Married to the Sea

Well I stood before the ocean in the middle of the night
And because I loved her so I asked her then if she would be my wife.
And then I closed my eyes and waited, and listened for an answer
until she kissed my feet and whispered, ‘I could not give you my hand sir.’

~ Declan O'Rourke - Marrying the Sea (Til Death Do Us Part)

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“SHE SAID, “HOW COULD I PLACE MY TRUST IN THEE, FOR I AM BOUND AND YOU ARE FREE? SEE SO MANY MEN HAVE TOOK MY HAND, AND SO MANY OF THEM LEFT ME FOR THE LAND. THERE WERE FISHERMEN, WHALERS, SEAMEN AND SAILORS, BUT FOR ALL IT’S JUST ME AND THE MOON. AND FOR EACH STAR ABOVE ME, TEN MORE HAVE LOVED ME. HOW COULD IT BE DIFFERENT WITH YOU?”” ~ DECLAN O’ROURKE.

The Sea is our mistress, living, breathing, an eminent omnipresent wonder, a mother, the bringer of life. For an island nation like ours, the Sea is as elemental as the air, inescapable in it's power and beauty. 

Softly tickling the stony shore, creating music of tumbling periwinkles, caressing the long golden strands, Her touch nurtures. Her fury is as beautiful as it is tempestuous, her strength barrages against soaring cliffs, carving out caves and sea stacks, even ancient forts that are folded into her embrace. 

With its winds, whirlpools, rip tides, shell adorned rocks, and caves, we have found our muse. Working with Alexander James, we shot on a deserted beach in the wilds of West Cork as the clouds rolled in off the Atlantic. From time to time those clouds separated and our Lady of the Sea was bathed with golden light. It was like the sea folk applauded the story we were telling.

Consumed by love she walks ashore to claim her beloved – the man she adores. She’ll wait by the shoreline where the waves almost reach her, until he is ready to come and meet her. The waves scream her name as they break and crash with a thundering roar, promising not to forgive her until she comes home. A mythical creature, formed by nature and tales foretold, seductive, passionate – untamed like a stormy ocean, gentle like the mist. She loves as deeply and treacherously as her first love – the sea. To love her is to know that life cannot be. Bound to her, enchanted by her mermaid spell, he marries her wanting more of her to keep for himself. But as it goes with mythical creatures and men living on land, she will not sustain in the world of man. The sea will call her, and when it does, he’ll beg her to claim him, and by his command, she’ll bring him home.

The coastline of Ireland is arguably one of the most beautiful in the world. For us, the sea is omnipresent. Salt is in our blood. We wanted to convey the magical love affair between the mythical realm of the sea and the raw and wild beauty that enclose our nation. Declan O’Rourke’s “Marrying the Sea”, a song of desperate love, told from the point of view of a man in love with the sea, resonated deeply within us, becoming the driving force behind this editorial. We are at the mercy of the sea, so wild and treacherous as anything can be. And though our love might be unrequited, the sea is engrained into our souls.

 

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Credits ~ Production, Art Direction & Styling: Pearl & Godiva | Photography: Alexander James Photography | MUA : Kathryn O’Neill Make Up Artist | Hair : Ikon Hair Studio | The Gown: Dirty Fabulous | Printed Veil: Pearl & Godiva | Stationery : Pretty as a Picture | Bouquet: Hanako | Centrepiece: Pearl & Godiva | Props: Pearl & Godiva | Location: Inchydoney Beach with thanks to Inchydoney Hotel & Spa

 

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