This article was written by one of our former brides, Lauren, after her wedding! We hope you enjoy these tips.
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!
Thank you!!!!!!! You made our wedding stress free and we really appreciate it!!
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.
Ceremony Venue: Memorial Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue: Timuquana Country Club | Photographer: Life and Love Studio | Florist: Rose of Sharon Wedding and Event Florals | Entertainment: White Tie Entertainment and Wehner Weddings | Cake: Heavenly Chocolate Creations | Linens: Connie Duglin Specialty Linen
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
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
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.
This 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.
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.
Since Marta and Michael are both dentists, they created these cute little bags as favors - they contained toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other cute goodies!
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!!
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.
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!!!
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!
The bridesmaids' dresses were an amazing shade of blue - paired with the green and white flowers, the girls looked stunning!
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!
This was a first at a wedding reception - I don't think I've ever had a groom do a handstand!
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