Jess + Tyson // Great Dunes Beach Deck // Jekyll Island, Georgia // September 2017
I had never been to Jekyll Island before Jess & Tyson's wedding and let me just say it is even more amazing than any pictures can convey! I arrived on Friday morning and spent the day location scouting and exploring the island with my spouse. We got to swim in the ocean together for the first time and were able to stay on an adorable houseboat (thanks, Airbnb!). It was incredible being rocked to sleep by waves and then watching the sunrise on the water as we sipped our morning coffee... I cannot think of a better start to a wedding day!
Jess & Tyson had their first look right next to the famous Driftwood Beach— it was gorgeous, but it also felt otherworldly somehow. Jess had picked out the spot months before, so I had done my fair share of "driving" around google maps and looking at images to get a feel for it. My research could never have prepared me for the amazing experience of actually walking between the fallen trees as tiny crabs scurried away and tide washed over my feet.
Their intimate ceremony was held on the beach and guests were able to walk back and forth between the water and the pavilion during the reception. One of my favorite parts of smaller, more casual weddings is having the chance to get to photograph the guests a little bit too. The sunset was lovely, the stars came out, and everyone danced the night away as the waves crashed down on the beach.
The next morning, my spouse and I rode bicycles along a trail that went through the historic district— the salt marshes spread out to our left and huge moss covered trees lined the path. It was a little heartbreaking to leave, but getting home and looking through all the images definitely made it easier. This was a weekend I won't soon forget.
If you're looking for some more coastal goodness Dana & Patrick's Santa Barbara wedding is always a favorite.
Venue: Great Dunes Beach Deck // Florals: Sun and Sea Beach Florist // Caterer: PJ's Catering // DJ: Sun and Sea Beach Weddings DJ // Hair & Make-Up: Fantasy Hair & Make-Up // Wedding Coordinator: Vicky Lobo