weddings

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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The Addison Wedding | Boca Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

The Addison Wedding | Boca Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

The Addison is one of those venues where it looks like you are in another part of the world. I love venues where the couple can get ready, have the ceremony, and then the reception all in one place. It makes the day so much smoother and more convenient for everyone involved. Kate and Anthony had such a lovely outdoor ceremony, followed by a reception FULL of dancing, live music, and so much fun. Couples like this keep me loving what I do!

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What It Means When Someone Invests In Me | West Palm Beach Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

What It Means When Someone Invests In Me | West Palm Beach Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

“Support small businesses”. This is something you see posted a lot on social media, or talked about in social settings. It really is every single client that keeps a small business owner afloat. Sarah Beth is one of those clients.

I’ve known Sarah Beth for several years. She first hired me to photograph a boudoir session of her, then her wedding, and again when she was pregnant with her second child. I got to witness her marry her loving husband and photograph her when she was carrying their child. Sarah Beth is a hair genius and has a lot of connections. I know that she could have very easily hired someone else for those events, but she chose me. She believes in my art and wants to make sure I flourish. This type of relationship builds my confidence, keeps me in business, and solidifies my decision to do what I do for a living. Not only that, but it allows us to build a trust. I’m able to show up and create art because I know that Sarah Beth believes in what I do, as she has hired me for three huge life events. She has become completely comfortable in front of my camera, and let’s face it, she’s a goddess (I mean, just view the photos).

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Married Under an Oak Tree in Eden Gardens State Park | Santa Rosa Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Married Under an Oak Tree in Eden Gardens State Park | Santa Rosa Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

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.

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The Truth Behind What I Do | West Palm Beach Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin

The Truth Behind What I Do | West Palm Beach Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin

It’s that time of year when I can barely breathe. Two weeks ago was spent driving 8 hours north, to photograph a wedding and 7 mini sessions. This past weekend was spent driving 10 hours to photograph a wedding, oh, and stopping along the way to photograph a 2 hour family session. Before that, it was weekends spent second shooting weddings, answering countless emails, calling potential couples (it’s engagement season), editing for other photographers (alongside my own work), booking family sessions, boudoir sessions…BREATHE.

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