Destination I Do
Friday, December 2, 2011

Destination Wedding Key West: An Intimate Island Affair!

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Studio Julie Photography

Christiana and Trevor are originally from the northeast, but have since relocated to Los Angeles. As much as they love the sun of So Cal, they miss seeing their families regularly. So when it came time to plan their wedding, their top priority was quality time with those family members they miss so much.

Thankfully, their guests were more than willing to make the trek to the couple’s chosen destination: Key West, Florida. “Given the promise of a warm reprieve from the northeast winter and the fact that most people hadn’t been to Key West, there was a great buzz among our friends and family about a new and undiscovered destination.”

Key West was a perfect fit for Christiana and Trevor because it was a warm destination on the east coast and was small enough their guests could easily mingle throughout the weekend. It wasn’t so small, however, that their guests didn’t stay busy; everyone enjoyed sunset cruises, fishing expeditions, seaside dinners and convenient trolley transportation.

Once the destination was chosen, the next step was to find a wedding planner who would be their eyes and ears throughout the process. Christiana admits she never could have pulled of the destination wedding of her dreams without the help of her wedding coordinator. “She had established relationships with Key West vendors and validated the research I’d been doing online. That relative peace of mind was important to me.”

One of the couple’s biggest recommendations is to make sure your own personalities are present throughout you wedding. “Don’t stick to what seems right, do what seems right to you,” says Christiana. “Guests feel much more a part of the occasion when there is a break in the pomp and circumstance, when things get personal and when you’re just being yourselves.”

One way the couple personalized their guests’ experiences was with custom-made welcome bags. They included some of their favorite snacks, essentials like toothpaste, a toothbrush and floss (the bride’s dad is a dentist), a beer koozie designed by the groom and a CD of songs the guests were going to hear throughout the weekend. To make sure no one got lost en route to the wedding, the bride’s brother made hand-drawn maps of key places on the island.

At the end of the day, Christiana and Trevor kept one thing in mind throughout their planning process. They were able to depend on each other when times got stressful and it was all about celebrating their love.

Photographer: Studio Julie Photography
Venue: Southernmost House
Wedding Coordinator: Megan Jones of Swankey Events
Gown Designer: Pattis
Florist: Peter with Milan Event Florals
Catering: Great Events Catering
Band: Roberto & the Flats Band

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