Dip back for a kiss on the golf course - River Ridge Golf Club

Spring wedding at River Ridge Golf Club in Raleigh, NC

This was my first time traveling to Raleigh, NC for a wedding. Even though the golf club was a 3 hour drive for me, it’s always nice to visit a new location for a wedding and to get to know new wedding vendors. I met the bride and groom, Ornelie and Matt, doing engagement pictures for them here in Myrtle Beach. They loved the engagement pictures so they wanted me to travel to Raleigh for their wedding photography as well! When I arrived the bride was just finishing up her makeup in the upstairs room, and the groom was getting …

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Fun sunset pictures with the bride and groom at Holden Beach, NC

This is the first time I’ve been up to Holden Beach in NC for a wedding. This wedding was for a couple that was bringing together their two families with adult children. Everyone just seemed really happy and got along great. That always makes things easier for me. The wedding was held at a really pretty private home on the ocean. It was quite a long walk from the beach house down to the actual ocean. The area behind the house was huge and just full of dunes and sea oats, as well as a small lake surrounded by tall grass. This was actually one of the prettiest beach spots I think I’ve seen. It makes you realize how much they have ruined the Myrtle Beach area. All the houses and hotels are stuck almost on the ocean, it has just ruined the beach and dunes. I guess there is nothing that can be done about it now except occasional beach re-nourishment when they pump sand out of the ocean. I decided for this post to highlight just one part of the wedding, pictures of the couple that we did at sunset. The whole afternoon I had been looking at spots and thinking about what it would look like at sunset. After spending some time at the reception the couple walked back down to the beach with me right around sunset time, like usual we only had a few minutes. The angle of the sun to the ocean is different here than it is in Myrtle Beach. That is why there are a lot of cool shots with the sun going down over the ocean. There is only a brief time during the winter when the sun’s angle will be like that here. I just love in the pictures below the way the sunset reflects off the edge of the water, as well as the ones of it going down behind the lake. If you like these pictures please comment and ‘like’ the post, it encourages me to post more often. A couple of these shots have been touched up, but most have not. I hope you enjoy them.

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Wedding and reception on Bald Head Island, NC

This was an exciting wedding for me, this was my first time to Bald Head Island, NC and it is a very beautiful area. If you are not familiar, the island is an almost 2 hour trip north of Myrtle Beach. To actually get onto the island you have to park and leave your car and take about a half hour ferry ride out. There are no cars at all on the island, just a lot of golf carts, bikes, and shuttles.

The actual area of the wedding ceremony I believe was called the old baldy lighthouse.  That is where you see that shot of the bride in the doorway. I really wanted to go up the staircase in the lighthouse, but the bride wasn’t up for that. I think it would be really fun to take my wife here and rent some bikes and just stay for the day. I’ll see if I can get her to go up the Lighthouse stairs and get some pictures.

We did have a few problems especially with the insects. If you ever go here in the summer make sure to bring lots of bug spray. Like happens with many weddings, the family scattered after the ceremony was over and I know the bride was worried the next day that we missed some family shots. I think she will be real happy when she realizes how many pictures I was taking of the family when she wasn’t aware of it. It is a good idea to make sure the family knows to stay around for pictures right after the ceremony, because once the reception starts, it’s hard to get everyone back together.

It’s interesting shooting on a different beach, I’ve been to lots of spots along our coast, but being out on the island the beach is at a different angle to the sun then it would be around here. It just makes for some different lighting. I hope you enjoy some of the pictures below. I’m doing something new recently where I post a lot of pictures you won’t see in my galleries or on Facebook.

Bridesmaids walking together -Bald Head Island
Groomsmen having a drink before the ceremony -Bald Head Island

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Small wedding at Ocean Isle Beach, NC

I had a very nice small wedding up in Ocean Isle Beach, NC this past weekend.  There was only about 40 guests and a small wedding party. Small weddings can be nice because everyone is generally more relaxed.  You can’t tell how large a wedding is anyway in my favorite type of pictures, the expressions on people’s faces are the important thing.  Ocean Isle is a bit of a drive from my usual area around Myrtle Beach, I don’t make it up there very often, but it is a really pretty area and it’s a lot less crowded then down here at the beach.

This wedding was held at a pretty difficult time of day for pictures, right around early afternoon.  Thankfully the sun wasn’t directly overhead, but it was still pretty high in the sky.  I’m getting quite good at being able to look at the light even in difficult conditions and get nicely exposed shots without any more harsh shadows than can be helped.  I was actually really happy with the way the family pictures turned out even though the sun was so bright, final adjustments in Lightroom always help as well.  I did some shots of the couple right after the ceremony, then we went out right before sunset to do some more pictures of just the two of them.  By then it had become very cloudy but at least the rain held off until the evening.  You can’t control what the natural light is going to do outdoors, you just have to learn to work with it.  But if you do have the choice when planning for pictures, evenings right before sunset are best.  The next best is earlier in the day but cloudy or in some shade, then finally the worst is full sun at noontime.  Think about this when doing your own photography.  I hope you enjoy some of the shots below.

Happy smiles - Ocean Isle Beach - NC
Lacing up the dress - Sunset Beach - NC

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Wedding at Ocean Isle Beach

I had another really nice wedding this past weekend. It was the most beautiful spot up past Ocean Isle in NC. I’ll put a few of my favorite pictures below, but I really liked almost all of them. This is the first time I’ve seen a groom really shove the cake in a brides face, I just barely got a picture of it I was having to move fast. Enjoy the pictures.

Bridal Party Jumping in the air, ocean isle beach
Bridesmaid smiling at the camera, short depth of field, ocean isle beach

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