Planning a styled shoot can be a challenge at the best of times, wedding industry professionals are busy people and so scheduling a date in the diary that works for all concerned is a test in itself. Then you must consider the actual shoot; what look and feel are you going for? Will it be mostly bridal, or concentrate on your strengths in styling and design? What props will you need, what furniture would look best and what wonderful location will you shoot at?
For this shoot, everything went quite smoothly. A date was agreed, a stunning location decided on (the amazing grounds of Talhenbont Hall, an exclusive new wedding venue which just recently held its wedding launch day) and some fabulous vendors agreed to take part. My inspiration for this shoot was clear from very early on. I LOVE outdoor shoots, I love the relaxed feel that shooting in beautiful woodland portrays. This shoot was to be quite whimsical, free and quirky. Antique furniture had been selected which would be softened with loose fabrics, subtle lighting hanging from the trees, and lots of natural greenery. See my inspiration board below. I couldn’t wait.
CUE A YELLOW WEATHER WARNING OF TORRENTIAL RAIN …
What a wedding and event planner can never control (unfortunately) is the weather! In the last few days before the shoot, my constant checking of the weather forecast did nothing to dispel my fears – my outdoor shoot was a no-go! Never one to give up on a challenge (it’s not like I could ever change a wedding date!), we went ahead. Plan B was in motion! Luckily, Alicia from Talhenbont was wonderfully accommodating and she allowed us to shoot inside their beautiful Hall instead.
The planned dining tablescape with geometric accessories and fresh greenery was scrapped. I didn’t think it's relaxed, modern vibe would fit within the great Hall – this is a 17th Century, grade II listed building. It is steeped in history, and I wanted to do its grandness justice! Instead, I picked up a few antique portmanteau chests, a beautiful old dresser, a Victorian tub chair and a wonderful velvet arm chair (thanks to Stephen from Anglesey Antiques).
Whilst I got to work with laying out the props and placing furniture, Kristina started taking some test shots, and the 'glam squad' (Beverley Jones and Kay Evans) set to work at beautifying our lovely model Kate.
Kristina is such a pro! She had so many useful tips and hints, especially about lighting and being able to see the 'bigger picture'. She really inspired me and made me feel confident that the final product would look amazing.
Beverley and Kay were also tremendous! Both were able to adjust to the new 'feel' of the shoot. A gorgeous 'up-do' was styled, including a vintage head piece, and the striking make-up with rich tones looked perfect. We were ready to go!
The final set-up was a floor level, romantic ‘picnic’ for two in front of an open fire! I hope you like the result. It couldn’t be further from the plan, but I love it!
Beautiful flowers provided by Springbank UK
Talhenbont's main hall set up with an eclectic mix of props and furniture.
On trend gold, copper and blue, softened by beautiful neutral chiffon. Stationary by Anna Gwenllian.
Flatlay detail placed on the beautiful dress, handmade by the super talented Sarah at Stiwdio Sidan
We also managed to squeeze in some shots in the bridal suite and a couple of the beautiful guest rooms. Talhenbont can cater for 40 people in total, in a mix of characterful rooms within the Hall, in addition to a few on site cottages which overlook the grounds.
You'll notice a change of outfit, into another one of Sarah's beautiful creations which perfectly matched the art deco feel of the 'Peacock room'. Beverley also unpinned Kate's hair, leaving this lovely tousled look.
A huge thank you to all involved in this shoot, it was SO much fun and a pleasure to collaborate with, and be surrounded by such talented, creative women!
As for that outdoor shoot... watch this space!
Images by Kristina Banholzer
Hair by Beverley Jones
Make up by Kay Evans
Venue - Talhenbont Hall
Flowers - Springbank UK
Bridal dresses and head piece - Stiwdio Sidan
Model - Kate Macglennon