Alexa and Luis
Powel Crosley built the Florida winter home for his wife, Gwendolyn, in 1929. The two-and-a-half-story Mediterranean mansion was built in the southwest corner of Bradenton on a 60-acre parcel of land on Sarasota Bay adjacent to the John Ringling Estate. The 11,000-square-foot home has 21 rooms and 10 baths, and an adjacent carriage house has room for three cars and servants’ quarters on the second floor. Originally the mansion had a swimming pool, a seaplane dock and yacht basin. The home featured many innovations for its time, including a steel frame encased in cast stone, embedded pipes and wiring, and a 135-day construction schedule.
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, Seagate was saved from commercial development and purchased for renovation by Manatee County, which operates it now as a meeting, conference and event venue. Today, brides and grooms can have their ceremony and reception with a storybook backdrop straight from the pages of history.
Alexa looked amazing as she was escorted down the aisle by her mother, to join Luis at the bottom of the stairs on the outside patio. The couples’ custom designed wedding ceremony included a scripture reading from 1 Corinthians 13. Then, in front of their family and friends, and amazing backdrop of Sarasota Bay, the couple shared their wedding vows, exchanged rings and were pronounced husband and wife by Rev Rick Lackore of Sensational Ceremonies.
DJ Services provided by Eric, with Grant Hemond and Associates, Florals and Décor by Jennie’s Flowers; Ceremony Music by Sunset Strings; Videography by VibeChaos Productions; storybook Films, and Event Coordination by Laura with the Sarasota Wedding Gallery. Special thanks to Dafne, with Limelight Photography for providing this beautiful picture during their ceremony.
Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Luis Lopez!