo ur l ove d o ne !

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o r c o uple s who t r uly l ove th e f i ner thi ngs i n l ife, the Fo u r Se aso ns Maui at Wa i l ea ca n p rovi d e a l ux uri ou s and ro m ant ic at m o sphe re on th e shores of Ma u i . The res o r t

b o as t s o ne of t he c o untry’s top -rated sp a s a n d th ree of Hawaii’s m o st c r it ic ally a ccl a i med resta u ra nts.

HONEYMOOCN HIGHLIGHTS A co n cie rg e c an he lp wit h a ny roma nti c request, but the res o r t fe at u re s t wo po pular opti ons. For the Bou ga i nvi l l ea Trail o pt i o n , g arde ne r s handp i ck bouga i nvi l l ea f rom the grounds an d s e t up a t rail fro m d oor to bed , comp l ete with ch i ll e d ch am pag ne . The Ult im ate Roma nti c Di nn er bri ngs p ri vate , fin e d i ning to t he b e ac h. The Fou r Sea sons Resort Ma u i che f cre ate s a fiv e - c o ur se mea l for coup l es at a p ri vate ta bl e o n t h e b e ac h se t wit h fine cry sta l , si lver, chi na , a nd trop ic al flowe r s .

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Kahala Hotel and Resort

T

he

Kahala’s

6.5

acres

cre sc e nt

b e ac h,

g arde ns,

and

seem

far

re s o r t

waterfa l l s

re m ov e d,

is

o nly

Ho n o lu l u’s at mo s phe re .

of

trop i ca l

but

m inutes

the f rom

c o sm op ol ita n Fiv e

b ottl enose

do lph i ns fre q ue nt t he p ri vate lag o o n — b ut t hey aren’t the re s o r t ’s

o nly

c e le b r iti es.

A

walk t h ro ug h t he hote l’s p h oto g alle r y shows t hat The Ka h a l a h a s h oste d e v e r yo ne from US pre s i de nt s to ro c k star s.

HONEYMOOCN HIGHLIGHTS Th e Ka hala’s “K issing Poi nt” i s o n e of t he m o st b e aut iful sp ots on

the

island

to

watch

th e

co lo r fu l Hawaiian sunset.

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T

K o’a Kea / Kauai

his

l ow -key

hote l

on

Po ipu

Be ac h s k ips ove r the m an-m ade trappings of othe r re s o r ts and

ins te ad e m phas ize s the s e re nity of its s ur ro undings . Al l ro o m s fe ature l anais ,

most

w ith

aw e -ins pir ing

vie w s .

HONEYMOOCN HIGHLIGHTS The s pa he re has five ro o m s s pe c ial ly c o ns tr uc te d fo r c o upl e s . Fo l l ow an indul ge nt tre atm e nt w ith an e ve nm o re

de c ade nt

dinne r

at

Kauai’ s

be s t hote l re s taurant, Re d Salt.

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v isit in g

Gra nd

Wa i l ea

wi l l

e n j oy a par t ic ular c ombi nati on of d eca d en ce an d

Hawaiian

c ulture.

No

ex p ense

wa s

s pare d dur ing c o nst r ucti on : some $30 mi l l i on wo r t h of o r ig inal ar t wo rk d ecorates th e grou nd s, m u ch of whic h was e xp ressly created for th e h ote l by Hawaiian ar t ists. Th e h otel a l so boa sts a far m- to- tab le dining se ri es, th e on ly sp eci a l i zed s cu b a po o l in Hawaii, a n d the l a rgest a nd most re s p le nde nt spa o n Maui , a 50,000 squa re-foot m ar b le

paradise

wit h

th un d eri ng

waterfa l l

s h ow e r s, Japane se furo bath s, mi n era l soa ki ng t u b s a n d ot he r luxe fe at u res.

HONEYMOOCN HIGHLIGHTS Th e Gra nd Waile a’s sig nature resta ura nt f l oat ato p a m an- m ade lag oon; some cou p l es enjoy fis h i n g fo r t he ir own lobster, stra i ght f rom the wate r s b e low.

