Happy to feature our first real wedding of 2016! Matthew Druin is definitely an Atlanta fave and I love his photographer style and attention to detail. He’s the man behing today’s wedding of Aubrey and Dante to opted for an outdoor beach wedding in Hilton Head. Read more on their love story below.
From the Photographer:
I had the pleasure to join Aubrey and Dante, along with their family and friends, at their beautiful Hilton Head beach wedding in South Carolina. I arrived mid afternoon just as Aubrey and her bridesmaids were getting hair and makeup. After photographing the details, I spent the majority of the time capturing all nervousness, excitement, laughter, and tears that filed the room.Afterwards, I headed over to join the guys, which was a short twelve minute drive away. The guys were a lot more chill just relaxing and cracking jokes as they got ready. Once the guys were finished getting ready, I headed back over to the girls to capture Aubrey putting on her amazing wedding dress and make the final touches. A few more tears were had as Aubrey gave her mom a special gift.Once everyone was ready, we all made our way across the island to a section of dunes on the beach for the ceremony. There was only short timeframe before an isolated thunderstorm was due to arrive. The wind was roaring through the coastline pretty aggressively, but everyone seemed to enjoy the hard breeze. Dante watched intently as Aubrey made her way down the beach with her father at her side. The ceremony was short and sweet with a blending of families symbolized by a sand ceremony, which was very fitting for a beach wedding.After the ceremony we headed off the beach and more inland for portraits. The rain held off, but the wind was nothing to contend with. We made our way around some of the greenery of the island and a few bridges before returning to the reception area where cocktails were already flowing. After a little dinner the party started quickly.
From the Bride:
We met while working together at IBM in Atlanta. Aubrey started in June 2006 and Dante had already been working there for approximately two years. Dante was extremely quiet but definitely to those that knew him was the master of any and all jokes heard on the job. I knew Dante was the one because of how much he reminded me of how much my father loves me. I knew he was definitely the one about three years into the relationship. The proposal happened at home around 8 am in the morning on July 2, 2014. He originally wanted to take me somewhere to get engaged but also didn’t want to do anything to elaborate because I am a very simple person. He began to question me about what I needed from him for our engagement to be special. My answer was simple, him and of course my ring :). At this point he was nervous about something and I could tell it he began to ramble and then after every sentence he continued to say that he really loves me and really wanted to be with me. After going in this circle five times and trying to wake up considering it was still early he then proceeded to go to the closet, gets the ring and get on one knew and said “Well I guess this means I’m asking you to marry me”. The acceptance to his proposal was in the tears I cried so hard I couldn’t even speak.It was simple yet so perfect.Tell us the one thing you love most about each other. He’s so caring about everyone and he shares whatever he has. We both love the beach and like myself he’s a very simple guy so we wanted something where people could have fun and be comfortable. The color scheme is the perfect transit from summer to fall.
Matthew Druin is an Atlanta based photographer that specializes in non traditional, off beat unique people and weddings. Find out more about him here.
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