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issue 4 oastal 19 cweddings

20 New Coastal Cool 22 Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa 24 WaterColor Inn 26 The Pearl Hotel 28 ResortQuest

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FSU Alumni Center Tallahassee Downtown Food for Thought Staybridge Suites The Gathering Four Points by Sheraton Creative Craft Cocktails DoubleTree Hotel Hotel Duval

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Puppy love turned true love! For our 2017 cover, Luke and Olivia Weaver pose with their pup, Wrigley. This little family was too cute not to fetch our attention. Black & Hue Photography was not lacking in photo opportunities with tender moments between the couple, playful pup outtakes and their gorgeous Tallahassee venue, Goodwood Museum & Gardens. As residents of Tallahassee and Luke as a former pitcher for the Florida State Seminoles (currently pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals), the couple shares an affinity for Northwest Florida. We think they are pitch perfect!

 ridal Party Bounty B Dream Gowns Becoming a Blushing, Beautiful and Balanced Bride Andrew’s Catering Fisher’s Flowers Wedding Planning in a Digital Age John Gandy Events Sunshine Shuttles

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Your DreamedAbout Day

CHELSEA MOORE

As the editor of a weddings magazine, I’m going to admit something that is likely not expected of me: As a little girl, I did not dream about my wedding day. I cannot recall a time where I was the officiant of a Barbie-and-Ken doll wedding. Even now, I do not have a Pinterest board dedicated to wedding planning. Don’t get me wrong — I have nothing against weddings. In fact, quite the opposite. I think that love is one of the most powerful and sensational feelings you can express, and I am close to many couples that are inspiring examples of admirable marriages. Marriage, to me, is sacred. For these reasons I would not feel comfortable planning a wedding without fully knowing the man who will be standing opposite me at the altar. Until I know the man on his knee has both my head and my heart, I won’t plan our wedding. The keyword being “our.” I’ve always felt this way, but I haven’t always known why. It took loving someone selflessly, unconditionally and entirely to know that a relationship is not about me; it’s about us. If you’re reading this magazine, you likely have a sparkler on your ring finger and no uncertainties about the person who placed it there. You are now ready to plan your most memorable day together. Throughout these pages, you will meet the most talented, hospitable, knowledgeable and attentive wedding service providers in Northwest Florida. I would know; I’ve spoken with them all, and I would not leave you in less-than-capable hands. As you read, research and smile your way through all 100 pages, know that each one was carefully assembled with love. I hope an eye-catching advertisement leads you to a service, our stunning photography inspires you and our heartfelt words make you pause and reflect on all that led you to this moment. I wish for your wedding planning to be an adventure that leads to a wedding that fulfills you both and results in a love story that is more ardent, compassionate and loving than you ever imagined. You can wake up now; reality is better than your dreams. Best,

Rebecca Padgett, Editor

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EDITORIAL DIRECTOR OF EDITORIAL SERVICES Steve Bornhoft EDITOR Rebecca Padgett CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Maria Knight, Alexandra Pushkin, Liesel Schmidt PROOFREADERS Melinda Lanigan, Kim Harris Thacker CREATIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR Lawrence Davidson DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY Daniel Vitter LEAD DESIGNER Sarah Mitchell PUBLICATION DESIGNERS Charles Bakofsky, Shruti Shah

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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. New this year are click-through showcase pages, which provide additional layers of information about each vendor featured within the magazine. From sandy shores to luxurious hotels to oak-shaded plantations, explore the vibrant and romantic wedding scene that Northwest Florida furnishes.

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We love to share the beauty of Northwest Florida. During 2017 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.

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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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ADVERTISING DESIGNER Meredith Brooks SALES AND MARKETING VICE PRESIDENT/CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT McKenzie Burleigh Lohbeck DIRECTOR OF NEW BUSINESS Daniel Parisi ADVERTISING SERVICES COORDINATORS Lisa Sostre, Tracy Mulligan ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Julie Dorr, Darla Harrison, Rhonda Lynn Murray, Dan Parker, Linda Powell, Sarah Scott, Brianna Webb, Lori Yeaton INTEGRATED MARKETING COORDINATOR Bria Blossom SALES AND MARKETING ASSISTANT Mackenzie Ligas EVENTS, SALES AND MARKETING INTERN Alexandra Matthews SPECIAL PROJECTS & EVENTS EVENTS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR Mandy Chapman WEB/DIGITAL DIGITAL PRODUCTION SPECIALIST Chelsea Moore 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 March 2017 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 and Florida Magazine Association.


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Love and cherish every moment of your wedding, from romantic white beaches to venues overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort offers the perfect location for an unforgettable wedding day at the #1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast.

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When you picture your wedding day, is it on the coast of somewhere beautiful? Northwest Florida boasts unrivaled beaches with sand white enough to match your dress, emerald waves to emphasize your eyes and a bevy of beautiful resorts at your service.

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New Coastal Cool Couples forsake seashells in a new wave of beach trends

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orthwest Florida claims some of the most coveted beaches in the world — beaches that provide beautiful backdrops for weddings that feel like vacations. As far as beach weddings go, you either love them or you would never dare; but it’s clear that beach weddings won’t blow away with the sands of time.

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“Couples will always be drawn to the beach. I don’t think that will ever change,” said Cheryl Walton, Senior Wedding Sales & Services Manager at St. Joe Club & Resorts. “The views are stunning, the sounds are tranquil and the sunsets are breathtaking. The beach is a happy place for many people.”

With sun shining down upon your ceremony, you’ve already got beauty on your side; but how do you make your wedding stand out in a sea full of shells, seafood and blue hues? The world is your oyster, so open your mind and discover some amazing trends that are perfect for your coastal wedding.


