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Key West Wedding at The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum

Going for a tropical-without-a-passport kind of wedding? Key West is IT my loves. As someone who has experienced the island first hand, I can tell you it truly does feel as if you’ve arrived to a whole new destination by jet. One look at this wedding captured by Care Studios and planned by Destination Wedding Studio and I think you’ll agree.

From the Bride… We’re living in New York, and both originally from China. I went to school in Florida and Key West is always my favorite place in FL. Chandler took me on a trip to Key West last May and proposed on the lighthouse right across the Hemingway Home. In addition, Ernest Hemingway is one of my favorite American writers. My undergraduate thesis is about his short story “The Snow of Kilimanjaro”. As a result, Ernest Home & Museum became our first choice of the wedding venue.

We met at a friend’s game party. It was an adventure game in an escape room in New York and we were in the same game group. I like Chandler’s intelligence, rationality. I’m growing up to a better person with him. We feel we understand each other without more words and we bear with each other’s differences.

Chandler: I like Roxanne for her unconditional care of me, her maturity and faithfulness, her artistic tastes, and her advice that help me be more mature. Being with Roxanne ever day makes me willing to take more responsibilities and be unsubdued by difficulties. She constantly gives me courage and hope. She has become the very reason for my being.

I did some general research about wedding planning and the wedding planners at Key West. I was lucky to get Destination Wedding Studio by my side. They provided me the wedding timeline and recommended vendor lists so I knew what I was supposed to do for my wedding and made my selections of wedding vendors easier. I went through the vendors’ websites and social media accounts, and some wedding website reviews for decisions.

Because we chose Hemingway Home & Museum as the venue, I decided to have my wedding invitations mainly in green to match the color. I contacted an online producer in China, reviewed their wedding invitation templates. I chose one simple template, edited the design and had them print it out. I also got the candy boxes which match the invitation style.

For the theme color, I usually like black & white and most soft colors, so the flowers are in soft colors, and table linen is in light grey. I thought blue could go well with the greens in Hemingway Home, so I had my bridesmaids in light blue, groom in navy and groomsmen in dark blue.

The decor is one of the things I care most at my wedding. Thanks to my planner Peggy for suggesting a long table as my reception table, then I started looking pictures on Pinterest & Instagram for decor inspiration. Those pictures really helped shape my final thoughts about decor – a long reception table decor by hanging top with flowers, branches, glass balls, and lanterns. I sent some pictures to my planner and florist, talked about the ideas and they handled the details for me. Peggy also got the chargers/napkins that match the flowers perfectly.

About the unique wedding cake: I found some book shape wedding cake on Pinterest and decided to have one because I and Chandler both love reading. And we’re having the wedding at Hemingway Home, so Hemingway’s books were the covers.

Most importantly, my bridal veil was made by my designer friend. It became much more meaningful!

My favorite memory of the day was the first dance, the groom and friends’ performance, and dancing after dinner. I was glad to see that everybody was having fun.

Photographer: Care Studios | Wedding Planner: Destination Wedding Studio | Floral Design: Duarte Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Amazing Cakes And Creations | Ceremony Venue: Ernest Hemingway Home | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Catering: Catered Affairs | Hair and Make up: Beauty Boutique | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Music: DJ Buggy | Rentals: Eventfully Yours | bride shoes: Manolo Blahnik

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The Fun Never Stopped at This Key West Destination Wedding!

Glen and Kailey knew exactly what they wanted for their wedding – a southern-style celebration with lots of time to enjoy family and friends. Simply You Weddings helped them plan a full week of activities for their Key West destination wedding, from a welcome reception to a beach volleyball tournament to a sunset cruise. But the event to remember was, of course, the wedding ceremony and reception, captured by Finch Photography. From the special musical performance by friends to the late night dancing courtesy of Bay Kings Band, we know this celebration is one their guests will never forget.

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From the Bride… Glen and I have been to over 30 weddings together in our five years of dating, so we had a pretty good idea of what we liked and didn’t like already. Some of the weddings we enjoyed the most were the ones where we were able to spend more than just a day with the wedding party and really got to know their family and friends.

