Shabby Chic Van Wezel Wedding

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Back in May, Memorial Day weekend to be exact, we had 2 weddings.  Sunday May 25th was Tyler & Diana’s wedding day.  This gorgeous couple planned every detail themselves, and Diana made gorgeous accents and centerpieces with help from her family.  Alisa Sue Photography captured the day, from the ceremony at the Van Wezel Sarasota to the reception at Michael’s on East and every moment in between.

sarasota weddings, van wezel wedding, michael's on east wedding, coral and teal weddingThis group was a blast to work with, they all loved each other very much and had a great time celebrating the day. The ceremony was touching, drinks were free flowing and the food was spectacular!
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Diana’s theme of shabby chic fit perfectly in with the gorgeous venues, and each table’s custom centerpiece stood out with the guests.

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We were so thrilled to be able to work with this couple.  Every wedding is special, and fun but when you get a group like this, it’s hard not to smile the entire day!

Sarasota Wedding Planner: Southern Elegance Events
Sarasota Wedding Photographer: Alisa Sue Photography
arasota Wedding Videography: Viktor Lindo Video
Sarasota Wedding Ceremony Venue: The Van Wezel Perfoming Arts Center
Sarasota Wedding Reception Venue: Michael’s On East Wine Cellar & Ballroom
Sarasota Wedding Hair & Make Up: Eri Vincent Make Up
Sarasota Bridal Hotel:  Hotel Indigo
Sarasota Wedding DJ and Entertainment: First Class Events
Sarasota Wedding Chair Covers: Linens By The Sea


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


Ca d’Zan Wedding

Last year, we were contacted by Curtis to ask for our help in proposing to his girlfriend, Lizzie.  We organized some surprise time off work for her, and a beachside proposal surrounded by friends.  After the engagement, Lizzie immediately asked for our help in planning their June 2013 wedding.  The date was set for June 1st, and they chose the gorgeous Ca D’Zan Mansion at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota as their ceremony and reception venue. Curtis eventually decided he’d like our help planning the rehearsal dinner at the Chart House Restaurant on Longboat Key as well.  After a year of planning, the weekend came around, rainy and humid but filled with joy and excitement.  Lizzie and Curtis were, and are, one of our favorite couples and we are thrilled to now call them friends as well.  The photos taken by the amazing Imely Photography are below, along with some of our own, and we’ll let them speak (mostly) for themselves.

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The rehearsal dinner took place at the Chart House Longboat Key, overlooking the Sarasota Bay.

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The wedding took place at the Ca D’Zan Mansion in Sarasota, FL

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The mansion overlooks Sarasota Bay. Even gorgeous in the rain

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The grounds provide amazing details

The entire event was originally set up outdoors, but as the rains began to pour 20 minutes before the start of the ceremony, everything got moved under our tent.  Luckily, the clouds parted long enough for the guests to enjoy cocktail hour on the terrace with a tour of the mansion, and for Curtis and Lizzie to get some amazing shots around the grounds of the mansion.

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Even in the rain, sunsets on Sarasota Bay are breathtaking




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Storm clouds made a gorgeous backdrop to the bayside wedding

Please check out our Facebook page for the full album, and a big thanks to all the amazing vendors who helped make this wedding spectacular!

Sarasota Wedding Planner: Southern Elegance Events
Sarasota Wedding Photographer: Imely Photography & Videography
Sarasota Wedding Florist: Beneva Flowers
Sarasota Wedding Venue: Ca D’Zan Mansion at Ringling Museum
Sarasota Wedding Caterer: Fete Catering at the Polo Grille
Sarasota Wedding Tent Rental: Rental Depot
Sarasota Wedding DJ: Black Tie DJs Sarasota
Lakeland Bridal Gown: Mori Lee gown from Edwards Macy, Lakeland {(863) 688-1021}
Sarasota Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom’s
Sarasota Wedding Hair & Make Up: Inspirations Spa and Salon Sarasota
Officiant: Friend of the Bride
Sarasota Rehearsal Dinner Venue and Catering: The Chart House Longboat Key

All photos in this post are property of Southern Elegance Events LLC or Imely Photography and cannot be used or reproduced without written consent.