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Glitz & Glam: Classic weddings make a comeback

VENUES & VENDORS ADDING EXTRA LOVE TO YOUR LOVE STORY

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Beach Bliss Tips for a flawless beach wedding

LOCAL LOVIN’: Northwest Florida Weddings

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Can it get any more romantic than a kiss on the shoreline? We think not! We couldn’t stop staring at this stunning photo of Tracy and Skyler Wilson. The couple had an intimate ceremony on the sand outside of a private, Panama City Beach house. The couple’s talented photographer, Desirée Gardner, said you would have no idea a tropical storm brewing off of the coast almost threatened their wedding. They were one of Gardner’s favorite couples to photograph because their attitude and love for one another was unparalleled. The couple shared many sweet, sandy moments and shed a ton of happy tears.

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The Hands of Time

ZAN FRETT

My grandmother is 80, but her hands are delicate, elegant and dainty all at once. The three rows of diamonds on her left hand are as perfectly polished as the day they were placed there 60 years ago. My grandfather, because of his Native American blood, tans easily. When he removes his ring before bed, the band leaves a sun tattoo. My mother is a hairdresser and my father is a lineman — they both have jobs in which wearing their rings is difficult, even dangerous. They don’t often don their rings, but there isn’t necessarily a need. You can look at them and the lives they’ve led together for 30 years and know their commitment is unwavering. I will be the first to admit that I am blessed and grateful to have been surrounded by such exceptional examples of love throughout my life. I wholeheartedly believe in love, and even more so in marriage, because I admire the core pillars of it — the commitment through good and bad, the selflessness of putting another before yourself, the lifelong support system and the ability to become a better, kinder person because of your partner. These deeply rooted beliefs seeded by my family have caused me to seek a love that has the potential to be enduring and devoted. Speaking personally, I believe when you know, you truly know. And you, the freshly proposed fiance, knew. It could have been love at first sight, eyes meeting across a crowded room. Your sixth date, the one with the tequila and too much fun. The moment they met your entire family, and they loved them almost as much as you do. Or maybe it was as simple as looking across the table, over your book and coffee, and knowing you wanted to repeat that moment and that feeling forever. No matter how or when you realized, I’m glad your love led you to the pages of Northwest Florida Weddings Magazine. It has been my honor to wrap up my second year as editor of this magazine. I’ve found great joy in having brides share with me their love stories, and I put a great deal of consideration into the editorial within these pages. I sincerely believe you will not find better service providers than those showcased within this magazine. Having worked with them, I know they are attentive, professional, compassionate and dedicated to far exceeding your wishes for your wedding day. I urge you to trust your selected service providers and simply enjoy planning your wedding. You’re in the process of creating one of the most memorable, significant and beautiful days of your life. It’s a day that, when you look back on it, you’ll squeeze each other’s wrinkled hands a little tighter. All my love,

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For a love that withstands the sands of time and is more vast than the oceans — a coastal ceremony seems fitting. There’s an eternal element in exchanging vows beside waters that reach throughout the earth and leaving your newly united footprints in pure white sand.

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hen you plan your beach wedding, these images fill your mind: Your veil flowing beautifully in the cool coastal breeze, your bare feet gliding through the sand toward your smiling guests and nothing but emerald green waters as the backdrop. This is what you envision on your most memorable day. Sometimes, reality — avoiding the overly windblown look in your wedding photos, stockpiling sand, overheated guests and gray clouds obstructing your beachfront view — can interfere. But the good news is all of these setbacks can be avoided. You aren’t the first and won’t be the last to have a beach wedding. They are timeless and gorgeous, and the positives greatly outweigh the negatives that could occur. If you’re equipped to handle the elements, a beach wedding can be as easy to plan as an indoor wedding. Your first concern is likely weather; Mother Nature can be an unpredictable lady, especially in Florida. Despite superstition, rain on your wedding day is good luck, but it could put a damper on your day if you’re unprepared. First, you should mentally prepare yourself that inclimate weather could occur, but don’t let it gray your day. Have a Plan B and even a Plan C in place — that could include having the ceremony in a beachside tent or veranda if the rain is light or moving the ceremony indoors to a resort ballroom


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the occasion for tuxedos — cotton or linen suits are better options. One aspect you might not have considered is sound quality. With crashing waves and breezes as background music, it might be hard for your guests to hear what is being said during the ceremony. “It may be quiet outside one moment, but wind can blow your vows the opposite direction of your family,” said Jesse Deese, audio visual consultant with Emerald Coast Audio/ Visual Solutions. “Especially for a beach wedding, audio is a must as the ocean waves can be surprisingly loud. You want high-end DC powered (battery) operated equipment and not a loud generator.” If you fear bystanders and gawkers making appearances — don’t. Your venue should take the precautions to section off your ceremony or post signage to keep those who aren’t guests away. Photographers will also be able to gauge angles in order to only capture those attending your wedding. When put into perspective, all of these worries are trivial compared to the overall significance your wedding holds. “If you dreamed of having a wedding next to this piece of nature for years, don’t deter yourself from your dream just because of a few logistical elements,” said Dolin. “Not only can the ocean symbolize your love for each other and your families, it can also represent a special place for you two to return for years to come.” ▪

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should it storm. Keep an eye on your local weather reports, because weather is fickle and an hour can make a difference. If you have the ability to nudge your ceremony time, it might be worth it to wait out the weather. “We are lucky here in Florida where if it rains, it usually doesn’t rain all day,” said Nina Dolin, wedding sales and services manager at WaterColor Inn. “We can most likely get you out on the beach, but it may have to be a different time, without music or without your dream arbor. It’s all about prioritizing and mentally preparing when it comes to successful planning and an overall happy wedding day.” Another weather worry is heat. Consider the time of your ceremony and the season. You will likely regret a sweltering ceremony in the hottest part of the day in the middle of July. If possible, opt for a sunset ceremony in the late spring, fall or winter. Avoiding the heat wave will be appreciated by your guests and will ensure no one looks sweaty and sticky in photographs. Add to everyone’s comfort by providing your guests with baskets of sunscreen, paper fans, bottled water and even umbrellas. “Providing guests with decorative yet purposeful umbrellas, water stations and shoe stations are all great ideas,” said Ashton Burks, sales and event manager at The Pearl Hotel. “You can order customized fans with your event schedule and information.” For your hair, makeup and wardrobe to withstand the elements and prosper, it’s key to plan accordingly: Aim for natural, dewy makeup; go with tousled beach waves or fishtail braids loaded up with hair spray; and rely on easy, breezy breathable fabrics, such as chiffon, lace, silk or crepe. Save the ballgown dress for a ballroom, and this isn’t

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SKOPELOS AT NEW WORLD Pensacola

