The gentle sounds of waves crashing on the shore lingered through the still of the January afternoon. She lifted her chin up towards the sky. With a big inhale and exhale, she proceeded down the sandy beach towards her groom. With each step, her bare feet crumpled the small mounds of sand which served as her aisle.  The golden light poured over her cheeks like butter and her smile shone brighter than the sun. There at the hand crafted bamboo altar, he stood; smiling and excitedly waiting.

 

John and Lisa, were married beachside under a handmade bamboo altar. Their day was simple and reflected their love for the ocean. It was just like them. Having a new found love for scuba diving and an infinite love for the beach, it only made sense that they marry under these circumstances. After the ceremony, John popped the cork off of the bottle of bubbly and they celebrated with a formal toast.

 

After toasting and the inevitable amount of laughter that ensued, we headed towards the shoreline so I could snap some photos of them as a newly married couple. My goal was to let them have fun, no pressure, just walk, hold hands, smile at each other and be in the moment together. Portraits like these, I feel, should evoke natural emotions. We then relocated to the beach for more portraits, yay! Again, my goal was to have fun and create naturalistic photos :)

Though, nervous about getting photographed at first, Lisa approached me at the end of the afternoon and told me how relaxed she had become and how much fun she had. Congratulations John and Lisa and thank you from the bottom of my heart for having me document such a precious day!

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