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Ayla Goggin

Director of Events

941-387-1621

Hometown: Appleton, WI

What makes your venue stand out from other properties in the area? Not only are we situated on the Gulf of Mexico (and have a stunning beach) but we have SO many other options for event space, which makes us really diverse and have the ability to appeal to a lot of different couple’s styles.

Services provided: Venue, Accommodations, Catering

Describe your ideal client: Thorough, thoughtful couples who have a passion for each other and their special day

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: Networking events

Favorite gift to receive from another vendor: Products from local businesses, or I love a good desk trinket and all things that sparkle, though I won’t turn down a gift card for coffee or a bookstore.

Additional info: We have a variety of event spaces and can accommodate intimate soirees to extravagant parties. Our beach is the showstopper, and we host a lot of outdoor events, but we have a plethora of options for our couples which makes the planning process fun!

Fun facts: I moved to the Sarasota area about 10 years ago. I moved a lot growing up, and was born in Tennesee, but I consider myself a Wisconsinite (go cheeseheads!). My hubby and I got married about 8 years ago and bought a house in March 2020. I love to read (and started a book club locally a few years ago), and my happy place is the beach. I am definitely a Disney adult. I am total foodie (wine, cocktails, eats). Both the hubs and I went to culinary school – I originally wanted to be a chef. I’ve been at LBKC for 7 years and have loved networking and building up relationships in our vendor community!

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Lindsey Sikes

Senior Event Sales Manager

727-373-4446

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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What makes your venue stand out? Our amazing ceremony location! It is one-of-kind!

Services provided: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinners, Brunches, Anniversaries, Vow Renewals

Describe your ideal client: We are looking to share an amazing day with amazing clients. We are looking for a good fit that will value our unique venue, amazing cuisine, and memorable staff.

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: At our hotel

Favorite gift to receive from another vendor: Amazon gift cards, referrals, and red wine!

Fun Facts: I love music and going to concerts!  And my 3-year-old son is my world. 

Additional info: We have an amazing referral program for our vendors!

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Mary Barnett

Event Sales Manager, CMP

727-317-2841

Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL

What makes your venue stand out? The Birchwood offers a boutique and intimate wedding experience, being that we host just one celebration per day! Our ballroom includes two privately attached terraces, which allow guests to take in the beautiful waterfront views. We also provide exceptional cuisine offerings thanks to our talented chefs!

Services provided: Weddings, Receptions, Catering, Lodging

Additional info: The Birchwood has three sister properties located at the new St. Petersburg Pier: Driftwood Cafe, Teak Restaurant, and Pier Teaki!

Describe your ideal client: Our ideal client is looking to host a celebration ranging from 30-200 guests. They have a LOVE for downtown St. Petersburg and want waterfront views without the hassle of the sand. Our ideal client also appreciates innovative cuisine and fine spirits! They enjoy the benefits of hosting with a boutique property, thus allowing them to be the only large celebration taking place on the property.

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: Who doesn’t love a good Beach Drive Happy Hour!?

Favorite gift to receive from another vendor: We literally JUMP for joy when we receive Nothing Bundt Cakes!

Fun Facts: Boy Mom x2 and fellow BRAVOHOLIC. #Scandoval

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Melissa Rowjohn

Director Of Catering & Special Events

727-828-0003

Hometown: Boulder, Colorado

What makes your venue stand out? Isla Del Sol is a full-service country club offering unique event space and catering for weddings and special events. The venue provides a stunning private beachfront for intimate ceremonies along with a water-view ballroom and terrace. Isla Del Sol is so unique in that we sit directly between downtown St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach. Our ballroom and property have views of the Boca Ciega Bay, St. Pete Beach Skyline, and the downtown St. Pete Skyline, including Tropicana Field! We only host one wedding in a day and offer a private beachfront for our couples to use for their ceremony and beach bonfire after-party. The ballroom offers panoramic windows of the water along with a built-in dance floor, bar, and floating patio! In addition, we have photo opportunities available on the beach, marina, and golf course.

Describe your ideal client: Beach and golf lovers alike! Couples who like the feel of a resort but the privacy of being in an exclusive ‘one-wedding only’ environment.

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: In-person networking events and industry-related conferences

Favorite gift to receive from another vendor: Referrals and friendship. I love receiving Amazon and Target gift cards or gift cards for restaurants of all types!

Fun Facts: I was born and raised in Colorado and am a mountain girl at heart. I love to hike and camp! I love spending time with my family and my Shiba Inu puppy! I am a BIG Disney lover and have an annual pass to the theme parks, so you will find me there at least once a month.

