May 292018

Summer Honeymoon Planning & Packing Tips

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For summertime newlyweds, you are probably eagerly awaiting one of the most relaxing and exciting vacations you will take together. Maybe you chose a romantic beach getaway on a tropical island or an all-inclusive cruise with plenty of activities and excursions. Whatever you pick, check out our list of products and tips to ensure your summer honeymoon planning and packing is a breeze!


Consider Using a Travel Agent

Some couples rule out enlisting the help of a travel agent before doing any research, but many travel agents are not as expensive as you think. There are many ways to save for your honeymoon, so don’t feel like you are breaking the bank by considering travel agent options. When hiring an agent, first determine how much he or she charges for services–in some cases it’s free! Once you’ve determined whether or not a travel agent fits into your honeymoon budget, you can move on to planning your experience.

Travel agents have extensive knowledge in the industry and are able to get you the best deals, so it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll benefit from their help. Want a perfect, customized trip? Tell your travel agent what activities and excursions you are interested in doing and they will create a trip that was made for you! Agents are experts in specific locations, so if you are looking to swim with the dolphins, go scuba-diving, and hike the most popular nature trails without any guess-work, put your trust in them to recommend the best spots.

If you are uncomfortable traveling and stress out over canceled flights, missed connections or any other traveling mishaps, your agent has your back. It’s their job to make sure you get to your destination no matter what roadblocks occur, and they can serve as an emergency contact. Having someone a phone call away to help you handle any inconveniences and airport mishaps is a great way to reduce stress and discomfort while planning and enjoying your honeymoon


Packing Essentials

Once you’ve finalized the details of your honeymoon, it’s time to decide what to pack. This can be a daunting task–especially with everything wedding-related going on–but it’s better to resist the urge to wait until the last minute. When packing, make your life easier by following golden rules. Create a checklist, purchase the right travel bag, use space saving techniques, and make photocopies of your passports, drivers licenses, and any other important items like credit or health cards.

Finding the right bag might not be high on your list of honeymoon planning priorities, but it should be! Traveling with old or poorly designed luggage might cause mishaps like broken zippers or locks, which are especially inconvenient if it happens while waiting to check your bag or when you discover you are missing valuable items from your luggage. Save yourself the stress and research the best and most durable luggage options to last you long after your trip.

It’s important to be comfortable while traveling, especially if your destination is far away. Set aside an outfit for you and your groom to travel in. Wear layers so you aren’t freezing during the flight, and stick to high-quality, breathable fabric for your undergarments. Cool and comfortable underwear and undershirts, like these here, are perfect for long flights. It’s hard to find quality undergarments that require zero adjustments, especially hours into a flight, but they don’t bunch or roll. As an added bonus for you and your hubby, their underwear keeps you cool, dry, and odorless.

Nothing ruins a vacation faster than suffering the repercussions of not applying sunscreen or wearing products that protect you from harmful rays. Invest in a quality sun hat to protect your head, face and neck and you’ll look super cute with a floppy hat while lounging on the beach! Some sun hats are water resistant and can be folded up, so you won’t have to worry about your hat getting ruined while traveling. If you want to save some extra cash or avoid a trip to the drugstore, pack a few bottles of travel-sized sunscreen and after-sun lotion in your carry-on. It will save you from paying for overpriced items at your honeymoon destination.

Bring a beach read for those days when you feel like relaxing or when you want to pass some time while lounging by the pool. Your favorite book will keep you entertained in-flight, too! A lot of airport bookstores participate in a Read and Return program where you purchase a book from a Paradies Lagardere-owned shop, read it, then return it within six months with the original receipt and you get half your money back! This is a great way to save a few extra bucks while traveling and still get to read your new favorite books.

Plan for the weather and for your itinerary. Being in a new environment or unfamiliar culture can be uncomfortable for some people, but don’t worry, this is an amazing opportunity for you and your hubby to become even closer and create memories that will last. Prepare yourself by making a list of must-haves for the specific activities you’ll be doing, but don’t go overboard! There’s no reason to overpack your bag with hiking gear if that’s only a small part of your trip. Pack the essentials like quality hiking boots or sneakers, sweat-resistant activewear, and a few pairs of socks. You will be prepared and comfortable without taking up too much room in your suitcase.


