Islamorada Wedding by Jensen Larson Photography
August 1, 2012
Classic WeddingsBeach Weddings
When tying the knot in Florida, it really doesn't get any better than The Keys. Gorgeous, tropical waters and vistas so beautiful you'd think they are fake make for the ultimate backdrop for your I Do's. And this cute couple knew right away that Islamorada would make for one unforgettable day. Jensen Larson Photography captured all the pretty, pretty details of their day and there's a whole lot more right here in the full gallery.
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Orlando couple Jaimie and Dennis made several trips to the Florida Keys throughout their relationship, and each time they visited, they felt a deeper connection to the islands. With its amazing views and beautiful grounds, where orchids literally grow on trees, The Caribbean Resort in Islamorada, made the perfect setting for their oceanfront March wedding. Not wanting to compete with the natural beauty of the location, the couple chose a simple palette of primarily black and white. Kelly Fowler the wedding planner and floral designer used all white flowers (roses, hydrangeas and carnations) for both the ceremony and reception. To tie in the vivid color of the surrounding waters, splashes of teal were added. Darcy Sang of Pearl Beach Paperie created a custom symbol incorporating that color scheme and the couple's initials, which was used on the save-the-dates, invitations and programs. The symbol was even extended to the hand-painted baggo boards played on near the pool throughout the weekend.

Jaimie’s mother contributed her creative talents on many details. She made the numerous signs that were used around the property to help guests find their way. She also constructed the ribbon wands that were used to celebrate as the bride, groom and wedding party recessed. A really special gift to Jaimie was her practice bouquet, which her mother assembled with hair ribbons Jaimie wore as a child, ribbon from her parents’ wedding album, bows from her sister’s wedding, her brother’s wedding and her bridal shower.

Two signature drinks were developed to be passed during cocktail hour. The groom’s signature cocktail, the “Alligator Reef,” was named for its greenish hue and incorporated key lime juice.  The bride’s signature drink was a delicious martini dubbed the “Aisle-a-morada.” The bar also offered striped paper straws and DIY drink flags. Since the couple is commonly referred to as “JaimDen” by their closest friends, and because the groom’s favorite beer is Heineken, the bride devised a clever way to pay homage to both with the “Jaimden” koozies that were given. Perhaps the most impressive offering in the bar area was the cigar roller, who hand-rolled cigars for guests throughout the evening. It was a perfect fit for the tropical location.

The jewelry worn at the wedding told many stories. Jaimie was given a cameo and pearls, which were wrapped around her bouquet as she walked down the aisle. The  cameo belonged to Jaimie's grandmother and has been worn by each of her granddaughters on their wedding day. The pearls were Dennis' grandmother’s, and at Jaimie's bridal shower, Dennis' mom gave them to Jaimie. The bride wore the diamond earrings given to her by the groom that morning and he wore the Islamorada map cuff links she gave to him. The photo booth was constructed with fabric by Jaimie’s mother and hung between two palm trees.

The couple, who met at the University of Central Florida (UCF), rounded up their fellow alumni who attended the reception for a group shot signing the UCF letters to be submitted to their alumni association. The UCF connection also came into play with the groom’s cake, which Jaimie had made by friend and fellow alumni, Kyle Rivera of Happy Eatings.  

Wedding Photography: Jensen Larson Photography / Wedding Venue: The Caribbean Resort in Islamorada, Florida / Wedding Planning: Kelly Fowler of Just Save The Date / Floral Design + Decor: Just Save The Date / Wedding Cinematography: Sea Glass Productions / Catering + Cigar Rolling: Hugh’s Catering / Wedding Cake: Publix / Groom’s Cake: Happy Eatings / Wedding Invitations + Programs: Darcy Sang of Pearl Beach Paperie / Ceremony Music: Sir Cedrick / Reception Music: MB Entertainment / Lighting + Rentals: Florida Keys Party Rentals / Photo Booth Props: Party Goodies / Wedding Dress: Rivini “Almata" via Solutions Bridal / Makeup: Beauty Boutique and The Glam Squad / Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew / Bridesmaids' Belt: DIY by the Bride / Groom's Cufflinks: Tomato Made / Men's Shoes: Kino Sandal Factory