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issue 7 weddings 19 coastal 20 The Not-So-Beach, Beach Wedding 22 The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa 24 Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa 26 The Pearl Hotel 28 Resort Collection 30 Counts Vacation Rentals 32 WaterColor Inn 34 SunQuest Beach Weddings 36 Vacasa

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FSU Alumni Center Four Points by Sheraton Bricks & Brass Bold, Beautiful Bridal Trends 50 Staybridge Suites 52 The Edison Restaurant 54 Visit Tallahassee 42 44 46 48

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60 In Bloom 64 Amaze and Graze JENNIFER G PHOTOGRAPHY

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On the Cover NEW DECADE, NEW TRENDS Dresses, Décor and More

FROM COAST TO CITY TO COUNTRY

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Love is in full bloom — especially this simply stunning bouquet held by a beautiful, boho bride. Jennifer G Photography took this photograph as part of a styled shoot, intended to showcase that boho weddings can also be upscale, chic and modern. Jennifer was inspired by the grand pillars of The Henderson Beach Resort, which she felt symbolized the power of wedding day love. This is juxtaposed by the sweetness of the protea bouquet arranged by Shaw Lake Farms and the delicate lace detailing of the dress. This cover is intended to inspire couples to seek the whimsical, the creative, the romantic and the true to you.

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from the editor

I have been the editor of Northwest Florida Weddings Magazine for four years now. For all four of those years, I have loved the same man. The first year began with an initial attraction to his charismatic energy, his passion for music and his devotion to pursuing his dreams. That first year consisted of Mexican and margarita dates, exchanging “I love yous” in my childhood home and late-night talks about the lives we wanted. In the second year, we set out to find those ideal lives — quitting jobs, moving states, leaving friends and family, all to have the freedom to create. Looking back, it was a risk but a risk we had no doubt we would make with one another. Year three, our best and worst year. Our dreamed-about jobs — him as a musician, me, a writer. Buying our first house, painting the walls and scrubbing the floors to turn it into a home. Me on my knees at his hospital bedside, thanking God for saving his life because I couldn’t live mine without him. Him on one knee, asking me for forever. The fourth year has just begun. I am grateful already for all that it will teach us, the ways that it will grow us and the memories it will contain. The only certainty is this, on December 12, 2020, I will marry the man I have been writing about for four years. I came to be the editor of a weddings magazine because my passion is to write and tell the stories of others. This job has allowed me to tell the best stories of all: love stories. It is my absolute honor to be entrusted with each couple’s stories. In being exposed to so many breathtaking and creative weddings, it only made sense that I began to think of my own. I will be honest — I resisted the urge to plan because I wanted to do so with my partner. Above all, it is our wedding. Not mine, my family’s, my friends’ or my planner’s (they totally know and respect this, by the way). It is all too easy to forget this with so many weddings to compare to. As I join the ranks of fellow couples that are wedding planning, I encourage us all to be intentional and true to ourselves. We should plan weddings that align with our beliefs, our wildest wishes and, most importantly, the commitments we are making to another person. I hope that within these pages you find inspiration, not comparison. In four years of building relationships with the venues, vendors and photographers within this magazine, I know that each has your best interests in mind. They serve each couple with a promise of quality, a commitment to excellence and the keen ability to listen closely. When it became my turn to plan my own wedding, I knew with certainty that I would be married in Northwest Florida and utilize the wonderful wedding service providers in this region. Readers and fellow wedding planning couples, I hope you can feel the love that has been put into these pages. I hope they remind you of the importance of the unwavering commitment and eternal endurance that your wedding day symbolizes. All my best,

Rebecca Padgett, Editor

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PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER

Brian E. Rowland EDITORIAL EDITOR Rebecca Padgett

PROOFREADERS Melinda Lanigan, Jeff Price CONTRIBUTING WRITER Janecia Britt CREATIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jennifer Ekrut DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY Daniel Vitter LEAD PUBLICATION DESIGNER Sarah Burger SENIOR PUBLICATION DESIGNER Shruti Shah PUBLICATION DESIGNERS Jordan Harrison, Lindsey Masterson ADVERTISING DESIGNER Sierra Thomas

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With your Pinterest board active and your phone full of apps, Northwest Florida Weddings Magazine’s website is a convenient, informative and on-trend resource you should add to your wedding planning toolbox. Scroll, click and search our site for insightful stories, talented photographers, stunning venues, mouthwatering caterers, planning guides and much more. Our click-thru showcase pages provide additional layers of information about each vendor featured within the magazine. From sandy shores to luxurious hotels to oak-shaded outdoor spaces, explore the vibrant and romantic wedding scene that Northwest Florida furnishes.

COME SEE US AT WEDDING SHOWS We love to share the beauty of Northwest Florida. During 2020 and 2021, we will be attending bridal shows in order to showcase why Northwest Florida could be your ideal wedding or honeymoon location. Check out our events calendar to see if we will be in a city near you.

» DIGITAL EDITIONS Need a copy of Northwest Florida Weddings Magazine everywhere you go? Our digital editions provide the exact same pages but clickable! It’s the same magazine you know and love with easy, virtual access. » WEDDING BLOG We vow to keep you apprised with the latest in trends and tips through our blog section, which features topics ranging from floral décor to budgeting.

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SALES, MARKETING AND EVENTS VICE PRESIDENT/CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT McKenzie Burleigh SALES MANAGER, EASTERN DIVISION Lori Magee Yeaton SALES MANAGER, WESTERN DIVISION Rhonda Lynn Murray DIRECTOR OF NEW BUSINESS, EASTERN DIVISION Daniel Parisi DIRECTOR OF NEW BUSINESS, WESTERN DIVISION Daniel Parker ADVERTISING SERVICES COORDINATOR Tracy Mulligan ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES David Doll, Julie Dorr, Darla Harrison MARKETING MANAGER Kate Pierson SENIOR INTEGRATED MARKETING COORDINATOR Javis Ogden SALES AND EVENTS MANAGER Mackenzie Little OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DIRECTOR Melissa Spear CUSTOM PUBLISHING MANAGER Sara Goldfarb ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT Amber Dennard Northwest Florida Weddings 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 June 2020 Northwest Florida Weddings 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.


