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,

Jul 202017

Premier Bride Expo – St. Augustine – September 24, 2018

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It’s the last PREMIER wedding expo of the year!  Brides, grooms, friends and family all know that the Premier Bride Expo is Northeast Florida’s biggest and best wedding experience! Join us and 120+ professional wedding vendors on Sunday, September 24th at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village!  Newly engaged to almost brides-to-be are encouraged to attended because there is something for everyone!  With vendors representing over 20 different categories you will find new ideas and inspirations down ever aisle!

We have live music, manikin fashion shows, food, sweets, swag bags, prizes, décor set ups and so much more.  It’s a great afternoon to be shared with your fiancé, moms, bridesmaids and/or friends.  Check out our tips for attending a expo to make your experience the best it can be!

Discounted tickets are available online, just make sure you print your confirmation for fastest entry to the show.  You can also purchase tickets at the door for $12 cash.  Go to now to purchase your discounted tickets!

The Premier Bride Expos are sponsored by Premier Bride Magazine of Northeast Florida, so make sure you pick up your latest copy of the publication and find out how you can have your wedding featured!

Mar 082017

Stylish Linen Rentals Shipped Nationwide

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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

Amazing Outdoor Venue in St. Augustine

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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

Fun and fabulous Rehearsal Dinners

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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

Advantages of Having Off-Premise Catering at Your Wedding

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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 Wedding Colors

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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

Special Gifts for your Bridesmaids

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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

Affordably Priced Wedding Dresses at Heirloom Bridal

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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!


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