The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Love is Sweet

Ann and Danny

I had never met Ann or Danny prior to the warm, breezy early May afternoon of their rehearsal at their venue - The Sweet Escape themed vacation rental just north of Clermont.

We had spent the nine months prior communicating regularly via emails, phone calls, and text messages. They lived in the Cleveland area and felt comfortable planning a destination wedding where many of their family and friends could stay on site or close by at local hotels. That comfort level turned into a successful celebration themed around the candy/ice cream theme of the venue: Love is Sweet!

Of course, there were many photo opps inside and outside of the house. From the cotton candy in one of the bedrooms to the pool in the shape of an ice cream cone, Ann and Danny's fun-natures made the location perfect for their wedding weekend.

Midway in our planning, Ann expressed concerns over incorporating fresh florals into her personal wedding items and centerpieces. Since she had chosen a colorful candy colored motif that complimented her attendants' mauve gowns, she decided that she and friends would DIY silk flower bouquets, corsages, boutonnaires, and arrangements. This worked perfectly for their all outdoor celebration and the adorable centerpieces that featured large sugar ice cream cones inside of our glass cylinders.

Selected Photos by Bonnie Gearhart and Valerie Conrad

The day of the wedding, a huge storm passed through the area prior to the start of the wedding. Then the power went out until minutes before the ceremony was to begin. Everyone took everything in stride … the happy, fun atmosphere had a charming effect on bridal party and guests alike. We start nuptials just a few minutes late and a break long enough to get the guest tables re-covered and decorated. 

Here are some of our favorite images from Ann and Danny's super sweet wedding day.

Pre-wedding pictures were a blast!


The cocktail hour and main reception was held on the pool terrace. The bar had an ice cream soda shop theme. 

For napkin rings, we used candy bracelets. Champagne was poured into out glasses filled with cotton candy. 


A memory display featured past pictures of guests who had been invited to the wedding.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Shabby Chic Styling at Covington Farm

Jessie and Anthony

When your bride is an event professional, you know that her wedding day will be over-the-top with personalization and a focus on hands-on styling all her own.

Our staff easily adapts to such senarios. We love when clients want to take the lead and we follow with support for table décor arrangements!

Jessie and Anthony planned their wedding from the Detroit area with much support from Jessie's mom, Debbie. Jessie is originally from Tarpon Springs where her parents still live. Jess fell in love with Covington Farm in Dade City. It matched her vision for a shabby chic motif that incorporated much of her newly adopted home in Michigan.

Photos by Rachel Burkhart Photography

The week of the wedding, the couple brought fresh Michigan pine that would be the focal point of their farm table décor. We had met during one of her trips here to hammer out the rest of the farm table settings that included an assortment of mix and match accessories from both our inventory and hers. 

Jessie chose a burgundy, gold, and champagne color scheme with hints of rose and deep peach. 

All décor was perfectly orchestrated to match Jessie and Anthony's expectations days in advance of the wedding so the couple and their families could enjoy the excitement of the wedding day. Our staff was their eyes and ears for everything from the ceremony decorating to the set up of their multiple dessert station.

Being able to casually get ready at the barn's upstairs suites, gave Jess and Anthony time to spend with close family.

Special moments were for opening gifts and "chilling" with family.


It was extremely important to Jessie and Anthony that there was a huge level of comfort and unscripted moments in their celebration. I remember Jessie telling me that "as long as things happen, even spontaneously, that is what matters."

Social hour provided time for formal pictures along with hors d'oeuvres, open bar and fun and games.

Inside the main room, more interesting displays and table décor offered guests more insight on the things Jessie and Anthony embraced as a couple. From a loving memorial table to even Jessie's mom's wedding dress, personalization was every inch of the indoor space.

Jessie wanted every guest table free-flowing and highlighted with a variety of centerpieces.

Each guest had a personalized guest place card pre-set with attached Michigan pinecone. Our antique ivory chargers were also chosen for each setting.

The couple chose our Gold Medallion menu with a featured pasta action station along with whipped potato toppings.

Instead of one dessert, the couple chose a huge assortment of cakes and confectionaries. 

 We provided a variety of runners, lace overlays and glittery fabrics to accent various tables. 

The couple spent the night in the bridal suite waking up to "second sample" their wedding cake. The photographer returned to capture more special moments.

Planning, Coordinating, Catering: Catering By Robert / Event Concepts . FL 
Rachel Burkhart Photography 
Venue: Covington Farm, Dade City
DJ: Kool Kat Entertainment 
Video: All in White Video 
Wedding Cake: Publix 
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