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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Ise

Intimate and Tropical Destination Wedding in Key West

Amelia and Tate never thought they would have a traditional wedding. They were set to make an appointment at the courthouse and get the deed done without any pomp. However, after learning the bride's dad was taking dance lessons to prep for their wedding day they knew they had to shift their plans.

Still not wanting anything super traditional, they decided to host an intimate destination wedding for around 35 family members and friends. They wanted a location that was a fun getaway for their guests but also boasted some sunshine, beautiful views, and a great place to get hitched. Together we reviewed some options all over the U.S., Caribbean and Mexico and landed on Key West!

We originally had everything planned for May 2020 but you can guess how that worked out with Covid. Like many 2020 couples we had to postpone until March 2021. With the pandemic a little more under control and vaccines available we were able to host Amelia and Tate's loved ones for a perfect getaway. I think everyone was more than ready to celebrate, too!

To kick off the weekend we sailed the guests around the island for a sunset catamaran cruise. The drinks were flowing and the 80's jams were blaring. It was a perfect start to a fun, festive wedding weekend.

The wedding was hosted at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. This iconic Key West landmark was the perfect backdrop for this party. With only 35 guests it felt intimate with a ceremony nestled in the lush, tropical gardens and dinner on the home's lawn. Being walking distance to the famous Duval street bars didn't hurt either.

When it came to design Amelia and Tate didn't have a specific vision in mind but knew they wanted to honor and complement the historic, tropical surroundings. We brought in bright, warm colors in the floral that would contrast nicely off of the stark green palms. With a small group we could allocate a little more floral and fine finishes to each guest table to really make a luxe impact. Although Covid precautions caused us to change our plans and layout a little bit, the overall evening was truly perfect from start to finish. Everyone was so thankful to celebrate this sweet couple after a long quarantine wait!

Photography: Brittany Jean Photography | Venue: The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum | Floral: Duarte Floral Design | Rentals: Eventfully Yours, BBJ Linen | Cake: Publix | DJ: DJ Aaron Moore | Stationery: Citrus Press Co | Beauty: Key West Hair & Makeup Artistry | Catering: Catered Affairs of Key West | Catamaran Cruise: Sebago Key West

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