stacy & ali | powel crosley ceremony reception photography | sarasota wedding photographer

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how would you describe your wedding to someone who was not there? what were some of your inspirations? how did you envision the wedding prior to your special day?

Vintage glamour with an ocean view? Ha ha. Finding the right words to describe our wedding day is difficult. Stacy always knew she wanted to get married outside, surrounded by the natural landscape and wildlife of the venue. She was also looking for a place that was unique and had character. The Powel Crosley met both of those criteria and was the foundation for much of our inspiration for the wedding. Once we settled on the wedding colors (coral and gold), everything else quickly fell into place. We didn’t have to add much to bring out the vintage in the wedding, because the Crosley did that all on its own. The beautiful white hydrangea and coral roses in gold vases with gold votives, in addition to the lighting and gold chiavri chairs, brought the glamour. And, last but not least, the beautiful sunset over Sarasota Bay gave us the incredible ocean view. Our wedding was just as we had envisioned, maybe even better!
which three vendors were most important to you when planning your wedding?
Another difficult question. Every vendor that we chose played a pivotal role in the planning process and execution of our day. But there were a few that helped put our vision into motion early on in the process.
Our officiant, Grace Felice, was a godsend. Not only did she help us to create a unique and memorable wedding ceremony, but she also gave us incredible recommendations for other vendors and truly held our hands every step of the way.
Our florist, Diane, from Elegant Designs Floral Art Studio, put together an incredible display of flowers for us and provided photos and helpful suggestions to create a floral spread that brought so much of the elegance and glamour to our day.
Our DJ, Fitz Otis, helped us put all of the details together to create a wedding ceremony and reception timeline that went off seamlessly. He made several adjustments to accommodate our requests for cultural dances, group photos, a “loca hora” and a pretty incredible glow stick sendoff.
what was your biggest wedding day savings?
We saved a lot of money on stationary and paper items. Instead of providing reception and RSVP cards with our invitations, we created a wedding website that provided our guests with all of the details and allowed them to RSVP for the wedding and rehearsal dinner online. We also printed all of our own ceremony programs, menu cards, signs and itineraries after purchasing the designs from Etsy at a low cost.
what was your biggest wedding day splurge?
The lighting! Who would’ve thought that you could spend a couple thousand dollars on lights? We fell in love with the look of the large chandelier over the loggia with cafe bulbs extending over the reception tables. We knew it would bring much of the glamour and romance that we had envisioned, so we just had to splurge a little bit for them both!
what was the best advice you received when planning your wedding?
The best advice was actually the words that we had heard over and over again during the planning process: “Don’t forget to enjoy your wedding day!” After ten months of endless decision making and execution, we could not have been more happy that when our wedding day came, we just sat back, smiled and let it all happen the way it was meant to. Once our wedding day arrived, there was nothing that either of us could have done to alter it’s course, so we embraced that and made sure to enjoy our time with our bridal parties, our friends and family, and more importantly, each other.
was there a moment during your wedding day that surprised you?
After planning every minute of our wedding day down to the last, we didn’t think there was anything that could have surprised us. Stacy’s father passed away a couple of years ago and was the most important person missing from our wedding day. Stacy’s nieces pulled us aside during the final hours of the reception to tell us that they had a surprise for us. Stacy’s sister, Beth, had brought their father’s remaining ashes with her to the wedding. All of the members of the immediate family, including Ali, who never had the opportunity to meet Stacy’s father, snuck away from the reception for a few minutes, said a few heartfelt words (and shed some tears) for Dad and scattered his ashes into the sea. It was such an incredibly special moment for all of us.
what was your favorite moment, or favorite part, of your wedding day?
It is so hard to pick one moment that stands out above everything else, but our first look was a special moment for us and one that we got to share just with one another. There is so much anxiety and fear building up to that moment when you first see the love of your life, all dressed up and ready to become your spouse. But once we saw one another, every ounce of that anxiety and fear dissipated. We smiled and we kissed and we practiced our first dance. And afterwards, we knew that no matter what happened, our wedding day was going to be one of the happiest and best days of our life.
when you look back on your wedding day in 50 years, what do you think you’ll remember most?
How beautiful everything and everyone was, from the flowers and the cake to our bridal party, from the incredible sunset to the twinkle of the chandelier and everything in between. We’ve never seen so many of the people that we love, together in one place, smiling, laughing and truly enjoying every moment of the day. We wish that we could do it all over again!!

