Way back in January, Sarah and I put our heads together. I was just starting up Serpentine Shores Co. and she was wanting to rebrand Salt & Sea Photography. And well, we both wanted to have a bit of a “play” and create some imagery that was a bit less conventional as the wedding industry goes. Imagery that was bleak and wild and raw. Imagery that felt as though there was a story behind it; bound in mythology and literature, taking cues from both Shakespeare’s The Tempest as well as Celtic and Classical tales. Imagery that was peculiar, poetic, enigmatic and ethereal; billowing, untamed, washed-up and otherworldly. Both deeply, prosaically organic and grounded and yet also ghostly and sublime.
As this was our first editorial – with little portfolio to show for ourselves – we were uncertain as to who else would want to get involved. And so we thought for our first time, we’d keep things pretty basic; using Matt and I as models as well as our attire from the wedding. Fortunately, I found a few of the contacts I’d made through wedding planning such as The Cornish Cutting Garden, Amy Pike MUA and PomPom Blossom were happy to take a chance on us and get stuck in. And through them, I discovered others such as Stargazey Hire and Mignonne Handmade, who liked our ideas and were happy to get involved. This whole experience really began to open my eyes to just what can happen when you ask!
When the actual photoshoot days rolled around, we were somewhat stunned by the weather. It was the kind of wet that rolls in horizontally, in solid white walls. In fact, on the second day we arrived in the cliff top car park to find we couldn’t even see the beach below – this was certainly the Shakespearean storm we’d envisaged! That day we set up “base” in a huge semi-dry cave, running out for moments at a time to take shots, before retreating to sort ourselves out again. You should be able to tell how far into shooting we are by just how soggy we look!
Overall – despite being a little hair-raising at times – creating these images was so much fun! Shortly before getting engaged, Sarah had taken photos of Matt and I in almost this exact same spot. So to return in our wedding outfits felt rather like coming full-circle. And admittedly going in the sea in my wedding dress was something I’d wanted to do since I’d go it!
Photography – Salt & Sea Photography
Dress – Annabelle, Jenny Yoo from BHLDN
Crown – Mignonne Handmade
Makeup Artist – Amy Pike
Ring – Monica Vinader
Suit – Moss Bros
Flowers – The Cornish Cutting Garden
Silks – PomPom Blossom
Furniture & Props – Stargazey Hire
Styling – Serpentine Shores Co.