Keep Your Cool

If you find yourself excited about the trip, but are stressing out over your fear of flying, anxiety of being far away from home, the planning or packing for your honeymoon, or maybe even the vacation all together, try to relax. This will be a trip you and your hubby will remember forever. If that’s easier said than done, reference these great tips below for staying calm outside your comfort zone and be one step closer to enjoying a stress-free, relaxing honeymoon with the one you love most!





Feb 072018

Premier Bride Expo – St. Augustine

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Don’t miss out the Premier Bride Expo in St. Augustine at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village!

There are many other wedding expos in Northeast Florida….but just remember that if it does not say “Premier” it’s just average!  Premier Bride Magazine and the Premier Bride Expos are the only wedding expos and wedding magazine that is located in Northeast Florida, focuses only on Northeast Florida and the owner is a resident in Northeast Florida!

We have been the go-to guide and expo for brides and grooms in Northeast Florida since 2001!

At each show you will always find a wide variety of professional wedding vendors that are excited to meet you and help you plan your special day.  All of the vendors that are in the magazine and at the expo have been vetted to make sure they carry all appropriate accreditation,  liability insurance and licenses.

Make sure you check out the next expo on March 11th – for more information go to

Nov 132017

French Novelty Celebrates 107th Year in Business

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We spoke with Laurie​ ​Schneider​, ​Bridal​ ​Consultant/Buyer , of French Novelty about her bridal shop and what sets them apart from others in their industry. Here is what she had to say…

What​ ​made​you ​decide​ ​to​ ​work​ ​in​ ​the​ ​wedding​ ​industry?​ ​The​ ​wedding​ ​industry​ ​is​ ​filled​ ​with​ ​happy people​ ​making​ ​exciting​ ​plans.​ ​What​ ​could​ ​be​ ​better?

What​ ​do​ ​you​ ​love​ ​the​ ​very​ ​most​ ​about​ ​what​ ​you​ ​do?​ ​We​ ​​ ​love​ ​being​ ​able​ ​to​ ​help​ ​couples bring​ ​their​ ​bridal​ ​party​ ​vision​ ​to​ ​life.​ ​French​ ​Novelty​ ​specializes​ ​in​ ​offering​ ​true​ ​designer​ ​gowns​ ​for​ ​the bride,​ ​bridesmaids,​ ​flower​ ​girls​ ​and​ ​mother​ ​of​ ​the​ ​bride/groom​ ​at​ ​an​ ​extremely​ ​affordable​ ​price.​ ​We even​ ​rent​ ​tuxes​ ​for​ ​the​ ​groom,​ ​groomsmen​ ​and​ ​ring bearer.

What​ ​is​ ​the​ ​most​ ​creative​ ​and​ ​unique​ ​thing​ ​you’ve​ ​done​ ​at​ ​a​ ​wedding?​ ​We​ ​have​ ​helped​ ​brides​ ​create beautiful​ ​color​ ​combinations​ ​with​ ​our​ ​designer​ ​bridesmaid​ ​gowns.​ ​Ombres,​ ​neutrals​ ​and​ ​dark​ ​rich​ ​jewel tones​ ​have​ ​all​ ​been​ ​really​ ​popular.

Tell​ ​the​ ​brides-to-​ ​be​ ​your​ ​best​ ​wedding​ ​advice.​ ​My​ ​best​ ​advice​ ​to​ ​a​ ​bride​ ​would​ ​be​ ​to​ ​come​ ​to​ ​your first​ ​appointment​ ​with​ ​only​ ​one​ ​or​ ​two​ ​people,​ ​especially​ ​while​ ​deciding​ ​on​ ​bridesmaid​ ​dresses​ ​for​ ​your entire​ ​party.​ ​It’s​ ​best​ ​to​ ​have​ ​just​ ​a​ ​few​ ​opinions​ ​to​ ​contend​ ​with​ ​while​ ​deciding​ ​on​ ​colors,​ ​lengths​ ​and styles.​ ​After​ ​all,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​the​ ​bride’s​ ​vision​ ​and​ ​we​ ​like​ ​to​ ​help​ ​her​ ​narrow​ ​down​ ​her​ ​choices​ ​and​ ​find​ ​the perfect​ ​look​ ​first​ ​and​ ​then​ ​offer​ ​her​ ​bridesmaids​ ​a​ ​couple​ ​of​ ​choices.