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Rather than the typical Florida beach vacation-style wedding, why not consider a chic fishing village or Caribbean escape? Both allow for unique décor incorporations that are easy to find and execute. “The trend has shifted, slightly, from beachy to coastal chic,” said Walton. “Think less shells and sand and more driftwood, white coral and sea fans. Bring in things like old fishing carts, and nautical fabrics for the guest tables. Use old vintage postcards from the beach for your guest book, and leave in a vintage beach Jeep or Bronco.” Typically, the ceremony will take place on the sand, which caters to a relaxed, fun and inclusive atmosphere. Invite guests to ditch their shoes for complimentary flip-flops, and if the vows are said midday, hand out sunglasses, so they won’t be blinded by the sunshine and your love. For a whimsical photo opportunity, allow guests to throw brightly colored beach balls as you exit the ceremony or reception. If you want the beach vibes but don’t want to risk temperamental Florida weather, the theme is still possible indoors. “Any beach décor can be brought inside, excluding the sand,” said Carol Juneau, Weddings & Special Events Manager at Hilton Sandestin. “Driftwood, lanterns and bamboo arbors will definitely give ballrooms a beach vibe.” Buoys, fishing nets and seashells can make their appearances, but let statement-makers like pineapple-and-floral centerpieces, beach umbrella lounge-spaces and sandcastle “cakes” steal the show. Paddleboards or surfboards, propped up table-style, make for excellent serving stations. Jerk chicken, kabobs, pineapple-cured ham, plantains, poke (a Hawaiian salad made with raw fish), coconut cake and more make for an island-centric menu. But, quality seafood will always be in its best form at a coastal wedding. “Incorporate seafood as much as possible, with crab cakes, tuna tartare, fish tacos or a stacked raw bar,” said Juneau. One of the many beauties of a beach wedding is that it promotes leisure and lightheartedness. Crack open a beer from a rowboat that acts as a cooler and head over for some beach bowling, with pineapples as pins and coconuts as bowling balls. For children — or the kid at heart — sand pails and shovels provide entertainment and a takeaway item. Park beach cruisers outdoors and indoors, and fill the baskets with flowers. They can serve as décor, and then the happy couple can speed off on them at sunset. Long after the color palette has been picked and the dress has been fitted, you will delight in knowing you have chosen a location where many decide to honeymoon. Your guests will be busy noshing on raw oysters and dancing under the stars, so be sure to sneak away with your partner to immerse your feet in sand and your hearts in happiness.

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HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH GOLF RESORT & SPA Miramar Beach

“We loved Hilton Sandestin Beach because all of the services were included in one package. Since we are from Texas, that was the easiest and best option for us. The best part was I didn’t have to worry about a thing. Everything we asked for, they provided.

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

“I was truly able to enjoy the day. That was my main goal — to be calm, relaxed and be fully in the moment. We wrote our own vows, and I still remember every moment and every word. Hilton Sandestin Beach took care of everything. All I had to do was show up and marry the man of my dreams.” - Emily LaFleur, Houston, Texas PHOTOS BY SUNSET IMAGES

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

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WATERCOLOR INN & RESORT Santa Rosa Beach

“We looked at a lot of different places in the area, but to me, Watercolor felt the most warm and welcoming. It was also the most beautiful and natural. When I sat down with the staff I gave them all of my ideas, but they made my vision even better and more beautiful than I had imagined. They understood my vision and enhanced it.

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

“I received wonderful compliments about all aspects of the wedding. Guests especially loved the area and said they would definitely come back to vacation. The entire day was exciting, but what made it so special was having all of the people we loved most come together in one place.” - Allison Earley Amos, Nashville, Tennessee PHOTOS BY AISLINN KATE PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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THE PEARL HOTEL Rosemary Beach

“We had been visiting the area and knew that Rosemary Beach was the most special place to us. We wanted to have an out-of-town wedding that was small and intimate. After we toured The Pearl, we knew it was the perfect place to bring our friends and family. We didn’t ask for a whole lot because the architecture is stunning already, but the coordinators made sure everything went smoothly and perfectly. They are completely focused on making brides happy. “The wedding was held on the cabana roof deck providing gorgeous views of the Gulf at sunset accompanied by an acoustic performance. Everyone enjoyed snacks and drinks while sitting next to the fireplaces. It was breathtaking. I still can’t get over how perfect the day was. I woke up the next day still excited.” - Alexandra Grissim, Nashville, Tennessee PHOTOS BY BRENNA KNEISS

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

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RESORTQUEST BY WYNDHAM VACATION RENTALS Endless Possibilities. Multiple Locations.

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“I love listening to what each couple envisions for their wedding and what ambience they would like. From there, we can share options that cater to their vision. We offer a wide variety from condos to homes that are wedding friendly. We cater to everyone’s style and budget. “It comes down to the happiness of the couple and being able to hear them say their wedding day was exactly what they wanted. Each couple is unique, but the success is knowing that we helped to make their day the best from start to finish. It all starts with a wedding, but we hope they continue to visit ResortQuest as a family tradition.” - Kristen Cagadas, Wedding Sales Manager PHOTOS BY PENELOPE L'AMORE PHOTOGRAPHY AND SARAH & PAUL PHOTOGRAPHY

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“As a bride to be I was nervous to invest in a destination wedding at first. I knew it would be a beautiful wedding, but I thought it would be stressful being 1,000 miles away. I felt a sigh of relief when I met with ResortQuest and knew I needed to look no further. From the day we met until I walked down the aisle they put us first and assured us everything would be perfect. It was! “Every person on the staff made us and our guests feel at home rather than just people who were vacationing at their resort. Everyone had the time of their lives. I will forever be grateful to ResortQuest for making it a magical and beautiful day.” – Amandalynn Combs, New Lennox, Illinois PHOTOS BY AUTUMN AND MELINDA PHOTOGRAPHY

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TOPS’L BEACH & RACQUET RESORT MANAGED BY RESORTQUEST Destin

“We aren’t from Florida and booked Tops’l completely online. We had the opportunity to come visit when taking our engagement photos and knew we made the right decision. The staff walked us through the grounds and provided us with all of the details. We opted not to have a wedding planner, but we didn’t even need one — the staff was that helpful. “On our wedding day, the sun was out and there wasn’t a cloud on the sky. My favorite part was when Jake and I were walking on the beach taking pictures. There’s a nature preserve next to the property, which made it beautiful and private. It was an unforgettable day on the beach with our friends and family.” – Megan Kendall, Nashville, Tennessee PHOTOS BY SANDPRINTS PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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Bright lights, big city going to your head? Whether it’s the heart of your hometown or a beloved city that draws you in, contemporary hotels, industrial inns, downtowns brimming with history and glittering skylines all “put on the ritz” for citycentric couples. NORTHWEST FLORIDA WEDDINGS 2017

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FSU ALUMNI CENTER

At a Glance

“My husband and I both agree that our first dance was the most special moment because it was right after we were introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Miller and we were surrounded by everyone we love.” - Erin Miller, Tallahassee, Florida

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“Originally, we were hesitant because I graduated from FSU, but my husband graduated from Clemson so, there’s a big rivalry. But, once we went in and saw the venue we knew that was where we wanted to hold our reception. There’s this gorgeous outdoor area with these big oak trees that hang over everything, and that’s what did it for us.

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TALLAHASSEE DOWNTOWN Tallahassee

“Tallahassee downtown is rich in history with modern influences, which perfectly cater to every brideto-be. There are four churches and plenty of parks surrounded by hotels, spacious banquet halls and countless amenities. The churches offer tradition, the hotels are modern, the parks provide nature, The Edison reveals history with a contemporary twist and The Challenger Learning Center allows you to get married in a planetarium under the stars.

