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Wedding Dresses & Mother Of Dresses Ft Lauderdale

Find amazing, breathtaking creations for your wedding dress or mother of the bride dress or mother of the groom dress at Zola Keller on Las Olas Blvd in the heart of downtown Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Remembering the Wedding Secret

It’s been a long time since I walked into Zola Keller. International guests in town prompted my latest visit and what a treasure trove to discover. Nearly every woman trying on dresses were either the Mother of a Bride or Mother of a Groom. I’d forgotten just how unique and exquisite their dresses are.

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Wedding dress. Photo used with permission by Zola Keller.

Choice of Dress Style

Every woman has her own vision for her wedding dress, or even as a Mother Of dress. We know what we look best in. There were so many styles to choose from regarding cut of dress, I was heartened to see all the latest trends represented. You won’t find 200 wedding dresses to look at but you’ll find 15 of the most stylish dresses akin to those in any fashion magazine: fishtail, princess, sleek and elegant, tasteful pouf, open back. They are gorgeous creations.

For Mothers Of, choose from any color you can envision and there is a fabric confection with a contemporary cut and style ensuring no one will look at you and think you dowdy. The singular nature of their inventory virtually eliminates the “who wore it better” game.

More About Zola Keller

Frequently voted #1 in “Best of” categories, Zola Keller is a fashion designer and retailer showcasing dresses from her handpicked group of designers and manufacturers. Dresser and fashion advisor on the beauty pageant scene, she has dressed Miss USA, Miss Universe, etc. This fine-tuned acumen accounts for the stunning creations you’ll see in her shop.

Price for Value

One might think that a shop on Las Olas with such a skilled artisan at the helm would mean prices not affordable for mere mortals. As a wedding officiant, I am frequently privy to the cost of my clients’ dresses, and I found the price schema at the shop quite reasonable.

I invite you to take a stroll through iconic Zola Keller on your next visit and find something fabulous for wedding ceremony or other social engagement.

Sheer bliss.

Great Beach Wedding Location-Ft Lauderdale Beach

Like every beach town some public entrances are better than others. Whether you’re having a wedding ceremony, vow renewal ceremony or commitment ceremony, sweet, romantic and intimate are attributes most of my clients seek.

Beach Wedding Locations

The primary entrances onto Fort Lauderdale beach is at the intersections of Las Olas and A1A and Sunrise and A1A. While both these locations have many great assets (walk to amenities convenience, parking options), the number of people on the beach may impact the quality you seek for your service.

A Little More North

I’ve found that if you continue traveling up A1A, north of Sunrise to the top end of Ft. Lauderdale Beach, you get a much better option. There are less people here and it is truly a spectacular location. Just past Hugh Taylor Birch park are some of the loveliest beach homes facing the ocean (contrasting to touristy beach retail locations at the other entrances I mention above.) The area I refer to spans from 14th to 18th. It’s more private and there is some excellent street parking along A1A. The street parking ends at 18th but the next light at 20th (19th doesn’t go through to the beach), there is a sneaky little park and indeed another beach entrance with plentiful parking.

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Photo of Ft. Lauderdale beach at the 18th St entrance which is hidden between the palm trees.

Wedding Florist Ft Lauderdale

Find a great florist near Fort Lauderdale, FL for your pre-cruise wedding, vow renewal or commitment ceremony and check out Wildflowers located on Federal Blvd in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. Awesome for casual beach type ceremonies

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Flowers and Bridal Bouquets in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Here is what I loved about Wildflowers. For some strange reason, I’ve often found floral shop owners not particularly friendly. I know! I said it’s strange. Moving back home to Fort Lauderdale meant starting all over setting up my clients with vendors I feel good about.

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Luckily I found Bill at Wildflowers. What a friendly fellow! And so helpful!! Exactly what I was looking for. Kind hearted, amenable and ready to serve. His location is perfect for my Fort Lauderdale couples; he’s basically at E. Oakland Park Blvd & Federal Hwy (US 1).

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Give Bill a call and let him know what you need. He’ll get you sorted out right away so you can have the perfect bouquet for your special day.

