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A Childhood Friendship Blossomed Into a Beautiful Romance

This adorable Bride and Groom’s story began in China when they were classmates in elementary school. Fast forward a few years – they were both attending colleges in the United States when their friendship blossomed into a romance. At their nuptials on the always pretty Ringling Estate, family and friends (even some from elementary school!) witnessed this couple’s sweet union. The day was beautifully captured by Jillian Joseph Photography, and there’s more for you here.

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From Jillian Joseph PhotographyLillian and Michael’s story begins in China, when they were classmates in elementary school with mutual friends. They kept in touch as they grew up and always remained friends. Michael came to the United States to attend college in Michigan, and when he found out that Lillian was choosing between a few colleges in the States, he convinced her that the closest school to him, Loyola, would be the best choice. As adults pursuing their advanced educations and careers, their longtime friendship blossomed into love.

They decided to host their wedding at the historic Ringling Estate in Sarasota, Florida, where they were joined by family and friends from around the globe – even friends they were classmates with in elementary school!

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Photography: Jillian Joseph Photography | Cinematography: Fairytale Productions | Event Planning: Nicholle Leonard | Floral Design: Victoria Blooms | Cake: Publix Bakery | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Demetrios Bride | Catering: Mattison's Catering | Hair and Makeup: Tampa Beauty Group | DJ: Grant Hemond And Associates | Ceremony Music: Harp Soup | Venue: Ringling Museum of Art | Beverage Services: Modern Events Tableside | Photo Booth: Premier Photobooth | Rentals: US Tent Rental

It Doesn’t Get Better Than This Florida Engagement Shoot

So much Florida goodness in one engagement shoot! Alisa Feris photographed these downright adorable college sweethearts in the groom’s picturesque hometown of Sarasota, Florida. From the pale pink arches of the The Ringling Museum to the white shores of Siesta Key Beach, we cannot get enough of the pretty location – or the sweet smiles of this couple! See it all in the gallery.

From Alisa Ferris PhotographyLynsey and Javier are the most darling college sweethearts – the kind that makes any photographer swoon. If they alone do not provide you with enough cuteness, then hold your breath for their French Bulldog, Dexter, donning a floral wreath. Furthermore, while most wedding-related activities focus on the bride, this couple tailored their engagement shoot to represent the groom!

From the Bride… In my second week as a freshman at the University of Central Florida, I attended a social for my new sorority. Little did I know that during my first college event, I would meet the man I would spend the rest of my life with. Fast forward six years, our relationship has taken us through some major life milestones – from college graduation to planning our perfect wedding, we have grown so much and are enthusiastic about what the future holds.

Because the wedding will take place in my hometown of Palm Beach, Florida, we wanted to capture our pre-wedded bliss in a place close to Javier’s heart. So we headed to his hometown of Sarasota, Florida, and picked some of our favorite locations. First stop: downtown Sarasota with our fur child, Dexter, where we went on one of our first dates. Next up was The Ringling Museum – a place that captures Sarasota’s history and beauty. And while it wasn’t originally planned, we spontaneously ended our shoot on Siesta Key Beach.

The fashion inspiration for our engagement shoot came directly from our wedding colors: ivory, earthy green, light blue, and pink, and the picturesque spots in The Ringling Museum of Sarasota are a mirror representation of our wedding day ceremony. We will be getting married on the terrace overlooking the lake at the PGA National Resort and have tailored the ceremony to try and include some of the same natural beauty the museum exhibits.

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Photography: Alisa Ferris | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Location: Ringling Museum of Art

“Fairytale Garden Party” Style Wedding

In my humble opinion, blush pink is one of those colors that will never (and should never) go out of style. It’s sweet, it’s subtle, and it was the perfect color palette anchor for Briana and Patrick’s Sarasota wedding at the Ringling Museum. Designed around the idea of a fairytale garden party, the images by K&K Photography are one dreamy moment after another, including this happily ever after kiss you simply have to see.

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From the Bride… Patrick and I met at a bar in New York City during Hurricane Sandy. We lived in New York City together for two years before moving to Sarasota, Florida.

I wanted to plan my wedding a la carte – meaning I wanted to pick and choose each element to create an experience that transported my guests into a fairytale garden party. I wanted to create an environment that was all-encompassing and focused around a celebration of love, family, and incredible friendships. I found images online of what my wedding looked like in my mind and our wedding planner (Nicole) did an unreal job executing.

