When this Minnesota couple decided to exchange nuptials on the beach, the search for the perfect venue began. After seeing the terrace at the Ritz Carlton Beach Club in Sarasota, they were sold! The bride’s vision was crystal clear. She wanted a stylish seaside event and she had only one rule… no cliché beach décor!
Kara and Ryan’s heartfelt ceremony took place underneath a canopy of bamboo and billowing chiffon. This close knit family moved guests to tears! Kara’s mom, Kris, officiated and Kara’s daughter, Kenna, was included in the sand ceremony. After the two were pronounced husband and wife the celebration continued on the Ritz’s perfectly manicured lawn. Guests enjoyed pomegranate mojitos and delectable hors d’oeuvres as the sun slowly set. What better way to kick off a reception than with a gorgeous Florida sunset?
While at her tasting, Kara fell in love with a Bahia water goblet. Florida 6 Chick, Jackie Ross, used the coloring of the glass as inspiration for the reception. Crisp white linens topped with custom damask table runners grounded the feasting tables’ centerpieces. Grapewood (an excellent substitute for driftwood!) ran the length of the table with tucks of succulents, white starfish and Japanese glass floats. Coral garden roses, white hydrangea and blush dahlias added a dash of romance.
After a delicious dinner and a ton of energy was exerted on the dance floor, guests cooled off at a made-to-serve bananas foster station. The night ended with large sky lanterns drifting across the dark sky… just like a fairytale.
I Spy Favorite Details: “Brush the beach from your feet” shoe station, program fans embellished with a miniature starfish, message in a bottle guestbook, sky lanterns and menu cards adorned with a delicate starfish
Hair/Makeup: Brush Savvy
Venue: Ritz Carlton Beach Club – Sarasota, FL
Photographer: Divine Light
Florist: Rose Garden (Heather Bay)
Music and Lighting: Grant Hemond and Associates (Doug Decker)
Cake: Chocolate Pi
Chiavari Chairs and Linens: US Tent Rental