Key West Wedding Photographer | Rachel E Ligon: Blog https://www.racheleligon.com/blog en-us (C) Key West Wedding Photographer | Rachel E Ligon info@racheleligon.com (Key West Wedding Photographer | Rachel E Ligon) Mon, 13 Aug 2018 15:21:00 GMT Mon, 13 Aug 2018 15:21:00 GMT https://www.racheleligon.com/img/s/v-5/u320108094-o1052236922-50.jpg Key West Wedding Photographer | Rachel E Ligon: Blog https://www.racheleligon.com/blog 80 120 Jackie + Gabby Say Yes in Key West https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/8/jackie-gabby-keywest-wedding 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 fur babies April of 2015. Four fur babies to be exact. All tiny Yorkies; Rottie, Reillee, Roy and Rae.

Their friends and I strongly agree Gabby and Jackie are a blast to be around! They love to soak up the sun, enjoy drinks by the beach, meeting new people, and getting lost in new and exciting cities. When they aren't at home in New Jersey binge watching Pixar or Disney movies, their favorite thing to do together is travel! It was no surprise this fun loving couple wanted to plan a destination wedding, and what better place than Key West, Florida to say I DO!?

The ladies opted for a First Look and the Around Key West Session with their bridal party! So fun! The wedding day was filled with so many thoughtful details. Gabby and Jackie's beach chic wedding day consisted of coral and navy blue along with floral decorations by Karro Events that were all white. Jackie wore a custom suit from The Tailory in New York City and Gabby wore a stunning gown from Bijou Bridal. After the oceanside ceremony performed by Gabby's brother, the unforgettable reception began. Special touches for their wedding guests included a lounge area by Eventfully Yours, marquee letters, and after dinner drinks with a dessert display table. After an epic reception and impression dance off, the newlyweds began their next big adventure surrounded by their friends, family and a sea of sparklers! 

Congratulations to you and your families! 

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Photographer: Rachel E Ligon

Assistant Photographer: Jessica Paar Robb

Videographer: Christian J Fernandez

Hair and Makeup: Bella Luxe 

Planner: Leader Planner Kayla Rokowski Say Yes in Key West

Bridal Robes: OMphiliada

Gabby's Dress: Bijou Bridal

Jackie's Suit: The Tailory in New York City

Jackie's Shoes: Jessica Simpson

Gabby's Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co

Ceremony and Reception: Southernmost on the Beach 

Officiant: Brother of the Bride Charlie Luna

Flowers: Karro Events

Cake: Cakes by Karol

Music and Photo Booth: Kiss Me Entertainment

Rentals/ Lighting: Eventfully Yours 

Cigar Rolling Station: Rodriguez Cigars

Transportation for Bridal Party: Old Town Trolley

 

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Kat + Alex: Gorgeous Wedding in Paradise https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/7/kat-alex-keywest-wedding 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 it as any other date night, but it became so much more than that.  Alex read a poem that he had written for her capturing all the perfect moments they've shared before proposing to her! It was a perfect moment in their lives. With their love of the beach and the ocean, and both being certified scuba divers, Kat and Alex have found a perfect spot to celebrate their love....in paradise.

While on vacation last year in Key West trying to evacuate from Hurricane Irma, the couple decided to get married at the Southernmost House! They met Michael, the owner of the house, during this time and ultimately found the perfect place to get married! On June 30th, 2018, they exchanged vows oceanside among their closest friends and family members. The pop of white florals by Karro Events against the pastel colors of the house and bright blue skies was as pretty as the Key West Sunset. Kat and Alex opted for an emotional First Look and exchanged gifts before their first dance. The tear that ran down the groom's face was undeniably sweet. They are soul mates and anyone who witnesses this would agree. 

The details included by the couple like their Mel Fisher wedding bands and a custom cheeseburger in paradise cake made for a perfect Key West wedding. Their island wedding day was perfectly filled with laughter, dancing, and even more cheeseburgers in paradise! 

Congratulations to the beautiful couple! 