What​ ​is​ ​your​ ​most​ ​favorite​ ​wedding​ ​trend​ ​right​ ​now?​ ​Love​ ​the​ ​look​ ​of​ ​mix​ ​and​ ​match​ ​bridesmaid dresses.​ ​Brides​ ​have​ ​had​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​success​ ​with​ ​giving​ ​their​ ​bridesmaids​ ​a​ ​designer,​ ​fabric​ ​and​ ​color​ ​and then​ ​let​ ​their​ ​bridesmaids​ ​pick​ ​a​ ​dress​ ​that​ ​fits​ ​their​ ​own​ ​personality​ ​and​ ​body​ ​type.

What​ ​do​ ​you​ ​do​ ​that​ ​makes​ ​you​ ​stand​ ​out​ ​more​ ​so​ ​than​ ​others​ ​in​ ​your​ ​industry?​ ​No​ ​question,​ ​our​ ​125% price​ ​guarantee​ ​sets​ ​us​ ​apart​ ​from​ ​our​ ​competition.​ ​We​ ​do​ ​a​ ​huge​ ​E​ ​commerce​ ​business,​ ​so​ ​we​ ​compete with​ ​all​ ​the​ ​online​ ​retailers​ ​for​ ​the​ ​lowest​ ​price​ ​that​ ​can​ ​be​ ​offered​ ​to​ ​our​ ​consumers.​ ​But​ ​here​ ​is​ ​the twist,​ ​our​ ​customers​ ​actually​ ​have​ ​a​ ​bridal​ ​consultant​ ​that​ ​will​ ​walk​ ​them​ ​through​ ​every​ ​aspect​ ​of​ ​the ordering​ ​process.​ ​From​ ​design​ ​choices,​ ​budget​ ​decisions​ ​and​ ​finding​ ​the​ ​perfect​ ​size,​ ​each​ ​bride​ ​and bridesmaid​ ​have​ ​a​ ​partner​ ​and​ ​advocate​ ​that​ ​will​ ​make​ ​the​ ​decision​ ​process​ ​fun​ ​and​ ​stress​ ​free. Whether​ ​the​ ​bridal​ ​party​ ​is​ ​all​ ​local​ ​to​ ​Jacksonville​ ​or​ ​spread​ ​over​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​United​ ​States,​ ​each​ ​bride and​ ​bridesmaid​ ​receives​ ​the​ ​same​ ​personalized​ ​service.​ ​Our​ ​bridal​ ​consultant​ ​is​ ​always​ ​available​ ​to assist​ ​either​ ​in​ ​person​ ​or​ ​by​ ​phone.

What​ ​is​ ​your​ ​favorite​ ​product​ ​or​ ​service​ ​that​ ​you​ ​offer​ ​brides?​ ​​​ ​Dressing​ ​the​ ​entire wedding​ ​party​ ​with​ ​our​ ​top​ ​designers​ ​that​ ​offer​ ​the​ ​most​ ​innovative​ ​designs​ ​along​ ​with​ ​the​ ​best​ ​quality available​ ​at​ ​an​ ​affordable​ ​price.

Do​ ​you​ ​offer​ ​any​ ​other​ ​products​ ​or​ ​services?​ ​We​ ​offer​ ​gowns​ ​and​ ​tuxes​ ​for​ ​any​ ​formal​ ​event.​ ​(Weddings, proms,​ ​pageants,​ ​military​ ​balls,​ ​Galas…)

