Samantha & Michael | Selby Gardens Wedding | Sarasota, FL

bride kisses groom as the sun rays burst through the banyon trees at Marie Selby Botanical GardensPIN It!IMAGE

Elegant Selby Gardens Wedding

When we arrived in Sarasota the night before Sammy and Mike’s big day, we were in awe of the beauty of Selby Gardens. We were hopping around, overwhelmed with the amount of photo-perfect spots.

It was an ideal setting for their elegant nuptials surrounded by the immense love and support of their families. Sammy and Mike were quite literally glowing during their vows as the sun set behind them.

The day was filled with tears of joy, so many hugs, amazing dance moves, and a ridiculous amount of cute and personal touches. In fact, when asked what made their wedding stand out from the crowd they responded,

Personal touches – we wrote our own ceremony script/vows and included a lot of design details that had special meaning to us (oranges, signature cocktails, music choices, Polaroid guestbook, etc.)

It was a truly wonderful example of two amazing families coming together to start Sammy and Mike on their new journey as husband and wife.
bridePIN It!IMAGE the bride and her mother hold hands as her mother takes her inPIN It!IMAGE

on the left, bride sprays perfume, on right, the blushing bride smiles for the cameraPIN It!IMAGE

the handsome groom straightens his tie from Tie BarPIN It!IMAGE

the bride puts on her Ilona Rubin jewelryPIN It!IMAGE

Mother of the bride looks lovingly at her gorgeous daughterPIN It!IMAGE the groom and his groomsmen looking dashing in their slate blue Indochino suitsPIN It!IMAGESamantha and her mom have the sweetest relationship. Her mother was brimming with pride and joy as she walked her daughter down the aisle. Sammy

said her favorite part of the day was watching her mom dance and enjoy herself. #motherdaughtergoals

the mother of the bride hugs her daughter after giving her emotional card before her weddingPIN It!IMAGE on left, the bridePIN It!IMAGE the groom & groomsmen cheers with cans of Stella ArtoisPIN It!IMAGE street outside the Ritz Carlton Sarasota lined with tall palm treesPIN It!IMAGE on left, bride on the stairs of the Ritz Carlton Sarasota, on right the groom shows off his card from the bridePIN It!IMAGE close up of the bride holding her Theia wedding dressPIN It!IMAGE the groom carries his bridePIN It!IMAGE the bride leads the groom down the boardwalk by the mangrovesPIN It!IMAGE market lights hang above the ceremony PIN It!IMAGE the beautiful wedding party with their navy blue dresses and suitsPIN It!IMAGE

the bride tied her late grandfatherPIN It!IMAGE

the bride shares a laugh with her gorgeous bridesmaidsPIN It!IMAGE couple among banyon trees at Selby Gardens wedding PIN It!IMAGE the bride and groom emerge from the lush greenery at Marie Selby Botanical GardensPIN It!IMAGE Bride and groom in Marie Selby Gardens wedding photosPIN It!IMAGE unique bridal bouquet oranges in it and bridal portrait at Selby Gardens weddingPIN It!IMAGE sarasota bay wedding couple in black and whitePIN It!IMAGE the groom looks adoringly at his bride as they sit on the banyon rootsPIN It!IMAGE

on left, the couple looks lovingly at each other, on right, the couple shares a kiss at sunsetPIN It!IMAGE tropical wedding details at Selby Gardens weddingPIN It!IMAGE

adorable ring bearer holds his momPIN It!IMAGE

Their ceremony was filled with emotion. A lot of that had to do with their unique music choices. They dedicated their processional songs to their grandparents; Elvis for hers and Frank Sinatra for his.

on left, mother of the bride kisses her daughter as she gives her away, on right, groom looks lovingly at his bride and her motherPIN It!IMAGE close up of the couplePIN It!IMAGE the bridesmaids smile as their friends exchange vowsPIN It!IMAGE adoring guests at the wedding as seen from across the pondPIN It!IMAGE sunset wedding ceremony at Selby Gardens in Sarasota PIN It!IMAGE a peek at a bridesmaid through the heads of the guestsPIN It!IMAGE a friend reading a beautiful Shakespearean sonnetPIN It!IMAGE bridesmaid holding gorgeous bouquetsPIN It!IMAGE on left, first kiss as husband and wife, on right, the smiles right after their first kiss as a married couplePIN It!IMAGE

bride and groom at Selby Gardens wedding ceremony PIN It!IMAGEThis is what proud mamas look like.

mothers of the bride and groom beaming from ear to ear after their childrenPIN It!IMAGE the view of the bay from the receptionPIN It!IMAGE the groom kisses his new wife on the cheek as he hugs her from behindPIN It!IMAGE cute little succulent plants placed on each table at the receptionPIN It!IMAGEMike had an adorable idea to do a Polaroid guestbook in place of a traditional book that everyone signs. They had tons of Polaroid film available and everyone snapped a quick Polaroid and tacked it up on their photo hanging rig that they made themselves using mossed pots. How cool to be able to look back on all those goofy photos years down the line?!
unique polaroid guestbookPIN It!IMAGE closeup of bride holding her bouquet with her mother and grandmother on either sidePIN It!IMAGE the groom dips the bride for a kiss at sunsetPIN It!IMAGE sweetheart table covered with succulents and oranges, navy blue accentsPIN It!IMAGE

Advice From the Bride

Sammy’s advice for brides planning their own weddings now is something we wholeheartedly agree with! Her team from NK Productions coordinated this wedding seamlessly. Sammy says,

Invest in a coordinator or planner! We are control freaks and wanted to do everything ourselves but it would have been nearly impossible for us to actually enjoy the wedding if we had been worried over the final details and the logistics of the day of. Best decision we made by far. Also don’t stress about tiny details or hiccups – no one will notice them nearly as much as you think.

DIY Florida orange place cardsPIN It!IMAGE bridesmaid taking a polaroid photo of the bride and her matron of honorPIN It!IMAGE navy blue table numbers printed by MintedPIN It!IMAGE on left, sweet hombre cake by Pastries by Design, on right, matron of honor gives her hilarious and emotional toastPIN It!IMAGE the bride and groom in hysterics during one of their toastsPIN It!IMAGEThe officiant, (AKA Mike’s sister) gettin’ down!

the groomPIN It!IMAGE the bride and groom during their first dancePIN It!IMAGE hilarious group photo of the couplePIN It!IMAGE the bride and groom share a quiet moment after dark during their receptionPIN It!IMAGE

Thank you, Sammy & Mike, for having us document your heartfelt day. We’ll never forget it!

♥ The SFP Team


Wedding Vendor Love

Planning: NK Productions

Florist: Victoria Blooms

Catering: Michael’s on East

Cake: Pastries by Design

DJ: Justin from Party Pro DJs

Hair: D. Cole Hair Design

Makeup: Alexander Honford

Dress: Theia

Shoes: Something Bleu

Headpiece: Eden Luxe Bridal

Jewelry: Ilona Rubin

Groom & groomsmen: Indochino, Brooks Brothers, and Tie Bar

Paper Goods: Minted

Lighting: Affairs in the Air

Furniture Rentals: So Staged