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Northwest Florida Bride’s Guide to Everything

WAYS TO WOW YOUR GUESTS

From Coast to City to Country, the top TRENDS IN venues, flowers, photogs, FOOD, GOWNS, and more!

Come AND Get It, Y’all! Infusing your menu with some Southern hospitality

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What started with a backyard grill and great determination has grown to become “Tallahassee’s Best” premier caterer. Klassic Katering prides itself on turning even the simplest events into the most memorable. With our flair for creativity and perfection, we engage with each client on a personal level to assure their vision is brought to life. By designing all custom menus, it ensures that we can not only meet but exceed your expectations in terms of quality, presentation, service and execution.

We look forward to turning your next event into a “Klassic” event.

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THIS IS

THATplace Where happily ever after begins. This is the place you envisioned even before you said yes. The place you imagined from your first thoughts of Prince Charming. The place where your dream wedding becomes your most beautiful memory. The place that pampers you and your guests with attention and options, and ensures that every detail is perfect – just as it should be.

4000 Sandestin Blvd. South | Destin, FL 32550 | +1 877 705 6641 | +1 850 267 9600 info@HiltonSandestinBeach.com • HiltonSandestinBeach.com • #HiltonSandestin #ThatPlace

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coastal weddings

16 DIY: The Coastal Crown 19 ResortQuest 24  Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau 26 Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa 28 Sunquest Cruises

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Way Off White FSU Alumni Center Tallahassee Downtown Four Points by Sheraton

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country weddings

44 Menu Inspiration: The Soul of the South 46 S hiloh Farm Chapel & Barn

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FROM COAST TO CITY TO COUNTRY

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For our 2015 cover image, we made an open call to all of our talented contributors and were flooded by absolutely gorgeous imagery from across the region. In the end, this black and white shot from Black and Hue Photography (one of our most trusted resources) simply couldn’t be out-done. Dripping with romance, oldHollywood glamour and genuine happiness, it was a picture-perfect match for what Northwest Florida Weddings & Honeymoon Destinations has to offer. Fun 10 fact? You might recognize our cover groom, Travis Clark, as the lead singer from the chart-topping band We The Kings and his stunning bride, Jenny, as one of Hollywood’s favorite up-and-comers.

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Northwest Florida Bride’s Guide to Everything

COME AND GET IT, Y’ALL! Infusing your menu with some Southern hospitality

50 Top Tips to Wedded Bliss 52 Vocelles 54 Klassic Katering 56 John Gandy Events 60 Bijoux 62 Dream Gowns 64 Fisher’s Flowers 66 A  ndrew’s Catering/ Andrew’s 228 82 Advertiser Index

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from the editor

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From Ours to Yours, With Love First things first — Congratulations! This is such an exciting time in your life, and I’m thrilled to be ringing in this fresh season of wedding planning with you. Rowland Publishing’s headquarters in Tallahassee has seen a lot of engagements this past year — myself included! It’s been quite the whirlwind, with plenty of giddy moments around the office coffee maker. Since so many of us are embarking on this journey simultaneously, I try to make a point of checking in on the others’ statuses every once in awhile — to show a little support and maybe gain some inspiration along the way. It’s so much fun to see my colleagues progress in their own unique wedding planning process, and I love having an extended circle of gal pals to Sean Hughes proposed to me this past November during my birthday trip to Charleston, South Carolina. It didn’t go off gush to. without a hitch, but it was absolutely perfect for us. This shot Rebecca, the lead designer for this was taken seconds after by a kind passerby. Planning on taking beautiful publication and a thoughtful our sweet time, we’ve set our date for February 2016. bride-to-be herself, refers to those first few magical, post-proposal weeks as “the bubble.” If you’re further along in your engagement, you’ll know exactly what she’s talking about. It’s the tearful phone calls, fiddling with your new accessory and blushing (even if it’s ever so slightly) at the word “fiancé.” Those initial weeks are kind of like being in a dream. Pinning down actual dates and centerpieces can feel like a world away. Bask in it, sister. Because about two months in, when those champagne toasts flow just a tad slower and the heart-shaped dust starts to settle, your world is bound to get hectic. Just know, Northwest Florida Weddings & Honeymoon Destinations is here for you every step of the way. From gorgeous venues to extraordinarily talented planners and true gourmets, we are constantly in awe of the dedicated and creative trendsetters who call this region home. Scattered throughout the coast, city and country, these individuals know the ins-and-outs of wedding planning — and do it with style. Flipping through the magazine, you’ll notice all our showcase and Making it Happen pages feature top-tier photography. For our second issue, once again we were fortunate enough to team up with the best lenses in the South to bring you these incredible shots. Our contributors are highlighted on pages 12­–13, with full contact information provided in the index on page 82. The 2015 issue features an increase in our editorial content, with stories on food, fashion and so much more. We’ve also expanded our “Making it Happen” section to highlight even more outstanding industry professionals. We know you’ll find just what you’re looking for in these 84 pages of wedding-planning gospel. I’d wish you luck, but with Northwest Florida Weddings & Honeymoon Destinations in hand you won’t be needing it much. Cheers to you and yours. Know that I’m wishing you all the love and happiness in the world — now and always. Yours,

Chay D. Baxley, Editor

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EDITORIAL Director of Editorial Services Linda Kleindienst Editor Chay D. Baxley Contributing Writers Shelby Bouck, Leanne Castro Proofreader Melinda Lanigan CREATIVE Creative Director Lawrence Davidson Production Manager/ Network Administrator Daniel Vitter Publication Designers Shruti Shah, Rebecca Sumerall Advertising Designers Jillian Fry, Amanda Hartsfield SALES AND MARKETING Director of Sales and Marketing Mckenzie Burleigh Director of New Business Daniel Parisi Advertising Services Coordinator Lisa Sostre Account Executives Drew Gregg Westling, Darla Harrison Tim Hughes, Lori Magee, Tracy Mulligan Rhonda Lynn Murray, Linda Powell Paula Sconiers, Chuck Simpson Sales and Marketing Assistant Christie Green Special Projects Events and Special Projects Coordinator Leigha Inman OPERATIONS Accounting Specialists Josh Faulds, Tabby Hamilton WEB Social Media/ Systems Management Specialist Carlin Trammel Northwest Florida Weddings and Honeymoon Destinations Magazine is published annually by Rowland Publishing, Inc. 1932 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308. 850/878-0554. Northwest Florida Weddings Magazine and Rowland Publishing, Inc. are not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts, photography or artwork. Editorial contributions are welcomed and encouraged but will not be returned. Northwest Florida Weddings Magazine reserves the right to publish any letters to the editor. Copyright March 2015 Northwest Florida Weddings and Honeymoon Destinations Magazine, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. Partners of Visit Tallahassee and Member, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and Florida Magazine Association.


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THE PERFECT PLACE TO SAY I DO FROM THE BEACH TO THE BAY Love and cherish every moment of your wedding, from romantic white sand beaches to venues overlooking Choctawhatchee Bay. Sandestin offers the perfect location for an unforgettable wedding at the #1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast.

The #1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast 866.748.7863 • www.Sandestin.com/flwed Photo Credit: Amanda Suanne Photography

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contributing photographers capturing raw emotion in dynamic, powerful images. Specializing in bridal and model portfolios, she combines her love for people, beauty and fashion into a very personal and distinct style.

