Letter From The Publisher: Wedding Bliss
My wedding day... I loved planning it, delegating all the fun stuff to family, friends and my wedding planner. I did what so many brides-to-be would do in the ’90s locally—I found my dress on Las Olas Boulevard. I shopped with my bridesmaids for their short fun dresses at Bloomingdale’s so they could reuse it at a great cocktail party. I had my reception at the Willoughby Country Club, and I hired the hottest band in Florida and reserved world-known photographer Michel Sabourin to capture our day.
When I asked our staff to produce a “Weddings” issue, they all jumped in and have enjoyed every minute of its creation. One of the first pieces we wanted to put together was a bridal fashion section with dresses from a well-known bridal company. So, off to New York we went. Yumi Katsura was so excited to send us some of its best gowns to photograph. Next, we wanted to shoot at the hottest new venue in town, so we asked the Opal Collection to use the brand’s new hotel in Jensen Beach, the Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa. They agreed, and we were on our way. Everything came together perfectly! And to add to that, we had the great fashion photographer Ian Jacob capture it all. We hope you enjoy all the beautiful gowns and our beautiful models, including our little darlings, Hannah Walsh and Layla Viens, as well as our vendors—South Forty Ltd, Boulevard Hair Boutique, Cakes by Michelle and Cardita Tuxedos—who spent the day with us making sure everything was picture perfect.
My assistant Kayla and I love cake! When we started talking about a wedding issue, we knew we must have the most beautiful cakes based on the latest trends made by our local cake bakers. As we were imagining all the cake themes and making calls to local cake designers, we had a feeling it would be the best day ever. Our location was perfect—the new Southern Vintage Décor warehouse in Stuart where you can find amazing vintage furniture for your special day. Thank you to Stephen Leighton and Jade Smith for helping us out with moving doors and furniture from the shelves for our endeavor. The only thing better than photographing gorgeous cakes was eating them! Trust us when we say they are as good as they look.
With all this talk about weddings, we had to feature a gorgeous wedding and one page just wasn’t enough. We expanded our Now & Forever page so you could see just how gorgeous this wedding was. This page runs in our magazine every month, so if you know someone who is getting married, or just got married, please have their photographer send us their photos. We are lining up our picks for this section for the next 12 issues.
And what’s a wedding without a honeymoon? Check out our honeymoon section with tips on the best places to visit and what to pack. Or, if you’re happily married, like me, you may need ideas for a gift. Check out our feature “Perfect Presents,” including this season’s must-have gifts.
We polled our readers and had them send us the best of the best in wedding vendors. Then we made a directory for you from that list. Whether you’re just starting your planning, or you’re up to your eyeballs in suggestions, be sure to check out our tried-and-true list of wedding vendors.
It is with sincere appreciation that we thank all of our advertisers, vendors, staff and anyone else who helped make this wedding issue a success. From flowers and cakes to presents and destinations, this issue could not have happened without all of the hard work put in by these talented individuals.