Lesley and Christian- Destination Wedding// Islander Resort

A Real Wedding at Islander Resort in Islamorada


December 26, 2023
Words by Lauren Ertl
Photos courtesy of Memories by Lindsay

Lesley and Christian’s wedding journey was a testament to the power of staying true to oneself. Choosing the enchanting Islamorada in the Florida Keys as their destination, the couple embarked on a celebration that reflected their love, uniqueness, and the profound connection they share with this special place.

Bride and Groom in tropical beachside ceremony.

“Islamorada is one of our favorite places to travel as a couple, and we wanted to share with our family and friends all the amazing things it has to offer,” Lesley says. “It’s where we got engaged and is a really special place in our hearts, every time we come here we are able to disconnect, enjoy each other and make the best memories.”

Top photo: beachside ceremony in the Florida Keys. Bottom photo: A bride at her wedding on the beach with her bridesmaids.

The venue, Islander Resort, was a natural choice for the couple, as it held sentimental value from their previous vacations. “The views alone sold it for us,” they explain. “From the second we started working with them, it was such a great experience and process leading to the day of.”

Floral wedding arch at a beach.

One of the standout elements of their wedding was the meticulous attention to detail in the decor, expertly crafted by planner Lyndsey Mae. From a unique ceremony arch to stunning flowers and a cafeteria cart that added a delightful touch, every detail was carefully considered. Lesley recalls, “The flowers were unreal, the extra seating for cocktail hour went incredible with the sunset, and the band was so good that I want to have another party just so I can use them again.

Collage of photos of a groom patiently waiting for his bride at their beachy wedding. Guests watch them take their first kiss.

The ceremony itself was a breathtaking moment that Lesley describes as the “most beautiful thing” they had ever seen. The couple opted for private vows before the ceremony, a personal touch that added to the intimacy of the occasion. Departing from tradition, their best friend Seth served as the officiant, injecting humor and warmth into the celebration.

Collage of photos including a bride and groom, and rattan and wicker seating for a reception. Water with lime drinks on a shelf in the photo on the right.

While planning the wedding from afar presented its challenges, Lesley credits the visual aids provided by Lyndsey Mae and regular visits to ensure everything was in order. “Lyndsey Mae, who is like the mayor of the keys, was able to get me in contact with all of the amazing vendors, including my photographer,” Lesley acknowledges.

A collage of photos including an Outdoor reception set up with elegant wood tables and chairs, place settings and a wedding party.

Reflecting on the decision to have a destination wedding, Lesley notes, “It would not have had the same vibe and energy that the keys give. We really wanted something peaceful and away from the busy world. I also don’t think the pictures would have been the same.” The unique beauty of Islamorada provided a stunning backdrop for Lesley and Christian’s special day.

A collage featuring an outdoor tent reception, a wedding band and a bride and groom dancing.

In offering advice to future couples, Lesley emphasizes “Your wedding should be a reflection of you as a couple, the things you like, what makes you both happy, and how you two will remember this night for the rest of your lives.”

Lesley and Christian’s wedding stands as a testament to the idea that when you follow your heart and stay true to your vision, your wedding day can surpass all expectations.

A bride in her farewell dress poses with her groom at the end of their reception.

Vendors: Photographer: Memories by Lindsay; Second Shooter: Almida Meyer Photography; Wedding Planner: L Mae Events; Venue: Islander Resort; Florist: A Lavish Event Design; Stationery: The Knot; Cake: Blond Giraffe; Hair & Makeup: Ciao Bella Salon; Gown Designer: Eisen Stein Bridal; Bridesmaids Dresses: Lulus; Men’s Attire: Atelier Munro; Ceremony Band: Alex Bravo; Music: Fondo Blanco; Furniture: Mi Vintage & LMae Events; Tent, Chairs & Tables: Keys Audio Party Rental; Dessert Table: Maggie’s Bakery; Coffee Service: La Cafetera 305; After Party DJ: DJ Frikidonya; Palm Tree Rental: Shady Business

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