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.

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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
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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.

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Junkanoo’s Ft. Myers Beach Wedding!

Memorial Day weekend was a busy one for Southern Elegance Events! We had back to back weddings in Ft. Myers and in Sarasota.  The first of these was located on Ft. Myer’s Beach on May 25, 2013.   Jessica and BJ were planning their wedding all the way from St. Louis, and while Jessica had everything under control leading up to the wedding, she really needed someone day of to decorate the room and make sure she enjoyed her day. That’s where we came in!

Jessica and BJ got married on Lover’s Key Beach, then had a reception at Junkanoo’s on the Beach.  Junkanoo is a beach bar with an upstairs room, but it’s not your typical wedding venue.  It does have a great view though, and with a little decorating, it was the perfect setting for their purple and green party!  Jessica had brought all her decorations down and dropped them off, so all we had to do was show up and set everything up!

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She had beautiful tulle draping with icicle lights for the dance floor, succulents, sand and candles for the centerpieces and adorable bottles for advice from their guests.

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She also had a candy bar of all she and BJ’s favorite candies, in their color scheme with the cutest little bags to take candy home in.

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Jessica had ordered custom photo books with covers in their color scheme to grace the tables, and had photos of both their parents for the entrance.

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The custom coozies were a hit with the guests, and Jessica even gave us 2 to take home! Every time we use them we remember this gorgeous day, and what a happy and fun loving couple Jessica and BJ are. They were all smiles, all day, and their guests seemed right at home overlooking Ft. Myer’s Beach.

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Ft. Myers Wedding Photographer: Sara Elyse Photography
Ft Myers Wedding Planner: Southern Elegance Events (decor purchased by bride)
Ft. Myers Wedding Ceremony Venue: Lover’s Key Beach at Lover’s Key State Park
Ft. Myers Wedding Reception Venue: Junkanoo on the Beach
Ft. Myers Wedding Floral: Wholesale order by bride
Ft. Myers Wedding Cake: Publix Cakes
Ft. Myers Wedding Catering & Bar: Junkanoo on the Beach

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

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

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

Michael’s On East Winter Wedding

Back in February (how time flies!) Hannah and Michael asked us to help finalize and coordinate their wedding day. They are Jewish, and coming from a Jewish background we knew just what to do! They got married in one ballroom of the Michael’s on East restaurant in Sarasota, FL with cocktail hour in the atrium and the reception in the larger ballroom.

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It was a chilly day in February, but with a few last minute changes, the day turned out beautifully and went off without a hitch!

Hannah’s mom had made a custom chuppah “quilt” to cover the couple as they said their vows, and they also ordered a custom Ketubbah, which is a Jewish marriage contract, to sign.

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Victoria Blooms did an amazing job with the flowers, bringing in Hannah’s love of greens, purples and all things succulent into the bouquets and centerpieces.

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The ballroom was decorated beautifully with low lighting, green and purple centepieces and just the perfect amount of sparkle.

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The dancing went into the evening, and everyone had a great time! It was a gorgeous, elegant affair just like the couple themselves. We were so thrilled to be a part of the day, and so happy to see the couple so happy. They are welcoming their first child this year, and we wish Mike, Hannah and their child all the best!

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Sarasota Day of Wedding Coordinator: Southern Elegance Events
Sarasota Wedding Venue: Michael’s On East
Sarasota Wedding Florist: Victoria Blooms
Sarasota Wedding Band: De Leon Entertainment
Sarasota Wedding Photographer: Studio 4 Photography
Sarasota Wedding Officiant: Rabbi Brenner Glickman

All photos used with permission of the bride and groom. Photos property of Southern Elegance Events or Studio 4 Photography and may not be used or reproduced without written consent.

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

Palm Aire Country Club Military Wedding

Back on December 29th, we did a gorgeous military, country club wedding for an amazing couple, Monica and Jon.  They were one of the most genuinely in love couples we’ve ever met, and their family and friends were just as amazing as they are!

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They got married with a 4pm ceremony at one of our favorite locations, Palm Aire Country Club. In a short but sweet ceremony, they said I Do in front of 120 people.

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 As the sunset over the golf course, we snapped photos of the in love couple and their closest friends. The temperature was dropping, so we rushed through some photos and got inside for cocktail hour!

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then it was party time!

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and we of course stuck by Monica’s side to help out!
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The decor was done in gorgeous navy blues and whites, with sparkly lights on the tables.  Everything about this wedding was elegant and beautiful, and it was one of our favorites we’ve done.  We want to thank Monica and Jon again for having us, and wish them all the happiest in their life together!

Sarasota Day Of Wedding Coordinator:Southern Elegance Events
Sarasota Wedding Venue: Palm Aire County Club
Sarasota Wedding Cake & Cupcakes:Heavenly Cupcakes
Sarasota Wedding Florist: Beneva Flower
Sarasota Wedding Hair & Make Up:  Ana Molinari

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