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.

Bride getting ready in upstairs windowlight My shot I always like to do of the bride in the doorway Bride looking out window Bridesmaids on couch before ceremony Groomsmen being silly Ocean club table details Overhead view of ceremony on Ocean Club veranda Happy bride during ceremony Sand ceremony on Ocean Club veranda First kiss Just married Pictures of bride and groom on Grande Dunes Ocean Club veranda Bridal party on balcony Sunset pictures of bride and groom on the beach behind the Grande Dunes Ocean Club Bridal party walking down beach Groomsmen lifting up bride Bridesmaids lifting up groom Bridesmaids on beach Bridal party sitting on beach walkway Couple with beach grass in foreground Sunset kiss behind Ocean Club Couple sitting in front of the sea oats Couple sitting in front of the sea oats Dipping bride back for a kiss in front of the ocean Lifting up bride Bride jumping in the arms of the groom and spinning Couple by the columns in front of the Ocean Club Bride and groom introductions First dance

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