“The beauty that shimmers in the yellow afternoons of October, who ever could clutch it?” (Emerson, Beauty)

There is something about autumn that makes it a uniquely romantic time of year – the slight chill in the air calls for layers and warm touches, while the falling leaves remind us to soak in the beauty around us while it is still present. There are many things that make autumn a wonderful time for a wedding. 

Read on for more from the creative team, and how they sought to celebrate the beauty around them:

“When Ashley came to me with the idea of an American-inspired shoot, I had a feeling that the history and beauty of Concord, MA would serve well as our setting. The place lends itself directly to an identity of transformation in beauty, and the stories it tells are of the very threads that weave the fabric of American literature and thought. The Transcendentalists made this place their home and hub for their 19th century school of thought, particularly Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Thoreau, whose words led us into their world. For the shoot, we followed Thoreau to the shores of Walden Pond as the sun set on a pristine October day, where he lived for a hunger to “live deep and suck out all the marrow of life” (Walden, Thoreau).
 
“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn… It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look…. Every man is tasked to make his life, even in its details, worthy of the contemplation of his most elevated and critical hour.” 

In the images captured we hope to tell a story of self-discovery in nature and beauty, of the very self-reliance that the Transcendentalists themselves brought to life.”

Photographer: Ashley Sawtelle | www.ashleysawtelle.com | Concept: Design Emma Kingsley | Model: Maz Rossert | Dress: Leanne Marshall | Shop: Ceremony Boston

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