We’ve caught up with the lovely Rachel from Ellingham Hall to chat about casually bringing a little touch of the Med to Northumberland in winter. As you do.
Rachel has teamed up with some of the North East based suppliers who form part of Ellingham Hall’s 2020 recommended suppliers list to create something super special. The stunning Silver Birch trees that inspired the shoot, seen in the venue acting as oversized table centrepieces, have totally won us over, lending an incredibly romantic feel to the space.
With images by Carn Patrick Photography
Rachel says: ‘Mediterranean Centre Sage’ was the working title for this shoot! At Ellingham we work closely with our recommended suppliers throughout the year, providing opportunities for them to showcase their creativity through a variety of events, including photoshoots. Sparking this particular shoot, Kathryn from The Whole Sch-Bang purchased some incredible Silver Birch trees to form part of their hire collection and we instantly fell in love
We wanted to create a styled shoot using those as a focal point, to really compliment the interior style of Ellingham Hall. We also wanted to shoot early on in the year as we’ve had an influx of couples looking at marrying in the first quarter, so the idea of offering style inspo for the winter months which isn’t based on the traditional dark and bold colours, was a real interest for us. We always aim to provide that inspiration to our couples.
Ellingham benefits from the most beautiful stone architecture and that, combined with the soft sage tones of the chapel, make it a beautiful space to showcase. We had the Silver Birch trees as the main feature and we knew these would sit perfectly in the high ceilings of the chapel, creating a full scale production piece which has wowed couples ever since.
To compliment the stylings of the venue, we wanted to capture the beautiful stone windows and interior colour palette which is perfect all year round. Shooting in January, we wanted to share how incredibly versatile the venue was and also how you can bring elements of warmth and light into some of the darker colder months.
Sage, stone and touches of gold were the colours featured in the palette briefed to the suppliers. We used stone urns, delicate details and lots of candles to create the late afternoon Mediterranean vibe in Northumberland in January!
We wanted the dresses to tie in with the romantic glamour theme of the shoot. All of the gowns used were courtesy of Epernay Bridal. The Blush by Hayley Paige bridal collection celebrates casual elegance and femininity. Featuring soft tulle, lace and delicate tones to create a feel of whimsy and romance within each design.
The Marc Darcy Warren Black Tuxedo from Hotspur 1367 gave the black tie effect we were going for but, at the same time, the fine detailing in the jacket which softened the overall finish working well with the complexities of the shoot.
With soft glamour in mind, we opted for the contemporary twist on the chignon, side sweep, soft waves, and perfect for effortlessly elegant brides who don’t want to look too structured or formal.
Epernay Bridal also did the makeup – this is part of their USP when brides buy a dress from their store, as they’re training makeup artists. Again, we chose to go effortless and natural on the makeup, inline with the style of the shoot, without being overly glam to detract from the decor and styling around the venue.
On the day, it all went great. We had a shoot schedule and even with the light being poor all day, that didn’t stop us shooting or dampen the team’s spirits
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