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Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club Wedding from Alisia Thompson Photography

My favorite wedding ingredient?  Hands down, personality.  Because there’s nothing better than a wedding chock-full of personality-infused details to really give you a glimpse of the couple behind the big day.  And this darling duo captured by Alisia Thompson?  Well, they (and their family and friends) are as crafty as it gets with a whole host of amazing details lovingly styled with their very own talented hands. Think fab paper goods, beautiful florals and glittery gold centerpieces.  See them all right here.

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From the Bride… Romance, Fun and Mingle: Those were the words my husband and I based our wedding on. We knew that adding as many personal touches as we could was the way to achieve that. So with that in mind, we DIY’d almost everything and crafted nearly all of the decorations by hand. It was our way to create a wedding that catered to our style, as well as helped our budget!

It all began with the color peach, which I view as such a romantic, yet playful color. I chose it as the basis for the whole event! My sister designed our invitations, RSVP cards, and bulletins to fit our personalities and promote the theme of our wedding. She also created personalized crossword puzzles, madlibs and the signs that were displayed at our venues. All of the bouquets and florals were arranged by my aunt, who was the one to introduce me to the beautiful type of flower used in my bouquet. I described to her that I wanted a taller arrangement to compliment the flower bunch on my dress. She suggested “stock,” and when I saw a picture of them, I knew immediately that those were what I wanted. Who knew that such a pretty flower could have such a ordinary name? Other handcrafted projects we did were the coffee filter peach flowers that were used in the centerpieces on the tables and all of the backdrops used at the ceremony and the reception. We crafted the backdrops with simple light pink and peach crepe paper streamers, and added a touch of Martha Stewart’s Gold Glitter Eyelash Yarn for some sparkle. My mother and sister hand-crafted all of the cake toppers and cupcake toppers; it totally topped off our look!

One of the most meaningful personal touches of the wedding was that I had the honor of wearing the veil my mother wore at her wedding twenty-six years ago. In the end, we created a memorable celebration that reflected our personalities and our desire for our guests to just have fun. And everything came together the way my husband and I dreamed it would.

Photography: Alisia Thompson Photography | Dress: Something Blue Bridal - Allure Romance Collection | Cakes: Slice of Heaven | Ceremony Site: Fellowship of Believers | Reception Site: Lakewood Rach Golf & Country Club

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Classic Sarasota Wedding from Pezz Photo

I have the best job in the world. I spend my days dancing with flower girls, catching bouquets, tearing up with the Mother of the Groom, and smiling with the most amazing couples. Oh, and admiring the fabulous work of amazing vendors, like photographer Pezz Photo, along the way. Weddings like this one make my job not only easy, but unbelievably cool.

A little cherry on top courtesy of Lucky Lemon Films


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From the stunning bride… I envisioned my wedding being romantic, classic, vintage-inspired and whimsical, with a touch of quirkiness. I love the color mustard, I feel it embodies those characteristics so I looked for inspiration on Etsy and Pinterest. We found wooden signs to point the way and to hang on the back of our chairs. Pat has been obsessed with Superman since he was a kid, so the groomsman and fathers wore Superman socks (complete with attached capes). One of our wedding favors were sunglasses (it was an outdoor wedding) and in a funny twist, the guests popped out the lenses during the reception so we ended up with a dance floor filled with Clark Kent look-a-likes! All of our food was vegan– even the cake– and we added a late night snack of PB & J paninis (our initials) for another personal touch. We also displayed the wedding photos of our parents & grandparents along with a framed thank you letter to our parents. I walked down the aisle to the same song my sister used at her wedding. We found that no matter how many decisions we tried to make before hand the wedding planning process was still chaotic and unpredictable at the end including drastically cooler temperatures and high winds from approaching Hurricane Sandy. Table linens were tied town, the cocktail hour moved indoors and my veil flew into my sisters face throughout the ceremony. Those “issues” became some of our favorite memories. We kept smiles on our faces and had the most wonderful time with our friends and family.

Photography: Pezz Photo | Cinematography: Lucky Lemon Films | Flowers: Elegant Designs | Dress: Le Spose di Giò | Cake: It's Icing on the Cake | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Milan Catering | Makeup: Brandi Lynn Tort | Band: Buzzcatz | Ceremony Music: Ben Hammond | Directional Sign: True Connection | Pastor: Aaron Klein | Signs for Chairs: The Wood Chicks | Wedding/Reception: Powel Crosley Estate

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Sarasota Wedding from Lexia Frank Photography

They write songs about all white weddings and with good reason…they’re stunning. A layered approach to pretty neutrals is all at once timeless and taking a page out of the modern book. It’s a duality, if you will, that works each and every time; especially with vendors like NK Productions  and Lexia Frank Photography on the job. They take stunning details and perfectly plan them and capture images as light filled and pretty as they come. See all that beauty together in one spot right here.

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From the Bride…We were first introduced by a mutual friend at the gym, but didn’t reconnect until several months later after finding each other online. We dated for five years before mike finally got down on one knee on Christmas Eve during a walk down a beautiful street with homes decorated for the holiday. We knew we wanted to get married at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota immediately since we had visited several times in the past and loved it. Our amazing wedding coordinator, Nicole Kaney, helped us pull everything together so we could relax and enjoy the process. As for the decorative elements of the wedding, we both prefer things that are simple and streamlined but elegant. We wanted to be sure that everything was timeless, so that we’d never look at pictures and wonder what we were thinking. We chose a neutral palate of ivory and black with touches of red. Flowers by Fudgie created stunning table arrangements for us using a variety of cream colored flowers, mercury glass, and plenty of candlelight. In the end, we got the timeless elegant wedding we wanted while keeping the focus on our love and commitment. It was truly the best night of our lives!

Photography: Lexia Frank Photography | Coordination: NK Productions | Floral Design: Flowers by Fudgie | Invitations: The Write Stuff | Ceremony + Reception Venue + Cake: Ritz Carlton | Cake Pops: The Lolicake Queen | Make Up: Nina Vega | Hair: Courtney Franklin | Cinematography: Rising Sky Productions

Sarasota Wedding from Justin Demutiis

The BAD news: Labor Day weekend has officially drawn to a close. The GOOD news: this Sarasota wedding is more than enough to put the pep back in your pretty little step. Because when two photographers say “I do” with The Anti Bride and SRQtees by their side, the result is amazing. I’m talking an absolute overhaul of gorgeousness brought to life behind the lens of Justin Demutiis. And you know what, loves? We didn’t even scratch the surface. See it all right over here.

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From Justin DemutiisI’m often asked if its nerve racking to photograph another photographers wedding. But the truth is, I find it energizing. In this case, both the bride and the groom are photographers and they could not have made my job any easier! Maybe all their experience shooting seriously inspired them, because I loved their design and detail choices! Of course you can never go wrong at the Powel Crosley Estate, but the florals, cakes, and vintage furniture truly added to their day. It was an absolute honor working with Dan and Vicki.

Photographer: Justin Demutiis | Florals, Styling + Makeup: The Anti Bride, Jeanne Ciasullo | Day of Planner: SRQtees, Ashley Grutters | Vintage Furniture Rental + Styling: Amazing Grace Vintage Rentals, Angela Compton | Location: Powel Crosley Estate Sarasota | Catering: Milan Catering | Hair: Style by Cory, Cory Woomert (941-780-3124) | Entertainment: Jonathan Cortez | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone via Klienfeld’s | Party Dress: BHLDN | Shoes: Valentino

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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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