February 15, 2023

Sara + Tristen


Beachfront Elopement Wedding

A Tropical Fairytale

An elopement type of wedding allows the couples to celebrate their special day how they want wherever and whenever.

Eloping does not necessarily mean it just has to be the two of you! Including your loved ones can make it even more memorable and special if that’s the way you’d like to do it.

Sara and Tristen decided to elope instead of having a big, traditional wedding but couldn’t imagine getting married without their parents, siblings and best friends there, so they invited them to be a part of their big day!

This dreamy elopement happened on October 26th, 2022 at Islamorada fish company in the Florida Keys.

Tropical Wedding Invitation Suite

This tropical beach palm trees on a white background which references the elopement location tied with sapphire blue silk ribbon was the perfect invitation suite for a beach wedding.

Invest in a wedding dress you love

Sara’s romantic wedding dress from Nicole Maree Bridal was made in a leafy lace, this soft A-line silhouette features an incredible lace bodice and an ultra-flattering strapless sweetheart neckline. This semi-sheer bodice opens into a soft A-line skirt of luminous glittering tulle adorned by cascading eaves of beaded lace accents complemented with a long veil that adds a captivating finish to this ultra-romantic and sexy gown.

Her mom was the only one that took part of her getting ready time and helped her get into her dress.

Sara shared two special moments with her parents. Her Mother performed a Smudging ceremony on her. Passing on her beautiful energy and chasing away any negative spirits so that this new chapter in her daughter’s life, started the best possible way. Sara also did her first look with her father before heading off to the ceremony. He looked so excited to see his beautiful daughter in her dreamy wedding gown! Let the tears begin!

The handsome groom wore a white slim fit shirt and a super original light blue suit. It gave a special beach, casual and chic touch to his look with brown sandals.

To tie into with the chose color palette, as you saw previously, Sara’s mother wore a vibrant light blue dress and Tristen’s father, a tie in the same color hue.

Tying the knot by the ocean

What better way to say yes, than to elope somewhere beautiful surrounded by water and palm trees!

The tropical ceremony arch was decorated with monstera palms paired with white anemones and liliums.

Sarah walked down the aisle with her father. The view, the white sand, the beach breeze and the gentle sound of the water surrounding their closest friends and family felt heavenly.

Some couples love to include their pets in their special day and I love it when they do. Sara and Tristen included their puppies in “little tuxedos” to be part of the celebration, They sure are like members of the family and look so adorable for their portraits.

I can’t get over this photo of our couple and their cute pups.

A breathtaking sunset was the perfect warm and peaceful spot for these “just married” portraits.

Sara’s romantic bouquet was created with blush pink, nude and pure white garden roses and some white spray roses matching Tristen’s boutonniere.

Focus on your ceremony details

Although it is an elopement, it is also still your wedding day, so you should still think about those key details that will make your day special and meaningful.

In this case, Sara and Tristen included an arch, a small wedding cake, neon sign and a first dance.

Their table setting was simple and natural, white tablecloths, light blue napkins decorated with coconuts pieces and loose ferns that perfectly placed white pillar candles and glass hurricane candle holders, everything set in the most breathtaking setting.

Have a first dance together

First dances during elopements are memorable. They did theirs under a cotton candy sky… it was super romantic!

Maybe you both want to include some traditional wedding customs in your elopement adventure and cut a small wedding cake together. This creamy white wedding cake was decorated with the same florals of Sara’s bouquet.

The spellbinding violet hues of the sunset in contrast with the neon sign were captivating.

The day ended with people sharing a dinner by the water with the moon glistening in a magical environment.

Undoubtedly, Sara and Tristen’s Florida Keys elopement was one I will definitely never forget. It felt like a day out of a fairytale.

I wish them many blessings and years of love!

If you are planning your elopement out of town, you can peep this tropical destination wedding.


Bride | @saloca_3
Groom | @tripeca_5

Photographer | @mecheausinaphotography
Videographer | @rosstheroamer

Venue | @islamoradafishcompany
Gown Designer | @nicolemareebridal

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I’m Meche Ausina, a traveling FL + CO based photographer, capturing the love of genuine hearts all over the world! Thank you for taking the time to read bit about my sweet #MECHECOUPLES, their stories and mine! See you back again in two weeks! 
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