Key West is an island made up of many great love stories. Here is one of my favorites.
One night after a gig in Philly, Jerrod Isaman decided to head south to Key West. He arrived on the island and the first place he went was to Higgs Beach. "I had a bottle of whiskey and no mixers when the coconut man, Randash magically appeared." They sat there drinking coconut water and whiskey and fell asleep on the beach. Jerrod woke up the next morning with his head rested on the roots of a coconut tree. He finally felt at ease and knew this is where he needed to be.
On the other side of the island, Dorota Bultukow found herself back in Key West after five "going-away" parties. Living somewhere else just never seemed to work out for her and this island has a special way of pulling people back. Though she was here to work, she was also ready to get back on the road and travel.
By the luck of the Irish, these two finally crossed paths on St. Patrick's Day in 2010 at the Alamo Bar where they were greeted by Jerrod. The two talked all night about traveling while drinking vodka and pineapple... and the rest is truly history!
Dorota was right and travel she did. A few months after they met, Jerrod took her to Puerto Rico and then to his hometown Olean. Their journey continued on to Montana and California, eventually ending up in the kitchen of the "most beautiful woman on earth" - Jerrod's Gramma.
After a fantastic but brutally cold winter in western New York, the couple decided to drive back to Key West where they settled in a cute conch-style house in the Meadows of Old Town. Their biggest adventure began with the birth of Julius, and four years later his baby brother Bruno arrived. Then there were four.
Last year on St. Patrick's Day he surprised her on his day off with a kayak trip and a proposal.
The couple married on February 21, 2019. "Everything about our wedding was very symbolic and a mix of the love we have for the island that brought us together. Even down to the coconut getaway car to the reception."
The couple incorporated family and friends throughout the entire wedding day. The bride wore a gorgeous lace gown and the shoes her mother wore at her own wedding. The groom was decked out in a scarf also from their family. The bride walked down the beach with her parents and her boys by her side where the couple exchanged vows under the very tree Jerrod first woke up to so many years ago.
After exchanging vows and fresh coconuts they were swept off in the coconut jungle car to the East Martello Towers. Parents greeted the newlyweds with Polish tradition and the JunkaRoos kicked off the party. Musical talent filled the air as the new Mr. and Mrs. danced the night away.
Congratulations to you and your family!