A day in Sarasota

9:41:00 PM

After my morning run I did a bit of homework and then it was down to Sarasota for our second food tasting with Treviso, oh my was it delectable! This time we tasted the salad and the new additions to our pasta station, yum yum!

Me and my hubby to be on our way to Sarasota :)

After stuffing our tummies full of deliciousness and some chit chat time with the caterer we headed to the site of the ceremony and reception to get a better feel for the space. I seriously cannot wait! I think it was prettier today than the last time I saw it.
A little background info on our wedding location
Choosing the Ringling Museum actually started all with a little hint from my sister, Alyssa. She had been there a few times with her school and had suggested it as a location. Little did I know at the time how much I would fall in love with it. When we first went down to Sarasota to tour the grounds, there was no question in my mind, or anyone else's that this would be it. There was absolutely nothing that would top this beautiful venue. Although we sacrificed having a Saturday wedding and yes it will all be outdoors which is a little risky, it is all worth the risk to be somewhere so breathtakingly beautiful!

Picture from where the cocktail hour will be
Morgan and I on the terrace of the Cà d'Zan, where the reception will be held.
Mom and I on the terrace by the water = gorgeous!!
It is like a little bit of Italy right here in Florida, and I think that is another reason why I am so in love with it. Because I love Italy, with all of its beautiful Gothic and Renaissance architecture, its beautiful sculptures and art everywhere. When you walk the cobble streets in Italy it is like you have stepped back in time, you realize that you are walking the same roads that Romans and Florentines, etc. walked thousands of years ago. It really gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. 

We played around with how we wanted to do our seating arrangements as well and got to play bride and groom standing at the "alter" for a few minutes. It was so surreal, it is all starting to feel really real now.  This weekend was actually very productive when it comes to wedding planning, I was able to talk to the florist and get almost all of that figured out, my dress came in and it was perfect, had the food tasting, figured out where the guests will sit during the ceremony as well as the reception, talked about some more fun details that will be a surprise for the wedding day, and got to look at 2 hotels for our out of town guests. We will be going down again soon to check out some more, but be prepared for some amazing group rates!
This mosaic sun will be our alter

The mosaic sun actually has some sentimental meanings to Morgan and I as a couple. The place where we got engaged, in Florence actually had a mosaic sun right where Morgan got down on his knee and asked me to be his forever. I think it may have been fate that this happened to be on the grounds of our wedding venue and it was no question that we would want to have our ceremony take place there.

"I cannot wait to be your wife!!!" 
This is going to be the best day of our lives, now I just wish it would hurry up and get here!! 

Next we were able to go check out a few hotels in the area to figure out some group rates and just to take a peek into some of their guest rooms. Get a feel for the space to see if we really wanted to stay there or not, and if it would be enough room for 7 guys and 7 girls to get ready in! <-- That is a HUGE concern! The hotels we hit today was the Hyatt Place and the Hotel Indigo. Hyatt Place was very nice and super close to the venue offering a free shuttle for the guests to and from the wedding. But I was a little disappointed with the Hotel Indigo, I guess I just had higher expectations and it just did not live up. So I don't think we will be using them. But no fear, there are about 4 or 5 more hotels we need to check out before we decide which ones we will reserve blocks for our guests. We won't let you down!

After a blissful day at the Ringling, we headed back to St. Pete, stopping to get a little something sweet on our way out of town :)
Vanilla soft-serve with rainbow sprinkles, so boring, but my absolute favorite! :)
Watching the sun go down, I realized that the days are going to fly by to our wedding and I really need to make sure that I just sit back and enjoy all of this. I must say that I am so glad that we have so much time to plan everything and that we are getting a lot of the big things out of the way now. This will definitely make the experience so much better and enjoyable for everyone. I am in wedding heaven right now and nothing can bring me down. 

I am marrying the best man I have ever known, he is my rock, my best friend, a shoulder to cry on and the one who can always put a smile on my face. He is my prince charming and my soul mate, I love him more than words could ever say and I am looking forward to our life together.

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