Top 5 Reasons to Have Your Destination Wedding in the Florida Keys

Top 5 Reasons to Have Your Destination Wedding in the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys continuously remain one of the most popular wedding destinations in the U.S. and with good reason. With a plethora of delectable eateries, charming stores, brilliant colors, both above and below the sea, vibrant nightlife, breathtaking panoramas, and an infinite amount of stories, both told and untold, it truly is unparalleled. Whether you’re driving over one of its many bridges or swaying lazily in a hammock as the ocean lulls you into a mid-afternoon sleep or taking in one of it’s famous sunsets, there is something magical about the Keys that never grows old, which is why the Florida Keys are one of the best, if not the best place to have your destination wedding. It wasn’t easy but here is a list of the top 5 reasons to have your destination wedding in the Florida Keys. #1 – Postcard Ready Everything Becomes a Postcard in the Florida Keys! And we mean everything! From the Conch Houses of old Key West and the Florida Keys to the flora and fauna native to the area to the picturesque and always memorable sunsets, everything in the Keys is the perfect backdrop to your big day. So don’t fret, your pictures are going to be beautiful. They can’t help but not be! #2 – Hassle Free The Florida Keys are hassle free! Contrary to some other destination wedding locales, what we love about the Keys is that they’re like being out of the country without all the hassle to get out of the country. No need to ask your guests to get a passport or pay to renew their passport....

Wedding Styling Tips: Q&A With Peggy Russell

It’s safe to say after 10 years of coordinating and designing weddings that our founder and principal stylist, Peggy Russell, knows a thing or two about weddings.  Yet that didn’t stop her from putting on her travel boots this year to take a mini tour of the U.S. to study with some of the wedding industry’s best.  What most people don’t know initially about Peggy, but what becomes abundantly clear after only a few minutes in her presence, is that she is a lifelong learner, always seeking to expand her circle of influence and inspiration, especially in the creative realm.  So during my last trip to Miami I took the opportunity to sit down for a Q&A with Peggy to ask her about her most recent trip to Charleston, styling, and her newest endeavor – foraging and creating bouquets. Alex: What, if any, was the inspiration behind how you styled your bride? Peggy Russell: For the most part, I am always inspired by a bride’s story and the vision they give me for their wedding day.  However, in this particular instance, it was impossible not to be inspired by the ethereal and timeless beauty of the location, which was a 100 year old property outside of Charleston, South Carolina, so I felt deeply inspired to honor the period of the location.  I picked a dress with clean and simple lines made of raw silk that had a touch of modernity but could have been an heirloom as well.  I also wanted a less busy dress because I really wanted to accent the bride’s florals, which were created by blending an array of both greens, which were foraged from the location, and florals.  I loved the randomness of the...

Intimate Beachside Wedding

This intimate beachside wedding was so much fun to revisit!  Beautiful bride Mackenzie and her now husband Josh met at church after being introduced by Mackenzie’s best friend and well, the rest is history.  They chose Hawks Cay as the stunning backdrop to celebrate their union because Mackenzie’s family has been vacationing there for over 21 years; it’s become their home away from home, so naturally it just seemed like the perfect place to exchange their I do’s.  We couldn’t agree more!  And what made the whole experience that much more idyllic was Mackenzie and Josh chose EvanR Photography to capture the event and he did so just perfectly, capturing the couple so unbelievably happy in each and every image that as I was going through their album, I have to admit, not only was I smiling alongside them and their guests the entire time, but I got a little teary eyed as well.  It was almost impossible not to, as the love and pure joy were overflowing.  When I asked Mackenzie what was her most memorable moment of the evening, she responded, “It was definitely how intimate the party felt!  We felt like we were truly hanging out with our closest family and friends!”  Bravo Mackenzie and Josh!  Because when it comes down to it, that’s exactly how it should be. intimate beachside wedding intimate beachside wedding intimate beachside wedding wedding dress intimate beachside wedding bride wedding invitations intimate beachside wedding intimate beachside wedding intimate beachside wedding bride and groom wedding decor wedding decor bridesmaids intimate beachside wedding intimate beachside wedding Location: Hawks Cay | Wedding Coordination + Design: Destination Wedding Studio | Photography: EvanR Photography | Floral Design: Flowers by J & J...

