Thursday, June 30, 2011

FEATURED: BrazilUSA Magazine

Ok, I don't have clue what this says, but we love to be featured. It didn't hurt that the brides mom was the Editor and publisher, but even if she wasn't Derrick and Fernanda's wedding was well worthy of being published.

Here is the entire magazine.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Downtown Winter Park, Florida Engagement session with Derrick and Fernanda

A wine cellar seemed like a great idea for Derrick and Fernanda, a couple of wine aficionados. I did the prep work, but when we showed up the plan fell apart. Luckily Winter Park has more than one awesome wine shop and after knocking on a few cellar doors we turned some sour grapes into a pretty good bottle at the Eola Wine Company. It's humble and has a cool glass wine cellar and a nice atmosphere.

One of my other favorite places in Winter Park is it's back alleys, especially when people park red trucks near them =)

I hate to say it, but I think the best part was the end of the session. I'm still drooling after we ended the session at 4 Rivers Smokehouse. If you are looking for some good BBQ in Orlando, you should check this place out.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Outside the Ballroom: Serenata Beach Club, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

A slight breeze tugs your hair as it grabs a hold of your veil. It only makes the day more real as stare over a crowd of your closest friends and family from a top a wooden staircase leading to the beach. Standing next to the ocean waiting is the person you want to spend the of your life with.

The biggest issue of the day will probably be the officiant having to shout a little bit louder so everyone can hear him over the crashing waves.

The Seranata Beach Club sits on the edge of the most beautiful beach spots in the Ponte Vedra/Jacksonville area, but the best feature of the club is its flexibility. The banquet hall holds up to 300 people, so you can have your ceremony in a cool, classy area and then have the reception catered beachside. The staff is made up of teams from five star hotels and management all over the nation, so you can be assured you are in good hands.

Serenata Beach Club offers a private "bride's room" for perfect princess treatment so your preparation can be as smooth as the waves waiting outside. Sunny and serene, the setting of Mediterranean romance is perfect for any bride to be swept away in a whirlwind of wedding bliss. Complete with an outdoor space to celebrate one of the best moments in your life, the life of the party will be never-ending. Any wish you could hope for in a beach wedding is available at Serenata, even the opportunity for photos with the waves.

Here's what you need to know!
Venue - Seranata Beach Club
Location: 3175 S Ponte Vedra Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Contact: 904-823-3368
Price Range: $$$
Ceremony Site: Yes
Outside Caterers Allowed: No
Parking Available: Yes
Overnight Accommodations: No
Kosher Available: Yes
Valet Parking: Yes
Outdoor Space: Yes
CAPACITY: Up to 300
STYLES: Banquet/Reception Hall

This is a series about discovering other amazing venues that exist for weddings and other events, ranging from castles, to traditional antique ballrooms, to bed and breakfasts, to anything that cannot be classified as a modern ballroom or meeting room. We also want to hear from you about the venues you've discovered, so please submit them in the comments or email them to with Outside the Ballroom in the subject. For more info you can find it at the Introduction and for more venues check out
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