"I feel like people have a really intimate relationship with the beach and, outside of a church, I feel like that's the most spiritual experience you can get for a ceremony," she said. "It's always beautiful, your view is always great. And I feel like whenever people are at the beach they're in a better mood and have more fun." Frazier said she rarely runs into a couple deterred by a permit fee, which she considers "pretty cheap" when looking at the beach as a venue. "You've got this entire beach with a gorgeous view you're getting for free basically," she said. "A couple hundred bucks means nothing when you get what you get on the beach." Paying a small fee to get married on the beach is one of the last things Matt McGraw with Matt McGraw Photography said he believes would affect a couple's decision to get married on the beach. Beach weddings can come with more burdensome challenges that need to be considered, such as parking, especially at Wrightsville Beach on a Saturday during the high season, which he said is "next to impossible." Summer storms, which pop up all the time, and hurricanes are always a threat. Noise ordinances, the tide, brutal wind and bugs can also present challenges during a beach wedding, he said. Sarah Williams-Scalise got married on Holden Beach in 2015. She said if the town had charged a fee, it likely would not have affected her decision to marry at the location. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/national-business/article130309739.html

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