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University Park Country Club Wedding

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Kevin and Jillians wedding was exceptionally colorful and fun. Lots of attention was paid to details, flowers, and the weather was glorious. Perfect day for a wedding and a perfect day for wedding photography.

University Park Wedding Photographer

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Jillian and Kevins wedding took place at the  University Park Country Club, in Sarasota Florida.

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Sarasota Wedding Photography in 2010

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

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This year will be a great year for a wedding in Sarasota. Venues have been upgraded, including the Hyatt and the Ringling Museum, some prices have been reduced because of the economic impact of property valuations, and everybody is ready for a good party!  I will be opening a new photography studio in downtown Sarasota soon, and there will be some great surprises at our grand opening.  We have some brand new cameras and lighting equipment for wedding, engagement, and portrait photography, as well as some new options for albums and wedding websites.

For couples looking for a memorable, individual and moving wedding, Sarasota is a destination offering elegant estates and stunning natural surrounds. Sarasota is also home to world-class resorts able to expertly weave together your wedding celebrations. Check out my recommendation page for venues, and many other wedding services.

See you at the wedding!

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Selby Gardens Wedding

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Selby Gardens – A beautiful spot in Sarasota for a wedding – with its beautiful tropical and subtropical backgrounds, bayfront access looking over Sarasota .  Sometimes the big question about your wedding is where in Selby Gardens should I have my wedding?  Weddings may be held anywhere on the grounds, from the broad expanse of the Schimmel Wedding Lawn and Pavillion to under the lush foliage of the banyan trees, to the tranquil and beautiful area beside Sarasota Bay. Here are some samples from a few weddings held there:

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With its beautiful tropical and subtropical plants, serene sunsets over Sarasota Bay, and its proximity to downtown Sarasota, Selby Gardens has become a favorite location for weddings. For brides and grooms, the most difficult decision is not whether to have their wedding at Selby Gardens, but rather where in the Gardens to have the wedding.

Summer Discounts: Hold your wedding and/or reception at the gardens during the months of June, July, August and September and receive 25% off the total rental.

Friday and Sunday Discounts: Hold your wedding and/or reception at the Gardens and receive a 20% discount off of the entire rental.


Wedding Options

Weddings may be held anywhere on the grounds. The most popular areas are the Schimmel Wedding Lawn and Pavilion and the Bayside Oak adjacent to the Mansion. Other areas include the Great Room by the Bay and the Mansion Museum.

Indoor receptions are generally held in the Great Room by the Bay and the Mansion. The Great Room by the Bay is a 3,600 square-foot room and it has 60-feet of glass windows facing west for spectacular bay and sunset views. It seats approximately 175 persons at round dinner tables or up to 250 people theater style. The Mansion will accommodate 45 guests for a sit down dinner or up to 75 for a cocktail reception.

Duration of Events

The following time periods are provided as part of the contract the day of your event unless previously approved by a Selby Gardens Manager.

  • Set up time (Receptions; 3 hours, Wedding Ceremony; 1 hour)
  • Wedding Rehearsals, 1 hour maximum
  • Wedding Ceremony, guest arrival to departure, 2 hours
  • Receptions, Parties, Dinners, etc., as noted on your contract
  • Dressing Rooms (if available after 3:00 p.m.), 2 hours prior to ceremony until 1 hour following ceremony
  • Cleanup, removal of decorations, caterer clean up, etc., 1 hour

Hyatt Weddings

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Sarasota Hyatt Weddings

At Hyatt, they believe there’s nothing more important than bringing people together in an unforgettable fashion for your wedding or commitment ceremony. Their professional staff will take care of every detail imaginable – from flowers to music to everything in between – and make your day a dream come true. Whether it’s a small, intimate gathering or a lavish affair, you’ll feel more than welcome with stunning facilities and idyllic settings.  Nestled near downtown and on the bay, the Sarasota Hyatt is a wonderful location for amazing wedding photography.

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Monday, November 30th, 2009




Word of mouth is always your safest bet when choosing a wedding florist. If the florist’s service and work come highly recommended, chances are they will do a good job for you. Do your research by going to bridal shows and looking at online pictures from each store’s web site and look around their shop. Try to answer the following questions:

  • Do you like the arrangements that you see in the shop’s displays?
    Do the flowers in the pictures look fresh or are the petal edges brown?
    Are the pictures dated or are they following the current trends?
    Is the designer willing to work with you or are they telling you that your idea won’t work?
  • Make sure you speak to the florist that will do your arrangements.
  • Do you feel comfortable with your florist?
  • Is your florist paying attention to you while you’re talking and does he/she seem interested?

When To Book Your Florist
Six months before your wedding is a good time to start your search. Book your florist approximately four months before your wedding date. You need to have your reception and ceremony sites picked out before you can hire a florist because you’ll need to know how many arrangements you’ll need and that the colors you pick don’t clash with the colors of your venue. You’ll also need to know what color your bridesmaids’ dresses are.

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