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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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Private Home St. George Island Wedding | St. George Island Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin

Private Home St. George Island Wedding | St. George Island Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin

This wedding almost didn't happen. Hurricane Michael came through a few months ago and took out large parts of the northern, western coast of Florida. Small fishing towns, like St. George Island, were some of the hardest hit. Driving to Ashley and Tucker's wedding looked like a war zone. Luckily, the home they were married at was not hit. The day was already an emotional one, but especially with toasts and tears being shed over the loss in the surrounding area.

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Georgia Farm Wedding | Albany Georgia Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Georgia Farm Wedding | Albany Georgia Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

There are details from this wedding that will live with me forever. When Alexandra contacted me about photographing her wedding, one of the first things she mentioned was that her mother had passed away. She told me that her mom loved red roses and that there would be little touches of red roses throughout the day to remember her by. They placed red roses on the chair her mother would have sat in during the ceremony and then again at the reception. She also took a handwritten note that her mom had written her and got her handwriting embroidered on a handkerchief. Alexandra and her father had a very emotional first look with each other, as they talked about and remembered her mom. It was truly hard to keep my eyes dry throughout the day, but it was amazing how you could feel her mother in the presence of all of the family and friends that surrounded the couple.

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Beautifully Combined Persian-Jewish Wedding at Goodwood Museum | Tallahassee Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Beautifully Combined Persian-Jewish Wedding at Goodwood Museum | Tallahassee Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Layla and Daniel are some of the kindest people I’ve ever had the honor to photograph. Layla is an analyst at US Government Accountability Office and she is constantly fighting for women’s rights. Daniel is a published writer and a news editor at The Wall Street Journal. They are just incredible humans and I’m so glad that I got to meet them and become friends.

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