Thursday, December 28, 2006

Kim, Jesse, and News from the Bliss Team...

Here are a couple shots from our two new upcoming photography talents that were also clicking away at the Southern Wedding Style Magazine cover shoot- they are amazing! (More to come from these two!)


News from Bliss...

We are SO BUSY! We're getting overwhelmed with amazing response from our shoot and somehow every bride on the Gulf Coast decided to contact us this week. We think the approaching New Year makes people realize there are lists and lists of wedding tasks to be done and they need a little Bliss in their lives! haha We're happy to help make a couple's dreams come true- what great work we get the honor of doing!

Our Bliss Wedding Winners, Brittney and Alan, came by the shoot last week and had some amazing pictures taken. You'll just have to wait for the magazine to view them.. we love surprises...

We have a NEW OFFICE in Gulf Breeze!!! It's a blessing for us to have a central location for meetings and production (and the water view isn't so bad either). We're creating a gallery of the best work in the area from photographers, cake bakers, and all the best vendors around so you can have a real "one-stop-shop" to view portfolios and get unbiased opinions on who's who where to find the best of the best. We love vendors who consistently produce a flawless product or service and pride ourselves on matching vendors to couples based on their personalities and real wedding day needs. We're thrilled to finally be able to showcase the best vendors in the area with pictures and samples rather than just talk about them. "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words", right? Contact us to set up an appointment in our new space. We'll pour you a glass of champagne and do what we love to do most- talk weddings!

We will be at the Bridal Expo next weekend (January 7th at the Pensacola Civic Center)... we hope to see all of you there. Make sure to pick up a copy of the new edition of Coastal Weddings Magazine which debuts at the show. We have two great articles and tons of great Bliss pics in this issue. Also, make sure to say hello to some of our favorite vendors who were showcased in our recent cover shoot... MySpayce Event Space, Rae Leytham Photography, East Hill Photography, Consider the Lilies, Eat!, Portobello Market, The Bridal Loft, etc etc... it's always fun to do a show with people we love to work with and who excite us with what they do.

Well, the New Year is upon us and the Bliss Team is READY. We look forward to another year of even more fun and magic! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Rick, Rae & Wes, and Jace, OH MY!

One sneak peak from each and more to come from Meg Baisden Photography soon! Click each image to zoom in...

Rick Shamberger of East Hill Photo for SWS Magazine
Model, Tamara Eve; Location, MySpaYce; Cake, Betty Weber; Linen, Cloth Connection; Hair, Paul Knight of Revolution Studio; Make-up, Emily Stiles and Toni Lazzaro; Gown, Lazaro from Minton's

Rae Leytham Photography for SWS Magazine
Model, Jessica; Location, My SpaYce; Jessica's Gown, Badgley Mishka; Hair, Paul Knight of Revolution Studio; Make-up, Emily Stiles and Toni Lazzaro; Nails, Stillwaters Spa; Diamond Jewelry, Rock Hard Designs

JRD Photography for SWS Magazine

Models, Lance and Natalie; Location, Jackson's Restaurant; BMW 7 Series, Sandy Sansing BMW; Lance's Tuxedo, Randall's Formal Wear; Natalie's Gown, Marissa's Boutique; Hair, Paul Knight of Revolution Studio; Make-up, Emily Stiles and Toni Lazzaro; Lance's Lapel, Fiore of Pensacola; BMW Wreath, Consider the Lilies

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


Ladies and gentlemen, the earth moved on Tuesday in our sleepy little town! Southern Wedding Style Magazine is off and sprinting thanks to a team of AMAZING vendors, models, stylists, photographers, and a little magic!!

Just a preview.... so much more to come....

Friday, December 15, 2006

48 hours till the SWS Cover Shoot!!

This photo shoot is off the charts!!!

I'm so tapped out of brain power right now that it took me about ten tries to write this sentence. That's when you know you shouldn't be blogging... you have been warned...

So, we staged the first shot today with all the models in preparation for the shoot on Tuesday. It made all of us applaud it was so sexy! Gowns come tomorrow, BadgleyMishka dresses came yesterday, linens arrived on Friday, flowers... well, a few problems with customs in Ecuador but they actually made it yesterday and they are flawless!, the cake bakers are baking, the chefs busy in their kitchens, jewelers are polishing, and we need some SLEEP!

Tomorrow we dress the space and take the first deliveries from vendors. It's amazing- this photo shoot, this magazine, our team, our models, and everything about it is the most exciting Christmas gift for Bliss. We are so thrilled and are so grateful to everyone involved. GO TEAM!

More to come...

Monday, December 11, 2006

This Just In!

We'd like to welcome the following amazing vendors to our Cover Shoot roster:

Nouveau Flowers, Floral Design
Antique European Linens, Linens and Decor

The last three days have been crazy! Kara Marie and Danielle headed to Mobile on Saturday to take a look at the breathtaking gowns that Barbara at Minton's will be bringing for the shoot. Go see Barbara. She's been working at Mintons for 18 years and knows her dresses! oh- and the gowns she's bringing... well, let's just say someone really needs to get married at this shoot!!!

This morning Kara Marie went to The Bridal Loft to visit our favorite all-things-wedding diva, Ms. Brenda Carraway. Kara Marie also got a sneak peak at the upcoming edition of Coastal Weddings Magazine and she was floored. This issue promises to be bigger, better, brighter, and full of Pensacola's finest. Brenda is providing us with four stunning gowns seen no where else on the coast. Thank you, Brenda!!! Brides, if you haven’t done so, mark your calendars for the 2007 Bridal Expo. More details at See you there!

