Historic Seaport

One of my favorite places in Key West is our Seaport.   The views are colorful and gorgeous with tall masts against the backdrop of blue sky and the creaking sound of boats pulling at their mooring lines.  It’s really like walking through a postcard.

The thing I love about it is that it’s still a working Seaport.  It’s not just something our city officials decided would be pretty for visitors, but working boats still come and go from their slips every day.  On any given day, you can stroll along the boards and yes, you’ll see catamarans and schooners leaving or arriving from their snorkel or dolphin watching sails.  You’ll also see local fishermen bringing in their catch to sell to one of our local fish markets or restaurants.  (Another thing to know and love about Key West – the “catch of the day” really is the catch of the day)

Key West Seaport, weddings, honeymoonIt’s a lively and active place from early in the morning to well into the night.  There are wonderful restaurants and bars with live music, the views are stunning and the locals are friendly.

It’s the setting for numerous events throughout the year celebrating our local maritime heritage.  Our annual Holiday Boat Parade begins and ends here, and our version of New Years Eve Time Square ball drop is the descent of a “Pirate Wench” down the mast of one of our sail boats.

 

The Key West Seaport is a must see and do on your itinerary.  It’s a wonderful backdrop for honeymoon photos and the memories will last a lifetime.   Come visit us, it’s worth the trip!

 

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 Oldest House in Key West

Tucked quietly away in the 300 block of Duval Street in Key West is the Oldest House Museum.  It’s so much more than a museum though, and you wouldn’t know it if you aren’t from Key West or an avid traveler and seeker of local culture.Oldest House in Key West

The street side of the house is unassuming and usually overlooked by the “I’m on my way to the next bar” crowd.  But if you take a chance and push through the white picket gate, your greeted by an old brick walkway, shaded by lush old foliage which enters into a beautiful courtyard with a number of fabulous options for a Key West wedding or even the opportunity to quietly and specially ask your love to spend the Oldest House in Key Westrest of your life together joined in marriage.

This gem of Key West history is manned by docents who happily give tours of the house and grounds, pointing out the original furnishings and reciting fascinating history about original location of the house and its narrow escape from the wrecking ball.  Or you can just get away from it all and quietly read a book in the garden.  I promise, you won’t even hear the hustle and bustle of world famous Duval St.  I often spend time in these peaceful surroundings when I need to clear my head.

Come in and sit down on one of the benches in the courtyard and imagine how beautiful your Key West garden wedding will be.  Imagine getting dressed in the bridal parlor and the vintage photos you’ll have of the preparation.  The grounds are also available for your reception.    It’s a public exhibit, but don’t worry, if you book it for your wedding, they will close it during your event!

Sun, Sand & Love from the Florida Keys!

 

Oldest House in Key West Florida

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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Fort Zachary Taylor State Park

Spring has officially sprung and the waters are warm again.  This is about the time I ramp up my visits to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park.  Key West has its share of beaches, but Fort Zach is a favorite among locals and return visitors.  Not only is it a lovely beach and picnic area, it’s also one of three military forts that were used during the civil war.

The water is clear and if you go early in the morning, when things are still calm, you can see a variety of marine life while snorkeling from the shore.

This time of year also brings out children running through the sand toward the water with a bucket and shovel for just the right amount of water for a sand castle.  The smell of sun screen and the sound of Pandora Radio are heavy in the air.  It’s the perfect spot to spend a lazy afternoon.

Fort Zachary State ParkIf you walk around the edge of the beach, you’ll stumble upon some of the most beautiful views on the island.  There are spots which can be reserved for private events and weddings and spots which you can use impromptu.   Key West is the American Caribbean and a wedding at the park, with steel drums as accompaniment and the point where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Atlantic Ocean in the background is an unforgettable affair.

It’s the place where the Pirates first arrived in Key West and if you book passage on a schooner and see it from the sea, it’s easy to see why some people come back time after time.  It’s no wonder we have such a rich history and cast of characters.  It’s a unique and treasured State park.  Come check it out.

Sun, Sand and Love from the Florida Keys!

Fort Zachary State Park, Key West

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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Southernmost Weddings of the Keys is a true labor of love for me.  I am so grateful to be able to live and work in one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the United States.  I love the community here and the laid back way of life.  I have been able to park my car and use my bicycle for transportation, and by and large get out of the hustle and bustle of life on the mainland.

Key West has something for everyone.  Wonderful water sports, scenic views, museums, galleries, and world class restaurants.  All accessible in fins and flop flops.  Sunscreen advised!   Our history includes pirates and poets, presidents and songwriters.  We have festivals and celebrations every month.  Street fairs showcasing art, seafood, and cultural heritage.  Our community is proud to celebrate our diversity and history. Greetings from Key West

One of the many things to love about Key West is our diversity.  On any given day, you might see a guy in a spider man suit sitting on a Duval St. sidewalk playing his Sitar or you may be lucky enough to watch one of our world class artists painting a mural on the side of a building.  Head down to the beach and watch resident kite boarders sailing through the surf and gliding through the air.  They make it look so easy and always have a story to tell.  Sit down at one of our famous watering holes and you never know who will be sitting next to you.  We’re a favorite spot for celebrities who want to go unnoticed.

Come visit us, we love our visitors, and we get every kind.  Young, old, families, couples, folks who dream of the island life, environmentalists and evil developers.  I love getting the question, “where do the locals go?”  I smile and answer “We’re a very small island, and there is no place we can go that you can’t find us!”   Besides, everyone here is on vacation and happy to be here.  I love that energy.

Hope to see you very soon, I’ll be the one with the big smile on my face!

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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