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Photographer: Rachel E Ligon

 Assistant Photographer: Jessica Paar Robb

Hair and Makeup: Key West Hair and Makeup

Wedding Gown: Allure Bridal

Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Planner: Anna Turowska Say Yes in Key West

Ceremony and Reception: Southernmost House

Officiant: Steve Torrence Key West Officiant

Flowers: Karro Events

Caterer: Catered Affairs

Musician: Brian Roberts

Cake: Cakes by Karol

Music: Scott Gerke Visualize Entertainment

Rentals/ Lighting: Prestige

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info@racheleligon.com (Key West Wedding Photographer | Rachel E Ligon) key west photography key west wedding photographer key west weddings Southernmost House Southernmost Mansion wedding https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/7/kat-alex-keywest-wedding Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:49:40 GMT
Ricciardi Key West Wedding https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/7/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 until the summer of 2009 when they started to casually date. After seven months of Alyssa waiting (and hoping) Matt asked her to be official. They love watching football- cheering on OSU and Steelers, cooking, going out with friends - they are super laid back and love to have fun! 

In the fall of 2016, Matt and Alyssa went home for the weekend to visit their friends and family. When Matt agreed to go to Santaland in October, Alyssa should've known something was up. On the way there, Matt asked for a tissue out of the glove box. Alyssa reached in, grabbed him a tissue, and closed it. Matt blew his nose and then asked for another tissue. Again, Alyssa reached in and grabbed a tissue only this time he stopped her and said "hey, what's that?" Sitting there in the glove box was a box with a beautiful bow on it and he asked her to spend the rest of their lives together. The best part of it all is that she got to go to Santaland with a ring on her hand! 

The couple married here in Key West, Florida at the gorgeous Pier House Resort. It was a picture perfect wedding day with blue skies, thoughtful details, and stunning florals by Karro Events. The couple exchanged vows and were married by a close friend. Guests enjoyed an extended cocktail hour while sailboats passed by in the background -the setting could not have been more perfect. After dinner and a oceanside cake cutting, the new Mr. and Mrs. and their wedding guests danced the night away! Congratulations to this great couple- Cheers! 

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Photographer: Rachel E Ligon

Hair and Makeup: Key West Hair and Makeup

Wedding Gown: Allure Bridals

Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle

Planner: Anna Turowska Say Yes in Key West

Ceremony and Reception: Pier House Resort and Spa

Officiant: Drew Siegel

Flowers: Karro Events

Cake: Key West Cakes

Rentals/ Lighting: Eventfully Yours Rentals

Music: Kiss Me Entertainment 

 

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Ashley + Gary: Key West Fairytale Wedding https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/7/ashley-gary-keywest-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 New York City with the love of her life. 

Gary purchased Ashley's wedding ring a month after their first trip. Though Gary realized Ashley was the one very early on, he was busy launching his latest company. He knew he wanted it to be special so when the time was right, Gary picked her up in a white horse-drawn Cinderella carriage and proposed to her at Lakeside Park in Dallas near candlelight. The couple returned to the carriage where Gary had another surprise waiting. He had secretly arranged with eighty of their closest friends and family to be waiting in the cigar room at Javier’s where they ate appetizers and drank in celebration of their engagement. 

Shortly after the engagement Gary had suggested a casual beach wedding at their home in Marathon, located in the Florida Keys. After considering the logistics of hosting the event at their home in six months time, post Hurricane Irma, it made more sense to move the venue to a location where guests had more dining, lodging and entertainment options for the rest of the weekend.  

The wedding day was filled with extraordinary detail executed beautifully by the vendors Ashley had selected. The set up was .... just WOW!  Stunning! A casual beach wedding turned in to a three day celebration! Ashley walked down the aisle at the exclusive Casa Marina  owned by Waldorf Astoria. Goga Denisov was flown in from Dallas to provide music and the other surprise hit of the wedding was a Junkanoo Band that escorted the couple after capturing oceanside sunset photos. No detail was spared by Lynn D’ Ascanio, JC, and Trinity with D'Asigner Events along with the other fabulous vendors like Marathon Florist and Decora Rentals involved with making this fairytale wedding a reality.

After the exciting shower of sparklers, the bride and groom and wedding guests were swept away from the Casa Marina in true Key West fashion on the Old Town Trolley to continue the celebration of the new Mr and Mr. Evans! 

Congratulations to this beautiful couple on their next exciting adventure of marriage! 

