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Wedding Wisdom – Florida Keys Weddings

You want to go somewhere tropical, but you dont want to leave the country.  Warm weather, turquoise water, and palm trees.  That summarizes the main characteristics of a Florida Keys wedding.  It's what I have been seeing through my lens for the past 5 years in Key West and the Florida Keys.  For some it's an intimate elopement centered on environmental portraits, and others it's a place where friends from all over gather and party till sunrise.  I have photographed over 200+ couples Florida Keys weddings, and the following are conversations that I always have with my couples.

First off the Florida Keys is an amazing location to have your wedding.  Each area of islands has its own unique feel, which gives each couple inspiration.  The Upper Florida Keys is home to Islamorada and Key Largo.  Here you will see many weddings taking place at Playa Largo, The Moorings, Cheeca Lodge, Caribbean Resort, Postcard Inn, Bakers Cay, just to name a few.  The resorts and event spaces in the Upper Keys are much bigger in size, which allows them to hold larger events.  Many of the weddings that I have shot have been over 150+ guests.

Hawks Cay and Faro Blanco Resort are two wedding venues in the Middle Florida Keys that I work at a lot.  Hawks Cay located on Duck Key is a great venue for large groups, but with a much more secluded feel.  Their sunset event lawn is great for a ceremony, and then have the reception in one of there large event rooms.  Faro Blanco houses everything into one at their Lighthouse.  Ceremonies on the rock jetty, poolside cocktail and then a reception under the stars.  Two great locations for a Florida Keys wedding in Marathon.

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When you get to the last chain of islands referred to as the Lower Keys, it's more referenced as Key West.  There are venues all over, but most of the venues average about 70-125 people.  I generally feel like weddings in Key West are usually about 75 people.  Its the farthest location to drive, but Duval Street draws people in.  It gives you a great place to head out and party after the reception.  Most venues in Key West have a 1030-11pm stop time, so that leaves you another 5 hours of debauchery to be had on Duval.

Wedding venues in Key West range from beach ceremonies to historic homes.  Hemingway Home, Casa Marina, Ocean Key, Audubon House are consistent venues.  You also have event spaces like First Flight Brewery and Mangoes to choose from for a reception.  Key West seems to have something for everyone.

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One of the responsibilities of being a Florida Keys wedding photographer, for me is being able to answer a whole range of questions.  Couples ask me all the time about vendors that I work with, and who I would recommend. Will it rain? Will we sweat!  They ask me about Florida Keys wedding venues, they ask me about Florida Keys wedding vendors.  They ask me about my experiences.  My goal is to make sure that every Florida Keys wedding that I document, is done to its best representation.

So what are some tips that I have about coming to the Florida Keys for a wedding?

  • Sunblock - even the locals wear it
  • Coconut Water - one before bed and one when you wake up.  Hydrate that skin
  • Rain - If it rains, oh well!  We keep creating memories and documenting them! Jump in a puddle for god's sake!  Live a little!
  • Photobombers - Have you seen my social media?  They are everywhere in Key West, and they make the images more fun!
  • Beach Weddings - 99% of all weddings in the Florida Keys are beach weddings.  Dress accordingly
  • Wind - The Florida Keys are islands.  That means wind from all directions.
  • Duval Street - Nothing good happens after midnight.
  • Sunset - Its different every time, so I cant tell you if we will have a good one or not
  • Budget - Make sure to spend the money on your photographer.  You will thank me later
  • Confetti and Rice - Its bad for our fragile island environment.  Try something like Lavender or Rose Petals
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No matter what location in the Florida Keys you choose to get married, make sure you have a professional Florida Keys wedding photographer to document it for you.Michael Freas Photography is a Photojournalism and Reportage styled Florida Keys Wedding Photographer. I provide photojournalism styled images for couples looking for a creative edge and a natural representation of their day.  I provide wedding photography for full day and full weekend coverage. If you are an adventurous couple who is looking for a wedding photojournalist type approach to your wedding, be sure to contact me. Please contact us HERE

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