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contributing photographers

Alicia Osborne

aliciaosbornephoto.com (850) 510-2929 featured on p. 60–61, 69

Brittany Morgan Photography brittany-morgan.com (850) 792-4138 featured on p. 42–43

Amanda Gonzalez with Bayside Design and Photography LLC baysidedesignandphoto.com (850) 704-5100 featured on p. 29

Charlotte Fristoe Photography

Hello Miss Lovely (Autumn Beury)

J&J Weddings

hellomisslovely.com (850) 774-3041 featured on p. 26–27

jandjweddings.com (850) 445-4004 featured on p. 50–51

Jessica Winkler Photography

JonMonFish Imagery

facebook.com/jessicawinklerphotography (360) 224-5586 featured on p. 35, 37

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charlottefristoe.com (850) 694-8910 featured on p. 41, 64, 68–69, 73, 91

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jonmonfishimagery.com (850) 240-4393 featured on p. 37

Black & Hue Photography

Brandi Roberson Photography

DreHow Photography

Homeland Photography (Whitney Thetford)

blackandhuephotography.com (850) 443-4796 featured on p. 11, 48–49, 68,

drehowphotography.com (850) 528-1264 featured on p. 67

Jacqueline Ward Images

brandirobersonphotography.com (850) 597-0719 featured on p. 55

homelandphotography.co (719) 661-2103 featured on p. 35

Jennifer G Photography

jacquelinewardimages.com (850) 527-1205 featured on p. 34

jennifergphotography.com (850) 902-2320 featured on Cover and p. 11, 19, 22–23, 68–69, 87

Kay Meyer

Kristen Stone Photography

kaymeyerphotography.com (850) 510-7634 featured on p. 81

kristenstonephotography.com (850) 326-2298 featured on p. 68


Kylene and Ryan Studios

Lauren Bailey Photography laurenbaileyphoto.com featured on p. 20

laurenkinsey.com (850) 491-0600 featured on p. 32–33

lilyandsparrowphoto.com (850) 496-1081 featured on p. 21, 49, 68–69, 79, 82, 85–87

Milestones Studio (Jana Roberts)

Paul Johnson Photography

Rae Leytham Photography

Sarah & Paul Photography

Shannon Griffin Photography

StephonX Photography

Sunset Images (Angie Wagner)

Woodland Fields Photography

kyleneandryan.com (850) 778-5197 featured on p. 70–71

milestonesstudios.com (850) 361-5737 featured on p. 35

shannongriffin.com (904) 545-0432 featured on p. 11, 68–69

pauljohnsonphoto.com (850) 832-4309 featured on p. 21

Stephonx.com (954) 328 4369 featured on p. 46–47

Want More Information? Visit us online and check out our exclusive Photographers Index. You’ll have access to photographer bios and their work in past issues. It will also send you directly to their blogs and portfolios. Want to get in touch with a photographer? Their contact information can also be found online.

Lauren Kinsey

Lily & Sparrow Photo Co.

raeleytham.com (850) 554-2538 featured on p. 36

sunsetimagesphotography.com (850) 642-0605 featured on p. 24–25

sarahlynandpaul.com (850) 888-0432 featured on p. 69, 78, 87

woodlandfieldsphotography.com (850) 559-1095 featured on p. 54, 59, 68, 72, 77, 80, 91

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Dear Coast, You are a one-of-a-kind beauty with your emerald green waves crashing into soothing sounds. Your sugar white sands inviting us to walk down the aisle. Your stunning sunsets are like no other. Emerald Coast, you have our hearts with your iconic beaches, your luxurious resorts and coastal cool reputation.

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The Not-So-Beach, Beach Wedding By Rebecca Padgett

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here is no mistaking the breathtaking beauty of a sunset beach wedding. There is also no mistaking that a beach wedding can result in sand everywhere and unavoidable sweating. If you love the beach but aren’t a sandbetween-your-toes kind of couple, you’re in luck — there’s an abundance of resorts, seaside chapels and historic venues that provide just the right amount of coastal ambience. Northwest Florida is a treasure trove of wedding opportunities because each city contains its own unique attributes. From the beachside ballrooms of Destin resorts to charming historic buildings in downtown Pensacola, the sea breeze is never too far away. The appeal is also in the versatility of options, whether you want a separate ceremony and reception space or an allinclusive option where you and your guests can stay and celebrate. If not directly on the beach, many couples want the shore to be seen from their location or within walking distance. WaterColor Inn & Resort’s property embodies all of the best natural aspects of Northwest Florida, including 500 acres of pristine beaches, longleaf pine forests and a rare coastal dune lake. “WaterColor is ideal for the couple that wants a relaxed, playful and memorable experience that is tailored just for them,” said Cheryl Walton, senior wedding sales manager at WaterColor Inn & Resort. “Most of our brides are looking for a setting in which they can enjoy time with their guests, and doing so outdoors is key for them — whether they’re spending time around a bonfire, dining with a view, paddleboarding or simply enjoying time at the beach.”


One of the most iconic venues in Northwest Florida is The Chapel at Seaside in South Walton. This award-winning chapel, with its stunning urbanist design and picturesque backdrop, is one of the most photographed buildings on 30A, many of those photos being of happy couples. “We chose The Chapel at Seaside because we wanted to get married at the beach — but also in a chapel,” said bride Laura Rogers. “The chapel is absolutely beautiful, charming, quaint and sophisticated. Several of our guests commented they had never been to a chapel with such beautiful natural light nor a reception that felt like a picture in a magazine.” The Chapel at Seaside is the chapel closest to the water in all of Northwest Florida, but there are many beautiful chapels and churches of all denominations throughout the region. Where the beach certainly attracts much attention, Pensacola’s downtown is bustling. Located

just 15 minutes from the beach, Pensacola’s downtown gives both a taste of city and coastal. Downtown Pensacola is perfect for the couple that is drawn to more modern and industrial design for their wedding but wants to relax by the beach after the celebration has commenced. The Palafox House, constructed in 1912, contains the building’s original 20-foot high wood ceilings, exposed brick walls and floor-toceiling windows. “Couples love getting married at the Palafox House due to the historic charm and character of the space,” said Maria Goldberg, director of marketing, public relations and events for the Palafox House. “This is a perfect venue for a destination wedding where guests can enjoy the beach as well as our historic downtown.” While beach weddings will withstand the sands of time, there are a plethora of Northwest Florida venues that embrace the coastal cool vibe. ▪

