A Beach Wedding in Islamorada, FL

Proving that the wingman doesn’t always get the short end of the stick, Kandace and Mario met at a barbecue that Mario was throwing. Mario had been ta

Proving that the wingman doesn’t always get the short end of the stick, Kandace and Mario met at a barbecue that Mario was throwing. Mario had been tasked with checking out Kandace’s sister as a prospect for his cousin. He introduced himself to the sisters and hit it off with Kandace. Two weeks later, Kandace threw a birthday party and was pleasantly surprised to see Mario and his cousin among the guests. “That’s when I realized I had a crush on him,” says Kandace. The two spent much of the night talking and eventually began emailing and making date plans. The Bride Kandace Murray, 29, a business operations manager The Groom Mario Burney, 34, an executive associate The Date October 23 A year later, Mario planted a week’s worth of love letters and gifts for Kandace. On the last day of the week, Mario proposed on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial in D.C. The engagement lasted 13 months as Kandace worked with a planner to throw her dream beach wedding. The result: A sunset affair decorated with sunny orange tiger lilies and deep ocean blues.

Tables were indentified by inspirational love sayings, printed in the wedding’s signature bright colors and swirly pattern.
Kandace and Mario exchanged vows as the sun was going down over the beach. Guests sat in four rows of white chairs. The aisle seats were decorated with pomanders.
Kandace carried an arrangement of simple white lilies. She left the colors for the maid of honor, who carried sunset-colored tiger lilies.
Bright-orange tiger lilies popped against Mario’s cream and white suit.
Escort cards doubled as an edible treat and were stacked on top of wrapped gift boxes to mimic the shape of the actual wedding cake.
A blue scrollwork pattern and border flanked the couple’s bright and sunny invitations.