Bridget & Mike’s Key West beach wedding
happened at the end of April at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park R2 location near the water. Bridget and Mike were both getting ready on two separate floors at William Skelton house on Eaton Street, very cool three story house with back patio and nice little pool. It is allegedly one of the oldest structures built in Key West, in 1830’s to be exact. I have photographed several brides getting ready in that house and I just love the light coming through that small round window with pine wood wrapping around the walls, ceilings and floors.
Both ceremony and reception were at Fort Zachary Taylor, the reception setup with the lights looked awesome. Bridget was very pretty bride who knew how to smile and together with Mike they were very casual in front of camera – easy going low key affair, just how we like it. Check out their story below..
Bridget is a medical librarian at a hospital in New York City. She grew up on the east end of Long Island, NY, went to college in Baltimore, MD, went to graduate school in NYC and now lives in Jersey City, NJ with Michael. She loves reading, traveling, the beach, pizza and tacos.
Michael is a A/V professional in New York City. He also grew up on Long Island, NY, where he went to college. He loves electronics, working on Volkswagens, cooking and playing music.
how did you meet
We first met in passing while celebrating Peter Fallon’s birthday almost 10 years ago. When Bridget moved back to Long Island from Baltimore 7 years ago, Jade and Peter Fallon set us up for a date at the Beach Bar in Hampton Bays, NY.
who proposed and how
Michael proposed in our apartment in Jersey City after going out for dinner at our neighborhood Italian restaurant. Bridget had a feeling something was up because Michael made reservations for the middle of the week.
why Key West
We wanted to get married on the beach, we wanted palm trees and we wanted our guests to enjoy a getaway. It’s going to be a great place to come for quick anniversary getaways too!
why Filda Konec Photography
We loved Filips candid shots! We thought it was important to have someone who was familiar with shooting in Key West and we knew that Filip would be able to capture our day perfectly.
best moment of your wedding day
Getting married! Finishing the ceremony and finally being together.
advice you would give to future brides who are planning a wedding/elopement in Key West
Use our vendors! We booked most of our vendors by reading online reviews and I ended up beyond happy with their work. And make sure you take time to enjoy Key West with your guests!
bride’s dress: Emma gown by Theia
bride’s shoes: Betsey Johnson
something borrowed: Antique ring from Bridget’s mom – It was her something old and blue at her wedding
something blue: London blue topaz Emma drop necklace by Anna Sheffield – a wedding gift from Mike
something old: Antique ring from Bridget’s mom – It was her something old and blue at her wedding
something new: London blue topaz Emma drop necklace by Anna Sheffield – a wedding gift from Mike
groom’s suit: Kenneth Cole
groom’s shoes: Red Tape
wedding colors: pink, gold
fist dance song: At My Most Beautiful – R.E.M.
Rings – engagement ring: custom made by Elegant Jewelry, Patchogue, NY
wedding bands: Jewelry Exchange in Hackensack, NJ
Coordinator: Kirsten at Fort Zachary Weddings
Hair & Makeup: Studio Marrie Pierre
Officiant: Rebecca Gleason at Casual Weddings Key West
Catering: Great Events
Accommodation: William Skelton House, Old Town Manor
Flowers & Decor: Mama Flowers
Ceremony Music: Island Guitar
Transportation: Historic Tours of America