Something small, timeless, romantic and humble: those were the characteristics this sweet couple wanted most for their wedding, with the goal of crafting a weekend experience that would leave everyone with lifelong memories. Helped along by the setting of Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and the talent of Sunglow Photography, Whitney and Aaron achieved their dream of an intimate, classic, memorable time for all.
Whitney and Aaron met online, while both were doing school projects for virtual world Second Life. Chats led to Skype sessions, and it wasn't long before Whitney jumped: "Soon enough I was loading up my tiny little VW Beetle with everything I owned and moving from Indiana to Louisiana to be with him!" The two eventually moved back to Whitney's hometown of Carmel, Indiana, where they live today.
Aaron would tell you that he loves how passionate I can be about things I love, such as animal rights, online gaming, photography, and more. What I love most about Aaron is that he's dedicated and driven with anything he sets his mind to, he's compassionate, and he's the most patient man that I know. We make a great match because we compliment each other in countless ways. Aaron keeps me grounded and focused, and I encourage him to take leaps and risks at times. I think it's so important in life to find someone that helps you shine, and I think we do that for one another.
Knowing they wanted to be married on the beach, but never having visited the Keys, they added Key West to their short list of potential locations. Whitney came across the Hemingway Home while researching, and fell in love: a beautiful venue filled with books and cats was a match made in heaven for an animal lover, collector of antique books, and a big fan of Hemingway. She showed the location to Aaron and their families, and the decision was made.
“Our ceremony felt like a dream. The Hemingway House is one of the most beautiful pieces of property I've ever been on. The trees grow over the brick pathways, and the famous Hemingway cats wander about. My father and I made a grand entrance from up on the balcony of house, and I got a chance to stop and overlook our little group of family and friends. It was a moment I will never forget.”
The two loved their choice of a small wedding, and getting the chance to connect with each guest without feeling overwhelmed. They also cherished moments during the reception, a cozy cocktails and dinner affair at Martin's on Duval, when they looked around and saw people that mattered the most to them all in one place, laughing, and having a wonderful time: "It was one of the best nights of our lives."
Another aspect that made our day so wonderful was Dustin at Sunglow Photography. Our photographer was tremendous. He put us at ease, and made our many hours with him fun and memorable. (Not to mention the photos turned out perfect!). If I could offer any piece of advice to someone getting married, it would be to find a photographer that you truly feel a connection with, feel comfortable around, and trust entirely. I knew I didn't have to worry about how our photos would turn out, because I knew I left our day in the hands of a true professional. It was one less worry that day, and let us focus on the important things, like one another, and those who came to Key West to celebrate with us. Photography was my major in college, so for me personally, it was one of the most important additions to our day.
Such great advice, Whitney! Congratulations and happiest of lives to you both.