Additional info: We love our Marry Me Tampa Bay community!

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Michael S. Novilla

Owner

727-642-1526

Hometown: St. Pete, Florida

Services provided: 5-Star Weddings, Ceremonies, Receptions, Holiday Parties, Corporate Events

Describe your ideal client: People who are good students, have their own creative vision, and will listen to good advice, plus they are ready willing, and able to afford our services.

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: At my venue NOVA 535 over drinks, especially Thursday evenings during my Entrepreneur Social Club.

Favorite gift to receive from another vendor: Some good advice that helps me become a better person.

Additional info: We live by continuous improvement, and do our best to be helpful while creating 5-Star experiences for our clients, guests, and fellow vendors.

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Laurie Davidson-Smith

Owner

The West Events

727-744-0593

Hometown: Treasure Island, FL

Services provided: The West is an unrivaled event space offering its guests a modern, industrial-chic venue in the heart of its iconic, Old Florida location in Madeira Beach. As the premiere wedding venue in the area, The West Events now offers All Inclusive Packages for those looking for the easy button! Mere steps away from white-sand beaches, The West Events provides clients with a non-traditional backdrop of raw brick walls and polished concrete floors and the freedom to transform this blank canvas into the Instagram-inspired, Pinterest-planned venue of your dreams. With packages that include everything from planning, catering, bar, floral, dessert, entertainment, and more. With over 5,000 sqft of indoor space & 2,000 sqft outdoor courtyard space, The West Events can host smaller/intimate weddings as well as larger soireés. The entire venue is a blank canvas for your design, enabling you to curate any theme you wish. Whether your celebration is intimate or grandiose, The West Events is able to accommodate a space for your needs. There is a capacity of 250 for standing events and 150 for seated occasions. In addition to the inside areas that are available, there is also an outdoor courtyard that consists of 1800 square feet. For smaller gathers, consider booking The West Wing for small groups up to 60. The West Events is fortunate to call Madeira Beach home. Located between St. Pete Beach & Clearwater Beach, this 2.5-mile stretch of sand sits between two of the best rated beaches in the world. St. Pete Beach was named Trip Advisor’s No. 1 Beach in the U.S. in 2021. Nearby Clearwater Beach has also earned accolades as the No. 1 beach in the U.S. in 2019, 2018 & 2016. With ample attractions, hotels, & restaurants, this small beach town has it all. From planning to catering, bar & entertainment, you can rest assured your big day is in good hands. Whether you are looking for a tropical, boho, modern/minimalist, or traditional vibe, this blank slate beachside venue can transform the space, making your dreams & vision come to life. The West Events is proud to offer a stand alone 18ft wrap around bar with a roll up garage to a 2000sqft outdoor courtyard. With both indoor and outdoor bar service, our bartenders can handle both smaller intimate events up to larger soirées. Personalize cocktail hour with one of our neon signs, signature cocktails, bourbon tasting station or champagne wall. Why not get married on the sand steps away from your reception venue? If you’ve dreamed of a beach wedding, but also want an industrial/modern venue, you’ve arrived! TWE offers beach ceremony packages as an ADD ON to our all inclusive packages. TWE does have an all inclusive package for those couples looking for the easy button. Call our office to schedule a site visit and to learn more about our packages.

Describe your ideal client: The West Events is the perfect location for anyone looking for a modern or industrial setting close to the beach. In a sea of chain hotels, The West Events provides a blank slate venue that gives couples the ability to see their vision come to life.

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: Our office! We have a building that sits to the north end of the venue and love to meet with vendors there to brainstorm. If it’s towards the end of the day, we will pop the bubbly!

Favorite gift to receive from another vendor: Anything personalized. We love spoiling our vendor at The West Events! We host a yearly vendor appreciation event that allows vendors to attend and mingle with fellow vendors. For once we are all on the other side and get to enjoy an event with a drink in hand!

What’s something vendors might be surprised to know about you? I was a former collegiate athlete for the University of Georgia. I helped the 2003 UGA Softball team win the SEC Championship.

Additional info: The West Events has partnerships with local hotels and provides discount codes to all clients looking for nearby accommodations.

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Alix Baker

Venue Manager

The West Events

727-363-4255

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Services Provided: As a former event coordinator, I knows what it takes to assist clients through the booking process, planning, and execution of the event. I have served in the hospitality and event industry for over 10 years and can’t wait to help our coupled plan their big day. I look forward to working closely with our clients/couples to ensure we deliver on our promises and exceed their expectations, whilst providing excellence in customer service.