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Photographer: Rachel E Ligon

Assistant Photographer: Jessica Paar Robb

Videographer: Cineaverde

Wedding Coordinators: Lynn D’ Ascanio, JC, and Trinity  D'Asigner Events 

Hair and Makeup: Amber  Key West Hair and Makeup

Wedding Gown: Oleg Cassini

Floral and Decor: Marathon Florist

Ceremony- Reception Location: Casa Marina 

Officiant: Steve Torrence Key West Officiant 

Transportation: Old Town Trolley 

Cocktail Hour and Reception Music: Goga 

Party Starters: The Junkanoos 

Furniture: Decora Rentals 

Lighting/ Sound: PSVA

Photo Booth: Framed in the Keys 

Wedding Cake: Sweet Savannah's

Guest Transportation: Old Town Conch Tour Train

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info@racheleligon.com (Key West Wedding Photographer | Rachel E Ligon) key west key west wedding photographer key west weddings photos weddings https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/7/ashley-gary-keywest-fairytale-wedding Thu, 12 Jul 2018 18:03:34 GMT
Bojana + Rich: Beautiful Intimate Wedding in Key West https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/7/bojana-rich-keywest-wedding 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... if we are they are not working, they are together and literally never get tired of spending time with each other. This adorable couple said I Do at Smather's Beach in front of family a few close friends and their awesome fur child, Nelly. It was a perfect day for this couple. Congratulations to you and your families. 

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Photographer: Rachel E Ligon

Ceremony Location: Smathers Beach

Officiant: Donna 

Wedding Singer: Teri

Reception Location: First Flight 

Wedding Dessert: Cupcake Sushi

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Joseph + Marlaina - Say I Do in Key West! https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/6/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 preformed on property with the historic house as the background, it was official... They were the new Mr and Mrs King! After the ceremony we visited some fun locations Around Key West for photos. I love how these two have so much fun together! 

Congratulations to a very beautiful couple! 

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info@racheleligon.com (Key West Wedding Photographer | Rachel E Ligon) https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/6/joseph-marlaina---say-i-do-in-key-west Thu, 21 Jun 2018 23:00:31 GMT
Katelyn + Mike - Ocean Key Key West Wedding https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/6/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 him and he ran up to argue with her in person. When he saw her he was speechless. Later that week he invited her to breakfast at Jimmy's. She had waffles and ice cream. He had huevos rancheros. The rest is history.

They love being near the water, particularly the ocean if possible. Katelyn likes going in, Mike would rather be on a boat - but hey, compromises. They enjoy outdoor adventures, and recently have taken their adventures to Western Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. When they are not doing those things, they spend their time exploring local breweries and wineries in the area. Sometimes that simply means staying in with a glass of wine, cooking dinner and are testing their green thumb with a urban succulent garden, so far so good. 

The couple were engaged on November 13, 2016 at Fort Zachary Taylorin Key West. They were heading to the Keys for a winter getaway, and wanted to make a quick stop in Key West. Unbothered by the swarm of power boaters that invaded the tiny island, at sunset Mike popped the question and Katelyn said yes! "That Keys trip was one of our best memories - and a large part of the reason we chose to get married in the same place."

They had a evening toast on Sunset Pier, where they called their families and shared the news and just knew this was where they wanted to get married. The following day they stopped at St. Mary Star of the Sea and said a prayer. "This set our engagement and journey together off right and was a natural fit for where we wanted to say our vows."

On June 9th, 2018 Katelyn and Mike did in fact exchange their wedding vows at the gorgeous St Mary's Star of the Sea. Guests were delivered in Key West fashion on the Old Town Trolley to the same pier the couple celebrated their engagement just a couple years earlier. The reception was oceanside while margaritas and steel drums flowed freely! The wedding party opted for a stop at Fort Zachary for some post wedding photos. After a short wait for the rain to pass they were then on their way to join cocktail hour back at the Ocean Key

The setup  by Milan and Simply You was stunning against the ocean view of the Hot Tin Roof. After dances the rain just came down! I mean lightening and thundering coming down! Perfect just in time for dinner! Right after dinner the skies cleared and we had one of the BEST sunsets I have ever witnessed! 

The newlyweds danced the night away with the tunes of the famous DJ Buggy and ended the reception with a Tin Cup Chalice toast by Jimmy Buffet

Congratulations to this beautiful couple! 