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THE HENDERSON BEACH RESORT & SPA Destin

“The Henderson accommodated our wedding perfectly. The staff was in constant communication with us ensuring that all of our needs were met. This communication happened months in advance, and we never felt as if we were not in complete control of our day. The staff helped us enthusiastically with anything we asked of them. “We selected The Henderson mainly due to the location. We wanted our friends and family coming from the Northwest and Northeast corners of the country to be able to experience the beautiful beaches and scenery that Destin has to offer. We also thought the venue would be ideal for great photographs due to the protected lands bordering the venue.” — Jessica Hurtig, Williamsburg, Virginia PHOTOS BY JENNIFER G PHOTOGRAPHY

At a Glance ▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ CATERING/BARTENDING ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪ DINING ▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪ SPA SERVICES ▪ DÉCOR RENTALS ▪ PRODUCTION/EVENT DESIGN ▪ TRANSPORTATION

(850) 424-4417 // HendersonBeachResort.com 200 Henderson Resort Way, Destin, FL 32541 NORTHWEST FLORIDA WEDDINGS 2021

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HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH GOLF RESORT & SPA Miramar Beach

“While we were dating, we discovered we both grew up going to Hilton Sandestin. We wanted to have our wedding somewhere that was special to us both. We decided we would create new and lasting memories together as one big family at the place where we had made so many fond memories with our individual families as kids. The staff provided nothing but the best hospitality and service during the ceremony and reception. They even went above and beyond to accommodate some of the older members of our family who weren’t able to walk down to the beach by providing a beach wheelchair. ”The most special moment was seeing Jennifer walk down the boardwalk steps and onto the sand. I have always found Jen to be gorgeous, but on that day, in that moment, she was absolutely stunning. It was a moment I’ll never forget, and it still makes me smile to think about.” — Tanner Casey, Pelham, Alabama PHOTOS BY ANGIE WAGNER WITH SUNSET IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY

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

(888) 519-0434 // HiltonSandestinBeach.com 4000 Sandestin Blvd. S., Miramar Beach, FL 32550 NORTHWEST FLORIDA WEDDINGS 2021

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THE PEARL HOTEL

At a Glance

“All throughout the night we kept hearing ‘this place is perfect’ and ‘thank you for bringing us here.’ Our family and friends loved staying with all the accommodations The Pearl offers as well.” — Brittany Collins, St. Louis, Missouri

▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ CATERING ▪ PLANNING & COORDINATION ▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪ DINING ▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪ SPA SERVICES ▪ THIRD PARTY VENDORS AVAILABLE ▪ DECORATING SERVICES ▪ BARTENDING SERVICES ▪ LINEN RENTALS

PHOTOS BY HELLO MISS LOVELY

(850) 460-9040 // ThePearlRB.com 63 Main Street, Rosemary Beach, FL 32461

Rosemary Beach

“I mean have you seen their hotel? It’s picture perfect. There was really never a question. From day one, The Pearl’s staff was so engaging. They set up welcome calls, check-in calls, provided vendors in the area and were available anytime I requested. Having this wedding halfway across the country from where we live was always a worry to me until I had my first welcome call. I can’t say enough about how easy planning this wedding was at The Pearl. So many little details like tables, chairs, linens, food and cake were included.

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WEDDINGS BY RESORT COLLECTION

At a Glance

“Resort Collection Edgewater made our wedding day such a success because of how accommodating they were to our requests, which were numerous. They were very handson, which made everything go smooth and with as little stress on us as possible. We chose them because of how inclusive the package was. We did not have to seek out very many outside vendors since they had it all already covered — plus the rooms, penthouse and ballroom were all exceptional. Our guests all had an amazing time and were very impressed with the overall appearance of the resort and especially the ballroom during the reception.” — Keith Pavlish, Warner Robins, Georgia

▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ CATERING ▪ BARTENDING ▪ PLANNING & COORDINATION ▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪ THIRD PARTY VENDORS AVAILABLE ▪ DESIGN & DECOR ▪ DINING ▪ SPA SERVICES ▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪ PRODUCTION & EVENT DESIGN

PHOTOS BY AMANDA GONZALEZ WITH BAYSIDE DESIGN AND PHOTOGRAPHY LLC AND COURTESY OF RESORT COLLECTION

(850) 233-4029 // ResortCollection.com 11212 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32407

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COUNTS VACATION RENTALS Destin to Panama City Beach

“We provide full-service property management that many couples utilize for their weddings. We have a lot of really unique properties that can cater to just the couple or their entire bridal party. We aim for flexibility, depending on your event and its size. Couples really enjoy our concierge services, which can include anything from personal shopping to setting up beach bonfires to catering. Check-in is seamless because it is done at the rental property, and the space is already prepared with all that you need. There is no stress, and you can begin enjoying your wedding right away.

At a Glance ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪ RENTAL SERVICES

“This property features nine bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a carriage house, a pool and private beach access. The patio is perfect for a barbecue or a wedding reception. It’s ideal for accommodating a wedding party.” — Travis Crisp, Director of Operations PHOTOS COURTESY OF COUNTS VACATION RENTALS AND GETTY IMAGES PLUS

(850) 636-6700 // CountsVR.com 2100 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408 NORTHWEST FLORIDA WEDDINGS 2021

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WATERCOLOR INN & RESORT

At a Glance

“The location, natural beauty, mix of indoor and outdoor spaces, and high quality, delicious food were the major deciding factors in our selection of the WaterColor Inn. The staff’s attention to detail was amazing, as was the food and truly the whole experience. I would love to do it all again!” — Adelaide Copeland, Birmingham, Alabama

▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ CATERING ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪ BARTENDING ▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪ THIRD PARTY VENDORS AVAILABLE ▪ PRODUCTION/EVENT DESIGN ▪ SPA SERVICES ▪ DJ SERVICES ▪ LINEN RENTALS

PHOTOS BY LAUREN KINSEY

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

Santa Rosa Beach

“The WaterColor Inn made the whole weekend special. We started with having my bridal luncheon there on Friday, the wedding ceremony and reception Saturday night, and then our afterparty closed down the Inn’s bar. Everyone was accommodating, inviting and made us feel right at home. Many guests were visiting from out of state, with some visiting WaterColor for the first time. Everyone fell in love with its beauty and charm and didn’t want the weekend to end.

