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Ethereal Key West Beach Hemingway House Wedding

Any wedding that includes Yenny Yoo clad Bridesmaids’ is certainly a show-stopper in our wedding book but add in the talented Care Studios behind the lens at the Hemingway House in Key West and you’ve got yourself one memorable celebration. See it all in The Vault!

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From the Bride… Clayton wanted to have a beach ceremony, and I wanted to have a romantic, ethereal wedding. We were able to easily combine the two visions in Key West by having our ceremony right on the beach and our reception at the Ernest Hemingway house. As for all the details, we really paid attention to every little thing and wanted each choice to reflect us as a couple, we really love wine and traveling to various wine regions so we brought in an Oregon pinot noir and a California white blend from two of our favorite wineries and served them during our cocktail hour. Yet some of my favorite details of the evening weren’t as noticeable from the stitching in Clayton’s suit with our wedding date to the handkerchief I carried that day, which was part of a love letter from my grandmother to her husband on their wedding day. And what tied everything together was working with Peggy, as she was able to take the vision we had and turn it into a perfect reality. I felt like I had walked into my perfect dream wedding. We truly had the perfect day!
Do you two have any advice to couples planning their wedding?

Take your time and try to appreciate the process. It will get overwhelming at points, but lean on each other and your support system. Keep the process in perspective as your wedding is your time to show your friends and family your commitment to not only each other but the journey ahed. It’s about love. I was lucky to have a groom who wanted to be involved in the majority of the wedding planning, so we truly tackled everything as a couple. When one of us needed to step back to regroup, the other would step up to the plate to lead for a while and vice versa. Through our teamwork, we both feel our wedding was ours and we were in it together.

When discussing our favorite part of the wedding, both of us could not pick one part. We both felt the entire day was perfect, so our favorite part was every part. But a standout moment was when Clayton took it upon himself to have one more surprise up his sleeve. Unbeknownst to me, he had put together a dance for him and his groomsmen to a Janet Jackson mashup (my favorite artist) and performed it for me at the reception. To say I was blown away is an understatement. It was incredible! Looking back on our wedding day, we just feel truly blessed all around.

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Photography: Care Studios | Cinematography: CineaVerde | Event Planning: Destination Wedding Studio | Floral Design: Duarte Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Key West Cakes | Invitations: Catharine Perry | Ceremony Venue: Key West Smathers Beach | Reception Venue: Ernest Hemingway Home | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Catered Affairs | Hair + Makeup: Beauty Boutique | DJ: DJ Gunz (Matthew Fox) | Groom's Attire: Trunk Club | Rentals: Eventually Yours

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Casual + Elegant Island Wedding in the Florida Keys

If you’re looking for a classic affair with a relaxing vibe look no further because this beachside soiree is about to be your jam. Blooming with Parrish Designs florals and a barefoot dance party, this island celebration is sure to inspire. From the casually elegant ceremony to the rip roarin’ reception, Kallima Photography snapped it all in THE VAULT!

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From the Bride… Tom boy, soccer player/CPA nerd meets tough guy/hockey player, with a soft side through mutual best friend, and the rest is history. T and I live in Chicago, but always wanted a warm-weathered, beach-chic, destination wedding, where the nights are long and hot and flip flops are always welcome. My family has been visiting Islamorada for over 50 years, and it seemed like the perfect spot; laid-back island vibe, with fabulous accommodations and dining, and even better views. We wed at Pierre’s Restaurant, on the beach at 6pm, with the sun still high in the May sky. A solo guitarist played the processional, our life-long friend married us at the edge of the ocean, all the bridesmaids and I sang along as our friend played Bob Marley’s Is This Love on the trombone. It was perfect. The food at Pierre’s was phenomenal (it always is). We danced the night away to Clint Wiley’s None Other, the dance floor was packed from start to finish; a jubilant, sweaty, barefooted dance party that rocked. Kallima Photography captured our night perfectly, every detail, special moment, friends and family. We are forever grateful for all those that made our special night so wonderful!

The weekend was full of love, laughter and fun activities – beach cocktail party at Cheeca Lodge, softball at the Islander, Rehearsal Dinner on the patio at The Islander, team golf on Cheeca’s par 3 course, wedding at Pierre’s, and Sunday Brunch on the Sunset Room and Deck at Cheeca. Guests fished, kayaked, paddle boarded, and sunned; it was the best weekend ever, and we wish we could do it all over again!

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Photography: Kallima Photography | Wedding Planner: Bash Events | Floral Design: Parrish Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Bobs Bunz | Ceremony Venue: Pierre's Lounge & Restaurant At Morada Bay | Reception Venue: Pierre's Lounge & Restaurant At Morada Bay | Bride's Shoes: Tory Burch | Band: None Other | Getting Ready Venue (Bride): The Moorings Village | Getting Ready Venue (Groom): Cheeca Lodge

Intimate Island Elopement Inspiration

If you’ve ever dreamed of frolicking on pristine, isolated sandy shores, with a handsome man and armful of blushing botanicals in tow, then this, my loves, is the inspiration shoot that dreams are made of. Photographer Melanie Gabrielle captured every last piece of pretty to perfection, and this gallery will have you daydreaming of an elopement in your own tropical paradise in no time.

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From Melanie GabrielleI have always loved the idea of elopements. Just two people who are crazy in love, a faraway land full of adventure, and a promise to love each other for the rest of their lives. What an absolute dream!

For this shoot, I really wanted to provide brides who are thinking of eloping with inspiration. To show them that just because you’re eloping, doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dream details or a small picnic on the beach. It also doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot to have a beautiful ceremony or dinner setup. We wanted to inspire these brides to use the surrounding nature to help bring their dream wedding to life.

This couple eloped on the beach a few months prior to our session, so it brought an extra meaning to the day! Roxanne Bellamy Events put together the most darling picnic on the beach with french pastries and baguettes to pay homage to our French groom, while Ever After Floral Designs put together one of the most stunning, yet simple ceremony space using one of the unique palm trees on the island. We had so much fun exploring the island and dipping our toes in the ocean. And the islands didn’t disappoint with a breathtaking pastel sunset.

Photography: Melanie Gabrielle | Photography : Melanie Gabrielle | Styling: Melanie Gabrielle | Floral Design: Ever After Floral Design | Wedding Dress: The Fifth Label | Hair and Makeup: Carolyn Jones Makeup | Venue: The Moorings Village | Planning and Styling: Roxanne Bellamy Events