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We Won! 2013 Wedding Industry Expert Awards

winnerThe results are in for the 2013 Wedding Industry Expert Awards. We’re honored to be selected among the top wedding planners in the country again this year!

Winner: Best Wedding Planner – Jacksonville
Winner: Top 5 Best Wedding Planner – Jacksonville
Winner: Top 10 Best Wedding Planner – Jacksonville
Finalist: Best Wedding Planner – Florida – Ranking: 3 of 3
Finalist: Top 5 Best Wedding Planner – Florida – Ranking: 3 of 5

Jacksonville Wedding Venue Tour

We had a great time last Sunday participating in the first Jacksonville Wedding Venue Tour, hosted by our friends at The Wedding Loft. The premise is that brides and grooms visit four venues, all set up as they would be for a wedding, and they get to enjoy food and entertainment while meeting great wedding professionals. It’s like a bridal show on wheels!

We were at The Carling, which is an interesting historic venue in Downtown Jacksonville. The building was formerly the Carling Hotel/Hotel Roosevelt, built in 1925; now it’s home to gorgeous apartments! Restored architectural features include Palladian windows, terrazo floors, and a beautiful marble staircase to the private event space.

Thanks to J’Adore Studios for the fun photos! To see more photos from the tour, check out Liz’s blog post.

Jacksonville Wedding Venue Tour

The Jacksonville Wedding Venue Tour attendees on the bus!

Jacksonville Wedding Venue Tour

At the entrance to The Carling

Jacksonville Wedding Venue Tour

Jacksonville Wedding Venue Tour

Design and florals by Blush 129

Jacksonville Wedding Venue Tour

Cake and cupcakes by Choux Bakery

Jacksonville Wedding Venue Tour

Food by D’Vine Cuisine

Celebrating 10 Years

In November, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of First Coast Weddings and Events. I put together a small dinner party for our team, and I’m excited to finally share the photos with you! There were so many gorgeous images from Kris Graham Photography that I had a hard time narrowing it down!

Thanks to Rose of Sharon European Florist, D’Vine Cuisine, Kirby Rentals, and Classic Cakes for making it all happen. And of course, to Emma, Melanie, Kari and Ashleigh for being such an amazing team!

Happy Holidays!

team photo nov 2012 happy holidays

2012 is almost over – can you believe it?! We’ve celebrated our 10th anniversary, we’ve added two amazing ladies to our team, we’ve moved to a new office, and we’ve celebrated the weddings of some spectacular clients! We wanted to take a moment to thank you for your friendship and love this year, and we look forward to many more joyous celebrations in 2013.

November In A Nutshell

So… I haven’t been blogging very much this month. Sorry! But here’s what has been going on this month.

First, we celebrated our 10th anniversary. We had an amazing company dinner at a beautiful riverfront home at sunset. I don’t have the professional pics yet, but here’s a little sneak preview:

Huge thank-yous to D’Vine Cusine, Rose of Sharon European Florist, Kris Graham Photography, Classic Cakes, D’Land Productions, and Kirby Rentals for making it all happen.

A day later, I left for Colorado to speak at the Association of Bridal Consultants’ Business of Brides conference. I always love getting to see my fellow wedding planners and friends at the annual conference. We got to hear great ideas from industry leadersĀ Donnie Brown and Rebecca Grinnals, see new products and trends, and learn about all sorts of topics. I met a wonderful woman, Yehudit Steinberg, from the Jewish Interfaith Wedding Network, who specializes in creating custom interfaith ceremonies for brides and grooms. Plus, I attended a session called, “Special Needs Weddings for Visually, Hearing, and Mobility Impaired.”

To make it an even better trip, I got to spend a few extra days in Colorado, enjoying Estes Park and Vail.

Before I knew it, Thanksgiving was here, and now it’s already November 30th! This month has really flown by – I hope yours was as great as mine was.