Intimate Garden Wedding- Ybor Museum Garden

Krista & Tom are an adorable true love story. They wanted a bright, outdoor spring wedding and Ybor City Museum Garden was the perfect venue for them! It was an intimate, family oriented affair, with the couple’s daughter, Tom & Krista’s sisters and their dog all involved in the wedding party! A long time friend officiated, friend and wedding photographer Robert Shank was on hand to capture all the moments, and Lou from Jennie’s Florist (who has known Krista for years!) brought everything to life with bright yellows and the sunflowers that Krista loves!

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Olympia Catering brought some of the most delicious food ever tasted, Tampa Lights lit up the night, Fiesta Party Rentals brought everything we needed and Housewife Bakery brought an adorable yellow cake!

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This wedding was so much and so bright! Even though late April in Tampa gets very humid, everyone partied hard and had a fantastic time dancing the night away!

Tampa Wedding Coordinator: Southern Elegance Events
Tampa Wedding Venue: Ybor City Museum Garden
Tampa Wedding Photography: Robert Shank Photography
Tampa Wedding Caterer: Olympia Catering
Tampa Wedding Florist:  Lou Radwanski with Jennie’s Flowers
Tampa Wedding Band:
Tampa Wedding DJ: DJ by CJ (Brian Black)
Tampa Wedding Lighting: Tampa Lights
Tampa Wedding Cake: Housewife Bake Shop
Tampa Wedding Rentals: Fiesta Party Rentals

Rustic Manatee Riverhouse Wedding

Meghann and Tadd are one of the sweetest couples you can imagine. They came to us in January and really wanted an end of June wedding. Meghann is getting her master’s and just did not have time to deal with all that is involved in wedding planning, and we were happy to help!  They wanted a smaller, rustic wedding that reflected both their tastes and love for each other. It ended up being one of the most fun events ever!

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Meghann’s grandparents got married on the same date, so Meghann and Tadd set up an honorary area for them, complete with their marriage certificate!

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Meghann and Tadd met when she was out with some girlfriends, and fell down the stairs. Tadd happened to be standing at the bottom, and got her a napkin and sat down with her. They talked and became friends, and then realized they shared the same values, and Tadd asked her to be his girlfriend. The rest is history!!

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We picked the Manatee Riverhouse for the venue, with all its exposed wood, river views and rustic charm. Jill & Joe from Jillian Joseph Photography were on hand to capture the day,  and KyleLynn did the hair and make up! Craig from Black Tie DJs had the best playlist going, and we all had a fantastic time!!  The bride’s stepmom made the centerpieces herself. and they fit perfectly with the space and the feel that Meghann and Tadd wanted to have!

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Lauren from I Do Ceremonies performed a touching ceremony, perfectly customized to Tadd & Meghann. After Jill captured a few stunning sunset photos, the dancing began! Eat drink and be married is one of our favorite sayings, and it perfectly captures this wedding!!

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After some minor issues with the dresses, which Southern Elegance Events was more than happy to help correct, the party got under way!

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The pie bar with pies from Yoder’s in Sarasota was a HUGE hit, and there was enough for the vendors to enjoy as well, and believe me, enjoy we did!

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As the night wound down, Meghann and Tadd made their grand exit down the dock of the Riverhouse, complete with sparkler send off!  Guests were raving about how much fun they had, and how they did not want the night to end!

Sarasota Wedding Venue: Manatee Riverhouse
Sarasota Wedding Catering and Bar: Manatee Riverhouse
Sarasota Wedding Planner: Southern Elegance Events
Sarasota Wedding Photographer: Jillian Joseph Photography
Sarasota Wedding DJ: Black Tie DJs
Sarasota Wedding Officiant: I Do Ceremonies 
Sarasota Wedding Gowns: David’s Bridal
Sarasota Wedding Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Sarasota Wedding Hair & Make Up: KyleLynn Weddings
Wedding Pie Bar: Yoder’s Amish Restaurant

Lido Key Beach Wedding

May is a gorgeous and very warm time of year here in Florida, but it was perfect for a beach wedding on Lido Key!! Cassie is a long time friend of our team, and when she and Patrick got engaged, her mom called to make sure we would be on hand for the big day!  Cassie’s mom is an interior designer and has a lot of great ideas, and we had a lot of fun working with them! and look how gorgeous this bride is:

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Cassie and Patrick are soo laid back and fun, they just wanted a colorful day and a good time and they got it!! With the aquas and pink color palette, lots of flowers and fabulous decor, it was a feast for the eyes. Cassie’s mom worked closely with The Paper Zoo to create a gorgeous suite of menus, invites and place cards.

