Young and Happy: Megan + Steve’s Destination Wedding, Casa Marina
Megan + Steve on Conch Tour Train

Young and happy – is there anything better? Megan and Steve are the epitome of it. Their wedding day in Key West was just so wonderful, they couldn’t stop beaming if they tried. That’s what it’s all about.

Megan's wedding prep

Even as a small time Megan and Steve were going to have a grand time. It began with a fun session with a hair and makeup pro from Headlines coming to Megan in the early afternoon. A beautiful long do bound with lilies gave her a very natural appeal. As for her bouquet, a natural hand tied bouquet wrapped in satin ribbon with long cut calla lilies.

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Later that afternoon the ceremony began at the glamorous Casa Marina’s East Beach. There are the end of a pure white aisle and before the striking view of the Atlantic Ocean, Megan and Justin spoke their vows.

Megan + Steve's Key West beach wedding at Casa Marina Resort

A cocktail hour followed shortly after with butlered hors’ doeuvres of brie and pear phyllo purse, salmon tartare, beef tataki with bleu cheese and wasabi aioli, and classic conch fritters. Guests were surrounded by luxury, as well as gorgeous floral arrangements of white calla lilies by Love in Bloom. And a fabulous dinner was served including herb and cider roasted chicken, blackened mahi with lemon beurre blanc, and white mushroom ravioli with sage butter.

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Enjoy these images of Megan and Steve by Transier Photography. As you can see, the smiles never left their faces. We hope they never do.

Thanks to our vendors:

Ceremony and Reception Venue – Casa Marina

Floral – Love in Bloom

Photography – Transier Photography

Ceremony music – Bongo D

Reception music – Visualize Entertainment

Hair/Makeup – Rebecca from Headlines

Officiate – Sue Hyde

Cake – Cakes by Karol

Steaming – Steam Queen

Rentals – Prestige Party Rentals

Transportation – Historic Tours‘ Old Town Trolley, Conch Tour Train

High Fashion Wedding: Lauren + Justin’s Destination Wedding, Little Palm Island
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What do you get when you combine high fashion and destination wedding? You have Lauren and Justin’s high fashion wedding.

Combining absolutely stunning detail and grand design, Lauren and Justin made their destination wedding one to remember with the finest accoutrements on Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys.

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On a lovely Saturday it all kicked off with a delivery of gorgeous flowers from Avant Gardens. Lauren’s bouquet was cascading with vendela roses, white spray roses, accents of light pink cymbidium orchids and phaelenopsis orchids.

lauren's wedding bouquet with vendela roses, white spray roses, accents of light pink cymbidium orchids and phaelenopsis orchids

In the afternoon, Lauren began preparations with hair and makeup. She did a fantastic job making her eyelashes pop and her hair flow. Even with a long do, it held up brilliantly throughout the day outdoors.

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Lauren and Justin matched up perfectly, too. Lauren’s dress was a stunning backless number in lace, while Justin was decked out all in white.

With acoustic music courtesy of Rusty Lemmon, the ceremony got underway officiated by local wedding master John Hernandez. It was held on the shining Front Beach of Little Palm Island, a secluded area with an endless view of the ocean. Lauren and Justin took their places beneath a bridal canopy of ivory organza as it billowed in the wind, and surrounded by clustered florals of white hydrangea, vendela roses and cascading white phaelenopsis.

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A lovely cocktail reception was held there a short time later, with crab cakes and chipotle mayo, mini kobe beef hamburgers with gorgonzola, cherry peppers with goat cheese, watermelon and feta, caviar blinis with créme fraiche, and tequila lime chicken with jalapeno pesto. No, indeed that wasn’t dinner.

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Dinner was held among tables decorated in ivory with grand centerpieces arranged in glass cylinders and votives, while the head table received an elongated design with garnier vases , and includeding crystals hanging with glass spheres and with candles. Dinner itself was an elaborate 4-course feast with such gourmet delights as avocado soup, ceviche, and a spiny lobster risotto with mascarpone and parmigiano cheese withand black truffle. And the coup de grace, the wedding cake, red velvet with cream cheese filling.