“When I first walked into Skopelos at New World, I knew it was the one. The whole venue was beautiful — from the historic feel of the New World Inn and the Grand Ballroom, to the classic and gorgeous decor of the Pensacola Room and the French Room. I knew there would be endless options for my wedding there. They took the core of what we wanted and really brought it to life with their ideas. Not only did they cater the reception dinner but the rehearsal dinner as well. The food was sensational. All of my guests raved about the reception dinner! “We were able to reserve all the rooms there at the venue for out-of-town guests to stay with the wedding party. The most special part was having all of our family and friends under one roof celebrating together.” - Danielle Parrish, Crestview, Florida PHOTOS BY AIS PORTRAITS

At a Glance ▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ CATERING ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪ DINING ▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪ THIRD PARTY VENDORS AVAILABLE ▪ BARTENDING SERVICES ▪ LINEN RENTALS

(850) 434-7736 // SkopelosAtNewWorld.com 600 S. Palafox St., Pensacola, FL, 32502

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WATERCOLOR INN & RESORT Santa Rosa Beach

“The choice of WaterColor Inn really became simple after looking at other venues along 30A. Most venues we toured were, of course, beautiful, but only WaterColor Inn offered a type of package — including coordination services, catering services and vendor recommendations — that we were searching for. This was such a lifesaver being a good six-hour drive away. The way Nina Dolin (wedding sales and service manager) and the coordinators at WaterColor Inn facilitated the process made my wedding run so smoothly. “From all of the labors of love for our wedding, WaterColor Inn felt so intimate and warm. We never felt like we were at a big, beach hotel, so to speak. It felt much more inviting and loving. We cherished how close everyone felt.” - Leslie Propst-McDaniel, Huntsville, Alabama PHOTOS BY DEAR WESLEYANN PHOTOGRAPHY

At a Glance ▪▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪▪ CATERING ▪▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪▪ DINING ▪▪ SPA SERVICES

(850) 231-7773 // WatercolorResort.com 34 Goldenrod Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

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THE PEARL HOTEL Rosemary Beach

“I knew for quite some time that Rosemary Beach would be a part of our wedding day in some capacity, but I wasn’t exactly sold on a ‘toes in the sand’ type of wedding. I have always loved The Pearl Hotel ­— the architecture, the design, the color palette. When my husband and I started discussing what our day would look like, we immediately agreed that The Pearl was at the top of our list. Upon reaching the rooftop for the first time, we were sold. It was 100 percent the backdrop we wanted. The rooftop transforms into such a magical and romantic place, you truly never want to leave it. “It is the most welcoming and warm place. The staff made the whole process easy and relaxing, and it truly felt like we were going through the planning process with friends.” - Jessica Thompson-Cooper, North Little Rock, Arkansas PHOTOS BY HELLO MISS LOVELY

At a Glance ▪▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪▪ CATERING ▪▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪▪ DINING ▪▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪▪ SPA SERVICES ▪▪ THIRD PARTY VENDORS AVAILABLE ▪▪ DECORATING SERVICES ▪▪ BARTENDING SERVICES ▪▪ PRODUCTION/EVENT DESIGN (850) 460-9040 // ThePearlRB.com 63 Main St., Rosemary Beach, FL 32461

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HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH GOLF RESORT & SPA Miramar Beach

“When Sam and I started dating, the first trip we took all together was to Hilton Sandestin Beach. So, when we decided to tie the knot, we couldn't think of anywhere else we wanted our family to officially start! All six of us love the hotel, and there is no other place we could imagine getting married.

At a Glance ▪▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪▪ CATERING ▪▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪▪ DINING ▪▪ SPA SERVICES

“Hilton Sandestin Beach not only has breathtaking views, it has amazing food, multiple reception location options, wonderful staff, a spa and — to top it off — they offered and suggested the best partners to help complete my wedding ” - Missy Pierce, Spring, Texas PHOTOS BY ROBERT YOUNG OF FOREVER YOUNG IMAGES

(850) 267-9500 // HiltonSandestinBeach.com 4000 Sandestin Blvd., Miramar Beach, FL 32550

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SUNDESTIN | RESORTQUEST BY WYNDHAM VACATION RENTALS Destin

“The ceremony was at the perfect time on the beach. The sunset was behind us, and the temperature was perfect. It was very convenient having it right on the SunDestin Resort property since that is where everyone stayed. The price was affordable, and the location had spectacular views of the Gulf.” – Kayla and Josh Thomas, Kansas City, Missouri

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At a Glance ▪▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUES ▪▪ CATERING ▪▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪▪ DINING

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Consider TOPS’L for your dream beach wedding. Choose between overlooking the soft afternoon sunlight setting over the Gulf from our pool deck, or feel the sand between your toes as you walk barefoot on the beach. At TOPS’L, we also offer complimentary indoor space in case of inclement weather and allow you to use the wedding coordinator, officiant, music and décor of your choice to ensure that your day is exactly what you’ve dreamed of. PHOTOS BY RAE LEYTHAM PHOTOGRAPHY

(888) 412-6408 // TopslWeddings.com 9011 US 98, Miramar Beach, FL 32550

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THE POINTE | RESORTQUEST BY WYNDHAM VACATION RENTALS Inlet Beach

“With two picturesque wedding venues, onsite guest accommodations and the perfect blend of flexibility and luxury, The Pointe is the dream wedding location. The Rooftop Sanctuary venue space offers romantic views of 30A and the Gulf of Mexico; you can celebrate amidst a Southern sunset and spend the evening dancing under the stars. The Green venue space is a garden canvas that provides endless possibilities for events. The Pointe’s unique and sophisticated style, paralleled with the ResortQuest team’s expertise, will make your wedding a dream come true.” - Kristen Cagadas, Wedding Sales Manager, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals PHOTOS BY SARAH & PAUL PHOTOGRAPHY

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At a Glance ▪▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪▪ DINING ▪▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪▪ CATERING

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There are few sights more enlivening or romantic than a glittering city skyline. City-centric couples seek the steady pulse of a lively downtown, a contemporary cool hotel or a classic location steeped in history. There is much love to be found in the heart of the city.

