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Sarasota: Michael’s On East Ballroom – Wedding for a Friend

Michael’s on East’s elegant ballroom was the setting for both the wedding and the reception for this recent Sarasota wedding.  Half the ballroom was set by Flowers by Fudgie for the intimate ceremony.  Fudgies created an altar surrounded by bronze candelabra set against a backdrop of lush green plants. Dramatic floral arrangements composed of Wow (coral), Circus (yellow/red edge) and Leonides (terra cotta) roses with hanging green amaranthus completed this elegant space. 

This was a special wedding for all of us at Fudgie’s. The bride, Jen Blanco, is a close friend and the officiant principal of Notary to Go, a long-time Sarasota wedding service provider. Jen was now on the “other side of the table” as she and Steve Moore were tied in marriage!  Bobbi Hicks (Weddings by Bobbi), Evelyn England (Sage art and video , Jen Blanco-Moore (Notary to Go) and Becki Creighton (Flowers by Fudgie) have worked together as a team for years as Your Wedding Source, the one-stop-shop for Sarasota brides who expect the best for their weddings. It was loads of fun planning and executing a wedding for one of our “sisters”! But this time the team included Susan Quarmby, of Weddings by Susan, as the officiant. Together, we made our dear friend’s wedding day as special as any we have ever done.

Phil Mancini, owner of Michael’s on East joined the team as Maitre d’ along with Brett Osborn of Made in the Shade, who provided the rental of the green plants. Three  other great vendors for the evening were Tammy Gamso of Finishing Touches, who did the bride’s makeup, Carl from Ole Heidelberg Bakery who provided a scrumptious cake and Wayne Delair of Delair Entertainment, who provided fabulous music for the evening.

The reception was in the same ballroom where Fudgie’s designers created elevated arrangements of Leonides, Circus and Wow roses, trailing ivy with several votive candles at the base of each one for a rich, romantic setting. This fun, loving couple continued partying on with all their family and friends all weekend. Pre-wedding fun started Friday night at Marina Jacks and ended Sunday at the Hyatt Sarasota with a grand brunch. See the photos below to get in on this great wedding weekend!

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