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Apache Pier Wedding: P + M

Updated: Mar 4


bride and groom walking together under a pier

One of the crazy things about a dream is how it can evolve over time. We still remember it like it was yesterday when we decided to move to Asheville to chase our dream of becoming full time photographers! At first we were just trying to get established and make a name for ourselves in this area and before you knew it, we were blessed with the opportunity to travel beyond Asheville quite often. It was one of those things where it kept happening and it eventually hit us that there was a very real possibility we could spend a good deal of our year traveling for weddings out of town and destination weddings. As that dream progressed we began to pursue opportunities outside of WNC. Fast forward to this year, and literally more than half of our weddings have been out of town! One of our most recent was Paige and Michael’s beautiful destination wedding in Myrtle Beach, SC! We first connected with Michael and Paige a little over a year ago when Michael was traveling through Asheville and was looking for a photographer to help capture his surprise proposal to Paige. Michael had just about everything planned out to a T! We were initially going to be heading to Chimney Rock to capture the big moment in front of a waterfall, but as fate would have it, there ended up being some slides in that area beforehand and we ultimately had to come up with a plan B.

Plan B ended being on our favorite spots in WNC area, Triple Falls! We soon confirmed everything with Michael and the rest is history!

After connecting with Michael and Paige for their engagement session, we knew we wanted to stay connected with them for this journey. We were thrilled when they asked us if we were willing to travel to the beach for their wedding soon after! Beyond being excited for the opportunity to travel and shoot another beach wedding, we were just as excited to see Paige and Michael again. Even though their engagement was short session, we really felt like we made two new friends. They were both adventurous, funny, and as sweet as they come and we were so grateful to be in their presence.

With Paige and Michael coming all the way from California to this coast, it truly was a destination wedding for them and many of their family and friends as well! Being unfamiliar with the area, we decided to get out that morning before their wedding and walk on the beach to check everything out. The more we discovered the more we couldn’t wait! Their ceremony was going to be held next to Apache Pier, the longest pier on the east coast! It may not sound like much and we’ve totally been on piers before growing up in Florida, but once you get out on this thing (or under it for that matter) it blows you away with the sheer size! We knew this would be a perfect element to incorporate into some of their photos throughout the day! As the day progressed I got to hang with Michael and his groomsmen at the Pier and Jenny was back at the suite with Paige and her bridesmaids! It’s natural for a wedding day to carry an element of stress but if I’m being completely honest, excitement was easily the feeling of the day! Guests soon arrived and the laid back beach vibes coupled with the warm weather seemed to just put everyone in that perfect happy place. Their ceremony was beautiful and emotional as these two were soon be joined together as one!

The rest of the evening was a blur, mainly because these two and their crew totally knew how party! (dance photos to come!) Thankfully we were able to slow it down a bit and get out with Michael and Paige on the beach for some sunset photos. Much like they did for their engagement, these two had fun and definitely crushed it! It was a wedding day we won’t soon forget with a couple whom we are definitely blessed to call friends! We hope you enjoy following along!

myrtle beach
apache pier in myrtle beach
bride and groom's names drawn in the sand on myrtle beach
shoreline at myrtle beach
groom details
candid shot of groom smiling
groom's father helping him with his tie
groom adjusting his watch
groom looking in the mirror
bride's dress hanging off some stairs
bride showing off her cup
bridal details
reflection of bride smiling
bride's ring on a sea shell
bridesmaids helping the bride get ready
bridesmaids helping bride tie her dress
bride's ring on her shoulder
bride making a funny face as her bridesmaid puts her garter on
bridal portrait in the window light
groom walking off of the pier onto the beach
groom's party portrait under the pier
groom and groomsmen laughing
traditional groom portrait under apache pier
goofy groom's party portrait
groomsmen hanging out
groom's party walking down the pier
dramatic lighting portrait of the groom's party
groom and his buddy laughing
groom's party taking a selfie
wedding sign in table
wooden whale cut out for guest sign in
wedding tables seating chart
mom holding her daughter
groom hugging his mother
groom taking a quick photo with his cousins
wedding guests pointing at something
groom awaiting the arrival of the bride
groom smiling
groom trying to hold back tears
groom crying as the bride walks down the aisle
bride and groom holding hands during the ceremony
groom smiling at the bride during the ceremony
bride and groom both laughing during the wedding ceremony
little kids sitting on a beach towel
myrtle beach wedding ceremony near a pier
wedding party all praying together
bride and groom sharing their first kiss
bride and groom smiling during their recessional
bride and groom kissing at the end of the aisle
wedding guests taking a photo with their family
groom's dad kissing him on the cheek
little cousins all taking a selfie
apache pier sign
group photo of every guest at the wedding
photographer showing flower girl her camera
bride and groom laughing while walking with their bridal party
full wedding party portrait
bridesmaids hugging the bride
full wedding party on apache pier
bridal portrait on apache pier
bride and groom smiling at each other on apache pier
beach themed wedding cake
wedding gift table
bride and groom sharing their first dance
bride resting her head on the groom's chest
bride and groom laughing during the best man speech
maid of honor hugging the bride
bride dancing with her father
mother son dance
bride and groom feeding each other cake
bride dancing with her step dad
bride laughing at something the groom said
leading line shot of the groom kissing the bride on the temple
bride and groom looking at each other near the beach
bride and groom wrapped around each other and walking underneath a pier
married couple walking underneath a pier at myrtle beach
bride and groom holding hands and walking on the beach during sunset
bride and groom kissing in the water during sunset
bride and groom laughing together
long exposure shot of the bride and groom looking opposite directions
groom picking up the bride underneath the pier and kissing her
bride and groom jumping in the water
bride on the dance floor dancing
wedding guests dancing
little kids on the dance floor dancing
groom dancing during the reception
bride dancing and singing
light blur shot of wedding guests dancing
groom going to retrieve garter

wedding guests holding hands and dancing

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