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ANDREW'S CATERING AT FSU ALUMNI CENTER Tallahassee

“My husband Marcus and I are from Tallahassee, and he is a graduate of Florida State University. We live in Orlando now but wanted our wedding to be back home. When we were taking our tours of the different venues in Tallahassee, we really liked the space and knew the Alumni Center could accommodate our more than 180 guests. They had the outside and inside space we were looking for. It was so lovely and didn’t need much decor as far as the building was concerned. It just simply fit my idea of a wedding space. Plus, I really wanted sparklers for our exit, and they allowed us to have them. “We truly loved when we said our vows and seeing everyone that came to celebrate our union.” - Mamie Mills, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY DREHOW PHOTOGRAPHY

At a Glance ▪ INDOOR AND OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ CATERING SERVICES ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪ THIRD PARTY VENDORS AVAILABLE ▪ DECORATING SERVICES ▪ BARTENDING SERVICES ▪ DESIGN AND DÉCOR INSTALLATIONS ▪ PRODUCTION/EVENT DESIGN ▪ LINEN RENTALS ▪ DJ SERVICES (850) 644-2767 // AndrewsDowntown.com 1030 W. Tennessee St., Tallahassee, FL 32304

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TALLAHASSEE DOWNTOWN Tallahassee

“We chose to get married in downtown Tallahassee because I was born and raised there. So much of Tallahassee and its people made me who I am today, and it felt like the perfect send off into this next chapter of my life. Downtown Tallahassee, specifically St. John’s Episcopal Church, is very romantic. Something about saying your vows in a church built in the 1800s, where thousands of others have wed, makes that location extra special.

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“I grew up attending St. John’s Episcopal Church. I was baptized and confirmed there. My sister was married there, and my dad’s ashes are in the Memorial Garden outside its doors. It is a beautiful, historic church and a meaningful place for my family.” – Caroline Mallison, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY RED FLY STUDIO

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TALLAHASSEE DOWNTOWN Tallahassee

“Our wedding was unconventional, relaxing, fun and effortlessly beautiful in the heart of our Capital City. We chose downtown Tallahassee not only for our wedding venue, but also for our home. Tallahassee’s old charm, canopy trees and rehabilitated historic architecture made our pictures timeless.

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“When we decided to get married in Tallahassee, we knew it had to be in a city park. The obvious choice was The Edison and Cascades Park. The beautiful ambience is like nowhere else in Florida. Our out-of-town guests were shocked by how gorgeous and scenic the park, downtown and the restaurant were. Everyone had an amazing time, and it was obviously the best day of our lives.” - Mary Bustin, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania PHOTOS BY KYLENE & RYAN STUDIOS

SayIDoDowntown.com // TallahasseeDowntown.com 106 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

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rystal chandeliers shine and shimmer, casting a light that makes everyone appear to be doused in diamonds. White satingloved hands reach for gleaming gold flutes of champagne, and suited waiters pass hors d’oeuvres. Your hair is pristinely curled, and your ball gown is elegantly fitted. Your new husband looks dapper and dashing in his tuxedo as you reach for his hand and enter into your reception, where you’re greeted by the sounds of a string quartet and the applause of your adoring guests. This description sounds like a scene from a movie, but it could become your reality as classic weddings are making a comeback, and with good reason. Who doesn’t deserve to be the star of the show on their wedding day? While trends will come and go, classic elegance was just as beautiful for your grandmother’s wedding as it will be for your children’s. The timeless trend is all about creating a look that will remain beautiful for years to come. Black and white will remain popular because of the sleekness and neutrality this power pair represents. A modern take on classic includes incorporating silver, gold, chrome, copper and rose gold. Two luxurious elements commonly appearing in 2018 weddings will be marble and velvet. Consider marble place settings or a marble dance floor. Velvet adds a dash of royalty, whether it’s outfitting your bridal party or adorning the ceremony seats. The décor should give off a simple yet sophisticated air. Because the pieces are often elaborate and statement-making, they shouldn’t be overdone. Think perfectly polished candelabras, lush floral

centerpieces, gilded gold vases, pearl accents, white china and sparkling stemware. Ballrooms, country clubs, museums and historic buildings are often best suited to cater a classic affair. A luminescent and ethereal atmosphere is the goal as it breathes romance into any space. “The words timeless and elegant come to mind, from the gown to the venue,” said Kendyl Jarvis, catering and events manager with Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown. “Our ballroom has classic elements, such as chandelier light fixtures and updated carpet with classic colors. Even the ceiling height and window treatments provide a soft and elegant backdrop that adds to the classic appeal.” The Edison, located in downtown Tallahassee, stands as a brick beacon of a bygone era, practically radiating with classic glamour. “The almost 100-year-old, brick and stone building is a 1921 power plant that was lovingly restored,” said Mike Xifaras, managing partner of The Edison. “It’s timeless and memorable. What’s more classic than that?” This is your moment to summon and embrace your inner diva. For hair, try bountiful movie star curls or a sleek updo topped with a tiara. Play dress up in queen-worthy ball gown of fluffy tulle or a long, lace train. If your wedding is in a chilly month, pull on a fur stole or velvet cape. This is your day to dazzle. The enduring appeal of a glamorous wedding is its ability to exude charisma and charm that can be felt within the room and preserved within memories. ▪

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HOTEL DUVAL | AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION Tallahassee

“I knew Hotel Duval was the one when I walked into the Ballroom on Level 8 and saw the magnificent chandeliers hanging down from the ceiling — and also the balcony where my guests would have an amazing view of most of Tallahassee. “Hotel Duval did a fantastic job catering to fit the vision I had for my wedding on the budget my husband and I had established. I wanted a nice, elegant, plated dinner for all of my guests, but I also wanted good gourmet food that was reasonably priced. Hotel Duval developed a specialized menu for my wedding day to ensure the food was just what I wanted. Not to mention the way the food was presented was amazing!” – Amanda Anderson, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY TAYLOR'D SOUTHERN EVENTS

At a Glance ▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ CATERING ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪ DINING ▪ THIRD PARTY VENDORS AVAILABLE ▪ DECORATING SERVICES ▪ BARTENDING SERVICES ▪ AUDIO/VISUAL ▪ LINEN RENTALS (850) 224-6000 // HotelDuval.com 415 N. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

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THE EDISON RESTAURANT Tallahassee

“My husband and I actually had our entire wedding planned, but when Hurricane Irma hit, we had to rearrange all of our plans and our venue. I frantically began making phone calls, and, just 30 minutes later, I received a call back from The Edison, ensuring me that they would gladly host our wedding. They even allowed us to have our ceremony on their property. Right then, I knew that was what was meant to be for our special day. The day after the hurricane, I met with the staff and began (re)planning our wedding. “Since our wedding was 99 percent planned when we booked with The Edison, they did a phenomenal job of mimicking our prior plans. Rather than making us create a new menu, they simply took our original and said they would make those options, despite them not being on their menu. My husband and I texted our planner almost daily with details about anything from napkins to floor plans, and she made sure every detail was written out. Our wedding ended up being everything we could have dreamed of.” – Vlada Reinhardt, Moscow, Russia PHOTOS BY CHRIS CROUCH

At a Glance ▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ CATERING ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ DINING ▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪ DECORATING SERVICES ▪ BARTENDING SERVICES ▪ THIRD PARTY VENDORS AVAILABLE ▪ AUDIO/VISUAL ▪ FLORAL SERVICES ▪ DJ SERVICES ▪ LINEN RENTALS (850) 765-9771 // EdisonTally.com 470 Suwannee St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

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CHROMES & METALLICS

The coolest anti-color colors

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Top Trends BIG BALLOONS

Let the love in the air fill balloons! That’s right, balloons are making a comeback — whether they are big, bold bulbs or clusters floating from the ceiling.

