Beach Wedding Outer Banks NC

Beach Wedding Outer Banks NC

The 10 hours long drive from home was super worth the effort to photograph a beach wedding.  We had no idea where Kill Devil Hills, NC, was until we got the call for photography coverage.  And we couldn’t wait for the wedding day, as we were super excited about it.  Just remember to bring extra pair of shoes, we had to drive home in wet sandy shoes!

We were super excited when talking with Colin (Ruby was working) about the change of plans from the original location to a beach wedding outer banks, NC.  And yes, we counted the days remaining until we can start shooting this wedding!

Kill Devil Hills, NC, brings back so much of my youth memory since I also grew up on the shorelines of New Jersey.  It felt as I was back home in Brigantine, NJ, when we arrived in Kill Devil Hills.  The annoying seagulls, the smell of the beach, and what saltwater can do to shoes!  Yeah, we got wet, and my shoes got trashed.

Getting Ready

We had less than 1hr to make sure we photograph both the bride and groom getting ready part.  Ruby & Colin rented a beach apartment which was 3-story, and we kept running back and forth to make sure we had enough photos from both ends of getting ready.

But what made the getting ready coverage so much easy was that both Ruby & Colin had no expectations from the photo aspect and gave me full creative freedom.  I love when couples do that.  I also try to make sure I get all the traditional shots, with some creative shots in between.

I did miss one shot, which I was a bit sad about, and that was the zip-up shot with mother.  But Ruby was running late already, and by the time she got in the dress, I was already down at the beach getting photos of people coming in.

Ceremony Beach Wedding Outer Banks NC

Of course, this wedding was on a beach, so I wanted to make sure I captured all the angles, including an angle from the water facing the ceremony.  What worried me the most was the public crowd.  To my surprise, the public crowd stay away from the ceremony alter, which made it easier for the photos to have no background distribution.

Of course, since it was at 3:00 pm, the sun got in the way during the ceremony.  But there was really nothing I can do to make the photos more flattering.  It’s one of those situations where you have absolutely no control over the images.  Either you take the shot, or you don’t.

We usually do the family photos right at the ceremony alter. Still, with the sun directly hitting the face, we decided to move the family photos away from the ceremony alter.  This would prevent everyone from squinting in the photos.  I rather have them relaxed in the photos than looking all angry with squinting.

Beach Wedding Portraits

I always get nervous during the portrait session, mainly because I ran out of poses to grab from the couple.  But when you have couples like Ruby & Colin, who have no shot list and not even expecting anything, creativity can go wild.  And, of course, when driving home, I think of all the poses I should have grabbed.

We started to head to the beach around 6:30 pm.  I wanted to make sure I have enough time to grab some natural light photos and some more moody and dramatic shots.  Since the sun was setting down opposite of the water, I had to get a little wet and shoot from the waterside.

Ruby & Colin just went wild during the portrait session.  I had to do basically nothing; I just kept snapping photos as they interacted with each other.

Once I had a few shots of them with the sun, I moved them over into the water and told them to start walking towards me.  I even made them do some skipping in the water (I had no idea they would go for it).  But after I took the shots, I told them I was kidding about the skipping part, haha.

We even had a visit from Colin’s buddy to do a photobomb during the portrait session.  In all, we could’ve spent more time with the portraits, but at least I was running out of poses.

End of Day

I always try to make sure I follow the timeline created for the wedding, but I completely understand if sometimes we are off a bit.  Brenda (I Do OBX Wedding & Events) was the wedding planner for Ruby & Colin’s wedding, and she also made the timeline.  So if you’re looking for a wedding planner, make sure you check her website and get in touch.  Brenda has been doing this for 40years now, so no doubt, she knows what she is doing!  Brenda took good care of making sure everything was going according to plan.

For the reception, we just had the cake cutting and first dances with mother/father.  Bouquet Toss was on the timeline but didn’t really happen because most of Ruby’s friends were not single.  So we just enjoyed the rest of the day, seem more like friends/family just hanging out than an actual wedding.

I was not prepared for this beach wedding since it was my first beach wedding.  But next time, I’ll make sure that I bring extra clothes, shoes, and even slippers.  You never know what will happen when you have an awesome couple like Ruby & Colin.

I have no other weddings similar to this, so I can’t even recommend another wedding for you to see.  But do make sure you check my non-beach weddings, lol.


special thanks to the vendors who made Ruby & Colin's wedding a fun and exciting.