The Downtown Wedding Showcase offered brides-to-be lots of inspiration.

If you happened to walk down Pineapple Avenue last Thursday night between 6 and 8 p.m., you would have seen a gaggle of women congregating near L. Boutique and L. Spa, champagne flutes in hand, enjoying the first-ever Downtown Wedding Showcase. The brainchild of Nicole Kaney of NK Productions, the event was designed to highlight some of downtown Sarasota’s best wedding-industry businesses and offer brides-to-be the chance to meet the experts, get wedding tips and see the top bridal trends right now.

What we loved: The beachy, aquamarine-themed table décor (perfect for Sarasota) by Linens by the Sea; mini-cupcakes, cookies and other pastries from The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota’s dessert display (the chocolate-orange was a favorite); letterpress stationery in a variety of colors from Write-On Sarasota; bouquets for bridal parties and receptions from The Naked Florist; light bites—perfect for passed appetizers at a reception—from Michael’s On East; lookbooks from Blonde Cow Photography showcasing the photographers’ signature style; and swoon-worthy jewelry from June Simmons Designs that paired perfectly with the fabulous gowns La Mariee’s had on display. To top it all off, L.Spa was offering free mini-manicures and massages, plus skincare tips to help brides look their best on their big days. You know it’s a fun event when guests are still hanging out past the official end time, which was certainly the case Thursday night.

And speaking of weddings, stay tuned: You’ll see more Sarasota wedding coverage on our site very soon. In the meantime, if you have questions you’d like answered by local wedding experts, send them and look for the answers in upcoming blog posts.