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“The biggest appeal of a downtown wedding is the availability of conveniences all in one area. Guests can dine at a variety of restaurants, be fitted for tuxedoes at Nic’s Toggery, walk to the wedding in a nearby park and continue the reception in the hotel in which they are staying.” - Paige Carter-Smith, CEO of Tallahassee Downtown PHOTOS BY AMANDA HOWELL

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

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TALLAHASSEE DOWNTOWN Tallahassee

“Christopher and I live true to the motto: live, work, play. It was the most natural selection for us to choose everything that was in the area that we live in and work in: downtown. It’s a lovely atmosphere, and everyone in that area does a great job of working together, from the Governor’s Inn to the Governor’s Club to Aloft Hotel.

At a Glance ▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ DINING

“We wanted a New Orleans-style, and we chose the vendors that locally embody that ‘let the good times roll’ attitude. Having it on New Year’s Eve gave everyone a reason to party. We were totally overwhelmed with love and support, and then at the ceremony my grandpa tripped. It was moments like this that made it all so perfect.” - Elizabeth Emmanuel, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY ALICIA OSBORNE PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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Food for Thought Food bars and creative presentations allow couple to express themselves By Alexandra Pushkin

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erhaps one of the most anticipated aspects of planning a wedding is sampling and selecting the perfect foods and libations to dazzle the guests and complement the theme of the celebration. While buffets and traditional sit-down dinners are timeless, incorporating non-traditional foods and build-your-own bars into a celebration creates an alternative to the predetermined menu. “Weddings have become so much more personal these days,” explains Amanda Morrison, managing partner of Social Catering & Events in Tallahassee. “Instead of selecting a traditional meal, couples are really looking for ways to infuse their personalities, memories and favorite things into their big day, and the menu is no exception.” The food bar and buffet concept can be tailored to reflect the personalities of the bride and groom and surprise any guest expecting something standard. The couple may choose to pick items they ate on their first date or foods that reflect their cultures. A “food for thought”style menu incorporates dishes that transport guests through taste and there are no boundaries. “We’ve done Indian cuisine, paella stations, whole pigs, Italian feasts, family-style with passed dishes, jazz brunches, blues and barbeques, seafood stations, oyster bars, low country boils, sushi rolled to order and more,” said Todd Rogers, corporate executive chef of St. Joe Club & Resorts in Watersound. “There really isn’t a limit anymore to what can be done for food at a wedding.”


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Many couples now turn to organic, locally sourced foods. Alison Chaney of Andrew’s Catering in Tallahassee says local traditions are bringing about their own themes. “We’ve noticed a lot of new Southern food, and raw bars are becoming increasingly popular due to our proximity to the Gulf,” Chaney says. “Bringing two stations together is common, such as incorporating something Southern into a sliders bar. It’s about taking something that people like and serving it in a different way.” Providing one-of-a-kind local finds will give guests a taste of local culture, connect the

wedding with its surroundings and create an event exclusive to the wedding’s destination. Chaney emphasizes using elements of the location to complement the food and spotlight the wedding’s backdrop. The presentation can influence the perception of the food. “Signage makes the table feel more elegant,” Chaney says. “Look for alternatives more appealing to the eye than a chafing dish.” Vintage desks, farm tables, wooden barrels, ornate dressers and pretty pedestals are just some of the options for displaying food. Or set aside tables completely in favor of food trucks — a noteworthy way for

couples to showcase their beloved snacks. “Fun, creative food stations are a happy medium that allow guests to still feel at ease, but enjoy a great meal and sample a little taste of everything,” Morrison says. “It goes back to breaking tradition and incorporating things that are special to the couple.” Regardless of whether you choose to stick with tradition or go with a unique dish or two, keep in mind that it’s a busy day, and not just for the happy couple. Throughout it all, there is one key ingredient to keeping guests energized: great food.

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STAYBRIDGE SUITES Tallahassee

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“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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(850) 219-7000 // Staybridge.com/Tallahassee 1600 Summit Lake Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32317

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“The space reminded us of our apartment when we lived in Washington D.C., the industrial look, brick walls, concrete floors and the exposed duct work. We just loved the look and style of it. When we first went and looked, there were a few changes we wanted made, and the team with The Gathering made those changes. In fact, they made it look even better than before. They were very accommodating and worked well with our planners. They even let us use a nearby apartment as a bridal suite, which was wonderful. “The most special part though was our vows. We wrote our own. My husband had admitted before that has was nervous to write them. So, I said we can make them short. The day of, he unrolled a scroll. Everyone cried and clapped.” - Melissa Jaacks, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY NINA NICOLE PHOTOGRAPHY

At a Glance ▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ CATERING SERVICES ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ DINING ▪ THIRD PARTY VENDERS AVAILABLE ▪ DECORATING SERVICES ▪ BARTENDING SERVICES ▪ DESIGN AND DÉCOR INSTALLATIONS ▪ PRODUCTION/EVENT DESIGN ▪ LINEN RENTALS (850) 228-6817 // GatheringTallahassee.com 705 S. Woodward Ave., Unit 201, Tallahassee, FL 32304

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FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON TALLAHASSEE DOWNTOWN Tallahassee

“Four Points was a wonderful compromise. I wanted an outdoor wedding, but my family wanted it to take place at a hotel. If it was going to be at a hotel, it had to be the most unique hotel in Tallahassee. It is ecofriendly and very progressive. We just knew! “The staff was incredible. When we had our wedding, Hurricane Hermine had just hit Tallahassee. They were so accommodating despite being short staffed. They made sure every guest got there and was safe. There was so much stress leading up to it, but as soon as we arrived, they handled everything from the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony to breakfast the next day. Walking down the aisle, I forgot everything. It was just me and my husband in that beautiful room.” - Deidre M. Barnes, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY TIFFANY & LENS PHOTOGRAPHY AND REKINDLE PHOTOGRAPHY

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here’s no doubt that an exceptional cocktail selection adds some spirit to your wedding reception. You and your guests can unwind with a traditional whiskey-based New York sour or shake things up with a pineapple-rum-tea punch. Either way, the cocktails at your wedding can be a worry-free addition with a little resourceful planning by a talented bartender. When it comes to cocktails, simplification can make a sophisticated statement at your wedding. “Drinks with six, seven, eight or nine ingredients can be great, but there’s something to be said for three-ingredient cocktails made with high-quality ingredients and impeccable technique,” says Terry Logue, head bartender of The Blu Halo in Tallahassee. There’s no shame in shaking up your beverages by adding in an unexpected twist. “One of the simplest things you can do is change the spirit, as long as the flavor still works,” says Eric Pounders of Madison Social in Tallahassee. “For example, the French 75 is a classic cocktail with gin, lemon, sugar and champagne. By replacing the gin with a


