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“Grace & Grandeur” The Wedding of Michelle and Paul – The Ringling Museum of Art & The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, Florida

This past Memorial Day weekend I had the honor of photographing Michelle and Paul’s stunningly beautiful wedding in Sarasota, Florida. Their ceremony was held at The Ringling Museum of Art with the reception taking place at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, two iconic venues that are quintessential to Sarasota. Michelle and Paul couldn’t be anymore sweet, fun, and might I add, easy on the eyes. Michelle’s look was elegant with a hint of old Hollywood glam.  Her dreamy Monique Lhuillier gown fit her like a glove, and her simple jeweled headband added a touch of romance to her whole look. Paul was a picture perfect groom with his dapper look and fabulous head of hair. These two really were a perfect match! The weather was divine and not too hot. Guests sipped on cucumber infused water while taking their seats in the Ringling Museum courtyard overlooking the statue of David. Michelle and her Father walked down the aisle all while Paul stood at the altar with the biggest smile on his face. The backdrop for portraits was endless which made Jessica and I very happy photographers! The dark gray bridesmaid dresses and black tuxedos mixed with the pink-washed walls of the museum made for the perfect color combination and we had a ton of fun shooting their portraits. The same color palette was used at their reception which was stunning! Pale pink linens, gray chivari chairs, ivory hydrangeas, and tons of candlelight set the tone for the romantic scene. Lisa Stoner of E-Events and her “E-Girls” did an amazing job of transforming the ballroom into a warm and intimate atmosphere. Confetti flew through the air during the last song which was none other than “Shout” a wedding classic! This was such a fabulous wedding and I loved photographing every minute of it. Congratulations Michelle and Paul, your wedding was so perfect!

xoxo – Abby

CEREMONY:  The Ringling Muesum of Art

RECEPTION:  The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

DRESS:  Monique Lhuillier

SHOES:  Christian Louboutin

PLANNER:  Lisa Stoner of E-Events


VIDEO:  Jeffrey Stoner Video

HAIR & MAKEUP:  Ana Molinari




Michelle and her Monique.

Warm and lovely details.

Chanel love.

Love the keyhole back!

A loving look from her Sister.

Paul and his groomsmen.

A few last minute touches.

A little Sofia champagne to sip on!


Her Father seeing her for the first time. Michelle gave him an embroidered handkerchief with a note on it that would make anyone tear up.

…and this is what it read.

Love this vintage car!

Michelle and her Father on the way to the ceremony.

The facade of The Ringling Museum.

Michelle having a moment with her Father just before she walked down the aisle.

One of the many Italian-inspired sculptures that decorate the courtyard.

The hallways at The Ringling Museum have such amazing light!

Groom details.

Love this image Jessica shot.

A loving look from the Mother of the Groom.

Michelle couldn’t hold back her happiness.

A view of the Ringling Museum courtyard…looks like we’re in Italy.

There’s always something funny that happens during the vows.

Just married!

This image sums up Michelle and Paul, they’re so cool.

Her bouquet was so pretty.

Color scheme love…

Dapper groomsmen.

Paul and his guys sharing a few laughs.

So sweet!

My favorite portrait of Michelle.

I loved the contrast of the green wrought iron gate, pale pink walls, wedding dress, and tux. Really makes them pop!

I think the socks are a nice touch.

Could she BE anymore beautiful?! I think not!

In love with this image.

Loving the gold tones from the uplighting and candlelight!

Michelle and Paul seeing their gorgeous reception for the first time!

First dance as Mr. and Mrs. DiCicco.

Lots of fabulous speeches…

Michelle dancing with her Dad.

A sweet dance with his Mother.

Cake cutting!

Paul’s Sister (a.k.a. Best Woman) fittingly caught the bouquet.

Love how fun and carefree they are!

and kiss.


The happy couple taking it all in.

Paul and his suspenders. I would be doing the same thing too if I wore them!


The end…xoxo

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