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.