Another wedding at the Grande Dunes Ocean Club – Myrtle Beach

I like going back to a location multiple times, it’s just so much more relaxed going to an area I already know.  This was my second wedding in the actual Ocean Club, that is at the very north end of Myrtle Beach. I’ve had a number of weddings in the Grande Dunes that had their ceremony on the beach behind the club as well.  I don’t know how the pricing compares, but overall the Grande Dunes really is about the nicest place for a wedding and reception I’ve seen.  This week everything went super smoothly.  The videographers, AAA Photography, were great and the ceremony went off without any problems at all.  The only thing about the veranda (I guess is what you call it), is for the amount of people they had at this ceremony it got to be a little tight. The videographers were really squeezed in and it was a little hard to get some angles and shots I like when I have a whole beach to move around on.  Also, the groom was so much taller than the bride, it actually made some of my shots I normally do difficult. They were a great couple, and I thought almost all the pictures tuned out fantastic. My wife seem to think the groom was a little too good looking, I might have to hide the rest of the pictures :)  I hope you enjoy some samples below.

How guys get ready for a wedding - Ocean Club
The girls are going crazy in one room, and we see the guys busy getting ready here.

Bride putting on earings in mirror - Grande Dunes, Ocean Club

Bride in doorway, black and white - Grande Dunes, Ocean Club

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Black and white wedding portrait The Market Commons in Myrtle Beach

Wedding at Marriott Resort and Spa, Myrtle Beach

Here are a few of the pictures from my wedding this past Sunday at the Marriott Resort and Spa at The Grande Dunes near the ocean in Myrtle Beach, that’s a long name for a location. The weather actually turned out to be perfect for the wedding. This couple was very easy to work with, I did engagement portraits with them previously that turned out really great as well.  There were actually a ton of pictures I liked, I tried to pick out a few to post on the blog.  I normally like my pictures really clean without a lot of silly Photoshop effects, the kind that I’ve noticed some photographers use to draw attention away from bad pictures.  If you see a short depth of field (blurry out of focus background) it’s being done in camera.  However one of the pictures below I used the Totally Rad Actions F-Zero action for a tilt shift lens effect.  It looks like something you might get from a Lens Baby without the trouble of using one, and I thought it really worked for that picture.  I hope you like the pictures, if you do don’t forget to click the Facebook like button above.

Kiss at Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes

Bridal portrait on stairs Marriott Resort and Spa at The Grande Dunes

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Bridal portrait sitting by flowers behind Members Club at the Grande Dunes

Bridal Portraits, Members Club at the Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach

I did some beautiful bridal portraits after my Indian wedding at the Grande Dunes.  The members club is a great spot with the golf course out back. It was a little different to do the bridal portraits after the wedding, but it worked out well.  I’m learning how to use fill flash more effectively for example in the shot of the bride looking out over the golf course.  It was very dark in the area where she was standing compared to the background in the bright sun.  If I had just exposed for her, the background would be blown out and white.  However, exposing somewhat for the background and filling in the bride with some flash, gives very nice results. Of course you can never beat the light coming in from a big window.  I hope you enjoy some of them below.

Bridal portraits after Indian Wedding Grande Dunes

Bridal portraits after Indian Wedding Grande Dunes

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Traditional Indian bride sitting on floor looking up - Grande Dunes Members Club

Traditional Indian Wedding at the Grande Dunes Myrtle Beach

I did my first traditional Indian wedding at the Grande Dunes Members Club in Myrtle Beach.  It was an experience I’ll always remember and a really beautiful event. It’s amazing how intricate and heavy an Indian wedding dress is.  I loved how many colors there were during the ceremony with the bride’s dress and the flowers. I think my favorite shot was the bride walking down the aisle and the groom still hidden from her view. My new Nikon 70-200 f2.8 lens really makes this picture pop. I also loved the picture of the bride from overhead where you can see all the details …

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