Relaxed: Kate & Wes’s Destination Wedding at Little Palm Island

 

bride and groom on a pier

A wedding is a joyous occasion. It’s happy, bright, full of beauty and well wishes. And because the bride and groom should be focused on nothing but each other, on that day of all days they shouldn’t have to worry about the details. Our job at Simply You is to let them relax into it.

Kate and Wes were so relaxed. All they needed was to get dressed – not stressed – and everything else would be taken care of.

It started with a gorgeous Monday morning at Little Palm Island. Tables and chairs were already being set up for the evening’s festivities. The beach was combed and cleared of debris and other distractions. The reception included a single table to seat 12 with rich mahogany chiavari chairs, surrounded by tiki torches.

white floral centerpiece

Floral arrangements were created by Milan Event in Key West, 3 medium revere bowls with white hydrangea, white and cream roses with green cymbidium bloom accents and an assortment of mercury glass votives. Gorgeous white cake flowers were also provided.

Katie's wedding dress

Little Palm Island’s own spa rendered hair and makeup services for Kate. A day on the beach called for a hairstyle that would endure. A sleek updo would do the trick. Likewise, Kate’s makeup adopted a natural look that would be complemented by the beach setting, so that she wouldn’t appear washed out in fully lit photos or become too rosy under the sun.

Michael escorts Kate to the ceremony

Kate’s style now completed, the guests gathered on the beach where the bride was escorted by her father to nature’s altar by the seaside. Reverend Steve Torrence wed Kate and Wes under a bright southern sun with the Atlantic Ocean stretching into infinity behind.

beach wedding ceremony

Photographer Stacey Ambrosio captured wonderful scenes throughout the day and into the evening as guests proceeded to the cocktail reception. Butlered hors d’oeuvres were served of crispy crab cakes with chipotle mayonnaise, conch fritter with mango remoulade, and smoked salmon mini clubs with micro greens and chive cream cheese. After a delicious dinner by Little Palm Island, the coup de grace – a fabulous Key Lime cake with raspberry filling.

wedding reception at Little Palm Island

You can see the pure joy, the release of being completely looked after and having only one thing – one person – as the center of all their attention. As ever, we were only too happy to serve. Congratulations, Kate and Wes. Way to relax into it.

Bride and Groom under the moon

Simply You thanks our partner vendors, Little Palm Island, Milan Event, Ambrosio Photography, Rev. Steve Torrence, Florida Keys Transportation, and Cakes by Karol.

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Ashley & Joe’s Destination Wedding: Fun in the Sun, Fort Zachary Taylor
key west beach wedding ceremony

Last year Simply You’s Erica Fuhrman had the pleasure of working with Ashley Miller and Joe Smith on their destination wedding in Key West. This is a couple who knew what they had in mind down to the details. As you’ll see in the photos to follow, there wasn’t any little thing that hadn’t been carefully considered. The process can seem grueling for some, but not for Ashley and Joe. They made it fun, and that’s really what it’s all about when you’re putting so much energy and effort into making a destination wedding really successful.

The week opened up with Ashley and Joe’s arrival in Key West at the Marquesa on Simonton Street. It’s a classy Conch hangout with fine dining and a “new Old World” charm about it. After a day spent finalizing arrangements, Friday brought on the rehearsal. Everyone gathered at Fort Zachary Taylor for midday, and later that night at another popular Key West spot, 915 Duval.

Wedding Day was underway early with deliveries from Prestige of rich mahogany chiavari chairs and a classic black and white checked dancefloor. Meanwhile, Lorri of Key West Hair and Makeup met up with Ashley at the Marquesa. While Lorri was curling and teasing, Ashley enjoyed champagne and the company of her mother and bridesmaids. Flowers were soon delivered by Milan Event, a fantastical assortment of themed flowers with white or coral ranunculus, and bouquets of white hydrangea, white roses, pale pink spray roses, white ranunculus and dusty miller wrapped in understated burlap.

flowing white wedding dress

With Ashley’s makeup nearing completion, Johnna Brynn arrived to photograph her getting ready. Elsewhere, at Hemingway House, Great Events Catering and Soundwave Productions arrived to set up for the evening feast and Erica was supervising final preparations. The famous Conch Tour Train pulled up to the Marquesa to pick up the Bride and her party and whisked them off to Fort Zach. What a fun way to get from A to B in this funky little town.