We wanted to choose a city that would entice guests to stay more than a day and was a place that offered activities that would appeal to a variety of people. Our hope was that our wedding would allow for everyone to get to know each other, make new friends, and ultimately become one cohesive group as we became one in marriage. We wanted a place that provided ample opportunities to be able to get quality time with everyone. After one visit to Key West, we knew this was just the place to make this happen, with its history, beautiful sunsets, ocean activities, and fun vibes on Duval Street.

Once we chose Key West, we started planning all the events for the week. The women in Glen’s family always host a welcome party at the family weddings, and they wanted the same for us. We wanted this to be a casual meet and greet for our families and friends. Our hotel accommodations had a great back yard courtyard and patio, so it was the perfect place for people to “come as they were,” enjoy a few drinks and appetizers, and make some new friends.

Glen loves volleyball, and his mom was a collegiate volleyball player, so he wanted to have a beach day that included a volleyball tournament with customized tank tops, koozies, and tumblers. Higgs Beach was the perfect spot because it had volleyball courts, beach rentals, and a cute restaurant that let us reserve the patio. We decided to have this event on Saturday after the wedding so it was a day we could really relax and everyone could let loose. For Saturday night, we decided a sunset cruise would be a great last hurrah to wind down the wedding activities. The Fury Commotion on the Ocean cruise was a perfect fit for our group with its live music, drinks, food, and beautiful views.

Our hotel accommodations were one of our favorite choices. The Light House Court was the place we stumbled upon and stayed at on our first visit to Key West. It’s in the perfect location, across from the Hemmingway House, a block from Duval Street, and down the road from the beaches (and it ended up being close to our ceremony and reception sites). This is a renovated estate, which makes each room unique. It’s a quaint place with a small pool, great mojito bar (Kailey’s favorite), a courtyard with cornhole, and a daily breakfast served outside accompanied by the local hens and roosters. We envisioned our friends and family having breakfast together and sitting by the pool.

When thinking about the theme, we really didn’t want your typical destination wedding with flashy details. We wanted both the destination and the traditions we were raised with  – a southern wedding, just in a beach city. We chose neutral colors, with taupe bridesmaids’ dresses and black tuxes, white florals with greenery, and accents of gold. The head table was made of four farm tables pushed together with a eucalyptus garland runner and mercury glass votives scattered down the center. The guest and cocktail tables were simple with white linens and hand made arrangements by the groom’s mother and friends featuring greenery halos, mercury glass votives, and ivy tie backs.

My dress was a custom design by Anna Maier. I had found two dresses that I loved, and they were both by Maier, so I was able to combine what I liked about the two and then add some other details. From the color to the lace and the actual fit, I was able to pick everything out. I liked the look of an off the shoulder dress but also wanted an open back; many stores told me I couldn’t have both. However, the girls at White Dresses Boutique helped me see how I could make my vision come to life. Once we got the dress in, White Dresses connected me with Altered Heart Alterations who helped me design the back and create the soft shoulder look that I loved.

Family and tradition are important to us and were incorporated throughout the wedding. Glen’s wedding band had belonged to my great grandfather and was accompanied by the original box. My mom surprised me with a second wedding band, solid gold and created from a variety of family jewelry. I was also presented with a necklace, repurposed from a ring that my father had given my mother.

Glen’s grandfather had fought in WWII and always said that Psalm 23 helped him make it through. Since then, the Bible verse has remained special to Glen’s family. We had a hand painted welcome sign made with a portion of Psalm 23 on it to honor him.

It was important for both of us to be married in a Methodist church, and we were lucky to find a beautiful Methodist church that allowed us to be there. The reception location was not at the beach, but at the Historic Truman Little White House (Glen’s family has ties to President Truman, so that made it even more special). The lawns are beautiful with green grass and overhanging trees, and the neighborhood provided the privacy we wanted (we didn’t want random people watching our wedding from a restaurant or patio or walking through in their swimsuits).

