Sara & Adam fell in love after meeting at their workplace, PwC, and became soulmates. Their gorgeous Gatsby-inspired wedding took place on September 19th, 2015, at the Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. Sara loves Hemingway and is a deep admirer of the Art Deco period in which Hemingway lived, so the couple made homage to the period by tying the literacy and lost generation themes together with the help of Just Save the Date Event Planning & Design.
The surprise proposal took place at The Girl and The Goat, a famous Chicago restaurant where Sara & Adam spend each year celebrating their anniversary. Between the main course and dessert, Adam got done on one knee and Sara said yes!
Sara & Adam arranged a first look at the Hyatt Resort prior to the ceremony. After taking a few pictures, they went out to the pier to enjoy some time alone as a couple. Then, the wedding party hopped on one of the island trolleys to take photos while sipping champagne.
Sara & Adam wanted the wedding to feel like they were having a party at Jay Gatsby’s house: aka lots of fun and bubbly. The ceremony was kept to minimum decor as the gardens at The Hemingway House were so lush on their own. After the ceremony, guests were escorted to Hemingway’s pool and side yard were they could sip on signature cocktails: The Sidecar, a popular drink in the 1920’s, and The Gin Rickey, the drink F. Scott Fitzgerald kicked back with while writing.
The DJ played the soundtrack to Midnight in Paris to keep the atmosphere high. As the sun began to set, guests walked past the gorgeous table holding champagne flutes with their escort cards dangling from them. Instead of numbers, the tables were named after Sara’s all time favorite literary couples.
Once under the gorgeous Gatsby-esque tent, the black, gold, and emerald color scheme was carried throughout. Tables had gorgeous vintage chargers, striped napkins with book marks as thank you’s, and name cards Sara and her bridesmaid made with old typewriter letters and gold embossing. Outside the tent, guests were greeted by a scrumptious array of Cuban fare, including a roasted pig (a nod to Hemingway’s post Key West years in Cuba). On the other side of the tent there was a full premium bar, complete with a button for champagne, the Polaroid table, and a live cigar roller which was a huge hit with guests.
From the bride: “Overall, what I loved most about our wedding was that it was so “us” and didn’t follow the usual formula at all…from mismatched bridesmaid flapper dresses, to holding fans instead of bouquets, to my best friend walking me down the aisle, to my uncle playing the processional/recessional, to my cousins singing, to vows written by Hemingway, to cats roaming around, to literary couple table names, to literary quotes around the venue, to cigar rollers, to Polaroids, to partying around the pool and to bar hopping in a wedding dress it was all unique. It really was partying like Gatsby, not a wedding. “
Coordination/Planning: Just Save the Date
Catering: Great Events
Photography: Christy Ofria Photography
DJ: Visualize Entertainment
Transport: Old Town Trolley
Rentals: Prestige Party Rentals
Flowers/table decor: Love in Bloom
Venue: Ernest Hemingway Home
Cigars: Island Cigar Factory
Hair/Makeup: Bella Luxe