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By Trebor Britt

First time participants Eric and Joy Stanulis of Sarasota, posing under a beautiful red rose trellis at this year’s, “Say I Do, Again” event on spectacular Siesta Beach. They were married nearly 12 years ago in Connecticut.

More than 400 romantic couples celebrated a renewal of their wedding vows at sunset on beautiful Siesta Key Beach, recognized numerous times as America’s number one beach. The nondenominational annual event is organized by Sarasota Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources Department. 12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge, Debra Johnes Riva led the ceremony as the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico. Siesta Beach Manager, Cindy Turner related several new features added this year. These included an incredible themed sand sculpture, created and designed by Sarasota resident and Master Sand Sculptor, Brian Wigelsworth. As well as a violinist and photo opportunities for couples to enjoy, sponsored by local wedding planners. This year’s gift bag contained a heart shaped candle, rose and a framable certificate. Nearly half to 3/4 of the couples have participated in the event before, which speaks loudly about the value and success of one of Sarasota’s most popular events.

Sarasota resident and Master Sand Sculptor, Brian Wigelsworth worked meticulously to provide a popular new feature at this year’s event.
Violinist, Laurie Vodnoy-Wright of the Sarasota Chamber Orchestra, providing wonderful music that set the mood for the wedding vow renewal ceremony. She moved here from Chicago after joining the Florida Orchestra. She‘s been playing violin since she was 4 years old.
Gregory and Christina Danc of Chesapeake City, Maryland warmly embrace before the ceremony. They decided to renew their wedding vows while here for the first time on vacation with their two young sons and will celebrate 15 years of marriage in September.
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