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Weddings Elsewhere - Fall 2014

S By Lynn Hobeck Bates ARASOTA’S SHIMMERING WATERS PAIR WELL with sparkling diamonds and radiant couples looking to marry in an alluring location. From the moment of “he’s the one” to “I do,” Sarasota County on Florida’s Gulf Coast should be every couple’s dream. Grooms have kissed the bride on these crystal shores for generations. Many come as dewy-eyed young adults, while others arrive to celebrate their second, or even third, chance at happily ever after. With its sun, sand and cultural treasures, Sarasota County is truly a destination of love—and no passports are required. There is a lot to be said about getting away, but not too far away. Sarasota’s location on the west coast of Florida is ideal. Stay in the United States and eliminate the hassle of getting a passport, having jetlag, and facing possible language barriers. Spend that time instead with friends and family. With 38 miles of succulent beaches, enchanted mansions, abundant gardens, and bayside retreats, a Sarasota wedding can be as grandiose as you’d prefer or as clandestine as you wish. Here are five Sarasota-inspired destination wedding ideas to consider. WeddingsElsewhere.com 7 L IKE CHARMS ON A BRACELET, each Sarasota beach has its own character. Siesta Beach, catapulted into international stardom when it was named the #1 beach in America in 2011, is laid-back, yet luxurious in every way. Even at the most lavish affair, couples will not regret sinking their toes into Siesta’s satin-sewn sand. Calm surfs, azure waters, and scintillating sunsets just add to the ambiance. The key is mainly populated with condominiums with one-week rental minimums and mom-and-pop beachside retreats. On the south end of Siesta Beach is the Hyatt Siesta Key Beach, A Hyatt Residence Club. This luxury property sits directly on the beach and its concierge-service approach leaves guests plenty of time to relax in poolside cabanas, catch a movie at the swim-up cinema or dine on gourmet delicacies. Canopy-covered roads lead you to Turtle Beach on the southern end of Siesta Key. Here the sand is courser and the beaches are less crowded. Beautiful reception spaces are just a few miles mainland and limousines and trolley services are popular escort choices. Lido Beach is a short walk from the al fresco shopping and dining district, St. Armands Circle. Vast stretches of quiet coastline make this an ideal Seaside


Weddings Elsewhere - Fall 2014
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