Formal Elegant Sarasota Waterfront Wedding | Ca d’Zan at The Ringling Museum

TheXpos Bridal Show | Tampa Bay Wedding Show Feb 9, 2020

Haley and Robert’s luxurious Sarasota destination wedding brought their love story to life with breathtaking waterfront views and sophisticated modern charm. Embracing the stunning beauty of their historic venue, the North Carolina couple chose both an outdoor ceremony and reception to truly showcase the Venetian-inspired architecture of the Ca d’Zan.

“I usually have more of a boho style and thought my wedding would be the same, but we absolutely fell in love with our venue,” the bride gushed. “It just felt very Great Gatsby, and since we were going for more of a formal wedding; it was perfect. Since the venue is already so stunning on its own, we went with neutral colors so that all of the details and architecture could truly stand out.”

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As the blushing bride-to-be pieced together her fairytale celebration, she looked to Marry Me Tampa Bay’s Instagram for inspiration. Part of her checklist included finding a local wedding planner that had the experience and knowledge to help plan a destination wedding for 200 guests and hiring NK Productions Wedding Planning proved to be the perfect match.

“Since the venue was at a historic museum, there were a lot more rules to abide by, which meant we really needed someone who understood all the ins and outs. We really wanted someone who would communicate well since we were not going to be on-site for a lot of the planning and someone who knew the venue like the back of their hand,” Haley shared. “Hiring NK Productions Wedding Planning was the perfect move for us. The team went above and beyond from start to finish! We couldn’t have asked for more.”

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With a large bridal party, it was crucial to hire a beauty squad who could keep everyone on schedule, and with the help of Femme Akoi Beauty Studio, Haley and her bridesmaids achieved her “sleek, clean, and classic” look.

NK Productions recommended Femme Akoi Beauty Studio because they were great at keeping on schedule, and I had a really big bridal party,” the bride explained. “They did 16 people’s hair and makeup with time to spare and everyone looked great!”

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Feeling overjoyed with all of the love from their day of bliss, Haley and Robert will always hold a few special moments close to their hearts.

“It’s truly hard to pick out just one favorite memory from our big day since there were so many. A few that really stood out to us the most were our grandmas walking the aisle as our flower girls, our first look at Belvedere Tower since it was something out of a fairytale, and of course our first dance! We are both very bad dancers, but had a lot of fun with really just making it our own!” the bride reminisced.

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Navy Blue and White Wedding Invitation Suite

Navy Blue and White with Custom Watercolor Painting of Wedding Venue on Invitation

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Classic V Neckline Wedding Dress on Custom Bridal Last Name Hanger

Florida Bride Getting Ready Makeup Beauty Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

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Classic Bride Getting Ready Wedding Portrait with Open Back Wedding Dress

Bride on Staircase at Waterfront Sarasota Wedding Venue Ca d’Zan at The Ringling Museum

Bride in Classic Silhouette Open Back Wedding Dress on Staircase at Waterfront Sarasota Wedding Venue Ca d’Zan at The Ringling Museum | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Bride and Groom First Look Wedding Portrait at Sarasota Waterfront Wedding Venue Ca d’Zan at The Ringling Museum

Bride in Classic Silhouette Open Back Wedding Dress and Full Length Veil and Groom First Look Wedding Portrait at Sarasota Waterfront Wedding Venue Ca d’Zan at The Ringling Museum

INSTAGRAM Classic Bride and Groom on Majestic Outdoor Staircase at Waterfront Sarasota Wedding Venue Ca d’Zan at The Ringling Museum | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Classic Bride Holding White Orchids and Roses with Greenery Floral Bouquet and Bridesmaids in Neutral Cream Mix and Match Dresses Bridal Party Portrait

Classic Bride Holding White Orchids and Roses with Greenery Floral Bouquet and Bridesmaids in Neutral Champagne Cream Mix and Match Dresses Bridal Party Portrait at Sarasota Wedding Venue Ca d’Zan at The Ringling Museum | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio | Sarasota Wedding Planner NK Productions

What were your wedding hair and makeup inspiration?
Sleek, clean, and classic! Grace Kelly was my hair inspiration, and I wanted my makeup to look natural.

Our wedding planner recommended Femme Akoi Beauty Studio because they were great at keeping on schedule, and I had a really big bridal party. They did 16 people’s hair and makeup with time to spare and everyone looked great!

Historic Waterfront Sarasota Wedding Venue Ca d’Zan at The Ringling Museum

Sarasota Wedding Ceremony | Historic Sarasota Waterfront Wedding Ceremony at Venue Ca d’Zan at The Ringling Museum | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner NK Productions

What was your wedding theme?
I usually have more of a boho style and thought my wedding would be the same, but we absolutely fell in love with our venue. It just felt very Great Gatsby, and since we were going for more of a formal wedding; it was perfect. Since the venue is already so stunning on its own, we went with neutral colors so that all of the details and architecture could truly stand out.

