There are certain moments in your life, that as they happen, you know you will never, ever forget. Like reconnecting with a childhood friend. You may remember our blog post last fall where Amanda reconnected with Emily and met her fiance Kyle last September at their Driftwood Beach Engagement and how special that was for us.
Emily and Kyle absolutely love the open water and freedom of the waves and the beach. So when they called us a week before their Elopement and told us about their plans to take a seaplane to the Dry Tortugas and elope it made perfect sense. And we were 10000% on board.
A 13 hour drive to Key West later– we arrived in the Keys in time to meet them at Schooners to catch up over some rum punch before getting some much-needed rest before the big day. We met Emily and Kyle that morning for brunch on the outdoor 2nd-floor patio at Bagatelle overlooking the busy road of Duval, in Key West.
At no point during this awesome morning were we ready for what came next. It was Inconceivable!
Emily climbed aboard the 8 passenger seaplane in her White Magnolia wedding dress (and Betsey Johnson Heels), led by Kyle in his dashing suit. The juxtaposition of Isaac was wearing his bathing suit “Just in Case” he had to get in the water for any shot was not lost on us, but we were off.
The next 4 hours were simply put, stunning. The views as we were in the air, flying over to the Dry Tortugas were incredible, with more colors of blue and green than we knew existed. We touched down at Fort Jefferson and wandered over to a crescent beach on the north side of the island for the ceremony.
And while our jaws were already on the floor, the officiant took it a step further by starting with “MAWWIAGE is what brings us here together today” and the rest of the opening wedding lines from “Prince Bride“.
Watching them express their love, smiles, tears, and all and tie the knot, and share their first kiss as husband and wife, in one of the most remote and beautiful settings we have ever seen, will forever be ingrained in our memories.
We popped some champagne, toasted the newly married couple on the beach, and got to explore. The next few hours were a blur of sun, waves, the imposing Fort Jefferson, and these two beautiful love birds. Riding the plane back to Key West we felt like kids leaving the amusement park, worn out in some deep place, but still perma-grinning with all of the new incredible memories.
Emily and Kyle, thank you so much for making us a part of one of the coolest days of our lives, and a memory we will treasure forever.
Big hugs and lots of love,
Isaac and Amanda