Back in October 2016 I was asked to take on the Highfield House as their house manager. The owners run an architecture and interior design company and had originally bought the house with the idea of it becoming a showcase for their talents.

Due to the size of the venue, they quickly realized it had more potential but due to events not being their area of expertise, I was lucky to step into that role.

In order to help create a website and some social media presence for the venue, I needed images which meant being able to organise a photo shoot. The venue is Victorian and the owners had used Pre-Raphaelite inspiration when decorating the rooms so it seemed quite fitting to emulate that in a shoot which also made for quite a dramatic look.

One of the best things about working in the wedding industry is meeting lots of talented people and being able to select ones that fitted that theme was really exciting.

I’d worked with the photographers Todd and Moore  many times and knew they’d be perfect for this shoot based on their style of photography.
Equally I had worked with the florists Paragon Floral Design on a previous shoot and I absolutely loved how different they were to a lot of the traditional styles you see on photo shoots. Different was definitely the aim of the shoot!

I’d been a big fan of Little Pearl Bridal’s social pages for a long time and knew I wanted to work with Diana who owns it so she was my immediate go to when picking wedding dresses.

I discussed the ‘groom’s’ look with the owners and we agreed that a Tom Ford esc style would really fit the theme so with that, we needed a talented menswear creator and up stepped Roodduke bespoke to design a stunning velvet jacket.

The ‘brides’ headwear was created by the very talented HF couture who I knew from experience (she designed my very own wedding headdress) would be perfect for the role.

The amazing stationery was provided by the super talented By Moon and Tide.  I signed myself up for one of Claire’s calligraphy lessons a while back with the hope of improving my handwriting skills…..sadly mine are still rubbish but I was so in awe of her work, I knew I had to have her involved and of course the era that the shoot was based on, lent itself perfectly to her style.

Catherine Elizabeth is one of the most talented hair and make up artists around the north. She’s worked on film and TV as well as countless brides and bridal parties and I am honoured that she is also a childhood friend so I couldn’t think of anyone else I’d want involved in the day.

Last but definitely not least were two businesses I’d never worked with; Blossom Tree Cake Company and Charlotte White Weddings.

Blossom Tree were recommended to me when I needed a dramatic cake to fit the shoot and they certainly didn’t disappoint. I sent them some ideas which I thought would fit the style of the day and they took inspiration from that to create something truly remarkable (see images).

I thought it would be nice to have the day documented behind the scenes so the suppliers could all show off their hard work and what goes into putting a shoot together and Charlotte kindly obliged with this, creating a really fun and upbeat ‘backstage’ reel.

A lot of shoots are put together with the aim of trying to get into magazines or blogs that brides and grooms will gather inspiration from. Because this was specifically for the house’s own publicity, we (the owners and I) were happy for this to be shared far and wide. I am honoured that the images have now been used in Belle Bridal, and Unveiled Magazines as well as featured by And So To Wed, The Nuptial and Yorkshire Rose Brides.