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FOOD TRUCKS

That’s right, in 2018, food trucks aren’t rolling away.

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Soft, sweet, pretty and oh so romantic, splashes of watercolor hues are appearing on invitations, bridal party attire, backdrops, tablecloths and even cakes.

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The bigger the bloom, the better — peonies, dinnerplate dahlias, water lilies, amaryllis, king protea, sunflowers and camellias are all statement-making stems.

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UNIQUE FOOD OPTIONS

Want a ceiling of hanging flowers? In 2018, your wish can come true.

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There are virtually no limits in 2018. You crave it, you can have it!

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REVAMPED GROOM’S CAKES Grooms are truly expressing their personalities and interests through their cakes.

DOUGHNUTS & ICE CREAM SANDWICHES Elaborate cakes are out, and small desserts are in. Instead, brides are screaming for sweet sprinkled doughnuts and ice cream sandwiches.

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Oh hey, macramé! Hanging macramé makes a soft and subtle background, ideal for the boho bride.

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FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON TALLAHASSEE DOWNTOWN Tallahassee

At a Glance ▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ CATERING SERVICES ▪ ACCOMMODATIONS

“I moved to Tallahassee in 2015 to attend graduate school, and Four Points stood out to me immediately. I mean, how could it not? It’s structurally unique and beautiful. Living in Florida, the opportunity to have an outdoor wedding in the middle of winter was very appealing to my husband and I. Four Points offered us the opportunity to host our guests in multiple areas, showcasing the beautiful pool and the gorgeous Ornate Chorus Ballroom with an adjacent and intimate outdoor patio. “Four Point’s staff has a unique way of making you feel like family. They heard my hopes for the wedding and went out of their way to make it happen. From the hot chocolate bar to the table settings, creativity abounds at the Four Points.” - Amanda Wickham, Carriere, Mississippi PHOTOS BY TRICKEY PHOTOGRAPHY

(850) 422-0071 // FourPointsTallahasseeDowntown.com 316 W. Tennessee St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

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STAYBRIDGE SUITES Tallahassee

“Staybridge was convenient for us because they allowed us to use our own vendors and helped us set up everything we needed. The staff went above and beyond to make sure the outdoor space we used was perfect. “Our guests enjoyed the atmosphere and feel of our wedding. The live music and fireworks set the perfect stage for the night. There was a distinct moment while everyone was dancing when I looked around and saw smiles on everyone’s faces. The music was perfect, the sun was setting over the lake and everything was gorgeous.” - Taylor Anne Short, Tallahassee, Florida

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At a Glance ▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ CATERING ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪ SPA SERVICES ▪ THIRD PARTY VENDORS AVAILABLE ▪ DECORATING SERVICES ▪ BARTENDING SERVICES ▪ LIGHTING ▪ DJ SERVICES ▪ LINEN RENTALS (850) 219-7010 // Staybridge.com/Tallahassee 1600 Summit Lake Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32317

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WILDLIGHT FILMS

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THE GATHERING/SOCIAL CATERING Tallahassee

“The location is right above Madison Social, the restaurant where we’ve spent so much time together, next to our favorite team’s stadium and was catered by Social Catering, which served some of our favorite MadSo dishes. It was the perfect fit for the two of us. “The Gathering made every little dream possible. All we had to do was vocalize our wishes, and Amanda Morrison (managing partner) and The Gathering team made it all a reality. From food stations to familystyle seating to an abundance of greenery and hanging hoops, they were able to take all the little ideas and somehow make it all work together. I don’t believe our wedding would have been as beautiful, smooth or successful as it was without Amanda. One thing our guests kept saying was how beautiful and intimate the venue was, and that they just felt so much love within the space.” - Morgan Brownlee, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY J&J WEDDINGS, WILDLIGHT FILMS AND NINA NICOLE PHOTOGRAPHY

At a Glance ▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ CATERING SERVICES ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ DINING ▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪ THIRD PARTY VENDORS AVAILABLE ▪ DECORATING SERVICES ▪ BARTENDING SERVICES ▪ LINEN RENTALS

(850) 228-6817 // GatheringTallahassee.com 705 S. Woodward Ave., Unit 201, Tallahassee, FL 32304

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country Much like elements of nature, love starts with a seed that blooms and blossoms, roots and grows. The country couple yearns for a ceremony under ancient oaks nestled between the region’s gently sloping hills. From enchanted gardens to rustic barns to stately plantations, Northwest Florida is effortlessly and naturally beautiful.

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Sweetly Southern From rustic romance to Southern belle — welcoming the trend By Rebecca Padgett

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hrough the oak trees draped in Spanish moss and sparkling lights, a rustic barn or stately plantation home is visible. The scents of magnolia and barbecue mingle pleasingly as guests sip lemonade cocktails and dance under the stars. It doesn’t matter if you’re born and bred in the South, a Southern soiree has an allure that welcomes all. To properly host the theme, you first must enter a Southern mindset of pretty pastels, whimsical prints and romance as sweet as the tea you’ll likely be serving. Southern settings are often barns, gardens, plantations or wide-open spaces. These locations tend to lend themselves to natural beauty that’s only enhanced by the presence of lots of lace, big blooms and vintage treasures. Cover farm tables in lace or gingham tablecloths, adorn them with Mason jars full of magnolias, gardenias or dogwoods and

