On the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Rehoboth Delaware, just across the boardwalk, with wind and gathering clouds, Justin and Kim were married among friends and family members. I met Justin and Kim at Justin’s brother’s wedding, Alix and Nate at the Valley Country Club last year in Maryland. Justin and Kim decided to have their wedding as a destination, and have their guests travel to Rehoboth Delaware for their destination beach wedding on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, right next to Delaware State Beach. I traveled from San Diego to Baltimore, then drove the two hour drive I had made so many times growing up in Maryland to get to the beach with my good friend and fellow photographer Wendy to help document their day. The whole trip Wendy and I were watching the skies and taking back roads to avoid the traffic heading to Ocean City. Driving through the open fields of corn on the Eastern Shore, then eventually smelling the salt air as we neared the Atlantic.
Once we arrived, Wendy and I quickly scouted out locations, and worked on getting our bearings. One of the exciting things about destination weddings for me as a photographer is photographing at new locations and looking for unique perspectives where I’ve never shot before. After a quick lunch on the boardwalk, Wendy and I went to meet Kim and her girls at Bad Hair Day salon in Rehoboth. After a short while, Wendy drove back to the Henlopen Inn to photograph the Salero Restaurant at the top of the hotel where they would be holding their reception. The room had been beautifully set up including shells and sand from the beach, and Crab and Sandle Cupcakes. The weather still held as guests gathered on the beach for their wedding. While Kim’s girls processed down the beach, Kim waited with her father then made the long walk down the boardwalk and onto the beach for their wedding as onlookers from the beach and hotel watched. After the ceremony, we gathered Kim and Justin and their bridesmaids and groomsmen on the beach with just enough time (less than five minutes) to grab a few portraits before the rain came. After that we were inside the rest of the evening as the storm that had been gathering all day, and thankfully held off until after the ceremony, poured down outside. After a fantastic entrance and first dance, toasts and dinner the rest of the night gave way to dancing dancing dancing!
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