My name is Reverend Tanya Young

I would be honored to be a part of your wedding day here on the West Coast of Florida. I travel to all areas of Sarasota and Charlotte Counties and if my schedule permits, to other West Coast inland counties.

I have been performing wedding ceremonies for 15 years and have married more than 1,200 couples and what a joy it has been! Someone once said, “Do something you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” I am so blessed to have found this calling which also includes Marriage Renewal; Baby Christening (with Gulf waters) and some memorial services.

I am a non-denominational officiant/celebrant/ minister offering non-traditional spiritual ceremonies that are touched with scripture or prayer, as well as non-religious ceremonies that are focused on love and commitment.

I have created a library of ceremonies, over the years, for my couples to review. I am passionate about creating a truly special ceremony that will become a treasured memory for you and your guests and embrace your wedding day as a joyful and defining moment, marking the beginning of your new life together. I will assist in creating a ceremony rich with personal touches reflecting the couples culture, personality and spirituality and will listen carefully to what has meaning to you. I welcome contributions from my couples. You may choose to write your own vows, add certain readings that are special to you as a couple or create the entire ceremony! You may choose to have a guest participate in offering a reading, blessing or song. I do offer several additions to any ceremony such as the Sand Ceremony, Seashell Blessing, Hand Fasting and more. The important factor is that the ceremony reflects the two of you.

Very often couples that seek my services are not comfortable with traditional church affiliation and desire a meaningful spiritual alternative. My goal, as the writer, is to create a ceremony that touches the hearts of you and your guests and speaks to your joined personality – an extension of you both. I hold each ceremony to the utmost dignity without giving up the relaxed celebratory mood of the occasion in our various beautiful outside locations. When creating your ceremony, I will blend all types of backgrounds into one formal moment.

It is my belief that second marriages and blended families deserve the same care and reverence as the first one. I often add special additions for children, such as the Family Sand Ceremony, which gives children a real hands-on experience and includes them in the actual wedding ceremony. You also may choose to present them with a small gift- a necklace or ring or something that is an important family statement. Renewing vows at monumental anniversaries, or just to recommit to each other, are events that deserve the same type of reverence and dignity. Often couples choose to do this during family vacation time which often includes children, grandchildren and special friends.

I base my life and work on the perspective best voiced by Francis David, a wise teacher from the 16thcentury. “We need not believe alike to love alike. We are all humans, being and becoming, and our spirits connect on a deeper level than the superficial differences of personal theology, lifestyle, economic status or profession. I believe in a spirituality of HOPE, not that “I sure hope it’s a sunny day,” kind of approach but a radical way of living that says, YES, no matter how difficult times may get; no matter how bleak the day; I will live as if there can be something better. I will live as if I believe that GOOD will triumph over its opposite and LOVE will win out over fear.”

I look forward to hearing from you and getting to know you better.

Meet our staff

We’re quite small, and intend to stay that way! Griggs Best Shot is owned and operated by Lisa Griggs, who is the person you talk to and the person who photographs. She has been photographing professionally for over 25 years.


Lisa A. Griggs


Griggs Best Shot Photography location is Venice, Florida

When you love what, you do, it shows! Your wedding day happens only once, and is full of the love that you share and have for each other. Whether it is an elopement, small family or large event, Lisa says, “let my love for the craft of photography, and attention to detail help you remember that day for a lifetime! I will capture your wedding moments in a creative, contemporary style that doesn’t interrupt the flow of your day. Your wedding will be documented with the vivid, lasting images you’ve always dreamed of. The photographs will capture the real story in spontaneous, peak moments, and in special, important details. In addition to the customary photographs of the wedding party and family, there will also be a natural, emotional story of your wedding day.”

The wedding music will fade, the flowers will die and you won’t even remember if you ate, let alone what you ate, at the reception. But the wedding pictures last forever. From the first step on the beach to the cutting of the cake, I weave through the day creating lasting images of fleeting moments. Balancing an eye for intimacy with photojournalistic sensibilities, my style and approach bring a unique addition to wedding photography.