Simon and I have travelled all over the country photographing weddings and we are often asked which is your favorite venue? The answer is that we love many but Chatsworth House is without doubt one of the most romantic places to marry and it is always a joy to photograph a wedding there. The Gardens and House offer an unbelievable back drop for the most romantic shots.
I have dreamed of doing a styled shoot there forever, it’s just such a fabulous playground for a photographer and so when Chatsworth asked us to work with them to promote Weddings at Chatsworth and the upcoming Wedding Fayre on the 15th September I danced a little jig and my mind went into overdrive.
I am a massive Pride and Prejudice fan and so when Kay Rotchford from Chatsworth suggested this as a theme I was over the moon and couldn’t think of a more perfect way to show off how romantic Chatsworth is.
We worked with some amazing people who actually made the whole thing happen….
Julia Harrison – ‘Go Glorious’ who sourced the models and dresses and styled the picnic scene so beautifully with stunning prettiness.
Rachel – ‘Cakes by Rachel Edwards’ who produced one of the most gorgeous wedding ideas I’ve seen, a to die for Dessert Table with the prettiest cake ever, popcakes, bon-bons and shortcake favours.
Emma – Freya Bridal who supplied the very beautiful dresses and put up with us going into her gorgeous shop at different stages with different girls for trying on sessions. Patience of a saint!
Emma – Emma Buck Hair & Make Up who made 5 girls look amazing in under two hours. She wasn’t the least bit phased by the task in hand and says its nothing less than she does at most weddings!
Emma – ‘Orchis Floral Design’ who created the beautiful florals. I adored the pomander and pearls idea ….. just so pretty.
Our Models – Grace, Alicia, Hannah, Melissa and Lewis our supporting cast who were amazing and of course, Charlotte (Elizabeth) and Harry (Mr Darcy) who simply stunned me with how good they were. I just cannot believe they had never done anything like that before, two of the best models I have ever worked with professionals included.
‘Darcy Clothing’ who very kindly supplied the shirts and trousers for Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley.
Lottie the horse who was such a poser – brilliant, I swear she blew me a kiss!
Moth and Tess the gorgeous dogs who were as good as gold and completed my regency fantasy!
Last but very definitely not least Chatsworth House without whom it wouldn’t have happened and to whom I’m very grateful. I must also say special thanks for the loan of two very precious antique coats for Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley from Chatsworth’s own textile department. They looked amazing.
A million thanks to everyone involved. One of my dreams just came true.