How​ ​far​ ​in​ ​advance​ ​should​ ​a​ ​bride​ ​to​ ​be​ ​contact​ ​you​ ​before​ ​the​ ​wedding?​ ​It​ ​is​ ​never​ ​too​ ​early,​ ​but​ ​we​ ​do suggest​ ​at​ ​​ ​least​ ​4​ ​to​ ​6​ ​months​ ​in​ ​advance.​ ​Because​ ​these​ ​dresses​ ​are​ ​available​ ​in​ ​so​ ​many​ ​different colors​ ​and​ ​sizes,​ ​the​ ​dresses​ ​are​ ​actually​ ​not​ ​kept​ ​in​ ​stock.​ ​They​ ​are​ ​produced​ ​only​ ​after​ ​an​ ​order​ ​is placed​ ​and​ ​usually​ ​take​ ​anywhere​ ​from​ ​10​ ​to​ ​14​ ​weeks.​ ​If​ ​brides​ ​find​ ​themselves​ ​in​ ​a​ ​time​ ​crunch,​ ​most manufacturers​ ​do​ ​offer​ ​a​ ​rush​ ​cut.

How​ ​lo​ng​ ​have​ ​you​ ​been​ ​doing​ ​what​ ​you​ ​do? ​​ ​We​ ​are​ ​so​ ​excited​ ​to​ ​say​ ​that​ ​we​ ​are​ ​celebrating​ ​our​ ​107th year​ ​in​ ​business.​ ​And​ ​to​ ​celebrate,​ ​our​ ​entire​ ​store​ ​is​ ​on​ ​sale!​ ​​ ​​Founded​ ​in​ ​1911,​ ​French​ ​Novelty​ ​has been​ ​offering​ ​exceptional​ ​personalized​ ​customer​ ​service​ ​for​ ​over​ ​100​ ​years,​ ​and​ ​it​ ​is​ ​still​ ​owned​ ​by the​ ​Mizrahi​ ​family.​ ​I​ ​am​ ​including​ ​a​ ​link​ ​to​ ​our​ ​”about​ ​us”​ ​page​ ​on​ ​our​ ​site.


Name​ ​of​ ​Business:​ ​French​ ​Novelty

Category​ ​of​ ​Business:​ ​Formal​ ​Wear/Bridal​ ​Party​ ​Wear

Contact​ ​Information:​ ​Laurie​ ​Schneider​ ​Bridal​ ​Consultant/Buyer

​Phone​ ​Number:​ ​904​ ​779​ ​9000 ​​ ​

Address:​ ​3520-4​ ​Blanding​ ​Blvd.​ ​Jacksonville​ ​Fl​ ​32210 ​

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Nov 082017

Personalized, One-On-One Experience at Rachel Ann Bridal Boutique

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Rachel Ann Bridal & Formalwear is a bridal boutique located in Flemming Island, Florida that offers a personalized hour and a half one-on-one experience for each and every appointment made. It all started with a mother and daughter duo who both have a passion for beautiful gowns and more importantly, bridal gowns. They understand the importance of finding the bride’s dream wedding gown, which is why each of their consultants is well-informed and knowledgeable of all things bridal. We spoke owner, Rachel Ann Walker, about her boutique and love of bridal gowns and here is what she had to say……

What made you decide to work in the wedding industry? I’ve always had a passion for bridal gowns since I was a little girl. I dreamed of becoming a wedding dress designer all my life.

What do you love the very most about what you do? Finding that perfect dress and seeing the new bride-to-be fall in love with her dress.

Tell the brides-to- be your best wedding advice. Just remember it is only 4 hours of your entire life. Things will go wrong but just enjoy yourself and don’t stress or try to micro-manage every issue.

What is your most favorite wedding trend right now? Colors for a wedding gown.  I love brides who are willing to step away from tradition and wear something unique to show their personality.

What do you do that makes you stand out more so than others in your industry? I don’t just sell you a wedding gown. I give you a dress shopping experience for you to remember. I also help my brides with any planning issues they may be having.


How far in advance should a bride to be contact you before the wedding? I would recommend a bride allow 4 – 6 months to purchase their gown and allow time for any alterations that need to be made.

What are 5 adjectives that describe you and/or your business? Elegant, personable, friendly, helpful, stress-free


Name of Business:  Rachel Ann Bridal & Formalwear

Category of Business:  Bridal Boutique, Bridal Attire & Accessories

Contact Information:

  • Phone Number: 904-458-4244
  • Address: 4465 US Hwy 17, Ste 8, Fleming Island, FL 32003
  • Website:
  • Facebook Link:



Nov 022017

Four Steps To A Seasonal Wedding You’ll Fall in Love With

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Wedding trends change with the seasons, and we adore the crisp, romantic scene that an autumn-themed celebration sets. This year, everything from leave-stolen colors, garden-inspired cakes, and wistful decor has us truly falling head over wedding shoes.

