Things to Consider for Your Beach Ceremony | Outer Banks Wedding Photographers

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Beach wedding. It sounds perfectly simple, doesn’t it? Beach weddings are beautifully simple, but there are still a few things you need to keep in mind as you prepare for your big day in the sand.


Your wedding planner and even your florist and equipment rental provider will help you with this, but it’s important to know that each town has different policies on beach weddings. The most that will be required of you is a simple permit or registration but you may want to contact individual towns in order to find out what’s allowed as far as chairs for your guests, structures on the beach, etc.

To contact each town:
Nags Head: 252-441-5508
Kill Devil Hills: 252-449-5300
Kitty Hawk: 252-261-3552
Southern Shores: 252-261-2394
Duck: 252-255-1234
Corolla and Corova: 252-435-2947
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Beaches (including Ocracoke): 252-473-2111


Outer Banks beaches are wide and uncrowded, especially compared to beaches in many other East Coast destinations, but it still helps to know the tides when planning your ceremony. Just because the ocean is a certain distance during your rehearsal, doesn’t mean the landscape will be the same the day of your ceremony! You can check the tide information for your wedding date at the NOAA website here:


The Wright Brothers chose the Outer Banks as the place to launch their first flight for good reason, it can get windy here! Windswept beaches certainly make a romantic backdrop for wedding photos and you’ll want to take the possibility of wind into consideration for your hair and veil too. If you think you’ll wear your hair down for your wedding, consider trying an alternate option that will keep it out of your face in case of a very windy day. Don’t worry – we always carry a few extra bobby pins with us to make sure we get the perfect shot 😉 A windswept veil photographs beautifully, but make sure you designate someone, like the maid of honor, to help hold it down during the ceremony.


Barefoot on the beach is how many brides like to be, but if you want to wear shoes, consider a practical option. Our sand is soft and heels will sink in making it difficult for you to walk. There are beautifully embellished sandals and designer flats that compliment most any wedding gown.

We would love to capture YOUR beach wedding, get in touch to book your wedding date!

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I have an affinity to all things light and airy.  I love color, sunshine, romance, and laughter.  I love inspirational quotes, meeting new people, flowers, and the idea of finishing a great book.  My go-to drink is coffee.  My outlet is dance. I have always been an artist, and with over 250 weddings under my photography belt, I am super excited to bring my experiences and absolute love for beautiful imagery to serving brides on the Outer Banks.

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