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Team Welles How Andrew and Alex Built A Business in Wellington

Team Welles How Andrew and Alex Built A Business in Wellington

“Power couple,” “dynamic duo” “supercouple” — however you choose to describe them, international show jumper Andrew Welles and his wife, amateur rider Alexandra Welles, fit the bill. The pair have long been familiar in the show jumping world, specifically at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, both as fierce competitors themselves, in addition to operating Team Welles, one of the fastest-growing training operations.

Andrew and Alex Welles are at an exciting time in their life, with the birth of their baby girl, a new farm being constructed in Wellington, a string of talented horses, students and more. This duo is one to watch as the 2020 Wellington equestrian season approaches.

Alex, originally from New York’s Long Island, began spending her winters in Wellington at age 13. Moving up through the equitation ranks and into the jumper ring, now with Andrew as her trainer, she quickly became a force to be reckoned with in the amateur divisions.

Today, with her longtime equine partner XM, she is a consistent top-placing competitor in the Low Amateur-Owner division across the country.

Additionally, Andrew and Alex welcomed their first child in April 2019, Anderson Reese Welles, keeping the pair busy outside of the show arena as well. A regular at horse shows such as the Hampton Classic and the American Gold Cup with the team, Anderson is already an integral part of Team Welles.

Growing up riding in Minnesota, Andrew often felt isolated from the sport, not fully grasping the scope of show jumping and the opportunities available that WEF has to offer. However, soon after attending a clinic with trainer Frank Madden, Andrew learned of all the opportunities available and was determined to go all-in with his riding career and work his way up to the top of the sport.

“During my freshman year of high school, I came down for a weekend,” Andrew said of his first visit to Wellington. “I went back home, and my school worked it out for me to be able to come down for the entire Winter Equestrian Festival for my sophomore and junior years. From that point on, I have been all-in with the horses.”

Over the years, he became more involved in the sport from a training perspective. While continually growing himself, the now 31-year-old also began to share his expertise with his students, kickstarting his first business, Andrew Welles LLC.

The business was a huge success, with Andrew riding and competing a string of impressive competition horses, largely owned by the Itasca Group LLC, on Nations Cup teams and 5* Grand Prix classes while also producing young horses, in addition to helping train and instruct his students as they worked toward their goals in the sport.

Recently, Andrew made the decision to rebrand the business under the name Team Welles.

“Now, there is such a great group of people around me, with Eric Glynn working with me as a trainer and the other people in the operation who have helped us expand and take things to this level,” Andrew said. “It is not just about me anymore; it is about the whole team. I think that is how we look at it from a training standpoint. For both the horses and the riders, it is a team effort. We want to bring that mindset down to our mission statement, and I think the name is a great place to start.”

Despite the pair’s busy competition schedule throughout the year, traveling across North America with their string of performance horses and their students, Andrew and Alex are proud to call Wellington home, both for their family and their business.

“For us, Wellington has become home over the years. We spend so much time here between the pre-circuit, WEF and post-circuit, that for us, it made the most sense, in addition to loving it here, to base our business here,” Alex explained. “We had always wanted to have a farm in Wellington, so when the opportunity presented itself, we were right on it. No matter where we are all year long, everyone wants to be in Wellington, so it just made sense to make the jump.”

After purchasing their farm in Palm Beach Point East, Andrew and Alex have taken great care and attention to detail to develop the facility into one of the top training operations, for both horses and students. With improvements such as a new arena with high-quality Wordley Martin footing, a jumping field with full drainage and a new 24-stall barn that is under construction, the farm will host the highest quality facilities available in Wellington.

“It is going to be the training base for our operations, so I am trying to make it the best quality all the way around,” Andrew said. “We have some really nice up-and-coming horses, some really nice Grand Prix horses and having a facility that is top-notch gives us the best ability to prepare for big competitions in Wellington. We are doing a lot of the extra additions to the training routine, like a round pen, a walker, a treadmill and a spa for the horses — things that will really make a difference in their performance.”

Andrew has high goals for himself and his business. With the 2020 Longines FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas approaching, he has his sights set on qualifying with one of his upper-level horses. While Andrew has experienced horses in his string, like Brindis Bogibo and Primo Troy, he is also looking forward to continuing to develop his younger horses, such as Chanel 479 and Idol H&H throughout the season.