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COURTESY OF SUNQUEST BEACH WEDDINGS

MILESTONES STUDIOS

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SUNQUEST BEACH WEDDINGS Fort Walton Beach, Destin, 30A

SunQuest Beach Weddings is an all-inclusive Destin-based wedding company that provides full-service planning and coordination services, catering, venue selections and floral design. Save time, stress and money by working with one company for all your wedding needs. Over the past 15 years, SunQuest Beach Weddings has redefined stress-free wedding planning. Built for the modern couple, the “SunQuest Planning Process” guides clients in planning their wedding event from the comfort of their own home. Our team is known for being readily available, having an intrinsic attention to detail, being flexible, planning for the unexpected, maximizing budgets and going above and beyond.

PHOTOS BY JESSICA WINKLER PHOTOGRAPHY, JACQUELINE WARD IMAGES, MILESTONES STUDIOS AND HOMELAND PHOTOGRAPHY

At a Glance ▪ INDOOR VENUES ▪ OUTDOOR VENUES ▪ PLANNING & COORDINATION ▪ CATERING ▪ FLORAL SERVICES ▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪ DESIGN & DECOR INSTALLATIONS ▪ PHOTOGRAPHY ▪ BEACH BONFIRES

(850) 830-9359 // MyDestinBeachWedding.com NORTHWEST FLORIDA WEDDINGS 2021

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TOPS’L BEACH & RACQUET RESORT | VACASA Destin

Choose between overlooking our Gulf-front pool deck or walking barefoot in the sand to say your “I do’s” directly on the pristine beach. At TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort, we offer a complimentary back-up indoor space and allow you to use our wedding coordinator, as well as the officiant, music and décor of your choice. Accommodating up to 150 guests, TOPS’L hosts only one beachside wedding on the resort at a time to ensure yours is an exclusive affair. TOPS’L is a gated beachfront resort, bordered by a nature preserve and the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The resort offers beachfront high-rise condominiums as well as private homes, multiple dining options and endless complimentary amenities, creating the ultimate destination wedding experience! PHOTOS BY RAE LEYTHAM PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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


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SUNDESTIN | VACASA Destin

Offering indoor and outdoor space, this Gulf-front venue offers complete wedding packages, onsite guest accommodations, a wide variety of amenities and a great location in the heart of Destin. Exchange vows on the white sandy beaches and, for your dream reception, choose the newly renovated 2,000-square-foot ballroom accommodating up to 120 guests.

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

“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

PHOTOS BY JESSICA WINKLER PHOTOGRAPHY AND JONMONFISH IMAGERY

(888) 412-6408 // SunDestinWeddings.com 1040 US 98, Destin, FL 32541 NORTHWEST FLORIDA WEDDINGS 2021

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THE POINTE | VACASA Inlet Beach

With two picturesque wedding venues, on-site guest accommodations and the perfect blend of flexibility and luxury, The Pointe is a dream wedding location. The Rooftop Sanctuary venue space offers romantic views of 30A and the Gulf of Mexico. Celebrate amidst one of the most spectacular sunsets you have ever seen, and spend the evening dancing under the stars. The Green venue space offers a garden canvas with endless possibilities for setup. The Pointe’s unique and sophisticated style, paired with the expertise of the talented team, will make your wedding dreams come true.

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

“The Pointe is an architectural award-winning property with condominiums that are equipped with modern, chic décor. The unique offerings are sure to capture your dream wedding goals. Whether you say your I do’s on the Rooftop Sanctuary or on The Green venue space, The Pointe is sure to capture your vision for your perfect day.” — Dana Birlingmair, Wedding Sales Manager PHOTOS BY SARAH KATHRYN PHOTOGRAPHY

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Dear City, Your bright lights enliven, and your history enchants. You provide the hustle and bustle as the beating hearts of Northwest Florida. You merge contemporary cool architecture while preserving historic downtowns. You are for the couple that’s vibrant and lively and filled with potential.

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ANDREW’S CATERING AT FSU ALUMNI CENTER Tallahassee

“The staff was amazing and truly went above and beyond our expectations. It is an Italian tradition for the mother of the bride to do a cookie table at the wedding. They surprised me with having rustic serving trays to set up the cookies that matched my décor and a beautiful hot chocolate bar for our guests. “Andrew’s was there for the tour of the venue to discuss all of my options for the layout and details about what they would provide. They always responded promptly to our questions, which was such a huge priority for us when picking our venue and caterer. It was a wonderful feeling knowing the staff genuinely cared about us, and that they were there to celebrate with us.” — Jamie Foxwell, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY BRITTANY MORGAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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“After getting engaged, we moved from Tallahassee to Washington, D.C. Having to plan our wedding from 700 miles away, we were looking for a venue that would give us the service and assurance we needed. Four Points by Sheraton Downtown delivered exactly that. Our guests shared with us how the flow from our cocktail hour into the reception was flawless. Each of our vendors, from the decorator to the DJ, had no problems setting up due to the wonderful standard of communication from Four Points. As we celebrated and danced the night away, the staff continuously made sure that we were comfortable. My husband and I cannot thank them enough for making our day so special.” — Lisa Irving, Washington, D.C. PHOTOS BY LAUREN ALSINA

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BRICKS & BRASS Tallahassee

“We were actually the first couple to get married outside at the beautiful Bricks & Brass venue. I cannot say enough about the level of customer service and special attention we received on and before our big day. We were helped tremendously and tirelessly by Kendyl, Paola and Jordan with decor ideas, seating options, food options and the outline of our ceremony, reception and photography locations. We ended up having a gorgeous ceremony outside and transitioned inside for a memorable reception. We were given endless compliments for choosing Bricks & Brass as our wedding venue. Guests were so impressed with the beautiful lighting, acoustics, bar and the way the brass features perfectly complemented the brick and painted walls. Everything flowed beautifully at Bricks & Brass with the help of all wedding/ event staff.” — Laura McCloud, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY STEPHONX PHOTOGRAPHY

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Bold, Beautiful Bridal Trends From jumpsuits to the roaring ‘20s, we’ve got our vision tuned into the bridal trend forecast By Janecia Britt

