Destination Wedding Photographer

What don’t I love about being a destination wedding photographer?

Their really is only one thing about being a destination wedding photographer that I don’t love – hauling lots of equipment through airports and hoping it arrives safely. But the rewards pay that off from the minute I check in.

There are plenty of reasons for couples to consider destination weddings: A mini vacation, family resorts and maybe beaches or mountains that you don’t live close to. Not only that, they can mean more exciting wedding pictures for the bride and groom! Who wouldn’t want that?

As a veteran photographer, I’m going to be honest and confess that I am guilty of shooting at designated spots that I know all wedding parties will love. I call them my “frequent flyer zones”. They are beautiful spots, have great available light and they always work! However, after 15+ years in this business, I can tell you from personal experience that I value new and inspiring locations that offer exciting challenges. Being a destination wedding photographer and traveling to a new location offers an opportunity to break out of the box, open your eyes to a fresh terrain, and tempt the visual senses. If you are one of our wedding couples planning your destination wedding, you have challenged us to work with this blank canvas and make it awesome. It’s thrilling and of course we accept!

One of the best things about being  a destination wedding photographer is that when we get home, there’s a sense of newness to everything around us. Those frequent flyer zones? Well, all of the sudden we have a new set of eyes for those too. We find ourselves seeing everything “for the first time” again. Experiencing the magic of your wedding day makes its impact on us. We are able to serve you more dynamic and incredibly creative memories just because we’ve restored our mind, body and spirit. It drives the heart of every destination wedding photographer to guarantee you a successful wedding with photojournalistic and fine art images.

As water is the essence of the body and wisdom the essence of mind, then travel is the essence of spirit. To book your destination wedding with us please contact us via email – info@carlkerridge.com – and we can make the travel arrangements!

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Myrtle Beach Mickie and Minnie

It’s not often you find two souls designed completely for each other, but when a passion for Taylor Swift unifies a couple, you know they play for keeps. I am so thankful this couple chose Myrtle Beach as their wedding destination.

Christina is a Northern-Southern belle. I still can’t get over how beautiful her bridal pictures were on the bridge taken at the Dunes Club in Myrtle Beach! Her groom, Nathan, is a man of many talents. From playing in the band, swinging golf clubs to keeping a smile on Christina’s face, he just rocks it. One of my favorite moments of the day was their first look. As Christina came around the corner, the two joined hands and made a pinkie promises to each other before turning to see the other. When Nathan saw his bride, all words left him because of her beauty. Christina rested on the arm of his chair and presented his groom’s gifts, Nathan kept saying that they were the best presents ever. That softness  and gratitude engulfed the two of them and was shared through the entire day.

You could tell the couple planned each symbolic and meaningful moment for themselves and their guests. We couldn’t have asked for better weather either. I loved their portraits on the golf greens and the sunset. One in particular mimicked the bride’s mother’s wedding picture. Her father was holding her mother in his arms. For generations to come, I hope they share enjoyment at seeing the images side by side.

Myrtle Beach has been the couple’s favorite vacation spot and its vendors helped their ceremony and reception become a masterpiece. The bride and their families baked approximately 3,000 cookies (a Pittsburg tradition) as the couple’s wedding favors and I think that everyone who came from out of town would agree they had more than enough sugar to take with them for the drive back to Pennsylvania.

As for every couple meant to be, there was Disney’s Mickey and Minnie….oh, and of course a Rolls Royce!

bridal portrait on bridge surrounded by green trees

bridesmaids pose for photo behind minnie and mickey cake topper at the dunes club of myrtle beach

2,000 finely detailed cookies were made as guest favors for this myrtle beach destination wedding

the bride and groom share a first look at the dunes club in myrtle beach

the bride watches as The groom tees off the green at the dunes club in myrtle beach

couple's portrait before the wedding ceremony at the dunes club in myrtle beach

Dad kisses his daughter before he gives her away at this myrtle beach destination wedding

the bride and groom complete the sand ceremony holding hands at this myrtle beach destination wedding

at this myrtle beach destination wedding, the groom gives a thumbs up as he walks away with his new wife

the wedding couple share a moment under the moon at the dunes club in myrtle beach

the wedding couple laugh as they play the shoe game at their wedding reception in myrtle beach

the wedding couple are silhouetted against a gorgeous sky at the dunes club in myrtle beach

the wedding couple ride in a rolls royce for their getaway car at their myrtle beach destination wedding

 

 

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Vendors:

Hair/Makeup: Artistry on Location

Location & Catering: The Dunes Club

Entertainment: Paul Grimshaw Band

Wedding Cake: Coccadotts Cake Shop

Wedding Favors:Bride’s Family

Wedding Dress: MB Bride

Getaway Car: RSG Event Designs

Elegant Wedding on the Inlet

The Brown-Boy married the Howard-Girl in this family-oriented, classic and elegant wedding in Murrells Inlet.

 

Both sides of this family are super sweet people and welcomed us like family. The bride and groom choose a private residence facing Murrells Inlet to say their vows and even with large wind gusts, the beauty of the day was unparalleled.

Our bride, Annah, is the cousin of one my former brides and that’s how she became acquainted with my work. When we were going over details of her upcoming wedding day, I realized that I knew part of their guest list. Matter of fact, there were quite a few familiar faces I enjoyed reconnecting with! That’s the real beauty of having an established business, building relationships and getting great referrals from past clients who trust and love your work.

One of the most notable parts of the wedding day were the children. It is truly amazing to witness how the children were incorporated into the wedding day, this family was close! in fact their entire “Bridal Party” was made up of siblings and their kids. The girls were adorable in their flower crowns and the boys looked sharp in their tailored tan suites. These tender touches stayed in the atmosphere all night from the first dance through to the sparkler exit.

Annah and Joseph epitomize southern elegance and charm. One of the memorable moments of the wedding day was when Annah walked down the aisle. Joseph’s reaction took me by surprise. His emotions at seeing his bride was nothing short of tear-jerking. I saw them after their honeymoon (at the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, Seven Mile Beach – Yes this is important info!) and my assistant asked how they liked being newly weds? Annah just looked up at Joseph and her eyes said it all. We all laughed and joked. I know that they both are still in a blessed state of bliss that only true love brings. Congratulations to my awesome love-birds, and until next time!

 

bride's engagement ring in marco photography before this elegant wedding

wedding dress and wedding shoes detail photography against decorative tile waterfall before their elegant wedding

the bride gives her flower girls a huge before the elegant wedding

a traditional bridal portrait for this elegant wedding

during their elegant wedding, the bride and groom share a moment as they are presented as husband and wife

the wedding party throws flower petals over the bride and groom to celebrate the elegant wedding

after the elegant wedding, the bride and groom pose against a sail boat for their couple's portraits

after the elegant wedding, the bride and groom share a kiss in a classic willy's jeepsters

Live painting portrait of the bride and groom dancing at their elegant wedding

After their elegant wedding, the couple wave to their guests as their drive off in a classic willy's jeepster

 

Vendors:

Hair/Makeup: Vanity Salon

Elegant Wedding Dress: Charlotte Jones (Center Stage)

Suites: BLACK by Vera Wang (Jos A Bank)

Wedding Planner: Debi Hamilton

Officiant: Dr. Wayne Brown

Catering: The Original Benjamin’s

Video: Joe Courrier

Cake: Incredible Edibles Bakery

Florists: Gale Richardson

Entertainment: Matt Jones

Live Painter: April Bensch

Violinist: Seth G.

Steel Drums: Carmen with “Surfside Groove”