Taylor and Robert had a fantastic wedding at a very exclusive resort, the Ocean Reef Club, located in a secluded part of Key Largo. It’s very private. The resort includes a hotel, along with homes and also has its own private airport. Having shot about 7 weddings there, I have found that the people who get married there have a deep connection to the resort. We also shot the wedding of Taylor’s sister, which was supposed to be at the Ocean Reef Club as well. However, a couple of months before her wedding, Hurricane Irma hit and completely wrecked the resort. Needless to say, they were very upset… understandable so as it’s like their home away from home.
Taylor and Robert met during a family vacation in the Bahamas. Taylor’s father was good friends with Robert’s uncle and they decided to take their family vacations together. They met just before Taylor started college and they dated for 8 years before getting engaged. They got engaged in Medina, Ohio – over Christmas she was told to show up at a Gazebo for family photos and that’s where Robert showed up and proposed.
Taylor’s family has a home in Ocean Reef and vacationed there for over 10 years. They actually got married on the point because Taylor’s Grandfather’s “Sam” ashes were spread in the ocean off the point. She wanted to get married close to him and this way, she could feel like her Grandfather was there with her at her wedding. Taylor’s family owns a boat at the Ocean Reef Club… the name is “Time to Burn”, named after the family business – which is called Firedex (they make firefighter turnout gear) and both Taylor and Lauren work with their father in the family business.
Because the Ocean Reef Club has so many visitors, they came up with the idea of giving all the guests blue rubber bracelets, this way all the wedding guests could meet and connect while staying on the resort. You’ll even see cameos of Rob’s dog, Nox, in this wedding. They also gave each other Rolex watches as wedding gifts to each other.
The wedding week consisted of several different events spread out over several days. On the Friday before the wedding, Taylor and Robert planned to hold the rehearsal at the Chapel on the Reef – It’s a beautiful small chapel located on the resort. Even though they got married on the point, the brides father is religious. As a surprise to the bridal party and their parents, Taylor and Robert had an unexpected Catholic ceremony at the chapel during the rehearsal. After the catholic ceremony, they had the rehearsal/welcome dinner on the beach.
Taylor’s advice… stay calm and don’t get overwhelmed. Taylor quoted Desmond Tutu once wisely said that “there is only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time.” What he meant by this is that everything in life that seems daunting, overwhelming, and even impossible can be accomplished gradually by taking on just a little at a time.