Mar 082017


Linens by the Sea was born out of passion, ingenuity and creative flair. Their goal is to turn important events into lifelong happy memories, and our professionalism creates strong and trusting relationships with their many clients. They provide exquisite linen lines for your very special event!

What is something you want people to know about you? We are giving away $5,000 worth of linen rentals this year to a nonprofit in the Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Gainesville, Mount Dora and surrounding areas. You can learn more at

Tell the brides-to- be your best wedding advice. Just remember to have fun, and enjoy seeing all of your friends and family being together in the same place celebrating love at the same time.

What is your most favorite wedding trend right now? We love all of the greenery this year!

What do you do that makes you stand out more so than others in your industry? We are happy to set tables up in our showroom with linens for people who live out of town. This helps brides see what they are ordering from us. We will also send swatches of the fabric in the mail upon request, too!

What is your favorite product or service that you offer brides? Please describe it. Our favorite linen is the Vintage Lace overlay. You can make it look glam, rustic, vintage, modern – it can go so many different ways.

How far in advance should a bride to be contact you before the wedding? We recommend placing the linen rental order at least a few weeks in advance in case we need to order anything in. That also gives us enough to ship them if needed.

What are 4 adjectives that describe you and/or your business? Service-focused, dependable, top quality, team player – we want to be a part of your event TEAM

What is the most unique thing you have ever seen at a wedding? I saw a huge, beautiful mirror with the names of each guest elaborately engraved with their table number. I remember thinking, “Wow, all of those guests had better show up!”

Name of Business:  Linens by the Sea

Category of Business: Linen Rentals

Years in Business: Acquired by U.S. Tent Rental in 2011

Contact Information:


Dec 022016

Are you a Bride-To-Be looking for an outdoor wedding venue that is rustic, elegant, chic and affordable? Well, look no more! We spoke with Susie from The Barn at Two Sons Farm outdoor venue located in St. Augustine, Florida about the space and here is what she had to say…..

What do you love the very most about what you do? I love working with brides and their families in helping make their day their own. Its such a wonderful time to have the opportunity to assist with the bride is truly an honor.

Will you be on-site during the entire reception until the very end? An event staff will be on the site the entire reception time.

Tell the brides-to-be your best wedding advice. Try to relax and enjoy the day, its never to be repeated!

What is your most favorite wedding trend right now? I love how there is not a wrong way or a right way, its an expression of who the bride is, and to watch that come to life can be stunning.

What do you do that makes you stand out more so than others in your industry? I have the passion to help the brides. I feel I go above and beyond to make their day special. Being a wedding coordinator for over 15 years, helps to calm the bride so she can relax.

What is your favorite product or service that you offer brides? Please describe it. The fact that we allow our brides to bring in their own services, as long as, the vendors are licensed and have insurance, I feel is a great benefit for the bride and her family. We give our brides the entire day when renting the venue to do set up, and break down up to 12 hours.

Do you offer any other products or services? Day of coordinating is offered to the bride- once she contracted all her vendors, we will take over her vision so she can be stress free.

How far in advance should a bride to be contact you before the wedding? We book out a year out

What are some of your specialties? Wedding planning and coordinating

How long have your been doing what you do? Over 15 years in the wedding industry

What are 5 adjectives that describe you and/or your business? Passionate, very detailed oriented, fun,

What is the most unique thing you have ever seen at a wedding? I coordinated an Indian wedding, the customs that were performed throughout the days, was very unique and personal.

The Barn at Two Son Farm came about when one of the sons at Two Son Farm decided to host his outdoor wedding and ceremony on his parents 100 acre estate in St. Augustine. What was once a outdoor barn used for storage equipment, gradually turned into a laid back, rustic yet elegant amazing barn event venue location with chandeliers and twinkling lights. Host your event at our outdoor barn venue where you will see one of the oldest breeds of cattle in the U.S. grazing about, The Florida Cracker Cow. Conveniently located in St.Augustine, FL between Jacksonville and Daytona Beach, The Barn at Two Son Farm is only 15 minutes from the I-95 in Saint Augustine, FL.

