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EXTRAORDINARY WEDDINGS

It is making the wedding of your dreams a reality. It is Louisvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier hotel for unforgettable weddings from 50 to 1,000. It is 1,290 luxurious suites and guest rooms. It is all-inclusive wedding packages. It is full-service facilities, exceptional menus, cocktails and memorable rehearsal dinners. It is taking special occasions to a higher level. It is our 25th floor rooftop venue, the Waterford Room. It is breathtaking views. It is exactly what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been looking for. Welcome to the Galt House. Aside from the ceremony and festivities, weddings are about the complete experience. The Galt House can accommodate your wedding guests. For further details, or to reserve a block of rooms, please give us a call. Contact our Professional Bridal Consultant at (502) 568-4271 or email weddings@galthouse.com

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At your wedding, make sure “something blue” isn’t you. A year from now, your guests may not remember the delicately crisp texture of the Pistachio Encrusted Sea Bass. They may never recount the dramatic artistry of the sizzling flambé or swoon over its subtle layers of exquisite flavor. Nor are they likely to remember the elegance of the fine linen lining the carefully set tables. What they will remember, however, is the magic. They will remember the enchanted feeling of being surrounded by friends and family in a setting as beautiful as the love they share. They will remember that on your wedding day, everything was perfect. boutique catering | event design | couture linens and rental | 859.255.0717 | lundyscatering.com


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Volume IV

Weddings

Weddings

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Real Wedding: Lauren & Colin

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Real Wedding: Kortney & Ryan

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Real Wedding: Kali & Brandon

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Real Wedding: Jennifer & Chris

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Real Wedding: Tara & Matt

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Real Wedding: Cheri & Tim

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Destination Palm Beach

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Details: Paper Chase

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From the Runway

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Tips from the Experts: Considerations for an Outdoor Wedding

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Tips from the Experts: Choosing a Photographer

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Details: Fantasy in Frosting

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Details: Venues

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OUR EYES... YOUR WEDDING

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From the Editor-In-Chief

If the mother of the bride is still beaming six months after her only daughter’s wedding, it must have been a special event. If that mother is Joan Bever, wedding planner extraordinaire and Director of Catering and Banquet Operations for The Breakers in Palm Beach, you know it must have been a doozey. I had the great pleasure of speaking with Joan about all things weddings during a recent visit to Palm Beach. During her 17 years at The Breakers, she has planned events both small and grand, but it wasn’t until her only daughter got married did she understand why people choose a destination wedding. Her new son-in-law is Chilean, and with both families spread across the globe, the destination experience made perfect sense for the couple. “Having gone through it myself, I can really sell destination weddings from the heart. The experience allows everyone time to connect in a relaxed environment over the course of several days, ” she said. The Breakers is just one of three outstanding venues featured in Destination Palm Beach (feature on pages 30–37). I also talked with Joan about the importance of relying on an experienced wedding planner. “When you are in the moment, every decision is emotional and that third party serves as the rational voice to get things done,” she said. To that end, we’ve called on the experts to share their advice on choosing a photographer (pages 54–57) and tackling an outdoor wedding (pages 48–53), all complemented by outstanding photography that is sure to provide a bit of inspiration for your own special day. Cheers!

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Real Weddings

Lauren & Colin Photography by Nancy Cohn Photography and larossphotography.com Three years after their chance meeting at a Halloween costume party, Colin Walker proposed to Lauren Moerings while the couple vacationed in Napa Valley – a pre-planned photographer planted in the bushes captured Lauren’s exuberant reaction. The destination ceremony and wedding, held in Palm Beach, took place at the historic Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church and The Breakers, respectively. Lauren worked remotely with the wedding professionals from The Breakers, which helped her select which of their many gorgeous venues would serve as the backdrop for their reception and satisfied Colin’s request for a premium bar and great music. The bride, wearing an Amy Michelson sheath, looked radiant and fresh with her hair fashioned into a low chignon and ornamented with a single orchid. Complemented the summery feeling were her bridesmaids who were attired in short buttery yellow bubble hem dresses. At the reception, dramatic table centerpieces were fashioned from orchids of varying types; a single orchid was tucked into the linen napkins at each table setting. Even more orchids could be found on the multitiered wedding cake, which appeared to “float” atop a clear glass overlay underlined with coordinating flowers. At the end of the evening, ladies in attendance were given butler-passed flip-flops, while the men received Nicaraguan cigars with custom labels.

