Not all love stories are conventional. We’d all like to think that when you meet that someone, the one who finds your soul well, you would never have to be parted from that moment on. Yet, life has a way of meddling with conventions: some love stories see their pieces off to grow and live and come back home, and still other romances are entirely peppered with bitter farewells and sweet homecomings. But, there’s a saying that if something is meant to be, it will somehow return in time — the ocean always finds a way to kiss the shore no matter how many trips it takes with the tide.
And so, today’s feature is an ode to the unconventional: fondness forged in longing.
A word from stylist & planner, Melissa of Parsimony Inspired:
“When planning our summer shoot we knew we wanted to design and capture that perfect story of love, loss, being reunited and committing to a life together.
We knew that our backdrop for this romantic story had to be the ocean. Just like love, the ocean is an integral part of life, one that is powerful but serene. The human response to the ocean has been expressed in various forms of art, literature and music, and this is our expression.
Our vision for this shoot was to capture balance in all things. We created a soft design with hues of creams, greys and blues, a palette that connected our story to the ocean. We balanced our design details to capture movement and softness to warm the harshness of the ocean’s rough waves and boulders.
Our bride was styled in two Cathy Telle gowns with beautiful accessories. Each dress created elegance in their simplistic style, the lace a-line dress’s color of jade connected our bride to the cool ocean tones and our bridal dress gave soft details of lavender embroidered flowers. Her hair was simply done with wind blown waves and a touch of texture from a fishtail braid, the look completed with her soft makeup, with a hint of pink.
We wanted the floral accents to look as though the bride was able to scavenge them herself from her island. Justine, of Flowers by Justine, was able to capture both movement and texture in these beautiful pieces.
The surroundings and the details helped us tell this story of connection, resilience and commitment to what we know is true love.”
photographer: Melanie Zacek Photography / venue: Beavertail State Park, Jamestown RI / stylist and planner: Parsimony Creative / floral designer: Flowers By Justine / dress designer: Cathy Telle / makeup artist and hair stylist: Upstyle Hair + Makeup / men’s formalwear: Kenneth Cole / jewelry: Don Muller Gallery / custom plates: Susan Gordon Pottery / blue sundress: Free People / bridal veil: Bridal Heirlooms / videography: Embark Films / model agency: Maggie Inc Models / models: Danny Deitz and Abby Lynn / film lab: The Find Lab