A Coastal Chic Wedding at the Drop Anchor Resort in Islamorada, Florida

Whitney Zigich (28 and an actuary) and Ryan Powell (28 and a medical sales representative) planned a fun, beachy affair at the Drop Anchor Resort in Islamorada, Fla. with a color palette of coral, sea green and navy blue. “With our wedding and reception taking place in the sand along the water, we centered our theme around that,” says Whitney. The day started with a waterfront ceremony, Whitney and Ryan exchanging vows in the sand, followed by a night of dinner and dancing overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Handmade anchor escort place cards, a starfish ceremony backdrop and artful displays of driftwood, seashells, vintage bottles and lanterns brought the couple’s playful vision to life. Strands of bistro lights and lanterns were hung to cast a warm, inviting glow over the intimate outdoor space and local favorites, like Key Lime pie, gave guests a taste of local flavor. “The entire resort was rented out to our closest friends and family for the whole weekend,” says Whitney. “The resort was smaller with only 20 or so units and we loved the idea of having total privacy for the weekend. It made the whole atmosphere very personal and we knew it was the right place the second we saw it.”