Shannon and Rob met several years ago at work, while chatting about the Olympics (it’s a true water-cooler love!). They recently built a house together with their pups! While I have had the opportunity to photograph many weddings through the years, this one, more than others, really made me reflect on the important of MARRIAGE and not just the wedding. Yes, stunning wedding dresses and centerpieces, and bling and glam are pretty to look at, BUT when it comes down to it, the real reason behind the wedding is the MARRIAGE, the union of two best friends committing their lives to one another- through good times and not so good times. During their engagement, Shannon was diagnosed with a very serious medical condition and Rob has stood by her side, both acting as a united team through surgeries, treatments, and recovery. Even in the weeks leading up to the wedding, Shannon was having set-backs and needed additional surgeries. She was tired, uncomfortable, and just not herself. But Rob, her family, and friends forged around her to make the wedding day amazing- and that it was!
Prior to the wedding, as the girls hung out in their prep-room, the guys played cards and goofed-off. The couple chose to do a First Look and to get many of their bridal party portraits done before the ceremony. During their vows at the Rusty Pelican, they both giggled as they got to “in sickness and in health”- knowing what they have been through and are continuing to go through. During the reception, the bride and groom had a caricaturist to gift their guests with a special memento of the day. It was truly a joy to see them unite their love in marriage and we wish them a lifetime of health, happiness, and joy together!
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Special thank you to Shannon and Rob’s talented wedding team: Tampa Wedding Venue: Rusty Pelican; Tampa Wedding DJ: Elite Visions Entertainment; Tampa Wedding Cake and Sweets: A Piece of Cake; Tampa Wedding Photography: Andi Diamond Photography;