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Marry All Your Friends

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Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

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Nothing But Flowers

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Dress You Up

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Pretty Parties

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But the fact remains the marriage is something many of us have always looked forward to – the tilted heads in photographed glory, the glossiness of it being your day and your day alone, the legal imperatives provided by legitimate coupling – only to be surprised in our suspensions by the speed bumps that brought us out of the shadows and into here. Fortunately, at least for now, we’ve obtained the ability to achieve all of the above and then some after the federal ruling on same-sex marriage in June 2015. And what a sweet release that was. There were parties, weddings at public offices, giant cakes and all the rice thrown in the air that you can imagine. We won. But the political pathos and its present settling haven’t made the planning portion of weddings any easier, not for one of us. It’s almost like we grew up speaking a different language than our parents and the heterosexual community. We wished and washed against the notion of heteronormative behaviors for so long that the words “I do” seemed a long way off, and somewhat worthy of a scowl. Look at us now, though! There may not be exact numbers released as of yet, but the percentage of marriages being performed for same-sex couples has, naturally, increased

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nyone who has gone through a wedding (or five) will tell you that there a million details to be hammered out. The general questions are all there: where,

when, who, why, what the hell am I doing? Fortunately, as officiant, you don’t have to dig into the Bridezilla hope chest for tears and tiaras. That’s the couple’s – or their planner’s – job. What you do need to know is what the couple wants when it stands before friends and family, who the couple really is. Be generous with your emotions, maintain a respectful pace (God knows they could use some calmness after all this planning), meet in advance and form a relationship. For me, that meant knowing the man who married Tony and me. It just doesn’t feel right when a stranger reads a script and tells you what the rest of your life should be. Find some intimacy. Make it a shared experience.

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here are things you won’t expect from your wedding experience, even as an officiant. There could be awkward family squabbles, a dabble of booze, a

timing constraint, screaming babies. It’s better that you have some knowledge of the experience you’ve been hired to exact.

But just recently, two of my friends got engaged and

If you’re honoring a marriage at noon, you should likely

insisted that I seal their deal in public. It’s a daunting

have a walkthrough that morning, early times. The couple

thought, really. Me, an atheist with absolutely no interest in

certainly hasn’t slept, even if you’ve spent the better part of

holding hands on Bibles; they, a genuinely loving couple who

your night in sweet slumber. In my opinion, it’s better to do

feel the same about the holy water and swishing flasks of

it on that day because it breaks the nerves. Others will tell

Sixteen Candles. I just wanted to be able to stand in front of the

you that there should be a rehearsal followed by a rehearsal

crowd and the world and validate their love legally. Is that too

dinner, but that depends on how much money you’re

much to ask?

throwing at the affair. An officiant, however, should probably

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keep his cool on the wine and booze. This is a solemn act, one

In the past few years, the numbers have grown as to those

many LGBTQ couples have been seeking for decades. You’re

who seek to send their friends into marriage. The first I

the principal of this school. Keep a tight jaw.

remember is Sinead O’Connor, but I’m clearly grabbing at the obvious. Lady Gaga, Conan O’Brien and Tori Spelling could marry you if you know their digits. Local Orlando hero Michael Wanzie is likewise ordained. You don’t have to sell your soul to marry your soul mate. You can just be your own, loving self who wants other loving selves to be happy. And you should.

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here are differences between state regarding the issuance of marriage licenses and the cost therein. In Florida, marriage licenses cost $93.50; couples

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superhero. They still have to go to the local clerk of courts

According to the wedding experts at The Knot,

and apply for their license, after which, in Florida, they

you may have to weed your way through

have 60 days to make it a reality. Oh, and they’ll need to be

nondenominational, interfaith and religious organizations

at least 18.

to find your perfect starting point. Suggestions for those without crosses and genuflection, American Fellowship Church, Universal Life Church, Universal Ministries and Rose Ministries are among the magazine’s top choices, though, as they note, you need to check the standing of each organization with the Secretary of State just to be sure. Each organization will have its own hoops through which you’ll have to jump, but it should be painless. The American Fellowship Church reportedly doesn’t have any waiting time (except for snail mail). Just keep all your paperwork in line and you’ll be fine, you know, like a prayer. WATERMARK’S WEDDING GUIDE 2017

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forms, so you can and should present your documentation to the clerk at an advised three weeks before the ceremony. Just make sure that the couple has its license well in advance and make sure that you have a pen to sign it. There you have it. Now go marry everybody you know!