Areas you service: Madeira Beach FL

Describe your ideal client: Our ideal client is looking for a blank slate venue where they can transform the space and bring their vision to life. With hundreds of vendors on our approved list, clients can rest assure they will be working with the best vendors in the Tampa Bay Area. Many of our couples love the fact that we offer an all inclusive package for weddings up to 200 as well as a micro wedding package Monday-Thursday that helps those who are on a tight budget. For those who just want to rent the space a la carte and book their own vendors, we are here for that too!

What makes your venue stand out from others in your category? The West Events is like no other venue along the Gulf Coast, providing a modern/industrial vibe while also offering the beach steps away for ceremonies or photo ops with your wedding party. Call me to set up a private tour or come to one of our next open house events.

What is something vendors would be surprised to know about you? I am part Puerto Rican!

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: I love the rooftop of the Cambria hotel. We can take in the beautiful view and brainstorm ways to help each others businesses.

If a vendor were to send you a “thank you” gift, what would you like to receive? Nothing Bundt Cake Buntinis!

Fun Fact: I am currently planning my own wedding, so I can relate to all the details that you might have to consider!

Additional Info: I am super excited to network with other Marry Me Tampa Bay Vendors. I am new to the venue and very much look forward to connecting! Please reach out if I can do anything to help you or your business! We are always looking for new vendors to showcase for our open houses and styled shoots.

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Jennifer Smith

Senior Catering Sales Manager

813-222-4905

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Tampa Hotel Wedding Reception at Hilton Downtown Tampa Ballroom | White Table Linens with Gold Chiavari Chairs and Tall Gold Centerpieces of White Hydrangea, Blush Pink and Deep Red Roses and Dusty Blue Eucalyptus Greenery by Tampa Wedding Florist Monarch Events and Design | White Dance Floor and White Pipe and Drape Room Divider Wall with LED Uplighting

Services provided: Venue – 30,000 sq ft of ballroom space that can hold up to 1,000 people. Outside courtyard for wedding ceremonies and cocktail receptions. 520 sleeping rooms and 14 suites. Banquet & catering department.

Describe your ideal client: Anyone that needs help planning an event.

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: New restaurants

Favorite gift to receive from another vendor: Gift cards

Additional info: Looking forward to working with you!

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Courtney Blount-Mannix

Director of Catering Sales

727-259-9395

Hometown: Brandon, FL

Services provided: Wedding Venue, Resort, Beach

Describe your ideal client: Whether your dream wedding is an intimate gathering of only 25 of your closest family and friends overlooking the Gulf of Mexico or a lavish gala for 200 plus guests, Bellwether Beach Resort provides the perfect destination. With a variety of wedding and reception venues to suit many tastes and budgets, our wedding planning team will help you create lasting memories of your St. Pete Beach wedding. Find the perfect match of Florida charm and a romantic hotel at our St. Pete Beach wedding destination.

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: At the Bellwether Beach Resort – Level 11

Favorite gift to receive from another vendor: Corgi Puppies :-)

Additional info: Retro-Florida meets modern-chic at the new Bellwether Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach. Capturing the vintage spirit of its coastal locale, Bellwether’s iconic architecture and nostalgic interiors set the tone for the resort experience: thoughtful, fun, and unexpected. Debuting summer 2021, Bellwether will become a Sunshine City flagship for unforgettable moments and immersive experiences.


April Sherwin

Event Sales Manager

727-642-0715/727-758-7657

Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL

What makes your venue stand out? At 1920-built, historic venue NOVA 535, we custom-create each event the way the couples want, with no limits and no stress! We have preferred caterers that cover every budget and food style. All beverages come through NOVA’s full liquor bar, with packages, cash/credit, and consumption bars available. We also supply linens, rentals, tables and chairs, and work with the region’s best vendors for everything else, making your NOVA experience an easy one-stop shopping experience. Our 1,000+ 5-star Google reviews are a testament to our commitment to bringing the event vision to life. We have been in business for over 12 years and love our local St Pete community.

Services provided: Venue Services, Weddings, Birthdays, Corporate Events, Fundraisers, Film Shoots, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Styled Shoots, Holiday Parties, and any other type of event!

Describe your ideal client: Our ideal client for NOVA is someone who is looking for a 5-star full-service venue where we do all the work so they can have all the fun! Our 100-year-old historic venue is perfect for those looking for an “industrial chic” styled event, which complements perfectly with our private brick and bamboo courtyard. I love couples who want to create a warm and vibrant atmosphere for their guests, all while enjoying the stress-free planning process!