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you’ve got a table setting that would please Reese Witherspoon herself. Wash bins containing drinks, large barrels for cocktail tables, burlap table runners and cotton wreaths make nice touches. “Pastels, neutral floral elements, flowers and a lot of them, calligraphy, monograms, white dinner jackets, greenery, lace and lounge furniture tend to be most popular with the Southern theme,” said Cara Dollinger, event manager of Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomasville, Georgia. Top those tables with a versatile Southern menu that can range anywhere from down-home classics to downright delicacies. Timeless and tasty options include: fried chicken, barbecue, cornbread, greens, mac and cheese, black-eyed peas, fried green tomatoes, cobblers and pie. Or go all out with chicken and waffles, a shrimp cocktail, alligator tail, oysters and a top-your-own buttermilk biscuit bar. Sweet tea and lemonade are obvious choices — accompanied by moonshine or whiskey, should you choose to partake. Sip those beverages in proper Southern style — out of monogrammed Mason jars or flasks. Lawn games are ideal for cocktail hour or mingling after dinner. Think cornhole, horseshoes, ladder golf, bocce ball, croquet, lawn darts or other games you might play at a Saturday tailgate. Hay bails, tractors and antique trucks make for fun photo props for guests or a bridal party. The Southern bride delights in all things lace, a neck adorned in pearls and cascading curls side swept into an updo. Think bright pastels or — even better — outfit the bridesmaids in floral and the groomsmen in gingham. Love Lily Pulitzer? A Southern wedding is the ideal occasion to wear the infamous designer. No matter the décor or the food, Southern can be a state of mind. “We believe what makes a Southern wedding are family traditions that are passed down from generations and good Southern hospitality that brings everyone together,” said Heather Brown, venue coordinator at Pearl in the Wild in Tallahassee. The epitome of a Southern-style wedding is the mingling of family and friends creating a warm welcome and humble hospitality. It invites you to gather around a meal, sip on something sweet and sit … or better yet, dance a spell. ▪

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PEARL IN THE WILD is a wedding and event venue for Tallahassee, Florida. A 10,000-square-foot venue with a chapel situated on 200 lush acres, with unlimited possibilites. 850-656-1322 | PEARLINTHEWILD.COM 1848 JEFFERSON ROAD, TALLAHASSEE, FL 32317

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Local Love

Embracing and incorporating Northwest Florida into your wedding By Rebecca Padgett

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rom ancient oak trees rooted in red clay to stately palm trees staking claim to our iconic white sand beaches, Northwest Florida has a unique topography all within the span of our beloved Panhandle. From a nationally recognized college football team to miles of pristine coastline, our area attracts many who come to visit or choose to stay. Whether Northwest Florida is your vacation destination or native home, there’s no denying we are blessed with a beautiful and unique region. One way to fully express the love for your locale is by incorporating local businesses and staples into your wedding. Your choice to be married in Northwest Florida was strategic as your wedding city likely holds significance to your relationship. It only seems fitting to embrace the localities. Consider your guests as well and how special it will be to introduce them to your favorite local flavors. A great way to slip the region in is to sip it. In recent years, craft breweries have made their appearance as beloved watering holes in almost every town and city. Craft beers lend themselves to conversation pieces as aficionados and novices alike discuss and compare flavors. From Tallahassee to Pensacola, brewery options are plentiful, and each offers distinct options and styles. Most of these breweries offer kegs for pickup or catering options. Some, including Proof Brewing Company in Tallahassee, can be bought in grocery stores. They even offer a pale ale titled EightFive-0 — it doesn’t get more local than that. “We love Northwest Florida,” said Angela Burroughs, co-founder of Proof Brewing Company. “The weather


reason. It’s a fun way to showcase culinary geniuses feeding your community. From Southern comforts and Cajun creations to strictly desserts or coffee carts — it’s easy to have all of your beloved treats populate your wedding. If you’re seeking a more formal affair, your caterer can include regional delicacies in your menu. Think Apalachicola oysters, fresh Gulf Coast seafood, Florida stone crab, gator bites, a variety of citrus fruits, local honey and key lime pie. A community is only as strong, welcoming and beautiful as the people who dwell in it, and many of those people are local small business owners. They are the steady thrum that provide an abundance of heart to Northwest Florida. So when you’re planning your special day of love and commitment, spread a little love and devotion to your neighborhood businesses. ▪

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and beautiful landscape offer so many opportunities to host outdoor events, and anything we have on draft is a wonderful complement.” For those who prefer grapes over grain, there are a few regional wineries, including Chautauqua Vineyards and Farmer’s Daughter Vineyards, that offer bottles for sipping and sharing. If guests need a jolt of energy before hitting the dance floor, options such as Tallahassee’s Lucky Goat Coffee Co. can cup it up. “Some of the most popular ways to incorporate our coffee is by hosting a coffee bar at the reception or providing the coffee for guest favors,” said Lindsey Sheets, brand manager of Lucky Goat Coffee Co. “We offer a variety of different types of coffee to fit the style and feel of your wedding day.” A creative way to nosh on neighborhood fare is to dine via food truck. This is likely a trend you’re familiar with — and for good

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happen Looking at your wedding to-do list might seem intimidating, but it won’t be if you’re equipped with the best services and vendors that Northwest Florida has to offer. From florists and photographers to caterers and cosmetics — entrust these service providers to exceed your expectations.

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Things To Do Before

‘I Do’

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he instant a sparkling ring is slipped onto your left hand, many moments of celebration will follow. While the main event is likely the one you’re most excited for, there are occasions leading up to the wedding that are meaningful and joyous. Don’t let these pre-events daunt you; think of them as mini parties in preparation for the grand finale. There’s a long list of pre-wedding events, but that doesn’t mean you have to participate in all of them — select those that fit best you. Restaurants and venues are equipped to cater to your needs and allow you to save the majority of your planning time for the wedding day. Skopelos at New World in Pensacola, is one of those venues. “From start to finish, the event planners are here to ensure the process is as seamless as can be,” said Arianne Pearce, director of marketing, social media and public relations at Skopelos. “We’ll work with you to establish the feeling you’re hoping to create for your event and determine which of the various spaces is going to be best.”

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Paisley Cafe in Tallahassee. “We offer a custom menu that is specific to the bride. Prosecco has truly changed the game for us as we offer mimosas and tipsy lemonade to morning bridal showers and parties.” The bachelor and bachelorette parties have a flexible timeframe, but for the sake and sanity of all involved, the night before is not encouraged. Whether you choose to travel or stay local, the party should focus on your friendship and involve activities you enjoy. Northwest Florida is a playground for the engaged couple — breweries and a round of golf for the guys or a spa day and cocktails on the beach for the gals. The rehearsal dinner takes place the night before the wedding. After the bridal party and all involved in the ceremony have practiced the proceedings, a dinner is hosted, usually by the groom’s parents. Some opt for fine dining, but others choose a lively or inviting atmosphere. For destination weddings, a location with coastal views or beach access is ideal. “We provide the entire upstairs Fishbone room, along with linens, silverware and full bar service,” said Jackie Maliszewski, office manager at Cafe Thirty-A in Seagrove Beach. “We have the ability to set up

