(Closed) Beach/Outdoor Wedding Bees: Did You Have Gawkers?

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Post # 47
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - SLS Las Vegas

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@badabing88:  bahahah ah you made us a rendering? Can I put in a request? Can you show us a close up of said gawker in short shorts? Bahahahah

Post # 48
1268 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

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@hisgirl10:  Oh, man, I’m so sorry that happened. Yikes!


I’m getting married on the beach and I too am worried about stranges hanging around or otherwise being a nuissance. Fingers crossed everything goes okay!

Post # 49
4649 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Not my actual ceremony, but my outdoor pics had people screaming stuff from cars and strangers taking pictures – including a group from another wedding where the people were staying in the same hotel, which made me lol – and it was a little weird…

It was cute though when a “duck boat” tour vehicle rolled by us on the street and a little girl screamed “SHE LOOKS LIKE CINDERELLA!!!” and a bunch of people shouted “congratulations” at us.

Post # 50
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Yeah, we had a lot of gawkers around. Luckily the resort had someone to stand guard and ensure no one got too close or in the background of pictures.

Post # 51
2539 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Nope. Our hotel actually owned their beach (unlike some places where the beach is tecnically public property), so no gawkers allowed!

It also ended up being one of the few benefits to our unseasonably windy/cold wedding day- Our wedding was in March in Florida, which isn’t *normally* very cold. But the day of my wedding was solidly in the low 60s and wiiiindy. (The Saturday before and the Saturday after my wedding were both in the 70s!)

BUT on the plus side, there were NO ‘extras’ in any of my wedding photos because nobody was laying out! 😉

Which is how we ended up being able to have pictures like this:

Post # 52
2571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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@badabing88:  First of all, your diagram kills me – perfect way to lighten up my Friday morning. Love it.

Secondly, common sense dictates that when you see a wedding, and the ceremony/reception isn’t stomping all over you, you STAY OUT OF THE WAY. Jebus, some people…. Although I wonder if the photographer ended up getting some pics with “that guy” photobombing.

Finally, my Fiance and I actually live adjacent to a suburb in NJ that has gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline. Seriously – Asian tourists get bussed in to take pictures from these spots on a nightly basis. Of course, it’s also a prime spot for wedding photos (although I don’t see ceremonies taking place there probably b/c they aren’t allowed). Whenever I see the wedding parties getting photos taken, I don’t approach them (duh), and stay out of the way. It’s common sense (which isn’t so common nowadays) and pure human decency to do so. Oh, and we are so getting our wedding pics taken in that spot as well. 🙂

Post # 53
834 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - The front lawn of our church

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@TwoStatesBride:  Thankfully I didn’t hear it or I’m sure I would have. My mom laughed though:) She had to tell me what happened after the ceremony. Apparently I’m the only one who didn’t hear it:)

Post # 54
2478 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@badabing88:  Loving your diagrammatical illustrations! Also got to say that if any wedding is worth garking at, it is certainly going to be yours. I can’t wait for the recap already!

Now I didn’t have an outdoor wedding (more difficult here) and it wasn’t in a public place so we weren’t trouble by paunchy chaps in their bathers. However, at the recent wedding of friends of mine (which I did the pictures for), we had the weirdest invasion during the photo shoot. 

I’d just got the splendiferously garbed party together at an appropriately decayed urban location and all was going great. Until these people jumped off their bicycles, barged into the picture, elbowed the bride out of the way (you can just see a glimpse of her purple dress but otherwise she’s totally obscured) and grinned cheesily at the camera while the chap’s wife walked in front of me and snapped them! It turned out they were Spanish tourists having a seaside holiday and clearly thought they had a right to photobomb the pictures. Having given her the Bad Eye, the wife moved out of my way but her husband and son took some shifting…

Post # 55
3668 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@badabing88:  My mom was a photography most of my life and only recently switched to family work but anyway we once did a wedding at the grand canyon and people would join in and take pictures and walk through the guest or stand behind them during the vows…My mom had me run off people but they are sooo rude and would find another inconvienant perch! 

Post # 56
2156 posts
Buzzing bee

@badabing88:  My future Brother-In-Law got married on a beach,. Well, it was actually on the grass of the grounds of the hotel, but the beach was steps away. Anyway, there were constantly people walking right behind all of the ceremony seating to get to the boardwalk that lead to the beach.

And to top it off, there was some annoying kid with a green laser-pointer shining it on the brides dress from one of the hotel balconies. He later got caught and had charges pressed against him because he was also shining it at airplanes later that night.


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