Our first dance was sung and played by two of our best friends, Ken and Cheyenne. They not only sang the first dance song, but they also sang and played the mother/son and father/daughter songs. The father/daughter song was an original that was written by Cheyenne.

We knew it would be pretty steamy for the reception, but we wanted guests to be as comfortable as possible, so we served a mojito during cocktail hour to help cool everyone down as well as provided hand cut wooden fans that guests could use throughout the night. Our friends love to dance, so we had to have a good band. We decided against the typical beach band and instead went with a 6-piece Motown band. In college, we loved Motown bands best, and Bay Kings did not disappoint. It was the perfect mix of Motown favorites along with today’s catchy hits. We may have all been a little sweaty, but that didn’t stop anyone from being on the dance floor all night.


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Photography: Finch Photo | Cinematography: Wild Story Wedding Films | Event Planning: Simply You Weddings | Floral Design: Love In Bloom | Invitations: The Happy Envelope | Ceremony Venue: Key West United Methodist | Reception Venue: Truman Little White House | Catering: Great Events Catering | Band: Bay Kings Band | Bridal Boutique: White Dresses Boutique

Dreamy Tropical Destination Wedding in Key West

Dan and Vivian call New York City home base but opted for a destination locale on the big day. They escaped to Key West, Florida with all their favorite people and Destination Wedding Studio made sure the celebration went off without a hitch. Peek at the images by Renee Lemaire and see why we adore this blue and gold fête from beginning to end.

Dan & Vivian planned a gorgeous destination wedding Key West, Florida. While living in New York City, they had the help of Vivian’s father, a Key West local, and Peggy from Destination Wedding Studio to make sure every detail was perfectly executed.

Their candlelit ceremony was in the chapel of Fort Zachary Taylor, surrounded by their closest friends, family, and the beautiful historic architecture. Afterwards, they had a beautiful tented reception in the courtyard of the Fort, complete with lush, pastel florals, gold accents, and soft blue linens lining every table.

Dan and Vivian had many creative personal touches tied into their wedding day. As a talented designer, Vivian created their adorable stationery & paper products for the day. Since their first date was over hamburgers, they served gourmet burger sliders to their guests. One of my favorite hidden details was Dan’s socks, which were dotted with tiny hamburgers! The couple also served some of their favorite Key West treats; cookies from a local bakery and Key Lime pie on a stick (which is definitely worth making a trip to Key West in itself!).

To tie in both of their family traditions, guests took part in the traditional Jewish hora and a Hora Loca for Vivian’s Cuban roots. It was so much fun to see these two families come together!

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Photography: Renee Lemaire Photography | Cinematography: Pabelona Studios | Event Planning: Destination Wedding Studio | Floral Design: Karro Events | Wedding Dress: Christos | Wedding Dress: Wedding Atelier | Cake: Amazing Cakes And Creations | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Catered Affairs | DJ: Sarz Entertainment | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Transportation: Old Town Trolley | Wedding Venue: Fort Zachary Taylor | Accomodations: Casa Marina | Beauty: Studio Marie-Pierre | Rentals: Eventually Yours

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Vibrant + Traditional Hindu Wedding by the Sea

These two are absolutely breathtaking in their Hindu wedding attire, custom made by Zimaya for their nuptials at the Ocean Reef Club in the Florida Keys. The floral embroidery on the Bride’s top that carried onto the bottom half of her skirt and the trim of the Groom’s ensemble is majorly gorgeous! Erika Delgado Photography was there to capture their vibrant and traditional wedding by the ocean. Some of our favorite moments are below, but there’s more in the Vault!

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From the Erika Delgado PhotographyBeejel and Amit had a traditional Hindu wedding at the gorgeous Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida, where they were wed at the furtherest part of the resort (the pointe) surrounded by the sea and their nearest and dearest family and friends. It was an intimate celebration. Keeping true to traditions, they both wore matching Hindu wedding outfits. They celebrated with a bonfire and a relaxing yet lively evening with Indian dances and beautiful speeches all amongst the ocean and open air of the Florida Keys.

