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Wedding reception at the Conway River Walk

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I had a fun wedding reception a couple of weeks ago in the Conway River Walk area, specifically at the Peanut Warehouse.  The Conway area is a small historic town about 20 minutes away from Myrtle Beach.  Conway has a really pretty area on the river, with some nearby railroad tracks that are no longer used, that makes for a great photo location.  This couple already had their wedding ceremony in Italy, they were just having a second reception for the family and friends that were not able to make the trip.  I wouldn’t normally want to just photograph a reception only, but this couple had me do bridal and couple pictures before the reception.  It was pretty much what I would do for any wedding except for the actual ceremony itself.  I just know my pictures can’t really compete with the beautiful location they had for their wedding.

This turned out to be a lot of fun because the bride was not worried about her dress and we had lots of extra time for pictures of her and the couple, a lot more time than I would typically have at a wedding.  Everyone was really relaxed as well.  The couple even ventured out pretty far on the railroad tracks to a little bridge overlooking the water.  I was actually surprised they were willing to do so much because the tracks are very difficult to walk on.  I’m always up for anything, so if there are any adventurous couples that want to try something different please let me know.

The only problem with the pictures is it was a very overcast evening, which can be nice, but it was making for some flat kind of boring light. I’ve been experimenting more and more with using off camera flash aided by the new Pocket Wizards.  I tried in a few shots to get some flash on a light stand behind the subject to simulate sunlight hitting from behind.  I also used a second flash a lot at the reception itself to give some more interesting lighting.  If you enjoy these pictures or have any comments about them please let me know below.

Light coming through the walls at Peanut Warehouse - Conway River Walk

Light coming through the walls at Peanut Warehouse - Conway River Walk

Bride backlit with flash - Conway River Walk

Bride backlit with flash - Conway River Walk

Groom trying to escape from the bride - Conway River Walk

Groom trying to escape from the bride - Conway River Walk

Experimenting with the Nik Color Efex pro plugins.

Experimenting with the Nik Color Efex pro plugins.


Bride walking down the train tracks - Conway River Walk

Bride walking down the train tracks - Conway River Walk

Classic style couple portrait by the water - Conway River Walk

Classic style couple portrait by the water - Conway River Walk

A natural way to frame a picture - Conway River Walk

A natural way to frame a picture - Conway River Walk

Having fun on the train tracks - Conway River Walk

Having fun on the train tracks - Conway River Walk

Bride and groom walking down train tracks together - Conway River Walk

Bride and groom walking down train tracks together - Conway River Walk

Bride and groom standing on railroad tracks - Conway River Walk

Bride and groom standing on railroad tracks - Conway River Walk

Peeking through the door waiting for time to enter the reception  - Conway River Walk

Peeking through the door waiting for time to enter the reception - Conway River Walk

Having fun dancing at the peanut warehouse - Backlit by a second flash

Having fun dancing at the peanut warehouse - Backlit by a second flash

Bride on the railroad tracks - Conway River Walk

Bride on the railroad tracks - Conway River Walk

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19 Responses to “Wedding reception at the Conway River Walk”

  1. Brooke Christl says:

    Great pictures:). Makes me excited for my wedding out there!

    · June 15, 2011 @ 5:12 am

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    • Ryan Smith says:

      I'm looking forward to seeing them, if you get a pretty sunset I think it would really be great. I'd like to get some clients over to that area for engagement pictures, but everyone wants to go to the beach around here.

      · June 16, 2011 @ 4:32 am

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  2. Brooke Christl says:

    Great pictures:). Makes me excited for my wedding out there!

    · June 15, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    Reply

  3. Brooke Christl says:

    Great pictures:). Makes me excited for my wedding out there!

    · June 15, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    Reply

  4. Brooke Christl says:

    Great pictures:). Makes me excited for my wedding out there!

    · June 15, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    Reply

  5. Brooke Christl says:

    Great pictures:). Makes me excited for my wedding out there!

    · June 15, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    Reply

  6. Brooke Christl says:

    Great pictures:). Makes me excited for my wedding out there!

    · June 15, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    Reply

  7. Brooke Christl says:

    Great pictures:). Makes me excited for my wedding out there!

    · June 15, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    Reply

  8. Brooke Christl says:

    Great pictures:). Makes me excited for my wedding out there!

    · June 15, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    Reply

  9. Brooke Christl says:

    Great pictures:). Makes me excited for my wedding out there!

    · June 15, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    Reply

  10. Brooke Christl says:

    Great pictures:). Makes me excited for my wedding out there!

    · June 15, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    Reply

  11. Brooke Christl says:

    Great pictures:). Makes me excited for my wedding out there!

    · June 15, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    Reply

  12. Brooke Christl says:

    Great pictures:). Makes me excited for my wedding out there!

    · June 15, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    Reply

  13. Brooke Christl says:

    Great pictures:). Makes me excited for my wedding out there!

    · June 15, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    Reply

  14. Brooke Christl says:

    Great pictures:). Makes me excited for my wedding out there!

    · June 15, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    Reply

  15. Brooke Christl says:

    Great pictures:). Makes me excited for my wedding out there!

    · June 15, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    Reply

    • Ryan Smith says:

      I'm looking forward to seeing them, if you get a pretty sunset I think it would really be great. I'd like to get some clients over to that area for engagement pictures, but everyone wants to go to the beach around here.

      · June 16, 2011 @ 4:32 am

      Reply

  16. Brooke Christl says:

    Great pictures:). Makes me excited for my wedding out there!

    · June 15, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    Reply

    • Ryan Smith says:

      I'm looking forward to seeing them, if you get a pretty sunset I think it would really be great. I'd like to get some clients over to that area for engagement pictures, but everyone wants to go to the beach around here.

      · June 16, 2011 @ 4:32 am

      Reply

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