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Lauren and Justin brought such style and taste to this destination fashion wedding. It just proves that it doesn’t matter if you’re in the city or on an island, if you really want to have it all, it’s possible.

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Thanks to our vendors:

Ceremony and Reception Venue – Little Palm Island

Flowers/Decor – Avant Gardens

Officiate – John Hernandez

Photographer – Manolo Doreste

Music – Rusty Lemmon

Cake – Cakes by Karol

 

Small Destination Wedding, Grand Impression: Ellen + Aaron’s Destination Wedding, Little Palm Island
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Great things come in small packages, and Ellen and Aaron’s small destination wedding on Little Palm Island was no exception. With a smaller gathering they were able to go big with the quality and design of their special day.

The day before the wedding was a day of fun as guests arrived. The day culminated in a leisurely sunset sail with Sebago in Key West catered by Great Events.

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Ellen and Aaron’s wedding day kicked off with the usual deliveries while Ellen and her ladies prepared. The professional team at Studio Marie-Pierre arrived to glamorize Ellen with a beautiful updo and luscious lashes and lips. Limelight Videography and Ambrosio Photography each arrived to begin capturing the day’s events. And flowers from the impeccable Avant Gardens were delivered, including a fantastic bouquet of vendela roses, pink garden roses, light pink majolica spray roses and white blooms filled in, with accents of seeded eucalyptus and a collar of sallal greens.

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The always anticipated First Look took place a short time later with Ellen and Aaron. You can see how happy they are, how young they are, the nerves and the pent up energy. It was all precious as they looked forward to the big moment.

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The ceremony began on Little Palm’s Front Beach with acoustic music by Chad Burtch in the background. A positively stunning wedding canopy by Avant Gardens filled the view with a circular floral suspended with white dendrobium orchids cascading. With the ocean filling the view from behind it was the perfect picture.

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A cocktail reception received the newly minted Mr. and Mrs. Fleetwood with Caribbean conch fritters in mango habanero remoulade, bahn mi (crispy pig ears), avocado tempura mini tacos and kobe beef carpaccio. The setting was magical with ornate centerpieces and accents in gold.

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Dinner was even more magical, with golden candelabras, more cascading florals, clusters in gold cache pots and gold beaded tulle overlays at the tables – it was pure grandiosity. Dinner was a great success with features such as coconut lobster bisque, filet mignon and moulard duck breast. It was topped off with a delicious cake from Cakes by Karol, three tiers of pure happiness from red velvet to chocolate to rum cake, each with a unique cream filling.

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So small can be as big as you dare to imagine. For Ellen and Aaron, once you have the people you love around you, the sky is the limit.

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Thanks to our vendors:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Little Palm Island

Florals/Decor – Milan Event Floral & Decor

Officiate – Eddie Rodriguez

Photographer – Ambrosio Photography

Videography – Limelight Cinema

Music – Chad Burtch

Hair/Makeup – Studio Marie-Pierre

Cake – Cakes by Karol

Jessica + Jason’s Traditional Destination Wedding, Casa Marina
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Tradition can be so important in a wedding, and yet, when there’s room for something new, a bride and groom can absolutely transform it into a one-of-a-kind experience. This is just what Jessica and Jason accomplished with their traditional destination wedding at Casa Marina in Key West.

 

It began with a visit from the hair and makeup team at Studio Marie-Pierre. Jessica’s hair was exquisite, held up beautifully and able to endure a day in the ocean breeze. Her eyes were sparkling as she donned her veil in a perfect strapless dress. Floral arrangement was done by the extravagant Milan Event, presenting white orchids with pale pink and light coral roses.