Wildflowers Florist (954) 565-1717

Wedding at Gianni Versace Mansion South Beach, Florida

Luxury Florida wedding locations include the fabulous Gianni Versace mansion, Villa Casa Casauarina. Located on Ocean Blvd in Souch Beach, Florida. Perfect for outdoor weddings it has several location choice, the gazebo, the pool patio and the center courtyard. It’s absolutely gorgeous!❤️❤️❤️

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Gianni Versace mansion in South Beach, Miami, FL. Across the patio.
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Gazebo outdoor rotunda where we performed the wedding. It has 500 year old art inside.
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The gold in pool is actual gold.
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Entry gate to Villa Casa Casuarina in South Beach, FL
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Front gate at Gianno Versace estate
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Center courtyard for Weddings at Versace Mansion.

Best Beach Wedding Tips to Protect Your Skin

Beach Wedding Makeup & Skin Reviews

Beach weddings mean you have to use sunblock or sunscreen to protect your skin. High SPF products usually mean greasy and aren’t makeup friendly. As a beach wedding specialist, I’ve tried them all. Of especial note, makeup for flash photography can be tricky. Be sure to take a hard look at the mineral powder sunscreen option. It’s fantastic! Here are some of my very favorites:

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Liquid Sunblock and Sunscreen

If your foundation doesn’t have sunblock in it, you’ll need a wedding makeup friendly product that doesn’t muddle your cosmetic and isn’t thick. After trying so many brands, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunscreen SPF 70 does exactly what it says. It goes on thin and isn’t greasy at all. This is important because you want to choose skin and makeup products with a nice matte finish for flash photography.

Get it here: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum SPF 70, 1.4 fl oz

Mineral Powder Sunscreen

If you just don’t want any cremes on your skin, then you’re going to love this. I use this every single day.Your outdoor wedding day or commitment ceremony needs a finishing touch and you’ll find it with this mineral powder sunblock by Mineral Fusion.

Traditional sunblock is greasy and doesn’t work well with makeup, it makes you cry like 10 year old when you get it in your eye and reduces mascara to a watery black mess. Exactly  the small detail that can distract you and take away from your special day.

I stumbled across this in a store and it quickly became my favorite wedding day makeup. Apply this high SPF mineral powder sunscreen and you get a double benefit. It protects you from the sun at your beach wedding AND it gives you a nice matte finish as your final touch.

You can buy it online here. I highly recommend it. Mineral Fusion Brush On Sunscreen. Very affordable!

No Tears Wedding Sunscreen

If you’re a big baby like me, try this. Nearly all sunblock gets in my eyes and makes me tear up, I choose MelanSol 100% Natural Sunscreen for Baby with and SPF of 30. The only thing is it goes on thick and white. You have to smooth it into the skin, let it soak in then wipe excess away with a tissue. BUT….you won’t cry when  it gets in your eyes. I promise!

Look for it on this website.

Sunscreen for Lips

For lip protection, I use Nivea Moisture Lip because it smoothes on well and my lipstick glides over it well (even 2 part lipstick and lip stains.) It has an SPF of 30.

Nivea Lip Sun SPF 30

Stop The Sweat

And on an unrelated note, I did a beach wedding this morning and loathed feeling sweaty between my thighs and under my bazoombas. Nothing is more uncomfortable! To avoid this, I use a humorously named product called Lady Anti Monkey Butt Anti Friction Powder. It’s a super duper absorber. I was mad at myself for forgetting to put in on. Rub it on your inner thighs all the way up to the crotch, and also put it under your breasts to avoid pools of sweat accumulating.

Buy it online here: Lady Anti Monkey Butt Powder 6-oz.

Another option is good old anti-perspirant. It isn’t just for underarms. It works everywhere. Not deodorant. It has to be antiperspirant. Get a non white marking antiperspirant and use it: underarms, crease of elbows, back of knees, under your breasts, between your thighs and along the inner creases of your groin, and truth be told, along the top of your butt crack. It works great.

Finally, one other mention goes to panty liners. Whether it’s time for your monthly “ladies days” or not, wear one. Your panties will be soaking wet after standing in the sun and wet knickers prevent smiling. You’ll thank me for this tip one day.

For regular panties I like: ALWAYS brand Incredibly Thin Liner
For thong panties, these are awesome: Carefree Thong Pantiliners

Summing Up

There is no single product that will do the trick. I typically use a combination of all these solutions at the same time. The product I use every time is the powdered sunblock. It’s a miracle product in my opinion.

Wedding Day-Rain Backup-Hardy Park-Ft Lauderdale, FL

Florence Hardy Park in downtown Ft Lauderdale, Florida provides a great rain backup option if rain threatens your special day. Perfect for a vow renewal ceremony, wedding ceremony or commitment ceremony rain back up location option.

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