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It’s easy to find beautiful wedding inspiration—the tough part is knowing where to start. Keeping you in mind, we’ve designed this issue to guide you through your wedding planning, from setting your budget to planning your honeymoon. Whether your big day budget is large or small, it’s important to start by setting a number. If your family is helping with finances, include them in the discussion so there are no surprises down the road. Determine what’s most important to you and what you could live without. How much are you willing to spend on that designer dress? Is it worth cutting back on your photographer or florist? Read more about why it’s important to set your budget before hiring your vendors on page 8.

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We know the first thing every bride wants to do is find the dress (take a peek at the hottest 2018 styles on page 44), but before you choose your wedding day attire, book a venue. Is your dream to walk barefoot down the aisle at a beach ceremony, or will you take the traditional indoor route? Our venue guide begins on page 58 and is loaded with event spaces of all kinds, from classic ballrooms to rustic farms. Grab your honey and take a few tours, then decide on a place you both love. Planning a wedding can be stressful, so it’s important to trust the experts and choose a cohesive team of vendors. Take time to meet with prospective vendors to discuss your budget and ask important questions. Check out our guide to building your team on page 90. We loved creating this issue for you, and we love seeing YOU in it! Get inspired by real couples and their gorgeous weddings, starting on page 112. Now that we’ve added the Chicago area to our brand by our recent acquisition of Wedding Guide Chicago, there’s even more inspiration waiting for you at thecelebrationsociety.com.

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“We thought about just having a DJ, but we are SO happy we decided to go with a band. They were absolutely incredible and kept the party going! I loved how engaging they were with everyone. There was never a single dull moment when the band was playing”

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“We were lucky to find some wonderful local vendors. We felt good supporting local small businesses, and we received individual attention and a level of service that may not come with a large company.”

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START WITH YOUR BUDGET AND STYLE 6 Before you start planning your day, it’s important to set a realistic budget and expectations. Then, find tips for selecting a style, with a half-dozen styled shoots from the crème de la crème of the wedding industry. From cocktails to cakes, place settings and stationery, it’s all here.

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“A wedding planner, flowers, food and entertainment. Those things are staple pieces that will make your wedding phenomenal! Remember this is your day— make it everything you dreamt of based on your budget!”

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“Brunch! We totally were digging only having so much time to get ready in the morning, less stress during the day, and a getaway before it was dark. We were able to save on food expenses, length of vendor contracts, etc.”

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? 10 Get the inside scoop on how much those gorgeous details actually cost.

VENUE GUIDE 58 The most thorough guide to local venues you will find!

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“Our smaller guest list ended up saving a lot of money in the long run. Tables and chairs must be rented based on headcount. Food and alcohol are per person as well. The best part of having a smaller wedding (well, not super small) was that Matt and I were able to make meaningful memories with our guests without sacrificing our time to eat or dance together. The reduced cost was an added benefit.”

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Everything you need to know about working with the most reputable wedding vendors, such as approximate pricing, expert advice and questions to ask. Our Vendor Guide features wedding industry specialists in more detail.

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“The small stuff. No one will notice if something goes wrong except you! Work with someone you trust to coordinate the day of and you will be fine. Don’t do things to please anyone but yourself. Even if you didn’t dream about your wedding since you were a little girl, don’t let others dictate your special day.”

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WITH YOUR BUDGET & STYLE Setting the budget for your big day will act as a guideline for every other wedding decision, from vendors and venue to the guest list. It will keep you in check (it’s easy to get carried away in the details!) and ensure that you know exactly where you’ll be financially at the end of the whole process. Prioritize your spending on what matters most to you, whether you have a dream dress in mind or your heart is set on a luxury venue.

Then, select your style. In the following pages, we’ve compiled useful tips to help you identify your wedding style, ideas to draw inspiration from, colorful wedding combinations we adore, and some of our favorite products from across the globe to add just the personal touch you’re looking for. Your personal, unique wedding style is in the details and while there are millions of choices, always be sure to choose what suits you. Period.

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S TA R T T H E C O N V E R S AT I O N WITH YOUR BUDGET By Leah Economos

Many brides are surprised that most vendors insist on knowing their budget before providing a detailed proposal. Truth is, this saves you both time and prevents miscommunication, sticker shock and getting attached to an idea you just can’t afford. Why Share Your Budget? Because you’re a busy bride with limited spare time, you’ll want this process to be as efficient as possible. Also, the vendors you’re interviewing respect your time and aim to make the proposal process as simple and straightforward as possible. With knowledge of your budget, each vendor will be able to provide a proposal in the price range you have specified.

Your style, taste, and personal preferences are equally as important as your budget. But, if you start out with a proposal that’s above your budget, trimming it down will be the only solution. That will mean parting with some elements you may love, and it also will delay arriving at your “budget happy place” while your salesperson revises your proposal. To avoid this dilemma, simply share your budget with vendors in your first conversation.

The Dangers of a Proposal that’s Above Your Budget A proposal with no budget guideline has several dangers. The first one is sticker shock. Many brides are truly shocked by the cost of wedding elements. Being surprised by your proposal price is not only unpleasant, but it may cause you to eliminate a wedding vendor from consideration who is truly capable of supplying a fantastic alternative for half the price—they just had no idea how much you wanted to spend!

Finding a Fit There’s a possibility that your vision and budget aren’t a match for a particular vendor, and that’s okay! If they aren’t able to offer the service or product you’re looking for within the amount you’re willing to pay, don’t be shy about telling them your budget is firm and you’ll have to look elsewhere.

Beyond the sticker shock, there’s another danger: attachment! You’re likely to become attached to all of the beautiful options conjured up in that initial proposal—and they’re way out of your price range. This will only create disappointment down the road as you find it impossible to be satisfied with more budget friendly alternatives.

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If you consult several reputable vendors and continue to hear your vision can’t be accomplished within the amount you want to pay, it’s probably an indication your budget isn’t reasonable. Consider shifting money from another category within your overall budget, or open your mind to more budget friendly options and still allow you to have a great event. Great vendors will do their best to offer an alternative to suit your budget, whether it’s a fabulous short rib small plate station instead of filet mignon, or ranunculus for your bouquet instead of peonies.

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Take Steps in the Right Direction Occasionally, brides can get stuck in what is referred to as 'proposal la-la land.' This is what happens when you continue to swoon over Pinterest pictures and celebrity weddings featuring ideas far outside your budget range. Remember, the goal is to arrive at a proposal you’re happy with and can afford. Trusting Your Vendors Some couples say they don’t feel comfortable sharing their actual budget with vendors they’re interviewing, for fear that they will "use up all the money,” and I want to offer some insight on that topic. Any vendor you’re considering hiring should make you feel comfortable and cared for as a customer. If at any point you feel pressured in a used-carsalesman-fashion, you’re in the wrong place. When it comes to budget, remember: you’re in charge. Your florist or caterer isn’t going to reach into your wallet and take your money. When you agree on a price, make sure you’re comfortable with the amount you’re spending. Bottom Line You’ll make your planning process easier, avoid disappointment and sticker shock and develop a great relationship with your vendor team by sharing your budget from the beginning.


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It’s no secret Pinterest changed the wedding planning game. Oodles of inspirational photos are helpful to a point, but when it comes time to make all those dreams come true, it’s best to know the reality of bringing it all to life. We're giving you the inside scoop from the pros themseleves on how much those beautiful details really cost so you are better prepared to meet with your prospective vendors down the road.

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WHITE DANCE FLOOR

$3,200 Imagine sharing a magical first dance with your honey over your monogram. Create a special memory and complete the look of your reception by adding a custom dance floor that matches your style and entices guests to dance all night long.

Specifics BREAKDOWN This is a 16’ x 16’ dance floor rental and custom white floor wrap with gold monogram from Indaglow Productions.

BENEFITS Having a custom dance floor allows you the opportunity to further brand your event with your own personalization. If you have a theme, this is the perfect way to showcase the elements and make a WOW statement.

THE DESIGNER SAYS “Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to dance on a white dance floor with gold elements? Your guests will have never seen this exact dance floor before and will be excited to get the party started! For this wedding, we decided to create this diamond floor plan that not only had the dance floor set on a diamond, but two estate tables in the shape of the diamond as well. Guests were in awe and ready to have fun.”

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BRIDESMAID BOUQUET

$155 Traditionally, bridesmaid bouquets are smaller in size than bridal bouquets, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be fabulous! Peonies, Vendela roses and Snow on the Mountain make this bouquet a heavenly complement to the bridal bouquet on the next page.

Specifics BOUQUET BREAKDOWN Snow on the Mountain, peony, ranunculus, fern swords, pearl acacia, Vendela roses, phlox.

COST PER STEM Ranunculus—$5.00/stem Peony—$19.50/stem  Snow on the Mountain—$2.75/stem

EXTRAS Ribbon wrap Silk, satin and velvet ribbons in various shades of taupe and gray $25

THE DESIGNER SAYS The inspiration was a garden-like bouquet that still had some structure to it and wasn’t terribly loose. Because we knew we wanted to utilize trailing ribbons of different colors and textures, the goal was for them to complement the beaded dresses as opposed to compete with them.

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CASCADING BOUQUET

$350 Bouquets come in all shapes, sizes and, as a result, prices. With a bountiful arrangement of greenery and white blooms like gardenias and nerine lilies, this gorgeous cascading bouquet is fit for a princess.

Specifics BOUQUET BREAKDOWN Gardenias, peony, Lily of the Valley, dendrobium orchids, nerine lily, tulips, phlox, tweedia, veronica, bouvardia, verigated ivy

COST PER STEM Gardenia—$18.50/stem Dendrobium Orchids—$5.00/stem  Nerine Lily—$7.50/stem 

EXTRAS Ribbon wrap  $10.00 

THE DESIGNER SAYS The bride’s dress was so simple and understated that it was the perfect backdrop for a spectacular, cascading, over-the-top bouquet. I wanted it to be current but also make sure that it would stand the test of time and that she would still love looking at pictures of it in 25 years.

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PINK OMBRE CAKE

$624 This simple ombre cake makes a high-class statement without the cost that comes with the intricate details of an elaborate design.

Specifics CAKE ELEMENTS Alternating tiers of raspberry white chocolate cake and lemon cake with vanilla fondant icing.

CAKE COST The total cost of this cake is $642 within our complimentary delivery range and your florist would provide the flowers to us (at an additional cost). Your design team will work with you on creating the cake display, including providing a stand.

COST PER SLICE $5.35 per serving, to serve 120 guests.

CAKE STAND The stand pictured here is the Davida Metal Cake Stand by Rosdorf Park, available from a number of online retailers for about $50. We removed the bottom pedestal of the stand for this photo.

THE DESIGNER SAYS We wanted a cake with a springtime feel in a blush palette, that wouldn’t be too fussy. This ombré blush effect offers a modern, minimalist look, accented with just a few flowers from the surrounding meadow to pull it together. A wedding cake doesn’t need a lot of detail to be beautiful!

ERIN BAUCHAT Owner/Chef (left) Pêche Petite Boutique Bakery, Atlanta

PAIGE POWER Owner/Designer (right) Pêche Petite Boutique Bakery, Atlanta

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CUSTOM LINENS

$74 (per table) Custom linens are an easy way to add a luxe feel to your reception tables. If you’re going for glam, add this to your list of must-haves!

Specifics LINEN BREAKDOWN The overlay in the photo is called Champagne Wild Rose Sheer and it has an ivory lamour base cloth.

LINEN COST Champagne Wild Rose Sheer Overlay / $50 each Ivory Lamour Base Cloth / $24 each

BENEFITS The costs can add up, but even just doing custom linens on the head table and/or cake table can make a big impact.

THE DESIGNER SAYS Custom linens can really enhance a wedding reception by creating another layer of detail to an event. A tabletop is the largest surface area of a decor piece in a room (other than the floor) and can create a huge impact if done well. I really love to use texture and things guests enjoy touching as well.

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TREE ARCH

$2,000+ Take your outdoor ceremony to the next level by using the special features the site has to offer. This floral-covered tree made the perfect arch for this wedding at Cross Creek Ranch. Here’s what it would take to replicate it.

Specifics TOTAL COST This particular arch was designed with silk flowers by Jean King. If this were created with fresh flowers at a length of 25 to 30 feet, the cost would be $2,000-$2,500.

ARCH BREAKDOWN Elements used in this design include mixed greenery garland with roses, garden roses, ranunculus, hydrangea and filler flowers.

COST PER STEM For the types of flowers used in this arch, the cost per stem ranges between $3 and $10.

THE EXPERT SAYS “A garland designed of greenery and softly shaded blossoms adds a romantic feel to Mother Nature’s beautiful backdrops that will leave your guests breathless.”

ALTA MCCARTHY Owner of Alta Fleura, LLC

Original arch by Jean King Photo by Sincerely, Emelia

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CIGAR ROLLER

$400+ If you’re looking for a fun feature to add to your big day, look no further. Cigar rollers provide a bit of entertainment along with a unique favor for your guests to enjoy on-site or take home.

Specifics TOTAL COST Costs vary based on the number of guests, but pricing starts at $400, with an average guest participation. When preparing, you should expect to pay for about 50% of your guest list, as that is a typical number of cigars needed.

SERVICE BREAKDOWN When you hire a cigar roller, you can expect an educational and entertaining experience where you will learn about all aspects of the creations of a cigar. You can also order custom labels to personalize your cigars for your wedding.

THE EXPERT SAYS “Cigar Rolling offers a unique experience for all guests, whether they are just interested in the artistic/ educational aspects or the complete cigar enjoyment experience. Over 500 people have had their first cigar at my table. It appeals to nearly everyone, because they either take a cigar for themselves or for someone in their life that enjoys them that couldn’t attend the wedding.”

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

$6,500+ Your wedding day is all about you. Personalize your entertainment by hiring a live band that will interact with your guests and add a memorable touch to your first dance.

Specifics BAND BREAKDOWN Average packages include a 4-hour time block, only one 20-minute break for the whole reception, a wardrobe change during break, the band will learn any one song to perform live if not on their song list, a DJ is included with Party At The Limit Band, free EMCEE services and basic lighting/sound set up.

EXTRAS Wedding Ceremony Production Package (includes 2 lavalier microphones, 1 corded microphone, 2 speakers, mixer, technician, set and strike): $600 GOBO Lighting: Starting price - $400 1-3 piece jazz band for cocktail hour entertainment: $400+ Advanced sound/stage up lighting upgrade: $1,200+ Band learning an additional song: $450 Travel expenses dependent on location: varies

THE EXPERT SAYS Hiring a live band is an extremely popular idea, especially for those couples in search of the continuous flow of high energy dance hits all night long! It’s the perfect combination of high energy and elegance that is sure to WOW the crowd. If you had one chance to dance with your spouse for the first time as a married couple, do you want it to be to the same recording that was played on the radio for the past 20 years, or do you want it to be a completely unique performance, just for you two?

KERWIN FELIX President & CEO of KLF Pro Entertainment & Owner of Party At The Limit Band

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LIVE ARTIST

$3,500+ Specifics PAINTING BREAKDOWN My Canvas Collection opens with a generous 24” x 30” canvas that allows me to beautifully capture the background and foreground details while maintaining the focal point of the composition on the couple. At the event, I use acrylic paint that has multiple benefits, the biggest being that it’s odor free. All the materials I use are museum grade and archival quality. When taken care of properly, the paintings should last for many generations. Each painting is delivered to the couple properly wired and “ready to hang.”

