Jessica and Alex - A Wine-lovers Wedding

Alex and Jessica had their first date on November 22, 2011 and they had an instant connection. They elected that same date for their nuptials three years later, and wanted their wedding day to be a celebration of their love with an intimate group of their closest friends and family. Both food and wine lovers, they recalled one of their first romantic getaways together in Sarasota where they attended a food and wine pairing dinner at Michael's on East, and they knew they wanted to treat their guests to that same experience. They exchanged vows in front of the towering Wedding Oak at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens nearby, and during their ceremony they participated in a wine box ceremony where they sealed a box containing wine and love letters to be opened on their anniversary. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while enjoying live piano music in the Michael's wine shop. In a dramatic unveiling, the rolling divider doors of the wine cellar were hoisted at the end of the cocktail hour, revealing the space for dinner. Long feasting tables featuring iron candelabras and grey-washed hedgeboxes of flora were immaculately set with gold beaded glass charger plates and custom printed menus detailing the five course meal with wine pairings. Wine details appeared everywhere from the wine cork table numbers, to the wine bottle guestbook, to the bottle of wine keepsakes the couple sent home with each guest (from their favorite Napa winery, the Mayo family estate).  The chef presented each course, and sommelier explained each wine pairing. It was truly an unforgettable experience for guests! Following the world class meal, guests danced and mingled before savoring the wedding cake and surprise groom's cake the bride ordered for the groom in honor of his alma mater!  When the night came to an end, guests?sent off the couple under a blaze of sparklers.

                              The couple posed in front of the historic mansion at the Marie Selby Gardens

            The garden ceremony featured a flora-adorned whitewashed wood arch in front of the Wedding Oak

          Flowergirls wore gold sequin and tulle dresses and carried burlap-wrapped buckets filled with petals

                      The couple sealed a box of wine with love letters, to be opened on their anniversary

                The bride's all white bouquet consisted of hydrangea and roses accented with seeded eucalyptus

                                 The bride wore a stunning fit and flare organza gown with sheer cap sleeves

    As a unique guestbook alternative, guests tucked their well wishes into bottles to be opened on anniversaries

                             Feasting tables were set in the wine cellar and lined with iron candelabras

  Place settings features gold-rimmed chargers and goblets, with hedge box centerpieces filled with natural flora

   Guests enjoyed a four course menu with wine pairings, with each course presented by the chef and sommelier

             The wedding cake's textured buttercream icing was accented with fresh flowers and a wire topper

                            Guests received bottles of wine from the couple's favorite Napa vineyard as favors

                                             Cute custom door hangers were tucked into hotel welcome bags

                                      The couple exited through a tunnel of sparklers in the Michael's atrium

Ceremony Venue:  Marie Selby Gardens

Reception Venue & Catering: Michael's on East 

Photographer:  Andy Martin Photography

Florist:  Belle Fleur

Cake:  Cakes by Ron

Makeup:  Lindsay Does Makeup

Videography:  Right Hand Films

Transportation:  SRQ Limo