September 26, 2016

Venue Spotlight ~ Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:00 am by JBEvents

When planning a wedding or any social celebration, selecting the venue is key.  We assist our clients in determining the perfect venue for them by asking many questions to include among others, anticipated guest count as well as their vision of the theme and atmosphere. When it comes to weddings and social celebrations in Sarasota, there are so many options of venues available, from luxury hotels to historic homes, art museums, botanical gardens or of course, the beautiful beaches.  

One of the gorgeous venues that we love is Selby Gardens.  For historical information on Selby Gardens click here. The stunning beauty of the gardens coupled with the view of Sarasota Bay, creates a magical setting for an unforgettable event.  

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Weddings may be held anywhere throughout the Gardens. The most popular locations are the Schimmel Wedding Lawn and Pavilion, the Gazebo, the Banyan Grove, and The Wedding Oak adjacent to the Christy Payne Mansion. Additional areas that lend themselves to nuptial celebrations are the Great Room by the Bay indoors or outdoors at the Christy Payne Mansion.

Renovations have been underway at the Gardens, but are estimated to be complete by the first part of October which will also include an option for wedding party’s to arrive by boat on the south lawn side. 

The south lawn includes the Gazebo, Children’s Playground, and cocktail area looking over the bay, as well as a dance floor/seating area. This area can accommodate 250+ for a seated event.   There is not a backup plan on this side when it comes to weather, so usually a tent is booked. 

The Great Room by the Bay is smaller, consisting of 3600 square feet, however, for an indoor event it has a lot to offer. There is a large bay view, terrace for band or DJ, and the “wedding oak” which is picturesque for ceremony backdrop. 
Contact us to begin planning your event at Selby Gardens or any other venue in the Sarasota/Tampa Bay area.  
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This space is adjacent to the back of the Gazebo. Perfect for Cocktail Hour with the view of the Bay.

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Back view of the Gazebo looking onto the Great Lawn. Great location for a wedding ceremony.

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View of the Great Lawn while standing in the Gazebo

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This is a private lawn to the side of the Gazebo that is a great space for a Cocktail Hour or small intimate dinner. The mangrove trees are being trimmed down to offer a better view of Sarasota Bay

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View of the opposite side of the Great Lawn. This area accommodates larger events. The concrete Terrace makes a nice dance floor. See the next photo for an event set up with lights in the trees.

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Photo by Cat Pennenga Magical setting under the trees.

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Photo by Cat Pennenga Late afternoon view of set-up under the magnificent Banyan trees

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Another view of the Terrace that is perfect for a Dance Floor. The sectioned off balcony is great for a DJ or Band

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Another view of the Great Lawn. Imagine tables set up throughout the lawn.

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The Wedding Oak. To the right is a lily pond which is usually in full bloom during the peak wedding season.

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Panoramic view of the area. The Wedding Oak in the center. The mangrove trees to the left of the Wedding Oak are being removed which will leave a stunning view of Sarasota Bay. This area is filled with the “old Florida vibe” containing many unique elements of Florida nature.

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View from the Great Room standing right outside the doors. The path to the right leads to the Wedding Oak. This area provides a magnificent view of Sarasota Bay.

Combine this gorgeous venue with our unparalleled level of assistance and service and you have the makings for a truly memorable and flawless event. Let’s begin planning YOUR event now!

 

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning planning company specializing in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless execution of their event. 

 

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July 31, 2015

Morgan & Jesse’s Beach Wedding!!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:15 pm by JBEvents

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This wedding combines some of my favorite things; the BEACH and life-long friends! 

I was super excited to help plan and produce Morgan & Jesse’s wedding.  Jesse is the son of my best-friend and the 2nd sibling in the family that I’ve had the pleasure of working with.  

A unique touch that was in keeping with the beach theme, was that the guys wore starfish instead of a flower boutonniere.

The Sandbar Restaurant and The Studio at Gulf and Pine on Anna Maria Island were selected as the venue.  The ceremony took place on the beach right at sunset.  It was gorgeous.  The couple was so adorable exchanging vows ~ you could feel their love all around.

As soon as the ceremony was over, while guests were making their way over to the reception venue, some lovely sunset photos of the couple and the wedding party were captured by the photographer, Ted West.  

The guests were asked to write a message for the couple and place it in a bottle instead of a traditional guest book.  The couple will read the messages on their 1st Anniversary!!

Guests dined on a delicious array of food provided by the venue while DJ Peyt Dewar spun hits beckoning guests to the dance floor. 

The beach-themed wedding cake was not only beautiful but very tasteful as well. 

The recipients of the bouquet toss and garter throw which happen to be the groom’s sister and future brother-in-law are making good on the tradition of being the next couple to marry AND I’m thrilled to be producing that wedding as well.  

Morgan & Jesse departed the reception amidst a sparkler fanfare as they departed into the night to begin their married life together!

We wish Morgan & Jesse a lifetime of happiness.  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day!!

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