Stormy Midcentury Beach Inspired Bridal Shoot

I truly believe everything happens for a reason and this stormy styled shoot is the perfect example of this. Ami of Little Miss Lovely had designed, created, and brought to life an amazing inspired bridal shoot and I feel so lucky to have been the one to document such a gorgeous compilation of bridal fashion, flowers, and decor. This photo shoot was set to take place during an evening in which turned out to be a very rainy and stormy night. We decided to reschedule for early the next morning and even after an entire night of rain, mother nature still insisted on letting it rain even more, or should I say downpour… What we first thought was a huge road block actually turned out to be the best addition to this shoot. Rain drops, puddles, and a gloomy sky really set the tone for this shoot and I am so excited to share these images with you.

Besides the perfect atmosphere that the rain gifted us with, there were so many things about this shoot that made everything harmonize so well. The most important aspect for Ami was the location, which was the Baltimore Boulevard, a diminishing stretch of a 15-mile paved road that once ran the length of Assateague Island and was destroyed during a drastic storm that hit the mid-Atlantic in March of 1962. It was actually a visit to Baltimore Boulevard that inspired Ami to create this midcentury themed shoot. “I wanted to create something super glamorous and inspired by Assateague’s rich history – a color scheme of gold, ivory, tan and black seemed fitting. The dark asphalt is a striking contrast to the surrounding greenery and tan sands. This bizarre yet picture-perfect street inspired me to create a fun, mod, bridal portrait shoot.”

Ami also had a vision when she chose her beautiful friend Alana to be the model for this shoot. Now that the shoot is over, I truly can’t imagine photographing anyone else on this day. Alana was the perfect fit. She is incredibly beautiful inside and out, and the Nha Khanh gown she wore fit her like a glove. Again, Ami hit the nail on the head when she chose this amazing dress from Rent the Runway. Absolute perfection! It wasn’t until after the shoot that Ami told me the sash  Alana was wearing with the gown, she made herself to go with the black and gold theme. It went so well with the dress, that I assumed it was part of the designer gown. Thanks to the lovely ladies at Ish Boutique in Ocean City Alana was adorned in some gorgeous jewelry that went perfectly with Ami’s midcentury vision.

Choosing a favorite detail from this shoot would be entirely too difficult. The tablescapes were draped in contrasting gold and black fabrics and topped with all sorts of treasures. I could have spent two hours just photographing the details. Ami went in search for the most unique and fitting objects for this shoot. “Two vintage ice cream cups were filled with cherry sorbet and topped off with fresh black cherries. A small black Russian cake by Desserts By Rita in West Ocean City was accented with black cherries and other sliced fruits. An old minnow crate was painted gold and used as a cake stand. The dessert table was set up in the sandy dunes. The furniture used during the shoot were found at a local thrift shop and are from the 1960s. The gold, straight backed chairs fit the shoot’s theme and matched the mod feel. Canvas banners reading ‘Mrs.’ and ‘Mr.’ were hand painted and sewn onto black ribbon and tied the the chair backs.”

I am still on cloud nine after this shoot and I am so happy to share this stormy midcentury morning with all of you. Ami was exactly right when she said that it could not have been more fitting to have it rain during our shoot that was inspired by a huge storm that rolled through our beach towns nearly 50 years ago.

Styling & Flowers : Little Miss Lovely

Location : Baltimore Boulevard, Assateague Island

Model : Alana McGeehan

Dress: Nha Khanh, Rent the Runway

Cake: Desserts by Rita

Sarah Murray

Sarah Murray Photography, Berlin, MD, United States

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