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

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Shari and Jonah’s Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Wedding

June 17, 2013 was a gorgeous, sunny  day and the perfect day for a wedding!! Shari and Jonah contacted us 8 weeks from their wedding date for a full wedding planning package.  We worked hard and planned the entire thing long distance to get  them exactly what they wanted, so they could relax when they flew in from Baltimore a few days before the wedding. jewish wedding, tampa wedding, green and purple wedding. summer weddings Shari and Jonah are Orthodox Jews, and we had such a great time learning about more customs and traditions to help make their day perfect.  They brought in 3 rabbis to help with the ceremony, which, along with the reception was held at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.  We used the top floor, Armani’s for the ceremony, with the second floor for the bedeken and ketubah signing and the ballroom for the reception.

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Michele Rene Hair & Make Up was on hand to make our bride even more gorgeous!

Your Story, By Us Photography and Trinity Wedding Cinema were both on hand the entire day to capture every moment of this momentous occasion, and provided us with all the photos in this blog post. We found a band in Miami specializing in Jewish music, who drove all the way up to make the reception the party it deserved to be!  Shari’s dog Spunky walked down the aisle before her in an adorable outfit, paving the way for our gorgeous bride and her parents to walk down the aisle to her waiting groom.

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The chuppah was beautifully decorated by 2BirdsEvents, who also did the wedding party flowers and breathtaking centerpieces.

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Your Story, By Us Photography and Trinity Wedding Cinema were both on hand the entire day to capture every moment of this momentous occasion, and provided us with all the photos in this blog post.

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It was a gorgeous day, filled with religion and significance. It was touching to watch the way Jonah & Shari embraced their day, and how overjoyed their families were to be there with them. The most breathtaking photo of the day came after the wedding itself was over. Shari and Jonah went to a private local beach to spend time together and take some couple’s photos and this is what came from that:

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Gorgeous right?  We were beyond happy to be there for Shari & Jonah’s big day, and so grateful to all the vendors who made the day perfect! Tampa Wedding Planner: Southern Elegance Events Tampa Wedding Photographer: Your Story By Us Photography (formerly Wes Weber Photography) Tampa Wedding Videographer: Trinity Wedding Cinema Tampa Wedding Venue and Tampa Wedding Catering: Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Tampa Wedding Florist: 2Birds Events Tampa Wedding Bands & Entertainment: The Chai Notes Tampa Wedding Hair & Make Up: Michele Renee Hair & Make Up Tampa Wedding Officiants: Family Rabbis from Baltimore All photos used with permission of the bride and groom. Photos property of Southern Elegance Events or Your Story, By Us Photography and may not be used or reproduced without written consent.

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.

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.

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

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Rustic Wedding

Rustic Wedding Chic published a great spread of fall and apple themed weddings, and then linked to another great article by DIY Bride about fall wedding ideas.  They said it way better than we could, so we wanted to share the links with you:
http://www.diybride.com/2012/09/rustic-fall-wedding-ideas-for-the-diy-bride/

http://rusticweddingchic.com/fall-apple-rustic-wedding

Hope you’re all enjoying your first week of “Fall”!!