A Simple Elopement at The Mermaid and the Alligator in Key West, Florida

Danielle Day (28 and a wedding planner) and Brian Michelotti’s (28 and a fishing guide) elopement was the essence of simplicity. Margeaux Boles Photography captured every moment, from their intimate ceremony and scooter ride around the island to a celebratory ice cream shop visit. “I went back and forth as the planner in me wanted to create something exciting,” says Danielle. “In the end, we knew it was important to make the day about us, without the stress and worry of having to rely on multiple vendors.” The Mermaid and the Alligator in Key West, Florida, served as their accommodations and ceremony site as Danielle and Brian said “I do” under a canopy of tropical greenery. One standout detail was what Danielle wore. While Danielle’s mother was not present for the wedding, she did help to find Danielle’s white lace Diane Von Furstenberg wedding dress. “The salesperson said how great it was for a bridal shower or engagement party,” she says. “We chuckled and smiled at each other as her comment confirmed how perfect the dress was for me and our occasion: unsuspecting and beautifully simple.” For a fun twist, Brian complemented her in a navy Brooks Brothers suit jacket, which they bought for another wedding, khakis they bought on the island and casual flip-flops. “Friends and family love to give him a hard time about wearing flip-flops, but I encouraged it,” says Danielle. “It was important to us that we remained true to ourselves, so that included our fashion choices!" The couple spent the rest of the day riding around on a red scooter from Island Style Ride, before they took a boat ride and had dinner at a local restaurant. “We look back on our wedding day and smile because eloping in such simple style was so perfectly us," says Danielle.