How did you get started as a photographer?
I needed to find an outlet while earning my bachelor's degree in Psychology, so I took up Photography as a hobby when I didn't need to write papers or take exams. That was seven years ago, just having fun with a Canon Rebel T2i with the kit lens.
How many years have you been in business?
After earning my degree, I decided to go full time with Photography instead (the flexible hours were more appealing than an office job). I am celebrating my fifth year being full time!
What types of photography services do you offer?
I specialize in Wedding, Maternity, and Lifestyle Newborn Photography. I offer family photography as well, and just this year I started partnering with local "boss babes" in helping them brand their business with head shots and product/stock photography.
Tell me a little about your wedding packages?
I offer four packages, ranging from a three-hour "Elopement" package, to the remaining three based off of what you "Need", "Want", and "Desire" for your wedding day. I provide up to ten hours of service for your wedding day, including a second photographer for a minimum of six hours. I have also partnered with two local business ladies to include extra goodies (aside from the crystal USB and prints), such as a monogrammed shirt for the bride, and delicious monogrammed cookies for the couple.
What type of cameras & equipment do you use?
I have two full-framed camera bodies, both are Canon 6D. My go-to lenses are my 50mm 1.4 and 24-70mm. I also have a 85mm 1.8 and 15mm 2.8 lens. I use a couple of basic soft box lights on tripods for weddings, as well as four Shanny SN600SC Master Flash Speedlights. My favorite camera bag is the Kamrette Lyra Backpack!
For editing, what programs do you use?
When I first started, I solely used Photoshop CS4. It literally took me four years to integrate Lightroom into my editing workflow, and I regret not doing it sooner. PhotoMechanic has also been a game changer for my turn around time, as well as BlogStomp for my website and blogging.
What sets you apart from other photographers?
I am very patient, and I take my time with my clients. My website may say I shoot within a certain time frame, but if I feel like I didn't get what I needed for my client, I stay longer. I always shoot prior to sunset, and I schedule the session ahead of time to allow any wiggle-room I need if a child isn't cooperating or I am not confident enough in what we have gotten so far. I am also very laid back, and I am not bothered by children that may not be cooperating (or the husbands, ha!). I work with a lot of stressed out mothers, because let's be honest, a family session can be very stressful. I try to make the process as easy as possible on the parents, reassuring them their children are not a bother and we will get what we need. This rule also applies to the Lifestyle Newborn Session(s). I allow up to three hours for the baby to nurse as much as needed to get the sweet photos. For weddings, if there isn't a wedding planner present, I run the timeline - and my brides love that. It's a race against the clock, all the while making the day as stress-free as possible for my bride and groom. I have been a hairstylist, make up artist, janitor, and seamstress on a wedding day when it was needed; this is when I am so very thankful to have my second photographer to capture the moments while I am filling in a gap. Be rest assured those moments are rare, but it's better than a stressed out bride!
Has your work been featured?
Yes! You can find me on Beyond the Wanderlust, Wedding Wire, In Beauty + Chaos, and I am in network with Hulafrog and The Knot. I really need to be better about submitting my work; it's something I am working on for 2018 and 2019!
How can you be reached?
You may send inquiries through my website, www.heatherfphotography.com . My email is the second best form of communication: email@example.com
Brides may follow my Pinterest for wedding inspiration, and send me their own inspirations for upcoming sessions: www.pinterest.com/heatherfrankkk
Throwing the Bridal Bouquet and the Bride's Garter
On the bridal night in olden days guests would invade the bridal chamber, seize stockings and throw them backwards over their heads toward the bride and groom. The first female guest to hit the groom would be the next one to marry within a year, and the same applied for the first male to score with the bride's stocking. In retrospect, tossing the bouquet and the garter certainly seems a much more civilized idea!
Sharing the Wedding Cake
When the bride cuts the first slice of cake and offers it to her groom, she is carrying out an early Roman ritual. In Ancient Rome, couples plighted their troth by sharing food. Indeed, sharing food as a symbol of sharing one's life is practiced in many cultures.
Why Bridesmaids Are Dressed Alike
In more superstitious times, the bride and groom were surrounded by friends of similar ages dressed in similar attire, as a way of confusing evil demons. This way the demons could not find the real bride and groom and bring them bad luck. Today's bridesmaids dress alike, as do the groomsmen, as it's a way of confusing any who would wish the couple ill luck.
