Ritz Carlton Sarasota

The Ritz Carlton Sarasota Wedding | Nicole & Stephen | Sarasota Wedding Photographer

Nicole and Stephen's wedding was as elegant as it gets! The two currently live in New York and selected The Ritz Carlton in Sarasota for their destination wedding. This happens to be one of our all-time favorite Sarasota wedding venues- we knew their day would be spectacular (and it was)!  

This couple has a great courtship/relationship story! So, of course, we want to share it with you. 

Nicole said" We lived in the same dorm, on the same floor, freshman year at Georgetown University. We met the first night of college during the first dorm floor meeting. Because I had been on campus for several weeks for preseason with the soccer team, I invited Stephen and several other floormates to a party. We became close friends for the next few years... In the spring of our Junior year, we began dating and we officially became a couple in the summer/fall of our senior year... After graduation, Stephen was an officer in the military and was stationed in various locations: Kentucky, Georgia, and Louisiana. He was deployed to Afghanistan for a full year in 2010-2011. I moved to NYC after graduation....I finished law school and took the bar exam around the same time that Stephen finished his duty with the military, and we moved into our first apartment together in NYC in November 2013. We are still living in our NYC apartment "

After hearing all of this, we had to know how Stephen proposed! Nicole told us, "He rented out the private rooftop of the NoMad Hotel in New York City and told me that we were going for a special brunch. When we arrived, there were rose petals on the floor and champagne was on ice, and he had me sit down on a chair and he popped the question. He had a photographer hiding who captured the moment, and then took engagement photos of us. He also had many of our close friends and family waiting downstairs who later joined us for a big celebratory brunch. It was perfect!"

As for the wedding day, it was everything they could have hoped for and more! They were wonderful to work with and we're so happy for them! 

Check out the feature on Cake & Lace too!

Wedding Venue: The Ritz Carlton Sarasota/ Ceremony: The Healing Garden | Reception: The Bayview and Hotel Lawns (cocktail hour) + Plaza I and II Ballroom (reception) | Planner: Jackie Ross, Table 6 Productions  | Floral: Botanica International Design & Decor | Entertainment:  DJ Fitz Otis, Jay Goodley Entertainment, Inc. | Video: Fairytale Productions | Officiant: Michael Loebl (friend of the bride and groom) | Hair + Makeup: Femme Akoi |Papergoods: Wedding Paper Divas | Dressmaker: Pronovias | Shoes Designer: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaid Gowns: Bill Levkoff | Grooms Attire: The Black Tux | Ceremony Entertainment: The Alafia String Quartet | Live Painter: Terry Klaaren

Ritz Carlton Sarasota Wedding, Trish + Mike | Destination Wedding Photographer

Trish & Mike's courtship started as college friends in Vermont. Over the course of a few semesters, a bit of 'waiting it out', and a little liquid courage on Trish's part, it finally blossomed into a romance.  Their big day was five years in the making and we'd say it was worth the wait! The couple currently lives in Boston and planned their destination wedding at The Ritz Carlton in Sarasota 

The proposal from Trish's perspective (we live for these stories)! "One Saturday afternoon Mike said let's go to the Lowe's hotel for lunch and a cocktail. It was the most beautiful day in September so we walked over and had a fabulous lunch and some wine. After lunch, I asked Mike to check out the lobby of the hotel since it was new and just opened. All of a sudden he pulled out a room key. He brought me upstairs and had a suite all ready and all of my clothes packed. He said he thought it would be a fun night in the city. We had also been planning to go see the Lion King at the Boston Opera House that evening. After we got to the room I got a notification on Open Table that Mike canceled the reservation I had made. I thought something was going on but my mom threw me off completely by saying nothing was happening until the spring. 

That evening we get all dressed up and go to the play. The entire time Mike as acting very strange. After the play, we go to the restaurant and they say they cannot take us anymore because the play got out too late. I could tell he was panicking. Mike said okay let's go for a walk and skip dinner. We started to walk and ironically it started to rain so we went back to the hotel.
When we got back to the hotel there were roses, chocolates, champagne, and apparently a card that said congratulations that Mike threw in his suitcase. He had asked the hotel to go all out since we were supposed to have been engaged by then. Mike said he was sick and went straight to bed since he was so upset. I stayed up and ate chocolate all night as happy as can be. 
The next morning Mike asked me to take a walk with him and to dress up so we could take an updated picture of us. We hadn't had a picture taken in months so I believed him. As we crossed over the Boston Common Bridge Mike gave his phone to someone to record everything and got down on one knee. All of these people were screaming say yes and I thought Mike was going to faint he was so nervous! Even though nothing went according to plan it all worked out and he did a great job. "

The self-proclaimed foodies had an AMAZING menu (The Ritz Carlton always does a fantastic job) and the Motown music from the band kept the party alive all night!

Venue: Ritz Carlton Sarasota | Wedding Coordinator: NK Productions | Florist: Botanica Florist | Entertainment: Clint Wiley and The None Others | Video: Voila Cinematic | Hair + Makeup: Brides By Kelly Anne | Papergoods: Crane and Co. / Write On  | Live entertinament: Sarasota String Players, Classern Quartet  | Lighting: Encore Event Technologies | Chargers/ Linens/ Gold Glasses/Large Mirror with Calligraphy: Affairs in the Air | Calligrapher:  Dorothy "Dotty" McMillan Dress: Zuhair Murad from Kleinfeld Bridal- New York City | Shoe Designers: Flats- Badgley Mischka / Heels- Jimmy Choo| Rings: Engagement: Private Jewelers in NYC | Groom's Wedding Band: Long's Jewelers, Boston , MA | Bride's Wedding Bands: Stones taken out of Great Grandmother's bracelet| Accessories: Tiffany and Co. / Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Gowns: Amsale | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Groomsmen: Men's Warehouse| Men's Shoes: Joseph Abboud 

The Ritz Carlton Sarasota Beach Club Wedding | Julie & Lekith | Sarasota Film Wedding Photographer

Julie & Lekith selected The Beach Club on Lido Key (part of the Ritz Carlton Property) for their wedding festivities. We love working at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota. It's a stellar venue with amazing service and spectacular views of the ocean.

The couple wed barefoot on the beach, then followed their nuptials with a terrace reception overlooking the coast. It was festive, colorful and celebratory! 

Ps- isn't Julie's dress beautiful? Loved the off the shoulder detail, sweetheart neckline and bow-back!

Venue: The Beach Club on Lido Key | Florist: Yelena at Elegant Designs | Entertainment: Grant Hemond | Video: Stoner Video | Paper: Crane & Co  | Beauty: Fresh Salon Sarasota | Photobooth: Fancy Booth |Live Entertainment: Strings Attached | Menswear: J. Crew