Waiting at the head of the aisle with the ocean in grand relief was Father Larry Hooper and Ashley’s smiling groom, Joe. Everyone was all smiles as you can see (well, Joe had a tear or two, but they were pure joy). Where else can you wear flip flops with waistcoats and sport horn-rimmed sunglasses with formal wear? With a prayer and a cheer, these two happy souls took a moment to watch the sun over the water, then took a private train to Hemingway’s house for the feast.

conch tour train key west

At Papa’s poolside there were hors d’oeuvres of beef carpaccio on parmesan wafers with pesto, mini cherry tomato caprese on peppered brioche, bacon wrapped scallops with citrus agave, and slow roasted mojo pork carnitas with grilled pineapple mojo verde. Milan Event added some beautiful touches with white floating orchids in Papa’s pool.

centerpieces with lanterns and pink lysianthus

They did even better at dinner with 6 tables full of Portuguese glass vases of white hydrangea, lanterns set between pink calla lilies and pink and coral roses, all on aqua linens that popped in the light. As the sun set, dinner was served. Guests enjoyed Caesar salads with grilled pineapple, or a mixed greens Samba salad with avocado and mango. Ceviche was tendered in four varieties from tuna with avocado and yuzu ponzu, to roasted beets with blood oranges and yucca chips, and smoked mahi mahi with jicama, or a classic Key West “pinks” shrimp presentation. Skewers were served up from the Polynesian style grill for all to see, a real show with dinner including Jerk style chicken, Thai beef with lime and cilantro, and tuna rubbed in seven spices and grilled truffle oil glazed vegetables.

polynesian style grill

The sweet side of dinner was a broad assortment of gourmet cupcakes from Cakes by Karol in flavors of Key Lime, Mini cheesecakes, Chocolate raspberry surprise shooters, Chocolate trifles, red velvet mini cupcakes with cream cheese icing, Creme brulee, and topped off with a 6” cake top of white chocolate with strawberry filling under vanilla butter cream.

So was the evening fun? You’ve seen the photos and you’ve seen the smiles. Ashley and Joe had a day to remember for a lifetime. That’s what Simply You is working to give couples – the opportunity to let it be enjoyable right from the beginning. Let it fill you up with anticipation. Let the vision come together the more you invest in it and see it become what you knew it could be.

Congratulations, Ashley and Joe, and best wishes.

Special thanks go to our partner vendors, Fort Zachary Taylor, The Hemingway House, Marquesa, Great Events Catering, Prestige Party Rentals, Milan Event, BBJ Linen, Johnna Brynn Photography, Musician Jim Wist, Soundwave Productions, Cakes by Karol, Lorri of Key West Hair & Makeup, Historic Tours of America’s Conch Tour Train, 915 Duval, and Father Larry Hooper of St. Paul’s Church.

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Traditional Wedding in Key West: Carla & Justin’s Destination Wedding

Traditional weddings are some of the most elegant and most challenging weddings for a couple to plan. It’s important to them to include the elements that are close to their hearts, but they also want to make sure they’re visually and sensually stunning.

Carla and Justin pulled it off perfectly.

It all began with an incredible welcome for all their guests at one of our most popular local destinations, Conch Republic Seafood Company, located in Key West’s historic seaport district. Guests enjoyed butlered appetizers including bacon wrapped scallops, beef wellington, and mushroom and goat cheese tarts. Dinner was served buffet style with crab cakes, jumbo shrimp cocktail, Masterchef stuffed shrimp and a broad selection of fresh sushi rolls, and a Key West classic – fresh oysters on the half shell.

Carla's wedding makeup by Studio Marie-PierreThe wedding day began with a visit to the Bride’s suite at Casa Marina by Studio Marie-Pierre. A full session with these hair and makeup experts created fabulous effects for all the ladies of the bridal party. Meanwhile, one of our favorite floral designers, Milan Event Florals & Decor, delivered a grand presentation that was simply breathtaking: lavender rose wrist corsages and white orchid boutonnieres with lavender accents, and a bouquet of all white roses tied with ivory ribbon.

Decor also brought understated grandeur to Casa Marina’s Flagler Ballroom, with white padded silver chiavari chairs, and silver beaded charger plates set with purple smoke shantung linen and silver for the head table. Milan Event’s masterful centerpieces were placed on fountain vases, all white arrangements of hydrangea and white roses, orchids, lilies with Italian ruscus and white orchids floating in vases. To top it all off was a 5-arm candelabra with julep cup arrangements of white hydrangea, roses and calla lilies.

The ceremony commenced at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, a true piece ofKey West history. Inside, surrounded by priceless restored stained glass, the only touches needed were two garlands of babies breath and lemon leaf, two stone columns topped by the trademark all white arrangements, and a single runner of pure white. Reverend Larry Hooper received Carla and Justin at the altar where they solemnized their vows in traditional fashion. A short time later bells were ringing and the organ shouting their celebration throughout Old Town.Carla and Justin just married at St. Paul's Church in Old Town Key West

The famous Conch Tour Train conveyed guests to Casa Marina while the Bride and Groom made their exit in a white vintage Rolls Royce, the perfect getaway vehicle for a classy couple. A cocktail reception got underway on Flagler’s Patio as torches burned into the evening. Vintage chic regalia were placed there, like a bird cage for cards and a map for guests to sign. Hors d’oeuvres consisted of ahi tuna on crispy wontons, lemon and clove duck confit with spiced currant chutney, phyllo purses with pear and brie, and, of course, oysters on the half shell.

