Erika and Romel - Bringing Family from Near and Far for a Key West Wedding

June 01, 2017  •  1 Comment

When Erik and Romel met through a mutual friend in New York City, they were surprised to find they were also neighbors AND they worked for the same company.  It was obviously meant to be that they would find one another!  

Puppy waits patiently while bride and groom kiss in Key WestPooches and SmoochesKey West couple getting married with their cute puppy celebrating with them!

As their relationship grew, they spent their time together exploring Miami, going boating, and hanging out with friends.  One of their best friends, by the way, is their adorable puppy Brandi, who also got to hang out with us during our Around Key West photo shoot after the wedding!  ;)   

Fuchsia wedding bouquet by Flower Trend Bouquet by Flower TrendSumptuous arrangement of pink peonies and fragrant flowers in fuchsia and cream accent colors. Palm frond accent wedding invitations for Key West weddingInvitations by MintedGorgeous palm frond style wedding invitations featuring classic sans serif typography and silver foil accents

Romel proposed to Erika on a trip to Hawaii, and they have since enjoyed lots of exotic destinations together.  Their MOST exciting destination, if I may be so bold to assume, would be Key West, Florida, where they celebrated their wedding day with family from all over the world!

bride and groom kiss between cheering family in Key West cathedralA Church full of Cheers!Bride and groom kiss as family look on and cheer inside Saint Mary's Cathedral, after their wedding in Key West.   wedding dress hanging in window at Pier House resortThe DressMermaid style train with sheer lace bodice, perfect for a light and airy look for a Key West wedding shadow lines leading toward groom in key west wedding photo All Lines Lead to LoveRomel the groom hanging out under the atrium of Pier House Resort's main entrance, while a water themed artwork and shadow lines from the glass ceiling create a unique balance. Bride posing on steps inside Key West hotel Pier House ResortStunning EntranceBride Erika stops for a moment on the grand staircase inside Pier House Resort's entrance before walking down for her ceremony on the beach.

The wedding day began at the Pier House Resort in the large comfortable bridal suite.  Erika got ready with Bella Luxe Hair and Makeup, giving the perfect complexion that dewey glow every bride dreams of, while her mom, sister, and other attendants enjoyed some pre-wedding pampering as well.  The girls looked stunning, and Erika was able to relax and enjoy the morning.  

Bride and Maid of Honor Sisters Forever!Erika with her sister Jenna. Hair and makeup by Bella Luxe Beauty

Groom surrounded by groomsmen in Pier House Resort Key West FloridaReady Set Groom!Groom Romel looking so handsome in his blue-gray suit with his closest male family members serving as groomsmen.

Bride entering Saint Mary's cathedral on her wedding day in Key WestHere She ComesErika rounds the corner of the Basilica Star of the Sea cathedral on the arm of her father. Groom sees his bride as her father walks down the aisle with herA Real "First Look"The couple did not see each other before the wedding, so this is truly the first time he has seen his bride as she walks down the aisle.

The ceremony at Saint Mary's Star of the Sea was absolutely beautiful, with readings by family members and a lovely service by Father John Baker, whose warm and welcoming personality and witty humor make for a great way to celebrate an already holy union. 

Father blessing wedding couple at Saint Mary'sWhat Man Has JoinedLet no one separate. Erika and Romel receive a blessing by Father John Baker at Saint Mary's Star of the Sea Bride puts ring on groom's fingerWith this RingI thee wed. Erika slips the wedding ring on Romel's finger with a smile. Happy couple married walking down aisleRevelrie Has No BoundsThe couple come down the aisle to raucous applause and lots of selfies!

After the ceremony, the family gathered for portraits in and outside the cathedral, while guests took a trolley ride over to the Pier House for cocktail hour.

St Mary's wedding key westStunning Steeple ShotErika and Romel enjoying a moment after their wedding day in front of Saint Mary's Cathedral Bride and groom by green buildingGoing GreenStanding near a funky green building in downtown Bahama Village in Key West

bride and groom walking on dockA Walk on the DockKey West Marina photos with bride and groom

We managed to sneak in several stops around the island to capture some photos of the bride and groom in the natural Key West surroundings.  Boat docks, old colorful buildings, and 

Bride and groom pose with their dog in bicycle basket by wine store in Key WestBuvez du Vin BicycleGorgeous shot of Erika and Romel with the "bicyclette" in front of this pretty yellow wine shop in Bahama Village. Notice Brandi the dog hanging out in the basket! Married couple walking on Key West dockside restaurantShall We Head Back?Walking hand in hand along the Turtle Kraals dock by the Key West Bight marina

Once we got back to the reception, we were greeted with gorgeous purple uplights and a fun Photo Booth by Prestige Party Rentals, sumptuous tablescapes and floral displays by The Flower Trend, and a funky "fusion band" by LR Entertainment who incorporated DJ sounds with live musicians.  

Wedding tablescape at Pier House Resort by Flower TrendCascade of OrchidsWhite orchids float romantically from clear tall vases Fusion band by LR EntertainmentSax and SoundsA Fusion band incorporates live musicians and a traditional DJ keeping the beats going

wedding cake at Pier House wedding in Key WestTop Tier Love!Elegant cream colored sleek cake design with swirl icing base by Publix Groom giving speechA Multi Lingual WelcomeGroom Romel gave a heartwarming bilingual speech and welcomed his family and guests from all over the world, conducting the speech in both Portugese and English so everyone could enjoy

Bride puts cake on groom's faceCake FaceErika gives Romel a little extra cake after they cut their beautiful three tiered dessert

The night concluded with lots of dancing, boisterous family swirling about the dance floor, the happy couple enjoying every moment, and wrapped up with one final photo cutting a rug on the checkered floor in the ballroom of the Pier House Resort and Spa.

Married couple on dance floorIt Was a Great NightFinal celebrations on the dance floor with family and friends around them

What was your favorite part of Erika and Romel's wedding day?  Leave a Comment below!

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Sarah(non-registered)
Gorgeous! Love the orchids and that top photo of all the family. Great idea.
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