An easy, fun fix for drinks is to “batch” your cocktails. Have your cocktails prepped beforehand, pour them into eye-catching serving containers with glassware nearby, and you’re bartender-free. Logue recommends batching your cocktails to save money and time, especially for larger weddings. Have more on standby, though: Serve-your-owns will pour out and pass around, fast. Presentation can be just as valuable as the stuff you’re sipping on. Cut-glass crystal goblets, gold adorned champagne flutes or colored highball glasses make the drink all the more fun to carry around. Your ingredients can also serve as décor: an edible orchid for spring, bright citrus for summer, a sprig of rosemary in the fall and cranberries for your winter wedding. A creative cocktail theme that many couples are embracing is individualized libation options. The bride may be a lover of gin, while the groom is loyal to whiskey. Each concocts a beverage option that is served, and then the guests choose which drink they like best. Glasses will clink in a toast to the newlywed couple, so make sure your libation is something that goes down easy and welcomes further toasting!

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nice whiskey or bourbon, you have a great modern twist on a very traditional cocktail.” In the world of weddings, straightforward ingredients and natural presentations are an up-andcoming trend. One-of-a-kind drinks can be as modest as a La Rosette, a champagne cocktail with a little St. Germain and pansy or fresh fruit garnish. This trouble-free cocktail is refreshing and smooth with a fruity tang — perfect for guests who want a relaxing bubbly to sip on while they mingle. Making the drinks at the reception should be a fairly quick, easy task. “It is always smart to avoid anything that requires muddling or several steps,” Pounders says. “Guests at a wedding want to get drinks as quickly as they can, and several-step cocktails or muddling can slow the bar down.” Corey Jernigan, bartender at The Pearl Havana Beach Bar & Grill in Rosemary Beach agrees about keeping it simple. “Some of the best cocktails I have created for weddings were three to four ingredients,” said Jernigan. “Use seasonal ingredients and be mindful of your location. Keep it fresh, keep it simple, and yet be creative.”

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THE DOUBLETREE BY HILTON TALLAHASSEE Tallahassee

“The DoubleTree was already our favorite venue in town. At our first meeting, the catering and events team left us with the feeling that they would provide the highest quality of professionalism and service to not only us, but our family and guests. They made the planning process smooth and worry free by always providing open lines of communication. “Our wedding was very modern with a little bit of glam thanks in large part to the architecture and décor of the DoubleTree. It was an enthusiastic and unpretentious celebration full of personal touches and really loving moments.” - Asia Roper, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY AUGUST PAUL

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“Our guests loved the band, which was from Atlanta, the food and of course, the alcohol. It was an elegant party, exactly as I’d wanted.” - Dana Brooks Cooper, Tallahassee, Florida

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“The DoubleTree fit the look we were going for and it was the nearest hotel to the park we got married in. I wanted an elegant, outdoors evening wedding. They had recently remodeled, and they were the only hotel in downtown Tallahassee that could accommodate my vision. They worked very closely with my planner and anticipated all of my needs, making everything happen seamlessly and with no anxiety.

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“They were the first venue that we went to visit. We just loved the look of the hotel, the cleanliness, the staff was on point and we really had our minds made up after that. We didn’t need to look anywhere else. They were very accommodating to everything we needed and wanted to do.

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“The vision of our wedding was Chicago themed. They let us bring in Chicago-themed snacks, a steel drum band, huge pictures and they even let my grandmother, my aunts and friends bring in homemade pies. We hung thousands of orchids in their chandeliers — that was something they had never done before. All this was in my vision and they said, ‘Yes! Let’s do it!’ ” - Jaimie Roberts, Chicago, Illinois PHOTOS BY COURTNEY MICHELLE PHOTOGRAPHY, DAMON TUCCI PHOTOGRAPHY, KYLENE AND RYAN STUDIOS, WOODLAND FIELDS PHOTOGRAPHY AND COURTESY OF HOTEL DUVAL

(850) 224-6000 // HotelDuval.com 415 N. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

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For over 30 years, the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center has earned a distinguished reputation for exquisite cuisine, friendly service and outstanding budget planning for thousands of clients. We realize how important your wedding day is to you, your family and friends. Not only can we offer you the very finest in food and beverage selections, but also the very best in service, quality and products. From your first meeting with one of our highly acclaimed Event Mangers, to every last detail of your event. We assure you that your expectations will be met in the most professional manner. NORTHWEST FLORIDA WEDDINGS 2017

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Arnett’s Gulfside Ranch Weddings • 20-acre horse farm one mile from the beach • Comfortably accommodate up to 150 people plus a band and catering space with plenty of parking • Indoor and outdoor spaces available • Horse-drawn carriage services for bride arrival.

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n many ways, love is a metaphor for nature. It blooms and blossoms, birds sing about it, it flows in the air and it roots, grows and branches out, much like a tree. Emphasizing the link between romance and nature has become increasingly popular — to the point where couples are quite literally becoming one with nature. It could be claimed that the bohemian trend stemmed from flower crowns adorning the heads of bridal parties; but while flowered headgear can certainly be incorporated into the theme, the primary purposes of bohemian weddings are nonconformity, free spiritedness and a appreciation of nature. “Clients are drawn to bohemian style because it allows for an unconventional style,” said John Gandy of John Gandy Events. “I think the bride and groom see it as their opportunity to create their own vision and express themselves in a more modern and nontraditional way. There are no rules!” While the qualifications may be lax, ceremonies and receptions of the bohemian variety typically occur at outdoor venues and incorporate natural décor. If you could find it in a forest, it’s a go. Berry-and-herb-infused bouquets; garlands of mosses, vines and flowers as streamers or table runners; unique stones and textured wood pieces as table toppers; feathers strung through trees and antlers as candleholders … all answer the call of the wild. “Anything you see outdoors is perfect for this theme,” said Kristi Sanders, floral event designer with At Last Florals. “Brides often choose foliage mixed in with greenery, using statement blooms like peonies or garden roses and small, whimsical flowers for their bouquets.” The bohemian bride feels most comfortable in flowing lace dresses, with loose curls or fishtails braids and a flower or two tucked in. The


