Melinda and Mark had a gorgeous Key West wedding on July 15, 2016 at the beautiful Waldorf Astoria Reach Resort. Their wedding day was surrounded by the natural beauty of Key West and the couple’s closest family and friends. Melinda and Mark met at a local magazine event in downtown Detroit, and the rest was history for these two lovebirds from that night forward.
Mark asked the love of his life to marry him a few days before Christmas. He had asked his best friend to wrap the beautiful ring and place it underneath the Christmas tree. When Melinda and Mark got home that night from a family Christmas party, Melinda turned the Christmas tree lights on and found her gift waiting for her under the tree. Then, she turned to find Mark down on one knee. It was such a special, heartwarming holiday for Mark and Melinda; he gave her best Christmas gift she could imagine.
When Melinda and Mark saw each other for the first time on their wedding day, they were so overwhelmed with excitement and joy. “Our emotions spilled out with tears of love for one another when we saw each other. She took my breath away. I felt like the luckiest person in the world.” They were so excited to begin their journey as husband and wife.
The gorgeous wedding day had a romantic, bohemian feel. The ceremony had simple, white draping with a stunning large chandelier. The wedding reception was decorated with pineapples, candles, and palm tree place holders on the tables. It was the perfect blend of island-chic and romance. The natural beauty of Key West served as the perfect dreamy backdrop for Melinda and Mark’s wedding day.
“The day was absolutely magical. We had our closest family and friends standing next to us to celebrate and share one of the most important days of our life. The weather was perfect, Rusty Lemmon sang This Years Love by David Gray for our first dance and blew our mind with his incredible talent. The food was incredible and our faces literally hurt the next day from smiling. We had our dream wedding and the night ended dancing underneath lanterns.”
Photography | Blueye Images
Ceremony Site | The Waldorf Astoria Reach Resort Gazebo
Reception Site | The Waldorf Astoria Reach Resort Caribe Terrace
Planning | Erica Fuhrman of Simply You Weddings
Flowers & Décor | Milan Events
Wedding Cupcakes | Cakes by Karol
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music | Rusty Lemmon
Reception Music | Soundwave
Lighting | PSAV
Officiant | Aaron Wechter
Hair & Makeup | Studio Marie Pierre