Key West Wedding Photographer | Rachel E Ligon | Blog

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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  2. Best Places to Shop in Key West
  3. The Many Faces of Fort Zachary Taylor
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Rachel's Wedding Photography Tips

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  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?
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Jackie + Gabby Say Yes in Key West

Gabriela Luna and Jackelyn Hernandez met in college through mutual friends in 2007, but didn't officially start dating until the Winter 2015. "We're total opposites. We don’t get each others jokes and we don’t eat the same foods- we even root for rival teams. However, we make it work very well." The ladies were engaged at home surrounded by their...
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Kat + Alex: Gorgeous Wedding in Paradise

Katharina Rimac & Alex Panas met in the early 2000's at a wedding, and stayed in touch through many Morris Rugby events and parties. Throughout those years, they stayed in contact, but remained friends. Towards the end of 2011, they reconnected and have been inseparable and incredibly happy ever since! After dating for a few years, Kat thought of...
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Ricciardi Key West Wedding

Alyssa and Matthew Ricciardi met in the summer of 2006 thanks to one of the groomsman, Scott, and his liquid courage at Taco Bell! Alyssa and her friends Ashley and Kelly decided it would be a "good idea" to invite these strange guys back to her house where her mom told her "you can hang out in the driveway!" They hung out together and were friends...
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Ashley + Gary: Key West Fairytale Wedding

After being married for 20 and 22 years, respectively, Ashley Halsey and Gary Evans of Dallas met like many modern day couples do... online. When Gary fell in love with Ashley, he told her that her life was about to change. Little did she know she would be traveling to Aspen, hunting alligators, deep sea fishing, and dancing until the wee hours in...
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Bojana + Rich: Beautiful Intimate Wedding in Key West

Rich and Bojana are Key West locals who met in Bojana's store while she was working. Rich gave her his number and they have been together ever since! They are true meaning of meeting your soul mate when you least expect it. Rich is super glad he walked in for sunglasses that day that is for sure! They love going to new places and old favorites......
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Joseph + Marlaina - Say I Do in Key West!

Joseph and Marlaina King met online and were engaged at poetry reading in Historic Rugby in Tennessee. Marlaina is a corporate accountant and Joseph a high school English teacher. After the engagement, Marlaina discovered you could get married at the Ernest Hemingway House so Key West it was for their elopement! After the intimate ceremony preforme...
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Katelyn + Mike - Ocean Key Key West Wedding

Katelyn McCarthy and Michael Halstead met in September of 2014. They were both working new jobs and living in a new city. Katelyn was working as a nurse, and Mike was starting his residency. Katelyn was working on a general internal medicine floor and caring for the same patient. Mike placed orders for discharge and Katelyn disagreed. She called hi...
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lIias + Steve Say I Do at the Reach Resort

Ilias was born in Kalamata, Greece and moved to Brooklyn NY in 1989. Yes, the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" is pretty accurate! Except they use olive oil for everything. Ilias loves to cook and travel, he lived in Paris France while in college, and goes back often to visit friends and enjoy the city. Ilias speaks three languages. Steve was born...
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Summer Havana Nights: Lola + Dan Say I Do at Hemingway House 5.18.18

Lorayne Bond and Daniel Cadenhead met on July 3rd of 2015 at a weekend getaway party through some mutual friends. After a few dates they just knew they had found the one. They were engaged on Diamond Mountain in Napa Valley California at their friends winery. They both enjoy each other and are silly and adventurous romantics. The retired Pastry Che...
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Eric + Derek Say I Do at Sunset Key

Eric Mohlenhoff and Derek Yim met online using Derek was the one to send the initial email and their first date was in NYC at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 5 years ago. They are a pretty laid-back couple who enjoy relaxing evenings at home watching movies. Eric loves watching "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" every Christmas whi...
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Jenna + Scott Boyle Say in Key West - Reach Resort 5.7.18

Jenna Beale and Scott Doyle met online and their first "meeting" was in December 2014. They met up at a local restaurant/bar for drinks and live music and they have been together since! They were engaged on a vacation in Grand Cayman (March 2017). "One of our favorite things on vacation is to watch the sunset. Like any other night on vacation, we w...
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Amanda + Jeremy Downs Say I Do in Key West!

Amanda and Jeremy's first date was at Plat 99 Lounge at the Alexander Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. They talked for hours and both knew at the end of the date we wanted to see each other again. Fast forward a bit... They had been planning a trip to Maui right around the time the ring was ready, it was the perfect opportunity to propose with so ma...
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Elisa + Mark Say I Do on the Ocean

Elisa and Mark were married aboard Schooner Hindu on April 26th where their closest friends and family witnessed the two exchange their vows on the ocean. The ceremony was performed by Nik Macik on-board the 1925 ship that was designed by William H Hand, Jr. The gorgeous flowers were designed by Love and Bloom and were a perfect pop of color agains...
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Rebecca + Jason Say I Do on Sunset Key

Rebecca Reimiller and Jason Zoshak met through a mutual friend while working in the same field. She was working as an Assistant District Attorney in the same jurisdiction that Jason was a municipal police officer. Jason later proposed at the top of the Duquesne Incline at Mount Washington overlooking the City of Pittsburgh in October of 2016. Becky...
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Sara + Andrew Say I Do!

Sara and Andrew are full of energy for love and life! They love spending time in the kitchen together where they create wonderful meals and enjoy just being together. They are so perfect with each other. The peaceful energy and strong love is undeniable. They were engaged in February 2017 where Andrew proposed on the 72nd floor of the Westin buildi...
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