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Best of the Coast 2016: Weddings Featured Winners

5eleven Palafox Event Hosting
511 S. Palafox, 5elevenpalafox.com
How long have you been in business/practicing? 5eleven began hosting events in April of 2010.
What sets you and your business apart? 5eleven is a beautiful venue with so much elegance and historic charm. Our courtyard is perfect for intimate ceremonies or private parties. We also have a nice side lawn to be used for tenting larger parties. It is also located in beautiful downtown Pensacola. What more could you ask for?
What inspires you? I truly believe that I have the best job in the world. How lucky am I to get to meet and work with so many happy, wonderful people? When my couples are happy, it makes me very happy.
Other than your business, what’s on your local ‘best’ list? My “best” list includes any business downtown and also each and every vendor I have encountered in the wedding industry who have been extremely professional and personable—many that I am now happy to call my friends.
Answers by: Mary Price, Manager

Aislinn Kate Photography
205 Cevallos St., aislinnkatephotography.com
How long have you been in business/practicing? We have been shooting weddings since 2008.
What sets you and your business apart? We have a physical studio. This means that, in addition to shooting on location, we can offer mini and full sessions every single day in a controlled and consistently beautiful environment. Our clients love being able to pop in during the day for a quick Christmas card photo or headshot.
What inspires you? I’m inspired by the incredible team of photographers who work in my studio. There are six of us, and we learn from each other every day, sharing ideas on how to improve, encouraging each other, and laughing (a lot).
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list? Pensacola’s downtown is amazing. On any given day, you can probably find me at either the Pensacola Bay Brewery, Dolce & Gelato, the Gulf Coast School of Music, or Dharma Blue. The best thing about Pensacola is that our downtown is really becoming a “walking” city.
Answers by: Aislinn Kate Rehwinkel, Owner and Lead Photographer

AnyDayDJ
130 S. Palafox, anydaydj.com
How long have you been in business/practicing? We have been in business since 2009, so this December 1 it will be seven great years.
What sets you and your business apart? We love working and building relationships with our clients. Also, our working relationships with all of our vendors is so incredible. They know when AnyDayDJ is a part of a couple’s special day that they are going to be working with most professional DJ service on the Gulf Coast.
What inspires you? Making sure brides and grooms have the best soundtrack on their special day. Also that is provided by a fun, professional DJ that is not going to try and hog the spotlight, but just accentuate their moment by handling all the details perfectly.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list? Wow, that’s a broad question as I try and support local businesses all the time. But, just to name a few favorites, I’m all about all of the vendors at The WES, Blend Lounge, and haircuts for me and my family at Volume ONE always.
Answers by: Ramsey Coates, Owner/DJ

Arrow Salon & Spa
3101 E. Cervantes St., Ste. D, facebook.com/arrowsalonspa
How long have you been in business/practicing? Since November 2014.
What sets you and your business apart? At Arrow, we truly are a team and a family. We are also constantly enhancing our educational skills, fine-tuning our processes and offerings and finding new ways to grow.
What inspires you? Inspiration is all around us in the world of beauty. Working with Davines and Comfort Zone products makes the health and well being of our clients’ skin and hair a top priority. These environmentally friendly companies have off-the-charts sustainability practices and actually improve the health of hair and skin with each use.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list? Our “best” list would include The WES, Breathe Yoga, The Magnolia, 5 Points Acupuncture, Innerlight Surf Shop, Intracoastal Outfitters, Atlas, My Favorite Things and Hot Spot BBQ.
Answers by: Simmi Taylor and Maxine Lyvers, Owners

Betty Weber Cakes
bettyweber.blogspot.com
How long have you been in business/practicing? 30 years
What sets you and your business apart? All of our cakes are baked fresh and never frozen, with quality ingredients.
What inspires you? It’s really rewarding and fun to be a part of the many special occasions of friends and families from all over the country.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list? Sandshaker Bushwhackers
Answers by: Betty Weber, Owner

