Dry Tortugas Wedding
Destination Wedding: Brianna and Jon Michael

Get ready for a Florida Keys destination elopement adventure like no other! Brianna and Jon Michael recently unforgettably tied the knot – they flew on a private charter to the Dry Tortugas National Park. They said “I do” on the stunning west beach with the iconic Fort Jefferson in the background.

For those who have not heard of the Dry Tortugas, it’s a small set of islands 70 miles west of Key West. In fact, it’s only accessible by boat or seaplane, making it one of the most unique and secluded spots in the Florida Keys. The park’s main attraction, boasts 16 acres of beautiful architecture and 16 million bricks. The adjacent lighthouse on Loggerhead Key adds to the allure of this beautiful national park.

Brianna, who works for a tourist bureau, has always been fascinated by all the exciting things Florida offers. So, it’s no surprise that she chose the Dry Tortugas as the backdrop for her big day. To make it even more special, a “special use permit” from the National Park Service had to be obtained to allow Brianna and Jon Michael to exchange vows in the park.

The day started with a magical first look at Smathers Beach, where their families joined Brianna and Jon Michael for a breathtaking sunrise photo session. They then rushed off to the nearby Key West Airport to board a private charter from Key West Seaplane Adventures, which flew them straight to the Dry Tortugas. The plane ride was an adventure, with stunning views of the islands, shipwrecks, and the fort.

After arriving, Brianna and Jon Michael said their vows on the picturesque west beach and took stunning photos inside the fort. The dark red bricks and remarkable architecture created an unforgettable backdrop for their special day. They explored the fort for approximately two hours before returning to Key West on the same private charter.

As the day ended, they ended it on a high note at Fort Zachary Taylor, where they sipped on Key Lime Pie on a Stick from Kermit’s Key West while enjoying one of the best sunsets in the Keys.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post as much as we enjoyed writing it! If you’re ever planning a special day in the Florida Keys, consider the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson as your destination for an unforgettable experience.

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Photography: Michael Freas

Videography: Christian Fernandez

Venues: Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Zachary Taylor Key West, Florida

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