Luxurious Destination Courtyard Sarasota Wedding | Ringling Museum
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Luxurious Destination Courtyard Sarasota Wedding | Ringling Museum

Karley and Chad's destination luxurious Sarasota wedding featured a neutral palette and lush flora befitting the grandiose garden setting at one of the most sought-after venues in the Suncoast. Curated gold details, from the place settings to the cake accents, elevated the celebration for a glamorous feel.

“I have been coming to Sarasota since I was born. I have always wanted to get married down here, so when it came time I knew Sarasota was it. My parents now live on Longboat Key, which made the planning so much easier!” the bride shared. “I wanted our wedding to have a dramatic yet chic vibe. The Ringling is such a grand venue that I wanted the décor to mimic that and bring in the modern glam. Chad and I both have modern taste, and I have always been all about the glam. We stuck with neutral tones. The flowers were all white with touches of big greens. Gold was our accent color and the chairs that we got were so stunning it really tied in the whole look!”

The Chicago couple prioritized classic photography that could stand the test of time and were referred to the seasoned team at Limelight Photography based on their extensive portfolio and outstanding reputation.

“I wanted someone who could capture the drama and create really crisp timeless photos. I didn’t want anything dark or a reflection of the current trend because these photos were going to be around forever,” Karley reasoned. “Limelight Photography came highly recommended. Their work is so classic and timeless. All of our photos were really sharp and captured the glam of the whole day. They were great.”

The bride and groom chose a beautiful historic museum as their wedding venue which offered a beautiful garden courtyard backdrop for their 165 guests.

“The location [made our wedding unique]. Most of our guests had never been to the Ringling Museum before so that was really cool,” the bride revealed.

Karley turned to A&P Design Co. to guide them through the invitation and stationery design process and to create paper pieces with timeless elegance.

“We were all over the place, but we knew we wanted orchids to play a role because that was the main flower. I also wanted a very formal invite to match the vibe. Alicia, the owner of A&P Design Co., came highly recommended. She had done work at the Ringling previously, and she did really high-end work. She made our vision come to life and also gave her opinions which were appreciated,” the bride raved.

Seeing the space transformed from an empty garden to their wedding reception made for an unforgettable moment for the couple.

“Walking into the venue for the first time was really breathtaking,” Karley recalled. “The band was warming up when I walked in and was playing our first dance song so it was really cool.”

Black and White Luxurious Letter Press Formal Wedding Invitation | Tampa Bay Wedding Stationery A&P Design Co | Sarasota Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Custom Photo Save the Date Wedding Stationery | Tampa Wedding Stationery A&P Design Co | Sarasota Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Black and White Luxurious Letter Press Formal Wedding Invitation | Tampa Bay Wedding Stationery A&P Design Co | Sarasota Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

What was your wedding stationery design inspiration?

We were all over the place, but we knew we wanted orchids to play a role because that was the main flower. I also wanted a very formal invite to match the vibe.

Alicia, the owner of A&P Design Co., came highly recommended. She had done work at the Ringling previously, and she did really high-end work. She made our vision come to life and also gave her opinions which were appreciated.

Emerald Diamond Engagement Ring, Crossover Diamond Bride Wedding Ring, Yellow Gold Groom Wedding Ring | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Luxurious Modern Bride Wearing monogram White and Black Robe Getting Wedding Ready | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Luxurious Modern Bride Getting Wedding Makeup | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Luxurious Modern Bride with Mother Getting Pronovias Wedding Dress On | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Luxurious Modern Bride and Father First Look Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Luxurious Modern Bride and Bridesmaids in Matching Champagne Dresses First Look Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

What did you look for in a rehearsal dinner location?
Most of our guests were staying at The Resort at Longboat Key Club. We are also members there, so we had a lot of time to plan and think about the dinner. The service was great because our planner recommended extra staff and made sure they knew our expectations. Everything went great!

Luxurious Modern Chic Bride Portrait | Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Luxurious Modern Chic Bride Beauty Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Luxurious Modern Bride Holding All White Orchid Floral Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Luxurious Modern Chic Bride and Bridesmaids in Matching Champagne Dresses | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography | Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum
Luxurious Modern Chic Bride and Bridesmaids in Matching Champagne Dresses | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography | Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum
Luxurious Modern Chic Black and White Beauty Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Luxurious Modern Wedding, Groom and Groomsmen in Black Tuxedos | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography | Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum
Luxurious Modern Groom Wearing Black Tuxedo and Bowtie | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Luxurious Modern Black and White Letter Press Half Folded Wedding Programs | Tampa Bay Wedding Stationery A&P Design Co | Sarasota Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Luxurious Modern Chic Wedding Stationery, No Phones and Cameras Sign for Wedding Ceremony Decor | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Luxurious Modern Outdoor Courtyard Wedding Ceremony Decor, White and Gold Wedding Chairs | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer | Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum
Luxurious Modern Chic Wedding Ceremony Decor, White Pedestals with Lush White Hydrangeas and Roses with Greenery Floral Arrangements | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography | Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum
Luxurious Modern Chic Outdoor Courtyard Wedding Ceremony Decor, White Pedestal with Lush White Hydrangeas, Roses and Greenery Floral Arrangement, White and Gold Chairs | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography | Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum
Luxurious Modern Chic Wedding Ceremony Decor, White and Gold Chairs | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Luxurious Modern Outdoor Courtyard Wedding Ceremony Decor, White and Gold Wedding Chairs | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer | Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum
Luxurious Modern Chic Bride and Father Walking Down the Wedding Ceremony Aisle, Black and White Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

The Proposal:
Chad proposed on our rooftop in Chicago on his birthday. Just the two of us and a photographer, and I was stunned!

