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

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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.

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!

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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.

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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.”

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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!

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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

Sarasota Wedding from Fabulously Chic Weddings + Trenholm Photo

One combo I can never get enough of?  Formal + fun.  Just those two words together conjure up images of elegant brides dancing the night away with their dapper grooms.  It’s a wedding fusion that never fails to deliver the pretty and today’s shining example is this downright breathtaking Sarasota affair from Fabulously Chic Weddings, aka, a drop-dead gorgeous mix of sophisticated details and heartwarming moments, all wrapped up in mesmerizing images from Trenholm Photo.  See it all unfold in the full gallery.

Oh, and we’re not done yet.  Check out this incredible film from Voila Cinematic.  It’s beyond amazing.

From the Bride… When we were first thinking about how we wanted our wedding to look and feel like, Brad simply requested the end scene from the movie “Meet Joe Black.” I knew at that point it had to be formal and it had to have an air of opulence. Stylistically we both love vintage and refurbished items, so after finding the Powel Crosley Estate we knew it was the perfect match. The Powel Crosley Estate really had everything we were looking for: the winding staircases, magnificent fireplaces, fabulous wood beams that spanned across the ceilings, and the gorgeous and expansive private views of Sarasota Bay. Having grown up with religious backgrounds we knew our ceremony had to be in a church. We do have a local church that we attend, but knew with our guest count it would be too large. So we started to hunt for a quaint small church that we could have our ceremony in. With the original wood floors and white pews, the adorable red doors, and the quintessential little white church feel, the Crocker Memorial Church quickly became our choice. Being local, we love how we were able to have two Sarasota landmarks as our venues.

As far as the aesthetics went for our wedding, we wanted to add to the romance of the venues. At the Crocker Memorial Church, we went with simplicity. We didn’t want to distract from the rich history that we loved about it. By simply adding fabric, in a couple of textures and shades, crystals to reflect the light, and restored pieces of wood picked up from a local salvage yard, to a backdrop, we were able to add to the church’s overall feel without taking away from its history. We also had two large vases with all white flowers to add to the romantic feel.

At the Powel Crosley Estate, we thought the lighting had to be perfect to really set the mood. What a better way than with candles, candles, and more candles. We used an assortment of ivory candles in fluctuating sizes and in varying containers. We also had large silver candelabras and medium sized matte black candle sticks to hold candles as well. We put a chandelier and café bulb lighting over the dance floor to continue the mood outside when dancing. There were two long tables to accommodate the sixty guests, adding to that intimate feel we were trying to capture. The tables had beautiful rosette textured linens in a dark champagne color to give the angular tables some body and texture. The floral arrangements, neutral in color with mostly white and pale peach soft and structured flowers, were in a variety of non-matching clear and mercury glass vases. The overall color scheme was neutral shades with metallic and black accents.  

Other personal touches included the guest place cards. I created little formal characters of each guest in attendance with their name attached. These served as double duty being that they also helped the servers to know which guest ordered which entree (white name card being fish and black name card being beef). We also had our new monogram placed on a Victorian styled mirror that was hung above the fireplace to display our new married title. We also wanted a way to incorporate our family members who were no longer with us. We accomplished this by having black and white photos put in metallic and mirrored frames above us on the fireplace mantel. The groomsmen had personalized hometown maps put into their cufflinks. Seeing that all the groomsmen grew up in the same hometown as Brad, it was a way to personalize it in a meaningful and fashionable manner.

We also wanted to have a way to incorporate our Great Dane into our wedding without have to deal with his actual unpredictability, so we added small touches of him throughout. The first one being in the favors I created. I drew a picture of our dog and had a Letterpress company imprint the image onto coasters for the guests to take home. We also made a donation in our guests honor to the Great Dane Rescue Society. Our cake included our dog with a miniature replica sticking out from underneath the ruffles of the bottom tier. Our wedding day really was everything we could have hoped for. After everything was said and done, we finally have been able to decide on what our overall wedding theme should be called—Formal and Fun!

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Photography: Trenholm Photo | Planning + Design: Fabulously Chic Weddings | Floral Design: Bee Ridge Florist | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Powel Crosley Estate | Cinematography: Voila Cinematic | DJ: Stereophonic Dj’s | Officiant: Rev. Rick Lackore of Sensational Ceremonies |   Bakery: Morton’s Gourmet Market | Catering: Fete Catering | Rentals: All Event Rental | Photo Booth: K2 Photo Booth | Hair + Make up: Jess Waldrop Make up Artists | Wedding Dress: WToo (Watters)-Marlow top and Bevan Skirt | Shoes: Colin Stuart | Bridesmaid Dresses: Various

Sarasota Wedding from Paper Moss + 13:13 Photography

I’ve come to the realization that the happiest weddings start with the peppiest palettes. So when coral and peach mingle with a mix of varied neutrals, the result is a Sarasota wedding to perk you right up from the Monday morning drag. And from the prettiest stationery crafted by Paper Moss to Day Planners’ oh-so-obvious attention to detail, this color-infused Indian wedding is one you don’t want to miss. And you don’t have to thanks to the full gallery of photos from 13:13 Photography waiting right here.

