Old Florida Meets Southern Charm Boca Grande Wedding | Gasparilla Inn

Carolina and Gage’s Boca Grande wedding featured a luxurious affair that showcased Florida’s natural beauty with a soft color palette. Highlighting the citrus groves found throughout the state, the reception included fresh oranges for a bright pop of color.

I would describe our wedding as everything Florida, and classic old Florida, just like our venue. Gage’s family has a ranch in Sarasota with citrus, so we brought in the orange trees from the ranch and tied it to some southern chic design from my parent’s southern upbringing,” the bride shared. “We wanted natural earth tones, creams, whites, and greens with the pop of orange citrus from the ranch! I wanted things to look elegant.”

The South Tampa bride visited Little Gasparilla Island throughout her childhood and wanted to bring her family and friends to celebrate in the same spot where she had all of her fondest memories. To create the perfect wedding day aesthetic, she worked with a Sarasota wedding planner to create a chic and romantic atmosphere.

“We really wanted something trendy like our clear chairs mixed with soft natural classic colors. Our planner did an amazing job with that!” the bride beamed. “The way our florist made Banyan Street look like a fairytale and brought in the orange trees from the ranch, as well as the incredibly done tent on the golf course, was unique.”

To tie in the wedding theme to their stationery aesthetic, Carolina and Gage included natural elements from their venue. With the wedding ceremony taking place under the enchanted Banyan street trees, A+P Design Co featured coordinating illustrations at the top of their invitations and on the ceremony programs.

“Our inspiration was the Banyan trees we got married under. They were so perfectly done,” Carolina revealed. “We chose them through the advice of our planner, and my mom picked them out. I loved all of their Instagram photos of their invitations. So beautiful! Our crest brought in some of our personality with things we love like fishing and hunting, and of course our dog Boca.”

As Carolina reminisced on their wow-worthy wedding day, the moment her groom professed his love and devotion will always remain the most meaningful moment.

“The most important thing for Gage was to say our own personal vows. His vows to me were so touching. It was really special,” the bride reminisced. “Walking down the aisle and seeing Banyan Street like that was magical.”

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Boca Grande Waterfront Wedding Venue The Gasparilla Inn and Club
Boca Grande Waterfront Wedding Venue The Gasparilla Inn and Club
Florida Elegant Classic White and Gray Wedding Invitation Suite | Tampa Bay Wedding Invitation A+P Design Co

What was your wedding invitation design inspiration?
Our inspiration was the Banyan trees we got married under. They were so perfectly done.

I loved all of A+P Design Co‘s Instagram photos of their invitations. So beautiful. Our crest brought in some of our personality with things we love like fishing and hunting, and of course our dog Boca.

Round Diamond Engagement Ring with Yellow Gold Halo, Bride Wedding Band in White Oval Ring Box, Groom Yellow Gold Wedding Ring
Florida Bride Getting Dress On V Open Back Illusion Cap Sleeve Delicate Floral Lace Fitted Crepe and Buttons Suzanne Neville Wedding Dress
Florida Groom in Black Tuxedo and Bride Wearing Fitted Open V Back Illusion Cap Sleeve with Delicate Floral Lace Suzanne Neville Wedding Dress First Look
Florida Groom in Black Tuxedo and Bride Wearing Suzanne Neville Mayflower Illusion and Delicate Floral Lace Embellishment Cap Sleeve and Crepe Fitted Wedding Dress Holding Classic Lush White Floral Bouquet

The Proposal:
We were in Costa Rica on vacation, and there was a beautiful courtyard all to ourselves where Gaged proposed. It was just him and me, and I cried a lot!

Florida Classic Groom and Bride Holding White Roses and Floral Bouquet
Classic Florida Bride and Groom on Staircase of Tampa Wedding Venue The Gasparilla Inn and Club
Classic Bride, Groom, Groomsmen, Bridesmaids in Earthy Taupe Matching Dresses Outdoor Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Venue The Gasparilla Inn and Club
Classic Florida Bride and Bridesmaids in Earthy Gray One Shoulder Matching Dresses Holding White Floral Bouquets
Classic Florida Bride and Bridesmaids Holding Lush White Roses Floral Bouquet
Elegant Luxurious Classic Wedding Ceremony Decor, Acrylic Ghost Chairs, Lush White and Greenery Floral Arrangements | Tampa Bay Wedding Venue The Gasparilla Inn and Club
Classic White and Gold Wedding Stationery on Acrylic Ghost Chair Wedding Ceremony Decor | Tampa Bay Wedding Invitations A+P Design Co
Elegant Luxurious Classic Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Decor Under Banyan Trees, Acrylic Ghost Chairs with Lush White and Greenery Floral Arrangements, Semi Circle Flower and Greenery Wedding Ceremony Arch | Tampa Bay Wedding Venue The Gasparilla Inn and Club
Luxurious and Elegant Wedding Ceremony Decor, Semi Circle Arch with Lush White Flowers and Greenery Leaves
Classic Florida Bride Walking with Dad Down Wedding Ceremony Aisle Under Banyan Trees | Boca Grande Wedding Venue The Gasparilla Inn and Club
Classic Luxurious Elegant Florida Wedding Ceremony Under Banyan Trees Outdoor, Lush White and Greenery Floral Arrangements and Semi Circle Arch | Boca Grande Wedding Venue The Gasparilla Inn and Club
Classic Florida Bride and Groom Exchanging Wedding Vows Lush White Floral and Greenery Leaves Semi Circle Arch | Boca Grande Wedding Venue The Gasparilla Inn and Club
Outdoor Elegant Luxurious Wedding Ceremony Under Banyan Trees, Bride and Groom Exchanging Vows, Lush Greenery and White Floral Semi Circle Arch | Tampa Wedding Venue The Gasparilla Inn and Club
Classic Elegant Florida Bridesmaids Wearing Matching One Shoulder Gray Dresses Holding White Floral Bouquets
Classic Florida Bride and Groom Exchanging Wedding Vows Lush White Floral and Greenery Leaves Semi Circle Arch | Boca Grande Wedding Venue The Gasparilla Inn and Club
Classic Florida Bride and Groom Lace Handfasting Unity Wedding Ceremony
Boca Grande Wedding Venue Tent Reception Outdoor The Gasparilla Inn and Club
Classic Florida Luxurious Elegant Wedding Reception Decor, Greenery Hedge Wall with Oranges, Acrylic Seating Chart and Laser Cut Custom Name

