Ryan and I spent a lot of time on the road this weekend driving from North Carolina to Florida for Krystal and Matt’s wedding. The drive was more than worth it though as we had a great time with some of our very best friends from college and got to witness Krystal and Matt exchange their vows in such an incredibly gorgeous setting.
With soft, white sand and sparkling teal water, the beaches in the Sarasota area along the west coast of Florida are breathtaking! Krystal and Matt’s wedding took place at the Longboat Key Club on Longboat Key, a barrier island located just north of the popular tourist spot, St. Armand’s Key.
(As you can see I did not end up wearing the Rent The Runway dress I previously picked out. It just looked awful on me, so I took advantage of their return policy and immediately shipped it back for a credit to the site and wore a backup baby bump-friendly dress I nabbed from Marshalls late last week.)
Once Ryan and I arrived, we grabbed seats next to our friends and chatted until the music changed and we saw the groom’s parents begin walking down the aisle. Before we knew it, all the bridesmaids were lined up and Krystal’s dad slowly walked the gorgeous bride toward her groom.
Krystal has one of the biggest and brightest smiles of anyone I know, but I have never seen her smile bigger than when she walked down the aisle on Saturday evening. She looked so happy and in love… and also kind of like a movie star, right!? Her dress fit her like a glove and she really was such a stunning bride!
She took Matt’s hand and I loved watching them exchange vows and slip on their wedding bands before it was time for one heck of an awesome wedding kiss!
Let’s just say their kiss was amazing and not nearly as hilariously awkward as the kiss Ryan and I shared on our wedding day. Haha!
Before we knew it, Krystal and Matt were officially husband and wife!
While the bridal party took some pictures, the guests enjoyed a cocktail hour on the lawn.
I was grateful for the extra time with some of my best friends and we all could not get over how fantastic the weather was over the weekend. It is usually HOT in Florida in the beginning of May and we totally lucked out with temperatures in the upper 70s and almost no humidity.
(UCF Kappa Deltas reunited! Love these ladies so darn much!)
After about an hour of social time outside, we were asked to take our seats in the Harborside Ballroom.
We joined our friends at table 6 and had a fun time cheering on the bridal party during their entrance.
After speeches and a toast, it was time for dinner. The highlight of the meal for me was the pasta bar!
Guests filled their bowls with a variety of pasta at one station before moving onto the larger buffet for salad, chicken, pork, fish, potatoes and chicken.
As we finished eating, Krystal and Matt headed out on the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife. Matt sang the words of the song to Krystal as they swayed and dipped which was way too adorable!
And then they motioned to everyone else to join them on the dance floor and it wasn’t hard to want to jump around and dance since their band was incredible!
(I loved it when the bride and groom joined the band on stage! They were clearly having a blast and it was so fun to see!)
The dance floor was hoppin’ the whole night and I spent most of the time dancing and chatting with friends. My voice was rather hoarse the next morning, that’s for sure!
Big congratulations to Krystal and Matt! We had such a wonderful time celebrating your love this weekend and I wish you the very, very best in the future. Thank you for including us in your special day!