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Soon after the question is popped, it’s time to pop some bubbly at the engagement party. This is a celebration for you as a couple — allowing family, friends and coworkers to mingle in merriment of your soon-to-be matrimony. This is typically a more intimate gathering, so don’t feel the need to invite the entire guest list. Possible locations include the couple’s home, a favorite restaurant, a beloved bar or even the site of the proposal. The bridal shower is for the bride only, so it’s the ideal occasion to host a fancy tea or a boozy brunch. Put on your cutest dress, keep the mimosas flowing and shower the bride with love and gifts. The maid of honor, with assistance from the other bridesmaids, typically hosts this. “Bridal brunches have become increasingly popular,” said Kiersten Lee, owner of

music and visual audio. We even let guests create their own menu to an extent. If guests want something that isn’t on our sample menus, we do our best to accommodate them.” Cafe Thirty-A, like many other admirable restaurants in Northwest Florida, offers all of the services and accomodations you seek when planning a rehearsal dinner. It has become increasingly popular for couples to invite wedding guests to a brunch or lunch the day after the ceremony, especially one in which a large portion of attendees have travelled. This is considered to be one final chance to catch up before the happy couple departs on their honeymoon. From being showered with gifts you will enjoy for a lifetime to unforgettable fun at your bachelor/bachelorette parties to simply spending time with those you care for — take full advantage of these events. They were each crafted with the purpose of celebrating your love. ▪

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ANDREW’S CATERING

At a Glance

“My wedding was full of so much love, lots of flowers and an abundance of delicious food. It was all I’ve ever dreamed of and more.” - Khari Fischer, Tallahassee, Florida

▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ CATERING SERVICES ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪ THIRD PARTY VENDORS AVAILABLE ▪ DECORATING SERVICES ▪ BARTENDING SERVICES ▪ DESIGN AND DÉCOR INSTALLATIONS ▪ PRODUCTION/EVENT DESIGN ▪ LINEN RENTALS

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(850) 644-2767 // AndrewsDowntown.com/Catering 228 S. Adams St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

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“Food was a No. 1 priority for my wedding. Ashley, the catering director for Andrew’s, was incredible from start to finish. From doing an initial tasting to creating my final menu, Ashley Chaney and her team worked with me to create a delicious menu that fit my budget. I changed my mind about 100 times with what food I wanted, and they always quickly made the changes. I got amazing food for a good price, and that makes for one happy bride.

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MARGARET ELLEN BRIDAL Inlet Beach

“Our main focus is the bride. We want her to have the best experience — from the time she walks in the door and tries on dresses, to when she walks out with her perfect gown. We are by ‘appointment only,’ so our bride and her family are the only ones in the bridal salon, which makes the gown search intimate, relaxing and exclusive. We also serve small bites along with bubbly to make it extra sweet. Our goal is to provide the best service and most memorable gown shopping experience to every bride.

At a Glance ▪ BOUTIQUE ▪ BRIDAL ATTIRE ▪ COUTURE BRIDAL GOWNS & ACCESSORIES

“With all eyes focused on the bride, the look and details of the dress capture the magic of that moment. I believe it is important for a bride to feel comfortable and her absolute best on the day she marries her groom.” – Maggie Matthews, Owner of Margaret Ellen Bridal (850) 641-0266 // MargaretEllenBridal.com 12805 U.S. Highway 98 E., Suite N201, Inlet Beach, FL 32461

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Forever Favors Giving gifts that guests will cherish by Rebecca Padgett

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here is likely a drawer in your house appropriately deemed the “junk drawer,” filled with various items that you’re not sure what to do with but just can’t bring yourself to throw away. Within that drawer sits an impressive collection of koozies, coasters and magnets adorned with two first names and a shared last name. You don’t use these items, but you feel guilty discarding them because they are supposed to hold significance. But do they really? When you are searching for the gifts and favors you want to give your guests, consider items that are meaningful and memorable. The keys to impressive favors are personalization, usefulness, appeal and thoughtfulness. The gifts we seek are customized to us because they show care while also being something of use. Boutiques and local businesses throughout Northwest Florida offer options that will dazzle your guests.


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Coton Colors, based in Tallahassee but also available regionally and online, specializes in items that promote everyday celebrations — the perfect way to keep your wedding day ever present. “Coton Colors products aren’t only great for serving up sweet treats and late night drinks during your reception,” says Molly Corder, marketing director at Coton Colors, “they also make for highly soughtafter wedding favors that will have your guests reminiscing on the fun they had each time they reach for their stylish plate or mug. … Coton Colors ornaments are a great way to say thanks for coming. Even

better, they can be personalized for the perfect finishing touch.” If personalized is less your style, but you still want something elegant and irreplaceable, think picture frames, jewelry or, as Lisa Nylen, manager of Hearth & Soul, suggests, Sempli wine glasses, which are crystal, handblown beauties. While food favors might not last forever, they are appreciated. Package your favorite sweet treats — make your own s’mores kits, caramel apples, your favorite cookies, popcorn, jams, coffee beans or mini champagne bottles. Or leave the packaging to the professionals.

“Sugarfina, a delicious gourmet candy that is just as beautiful to look at as it is to taste, is always a crowd favorite.” said Nylen. “It comes beautifully packaged with a variety of greetings to suit the occasion.” No matter if it’s elegant or edible, whimsical or personalized — take the time to seek favors that will make your guests feel special, appreciated and cherished. Put yourself in their shoes and think of items that hold relevance, meaning or are useful. Remember, your guests are the people you wanted to share this momentous day with, and they deserve momentos that materialize your appreciation. ▪

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JOHN GANDY EVENTS Tallahassee

“Growing up in Tallahassee, you see John’s amazing work time and time again. Whether it is a wedding, a birthday party or just a celebration, he and his team always create the most exquisite atmosphere. When it came time to plan our wedding, it was an absolute no-brainer. We knew without any hesitation that he would be able to bring our vision to life and more. He did just that.

At a Glance ▪ WEDDINGS AND CORPORATE EVENTS ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ EVENT DESIGN ▪ EVENT PRODUCTION ▪ FURNITURE AND DECOR RENTALS

“Since I was a little girl, I had always dreamed of what my wedding would look like, and on Dec. 9, all my visions came true. Throughout the planning process, we continuously threw new ideas at John and his team, and he brought them to reality. We were able to incorporate such specific and special details into the entire day, and he made it absolutely flawless.” – Brooke Heffley, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY WOODLAND FIELDS PHOTOGRAPHY

(850) 570-5999 // JohnGandyEvents.com 3463 Garber Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32303

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JOHN GANDY EVENTS Tallahassee

“From the first time we sat down with John Gandy and Darin Jones, Landrie (the bride) and I were at complete ease. Even though they were professional, the feeling was one of friendship and respect. They listened to everything we said and never gave any indication that anything she wanted could not be done. It was all about what Landrie wanted. We hired them that day and never even talked with anyone else. I know it’s their job and they do this every day, but it was more than just a job to all of them. They cared about how beautiful it was and that we were happy with everything. “John Gandy Events works like a well-oiled machine. When your child hugs you and tells you it was perfect and she never imagined it could be so beautiful and perfect, well that says it all.” – Debbie Folsom, Mother of the Bride, Landrie Folsom Pettibone, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY WOODLAND FIELDS PHOTOGRAPHY

At a Glance ▪ WEDDINGS AND CORPORATE EVENTS ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ EVENT DESIGN ▪ EVENT PRODUCTION ▪ FURNITURE AND DECOR RENTALS

(850) 570-5999 // JohnGandyEvents.com 3463 Garber Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32303

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making it happen MY FAVORITE THINGS From your invitation to your registry, everything you choose is a reflection of your personal style. The consultants at My Favorite Things can guide you with their expert knowledge in everything from etiquette to entertaining. With our extensive online registry service, you and your guests can access an array of beautiful and unique gifts that will complement the exciting new life ahead of you.

