Friday, July 15, 2011

'Beware of fainting fits. Beware of swoons....' Jane Austen inspired shoot at Newby Hall

When we decided to do a photoshoot at the stunning Newby Hall in preparation of our October wedding fair, we looked to its history for our inspiration. For those who don't already know, an adaptation of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park was filmed there a few years ago and there we found our answer - a Jane Austen inspired shoot. Perfect!

As always, before each shoot, a mood board is produced that allows us to show everyone involved exactly what we have in mind. This mood board did feature Rupert Penry Jones (a rather handsome actor for those not in the know!) but as he was unavailable, we had the next best thing. Be still our beating hearts - the picture above introduces you to our male model, Chris. Doesn't he look fantastic in his military uniform?

Anastasia, our beautiful female model, has just been crowned Miss York and as this blog post is being written, is competing in the Miss England finals. Good luck to her. Not only is she stunningly gorgeous, she is an accomplished horse rider... which brings us to our final star of the show.....

Anyone who knows us is aware that we do everything possible to make our shoots authentic - and fabulous. As Newby Hall was open to the public on the day of the shoot we had to scale down our props. So we reduced the number of items but increased the size - meet Ben, a handsome 17hh racehorse who is now used for eventing. He certainly captured our hearts on the shoot.

Proof that our beautiful model can ride too... stunning. We think this would be a fantastic way to arrive for your wedding!

As with all of our photoshoots, the entire crew had a great day with lots of laughs behind the scenes and despite the serene looks on our model's faces in this shot, Ben completely gave the game away! Love this shot!

How fabulous are these shots with the black cloak? Anastasia looks amazing.....

The photographs in this blog are courtesy of the very lovely Joe Dodsworth The gorgeous dress and jewellery are from Plush, hair and make-up by Alison Clegg of Beauty Call and the authentic uniform is from Dress Circle of York. Flowers are from the very talented Lucy of Lucy MacNicoll Flowers

We'd like to thank our gorgeous models, Chris and Anastasia, and also Noel Wilson Racing Stables and Katy, for bringing along the star of the show - Ben.

Last but not least, huge Wedding Affair thanks go to the Compton family of Newby Hall for allowing us to use their stunning venue ( and also to Lucy Wright, their fabulous wedding co-ordinator. Nothing was too much for her on the day, even when we drew a crowd with the visitors (and a stray American tourist or two dashing off the coach to take pictures!).

As with all our photoshoots, we had a 'Shoot the Shoot' by the fabulous Nicky Chadwick Photography Watch out for part two of the blog, showing you some of her fantastic pictures. You're going to love them!

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