Beach Wedding Guide | Foreward

A beach wedding guide to plan your ceremony in Jacksonville, FL, St. Augustine, FL or Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach, Florida. Everything you need to know about creating a beach ceremony in NE Florida has been detailed in this book.

Foreword

“My job is marrying people. My vocation…making dreams come true.”

Close your eyes and imagine yourself on your wedding day.

Are you standing on a beach with your fiancé by your side – just the two of you at sunset with dolphins frolicking just off the shore?

Maybe you envision you and your darling standing under an arch with a warm Florida sun on your shoulders as your friends and family sit nearby to witness your magical moment as you make important promises to each other?

Wedding Arch on a Beach in Florida photo

Perhaps you aren’t even sure yet what that vision is and need some help figuring it all out…you only know that for as long as you can remember, you’ve wanted to get married on a beach.

As a dream maker, I passionately strive towards achieving my clients’ vision for their perfect day. It is with some apprehension when I see choices that can, and on occasion do, mar a special moment. Choices, that, had they asked, or thought to consider in advance, would have been a non issue and thus ensuring their sugar plum wedding.

When I set out to write this book, it with a specific objective. Let me ask you, have you ever gone on a vacation and thought to yourself, if only I had a local who could show me around – all the best stuff to do, where to save the most money, tips and tricks that only locals would know? That’s the angle I took when writing this book. Having performed hundreds of weddings in northeast Florida, I’ve accumulated mountains of tribal knowledge to share with you here. This book is crafted with goals of answering a common set of questions about beach wedding planning and giving out-of-towners (as well as local clients) the best tools I can offer to help them achieve their wedding ceremony vision.

How did I do this?

Lets just say I didn’t take a leisurely stroll on the beach and jot down some thoughts. I’ve spent countless hours literally walking block by block to map over 200 public beaches while covered in sunblock and sand, and eaten so many sandwiches in my car that I could live the rest of my life and happily never eat a tuna fish sandwich again. I’ve driven popular driving routes from airports, ports and hotels so you have the most accurate information to plan from. I’ve taken picture upon picture so you can see exactly what the area looks like, and talked with so many people, I hate the sound of my own voice.

But most important, I sat down and wrote about everything I could possibly think of, in hopes that it will give you concrete details so you can make decisions, no matter where in the world you live.

This book is my dream come true, authored specifically so your dream can come true.

Enjoy!

SPF Wedding Makeup Powder for Flash Photography

Best wedding makeup for flash photography with a high SPF for outdoor weddings at the beach…!

Your outdoor wedding day or commitment ceremony needs a finishing touch and you’ll find it with this mineral powder sunblock by Mineral Fusion.

Protect your face with UVA sun block protection

Public Domain Photo

 

Mineral Powder Sunscreen

Traditional sunblock is greasy and doesn’t work well with makeup, it makes you cry like 10 year old when you get it in your eye and reduces mascara to a watery black mess. Exactly  the small detail that can distract you and take away from your special day.

I stumbled across this in a store and it quickly became my favorite wedding day makeup. Apply this high SPF mineral powder sunscreen and you get a double benefit. It protects you from the sun at your beach wedding AND it gives you a nice matte finish as your final touch. A matte finish is incredibly important for your flash photography session post ceremony to even out your skin tones.

You can buy it online here. I highly recommend it. Mineral Fusion Brush-On Sun Defense SPF 30

To see more wedding makeup ideas, visit this post.

To read a full overview of all sunblock options (lips, face, other stuff), pop over to this link and check it out.

Filthy Rich – Wedding Accessories, Wedding Gifts, and So Much More

Every bride I serve has a different vision for her wedding day. This article evolved after many requests for assistance in locating key bridal accessories such as costume (also called reproduction) jewelry, accessories or gifts completing the bride’s carefully      constructed vision.

Filthy Rich Store St Augustine

Wedding Jewelry Ideas for Everyone – Who Should Read This Article?

