A Vintage-Inspired Florida Wedding at Tarpon Creek in Marathon, Florida

Katrina Konrath (27 and an elementary school teacher) and Frank Vastano (27 and a florist and garden center buyer) met as children growing up in the F

Katrina Konrath (27 and an elementary school teacher) and Frank Vastano (27 and a florist and garden center buyer) met as children growing up in the Florida Keys. Katrina’s father, a designer, actually built Frank’s family’s vacation home. Then five years ago, at a family dinner, the two caught a spark between them. They discovered a connection that extended beyond their childhood and included a love of fishing and traveling. That same connection united them on their wedding day in Marathon, Florida. Inspired by the beauty that surrounded them as children, Katrina and Frank chose a vintage Florida theme for their wedding. Using Kimberly's family’s recently renovated home in Marathon as the ceremony venue, Tarpon Creek (their first-date spot) as the reception hall, her aunt as a wedding planner, Frank’s nursery for florals and family and friends to decorate, the two created a day that truly defined who they are as a couple and included the most important people in their lives. “We wanted to create an open, airy, romantic and laid-back experience for our guests,” Katrina says. From the flowers to the attire, the tone was set with a romantic, old-Florida charm. Frank and Katrina even honey harvested the wedding favors on their New Jersey farm, giving the smallest details a personal touch. “With over half the guests traveling from around the country, we wanted everyone celebrating our love to experience the beauty of the island life that we fell in love with together,” Katrina says. —Ginger Harris

Inspired by her Watters dress and a 1920s comb found on Etsy, Katrina created her look for her big day. The makeup, hairstyle and shoes were chosen to fit the vintage Florida theme, which resulted in a flowy, soft look that was ideal for the 90-degree summer day.
Katrina's flower girl was the couple's standard black poodle, Ella. She was given to Katrina by Frank on their first Valentine's Day together.
Frank's sister, Vanessa, is a wedding designer. Without any direction, she captured Frank and Katrina's style on the first try, including Katrina's bouquet of Juliet garden roses, the bride's favorite.
Frank and Katrina were wed at Katrina's parents' recently remodeled home overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. When looking for a venue, Frank and Katrina searched the Keys for the perfect location for their 100 guests. Katrina's father, a custom-home builder, suggested they exchange vows at the new house.
Katrina and Frank wrote their own vows and had the local pastor (and neighbor) marry them at the beautiful Marathon, Florida, house her father had just finished building.
Frank and Katrina decorated their reception venue to fit into their vintage Florida theme by using unstructured, neutral garden roses, hydrangeas and lots of greens.
Katrina and Frank sat at their own private table covered in a sparkly pink linen beneath a lush canopy of hanging amaranth.
Frank and Katrina's first date was at Tarpon Creek, so hosting their reception there had great significance to the couple. The centerpieces, designed by Katrina's aunt and wedding planner Lynn D'Ascanio, and heavily draped greens softened the large, dark tiki hut vibe.
Katrina offers this advice to other couples: "Love knows no distance and has no bounds. Love each other to the moon and back, and your love will conquer all obstacles and challenges set before it."
"The cake was a key lime flavor with buttercream frosting," Katrina says. Created by Sweet Savannahs, a family friend, the naked cake was draped with berries and flowers and dusted with powdered sugar.