And before you hurry off to the gallery, don’t miss this lovely little video from Lucky Lemon Films!

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From the Bride…When we went down to Sarasota to visit venues we fell in love with both Ca D’ Zan and the Powell Crosley Estate – we just couldn’t pick one. That’s why were so happy that we were able to share both of these unique staples of Sarasota with out guests. We drew our inspiration from both of the venues. The stained glass and breathtaking architecture at the Ca D’ Zan were a perfect match for the colorful Indian ceremony. The backdrop of the ocean at the Crosley was perfect for all of the details that I wanted to incorporate in our decor. The neutral driftwood and succulents mixed with the romantic coral flowers were some of my favorite details of the wedding. I love Coral and wanted to make sure that there were splashes of it everywhere. We had a family member make the beach cover-ups for my bridesmaids which we all go ready together in. I wanted to give them something fun and that would allow them to remember Sarasota.

Specific details that were your favorite? Our invitations- everyone loved them!! I was so happy with them and they perfectly set the tone for the entire weekend.  Patrick and the boys came in to the festivities on a boat which was so important to him. I loved looking out the window while I was getting ready and seeing them all dressed up and arriving on the beautiful boat. Several of our décor items were DIY projects -the table numbers, the welcome bags – which were maps of the US with a heart over FL, and which we stuffed with Florida goodies like fresh FL oranges, a good friend of mine hand painted the maps that we stuffed the bags with – It was one of my favorite details of the whole wedding.

Anything you want to include about the process of working with specific vendors:  I feel like the luckiest bride to have worked with vendors that made everything so simple and so special for us. Working with 1313 Photography was like having our friends walk around with us all day and capture all of the special moments. Paper Moss: Made the invitation process so simple and fun. The level of detail and attention that they gave- from our first meeting picking out save the dates, all the way to sending us last minute invitations just weeks before our wedding, was so impressive. They managed to set the tone for our whole wedding through their unique custom made stationery – I really felt like our invitations reflected us and our event to a T.

Anna Pohl: I cannot say enough about Anna, our event planner. We met with many planners early in the process since we planned the wedding from Boston. When we sat down with Anna we clicked and there was no turning back. She was on top of everything and so helpful throughout the process, I don’t think anything would have been possible without her. As soon as our wedding weekend started – I let all of the stress of planning fall away. I knew Anna and her team would make sure everything was perfect from the welcome bags all the way to the farewell brunch. She was at every event and it was so comforting to turn around and see that she had everything under control. Even when Patrick stepped on my dress and ripped my bustle – she was right there with a sewing kit stitching it back, I couldn’t believe it! I would recommend Day Planners to every bride!

Fete Catering: We received so many compliments about the food at our wedding (both nights). We didn’t want guests to feel like they were going to two weddings and two sit down dinners in a row. Fete Catering managed to put out a spectacular spread for guests on Friday night that allowed guests to walk to different stations taste a variety of food from Indian cuisine (which they knocked out of the park), to seafood, and fun comfort food as well. Jaymie Klauber of Fete Catering made us feel like we were the only event she had to focus on (which we know was not the case). Her level of personal attention was unparalleled. We love the food at the Polo Grill (her restaurant and we go there whenever we are visiting.

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Wedding Photography: 13:13 Photography | Wedding Planning: Anna Pohl of Day Planners | Wedding Cinematography: Lucky Lemon Films | Floral Design: Fishhawk Weddings | Wedding Venue: Powel Crosley Estate | Stationery: Paper Moss | Cake + Caterer: Fete Catering | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Filmore | Groomsmen Ties: Reiss | Bridesmaid dresses: Cynthia Steffe + Halston Heritage

Osprey Bay Preserve Wedding from Esther Louise Photography + Day Planners

Priority number one for this darling bride and groom?  Sprinkling in as many meaningful details as possible into their big day.  Details that not only represented their relationship as a couple, but their rich family history, as well.  From the burlap table runners to the antique jewelry to the sweet DIY projects so lovingly crafted with the help of family and friends, this was a day that was a true “labor of love” from start to finish.  See every last moment planned to perfection by Day Planners and captured in beautiful images by Esther Louise Photography right here.

