Photoshoot at Walcot Hall Estate

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The stunning North Lincolnshire venue Walcot Hall. Photo credit Insight Photography.

Hello December!

I can’t believe we are only 22 days away from Santa making his appearance down our chimneys. I don’t know about any of you, but I am not as organised as some of the other members of the Bridal Reloved team (I’m looking at you Kate!), I’ve still got tons of shopping to do as well as a massive list of Christmas baking. Eeek I am going to brave the crowds at the weekend – and I bet the most stressful part will be trying to find a parking space, this time of year places to park your car are as rare as hen’s teeth. Wish me luck!

We have a couple of brides getting married over the festive period and it is easy to see why they have chosen December weddings. The whole country goes into ‘party mode’ from the 1st of December right the way through to the 31st, so it makes sense to throw the party of your life while everyone is in the mood, and let’s face it the food the drink options at this time of year are amazing! Although after a heavy December there is no love at all for the month-long collective hangover come January 1st! But we can still be in denial about that for another 28 days!

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The entrance of Walcot Hall. The perfect ‘start’ to your wedding. Photo credit Flawless Photography.

We did a photoshoot earlier this year at a gorgeous venue that would make a fabulous location for a winter wonderland wedding. The venue in question is the Walcot Hall Estate in North Lincolnshire. It is owned by the lovely Cindy Marshall-Day and her husband Tony Lane-Roberts. They purchased Walcot Hall in 2004 and since then they have spent a fair amount of time lovingly renovating and restoring it to its former glory. Some parts of this beautiful home date back to 1629, however the addition of the Georgian façade didn’t happen till the mid-Eighteenth century.

We were so fortunate that Cindy and Tony allowed us the permission to run around their gorgeous home, we were also very lucky with the team we worked with on the day. Our photographer was the über talented Natalia Walton and our Make-Up Artist was the super-creative Louise Shepherd. A crack team of photoshoot operatives and as you’ll see from the pictures they had a beautiful model to work with – Charlotte Bontoft carried off each dress and look with aplomb.

With such a great location we didn’t have to work very hard to create the styles we were looking for. We chose three dresses that were beautiful because of their simplicity – our thinking was that the surroundings were so stunning they would do all the hard work and really elevate the gowns to look sensational – and that’s exactly what happened. We were so impressed with the results of the shoot.

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Just hanging around. Photo credit Natalia Walton.

One of the first looks we created was ‘Something Blue.’ We love ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a sixpence for your shoe.’ It is an old tradition but one that we love at Bridal Reloved, and if you buy your dress from us then you will see why! So running with the ‘Something Blue’ element was made super easy at Walcot Hall as one of their stunning rooms is actually called the Blue Room. Serendipitous! We used a Maggie Sottero dress for this set of pictures as we felt it was in keeping with the style of the room. In terms of accessories we kept it fairly simple with just a two string pearl headband and the make-up look expertly done by Louise was a very natural English rose look.

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Soaking up the sunlight. Photo credit Natalia Walton.

We also used another bedroom for a part of the shoot. Again we used a Maggie Sottero dress. This designer is synonymous with a simple yet elegant look but achieves a breath-taking finish. It’s little wonder that Maggie Sottero is one of our most popular in-store designers. When her dresses come in they rarely stay on the rails for a long time.

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Relaxing…it’s hard work being a beautiful bride. Photo credit Natalia Walton.

The interior of Walcot Hall has been so tastefully achieved. Muted tones of pale blue, beige, cream and whites provide the glorious canvas and then the artfully chosen pieces of furniture provide the finer details of the whole look and bring it all together perfectly. Although Cindy is a former soap star turned beauty writer so we would expect nothing less from her style and taste. Large, unobstructed windows that allowed copious amounts of light in were a real photographer’s dream. We were fortunate on the day that we had good weather with sunshine – but nonetheless the look of Walcot Hall really did most of the work.

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Isn’t she lovely….Photo credit Natalia Walton.
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Isn’t she wonderful. Photo credit Natalia Walton.

Clean lines, sympathetically chosen décor and furniture really help Walcot Hall stand out from other similar venues. Some of these venues can often be dark with no options to help bring in natural light and the furnishings are often heavy reds with dark wood used for the furniture which can reduce the overall feeling of space even if it is a big venue – Walcot Hall could not be more different – it is light, bright and airy and ideal for a Winter wedding.

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She’s beauty and she’s grace. Photo credit Natalia Walton.
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Bright new beginnings….Photo credit Natalia Walton.

You can just imagine how glorious the gardens and surrounding grounds would look with a winter’s frost on a crisp, cold, sunny morning. Although our shoot was in the late spring, we could envisage the look of a December wedding. For our shoot we had a fabulous Jenny Packham gown that we used for the outdoor shots. It’s a perfect fuss-free gown with stone embellishments that make it twinkle and shine. It was a more casual look and ideal for being outdoors.

Image of the model in the garden
An English rose on an English summer’s day…..Photo credit Natalia Walton.
Image of the model in the garden.
Wrap your arms around me….Photo credit Natalia Walton.

As you will see from the pictures whether you want a sunny wedding or a snowy wedding Walcot Hall is a venue that can really help you have the beautiful day you crave. In the summertime there is also a marquee available if you want to use the grounds rather than the house itself. Cindy and Tony will work hard to give you a day to remember, their website details will be available at the bottom of the blog – please do take a look. It is also available for parties, corporate events and conferences. Thank you both for allowing us to use your home and have such a lovely day – we’d love to come back with some more of our gorgeous dresses. Cindy also writes a Beauty blog – details below.

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The Walcot Hall Marquee. Photo credit Cindy Marshall-Day.
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The interior of the Walcot Hall Marquee. Photo credit Cindy Marshall-Day.

We were able to use some great exterior shots of Walcot Hall thanks to the kind and generous people at Insight Photographers and Flawless Photography. Their portfolios are brilliant – their links are below. Massive thanks also to Natalia Walton for her brilliant photography skills and Louise Shepherd for her artistry with the make-up brushes. Their links are also available at the bottom – take a look at the other wonderful things they have been involved in. Our gorgeous model Charlotte came to us from the The Pink Elephant Agency and their links are below should you wish to contact them for a booking.

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Nearly ready! Photo credit Natalia Walton.
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Roses are red…violets are blue…. Photo credit Natalia Walton.

That’s all for this week folks – I’ll be back next week – that is if Christmas shopping hasn’t broken me! Enjoy the beginnings of the festivities everyone and remember to sign up and subscribe if you don’t want miss a blog. Oh and come find me on Twitter – @zbridalreloved

Zarina xxx

P.S. – I found a couple of behind the scenes shots from the day….

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Behind the scenes – how we achieved the dramatic look with the flowing veil.
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Behind the scenes – waiting for the next set of instructions
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Behind the scenes – getting the perfect click is about every detail being perfect..











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