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Weddings Elsewhere - Fall 2014 9 Nokomis Beach is narrower in width than its northern counterparts but offers a restored community building to hold an intimate wedding. Nearby, Bentley’s Resort has a mainland property and beachfront inns on Casey Key’s southern end. Wedding parties are invited to rent the entire beachfront property for the special day. Further down the coast is where old-world charm meets new-world conveniences on the island of Venice. Venice Beach offers a stunning stretch of sand for a beautiful ceremony. Jetties on the island are perfect for sailing off into the sunset. Small inns and places to rent dot the island. Pooch-friendly Brohard Beach is the best bet for couples wishing to include Fido in their special day. Caspersen Beach is popular for searching for sharks’ teeth so couples looking for a little adventure may find this beach perfect for them. For total serenity and Old Florida charm, head to Manasota Key in the southern region of Sarasota County. Time slows down here. Spend the day quietly reading a book or playing in the sand as boats idle lazily in the Gulf. Manasota Beach Club has been family-owned and operated for three generations. Nestled in grand oak trees and sea dunes, the property is updated with 21st century amenities and dainty cottages welcome guests. On-site event spaces and restaurants offer options for ceremonies and receptions. Be sure to plan ahead as all the keys are hot locations for weddings throughout the year and permission is required by Sarasota County. com PHOTO: ©2014, ALEXI SHIELDS below: The Ringling or Ca d’Zan

Weddings Elsewhere - Fall 2014
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