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rustic romance: a styled wedding shoot at shottle hall

April 3rd, 2017 | Rachel Parry

Styled Shoot at Shottle Hall (c) Amy Pitfield Photography (9)

We’re getting the week off to a pretty start and indulging in some rustic wedding inspo, brought to us in the form of a stunning styled shoot.

Put together by a talented team of northern suppliers, the shoot provides inspiration for everything from the décor to the dress, with the gorgeous Shottle Hall in Derbyshire, forming the backdrop for the shots.

Here to fill us in on all the beautiful details is the lady who captured the magic, photographer Amy Pitfield.

With images by Amy Pitfield Photography.

Styled Shoot at Shottle Hall (c) Amy Pitfield Photography (28)

amy says: The shoot came about after I had the idea to team up with local suppliers and stage a wedding that would allow everyone to get creative and have a play, without the pressure and time constraints that naturally come with a real wedding.

Styled Shoot at Shottle Hall (c) Amy Pitfield Photography (4)

I’ve always loved Shottle Hall, and actually got married there myself, so it holds a special place in my heart and I knew it would be perfect for the shoot. I thought the coach house brick walls and courtyard barn doors in particular, would fit in beautifully with what we wanted to create.

Styled Shoot at Shottle Hall (c) Amy Pitfield Photography (11)

Styling-wise, the idea was to have plenty of florals and foliage; from the real miniature bouquet in the model’s boho style hair, to the real flowers on the cake, the moss all over the table runners and the huge floral bouquets complete with berries, thistles and twisted willow.

Styled Shoot at Shottle Hall (c) Amy Pitfield Photography (3)

The day of the shoot was hectic yet amazing – everyone worked together to make it a success. We had stylist Cheryl Hollingworth doing hair and Embellish doing makeup upstairs in the bridal suite while the decor was being set up in the coach house outside.

Styled Shoot at Shottle Hall (c) Amy Pitfield Photography (31)

Rebecca of The Lavender Whisk, who supplied the gorgeous cake, along with Rebecca from Twisted Willow Florist, who supplied the beautiful blooms, and Michelle of Two Hearts, who created the lovely stationery, were the ones who did most of the venue styling, and they did a fabulous job!

Further décor elements came from The Wood Wizard, who create hand-crafted pieces made-to-order for interiors and weddings.

Styled Shoot at Shottle Hall (c) Amy Pitfield Photography (16)

Finally, our model Rachel, wore a gorgeous gown provided by Gracie Bleu Bridal, based in Matlock.

Styled Shoot at Shottle Hall (c) Amy Pitfield Photography (12)

Once we were underway the weather wasn’t so kind to us as it was raining, but every part of the shoot still looked beautiful!

Surprisingly, the suppliers didn’t all know each other before the day but worked together like a dream! Going with each other’s recommendations, we managed to create and amazingly hard-working team and achieved something to be proud of. At the end of the day, we took each other’s details and numbers and have formed great local connections for the future.

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Rachel Parry
Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...

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