So what do I do when I’m not shooting real weddings, portraits or branding for business clients? I get involved with other wedding suppliers to have fun, get creative and produce beautiful images for us all to use in our businesses. Last month I worked on an autumn wedding photoshoot at Marks Hall in Essex. I’ve listed all the website details for each supplier at the bottom of this page for you to view and contact.
I didn’t plan this shoot, though I’d been playing with some visions for a photoshoot for a while, so when Sassy the hairstylist I’ve worked with before approached me with a venue and a date I knew that my plans would work really well. I told Sassy about them and she was completely in agreement. I wanted to use a colour scheme that wasn’t an obvious choice and is perhaps a little daring – so selected navy, russet and gold. I also wanted to show that you can be bold and individual with a strong theme in any wedding setting – including a very traditional and cosy venue such as Marks Hall. We set about contacting other suppliers who we thought would have a similar excitement to us!
I’ve worked with some of the creatives before – either at real weddings or photoshoots, and some were new to me. Every one was keen about the brief and wanted to get involved . Lexie the makeup artist selected two makeup looks for the models, and Hayley our brunette had a bold and deep lipstick that was a fab choice for an autumn wedding look and suited her so well, Claire from Hilary B bridal gowns had brought a selection of gowns and the first one we chose was a plain satin dress. I think the Meghan and now Eugenie influence of sleek fabric and classic shape and design will carry through to next year and beyond.
Until the day before this photoshoot the weather had been amazing – clear, crisp skies, dry mornings and warm afternoons. This all changed the day before the shoot when it rained constantly. It meant that the ground was completely saturated and not suitable for taking long white dresses out into the grounds. it was a shame, but the great thing with this venue is that inside is gorgeous as well, so we had lots of opportunity to stay in the dry and warm!
Due to the colour palette, I wondered what Karina and Jill the florists would come up with. They worked their magic and designed some gorgeous bouquets, a hoop and table settings, as well as ad adhoc archway around the gazebo outside! They used tones of the colour scheme that match perfect and looked really rich and vibrant.
Sassy created several hairstyles throughout the day and adorned the models with her new range of hair accessories that she will offer to brides to complete their wedding look. She went for a relaxed and feminine feel to soften the bold textures and colours used elsewhere in the day.
Lexie had created a smoky eye makeup for Lucy which paired with the crystal accented dress looked amazing.
The look was all styled and tied together by Karen the wedding planner who specialises in keeping wedding planning and the day running to plan. She arranged the table settings and finishing touches that made the display look polished.
We were incredibly lucky with the stationery – I asked Jess whether she would be interested in being involved, and she created something completely new and bespoke for the day – it looks amazing, and she will now be offering this design in her range. We were so lucky to have a premiere of this design!
The venue is cosy and full of charm and character and the table setting looked perfect for an autumn or winter wedding, to go with the gold accents of the colour palette, I used some geometric details for candles and flower displays which add to the bold and modern theme without it looking stark and out of place in such a warm and inviting setting. The overall look is one of decadence and luxury – and I love it.
Another premiere for the photoshoot was the cake – again specially created by Luca for the event. She brought out the colours, textures and details that she’s renowned for and completely understaff my ideas after just a brief conversation at a wedding fair that we were exhibiting at. She’ll also now be offering this as a cake design for couples to choose for their own wedding cake.
Thankfully in the afternoon the heavy grey clouds had disappeared and the ground had started to dry, so we were able to go into the garden area for some outside portraits. This is the area of the venue that outdoor ceremonies take place in, and is definitely a pretty spot to use for photographs. We even had a visit from the venues peacock who wanted to get involved.
As the sun shone, all the colours really came alive in the flowers and the displays, Hayley changed into a lace gown that has a wonderful and graceful train and teamed this with a dramatic shower bouquet. A soft waved hairstyle made this all look so glamorous together.
Lucy had also changed into the fourth gown of the day, again using lace for it’s subtle romance and elegance along with her new hair up do in soft ringlets that displayed a variety of hairpieces including decadent crystals and a whimsical fresh flower crown.
Lexie used deep shades of burgundy and mauves for a sultry eye along with a pop of pink on the lips – it looks great for autumn!!
As I finished capturing the models portraits, Karen was designing a display that used all the design elements, colours, textures and details that we all created together.
I think we all had a lot of fun working individually with a shared vision that came together beautifully and was certainly a little something different for me. I love the deeper and darker colours and hope that this will become an inspiration for couples looking for something a little different for their own day too.
Creatives involved on this photo shoot:
Venue: Marks Hall
Cake: Luca’s Cakes
Flowers: Butterfly flowers
Dresses: Hilary B
Hair: Hair by Sassy
Makeup: Alexandra Sullivan Makeup Artist
Stationery: Jess Harrington Stationery
Planning & Styling: Karen Luxford Wedding Planner
Photography: Ayshea Goldberg Photography
A massive thanks to Hayley Pegg and Lucy Greensted, our beautiful models too!