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Sarasota Yacht Club Wedding from K & K Photography

Lace gowns, chandeliers, vintage cars – this wedding from K and K Photography is just everything swoon-worthy about a traditional affair all in one perfectly pretty post. It’s a collection of images so lovely, you can’t help but let yourself get lost in them, and you can do just that right here in the full gallery of images.

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From the Bride… Our wedding was perfect. After I found my dress, a gorgeous Modern Trousseau lace gown, we knew we’d be going for a vintage classic look with a modern twist. Mustard yellow is my favorite color so we punctuated the elegant cremes, whites, and greys of the reception room with oncidium lilies, accent pillows, and my Badgley Mischka mustard pumps. We also tried to incorporate family heirlooms into our day. I wore a sixpence piece in my shoe for good luck – the same coin my mother had in her shoe on her wedding day – and pearl studs that were my great grandmother’s. I also wore a garter that was made by my husband’s grandmother that has been worn by every child/grandchild in their family. At the entrance to the reception, we included photographs of other family members’ on their wedding day. The reception was a blast and a testament to my mother’s keen eye for design. We danced the night away to the phenomenal band Serenade of Souls and left in a vintage Bentley driven by Duane Magnuson.

Photography: K and K Photography | Cinematography: Lucky Lemon Films | Dress: Modern Trousseau | Invitations: The Paper Tree | Ceremony Location: Church of the Redeemer | Reception Location: The Sarasota Yacht Club | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Event Coordination: Choreographed Events | Floral Artist: Tiger Lily Flowers | Makeup/Hair Artist: Kelly Anne Makeup | Reception Band: Serenade of Souls

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Romantic Sarasota Wedding at The Field Club from K&K Photography

You know what makes one pretty amazing combo?  A stunningly classic wedding and one seriously adorable duo.  But not just any adorable duo.  An adorable duo that really knows a thing or two about putting on a stellar wedding.  One that takes a gorgeous color palette (blush and gold, mind you) and pairs it up with lush blooms from Flowers by Fudgie, a breathtaking Sarasota setting and one beautiful moment after another captured by K&K Photography.  See them all right here in the full gallery.

From the Bride… Even though I currently reside in Nashville, my dream was to have our wedding in my home state of Florida. Growing up in this lush, tropical place, I wanted my guests to have an authentic Florida inspired experience for our somewhat destination wedding. After looking at several venues, I knew that I didn’t want the typical ballroom wedding, and desired something much more intimate and romantic. The Field Club in Sarasota presented 1920′s Spanish architecture, and a vintage elegance that was reminiscent of a Gatsby-esque mansion, perfectly situated on the bay in Siesta Key. Having grown up going to the Club, I wanted my decor to accentuate these elements and not distract. I chose a blush pink (my favorite color), gold, and a cream color palette to set a romantic glow. Candles in mercury glass holders were everywhere and I think really set the mood for the whole evening. For the flowers, I chose hydrangea, roses, and baby’s breath for a traditional, yet romantic and full bloom effect.

I love all things girly – pink, pearls, ruffles, and bows and I could not help myself from reflecting this in our wedding. I felt like an absolute princess in my Watters gown, and my photographer, Jeff made me feel even more beautiful in the moments he captured.

I was lucky to have my mother and phenom wedding planner, Jennifer, help so so so much along the way, but I still wanted my personal touch on things. My favorite wedding related investment was an embosser with our couples monogram. This circular monogram became a theme of the wedding and I used it on the cocktail napkins, programs, and thank you card stationery for a personal and luxurious touch. The same monogram style was also reflected on our cake in pink icing. The grooms cake depicting our beloved chihuahua was truly a labor of love on the behalf of my husband and our guests could not stop raving about it.

Reflecting on the wedding now, it was truly such a magical moment in my life. It was so gratifying to see all the different elements finally come together after a year of planning and to see the guests enjoy every moment of it.

Wedding Planner: Tampa Wedding Studio | Photography: K&K Photography | Officiant: Pastor Mark Bernthal | Wedding Cake: Publix Bakery | Groom’s Cake: A Slice of Heaven | Floral Design: Flowers by Fudgie | Wedding Gown: Watters | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | DJ: James from Grant Hemond | Reception Venue: The Field Club | Ceremony Venue: St. Armands Key Lutheran Church | Groom’s Ring: David Yurman | Hair + Makeup: Ritz Carlton of Sarasota, Spa | Invitations: Stovall Collection | Paper Goods: The Paper Source | Monogram Embosser: Southwest Rubber Stamp Co.