Bride and Groom Exchanging Wedding Vows, Luxurious Modern Outdoor Courtyard Wedding Ceremony Decor, White and Gold Wedding Chairs | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer | Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum
Bride and Groom Exchanging Wedding Vows, Luxurious Modern Outdoor Courtyard Wedding Ceremony Decor, White and Gold Wedding Chairs | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer | Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum
Luxurious Modern Chic Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
One thing that was important to Chad was his tux, which was stunning. We had it made by Enzo Custom in Chicago (which is where he gets all of his suits made) He wanted something that stood out, something different but not obnoxious. When we were picking out the fabric, we saw it and instantly picked it; it was perfect!

Similarly, for me, it was all about the dress. I looked at thousands of gowns and my mom and I went all over the country looking for “the one.” We were not stopping until it was the perfect gown. The dress was me, modern but classically chic. The bow was so dramatic and big that it really was breathtaking. Because our venue is so big, we extended the train so there was so much drama going on. It was really cool. 

Luxurious Modern Chic Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography | Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum
Luxurious Modern Chic Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography | Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum
Luxurious Modern Chic Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait Inside Art Gallery | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography | Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?

I wanted someone who could capture the drama and create really crisp timeless photos. I didn't want anything dark or a reflection of the current trend because these photos were going to be around forever. 

Limelight Photography came highly recommended. Their work is so classic and timeless. All of our photos were really sharp and captured the glam of the whole day. They were great.

Luxurious Modern Chic Bride Wearing Pronovias Wedding Dress with Bow Wedding Portrait in Art Gallery at Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Luxurious Modern Chic Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait in Art Gallery at Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Where did you spend your honeymoon?
We went to Italy. Rome, Siena, and Florence, and it was over the top. We both had never been to Italy, and it was high on our list. Stunning and very romantic!

Where did you host your bachelorette party?
Miami, because I love Miami… and it's Miami, enough said :)

Luxurious Modern Chic Wedding Reception Decor, Mirror Seating Chart | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Luxurious Modern Chic Wedding Reception Courtyard Wedding Decor, Purple Uplighting, Gold and White Chairs, Black and White Checkered Dance Floor | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photographer | Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum
Luxurious Modern Chic Courtyard Wedding Reception Courtyard Wedding Decor, Purple Uplighting, Gold and White Chairs, Black and White Checkered Dance Floor | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photographer | Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum
Luxurious Modern Chic Wedding Reception Decor, White and Gold Chairs, Tall Lush White Orchids, Roses, Hydrangeas and Greenery Floral Centerpiece | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Luxurious Modern Chic Wedding Reception Decor, Clear Tall Candle Chandelier Centerpiece | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Luxurious Modern Chic Wedding Reception Guest Favor | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Luxurious Modern Chic Courtyard Wedding Reception Courtyard Wedding Decor, Purple Uplighting, Gold and White Chairs, Black and White Checkered Dance Floor | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photographer | Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum
Luxurious Modern Chic Wedding Reception Decor Wedding Party Head Table, Champagne Table Linen, White and Gold Chairs, Purple Uplighting, White and Greenery Floral Centerpieces | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography | Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum
Luxurious Modern Chic Courtyard Wedding Reception Courtyard Wedding Decor, Purple Uplighting, Gold and White Chairs, Black and White Checkered Dance Floor | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photographer | Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum
Luxurious Modern Chic Wedding Reception Decor Wedding Party Head Table, Champagne Table Linen, White and Gold Chairs, Purple Uplighting, White and Greenery Floral Centerpieces | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography | Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?

I wanted our wedding to have a dramatic yet chic vibe. The Ringling is such a grand venue that I wanted the decor to mimic that and bring in the modern glam. Chad and I both have modern taste and I have always been all about the glam. 

What were your colors?

We stuck with neutral tones. The flowers were all white with touches of big greens. Gold was our accent color and the chairs that we got were so stunning they really tied in the whole look! 

Three Tier White and Wedding Cake with White Sugar Flowers Cascading | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Luxurious Modern Chic Wedding Entertainment Live Painter | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Luxurious Modern Chic Wedding Entertainment Live Painter | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Luxurious Modern Chic Bride and Groom Private Dance on Black and White Checkered Floor | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography | Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum

Which vendors really exceeded your expectations?
Our wedding planner was hands down the best decision we ever made. Her whole team went above and beyond for us and really made the experience over the top.

What advice would you give to other Sarasota couples?
Spend time with your new husband/ wife on your wedding day. It's so easy to separate at the reception; you get pulled in to so many different directions but stay together!

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