Contact Information: Susie Wagner, Manager
















































Nov 142016

While it’s certainly not a necessity, the rehearsal dinner can be a great way to begin your wedding festivities, allowing everyone to get acquainted. It is usually is an intimate opportunity for the bride, groom, wedding party and family members to meet and mingle, before the wedding day blur begins.

The rehearsal dinner is traditionally hosted by the groom’s parents, who should invite the immediate family of the bride and groom, the clergy-person and his or her spouse or special guest and the complete wedding party and their spouses or guests. If there are friends from out of town who have already arrived, they should also be invited to join the party. Traditionally, the ceremony is practiced before the meal and mingling. Then, guests are wined-and-dined at formal sit-down dinner. However, at modern day rehearsal dinners, it holds true that anything goes. Short-and-sweet or long-and-indulgent, the type of gathering you want is completely up to you. There are also customs, such as toasts, speeches and game playing that you can add to mix up your dinner itinerary, making this one of the more enjoyable events for the bride.

Since this will probably be the first time many of your guests will meet, it can be helpful to include place cards. “Emma’s Aunt Sandra,” or “Maid of Honor, Kelly Jones,” can help break the ice. Plan your seating so that your guests will enjoy the company of those with whom they are seated while also meeting new people.

The bridal couple and their immediate families generally sit together at the front or focal table. The wedding party can be seated with the bridal couple and their families, or seated amongst your other family members and special guests.

The rehearsal dinner is traditionally the time for the groom’s father to make his formal toast to the couple. It’s also an excellent time for the couple to give their attendants gifts, especially if they will be used during the wedding ceremony.

The rehearsal dinner is a joyous, relaxed time for friends and families to meet, get to know one another and enjoy each other’s company. So whether it’s simple or elaborate, it’s a lovely gesture and makes a great beginning.

Oct 192016

Imagine a formal tea in a centuries-old rose garden or castle, a hip event in a refurbished retro movie theatre, or a poolside banquet at your favorite relative’s beautiful home. How about a ball in a Victorian mansion? Call it formal. Call it casual. Either way, it’s only for you.

Off-premises catering offers an attractive alternative to the more common reception choices like hotels and country clubs. By opening up a plethora of options for location, style, theme, size and menu, off-premises catering allows you to create a very personalized and detailed event that can sometimes cost less than many inside catered affairs.

Another big advantage of off-premises catering is the menu itself. With more experience in designing and handling custom menus than restaurants or hotels, off-premises caterers can offer very imaginative, tasty menus. Catering at the location of your choice demands a professional staff with the knowledge and expertise to make sure all the details come together for a smoothly run event.

Of course, don’t forget the biggest item on the menu; the wedding cake. Many caterers have professional in-house pastry chefs who will design a cake your cake especially how you envision it.

If you know you want a personalized event, but don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, some off-premise caterers work closely with various specialty party facilities and can help you decide what’s right for you.

Some also offer free full-service wedding consulting and event planning, providing you with hassle-free planning for everything from flowers and invitations to dining, entertainment and even travel.

To see a list of some well-known, professional off-premise caterers who are local to North Florida, click here!

Images Courtesy of Davoli’s Catering of Jacksonville, FL.

Sep 282016

Choosing your colors is a big part of the planning process. Once you have your wedding colors, all the other stylistic decisions are easy.  The wedding colors that you inevitably decide on will play a huge role in setting the mood of your wedding and theme as well. For example, a beach or coastal wedding might be perfect with natural colors that complement the sea, sand and sky.  Overall, when you choose your wedding colors you are also choosing the entire look and feel of the bridesmaid dresses, the flowers, the invitations and even the look of the ceremony and reception.

One thing you should always keep in mind in regards to bridesmaid dresses is the material they are made with.  The truth is you can get by with almost any color anytime of year as long as it is the right material.  You don’t want your bridesmaids in wool dresses in Florida, nor should you opt to have the material that of chiffon in the middle of December in Chicago.

