I’ll warn you before I begin: this is a bit mad! Inspiration for your wedding day can come from anywhere – your taste in music, your love of books… perhaps you’ve read Pride and Prejudice, or you fancy yourself as a bit of an Emma?
I love bridal shoots. I love to see what photographers and wedding suppliers come up with when they get together to do something creative. In this case, a rather eclectic group of very talented people brought Jane Austen’s fantasies back to life in a way that’s so ‘English Wedding’ I couldn’t possibly say no! Lisa from The Wedding Affair has written a little about the shoot below. Smile, giggle if you wish, and enjoy the drama!
The Wedding Affair Jane Austen Military Photo Shoot at Newby Hall
When we decided to do a photoshoot at the stunning Newby Hall in preparation of our October wedding fair, we looked to its history for our inspiration. For those who don’t already know, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park was filmed there a few years ago and there we found our answer – a Jane Austen inspired shoot. Perfect!
As always, before each shoot, a mood board is produced that allows us to show everyone involved exactly what we have in mind. This mood board did feature Rupert Penry-Jones (a rather handsome actor for those not in the know!) but as he was unavailable, we had the next best thing. Be still our beating hearts – the picture above introduces you to our male model, Chris. Doesn’t he look fantastic in his military uniform?
Anastasia, our beautiful female model, has just been crowned Miss York and as this blog post is being written, is competing in the Miss England finals. Good luck to her. Not only is she stunningly gorgeous, she is an accomplished horse rider… which brings us to our final star of the show…..
Anyone who knows us is aware that we do everything possible to make our shoots authentic – and fabulous. As Newby Hall was open to the public on the day of the shoot we had to scale down our props. [The mind boggles! Claire] So we reduced the number of items but increased the size – meet Ben, a handsome 17hh racehorse who is now used for eventing. He certainly captured our hearts on the shoot.
The photographs in this blog are courtesy of the very lovely Joe Dodsworth www.joedodsworth.co.uk. The gorgeous dress and jewellery are from Plush www.plushweddingboutique.com, hair and make-up by Alison Clegg of Beauty Call www.beautycall.co.uk and the authentic uniform is from Dress Circle of York. Flowers are from the very talented Lucy of Lucy MacNicoll Flowers www.lucymacnicoll-flowers.com
We’d like to thank our gorgeous models, Chris and Anastasia, and also Noel Wilson Racing Stables and Katy, for bringing along the star of the show – Ben.
Last but not least, huge Wedding Affair thanks go to the Compton family of Newby Hall for allowing us to use their stunning venue (www.newbyhall.com) and also to Lucy Wright, their fabulous wedding co-ordinator. Nothing was too much for her on the day, even when we drew a crowd with the visitors (and a stray American tourist or two dashing off the coach to take pictures!).
As with all our photoshoots, we had a ‘Shoot the Shoot’ by the fabulous Nicky Chadwick Photography www.nickychadwickphotography.co.uk Watch out for part two of the blog [on English Wedding tomorrow], showing you some of her fantastic pictures. You’re going to love them!
Design and styling – The Wedding Affair – www.theweddingaffair.co.uk
Venue – Newby Hall www.newbyhall.com
Lead Photographer – Joe Dodsworth – www.joedodsworth.co.uk
Shoot the Shoot Photographer – Nicky Chadwick – www.nickychadwickphotography.co.uk
Hair and Make-Up – Alison Clegg, Beauty Call – www.beautycall.co.uk
Bridalwear – Plush Boutique – www.plushweddingboutique.com
Flowers – Lucy MacNicoll – www.lucymacnicoll-flowers.com
Military Uniform – Dress Circle of York
Models – Anastasia Smith (Miss York) and Chris Johnstone
Ben (Horse) provided courtesy of Noel Wilson Racing Stables
My thanks to Lisa from The Wedding Affair for sharing the shoot with English Wedding.
If you like the look of Newby Hall, there’s a wedding fair on Sunday (9th October 2011):
The Wedding Affair at Newby Hall
Sunday 9th October 2011
Ripon HG4 5AE
Time: 12pm – 4pm
35 Exhibitors in a ‘Classic Marquee’ on the West Lawn
Tea Rooms and Wedding Reception in the Grantham Room
Gift bags sponsored by Molton Brown for the first 100 Brides and Welcome Drink