Historic Sarasota Waterfront Wedding Venue Ca d’Zan at The Ringling Museum

Classic Elegant Navy Blue and White Script Wedding Programs

Bride in Classic Silhouette V Neckline Wedding Dress Holding White Orchids and Greenery Floral Bouquet Walking Down the Wedding Ceremony Aisle with Father | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner NK Productions | Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

INSTAGRAM Bride and Groom Exchanging Wedding Ceremony Vows Portrait at Sarasota Historic Wedding Venue Ca d’Zan at The Ringling Museum | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner NK Productions

Romantic Bride and Groom Kiss During Recessional Portrait, Bride in Full Length Veil Holding Classic White Orchids, Roses and Greenery Floral Bouquet in Classic Silhouette V Neckline Wedding Dress | Sarasota Historic Wedding Venue Ca d’Zan at The Ringling Museum | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner NK Productions | Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

The Proposal:
We went to Steamboat Springs, Colorado on a ski trip. Robert told me we were making a stop on the way to dinner, and he took me to this beautiful frozen waterfall. It had just snowed the night before so it looked like a winter wonderland!

Classic Elegant Waterfront Wedding Reception Decor, Long Feasting Tables and Round Tables with White Tablecloths, Navy Blue Linens, Gold Chairs and Low Floral Centerpieces | Sarasota Historic Wedding Venue Ca d’Zan at The Ringling Museum | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner NK Productions

Classic Elegant Waterfront Wedding Reception Decor, Long Feasting Tables and Round Tables with White Tablecloths, Navy Blue Linens, Gold Chairs and Low Floral Centerpieces | Sarasota Historic Wedding Venue Ca d’Zan at The Ringling Museum | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner NK Productions

What did you look for in a wedding planner?
A planner who was personable, knowledgable, and able to really be there since we live in North Carolina. Since the venue was at a historic museum, there were a lot more rules to abide by, which meant we really needed someone who understood all the ins and outs.

We really wanted someone who would communicate well since we were not going to be onsite for a lot of the planning and someone who knew the venue like the back of their hand. Hiring NK Productions Wedding Planning was the perfect move for us. The team went above and beyond from start to finish! We couldn’t have asked for more.

Classic Elegant Wedding Reception Decor, Round Tables with White Tablecloths and Navy Blue Linens, Gold Chairs, White and Greenery Floral Low Centerpieces | Sarasota Historic Waterfront Wedding Venue Ca d’Zan at The Ringling Museum | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner NK Productions

Classic Elegant Wedding Reception Decor, Round Tables with White Tablecloths and Navy Blue Linens, Gold Chairs, White and Greenery Floral Low Centerpieces | Sarasota Historic Waterfront Wedding Venue Ca d’Zan at The Ringling Museum | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner NK Productions

Classic Elegant Wedding Reception Decor, Round Tables with White Tablecloths and Navy Blue Linens, Gold Chairs, White and Greenery Floral Low Centerpieces | Sarasota Historic Waterfront Wedding Venue Ca d’Zan at The Ringling Museum | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner NK Productions

Classic Elegant Wedding Reception Decor, Round Tables with White Tablecloths and Navy Blue Linens, Gold Chairs, White and Greenery Floral Low Centerpieces | Sarasota Historic Waterfront Wedding Venue Ca d’Zan at The Ringling Museum | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner NK Productions

Classic Elegant Wedding Reception Decor, Low White Roses with Greenery Floral Centerpiece, Acrylic Gold Table Number, Gold Mercury Candle Votive | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner NK Productions

Four Tier Navy Blue Wedding Cake with Cascading White Flowers

INSTAGRAM Four Tier Navy Blue Wedding Cake with Cascading White and Gold Sugar Flowers

Florida Bride and Groom First Dance Wedding Portrait | Sarasota Historic Waterfront Wedding Reception Venue Ca d’Zan at The Ringling Museum | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner NK Productions

What advice would you give to other Sarasota couples?
For planning, identify your priorities early on and focus on those. As for the day of, my favorite piece of advice was to be a guest at your own wedding. All of the planning is done at that point so just sit back and enjoy the day!

Venue: Ca d’Zan at The Ringling Museum
Photography: Tiffani Jones Photography
Videography: Voila Cinematic
Planner: NK Productions Wedding *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Catering: Michael’s on East
Floral: Victoria Blooms
Stationery: Write On Sarasota
Wedding Cake: Cakes by Ron
Rentals: So Staged Event Rentals
Hair and Makeup: Femme Akoi Beauty Studio *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Band: Matt Winter Band
Lighting: Affairs in the Air
Wedding Dress: Sareh Nouri
Bridesmaids Dress: Dessy




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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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