Real Wedding: Beth & Chad

Beth and Chad tell us the story of their destination wedding on a beautiful beach in Florida. 

The Scene: February 9, Casa Marina Hotel, Key West, Florida

Our first vacation together was in Key West.  For both Chad and me, it was around that time in our relationship where we knew that this person was “the one.”  It was only fitting that we would go back there to get married, and it felt natural to get married on the beach!

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Our venue was the Casa Marina Hotel, which is a Waldorf Astoria property. It was the perfect place for both our ceremony and reception. The ceremony was held at sunset on the beach, with our reception held in the ballroom and patio of the hotel.


My Look: The dress I picked was a classic Nouvelle Amsale trumpet gown, a Nordstrom exclusive. I love Amsale dresses because of the timeless look of them. I did not want to look back at my wedding pictures many years later and say, “Why did I pick that dress?” –and I won’t!

All of my accessories–from the Jimmy Choo shoes to the hair accessories–were also from Nordstrom. They had all of the items I could have possibly wanted.

My Wedding Stylist: Jackie Schwartz, Nordstrom Wedding Suite in King of Prussia, PA

I am originally from New Jersey and my family still lives up there, so I wanted my mother to be a part of the dress choosing process. After some research, I decided to look at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite in the King of Prussia mall. This was the first and only stop that I had to make to find my dress, as well as all of my accessories!

I can hardly say enough about my wedding stylist Jackie! She made the process of finding a dress so fun and enjoyable.  It was so easy to get all of my bridal needs accommodated in one location. Jackie even helped pick out my mother’s complete look for my wedding as well.

Our Special Moments: I am a physician, and one of my partners in our practice performed the ceremony. It was really special to have someone who actually knows both of us take on such an important role in our wedding.


Our vendors were also amazing. Our wedding photographers, Lacey Yantis and Aaron Blank, flew all the way from Seattle to photograph our wedding. I also cannot say enough about the staff, and our wedding coordinator, Reina, at the hotel. They made it such an amazing day for us as well as all of our guests!

Photography by: Visions of Romance Photography

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  • Andrea McClelland June 13, 2013, 4:38 pm

    I have the pleasure of working for Beth and my husband Bill and I were so happy to be part of that very special weekend. She looked stunning and reminded me of Grace Kelly, so classic and elegant. Chad, Beth and both of their families made us feel so welcome. Thank you for including us in your special weekend. Lots of love and happiness to you both.
    Love,
    Andrea and Bill

  • Aaron June 14, 2013, 7:23 am

    Beth & Chad, your wedding was absolutely spectacular! Thanks for including us. -Aaron and Lacey

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