2019 was defined by the royal wedding, but a new decade is here and we’ve got new trends to prove it. Be ready to see a new modern bride with looks that provide dimension, intrigue and whimsy. If you’re planning a 2020 or 2021 wedding and are about to go shopping for your wedding dress, here’s what you can expect to see arriving at bridal salons. 1. Minimalism to the Max

Less is proving to be more. After the gorgeous bateau neckline of Meghan Markle’s dress flooded our timelines last spring, brides have been running to replicate her simple but gorgeous look. “For our brides who are going for a more simplistic style, it’s all about luxurious fabrics and clean lines this year,” said Kristin Barstow, owner of Vocelle’s Bridal Salon in Tallahassee. “We are seeing this trend across all silhouettes — fit and flare, sheath and a-lines. For these brides, less really is more!” Love the minimalism trend but are concerned with it being too simple? Drum up the drama with a cathedral veil, colorful shoes or a bold lip. 48

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Weddings are no longer about just the ceremony and reception. Brides are looking for standout looks for their engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party and postwedding brunch. Cue the jumpsuit. “I think we’ll continue with the trend of pantsuits and jumpsuits for weddings and wedding events like bachelorette parties, showers and more,” said Maggie Mathews, owner of Margaret Ellen Bridal in Rosemary Beach. “Overskirts are definitely in, and pairing an overskirt with a pantsuit or jumpsuit is going to be a real hit.”

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Whether you’re wearing it down the aisle or to one o� many celebrations, a crisp white jumpsuit may be in your future. Not into the trend but want something that stands out? Try another on-trend item like a white suit, silk slip dress or iridescent mini dress, and you’ll be sure to stand out from the crowd.

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Barstow agrees, “We are seeing lots of 1920’s inspiration making its way into other details of the wedding, but not so much into the dress yet. Our Great Gatsby inspired brides are using accessories, hair and makeup to add a little Roaring ’20s glam to their look.” Want the Gatsby look for your dress but not sure how to incorporate it? Wear a fringed reception dress or a jeweled headband for your ceremony look. ▪

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How could we talk about the 2020s without acknowledging the art deco and Great Gatsby inspiration that seems to be everywhere? While fringe and flapper details haven’t exactly made their way to the runway, the inspiration is still everywhere for brides to be.

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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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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

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“The morning after we got engaged, my fiancé and I had already agreed our wedding would be in Tallahassee. Tallahassee not only introduced us and shaped our love story, but it also molded us as individuals. This city provided us our first full-time jobs and allowed us to create valuable relationships within the community. As the editor of Northwest Florida Weddings Magazine, I already had strong bonds with many great vendors. Wedding planning has been a breeze because each business involved in our wedding has been personable, accommodating and extremely professional. From the romance of the sweeping oak trees to the close-knit community, it’s all a part of the Tallahassee charm that I couldn’t envision our wedding day without.” — Rebecca Padgett, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY WOODLAND FIELDS PHOTOGRAPHY, AMANDA HOWELL PHOTOGRAPHY, BRANDI ROBERSON PHOTOGRAPHY AND COURTNEY MICHELLE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Dear Country, Your majestic oaks shade us. Your rolling hills lead to idyllic wildflower fields. You provide plentiful gardens, rustic barns and spacious outdoor spaces under sparkling stars. Your wide open spaces remind us to breathe deep and appreciate how love blooms and grows when nurtured.

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In Bloom O

n one of your first dates, maybe your partner gave you a bouquet of your favorite blooms. For major life events, we often commemorate these moments by giving flowers. Flowers are representative of special and sentimental moments, which is all the more reason to incorporate them into your wedding. Flowers are beautiful, natural details that make a big impact. Flowers and foliage heighten our senses by drawing our eyes toward their pretty pops of color, immersing us in pleasing scents and by creating conversation pieces on tablescapes. With so many floral options, it might be overwhelming to consider which will best capture the theme and feeling of such a 60

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special day. This is where the importance of hiring a professional comes in. “Hiring a professional floral designer will take the stress out of the day by making everything effective financially and visually,” said Missy Gunnels Kane, owner of Missy Gunnels Flowers. “Giving your florist artistic license will result in getting more for your investment and creating a visual experience that will be remembered by guests.” While they are pretty pieces of the ceremony and reception, they also are living products that should be considered with care. The best way to do so is to educate yourself on florals. As we become more conscious of our environment, many couples are opting for

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seasonal and locally sourced flowers as they are the most sustainable options. Genevieve Dimmitt, owner of Azalea Hill Farm in Monticello, Florida, only sources local flowers. “I grow locally and highlight flowers which are in bloom around the time of your wedding,” said Dimmitt. “This eliminates the imported flowers that dominate the industry and rely heavily on synthetic herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, atrocious labor conditions, plastic packaging and emission-causing transport.” Do your research on florists, look through their work and ensure they are someone whose creativity and values you trust. Be open to asking them how they source their


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Seasonal Flower Guide

flowers and what blooms are in season for your wedding date. “Be sure to choose a florist that fits with your design aesthetic and understands your overall vision for your wedding day,” said Caroline Chelette owner of Moonstuck Florals. “This means that couples should be flexible and open-minded regarding their color palette and floral choices. Your florist will know how to find the best flowers that are available at the time of your wedding and know how to pair the color of those flowers with complementary colors.” With the help of local florists, we have compiled a guide of flowers blooming in Northwest Florida each season. ▪

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Butterfly ranunculus, sweet pea, anemone, poppies, delphinium, foxglove and peonies.

Garden roses, zinnias, strawflower, lisianthus, zinnias, snapdragons, sunflowers and celosia.

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Dahlias, heirloom chrysanthemums, cosmos, pampas grass, amaranth, broomcorn, gomphrena and celosia.