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Photographer: Rachel E Ligon

Assistant Photographer: Jessica Paar Robb

Planner: Nicole Yancey Simply You 

Bridal Suite : Flanagan Room at Ocean Key 

Wedding Gown: BHLDN

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Hair and Makeup: Key West Hair and Makeup

Floral and Decor: Milan

Ceremony Location: St. Mary's Star of the Sea

Transportation: Bone Island Shuttle and Old Town Trolley 

Reception Location: Ocean Key Resort

Cocktail Hour Music: Bongo D 

Reception DJ: DJ Buggy 

Wedding Cake/ Dessert Table : Cakes by Karol 

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info@racheleligon.com (Key West Wedding Photographer | Rachel E Ligon) island wedding key west wedding photographer key west weddings ocean key wedding wedding https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/6/katelyn-mike---ocean-key-key-west-wedding Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:38:38 GMT
lIias + Steve Say I Do at the Reach Resort https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/6/llias-steve-keywest-wedding 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 and raised in Connersville, Indiana.  He lived in Indianapolis most of his life after college, so Florida is the first place he has ever lived outside of Indiana.  He is very close to his three cousins, Shana, Melissa and Carla.  They are his sisters actually.  Steve is an awesome baker but not a great cook.  Steve is one of the kindest and giving person you'll ever meet unlike Ilias who is total New York and tell you how it is.  He visited Europe for the first time in 2016 with Ilias.  Steve loves shoes, thus he bought four pairs while in Paris.  Steve also has the driest sense of humor!  Steve is actually the one who was better with all the wedding details. 

They met online in 2015 and began to chat over the phone and finally met seven months later in Fort Myers, FL. The rest was history. They are like the ying and yang.  It's a good balance between their personalities.  Ilias is the extrovert and Steve is the introvert.  "We make each other laugh a lot and we also talk all the time.  We don't try to change each other but we bring the best of each of us when we are together. "

They enjoy traveling together, and decided Key West was the perfect place to make it official! The wedding attire and details were tastefully selected. Enjoy some sneak photos of this couple and a stunning set up by A Modern Romance and Milan Event Floral & Decor at the exclusive Reach Resort!

Congratulations Ilias and Steve! 

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Photographer: Rachel E Ligon

Assistant Photographer: Jessica Paar Robb

Planner: Eric Baker A Modern Romance

Groom Suits: Brooks Brothers 

Flowers: Milan Event and Floral 

Ceremony Location: Reach Resort 

Officiant: Carla Becker

Ceremony/ Reception Music: PSAV

Wedding Cake: Key West Cakes

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info@racheleligon.com (Key West Wedding Photographer | Rachel E Ligon) key west wedding photographer key west weddings same sex wedding in key west https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/6/llias-steve-keywest-wedding Fri, 08 Jun 2018 17:23:52 GMT
Summer Havana Nights: Lola + Dan Say I Do at Hemingway House 5.18.18 https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/5/lola-dan-hemingway 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 Chef and Retired Senior VP now enjoy their time together on the Harley or traveling. Key West was a perfect place for these two to make it official! 

Lola + Dan were married at the historic Ernest Hemingway Home among their closets friends and family. The Summer Havana nights theme was perfectly executed by Kelly Fowler of Just Save the Date and Love in Bloom designed the floral arrangements of peonies, orange mokara orchids, white mums, and anemones. The flowers and set up were just stunning! So many details that made this wedding so special for everyone. 

At the end of the night RyLee played and sang A Beautiful Thing- Grace Vanderwahl's version with such talent and grace. Lola dedicated this song to her husband from his talented niece. It was incredibly special. Great job! The couple and their wedding guests danced the night away in Havana style ... on the dance floor.Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Cadenhead! 

