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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Allahabad, India

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Airlie Gardens, Wilmington, North Carolina

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Loveland, Colorado

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Belin Methodist Church, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

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West Point, New York

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Winter Garden, Colorado

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Pawley’s Island, South Carolina

 

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

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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”

 

Friendship and a Photography Gift!

2015

Plays back like video film, spotlighting highlights in my friendship, personal life, and business growth. I can honestly say that we hit all of our goals last year, and I learned more about myself and the breath of my business than in any of the past 15 years in business. Becoming the Regional Director for South Carolina’s Professional Photographers of American has also added it’s charm, stressing the importance of staying inspired and recognizing the need to grow with a community of photographers.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is the quality that comes from separating the person from the contract.

I want to talk, for just a minute, to all the lovely couple’s I had the pleasure to document this year. You have been inspirational to me. I want to let you know that I recognize your love in it’s many shapes and forms and that I see it’s most important element is friendship. Friendship is the foundation for hope and gratitude, it unlocks the door allowing for a deeper and more human connection. You were the greatest of friends to each other, that’s how you impacted me. If there was a theme for 2015, for you guys it would be rain…and the good omen it brings.

Every couple I met, I saw you and your stories of triumph, even against the odds. You would be able to hold it down even if it was in the midst of a hurricane. In your happiness, you all reminded me how grateful I am to have found my partner and how deeply rooted our friendship is at our love’s core.

So I want to say a special ‘Thank YOU’ and I want to pay it forward.

When you guys met me, I wanted to provide something for you that is so dear and special to me, something that goes beyond the business/client relationship. It’s called a ‘human experience’ and I have been creating more emphasis on building a friendship with my couples because I want it to be that personal. Getting personal allows me to get closer with confidence, to get to know who you are, and to be able to tell your story instead of only handing you pretty wedding images.

So let’s have some fun together to start off 2016. As a token of appreciation, I want to offer a special give away to my remarkable couples:

The couple with the greatest number of voting comments on this post will receive a stunning retouched 16×20 print for their first year as newlyweds. In addition, any couple that has over 50 votes will receive a $50 gift certificate to our A La Carte menu items. To all my readers, feel free to leave some love too because your are equally valued to me.

Tay and Roosevelt

A single tear rolls down the brides cheek at her wedding ceremony at The Myrtle Beach Train Depot Black and white posed couple on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Sarah and Davis

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Wendy and Joe

Loving look of a newly married couple under the live oak trees at The Dye Club in North Myrtle Beach Excited bride holding her flowers up in the wind at The Dye Club

Kathy and Alan

Guest clapping as the happy couple are announced at the alter in Pawleys Island Chapel Marries couple cruising in an old Morgan across the Inlet in Litchfield Beach

Hillary and Adam

Deep look of love for the happy couple after saying their vows on the beach Happy couple walking away from their beach ceremony in North Myrtle Beach

Allison and Roddy

Married couple with their two dogs under the live oak trees at Sunnyside Plantation Mom wiping away tears as shw watches her daughter kiss her new husband during a wedding ceremony

Mary and Stoney

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Amanda and Cash

Beautiful blue sky and palm trees for this couples first kiss Bride and Groom unwrap their presents from the father of the bride

Emily and Joey

Throwing umbrellas up in the air on the golf course at The Dunes Club Loving look at The Dunes Club for this happy couple

Stefani and Justin

loving couple kiss on the swing at sunnyside plantation Love written in sparklers with bride and groom under live oaks at Sunnyside plantation

Michelle and Patrick

Happy bride says I do at the alter in Trinity United Methodist Church in North Myrtle Beach Wild crazy wide angle shot of wedding party on New Years Eve

Every individual who comments will be entered into a separate giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card. Share to Facebook, Tweet about this post, and get creative with spreading the word!

I love a good laugh and I’ll be counting comments on ONLY this page’s comment section – one per person – until February 11th.

The Winner will be announced Friday, February 12th!

Everything isn’t about the perfect pose or the magazine-style shot. For me it’s about creating a memorable experience, one that my couples and clients will remember forever. I do this in hopes it will lavish a future that distinguishes between a photograph and a memory.

