Real Wedding Spotlight:
A Tropical Vibe

Florida, Real Weddings

Photos: Stacy Reeves

Ali and Rob met during freshman year at Florida State University. "We had a course together, and one day I saw him in the elevator and asked if I could borrow his notes to catch up on a class I'd missed," says Ali. "He immediately judged me for skipping class—and we've been together pretty much ever since!"

The couple hosted their wedding at Red Fish Grill, a restaurant located near a lagoon Ali often visited as a child. The ceremony was held at Matheson Hammock Park, on the beach adjacent to the restaurant.

The wedding colors were a nod to the bride's and groom's backgrounds: "Since my family is Cuban, we picked orange for a tropical touch," says Ali. "Rob grew up near Hershey, PA—so that's the chocolate brown." The reception tables featured a variety of centerpieces made up of birds of paradise, orchids, and bamboo reeds, and other tropical flowers and foliage. "Most of our families live scattered across the country, so having them together at the same place was unreal," says Ali. "It meant so much to us."

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