Jane Austen wedding style inspiration from Oxford Hall, with Katy Melling Photography (27)
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Two words I’ve been hearing quite often as we approach 2019 are ‘heirloom’ and ‘heritage’ – brides and grooms are looking more to our culture and history than ever before, for inspiration for wedding styling. ‘Vintage’ as a source of wedding ideas is still hugely popular, with couples now looking for venues with their own character and unique history. So this inspirational feature from Doxford Hall has to be one of my favourite shoots of ALL TIME! It’s a perfect fit for English Wedding too of course, with a nod to Jane Austen and such delightful styling touches! The calligraphy is mine – I’m so proud to have been a part of such a beautiful photoshoot (and my paper goodies get to visit such wonderful places!)

Claire xx

Jane Austen wedding style inspiration from Oxford Hall, with Katy Melling Photography (2)

Crafted from mellow stone, with its formal gardens and manicured lawns, featuring Europe’s largest yew tree maze, Doxford Hall is a dreamy, romantic and photogenic venue, and Northumbria’s only four red star wedding venue. To celebrate its bicentenary, a creative team channelled their love of beautiful things and shared passion for the finer things in life, to create a Jane Austen-inspired styled bridal shoot to capture the elegance and romance of this beautiful country wedding venue.

Cornwell Manor wedding styling, pastel blue wedding ideas, Kate Nielen Photography (24)
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Our brand new digital magazine, The English Wedding Bible, is yours FREE to download or read online this January – full of beautiful wedding inspiration and advice features from the heart, written by some of our favourite photographers and wedding experts. Grab it here… and enjoy today’s sublime inspiration shoot, which was one of my favourite features in the English Wedding Bible’s very first issue.

Cornwell Manor wedding styling, pastel blue wedding ideas, Kate Nielen Photography (22)

Pastels are our favourite wedding palette – they have been for years and I doubt that will ever change. But it’s easy to forget there’s a gentle rainbow of pastel colours encompassing everything from palest dusky pinks through to barely-there olive greens, dove greys and soft corals… because pastel doesn’t only mean pink.

Cornwell Manor wedding styling, pastel blue wedding ideas, Kate Nielen Photography (21)

Today’s shoot puts forward a beautiful and very strong case for delicate blue pastel hues. The key colour is Serenity, which works well all year round; for cool winter weddings and soft pastel spring and summer ones. It gives you the ‘something blue’ and is incredibly calming, delicate and outrageously pretty, whilst maintaining that elegant feel.

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Yesterday I blogged a brilliantly eccentric bridal shoot from The Wedding Affair, with photography by Joe Dodsworth and set at Newby Hall. You will of course remember it for the antique military uniform, sword – who knew Wilkinson Sword made swords?! – and Ben, the horse. Missed it? Click: Jane Austen inspired bridal shoot

Today I have some behind the scenes photos from the shoot to share with you. They’re all by wedding photographer Nicky Chadwick, who was there to ‘shoot the shoot’ – so we get to see what goes on at a bridal shoot like this one. First of all – yesterday’s blog convinced me Anastasia had fallen from the pages of a Jane Austen novel. So let’s start with her looking very 21st century…

Wedding blog Jane Austen feature photography by Nicky Chadwick (16)

Photographer: Nicky Chadwick www.nickychadwickphotography.co.uk

Wedding blog Jane Austen feature photography by Nicky Chadwick (15)

Photographer: Nicky Chadwick www.nickychadwickphotography.co.uk

Photographer Joe Dodsworth directs model Chris – and I’d love to know what Chris thinks of his outfit! Definitely not the usual modelling work, hey?!

Wedding blog Jane Austen feature photography by Nicky Chadwick (14)

Photographer: Nicky Chadwick www.nickychadwickphotography.co.uk

Wedding blog Jane Austen feature photography by Nicky Chadwick (13)

Photographer: Nicky Chadwick www.nickychadwickphotography.co.uk

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Wedding blog bridal shoot Jane Austen inspired. Photography Joe Dodsworth (20)

Photographer: Joe Dodsworth www.joedodsworth.co.uk

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

Wedding blog bridal shoot Jane Austen inspired. Photography Joe Dodsworth (1)

Photographer: Joe Dodsworth www.joedodsworth.co.uk

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!