Alex and Rick's outdoor Sarasota wedding featured a luxurious lawn ceremony near the marina of Longboat Key. Highlighting their vibrant color palette, the couple envisioned a night of entertainment with a full band, live event painter, and a coffee cart to ensure their guests had plenty of energy to keep the party going.
“My husband and I are both very laid back,” the bride shared. “We like things to be organized and not stressful so we made sure to keep that theme all throughout planning and the actual wedding day.”
The Tampa couple had family ties to The Resort at Longboat Key Club and knew it would be the perfect setting for their February wedding. The Harbourside Ballroom offered the perfect amount of versatility for the couple's vision.
“I wanted the reception to be indoors so that was important. I also wanted there to be nice spots to take wedding photos,” the bride revealed. “My grandparents used to have a boat at the Longboat Key Club, and we have been going there since I was young. I loved the venue and the memories it provided.”
The ceremony took place on the Harborside Lawn which overlooked the same marina Alex visited as a child. Their chuppah featured light white linens accentuated by a triadic floral design with pink, orange, and red flowers. The vibrant colors popped against the lush green palm tree backdrop.
“The most important aspects to us were the flowers, the venue looking nice, and our friends and family having a great time. I love florals and darker colors so that was my goal,” the bride explained. “Our colors were jewel tones. I saw photos from another wedding that used jewel tones, and I really liked them.”
The reception featured dark jewel tones that dazzled in the natural lighting of the ballroom. The couple's 150 guests enjoyed the fine dining experience Longboat Key Club is revered for, with a custom dinner menu of Petite Filet and Grilled Gulf Caught Grouper. For dessert, the six-tiered wedding cake showcased a cascading floral design creating a statement cake that was almost too pretty to eat.
While the couple wanted to ensure their friends and family had a wonderful experience, it was becoming husband and wife that created the most precious memory.
“Marrying my husband [was the most memorable moment],” Alex beamed. “Our wedding fell pretty much one weekend before the world shut down for COVID so we felt very fortunate to have it when we did.”
What did you look for in a wedding venue?
I wanted the reception to be indoors so that was important. I also wanted there to be nice spots to take wedding photos.
My grandparents used to have a boat at The Resort at Longboat Key Club, and we have been going there since I was young. I loved the venue and the memories it provided.
Where did you spend your honeymoon?
St. Lucia. It was beautiful and we wanted to be on a beach somewhere at a resort.
Where did you host your bachelorette party?
Gatlinburg. I wanted a chill weekend with my friends in a cabin. We explored, went to a haunted house, Dave and Busters, wineries, and ate a lot!
How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
I love florals and darker colors so that was my goal.
What were your colors?
Jewel tones. I saw photos from another wedding that used jewel tones, and I really liked them.
Which vendors really exceeded your expectations?
Our florist was absolutely amazing. They did such a good job from day one until the wedding. I cannot recommend them enough.
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Resort at Longboat Key Club *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Venue
Photographer: Salvador Robles Photography
Planner: NK Productions
Florist: Flowers by Fudgie
Rentals: US Tent Rental, Linens by the Sea, Swanky Soiree Events
Cake: Cakes by Ron
Music: Phase 5 Band
Officiant: Rabbi Katz
Transportation: SRQ Trolley
Coffee Cart: Out & About Coffee
Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.
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