" Initially, our plans didn't change at all after hurricane Irma hit. We kept in contact with most of our vendors to make sure they were doing ok, especially those who stayed in town. About two weeks before we received a phone call from The Reach Resort informing us that the gazebo we planned to have for our ceremony, had structural damage and it was no longer usable. First, we were devastated and extremely frazzled as the wedding was around the corner. The staff at The Reach and the Casa Marina bent over backwards helping us come up with a solution that we would be happy with.
About one week out from our wedding day, we finalized the plans switched the entire wedding from The Reach Resort to the Casa Marina Resort, Key West. We let all of our guests know and our wedding planner Nicole made sure all the vendors were informed. We were disappointed about the gazebo part but we just kept reminding ourselves that it didn't matter, we were still getting married in Key West and to each other. Switching the venue a week before the wedding date went smoothly and a great choice. We couldn't be happier with the Casa Marina Resort. Our guests continue to rave about how perfect the day was and how delicious the food was that day. " said Crystal.
"Our wedding day was intimate and romantic with a natural bohemian vibe. We met at the beach therefor a beach ceremony was just perfect for us.
My favorite part of the day was seeing Chris for the first time during The First Look and hearing his vows at the ceremony.
The most important part of the day was also Grand-mom being part of my wedding day and walking me down the isle. I had 3 people being present at that moment even those other two, my deceased parents, were there in my heart. I will cherish that moment for the rest of my life. Our wedding was perfect because we were able to share it with all the special people that are close to our hearts.
The inspirations for the wedding were watercolors, mussels and oyster shells with accents of deep rich navy blues with hints of white and gold.
Crystal's wedding dress was designed by Hayley Paige (Leigh Gown) and she looked absolutely stunning. Shoes were made by Stuart Weitzman and engagement ring was by UNeek from Bailey, Banks & Biddle. Both wedding bands are from Milanj. Chris's choice was a blue men's suit from Suit Supply. Bridesmaids wore Bouquet Beauty printed gowns from Show Me Your Mumu and groomsman wore pants and vests by Jos A. Bank.
Karro Events & Floral was our florist and they did an amazing job with bouquets, centerpieces and the ceremony arch. Lots of other decorations we purchased on Etsy site and had them delivered to Casa Marina Resort one week before the wedding."I tried to be as hands-on as I could be to save some money with wedding decor." Crystal mentioned.
"We stayed in Key West after the wedding and were able to enjoy newlywed bliss, so it was like a mini-moon for us! We're having a delayed honeymoon in Hawaii for 12 days in February and will be traveling to Garden Island Kauai and Maui. We can't wait to explore the Hawaiian Islands, relax and enjoy them together. As for the future, we plan to enjoy being happily married, with lots of trips back to Key West... our favorite place."
"If I had to do it all over again I wouldn't change a thing except I would have insisted to have a wedding videographer, so that we could relive the day over and over again. My advice to other brides: Stay true to who you are as a couple when planning a wedding. Don't sweat the small stuff. On the actual day you'll be so excited and will overcome everything with joy, and you won't even notice those small hiccups. Lastly, give yourself a few moments to soak it all in and really enjoy your wedding day... together. "
Congratulations Crystal and Chris and thank you for letting us be a part of your amazing wedding day!!
Photography: Weddings By Romi
Wedding Planner: Simply You Weddings
Officiant: Steve Torrence
Wedding Gown: Designer Hayley Paige
Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu
Groom attire: Jos A. Bank
Engagement Ring: Bailey Banks& Biddle
Florist: Karro Events & Floral
Wedding Rings: Milanj Dimaonds