Vintage Style & Comfort: Pamela + Richard’s Destination Wedding
Pamela and Richard were one of the cutest couples ever in their vintage look. And not only did they look great, but they felt great, too. A little comfort in style goes a long way to making your wedding day into a wonderful memory. Not only that, but the locale suited the occasion so well I’m not sure there’s a better place they could have done it.
Pam and Rich stayed at the prestigious Weatherstation Inn, a classy hotel overlooking the channel on Key West’s western shore. This is located in the heart of the Truman Annex, one of the island’s most exclusive neighborhoods having played host to residents like Presidents Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and the Clintons. The nearby Truman Little White House was the epicenter of this tiny community and it infused the area with the everlasting charm and confident fashion of the Forties.
After a relaxing spa day in preparation for their wedding day, a welcome dinner was held at the Roof Top Cafe overlooking Whitehead Street in Old Town Key West.
The wedding day arrived to perfect weather and high spirits. Pamela received special attention from a team of stylists from Studio Marie-Pierre. Meanwhile, Milan Event completed delivery of gorgeous florals for the day’s events. Personal flowers included white ranunculus with seeded eucalyptus, and for the Bride and Bridesmaids, arrangements of elegant white and ivory garden roses with additional ranunculus and sweat pea and also ivory astilby.
Laura Leslie Photography arrived to capture each phase beginning with Pamela’s prep. She looked stunning in her vintage chic wedding dress. A First Look shoot took place shortly after in the Truman Annex. Elsewhere, Milan Event continued their beautiful work on-site at the glorious gardens of the Audubon House. This comparatively aged location is one of the most well preserved and highly desired venues in all of Key West, with its tropical gardens and intimate setting. Milan Event complemented the scene with arrangements of all white hydrangea and garden roses, snapdragons and seeded eucalyptus atop white columns, and aisle markers of small white baskets with garden florals.
The ceremony began at 6:30pm. At this time of year in Key West, a later time ensures that guests won’t be overcome by the heat or sitting in direct sunlight during the proceedings. But the southernmost city still promises a brilliant summer ceremony, and that’s exactly what Pam and Rich had.
Their cocktail reception hosted 60 guests at Audubon House, where Great Events Catering served up crab cakes with chili lime dipping sauce, bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese and almonds, and Beef en Croute with apple wood bacon and maytag bleu cheese in an herb puff pastry. Music was provided by talented Florida Keys musician Rusty Lemmon.
Dinner came a short time later. Centerpieces adorned the tables with large Moroccan lanterns and vases with mixed all white arrangements, as well as a lush green garland mix and copper accents. Guests were treated to corn dusted Mahi Mahi topped with blackened shrimp, braised short ribs with gorgonzola spoon bread, or grilled butternut squash “steaks” with red wine syrup and garlic mash.
And the night wouldn’t be complete without the wedding cake. This was a 2-tier treat of yellow cake with Key lime mousse filling on top of carrot cake with cream cheese filling.
Alas, such a night wasn’t meant to last and eventually a trolley came round to take everyone home like a gently humming carriage in the midnight breeze.
So it turns out that even in a warm subtropical climate like Key West you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. And even though a marriage is sometimes about compromise, I’m pleased Pam and Rich didn’t settle on this one. It was definitely worth it.
Special thanks to our partner vendors:
Venue: Audubon House and Tropical Gardens
Floral/Decor: Milan Event Floral & Decor
Transportation: Historic Tours of America
Photographer: Laura Leslie Photography
Musician: Rusty Lemmon
Sound: Sound Wave Key West
Cake: Key West Cakes
Rentals: Prestige Party Rentals
Hair & Makeup: Studio Marie-Pierre
Steam: Jessica Pritchard, Steam Queen
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