Styled Shoot

Love, lace & sage. A styled bridal shoot at Woodborough Hall

16th April 2019 | Alexis Forsyth

Calling all winter brides-to-be! Today’s styled bridal shoot at the magnificent Woodborough Hall in Nottingham is especially for you, so get those Pinterest boards at the ready!

This oh so captivating Grade II listed venue provides couples with a traditionally classic wedding backdrop, with plenty of original features and an enviable countryside setting.

There’s all kinds of pretty to pore over if you’re seeking something truly sophisticated and intimate for your own big day. We’re talking romantic touches like lanterns and candles, gorgeous florals and plush foliage, and the most beautiful of tablescapes, with a hint of peach and gold.

The bridal attire is just as captivating too, with lace, exquisite button detailing, a stunning veil and even a hand crocheted winter shawl completing the model’s elegant look.

Want to see all the gorgeous details for yourself? Louise from bespoke wedding planning business Your Fabulous Wedding tells us more about the shoot and all the wonderfully talented local suppliers who contributed on the day.

With images by Ania Oska Photography


Louise says

: The original inspiration for this shoot was a classic green and white wedding mood board, which developed during the planning stages to showcase striking florals and foliage as well as natural elements to the styling and tablescape.


We wanted to use a venue that had small, intimate rooms to really showcase the skills of the suppliers and create that warm, winter wedding feeling. Woodborough Hall has beautiful rooms with original features and an intimate feel so fitted the brief perfectly.


The bride’s trailing bouquet contained clematis, ivy, eucalyptus, hebe, grasses and succulents with touches of white from viburnum, scabious and alstroemerias. The foliage was all grown by Maria at The Flower Patch and the British alstroemeria and scabious were from Cornwall.

The beautiful stationery was designed for the shoot by Lucy from In The Details Design. The foliage elements of the design tied in with the heavy foliage used for the décor and the wax seals added the perfect finishing touch.

The stationery design was then replicated onto the stunning cake, which was hand painted by Lorien from Storeybook Cakes.

As for the table styling, this incorporated the white and green elements of the shoot whilst adding in some natural elements such as the linen napkins which were hand-tied with leather ribbon. The table was further enhanced with a striking foliage runner which contained eucalyptus, bay and rosemary (which smelled divine!) and soft candlelight.

Additional styling was provided by Katie from The Ivy Cottage. Katie made the beautiful ‘welcome’ sign as well as providing the ceremony arch and the lanterns for the aisles to again bring in soft lighting from the candles.


Angela from Iconic Bride in Mansfield was super helpful when it came to the dress. I didn’t have a chance before the shoot to visit the boutique, but Angela and I chatted on the phone and agreed a few styles which we thought would work for the shoot and our model.

Angela brought several Caroline Castigliano dresses with her. We all agreed on the Charm School dress and we added the Malaysia shrug over the gown to bring in the lace and a more wintery style. I wanted the dress to be elegant but have plenty of movement in the skirt and the Charm School totally fitted the bill.

We included a hand crocheted bridal shawl from Weddings by Laremi, a perfect addition for any winter wedding. The addition of gold earrings with Apple Aura Quartz stones complete the bride’s look, supplied by Honey Blossom.

Blidworth Menswear supplied the suit for our groom. We opted for navy tweed to contrast the green elements of the styling and the three-piece Mark Darcy suit was beautifully cut and fit perfectly.


The hair and makeup, created by Adele Coxon, was kept it quite simple, with perfect glowing skin using foundation to perfect the tone and a slight hint of blush to show an English rose glow.  Eyes were kept neutral with a brown tone and hints of gold, which captured beautifully in natural light.  Lips were a pinky nude tone using Adele’s favourite Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in shade ‘Pillowtalk’.  Hair was in a low loose bun with curls to finish, perfect for all seasons (and weather conditions). The hair was finished with Layla – a beautiful gold accessory from Loved by One.

This bridal look would suit all ranges of bride, though is possibly most suited to boho style weddings, with the loose curls and minimalist natural makeup.



Overall the shoot went really well. The team worked well together and had fun putting everything together. We did have a slight issue in that the male model hadn’t been told he needed to bring his own shoes and shirt! T-shirt and trainers with a suit wasn’t quite the look we were after! I made a call to the suit supplier who was happy to provide us with a shirt, and then a quick trip to Sainsburys for some shoes made sure the groom’s look wasn’t compromised!

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