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Florida is the epitome of sunshine, crashing waves, sandy beaches, and sunsets. Claire Boren, Assistant Planner and Detail Coordinator with Jennifer Matteo Event Planning shared how her team combined Florida’s most authentic aesthetic to create a citrus-themed wedding inspiration shoot.

“The theme of this shoot was light, airy, and fruity! As trends come and go, we have seen this theme stick around for a while. We wanted to show our clientele a fresh and fun way to accentuate their florals by incorporating other pieces into their centerpieces,” the wedding planner explained. “We used colors in the tone of various fruits with a pop of dark blue to balance it out. Using fruit and citrus as a theme, we chose these colors to bring the theme to life.”

Jillian Margaret Photography captured the intimacy of a private open-air garden wedding venue, while the design team curated organic details in a luxurious way to showcase how to celebrate with a smaller audience.

“During COVID, everyone was feeling a bit down, and creativity was getting lost, so we wanted to play around with a different twist on a classic look. We brought all of our ideas together to create a light, bright, and fun shoot,” Claire revealed. “We also wanted to show how we can enhance the beauty of the outside of this venue due to the new COVID protocols for future weddings coming up.”

The organic-inspired tablescape included a mix of melons, lemons, and limes, along with exotic kumquats, pomegranates, and kiwi. The citrus fruits elevated the bright roses and greenery that filled the floral garland and bouquets.

The bride’s sleek low cut open back gown added a modern flair to this whimsical shoot.

Citrus Inspired Florida Wedding Invitation and Stationery Suite, Bright Contrast with Orange, Pink and Dark Blue
Florida Bride in White Mermaid Silhouette Wedding Dress, Open Back, Long Cathedral Veil Blowing in the wind at Sarasota Garden Club, Bride Holding Citrus Inspired Bouquet with light pink, orange, and yellow flowers
Romantic Florida Bride In Sleek V Neckline White Mermaid Silhouette Wedding Dress, Chic Updo | Sarasota Garden Club
Tampa Bay Garden Inspired Intimate Wedding Ceremony at Sarasota Garden Club, Florida Micro Wedding Style Shoot with Silver Linens, White Circle Back Chairs, Citrus Orange and Peach Florals, Pops of Dark Blue Blue, Gold Flatware, Light Pink Florals in Outdoor Venue
Florida Citrus Inspired Wedding Place Cards with Yellow and Dark Blue Colors

 What were your favorite elements of this shoot?
Our favorite element was the addition of all of the fresh fruit and the colors that coordinate with them! 

Tampa Bay Garden Inspired Intimate Wedding Ceremony at Sarasota Garden Club, Florida Micro Wedding Style Shoot with Silver Linens, Citrus Orange and Peach Florals, Pops of Dark Blue Blue, Gold Flatware, Light Pink Florals in Outdoor Venue
Citrus Inspired Florida Wedding Reception Decor, Fresh Fruit with Pastel Pink Florals, Dark Blue and White China Vase
Citrus Inspired Florida Wedding Reception Decor, Table Setting with Custom Circle Menu Bright Pink Calligraphy, Gold Flatware
Florida Bride In Chic Open Back Revealing Wedding Dress with Elegant Deep V Neckline, Holding Oversized Citrus Inspired Bridal Bouquet with White, Orange, Purple, and Pink Roses, with Greenery, In Outdoor Sarasota Wedding Venue
Citrus Inspired Florida Outdoor Wedding Reception, Intimate Reception Table with Light Blue Linens, Dark Blue Napkins, Bright Citrus Inspired Floral Garland Centerpiece with Circle Back Chairs, Gold Flatware, Organic Melon, Pomegrananent, and Kiwi mixed with Fresh Flowers
Citrus Inspired Florida Wedding Reception Decor, Table Setting With Dark Blue Rustic Table Cloth, Acrylic Table Name Card, Blush Pink Floral Accent with Fresh Organic Fruit and Gold Flatware

How would you describe your theme?
The theme of this shoot was light, airy, and fruity! As trends come and go, we have seen this theme stick around for a while. We wanted to show our clientele a fresh and fun way to accentuate their florals by incorporating other pieces into their centerpieces.

What were your colors? 
We used colors in the tone of various fruits with a pop of dark blue to balance it out. Using fruit and citrus as a theme, we chose these colors to bring the theme to life. 

Citrus Inspired Wedding Reception Decor, Garland Centerpiece with Fresh Organic Fruit, White, Pink, and Peach Roses, Tall Pink Candles
Citrus Inspired Florida Outdoor Wedding Reception, Intimate Reception Table with Light Blue Linens, Dark Blue Napkins, Bright Citrus Inspired Floral Garland Centerpiece with Circle Back Chairs, Gold Flatware, Organic Melon, Pomegrananent, and Kiwi mixed with Fresh Flowers
Citrus Inspired Florida Wedding Reception Decor Details, Pink Glass Cake Stand with Bright Macaroon Cookies mixed with Fresh Organic Fruit, Kiwi, Oranges, Pomegranates, Kumquats, With Pink, White and Orange Roses

Venue: Sarasota Garden Club
Photographer: Jillian Margaret Photography
Videography: Storybook Films
Planner: Jennifer Matteo Event Planning
Rentals: Palacios Events, Treasury Rentals
Florist: Victoria Blooms
Hair and Makeup: Brides by Kelly Anne
Dress: Calvet Couture Sarasota
Nails: Paint Nail Bar
Stationery: Emily Baird Design

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