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dessert. “It’s a swing I notice every year,” says

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Hopke. In terms of theming, Hopke’s fondant

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metallics. “My same-sex weddings have been

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copper as an accent,” she says. There are so many options for your baked pleasantries, ranging from simple to over-the-top, pretty to huge. Looking for a little rock to go with your rolls? Oh, and some family love in the flour? Tampa’s Alessi Bakery has had this beat down since 1912. Head baker Melissa Maggiore has even baked for the hair of Bon Jovi. You’re half way there! Jillycakes, a Food Network champion baker in Winter Park that favors fondant and fun flavors like “pancake breakfast” and cookie butter could bring some pizazz to your nuptials. Think outside of the normal frosting. Look to the comfort foods and the sweetness that follows. But if you’re going to be a who’s who with a what’s what in Central Florida, you know the number; it’s probably on your cell phone. John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering Michael Thomas, a custom caterer who’s served just about every venue in Central Florida since 1995, pulled off every event, knows all the trends that will make your wedding

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St. Pete’s Cakes by Carolynn says it has the best cakes. You can’t go wrong here.

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the farm-to-table option proffered at Spotlight Catering & Bar Services. For more than 37 years, this full-service caterer from Lakeland to Venice. Your wedding should feel organic, right? This is the farm, these are your wedding guests, open the roof and see all your friends. If you’re gazing toward the artisan route, you might look out of the corner of your eye to Orlando’s East End Market,

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Another consideration, naturally, is the presentation, the guffaws of your friends. For that, Chantilly Cakes in Tampa Bay promises to deliver mountains of cupcakes and layers and layers of lovely traditional wedding cake. The store’s specialty is buttercream, hear told, so smooth it looks like fondant. Smooth one! Looking for a little rock to go with your rolls? Oh, and some family love in the flour? Tampa Bay’s Alessi Bakery has had this beat down since 1912. Head baker Melissa Maggiore has even baked for the hair of Bon Jovi. You’re half way there! Growing out of its humble beginnings and into a catering behemoth to be reckoned with, Little Lamb Catering and Events) takes off its Hammered Lamb moniker and runs for the sterno for some of the best event catering you’ve seen. Owner Jason Lambert is a well-known force in this Orlando, and his food choices should please just about everyone at your wedding. And if you’re looking for superlatives on your special day, a shopkeeper at Cakes by Carolynn in St. Petersburg tells us that their cakes are the best in the region, which makes us hungry and lovey-eyed. The store is more than happy to provide the just desserts for same-sex couples, even excited to. “Our cakes taste better than any of the cakes in the surrounding counties,” she says. “Our icing may use less sugar, but we’ve always been happy to serve same-sex couples on their wedding days.” Orlando favorite Se7en Bitesis all about pleasing its customers, no discrimination allowed. They offer “rustic” cakes, says a staff member, and are more than happy to make your special day even sweeter than you imagined. Their reimagined take on baking has become the talk of the town.

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His shop, located in Ivanhoe Village, is a

and palms, perhaps? – James’s creativity and

must-stop for couples tying the knot. If it’s

enthusiasm for his clients’ vision is infectious.

ultra-traditional you seek (red roses are sexy and

James specializes in showpieces, too, so consider

romantic, after all), or something a little more

an entryway piece to make a statement right away,

experimental – veritable bushels of orchids, callas

like a bamboo and orchid tower he recently created

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for the JW Marriott Orlando. Flowers aren’t your thing? James is also adept at designs featuring subtler décor,

approach. What’s that you say? You want a traditional bunch of

like nautical-themed succulent arrangements, ferns and

flora for your special day in Kissimmee? Forty years of

greenery or topiary.

experience – enough said. This husband-and-wife team

But there isn’t only one Lee with which to trust your bouquets! Lee Forrest Design is all about coloring outside

at Kissimmee Florist have south-central Florida’s flower game aced. And if you’re just a little further to the west, watching

the lines – or inside, should you choose.

the sunset instead of the sunrise, you ought to check

“Our look is very clean and modern with lots of inspiration from traditional sources,” the business

out The Flower Centre of St. Petersburg. And there will

says on its website. “Whether we design in an opulent

be no hassle from staff as to your LGBTQ needs. “We’re

European style with garden flowers and fruit or in a

gay owned and gay friendly and we’ve been 35 years in

dramatic Asian style with tropicals and exotics, our work

business,” ownership tells us. Don’t think you’ll have

is always anything but run-of-the-mill.”

a problem getting the best wedding flowers from The Flower Centre. We love them.”

So, fancy, then!