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Kortney & Ryan

Photography by Amy Campbell & Angela Anderson of Angela Anderson Photography Seven years after meeting Kortney Bryan at the University of Kentucky Library, Ryan Roppel was finally able to propose. He had waited patiently for Kortney to complete Veterinary school at Auburn University, as he went to Knoxville to open a new branch of the family automotive business. Ryan proposed on a special trip to Savannah, then surprised Kortney with an engagement celebration with family and friends at Hilton Head. The couple chose Downtown Louisville for their wedding in keeping with the Southern traditions they both love. Family from Arizona and friends came from near and far to celebrate the special New Year’s Eve wedding. The ceremony took place at St Bonaface Church. Kortney was absolutely stunning in her Ramona Keveza designed dress. As she walked down the aisle with her father to Canon in D, the violin strings and harp and the look on Ryan’s face made it impossible for her or her guests to hold back tears. The spiritual celebration officiated by Father Martin Linebach (Ryan’s cousin) was very personal and emotional, but of course sprinkled with a touch of family humor. The couple left the church in a 1937 Mercury convertible supplied by Ryan’s grandfather. A fitting departure for a couple about to extend family business to a new generation. The dinner and reception were held at the historic Brown Hotel where guests were treated to special “Hot Brown” hors-devours and of course, Kentucky bourbon.  Boston Floral Couture’s careful attention to design and details made a perfect setting for a New Years Eve celebration. Everything from the floral arrangements, to the beautiful white linens and the blue lighting turned the room into a special moment in time. Hand made petit fours and cakes from Cake Flour on Market were displayed elegantly for the guests to enjoy. The “Endless Summer Band” played nonstop to a packed dance floor and as the “snow” floated down gently over the guests with noisemakers at midnight, Kortney and Ryan knew it was the “perfect ending to a perfect day”. design, decoration, linens and “snow” The Brown Hotel Crystal Ballroom flowers Boston Floral Couture music The Endless Summer Band photo booth Magnolia Photo Booth Co. cake Cake Flour wedding gown Ramona Keveza designer Impressions Bridal Boutique (Atlanta) bridesmaid dresses Ribbons & Rags Louisville hair and makeup Ana Crane-Simpson 18

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Kali & Brandon Photography by Robert Burge Photography Kali Chowning and Brandon Lewis were married at Kaliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family estate located in Bardstown, KY. The ceremony took place at the front of the home. Guests watched as Kali and her father, D.L. Chowning, walked through the large double doors of the house and made their way to the edge of the walkway. D.L. gave his daughter a long embrace before he gave her hand to Brandon. After the ceremony, guests made the walk over to the huge tent awaiting the introduction of the couple. Everyone enjoyed dinner and danced under the massive hanging grid made of willow branches. From the branches hung clusters of pink peonies, ribbons, and votive candles. The reception went late into the night as guest enjoyed the sounds of a the Endless Summer Band. wedding planner ShaFox Weddings and Events catering Lady Fingers Catering floral design In Bloom Again cake Mertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cakes entertainment Endless Summer Band

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Jennifer & Chris Photography by David Blair Photography Fox 41 News Anchor Jennifer Baileys chose the elegant Hurstbourne Country Club for her fabulous outdoor wedding. She looked stunning in her beautiful dress and her shoes were striking. The lighting was almost magical as it pierced through the trees and the ballroom was an exquisite setting for their first dance. Jenniferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new husband Chris is one of Louisville Metroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Finest. They meet when Chris was giving Jennifer a ticket for blocking traffic with the news van. They are a wonderful couple and so fun to just hang out with. They looked great and were so easy to photograph. I was honored to be a part of their wedding and I had a great time.