“In addition, from a training standpoint, which is a very important part of what we do at Team Welles, we would really like to help our students excel in the U25 series at WEF, which I think is such a fantastic series that takes place,” Andrew added.

Wellington has afforded Andrew and Alex Welles the opportunities to excel to the top of the sport, create a successful training business and put down roots to start a family. Team Welles looks forward to a successful 2020 winter equestrian season in Wellington with a team mentality that has paved the way for a successful business.

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Ford’s Garage Serves Up Nostalgia Along With Tasty Burgers And More

Ford’s Garage Serves Up Nostalgia Along With Tasty Burgers And More

A modern take on nostalgia drives burger and beer fans to Ford’s Garage, which opened earlier this year in the Mall at Wellington Green. The growing Florida-based chain has more than a dozen locations.

“The history behind the concept started several years ago in Fort Myers. At the time, the owners came up with the idea, because that area was known as a vacation destination for Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Harvey Firestone,” Ford’s Garage Vice President of Brand Development Tara Matheny said.

The restaurant’s décor is a step back in time to the dawn of the automobile age, feeding Wellington restaurant goers’ appetites by way of a Prohibition-era filling station. The scene is set from the moment you open the door at the entrance with its gas pump handles, flanked by two retro gas pumps.

Ford’s Garage truly gives a nostalgic feel with its throwback pieces of Americana. Several restored Ford Model Ts fill the 6,000-square-foot space for guests to admire as they enjoy a meal. “Between the history and nostalgia, the concept took off,” Matheny said.

The Wellington location, located just across from the mall’s food court, has taken off at a fast pace since its grand opening in June.

“The feel-good, innovative dining experience is filled with creativity and atmosphere,” said Keith Ledsome, a member of the Ford’s Garage management team. “You look at our nation’s history, and what momentum was behind this car, and that time is truly incredible. So, we’ve been able to develop synergy between the two. Old and new, so it’s exciting.”

The main bar has a Model T hanging as a centerpiece, complete with a working horn and “smoke” that spews from the back. A hand-pounded copper bar is aligned with neon-lit freeze rails, where customers can rest their drinks to keep them cold. Pennies adorn the far wall as a backsplash behind the beer taps.

Craft beer is part of the restaurant’s flair. There’s a selection of 150 beers in all, in homage to the Ford F-150. Even the servers get in the groove by dressing in mechanic-style shirts. “It’s the energy behind the brand and the team, going the extra mile to make it a great experience,” Matheny said.

There are many nuances to marvel at, such as the tire sinks in the restrooms as water flows through gas pumps turned into faucets. The napkins resemble shop-style rags with a hose clamp around them. Barrels serve as garbage cans, as bits and pieces of industrialism dot almost every space, sparking the imagination of both the young and old, to a different era.

While there is an extensive menu filled with salmon dishes, salads and seasonal items, the burgers are where the beef is. All Black Angus, they are served with the Ford Motor Company logo branded on the bun. Customers choose from a selection of the “Burgers of Fame” menu, which are named in recognition of community figures and each have a unique flavor profile.

“There’s a lot of good flavor profiles with the burger hall of fame. They’re a half-pound burger, fresh, never frozen, and they’re hand-pattied,” Matheny explained. “The Signature Burger in Wellington is named in honor of Mayor Anne Gerwig, which includes arugula, fried onion straws, tomato, sweet red onion marmalade and truffle bacon aioli on a brioche bun.”

The American Standard honors local car dealer Al Packer Ford, while the Model A Burger has a fried egg on it and recognizes local Olympian Margie Goldstein-Engle. The Jiffy Burger in honor of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce includes bacon and peanut butter, while the Patty Melt pays tribute to the service of fallen Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Cigo.

The appetizers also turn heads with their presentation. “Our signature appetizer is our jumbo onion rings, which come on a giant funnel tower, a piston, so it’s one more tie-in to our 1920s service station vibe,” Matheny said.

The wedge fries, as well as the secret recipe baked beans, rev up the meal as tasty and popular sides. Desserts include throw-back style milkshakes, funnel cake fries, a brownie sundae and key lime pie.