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(850) 681-2824 ShopMFT.com 1410 Market St., C3 Tallahassee, FL 32312

TALLAHASSEE AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM – BANQUET ROOMS The Tallahassee Automobile Museum is a community treasure that offers up history and engaging experiences. For a reception or ceremony that’s outside of the box, the museum is equipped with a variety of banquet rooms ranging in size and style to seat from 50–1,500 to fulfill the needs of your wedding. Your own caterer and decorations are welcome, while facilities, tables and chairs are on-site to drive your wedding day to blissfulness.

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(850) 942-0137 TACM.com 6800 Mahan Drive Tallahassee, FL 32308

TALQUIN PORTABLE RESTROOMS Tallahassee

Talquin Portable Restrooms is Tallahassee and North Florida’s only provider of luxury, mobile restroom trailers. We provide event planners, organizations, wedding parties, corporate parties and individuals with classy, one-of-a-kind mobile restroom trailers at prices that are more than affordable. Forget what you think you know about portable restrooms. Our mobile facilities are state-of-the-art and unique. The Elite series is unlike any mobile restroom you’ve likely seen with simulated marble countertops, brass faucets and fine oak base cabinetry. PHOTOS COURTESY OF TALQUIN PORTABLE RESTROOMS

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At a Glance ▪ PORTABLE RESTROOMS ▪ CONVENIENT ▪ LUXURY MOBILE RESTROOM TRAILERS

(850) 574-2786 // TalquinPortableRestrooms.com P.O. Box 559/20 Taylor Court, Midway, FL 32343


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Let Pure & Couture customize your bridal and special event experience. Custom bridal packages offered Hair • Extensions • Makeup • Spray Tanning • Lash Extensions • Keratin Lash Lift

36150 Emerald Coast Parkway Suite 104, Destin, FL 850.424.3935 pureandcouture.com

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making it happen COTON COLORS Conveniently positioned in Tallahassee’s Market District, and with simple online registry access, Coton Colors is the perfect stop for celebrating blushing brides. From your engagement to your wedding day, make every moment even happier with Coton Colors.

BRIDAL GIF TS AND REGISTRY

(850) 688-0149 Coton-Colors.com 1355 Market St. Tallahassee, FL 32312

NIKI GANDY / SELFIETALLY

SELFIETALLY PHOTO BOOTH Get the party started with Tallahassee’s premier photo booth! With customized overlays, props and backdrops, your guests will be drawn in, entertained and leave with a lasting memory. Choose to have your photos printed or sent via text or email for instant sharing. Along with our traditional booths, we now have the latest in photo booth experiences — featuring the social media booth with GIFs, Boomerang, single photos, bursts, digital props and more.

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(850) 528-5737 Selfietally.com 3013 Godfrey Place Tallahassee, FL 32309

HILTON GARDEN INN TALLAHASSEE Tallahassee’s best location for comfort, service and convenience to accommodate you and your loved ones as you celebrate your wedding. Our light-filled lobby, on-site restaurant and clean, fresh rooms create the perfect “home away from home” experience. We are centrally located near several of Tallahassee’s wedding venues, just off I-10 at exit 203. In addition to reserving your sleeping-room block, let us take care of your rehearsal dinner as well. With full-service catering available, our banquet room offers an ideal setting for an intimate rehearsal dinner of up to 48 guests.

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(850) 385-3553 Tallahassee.StayHGI.com 3333 Thomasville Road Tallahassee, FL 32308

HAMPTON INN AND SUITES TALLAHASSEE I-10 Convenience and comfort await you and your guests at the Hampton Inn & Suites Tallahassee I-10-Thomasville Road. Our remodeled hotel features a welcoming staff, stylish sleeping rooms and an easily accessible location with complimentary parking. Wake up to our hot Hampton breakfast before heading off to celebrate your special occasion. Enjoy your time with friends and family, and we will take care of the rest.

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(850) 574-4900 3388 Lonnbladh Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308 Tallahassee.HamptonInn.com


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DAY OF COORDINATION PARTIAL PLANNING & FULL PLANNING SERVICES

850.228.0521 SWEETTEATALLAHASSEE.COM @SWEETTEATALLAHASSEE

FOR TEETH WHITENING AND OTHER DENTAL SERVICES CALL TODAY. ASK FOR YOUR COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION. 850.385.3700 | 221 E. 7TH AVE | DRRAINEY.COM

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making it happen ANNA SHACKLEFORD

PEBBLE HILL PLANTATION Amid the allure of magnolias and lovely longleaf pines, blooms the stately architectural beauty of Pebble Hill Plantation, providing a grand and breathtaking backdrop for your wedding. Pebble Hill Plantation offers five unique venue options, ranging from elegant to rustic. Incorporate the timeless romance of a bygone era into a wedding that is uniquely yours.

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(229) 227-5387 PebbleHill.com 1251 U.S. Highway 319 S. Thomasville, GA 31792

RUSSELL RAINEY, DMD Say “I Do” with a perfect smile. Dr. Russell B. Rainey and his caring team provide Tallahassee’s most exceptional dental experience. Dr. Rainey’s practice offers a wide range of services, including teeth whitening, Invisalign treatment, and anxiety-free cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Whether it is your big day or the big day of a loved one, let Dr. Rainey’s team give you a smile to be proud of.

COSMETIC DENTISTRY

(850) 385-3700 DrRainey.com 221 E. 7th Ave. Tallahassee, FL 32303

SWEET TEA EVENTS Tallahassee

Sweet Tea Events believes that life should be embraced, celebrated and oh so sweet. We are one of Tallahassee’s premier wedding and event planning companies. Our experienced team loves brewing up fresh ideas that uniquely capture your vision and personality. We emphasize Southern hospitality and attention to detail in order to ensure your event perfectly suits your taste. PHOTOS BY ELIZABETH BIRDWELL PHOTOGRAPHY

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At a Glance ▪ PLANNING SERVICES ▪ SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY ▪ ATTENTION TO DETAIL

(850) 228-0521 // SweetTeaTallahassee.com 1000 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32303


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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 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 and gorgeous amenities. This resort can deliver it all, from pre-wedding rituals to post-nuptial relaxation. For the one moment when you say,“I do” there is only one Hilton Sandestin Beach.

