Pink and Green Outdoor Sarasota Garden Wedding | Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Dunedin Wedding Showcase | Tampa Bay Bridal Show 2019

Amanda and Chris’ Sarasota wedding embodied a whimsical garden fairytale with serene views of the water, rustic decor, and a pale pink and green succulent color palette.

“When searching for inspiration on Pinterest, most of the ideas I pinned, fell under the categories of floral, romantic, and bohemian weddings,” the bride explained. “I really liked the emphasis on florals and greenery in these themes and felt like our celebration perfectly captured what we were going for!”


Wanting to highlight the true beauty of their hometown, the bride and groom chose a location that captured both the historical charm and natural elegance of Sarasota.

“Chris and I both really enjoy nature and being outdoors. Our venue featured two outdoor ceremony locations, both including beautiful views of Sarasota Bay. From the gorgeous moss-covered oak trees to the peaceful areas, we were able to spend some time together away from the day’s festivities,” the bride shared. “We wanted the night to be full of love, happiness, and fun⁠. It was the one time in our lives where everyone we love most in the world was in the same place.”

Always imagining the day in which they would tie the knot, Amanda couldn’t wait to finally walk down the aisle to Florence and The Machine.

“The ceremony was what I looked forward to the most. Chris and I had been together for over seven years, and we were so excited to finally become husband and wife,” the bride beamed. “It was also very important to us that our guests had a good time as well. We made sure that the music was going all night, and that there was plenty of food for everyone to enjoy. Overall, the night was completely unforgettable thanks to all of our amazing friends and family!”

With so many blissful moments from their charming garden celebration, the bride will always remember the first time she saw Chris.

“Our first look was such a beautiful moment because it was private, intimate, and the first time we had seen each other in our wedding attire. I was so excited for Chris to see me in my gown, and I could not wait to see how handsome he looked in his tux,” the Amanda reminisced. “In this moment, I was able to fully relax and enjoy the evening that was ahead of us.”

Modern Classic Gold Foil and White Wedding Invitation Suite, Wedding Portrait Save the Date

Rhinestone Ivory Flat Wedding Shoes and Bride and Groom Wedding Rings

Deep V Neckline Classic Silhouette Lace and Illusion with Straps Wtoo by Watters Wedding Dress

Low Back Classic Silhouette Lace with Straps and Illusion Wtoo by Watters Wedding Dress

Florida Bride and Groom Holding Hands Under Banyan Trees | Sarasota Wedding Venue Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

The Proposal:
Chris proposed on his 30th birthday weekend. After a weekend of celebrating, he asked me if I would like to go to Picnic Island Park, hang our hammock, and watch the sunset. This was something that we did often on Sundays. As we were there, we were talking about how much fun we had had that weekend and reminiscing about our favorite parts. Chris suggested that we should start to pack up but wanted to get our dog, Ada, some water first. He came back over to me and helped me out of the hammock. Once I was out, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was so surprised and absolutely elated! We called family and close friends that evening to share our exciting news.

Romantic Bride and Groom Intimate Portrait, Grooms Hand on Brides Lower Back, Bride Wearing Low Open Back Lace and Illusion Wtoo by Watters with Straps Wedding Dress and Veil

Outdoor Florida Bridal Party Portrait, Bridesmaids in Blush Pink Floor Length Bridesmaids Dresses Holding White and Greenery Floral Bouquets | Sarasota Wedding Venue Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Sarasota Bride and Bridesmaid Wedding Bouquets with Succulents, Dusty Miller and Greenery Wedding Portrait

Bride in Lace and Illusion with Straps Silhouette Wtoo by Watters V Neckline Wedding Dress Holding Organic Garden Pink, Ivory, and White Floral Wedding Bouquet with Succulents, Dusty Miller and Greenery, Bridesmaid in Pink Plunging V Neckline Dress Holding White, Ivory and Pink Roses and Greenery Floral Bouquet

Romantic Bride and Groom Sarasota Garden Wedding Portrait on White Couch with Tropical Flowers and Greenery Backdrop | Sarasota Wedding Venue Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Outdoor Garden Wedding Ceremony Decor, White Folding Chairs | Sarasota Wedding Venue Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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Tampa Bay Bride and Groom Exchanging Vows at Romantic Garden Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

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Close-Up Wedding Portrait of Bride and Grooms Hands with Wedding Rings

Whimsical Romantic Sarasota Garden Wedding Reception Decor, Sweetheart Table with Silver Linens, Vintage Lanterns with Blush Pink, Ivory, White and Greenery Floral Arrangements and Centerpiece

Whimsical Romantic Sarasota Garden Wedding Reception Decor, Silver Linens, Clear Glass and Gold Rimmed Charger with Ivory Linen and Menu

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
When searching for inspiration on Pinterest, most of the ideas I pinned fell under the categories of floral, romantic, and bohemian weddings. I really liked the emphasis on florals and greenery in these themes and felt like our celebration perfectly captured what we were going for.

What were your colors?
We chose a pale pink and green, succulent color scheme. I chose these because succulents are my favorite plants, and I wanted to incorporate them into our floral arrangements.

Whimsical Romantic Sarasota Garden Wedding Reception Decor, Blush Pink, Ivory and Greenery Floral Centerpieces, Clear Acrylic and Gold Calligraphy Script Table Number

Classic White Three Tier Round Wedding Cake Garnished with Tea Roses and Greenery

Tampa Bay Bride and Groom First Dance Wedding Reception Portrait | Sarasota Wedding Venue Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Fun Bride and Groom Red White and Blue Confetti Wedding Reception Portrait

What advice would you give to other Sarasota couples?
Enjoy the process and most of all the wedding day. It goes by so fast!

Venue: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Photographer: Cat Pennenga Photography
Day of Coordinator: Jennifer Matteo Event Planning
Florist: Victoria Blooms
Caterer: Michael’s on East
Cake: Cakes by Ron
DJ: TLS Entertainment
Officiant: Hunter Carroll
Invitations: Minted
Dress: Wtoo by Watters
Bridesmaid Dress Shop: Lulus
Hair: Muse Salon & Spa (Sarasota)
Makeup: Lera Juno and Jenna Mleczkowski
Lighting: Affairs in the Air
Menus: Write On Sarasota


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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