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An Intimate Florida Destination Wedding

April 6, 2022



A wedding invitation in the sand with rings and a seashell

Have you considered a tropical destination wedding in the U.S.? Maybe you’re wanting a more low-key and intimate celebration, but not one that’s going to require booking a resort or requiring guests to travel out of country. Camila and Leo both had family traveling from the US and South America, so Key Biscayne, Florida was an ideal in-between option for everyone!

Bill Baggs State Park Sunset

Cape Florida Lighthouse: The perfect Destination Wedding location

Bill Baggs State Park in Key Biscayne, Florida is a rare find that is perfect for small weddings! It’s tropical but close to Miami, where guests can explore local beaches or experience nightlife. The park itself closes to the public at 4 p.m., which means your ceremony will be private and free of tourists. You can rent chairs for guests and electricity if needed. There are also picnic shelters on site if you wanted to grill out or host a small reception there. The ceremony area couldn’t be more perfect, with rows of palm trees leading to a stunning lighthouse.

Camila and Leo wanted a destination wedding that was intimate and uncomplicated. They actually traveled for 6 months through Latin America before their wedding and came back for the celebration! I really love how they planned the experience to fit their personalities and needs. 

This wedding is near and dear to my heart, because Camila has been one of my closest friends since I moved to Louisville in 2013. She is one of the kindest people I know and so fun to be around! I was lucky enough to be there when she and Leo met and started dating, so photographing this wedding was a really beautiful and emotional experience for me. 

Guitarist plays music before a wedding ceremony
Through the trees, wedding guests are seated and a guitarist plays music
Groom smiles as he waits for the wedding to start
Groom walks with mom and grandma down the aisle
Bride walks with her father through a row of palm trees
The bride walks down the aisle with her father and groom smiles at them
Couple stands in front of tropical trees during ceremony
Snapshots from wedding ceremony
Ringbearer takes ring to officiant
Couple exchanges rings
Bride and groom kiss
Couple walks out toward lighthouse
Couple kisses surrounded by rows of palm trees
Lighthouse couples portraits
A collage of three images of the couple in front of the rows of palm trees
Couple walks back to guests who applaud them
Couple celebrates with a toast
Big group photo of all the wedding guests
Sunset portrait of the newlyweds

Camila and Leo rented out part of the restaurant Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita for their dinner and reception. The food and drinks were so good, and you know with so many Latinos in the house we made room for a dance floor!

Dolores but you can call me Lolita, a trendy Miami restaurant
Bride's first dance with dad
Groom shares first dance with mom
A collage of the bride and groom's first dance moves
Bride and groom first dance ends
Bride groom and guests cheers with their drinks
Bride and groom cut cake and share a toast
A collage of photos with guests dancing and celebrating

Leo and Camila commit whole heartedly to new adventures together, whether it’s building a new staircase together in their home, training for triathlons, or taking a multi continental pre-wedding sabbatical. Neither of them wanted to be the center of attention for this day, but I have to say they both just radiated love and happiness from within. I’m so happy they shared this special experience with us!

Congrats to my beautiful, sweet friends and cheers to a lifetime of unforgettable experiences like these.

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Johanna Hribal is a wedding photographer based in Louisville, Kentucky. She enjoys traveling to other states and countries for weddings and elopements whenever possible! People love her colorful and vibrant edits and the way she captures their love in a natural and non-intrusive way. Click here to visit her website to learn more about current wedding collections.

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