Beautiful evening wedding at the Pawleys Island Chapel with reception in the Hammock Shops

I always love photographing weddings down near the inlet area of Pawleys Island. This wedding was small and relaxed without a large bridal party. The bride was getting ready at her parent’s home and the ceremony was at the small chapel on the marsh in Pawleys Island. The chapel is really lovely because the big windows overlooking the marsh let in a lot of soft light that hits the couple during the ceremony. The only problem is because it’s so much brighter outside than inside, it’s difficult to see the marsh through the windows in pictures.

One of my favorite pictures from this wedding is the bride’s eyes filling with tears as she looks at the groom giving his vows. I’ve learned that it’s usually better to get pictures of the one receiving the vows instead of the one giving them. That way, I get the bride’s or groom’s emotions as they hear the vows. I also like how, in the picture below, it looks like it’s taking some effort for the bride’s dad to give her away.

The pictures on the marsh boardwalk of the couple were really pretty. I especially like the one where I’m standing on a distant walkway and getting the sunset reflecting in the water. The only problem we ran into, the tide came up so high it completely flooded the ramp leading down from some of the walkways, as well as in front of the chapel. I realized I had left my camera bag in the chapel, so I had to walk in water halfway up my legs to get it. My feet were pretty much wet the rest of the evening. Check the tide chart if you have a ceremony at that chapel. I didn’t realize how high the water can get. I hope you enjoy the pictures below. Please like or comment below if you do.

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