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.
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!
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 posed shots as well. I know it’s hard to relax at a wedding, but if you can and just try to act silly and not worry about things too much it makes for a lot better photos. I tried to pick out some shots to highlight that were more unique to this wedding. We did a lot of normal poses of course that turned out great, but I tried to highlight some that were more candid or a bit different. I hope you like them.
First look at the bride - Kingston Plantation - North Myrtle Beach
Passing the rings among the family during the ceremony - Kingston Plantation - North Myrtle Beach
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.