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Colorful Beach Wedding at Ritz Carlton Beach Club Sarasota

Colorful Ritz Beach Club WeddingThis colorful beach-themed destination wedding at the Ritz Carlton Beach Club in Sarasota was amazing! This lovely couple was  married on the “low tides terrace” which overlooks the Gulf of Mexico! To say the view was breathtaking would be an understatement!

This couple chose a white backdrop to highlight bright and bold flower choices. Their white ceremony décor, chairs and lattice arch were perfectly matched with deep coral and hot pink roses and green dendrobium orchids. This lovely duo of flowers could be found at each corner of the wedding arch as well starfish accents along the aisle which made for a fitting and memorable touch to the ceremony decor. These vibrant colors popped perfectly against the soothing white background!Colorful Ritz Beach Club Wedding

The bride herself went for an all-white look. She looked incredible in a custom wedding dress accented with a silver beaded one-shoulder strap and waist detail. Her bouquet was designed with cream hydrangea, White O’Hara garden roses, mini calla lilies and white orchids. The groom wore a white mini calla on his tan suit, selected as a flower from the bride’s bouquet!

In contrast to the wedding couple, the bridesmaids wore strawberry-colored dresses while carrying colorful rose and orchid bouquets to pull all the colors together. This contrasting color palette looked so beautiful throughout the whole day!

Colorful Ritz Beach Club WeddingThe reception was held in The Beach Club Grill. The reception tables looked lovely with gold chiavari chairs, gold chargers, white linens and floral cylinders.

These striking cylinders contained submerged white cymbidium orchids with the smaller arrangements in the bright, eye-catching colors and also lots of floating candles with submerged fuchsia orchids!

Limelight Photography from Tampa did a wonderful job capturing the essence of this day in their photography. Please be sure to check out their stunning pictures in the gallery below.

Additionally, as this was a destination wedding, the couple asked us to take the flowers to a hospice center which we did the following day— a very kind gesture on the part of the couple.

If you are planning a destination wedding and are looking for a florist in Sarasota , Flowers by Fudgie would be honored to work with you and create a day you will always remember! We are here to serve you and make those wedding day dreams come true! Contact us today!

Elegant Wedding at the Powel Crosley Estate

Crosley Powel Estate WeddingElegance and simplicity abounded at this Powel Crosley Estate wedding. While the decor was kept simple, this radiant couple shone brightly on their special day! And the gorgeous Crosley Estate was allowed to speak for itself with a pink and grey color palette that merely enhanced this idyllic setting!

Roses in light pink and white were featured in all of the flower arrangements. This provided a pure classic look, perfect for the Crosley Estate. Lighting on the logia—  by the super talented Carol and Phil of Affairs in the Air—provided the dazzling illuminated backdrop for this exquisite evening.Rose Aisle Flowers

For the aisle, two white roses tied with pretty sheer white ribbon and greenery were placed on each chiavari chair along the couple’s stunning white fabric-lined ceremony aisle.

After our couple exchanged vows on the logia, an acoustic guitar player entertained their 85 lucky guests on the venue’s beautiful pavilion for a dreamy sunset cocktail hour.

Reception Centerpiece with Roses and HydrangeaInside, round tables were met with dark chiavari chairs, neutral linens, gold napkins and low pink rose with hydrangea centerpieces for a little pop of color.

The couple treated their guests to a  scrumptious plated meal done by the impeccable Jamie Barret and her staff of Simply Gourmet. And a gorgeous three-tier white wedding cake topped with white hydrangea and small blush pink spray roses finished off the meal with a flourish. Each guest left the reception with a personalized bag of cookies wrapped with pink ribbon. Who doesn’t love to get a personalized bag of delicious cookies? It was a really tasty touch!

Wedding Cake topped with Roses

The bride’s hair and makeup were done by the incomparable Tammy Gamzo of Fresh Salon. Tammy and her associates always do an amazing job and make the bride feel and look her very best for her day!

Please be sure to check out all the lovely photos in the gallery below which were provided by Chic Shoot Photo. Their work is incredible!