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Photography: Erika Delgado Photography | Wedding Dress: Zimaya Couture | Bride's Shoes: Zimaya Couture | Hair and Makeup: Amy Marzullo Alfano | Groom's Attire: Zimaya Couture | Venue: Ocean Reef Club | Wedding Band: J.R. Dunn

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It’s Puppy Love at This Florida Keys Wedding

This Florida Keys wedding has the cutest, four-legged bridal party we ever did see! Because the couple loves spending time with their pups – they were even essential in the proposal story! – including the dogs in their wedding day was a no brainer. Decked out in bow ties and a floral wreath, the fur babies served as the couple’s attendants, and the result is adorable! Care Studios captured the al fresco affair, and if you’re experiencing puppy love like we are, head to the gallery for even more!

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From the Bride… My favorite thing about Cort has to be his easy going attitude towards life. He always has his eye on the bigger picture and keeps me calm when I’m stressed or worried about something. We effortlessly love each other even when spending all of our time together. What makes us such a great match is our friendship. He travels two weeks a month for work, so when he’s home, we try to hang out as much as possible – this mostly evolves around our dogs, but we like to run or play tennis too. We also enjoy traveling! This past year we went to Napa, Aruba (where he proposed), Las Vegas, Naples, and the Keys a few times for wedding planning.

The best story has to be how he proposed. It took a lot of planning and preparation. He knew he had to include our dogs somehow in the proposal. He decided to propose in Aruba and enlisted the help of my neighbor to craft a creative proposal that incorporated our pets. They came up with the four dogs holding a sign that read, “Will you marry me?” and placed it on a card. While in Aruba, Cort took me to the Renaissance Private Island to get a couple’s massage in a bungalow hut over the water. Once the massage was complete, the masseuse handed me a packet. In the packet was the card with the 4 dogs and a china egg that my dad used to propose to my mom! I knew exactly what that egg meant, and the card was the perfect way to ask.

Cort is from Columbus, Ohio and I’m from Vermilion, Ohio. I used to work in Fort Myers, Florida, but after we met on Match.com, I changed jobs and moved back to the Columbus area to be with him. When I was in the middle of changing jobs, Cort took me to the Keys for a weekend getaway and celebration. For that reason, the Florida Keys have a special meaning to the both of us, so it was a natural choice for our wedding.

We knew we wanted a small wedding with just our families (including our four-legged family members). Finding a venue that allowed dogs and that our families would enjoy was a priority for us. Our wedding planner, Julia, from Blue Water Weddings, found a realtor who showed us a few homes available to rent. It was perfect seeing the homes with Julia because she could visually walk us through the layout for the wedding.

Julia really made the wedding planning process simple and easy. I showed her a few pictures from Pinterest, and we discussed things I liked and didn’t like. She built the whole wedding around my few pictures and our conversation. As the date got closer, I found a few things that I liked that we were able to incorporate in the wedding (including the Groom’s cake and buckeyes). We also had shirts made for our guest to take and remember the day! The shirt manufacturer created cartoon characters of our dogs, Teddy and Tiller! My hair and makeup was done by Linda Schonning, the owner of Florida Keys Bridal Team, and Ana Baidet did the makeup for the Bridesmaids.

The whole day was special, but what really stands out to me is the walk down the dock with my dad and saying my vows to Cort. The vows and first dance are what stand out in Cort’s mind.

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Photography: Care Studios | Event Planning: Blue Water Weddings | Floral Design: Studio South | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Unique D'lites | Shoes: Jack Rogers | Catering: Chef Michael | Hair and Makeup: Florida Keys Bridal Team | DJ: Reel Ting | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brother | Officiant: Lisa Bradeen | Venue: Private House | Dogs' Bow Ties: The Petal And Bow

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Laid Back Beach Wedding With Classic Style

Key Largo is one of those tropical hidden gems without the international flight and it served as the perfect backdrop for Arthur and Danielle’s “I do” designed by Destination Wedding Studio. They created a lush escape for each one of the couple’s guests, including an outdoor meal to remember by Bill Hansen Luxury Catering. Take a peek at the photos from Lauren Kinsey for a virtual escape guaranteed to make this weekday so much sweeter.