Alena BAkUtis Photography

Hi. I’m a professional wedding photographer and member of Professional Photographers of America, PPA, serving the Florida Panhandle. My passion is to capture the most important moments of your life. I would love to shoot your love story with the person of your dreams, sharing your magical first kiss and capturing the intimacy of the first dance at the wedding!

Amy Little Photography

Hello lovelies! Welcome to the beautiful world of wedding planning. I’m Amy, destination wedding photographer and cake addict. I travel the world documenting the unions of fabulously fun clients who adore art and travel. I’m also a plant killer, but that’s only because I’m never home.

of real-life, even ordinary, moments. She prefers candid shots over posed and values authenticity of both moments and people. She currently lives in Tallahassee with her wonderful husband, Josh.

Amy Susi Photography

Amy Susi specializes in family portraits that reveal clients’ joy, beauty and honesty of the moment. She holds a BFA in painting and graphic design. Susi creates breathtaking art worthy of display in the most stunning of homes by capturing the emotions and emotional connections that define our lives. Her work has appeared in multiple publications, including Vogue London.

Callie Gardiner Photography

“Amazing photos.” “Adapted to our style.” “Very calming.” “Our family LOVED her.” “Photo booth was a BLAST.” These are client quotes from renowned Florida Panhandle photographer Callie Gardiner.

Erin Nicole Photography

I grew up with a fascination of photography and the story an image can tell. Eventually, I got my own camera and began capturing my own story. After college, I married the love of my life and started my business. Now, having seven years of shooting weddings under my belt, all I can think is “thank you.”

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I’m Autumn, a wedding and portrait photographer in Northwest Florida. I am not your ordinary wedding photographer; my concept of shooting is about capturing the relationship between two people … the laughter, the tears, the emotions. I believe that even closed eyes can speak to the soul, which is why I focus on creating stunning imagery that moves you.

BLACK & HUE PHOTOGRAPHY

Bryan and Kelly Honhart are a husband and wife wedding photography team that launched in 2011 and quickly attracted national attention. With a modern photojournalistic approach, Bryan tries to pull creativity from his past as a professional touring musician. Incorporating a laid-back approach, their brides and grooms always become their great friends by the end of the wedding day.

Elizabeth Birdwell Photography

Elizabeth Birdwell specializes in family, child and wedding photography. Her motto is simple: Forget your matching white shirts and jeans, studio lights and stiff poses! When you’re in front of my camera, we will laugh together, have an adventure and document your memorable moments. My images will capture genuine and heartfelt moments that represent the best part of you.

Footstone Photography

While Paul and Kristin Privette have the honor of traveling all over the country to photograph weddings, the Footstone studio is based in North Central Florida. Their individual styles combine to create a story of your wedding day that goes beyond traditional and becomes pure artwork.

Amy Riley Photography

Hi, I’m Amy. I am passionate about chasing light and documenting amazing love stories. I love everything about shooting weddings, and my goal is to give my clients something they will enjoy for many years to come. I call the beautiful Emerald Coast home along with my husband, John, and our doodle, Parker.

offers wedding, family beach and glamour/ boudoir portraits as well as commercial photography. A unique combination of vintage flair with modern fashion makes these two stand out in a local market saturated with hundreds of photographers.

Brittnay Therese Photography

Brittnay Dawson, owner of Brittnay Therese Photography, is a young and ambitious photographer and makeup artist with a unique way of

J&J Weddings

This dazzling duo shares a passion for expansion and the talent to make it happen. Combining Jennifer Powell Photography and Jenna Reichert Photography to make j&j weddings proved that not only are they talented in capturing wondrous wedding moments, but that they were gifted with the power to bring life to the moments as well.

GWYNEMARK PHOTOGRAPHY Elizabeth Davis Photography

Award-winning photographer Elizabeth Davis describes her style as a celebration

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Gwyne and Mark are a husband and wife wedding and portrait photography team based in Santa Rosa Beach. With 14 years of professional experience, GwyneMark Photography

Jacqueline Ward Images With a background and education in the fine arts,


acclaimed photographer Jacqueline Ward captures the everyday moment. She resides in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, with her husband and three young children.

“blessing” that allows her to share special days with clients throughout the Southeast.

photography and art. “There is no better feeling than picking up my camera and capturing exactly what I see in my head. I love what I do and I can’t imagine doing anything else,” she says. “I try to only work with people who share the same love and vision as I do for their images.”

Leah Langley Photography Jan Ethridge Photography

Being a Florida Panhandle native, I have a little white beach sand and emerald green Gulf water in my veins. I never take for granted the breathtaking backdrop of these gorgeous beaches and moss-draped trees that result in the most spectacular wedding shots. My philosophy is to translate the joy and love of a wedding day into stunning photography.

From beautiful portraits to heartfelt candid moments, Leah Langley creatively photographs in a way that will be timeless and cherished for generations. Growing up in the Panhandle, she’s inspired by the natural beauty that only Florida offers. After graduating from FSU with two degrees in accounting and finance, Leah decided to fully pursue her photography career. With professionalism and creativity, Leah Langley’s fine art style has been locally and internationally published in fashion and wedding publications.

Kansas Pitts Photography

A lifelong resident of Northwest Florida, Kansas specializes in fresh, bold, chic photography. When not pursuing her addiction to photography, she loves to create, read and go to the beach with her husband and their four crazy kids.

Michael Allen offers his beautiful style of photography that strikes a cord in every viewer. Michael’s awardwinning photos have graced the pages of many wedding publications, so you can trust that he will make your wedding day look amazing. Michael’s second photographer and wife, Janice, is also an awardwinning hairstylist. This dynamic duo has traveled to photo shoots in Mexico, the Caribbean, Seaside and all across the South.

Mari darr~Welch

Mari is a fun-loving photographer who documents real emotions while creating stunning art from your candid, fleeting moments in a style she calls modern photojournalism. Her work has appeared in books and magazines around the world, and she is available for worldwide travel.

Kay Meyer Photography

With a passion for life and a talent for photography, Kay Meyer of Tallahassee creates collections of images that capture the story of life’s most significant moments. Her vocation, she says, is a

Michael Allen Photography

Mi Amore Foto

Shannon calls herself a simple girl with a HUGE love for

Pure 7 Studios

Pure 7 Studios specializes in nostalgic, sentimental wedding photography. Their work has been described as vintageinspired, joyful and timeless. Using a combination of film and digital cameras, their goal is to create images that will evoke an emotional reaction. They invest their spirit, creativity and skill into every wedding, desiring to give their clients images worthy of passing on to future generations.

Impeccable image quality, dramatic composition and magazine-quality shooting style are his hallmarks. Steve puts quality and a commitment to excellence into every subject and event.

Red Stone Photos

Alexis Rubenstein of Red Stone Photography currently lives and works on the Emerald Coast in Navarre, Florida. She photographs weddings and portraits and has seen her work published in many magazines, blogs, advertising campaigns and books. She loves to mentor new photographers and has been fortunate to photograph beautiful weddings all over the U.S., as well as in Japan, Thailand and Greece.