If you are looking for a florist in Sarasota , Flowers by Fudgie would be honored to work with you and create a day you will always remember! We are here to serve you and make those wedding day dreams come true! Contact us today!


Country Chic Takes Center Stage at the Powel Crosley Estate

Powel Crosley WeddingThe beautiful Powel Crosley Estate was the perfect setting for this dazzling destination “country chic” wedding. From the cream roses to the black lanterns, it was a sight to see!

This blushing bride carried a stunning bouquet of hydrangea with open Mondial garden roses with blush and cream spray roses nested between, while the bridesmaids carried natural hand-tied small clusters of open roses mixed with other small garden flowers. These bouquets complemented each other very well and went beautifully with the overall decor!Bridal Bouquet

The ceremony was held under the arch at the lovely logia of the Powel Crosley Estate. Two alluring all-white hydrangea mounds on top of urns and columns framed the couple, while two low arrangements of hydrangea were used at the back of the aisle on the half wall entry. One can never go wrong with beautiful hydrangea flowers…they always make a bold, beautiful statement!

Reception Feasting TablesSince this was a destination wedding and the bride had very specific ideas for the reception table centerpieces, we set out to allay the bride’s concerns by setting up 16 feet of a table with linens and lanterns ahead of time, took a photo, and sent it to our bride so she could envision what we were planning—and she LOVED it! We will do whatever it takes to please our brides and make sure they have the perfect wedding day! We provide a personal touch with each and every wedding!

This couple wanted feasting-style tables for their reception. Each feasting table featured a burlap runner placed down the length of the table decorated with black lanterns and a mix of mercury glass of hydrangea in varying sized vases.

We also included our dazzling mercury glass pedestals candle holders with LED pillar candles—this provides wonderful light and shine!

Although the elements for the feasting tables were simple, this kind of centerpiece makes a STATEMENT! And what a statement it was! It took many, many pieces to fill these two long 30 foot tables used for the wedding: 16 lanterns, 72 small vases with single hydrangea, 32 mercury pedestal candle holders and candles, 62 other smaller mercury votives and 32 mason jars with candles…wow! Another nice detail for the tables was the the use of twine to attach the place card to the napkins which had a swig of million star babies breath tied to it…very pretty!

Romantic Wedding Lighting

Jamie and her crew from Simply Gourmet handled the catering for the reception meal. Jamie and her crew always do a lovely job and everybody leaves feeling satisfied from their delicious offerings!

And the incomparable Affairs in the Air used café bulbs for lighting over the dance floor outside. Lighting is a critical component in your wedding design and Affairs in the Air never disappoints!

If you are looking for a florist in Sarasota , Flowers by Fudgie would be honored to work with you. We are here to serve you and make those wedding day dreams come true! Contact us today!


Lovely Lido Beach Wedding

Beautiful Garden Style Bridal BouquetNothing makes a wedding quite so spectacular as having the sparkling Gulf of Mexico as your background! And this lovely romantic wedding paired beautifully with the gorgeous gulf. While the sweet ceremony was on the beach itself, the reception was at the Sunset Terrace of the Lido Beach Resort that overlooks the water…it was simply perfect in every way!

This beautiful bride wanted a very natural-looking bouquet in romantic shades of pink. For some time now bridal bouquets have leaned toward a more rounded and compact shape with little to no greenery, but now the trend is more of an open garden feel that can include greenery, berries, and even pieces of curly willow gnarled in! It’s fun to watch these trends and keep our brides happy with trends tailored to their desires.

This particular bouquet included open Pink O’Hara garden roses, Sophie roses, pink tulips, queen ann’s lace, stock white wax flower, and seeded ecu with berries; it was full of beauty! The bridesmaids carried the more compact style using hydrangea with blush roses and spray roses nested between. These two bouquet styles were wonderful complements to one another!Gorgeous Bridesmaids Bouquets

For the ceremony on the beach, we used a traditional curved-top arch trimmed with romantic tulle and a flower arrangement positioned right on top; this garden look mirrored the bridal bouquet perfectly! After the ceremony, we brought this piece inside and used it at the reception. We always like to suggest re-purposing ceremony flowers for use at the reception. It’s a great way to stretch a bride’s precious budget! And you get to look at them longer…it’s a win-win!

