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Weddings Elsewhere - Fall 2014

WeddingsElsewhere.com 11 SCultured Couples ARASOTA COUNTY HAS EARNED the reputation of Florida’s Cultural Coast® and for good reason. With the only professional ballet company (Sarasota Ballet) on the west coast of Florida, an opera that owns its own Opera House in the center of town, a professional orchestra, numerous theaters and art festivals throughout the year, it is hard not to be enamored with the cultural vibe. Many of the venues also double as spaces for weddings. Dance under the stars in the Italian-inspired courtyard at The Ringling, home to Florida’s state art museum and a legacy left by circus impresario John Ringling and his wife Mable. For a nominal fee, guests can tour the inside of the Museum. The Venetian-Gothic inspired Ca d’Zan (meaning House of John) could be called John Ringling’s love letter to his wife. Not only will the bride and groom feel like a king and queen at an outdoor affair by the bay, guests will not want to leave. For those looking for an extravagant way to pop the question, consider the renting out the Ca d’Zan tower. The price tag is extravagant, but those looking to impress will not be disappointed. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, one of the most revered in the country, offers stunning views of Sarasota bay and the city’s skyline. Get married by the bayfront and go indoors for a catered affair by a local favorite, Mattison’s. Sarasota’s illustrious circus heritage can add a bit of panache to an ordinary day. Local student circus performers are adapt at performing at events and weddings. Many of these students later make their way to professional circuses around the world. Specialized and talented local wedding planners make sure the planning or the wedding itself doesn’t turn into a three-ring circus. Consultants offer custom-planning services to turnkey weddings. above: The Ringling or Ca d’Zan


Weddings Elsewhere - Fall 2014
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