Colors do seem to make an impression on people so let’s take a look at the many options to choose from depending on the season.

•           Spring and Summer:  Periwinkle Blue, Mint Green, Ice Blue, Lilac, Yellow and Gold

•           Fall and Winter:  Navy Blue, Crepe Red, Deep Dark Red, Black, Tango Red, Deep Blue, Cinnamon, Hunter Green

One of the most important things to remember is that when you mix color you want to make sure they coordinate just right.  Some colors are better in the background while perhaps that tango red you have your eye on is apt to stand out for more than the accompanying yellow or gold.

Start with a main color and follow that with lighter and darker shades in the same color family.  Another example would be multiple colors that complement one another easily.  Take yellow, yellow and green and then have the additional green tones accent as well.

Depending on the season and how festive you want to be you can have fun with winter, spring, summer and fall.  Since many brides choose the summer for their big day let’s start there.

Bright colors are always popular during this most beautiful time of the year.  A good idea it to take advantage of all the flowers that are in bloom during the summer months from pink to red to yellow to bright blues and purples.  Summer is also a time to enjoy the sun so you could choose yellow or gold for the occasion and add some touches of pastel for a soft touch on invitations and reception accents.

Popular summer colors include teal paired with silver and you could also dye flowers teal to play up the mood and atmosphere.  What about red and pink?  Roses are the perfect flower for this color scheme.

Many couples choose the fall to say their “I do’s” and this season boasts bold colors with a touch of harvest.  It’s a time when the leaves are falling from the trees and burnt orange, gold and red are in the air.

It’s also a nice idea to incorporate brown during this time of year and consider matching it with terra cotta or copper or even ivory.  Red is always popular during the autumn season and can be matched with deep red roses to keep the mood one of love.

For winter think of the holidays, snow and cozy fireplaces that make this season one of the most romantic of all.  While stark silvers and icy blues are an option, the color of evergreen also promises the mood will be festive.  Flowers can be a combination of pine cones, holly leaves and even snow and ice.  Since silver is such a popular winter color matching accents might include burgundy or navy blue.

The spring is when everything begins to grow again.  Pastel colors are popular during this time of year so think white, pink and even lavender.  Flowers that go well with a light color scheme are tulips and peonies.  Keep the wedding light and airy like the season and a dreamy feeling will surely abound.

When you do pick the colors for your wedding make sure you can get the bridesmaid dresses in this color as well, even before you begin ordering the other necessities.  For flowers, if you must have a certain type then you can work around the flower colors to determine the final color choices.  Remember too that the colors you choose, no matter the season, should not clash with the church or banquet facility.

Lastly, invitations should reflect the color of your wedding, but can also reflect the season as well.  In the winter, snowmen or snowflakes are appropriate and in the fall you might think of apples and fallen leaves.

If you are planning a theme wedding think of the location as well as the color.  Evening weddings can be a little brighter than day time weddings and for medieval themes go with heavy material and colors to reflect that time period.  Overall, the best wedding is the one that you add the special touches to incorporating you and your spouse’s ideas into the biggest event of your life. Consider all of the elements: location, season, time of day, and formality. Combine these components with your newly chosen colors and you’ll end up with what’s most likely going to be the best, most beautiful day of your life!

Sep 212016

Bridesmaids are the special forces of Operation Wedding. They are the members of your bridal party that have been there for you through the years, and you have shared numerous precious memories together. Your Bridesmaids are the elite crew comprised of your very best friends and family. They have been with you through the thick and thin, your highs and lows, never wavering from your side. To show your love and appreciation for them, give fun and creative bridesmaids gifts such as personalized bracelets or monogrammed clutches. Everyone loves receiving a beautiful gift that holds special meaning to reflect the special feelings you have for your friends, sisters, and loved ones. Here are a few ideas we thought were all of those things and wanted to share!




