Wedding Bells & Honking Horns
The use of wedding bells has been a long standing tradition world wide for many centuries, but the origins date all the way back to Celtic origins. It is said that, not only in Celtic but many other cultures as well, they were used to keep evil spirits away that might cause harm or negativity on the wedding day. Therefore, ringing of the wedding bells, and making loud noises was thought to bestow good luck upon the bride and groom. In Scotland, and most other cultures, bells were also used to announce to the entire town that a wedding had just taken place. They were traditionally rung as the newly married, happy couple were leaving the church.
Today, in Ireland, wedding bells still play a very large role in wedding ceremonies. Brides and grooms are even given a marriage bell as a gift, and it must be placed within a central part of the home. What's even more interesting is that the bell can be used throughout the couple's years of marriage to bring an end to an argument without either partner having to admit that they are wrong!
Since cars do not date as far back as wedding bell traditions, the origins are somewhat newer than most traditions, but interestingly hold very similar beliefs. Car horns and making loud noises were also used to ward off evil spirits; however, honking the horn was often done on behalf of the bride as she rode to the ceremony, not away from it with the groom.
Why Is It Called A Honeymoon?
An old Teutonic custom held that the bride and groom ran away together, found a secluded place and spent thirty days, "until the moon waned," drinking hydromel. Hydromel was a fermented drink made with honey.
With this Ring...
Rings have been with us since time began, but how they became so intimately linked to engagement and marriage is another facet of man's social history. Before the minting of coins as currency, gold rings were circulated for that purpose. When a man gave his bride a gold ring, it signified that he trusted her with his property. During Elizabethan times, the gimmal, a set of interlocking rings, was quite popular. One ring of the set would be worn by the intended bride, another by the groom-to-be, and a third by a witness. All three rings would be united on the bride's finger at the marriage ceremony. Today the diamond solitaire, symbolic of wealth and undying love, is the popular choice for American engagements.
The Bride Wears Something Blue
Part of the old litany, "something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue," which prescribes the talismans a bride should wear on her wedding day, was quite specific about the color blue. Wearing a snippet of blue ribbon, or some other bit of blue about her gown, denotes purity, fidelity and love. It was also the color associated with the Virgin Mary.
Rice and Other Fertility Symbols
Showering rice upon the departing, newly married couple is a tradition that seems to have begun in Victorian times. Flowers were sometimes thrown, as well as shoes (satin slippers) in an older custom, but the throwing of rice -- long held as a symbol of fertility -- made its appearance about 1870. Confetti, little paper cutouts of horseshoes, hearts, and other motifs, also became popular to toss at the new couple. Both the rice and the confetti, however, presented some concerns. Though eaten by birds, rice wasn't a healthful item for them, and confetti presented difficulties in cleanup. Birdseed became the accepted substitution for rice, and fresh flower petals are often used. Blowing bubbles, instead of tossing tiny missiles, has become the modern send off for the bridal couple.
The Groom Must Not See His Bride
Tradition holds that the groom must not lay eyes on the bride the day of the ceremony until they meet at the altar. The superstition is that this can bring the couple bad luck, since they have glimpsed the future before it has happened. Reaching even further back into tradition, because most marriages were arranged by family members, the newlyweds were very rarely allowed to see each other. Family members that exchanged a dowry (property or money brought by a bride to her husband on their wedding day) feared that if the groom was not attracted to the bride, he may refuse to marry her. This is also why brides were "given away" by their father to the groom at the actual ceremony. Most all grooms saw their brides for the first time upon lifting her veil just prior to the ceremony.
Carrying the Bride Over the Threshold
When the groom carries the bride over the threshold, he is reenacting a very old tradition derived from many cultures, and one which can be traced to Roman times. This ritual was carried out to protect the bride from worrisome demons which might be lurking about the new home. If she were to trip entering the doorway, it would bring bad luck to the couple. This unhappy chance was avoided by carrying her through the doorway and over the threshold.
How did you first meet?
My dad actually introduced Samir + I (unintentionally). My father + Samir's father have been friends for about 25 years. It was Samir's birthday weekend + his father was hosting a pig roast to celebrate. We hit it off pretty much immediately. We were both amazed that in the 25+ years our fathers have known each other, we had never met.
What is the most attractive qualities about your fiance?
