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Maggie and Matt’s elegant destination Sarasota wedding was a vision of beauty with towering oak trees, perfect weather and views of the serene bay. With a color palette of whites, blues, and natural tones, the outdoor Florida wedding featured neutral shades that blended in naturally with the garden surroundings.

“Our style was elegant and romantic with a modern twist,” the bride shared. “We aimed to find a way to embrace the natural beauty of the venue and really find a way to complement the already beautiful landscape with a classic color palette.”

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Being over 1,000 miles away, the upstate New York couple relied on online research to plan their destination Florida wedding, including reading Marry Me Tampa Bay.

“Upon recommendation or discovery, I would then typically research each vendor using social media, Google, and helpful wedding websites like Marry Me Tampa Bay and Aisle Society,” Maggie shared.  “I used Marry Me Tampa Bay to research local vendors, find inspiration, and admire real Sarasota weddings. It was a solid resource for inspiration and vetting!”

With six months left to plan, the couple knew it was imperative to find a seasoned Sarasota wedding planner who could turn their vision into reality. After hearing multiple gleaming recommendations, Maggie and Matt’s hired one of the area’s most seasoned wedding planners NK Productions.

“Where do I even start with my love, respect, and gratitude for NK Productions? From the very start, they were an incredible partner that brought much-needed support, unmatched wisdom, and a whole lot of excitement to the entire planning process,” the bride gushed. “The owner Nicole and lead designer Korrin worked closely with us to understand our dream wedding in terms of design, experience, and budget. They kept us on track by constantly ensuring every detail was checked and double checked. The team made sure the wedding day itinerary was executed perfectly and that everyone was where they needed to be day of. Thanks to their efficiency and professionalism, we were able to relax and enjoy the best day of our lives!”

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Searching for a Sarasota wedding photographer who could capture the raw emotion and sweet details from their wedding day, the pair chose Cat Pennenga Photography.

“We really admired Cat’s work. She came highly recommended, so that was a definite plus. Cat and her team were wonderful; they were talented, welcoming, professional, and creative,” the bride beamed. “Matt and I were very impressed and satisfied with our wedding albums. Every photo captured a special moment so well that it feels like we’re reliving it all over again.”

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Looking back on their whimsical outdoor wedding, the bride couldn’t help but remember one of their favorite memories from that special day.

“Our favorite moment, hands down was saying ‘I do’ in front of the oak tree on the north lawn,” the bride reminisced. “We also enjoyed the little moments like dancing with everyone on the dance floor, hearing all of the memorable speeches, and knowing that everyone traveled near and far to be there for us. It was surreal!”

Elegant Modern Gold Foil on White Wedding Invitation and Tropical Inspired Save the Date | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography 

Oval Diamond Engagement Ring with Diamond Band and Bride and Groom Wedding Rings | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography 

Florida Bride Getting Ready Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography 

Florida Bride Getting Ready Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography 

Organic Greenery and White Rose Wedding Bouquet | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography | Sarasota Wedding Planner NK Productions

Outdoor Florida Garden Bride and Groom First Look Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography | Sarasota Wedding Venue Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Outdoor Garden Creative Bride and Groom First Look Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography | Sarasota Wedding Venue Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
A photographer who could communicate the essence and emotion of the wedding through photographs.

I want to learn more about Cat Pennenga Photography

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We discovered Cat with Cat Pennenga Photography through a Google search and really admired her work. She came highly recommended, so that was a definite plus. Cat and her team were wonderful; they were talented, welcoming, professional, and creative. Matt and I were very impressed and satisfied with our wedding albums. Every photo captured a special moment so well that it feels like we’re reliving it all over again.

Outdoor Florida Garden Bride and Groom First Look Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography | Sarasota Wedding Venue Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Wedding Ceremony Modern Welcome Sign in Gold Frame and Gold Foil Wedding Program | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography | Sarasota Wedding Planner NK Productions

Outdoor Florida Garden Wedding Ceremony Decor, White Folding Chairs in Semi Circle Formation | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography | Sarasota Wedding Venue Marie Selby Botanical Gardens | Wedding Planner NK Productions

Outdoor Florida Garden Wedding Ceremony Decor, White Folding Chairs in Semi Circle Formation with Organic Greenery and White Rose Floral Bouquets on Tall Stands | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography | Sarasota Wedding Venue Marie Selby Botanical Gardens | Wedding Planner NK Productions

Outdoor Florida Garden Wedding Ceremony Portrait | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography | Sarasota Wedding Venue Marie Selby Botanical Gardens | Wedding Planner NK Productions

Sunset Florida Garden Bride and Groom Wedding Ceremony Portrait | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography | Sarasota Wedding Venue Marie Selby Botanical Gardens | Wedding Planner NK Productions

Florida Garden Wedding Bride and Groom Wedding Ceremony Portrait | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography 

What did you look for in a wedding planner?
We really focused on finding a seasoned professional who could take our vision and make it into a reality. We needed someone who could minimize our stress and stay on top of all the details and logistics so we could enjoy this special time in our lives. Since we weren’t in the area we really needed someone who knew the area and had a reliable network of vendors.

I want to learn more about planning from NK Productions.

Book with confidence. NK Productions Wedding Planning is a trusted Marry Me Tampa Bay preferred wedding pro. Powered by ConvertKit

Where do I even start with my love, respect, and gratitude for NK Productions? From the very start, they were an incredible partner that brought much-needed support, unmatched wisdom, and a whole lot of excitement to the entire planning process. The owner Nicole and lead designer Korrin worked closely with us to understand our dream wedding in terms of design, experience, and budget. They kept us on track by constantly ensuring every detail was checked and double checked. The team made sure the wedding day itinerary was executed perfectly and that everyone was where they needed to be day of. Thanks to their efficiency and professionalism, we were able to relax and enjoy the best day of our lives!

Florida Garden Wedding Bride and Groom Wedding Ceremony Portrait | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography | Sarasota Wedding Venue Marie Selby Botanical Gardens | Wedding Planner NK Productions

The Proposal:
Matt had flown down to Sarasota to ask for my parent’s permission. Thankfully, they both loved him and excitedly granted him permission. A week later, he proposed on St. Patrick’s Day while we listened to BB King and sipped on champagne. He whisked me away to Canada the next day for a weekend full of celebrating, laughter, and love!

Bride and Groom Showing Wedding Rings Portrait | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography 

Bride and Bridesmaid Wedding Portrait, Bride in Ivory Lace Sheath Hayley Paige Gown with Sheer Nude Lining, Scalloped Deep V-Neckline, Bridesmaid in Rose Gold Sparkle Long Dress with Organic Greenery and White Roses Floral Bouquet | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography | Wedding Planner NK Productions

Elegant, Modern Wedding Reception Decor, Seating Chart on Tall Gold Frame and Greenery Bouquet, Clear Acrylic and Black Script Font Table Number | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography | Sarasota Wedding Planner NK Productions

Modern, Elegant Wedding Reception Decor, Long Feasting Table with Tall Gold Stand with Organic Greenery and White Floral Centerpiece, Greenery Garland Table Runner, Candles and Gold Rimmer Glasses, Gold Chiavari Chairs | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography | Sarasota Wedding Planner NK Productions

How would you describe your theme?
Elegant and romantic with a modern twist. We aimed to find a way to embrace the natural beauty of the venue and really find a way to complement the already beautiful landscape with a classic color palette.

What were your colors?
We focused on using whites, blues, and natural tones to mesh with the environment, but added subtle pops of color, mixed metals and candles as well.

Elegant, Modern Wedding Reception Decor, Clear and Gold Rimmed Charger, Dusty Blue Linen, Gold Foil Menu and Green Leaf | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography | Sarasota Wedding Planner NK Productions

Modern, Elegant Wedding Reception Decor,Clear and Gold Rimmed Charger, Dusty Blue Linen, Gold Foil Menu and Green Leaf, Long Feasting Table with Tall Gold Stand with Organic Greenery and White Floral Centerpiece, Greenery Garland Table Runner, Candles and Gold Rimmer Glasses, Gold Chiavari Chairs | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography | Sarasota Wedding Planner NK Productions

Three Tier White Wedding Cake with White Flowers on Silver Cake Stand | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography 

Bride and Groom Wedding Reception First Dance Portrait | Tampa Bay Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography 

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
We had a tremendous wedding experience in Sarasota! Without a second thought, I’d recommend all of our vendors to anyone in the midst of planning a wedding in Tampa Bay. Marry Me Tampa Bay was a solid resource for inspiration and vetting! Also, remember to pinch yourself every now and then because you’re getting married in one of the most beautiful places in the world!

Venue: Marie Selby Botanical Garden
Photographer: Cat Pennenga Photography *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Planner: NK Productions *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Floral: Victoria Blooms
Stationery: Minted
Cake: Cakes by Ron
Rentals: So Staged Event Rentals
Hair and Makeup: Fresh Salon
Catering: Michael’s on East
Reception Musicians: None Other Band
Lighting: Affairs in the Air
Transportation: SRQ Trolley
Cigar Roller: Covadonga Cigars
Officiant: Notary To Go
Signage: Alt Paper Co
Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige
Bridesmaids Dress: Dress The Population

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