SONJA REVELLs PHOTOGRAPHY When I was 21 years old, I began working as a news photographer for a small daily paper, and over the years I developed my talent as a photojournalist, covering any type of assignment imaginable. As a photojournalist, I learned how to capture a story from start to end through photographs, without posing my subjects — a skill I use while photographing weddings.

Terri Smith Photography

Photographer Terri Smith graduated with two degrees from Florida State University’s College of Business. While pursuing these degrees, she also enrolled in photography classes to keep her sanity. After graduation, she went on to work for a software company but continued her love of capturing a great image. She realized photography was her calling and went full time shortly thereafter.

Woodland Fields Photography

Catherine Taylor’s inspirations come from so many different places. She blends photojournalism and portrait photography, calling it portrait-journalism. She chooses locations carefully, and during your portraits she strives to find romantic lighting and incredible backgrounds — never posing situations that are already magical.

Steve Corbett Photography

Steve Corbett is a Tallahassee event, portrait and commercial photographer who specializes in creative portraiture, dynamic lighting and a fun, relaxed attitude.

For contact information, please see page 82.

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Private dining rooms and outdoor courtyard spaces accommodate anything from an intimate meal to an extravagant event. Our bar features an exclusive menu and drink specials. Looking for something even more unique? Our private wine room can be reserved for your next event. Flowers by Milk & Honey, decor detailed to perfection, and an award winning chef to create the perfect wedding destination. Bijoux Catering can accommodate private parties, weddings and corporate events off-site or at the restaurant. From hors d’oeuvres to buffets and plated dinners, we customize each event to your specific needs.

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The Coast is Calling.

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DIY:

The Coastal Crown Be coastal-chic on your wedding day in this beautiful beach-ready tiara By Chay D. Baxley // Photos by Matt Burke

It’s one of the most relaxing yet romantic things a couple can do: a simple stroll on the beach, hand-in-hand, plucking seashells from the sugary sand. No muss or fuss required. Just a day to remember. And though it’s a little nonsensical, in a way hanging on to those once-buried treasures keeps the memories of vacations-past alive. So you do, filling mason jar after mason jar, until the house starts to resemble a roadside shell shack. It’s quite the conundrum. But if you fancy yourself a DIY bridal maven, plan to put those beautiful mementos on center stage during your upcoming seaside soiree by creating your very own coastal-inspired crown. A swoon-worthy headdress, this piece is flawlessly nautical and totally authentic to the region without being over the top. Customizable to be ideal for flower girls, bridesmaids or the star of the show herself, this accessory can lend your beach goddess look a genuine air of natural glamour. Estimated to take no more than an hour of your day, for such a simple project this coastal crown is full of character and creative, local flair. A quick trip to any nearby arts and crafts store will get you started. After that, it’s nothin’ but clear skies, smooth sailing and seashell dreams. n

You’ll Need… •A  n inexpensive dress-up tiara (easily found at dollar stores as well as arts and crafts supply shops) • Twine or rope in a neutral hue • A hot glue gun • Seashells of varying shapes and sizes • Store-bought accessories for added dimension • A good soundtrack and a glass of champagne (optional)

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Directions

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Gather supplies. Arrange shells by shape and then by color, for easy accessibility during assembly.

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Remove any feathers or fabric from your tiara and begin wrapping with choice color of twine or rope, periodically gluing in place with a hot glue gun. No need to get every nook and cranny — just the big stuff. The seashells will adhere better to the material than the smooth surface of your tiara.

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Before you get started gluing, come up with an overall design for how you’d like the tiara to flow. Begin in the center of the crown, largest items first, and work your way out — securing each item with the hot glue gun.

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Fill in extra space with smaller shells until your crown looks full and symmetrical. Ensure all shells have been securely fastened to the tiara. Then, it’s time to don your crown.

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Try incorporating storebought pieces for added glitz and glamour. You may also want to consider amping up your already existing seashell collection with hand-selected shells from the store for a more polished look.


ResortQuest gulf place

Celebrate life and love under twinkling cafÊ lighting on the Green at Gulf Place or by the sheen of a glowing sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Neighboring Destin’s bustling shopping and attractions scene, Gulf Place is nestled within quiet and eclectic Santa Rosa Beach, known for its Southern charm and vibrant local flavors. This resort-style venue brims with unique amenities, a vast assortment of accommodations to suit nearly every budget and endless natural beauty. An ideal location for an unforgettable beach wedding, Gulf Place offers an abundance of gorgeous, natural backdrops to choose from for that big day. Photos by PURE 7 STUDIOS NORTHWEST FLORIDA WEDDINGS & Honeymoon Destinations 2015

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Tops'l

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ResortQuest TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort is a tranquil resort located just east of Destin, offering the peace of a location off the beaten path paired with the conveniences of city attractions just a few minutes away. Situated on 52 private acres, this full-service resort is bordered by beautiful white sand beaches and a nature preserve. Guests have the luxury of staying onsite in a variety of fully furnished condominiums and the pleasure of experiencing this unique region without ever stepping foot off of the property. A beach wedding is simpler — ­ and sweeter — when you let the experts of this awardwinning resort venue take the reins. Photos by Callie Gardiner Photography, Red Stone Photos

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ResortQuest Sundestin

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ResortQuest For the couple that likes to be a stone’s throw away from the area’s best shopping and restaurants, SunDestin’s breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico and close proximity to all of downtown Destin’s activities are sure to impress. Here, attendees have limitless possibilities when it comes to leisurely exploration and onsite amenities, while the bridal party will experience the finest in ceremonial services. At SunDestin, it’s guaranteed to be an unforgettable event. Photos

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Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau

One of the world’s most vibrant and enchanting settings, the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast encompasses Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island. Every year happy couples from across the globe recite their vows on the shores of this precious strip of coastline. Selecting the predestined romance of this dreamy region to become the backdrop for your event and with the experts at the Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau your guide, love will take center stage. So close and yet a world away, it’s as ideal a spot to say, “I do,” as it is to whisper, “Remember when we did.” Photos by Barefoot Beach Weddings, DEX Designs Photography

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Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

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Set against sugar-white beaches, emerald-green waters and breathtaking vistas sits Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. In addition to its pristine beaches, this venue features three spacious, indoor ballrooms along with multiple smaller rooms and three perfectly situated sundecks right on the Gulf of Mexico. Possibilities are endless as receptions, ceremonies, private meals or farewell brunches of all shapes and sizes will find an ideal setting within the many venues offered by the hotel. Whether your vision calls for a true destination experience or a more traditional approach, there is no desire too intimate, no vision too impressive for Hilton Sandestin. Photos by Michael Allen Photography

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Sunquest Cruises

After crossing the threshold of SunQuest Cruise’s award-winning, 125-foot SOLARIS, it’s easy to see that this Destinbased yacht was designed with weddings in mind. An experience that starts at the moment of booking, couples work closely with the yachtvs in-house wedding planner throughout the entire process. Interested? Then prepare for incredible menus featuring the Gulf Coast’s freshest ingredients, a background of natural nautical beauty and an air of extraordinary client service. On board the SOLARIS, there’s a package ready to accommodate nearly every budget. Photos by Amy Susi Photography

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A City Worth Celebrating.

