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Sarasota Beach Wedding | Anna Maria Island Wedding

Nikole and Ricky’s Anna Maria Island beach wedding featured an oceanfront wedding ceremony, followed by a romantic, outdoor tented reception.

“We chose Anna Maria Island because we both really love the beach; it’s totally our happy place,” the bride shared. “We wanted to be barefoot on the beach the entire time, make sure our guests had a really good time and felt the love.”

The Wesley Chapel couple chose an Anna Maria Island beach venue, and combined a neutral color palette and candlelight to create a romantic atmosphere.

“I wanted our ceremony to be beachy, but more glamorous than nautical. We had chandeliers and vintage furniture; it wasn’t your typical beach wedding with starfish and aqua and coral themed colors,” the bride explained. “I found myself really drawn to garden and vintage themed wedding ideas, so I wanted that combination of natural greens and vines tied in with vintage gold glam.”

To keep the bride and groom on track during the planning process, Nikole and Ricky hired Anna Maria Island wedding planner Exquisite Events

“I needed someone to keep me organized and let me know if I was forgetting anything. I have a very specific style and taste, so I always knew what I wanted; I just needed someone to execute my vision,” the bride said. “Ashley [of Exquisite Events] was incredible! She was organized, met us at different sites and helped with time lines, but she was also laid back, which I liked. I never once felt concerned about the day of our wedding or how things would flow. The day ran flawlessly thanks to Exquisite Events.”

Keeping in line with her beach theme, Nikole wanted a natural look for her wedding hair and makeup.

“I wanted to look like myself, but not too done up to the point my husband didn’t even recognize me,” the bride explained. “I did a trial with Lasting Luxe, and Michele was able to create exactly what I wanted. She uses high quality makeup and airbrush, which was perfect for an outside beach wedding. She also was able to come to the hotel and provided both hair and makeup which was much more convenient than hiring two separate people or having to worry about going somewhere. Her prices are very reasonable, and she’s just a really nice girl to work with. If someone is going to be in your face for a couple hours the morning of your wedding, you want someone you can get along with.”

Looking back, one of the bride’s most memorable moments came during the wedding ceremony.

“Walking down the aisle towards Ricky was just such an incredible feeling, I couldn’t wait to get down there to him,” Nikole reminisced. “Everyone told me afterwards the ceremony and reception were just so filled with love, and everyone could feel that.”

Ivory, Lace and Tulle Watters Bridal Wedding Dress

Outdoor, Anna Maria Island Bridal Wedding Portrait in Ivory, Lace Watters Wedding Dress

What was your wedding day hair and makeup inspiration?
I wanted to look like myself, but not too done up to the point my husband didn’t even recognize me.

Lasting Luxe is owned and operated by Michele, who was a sorority sister of one of my bridesmaids, so when I was [looking for a hair and makeup artist], I did a trial with Lasting Luxe. Michele was able to create exactly what I wanted. She uses high quality makeup and airbrush, which was perfect for an outside beach wedding. She also was able to come to the hotel and provided both hair and makeup which was much more convenient than hiring two separate people or having to worry about going somewhere. Her prices are very reasonable, and she’s just a really nice girl to work with. I didn’t feel awkward getting ready, she just fit in with my bridesmaids and me which I really liked. If someone is going to be in your face for a couple hours the morning of your wedding, you want someone you can get along with.

Bride and Bridesmaids Beach Wedding Portrait in Ivory, Lace Wedding Dress and Blue Bridesmaids Dresses | Tampa Bridesmaids Dresses Bella Bridesmaid

What was your bridesmaid dress inspiration?
I was looking for the perfect minty color. I have seen mints that are more green or more blue; I really wanted something pastel and light but definitely not aqua. I found Joana August and loved how flowy their dresses were. I saw Bella Bridesmaids carried the designer, so I went with one of my bridesmaids to make sure I liked the color, which I did. From there I told my girls that I didn’t care which style they choose, because I kind of like the mismatched style, but I just wanted the girls in the same color. Bella Bridesmaids was very easy to work with, and their in store stylist was super friendly. They are a national company, which was a huge plus because the girls could just go to the store in New Jersey and try on whatever they liked. They shipped the dresses here to Florida, which made it easy for the girls to not have to travel with their gowns.

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Shoes Optional Sign on Bradenton Beach Wedding Ceremony

Wooden Wedding Sign and Pink Floral Wreath at Anna Maria Island Beach Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Planners Exquisite Events

Anna Maria Island Waterfront Beach Wedding Ceremony | Sarasota Wedding Planner Exquisite Events

How would you describe your theme?
Romantic, with lots of candles, intimate, and chic. I wanted our ceremony to be beachy, but more glamorous than nautical. We had chandeliers and vintage furniture; it wasn’t your typical beach wedding with starfish and aqua and coral themed colors. Everyone who knows me knows I love gold, so that was a must, and I wanted lots of white too. I found myself really drawn to garden and vintage themed wedding ideas, so I wanted that combination of natural greens and vines tied in with vintage gold glam.

What were your colors?
Neutral sand colors: tans and browns and greens: minty and kelly green. Gold, white, blush.