  1. The Colors

Leading the way in color themes are power pairs like navy and marsala, orange and beige, and plum and grey. What pairs like this accomplish is the perfect mix of mood and seasonality. Darker hues invoke the natural changes occurring outside, and the cooler pastels bring elegance and romance to the fall-inspired palette. Brighter shades like orange add just a touch of playfulness so characteristic of this pumpkin-picking season.

  1. The Fashion

One of the best, most effective and attractive ways to incorporate these colors on your wedding day is through the bridal party’s fashion choices.

For the bride, choose an off-white, more beige or ivory gown to create a deeper Victorian palette. Two-piece separates are also trending thanks to colder temperatures, with some brides opting for beautiful cashmere sweaters that match with full-length skirts.

For the bridesmaids, consider creating a tasteful, fall rainbow out of the deeper purples and reds, their dresses changing hues as subtly as the leaves on the trees. Let them choose the fall color that they love most out of a number of options from online rentals like Vow To Be Chic’s, which make it easy with seasonally-curated lines based on style and color.

Allow the groomsmen to have the same choices, and coordinate with accents like ties and pocket squares that mirror the colors of the bridesmaid dresses. The Black Tux is an option worth looking into with their wedding line of rental tuxedos and suits that come in trendy colors.

  1. The Decor

When making decor decisions, think whimsical and rustic, and steal ideas from the ever-popular barn wedding trend. Signs should be personalized and complete with wispy calligraphy and garland borders.

Generally speaking, flowers and greenery that invoke the fall color trends are your friend. Wild rather than perfectly-arranged bouquets are King, and dahlias are the petal princess. Popular choices for tabletops include succulents, eucalyptus, and bay leaf branches. In lieu of blooms, we’ve also seen berries like raspberries and hypericum used for color.

Tall candles and leaf-covered branches are also on trend thanks to the one-two fall romance punch they pack.

Essentially, let your decor capture the spirit of the autumnal outdoors.

  1. The Food & Dessert

Fall wedding cakes are taking cues from the season’s humility with smaller cakes made with more subtle tiers sans grand toppers. Texture trumps fondant designs and sugar flowers, and greenery accents are delicately placed around the tiers as if they grew there. We also adore the translucent cake trend, where there is a thin veil of frosting that allows some of the bare cake to peek through, like a coating of fall morning dew. Dressed up with visible drizzles of caramel and you have the perfect fall indulgence that functions as a statement piece of decor.

If you’re worried that a smaller cake won’t cut it for all your guests, supplement with a seasonal favorite — pies! Make them mini for added charm and serving ease.

One of the best ways to personalize your reception and create a truly unique experience for your guests is through the food, and this season couples are leveraging what’s local and seasonal, no matter the type of station they have set up. We love the idea of a farmhouse-style gathering to add even more rustic appeal.

What fall wedding trends have you seen and loved this year? Let us know!

Oct 302017

Beachview Event Rentals & Design is a Full-Service Event Rental Company that Delights in Making Dream Weddings Come True

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From the bridal shower to the reception, find out why brides and grooms rave about the stress-free and professional service they get from Beachview Event Rentals & Design. We spoke with Lindsey Maroney about the company and what they specialize in. Here is what she had to say:

What do you love the very most about what you do? We work in an industry where we get to meet new people every day and with each of those encounters our experience and design palette expands as each individual or corporation has a unique perspective and vision for their event.

Will you be on-site during the entire reception until the very end? A Beachview attendant is always onsite to ensure that all needs and requests are attended to.

Tell the brides-to- be your best wedding advice. It is your day, so it should reflect your tastes. Try to let others tend to the details so that you can take it all in and enjoy each moment of one of the most momentous days of your life!

What is your most favorite wedding trend right now? Mix and Match: this trend allow brides to have a more fluid concept and does not pigeon hole her to specific items or overarching themes.