My color palette was white, blush and natural greens accented with gold. The venue could not have been more perfect for my vision and ended up being the perfect backdrop for photos. I knew I wanted sprawling greenery and overflowing orchids for the florals. I wanted ethereal lighting in the way of moonlight, string lights and chandeliers in the trees as opposed to any direct lighting or up lighting. It was important that I have long wooden feasting tables without linens, laden with gold trimmed plates and flatware that felt opulent but also inviting.

As most of our guests were traveling from New York and Massachusetts we wanted the food to be indulgent Florida fare and served an incredibly fresh and decadent menu (with the most incredible chef and catering staff, Fete!). My brother officiated the wedding and we entrusted him to craft a meaningful ceremony and he ended up setting the mood for the whole night with a dissertation on love, companionship and Kanye West’s “Bound 2”.

For my dress, I wanted something chic that felt like me (not like I was wearing a costume) – the dress I wore on my wedding day was actually my second dress after the first one was ruined by the tailor! Picking my dress and shoes and accessories was definitely the most fun! The bridesmaids dresses I found at Bloomingdales and fell in love with as they encapsulated the vision of my wedding, and they had pockets which the girls appreciated!

My one piece of advice for brides is to constantly remind yourself that this process should be FUN – don’t get caught up in things being perfect or feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, enjoy the journey and make sure you and your partner (and your parents, and bridesmaids…) are having fun every step of the way! Also, being meticulously organized will make the process so much easier.

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Photography: K and K Photography, LLC | Event Planning: NK Productions Wedding Planning | Floral Design: Victoria Blooms | Stationery: Citrus Press | Bride's Shoes: Gianvito Rossi | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Aidan Mattox | Catering: Fete Catering | Hair & Makeup: Fresh Salon | Lighting: Affairs In The Air | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Officiant: Bride's Brother | Transportation: Sprinter Van Rental | Venue: Ringling Museum of Art | Bride's Dress: Gemy Maalouf

All White Inspired Wedding on the Gulf Coast of Florida

For those of you that just so happen to think that an all-white wedding is boring, we invite you to think again. Because this crazy beautiful celebration captured by Justin DeMutiis Photography? Well, it’s anything but. Overflowing with dreamy white details and cream accents, it’s a party that proves you don’t need a tone of color to stand out. Dreamed up by the talented NK Productions Wedding Planning, we’ve got every stunning detail waiting for you in The Vault!

From NK Productions Wedding PlanningThis beautiful wedding is full of details! White on white with that touch of elegance. Anne and Jeff are perfect together and the very best to plan along with. They wanted to keep everything clean but amazing. From the detailed quilt-like table lines to the delicate table arranges made everything flowed perfectly together.

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Event Planning: NK Productions Wedding Planning | Floral Design: Victoria Blooms | Cake: Vera Wang Papers | Invitations: Write On | Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Vera Wang Papers | Catering: Vera Wang Papers | Hair + Makeup: Fresh Salon | Lighting: Affairs In The Air | Band: Wiley Entertainment | Officiant: Pastor Art | Chair Rentals: Great Hire | Furniture Rentals: MMD Events | Linen Rentals: Over The Top Linens | Linen Rentals: BBJ Linen | Rentals: Set Event Rentals | Trolleys: SRQ Trolley

Tropical Inspired Ringling Museum Engagement in Sarasota, Florida

Lana Ponomarenko Photography has officially ignited wanderlust in us all. For with each and every captured from Greg and Kelly’s engagement session, we’re dreaming of warm Florida sunshine. It’s the ultimate escape that you can partake in, and we’ve got it all waiting in The Vault!


From Lana Ponomarenko PhotographyI am so excited to share this Ringing Museum engagement session! Couple chose the location because of its beautiful architecture and amazing details. Greg and Kelly’s wedding gonna happen this April at the Vinoy in a beautiful outdoor tea garden, and the color palette of the museum matches their wedding perfectly.
Kelly and Greg have a chemistry like no other. In every kiss there is so much gentleness and love. I loved the way Greg looked at Kelly, the way he held her hand…even when my cameras was not on.