3-tier red velvet cake with buttercream by Cakes by Karol

Dinner began with the acoustic talent of Rusty Lemmon and Robin Whitehead playing in the background. Pan seared jumbo scallops with roasted tomato, artichoke and fennel salad comprised the first course, followed by spinach crepes with ricotta cheese, sundried tomato pesto sauces and crispy pancetta. Finally, a duo of tenderloin rubbed with truffle butter in a burgundy reduction and a lemon and garlic glazed lobster tail. To top it off, designer desserts served with flavors like Key lime tarts, chocolate covered strawberries, tiramisu trifle and authentic macaroons from France. The supreme finish was a 3-tier wedding cake of red velvet with cream cheese filling and almond buttercream.

Carla and Justin’s dedication to a traditional wedding led to an awesome fusion of vintage taste and contemporary glamour. In a way, it’s the perfect combination for any marriage – keeping love’s old flame burning with new nourishment. May it burn long and bright for Carla and Justin.

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Thanks to our fabulous vendors, St. Paul’s Church, Casa Marina Resort, Milan Event, Keys Limo, Historic Tours of America, Ambrosio Photography, White Orchid Studios, Rusty Lemmon, Visualize Entertainment, Cakes by Karol, Eventfully Yours, BBJ Linen, Prestige Party Rentals, Conch Republic Seafood Company and Studio Marie-Pierre.

Spanish in Sunset Key West: Taiss & Patrick’s Destination Wedding

Sunset is one of the most beautiful things about Key West. It’s an event that people from across the world flock to see on our little island. It’s the colors – the contrast of a deep blue sea stretching off to the horizon, where it drops off onto the edge of a warm orange glow descending toward the earth.

Of course, for Taiss and Patrick the theme of yellows and oranges and an array of other sunset colors for their destination wedding decor actually came from the draw of Spanish flair. Color is a sign of life and these two were about to embark on a brand new one together in homage to Spain’s own draw to the sunset.

It began with a beautiful rehearsal dinner at the Roof Top Cafe on Front Street in downtown Key West. This classic venue hosts guests just beyond the din of the Key West nightlife. It’s toney and spacious, a rare combination in our old “New World” atmosphere. Guests savored gourmet dishes such as Mahi Mahi with coconut rice and tropical fruit salsa, bacon wrapped pork tenderloin, spice rubbed with mango chutney and sweet potato mash, and pasta basilico with choice of chicken or shrimp and Italian herbs and sauces.

black and white wedding prep

The next day was all energy and entertainment with fishing chartered on the Tortugas IV. That evening the family enjoyed a sunset sail on the Fury, a popular party on the water surrounding Key West. Fury is always a win for everyone, a state-of-the-art catamaran with plenty of room for amenities like a live band, as well as Great Events Catering’s specialty hors d’oeuvres.

Finally, as the wedding day arrived, Taiss was preparing at Ocean Key Resort. Studio Marie Pierre provided hair and makeup for 4. Milan Event Florals and Decor delivered wrist corsages of yellow orchids with orange ribbon, and a fiery bouquet of gloriosa with yellow orchids and billy balls, and orange cala lilies and vanda orchids, not to mention 9 bouttonnieres of gloriosa. The colorful heritage of Spanish flair was in full effect.

Elsewhere, the remainder of our fantastic vendors were setting the stage for a wonderful reception. The bride and groom were blissfully unaware as Photographer Daniel Lateulade captured Taiss and Patrick in all their wedding finery for the First Look.

Arriving at the aisle, Taiss looked down a long white carpet with orange batique toward Patrick, standing tall and handsome between 2 copper pedestals topped with orange vanda orchids. Acoustic guitarist Rolando Rojas struck up a beautiful chord in flamenco style with Sunset Key in the distance. Vows were spoken. A marriage was made.

royal blue tablecloths and napkins with orange calla lilies centerpieces

Celebration was in order and the family retired to Sunset Pier for caprinhas and hors d’oeuvres, including Ahi Tuna Tartar on crispy malanga chip with tangerine ginger sauce, fig and goat cheese crostini, and mojo pork, manchego cheese and guava barbecue empanadas. There was even a made-to-order guacamole station stock with fresh avocados and a wide array of ingredients from shrimp to jalapenos to pico de gallo.

