Putting together our annual Palm Beach Brides issue was very special this year, as we heard from some young couples in our community who grew up here, worked here and met the love of their lives here. In our “Tell Us Your Wedding Story” special section, you can learn all about their big day.
Also on theme, we visit Wellington venues to ask the experts questions that couples may want to consider when organizing their wedding. At our first venue, we met up with Director of Catering Patricia Miele and Creative Director Cheryl Gaydas-Eng at the elegant International Polo Club Palm Beach. Each shared a bit about their position and how they could help with every stage of wedding planning. Then we were off to the Wanderers Club, where we were greeted by Director of Catering Whitney Garcia, who shared her inspiration on what makes her venue so unique. The party train took us next to Suri West, where we sat down with Maureen Pata, owner and banquet manager, who shared how her years of experience and attention to detail can put the minds of wedding couples at ease.
Continuing our tour, we jetted over to the newly renovated Wellington National Golf Club for a meet-and-greet with Director of Catering Melanie O’Brien, who explained how the club prides itself as being flexible, ensuring that couples can make their special day their own. Finally, our trip would not be complete without a visit to the newest venue in town, the Wellington Community Center, where we got a tour of the spacious ballroom and had a chat with Administrative Coordinator Debbie Liquori. Also on a wedding theme, we popped by longtime Wellington The Magazine friend Johnson’s Custom Cakes and spoke with owner Jennifer Johnson, who works with couples to create amazing wedding masterpieces.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this issue we feature breast cancer survivor Jennifer Martinez. Martinez finished her chemotherapy treatments three years ago. What has remained the same since her recovery is that she still leads a successful Wellington public relations firm; she is still wife to husband Gil; and she is still mother to their two daughters. We invite you to read her encouraging story, which we hope will inspire those currently going through a breast cancer battle. And if you haven’t been screened recently, get tested this month!
Wellington Real Estate visits with Bill and Jody Jorgensen of the Jorgensen Team at Keller Williams, while Wellington Health chats with Dr. Z. Catherine Navarro, who offers decades of experience in vein care. Wellington Designer features Rigoberto Garcia-Beliz, who enjoys bringing together different cultures and styles, and our Wellington Sports series continues with a profile of Zachary Thompson, who recently brought home the gold from Taekwondo Nationals. Finally, Wellington Home rings the bell at a Meadow Wood house with both curb appeal and practicality.
Unfortunately, as we go to press, this year’s deadly storm season has touched South Florida. While our area survived Hurricane Irma without much damage, other places were not as lucky. We continue to pray for all those affected by the recent storms, and wish our family and friends in Puerto Rico and throughout the islands a speedy recovery, and we ask all of our readers to find a way to make a difference with the relief efforts.
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PALM BEACH BRIDES 2017:
Tell Us Your Wedding Story!
Dawn Rivera, Publisher
Joshua I. Manning
senior graphic designer