If you want the whole kit and caboodle taken care of

At Pixies and Petals, go gaga for Jennie Maretti’s glam-girl taste, which has amped up more than 150

with flowers on top, try Tied the Knot Beach Weddings,

events in Florida and New York. “We’re in love with love,”

which specializes in, well, beach weddings, especially

its website states. And with a rolodex of testimonials on

LGBTQ beach weddings. “Imagine the turquoise water

its website, you’d be a foolish bride – or husband – not to

lapping on the shore, a magnificent sunset on the

check the place out.

horizon, tropical flowers everywhere, and the two of you

If you’re in the Tampa Bay region, you might want to give a gander to Apple Blossoms, a floral company

in the center of it all. What a great way to say ‘I DO,’” the website reads. Imagine that.

that certainly enjoys its LGBTQ clientele. This Tampa

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Wiley, in a traditional off-shoulder ball gown and

If you’re looking for high-end bridal boutique in

Morelli in an anything-but-traditional white crepe

Winter Park Village, which carries all the hottest trends

jumpsuit with rhinestone collared chiffon cape, both

like bridal separates, pantsuits and even rompers –

by Project Runway alum and designer-to-the-stars,

meaning, be who you are, girl, check out Calvet Couture

Christian Siriano. Stunning. If there’s anything

Bridal.

same-sex couples can buck tradition on and come out

Blue, brown, grey, plaid – Absolutely Fitting in Winter

wedding winners, it’s style. Guys can opt for matching

Park will have every guy in your wedding party trying on

Tweet’s Bridal and Tux will make your photos shine.

or complimentary tuxedos, women can mix and

suits all at once. Signed, sealed, even delivered. From

match the masculine-feminine trend to their heart’s

shabby to extremely chic, they’ll make a cleaned-up man

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contentment. Some of the best spots for renting or

out of you yet!

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PURPLE REIGN: Bib ‘N Tux pops some color.

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buying wedding wear are combined bridal and tuxedo

Bib ‘N Tux in Tampa isn’t playing it the easy way.

boutiques, including Calvet Couture Bridal in Winter

Beyond excellent prices on tux rentals, this Fowler Avenue

Park and Tweet’s Bridal and Tux in Tampa. If nothing

shop has just about every colored cummerbund combo

else, these spots are efficient one-stop shops. But there’s

you can think of. You want splashes of color – even with

so much else. Outfit all your bride’s men and groom’s

shades of camo – you’re covered here.

maids there, too, and it’s almost certain you’ll score some serious discounts.

Tweet’s Bridal & Tux serves up tuxes that are a perfect fit for any body, plus a vast selection of vibrant, sparkly

Here are a few places to start getting hooked up for your hooking up! By no means is this a complete list, but here

formalwear, in case white just isn’t in your color palette. It’s your wedding day. Light it up the way you want to!

are some hot tips for wedding trendiness we know about.

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TOP OF THE WORLD: The Abbey in downtown Orlando puts on the glitz for your reception.

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restaurant. If you’re partying at the Epicurean,

atrium and surrealist gardens at the Dali

we suggest leaving a sweet surprise for your

Museum, and guests will get the message –

guests from the bakery at check-in to start the

you’re one-of-a kind. At the Epicurean Hotel in

wedding weekend right.

Tampa, food enthusiasts will be charmed

Bonnie Kelly, sales manager at the Epicurean,

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“I would love to make your special day memorable with classical guitar music.”

Frederic P. Hodes Classical Guitarist

To Listen to the classical guitar music go to www.fredericphodes.com or use the QR code

407-295-3286

Have a classical guitarist at your wedding or event.

Other than your amazing love, THIS is what they’ll be talking about the most...

…a cake as unique as the two of you and as sweet as your happily ever after.

Visit us at our updated address:

617 N Primrose Dr. Orlando 32803 Or Call 407-203-0727

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LUSH LIFE: The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne offers a gorgeous backdrop for your wedding bliss.

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gay bashes. “The location of the hotel is a main draw. Located in the heart of the popular SoHo district, it’s an easy walk to local, hot restaurants, shops, bars and more, for a weekend of wedding fun.” The Epicurean is a food-themed hotel, so certainly when it comes to catering, your wish is their command. When the same-sex marriage SCOTUS decision was announced, the hotel hosted a mass wedding for gay couples in the Tampa Bay area, and continues to be an advocate for the community. “Just as we do with any of our

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LOVE OUTSIDE: Sunken Gardens in St. Pete brings Flora and Fauna.

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CLASSIC ROMANCE: Thornton Park’s The Veranda brings it home.

