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Hanna and Rob’s Splendid Ca’ d’Zan Wedding – March 1st – Sarasota, Florida

As a wedding photographer, one of our sole responsibilities is to capture the true essence between our brides and grooms, and only within a small amount of time. Typically, it’s ideal for everyone to meet before the big day to get to know one another, but sometimes and for whatever reason, it just doesn’t happen. This is exactly how it was for me with Hanna and Rob for their wedding on March 1st in Sarasota, Florida. I couldn’t help but be slightly nervous. I had all these preliminary thoughts of, “I hope I can break the ice with them easily”, or “I hope we are able to make a connection”. All I can say is that we became quick friends within a matter of minutes of meeting them. This is how I like to begin telling the story of their day. Without any previous introduction, Hanna and Rob’s laid back and infectious personalities made it SO easy to photograph them. Now the day couldn’t have been anymore beautiful and neither could the backdrop for their wedding. The Ringling Ca’ d’Zan Mansion is an iconic historic mansion nestled on the Sarasota Bay and it posed as the site where the happy couple would exchange vows. You may have remembered it as the mansion featured in the movie remake of the classic novel “Great Expectations”? Yes, that’s the one. The grounds of the mansion are vast and lush, with Banyan trees and nude Italian sculptures throughout. Hanna and Rob opted to see each other before hand, and the moment Rob saw her, he couldn’t help but get emotional. The ceremony began just as the sun was setting and the colorful stained glass windows glowed as the sun light hit them on the way down. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served while Jessica and I drooled over, I mean photographed the gorgeous reception details. I don’t think I’ve ever met a bride who loved gold more than me. I have met my match to say the least!  Nicole Kaney of NK Productions and her team did an amazing job in designing a spectacular reception space. The entire day was classic and relaxed. Everyone had an amazing time, especially Hanna and Rob. From their dances to the toasts, I could see that their family and friends were truly truly happy for them. From having just met these two beautiful people that day, I could even feel how genuinely they loved each other. I guess that’s why it was so effortless to photograph them!

xoxo – Abby

PLANNER:  NK Productions

CEREMONY & RECEPTION:  Ringling Ca’ d’Zan

SHOES:  Jimmy Choo

HAIR & MAKEUP:  Fresh Salon

FLORAL DESIGN:  Tiger Lily

CAKE:  The Cake Zone

PAPER:  The Paper Tree

LIGHTING:  Affairs in the Air

FURNITURE:  MMD Events

DJ:  Stereophonic

CATERER, CHAIRS, & LINENS:  Michael’s On East

PHOTO BOOTH:  The Fancy Booth

 

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