Van Wezel Wedding Photography | Emma and Kevin


Van Wezel Wedding Photography, Bride and groom lean against a fence as he wraps his arms around her, Sarasota Bay

Come join us as we guide you through our favorite pictures from Emma and Kevin's beautiful Van Wezel Wedding Photography. Against all the couple's assumptions, it was a perfect day. Well, of course they always knew their Wedding Day would be perfect, but between the red tide, the afternoon thunderstorms and Florida's generally persnickety attitude of late, the Bride and Groom knew that the possibility of having an outdoor wedding was a coin toss at best. But when the day of their nuptials finally arrived, the skies were clear, and Sarasota Bay was too! The happy couple couldn't have asked for a more perfect Florida day. I'd met with Emma and Kevin a week earlier to run through the details of the day, and as we sat at Starbucks sipping coffee and getting to know each other better, I was struck by how laid back this couple was. Red tide? Whatever. Rain? Pfft! They were getting married, all the rest was small stuff! It was a great reminder of what a wedding day is really about: you, the one you love, and all the people there to celebrate with you. And celebrate they certainly did! When I arrived in Sarasota at the Van Wezel to photograph their wedding, the beautiful Bride and her bridesmaids were already dressed and ready to jump right into the posed photos, with the Groom and his groomsmen not far behind. Not ones to miss out on a party, they wanted to get as many photos as possible taken before the ceremony so that they didn't have to miss even a minute of the cocktail hour and reception! Let me invite you to join me as we flip through my favorite photos of their Wedding day at the Van Wezel.

Van Wezel Wedding Photography, detail picture of wedding invitations, bouquet of white roses, and bridal jewelry
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, detail of invitations, bridal jewelry and bridal bouquet
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, detail picture of wedding bands and engagement rings with bouquet in the background
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, Bridal Portraits of bride holding boquet and standing in the trees in Sarasota
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, wedding portraits of the groom standing in front of the trees in Sarasota
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, portrait a groom kissing his bride as she smiles in Sarasota
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, portrait of bride and groom standing in the grass at the edge of the woods in Sarasota
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, Bride and Bridesmaids in light blue in front of Down Town Sarasota
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, Groom and Groomsmen standing infront of Downtown Sarasota
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, Wedding Party Pictures in front of Downtown Sarasota
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, Family Pictures on Sarasota bay with Ringling Bridge behind
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, Dramatic portrait of bride and groom standing on the rocks beside Sarasota bay
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, Bridal Portraits of bride and groom standing on the rocks beside Sarasota Bay
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, Black and White bridal portrait of the bride and groom kissing on the rocks in front of Sarasota Bay
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, Bridal portrait, bride and groom lean against a wooden fence as he kisses her neck
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, a bride and groom pose outside of the Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, Bridal portraits inside the performing arts hall in Sarasota

The wedding party and family darted back inside before the guests began to arrive. The couple's lovely ceremony took place out on the Van Wezel's dock, overlooking Sarasota Bay and the Ringling Bridge. The isle and ceremony site were marked simply with flowers on standing pillars and 3 musicians played acoustic music as the couple made their way down the isle. The sun began it's decent just behind the bride and groom, sparkling over the water as they said their vows and became husband and wife.

Van Wezel Wedding Photography, detail pictures of the ceremony site on the dock
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, detail pictures of ceremony site and palm trees
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, Bride and groom look at each other as they walk down the isle overlooking Sarasota Bay
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, the bride and are viewed through the flowers as they look at each other during the ceremony, Sarasota Florida
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, Wedding ceremony overlooking Sarasota Bay, by Sandhill Photography
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, During the ceremony, the couple share their first kiss as husband and wife.  Sandhill Photography, Sarasota.

Held on the Terrace behind the Van Wezel in view of Sarasota Bay, the cocktail hour was a beautiful affair. The musicians continued their romantic tunes and the guests mingled in and out of the shade, wandering past the golden reflections and purple walls of the venue. The newlyweds and their guests mingled before a background juxtaposing nature and architecture, enjoying life and celebrating love.

Van Wezel Wedding Photography, guests mingle on the terrace during the cocktail hour, downtown Sarasota in the background.
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, Guests enjoying the cocktail hour as the live band plays.
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, Guests toast to the bride and groom under a clear blue sky

The wedding reception began in the Van Wezel's Grand Foyer, and I photographed the Bride and Groom as they shared their first dance as the sun set over Sarasota Bay, visible through the window lined walls. Dinner was served, and the Newlyweds, lovers of good food, shared personalized seasoning with their guests so that they could take a taste of the wedding home with them. After dinner, the cake was cut and the real party began! The live band kept the crowd dancing all night (you can even head over to our Facebook page to spot a picture of me dancing with the bride's grandfather!) Guests laughed, danced, sang, and before the night was over, EVERYONE took a turn playing a solo on the inflatable guitars!

Van Wezel Wedding Photography, reception details of place setting cards
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, Reception details of wedding favors and center pieces
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, reception details of table settings, bridal bouquet, and rings, by Sandhilll Photography
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, detail picture of cake by Mattison's, white cake with purple flowers, Sandhill Photography, Sarasota
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, Reception, The bride and groom share their first dance as the sun sets over Sarasota Bay
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, the bride and groom cut their cake and share a kiss in the Grand Foyer reception
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, bride and groom, and guests dancing at the reception
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, Grandparents play inflatable guitars at the reception, Sandhill Photogaraphy
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, live band plays at Grand Foyer Reception
Van Wezel Wedding Photography, guests enjoy the dance floor at the Grand Foyer reception

Congratulations Emma and Kevin!! I couldn't be happier for you! Thank you for letting Sandhill Photography capture your Van Wezel Wedding!!

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Vendors: Photography: Sandhill Photography Wedding Planner: Ashley Gruters at SRQtees Venue: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Catering: Mattison's Cake: Mattison's Band: The Smoking Jackets

At Sandhill Photography, it's our pleasure to capture all the most special moments in your life. We offer Engagement Sessions, Wedding Photography Packages, Maternity and Newborn Sessions, and Family Photography. We are based in Bradenton Florida, and service the Sarasota, Tampa, and St. Pete areas. Photographer Emma-Rose would love to help you capture memories to last a lifetime. Book your Photography Session today with Sandhill Photography and don't let another one of life's amazing moments pass you by!