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Cari and Zahid’s Mehndi Celebrations at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

This beautiful, multi-day, event started at the Ritz-Carlton, Members Beach Club with a festive Mehndi celebration.  I am in love with the bright colors which are traditional for this type of event.

All photos courtesy of Binary Flips Photography.

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We set up a 'Henna Lounge' for the ladies

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Next up on my blog… their wedding!

Mackenzie and Don’s Sarasota Wedding

Posted by Maria on Mar 29, 2014 in Sarasota Yacht Club | No Comments

Ceremony: Church of the Redeemer

Reception: Sarasota Yacht Club

Photos: Genevieve DiManio

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I just love the vintage Bentley!

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I love giving the bride and groom their 'first look' at the room!

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Melissa and Mike’s Wedding at Bay Preserve

Posted by Maria on Mar 19, 2014 in Bay Preserve | No Comments

This wedding was full of gorgeous details.

Beautiful sunset ceremony was on the water, cocktails behind the house, and dinner and dancing in a fabulous clear tent!

Photos courtesy of Binary Flips Photography

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Megan and Josh’s Wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Posted by Maria on Feb 2, 2014 in Ritz-Carlton Sarasota Weddings | No Comments

This wedding had a very ethereal ambiance with its beautiful palette, soft lighting  and romantic linens.

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Beautiful ceremony - hard to believe this was our rain plan!

 

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Maria Featured in Sarasota Magazine

Posted by Maria on Dec 13, 2013 in Sarasota Wedding Planning | No Comments

I was thrilled to be featured in the December 2013 issue of Sarasota Magazine!

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Mary and Ryan’s Wedding at Sarasota Yacht Club

Posted by Maria on Oct 30, 2013 in Sarasota Yacht Club | No Comments

Coming soon to our blog…Mary and Ryan’s beautiful wedding at Sarasota Yacht Club.  Here are a couple of preview shots:

Photos Courtesy of John Revisky

 

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Katherine and Patrick’s Wedding at Sarasota Yacht Club

Posted by Maria on Oct 6, 2013 in Sarasota Yacht Club | No Comments

Katherine, and Patrick’s, wedding was recently featured on Style Me Pretty.  Ceremony: Church of the Redeemer  – Reception: Sarasota Yacht Club.

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Visit  http://www.stylemepretty.com/florida-weddings/2013/09/02/sarasota-yacht-club-wedding-from-k-k-photography/ to view this beautiful wedding on Style Me Pretty!

Lauren and Jonny’s Wedding at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Posted by Maria on Sep 19, 2013 in Ritz-Carlton Sarasota Weddings | No Comments

This is just a preview of this beautiful wedding at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota…more photos to come!

Photos: Courtesy of Barbara Banks

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Ceremony with mirrored pillars and soft draping.

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Brides sweet note to her groom

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Ca d'Zan Lounge was completely transformed for dinner/dancing.

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The room was completely draped to be soft and romantic

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We created sheer lampshades to diffuse the chandeliers

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High gloss dance floor

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A delicious mini cupcake greeted guests as they were seated.

 

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The fabulous head table.

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Love the chair treatments!

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Gorgeous tabletop with full mirror coverage on the table.

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Beautiful cake.

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First Dance Songs – Tips and Ideas

Posted by Maria on Aug 11, 2013 in Sarasota Wedding Planning | No Comments

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A large number of my couples stress over which song to select for their first dance. They all have a favorite but are afraid that it’s inappropriate because it’s not traditional.   Obviously a classic like Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight” is a great choice for your first dance…but…if your style leans more toward The Rolling Stones, than Old Blue Eyes, then your music should express that.

Selecting your first wedding dance song is not an easy task!   Your first dance together as husband and wife should bring to mind wonderful memories of the shared moments dancing to your special song.   Don’t allow anyone to tell you not to dance to a specific song. The only thing that really matters is that YOU both love the song.  If you both love it, dance to it!

I’ve had brides, and grooms, tell me they were told they shouldn’t dance to a song they had selected because it was too fast, too slow, too modern blah blah blah.  I spent years as a choreographer and I can honestly say that most music is danceable!   Some songs may be easier to dance to than others but it’s important that you dance to the song you want.  And if your song requires a few dance lessons to pull it together just go for it.  After all, whose wedding is it anyway?

What if you don’t share a special song yet?

Here are a few questions to help inspire some ideas: Was there a song playing on your first date? What was the first song that you danced together to? Was there a song playing in the background when he proposed? How about the first time you kissed? Was a song playing the first time you said “I love you”?

Fun Wedding Tip: In addition to your first dance song, select some other favorite songs as well. Make a plan that when you hear those songs play during the reception, no matter what you are doing, you both will meet on the dance floor as soon as the song begins to play.

If you need further inspiration, check out some of the songs below that have been used as celebrity couple’s first dance songs.

Kate Middleton & Prince William: “Your Song” by Elton John

Reese Witherspoon & Jim Tosh: “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan

Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban “At Last” by Etta James

Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi “Ribbon in the Sky.” By Stevie Wonder

Nicole Richie & Joel Madden “What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong

Victoria & David Beckham “It Had to Be You” by The Starlight Orchestra

Fergie & Josh Duhamel “Sweethearts Together’ by The Rolling Stones

Katherine Heigl & Josh Kelley “Heavenly Day” by Patty Griffin

Jenna Dewan & Channing Tatum “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.

 

 

What Not To Do When Planning Your Wedding

Posted by Maria on Aug 2, 2013 in Sarasota Wedding Planning | No Comments

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You are planning the biggest day of your life…where do you begin?

Everywhere you turn there are tips on what to do when planning a wedding…
…here are a few tips on what you should not do while planning your big day.

Never start planning, or interviewing vendors, without somewhat of a budget in mind.  You will waste your time and the time  of the vendors you meet with.

Never book a venue without seeing it.  The only exception to this is if you live far away, and have a wedding planner who is doing the scouting for you.

Never work with any vendor without a contract.   Ever.  Contracts put everyone’s promises and obligations on paper.

Never be afraid to ask questions of your vendors. If you have concerns, ask while changes can still be made to avoid something you will regret on your wedding day.

Never take your family and friends for granted. “But it’s my wedding” gets very old, very fast.

Never believe anything you see on the television wedding shows.  Ever.

Never forget what you are really planning …your wedding, which is the birth of your marriage.

Never include registry information with your invitation.  Times may have changed and some etiquette rules can be bent. This is not one of them! The best way to get the message across is by word of mouth and your wedding website.

Never choose a photographer with only your budget in mind.  After the party is over, this is all you have left.   I cannot stress enough how important proper documentation of the wedding is.   Good pictures will bring back amazing memories, and bad ones will bring back nothing.

Never try to micromanage your day while wearing the gown.  The day will be will go by much faster, and harder, if you are both the star, and the director.  Enjoy your day.  Let your mom enjoy your day.  Hire help.