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Way Off White More modern brides are adding a splash of color to their special day — here’s how you can, too By Shelby Bouck

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When it comes to finding that perfect dress, every bride is looking for her own, unique version of — wait for it — the exact same thing. They want the “wow factor.” Brides on reality TV use the phrase to denote a desire to stand out, to be memorable, and hey, maybe even to startle a little. And what better way to do that than to choose a gown with a hue that’s a bit truer to your own colors than the gleaming whites of yesteryear? For fearless brides whose weddings don’t need to be too traditional, colorful gowns are among this year’s most coveted trends. There are as many reasons to pick a colorful wedding gown as there are brides who choose them. Some want to look like their favorite celebrities: Jessica Biel’s bright pink wedding dress caused a stir at her 2013 nuptials with Justin Timberlake. Sex and the City alums Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon got married in black and green, respectively, and glamour queen Elizabeth Taylor wore a yellow dress at one of her many wedding ceremonies. Others just think they look best in rainbow hues. Experts say there’s not a thing wrong with that, either.


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“Our brides want to look and feel their absolute best on their wedding dress on an orange background and it will Expert Tip Worried day,” shared Kristen Barstow, owner of Tallahassee’s Vocelles | The Bridal ruin everything.” that ivory and eggshell Shoppe, “and sometimes that means opting for a gown in a color that will With that in mind, while celebrities in really aren’t your color? Don’t be. “When a bride flatter their complexion, exemplify the season of their wedding or be just New York and Los Angeles pick bright, infinds a gown that fits her plain different and fun.” your-face colors for their personality it is always the These vibrant brides wouldn’t be the first ladies to wedding dresses, bridal most flattering.” – Lindsey Mathews, Dream Gowns start new traditions at their weddings. For many years expert Barstow notes that British practice dictated that upper-class brides wore even the most daring silver on their wedding day. White only became the Northwest Florida brides don’t stray too far from norm after Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in a traditional colors. white lace dress. “We are seeing many brides do shades of champagne, Many cultures outside of the West don’t see white and a few even go with very pale shades of pink,” she as a traditional wedding color at all. In Asian societies, shared. for example, brides have chosen for generations to Don’t worry, there are a wide range of choices even wear bright red dresses in keeping with family and within those two hues. national customs. “Our designers at Vocelles are giving brides the When it comes to Northwest Florida, the number of options of colors that range from café to bronze in the brides who deviate from all-white ceremonies has been champagne family and pinks that range from moscato growing slowly but surely over the past few years. to blush,” noted Barstowe. “We love it when brides “It started out slow, as in ‘we’ll do a little splash of combine traditional fashion with modern taste — and color,’” remarked Destin-based photographer Mari this could mean having a beautiful ivory lace over a Darr-Welch. “Or jewels. The most (common thing) soft champagne underlay. Expert Tip “Non-traditional gowns I’ve seen is a split back, or the belt, or different-color For brides who have already had a white wedding, like this one can pull an entire theme beading on the dress.” a different color on the second time around might be or idea together and turn a typical ceremony into the wedding of A word of caution on this colorful trend. From a something to consider. your dreams.” – Lindsey Mathews, photographic perspective, Darr-Welch shared that “Brides who are getting married at a more mature manager of Dream Gowns brides who are choosing to wear rich colors should be stage in life will consider finding a dress that is not a careful about their venue’s décor. traditional white or ivory color,” explained Barstow. “If you’re going with a bold dress, then you really need to make sure Traditionalists, meanwhile, have no need to fear. For Northwest Florida your wedding colors blend with that dress,” she warned. “You can’t weddings, white and ivory gowns are here to stay. However, brides willing have opposing colors, because at some point you’ll be walking by (your to take the sartorial road less traveled will be rewarded with memories and décor), and maybe you’ll be kissing your grandma, but you’ll have a red unique photographs that will last a lifetime. n Courtesy Dream Gowns

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Adjacent to Florida State’s campus, under a lush, fragrant canopy of blooming magnolias and live oaks, sits the Alumni Center. Teeming with charm, this property presents the perfect opportunity to have a fresh, outdoor-inspired wedding in the heart of Tallahassee. A beautiful backdrop for rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions, the Alumni Center’s classic design blends well with any wedding motif. For indoor events, the ballroom’s light and airy ambiance is unparalleled. As an affiliate of Andrew’s Catering, one of Tallahassee’s premier catering services, dining patrons will be treated to the highest quality in artistic cuisine. In other words, it’s the total package.

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Tallahassee’s Downtown is as unique a wedding destination as you’ll find in Northwest Florida. Somehow, this vibrant, historic corridor of Florida’s Capital City has managed to encapsulate the grace of a quaint Southern destination, with the grit of one of America’s great cities. Boasting a variety of intimate vignettes, there’s no doubt that beauty and diversity are Downtown Tallahassee’s defining characteristics — it’s where lush green spaces, classic charm and urbanpanache coexist in an unprecedented way. Photos by Elizabeth Davis Photography, Kay Meyer Photography

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In the heart of the South it can be rare to find sleek, contemporary options for that special day. For the couple in search of an urban backdrop with an added allure of convenience, Tallahassee’s Downtown is the place to be. Here, betrotheds are invited to vibe on the city’s chic metropolitan setting and accommodations, while guests are endlessly entertained by the areas many museums, boutique storefronts, gourmet dining options and lively nightlife.

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Tallahassee Downtown Classic

Tallahassee, renowned for its Southern charm and endless hospitality, is the ideal locale to host a true, classically inspired soiree. Sprinkled between downtown’s ancient oak trees and cozy park benches, visitors will find a plethora of stately churches unparalleled in beauty to choose from for the ceremony — and all are well within walking distance of the most delicious dining and reception locales the Capital City has to offer. Photos by Elizabeth Davis Photography, Courtesy DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY

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In Tallahassee, anything is possible — even a waterside ceremony with a little extra edge, like those hosted at Cascades Park, with its 24-acres of open, urban space, two ponds and gushing waterfall. Hearing the call of the wild? Tallahassee’s beloved downtown is stitched together by lush green spaces more akin to an outdoor oasis than any conventional venue in today’s wedding market. If natural beauty is tickling your wedding planning fancy, choose from one of the historic Chain of Parks so perfectly cocooned by Park Avenue you’ll almost forget you’re in Northwest Florida’s epicenters of cultural enlightenment.

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Four Points Spiraling up from the heart of Tallahassee into the city skyline, Four Points by Sheraton has created a reputation for itself as both a glimmering sapphire landmark and Tallahassee’s newest luxury hotel. By day, you and your guests will be able to relax by the cool, refreshing pool — and by night, you’ll enjoy exquisite onsite catering in the resort’s impressive ballroom. Your entire guest list will marvel at the beauty and accommodations of the more than 150 rooms of the hotel, making Four Points by Sheraton a perfect wedding destination. Photos by Lewis Johnson

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Shiloh Farm

WELCOME TO SHILOH . . . one of the South's most unique and memorable venues! Shiloh Farm is an enchanting event venue nestled in the charming Southern countryside near Tallahassee. With 65 acres of open fields, majestic oaks and charming outbuildings, it is the perfect setting for outdoor or chapel weddings and numerous other events. From the Grand Ol’ Barn (heated and cooled with charming restrooms!) and the 200-year-old Shiloh Chapel, to the quaint Rose Cottage and its beautiful Tea Room, there is a picturesque spot at Shiloh for any size celebration. weddings · fundraisers · corporate events · sorority/fraternity gatherings · festivals & concerts

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Escape to the Country

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Elegant estates lined with giant oaks. Gorgeous rustic barns set atop lush, rolling hills. Getting away from it all has never been so elegant.