TOTAL COST Each painting is priced based on canvas size, rather than an hourly contracted rate. The entire day is blocked off for the couple—I arrive before the guests’ arrival and paint through the entirety of the ceremony and reception. The 24 x 30 in. canvas retails for $3,500 and pricing scales according to the canvas size, with travel being additional. I want to make sure each painting is perfect, so after the wedding, the painting goes back to the studio for finishing touches, with an 8-10 week turnaround.

THE ARTIST SAYS Two of the highest compliments we receive after many of our weddings is that “everyone is talking about it!” and that it was the couple’s favorite part of their wedding day! A live painting not only brings a lovely entertainment aspect to an event, but it’s also an investment in bespoke artwork that can be enjoyed for generations.

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Ultimately, you know deep down inside what's truly important to you. Just know this: your wedding is the first big event you will host together as a couple so it's the first time to let your personalities truly shine in front of friends and family. Whatever your source of inspiration, make decisions that feel right to you, not what you've seen other couples do.

Your venue will have a great deal of impact on the environment of your wedding. If you opt for a barn, you'll likely want to go for a more rustic feel. Or, if you book the most prestigious hotel in town, a glamorous wedding for you it is! Don't overlook your biggest expense in the wedding as a possible source for your overall theme too.

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Everyone has a hobby, activity, cause or pledge they fully support and this may be just the place to draw inspiration from. Show off your priorities in life to your guests by finding inspiration from what your true passions are.

Are you a morning person or night owl? Whatever your preference, the time of day you ultimately choose to host your wedding ceremony and reception will affect the feel of the event. If you and your fiance are up and at 'em each day with a morning coffee, a brunch wedding just might be the thing for you. The possibilities are endless!

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MUSE Inspiration abounds from a myriad of places and a muse might be just the thing you center your wedding style around. Your favorite movie, color, flower, character, season or destination. Pick something near and dear to you and let it guide all of your style decisions.

SCALE When you put together your guest list you'll either be looking at a large event or intimate gathering. The amount of people you choose to invite will affect the environment so when looking for sources of inspiration, remember how big or intimate the event will feel with the amount of friends and family in attendance and work off of that.


WEDDING PL ANNING DO'S & DON'TS Be considerate of family traditions and wants but don't feel chained to them.

Don't spend too much energy focusing on what others are doing.

Be authentic to YOUR true style.

Don't let the party details outshine the magic of your marriage.

Create a budget, fine tune it and stick to it.

Don't skimp on wedding vendors. Trust us... you get what you pay for.

Edit. Edit. Edit. Start with a big picture and bring it into focus from there.

Don't sweat the small stuff.

Manage the guest list... Don’t feel obligated to invite everyone. This will help your budget too.

Brand It Branding might be a term you've only thought to be relevant to marketing departments. When it comes to modern day weddings, branding on a personal level takes company logos and color combinations and transforms them into monograms, slogans and themes.

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HERITAGE & HISTORY

Do you and the future hubs have a common interest that brought you together? Flying, skydiving, traveling or food? Whatever it is you spend your free time doing, consider letting it be the source of your wedding style. Golf anyone?

Do you hail from a great land afar or find yourself among a long lineage of great folks? Then let your family history and heritage guide the style of your wedding and enjoy reminiscing with your parents and loved ones about your roots.

WHAT'S IN A PERSONAL BRAND? Monograms, color preferences, favorite fonts and even paper weights are the essential tools-of-the-trade wedding stationers and designers use to make your personal style shine through to family and friends. HOW & WHERE TO BRAND.... If you want to create a custom wedding brand, your stationer is the go-to creative guru to turn to. They are the graphic designers behind all the great typography and scroll work you see in wedding magazines and blogs. Here are several places we recommend you use your personal wedding brand...

FORMALITY If you're a Great Gatsby girl at heart, a formal setting just might be the style for you. But, if a laid back casual setting is for you, so be it. Consider your personal preferences on dressing down or up when identifying the style wedding you want.

CONSIDER THE SEASON The time of the year could greatly affect the overall style of your wedding. Temperature and foliage are great places to find inspiration and build your wedding style around.

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FIND YOUR FLOWERS

Flowers are one of the most obvious ways to make your style shine. A well thought-out combination can say “I’m uber traditional” or “go-with-the-flow organic.” So, before you head over to your first appointment with your wedding floral designer, we’ve compiled some of the most popular flowers making their mark on everything from bouquets to centerpieces so you can identify which flowers speak to your style.

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CRASPEDIA This brightly hued spherical bud adds a touch of playful whimsy to any bouquet or arrangement.

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RANUNCULUS This tight bloom is available in white, pink, purple and yellow, all with soft circular petals. Season: Spring, Winter

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DAHLIA This large, hearty flower, available in white, pink, red and purple makes a major statement.

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HYPERICUM BERRIES This green and peach berry plant accent filler makes the perfect addition to wedding bouquets and arrangements. Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter THECELEBRATIONSOCIETY.COM

PEONY This romantic flower features plentiful fragrant petals in shades of white, blush, coral and red. Season: Spring, Summer

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ASTILBE This feather-like bloom is available in white, pink, red and purple, making it the perfect accent addition. Season: Spring, Summer


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HELPFUL HINTS Why does the season matter? When blooms are in season, they’ll look their very best. Buds will be larger, color will be richer and fragrance will be at its truest. If you’re really on a budget, go for something unique that’s not all over Pinterest! Flowers that are trending might be more expensive due to high demand.

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NAVY Navy is the new black! If you’re thinking about adding this classy color to your palette, here are a few musthaves handpicked by Jordan Flowers of Wedding Belles.

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YELLOW Sunny and cheerful, this color is sure to delight! Kecia Wilson of Three Little Birds Weddings shares a spark of inspiration for this 2018 trend.

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Calling all boho brides— this color is for you! Taylor Doehrman of Taylor Dawn shows us just how pretty this warm earthy tone can be.

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Watercolor invitations, breezy bridesmaid dresses and vibrant tropical treats are perfect for an oceanside wedding!

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Soft pink and deep red come together to create a delicate look. Paired with lush greenery and a historic venue, this wedding is truly breathtaking.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... “Our design team created bountiful bouquets and arrangements brimming with blush and burgundy blooms, several variations of eucalyptus, and finished off with a collection of silk and velvet ribbons. The reception was a gilded affair with swaths of beautiful draping, gold and champagne accents, and plenty of candlelight to bring the

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romance into the large ballroom.”

GREG BOULUS Greg Boulus Events

• ROMANTIC VENUE • L ACEY DETAILS • CL ASSIC BL ACK TUXEDOS • BOUNTIFUL GREENERY • CRIMSON BLOOMS • GOLD RECEPTION ACCENTS • FLOWER-ADORNED CAKE

VENUES: FIRST PRESBYTERIAN AUGUSTA, THE RICHMOND ON GREENE

CAKE/DESSERT: BIG DAY CAKES

PLANNING AND FLORAL: GREG BOULUS EVENTS

GOWN: JOAN PILLOW BRIDAL SALON, MONIQUE LHUILLIER

PHOTOGRAPHY AND STATIONERY: MARK WILLIAMS STUDIO

HAIR: STUDIO 285

CATERING: TASTEFULLY YOURS

MAKEUP: CUCUMBER & MINT

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G AT S B Y

Glitz and glam with a touch of pink. Dripping in gold, this Gatsby-themed blacktie ball is fit for a queen.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... “With the iconic Don CeSar as the backdrop, we revived the Gatsby Era with a wedding filled with glitz and glamour! Everything from the bride and bridesmaids, to the cake and tablescape, glittered with sparkle and sophistication.”

JESSICA RALPH

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Parties a la Carte

• GOLD-LETTERED STATIONERY • LUXURIOUS BALLROOM VENUE • GL AMOROUS BRIDESMAIDS • SOFT PINK LINENS • LUSH WHITE CENTERPIECES • MIRRORED CHARGERS • GOLD-LEAFED TREATS

VENUE: THE DON CESAR PLANNING/COORDINATION: PARTIES A LA CARTE PHOTOGRAPHY: BRANDI IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY EVENT PRODUCTION & FLORALS: MMD EVENTS STATIONERY: URBANCOAST CATERING: THE DON CESAR CAKE/DESSERT: HANDS ON SWEETS

ENTERTAINMENT: BREEZIN’ ENTERTAINMENT, GABRO EVENTS SERVICES LINENS: NÜAGE DESIGNS GOWN: ANGLO COUTURE BRIDESMAID ATTIRE: ADRIANNA PAPELL HAIR & MAKEUP: MICHELE RENEE THE STUDIO, MAKEUP BY MARISSA

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winter WONDER

Winter brides, rejoice! Gold-painted greenery, red accents and a rustic venue create a festive setting for weddings during the holiday season.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... “I always love working with close friends, so when Christina Paz, a dear friend from high school, contacted me to be a stylist for a winter themed shoot I was thrilled! To me, the details like the gorgeous beadwork on the Martin Thornburg gown, or the eclectic pieces like my great aunt’s vintage fur coat and small couch, are what make this shoot truly one of a kind. Not to mention, this shoot is bursting with vibrant

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colors and perfect for the holiday season!”

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• COZY FARM VENUE

S. Chapman Designs

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CHRISTINA PAZ

• BEADED L ACE GOWN

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• GOLD-PAINTED GREENERY • SOFT WHITE BLOOMS • GLOWING STRING LIGHTS • BRIGHT RED ACCENTS

VENUE: THREE OAKS FARM

FLORAL: THE WILDFLOWER, MJ

PLANNING/DESIGN: SHAYNA CHAPMAN OF S. CHAPMAN DESIGNS AND CHRISTINA PAZ

STYLIST: SHAYNA CHAPMAN OF S. CHAPMAN DESIGNS

PHOTOGRAPHY: CHRISTINA PAZ PHOTOGRAPHY

GOWN: MARTIN THORNBURG, UPTOWN GOWNS

STATIONERY: DINGLEWOOD DESIGN & PRESS

MODEL: TAYLOR REAMES

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tropical BLISS

Vibrant tropical florals pop against navy accents in this colorful waterfront wedding. When it comes to colors, you CAN have it all!

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The Florist Says... “Our bride wanted a bright and colorful display of flowers to match her personality. We suggested a combination of tropical and nontropical flowers that would give her the rainbow of color she wanted, while also providing her with a beautiful balance of texture and depth.”

KRISTINA METCALF, CFD

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Fleurs de Vedra

• WATERFRONT VENUE

• TROPICAL FLORAL AND GREENERY • LUSH GARDEN BACKDROP • COLORFUL DETAILS • NAVY ACCENTS • BEIGE MENSWEAR • MONARCH RELEASE VENUE: THE CLUB CONTINENTAL

VIDEOGRAPHER: BRUCE ALLIE OF ELITE VIDEOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY: JESSE AND LEX WEDDING CO.

GOWN: ALLURE BRIDALS, DEBRA’S BRIDAL AT THE AVENUES

FLORAL: FLEURS de VEDRA STATIONERY: BASICINVITE.COM CAKE/DESSERT: PUBLIX SUPER MARKET AT PINE TREE PLAZA ENTERTAINMENT: KRIS PARNELL OF FOOTLOOSE ENTERTAINMENT, FLAGSHIP ROMANCE

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safari SOIRÉE

Bold blues, soft neutrals and touches of gold create a look that’s wild and sophisticated. Set in an outdoor venue, it’s any nature-lover’s dream.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... We loved the idea of bringing elegance to a rugged and outdoorsy venue and mixing glass with wood components. Our initial inspiration was the peacock from Carrie’s head piece in ‘Sex and the City’—we tied that in with the chargers, the bridal gown and vintage furniture, meanwhile telling a cohesive story that brides could relate to and envision

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themselves at this venue with this design.

• WILDLIFE VENUE

MEL ANIE BARKER CRYSTAL CHAISSON

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owners of Chantilly Chic Celebrations

• RUSTIC WOODEN TABLES • UNIQUE ESCORT CARDS • BLUE GEODE ACCENTS • TEXTURED GOLD CHARGERS • VINTAGE DESSERT STANDS VENUE: THE SAFARI WILDERNESS RANCH

LINENS: KATE RYAN LINENS

PLANNING/COORDINATION AND DESIGN: CHANTILLY CHIC CELEBRATIONS

RENTALS: WISH VINTAGE RENTALS, A CHAIR AFFAIR

PHOTOGRAPHY: CAROLINE & EVAN PHOTOGRAPHY

GOWN AND ACCESSORIES: THE BRIDE

FLORAL: ANDREA LAYNE FLORAL DESIGN

MENSWEAR AND ACCESSORIES: SACINO’S, BESPOKE & CO.

STATIONERY: LEAH LAUBER DESIGNS

HAIR & MAKEUP: FEMME AKOI

CAKE/DESSERT: TRUDY MELISSA CAKES

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Romance Reimagined SHOT ON LOCATION AT THE HOWEY MANSION IN HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, FLORIDA GOWNS FROM CALVET COUTURE BRIDAL, WINTER PARK, FLORIDA PHOTOS BY KRISTEN WEAVER PHOTOGRAPHY VIDEOGRAPHY BY CAT LEMUS OF LEMUS CINEMA COORDINATION BY BLUSH BY BRANDEE GAAR HAIR & MAKEUP BY LEJEUNE ARTISTRY MODEL: GABRIELLE BROOKES

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LAZARO, 3716 WHO SAYS YOUR GOWN HAS TO BE WHITE? “SOMETHING BLUE” FLORAL EMBROIDERY COVERS TRADITION AND ADDS A MODERN TOUCH TO THIS CLASSIC SILHOUETTE. GET READY TO WOW YOUR GUESTS IN THIS GOWN FIT FOR A QUEEN. JEWELRY: SARA GABRIEL, CALVET COUTURE BRIDAL

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HAYLEY PAIGE, VIONETTE FLORAL BAROQUE EMBELLISHMENT AND NET DETAIL MAKE IT TOUGH TO KEEP YOUR EYES OFF OF THIS FIT-TO-FLARE GOWN. MAKE IT GLAMOUROUS WITH DROP EARRINGS AND A SLEEK VINTAGE UPDO. FLORIST: CHERYL’S DISTINCTIVE CREATIONS JEWELRY: SARA GABRIEL, CALVET COUTURE BRIDAL

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HAYLEY PAIGE, REAGAN THIS BALL GOWN IS LOADED WITH ROMANTIC DETAILS—AN ILLUSION NECKLINE, STRAPPY BACK DETAIL AND A UNIQUE SKIRT. ALL-OVER FLORAL DESIGNS CREATE A LOOK THAT’S SOFT AND PRETTY. YOU’LL FEEL LIKE A PRINCESS WALKING DOWN THE AISLE! JEWELRY: SARA GABRIEL, CALVET COUTURE BRIDAL

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MUSE BY BERTA, AMADEA WITH A HIGH COLLAR, BUTTONED CUFFS, DOTTED OVERLAY AND LACE DETAILS, THIS GOWN IS THE PERFECT NOD TO VINTAGE. MODERN UPGRADES, LIKE SHEER PANELS AND A SLEEK JEWEL-ENCRUSTED BELT, MAKE IT AN IDEAL CHOICE FOR BRIDES THAT WANT IT ALL. FLORIST: CHERYL’S DISTINCTIVE CREATIONS JEWELRY: SARA GABRIEL, CALVET COUTURE BRIDAL THECELEBRATIONSOCIETY.COM

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MUSE BY BERTA, ANTONIA ETHEARAL TULLE, DELICATE LACE AND AN OPEN BACK MAKE THIS BOHO DRESS SO DREAMY. THE LACEY SLEEVES AND DEEP NECKLINE BALANCE EACH OTHER PERFECTLY. PAIR WITH A FORAGED BOUQUET AND GARDEN CEREMONY FOR THE ULTIMATE LOOK. FLORIST: CHERYL’S DISTINCTIVE CREATIONS JEWELRY: SARA GABRIEL, CALVET COUTURE BRIDAL

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PRONOVIAS ATELIER, VICENTA SLEEK AND SWEET, THIS MERMAID GOWN IS A ROMANTIC PAIRING OF CLASSIC AND MODERN. GORGEOUS LACE APPLIQUE GIVES THE TRAIN JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF DETAIL. ADD A SOFT UPDO TO SHOWCASE THE UNIQUE ILLUSION NECKLINE. JEWELRY: SARA GABRIEL, CALVET COUTURE BRIDAL

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venue guide A Vetted Resource of the Most Reputable Special Event Locations Across Georgia and Florida.