From the Bride… Our wedding was a DIY labor of love involving our closest friends and family. The venue was perfection – just the right balance of a vintage estate, picturesque location on the water and plenty of space outside for lots of dancing, lawn games and socializing.  Above all we wanted to ensure that our guests had a blast – what better way to celebrate our love than to see our loved ones with smiles on their faces.

So much love and thought went into each and every detail of the wedding – from the vintage quilt hand sewn by my great grandmother decades ago serving as a tablecloth on the welcome table to the little bags of eco-friendly confetti that were individually stamped, filled and tied by Ryan and my dad just days before the wedding.  My sister, mom and I spent months making the decorations, coordinating from opposite ends of the country to create the burlap runners for the tables, the antique window seating chart, yay flags for the guests, corn hole boards for the cocktail hour, table centerpieces named after some of our favorite travel destinations and all of the signage that brought the whole event together.  Our wedding coordinator, Anna, and the coordinator at the venue, Gilly, must have thought we were crazy as my mom and I dropped off boxes and boxes of handmade decorations, but they perfectly recreated the vision that we had in mind.

Every aspect of the wedding was filled with memories: I wore my mother’s wedding dress for our welcome reception, my sister-in-law’s veil for the ceremony, my grandmother’s wedding band and engagement ring and her antique pin adorned my bouquet.  We used my grandmother’s doilies as tablecloths and we displayed photos of our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding portraits around the cake, serving as examples of strong, beloved, faithful marriages that will be our guidance as we begin our journey together.  Our beloved puppy (our furbaby) Coconut walked down the aisle with a fascinator on her little head and a collar of flowers created by the florist.

Our wedding day was more than we could ever have imagined.  Surrounded by the people who have shaped who we are today, Ryan and I had the perfect day and our photographer Esther has captured every moment in the most stunning way.  As my dad unexpectedly announced that he would not give me away, but agreed that he and my mom would share me with Ryan, we laughed our way through our vows that we’d finalized only the day before and our dog Coconut barked her assent, I couldn’t imagine our wedding being any more “us.” I only wish we could do it all over again!

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Wedding Photography: Esther Louise Photography | Wedding Venue: Bay Preserve in Osprey, Florida | Wedding Planning: Anna Pohl from Day Planners | Floral Design: Elegant Designs Floral Art Studio | Catering + Rentals: Michael’s on East | Wedding Cake: Publix | Music: West Florida DJ | Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia | Bridesmaid’s Attire: Amanda Uprichard | Hair: Troy Artz

Sarasota Botanical Garden Wedding from Raquel Sergio Photography

There’s romance and then there’s the romance bursting from this beautiful Sarasota affair captured by Raquel Sergio Photography, which is like every love-filled detail you could ever imagine, all wrapped up in one magical gallery.  (Seriously.)  And the uber-adorable bride and groom?  Well, they happen to be all caps ROMANTIC, too with their office romance beginning, an at-home (+ heartwarming) proposal and, of course, one drop-dead gorgeous wedding.  See it all in the full gallery.

From the Bride… The roads traveled to find one another were long. Much longer for Victor as he is Brazilian, and journeyed to the United States to get his PhD. We eventually met in Tampa at the engineering consulting firm where we started working nearly three months apart from one another. Victor and I joined bowling leagues and beach volleyball leagues with other co-workers, so we spent a lot of time together outside of work.

Almost three years later, Victor kneeled on one knee beneath the open sky and the beautiful pergola that he and his father built in our backyard and asked that I be his wife. He made me a very happy woman on that very special evening.

From Raquel Sergio PhotographyStephanie and Victor were married at the selby gardens in Sarasota, Florida. I absolutely love selby gardens for the uniqueness it has to provide. The furniture and decor was very elegant, and added a gorgeous touch to the wedding day as well.

Their ceremony took place on underneath a banyon tree of the garden during sunset. Their cocktail hour followed by the beautiful and famous Floridian pinkish tone sunset sky. Their reception was held in the ballroom overlooking the the beautiful stars. Their flowers and centerpieces were simple and sweet. What a beautiful night full of the simplest emotion of love!

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Wedding Photography: Raquel Sergio Photography | Wedding Venue : Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida | Floral + Event Design: Bee Ridge | Catering: Harry’s Continental Kitchen | Wedding Dress: Olgas Bridal Shop

Sarasota Wedding at The Oaks Club from Binaryflips Photography

This wedding is all about amazing moments.  Stop-you-in-your-tracks, jaw-droppingly gorgeous amazing moments.  Like when the world’s cutest ring bearer ran happily down the aisle with his “Here Comes the Bride” sign… or when the stunning Mr. and Mrs. laughed lovingly while saying their vows.  And then there’s the moment that the Father of the Bride surprises everyone with a fireworks show in honor of his daughter and new son-in-law, which is beyond awesome.  (Beyond.)  Even better?  Binaryflips Photography was on hand to capture every last love-filled memory and you can see them all in the full gallery.  Join me there for sooo much more.

