This was an energetic couple from Michigan who called Patricia Slater for their Sanibel wedding elopement. It was a foggy filled early morning with the lighthouse still flashing in the dark when we all arrived and met for the first time. The ceremony was set for New Year’s Eve and Patricia Slater of Weddings by the Sea planned and performed this Sanibel wedding elopement. It was still dark to take photos with natural light so we waited and planned where on this deserted beach we would have the actual ceremony. The bride’s flowers were created by Floral Artistry of Sanibel Island. We looked to the east and saw a lot of dark clouds, but there was an opening just on the horizon. As the sunrise began at 7:17am, there was nice color through the opening in the morning clouds. Quickly I made the only images showing the sun with Magen and Richard. Then we continued photos of the Magen’s gown with Richard and the lighthouse as a backdrop.
Sanibel Wedding Elopement
The Sanibel lighthouse is a great location for sunrise weddings as it faces to the east. For over twenty years I have photographed Sanibel wedding elopements with Patricia Slater. Sometimes we have seen sunrises that rivaled the popular sunsets on this popular vacation island. When the sun came through the clouds for Magen and Richards’ wedding, I knew we had some special light and we were pleased with the results. Shown here are my favorite images we created of this Sanibel wedding elopement.