Brittany & Shawn had their destination wedding at the beautiful Marriott Grand Dunes in Myrtle Beach, SC on the outdoor Patio.
I originally met Brittany & Shawn though another wedding photographer, her father, Jim. Jim and I have talked, met for lunch and bounced ideas off of each other for the past year and a half or so. When I found out his daughter was getting married, I jumped at the chance to photograph their wedding. When I found it was in Myrtle Beach, well, let’s just say I got a little excited. I’ve been wanting to photograph beach weddings for a while and even though the ceremony wasn’t on the water, we had some fun the next day with a little trash the dress session.
The wedding ceremony looked like it was under threat from rain but as we got closer to the start time, the wonderful beach weather kept the storms about 3 minutes inland from us. The effect of the clouds, however, was beautiful for photography as the filtered light lent itself beautifully to blue skies and softer light on the wedding party.
After the wedding, we got out onto the beach for a few formals then went off to Tommy Bahamas Cafe for the reception. Something I leaned a long time ago, is when you get put into a tough position in photography, you usually either get something “safe” or something that’s “beautiful” because of how unorthodox your solution was. With the reception outside under umbrella covered tables and a 4 foot awning that just covered the walkway, lighting this reception was definitely a challenge. In the end, I captured my favorite 1st dance shot to date. With true emotion showing from everyone involved to the familiarity and friendship I have with the families, I was proud and honored to be a part of their day.
So, with just a little more ado, I’d like to give my congratulations to Shawn & Brittany! I wish you guys all the best and thank you for letting me be a part of your beautiful wedding.
Location: Marriott Grand Dunes – Myrtle Beach, SC
Reception – Tommy Bahamas Tropical Cafe – Myrtle Beach, SC
Flowers: Dandelion – Myrtle Beach, SC
Cake: Janet Adams
DJ: Music on the Strand – Pat Taylor – Myrtle Beach, SC
Of course, here are a few shots!