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 both a destination wedding (the couple lives in New York) and like it was their home away from home.

What attracted you to Ian the most?
He’s just super laid back. I’m pretty type A. He’s go-with-the-flow; just a great personality, a lot of humor, a lot of wit and a super loving person with great morals and strength.

What was the planning process like?
It was fun! I’m actually an event planner and have always been curious about what it would be like to plan such a large event for myself. We had Nicole Kaney [as our wedding planner], and she was such an amazing help since we’re not based in Florida and were doing things from New York. She was able to recommend great vendors, lighting, hair and makeup. Ian got involved in some things, like the band and music, and we had an after-party with a DJ. My mom and my sister and I got really close during the planning, too.

Why did your venue stick out to you?
We definitely wanted to do it on Longboat Key; my grandpa was the mayor of Longboat Key for a number of years.  It was like doing it in our backyard but still away from New York. All of our family and majority of our friends are from New York or the east coast, so we were just really fortunate that everyone flew down to spend the weekend with us. We felt very lucky to have all those people; we had just under 300 guests.

What about the trolley? Whose idea was that?
We had the ceremony on the beach and then transferred everyone to the ballroom in the trolleys, which was a fun way to get everyone from one place to another.

What will you remember most about your wedding?
I will remember two things most: The first was that Ian and I decided to see each other before we walked down the aisle to take pictures. It was a serene, quiet moment and I was feeling so nervous, and seeing him just made everything calmer and made me more excited. My other favorite moment was that we had the band learn an Edward Sharpe song, and we got on the stage and started singing and it really set the tone of our wedding. Ian and I would step aside for a few minutes to make sure we were enjoying it and taking the time to remember it. There’s nothing better than getting married to the person you’ve been with for more than a decade.

Tell us about your photographer.
Our photographer was Ryan Joseph. He is unbelievable; he has this really cool, vintage-y style.  We also did an engagement shoot with him. When he signed on for the wedding we were really comfortable with him, and he took a lot of candid [shots] that we liked.


Venue: Longboat Key Club
Planner: Nicole Kaney, NK Productions Wedding Planning
Flowers: Tiger Lily
Décor: Affairs in the Air
Hair: D. Cole
Makeup: Courtney Franklin
Linens: Linens by the Sea
Trolleys: SRQ Trolley
Photo: Ryan Joseph
Band: The Headliners
Rentals: U.S. Tent