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Romantic + Elegant Blush Wedding at The Powel Crosley Estate

Florida weather is infamous for its unpredictability, but this couple had the best attitude about it: “When the wind picked up moments before our ceremony, they told us our marriage would be a breeze.” Don’t you just love that? That’s only the beginning of the loveliness, captured by Justin DeMutiis Photography. With gorgeous details designed and executed by the Bride’s graphic-designer sister and a stunning setting, you’re going to fall in love with it all in the gallery.

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Spring
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Estate
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Romantic

From The Bride… One early Saturday morning, soon after we had gotten engaged, I dragged my sleepy husband-to-be down to Sarasota to tour the estate. We fell in love with the estate immediately and talked about our new venue the entire drive back, planning where we should have our ceremony and where we should put the bar. We knew we wanted to say our vows down by the water and cover the dance floor with a starburst of cafe bulbs.

I soon learned that my younger sister, Jennifer, a graphic designer, had an interest and amazing gift in styling weddings. She worked endless hours to both design and create most of the items for our special day. Jennifer designed and laser cut our invitations, which included a sneak peak of our new monogram and dahlias, one of my favorite flowers that were also included in our bouquets. She incorporated our new monogram throughout the decor, including on our cake topper, menus, and our koozie wedding favors. She added a hint of elegance by painting the cake topper, ceremony signs, and table numbers a glittery gold. Our double lined place cards featured the guests name on a frosted paper over a blush table number.

We could not be more thankful for our wedding planners, Jennifer and Natalie of Burkle Events. They kept so calm and made me feel so special as if I was their very best friend. They genuinely cared to make everything perfect for us. They suggested most of our vendors, including the vendor who tailored my dress and went above and beyond to custom create and sew my favorite detail from the entire day, my floor length lace veil.

Our Rabbi traveled from my hometown from the opposite coast of Florida to officiate. Our huppah was made out of birchwood and featured the same garden roses, hydrangeas, and lambs ear as in our bouquets and centerpieces. Hydrangeas hanging in mercury glass from the chairs lined the aisle. When the wind picked up moments before our ceremony, they told us our marriage would be a breeze.

During dinner the mercury glass candle pillars and the cafe bulbs created a romantic setting as the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico. After everyone joined us on the dance floor for the horah, our DJ kept everyone there for the rest of the night and our families and friends danced the night away underneath the stars.

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Event Planning: Burkle Events | Floral Design: Elegant Designs Floral Art Studio | Cake: Publix Bakery | Invitations: Jennifer Kirkpatrick | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Good Food Catering Co | Hair & Makeup: Denise Burkle | DJ: Grant Hemond And Associates | Transportation : SRQ Transportation | Venue: Bradenton Anna Maria Island Longboat Key | Tent: Rental Depot | Bridal Boutique: Malindy Elene | Chandelier And Lights: Affairs In The Air

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Red + French Blue Al Fresco Estate Wedding

For this couple who loves the outdoors, bringing a sense of natural elegance to their big day was an absolute must. Think sprawling blooms by Victoria Blooms Florals, perfectly crafted paper goods from A+P Designs, and al fresco dining in what felt like the coziest backyard setting. Justin DeMutiis is responsible for every stunning image, and Voila Cinematic captured the must-watch film.

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Winter

From the Groom… Leslie and I spend the majority of our time together outdoors. Whether we are enjoying the water or dining on our back porch under the café string lights, we just feel the best when we’re among nature. This was our main focus when choosing the perfect wedding venue. The day Leslie and I stumbled upon the Powel Crosley Estate we knew we didn’t need to look any further. The Crosley Mansion was the perfect blank canvas to create the“make yourself at home” feeling we wanted our guests to experience during our wedding.

We wanted a place where we could combine the simplicity of dining on our back porch under the stars with the sophisticated elegance of an exquisite affair. These two worlds joined as we became inspired by European lifestyle, Tuscan Al Fresco dining, naturally whimsical foliage, and the perfect amount of French blue hues. Together with my mom’s natural talent for decorating spaces, our visions of restored French furnishings, woven linen juxtaposed against natural wood, shades of rich berry florals, and a top-notch execution team, the wedding of my dreams unfolded before my eyes. Having all of our closest family and friends to enjoy it with was just the icing on the three-tiered wedding cake!

