Although we’ve moved into a new season, there’s nothing like reminiscing about those warm endless summer days. What says “Beach Wedding” more than a ceremony and reception at a fabulous house on the oceanfront in the Outer Banks.
I asked OBX photographer Candace Owens of Brooke Mayo Photography what it was like to capture the beautiful day of Lindsay Paolercio and Tim Rothman on August 29, 2014.
Kim Wadsworth: Summer is such a busy time on the Outer Banks. How were you able to keep your enthusiasm and fresh perspective throughout this long season?
Candace Owens: Each couple is so different so we try to get a feel for them and what they want for their day. We have so many types of venues on the Outer Banks to shoot in: from events at home to beach access; or pavilion to resort. Working with different lighting, vendors, time of day and unpredictable OBX weather definitely keeps you on your toes!
KW: What are some popular beach themes you’ve seen in 2014 that really translated well in photos?
CO: Vintage or repurposed furniture, especially old doors. Outdoor lighting is always a favorite for photographers, adding depth and ambient light instead of just darkness. We’ve seen a lot of wooden tables, mismatched chairs, driftwood and succulents.
KW: What is your trick for photographing wedding parties and keeping them focused when they’re all excited and talking up a storm?
CO: It’s a little like herding cats, especially those naughty groomsmen that have been drinking already. But we try to be speedy and make the bridal party photos fun. It doesn’t hurt when the caterer brings appetizers to where we are shooting for the wedding party to snack on!
KW: Why do you think Nags Head, Kitty Hawk and OBX in general continue to be such popular wedding destination? What is the magic of this area?
CO: I may be a little partial because I’m a local but the Outer Banks is truly amazing and offers my most favorite beach. It’s centrally located on the east coast and is easily accessible (despite high season weekend traffic.) We see a lot of VA, PA, OH, MD and DC plates. Most have been visiting since their childhood. We also have a range of venue options to fit any size wedding- from smaller intimate gatherings at event homes and beach cottages; to big weddings at resorts, inns and pavilions.
KW: Our feature wedding that you documented offered so many special details. What were some particularly memorable moments that made this wedding stand out from so many that you shot this year?
CO: We met Lindsay and Tim a few times over the past year when they were visiting from their home in NY and planning their wedding. It is nice to be able to know a couple before their wedding day and understand what is important to them. I had a boudoir shoot with Lindsay before their big day. The album was surprise for the groom to open before the wedding and it was fun for me to be able to see his reaction and hear his thoughts. The couple have a young son, Dylan who was the ring bearer. We did sweet family shots after the ceremony of the three of them. They also had their uncle (an OBX local) marry them which made the ceremony even more personal. They also had an amazing choreographed first dance! Lots of dips, spins and some air lifts, which looked amazing in her couture dress by Mark Zunino. We love that kind of touch! Half way through the dance, they invited all guests to join them and they danced together with their son.
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Photography: Candace Owens for Brooke Mayo Photographers
Coordination: Bordeaux Events
Video: Lifestage Films
Rental home: Twiddy
Floral + Design: Renee Landry Events
Band: Buzz the Bee Band
Makeup: All Eyes on the Bride
Rentals: Ocean Atlantic Rentals
Transportation: OBX Beach Buggies
Signage: Outer Banks Vinyl Company
Favors: Outer Banks Popcorn
Catering: Red Sky Cafe