What do you do that makes you stand out more so than others in your industry? Beachview’s exclusive inventory that is designed in house by our event design team and produced by carefully selected craftsmen to meet the creative and functional needs of our clients. We also pride ourselves on the quality of our inventory and most importantly, the customer service that is so critical to a successful operation.

Do you offer any other products or services? We work locally, regionally and nationwide on everything from PGA events, concerts, corporate outings to bridal luncheons and birthday parties.

Will you have an assistant during the wedding? The size of the event determines the size of the team Beachview will have onsite during an event.

How far in advance should a bride to be contact you before the wedding? Usually we are able to accommodate all requests as we have a vast inventory, but to ensure your first choice is available we recommend that you contact Beachview in the early stages of planning.


Name of Business: Beachview Event Rentals & Design

Category of Business: Event Rentals

Years in Business: 18

Contact Information: Lindsey Maroney


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Oct 182017

Make Your Wedding Day Dream Become a Reality at St. Augustine’s World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum

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Are you recently engaged and looking for the perfect venue to have your wedding? Look no more! We spoke with Elizabeth Hall McKenna, Manager of Sales & Events at St. Augustine’s World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum about their property and what makes them unique. Here is what she had to say.


What do you love the very most about what you do? I love how every event is different and you get to see your space transformed by each event.  I love meeting new people, hearing stories and making lifelong connections. It is so much fun to see our couples grow even more together after marriage.

Will you be on-site during the entire reception until the very end? We will have a venue coordinator on site until the end of the event.

Tell the brides-to- be your best wedding advice. Make decisions and don’t look back. You will drive yourself crazy with Pinterest and second guessing. Also, this is your one day and you need to try your best to not stress.  This can be helped by a day of wedding coordinator so you can just relax. Enjoy the moment as it goes so quickly.  Finally, make sure you hire a good photographer as those pictures are what you will have to look back on.

What is your most favorite wedding trend right now? I love timeless weddings.  Those you will look back on in 20 years and still love.  White and gold is classic and on trend.

What do you do that makes you stand out more so than others in your industry? I relate to my brides as I went through this recently.  I know it is stressful and expensive.  I try to help my brides get the best experience at an affordable cost. Our venues’ beauty helps our brides save cost and allows them to splurge in other areas.

What is your favorite product or service that you offer brides? Please describe it. I love our Pool of Unity area.  It is the perfect ceremony and reception site.  It offers breathtaking views with sunsets, beautiful architecture, a map of the world water feature and a grand romantic feeling.

Do you offer any other products or services? We have over 13 locations that we rent on property from our Tower (tallest point in St. Johns County) to our 18 hole natural grass putting course and TPC Sawgrass 17th Replica hole.

Will you have an assistant during the wedding? We have a facilities manager and 2 volunteers on property with an entire custodial team.

How far in advance should a bride to be contact you before the wedding? At least a year out is when we start booking up.  Sometimes we have some openings left after but the popular dates go quick.

What are some of your specialties? Sunset ceremonies, Tallest point in St. Johns County and One-of-a-kind venue

How long have your been doing what you do? 5 years at the Hall of Fame but 12 years in the Industry.

What are 5 adjectives that describe you and/or your business? Bubbly/personable, Unique/one-of-a-kind, Timeless, Perfectionist, Kind

What is the most unique thing you have ever seen at a wedding? Helicopter Entrance


Name of Business: World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum

Category of Business: Venue

Years in Business: 19

Contact Information:

  • Phone Number: 904-940-4021
  • Address: 1 World Golf Place St. Augustine, FL 32092
  • Website:
  • Facebook Link: @golfhofevents
  • Twitter Link : @golfhalloffame

The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum is a state-of-the-art, world-class facility offering unique venues, breathtaking views and an unforgettable experience. The Hall of Fame offers 35,000 square feet of Museum space, two putting greens, a challenge hole, 18-hole natural grass putting course and a golf simulator.

Sep 252017

Say “I do” to expert looks, tips and more for the big day with Mary Kay

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We spoke with local consultant, Donna Pueppell, about Mary Kay and how she loves working with brides on their wedding day. Here is what she had to say!

What do you love the very most about what you do?   I love educating Brides from the beginning about how to care for their skin to ensure they begin with a flawless foundation then LOVE to educate about glamour techniques so they feel confident & beautiful everyday!


