Busy weekend with weddings at the Grande Dunes Ocean Club

I keep going more and more often to the Grande Dunes Ocean Club in Myrtle Beach for wedding photography. I’m not quite sure why, but it’s by far my most visited location.  The weekend of this wedding I actually had three other weddings at the Ocean Club, as well as one the following week. The nice thing is I get to know all the staff as well as all the good picture spots really well.  As I mentioned in one of my earlier blog posts, during this ceremony I also setup a camera on the upstairs balcony to shoot pictures during the entire ceremony. This time I set the camera to take a shot every 5 seconds instead of every 10 seconds to get a smoother time-lapse. I think it turned out pretty nice, at the bottom of all the pictures I will post the time-lapse to view.

In the pictures below you will find my typical bride in the doorway and window light shots I always like to do. The are a lot of great windows in the bride and groom dressing rooms upstairs at the Ocean Club.  The groomsmen were a lot of fun and I got some crazy shots of them goofing around before the ceremony.

The other nice thing about doing the overhead time-lapse is that I can pull out individual pictures from the series.  I posted a couple of these overhead pictures from during the ceremony below. In the pictures from later in the evening, I had the groomsmen lift up the bride, so the girls wanted to lift up the groom as well. They actually made it look pretty easy.  I also really liked the shot of the bridal party sitting together on the beach walkway. Finally, I loved some of the sunset shots of the couple behind the Ocean Club and in front of the dunes as well as the bride jumping and spinning around in the arms of the groom in front of the ocean.

The only bad thing is the DJ had colored lights during the first dance which makes a weird color cast on everything, but I’ve learned to work around this some with flash and it’s not that bad.  I typically recommend no overhead DJ lights during the first dance and parent dances, but of course that is completely up to you and something to decide with the DJ. I hope you enjoy the pictures and the video below, please let me know in the comments if you do.

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