Wedding Arch and Pedestal Floral ArrangementGreeting the guests at the back of the aisle were 2 stunning floral arrangements on pedestals to set the stage for the ceremony. The  ceremony was performed by Grace Felice of A Wedding with Grace—she does a very personal service that the couple will always remember!

For the reception, the Sunset Terrace, with its tall ceilings, was trimmed with tulle and lights by our friends Carolyn and Phil of Affairs in the Air. The tables were decorated with elevated arrangements on glass cylinders. The open airy centerpieces included hydrangea, roses and stock with trailing dendrobium orchids. These elegant table centerpieces were truly the wow factor when the guests walked into the reception!Stunning Elevated Centerpieces!

Be sure to take some time and look at all the lovely photos provided by Kimberly Dyer Photography in the gallery below. Kimberly is a creative, skilled photographer whose photos tell a beautiful story!

If you are looking for a florist in Sarasota , Flowers by Fudgie would be honored to work with you. We are here to serve you and make those wedding day dreams come true! Contact us today!


Dazzling Downtown Sarasota Wedding!

Beautiful Downtown WeddingThis dazzling wedding took place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Sarasota. The Hyatt Regency is the epitome of class and sophistication and it is always a pleasure to do a wedding there!

For this special wedding, we turned the Hyatt Regency’s outside gazebo into a chuppa by adding gorgeous flowing fabric and beautiful large floral sprays. Desiring to add touches of pink in her color scheme, the bride added pink lilies and lisanthus and alstromeria to the flowers on the chuppa as well.Dazzling Downtown Sarasota Wedding


The beaming bride carried stunning white casa Blanca lilies with yellow dendrobium orchids nested between the lilies—it was a superb bridal bouquet!

The bridesmaids’ bouquets featured all-yellow Asiatic lilies which was a striking contrast against their dark teal dresses.  The men wore dendrobium orchids and these delicate orchids were also used in the mothers’ bracelet-style corsages on their wrists.

Pink and yellow hues were used in the Sheppard hook arrangements down the aisle as well. Pink and yellow go so well together and added a nice pop of color!

Dazzling Downtown Sarasota WeddingFor the reception, elevated centerpieces were used on the tables since the Hyatt has very high ceilings. This gave the reception a dramatic, yet elegant look. For the centerpieces, we used the clear grass pilsner vases with the deep star fighter oriental lilies with the open Mondial garden-like cream roses and the Latina rich yellow roses.

The flower vases that hung from the Sheppard hooks down the aisle were brought inside during cocktail hour and placed around the base of the cake and also used on the place card table.  The large floral sprays used on the chuppa became long and low arrangements on the head table with the bride and bridesmaids bouquets worked in between.  Whenever possible, we like to try to re-purpose the flowers from the ceremony. It only makes sense to get double duty whenever we can…and our brides love this!

Be sure to take some time and view the photos in the gallery below to see all the incredible flowers. The gorgeous pics are by Lynn Elkes of Selwin Photos!

If you are looking for a florist in Sarasota , Flowers by Fudgie would be honored to work with you. We are here to serve you and make those wedding day dreams come true! Contact us today!


Destination Wedding on Siesta Key at the Capri Resort

Destination Wedding at the Capri ResortThis was another spectacular destination wedding at the sweetest resort on Siesta Key called The Capri at SiestaThis fabulous boutique and resort on Siesta Key is not to be missed—it may be small, but it’s truly exceptional in beauty and style!