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makeup is minimal: Dewy complexions and nude lips replace heavy eye makeup and bright lips. “There are so many lace and flowing options that it makes it easy to find a gown to fit the boho theme,” said Lindsey Matthews, owner of Dream Gowns in Panama City. “The different vine and flower headpieces are a great way to incorporate the theme along with unique foot jewelry.” Many delight in the idea of an informal reception that focuses of conversations, music and, most importantly, fun. Gandy explains that such a reception may include lounge areas that incorporate soft seating, vibrant colors and a variety of textures. Think velvet cushions piled on top of oriental rugs, vintage sleigh couches, slouchy pillows, teepees and wooden swings, all under string lights. Instead of a sit-down dinner, guests can grab food from a farm-table spread and make their way to a lounge or gather at stand-around tables. Incorporate a Volkswagen van as a photo backdrop, then drive away in it at the end of the night. Guests can leave with thank-you gifts, such as local honey, dream catchers or seeds they can plant. A bohemian-style reception is freeing, yet inclusive, exuding love to all. “I think the laidback atmosphere of bohemian events appeal not only to the couples creating them, but also the guests attending them because of the casual, fun and loose environment it creates,” explained Cara Dollinger, event manager at Pebble Hill Plantation. Weddings are monumental and important occasions, but that doesn’t mean they have to be sedated or even formal affairs. The bohemian bride would rather munch on food-truck fare while mingling than sit at a bridal table for a plated meal. She might be seen swaying on a wooden swing or dancing the night away, shoes peeled off long ago (if she wore them at all). Whether you are a full-on flower child or just want to add a touch of the trend to your wedding, the theme is liberating, as you truly get to spread your wings, creatively. Let your imagination take root, and watch your love bloom.

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A tranquil sanctuary nestled into the Point Washington State Forest, Arnett’s Gulfside Farm & Stables sits just one mile from the beautiful beaches along Scenic Highway 30-A, offering peace and seclusion. This 20-acre horse farm in Santa Rosa Beach provides a picturesque backdrop and setting for rustic ceremonies and receptions. Guests mingle and celebrate while horses graze nearby and towering pine trees sway in this untouched, natural landscape. The accommodating staff can provide full wedding planning services allowing the bride and groom to fully cherish the importance of their day. Multiple horse-drawn carriages are available to deliver the married couple off into the sunset. PHOTOS BY LESLEY ISACKS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Bridal Party Bounty Couples are taking to showering their friends and family with gifts By Alexandra Pushkin

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he purpose of bridal parties — that group of specially designated individuals that stands near the bride and groom at the wedding — wasn’t always to have your best friends by your side in matching attire. The Western tradition actually stemmed from the need to have witnesses present. Today, however, a bridal party is much, much more: It’s a representation of a bond, a steadfast support system and a symbol of lifelong friendships. Couples today commonly bestow gifts upon the members of their bridal party, which also includes groomsmen, to convey gratitude. Current trends call for giving a gift as unique as the person for whom it is intended, with a variety of items ready to be personalized. Many brides will honor their bridesmaids with jewelry. Take this tradition one step

further by customizing the jewelry with each bridesmaid’s name, or, for a cleaner look, just use the first letter. As an alternative to names, try giving a necklace with a message. Kimberly Waller of Hearth & Soul in Tallahassee suggests a Morse Code necklace, featuring gold dipped dots and dashes on a silk thread, that conveys positive messages and sentiments. Lockets are timeless and treasured. Placing a picture of the bride and her bridesmaid in the locket creates a piece that is elegant on the outside and sentimental on the inside. “Another great benefit of jewelry as a gift is, it’s one of the few items the wedding party can wear on the wedding day to perfectly complete their wardrobe whether its cufflinks, a watch, earrings, a bracelet or a necklace,” said Carolyn Brigman, vice president of McCaskill &


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Sweetly pop the question with a “Will you be my bridesmaid?” box by Sugarfina. Cheers to your best gals with matching Tervis cups from Coton Colors. Say it in code through a friendship necklace by Pettina. Sip in style out of a customized groomsman flask. Show the parents you’re thankful for their support with a keepsake Coton Colors ornament.

Company Finest Jewelry & Watches in Destin. Bridesmaid proposals have become a prewedding tradition, where the bride “proposes” to those she wants for her bridal party. “It’s customary to give gifts at the bridal luncheon a day or two before the wedding,” said Kyle Johnson Smith, Coton Colors’ Design Manager. “Something that is becoming increasingly popular is giving gifts when asking bridesmaids to be in your bridal party.” Personalized accessories that can be used to prepare on the wedding day, such as monogrammed totes, makeup bags and water bottles, are becoming popular. “You can create a gift box with a wedding party Tervis (insulated bottle) paired with a festive drink, along with some other wedding day necessities and accessories to use throughout the day,” explains Johnson Smith.

“Plus, a Tervis is something they will be able to use during the wedding and will pull together those details that make the day so memorable.” Needless to say, candy will always be an excellent choice. “We love all things Sugarfina,” said Waller. “The wonderful, ‘Will you be my bridesmaid?’ candy box, filled with gourmet candies, is both clever and unique.” To take a more do-it-yourself approach, some brides craft candles for each bridesmaid, with customized scents. The handmade element certainly makes for a personalized keepsake. Expressing thanks to more than just the bridesmaids has become commonplace. Now, brides and even grooms are bestowing gifts upon parents, groomsmen, flower girls and ring bearers. Much like the bridesmaids’ gifts, thoughtful touches make all the difference. While liquor and liquor accessories are ever

popular among groomsmen, personalized ties are trendy, as well. For the parents of the bride and groom, a treasured gift should evoke memories. The style should reflect the tradition-filled moments of the occasion. Be sure to include a handwritten note as a personal and direct thank you to the recipient. For any guest, Johnson Smith says a personalized ornament, with their name or a message to remember the wedding day, is an especially heartfelt present. Bridal party gifts go beyond trinkets. They mark a significant occasion in the lives of the happy couple that took place alongside friends and family. Gifts should be whimsical yet useable, time-honored yet distinct and, as always, intimate and unforgettable.

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DREAM GOWNS Panama City

“I knew Dream Gowns would make it a special occasion, and they did. Honestly, I didn’t even try on very many dresses and when I put the dress I chose on, I just knew. It was perfect for me, but it was completely different from what I said I would choose. Everything I said I wouldn’t pick ended up being what I went with — very simple, romantic and clean.

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“Everyone I came in contact with was super helpful. Whether it was putting back dresses I already tried on or bringing me dresses they thought I might like, they just went out of their way. On my wedding day, I felt like a bride should. I felt beautiful.” - Haley Lewis, Panama City Beach, Florida

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Blushing, F Beautiful and Balanced Bride Ditch the diet fads and impossible workouts and aim, instead, for happiness! by Rebecca Padgett

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irst, you need to know that you are wonderful and beautiful just as you are. Your partner put a ring on your finger because he loves every ounce of you, and every teary-eyed, smiling guest at your ceremony shares that love. Those same people will support you in any endeavor you wish to pursue and will be your biggest advocates in helping you to achieve your goals. A wedding is unlike any milestone you will experience in your life. You invite those who live near and far, whose friendships are close or newly rekindled, to take part in a day where all eyes and cameras are on you. As exciting and blissful as that is, it’s also, to be transparent, nerve-racking. For a day that you will remember and reflect upon, you want to feel and look your best. A momentous event is just the time to put your ambitions into literal motion.


