Key West Tropical Garden

Southernmost Weddings of the Keys is committed to presenting you with some of the most beautiful and unique venues in the Keys to make your dream wedding come true. Recently we visited The Key West Tropical Forest and Garden located at mile marker 3, Stock Island. What we found was a perfect tropical venue for your Key West wedding. The garden dates back to 1934 when Key West was going through a period of resurgence after the hurricane of 1926. In 1935, Key West Garden Club went to work planting a botanical garden they believed would attract tourists featuring Florida’s natural landscape. The garden has 3 native ponds, native trees and shrubbery and includes a one acre butterfly habitat with over 23 species of butterflies and 164 species of birds. Your guests can enjoy the beauty of the only frost-free botanical garden in the continental United States. They can dance under the stars, stroll through a lush canopy of tropical palms and trees. You can get married in the unique tropical habitat designed by renowned landscape architect Raymond Jungles who has brought us a wonderfully designed place, perfect for you to celebrate your special day. The garden features several beautiful settings perfect for your wedding. Imagine your wedding in one of these tropical settings;  The Waterfall Courtyard surrounded by native foliage featuring an orchid wall and fish pond. nitesetup          Waterfall Courtyard

 

This area is also quite beautiful for the reception.

 

 

 

 

The Butterfly Garden and viewing platform are perfect for an intimate gathering .

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The nature chapel and pavilion, surrounded by Cuban palms.

Whether daytime, twilight or sunset the magic of the Garden will make your wedding truly memorable.

 

MaryBeth

Wedding planner and officiant living and loving life in Key West, Florida. Hope to see you very soon, I’ll be the one with the big smile on my face!

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Cindy and Rick

MaryBeth

Wedding planner and officiant living and loving life in Key West, Florida. Hope to see you very soon, I’ll be the one with the big smile on my face!

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Katie and Will ***Photography by Dan Leatherman

MaryBeth

Wedding planner and officiant living and loving life in Key West, Florida. Hope to see you very soon, I’ll be the one with the big smile on my face!

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Share the Conch!

When you think of Key West, what comes to mind?  Some things that I think about are the Southernmost Point Buoy, the Mile Marker 0 sign, Key Lime pie, palm trees, Roosters and wonderful fishing and water sports.

Often, our visitors want to bring home a little piece of Key West to remember their trip or to present to family or friends as a way to share the memories and happy times.

Key West Conch Traders is a great place to find unique gifts and items which showcase the Florida Keys, Key West and our unique way of life.   What better way to keep the Key’s feeling alive throughout the year than to make a meal from “Cookin in the Keys” and using some of the hot sauces and spice blends.  Each is available at www.conchtraders.com.

I am partial to the glass holiday ornaments and I confess, I leave them up all year long.  I also like to have some Keys art displayed at my desk and it always makes me feel a little closer to home when I visit family and friends up north and see that they have it as well.

If reading is your thing, they have a nice selection of books about Key West, our ghost and how to make the move to life in the Keys!

I encourage you to check them out online.  Key West Conch Traders is owned and operated by a Ron and Charley Bell.  They are a local couple who love Key West as much as I do and want to share it with our visitors.

Hope to see you soon.

Sun, Sand and Love from the Florida Keys!

MaryBeth

Wedding planner and officiant living and loving life in Key West, Florida. Hope to see you very soon, I’ll be the one with the big smile on my face!

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Devaki and Robert Rehearsal

MaryBeth

Wedding planner and officiant living and loving life in Key West, Florida. Hope to see you very soon, I’ll be the one with the big smile on my face!

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Cyndi and Tony

MaryBeth

Wedding planner and officiant living and loving life in Key West, Florida. Hope to see you very soon, I’ll be the one with the big smile on my face!

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Catherine and Alex *** Photography by Dan Leatherman ***

MaryBeth

Wedding planner and officiant living and loving life in Key West, Florida. Hope to see you very soon, I’ll be the one with the big smile on my face!

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Sarah and Kevin

MaryBeth

Wedding planner and officiant living and loving life in Key West, Florida. Hope to see you very soon, I’ll be the one with the big smile on my face!

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(No) Vacancy!

When visiting Key West there are many, many choices for accommodations. We have everything on this little island. Large resorts, mom and pop motels, some well known chain hotels and a wonderful and colorful selection of Bed and Breakfast’s (also known as guest houses or B&B’s).

The B&B is not like it used to be, there are very few shared bathrooms, and you won’t find the little old couple who owns the establishment knocking on your door late at night to make sure you are in the house before curfew.

Instead, they are very often quaint old Inns that have a trendy & modern feel to them, while at the same time offering an intimate setting with beautifully landscaped pools and spas, lush tropical foliage and extremely helpful staff. With a small staff, you get really personal service and often the guests and staff will recognize each other out and about town.

 

The Eden House on Fleming Street is one such place. When you see it from the front, the porch is inviting and calming. Step into the lobby and you’ll know just what I mean about intimate and trendy. The grounds are beautiful and the pool area is beautifully maintained.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The staff is friendly and helpful, and will help you with whatever you need? They have bicycles to rent, they will be happy to book you on a fishing charter of dolphin watch or snorkeling trip. Need a cab?, no problem, they’ll call for you. They are quick with directions, or helpful local advice. They have even been known to find a wedding officiant on short notice!

I like the B&B experience on the island. It’s not for everyone, but everyone should at least look into it. Just be aware that not all B&B’s accept children under 15 or at all.

Sun, Sand and Love from the Florida Keys!

MaryBeth

Wedding planner and officiant living and loving life in Key West, Florida. Hope to see you very soon, I’ll be the one with the big smile on my face!

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The Key West Lighthouse

I love living on an island.  Key West has such an incredibly rich island culture, and one of the very cool things you can do is visit the Lighthouse and Keepers Quarters Museum.

Located on Whitehead Street, just steps from the Hemingway Home & Museum, it’s easy to spot.  You can’t miss the towering white structure that was once a fully functioning lighthouse.

It’s no longer used to help ships navigate the reefs in the Lower Keys, and it has been placed on the National Register for Historic Places.  Like the rest of Key West, it too has a colorful cast of characters associated with it.

If you have the wherewithal to climb the 88 steps in the spiral staircase to get to the top you’ll be rewarded with a gorgeous treetop view Key West’s Old Town Historic District.   Looking down you see the grounds and can imagine how wonderfully unique they are for a wedding.

Reciting your vows beneath the comforting shade of the old Banyan tree, or being daring enough to say “I Do” atop the 90 foot light house will be memorable for everyone who attends.

They have a wonderful little gift shop with items which are perfect for bridal parties, mother of the bride, etc.  The Key West Lighthouse and Keepers Quarters Museum is just one of so many things Key West has to offer visitors.   We are a tropical island paradise, no passport required!  Stop by and say hello, we’re waiting for you.

Sun, sand and love from the Florida Keys!

MaryBeth

Wedding planner and officiant living and loving life in Key West, Florida. Hope to see you very soon, I’ll be the one with the big smile on my face!

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