Our Venue Guide is all about finding the right location for your wedding. After all, it all starts with your venue. There are appropriate facilities for parties of all sizes, but when you’re choosing the perfect spot for your next event, all of those options can be overwhelming. The size of the crowd will narrow your choices, but then there are still numerous types of venues to consider.

Whatever your particular tastes, when the time comes to choose your wedding location, know what to look for in a venue before you book.

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WEDDING VENUE REVIEW So, exactly what type of occasion do you envision for your upcoming wedding? Knowing this will ease your venue search because the setting affects the overall style tremendously. Not to mention the budget! In the Southeast, the options for brides are limitless. From country clubs to hotels, city clubs, resorts, barns, private mansions and everything in between... you’ve got options.

QUESTIONS TO ASK A POTENTIAL VENUE . . . HOW MANY HOURS DOES MY RENTAL FEE INCLUDE? ARE THERE OVERTIME CHARGES?

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL THE SPACE HOLD (NOT JUST OFFICIAL CAPACIT Y) ACCORDING TO MY ROOM SET UP?

Some venues charge by the hour for use of their facility. Knowing exactly how many hours are included, and allotting plenty of time for set up and tear down is important.

Your room set up will greatly affect the amount of guests you can have at your wedding. Official capacities are for the fire marshal. You'll want to focus on how many guests you can fit into the room with a seated dinner, estate table, dance floor or buffet set up.

HOW DO YOU CHARGE? PER PERSON, BY THE HOUR OR FL AT FEE? It’s always good to know how your venue charges for rental. It's likely facilities that include catering will charge a per person rate and venues without catering will charge a flat fee or hourly rental.

CAN I BRING IN MY OWN VENDORS OR DO I HAVE TO USE A PREFERRED VENDOR LIST SUPPLIED BY THE VENUE? Many venues will supply you with a list of their preferred wedding vendors to use. This can be helpful to the bride who needs direction and referrals but also a hindrance for brides who know exactly which vendors they'd like to use. Clarify with your venue whether it's required or not to use their specified vendors before you book.

CAN I BRING IN MY OWN ALCOHOL? Venues that don't carry their own liquor license may allow brides to bring in their own alcohol. This is not typically the norm, but there are a few venues out there with this option. Remember, if you do opt to bring in your own alcohol, you'll want to hire a bar service to tend to guests.

IF NOT, IS THERE AN ALCOHOL MINIMUM? Often venues with liquor licenses will have a bar minimum in addition to the cost of their venue rental. Best to have a heads up about this before you book for budgeting.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE VENUE RENTAL? Most venues have house items that are included in the cost of their facility rental like dance floors, tables, chairs, standard linens, etc. But, there are several venues that don't offer this and could result in an additional cost to you. Ask before you book.

WHAT IS THE PARKING SITUATION? Valet parking, limited options, street parking or ample complimentary parking for guests are all important things to consider.

WILL THERE BE OTHER WEDDINGS HAPPENING ON THE SAME DAY? Depending on the size of the venue, it will be nice to know whether your event will be the only one happening on property or if there will be others. Other events may infringe on your time use of the venue or create confusion for guests so best to be prepared.

HOW MUCH ARE TAXES AND GRATUIT Y? ARE THEY INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE PRICES? Taxes and gratuity can vary greatly. Some venues include both in their package prices while others add it on. Be sure to consider this when you are planning your budget, as it can be well over 30% of your reception budget.

RECEPTION VENUE CHECKLIST . . . The thing about a wedding venue is... there are a lot of extras, options and upgrades and every single venue has a different package and procedure. So, to make sure you are comparing apples to apples, use this handy checklist when identifying the best venue for you.

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ATLANTA

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Agnes Scott College

YOUR FAIRY TALE BEGINS HERE…WHETHER YOU’RE PLANNING A WEDDING, RECEPTION, REHEARSAL DINNER, OR BRIDAL SHOWER, YOU AND YOUR GUESTS WILL BE CAPTIVATED BY THE HISTORIC AMBIANCE AND BREATHTAKING COLLEGIATE AND CONTEMPORARY GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE OF AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE.

ABOUT THE VENUE Imagine celebrating your special day surrounded by the beauty of lush green gardens and the dignity of the traditional collegiate architecture surrounding our chapel. Agnes Scott offers rental space in a beautiful campus setting with a variety of rooms and lecture halls featuring advanced technology. We also provide catering services and the personalized attention you need for a successful event. Every event is unique and we are here to help you make it a success! The Julia Thompson Smith Chapel is available for your special day. Your ceremony can take place in our stunning yet intimate Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired chapel, designed to allow its natural setting to enhance special occasions. The chapel is approximately 1,100 square feet with seating for up to 140 people. Multiple indoor and outdoor event facilities that seat up to 425 guests are available for your special occasion. For an unparalleled celebration filled with charm, beauty and modern conveniences, reserve your date today with Agnes Scott College in historic Decatur.

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ATLANTA

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Historic site, Picturesque campus, Event lawns, Garden, Hardwood floors, LEED-certified buildings, located 6 miles from downtown Atlanta

(404) 471-6043 specialevents@agnesscot t.edu

141 EAST COLLEGE AVENUE DECATUR, GEORGIA 30030

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

42,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

6 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

425 VENUE STYLE

Outdoor, Indoor, Historic Setting CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Catering, Customized Menus Available RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chairs, Linen and Fine China for 150 guests PARKING OPTIONS

Complimentary Self Parking

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ATLANTA

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The Georgian Terrace Hotel A MIDTOWN ICON LOCATED ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE FOX THEATRE AND MINUTES FROM PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND THE AIRPORT, THE GEORGIAN TERRACE HAS BEEN THE SITE OF ATLANTA CELEBRATIONS SINCE 1911. IN FACT, THE HOTEL HOSTED ONE OF THE CITY’S MOST MEMORABLE EVENTS, THE PREMIER GALA FOR GONE WITH THE WIND. A MODERN HOTEL WITH A GRAND HISTORY, THE GEORGIAN TERRACE IS ACCOMMODATING AND ROMANTIC.

ABOUT THE VENUE Atlanta’s modern classic located in the heart of the city’s cultural district, The Georgian Terrace Hotel is a midtown icon that delivers a brand of service rarely found, even in the South. We don’t just fulfill, we anticipate needs, and with a host of new and improved amenities we aim to exceed our guest’s expectations. Once you take a look at all we have to offer, from our three classic ballrooms to our spacious penthouse suites to our award-winning catering, you’ll start to relax. We’re also home to Livingston Restaurant + Bar, a one-of-a-kind venue for private and semi-private dining with a kitchen admired for its fresh, innovative American cooking. Romantic, historic, artistic, and fun, with wonderful architectural elements, practical amenities, and bend-over-backwards service, The Georgian Terrace Hotel has it all. Planning to stay in Atlanta for your celebration or wedding? Our spacious penthouse suites are modern oases, beautifully appointed and offering great cityscapes.

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ATLANTA

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Historic property, crystal chandeliers, classic charm, floor to ceiling windows, onsite rehearsal dinner venues: Livingston Restaurant + Bar and Edgar’s Proof and Provision

(404) 898-830 0 info@thegeorgianterrace.com

659 PEACHTREE STREET ATLANTA , GEORGIA 30308

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

9,388 # OF EVENT SPACES

3 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

225 VENUE STYLE

Classic, Historic, Timeless CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Catering, Customized Packages RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Glassware, Silver, Dancefloor, Staging, Satin Napkins & Floor Length Linens, Chiavari Chairs PARKING OPTIONS

Valet or Self Parking

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ATLANTA

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Berkeley Hills Country Club

BERKELEY HILLS COUNTRY CLUB OFFERS AN OUTDOOR CEREMONY AREA, VERANDA, OUTDOOR PORCH, AND A LARGE RECEIVING AREA PERFECT FOR HIGH TOPS AND CONVERSATION. WITH SO MANY INCREDIBLE OPTIONS, WE KNOW THAT WE CAN HELP YOU CREATE THE DAY YOU ALWAYS DREAMED OF.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

6,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

5 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

300 VENUE STYLE

Elegant, Formal, Personalized CATERING CHOICES

Full service catering RENTAL INCLUDES

Banquet tables, Chairs, Linens, China, Silverware, Glassware and Dance floor PARKING OPTIONS

Ample free parking and valet available

ABOUT THE VENUE Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Berkeley Hills is one of Atlanta’s premier country clubs specializing in beautiful events and corporate functions. The available event spaces are able to accommodate parties ranging from 10 to 300 people. Offering customized menus, exceptional service, elegant facilities, and personalized attention, our team of professionals will turn your ideas into a truly extraordinary occasion. Your guests will enjoy the perfect entertaining area with great cocktails and conversations before proceeding into our grand ballroom, complete with vaulted ceilings, large picture windows, and a beautiful wrap around covered veranda overlooking our incredible golf course. SPECIAL FEATURES:

The clubhouse door terrace stretching the length of the clubhouse, and both indoor and outdoor venues spaces.

YOUR CONTACT

Angela Howard Catering Director

( 770) 4 4 8 - 8353 ahoward@berkeleyhill scc .org

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2300 POND ROAD DULUTH, GEORGIA 30096

BERKELEYHILLSCC.ORG

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Carl House ATLANTA AWARD WINNING CARL HOUSE! THE HOME OF ‘EXTRAORDINARY. MEMORABLE. EVENTS.’ WHY ALL THE BUZZ? A STERLING REPUTATION, LAVISHLY APPOINTED INTERIORS INCLUDING A GRAND BALLROOM, NINE WORKING FIREPLACES, EXQUISITE GAZEBO, LUSH PRIVATE GARDENS, DRAMATIC COVERED PORCHES, 30-PLUS ACRES OF TRANQUIL PASTURE LAND, AND A CHARMING RUSTIC BARN.

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10,000 ABOUT THE VENUE Built in 1903 Carl House is an elegant, historic, charming Southern-style home, which was remodeled and in 2003 opened as an all-occasion event venue. Carl House features lavish interiors including a dramatic 4,000 square foot grand ballroom with a classic curved staircase, exquisite in-house chef, and in-house florals, as well as custom vendor services. Carl House boasts a host of awards, including “Best of Weddings” from The Knot Magazine, “Best of Atlanta Bridal” from Atlantabridal. com, “Brides Choice Award” from Wedding Wire, and “Best of and True Love” from mywedding.com to name a few. Carl House also uniquely features separate bride and groom suites, as well as inside and outside ceremony options. Our team of experts will help you with as much or as little of the planning for your event as you’d like, guiding you step by step.

# OF EVENT SPACES

1 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

350 VENUE STYLE

Historic, Indoor, Outdoor, Gardens, Ballroom CATERING CHOICES

By in-house Executive Chef RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chiavari Chairs, Linens, Centerpiece

SPECIAL FEATURES:

PARKING OPTIONS

4,000 square foot Grand Ballroom, Classic Curved Double Staircase, Lush Private Gardens, Separate Brides and Grooms Suites, In-House Catering and Florals

Ample Onsite Parking

YOUR CONTACT

Debbie Purvis 1176 ATLANTA HIGHWAY AUBURN, GEORGIA 30011

CARLHOUSE.COM

Wedding & Event Specialist

( 770) 58 6 - 0 0 95

info@carlhou se.com

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ATLANTA

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Douglasville Conference Center

THE CONFERENCE CENTER OFFERS A STIMULATING ENVIRONMENT SURROUNDED BY MODERN ELEGANCE TO ENSURE THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF PRODUCTIVITY. THE DOUGLASVILLE CONFERENCE CENTER IS IDEAL FOR WEDDINGS AND SOCIAL EVENTS WITH ENHANCED ADDED VALUE CONVENIENCES INCLUDING FIVE STAR CATERING.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

37,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

6 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

500 VENUE STYLE

Versatile, Warm hospitality, and a wonderful experience CATERING CHOICES

Onsite catering RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables and Chairs PARKING OPTIONS

ABOUT THE VENUE Nestled in historic downtown Douglasville, the new Conference Center is uniquely equipped to offer everything you need to stage a spectacular event. Whether planning an intimate or large-scale affair, the Conference Center can accommodate groups from 15 to 500 guests. Along with its exquisite architecture and beautiful landscape, the conference center includes a 7,672 square foot ballroom that can be divided into five separate rooms, in addition to a business center, bride and groom dressing rooms, two pre-function areas and a 150 seat auditorium. The Conference Center also features a breathtaking rear terrace that overlooks Douglasville’s charming historic district. The unique blend of elegance and advanced technology equipped rooms makes the new Douglasville Conference Center the perfect choice for weddings.

Self parking SPECIAL FEATURES:

Rear terrace, O’Neal Plaza, located in the historic district, 30 minutes west of Atlanta including the airport, two bridal/groom suites YOUR CONTACT

Jennifer Johnson Director of Conference Center Operation s

(678) 715- 6 0 94

dcc sales@dougla svillega.gov

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6700 CHURCH STREET DOUGLASVILLE, GEORGIA 30134

DOUGLASVILLECONFERENCECENTER.COM

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ATLANTA

LOFT at Castleberry Hill

NESTLED IN THE CASTLEBERRY HILL AREA, THE LOFT IS A VERY UNIQUE, CONTEMPORARY PRIVATE EVENT VENUE SPECIALIZING IN WEDDINGS, RECEPTIONS, CORPORATE EVENTS, AND SOCIAL SOIREES.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

4,400 ABOUT THE VENUE Located just three blocks from the Georgia Dome, the LOFT has everything you need to host a spectacular event. In fact, our vision is to create a unique experience through tailored events, extraordinary cuisine, and exceptional customer service. The possibilities for hosting fabulous events are endless, and we invite you to let our event specialists customize the ultimate experience for you!

# OF EVENT SPACES

3 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

340 VENUE STYLE

Loft, Contemporary, Artistic Lounge, Patio Area CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Catering RENTAL INCLUDES

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The LOFT at Castleberry Hill offers three stylish floor plans, a chic lounge loft, three custom bars, and a built-in dance floor with a stage.