More than 300 seats between the interior and outdoor patio fill the space, which includes a pickup truck turned oversized table for a large group.

Visit during happy hour from 2 to 6 p.m. and get $3 premium well drinks and $2 off drinks and drafts. The frozen margaritas are extremely popular, as well as the five Ford’s Garage signature frozen spiked lemonades. There are more than 15 frozen drinks in all.

If you like your experience, be sure to sign up for the Motor Club Rewards, a loyalty program that offers a discount for every fourth visit.

Wellington is the chain’s first southeast Florida location. Expansion is planned across the Sunshine State to Daytona, Sarasota and St. Augustine, as well as in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. There are 13 locations currently open with several more under construction.

The Ford’s Garage team is geared up and thankful for the success it has received so far in Wellington, as they continue to mesh the horsepower of the Model T with the power of real horses in the “Equestrian Capital of the World.”

Ford’s Garage is located inside the Mall at Wellington Green at 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., near the Patio Verde entrance. Hours are Sundays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, call (561) 805-3673 or visit


Kim Jenard Brings Clients A Winning Attitude With Attention To Details

Kim Jenard Brings Clients A Winning Attitude With Attention To Details

After a career as a flight attendant and years raising four kids, Kim Jenard of Engel & Völkers funneled her attention and energies into the real estate profession, finding success working in Wellington’s luxury and equestrian markets.

Jenard worked at American Airlines for 13 years. It was there that she learned the value of customer service and patience, developing a “can-do” attitude that continues to serve her well to this day.

“I am a relationship person and have always had a very outgoing, sociable personality,” she said. “All of these are important factors and contribute to being successful in real estate. I tend to become friends with all of my clients, and I always follow my lifelong motto: ‘Do unto others as you wish others do unto you.’”

Jenard originally hails from Annapolis, Maryland. She has been a Wellington resident for almost two decades.

“I moved to Wellington in 2000 with my family,” Jenard recalled. “Our move was based on the fact that we wanted to raise our family here for the amazing parks and recreation facilities, along with the small-town vibe and amazing schools.”

All the time Jenard has spent in the area now benefits her clients. She is completely familiar with the diverse local neighborhoods that make up Wellington and the neighboring communities.

“I specialize in high-end luxury and equestrian properties, along with single-family home sales in the Wellington area,” she said. “I love attention to detail, along with marketing and showing custom homes that offer unique characteristics and quality materials.”

A major component to her success is certainly her attention to detail.

“Being that I service clients from all over the world, this is very important, as designs and styles vary from one client to another,” Jenard said. “Equestrian properties are a huge component of my business, as a large portion of my clients are involved in one or more of the equestrian venues here in Wellington. Some of them prefer to have an equestrian estate, while others prefer to have a luxury home with a separate barn elsewhere.”

Jenard prides herself on being a familiar face in the community.

“If you ask people around town if they know me, they will most likely respond with something like: ‘She knows everyone, and you cannot go anywhere with her without her running into someone she knows,’” Jenard said.

Jenard’s goal is to always put her clients’ needs first, and she works with them every step of the way as they make one of life’s biggest decisions: to buy or sell their home.

She’s just as committed to her adopted hometown of Wellington.

“Wellington is unique in the sense that it has a small-town vibe and is a unique village,” she said. “We have our own mayor, village hall, parades, parks, recreation galore, amazing schools and convenience to wonderful restaurants, shopping and world-class equestrian venues that attract people from all over the world.”

To contact Kim Jenard, call (561) 644-9650, e-mail or visit


Meet The Unsung Heroes Of Wellington’s Emergency Operations Team

Meet The Unsung Heroes Of Wellington’s Emergency Operations Team

When storms like Hurricane Dorian are on the horizon, the community prepares for the worst and hopes for the best. But preparedness is more than having bottles of water and canned food on hand. Wellington’s Emergency Operations Team of Eric Juckett, Bruce Wagner, Shannon LaRocque, Ed De La Vega and Mike O’Dell — led by Director of Emergency Management & Public Safety Nicole Coates — takes the concept of preparation far beyond the expected.

