This is my second photo shoot with the adorable Jessica, who is getting married to Matthew on Saturday December 11th. We did an engagement session a few months back, check out their images in the pages to the right under ‘Jessie and Matt ‘. They will be having the ceremony at the Christ Episcopal Church in Bradenton Florida. After the ceremony we will be heading to the Lakewood Ranch Country Club for another wonderful reception. I just love the red doors of this magnificent church!
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Sarasota Wedding Photography: Chris and Lindsay – Fun to work with and incredibly in love. I photographed their wedding on November 6th 2010. Lindsay and Chis planned their Sarasota wedding all the way from Tennessee. They were married at the First Baptist Church in Sarasota, on Main Street and their reception was at the Boat house, Hyatt – in Sarasota. To view more images from this weddings, click on the page: Chris and Lindsay!
This Years favorite Pick for a Sarasota venue is the stunning Powel Crosley Mansion!
The estate features the graceful styling and architecture of a bygone era and yet has all the modern amenities that make for a successful staging of almost any event. Near the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport, the Powel Crosley Estate sits on Sarasota Bay just south of the new University of South Florida campus on North Tamiami Trail/US 41. The address of the Crosley Estate is
One Seagate Drive, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. It is one-half mile north of the University Parkway and US 41 intersection. University Parkway is exit # 213 off Interstate 75.
The Crosley Estate offers plenty of free on-site parking. Handicap accessible parking is available.
I have never seen a more magical venue for a wedding. A beautiful, Mediterranean style mansion right on Sarasota Bay. Dancing under the stars. It is absolutely gorgeous at the Crosley. The architectural details are seemingly endless and one of the best things about the
Crosley is that the whole place could be “yours” for the day. Not a random swimmer or wandering tourist will be in sight. The perfect venue for a historical and old Spanish colonial ambiance. It is the mix of antique and tropical that you might bedreaming of.
If you’re looking for a venue that is classic, and original than look no further than the Crosley Estate. Photography opportunity at the Crosley – every time you turn the corner or enter another of the amazing rooms in the Crosley Estate, you see another creative photo in the making. If Photo opportunities are important to you – this is one our top choices for a classy, sophisticated wedding!
Social Conscience Bride – Green Weddings (eco-friendly) are in for 2011! Brides are taking it up a notch with textured linens, organic makeup and vegan or organic wedding cakes and desserts. The recyclable wedding gown is eco-friendly hemp and organic silk. Location, location, location! When planning your green wedding or event, you should consider a few things before you decide upon a location. How many guests will you be having? Remember the fewer the guests, the lower the carbon footprint! What time of year is your wedding? Do you want an indoor event or a garden wedding? Casual or formal, or perhaps somewhere funky like a hip nightclub? Narrowing down what you want in a venue will alleviate a lot of unnecessary stress when you begin looking at venues.
One thing to consider is that if you have both your ceremony and reception at the same location, you will alleviate the need for your guests to travel to two different places. Look for locations that offer recycling of the empty liquor bottles. Look for locations that include table, chair, and linen rental, as this eliminates quite a bit of shipping and carbon production. One beautiful hidden gem (that is also very reasonable) located near downtown sarasota and the arts district is the Sarasota Garden Club as well as the prestigious Indigo Hotel. You won’t believe the beautiful retreat settings in Sarasota that are only 5 minutes from the airport!
Look for a garden setting if you choose an outdoor event. Look for one with either an inside option or a permanent tent. Look for one that already has tables and chairs for you to rent from the facility to prevent having to rent and truck everything in. One such treasure is Selby Gardens. The gardens is a beautiful historical landscape known for it’s beauty, orchid collection, banyan trees and bamboo. Also it’s the place where Marie Selby became the first woman to cross the country by car.. Try to find a location that incorporates at least a few Green practices into their operations.
If you do happen to have your heart set on a destination wedding, keep your guest count to a bare minimum and look for a place that offers green wedding packages. To find great eco-friendly hotels and accomodations check out EC3.
Wedding Favors – There are fabulous green favors to choose from and some websites where you can find them. I love the idea of planting a memory by planting a tree. There is even a website I found that has plan-table placecards and wedding invitations. You cannot get more environmentally friendly than that! Green Wedding Favors
Sarasota Caterer: Zest! Of Sarasota is Sarasota’s original green catering company.
Photographer: In addition to being digital, I try to make all my business decisions with green practices in mind. I have gone went completely digital and electronic by using electronic faxes, digital documents, even digital catalogs and magazine subscriptions. My Sarasota wedding photography company offers online digital proofs and they use recycled and recyclable papers and packaging when necessary. Look for businesses that work within “green” business perimeters.
Most of all, have fun and enjoy planning your Sarasota green wedding.
Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club has developed a reputation of being the areas premier wedding and event location. Set in the beautiful community of Lakewood Ranch, The Country Club has been exquisitely designed to accommodate everything from outdoor ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, baby showers, corporate meetings, holiday events, charity golf outings and much, much, more.
Several couples that I have recently photographed are planning to have their future wedding at the Club. Check out Jessie and Matt and Michael and Jessica’s engagement photo’s in my ‘Your Story’ column on my blog home page. You can follow their progress and see photo’s of their upcoming wedding at Lakewood Ranch.
I highly recommend this gorgeous setting for a “Want IT All Wedding: From the beginning, the loveliest bridal room for the entire wedding party to get ready in to the elegant 4,200 square foot grand ballroom which is designed with tasteful chandeliers, richly colored carpet and a balcony that overlooks the golf course, nature preserve, and fountain-filled lake. Scenic Fountains and lakes, decorative bridges and a great view of the Country Club from outside create a great back drops for amazing wedding photography. Contact the staff at Lakewood Ranch: http://www.lakewoodranchgolf.com/club/scripts/section/section.asp?NS=PWB
A Wedding gown hanging in the private bridal suite at Lakewood Ranch.
The most unusual floral bridal bouquet I have ever seen, designed by Tiger Lily florists of Sarasota.