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couples, we would do everything we could to accommodate and special requests,” says Kelly, referring to a question about unisex bathrooms for transgender wedding guests. The Epicurean is a destination hotel, and many couples can make a weekend out of their nuptial stay: brunch at onsite restaurant Elevage, cocktails at the rooftop lounge, dinner at Bern’s Steakhouse across the street. “We do have a lovely ballroom, but it seems the most popular wedding venue is the second-floor Garden Terrace,” says Kelly. So you say you’re looking for something a little off the beaten path? Check out Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg, where hundreds of flowering plants minimize your floral budget. Say “I do” on the historic lawns or in the Oak Pavilion and then party the night away Thornton Park in downtown Orlando has many charms, most of which highlight the brick-paved nature of the historic houses surrounding The Veranda. With an open

dinner theater venue with a stage and multi-level floors

space surrounded by a gorgeous building, the Veranda is

for dancing and dining the night away. Your wedding and

the perfect place to tie the knot and then get a little feisty

reception have all been balled up into one safe space. You’ll

with your friends thereafter. It is an all-outdoor venue in

like that in the end.

the heart of historic Thornton Park bungalows, trimmed in Key West colors.

One of our favorite traditional wedding spots, Courtyard at Lake Lucerne in Orlando, provides an excellent opportunity

Have you heard of The Abbey? It’s at the foot of the

to let your love resonate throughout the city. Vow to love each

Sanctuary condominiums in downtown Orlando. It’s also

other forever under the twinkle lights in the courtyard of

one of the easiest places to rub shoulders with Orlando’s

this historic bed and breakfast near Lake Lucerne. Marrying

brassiest and best. Party like a rock star at this music and

couples also get an included night at the inn

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John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering

Celebration Gardens

407-894-6671

orlandocelebrationgardens.com

johnmichaelevents.com

Se7ven Bites

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pretty penny, but keeping your

Yep. A photographer? Smile! Kiss!

vow to the business community

Though not a complete guide,

that supports your romantic

here are a few good businesses

entanglement will make reading

that you should consider for your

your vows that much more

perfect wedding.

se7enbites.com

Stillwaters Tavern

DoubleTree by Hilton SeaWorld

TooJay’s 407-205 – 4612 toojays.com

Pillar’s Martini Bar 407-369-8900 pilarsmartini.com

Plantation on Crystal River 352-795-1605 plantationoncrystalriver.com/ weddings

CEREMONY & RECEPTION LOCATIONS 310 Restaurants

727-895-5515 bellabrava.com

727-373-4444

407-930-1700 dovecoteorlando.com/groups-events

Hammered Lamb 407-613-2519 littlelambcatering.com

House of Blues 407-934-2009 houseofblues.com/orlando/events

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Lake Fairview Marina 407-295-0117 lakefairviewmarina.com

Lowry Park Zoo 813-935-8552 ext.255 lowryparkzoo.org/weddings

Marriott St. Petersburg Clearwater 727-456-1348

Art & History Museums-Maitland

marriott.com/TPASB

407-539-2181

Mission Inn resort and Club

At Journey’s End Bed and Breakfast

Dove Cote Brasserie

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Hyatt Regency Clearwater Resort & Spa

407-730-6249

rentals@artandhistory.org

Bella Brava

407-934-2009

310restaurant.com

813-898-8000

310restaurant.com

House of Blues

clearwaterbeach.regency.hyatt.com

Alison@alofttampadowntown.com

407-730-6249

941-366-9017 ext.364

houseofblues.com/orlando/events

Aloft Tampa Downtown

310 Restaurants

Florida Studio Theatre floridastudiotheatre.org

THE VENDORS LISTED ARE “W.E.D. (WATERMARK EQUALITY DIRECTORY) APPROVED.” WATERMARK IS DEDICATED MAKING YOUR SPECIAL DAY THE BEST IT CAN BE. IF YOU HAVE AN EXPERIENCE WITH THESE VENDORS THAT MAKES YOU FEEL LESS THAN COMFORTABLE, PLEASE CONTACT EDITOR@WATERMARKONLINE.COM.

CATERING / CAKES

407-625-1100 doubletreeorlandoseaworld.com

memorable. Need a cake? We’ve got you covered. Some flowers?

407-425-4455 doubletreeorlandodowntown.com

727-350-1019

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endeavors, and often cost a

DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown

407-203-0727

stillwaterstavern.com

o you’re about to get married, right? Oh, you thought it was all about the proposal! Well, if you want to do it up in style but aren’t sure where to start, here’s a list of businesses we know that will make your special day shine. Weddings can be complex

407-896-0314

352-324-3916 missioninnresort.com/weddings

Orlando Eye

904-829-0076

866-228-6444

atjourneysend.com

officialorlandoeye.com

Bay Harbor Hotel

Orlando Science Center

813-574-3880

407-514-2290

bayharbortampa.com

HTillem@osc.org

Bella Brava

Orlando Museum of Art

727-895-5515

407-896-4231

bellabrava.com

omart.org

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Paradise Cove

Lindsey Leigh Music

407-239-6939

47-271-3140

paradisecoveorlando.com

facebook.com/lindseyleighmusic

Pillar’s Martini Bar

Strings Etc.