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From the Bride… My husband, Kevin, and I are both from Chicago, so choosing Sarasota for our wedding may have seemed like an odd choice but we both have close connections to the city.  My parents moved from Chicago to escape the cold winters about three years ago and chose their new home in Sarasota at The Oaks Club.  Coincidentally, my husband’s parents have owned a winter home on a very nearby island called Casey Key for five years close to where Kevin’s Dad grew up and joined The Oaks not long after my parents.

The Oaks provided the perfect backdrop for our “destination” wedding.  Besides wanting the guaranteed warm and sunny Florida weather, we loved the plantation feel of the club, from the long driveway under the hanging moss, to the view of the clubhouse over the pond on the 18th hole.  We also were set on having a tented wedding because what’s the purpose of having a wedding in a warm climate if you can’t enjoy it!  We kept with the preppy, Southern theme by having our groomsmen dress in classic navy blazers with cream pants while the bridesmaids wore matching navy J.Crew dresses and gold sandals. Our two ring bearers looked adorable in seersucker jackets with matching shorts and finished their look with specially made bow ties that matched the groom’s tie.
 
Instead of tented place cards we decided to tie mini gold compasses to name tags to guests could “find their seat.”  When ushered into our tent, everyone moved past our wedding cake stand which displayed mini key lime tartlets.  As everyone sat down and my Dad and Mom welcomed the crowd, we all raised a mini-Pilsner glass filled with beer. Following was the most incredible, over-the-top, amazing moment of my life.  My Dad finished his award-winning speech (side note: he hates public speaking) with the words, “May your future be bright with hope, let the brightness begin and the sky light up.” All of a sudden, FIREWORKS shot up over our clear tent to Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”  I was in complete and utter shock… I was crying, laughing and overwhelmed by what was going on.  My parents had planned this amazing fireworks show and managed to keep this a surprise from everyone, including me.  There were even heart shaped fireworks and the show kept going on and on to amazing music.  My husband and I truly felt like the luckiest people alive and when my parents came over, we couldn’t find any words to explain how amazing it was.  That moment will stick with us for the rest of our lives!

The rest of the night went just as Kevin and I wanted.  We were surrounded by the best family and friends, the dance floor was packed all night, we drove a golf cart through the aisle of sparklers and then returned to our after-party where we made sure to eat our late night munchies and dance until we were the last people standing.  

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Wedding Photography: Binaryflips Photography | Wedding Venue: The Oaks Club in Sarasota, Florida | Wedding Design + Coordination: Maria Brady from Choreographed Events | Wedding Cinematography: Studio 26 Weddings | Floral Design: Tiger Lily Flowers | Lighting: Affairs in the Air | Linens: Linens by the Sea | Music: Jay Goodley Entertainment | Tent Rental: US Tent Rental | Invitations: Write On Sarasota | Fireworks Display: Pyrotecnico FX | Hair + Makeup: Ana Molinari

Sarasota Wedding at South Florida Museum from Sarah Tucker Events

When piecing together her perfect day, this beautiful bride knew exactly what she wanted.  A soft color palette of pale pinks, a breathtaking Spanish-styled backdrop and a traditional Catholic ceremony in honor of her father.  And when those three ingredients came together in her stunning Sarasota affair, magic happened.  Heartwarming, beyond gorgeous, light-filled magic all captured in glorious images by Leijea Photography and planned to absolute perfection by Sarah Tucker Events.  See every last moment in the full gallery.

From the Bride… I have a very simple and classic style with an appreciation for all things romantic. My perfect day would consist of pale hues in a beautiful old Spanish-style church and venue. My lace dress along with my cathedral veil in a beautiful Catholic ceremony were a testament to my love of tradition and all in honor of my Dad, who had always hoped to walk me down the aisle but unfortunately is no longer with us. At the South Florida Museum, large bunches of babies breath on the tables along with the mercury glass and votives were such complimentary pieces to the wrought iron gates, bold wooden doors, and ornate Spanish architecture. Upon our first look at the reception in its completed state, we could only think that it was all we had hoped for; our dreams played out right in front of our eyes. As the sun set, the glow of the twinkling stringing lights above our heads was incredibly beautiful and made for such a lovely night under the stars.