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Photographer: Rachel E Ligon

Assistant Photographer: Mary Veal

Planner: Kelly Fowler Just Save the Date 

Bridal Suite : Chelsea House

Wedding Gown: Allure Couture

Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Bridal Gown: Pnina from Kleinfelds in New York

Makeup: Studio Marie- Pierre 

Hair Stylist: Vasiliki Tsegene -  Dimitri's Hair Design in Queens NY

Flowers: Love in Bloom 

Wedding Officiant: Liz Weinstock Southernmost Reverend

Caterer: Catered Affairs

Ceremony Location: Ernest Hemingway Home

Linens: BBJ Linens

Rentals: Prestige Rentals 

Ceremony/Reception DJ: Aaron Moore Moore Entertainment

Wedding Cake/ Dessert Table : Cakes by Karol 

 

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info@racheleligon.com (Key West Wedding Photographer | Rachel E Ligon) ernest hemingway house key west wedding photographer key west weddings https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/5/lola-dan-hemingway Tue, 29 May 2018 21:32:25 GMT
Eric + Derek Say I Do at Sunset Key https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/5/eric-derek-say-i-do-at-sunset-key Eric Mohlenhoff and Derek Yim met online using okcupid.com. 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 while Derek enjoys watching cheesy 90's action movies like "Demolition Man" and "The Fifth Element". Together, they can watch the "Back to the Future" series back-to-back with Emma their cat and never tire of them.

Eric works as a regional manager overseeing 3 hotels in NJ, and Derek works for a world renowned urban university as a data analyst in NYC. The couple loves to have a good time laughing together and enjoy just spending time together. Eric and Derek also love seeing the world together and have been on multiple road trips in Eric's small Mazda Miata.

Their biggest adventure was deciding on a Key West Wedding at the very exclusive Sunset Key! Derek + Eric were married oceanside while Eric's sister, Sarah made the couple officially husbands. The crane who frequents the island wanted to hang out and watch the ceremony. Perhaps it was sign the Eric's Dad was there in spirit. Such a perfect moment to capture. After the ceremony, the wedding guests were delivered to the wedding reception in style on the Fury Catamaran. The wedding reception took place at the gorgeous Margaritaville Resort where guests enjoyed some amazing food and one heck of a dance party!

Congratulations to you and your families on a picture perfect wedding day! 

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Photographer: Rachel E Ligon

Assistant Photographer: Jessica Paar Robb

Videographer: Soundwave

Hair and Makeup: Studio Marie-Pierre 

Flowers: Love in Bloom 

Ceremony Location: Sunset Key 

Officiant: Sarah Joshi (Eric's sister)

Ceremony/ Reception Music: Jimmy Copper Soundwave

Transportation: Fury Catamaran

Reception: Margaritaville Key West Resort

Wedding Cake: Key West Cakes

 

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info@racheleligon.com (Key West Wedding Photographer | Rachel E Ligon) key west wedding photographer key west weddings same sex wedding in key west https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/5/eric-derek-say-i-do-at-sunset-key Mon, 28 May 2018 17:23:47 GMT
Jenna + Scott Boyle Say in Key West - Reach Resort 5.7.18 https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/5/jenna-scott-boyle 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 watched the sunset and started heading back to our hotel. On our way back, the sunset was even prettier, so I stopped to take photos. When I turned around Scott wrote in the sand MARRY ME. " How sweet!? 

They enjoy being active and spending time with their families. A Key West wedding made perfect sense to bring everyone together on such a beautiful island to witness the two exchange their vows. Jenna and Scott were married under the gazebo at the exclusive Reach Resort where the wedding reception immediately followed on the beach. After dancing and dinner the couple had a sparkler exit with the wedding party. Such a fun evening! 

Congratulations to you and your families! 

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Photographer: Rachel E Ligon

Planner: Kayla + Anna Say Yes in Key West

Hair + Makeup: Casa Salon

Ceremony and Reception:  Reach Resort 

Officiant: Steve Torrence Key West Officiant

Cake: Kermit's

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info@racheleligon.com (Key West Wedding Photographer | Rachel E Ligon) beach wedding beach wedding in key west key west wedding photographer key west weddings https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/5/jenna-scott-boyle Thu, 24 May 2018 17:52:15 GMT
Amanda + Jeremy Downs Say I Do in Key West! https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/5/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 many beautiful backdrops to choose from. However, Jeremy changed his plans at the last minute knowing that family is most important to Amanda. "I never met someone who has so much love for her family and friends. I proposed to Amanda at our home with her parents, brother and his fiancé there to share the moment."

