Neutral Outdoor Ivory and Gold Siesta Key Beach Destination Wedding


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Kim and Kyle’s Siesta Key Beach wedding featured a romantic, ethereal theme with lush greenery and a soft color palette that complemented the bride and groom’s beautiful destination nuptials.

“We truly wanted a celebration where we not only came together in marriage, but our families came together as well, and we definitely succeeded,” the bride beamed. “Our vision was a classic, romantic wedding with natural muted hues of ivory, gold, blush, navy, and greenery. We wanted simplistic elegance.”


The Missouri couple incorporated personal details such as wine glass favors and wine with the same maiden name as that of the bride; they included the details that mattered most and nixed things that didn’t fit their personality.

“The most important feature of our wedding planning was to keep the celebration fun and intimate. We skipped formal intros at the reception and the garter/bouquet toss,” Kim explained.

When it came to hiring a Sarasota wedding photographer, Kim chose one of the area’s most seasoned veterans.

“We splurged on our photographer, Cat Pennenga Photography! She is the best!” the bride gushed.


Looking back on their wedding day, the couple experienced many memorable moments that left a lasting impression.

“We had our first look at the Ringling Museum’s Ca’ d’Zan tower overlooking the bay. Kyle was there waiting for me. We locked eyes for the first time all dressed in our wedding ensembles and both teared up a bit and finally exhaled,” the bride reminisced. “While we had so much taking photos with our closest friends and family, the ceremony was absolutely a highlight of the day! I would relive Kyle telling me his vows every day! It was as though no one else was there. Though, all the guests were dropping tears right along with me.”White Wedding Dress with Lace Bodice Hanging in Front of Blue/Teal Door | Venue Sunset Beach Resort

Bride's Gold Rhinestone Beaded Sandals on Top Lace Veil

Bride Getting Ready Photo in White Wedding Dress with Bridesmaid in Blush Pink Dress Helping Bride Put on Shoes

Bridal Portrait of Bride Putting on Earring with Hair Down and Wavy Wearing Flower Headpiece

Bride and Groom Ringling Museum's Ca' d'Zan First Look Photo Groom Wearing Blue Suit and Bride in Floor Length White Wedding Dress and Hair Down | Sarasota Wedding Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography

Bride and Groom Ringling Museum's Ca' d'Zan Waterfront Wedding Portrait | Sarasota Wedding Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography

Bride and Groom Ringling Museum's Ca' d'Zan Waterfront Wedding Portrait | Sarasota Wedding Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography

Bride and Groom Ringling Museum's Ca' d'Zan Waterfront Wedding Portrait | Sarasota Wedding Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography

Bridesmaid in Blush Pink Bridesmaid Dress Holding Bouquet with Blush Pink Rose and White Roses and Greenery

Bridal Party Bridesmaids Sandy Beach Feet with Bead Foot Jewelry on White Sand Wearing Blush Pink Bridesmaid Dresses and Bride in White Wedding Dress

Square Elegant Wedding Invitation with Gold Border and Script Font Laying on Beachy Sand

Siesta Key Beach Florida Outdoor Ceremony Setup with Gold Chiavari Chairs White, Pink and green Bouquets on Shepherd Hooks Lined Down the Aisle with Greenery Accented Wedding Arch on Sandy White Beach

Wedding Arch Outdoors of Greenery Leaves Accented with White Flowers and Orange Berries on White Draping

Bride and Groom First Kiss with Ceremony Greenery and White Flower Accented Wedding Arch with White Draping | Outdoor Siesta Key Beach Sarasota Wedding | Cat Pennenga Photography