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
Everything Florida and classic old Florida, just like our venue. Gage’s family has a ranch in Sarasota with citrus, so we brought in the orange trees from the ranch and tied it to some southern chic design from my parent’s southern upbringing.

What were your colors?
We wanted natural earth tones, creams, whites, and greens with the pop of orange citrus from the ranch! I wanted things to look elegant.

Elegant Florida Classic Luxurious Outdoor Tent Wedding Reception Decor, Long Feasting Table with Taupe Linens, Wooden Cross Back Chairs, White Linen Drapery, String Lights, Lush Greenery Chandelier Arrangement | Boca Grande Wedding Venue The Gasparilla Inn and Club
Elegant Luxurious Classic Florida Wedding Reception Decor, Table with Decorative Table Linen, Lush White Flower and Greenery Leaves Bouquet with Oranges, Wooden Cross Back Chairs
Luxurious Elegant Florida Classic Outdoor Tent Wedding Reception Decor, White Linen Draping, String Lights and Hanging Greenery, Wooden Cross Back Chairs, Tall White Flower and Greenery Tall Floral Centerpieces
Luxurious Elegant Florida Classic Wedding Reception Decor, Wooden Cross Back Chairs, Candlesticks in Hurricane Tumblers, Tall Lush White Roses and Greenery Floral Centerpiece
Luxurious Elegant Florida Classic Wedding Reception Decor, Frosted Acrylic and Gold Table Number, White Roses and Greenery Floral Centerpiece
Luxurious Elegant Florida Classic Wedding Reception Decor, Gold Beaded and Clear Chargers, Gold Flatware, White Roses and Greenery Floral Centerpiece
Luxurious Elegant Florida Classic Outdoor Tent Wedding Reception Decor, White Linen Draping, String Lights and Hanging Greenery, Wooden Cross Back Chairs, Tall White Flower and Greenery Tall Floral Centerpieces
Outdoor Luxurious Elegant Florida Classic Tent Wedding Reception with Greenery Vines and Lanterns | Boca Grande Wedding Venue The Gasparilla Inn and Club

Which vendors really exceeded your expectations?
They [all] really did! I can’t thank our planner enough for finding all of them. The photographer and videographer were incredible, and we highly recommend them.

Luxurious Elegant Classic Florida Outdoor Tent Wedding Reception Decor, White Linen Draping, String Lights, Tall White and Greenery Floral Centerpiece, Wooden Cross Back Chairs
Luxurious Elegant Classic Florida Outdoor Tent Wedding Reception Decor, White Linen Draping, String Lights with Greenery Vines and a Lush Greenery Leaves Wreath Chandelier, Round and Long Tables with Taupe Tablecloths, Wooden Cross Back Chairs, Candlesticks in Glass Hurricane Tumblers
Luxurious Elegant Classic Florida Outdoor Tent Wedding Reception Decor, White Linen Draping, String Lights with Greenery Vines and a Lush Greenery Leaves Wreath Chandelier, Round and Long Tables with Taupe Tablecloths, Wooden Cross Back Chairs, Candlesticks in Glass Hurricane Tumblers
Florida Classic Bride and Groom First Dance Wedding Reception Under Tent
Elegant Luxurious Florida Classic Bride and Groom Wedding Reception Sparkler Exit

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Do what you want and don’t care about everyone’s opinions! It’s your day.

Where did you spend your honeymoon?
We were supposed to go to Greece and Italy, but because of the pandemic we just went out to Montana during Christmas and went skiing! Montana is Gage’s favorite place in the world.

Where did you host your bachelorette party?
I originally chose SLS in Miami, but because of the pandemic, we went to the Don Cesar and has a relaxing girls’ weekend with a spa and beach day and good restaurants!

Ceremony, Reception Venue, Caterer and Cake: The Gasparilla Inn & Club
Photographer:
Matt Rice Photo
Videographer: Voila Cinematic
Planner: NK Productions Wedding Planning
Florist: Kaleidoscope Florals
Linens: BBJ Linen
Lighting/Tent: US Tent Rental
Furniture Rentals: So Staged Event Rentals
Ceremony Music: Simply Strings
Reception Music: Sweetwater Junction
Officiant: Travis James
Invitations: A+P Design Co. *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Dress Shop and Designer: Wedding Atelier (NYC), Suzanne Neville
Bridesmaid Dress Shop and Designer: BHLDN Anthropologie Line
Hair & Makeup: James Griffith Salon, Blush Beauty Studio
Additional Wedding Vendors: O & A Coffee & Supply

Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

*Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pros are highly respected by our local wedding community and have been personally vetted by our editor.

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