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Travaasa Hana/ Maui

A

t th e e nd of the s pe c tac ul ar ro ad to Hana is a re s o r t that c an o nly be de s c r ibe d as l uxur y i n it s pure s t fo r m . The adults-o nly Se a Ranc h

cotta ges he re are dow nr ight he ave nly, fe atur ing p l u sh be ds w ith o rganic l ine ns , bam bo o fl o o r s , d eep soak ing tubs and fl o o r to c e il ing s l iding d oors

that

o pe n

o nto

s pac io us

l anais

(m any

with a pr ivate hot tub). Ac tive c o upl e s l ove the Tra v aas a be c aus e the ge nuine ly ho s pitabl e staf f sets up doze ns of adve nture s (m any at no ex tra co s t) fro m arc he r y, to ho r s e bac k r ide s p a st wate r fal l s , to l e ar ning how to throw a tra d iti o nal Haw aiian fis hing ne t. The o n-s ite s pa ha s been vote d “ Be s t in Haw aii”.

HONEYMOOCN HIGHLIGHTS Th i s

is

the

o nly

al l-inc l us ive

re s o r t

in

the

Ha wa i i a n is l e s , s o tho ugh it’ s pr ic ey, o nc e it’ s p a i d for (pe r haps by yo ur fr ie nds and fam ily. . . hi nt, hi nt) yo u w o n’ t have to w o r r y abo ut c o s ts on the h o neym o o n its e lf.

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Wed d i n g tra d iti ons may ha ve rel axe d in re c e nt de c ade s , but o ne thing s tays the sa me: th e bri d e wea rs wh ite . Sure , the re are pl e nty of o ptio ns o ut th ere for the more ra d i ca l s a mo ng us . But as of l as t ye ar, c o l o re d gow ns a ccou nted for only 4 to 5% of sa l e s at po pul ar re tail e r David’ s Br idal .

Li ke a ny nu mber of tra d iti on s, the w hite w e dding dre s s c o m e s to us stra i ght f rom the Vi ctori a n era— in fac t, fro m Que e n Vic to r ia he r s e lf, wh o wa s ma rri ed to Pr inc e Al be r t of Saxe -Co burg and Gotha, 175 yea rs a go. Yet w he n s he c ho s e w hite s il k -s atin fo r he r wed d i n g, th e c ho ic e w as al m o s t as radic al as it w o ul d ha ve been for Cathe r ine Middl e to n to w al k dow n the a i sl e i n bri ght re d.

Red wa s i n fa c t a ve r y po pul ar c o l o r fo r br ide s in Vi ctori a’s d ay, but the yo ung q ue e n bro ke w ith the s tatus quo a n d i n si sted on a l ac y w hite gow n. Me m be r s of the c o ur t thou ght it mu ch too restraine d in c o l o r, and w e re mys tifie d that sh e sh un ned ermi n e a n d e ve n a c row n, o pting ins te ad fo r a s im pl e ora nge bl ossom wreath .

Vi ctori a wa s n ot the f i rst royal to c ho o s e w hite fo r he r nuptial s— severa l oth ers, i n cl u d i ng Mar y Que e n of Sc ots in 1 5 5 8 , pre c e de d he r— but Vi ctori a i s th e one wi d e ly c re dite d w ith c hanging the no r m .

Al on gsi d e p urity a n d si mpl ic ity, Vic to r ia’ s gow n p roved to a l so be econom ic al re pur po s ing the l a ce

f rom

her

d ress

again

and

again,

e ve n

resu rrecti n g it for her Diam o nd Jubil e e 5 6 ye ar s l ater.

Tod ay’s bri d es may n ot s hare this thr iftine s s , but th ey d o ta ke af ter Vi c to r ia in s tyl e . With its fitte d bod i ce a n d f u l l , f l oor-l e ngth s k ir t, the typic al contemp ora ry wed d i n g gow n l o o ks a l ot m o re l i ke Vi ctori a’s d ress than it do e s anything e l s e i n th e bri d e’s wa rd rob e . &

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