Their Sarasota Wedding: Amanda and Patrick Tie the Knot at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota

Amanda and Patrick enjoyed a whirlwind engagement followed by a fairy tale wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.

By Bobbilynn Hollifield May 6, 2015

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How long have you and Patrick been together?

Our first official date was October 25, 2012.  My cousin Cathy had told him I was single and available. It was almost love at first date.

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How long was your engagement?

We were engaged for about six months before getting married.

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How did you choose your venue and theme of the wedding?

My parents have a place in Venice and we thought [Sarasota] was a gorgeous venue.  So naturally I wanted a wedding fit for a princess and my parents were so nice to accommodate my requests!

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What was the planning like for you? Did your family have a big part in it?

Yes, my family helped me a lot. It took a lot of time and patience.  Ashley [Gruters, of SRQtees Events] was my wedding planner and she did an amazing job! Our photographer [Johnna Brynn] was also amazing and always just a phone call away. The day of our wedding was done so well by Ashley, the staff and our wedding party.  My parents couldn't have thrown me a more fairy-tale wedding. My new parents-in-law threw the best rehearsal dinner on the lawn of the beach club at the Ritz followed by an incredible garden party on the Ritz lawn.

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How was your wedding dress shopping experience?

My dress was amazing! Dress shopping wasn't easy, but I found the perfect dress through Bridal Extraordinaire--my mom & dad helped me design it, so it was one-of-a-kind.  The wedding brought us even closer together than before. It was such an awesome experience.

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What is your favorite thing about your husband?

My husband loves me so much and is so committed to me.  Is he perfect? Probably not, but I love him so much!

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