A Dreamy Rustic Garden Wedding

When the first photograph of Kelly and Ryan’s dreamy rustic garden wedding came into our inbox we were so happily taken back to an unforgettable night.  A night where there was so much love in the air it was palpable.  Their rustic garden affair took place at one of our favorite destination wedding locations in Key West, Florida, The Casa Marina – A Waldorf Astoria Resort, which in it’s own right is a magical place, but when filled with gorgeous pieces from our sister company, Inspired Rentals, well, let’s just say it felt straight out of a fairytale.  Kelly and Ryan’s wedding was what we as little girls dreamed about.  Take a look for yourself and never forget ‘dreams do come true.’   From the bride: Ryan and I met amongst mutual friends in Fort Lauderdale.  I grew up in Ft Lauderdale and Ryan is from Richmond, Virginia. As our social circles melded, we deepened our friendship through week night rec leagues playing kickball, dodgeball, our love of traveling and other fun events. About two years of being great friends, Ryan finally asked me out on a date.   After about 4 years, he proposed at Morada Bay in Islamorada.  We wanted to keep with the theme and get married in the Keys.  We fell in love with the Casa Marina for it’s amazing exterior views, and warm ball room. The inspiration for the theme of our wedding came from a rustic english garden feel while taking advantage of the tropical location and amazing surroundings. The mixture of rustic & tropics/beach worked so well with the decor and colors complimenting the venue perfectly. We absolutely...
Top 15 Wedding Design Inspirations

Top 15 Wedding Design Inspirations

Today we’re here to share with you our current top 15 wedding design inspirations we’re loving here at the Destination Wedding Studio, inspired by our DWS couples, our time studying with the School of Styling, recent wedding style shoots, and our hours and hours of looking online through Real Wedding Galleries.  And although the web and all things social media irrefutably conjure up a mix of love and hate in most people, we here at Destination Wedding Studio are forever grateful for the gifts that these avenues of inspiration (and distraction) are in our lives, most of the time that is.  To be able to have so much information and inspiration so readily available was inconceivable not that many years ago.  So today we’re celebrating technology.  Here’s to being connected and inspired via the worldwide web! 1. Eucalyptus: because for us, there is truly no other plant that is quite as versatile.  It works for just about every wedding theme imaginable.  Most importantly, it is a statement piece alone, but just as impactful in collaboration. 2. Calligraphy: is a must!  From invitations to escort cards to signage to seating charts to you name it, good calligraphy takes everything up a notch.  And the best part, there are SO many fabulous calligraphers out there bringing their artistry to the wedding world and this makes us so happy, as it should you! 3. Watercolor: is calming and evocative.  Planning weddings primarily in South Florida and the Florida Keys watercolor is the perfect design accent as it so perfectly mimics the freedom in the air and the fluidity of the sea.  We’re not exactly sure when watercolor...

Intimate Hawks Cay Wedding

We are so excited to finally share a sneak peek of this incredibly Intimate Hawks Cay Wedding captured by the ever-talented Bob and Mariela Care Photography.  This one left everyone breathless with its ethereal beauty, attention to detail, and its sweet commitment to pay homage to the homelands of both the bride and the groom.  Every which way you turned there was something new grabbing your eye, luring you willingly into what felt like a modern day fairytale.  It was a smashingly intimate and unforgettable wedding filled with cascading bouquets by the every so talented Flowers by J&J, perfectly placed succulents, a sleek poolside lounge, a gallery filled with love, and enough candles to make even the moon envious of such enchanting light.  Let this sneak peek simply wet your palette while you wait, alongside us here at Destination Wedding Studio, for more to come. intimate hawks cay wedding intimate hawks cay wedding intimate hawks cay wedding intimate hawks cay wedding intimate hawks cay wedding intimate hawks cay wedding intimate hawks cay wedding intimate hawks cay wedding intimate hawks cay wedding For more information about our design + planning services at Destination Wedding Studio, please email us at: email hidden; JavaScript is required.  We look forward to hearing from...