Morgan & Mark’s Hotel Palms Jax Beach Wedding

One of my favorite things about documenting a love story is learning the story of how a couple met. I’ve heard all sorts of stories in my time as a wedding photographer but I especially love the ones where the bride and groom serendipitously get together. Morgan and Mark first met on the dating app Bumble. Actually, I take that back, the day before matching on Bumble, they had an “eye contact only” meet-cute at TacoLu’s where neither made a move… I can’t make it up. After making the official move on Bumble, they started to message each other. The problem was, Mark, a PGA Caddie, was leaving the next day for a month! Morgan figured it was over and done until Mark returned a month later and found her on Instagram. They decided to meet for coffee at Southern Grounds Coffee in Jax Beach. Little did they know, they would spend the next three hours getting to know each other and quickly become completely inseparable. Or that years later they would be getting married just a few blocks from where they shared a cup of coffee.

I met Morgan and Mark a few years ago when I was documented Morgan’s sister, Taylor’s wedding at the Ribault Club (See it HERE). By that time Morgan and Mark had become completely inseparable and I’d like to think they chose me as their wedding photographer right then! Fun fact: Morgan and Taylor look *so* much alike that they can open each other’s phones with facial recognition. HOW CRAZY IS THAT?!

The Bride and Groom chose to host their Jax Beach Wedding at Hotel Palms and let me tell you how cute this place is. Originally built in 1947, the hotel is a renovated motor court inn just a couple of blocks from the ocean. It’s cozy and art deco-ish courtyard was the perfect place to host their micro wedding. Plus its location meant we could go literally all over for wedding pictures, including Southern Grounds. It’s not often I get to represent the place a couple met in their wedding photos! From there we chose to hit the beach for sunset photos and of course, they killed it. Although, my favorite part was finding the guy working out on the beach. *Of course,* we needed to get photos with him in the background. I don’t think he even had a clue, but he’s famous now!

Speaking of famous. Morgans custom made wedding dress was absolutely breathtaking and may have been the most popular dress I’ve ever photographed! The entire day was amazing and I love to see this trend toward small, intimate but love-filled wedding days.

Thank you so much, Morgan and Mark, for trusting me to capture your Jax beach wedding!

Venue: Hotel Palms | Coordinator: Ashlyn w/ Dairing Events | Catering: Blue Sage Cuisine | Cake: Alleycakes Dessert Company | DJ: Devin Carvajal | Acoustic: Hayden Lee | Makeup: Christina w/ Makeup By Christina Burns | Hair: Laura w/ Makeup By Christina Burns | Florist: Let Destiny Design | Dress: StylishBride Accessories | Custom Suit: J.T. Vinson Clothiers | Ring: Dao Fournier Officiant: Jordan Douglas


Wedding dress hanging above bed at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Wedding dress hanging on wall at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Wedding rings set on wedding invitation at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Brides bouquet on deck chair at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Custom wedding facemasks at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Wedding guest getting their temperature checked at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Close up of the wedding flowers at the altar at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Reflection of bride getting makeup done at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride getting makeup done in hotel room at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and maid of honor robes at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Maid of honor button in the back of brides dress at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride putting on her shoes in the hotel room at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Close up of brides dress while holding her bouquet at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride posing with her bouquet in black-and-white with her reflection in the mirror at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Groom putting tie on in mirror at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Best woman putting grooms coat on at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Groom putting on his PGA cufflinks at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Groom's dad putting on his boutonniere at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Groom posing like a model at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Groom posing on wall with hand in pocket at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Close up of musicians guitar during ceremony at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Groom seeing bride walk down the aisle at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Groom smiling at bride and her father as she walks down the aisle at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Wedding spot at a hotel palms in Jacksonville Beach
Bride and groom laughing during speech at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride laughing during ceremony at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Groom choking up during ceremony at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride saying her vows at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Groomer saying his vows well Bride is laughing at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride putting on Grooms ring at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom excited they are announced as husband and wife at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
You may kiss the bride at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom exiting ceremony with bubbles at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom excited while they walk down the aisle after ceremony at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom walking down aisle after ceremony at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom kiss with guitar player in the background at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Baby close up with wedding party at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and bridesmaid laughing at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride kissing nephew on cheek at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride walking and holding hands with made of honor at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Wedding party laughing and walking at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom posing in front of Hotel palms wall at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom walking away at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom posing on tree-lined street at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom Zoolander at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom posing holding hands at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom dancing in the streets at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom walking in the streets at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom kissing in the streets at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom kissing at Southern grounds coffee at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom in Southern grounds coffee at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
man working out Beach behind bride and Groom at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom dipping on Jacksonville Beach at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom looking off into the sunset at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom walking on beach at sunset at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride looking and smiling and groom on Jacksonville Beach at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom posing on beach at sunset at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom posed under veil at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom dancing on beach at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Silhouette of bride and groom at sunset at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom first dance under the lights
Bride and groom laughing during speeches at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Brides first dance with her dad at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Rooms first dance with his mom at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride pudding cake on grooms nose at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride dancing at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Wedding guests dancing at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Groom seeing his bride's new dress at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom dancing at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.
Bride and groom black and white sparkler exit at their Hotel Palms Jax Beach wedding.

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