A Sex & The City Inspired Styled Shoot at Soughton Hall: Collette Evans Photography
Hello everyone! We have such a lovely treat for you all on the blog today and it comes in the form of a glamorous styled shoot. When newly approved supplier Collette Evans, from Collette Evans Photography forwarded me over these gorgeous images I just couldn’t wait to share them with you.
The Sex and The City inspired shoot took place at Soughton Hall, which from the images looks rather dreamy. Not only does this boutique venue specialise in weddings but it is home to 14 individually decorated rooms and they’re stunning (Ladies, this could actually be the venue!). The Georgian hall is filled top-to-toe with character, and charm. Oh, and we couldn’t help but fall for that sweeping driveway and pristine landscapes.
I’ll warn you now, that the bespoke dresses are also something of Pinterest dreams.
Anyhow, I’ll pass it over to Collette of Collette Evans Photography with more pretty details of the day and of course, the even prettier images.
“The Carrie Bradshaw wedding shoot for Vogue in the Sex and the City movie is how it the theme for the shoot started. We wanted to accessorise the shoot with something out of the norm to make it look styled, polished and more couture. The bigger the better.
Collette found the venue by searching on the internet and instantly loved the look of it inside and out and met up with the lovely co-ordinator, Kayleigh Griffiths of Soughton Hall. At the time of the meeting she didn’t have a styled shoot in mind, it was only weeks later that she was introduced to Kay Heeley by a mutual friend and business associate, Zoe Wadsworth of Fab Events that it was decided that a photoshoot using Kay’s dresses in the showroom would be a great idea.
The planning started back in around February time. Kay asked her dance wear client, Laura, who is a professional Latin dancer if she would be a model. Laura happened to be visiting the UK that week for a competition in Blackpool and so it was perfect timing.
Collette isn’t just a photographer, she is also trained in makeup and so that was the makeup for the model sorted. Kay as it turns out is also great with hair and so each dress change has a different look for the hair style and accessories. We all brought props, accessories and shoes, it was a team effort. Janet Ocallahan provided the hats you see in the photos, which I think give it that extra couture look that we were aiming for.
The shoot took place inside and outside Soughton Hall, they were very accommodating and more or less booked the whole place out for the day for us, using where we wanted to.
I would like to stress how beautifully decorated the Hall is inside, with a twist of old meets modern. Its clear that no expense has been spared on the furniture. The gardens are equally as well kept by the gardeners. I would highly recommend this venue for a wedding or event, they also have one of the nicest marques that I have ever seen to the rear.
This venue in particular appealed to me for the photo-shoot because of its unique character. It has been said to be the Downton Abbey of North Wales because of its stunning exterior and grand driveway through the countryside and fields. Its interior is also beautiful with dark woods and chic furniture, I just knew that it would look stunning on photos.
There was also lots of natural light which I loved, I have started really enjoying a different style of photography recently. More low key with a matte finish and look to my images, this is achieved in post production and gives the photos a whole different feel. I wanted this to be some of the best work that I had ever produced and I think it is, I feel like I have developed as a photographer by working on this project. Myself and Kay are both very driven and creative people and I think that was the recipe to our success here, we both saw the vision exactly the same and ran with it alongside each other.
The day of the shoot was extremely hot and bright and I was slightly concerned that the sun was too startling for the white and ivory dresses. We utilised the interior, including the staircase & landing, library/sitting room and upstairs the magnificent dining room with blue and gold wall paper and pure white fire place. Then the outside has many different places for photos too, including (to our excitement) a rustic swing hung from a tree. There are also plenty of features around the building such as grand doors, gates, gardens and trees.
It wasn’t just bridal gowns that we shot on the day, we also made the most of the opportunity and took some photos of Angel Couture’s bridesmaid/evening wear and dancewear. The photos will be used to promote both Angel Couture and Collette Evans Photography.
This was my first ever styled shoot and I was apprehensive to say the least, I just wanted everything to go well. We had both spent a lot of time and many a meeting planning the success of the shoot and also the model, Laura had travelled a long way to help us on the day. I must of checked I had all my kit in my bag 3 or 4 times. It was 2-3 hrs drive from where I am based in Barnsley and so too far to go back if I had forgotten something. I did actually forget a soft box but it didn’t matter as it was so bright outside. I suppose seeing what we have achieved without, on reflection it didn’t matter. I had a small foldable one in my bag so just used that to soften the flash where I needed it.
To some degree as a professional photographer with over 15 years industry experience, it showed and came in handy this day. You just find another solution and still produce the same results if not better.
I really feel that this shoot pushed my creativity as a wedding and fashion photographer and I enjoyed every moment of it. (Even if I was melting in the heat). We achieved a standard of images that I never thought I would achieve in my career, I’m super proud. I think I now have the bug for styled shoots and I don’t think it will be very long until I do another one.”
Wow, we have absolute hear eye’s from this shoot. I’m sure you will all agree just how beautiful these images are?
If you would like to chat to Collette about your wedding photography you will find all of her contact details over on our luxury directory. You can also come and meet the lovely Collette from Collette Evans Photography at The Wedding Affair at Wakefield Cathedral. A stunning wedding fair complete with cocktails, bridal and the finest suppliers from the area.
Venue: Soughton Hall, North Wales – Photographer: Collette Evans of Collette Evans Photography – Makeup: Collette Evans – Hair: Kay Heeley – Designer: Angel Couture by Kay Heeley / Collection largely based around 1920’s style – Model: Laura Robinson, a professional Latin Dancer from the UK who resides in Canada – Hat Designer: Janet Ocallahan