The forecast had called for rain all weekend, but thankfully it was wrong - for about 15 guests had arrived on scene at Sunset Key to watch Scott and Kim get married.
The couple were staying at the beautiful Sunset Key Guest Cottages. I went over on the ferry about an hour before the ceremony was to begin, meeting the groom for the first time after many months of phone calls and emails. Erin, the Sunset Key wedding planner, was on hand and very helpful in setting up how everything would work.
Once on the private island just off Key West, I met Kim and was able to capture some last minute preparations as she, her girlfriends and family all waited patiently until time to go.
The ceremony was set up on the corner beach of the island, facing the water, with the brilliant sun illuminating the backdrop. The couple exchanged their vows between two beautiful pillars, while a steel drum musician played.
Afterwards, we had a quick portrait session with various family groups, and then they all made their way to the cocktail hour, while Scott, Kim, and I hung back to get some photos of them. We made use of the rocks that border the shore, the palm-thatched tiki hut, the sandy walking path back toward the interior of the island, and the nearby boat dock.
Finally, it was on to the pool area where the reception was starting, the steel drums were playing, and everyone was having a great time. A few final shots of the bride and groom with their shoes off in the shallow end of the pool rounded out the day, as did Scott's toast to his father undergoing cancer treatments, but watching diligently via Skype from an iPad, and to his and Kim's good friend who recently passed away.
I had a great time working with this couple and meeting all their wonderful guests.
KP Photo BFS Key West