The Sandbar Anna Maria Island Wedding

Adam & Jenn were a super sweet, and super busy couple who came to us in need of help. We were more than happy to oblige the sweet couple and help plan their laid back beach wedding. They chose May 2nd as their date, and The Sandbar on Anna Maria Island as their venue for both ceremony and reception.

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The Sandbar is a gorgeous venue that offers a sandy toes beach ceremony, with a covered (but still sandy toes) reception near by. The delicious seafood and delectable drink offerings were just what Adam and Jenn wanted, and Kristen from aka photographs was on hand to capture the entire day on film!

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Jenn wore a gorgeous dress from Something Blue Bridal, and even though a May rain storm forced their ceremony off of the beach and under the pavilion, the bright colors and the steel drum still made the event sunny and bright.

Minimal flowers were needed because of the gorgeous scenery, and a beachy cake from Publix hit the spot for all of those with a sweet tooth. Black Tie DJs kept the party going, as they always do, and everyone on hand had a terrific time on the beach that night.

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Sarasota Wedding Planner: Southern Elegance Events
Sarasota Wedding Photographer: aka Photographs
Sarasota Wedding Venue: The Sandbar Restaurant
Sarasota Wedding Cake: Publix Bakery
Sarasota Steel Drummer: Dave Lapio  (941- 743-3688)
Sarasota Wedding DJ: Black Tie DJs
Sarasota Wedding Florist: Friend of the bride and groom
Sarasota Wedding Hair & Make Up:
Sarasota Wedding Dress: Something Blue Bridal Boutique
Sarasota Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

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Pink & Grey Powel Crosley Estate Wedding

Ben and Jessica have been our clients for almost a year.  They booked their venue, the Powel Crosley Mansion and called us. It’s been a delightful year working with them to get this gorgeous wedding together!
Ben and Jess are adorable, and so happy and laid back it’s been a pleasure.  They assembled a great team of vendors, and March 22 went off without a hitch!
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Amici’s Catering provided the food, and a Piece of Cake provided a delicious and gorgeous cake with custom bows.
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2 Birds Events did the floral and decor, and as always, took our breath away.  The aisle runner was talked about throughout the reception, and the chuppah Alexis decorated was one of the prettiest we’ve ever seen.pink and grey wedding, sarasota weddings, powel crosley weddings, march weddings, florida wedding, sarasota wedding planner, 2 birds events weddings pink and grey wedding, sarasota weddings, powel crosley weddings, march weddings, florida wedding, sarasota wedding planner, jewish weddings, 2 birds events weddings pink and grey wedding, sarasota weddings, powel crosley weddings, march weddings, florida wedding, sarasota wedding planner, jewish weddings, 2 birds events weddings pink and grey wedding, sarasota weddings, powel crosley weddings, march weddings, florida wedding, sarasota wedding planner, jewish weddings, 2 birds events weddings
Centerpieces were a mix of tall and short, and incorporated pink and white flowers, silver sparkles and lots of candles!
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Powel Crosley Wedding Centerpieces

Custom menus graced each place setting:
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and cocktail hour took place on the mansion’s gorgeous patio!
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2 Birds also set up a custom photo booth for a guest book:
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Pink and grey coozies were a hit with the guests as favors
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and a first dance number to Time of My Life got the party going at the reception! as I said, Jess and Ben are so fun to work with, and made sure their guests had a great time! Papered Heart Photography was on hand to capture all the details, and did fantastic work as always! They also shot Katie & Jason’s Wedding back in October.  Powel Crosley was the perfect backdrop for this special day, and we can’t wait to work there again!
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Sarasota Wedding Planner: Southern Elegance Events
Sarasota Wedding Venue: Powel Crosley Mansion
Sarasota Wedding Caterer: Amici’s
Sarasota Wedding Photographer: Papered Heart Photography
Sarasota Wedding Videographer: Iyrus Entertainment 
Sarasota Wedding Florist: 2Birds Events
Sarasota Wedding Rentals: Rental Depot
Sarasota Wedding Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Sarasota
Sarasota Wedding DJ: Black Tie DJs (Ray)
Sarasota Wedding String Quartet: Take 4 Strings
Sarasota Wedding Cake: Amici’s (A Piece of Cake)
Sarasota Wedding Hair & Make Up: Michele Renee Hair & Make Up
 Sarasota Wedding Officiant: Rabbi Richard Birnholz
Florida Bridal Gown: Bellisima Bridal

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.

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

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