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: Come into NOVA for a tour and a drink on me!

Favorite gift to receive from another vendor: A 5-star review! I’m also obsessed with anything Rose Gold (which includes Rose wine). A thank-you gift I’d love to receive would be a candle. I burn through them like crazy, especially the Bath and Body Works 3-wicks! 

Fun Facts: I grew up dancing every style, from ballet to jazz to contemporary. I competed in dance competitions, joined the dance team in college, and was part of a dance company when I was living in NYC. I still take a class every so often in downtown St. Pete (it’s called DivaDance!). Dance has always been a huge passion in my life.  

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Josh Cunningham

Special Event Sales Manager

401-439-0724

Hometown: Bradenton, FL

What makes your venue stand out from other properties in the area? We are a secluded and private golf club venue that offers onsite lodging for the wedding party, also the opportunity for the wedding party to play a round of golf at one of the top Private Golf Courses in Florida at a discounted rate. Couples who have their wedding with us will also become a culinary member till the end of that calendar year.

Services provided: Wedding Venue, Onsite Catering, Lodging, Golf, Inclusive Wedding Package Available, On-Site Lodging, Rehearsal Dinners, Post Wedding Brunch.

Describe your ideal client: Young couples who are looking for a venue with beautiful nature backdrop with a beautiful Ballroom that they can make their own.

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: Their Venue, Zoom, Networking events

Favorite gift to receive from another vendor: Just referrals for their clients to use our Amazing Venue, maybe a bottle of Cabernet or Nebbiolo…

Additional info: We offer a great inclusive wedding package also have lodging onsite for the wedding party or family.

Fun facts: Well, being in the Food and Beverage I’m constantly working, trying to bring the best experience to our Members and Guests, so with the little free time I have I enjoy walking the Ringling Bridge some mornings, big foodie and love to try new food and wine, travel, Originally from Rhode Island but have lived in Sarasota for the past 12 years.

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Bri Haverhals

Senior Sales & Event Manager

678-698-3172

Hometown: Marietta, Georgia

Services provided: Venue Coordination, Food & Beverage Coordination, a Ceremony & Reception Space, Full-Service Bartending & Service Staff, Setup & Breakdown

Describe your ideal client: Open-minded, laid back, lover of non-traditional, unique, and/or industrial wedding trends. Bonus points if they know of the Horse Soldier story!

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: Here at The Urban Stillhouse, by the fireplace, with coffee. Or Pier Teaki if I can ever escape from here!

Favorite gift to receive from another vendor: I’m not picky :-)

What Is Something Vendors Would be Surprised To Know About You? I’m half Dutch, and my legal first name is Markje!

Additional info: We’re a new and innovative venue, and also a full service craft bar and American Bistro restaurant. We’ve only held a handful of weddings on-site and have the tools to make most any vision to life! One will never be the same as the other, because we are learning what works best in our space, and always welcoming new ideas. We completely shut the restaurant down for weddings/buyouts, so our team is 10000% focused on and dedicated to making this day flawless. We also love hosting intimate ceremonies for 20 or less in our library, with or without a dinner/reception to follow.

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Amy Winkleman

Private Event Manager

Bay Club at Westshore Yacht Club

813-704-9136

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Services provided: Waterfront Venue where the sunsets on our side of the Bay. We provide all food and beverages, light decor and a very hands on coordinator.

What makes your business stand out from others in your category? Private Waterfront View

Describe your ideal client: Any Client that loves the water either indoors or outide.

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: I love going to new places or restaurants that I have not tried.

Favorite gift to receive from another vendor: Bourbon! I love Bourbon! HAHA or a good home depot gift card goes really far.

What is something vendors would be surprised to know about you? I have never seen snow and I have no rhythm.

Additional info: Hidden South Tampa Gem with the Sunset in the background. I just Celebrated 10 Years at Westshore Yacht Club!

Fun facts: I’m a coin collector & who loves to travel.

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Danielle Skolozynski

Venue Manager

888-428-7820

Hometown: Lakeland, Florida

Services provided: Venue- Tables + Chairs, Finishing Kitchen, Bridal Suite

Describe your ideal client: Creative in their design approach for the day and prepared with a list of great vendors.

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: Zoom or Coffee

Favorite gift to receive from another vendor: Coffee + Bubbly

What Is Something Vendors Would be Surprised To Know About You? We offer a 12-hour rental block on weekends.