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Videographer: Voila Cinematic | Event Planning: NK Productions Wedding Planning | Floral Design: Victoria Blooms | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake: The Short Giraffe | Caterer: Michael's On East | Makeup and Hair: Lasting Luxe | Lighting: Affairs In The Air | Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies | Ceremony Music: Moeller Music | Bridesmaids Dress With Belt: Lela Rose | Bridesmaids' Dresses With Flower Applique: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Ceremony, Cocktail, Reception Site: Bradenton Anna Maria Island Longboat Key | Gown Boutique: Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection | Hotel Blocks: Hyatt Regency | Linen: BBJ | Menus Suits: Kenneth Cole Reaction | Paper Products: A&P Designs | Wedding Dress Belt And Veil : Romona Keveza | Wooden Farm Tables: Megan Tuck

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Hint of Glamour Powel Crosley Estate Wedding

This beautiful Bride’s favorite part of her Big Day was the first time she saw her dashing Groom, which so happens to be my favorite capture from Justin DeMutiis Photography. First looks make me gush with emotion and theirs? It’ll make you all warm and fuzzy inside. The rest of their 20’s-inspired fete, coordinated by Fabulously Chic Weddings, is striking to say the least.

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Fall
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Estate
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Classic

From the beautiful Bride… Our initial idea was a vintage style wedding which incorporated warm romantic candlelight with a speakeasy vibe, mixed with a nod to roaring 20s. The inspiration was derived from our favorite late night spots in New York City and love for all things antique & classic. Much to the help of Courtney, we were able to narrow down our focus and put all of our ideas together in a clear and concise platform which made for an amazing night!

Once we found our location at the Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota, Florida we knew we had the perfect location to build out our perfect wedding day. We rolled the dice on the weather and planned for an all outdoor wedding day, start to finish. We wanted our out of town guests to really feel why we love Florida – a nice mild November night in Florida was a welcomed escape for our New York travelers.

As the guests entered through the front door of the historic Powel Crosley Estate for the first time they saw the beautiful furniture from Wish Vintage Rentals that was set to the sides of the room with the candle-filled fireplace straight-ahead. The nostalgic estate, built in 1929, immediately takes you back in time and sets the vibe for what’s to come. Looking through the back doors to the patio, you are greeted with the amazing landscape of the Sarasota intracoastal and Longboat Key. After a heartfelt ceremony accompanied by a string trio, guests made their way to the gazebo situated on the back of the lawn, right on the water. As the extended cocktail hour, complete with jazz music from days past, came to an end, the sun set behind the Key and painted the sky in beautiful pink and orange arrays as our guests enjoyed the warm breeze. As the sunlight diminished behind the horizon the glimmer of an overabundance of candlelight sparkled off the long gold sequin table runners on the three parallel feasting tables set in the middle of the lawn. Black table cloths, five piece settings of gold flatware, gold charger plates topped with black center plates, gold chivari chairs… candlelight, speakeasy, roaring 20’s… and a touch of vintage. Our vision became a reality that was felt just as strongly as it was seen.

I think my absolute favorite detail was the lighting throughout the whole event. We knew from the start of wedding planning that we wanted cafe lights to be a large part of our decor. That was one the one detail that never changed during the planning process. Seeing the cafe lights with all of the candles, and the candlelight reflected off of the sequin table runners set the mood perfectly and just as beautiful as we had imagined and hoped it would be.

Our escort cards were old (mostly baby) pictures of all our guests. This was a surprise for everyone as we spent countless hours collecting pictures without anyone knowing. This was a labor of love but so worth the time and effort as our guests crowded around the tables smiling ear-to-ear. It was a traditionally simple task that we were able to have fun with.

The first look was my favorite part of the day. Seeing my soon to be husband for the first time was so emotional and surreal. I am so thankful to have done the first look. It helped to calm my nerves and gave us some personal time before the festivities began. I also was filled with joy when I took a moment to look around at the end of the night and found ourselves surrounded by all the people who came to celebrate this special day with us. The feeling of love was overwhelming.

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Videography: Brandon Hilliard Films | Coordination: Fabulously Chic Weddings | Floral Design: Elegant Designs Floral Art Studio | Wedding Dress: St. Patrick-La Sposa | Cake: Pastries By Design | Stationery: Dana Marino Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Mattison's Catering | Hair And Makeup: Jess Waldrop | DJ: Your Event Matters | Suits: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony Music: Vanderbilt Strings | Transportation: Sarasota Trolley | Wedding Venue: Bradenton Anna Maria Island Longboat Key | Bridal Boutique: The White Gown | Gold Flatware: Party Time Rentals | Rentals: US Tent Rental | Vintage Rentals: Wish Vintage Rentals

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