After their engagement Amanda and Jeremy decided on a destination wedding here in Key West, Florida! They were fortunate to spend the entire week in Key West with friends and family.  They visited Dry Tortugas National Park, went fishing, and experienced all that Key West has to offer with the people are the closest to them. Family traveled to Key West from Alaska, Arizona, Indiana, Michigan, South Carolina, and Vermont so this time together meant the world to this couple.

On the wedding day, the two opted for a First Look. The sweet moments captured of the groom seeing his bride for the first time are priceless. The couple exchanged their weddings vows oceanside on the beautiful Smather's Beach in front of their closest friends and family members. Immediately following the reception, the wedding guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Sheraton Suites. The beautiful cake was designed by Cakes by Karol and the wedding favors were also a nice sweet treat, Cousin Al’s Vermont Maple Syrup from Brigham Hill Maple.The couple danced the night away and had an amazing time!

Congratulations to this beautiful couple! 

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Photographer: Rachel E Ligon

Ceremony Planner: Say Yes in Key West

Florist: Karro Events

Hair & Makeup: Key West Hair and Makeup 

Wedding Ceremony: Smather's Beach

Officiant – Carl Ferrette

Reception Location: Sheraton Suites Key West 

Cake: Cakes by Karol 

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Elisa + Mark Say I Do on the Ocean https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/5/elisa-mark-say-i-do-hindu 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 against the historic schooner. 

The bride and groom along with their wedding guests enjoyed gourmet chocolate and exotic fruits local sourced by The Grove. They also included a rum tasting by the kind folks at Papa's Pilar Rum. Great food, great rum, and great people. It really was the perfect Key West Wedding

Congratulations to this beautiful couple!

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Rebecca + Jason Say I Do on Sunset Key https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/5/cincodezoshak 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 went to college and law school in Pittsburgh, so it was a very special city to be engaged. He totally surprised her and popped the question in one of the most romantic locations! Shortly after he left for the Pennsylvania State Police academy but she waited for him! 

The couple stays very busy with work and volunteering so they love just spending time together. Whether it be family walks with the dog, dinners, hanging out with friends, or weekend getaways! They decided Key West would be the perfect wedding getaway. They were married on the exclusive island of Sunset Key where the tropical breeze, gorgeous flowers by Duarte, and set up by Nika from Soiree made for a picture perfect ceremony! The bridal party and wedding guests were delivered to the reception in style aboard the Fury Catamaran where the introductions and first dances began before the rain fall. The bride and groom along with their guests danced the night away in the rain!  A reminder that when Mother Nature gives you rain, you dance!

If rain is good luck then they have all of it they need! Congratulations to this amazing couple!

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Photographer: Rachel E Ligon

Assistant Photographer: Jessica Paar Robb

Videographer: Nick Doll with Mark J Pierson Wedding Films 

Planner: Nika Soiree Key West 

Bridal Suite : Bridal Suite at Margaritaville Key West Resort

Wedding Gown: Morilee

Bridal Shoes: Vince Camuto

Hair and Makeup: Studio Marie-Pierre 

Flowers: Duarte

Wedding Officiant: Carmen Rodriguez

First Look and Ceremony Location: Sunset Key 

Ceremony Music- Steel Drums: Courtney Henry 

Transportation: Little Princess Boat

Reception: Margaritaville Key West Resort

Reception DJ: Senaris with Soundwave

Wedding Cake: Key West Cakes

Special Dessert: Cupcake Sushi 

Cigars: Rodriguez Cigars

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info@racheleligon.com (Key West Wedding Photographer | Rachel E Ligon) key west wedding photographer key west weddings https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/5/cincodezoshak Tue, 22 May 2018 19:57:04 GMT
Sara + Andrew Say I Do! https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/5/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 building overlooking the Atlanta skyline. 

They are a very adventurous couple that both have ties to the island so a Key West Wedding was a perfect fit for them. Their wedding was such a picture perfect day filled with creative details. Sara is an artist and created a custom map with directions as an invite for the wedding and events leading up to the Big Day. Sara and Andrew exchanged wedding vows inside East Martello Tower as Andrew's best friend married them! 