Tables, Chairs, China, Linens, AV equipment PARKING OPTIONS

Complimentary Parking

YOUR CONTACT

Tammy Gibson 170 NORTHSIDE DRIVE SW, SUITE 96 ATLANTA , GEORGIA 30313

LOFTATCH.COM

Event Manager

(4 0 4) 4 2 0 -703 0 tgibson@cintl.com

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ATLANTA

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St Ives Country Club

ENCHANTING ST IVES COUNTRY CLUB SITS ATOP THE HIGHEST POINT IN JOHNS CREEK, WITH BREATHTAKING VIEWS FROM THE WINDSOR BALLROOM AND OUTDOOR CEREMONY SITE. HONORED GUESTS WILL BE SWEPT AWAY ONCE INSIDE THIS 18TH CENTURY, COUNTRY ENGLISH MANOR. ST IVES HOSTS PARTIES AND MEETINGS OF 10-250 PEOPLE, WITH MULTIPLE EVENT SPACES TO OFFER.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

3,500 # OF EVENT SPACES

3 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

250 VENUE STYLE

Outdoor, Indoor, Classic CATERING CHOICES

Onsite catering, Custom menus RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chairs, Linens, Glassware, Silverware PARKING OPTIONS

Complimentary Self Parking, Optional Valet Parking

ABOUT THE VENUE Sitting majestically atop one of the highest points in North Fulton County is St Ives Country Club’s crown jewel, a 45,000 square foot stone encased clubhouse. Once inside, you experience the feeling of an18th century country English manor. Whether planning your wedding, coordinating an executive golf outing, hosting a small private party, or throwing a large holiday event, St Ives Country Club provides the perfect combination of classic, private elegance and impeccable service to make your event one you and your guests will cherish for years to come. Enjoy our culinary artists’ finest creations with one of our pre-designed menus or allow us to create a custom menu that will reflect your own personal style. Our catering planners can help you select the perfect enhancements to make a lasting impression. Let us help you create a special occasion for all to enjoy! SPECIAL FEATURES:

Breathtaking golf course views from the grand ballroom and outdoor ceremony site, Boardroom, and Private event rooms. Close proximity to hotels, spas, and shopping. YOUR CONTACT

Bob Cooper Catering Director

( 770) 6 23-1239 ext 1107

specialevents@st ivescountr yclub.org

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ONE ST IVES COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE JOHNS CREEK, GEORGIA 30097

STIVESCOUNTRYCLUB.ORG

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6,060 # OF EVENT SPACES

5 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

350

ATLANTA

The Newnan Centre

SQUARE FOOTAGE

VENUE STYLE

Beautifully appointed, Elegant, Classic CATERING CHOICES

Approved Caterers List RENTAL INCLUDES

1515 LOWER FAYETTEVILLE ROAD

Rental fee is for an eight hour period and includes a one time room set-up of tables and chairs

NEWNAN, GEORGIA 30265

NEWNANCENTRE.COM

Beautifully appointed and nestled against a backdrop of trees, The Newnan Centre can accommodate a wedding ceremony and reception for a maximum of 150 guests, or just a reception for up to 350 guests. A full service kitchen is available to your caterer, selected from the Centre’s approved caterers list. Alcoholic beverages must be served through the Centre’s licensed provider.

YOUR CONTACT

Carol Moore Executive Director

(678) 673-54 94

carol@newnancentre.com

Our professional staff will assist you with every detail to ensure your event is flawless.

Mother of the bride Be the We think these are moments you should be present for. Delegate the details.

Image by Davy Whitener Photography

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FLORIDA VENUES NORTHEAST FLORIDA CENTRAL FLORIDA GULF COAST FLORIDA SOUTH FLORIDA


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NORTH FLORIDA

TPC Sawgrass

AT THE WORLD FAMOUS TPC SAWGRASS, YOUR WEDDING WILL BE HELD IN A SETTING AS MAGICAL AS THE OCCASION ITSELF. LET OUR ELITE TEAM OF EVENT PLANNERS CREATE A ONE-OF-A-KIND WEDDING THAT REFLECTS YOUR PERSONAL STYLE. WHETHER YOU ARE DREAMING OF AN INTIMATE GATHERING OR A GRAND CELEBRATION, OUR MEDITERRANEAN INSPIRED CLUBHOUSE WILL MAKE YOUR DAY AS MEMORABLE FOR YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY AS IT IS FOR YOU.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

22,000 ABOUT THE VENUE At TPC Sawgrass we specialize in creating memorable weddings and events. From small, intimate rehearsal dinners and wedding ceremonies to lavish receptions, we take pride in ensuring that every detail is flawlessly executed. The Clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass is a 77,000 square foot Mediterranean Revival-style clubhouse. Experience for yourself the rich, vaulted wood ceilings, iron chandeliers, terra cotta tile, old world tapestries and stunning grand staircase. Our variety of elegant banquet halls, intimate meeting rooms, luxurious hospitality suites, terraces, gardens, and special bride’s rooms — combined with our delectable cuisine prepared by award winning chefs — offer ample choices for your event. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Beautiful views overlooking THE PLAYERS Stadium Course, event lawn, outdoor terraces, indoor/outdoor event capabilities, accessible to the public.

# OF EVENT SPACES

5 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

500 VENUE STYLE

Indoor, Outdoor, Mediterranean, Prestigious Views CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Catering Provided by TPC Sawgrass RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Linen, Dance Floor, Chiavari Chairs PARKING OPTIONS

Valet and Self Parking Available

YOUR CONTACT

Special Events & Catering 110 CHAMPIONSHIP WAY PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA 32082

(9 0 4) 273-334 4

sawgra sscatering @pgatourt pc .com

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CENTRAL FLORIDA

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

The Club at Bella Collina

THE UNIQUE TUSCAN INSPIRED DESIGN AT BELLA COLLINA WILL GIVE YOU AND YOUR GUESTS THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME. OUR AWARD-WINNING WEDDING AND EVENTS FACILITY IS A 1,900 ACRE LAKE FRONT ESTATE CENTRALLY LOCATED JUST TWENTY MINUTES FROM DOWNTOWN ORLANDO. WITH A VARIETY OF DISTINCTIVE EVENT SPACES AND OUR WORLD CLASS CULINARY TEAM, WE WILL HELP YOU DESIGN A TRULY UNIQUE EVENT EXPERIENCE.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

75,000 6 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

300 VENUE STYLE

Indoor and Outdoor Locations CATERING CHOICES

Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Chairs, Tables, Dance Floor PARKING OPTIONS

ABOUT THE VENUE Nestled quietly in 1,900 acres of rolling hills, century-old oak trees, and sparkling lakes of Montverde, Florida, this exclusive club is a unique setting for a most memorable wedding. From the moment you step foot onto the grounds of Bella Collina you escape to a retreat of endless bliss. The Club at Bella Collina in Montverde allows guests to experience a destination wedding without the travel. Intimate and spacious outdoor locations with breathtaking views are available for ceremonies. Both indoor and outdoor reception locations are available, so even the most creative bride with a specific vision can have her dream wedding.

Self Parking, Valet Optional SPECIAL FEATURES:

Italian Castle, Rolling Hills, Lake Views, Fountains, Tuscany Inspired

YOUR CONTACT

Stacy Sewell Director of Sales and Marketing

(4 07) 4 6 9- 4 911 weddingsandevents@bellacollina.com

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15920 CR 455 MONTVERDE, FLORIDA 34756

BELLACOLLINA.COM

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GULF COAST FLORIDA

Rocking H Ranch

ROCKING H RANCH IS LOCATED IN BEAUTIFUL LAKELAND, FLORIDA (BETWEEN TAMPA AND ORLANDO). NESTLED IN SOUTHERN MOSSFILLED GRANDFATHER OAKS. BLESSED WITH 100 BEAUTIFUL ACRES, A PRIVATE PLANTATION RESIDENCE IS LOCATED ON A WORKING CATTLE RANCH.

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4,800 ABOUT THE VENUE Located halfway between Orlando and Tampa, Florida, Rocking H Ranch is nestled in between southern moss-filled grandfather oaks and green pastures. Blessed with 100 beautiful acres, a private residence, on a working cattle ranch. Once you arrive, you’re transported back into time as you enter the long driveway and drive past a two-story plantation home with wrap around porches. Our climate controlled barn is a fun filled site that seats 299 and leaves room for a dance floor and a large stage too! We offer the ranch as a whole rental or in smaller options and cherish the opportunity to share in your celebration or corporate event and thereby expanding our “family” as well.

# OF EVENT SPACES

3 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

Barn: 299 Outdoor spaces: 100-1,500 VENUE STYLE

Private, Ranch, Outdoors CATERING CHOICES

Preferred Caterers (but open to meeting new ones) RENTAL INCLUDES

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Our venue provides a “one of a kind” atmosphere, from horseshoes to hayrides, picnics to bonfires. Enjoy our 60,000 gallon tropical pool setting for a cocktail social. We offer something for everyone.

Total Privacy, Tables and Chairs for 300 PARKING OPTIONS

Self parking

YOUR CONTACT

Angela Higgenbotham 2200 EWELL ROAD LAKELAND, FLORIDA 33811

ROCKINGHEVENTS.COM

Owner

(8 63) 581-1710 rockinghevents@gmail.com

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SOUTH FLORIDA

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Streamsong Resort

STREAMSONG IS A NEW LUXURY DESTINATION RESORT IN CENTRAL FLORIDA DELIBERATELY DESIGNED IN HARMONY WITH ITS NATURAL SURROUNDINGS. MODERN, SOPHISTICATED AND METICULOUS IN DETAIL, THE LAKESIDE RESORT OFFERS 228 SPACIOUS GUESTROOMS AND SUITES, A SPA, SALON, FINE AND CASUAL DINING, INFINITY POOL, DRAMATIC INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SPECIAL EVENT VENUES AND THREE NATIONALLY-RANKED GOLF COURSES.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

# OF EVENT SPACES

15 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

350 VENUE STYLE

Destination Resort, Lakeside, Indoor, Outdoor CATERING CHOICES

Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Wedding Specialist, Dance Floor, Tables, Chairs PARKING OPTIONS

Complimentary Valet Parking

ABOUT THE VENUE Streamsong Resort is a one of a kind wedding destination thoughtfully situated between Tampa and Orlando and intentionally different in every way possible. The uniqueness is immediately unveiled from the very moment you arrive and the memories created here will surely last a lifetime. Streamsong is a chic luxury destination resort swaddled in 16,000 acres of stunning scenery and hushed seclusion, ideal for life’s most special occasions. Our Lakeside Lodge is the focal point but it’s the natural surroundings that envelop you that will take your breath away. The Resort features beautiful indoor spaces with vaulted ceilings that spill out to expansive lawns and serene vistas, striking outdoor venues offering dramatic backdrops. Highly personalized service brings it all together in a way you’ve only imagined. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Lakeside Outdoor Venues, Golf, Guided Bass Fishing, Sporting Clays, Infinity-Edge Pool with Cabanas, Rooftop Bar, Fire Pits, Picturesque Bridges

YOUR CONTACT

Alicia Tonione Catering Sales Manager

(813) 39 9-9176

alicia.tonione@stream songresort.com

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1000 STREAMSONG DRIVE STREAMSONG, FLORIDA 33834

STREAMSONGRESORT.COM

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CENTRAL FLORIDA

Up the Creek Farms

SOUTHERN AND ELEGANT, UP THE CREEK FARMS OFFERS A UNIQUE SETTING FOR WEDDING CEREMONIES AND RECEPTIONS. EXCELLENT PERSONAL SERVICE AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL ARE PROVIDED TO CREATE YOUR ONE-OF-A-KIND EVENT.

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6,000 ABOUT THE VENUE Situated on over eight secluded acres, Up the Creek Farms offers a unique taste of old Florida. Majestic oaks draped in Spanish moss, a pristine creek running the length of the property, and the historic Decklan House farmhouse present a truly unique venue.

# OF EVENT SPACES

1 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

150 VENUE STYLE

The 6,000 square foot Boathouse – rustic – yet refined – completes the picture with its open air feel and spectacular views of the property. It provides all the modern amenities: air conditioning, catering prep kitchen, beautifully appointed bathrooms, and a custom mahogany bar. Tie in the romantic crystal chandeliers and soft color palette to complement any style! We offer a variety of packages including vintage rentals. SPECIAL FEATURES:

All images by Vitalic Photo

Oak Cathedral Ceremony Site and Farmhouse Bench Seating, Boathouse Reception, Wedding Coordinator, Crystal & Crates Vintage Rental Credit for Decor, All-Inclusive Packages Available

Rustic, Southern, Romantic, Indoor and Outdoor CATERING CHOICES

Offsite, Approved Catering List RENTAL INCLUDES

Exclusive Use, Linens, Tables, Chairs, Coordinator PARKING OPTIONS

Private Self Parking

YOUR CONTACT

Jessica Watson 3590 VALK ARIA ROAD GRANT VALK ARIA , FLORIDA 32950

UPTHECREEKFARMS.COM

Owner

( 321) 4 9 9- 4 232

info@upthecreekfarm s.com

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The Don CeSar

KNOWN AS FLORIDA’S “PINK PALACE,” THE DON CESAR FACING THE WHITE SANDS OF THE GULF OF MEXICO, WAS BUILT IN 1928 FROM ONE MAN’S PASSION FOR ROMANCE AND COMMITMENT TO HOSPITALITY. BORN IN THE GREAT GATSBY ERA AS A PLAYGROUND FOR THE RICH AND FAMOUS, THE ICONIC “PINK PALACE” HAS BEEN REVITALIZED AND REFRESHED WITHIN, ENSURING A FUTURE AS RICH AND STORIED AS ITS HISTORY.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

22,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

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250 VENUE STYLE

Historic, Ballroom, Beachfront, Indoor, Outdoor CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Catering Only RENTAL INCLUDES

Chairs, Tables, House Linen, China, Glassware PARKING OPTIONS

Self Parking, Valet Optional

ABOUT THE VENUE The Don CeSar’s proud heritage dates all the way back to 1928, but today, it’s the ideal setting for your big day. However you envision your wedding, The Don CeSar offers romantic ceremony locations ranging from our tropical courtyard to Gulf-front beach to our stunning indoor ballrooms. We also have eight elegant reception locations including beachside pavilions and outdoor terraces. Our seasoned wedding specialists will attend to every detail. If your wedding party needs makeup done, we have a full menu of services including special wedding offers at our own Spa Oceana. It’s no wonder that of all the St. Pete hotels, only the Don CeSar was named Best Wedding Venue by Visit St. Pete Beach Clearwater 2014-2016 and is in the Best of Weddings Hall of Fame by The Knot. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Beach Ceremonies, Lush Courtyard Ceremonies, Elegant Ballroom Receptions, Rooftop Terraces, Beachfront Pavilion Receptions, Vintage Receptions YOUR CONTACT

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LOCATED IN BROWARD COUNTY WHERE YOU CAN CELEBRATE YOUR EVENT WITH A TOUCH OF ELEGANCE, WE PROUDLY PRESENT A WIDE VARIETY OF RECEPTION CHOICES TO INDULGE EVEN THE MOST DISCRIMINATING OF CUSTOMERS. OUR SPECIAL TOUCHES AND REFINED ACCOMMODATIONS WILL BE TAILORED TO YOU AND YOUR EVERY DESIRE.

