Highly sought after local photographer Courtney Nicole Photography is this weeks Vendor of the Week! Read more below...
How did you get started as a photographer?
I began as a family photographer back in my (former) home-state of California. About a year into my career I was asked to photograph a wedding, and after my first I was hooked! I began to eat, sleep, and breathe wedding photography. After five years my husband, Josh, joined the team and a year ago James joined us. The rest is history!
How many years have you been in business?
I’m 7 years and two states strong.
What types of photography services do you offer?
Besides weddings, I offer family, maternity, and newborn photography. Josh and James offer commercial photography.
Tell me about your wedding packages?
We offer everything from elopements to full day coverage. All of our packages include artistically retouched digital images, with our top packages including canvases and wedding albums. Because we're a team, we're able to offer packages with two photographers and a videographer.
What type of camera/equipment do you use?
I’m a Pentax shooter which often comes as a surprise to people. I specifically chose it because, besides being a high resolution full-frame camera with amazing dynamic range, it is extremely durable and weather resistant - so important for our Florida weather. So when it rains I'll still be front and center, no need to take cover. At a wedding I’ll typically have a 24-70, 70-200, and an 85 lens in my bag. Josh uses Sony for videography.
What programs do you use for editing?
I edit all photos in Adobe Photoshop. Josh edits videos in Adobe Premier Pro.
What sets you apart from other photographers?
I’m very professional yet very personable. I have a commercial studio where I meet my couples and all my contracts and invoices are done online, in a very user-friendly program. I take the time to get to know my couples and usually helping them plan their special day. Whether it be the timeline or giving them vendor information I like to not only provide beautiful photographs – but a beautiful experience. A lot of my brides end up returning a year or so later for their maternity and newborn photos, so I end up creating special bonds as I watch their story unfold.
Has your work earned any awards? I’ve earned Top 10 Photographer on Summerana, I'm a Thumbtack top pro, and have been acknowledged by various photography forums.
Where has your work been featured?
The Sun Star newspaper interviewed me about the local wedding industry, I’ve been on ABC News Channel 7 for an interview in my studio, and I’ve been published in Grandeur magazine.
Do you have any special offers or promotions?
Yes! I bundle with the highly sought after All Event Entertainment. He offers DJ and a magic mirror photo booth. When bundled with him I take 10% off any photography session, and I offer a bundle package when adding on videography.
How can you be reached?
Check out my website www.courtneynicolephotos.com and I have multiple ways of being reached. Thanks!
5 Pro Wedding Planner Tips
1) Set A Budget
And a realistic one at that! Sit down with your parents, their parents and your significant other to realistically determine how much each can afford. You will feel so much better knowing exactly how much money you can spend instead of feeling super sad when you have to cut everything back a few short weeks from the wedding.
2) Target That Guest List
Do you need to invite every co-worker and your second cousin twice removed? The answer is NO! Really concentrate on your quest list and narrow it down to close family and friends. This day is monumental- fill it with those people that have been nearest and dearest to you.
3) Be True To Yourself
Are you a country bride rocking boots and horseshoes necklaces all the time? Then own your rustic country barn wedding! Don't try to be something you are not or make your entire wedding so unique that it does not reflect you or your fiance.
4) Always Have A Back Up Plan
Dreamed of getting married outside on the beach in September? Be prepared and have a back up plan. While Mother Nature may not be included on the guest list- she likes to show up from time to time.
5) Don't Forget To Enjoy Your Day
Things will happen. Something might go wrong or everything might go perfectly. Regardless, remember to enjoy your day! You can't relive it- so don't spend it worrying about the 'what if's'. Enjoy each moment, from getting ready with your girls to the last hug good bye at the end of the night. You worked hard planning so enjoy the fruits of your labor.
We see it everywhere, from the bathing suits to sundresses, bedding to weddings! Brides are loving the refreshing tones that coral has to offer and popping the bold color with a plethora of accent colors. Check out some of our favorite coral weddings below.
