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!
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! ;)
Bouquet by Flower TrendSumptuous arrangement of pink peonies and fragrant flowers in fuchsia and cream accent colors. Invitations 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!
A 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. The DressMermaid style train with sheer lace bodice, perfect for a light and airy look for a Key West wedding 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. Stunning 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.
Here She ComesErika rounds the corner of the Basilica Star of the Sea cathedral on the arm of her father. A 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.
What Man Has JoinedLet no one separate. Erika and Romel receive a blessing by Father John Baker at Saint Mary's Star of the Sea With this RingI thee wed. Erika slips the wedding ring on Romel's finger with a smile. Revelrie 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.
Stunning Steeple ShotErika and Romel enjoying a moment after their wedding day in front of Saint Mary's Cathedral Going GreenStanding near a funky green building in downtown Bahama Village in Key West
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
Buvez 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! Shall 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.
Top Tier Love!Elegant cream colored sleek cake design with swirl icing base by Publix A 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
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.
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