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Modern Tropical JW Marriott Wedding | Marco Island Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Modern Tropical JW Marriott Wedding | Marco Island Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

This is definitely one I'm excited to share with you. This was one of those weddings where you can physically feel the love surrounding everyone in attendance. Marco Island is home to some of the most gorgeous sunsets you will ever see. The skies look like cotton candy as the sun goes down. Christina and John had all of their events at the JW Marriott, but they wanted to bring the outside in. Florida is so hot this time of year, and while they wanted their guests to be comfortable and in air conditioning, they didn't want it to feel like a ballroom. That's where hiring an incredible stylist and florist comes into play. Tom Trovato and Courtney worked together to create a tropical and lush landscape inside of a hotel ballroom. It was pure magic. It was exactly what the couple had been envisioning and beyond. Beyond that, my mid-century modern heart was so happy with the decor of the actual resort.

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Modern JW Marriott Resort Engagement Session | Marco Island Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Modern JW Marriott Resort Engagement Session | Marco Island Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

I don’t normally encourage my couples to do their session inside of a hotel, but this resort was so beautifully curated. The furniture was modern and the light pouring in created this moody glow. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone with film and metering, and I’m so glad that I did. I wanted to show off the light coming through Christina’s jumpsuit, as well as the overall connection between the two of them. We finished the session on the beach, right around sunset. These are some of my favorite engagement photos I’ve ever taken. This is what can happen when you hire a photographer you trust. They gave me total freedom and trusted in the process.

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Elegant Carillon Beach Wedding | Carillon Beach Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Elegant Carillon Beach Wedding | Carillon Beach Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Peach and Pearl Events, along with Florals by the Sea did an absolutely incredible job with this elegant Carillon Beach wedding. Natalie and Liam decided to shake things up and do it a little different (which I love and was all about when Natalie first reached out to me). They ended up having the “wedding” on a Friday, which included the getting ready, formals, ceremony, and a cocktail style reception. That left four hours of relaxing and partying on Saturday, at their gorgeous tented reception. I loved the way this all unfolded, as the two of them were really able to relax and enjoy friends and family on Saturday.

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Is an Intimate Wedding Right for You | West Palm Beach Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Is an Intimate Wedding Right for You | West Palm Beach Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

When I began photographing weddings 12 years ago they were completely different. Wedding magazines had been around for a while, but wedding blogs were a newer thing. Pinterest wasn’t a thing. You would cut out photographs and tips from magazines and put them into a folder. Now, we have the internet and social media at our fingertips. This is a wonderful thing, but it can also be overwhelming and make some couples obsessive. Thanks to wedding blogs, it almost feels like a competition to have your wedding featured or to have the prettiest details. While details are an important part of your wedding day, they are certainly not what it’s about or what your guests will take away from the day.

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Gorgeous Wedding Veils | West Palm Beach Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Gorgeous Wedding Veils | West Palm Beach Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Yes, this is a blog post dedicated to my love of gorgeous wedding veils. It’s that simple. I’ve photographed so many veils over the years, whether it be for maternity sessions, boudoir sessions, or weddings. If you want some veil inspiration then you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy!

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