“Emergency Management is made up of all employees who work for the village. All public employees may be called upon to work during an emergency, such as a natural disaster,” Coates said. “The village has implemented the use of FEMA’s Incident Command Structure and applied it to all large-scale events. Employees train year-round on FEMA’s process in the event we needed to respond to an emergency.”

While the entire village is ready to help, there are key personnel who assist in the coordination of resources, response and recovery efforts during a disaster of any kind.

“We all wear multiple hats and are ready to serve when called upon,” Coates said. “My blue-sky role in the Parks & Recreation Department back in 2001 was as the community projects manager, in which I would coordinate and serve as the incident commander for large-scale community events such as the Fall Festival and the Fourth of July.”

As Coates rose over time to become community services director, she continuously found herself working and training in the field of emergency preparedness and response.

“It was during the hurricanes in 2004 that I had my first experience working in the village’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC),” Coates said. “I understood incident command, and it all started to make sense.”

In 2012, when John Bonde retired, Coates was promoted to her current role and is now a part of the Region 7 team consisting of professionals from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The team is deployable to any part of the state when the need arises.

“I was sent to [Hurricane] Michael. Knowing that here we deal with debris and flooding, seeing a Category 5 storm and what it can really do was eye opening,” Coates said. “It really helped me to see the massive coordination it takes to recover from a storm.”

One of the key personnel for the village is Director of Public Works Bruce Wagner. He serves as the Operations Section chief, who is responsible for coordinating a variety of staff during an active incident.

“We work to return the village to normal operations as soon as possible. Public Works is the first to respond and is always the last to leave to ensure the safety and welfare of all residents,” Wagner said. “During Hurricane Irma, Binks Forest Drive became blocked with a great deal of downed trees, vegetation and debris, which posed a potential flooding issue and driving hazard, including obstruction for emergency vehicles. Public Works spotted the situation, responded and addressed it before the public even knew or reported it.”

Coates explained that in addition to fire-rescue and law enforcement, Wellington’s Public Works and Utilities staff also serve as first responders, ensuring roads and critical facilities remain operational. “One of the largest parts of the recovery process is debris management. Removing debris quickly, before it becomes a safety concern, is a top priority,” Coates said. “On average, here in Wellington, we have seen storms generate more than 265,000 cubic yards of debris.”

Utilities Director Shannon LaRocque mirrors Wagner’s role in the Operations Section.

“Bruce handles Public Works, and I handle the Utilities side — water and wastewater,” LaRocque said. “The one thing everyone talks about is water, but even more important is the wastewater plan. Without it, we don’t have sanitary provisions, which is critical to public health. We can always truck in water.”

Because water and sewer service are critical infrastructure, LaRocque’s team plans for more than just natural disasters. They are ready for massive power outages and even to mobilize and assist public utilities elsewhere in Florida.

“We can deal with power loss. We have nearly 60 emergency generators. Emergency power management is huge for us,” LaRocque said. “In [Hurricane] Dorian, I was preparing everybody for the fact that we could have widespread water and sanitary sewer outages.”

With large infrastructure improvements in process, LaRocque’s department has about $50 million in construction projects underway, and all that equipment and unfinished work had to be secured.

“It was a huge coordination effort. Everybody on my team has a specific role, and they know what to do in preparation for a storm. So, I feel very confident that we are in a good position,” LaRocque said.

Assistant Planning & Zoning Director Michael O’Dell is another important piece of the Emergency Management team. His role in the Planning Section is important for the documentation of everything from broad assessments to individual events.

“The Planning Section assists with developing the incident action reports for each operational cycle,” he said. “They are also key to obtaining damage assessment and situational awareness throughout the incident.”

Supporting the staff as they care for village residents is also vital to keeping all responses and recovery efforts moving along smoothly.

“My Emergency Management role is Logistics Section chief. This includes ensuring all the staff in lockdown have the proper supplies, including food, water and safety supplies,” Parks & Recreation Director Eric Juckett said. “It is of the utmost importance that we get back up and running to the public as soon as possible. I can’t begin to explain how many compliments we receive from the residents for our efforts in this.”

Perhaps one of the least visible roles is that of Director of General Services Ed De La Vega, who also serves as the Finance Section chief during and after emergencies.