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The first step is to set goals and evaluate if you will be able to achieve them in realistic and healthy ways. This doesn’t mean crash diets to fit into the dress or workouts so strenuous you dread them. The overarching objective is to create a lifestyle that fulfills your wedding day wishes and is sustainable for many years of wedded bliss. “The goal isn’t always to lose weight; it’s to be healthy and mentally stable,” said Lena Shields, Studio Manager of Pure Barre Tallahassee. “A wedding is for both of you, and you’re working to be happy and healthy together. In the grand scheme, you’re adapting your lifestyle to prolong your lives together.” Until death do you part, your other half is your accountability partner and motivator, making it ideal to join in on the fitness journey together. Find a workout that you both enjoy, take turns doing each other’s favorite fitness activity or pay a trainer for a couples class. “Many times your training coach becomes your life coach because they’re someone who is unbiased and can be there to support you mentally as well as physically through this journey into your marriage,” said Matt Staver, owner and founder of Blueprint Health Studio in Destin. At home or in the gym, you can use each other for resistance training or for partner workouts, like tossing a medicine ball back and forth. Make it even more enjoyable by turning workouts into dates. Run, hike, bike, canoe or walk together to a location where you can enjoy a healthy picnic as a reward. “Active people tolerate stress better, suffer from less illness and enjoy the benefits of more energy and stamina,” said Kim Bibeau, owner and founder of Sweat Therapy Fitness. “These benefits can really help a relationship flourish. Whether partners workout together or use their gym time as ‘me time,’ fitness is an important part of a self-care routine.” If solo workouts are more your speed, fully commit. Put down the guest list, turn off the cellphone and submerge yourself fully in your workout routine. High intensity classes present the perfect way to blow off steam, long runs give you clarity and yoga calms the mind. “Fitness classes keep your energy up and keep you focused,” said Adam Christiansen, certified personal trainer with BeachFit Studio in Seaside. “A fitness routine teaches you how to push through stressful situations and difficulties. Ultimately, it shows you respect yourself and the other person.” All professionals in the fitness realm agree that eating healthily and relaxing is beneficial to

your overall well-being. Take time together, on a Sunday evening, to plan and prepare healthy meals for the week ahead, or join cooking classes that promote nutritious eating. Of the most importance is having a sound mind. Amidst all the color swatches, cake tastings and seating charts, take a break and focus on the person who got you to this moment. A smile releases endorphins that trigger happiness, and kissing burns calories.

Strengthen your relationship through exercises that challenge you both. Get a head start on your partnership, by pacing each other toward total health with a running routine. Try yoga to connect mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.

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ANDREW’S CATERING Tallahassee

“We decided on Andrew’s because they are the best in town. They were always on point, accommodating and attentive. Even though we only met with them in person once, we never had to worry because we trusted them that much. We talked about menu options and services that perfectly fit our wedding. They were able to accommodate my husband’s food allergies and create a menu that pleased both our vegetarian and meat-eating friends.

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“Everyone bragged about and complimented the food. There was a wide variety and the tenderloin was a hit, especially with my husband. The food might have even been the highlight of the reception!” - Jacqueline Blackburn, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY WOODLAND FIELDS PHOTOGRAPHY

(850) 645-9255 // AndrewsDowntown.com 229 S. Adams St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

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FISHER’S FLOWERS AND EVENTS Santa Rosa Beach

“Fisher’s Flowers’ versatility was especially important to us since we had three big events to plan: an Indian ceremony and reception, a rehearsal dinner/beach bonfire and a traditional Western ceremony and reception. “Grove with Fisher’s is an extremely kind, creative, down-to-earth and hardworking designer. She’s not simply a florist — she works to understand the personalities of the bride and groom, plus their families, to make sure the event’s design feels unique and true to them. Fisher’s understood the combination we wanted — warm, festive and elegant. Guests loved the dance floor, the beautiful beach and the joyful spirit. More than a year later, our friends continue to rave about how wonderful each of our events was.” - Meera Rennicke, New York, New York PHOTOS BY HARDY KLAHOLD

At a Glance ▪ FLORAL SERVICES ▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪ DECORATING SERVICES ▪ EVENT DESIGN

(850) 622-0056 // FishersFlowersAndEvents.com 416 S. Co. Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

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Wedding Planning for the Digital Age Apps that make it easier to get to iDo by Maria Knight

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rom trying on dresses until you find “the one” to designing invitations that will adorn a fridge delightfully, there are a million things a bride has to keep track of when planning her wedding. With today’s modern means, planning could not be easier or more accessible. Apps for wedding planning are helping brides stay organized, in touch and upto-date, all with the touch of a button. With everything brides have to do and remember, it’s easy to forget a thing or two along the way. WeddingHappy is an app that tracks the tasks you have completed, the tasks you still need to do, your vendor details and how long you have until your wedding. Not only can you track details like sending your save-the-date notices, you can also keep a close eye on your expenses and payments so you and your fiancé can stick to your budget. This free app makes it easy to see how the little things are adding up to create the big picture. If you’re looking for an app with a social side that provides opportunities to engage with your guests and wedding party, Appy Couple is a

savvy option. The photo gallery feature allows guests to easily snap and post pictures, all of which are saved directly to your gallery. Guests can mingle with each other via the app with instant messaging. Your shyer guests will thank you later. And who knows? Your wedding could result in romance for another happy couple. To make the wedding gift process easier on you and your guests, Zola has an online registry that exhibits simplicity at its finest. This app lets you combine multiple brands to your registry, choose from a variety of “couple experiences” and build cash funds for your future plans, all in one account. If it turns out you don’t actually need that set of mallard duck dishware from your uncle in Kentucky, Zola gives you the option to swap gifts or convert them into credit. Having trouble finding your dream dress? Follow local bridal stores on Instagram as they often feature the latest dress trends. If you’re open minded or don’t have a particular style in mind, this is the best way to learn what you may want. Dream Gowns has an excellent selection that is consistently updated on their Instagram account.

Our very own, Northwest Florida Weddings website, social media accounts and monthly newsletter are on-trend with bridal movements throughout the nation while providing localization through vendors, venues and services. Whiles these apps and websites are definite time-savers, they can’t do it all. As John Gandy from John Gandy Events explains, there’s a human element to wedding planning that you can’t get online. “Sending invitations virtually is great if all of your guests are young and always online,” Gandy says. “Otherwise, you should stick with traditional mail.” Some tasks are best completed in person for the sake of the ceremony, such as selecting vendors and tasting cake samples. Some of your best visual sources are magazines, and your best audible sources are talking with brides who have already taken their walk down the aisle. For decades, brides have successfully planned beautiful weddings; and just think — you are planning in the best-equipped decade yet. It’s a great time to be a bride!