Wedding Photography: Leijea Photography / Ceremony Location: St. Mary’s Church in Longboat Key, Florida / Reception Location: South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Florida / Wedding Planning + Design: Sarah Tucker Events / Floral Design: Flowers By Edie / Caterer: Savory Scenes / Dj: Chris Grumley / Guitarist: Ben Pila / Rentals: Taylor Rentals / Favors: Shannon Kirsten / Garland: Rifle Paper Company / Invitations: Paper Panache / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals “2302” via Sarasota Brides / Veil + Hairpiece: Brides Against Breast Cancer / Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bill Levkoff via Pearl’s Place / Hair + Makeup: Ali Severson (aliseverson@aol.com) / Grooms Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Signage + Wedding Certificate: Shannon Kirsten / Bride’s Shoes: Antonio Melani via Dillards

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Sarasota Wedding from Jordan Weiland Photography

There’s nothing quite like a farm wedding. The whole vibe is just so peaceful and serene, especially when you tie the knot out in the open air like this couple did. They seemed to have gotten everything perfectly perfect. From the real, (as in from Ireland) four leaf clovers to the gorgeous al fresco reception filled with local foods, this vintage inspired day is simply beyond. And to top it all off, Jordan Weiland Photography captured it all so beautifully. See it all right here.


From Jordan Weiland PhotographyMallory and Justin were married at Windsong Farm in Sarasota this October. Their intimate ceremony took place under an old oak tree with guests seated on carved wooden benches and a lantern release during the nuptials. Their southern, vintage, open-air reception was full of wooden signs, beautiful centerpiece details, honey bee candles, bird cages, market lights and a giant chandelier over the head table. Instead of a traditional cake, this couple had Amish pies from a famous Sarasota restaurant, Yoder’s. The gorgeous flowers had four-leaf clovers incorporated into them from the bride’s grandmother’s plant, which comes from Irish soil.

Wedding Photography: Jordan Weiland Photography / Wedding Venue: Windsong Farm in Sarasota, Florida / Wedding Coordination, Event Decor + Floral Design: Kim Frazer of The Perfect Settings / Catering: Cindy of Star Keeper Cafe / Pie: Yoder’s Restaurant / DJ: J.Baxter of More than Music Disc Jockeys / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal + Alterations at Weddings 826 / Groom’s Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse

Sarasota Engagement Session from Naomi Chokr Photography

This Michigan couple had enough of snow and cold weather, so they ran away to Florida and had their dreamy, beachy engagement session captured by Naomi Chokr Photography — a perfect idea for chasing those winter chills. If you can’t get enough, don’t worry because there’s plenty more gorgeousness in the gallery!

From Naomi Chokr Photography… Liz describes herself as shy and awkward in front of the camera. She also describes her fiance as camera-shy. This comes as a surprise to anyone that knows them both because Liz and Chris are two very outgoing and funny people. So this engagement session along the gorgeous, powder-soft, white beach of Longboat Key showed another side to their personalities. Both Liz and Chris were very playful during the entire shoot. She owns a local store in town called INfluence, and I was very excited to see what she was going to wear that day. Her dress was gorgeous and perfect for the occasion.

They both wanted to make sure that their engagement session was shot at a beach. Both are originally from Michigan, and they wanted to make sure their save-the-dates to their family and friends get everyone excited about their trip to sunny Florida for their wedding.

Photography: Naomi Chokr Photography / Venue: Longboat Key Club in Sarasota, Florida / Dress: INfluence

Hyatt Regency Sarasota Wedding from Stephanie A Smith Photography

Sometimes a pretty, little wedding comes along and just sweeps you right off your feet and this, my friends, is that wedding. Full of sweet touches like baby’s breath bouquets and all white flowers, it’s fresh, it’s clean and it’s oh so pretty! Stephanie A Smith Photography captured each and every beautiful detail and there’s lots more to see right here!

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From Stephanie A Smith PhotographyI loved this wedding. I loved this couple. I loved it all! Lets first begin with Kristin and her bridesmaids getting ready in the penthouse of the Hyatt. What a beautiful view of downtown Sarasota, and hanging her dress up from the ceiling lights made it feel like it was floating in the clouds. I loved the color of her bridesmaids dresses. The light gray/lavender went perfectly with the baby’s breath bouquets. I really loved Kristin and Kevin’s first look. Her face is priceless. Kristin is just so full of happiness and smiles, especially when Kevin is around. This was an amazing day filled with beautiful details and moments. I felt so fortunate to have been a part of it.

