Bicycles and Barefoot Boho!
When this shoot landed in our inbox, both Abbi and I let out a little yelp. Not only are the images AMAZING, the styling is unbelievably gorgeous (what more would we expect of the creative genius, Michele Gledhill) and the setting is a place dear to my heart (the gorgeous Thrumpton Hall was my wedding venue back in 2010).
So, photographer Lee Garland was the crucial member of this dream team, getting the right shots and showcasing all the suppliers’ incredible talent plus, of course, showing off Thrumpton Hall at its best. Here he is to tell us all about the shoot:
“I love bicycles and boho-barefoot affairs, so I decided to get together with a few Nottingham/Derby industry friends and put together something a little different.
I live on the Thrumpton Hall estate, which if you haven’t been, is a beautiful Jacobean stately home in Nottingham, so it seemed natural to stage our inspiration shoot here on the doorstep. Amy & Lucy from the Little White Dress provided two beautiful dresses for our bride, Anna. The first was a Fifties inspired gown by LouLou, a British label. This looked amazing paired with a polka dot veil and a quiff (hair by Louise Ingman).
Our groom Deniss wore a skinny tie and braces – braces from Topman, tie from Asos, and the rest of his outfit was ‘models own’ since we didn’t want the traditional frock coat or tails. Anna’s make-up was by Collette Thorpe, and suited the look perfectly – very ‘G.I. dance’.
Anna changed into a Cymbeline dress, which was a much lacier affair with a a beautiful train. Vintage hairpiece by vintage jewellers Eden Bea, who are stocked in the Little White Dress. Deniss slipped into a bowtie, again from Topman.
Michele put together the lace canopy and the gorgeous sacking-cloth table and all the flowers for the day. Each time I work with Michelle, I just come away amazed. That whole canopy, table, decorations, punchbowl crate display and centrepieces went up whilst we were in make-up. She’s like some sort of superwoman. Lots of lace was used to soften the wooden canopy, hessian tablecloth, barrel and crates while keeping to the overall rustic, vintage style of the shoot. Polka dot bow-tie napkins added an element of fun to the table setting and echoed the model accessories. The rustic wooden crate centrepieces were filled with gorgeous coral peonies and roses, dahlias, stocks and thistles and accented with beautiful minty green succulents and foliage.
The cake which took pride of place next to the punch and matched in beautifully with its handmade ribbon and flowers, was by Yummy Little Cakes and BerinMade provided us with the luxurious menus and wedding stationery.
The shoot’s producer was planner/coordinator extraordinaire Carmen, keeping us all in line, on trend and generally being ‘the eyes’ to make sure all the finishing touches got finished and all those little tweaks that make all the difference were duly tweaked. This being why clever couples book her, to make sure the day runs smoothly and looks beautiful.
Last but not least, the bikes were mine and my partner’s – a Dutchie and a Pashley and the photography was captured by myself – a chance to stroll down the lane with a bunch of super-talented people and create something fun and magical, just a stones throw from my studio.”
A HUGE thank you to Lee for allowing us to publish this inspirational piece of pretty and of course, to the rest of the suppliers for creating such an incredible shoot.
Now, how many of you are just about to go of and google ‘bicycle hire for weddings’ after swooning over these pictures!?
The amazing team behind the shoot:
Photographer: Lee Garland
Location: Thrumpton Hall
Planning & Coordination: Carmen Weddings
Lace Canopy, Props & Flowers: Michele Gledhill
Wedding Dresses: The Little White Dress
Jewellery: Eden Bea Vintage
Make-up: Collette Thorpe
Hair: Louise Ingman
Cake: Yummy Little Cakes
Bride & Groom: Louise & James @ Model Students
Groom’s clothing: Photographer’s own