Nicole Yancey of Island Way Key West is a pro when it comes to planning destination events, and her own sister’s wedding last February was no exception! Bride Lindsey prepared for the big day at the William Skelton House, dazzling in her blush gown by Monique Lhuillier, her bridesmaids and “daughter of honor” all clad in soft, complementing neutral gowns. A small number of guests gathered in the lush garden of Key West wedding venue Old Town Manor, strings of globe lights creating an enchanting atmosphere as Lindsey and Rick exchanged vows in a beautifully intimate ceremony. From there, everyone strolled over to the Oldest House Museum & Gardens for an outdoor reception, shabby chic decor of blush, mint, and beige all around. After a delicious cocktail hour and meal from Great Events, the bride, groom, and all who had gathered to celebrate them talked, laughed, and danced the island evening away. Drink in the beauty of these images by Florida and destination wedding photographer Jason Mize Photography as you read more about the event from the planner and sister-of-the-bride, Nicole!
Please give us an overview of the event.
While Lindsey got ready in the William Skelton House, a vacation home managed by Old Town Manor, Rick prepared at the Old Town Manor. They came together for their first look prior to their ceremony. Lindsey & Rick’s wedding started at the Old Town Manor with an intimate garden ceremony for their 65 guests. The group walked over to the Oldest House Gardens & Museum for an elegant dinner reception and dancing. Their decor was perfectly mismatched and eclectic, just how the bride envisioned.The photo booth was open for 2.5 hours. Dancing ensued led by the DJ.
Tell us a highlight about the collaboration of the vendor team.
The vendors in Key West are a very tight knit group and work often together. Everyone is able to offer up ideas or suggestions for the greater good of the event. The highlight here was where I was able to plan and design and then hand off the event to the Day of Coordinators at Just Save the Date so seamlessly. I was also in the wedding as the Matron of Honor & sister of the Bride and know better than anybody that your Matron of Honor should not be in charge of the execution of the event.
Were there specific details the couple requested to include in the event?
The “son of honor” requested fish tacos. The “daughter of honor” requested the photo booth. The groom requested chocolate chip cookies. The bride requested chandeliers be incorporated.
Tell us about the entertainment.
Ceremony music was controlled by Brother in Law of the Bride with a speaker and iPod. Reception music was provided by Soundwave Productions with DJ Jimmy V at the helm
What challenges, if any, were presented to you while planning and executing the event?
This was my sister getting married. Need I say more? Just kidding! Planning for a family member is definitely challenging as you try to use your professional experience to guide them and create the best event possible. My challenge was to limit my time and energy into planning with the couple. It was like planning my own wedding all over again.
What takeaways, if any, did you have from the event?
It was hard to spend so much time planning this event for my sister and brother in-law only to hand it over to another coordinator to see it through. There was complete trust but as a Type A individual, it was hard to let go. As a planner, it was even harder! I now understand what couples go through. It’s like handing over your child.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
Cocktail Hour offered passed hors d’eouvres such as ropa vieja served on a mini corn cake, bacon wrapped stuffed dates and mini fish tacos. Their signature drink was Spiked Arnold Palmers, groom’s choice. They offered a stations dinner menu featuring Grilled Surf & Turf and Veggies, watermelon & arugula salad, Caesar salad, french fry bar and bacon topped macaroni & cheese. Something for everyone! They finished off the food display with desserts such as vanilla cake for cutting, key lime tarts, chocolate chip cookies and a donut hole tower. We had guests trying to eat this before dinner was served. Apparently, the Gomolaks have a huge sweet tooth! It did not last long.
Photography: Jason Mize Photography | Planning & Design: Island Way Key West Weddings | Day of Coordination: Just Save the Date | Accommodations: Old Town Manor | Ceremony Venue: Old Town Manor | Officiant: Aaron Wechter | Reception Venue: Oldest House Museum & Gardens | Hair: Studio Marie Pierre | Make-up: Bride | Dress Prep: Steam Queen | Caterer: Great Events | DJ & Videography: Soundwave Productions | Cake & Dessert: Cakes by Karol | Donut Hole Tower: Glazed Donuts | Floral & Decor: Milan Event & Floral | Lighting: PSAV Key West | Photo Booth & Dance Floor: Prestige Party Rentals