Real Weddings: Anne + Thomas


So excited today to be featuring the wedding of one of our loyal readers, Anne, and Thomas!  Their gorgeous Sarasota, FL wedding was photographed by Brian and Briana of Divine Light Weddings.

Anne’s Nicole Miller gown was just perfection.  I’m a huge fan of champagne colored gowns and it’s just stunning against her skin tone.







Both the ceremony and reception were held at the Longboat Key Club in Sarasota, FL.  It was a simply perfect day for the outdoor ceremony.  Florist Jayne Giroux scattered yellow rose petals along the aisle and arranged posies on shepherd’s hooks and in galvanized pails to complete the gorgeous ceremony decor.  Lori of Simply Divine Events coordinated the event flawlessly.





All of the paper goods were designed by Marit Hanson. The whimsical illustration on the front of the programs fit the wedding to a T.






I love all of the cocktail hour decor, which included beautiful floral arrangements in shades of pink, red, and yellow, and a chalkboard Welcome sign.



Custom drink stirrers from For Your Party.


Anne says:

My favorite part of the wedding, hands down, was right after the ceremony. Our guests were at the cocktail hour and the DJ was setting up for the reception. Tom and I had time together to just hang out and relax. The reception site brought us a sampling of all the appetizers our guests were served and any cocktails of our choice. It was nice to have that option. But more than that it was nice to have that quiet time with my new husband.  We had thought we wanted to celebrate with our guests at the cocktail hour – but in the end it was just more meaningful to be together – even if it only was for 15 or 20 minutes.




“A” and “T” letters to adorn the bride and groom’s table were purchased from Anthropologie.  How perfect are these?







I adore the whimsical and fun cake with small yellow, orange, and red sugar flowers, created by Beautiful Cakes by Ron.






I asked Anne what inspired her to create such a gorgeous and cohesive event, chock full of such whimsical details!  She said:

Wedding blogs are a lifesaver. They were my everything in 2008. I got all my inspiration from them, from my Nicole Miller dress to the Etsy cake topper, to our graphic designer Marit Hanson. Plus all of our local vendors came from the internet as well. It was phenomenal. The big, big thing on the internet is making the wedding personal and “you” and this was something we really liked. We were going to 9 other weddings in 2009 and knew how important this was. As it was we were able to incorporate a lot of personal touches that were just very us. However, and this is a big caveat, this was still a wedding and a party that was mostly paid for by our parents. To that end they had a lot of guests and friends that were their age and that they needed to cater to as well. So we kept a lot of traditional elements and still had a fairly traditional Saturday evening affair at a golf course country club. I think it is very important to understand these competing interests and respect them. My parents were thrilled with the whole outcome of the day and that is really what made it worth it for me.


Paper Goods: Marit Hanson
Venue: Longboat Key Club
Officiant: Cantor Marci Vitkus
Photography: Divine Light Weddings
Coordinator: Lori of Simply Divine Events
Flowers: Jayne Giroux
Cake: Cakes by Ron
Cajun Band: Cajun Dave
DJ: DJ Felix
Chuppah: MMD Events
Videographer: Starfruit Productions

Briana and Brian, thank you so much for sharing your amazing work with us, and Anne – it was so wonderful to feature your fabulous wedding!


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10 comments on “Real Weddings: Anne + Thomas

  1. Anne and Tom were absolutely wonderful to work with and the pictures are gorgeous! Divine Light did such a great job! StarFruit Productions had a blast creating their wedding movie. Their trailer featured on the home page of our website! Congratulations guys!

  2. I was Anne’s florist and she was a dream to work with. She loves color and thinking outside the box! Please check out my new website which will debut next week:

    Jayne Giroux
    I DO Floral Designs and Decor

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