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

Aly & Cody: Key West Wedding at Casa Marina

Alyssa Eckman and Cody Snare met working a New Year’s Eve event at the Grizzly Rose in Denver, Colorado. When the busy event ended at 2:30 in the morning, they decided to go grab some breakfast. They ended up getting so caught up in conversation with each other that they were there for four hours. From that morning on, they have not been apart from...
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Burgess Sunset Key Island Wedding

Lori Lorant and Richard Burgess were introduced through a work connection. They agreed to have a dinner together and got along very well from the start. Lori and Rick both enjoy their kids and spending time with family and have seven children between them. Lori has three sons, Rick has two sons and two daughters. They have one dog, a golden doodle...
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Match Made in Key West

Nikki Stadelmaier and Steven Walker are a Match.com miracle! She was ready to get rid of the dating site when they found each other. They met at a small restaurant down by her house where they had dinner. They had spinach dip as an appetizer, the spinach was in big chunks and got stuck in her teeth. She was mortified, but they laughed about it and...
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Chantal + Blake Say I Do at Sunset Key

Chantal Taylor and Blake Beaumont met in 2015 at a Rutgers University football tailgate through mutual friends. Chantal had just moved from California to work in NYC. They literally met the same weekend she moved across the coast, and have been together ever since! This fun-loving couple loves cooking, brunching, watching movies, and being outside...
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Loerchers Set Sail for a Lifetime of Love!

Courtney David and Jeremy Loercher are locals who fell in love in trueKey West style – at a bar after a hard day’s work. Courtney, who has run the show for Sebago Watersports for over a decade and Jeremy, a seasoned fishing captain who moved here from Tampa via Little Cayman Island, were an instant match made in Cayo Hueso Heaven….aka Tattoo’s and...
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Keeners Say Yes in Key West!

Diana Best and Howard Keener, Jr. met via the “running world” as they are both marathon maniacs. When Howard relocated to Seattle, Washington, they ran into each other at a Chamber of Commerce mixer. With Covid-19 and finish lines being put on hold, their relationship grew and their new finish line became a life they wanted to share together as...
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Zappas Say Yes at Sunset Key

Devon Harmon and Leonardo Zappa met through a mutual friend in Massachusetts. Her family had a family business which was located in the front of a golf course. Lenny had been golfing with a mutual friend when Devon had gone out to drop off some cookies. It wasn't long after they went out on their first date though the first date is a highly debate...
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Allison + Alan Say Yes in Key West

Allison Taylor and Alan Lemasters grew up in the same small town and have known each other forever. Alan played sports in the same league as one of her brothers and her father was a coach so they were always at the ball fields together growing up. Alan moved to Louisiana and she moved several different times over the course of the next 20 years. Ho...
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Groves in Key West

Lauren Andrews and Jeremy Grove met in November of 2017. Lauren was visiting a friend in Charlotte where they went in to a restaurant that Jeremy was managing at the time. Lauren was very thankful for that chance run in because as they say, the rest was history! This spontaneous and entrepreneurial couple love traveling, cooking, snowboarding, and...
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Cassie + Shane Say I Yes in Key West, Florida

Cassandra Wood and Shane Lacuin met during Cassie's senior year of high school where she was working at a tanning salon. It was by chance that Shane came in with his friend who was interested in Cassie's co-worker. Cassie wasn't very shy around Shane, and even asked him why he needed to go to the tanning bed since he already had a natural tan. The...
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Sabagh Fairytale Wedding in Key West

Bruna Cruz and Yihad Sabagh were casually introduced to each other in 2014 by a couple of friends. They always said hello to each passing by each other at the gym, but never thought anything of it. Years went by where the two hadn't seen each other until they ran in to each other again at the gym in 2019. After a few brief conversations and a bit...
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Mr & Mrs Jacobsen Key West Wedding

Jessica Affendakes and Colby Jacobsen met through mutual friends after college. These two are so sweet and genuine to each other. When anyone sees these sweethearts in the same room, they understand why they are meant to be! On February 9th of 2020, Colby asked Jessica to be his wife. It was a super chill evening during a cookout at their house. Th...
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Brittany + John: Gorgeous Gardens Wedding Key West

Brittany Trkulja and Jonathan Sawtelle met in high school where they grew up in Colchester, VT. She remembers the exact day when she laid her eyes on Jon. He was dressed up for a hockey game and he walked by her lunch table full of her girlfriends. She immediately asked them "who is that!?". She proceeded to follow him around the school every day a...
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Jess + Matt Say I Do and Plan to Sail the World

Jessica Rodriguez and Matthew Paranac met at work nine years ago while working at Amazon. Matt's friend Marcus told Jessica for months that she had a secret admirer. Marcus gave her a LOT of hints as to who her "secret admirer" may but it took her quite a while to guess who it was. She approached Matt and said, "Hi" but Matt looked upset and respon...
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Meredith & Chance: Dreamy Casa Marina Wedding in Key West Florida

Meredith Miranda and Chance Miller met on Bumble four years ago after Chance had recently moved from New Orleans to Houston. On their second date, they connected over their mutual love for college football. When they aren’t taking care of their fur babies, two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Beau (12) and Dash (9) they are preparing for the next c...
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