The families and friends took over the resort for the wedding and the reception over Memorial Day weekend! What a party!  The bride had a “vintage” style theme which worked perfectly with this hotel! Any theme would work with this hotel, actually…

For her flowers, this fun and creative bride selected a pretty bouquet of White Garden O’Hara roses and pink Sophie roses with mini calla, all nested into hydrangea with her bridesmaids’ bouquets all in pink flowers to match.  The bridesmaids also wore sea blue green dresses and the pretty pink just popped against them creating a heavenly effect!Feasting table with burlap runners and mercury glass vases with roses

For the reception on the patio outside the hotel, Linens by  the Sea provided beautiful linen and then  we used table runners of burlap with small mercury vases and varying sized containers with garden pink O’Hara roses and open Sophie roses and vases of million star Baby’s breath. This looked absolutely stunning! We also used blue ball mason jars as candle holders and we worked lots of starfish and sand dollars between the arrangements for a beachy feel! The reception tables were set up in a U-shaped fashion for all the friends and family…it created a very nice ambiance for the evening!

Wedding cake with pink garden rosesThe delicious food and cake were provided by the always outstanding Sarasota Catering Company with Carrie at the lead! Garden roses were used to decorate the scrumptious and pretty buttercream cake!

The wedding itself was on the beach, just a few steps from the resort. It was so nice for all the travelers to be in one place for the ceremony and reception. The beach was very warm that day and a bit busy, but the bamboo arch with sheer fabric and pink garden roses was used with white chairs from US TENT on the beach to designate a special spot for the beach ceremony. The wedding party all walked down the aisle with bare feet.  This couple wanted a fun, more laid back casual setting with the sand under their feet…perfect!Bamboo arch on Siesta Key

It continues to be our pleasure to work with brides and their families to make their wedding dreams come true!

If you are planning a destination wedding in Florida or are looking for a florist in Sarasota , Flowers by Fudgie would be honored to work with you. We are here to serve you and make those wedding day dreams come true! Contact us today!

And…be sure to check out all the fantastic pictures in the gallery below. In True Colors provided the photography for this gorgeous day and they captured the beauty of it wonderfully!

Simply Stunning Wedding on Siesta Key

Bride and Groom with tropical bold bridal bouquetSimplicity in design, when done correctly, is stunning. And this Siesta Key wedding epitomizes simplicity at its finest.

This lovely wedding and ceremony took place at the bride’s parent’s home; it was the perfect backdrop for this special day. There were no groomsmen or bridesmaids…the bride and groom took center stage!Fireplace with tropical arrangement and lanterns

The ceremony took place by the outdoor fireplace where we did a palm frond arrangement which included Bombay orchids and lanterns on each side with floral clusters on top.  Lanterns are so popular right now and they add a beautiful touch! Additional lanterns were used on the patio and around the pool to tie it together.

Vivid Tropical Bridal BouqueThe bride chose to carry a trailing bouquet in bright bold colors. This bouquet featured green dendrobium and cymbidium orchids with orange lilies and hot pink roses. The groom wore an orange vanda orchid to complement the overall color scheme—it all worked perfectly together and created a stunning effect!Stunning wedding cake with bright flowers

The wedding cake was a true work of art. It was made by Paisano’s Bakery on Clark Road in Sarasota and we pulled in all the wonderful colors by adding fresh orchids and roses in green, hot pink and orange!

Long Feasting Tables with Tropical ThemeThe guests sat at long feasting style tables, which are very popular now. Rattan chargers and elements like sand dollars and starfish were used to pull in the tropical feel, along with the bold tropical-like colors and orchids.  Each table was given the name of a city or place the couple had traveled to such as the San Francisco table, Napa table instead of a table number…such a creative idea and a nice personal touch, too!

Down the center of the feasting tables, we did a composite look with several small arrangements such as single cubes with just a rose or cylinders with candles to make a fabulous look!

The catering was provided by the incomparable Michael’s On East. Their food is always scrumptious and their staff’s professionalism is superior…they are the best!

Be sure to take some time to look at all the stunning pictures in the gallery below. Cat of  Cat Patpennenga Photography really tells a story with her photographs! And a big shout out to Nicole Kaney and her team at NK Productions who helped pull this amazing day all together! 

If you are looking for a florist in Sarasota , Flowers by Fudgie would be honored to work with you. We are here to serve you and make those wedding day dreams come true! Contact us today!



