Tucked away at the back of Huntington Beach State Beach is a romantic set of ruins that's well worth the trip to Myrtle Beach. The property, Atalaya Castle, was once the winter retreat for philanthropist Archer Huntington and renowned sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington. It was here that she would craft the pieces that ultimately were placed in nearby Brookgreen Gardens.
Recently, photographer Melissa Brewer took advantage of the beautiful surroundings to capture client Allison's Atalaya Castle wedding portraits: the result is a series of photos that perfectly combines the haunting quality of these ruins with the casual elegance of this bride-to-be.
Says Melissa of her client, "The beauty of Atalaya Castle was only matched by Allison's willowy figure, piercing green eyes, and demure yet genuine laugh."
In addition to the rich history of the property, Huntington Beach State Park holds personal significance to bride Allison. She and her family have been vacationing there for many years, so it made sense to photograph her in one of the most important dresses of her life there, too!
Allison was lovingly surrounded by her family on the day of her portraits. Her mom, grandmother, and future mother-in-law came out to support her and ensure that all of the photos came out beautifully.