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The wedding story of Emily and Chris – August 20th, 2011 – Sarasota, Florida

I love shooting destination weddings, especially when I get to travel to my hometown of Sarasota. Not only is it a great excuse to visit the old fam, but it always brings me running into old friends from school growing up.  Emily and Chris’s wedding in particular mixed business with pleasure for me as Emily and I attended the same high school and church.  So needless to say, I loved having the opportunity to document their wedding 11 years later. Seriously full circle. The rainy and steamy August weather didn’t stop Emily and Chris from having the wedding of their dreams. The rain gods must be on my side because the past two weddings the rain has miraculously stayed away allowing for me to get some beautiful sunlit portraits of my happy couples. Emily’s wedding gown was a deep champagne tone complete with a sweetheart neckline, and beautiful crystal embellishments surrounding the waist.  It even had pockets which made me love the dress even more. Her sparkly Jimmy Choos were the perfect addition along with her University of Tennessee garter belt. The bridesmaids wore beautifully rich eggplant empire-waist gowns made of a light, airy chiffon material, perfect for the Florida humidity. The groomsmen wore classic black tuxedos with accenting eggplant and purple vests. Emily’s bouquet was beautiful and striking made up of a simple pale purple roses. I am always in favor for one flower throughout the bouquet. The ceremony was luckily held indoors at the Church of the Palms as the rain came and went all while Emily and Chris were exchanging their vows. Afterwards, guests made their way to the historic Spanish-style Field Club to sip on cocktails while we photographed more portraits. After dinner, guests listened to the lovely speeches made by the Made of Honor and Best Man, then danced to the great music from the Sarastoa-based band, My Friend Scott.  A stunning sunset completed the amazing day for Emily and Chris, truly a perfect ending.  Congratulations!

xoxo -Abby

DRESS:  Martina Liana – CC’s Boutique

SHOES:  Jimmy Choo

PLANNER:  The Perfect Settings

FLORAL:  The Perfect Settings

CEREMONY:  Church of the Palms Presbyterian – Sarasota, FL

RECEPTION:  The Field Club – Sarasota, FL

STATIONERY:  Kruse Kreations

CAKE:  Thompson Cakes

BAND:  My Friend Scott

SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER:  Jessica Friend of Liga Photography

 


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