Cat and Greg . . . A Great Gatsby-ish Wedding in Sarasota Florida
This is my tenth year as a full time wedding photographer and I can think of no better way to wrap up a decade of destination wedding photography than to photograph Cat & Greg’s sophisticated and sublime wedding in Sarasota, Florida. Cat assisted me many years ago with weddings (and has a much more accurate memory of some of the craziness of those early years!) and has gone on to become a fabulous photographer and photo editor for a prominent magazine in Sarasota. She has a keen eye for funky vintage glam and an impeccable sense of style. It goes without saying (even though I’m saying it) that this wedding was a combination of dreamy and terrifying for me. (That might sum up my entire career as a wedding photographer.) Everywhere I turned there was another gorgeous detail, a stunning angle, a lovely expression. I agonized over whether or not I could do the event justice and meet Cat’s expectations. I shot billions of images, suffered a major hard drive crash (luckily it was all backed up) and re-edited the entire wedding and am now floating in heavenly bliss. Thrilled to share this wedding with you and I hope it inspires you to the core!
Cat’s parents hosted the rehearsal dinner in their backyard.
One of Cat’s bridesmaids took their wedding logo to a baker and had this cake made!!
Cat’s father grew up in the Powel Crosley Estate, which has since become a historical museum. It was a dream come true for Cat to be able to have her wedding here. She wrote a captivating description of her thoughts on her wedding website. Incidentally, this mansion is where they filmed Great Expectations several years ago- before they did a major renovation!
Yummy, yummy, yummy details…
I have played it safe for a decade by positioning myself at the end of the aisle to get the shot of the bride walking down with her father. I had just said to Cat, “see you at the end!” and then at the last second changed my mind. I dashed up the stairs just in time to catch Cat before she descended the staircase. When I rushed in she started laughing and said, “I KNEW you’d change your mind!” This image was worth that wild dash!
This is Cat’s adorable hairstylist (one of the many as far as I can tell!)
Greg is a phenomenal artist and painted all the signs for the event!
I think Greg almost lost his eye running down this precarious path! They said people were flailing the sparklers every which way and I had to yell at everyone right before the couple came down to get OFF the path and make some room! This was the ONLY semi-focused shot I could manage, but very happy with it and think it is so fun!
And the grand finale: Cat & Greg depart on her father’s boat. Lovely!
As I was flying across the country to photograph this event for Cat & Greg a day-after photo shoot was absolutely required.