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A beach wedding is such a magical experience, and the Coast offers countless wedding planners to customize your sunny ceremony and make your blissful day a breeze.
If you’re searching for a full-service bridal experience, look no further than The Wedding Collection in Bay St. Louis. Owner Kerri Pellegrin and her team offer everything from planning every last detail to dress selections.
When Pellegrin was a bride herself in 2015, she was overwhelmed by all of the planning that goes into a wedding and decided once she and her husband were married, she was going to help other brides.
“It was stressful,” she said. “And my family and friends were workers instead of guests, and worst of all, I didn’t get to enjoy the engagement or feel like a bride.”
Armed with a 25-year background in retail and project management, she blended her checklist talent, conference call agility, vendor vetting proficiency, and procurement determination and created a unique one-stop wedding shop offering everything needed for a perfectly carefree wedding.
“Event planning and design is an art,” she said. “Flawless execution of that plan and design is the true masterpiece.”
Now, if you’d rather forgo a large-scale wedding and just have an after-nuptials fête or a milestone anniversary extravaganza, Food, Booze, & Hiccups in Ocean Springs has redefined fine dining with a team of culinary renaissance experts.
The catering company is owned by chef couple Michael and Stephanie Paoletti, who have been curating spectacular dishes together since they met in a culinary program at the Art Institute in Jacksonville, Florida.
The catering couple features private dining experiences at the Coastal Mississippi location of your choice as well as business dinners, and pre-made grab-and-go selections in addition to Dinner on the Lot, a pop-up, reservation-only, dining experience on Government Street. Let this culinary couple bring a taste of The Secret Coast to you and your entourage.
But, let’s face it, sometimes you and your beloved just need a little more of a secluded setting away from all of the wedding or party hustle. Maybe you just want to share a private moment celebrating one another with a beachside picnic. And that’s exactly what Coastal Picnic and Co. in Biloxi has to offer.
With half a dozen packages to choose from and add-ons like cabanas with fluffy body-size pillows and decadent chocolate-covered strawberries, you and your beloved will bask in your sun-kissed love for one another on a private beach setting. It can be as intimate or as extravagant as you’d like and the spectacular sunset over the Gulf waters won’t even cost extra.
And just like that, this incredible next chapter in your life has begun with a visit to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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