Through the good and the bad, always remember that you have one another standing arm and arm. Once you have found your life-long partner, you have received the biggest blessing. Capturing the love between a couple that has been married for a few years is always a special occasion. This styled photo shoot that took place just outside of Ocean City, Maryland captured the love of Amber and Matthew Cowley and featured classically modern touches of black and white mixed with feathers and lots of sparkle.
The spark and chemistry between these two was unmistakable. The look of love on Matthew’s face when he saw his wife in a wedding gown was indescribable. Amber and Matthew were married in Georgetown, Delaware in May of 2014. When photographer Kelsey McCarthy, of McCarthy Imagerie, asked these two if they would be interested in playing models for this photo shoot, the couple did not hesitate at the thought of putting dress clothes on and posing for a few hours in the February cold. Amber and Matthew hold onto each other so tightly and so romantically. The love they share for each other is vibrant and true.
Lighthouse Sound provided the stunning setting for this beautiful black and white themed event. This venue offers breathtaking views of the Assawoman Bay and the Ocean City skyline. Ocean City is a beach community which often lends itself to weddings that feature a more tropical, coastal, and vibrant color scheme. The vendors involved in this styled shoot wanted to do the opposite of a tropical color scheme and instead let the natural surroundings interpret the color scheme. Classic black and white fit the venue nicely and let the sunset, grey bay water, and greenery of the golf course take center stage.
Two different floral centerpieces were created by Little Miss Lovely Floral Design and added glamour to the stately dining room at Lighthouse Sound. Low, lush arrangements were created in rectangular silver tins. Tall arrangements made primarily of mixed greenery stood on clear Eiffel Tower vases. Each arrangement incorporated extravagant ostrich feathers into the designs and united the two different style of floral pieces. Small silver lanterns and crystal-like light spheres added ambience and a twinkle of candle light.
Beautiful sheer overlays were placed over classic ivory linens on the tables. Black chargers and white table settings added to the classic feel. Simple menus printed in black and white matched a sample invitation suite and were placed atop each delicately folded napkin that marked each place setting.
The bride wore a sleek strapless lace gown. A timeless single strand of pearls complimented the neckline of the gown.
“It was so much fun to play bride and groom again with Matthew, especially while wearing something completely different from what we wore in our actual wedding,” said Amber who wore a full-skirted princess style gown during her actual wedding.
The bride carried a bouquet filled with beautiful blooms. White cymbidium orchids were placed front and center and surrounded by white tulips, stock, snapdragons and sweetheart roses. The soft pink faces of the orchids added the perfect amount of soft pink to the bouquet. Branches of eucalyptus, lemon leaf, and delicate ferns stretched outward and gave the bouquet a whimsical feel. The stripped black and white ribbon acted as an accessory against the bride’s stark white lace gown.
Floral hair pieces are a great alternative to traditional bridal veils. Amber wore a floral hair piece tucked into her undo. Andrea, of Andrea Bounds Hair & Make Up, styled Amber’s hair beautifully and brought out her best features using a flattering make up palette.
Alison Sappington, of Alison to the Altar Event Coordinating, said, “This shoot has almost a 1920’s Gatsby feel. It felt like a party with a lot of opulence and luxury. A classic black and white color scheme provides tons of room for interpretation when using the theme to create a exciting backdrop for a wedding reception. My interpretation of this shoot was black & white, glamorous , with a little sparkle.”