I love the rain. Stormy rain specifically. Give me a ridiculous thunderstorm, a cozy blanket, and my couch and I’m the happiest. I know it all came from my Dad. We always shared our love of a good storm, with fleeting dreams of chasing them.

Now, I don’t love the rain on wedding days. I can feel the energy of the room when I walk in to meet the girls as they get ready, and it’s raining outside. “Meg, it’s going to rain…” I heard Tanner say. I believe my exact response was “it ain’t no thing…”

But it was going to rain. The rain came down in sheets. My watch alerted me every few minutes to news of severe weather. Everyone spoke of the doomed weather but I refused to let that energy take hold of this amazing day.

Tanner and Chris had been together since middle school. A love like that, you don’t find all the time. Carillon Beach is an amazing location to host a destination wedding too. Rain or Shine, I knew it would be beautiful.  And sure enough, just as Tanner began to get ready, the rain stopped and the sun peaked through and oh my word, was it beautiful!

Between the most amazing pieces from Hemstich Vintage Rentals, to the delicious oven-baked pizza from Dovalinas, the smooth coordination of Melinda Orona Events, the beautiful look by Gallant Glam, the cakes (oh my word the cakes) from Bake My Day, the party hits from Jason Meyers, and one of my fave videographers, Cali from Silver Shade Studios, I’d say this day was a hit.

Tanner and Chris, thank you so much for allowing me to document the start of your new life together. It was the most amazing honor and I hope this little peek into your wedding photos can hold you over just a few more days while I wrap up your gallery.

 

Handmade Bride's Getting Ready Robe | Meg Burke Photography

This Is Our Happy Place - Getting Ready Sign | Meg Burke Photography

Bride Looking At Wedding Dress | Meg Burke Photography

Bride Getting Ready | Meg Burke Photography

Mom Zips Up Bride In Wedding Dress | Meg Burke Photography

First looks of the Bride are some of my favorite reactions!

Bridesmaids See Bride For The First Time | Meg Burke Photography

Bridal Portrait At Carillon Beach House | Meg Burke Photography

Bride Reads Vows From Groom | Meg Burke Photography

 

Bridesmaids Outside At Carillon Beach | Meg Burke Photography
Tanner looked absolutely stunning in that dress, right?

Romantic Bridal Portraits At Carillon Beach | Meg Burke Photography

Groom Getting Ready At Carillon Beach Home | Meg Burke Photography

In lieu of reading their vows at the ceremony, they chose to send them to eachother beforehand. Tanner sent Chris hers with a notebook of letters she wrote him every day from the day they got engaged.

Groom Reading Vows From Bride | Meg Burke Photography

Groom Reading Vows From Bride | Meg Burke Photography

Groom And Groomsmen At Carillon Beach | Meg Burke Photography

Tanner and Chris chose not to see each other before the ceremony. But that didn’t mean there weren’t some other gentlemen that got to see the beautiful bride before the ceremony. Tanner took some time before the start of things to do a First Look with the groomsmen and I have to say, reactions are everything!

First Look With Groomsmen | Meg Burke Photography

Though Tanner and Chris opted not to see each other before the ceremony, they still wanted to take a moment together beforehand. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good First Look, but if my couples don’t want to see each other, I highly encourage a “First Touch” – it’s a great opportunity to connect with each other or pray together before the ceremony.

Bride And Groom First Touch Prayer | Meg Burke Photography

Bride And Groom First Touch Prayer | Meg Burke Photography

Bride And Father Walk Down To The Ceremony | Meg Burke Photography

One of the best first impressions from a groom witnessing his bride coming down the aisle…

First Look Of Groom Seeing Bride Down Ceremony Aisle | Meg Burke Photography

First Look Of Groom Seeing Bride Down Ceremony Aisle | Meg Burke Photography

First Look Of Groom Seeing Bride Down Ceremony Aisle | Meg Burke Photography

Carillon Beach Meeting House Wedding Rustic Ceremony | Meg Burke Photography

When you love the Office, you exit your wedding with flair!

Bride And Groom Do The Office Dance Down Aisle | Meg Burke Photography

Hemstitch Vintage brought some amazing pieces to truly create the reception atmosphere outdoors.

Outdoor Lounge Area By Hemstich Vintage Rentals | Meg Burke Photography

Outdoor Lounge Area By Hemstich Vintage Rentals | Meg Burke Photography

Romantic Vintage Table Settings | Meg Burke Photography

Following the ceremony, we took off on a golf cart to catch the most beautiful red sun setting over the beach for their portraits.

Bride And Groom Portraits At Carillon Beach | Meg Burke Photography

Bride And Groom Portraits At Carillon Beach | Meg Burke Photography

Romantic Bridal Portraits At Carillon Beach | Meg Burke Photography

Bride And Groom Portraits At Carillon Beach | Meg Burke Photography

Bride And Groom Portraits At Carillon Beach | Meg Burke Photography

Bride And Groom Portraits At Carillon Beach | Meg Burke Photography

Bride And Groom Portraits At Carillon Beach | Meg Burke Photography

Bride And Groom Portraits At Carillon Beach | Meg Burke Photography

Bride And Groom Portraits At Carillon Beach | Meg Burke Photography

Bride And Groom Portraits At Carillon Beach | Meg Burke Photography

Tanner and Chris stood by their friends as they shared their toasts on the lawn outside of the Meeting House.

Outdoor Wedding Toasts At Carillon Beach Meeting House | Meg Burke Photography

Outdoor Wedding Toasts At Carillon Beach Meeting House | Meg Burke Photography

Outdoor Wedding Toasts At Carillon Beach Meeting House | Meg Burke Photography

Congratulations, you two!

Bride And Groom's First Dance Outside Carillon Beach Meeting House | Meg Burke Photography


Vendor Team

Planner: Melinda Orona | @melindaoronaweddings 

Venue Coordinator: Avis Glenister with Carillon Weddings | @carillonweddings

Videography: Silver Shade Studios | @silvershadestudios

Officiant: Tom Hollon

Makeup: Gallant Glam | @gallantglam

Catering: Dovalina’s Catering & Events| @dovalinascatering

Cake: Heidi McAnulla with Bake My Day | @bakemydaydestin

DJ: Jason Meyers

Vintage Reception Furniture: Hemstich Vintage | @hemstitch_vintage

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