… how it all came together…

ceremony & reception | powel crosley estate
videographer | studio krp
catering | milan catering
event coordinator| sarasota wedding gallery
cake artist | cakes by ron
transportation| sarasota trolley
gown boutique  | maggie sottero at bridal trousseau
men’s wear | colin’s tux shop
hairstylist | maura spencer
makeup artist | michele renee
officiant | grace felice

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jennifer & james | oxford exchange ceremony and reception photography | downtown tampa wedding photographer

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… insight from jennifer …

how would you describe your wedding to someone who was not there? what were some of your inspirations? how did you envision the wedding prior to your special day?
Classic, elegant and romantic. You could feel the love in the room. Each and every person there meant so much to us!
is there anything you wish you had done differently when planning your wedding?
Looking back all the planning and thought that went into the wedding was completely worth it. The night was better than I could have imagined.
which three vendors were most important to you when planning your wedding?
Each and every vendor was amazing to work with and we couldn’t have done it without their help and expertise. The OE team was so wonderful, helpful and always available to answer all of my questions. Botanica was so much fun to work with and the flowers really set the tone of the night. We also loved the DJ! No one wanted to leave the dance floor. My Mom was so helpful, organized and a blast to work with. She’s not a vendor but she deserves a ton of credit!
 what was your biggest wedding day splurge?
The food and drinks were amazing! The chef prepared such a delicious and unique meal. Guests told us that it was the best meal they had all year!
 what was your favorite moment, or favorite part, of your wedding day?
The ceremony is something that I will never forget. My Uncle was the officiant so we were able to make the ceremony very personal. At the request of my husband we wrote and memorized our vows. It made it so special and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room!
when you look back on your wedding day in 50 years, what do you think you’ll remember most?
I will remember the love and commitment that we made to each other. It was such a wonderful experience to have all of your favorite people in one room!

… how it all came together…

ceremony & reception | oxford exchange
catering | oxford exchange
event coordination & design| sarah fairbairn
cake artist | chocolate pi
florals | botanica
gown boutique | the white magnolia
men’s wear | vera wang
hair and makeup | elena joseph
photo booth | the blissbooth
stationery | a & p designs

kristen & nate | lange farm ceremony and reception photography | dade city wedding photographer

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how would you describe your wedding to someone who was not there? what were some of your inspirations? how did you envision the wedding prior to your special day?
I always knew I wanted a spring wedding, with lots of greenery and color and some floral touches. I knew Lange Farm was the venue for us the second we arrived – it was so beautiful! We have lots of oak trees in Tallahassee (where I’m from) so having the ceremony center around a large oak made me feel right at home. And the pastel bouquets with the tri-colored, soft, and romantic bridesmaid dresses just put the finishing touches on my vision!
is there anything you wish you had done differently when planning your wedding?
Nothing! Hiring a planner (shout-out to Nikki Leonard!) was the very first thing we did and proved to be our smartest decision – she was amazing to work with and found us the very best vendors out there!
which three vendors were most important to you when planning your wedding?
I always told Nate that photography and videography were the two most important things to me on our wedding day (besides him waiting at the end of the aisle!) and that I wouldn’t put a price tag on those vendors, we would just hire the very best! “Third” place would be a tie between venue/food/dress/flowers – don’t make me pick! J
what was your biggest wedding day savings?
My shoes! $20 on sale from David’s Bridal and were exactly what I’d had in mind!
what was your biggest wedding day splurge?
Full photography and videography packages + extra hours – worth every. single. penny!
what was the best advice you received when planning your wedding?
Don’t sweat the small stuff! There may be minor bumps along the road, but we are building a foundation for our life together and that’s whats most important.
was there anything encountered during wedding planning that was unexpected?
There was a lot to do at the beginning of planning and a lot to do in the last few weeks, but in the downtime in between I felt like there must be a million things I was forgetting!
was there a moment during your wedding day that surprised you?
How emotional I got! Nate always teases me that I didn’t shed a tear when he proposed – but I was a mess on our wedding day! I cried at least 5 times that day (rare for me!) and now I get to tease him about being the one who didn’t cry!
what was your favorite moment, or favorite part, of your wedding day?
I can’t choose! Our first look, walking down the aisle, giving gifts to my parents, spending the morning getting ready with my best friends, saying our vows, smashing cake in his face, slow dancing to the last song of the night…how could I pick just one??
when you look back on your wedding day in 50 years, what do you think you’ll remember most?
Just that the day was even more beautiful than I ever imagined it could be. Spending that time surrounded by our family and friends, celebrating our love, is a moment I will never forget and will always cherish!

… how it all came together…

ceremony & reception | the lange farm

event design & coordination | nikki leonard
videography | lucky lemon films
catering | puff ‘n stuff
cake artist | artistic whisk
florist | 2 birds events
band | grant hemond & associates
limousine | skyline limo
gown boutique | bella bridesmaids
men’s wear | men’s warehouse
hair and makeup | lasting luxe
photobooth | shutter booth
stationery | wedding paper divas

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amanda & brian | christ the king ceremony and palma ceia country club reception photography | south tampa wedding photographer

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… how it all came together…
event designer | christi winsor
event coordinator| kristin jones
cake artist | publix
transportation | jolley trolley
groom’s tux | bloomingdales
groomsmen’s wear | the black tux
photobooth | premier photo booth
stationery  | minted

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