You’ve been dreaming about wedding dresses and cake toppers since you were in practically in pre-K, but this is the real world and real decisions have to be made real fast.
Since the average engagement lasts about 16 months, you’ll need to hustle, and unfortunately there’s just no stress like wedding-planning stress, which can turn any blushing bride into a bridezilla.
Thankfully, PBG Lifestyle Magazine is here with a variety of vendors that offer the area’s very best in style, selection and personalized service.
On the next few pages you’ll find out where to get the latest fashion trends from jewelry, gowns and tuxedos to services that will help you get organized, get a glowing smile, tone and tighten up that body, along with a few magical places to say, “I do,” that will serve as the perfect backdrop to a photo op coordinated by an expert photographer.
The Tux Shop
Let’s face it: In the whirlwind of wedding planning, the groom is often overlooked. Not so at the Tux Shop, widely known as a bridal shop for grooms, where he’s the star of the show.
“I have created a rental atmosphere that resembles a retail experience,” said Owner Susan Damon.
Just as a bride is catered to when shopping for her gown, grooms are perfectly fitted with complimentary alterations on tuxedo rentals. Grooms look exquisitely tailored in a custom-fitted tux that you won’t find at any other rental shop.
“The fit I can offer our clients is cutting-edge and in the forefront of industry trends. If it’s the classics, my store caters to that look,” Damon said. “If it doesn’t exist, my staff and I can create it – that’s simply unheard of for the big box chains.”
The Tux Shop is located at 4550 PGA Blvd., Suite 105 in Palm Beach Gardens. For more information, call (561) 626-8899 or visit www.tuxshoppalmbeach.com.
Bacio Bacio Bridal Salon
Wedding trends may come and go, but one thing the staff at Bacio Bacio knows is that good service never goes out of style.
This boutique bridal salon believes in a one-stop-shop approach where you can find your gown, shoes, veil and accessories, then put them all on and experience a true “Cinderella” moment.
With sage advice from the experts, Bacio Bacio offers the latest styles and trends.
“Feminine, simple gowns and two-piece looks are super trendy this season,” said Lenyce Boyd, operations manager. “We’re seeing more dramatic ball gowns with layered organza, tulle and combinations of fabrics – sheer, detailed backs and glamor are in and everywhere.”
The boys will appreciate their fully loaded tuxedo and suit rental department. As well, a new resortwear department offers everything you’ll need for the honeymoon.
Bacio Bacio Bridal Salon is located at 9160 Forest Hill Blvd., in the Kobosko’s Crossing Shopping Center in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 792-6111 or visit www.baciobacio.com.
Borrowed & Blue
If you live on Pinterest, Borrowed & Blue is the wedding site for you. Fusing inspiration and planning, users dream in stunning images, choosing color, theme, season and market area to target vendors who can bring their visions to life.
“On the web or through our mobile app, couples can discover local wedding vendors through real-life examples of their work,” said Co-Founder/CEO Adam Healey.
Vendors basically interact with clients by showing off their wares; the more content they submit, the more likely they are to be discovered by a couple researching in their market.
“Couples love our deeply researched, fanatically local content,” said Healey. “They also love our trustworthy approach: real couples, real weddings published on the site, providing vendor reviews for the most reliable, authenticated feedback.”
For more information, visit www.borrowedandblue.com.
Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa
If you’re looking for the ultimate in VIP treatment, host your wedding at Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s beachfront playground, Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa in Vero Beach, where it just doesn’t get any more exclusive.
“We execute only one wedding at a time, so each bride and groom get our undivided attention on their big day,” said Kasie Parsons, executive meeting manager. “From our kitchen to our beaches, each team member at the resort dedicates their time to ensuring each wedding goes off without a hitch.”
The natural beauty of the area coupled with the resort’s Miami-inspired art-deco chic style will make your wedding photos pop.
“The Treasure Coast makes it gorgeous,” Parsons said. “We make it easy.”
Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa is located at 3244 Ocean Dr. in Vero Beach. For more information, call (772) 562-9919 or visit www.costadeste.com.
Beautifully Composed Photography by Erica Hernandez
For wedding photography, capturing the moment is critical, but having the photo actually express a couple’s personality and love for each other is sheer artistry – that’s the magic that Erica Hernandez makes.
“Conveying the couple’s personal style is a must,” said Hernandez. “What are words that describe the both of you? Fun, energetic, romantic, silly, adventurous, or whatever it may be, I want to make sure that each photo is conveying who the both of you are.”