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10,000 ABOUT THE VENUE Floridian Ballrooms is a family owned and operated venue, with four ballrooms offering exclusive settings and upscale services for every occasion. We are committed to making the best out of each celebration. We offer a very elegant ballroom in Pembroke Pines (west Fort Lauderdale). Floridian Hall Event Centre is a memorable setting for any occasion. You will find there a sweeping grand staircase, gracious open air balconies, and four elegant ballrooms featuring custom sculpted carpets, hand painted twilight ceilings, murals and European tapestries. Our special touches and refined accommodations will be tailored to you and your every desire. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Private Wedding Chapel, Dinner, Fireworks Presentation

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550 VENUE STYLE

Ballroom, Indoor CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Catering RENTAL INCLUDES

Onsite Event Coordinator, Sample of Our Dinner, Elaborate Fine Linen PARKING OPTIONS

Onsite Parking

YOUR CONTACT

Janneli Gonzalez Ochoa 17850 NW 2ND STREET PEMBROKE PINES, FLORIDA 33029

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Wedding/ Event Coordinator

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“IF YOU CREATE THE STAGE SETTING AND IT IS GRAND, EVERYONE WHO ENTERS WILL PLAY THEIR PART.” MORRIS LAPIDUS, FONTAINEBLEAU ORIGINAL ARCHITECT

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30 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

1,500 VENUE STYLE

Indoor, Outdoor, Pool Deck, Lawn, Oceanview, Beach CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Kosher and Indian catering options RENTAL INCLUDES

White linens, Banquet tables and chairs, Dance floor

ABOUT THE VENUE A spectacular blend of Golden Era glamour and modern luxury, Fontainebleau today reinvents the original vision of legendary architect Morris Lapidus – a stage where everyone plays their unique part. Striking design, contemporary art, music, fashion and technology merge into a vibrant new kind of guest experience. We invite you to enter a world where you are free to define your perfect wedding day. Express yourself in an environment that surrounds you with every kind of pleasure and invites every sort of adventure. The possibilities are endless. Fontainebleau’s settings will capture your attention, whether you envision a celebration that’s traditional or trend-setting, festive or formal, intimate or grand-scale. In the ballroom or on the Oasis Pool Deck, the variety of diverse wedding settings will give you unlimited options for planning your perfect day.

PARKING OPTIONS

Discounted Valet Parking Rate

SPECIAL FEATURES:

1,504 guestrooms and suites,12 food and beverage outlets, Lapis Spa, The Shops at Fontainebleau, trendsetting nightlife, and expansive poolscape and beach YOUR CONTACT

Arlene Espino Catering Sales Manager

(877) 8 54 -2 031

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10,000 ABOUT THE VENUE The Mondrian South Beach is located in the growing neighborhood of Biscayne Bay and set upon a stunning waterfront with views of the bay, ocean and downtown. The Mondrian South Beach is just minutes away from the center of South Beach, Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami. Mondrian South Beach features both studios and suites, complete with cotton linens, down duvet comforters, entertainment on demand, kitchenettes, rainforest shower heads and bath products by GUYandGIRL. Guests will have full access to all amenities including exclusive poolside cabanas and marina, the relaxing services of GUYandGIRL Spa, state of the art fitness center and Mondrian Caffè . Whether you’re looking for an exclusive meeting or lavish wedding, our private spaces provide for a memorable get together. Choose from the North or South Studios to host a company meeting, or reserve the brand-new ballroom for an event with stunning waterfront views. All of Mondrian’s venues will set the tone for an unforgettable evening.

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700 VENUE STYLE

Indoor, Outdoor, Bay Views, Cityscape Views CATERING CHOICES

Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Existing Furniture, Audio Visual, Ambient Lighting PARKING OPTIONS

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SPECIAL FEATURES:

Sunset Backdrop, Lush Gardens, Pool Deck, Brand New Ballroom

YOUR CONTACT

Michelle Hunter 1100 WEST AVENUE MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA , 33139

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Director of Catering Sales

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Shelborne South Beach

THE SHELBORNE SOUTH BEACH OFFERS A ROMANTIC, CHIC, AND EXCEPTIONAL WEDDING LOCATION TO SUIT EACH MOOD AND THEME. WE ASSURE THAT SAYING “I DO” WILL BE AN UNFORGETTABLE AND ONCEIN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCE. OUR OCEANFRONT PROPERTY HAS SIX EVENT SPACES, 200 ACCOMMODATIONS, AND 18 LUXURY SUITES.

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Indoor, Outdoor, Art Deco, Oceanfront, Modern CATERING CHOICES

Onsite, Farm Fresh, Kosher, Ethnic RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Linens, Chairs, Dance Floor PARKING OPTIONS

Valet and Street Parking

ABOUT THE VENUE As the latest luxury bridal venue in Miami Beach, Shelborne South Beach is one of the only properties with designated event spaces to host your ideal wedding. Whether dreaming of a historical background, a barefoot beach wedding or an intimate reception, our resort provides a setting that will complete your vision. Brides at Shelborne South Beach can select from over 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. The Grand Eldorado Ballroom offers an elegant space for both polished receptions and dignified celebrations. In addition, the Sky Terrace overlooks our iconic pool with oceanfront views and provides guests with a breathtaking and scenic ceremony for couples walking down the aisle. Our modern style allows guests a unique and unlimited opportunity to experience a broad range of dishes from our hand selected menus. SPECIAL FEATURES:

YOUR CONTACT

Rooftop, Oceanfront, Gardens

Carlos Velez Director of Catering and Conference Services

( 3 05) 341-1332

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GREENE COUNTY, GA: SMALL-TOWN SOUTHE RN CHARM Just an hour and a half east of Atlanta in Greene County lies Lake Oconee and the quaint community of Greensboro. Rich in Native American history, southern charm and hospitality are just the start of the area’s unique treasures. Antebellum homes, lakefront venues, historic attractions and an abundance of outdoor activities make Lake Oconee an ideal destination. Lake Oconee now dominates an area once known as the Oconee Valley. Excavations and dives have turned up artifacts that date back thousands of years, most of which are housed in nearby museums as a nod to the area’s history. These deep roots combined with beautiful scenery make Lake Oconee the perfect backdrop for any wedding or special event.

...deep roots combined with beautiful scenery make Lake Oconee the perfect backdrop for any wedding or special event.

For those in search of an intimate place to tie the knot, historic homes like The Corry House, Pecan Corner and The Washington Grass Inn serve as cozy events spaces. With rooms for overnight accommodations, these Antebellum homes are perfect for a quiet weekend getaway. A more fun option awaits at Oconee Brewing Co. Housed in a renovated cotton mill warehouse, the brewery has become a hotspot for visitors and a unique location for events. Its industrial-chic event space is a gorgeous canvas for events of any style. Couples looking for a more luxurious wedding venue are drawn toward The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, which offers beautiful ballrooms and heavenly outdoor event spaces, along with a spa and other onsite amenities for guests to enjoy. Just a few minutes west, Reynolds Lake Oconee and its six venues offer everything from the popular rustic setting of Sandy Creek Barn, to the estate-like feel of the Great Waters Clubhouse. Both gorgeous locations offer guest accommodations, space for rehearsal dinners and next-day brunches, on-site vendor services and a wedding coordinator to assist you in creating the perfect day. Take full advantage of the sparkling waters of Lake Oconee by having a floating event on 84

the Spirit of Oconee—a 39’ houseboat with an enclosed lower deck and open-air upper deck that’s perfect for entertaining. Your guests will enjoy the chance to take in 374 miles of beautiful shoreline while celebrating.

For grooms and their groomsmen, more adventurous options include a day of golf at one of many championship golf courses, boat rentals, fishing, water sports, and Durhamtown, America’s largest off-road resort.

Locally-owned antique shops, clothing and jewelry boutiques and restaurants line the streets of a quaint downtown area. Along with a movie theater, spas and more, there’s plenty for your bridal party and out-of-town guests to enjoy during their stay.

Whether it’s a romantic getaway for two or a big weekend bash, Lake Oconee and Greensboro are ideal destinations for entertaining. From a wide variety of venues to off-site activities and entertainment, you and your guests are sure to enjoy this treasure of the south.

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KOHLER, WI: HISTORIC MIDWEST GARDEN COMMUNITY John Michael Kohler and his water trough-turned bathtub sparked Kohler Co. and what would become the Village of Kohler over 130 years ago. The garden community was the result of a master plan created by the Olmstead Brothers, who also designed New York’s Central Park. Today, Kohler is home to a world-class resort, award-winning championship golf courses, a fivestar spa and so much more. Now a five-diamond hotel celebrating its 100th anniversary, The American Club originally served as housing for immigrant workers in the early 1900s. As years passed and the community grew, Kohler Co. realized the building had begun to lose its purpose. Following a grand idea, extensive renovations and being listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, The American Club reopened in 1981 as a luxurious hotel. The classic vibe of this Tudor-style building is ideal for weddings and other special occasions. Outdoor courtyards set a charming scene for ceremonies and cocktail hours, while indoor ballrooms are perfect for elegant receptions. Along with The American Club, the three-diamond Inn at Woodlake is a great option for accommodations, with its boutique-style guest rooms and new suites for larger groups. A private beach nestled behind the hotel on the shore of Wood Lake is also available for intimate lakefront ceremonies. Whistling Straits Golf Course offers a more rustic setting for couples. The Championship Locker Room Terrace is a scenic place to tie the knot, with the glimmering waters of Lake Michigan as its backdrop. The Irish Barn’s open east wall overlooks the course and lake, creating a heavenly sight for an open-air reception. Give your guests time to enjoy a round of golf at two championship golf courses, which are set to host the 2020 Ryder Cup. Blackwolf Run, named “Best New Public Course by Golf Digest the year it opened, also offers two championship courses and is perfect for bachelor parties or weekend 86

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getaways. Its lodge-like event spaces also make it an exceptional location for corporate gatherings. Brides wanting a day of relaxation should make their way to the five-star Kohler Waters Spa, located next to The American Club. Enjoy waterinspired treatments, an enclosed rooftop deck and more. With plans to expand in 2018, several new features will be added, including a bridal suite large enough to host wedding parties.

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Specialty shops, fabulous restaurants and adventurous year-round outdoor activities will give your guests plenty to do during their stay. In addition to its rich history, Kohler’s small-town features, world-class hospitality and awarding-winning golf courses make it a delightful Midwest gem and a wonderful destination for any wedding or special event.


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hiring vendors TO EXECUTE YOUR STYLE

Besides the setting, your wedding vendors will make the most impact on the success of your wedding day. The professional services they supply like wedding planning, coordination, entertainment, floral design, rentals and catering are the essential event elements no party could take place without. Their expertise orchestrate the senses you and your guests will experience throughout the day, so finding the very best companies to execute your style is of utmost importance.

That’s where we come in. The Celebration Society is connected to the most reputable wedding vendors across the Southeast. We have a personal relationship with almost all of the vendors represented in this book. Seek their expertise and soak it up.

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1 WEDDING PL ANNER

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Plan on hiring a full-service planner at least 12 months from your wedding day. You should choose your wedding planner first to reserve your date on their calendar and have their guidance during the entire wedding planning process. From the beginning to the end, your wedding planner will be your experienced counsel for every vendor interview, contract, and scheduling question.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . How do you charge? Per hour, lump sum, percentage of total budget? Are there specific vendors you like to use? What is the process of selecting and hiring vendors? Can I use other vendors? What is the process of paying vendors? Is that done through you or direct to vendors? Do you handle vendor services, contract and payment processing? Do you handle guest list coordination and RSVPs? What is your specialty? How many meetings will we have together? In person, via phone?

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How much does it cost? PRICE RANGE Full service wedding planners range in price from $5,000$7,000+, while monthof coordinators will likely charge between $2,000-$3,000 depending on the scope of work.

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2 VENUE AND CATERING

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Venue and catering should be booked about 12 months from your wedding day. Book early to reserve your preferred wedding date as event venues will likely be booked for weddings up to a year in advance. Your budgeting will rely on whether or not catering is included in the pricing on your contract, so do your research. The style of your wedding venue will affect the overall style of your wedding. Whether you choose a glamorous ballroom or countryside barn—everything from your wedding dress, flowers to music selection will be affected.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . Do you specialize in specific food types?

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How much does it cost? PRICE RANGE Catering costs are dependent on the menu, venue and set up, but for a starting point can run between $35-$110+ per person not including any alcohol, linen or decor upgrades.

Is a tasting included in your services? Will you provide waitstaff? Is that extra? If so, what is the ratio of staff to guest? What will your staff wear? How do you work with my wedding planner and venue? Will you feed everyone, including band members and waitstaff? If so, what is their menu and cost per person? Do you handle china, silverware and glassware rental? What do you charge for cake cutting and serving? Is tax and gratuity included? How do you handle clean up and trash removal?

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3 WEDDING DRESS

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Plan on purchasing your wedding dress about 11 months from your wedding day. Once you decide on where you will get married and where the reception will be, it’s time to go dress shopping! Knowing your wedding location is just as important as knowing your dress size when it comes to shopping for a gown, so be sure to have a solid idea of your venue. Most bridal stores will need to place the order for your dress from the dress designer at least 10 months in advance, while custom creations could take even longer. Pick your bridal party and groomsmen attire now too.

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4 PHOTOGRAPHY HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Plan to book a photographer 11 months from your wedding date. Since photography businesses are most often run by a single person or small teams of creative professionals that work one wedding per day, it's important to book early. Be sure to take your venue into account when determining your preferred photography style. Digital photography thrives both indoors and out, and has a timeless look while light and airy film photography should be reserved for those celebrating their day outside, since it needs as much natural light as possible.

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How much does it cost? PRICE RANGE Professional wedding photographers will likely charge between $3,000$6,000+ depending on experience level, demand, medium, and packages.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . What is your primary style of photography? Traditional or documentary? How independent is the photographer? Does he want to know all the shots you’d like or free reign to shoot all the moments of the day at will? Will the photographer I book be the one to shoot my wedding? How long after the wedding will the photos be ready? What happens if the photographer is ill on the day of the wedding? What are your backup procedures? What is included in your pricing? Albums, hours of coverage, engagement session, etc.?

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5 VIDEOGRAPHY

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Plan on hiring a videographer about 10 months from your wedding date. More often than not, a videography business is run by a single person or a duo of creative professionals that work one wedding per day. Much of why you’ll hire them is based on loving their editing style, ability to capture details most important to you (like a first dance, or the ceremony itself) and loving their pricing even more, so once you find your match, make it official by signing the contract. With a film, you'll be able to relive your day with your future family and remember even the smallest details you and your vendor team worked so hard to create.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . What is your cinematography style? Documentary, movie-like or artistic? Have you worked with our photographer? How does the crew stay unobtrusive during the ceremony and reception? How long after the wedding will the video be ready? What is your process? Am I allowed to make edits once you present video to us? What are your backup procedures?

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How much does it cost? PRICE RANGE Professional wedding videographers will likely charge between $2,400$5,000+ depending on experience level, demand and packages

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6 FLORAL DESIGN

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Plan on choosing your floral designer about eight months from your wedding day. With such a length of time from your day, you have a good amount of time to get on the schedule for the best wedding florist in your area and brainstorm with them on what the vision of your wedding is. With the help of your planner, you and your floral designer can select a color palette, make note of blooms you love (or hate!) and outline a proper budget for the arrangements you'll need created. Knowing what styles you like before going into a consultation means more time talking helpful specifics for you and your florist.

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How much does it cost? PRICE RANGE Flower pricing is dependent on the amount of decor at your wedding. You’ll want to budget starting at $1,500 for the basics like bouquets, boutonnières and know the sky is truly the limit for the rest.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . What is your style? What is your process? Has the florist/designer worked at your venue before? How do items get returned after the wedding? Will they pick up? Does the designer offer rental items.. vases, trellis, decor... or must they be supplied via a rental company? Can my guests take centerpieces home? Do you charge for mockup centerpieces before my wedding or is that included? How can I stay within my budget without having small bouquets and arrangements? Dahlias are my favorite kind of flower. Will they be in season for my wedding?