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Tara & Matt Photography by Robert Burge Photography Tara Thompson and Matt Elder kept with their Kentucky roots as they were married at St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral and celebrated their reception at My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown, KY. The couple prepped for the wedding at a local bed and breakfast and then had a private meeting at the carriage house behind My Old Kentucky Home before their photos. After the ceremony, the couple rode to the reception with the wedding party in a trolley car. The reception began with dinner in the Great Hall at the visitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s center. Guests then walked over to the Rotunda for cake and dancing. The celebration went late into the night with live music and specialty drinks.

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Cheri & Tim Photography by Chad Henle Photography Tim and Cheri met at their current employer where they have both worked for over 15 years. There are five children between the two of them and the couple felt blessed to have all of them take part in their wedding day, which made it even more special. An hour before the wedding rain and hail threatened to ruin the day. As if on cue, about 15 minutes before the ceremony, the sun came out, the skies turned blue and everything sparkled. Folks scrambled to dry off the chairs just in time for the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream wedding in the beautiful rose garden at Garden Court on the Presbyterian Seminary campus. catering Upper Crust Catering wedding gown The Bridal Suite of Louisville bridesmaid dresses Bella Bridesmaids tuxedos Sam Myers wedding cake Sweet Surrender flowers Nanz & Kraft

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DESTINATIONS

PalmBeach With an abundance of golf courses, 47 miles of pristine golden beaches, a heralded culinary scene, world-class shopping and scores of cultural attractions and nightlife venues, Palm Beach County has been known as a top warm-weather destination for 100 years. Increasingly, betrothed couples are recognizing the Palm Beaches as the perfect wedding destination. “People once thought of destination weddings as extravagant, but with no hometown vase and families spread across the globe, it’s become a highly anticipated opportunity to convene everyone together,” said Joan Bever, Director of Catering and Banquet Operations at The Breakers Palm Beach. Over the course of several days, family and friends have a relaxed opportunity to get acquainted or reconnect during a round of golf, a day of pampering at the spa or relaxing in a poolside cabana. Once the guests have returned home, increasingly couples are staying on at the resort for their honeymoon. We’ve selected three outstanding venues in Palm Beach, each offering a unique perspective for your special day.

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THE BREAKERS The term “Princess Bride” comes to mind when picturing a destination wedding at The Breakers Palm Beach. The opulent Italian Renaissance-style “castle” on the Atlantic Ocean is complemented by 140-acres of impeccably manicured grounds and a nearly limitless range of activities to entertain wedding guests of all ages. “Our landscape engages guests with its dramatic sensory appeal,” said Danny Miller, director of horticulture and grounds at The Breakers who helms a 44-member team of gardeners and grounds technicians. “We know that hues attract attention, variety piques interest and scent taps into mood. Our guests are sophisticated enough to appreciate the creative thought put into every square foot and the attention to detail that makes each camera angle a photo opportunity.” While the property can seem intimidating due to its scale, it is “home” to a top-notch team of experienced wedding planners who make the experience feel like a family affair. Joan Bever, Director of Catering and Banquet Operations has a 17year tenure at the property, while Jeff Simms, executive chef of banquets, is in his 14th year. Bever pointed out that the “new kid on the block” on her team is now in his sixth year. With venues large and small, both inside and out, The Breakers is able to accommodate a tailored range of events: a sunset ceremony on the oceanfront lawn to a ballroom reception

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under gilded, frescoed ceilings. Even completely unadorned, the majestic ballrooms, some of which are modeled after historic 14th and 16th century palazzos of Italy, possess a fairytale quality. Different venues can be called into service for varying facets of the destination wedding, providing distinct experiences for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception and post-wedding brunch. Wedding fare is meticulously prepared and artfully presented. “We obtain absolutely the best products on the market, as these core ingredients are the foundation for outstanding cuisine,” said Chef Simms. Wine director and master sommelier Virginia Philip and her team of five sommeliers are available to offer their expertise in wine and food pairings (elsewhere in this issue you’ll find her recommendations for several romantic wines). Bever recommends scheduling your event one-year in advance, although she’s booked weddings with as much as a twoyears out and as little as six months. Bever and her team have established wonderful working relationships with the country’s leading event designers such as Michelle Rago and Preston Bailey to name a few. Select packages include a couture wedding cake created by renowned New York City-based cake designer Sylvia Weinstock, featuring the highly personalized service of her dedicated team of specialists.