The Proposal:
It was a rainy Saturday, two days after Kyle’s birthday. We had plans to check out the Lantern Festival at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Kyle asked if I was still interested in going even if it was raining. Of course I wanted to go, even if I had to wear my rain boots! The weather started to clear up while I was getting ready, so I decided to wear a dress. Kyle seemed pleased, but I didn’t think anything of it. We arrived at the Lantern Festival and started exploring. I immediately wanted to stop and start taking photos, but Kyle reminded me we would want photos when the lanterns were all lit up. We started walking past a secret garden off to the side, where a few people were just leaving. There was a young lady in rain boots taking a photo of a beautiful pink rose, and I started thinking, “That will be such a beautiful photo! Color really pops after it rains.” I noticed a throne-like settee at the far end of the garden, so of course I had to sit on it. Kyle asked if I felt like a princess, and I sure did. He then guided me over to a pool directly in the center of the garden, turned to me and said, “Kim.” My initial reaction was to say back, “Yes, Kyle”, but the glistening in his eyes, motioning to his pocket, and then getting down on one knee, put the thought to a halt, and the question never reached my lips. The entire time he was speaking, I was trying so diligently to listen and hang onto every word, and somehow all I can remember is “I love you,” and “Will you marry me?” Off to the side of us, I could hear someone snapping photographs. She was the one wearing rain boots taking the photo of the beautiful rose. Then it occurred to me. He planned this! He knew all day! I couldn’t have been more surprised or happy. We were both so caught up in the moment, Kyle even asked me if I had said yes!Bride in Floor Length White Wedding Dress Holding White and Pink Bouquet Kissing Groom in Blue Suit with Banyan Tree Backdrop | Sarasota Wedding Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography

Bride and Groom's Wedding Portrait Wearing Beaded Beach Sandals and Brown Dress Shoes

Bride Wearing White Beaded Lace Bodice with Ribbon Belt Wedding Dress Holding Pink Peonies, White Flowers, Greenery and Dusty Miller Bouquet and Groom Holding Brides Waist

Bride and Groom Kissing Under White Draped Arch Accented with Greenery and White Flowers | Siesta Key Beach Wedding | Sarasota Wedding Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography

Groom Kissing Bride on Forehead During Sunset on Siesta Key Beach Wedding Portrait with Hair Wavy and Down | Sarasota Wedding Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography

Bride and Groom Showing Gold Wedding Rings

Florida Bride and Groom Kissing During Sunset on Siesta Key Beach with Sailboat in Background Wedding Portrait | Photographer: Cat Pennenga Photography

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
We splurged on our photographer, Cat Pennenga Photography! She is the best!

I want to learn more about Cat Pennenga Photography

Book with confidence. Cat Pennenga Photography is a trusted Marry Me Tampa Bay preferred wedding pro. Powered by ConvertKit

Beach Bride's Feet Wearing Beaded Ankle Foot Bracelet Jewelry on Florida Beach | Wedding Shoe Alternatives

Round Reception Tables with Grey Linens Gold Chiavari Chairs Gold Chargers with Pink Napkins and Menus

Wedding Reception Centerpiece of Wine Bottle Polka Dotted Number Sign Hydrangeas, Pink Roses and Greenery in Mason Jar on Top of Rustic Wood Slab on Grey Linen

Wedding Reception Rectangular Feasting Sweetheart Table Decor with Grey Linen Wine Bottles, Greenery and White Flowers and Circular Reception Table with Grey Linen Grey Chiavari Chairs Mason Jar Centerpiece Gold Chargers Pink Blush Napkins

What were your theme and colors?
We both truly wanted a celebration where we not only come together in marriage, but our families come together as well. We definitely succeeded.

Our vision was a natural and classic, romantic wedding with natural muted hues of ivory, gold, blush, navy, and greenery. We wanted simplistic elegance.

Bride and Groom Outdoor Nighttime First Dance Wedding Portrait | Photographer: Cat Pennenga Photography

White One Tier Wedding Cake with Gold Cake Topper on Grey Linen

Bride and Groom Nighttime Siesta Key Beach Wedding Portrait Kissing Holding Sparklers | Sarasota Wedding Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography

What advice do you have to share with other Tampa Bay couples?
HAVE FUN!! The day is about celebrating your love. Guests are invited to share your love story!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Sunset Beach Resort
Photographer: Cat Pennenga Photography *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Florist: Flowers by Fudgie
Caterer: Nellie’s Catering
Rentals: Reserve Vintage Rentals
DJ: DeLair Entertainment
PhotoBooth: The Fancy Booth *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Transportation: Siesta Trolley, Inc.
Dress Shop: The Wedding Gallery


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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