Coral roses, peach garden roses, white ranunculus, succulents, starfish, astilbe and coral hypericum berries make a bold statement on these beautiful coral bridesmaids dresses.
Pink, coral, green and white make a perfect blend of colors for Brittany's wedding. With the bridesmaids in mint and coral these colors were sure to pop.
Check out the details in this Grooms Boutonniere below. Fluffy white ranunculus, peach spray roses, coral hypericum berries, a miniature succulent and accented with the cutest starfish.
Dating back to the early 16th century, is when coral was first used. Coral is a more outgoing and social color perfect for your fun and festive celebration. It also encourages physical activity which will help get your guests up on the dance floor.
Combine coral with warm colors like yellow and red for a bold statement. Accent with navy to create a masculine feel or nestle it with white and peach for a monochromatic color scheme. The possibilities are endless!
For the Love of Garlands
Boy, oh boy, do we love garlands! We have compiled a few of our favorite local weddings and highlighted them below. From decorating the aisle to accenting the cake table, take a look at some of our favorites and share your ideas below.
What a perfect way to dress up the bride's and groom's chairs than with floral garlands. Garlands can be individual pieces or connected to symbolize the union of your love. Feathered eucalyptus with touches of lisanthus blooms are designed on gold chiavari chairs above.
Add a touch of elegance and charm to your wedding signs with flowing garlands. Perfectly sized to fit your welcome sign, escort sign or menu board. What an impressive display as your guests arrive at your reception.
Low profile garlands allow your guest to be able to communicate freely among themselves and is the classy alternative to a larger scale centerpiece. Bud vases with fragrant blooms like peonies, roses and ranuculus create a lush touch.
Draw all eyes up front to the head table or sweetheart table with the perfect touch of organic greenery and soft candlelight. Set the romantic mood with soft flowers nestled among the glow.
Really unify your reception by placing floral garland and touches of flowers on your cake table. What a way to highlight that special moment between the bride and groom as they cut their cake.
We want to hear from you! Comment below with your creative floral garland ideas.
How many years has your venue been established? - 2 years
What types of events can you accommodate? - All types of events. Weddings, showers, anniversaries, reunions, etc
What are your ceremony options? - Outdoor ceremony
What is your capacity for any event? -200 guests maximum
What is your deposit amount to reserve the room & date? -For weddings, $1,000 refundable security deposit
What are some complimentary rental items you include? -Round banquet tables, cross-back chairs, long wood serving tables, cake table.
Perks and benefits of booking with your venue? - Private location in the woods (no neighbors, no highways), 4 days venue access, no shutdown time, have your engagement shoot on property for no charge.
What makes your venue stand out above the rest? -Our family built this venue as a way to share with others a place that has brought our family so much joy over the years. Our mission is to create a stress-free venue experience for our clients in a truly authentic Old Florida setting.
How can a couple reach you? -Call Alycia at 863-244-7898, woodsandweddings.com or look us up on Instagram and Facebook.
“Dear Daddy, no matter where I go in life, you’ll always be my number
one man.” – Unknown
Father's play an important part in any daughters wedding day. From the planning stages and writing checks to first dances and speeches. A father's role is truly important throughout the whole event. As we approach Father's Day 2019 we wanted to send a special thank you to any bride's first love- her Daddy!
