Wedding at 21 Main Events with a flower cannon and local celebrity visit

I’ve been shooting many weddings recently at 21 Main Events at North Beach. It’s becoming one of my favorite venues. I like the combination of the private courtyard for the ceremony, then the gazebo and beach for pictures at sunset. Plus, they have amazing food.

My wife Lizeth came along as a second photographer for this wedding. I recommend a second shooter for weddings at 21 Main because she can take pictures on the balcony during the ceremony. When we arrived, Alexandra, the bride, wasn’t at the venue yet. However, her dress, flowers, and rings were already there. This gave me plenty of time to get some nice detail shots.

My wife went with Dan, the groom, to take some getting-ready pictures with his father in a nearby apartment. Dan’s best man could not make it at the last minute. However, one of his friends stepped in to take the role for the ceremony. This was a small bridal party with only two bridesmaids and the best man. Once Alexandra arrived, I checked if she had any other detail pictures she wanted and then took some nice shots of them getting ready.

Ceremony in the courtyard

The groom had a huge smile throughout the ceremony, especially when seeing Alexandra walking down the aisle. I always make sure to get a shot of the groom’s face when seeing the bride for the first time, and I think he had one of the best smiles I’ve seen. The groom’s last-minute best man still made the best of it, even in his casual shirt and jeans.

My wife always goes up on the balcony behind the courtyard and takes fantastic overhead shots of the ceremony. It’s especially lovely getting some different angles of the first kiss. Usually, I would get some large family group shots after the ceremony from up here as well, but some family wasn’t feeling well, and it ended up not working out.

An almost bad accident with the flower cannon

The bride and groom had flower petals shots from the balcony as they returned from the ceremony. I wish I had coached Alexandra to hold the bouquet toward the ground when Dan dipped her back for a kiss. It’s still a great picture, even if their faces are a bit hidden. If you notice, in the second shot from overhead, a white pipe is flying through the air! My wife caught this just as the PVC pipe flew off under pressure and narrowly missed hitting them. Afterward, everyone laughed about it, and it was no big deal. They still got a great picture kissing under a shower of petals.

After the ceremony pictures with a visit from Ed Piotrowski

After the ceremony, we took family pictures and some of the bride and groom in the courtyard. We have a local weatherman, Ed Piotrowski, a celebrity in the Myrtle Beach area. Alexandra and Dan had watched him for many years and were fans. They asked if he could stop by at the wedding, and he said yes! Ed and his wife seem super friendly, and I could tell it made Alexandra and Dan’s day that they came by.

Sunset pictures on the gazebo and beach

It was still a little early for sunset, so we got the first dances out of the way, then I drove the bride and groom down to the towers for some pictures. I liked that Dan loved my Tesla, and I almost think he wanted to take it for a drive instead of heading back to the reception. We planned on just doing pictures at the gazebo because it was overcast, and they were tired. However, I noticed the sun was trying to poke out from the clouds, so we decided to go to the beach. I’m thrilled we did. The sky was beautiful, and we got some great pictures near the marsh and ocean. Sometimes, overcast and cloudy days can end up with unique looking skies at sunset.

Reception in the ballroom at 21 Main

Once we got back, they ate dinner and went into the cake cutting and dancing. Everyone, even some older family members, was having a great time on the dance floor. I always like pulling the couple out for pictures in the courtyard after dark. The lights hanging over the courtyard make a stunning background for the final images. I hope you enjoyed the photos. If you are planning a wedding at 21 Main Events, please let me know. I would be happy to help!

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