“The Finance Section is responsible for all financial, administrative and costs associated with the incident,” Coates said. “They play a critical role in the recovery process, from working with our insurance providers to seeking FEMA reimbursement for damage to public property and assets.”


Service Is Key to Successful Equine Waste Business JH Hauling

Service Is Key to Successful Equine Waste Business JH Hauling

With Wellington famous for its equestrian lifestyle and world-class events, it is easy to overlook the less glamorous end of the horse business. Justin Hickey of JH Hauling calls himself a “manure entrepreneur,” and his successful firm is one of the top manure haulers for the waste of Wellington’s equine residents.

Born in Ireland and raised in England and California, Hickey moved to Wellington when he was 15 years old and grew up in the community. “I loved watching polo and the lifestyle of Wellington,” Hickey recalled. “I immediately thought, ‘Wow, this is paradise to me!’ I’ve been here ever since.”

To this day, Hickey enjoys the majestic sport of polo.

“Polo season is the best time of year. I love Sunday polo, and I go to polo games during the week,” he said. “The lifestyle is for people who like fast cars and fast boats. I love the Sunshine State with its tiki bars, great restaurants and nice people. It is the land of the lifestyles of the rich and famous.”

During the equestrian season, some 12,000 horses are in Wellington. Each 1,000-pound animal produces about 50 pounds of waste each and every day. These horses are easily producing more than 600,000 pounds of waste per day, according to some estimates. Phosphorous runoff from the manure can create damaging situations for the fragile Everglades ecosystem. This provides a challenge for the village and an opportunity for businesses like JH Hauling.

Living in Wellington for the past three decades, Hickey first started his business as a part-time opportunity. “I attended school and became a private duty nurse, then I started my manure-hauling business as something on the side,” he explained.

From his childhood, Hickey had experience with horses and their waste products. “Being from Ireland, I knew what to do with horse manure,” Hickey said.

As a nurse, he came to meet a large sugarcane farmer as a client and took care of him. This provided the connection for a vast amount of land to the west of the village where he could legally and legitimately spread the waste material.

“I’m in charge of spreading between two farms. I have access to more than 129,000 acres of fields,” Hickey said.

With 90 percent of his business coming from Wellington, and the balance from all around Palm Beach County, JH Hauling enjoys a good reputation as a registered hauler because of Hickey’s attitude toward service.

“By being honest and kind, and answering my phone, I have built a successful business,” Hickey said. “It is not science; it isn’t that complicated. It’s all about service. I’ve been around a long time. I’ve been doing it for 30 years. I answer my phone promptly, I treat people with respect, and I get the job done. It’s pretty plain and simple.”

Hickey now lives in Loxahatchee. He has a daughter and just became a grandfather. 

Intimately involved in the ongoing manure issues in Wellington, Hickey has spearheaded efforts to alleviate the challenges created by illegal waste removal and disposal. He said that he feels the situation could be better if everyone followed the rules and regulations and the village was more proactive in making all haulers follow the rules and regulations.

“When there’s illegal dumping, Wellington doesn’t do anything about it because it’s outside of Wellington. When you’re a hauler, you’re losing clients and customers because of illegal dumping and haulers unethically dumping,” Hickey said.

However, Hickey has seen improvements in this regard, and he sees more changes and improvements coming in the future. He said that equestrians are becoming more interested in using permitted haulers to help protect the environment, and they are concerned about knowing where the manure is going to go once it leaves their property.

For more information about JH Hauling, call (561) 248-3344.


Short Wait Times, Affordable Fees At Local AFC Urgent Care Clinic

Short Wait Times, Affordable Fees At Local AFC Urgent Care Clinic

American Family Care Urgent Care marks its two-year anniversary in December treating patients from its state-of-the-art location on Southern Blvd. at B Road in Loxahatchee Groves, right across the street from Wellington at Binks Forest Drive.

Franchise owner Josie Lapidot, a physician in her native Mexico, opened the facility when she moved to Wellington in 2017. “I’m a paramedic in the State of Florida, and I do administrative work at the practice,” she explained. “I wanted a business that was medical related.”

Lapidot moved to the United States in 2003 and lived in Miami for 14 years before settling in the western communities.