After a quick stop at the famous Green Parrot Bar we headed to sunset at Fort Zachary Taylor where the colors in the sky did not disappoint! It was one of the best backdrops for a wedding photo. The reception immediately followed at a locals favorite, Michael's.  Andrew is a Sommelier at Bacchanalia (one of Atlanta's finest) so only the reserved bottles from his collection were carefully opened by the groom himself! 

Laughs and some delicious cake were shared and the couple partied the evening away! Congratulations to you and your families! 

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Photographer: Rachel E Ligon

Assistant Photographer: Jessica Paar Robb

Hair and Makeup: Lori Key West Hair and Makeup

Flowers: Mama's Flowers

Ceremony: Key West Garden Club (aka West Martello Towers) 

Officiant: John Mark

Sunset: Fort Zachary Taylor

Reception: Michael's 

Wedding Cake: Key West Cakes 

After Party: The famous Green Parrot 

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info@racheleligon.com (Key West Wedding Photographer | Rachel E Ligon) key west wedding photographer https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/5/sara-andrew-say-i-do Sun, 20 May 2018 17:03:53 GMT
Cameron + Jon - Key West - Island Wedding https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/5/meet-the-fosters Cameron and Jon met each other at their church during attendance of youth group back in 2008. Cameron had became friends with Jon's sister Sam and after the two were introduced, they were dating within the year!  Jon proposed in front of all of their family in 2016 at the lake house. After the proposal Cameron seemed in shocked with her finger near her mouth in a very cute pose. So if you see this pose you know why it's so funny! 

Their wedding day was truly picture perfect. Camron and Jon said their I Do's oceanside at the beautiful Pier House! Jon's Father, Gordon, married the two and performed a special ceremony with a fun twist. The flowers were designed by Love in Bloom and Say Yes in Key West helped the couple's vision become reality.The cocktail hour and reception were also held oceanside where guests sipped cocktails with toes in the sand! 

The new Fosters kept tradition alive with a cake cutting and bouquets/garter toss. Everyone enjoyed the night dancing where Visualize and his assistant ( the smallest bridal party member) kept the island vibe going. The bride and groom enjoyed a final dance to themselves. Upon their exit all the guests sent them away properly with sparklers! 

Congratulations to you and your families. May you enjoy many more years of joy and laughter. 

Meet the new Fosters everyone! 

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Photographer: Rachel E Ligon

 Assistant Photographer: Jessica Paar Robb

Hair and Makeup: Key West Hair and Makeup 

Wedding Gown: Alfred Angelo

Ceremony and Reception: Pier House 

Ceremony Coordinator: Say Yes in Key West 

Officiant: Gordon Foster 

Flowers: Love in Bloom 

Cake for Cutting: Cakes by Karol 

Guest Dessert: Cupcake Sushi

Music: Scott with Visualize Entertainment

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info@racheleligon.com (Key West Wedding Photographer | Rachel E Ligon) key west wedding photographer key west weddings https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/5/meet-the-fosters Tue, 08 May 2018 17:07:35 GMT
Haley + Max Say I Do in Key West! https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/5/haley-to-the-max Haley and Max met in the year 2010 through mutual high school friends and were engaged four years later in October of 2014. The two were in New York City (Haley's favorite city) for a week visiting family and friends. They decided to spend a night with just the two of them for dinner and to watch the show, Wicked. After they checked in to the hotel with the perfect view of Times Square and the "I love you forever conversation", Max popped the question!

The two were married another four years later in April of 2018 on a picture perfect day. This wedding was so incredible from start to finish! Some of my favorite details from the day were the thoughtful guest welcome bags, the artistic notes from the groom, and the personalized bridesmaids cups! The floral arrangements by Karro Events were stunning. 

The couple decided on not doing a First Look but wanted to say a little something to each other prior to walking down the aisle. It was so cute to see the chemistry between these two. Haley and Max Said I DO oceanside here in Key West at the gorgeous Pier House among friends and family. The cocktail hour and party began shortly after where I witnessed some of the best dancing at a wedding reception as Visualize Entertainment kept the beats going! 

Congratulations to this lovey couple. Beautiful on the inside and out! 

