Jacksonville wedding

Caroline and Bradley - Our Lady Star of the Sea and TPC Sawgrass Wedding, Ponte Vedra Beach

Caroline and Brad matched online on a dating site and the rest is history. Brad is from Australia and Caroline is from Virginia. They met and had an instant connection. They were married at Our Lady of the Sea followed by their reception at TPC Sawgrass. The love they share is one that is known around the world!


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Kaley and Ross - TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach

Kaley and Ross had a spectacular wedding at TPC Sawgrass, with a ceremony on the clubhouse lawn and a reception in the Ponte Vedra Ballroom. How awesome is their Chipotle groom’s cake? Classic Cakes hit it out of the park for this one!

Kaley said:

Thank you!!!!!!! You made our wedding stress free and we really appreciate it!!

Venue: TPC Sawgrass | Photography: Wiler Weddings | Flowers: Anything With Plants and Flowers | Cakes: Classic Cakes | Entertainment: Bay Kings Band


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Laura and Jamey - Memorial Presbyterian Church + Timuquana Country Club Wedding

Laura and Jamey’s wedding ceremony took place at Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine, one of the most beautiful churches in North Florida! Followed by a reception at the riverfront Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, their classic wedding details will never go out of style.


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Laura and Collin - TPC Sawgrass Ceremony, Ponte Vedra Beach

Black and white weddings are so elegant! We loved coordinating Laura and Collin’s gorgeous wedding ceremony at TPC Sawgrass. How sweet are the little touches Laura chose to incorporate?

Venue: TPC Sawgrass | Photographer: Life and Love Studio | Ceremony Music: Wehner Weddings | Flowers: Floriade


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Summer and Frank - TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach

Venue: TPC Sawgrass | Photography: J. Mosley Photography | Flowers: Rose of Sharon European Florist | Cake: Classic Cakes | Beauty: Casey Does Hair


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Mallory and Chris - Bowing Oaks Plantation, Jacksonville

Venue: Bowing Oaks Plantation | Floral: Marble and Pine | Photography: Flora and Fauna | Catering: 4 Rivers | Entertainment: The Royals | Video: Seth Dunlap | Cake: Creme De La Cocoa


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Kimberly and Gene - TPC Sawgrass Wedding, Ponte Vedra Beach

Venue: TPC Sawgrass | Photography: Dana Goodson
Videography: Take One Productions | Flowers: Arlene's Designs | Cake: Classic Cakes | Entertainment: D'Land Entertainment and Wehner Weddings
Beauty: The Key To Glam


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Jessica and Scott - Epping Forest Yacht Club, Jacksonville

Ceremony Venue: Basilica of the Immaculate Conception | Reception Venue: Epping Forest Yacht Club | Photographers: Ivey Pictures | Videographers: Take One Productions | Band: Rivertown Band | Flowers: Velvet and Twine | Rolls Royce: Sir Gilbert | Tent/Rentals: Beachview Event Rentals, Connie Duglin Specialty Linens, Southern Charm Events, and A Chair Affair


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Paige and Paul - Cathedral Bascilica + River House Wedding, St Augustine

Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Bascilica of St Augustine | Reception Venue: River House | Floral: Rose of Sharon Wedding and Event Florals | Photography: Alex Michele Photography | Catering: Catering By Liz | Entertainment: DJ Jacob Towe | Video: CollabCreation | Cake: Sweet Weddings | Transportation: Old Town Trolley / Red Train Tours | Photobooth: Chic Booth


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Premier Wedding Expo Bridal Show This Sunday!

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Looking 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 and grooms planning their weddings
  • Each couple gets a bridal bag when entering the show

The event runs from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village. 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.PremierWedding.com, to learn more.


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Holiday Weekend Weddings

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Memorial Day at Arlington National CemeteryThis weekend, we're enjoying a rare Memorial Day weekend off from weddings.  But holiday weekend weddings are extremely popular - is it a good choice for your wedding? With a long weekend like Memorial Day or Labor Day, your guests may be more inclined to stay longer if they are traveling. They won't have to rush back to work on Monday, so they can relax on Sunday. This is great, if you plan to leave for your honeymoon Monday or later.

However, travel fees tend to be higher around the holidays, so it may be more of a financial burden for your out of town guests.

Because your guests may be in town longer, you may also need to host additional parties - a welcome reception, a post-wedding brunch, a Sunday beach party, etc. While this means more time to spend with your friends and family, it can also affect your budget significantly.

If you decide on a holiday weekend wedding, be sure to block off hotel rooms well in advance, as popular destinations may sell out. Also, send your save-the-dates out as soon as possible, so that your guests can begin making travel plans.

We'd also like to take a moment to honor our nation's heroes, and encourage you to do the same this weekend!

Who kept the faith and fought the fight;
The glory theirs, the duty ours.
~Wallace Bruce


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Marta and Michael - TPC Sawgrass Wedding, Ponte Vedra Beach

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Marta and Michael were married on March 1, 2014 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. They planned their wedding long-distance, all the way from North Dakota, with the help of Marta's parents and sister who live in Florida. What a beautiful weekend, and an amazing blending of two families and cultures! Thanks to Nate and Bryn from Deremer Studios for sharing these photos with us.

