Caroline Gould – A British Affair Photo Shoot
We are delighted to show you a photo shoot organised and styled by Caroline Gould one of our members in Ipswich, Suffolk. Read on for a summary from Caroline regarding the shoot.
We wanted to show that a marquee venue doesn’t have to be styled in a rustic, country or vintage way with bunting, hay bales or twee details. So we went for a modern look with a quintessentially ‘English’ feel, hence ‘A Very English Affair’. With tables named after private members clubs and table centrepieces to match each club, for example the ‘Queens Club’ table had tennis balls and old tennis racquets. Soft ribbons on each table tied the look together. We used mint green, soft pale pink and gold as the main colours. These colours are on trend and also make an impact, they enhance the summer wedding palette. We felt these gave enough colour to keep it classic and not gareish.
- Bridal fashion & accessories – We wanted a slightly alternative look so went for a dress with lots of soft ruffle detail from Bury Bridal Rooms who very kindly gave us four dresses to choose from. As well as the ruffle dress for the day time part of the shoot, we also chose a more slinky sexy dress for the evening part of the shoot with beautiful detail and sparkle on the back. Who says you can only have one dress!
- Hair & makeup looks – We kept the make-up very natural for both sections of the shoot but changed the hair from an up do during the day to a more relaxed style for the evening.
- Venue – Kenton Hall Estate is a beautiful countryside venue in the county of Suffolk. It really is a hidden gem, with a fantastic tree lined driveway, a woodland area and glamping site.
- Props & details – Almost all of the props were from either mine or Emily’s home, or picked up at local auctions. Trophies, books, bowls, tennis racquets, my dad’s treasured crystal decanter and glass and a wooden box that was hand crafted by my granddad. This approach to styling is to show brides that you do not need to buy all of your props and details – use home décor to make an impact. We even brought a painting into the marquee! Pom Pom Studio provided the tassel garlands which added a fun element to the shoot.
- Flowers – We used myrtle wreaths for the back of the bride and grooms chairs and also a floral wreath for the main entrance doors. Classic table centres using trophies and mismatched glassware instead of vases.
- Cake Design – Not satisfied with just a cake, Helen from Amelie’s Kitchen supplied an entire dessert table with mini cakes, meringues, macaroons as well as the traditional cake.
Venue & Styling Kenton Hall Estate, Suffolk – www.kentonhallestate.co.uk
Styling by Caroline Gould Weddings – www.carolinegouldweddings.co.uk
Photography by Ross Dean Photography – www.rossdeanphotography.com
Behind the scenes video by Nick Ilott – www.nickilottphotography.co.uk
Make-up by Aleksandra Zych – www.aleksandra-zych.com
Hair by Elegant Brides, Bridal and Vintage Hair – www.bridalandvintagehair.com
Bridalwear from Bury Bridal Rooms – www.burybridalrooms.co.uk
Models from Donovan & Abel, Norwich – www.donovanabel.com
Bar by Cellar27 www.cellar27.co.uk
Tableware by CMA Hire – www.cmahire.co.uk
Flowers by Myrtle & Mint – www.myrtleandmint.co.uk
Cakes by Amelie’s Kitchen – www.amelies-kitchen.co.uk
Stationery by Lemon Pie Wedding Stationery – www.lemonpiedesign.co.uk
Tassel Garlands from Pom Pom Studio – www.pompomstudio.co.uk
Lighting and DJ by Dreamwave Events – www.dreamwaveevents.co.uk
Acapella Quartet, The TestostaTones – www.testostatones.co.uk
Large Letter Lights by Crisp & Dene – www.crispanddene.co.uk