 

Jessica's wedding prepStacey Ambrosio arrived for photos, capturing some of the most precious moments of the day. She was complemented by Artistry Wedding Films who would be recording throughout. The family assembled for photos, as well as Jessica and Jason themselves who are captured in a fantastic First Look set.

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The traditional wedding entered with the ketubah signing, a special Jewish rite that accompanies the marriage license that encompasses not only vows, but promises that Jessica and Jason were making that day. After a ride in the famous Conch Tour Train, guests arrived at Casa Marina and made their way to the West Beach. Over a hundred chairs were set up with kippas on hand for all and a beautiful chuppah awaiting the bride and groom by the oceanside with wedding florals arcing overhead. The scene was set for the perfect destination wedding in full Jewish fashion.

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The night began with a cocktail reception on Flagler’s Patio with tiki torches burning and the acoustic talents of Chad Burtch in the background. Butlered hors d’oeuvres were enjoyed including watermelon drop with goat cheese, barbecue chicken empanadas, ceviche style cilantro lime tuna lollipop, and phyllo purses of pear and brie. Additionally, there was a fun seafood shack display with Key Lime marinated fish ceviche with cilantro, shrimp shooters and sushi rolls.

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Dinner was set and served at tables adorned with tall centerpieces of white hydrangea, pale pink and peach roses and garden roses on fountain vases with hanging crystal and amaranthus, as well as arrangements in silver footed bowls with glass pillar holders, and silver mercury votives. Light was all around. And dinner itself included salads of all sorts, macaroni and cheese brulee with choices of lobster, bacon, scallion and more, and Brazilian sirloin with chimichurri and burgundy sauces, as well as pan seared Mahi Mahi.

Jessica + Jason's reception at Casa Marina

The cake was another work of art from Cakes by Karol, a 3-tier delight of vanilla with chocolate buttercream filling on a base of chocolate with vanilla buttercream. Another six dozen mini desserts were also provided, key lime tarts, strawberry shortcake trifle and mini red velvet cupcakes.

Jessica + Jason's wedding cake

At the end of the day it was tradition all the way, with a flare and design that was uniquely Jessica and Jason.

Thanks to our vendors:

Ceremony & Reception Venue – Casa Marina

Floral/Decor – Milan Event

Photography – Ambrosio Photography

Videography – Artistry Wedding Films

Cocktail & Dinner Music – Headliners Band

Transportation – Historic Tours

Cake – Cakes by Karol

Rentals – Prestige Party Rentals

Steaming – Steam Queen

Linen – BBJ Linen

Hair/Makeup – Studio Marie-Pierre

Weddington Way’s Groomsmen Collection
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This week Simply You Weddings is featuring a new line of tuxedos from Weddington Way, a designer wedding clothier and the fastest growing e-commerce business in the wedding industry.

Weddington Way already offers tuxedo rentals from their own designers, as well as from Michael Kors. Their latest addition is the Groomsmen Collection, and from what we can see these designs promise to deliver options for grooms-to-be of all tastes and preferences.

Ranging from fully formal to light and relaxed, his choice can be just as well suited (pun intended) to her dream dress as to his own tastes.

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Going for a youthful motif with a nod to the past? See how this matchup accomplishes that by giving him a well-fitting tux with a waistcoat that matches her look. Great design, great accompaniment.

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This goes for groomsmen and bridesmaids, too. See how her lacy minidress and colorful bouquet is complemented by an offset in color and cut that doesn’t overwhelm. His outfit provides the perfect foil to enhance the beauty of her look, while giving him the smart, sophisticated appearance of a man who knows what he’s doing.

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Have a look through some more examples of Weddington Way’s Groomsmen Collection, and when you’re done head over to their website to see what else is in store, including a pretty cool blog. It’s a stress-free experience with a wide selection, all put together to help you easily turn inspiration into reality.

Thinking of using Weddington Way for your wedding? Let us know on Facebook and pin your inspiration via Pinterest. If you would like to find out how Simply You Weddings can help create your destination wedding experience, simply Contact Us.