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Sweet Sarasota Wedding at The Ringling Ca’ D’Zan Mansion

Lovely doesn’t even come close to describing this sweet Sarasota wedding beautifully captured by Divine Light Photography. Not even close. In fact, I’m not sure there is a single adjective that will do this beauty justice. Designed by MMD Events, this gallery is light-filled perfection. See even more here.

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From the Bride and Groom…We met on e-Harmony. She was overcome with temptation when she saw he was taking ballroom dance lessons and has two hairless cats named Dudeman and Girlfriend. He was instantly intrigued by her picture on a standup paddle board requesting responses only from men with their head on straight. He skipped the prefabbed questionnaire, emailed her directly, and the rest is e-Harmony history.

We are a pretty carefree couple, not much into formalities, so we think it took friends and family by surprise that we chose the gorgeous Ringling Ca’ D’Zan as our venue. Most probably thought we’d elope. Our only criteria was to be outside, simple, and quaint. We love the outdoors. When we saw the Ca’ D’Zan, it was hard to consider any other place. The venue captured our free spirit…totally free within bounds. The Ca’ D’Zan is on the water, outside, classic, elegant, and needed nothing else to make it perfect. The ceremony was by the banyan trees and our party was out by the water, with a historic mansion as our backdrop. Not being the social butterfly of all couples, we opted for a sweetheart table (we skirted temptation to have the table roped off).

We really cannot take any credit for how our wedding turned out other than finding the venue, choosing a “wedding team” that we liked, and choosing light green and light pink as our colors. Spending a little bit of time with everyone on our wedding team went a long way. I think we were most passionate about taking pictures of our four cats (now a blended family) for our table centerpieces. We spent countless hours putting sticky numbers on them, chasing them down, and taking pictures. People who know us best appreciated that little touch. Our day was perfect and the way it was captured was perfect too.

Photography: Divine Light Photography | Event Design: MMD Events | Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo | Caterer: Mattison’s Catering | DJ: Grant Hemond And Associates | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Cinematography : Lucky Lemon Films | Guitar: Ben Kimsal | Venue: The Ringling Ca’ D’Zan Mansion

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Peach + Gold Lakewood Ranch Wedding

Folded into this Lakewood Ranch soiree from K and K Photography are the sweetest soft peaches and golds, and the result is a romance-filled fete that has my heart skipping a beat. Top it off with the dreamiest Lazaro dress from JLM Couture that you ever did see? Well, my dears, I dare say you’ll be madly in love with this gallery too.

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From the beautiful Bride… Adam and I were together for seven years before he proposed. The going joke was that I was going to have some extravagant wedding but that was definitely not what I was going for. We talked about a destination wedding but it was just too important for our grandparents to be present. After visiting countless venues, Adam’s Aunt recommended the Lakewood Ranch Country club (she’s an ambassador for LWR). I wanted a ballroom to fit 100 guests and it was perfect, not too big, not too small.

Adam is more classic and I love a little glam. I fell in love with the idea of a romantic spring wedding in March. Sping is always gorgeous in Sarasota. My color palette was soft peach, ivory, and gold. I wanted a romantic, timeless wedding with a hint of glam.

It all started with the dress. I chose a Ivory, Lace, Couture bridal gown by Lazaro. Some detail: sweetheart neckline, alencon lace skirt with pleated net godets and chapel train. Once I stepped into that dress I didn’t want to take it off!

My bridesmaids were in gorgeous, soft peach, floor length dresses. They wore different variations but all in soft peach. We topped them in diamonds and pearls with bouquets of Juliet garden roses, pale peach tulips, and versilia roses. Adam was in a classic black tuxedo with an ivory vest and tie. His groomsmen also in classic black tuxedo’s with soft grey vest and tie. We pinned them with Peoni buds and pale peach roses.

Ceremony Inspiration… It was really important for us to have our puppy there! Teddie the golden doodle was dressed to the nines in a D.I.Y ivory satin bow. We arranged for him to be there after the ceremony for pets and pictures. It really made our day!

Wedding Inspiration…I found a lot of inspiration from wedding blogs and magazines. Luckily, I had my Confetti and Botanica girls to help me with inspiration and they brought our ideas to life.

It was the cutest thing to find out that my groom was secretly collecting our RSVP cards – he was excited too.

We wanted to sit with our friends and family so we just had to have a feasting table. The head table was dressed with a Champagne Dupioni and a gorgeous lace overlay. For florals we chose an eclectic mix of gold containers filled with ivory hydrangeas, white tulips, peach roses and pale peach spray roses. We used candles on gold pillars and gold chargers to glam it up a pinch. It was stunning.

I chose Chic Sweets because We both have a major sweet tooth. We wanted our guests to have edible party favors (that’s what would want)!