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As a high quality, multi-faceted wedding venue, The Breakers can not only encompass the ceremony, reception and related events, it can also fulfill the spectrum of desires and needs of the bridal party. The resort features 540 guest rooms, including 68 suites and 27 Flagler Club level rooms with personalized concierge services and private access to the Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lounge; on-site boutiques, including Burberry and Ralph Lauren; 36 holes of championship golf (including the oldest 18-hole course in Florida); 10 tennis courts; a 20,000 square-foot luxury spa; a breathtaking oceanfront Mediterranean-style beach club with a half-mile of private beach, featuring luxurious beach bungalows for daytime rental, five pools and four whirlpool spas; a comprehensive Family Entertainment Center and Coconut Crew Interactive Camp; and, nine on-site restaurants, from the family-friendly Italian restaurant in the Family Entertainment Center to the French haute cuisine served in an equally refined setting at Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Escalier. W 35


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L’Escalier provides a romantic setting for newly wed couples to celebrate their nuptials. The award-winning signature restaurant re-opened in the fall of 2009 under the helm of chef de cuisine, Greg Vassos, who creatively interprets the illustrious traditions of the French kitchen with seasonally changing, à la carte and fourand seven-course prix fixe tasting menus infused with elegance and sophistication. His painterly plated compositions are enhanced by incredibly attentive service that includes the expertise of one of two on-property Master Sommeliers. This duo possesses an amazingly intimate knowledge of The Breakers’ 28,000-bottle collection. The 40+ page wine list is a treat to review, as is the 7,800-bottle display Wine Cellar, where hand-painted 19th century European leaded glass doors open to reveal a floor of Chinese slate engraved with a vineyard pattern and a racking system make from gleaming solid redwood. Wine Spectator has recognized L’Escalier and The Breakers with its Grand Award every year since the award’s

inception in 1981 (in 2009 only 72 restaurants worldwide received this designation). Furthering the feeling of tranquility ideal for couples is the 2,200 square-foot adults-only Relaxation Pool, with two whirlpool spas and a spacious 6,000 square foot pool deck. There are also numerous recreational, pampering and sporting activities to share, such as a couples massage in a poolside bungalow, or a private yacht charter for the day. As a self-contained destination resort, couples on their honeymoon never have to step a sandal off property. The Breakers Palm Beach welcomes wedding ceremonies and receptions of all sizes and can comfortably accommodate weddings parties up to 800 guests. The average price per person is $200$250, although Bever has coordinated lavish fetes costing $1,000 per guest. For information about Weddings at The Breakers, visit weddingsbythebreakers.com. For general information or reservation, visit thebreakers.com or call 1.888.273.2537.

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THE COLONY HOTEL Host to Presidents, assorted Windsors and other European royals, in addition to movie stars and corporate czars, the Colony Hotel has been at the epicenter of Palm Beach society for more than 60 years. Located steps away from Worth Avenue and ½ block from the beach, this intimate, friendly boutique hotel with a four-diamond rating from AAA recently completed an extensive $15-million renovation. The property boasts 64 guest rooms, 16 suites, three penthouse suites and seven two-bedroom villas. A romantic evening awaits in the hotel’s Royal Room, hailed by The Palm Beach Post as “probably the best place for cabaret on the planet.” A harbinger of “The Great American Songbook” the roster of headliners has included the likes of John Pizzarelli, Debbie Boone, Ann Hampton Callaway, Avery Sommers, Diahann Carroll, Maureen McGovern and Mary Wilson. If you’re lucky, you may catch an impromptu encore performance while enjoying a late-night aperitif at the adjacent Polo Steakhouse.

