When & where did you meet? What made you select the Florida Keys as your wedding day destination?
“Colin and I met at Cornell University during our freshman orientation week. We lived in the same dorm and remained friends throughout college, both interested in each other, but the timing never worked out. Colin is from Montana. I was born and raised in Miami. I bumped into Colin through a mutual friend at a bar in New York City about a year after graduating. We were both single and decided to go on a few dates. I think knowing one another as long as we did prior to dating allowed us to be comfortable enough to do some fun dates from the start, like sky diving and camping. Experiencing new things and pushing our boundaries has been at the core of our relationship since the beginning.”
“We love being outdoors and spending time in nature together, so we knew we wanted an outdoor venue. We looked at a few wedding venues around our neighborhood in Coconut Grove, but didn’t connect with any of them. My mom recommended we check out Morada Bay and when we did, it was everything we wanted! The view is spectacular, and it had the relaxed vibe we were going for. We were able to have the wedding in a natural setting and we could continue partying late with our friends in the Beach Cafe. It was also important that all guests sat in a singular unified space. We wanted everybody to sit together and feel like family. Many of our guests were traveling a considerable distance and the keys were a perfect place where people could come and celebrate but also have a nice vacation and a break from the cold.”
What inspired your wedding?
“I fell in love with the fun and colorful chairs at Morada Bay Cafe the moment I visited the venue. They were so unique. I loved the colors. I wanted flowers that played into the Florida Keys beach vibe that were colorful, but would not clash with the chairs. We went with delicate pinks, yellows and oranges with the main flower being pink bougainvilleas. I loved it! A big thank you to Julia and Parrish Designs!”
What detail about your wedding day was most meaningful to you as a couple?
“A small detail that meant a lot to us was our wedding favor. We decided to give out re-usable bamboo cutlery sets to use on the go (with a straw, fork, knife, spoon and even chopsticks!) to help reduce the amount of plastic waste from plastic forks, knives, and straws that continue to pollute our environment, especially the ocean. We wanted something our guests would use and that would have a positive impact on the natural spaces we love.”
Vendors who created Alexia & Colin’s Morada Bay Wedding Day:
Venue: Morada Bay
Photography: Chris Glenn
Florals: Parrish Designs
Rentals: Keys Audio Party Rentals
Groom’s Suit: Black Tux
Planning by Yours Truly: Blue Water Weddings
Some love from the bride: “A huge thank you to Julia and her team. Julia’s wedding day coordination and attention to detail are bar none; she knows how to work with people and get things done. We couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect wedding, and will always remember our big day with love and gratitude.”
What advice would you give to Florida Keys couples facing a postponed wedding?
“The Florida Keys are an incredibly special place to get married and it will be worth the wait! Try to tap into that Florida Keys laid back mindset. All great things come with time.”
Couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Maybe even whip yourself up some key lime pie to help get you into the Keys’ state of mind 😉
Thank you to Alexia & Colin for allowing us to partner with you in your journey to “I Do”! Your love story and bright, fun Florida Keys wedding day brought us smiles and inspiration to last a lifetime.