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7 HAIR & MAKEUP

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Plan on hiring your hair and makeup artist team about six to eight months from your wedding date. Chances are you are as thick as thieves with your hair dresser and have your cut and color pre-booked every time you leave the salon, and for good reason! But does your stylist do bridal updos? Many don’t. That's where on-site teams come in. Your beauty vendors will likely only be able to serve one full bridal party per Saturday. So book them sooner rather than later.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . How far in advance should I book my appointment? I’d like to book with my bridesmaids. Will you be able to accommodate all of us? How much time should I allow for hair and makeup on my wedding day? Is there an extra charge for airbrush makeup and/or false eyelashes? How much should I expect to spend? Is a down payment required to book an appointment? Do you offer consultations and trials? My hair is fairly thin. Do you offer hair extensions? Do you offer onsite services? How far will you travel? Can you accommodate sensitive skin? Do you offer a touch-up kit or touch-up services? 98

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8 INVITATIONS & PAPERGOODS

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Look into booking your stationer six to eight months in advance of your wedding date. If you would like to send out save the dates, you’ll want to choose your stationery designer eight months in advance. For invitations only, you should start to look at options six months out. Traditional etiquette states invitations should be mailed out at least eight weeks prior to the wedding day. Custom stationery processes will likely take around two to three months, since multiple consultations, proofing and printing time needs to be taken into account.

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How much does it cost? PRICE RANGE Depending on the complexity of the invitation suites, you can expect to pay between $4 - $8+ per invite. Further customizations will increase your per piece price.

Do you design custom work or sell from invitation lines? Do you help with branding or custom monograms? Is there a specific style you specialize in? Do you offer calligraphy or addressing services? Can I purchase additional personalized items like Save-the Date, welcome bags, favor tags, etc.? Will you supply a proof before the invitation is officially printed? What happens if there is an error? How long after I place the order will the invitations come in? Can I customize the wording? Can personal photos be added to your designs?

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9 WEDDING CAKE

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Plan to hire a baker six to eight months in advance. While a cake baker can serve multiple weddings in a weekend, chances are they can’t serve an endless amount. So we say get on the schedule in advance by signing the wedding cake contract. Again, it’s likely you’ll have your tasting a bit later in the process, but reserving your spot in their weekend schedule ahead of time will make sure you get the cake baker you like the best. Before your tasting, be sure to research what types of frostings and finishes do best in your style venue.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . Are you licensed by the state health department? How does delivery work? What happens if something is damaged on the cake in transit? Do you do sugar flowers and custom sculptured pieces from sugar? What are the options for cake flavors and fillings? Fondant or Buttercream? What is your average cost per slice? Will you design a custom cake or do you have preset styles to choose from?

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How much does it cost? PRICE RANGE Your wedding cake will likely cost approximately $4 - $8+ per slice depending on the complexity of the design, baker’s skill level and availability.

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WHAT TO TIP YOUR VENDORS

M O D E R N G U I D E T O G R AT U I T I E S If there’s one gray area in the wedding world, it’s paying gratuities. Long-standing etiquette says ones thing and modern trend says another. We say: if you loved your service—show it with a tip. By Meghan Bishop Whether your vendor owns their business or is an hourly employee matters little. Gratuity says "I'm so thankful for the extra care you showed to me," and giving shouldn't be determined by who the boss is. It's determined by the quality of service. Here's a list of the vendors you should plan to tip because of their onsite expertise at the end of your very long, very fabulous big day.

WEDDING PLANNER Traditionally, it has been thought that you don't need to give your wedding planner anything for a tip. But, considering they're the one vendor who has done the bulk of the work on your wedding—we say, why not? Did he/she knock your socks off by pulling off your wedding flawlessly? Was there a ton of extra work involved that wasn’t discussed when pricing was set? Whatever the case may be, you can feel comfortable giving between $100 to 10% of their fees in cash or a gift in the same amount to show your gratitude. TIP: $100 to 10% of fees PHOTOGRAPHERS & VIDEOGRAPHERS In our opinion, your photographer and videographer will be the most important vendors you choose. Each photographer on the day of your wedding should be tipped $100200, and second shooters $50-75. TIP: $50-200 per person CEREMONY MUSICIANS Not sure what to give the string trio that played your wedding march? What about the choir that sang as you lit your unity candle? If it was a professional group, 10% of the entire amount charged to be split amongst the musicians. If it’s a civic or church group and they didn’t charge, give a donation either to the group or the church—just as you would a religious officiant. TIP: 10% of fee to be split among musicians

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RECEPTION MUSICIANS OR DJ Every guest was on the dance floor and your party was non-stop all night! You should tip $25-50, per musician. For the DJ—he/she is the one person responsible for the entire flow and energy of your event. We think they deserve a whole lotta love for guaranteeing a good time. MUSICIAN TIP: $25-50 per person DJ TIP: $100-200 OFFICIANT Your dad’s friend is a judge, your neighbor got registered online, your junior high school pastor, or your pastor now that you are an adult has accepted the job of conducting your service— etiquette says no cash should be given. Instead, give a thank you card and a gift card or a donation to the house of worship if affiliated. TIP: A donation and thank you note will do CATERING STAFF This varies depending on the region of the country you are in. In the South, it is appropriate to tip $20 per person to the onsite staff and $50 to the lead catering manager. You can give the manager the amount of money you intend to tip each waitstaff to distribute to them. You can get hard fast numbers of wait staff from the caterer beforehand when giving final head count to the caterer to help you prepare. TIP: $20-50 per person BARTENDER Your bartender will deal with a bunch of guest

craziness the evening of your wedding (i.e. "There is tooooooo much coke in my Jack"). Bartenders who work on a catering staff team make a higher hourly wage than what you'd expect in a restaurant so you can tip them the same as the other catering staff. No need to go above and beyond, unless you really want to. TIP: $20-50 like the other catering event staff DRIVER TIP Your driver will wait outside for 30 minutes as you say your goodbyes to your friends and family and make sure your take-away plate is in the car for your midnight snack before he drives clear across town to your desired place! Proper tip is 15-20% presented after arrival. TIP: 15-20% of fees RENTAL STAFF TIP This one is optional. Rental drop off delivery people sometimes get $20-50 per person depending on how much they are bringing in and having to set up. Most of the time you have a team of 2-4 depending on the size of the order and they will be the last ones out of the space at the end of the night. TIP: $20-50 per person HAIR STYLIST & MAKEUP ARTIST As important as pictures are, your hair and makeup professional will help ensure you look the best! Hair and make-up professionals should get 15-20% of the total bill. TIP: 15-20% of services

Some vendors may have gratuity included in their contract–if this is the case, no tip is necessary. Read your contract to be certain. Also, if a vendor does not fulfill what was expected, don’t feel obligated. And if you want to reward a vendor that you didn’t get a chance to see or interact with, don’t underestimate the power of a sincere thank you card with a little token of your appreciation inside. Tipping is something you should be prepared to do (a lot of) on your wedding day. The caliber of the professionals you hire will determine the amount of tips you should budget for. THECELEBRATIONSOCIETY.COM


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HOW TO HOST AN UNPLUGGED WEDDING CEREMONY By Molly McKinley

DO: Hire a great photographer and planner. The best photographers push their way in, are on top of it, are ahead of schedule, and do their best work alongside the planner to ensure guests don’t ruin precious moments being caught on camera. And if they do? They ask for those moments to be re-done if they are important. Missed the kiss at the cake cutting because of a guest? Take another.  DON’T: Put any mention of an unplugged ceremony in your invitation. That is not appropriate, just like you shouldn’t include your registries, “no jeans,” and “no children.” If you absolutely must, have your stationer create a completely separate enclosure for your request. Carefully curate your words alongside your stationer and wedding planner—you should always be a polite host. DO: Make a note on your wedding website! It’s a great, unobtrusive way to let guests know your wishes. DON’T: Assume that your guests will put their phones away the entire night. That is asking a lot. Placing signs on your guest tables just furthers the distraction. Instead, don’t give them the chance to be on their phones—throw a great party! Make your guests put their phones down because the band is too good! Engage them! DO: Verbally encourage guests in a polite way to make sure their phones are either off or on silent and put away during the ceremony. Your ushers and greeters can handle this for you. Have your wedding planner brief them on the task before they begin. Your officiant can also mention something at the beginning of your ceremony.

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“Create a sign near where guests are entering, in a place where they will stop. The sign should be easily readable but complement your wedding style.”

DON’T: Turn into Bridezilla and Groomzilla. You can only control things to a certain point. Enjoy your day and realize you’re surrounded by LOVE! (Even if there are a few phones still involved after all of your work.) DO: Create a sign near where guests are entering, in a place where they will stop (near where ushers are seating). Some guests won’t get the memo, despite verbal encouragement while they’re being seated. The sign should be easily readable but complement your wedding style. DON’T: Assume guests are conditioned to know to turn off their electronics. A gentle reminder is necessary to ensure your guests are informed and on board. DO: Include an insert in your program. However, remember that programs are keepsakes for you and many other guests. Do you want your unplugged ceremony verbiage to pop out awkwardly from your

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beautiful and thoughtful program? Have your stationer print a small insert to remind guests. It gets the point across without tainting your stunning program! DO: Make sure you are able to share your photos with guests, if you’re asking them not to take their own. Ask your photographer about this, as many do not include rights to the photos to make additional revenue online. That is their prerogative, but you can likely buy the rights to the photos to share them with guests. Keep in mind that the traditional photographer’s timeline is at least six to eight weeks to turn images around. If you’d like guests to be able to enjoy photos sooner, a photo booth is always a great option! DON’T: Share your photographer’s photos without permission. This could get you into trouble! Ask, ask, ask.

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THE INS & OUTS OF CONTRACTS & DEPOSITS By Zach Thomas

In the midst of all the fun that comes with wedding planning, a bride ought to know a thing or two about those serious contracts she’s signing on the dotted line. Why do I have to pay a deposit to vendors like photographers, DJs, planners, etc? To discuss a deposit, it also becomes a discussion about contracts—they go hand-inhand. The contract spells out the agreement (date, time and rate; and what you should expect from the vendor, what the vendor should expect from you) and the deposit is the force behind that agreement. The deposit allows the vendor to be confident in turning away other potential clients for the same date, and it allows the couple to feel confident their vendor will show up and perform their hired duties the day of the wedding.

“The deposit allows the vendor to be confident in turning away other potential clients for the same date, and it allows the bride to feel confident their vendor will show up.”

Is a standard practice of wedding vendors to require a deposit? Yes. If the vendor you are choosing to work with doesn’t require a contract and deposit, you should be concerned about what other things they are leaving out of their business (e.g. insurance, back-up equipment, or experience). If there isn’t a contract and deposit requirement, that is a red flag. Remember, a contract and deposit also protects the customer and adds peace of mind that a vendor will show up and do the job they are hired for. How much money should I expect to put down for my deposit? This amount varies, but 50% is fairly standard. What if I have to cancel? Read over any contract you are signing, and ask the vendor you are working with to explain anything you are unclear about. Weddings don’t happen for a number of reasons—break-ups, family disagreements, weather issues, and sometimes the couple get so overwhelmed planning they run off to Vegas to elope. If you need to cancel, notify the vendor immediately and just be open to having a conversation about what your contract may entitle you to. Many contracts have the flexibility to deal with the various 106

reasons for cancellation. Sometimes if the vendor is able to book another client with a comparable package on the same day, the deposit or a portion is refundable no matter the reason.

allow for a partial return of deposit, within a certain period of time before the event. Most photographers can’t do that because it’s much harder to fill the date, especially the closer you get to the event.

What if I pay a deposit and the vendor has to cancel? You should ask for your deposit to be promptly refunded. 

What if I cancel, and I feel like I deserve my deposit back? The terms should be clearly spelled out in the contract. Weddings (and planning them!) are emotional, but when dealing with vendors a customer should always keep in mind that they are working with business owners.

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Vendor GUIDE

WHO WILL YOU HIRE?

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Planning a wedding should never be a one-person show. Hiring a cohesive team of talented vendors is the first step in hosting a beautiful, thoughtful and stress-free event. Here you’ll meet industry experts from the Southeast who are ready to help you host your dream wedding, so you can focus on being the bride.


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Eliana Baucicault Owner KNOWN FOR... We are known for being able to translate our clients’ personal brand into their event design.

OUR SPECIALT Y... We love the use of color just as much as we love working with neutrals. A curated branded event is our specialty.

PRICE RANGE $$$

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Milanes Photography

ABOUT THE OWNER... With nine years in event production under her belt, Eliana creates unforgettable celebrations while bringing a fresh perspective to the industry. Eliana’s background in project management ensures that events go seamlessly while her eye for design creates memorable events that guests aren’t soon to forget. She prides herself on connecting with her clients on a personal level and maintaining relationships long after their special event. She resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband, her teenage son, and four adorable Yorkshire Terriers.

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E L LY B E V E N T S FL AWLESS AND FABULOUSLY EXECUTED WEDDINGS AND EVENTS

ellyB Events is a party planning firm that specializes in personalized design details. Our planners are here to make sure you have an amazing party that you and your family will be proud to call your own. We enjoy each and every detail from the single teardrop that falls from your fiancé’s eye to the laughter created from the blending of two families to the opportunity to color outside of the lines for our birthday parties and other social events.

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Ida Newkirk Owner KNOWN FOR... Suburban Posh Events is known for curating designs that are a direct reflection of our clients’ wants and needs. Our team is solely focused on understanding the love story each couple shares so we are able to create a memorable day that is a celebration of two becoming one.

OUR SPECIALT Y... ...is understanding each couples’ personal style and wedding vision so that we are able to create a well planned and executed event. Renee Brock

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SUBURBAN POSH EVENTS PROFESSIONAL PL ANNING. FL AWLESSLY EXECUTED WEDDING AND EVENTS.

Suburban Posh Events is an Atlanta-based wedding planning and event design company created to serve the ‘ beginner’ bride. Our overall goal is to curate designs and deliver a seamless coordination experience for each wedding we touch. By taking on a limited number of weddings per year, we are able to take the time to get to know you and your vision and understand your needs in order to create an event that is unique to you. Our team is here to direct you through the planning process, relieve all the stress, inspire you through ideas and most important of all, remind you what the day is all about—the marriage. THECELEBRATIONSOCIETY.COM

Ida Newkirk is the owner and lead planner at Suburban Posh Events. She is a Labrador-loving, Netflix-obsessed, coffee addict that takes pleasure in getting to know each and every one of her brides. With over five years of wedding and event experience under her belt, she is able to take one single idea and transform it into the wedding of your dreams.

PRICE RANGE $$$

(678) 649-5271 Decatur, Georgia ida@suburbanposhevents.com www.suburbanposhevents.com

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Kristen Weaver Owner KNOWN FOR... Bright, breathless photos with a personal connection for the classic, preppy and stylish bride.

OUR SPECIALT Y... Weddings, Destination Weddings and Engagements

ABOUT THE OWNER...

Kristen is a cat-loving, sweet-tea drinking brunette from the Midwest who relocated to the sunshine state to work on her education...and her tan! Older, wiser and much paler, she lives with her husband, step-daughter and five cats in Orlando!

PRICE RANGE $$$

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Kristen Weaver Photography

Award-winning, international wedding photographer, educator and fashion junkie—Kristen Weaver specializes in in a style she classifies as ‘comfortable luxury.’ Since opening her photography business in 2009, she has photographed couples all over the world as they’ve said their ‘I do’s’ and celebrate with their friends and family.

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KRISTEN WEAVER PHOTOGRAPHY INTERNATIONAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

With a love for light and romance, Kristen and her team have photographed weddings from Florida to Australia and everywhere in between! With their home-base in Orlando, they cater to the classic, preppy and fashion-obsessed bride who is seeking lifetime heirloom images.

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FLORAL DESIGNER

Sherry Donnelly Owner KNOWN FOR... ... “out of the box” designs with an organic “gathered from the garden” feel. The juxtaposition of unusual elements, bold colors, and a lot of texture has created her fresh and recognizable design style.

OUR SPECIALT Y...

