Katie & Matt - Hyatt Centric - Key West Wedding Photographer

When I decided to become a Key West Wedding Photographer, I knew there would be obstacles. Family photos, ceremonies, beach weddings and much more is what makes up the job description of a wedding photographer. I may travel all over the country for weddings, but I chose to base myself out of Key West for a number of things. . Key West is a paradise for weddings. The colors of the waters, the tropical greens, and the weather. It’s what draws people to the island chain of the Florida Keys. For many years Key West has been one of the top Destination Wedding locations in the country, and we plan to stay there!

You never think you will have to worry about mother nature really setting her foot down. Except this September, she set more than her foot down. She freight-trained through the Florida Keys in the form of a Category 4 hurricane on Sept 10, 2017. Parts of the island chain were spared, other parts were not. In Key West we were lucky, and we “dodged a bullet” as many will say for years to come. Did I ever expect that to happen? No! Was I prepared? Yes

In the days after the storm the phone calls started coming in from couples worried about their dates. I spoke to each one of them, gave them options, and prepared to move many weddings around. You are not only the wedding photographer, but an essential part of their day. You communicate with them not only as their wedding photographer, but also as their friend. I spoke to Katie & Matt a few weeks after, and they let me know they were going to keep the date. Thus becoming my first wedding post-Irma. We spent many days strategizing, creating options, and prepared to make their day seem like nothing happened a month prior. We did have to move the ceremony location, but it worked out perfectly! We had blue skies, great weather, and everything happened as planned!

Katie & Matt were perfect. They were calm and relaxed. Matt gave us some great reactions to the first look. He even bust out some dance moves with his mother! Katie went with a great color scheme. The reception you could tell she put a lot of time into, and the team at Simply You Weddings executed that vision! I would like to say thank you to both of them. Thank you for being such a big part in helping many of us get back to normal. This wedding will always be a big one for me, and again I thank you for allowing my team to be a part of your day. It was a great day to get back to being a Key West Wedding Photographer.

Wedding Planning: Simply You Weddings

Getting Ready & Reception: Hyatt Centric Key West

Ceremony: Southernmost Beach Resort

Hair/Makeup: Studio Marie Pierre

Florist: Love in Bloom Key West

Officiant: Key West Officiant Steve Torrence

Ceremony Music: Steel Drum Weddings – Bongo D

Reception Entertainment & Lighting: Soundwave Key West

Cake: Cakes by Karol

Michael Freas Photography provides Destination Wedding Photography for couples looking for a creative edge and a natural representation of their day. If you are planning on having your wedding in the Florida Keys and Key West, be sure to contact us through our contact page, and we can be your Key West Wedding Photographer. We provide wedding photography for full day and weekend coverage. If your wedding is somewhere other than the Florida Keys and you are interested in photography services for your wedding, please contact us HERE

Michael Freas

My wedding collections are infused with consistent and creative technique, dynamic portraiture and bold photojournalism. I work with couples who are adventurous, creative and appreciate creative professional photography. They are inspired by and admire the art of visual storytelling. I capture those moments that will be cherished for years on end.