From speeches, toasts and father-daughter, after the ceremony leads to a time of celebration. A time to greet family and friends and create lasting memories. Here is a list of our 25 top favorite father-daughter dance songs:
Butterfly Kisses- Bob Carlisle
Father and Daughter- by Paul Simon
Daughter- Loudon Wainwright III
My Girl- The Temptations
I Loved Her First- Heartland
Cinderella- Steven Curtis Chapman
Dance with My Father - Luther Vandross
My Little Girl- Tim McGraw
There Goes My Life- Kenny Chesney
When You Need Me- Bruce Springsteen
Isn't She Lovely- Stevie Wonder
Daughters- John Mayer
My Wish- Rascal Flatts
You Raise Me Up- Josh Groban
Your Song- Elton John
Because You Loved Me- Céline Dion
To Make You Feel My Love - Bob Dylan
I'll Stand By You - The Pretenders
Brown-Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
You Got It – Roy Orbison
Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
Sweet Pea - Amos Lee
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - James Taylor
When You Need Me - Bruce Springsteen
I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
Lastly, we want to wish a Happy Father's Day to all the fathers, step fathers, grandfathers and anyone taking on the role of a father! What you do today matters, it matters in the life of your daughter and son and for many generations to come. Enjoy your day!
Burgundy & Blush Weddings
Exotic blooms like protea, thistle and safari sunset add unique texture and dimension. Tiny accent flowers such as hypericum berries, rice flower and astilbe tie perfectly into these soft and romantic themes.
We certainly hope all these gorgeous images inspire your burgundy and blush wedding. If you are getting married and still looking for a florist that will knock your socks off. Reach out to us by clicking here.
Happy Pinning! 😍
How many years has your venue been established?
What types of events can you accommodate?
We accommodate all events. Fundraisers, Golf Tournament, Weddings, Outside Pool events, etc.
What are your ceremony options? 3 outdoor, Large Lawn Space up to 350, Intimate Garden up to 100, Oak Canopy up to 140, Indoor up to 250 all seated
What is your capacity for any event?
535 seated, 1000 cocktail party
What is your deposit amount to reserve the room & date?
What is the food & beverage price range?
Lunch $20-28 inclusive, Dinner $30 and up inclusive
Do you have a cake cutting fee?
Included in our wedding set-up
What are some complimentary rental items you include?
We include all tables, chairs, basic linens, silverware, plateware, glassware, dance floor, for weddings we provide custom luxury linens for accent tables
Perks and benefits of booking with your venue?
We discount Fridays and Sundays by 10% year round, We have variable food and beverage minimums to meet most budgets, Our Catering team has a combined 20 years of experience just at our venue. All of the staff that will work your event is an employee of the club and trained by us.
Tell us about your chef?
Chef Culver reigns from the city of New Orleans. He has 25+ experience in the catering and private country club world.
Do you offer any audio or visual equipment?
We have podium, 4 wireless microphones, and a LED projector & Screen.
What are your bar options?
We have a fully stocked bar year round. You can go cash only or full open and anywhere in-between.
Do you have a children's menu?
Yes $10-all your classic children’s options
What makes your venue stand out above the rest?
Plantation Golf & Country Club is a premier facility in south Sarasota County with a fantastic ballroom overlooking our beautifully landscaped property and grounds. Our banquet facility is expandable to fit groups from 50 up to 500 with a full dance floor space and private bar area as well. The best thing to do is to come in for a full tour of our facility and introduction to our menu and pricing.
Our Catering Department here at Plantation is comprised of a fantastic of team of professionals, led by our experienced managers. Jessica Madsen, Director of Catering, has been with Plantation since 2007 and coordinated 275+ weddings and counting. Kayla Hilton, Assistant Catering Manager, began in October of 2017 to give even more specialized service and hands on event coordination. Both women bring experience and knowledge of the facility and event planning.
How did you get started in the wedding industry?
My bachelors degree required 9 credits of paid internships so I started working at In Bloom Florist and began learning the in and outs of the event business from some of the best in the industry. That is when I feel in love with weddings, corporate events, and trade shows.
What is your background/education?
I grew up in a family owned business so when I attended UCF, I really wanted to earn a degree in a field that I could build my own business. I graduated in 2014 with honors from University of Central Florida's Rosen College of Hospitality Management with a B.S. in Event Management.
How many years have you been in business?
I opened my business in August of 2015 and really started to brand myself in 2017.
What services do you offer?
Multiple planning packages from day of coordination to full planning services. I also offer rental items, custom signs and invitations.
