January 28, 2012.

That’s the day I’ll marry the person who makes me laugh more than anyone, smile more than anything, and fills me with the joy I know God intended for me to experience from a husband.

And I can’t wait!

It’s been a little over a month since I moved to Sarasota (and blogged) and life has been one fast train of to-do’s and to-see’s ever since. Here’s kind of a modge podge of what’s been going on.

After researching every venue in Florida, we found the perfect place at the suggestion of my friend (& Bridesmaid), Katie.  We’re getting married at the Field Club, here in Sarasota.

Until getting the venue figured out, it was hard to get a vision for anything. One dress store sales associate actually gasped when I shared that I didn’t have a venue yet.

“How are you trying on dresses if you don’t even know where you’re getting married?” she scoffed.

I didn’t get my dress there.

Or anywhere yet. But I’ve probably tried on close to 30 by now. The good news is, I know exactly what I’m looking for. I think.

I thought I’d turn out to be an awesome wedding progress blogger, offering ideas and suggestions for other brides to-be but truth is, planning a wedding with a short engagement and a new full-time job is no joke.  It is a lot of fun though.

The biggest surprise so far has been the non-responsiveness of vendors. It’s hard to get a venue, hotel, lighting & tent rental companies, etc. to call me back! I guess business must be good.

We’re having 9 bridesmaids and 9 groomsmen.

The reception is going to be held mostly outdoors, on a grass field (get your wedges ready!) by Sarasota bay. I’m hoping it won’t be too cold.  We plan on having long tables instead of rounds and I want to create a space with lighting, rather than a tent. The dance floor will be under a beautiful, large tree that sits between the building and the water. Hopefully with lanterns hanging down from it.  The top picture below is part of what I am going for. 

If you have any ideas for me, on Save the Date’s, table tops, lighting, anything… let me know! On here or via Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jovanitta/Given the short length of our engagement, we need to send out Save the Dates, like yesterday. Any ideas for getting this done super quick but super awesome?

6 months to go!

3 thoughts on “1.28.12

  1. Whitney says:

    Hey Jo!

    Just looking at this makes me want to have another wedding so bad! I got our save the dates at vistaprint.com, we used the large magnets and uploaded a pic with the text. It was economically friendly and super FAST!

    So excited for you:):)

  2. Carrie says:


    I came across your site as I was looking for information on the Field Club. I am hoping to have my wedding there in Novemeber and would love to pick your brain on having a wedding there! I would really appreciate it if you have any time to possibly email me at carrielamarca@gmail.com. Thank you!!

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