The Lucky Yoyo and Rabbit’s Foot

When it comes to connection and this new couple, I am lucky and…

I have Mrs. Cheryl Saito to thank for our introduction. She’s a local wedding coordinator whom I’ve collaborated with and created professional photography for in the past, including her oldest daughters wedding. After introducing me to Amanda and Cash, the couple decided to book their photographer a year in advance. To all new couples out there, I highly recommend this for two reasons. One, you guarantee you get the photographer of your choice and two, you have time to develop a relationship with your photographer – something I am lucky to have time for with many of my couples.

Our first meeting was at Abuelo’s and I quickly found out that we had more in common than I could imagine, we had all worked in the restaurant/service industry, liked margaritas, and had the same taste in music. They wanted to put most of their investments into making their wedding fun. Their most important aspects were the photography and having a live band. Talk about lucky, when I heard Tru Sol Band was their choice, it was just meant to be!

We put together a customized package, and Amanda created a Pinterest board to show me her tastes and style. Having plenty of time to discuss all of their ideas and working with them for Engagement photo’s made it super easy to work with them and it allowed me to gain their confidence in my style and professionalism.

Amanda and Cash were initially shy when it came to the camera, believe it or not, I had the pleasure of shooting their first professional portraits together. I couldn’t believe it was their first time! They were so nervous about what to expect, but as we walked through the session, in downtown Conway, they started to blossom out of their uneasiness. By the end they were joking, having a good time and they were noticeably more relaxed.

Then the wedding rolled around, it was so fluid that the day couldn’t have gone any better. We already knew one another, they were comfortable with me, and we all just moved together through their sacred day. It was lovely capturing a traditional Greek Wedding ceremony at The Breakers Resort. The reception? Total party animals! The groom became the party stopper with the wicked dance moves. Where oh where did that shy guy go!. The bride was beautiful and having a blast, and the brother….well the boy was the comedian, that’s for sure!

The most memorable part of their celebration was the line of communication and connection. The father of the bride hit every heartstring in the room, mine included. His toast wasn’t designed as a tissue moment, but everyone was crying as he told the story of him and his wife’s first date. He symbolized how special he thought this new union was going to be. “How special he knew his wife is, and how he felt the same way about Cash being the same person for his daughter.” The he presented the new couple the most unexpected gifts, the very same gifts he exchanged with is wife so many years ago – A wooden yo-yo and a rabbit’s foot.

Lucky tokens handed down from the past to the future. It was a coming together of a new family, a new future, and I was lucky enough to bear witness to the intangible emotional presence amongst us. If there was anything at all that connected human to human, it was there in that room. At that moment and for a split second, all there ever was, was love.

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Fine Art Photography: Rain on the Wedding Day

    Love and Fine Art-

It has no limitations and touches gently in every way.

Before I was contacted about the wedding, I knew Hillary from SeaBlue Restaurant. When I saw her, I always felt as if I were chatting with a friend. When I first met Hillary and Adam together, their personalities just bubbled in front of me. The fact that they knew my fine art from the restaurant was great. They loved my style from the get go, they wanted fine art compositions, lots of black and whites and to have fun, tons of fun.

One thing I remember from their engagement shoot was how easy they were to photograph together. It was obvious which way he was going and which way she was going. They just molded together. As a wedding photojournalist of Myrtle Beach, every image spoke volumes of their dedication to and for each other. And the morning of their wedding? Smiles, jokes, and (of course) shots!

It’s one of the best good luck omens for there to be rain on the wedding day. The sky kept at bay as the bride and groom said their “I do’s,” and their family and friends “returned to the sea” blessings and best wishes for the happy couple. We ended up waiting for the limo to pick the bride and groom up. In the meantime, I shared a nice moment with the couple just talking about their favorite things. It was just another chance to get to know them better. Then… we started placing bets on how the party was about to go down.

Arriving at SeaBlue Restaurant for their reception, the coupled entered with a dance that set the mood for the entire evening – light-hearted, fun, and hilarious entertainment. Everyone was on the make shift dance floor, tables were moved to the side and even the furniture became a prop to help you shake it – which gave new meaning to Momma’s got her groove, and Papa’s got a brand-new bag.

You should know that it did, indeed, rain.
How do you pick a favorite image? It gets harder the closer I become to my couples. Scroll to the bottom so see the beauty between them!

If you would like to see more of my fine art pieces visit my Website or find me on Facebook.

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