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TPC Sawgrass wedding Ponte Vedra Beach
TPC Sawgrass wedding Ponte Vedra Beach
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TPC Sawgrass wedding, Sunset Room
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Wedding Favors

Since Marta and Michael are both dentists, they created these cute little bags as favors - they contained toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other cute goodies!

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TPC Sawgrass wedding

Venue: TPC Sawgrass  //  Photographer: Deremer Studios  //  Videographer:  CollabCreation  //  Floral and Decor: Rose of Sharon European Florist  //  Cake: Classic Cakes  //  Band: Diggin' Rhythm and Brass  //  Ceremony Music: The String Group


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The 10+ Year Club: A Fantasy In Flowers

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Susan Kass A Fantasy In Flowers

Welcome to the next installment in our blog series, spotlighting local wedding companies that have been in business for 10 or more years! Today we feature florist Susan Kass of A Fantasy In Flowers: What year did you start your business?

I purchased a Fantasy in Flowers in 2003. It was an existing business with a storefront located in Mandarin. My previous experience had been in hotel sales and catering. I also managed a showroom for a clothing rep in the Miami merchandise mart for 6 years when my daughter was young. This gave me insight into the wholesale and buying end of business. It seemed like it would be a great match for buying a florist. I was naive…

What was your motivation? 

We had moved to Jacksonville in 2001 and my daughter was getting ready to start high school. I thought going back to work would be a good idea. I just had no idea how much work I would be getting myself into!!

How has your business changed over the years?

There have been so many changes to my business in 10 years it is difficult to count. I started out with one retail location and 2 years later bought a second location on Park Street ( Catanese Florist). When the economy was strong I employed 7 people full-time and we concentrated on corporate events and daily deliveries. The recession came and the corporate market went dormant so we moved our emphasis to the wedding world and never looked back. 2 1/2 years ago we moved to our wonderful new design studio on County Road 210. We now have 2 designers and a part time driver/set up guy and we are busy and happy but only occasionally stressed. Last year we provided flowers and décor for almost 90 weddings. We have 72 reviews on wedding wire and a 4.9 out of 5 rating, so I guess we are doing things right!!

A Fantasy In Flowers, Jacksonville FL

Looking back, what do you wish you had done differently? 

Looking back I would never have expanded as much as I did, however everything has been a learning process. I have made every mistake in the book. I just try to not make the same mistake twice. The one real change I would make is to have never gotten involved with any of the wire services ( FTD, TELEFLORA etc.). On-line ordering is a big scam and it costs reputable florists hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, as well as delivering an inferior product to the consumer.

What are you most proud of? 

I am proud of many things, but mostly of my loyal and talented staff. They are the heart of my business and have stayed with me through thick and thin. I couldn't do it without them...literally!!

Why do you think your business has made it while so many other small businesses fail in the first five years? 

Our business has made it due to changing with the economy and the trends. We also have a core group of very loyal local clients who have stuck with us. The positive reviews and word of mouth from our brides has also been invaluable. We always try to go the extra mile and it seems that we are appreciated for that.

A Fantasy In Flowers St Augustine FL

What advice do you have for a business just starting out in your industry?

Starting a business today in the wedding industry is incredibly tough. Do not sell yourself short and please charge the appropriate amount for your services. Do not undercut the existing companies in the industry. This will make other vendors unwilling to promote you. You must have a strong vendor network and you must be patient. It takes a long time to build a good reputation and good relationships. Attend networking events and get to know others in your industry. That will pay off big!!

Do you have a most memorable wedding or funny story you'd like to share?

Most memorable wedding story...Just when I think I've seen it all something new and amazing happens for the first time. That's what keeps this business interesting!!!


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Ashley and Matt - TPC Sawgrass Wedding, Ponte Vedra Beach

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Ashley and Matt had an amazing wedding at TPC Sawgrass, complete with a little lightning before the ceremony and some spectacular fireworks during the reception!

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The bridesmaids' dresses were an amazing shade of blue - paired with the green and white flowers, the girls looked stunning!

TPC Sawgrass Wedding - Tonya Beaver Photography
TPC Sawgrass Wedding - Tonya Beaver Photography
TPC Sawgrass Wedding - Tonya Beaver Photography

This was quite possibly the closest weather call I've made in my 14 years of doing weddings. I made the call to go ahead with the outdoor ceremony, despite a few rain cells on the radar. Minutes before we were supposed to start, TPC's golf course sirens were going off, alerting golfers to nearby lightening! But, we made it without any rain - but you can see the impending storm approaching in this photo!

TPC Sawgrass Wedding - Tonya Beaver Photography
TPC Sawgrass Wedding - Tonya Beaver Photography
TPC Sawgrass Wedding - Tonya Beaver Photography

This was a first at a wedding reception - I don't think I've ever had a groom do a handstand!

TPC Sawgrass Wedding - Tonya Beaver Photography

And of course, who doesn't love fireworks at a wedding!

Be sure to check out Tonya Beaver's blog for additional photos and details from this beautiful wedding!

Venue: TPC Sawgrass  //  Photographer: Tonya Beaver Photography  //  Videographer: Visual Power Cinema  //  Cake:  Classic Cakes  //  Florist: Rose of Sharon European Florist  //  DJ: DJ Shane  //  Fireworks: Santore & Sons  //  Ceremony Music: Wehner Weddings


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