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Photography: Lana Ponomarenko Photography

Romantic Garden Wedding at the Powel Crosley Estate

When Justin DeMutiis Photography and Stonehouse Events team up for a wedding, magic happens. Case in point: this gorgeous garden affair at the romantic Mediterranean-style Powel Crosley Estate. With a dreamy lace Pronovias gown, gorgeous florals by Botanica and a romantic al fresco reception under the stars, this bride and groom got a fairytale start to their marriage. See it all here.

From Justin DeMutiis PhotographyLindsay and Dennis began their adventure one magical night in Hong Kong. With just one look and a smile, their lives were changed forever. With a shared love of cooking and traveling together, this international couple, Lindsay from Pennsylvania and Dennis from Sweden would share their two loves and create a celebration of memories that will last a lifetime!

Lindsay and Dennis selected the one and only Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota, Florida as the place they would declare their love openly to each other in front of their nearest and dearest family and friends. The day was full of love and emotion beginning with sweet moments while everyone was getting to Lindsay’s grand entrance into the ceremony. She entered the ceremony to a beautifully played, “Happiness Does Not End” by Olafur Arnalds, a song that was very meaningful to them both. Dennis met Lindsay as she was walking the aisle and the two completed their walk together to become husband and wife. They each declared their own personal written vows to each other and exchanged rings. They were married!

The celebration continued while guests enjoyed the Bride’s Bellini and the Groom’s Gin and Tonic as signature cocktails as well as an assortment of passed hors d’eouvres during the cocktail hour. The space was filled with candles and soft hues to capture the love of Lindsay and Dennis. The dinner experience was extremely important to Lindsay and Dennis. So the groom relied on his brother, a chef and his Best Man to create a customized five course dinner and his sister to pair each course with a specialty cocktail. The Swedes and American’s enjoyed Swedish songs and toasts to the bride and groom along with heartfelt speeches shared by their loved ones throughout the dinner. The tables were exquisite with soft florals and candles galore, it was the perfect back drop to this fun filled evening. As the final dessert and cordials were served it was ready to move to the dance floor; where the guests danced the rest of the night away!

It was a magical beginning for Lindsay and Dennis and would become the start to their new adventure as husband and wife!

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Videography: Life's Highlights | Event Coordination: Stonehouse Events | Floral Design: Botanica International Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Catering: Fete Catering | Hair & Makeup: Femme Akoi | Officiant: Wedding With Grace | Venue: Bradenton Anna Maria Island Longboat Key | Tent: US Tent Rental | Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Musicians: Bella Musica | Chair Rentals: A Chair Affair | Lighting And Draping: Affairs In The Air | Musician/DJ: Impulse Entertainment

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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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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

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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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 Linen | 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.

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

Elegant Powel Crosley Estate & Museum Wedding

Every time the K&K Photography team sends some wedding love our way, we know we’re in for a treat. A soiree like this one, with a gorgeous marrying of lavender and chocolate brown, a glowing Bride who steals the show and all of the sweet moments layered in that are bound to make you gush and swoon with heartfelt emotion. See it all here.

From the beautiful Bride…We got engaged in December 13′, found out we were pregnant in Feb 14′ and got married on June 28th. We had been together for 3 years prior to all of this but the pregnancy threw us for a loop! Oh, did I mention we moved houses in the beginning of June as well. Needless to say 2014 has been a year to remember! Leading up to the day of the wedding was non stop, I had never been so busy in my life before but I knew I had to keep my stress down due to a little bundle of joy growing in side of me. All of my vendors were amazing to work with and made the process very seamless. I think this day was particularly special because my husband, Chas, and I were not just making a commitment to each other that day but also to our baby. I think it really had hit me that we were getting married when Chas send me 2 dozen roses the morning of to my room saying he loved me and he couldn’t wait to be my husband. It was a day I will never forget.

Photography: K and K Photography, LLC | Planner: Elan Event Studio | Wedding Gown: Marisa Bridals | Cake: Chocolate Pi | Ceremony: Logan Ertel | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Caterer: Puff 'n Stuff Catering | Make Up: Luna | Hair: Denise Burkle | DJ: DJ Coro | Venue: Powel Crosley Estate & Museum | Decor/Floral: MMD Events | Video: Diamond View Studios

Romantic Florida Wedding at Powel Crosley Estate

Ladies and gents, this Florida fête at the Powel Crosley Estate is one to behold. It beautifully blends classic styling with an utterly romantic vibe, with gorgeous florals and planning from One Fine Day Inc. that couldn’t be more perfect if they tried. Top it all off with a stunning black and gold color palette, and we are giving this gallery from Kallima Photograph one heck of a standing ovation.

