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From the bride... Billy and I started dating in high school and I always knew he was the one. We dated for 9 years before he finally asked the question; it may seem like a long time to wait but it was the right time in both of our lives to move on to marriage. People always tell me that in the past 10 years the only thing that hasn’t changed in their lives is the two of us together. Many of our friends grew up along side the two of us as a couple, so when we told everyone we had gotten engaged it was exciting for everyone. So one of my top priorities was to have one the most memorable weddings anyone had ever been to. As most Greek weddings go, you invite 600 people, go to the local hall and pray for good weather in Ohio. This was not what I had envisioned for our wedding day. I had a large engagement party for 200 people and realized the party wasn’t for Billy and me; it was for the guests to enjoy.
I wanted our day to be intimate and relaxed, unlike any large event I had been to. So I googled wedding contests and decided to fill out an application to win a wedding in Key West, Florida. I told myself if we win we go and if we didn’t I wasn’t sure how I was going to convince my big Greek family to come to a destination wedding. Sure enough, out of 1400 couples we won the wedding. I was shocked but I knew it was right; it was what we needed to break the cycle of the typical Greek wedding. So after winning a portion of the wedding, adding tons of our own personal touches, and preparing for 10 months, we finally made it down to Key West. We brought along 100 of our closest friends and family members, our priest, and the best wedding photographer around. The guests were in Key West for a week; during this time we enjoyed the beach, the bars, and each other’s company. It was a vacation like no other and the most memorable one we had ever been on.
We started the wedding festivities with a boat ride rehearsal, followed by our wedding day, and ending it with a farewell breakfast. The wedding day was more than we had ever hoped for. Everything was so relaxing and perfect in our eyes. Although everyone worries about the flowers, desserts, and other minor details that make their wedding memorable, I was concerned about the feel of the wedding because I knew this is what sets a wedding apart. Our wedding had so much life and happiness exuded from the guests, Billy and myself that I don’t think anyone could ever replicate that day. It was as if everything lined up perfectly for us as a couple. It was scary to take a chance and go away, especially when no one you know has ever done it, but it paid off and that was the best decision I had ever made in my life, aside from marrying Billy. I would recommend a destination wedding to any bride and groom, because going against the grain is what made our wedding special, and all my guests are begging to go back on a ten year anniversary trip to relive the experience.
Wedding Photography: Joey Kennedy Photography / Wedding Planning: We’ve Got the Keys / Ceremony Venue: St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Parish / Reception Venue: Southernmost House / Catering: Great Events Catering / Guest Hotel: Southernmost on the Beach Resort / Wedding Cake: Key West Cakes / Band: Prime Movers / Hair + Make-up: Beauty Boutique / Tent, Lights + Dance Floor: Key West Party Rentals / Linens: Linens in Paradise / Flowers: Mama Flowers / Guest Trolley to Church: Historic Tours Transportation / Nails: Cloud 9 / Cinematography: Digital Island Media / Groom's Wedding Ring + Bride's Earrings: Diamonds International / Vintage Car: Keys Limo