I wonder if any wedding dress makers offer dresses made particularly for (hot) Florida beach weddings? Many of the brides I photograph do a great job of getting around on loose sand in long flowing dresses, but I am sure glad to be wearing ultralight wicking materials rather than a highly non-breathable wedding dress. Callie, as you will see, was still quite nimble despite the longish train of her wedding dress.
Most of the time for beach weddings I do not see the bride and groom until they are standing on the beach just before the ceremony. They often come from out of state and do not hire me for any photography before the ceremony. However, for Callie and Joey's wedding I got on the scene even before Callie donned her wedding dress so the above photograph shows the moment all the finishes touches to attire, hair and makeup were completed. This also allowed me to get to know Callie a little before her wedding, which is a big plus for me as a photographer.
Not only did Callie and Joey reserve photography time for before the beach wedding ceremony, but also for a time after sunset too. No other beach bride from this summer has a portrait like the one above because no others reserved after sunset time for photography. After the sun goes down, often the sky turns purple with hues of orange. Add to that that Callie, shoeless, was willing to scramble up some jetties, all this enabled me to make basically the exact shot I pre-visioned.
We even had time for a few well after sunset portraits with Callie and her bridesmaids. Again, this kind of photograph was a first for me this summer. It was also a very fun series of shots to end the night on. After the shot above, Callie and her friends put on their "silly faces" I believe they called them. I will keep those shots offline though . . . thanks Callie and Joey for a very fun and creative evening of beach wedding photography.