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From Kallima PhotographyBianca and Giovanni took their wedding day and made it their own. A little bit classic, a lot romantic, with a theme centered around “xoxo” and a custom monogram for their day. The monogram showed up on all the paperie and banners. XOXO confetti spilled out of the invitation suite, and was scattered on top of most of the decor tables.

The Circle Room at the Powel Crosley provided the most gorgeous backdrop for Bianca to slip into her stunning lace Allure trumpet gown. Giovanni stayed classic in a black Vera Wang tux with the always stylish bow-tie.

Sarah at One Fine Day coordinated the entire day flawlessly, and also provided the gorgeous florals that enveloped the white tent for the reception. Whites, greens, blacks, crystal and sparkle. I loved the anemone’s in the bridesmaids bouquets, and the black and white striped accenting picture frames on the welcome table. Instax cameras were set out for guests to take photographs of themselves, and you could also write a note and hang them on a gold painted wood tree.

The dessert table was covered with a variety of yummy cupcakes, and succulents in vintage gold vases made the tables shimmer in the sunset light. The menu’s were simply white with black lettering, with a rosemary sprig accenting the top.

Bistro lights lit the dance floor under the stars, and heartfelt toasts didn’t leave a dry eye in the place. One toast especially by the best man, paid tribute and a moment of silence to Giovanni’s father who passed away unexpectedly within the year.

After hours of dancing and the dance floor was still going strong, McDonald’s cheeseburgers and hot Apple Pie’s arrived for guests to refuel..it was literally the best idea ever. For the exit, the bride and groom ran through a shower of rose petals while the best man followed behind them with a boom-box playing their favorite tune. All in all, a completely magical and personal event.

Photography: Kallima Photography | Coordination: One Fine Day, Inc. | Florist: One Fine Day, Inc. | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Ceremony Venue: Bradenton Anna Maria Island Longboat Key | Reception Venue: Bradenton Anna Maria Island Longboat Key | Catering: Simply Gourmet Caterers | DJ: Grant Hemond And Associates | Grooms Attire: Vera Wang | Ceremony Music: Dillingham Quartet | Bride Shoe: Badgley Mischka | Inviations: Bianca Conigliaro (the Bride) - Bianca.conigliaro@gmail.com

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Chic Sarasota, FL Wedding at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

I’ve professed my love for  Justin DeMutiis a time or two on this site, and really, how can you blame me when he sends weddings like this botanical beauty our way. Captured in a way that feels like pure magic, every image sitting in this gallery makes my heart beat a bit faster, and you can see them all here.


From The Bride…Our wedding took place on a beautiful spring day (March 1, 2014) in Sarasota, Florida in a plush, green botanical garden. It was the most magical day – it almost seemed as if the heaven’s were shining down on us. The weather was absolutely perfect – 78 degrees, with zero humidity, and lots of sunshine. You could smell the aroma of blooming flowers all around the gardens. There was a light breeze that kept our guest cool, and made my veil dance as I walked down the aisle with my father, which was one of the most anticipated, and memorable, walks of my life. Our ceremony was very emotional and full of love. There were lots of laughs, and happy tears. My mom, sister and I put together almost all of our decorations, including the homemade burlap/lace tablecloth overlays on each reception table. It was the epitome of southern elegance. I had a unique charm attached to my bouquet of my Mema (Dad’s mom) who passed away nearly 20 years ago. My brother surprised me by playing the guitar and singing a slow country song at the beginning of our reception. It was one of the most touching experiences of my life…I’ll never forget it. My husband and I, who have been together for 6 years, were SO happy to share this perfect day with our friends and family. We had known every single person in our bridal party for at least 10 years. They all hold a special place in our lives. Our guests continue to talk about how awesome our wedding day was, and we couldn’t agree more!

