When it comes to weddings, some couples prefer to keep things simple and intimate, and that’s exactly what Lauren and Shea did when they decided to have an elopement at the Ca d’Zan tower at the John Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida. The couple opted for a handfasting ceremony with just both their parents in attendance, followed by a reception with friends and family at Ophelia’s On The Bay in Sarasota.
The Ca d’Zan Tower, which means “House of John” in Venetian dialect, is a breathtaking building that stands out for its unique architecture and rich history. Built in the 1920s by John Ringling, a circus impresario and art collector, the tower served as his residence and a place to entertain his guests. Today, it’s a popular wedding venue for couples who want to tie the knot in a luxurious and romantic setting.
Lauren and Shea incorporated a touch of Celtic tradition into their elopement by having a handfasting ceremony. This ancient ritual involves tying the couple’s hands with a ribbon or cord to symbolize their commitment. It’s a beautiful and meaningful way to exchange vows, and it adds a unique element to any wedding ceremony.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their parents headed to Ophelia’s On The Bay for a reception with their closest friends and family. Located on Little Sarasota Bay, Ophelia’s On The Bay is known for its stunning waterfront views and exceptional cuisine. The couple and their guests enjoyed a delicious meal and celebrated the happy couple’s new union, and we also took sunset photos on the beach! Lauren and Shea’s Ringling Museum elopement was a beautiful and memorable way to start their life together.