Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful shoot that channels country house wedding elegance meets mint green, taupe and gold details.
Images were captured by Birgitta Zoutman Photography.
Birgitta says of the shoot…
There is something uniquely special about Hawkstone Hall, you feel it as soon as you see it come into view.
Nestled within the hills of the rolling Shropshire countryside, you will find the magnificent Grade 1 listed venue with ceilings gilded in gold, sweeping staircases, four-poster luxury suites with roll-top tubs and 88 acres of pristine gardens.
There is a lake on the side of the long drive that, at times, has a flock of white swans, and on a clear day, you can see the Welsh Hills in the distance.
The gardens have forest paths to stroll, a beautiful rose garden, a lily pond with a rose-covered gazebo, an apple orchard and rhododendrons and azaleas encircling the lush green lawns that are a burst of colour when they are in bloom.
It offers the perfect combination of heritage and modern luxury, with natural beauty and charm.
After capturing a January Wedding there I was inspired to create a styled country house wedding shoot.
I pitched my idea to Carly their marketing strategist. Styled shoots are a fantastic way for wedding suppliers to come together and create content to promote each other’s talents and skills.
I love the planning, sourcing talented designers and artists and bringing to life the images in my head.
It feeds my artistic soul, you have a freedom to photograph that you don’t have at a wedding and you can be more adventurous in how you shoot.
My starting point for every shoot is different, sometimes it’s a dress or wedding cake, sometimes it’s a clients brief.
In this instance, inspiration came from the Winter Garden at Hawkstone.
It’s a beautiful light, and airy room with high ceilings painted pale green and a gorgeous curved staircase.
I knew immediately that I wanted Weston Events to dress the stairs for a particular shot and that the concept should be fresh and light to match, I settled on a colour scheme of mint green, taupe with gold accents.
Di by Diane Hassall is the creator of exquisite wedding shoes and having worked with Di before I knew she would have the perfect shoe for my vision.
Diane kindly introduced me to Sharon Bowen-Dryden, her world-leading Bowen Dryden Haute Couture fashion design label specialises in alternative wedding dresses.
The dress needed to be show-stopping, romantic and most importantly, not white.
Sharon had the perfect dress, Essence of Rose – a soft tulle wrap dress with intricately beaded flowers layered over a sequin slip, perfect for swishing and a beautiful shade of greeny-blue.
The country house wedding shoot was initially scheduled for April 28th last year, with 15 incredible suppliers and then the world changed.
Fast forward to July, and we have a new date, August 10th. I re-planned a pared-down shoot to ensure the safety of everyone with minimal people on set.
Gorgeous balloons installations were provided by Weston Events while Annie at The Sugar Cart stepped in last minute to create a stunning cake decorated with delicate layers of watercolour sugar paper in tones of blues and greens, painted with gold accents and crowned with beautiful edible flowers.
We were dealt another blow 10 days before the shoot with our original florist having to pull out, and then because Government announced a two-week delay in allowing beauticians to return to work.
Somehow, through all adversity, these things always come together. I want to say thank you to all my suppliers, but especially those that stepped in last-minute.
Venue – Hawkestone Hall
Concept, Styling and Photography – Birgitta Zoutman Photography
Dress – Essence of Rose – Bowen Dryden
Veils – Adorn by Ashley
Shoes – Diane Hassall
Jewellery –Thomas Glover of Shrewsbury
Florist – Blossom and Bloom
Stationary – Paper & Poplin
Cake – The Sugar Cart
Model & Make Up – Flavia Fazenda
Balloons – Weston Events