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The Soul of the South Southern comfort food leaves a delicious impression — even at the most sophisticated soirées By Chay D. Baxley

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Somewhere, likely lost Expert Tip “Once, forever in the vaults of the brides figure out Pinterest, an idea so the theme they want to run with, it just deliciously unexpected works.” – Andrew was hatched that it Reiss, owner of sparked an entirely new Andrew’s Catering generation of wedding planning connoisseurs. The notion? To add a dash of Southern hospitality and panache to reception fare by reinventing traditional menus in surprisingly savory ways. Imagine — serving food at a wedding that people actually want to eat. It was a breakthrough. And the wedding game, for all intents and purposes, was forever changed. Once word was out that Southern comfort food was the new caviar — anything (literally, anything) was on the table. Cornbread, fried


chicken, alligator tail and gourmet shrimp-andgrit stations were seamlessly incorporated into the finest of place settings. Nationwide, skilled catering professionals began pouring themselves into mastering the art of hors d’oeuvres like fried green tomatoes and gourmet mac-n-cheese bites while pastry chefs and bakers concentrated on the sweeter points of Southern cookery, like the disheveled perfection of a deconstructed multi-tiered cake. Though imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, according to locals in Northwest Florida there’s simply no substitute for the real thing. And when it comes to Old South cuisine, this region’s offerings are authentic. “Southern-inspired menus are consistent with the look and feel of (our) venues,” emphasized Andy Reiss, owner of Andrew’s Catering as well as Tallahassee’s two iconic restaurants, Andrew’s Capital Grill & Bar and Andrew’s 228. “I love running with a theme,” he continued. “If you’re going to get married under a big oak tree with Spanish moss hanging from it, don’t you think that a good fit would be to have a Southern-inspired, plantation-type menu?” On that point, countless brides couldn’t agree more. As a result, the uptick in requests for Southern-styled menus is undeniable and has coaxed many service providers, including Andrew’s, to embrace this trend with open arms and conveniently customizable menu options. “We’ve developed an entire Southern-inspired menu,” shared Reiss. “As soon as we hear (a buzz

word) or about a venue where these menus work so well, it’s not really a problem finding food that fits the bill.” Along the Gulf Coast, the same rules apply. “We’ve definitely seen an increase,” agreed Rachel Forman, event coordinator at Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurants & Catering in Seaside. “People have been adding collard greens to their menus and gumbos. I think it gives guests coming from out of state a taste for our food down here and just a chance to try something new.” While partygoers are sure to love the flavor, making mama’s favorites fit for a fantastic evening can be a bit of a challenge. Experts say the right amount of modernization mixed with some sassy verbiage on the menu front is crucial to making this cuisine taste and feel current. “There’s a number of ways people can bring that Southern flair into their menu — especially being down here in the South,” said Sarah Ennis, lead event coordinator with Klassic Katering in Tallahassee. “Southern weddings are definitely the trend,” she added. “But more than that, we want to incorporate our heritage and our upbringing into the event and to give it that true Southern charm. “One way to do that is by incorporating some modern ingredients into Southern favorites. Since the farm-to-table concept is really, really popular right now, it allows us to source the freshest local ingredients in order to modernize

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those Southern faExpert Tip “Outside vorites that a bride or of using the freshest couple might have had ingredients that you can find, presentation in their childhood. For is key.” – Robert example, chicken and Bulgarella, owner of waffles is something we Bistro Catering can do with a great local rosemary-infused honey.” For styles that vary from the traditional (the plated or buffet), industry professionals are always finding fresh, creative ideas for food service the day of the event. Considering serving an appetizer of tomato soup and petite grilled cheese sandwiches? Have your catering company present them in champagne flutes for an interesting and sexy twist on an old-school favorite. The options for this trend are endless and, thus far, it appears to be anything but fleeting.  n

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Shiloh Farm, Chapel and Barn is a beautiful, 65-acre venue on the outskirts of Tallahassee ideally situated where town meets country. A true storybook setting, this gem is perfectly equipped to create timeless memories. No matter the occasion, the charm of Shiloh’s climate-controlled barn, canopy oaks and open meadows, as well as the antique elegance of the 18th-century chapel, is sure to delight. And don’t miss the fairytale extras at the Rose Cottage!

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Top Tips to Wedded Bliss Northwest Florida’s etiquette experts offer up their most utilized rules for wedding planning By Leanne Castro // Illustration by Rebecca Sumerall

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You know it’s true — from the moment the two of you shared the news of your pending nuptials with family and friends you’ve been showered with all the love and light they could muster. An unparalleled celebration, this season of romance, joy and laughter is perfectly designed to bring old friends together to create new, unforgettable memories. It’s a beautiful, once-in-alifetime kind of thing. But remember, the wedding planning process is a delicate dichotomy. Along with all that love and bliss bestowed on you comes quite a bit of responsibility. When logistics come into play, there’s a lot of pressure and expectations thrust upon the happy couple. And the last thing you want is to offend someone dear to you. Fear not, though. Professional etiquette experts like Elizabeth Redfearn of Redfearn Etiquette and John Gandy of John Gandy Events, have dedicated their lives to helping ease any sort of self-doubt that might be creeping into your mind right about now. Here are their top 10 favorite tips for couples in the thick of planning.


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When putting together seating arrangements for the reception dinner, try to be thoughtful in your assignments. Sure, your guests are there for you — but they’ll really enjoy themselves if you take the time to seat them next to someone you know they’ll hit it off with. For an added personal touch and to help conversations flow, try putting a fun fact on everyone’s place card. Write quick notes like, “The fellow on your right served in the Peace Corps,” or “Aunt Lou, the woman to your left, is famous for her apple pie.” “You have to be concerned with making sure the people who are sitting next to each other will get along,” instructed Redfearn.

envelope. Ipso facto, if the child is invited to the wedding, his or her name will be included on the envelope. If it is not, well then, you get the idea. Gandy also noted the possibility of offering a babysitting service onsite for those attendees with children too young to be left alone.

can’t come at all, the gracious thing for the bride to do is to be understanding and not make them feel bad.”

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Another cost that accumulates during the wedding planning process is that of sending invitations. There are certain people in the bride and groom’s life — such as grandparents who live far away and are unable to travel — who you think it’s futile to send an invitation, knowing quite well they will not be able to attend. But experts urge couples to send out invitations as a courtesy to anyone they know would be honored to receive the memento as a keepsake.

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Erring on the side of inclusiveness with invitations is true when it comes to deciding who in the office to invite, as well. “My rule of thumb is that if you would go out to dinner with them, include them. If you’re inviting everyone but one person, that’s the sort of slight that you might not want to have,” Gandy said.

There are several options for who can walk the bride’s mother down the aisle. It could be her spouse, son or even the groom. Or it could be the head usher. The bride’s mother should be the last person to be seated before the ceremony starts.

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A bride should give her guests until two weeks before the wedding to RSVP. Any time after that will risk complicating the catering company’s final head count.