Additional info: We are a non-exclusive, blank, space that allows our clients to customize their dream day.

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Amanda Derby

Events Director

(813) 990-7211

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Services provided: Private Events, Weddings, Engagement Parties, Rehearsal Dinners, Bridal Showers, Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, Corporate Parties, Luncheons

Describe your ideal client: Clients who are looking for a non-traditional event space; who are willing to get creative with decor and floor plans; who value great food, beer and service; and like to have fun with their loved ones.

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: At the Brewery! First beer is on us!

Favorite gift to receive from another vendor: Starbucks Gift Card

What Is Something Vendors Would be Surprised To Know About You? I am an attorney.

Additional info: We are a non-exclusive, blank, space that allows our clients to customize We are a family-owned and operated destination brewery, which features our beautiful private event space, in addition to a state-of-the-art production/manufacturing plant, a spacious tasting room and restaurant and over 7,000 sq. ft. of outdoor patio and beer garden space. Our brand started on Florida Avenue in the Seminole Heights neighborhood in Tampa, and we are currently under construction for a second location, back on Florida Avenue!


Amanda Lewandoski

Venue Manager/ Director of Sales & Marketing

(352) 574-6599

Hometown: Dade City, Florida

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Services provided: Weddings, Birthday Parties, Bridal Showers, Baby Showers, Corporate Events, etc. We offer a venue space in Dade City, FL to host weddings and other social gatherings

Describe your ideal client: Our Ideal Clients would be our couples that embrace our history and background and plan a wedding that shows off their unique style! We love to feature all different types of weddings and events in our home to capture how well our venue meshes with various styles and themes.

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: We offer tours here at The Venue at the Block on Tuesdays-Fridays from 9:00am to 3:30pm.

Favorite gift to receive from another vendor: Coffee gift cards are the best!!

What Is Something Vendors Would be Surprised To Know About You? We were once an automobile dealership in the 1920s

Additional info: The Venue at the Block welcomes pets to be apart of their couples ceremony! Ask us about our pet policy and how you can incorporate your four-legged friend on your big day!


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Christine Dorroh

Sales Manager

(813) 223-7999

Hometown: Colorado

Services provided: Yacht Venue, DJ, Coordinator, Buffet or Plated Menu, Bar, Ceremony Set up & Captain Officiant

Describe your ideal client: A couple with a desire to have a unique & very memorable Wedding Day, Rehearsal Dinner, Engagement or Anniversary Celebration!

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: Networking Event, Coffee House or Happy Hour

Favorite gift to receive from another vendor: Starbucks or Panera Gift Card

Additional info: We have hosted all types of Wedding events for over 20 years including Weddings, Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners, Engagement & Anniversary Celebrations! With Yacht StarShip it will be an amazing day with smooth sailing!

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Wendy Odom

Wedding Sales Manager

(813) 559-1014

Hometown: Missouri

Services provided: Venue, DJ, Coordinator, Menu, Bar

Describe your ideal client: Those who are seeking a unique & exciting experience.

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: A networking event, coffee house or happy hour!

Favorite gift to receive from another vendor: Everything is appreciated, but especially friendship, a referral and chocolate!

What Is Something Vendors Would be Surprised To Know About You? I enjoy gardening and I have a 12 bed garden house.

Additional info: We have been hosting events on our Yachts for over 20 years!

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Griffeth Whitehurst

Owner

727 – 432 – 2164

Hometown: Tarpon Springs, Florida

Services provided: Venue Services, Custom Jewelry services

Areas Serviced: Greater Tampa Bay area and beyond.

Describe your ideal client: Our ideal client is someone who is grounded and with excellent communication skills when it comes to what service/product they are looking for. This person is looking for an experience that is a little outside the box and catered to their specific needs. Fun and friendly is a plus because that is the kind of people we are! This person doesn’t mind being guided by trusted experts and is open to suggestions when they are indecisive.

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: We love to meet with vendors at our venue. Those visiting the Whitehurst Gallery for the first time, without fail, are blown away by it’s unique architecture and interior spaces and immediately begin to think about how they might utilize the space for their clients events.

Favorite gift to receive from another vendor: A thank you card will suffice! We deeply appreciate our trusted vendors and feel as though the greatest gift is a good referral.

Additional info: Whitehurst has been in the business of custom jewelry design and fabrication for over 40 years. We offer MMTB couples 10% off of our Diamond and Ruby Venue Packages when they purchase wedding rings through us as well!

