An Intimate Alfresco Wedding at a Historic Sarasota Estate

Bride with long veil and off the shoulder wedding gown walks hand in hand with a groom aside a bay at their estate wedding in Sarasota Florida.
Photo: Someplace Wild

Lauren and Josh met the way many modern-day couples do (and are shy to admit): Tinder. She traveled up to Tennessee to tour a college, and they matched. She was hesitant to re-enter the dating scene, but his classic pickup line, “Do you like fishing? Because you’re Lauren me in,” warmed her heart – and as they say, the rest was history.

After exactly two years, down to the minute, from that very first message, Joshua proposed on the Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga, TN. The couple journeyed through the struggle of a Covid wedding (and a million rescheduled plans) but tied the knot on May 28, 2021, in Sarasota, Florida – where Lauren’s parents met and fell in love over thirty years ago.

Their intimate waterfront summer wedding was held at the historic Powel Crosley winter estate and was designed to be a timeless and elegant celebration of their love surrounded by their closest family and friends. They let the estate speak largely for itself in terms of decorations but accompanied it with plenty of fresh florals and beautiful lights. Guests were served a seated three-course meal of spinach, strawberry and goat cheese salad, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and a choice of filet mignon or stuffed chicken breast. As the night came to a close, the couple escaped on a small yacht for a private nighttime boat ride for two.

Keep scrolling for the artfully captured photos of this alfresco wedding in the sunshine state. See more of Lauren and Joshua’s destination wedding in the latest issue of Weddings in Houston magazine.

Congratulations, Lauren and Joshua! We wish you all the happiness in the world.

A waterfront estate, Powel Crosley Estate, in Sarasota Florida.

A black and white photo of a bride looking away while getting ready for her intimate summer wedding Sarasota, FL.

A groom looks down and reads a letter his bride wrote to him before their intimate summer wedding in Sarasota, FL.

A bride's handwritten letter to her husband before their summer wedding ceremony in Sarasota, FL.

A bride smiles while wearing an off the shoulder white gown and pearl embellished veil in front of a waterfront estate venue in Sarasota, FL

A bride with a pearl embellished veil kisses a young flower boy on her wedding day in Florida.

An intimate alfresco summer wedding is set up outside a wedding venue in Sarasota, FL.

Father of the bride walks a bride down a flight of stairs at the Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota Florida.

A bride and groom smile and stand at the altar during their intimate alfresco summer wedding in Sarasota, FL.

A bride and groom kiss at the altar during their alfresco ceremony in Sarasota, FL.

A bride and groom stand with their bridesmaids and groomsmen outside of their wedding venue in Sarasota, FL.

A bride and groom walk on a lawn overlooking Sarasota Bay in Florida during their intimate alfresco summer wedding.

A close up photo of a groom kissing his bride's cheek as her veil wraps around them in the wind.

A place setting for an intimate alfresco summer wedding in Sarasota, FL.

A family style table with gold chiavari chairs on the lawn of a waterfront estate in Sarasota Florida.

A bride and groom hold each other at their destination wedding in Sarasota Florida.

A bride and groom walk together in the woods after their intimate alfresco summer wedding in Sarasota, FL.

Small three tier white wedding cake with two roses on a cake table at a Sarasota Florida wedding.

A bride and groom stand by their wedding cake and pour each other champagne.

Bride and groom walk hand in hand after their Sarasota FL wedding

“An Intimate Alfresco Wedding at a Historic Sarasota Estate”

Contributors: Photography: Someplace Wild / Southern Palm Studios / Powel Crosley Estate / Marina Jacks Dinner Cruise / Marci Lindsey / Pier 22 Catering / Stefan Cashwell / Lauren B. Jewelry / Kyle Lynn Weddings 

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