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In this modern age, anybody can walk the bride down the aisle, be it her father, uncle or girlfriend. “A lot of independent women,” explained Gandy, “want that to be their moment and they don’t want to be ‘given away.’ There are no rules now.”

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Deciding whether to allow children to attend the ceremony and reception is a touchy subject. Both Redfearn and Gandy have encountered countless instances involving wedding guests who took little heed to the wedding party’s request for no children. To avoid coming off as abrasive by writing “no children allowed” on the invitation, Redfearn recommends including the names of every person invited on the invitation

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Being a bridesmaid can get pretty expensive. Eventually, the costs of the luncheons, bridal showers and dresses start to add up. Due to this, Gandy shared, brides encounter bridesmaids backing out of their duties more often than one might think. “A lot of people accept in the excitement of the moment and then they realize the expenses involved,” Gandy disclosed. “They can’t necessarily afford to do it. If somebody can’t afford to participate in your wedding but they’d still like to be a guest or if they

More and more women are getting married later in life or for a second or third time. With this change, some of the wedding traditions alter slightly. “Typically, the attire and bridal party size would change with a second or third wedding, or an older couple — but, to each his own,” Gandy said. He added that it is probably not appropriate to have a wedding registry for a second or third wedding. Redfearn echoed those sentiments as well. For these types of ceremonies, simplicity is often key.

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During the planning process, don’t rely exclusively on social media. For the millennial bride this can be a particular challenge, but in years to come you’ll be thrilled to have a physical copy of your wedding announcement instead of a link to a Facebook post. n

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A welcoming air of laid-back luxury fills the walls of Vocelles | The Bridal Shoppe. Crystal chandeliers and rows of exquisite bridal gowns give the boutique a feel of elegance — while the shop’s caring and compassionate stylists make sure each bride’s visit is always personal and fun. Expect an experience characterized by individual service, where brides and their guests are encouraged to peruse the shop’s collection of gowns from the industry’s most sought-after designers. Prices begin in the $800s and samples vary in size from 2 through 28. Conveniently set in the center of Tallahassee’s bustling Midtown district, Vocelles Bridal is the area’s leader in bridal fashion. PHOTOS BY Mi Amore Foto

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Taste can create powerful memories ­— and mastering the flavor of love is Karen Chapman’s specialty. The proprietor and heart behind Klassic Katering, Chapman and her crew of brilliant gourmets are known for creating mouthwatering fare, seasoned to perfection with equal parts experience, passion and sass. Always clued-in on the latest in culinary delights, there’s no event too grand nor too intimate for this capable company. From contract signing to days-end, Chapman’s chief concern is making sure the happy couple stays just that way — “I make the bride, my bride,” she says with a smile.

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Attention to the details is what makes an already special wedding day truly magical. With an undeniable flair for bringing romance to life, John Gandy Events is perfectly poised to coordinate all of your matrimonial activities — leaving you free to delight in the day’s loving festivities completely worry free. Whether you’re aiming for rustic chic, Southern elegance or coastal charm, Gandy’s dedication to authentic style is unprecedented and his knowledge of a constantly evolving industry is utterly unmatched. PHOTOS BY Woodland Fields Photography

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From lighting to seating, signage to silverware, every aspect of your wedding day warrants thought and care. Lucky for you, there’s already someone out there who has all the answers — John Gandy Events. Gandy’s team has curated thousands of hand-picked design elements from which to choose. With their eye for style and on-trend mindset, you’ll be sure to find exactly what you’re searching for, ensuring a beautiful, memorable day for not only you, but for your guests. PHOTOS BY Kay Meyer Photography

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Bijoux is one of the Emerald Coast’s most deliciously upscale dining and catering experiences. Appropriately nestled in the The Market Shops of Sandestin, the restaurant’s fresh, lush location makes it as well suited for a lively rehearsal dinner as it is an unforgettably elegant ceremony and reception destination. A truly one-of-a-kind venue, Bijoux is renowned for pairing Southern hospitality with fine French cuisine in a fun and intimate, yet sophisticated, atmosphere. And have you seen their wine list? Photos by Pure 7 Studios, Courtesy Flowers by Milk and Honey

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There are few mementos of your special day that will last the test of time — your dress is one of them. In years to come, tangible items such as this will become symbols of love to you and your family. At Dream Gowns, located in sunny Panama City, they’re skilled in selecting timeless silhouettes for brides and bridesmaids that complement the individual, instead of blindly adhering to fleeting trends. The staff’s eye for fit and flair and the vastness of their collection — with over 1,500 gowns to choose from — lands Dream Gowns in a league that is very much all its own. PHOTOS BY Leah Langley Photography,

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Twinkling lights and natural, ethereal style is the cornerstone for one of the region’s most-loved event companies — Fisher’s Flowers and Events. What started as a dream of a roadside flower cart for the Santa Rosa Beach-based creative geniuses quickly blossomed into something much, much more. An innovative and exciting floral and event design firm, Fisher’s Flowers is described by clients as “organic, fresh and perfect for the space.” PHOTOS BY Erin Nicole Photography,

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Andrew’s Catering

Restaurateur Andy Reiss’ mouthwatering menus have been a hallmark in downtown Tallahassee for over 40 years. Bringing decades of culinary experience to Andrew’s Catering, Andy and his professional staff are constantly developing new and exciting menus that seamlessly fuse the richness of flavor and texture to complement the overall spirit of any event. With a fulltime event planner and catering director on staff, the Andrew’s team will make sure every detail of the big day is planned and executed to perfection. As a full-service caterer serving North Florida, Andrew’s Catering is well versed in handling any size group and menu style, from fun, casual finger fare to gourmet plated dinners served with élan. Photos By J&J WEddings, COURTESY ANDREW’S Catering

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Nestled in the shadows of Florida’s Capitol sits Andrew’s 228, an avant-garde dining option with a tasteful, metro vibe. Perfect for rehearsal dinners and small receptions — and, when you need to sneak away, a romantic dinner for two — this venue specializes in Modern Southern Cuisine. Designed to accentuate intimate conversation, Andrew’s 228 offers several dining areas that allow private events to enjoy the celebration at hand. Cheers. Photos COURTESY ANDREW’S 228

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Stacy’s Makeup and More When the biggest day of your life rolls around, make sure you’re putting your best face forward. Stacy’s Makeup and More boasts 18 years of professional experience and brings to the region a dedication to making each client look and feel utterly beautiful. With an artistic approach to hair and makeup, a bride can be assured she will feel “naturally glamorous.” After all, looking good and feeling good aren’t really all that different. stacysmakeupandmore.com

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VIP Star Spotlight The bridal party and honored guests can arrive in style with the help of VIP Star Spotlight, a limousine service in Tallahassee. With 15 years of trusted experience in the industry, Spotlight’s gorgeous fleet of Rolls-Royce luxury vehicles will facilitate the perfect entrance to your city or country wedding, or any other special event. bit.ly/vipstar

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Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Make memories to cherish for a lifetime at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Offering the largest selection of luxurious venues on Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, Sandestin is the perfect backdrop for that special day. From sugary white sand beaches and lush green lawns, to elegant stately ballrooms and serene bayfront terraces, Sandestin can make your perfect wedding a dream come true. sandestin.com/flwed

