I asked my bride a couple of questions to share her love story and why she chose Key West and more specifically Southernmost Beach Resort as her destination wedding location.
Aleks and Greg met at work. They were best friends and colleagues for years before they realized there was a romantic connection. Greg brought Aleks to Key West with the intention to spoil her, show her our beautiful island and ask Aleks to marry him. He had arranged a special 7 course tasting menu with the chef and owner of Latitudes restaurant and in between meals he popped the question. "It was the most perfect evening ever!"
Why Key West as your destination wedding location?
We chose Key West because it's such a special and beautiful place. We wanted a destination wedding, and there's literally something for everyone here. It has history and soul. Our guests had fun getting to Key West with the Key West Express and because almost everything is walking distance, it was fun walking around town and enjoying each other. I put on about 10 pounds in the 5 days ;) because Key West has just so many amazing restaurants. Our absolute favorite were Little Pearl, Martin's and Louie's Backyard.
What was your inspiration for the wedding?
Stargazer lilies because they were grandmas favorite flower. She was my best friend, and would always have a bouquet for me when I would visit her. She passed two years ago, so it was an homage to her, reminded me that she was there with me. That's also why I chose hot pink accents, bows and napkins.
Describe some of your favorite moments at the wedding.
Greg and I both agreed that "The First Look" was our favorite moment. It felt like the most intimate and pure moment between us. I an so grateful that Romi you had us do it. It didn't occur to me how special that moment was.
We also loved being surrounded by our favorite people all at once and feeling so loved and adored! It's on rare occasion that you get to have literally all of your favorite people in one place.
What would be any advice to other brides from you?
Be prepared to go over the budget, internet is your best friend. Many weddings items are non-refundable. Research items before you buy them. For example I bought simple veil at David's Bridal and then I found similar/exact same online for $15. I decorated my own gift bags, and printed my own wedding invitations. It was lots of fun and added a personal touch . Be creative.
Enjoy every moment of your wedding day because it goes by so quickly. Also make sure you spend time with each other.
Who were your wedding vendors?
Shoutout to the best wedding planner Anna Turowska from Say Yes in Key West! She did an impeccable job planning. I don't know what I would have done without her. She had great suggestions, was always in contact. I felt like she was was there for me through the whole process, and now I miss her that the wedding is over.
Galina and Laura from Studio Marrie-Pierre. They were both spectacular, delivered exactly what I requested and were so fun to be around.
Karro Events and Floral did the decor and flowers. Katherine was a sweetheart.
Publix made my cake, I literally phoned the order and it turned out exactly how I had envisioned it! Southernmost catered the food.
Romi Burianova was our photographer. She came highly recommended by Anna and was wonderful. Very professional and experienced. She knew the location and didn't waste any time posing us from spot to spot. I felt like a model with her!
Thank you Aleks and Greg for choosing us to be a part of your special wedding day here in Key West. All of us at Weddings by Romi wish you the absolute best with your future as a married couple.