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Anna Maria Island Destination Wedding: Kate + Tom

I received the sweetest email one day from a lovely woman named Kate.  She had recently gotten engaged, and was inquiring about engagement pictures.  I happened to have photographed a good friend of hers wedding a few months prior, and I was honored she loved our work so much to contact me.  After a few friendly emails back and forth, we had planned their engagement session in Lincoln Park.  After their Engagement Session and a cocktail at the rooftop at Hotel Lincoln, I was honored they asked me to be their Wedding Photographer in Anna Maria, Florida.

Their sweet love had begun a few years back at a Halloween party when Kate immediately noticed Tom, the Ostrich, across the room.  It wasn’t until being reintroduced at a New Year’s Eve party that they hit it off.  Kate is talkative and social, while Tom is shy, but truly the perfect yin to her yang.  They share the same sweetly, sarcastic sense of humor; and self described kids at heart.  After Tom had proposed, they vacationed to Anna Maria Island, and fell in love the the picturesque, beach town.

It was our absolute pleasure traveling to southwest Florida to capture their sweet, sweet love.  Family and close friends gathered to celebrate with Kate and Tom, and the day could not have been more perfect.  They said “I Do” under a gorgeous arbor next to the Atlantic Ocean coastline.  They danced the night away at The Sandbar and I am just so happy for these two to start this next exciting chapter of their lives as Mr. and Mrs!  I hope you enjoy some of my favorites…

I absolutely loved the stunning bouquet– babies breath, roses, peonies and wrapped in burlap perfection…

Kate got ready with her girls in a nearby home…

This beautiful home had amazing sunlight and banana trees <3

Casual, classic beach colors made this day even more stunning.

Tom got ready for the day with his groomsman at another home just minutes from the beach

Suspender ready…

A toast before heading out to see his Bride for the first time…

Tom looking relaxed and dapper…

We arrived to The Sandbar just minutes before the First Look

Kate and Tom chose to see each other before the ceremony to capture some great, relaxed pictures and I couldn’t have been more excited to capture it all.

I just love these two!

Couples who let me put them beside ‘Fresh Stone Crab’ signs are my favorite

Kate… you are stunning and so gorgeous!


Kate’s dad walked her down to aisle to her smiling groom

I just LOVE this picture!

Officially Mr. and Mrs. and the sweetest nephew guest…

The best looking Bridal Party around!

This love…


As the southwest sun was slowing setting in the sky, cocktail hour and the reception was just beginning

Kate changed into a gorgeous short gown to celebrate the night away dancing…

Amazingly delicious local cupcakes…

Thank you to everyone who made this day beautiful!

Destination Wedding | Anna Maria Island, Florida

Beauty | Body and Sol Spa

Bride’s Gown | David’s Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses | David’s Bridal

Groom’s Attire | Express

Florist | The Flower Place

Baker | Frosted Over Cupcakery

Venue | The Sandbar

Planner | Patti McKee

Photography | Annie Steele Photography


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