First ever wedding on the grassy lawn at the Caravelle Resort and a rant about Myrtle Beach

I was told this is the first wedding they have held on the lawn behind the Caravelle Resort in Myrtle Beach. The reception later in the evening was at the St. John’s Inn across the street. I have done a wedding there before. I thought the lawn was quite a nice area, there was some shade from the large hotel building and there was plenty of trees around blocking things you might not want to see.  This was definitely one of the nicer behind the resort type wedding areas I’ve seen. They said if it worked out they were going to try more weddings at this location in the future.  I imagine they will be very happy with how it turned out.

Of course, I have my usual problem of it being in the city limits. I have a Myrtle Beach business license so I can work at locations such as this, but it’s still against the MB City laws to do any commercial work on the beach.  What I’ve been doing is just cautioning everyone not to do too much on the beach, doing some shots of the wedding party and couple, while keeping an eye out for the beach cops.  The resorts really need to work with the city to get something done about this law.  It seems like all the resorts encourage the breaking of it by not informing clients about the rules.  Who would imagine, unless someone tells them, that you could have a beach resort wedding and technically not be allowed on the beach sand.  It’s just a bad situation all around that I can’t comprehend.  I was at the Grande Dunes Ocean Club a while back.  They set up a wedding on the beach like I’ve been at many times before, and the cops came along and told them they had to clear everything off the beach.  How many people do you think would have weddings in the Myrtle Beach City limits if the first thing the resorts told them was that they can’t go down on the beach sand at all.  Of course they aren’t going to tell them that. So I always end up just risking a fine and doing some pictures on the beach anyway. Anyway, you can tell the whole thing is just ridiculous.

Anyway, enough of my rant about Myrtle Beach and the resorts.  I love the way at the St. John’s Inn they have the small lights stringed up along the ceiling. When you are using a really high end lens, like the 85mm f1.4 Nikon lens I was using in the dancing shots, it turns any small background lights into large rounded out of focus orbs.  It’s a great look for dancing.  You can take just about any room and string up some lights, and with the right lens you can make the background beautiful.  I hope you enjoy the pictures below, I uploaded a bunch of them this time.  Please like this post or comment below if you enjoy them. 

Bridemaids walking down the isle - Caravelle ResortShe finally threw the flowers - Caravelle Resort

Bride and father walking down the isle - Caravelle ResortBridemaid's flowers closeup - Caravelle ResortBride and groom during ceremony - Caravelle ResortGiving the vows - Caravelle ResortGiving the vows - Caravelle ResortThat's some tricky focusing at f1.8 - Caravelle ResortFirst Kiss - Caravelle ResortJust married and looking happy - Caravelle Resort

I always like to get a lot of shots of everyone hugging after the ceremony

After ceremony hugs with the family - Caravelle ResortAfter ceremony hugs with the family - Caravelle ResortAfter ceremony hugs with the family - Caravelle ResortAfter ceremony hugs with the family - Caravelle ResortPictures with the bridal party - Caravelle ResortPictures with the bridal party - Caravelle ResortAfter wedding romantic portraits with the bride and groom - Caravelle ResortAfter wedding romantic portraits with the bride and groom - Caravelle ResortAfter wedding romantic portraits with the bride and groom - Caravelle ResortTrying out a Nik Software old photo effectAfter wedding romantic portraits with the bride and groom - Caravelle ResortGroomsmen holding up the bride - Caravelle ResortKiss in the sea oats - Caravelle Resort

Using some off camera flash as a rim light.

Portrait of the bride - Caravelle ResortPictures with the bridal party - Caravelle ResortPictures with the bridal party - Caravelle ResortAfter wedding romantic portraits with the bride and groom - Caravelle ResortAfter wedding romantic portraits with the bride and groom - Caravelle ResortAfter wedding romantic portraits with the bride and groom - Caravelle ResortAfter wedding romantic portraits with the bride and groom - Caravelle ResortAfter wedding romantic portraits with the bride and groom - Caravelle ResortAfter wedding romantic portraits with the bride and groom - Caravelle ResortTable details - Caravelle ResortDancing at the reception with the out of focus lights - Caravelle ResortI had a nice wedding tonight at the Caravel Resort with a reception at St. John's Inn - Caravelle ResortDancing at the reception with the out of focus lights - Caravelle ResortDancing at the reception with the out of focus lights - Caravelle ResortDancing at the reception with the out of focus lights - Caravelle ResortDancing at the reception with the out of focus lights - Caravelle ResortKiss at the table - Caravelle ResortDancing at the reception with the out of focus lights - Caravelle Resort

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