I had another wedding at Kingston Plantation up in North Myrtle Beach this past weekend. Everything went really smoothly. I think it was the largest wedding party I’ve ever had. I actually just looked at one of the pictures again to count, it looks like 10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen. I had to do one shot during the wedding ceremony where I combined 3 different pictures into a panorama to get the entire wedding party without seeing the backs of the audience. Photoshop is amazing for stitching panoramas like that. One of my favorite shots below was the party pretending to play football, they were all big football fans. I’ve never been really into football myself, but I could get from the reception there was a big rivalry going on between the bride and groom family’s home teams. Remember, any silly fun ideas you come up with for pictures I will be glad to try. They can turn out really nice, and if they don’t, it’s no big deal. I hope you enjoy some shots below.
Last week’s wedding was at such a pretty spot. It was a private home right on the waterway in the Litchfield, Pawleys Island area, about 30 minutes south of Myrtle Beach. It’s too bad this isn’t a regular spot for weddings, although the homeowner did say he has had about 20 weddings there, various family and friends. I can certainly see why. Everything went really nice as well, there was the most beautiful sunset over the waterway, you can see below many of my favorite pictures feature that sunset. The only slight problem was during the ceremony, the brides face was in complete shade, and the grooms was in bright sun. Thankfully after a few minutes either he or the sun moved enough that it worked out fine. This however is a good thing to keep in mind when planning your wedding location. If one person’s face is in the sun, and one in the shade, either one face has to be really dark, or one really blown out and bright. It’s just the way a camera works. I can adjust for it some. But you need to make sure the bride and groom are both in the shade or both in the sun for the best results. It’s usually best not to have partial sun as well, for example the head in the shade and body in the sun. Some things to keep in mind. Of course nothing can be planned perfectly, that is why you’ve got to have a photographer that is used to dealing with this type of thing, if you let a camera decide everything itself you can really have a mess. I hope you enjoy some of the pictures below.
I thought this picture didn’t work at the time, but seeing it now I think it’s cute
It’s been a long time since I did a wedding at Brookgreen Gardens. It’s a really pretty area and weddings there always seem to turn out beautiful. This ceremony was at the Holiday Cottage, which was the same location I had a wedding the last time. I guess they also have weddings in another part of the gardens as well, but the cottage area is very nice. In the past the only way a photographer could work in the gardens was if they were working for a wedding. However, the wedding coordinator at the Holiday Cottage told me they have a new policy. I need to check into it, because I would love to be able to do engagement pictures from time to time. I believe they charge a substantial amount for doing a shoot in the gardens, but it might very well be worth the price for a couple. Anyway, I had a lot of pictures I really liked. I tried to pick out some of them so I could have a reasonable length blog post. I hope you enjoy them below. If you like the pictures, don’t forget to make a comment, and click the Facebook like button above. You can also subscribe to this blog at the bottom of the page.
I just wanted to put up a quick post about a recent wedding in Brookgreen Gardens, I will likely be putting up a post with more general pictures from this wedding later on. The bride wanted to do first look pictures, where instead of seeing the groom at the ceremony like normal, they did something special beforehand. I hadn’t really done this before exactly, but I thought what would look good was the bride in focus as she walked towards the groom out of focus in the background. Actually I should have done this with a different lens, and it would have been even better, but I really liked the results. I will post some shots below, these are special because I’m not going to put them all up in my gallery, without context it would look like a bunch of pictures of the same thing.