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Ask the Expert: Leigh Growney Dishes on Finding the Perfect Wedding Cake

By Taylor Meredith Photography by Naomi Chokr In the quest for a perfect reception treat, some common questions always arise–such as what size dessert will be most appropriate and which flavor will be most appreciated by guests. Leigh Growney, owner of The Short Giraffe Mini Confections and Catering, sat down with us to share some valuable […]


Their Sarasota Wedding : Erin and John Allen

by Taylor Meredith Erin and John Allen The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Pretty pastel-colored flower petals adorned the lawn of the Healing Garden at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. This, along with plush green grass and tranquil waters just yards away, created the perfect Sarasota setting for Erin and John’s wedding ceremony, and a romantic reception at Michael’s Wine […]


Announcing the Winner of Our “Will You Marry Me?” Wedding Contest!

Well, it was a tough decision, but we did it: We managed to choose a winner from all the seriously amazing, romantic proposal stories that came flooding in as entries in our “Will You Marry Me?” contest. Heidi–who works at Sarasota Memorial Hospital–and her fiance, Patrick, a dentist, won us over with their funny, romantic, […]


Ask the Expert: Five Tips for Planning a Stress-Free Wedding

By Stephanie Gonzalez Let’s be honest: Planning a wedding can be fun, but there’s a lot to it—everything from choosing a dress and picking a photographer to managing budgets, vendors and all those other details. So here’s our gift to you: From time to time, we’ll post insider tips from local industry experts about how […]


Their Sarasota Wedding: Andrea and Nate Fanning

By Stephanie Gonzalez Andrea and Nate Fanning Sarasota Yacht Club August 4, 2012 Sarasota is a remarkable place for destination weddings—and that’s just why Andrea and Nate Fanning chose to celebrate their nuptials here. Originally from Indiana, Andrea and Nate wanted to have a ceremony with close friends and family on the beach where they […]


Their Sarasota Wedding: Ian and Jessica Carrington

By Stephanie Gonzalez Ian & Jessica Carrington Longboat Key Club October 15, 2011 Jessica–the granddaughter of a former Longboat Key mayor–always knew she wanted to get married on Longboat Key. So when her boyfriend of more than a decade, Ian, proposed, they planned an elegant ceremony and reception at Longboat Key Club that felt like […]


Start Hoarding Bacon Now, Before It’s Too Late!

Imagine a world without bacon! Sure, this is an election year. Yes, we need to move forward with building better roads, better schools and securing our homeland. But seriously, folks, we are about to have major culinary trauma ahead. According to The Huffington Post and the National Pig Association, Great Britain is facing a bacon […]


Two Dives and a Really Good Bowl of Asian Noodle Soup

If that Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives guy, Guy Fieri, is reading this, then he needs to get back to Sarasota. I had a two-dives-in-one-week experience and it was everything I wanted: Great food, down-home service and that tacky dive environment that just makes you feel at ease.       J.R.’s is the perfect dive for […]


Fondren and Danny’s Siesta Key Engagement Session

We’ve shown you several real Sarasota weddings on this blog so far–scroll down to check them out!–but from time to time, we’ll showcase photos of some especially unique engagement shoots that have caught our eye, too–like Fondren and Danny’s moody Siesta Key session, photographed by Naomi Chokr. The couple, who first met and became friends […]


Their Sarasota Wedding: Keila Ayub and Jim McGee

Keila Ayub and Jim McGee Jacksonville, FL Venue: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens   How did you and Jim meet? We both started working for Crate & Barrel right when it opened in Tampa. We helped open the store together. I guess Jim immediately was drawn to me; we became friends, started dating and it went […]