Natasha and Brian’s wedding posed an extra special challenge for not only us, but for their photographer, Julie, at Studio Julie. The mission (as you can see…we chose to accept it) was to get Natasha and Brian hitched on the Key West stop (Day 2) of their cruise. To put this in numbers – that’s less than a five hour window of time.
Thus, a big focus of Natasha and Brian’s wedding was logistic – logistics with style of course! One element that always poses a big challenge – Mrs. Mother Nature. She always comes uninvited to our events! Less than 24 hours before the Carnival Destiny docked in Key West, we thought for sure she’d make an appearance (in the form of wind and rain).
Luckily, we always prepare for bad weather. We met with our rental vendor to arrange for a last minute tent and sidewalls at the Southermost House where Natasha and Brian were to be married.
When the ship docked in Key West, we made arrangements in advance for the photographer, Julie, to go onboard to photograph the ladies while they were getting ready. (Shooting aboard a cruise ship, a treat for Julie, indeed!) Meanwhile, we had arranged for the groom and groomsmen to be transferred from the ship to Duval Street for a little pre-wedding spirits.
The guests were later picked up at the ship by Conch Trains and arrived right on schedule to the mansion where the ceremony would take place. Brian Roberts serenaded the guests with live music as the guests awaited the arrival of the trolley transporting the bride and her bridesmaids.
The weather did make somewhat of an appearance. High winds called for a change of plans – we ended up having to move the ceremony from the water’s edge to the veranda of the mansion to protect the bridal party from getting wet off the sea wall splash. Midway through the ceremony the sun started to peaked through the clouds.
One interesting tibit about this wedding is that we had no means of communication with them or any member of their bridal party as they did not have cell phone or email access on the ship. Natasha and Brian entrusted us to make the very best decision on their behalf.
After the symbolic shell ceremony, the bride and groom danced to their first song, “Whatever It Is,” by the Zac Brown Band.
In the end, the revised setting turned out to be quite stunning and the photos Julie took absolutely speak for themselves. Natasha, Brian, and their guests were transported back to the ship to continue the celebration and the rest of their trip.
To see even more gorgeous images of Natasha and Brian’s wedding, go to Studio Julie.
Congrats and hugs to Natasha and Brian – like many of our c lients, you have become dear friends. We were sad to see you go but look forward to visiting you soon!