Natural & Timeless Islander Resort Wedding
Ashley & Chris’s Islander Resort wedding was the most perfect, effortlessly fun day! The new Mr. & Mrs. are an adorable couple with a true love for the Florida Keys, fishing, and of course, each other! Included in their dreamy day was custom signage and “guest book” made from actual swordfish bills, a seating chart made from coconuts, and endless joy. The day was very tropical and unique, but deeply classy. And the celebrations were aplenty! Once the dance floor opened, it was packed and never slowed down. DJ Buggy and Rusty really got the crowd partying and man, did everyone have a blast! Ashley and Chris are fun, kind and gracious. Truly, they are all the things that make up the “why I love what I do” list 🙂 It’s a joy to share their wedding day with you all. To dive in, read all the details from Ashley herself below!
Tell us about you two!
“Chris and I met through one of my bridesmaids during Lobster Mini season under a tiki hut in July of 2018. Chris and I enjoy being on the water. We are always on the boat– fishing, diving, or enjoying a sunrise or sunset. Officially becoming Chris’s first mate could not have been more perfect than in Islamorada on the water, surrounded by our family and friends. We were both so excited for a natural, tropical wedding under the palm trees. I could not wait to have my toes in the sand during our ceremony as I said “I do” to the man I could not wait to spend forever with!”
How did you want your guests to feel on your Islander Resort wedding day? What overall vibe were you hoping for?
“Chris and I wanted our guests to be able to enjoy themselves as they embrace the sights of the palm trees and the sounds of the ocean. We both wanted our special day to breeze on easily. That is exactly what happened on the day we officially tied the knot!”
“As far as the overall vibe, we really wanted it all to be uniquely ours, from the food to the decor, like the swordfish bills for our guest book + directional signage, to the coconuts used for our seating chart. It was all so special to Chris and I, because it was so personal and reflected us as a couple. We really loved the farmhouse tables with arrangements of palms, plus the touch of coconuts and then being surrounded by bamboo folding chairs. Also, being able to incorporate the natural touches of rattan and wicker was such a special touch. It was an overall chic island style of a wedding!”
What was your favorite moment of the day?
“Too many moments were our favorite. Overall the entire wedding weekend was full of so much love, laughter, and smiles that left your cheeks hurting.”
Who designed all of the wedding day attire?
“My dress was designed by Made with Love from Lighthouse Bridal in Fort Lauderdale. Lighthouse Bridal shop is a DREAM. Megan is so sweet and made the process so fun! She had recommended going to Fiona at The Little Seamstress in Oakland Park, FL for alterations and I am so happy I did. Fiona was so kind and did an amazing job!”
What is your biggest piece of advice to those currently planning a wedding?
“Try to not focus on the little (or big) things! Trust your vendors and soak in every detail because the wedding day will go quicker than you can possibly imagine. Also, just remember- it is a special day celebrating your love. Planning a wedding incorporates a lot of moving pieces, but ultimately it is about you marrying the catch of your lifetime!”
Ashley and Chris, thank you so much for inviting us along to be a part of your day. We are so thankful, and wish you every sandy toed happiness in the world!
Big hugs and endless congratulations to you both!
Venue: Islander Resort
Photography: Alyssa Morgan Photography
Videography: Kurtis Cinema
Florals: Flowers by Ro
Hair + Make-up: Michelle Bertelli – Ciao Bella Salon & Day Spa
Entertainment: DJ Buggy + Rusty Lemmon
Dessert: Key Lime Pie Lady
Event Rentals: Keys Audio Party Rentals
Calligraphy: Caroline- YouMadeMe.Ink
Bridal Gown: Made with Love
Groom + Groomsmen attire: Southern Formals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Planning & Production by yours truly: Frond & Feather Events
Love & Light,