What do you do that makes you stand out more so than others in your industry?   I want to partner with you for complete satisfaction beginning with complementary services to ensure flawless complexion followed by the perfect glamour look you love!  My goal is to ensure your satisfaction before even touching your budget!


How far in advance should a bride to be contact you before the wedding?  The sooner the better to ensure she can take advantage of all of my complementary services to better enable her to decide what she really wants.


What are some of your specialties?   My best gift is to give the knowledge, education and exceptional products to provide for a beautifully flawless skin and makeup for the special day & beyond!  Confidence comes from knowing you will look amazing even after the makeup is long washed away!


How long have your been doing what you do?  9 years!


Name of Business:   Mary Kay Cosmetics with Donna Rueppell

Category of Business:   Beauty/Skin Care & Color Cosmetics

Years in Business:  9

Contact Information:

Link to Bridal eCatalog:


Aug 162017


Gown and Garter Bridal Boutique is a custom styling studio; specializing in Bridal and Special Occasion Gowns. The boutique is located on Jacksonville’s Westside, providing a unique experience in Bridal shopping. Gown & Garter’s mission is to ensure you have the wedding gown or special gown of your dreams. We spoke with the owner, Pam Wilcox, about her boutique and here is what she had to say.


What made you decide to work in the wedding industry?

I fell in love with the wedding experience as a preteen and it never left. I was 12 or 13; my uncle had a very large southern wedding. Here is his bride wearing this white gown and all these ladies (my mother & aunts and her friends) are dressed in these beautiful long lavender pleated gowns and tea cup hats surrounding her. I was hooked on the glamour of weddings.


What do you love the very most about what you do?

I have a deep love and appreciation for the beauty in wedding gowns. In my humble opinion, a wedding gown is a representation of love. My goal is for every Bride to walk away feeling and saying, “I love me in this gown!”


Tell the brides-to- be your best wedding advice.

Breathe. When it gets down to that magic hour, the only thing that matters is the look on your significant others face and second you’re able to hold their hand and say, “I do!”  That’s it, nothing else matters. Remember to breathe and take it all in. Be present.


What is your most favorite wedding trend right now?

What I am finding now Brides are straying away from traditional gown and going creative. I love it!! I am working with a bride who wants a yellow gown with a unique silhouette.


What do you do that makes you stand out more so than others in your industry?

Gown & Garter is looking at the present, the OtisJames Bride line, focus is to embrace and love all Brides’ beauty and curves.  In an industry where women are made to feel that they must confirm to the dress, let the dress be made to confirm to you. It’s all about you. It’s just that simple.


What is your favorite product or service that you offer brides? Please describe it.

I love gowns from weddings to special occasions. I love the way the right dress makes you feel wearing it. The topper is the look your significant other gives you when they feel your confidence.


Do you offer any other products or services?

Not only do we offer designer and custom gowns, we offer special occasion gowns, flower girl dresses, men’s dress shirts in array of colors, custom garters, lingerie, veils and accessories.We also host OtisJames Bride. This is a bridal gown line almost exclusively for curvy Brides. Gown and Garter also host a monthly Wedding Planning Workshop. It’s a 4 hour intensive workshop on focusing your Bride Style throughout your wedding.


How far in advance should a bride to be contact you before the wedding?

A Bride or anyone desiring a special made gown should reach out to Gown&Garter at least 4 to 6 months. If it is a designer gown, delivery will take 8 to 12 weeks. With custom gowns the process is similar but usually 8 to 10 weeks, which includes the consultations.


How long have your been doing what you do?

For over 4 years I was a wedding planner and it was a great experience but I always seem to focus more on the details of the gown and what everyone was wearing. I decided to focus on wedding gowns! I was always curious about the design and construction of the gown.


What are 5 adjectives that describe you and/or your business?