Wedding Photography: Stephanie A Smith Photography / Wedding Venue: Hyatt Regency Sarasota in Sarasota, Florida / Floral Design: Victoria Blooms / Wedding Cake: Pastries By Design / DJ: Fitz Otis / Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini / Bride’s Shoes: Enzo Angiolini

Sarasota Wedding at The Field Club from Kt Crabb Photography

Get ready SMPers, because we’ve got one seriously stunning wedding coming at you this morning! Sent into us by the uber talented Kt Crabb Photography, this wedding is guaranteed to inspire you for days. It’s simple, it’s elegant, and it’s got the prettiest florals we ever did see! Oh, and did we mention their super sweet (pun intended!) favors? LOVE it! See all the rest right here in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… Joe and I met at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at Louisiana State University. I was on the swim team and Joe was on the football team. The Lord opened the door for our paths to cross, and after dating for four years, we knew we were to spend forever together. While visiting Joe in Virginia, where he worked after graduation, he proposed on a surprise romantic dinner cruise on the Potomac River. After graduating from LSU, I moved back to Sarasota, Florida, to work and plan the wedding of my dreams. We knew we wanted to have the ceremony at Sarasota Baptist Church, and after living in Louisiana the past four years, I wanted a venue that reminded me of the many beautiful plantation homes. After searching almost every venue available, my dad suggested we look at The Field Club, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The former winter home of the Fields (of Marshall Fields retail stores) proved to be the setting I was looking for. With its 18th century Spanish villa style, front gatehouse, lush landscaped grounds and setting on Sarasota Bay, the venue was more than I could have dreamed of.

Joe and I wanted a ” first look” in order to pray together and have a quiet moment with just the two of us before the day began. The courtyard of the Field Club was the perfect setting for this! When entering the church, the guests were asked to “sign” the guest book by leaving a fingerprint on our fingerprint tree. I had printed and tied our program booklets together with satin ribbon that matched the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen ties. The church was decorated with soft florals, draped pews, a photo display, candlelit lanterns and a beautifully elegant floral-covered arch.

The Field Club is known for its amazing food, and we knew after one meeting we were in good hands. Along with the club’s specialties, we included Cajun dishes of jambalaya and Cajun chicken pasta to our menu. We had a buffet dinner so that our guests could mingle and socialize throughout the night. The timing was perfectly orchestrated by The Field Club staff, and the food was delicious. After our cake tasting with Thompson Cakes, we couldn’t narrow it down to just one flavor, so each layer of our wedding cake was a different delicious flavor. I surprised Joe with a chocolate LSU groom’s cake and display, which included his helmet, senior game football and various pictures of him in his uniform. We also had a dessert bar and ice cream sundae station. Who doesn’t love cake and ice cream!? Our favors were one of my favorite DIY details of the wedding. We filled small jars with fresh Florida orange blossom honey and decorated them with burlap, twine and a small message tag to guests.

As the reception and dancing came to an end our guests were escorted to The Field Club’s dock located on Sarasota Bay. We were showered with rose petals and well wishes as we made our way to the get-away boat. It was a romantic moonlit boat ride to the Ritz, where we spent our first night as husband and wife before leaving for our dream honeymoon in Bora Bora. Being surrounded by our closest friends and family on our special day was such an incredible blessing! I couldn’t have imagined the day being any sweeter. Kt Crabb, our photographer, was excellent in capturing the beauty of the location, the mood of the day and the wonderful details!

Wedding Photography: Kt Crabb Photography / Second Shooter: Molliner Photography / Ceremony: First Baptist Church of Sarasota in Sarasota, Florida / Reception: The Field Club in Sarasota, Florida / Floral Design: Bee Ridge Florist / Wedding Day Coordination: Stoney Dvornik / Wedding Cinematography: Corey Woosley / Wedding Cake: Thompson Cakes / Wedding Invitations: Write-On Sarasota / Ceremony Décor: Artistry in Elegance / DJ: Kelly Shires / Transportation: Bee Ridge Limo / Wedding Dress: Mikaella Bridal via The White Closet Co. / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jasmine Bridal via Something Blue Bridal Boutique / Men’s Attire: Sacino’s Formalwear

Rainy Sarasota Wedding from K&K Photography, LLC

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times, but rain on your wedding day? Pretty much the best thing ever. The sense of warmth creates an ambiance of cozy love that is impossible to emulate. It brings the focus of the day on the closeness of the bond you’re building. And, if I may say so, it makes for some pretty darn amazing images. K&K Photography, LLC can attest to that. They were on hand at this pretty, rainy day wedding and the result was a gallery full of magic.

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Josh and I have known each other for nearly 20 years, since high school, but only reconnected 3 years ago. Since most of our family and friends still live in our hometown in Ohio, we knew that an Ohio-wedding would be much larger than what we were envisioning. We instead decided to celebrate with our closest family and friends in our current home state of Florida, knowing that our guests would appreciate the chance to soak up the Florida sun! We envisioned a romantic, candlelit evening wedding, where our guests could appreciate the beauty of the Gulf Coast at sunset, without being right on the beach. We fell in love with the Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota from the moment we laid eyes on it. The charm and character of this waterfront estate created such an intimate setting for our wedding. And the fact that the original estate owner was an Ohioan made it feel even more like a perfect fit.