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razing and charcuterie tables are a sight to behold, and you’ve likely seen them everywhere from a friend’s wedding to your Instagram feed. Arranged with delectable chunks of cheese, a variety of meats and brimming with fruits, spreads, nuts and more, charcuterie displays are almost too pretty to eat … almost. Where much of the appeal is the aesthetic of grazing tables, many adore them for the simple act of grazing — being able to select a few tasty bites before dinner. This experience allows you to savor the flavors without getting too full for the main course. Couples and caterers alike love charcuterie and grazing tables for the ability to arrange, create and build something unique. “No two charcuteries are the same,” said Christopher Holbrook, chef and owner of Signature Catering 30A. “They make for a dramatic and inviting entrance while being easy and versatile. The options are endless and you can do


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whatever you want, but you should keep it enticing with more than just meat and cheese.” Grazing options can include cheeses, meats, fresh fruits, dehydrated fruits, nuts, crackers, crostini, olives, pickles, pickled vegetables, fresh vegetables, chocolate, jams, spreads and more. Amanda Morrison, managing partner of Social Catering & Events, agrees that the sky is the limit where charcuterie is concerned, but she also knows there is a formula to a great grazing table. Start with the cheese by selecting four different styles — a soft cheese, like goat or brie; a harder cheese like parmesan or manchego; a bleu cheese; and then something familiar, like a cheddar. The next layer is adding edible garnishes, such as fresh herbs, honey, nuts, crackers, olives and pickled vegetables. Then come the inedible garnishes, such as flowers and greenery. With so much of charcuterie revolving around produce, meats and cheeses, Cara Varn, sales manager of Andrew’s Catering, emphasizes seeking local labels. “We work to utilize both locally sourced and exotic items which means no two displays will ever be the same,” said Varn. “Many of the most delicious items are seasonal, meaning that you can curate your menu

and design with the season. We work closely with local farmers to ensure the highest product quality.” A fun yet informative option is to label the cheeses with where they come from, along with flavor profiles and wine pairings. Having the cheese in different shapes, selecting an array of bright-colored foods and having different heights and layers will create a lush and vibrant display. “The belief that we eat with our eyes first is very true, and grazing tables always have a ‘wow’ factor for guests that is hard to achieve with other menu items,” said Morrison. “The beauty of grazing tables is it’s a rare food display that brings together so many vibrant colors and textures that all photograph well. We like to call it the ‘Pinstagram Effect.’ ” Grazing tables are a wonderful welcome to a reception. Many couples opt to utilize them during cocktail hour because they promote mingling while munching. No one will complain if photos run a bit long when there are tastefully presented options alongside refreshing libations. Another option is to have several themed stations for your main course, charcuterie being one of them. Beautiful and bountiful, grazing tables and charcuterie boards have a staying power in our minds, mouths and Instagram photos. ▪

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delectable delights, it doesn’t get much better than a grazing table. Presentation is key when arranging a charcuterie experience, whether it be decorative platters, wooden risers, different-sized dishes or sprigs of greenery and florals.

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Dear Service Providers, Where would we be without you? Weddings would truly be impossible without the dedicated service providers that make wedding day visions come to life. You are qualified, caring, creative and completely devoted to exceeding expectations. For all the smiles, tissues, memories and dreams come true, we thank you!

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Trending Now NEON SIGNS Say it bold, big and bright with neon signs that display a variety of love notes.

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COLORED SUITS

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All of your bridesmaids have different personalities, so why not let their dresses reflect that? Style your bridal party in different colors, patterns and fabrics.

From rich navy and deep burgundy to striking emerald green, dudes are donning luxuriously colored suits.

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These two cool, contrasting fabrics are popping up everywhere, from bridesmaids dresses and groomsmen’s ties to tablecloths and more.

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BRIDAL JACKETS

PAINTED WEDDING CAKES

Gone are the days of real flowers and fondant. Instead pretty petals can be painted on to your cake, making it almost too beautiful to take a bite.

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From jean to leather, personalized and customized jackets are a cute way to add serious style and showcase your new status. All the more, they are a piece you can wear before, during and after the wedding.

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Archways no longer even need to be shaped like an arch. Couples are embracing circles, triangles, diamonds, squares and more — all adorned with flowers and pampas grass.

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CREATIVE ARCHWAYS

BARRETTES & HAIRPINS

Pearl topped pins, starburst barrettes and ornate gold and silver hairpieces can be placed throughout the hair for sweetly scattered style.

WILDFLOWERS

Rather than big, bold blooms, select small stems of whimsical wildflowers.

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Minimal doesn’t mean boring. Instead, picture clean lines, neutral tones, gleaming glassware and plenty of light.

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JOHN GANDY EVENTS Tallahassee

“We chose John Gandy and his team because they are the most talented and professional team in the business. They design stunning weddings and personalize it to how you want it. John also did my sister’s wedding, and I have attended many weddings he has been a part of. Every single one has made an impression on me.

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“He is so talented in many ways. He and his team handle your vendors, the venue, the flowers and more. I can’t express enough how easy he made wedding planning. Not only are they incredibly creative, but also they are the nicest group of people to work with. Every single detail was so thoughtfully planned out and exactly what we wanted. I would do it all over again, and that is because John Gandy and his team made it magical.” — Mary Crit Bracy, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY KYLENE AND RYAN STUDIOS

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ANDREW’S CATERING Tallahassee

“The food was absolutely amazing. My husband and I are self-professed foodies, and we had already decided that we wanted our wedding to be memorable because of the food. Several of our guests said that this was the best food that they have had a wedding, and we received so many compliments. “We selected Andrew’s as our caterer for multiple reasons. One, we wanted to have a seated dinner and stay within budget that also included linens and china. Two, they were the most responsive to my questions and emails and flexible with the menu options. And finally, but most importantly, the food was absolutely amazing.” — Jamie Foxwell, Tallahassee, Florida

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It all begins with a ring. The sparkle in your eye as a bride to be is all because of the sparkler on your finger. The Gem Collection is equipped to help you find the perfect piece to symbolize your love from an extensive collection of diamonds, engagement rings, men and women’s engagement rings and commitment jewelry. All of their jewelry is composed of premium quality gems and noble metals. Among the most well-known noble metals are yellow gold, white gold, silver, rose gold, platinum, palladium and rhodium — the same metals used in fine jewelry. The on-premise master jeweler can also craft custom pieces that are unique to your love story.

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CATERING CAPERS Tallahassee

“Catering Capers helped to make our wedding special from day one. One moment that stood out for my husband and I was a private table that was set up for the two of us before we were announced at our reception. The wait staff was ready with our signature cocktails in hand. The staff served us the entire dinner from start to end, without taking too much time away from the reception. It was really special because we were able to enjoy the food we selected so carefully with the chef.

