Elegant, Tropical Destination Sarasota Wedding | The Resort at Longboat Key Club

 

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Brittany and Gregory’s destination Sarasota wedding focused on food and guest experience for the outdoor elegant affair.

“My theme was an elegant, classy, and somewhat tropical theme. I chose a variety of greenery for my flowers because I love the outdoors,” the bride shared. “Our colors were gold, navy, and dusty rose. Gold was the accent, the navy was the suits that the guys wore, and the girls wore dusty rose.”

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Visiting Sarasota is an annual tradition for the Cincinnati couple who turned to Marry Me Tampa Bay to research wedding venues.

“I reached out to Marry Me Tampa Bay about some different venue options,” Brittany explained. “We chose Sarasota for our wedding because we vacation there every summer. I have been going to the area for 31 years for family vacations and it is like a second home to me. The fact that we were able to get about 100 of our closest family and friends to travel to Florida for our destination wedding made it very unique.”

When choosing a Sarasota wedding venue, uniqueness, outdoor space, and an intimate setting were top priorities for the bride and groom.

“We loved The Resort at Longboat Key Club once we saw it. It was actually the first and only venue that we visited. We love the atmosphere that it gave off as far as a vacation for our guests, the proximity to the beach, and the convenience of the resort amenities for everyone,” the bride gushed. “We found that their service was absolutely wonderful, and the wedding venue coordinator and her team made it a very successful event. Most of the vendors we found were suggested by the Longboat Key Club wedding coordinator Ayla Goggin.”

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Looking back, some of Brittany’s favorite memories from throughout the day, including her ceremony, portraits, and reception.

“Our most memorable moment was when we were married in the church which was Saint Martha’s in downtown Sarasota. Another very memorable moment was when we were able to get onto someone’s yacht to take our wedding pictures,” the bride reminisced. “At the reception, it was wonderful to be surrounded by all your closest family and friends for a night all about you and your husband. We also could never forget when the golf course sprinklers came on for a split second. Thankfully no decor was ruined, and it is considered good luck to rain on your wedding day!”

Destination Sarasota Florida Beach Wedding

Round Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring and Bride Diamond Wedding Band, Organic Garden White, Ivory, Purple, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Greenery Bridal Floral Bouquet

White Cap Sleeve Beaded with Keyhole Open Back Christina Wu Wedding Dress

Mother of the Bride and Bridesmaids in Matching Dusty Rose Long Dresses Wedding Portrati

Florida Bride in Fitted White Cap Sleeve High Neckline Christina Wu Wedding Dress Holding Garden Organic White, Ivory, Purple Roses, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus and Greenery Floral Bouquet Wedding Portrait

White and Navy Blue Font Classy Elegant Wedding Program

Sarasota Traditional Wedding Ceremony Venue St. Martha Catholic Church

Groom Watching Bride Walking Down the Wedding Ceremony Aisle Portrait, Bride with Father Holding Garden Organic White, Ivory, Purple and Greenery Floral Bouquet | Sarasota Traditional Wedding Venue St. Martha Catholic Church

Bride and Groom Exchanging Vows During Traditional Wedding Ceremony | Sarasota Wedding Venue St. Martha Catholic Church

The Proposal:
Greg proposed when we were out on a date night on December 16, 2017. He did it in our hotel room before we had dinner. It was a very private proposal for just the two of us.

Florida Bride Wearing Fitted White and Cap Sleeve Keyhole Open Back Wedding Dress and Groom Holding Hands Walking Down Dock During Sunset

Sarasota Bride and Groom Kissing Wedding Portrait on Dock

Tampa Bay Bride in White Fitted High Neckline Cap Sleeve Christina Wu Wedding Dress Holding Garden Organic White, Ivory, Purple and Greenery Floral Bouquet with Bridesmaids in Matching Dusty Rose Dresses on the Beach Wedding Portrait

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
Elegant, classy, and somewhat tropical. I chose a variety of greenery for my flowers because I love the outdoors.

What were your colors?
Gold, navy, and dusty rose. Gold was the accent, the navy was the suits that the guys wore, and the girls wore dusty rose.

Sarasota Bride and Groom Intimate Wedding Portrait on the Beach with Organic Garden White, Ivory, Purple and Greenery Floral Bouquet | Venue The Resort at Longboat Key Club

Tropical, Classic, Florida Inspired Wedding Reception Decor, Gold Guestbook Frame on Custom Wooden Box, Beach Photo Postcards

Tropical, Classy Elegant Wedding Reception Decor, Round Tables with White Tablecloths, Gold Chiavari Chairs, Low Purple, Greenery Floral Centerpieces | Sarasota Wedding Venue The Resort at Longboat Key Club

Tropical Classic Elegant Wedding Reception Decor, Sweetheart Table with Sparkle Gold Linen, White and Greenery Floral Arrangement and Gold Chiavari Chairs with White Sheer Draping and Golf Course Backdrop | Sarasota Wedding Venue The Resort at Longboat Key Club

What did you look for in a wedding venue?
Uniqueness, outdoors, and an intimate setting. Food was important.

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We loved The Resort at Longboat Key Club once we saw it. It was actually the first and only venue that we visited. We love the atmosphere that it gave off as far as a vacation for our guests, the proximity to the beach, and the convenience of the resort amenities for everyone. We chose food stations because we both like to think of ourselves as “foodies” and love to try a variety of things. We found that their service was absolutely wonderful, and the wedding venue coordinator and her team made it a very successful event. Most of the vendors we found were suggested by the Longboat Key Club wedding coordinator Ayla Goggin.

Tropical Classic Elegant Wedding Reception Decor, Custom Tropical Leaves Menu, White Linens, Tall Hurricane Glass Floating Candle, Low White Flowers in Round Clear Vase and Table Number

Tropical Classic Elegant Wedding Reception Decor, Round Tables with White Tablecloths, Gold Chiavari Chairs, Low White Floral Centerpieces, Hanging Wooden Branch Wreath with White Wisteria Flowers | Sarasota Wedding Venue The Resort at Longboat Key Club

Classic Elegant One Tier White and Gold Wedding Cake with Real Purple and Ivory Roses with Gold Letter Initial Cake Topper and Cupcake Tower Assortment

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
I would suggest that you do research prior to choosing any of your vendors. I also highly suggest reading reviews for each vendor and venue locations. Usually, people are pretty honest about their reviews. The planning process is sometimes stressful but it is also a lot of fun and chances are you will never do this type of planning again in your lifetime. So make the most of it and roll with the punches.

Ceremony Venue: St. Martha Catholic Church
Reception Venue and Caterer: The Resort at Longboat Key Club *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Venue
Photographer: Corner House Photography
Planner/Rentals: Swanky Soirée
Florist: Flowers By Fudgie
Cake: Cakes by Ron
DJ: DeLair Entertainment
Officiant: Father Fausto Stampiglia
Invitations: Shutterfly
Transportation: Siesta Trolley Inc.
Dress: Christina Wu Brides, Morilee




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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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