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Caroline Simpson

Venue Manager/ Owner

352-254-0461

Hometown: Dade City, Florida

What makes your venue stand out from others in your category? Our venue is so unique because we built it to be the perfect mix between Southern charm and modern elegance! We knew there were a lot of barn and rustic style venues in the area, so we tried to make ours something uniquely different while still having that homey feel. We also are a family-run business, which really sets us apart when it comes to customer service! We are fully invested in each and every event we have and truly love what we do!

Services provided: Wedding Ceremonies, Wedding Receptions, Event space for Birthday Parties, Anniversaries, Fundraisers, Vow Renewals, Bridal or Baby Showers, Corporate Retreats, Meetings, Networking Events, and More!

Areas Serviced: All of The Sunshine State!

Describe your ideal client: Fun and personable clients who are looking to create a one-of-a-kind event! We love getting to jump in and help guide our clients through the entire process, from start to finish! Kindness and respect goes a LONG way with us!

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: Our venue! We love getting to show vendors around our property and learn about all they have to offer!

Favorite gift to receive from another vendor: Great reviews and anything sweet! As a thank you from a vendor, we love anything food-related, but Starbucks is always a favorite!

Fun facts: My husband and I run the venue together, and we opened right after finishing college! He graduated from Saint Leo University, which is only about 15 minutes from the venue. I graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) We are die-hard Steelers and Yankees fans, and have an adorable micro mini Goldendoodle puppy named Espn who loves to help out at the venue!

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Amber Wahlberg

Director of Events

Legacy Lane Weddings

267-614-8110

Hometown: Brooksville, Florida

What makes your venue stand out from others in your category? I know every venue will probably say that they are unique, but I honestly believe we are very unique to any other venue. We are an overnight accommodations wedding venue, allowing our couples to spend the entire weekend with their family and friends on a private exclusive property that sits on 120 acres. Our couples can select up to 30 of their friends and family to stay with them on the property from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon. We spend the week preparing the property and the wedding venue space specifically for the couple’s wedding day. The owner’s vision was to allow the couple extended time with family and friends instead of a few hours on a Saturday while running around getting everything set up and broken down for their special day. Lastly, our staff also sets us apart. They go above and beyond to assist in any way they can and to make everything run as smoothly as possible.

Describe your ideal client: A couple who wants to be able to relax and enjoy a hassle-free wedding with more time to celebrate with their loved ones over the duration of the weekend.

How did you get into the wedding business? I was and still am a licensed cosmetologist and have worked in a salon since 9th grade. I always enjoyed doing hair and makeup for formal events for friends and continued to do it as part of my profession. I am also a type-A person and like organization and details. When my husband’s aunt and uncle started a wedding venue, I showed interest in wanting to help with hair and makeup but also wanted to be an assistant coordinator. There was a position that opened up, and then very quickly, a lead coordinator for the venue at Legacy Lane Weddings. After one year of being a lead coordinator, they asked me to come on full-time and help oversee all of the events and venue. As of June 2021, I became the Director of Events.

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: A meeting at the venue or a local coffee shop.

If a vendor were to send you a “thank you” gift, what would you like to receive? Anything coffee or beauty related. Gift cards (Amazon, Starbucks, Marshalls, etc.), unique gift boxes/little samples of things you like/use, food arrangement boxes

Fun Facts: I love volleyball, being active, and spending time outdoors. I have four beautiful children and love spending time with them and my husband, going to the beach. Although I was born in the North and lived there most of my life, I am a Southern girl at heart!

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Kasey Bussell

Director of Events

The Don CeSar

Hometown: Michigan

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With over 13 years of experience managing weddings and social cvents, Kasey has an unwavering commitment and passion for helping couples transform the wedding of their dreams into a stunning reality. She is recognized for being detail-oriented, responsive, and calming for the pre-wedding nerves that undoubtedly arise, and she has a passion for all things weddings.

What is something vendors would be surprised to know about you?: Living most of her life in Michigan, following college, Kasey began her career in Corporate Communications and Events, followed by 10 years in the music industry. She studied for her Master’s Degree in Professional Communications at Purdue University and has a Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism Management from Florida Atlantic University College of Business.

Fun Facts: I found my true calling and passion helping couples plan for one of the most important days in their lives. We have a dedicated team of professionals ensuring every detail for your event is covered, where the mastery of our Culinary team delights every palate in an iconic and stunning historical location. Celebrations at our beautiful Pink Palace create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Abdiel Gonzalez

Business Development and Marketing Manager

Haus 820

888-428-7820

Hometown: Lakeland, Florida

What makes your venue stand out from others in your category? We offer event venue rentals and an all-inclusive package. Haus 820 is a modern, minimalist event venue that offers a simple yet sophisticated atmosphere with clean lines, neutral color palette, and functional design. A historic building with sleek and unobtrusive design elements allowing the focus to remain on the event itself. Haus 820 is relaxed, quick witted and pays attention to detail in order to exceed the expectations of guests with every feature and interaction.

