Back in November 2019, myself and Sophie from Forevermore events arranged our first styled shoot, with the objective of raising awareness about our brands whilst gaining some beautiful images to showcase our work!
Neither of us had ventured down this road before, so we did not know what to expect. Our first step was finding a beautiful venue, not too far away from where we are both based, and with a wow factor. Sophie struck gold when The Dairy at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, agreed to work with us. They have breathtaking views at their lake, and across the surrounding countryside, where many wedding ceremonies are held. It was the perfect location.
Next, a photographer; a bit crucial for a photo shoot! This created a dilemma that seemed to go on for weeks. We then met the perfect guy whilst exhibiting at a wedding fair. David (Fine Art Photography) was instantly as enthusiastic as we were, and his work is stunning!
Everything was starting to fall into place, but I felt like we needed someone to play the part of the bride. Again, who? A friend put me in touch with a lovely lady who wanted to take part. I already knew who could supply us with beautiful wedding gowns, Natalya James, who designs and makes all of her own dresses. We were all set!
The morning of the photoshoot arrived. You know when you get the feeling that something might not go to plan ………..
I did not have to wait long to find out what it was. My model could not come as her baby was unwell. Upon arrival at the venue, I asked if there was anyone who could step in to help. Georgia, who works at The Waddesdon Dairy, agreed to help out, and she was so perfect for the role!
For the Lakeside Pavilion ceremony setup, Sophie and I used the arch as our main feature, dressed in light grey and white voile drapes, enhanced with Roses and foliages. We continued the grey drapes onto the chiavari chairs.
Reception in the West Hall, we chose a colour palette again of light grey with a touch of gold making it slightly formal, with timeless neutral florals and a splash of soft pink. We also had lots and lots of dreamy candles.
This concrete urn in the Winter garden is huge! So grateful I had been given some contorted Hazel, just days before the shoot, which could carry off the height of the urn.
A special thank you goes to my friend Larysa who gave up her time for us, helping us so much on the day with all the different set ups. We could not have done it without you!
The staff at The Dairy, Waddesdon, and especially Georgia our last-minute model!
David Swailes, from Fine art photography.
Natalya James Bridalwear.
And of course, Sophie from Forevermore events. It is so lovely to work closely with another business, I think we make a great team!
This final photograph is one of my favourites from the shoot. It pretty much sums up how perfect Georgia was for the role as a model, and captures David’s creative eye for a stunning and dramatic photograph.