If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may have noticed a tiny little announcement that I made on Christmas Eve. It was microscopic, really. Almost insignificant.
Yup! In case you missed it, AJ and I eloped in Key West on December 22, 2014. It was glorious (and yes, this was the big event I referenced in my last post). So easy and stress free and just an all-around positive experience. We got pretty stressed out by the whole process of wedding planning a few months ago, so we decided to just say screw it. We wanted to make sure we were able to focus on the part that was really important to us – each other and the ceremony – and we didn’t feel like we were able to do that when we were worrying about so many other details.
We are still having a reception for all of our friends and family this spring, but now we can relax knowing that the most important part is over. Key West was absolutely wonderful, and we spent a great few days there. We used a company called Say Yes in Key West and they handled everything! All we had to do was decide what package we want and then pick out details like the bouquet, cake, etc from the many example photos they had. It was insanely easy and stress free.
We spent the whole day together, which was fun! We went for a run in the morning and ran to the southernmost point in the continental U.S., just 90 miles from Cuba! We stood in line with about 50 of our closest friends from the docked cruise ships and got our picture taken.
Then we ate breakfast, showered, and headed out to go apply for our marriage license! Non-Florida residents have no waiting period, and no witnesses are needed for the wedding. The court house was right across the street from mile marker 0 of US 1, which made for a convenient photo-op.
Next was lunch, some time by the pool, and my hair and makeup appointment! After that, we got in the car and drove together to Ft. Zachary State Park, where the ceremony would be held at sunset.
For some people, it might seem a bit odd that we spent the whole day together before the wedding. I mean, AJ helped me put my dress on! But for us, it was perfect. There’s no one we’d rather spend time with than each other, and it just made the whole experience that much more fun, in our opinion.
The ceremony was short but sweet, and we spent a lot of time trying to figure out what to do with our faces and what the officiant was saying, since she had a very thick Russian accent. I almost laughed multiple times, but managed to hold it together for the sake of putting the “holy” in matrimony.
After the ceremony, we took a bunch of pictures (professional photos will be back in a few weeks), changed, and headed to dinner! We had the wedding planning company make reservations at a restaurant called Latitudes, which is located on a small island off the coast of Key West. You have to take a ferry to get there, and our company made sure we had a table right on the water in honor of the occasion. It was the perfect way to celebrate!
So, it was the perfect wedding for us. Our families and closest friends knew in advance, and we had their blessings. We’re very excited to celebrate with everyone this spring!