Samir is the utmost respectful man. He always holds the door for strangers, and without question - if you needed the shirt off his back, he would give it to you. He is also such a hard working, dedicated man. He works 60+ hours a week still finds time to love & spoil me. His mama definitely raised him right!
What is your fondest dating memory?
Our first weekend in Savannah. I took a road trip to see him about 3 weeks after we'd met. He was living in Georgia, near Savannah for work. That weekend was amazing! We explored the city together, ate amazing food, and honestly I knew I was going to spend the rest of my life with him. That was the weekend I fell in love with him.
What day did you get engaged?
June 21st, 2018
Where & how did he ask?
He proposed at home. He asked me to spend the rest of my life with him, and without a doubt I said YES!
Wedding Date & Location
November 2019 - Port Charlotte, FL
How many years has your venue been established?
We’ve been doing weddings for over 5 years now.
What types of events can you accommodate?
Mainly weddings. But we can do other events as well.
What are your ceremony options?
We offer the Oaks for three days. The day before for setup, decorating and rehearsal. The day of. And the day after for cleanup. Most people choose to have their wedding under the oak tree canopy, and their reception in the barn, but others have opted to have their wedding in the barn as well. (Also an option in case of rain)
What is your capacity for any event?
We are rated for 210 in the barn, but usually recommend 150 and under unless they choose to bring in additional tents.
What is your deposit amount to reserve the room & date?
We require a $1,000 deposit, but break it into $500 due at time of signing the contract, and $500 due 30 days after receipt of the contract.
What is the food & beverage price range?
We allow the couple to provide their own caterers. We also offer a bar b w pad if they want to have onsite bar b q cooking.
What are some complimentary rental items you include?
Our venue rental includes the three days, the brides room, grooms room, caterers corner, claw foot tubs for sodas, water, etc., restrooms, fire pit and wood, whiskey barrel bar, ceremony site with rustic woodland benches, and tables and chairs for the reception for up to 150 people. Also includes the barn curtains, chandeliers, and lighting. We have also just completed a 30 x 24 outdoor area perfect for dining or dancing under the stars. Our current price is only $3,500 for all of this if you book in 2018-May of 2019. Now accepting bookings for 2019 and 2020.
Perks and benefits of booking with your venue?
We tell couples that they are the artists, the Oaks is their canvas, and we want them to “paint” their wedding the way they and Pinterest envision. We also offer a Clydesdale and princess carriage option at an additional $500.
What are your bar options?
We provide the whiskey barrel bar, they provide their beverages and their bartenders.
Looking for the perfect venue in Punta Gorda to host your next wedding, party or other special event? Look no further- here is the 10 Best Punta Gorda Venues.
1) Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center tops our list with it's waterfront views and banquet seating for up to 1000. The Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center has the size to hold just about any event. Located at 75 Taylor Street Punta Gorda, Florida 33950.
From ceremonies on the water’s edge to intimate receptions accented by a spectacular sunset we are nestled on the tranquil Charlotte Harbor, painting the perfect backdrop for your special day. Source: www.charlotteharborecc.com
2) Cypress M. Ranch- If your looking for an authentic ranch wedding Cypress M. Ranch is the place to book! With it's private bridal cabin and cowboy quarters, a newly remodeled catering kitchen and on site restrooms. This property is perfect for your country chic wedding. Located at 43650 Bermont Road Punta Gorda, Florida 33982.
Cypress M Ranch is the perfect setting for your dream western wedding or any special events. We are nestled in the midst of old Florida beauty with cypress trees & flowing creek yet centrally located to Punta Gorda, Sarasota, Ft Myers & Naples. Source: http://www.cypressmranch.com/
3) Laishley Crab House- With gorgeous views of the Charlotte Harbor and delicious seafood options a plenty. Laishley Crab House has a rustic nautical feel that can easily be transformed if your heart desires. Located at 150 Laishley Court Punta Gorda, Florida 33950
Laishley Crab House is pleased to provide services for functions and events. We offer full catering services, an event room that seats 150 people, and a conference room that seats 20 people. We are convienently located near major hotels, and shopping & cultural centers. Laishley Crab House has boat and marina access. Source: https://www.laishleycrabhouse.com/functions.html
4) Punta Gorda Isle Civic Association- The PGICA is a perfect blank slate for any wedding or special event. With ample space in both the auditorium and meeting rooms it fits most wedding sizes just right! Located at 2001 Shreve Street Punta Gorda, Florida 33950.