Bryan Adams with BeachPreacher.com
beachpreacher.com

How long have you been in business/practicing? This is my fourth season in the Florida/Alabama wedding market.
What sets you and your business apart? In talking to each couple, I try to identify special and personal parts of their relationship to incorporate into the ceremony, making it very intimate.
What inspires you? Life itself and the hope and faith that God loves each of us and wants us to love each other.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list? Best feeling: an emotional hug. Best sound: a child’s laughter. Best place: with someone who values you. Best advice: be honest, loving and fair.
Answers by: Reverend Bryan Adams

Gulf Coast Pedicab Service
130 S. Palafox, getpedicab.com
How long have you been in business/practicing? GCPS was born in 2011, so we are going on our fifth year in business. Our marketing team has a combined 10 years of marketing experience.
What sets you and your business apart? GCPS offers a unique marketing approach and eco-friendly transportation service to the Gulf Coast. 10-100,000 eyes can view your moving brand over a weekend. This direct, in-person marketing allows the public to interact with your brand on a more personal level.
What inspires you? The brands we represent are a constant inspiration and are the motivation behind the work we do. Our sponsors appreciate the benefit and value of in-person marketing, and we get fired up about promoting local and corporate companies.
Other than your business, what’s on your local ‘best’ list? We really enjoy servicing the Wahoo’s Stadium and Pensacola Bay Center events and concerts. Pensacola Beach is our main summer location, so we are always excited to bring our branded pedicabs onto the beach.
Answers by: Nick and Chloe Sexton, Owners

Mēgan K. Events
600 S. Barracks St., megankevents.com
How long have you been in business/practicing? Six and a half years
What sets you and your business apart? Our experience, attention to detail, and over the top customer service to our clients.
What inspires you? I’m most inspired to be the absolute best planner I can be. My family is a constant inspiration to me. I want them to be proud of me, not only as a business owner but also as a daughter, mother, and person.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list? I’m a huge fan of the Airstreams downtown for lunch. And our downtown really showcases the charm of Pensacola and is the best place in the area for work and play.
Answers by: Mēgan Kennedy, Owner and Event Extraordinaire

Melody Weber Professional Make Up Artist/Esthetician
melodyweber.com
How long have you been in business/practicing? I have been working in Pensacola as a professional makeup artist since 2011.
What sets you and your business apart? My reputation is giving my brides a beautiful “natural” look that is polished and finished. I do a lot of airbrushing, a very popular option for Gulf Coast brides. I am also a huge advocate of continuing education. It’s important to hone your craft in makeup and esthetics.
What inspires you? I can find inspiration in my surroundings—whether it’s nature, people, or other artists.
Other than your business, what’s on your local ‘best’ list? This is a tough one because Pensacola has so much talent. I am a huge fan of Ella Floral Event and Design—Christine is amazing. Also Nancy’s Catering & Events, Aislinn Kate Photography, Betty Weber Cakes, Marty Stanovitch (DJ), Palafox Wharf, A Brides Ride, Restaurant IRON and Brooke Miller (hairstylist) immediately come to mind.
Answers by: Melody Weber

Palafox Wharf Waterfront Reception Venue
617 S. Palafox, palafoxwharf.com
How long have you been in business/practicing? Seven years
What sets you and your business apart? Definitely our passion and attention to detail. If you check out our testimonials from former clients, they are extremely appreciative of all the dedication and attention that goes into every single wedding and event. We want your guests to be chatting about their amazing experience for years.
What inspires you? What inspires me the most is our venue with the unbelievably stunning scenic waterfront. The view is amazing. We are so honored to have been recognized by The Knot as one of “8 Scenic Venues” in Florida.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list? There are so many—it would take way more than this space to name them all.
Answers by: Sandy McDavid, Venue Manager

