Elegant Outdoor, Blue and Ivory Tented Sarasota Wedding | Marie Selby Gardens Wedding

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Outdoor Blue and Ivory Tented Sarasota Wedding | Marie Selby Gardens Wedding

Maya and Sam’s Sarasota wedding featured a Catholic ceremony and elegant ice blue and ivory outdoor tented reception.

“Since most of our guests were coming from up north, we thought they’d really enjoy the weather in Florida during their cold front season,” the bride explained. “We love showing off Sarasota to our friends and family, from the beaches and museums to the restaurants and coffee shops. We knew this was the perfect location.”


The couple hosted a Catholic wedding ceremony, followed by an outdoor, tented wedding at Sarasota wedding venue Marie Selby Gardens.

“We visited nearly a dozen reception venues in the area. This was the perfect venue, as we were able to use different locations within the gardens throughout the day,” Maya shared. “We got ready in the Christy Payne Mansion, the cocktail reception and first dance took place with a bayfront view at sunset near the Wedding Oak and dinner and dancing were held on the Great Lawn.”

As wedding guests entered the outdoor Sarasota reception area, they walked under a trio of chandeliers hanging from mature, 100+ year-old trees. Inside, the elegant reception tent featured ivory draping, extra-long banquet tables and a checkered dance floor.

“As we look back on the day, we can’t think of anything we would change. It was everything we asked for and more,” the couple reminisced.

Reminiscing on her most memorable moment, Maya shared that she’ll never forget seeing Sam as she walked down the aisle.

“The first face was a surprised look that everyone loved seeing photos of, but my favorite was the look just after, when we both calmly smiled at each other and said, ‘We’re finally here,’ with our eyes,” the bride beamed.

Garden Flower at Sarasota Wedding Venue Marie Selby Gardens

Sarasota Wedding and Event Venue Marie Selby Gardens

Wooden, Hand Carved Engagement Ring Box with Custom, Personalized Intials

White Wedding Shoes with Accent Bow and Silver Glitter Heels

Ivory, Lace, Augusta Jones Wedding Dress

Bride Getting Ready Putting on Wedding Dress with Mother

Bride Walking Down Staircase in Ivory, Lace Wedding Dress and Veil

Outdoor, Bridal Wedding Portrait in Ivory, Lace Augusta Jones Wedding Dress, Chapel Length Veil and White Calla Lily Bridal Bouquet

Outdoor Bridal Portraits of Bridal Party in Light Blue Bridesmaids Dresses and Ivory, Lace Augusta Jones Wedding Dress

Bride and Dad Walking Down the Aisle at Sarasota Catholic Church Wedding Ceremony at St. Martha's Catholic Church

Groom Reaction to Seeing Bride Walk Down the Aisle at Sarasota Catholic Church Wedding Ceremony at St. Martha's Catholic Church

Catholic Church Wedding Ceremony, Bride and Groom Exchanging Vows | Sarasota's St. Martha's Catholic Church

Outdoor, Sarasota Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait in Ivory, Lace Wedding Dress and Chapel Veil and Black Groom's Suit

Sarasota Wedding Portrait of Bride and Groom Holding Hands

Outdoor, Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait at Sarasota Wedding Venue Marie Selby Gardens

Outdoor, Waterfront Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait at Sarasota Wedding Venue Marie Selby Gardens

Wedding Book Table Signage

Outdoor Cocktail Hour and Wedding Reception by Pond | Sarasota Wedding Venue Marie Selby Gardens

Outdoor Tented Wedding Reception | Sarasota Wedding Venue Marie Selby Gardens

Wedding Reception Table Decor with Silver Chiavari Chairs, Blue Crushed Linens and White Floral Hydrangeaa Centerpieces

What were your colors?
Ivories, steel grey and ice blue.

What was your theme?
Elegant. This was achieved with the use of ice blue crushed romance linens and an abundance of white hydrangea and candles throughout the reception. The head table was done with a feasting table and the guests dined at round tables, which was a lovely change and really looked great! The reception took place outside, under a white tent with draping that made everything look like a fairytale.

Wedding Reception Table Decor with Silver Chiavari Chairs, Blue Crushed Linens and White Floral Hydrangeaa Centerpieces

Wedding Reception Tent Table Decor with Silver Chiavari Chairs and White Hydrangea Floral Centerpieces | Sarasota Wedding Venue Marie Selby Gardens

Nighttime, Wedding Chandeliers in Trees and Paper Lantern Walkway | Sarasota Wedding Venue Marie Selby Gardens


Ceremony Venue: St. Martha’s Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Marie Selby Gardens
Photographer: Tiffani Jones Photography
Planner: Jennifer Matteo Event Planning
Florist: Bee Ridge Florist
Caterer: Harry’s Continental Kitchen
Rentals: All Event Rental
Cake: Cakes by Ron
Live Music: Annalise Emerick
DJ: DeLair Entertainment
Transportation: SRQ Services
Wedding Dress Shop and Designer: Malindy Elene Couture for the Bride – Augusta Jones
Hair & Makeup: Nuovo Salon


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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