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Photographer: Rachel E Ligon

Assistant Photographer: Jessica Paar Robb

Planners: Twin Extraordinaires - Emily + Natalie 

Hair and Makeup: Elena Southcott

Ceremony and Reception: Pier House 

Ceremony Coordinator: Say Yes in Key West 

Officiant: Larry Schenk

Flowers: Karro Events

Cake for Cutting: Key West Cakes 

Guest Dessert: Cupcake Sushi

DJ: Scott Gerke with Visualize Entertainment

Lighting: Visualize Entertainment

After Party: Ricks

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info@racheleligon.com (Key West Wedding Photographer | Rachel E Ligon) key west key west wedding photographer key west weddings https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/5/haley-to-the-max Wed, 02 May 2018 16:47:02 GMT
Brittany + Jason - Carters Get Married in the Keys https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/4/carters-in-the-keys Jason and Brittany met playing kickball in Key West six years ago. After an exciting few years of adventures and fun, including a move to Texas, the two got engaged! Jason spent the week leading up to the proposal doing intentionally sweet and thoughtful things for Brittany. The actual proposal came the evening of February 19, 2016 at a park in Austin. With the city skyline in the background, Jason proposed and Brittany, of course, said yes!

The adventurous couple loves to travel and missed the island vibe, so a Key West wedding was planned for September of 2017. However, Hurricane Irma had other plans and the wedding was rescheduled for April 7th, 2018. It took place at the beautiful Southernmost House, which Jason use to manage when he lived here.The two said their I Do's with crashing waves and a slight breeze oceanside in front of their closet friends and family. The reception decor was very Key West- colorful, elegant, and a lot of fun! Just Save the Date and Love in Bloom helped execute a beautiful set up while Nick Norman serenaded the guests.  Catered Affairs rocked the menu as many wedding traditions were kept including the bouquet toss and cake cutting. After the reception the Conch Tour Train took everyone down to Duval Street where they all partied the night away! Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Carter! 

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Photographer: Rachel E Ligon

 Assistant Photographer: Jessica Paar Robb

Hair and Makeup: Bella Luxe

Wedding Gown: Essence of Australia

Groom's Suit: League of Rebels 

Planner: Just Save the Date 

Ceremony and Reception: Southernmost House

Officiant: Gerard Looser aka Father Geri

Flowers: Love in Bloom 

Caterer: Catered Affairs

Musician: Nick Norman Music

Cake for Cutting: Key West Cakes 

Guest Dessert: Cupcake Sushi

Music: Jimmy V Visualize Entertainment

Lighting: Prestige

Transportation: Conch Tour Train

After Party: Ricks

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info@racheleligon.com (Key West Wedding Photographer | Rachel E Ligon) island wedding key west wedding photographer key west weddings wedding https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/4/carters-in-the-keys Sun, 15 Apr 2018 19:44:44 GMT
Haley + Max are Saying I Do in Key West! https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/4/haley-max-are-saying-i-do-in-key-west This super fun loving couple are saying I Do in Key West, Florida tomorrow at the beautiful Pier House Resort

We had such a great time with the Around Key West Session and Jess and I can't wait to capture tomorrow's wedding! 

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info@racheleligon.com (Key West Wedding Photographer | Rachel E Ligon) https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/4/haley-max-are-saying-i-do-in-key-west Fri, 13 Apr 2018 22:50:09 GMT
Jenna + Max - Key West Engagement Photos! https://www.racheleligon.com/blog/2018/3/jenna-max---key-west-engagement-photos Jenna and Max met in St Louis in May of 2011. Jenna was relocated for her job while Max was living there completing his training for Edward Jones. Jenna knew absolutely no one in town so a mutual friend Stephanie found someone to introduce Jenna to. One night she met up with Max and the rest is history! Well, wait a second! That's only the beginning... 

They were engaged in the coziness and privacy of their home at Christmas in 2017 with their fur baby DJ (a yellow lab). Soon after the engagement, the wedding plans began for a destination wedding! Key West was an easy pick for them because they both love the island for it's laid back style and eclectic vibe. 

It was such a pleasure capturing this adorable couple's engagement session where we went to some of the favorite spots here in Key West. Including Jimmy Buffet's Studio! Yes, it is unmarked but a lot of Parrotheads know exactly where it is! 

Looking forward to their wedding in October here in Key West! This fun- loving couple will say their I Do's in the  gorgeous gardens of Audubon House with a reception following at Margaritaville Resort!  

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