The Posey Bus
130 S. Palafox, supposey.co
How long have you been in business/practicing? The Posey Bus is the newest rental offered by our mother company, Supposey, which launched us in 2015.
What sets you and your business apart? The Posey Bus is the Gulf Coast’s only Volkswagen photo booth. That’s right; we are a 1973 VW Bus turned photo booth. We also print on vintage polaroid film, which is unique to us.
What inspires you? Once you love a VW, you never go back. No really, VW’s are addicting. Fun fact: We have 10 Volkswagens in our collection.
Other than your business, what’s on your local ‘best’ list? We really enjoying servicing weddings at venue’s that make it a point to allow us a prime setup spot. The Pensacola Country Club, Palafox Wharf, and 5eleven are some of our favorites.
Answers by: Nick and Chloe Sexton, Owners

P.S. Weddings
555b Scenic Highway, ps-weddings.com
How long have you been in business/practicing? P.S. Weddings is the newly rebranded wedding planning services of Nancy’s Catering & Events, which has been in business for eight years.
What sets you and your business apart? We take pride in the vast amount of experience we have in every aspect of wedding planning, as well as the close relationships we have built with the best venues and vendors on the Gulf Coast.
What inspires you? We are inspired by our couples who trust us to turn their vision into reality.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list? Gracie Downtown for best non-gym workout, plus Pensacola Humane Society and Gulf Coast Kids’ House for best non-profit, and East Hill for best place to live.
Answers by: Paul Silivos, Wedding Planner

Supposey
130 S. Palafox, supposey.co
How long have you been in business/practicing? Supposey was born in 2011, so we are going on our fifth year servicing weddings. Our team of wedding professionals has a combined 20 years of wedding experience.
What sets you and your business apart? Supposey is unique to its field because we offer multiple services in house. We have created an environment that eases the wedding planning process, aiming to provide quality services without having to hire multiple companies. We offer flowers, planning, rentals, cakes, and more.
What inspires you? Our couples inspire us. The wedding world is saturated with the term “bridal,” when really this is a celebration of the love of two people. Supposey’s whole design process is a reflection of the couples we work with. We build everything from the details representing their love.
Other than your business, what’s on your local ‘best’ list? We have to brag on our vendor family here in Pensacola, which is overflowing with talent. These people poor their heart into weddings and we are blessed to be here alongside them.
Answers by: Chloe and Nick Sexton, Owners

The Bridal Loft
4400 Bayou Blvd., Suite #48, pensacolabridalloft.com
How long have you been in business/practicing? We opened our shop in 2004, so soon to be 13 years. We are so thankful for creating lifelong memories and relationships with our many customers. We’re honored to once again receive the Best of the Coast award.
What sets you and your business apart? Working with brides and customers on a daily basis is my passion. I love, love what I do. On my off days, I’m the total opposite. I love the outdoors, working in my garden, taking my puppies to the park and just enjoying our beautiful city.
What inspires you? I’m inspired by all the good that’s done in our community for the less fortunate. We are an outreach business, and it is so rewarding to support individuals and organizations that support those in need.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list? I’m a member of IMPACT 100. I absolutely love what we do in our community—providing funds, our time, and spending time with the ladies of IMPACT.
Answers by: Brenda Carraway, Owner

WeddingWalls
weddingwalls.com
How long have you been in business/practicing? We created and established WeddingWalls in January of 2004, so almost 13 years now. Time flies when you are having fun.
What sets you and your business apart? Integrity and high standards for every aspect of what we do in this industry. What we do is not just a job—weddings and events are special, perhaps even the most important day in someone’s life, and this is something we never lose sight of.
What inspires you? God, family, and the love of all things celebrated, of course. There are so many to name, but one of our favorites is that look on a couples face when they see the transformation of a room designed just for them.
Other than your business, what’s on your local ‘best’ list? We love family time, car shows and enjoying this beautiful Gulf Coast that we get to call home.
Answers by: Tracy and Steve Lastinger, Owners/Designers

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