  • If you’re seeking a piece of statement jewelry outrageously gorgeous to complete your wedding ensemble…..
  • If you want to look like you paid huge money for your gorgeous wedding accessories but really didn’t…….
  • If you’re a fan of movies, Golden Era or modern/contemporary celebrities or otherwise…
  • If you want to buy your soon to be mother-in-law a gift that will knock her socks off and finally get that scowl off her face….
  • If you want to give your almost husband a wedding gift singular in design and taste…..

costume jewelry for weddings and engagements

Filthy Rich serves up delightful jewels and accessories so splendid that to call them costume jewelry is like calling Wolfgang Puck a kitchen jockey. These are fabulous and AFFORDABLE reproductions of jewelry owned by film stars and popular celebrities both from yesterday and today. Whether your personal style drifts towards the Golden era of Hollywood (Must-See: Marilyn Monroe Eternity Band) or are inspired by a new generation of celebrity (Must-See: Sienna Miller Ribbon Ring), you’ll enjoy a wide range of options with surely some of them speaking directly to you.

 bride costume jewelry brooch pinWhy Choose a Reproduction?

Okay let’s face it? Most of us mortals can’t afford the real deal, and honestly, even if we could, when realistically would we be able to wear it again except for very special occasions. Even Jackie Kennedy didn’t do that. Did you know that she had all her uber expensive jewelry recreated as reproductions so she could wear them whenever she wanted without having to worry about losing or damaging them? Moreover when Tiffany’s was creating the reproductions they used exactly the same raw materials as what you’ll find in Filthy Rich. Yup! These are no ordinary baubles you buy at a department store, wear twice and then suffer the green finger consequences of cheap plating. Filthy Rich uses top end processes and raw materials like Rhodium to create their jewels giving you a long lasting finish so you can cherish your beautiful piece ad infinitum.

Men's wedding accessoriesWhat I truly loved about the Filthy Rich shop though was the people behind the counter. Not only were they knowledgeable about their products (the history behind the piece, their fantastic warranty, ability to suggest matching pieces,) they were invested in your vision and making it come true, hearing your ideas then catalyzing them into tangible solutions that really capture exactly what you’re trying to achieve.

Wedding Jewelry store Filthy Rich, makers and sellers of quality reproduction jewelry for weddingsThe Collections, The Ideas, The Services

  • Bachelorette parties – work with them to plan your event. Start your night at Filthy Rich with all your girls in one place so you can finalize your ensemble then head out for the next adventure.
  • They help you style your wedding look after your favorite celebrity pulling from their “Inspired By” series.
  • Huge variety of Golden Era (Old Hollywood) stars including reproductions from movies like Roman Holiday, Gone with the Wind,etc.
  • Contemporary celebrity reproductions
  • Bridal series collections that includes engagement rings, wedding rings, necklaces, cuff links, tie tacks – many items with matching or complimentary pieces.
  • Elvis collection – they work directly with Elvis’ long time jeweler to create direct reproductions from his jewelry collection.
  • Style your wedding ensemble to match a color scheme or theme (Gatsby theme aficionados will drool over the pieces to match this leitmotif.
  • Jackie Kennedy collection – licensed by the Kennedy Foundation, Filthy Rich joins only a handful of organizations in the US allowed to reproduce her signature jewelry and these two stores in St. Augustine are the only providers in St. Johns county authorized to sell her collection.
  • A short list of other film star collections you’ll find are: Marilyn Monroe collection, Veronica Lake Collection, Vivien Leigh Collection, and still a wider range includes licensed collections from films such as Twilight, True Blood and Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Shopping options: Stop by either store for personalized assistance or shop directly within their Facebook page (Filthy Rich of St. Augustine.)
  • Setting up special surprise events – they recently set up a proposal scenario for a fellow to pop the question in the store. The bride stumbled across her own photo next an engagement ring displayed in the case.
  • Great Hollywood collectibles like actual framed celluloid cells from movies, action figures and the like.
  • Tiaras to fit every style (okay maybe not Lady Gaga but just about everybody else.)