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JOHN GANDY EVENTS Tallahassee

“I’m a wedding photographer so I had previous experience working with John Gandy and watching him make things gorgeous. His team knows how to make the day completely flawless. He walked me through his warehouse, but I told him that I had seen what he could do and I trusted him. It turned out absolutely perfect. An elegant, relaxed dinner party with a lot of candles, metallic and greenery.

At a Glance ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪ DECORATING SERVICES ▪ DESIGN AND DÉCOR INSTALLATIONS ▪ DÉCOR RENTALS ▪ PRODUCTION/EVENT DESIGN ▪ LINEN RENTALS

“Since my husband and I found each other later in life, we don’t take for granted what got each other to this point. We are soul mates. My three-year-old daughter was wrapped up in my veil, walking beside me up the aisle to my best friend. It was so loving and special. There were a lot of happy tears.” - Dawn Fifer, 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

“It was a no brainer to use John Gandy. I had seen some of his work and had a lot of friends that had used him. I knew from the get-go that I would choose his services because of his reputation for quality. I never had a clear-cut vision of what I wanted, but I did know I wanted a lot of natural colors with white and champagne tones. He helped me describe my vision and made it come to life. He called it Southern elegance, which was perfect.

At a Glance ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪ DECORATING SERVICES ▪ DESIGN AND DÉCOR INSTALLATIONS ▪ DÉCOR RENTALS ▪ PRODUCTION/EVENT DESIGN ▪ LINEN RENTALS

“Our special moment was surrounded by giant chandeliers hanging from oak trees as we had our first dance. That was our time to ourselves to do what we do best.” - Madeleine Friddle, Milton, Florida

PHOTOS BY WOODLAND FIELDS PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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SUNSHINE SHUTTLE & LIMOUSINE Santa Rosa Beach

At a Glance ▪ TRANSPORTATION

“There were so many reasons we chose Sunshine Shuttles. They actually did the whole weekend. They started with the airport pickup of wedding guests all the way from the rehearsal dinner to the wedding night. It was a chance to have everyone together, so we actually did larger buses so everyone could spend time with one another. “Donovan was one of my favorite drivers. He’s very witty and funny. He had water and to-go food ready for us in the vintage Rolls Royce and made everything easy. I can’t say enough great things about Donovan and Sunshine Shuttles. They went above and beyond to make it all perfect.” - Sara Shipp, Nashville, Tennessee PHOTOS BY DEAR WESLEYANN PHOTOGRAPHY

(850) 650-6333 // SunshineShuttle.com 323 Lynn Drive, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

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making it happen 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

HAMPTON INN AND SUITES TALLAHASSEE Convenience and comfort is key when planning a wedding stay, whether it is for the happy couple or the guests. Hampton Inn and 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.

HOTEL

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

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. Make every moment even happier from your engagement to your wedding day with Coton Colors — from the “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” asks to hostess gifts and presents for future mother-in-laws.

BRIDAL GIF TS AND REGISTRY

(850) 668-0149 Coton-Colors.com 1355 Market St. Tallahassee, FL 32312

THE BLUES FACTOR BAND The award-winning Blues Factor Band is a group of elite musicians that provide professional entertainment for weddings, private events and corporate functions. Known for their incredibly polished, high-energy shows, these experienced and versatile musicians are available to pack the dance floor at your wedding. Comprehensive entertainment packages are available at surprisingly affordable prices that include the wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, professional MC/DJ services and videography.

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(904) 349-8307 TheBluesFactorBand.com 2132 Sand Dune Court Tallahassee, FL 32308


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 in order 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.

VENUE

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

OPPENHEIM SIGNATURE SMILES THOMAS E. OPPENHEIM, DMD, FAACD

You are sure to be smiling on your wedding day, and photographs will capture that smile as a memory for years to come. Dr. Oppenheim specializes in smile designs that are known for their strikingly natural appearance and lasting beauty. His promise is to deliver cosmetic and restorative excellence, which results in a signature smile for each client.

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COSMETIC DENTISTRY

(229) 226-1631 SignatureSmiles.com 207 E. Jackson St. Thomasville, Georgia 31792

EMERALD COAST AUDIO VISUAL SOLUTIONS Seaside

Flawless audio and eye-catching visual services will ensure that your guests hear and see the magic of your most special day. Emerald Coast Audio Visual Solutions employs only the most competent technicians and consultants to advise you on the most effective and cost efficient options for your venue whether it be indoors or outdoors. They have years of experience in providing exceptional services to weddings, leaving you well prepared and stress free on your dreamed about day. The sound will be as clear as your crystal glasses and the spotlights will be on you. PHOTOS BY AMY RILEY PHOTOGRAPHY AND COURTESY OF EMERALD COAST AUDIO VISUAL SOLUTIONS

At a Glance ▪ INDOOR WEDDING AUDIO/VISUAL ▪ OUTDOOR WEDDING AUDIO/VISUAL ▪ CREATIVE LIGHTING ▪ DANCE FLOOR RENTALS ▪ VIDEOGRAPHY (850) 630-3032 // EmeraldCoastAV.com Multiple Locations NORTHWEST FLORIDA WEDDINGS 2017

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making it happen 850 EVENT RENTALS 850 Event Rentals knows that the beauty of an event is all in the details, whether it be a grand gathering hall or an intimate ceremony. Offering a comprehensive inventory of tents, chairs, arbors, tables, linens, lighting, décor and lounge furniture, 850 Events is well-equipped to create your envisioned wedding day. If you’re warm on the idea of a beachside wedding, they provide beach bonfire services along the Emerald Coast.

E V E N T R E N TA L S

(850) 399-1660 850EventRentals.com Santa Rosa Beach, FL

BELLAGIO NAIL & DAY SPA Escape stress into a world of total comfort, relaxation and rejuvenation. Treat yourself to a luxurious experience, pick the perfect polish for your tips and toes and indulge in refreshments from the spa’s fully stocked bar. Our friendly and professional staff will pamper and perfect all of your beauty needs. Kick off the bachelorette party or bridal shower with our private room complete with music, drinks and complete relaxation.