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making it happen Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa Kissed by the warm salty breezes of the Gulf, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is the perfect choice for the couple in search of a timeless beach ceremony and an overall experience highlighted by unprecedented customer service on the beautiful Emerald Coast. Wedding guests will adore this spot for its understated glamour, convivial atmosphere and gorgeous amenities. This resort can deliver it all, from pre-wedding rituals to post-nuptial relaxation.  HiltonSandestinBeach.com

Resort & Venue

Serenity by the sea Spa Be sure to include a visit to Serenity by the sea Spa when planning your wedding weekend activities. The full-service spa at Hilton Sandestin Beach is the perfect place to relax away those pre-wedding jitters with a menu of massage, facial and body treatments. And a recent expansion to the Image Center allows the entire wedding party to enjoy a spa-style bridesmaid’s lunch as well as beautifying together with hair services, manicures and pedicures. SerenitybytheseaSpa.com

Beauty & Spa

The Coastal Ballroom The newest addition to the event spaces at Hilton Sandestin Beach is the Coastal Ballroom, completed in spring 2015. The 7,500-square-foot space, which can be divided into three smaller sections, features an open-ceiling concept — it’s black with “clouds” that can give the appearance of a romantic starry night during your wedding festivities. The resort has 60,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor venues, so you’re sure to find the perfect spot for your ceremony, reception and other wedding gatherings. HiltonSandestinBeach.com

Venue

Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood When only the best will do, treat your guests to an event at Seagar’s, the only AAA-Four Diamond-rated steakhouse on the Emerald Coast. Private rooms are available for groups of all sizes, making the New York-style steakhouse perfect for everything from small family gatherings to elegant rehearsal dinners. Chef Dan Vargo will create a menu to suit your style, featuring Prime beef and fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood. Seagar’s also features the largest wine list on the coast, with more than 600 labels to choose from. Seagars.com

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making it happen Madison Social We all know that wedding celebrations extend far beyond The Big Day. Madison Social offers brides a unique and modern setting for engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and post-wedding brunches. With private event space for up to 100 and full offsite catering and bartending services, our professional event planning staff will help you with every detail on your way to “I Do.” madisonsocial.com

Restaurant & Catering

Bijoux The fresh, eclectic flavor of Destin’s award-winning restaurant Bijoux is a delightful way to move any event to the next level.  With catering for all styles of special soirees, the culinary masterminds at Bijoux can customize their exquisite Gulf and French-inspired menu to fit any ambiance and taste preference. Plus, their extensive wine lists and pairing expertise provide the final touch to already delicious occasions. bijouxdestin.com

Venue & Catering

Russell Rainey, DMD You’ve heard the saying, “a picture’s worth a thousand words.” On your wedding day, it may as well be worth a million. Make sure your smile is at its brightest with the help of the skilled professionals at Dr. Rainey’s office in Tallahassee. Your smile — and the smiles of your entire wedding party — can be camera ready with their gentle whitening techniques. And don’t forget about Invisalign, the clear alternative to braces! drrainey.com

Cosmetic Dentistry

Zuutto Delight in the moments of your wedding every day by transforming your favorite photos into works of art that will last a lifetime. Simply upload a photo and Zuutto will create gallery wrap edged, canvas-style pieces beautifully printed in full-color archival inks. Each canvas will include readyto-hang hardware and will be shipped to your door — all at an extremely agreeable price point designed to fit every budget. zuutto.com

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making it happen Bud & Alley's Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in Seaside, Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant set the standard for culinary excellence along Scenic 30A since its founding in 1986. Bud & Alley’s has recently established Bud & Alley’s Catering Company in Grayton Beach, and is now offering on-site and off-site catering for all occasions, special events, corporate events and weddings. budandalleys.com

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Governors inn Timeless elegance, expert service and an impressive address await guests at The Governors Inn. A premier, boutique hotel in Tallahassee’s downtown district, the Inn — along with its 41 stately rooms and ample gathering spaces — is as seamlessly matched for bridal party accommodations when the entire family is involved as it is a historic honeymoon for two. Posh, preppy and full of Southern-style hospitality, this gem is a favorite of socialites and dignitaries alike. thegovinn.org

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Fisher’s Flowers is a boutique floral design firm specializing in weddings and special events. Our team tailors each design specific to the style and vibe of our clients. We have been grateful members of the 30A community since 2008.

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Follow your heart ... to the Emerald Coast.

Beach Dreaming? We can help. We understand the market. Regardless of whether you are buying, selling, relocating, vacationing or just looking, our experienced brokers, agents and managers live here and work here for the same reason you are looking: the beautiful beaches and wonderful service by people who really care. The Emerald Coast is not just a spectacular location, it’s a long forgotten lifestyle. Andrews & Arnsdorff Realty, Inc. is a full service real estate brokerage firm established to provide the Northwest Florida community a fresh positive approach to real estate services with experienced brokers, agents and managers dedicated to accomplishing success concerning all your real estate needs.

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Start your ever after with the unique style and expertise this day truly deserves. Relax at our poolside bar, savor delicious flavors at Juicy Blue bistro and sleep soundly in one of our luxurious, Four Comfort Beds.

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The SouthWood House

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AN EXTRAORDINARY SETTING FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY! Offering expansive amenities without sacrificing intimacy. We would love to share with you how our facilities, caring attitude and attention to detail align with your dreams. 3750 Grove Park Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32311 • 850.942. GOLF (4653) • southwoodgolf.com

Welcomed like a friend, pampered like a guest Enjoy traditional Southern hospitality and personalized service just steps from the Capitol. The Governors Inn provides elegant rooms and suites with privacy and luxury located in the center of Tallahassee’s vibrant and historic downtown.

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Where amazing is unforgettable. There’s nothing more romantic, more memorable or more private than a wedding aboard a gorgeous yacht on the Emerald Coast. The SOLARIS offers unparalleled value with in-house event planners, an award-winning culinary team and a variety of tailored wedding packages, beginning at $46 per person. Experience the best wedding venue in North Florida, six years running from the Knot, and the best wedding venue on the Emerald Coast, four years running as voted by the readers of Emerald Coast Magazine.