 

After the sunset hour came dinner, where the colors of sunset remained late into the night. 10 tables were set with royal blue tablecloths upon which were set a mixture of Moroccan lanterns, floral arrangements of orange orchids and calla lilies for a spice of color, and cobalt blue votives and copper chargers to accent. Even the lounge furniture and floor coverings were coordinated right down to the throw pillows and lanterns.

Dinner was served to smiles all around with grill station offering marinated vegetables and churrasco and Key West fresh catch, along with pork tenderloin, risotto cakes, and truffle macaroni and cheese with prosciutto and asiago cheese. A spinach station, likewise, offered all sorts of zesty flavors like red onion, mushrooms, pancetta, strawberries and mangoes. Dessert included 120 individual Tres Leche shooters, a delight designed by Cakes by Karol.

The sun may have set on Taiss and Patrick’s wedding day, but it was just rising on the day of their long life together. We hope they return to Key West one day to take in another Key West sunset and remember the day everyone’s eyes weren’t on the sun, but on them.

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Special thanks to our vendors, Ocean Key Resort, Milan Event, Cakes by Karol, Studio Marie Pierre, The Fury, Roof Top Cafe, Great Events Catering, Daniel Lateulade, Rolando Rojas and Soundwave Productions.

A Magical Wedding: Ashley & Tom’s Destination Wedding

“Magic.”

It’s a word often used in popular culture to describe the indescribable. Who can forget the heartfelt scene in “Sleepless In Seattle” when Tom Hanks tells a radio host and millions of people about the moment he met his wife-to-be? Ever wonder if that kind of thing happens in real life?

Simply You lays that questions to rest with this romantic couple, Tom and Ashley. They had a wedding that was not only luxurious and unforgettable – it was truly magical. (Catch the full video here.)

They arrived on a Sunday to kick off a week of preparation and fun in sunny Key West, making their first night’s stay at the regal Hyatt Resort. They then took up residence in one of Key West’s lovely vacation condominiums near the wedding venue, Casa Marina, a resort overlooking the rolling blue Atlantic Ocean. Ashley and Tom’s wedding rehearsal would also be held at Casa Marina. Later that evening they embarked on one of Key West’s famous sunset sails with The Fury.

Wedding Day arrived on Friday of that week with an easy start. Studio Marie-Pierre’s beauty experts attended Ashley and the ladies of the bridal party at Casa Marina. Around that same time, Milan Event Florals and Decor were delivering their incredible floral arrangements. White and green hydrangea were the order of the day, with green berry accents and a green garden mix, creating a very clean yet natural look.

Key West beach wedding

Julie from Simply You was on-hand to coordinate the setup of final deliveries and details. Decor for the reception began to arrive, including mahogany chiavarri chairs with ivory pads. Soundwave Key West were poised to offer great entertainment for the reception in Casa Marina’s Grand Ballroom. Elsewhere, Brio Art’s expert photographer, Katie, arrived to begin capturing each magical moment. You can see the day’s events play out with gorgeous results in Brio Art’s photo above.

Milan Event completed the decor for the ceremony with 60 white resin chairs divided only by a white aisle runner. At the head of the aisle were 2 large wooden beach lanterns on 3-foot wooden columns surrounded by driftwood, a scene so in tune with our island’s natural motif, yet with a look almost like a fairy tale.

Entering to “What a Wonderful World”, Ashley and Tom saw all of this as they joined each other at the water’s edge. They said their vows in view of the wide ocean under the tropical sun, and before all their closest friends and family and a few of those lovely storybook palm trees.

Key West beach wedding

That night, festivities took place in the warm glow of lanterns and torches. Delicious hors d’oeuvres were served in a variety of flavors; sweet watermelon drop with goat cheese on micro green and balsamic, beef tataki with blue cheese and wasabi aioli, crab cakes with caper remoulade and lobster bites.

Guests lounged enjoying entrees of grilled chicken with oven roasted tomatoes and greek olives with roasted garlic thyme lemon reduction, blackened mahi with mango papaya jalapeno salsa, and grilled sirloin with chimichurri and marinated red onion and roasted corn relish.

The coup de grace, the wedding cake, was last in line, a vanilla and strawberry treat under buttercream icing, along with 72 individual cupcakes of pina colada, raspberry, almond buttercream and chocolate dulce flavors.

Last call ended the evening, but unlike Cinderella’s tale, the magic doesn’t fade from a night like this. Congratulations to Ashley and Tom, a prince and princess if ever we saw them.

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Thanks to our magical vendors, the wizards themselves, Casa Marina Resort, Milan Event, Soundwave Productions, Cakes by Karol, Studio Marie Pierre, Prestige Party Rentals, and Brio Art.