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

Valerius Key West Wedding

Tracy Ziegler and John Valerius met online. During the very first date, John told Tracy he managed wind farms for Duke Energy. She went to Duke University for Grad school, so she was instantly in love! They are silly in love and very happy together. They compliment each other very well and love running, traveling, watching movies together. Tracy...
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Margaret & Wes Say I DO ...Again... 40 years Later

Margaret and Wes Robinson met in London in 1981 when Wes came to the City to attend a Board meeting of the Arab Overseas Bank that he was representing as legal counsel. One of the Board members was her boss at a children's clothing boutique who insisted that Wes must meet Margaret. He was smitten but she was not interested in the least. It took We...
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Kirsten & Nancy Say Yes in Key West on 3-5

Kristen Agin and Nancy Baraky met 3 years ago on November 13, 2018. Nancy had just gotten her Real Estate License and Kristen was a Team Leader at the Real Estate office. Ten minutes into the interview they realized that they were both from Michigan, both left handed, and both had been in long term relationships. Before they left the conference roo...
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Jess & Chris Say I Do at Sunset Key

Jessica Heath and Christopher Wesley met on a random Sunday funday on the lake. Jessica was new to the city and went with her two roommates to go out with friends on Christopher’s family boat. After two years of a growing friendship, and a couple of nights before his sister’s wedding, Chris finally asked Jessica to be his girlfriend. She said “Yes!...
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Ian & Bobby: Casa Marina Wedding

Bobby Pearson and Ian Fernandez met at their favorite waterside restaurant and bar in Virginia Beach while watching football. Neither of them are football fans so it was a random chance they were there at the same time. They went on their first date the very next day and the rest is history. Bobby and Ian were both grateful to meet organically in a...
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Molly & Evan: A Local Key West Fairytale Wedding

Molly Murphy and Evan Dunaway met in the Virgin Islands. Evan lived on St. John and she lived on St. Thomas. Molly went to happy hour on St. John and met a super cute bartender! The very next day they went on a boat trip to the British Virgin Islands with friends and after that day, they were inseparable. They were constantly running to catch the f...
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Jeff & Perry: A Target Christmas Miracle

There are so many love stories to capture and so many to tell. This may be one of my favorites because it's everything I love. Target, Christmas, and Kentucky. How could things go wrong with that combo!!? Jeff Seidenfaden and Perry Rogers met at Target in the wrapping paper section. Yes, Target! The chance meeting was right before Christmas which...
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Meredith & Steve: Key West Wedding

Meredith Epstein and Stephen Cahow met in July of 2017 on the dating app called Bumble. Meredith found out right before their first date that his roommates family owned the business her mom worked for and his roommate was at Meredith's moms funeral six months before they met. Meredith still wonder what's the likely hood out of everybody you could m...
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Arline & Darrell Day: Key West Wedding

Arline Zagarnaga and Darrell Brooke met online through Facebook during a business meeting. They first became friends and then started dating. Darrell had just gotten tired of the dating life after some bad dating experiences. Arline was just ending a long-term relationship for the 2nd time. She feels the fact that they both had no dating expectatio...
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Grant & Mallory: Hemingway Home Wedding

In June of 2018, Mallory Goodbar and Grant Kaffenbarger were both Camp Counselors at 4-H Camp in Clifton. One day during the camp, both counselors were playing a game with their campers and crossed paths playing with color dye. It was pretty much love and first sight and the two eventually became sweethearts. Two years later on September 10, 2020...
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Paradise Wedding in Key West : Jennifer & Randy

Jennifer Rocha and Randy Palmer met on match.com back in 2006. Jennifer had just relocated to the Detroit area and didn’t really know anyone so Match sounded like a good plan. Randy reached out first on the platform, and after talking for a few months, they finally met in person at a restaurant for drinks. After getting to know each other they real...
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Lynsey & Angelique Say Yes in Key West

Lynsey Castillo and Angelique Deyette met 10 years ago at Lynsey's restaurant. She was working when Angelique walked in the door. Lynsey was instantly smitten at her beauty. They never spoke that evening though Lynsey kept checking on her table only to get another look at Angelique. They later bumped into each other on a dating app and briefly date...
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Mr & Mrs Zebro : Key West Wedding

Jaimie Szurek and Matt Zebro met in 2010 at a friends zombie themed Halloween party. The two had never met prior to that evening even though their friends were many of the same. In typical Jaimie fashion, she wasn't happy that one individual (Matt) wasn't dressed up as a zombie. Let's be honest - she was a bit jealous since she didn't want to be a...
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Paige & Frank: A Paradise Wedding

Paige Decker and Frank Darmante met at work. Paige interviewed for a server position at Dante's. As fate would have it, the person who normally handles hiring was out of town so Frank conducted the interview that day. Paige was hired on the spot! When she got home, she told her room mate that this job was gonna be a problem because she was very att...
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Kristin & Tyler Oceanside Key West Wedding

Kristin Kappler and Tyler Hardy met through a group of mutual friends and began hanging out together. Tyler and Kristin immediately took to each other and quickly became roommates. They had so much fun together and shortly after living together, they began dating. Tyler completely surprised her and proposed on Friday, February 12th. They were hopi...
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