All of the elements we incorporated into the wedding helped add to the ambiance of the evening, even the unexpected rain that day ended up creating a romantic backdrop during the ceremony! For all of the planning that led up to the wedding day, we still never expected just how touched and emotional we would be during the ceremony. Saying our vows in front of our family and friends, who had traveled so far to celebrate with us, was the best experience of our lives. We knew that the day would seem surreal, and we wanted to try and capture as much of the emotion and love of that day in our pictures. K&K Photography far exceeded our expectations, and has given us memories that we can look back on and re-live over the years. The day was filled with fun, love, and laughter, and we are so grateful to everyone that helped create such a special day for us.

Photography: K&K Photography, LLC / Flowers: Dana Dineen Floral Design / Event Planning: Beth Carrick, Flawless Occasions / Ceremony Location: Powel Crosley Estate / Reception Location: Powel Crosley Estate / Catering: Good Food Catering / Rentals: US Tent Rental / Audio Visual: The Production Crew AV Productions / Officiant: John from A Perfect Witness

Sarasota Wedding Film at Ca’ d’Zan Mansion from Diva Productions

Diva Productions sent a film our way that so perfectly captures the feel of Florida. It’s the kind of elegance found in the backdrop of the  Ca’ d’Zan Mansion and the pitch perfect stylings of Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events that will leave you wanting to throw a glamorous party of your own. From the images by Vue Photography to the film that makes you want to dance, dance, dance, this is an old world glamour fest and you can see even more snapshots from the day right here!

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From Diva ProductionsThere are few places in this world I truly consider magical, but the Ca’ d’Zan Mansion on the grounds of the Ringling Museum is one of them. I grew up in this part of Florida, and can remember visiting the Ringling compound as child. For a little girl with a wild imagination, it was heaven. I can’t tell you how thrilled we were when Keren Lifrak contacted us about filming Ashley and Jaime’s big day. For me, it was a dream come true. Jaime and Ashley are one of the kindest couples we’ve ever worked with. They were so excited about their big day, and the idea of combining their love of life with backdrop of the Ringling for their wedding film? Bliss.

Wedding Cinematography: Diva Productions / Wedding Photography: Vue Photography / Wedding Venue: Ca’ d’Zan Mansion at John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida / Event Design + Planning Keren Lifrak of Keren Lifrak Weddings & Special Events / Floral Design: Flourish Event & Floral Design / Officiant: Danny Bilyeu / Catering: Michael’s On East / Wedding Cake: Pastries by Design / Wedding Invitations + Program Design: Dragonfly Custom Design / Band: Clint Wiley’s None Other / Lighting: Bay Stage Lighting / Linens: Connie Duglin Linens / Photo Booth: Cat Pennenga Photography / Wedding Dress: Lazaro via The Collection / Bride’s Reception Dress: Stephen Yearick via The Collection / Hair: D. Cole Hair Design / Makeup: Andie Sleeman / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Wtoo / Men’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

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Sarasota Wedding by Simply Bloom Photography

When a wedding from Simply Bloom Photography makes an appearance in our inbox, we know without fail our adoration for all things beautiful is about to skyrocket. These ladies have a way of capturing a day that takes a veiled kiss or dining under a sea of strung cafe lights and kicks it up a few notches on the gorgeous scale. And so today we are doing high kicks and cheers all around because this gem held at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is all ours to devour and it is packed to the gills with fresh, organic details. One word: MAGIC. See so much more from the day right here.

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From the Bride… Nate’s from Kentucky and I’m from Transylvania. We met while I was teaching and getting my masters in Italian in Florida. We live in Los Angeles, while I’m getting my PhD, far from both of our families who live in Florida and Kentucky. Initially, we were going to have a very small wedding in Italy with immediate family only, but there are so many people that we love and wanted to be a part of our wedding day. We ultimately decided to get married in Sarasota, Florida where my family lives. We chose Marie Selby Botanical Gardens not only for its sweeping coastal views, but also for its stunning banyan trees. It’s a place where land meets water and sky to create a quiet magic at sunset.

We knew the most important thing for us was simply getting married. We wanted to make sure, however, that our family and friends would enjoy themselves. As a result, we invested in the food and soulful entertainment by Jonathan Cortez to keep our 70 guests bopping and rolling until the end. Phil Mancini, of Michael’s on East, was instrumental to helping us realize our vision, as well as Roger, of the Naked Florist. Because we were planning our wedding from the West Coast, while I was working on my PhD and Nate beginning a new job, we trusted them to bring our pictures alive into a unified vision. We focused a large portion of the budget on the photography because we believe in passing down art.

