Niki and Brandie’s wedding at Lighthouse Cove in Dewey Beach might go down as my favorite as all time. Truly, I dare you to make your day as rad. Niki and Brandie had one request for me, and that was to capture as many emotive candids as humanly possible. To be trusted in that way was the best way to kick off the busiest season Brey Photo has ever had. Also yes, the wedding hang over from running around and eventually into the ocean with them was the realest. So. Sore.
We had a gray sky, breezy winds, and warm rain this wedding day. All in all it was the perfect combination for portraits, ultimately combining all the things I love at once. It drizzled and drizzled just about all damn day for these beauties, through all the getting ready, their first look, their family photos… and then, it stopped just in time for their ceremony. Niki and Brandie were married by Niki’s uncle in front of their closest friends and family— and a cardboard cut out of her sister. Covid, amiright? Even their fur babies walked down the aisle.
By far, this was the most powerful ceremony I’ve ever been witness to. A simple arbor camped out on the beach let the couple and their guests overlook the ocean as they exchanged rings. It also allowed me to capture every single angle. Their script included a dialogue of their first messages to each other (read by both brides’ brothers) which had us crying laughing, but also nods to civil rights achievements that left the hair on the back of my neck standing straight up. To be witness to this day was the greatest honor, and I know my words will not be able to describe to you the joy that everyone around this couple felt watching them exchange vows. For most of us, this wedding is a normal thing we should celebrate, but as their officiant pointed out, this was historical. An achievement for the masses. A right above all rights. Welp, goosebumps again.
All Brey Photo wedding packages include timeline customization because I want to be able to party with hippies on the beach at every wedding. Literally that’s the reason. Just kidding, but because they started their day with a first look, Niki and Brandie were able to head into their cocktail hour right after the ceremony. By the time I pulled them out before dinner to do some gorgeous sunset portraits, we had a guitar strumming guy in a kilt inviting us to use his stellar VW van as a backdrop and I was HERE FOR IT! I have actually never in my life felt more in my element than out on a beach with an amazing couple and their families, jamming to this man’s music. Right as the sun set, the party outside the party was just getting started and before I knew it we were all getting chicken tacos and jello shots from him. Apparently it was a birthday. I can’t make this up, just scroll down.
We ended the night with an incredible sparkler exit and a very frigid dip into the ocean. Brides, I will follow you wherever you go. Would’ve been much less cold if I drank alcohol at weddings. Would’ve been nice if I’d packed a second pair of socks and underwear. Still worth it.
Niki and Brandie are 100% my why— why I love to capture your moments, why I love my job, why I like creating, why I get excited about love. Enjoy 🙂
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