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Arthur and Danielle ventured all the way down to the Florida Keys from New York City for their intimate destination wedding. The beautiful Largo Resort was the perfect backdrop for such an affair- serene bungalows for their family and friends, lush foliage that made you feel as though you had stepped into an exotic destination, and crystal clear waters.

Peggy Russell from Destination Wedding Studio was at the helm of styling this event, and created an outdoor dinner experience under the palms that provided the perfect ambiance for the low-key, laid back Florida Keys affair.

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Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Event Design: Destination Wedding Studio | Cake: Misha's Cupcakes | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Catering: Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production | Makeup + Hair: Beauty Boutique | DJ: DJ Gunz (Matthew Fox) | Venue: Largo Resort

This is Where You Tie the Knot in the Florida Keys

There’s saying “I do” in paradise, and then there’s saying “I do” at Morada Bay in the Florida Keys. The former is always awesome, but the latter? It will rock your wedding world. From the crystal blue ocean backdrop to the uber-talented staff to the laid-back charm that bursts from every moment, this is a place where celebrating your nuptials is the epitome of dreamy. Scroll to learn more.

Located in the heart of Islamorada, Florida, Morada Bay is the sort of casually elegant resort you and your special someone have been looking for. From their amazing restaurant options (hello, Morada Bay Beach Cafe and Pierre’s Restaurant & Lounge) to their talented staff to their luxurious accommodations you’ll never want to leave, Morada Bay is that sweet locale where everything you’ve ever wanted really and truly becomes reality. I’m talking “I do’s” with your toes in the sand followed up by a seaside reception with the salty breeze in your hair. It’s absolute magic.

Whether you dream of a small, intimate celebration or something much larger, Morada Bay can accommodate you AND your guests with their stunning venue options and talented staff that happens to know everything about hosting the world’s most fabulous wedding. They’ll even refer you to the perfect vendors to make your day come together, plus walk with you step by step on the day-of to guarantee a celebration that goes off without a hitch. Oh, and did I mention the amazing weather and activities you can find in the Florida Keys? Sooo fun.

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A Destination Wedding that Embraces Bold, Island Color

Winter makes for the perfect time to escape to Southern warmth. And this couple did just that; planning an intimate destination wedding on Islamorada that fully embraces the palm trees, seaside calm and the bold color of this Florida island. With florals by Anthology Co. and imagery by Joseph Rogero, take a little vacay with even more in the vault.

From the Joseph RogeroRose and Nile escaped the chill of their home in Texas to celebrate their love in the warmth of Islamorada this past Decemeber. Their vision for a intimate, fun and heart-felt day came to life with the flawless execution of top tier vendors. The Morada Bay design team created the illusion of effortless luxury for guest. The Moorings Village and Pierres provided the couple with ideal settings to create the unique look they envisioned. Rose curated a beautiful array of bold island colors from her bridesmaids palm skirts to their watercolor suites they tied the understand elegance of Islamorada into their day seamlessly. They wanted their guest to experience the true beauty of Islamorada in an intimate way without things feeling forced or contrite. This wedding is the perfect inspiration for a couple destined for a tropical day with their friends and family.

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Photography: Joseph Rogero | Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Invitations: Karli Strohschein and Rachelle Youd Designs | Brides Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Katie Kime | Catering: Pierre's | Band: L.R. Entertainment | Band : Ghost of Paul Revere | Grooms Attire: Ralph Lauren | Groomsmen's Attire: Collared Greens | Venue: Pierre's Lounge & Restaurant At Morada Bay | Bride's Cottage : The Moorings Village | Grooms Location: Cheeca Lodge | MUA: Asteria Makeup Studio

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!