B E A U T Y & S PA

(850) 912-4488 BellagioDaySpaPensacola.com 5010 Bayou Blvd., Suite 103 Pensacola, FL 32503

HILTON GARDEN INN TALLAHASSEE The Hilton Garden Inn Tallahassee welcomes you and your guests to their hotel for your wedding celebration. Our desirable location right off of I-10 and nearby local attractions, allows you to make the most of your time in town. We offer many amenities to create a “home away from home” atmosphere guaranteeing complete comfort.  In addition to reserving a block of rooms for you, we feature a banquet room ideal for an intimate rehearsal dinner of up to 48 guests.

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

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

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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


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.

S TAT I O N E R Y & R E G I S T R Y

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

TOM & THE CATS Tom & the Cats are wedding reception legends that get the party going. With catchy dance music and a guaranteed night to remember, no matter the theme of your wedding Tom & the Cats has the music to match. A 2015 Best of Tallahassee winner for Best Local Band, their smooth vocals and dynamic instrumentals captivate guests — leaving them no choice but to make their way to the dance floor. The band’s motto says it all, “It ain’t nothing but a party, baby!”

M U S I C & E N T E R TA I N M E N T

(850) 566-3018 TomAndTheCats.net richardbevis@embarqmail.com

WEBER & WEEKLEY BRIDES, BEAUTY & BLING Accomplished in both traditional and airbrush makeup, Melody Weber and Lorie Weekley are professional makeup artists and licensed estheticians. Their passion is helping brides capture the glow of their individuality by personally customizing their skincare and makeup preferences. From their hands and into their beloved’s arms, each bride shines with confidence as they joyfully walk down the aisle feeling relaxed and radiant.

B E A U T Y & S PA

(850) 764-6629 WeberAndWeekley.com 4305 Spanish Trail Pensacola, FL 32504

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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 ThePoshDaisy.com 128 Eglin Parkway SE Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

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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.

B E A U T Y & S PA

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

BALLROOM AT 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. Chef Dan Vargo will create a menu to suit your style, featuring Prime beef and fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood. Seagar’s also features the largest wine list on the coast, with more than 600 labels to choose from.

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


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offices, suggests bringing Mr.- and Mrs.themed travel mugs or cute drinkware to enjoy some sunny sips on the beach. Aside from packing the obvious necessities, like your swimsuit, a cover-up and sunscreen, think outside of the box a little. Pack a beach blanket to take on picnics or for those dreamy nights of Gulf-side stargazing. Stretching out for a lazy day on the sand or at the pool is the perfect time to break out a book you’ve been dying to read or listen to some relaxing music, so pack some reading material and your headphones. Even newlyweds need a little downtime from gazing into each other’s eyes. This is a coastal vacation, so dress the part. Bring beach bags, hats, sunglasses and flipflops to keep you looking cool and breezy in your post-wedding glow. Plan to celebrate at least once in high style by having a dressy date. Bring cocktail-worthy attire, and you’ll be prepared for any dress code. Keep a record to look back on, and remember even the details that, at the time, may seem

insignificant. Pack a cute honeymoon journal and a pen to document the day’s adventures. Flip through the pages and relive it a year later. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Marketing Manager Brooke Scholl has a few suggestions of her own for honeymooners who head to the coast: “Bring along a camera to capture all of your special memories at the beach and anywhere fun you go together.” The proper footwear, she explains, can really make or break your day; so be sure to have the right shoes — not only flipflops for the beach or at the pool, but also shoes that are comfortable enough to wear on sightseeing excursions, leisurely strolls or bike rides. If you’re staying at a resort, Scholl advises checking their amenities to see what may be available to you as their special guests. Although it’s not quite “packable,” remember to bring an adventurous mindset, too. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it’s the ideal time to try new things and to have exciting adventures together.

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h, the honeymoon. It’s the perfect start to your new life together: a time to relax after all the stresses of the big day, to connect in a new place and make memories that you’ll cherish long after the dress is packed away and the photos have been looked at hundreds of times. No matter how picture-perfect the locale may be, if you haven’t packed properly, those beautiful memories can get a little smudged by the headaches that result from being ill prepared. Make sure that your honeymoon is one you’ll remember for all the right reasons by taking a few tips from experts. Some of the most popular honeymoon getaways chart a course for the coast, where postcard-worthy beaches await and sunlit skies make everything shine a little brighter. The only worry you should have is applying enough sunscreen. You’re on your honeymoon, so celebrate as often as you can, and pour on the cocktails! Sarah Ralph, Marketing Manager at ResortQuest’s Northwest Florida Region

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Forever Starts Here... When you choose St. Joe Club & Resorts for your wedding, rehearsal dinner or anniversary, it will be more than just the scenery that will inspire you. Our team of Wedding Experts will make your event unforgettable. Enjoy upscale accommodations, exceptional amenities and the comforts of southern hospitality—the ultimate wedding experience.

WaterColor® Inn | The Pearl Hotel | 30A Vacation Rentals 25 Miles West of the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

sjcrweddings.com | 1.850.231.7773

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RESORTQUEST BY WYNDHAM VACATION RENTALS | PANAMA CITY BEACH HONEYMOON DESTINATION Panama City Beach

At a Glance ▪▪ HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS ▪▪ HOME RENTALS ▪▪ CONDOMINIUM RENTALS

When describing the quintessential honeymoon, phrases such as “breathtaking beaches” and “endless activities” are likely at the top of your list. Panama City Beach is the ideal oasis to celebrate your wedding and begin your journey as a couple. With sugar-white sand to sunbathe on, paddleboards and jet skis to rent and beach bonfires to snuggle up by, Panama City Beach blends romance and adventure. ResortQuest offers professionally managed vacation rental homes and condominiums down the Panama City Beach coastline, a destination dream come true. PHOTOS COURTESY OF RESORTQUEST

(888) 412-6408 // PCBHoneymoon.com 546 Mary Esther Cutoff NW, Suite 3 Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548


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Your Happier Ever After... Our Pleasure

Start your ever after with the unique style and expertise this day truly deserves. Relax at our poolside bar, savor delicious flavors at Juicy Blue and sleep soundly in one of our luxurious, Four Comfort beds™. -Free parking -Free Wi-Fi -Fitness Center

-Free shuttle service to downtown, all campuses and airport

-Heated pool -Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily

-7,000 sq. ft. of meeting space -Full renovation in 2012

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With sparkling emerald water and sugar-white sand to complement the beauty of any bride, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals offers many gorgeous properties to serve as a backdrop for a memorable beach wedding. From private beach homes to luxurious Gulf-front condos, we provide a variety of event space along Northwest Florida beaches. Our locations along the scenic Gulf of Mexico are perfect for an extended stay to incorporate a romantic honeymoon or a vacation for the entire wedding party. Call us or visit our website to book the wedding of your dreams along Florida’s Emerald Coast! Call or visit us online for more information! 888-412-6408 | NWFLWeddings.com | FloridaWeddings@ResortQuest.com

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