Fun Modern Wedding in Dowtown Sarasota

Modern Wedding PartyThis wedding was an absolute treat for the Flowers by Fudgie team for a very special reason, as it was a childhood friend of our owner’s daughter! Becki remembers going on a fun Girl Scout camping trip with this young lady and watching her grow up alongside her own daughter and their other friends—what a delight to now be a part of her wedding day!Calla Lilly Bridal Bouquet    

This beautiful bride is not a “girly girl!” She prefers simple and clean, and her choice of flowers throughout the wedding reflected this simplicity. She chose to use Calla Lilies for herself and her bridesmaids in simple hand-tied clusters banded with ribbon. Stunning!Modern blue orchid and white spray rose pompadour ball

The men had Dendrobium orchid boutonnieres, and the moms had the same small orchids for their corsages. And since the bridesmaids were in dazzling cobalt blue dresses, the flower girl carried a gorgeous pompadour ball of deep blue orchids with a few white spray roses and ribbon down the aisle! The color was amazing!

Blue uplighting in The Francis BallroomThe ceremony took place at the always lovely First Church on Pineapple in downtown Sarasota, which has a beautifully renovated sanctuary. We kept the decor simple with 2 elegant Calla Lily arrangements with interesting greenery on glass pedestals. These pedestals were later transferred to reception site, The Francis, and placed on either side of the sweetheart table. We love to create beautiful and re-usable arrangements for our brides! 

The Francis, adjacent to Louie’s Modern, has a distinct contemporary feel and is Sarasota’s newest boutique special events venue; it’s a great place for a modern bride! The decor chosen by the bride was an absolute perfect fit for this reception site. Wayne Delair of DeLair Entertainment was the DJ for the evening, but he also brought in wonderful uplighting in blue into the reception room, which complemented the overall look of this reception.Modern Cylinder with Orchids

To continue the clean and modern look for the reception, we used tall cylinders with LED lighting in the base for the tables. Half of the tables had cylinders with Calla Lilies inside, and the other half had cylinders with submerged white orchids. 

We believe we delivered what this bride wanted: simple and elegant, yet budget friendly! That may sound like a tall order, but we specialize in making dreams come true for our brides!

Don’t forget to take some time and check out all the beautiful photos of this gorgeous wedding by Imely Photography in the gallery below. Her work is always mesmerizing!

If you are looking for a florist in Sarasota , Flowers by Fudgie would be honored to work with you. We are here to serve you and make those wedding day dreams come true! Contact us today!

Charming Vintage Wedding at Bay Preserve in Osprey, FL

The Bridal PartyCharm abounded at every corner of this lovely vintage wedding at beautiful Bay Preserve! This beautiful wedding locale is associated with Historic Spanish Point in Osprey and it is breathtakingly gorgeous!

Huge oak trees dripping in spanish moss, the sparkling intercoastal waterway, and a large brick home made it the PERFECT setting for this happy couple who wanted an “Old Florida Lawn Party” wedding!   

The bride shared with us at our first consultation that she wanted “neutral colors” that would not compete with the beauty of the venue—she wanted a soft and romantic look, but not too fussy! We love to take a bride’s clear vision and make it a reality!Pewter Urns with Fresh Neutral-Palette Flowers

With this color-theme in mind, the bride carried a garden bouquet of hydrangea and blush tone White O’Hara roses with peach hypericum berries, ranunculus, and dusty miller…subtle in color, but dramatic in beauty!

The bridesmaids, each in a neutral gown they had chosen, carried a hand-tied wild flower cluster which included berries and Queen Ann’s lace. Each of the 4 little flower girls had delicate million star baby’s breath head wreaths in their hair and dropped rose petals as they walked down the aisle…so precious!  

Beautiful Couple with Gorgeous Bridal BouquetBefore the ceremony, the bridesmaids gathered upstairs in a lovely dressing room for hair and makeup, which was handled by the always expert Tammy Gamso and her team from Fresh Salon and Spa. They also provided the bride with a lovely yet simple up-do…perfect for this wedding! 

The ceremony was down near the water, under a huge oak tree! The stunning couple was flanked with 2 pewter-colored urns with large arrangements in neutral, fresh colors like the bride requested.  The aisle was lined with cream-colored rose petals for added beauty!