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

Romantic Citrus Inspired Wedding in Florida

Carolina Guzik Photography has officially made citrus chic, and it’s all thanks to this fabulously fragrant affair. With reception tables filled with fruit trees it’s a refreshing approach to centerpieces that has got us blooming with excitement. Organic yet elegantly styled, every component of the day is an oasis waiting to be discovered. See it all here!

From Carolina Guzik PhotographyThis Ocean Reef Club wedding was fantastic! Paige + Christian are from the North East and decided to have a destination wedding in Key Largo, a place where Paige and her family have been vacationing since she was a little girl. 100 of their closest friends and family joined them to celebrate their love and commitment for each other.

And as you know, Love is in the details! This wedding had some spectacular decorations. It couldn’t be any more Floridian with the centerpieces being orange and lemon trees, plus some other gorgeous and simple flowers like chamomile plants, and Lily of the valley that Paige’s family brought straight from her grandma’s garden in Philadelphia. This wedding was a complete beauty all around!

Photography: Carolina Guzik Photography | Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Wedding Dress: Celestina Agostino | Band: CTO High Voltage | Venue: Ocean Reef Club | Cake Designer : Momofuku Milk Bar | Makeup Artis: Shirley Baptista

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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Romantic Oceanside Wedding in the Florida Keys

Escaping the winter for warmer climates is ideal under any circumstances, especially when said escape involves a destination celebration with your nearest and dearest. Which is exactly what this duo opted for. Packing up and heading south, they wed surrounded by surf ridden sandy beaches and Jody Savage Photography captured it all here!

From Jody Savage Photography…. Claire and Travis flew themselves and family members to an intimate wedding in the Florida Keys from Minnesota – it was beautiful, sweet and such a nice change from the freezing Minnesota Winter.

Photography: Jody Savage Photography | Florals: Floral Fantasy Weddings | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Ceremony And Reception: The Postcard Inn At The Holiday Isle | Dress Shop: The Wedding Shoppe | Ribbon: FrouFrou Chic | Velvet Ring Box: The Mrs Box

Romantic Islamorada Beach Wedding

At first glance, I could’ve sworn this wedding took place on a tropical island far from the States. So, you can imagine my surprise when I learned that The Moorings Village is an American gem! This Floridian affair captured by Elaine Palladino will completely transport you from winter to a sunny and serene day complete with Parrish Designs bouquets and a dreamy low-back Reem Acra gown. Relive it all here!

From Elaine Palladino Photography… Amy and Nick wanted their wedding to feel natural, classic, beachy, and effortless. It was all of these things and more. Islamorada in the Florida Keys gave them a beautiful sunny day that not only matched the decor, but their joy.

From The Bride… Our advice for future bride and grooms is to take a few moments to sit back and absorb your surroundings at each segment of your wedding day to remember the details and how it feels. 

Photography: Elaine Palladino Photography | Floral Design: Parrish Designs | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: One Small Bite  | Invitations: Invitation To Paper | Bride's Shoes: Prada | Bridesmaids' Dresses: twobirds Bridesmaid | DJ: L.R. Entertainment | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Ceremony/Reception: Pierre's Lounge & Restaurant At Morada Bay | Getting Ready Venue: The Moorings Village | Groom's Shoes: Eastland | Linens: Linens & More | Veil: Reem Acra

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Elegant Florida Keys Wedding at The Caribbean Resort

I opened this wedding hours ago, and my jaw is still sitting pretty on my desk. Rightfully so, I suppose, because this wedding is the definition of jaw-droppingly gorgeous. From that ridiculously stunning Hayley-Paige gown to the elegant reception, this gallery from Bob Care Photography is beyond beyond. See it all here.

From the Bride and Groom…How did you meet? Eric and I met in High school. He went away to Tennessee for college and I went to the University of Florida. We were friends through high school and college and started dating once we both settled in Orlando after college. .

Tell us a little bit about you two: What do you love about each other?
Eric and I have spent the last 4 years living in Orlando surrounded by almost all of our family and a ton of great friends. We have a 110 lb mastiff named Jax that we are crazy about and both work for the same amazing sales organization.

