The Ca’ d’Zan Mansion. A breathtaking Italian-inspired masterpiece overlooking the pristine waters of the Sarasota Bay. In other words, the perfect place to say “I Do.” And when you combine this Floridian paradise with a stop-you-in-your-tracks affair boasting a vibrant purple color scheme and the world’s most gorgeous bride and groom, well… it’s pure, unadulterated joy. Thank goodness Andi Diamond Photography was on hand to capture every ounce of amazing, because this is a traditional soiree that deserves your full and undivided attention. See it all here.
Oh, and we’re not done yet. We have one very amazing film from In Motion Video Productions to add even more pretty to your day. Enjoy!
From the Bride… To say that I had my dream wedding is an understatement. In my eyes, there was no place like the Ca’ d’Zan to get married. Before I even knew that Thomas existed, I envisioned marrying the love of my life beneath the banyan trees at this gorgeous 1924 mansion on the bay in the town where I had grown up. Our day was that and so much more.
We wanted the venue to be the main design focus of the wedding. We kept the décor simple so as to not distract from the breathtaking surroundings (and to keep our dream wedding affordable, as we were paying for it ourselves!). Our inspiration for our color scheme, amethyst, peridot and aquamarine, came from the gemstone colors in the stained glass windows flanking every wall of the building. The style that we were going for: classy elegant with a hint of vintage and a lot of fun!
My favorite moment from the day — that’s tough! Maybe it was seeing the emotion in Thomas’s face as I walked down the aisle, being so engulfed in one another during our ceremony that we didn’t hear a word that the priest said or notice my niece practicing her twirls at our feet, or maybe it was our first dance, feeling like we were the only ones in the room even with 145 pairs of eyes focused on us. I guess the bottom line is it was knowing without question that we had said “I do” to the one God had intended for each of us. I loved seeing how it all came together and feeling that it was truly how I had envisioned it. I remember the moment when we stepped onto the reception on the terrace and thinking, “WOW!” It was absolutely beautiful! A gorgeous spring night, the sun setting on the water, the uplighting on the stunning building, the colors coming together, the centerpieces lit — and that cake! The cake was my favorite detail of the day. I loved the pearls and rhinestones, and the lace that she piped onto the layers that matched my dress perfectly — and it was it delicious! My favorite self-created detail was actually created by my mom: our family’s homemade ice cream that I grew up eating at every special event and holiday with our family. My mom made gallons of it to serve ice cream with our wedding cake. It was a way to add a personal touch to the day while having that ice cream present in another of my most special memories.
Wedding Photography: Andi Diamond Photography / Wedding Venue: Ca’ d’Zan Mansion / Floral Design, Rentals + Uplighting: Bee Ridge Florist / Wedding Cinematography: In Motion Video Productions / Catering: Nellie’s Deli / Bakery: Pastries By Design / Wedding Dress: CB Couture via Sarasota Brides & Formalwear + Custom Design Alterations / Makeup: Michele Renee / Bridesmaid Dresses: All Brides 2 Be