Real Wedding of the Week:
Jessica and John in Sarasota, FL

Florida, Real Weddings

Photo: Gina Leigh Photography

"John and I wanted a venue with an 'Old Florida' feel," says Jessica. The couple visited the Powel Crosley Estate and fell in love with the beautiful Mediterranean Revival-style mansion. On their wedding day, Jessica wore a Melissa Sweet gown from Malindy Elene. "When I tried it on for the first time, my father cried," she says. "That was all I needed." She carried a lush bouquet of peonies and lavender. The ceremony was held in the estate's open-air pavilion. Dancing was held on the patio overlooking the bay. The couple chose Stevie Wonder's "For Once in My Life" for their first dance. A DJ from Inspire Entertainment provided the evening's music. At one point friends started a dance-off, and before long everyone had joined in. "It was an all-ages dance party," Jessica says. For more from Jessica and John's wedding, see the full slideshow.

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