The PGICA is a popular location for events hosted by our clubs, association members and community members outside of the association. Available for rent are the auditorium, meeting rooms and outdoor pavilion. A wide range of events have been held here, including weddings and receptions, birthday parties, celebrations of life, financial seminars, educational programs, corporate meetings, entertainment, and much more. Source: http://www.pgica.org/facility_rentalInfo.html
5) The Wyvern Hotel - With Punta Gorda's only roof top bar the Wyvern Hotel has got the edge on sophistication. With their newly remodeled restaurant 88 Keys and the banquet/meeting room - River Room on the first floor you have two options for your intimate wedding with a cocktail hour on the roof top and accommodations for your guest all wrapped up in one hotel. Located at 101 E. Retta Esplanade Punta Gorda, Florida 33950.
Whether you are planning a business meeting, family reunion or wedding reception, the 650-square-foot River Room on the lobby level of The Wyvern Hotel is perfect for intimate gatherings of all types. From full catering and event design services to on-site technical support, we work with you throughout the planning process to ensure that your function at our Punta Gorda venue is considered an unparalleled success. Source: https://www.thewyvernhotel.com/gather/
6) The Bayfront Event Center is a perfect blank slate for all kinds of special events. Not only do they include full use of all the tables and chairs the affordability of this venue is a major perk. Located at 750 W Retta Esplanade Punta Gorda, Florida 33950.
The Bayfront YMCA Event Center is located on Charlotte Harbor in the heart of downtown Punta Gorda. Our event room can hold up to 200 people with over 3,000 square feet of space for your next event. Bayfront is a beautiful location for weddings, anniversary, birthday, graduation or engagement parties, baby shower, staff get together or conferences. Rental of the Bayfront includes tables, chairs and use of kitchen which has an oven, microwave, refrigerator, freezer and ice machine available. Source: https://www.swflymca.org/locations/bayfront-center/bayfront-center/
7) Punta Gorda Woman's Club has a large, open floor plan and the rental price includes full use of the stage and outdoor gardens. What a little gem! Located at 118 Sullivan Street Punta Gorda, Florida 33950.
8) Captain's Table located at the end of Fisherman's Village offers picture perfect views of the water and delicious cuisine for a wedding up to 75 guests. Located at 1200 W. Retta Esplanade Punta Gorda, Florida 33950.
You and your guests can take in the stunning views and elegant ambiance while enjoying the freshest seafood, mouthwatering steaks and finest service that only the Captain’s Table Restaurant can provide. Our staff would be happy to assist you with every detail of your next business function, wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, birthday celebration, anniversary party or other special occasion. The private dining room is available for groups up to 75. Source: http://thecaptainstable.com/private-dining/
9) Twin Isle County Club- Enjoy golf course views at the country club located at the southern end of Punta Gorda at 301 Madrid Blvd.
The main dining room with wonderful views of the golf course, comfortably sits over 200 guests, making it perfectly suited to host events. An exceptional culinary experience awaits you under the direction of an award winning executive Chef. In addition, the dining room can be partitioned off to accommodate smaller private functions and business meetings. Source: https://www.twinislescc.org/Dining
10) Four Points by Sheraton has the perfect lawn overlooking the beautiful Charlotte Harbor. Perfect spot to host an outdoor event under the stars or a tent. Located at 33 Tamiami Trail Punta Gorda, Florida 33950.
I sat down to interview owner, Lynn Rhein to get her thoughts on all things cake. So here is a little Q & A for your Monday!
How many years in business:
Since 2006... so over 12 years!
Where did you learn to your talent:
The Culinary Institute of America and practice, practice!
What's trending currently:
Golds & Metallics, Ombre, Naked Cakes, textured buttercream & Cupcake Displays.
Most popular flavors:
Vanilla Strawberry , Chocolate Peanut Butter and Lemon Raspberry
Most popular size & shape:
3- Tiered (12" 9" 6") and Round
What should a bride expect or bring to a consult:
The bride can expect my full attention and suggestions, based upon hearing what they envision. I provide a tasting of cake flavors & fillings as well. A bride should bring her color swatches and any available cake inspiration photos. I highly recommend bringing photos that provide different elements you would like incorporated into your wedding cake…. gives me a ‘feel’ for the design you’d like.
