Marissa and Eric have a love for the salt life. Especially the Keys.
Those magical chain of islands. Where you leave the mainland and Miami’s crazy fast pace behind. Jump on a two lane road leading south over bridges and waterways. The place Jimmy Buffet raves about and shoes are optional.
Where white, powdery sand beaches border turquoise waters and the salt kissed air wraps you in its warm embrace like a lover.
And for Marissa and Eric, the Keys are where they found love. You see when they started dating, they would take trips down to the Keys and that is where Eric popped the question. When it came time to decide where they would have their wedding, they chose Marathon, which is considered “the Heart of the Keys”.
I adore all my couples, but these two have a special place in my heart. It is crazy how close you get over the course of a year and wedding planning!
The morning of their wedding crazy winds arrived on Marathon with gusts up to 40 knots. I mean it was whipping folks! The couple really wanted their wedding outdoors, but we went to Plan B for most of the day and opted to utilize the indoor locations for images. The staff at the Marriott were outstanding and did everything possible to assure the wedding would be everything the couple dreamed of.
Marissa and Eric were married at the beautiful Courtyard by Marriott on Marathon Key with a beach ceremony at sunset. Family and friends danced under the glow of white paper lanterns strung high in a beautiful white tent.
Dinner was served Island style with delicious Caribbean Jerk prepared on open grills.
Guests danced bare foot on the sand to the sounds of Anthony Davidson. A Florida Gator even made his appearance when the Best Man showed up dressed in green.
The winds were too strong for us to use the sparklers for a send off, so we just gathered the guests into two lines and cheered them on instead!
I could literally write forever on the love these two share and how genuine and real they are. Not to mention how sweet the entire family and wedding party was. For me, the most touching part of the entire day is when the couple exchanged personal gifts and letters. Hearing how they much they mean to one another and the depth of their love had me choking up. Marissa gave Eric a small picture locket for his lapel holding an image of himself with his late mother so she would be with him on his special day. As I pinned it over his heart, tears literally dripped down my cheeks and I truly felt honored to share in this moment.
I know these two will always have a place in my heart and their love story will be one for the record books. Congratulations Marissa and Eric. Thank you for permitting me to have shared in your love story.
Florist: Marathon Florist
DJ: Anthony Davidson
Cake: Publix Marathon Florida
Wedding Dress: Pronovias
Hair and Make Up: Powerhouse Beauty
Robes: Etsy Decor At Best
Videography: Vanilla Brides
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