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This Ocean-Loving Couple Said, “I Do,” Five Minutes Away From Where They First Met in Miami

By Shayna Seid | Photography by 

Lindsey Shorter Weddings

|Planning by 

Ad Astra Co.

While Krystal Hurst’s first cousin and Thomas Hurst’s childhood best friend are married, their paths never crossed over the years. It wasn’t until the couple threw a small get-together on their boat, when Krystal and Tommy finally met and exchanged numbers.

After a year-and-a-half together, Tommy proposed in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, with a romantic picnic. “I asked him to dance with me to our favorite song,” Krystal begins. “Moments after, he got on a knee and popped the question.”

Once engaged the two, who love the ocean, were immediately drawn to host their wedding at Key Biscayne Yacht Club. “During our walkthrough, we pictured our guests enjoying a sundowner on the terrace, as the sun melted into the horizon,” Krystal shares. “We went for a very organic, social-style wedding. The concept was to be a romantic dinner party.” To help organize their autumn wedding, the pair hired Alianne of Ad Astra Co.

The bride wore the Waverly lace dress by Vera Wang down the aisle. She styled the look with simple drop pearl earring by Kiki McDonough, Manolo Blahnik satin white pumps, and a bouquet by Anthology Co. On the day-of, makeup artist Hanic Arias and hair stylist (and Krystal’s friend from middle school) Yvonne Jebian gave the bride a natural, glam beauty look.

Krystal’s sister was her matron of honor and wore a Sachin & Babi Champagne dress with Marco Bicego drop earrings. Flower girls wore custom Mother Goose dresses with powder blue sashes and La Coqueta Mary Janes, while page boys were suited in Childrensalon looks. And Tommy was handsome in a custom Damiani tuxedo.

On November 4, 2022, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Miami Beach—five minutes from where Krystal and Tommy first met—the bride walked down the aisle with her father. “Seeing Tommy standing at the front broke my cool,” Krystal admits. “He says he was very nervous until I walked through the doors. He was relieved of his nerves when we held hands.”

After exchanging vows and sharing a first kiss, the two rejoined their guests at cocktail hour on the terrace. The French Horn Collective played upbeat jazz across the lawn with vocals by Jahzel Dotel. Then, the delicious family-style dinner was served.

Krystal’s sister gave a touching speech. “She and I are one year and 15 days apart,” the bride shares. “She is carrying her second child, who will be just around a year and change apart from her first born, so it was all very emotional!” Then Tommy’s best men spoke. His college roommate, JP, has a brain tumor, so it was so special that he chose to share his words. “He took the mic with confidence, bringing us laughter and tears.”

The newlyweds had their first dance to “Never Tear Us Apart” by The Teskey Brothers. “We were singing to each other practically the whole time,” Krystal recalls. Pete Diaz Productions kept the dance floor full for the remainder of the celebration.

Near the end of the night, the couple cut their wedding cake by Rebekah Banal, which featured the same topper that Krystal’s parents used at their own nuptials. And right before the reception came to a formal close, everyone partnered up for one last song—which happens to be the newlyweds’ favorite—“Tennessee Whiskey.”