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“We still get compliments about the food, and it was very clear that our food was the best part of our reception. Everyone who attended said that the food, service of the wait staff, and attention to detail in the presentation made them feel like they were at a five-star restaurant. Every detail, from the flavors to the presentation, was perfect.” — Erica Butts, St. Petersburg, Florida PHOTOS BY WOODLAND FIELDS PHOTOGRAPHY AND COURTESY OF CATERING CAPERS

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United You Stand

From tying the knot to planting trees, incorporating unity into the ceremony By Rebecca Padgett

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lanning a wedding exposes you to all sorts of styles, fabrics, colors, tastes and even napkins that you never thought you would care about. The details are beautiful and important and very much compose your most beloved day, but it’s all too easy to get lost in them, further losing what your wedding day is truly about.

This definition is straightforward and a bit short when we consider what all marriage actually encompasses, but at the core, the word that says it all is “united.” Above all, a marriage is a union between two people. As the driving force of your marriage, unity should be honored and recognized. Many couples choose to do so through a unity ceremony. “I like the symbolism of the unity activity because it’s another added layer to the ceremony, which is all about your commitment to each other and your uniqueness as a couple, but it must make sense to you as a couple,” said John Gandy, owner of John Gandy Events. 78

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Marriage (noun): the state of being united as spouses in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law.


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your ceremony is completely up to you as far as what you want to emphasize about your love and the commitment you are making.

Gandy believes that this is the ideal opportunity to begin new traditions. This tradition could be the unity between the couple, but it could also include unity ceremonies between parents, family members and other special attendees. Diane Bardhi, owner and lead planner of Sweet Tea Events in Tallahassee, agrees with Gandy that the unity ceremony must be meaningful to the couple as it’s a way to showcase your backgrounds and beliefs. One of her favorite unity ceremonies included a couple that planted a tree using dirt from each of their childhood homes. Sand pouring is similar. Couples take

turns pouring sand into a vase. The sand often comes from locations that are special to them. This could be especially fitting for a beach wedding. Other couples literally tie a knot to symbolize the strength and interwovenness of their union. Handfasting, a Celtic tradition, also involves knots. The bride and groom’s right hands are bound together during the ceremony to represent their commitment to one another. A lasso ceremony, also called “el lazo” is a Spanish, Mexican and Filipino tradition. The officiant drapes a floral garland or rosary around the couple, twisting it into an infinity symbol. The couple can then save the lasso as a cherished keepsake. Jewish weddings often include circling ceremonies, in which the couple circles each other seven times, symbolic of a circle of protection each is placing around the other and the creation of a new family as one. A meaningful way to encapsulate a day is to wax-seal love letters that can be opened on a milestone anniversary. As a couple, you can take turns putting meaningful objects, such as photos, notes and other sentiments, in a box to reflect on at a designated date. Other unity ceremony options are lighting a unity candle, releasing a paper lantern, blending paint, wine pouring, puzzle pieces and unity knot tying. Where your wedding will be filled with good times involving friends and family, a unity ceremony should be a significant moment shared solely as a couple entering into a forever union. ▪

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making it happen HAMPTON INN & SUITES TALLAHASSEE Convenience and comfort is key when planning a wedding stay, whether it is for the happy couple or the guests. Hampton Inn & Suites is centrally located just off of I-10 in Tallahassee making it an easy drive to nearby wedding venues and downtown. The luxuriously decorated hotel features cozy beds, an outdoor pool, fitness room, a welcoming staff and ultimate comfort for a wedding weekend.

H O T E L A C C O M M O D AT I O N S

(850) 574-4900 TallahasseeI10ThomasvilleRdSuites.HamptonInn.com 3388 Lonnbladh Road Tallahassee, FL 32308

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

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PEBBLE HILL PLANTATION Amid the allure of magnolias and lovely longleaf pines, blooms the beautiful backdrop of Pebble Hill Plantation, providing a grand and breathtaking venue for your wedding. Pebble Hill Plantation offers five unique venue options, allowing you to create a wedding that is uniquely yours.

VENUE

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

MY FAVORITE THINGS When your guests first see the invitation to the most special day of your life, you can be certain that they will give it more than a passing glance. Be sure to choose an invitation that reflects your taste and style. Let My Favorite Things be your personal stationer. Their trained consultants can assist with all your etiquette questions while helping to create an invitation that will perfectly set the mood and tone of your wedding.

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


MISSY GUNNELS FLOWERS Missy Gunnels Flowers can make it happen! Our award-winning team of flower artisans would be happy to create the wedding flowers of your dreams!

FLORIST

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RUSSELL RAINEY, DMD Say, “I Do” to the perfect smile. Dr. Russell B. Rainey and his caring team provide Tallahassee’s most exceptional dental experience. Dr. Rainey’s practice provides a wide range of services including 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

SMASHING OLIVE Come in and taste over 38 varieties and flavors of olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Our oils and vinegars are chosen based on those that are the freshest, purest and tastiest. All of our oils and vinegars are heart healthy and have no added salt, no added sugar, no artificial colors or flavors and are gluten free. Tallahassee’s one-stop shop. Bringing you the best of the best. Unique and delicious gifts for everyone in every price range. Ultra-premium extra virgin olive oil, aged balsamic vinegars, honeys, almond butters, body butters, gift sets, gift cards and more!

GIFTS

(850) 270-9971 SmashingOlive.com 3425 Thomasville Road, Suite 11 Tallahassee, FL 32309

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GOODWOOD MUSEUM & GARDENS Nestled in the heart of Tallahassee, Goodwood’s majestic canopy of live oaks creates a natural haven set apart from the outside world. Within Goodwood’s 21 acres of heirloom gardens and grounds, historic buildings dot the landscape, providing the perfect location for a ceremony and reception, as well as bridal showers and rehearsal dinners. Ceremonies are held by the historic Main House, and receptions begin just a few steps away in the Carriage House, featuring contemporary amenities in a timeless setting.

VENUE

(850) 877-4202 GoodwoodMuseum.org 1600 Miccosukee Road Tallahassee, FL 32308

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SANDESTIN GOLF AND BEACH RESORT Create memories you will 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. With 15 venues, from sugary white sand beaches and lush green lawns to elegant stately ballrooms and serene bay front terraces, Sandestin is the ideal place to unveil your dream wedding.

