November 22nd, 2017 | Aislinn Thompson
Downton Abbey may no longer keep us warm on a Sunday night, but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped daydreaming about slipping into one of Lady Mary’s elegant gowns and gliding down the wide staircase to be greeted at the bottom by an eligible suitor and served an endless feast of delectable delights from silver platters. So, when we read the brief for a ‘High Society & Countryside Pursuits’ styled shoot, we had no trouble at all finding ourselves right there in the moment
Coordinated by accessory designer Heidi Reid of Glorious Tiaras, who won The Wedding Industry Awards Best Bridal Accessory Designer in the North West award in 2016 and 2017, and who supplied the hair accessories for the shoot, enjoy a little escapism as we take you back to the turn of the 20th century and to one of the most beautiful, privately owned country homes in Cheshire.
With images by Zapimage.
heidi says: Our working title for this shoot was ‘High Society & Countryside Pursuits’ luxe bridal inspiration. The history of the shoot’s venue, Adlington Hall, as a hunting lodge frequented by the region’s landed gentry inspired us to plan a shoot that had all the luxe elements you would imagine finding at a society dinner at Adlington Hall at the turn of the 20th century. I wanted the styling to reflect the historic location and picked suppliers I felt had the vision and creativity to understand the brief and the skill to bring that vision to life.
I’ve lived just ten minutes away from Adlington Hall for 20 years and, until recently, had never visited. My first trip to the country house and its gardens blew me away! I couldn’t believe that this hidden gem wasn’t as well-known as other Cheshire stately homes, with its intriguing history (Handel is rumoured to have stayed here and played the 17th century organ in the main hall), its beautiful formal and wild gardens, unique features such as an imposing mythological mural that takes up a full wall, huge marble fireplaces and a panelled ceiling featuring the Coats of Arms of other prominent Cheshire families. I knew that Adlington Hall was licensed for weddings and started to speak to other local wedding suppliers who I knew could use their talents and enthusiasm to develop a styled wedding shoot with me.
Our aim for this shoot was to showcase Adlington Hall and Hunting Lodge as a unique venue with a rich heritage, whilst offering inspiration to couples wanting to embrace their love of the countryside and the outdoors in a more luxurious, less bohemian way. The rich décor of the interior of Adlington Hall inspired our colour palette of coppers, berries and deep fern-like greens, and featured in everything from the bespoke wedding stationery by Nina Thomas Studio and the Kaye Hannabuss-designed Harris Tweed waistcoat and bow tie, to the bridal make-up by Gemma of Dollface Makeup Studio, the floral arrangements by The Flower House, and our elegant three-tiered wedding cake from For Goodness Cake. Love Lights the Way supplied the beautiful blossom lights.
We wanted to use elements that gave a nod to a turn of the 20th century, Agatha Christie-esque gathering of Cheshire’s landed gentry. To achieve this, we used coloured Edwardian glassware and vintage gold-plated cutlery supplied and styled by Maud and Mabel’s, a show-stopping copper candelabra festooned with a floral arrangement of pheasant feathers, fragrant roses, berry-toned hellebores and plum-coloured peonies to create the feel of a society gathering designed to impress. The feathers, the tweed, gundogs Fern and Elisa, and Secret, the beautiful Welsh Cob, were a must for our high society & countryside pursuits theme, and we absolutely loved involving these adorable animals in our shoot. We couldn’t quite believe what patient, willing models they were! Special thanks must go to Kim Wardle-Payler for bringing her horse and Labrador along for the day.
Working with Helen of 7th Heaven Bridal we chose a luxe Charmeuse silk Justin Alexander gown, with flutter sleeves and a low back that we felt epitomised understated period glamour. Makeup artist Gemma worked to our palette of berries and coppers, opting for a strong lip colour to complement warm copper tones on the bride’s eyes. The hair was styled by Amy at Hushlounge with a deep side parting and elegant waves to give the look of understated glamour a lá 1940’s movie stars, like Ava Gardner.
October 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime
We’re starting the week with the best of intentions (all wholesome and outdoorsy) with a gorgeously simple styled shoot “down on the farm” sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Janet of J Broughton Photography who heads up a talented collective on North West wedding industry suppliers.
Get your first fix of fresh air, and a big dose of beautiful here on the blog this morning with the prettiest vintage gowns and most stunning bridal accessories. How much do you love this wedding hair?!
Janet says: Over the summer Heidi from Glorious Tiaras and I had “met” on Twitter and soon realised that we were both keen to put together a styled shoot. A few coffees and cakes later and we’d decided on a theme that mixed vintage and rustic styles but more importantly that we wanted to use it as an opportunity to bring together and showcase different wedding professionals.
We were fortunate to find a brand new rustic wedding venue, The Wellbeing Farm that was a perfect location for the shoot. Vintage Lane Bridal provided the genuine vintage wedding dresses that perfectly accompanied Heidi’s amazing vintage brooch bouquets and tiaras and hair and make up was expertly styled by Jaki Ann. Laura from Love My Trike brought along Tilly the vintage ice cream tricycle with a variety of props and Jane from Pearlie Queen Collectibles loaned some wonderful vintage accessories. On the day we had two fantastic models, Madeline is an aspiring model and although James works at the farm and didn’t have too much choice in getting involved he was great too !
As you imagine with an outdoor shoot we were very weather dependant, our first attempt was on a day with a forecast for dry weather, and it was. Or at least it was until just after the hair and make up was done and we all ventured outside, at which point it hail stoned, rained, thundered and lightened and all with a twenty minute period! We abandoned the shoot and met again a week later when the weather was much kinder, a little mist in the background but with the sun peeping through we had the perfect weather and had a great time putting together something creative, showing off everyone’s talents and eating Heidi’s homemade flapjacks.
The day was such a success that Heidi and I have decided we would love to do this on a regular basis. Our next project involves a group of art students and is likely to be something quite theatrical with a gothic twist. We are keen to hear from wedding professionals who would like to be involved in future creative projects and can be contacted via our websites at www.jbroughton.co.uk or www.glorioustiaras.co.uk.
Little Black Book
Images: J Broughton Photography
Venue: The Wellbeing Farm
Vintage wedding dresses: Vintage Lane Bridal
Accessories: Glorious Tiaras
Vintage Ice Cream Trike: Love My Trike
Props: Pearlie Queen Collectibles
Hair and Make Up: Jaki Ann
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