a dreamy, shipwrecked shoot featured on 100 layer cake.

When I was dreaming up this shoot, I couldn't have imagined that it would turn out so beautifully. I give all the credit for that to the fabulous Ellie McMakin of Ellie Asher Photography, who has the most wonderful way of pulling all the magic possible into every picture. My hope is that it can serve as inspiration for anyone planning a beautiful coastal wedding.

I began with a favourite quote from a movie, and the image from the final scenes of Shakespeare in Love kept coming into my mind - the shot of our heroine, having survived a terrible shipwreck and stumbling onto the pristine shore of the American coast in the 1500s. The quote was gorgeously rendered for us by Kelsie Mallie Calligraphy, and she had the lovely idea to soak the quote in the surf at the end of our shoot and to let the ink run - which was so romantic!

Our quote reads:

“My story starts at sea, a perilous voyage to an unknown land. A shipwreck. The wild waters roar and heave. The brave vessel is dashed all to pieces. And all the helpless souls within her drowned. All save one. A lady. Whose soul is greater than the ocean, and her spirit stronger than the sea’s embrace. Not for her a watery end, but a new life beginning on a stranger shore. It will be a love story. For she will be my heroine for all time.”

I set to work creating florals and botanical designs for this shoot with the colours of the beach in mind - particuarly our often misty, grey beaches, which I find to be very beautiful - as well as some details in the plants and flowers themselves that reminded me of sea creatures and kelp, like the dusty miller and tree branches that I used.

Once we added in the fantastic naked cake from Sweetheart St Johns, which narrowly survived an attack by one of the local seagulls, the lovely furniture and props from Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals, which looked so perfect out on the sands, our great models and hair and makeup styling by Austie Eckley, we had a team that was a dream to work with and I am so proud of what we all created together. During the long hot days of the summer we had in Portland this year, I often thought of this cool, misty beach and wished to be transported back there again.

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Photography: Ellie Asher Photo / Floral Design & Styling: pistils & stamen / Hair & Makeup: Austie Eckley / Calligraphy: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy / Cake: Sweetheart St Johns / Bouquet Cuff: Anna B Sutton / Vintage Furniture & Props: Something Borrowed / Ribbon: Silk & Willow / Bride’s Dress: Elizabeth Dye / Models: Sarah McNie & Gabe from Savage Models in Portland

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