Grab your tissues, because Tara and Jose’s wedding will tug at your heartstrings! This couple planned their Sarasota destination wedding from over 1,000 miles away with the help of Oh Darling Events, and the results were nothing short of magical. Stunning florals, wintery tablescapes, and an incredibly romantic low-back gown make Tara and Jose’s wedding truly shine. Photographer Emily Magers captured every heartfelt moment in this Sarasota wedding, including Tara’s personalized vows in Spanish that she surprised her Puerto Rican husband with.
Tara and Jose
The Devyn, Sarasota, Florida
There are so many moments of our wedding day that bring me to tears still when thinking about them, but I think the most memorable moment was our first look. It was such an intimate, emotional moment for the both of us and one we had dreamed of all our lives. We decided to share personal vows that we wrote each other at our first look and did the traditional ones during the ceremony.
As a surprise to Jose, I said the first half of my vows in Spanish, which I don’t speak fluently, but my husband is Puerto Rican so it was important to me to say them in his first language. Promising our love to each other forever was the best moment of the day for me.
Our photographer Emily was a dream to work with! She captured all the emotion, excitement and beauty of the day. I have cried multiple times looking at the photos from the day, truly feeling like I’m reliving it! We will treasure each photo forever. By the end of the weekend, she wasn’t just our photographer but a close friend. We cannot be more grateful for her!
Planning our wedding over 1,000 miles away from the location was a difficult task so honestly, I didn’t focus much on the details but more on the big things. We wanted our wedding to be an intimate setting where we could celebrate and enjoy the day with our closest friends and family. Our main focus was each other and making the day about just that.
Don’t stress. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by all of the details, but keep your eyes and heart fixed on your future marriage more then your wedding day. It was so important for me to take a step back when I was feeling stressed and remember what it’s all about. Something I will say though about planning is that I’m so incredibly thankful for the photographer and event planner I was blessed with. I was able to enjoy the day and be one hundred percent present, not having to worry about a thing. I put my trust in my photographer to capture the day and my wonderful event planner for the details and I’m oh so glad I did.
Music is a huge passion of ours and it was important to us that all the ceremony music was live. We had a couple who are close friends of ours and amazing musicians play the ceremony music.
Ceremony Songs: Us the Duo – Falling In Love, Jillian Edwards – Gotta Have You, Coldplay – Yellow
First Dance Song: Jon Bryant – Evening Sun
Jose and I are both musicians and knew we wanted our guests to leave with something they would hold onto forever. We gave CDs as our favors with music recorded by us! This was very special to us and was such an honor to do for our family and friends.
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Congratulations to Tara and Jose on your nuptials, and a big thanks to Emily Magers for submitting these amazing images to Junebug! Want more Sarasota wedding inspiration? Then you’ve got to see this geometric inspired wedding at Selby Gardens!