Intimate Wedding at the Cliffs of Etretat in Normandy

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Beth and Marcus, our insanely kind and free-spirited couple from England, knew that they wanted to get married abroad. It was important to them that their wedding day felt like an adventure—just like their relationship has been—always jetting from country to country, and even getting engaged in front of a waterfall in Iceland.” If you missed the previous post detailing Beth & Marcus’ intimate garden wedding, you can catch up here.

To give their day more of a relaxed feel, and to stay true to their hearts for adventure, we decided to take most of Beth & Marcus’ portraits the day after their wedding a few hours away at the Cliffs of Etretat on the Normandy coast.

Unlike their nearby sisters in Dover, England, the Cliffs of Etretat are naturally white, but also rugged and draped in verdant foliage. The beach is covered in polished stones, and seeing the Arch in person, was like walking into one of Monet’s paintings.

On our way to Étretat through the countryside, we followed Marcus and Beth and watched as Beth hung her head out the window, allowing the wind to whip it as it willed. She closed her eyes and smiled, feeling the moment deeply as she painted the air with her hand. She is a true free spirit, and both she and Marcus are compassionate toward all life, loving and dreamy.

Beth’s words, in even the most casual conversation, are strung together in poetry; and Marcus has a heart of gold, dripping in kindness. The way they both see and feel life, to us, is like a work of art. When we were talking about travel, and seeing the northern lights in Iceland, Beth told me that seeing them, for her, was like hearing music, as if they play their own symphony across the midnight. Nothing is rigid with them, it’s fluid and melodic and intentional.

Together they are the real life version of who I’d imagine to be the hero and heroine in a beautiful fairytale.

Hopefully their adventure wedding portraits at the Cliffs of Etretat will give you a small glimpse into their epic.

See and feel the beauty.

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