Premier Wedding Expo Bridal Show – This Sunday!

Premier Wedding Expo Bridal Show Jacksonville FL Show PosterLooking for a great way to meet lots of wedding professionals in one place? Stop by the Premier Wedding Expo this Sunday! We have been proud to help produce these great events for many years, and they keep getting better.

  • Over 100 exhibitors
  • Great discounts and prizes will be available for brides planning their weddings
  • Each bride gets a bridal bag when entering the show

The event runs from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the UNF University Center (12000 Alumni Drive). Tickets are $10 at the door, but if  you purchase the online in advance they are only $7! Be sure to visit the show’s website, www.PremierWeddingExpo.com, to learn more.

Flagler College Weddings | St. Augustine, Florida

A fairy tale setting, right here in North Florida. Actually, four fairy tale settings. I’m pleased to announce that First Coast Weddings and Events has been approved to coordinate and plan weddings at Flagler College in St. Augustine.

As a Flagler alum, I’m super excited because this magical place was literally my home. And I can’t wait to share it with brides and grooms.

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Flagler College has opened four of their facilities to the public for use during the summer months, when school is not in session. The venues include:

  • The Ponce de Leon Ballroom, which is part of the original Ponce de Leon Hotel built by Henry Flagler in 1888. The Ponce celebrates it’s 125th anniversary this year! The ballroom is surrounded by original Tiffany stained glass windows, ornate wood carvings, and murals by George W. Maynard.
  • The Solarium, also in the Ponce, was just added to the venue list this month. This amazing space on the top floor of the building overlooks the St. Augustine skyline. The Solarium was just renovated after sitting vacant since 1971. (Read about the renovations here)
  • Markland House has the feel of a Southern estate. In fact, it was originally built in an orange grove! The large trees and historic furnishings add to the ambiance.
  • The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum features tiled floors, wood beam cathedral ceilings and an outdoor garden. This space can be a blank slate during July and August, since there are not exhibits on display during these months.

Since three of these four venues are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Ponce is a National Historic Landmark, there are lots of regulations in place to protect the facilities. All the rental costs, guidelines and more photos are on the Flagler College website. Or, you can contact us for additional information about how we can help you plan your wedding at these amazing new (old) venues.

The photo above is from the Flagler College website and was taken by our friends (and fellow Flagler alums!) at Life and Love Studio.

Bridesmaid Robes As Pretty As Your Girls Are

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I had the most delightful package arrive this week – our friends at Plum Pretty Sugar sent a sample of their beautiful new robes!

They have all sorts of gorgeous options that would be great gifts for your bridesmaids. Most popular are the knee-length kimono style robes, and there are lots of great prints to chose from.

But don’t stop there! They also have tank/lounge pant/robe sets, cover ups, and all sorts of other loveliness in their shop.

Stop by their Flickr page for a glimpse at real live brides and bridesmaids showing off their Plum Pretty Sugar attire.

A Great Father-Daughter Dance Song: “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman

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Are you looking for a unique father-daughter dance song? I heard Steven Curtis Chapman’s song, “Cinderella” on the radio the other day and absolutely loved the idea of using it for this special moment between a bride and her dad.

You can check out the video here, and here are the lyrics:

She spins and she sways
To whatever song plays
Without a care in the world
And I’m sitting here wearing
The weight of the world on my shoulders

It’s been a long day
And there’s still work to do
She’s pulling at me
Saying “Dad, I need you

There’s a ball at the castle
And I’ve been invited
And I need to practice my dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?”

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone…

She says he’s a nice guy and I’d be impressed
She wants to know if I approve of the dress
She says, “Dad, the prom is just one week away
And I need to practice my dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?”

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone

She will be gone

Well, she came home today with a ring on her hand
Just glowing and telling us all they had planned
She says, “Dad, the wedding’s still six months away
But I need to practice my dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?”

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone

Jenna and Andy (06.08.13) – Nocatee Wedding, Ponte Vedra

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How adorable are these two? The smiles on their faces says it all – yep, we’re in love! We had a great time coordinating Jenna and Andy’s wedding in June.

Jenna and Andy also got to see a sneak preview two weeks before their own wedding, when one of Jenna’s bridesmaids got married at the same ceremony venue! The girls shared many of the same vendors, so Jenna and Andy knew she didn’t have a thing to worry about on the wedding day.

And speaking of vendors, we got to see one of the coolest things ever at a wedding reception. Visual Power Cinema actually edited footage from throughout the day, and showed the highlights AT THE RECEPTION. You heard me right! Not more than three hours after the ceremony, we were watching the video. Amazing!!

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It happened to be the father of the bride’s birthday, so we brought out this adorable cake while everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to him!

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From the stunning decor to the delicious food to the sparkler send-off, it was certainly a night to remember!

Ceremony Venue: Ponte Vedra Concert Hall  //  Reception Venue: Nocatee Crosswater Hall  //  Caterer: Catering By Liz  //  Photographer: Fox Fotography  //  Videographer: Visual Power Cinema  //  Florist: Rachael Kasie Designs  // Chairs: A Chair Affair  //  Cake: Classic Cakes  //  DJ: Skip Kelly Productions  //  Photobooth: Photobooth To Go   //  Beauty: Paulina Perez