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This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Chris and Livi

January 15, 2017

Chris and Livi

It is always a fun time when two people that you really like and care about come together to exchange marital vows. Kathy and I are always thrilled to be included in our friend’s special moments and there are not many moments more special than a marriage. It is especially fun when the friends are two of the most fun and interesting people we know and when they hold their wedding in a beautiful destination such as New Orleans.

With seemingly half of Key West in attendance, Chris and Livi exchanged their vows at a beautiful location in New Orleans called Race and Religion, named after the two streets that intersect where the stunning property is located. The officiant was none other than the wonderful, funny and talented Landon Bradbury. It made for a funny, beautiful and still moving ceremony.

I have known Chris for the better part of twenty years, when he was just an ambitious young somewhat dorky yet talented man who worked in places such as Wax and the Mosquito Coast Wine bar. He was constantly in to some new creative and wacky ventures everything from making movies to writing books. He has always been the kind of person who fun seems to follow and he has developed a wide range of fun loving friends and followers as he has ascended into being something of a Key West business mogul.

Now owning portions of some of Key West’s best and most successful businesses including the Porch, 2 Cents, Waterfront Brewery, and the newly opened Mary Ellen’s bar, Chris has turned his drive into a string of successes without compromising his sense of fun and silliness. He has thrown some of the best parties in Key West during the past decade and his own wedding was one to top them all.

I met Livi when she first started working as a bartender at the Porch and her infectious constant good mood and loving personality was a perfect fit for Chris. A former performer with the New York City Ballet, Livi is a bundle of good natured happiness with a near constant smile. Beautiful, fun, smart and funny, she is also a great person to call a friend and is loyal, kind and has a habit of lifting the spirits of everyone who enters her vicinity.

The wedding service was wonderful and it was just a real joy to see just how happy the pair were together. The weather was beautiful, the setting perfect and everyone had an incredible time. The reception was just about what you would expect from this pair and their wonderful and wacky family and friends- meaning it was one of the best parties you could ever imagine.

Excellent food and beverages, the incredible Jevne working the tables as their DJ and even a full-fledged official New Orleans second line march with the newlyweds leading the parade. It was truly something special. The best part about it was how many of our friends from Key West were in attendance, it was like much of Key West took a vacation together for an amazing party in New Orleans

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wedding Welcome

January 14, 2017

Chris and Livi

Wedding Welcome

I love weddings, something about bringing two people together and celebrating with their family and friends always makes me feel good and it is especially fun when it is a destination wedding and we get to travel to exciting places for a wedding. We have been to a number of great weddings in the past six months both in Key West and beyond and being in New Orleans for a friends’ wedding was really a pleasure.

I have known Chris for probably twenty years, we had a mutual friend who once served as an intern for me at Reef Relief once upon a time and we have remained friends over the years as I have watched Chris grow from a somewhat shy and geeky young man into a Key West business icon (though still somewhat proudly geeky).

He is one of the nicest, most interesting and wonderful friends one could have and his fiancé Livi is about a perfect match for him. They both are happy, fun wonderful people who just love to have a good time and when they are around, or more likely hosting a party it is one that you should certainly not miss.

Jeremy and Laura

Michael and Landon

Stephanie and Erica

The welcome party that they had for their family and friends the evening before their wedding was one for the books. Held at a wonderful empty lot right next to the Frenchmen Art Market and the Spotted Cat on Frenchman Street, the party featured a wonderful New Orleans Jazz band, great food and libations and a crowd of some of the most fun people ever.

The party offered the opportunity for the family and friends from various stages of their lives and from all around the country to mix and mingle in the sort of casual and relaxed setting that is only found at weddings. When you bring together a variety of people as is found at weddings, they can either remain gathered in their own separate groups or co-mingle creating a fun and festive mixture that will only ever be found at that single event.

This is what happened at this wonderful gathering as people coalesced as if they had all known each other for years and everyone in turn had an amazing time with friends old and new. It speaks to the kind of special people that Chris and Livi are that this was able to happen.

Wendy and Chris

After the official wedding welcome party ended around 11 PM, but the unofficial after-party simply moved across the street to dba, a dance club and bar that soon was packed with people from the wedding party and the bar, dance floor and in front of the stage where the live music was playing were all full of the LiviGotSchultzed crowd.