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Boho Chic Inspired Photo Shoot from Kate’s Captures Photography + Kiley A. Bolster

It’s hard to imagine the wedding world without the bohemian bride; that uber-chic lady who isn’t afraid to let her hair down and who yearns to go barefoot in the sand… and rock some perfectly imperfect florals on her trip down the aisle.  I love those brides, and I love it when I get to spend my day soaking in all of the inspiration a boho chic affair can bring.  Inspiration like this beautiful photo shoot from the oh-so-talented Kiley A. Bolster and Kate’s Captures Photography; a shoot literally bursting with laid-back meets elegant goodness every step of the way.  From the crazy gorgeous vintage pieces from Hemstitch Vintage Rentals to that stunning gown from Ruthy’s Creations to a pug who knows a thing or two about some serious cuteness, it’s the perfect way to start our Monday morning.  Join me in the gallery for so much more.

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From Kate’s Captures PhotographyThe simple, ethereal elegance of a hardwood deck along a natural waterfront landscape is inspiring in its beauty and perfection at sunset. For this Old Florida Boho Chic Shoot created by Kiley A. Bolster, a pretty little barefoot gypsy bride perched on vintage furniture, nibbled on unfussy cakes and played with an adorable pug puppy while the Gulf of Mexico gleamed in the background.

From Kiley A. BolsterThe inspiration for this shoot came from a want to highlight the natural beauty of the event space. I pitched the idea to Kate Willmann of Kate’s Captures Photography and Angela Haley of Hemstitch Vintage Rentals, who each added personal touches to the design to bring my vision of a barefoot “boho” bride simply lounging around in the afternoon sun on her “wedding day” to life. We could not have dreamed up a more perfectly natural bride than Valerie Matthews Bolster and after everything was said and done- we are all thrilled with the photographs!

Photography: Kate’s Captures Photography | Event Coordination, Styling + Cakes: Kiley A. Bolster | Floral Design: Fiore | Venue: The Bridge Bar and Sunset Lounge | Furniture: Angela Haley of Hemstitch Vintage Rentals | Makeup + Nails: Kristen Lee Saxon of Stay, The Clinical Spa | Spray Tan: Summer Color | Dress: Ruthy’s Creations | Invitation: Wedding Paper Divas | Model: Valerie Matthews Bolster of Southern Affairs | Ringbearer: Xander Bruni (Special thanks to Breena + Antonio) | Pug: Knuckles the Puppy (Special thanks to Lisa + Joey)

Ringling Museum of Art Wedding from Jenny Haas Photography

If there is one thing I know for certain about glamorous weddings, it’s that they tend to leave me speechless.  Which can sort of be a problem, since it happens to be my job to talk all things pretty.  And when you throw in a breathtaking setting like the historical Ringling Museum of Art, beautiful blooms from Beneva Flowers and a whole host of yummy goodness from Milan Catering and Event Design (hello, grilled cheese panini), I become a blubbering mess of adjectives.  See why in the full gallery captured by Jenny Haas Photography.  It’s amazing.

From the Bride… Landyn and I are both engineers and typically drawn to clean and modern design. However, we found ourselves absolutely captivated by the romance and history at the Ringling Museum of Art Courtyard. It reminded us of a European vacation we took for graduation and felt it truly was the venue of our dreams. It really dictated the themes of romance and travel, but we injected fun with live music and modern flourishes when appropriate.

We chose a color palette of black, white and pale green because it complimented the pale pink walls of the courtyard and evoked the old world appeal of space. I wore a lace mermaid gown for the ceremony that felt renaissance and changed into a modern paillette sequins covered dress for dancing. Landyn loves hats and wore a top hat, suspenders, and white jacket to make his look unique and as he describes “made him feel like James Bond.” We kept the flowers basic because the courtyard had plenty of style and we didn’t want to detract from it. All the bridesmaids carried a different bouquet, each of one type of white bloom – lilies, hydrangea, roses, baby’s breath, gerbera daisies, lisianthus and white stock. We had the bouquets wrapped in lace to reflect the lace in my wedding dress. Each groomsman had a matching boutonniere to his coordinating bridesmaid and each dinner table centerpiece contained a vase of one type of the same blooms. Since we love to travel we named each dinner table a city where we had a great memory. Escort cards were made to resemble luggage tags and guests were prompted on how to use the card and find their seat by a poster exclaiming “Where in the World am I sitting?” The ceremony programs were designed to look like black and white passports and each page was printed with a custom watermark.

Our family and friends are everything to us and our wedding was only going to be good if everyone had fun. That’s why I had the bridesmaid pick their own gowns. If they were feeling confident and beautiful, they were sure to have a good time with everyone at the wedding. We wanted live music throughout the evening because it felt more interactive. A string trio played a mix of our modern rock favorites and classical pieces through the ceremony and the cocktail hour. The live band and bold black and white checkered dance floor really motivated guests to dance throughout the evening. Food is another great love of ours so we wanted guests to sample yummy bites throughout the evening with passed hors d’oeurves at cocktail hour and ending the night with midnight snack food including grilled cheese paninis and mini cheese burgers (our personal favorite bite of the evening). All in all, it was the best night of my life captured so true and elegantly by Jenny and Will’s photography that I know the evening can live on forever in these images.

