I have wanted to organise a styled photoshoot at Low Hall The Lakes ever since I first visited in Spring 2018. At the time the owners, Francesca and Ben, were lovingly restoring the 17th century farmhouse and barn. Set in a couple of acres of beautiful Lake District countryside it truly is a gorgeous venue for a wedding, there are just so many options for a wedding photographer there. The buildings are full of character and texture, and outside is a long private driveway. There is beck that runs through the property, woodland, a beautifully manicured garden and stunning views of the fells of the Lorton Valley.
We had been discussing the photoshoot for a while and who knew that the events of 2020 would empty out diaries and afford us the time, during what would normally be peak wedding season, to bring together an amazing group of local wedding suppliers.
As a wedding photographer I was to take charge of the photography on the day. I was joined by James Watson a wedding videographer from Velvet Cow Media, and we had a lending hand from Adele Tate.
The theme was Rustic Farmhouse with contrasting contemporary styling, chosen by our makeup artist, Felicity Ashby. Felicity came up with the initial ideas and colour scheme, and on the day our wedding planner, Annabel, kept us all in check and made sure that we all stuck to the plan (Annabel’s daughter, Harriet, was also our flower girl).
Felicity – “Personally, I have been absolutely loving dried flowers coupled with neutral colour tones and metallics. They have also been really popular in weddings and across social media. I figured it would be ideal to use these types of décor in the photoshoot as it would appeal to lots of perspective couples. It also helped to create a timeless yet classy theme which transitions perfectly into warm autumn tones. We used green to tie the photoshoot to the Lake District and all the lush greenery that surrounds Low Hall The Lakes. It complemented the neutral colour scheme beautifully and helped steer the neutral décor away from looking too bland.”
The wedding dress for the photoshoot were supplied by Blush Bridal and Songbird Bridal, and included dress designers Essence Of Australia and Stella York. Multiple dress and suit options were decided on so that we could play around with different styles, and to broaden appeal. We wanted to showcase dresses and suits that complimented the theme and the environment at Low Hall The Lakes.
We were lucky enough to be joined by musicians Classic Ensembles for the photoshoot too. I first met Jeanette, Nick and Adele at a wedding fayre a few years ago and ever since I wanted to plan something that I could involve them in. I was over the moon when they agreed to join us and not only was it a pleasure to photograph them but they also provided the music for the video that was produced by Velvet Cow Media.
A couple of days before the photoshoot we had had glorious sunshine but with it being the Lake District, we were presented with an overcast and very windy day. Our models, Phoebe and James, were absolute troopers in the wind which meant that we could get some amazing photos outside.
One of my favourite places for wedding photography at Low Hall The Lakes is the tree swing. Every wedding venue needs one! This always makes for a great photograph of brides and grooms during their wedding celebrations.
The vintage props and venue styling were supplied by Janet from Wilde and Romantic. Wedding stationery was beautifully created by Sarah from Wild Orchid Print and Design. Crockery and tableware came from Lune Valley Crockery Hire. We also had not one but two cakes created by Sally from The Yummy Pudding Company. Each of these elements were beautifully curated by our styling team. A wedding photographer doesn’t just spend their time photographing the happy couple, the details are so very important too. The styling and ambiance all came together beautifully, especially with the flowers and foliage and hard work of Sam from Ruby Foxglove.
There are many interesting features throughout the grounds of Low Hall The Lakes and inside the Loveable Old Barn. There is so much texture and the colour palette is seeped in history. From old oak barrel to a vintage leather sofas, the character is undeniable. This is why I think it makes a great wedding venue. You could easily spend a week there photographing the same wedding and you would still be discovering interesting new places to explore.
Our models for the photoshoot, Phoebe and James, were actually already married. A joy to work with and photograph and they both said afterwards how much fun they had had pretending to get married all over again. Nothing was too much for them and they were happy to try pretty much anything to get the shots. I can not wait to work with them again and I already have some great ideas for future collaborations, especially in the Lake District!
The day was not all about me, the wedding photographer, though. We had a brilliant team who were all happy to give up their time and share their skills and talent. In no particular order here is the who’s who for our styled photoshoot, go and check them out, they are all amazing!
Venue – Low Hall The lakes
Bridal Wear – Blush Bridal and Songbird Bridal
Menswear – Goodfellows Menswear
Vintage Props and Venue Styling – Wilde and Romantic
Flowers – Ruby Foxglove
Crockery – Luna Valley Crockery Hire
Stationary – Wild Orchid Print and Design
Wedding Cake – The Yummy Pudding Co
Musicians – Classic Ensembles
Hair Styling – Ely Bartlett
Makeup Artist – Felicity Ashby
Models – Phoebe and James Mottershaw
Flower Girl – Harriet Candler
Wedding Planner – Weddings By Annabel
Videographer – Velvet Cow Media
Photography – Jaye-Peg Photography