407-369-8900

407-257-0610

pilarsmartini.com

Plantation on Crystal River 352-795-1605

GIFTS REGISTRY / INVITATIONS, ACCESSORIES & FAVORS 407-207-1264

EVENT PLANNER

winterparktenthousandvillages.com

weddings

386-402-4060

407-513-7207

Beautiful Bridal Ceremonies

orlandoairportrenaissance.com

407-282-7892

727-360-1881 doncesar.com

407-644-8404

OFFICIANTS Beautiful Bridal Ceremonies

HONEYMOON & TRAVEL

floridaknot.com

Renaissance Orlando Hotel

The Don CeSar

papergoatpost.com

Ten Thousand Villages

A Lovely Engagement

407-996-9939 rosenshinglecreek.com

Paper Goat Post

stringsetc.net

plantationoncrystalriver.com/

Rosen Shingle Creek

Aloft Tampa Downtown 813-898-8000

407-282-7892 beautifulbridalceremonies.com

Celtic Rainbow Weddings 321-666-5244

Alison@alofttampadowntown.com

celticrainbowweddings.com

beautifulbridalceremonies.com

Rosen Shingle Creek 407-996-9939 rosenshinglecreek.com

At Journey’s End Bed and Breakfast

Over the Rainbow Weddings 407-797-4145

904-829-0076 atjourneysend.com

overtherainbowweddings.com

Sunken Gardens 727-551-3106

Sparkleigh Productions

sunkengardens.org

407-505-5772

407-331-7520 stmarkspc.org

Stillwaters Tavern 727-350-1019 stillwaterstavern.com

The Capen House at the Polasek 407-636-9317 capenhouse.com

The Don CeSar 727-360-1881 doncesar.com

ENTERTAINMENT & MUSIC Carla DelVillaggio, Simply Streisand

813-8395564 ceremoniesbynan.com

DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown

Orlando Area Officiant

407-425-4455

407-341-5430

doubletreeorlandodowntown.com

orlandoareaofficiant.com

Cloud9 Wedding Flowers

DoubleTree by Hilton SeaWorld

PHOTOGRAPHY

319-504-5066

407-625-1100

cloud9weddingflowers.com

doubletreeorlandoseaworld.com

Jenna Michele Photography, Weddings & Portraits

EO Inn

jennamichelephoto.com

sparkleighproductions.com

St. Marks Presbyterian Church

Ceremonies by Nan – Tampa Bay Wedding Officiant

FLORAL & DÉCOR

407-257-5813

Flourish Floral Productions

407-481-8485

407-644-7474 flourishproductions.com

Jennie’s Flowers 813-471-1111 jennies.com

eoinn.com

Snap Out Loud Photography

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Resort & Spa

snapoutloud.com

727-373-4444

UNIQUE SERVICES

clearwaterbeach.regency.hyatt.com

Kissimmee Florist kissflowers.com

727-456-1348

Lee Forrest Design leeforrestdesign.com

marriott.com/TPASB

HPL Wealth Advisors Group

Mission Inn resort and Club

hplwealth.com

352-324-3916 missioninnresort.com/weddings

Mac Wren, Financial Advisor macwren@edwardjones.com

407-432-0015

Lee James Floral

carlaissimplystreisand.net

407-897-5300

Plantation on Crystal River

leejamesfloral.com

352-795-1605 plantationoncrystalriver.com/weddings

407-295-3286

727-823-3432

fredericphodes.com

theflowercentre.com

407-425-6005 fairvillamegastore.com

407-605-5912

407-770-0440

The Flower Centre

Fairvilla Megastore

Marriott St. Petersburg Clearwater

407-846-4113

Frederic P. Hodes, Classical Guitarist

407-963-4580

407-426-2820

Tyrone Frame and Mirror

Renaissance Orlando Hotel 407-513-7207 Orlandoairportrenaissance.com

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727-344-1000 tyroneframe.com


PREFERRED FOOD AND BAR CATERER FOR THE VERANDA AT THORNTON PARK

CONTACT OUR CATERING DEPARTMENT AT 407-613-2519

www.littlelambcatering.com

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Watermark's Wedding Guide 2017  

Watermark's third annual wedding guide is here and it is time to celebrate your LGBT love!

Watermark's Wedding Guide 2017  

Watermark's third annual wedding guide is here and it is time to celebrate your LGBT love!

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