Harwell Photography

...is our signature designs that create a wedding or event that has a one-ofa-kind style.

ABOUT THE OWNERS...

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GERTIE MAE’S FLORAL STUDIO REFINED FLORISTRY

Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio was established in 2003 as a full service florist in a storefront on the historic square in Clarkesville, Georgia. As Gertie Mae’s wedding designs became more sought-after, the business moved to a studio setting and began specializing in weddings and events only. The demand for their wedding florals began in North Georgia and Gertie Mae’s now serves Metro Atlanta, North Carolina, South Carolina, and a number of destination venues as well. THECELEBRATIONSOCIETY.COM

Sherry found her talent and passion for flowers by happenstance when providing arrangements for her church. She considers herself a “late bloomer”, opening Gertie Mae’s at age 42 after ten years as a stay-athome mom of two children. Coupling her flower design beginnings and her work at Gertie Mae’s, Sherry has been designing now for almost 17 years.

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just married IDEAS FROM REAL WEDDINGS

Real wedding features are the source of some serious inspiration for new brides-to-be. We’ve hand selected each of the following real weddings particularly for their style, unique details, great vendors and amazing imagery. They’re an honest representation of current trends, venues in action and wedding vendors’ work. Bonus! Look to these love stories for ideas and examples, but don’t feel the pressure to measure up. Remember your personal style and pull from each as you see fit. Your wedding is about you.

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ASHLEY &KARL October 15, 2016 Atlanta, GA

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Ashley and Karl’s celebration was the perfect blend of modernity and tradition, including everything from the Atlanta skyline to Ashley’s South Indian heritage. The couple fell in love with Ventanas the moment they walked in and knew it’d be the perfect setting for their rooftop nuptials. The day began with Ashley’s aunts assisting her bridesmaids. Instead of traditional bridesmaid dresses, they wore aqua saris and an array of stunning Indian jewelry. Ashley fell in love with a sassy backless dress with long illusion sleeves and sparkly embellishments the moment she saw it at Demetrios Brides. To tie their looks together, she wore a gold Indian headpiece. Karl donned a dark blue tux, while his groomsmen dressed in traditional black, with white boutonnières adorning their lapels. The couple exchanged vows on the Ventanas rooftop, surrounded by lush white floral arrangements, the city skyline serving as their backdrop. A heavenly reception awaited them inside. Clouds of white roses and hydrangeas floated above glowing candles and gold linen. A glorious gold cake by For Goodness Cakes sat atop an aqua table that matched the bridesmaids’ saris. Ashley and Karl shared a first dance after dinner, then stole away for a wardrobe change as their guests enjoyed entertainment from a live band. The couple reentered to a round of applause—Ashley in a red and gold sari and Karl in a brocade white jacket. The evening ended in with a glow stick send off and a spectacular helicopter getaway.

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STATIONERY Paper Daisies

MENSWEAR Groom: Miguel Wilson Couture Groomsmen: Kate Donachy, Modern Gent

“Our wedding was not traditional at all. In fact, that is probably one of our favorite aspects of the wedding! I’m a multiracial American woman and my mother is Indian, so I decided to incorporate some of her culture into the wedding by putting all my bridesmaids in Indian sarees.”

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The Place VENTANAS “The moment we saw it, we knew it was it. We chose a gorgeous rooftop venue that overlooked our city and it took our breath away the moment we entered the room. We wanted our friends and family to have that same feeling.” -Ashley

LINENS I Do Linens

The Planner SCOOBIE WEST & COMPANY

Scoobie West & Company (SWC) provides on-site professional makeup services and event planning for weddings, special events and more. Although SWC is based in Atlanta, Scoobie and his team service individual and business clients throughout the world.

CAKE For Goodness Cakes

The Photographer SARAH SL AVIK

Sarah Slavik is an Atlanta-based photographer that came to America in 2004 to start her own wedding photography business. Her passionate yet classy style has won her numerous wedding vendors awards as well as the hearts of her clients.

FLORAL AND DÉCOR Maxine Mecca and Gabrielle Mecca of Edge Design Group

ENTERTAINMENT After Five String Quartet and KLF Pro Entertainment/Party At The Limit Band

LIGHTING Active Lighting RENTALS Sweet Seats VIDEOGRAPHY Chris Brock Photography GOWN Demetrios Brides HAIR & MAKEUP Scoobie West & Company

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CAMERON &STEPHEN June 24, 2017 Atlanta, GA

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Cameron and Stephen knew the industrial vibe and open layout of The Foundry at Puritan Mill would be the perfect blank slate for their colorful summer wedding. The couple shared a first look on Jackson Street Bridge before making their way to the ceremony, where a variety of colorful blooms in dainty white vases lined the aisle and flowing white drapery hung from the ceiling. Bridesmaids in shades of purple carried vibrant bouquets of pink and peach, while groomsmen in gray donned thistle boutonnières. Cameron made her way down the aisle in a custom Watters gown with a lace illusion neckline, carrying a wild bouquet of pink flowers and succulent accents. Instead of a traditional unity candle, the couple placed a bottle of wine and love notes to each other in a wooden box, which they would open on their one year anniversary to enjoy, replace and reopen every year after. The newlyweds walked hand-in-hand past family and friends, ready to celebrate the next step of their journey. The room was flipped for the reception — another feature Cameron and Stephen loved about the venue. As guests reentered, they were greeted by a heavenly sight. Lavender linens and a rustic wooden estate table filled the open space. Vibrant floral arrangements in a variety of vases and a sprig of dried lavender tucked neatly into ivory napkins brought a hint of summer indoors. A white tiered textured cake from Cakes by Anna stood covered in blooms next to a variety of mini treats from Revolution Doughnuts, the couple’s favorite neighborhood doughnut shop. Following dinner, dessert and their first dance, Cameron and Stephen danced the night away with family and friends before making their exit. The newlyweds left the venue through a sea of bubbles, stopping for a romantic kiss along the way. THECELEBRATIONSOCIETY.COM


STATIONERY Oh My! Designs by Steph

“The flowers were perfect! They were bright, summery shades and had unique and interesting varieties. I really wanted thistles included because they are a Scottish flower, which is my family’s heritage, and Amanda Jewel Floral + Design made it happen. They also created a beautiful altar display for me that exactly matched the design that I had in mind.”

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The Place THE FOUNDRY AT PURITAN MILL “We loved the old industrial vibe of the Foundry at Puritan Mill; the exposed brick, big windows, and open layout were amazing. We wanted a venue that didn’t feel stuffy, but was stylish, elegant, and trendy, and that’s exactly what we got with the Foundry!” –Cameron

CATERING Bold Catering & Design

The Planner THREE LITTLE BIRDS

Three Little Birds owner, Kecia Wilson, brings a strong passion for excellence, unyielding professionalism, elevated beauty, and most of all JOY to weddings large and small. Wedding professionals and event venues across Atlanta seek to work with Kecia to ensure that their couples have the highest level of assistance for the most important day of their lives.

The Photographer VUE PHOTOGRAPHY

For ten years, Genya O’Neall has photographed hundreds of events—yet somehow, weddings never seem to lose their sparkle and uniqueness. Fully caffeinated and armed with an infectious smile, she approaches every event with enthusiasm percolating through her veins. FLORAL Amanda Jewel Floral + Design VIDEOGRAPHY Siegel Films GOWN Custom Watters BRIDESMAID ATTIRE Bella Bridesmaids MENSWEAR Bonobos HAIR & MAKEUP Jennifer C. Nieman

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DESSERT Cakes by Anna, Revolution Doughnuts

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CORI &MICHAEL March 4, 2017 Douglasville, GA

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Cori and Michael fell in love with the rustic elegance of Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club and knew it would be the place they’d wed. The March day was cool and crisp. A string trio filled the room with beautiful music as guests entered and awaited the start of ceremony. Bridesmaids in shades of gray made their way down the aisle, accompanied by groomsmen with light pink bowties. Cori made her entrance in a stunning fitted lace gown, carrying a delicate bouquet. She joined the love of her life in front of a gorgeous arch, covered in greenery and speckled with flowers in shades of pink. Sealed with a kiss, the couple exited the venue arm-in-arm as husband and wife. After outdoor photos with their wedding party, Cori and Michael headed back inside, ready to celebrate. They were greeted by crisp white linens and rustic wood tables. Romantic neutral centerpieces by Forage and Fleur were complemented by single blooms in smaller glassware. Classic white china, garnished with a sprig of greenery, sat atop gray linen napkins. After a delicious dinner by Simply Catering, guests were treated to a slice of one of two cakes from Lush Cakery—the couple’s wedding cake with vanilla and buttercream frosting, or Michael’s groom cake, which was a peanut butter and chocolate Georgia Tech cornhole cake. Cori and Michael shared a first dance, then danced the night away with family and friends, who raved about DJ Qtip—that evening’s excellent entertainment.

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FLORAL Forage and Fleur

“Our flowers were stunning. Rebekah with Forage and Fleur was amazing. She has a true talent for design. My bouquet was gorgeous as well as all of the flower arrangements. I really didn’t have an idea of what I wanted, I just told her to surprise me and that she did! I couldn’t have dreamed how well they turned out! I knew I was in good hands and that I wouldn’t be disappointed. She was a pleasure to work with and everyone thought the flowers were gorgeous.” 123


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The Place FOXHALL RESORT AND SPORTING CLUB “We wanted something that was elegant but rustic and that was driving distance from Atlanta. I saw the Stables and immediately fell in love. It was also a great bonus that the resort has houses that you can rent out and stay the entire weekend there. We rented out a house and 2 villas and fit all of our family. It was very convenient to have everyone on site and to limit the traveling.” -Cori

The Planner TAYLOR DAWN

Taylor is a wedding designer and planner who has a love for detail and seeing all the small elements come together to make a bride’s wedding vision a reality. Going through the planning process is something she truly enjoys; she loves that this is a unique way to serve others during such an exciting time in their lives.

The Photographer SARAH INGRAM PHOTOGRAPHY

Sarah Ingram is a Southeast-based film photographer finding everyday joy through the small things. She seeks the spirit of life through enchanting light, nature and emotion. People are her favorite subject, but she believes great imagery accounts for appreciation in every detail from color to negative space. STATIONERY Plain Jane Designs CATERING Simply Catering CAKE/DESSERT Lush Cakery ENTERTAINMENT Cobalt Strings, DJ Qtip RIBBON Silk and Willow GOWN Wedding Angels Bridal HAIR & MAKEUP Taylor Sellers for Salon 124

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JESSICA &TIM March 23, 2016 Malabar, FL

Live Oaks, Spanish moss and a hint of southern charm set the scene for Jessica and Tim’s intimate brunch wedding at Up the Creek Farms—a property that was the bride’s childhood home. Guests filed in to the ceremony to the sound of a baby grand piano on the sunny spring day. Jessica donned a battenburg lace gown and carried a bouquet of ivory and pink, while Tim wore a blue suit and paisley tie. The couple exchanged vows under a ring of lush greenery, encircled by family and friends seated on upholstered furniture from Crystal & Crates Vintage Rentals, as a live artist encapsulated the moment on canvas. After stealing away for a few photos, the newlyweds made their way to the barn, where they were greeted by the scent of blooming orange blossoms on citrus trees that lined the walls. Ladders covered in greenery hung as centerpieces over rustic tables with floral linens. Music from a fiddle and guitar filled the room with bluegrass and country as guests enjoys an array of southern brunch selections, including mimosas, chicken and waffles, fried green tomatoes, mini pies and more. Jessica and Tim treated their loved ones to a surprise grand exit, driving out of the barn in a strategically placed ’48 Ford truck. The couple boarded a private plane at the airport to embark on their honeymoon.

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STATIONERY After a While Crocodile

“[My dress] had a vintage feel— battenberg lace with cap sleeves from New Zealand designer Rue de Seine. It was perfect for a brunch wedding. I wore fringe booties, since we had to unbury our Bourbon bottle after the ceremony, a southern tradition to keep the rain away.”

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The Place UP THE CREEK FARMS

FLORAL Nave Event Design (retired)

“The venue has deep roots for me, as it was my childhood home. Our hearts are a part of this property and everything about it is meaningful.” -Jessica

The Planner BECKY MORGAN OF L.I.F.E. EVENTS, LLC Having over 13 years in the hospitality industry Becky has orchestrated events for hundreds throughout the state of Florida. She specializes in weddings and her goal is to bring the couples’ story to life throughout the design as well as offer guests the most ultimate experience.

The Photographer JASON MARTIN OF CONCEPT PHOTOGRAPHY Jason is in his twelfth year of photographing weddings and refuses to settle for status quo or to do the same thing twice. He wants each couple to have their own experience and for their personalities to show in his pictures.

CATERING/DESSERT Green Turtle Market, Two Sweet Bake Shop ENTERTAINMENT The Holcomb Brothers RENTALS Crystal & Crates Vintage Rentals VIDEOGRAPHY Ivory & Iron OFFICIANT Joel Lusz with Sensational Ceremonies MAKEUP Maria Sommers HAIR Ali Womack

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JULIA &ERIC November 12, 2016 Savannah, GA

After falling in love in Savannah, Julia and Eric knew they’d tie the knot there. An elegant and intimate wedding of 30 guests seemed like the perfect way to celebrate. The day began with an outdoor ceremony at Columbia Square, where guests sat in vintage pews. Julia made her way down the aisle in a simple silk Amsale gown and custom Italian veil. Her bouquet was a variety of stems in wine and burgundy. Eric’s tie matched perfectly and served as a pop of color against his gray vest and navy suit. Sealed with a kiss, the newlyweds, along with their loved ones, took a historic trolley ride around the city from Old Savannah Tours, which would carry them to a glowing outdoor reception at the Harper Fowlkes House. Southern charm and elegance carried throughout the décor. An abundance of deep blooms, lush greenery and candles sat atop vintage tables with gold chargers, navy linen napkins and custom engraved place cards from Germany. Julia and Eric’s seats were marked with peaches that read Mr. and Mrs. A coursed dinner of southern favorites was served, along with homemade Georgia peach sorbet and a tiered hummingbird cake. The couple shared their first dance and enjoyed an evening of music by local artist Isaac Smith.

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STATIONERY Write on Sarasota

FLORAL A to Zinnias

TRANSPORTATION Old Savannah Tours

“Amsale came to the rescue! With only a three-month engagement, I had to find my dream gown at a moment’s notice. I slipped on the silk gown with a custom Italian veil and the rest is history.”

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The Place HARPER FOWLKES HOUSE “We loved the history, the courtyard and the fact that it was the perfect size for our little gathering. The house had these quirky little architectural aspects that we could not say no to!” -Julia

The Planner JENNIFER MATTEO EVENT PL ANNING Jennifer Matteo Event Planning is a fullservice event and wedding planning company that has worked with elite vendors and exclusive venues to create unique, creative and one of a kind events. Known for her innovative and outside of the box ideas, Jennifer loves to get to know each of her clients on a more personal level to really understand what makes them tick.

The Photographer KATELYN PRISCO PHOTOGRAPHY

Katelyn Prisco Photography has a natural ability to capture life as no other. Her creative, playful nature creates an inviting and carefree environment for her subject’s personality to effortlessly shine through.

