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Rochelle and Che’s intimate Sarasota wedding embraced the serene Florida coastline with a waterfront celebration nestled amongst hovering palm trees. Transforming their ballroom with blush pink details and lit candles, the bride and groom invited friends and family from all over to witness their winter nuptials.

“I didn’t necessarily have a particular theme in mind, however, I knew I wanted something classic and pretty,” the bride shared. “The colors were shades of pink and blush that I felt would look great against the greenspace of the ceremony venue.”

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After hiring Special Moments Event Planning, Rochelle felt more than confident to bring her vision to life with a wedding planner by her side.

“I wanted to be as hands-off as possible. Finding someone with experience and patience to plan our 55-person wedding with me as I narrowed down all of the options was something I knew I really needed. Trusting my planner was a huge step in the process of putting the pieces together and instead of overthinking anything; I let her choose things that really spoke to me,” Rochelle revealed. “Tammy seemed to really know what she was doing. She was extremely organized and well-connected. You could say she helped make wedding planning a breeze, especially since we planned the wedding in a little less than six months!”

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With the ceremony being one of the most important aspects of their day, the Tampa couple knew they wanted a Sarasota wedding officiant whom they felt a deep connection with.

“Grace from A Wedding with Grace was exactly what we were looking for. She was so warm and took the time to answer all of our questions over the phone,” Rochelle beamed. “It was also a plus her values seemed to align with ours. She really took the time to get to know us and made sure our ceremony was personalized to our love story.”

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Forever cherishing their classic, picturesque wedding day, the bride and groom will never forget the butterflies they felt when they finally said, “I do.”

“Everything about our wedding was stunning,” Rochelle gushed. “After months of planning, the most special moment was finally getting to recite our vows to each other. That was everything!”

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The Proposal:
We flew to San Francisco for a “weekend getaway,” and Che popped the question in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. He even arranged for a photographer to capture the entire thing.

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What did you look for in a wedding planner?
I wanted to be as hands-off as possible. Finding someone with experience and patience to plan our 55-person wedding with me as I narrowed down all of the options was something I knew I really needed.

Tammy from Special Moments Event Planning seemed to really know what she was doing. She was extremely organized and well-connected. You could say she helped make wedding planning a breeze, especially since we planned the wedding in a little less than six months!

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How would you describe your theme?
I didn’t necessarily have a particular theme in mind, however, I knew I wanted something classic and pretty. Trusting my planner was a huge step in the process of putting the pieces together and instead of overthinking anything, I let her choose things that really spoke to me.

What were your colors?
Shades of pink and blush that complemented the greenspace of the ceremony venue.

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What did you look for in a wedding officiant?
A nice voice! Also, someone with a lot of experience as well as someone we could form a deep connection with.

Grace from A Wedding with Grace was exactly what we were looking for. She was so warm and took the time to answer all of our questions over the phone. It was also a plus that her values seemed to align with ours. Grace really took the time to get to know us and made sure our ceremony was personalized to our love story.

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What advice would you give to other Sarasota couples?
Don’t feel pressured into making decisions to make others happy. If you, as a couple, are happy, it will pour into every aspect of your wedding day!

Ceremony and Reception Venue, Caterer & Cake: Ritz Carlton Sarasota
Photographer/Videographer: Visual Muse Studio
Planner: Special Moments Event Planning *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Florist: Apple Blossoms Floral Design
DJ: DJ Felix Event Productions
Officiant: A Wedding with Grace *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Invitations: Minted Weddings
Dress: The White Magnolia Tampa
Hair & Makeup: Imago Dei By Milan




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Marry Me Tampa Bay editor, Anna Coats, created Marry Me Tampa Bay in 2012 to showcase the area's best local weddings and vendors. She has been featured as a wedding expert on the national talkshow Daytime, Fox13, ABC Action News, Great Day Tampa Bay, and Bay News 9 (now Spectrum).

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