It was important to us that our friends share the day celebrating with us. We had a delicious dinner, a champagne toast, and we danced the night away. But the best part of all was that I could feel the love in that room. :)

As for us, the Bride and groom stepped into a Vintage Rolls Royce and lived happily ever after.

Photography: K And K Photography | Videographer: Bokeh Studeo | Wedding Gown: Lazaro | Band: Gypsy Lane | Ceremony And Cocktail Music: Bella Musica | Coordination: Confetti Events + Weddings | Dance Floor Vinyl: My Event Design | Favors/Dessert Table: Chic Sweets | Floral, Lighting, Draping And Linens: Botanica | Invitations/Day Of Stationary: Urban Coast | Makeup/Hair: Elegant Wedding Hair And Makeup | Officiant/Notary: Sensational Ceremonies | Transportation: SRQ Transportation | Transportation-Rolls Royce: Ambassador Limousine | Venue: Lakewood Ranch

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Wedding

Any wedding that starts with a giant bouquet of bright pink pretties is bound to be a pin-worthy day. But when that same affair includes stunning modern design from Stonehouse Events, beautiful blooms by Elegant Designs Floral Art Studio, and every inch shot through the lens of Justin DeMutiis - well, you better get ready for a wedding swoon-fest like you’ve never seen before. Get started right here, m’dears!

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Modern

From the Bride… I met Ryan out one night while he was dressed up as, what looked to be like a member of Motley Crew, during a month not even remotely close to Halloween, so humor has been a large part of our relationship from the get-go. We wanted the wedding to really reflect us as a couple so we tried to get creative with a lot of custom details. We wanted a fun, yet elegant outdoor wedding on the water, which was slim pickings if we were to do it in my hometown in Ohio. We vacation in Sarasota every year, so we started to look at venues in the area. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens turned out to be the perfect spot!

We love to entertain, even in our tiny NYC apartment, and this wedding was no different. When else would we be able to throw this big of a party with all of our friends and family? For the ceremony, we went the non-traditional route and played upbeat oldies love songs to get everyone excited for the evening to come. I have no shame; Darlene Love’s “Today I Met The Boy I’m Gonna Marry” will never get old in my book. We had refreshments and fan programs to keep our guests hydrated and cool. We adored the idea of the Love Letter and Wine box ceremony as we are easily swayed to unwind at home with a bottle of wine after a stressful day.

Afterwards, guests moved to cocktail hour, which was overlooking the water so everyone could enjoy the sunset. Kitschy metallic silver lawn flamingos then lead our guests on a path through the garden to the great lawn where the reception was held. I desperately wanted mirrored tabletops, but they were not easy to come by in the area, so I opted for a mirrored escort table. We both love bubbly, so we used oversized champagne buckets instead of having a box for cards. In lieu of a guest book, we had marriage advice mad libs at each place setting on the tables.

The food from the Francis was absolutely amazing and they really went above and beyond for us in so many ways. We love dining out, so it was important to us to have a great menu, and not typical wedding food. The cake was gorgeous and all white, but we went with a fun rainbow surprise inside. A rainbow colored candy and dessert bar, complete with a favorite from home, Momofuku Milk Bar Birthday Cake Truffles, accompanied it. Since we have a love for food, favors were little jars of rosemary sea salt to remember our garden seaside wedding (Big thanks to Martha Stewart for this tidbit!)

We wanted to go with a DJ over a band because of the wide variety of music we had in mind for the whole night. We actually found Jay when we were out one night after dinner, the first time we came down to visit the venue. One of the best moments of the wedding night was when I looked around and noticed absolutely everyone had joined us on the dance floor after the parent dances were over. Not one person was left in their seats!

I didn’t realize some of the challenges we’d face doing a destination wedding at a venue where you had to bring in literally everything, but a lot of love went into this wedding from countless friends and family members who helped out. We couldn’t have done it without them or without our awesome vendors! Though we did the majority of planning ourselves, I highly recommend anyone doing a destination wedding to hire a wedding coordinator for at least the month of service, they will keep you sane when you need it most (or at least try)!

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Flowers: Elegant Designs Floral Art Studio | Cake: Pastries By Design | Ceremony Venue: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens | Reception Venue: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: The Francis | DJ: Jay Goodley Entertainment | Bride's Dress + Bridesmaids' Dresses: Custom Designed | Coordination: Stonehouse Events | Earrings : Jenny Packham | Fan Program Prining: Lolo Lincoln | Groom's Shirt: Turnbull And Asser | Invitation Letterpress: Peter Kruty Editions | Invites, Fan Programs, Napkins: The Groom | Linens: Connie Duglin | Makeup: Tammy Gamso With Fresh | Officiant/Rabbi : Michael Raab | Rentals: US Tent Rental | Suit: Hugo Boss | Transportation: Assured Transportation

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