Custom, Unique, Customer-Centric, Fashion Forward and Passionate


Contact Information:

An array of gorgeous gowns for many occassions

Beautiful shoe selection

Large Selection of dresses for many different body types

Flower Girl dresses available

Large Dressing Rooms

Jul 252017

Unique Wedding Transportation at its Finest

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Future Black Car LLC is Jacksonville’s first zero-emissions luxury chauffeur service. Their number one priority is to provide you with a timely, professional, and superb black car experience. Schedule your time, place and destination, and they’ll provide you with a black car experience unlike any other. With Future Black Car you know what you’re getting every time, the best transportation service that money can buy, all at an affordable rate that can easily be paid for via credit card (online or in-person).

While getting married might be one of the most important decisions of your life, choosing Future Black Car to be your wedding transportation provider is the easiest the decision you’ll ever make! Schedule with Future Black Car for your wedding today, and make the first day of the rest of your lives together a memorable one! Our fleet includes the following:

We spoke with Eric Carcia, owner of Future Black Cars LLC, and here is what he had to say about his business and his love for what he does.

What do you love the very most about what you do? : I love being my own boss and getting an opportunity to meet great people while driving Tesla’s all day. The cars are a tremendous pleasure to drive, and clients who have never ridden in a Tesla before almost always come away with a great experience because aside from the great service we offer, they’re also getting an opportunity to experience the car and car service of the future.

Will you be on-site during the entire reception until the very end? Our minimum time for wedding services is 2 hours, clients have the convenience of booking us through our website ( for however many hours they’ll need us for, while we’re on the clock we’ll be providing any transportation needs for the bride and groom, and will be on constant standby to assist with any other services they may need during our time there.

Tell the brides-to- be your best wedding advice. : When it comes to planning your transportation services for the wedding, it’s always best to book as soon as possible to ensure you’ll have the car/service you want on your wedding day.

What do you do that makes you stand out more so than others in your industry? : We’re the only luxury transportation service in Northeast Florida that’s fleet consists entirely of Tesla luxury electric vehicles. Our website has also been upgraded recently thanks to our web developer Appsoft, so clients now have the convenience of being able to schedule and pay for our services online by credit card through our website (

In a few weeks, we’ll also have our own App for both Android & Apple so clients will be able to easily schedule either of our services (For the distance / For the hour) as easily as they can book other popular rideshare services from their smartphone.

We also have a straightforward pricing structure, so whether the client needs us to transport them to a specific location, or wants us to be their transportation service on standby for 2 hours or more (for weddings, anniversaries, or other special events), they can go to the following page ( to view our pricing structure, and then by booking online the scheduler will automatically calculate and let them know exactly how much the services they want will cost.

What is your favorite product or service that you offer brides? Please describe it. : Our wedding services with the Model X is always a special occasion, the opening of the falcon doors are sure to wow the wedding audience, both when the bride makes her entrance, and/or when the bride and groom leave together. It’s a very unique and special moment that really adds to significance of the wedding ceremony.

Do you offer any other products or services? : Included in our transportation services are complimentary bottles of water, portable chargers for your smartphone (Android & Apple), the music of your choice (virtually any band or song you can think of), and use of our high-speed mobile Wi-Fi upon request. Although we’re not professional photographers, if the bride / groom, or a group at the reception wants us to take a picture, we’re glad to assist with that and anything else we can help with during our time there.

Will you have an assistant during the wedding? : No, our hourly services includes 1 driver for each vehicle, but the bride/groom is always free to schedule both vehicles if they have a need to transport more than 6 people at a time or would like both vehicles at their reception for any reason.

How far in advance should a bride to be contact you before the wedding? As soon as possible to ensure the vehicle(s) they want will be available during the day/time of their wedding. We also specialize in transportation for airport transfers, concerts/shows, and sporting events, so I highly recommend that the bride/groom go to our website ( or call/text me (904-537-5820) as soon as they think/know they want to use our services, so we can confirm with them right away if the vehicle(s) of their choice are available during the day/time of their wedding.

What are some of your specialties? : Aside from weddings, our business specializes in airport transfers, concert/shows transportation, sporting events transportation, and other special occasions (anniversary’s, business events, etc.).

What are 5 adjectives that describe you and/or your business? : Professional, punctual, honest, convenient and excellent


Contact Information:

Name of Business: Future Black Car, LLC

Category of Business: Limo / Black Car Service / Luxury Transportation Service

Contact Information: Eric Carcia,

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