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Beneva Flowers is one of our long time favorites, and they provided some of the brightest flowers we’ve seen at weddings! Along with family friend Betsy, the ceremony and reception flowers came together perfectly!

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Cakes by Ron provided a delicious and beautiful cake (which really did taste as good as it looked!) and Cassie came up with cute signs and bubbles to make the ceremony even more personal!!

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Sarasota Wedding Coordinator: Southern Elegance Events:
Sarasota Wedding Venue: Holiday Inn Lido Beach
Sarasota Wedding Photographer: Lori Sax Photography
Sarasota Wedding Florist: Beneva Flowers
Sarasota Wedding Cake: Cakes by Ron
Sarasota Table Flowers: Betsy Glass
Sarasota Wedding Hair & Make Up: Classy Styles
Sarasota Wedding DJ/Voice: Rob Santori Entertainment
Sarasota Ceremony Music: Michael Faulkner
Sarasota Wedding Ceremony Set Up: Gerry Best
Sarasota Wedding Photo Booth: Mad Hatter PhotoBooth
Sarasota Wedding Invitations: The Paper Zoo

All photos property of Lori Sax Photography and cannot be reused or reproduced without written permissions.

Farmer’s Market Country Wedding

At the end of March we were lucky enough to work with an adorable young couple, Allison and Billy who had a rustic country wedding in Winter Park. Allison had spent months making and collecting items she wanted to use, and we had a great time putting it all together and making her vision come to life.  They had chosen the Mead Gardens amphitheater for the ceremony, and the Winter Park Farmer’s Market for cocktail hour and reception. Both venues were gorgeous, but the Farmer’s Market is to die for!

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They said I do surrounded by trees and flowers in the Gardens, and in March it was as pretty as can be. So lush and natural, and a perfect backdrop for the ceremony.

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Then the guests moved over to the Farmer’s Market for custom cocktails, flowing beer and yard games!! Billy had made custom cornhole boards for the guests to use, and 4Rivers Smokehouse kept everyone fed during the mingling and the dancing later!

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Seriously, Allison had the best ideas and the cutest stuff. With the birdcages and flowers and candles, as well as all the personalization she came up with, it was a memorable wedding and a great time for the guests!

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Billy & Allison are SO in love and it was clean the entire day. At the end of the night, their fun personalities came out with the sparkler exit! We lined everyone up at the exit of the Farmer’s Market and sent them on their way with a bang!

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Winter Park Ceremony Venue: Mead Gardens
Winter Park Reception Venue: Winter Park Farmer’s Market
Winter Park Wedding Coordinator: Southern Elegance Events
Winter Park Wedding Caterering: 4Rivers Smokehouse
Winter Park Wedding Photographer: Michael Ruiz Photography
Winter Park Wedding DJ: White Tie DJs
Winter Park Wedding Bar: Taps from Scratch

Gold Wedding at The Hilton Downtown Tampa

Beth & John are both lawyers and celebrated their nuptials in golden style. The August wedding was entirely indoors, which was perfect due to the heat and rain. It was just as gorgeous as you could ask for, with a ceremony at Sacred Heart Church and reception at the Hilton Tampa Downtown.  Beth was radiant in a backless gown, flanked by some of the prettiest bridesmaids we’ve ever seen. John and his guys looked fantastic as well.

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Beth and John are a real life Barbie and Ken, and you could see it in every smile of the day.

