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Pretty-in-Pink Hammock Beach Resort Wedding | Palm Coast Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin

Kaitlyn and Jacobie had their family and friends laughing and crying all throughout their wedding day. You could visibly feel the love that surrounded them. When I received their completed questionnaire, I noticed something special that they put under, "list 3 things that best describe the other". They had both said "supportive" about one another. Their love was radiating throughout the day and you could tell that they were each other's biggest fans. 

This wedding is labeled Pretty-In-Pink Hammock Resort Wedding because...well...you'll see bellow. It was an overcast day, but that made the colors pop even more. We found a gorgeous pink staircase, where we photographed most of the portraits.  

The night was full of dancing, singing, laughing, and celebrating. Everyone was on the dance floor for the entire reception. If only every day could be such a celebration!

 

Venue // Hammock Beach Resort
Photographer // Shannon Griffin
Band // The Bay Kings Band
Florist // Rachael Kasie Designs
Bride's Dress // Monique Lhuillier
Hair & Makeup // Laura Homer
Shoes // Vince Camuto
Bridesmaid Dresses // Shona Joy
Groom & Groomsmen's Suits // Jos. A. Bank

The real reason Style Me Pretty is Closing | West Palm Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin

The photography community is in an emotional uproar as we hear about Style Me Pretty closing it's doors. I've seen about 30 photographers ask, "What is the real reason Style Me Pretty is closing?" There are a bunch of different reasons that people are coming up with, as we are all left in awe of it happening with less than a month's notice. Some are speculating that it's lack of funding. Style Me Pretty relied pretty heavily on money from their Little Black Book vendors. These vendors would pay a fee to have their business names come up when couples were searching for photographers in their local areas (or destination). It takes great customer service and visibility for photographers to want to keep paying for such a service. 

With the use of Instagram and personal blogs, others guess that this might be the cause. When vendors send their weddings to big name blogs, they are at the mercy of those editors. The photographs have to be perfectly in-line with the blog's vision and on top of that, the editors of said blog will be the ones to select which photographs will be featured (if any). With the use of Instagram and personal blogs, WE, as photographers, get to choose what we show. WE get to choose if we want a perfectly curated page or if we want to show pure emotion. Wedding vendors are wondering if this is going to be the case for all big-name wedding blogs. 

Regardless of the reason, the industry is shifting, and I believe in a positive way. I'm not happy that Style Me Pretty is closing it's doors, as I don't want to see any business go under. But, I do like the idea that we are taking weddings back into our own hands and returning to the simplicity of love and matrimony. It's true that none of what we are guessing could be the reason, is the reason. Though, what it has done is awoken something deep inside of us, as photographers. It has us questioning our own intentions and what we decide to show through our work. 

While the details of a wedding are beautiful and help tell a story, they are not the story. Maybe this will stop future brides from telling their photographer, "I really want my wedding to be published!" Maybe we will have conversations with our couples about the importance of the portraits and candid moments, and not that we need hours to photograph their invitations. 

While I thank Style Me Pretty for featuring my work several times, I am excited to see where the industry is heading. 

While this is beautiful:

 

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I would rather get back to this: