The original photo was a little bland because it was a foggy day at the beach. I decided to start out by creating a pseudo HDR from a single RAW file. Then, I went into matte painting mode and added the island, fireworks, buildings, and painted in the fog. Finally, I used color efex pro 4 to change the color of the sky.
The idea behind this was to show what I imagined she was looking at in the distance.