Admittedly, we love a good beach wedding. So do Dan and Amy, so they chose to have their wedding reception on the beach after a ceremony mass nearby. With a heavy breeze rustling through the beach grass, their portraits remind me so much of an Oregon coast wedding. It was the perfect fit for this couple!
Joe and I started at Dan and Amy’s brand new house. They spent the weeks leading up to wedding hurriedly painting, trying to get it ready for the big weekend. I love that I caught this image of Amy in a quiet moment of her freshly painted bedroom, before the wedding day craziness began.
Just seconds after their first married kiss, Amy and Dan were truly “joined” as the lace on her dress got caught on their videographer’s microphone attached to Dan’s jacket. Everyone got a good laugh there!
This next image is one that caught my eye while editing. I love how you can see Dan quietly reflecting on their marriage. We often see the excitement the moment the officiant pronounces a couple married, but this photo is a quieter version of that. He’s already helping his new wife by carrying her dress as they walk outside. The love is there.
Beach Wedding Portraits
From here, we move onto some of their beach wedding portraits! I grew up practically on the beach in Southern California, but there’s not really beach grass down there. We get little scrubby bushes from time to time, but the flowing beach grass in the breeze is one of my favorite things about an Oregon Coast wedding. You just can’t find it everywhere, though Amy and Dan found it as well!
Another thing I loved? You can tell how into the beach they are and that they chose their reception location carefully. As we walked out towards the bluffs, several sunbathers stopped them to say congratulations. Well, that happens often to our wedding couples. But then I realized these people actually knew them as they were calling Dan by name. I imagine they spend a lot of time there and it was the perfect venue choice!
Joe’s image of Amy is stellar!
Amy chose a nautical theme for the wedding, fitting for the beach club atmosphere and location.
On to the reception at the beach club!
Amy’s favorite two features of her Paloma Blanca wedding gown were the open back and the pockets. We didn’t get a ton of photos of the pockets, but with a back like hers it showed off nicely.
Drop Dead Sexy is – hands down – the best wedding band we’ve seen. Maybe it’s because they do way more than weddings, but they’re awesome. That’s more than 10 years of photographing weddings from two photographers with very different backgrounds, and we both agree. They’ve rocked both receptions we’ve seen them play!
We fit in a sunset portrait session for a few minutes. Beach wedding photos were quite important to Amy and Dan so they left the reception for five minutes to make these.