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  • Writer's pictureElisabeth Dorosh

Islamorada, Florida Keys Wedding | Sari + Jeff

A few years out of college, Sari's job relocated her to San Francisco. Fortunately, one of her best friend's from college had a cousin - Jeff - who was living in San Francisco at the time. Sari's friend reached out to Jeff letting him know that her best friend was moving out there and that he should reach out to her. Sari and Jeff connected soon after she arrived in this new city and Sari was instantly immersed into Jeff's group of friends. It wasn't just Jeff's friend group that was fond of Sari - he was pretty smitten with her right away as well. It took a few months for them to officially start dating, but soon enough it was clear that they made the perfect match.

Not too much later, Jeff's job relocated him to east TX. They liked either so much, they decided to embark on eight months of a long distance relationship because they did not want to stop dating. There was a lot of moving around the country over the coming years, before both landing jobs in Louisville - where at last they could live in the same city again.

While distance is never ideal - these two made the best of their situation and it's not difficult to see why they fit so well together. Jeff and Sari have a lot of overwhelmingly positive qualities in common - they both have infectious personalities people are drawn to, they are remarkably generous, full of candor, a ton of fun, put their families first, and have the rare ability to bring people together.

Due to living in so many different cities over the years, these two had groups of friends from all over the country travel to Sarah's parent's home in Islamorada Florida to celebrate their love story in a fairytale wedding that was full of love, and Jeff and Sari's favorite things.

These two opted for a roaming cocktail style meal and treated guests to a Derby themed cocktail hour, food stations based off of their favorites cities, three specialty drink stations AND a cigar bar.

Their food stations of choice included:

  • Fire and Ice (ceviche type dishes - native to the Florida Keys). They even had an ice sculpture of the Golden Gate bridge to tie into this food station since they first met in San Francisco.

  • Chamonix French Inspired Food – To symbolize the Chamonix, where they got engaged!

  • “Cinco de Mayo” station with mini tacos – recipes inspired from their favorite Mexican restaurant in Louisville and served with a mini margarita shooters.

In addition to the various food station, they also had specialty bars:

  • A Bourbon Bar with specialty bourbons they brought down from Kentucky, a favorite drink of Jeff's.

  • A Martini Bar – featuring the espresso martini (one of the couple's favorite drinks which originated in Telluride)

  • “Bob’s Martinis”- in honor of Jeff’s grandfather, who used to always drink gin martinis.

They also had a bourbon dig, a live band, AND a surprise fly over. Their wedding day was as out of this world as these two and their love story are, and you'll have to see it to believe it.

We loved all of the personal touches this Jeff and Sari incorporated to make this day so unique to them and their story. We could not be happier for this amazing couple! Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Kendall!

Reception: Private Family Home

Getting Ready Location: Little Basin Villas

Hair and MakeUp: Marz Hair and Make Up

Cake: Batter Co and Bride's Aunt

Invitations: Julie Diamond

Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier

Bride's Shoe Designer: Badgley Mischka

Bridesmaid's Dresses: LES HEROINES, Show Me Your Mumu

Band: DrewT

Photographer: Shannon Lee Miller

Videographer: Dorosh Documentaries

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