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Beth and Ben’s whimsical Bradenton wedding was a vision of modern-day beauty with charming rustic details, loads of personality, and a gorgeous color palette of dusty blue, gray and white.

“Our wedding theme was elegant, with subtle hints of rustic charm,” the bride shared. “We chose this theme to keep the ambiance airy and romantic with little elements that truly represented our love and the things that mean the most to us.”

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Searching for a local wedding planner who had a creative eye and an outgoing personality, the Bradenton bride and groom chose Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events.

“When looking for a wedding planner we wanted someone who wouldn’t try to push their ideas on us. We needed someone who was creative, organized and approachable,” the bride explained. “We chose Kelly because she had planned one of our close friend’s weddings a few months before and did an amazing job. The day of our wedding, Kelly ensured things flowed effortlessly. We didn’t feel stressed at all because we knew she had it handled! She truly exceeded our expectations and made our day better than we could have ever imagined!”

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Choosing a wedding photographer who could capture every special moment from their big day was important and after researching a handful in the area, the couple chose Lifelong Photography Studios.

“We were really looking for someone who would listen to our vision was and provide us all the little details that made up our big day,” the bride gushed. “Lifelong did a great job from start to finish. Our pictures turned out beautiful, and we will forever cherish getting to look back at them forever.”

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Being that the bride is from Kentucky, the pair made sure to showcase sweet personal touches that incorporated her home state for her 130 guests.

“I am from Kentucky, and both Ben and I love bourbon. We incorporated a fun bourbon theme into our wedding through the use of a bourbon barrel head in lieu of a guestbook,” the bride shared. “As for our signature drink, we called it ‘the Sadie’, after our dog and made sure it had plenty of bourbon!”

Reminiscing of the day they tied the knot, Beth will always cherish her time with Ben.

“One of the most memorable moments of our day was probably the first look because it was just the two of us. It’s always such an intimate moment getting to be with just your partner before walking down the aisle,” the bride beamed. “Aside from spending time together, having all our family and friends there to celebrate made it a day we will never forget!”

Rustic Romantic Dusty Blue Floral Painted Wedding Invitation with Wax Seal | Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

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Romantic Lace V Neckline Fitted with Straps Wedding Dress | Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

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Tampa Bay Bride in Lace Wedding Dress Holding White, Ivory Roses, Green Hydrangeas, Succulents, and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Floral Bouquet | Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Tampa Bay Bride in Lace Off the Shoulder Fitted Wedding Dress with Something Blue Suede Pointed Shoes Holding White, Ivory, Succulent and Greenery Floral Bouquet | Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Florida Bride and Groom First Look Wedding Portrait, Bride in Lace Off the Shoulder Fitted Fitted Wedding Dress and Something Blue Suede Pointed Shoes Holding White, Ivory and Greenery Floral Bouquet | Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

The Proposal:
Ben proposed at our house before dinner one night. Our dog was there and we have spent a lot of time gutting and remodeling our home. It was perfect. Just us! I was totally surprised!

Tampa Bay Bride and Groom Side by Side Holding Hands Wedding Portrait, Groom in Grey Suit with White Tie, Bride in Lace Fitted Off the Shoulder Wedding Dress Holding White, Ivory and Greenery Floral Bouquet | Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
We were looking for someone who would listen to our vision and capture every special moment from our big day.

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We were really looking for someone who would listen to our vision was and provide us all the little details that made up our big day. Lifelong Photography Studios did a great job from start to finish. Our pictures turned out beautiful and we will forever cherish getting to look back at them forever.

Romantic Intimate Bride and Groom with Dog Kissing, Bride Holding White, Ivory, Succulent and Greenery Floral Bouquet | Sarasota Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events

Tampa Bay Bride and Bridesmaids in Mix and Match Dusty Blue Dresses Holding White Floral Bouquets | Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Elegant Rustic Wedding Ceremony Decor, Silver Chiavari Chairs with White Sash and Greenery Leaf Garland and Ivory Roses | Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events

Elegant Rustic Outdoor Courtyard Wedding Ceremony Decor, Silver Chiavari Chairs, Chalkboard Welcome Sign, Greenery Garland and Ivory Roses on Aisle Chairs with White Sashes | Sarasota Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Bradenton Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events | Wedding Venue Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

What did you look for in a wedding planner?
When looking for a wedding planner we wanted someone who wouldn’t try to push their ideas on us, was creative, organized and someone we could just sit down with and have a conversation with like an old friend. This was definitely Kelly!

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Book with confidence. Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events is a trusted Marry Me Tampa Bay preferred wedding pro. Powered by ConvertKit

We chose Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events because Kelly had planned one of our close friend’s weddings a few months before and did an amazing job. The day of our wedding, Kelly ensured things flowed effortlessly. We didn’t feel stressed at all because we knew she had it handled! She truly exceeded our expectations and made our day better than we could have ever imagined

Elegant Rustic Wedding Ceremony, Bride and Groom Exchanging Vows in Courtyard | Sarasota Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Bradenton Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events | Wedding Venue Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

Outdoor Courtyard Rustic Elegant Wedding Reception Decor, Round Tables with Pale Blue Linens, Silver Chiavari Chairs, Low White and Greenery Floral Centerpieces | Sarasota Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Bradenton Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events | Wedding Venue Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

Rustic Elegant Wedding Reception Decor, Wooden Sweetheart Table with White Table Runner, Greenery, White, Ivory Floral Arrangements and Centerpiece | Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Wedding Venue Bishop Museum of Science and Nature | Sarasota Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events

How would you describe your theme?
Our wedding theme was elegant, with subtle hints of rustic charm. We chose this theme to keep the ambiance airy and romantic with little elements that truly represented our love and the things that mean the most to us.

What were your colors?
Dusty blue and gray. Blue is my favorite color, but I wanted to keep it romantic and not too bold.

Rustic Elegant Wedding Reception Decor, Antique Vintage Style Silver Charger, Dusty Blue Linen, Personalized Slate Seating Place Card | Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events

Tampa Bay Bride and Groom at Sweetheart Table Courtyard Wedding Reception Portrait, Wooden Table with Rustic Elegant Greenery, White, and Ivory Floral Arrangements | Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events | Wedding Venue Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

Rustic Elegant Wedding Reception Courtyard Decor, Round Tables with Dusty Pale Blue Linens, Silver Chiavari Chairs, Low Floral Centerpieces | Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Wedding Venue Bishop Museum of Science and Nature | Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events

Rustic Elegant Wedding Reception Decor, Greenery Garland, Blue Goblet Glass, White Hydrangea Floral Arrangement | Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events

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What advice would you give to other Sarasota area couples?
I would highly recommend a wedding planner. It makes your life much less stressful!

Venue: Bishop Museum of Science and Nature
Photographer: Lifelong Photography Studios *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Planner: Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Florist: Oneco Florist
Caterer: Sarasota Catering Company
Rentals: US Tent Rental and The Copper Acorn
Cake: Cakes by Ron
DJ: Total Entertainment by Matt Winter: The Josh Carroll Band
Officiant: “I Do” Ceremonies by Lauren Crowley
Invitations: Minted
Dress Shop: Something Blue Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dress Shop: David’s Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Christie Clark




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