Romantic, intimate, elegant, simple or funky and fun – we’ll turn your dream wedding into a reality!

Our mission

From our first conversation, we will help you plan the of wedding of your dreams! Helping you find a perfect wedding location, the best local vendors, to designing your ceremony site. We will make the wedding planning process easy, fun and exciting. We look forward to meeting you and being apart your romantic wedding.

Our Staff

Steve and Debra Lortz are a fantastic husband and wife team and ceremony experts. They will offer unique ideas, such as the blowing of the Conch Shell, the Sea Shell and the Sand ceremony. Your ceremony will be personally tailored to reflect your love for each other. No surprises and no weird stories. You can choose from a civil ceremony or a Christian or Spiritual ceremony. Our priority is that your guest walk away from the ceremony saying “that was the most beautiful ceremony I have ever been to ”.

    Dr. Stephen Lortz


    Dr. Stephen Lortz was born and raised in Sarasota. He has been performing weddings for the past 30 years on the beaches and gardens of our Florida west coast. He is a minister and a psychologist who loves helping you design the wedding ceremony of your dreams! He can include the blowing of the conch shell to represent the beginning of your life together as husband and wife.

    Debra Lortz


    Debra Lortz was born in Miami and has lived in Sarasota since she was 19 years old. Debra will bring a fun and enthusiastic energy to your wedding, helping with the behind the scenes to get you and your processional down the aisle gracefully. She has been a wedding photographer for the past 13 years. Working towards telling your story in pictures, starting with your ceremony, family pics, friend pics, and then the romantics of the two of you. She loves capturing those spontaneous and romantic moments.

    Danny Bilyeu

    Wedding Officiant

    Danny Bilyeuwas born in Assumption, Illinois and moved to Sarasota in 1986. He has been performing weddings with Weddings by Lortz for the past 10 years. Danny will bring his tremendous knowledge of the ceremony, with a charismatic personality. He loves creating a joyful, romantic and meaningful wedding for you.

    Contact Weddings by Lortz today to begin planning your destination wedding!

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