The “By the Sea” styled shoot is inspired by the natural beauty of the West Coast Pacific seaside. We wanted to work as closely with nature as possible. That is why we chose Whytecliff Park in BC, as the location of the photoshoot. It has everything we want, the sky, the water, the sand, the wood, and the rocks.
We wanted to capture the scenery where the sky touches the water. We want to show the soft side of the ocean which inspired the colour palette, soft grey & oak as the foundation colour, soft blue as the principle colour, and green as the accent colour. It was a foggy day and it naturally created a very soft ambiance to the whole scenery. The sky was pale, the ocean was as cool to deep blue, and silver from the reflections of the light on the water. It was our perfect backdrop.
The design of the tablescape was inspired by the ocean and waves. A lot of natural elements were included in the design. The table was handmade using white oak wood by Namu Design Co. The edge of the table had a live edge effect which mimicked the way water flows and the shape of the waves. The table stands were natural birch wood stumps. The centrepiece was inspired by coral reefs – the flowers in the sea. The table was decorated with mismatched shells and stones; dressed up with grey taper candles and table runner draped to mimic seaside waves.
All of these natural elements inspired the stationary which was made using artisan and handmade paper tied with hand-dyed silk ribbons, and beautifully calligraphed by Ayla Pena. The place names were calligraphed on oyster shells. Shells had different shapes and pattern which is what we want to capture – mother nature – where everything is unique, and one of a kind.
The half-moon flower arch was curated using a variety of greeneries. We wanted to create something that looked like it was natural grown and found on the sea.
The dresses were also inspired by the elegance of the sea. One of the dresses were made in a silver blue colour with very unique lace. The other dress has elegant loose sleeves that flow beautifully as the wind passed through. The bouquet had hand-dye silk ribbons wrapped around the stems and cascaded to create a natural flow.
The cake was designed by Cathy Do and her design was inspired by the texture of the sea. With white buttercream icing and hand-made toppings made out of rice paper that looks like plants, we could find in the ocean.
The goal of this style shoot was to showcase the raw beauty of the ocean, and to capture the love of the couple by the sea!
~ Vancouver Wedding Photographer, Maricle Kang