Historic Beach Estate Styled Wedding| Harley Clarke | Lighthouse BeacH | Evanston, Illinois| MaY 24, 2019
Last occupied in 2015 by the Evanston Art Center, the Harley Clarke Mansion is an English Tudor Revival-French Eclectic-style residence adjacent to the historic Grosse Point Lighthouse. It's backside overlooks Lighthouse Beach and Lake Michigan. It is listed with the national register of Historic Places. Recently, this estate has been threatened for demolition as its condition deteriorates. In 2016, Landmarks Illinois added the Harley Clarke Mansion to its list of most endangered historic places in Illinois. Not knowing what the future will bring, I wanted to capture the premises as is right now. Abandoned, overgrown, but as beautiful as it was back in 1927 when it was constructed for the wealthy Clarke family.
I had a group of great vendors that jumped on board and had the opportunity to learn about this historic place. With such a majestic and historic estate as our backdrop, we wanted to produce a modern, yet very classic atmosphere when styling this shoot. Navy, burgundy, pinks with splashes of greenery complimented the rustic nature of the ivy-covered limestone walls of the mansion.
Genevieve's Bridal Couture provided a stunning gown, with a plunging neckline and just enough glam and sparkle to remind everyone of the affluence from which the venue was born. It was also appropriate for a sunset stroll on the adjacent beach.