“O the opal and the sapphire of that wandering western sea,
And the woman riding high above with bright hair flapping free—
The woman whom I loved so, and who loyally loved me.
As we laughed light-heartedly aloft on that clear-sunned March day.
A little cloud then cloaked us, and there flew an irised rain,
And the Atlantic dyed its levels with a dull misfeatured stain,
And then the sun burst out again, and purples prinked the main.
And shall she and I not go there once again now March is nigh,
And the sweet things said in that March say anew there by and by?”
-Thomas Hardy written to the memory of his Cornish wife, Emma
Today we’re admiring some gorgeous wedding gowns by none other than Joanne Fleming, full of texture, color, and romance. In this beautiful coastal editorial, centered around the notion of Cornish twins, we appreciate the hazy ocean landscape and the heart behind the story…
From Olivia Bossert: “Cornwall and the Cornish has been the inspiration behind many pieces of literature. Be it Thomas Hardy writing poetry for his love, or Winston Graham penning the famous Poldark, their love for this county is evident. Just as they would have invented stories in their minds revolving around Cornwall, my role as an editorial photographer is much the same. I make up stories in my head, imagine the frozen moments, and set out to make them a reality. Most of these stories start with a location; in this instance, the famous Kynance Cove; a hidden paradise on the western tip of the Lizard Peninsula. Two girls, waiting longingly for their lovers to return from sea, watch from the shores of the cove, watching the waves crash below them.
Producing this photoshoot was a dream come true. Collaborating with bridal designer Joanne Fleming had been on my wish list for many years, so to finally be able to work with her was incredible. We hashed out every detail of the story, and chose our models; two Cornish non-identical twins, Lauren and Victoria Charman. Ione Kutz worked on their girls’ make up, and florist Loulabel joined us at the cove with two beautiful bouquets. What brought it all together for me though? The incredible stationery of “By Moon and Tide.” Kynance is normally wildly windy, so I was thrilled when we arrived to feel only a gentle breeze, just enough to put some movement in the girls’ hair and dresses, but not enough to make them chilled to the bone. It felt almost like Kynance knew we were coming, and wanted to show itself off.”
Photography: Olivia Bossert | Film Lab: The Photo Shop Falmouth | Floral Designer: Loulabel Floral Design | Dress Designer: Joanne Fleming | Accessories: Earrings: Edera Jewelry | Makeup Artist: Ione Kutz | Stationery Designer: By Moon and Tide | Models: Lauren and Victoria Charman | Ribbon on Bouquet: Lancaster and Cornish