Describe your ideal client: Our ideal client is someone who wants a simple and blank canvas so that they can dream up and execute their perfect wedding without fighting venue design elements. Our client is budget conscious and wants execute a luxe, minimal design aesthetic for their wedding. Our clients appreciate an urban environment and the charm or historic spaces.

What is something vendors would be surprised to know about you? One of the first warehouses to turn into a venue is central Florida with a full finishing commercial kitchen and outdoor space

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: I love a good happy hour meet up.

If a vendor were to send you a “thank you” gift, what would you like to receive? I am a big foodie who enjoys cooking and trying new restaurants. I also like making cocktails as a hobby, so supplies and ingredients for food and drinks is always a great gift. I also travel a lot, so handy little items to make travel easy is always a plus too.

Additional Info: I am very new to the event venue industry and welcome any tips, tricks and industry insight.

Fun Facts: I was raised in Honolulu Hawaii most of my life and enjoy the beach. I was also a dancer most of my life and have appeared a few music videos and toured as a back up dancer. I have recently become a Disney Adult.

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Toni Miller

Owner

Mill Pond Estate

813-340-7991

Hometown: Barbados

What makes your venue stand out from others in your category? We are a black female-owned wedding venue that specializes in outdoor weddings and values transparency – especially when it comes to pricing. Our motto is, “Your Vision Fits Here”. Mill Pond Estate is unique to other properties in the area because we truly are a blank canvas venue. We want to help you bring your vision to life through four different spaces – the Broken Oak, the Lilly Pond, the Flower Garden, and the Grand Meadow – and providing quality service and top-notch communication. Our venue is perfect for couples who dream of an outdoor wedding that will create unforgettable memories for years to come! We offer fair and transparent pricing so couples don’t have to spend hours dissecting and deciphering costs. Mill Pond Estate is also dog-friendly and an LGBTQ+ friendly venue (we earned our Equally Wed Certification in 2021!).

Describe your ideal client: Our ideal client is a young working professional with a wedding budget of $75-$100k who loves to travel ,enjoys hanging out with friends/family and trying new restaurants, always down for an adventure, and is an animal lover, who is also confident, witty, doesn’t take life too seriously but likes some structure.

What inspired you to start your business? Mill Pond Estate started to help sustain and pay for the property and transformed into a venue where couples truly have a blank canvas to bring their vision to life.

What is something vendors would be surprised to know about you? I’m a huge gamer!

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: Preferably at the estate.

If a vendor were to send you a “thank you” gift, what would you like to receive? Anything that gives back to charity (i.e. a donation in MPE’s name)  Or something edible!

Additional Info: Mill Pond Estate is an LGBTQ+ Friendly Wedding Venue. We celebrate and serve the full spectrum of the LGBTQ+ community and earned our Equally Wed Certification in 2021.

Fun Facts: I used to be a zookeeper and I love Vanderpump Rules!

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Liana Patrick

Director

Harborside Chapel

727-726-0202

Hometown: Middletown, NY

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What makes your venue stand out from others in your category? Harborside Chapel is a modern church that harmoniously blends classic elegance with contemporary design. Illuminated by an abundance of natural light, its timeless architecture captivates visitors. This venue exudes an atmosphere of serenity and sophistication, providing an ideal backdrop for weddings and ceremonies where tradition seamlessly intertwines with modernity. As an integral part of Harborside Christian Church, Harborside Chapel holds a profound appreciation for marriage, recognizing it as a symbol of the sacred union between Christ and the Church.

Describe your ideal client: A bride and groom who embrace a vision for their special day that resonates with the distinctive offerings and values of Harborside Chapel.

What is something vendors would be surprised to know about you? I have my Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy.

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: Haven House in Safety Harbor.

If a vendor were to send you a “thank you” gift, what would you like to receive? Coffee, candles, red wine & chapstick!… these are my favorite things

Additional Info: I love meeting new people! Always down to grab coffee.

Fun Facts: I’m from NY, my favorite food is pizza, I enjoy crossfit, love the color pink.