Karly: One of the things I love most about Eric is his selfless nature. He is the most amazing and kind person I know and constantly challenges me to be the best version of myself. I also love our shared love for the beach, live music and college football. (even though he’s an avid FSU fan and I went to UF J )
Eric: First, I think Karly is absolutely gorgeous! She is one of the nicest people I have ever met and constantly pushes me to be a better person. She is thoughtful, funny, and extremely driven. It seems we can always be in a good mood if we are near live music or the ocean. Most importantly, we trust each other and can always rely on each other.

What makes you a great match? Any great stories?
As I mentioned earlier, Eric and I met in high school and spent many years as friends before we started dating. We’ve built an incredibly strong foundation based on friendship, mutual respect and admiration for one another which has led to a really amazing love story that we are still writing. J

Where are you two from, and why did you choose your location and venue?
Eric and I were both born and raised in Melbourne, FL. We grew up going to the beach every weekend and we both vacationed regularly in the Keys with our families. We love being outdoors and knew we wanted a tropical setting for our wedding so Islamorada was an easy decision.

Please share some details about the wedding and the planning process. Some ideas: Choice of location, your theme and/or colors, meaningful details you incorporated, DIY projects, your favorite elements.

We chose the Caribbean Resort for a few different reasons.

#1- The scenery is absolutely beautiful! #2- Our wedding guests rented out all of the gorgeous houses on property which allowed us to have a “wedding weekend” rather than just a wedding day. We were going for an elegant beach theme with blush, white and champagne as our primary colors. Islamorada has so much natural beauty so we tried not to overdo it with the décor. We used a mix of baby’s breath and roses for flowers and had lanterns set up all over the grounds. We strung bulb lights across the dance floor and danced under the stars all night which was always a dream of mine. One of my favorite touches of décor was the “hydration station” which allowed our guests to serve themselves out of old whiskey barrels.

What were your favorite moments and/or special memories from the day?
One of the best moments of the day for us was the ceremony. Eric’s cousin Kevin Deck married us in front of all of our friends and family and it was pretty amazing to have someone we respect and admire so much, share that moment with us.

Photography: Care Studios | Event Designer: Mile Marker Party Rentals | Floral Designer: Marathon Florist | Cake: Sweet Savannahs | Invitations: After A While Crocodile | Ceremony Venue: The Caribbean Resort | Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Makeup Artist: Ana Baidet And Shannon Biondoletti | Mens Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Dress Designer: JLM Couture, Inc

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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

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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

Beach Wedding at the Ocean Reef Club

Give me a tropical beach wedding and I’m one happy lady. It might be the sky-high palms, the pup in pearls or the beachy-white bouquets from Parrish Designs that have reeled me into this seaside soiree from Binary Flips, but as one pretty package, this breezy romance has hit the spot. See sooo much more in the gallery!

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From Binary Flips… Weddings by the beach will always have a place in our hearts. We were almost at a loss for words when we first saw the breathtaking venue. The color palette that Ashley picked for her day perfectly matched the club’s tropical setting. They exchanged vows on the ‘ceremony island’ with an almost endless ocean view. Ashley looked stunning in her Monique Lhuillier as she walked down the isle that is perfectly lined by towering palm trees. As the sun settled, everyone was treated with a gorgeous early moonlight backdrop. Everybody wished it never ended, but nevertheless it was the perfect way to remember it.

Photography: BINARYFLIPS PHOTOGRAPHY | Floral Design: Parrish Designs | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Band: Soul Survivors | Ceremony & Reception: Ocean Reef Club | Design & Planning: Mother of the Bride | Paper Design: Epitome Papers

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Key West Coral Wedding

Key West and pretty weddings go together like two peas in a pod. With stunning scenery and plenty o’ sunshine, all you really need is a punch of color and happy couple to pull off a dream day. Sweet Tea Photography knocked the photos of this pink and coral love fest straight out of the park and you can get your hands on every capture right over here.

From Sweet Tea Photography… Colleen Layman and Seric Fallon met during their brief experiment with online dating. The two met at a dive bar in South Beach called The Abbey, where they quickly realized that they both suffered from wanderlust….spending hours upon hours sharing their favorite places and adventures.

