Chicago, Illinois, evokes images of tall buildings and busy streets, but just beyond the city environment are nearly 26 miles of public beaches, where this early morning bridal shoot takes place. With a graceful nature, this bride is captured in the elegant sunrise taking long steps and thoughtful gazes.
A gorgeous vintage-style sapphire ring foreshadows a lovely seaside experience.
The sky is dotted with clouds as the bride stands along the shore – perhaps a secret spot only shared by her and her beloved. She clutches a small bouquet of fragrant lavender, tied with lavender-colored ribbons.
Her dress is a whimsical creation. As one side hangs past her shoulder, the soft gathered fabric is embellished with small silver appliques. The long sleeves have beaded cusps that match the beadwork on the bodice.
As the back of the dress drapes down, the bride’s hairstyle flutters in the breeze. A peaceful countenance appears across her face as she looks towards the sun.
The Chicago skyline lurks in the distance as the gentle lapping of the waves fills the beaches with sound.
The sunrise is gentle and forgiving, covering the bride’s face with warm light. Her makeup is soft and natural and she accessorizes with thin dangling earrings.
The fabric of her skirt catches the wind and she traverses the sand; it’s as if her groom stands just beyond the camera’s lens.
She clutches her bouquet and soaks in the salty air as she waits for her love. Closing her eyes, she can envision the moment she says “I do.”
The early morning sun produces a light pink haze in the sky, a complementary and colorful backdrop to the bride’ ceaseless radiance.
This bridal shoot is simple in its presentation but in that simplicity, it fosters a feeling of enchantment. The vision of a bride in a dreamy gown standing alone upon the shore captures our hearts and ignites our imaginations with what we can only hope to be a captivating love story.
Photography: Kristin Lavoie
Makeup: Lia for Nikavaughan Bridal Artists
Dress: Shop Gossamer – Marchesa
Calligraphy: Bienfait Calligraphy
Ribbon: Adorn Company
Ring Box: The Mrs Box
Lavender: West Elm