On September 13, 2014, I had the honor of documenting my friend Stacie’s wedding. I first met Stacie through my very good friend Erica, and had the pleasure of spending a whole week with her and her friends in Sea Isle City, NJ a few years back. I knew then that the beach was a special place to Stacie. Stacie and Chris planned to have their wedding at the 101st Street Beach in Avalon, NJ with a reception to follow at the Stone Harbor Yacht Club. When I first arrived, there was not a single drop of rain in the sky. It wasn’t sunny, but it wasn’t raining. The weather outlook was not good. In fact, that Saturday was the only day of rain forecasted for the entire week. With the decision looming on whether to hold the ceremony as planned, on the beach, or to move it in doors to the yacht club, Stacie was as calm as could be.
I have never actually shot a wedding in the rain, and I was hoping that all my iPhone weather apps (totaling 3) were wrong. It was time to make a decision……. we were headed to the beach. Everyone came prepared: umbrellas, parkas, raincoats, sweatshirts; friends and family were ready! And so was I. While I knew that my Nikon camera was weather sealed, I still did a good bit of praying. The ceremony was amazing. Stacie and Chris looked amazing! I did my fair share of umbrella hopping from guest to guest and I even grabbed my friend Erica at the end to stand with me with her umbrella. I did have one heart stopping moment when the rain came down just a little bit harder (towards the end) on whether I should go back to take cover under the gazebo; but I stayed the course and I could not be happier that I did.
While the rain only managed to dampen our clothes, it certainly did NOT dampen our spirits! This wedding was amazing through and through. We made our way back to the Stone Harbor Yacht Club to party!! A heartfelt congratulations to Stacie and Chris! Rain on a wedding day is supposed to mean good luck, and if the beautiful sunset at the end isn’t proof, than I don’t know what is!! I wish you both a lifetime of happiness. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your special (and exciting) day!!