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John traveled to Japan for work, and when Beth came to visit him, he proposed. They honored this important part of their relationship at their guest book table, with custom made Japanese dolls, and a guest sign in that comes from Japanese wishing traditions. Guest wrote their well wishes and names on the tablets and hung them on the family built wall.

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Seriously, there are few words to describe how fabulous this wedding was. Richard Harrell Photography captured the day in perfect detail so we’ll let the photos tell the story.

Tampa Wedding Planner: Southern Elegance Events
Tampa Wedding Photographer: Richard Harrell Photography
Tampa Wedding Ceremony Location: Sacred Heart Church
Tampa Wedding Reception Location: Hilton Downtown Tampa
Tampa Wedding Hair & Make Up: Michele Rene
Tampa Wedding Cake: Publix Greenwise
Tampa Wedding DJ: Breezin Entertainment
Tampa Wedding Flowers and Centerpieces: Northside Florist
Tampa Wedding Chair Covers and Linens: Connie Duglin Linens

All photos copyright Richard Harrell Photography and used with written permission. Photos and content may not be copied or reproduced in any capacity without written permission.

Introducing…

Whew has it been a long time since we’ve posted! The fall was packed busy with marketing and networking events, some big family news, the holidays and of course, weddings! While we wait for the photos to come back so we can share our fall weddings with you, we thought we’d take a minute to update you on some happenings with the company.

We decided back in October that business was expanding enough to justify bringing a third person in to join our husband and wife team.  After looking through quite a few resumes and conducting a few interviews, we decided to keep it close to home and hired Alicia.  Alicia and Nikki have been friends since high school, and Alicia has always had a passion for events.

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She went to West Virginia University to study interior design, and while there also worked for the University’s catering company working large events.  After college, she moved back to Florida and took up ballroom dancing as a hobby, and even went to far as to become a ballroom dance instructor!

Great ballroom dance make up!

Great ballroom dance make up!

Alicia has a talent for design and a creative mind, not to mention some killer dance skills, and we thought those attributes combined with her catering background made her the perfect fit for the team!

She’s working as an assistant event coordinator with us currently, but will be taking on her own events starting in late Spring.  She’s also given us the ability to add ballroom dance lessons to the services we can offer our clients, which we are very excited about!

Alicia is smart, bubbly and fun, and can make any couple feel at ease while she gets the job done to make their day spectacular. We are thrilled to have her as part of the Southern Elegance Events family, and can’t wait for you all to meet her!

Gavan’s Little Monkey Baby Shower

Back in March we were asked to throw a shower for a high school friend.  She had recently given birth to an amazing little boy named Gavan, but due to other circumstances, hadn’t had a shower yet!  We worked with both Gavan’s grandmas to throw the party, and did everything from invites to cake and decor.  Alicia specifically requested monkeys but “very little green and yellow. We like blues and browns, not your typical jungle theme” so we found a place to custom make napkins, invites and cake toppers to fit the theme.

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Around 25 people showed up to welcome Gavan into the world, and shower him in gifts.  It was a fun time for all, and even more enjoyable since little Gavan was already present and got to be held and passed around by all the ladies!

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We are so thrilled that Alicia’s family asked us to help plan such a great celebrating for her and Gavan, and wish them all the happiness and health in the world!

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 We’re already looking forward to planning Gavan’s first birthday party 🙂

 

Sarasota Baby Shower Planner: Southern Elegance Events

Recap: Rustic Couture Stylized Shoot: Tiffany Blue Damask

Back in October, we did a stylized shoot with a lot of awesome vendors! The theme was Rustic Couture and the color scheme was Tiffany blue, whites and silvers. We met up with aka photographs and headed out to Karnes Stables for the shoot on a gorgeous October Sunday.

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Most of the furniture for the shoot was provided by Karnes, but we did get chairs delivered from Black Tie Rentals to fit the occasion, and they looked amazing with white tulle bows for our ceremony.

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Our model Jessica had her hair and make up done by LAC Make Up Art and LG Hair Artistry and boy, did they do a great job! It only helps that Jessica is drop dead gorgeous on her own.  After we got set up, we slipped her into a Badgley Mischka dress from Malindy Elene Bridal and started snapping some shots! Jessica’s boyfriend Evan came along to be our groom and they are one good looking couple for sure!