Sep 092016

Aside from her glow, a bride’s gown is the centerpiece of her special day. When choosing a wedding dress, many factors come into play. Style, fabric, color, size and often most importantly, cost. Budget conscious brides can find a gently used wedding dress for a fraction of the gown’s original retail price. While most bridal gowns are only worn once, some ‘used’ dresses were never even worn once but still cannot be classified as new.

Located in Jacksonville Beach, Heirloom Bridal, is a wedding dress consignment shop with affordable prices for the budget conscious bride that offers a unique shopping experience. They carry new, sample, and once wed bridal dresses. We spoke with owner, Erica Almonte-Wiggins, about her shop and her is what she had to say…..

What do you love the very most about what you do? We love to help brides find their dream dress below retail cost. We also want to create a stress atmosphere for dress shopping.

Will you be on-site during the entire reception until the very end? Yes, I offer my services to assist brides with their dress on their wedding day.

Tell the brides-to- be your best wedding advice. Don’t bring a huge group with you when dress shopping, have a budget, be open minded and try on different styles.

What is your most favorite wedding trend right now? One of the wedding trends we love now are intricate hair pieces and veils. Also, lace wedding dressing with beautiful detail and low backs.

What do you do that makes you stand out more so than others in your industry? Stress free and affordable wedding dress shopping.

What is your favorite product or service that you offer brides? Please describe it. We provide beautiful wedding dresses at 50%-70% off retail.

Do you offer any other products or services? We offer bridal accessories and styling if needed.

How far in advance should a bride to be contact you before the wedding? I would say at least a month before the wedding in case alterations are needed.

What are some of your specialties? Our specialty is customer service and creating a stress free experience for our brides.

How long have your been doing what you do? Over five years.

What are 5 adjectives that describe you and/or your business? Friendly, reliable, trustworthy, beautiful, and affordable.

What is the most unique thing you have ever seen at a wedding? We once had a map for a bride’s bustle! She had three layers of dress and we had to bustle each one. It took us about a half hour to bustle her dress after the ceremony.

If you are a bride-to-be, we hope you will come visit our store to see our inventory and the gorgeous gowns we have to offer……At a fraction of the retail price!


Aug 312016

For many pet lovers, having their furry friend present at the wedding is a must have, and for good reason.  Pets come into your life, and become part of the family.  On your big day, you want your furry friend there to be with you, and they also make for some rally great photo opportunities. Here are some pros and cons to consider when deciding to include your pet on your wedding day!

The Pros:  Dressing your pet in a wedding dress or tuxedo is probably one of the cutest things in the world.  Not to mention, walking them down the aisle and seeing how sweet they look!  One great way to include your pet is during the ceremony. Dogs often stand in for the flower girl or ring bearer. Pets can provide a comic relief, especially if your pet has a funny personality.   If having a small outdoor ceremony, this might be the best situation for your pet.  They are free to roam about, (with a designated handler) and can relieve themselves (hopefully before the wedding!) Sure, including your pet in your wedding ceremony or reception may be a little extra work and planning, but odds are you’ll be very pleased to have included your animal pal in the long run.

The Cons:  Pets are unpredictable, and you don’t know how your pet will react in a situation with two hundred people.  You also need to think about if you are going to pick the pet up, will their paws stain your dress?  Keep that in mind.  If you are the type of bride that is very traditional, you might want to steer clear of having your friend at the ceremony, since you might not know what they will do.

If you do decide to have your pets present on your wedding, keep in mind that some guests might be allergic, and some guests might not even be animal lovers.  Have a designated handler to keep watch of the dog throughout the day as well as take them home that evening.   You might want to have your pet present for the ceremony only, and then have the handler take them home directly after pictures. We think it is super cute to include your furry family member in your big day!








































































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Aug 222016

If it’s not a PREMIER expo, it’s just average!

Don’t miss the PREMIER Bride Expo on Sunday, September 18th from 1-4 pm at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village in St. Augustine Florida!

