Guests at a wedding party at Fort Zach in Key West with a beautiful sunset in the background

The wedding party at Fort Zach.

by Shayne Benowitz

Earlier this week, one of our most talented Fury photographers was at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park & Beach around sunset capturing shots of our boats for upcoming marketing materials. He noticed an intimate wedding for a couple, probably in their seventies, taking place just down the beach. If you’ve never been to Fort Zach, it’s one of the most beautiful locales in Key West with sparkling views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. That makes it a popular place for destination weddings on the beach.

Our photographer noticed that there was no one there to take pictures and capture their special moment. As it turned out, the photographer they hired was a no show! Being the good Samaritan, our Fury photographer doubled his workload and in between getting pictures of the Fury fleet, he shot their wedding. He even got in touch with Captain Kerry to pull the Commotion closer to shore so that the Cory Heydon Band could serenade the wedding. They were thrilled that a photographer and entertainment magically appeared for their wedding.

Palm trees on the beach with a sail boat behind

The Commotion on the Ocean offshore of Fort Zach.

It turns out the bride and groom, Martha and Jack, had known each other as friends since high school. They had both become widows over the course of the last few years. Martha lived in New Jersey and Jack was in Jupiter, Florida. They reconnected over the phone, and eventually fell in love after all these years. Now, Martha’s moving to Jupiter and they’re starting their new lives together.

When our photographer shared this story with me, I thought it was so romantic. I was also impressed with his selfless act. Thanks to him, Martha and Jack will have beautiful photos to commemorate their wedding. I love hearing heartwarming stories like this. Key West is a very special place.

Shayne Benowitz is a Fury crew member and freelance writer. For more, follow her on Twitter @ShayneBenowitz.

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Last Updated 08/03/2023