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With two certified wedding planners on staff (including Executive Chef Vicente Burlaos), and a dedicated events and wedding manager, The Colony is well suited to host rehearsal dinners, weddings and bridal brunches of distinction for 50 to 180 guests. Evening wedding packages fall in the range of $8,000 $18,000 for 50 guests, with additional guests priced at $120 per person. For general information about The Colony, visit thecolonypalmbeach. com. For wedding inquiries, contact Noelle Miskulin, Events & Weddings Manager at 561.655.5430 or Noelle@thecolonypalmbeach.com.

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THE BRAZILIAN COURT HOTEL Discreetly nestled amidst tidy bungalows on a residential street within walking distance to the beach, the supremely intimate Brazilian Court Hotel, constructed in 1926, remains a favorite of celebrities, Palm Beach power players and socialites who cherish the historic ambiance of spacious guestrooms enveloping lush courtyards. Crossing the threshold, guests are transported to a serene oasis. Just beyond the reception desk - where a bouquet of peckycypress used throughout the interior lends a fresh woodsy scent to the air - lies a courtyard with a central fountain, which is lively with al fresco diners day and night. Tucked into yet another courtyard is an indulgently heated pool surrounded by chaises lined in crisp white linen. The 80 spacious guest suites, which were completely renovated as part of a property-wide facelift in 2008, feature mahogany case goods and crown molding, hand-forged English oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, Provence-style wood shutters, and king sized beds dressed with imported linens. All rooms boast ultra air-jet bathtubs with customized hydro-thermo massage menus. Rivaling the pedigree of the guest list is the provenance

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of on-property amenities, including Café Boulud, a namesake outpost of renowned Chef Daniel Boulud’s culinary empire. Executive Chef Zachariah Bell, formerly sous chef at Café Boulud New York, has attracted national attention for the restaurant, including the Wine Spectator’s “Best Award of Excellence” and four stars in the Mobil Travel Guide. The unique menu blends flavors from his four muses: La Tradition offers a taste of classic French fare; La Saison highlights the season’s freshest ingredients; Le Potager incorporates vegetables found in a traditional French garden; and, Le Voyage adds the spice and flair of international cuisine. Executive Pastry Chef Matthew Petersen, formerly the executive pastry chef of DB Bistro Moderne, creates crave-worthy desserts to complement the Four Muses menu. A comprehensive wine list boasts 500 vintages from every continent arranged by grape variety. Elevating the dinner theatre experience is attentive service amidst comfortable surroundings highlighted by large-scale landscape paintings by resident artist Mark Bowles, the colors of which reflect the interior’s palette of warm earth tones.


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The Frederic Fekkai Salon and Spa carries on the brand’s legacy of providing high-level services to discriminating clients (the original flagship once resided in NYC’s Bergdorf Goodman), by offering indulgent European facials in addition to salon services. It’s little surprise that such a refined setting is a popular choice for discerning brides. Wedding ceremonies at The Brazilian Court Hotel are held in the circa 1936 Candeladesigned courtyard, which is highlighted by tropical foliage, vibrant Mediterranean colors and a historical wishing well.

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Following the ceremony, guests can adjourn to the Brazilian Ballroom or the Conservatory for a celebratory reception. The architecture and interior design of the former calls to mind a formal dining room found in a nearby oceanfront manse. Prominent design elements include three arched French doors in-laid with aged mercury glass and custom mahogany corner cabinets with crown detailing. Klismos-inspired chairs are covered with a Bergamo floral tapestry. The conservatory is situated just off the terrace at Café Boulud. Arched glass doors lead to a terrace shaded by a custom-designed 1,000-square-foot awning.