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Wedding Planner: Simply Sophisticated/Caitlen Murrell | Florist: Elegant Designs Floral Art Studio | Wedding Dress: Brides by Demetrios | Bride's Shoes: David's Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Mattison's Catering | Makeup Artist: Femme Akoi | Hair Stylist: D Retro Salon Spa/Angela Thomas | DJ: Black Tie DJs | Transportation: Diplomat Transportation | Botanical Garden: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens | Ceremony Music/Guitarist: Dean Miller

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 | Cinematography: Lucky Lemon Films | Event Design: MMD Events | Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo | Caterer: Mattison's Catering | DJ: Grant Hemond And Associates | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Venue: Ringling Museum of Art | Guitar: Ben Kimsal

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

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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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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 | Coordination: Stonehouse Events | 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 | Makeup: Tammy Gamso With Fresh | DJ: Jay Goodley Entertainment | Suit: Hugo Boss | Transportation: Assured Transportation | Bride's Dress + Bridesmaids' Dresses: Custom Designed | 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 | Officiant/Rabbi: Michael Raab | Rentals: US Tent Rental

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Sarasota, FL Wedding at Ca’ d’Zan Mansion

Honestly, I can’t think of a single thing in this wedding from Katie Lopez I’m not absolutely obsessed with. Not a one. I first fell in love with this couples’ engagement last year, so I shouldn’t be surprised that their wedding is off-the-charts fabulous, but here I am, completely floored. From her lovely Jenny Packham gown to the pin-worthy reception planned to perfection by Sarah Tucker Events (complete with a perfume bar) and every love-filled moment in between, this beauty moved right up to the tippy top of my favorites list. See why here.

From Katie Lopez PhotographyThis was one of my favorite weddings this year so I just had to share with you! You might remember the bride and groom. Their sailboat engagement was featured on SMP Florida last year and it’s hard to forget Alison’s contagious smile! The inspiration behind their wedding- “old school charm with a dash of glamour”. You’ll see right away that Alison’s vintage-inspired Jenny Packham gown and faux bob set the stage for the rest of this vintage-meets-glamour wedding day. From the perfume bar to the old church pews, it all came together perfectly against the backdrop of the Ca’ d’ Zan mansion at the Ringling Museum. 

From the Bride..Ryan grew up just a short distance from Sarasota as a child. He used to tell me stories about going to the Ringling Museum with his family every year. After he proposed we began to put together a venue wish list; beautiful water views, old school charm, with a dash of glamour. After visiting the Ringling we realized that our wish list was an actual venue! I remember Ryan joking that if someone had told him at seven years old that he would be saying ‘I do’ there years later; he would’ve thought they had lost their mind.

We decided to keep the wedding in line with the overall ambiance of the venue. I chose my Jenny Packham gown for its vintage feel and amazing lace detailing in the back. We rented antique furniture for lounge areas and had old church pews brought in for an outdoor ceremony. Our amazing florist created a cloud of Hydrangeas for the seating chart which really looked as if it was floating in mid-air, it was also one of my favorite details from the wedding.

From the start the most important thing to us was to ensure that our guests had fun and that the night would be as memorable for us as it was for them. Between a DIY perfume bar for the ladies and a cigar station for the men we really wanted our guests to know how much we appreciated them being there. We spent the night surrounded by our closest friends and family which was all we could have asked for. The night flew by and we wouldn’t change a thing. It was such a memorable evening for us and we are so thankful to all those who attended and stood by our side throughout the process.

Photography: Katie Lopez Photography | Floral Design: Victoria Blooms | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Wedding Cake: Pastries By Design | Invitations: Shannon Kirsten | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Rings: Michael M | Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Catering: Treviso | Lighting: Affairs In The Air | Groom's Attire: J Hane Barnes | Tent Rental: US Tent Rental | Bride's Getting-Ready Robe: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bridesmaid Jewelry: Rent The Runway | Ceremony and Reception: Ringling Museum of Art | DJ / Live Music: Joe Farren | Earrings: Saks Fifth Avenue | Flower Girl Dresses: OhTuTu4U | Furniture And Linens: MMD Events | Perfume Bar: Sweet Anthem Perfumes | Programs And Signage: Paper Please Studio | Wedding Planning + Styling: Sarah Tucker Events

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: A Slice of Heaven | Ceremony Site: Fellowship of Believers | Dress Designer: Allure Bridal | Reception Site: Lakewood Rach Golf & Country Club

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 Floral Art Studio | Dress: The Wedding Shoppe | 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: Bradenton Anna Maria Island Longboat Key

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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.

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!

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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.

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.

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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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