Love is natural, primal, organic. It encapsulates every raw feeling of the natural world, and with that comes a sort of magic. In our styled shoot, Elemental Entwinement, our goal was to capture this paradox. By embracing what is real, you will find what is mystical.
Autumn in our northeastern corner of Wisconsin is treasured and fleeting. It is an instance of full celebration. There is no better time of year to take in the beauty and warmth love brings. As winter sweeps summer away, this short window invites us to live fully in every moment because the season leaves as quickly as it arrived. It is autumn’s essence that leaves us spellbound.
Autumn is also the end of the work season for many of our small, local Door County businesses, and we saw it as the perfect opportunity to showcase the hard work that many local artists and vendors have dedicated themselves to over the past year.
Soirsce Moriarty of Artemis Photography is deeply inspired by fine art and dedicated to bringing ethereal beauty and timelessness to her images. For this shoot, she wished for her photographs to revere the haunting beauty of autumn in an everlasting way, while avoiding its typical emblems of pumpkins and witch hats. Love endures through the seasons, through the holidays, through the years. A wedding is a moment of time to savor its eternal nature.
Kris and Liz Sisco are an Arizona couple with a special place in their hearts for the Midwest. Moriarty shot their intimate Door County destination wedding back in 2015 and was delighted to hear they would be in town the week the shoot was scheduled. They happily accepted the invitation to model and provided their own vintage clothing and select jewelry. “When we have a child, it will look like Cousin It,” they joked, brushing hair from their faces as the fall wind swept across the farm field.
Joelle Polsin designed the majority of the jewelry used in the shoot. She works with beach stones and metals and plans to launch her jewelry line this winter. A Wisconsin native, Joelle lives and breathes the Lake Michigan air, and her creations showcase this effortlessly. She was the perfect artist to help illustrate the natural beauty of the Door County Peninsula.
Ryan Castelaz of Discourse concocted the drinks for the shoot. Discourse is classified as a “Liquid Workshop,” where Castelaz and his partner, Chris Johnston, experiment with all things beverage related and out of the ordinary. They are devoted to bringing the small community of Door County together and look for any and every opportunity to jump out of the box and bring their experimental, drinkable creations to advocates of the curious. When asked if he could provide drinks for an ethereal autumn elopement shoot, Castelaz promptly responded, “Sick!” and arrived with a YETI full of dry ice, so his basil/tart cherry/espresso/seltzer layered “The Sky is Falling” would smoke throughout the shoot.
Isabel Moriarty provided the naked cake for the dessert table. Although not a baker by profession, Isabel bakes cakes for every family holiday and birthday, which believe it when we tell you, this is a heck of a lot of cakes. She can whip up a beauty to fit the confines of any dietary restriction and does it all while wrangling a growing number of small children. She is the main behind-the-scenes ringmaster in ensuring no artist’s small child runs across the perfect shot.
Lauren Aurelius and Fred Wahlen of Coastal Classics were the final artisans brought into the mix. They provided the handmade cypress wood dessert table, as well as Castelaz’s beloved wooden smoke boxes. The curated collection of Coastal Classics showcases Wahlen’s craftsmanship, a rare exhibit of handmade furniture made from wood Wahlen has restored himself. Their full embrace of twists and knots and natural fibers fit flawlessly into our wild and moody autumn vision.
Door County is a small community that hosts its fair share of weddings and elopements every year. Elemental Entwinement is our effort to bring together a handful of our dedicated artists under a shared vision. Joining together in love and inspiration makes magic.