This was the most improbable of shoots. Few women could pull off such an extravagant gown without getting lost in the skirt’s sea of billowy white folds. Fewer still could manage the massive, haute couture floral headpiece we had created specially for this occasion. But Marissa is not most women. In truth, she wore the entire look as naturally as a second skin, possessing a rare form of captivating beauty that was both delicate and bold. Her petite frame unhindered, she effortlessly twirled and glided through the white sand while her veil danced in the mid-afternoon breeze.
Long before we ever saw the images we created during this, one of three spectacular shoots with Marissa that day, we knew with absolute certainty that they would be extraordinary. Her porcelain complexion and waist-length mane of black hair were stunning to begin with, but the dewy skin, bold eye and long loose waves that Jeannette styled were flawless. Even the early morning clouds parted, leaving unexpected, magnificent sunlight in their place as we set foot on the beach. This shoot was like a dream come true, but for a bride like Marissa, we could not have imagined it any other way.