I photograph several weddings a year that involve over 200 guests, elaborate details, and take years of planning. While I love photographing these, the intimate weddings are so welcomed in-between. It allows me to really connect with my clients and take every moment in. Karie and Andrew had an intimate beach wedding that took place behind the home they were renting on Inlet Beach. Everything took place inside the home and on the back deck. They only needed me there for a few hours; which was just enough time to cover what was most important to the two of them.Read More
Adrienne and Wes had originally planned to have their wedding somewhere else, but Eden Gardens State Park stole their hearts. It was also easier for more family members to come if they had it locally. One of my favorite details is Adrienne using her grandmother’s dress as part of her reception display. It was such a special touch and a great way to honor her.Read More
This wedding is very close to my heart. I've been friends with Meredith and Chris for several years, so when they asked me to be the one to photograph this special day, I was beaming! They live in Manhattan, but got married in Charlottesville. They love the south and wanted to have that be the main feature, while still including some of their New York lifestyle.Read More
Allie and Ywanarai had the most warm and loving Lightner Museum wedding. St. Augustine is always on my top favorite locations to photograph. There are so many hidden alleyways, cobblestone roads, palm trees, gorgeous stone buildings, and gorgeous natural backdrops. The two brides got ready in separate houses, down the street from one another, and did a really sweet and intimate first look. Ywanarai was so nervous as she could hear Allie walking down the steps, walking toward her. The look on Ywanarai's face when Allie turned around was priceless. She couldn't help but just grab her and hug her as soon as she saw her gorgeous bride.
The Lightner Museum was a perfect backdrop for such a simple and elegant wedding. The two exchanged vows on the little bridge in the middle of a gorgeous courtyard, filled with lush greenery and a Koi pond. They decided to keep it super simple and had their brother and sister stand up with them to bear witness their promises to one another. The reception was full of tearful toasts and head-throwing laughter. The love between Allie and Ywanarai was palpable. They forwent a traditional slow dance and came into the reception full on party-vibe. There was not a single person sitting during the dancing.
There is something truly magical about making new declarations in such an old city. These two had the power to make the old, new. Thank you, Allie and Ywanarai, for letting me witness such a beautiful and pure connection. Your love is one that people write about. This day inspired me more than you'll ever know.
Ceremony // Lightner Museum
Reception // A1A Ale Works
Photographer // Shannon Griffin
Planning // The Wedding Authority
Florist // Leslie Rios Designs
Bride's Dress // BHLDN
Hair // Sami Skinner
Makeup // Bride
Shoes // Dollskill
Invitation Suite // Things Very Special
Cake // Calli Marie Bakes