Average cake price range:
Pricing does depend on size, design, flavors and icing selections, however most cakes I create fall into the $300-$600 range.
How many wedding cakes did you create last year:
I average about 2-4 a weekend….plus cakes for other occasions- birthdays, showers, etc. I am blessed to be busy!
How many flavors, fillings & icing options do you offer:
I offer probably 20 cake flavors with a wide variety of fillings. I can use either buttercream or fondant icing.
We will deliver from Tampa to Naples. Local delivery (Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda & North Port) is typically $25-$45. Further distance wedding venues can range up to $100.
Rental items available:
We have a variety of cake stands in gold & silver as well as cupcake stands.
Thoughts on cake toppers:
Brides are definitely not using the traditional bride and groom anymore. I am seeing a lot of monograms, Mr. & Mrs., and lots of custom toppers from Etsy!!
Advice for the brides:
- We do not recommend buttercream for outdoor venues unless it's winter time. Fondant will hold up better in the Florida heat.
- Don't be afraid to personalize your cake.
- Trust the professional- We can visualize your cake from day one.
- Keep in mind that a majority of venues have a cake cutting fee… better to know in advance.
How can a bride reach you:
They can give me a call at 941-629-2211 or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I also have a Facebook page (Cake Concepts) that they can send me a message!
When & where did you get married?
We got married August 7, 2014 at the Louise DuPont Crowninshield House on Boca Grande in Lee County, Florida
Is there any significance to your date/venue?
We chose the 7th, which was a Thursday because the number 7 is my favorite number... we chose the location for the beautiful exposed beam, wood floors, and chandeliers in the Louise DuPont House. We had originally planned to have the ceremony outside under the beautiful Banyan trees on Banyan street, but Florida's unpredictable summer weather brought us indoors.
Tell us about your gown:
My gown was actually a floor sample from Jeannine's a Fort Myers Bridal Boutique. We got married with only 5 months of planning, so it makes your options for a gown limited. Thankfully, I only had to try on 3 dresses to find mine. I wanted a simple and elegant feel and I wanted champagne or ivory as opposed to white. I found it all!
Describe your man:
My man... is it cliche to say he's perfect for me? He truly is my "help-meet." He is kind, fun loving, and outgoing. He helps me to be a better person. He forces me to stop and breathe, to enjoy moments instead of stressing over them. He is my good natured better half. I am thankful, everyday that I get to do life with him. He's good looking too, which doesn't hurt!
What traditions did you incorporate into your wedding day?
I don't know if we incorporated any traditions into our wedding, but we each had children from a previous relationship and we made them a part of our wedding. They had their own "vows" that involved a commitment to us as a family. I did have all the elements of the "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" however with all the stress of the day, I may have forgotten to put on the old and borrowed portions.
Favorite moment of your day?
My favorite wedding moment. Honestly, the whole day was amazing. When people say it goes too fast, it really is true. I think I had two favorite moments though; the first being, I was overall so excited about marrying the man of my dreams, that I did not even look in a mirror before I was about to walk down the isle. I realized I had no idea what I looked like and my bridesmaids had to search the place for a full length mirror. Knowing that I cared more about the commitment I was about to make than my appearance was actually a pretty comforting experience. For me though, THE moment of the day, was listening to my husband recite the vows that he had written for me. That feeling, was indescribable.
Describe your flowers for us:
My flowers were a show stopper! Marie of Port Charlotte Florist is so talented. I explained my vision of simplicity and romantic elegance and she made it happen! We had tons of pale pink and cream roses, lilies, hydrangeas and beautiful greenery. She created a breathtaking spray for the mantle that we stood in front of as we said our vows. My girls and I carried hand tied bouquets. The tables were arranged with mercury glass, candles, and bud vase style stems. I could not have asked for anything better.
Describe your day in one sentence?
In one sentence, my day was perfectly intimate, filled with family and love where I was able to make a life long commitment to my best friend.
Best advice for a bride to be?
At the end of the day, you will be married; joined with God to the person that is to be yours forever. If you focus on that, everything else falls into perspective.
This highly demanded rustic ranch has been the premier spot for barn weddings in Charlotte County. Nested among the oak trees out Bermont Road in Punta Gorda, Florida is this week’s Vendor of the Week- Cypress M. Ranch. I sat down with the owner, Lisa MacArthur, who is currently booking weddings for 2019 to learn a little more about her gem of a property.