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resource guide Advertiser Index Andrews & Arnsdorff������������������������������������������������������p. 68, 74 1732 W. County Rd. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 aaflrealty.com, (850) 267-0050 Andrew’s Catering�������������������������������������������������������������������p. 4, 5 228 S. Adams St., Tallahassee, FL 32301 andrewsdowntown.com, (850) 222-3444 Avenue Sea������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ p. 72 542 Harrison Ave., Panama City, FL 32401 avenuesea.com, (850) 215-7542 B-Boy Productions����������������������������������������������������������������������p. 80 bboyproductions.com, (888) 825-0655 Bijoux������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������p. 14, 70 9375 Emerald Coast Pkwy., #22, Miramar Beach, FL 32550 bijouxdestin.com, (850) 622-0760 Bud and Alley’s Catering Company�������������������������������������������������������������p. 71, 78 2236 E. County Rd. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 budandalleys.com, (850) 460-5802 Capital City Pedicabs���������������������������������������������������������������p. 78 capitalcitypedicabs.com, (850) 597-2276 Downtown Improvement Authority�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������p. 30 106 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32301 sayidodowntown.com, (850) 224-3252 Dream Gowns������������������������������������������� Inside Back Cover 619 Hwy 231, Panama City, FL 32405 shopdreamgowns.com, (850) 747-1362 Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau������������������������������������������������������������������������������p. 3 1540 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SE Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 emeraldcoastfl.com, (850) 651-7131 Fisher’s Flowers����������������������������������������������������������������������������� p. 73 416 S. Hwy 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 fishersflowersandevents.com, (850) 622-0056 Four Points by Sheraton��������������������������������������������������������p. 75 316 W. Tennessee St., Tallahassee, FL 32301 fourpointstallahasseedowntown.com, (850) 422-0071 Franklin County Tourist Development Council��������������������������������������������������������������p. 79 SaltyFlorida.com/wed, (866) 914-2068 Governors Inn��������������������������������������������������������������������������p. 71, 76 209 S. Adams St., Tallahassee, FL 32301 thegovinn.com, (850) 681-6855 Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa������������������������������������������������������������������p. 8, 69 4000 Sandestin Blvd. S, Miramar Beach, FL 32550 sandestinbeachhilton.com, (850) 267-9604 John Gandy Events����������������������������Inside Front Cover 3463 Garber Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32303 johngandyevents.com, (850) 570-5999 Klassic Katering�������������������������������������������������������������������������� p. 6, 7 2207 Bannerman Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312 klassickatering.com, (850) 894-0423 Madison Social��������������������������������������������������������������������������������p. 70 705 S. Woodward Ave., #101, Tallahassee, FL 32304 madisonsocial.com, (850) 894-6276 Mike’s Limo & Charter Bus���������������������������������������������������p. 71 3109 W. Tennessee St., Tallahassee, FL 32304 doubledeckerbusflorida.com, (850) 251-6453 82 2015

Rainey, Russell B, DMD�������������������������������������������������p. 70, 74 221 E. 7th Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32303 drrainey.com, (850) 385-3700 Ramada Plaza Beach Resort��������������������������������������������p. 78 1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SE Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 ramadafwb.com, (850) 243-9161 ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals�������������������������Back Cover 546 Mary Esther Cut-Off NW, #3 Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 nwflweddings.com, (888) 412-6408 Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort���������������������������������������������������������������� p. 11, 68 9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Miramar Beach, FL 32550 sandestin.com/flwed, (850) 267-6736 Shiloh Farm Chapel and Barn�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������p. 42 1500 Benjamin Chaires Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32317 shilohevents.com, (850) 766-5902 SouthWood Golf Club��������������������������������������������������������������p. 76 3750 Grove Park Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32311 southwoodgolf.com, (850) 942-4653 Sunquest Cruises/Solaris���������������������������������������������������� p. 77 P.O. Box 6948, Miramar Beach, FL 32550 sunquestcruises.com, (850) 650-2519 Stacy’s Makeup & More����������������������������������������������������������p. 68 stacysmakeupandmore.com, (469) 867-0852 Tallahassee Diamond Center�������������������������������������������p. 81 1355 Market St, Tallahassee, FL 32312 tallahasseediamonds.com, (850) 906-9213 VIP Star Spotlight�������������������������������������������������������������������������p. 68 215 W. College Ave., Tallahassee, FL 32301 bit.ly/vipstar, (850) 345-7440 Vocelles | The Bridal Shoppe�������������������������������������������p. 48 1355 Market Street, Tallahassee, FL 32312 vocellesbridal.com, (850) 906-9213 Vue on 30a������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� p. 72 334 Golf Club Drive, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 santarosaclub.com, (850) 267-2229 Zuutto��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������p. 70 zuutto.com

Photographer Index Alena Bakutis Photography��������������������������������������������������p. 9 alenabakutis.com, (850) 778-5370 Amy Little Photography���������������������������������������������������������p. 47 amylittlephotography.com, (850) 625-8670 Amy Riley Photography�����������������������������������������������p. 62, 63 amyrileyphotography.com, (850) 819-9037 Amy Susi Photography������������������������������������������������ p. 28, 29 susiphotography.com, (850) 797-5144 Barefoot Beach Weddings��������������������������������������������������p. 24 barefootweddings.net, (850) 244-9277 Black & Hue Photography ������������������������������������������������Cover blackandhueproject.com, (850) 443-4796 Brittnay Therese Photography��������������������������������������p. 33 brittnaytherese.com, (850) 461-6327 Callie Gardiner Photography�������������������������������� p. 20, 21 calliegardiner.com, (850) 259-5841

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DEX Designs Photography��������������������������������������������������p. 25 dexdesignsphotography.com, (850) 687-9575 Elizabeth Birdwell Photography����������������������������������������������������������������������������p. 46, 47 elizabethbirdwell.com, (850) 544-1554 Elizabeth Davis Photography������������������������������������������������������������������ p. 36-39, 43 elizabethdavisphoto.com, (850) 443-2956 Erin Nicole Photography������������������������������������������������������p. 65 byerinnicole.com, (904) 345-0595 Footstone Photography��������������������������������������������������������p. 46 footstonephotography.com, (352) 562-3066 Gwynemark Photography ���������������������������������������������������p. 45 gwynemarkphotography.com, (850) 376-3066 Hello Miss Lovely������������������������������������������������������������������p. 64, 65 hellomisslovely.com, (850) 774-3041 J & J Weddings�����������������������������������������������������������p. 34, 35, 66 jandjweddings.com, (850) 933-6033 Jacqueline Ward Images������������������������������������������������������p. 32 jacquelinewardimages.com, (850) 527-1205 Jan Ethridge Photography���������������������������������������p. 22, 23 jcethridgephotography.com, (850) 758-0873 John Gallino Photography��������������������������������������������������p. 55 johngallino.com, (201) 647-9161 Kansas Pitts Photography�����������������������������������������������������p. 15 kansaspitts.com, (850) 387-6016 Kay Meyer Photography������������������������������������p. 31, 34-36, 39, 58, 59 kaymeyerphotography.com, (850) 894-4529 Leah Langley Photography������������������������������������������������p. 63 leahlangley.com, (407) 506-8660 Lewis Johnson Photography���������������������������������������������p. 41 lejphotography.com, (850) 583-0040 Mari Darr~Welch, Modern Photojournalist��������������������������������������������������p. 9, 45 maridarrwelch.com, (850) 699-3403 Mi Amore Foto������������������������������������������������������������������������p. 52, 53 miamorefoto.com, (904) 545-0432 Michael Allen Photography�������������������������������������p. 26, 27 michaelallenphotography.com, (931) 674-1115 Paul Johnson Photography��������������������������������������������������������������������������� p. 64, 65 pauljohnsonphoto.com, (850) 832-4309 Pure 7 Studios��������������������������������������������p. 9, 19, 60, 61, 64, pure7studios.com, (877) 865-PURE (7873) Red Stone Photos��������������������������������������������������������������������������p. 21 redstonephotos.com, (850) 585-5535 Sonja Revells Photography��������������������������������������������������p. 49 sonyarevellsphotography.com, (415) 913-9597 Steve Corbett Photography������������������������������������p. 54, 55 stevecorbett.com, (850) 443-5980 Terri Smith Photography��������������������������������������������p. 50, 54 terrismithphoto.com, (850) 321-5609 Woodland Fields Photography����������������������������������������������������������������������������p. 56, 57 woodlandfieldsphotography.com, (850) 559-1095


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