Nicole and Mike had an epic Casa Marina wedding in Key West with a fun group of people, and man, they did it up right! I was introduced to Nicole’s father through the people I boat with. We spent much of the wedding planning on backcountry beaches tucked into the mangroves of the Florida Keys. Some in the Florida Keys might call that our “professional group.” 

Most of my work comes from referrals, and I don’t take that lightly. Just because someone knows me doesn’t mean I’m the right fit for their wedding, but in this case, let’s say we fit like a missing jigsaw piece.


The party started two days before the wedding with a classic Florida Keys welcome party. They chartered a few boats, and we departed 15 miles north of Key West to a backcountry white sand beach tucked back into a mangrove. 

Beer, Rose, low country boil, and tons and tons of fun in the sun. The wedding guests consisted of closest friends, family, and the wedding party. This is one of the epic reasons you must include island hopping for any Florida wedding in Key West. All there for a particular day, Nicole and Michaels’s Key West wedding. You can find some of the companies I recommend in this Florida Keys guide.

Maybe for Mike, a little too much pre-key West wedding reception fun because he got himself a shiner in a good-natured tussle with his future sister-in-law, trying to dump her in the ocean! Nicole and I couldn’t stop laughing because days before the engagement session we had done months before, he somehow had a burn mark on the other side of his face. I mean, what are the chances! Luckily it was more show than shine, and with a bit of ice, all was fine. 


If you’re considering a Florida Keys wedding, Casa Marina in Key West could be the dream venue you’ve been searching for! Located just south of the bustling downtown area, this stunning beach setting is every bride’s fantasy. Unlike many other Key West wedding venues, Casa Marina boasts a private beach for you and your guests. This romantic haven offers premium amenities and is nestled amidst the natural beauty of Old Town Key West. With dedicated staff on hand, your beach wedding in the Florida Keys will be everything you’ve ever dreamed of!

Casa Marina Weddings are known for its private beach wedding ceremony and elegant ballrooms. They did a great job with all the decor, from start to finish.

The white and green palette throughout the day from the ceremony to reception was sharp! I really liked the look of the tables at the reception because they keep the floral low and lush and then the tables had these beautiful tall tapered white candles which just gave it this pop of elegance with the goblets and plate chargers. They did such a great job with all the decor, start to finish.

Casa Marina Weddings in Key West are known for its private beach wedding ceremony, elegant ballrooms, but also its a key west wedding venue known for its sunsets. Another reason its one of Key West FL top wedding venues.

I like to use a lot of the natural elements of this key west wedding venue. There are details that allow you to tie in the southernmost point with the Atlantic ocean at a wedding venue in Key West FL. Usually after the wedding ceremony, you will see me scanning these elements, so that I can use the wedding venue in your wedding day portraits. Key West weddings have fun storylines, and always include the natural beauty of the wedding venue.


Venue: Casa Marina – Waldorf Astoria Resort

Photography: Michael Freas Photography

2Nd Photographer: Filda Konec Photography

Wedding Planning: Destination Wedding Studio

Florist: Duarte Floral

Hair And Makeup: Studio Marie Pierre

Save The Date: Minted

Wedding Invitations: Shine

Dj/Entertainment – Courtney Henry Steel Pans

Band: South Florida Heatwave Band

Wedding Cake Bakery: Key West Cakes

Wedding Dress Designer: Essence Of Australia


If you’re planning a Florida Keys wedding, let’s chat! I’m a documentary-style photographer passionate about capturing natural, honest moments that reflect your unique story. From the first look to the reception dance moves, I’ll ensure that every moment is documented unobtrusively with amazing images you’ll treasure for years.

As a wedding photographer, I don’t fit into a mold. Instead, I focus on capturing the energy, emotion, and love that defines your big day. Whether you’re drawn to photojournalism, candid, or modern wedding photography, my style is about creating timeless and unique photos and films.

So, if you’re a couple that enjoys adventure, let’s make it happen! No destination is too far, and I’m always ready to capture those heartfelt moments wherever you are. Whether you want to tell me about your favorite coffee shop, how good/bad of a chef you are, or your favorite vacation – drop me a line! I don’t like filling out contact forms, either.

If your Florida Keys wedding is happening at Casa Marina or any other location, let me help tell your story with stunning documentary wedding photography in the Florida Keys

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