Kendra and Eric's Wedding

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Our wedding was beautiful! Santa Rosa Beach FL is a gorgeous place to have a wedding; white, velvety sands and the most perfect weather you could ask for in October.

We would love to be able to say that everything was perfect and overall we all had a great time, and thanks to the most amazing wedding party and guests the issues created by our wedding coordinator (Grayton Beach Catering LLC - NOT recommended) were overcome during the day and we were shielded from them so we were able to fully enjoy our truly amazing day.

If you are looking for a beach wedding, in a gorgeous area, Destin, Santa Rosa Beach and the other surrounding areas are gorgeous - but please read our review before considering the caterer/reception venue/wedding coordination that we used.

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Something Fishy
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Bands/Live Entertainment

Something Fishy was a pleasure to work with from the moment that I started to consider them as our reception entertainment. Chris Nida was professional and prompt in his responses. The band was perfect for our wedding. They took requests and interacted with the guests perfectly.

They play regularly at Poppy's Crazy Lobster Bar & Grill Destin, FL so go check them out, and say 'hi' from Kendra & Eric. :) We recommend them highly.

Something Fishy was a pleasure to work with from the moment that I started to consider them as our reception entertainment. Chris Nida was professional and prompt in his responses. The band was perfect for our wedding. They took requests and interacted with the guests perfectly.

They play regularly at Poppy's Crazy Lobster Bar & Grill Destin, FL so go check them out, and say 'hi' from Kendra & Eric. :) We recommend them highly.


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KaraBoo Bakery
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Cakes/Candies

As with our Florist, our wedding coordinator provided options (Grayton Beach Catering LLC - NOT recommended) for bakers that were not meeting our needs.

Therefore, I was required to find one on my own and was VERY fortunate to find KaraBoo Bakery (received 2013 Emerald Coast Best Baker Award).

Not only was the cake exactly what we asked for, it was gorgeous and to top it all off it tasted even better.

Kara can give you any options that you are looking for and perhaps even some that you hadn't even considered - like espresso cake and cheesecake which we chose but hadn't even thought of.

We highly recommend KaraBoo Bakery - you won't be disappointed.


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DESTIN FLORAL DESIGNS
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Florists

I was presented with three other florists by my wedding "coordinator" (handled by Grayton Beach Catering LLC - NOT RECOMMENDED) which would not respond at all, before having to find a florist on my own.

I was fortunate to find Jenny at Destin Floral Designs. Not only was she prompt to respond, but she was open and receptive to everything I was looking for. There were issues with delivery due to my "coordinator" but Jenny's husband and co-owner handled everything and allowed me to avoid dealing with yet another issue from that vendor.

The flowers were absolutely exquisite and were exactly - if not better - than expected. Thanks to you both! We would recommend Destin Floral Designs without hesitation.


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Atomic Beauty
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Wedding Day Beauty

The owner of Atomic Beauty, Heather, coordinated the day-of hair and make-up for all of my bridesmaids and mother. Her team came in on Sunday morning, which is usually their day-off, need I say more about the customer service at Atomic Beauty.
To top it all off, all of our hair and make-up looked perfect and was a key part in the beauty of the day. The hugest of thanks to Heather and her team. And a special thanks to Heather for helping me when I ended up slamming my finger in the car door when we arrived at the salon. Her quick and smart thinking helped me greatly to stop the bleeding and pain. A true lifesaver!


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The Spa at Emerald Grand
Okaloosa, FL
Wedding Day Beauty

The day before the wedding I treated the bridesmaids and the mothers of the groom and bride to a “day at the spa” for a 90-minute massage, 90-minute facial, manicure and pedicure.
The Spa Manager, Ana, was truly wonderful and accommodating. The whole staff was professional and made us all feel as though we were their only customers and our day of relaxation was their primary task. The spa itself is gorgeous and the view of the Gulf was bar none. You have full access to the Emerald Grande hotel to include the pools and hot tubs and the food from the resident restaurant was excellent. We would all recommend The Spa and Ana is the quintessential professional. Thanks Ana!


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Shelly Swanger Photography
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Photographers

See for yourself - http://shellyswangerphotography.com/p106942232/e3be3a705

Shelly does wonderful work, as you can see. We would certainly recommend her for your wedding. She knows the area well and just how to make the best of the lighting and surrounds.


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Wedding Tropics
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Wedding Fashion

We found just the right site to order the guys shirts, and matched the embroidery to match the girls' dresses.

It would have been perfect except one of the shirts for the guys arrived with a different color green although they were all ordered by me - and using the same color codes. It wasn't too glaringly different, but wasn't quite what we ordered.

Would still recommend them - but give them PLENTY of time - it took about 6-8 weeks to get the shirts, so you can check and return if required in time to receive the replacement.


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Etsy.com
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Invitations

I found the perfect invitations on Etsy.com. They fit our theme perfectly and Anna was a pleasure to work with. She helped me find the perfect green to go along with the starfish embossing.

They were unique and very reasonably priced.


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Monet Monet at Grayt Grounds DBA Grayton Beach Catering LLC
Grayton Beach, FL
Reception Sites

WARNING: Although the venue is beautiful for an outside reception venue, the wedding coordination services were spotty at best and the day-of coorinator provided was a nightmare.

The biggest issue - the owner/manager OVERCHARGED our credit card by $4000 and it's taken over 2 months to get it rectified and is STILL not corrected as of 29 November - we were finally told after MANY follow-ups and a complaint filed with Better Business Bureau that "the check is in the mail on 27 November". Fingers crossed!

The "day-of-coordinator", Margie, her organizational skills were abysmal although we were told that she had decades of experience - for example: my husband and I were "forgotten" at the beach after completion of the photographs for transportation back to the reception venue (we learned that our wedding party had to remind her/them that we had not returned). During our "absence" she was eating the appetizers and providing them to the band (which were great - certainly not their fault) BEFORE the guests had all arrived (or my husband & I) and we were then blamed for not ordering enough. We also did not receive what we ordered for one of the appetizer choices; we ordered lobster bisque shooters with filet mignon, but they came WITHOUT the filet, but no adjustment was made to the final invoice.

Overall, Ms. Peebles accounting and business skills are sorely lacking - the reason for the overcharge and an earlier charge to the wrong credit card and wrong amount of $2500 which took a couple of weeks to be corrected.

Admittedly, I experience issues with coordination months earlier but pushed through them - but the fact that we were charged a "Coordination Fee", yet ended up having to find own florist - because her options would not return calls/e-mails so she told me I was on my own - and coordinating from afar was not an easy task for me from Michigan. I also had to find our own entertainment, she tried to force us to pick a particular group that she could not provide any audio samples of their work, and was charging $700 more than what I was able to coordinate on my own.

These issues are just a few that took place, but ultimately, beware of the temptation to consider the venue - it looks beautiful, but many promises were made that did not come to fruition.


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Beach Ceremony
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Ceremony Sites

The beach was gorgeous, white, velvety sands.

The only issues was yet again the coordination - the arch and chairs were set up right next to vehicles and sunbathers. Our guests and some people on the beach were kind enough to relocate it prior to the ceremony so that these issues were eliminated.

Thank goodness for great guests!


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Wyndham Beach Street Cottages
Walton, FL
Hotels/Accommodations

One of the locations for our timeshare and worked well for our party - the entire wedding party and parents had rooms together and were individual cottages which provided the proximity needed, but individual privacy and also common areas where we could gather without having to invade anyone's rooms.


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The Spa at Emerald Grande At Harborwalk Village
Okaloosa, FL
Attractions/Entertainment

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