As a premier Key West wedding photographer, I get to capture extraordinary moments - intimate, surprising, and joyous. Here on my blog, you'll see behind-the-scenes looks at these moments, tips from me to help plan for your shoot, as well as my insider's insights about places to stay, things to do, and where to eat here in the Conch Republic! 

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Rachel's Key West Guides

  1. Key West’s Best Restaurants and Bars
  2. Best Places to Shop in Key West
  3. The Many Faces of Fort Zachary Taylor
  4. Rachel's Top Things to Do in Key West
  5. Your 3-Day Key West Vacation Plan

Rachel's Wedding Photography Tips

  1. Behind the Lens: Rachel’s 17 Top Wedding Tips
  2. 14 Questions to Ask when Creating your Wedding Day Timeline
  3. First Look Photos: To Do or Not To Do?
  4. Unplugged Weddings: Trend or Necessity?
  5. Around Key West Photography Sessions

Without Ed, You're Dead! Benjawan + Ed Say I Do in Key West!

I am very excited to share a sneak peek from Benjawan and Edward's wedding last week here in beautiful Key West, Florida! The day was as perfect as is the love these two share for each other. Every colorful detail was designed by Benjawan for her "simple beach wedding". I put that in quotations because after one meets this fun-loving and energetic...
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Deanna + Randall Say I Do in Key West

Congratulations to Deanna and Randall Burnett who had a very intimate wedding on the beautiful and very exclusive Sunset Key! The two were filled with joy and love for each other. Even little rain storm couldn't stop the laughter! Congratulations on your new family and your gorgeous wedding. I wish you the absolute best! Photographer: Rachel E...
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She Said Yes in Key West!

Jimmy secretively set up a proposal plan for Brittany. The plan was a sunset sail that he "won" through work with the help from a few friends and their signatures for the bidding sheet (totally made up). Once he called me to join them on the sunset sail to act part of the crew and capture the moment, I was all in! About 20 minutes into the PERFECT...
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Brooke + Christian Valerio Say I DO in Key West- Casa Marina

The second I met Brooke and Christian, I could feel their connection. Perhaps it is because they are high school sweethearts because they are perfect for each other. The two are very active and love to do anything outdoors. They were engaged to be married on a hike in March 2016 in Lambertville, NJ! Key West has always had special place in their he...
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Rachel's Key West Shopping Guide

If you’re in Key West for a wedding or a vacation, you may want to shop for a gift for someone back home or a keepsake for yourself. If you know where to look, there’s much more to the island’s opportunities for shopping than the knick knacks and t-shirts on Duval Street! There are many hidden gems that offer unique items, from eclectic jewelry to...
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Donna + Patrick Wilson Key West Wedding Hyatt 11.4.17

I met Donna and Patrick months before the wedding for an Around Key West Session. Amazing people on the inside and the out. The kind of people you just feel good around! The two met on and decided to meet for a coffee. Well, they have been together since that coffee eight years ago! The two decided on a destination wedding here in Key...
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Kate + Billy Fox- Key West Wedding at Pier House

Kate and Billy are the perfect balance for each other! The two were set up by mutual friends at the end of September in 2013. After holding the ring for almost nine months, he proposed at The Point in December 2016! They love spending time on their boat so it's no surprise they wanted to be by the water for their destination wedding in Key West, Fl...
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Rachel + Jacob McCabe- Southernmost on the Beach Wedding

Rachel and Jacob met through Rachel's Maid of Honor, also Rachael! The first day the best friends moved in together, Rachel met her new roommates's brother Jake. I would like to say the rest is history, but I think it was a very awesome beginning for these two. They were engaged via a surprise at Meadow Brooke Hall a private mansion in Michigan. Ja...
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A Local's Take on Fantasy Fest 2017

I have several clients who have asked me about Fantasy Fest here in Key West! If you haven't experienced this unique event, it is just a little different than your traditional Halloween celebration. The very first Fantasy Fest was held in 1979 when two local businessmen, Tony Falcone and the late Bill Conkle, organized a party to bring more busine...
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Nicole+ Todd Berry Say I Do at Pier House in Key West

Nicole and Todd met about three years ago and just love being around each other! The two decided to say I DO here in Key West Florida at the beautiful Pier House Resort! The flowers and decor against the ocean backdrop was simply stunning. The Southernmost Reverend preformed a gorgeous ceremony in front of Nicole and Todd's closest friends and fami...
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Carolyn and Katie Say I Do in Key West!

On occasion you meet two beautiful people that have fallen in love and you can just feel the energy. This is the case with the two! Carolyn and Katie were married at the Reach Resort here in Key West Florida. The two celebrated their marriage among friends and family oceanside in a picture perfect setting. The beautiful ceremony performed by Revere...
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Carolyn + Katie are Saying I DO today!!

Carolyn + Katie opted for my favorite pre wedding Around Key West Session this past Thursday. We laughed and had a wonderful time and you can see in the images the love they share for each other. I am beyond happy for your ladies and I am so excited to be a part of your big day today! The two will be married at the beautiful Reach Resort with the...
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Sara + Andrew are getting Married!!

Sara and Andrew are such a beautiful couple. Inside and out. I had such a great time with these two on the Around Key West session. The couple met almost three years at the Ivy in Atlanta. They love spending together in the kitchen with fabulous meals and cheese plates! Love it! I do too.:) I enjoyed scouting out new locations on this session and...
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Katharine + Dean Say I Do in Key West!

I have to say this is one of my favorite love stories! This gorgeous couple met in January 2014 on a flight from Ft Lauderdale to JFK. Katharine sent the pilot (Dean) up a note and the rest was history! Katharine and Dean continued writing their history and were married at Fort Zachary Taylor here in Key West, Florida on 10.7.17. No hurricane was...
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Key West Family Photos- Post Irma

There are so many good people out there who have sent us messages, cards, you name it to help with the recovery of Hurricane Irma. It has been so appreciated! I must also mention those folks who had plans to visit Key West with their family that kept their plans! For that, Key West thanks you! Here are some fun photos I took at Smathers Beach earl...
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