Florida Wedding Venue Profile: Ca’d’Zan

I mentioned in my last post that I’m super excited to start featuring guest blogs by other wedding industry professionals. Here to kick off the first guest blog on The Stylish Soiree is Denise Woods of Denise Woods Weddings & Special Events Design Firm. Denise is a wonderfully talented wedding planner in Florida, and is acquainted with some of the most stunning venues in the state. I asked her to share some of her favorites, and she sent me a writeup on the spectacular Ca’d’Zan in Sarasota, Florida:

– From Denise… –

The King of the Circus, John Ringling and his wife, Mable built this Italian Renaissance style mansion overlooking the Sarasota Bay in 1924. In 1927, John Ringling moved the winter quarters of his Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus from Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Sarasota, Florida. Open to the public, Ca’d’Zan rapidly became the most visited tourist attraction and one of Florida’s most popular wedding venues.

Situated on the water’s edge of the 66 acre Ringling Museum estate, this is very much a hands-on museum, where every third Thursday in the month people are invited for cocktails on the Ca d’Zan’s terrace, and where many Sarasota residents and visitors can enjoy lectures and take part in cultural workshops. The Ringling Museum also houses a teacher training facility, art conservation laboratory, art library and acres of parkland containing banyan and palm trees, along with a host of exotic and native plants. Its construction masterminded by Mable Ringling, who ensured that the interior of the mansion was as extravagant and beautifully finished as the exterior. The exterior was covered with a flamboyant mix of glazed tiles, mosaics, stained-glass windows and cast stone.

Seventeenth century tapestries hang from the upper gallery, and an 1875 French tapestry rug covers the marble tile floors. Reproduction Louis XV gilt furniture establishes the formal style that the Ringling’s wished to achieve for this mansion. The Tower, center over the house’s main facade, was lit whenever the Ringling’s were in residence at Ca’d’Zan. From the thirty-one foot tower, one could survey the vast extent of the property and the beautiful Sarasota Bay.

With its 8,000 square foot terrace, over the years Ca’D’Zan has captivated thousands of wedding guests with its splendor and history. A wedding at the Ca’d’Zan, with the Ringling Museum to the east and the Sarasota Bay to the west, is a day your guests will never forget.

For more information go to www.ringling.org/CadMansion

Denise Lynn Woods, Creative Director/Owner
Denise Woods Weddings & Special Events Design Firm
Coast To Coast Wedding Professionals Blog
La Belle Mariee {A Brides-To-Be Blog}
Phone:  941/209.2379

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