Wedding parties are privy to the full range of award-winning talent in the CafĂŠ Boulud kitchen and enjoy superb signature French-American cuisine coupled with attentive service during all facets of their event. Many pre-ceremony activities can be arranged, including an after-hours champagne shopping spree at the Tory Burch Boutique on Worth Avenue; use of the private beach club at the nearby newly opened Omphoy Ocean Resort, the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sister property; and, hair and makeup services at The Frederic Fekkai Salon and Spa.

The Brazilian Court Hotel is an appropriate venue for ceremonies and receptions for 20 to 150 guests. Pricing varies per event, and begins at approximately $195 per person for a wedding dinner, and from $118 per person for a summer brunch buffet. For more information on weddings at The Brazilian Court Hotel, contact Denise Mariani, Director of Private Dining & Special Events at 561.366.4462 or dmariani@danielnyc.com. For more information about The Brazilian Court Hotel, visit, thebraziliancourt.com W W 43


DETAILS PAPER CHASE Save-the-date, shower and wedding invitations act as each eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brand by clearly establishing your style and personality. The printing style (engraving, letterpress, thermography, lithography, calligraphy) paper stock, typography, color and graphics selection are important considerations for conveying the mood. The creative styles displayed here each make their own statement. Remember, save-the-dates can be mailed up to a year in advance; invitations should be sent six to eight weeks prior to the event.

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TIPS FROM THE EXPERT CONSIDERATIONS FOR AN OUTDOOR WEDDING Bees, bugs, humidity, rain, heat, WHAT? You seriously thinking of planning an outdoor reception – OF COURSE!!! Don’t let these elements intimidate you from planning what most likely will be beautiful weather for a fabulous celebration. You need a solid plan in place to battle any element that Mother Nature throws your way. Rebecca Ruth Photography

Just a little less than half of my weddings a year are outdoor affairs. It takes very careful planning, especially if your event is held on private party. Below are some invaluable tips to consider when establishing your budget and outlining your event. Remember that having an event outdoors is truly spectacular, but inevitably costs more. Know your potential challenges and how to overcome them. • Adequate and lighted parking areas. You should also mark parking lines or hire a company to help with directional parking or valet service • Insurance rider added to your home owner’s policy especially if the event is held on private property • Accessible electric outlets with separate circuits to ensure no overload when plugging in tent lights, catering lights, kitchen items, DJ, band, and restroom facilities. • When ordering a generator consider a “whisper” generator which distributes far less sound • Water available close by to operate portable restroom facilities, kitchen staff, etc. • Fairly level ground to ensure ease of seating and table placement in tents • Height of trees and other structures/landscaping around the area you are placing the tent • Have the electric, water and cable companies mark off underground lines to avoid any potential breaks in those lines when staking the tent • Have the area around and under the tent mowed a few days before the event or the day before the tent is erected

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• Hire a company to spray the grounds to limit the amount of bugs • Offer your guests bug spray so they don’t leave your event with bites all over their ankles • Depending on the size of the guest list, consider having a covered dumpster delivered on-site and placed in an inconspicuous area for ease of trash collection • Portable fans placed correctly in a tent can cool an area pretty well • When planning the ceremony consider where the sun sets and how that can affect guests, your pictures, and your wedding party standing up for 30 minutes or more • On a hot day consider offering bottled water to guest as they arrive. If the weather is chilly, how about some hot chocolate instead • If rain falls on your wedding day, no problem. If lightning is around your guests must exit the tent immediately until the storm clears Truly, some of the most amazing events I have been privileged to plan are outdoors. There is something magically creative about an open, empty structure like a tent that can be transformed into the most amazing canvas of colors, flowers, and décor. Don’t let the fear of the unknown of Mother Nature keep you from having an outdoor wedding. Surround yourself with the best vendors who have experience in outdoor events. They will guide you through each step of the planning with ease having their highly organized back-up plan that includes towels, umbrellas, water, bug spray, and tons of smiles. No doubt you will have the most beautiful wedding day-outdoors! Ellen Shaheen Fox, CMP, Professional Bridal Consultant, ShaFox Weddings & Events

