When famed naturist and ornithologist John James Audubon came to the Keys in 1832, he came in search of the wild and wondrous treasures of the untamed Cayo Hueso. During the weeks he spent at the southernmost point of the United States, he captured the beauty of indigenous species of birds and various flora, including that of the white crowned pigeon perched upon a Geiger tree.

Key West, Florida

Today, that same tree stands in the front yard of the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens among the many floral delights of the Caribbean that have grown in these islands for centuries. Nested in among them is the Audubon House itself, the 19th Century home of Captain John Geiger, master wrecker and harbor pilot. The romance of this grand frontier home, coupled with the deep textured greens and blooms in eye-popping colors from canary yellow to fuschia, creates an atmosphere perfectly suited to the grand wedding productions which have been hosted here for decades.

Key West, Florida

Simply You Weddings has itself been part of many events at the Audubon House. Our experience has allowed us to provide original, one-of-a-kind engagements for couples seeking a singular destination wedding. The wide yard paved with old red brick evokes a classical demeanor akin to Frances Burnett’s “The Secret Garden”, where guests can take in the wide panorama of natural beauty sewn about the home. A moderately sized wedding can sit comfortably in the outdoors beneath the shade of the trees. When the two columns atop the porch steps are decorated in flowers and fabric, they create the perfect archway for an altar.

In the evening, the Gardens can host a reception complete with catering and long tables with room left over for a dance floor. Within the Gardens, partitioned by towering columns of green and trees older than our nation, are a number of intimate locations allowing for guests to step away and enjoy a conversation just around the corner from the main event. The energetic glow of tropical lighting within and about the trees and arrangements make for a fun and flash atmosphere that lasts well into the night.

In this new video tour of the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens from Soundwave Productions, we have the pleasure of seeing what the experience of a destination wedding is really like at this, one of Key West’s premiere venues.

If you would like to explore the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens’ potential to suit your destination wedding simply Contact Us. For more brilliant weddings at this venue, read our featured blogs here and here. Continue the conversation with us on Facebook and share your favorite visuals on Pinterest.