21 Mar


Guide to Summer Beach Weddings

Summer beach weddings—the mere thought brings a smile to my face and a rush of vivid images to my mind. As a wedding photographer who adores these sun-kissed celebrations, I’ve seen firsthand the enchantment they hold. From the serene backdrop of the ocean to the warmth of the golden hour light, every element combines to create a picture-perfect setting. So, let me guide you through the allure of summer beach weddings, offering pearls of wisdom for both the blissful couples and my fellow photographers.





For the Brides and their dream summer beach weddings 

Dress to Impress (and for the Weather): Choosing the right attire is crucial. Brides, think lightweight and flowy dresses that move with the sea breeze and won’t weigh you down under the sun. And for your groom, linen suits or light-colored fabrics are your best friends. These choices aren’t just about aesthetics; they’re about comfort and enjoying your day to the fullest.

Timing is Key: The midday sun can be harsh, not just for comfort but for photos as well. Aim for a late afternoon or early evening ceremony. The light is softer, making for divine photos, and the temperature is more agreeable. Plus, there’s something inherently romantic about exchanging vows as the sun dips below the horizon.

Hydration Station: It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities and forget to drink water, especially on a hot summer day. Set up a hydration station with water and refreshing drinks. Your guests will thank you, and you’ll avoid any heat-related hiccups.

Consider Your Guests’ Comfort: While you and your bridal party might be prepared for the sand and sun, ensure your guests are too. Offering flip-flops for those who didn’t anticipate the sand and providing sunscreen can make a world of difference in their comfort and enjoyment.


Quick Tips for Wedding Photographers of Beach Weddings

Scout Ahead: Familiarity breeds confidence. Visit the beach venue beforehand, ideally at the same time of day as the planned wedding. Look for the best spots for portraits and group shots, and take note of how the light falls across the beach. This prep work will pay off in spades on the wedding day.

Embrace the Elements: A beach setting means dealing with wind and possibly spray. Use these to your advantage. A veil caught in a gust of wind or a spontaneous ocean spray can turn a standard shot into a memorable masterpiece. These elements add movement and life to your photos.

Shade and Sun: Direct sunlight can lead to harsh shadows and squinting subjects. Use natural shade or bring diffusers to soften the light. However, don’t shy away from playing with the sun for backlit or silhouette shots, especially during golden hour. These can add drama and romance to your portfolio.

Gear Protection: Sand, salt, and water are the nemeses of your gear. Protect your equipment with covers and keep it clean. Changing lenses with caution and keeping your kit shaded will extend its life and ensure it’s ready for those once-in-a-lifetime shots.

Capture the Vibe: Beyond the couple, the beach setting itself is a character in the day’s story. Wide shots that encapsulate the environment, candid moments of guests letting loose, and the unique decor elements that speak to the setting—all contribute to the narrative of the day.


An Important Beach Wedding Reminder

Blending dreams with the reality of a beach setting requires an understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities presented by summer beach weddings. For couples, it’s about embracing the beauty and unpredictability of the beach. For photographers, it’s about capturing that beauty and telling a story that’s as timeless as the tides.

Keep your plans fluid, expect the unexpected, and above all, soak in every moment. Whether it’s the warmth of the setting sun or the joy in the eyes of the newlyweds, these are the elements that elevate a beach wedding from simply beautiful to truly unforgettable.


Beach Wedding Inspo

A few years back, I had the chance to associate shoot a beach wedding in Cape May. It was BEAUTIFUL and I just had to share it for all the brides and grooms looking to plan a beach wedding.


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