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What to keep in mind when planning an outdoor wedding: 1. What time the chairs are set up and who monitors it: I have straightened out countless chair rows and cleaned bird droppings off of countless chairs. 2. The comfort of your guests. Yes, your wedding is all about you, but what makes it truly special is your guests. If the sun is shining and is 90 degrees, it’s so much nicer in the shade. Guests will not sit down at the ceremony site if it’s in the blazing sun and they are wearing a three-piece suit. If it’s really hot, have some ice water and fans available to your

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guests. On the other side, it may feel nice to you to walk from your car to the store when it’s 60 degrees outside, but it’s very different if you have to sit still outside for an hour. Lastly, always have a backup plan. It just makes sense. 3. Help. It takes so much more work to pull off an outdoor wedding because you are starting from scratch. Who will set everything up? Who will direct your guests when to be seated? Where will the wedding party come out from? Who will send everyone down the aisle? Who will clean everything up? Leann Shields, Wedding Bliss


Rebecca Ruth Photography

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The weather is an obvious consideration when planning an outdoor wedding, but there are many other things to plan for as well. There are more moving pieces with an outdoor wedding than one at a hotel or banquet facility. Most outdoor weddings require everything to be rented such as a tent, tables, chairs, linens, all serving ware, etc. Hiring the right vendor team, particularly an experienced caterer and wedding planner, is very important to ensure all of the needed pieces are in place for the wedding to flow smoothly. Dora Manuel, Viva Bella Events, LLC

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Danny Iskandar

Don’t do it! Just kidding, I love outdoor weddings! However, you do need to keep several factors in mind: the weather obviously, your guests and their comfort (Summer = shade, fans, and water or all three, Spring or Fall = possible warmth, and maybe a warm cider) You just have to love Kentucky weather, you never know what you might get! And you need to make sure that your guests know what kind of shoes to wear, always state in your invitation *A Garden wedding, even if it is in a field - you just need to indicate that it is going to be outside. There are other indicators, but I have found that Garden wedding works best. And always, always have a back up plan! And you need to be comfortable with the back up plan, if you don’t... and you are unhappy on your wedding day, it will show in your photos! Brandan Gravitt, The Bride’s Assistant W

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TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS CHOOSING A PHOTOGRAPHER The guests have left, the band has packed up and the caterer is presenting you the final bill. Your wedding day has come to an end and all you have now are the fabulous memories. Trust me, those memories last a lifetime if you selected the right photographer.

Amy Shepherd Photgraphy

There is such an art to capturing the emotions of a wedding day. I am always amazed at the quality of work that so many photographers in our area posses. Their talents are truly worth every penny you pay for their time. The pictures are priceless and years from now your own children will relish looking at pictures of mom and dad from their wedding day. You will too! I encourage my own brides to interview with at least two photographers. Sometimes we just make it to the first appointment and they have already made their decision. There is that certain bond and emotional connection you get with your photographer almost instantly. You need to have a comfort level with them knowing they truly believe and understand your style for the wedding day. No photographer shoots each wedding exactly the same way. Review their work and photography style. You want to feel a sense of confidence and pride they have in their talents and ability. Pictures are priceless. Your photographer is the only person that can truly capture those moments that last a lifetime. Ellen Shaheen Fox, CMP, Professional Bridal Consultant, ShaFox Weddings & Events

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The choice of photographer is one of the most important decisions in the wedding planning process. Your wedding photographs will outlive most other aspects from your special day and will help preserve and solidify all the details in your memory for years to come. Start researching photographers by getting referrals from your wedding planner and from friends that have gotten married. Study each photographerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work on his or her website. Finding the right style of photography to match your preferred look is important. Consider the experience of each photographer as well. How many weddings has he or she photographed? What do their references say? If you are having an outdoor wedding, do they have plenty of experience photographing in that kind of environment? Another important consideration is their personality style. Couples spend more time with their photographer than any other person on their wedding day. After finding several photographers that fit your style preferences, assess how you get along with them during an initial interview. You not only want to like their end product, but you want to enjoy their company as well. Sally Foster, Urbaniste

