October 22, 2016
Photos by Hunter Ryan Photo
Sarasota seemed to be the perfect destination wedding location for Illinois natives Michelle and Ben. Instead of chilly Midwest weather and rustic autumn colors, the couple enjoyed warm sunshine and a softer palette.
“We chose the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota because we fell in love with the events team and the backdrop. The venue also allowed us to move guests around throughout the night by utilizing four various event spaces. The staff was very accommodating and made sure that no detail went unnoticed.”
In a hand-designed gown by Mira Couture, Michelle made her way down the petal-covered aisle of the Ritz Carlton Beach Club, where her soon-to be husband stood in front of a beautiful beach scene. She took her place by his side, next to bridesmaids in white and groomsmen in charcoal tuxes. The couple exchanged vows and turned to exit as husband and wife—family and friends showering them with white petals as they passed.
After cocktails on the mezzanine, an ethereal outdoor reception awaited them under a frame of white drapery. Gold chandeliers hung elegantly above pale blue luxury linens, gold dinnerware and white flowers in delicate glass vases. The Red Hot Band set a romantic mood during dinner, served by the Ritz Carlton.
“NK Productions and Innovative Entertainment helped make sure everyone was where they needed to be and that the details we discussed were executed.”
Later that evening, guests were treated to a spectacular firework display by Zambelli Fireworks, with coordinated music by Mark Joseph Creative. A four-piece bongo band led the celebration into the ballroom, where one last surprise awaited the newlyweds and their guests—a stilt walker that kept the energy going, making for a memorable end to the night.