This New York couple chose Sarasota and the Ritz Carlton for their destination beach wedding. It was a perfect October day for the Fudgie’s team to design a chuppah made of curly willow, grapevine and decorated with hot pink roses, Italian ruscus and bougainvillea. The bride liked the natural look of vines. As a result, it was carried into every aspect of the ceremony and the reception. Small tips of curly willow were added to all the men’s boutonnieres and the hand-tied clusters that the mothers carried.
Black lanterns lined the back of the carpeted aisle and were decorated with fresh roses and tips of curly willow. A small grapevine wreath was decorated with Ravel hot pink roses and bougainvillea and was attached to each chair lining the aisle to carry the theme through the seating area.
The cocktail hour was held on the Ritz’s beautiful Sunset Terrace at the beach. Then, the 60 guests were transported to one of the ballrooms at the Ritz hotel downtown. There, the elegant room was back-lit with hot pink up-lighting on the walls. Affairs in the Air handled the placement of the gels that gave the room a soft wash of pink and Brett from Made in the Shade placed several ficus trees and ferns around the perimeter of the room. Each guest table held two tall cylinders at 26″ and 20″. Each one contained curly willow with hot pink roses and spray roses and a swag of bougainvillea tucked into the branches. The base of the tall cylinders were flanked with two glass cubes with curly willow nested inside and mounded with more roses. A dozen small cube-like votive candles completed the centerpieces and added to the ambiance of the room.
The bride’s bouquet of hot pink roses, ranunculus, nerine lilies and miniature green hydrangea became the centerpiece for the couple’s sweetheart table, along with four additional small cube arrangements of roses and votives. The place-card table had a beach theme with the cards nested into trays of small shells and flanked with many candles, shells and cymbidium orchids.
We were delighted to hear from the bridal couple on the day after the wedding! They told us their special day was everything they dreamed of and that the flowers and decorations were a big hit with all of their guests. The Flowers by Fudgie team does it again!