VANESSA + CONOR - OCEAN REEF WEDDING
Vanessa + Conor met in Australia on New Year's despite living just a few blocks away from each other in San Francisco several years prior. As the story goes, Vanessa went on a girls trip; Conor on a boys trip, and when mutual friends opted to meet up, the couple finally came together.
Vanessa is originally from Boca Raton, but after graduating from Harvard Business School, work (and a need for warmer weather!) brought her to the west coast. She left her heart in San Francisco, and Conor was there to capture it (cue cheesy music, please). Conor is a 4th generation San Franciscan, and, at a towering 6'6", played basketball at UC Berkeley (he even has an online fan club!).
Vanessa's family belongs to Ocean Reef Club, located in Key Largo, FL. Having spent much her childhood there, it made the perfect choice for a wedding venue. zeven though it is just a short 1 hour drive from Miami, a weekend wedding at Ocean Reef is like a vacation in and of itself; it is genuinely one of my favorite places to photograph a wedding.
The couple wanted a tropical, beach wedding and chose lots of color for their florals by Xquisite Events. My favorite was the ceremony arch. What a jawdropper! The couple was married on the Amberjack Lawn, and afterwards, guests danced the night away at Palm Court, a waterfront white sandy beach.
While Ocean Reef has many locations, such as Town Hall and Carysfort for indoor ballroom weddings, I can never pass up a barefoot wedding with the ocean breeze.
The wedding went off without a hitch, thanks to planning by Andi Soirees.
Planning: Andi Soirees | Venue: Ocean Reef Club | Florals: Xquisite Florals | Makeup: Carolyn Jones | Videography: Ray Roman | Band: Elan Artists -The Social | Film: Film Supply Club | Scans: Richard Photo Lab