Early this Spring I got together with another photographer and an event coordinator to dream up this coastal inspired styled shoot. We wanted it to be classic coastal with a subtle twist and to have an intimate feel. We were thinking of a couple eloping with a handful of close family and friends as their guests. And we wanted a slightly more dramatic setting so we headed north to the rocky beaches of of the North Shore. We ended absolutely falling in love with the semi-secluded feeling of Half Moon Beach in Gloucester! The sunken beach and the rocky coast enclosure were the perfect backdrop for creating n intimate, yet dramatically styled elopement. The stone steps built right into the rock-side were one of my favorite features of this beach too – allowing us to tell a natural story of bride and groom descending onto the beach for their ceremony and a beautiful dinner with their loved ones.
When it came to styling the details, we intentionally decided on a tropical print featuring large palm leaves (the twist!). But we chose it in that quintessential New England color palette of Navy and cream. The oversized bouquet and dramatic florals above the tablescape were designed to create movement and give a nod to the neighboring ocean view. And they served as major statement pieces. The florals over the table were full of hydrangea – a classic New England floral, but the overhead display with flowers and greens dripping down provided a bit of elegant flair. The tablescape included the modern use of plexiglass for the table number, mixed with rustic coastal elements like the farm table and shells as place cards. The carefully selected bubble-like glass charger plates and curved flatware each also contributed to the coastal elements incorporated into the tablescape. We wanted everything to feel like it was a natural choice that reminded you of the curve of the coastline and the flow of the ocean.
Vintage door frames created a simple, rustic scene for our ceremony that allowed for the ocean to truly be the star. Similarly, the use of the vintage chair tied the old into this modern take on a beachfront wedding. And with a theme so much built on love and romance, the inclusion of vow books was important because the couple would definitely write and share their own vows.
Oh, and my brother and sister-in-law were our models. How fun is that?! They did an amazing job! XO
The incredible vendors who made this beautiful day happen are:
Photographers: Lynne Reznick Photography and by halie. | Floral Designer: Beach Plum Flower Shop | Linens and Coverings: BBJ Linen | Ceremony Location: Half Moon Beach | Rentals: Peak Event Services | Hair Stylist: Styled By Stephanie Kim | Makeup Artist: Creative Contour by Carla | Equipment Rentals: Simply Vintage Rentals | Suit and Mens Attire: Hive & Colony | Dress: Lyra Vega Bridal | Jewelry: e. scott originals | Jewelry: Chloe and Isabel by Amy Lynn | Paper Suite & Vow Books: Quinn Luu