Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed

Something Old

We take pride in the age of this island, and all the gifts it has offered us. Including the 60-year-old tree that we built the Grand Lodge around. The interior boasts an appreciation for antiques and 21st-century designs. Each room in the lodge has a vintage mirror, and several other artifacts we have collected over time. Among them is our favorite Remington Typewriter! The mini-bar in the Lodge hosts an assemblage of historical notes we have collected in our lives. We take something old seriously because there is magic in its history. Incorporating “something old” to your wedding can be exciting and intimate. These little additions can be a family heirloom. This piece represents continuity and the passage of time.

Something New

Largo’s contemporary 21st-century interior design works well with its antique collection. Our new bedding is of equal caliber of the Four Seasons Resort. The vintage chandeliers are central lighting for the Lodge. But they receive support from sleek fluorescent tube-lights embedded into the walls. We have new HDTVs in all the bungalow suites and the Grand Lodge. We furnish our suites with brand new, modern furniture. Exposed wood adds a fresh young vibe while maintaining the aura of antiquity. “Something new” represents new beginnings and experiences for the happy couple. We love weddings at Largo because they are the start of a new life. Some ways to incorporate “something new” are by wearing new jewelry, or a new gift from your betrothed!

 

Something Borrowed

This tradition represents borrowing the luck or happiness of another bride. We believe that the marriage of your dreams and the happiness you deserve will come to you and it will stay! There is no need to borrow someone else’s happiness. There is plenty to go around, after all. Our guests are for life, and we only hope to include your fond memories of it as well. That is why we’d like to lend you the serenity of our space. We can close the whole resort for your wedding only.

 

A Honeymoon for History Buffs

Before the 19th century, the Florida Keys were only accessible by boat. Even then, the voyage near the Gulf Stream would not end well for traveling ships. There were more casualties due to the flourishing coral reefs and shallow water. The reefs left ships in pieces and salvage crews from the Keys made more riches by collecting treasures from the ocean floor.  

Hispaniola and the surrounding islands referred to islands as “Los Cayos” (a low bank of coral reef, rock, or sand). When the islands were mapped, the longest key, 30 miles long, became known as Cayo Largo. Over time, the islands became known as the Florida Keys. And Cayo Largo became Key Largo. 

In 1912, the Florida East Coast Railway connected all the keys to the mainland. This was the first time travel to the keys was possible without a boat. But a hurricane destroyed the railway 23 years later and it also sunk to the ocean floor. In 1938 the first overseas highway became, and remains, the main route into the Keys. Most of the history lives on the ocean floor, next to the shipwrecks and the largest coral reef system in the United States. In Key Largo, are historical locations that draw in history buffs and tourists alike.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

The coral reef system is the most historic attraction to Key Largo. It is the most important aspect of the ecosystem. Not to mention the shipwrecks! On December 18, 1975, the underwater park vowed to protect and conserve the coral reef system. The park is home to the Christ of the Abyss (1965), an 8.6 sculpture 25 feet under the sea. 

African Queen

This historical steamboat has garnered years of exposure, and is still going strong! She entered service in 1912 as a cargo ship for the British East Africa Railway company. Her narrow design made for easy travel up the Victoria Nile River and Lake Alberta. In 1951, she starred in the Hollywood film named after her, also starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn! In 1982, she found her home in Key Largo where she registered as a Historical Site. This small ship is a true timekeeper.

Carysfort Reef Lighthouse

The Carysfort reef is the most treacherous and visited, coral reef six miles off Key Largo. The first lightship named Caesar anchored near the reef to warn sailors in 1825.  Unfortunately, she met the demise of the sea when she blew into the reef. The Carysfort Lighthouse, established in 1840, is a screw-pile fixture. Its red paint and the bright beacon is the oldest standing beacon in the keys. This is one of the most popular snorkeling and diving destinations in Key Largo. 

Historians will find that the Keys were also a home to famous icons like Ernest Hemingway! Key Largo can inspire those couples that love to immerse themselves in a rich history and treasures.