The all-white cake with white O’Hara roses was displayed in the beautiful home. This stunningly simple cake went perfectly with the theme of the day. The groom’s cake had a fun Gator-theme and family photos were used on the mantels, giving the brick house a cozy atmosphere!Stunning White Cake with White O'Hara Roses

Dinner was served on the lawn by the incomparable Michael’s on East with Tracey as the captain.  It is always a pleasure to work with such a professional team; their food never disappoints!

Vintage Garden Table SettingThe guests sat at tables alongside the water, with table runners of burlap. Vintage bottles and mercury glass were filled with a little bit of “this and that”….a few berries, spray roses, hydrangea…very simple, but as a composite grouping, very effective! The bride used green wine bottles with stenciled numbers for the table numbers—perfect!   

We couldn’t have asked for a better day and we were so pleased with how this charming wedding came together! The bride was pleased as well and this just makes our day!   

Please be sure to check out the spectacular photographs in the gallery below. The photography was provided by the outstanding Esther Louise Photography 

And be sure to connect with Gillian Francis if you would like to book a wedding at Bay Preserve or Historic Spanish Point…she’s the best!

If you are looking for a florist in Sarasota , Flowers by Fudgie would be honored to work with you. We are here to serve you and make those wedding day dreams come true! Contact us today!


Delightful Destination Wedding at the Dazzling Ritz Carlton Beach Club

Destination Wedding Ritz Carlton Beach ClubThis dazzling destination wedding took place on New Year’s Eve at the Ritz Carlton Beach Club. It was a gorgeous all-white wedding with a touch of sparkle—elegant and festive!

The wedding itself took place on the lawn with a cocktail hour happening afterward. The reception followed the cocktail hour at the Ritz in their one-of-a-kind Ca D’Zan Room! The wedding ceremony was lovely and poignant, as the bride and groom’s children stood up with them.

This all-white wedding was truly spectacular. We added touches of bling to the bride’s slight cascade bouquet of garden roses and orchids. More bling was used when we added a collar of pretty pearls under the bridesmaids’ hand-tied bouquet of the same flowers. Both bouquets were splendid! Simple white dendrobium orchids were added to the bride’s daughter’s hair by the Salon at the Ritz Carlton for an additional special touch!

For the ceremony, we used our bamboo canopy with all white flowers on the upper corners.  It really dressed it up and gave it a very elegant look. A pretty pattern was designed with rose petals on the aisle which was really eye-catching. To continue the elegant, white theme, white hydrangea were used at the back of the aisle.  It was really beautiful!Destination Wedding Ritz Carlton Beach Club

The cocktail tables had a single open garden rose on each table.  It was a simple and pretty touch, just right for the hour long time of toasting and fellowship after the ceremony!

The reception was at the main hotel in the Ritz Carlton’s Ca D’Zan Room.  All white arrangements of hydrangea and open garden roses were designed in a low glass cylinder with a band of sparkly bling around the bottom. Destination Wedding Ritz Carlton Beach ClubWe also used a little of the silver curly ting for some additional sparkle and to make them a little more festive for the New Year’s Eve celebration. Floating candles were placed on each table with submerged white orchids, making an overall soft and very romantic look! 

The couple and their family sat at a U-shaped feasting style table with the bride’s bouquet on a clip so that it could trail over the front of the table…we love to re-purpose flowers for our brides! Several smaller arrangements and candles were worked around it as well.Destination Wedding Ritz Carlton Beach Club

A good time was had by all, and everyone was still dancing as the New Year was rung in! We were thrilled to be a part of this couple’s wedding day and New Year! We were also thrilled to hear the great feedback from them! 

Be sure to view the lovely pictures in the gallery below taken by the incomparable Tibor Imely of Imely Photography and Video. It is always a pleasure to work with her.

If you are planning a destination wedding in Florida or are looking for a florist in Sarasota , Flowers by Fudgie would be honored to work with you. We are here to serve you and make those wedding day dreams come true! Contact us today!

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