“I wanted to do something related to medicine, but I don’t have a license as a physician in the United States,” she said. “I didn’t even try to earn one when I was first here because at the time, my kids were little, and it was going to be too much time away from the family.”

The required residency program is a commitment of 80 hours a week and that would have kept her away from her family, Lapidot explained.

“I got a license as a paramedic and later began to investigate the AFC franchise. I did my homework for a year. I met with them several times. I met with other franchisees. They are a very good operation, and then I bought the franchise and opened this location,” Lapidot said.

With her children now teenagers, Lapidot has time for the business. Her daughter, Lia, is now 14, and her son, Isidoro, is 13 years old.”

Lapidot loves the lifestyle in Wellington. “I used to ride horses in Mexico, but this job and the family takes all of my time,” she said.

The clinic provides walk-in urgent care with X-ray, lab and primary care. That is a unique feature for an urgent care clinic. “If you want to see your primary care provider on Sunday at 7 p.m., you can just walk in. Plus, you don’t have to worry about a long wait, and the fees are much less than a traditional emergency room,” Lapidot said.

With AFC Urgent Care open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 365 days a year, it is truly convenient. “It is not like trying to make an appointment with a physician and you have to wait three weeks,” she said. “With our clinic, you can see the provider quickly.”

Lapidot is very proud of the customer service offered at AFC Urgent Care. “We really care. We treat everyone like kings and queens. We get great reviews. We have award-winning service. We accept all insurance, and we have an extremely comprehensive range of services for a clinic,” she said.

The services include the typical urgent care for cuts and broken bones — non-life-threatening injuries — and also medical needs such as occupational medicine. physicals for sports and jobs, including physical fitness tests for construction work, all workers’ compensation and primary care treatments.

The facility is certified to do the Department of Transportation’s specific physicals. There are even tests for construction workers to determine before they’re hired if they’re able to perform the job adequately.

“We have an in-house lab and X-rays on site, and we offer self-pay discounts,” Lapidot said. “An attractive benefit is that a visit to AFC Urgent Care doesn’t take up your whole day. On a few occasions when we were swamped with patients, we have even been known to tell a walk-in patient realistically what the wait will be so they could go somewhere else and not spend so much time waiting.”

Lapidot stresses quick service for patients. “The benchmark of time in and out for us is within an hour,” she said. “We will work as quickly as we can without being rushed.”

For more information, visit, call (561) 220-0737 or walk in between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at 15689 Southern Blvd., Suite 101, in Loxahatchee Groves.


Palm Beach Brides 2019 Tell Us Your Wedding Story!

Palm Beach Brides 2019 Tell Us Your Wedding Story!

Through the pages of our annual Palm Beach Brides issue, we share with readers the unique stories of four local couples as they made their journey down the aisle on one of the most exciting days of their lives. Each shares their highlight of the day and personal, touching events that made their wedding special. We will also share the latest in bridal gown fashion and hear from local wedding photographers Stacey and Brandon Poirier of Poirier Wedding Photography on some important items to consider when choosing how to capture your wedding day.


Palm Beach Brides 2019 – Credits

Palm Beach Brides 2019  – Credits

Special Thanks To Bacio Bacio Bridal Boutique  Lenyce Boyd and all of the industry professionals who helped to make our annual Palm Beach Brides issue an amazing success!

Special Thanks To All Of Our Wedding Couples for sharing their love story with us!

Jessica & Sahir  

Kayli & Charlie

Kimberly & David

Caitlin & Andrew



The International Polo Club Palm Beach

(561) 204-5687


The Wanderers Club

(561) 795-3501


The Wellington National Golf Club

(561) 333-5731 


The Wellington Community Center

(561) 753-2484



Captured Photography


Emily Madelyn Photo


Gina Marie Photography  


J Millon Photography


Kenneth Smith Photography


Poirier Wedding Photography


Scribbled Moments Photography


Be sure to view the digital issue online at WWW.WELLINGTONTHEMAGAZINE.COM





That One Special Dress, For That One Special Day

That One Special Dress, For That One Special Day

Since there are so many wedding dresses to choose from, it is nearly impossible to know which style is right for you. Wellington’s own Bacio Bacio Bridal Boutique gave us a grand tour of their warm and inviting showroom. Featured here and on the next several pages are some of the latest styles from the boutique adorning brides this season.

