Jennifer & Justin - Destination Wedding Done Florida Girl Style

As soon as I talked to Jennifer on the phone the first time, I knew it was going to be a great day with her and Justin.  

 Bride and groom pose for the camera on the beach at Pier House Resort while the deep blue skies of Key West make a stunning background as the sun sets over the harbour.

They are from Sarasota, and being from central Florida myself, it meant kicking off conversations about Gasparilla pirate fests, Ybor City, bike rides along Bayshore Boulevard, scalloping off Homosassa (which I have yet to do, but my husband did so as a kid), and (naturally) divulging my card-carrying, mud-buggy-building, swamp-cabbage-eating, home-grown Florida cracker upbringing.

So when a fellow native "Florida Girl" chose me to photograph her Key West wedding this past June, I was thrilled!

We had lots of great days of planning leading up to the wedding.  I even had the opportunity to photograph Jennifer in a pre-wedding portrait session during one of her trips to the Keys, some of the images from which became a gift for Justin the day of the wedding.  

 After getting married on the beach at the Pier House Resort in Key West, bride and groom Jennifer and Justin take a moment to enjoy each other's company with the ocean behind them

The day started out beautifully, with hair and makeup provided by Beauty Boutique and the Glam Squad and the gorgeous flowers arrived from Karro Events, with pink and off white peonies accented by other soft colors and fresh foliage.

We captured some photos getting ready, and got some excellent portraits of the groom as well before the ceremony got underway. 

 The very elegant diamond ring of Jennifer
 The man behind Justin's good looks in his wedding day.

The wedding ceremony was held at the private beach of Pier House Resort, flower decors and bouquets beautifully made by Karro Events and Floral. The sun was shining, the skies were flawless and the bright decor made everything look refreshing.  Jennifer looked amazing in her A-line gown with sparkly beaded detailing and elegant veil.  The ceremony was performed by local officiant Patti Flowers.

 Patti Flowers officiates the unity of Jennifer and Justin with Maid of Honor and Best Man at both sides

We were able to also sneak out and get some photos of the Bride and Groom around the island, incorporating the Key West character into their destination wedding portraits.

 Jennifer and Justin blending in this painted wall of Cuban Coffee House in Key West

We returned to the reception, held in the Pier House ballroom, to capture the cake and a few quick toasts and dances.  It was a great day that went smoothly, concluding with lots of kind words from family members, who had nothing but admiration and pride for the newlyweds.  

 As the couple eats their wedding cake, guests cheered for one kiss.
 Capturing the closeness of the Bride with her Father as they dance in Pier House Ballroom.

We join in their congratulations as Jennifer and Justin enjoy their new life together!  

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