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You want to select a photographer whose style matches yours, of course, but there are two other main things I look for in photographers: how many shooters will be there, and how long will they be there. I love a photographer who has one or more assistants also shooting, because you get that many more pictures and perspectives. I also love a photographer whose time is unlimited on the day of your wedding. This way, they can come in the morning to capture everyone getting ready, and are there at the end to capture your exit and get-a-way. Leann Shields, Wedding Bliss Choosing the right photographer is a decision that requires careful consideration. Not only is it important to choose a photographer whose style of photography reflects your preferences, but it’s also important to choose someone with whom you had good chemistry. The photographer spends a significant amount of time with you on your wedding day; the more at ease you feel around them, the better they will be able to capture the best you on your wedding day. Also, when comparing packages between other photographers, be sure you are comparing more than just price. Consider what is included in each package such number of hours, engagement session, high or low resolution digital “negatives” or a wedding album. Dora manuel, viva bella events, LLC Initially, you should shop around. You can start on the web,  and view the sample photos provided. Find a style that suites your personality. And then you should schedule a interview meeting, with potential photographers. Or you can have your wedding planner find you the best match with what you are looking for. He or she should know your style, and be able to recommend someone that you will love! Brandan Gravitt, The Bride’s Assistant W W 57


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Fantasy in Frosting. Understated or over the top? Fondant or frosting? As the centerpiece of your reception (and a star of countless photos), the cake should complement the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme while serving as a confectionary work of art.

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A Rose by any other name. Would smell as sweet, as the old saying goes, but there are other fragrant blossoms to consider as well as the photographs on the following pages demonstrate.

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TIPS FROM THE EXPERT WINE Virginia Philip, wine director and master sommelier at The Breakers Palm Beach has compiled a list of sensational recommendations for wines that play on words for “Amour“ or “Love”. David Blair

Iron Horse “Wedding Cuvée”, Sonoma, California, N/V Iron Horse Sparkling Wines have been served at the White House for five consecutive presidential administrations, beginning with the Reagan-Gorbachev Summit Meeting in Geneva on November 20, 1985, which led to the end of the Cold War. This cuvée is Iron Horse’s Blanc de Noirs, made from predominantly Pinot Noir. It has a beautiful, pale-peach hue. Joy Sterling, winery owner says, “Rich and creamy, like pure strawberries and cream, this is without doubt the most romantic of our Sparklings. It is dangerously easy to drink.” A favorite for many, Iron Horse is probably best known for this cuvée.

Hartford Court “Four Hearts Vineyard” Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California, 2006 Hartford Family Winery was founded in 1993 and they specialize in single vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Old Vine Zinfandel. “Four Hearts Vineyards” Chardonnay is located in the four key regions that form the heart of the Russian River Valley AVA; the Middle Reach, Laguna Ridge, Green Valley and the Santa Rosa Bench. The soil is a mixture of ash and lava from ancient volcanoes plus alluvial gravel from rivers and streams. This full- bodied Chardonnay has overtones of ripe apricot, hazelnut and almonds with notes of mineral on the well-balanced finish.

Alma Rosa Pinot Gris, Santa Barbara County, California, 2007 Richard Sanford has been practicing sustainable farm growing for the last 28 years at several different wineries, he is known for creating high quality wines and setting a benchmark for organic farming, sustainable agriculture methods, and environmentfriendly commerce. Alma Rosa was created in 2005 and this wine is medium bodied with notes of white flowers and peaches. On the palate there are flavors of granny smith apple, lemon zest completed by a hint of minerality and a refreshing acidity

Watts “Dos Amores” Meritage, Lodi, California, 2003 Made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Cabernet Franc, these estate grown grapes are primarily from Los Robles Vineyard, named for the ancient oak trees preserved among the vines and situated on rolling hills of old red clay. Full bodied with notes of blackberry, black cherry and plum, the wine has a hint of chocolate and spice on the finish. W For more information, visit weddingsbythebreakers.com W 75


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