Tuesday, March 6, 2012

An enchanting wedding....

I am a sucker for a good wedding!  My brother married his sweetheart of five years over the weekend at the beautiful and majestic John and Mable Ringling Ca' d'Zan Mansion in Sarasota, Florida.  Laden with banyan tress and caressed by the ocean, this very special venue had a Moroccan/gypsy feel.  The museum was decorated top to bottom with stained glass windows and the trim of the was gold, it shimmered in the sun.  It was the perfect place for my brother and Jade's wedding.

 Reception Area

Surrounded by 140 of their closest friends and family, PJ and Jade said I do on the front lawn of the Ringling Museum.  The parents were walked down the aisle to some odlies but goodies, the bridal party to  Marry You by Bruno Mars. Next, you only had to watch the expression on my brother's face and that told it all - Jade was coming down the aisle.  As Pachelbel's Canon played, Jade made her way down the aisle with every eye on her.  She was beautiful, she glowed, so full of love and excitement!

PJ and Jade were married by a close friend, someone that actually knew them and had watched them grow as a couple. Their bridal party was a conglomeration of old and new friends.

The Bridesmaids!

The Fellas (minus Adrian LOL)

Such a proud dad....and he didn't mess up!

Cocktail hour was full of laughter and smiles.  It was good to catch up to everyone!  Hor' devours were served by servers, the bar was also open and packed (it was a Kish event!).  Small lamb chops seemed to be the star of cocktail hour however I loved the other two served just as much - ahi tuna and goat cheese bruschetta.   The sun was setting as we enjoyed cocktail hour, conversations were flowing and excitement was in the air!  I was so excited that PJ and Jade chose White Rose to do their music.  White Rose did our wedding music and we loved them!  PJ and Jade took their pictures during cocktail hour and finished up by joining their guests for pictures before starting the reception.

Mr. and Mrs. Philip Kish were announced and they shared their first dance to Ben E King's Stand by Me.  The reception was beautiful.  The theme and colors were concurrent throughout, from the follows to the chairs.  The tables were eight tops with a teal satin table cloth and a gold shimmer overlay that have vines.  The chairs were light gold chiavari with teal satin chair sashes.  Each table had a different Moroccan lantern surrounded by delicate, light hydrangeas, roses and orchids.  The chargers where glass with gold beads around the edge to match the menu which also had gold beads on the top of it.

In my opinion, the cake was the second most beautiful thing at the wedding (after Jade).  The cake was the star of the reception.  Decorated by Jade, it included their teal color scheme and was accented by Moroccan designs.  It was five round layers with the bottom one being a hexagon.  Junko, Jade's mom, hand made the favors which were round origami balls in different colors.  I was estatic to get a yellow one!

What a party!  The dancing never stopped and the alcohol never stop flowing....


  1. Haley - you took amazing photos! Your recap of the wedding is full of eloquent details. Awesome job!

    1. Thank you! I enjoyed doing it :)