For our wedding, we combined the elements that move us most. We wanted the design to be organic, dreamlike, and classic. The core of the design inspiration came from our various travels: Florentine marbleized paper, a brass flaming heart cachette, and a silver cake cutter that my mother saved and brought with us when we fled under Communism for America. My bridesmaids (a.k.a. champs) helped me glitter walnuts and glue them to beds of moss. They served as party favors and décor. Combining our histories, Nate and I created an Italian and Hungarian influenced Southern wedding. As a result, we chose an intimate sit down dinner at two, long Italian-style tables lit by mercury glass tealights and bistro string lights. We hoped for an Old-world feel amongst the sinewy trees.

Some of the best moments of the day were the ceremony, which my former professor graciously officiated, and our first dance. Our friends came out from behind the tree and encircled us with sparklers. With all that we’ve been through, while dancing to our song under the moon and moss moving in the breeze, I cried my heart out in Nate’s arms. And I can’t stress how important it is to allow yourself to have faith that things will work out. It RAINED between the salad and entrée for a few minutes, and somehow, it brought people closer and helped them to laugh and relax. We have the rain and the people we love to thank for a breathtaking moment.

Wedding Photography: Simply Bloom Photography / Wedding Venue: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida / Floral Design: The Naked Florist Event & Floral Design Studio / Catering: Michael’s On East / DJ: Jonathan Cortez (813-476-3134) / Lighting: Affairs in the Air / Bride’s Headpiece: Jennifer Behr / Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden / Hair: Gina Lane of Salon Excel / Makeup: Carey of Warpaint by Carey (warpaintbycarey@gmail.com)

Sarasota Wedding at the Ca’ d’Zan Mansion by Andi Diamond Photography

The Ca’ d’Zan Mansion.  A breathtaking Italian-inspired masterpiece overlooking the pristine waters of the Sarasota Bay.  In other words, the perfect place to say “I Do.”  And when you combine this Floridian paradise with a stop-you-in-your-tracks affair boasting a vibrant purple color scheme and the world’s most gorgeous bride and groom, well… it’s pure, unadulterated joy.  Thank goodness Andi Diamond Photography was on hand to capture every ounce of amazing, because this is a traditional soiree that deserves your full and undivided attention.  See it all here.

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Oh, and we’re not done yet.  We have one very amazing film from In Motion Video Productions to add even more pretty to your day. Enjoy!

From the Bride… To say that I had my dream wedding is an understatement. In my eyes, there was no place like the Ca’ d’Zan to get married. Before I even knew that Thomas existed, I envisioned marrying the love of my life beneath the banyan trees at this gorgeous 1924 mansion on the bay in the town where I had grown up. Our day was that and so much more.

We wanted the venue to be the main design focus of the wedding. We kept the décor simple so as to not distract from the breathtaking surroundings (and to keep our dream wedding affordable, as we were paying for it ourselves!). Our inspiration for our color scheme, amethyst, peridot and aquamarine, came from the gemstone colors in the stained glass windows flanking every wall of the building. The style that we were going for: classy elegant with a hint of vintage and a lot of fun!

My favorite moment from the day — that’s tough! Maybe it was seeing the emotion in Thomas’s face as I walked down the aisle, being so engulfed in one another during our ceremony that we didn’t hear a word that the priest said or notice my niece practicing her twirls at our feet, or maybe it was our first dance, feeling like we were the only ones in the room even with 145 pairs of eyes focused on us. I guess the bottom line is it was knowing without question that we had said “I do” to the one God had intended for each of us. I loved seeing how it all came together and feeling that it was truly how I had envisioned it. I remember the moment when we stepped onto the  reception on the terrace and thinking, “WOW!” It was absolutely beautiful! A gorgeous spring night, the sun setting on the water, the uplighting on the stunning building, the colors coming together, the centerpieces lit — and that cake! The cake was my favorite detail of the day. I loved the pearls and rhinestones, and the lace that she piped onto the layers that matched my dress perfectly — and it was it delicious! My favorite self-created detail was actually created by my mom: our family’s homemade ice cream that I grew up eating at every special event and holiday with our family. My mom made gallons of it to serve ice cream with our wedding cake. It was a way to add a personal touch to the day while having that ice cream present in another of my most special memories.

Wedding Photography: Andi Diamond Photography / Wedding Venue: Ca’ d’Zan Mansion / Floral Design, Rentals + Uplighting: Bee Ridge Florist / Wedding Cinematography: In Motion Video Productions / Catering: Nellie’s Deli / Bakery: Pastries By Design / Wedding Dress: CB Couture via Sarasota Brides & Formalwear + Custom Design Alterations / Makeup: Michele Renee / Bridesmaid Dresses: All Brides 2 Be

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