At the end of last year I decided to put together a photo shoot. A little overdue & out of my comfort zone, but nonetheless something that I’d been keen to do for a long time and just hadn’t found the time.
Those who know my planning style will know that I am most comfortable arranging complex logistics, tucked in production or busily running around keeping my couples and clients happy behind the scenes!
That’s not to say I don’t have bags of imagination and creative ideas, I do, but there is such creative talent out there that I just love to bring everyone together to achieve the same goal. So here’s what happened….
Living next to the county, Rutland seemed the idyllic setting for a romantic photo-shoot and its most famous landmark Normanton Church on Rutland Water was the perfect canvas. There is something so comforting and reassuring about working by the water, I adore it. With a fabulous entourage of local suppliers bringing the photo shoot together I am totally delighted with the results!
With its lower half submerged in water during the construction of Rutland Water reservoir in the 1970’s, Normanton Church is an iconic and rare Wedding location popular with couples across the UK and abroad.
The calming & mystical water filled backdrop, along with the striking and historic interior of the Church, lent itself perfectly to the nautical elegance & chic theme of the shoot.
To enhance the neutral décor and stunning surroundings we added simple yet refined styling, working with navy, blush and silver accents throughout.
With navy continuing to be hot on trend in 2017, the aim was to highlight how different tones and shades could be incorporated and exaggerated to create a stunning yet unique style.
We developed the style by juxtaposing tradition with quirky trends through the use of slick stationery & tableware, an antique dresser, coloured & sparkly linens and a traditional elegant three-tiered cake.
Soft and romantic flowers added to the hand created headpieces & 1920’s inspired hair & make-up. Gloriously refined suits and one-off designer dresses with such an impressive trail lead to the romantic dome altar of Normanton Church.
With the sun beaming and the reservoir mysteriously still, the extremely talented photographers were able to capture some incredible outdoor shots, allowing readers to take in the entire beauty of Rutland Water, one of the most romantic locations I’ve had the pleasure of working at.
Such heartfelt thanks and credit go to all the suppliers that helped me put this shoot together. The site visits, the meetings, the evenings planning & creating, it has been such a blast & I can’t wait to get started on the next now!
Venue – Anglian Water, Normanton Church | Photographer - Harvey & Harvey | Styling - Lola Rose Chair Cover & Venue Dressing | Bride & Groom Attire - Vow Bridal | Flowers - The Rutland Flower Company | Make-up - Rochelle O'Brien | Hair - Charlotte Wesson | Cake - Couture Cakes | Tableware - Stamford Tableware Hire | Head pieces - Amanda Caroline Couture | Stationery - Jenna Claire Stationery | Models - Model students