The Gasparilla Inn & Club in Boca Grande was the wedding weekend's host venue for Jen + Laurence's big day. On the evening prior to the wedding, they hosted a welcome party for their guests. We were happy to capture the upscale, yet casual gathering. It was a picturesque night with gorgeous, breezy weather night!
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
If you follow our blog, you know that we love weddings at The Ritz Carlton! From Sarasota to Naples, we love their wedding venues! Stephanie + Adam chose The Ritz Carlton in Naples for their big day.
When it comes to the proposal and engagement, Stephanie was completely surprised! She told us "I can say I was 100% surprised when Adam proposed...
On most Saturdays we try and take a spin class together. We woke up the morning of September 27th and like any other Saturday we went to spin class. Looking back Adam was acting a little strange but I didnt think anything of it at the time. After spin, he suggested we grab a bite to eat. I quickly freshened up but remained in my gym clothes. We went to brunch and then I said I needed to run some errands - I could see he was not pleased by this request, because I tend to turn one errand into several. At a certain point he had to drag me out of the drug store.
We went back to our apartment and upon walking in I noticed flowers all over the room and a card on the table, I was shocked, but then quickly assumed it was for my birthday which was a few days earlier. He handed me a picture book that he had our friend make (it was so cute). As I turned the pages I was reading his words to me, at one point I turned a page and immediately realized this was not for my birthday -- I started crying and then turned to the page where he was asking me to marry him! I could barely see him through all my tears but he had a diamond ring in his hand and asked me to spend the rest of our lives together. I was crying and hugging him all at the same time - and at one point said, I HAVE GYM CLOTHES ON!! It was all so funny, and amazing at the same time. He knew he had to trick me that day, otherwise I would have caught on. Later that night- he surprised me again with an evening full of friends and family at a huge celebratory dinner. People had flown in from all over - it was perfect"
Their wedding day was much the same as the proposal- lots of love and a huge celebration!