RESORT & VENUE

(850) 267-9500 HiltonSandestinBeach.com 4000 S. Sandestin Blvd. Miramar Beach, FL 32550

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. The entire wedding party may enjoy a spa-style bridesmaid’s luncheon in the lounge while beautifying together with hair services, manicures and pedicures in the spa’s adjoining salons.

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B E A U T Y & S PA

(850) 622-9595 SerenitybytheseaSpa.com 4000 S. Sandestin Blvd. Miramar Beach, FL 32550

BALLROOMS AND THE BEACH With 60,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor venues, Hilton Sandestin Beach presents a plethora of spots for your ceremony, reception and various wedding gatherings. All of the ballrooms feature an open-ceiling concept that can be transformed into a splendid backdrop for nuptials. If the beach is your ideal venue, three boardwalks lead down to sugar white sands, and three decks overlook the emerald green waters lending to picturesque scenery.

RESORT & VENUE

(877) 705-6641 HiltonSandestinBeach.com 4000 S. Sandestin Blvd. Miramar Beach, FL 32550

SEAGAR’S PRIME STEAKS & 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. Our Executive Chef 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.

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(850) 622-1500 Seagars.com 4000 S. Sandestin Blvd. Miramar Beach, FL 32550


making it happen EMERALD COAST AUDIO VISUAL SOLUTIONS Flawless audio and eye-catching visual services ensure that your guests fully experience the magic of your wedding day. Emerald Coast Audio Visual Solutions equips you with expert technicians and consultants to advise you on the most effective and cost-efficient options for your wedding, whether it’s indoors or outdoors. Every word of your vows will be heard, and the spotlight will be on you. For your rehearsal dinner, outdoor ceremony or reception, the team at Emerald Coast Audio Visual Solutions has the right equipment and expertise for your once-in-a-lifetime event.

AUDIO & VISUAL

(850) 630-3032 EmeraldCoastAV.com 105 Estes Place, Suite A100, Panama City Beach, FL 32413

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A GRANDE OCCASION WEDDING ARTISTRY A Grande Occasion Wedding Artistry is the wedding team of The Posh Daisy Salon Spa, which offers on-location and in-salon services to make your day perfect. As part of an award-winning salon, this team takes pride in providing stunning hair and makeup services all along the Florida Panhandle. Brides and their bridal parties can rejuvenate with a day of relaxation including a fresh manicure or pedicure, beauty boost facial or deep conditioning hot oil scalp treatment. Let your inner beauty blossom!

S A L O N & S PA

(850) 533-0321 AGrandeOccasion.com 128 Eglin Parkway SE Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

SUNSET BAY CAFÉ With stunning bay views and a delicious, locally sourced menu, you’ll want to host every wedding-related event at Sunset Bay Café. Whether it’s a bridal brunch, a rehearsal dinner on the scenic deck or a casual lunch with out-oftown guests, Sunset Bay offers indoor and outdoor dining areas alongside an extensive menu to fulfill your needs. Dine on an innovative and fresh selection while feasting your eyes on the beauty of Choctawhatchee Bay.

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(850) 267-7108 SunsetBayCafeSandestin.com 158 Sandestin Blvd. N. Miramar Beach, FL 32550

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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 your special day. From sugary white sand beaches and lush green lawns to elegant stately ballrooms and serene bayfront terraces, Sandestin will make your wedding all you dreamed of and more.

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(866) 748-7863 Sandestin.com/FLWed 9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy W., Miramar Beach, FL 32550

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Downtown Pensacola’s Premier Destination for Weddings Featuring world-class cuisine by Executive Chef Gus Silivos, a 15-room boutique hotel with a large bridal suite and a friendly and knowledgable staff, Skopelos at New World has everything you need to make your wedding day truly special! From our spectacular courtyard, to our intimate rooms and a lavish grand ballroom, our beautiful location is the all-encompassing canvas for the wedding of your dreams. H A U T E

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Planning a wedding on the beach or in a private venue? Nancy’s Catering & Events is Chef Gus Silivos’s award-winning off-site catering and event-planning company that has been THE name in wedding catering for over a decade. Visit Nancy’s online at nancyscateringandevents.com.

600 S. Palafox St. | Downtown Pensacola | (850) 434-7736 | events@skopelosatnewworld.com | SkopelosAtNewWorld.com

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honeymoon destinations

Once the vows have been exchanged and the rings have been placed, the excitement and memories to be made only continue with your honeymoon awaiting. Northwest Florida provides all you would hope for from your honeymoon — beautiful beaches, stunning sunsets, sensational sunrises, fine dining, adventuresome attractions, serenity-filled spa services and romantic scenery to fully bask in the glow of wedded bliss. NORTHWEST FLORIDA WEDDINGS 2018

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BEACH CLUB | RESORTQUEST BY WYNDHAM VACATION RENTALS Pensacola

“Pensacola Beach is nestled between the Gulf Islands National Seashore and Fort Pickens on barrier island, just off Pensacola. ResortQuest offers unique spacious accommodations, such as the Beach Club Resort, which is located in the heart of Pensacola Beach. Couples can ditch the car keys and ride the free island trolley or take a short beach walk to dining, activities and nightlife. The Beach Club offers an on-site spa with a full menu of services, including facials, pedicures and massages. When couples are looking for a break from the beach, they can explore historic downtown Pensacola and stroll along the famous Palafox Street, named one of America’s Great Streets. Palafox Street offers art, dining, boutique shopping and unique festivals throughout the year. Couples will love the serenity of Pensacola Beach’s laid-back lifestyle while exploring downtown Pensacola.” - Ryan Christopher, Executive General Manager, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals PHOTOS COURTESY OF RESORTQUEST

At a Glance ▪▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪▪ CATERING ▪▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪▪ DINING ▪▪ SPA SERVICES

(888) 412-6408 // PensacolaHoneymoon.com 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach, FL 32561

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From private beach homes to luxurious Gulf front condos, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals provides a variety of event space and accommodation options along the Northwest Florida beaches. Whether you’re looking for an emerald green backdrop for your dream wedding, an extended stay for your romantic honeymoon or a vacation for the entire wedding party, ResortQuest has something to fit your needs. 888-974-6909 | NWFLWeddings.com | FloridaWeddings@ResortQuest.com

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2018 Northwest Florida Weddings Magazine  

2018 Northwest Florida Weddings Magazine