VENUE

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

COASTAL COFFEE BAR CO. We are a mobile craft coffee bar for all life’s celebrations! Add some feel-good coffee shop vibes to your wedding, brunch or private event. We feature the best freshly roasted coffee from Amavida in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

COFFEE VENDOR

(850) 376-5577 CoastalCoffeeBarCo.com coastalcoffeebarco@gmail.com

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30A WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY Our vision is to capture every couple’s true emotion as they go through their special day. Building a relationship with each couple to craft their unique story is what makes our job so fun and rewarding.

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PURE & COUTURE Our team loves styling brides for their big day. For our guests’ preference, we offer in-salon and on-location services with custom bridal packages. We are dedicated to providing outstanding care to all and limit the number of events we take on so quality is never sacrificed. Find us on Instagram @pureweddingsandevents.

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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 moment when you say, “I do” there is only one Hilton Sandestin Beach.

RESORT & VENUE

(888) 519-0048 HiltonSandestinBeach.com 4000 Sandestin Blvd. S. 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 indulging together in hair services, manicures and pedicures in the spa’s adjoining salons.

B E A U T Y & S PA

(888) 519-0426 SerenitybytheseaSpa.com 4000 Sandestin Blvd. S. Miramar Beach, FL 32550

"When joy and beauty will make your day!"

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Dear Honeymoon Destinations, Ah, we can finally relax and enjoy the glow of wedded bliss because of you. You allow us to reflect on being one with one another. You provide a time to connect while disconnecting from the outside world. You provide scenic locales, adventures of a lifetime and memories to forever reflect on.

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Over the Moon Celebrate the big moments with small trips

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Enter in moons, from an engagement-moon to a babymoon, mini-moons are becoming just as frequent as honeymoons. These trips are typically shorter in length and at a closer distance than a honeymoon. Here, we break down all the “moons� and share our picks for the perfect place to unplug for every occasion.

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honeymoon destinations

The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa, Destin

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Caliza Pool, Alys Beach

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Bud & Alley’s, Seaside

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Engagement-Moon

This is a romantic trip taken shortly after getting engaged to celebrate the happy news together. You’ll want somewhere where you can bask in the joy of your impending nuptials. Seaside Does anything sound more perfect than renting a cozy cottage that’s within walking distance to the beach? We didn’t think so. Let the sea breeze wash over you in idyllic Seaside with your new fiancé. You’ll want to do nothing but spend lazy days roaming the shops and soaking up the sun. Rent bikes to explore the town center where you can sip coffee, shop local boutiques and bookshops and end the day with dinner and cocktails at sunset. Pensacola History, beaches and a bustling downtown, Pensacola has all you could wish for in an adventure together. Palafox Street, a shopping and dining destination, holds the title of one of the “10 Great Streets in America.”

Mini-Moon

Saving for a house and can’t afford a huge overseas trip? Not sure you’ll have the time off work? Want to do a small, relaxing trip rather than a grand adventure? Then the mini-moon is for you. This small honeymoon usually takes place over a long weekend and at a closer to home location. You’ll want somewhere intimate with options that cater to just the two of you. Destin/Miramar Beach Destin provides some of the best resorts in the world, just steps away from the iconic sugar white sands and emerald waves. The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa and Tops’l Beach & Racquet Resort are just some of the many resorts offering

experiences that cater to the couple from massages to golfing to paddleboard adventures. Destin is known for its variety of shopping and dining options. Panama City Beach For the action and activityoriented couple, Panama City Beach might spark your interest with its variety of water activities, parks, shopping and packed events calendar. Paddle, canoe, swim or fish at Shell Island, and then enjoy a romantic sunset cruise at St. Andrew’s Bay. Enjoy the great Northwest Florida outdoors at Aaron Bessant and Frank Brown parks. Shop ’til you drop at Pier Park.

Baby-Moon

This trip celebrates your last vacation before you bring home a new bundle of joy. You’ll want somewhere with luxury and serenity to enjoy a little quiet time with your partner before your life changes for the better. Rosemary Beach Rosemary Beach’s distinct architecture has a French Quarter by the ocean feel with wraparound porches and a town center bustling with activity. The Pearl at Rosemary Beach is prime for relaxation. Imagine waking up, going out to your private balcony and taking in the expansive views of the Gulf. Spend afternoons lounging under complimentary oversized umbrellas and chairs, perfect for you and your growing belly. Alys Beach What’s more soothing than the serene sight of crisp white stucco walls and brilliant blue waters? Alys Beach is the ultimate destination for simple luxury. Stay in one of the gorgeous rental properties and explore the nearby Town Center with boutiques, dining and public green spaces. ▪

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WATERSCAPE | VACASA Okaloosa Island

At a Glance ▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS

Relaxation awaits at Waterscape on Okaloosa Island. Wake up each morning to the sound of the surf and stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico to start your happily ever after. Choose from three pools, two hot tubs and floating through the lazy river, or stroll along the sugar white sands just steps from your door. Enjoy the peaceful beauty of Okaloosa Island, but don’t miss out on any of the action of fresh seafood at the Boardwalk or fun at any number of adventure parks nearby.

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GFWC Woman’s Club of Tallahassee Nestled among the oak trees at the entrance to Los Robles is a top venue for parties and events. Plan ahead and save on your next celebration!

Our vision is to capture every couple’s true emotion as they go through their special day.

For more information call

(850) 224-0825 or visit our website

gfwcwomanscluboftallahassee.org

A Mobile Craft Coffee Bar For Weddings & Events

CoastalCoffeeBarCo.com (850) 376-5577 CoastalCoffeeBarCo@gmail.com

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Your perfect day, your way. From private beach homes to luxurious Gulf-front condos, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals’ recent union with Vacasa 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, Vacasa has something to fit your needs. 2020 Perfect Wedding Venue - The Pointe | 2020 Perfect Management Company - ResortQuest 888-974-6909 | NWFLWeddings.com | group.partners@vacasa.com

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2021 Northwest Florida Weddings Magazine  

An overview of stunning imagery and descriptive copy about the many colorful wedding scenes in Northwest Florida.

2021 Northwest Florida Weddings Magazine  

An overview of stunning imagery and descriptive copy about the many colorful wedding scenes in Northwest Florida.

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