Image by Bigphatphotos.
This styled shoot started life as a bit of fun for some friends and colleagues to show off their creative skills to each other. But before they knew it, it had grown into a full-blown showcase of some of Norfolk’s finest talent in the wedding industry… all hosted at one of East Anglia’s most prestigious venues – Hales Hall & The Great Barn.
The passion behind these suppliers is lovely and I’ve even included some behind-the-scenes peeks as I just think it’s fab to see how these styled shoots are created!
Here to tell us a little more is Makeup Artist Amanda Steed.
Notes from Norfolk
As a make-up artist, I love to experiment all the time, working to create the freshest, most beautiful looks for my brides. I was chatting to my photographer friends Janie and David – the husband and wife team behind Bigphatphotos who like nothing more than to push the creative boundaries – and a plan began to form.
Janie knew of the most incredible venue in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, the historic Hales Hall & The Great Barn that had just relaunched with luxury accommodation. We asked if they would like to be part of our creative ‘display’ and they agreed.
Of course, we all work with wedding couples up and down the land – from London to Cornwall to Yorkshire and beyond – but we’re passionate about where we are all based and this was a great opportunity to show off the best of what East Anglia has to offer.
Images by Swanton Morley Studios.
We’re big fans of the whole getting ready thing. It’s such an important ritual of a wedding day so we say indulge!
Swanton Morley House & Gardens seem to agree with us too and created this gorgeous ‘Getting Ready’ inspiration piece with Caro London – creator of gorgeous loungewear perfect for a bride and her best girls.
Designer Caro has been evolving affordable timeless collections of loungewear and accessories using natural fibres since 2002. Designing easy, flattering and practical shapes in pure, soft cottons to wear for sleeping and lounging, often in her own beautiful prints.
If you think you and your Maids should be wafting through the morning of your wedding in something beautiful, then Caro London is offering 10% off the entire range until 30th September 2017 – please see the website for more details and quote CAROBRIDES10 when ordering.
Over to Swanton Morley to tell us more about this shoot…
It’s All About The Getting Ready!
We were delighted to welcome Caro London to Swanton Morley House & Gardens last August for a rather special photoshoot to celebrate the launch of their new wedding range of beautiful kimono style robes.
We think that these robes and slips would make any bride and her bridal party feel extra special and are perfect to wear during the morning of the big day. They are also available in a range of luscious Caro London prints and with matching accessories and elegant gift boxes we think they would make very welcome and gorgeous gifts for bridesmaids, Mums and future Mother-in-Laws!
Image by Swanton Morley Studios.
I really love today’s feature… Not only because we get to look at some pretty sweet bridesmaid inspo and dream of balmy days, but also because we get to go on a little tour of the glorious gardens at Swanton Morley House in Norfolk. From forest to meadows this venue has it all, so if you’re currently coveting an outdoor wedding then this is probably for you. Plus you get to see how to dress your best girls to boot.
Notes from Swanton Morley
On a very hot July day last year, we welcomed Holly from Willow & Pearl who designs and makes stunning multi-way bridesmaids and flower girl dresses. The shoot was planned to celebrate the launch of Willow & Pearl’s new colour ranges which included Periwinkle, Blush, Sage, Heather and Wisteria and whilst these colours looked stunning together Holly and her stylist Kate (By Kate Elizabeth) decided to create four different sets to showcase the new colours whilst making use of different areas of our gardens and grounds.
The team also included Penny from Crown House Flowers who created some rather special florals for each shoot, and Lanoi Hansakda and Jeahan Tuddenham who provided stunning hair styling and make-up for our gorgeous models Emma, Liz, Hollie, Sophie and Lanoi.
The first shoot entitled “Provence” featured Willow & Pearl’s beautiful Periwinkle Pearl gowns which are a lovely soft blue and looked gorgeous against all the lavender which was in full bloom in our gardens. We also had a bride, Emma, for this shoot who wore her own elegant wedding dress from her actual wedding which was just the week before!
Penny created a beautiful bridal bouquet and bridesmaids posies which included lavender, rosemary and poppy seed heads. The elegant look was completed with lavender fizz and delightful afternoon tea treats.
Images by Jason Mark Harris Wedding Photography.
When the bride-to-be is an interior designer, you know that her wedding is going to be super stylish… Well Ria and David’s wedding certainly didn’t disappoint and we were delighted to see they hosted their wedding reception at the gorgeous Swanton Morley House & Gardens last September.
If you’ve not yet met this wedding venue the you simply must take a look; Swanton Morley House is located in the heart of the Norfolk countryside and the venue itself is set within 10 acres of beautiful gardens, woodland and meadow.
Ria and David chose Jason Mark Harris Wedding Photography to capture their special day and we’re so pleased to spot some our fave suppliers including The Little Lending Co. and Hélène Millot amongst the talented team.
Notes from the Venue
Ria started her day with her bridal party at the very chic St Giles Boutique Bed & Breakfast in Norwich and we absolutely love the image showing the moment Ria’s Dad first saw his daughter in her elegant lace wedding gown.
Ria and David’s wedding ceremony was held at St Margaret’s Church in Old Catton, Norwich and whilst the skies were cloudy everybody was delighted that the rain held off so that the guests could still enjoy some confetti throwing at the end of the service.
The rain did eventually start upon David and Ria’s arrival at Swanton Morley House & Gardens but this did not deter them from getting some lovely shots on our tree lined drive and in the woodland whilst guests enjoyed drinks and canapés
Images by Darina Stoda Photography.
We’re kicking off this, the last Monday of January, with a dash of romance thanks to Penny from The Little Lending Co. Penny pulled together a team of creative faves for this lovely elopement shoot that centres around Godwick Hall, the house at Godwick Great Barn in Norfolk.
The romance dial is turned up a notch as the models in this shoot are actually a newlywed couple – Joel & Aimee. These gorgeous folks also just happen to be the owners of Godwick and we quite frankly love them.
So grab that coffee, settle in and enjoy… You might just want to run away with Godwick Hall.
Notes from The Little Lending Co.
This elopement shoot was designed with the beautiful backdrop of Godwick Hall in mind, which is a stunning Georgian hall that has been tastefully refurbished to combine classical elegance with modern luxury and style. Godwick Hall is a licensed wedding venue for up to 30 people that specialises in small and intimate weddings from 2 – 30 people. If you’re hoping to head somewhere exclusive and secret to say your vows Godwick may just be for you.