When we say there is EVERYTHING you need to plan your wedding at our shows, we mean it!  Over 115 of Northeast Florida’s top wedding professionals will be there…wanting to meet you and talk about your wedding day! Over 20 different categories of wedding services will be there.  This means, no matter what stage you are in the wedding planning process, there will be something for you!  Even if you are at the end stages, there are vendors there for “after” the wedding, offering professional services!

Here are some of the participating vendors at the show!

Make sure you pre-register for the expo!  By pre-registering you can get discounted online ticket and you will receive a list, prior to the show, of all of the prizes and give-a-ways that can be won at the expo.  Please go to for tickets and more information.

Get social with us!  Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter at @PremierBrideFL – our official hashtags are #PremierBride #PBExpo and #PBNEFL

Coastal Coordinating Wedding Planners
Everlasting Events Wedding Planners
EVENTS BY ME Wedding Planners
Southern Charm Events Wedding Planners
Day Eight Studios Videography
Old Town Trolleys Transportation Limousines & Carriages
Bed Bath & Beyond Registries & Gifts
Thirty-One Gifts Registries & Gifts
Pure Life Essentials Registries & Gifts
Riverview Club Receptions
The Pioneer Barn Receptions
Diamond D Ranch, Inc Receptions
Bowing Oaks Plantation Receptions
The Palencia Club Receptions
St. Johns Golf and Country Club Receptions
World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum Receptions
The Hill Top Restaurant Receptions
Omni Jacksonville Hotel Receptions
The White Room Receptions
Fountain of Youth Weddings Receptions
The Barn at Two Son Farm Receptions
Renaissance World Golf Village Resort Receptions
Serenata Beach Club Receptions
creative soul Photography
Dan Harris PhotoArt, LLC Photography
Favorite Photography Photography
Jay Grubb Photography Photography
Subject One Photography Photography
BOWTIE PHOTO Photography
Derick Le Studio Photography
J. Mosley Photography Photography
Kris Graham Photography Photography
The Mullikin Studio Photography
Tyler Mackenzie Photography Photography
J & J Weddings Photography
Amason’s Other Services
Perpetua Grant – Florida Financial Group Other Services
Bath Fitter Other Services
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty Other Services
Jax beach event hall Other Services
Home Star Pacetti Realty Network Other Services
First Command Financial Services Other Services
CoolPics Photobooth Other Services
Bedroom Kandi Boutique Other Services
Millennium Home Design Other Services
Brooch the Possibilities Other Services
Embellished Embroidery Other Services
Premier Bride Magazine Other Services
Unique Dj Entertainment Music & Entertainment
Feedback Entertainment DJs & Event Co Music & Entertainment
McGee Entertainment Music & Entertainment
Feedback Entertainment DJs & Event Co Music & Entertainment
Footloose Entertainment/Cool Photo Booths Music & Entertainment
D’Land Entertainment and Productions Music & Entertainment
Party Solution Entertainment Music & Entertainment
ShutterBooth Jacksonville Music & Entertainment
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chloe + isabel by Suzza Jewelry
Origami Owl Jewelry
Traci Lynn Jewelry by Michele Jewelry
Impressions Invitations & Calligraphy
Calligraphy by Cami Invitations & Calligraphy
Carrie Me Away Vacations LLC Honeymoon & Travel
The Travel Authority Honeymoon & Travel
Cruise Planners Honeymoon & Travel
Palm Travel Group Honeymoon & Travel
Riverside Tours and Travel Honeymoon & Travel
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Kuhn Flowers Flowers
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Southern Grace Floral Designs Flowers
Rose of Sharon Florist Flowers
Connie Duglin Decor Linens & Rentals
Destination Planning Decor Linens & Rentals
Beachview Event Rentals & Design Decor Linens & Rentals
Magnolia Point Golf and Country Club Ceremony Services
Grace Episcopal Historic Chapel, Orange Park Ceremony Services
Fantasy Farms Events Celebrations
David’s Catering Catering
Aprons Catering Catering
PJ’S Catering Catering
Black Tie Catering and Events Catering
Anthony’s Gourmet Catering Catering
Publix Cakes & Sweets
Sweet by Holly Cakes & Sweets
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Jos. A. Bank Bridal Attire Formalwear & Fashion
Men’s Wearhouse Bridal Attire Formalwear & Fashion
Menguin Tuxedos Bridal Attire Formalwear & Fashion
Bridals & More Bridal Attire Formalwear & Fashion
Debra’s Bridal Shop at the Avenues Bridal Attire Formalwear & Fashion
Michael’s Formalwear & Bridal Bridal Attire Formalwear & Fashion
Valerie’s Boutique Bridal Attire Formalwear & Fashion
HairUWear Inc. Beauty
Lazzara Orthodontics Beauty
Senegence Beauty
Pure Romance By Gia Beauty
Rodan+Fields Beauty
Erin’s Younique Essentials Beauty
Mary Kay Beauty
Cosmo Nail Bar Beauty


