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Modern Elegance at Dorfold Hall - Fine Art Wedding Inspiration.

Photography by Emma Pilkington.

The prettiest of styled shoots today and the perfect antidote for these cold, dark winter days…

Dorfold Hall is a rather majestic country house in Cheshire – think faded Jacobean grandeur, stunning grounds, elegant interiors and the most fabulous barn for ceremonies. We absolutely love how this styled shoot took inspiration from the venue and created a chic palette of blue, gold and grey. Stylist Helen James is renowned for her sartorial eye and so of course the fashion is divine.

Over to fine art photographer Emma Pilkington for all the details.

Notes from the photographer

Emma says…

We wanted to create an inspirational shoot for the modern elegant bride, to show that beautiful can still be very natural and uncomplicated.

Our French Blue editorial was inspired by the understated glamour of France. Inspired by the color palette of french chateaus, we chose a blend of neutrals and soft french blues to create this shoot. Photographed with the exquisite backdrop of Dorfold Hall in Cheshire, we told the story of a bride getting ready on her wedding day, with quiet moments of contemplation amid a soft and feminine atmosphere.

With our stylist, we crafted the shoot from a selection of handpicked vendors who suited the fine art brief perfectly: from the delicate hand calligraphed stationery, to the neutral hand grown neutrals, and the wonderful cake in shades of blue and white.

The elegant dress was the perfect fit for this shoot. It was the right amount of glamour, while still being understated and modern. We paired it with some beautiful accessories to create these high end looks. The make-up created a fresh and glowing look with the use of natural products. The perfect finish were the relaxed hairstyles created to compliment the dress and jewellery.


Photography Emma Pilkington

Venue Dorfold Hall

Designer & Stylist Helen James

Floral Designer Fletcher & Foley

Dress Anna Campbell from Jean Jackson Couture

Hair & Makeup Sarah Morten

Cake The Frostery

Jewellery Agnes Walker

Stationery Beautifully Lost Studio

Shoes Di Hassall

With special thanks to model Amy Crawford at Boss Models

Dorfold Hall

Cheshire, North West


One of Cheshire’s hidden gems, this romantic 400 year old Jacobean stately home is a quintessentially English setting to an idyllic and unsurpassable day.

Venue Details
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  • 200
  • 220*
  • Yes
  • Preferred supplier
  • Preferred supplier
  • Sleeps 20
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • 12am
  • Yes
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Emma Hla

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Emma Hla

Emma is the founder & curator of these award-winning pages. Passionate about venues, interiors and a good Whiskey Sour. You'll also find Emma working as a Creative Director consulting for wedding venues around the UK.

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