The team at Bacio Bacio is ready to help you when choosing that “just-right-for-me” gown. How do you know what your bridal style is? Ask yourself! Perhaps its Vintage, a style that encompasses an era gone by and mixes it with a modern vibe. Classic offers timeless elegance with a personal touch, while a Modern Minimalist approach is all about clean lines and simplicity. For those with a Sexy Glam edge, you can find a stunning, sparkling style with utmost attention to detail. Nothing is wrong with that, since you are the center of attention on your wedding day!

For those brides leaning toward a tiara for the day, you may try on some of the many princess-style Fairytale dresses. Many of our Wellington brides may kick up their heels with an interest in the Rustic Chic look, which ties romantic and neutral colors together with a feminine touch of lace and soft silhouettes.

Whatever your style, just be sure to make it your own. With the right choice of style and comfort, you’ll be communicating your own personal sense of style. It is your day, wear it beautifully!

This gown is by designer Eddy K and has a V-neck, fit and flare silhouette, crepe gown with a dramatic low back, a hint of lace at the hem and a full-lace train.

Bridal Gown | Bacio Bacio Bridal Boutique

Designer | Eddy K

Florals | Nat Kovolis

Venue and Styling | Elizabeth Ave Station

Bridal Accessories | Champagne and Grit

Model | Summer Marchsteiner

Photography | Emily Madelyn Photo

Hair | Fiorella Castro Hair

Makeup | Emily Rivera Artistry


Sahir & Jessica – Tell Us Your Story

Sahir & Jessica – Tell Us Your Story

“One of the most magical moments for us was when we paraded on our horses and carriages toward the venue and first saw our wedding venue all decorated. It really hit me in that moment how special the day was, how much effort our families had put into making this event magical, and how happy I was to be marrying my best friend.”

Jessica and Sahir Quraeshi don’t list just one day as their “wedding date” but four. They needed four to fit in all the American and Pakistani customs. But this expansive celebration had humble beginnings when they met in the hallways of Wellington High School. “Sahir’s friend had a crush on me, and Sahir was trying to be a good wingman and introduce us,” Jessica recalled.

The meeting went smoothly, but when Sahir and Jessica found themselves in the same Spanish class, they quickly became close friends. Before long, they found themselves very interested in one another. By 2011, there was no turning back. “That’s when we finally gave fuel to this flame we started in high school,” Jessica recalled.

From the time she was a baby to about the age of 11, Jessica’s family took summer vacations on Siesta Key, the birthplace of many of her fondest memories. “Sahir took me to Siesta Key and proposed to me at sunset,” Jessica said. “Worst wingman ever.”

From the time her future groom proposed through early November 2018, it was plan, plan, organize and plan. The logistics were incredible.

For the three-day Pakistani wedding, Max Sadik Photography took the pictures and video. “On the Mehendi night (Nov. 10), in traditional Pakistani style, we had a dance-off between the families at Escue Farms,” Sahir said. “Everyone brought their A game and, it was one of our fondest memories of the entire wedding.”

For the American wedding, it was Poirier Wedding Photography. “On the American wedding day (Nov. 11) at the International Polo Club, I wore a dolphin brooch on my bouquet that belonged to my aunt who had passed away the year before,” Jessica said. “It was very special to me because it made me feel like she was there with me.”

Jessica wore a wedding dress designed by Haley Paige, and Jennifer Goudreau was her maid of honor. Sahir had Shahmir and Ayaan Quraeshi act as best men. The newlyweds’ first dance was to “Greatest Love Story” by Lanco.

“Everything was absolutely perfect, especially the food, and it was a dream come true for both of us,” Jessica said. “We felt so very loved and blessed to have all of our family and friends by our side. It was the best weekend of our lives.”

Immediately following the event, the couple headed for Walt Disney World. “Jessica must be the world’s biggest Disney fan, so we initially did a honeymoon to Disney World so she could feel like the princess she is,” Sahir said. “We later took a European trip to Germany, France and England.”

The happy couple is very thankful for all those who made their wedding so magical.

“We would like to thank our families for the massive love and support they continue to give us,” Sahir said. “They have given us the joy and memories of an amazing wedding week, and so much more.