After two years of dating, Seric proposed. “It was New Year’s Eve and we went to a restaurant in Coral Gables. It was, of course, packed, and our table was very close to a few other couples. Just after the main course, he couldn’t wait any more, and took out the ring and asked me right there at the table. It was so loud in the restaurant that only a few people noticed, but we felt like we were the only people in the place. I said Yes and he put the ring on my finger… and then dessert arrived! It was a great way to ring in the New Year (pun intended!),” Colleen recalled.

Key West was the first place they talked about getting married and it was the first place they thought of for the reception. During the beginning of the planning process, Colleen and Seric were living in Washington, DC. Fortunately they both found new job opportunities back in Miami, and made the big move back to the city where they first fell in love.

With the help of a talented wedding planner, Kelly Fowler of Save the Date, they were able to make the big move and get settled back into Miami while planning their special day. They couldn’t have gotten it all done without her guidance.

When searching for the perfect venue, Colleen and Seric traveled down to Key West with Colleen’s parents to check out the variety of venues. They instantly fell in love with the Southernmost House for it’s colors, style, and history. They loved that they could fill all of the rooms with their friends and family. Colleen said “It was like having a mansion all to ourselves in the middle of Key West. We felt like we were welcoming people into our home.”

The look and wedding style was inspired by Key West’s breathtaking sunset of soft peaches and teal tones. They liked to describe the look as being romantic, vintage, with an unfussy prettiness. Colleen’s favorite detail was the menu and table assignment display. They found a font that fit their theme and bought some brown craft paper to print it on. It was so simple but elegant.

Photography: Lisa Blume Photography | Floral Design: Love In Bloom | Wedding Dress: J del Olmo Bridal Gallery and Couture | Cake: Blue Heaven | Reception Venue: The Southernmost House | Catering: Great Events Catering | DJ: Visualize Entertainment | Officiant: Steve Torrence | Hair & Make-up: Beauty Boutique | Planning: Just Save The Date | Wedding Dress Designer: La Sposa

Classic Pastel Hued Affair in Key West

With fourth of July festivities just around the corner, this classic Florida affair seemed like just the right wedding to send everyone off to their holiday celebrations. It’s the best mix of Key West – gorgeous beach views, a beautiful pastel palette and a sea of classic details crafted by Just Save The Date along with florals by Milan Events. Now add stunning imagery into the mix by Jessica Lorren Photography plus a handsome Groom in uniform and the result is pure perfection. See it all here.

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From The Bride…Raymond and I were set up in August 2012 by a mutual family friend who had a sneaking suspicion we would hit it off. He was teaching at the University of Michigan and I was teaching high school in Atlanta. Our entire relationship was spent flying around the US meeting up to see each other. With Raymond’s job in the Navy about to send him back to sea within the year an engagement came in April 2013 while he was in the middle of a move. With only one weekend available in his hectic schedule available for him to get married before having to report to work in Hawaii our date was set but we had big decisions to decide on. Both being from different home towns and military friends and family all over the country we decided we wanted a location where everyone could come together, relax, and celebrate with us. What better place for weather in November then Key West. With two moves and a hectic fall in our future a good local planner was a must. Having fallen in love with the work of Jessica Lorren several years back, photography was taken care of as well. My vision of the wedding was to play off the natural colors of Key West and trusted my local planner Kelly to find me the best vendors Key West had to offer. A beautiful romantic, organic, and patriotic wedding was exactly what Kelly brought together for us and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day!

Photography: Jessica Lorren Photography | Event Planning: Just Save The Date | Floral Design: Milan Events | Wedding Dress: anna be bridal boutique | Ceremony Venue: Key West Lighthouse | Reception Venue: Casa Marina | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Officiant: Steve Torrence | Custom Stationery: Mae Mae Paperie | Hair & Make-up: Studio Marie-Pierre | Music: Visualize Entertainment | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Key West Lighthouse | Rentals: Milan Events