What do you think is currently trending for weddings?
This year I think geometric shapes have become a lot more popular. They are being incorporated in design, decor metals, on the invitations and even with furniture.
What are your predictions for 2019 wedding trends?
I think with 2019 weddings, less will be more. I see a lot of weddings leaning towards having simple more natural looking decor. Even the bridal parties attire have been turning towards more neutrals over the loud accent colors and I suspect we will be seeing more of that.
What are your key strengths?
I would say persistence and the ability to stay calm in all situations but I am really bad at "bragging" on myself so here are some quotes from my clients.
"Always calm, reassuring, no problem too big, no question too silly, no task too difficult. She handles everything with confidence and grace and always with a smile." - Jeanne
"I had not planned on hiring any type of wedding coordinator as I was trying to cut as much as possible from our budget. However, after seeing how much Mandi did to make our day perfect I am so happy we didn't skimp in this area. " - Rosie
What is your favorite part about weddings?
I love everything about weddings but I love seeing love. I adore seeing a first look and that adoration in the couples eyes. I also melt when I am hiding in the back watching and I see other couples look at their partner or grab hands when they hear the vows once again that they also made at one time.
What is the cost for your services?
Day of services start at $950 and my biggest full planning package starts at $3750.
Where are you located and how far do you travel?
I am located in Port Charlotte but I will travel just about anywhere!
What are your hours?
Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm but available by email 24/7 and by appointment after hours.
Real Weddings: Amanda & Thomas- Plantation Golf & Country Club- Venice, Florida
When & where did you get married?
Plantation Golf & Country Club - August 18, 2018
Is there any significance to the date or location?
We picked August 18, 2018 because it was a day before our dating anniversary and a day after my Grandma Lynch's birthday... plus it was an awesome date written out!
I wanted it to be near my Grandma's birthday to honor her, as I was blessed enough to get her 50 year anniversary wedding set to wear as my own.
Tell us about your gown?
My gown was absolutely gorgeous. I found it at Charlotte Bridal Boutique. I went in very open minded and they helped me rule out what I liked and what I did not.
A couple weeks before my wedding I decided to get a second gown, my first one was perfect but I didn't feel like I would be able to dance as comfortably as I wanted
so I got a second gown that was more loose fitted... also from Charlotte Bridal Boutique.
Describe your man?
He is perfectly my other half. Every attribute that I lack, he allows me to gain through him. As cliche as it may be, Song of Solomon said it best... "I have found the one whom my soul loves"
What traditions did you incorporate into your wedding day?
We did the old, new, borrowed and blue tradition. We also separated after the rehearsal and did not see each other til the ceremony.
Favorite wedding moment?
Out of all the crazy surrounding a wedding day, my favorite moment was our wedding vows with Pastor Frank. I know hundreds of people were in the room with us but at that moment, but I only heard and saw Thomas. It was a feeling I will never forget.
Detail your flowers for us?
My wedding WAS flowers, anywhere you looked there was an absolutely gorgeous floral arrangement on display. I gave PC Florist a list of flowers I loved,
gave them a few ideas and let them run with it and the setup was more gorgeous than I could have imagined.
The ceremony had a complete floral arch that was breath taking, and garland on the floor to line the aisle. The reception had a mixture of tall elaborate arrangements and lower arrangements. They re-purposed all of my ceremony floral so that everywhere in the reception had touches of flowers. My head table, cake table, and seating chart were all completely covered with perfect floral.
Describe your day in one sentence?
Our wedding day was more than we could have ever dreamed of surrounded by all of our family and friends.
Best advice for a bride to be?
Do what YOU want to do. Throw away all the Do's and Don'ts that you read online, don't let anyone make you second guess your decisions and don't be afraid to change the "norms".
Judy Lynch Photography
Filled with a passion for weddings, events and marketing- Marie has been with our PCF team for a number of years. Behind the scenes with her organization skills and design talent. Reach out to her with any questions you might have!