Filthy Rich – Quality Reproduction Jewelry, Accessories and Memorabilia
www.filthyrichofstaug.com

KING STREET STORE LOCATION
41-B King Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-342-5092
filthyrich.kingstreet@gmail.com

CHARLOTTE STREET STORE LOCATION
84 Charlotte Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-342-4121
filthyrich.staug@gmail.com

**Special thanks extended to Dan McBride, owner and the incomparable, Ana Rosa for educating me about their products and services so I could write this article.

That Wedding Lady
Serving Jacksonville, FL – St. Augustine, FL – Amelia Island, FL – Orange Park, FL
Duval – St. Johns – Nassau – Clay

Wedding Harlem Shake

Being a wedding officiant in Jacksonville, FL is a really fun job. This past Saturday, after I made the wedding announcement, the bridal party, brides and myself surprised the guests by doing the Harlem Shake.

That Wedding Lady, (904) 583-6688, Jacksonville FL

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Local Jacksonville Spa Offers Sinfully Soothing Services for Tiny Prices

Getting a facial or a massage is one of the nicest things you can do for yourself, especially if you’re looking to pamper yourself right before your wedding. The feeling of sure, strong fingers rubbing delicious emollients into your thirsty skin literally melts away worries and anxieties. Usually a luxury too expensive to enjoy on a regular basis, there is one resource local to Jacksonville, Florida that is a game changer.

wedding spa servicesThis post profiles Heritage Education’s spa services where advanced students ply their craft to obtain required hours to complete their curricula. The spa offers facials and massages; you choose from a variety of options they offer.

While most spas charge from $60-120 for these services, you’ll find a range of choices from $32-45 for full services usually 55 minutes long. What a deal! Moreover, the quality of service is as professional as this blogger has received at a regular day spa for about 1/3 the price.

Let me say that again.

You can get an hour long facial of the same quality and same professionalism as a mainstream spa for only $32!!!

If you’re not into facials, opt for a massage. They offer several flavors to choose from,eg, Shiatsu, sports, deep tissue, etc. Again, the price is ridiculously lower than a regular day spa. The service received is absolutely comparable to that at any area spa I’ve encountered. I’m loathe to ever pay inflated spa prices again as a result of patronizing Heritage.

Additionally, it is this blogger’s opinion that the service was of a higher quality as these providers are at the start of their careers…ergo, they are trying harder. Your complete satisfaction means something to them.

Brides should visit the spa about one week before the wedding. Get a massage. Have a facial. Let all those wonderful ingredients they apply do their magic, and on your wedding day, you’ll be glowing and gorgeous.

Tucked away on the Southpoint-Salisbury office park campus where JTB meets Belfort Rd, it’s fairly convenient to get to. Call to make an appointment and get directions.

Everyone wants to be beautiful and feel relaxed when the big day rolls around. Heritage Education’s Spa is an affordable, deliciously wonderful way to make you sparkle and smile.

The Spa at Heritage
4130 Salisbury Rd. North
Jacksonville, FL 32216
904-556-3303 Facials
904-556-3304 Massage
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Natural Outdoors Wedding Ceremony in Spring

Spring wedding ceremonies outdoors in Treaty Oaks Park in downtown Jacksonville, FL are so pretty. Home to the oldest tree in Jacksonville (more than 200 years) its branches spread out far and wide, and are so long and heavy that many rest directly on the ground. To give you perspective, this tree is larger than an office building.

Wedding officiant in Treaty Oaks

Hey! Miley stole my signature look.

Spring wedding ceremony

Treaty Oaks Park Wedding Ceremony

Spring into marriage

Spring colors exploding with pastels.

A Sweet Evening with Two Brides

On a beautiful evening I married two lady loves on the pool deck at the Crowne Royal on Jacksonville, FL’s southbank in downtown on the shores of the St. John river. Congratulations dear friends!!

Sand pouring ceremony

Sand pouring ceremony

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