“You may not be her first, her last, or her only.
She loved before, she may love again. But if she loves you now,
what else matters?
She’s not perfect – you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break – her heart.
So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her
when she’s not there.”
-Bob Marley, (from the ceremony)
After hanging up the phone with Shannon and James I knew that I not only wanted to be their wedding photographer, but that I wanted to be their friend. Shannon and James are perfect examples of living and loving life. As if growing up most of their lives in Sarasota, FL. wasn't vacation enough, they've spent the last two years in Puerto Rico teaching yoga, working on a tourist snorkel boat, and surfing. They are care free in the most beautiful, free-spirited way. And in the 4 short hours I spent with them on their wedding day I witnessed more love and emotion than any wedding I'd been to before. The theme for the day was "Live in Love," which could also be found tattooed on both of their arms. I'd say it's safe to say those three words defined the night, and quite frankly their life.
Shannon and James got married on the beach at Siesta Key on an extremely cloudy, Fall day. She wore her grandma's pearls and he wore the sweetest smile. And just as the guest were about to toss sea glass into the ocean, along with happy wishes, the sky turned from the greyest of grey to the most neon of all neon skies. It was the perfect end to a heartfelt ceremony and the perfect prelude to an awesome beach-side party.
::: Details :::
Venue --------------> Beachpoint Resort
Flowers ------------> Michelle @ The Naked Florist
Food ---------------> Sarasota Catering Company
Cake ---------------> Ruthie @ Morton's Gourmet Market
Band ---------------> My Friend Scott