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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!



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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Old World Glamour Wedding in Key West

An intimate vintage inspired affair has SMP written all over. Especially when Alyssa Morgan Photography is behind the lens of a fabulous destination fete filled with old world glamour. From the gold stars adorning the dance floor, to the Hemingway favors, endlessly elegant touches honored their love and make this fete simply unforgettable.

From the beautiful Bride… Our favorite part of the day wasn’t necessarily the ceremony or the reception, but the people who were there to share the day with us. For both George and I, we truly believe it’s the people that make the party and we were absolutely blown away that our family and friends genuinely had just as much of an amazing time as we did. Being that it was a destination wedding, the guests who chose to celebrate with us weren’t in attendance simply because they were invited, but because they wanted to be there. Looking back we still feel so overwhelmed and blessed by how much love and support we had from our friends and family, and that the people in our lives truly love and support us so unconditionally. We pinch ourselves every day when we think of how lucky we are.

George and I were big fans of the show “Boardwalk Empire” and always knew we wanted a vintage feel to our wedding. We also knew that we wanted to keep the wedding as intimate as possible, and create a scenario where our guests would have just as amazing of an experience as we would, which is why we decided to do a destination wedding in Key West, Florida. I had visited Key West with my mother years prior to our engagement, and the charm, intimacy, and rich history of the location had always stayed with me. So after George proposed, I just knew it was the perfect place to share the personal experience of our wedding in combination with a great experience of place and retreat for our guests.

We rented out bed and breakfasts for our guests to keep the quaint and unique essence of the island and being that it was Key West, it only seemed right to add a little “Hemingway” flair to our wedding. George and I both love the book The Old Man and The Sea, and have fond memories of reading it together while on vacation in Aruba. And although Hemingway isn’t exactly the ideal example of good marriages (haha), we felt this was still a great way to connect our memories from Aruba and our love of Hemingway’s writing with the historical essence of Key West.

Taking this inspiration further, we modeled our wedding off of the lavishness of of the 1930’s, the prohibition era (there’s that Boardwalk Empire influence again), and Ernest Hemingway’s lifetime. We chose gold as our color and went with heavy greenery instead of an abundance of flowers. With all the green it just felt more tropical, and had a little bit of a ‘hidden garden’ feel. We modeled one of our signature drinks after a recipe Ernest Hemingway used himself and loved to drink. Finally, we gifted each of our guests with books by Hemingway.

Looking back at the beauty and overall feel of the day, the whole weekend in fact, it felt like the perfect compromise between what people expect from a wedding and expressing who George and I truly are as a couple. It was magical!

From Destination Wedding Studio... I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in…” When Lillie’s maid of honor shared this Gatsby quote, she captured the essence of this bride perfectly.

Lillie is an artist in her own right and immediately I knew that we were going to have fun planning and designing her wedding. In collaboration with the bride’s mother, who was fabulous, we took Lillie’s vision and detailed it as much as possible to truly capture the essence of the 1930’s while never forgetting what a wedding should be about: family, friends, traditions and love.

From the gold stars above to the Hemingway book for each guest, Lillie and her mother searched endlessly to find just the right touches to not only honor Lillie and George as a couple but to honor from there they came. From the first day I met them until the very last song, Lillie and George were and still are unforgettable.

Photography: Alyssa Morgan Photography | Event Planning: Destination Wedding Studio | Floral Design: Milan Events | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Amazing Cakes And Creations | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: St. Paul's Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Casa Marina | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Groom's Attire: Timmy Tuxedo | Boutique: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Bowties : Bowtie Boutique | Music: Brian Roberts

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Seaside Key West, Florida Shoot at Fort Zachary Taylor Park and Beach

White-Klump Photography and Soiree Key West upped the ante on pretty today, and it’s all thanks to this gorgeous seaside shoot at Fort Zahary Taylor Beach. It’s inspiration overload in the best possible way with invitations from Invites By Danette, a gorgeous cake from Cakes By Karol and drool-worthy gowns from Jeannie Lee  – this gallery is the definition of pin-worthy


From White-Klump PhotographyWhat do you think of when you think Key West? Obviously the gorgeous crystal blue and teal waters of both the Atlantic and the Gulf, but it’s so much more than that! Not only did we want to showcase the beach and pristine waters, but obviously the rich history, adorned with local artists and whimsical charm. First of all, we chose the Fort Zachary Fort for the swoon worthy setting. Not only is it located right on the water, but it offers itself as a National Historic Landmark for the US Navy which Key West is greatly known for. Also, we wanted to incorporate vintage pieces such as flowered tea cups, lanterns, and mismatched chairs for the ceremony to bring in the eclectic vibe. Succulents,old driftwood, crates and branches from the fort served as a lovely centerpiece for the table scape and cake. We also used local artists, Jill Regalia and Invites by Danette to incorporate the local flair by using Key West post cards as the Save the Dates as well as delicate hand-made jewelry for the couple. Etsy designers, Bloom Bazaar and Jeannie Lee created completely original designs for the headpieces and dress to show a soft but fanciful feel to the shoot.

Photography: White-Klump Photography | Event Design: Soiree Key West | Flowers: Soiree Key West | Wedding Gown: Jeannie Lee | Cake: Cakes By Karol | Invitations: Invites By Danette | Jewelry: Jill's Regalia | Hair And Make Up: Baddest Beauty | Hairpieces: Bloom Bazaar | Key West, FL: Fort Zachary Taylor | Rentals: Mi Vintage