Destination I Do
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Destination Wedding Sunshine: A Yellow Florida Fete!

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox

Meghan and Charles chose a destination wedding for much the same reason as a lot of couples: to avoid a costly and extravagant hometown wedding. The Washington, D.C. couple knew it would be too expensive to get married near home, so they figured why not get away to somewhere warm? Needless to say, their plethora of Midwest relatives were more than happy to make the trek to sunny Sarasota, Florida.

In the end, the couple got much more bang-for-their-buck by heading out of the big city and down to the coast of Florida. What they also gained was a fun-filled wedding spread out over the course of a couple days. The only hiccup the couple encountered was in their search for the dream venue. “It’s never too early to start scouting locations – that was our biggest hurdle,” recalls Meghan. “We discovered through the process of searching that we didn’t, in fact, want a beach wedding. Because we had the time to search, we found the most perfect spot either of us could have imagined.”

Charles and Meghan’s lemon theme provided a fresh take on a warm-weather wedding. While the details were kept simple and the atmosphere casual, the splashes of bright color added some serious interest! One way the couple incorporated their theme was by hanging pictures of them with their loved ones on miniature lemon trees lining the venue’s entryway.

Since the couple was able to achieve their dream wedding away, they have some words of advice for other couples wishing to do the same. “Enjoy every moment of the planning and of the big day,” says the couple. “We both look back with such joy and happiness – the only thing we wish is that we could do it all again in exactly the same way. It was just that amazing.”

Photographer: Stephanie A. Smith Photography
Ceremony/Reception Site: Crosley Estate, Sarasota, Florida
Catering: Nellie's
Florist: Elegant Designs
Cake Artist: Rica's Cakes
Groom’s Clothing Designer: Brooks Brothers
Bridesmaids/Groomsmens’ Clothing Designer: J. Crew

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