An Intimate Beach Wedding at Fort Zachary State Park in Key West, Florida

Jessica Fernandez (25 and an accounts payable specialist) and Robert Martinez (25 and a law student) met in the sixth grade, but did not start dating

Jessica Fernandez (25 and an accounts payable specialist) and Robert Martinez (25 and a law student) met in the sixth grade, but did not start dating until they they were sophomores in high school. Ten years later, Robert surprised Jessica by proposing on a trip to Disney at their favorite restaurant, Ohana's at Disney's Polynesian Resort. As the hostess led them to their table where both families were waiting, Jessica's father told her to turn around, and Robert was down on one knee. With special memories in Key West, Florida throughout their relationship, Jessica and Robert knew they wanted to be married there. The Fort Zachary State Park allowed the couple to customize their special day exactly how they wanted, creating an intimate vintage beach setting. They used vintage lobster traps as the focal point of their ceremony while adding vintage wooden ship floorboards and a vintage silk fishing net to their reception tables. With just 20 of their closest family and friends, Jessica and Robert were able to have the reception at Banana Cafe, their favorite restaurant in Key West. Their speciality is French cuisine and their three course dinner included menu options such as Lobster Mac-n-Cheese, French Onion Soup, Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus, Yellowtail Snapper, and NY Strip Steak. Jessica's favorite part of the day was their wedding ceremony because the entire ceremony in addition to the vows, were written from scratch by Jessica and Robert. "The words that were shared were the greatest reflection of us as a couple and the love that we feel for one another," says Jessica.

Bride Getting Ready as Stylist Applies Makeup
"The most important thing for us was spending the money on what will stay with us the longest, our rings and our photos," says Jessica.
The flowers were provided by Jessica and Robert's by a family friend. Jessica gave her the colors and she ran with it in a beautiful direction.
Groom Transitions Wardrobe for Wedding Photo Shoot
Father Escorts Bride for Processional on the Beaches of Key West, Florida
Groom Happily Awaits His Bride at the Shoreline
"Our entire wedding ceremony, not just the vows, was written from scratch by myself and Robert.  The words that were shared were the greatest reflection of us as a couple and the love that we feel for one another," says Jessica.
Jessica and Robert used two lobster traps as the focal point of their ceremony.
Wooden floorboards were used as table runners for their rectangle reception tables, and fishing net was the table cloth for the cake table.
Sage, Pink, and Ivory Floral Centerpiece
The invitations, wedding program fans, and menus were all made in Adobe Photoshop and printed on watercolor and card-stock paper.
"Because we were only 20 people, we were able to have our reception held on the 2nd floor of our favorite restaurant in Key West, Banana Cafe," says Jessica.
The bridesmaids wore sea-foam colored knee length wrap dresses and sandals, except for Jessica's sister who wore Sperry boat shoes.
The groomsmen wore beige pants, vests, white dress shirts with the sleeves rolled up, sea-foam colored bow ties, and Sperry boat shoes of the same color leather as Jessica's sandals.