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Weddings Elsewhere - Fall 2014

SBeauty by the Bayside ARASOTA’S BEGUILING ROMANTIC CHARM is in no doubt owed to several of its founding matriarchs—two of whom are Marie Selby and Bertha Palmer. Today their lasting legacies are sites for breathtaking ceremonies and receptions. Hammocked between the City of Sarasota’s humming streets and Sarasota Bay, harmony and serenity are found at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Marie Selby, wealthy yet modest, was an avid gardener and wished to preserve Sarasota’s natural charm. Today, couples often wed under the ancient, sprawling banyan trees or a sophisticated gazebo overlooking the bay. Others choose to wed elsewhere and dine and dance at the Mansion or the Great Room near the bay. Further down the coast is the 30-acre estate of Bertha Palmer, today called Historic Spanish Point. Couples wishing to take a step back in time, to a slower, gentler time are drawn to Mary’s Chapel. Reconstructed to its 1890’s glory, Mary’s Chapel seats 40 people in wooden pews, while sunlight pours through original stained glass windows. Those wishing to wed underneath the Florida sun are drawn to the neo-classic Pergola and Sunken Gardens overlooking Little Sarasota Bay. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as the Sarasota County Historic Register, Bay Oaks Preserve exudes Old Florida elegance. A carriage house, mansion, and historic boathouse and dock offer a majestic setting for weddings. 10 Weddings Elsewhere | FALL 2014


Weddings Elsewhere - Fall 2014
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