The entire weekend was perfect. Nearly all of their friends and family traveled from Virginia so they were able to introduce everyone to their new Florida Keys lifestyle. As usual, the weather was gorgeous and everyone was happy to take a break from winter. Tori and Drew were completely relaxed the entire weekend and so excited to spend some quality time with all of the people they don’t see quite as often anymore. We walked around the streets of Key West, drank margaritas by the pool, hung out at the beach, ate at some of their favorite restaurants, watched the sun set from a catamaran, danced our way down Duval street… and most importantly, witnessed two of my very favorite people vow to spend the rest of their lives together. Tori looked absolutely stunning and Drew was the happiest I’ve seen him. It was such an awesome weekend! Can we do it over again please?!
Coincidentally, Drew and Tori happen to know a really awesome wedding photographer who jumped at the chance (read: forced them to let me) to capture their wedding weekend. Below are a few images from the weekend… and by “a few”, I mean over a hundred. I had a really hard time narrowing down which photos to post here and went completely overboard. Don’t be surprised if you want to plan a vacation or move down to Key West immediately after viewing these photos- I’m already trying to figure out when I can get back down there!
THINGS I LEARNED WHILE PHOTOGRAPHING MY SISTER’S WEDDING:
1. Holding a camera in one hand and a glass of champagne in the other hand (while also being slightly sleep deprived and hungover) requires a lot of coordination
2. Key West is absolutely beautiful. Okay, fine- I already knew this. But seriously, I just can’t get enough of it’s perfect weather, laid back vibes, charming architecture, clear blue water, awesome food and drink scene, kitschy colorful decor, beautiful sunsets, and just overall happy energy
3. My husband is the hottest wedding officiant I’ve ever seen
4. It’s kinda hard to be a photographer and a wedding guest at the same time- I walked away from the weekend feeling like maybe I could have done a little more in each role! I made a point to just relax and not photograph the whole weekend like I normally would, but that also means that I wasn’t able to tell a complete story of the weekend- which other photographers know can drive you a little crazy. It’s impossible to do both successfully, but it was still so much fun. I looooved spending the entire day with them. And it was such a special experience photographing the wedding of two people I’m so close to. On the wedding day, after the ceremony, Tori made me put my camera down (although I did sneak a photos photos here and there). Because of that, I wasn’t able to get a ton of reception photos, but I was able to get a hangover the following day. Thanks Tor 🙂
5. This can’t be my last Key West wedding. Anyone know anyone getting married in the Keys this year or next year?! We need to talk!!!