The ceremony and reception were held at the Sarasota Polo Grounds.
|Sarasota Polo Club|
|This patio is where the Ceremony was held.|
|Here is the inside of the Club House where we had our reception.|
Venue: Check! Date of the wedding: Check!
It wasn't hard to choose our Officiant. Our very good friend and Pastor at our Church, Nic Williams.
|Pastor Nic Williams|
So far so good.
We decided to hire a Photographer from our Venice Area Young Professional's group. In the beginning, she seemed to know her stuff and was very enthusiastic about doing our photos. We purchased a 4 hour package which included a 2nd photographer and a few prints. She also gave us a mini session to use for engagement photos.
We were without a Photographer and it was just weeks before the wedding. Luckily, we found Christine Nicole Photography. She was amazing. Super sweet and very accommodating. Her prices were a bit higher than the previous Photographer but I guess when they say, "you get what you pay for," it's true! In the end, we were so happy with our choice to hire Christine.
Let's talk hair. I love love love my hair guy, Steve. Poor poor Steve. He got to see the mini bridezilla in me. It took SEVERAL hair trials to make me happy. I kept changing my mind about what I wanted my hair to look like. Here are a couple pictures of the hair trials.
|Here is the 1st try. The extensions felt glamorous but it also felt a little fake and unnatural.|
|Here is the 3rd or 4th try.|
|Final product. Simple sleek updo.|
Shopping for my dress was a lot of fun! I tried on a couple dresses in Dallas with my Mom.
But ultimately I got my dress in Sarasota. There will be plenty of pictures of my dress later. :)
Looking back, all the plans went pretty smoothly. I wish I would have enjoyed the moments instead of stressing out so much.
I was so excited when our families and friends started arriving into town. Suddenly all of the planning started to feel real.
|Gma and Hayley|
|Dad and Daniele|
|Mom and Chris|
|Katie, Us, Felicity and her bf, Luke|
|Uncle Dickie, Brenda and Beth|
|Ricky and Ang|
|Chris and LT having fun :)|
|The day of the wedding was so relaxing. I spend the whole day being pampered by my family and friends. It was such an amazing experience. I often wish I could relive Oct 15, 2011 over and over again. I think the pictures can tell the rest of the story...|
More great photos on my uncle Dickie's blog: http://dickandbrendasspot.blogspot.com/
I hope you enjoyed our wedding story! Thank you to all of you that were there to help us physically, emotionally, financially and just being in our lives. Love y'all!