To say that the weather was a concern for Kristen and Jason's wedding on Hilton Head was an understatement. Eight months before their wedding, a hurricane hit Hilton Head and downed several hundred thousand trees. These trees were then piled at their original venue. Consequently, their original venue had no choice but to cancel on them. Plan two was to have their wedding at Sea Pines, on the south end of Hilton Head.
I had a conversation with the bride a few days before the wedding, who was watching the wether report for her wedding day with great concern. I tried to reassure her that of the 350 or so weddings I've done, only about three have ever been just completely rained out. Then the day of the wedding came, and it was absolutely pouring. Was I worried about it? No. You see, I've seen enough days like this to know that the pictures are still going to turn out beautiful. Rainy days give beautiful, even lighting. There are always sheltered places to shoot. And eventually, it's going to stop raining, and when that happens, the sky is going to be dramatic. All of that happened. Even though they ended up needing to have the ceremony indoors rather than on the 18th green, their couples pictures turned out awesome. Here are just of few of their pictures, finishing with a shot with the receding storm in the background.
Maria and James got married October 30th at a private home on Hilton Head. It was debatable whether it was even going to happen, as Hurricane Matthew hit two weeks before, and the home was right on the ocean. Well, the home survived, and even with the sand dunes gone, it made for a beautiful wedding. I'm not sure why, but there were butterflies all over the beach that day, and they made their way into a number of the pictures. Celebrations Catering and Events did all the setup and catering, and added quite a few details I haven't seen before, including sea glass decorations on the tables.
Maria and James themselves were fantastic. If I could do a wedding like theirs every week, I would. They were there to have fun, and it shows in the pictures. No one was stressed out. They played games during the reception, and were very flexible about getting pictures when the lighting was right. It really goes to show, the less worried you are about the day, the better the pictures turn out. Blessings to you both. It was a pleasure.
I take a lot of photographs. A lot. I take a lot of wedding photos, engagement photos, portraits, journalism, you name it. If I were to let it, my passion might turn into a job, and then it just wouldn't be fun anymore. Every once in a while, it's nice to just shoot for me. This week I was able to do that. I got to go on a short trip with my family and just shoot whatever I felt like. That's how you keep from getting stale. Shoot what you want to just because it's fun, just because it's there. Here are a few of my shots from this week on my trip to the upcountry.
This last Saturday, I had the opportunity to be a part of Laura and Willy's wedding on Fripp Island, South Carolina. It was a Quaker wedding, which was a first for me. But the other thing that was somewhat unusual was that they brought a classic car along for their exit, and also for some fun shots after the ceremony. A classic car can be a great tool for getting some really memorable pictures at your wedding. Here are a couple shots from Laura and Willy's wedding, as well as a couple others from other weddings. Enjoy.