This afternoon, I placed our final order with Cloth Connection (linens for Donald Trump and Melania's wedding, Star Jones' wedding, etc.) who is sending us specialty linens for the floral designers to use on their designer table-tops. Jessica at Cloth Connection pulled out all the stops for this shoot and we are so so grateful.

And just now, I ordered a boatload of blooms from farms all over the world. Did you know that the flowers you get from your local florist most likely 'grew up' in Holland or Ecuador? Those aren't just ordinary roses! Mayesh, a big provider of cut flowers out here in California is also working with me to get us some hot stuff you don’t normally see in little ole P'cola.

To give you a picture of what's in store for the upcoming Southern Wedding Style cover shoot, we have over $60,000 worth of designer gowns, over a million dollars in diamonds, four Grace Ormonde inspired designer table tops (one from each of our fab floral designers), cuisine from the best chefs on the coast, four hot shot photographers (the real artists for the day!), 12 drop dead gorgeous models (including Miss Pensacola, Krystal McKown!), cakes that would make anyone break a diet, four sweet chariots to use as your getaway ride, champagne, sweets, d├ęcor, decadence, and a partridge in a pear tree.

(And PS... the word on the SWS street is that there will be a TV crew at the shoot! More to come on that...shhh)

14 days till Christmas!

Friday, December 08, 2006

SWS Photo Shoot Models, Oh My!

A special thanks to our soon-to-be Cover Models!!! We are so thrilled about our line-up of models for the Southern Wedding Style cover shoot and can't wait to put them in those gorgeous gowns/tux's and have Toni, Emily, and Paul work their make-up/hair magic. These ladies and lads are a photographer's dream~ We know Rae, Rick, Meg, and Jace will be in HEAVEN!

Our stunning "Cover-Brides-To-Be" as of 12/8:
Jessica S., Kadee, Lauren, Jessica, yes - we have two Jessica's!, Tammy, our gorgeous model from the Bragg pics, Krystal, Miss Pensacola!, Natalie H., a current Bliss Bride~ stunning!, Carlotta, Erienne, Nicole, Jamie, Debra, Natalie V.

The Gorgeous Moms:
Celia, Theresa, Elizabeth

and... The MEN!
Lee, Lance, our master Lighting Designer and on the InWeekly "Lust List" last year!, Vincent, Ari, Joe

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Bliss is on MySpace!

Southern Wedding Style Photo Shoot

We are all so floored- the good news keeps pouring in! Never before have all of these vendors come together to collaborate on something so exciting.... Brides, we've asked the BEST of the BEST to do what they do best at our premiere cover shoot for Southern Wedding Style Magazine (online edition debuts in the Spring and will have TONS of priceless info for your Big Day!). Check out this line-up and give these vendors a CLICK!

My Spayce, Venue
Jackson's, Venue
Eat!, Catering
Portobello Market, Catering
Crema, Catering
Sandy Sansing BMW, BMW 7 Series
1952 Rolls Royce, courtesy of Phillip Morris and My Spayce
Horse and Carriage, Harold Garrett
Sherry's Cakes, Cake
Betty Weber, Cake
Confections on the Coast, Cake
Sweet Creations by Sharon, Cake
Fiore of Pensacola, Flowers
Bliss Event Group, Flowers
Consider the Lilies, Flowers
Kebbie Hollingsworth, Flowers
Revolution Studio- Paul Knight, Hair Stylist
Rick Shamberger, East Hill Photography
Meg Baisden Photography
Rae Leytham Photography
JRD Photography
Stillwaters Med Spa, Manicures/Pedicures/Specialty Bridal Spa Treatments
Toni Lazarro Make-up
Emily Stiles Make-up
Rock Hard Designs, Diamonds/Jewelry
Elebash's, Diamonds/Jewelry
Marisa's, Evening/Wedding Gowns
Badgley Mishka Gowns from the designers!!, Gowns
Brenda Carraway and the Bridal Loft, Wedding Gowns and Accessories
Randall's Formal Wear, Mens Tuxedo'’s
Minton's Bridals and Formals, Gowns
Antique European Linens, Linens
DUH, Registry
Kents Special Events, Rentals
Cloth Connection, Specialty Linens

The list keeps growing!!!

If you are a current/past/prospective Bliss Bride and want to come to the shoot just to take a peak, let us know! Email me-

Many thanks to all of the vendors involved~ What a great way to start Christmas week!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Heather and Jimmy...Pictures!

The pictures are in and they look great! Salter Photography did an amazing job of capturing the evening on film. Check out the remaining images at What a cute couple!

Friday, December 01, 2006


photo copyright The Image is Found Photography


Brittney Allen & Alan Busler


Alan returns home from a year serving in Iraq on Monday and has no idea about the good news in store~ We called Brittney last night and she was full of happy tears! We are thrilled to make this beautiful and deserving couple our Bliss Wedding Winners!

BUT... we did say something about that show where Oprah gave everyone a car, didnt we!?

Well..... the following couples are WINNERS TOO! We just couldn't say NO so we're giving each of the finalists a piece of the Bliss Wedding! I'm calling all of you today too but if you are anxious you can call me too- 850-454-8558.

Mindy & Brent
Jennifer & Jason
Jamie & Michael
Lauren & Alex

Christina & Nathan

Tara & Shannon

Elena & Kyle

Rachel & Joshua

Marissa & Nicholas

Lauren & Neil

Jennifer & Dusty

Gretchen & Edward

Rachel & Robert

Diane & Michael

Heidi & Derrick

So much LOVE in the air this Christmas~
Merry Christmas from all of us at Bliss!

Lara, Danielle, Kara Marie, Tiffany, Samantha, Natasha, Lindsey, Hayley, Stephanie, Jessie, and Andrea : )