Photography: Jenny Haas Photography | Venue: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art | Officiant: Weddings By Christina | Planning: Alexis Alexander with Sarasota Wedding Gallery | Floral Design: Beneva Flowers | Catering: Milan Catering and Event Design | Cake: Slice of Heaven | Ceremony Music: Strings Attached | Cinematography: Movie Magic Video Productions | Hair + Makeup: Michelle Renne | Band: Aqua Groove

Sarasota Florida Beach Anniversary Shoot from Sarah Joelle Photography

It’s not always easy to return to work after a holiday, but here at SMP we’re committed to making it as awesome as possible.  Which is why we thought we’d share this drop-dead gorgeous anniversary shoot from Sarah Joelle Photography.  A day at the beach, a plethora of light-filled images and a stunning duo sharing their love with each and everyone of you?  Life is sooo good.  Click here for more.

From Sarah Joelle PhotographyRyan and Kay’s anniversary session was shot all in FILM at a little beach near Sarasota, FL. Ryan and Kay are college sweethearts and married soon after graduation. They are coming up on their third wedding anniversary in July. The couple moved to Florida for jobs and the pristine, white, sandy beaches seemed like the perfect spot for their session. The soft colors of the blue water, white sand, and the warm golden sun make my heart happy! I love this classic session for the romantic sweetness and the playfulness! Kay rocked the classic black bikini. As a photographer I love anniversary sessions because it is a reason to celebrate the marriage after the wedding! It’s a fun little way of saying “I still choose you.”

Photography: Sarah Joelle Photography

Sarasota, Florida Sailboat Wedding from Sophan Theam Photography

I’ve been swimming in the sea of pretty that are these images by Sophan Theam Photography for, oh, about two hours now. And I don’t plan on leaving this gallery of coastal goodness anytime soon. Seriously. Because this wedding is simply a dream come true for any ocean-loving soul, and really everyone else for that matter. See what all my gushing is about here.

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From the Bride… Once we decided to marry in a private ceremony, we shared our plans with the family and received their full blessings. Both of our families are Florida natives of several generations, so the notion of an at-sea wedding was born of our shared love for the Gulf of Mexico. We invited only 5 guests, one of whom is an attorney of the State and dear friend. He graciously accepted our request to conduct the ceremony.

We connected with the owners of a 41-foot Morgan sailboat in Sarasota. The couple who own and operate the boat enjoy a great reputation for their services, which was well-documented online, but beyond this they were so friendly and happy to work with us to create our sunset wedding cruise. Their sailboat was immaculate and so comfortable. They’re also such interesting people with amazing stories about their lives, we loved spending this day with them.

I found our photographer’s name here on Style Me Pretty and was captivated by her work. She was the only person we called. I was thrilled to learn that she was available and up for the adventure of this non-traditional ceremony. We worried that a photographer would be hesitant to take their valuable equipment on open water – but Sophan shared with us nothing but excitement for the event.

I honored my family with “something old” by wearing an ivory shawl that had belonged to my paternal grandmother. My “something new” was a delicate crystal necklace from a friend. The groom’s sister honored their mother’s memory by providing my earrings as “something borrowed”. These earrings were worn by the groom’s mother at his sister’s wedding. The final detail of “something blue” was found in my glittery baby blue pedicure. There were a few other traditional wedding details; a beautiful white phalaenopsis cascading bouquet, a sweet little coconut cake and plenty of rosé champagne. Standing alongside the tall mast of the boat, we exchanged vows and rings just before sunset as our few guests watched from the bow. The wedding cruise had a taste of adventure and elegance, but was also relaxed and easygoing – a good reflection of our personalities.

The groom wore a navy and tan suit with a maritime flag bowtie. The dress was serendipity. Over a decade ago, I had tried on (and fallen hard for) an Amy Michelson design that I never purchased. Flash forward to a few weeks before we were to set sail, when I happened upon a photo of this dress on Pinterest. Another click brought me to the listing of this never-worn gown on a bridal resale site in my exact measurements, head to toe. It arrived at my door eight days before the wedding and fit me perfectly. I consider it a wedding gift from the universe.

My now-husband and I first met while we lived across the hall from each other in a historic Davis Island apartment building named “The Ritz”, so we thought it fitting that we spend the honeymoon weekend at Sarasota’s Ritz-Carlton. The lovely people who work at this resort, at their restaurant Jack Dusty in particular, went so far above and beyond in helping us celebrate the occasion. It was the cherry-on-top of our wonderfully romantic wedding weekend. We look forward to many returns for anniversary celebrations!

Wedding Photography: Sophan Theam Photography | Venue: Key Sailing Sarasota | Flowers: Tiger Lily Flowers | Cake: Morton’s Gourmet Market | Groom’s Attire: Anchored Style | Wedding Dress: Amy Michelson | Hair + Nails: The Bobby Pin Gallery | Makeup: Lindsay Does Makeup | Accommodations: Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota