Touching foreheads in front of the ocean - Pawleys Island

Rainy wedding day at Pawleys Plantation with a first look on the beach

First look on the beach in Pawleys Island Lauren was so excited about the pictures for her December wedding. When checking the weather a couple of days before, it was forecast to rain all day. She asked me if it would be possible to do a first look with Daniel, her fiance, and some pictures on the beach in Pawleys Island before the wedding. I had the day open, so I was happy to do it. I’m glad we were able to do this. It ended up being a beautiful evening on the beach. It even gave me a chance …

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Dusk at the Ocean Club - Grande Dunes Ocean Club - Myrtle Beach

Laci and Justin’s May wedding on the Ocean Club Balcony with a emotional first look

I had a very busy May this year with 4 weddings at The Ocean Club in the Grande Dunes. I already featured the first of my May weddings in a blog post here. I talked about some new flash equipment and my photo booth, so please check it out. Laci and Justin’s wedding was held on an unusually hot day for the month of May. Thankfully, down by the ocean, you almost always get a nice breeze. I started out with my usual pictures of all the dresses hanging in the beautiful windows upstairs in the clubhouse. I also got …

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Dancing on the cloud wedding photography - Grande Dunes Ocean Club - Myrtle Beach

Fun but windy wedding day at the Grande Dunes Ocean Club & a new photo booth

It’s great to be back at the Grande Dunes Ocean Club in Myrtle Beach, this was my first wedding of 2018 at this location. It’s also great to be working again with some of the best wedding vendors in Myrtle Beach. The wedding planner Sarah McCall of Stunning and Brilliant Events, DJ Ryan Robinson of Globaltruth Entertainment and Samantha Huff at the Ocean Club. I’m making this blog post in the middle of Hurricane Florence so I’m really hoping my power stays on, it’s only a category 1 now so I’m not too worried.  While it wasn’t hurricane force winds for …

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First look behind the clubhouse before the ceremony - Pawleys Plantation

Beautiful spring wedding at Pawleys Plantation Country Club with a first look and great sunset

This wedding was a great way to begin my 2016 season. I always love going to the Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club area to photograph a wedding. I’ve been there so many times that I know the best photo spots and where to get good light during different times of the afternoon. This bride and groom decided to do a “first look” so that we could do all the bridal party and family pictures before the ceremony. Doing most of the pictures before the ceremony can be nice, but you need a location like Pawleys Plantation with lots of …

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Bride and groom sitting together of golf course greens

Early afternoon wedding photography at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club with a fun couple

Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club is one of my favorite locations that I photograph weddings at often.  The staff is very friendly and helpful and the site is great for photography. There isn’t much I can say that I haven’t said in some of my earlier blog posts about the site.  This wedding ceremony was in the early afternoon, so we had some harsh sunlight during the ceremony, but it wasn’t too bad.  The golf course behind the clubhouse is a great place for a wedding and for pictures after, it is nice to do everything in the same area …

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Sunset by the classic car

My first time photographing a wedding at The Ivy Place in Lancaster, SC

The Ivy Place in Lancaster, SC is the farthest I’ve traveled so far to photograph a wedding, a little over 3 hours each way. I was a bit tired on the drive home, but it really wasn’t a bad trip. It was biker week in Myrtle Beach, so I’m actually glad my wedding was out of the area. The Ivy Place is a really nice wedding location near Charlotte, it reminds me of weddings I’ve done in Charleston and Brookgreen Gardens. It has a pretty garden area surrounding an old  historical house and abandoned barns in the fields.  As you can see from the …

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Fun series of shots of groomsmen jumping

First ever wedding on the Barefoot Resort Love Course with a bit of Dr. Who

This was the first ever wedding held at this spot on the Barefoot Resort and Golf Love Course. It was held at a really nice spot where they have the recreated ruins of an old plantation home along holes 3-7. The mother and father of the groom were long time members of Barefoot resort, so they were given the special opportunity to do a wedding at this spot. I’ve done lots of weddings backing up to golf courses, but never one where there were no golfers to watch out for. This was special because the entire course was closed down for us, we had the location to ourselves with no one else around.

As you can see below, the couple decided to do a first look to get some of the pictures done before the ceremony. I really like the storyboard format of my blog now, it’s easier to show something like a first look that can be hard to express in a single picture. Thanks to it being cloudy, even though it was earlier in the day we didn’t have a problem with the harsh sunlight. The couple are big fans of the Dr. Who series, so we incorporated that in some of the pictures. The wedding planner Elizabeth Hodges, that I’ve worked with a lot, her son came dressed at The Dr. He looked like he could fit right into that series, he really made a convincing look-alike. I really loved the look of the Tuxedos worn by the groomsmen, and the groom’s top hat. I hope you enjoy some of the pictures below, please comment if you do.

Sunset ceremony - Litchfield Country Club

Sunset ceremony at the Litchfield Country Club – New Storyboard Layout

The wedding I’m featuring this week was from the Litchfield Country Club in Pawleys Island. It’s actually been a couple of years since I have done a wedding at this location. I was a little worried about the pictures because they wanted to do a first look and then do all the family and couple pictures before the ceremony. This means that we had to start the pictures around 2 pm when the sun was still very much overhead in the sky. If this would have been at an open sky location like the beach, not only is everyone going to be squinting, but it’s almost impossible to avoid harsh shadows and raccoon eyes.

Thankfully, at a location with lots of large trees, you can usually find plenty of shade to do family pictures. I still have to be careful to make sure in the shade pictures look good, but that will have to be for another post. Actually you can get a pretty cool look, like you see in some of the pictures below, if you have the subject in the shade but the sun hitting foliage in the background. For the ceremony itself it was at the ideal time of day. It was just beautiful with the sunset going down behind the trees during the ceremony. You really can’t get better light than that.

You might notice I’ve made a couple of changes to the blog.  The blog is now super wide, however if you are viewing on a narrower browser window or smaller device it will just scale to whatever you have. I’m trying out a new storyboard layout for pictures this time, I got this pretty expensive Photoshop plugin called Storyboard that makes it easy to put together all the pictures automatically. Let me know if you like the pictures and the new layout!

Fun wedding at Kingston Plantation in North Myrtle Beach

Kingston Plantation seems to be one of my usual spots, like the Grand Dunes, that I end up going to frequently.  It’s nice when I get to work at the same location multiple times, I can really get to know all the good photo spots after a while.   It’s also nice because it’s out of the Myrtle Beach city limits so you don’t have to worry about getting fined by trying to take pictures on the beach.  This couple was a lot of fun, I got a lot of just casual, fun shots of them as well as really nice …

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