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Hannah Poff

Catering Sales Manager

TradeWinds Island Resort

727-677-8706

Hometown: St. Simons Island, GA

Services Provided: Venue, Catering, Sleeping Rooms

What makes your venue stand out from others in your category? We are a family friendly resort with tons of things to do, and offer multiple venues to select from.

Describe your ideal client: An easy going bride that is wanting to go above and beyond for her wedding day. From different vendors to decor, the sky is the limit.

What is something vendors would be surprised to know about you? I snap my fingers differently than everyone else.

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: Restaurant for lunch or dinner, love trying new places.

If a vendor were to send you a “thank you” gift, what would you like to receive? Creative local vendor items, gift cards, candy.

Additional Info: I love meeting new people! Always down to grab coffee.

Fun Facts: I have a toddler, I lived in Key West for 5 years, I love game shows and playing games.

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Jessica Piermatteo

Owner

La Hacienda on Snow Hill

352-585-6936

Hometown: Brooksville, Florida

Services Provided: Weddings, receptions, overnight accommodations and everything that goes along with the special day.

Areas you service: We welcome brides from all over.

What inspired you to start your business? When two of our four children found their future wives in the same year that we bought our home, we knew there was no more perfect place than our home for their weddings. As we planned their big days and were able to reflect on how much we enjoyed hosting, we realized that we wanted to share our unique space with other beautiful couples as well.

What makes your business stand out from others in your category? The unique Spanish style and incredible views, to the heartfelt character and history, there’s really nothing like it. We love meeting people and learning about how we can make their day uniquely them.

If a vendor were to send you a “thank you” gift, what would you like to receive? Gift cards or plants

Fun Facts: I am a generational native Floridian. My husband and I have four children, two grandchildren and two on the way. I am a fashion stylist for cabi Clothing and we own a freight brokering company. I love to travel and try new things.

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Tiffany Haas

Event and Community Partnership Coordinator

J.C. Newman Cigar Company

813-248-2124

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Services Provided: Choose from three distinct event spaces, including our main event space on the second floor, accommodating up to 120 guests seated with a dance floor and DJ or 150 guests cocktail style. Additionally, our newly constructed Cigar Worker’s Park provides a picturesque ceremony setting. Transition seamlessly to our first-floor museum and factory store for cocktail hour, completing the perfect wedding journey.

Areas you service: Tampa, Specifically Ybor.

What makes your venue stand out from others in your category? As America’s oldest family-owned premium cigar maker, housed in the historic El Reloj building in Tampa’s iconic Ybor City, we offer a unique blend of tradition and modernity for your client’ special day.

Describe your ideal client: Our ideal client is someone who appreciates the finer things in life and values luxury experiences. They likely have a refined taste and enjoy the sophistication of a well-crafted event. They might be cigar aficionados or enthusiasts of premium products. They value attention to detail and are willing to invest in creating memorable moments for their special occasions. This client seeks elegance and exclusivity, making them a perfect match for J.C. Newman Cigar Company’s venue offerings.

What is something vendors would be surprised to know about you? I tend to be socially awkward, but that completely changes when I am helping couples create their ideal event.

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: There’s no better spot than the iconic El Reloj building or our new Cigar Workers Park when the weather permits.

If a vendor were to send you a “thank you” gift, what would you like to receive? Anything sweet than I can share with the team!

Additional Info: Please reach out if you would like to come see the space. We love meeting new vendors and showing off our historic building!

Fun Facts: My husband and I (along with a few other people) started an LGBTQ affirming church in St. Pete called Different Church.

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Lauren Mones

Owner

Royal Pines Estate

917-684-6968

Hometown: Seminole, Florida

Services Provided: Wedding venue and vacation rental.

Areas you service: All of Florida

What inspired you to start your business? I wanted to give people an incredible experience when they come to stay at my home. I never had a wedding (me and hubby eloped) so having a wedding venue I can live vicariously through our guests!

Describe your ideal client: Someone who loves nature but also loves the finer things in life!

What makes your venue stand out from others in your category? We have a luxury Estate set on 2 acres of land with a pine forest as the backyard. We are only 10 minutes to the Gulf beaches, very centrally located in Tampa Bay.

What is something vendors would be surprised to know about you? I am not afraid of being controversial. Many things that I care about are being threatened right now. I like to bring public awareness to these things with a risk of being not liked or canceled. But my passion for thriving in this lifetime supersedes my need to be liked.

Favorite place to meet with other vendors: I like to meet outside whenever possible like a park or beach.

If a vendor were to send you a “thank you” gift, what would you like to receive? I love flowers of any kind.

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