ABC-7’s Hayley Wielgus and Max Winitz Set Sail at the Sarasota Yacht Club

Hayley Wielgus, the evening news anchor for ABC-7, was a stunning bride when she married Max Winitz (also an ABC-7 anchor) this past spring in a beautiful waterfront ceremony at the Sarasota Yacht Club. The couple met just a few years ago when Wielgus interviewed for the position at the station and after a short introduction, a Facebook friendship and dinner, Winitz  was interviewing for the role as leading man in her life.


The couple stood before an intimate gathering of family and friends beneath a four-post bamboo canopy adorned with a delicate assortment of baby’s breath, soft greenery and white hydrangea.

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Wielgus chose an assortment of vibrant colors for her bouquet—coral roses, full orange ranunculus, white anemones, hot and light pink peonies, green viburnum and succulents. She added touches of silver brunia and dusty miller which offered elegance to its tropical appeal. Her bridesmaids carried all-white bouquets of hydrangea and baby’s breath wrapped with decorative coral ribbon. Though the groom wore a white anemone boutonniere to complement his bride, the groomsmen sported a light touch of baby’s breath wrapped with twine. Classic and casual.


While the reception location was aesthetically tasteful on its own, Beneva Flowers’ lead wedding designer, Laura Rosich helped Wielgus create the perfect centerpieces to suit the room.


“Hayley wanted her reception flowers to reflect the coastal environment in Sarasota,” said Rosich. “We used starfish on the ceremony chairs, stayed with coral and seafoam colors for the reception and used burlap and nautical rope accents, beach glass, coral rose petals and seashells to really capture the essence of the elements.”

As Sarasota continues to flourish as the Suncoast’s #1 hot spot for weddings, it seems the town is a lifetime destination for Wielgus and Winitz. The couple recently added Jade and Mattie to their family, two adorable rescue dogs.

Call 941-308-3147 to set up your consultation with a Beneva Flowers wedding designer.

Photography: Naomi Chokr 

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