Premier Bride Expo – September 18


Aug 192016

You’ve asked your best girls to be your bridesmaids — and they said “yes!” Now for the tricky part: dresses. These ladies are your dearest friends, sisters, and sisters-to-be; you chose each for her own special reason, so why put them all in the same exact cookie-cutter dress? Nowadays, it’s on trend to work with your bridesmaids to find dresses that suit each girl’s body type, skin tone, hair cut, signature style, and personality…..Not to mention, this generally makes for a very happy and comfortable bridesmaid!

The Basics of Mixing and Matching

The idea behind mixing and matching up your bridesmaid dresses is that all your girls will coordinate, but not match. In general, you could mismatch in terms of color, style, or length. Changing up one or more of these in each dress not only adds visual interest to your bridal party in photos, but your bridesmaids will be ever-grateful to you for letting them have a say in how they outfit their own body. However, it is definitely imperative to lay down some ground rules. These rules could be as open-ended as “Find a dress with some type of lace on it” or as refined as “Here are two dresses; pick one.”

Though each girl will be dressed differently in some capacity, you’ll still want these ladies to look like they belong together. Make sure each dress has at least one common element for a cohesive overall look. To maintain this togetherness, your bridesmaids might:

•           Wear the same fabric

•           Wear the same color or color theme (ex: shades of blue for an ombré effect)

•           Wear the same dress with different necklines or waistlines

•           Coordinate the length of their dresses

•           Stick to a certain style (ex: bohemian, 1950s silhouette, etc.)

•           Wear accessories to tie them together (ex: shoes, necklaces, etc.)

Making the Trend Your Own

So what do you envision for your bridesmaids? Reach a firm decision before letting your girls know; you don’t want to tell them one thing, then switch directions after they’ve already started shopping. Once they hear what you have in mind, get some feedback — but stand firm as needed. Know when to say “no” and when to be lenient. After all, these are the most important ladies in your life — this should be a fun experience!

If you want things to be a bit more structured, there are some big-name bridal shops all over the country that offer many dress options in the color of your choice. Decide on a color, then have each girl visit her local shop to pick out a dress in that color. This is particularly helpful if your bridesmaids-to-be live in different cities; each can do her own thing on her own time, and unity is still guaranteed. If you’re in Jacksonville and looking for a bridal salon to help with this task, you should definitely visit Bridals & More, located on Beach Blvd. They have a wonderful selection of wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses…..Their staff is amazing also!

If you’re open to a more eclectic look, give your bridesmaids some loose parameters such as color, length, or vibe (more casual day dress vs. elegant eveningwear). A fun way to approach this is to create a group Pinterest board. Each girl can pin potential options and you can all weigh in and see how the dresses look side-by-side. If not a Pinterest board, at least have your girls run their options by you before they finally decide on a dress. And, if you feel strongly about it, make it clear up-front that you have the power to veto. In the end, you have to do what works best for you: your style, comfort level, venue, and your bridesmaids as a whole.

Jacksonville Wedding Coordinator, Cindy Vallely, owner of I Do…Wedding by Cindy featured this wedding on her blog. To see more gorgeous photos from this wedding click photo below.

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