Tell me a little history about Cypress M. Ranch?
Cypress M. Ranch has been here for 14 years as a horse ranch and currently in its fourth wedding season.
What is your wedding season?
We run weddings every weekend from October through May 1st.
What is included in the wedding rental?
Full use of the grounds, the barn, the bridal suite, the cowboy quarters, the kitchen, 2 restrooms, parking location and staff including trash removal and bomb fire prep. 3 hours for rehearsal and set up the day before. All day from 9 am to midnight on the day of the event and 2 hours the following day for pick up and clean up.
What are the ceremony location options?
The couple can choose between the 2 different pasture locations, under the oak trees or in front of the barn.
What are some additional benefits to the ranch?
We have bistro lighting around the property built right in. There are restrooms on site so you do not have to rent any and we have a brand new full kitchen. The barn also has drop down sides to help with rain and wind. For various fees, brides and/or grooms can ride in on a horse or we can also get the horse and carriage. We also have swamp buggies as well for grand entrances.
Tell me about the bridal cabin?
It is an all wood loft cabin with a bed, full bath, refrigerator, seating area and prep area for bridal hair and makeup. Designed completely country chic with a chandelier and all.
Tell me about the new cowboy quarters?
Designed with the guys in mind the cowboy quarters has a bar, lounge furniture and rocking chairs in an enclosed air conditioned environment.
Tell me about your new kitchen area?
The new kitchen area has all stainless steel, commercial grade appliances- refrigerator, warmers, BBQ grill and prep stations.
Tell me a little about the live band you have available?
The Florida Cracker Boys specialize in playing county, blues and southern rock n' roll. They are also available to do your ceremony music and be master of ceremonies for your reception. For the essential country wedding they are sure to get everyone dancing.
How can a bride and groom reach out to you?
By phone- (239) 872-4726
Facebook- Cypress M. Ranch Western Weddings
Special thank you to Lisa for giving me the grand tour!
How did you first meet?
While at a cabin weekend in Wisconsin with my girlfriends, I lost a dice game and the bet was that I would join a dating website if I lost. Being a cyber dating newbie, I was certain the man of my dreams wasn’t waiting for me online, but there he was! Brandon was the first person I spoke to and within the first 30 mins of messaging with him I knew he was the one.
What is the most attractive feature/qualities about your fiance?
Brandon is so sweet and loving, doing and saying the right thing at the perfect time. He constantly challenges me to be a better person and reach my goals. He’s happy with me just as I am but always offers support when I need it the most. I’ve never felt unsure or insecure in our relationship, he makes me feel like I’m the only one in the world that matters.
What is your fondest dating memory?
Oh there are so many to choose from! I am quite adventurous where Brandon is more reserved but curious. I’ve exposed him to places he’s never been, foods he’s never eaten and experiences he’ll never forget. I love seeing his eyes light up like a kid when we try something new. It’s so fulfilling and I’m so happy to share those “firsts” with him! We both live in Minnesota but taking him on his first trip to Florida was truly special. It’s a place I’ve always loved visiting and we decided it was perfect for our destination wedding.
When did you know you were in love?
I knew within a few weeks of dating, but he took his sweet time to let me know. I didn’t want to be the first to say those 3 words but accidentally did when leaving for work one morning and quickly took back my comment and claimed “I meant that for the dog!” About a month later, while enjoying a date night he said “I love you too!” I freaked out, I’d been waiting for that special moment but quickly realized he meant “I love U2!” as one of their songs was playing on the speaker. Another moment for the books! Finally, after about 4 months he told me he loved me on a beautiful summer night on our balcony.
What day did you get engaged?
June 15, 2017 just a random Thursday!
Where & how did he ask?
Brandon planned a date night at Adult Night at the Zoo. I’m a crazy animal lover and had been begging to go to the monthly summer event. He got on one knee on a deck overlooking of a beautiful wooded area filled with chirping birds. At that moment I think I blacked out, he had to ask me if I said yes afterwards! It definitely doesn’t happen as flawlessly as in the movies but I was so happy he had his brother sneaking behind us to capture our special moment.
Wedding Date & Location?
November 3rd, 2018 - Isles Yacht Club in Punta Gorda
How many years has Charlotte Bridal Boutique been established?
We have been in business for 16 years. Prior to that Lynn's mother managed the original bridal boutique in this location back in 1985.