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Karnes has acres of space, and we utilized a lot of it! We did shots in their barn, in various pastures, at their ceremony space and with a lot of the animals they have on site. It was a fun shoot and I can only imagine how fun a wedding would be here, given all the options they have.

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We set up a bar in the back corner with signature blue cocktails to match the theme:

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and used an antique dresser as our cake table for our beautiful cake from Sweet Tweets Cakery with favors scattered about:

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Our reception was set up inside the barn with white tablecloths, Tiffany blue damask runners and candlebras for that couture touch:

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After we were done with the ceremony and reception spaces, we moved outside for more location photos around the property.

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We had a great time working with some great vendors and can’t wait to work with them all again soon. For the rest of the photos (there were over 160!) check out our Facebook album!

All photos used with permission of the bride and groom. Photos property of Southern Elegance Events or aka photograhs and may not be used or reproduced without written consent.

 

Tampa Wedding Planner: Sarasota Elegance Events
Tampa Wedding Photography: aka photographs
Tampa Wedding Venue: Karnes Stables
Tampa Wedding Dress Salon: Malindy Elene Bridal
Tampa Wedding Hair: LG Hair Artistry
Tampa Wedding Make Up: LAC MakeUp Art

Beachhouse Bradenton Beach Wedding

So it’s been over a month since their gorgeous beachside wedding, but we wanted to get all the photos from the fabulous Jose Velez Photography before we put this up.

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Jared and Jen came to us last summer, wanting an intimate beachside wedding but having no idea where to start. We had worked with the fantastic Beach House Restaurant on Bradenton Beach before and thought it would be perfect. Turns out, it was!!

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The Beachhouse offers two different ceremony and receptions locations, depending on the amount of guests, and both are amazing.  Jared and Jen had a guest list of only 40 people, so we chose the smaller north pavilion for their December nuptials.

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They wanted simple, beachy decor with bright purples to reflect Jen’s favorite color and we along with Ellie for the flowers put together something simple but vibrant for all 8 tables.

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Jared has 3 daughters and Jen has many nieces and nephews, so they came up with special favors and fun games for the kids place settings, which mixed in nicely with the rest of the decorations.

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The ceremony started promptly at 4:30, and was breathtaking with the Gulf of Mexico as the backdrop.

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The ceremony ended at the perfect time for photos, as well as a gorgeous sunset view for all the guests during cocktail hour.

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 The Beachhouse is a full service restaurant and took care of all the food and bar necessities, even customizing the menu to reflect the no seafood request of many of the guests. The food was all delicious, and the service at the Beach house is above reproach.

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Instead of a traditional wedding cake, Jared and Jen opted to go with 5 different decadent cakes from Publix. Not only was it a deviation from the norm, but the cakes were gorgeous and oh so tasty!

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DJ Kelly from Spin Master DJs kept the music coming, providing a perfect backdrop for all the conversing and family time that was going on. Jared and Jen shared a tear jerking first dance to Wanted by Hunter Hayes, and one of Jared’s young daughters even caught the bouquet!

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By the time the event wrapped up around 9, Jared and Jen were ready to head down the street for their honeymoon on the beach, and all the guests were tired and satisfied and raving about the event.

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Jared and Jen are a fantastic couple, and we are so happy that they chose Southern Elegance Events to put on their special day, and even more happy that they have elected to keep in contact with us since.  It was a fun time for everyone involved, and a great way to kick off their lives together.

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Vendors:

Sarasota Wedding Planner: Southern Elegance Events
Sarasota Beach Wedding Venue and Food: The BeachHouse Restaurant
Sarasota Wedding Photographer: Jose Velez Photography
Sarasota Wedding DJ: Kelly Shires of Spin Master DJs
Sarasota Wedding Flowers: Simply Elegant Flowers at 813-625-0649
Sarasota Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal

Photos property of Jose Velez Photography and Southern Elegance Events. Images and content cannot be used or reproduced in any way without written consent.