Small Destination Wedding, Grand Impression: Ellen + Aaron’s Destination Wedding, Little Palm Island

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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
Jessica + Jason's first look on the pier

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.

Jessica + Jason's first look in sunlight



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.

Jessica + Jason at the altar

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.

ceviche style cilantro lime tuna

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
Weddington Way black wedding tuxedo

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.

Weddington Way black wedding tuxedo

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.

Weddington Way black wedding tuxedo

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.

Weddington Way grey wedding tuxedo

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.

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Sara + Brian’s Destination Wedding, Ocean Key Resort, Key West
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Sara and Brian’s destination wedding was nothing short of fabulous. With their constant smiles and classic sense of fashion you could feel the energy just buzzing around them. We’re all about making memories and Simply You was privileged to be a part of that energy for them.

Simply You’s Erica made sure no detail went unattended. It all began with the wedding rehearsal at Ocean Terrace the day before the wedding. After a day in the Key West sun, Sara and Brian hosted a warm get-together with a rehearsal dinner at the Oldest House. Dinner featured boiled shrimp, potatoes, corn, sausage and barbecue. Guests enjoyed the meal among cylinder vases of Green Fuji mums, Queen Anne’s lace, white lisianthus, pink hypericum berries, white limonium and pink orange snapdragons by Love in Bloom.

groom's boutonniere white calla lily with single green dendrobium orchid

Sara and Brian’s wedding day began with set up at Ocean Key Resort. Chandeliers were hung beneath the tent and a classic black and white checkered dance floor laid out. Love in Bloom delivered bespoke wedding florals for the wedding party, including a natural hand tied bridal bouquet with white satin ribbon featuring exotic hydrangea, white calla lilies, white dendrobium and green cymbidium orchids. Meanwhile, Sara and her ladies were met by the professionals from Casa Salon for hair and makeup.

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Once everyone was dressed and ready, Sara and Brian met with photographer Christy Transier for a fun and energizing first look shoot. Sara wore a stunning lace down well Brian wore a smart yet casual cream suit with light green pinstripes. You can see from their smiles that there is no place they would rather be and no one with whom they would rather be. By 6 PM everyone was in place at Ocean Terrace before two iron pedestals topped with gorgeous floral wedding arrangements.

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Day gave way to sunset and also the cocktail reception. Butlered hors d’oeuvres were served including öyster Bloody Mary shooters, mini conch fritters with Key lime mustard aïoli, Mojo pork with manchego cheese and guava barbecue empanadas, and braised short ribs with pickled red onion, crème fraîche and cilantro on a wonton crisp. A short time after Key West’s famous sunset, dinner was served amidst lanterns and orchids with ferns on the surround creating a sense of intimacy. Baby green salad with hearts of palm led the way, then a pasta station with over a dozen fresh ingredients, full grill and a guacamole station with all sorts for nibbling guests later on.

mini green hydrangea, white calla lilies, mongo calla lilies, white dendrobium orchds, green dendrobium orchids on driftwood

Sara and Brian looked like they couldn’t be more in love. We hope the memory of this magical day will feed the flame for years to come.

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A Colorful Wedding: Kerri + Scotlon’s Destination Wedding, Fort Zachary Taylor

The Keys mean color, and color is what Kerri and Scot wanted in their dream destination wedding. Held on the beautiful beaches of Fort Zachary Taylor and celebrated within the historic grounds of Ernest Hemingway’s former home, these two went all out for fun.


Nestled in Old Town Key West, they enjoyed the amenities of a popular B&B, The Lighthouse (with a literal view of our lighthouse just outside the window!). An intimate rehearsal dinner for 20 was held nearby at Grunts, a local favorite near all of downtown’s attractions but without all the glitz and noise.


Kerri and Scot’s wedding day kicked off with a visit to Kerri’s suite by the pros from Studio Marie-Pierre, one of the premiere hair and makeup designers in South Florida. Meanwhile, delivery of personal flowers from Milan Event was taken with bouquets of green hydrangea for the bridesmaids (and white hydrangea for Kerri), pale pink garden roses, white callas and orchids, succulents and more, rounding out a playful, and colorful, arrangement for every woman in the bridal party.


Lona of Blueye Images was on hand to capture the day’s events, including a First Look that is so full of vibrant imagery. Shocking blues, tropical greens, pulsing pinks and reds and more emanate from every photo she took of Kerri and Scot’s perfect wedding.


Key West’s famous Conch Tour Train and Old Town Trolley brought guests to Fort Zachary Taylor, a local treasure for its historic fort and clean, natural beaches with an unbeatable sunset exposure. Milan Event arranged a brilliant modern design with a bamboo arch under organza and decorated with a ruscus garland, white orchid and pink lily accents.


In the evening at Hemingway’s house, guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres by Great Events, a gourmet selection of roasted thin corn cakes with barbecue shrimp, portabella and goat cheese stuffed profiteroles, burrata cheese served on a salted wonton, and lobster and grilled corn quesadillas.


Dinner commenced with a refreshing salad selection of Cuban style with plantain chips, avocados and mango poppy seed vinaigrette, or arugula with feta cheese and mojito vinaigrette. This was followed by Great Events’ EVO grill; 5-ounce lobster tails with drawn butter, grilled barbecue chicken, blackened and grilled mahi mahi with mango tropical salsa, steamed clams in broth and fresh herbs, and Old Bay shrimp with chorizo and boiled corn.


Kerri and Scot’s cake was also a gourmet delight from from Cakes by Karol. Along with 200 individual desserts like Key Lime tarts, salted caramel tarts, Key Lime cupcakes and banana créme shooters, they enjoyed a cake of their own in Key Lime with raspberry filling under vanilla butter cream.


You can see for yourself it was a festive occasion just bursting with color. Kerry and Scot made the most of their destination and the choices it offered, and it was an absolute blast.

Thanks to these vendors: Fort Zachary Taylor, Ceremony Venue; Hemingway House, Reception Venue; Great Events Catering; Prestige Party Rentals; Aaron Wechter, Officiant; Milan Event, Floral Design + Decor; Blueye Images, Photography; Cineaverde, Videography; Brian Roberts, Music; Sound Wave Key West, Music; Studio Marie-Pierre, Hair + Makeup; Nailtini, Mani/Pedis; Cakes by Karol; Historic Tours, Transportation; Florida Keys Transportation, Rehearsal Transport.

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