Matthew is my cousin, but Ken and I were both so flattered that he and Monica really, truly love our work; Matt told me they were up for anything we asked them to do because he knows there’s a method to our madness. As soon as they were engaged, we started talking wedding details. Of course we discussed specifics about the actual wedding, but from the very beginning, they loved our suggestion to do an early-morning photo session on the beach the day after the wedding. The idea behind these day-after photos is that you can relax and have fun without worrying about keeping the dress sparkling clean or wrinkling the tux. You are officially husband and wife (yea!), and there isn’t a reception-hall full of hungry friends and family waiting for your arrival.
These sessions also make for some outstanding — and unique — photographs.
We were excited about getting them out on the beach in the early-morning, when the beach was nearly empty and the light was all warm and glowy. But when Monica said she wanted to actually get in the ocean, we really got excited! That is just BEYOND fun!
And SO romantic!
Note to future brides: please know that something like this usually cleans up quite well, but of course there’s no guarantee that you can have your dress back to it’s pre-wedding condition. If you’ve ever seen how dirty the hem of a wedding dress is after a reception, or realized the possibility that something like red wine or a sauce from dinner could spill on your dress, then something like a little ocean water isn’t a big deal. Some brides, like Monica, just save a piece of the dress (in her case, a little bow and “bling” from the dress), which a future daughter or daughter-in-law could pin in her own dress or wrap around her wedding bouquet.
OK, back to more romantic beachy goodness…
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