Bride and groom exiting Hemingway House under flower petals


Hello, I’m Michael Freas, a professional photographer with an unquenchable passion for destination wedding photography. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of capturing countless love stories across various locales.

Yet, one place truly stands out – the Hemingway House in Key West.

The Hemingway House is not just another wedding venue; it’s a remarkable piece of history wrapped in unparalleled beauty. With its Spanish Colonial architecture, lush tropical gardens, and stunning view of the Key West lighthouse, the Hemingway House offers a unique backdrop for your wedding photos.

But what makes a Hemingway House wedding so unique? The aura of the place – a blend of history, elegance, and natural beauty- lends itself beautifully to every picture. Every corner of the house tells a story, and as a photographer, my job is to weave your love story into this grand narrative.

One of my favorite Hemingway House weddings was that of Keeshia + Joseph. It rained that night, but everyone made the most of it and embraced it.  Papa Hemingway would of been proud.

Another memorable wedding was Jaylin + Andrew’s garden ceremony, where the romantic overcast that day provided a dreamy ambiance.

I love playing with natural light and shadows when shooting at the Hemingway House. The way the sunlight filters through the foliage creates a stunning effect, adding depth and character to the photos. I also love using the house’s unique features as elements in the composition, be it the antique chandeliers or the rustic wooden staircase.

For those planning a Hemingway House wedding, here are a few tips:

  1. Utilize the Golden Hour: The hour before sunset, known as the ‘Golden Hour’, offers the best natural lighting for photos.
  2. Embrace the Venue’s Character: Use the unique features of the Hemingway House to add a touch of charm and uniqueness to your photos.
  3. Hire Local Vendors: Local vendors know the venue inside out and can provide invaluable insights to help make your day perfect.

Our Expertise

I pride myself on my ability to capture the true essence of your love story. My photography style ensures that each click of the shutter results in a photo that encapsulates the emotions and vibes of your special day.

Bride and groom captured at Isla Bella Beach Resort's lush gardens
Couple's first dance at Hemingway House wedding reception

$4200 and includes full day wedding photography, custom designed wedding album, online viewing gallery, hi-resolution photos. No Travel Fee.

$8500 and includes Second Photographer, welcome party coverage, day after coverage, custom designed wedding album, online viewing gallery, hi-resolution photos. No Travel Fee.

Newlyweds sharing a kiss on Hemingway House's grand staircase


Bring a photo ID (passport/driver’s license).
Pay a fee of $93.50.
If you’re a non-resident, there’s no waiting period. Residents must wait three days.
Both parties need to be at least 18 years old.
If applicable, be ready to share the date of a divorce or death of a spouse.
No blood test is required.
You can get your marriage license from any county in Florida.
Remember: there might be additional restrictions or requirements. Contact the Monroe County Government office if you have questions: 305-292-3550.

A Hemingway House wedding is a unique experience, offering a blend of historical charm and natural beauty. As a photographer, it’s always a pleasure to capture these moments and help couples create memories that will last a lifetime. If you’re planning a destination wedding, the Hemingway House in Key West should definitely be on your list!