CEREMONY VENUE Columbia Square CATERING Thrive Catering ENTERTAINMENT John Wiley, Isaac Smith LIGHTING Savannah Vintage RENTALS Amazing Event Rentals, US Tent, Pretty Vintage Rentals GOWN Amsale

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KARA & M AT T February 25, 2017 Atlanta, GA

Brick walls, dark floors and bohemian décor in deep jewel tones set a cozy scene for Kara and Matt’s late-winter wedding at the King Plow Arts Center. Organic greenery and a row of glowing candles served as a backdrop for the ceremony. Bridesmaids in navy dresses with embellished necklines and groomsmen in charcoal suits were a polished contrast to the industrial setting. Kara made her entrance in a romantic backless gown with long illusion sleeves by Hayley Paige. Her hand-tied bouquet of deep red and plum strikingly complemented the delicate lace. Surrounded by family and their closest friends, the couple exchanged vows in a personalized ceremony, officiated by Matt’s uncle. An evening of celebration followed. The reception décor included hand-painted stone table markers, tall centerpieces topped with tufts of greenery and vibrant floral, and a wooden estate table lined with candles and wild blooms in a variety of small bottles. Guests enjoyed a buffet dinner and “his and her” desserts of brownie sundaes and crème brulée. Keeping with tradition, the couple cut into a small chocolate cake with Oreo filling, provided by Bold Catering & Design in addition to dessert. After a night of dancing and celebration with loved ones, Kara and Matt exited the venue through cheers and a sea of bubbles.

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“Chris Jones of Sowing Clover Photography captured many beautiful memories of our day. Chris is a magnetic, energetic person, so I was happy to have him around all day.�

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The Place KING PLOW ARTS CENTER “King Plow offered two beautiful indoor spaces—one for the ceremony and reception and one for cocktail hour. The brick walls and the dark concrete floors make a beautiful backdrop for just about any decor, so we had fun treating the space as a blank slate.” -Kara

The Planner

CATERING AND DESSERT Bold Catering & Design

THREE LITTLE BIRDS

Three Little Birds owner, Kecia Wilson, brings a strong passion for excellence, unyielding professionalism, elevated beauty, and most of all JOY to weddings large and small. Wedding professionals and event venues across Atlanta seek to work with Kecia to ensure that their couples have the highest level of assistance for the most important day of their lives.

The Photographer SOWING CLOVER PHOTOGRAPHY

Chris Jones photographs weddings not just looking to be creative and fun, but to be honest. He hopes to bring out authentic moments with brides, grooms and their guests at weddings. ENTERTAINMENT Evan Malloy of Lethal Rhythms RENTALS Peachtree Tents and Events GOWN Blush by Hayley Paige from The White Magnolia ALTERATIONS Rodica Lazarian of RL Couture Bridal BRIDESMAID ATTIRE Vince Camuto MENSWEAR Calvin Klein suits from Men’s Wearhouse HAIR & MAKEUP Brushworx

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LESLIE &GREG October 14, 2016 Atlanta, GA

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Leslie and Greg’s magical day, designed by Eliana Baucicault of ellyB Events, was a combination of hometowns, wow-factors and #SuperLove, creating something beyond their wildest dreams. Guests arrived to a vibrant sight at The Foundry at Puritan Mill, a venue that reminded Leslie of the French Quarter in her hometown of New Orleans. Ceremony programs were traditional church fans, a nod to Greg’s upbringing in New York. Cherry blossom trees lined the aisle, creating a fairytale-like canopy as bridesmaids in bold blue and purple and groomsmen in gray filed in. Left breathless by the ethereal ceremony before her, Leslie began her candle-lit stroll toward her husband-to-be, who awaited her under a dome of lush foliage, hydrangeas and roses, tears of happiness in his eyes. Shortly after, the newlyweds danced their way out of the ceremony as husband and wife. They stole away for outdoor portraits under string lights and a clear night sky as their reception was readied. Glowing centerpieces, luxurious linens, vibrant purple chargers and a lush elevated runner that sat atop the grand estate table set a night-like tone for the evening’s celebration. Guests enjoyed a choice of three dinner stations— Bourbon Street, Tavern on the Green and Peachtree Street. Each featured culinary staples from Leslie’s hometown of New Orleans, Greg’s upbringing in New York, and Atlanta, where the couple met and began their relationship. A tiered blue cake donning a gold sugar flower by Cakes by LaMeeka was served as dessert alongside Greg’s Superman groom’s cake, with a “K” replacing the traditional “S.” The couple enjoyed a riveting evening of entertainment and dancing before exiting under a shower of purple petals. THECELEBRATIONSOCIETY.COM


STATIONERY Lisa Zachery of Papered Wonders

MENSWEAR Bespoke Purple Suit by Antar Levar

“We chose the Foundry at Puritan Mill in Atlanta, GA because it had the old charm element that I was looking for that represented my hometown of New Orleans. The exposed brick and beams just reminded me of the French Quarter and the overall goal was to bring New Orleans to Atlanta!” BRIDAL ATTIRE Matthew Christopher Sophia Wedding Gown and Cathedral Lace Trimmed Veil from Bridals by Lori

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The Place THE FOUNDRY AT PURITAN MILL

FLORAL Akeem Clayton Designs

“We chose the Foundry at Puritan Mill because it had the old charm element that I was looking for that represented my hometown of New Orleans. The exposed brick and beams just reminded me of the French Quarter and the overall goal was to bring New Orleans to Atlanta!” –Leslie

The Planner

ELLYB EVENTS

With ten years of event production under her belt, Eliana Baucicault creates unforgettable celebrations while bringing a fresh perspective to the industry. Eliana takes the visions of her clients and magnificently amplifies them into extraordinarily unique experiences.

DESSERT Cakes by LaMeeka

The Photographer MIL ANES PHOTOGRAPHY Cat Milanes provides a modern approach to wedding photography, aiming to provide you with timeless, crisp and vibrant images.

CATERING Zest Atlanta VIDEOGRAPHY Reese Davis RENTALS Event Rentals Unlimited BRIDESMAID ATTIRE Amsale Chiffon One Shoulder Dress HAIR Desjane Venable MAKEUP Mimi Johnson of The Glamatory NAILS Candace Hawk of Candy Coated Nails

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MICHELLE &BEN October 22, 2016 Sarasota, FL

Sarasota seemed to be the perfect destination wedding location for Illinois natives Michelle and Ben. Instead of chilly Midwest weather and rustic autumn colors, the couple enjoyed warm sunshine and a softer palette. In a hand-designed gown by Mira Couture, Michelle made her way down the petal-covered aisle of the Ritz Carlton Beach Club, where her soon-tobe husband stood in front of a beautiful beach scene. She took her place by his side, next to bridesmaids in white and groomsmen in charcoal tuxes. The couple exchanged vows and turned to exit as husband and wife—family and friends showering them with white petals as they passed. After cocktails on the mezzanine, an ethereal outdoor reception awaited them under a frame of white drapery. Gold chandeliers hung elegantly above pale blue luxury linens, gold dinnerware and white flowers in delicate glass vases. The Red Hot Band set a romantic mood during dinner, served by the Ritz Carlton. Later that evening, guests were treated to a spectacular firework display by Zambelli Fireworks, with coordinated music by Mark Joseph Creative. A four-piece bongo band led the celebration into the ballroom, where one last surprise awaited the newlyweds and their guests—a stilt walker that kept the energy going, making for a memorable end to the night.

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GOWN Mira Couture

ROLLS ROYCE Alpha Limousine

“Splurge on a wedding planner/ entertainment coordinator! NK Productions and Innovative Entertainment helped make sure everyone was where they needed to be and that the details we discussed were executed.� FLORAL So Staged Event Design and Rentals

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The Place RITZ-CARLTON SARASOTA “We chose the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota because we fell in love with the events team and the backdrop. The venue also allowed us to move guests around throughout the night by utilizing four various event spaces. The staff was very accommodating and made sure that no detail went unnoticed.” –Michelle

RENTALS A Chair Affair, So Staged, US Tent

The Planner NK PRODUCTIONS

Using fun, classic and elegant ideas, paired with comprehensive industry knowledge, Nicole tailors her professional expertise to clients’ wants and needs to deliver unique and custom weddings.

The Photographer HUNTER RYAN PHOTO

Cody Hunter and Tiffany Ryan—best friends, husband and wife, and award-winning destination weddings photographers who specialize in photographing luxury destination weddings for the kind-hearted and classic bride. CEREMONY VENUE Ritz-Carlton Beach Club STATIONERY Accessory to the Party CATERING & DESSERT Ritz-Carlton Sarasota CAKE MAPPING Mark Joseph Creative ENTERTAINMENT Classern Quartet, The Red Hot Band, Innovative Entertainment, Mark Joseph Creative LIGHTING Lightworks Productions VIDEOGRAPHY Current Films HAIR & MAKEUP Fresh Salon

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NICOLE &MICHAEL March 4, 2017 Orlando, FL

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The Cypress Grove Estate House seemed to be the perfect fit for Nicole and Michael’s simply elegant celebration. The day began with the women getting ready inside the plantation-style house, while the men enjoyed a round of drinks. Bridesmaids wore neutral dresses and carried bouquets of white roses and seeded eucalyptus. Nicole’s bouquet of white and crimson was a dramatic complement to her delicate fitted lace gown—a house-made design from The Collection Bridal. The couple shared a romantic first look before saying their “I do’s” in a dreamy ceremony on the property’s lakefront as Michael’s uncle officiated. Guests enjoyed games during cocktail hour before entering an elegant outdoor reception. Rose gold chargers and succulents encased in geometric shapes adorned a combination of wooden farm tables and draped round tables. White and crimson floral arrangements stood at the center of each table, adding a touch of color to the neutral scene. Nicole and Michael took their place at a sweetheart table under a canopy of ivory drapery. After a delicious dinner by Big City Catering, guests were treated to a slice of amaretto cake by Party Flavors Custom Cakes. In addition, the dessert table was filled with various treats and a chocolate raspberry groom’s cake with a Florida State football logo on top. The newlyweds shared a first dance under glowing string lights and a night sky. The evening’s festivities wrapped up with a confetti-filled exit.

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STATIONERY Minted

BRIDESMAID ATTIRE Show Me Your MuMu

FLORAL Flowers by Leslie

“Lesley from Flowers by Leslie did such an amazing job making sure my vision came together perfectly. I wanted deep red flowers with some white and succulents and a lot of greenery. Lesley helped us learn about what flowers go well together and help us create an amazing vision for the wedding!”

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The Place CYPRESS GROVE ESTATE HOUSE “We loved that our location was outdoors and on a lake. A bonus was the beautiful plantation style house!” –Nicole

The Planner RW EVENTS

Tamuel Cowart is the creative mastermind and driving force behind the RW Events brand & its subsidiaries (Luxmore Grande Estate, Cypress Grove Estate House + RW Style). She prides herself in running a successful family owned business with a dedicated team of passionate professionals.

The Photographer AIS PORTRAITS

Aislinn is a Huntsville, Alabama-based timeless and dreamy destination wedding photographer for couples who are excited about love.

CATERING Big City Catering CAKE/DESSERT Party Flavors Custom Cakes, Big City Catering ENTERTAINMENT Joe Farren RENTALS RW Style, Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals PHOTO BOOTH Oh Snap! Orlando GOWN The Collection Bridal MENSWEAR Men’s Wearhouse MAKEUP Jasmine Doublette of Brides Be Beautiful

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The Honeymoon

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HONEYMOON PLANNING

Save yourself time, money and frustration by booking your honeymoon through a professional travel consultant. Travel agencies have connections to airlines, cruise lines and resorts and can offer money-saving packages that include everything—even food and drinks. They’ll also help you with last minute adjustments, time changes, flight cancellations and more.

The most stress-free way to book your honeymoon is through a professional travel consultant, but you’ll still need to plan accordingly. Here’s what you’ll need to know before you make your getaway.

10–12 MONTHS BEFORE:

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2 WEEKS BEFORE:

Set your trip budget, talk about your travel desires, discuss destinations that you’ve always wanted to see and determine the length of your trip. Do some research, talk to friends, post questions online. Visit a travel professional to get brochures and information.

Make reservations for any special dinners, spa treatments, or tours you don’t want to miss. Space can be limited so book early.

Make two copies of your passports, credit cards, and your insurance cards. Give one to a friend or relative and place an extra set in your luggage in case your originals are lost or stolen on the trip. Book and/or confirm transportation needs to and from the airport. Verify cellular charges at your destination.

8–10 MONTHS BEFORE: If possible, work with a travel agent. Let a professional take care of the arrangements and reservations. An agent specializing in honeymoon travel can be extremely adept at getting you special amenities and upgrades.

1 MONTH BEFORE: Make your packing list and gather any missing items. Reconfirm reservations and review your travel documents for any missing items. Make arrangements for any items that need special care while you are gone, such as your home, pets and plants.

6–8 MONTHS BEFORE: Obtain travel documents, such as passports and visas. Make sure the name on your travel documents matches that of your identification. Research any special activities or tours you’re interested in and take any required certification classes if necessary.

4–6 MONTHS BEFORE: Begin to collect items for your trip. Compile a list of items to pack, especially if you’ll need any items that are more available seasonally, like swim suits and sunscreen. Check out onlocation excursion and activity fees. Research any travel-related equipment you would like to purchase, such as a digital camera or new luggage.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . .

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Do you specialize in honeymoon planning? Are there extra fees involved in booking with you? Should we get trip insurance? How much is it and what does it cover? Based on when we want to travel, what areas will have the best weather?

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1 WEEK BEFORE: Fill out forms to have your mail held and stop your newspapers. Make arrangements for your bridal registry to hold any shipments until you return and confirm transport of gifts from your reception if you’re leaving right after the wedding. Refill any prescriptions you’ll need on your trip and carry them in their original containers for customs and security clearance.

3 DAYS BEFORE: Pack extreme essentials in your carry-on bag, like medicines, glasses, contacts, etc. Pack the rest in your luggage. Consider putting half your items in his suitcase and vice versa, just in case one gets lost. Give the house-sitter any necessary keys or security codes. Check the weather forecast for your departure date and your destination.

1 DAY BEFORE: Reconfirm your flights. Confirm your luggage has your identification on the inside and outside. Get plenty of sleep.

What does the package include? Are transfers and resort fees included? Which destinations offer honeymoon upgrades? What activities or excursions are included in the package? Is it safe to leave the resort at our destination?

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Looking Back

SHERRY

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Inspired by her two grandmothers, Sherry, owner of Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio, carries on a family tradition by creating gorgeous floral designs for weddings and special events. After 25 years of being happily married to her best friend, Sherry and her husband offer insight on the key to a successful relationship.

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1993 ABOUT OUR WEDDING Craig and I were married February 13, 1993 in a historic chapel in Clarkesville, Georgia. We opted for a planned elopement to alleviate issues with both sides of our families. Our wedding party consisted of a Maid of Honor and Best Man. We had all the beauty of a traditional wedding only without guests. Barbara Brown Taylor was the rector of Grace Calvary Episcopal church at the time, and she said, “the church wasn’t empty as the pews were full of angels.” Our reception was an intimate dinner for six (partners of wedding party joined us) in a parlor complete with a roaring fireplace at the charming Stovall House in Sautee, Georgia. We stayed the weekend in the mountains at The Lumsden Homeplace and chose a delayed honeymoon to Caneel Bay on St. John of the USVI. BEST WEDDING PL ANNING ADVICE When planning your wedding, I highly recommend hiring seasoned professionals for all areas of the event. In doing this, you have insured for yourself a flawless, stress free process and on the day of your wedding you can relax in knowing everything will go smoothly. Having an independent, experienced planner is my number one piece of advice. WORDS OF WISDOM FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE We remain happily married after 25 years with two grown kids and are still madly in love with each other. Whether it’s how to raise the children, finances, or even politics, we always keep the lines of communication wide open. Marrying your best friend is another huge key to a successful marriage. We were great friends before we ever had our first date. 152

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