Jordan and I got engaged while out antiquing, which is one of our favorite weekend activities. After searching for venues at home in Atlanta, we went down to the Florida Keys to check out Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort on Key West. I had stayed there a few years earlier and had always thought about getting married there someday. We knew it was the perfect spot for our friends and family to get away and celebrate with us.
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My parents welcomed our 118 guests the Thursday before the wedding during a cocktail party at their Key West home. The intimate rehearsal dinner was on Friday afternoon at the Oldest House & Garden Museum, followed by a sunset sail with everyone. Our ceremony, on March 15, 2014, took place on the beach at Casa Marina.
I wanted to use colors found near the ocean but keep the decor minimal so it wouldn't distract from the view.
Our planners, We've Got the Keys, helped us execute our vision perfectly. We embraced Key West maritime tradition by having our best friend Mikey blow a conch shell during the recessional to announce the beginning of our marriage.
After cocktails on the terrace, we moved to the Flagler Ballroom, which had been decorated to play up the resort's 1920s vibe. Jordan and I sneaked outside to eat dinner together under the full moon. The dance floor stayed packed all night, thanks to live music from Gypsy Lane.
We even had to chase out a pair of wedding crashers.