Bradenton Waterfront Beach Wedding Ceremony with Hanging Ivory Floral Aisle Decor

Waterfront Beach Wedding Ceremony | Bride and Groom Exchanging Vows | | Anna Maria Island Wedding Planner Exquisite Events

Outdoor, Bride and Groom Florida Beach Wedding Portrait | Anna Maria Island Wedding Planner Exquisite Events

The Proposal:
Ricky completely surprised me at one of our favorite places, Lido Beach and St. Armands Circle. We went for a day of Christmas shopping and to get lunch, a tradition we have done for the past four years. At the end of the day, we decided to go for a walk on the beach to watch the sunset. We sat down in the sand, and Ricky proposed with the most beautiful ring. He planned out the whole thing down to making dinner reservations for us at our favorite restaurant on the circle to celebrate with champagne to getting us a hotel suite at the Lido Beach Resort for the evening. It was absolutely perfect.

Wooden Beach Seating Chart Sign at Wedding Reception

Tented, Florida Beach Wedding Reception with Gold Chiavari Chairs and Gold Table Runner | Anna Maria Island Wedding Planner Exquisite Events

What did you look for in a wedding planner?
I needed someone to keep me organized and let me know if I was forgetting anything. I have a very specific style and taste, so I always knew what I wanted; I just needed someone to execute my vision. I also wanted someone who wasn’t going to constantly come to me with questions, but figure out the problems on their own.

Ashley [of Exquisite Events] was incredible! She was everything I wanted and more! I would recommend her 100 times over to any bride. She was organized, met us at different sites and helped with time lines, but she was also laid back, which I liked. I never once felt concerned about the day of our wedding or how things would flow. The day ran flawlessly thanks to Exquisite Events.

Beach Wedding Reception Table Decor with Nautical Candle Favor | Wedding Favor Ideas

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides?
It sounds cliché, but the day really does go by so fast, so try not to sweat the small stuff and really enjoy the day with your husband, because that’s really what it’s all about.

Venue: Seaside Inn Beach Resort | Photographer: Katie Beyer Photography | Planner: Exquisite Events  | Florist: Flowers by Fudgie | Caterer: Puff N Stuff | Band: The Bus Stop Band | Rentals: US Tent | Cake: Matt & Doms | Officiant: A Wedding with Grace | Invitations: Paperless Post | Cigar Roller: Breezin’ EntertainmentDressThe White Magnolia – Watters | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro – Joana August | Hair & Makeup: Lasting Luxe

Tropical Pass-a-Grille Beach Destination Wedding

Whitney and Tavarus hosted an intimate destination wedding on the sandy shores of Pass-a-Grille Beach.

“The most important element of our wedding was the sand ceremony, because we wrote our own vows, and since it was our second wedding, it meant the most to us. It symbolized our love for each other,” the bride beamed.

As a nod to the Tallahassee’s couple first wedding together, the chose a bright, tropical color palette.

“We chose the colors teal and hot pink, because teal was our original wedding color, and we choose hot pink because I really like that color,” Whitney shared. “We wanted our wedding to be simple and elegant.”

With the help of destination St. Pete wedding planners Tide the Knot Beach Weddings, the couple was able to leave the logistics behind and focus on celebrating with each other.

Tide the Knot Beach Weddings does beautiful work, and they had great reviews. They did everything and made our wedding day perfect,” the bride gushed.

Bride and Groom Wedding Ring Bands Portrait on Starfish

Pink and Ivory Wedding Ceremony Flowers at Wedding Ceremony | St. Pete Beach Wedding Planners Tide the Knot Beach Weddings

Beach Wedding Ceremony Sand Ceremony Table

Beach, Waterfront Wedding Ceremony with Bamboo Altar and Pink and Teal Floral and Draping Accent Details | St. Pete Beach Wedding Planners Tide the Knot Beach Weddings

Beach, Waterfront Wedding Ceremony with Bamboo Altar and Pink and Teal Floral and Draping Accent Details | | St. Pete Beach Wedding Planners Tide the Knot Beach Weddings

Pass-a-Grille, Waterfront Bride and Groom Beach Wedding Portrait Under Bamboo Wedding Altar with Pink and White Flowers | St. Pete Beach Wedding Planners Tide the Knot Beach Weddings

Waterfront Bride and Groom Beach Wedding Portrait with Blue and Pink Sheer Linens | St. Pete Beach Wedding Planners Tide the Knot Beach Weddings

Pass-a-Grille Waterfront Bride and Groom Beach Wedding Portrait | St. Pete Beach Wedding Planners Tide the Knot Beach Weddings

St. Pete Beach Waterfront Beach Sunset Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait

St. Pete Beach Waterfront Beach Sunset Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait

Venue: Pass-a-Grille Beach | Photographer: Mir*Salgado Photography | Planner: Tide the Knot Beach Weddings | Florist: Tide the Knot Beach Weddings | Rentals: Tide the Knot Beach Weddings | Officiant: Tide the Knot Beach Weddings | Dress: David’s Bridal | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas




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