When photographing a beach wedding in Florida, you really never know what kind of sunset, if any, mother nature will provide you with that particular evening. For Lynn and Stephen's wedding, we were treated to a very rare golden twilight sky. Stephen wearing white along with his bride Lynn helped them not overpower the golden light, but rather blend into it. Given such fantastic light conditions, I made sure to do my part to make the best possible wedding photographs for the newlyweds.
Another rarity this time was being able to see the sun make its way all the way down to the horizon itself, unobstructed by clouds. Once I found the settings that I liked best: f/8 ISO 400 1/80th manual mode I put a mark in the sand and just moved and had either the couple or just the bride stand on that mark for various shots. This allows me to maximize the variety of shots I can take while the sun continues its accelerating trip to the southern hemisphere.
Now I am not one for gimmick photographs like drawing hearts in sand, etc. However, the heart in the above photograph was already there in basically in their path so I asked them if they wanted to include it in the shot. They said yes and we were able to make this shot on the first take. How do you feel about including things like hearts drawn in the sand?
Thanks to mother nature and Stephen and Lynn for making this a unique and colorful wedding photography experience.