Hernandez’ expert eye is keenly aware of lighting, color and composition. From posed photos to spontaneous candids, her shots will bring your wedding day back to life every time you look back at your photos.
Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry
When it comes to a style campaign, nobody trumps Ivanka Trump, who continues to up her game with her signature jewelry collection.
Ivanka’s latest inspiration comes from the artsy side of Paris; the Montmartre Collection evokes classic romance with old-world sophistication. With a nod to the Art Deco era, the collection conjures up images of quaint cobblestone streets, with a mixture of different sizes and shapes woven throughout.
Brides will love this classic look that’s also thoroughly modern. The pieces are versatile enough to go from day to night and can be worn whenever she’d like to make a statement.
The 14 pieces in the collection would make thoughtful bridesmaid gifts and could help you score big points with your future mother-in-law.
Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry is sold locally at Betteridge Jewelers, located at 236 Worth Ave. in Palm Beach.
Davidoff Studios Photography
Things have been happily clicking away at Davidoff Studios, where they have been capturing memories in stunning pictures for more than 50 years.
The Davidoff family has been synonymous with photography since patriarch Bob Davidoff was a house photographer at The Breakers Hotel as well as the Kennedy family during the Camelot years. His son Daryl Davidoff has been telling love stories with his camera for 30 years.
On the big day, Davidoff relies on his experience and instincts.
“I have an eye for composition from my days in the darkroom making prints,” Davidoff said. “It helps me to convey the couple’s personal style. I can usually tell if they want posed shots or want to cut loose and have some fun with it.”
The results are timeless treasures.
“I go the extra mile to make photos perfect. I take every shot personally.”
Davidoff Studios is located at 136 Greenbrier Dr. in Palm Springs. For more information, visit www.davidoffstudios.com or call (561) 655-1164.
Loews Don CeSar Hotel
On her wedding day, the bride should feel like a princess, so why not get married in a palace?
The Loews Don CeSar Hotel, commonly referred to as the Pink Palace, is just the place. Reminiscent of an era of romance and elegance, you’d expect Gatsby himself to be perched at the bar.
“With its storied past, beautiful architecture, striking color and grandeur, The Loews Don CeSar is an outstanding wedding venue because it exudes a class-meets-comfort vibe,” said Lauren Jones, associate director of catering and conference management.
The location may draw couples to wed at this oceanfront icon, but it’s the commitment to service that makes their day magical.
“Couples love having their wedding at The Don because they are confident in our team’s execution and first-class service.”
The Loews Don CeSar Hotel is located at 3400 Gulf Blvd. in St. Pete Beach. For more information, visit www.loewshotels.com/don-cesar or call (727) 363-5042 or (800) 282-1116.
Gardens Dental Spa
There is no beauty accessory that outshines a beautiful smile; it’s time to get yours.
“What better way to complement a wedding gown or tuxedo than with a beautiful, bright white smile?” said Dr. Heather Kaufman, who noted that cosmetic options at GDS range from teeth whitening to full-mouth porcelain veneers. She suggests coming in two months prior to the big day to get your smile camera ready.
Dr. Kaufman and Dr. William Strauss, along with their dedicated staff, strive to earn their patients’ trust and smiles, whether they are seeking general, restorative or cosmetic dental services. And if four members of the bridal party buy Zoom whitening, the bride gets hers free!
Gardens Dental Spa is located at 11380 Prosperity Farms Rd., Suite 109 in Palm Beach Gardens. For more information, call (561) 799-7791 or visit www.gardensdentalspa.com.
Centers for Health Promotion, LLC
Get your booty and body into sleek perfection to fill out that gown in all the right places with procedures to sculpt, lift and tuck.
“Simply put, if you are a candidate, it puts the curves where they aren’t,” said Dr. Dwight Reynolds of the Centers for Health Promotion.
Show off your best assets.
Reynolds added that “one of the hottest things women are doing today is suture suspension buttock lift with real sutures,” a procedure he pioneered.
With nearly 20 years of cosmetic surgery and more than 80,000 procedures under his belt, you’ll be in good hands with Dr. Reynolds.
CHP also offers ways to make your skin glow, your lips luscious and basically make you feel fabulous.
The Centers for Health Promotion is located at 915 Middle River Dr., Suite 305 in Fort Lauderdale and 1809 SE Port Saint Lucie Blvd. in Port Saint Lucie. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call (855) LIPODR1 (547-6371) or visit www.lipodr.com.