The very lovely KATIE GRANT – a new recruit to the Western Australia film photography world (San Diego’s loss is Perth’s gain!) – not only photographed this beautiful seaside inspiration, but also styled it, made the cake, did the calligraphy AND the florals! I mean really… is it fair that so much talent resides in one person? Well it’s lucky for us that is does as we get to feast our eyes on it all.
“This styled shoot features a romantic, seaside, ‘table for two’ that is perfect for the eloping couple or to transform into a larger scale wedding. Crashing waves slammed into nearby rocks creating both a beautiful show and an intense soundtrack for the evening. We went for a soft tulle wedding gown that subtly caught the sea breeze and perfectly contrasted the harsh, rocky shores of La Jolla. Foraged clam shells hold rolled menus tied delicately in Frou Frou Chic ribbon and muted flowers were carefully chosen from the local Little Italy Farmer’s market. Hand calligraphed quotes by E.E. Cummings, “It’s always ourselves we find in the sea” and Kahlil Gibran, “In one drop of water are found all the secrets of the ocean” set the stage for this romantic and intimate affair. Ornate silver and an antique, 1920s, aquamarine ring polish off the look.”
Photography, styling, calligraphy, cake and florals KATIE GRANT / Gown WATTERS / Veil ERICA KOESLER / Bridal Salon HERE COMES THE BRIDE / Photo Processing RICHARD PHOTO LAB
Alida moved to Toronto not knowing a soul. Wanting to meet people in her new city, she reached out to fellow Torontonians on a social media website. As if fate was at play, Ben responded, and the rest is history. Together with Caileigh from PHOTOS BY CAILEIGH they visited Cherry Beach to shoot their engagement session at sunset. “At one point I asked if there was any chance they wanted to get in the water, telling them that it was no pressure and no problem if they said no. Without hesitation, they said yes, resulting in some extra special images in our last minute of sun.“
From Alida, “They say the day of your engagement is a day you’ll never forget; but, to be totally honest, my memories of that day are quite blurry. We were in NYC visiting a friend. That day, my friend, Ben and I met up for ‘bottomless’ brunch in the Flatiron District. We had so much fun drinking mimosa after mimosa and catching up. After brunch, we spent the day exploring the neighborhood, sampling the food, and having way too much to drink. It wasn’t long before things started to get fuzzy, so we said good-bye to our friend, and headed back to the hotel.
When we got back to the hotel, we did what drunk people do best: we talked. We discussed our fears, our dreams, and our hopes for the future. As the saying goes, a drunk mind speaks a sober heart, so in the midst of tears and laughter, Ben said the words. There was no ring, only the promise of a life spent together. Without hesitation, I said yes.
The next morning, feeling a bit incredulous, I asked Ben what had happened last night. “We got engaged,” he said. Everything happened so fast and so unexpectedly that the whole day feels surreal.”
“Silver Age poet Anna Akhmatova once penned, “Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” In our wedding dream, we imagined a romantic, leisurely feast centered around our bride and groom. We drew our mixed palette from Italian impressionist art, unleashing a mix of colors to dance together freely – from provenance pink and scarlet red to oxblood and olive. Intense, yet soft, the essence of Italy escapes the dream and becomes reality in this amorous affair.”