Poptails are fun refreshing and boozy, how can you go wrong with this treat at your Florida Keys wedding. A great way to beat the heat and wow your guests. Check out some of these creative recipes, my favorite is the Dirty Pirate.Read More
Mix and Match bridesmaid’s dresses have been becoming more and more popular for quite some time now. It is a style that I think is great for so many reasons. We all know that we each have different body types and personal styles. With a mix and match style, your girls can all choose a dress that they look and feel the best in.Read More
Love, Love, Love this new venue! Complete with pool and private island!Read More
Since the release of The Little Mermaid, I think just about every girl has dreamed of being a beautiful and mysterious mermaid. It is certainly not an exception for the girls that live here in the Florida keys. Everyone wants to live that mermaid life. Why not have a real life mermaid to great guests at your wedding.Read More
A perfect entertainment option for any of you out there coming down for a destination wedding! Send the groomsmen or bridesmaids for a day of fun out on the water the day before or day after the wedding. How fun would that be!?Read More
So you're engaged, now what? Most people have some type of vision in mind for their wedding and then it seems like as soon as you're engaged it all goes out the window. Your engagement period should be a fun and exciting time for you and your significant other, not stressed out planning mode. So here are a few steps you can take in the first month or two to keep that stress in check.Read More
The Castaway House in Islamorada is one of our favorite venues for events here in the upper keys. The property is well suited for both a large and small event. It has a huge beachfront overlooking the sparkling Atlantic Ocean with a white sandy walk-in beach, which as you may or may not know is a rare thing down here. It also has plenty of space for parking in the front and a shaded area on the beach for the ceremony. The house on the property is a super cute honeymoon cottage, that not only looks like a boat but actually is a boat! This property has a long history here in Islamorada making it a historic wedding venue. Here is a little bit about how this boat house came to be, a story told to me by Lisa Bradeen who is involved with the Islamorada Historical Society.
Clara Maw Downey first bought the boat and put it on her property of The Olney Inn. It then blew onto Preston Street during Hurricane Donna and Jim Gilmore (who had purchased the property already) dragged it on rollers to where it is today and used it as a winter house for his Family. Mr. Gilmore was from Kalamazoo, Michigan and was the owner of Gilmore/Foyt Racing Team, as in AJ Foyt, Indy Winner 3 times and owned Clear Channel stations and was big in the broadcasting industry. The Gilmore Family still owns the property today.
Mr. Gilmore was involved with the original World Wide Sportsman with George Hommell & The Green Turtle Inn. Doris Hommell was the caretaker of the property for many years. She bought the house that Joe & Debbie live in for $1.00 from Mr. Gilmore and turned it into a Flower/Nursery shop which was very successful in the 80's. I worked with Doris for 5 years during that time. It was a glorious time decorating all the homes & restaurants in Islamorada.
President Truman and his wife with their friend & guest, Edward R Morrow vacationed there in the late 50's. President Truman fished with Bucky Stark then. Mrs. Truman did not fish.
The property is for sale as of present for 5 million.
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The new year will be upon us faster than you think, with only about 30 more shopping days till Christmas, its closing in. It is also engagement season! So heres a few ideas on what will be trending next year in weddings. 1. Glitter on your Stationery Out, Foil Stationery In
Foil stationary really adds a pop of elegance and is stunning. The metallics are so bold and we love it.
Best of both worlds for sure! You still have a your dance party but the fun and entertainment of live music at a fraction of the price of a full band. Scott Youngberg is a great musician that we work with often that offers this option.
3. Chiavari Chairs Out, Ghost Chairs and Crossbacks In
Chivari chairs are getting a bit tired now that everyone has them. I still find that they do have an elegant look, the ghost chairs and cross backs are awesome! Two completely different looks with ghost chairs being modern and chic and the crossbacks being rustic and elegant. Both styles a bit on the pricey side so be sure to make room in the budget for them.
4. Fluffy Light Colors Out, Deep Jewel Tones In
So excited for this trend to take hold, rich jewel tones really look stunning and dramatic on the beach.
5. Sit Down Dinners Out, Stations and Cocktail Receptions In
This has been coming for awhile now. As weddings stray from the formalities more and more, and guest lists include more friends and less family (sorry moms), couples are doing whatever they can to make it a party. Many couples want a relaxed and mingling atmosphere at the wedding reception which is better achieved with stations or roving dinners.
6. Round Tables Out, Lucite and Mirror Tables In
Keeping with the idea of tossing the formalities aside when planning a wedding, banquet round tables are starting to not be "in" anymore. Long tables, square tables and even a mix of everything has been popular in 2015. However, the lucite and mirror tables are how you kick your wedding up from a 9 to a 10.
7. Barns Out, Blinged Out Barns In
I love the look of a barn wedding, but being that we are in the Florida keys, we don't have to many barns. It looks awesome though!
lets be honest, mason jars and burlap have been done to death really, glad to see something new on the horizon.
9. Large Guest Lists Out, Intimate Parties In Lets face it, its really the best way to keep your budget in check. Intimate weddings are so special especially at a destination.
10. Full Day Video Footage Out, Same Day Edits In
Perfect for our instant gratification culture. Same day edits give you a fun wedding day montage to show at the reception so everyone get see anything they may have missed.
Keep an eye on this space as I,m sure we will be seeing some of these awesome new trends in our weddings to come in 2016!!
It is always a great idea to come up with a fun theme for your wedding to create a unique vibe for your special day. As Halloween is right around the corner and many brides have their fall wedding happening so close to such a fun holiday. Who doesn't love a good costume party! A masquerade themed wedding allows you to combine the fun of costumes and mystery of wearing masks as well as that classy vibe of a Venetian masquerade ball. The best part is there are so many options on where you can take the style of decor, all black and white, classic Venetian, or 1920's. There are also a lot of different masks out there for the wedding party and wedding couple as well. This website has a great selection of wedding masquerade masks. It will also give your guests a chance to show some creativity in how they match their mask to their outfits and there are also several nice couples masks out there. Even amazon has a large selection of masks. Another great idea is to have a big basket of masks available for your guests to choose as they arrive also.
These are somee of my favorite bridal masks. It is nice that it is on a stick so you have the choice to hold it up for pictures but not have it ruin your nice hair and make-up.
Here are some other fun shots of masquerade themed weddings: