Dear WordPress, it’s been 10 months since my last post. I suppose I can say life is just too good to sit behind my laptop? But, it’s a slow night and I was browsing some photos…
Nine months ago Ben and I said our “I Do’s” in Islamorada, Florida. We wanted a small wedding and figured the best way to make that happen was to leave town. Besides, everyone would’ve had to hop on a plane to fly to Jacksonville, anyway, so why not fly to south Florida instead?
Ben and I drove down a few days early and enjoyed a relaxing day in Ft. Lauderdale and then in Islamorada before the masses arrived. Ben’s friends arrived first on Wednesday and spent the day in Key West Thursday. Wednesday night my friends arrived and we all had a pretty awesome night of pizza and Cards Against Humanity. Friday, was spent by most on fishing charters, which I stayed far away from.
Friday night! Friday night was our so-called rehearsal dinner, which everyone was invited to. When you only have 39 guests and everyone is from out of town, your wedding day becomes a wedding weekend. We rented a beach house for the week and used the private beach for our rehearsal barbeque. I failed to mention it was freezing (40 degrees Thursday, 50s Friday… usually 80s… fail) and things didn’t go exactly as planned (i.e. we weren’t expecting needing heaters), but we survived. Dinner was catered by Caribbean Catering (Debbie was so patient with us and the food was phenomenal), we had the most amazing ice cream truck surprise everyone (Maypo’s from Tamarac, FL – they were so wonderful) and lawn games. Unfortunately, due to the wind, my goal of hundreds of candles lighting up the games, beach, and dock were a no-go. I do have pictures, but they are being held hostage on my cousin’s camera. Maybe one day…
11/22 EDIT: Got a few thanks to my mom
Saturday we managed to sleep in a little bit and then Ben was off to meet his guys. I had key lime pie for breakfast, of course, and then walked across the street to get my hair done at Ciao Bella – LOVED them. They gave us a bottle of champagne, were perfect with my hair and makeup and handed me a bottle of hairspray on my way out “just in case” because the weather sucked. Time flew… so fast.. and suddenly I was at Cheeca Lodge and into my dress.
Pictures were taken, followed by our first look and bridal party pictures.
It was cloudy, windy and cold but we had a ton of fun with our ridiculous poses so it pretty much went unnoticed. By the time we got to our venue, Pierre’s at Morada Bay, the sun came out, the wind died down and it suddenly warmed up. Part of it was that our venue was bay side versus ocean side. Part of it was the wedding Gods looking out for us…
We sped through family photos because our photographer was awesome an then I went inside with my dad. We had about two minutes with each other before our coordinator came in and said, “Ready?” and I literally said, “Ready for what?” because it felt too fast. Where’d the day go? Within seconds I found myself walking in the sand with my dad and then standing next to Ben. As requested, our ceremony was quick and the view was perfect. We said our “I do’s” and thanks to our first look/early famiy photos, we enjoyed cocktail hour with our guests. Our coordinator noticed we were mingling a lot, so she pulled aside a plate of appetizers for us (FOOD… YES).
After a while, we headed upstairs for dinner. We had a private part of the dining room with a balcony. Dinner was so freaking delicious and thanks to the small wedding, I was a bride who sat and ate. Lobster bisque, filet, bread, cheese, oh my. In lieu of a wedding cake (sorry mom) we had a dessert table catered by Croissants de France, which was as delicious as dinner. Shout out to my cousins from all over the world who I strategically placed together at what I called the party table – you were as entertaining as expected ;-)
Another shout out to Julia at Blue Water Weddings for our wedding table décor, cute flowers during our ceremony and Sunday morning’s pretty center pieces. She was such a pleasure to work with!
Once stuffed and happy I hopped into the bathroom to change and managed to get myself stuck in my dress. I guess some loops were twisted and my sister gave me a split second warning prior to ripping the loops off. Sigh. Now in a short dress, we headed off to the Tiki Bar to dance the night away. Lol at the Tiki Bar with its Florida Keys locals…
Sunday morning we had brunch at the house again, catered by the same people from Friday night. We said our goodbyes and propped our feet up on a lounge chair by the water.
And that, my friends, was our wedding weekend in a nutshell. I wish pictures could do it all justice. It was exactly what we wanted.. small, with only our closest family and friends, and lots of time to hang with everyone there.
I obviously couldn’t end this post without giving credit to our amazing, funny and incredibly talented photographer, Mario Munoz! Thank you!