What is the most popular dress style?
Brides are loving the more relaxed fit styles and modified mermaid cuts for their upcoming 2018-2021 weddings. Every year the traditional, a-line gowns still dominate the industry.
What is the most popular wedding dress color?
Ivory laces and nudes, darker ivories and soft champagne shades are extremely popular.
Average wedding dress range:
We order our gowns strictly with our local brides in mind. We try to cover the smallest budget / informal brides and go all the way to the extravagant and over the top weddings! No matter what the gown budget is, every bride deserves the perfect gown for her wedding day!
What price range for dresses do you offer?
Our bridal gowns are priced from $799-$2900, with the average price spent by brides being $1300. Our informal gowns have been ranging from $169-$599. We always have sale gowns available for every price range too!
What was the most expensive dress you have ever sold?
A gorgeous $4200 custom gown!
How do you select the designer lines you carry?
Every season we go on buying trips and meet with bridal designers to purchase all the latest styles and looks for the upcoming season. Lynn has spent years developing a very close relationship with a select few designers and their factories, and is creating beautiful custom gowns to offer her brides also.
What are some benefits to purchasing through Charlotte Bridal Boutique?
You are dealing with an established, trusted and local business that has been here for 16 years and will be here with you, to your your wedding day! Our knowledgeable staff has been chosen for their style, personality and ties to the local community. We offer one-on-one consulting with every bride (in every budget) to ensure she learns all her options and then, assist her in finding the perfect gown to match her style and personality.
Our staff is here to assist our brides, grooms and entire wedding party! You will be able to match (or Mix & Match) your bridesmaids, mothers, flower girls and all the suits or tuxedos in the party to create crate your own dream wedding, all in one location. We always accommodate out of town wedding party members and assist you in co-coordinating their orders.
What are some 2019 Trends you want to share?
Our brides are creating more soft and flowing wedding themes and the gowns are reflecting that trend. Soft lace, flowing chiffon and crepe are the fabrics of choice that we see coming. As for style, we will see Mermaid still trending strong and a modified A-line.
For the bridesmaids we will continue to see blush's and lighter shades. Softer shades of blues, purples and greens are increasing in wedding plans for the next 3 years.
What are some trends trending for tuxedos:
Suits and tuxedos in Blue, Black, Tan and Grey shades are very popular for 2018-2021 booked weddings. Our grooms prefer a more slim and ultra slim fit for the wedding party. We also carry the Modern fit and Traditional fit styles! Our clients love the endless color options in our Mens' department! We can color match nearly any wedding colors!
What are some other things you offer at your shop besides bridal gowns and tuxedos?
Gorgeous mother of the bride & groom dresses, bridesmaids dresses, flower girl dresses, shoes, jewelry, veils, invitations, and prom dresses.
What are the brides accessorizing with?
Beautiful cathedral and chapel length veils are the most popular accessory for our upcoming weddings! Our brides also LOVE to take a simple gown and accent it with elegant belts, sashes and straps! The more subtle the sparkle the better!
Tell me a little about Wedding Gown Preservation:
The Wedding Gown Preservation Co has been around since 1913. At Charlotte Bridal we offer the service of packaging your gown and sending it off to the Wedding Gown Preservation Company for them to 100% organically clean the gown and preserve it with up to 3 items: such as the veil, garter, gloves and so on. For more information on preservation stop on by and speak with one of our helpful associates.
In what ways does Charlotte Bridal Boutique give back to the community?
We are happy that we have the opportunity to give to local charities and theater group’s. We donate our dresses and gowns of styles that are out of season, to be customized for various productions!
We support our local students every year with discounts and donations for those students in need, we love seeing the kids dressed up and enjoying themselves.
We are a part of Brides Across America which gives over 2,000 gowns a year to military brides! We always offer military and law enforcement discounts!
We support the local non-profits with prize donations also!
We donate regularly to the retail store with Meals on Wheels and have participated in the home build with Habitat For Humanity.
What are your store hours?
Sundays are available by appointment only.
How can a bride reach out to you:
Please feel free to visit our website at www.charlottebridalboutique.com or send us an email to email@example.com. You can always reach us by phone at 941-255-1205 to set up an appointment or ask us any questions. Appointments are highly recommended but not required so come visit us at 2395 Tamiami Trail #106 & #107, Port Charlotte, FL 33952 in the Bell Plaza.
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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!