I couldn’t have been happier when this beyond beautiful beach fete landed in my calendar. This is the epitome of effortless beauty and I’m seriously obsessed with the way the lavender enhances the gorgeousness of this beachside location. Audrey Snow Photography was on hand to capture all the rustic, natural beauty and you can practically feel the warm breeze coming off the ocean. Click here for even more.
From the Bride…Let’s start by saying I am not the kind of girl who ever visualized what her wedding would look like. In going to look at venues I was just so frustrated because the first questions were always ” what is your theme,” “what color scheme are you going with,” “what do you visualize your wedding looking like”….and I never had the answer. It became crunch time and I decided to self-express. My wedding was totally me. I like to think I am ‘glamorous and earthy’ as my photographer once stated. My favorite fragrance is lavender and I have loved the color purple since I was 2. As you can see, most of my favorite things (including my husband) were incorporated into this ‘event’ and I think the end result was truly magical and romantic; with the exception of course, of the hurricane force winds we all had to withstand during the process.
The stars were perfectly aligned for this modern masterpiece wedding in Key West. Not only did the lucky couple win this dream destination wedding but the combination of talented vendors, chic yet classic decor and flawless Florida vistas is a match made in wedding heaven. Each and every detail is glam and gorgeous to the max and the photography, oh the photography, is beyond stunning! Joey Kennedy Photography has found a die-hard fan in me and I have a feeling a few of you will fall head over heels as well! See it all in the full gallery!
What could make this dream wedding even better? Why a breathtaking fim by Digital Island Media, of course!
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.
Do yourself a little favor this lovely Tuesday and allow some time in your day to get a little lost in these dreamy images from Key West by Mi Amore Foto. Close your office door or turn your computer ever so slightly in your cubical so you can really soak up all the loveliness. The setting of this wedding will have you swooning, the flower girls will have you ready to pinch cheeks and the engagement ring will have you oohing and ahhing. There is oh so much more in the full gallery, so keep that door closed and dive on in.
From Mi Amore Foto…Karli and Jonathan are some of the warmest people I have ever met. As a destination wedding photographer, you are pretty much going into the situation blind. I mean, you have phone conversations, an occasional Skype, but you don’t usually meet face to face until the wedding day. So, you always wonder what the couple will really be like, nerves and all. From the moment I walked into the beautiful cottage house, at the Westin, until the moment I left, Karli and Jonathan made me feel like a guest at their wedding. I couldn’t have felt more like family.
There were many beautiful moments, from everyone in prayer circles before the wedding, to Karli’s father crying the whole ceremony (I’m a sucker for dad’s crying). There were even a group of ladies who made their own hats saying,”THIS is the Royal wedding!” It was a really warm day in the Keys, but not as warm as the energy you felt around this couple and their loved ones.
It was also neat because this was the first wedding that the Westin, Sunset Key, was setting up a large tent for the wedding. They did an outstanding job and everything went flawlessly.