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

Rustic Chic Barrington Hill Wedding

Back in October, a good friend of ours Katie, married her sweetheart Jason.  They’d selected a rustic horse farm in Dade City as the venue, and the day was bright and perfect.  Barrington Hill does a great job with weddings (as I’m sure they do with horses) and the backdrop they provide can’t be beat! They hired Papered Heart Photography to capture the big day. Papered Heart are some of our favorite photographers, as you can see here!

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Katie loves purple and green, with touches of black for dramatic effect, and found ways to tie all of that in with her venue.  From the custom wine bottles on the tables, to the fisherman’s groom’s cake, every detail screamed Jason and Katie.

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After a gorgeous ceremony under the oak tree, guests enjoyed cocktails in front of the large house on the land, along with some delicious appetizers from Puff n Stuff.  Once Katie and Jason were done taking pictures, they entered for a tear jerking first dance, before everyone moved inside for dinner.

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Puff n Stuff kept everyone full and happy and the party went on into the night.  There were adorable coozie favors, 2 delicious cakes from Sweet Tweets Cakery and plenty of booze to go around!

Capped off by fireworks over the farm, the night ended on a high note and Katie and Jason went off happy to a honeymoon in the tropics!

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Tampa Wedding Venue: Barrington Hill Farms
Tampa Wedding Photographer: Papered Heart Photography
Tampa Wedding Coordinator: Southern Elegance Events
Tampa Wedding Cake Bakery: Sweet Tweets Cakery
Tampa Wedding DJ: Spin Master’s
Tampa Wedding Catering: Puff n Stuff
Tampa Wedding Hair & Make Up: Michele Renee
Tampa Wedding Photobooth: Foto Box

Photos Copyright Papered Heart Photography

Manatee Riverhouse Wedding Palmetto, FL

As you may remember, we’ve posted about Porter and Hallie quite a few times.  We threw their laid back engagement party in April 2012, and posted an intro post when they decided to have us help with their wedding. Hallie is a very on the ball bride, with lots of DIY ideas, so we served more as an adviser and assistant to her ideas, then of course kept everything together on the day of the wedding.  She worked with some amazing people to pull off her garnet and gold, rustic style theme, and the Manatee Riverhouse was the perfect backdrop for it all to take place.  If you’re looking for a waterside venue, that’s not the beach, in the Sarasota and Bradenton FL areas, definitely check out The Riverhouse!

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Hallie made a stunning bride, and she and Porter did a first look shoot in the courtyard of the Marriott hotel that left the bridal party crying.

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Bridal portraits

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Before the first look

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Porter’s only request for the wedding was a garnet and gold color scheme to reflect his love of Florida State.  Hallie LOVES DIY, arts and crafts and anything rustic, so she blended those ideas together and created a homemade, unforgettable experience for her guests.

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Taking place on March 30, 2013 just before sunset, the ceremony on the balcony of the Riverhouse was gorgeous to behold.  Hallie’s uncle wed the two in the sunshine, surrounded by their closest family and friends.

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Then everyone moved inside for the party! Heavy appetizers and desserts, flowing drinks and a thumping DJ provided  a dance party all night long, and people crowded into the DJ provided photo booth to snap mementos.

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By the end of the night everyone was happy and exhausted, and Hallie and Porter were thrilled as they started their married life.  They’re an adorable couple, and we’re so happy for them.  It was a fantastic party from start to finish, and people raved about the details Hallie thought up and personalized.  Even the most creative DIY bride can use a little help though, and we came in to help keep it all together so Hallie and Porter could enjoy their day, and we’re so happy we could be a part of it!
Congratulations Hallie & Porter!

Bradenton Wedding Planner: Southern Elegance Events
Bradenton Wedding Venue: The Manatee Riverhouse
Sarasota Wedding Florist: Beneva Flowers
Sarasota Wedding Photographer: aka photographs
Sarasota Wedding DJ and Entertainment: Celebrations 24
Sarasota Wedding Dress and Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Sarasota Wedding Hair & Make Up: Salon Linnea

All photos used with permission of the bride and groom. All photos and content property of aka photographs or Southern Elegance Events and shall not be used or reproduced without written consent.